On the Vernal Equinox 2015

“Within you there remains an enchanted place where the colours are more luminous and the air more fragrant than ever; a place where marvels never cease; miracles and magic abound; and where fascination and enthusiasm breed creation. This place is called Aries.What an adventure lies ahead. The slate has been wiped clean. It is time to create afresh.”

Andrew Smith, Irish author and astrologer.

Lunar Eclipse Thursday

Our beliefs can have a lot of power to shape how we experience existence.” Genevieve Hathaway
The first of three eclipses in the next month is Thursday April 25 at 5 degrees of Scorpio. The Scorpio/Taurus axis represents what we value in our lives and what we need to let go of in order to have it. It is a good time to release or reframe longstanding emotional burdens we carry – particularly those that we do not customarily consider. This eclipse period presents the opportunity of rapid personal evolution. Keep the focus on what you are creating.

Amelia Shea has advised clients in her Astrology and Tarot practice since 1990. She can be reached at 603 654 1043, amelia.shea@comcast.net, www.ameliashea.com or www.ameliashea.wordpress.com. Her readings start at $30.
All times mentioned are EDT.
Genevieve Hathaway writes for Planet Waves.

The Sun enters Aquarius

“A self is always becoming…” Madeleine Engel

Over the next few days it bodes well to take some time to celebrate your own uniqueness. As the Sun moves into Aquarius and aspects other planets it provides good timing to appreciate how moving in a path of increased personal authenticity can bring a sense of expansion and abundance into your life.



New Moon 12/24

“Love is most nearly itself
When here and now cease to matter.” TS Eliot

The New Moon on Saturday December 24 falls at 2 degrees of Capricorn at 1:06 PM EST. Jupiter and Saturn are a strong influence in the sky as is Chiron- the asteroid of the Wounded Healer.  Resolution of difficult situations and doorways into opportunity can come now through a creative or spiritual approach.



Mars in Virgo

Mars is in Virgo now through early July 2012. This time frame bodes well for improving daily routines to build health, stamina and strength. It lends assistance with projects in need of organization. When functioning well the sign of Virgo excels at critical thinking – helping with pragmatic affairs. The downside of Virgo is being overly critical of self or others. Virgo and Pisces are both signs of service and function most effectively when being of service to others and the world. Worry and nervousness can increase under this influence. If this happens remember to believe in yourself.

Jupiter trines Pluto

“I’m going out to clean the pasture spring;

I’ll only stop to rake the leaves away

(And wait to watch the water clear, I may)

I shan’t be gone long.—You come too. ” Robert Frost

 I love this poem because it reminds me of the work necessary to maintain clarity. If over the next couple of weeks feelings of disempowerment are triggered or you are feeling mired emotionally- regard it as an opportunity for the transformation of old dynamics. It is a powerful time for transformation. Strong mental and emotional boundaries will facilitate the process.

October Astrology

“I do not regret for a single moment having lived for pleasure. I did it to the full, as one should do everything one does…But to have continued the same life would have been wrong because it would have been limiting. The other side of the garden held its secrets for me also.” Oscar Wilde

September ended under the influence of the recent Venus/Saturn conjunction. Although often popularly described as a difficult aspect for love and money, Venus/Saturn is about serious commitment to core values. When there is a scarcity or perceived scarcity of money or love it provides excellent timing to review core values and to chart a new course accordingly.
The seriousness of the Venus/Saturn conjunction was offset a bit by the influence of the Mars /Jupiter aspect which is influence through October 9th. This aspect provides energy and enthusiasm to the seriousness of Saturn. There is a tendency to overdo with this aspect so it bodes well to increase awareness about doing things in a moderate way.
Through the 11th Venus will trine Neptune providing a good time for spiritual and artistic work. Life can look beautiful at a time like this because we tend to be looking through rose colored glasses. It is an idealistic influence and provides a good time to revisit higher aspirations related to bringing more love into the world. Romance can flourish under this influence – it is a good time for a romantic getaway or night out.
From the 8th through the 19th the Sun aspects Saturn boding well for work. A lot can be accomplished during this time. Be sure to include innovative approaches and techniques.
On the 9th Venus moves into Scorpio bringing more depth and intensity into relationships. As the sunlight wanes in the northern hemisphere the increased darkness reminds us of Persephone’s descent into the underworld. On a personal level it is a good time access what it is we feel passionate about and to include more space and time for it in our lives if necessary.
From the 9th through the 17th Venus is aspecting Jupiter – watch for extravagance and excess. It is a time when overspending and overdoing with food and drink are highlighted.
The Full Moon on the 11th is in Aries. The Libra/ Aries axis is about learning to advocate for individual needs diplomatically.
The New Moon is in Scorpio on the 26th at 3 degrees of Scorpio -providing a good time for intention setting.
Fantasy and romance abound at the end of October (the 28th through the 31) as the cosmic lovers Venus and Mars square Neptune.

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New Moon in Libra

The New Moon this month falls on 9/27 at 4 degrees of Libra providing a good time for intention setting – particularly about any initiatives that strive to increase inner and outer equilibrium. This New Moon falls near the festival of Michaelmas which is celebrated with a reenactment of St George fighting and slaying a dragon. This festival is held near the Fall Equinox, a time of increased darkness in the northern hemisphere. It serves as a reminder during this time of year to cultivate courage and look to the light when encountering inner and outer darkness.

Venus enters the Pluto/Uranus Square

Expect the unexpected is a good maxim to live by through the 23rd as Mars forms a trine to Uranus and Venus enters the Uranus/ Pluto square. It can be a heady ride trying to keep up with sudden and unanticipated events. A word to the wise on the relationship front- Venus/Uranus aspects rule love at first sight occurrences but relationships born under these aspects often are unstable and unpredictable. The Venus Pluto square is likely to bring to life relationships of a karmic nature as well as relationships issues which are challenging to resolve.