Saturday, September 24, 2005

Libra and Balance

Librans need balance and are great at creating external order and beauty. They are peacemakers, who like to deal with conflict by hearing both sides and coming up with a compromise. They also like to avoid conflict to begin with by trying to control situations so that problems never arise. When Librans are trying to control a situation to create the balance they need, it means they are so focused on anticipating others' needs that they are forgetting themselves. The challenge for them is to create internal order and to seek the balance they need from within.

The position of Libra in your chart reveals the area of your life where you can turn to when you need balance. This is also the area where you will want to maintain a sense of balance so you won't be drawing on a dry well in times of need.


Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Saturn Return in Leo: My Journey

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Since my last post about my Saturn Return, I reread The Artist's Way. I first did The Artist's Way when Saturn went through Taurus, my sun sign. What I realized while reading it again is that I need to let go of shame. I realized that I have taken on shame as a result of not knowing how to do things in many areas of my life. I also realized that the key to letting go of this shame is to simply give myself permission to learn at my own pace in all areas of my life. What I'm learning from this Saturn Return so far is to let go of the perfectionism I took up as a child as a way to cope and start to inhabit my life in a new way.

Feel free to share what you have learned, or are learning, from your Saturn Return.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2005

astrology and the tenth planet

The name for the tenth planet still has not been confirmed. There has been speculation surrounding both Lila and Xena as possible names, but according to Michael Brown neither of those names has been chosen.

For years, many astrologers have said that when a planet is discovered beyond Pluto it will be named PanHorus. Based on what I've been reading about the planet, it seems like there's a good chance that either Pan or Horus will be chosen as the name. Not sure if both names will be chosen, though. We shall see.

Meanwhile, has a provisional ephemeris up on their site for the tenth planet.


Friday, September 09, 2005

Mars Retrograde in Taurus

On October 1st, Mars will be going retrograde in Taurus, giving us a chance to review our actions. You will be able to reflect on any decisions you have made impulsively or out of anger and given an opportunity to correct your course.

The shadow period started on the 12th of August so pay attention to what you're now choosing. Check your anger and think through decisions as much as possible to avoid having them come back to haunt you.

During this retrograde period there will be an emphasis on taking responsibility for our actions, as Mars will be squaring Saturn. Mars squared Saturn at the end of July so expect to be revisiting issues, lessons, or events that were brought up then as well.

It'll be interesting to see how leaders are held accountable for their recent actions regarding Hurricane Katrina when Mars squares Saturn again.

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Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Shadow Periods

Shadow periods are often talked about when a planet goes retrograde. I thought I'd explain them for those who don't know what they are.

There is a shadow period before and after each retrograde. The shadow period starts at the degree the planet will station direct after it goes through its retrograde motion. When the planet turns retrograde, the first shadow period is over. The next shadow period starts as soon as the planet turns direct and ends at the degree the retrograde motion started.

For example, let's say a planet will begin its retrograde motion at 22 degrees in Aries and and station direct at 5 degrees. When the planet first reaches 5 degrees, the shadow period has begun. At 22 degrees, the shadow period ends and retrograde begins. At 5 degrees, the retrograde ends and the next shadow period begins. When the planet reaches 22 degrees again, the shadow period is over.

Now for what the shadow periods mean. The shadow period before a retrograde will bring up issues you'll need to review during the retrograde. The shadow period after will show you the results of your review. This is where you'll find out if the course of action you choose will work out for you. And if you failed to deal with an issue, this is when it will come back up.

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Friday, September 02, 2005

Pluto and the New Moon

Pluto moves direct in Sagittarius today. Since March, Pluto has been working on helping us process what has been going on in our lives, peeling back the layers of fear, shame, anger, and pushing us to reach a turning point. Chances are, in the last few days, you've had a realization that will allow you to transform a situation you've felt stuck in. It is now time to take action to make sure that transformation happens. And with the New Moon in Virgo tomorrow, this is a powerful time to create big changes in your life. Over the next couple of days, make some time to think/write about, visualize and plan for what you really want to create in your life.

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