Getting it Together: Mars/Venus Conjunction, Jupiter in Scorpio, and Libra New Moon!

Here comes Jupiter in Scorpio, your friend’s older cousin who dresses like a goth and asks shocking questions. She also has your interest at heart—just not your comfort.

Happy, Fall! How’s everyone doing? If you had kind of a bumpy September, you’ll have the opportunity to pick yourself up and move forward. October’s astrology will be a productive time to spend your efforts on work and love. We’re free from inner planet retrogrades this month, and will have some motivating energies to help us get lots done personally and professionally. Here’s some of this month’s astrological highlights:

Oct. 1 – 7: Mars Venus Conjunction + Full Moon!

Mars and Venus will be getting together in the sky during the same week we have a passionate Aries Full Moon. These two relationship planets often dance closely, but only meet at the same degree of a sign about every two years. During the first week of October, they’ll be conjunct in Virgo, a sign representing not only practical ways of caring, but spiritual connection and sacred sexuality. They’ll meet at 19 degrees Virgo the morning of October 5, and later that day we’ll experience the Harvest Full Moon in Aries. This will put the emphasis on being genuine and bold as you face your current situation. It will be an excellent time to see yourself and others more clearly.

The Aries Full Moon encourages a certain raw vulnerability, which can lead to disrobing emotionally and/or physically! The point is, it’s a time to be true to yourself. Mars and Venus in Virgo will support your efforts to keep things real. Virgo gets a bad rap for being overly critical. Don’t punish yourself or others with this shadow trait. When expressed through your higher self, Virgo energy purifies. That means cutting the b.s. and owning mistakes without judging yourself. Easier said than done, I know! But, the less you try to pretend to be “perfect” the less others will try to keep up, and then the walls start to come down. Next thing you know, there are two fallible humans face-to-face, feeling loved and accepted for who they truly are.

Final Stages of 2017’s Fire Grand Trine

I’m a little sad to see this unique astrological event coming to a close, but at the same time a bit relieved. It’s been too much energy at times, and I’ve been a very active participant in the trine with my 27 degree Aries Sun. If you were born around the 15th – 19th of April, you know what I mean. Other late-degree fire sign babies (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius), or those with fiery Moons, rising signs, or personal planets have also been getting a steady stream of insight, brilliance, productivity, passion, inspiration, and crazy.*

As many of you know, I made the Fire Grand Trine one of my main focuses this year, using it as a guide to navigate a personal and creative revolution. I was fortunate enough to conduct a workshop on the topic alongside Elizabeth Russell of BeSpace this past June, and gave a kickoff lecture on April 30th. Since we still have a month or so to go on this trine, it’s not too late to dig into this energy. If you missed the lecture, or just want to re-listen, it’s available here:

Basically this Fire Grand Trine has been great for anyone wanting to do something a little outside the box. If you’re a creative type who has difficulty with structure and bringing your plans into physical form, Saturn’s got you right now. Don’t miss out on the chance to develop your creative idea, make it happen, and prove the naysayers wrong!

Jupiter Moves into Scorpio October 10

After spending the last year in Libra, Jupiter will ingress into Scorpio on October 10th. Both Libra and Scorpio are relationship-themed signs, with some major differences. Jupiter in Libra has been teaching us about compromise, diplomacy, and fair negotiation. It’s been a pretty feel-good trip through this sign, though some relationships got rocked because Jupiter magnified inequities, making them too big to overlook anymore. Jupiter in Libra got us warmed up to deal with conflict in our friendships, romantic partnerships, and business dealings. Yep, sorry to say that was the warm up. Now it’s time for the real work.

The shift between Jupiter in Libra and Jupiter in Scorpio will be noticeable. We all have those friends who try to frame things as nicely as possible. They support us behind the scenes, almost without us noticing. They’re experts at tact and diplomacy. That’s Jupiter in Libra. Well, here comes Jupiter in Scorpio, your friend’s older cousin who dresses like a goth and asks shocking questions. She also has your interest at heart—just not your comfort. Look, things have to get a little messy before they can get cleaned up. Jupiter in Scorpio is the perfect ally to help you see what’s really going on beneath the surface. This applies to your own psyche, intimate relationships, business dealings, and any type of mysterious situation that needs clarity.

Depending on where Jupiter in Scorpio will pass through your birth chart, an area of life will be up for excavation over the next year. There’s nothing to fear. Jupiter represents growth, spiritual development, opportunity and good luck. Whatever you need to discover is part of your journey towards greater gifts in life. More than ever, it will be a time to team up. You have a team—think of the individual loved ones in your life who play different supporting roles. Your inner circle will be key. Tighten your close bonds. Intimacy and soul mate relationships will be a theme. This doesn’t mean that everyone who’s single will find their soul mate this year, but if this transit is affecting you, it will be a great time to get out there—the odds are in your favor.

If you’re attached, you’ll be ready to grow within your partnership. As you may have learned last year while Jupiter was in Libra, it’s time to “air out” the relationship by clearing old feelings and supporting each other’s individuality. If you did some of this homework last year, you’re especially primed to deepen your connection physically, mentally, and spiritually.

But Wait, There’s More Partnership Stuff! Libra New Moon October 19th.

With all this relationship energy swirling about, the October 19th Libra New Moon is perfectly timed. This will offer supportive energy for new beginnings related to, you guessed it, relationships! It will also be an excellent time to set intentions related to artistic endeavors, finding balance, exercising diplomacy, and strengthening your self-identity.

There’s a lot to move through this month, and the motion should be mostly forward. I’m here for you if you need help navigating any of it. Email me at to learn more about my personal readings!

*Not necessarily in that order and in varying doses. Consult your astrologer for more information.


A September to Remember – Mercury Retro Winds Down as We Ease Towards Libran Days

Do you remember the
21st night of September?
Love was changing the minds of pretenders
While chasing the clouds away

Our hearts were ringing
In the key that our souls were singing.
As we danced in the night,
Remember how the stars stole the night away

-from “September,” by Earth, Wind, and Fire

Hi everyone, here we are in September! You’re monthly horoscopes are up. While we’re still in the midst of Mercury retrograde, it’s safe to say that September’s astrology will hold calmer energies than last month. We made it through the Eclipses of August. Whether we were conscious of it or not, the seeds have been planted in our minds, and now the roots of our ideas are beginning to grow. For most folks, the personal realizations brought on by the Eclipses were quite obvious. Themes of relationships, friendships, community, freedom, and innovation were strong. You could try to cling to old habits, but why waste your energy on all that resistance? It’s time to take a new approach. We’re not in this alone, however. The Eclipses of August reminded us of the importance of human connection that utilizes our hearts and minds to strengthen each other.

September is traditionally a time of new starts. It’s the beginning of the school year, people coming out of vacation mode often start exercising regularly again, and there is an overall feeling of getting down to business. Yet, we’re still in a Mercury retrograde cycle until September 5th. And, the shadow effect will last until about the 19th. Some of my educator friends have reported bumpier than usual first days of school. Motivation levels are lower, and in general people just don’t feel quite ready for new challenges. That’s right on track with Mercury retrograde. The good news is, that after the 5th, things should flow a little easier. However, if you have a big launch, important decision, or major purchase on the horizon, try to wait until the 20th or later, when you’ll be supported by the Virgo New Moon.

After the 20th, we’ll be retrograde free for the next few months. AND, the Grand Trine in the Fire signs will still be working its magic until early November. Get in on this last chance to jump start your creative ideas! If you’re a fire sign (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius) born towards the end of your sign, you’ll be feeling the urge to make a bold move most strongly. This could include anything that sets you free, including a new work situation, relationship, or location. However, if you have other fire in your chart such as your Moon, Rising sign, or personal planets, this is a big time for you as well!

On Wednesday the 6th, we’ll have a Full moon in Pisces. This will be a good time to reflect on our emotional state and allow feelings to flow through us. The timing is right to release feelings of sadness, hurt, or regret, and allow ourselves a gentler state of mind. It can be tempting to find fault in ourselves or others at this Full Moon. But, the better use of its energy will be to recognize what’s not working without placing blame or feeling personally victimized.

The Sun will enter Libra on the 22nd, which is the date of the Autumnal Equinox. Because this date is fresh on the heels of the New Moon, we’ll have a great opportunity to move forward with relationships, business agreements, and social plans. Gratitude will be the theme for the rest of the month. Evaluate the first half of the astrological year, and all that you’ve been blessed with since the Spring Equinox on March 20th. The past six months have been somewhat of a wild ride. But, at least things haven’t been stagnating and we’re poised for unchartered territory ahead. New is necessary.

I have a couple of professional “plugs” before I close out. First, I encourage you all to check out the Tarotscopes feature on my site each month. They generally appear during the first week of the month. Written by guest columnist, Lady J, these tarot readings for each zodiac sign are infused with psychic knowledge. And, they add a fun balance of love and romance geared advice! Additionally, her personal readings are spot on – highly recommended.

If you’re in the Northern California / Southern Oregon area I also want to recommend the Sacred Spiral Mystery School: Priestess Pathway workshop series beginning in Mt. Shasta, CA on February 10. This series is co-run by procreative astrologer Stephanie Wilder and will be one weekend a month to engage with the sisterhood in a transformative and experiential journey to the Goddess. Activate intuition, use art as sacred practice and learn about the astrology of the Divine Feminine. For more information, and registration, visit:

I won’t be in the Astro Cottage on Alberta this evening (September 1), as I was there for Last Thursday yesterday. And, I have a special event on Friday the 8th that I just can’t miss. So, I’ll remind you about my return to the Astro Cottage Friday evenings starting September 15th. Be well everyone. Dance under the stars. Let your souls sing!