March 31 Blue Moon in Libra & the Upcoming Jupiter-Neptune Trine

Blue Moon

Blue Moon of January 31, 2018. Photo by Deanna Cantrell (http://www.deannacantrell.com)

Early this morning, at 5:37am Pacific Time, we experienced the second Blue Moon of 2018. A Blue Moon is any second Full Moon in a month, and is somewhat of a rarity, with the exception of the beginning of this year! The first one occurred on January 31, and was a Leo Lunar Eclipse, which really amped up emotions, especially related to matters of the heart. A lot of people started this year out with some big relationship-related realizations and/or awakenings related to their creative potential.

This month’s Blue Moon will be in the sign of Libra, which is also a partnership based sign. No Eclipse this time, but relationship dramas won’t be out of the question. It can be a very useful time to clear the air and/or see your situation more clearly. Whatever comes up now needs to be acknowledged and dealt with, but if emotions are running high, it’s perfectly ok (and recommended) to wait a couple days after the Full Moon has passed to initiate important conversations.

This Libra Full Moon is stirring our desire for harmony. If anything in your relationships or environment feels out-of-balance, you’ll notice it now. The good news, is that Libran energy promotes compromising and finding peaceful win-win solutions. As long as you’re willing to meet in the middle, this can be a great time for negotiating and working through relationship issues.

Jupiter Neptune Trine Begins Mid April!

We’ve got some watery astrology starting in a few weeks that will continue for the next six months. Last year was all about Fire, but this year, we’re being called to slow down and investigate our subconscious mind, emotional realm, and spiritual selves. While this could result in less tangible items on our “to do” lists, the results will be powerful! If you find yourself lost in thought, meditation, or daydreams, know that this type of activity will be productive. We’re being directed to consider how our actions will reflect our values. It’s time to shift our focus to quality versus quantity when it comes to the expenditure of our precious time and energy. In the coming months, I’ll be sharing more on this prominent astrology of 2018. If you are a water sign, you might be feeling this one quite intensely. Go with it. Try to help your non-watery friends feel comfortable with the discomfort of sitting with difficult, but true, emotions.

If you live in the Portland, Oregon area, I’ll be holding a workshop alongside Elizabeth Russell of BeSpace to dive into this astrology on April 21 at Sacred Money Studios in Multnomah Village. Learn more in the video below:

 

 

Happy Vernal Equinox!

Equinox art

Art by Maila Davenport, artist/activist

Today marks the Sun’s ingress into Aries, and the Vernal Equinox. Because the Sun has returned to the first degree of the first sign of the zodiac, it’s also the astrological new year! This is a powerful time to manifest what we want in the coming year, but because Mercury will station retrograde on Thursday (March 22), there’s an interesting spin on this year’s Equinox. We certainly will be feeling the need for a fresh start, but we might have to get creative. What can you repurpose, recycle, or reclaim to enhance your life?

It’s possible you have a lot of the tools and resources you need, but just have to reconfigure things a bit. Say you’d like to find a  new job. Now is the time to set your intentions in this area, and as you look forward, keep your eye in the rearview mirror. Your past experience and connections will be important during this time, even if you plan to go into a whole new field of work. The coming months will be a great time for classes, training, and research. We’re ready to plant new seeds, but this year, there’s a bit more soil preparation necessary than in other years. We’re entering an 8-month stretch of time that will be heavily influenced by various inner planet retrograde cycles. The bottom line: keep it slow and steady. In fact, if we try to rush ahead, we’ll be met with resistance that prevents us from our goal.

Don’t let these energies dampen your enthusiasm! There are exciting new things in store for us this year, but we’ll need to operate patiently, which is easier for some Sun signs than others. As a double Aries, I can be challenged by delays that block my charge forward. But, I also have found that slowing down and double checking things always improves the outcome of whatever I do.

Happy Equinox and happy astrological new year, everyone. Enjoy the first signs Spring (in the Northern Hemisphere) and inspiration for the year ahead.

Happy Pisces New Moon!

February 2015 Astrology

Happy Pisces New Moon day everyone! This can be a time for emotional shifts, creative inspiration, and letting go of what no longer works for us. Because Mercury will be going retrograde on Thursday, March 22, this New Moon definitely has more of a reflective feel. Go ahead and write your future intentions anyway! You’ll have time to revise, rework, and reimagine your plan in the coming months, so it’s a low-risk time to dream big. You don’t have to know all the answers – but you are being asked to state that you’re ready for the next steps, whatever they may be.

 

Get in the Flow with 2018’s Watery Astrology

Elizabeth Russell and I will be giving a workshop in Portland on April 21 that will be working with some of this year’s water-based astrology. We invite you to join us for creative visioning and an interpretation of this astrology in your personal birth chart. Learn more here: http://be-space.org/2018/03/07/deep-waters-ahead-jupiter-neptune-and-your-creative-flow/

March 2018 Astrology: Two Full Moons + Mercury Retrograde and More!

I just wrapped up my March astrological preview video (above) as well as my video horoscopes for janpsiller.com. We’re in such an interesting, self-reflective time. A friend of mine just texted and asked, “What’s going on? People seem to be coming out with expressions around change and self-reflection.” Yep, right on track. We just came out of a pair of eclipses that included the Leo Lunar Eclipse on January 31st and Aquarius Solar Eclipse on February 15.

Eclipses stir our emotional pot and often bring things to the surface that have been brewing at least since the last pair of Eclipses, which was August 2017. We’ve just been given information to steer us towards our “cosmic assignments” for the next six months. Everyone will handle this type of information differently! Anyone born under the signs of Leo or Aquarius will be in for some potent personal journeys, especially if they were born on or around January 31 or February 15.

If you know your birth chart, it’s fun to see what house these Eclipses hit for you. That can lend clues to the areas of life that are ripe for change. If you don’t know your chart, consider getting a birth chart reading! They can be so empowering as a tool to anticipate upcoming changes and work productively with the current astrology. Email me at cardinalfireastrology@gmail.com for more information.

When the Sun moves into Aries on the 20th, we’ll experience the astrological new year as we celebrate the beginning of the zodiac. It’s always important to remember that Western Astrology is based on the Equinoxes and Solstices. Aries will always start on the Vernal Equinox, creating the set point for the zodiac. Although the zodiac signs are named for constellations, most Western Astrologers are not following the motion of these constellations. I know this can be confusing! It’s all about the Equinoxes and Solstices for us. There is a branch of astrology that follows constellations called fixed star astrology, and I believe Vedic astrology also follows the constellations. If you have an interest in that, there’s lots of info. available out there.

To me, astrology is like religion. I won’t venture to say which style of astrology is “right.” There are so many branches including Chinese, Vedic, Evolutionary, Egyptian, Shamanistic, etc. My advice is to try readings from different types of astrologers and see which philosophies and descriptions resonate with you. I’ve never claimed to understand how astrology works. I just know from my own experience, and what my clients report, that it does work. If something’s working, I tend to just let it keep moving along without questioning things too much. I’d rather spend my energy fixing the things that aren’t working!

We’ll get two Full Moons this month – one on the first and one on the 31st. The March 1st Full Moon will be in Virgo, helping us to refine and clarify a vision. On March 31st, we’ll experience a Libra Blue Moon (the second Full Moon in any month). Relationships will be in the spotlight and it will be a good time to rebalance the energies with loved ones.

Mercury will station retrograde on the 22nd, but we’ll feel the shadow effects as early as March 8th. If you’re starting anything new, take the first steps before March 8th! This can be as simple as sending out an email inquiring about something you’re interested in, or telling someone that you’re committing to a plan. Then, during the retrograde, you’ll be supported in efforts to finish what you’ve started.

Even though we’ll be in the shadow of Mercury Retrograde at the March 17 Pisces New Moon, it will still be a good time to set intentions. For best results, consider what you’d like to release from your life. By breaking bad habits and neutralizing negative thinking now, you’ll free up your mind to pursue exciting new ideas on the horizon.

Happy March, everyone! Your monthly horoscopes by yours truly are ready, as are your monthly tarotscopes by the talented Lady J.

The First Eclipse Season of 2018 is Here!

Until the lion tells his side of the story, the tale of the hunt
will always glorify the hunter ~Zimbabwean Proverb

“Aslan: You doubt your value. Don’t run from who you are.” ~C.S. Lewis, Prince Caspian

“I was not the lion, but it fell to me to give the lion’s roar.” ~Winston Churchill

I’m writing this on the eve of 2018’s first Eclipse, a Lunar Eclipse at 11 degrees Leo occurring at 8:27am Eastern Standard Time. This powerful Eclipse will be within 3 degrees of the North Node, directing our attention towards our heart’s desire and life purpose. If we’ve been on path, this can be a time when we’ll see the results from our efforts take bloom. However, for those who need to take charge of their destiny, this Eclipse can be a strong wake-up call. Be prepared to shift your awareness to an emotional truth that needs to be acknowledged. Leo is a sign symbolizing love, romance, creativity, childlike wonder, and the relationship to children in our lives. Our relationships with others and/or ourselves are ripe for change.

Our hearts have been sending us messages, and the first call may have gone out during last year’s Leo Lunar Eclipse on February 10, 2017. Think back to any awakenings you may have experienced at that time. Did you pay attention or ignore the call?

Let’s review last year: On August 21, 2017, we experienced a Solar Eclipse in Leo. This was the “Great American Eclipse” that many traveled to see in totality. This offered us a chance to take action steps based on what information was revealed to us at the February 2017 Eclipse.

Now, six months later in January 2018, we’ve arrived at another Leo Lunar Eclipse, and the bat signal will be much brighter for those who failed to recognize it last time. Embody the traits of Leo’s archetype, the Lion. Be brave. Be strong. Be Noble.

If you are a Leo Sun sign, or have strong Leo in your birth chart, this Eclipse will feel quite personal. Be ready to get honest with yourself and others. Don’t try to hold on to the past—it’s time to clear the decks for new beginnings at the upcoming February 15, 2018 Solar Eclipse in Aquarius.

This Eclipse will provide us with the inspiration we need to release ourselves from old patterns. Themes will include innovation, freedom, and following our unique path. It will be an excellent time to listen to our inner voice and stay true to ourselves. Aquarius also rules groups and community. If you haven’t felt supported by the people around you, it may be time to find a new crowd to run with!

As we enter February, be aware that we’re in a time of change. Things aren’t supposed to feel settled right now. But, you’re likely to be more decisive and the time is now to make some big decisions. Move with the flow and do some things differently. The February 15th New Moon / Solar Eclipse will be one of the most powerful times all year to set intentions. We’re blissfully retrograde-free right now, meaning there’s universal support for new beginnings.

You need not take giant steps, but simply state your intentions and make an effort in good faith to prove you intend to follow through. This can include declaring your intentions to others who can help hold you accountable, researching options for a new idea, putting a small downpayment towards your goal if it requires a financial commitment, or putting up a “coming soon” sign on your website. Just do one thing to get the ball rolling, and when we hit the retrograde-filled months of March – November (not joking here!) you’ll be happily working with the astrological energies to finish what you started.

Ah, what other Eclipse advice? Breathe deeply. Know that emotions are being amplified right now. It won’t feel this “loud” by the end of February. Take a step back when you need to, and don’t take things personally (this is good anytime, but especially during Eclipses!).

These Eclipses can also stir up passion, and they happen to fall around Valentine’s Day. What better time to get an astrology reading? I’m running a special between now and February 14th for couples readings. It’s $200 for an in-depth analysis of you and your partner to learn more about how each person communicates, expresses love, handles conflict, and approaches challenges in life. Book now and give the gift certificate to your loved one on Valentine’s Day 🙂

Here’s a testimonial from one of my clients:

“It was very interesting to see the similarities and differences between my partner and I. This reading helped define many qualities we each have and when to push or not push each other with challenges. A bonus is being able to listen later what she recorded in detail as she explained our reading and described what everything meant. I was amazed at how thoroughly detailed she was. I often look at our charts and refer to what she told us. I highly recommend going to see Stephanie to see what you will learn about your future and present.”

– Amy A.

 

Email me at stephanie@cardinalfireastrology.com for more info. I can do readings in person in Portland, OR, or over the phone & Skype for people in other places. Want an individual reading? No problem. Let’s chat. I’d love to help you navigate the current astrology.

Wishing everyone a transformative Eclipse season. Here’s to new beginnings!

Happy New Year from Cardinal Fire Astrology!

Cardinal Fire Astrology readership growth

Readership grew in leaps and bounds this year!

On this last day of 2017, I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who has supported Cardinal Fire Astrology this year. As many people know, I took a big step to put more energy towards my astrological work in 2017, and I’ve reaped rewards on many levels. I’m ending this year full of gratitude and if you’re reading this, you were a big part of my personal and professional growth! The astrological transits I’ve been experiencing have pushed me to challenge myself and engage in collaborations that allow me to keep my own identity. At the end of this post, I’ll give some shout outs to the teammates who helped bring Cardinal Fire Astrology to the next level.

But first, some words for you about 2018. People tend to ask astrologers if the coming new year will be a “good” or “bad” year. If only it were that simple! I will say that it won’t be business as usual. The astrology of 2017 set the stage to open more than one can of worms, and that mess isn’t going away any time soon. We’ll spend more than half of 2018 under the influence of either Mercury retrograde, Mars retrograde, or Venus retrograde. We’ll have to deal with what’s happened before we can move forward. And, this applies to both the big picture as well as our personal lives.

The first three months of the year will be the best time to initiate new plans, so plant your seeds while you can. There’s still a lot that can be accomplished in a retrograde cycle. But, you’ll need to draw on skills and resources that you already have. Instead of trying to blaze new trails, try getting innovative and reworking an existing plan. 2017 was all about doing, but 2018 will encourage more thoughtfulness and spiritual connection. Do less and place more meaning on the things you choose to do.

Trust me, the energy generated this year is more than enough to work with. Don’t keep running. Slow down and spend your energy maintaining what you’ve got. In fact, you may want to pare down. The astrology will encourage intuitive decision making over playing it by the books. And for goodness sake, don’t try and take the action that will look the most impressive to others. You have a higher power to answer to, and when you tune in, you’ll know the best path to choose.

Spiritual fulfillment will trump material fulfillment hands down. That sounds obvious any year, but we’re getting an astrological billboard with this sentiment in 2018. Can you still make money this year? Of course! But, selling out could have a bigger price tag than you anticipated. Abundance is going to follow the “good guys” this year. My money’s on eco-business and organizations that strive to improve the lives of others. Companies with a less than stellar track record that make an effort clean up their act will be rewarded as well.

In relationships, the astrology of 2018 will encourage airing out your dirty laundry so you can stop fearing rejection. It doesn’t mean you won’t be rejected, but you can feel the power of owning your shit, pardon my French. We’re being called to recognize that we’re all flawed, and decide what flaws we can and can’t live with in ourselves and in our relationship with others.

If you want more details on the astrology of 2018 and you live in Portland or Eugene, Oregon, you’re in luck! I’ll be giving a talk on this topic Friday, January 26 at Healing Waters in Portland and Saturday, January 27 at a private residence in Eugene. Get more details here.

And now, I’d like to celebrate some of my co-collaborators and toast to a successful 2017, with even bigger and better things in store for 2018:

The Jan Spiller Team – As 2017 began, we were all still reeling from Jan’s passing in July, 2016. But, as the months went on, we began holding regular phone meetings and started making plans for the future so we could fulfill Jan’s vision of keeping her teachings alive. I could’t be more proud to be a part of this group, and we’re ready to honor Jan by expanding our readership and subscribers. We have several levels of subscription at reasonable prices, and you’ll get the exclusive reports I write that are not available to non-paying readers. Learn more about membership to janspiller.com here. If you’d like to learn more about Jan Spiller and her life, please check out the tribute article about her here.

Elizabeth Russell of Be Space Integrative Arts – Elizabeth has brought her Virgo mind and creative spark to combine with my astro knowledge. We put on several successful events this year, and created our brand, “Hands On Astrology,” which brings people useful astrology information and instruction with a creative process to make it all tangible. Look for lots more from us in 2018!

Clary Sage Herbarium – Laurie Books, the owner of this fabulous herb shop on Alberta Street has been renting me space to do walk-in readings since last March. I’ve given this special place the nickname of the “Astro Cottage.” It’s such a cozy environment, and just a garden path’s stroll off of Alberta St. (near La Bonita on 28th avenue) After a short break in November and December, I’m eager to spend time doing walk-in readings there again in 2018!

Lady J – This tarot reader contacted me around the beginning of 2017 about trading readings. Little did I know that we’d forge a friendship, and she’d make a wonderful contribution to my site in the form of her Tarotscopes! Now, you can read your Tarotscope each month for additional insights. And, I can’t recommend her tarot readings enough. She hits the nail on the head!

Christine Cook – Christine was the first person to visit me, bearing a bouquet of flowers, on my grand opening evening in the Astro Cottage. Over the summer, Christine joined me in the cottage, offering her unique Divine Journey Readings. This year, we’ll team up again and she’s going to be reading Runes. Our first Astro Cottage date together is January 14th from 3-5pm. I can’t wait!

Pearl – My friend Pearl has been a closeted I Ching reader, and is finally stepping out into the light to share her talents. She joined me last year in the cottage, and you can get an I Ching reading from her on Sunday, January 7 from 3-5pm. Highly recommended!

Mardi Palan – Mardi is a fellow astrologer who approached me at the end of 2017 and asked if I’d like to be a regular guest on her podcast. What an honor!!! This podcast, called What’s Up Planets?, debuted Dec. 1 and you can enjoy the next episode January 1, 2018. Mardi and my soul sister and fellow astrologer, Stephanie Wilder will be offering commentary about the upcoming astrology that I report. Trust me, you don’t want to miss this.

Stephanie Wilder – Speaking of Steph Wilder, this woman has been taking her astrological studies to a whole new level this year. She never fails to inspire me with her approach to astrology and incredible intuitive abilities. If you’re in the Mt. Shasta area, check out her Sacred Spiral Mystery School starting February 10!

The Venus Babes – This is a group of three, myself included, who gather at the New Moon to state our intentions and support each other. We’ve been doing this for a few years, and I’ve learned that there is power in combined energy! Sometimes you just need to say what you want to do out loud to others to commit yourself to your goals.

Happy New Year to all. Your monthly horoscopes and tarotscopes are now up for January, 2018!

With love,

Steph

 

When the Water Seeks the Thirsty: November 2018 Astrology

Hi everyone, November is here! Your monthly horoscopes and tarotscopes are online!

We’re getting the month started with a Full Moon in Taurus tonight (Friday, 11/3) at 10:23pm Pacific Time, tomorrow (11/4) at 1:23am Eastern Time. This Full Moon is all about our sense of security, values, pleasures, and resources. It can be easier to see what you need to stabilize your situation and there’s less likely to be “gray areas” when it comes to where you want to invest your time and energy. So much of the current astrology has to do with feelings.

Both the Sun and Jupiter are in Scorpio, magnifying the emotions that have been brewing beneath the surface. Taurus is the sign opposite Scorpio, yet it also has to do with what we feel in a practical, tangible way. What feels good? What feels safe? What people or activities make you feel valued?

So, how about that Jupiter in Scorpio? It’s working its way towards a trine with Neptune in Pisces by the end of the month. This will offer a window into some of 2018’s most powerful astrology.  Jupiter, like Saturn is known as a teacher, but unlike Saturn, it’s known to offer a kindler, gentler approach to life lessons. BUT. Scorpio isn’t concerned with keeping things comfortable. So, Jupiter expressed through Scorpio is more of a Mr. Miyagi kind of teacher. It will bring about the kind of training that messes with your head in order to get you to think more for yourself. And, you may have to get broken down a little in order to build yourself back up.

However, luck will be on your side as will divine timing. Jupiter’s trine to Neptune will give us a direct line to not only our own subconscious, but also the great collective wisdom. Whether you call it your Higher Power, God, Goddess, Angels, or whatever title aligns with your beliefs, this is the energy we can all access in the coming months. Look for signs that you’re on the right (or wrong) path. Don’t expect to have all the answers arrive in a linear, logical way. Take “coincidences” seriously and recognize their meaning. Be ready to learn and be humbled.

I’m so energized about the Jupiter-Neptune trine, that I’ll be co-facilitating a workshop on this unique astrology on November 18th here in Portland, Oregon. Elizabeth Russell of BeSpace and myself will guide participants through the spiritual and psychological implications of this astrology and help them to personalize it by using their unique birth chart to see which areas of life may be impacted for them. We’ll be incorporating creative process during the day to help get thoughts and ideas out of the subconscious and in front of us for examination. It’s going to be some powerful stuff! If you’re in the Portland area, and wish to find out more about this workshop, visit bespacepdx.com. We’ll be in the beautiful classroom space at Healing Waters just off NE Broadway and 25th Avenue.

November 18th happens to be the New Moon in Scorpio – no coincidence there. In addition to working with the Jupiter-Neptune trine, it will be an ideal afternoon to  set intentions related to all things Scorpio such as intimacy, sex, regeneration, shared finance, psychological healing, and listening to your intuition. The Jupiter-Neptune trine will really be warming up, so it’s the ideal timing to find out how to work with this energy.

Heads up – Mercury will be stationing retrograde on December 3rd. This means we’ll enter the shadow phase around the 19th of this month. Yep, that New Moon on the 18th is just under the wire. Make your intentions on the 18th before that retrograde energy creeps in. After the 19th, your best bet is to focus on resolving the past and finishing what you’ve started. As the month winds down, follow the astrological cues to slow down and sit with your thoughts. Take a step back and try to analyze your life through the eyes of an objective party. Channel a wise mentor, friend, or counselor. What advice can you offer yourself? If you get stumped, you could actually ask a wise mentor, friend, or counselor! But, it’s always good to begin seeking your answers from within. You know what you need.

I hope to see some Portland friends at the November 18th workshop. At last count we had 7 more spots open, so now’s the time to get registered. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me at cardinalfireastrology@gmail.com if you’re feeling in need of a personal reading.

Onward.

 

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: https://soundcloud.com/cardinal-fire-astrology/living-from-your-fire-43017-edit

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 cardinalfireastrology@gmail.com 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:

http://www.creativityandthedivinefeminine.com/art-retreats-and-creative-transformation.html.

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!

It’s Been a Long Time Coming: August Eclipses + Mercury Retrograde

August is upon us! If you haven’t checked out your monthly horoscopes, be sure to see how this month’s Eclipses will affect your Sun Sign. Where to begin? Let’s start with a brief recap of the Summer. We’re in the midst of a Grand Trine in the Fire Signs that began on May 10 and will continue until the first week of November. This energy has been offering us the courage to make the changes we know we need to make in order to fulfill our potential. It’s been particularly potent during the second half of June and all of July as we’ve been free from retrograde energies. But, that’s all about to change.

Don’t worry, if anything August will be the most powerful month for personal transformation yet, but don’t expect to make what you’d consider to be “progress” in a traditional sense. Instead, think about some of the prep work that goes into a big project. This month will be about all the work you do before you can start the real work. You might spend days cleaning a room, clearing the furniture, maybe removing wall paper, applying primer. After all this work, you can look at your newly prepared space and it’s nowhere near the finished version you envision. But, some of the old, worn-out parts of the room have been removed and you’re now ready for the work of painting the room with a fresh coat (or two). I think it will kind of be like that.

Mercury will station retrograde on August 12, but we’re already in the “shadow phase.” This means it’s time to focus on works in progress and resolving the past. We’ll be under the influence of Mercury retrograde until about September 19, when the shadow finally clears. Between now and September 19, avoid making new commitments, or any type of agreement that would be hard to renegotiate later. This will be a time to dot your I’s and cross your T’s. We’ve been on a bit of a tear this Summer, with all the fire energy at work. It’s been a great environment to stop procrastinating, but the “just do it” attitude hasn’t left us a chance to focus on the details. We should all welcome the opportunity to slow down and make sure we’re getting it right. But, I’ll be honest, at times it may feel frustrating as we’ve been becoming addicted to the rush of moving quickly.

This month’s big headline, of course, are the Eclipses. This will be our second pair of Eclipses in 2017, with the first two occurring back in February. It can be useful to think of the realizations and changes that began around that time as this Eclipse pair will serve as phase two of your 2017 growth process. Several scenarios can play out. If you are right on track, you’re likely to get a thumbs up from the Universe, and you could receive the missing information or resources needed to put you right where you want to be. If you’re truly on your way, even immediate setbacks will likely work to your favor in the long run. On the other hand, if you have been dragging your feet and avoiding what you know you need to do for your wellbeing, this second set of Eclipses can offer a swift kick in the pants.

There’s a third way you may feel these Eclipses, too. Suppose you really felt called to follow a certain path back in February, but something has felt off. It’s possible you either don’t want what you thought you wanted, or you need a new approach. Either way, you can use this month’s Astrology to revise your plan. Remember, you’re the one in charge. The planets simply offer a natural set of environmental circumstances, much like the Moon guides the ocean’s tides. It’s you who will choose how to make the best use of the available energies.

The Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius will be on August 7—prepare for an emotional awakening. As it is, Full Moons can bring out the drama in even the most stoic among us. When a Full Moon is combined with an Eclipse, the emotional energy will be magnified. Themes may include romantic partnerships, passion, creative aspirations, finding a sense of belonging, friendships, group dynamics, and your big picture hopes and dreams. It will be a great time for insights, and for some, this could be a good time to engage in an unabashedly honest conversation that comes straight from the heart. But if you’re feeling extra sensitive or sense that others may be taking things too personally, wait until a few days after the Lunar Eclipse has passed to share your feelings with another.

Then there’s the biggie, the “great American” Solar Eclipse on the 21st. This one has been hyped by every tourism board in every tiny town along the United States Eclipse corridor from the coast of Oregon down to the coast of South Carolina. I am on a personal mission to determine if there will really be a huge difference between viewing the Eclipse in Portland, OR vs. driving an hour or so to the Southeast or West. NASA states visibility in Portland at 94 – 99%, which seems pretty dang close to total. I’ve had one Eclipse enthusiast tell me it’s all about the corona. I guess in Portland the edges could look a little smudged, but we will still get to see it. If anyone out there knows other reasons to leave Portland and risk record-breaking traffic, please let me know. I honestly want to learn more and determine if the totality path will offer a drastically different view than being an hour away and just stepping out my front door with Eclipse glasses on.

But, let’s talk about the astrological influence. Solar Eclipses represent endings and beginnings, and this Eclipse will be in the sign of Leo. Well, guess what? Last February’s Lunar Eclipse was also in Leo. Relationships and other matters of the heart will take center stage. However, it can represent changes in other areas of life, depending on where it falls in your personal birth chart. A Solar Eclipse is a high-powered New Moon, making it a great time to set intentions for the next short-term Eclipse cycle of 6 months, as well as the longer-term 19-year cycle. But, we’ll be in the midst of Mercury Retrograde. Therefore, write your intentions down at the New Moon / Solar Eclipse, but review your intentions again at the September 20 New Moon to be sure they still resonate with your heart and mind.

There’s been a lot of speculation out there about this Eclipse’s effects on U.S. politics, especially since it falls right on a key part of Donald Trump’s chart called the ascendant. Because there’s already so much out there on this topic, I’ll leave that to the astrologers who specialize in politics. I do think it signifies a change for the U.S. since its path crosses our great country. If you’re looking for a more in-depth analysis, there’s a lot out there. Eric Francis’s planetwaves.net is one of my favorite astro-journalistic sources.

Be well everyone and hold steady this month. Don’t resist the changes in store for you. They’ve been a long time coming.