Amelia’s Blog

Eclipse Season is Here Again

“There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hands.” Richard Bach

“To love is not a state; it is a direction.” Simone Weil

We’re moving into eclipse season now with a Lunar Eclipse on Monday Nov 30 at 8 degrees of Gemini – the sign of the twins and duality. Eclipses are evolutionary doorways and their effects can be felt in advance of the event as well as following it. The eclipse is exact at 4:29 AM EST.

Throughout this week as well as at the time of the eclipse, Venus in Scorpio will be forming an opposition to Uranus in Taurus. This provides a good time to explore innovative ideas in the realm of relationships and financial matters. There may be some unexpected events in these areas so it’s wise to summon your intuition and have strong boundaries in place throughout this week and next.

The second eclipse- the Solar Eclipse-  is on December 14 at 23 Sagittarius.

The eclipses are leading us up to the Jupiter /Saturn conjunction on the Winter Solstice, December 21. The Jupiter Saturn conjunction is one of the major events of 2020.  This pair is aligned this way every twenty years and signals a more optimistic time  when much needed reforms are put in place.

One of the Sabian symbols for Monday’s eclipse is, ” A medieval archer stands with the ease of one wholly sure of himself, bow in hand, his quiver filled with arrows.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill

This New Moon Cycle and This Week in Astrology

“Everything that exists is an expression of relationships, alliances and balances of energies, powers and spirits.” I. David Peat

The New Moon was Monday Nov 16 in the wee hours EST at 23 degrees of Scorpio. At this time the Moon was  making a beneficent alignment with the Jupiter/Saturn/Pluto conjunction. This  ushers in a new cycle which provides excellent timing for starting new projects and setting new goals. It also favors renewed optimism and  opportunities for material and spiritual growth and expansion.

This is another busy week in the starry skies as Venus moves up to engage the Saturn, Pluto and Jupiter conjunction. We are living in times of great change and this aspect provides an opportunity to review relationships in your life,  to catch up on what changes have occurred thus far and what you’d like to see happen in the future.  Pluto /Venus encourages letting go of outworn beliefs, Saturn advises making sober choices and Jupiter brings optimism and a sense of expansion.

Mercury is moving up to an opposition to Uranus in Taurus. There can be significant breakthroughs in understanding with this aspect.  Often under this influence there can also be surprising events and occurrences. It can be hard on the nervous system so it’s wise to provide extra downtime for rest, renewal and the integration of information.

Saturday Venus will enter the sign of Scorpio and the Sun will enter the sign of Sagittarius – moving us one step closer to the return of the Light on the Winter Solstice on December 21.

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is,”A Red Cross nurse with warm sympathy.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill

Mercury, Mars and a Peek at This Week’s Astrology

“One cannot speak of  mystery. One must be seized by it.” Rene Magritte

Some say a squadron of horse, some, infantry,
Some, ships are the loveliest thing
On the black earth. But I say
It’s what you desire.” Sappho

It’s another busy week in the starry heavens as Mars, the planet of action and desire, prepares to station direct on Friday.

Mercury will re-enter Scorpio,  the sign of depth and mystery on Tuesday after the brief retrograde stint in late Libra. This presents a good time – through the beginning of December to contemplate the mysteries of life  as we make our way through the “darkness before the dawn” to  celebrate the return of the Light on the Winter Solstice, December 21.

Thursday Jupiter and Pluto will be conjunct in the late degrees of Capricorn. This is the third and final  2020 conjunction of these two heavy weights. which are associated with events of a global nature. On a personal level it can strengthen ambition and the desire for success.

And the long -awaited end to the Mars retrograde will come Friday at 7:30 PM EST at 15 degrees of Aries.   Areas of life that have been stuck can  start to move forward and start to make progress. In general the retrograde period – since 9/9 – has been a good time to reconsider the Mars related areas of life – what we desire and feel passionate about and how we use and direct energy. It bodes well to consider now -as Mars is stationary in the sky in preparation for the station – how ideas have changed or evolved in these areas.

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is,”Brightly clad nature spirits  dancing in the warm dying light.”

Mercury Retrograde Ends Tuesday

“It later became clear to me that no matter what we do in science or any other area , it will not help if we don’t find a way to be related to each other at a deep level.” David Bohm

“Only with winter-patience can we bring the deep-desired , long awaited spring.” Anne Morrow Lindeburgh

Mercury stations direct at 12:50 PM EST Tuesday November 3 – ending the retrograde period.  Mercury stationed retrograde in mid – October in the sign of Scorpio and moved back into the late degrees of Libra stationing at  25 degrees.

This retrograde period in these two signs was relationship oriented and presented an opportunity to revisit and rethink this area of life in our rapidly changing world.

It’s a good idea for a few days leading up to the station and for a few days following  to heighten awareness and be open to  new perceptions that surface. Mercury stations are associated with the culmination of information.

Mercury will station making a challenging alignment to Saturn indicating a good time for activities that engage the mind in a serious way – i.e. learning something new or studying. Saturn is associated with time and can slow things down. The possibility of inaccurate information emerging is always on the table around a Mercury station as are snafus with communications and technology. So it’s best to be patient and make an effort to be more clear in communications.

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is,”The sight of an autumn leaf brings to a pilgrim the sudden realization of the mystery of birth and death.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill

Halloween’s Blue Moon and This Week’s Astrology

“Must be
Must be
The season of the witch.” Donovan

“There are two ways to be rich: one is to have a lot of money; the other is to have few needs.”William Sloan Coffin

It’s a busy time in the starry heavens this week as both Mercury and Venus enter the sign of Libra on Tuesday. Mercury, still on his retrograde trek, is slowing down in the sky in anticipation of the end of the retrograde period on November 3. It bodes well at this time to tie up any loose ends and tend to things left undone as we prepare for the direct motion. It’s a good time for retrospection – to rethink and redo.

As retrograde Mercury enters Libra it will form a challenging alignment to the Saturn/Jupiter/Pluto configuration in Capricorn. We’re living in a time of rapid change here on planet earth and this transit provides a good time to look at any changes in relationship dynamics (all kinds of relationships) – changes that have gone on our changes you’d like to make.

Venus’s transit into the early degrees of Libra can help establish a more conciliatory atmosphere. Libras are the diplomats of the zodiac but sometimes can be overly accomodting to the wishes of others to the degree that they don’t advocate clearly enough for their own needs.

Halloween brings a  Blue Moon – the second full Moon of the month. The Moon will wax full at 8 Degrees of Taurus at 10:49 Am EDT. The Moon will be conjunct Uranus at this time making it an excellent time to shed outdated beliefs about the past as they relate to security, stability and pleasure in order to move forward in a freer, more innovative way.

It’s a good night to honor the ancestors.

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is,” A man alone in deep gloom. Unnoticed  angels are coming to his aid.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill


It’s wise this week as we approach the end of the Mercury retrograde on Nov. 3 it’s wise to attend to any details left undone.


Mercury, Uranus and the Sun Enters Scorpio

“Synchronicity holds the promise that if we change within, the patterns in our outer life will change also.” Jean Shinola Bolen

“God is alive and magic is afoot.” Leonard Cohen

The Sun enters the mystical, magical sign of Scorpio tomorrow, October 22. This ushers in the time of year when in the northern hemisphere, the natural world turns inward as we prepare for the growing darkness on our way to the Winter Solstice.

As the Sun enters Scorpio it will  join Mercury and oppose Uranus, the planet of the unexpected.

Uranus is associated with synchronicity, which  is a way of seeing that can provide affirmation, direction and guidance. It’s  wise with Uranus and Mercury aligned this way to be open to it. This transit will last awhile -due to the retrograde transit of Mercury – mostly through late November.

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is,”A  youth holding a candle in a devotional ritual gains a sense of the great “Other World.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill


Mercury, Uranus and This Week’s Astrology

“You can’t force simplicity, but you can invent it by finding as much richness as possible in a few things at hand.” Thomas Moore
Balance is key once again as this week gets off to a  bit of  awkward  start. Venus in Virgo forms a challenging aspect to retrograde Mars in Aries. Venus in the earthy sign of Virgo is looking for order and Mars in fiery Aries is looking for action and to stir it up. These two are forming a quincunx – and quincunxes can feel like a balancing act and indicate a  constant need for adjustment.
Juno, the asteroid of commitment and marriage is joined by retrograde Mercury  and both are opposed by the planet of the unexpected, Uranus. This can bring surprising news, revelations and breakthroughs about this area of life. Uranus is the planet of innovation and the future. If you are looking to improve relationships and commitments, do heed any info that surfaces at this time.
The electrical side of Uranus combined with its erratic  nature can be taxing on the nervous system. Best to make an extra effort to stay grounded,  create extra downtime and nurture the nervous system throughout the week.
Venus is moving up to a harmonious alignment with the Jupiter/ Pluto/Saturn conjunction in Capricorn boding well for expanding and transforming self esteem, financial management and matters of the heart.
The Sun enters the sign of Scorpio on Thursday.

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is,”A young girl feeding birds in winter.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill

Mercury Stations Retrograde, The Sun Engages Mars and Pluto

“One must choose in all things a mean, just and good. Error and confusion dwell in the extremes.” Pythagoras

“Only by being balanced ourselves can we hope to bring balance to the world.” Anodea Judith

It’s another very busy week in the starry heavens. The week starts off with a harmonious aspect between Jupiter and Neptune – a beneficial combination  for accessing higher levels of inspiration and guidance. When these two are together it bodes well for spiritual growth and evolution as well as artistic and creative work. It is a good time to turn down the volume and tune into a higher vibration.

Mercury, the god of communication, travel and commerce, stations retrograde on Tuesday at 9:05 PM EDT at 11 degrees of Scorpio. The retrograde period will last through Nov. 3. It’s best during this time frame to take care with communications and to leave extra time when traveling. It’s wise to back up info in advance of the station.

The retrograde period presents a time in a natural cycle  to rethink, review and reconsider matters related to the house in your chart which it is transiting.  Mercury will travel retrograde through  November 3 when it will station direct at 23 degrees of Libra – putting the focus on reviewing our interactions with others.

What is notable about this Mercury retrograde is that it is stationing opposite Uranus – the planet of the unexpected. This opposition has been in effect for awhile now- although strengthened by the station- and will continue through late November. This duo – Mercury and Uranus –  can contribute to erratic communications, surprising revelations and unexpected events. It’s wise to nurture the nervous system under this influence.

Mars is retrograde now and the god of action does not like to experience delays or obstruction. This can create a sense of frustration and anger – likely on the rise this week. It is a powerful duo for getting things done and the best use of this energy is to tackle projects that require strength and determination. The Mars retrograde period will end November 13.

We are living in times of great change on the planet – and times of intensity.  This is in part related to the heavy weights of the zodiac – Pluto, Saturn and Jupiter traveling together in the late degrees of Capricorn. Saturn and Jupiter will leave this configuration around the time of the Winter Solstice and enter the sign of Aquarius – ushering in a more optimistic time. In the duration it bodes well to look at any unfinished business around issues related to Capricorn – how you build a strong foundation for your aspirations and how you commit to perseverance and persistence in the process.

It’s wise this week to make some space for quiet time –   a walk in the woods, listening to a favorite piece of music or  reading a favorite book.

Patience and equilibrium will go a long way.

The New Moon is Friday .

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is ,”A woman reading tea leaves.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill

Mercury, Uranus and Mercury Retrograde

“There are decades where nothing seems to happen and then there are weeks when decades seem to happen. We’re in a year when decades seem to be happening in weeks.” Hadley Fitgerald

“When evening shadows fall
Man it seems so long
When evening shadows fall
I’m waiting for the dawn.” Van Morrison

Mercury , the trickster god is now transiting in opposition to the planet of the unexpected, Uranus, bringing along sometimes sudden and surprising  events and communications. This duo will be with us for awhile as Mercury is preparing to station retrograde on October 13 at 11 degrees of Scorpio opposite Uranus at 9 Taurus.

The Mercury retrograde period will last through November 3 when it will station direct at 25 degrees of Libra. November 3 is the day of the presidential election in the US and this is the second time in recent history when Mercury stationed on election day – the other on the day of the Bush/Gore election.

Mars is making a challenging alignment to Pluto this week indicating a good time to tackle projects as there is lots of energy , drive and determination which can be harnessed.

This alignment is seen often in the charts of professional athletes and it can be competitive and aggressive. There can be more irritability and impatience with this aspect- especially now with the Mercury/ Uranus opposition when nerves can be to be  frayed and tempers on edge.

It’s wise to plan for some  restorative downtime.

I attended an astrology conference on global events this past weekend  in which Hadley Fitgerald, an astrologer and psychotherapist, spoke about the “ghost light.” The ghost light is a small light left on,  on the stage in theaters after performances – when the theater is  empty and dark, awaiting the return of the actors, set designers and others who make it come  to life. The ghost light, she explained  represents hope – the light shining in the darkness. it’s a  good symbol , she explained, for keeping our  inner fires alight as we make our way through these transformational times.

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is,”A Red Cross nurse with warm sympathy.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill



Thursday’s Full Moon in Aries

“You are not the oil, you are not the air- merely the point of combustion, the flash point where light is born.” Dag Hammarskjold

“The longing for light is the longing for consciousness. ” Carl Jung

The Moon waxes Full Thursday at 5:50 PM EDT. At this time the Moon will be conjunct Chiron – the asteroid of the Wounded Healer. Chiron is associated with the ongoing journey of wounding and healing throughout life which leads to increased wholeness.  Venus is conjunct Vesta now which bodes well for bringing light and evolution  to outdated beliefs related to family and the past.

Mercury is opposing Uranus  now adding volatility and the likelihood of surprising revelations. Best to make time for extra downtime.

Retrograde Mars continues to square Saturn and Pluto indicating a time when built up frustrations are likely to be seeking an outlet.

The asteroid Vesta was named for the Vestal Virgins of ancient Rome who kept the sacred fires alight.  They presided over all governmental events.

It bodes well now to keep the inner fires of inspiration burning bright and to keep a vision of bright, sustainable future for the planet.

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is, “A teacher gives new symbolic forms to traditional images.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill