Astrology is a useful tool for self-understanding and understanding of others—the best I’ve ever found. Studying astrology led me to unique understandings of the universe and our human place in it, an understanding both startling and enlightening. It renders our enormous universe meaningful and alive, even for us tiny specks at the edge of it.


This blog is my opportunity to tell you everything I can think of and everything I experience about living well and how astrology can be used to do that. I’ve been blogging about astrology since April of 2007.

If you have just found this blogpost thread, I strongly suggest you go back to the beginning of it before reading further.

Venus Retrograde is over (at least for now—she will go retrograde again in March of 2017). We are past the peak in our story: the princess has been discovered, the witch vanquished, the hard choice made. What is left to tell? A milestone occurs when Venus, now direct, passes through the same point where she turned retrograde in the first place. That happens on October 9, 2015. On this day Venus (now direct and no longer retrograde) passes back through 0º Virgo, the point where she began the journey.

I have names for various points in the Venus Retrograde cycle and I have dubbed this one “Relationship Resolution Day.” It’s an opportunity to return to where you started and to apprehend this place with all the wisdom of the retrograde journey in your pocket. What metaphors can we find in the story of Rapunzel?

A grim ending for a Grimm tale
In the Grimm’s version, after being blinded and wandering for years, the Prince rediscovers Rapunzel by hearing her sing (there’s that Leo creativity and expression again) and they are reunited. She has been raising their children. Overjoyed, she cries and her tears fall on his eyes. The blindness is healed. They can now be together.

Old-fashioned tales are bound by old-fashioned perspectives. This “you can be happy only after you have endured pain and punishment” moral framework is reminiscent of Jane Eyre, a middle-class character who could only marry her upper-class love after both have paid a terrible price involving death, a fire and the revelation of a horrifying secret. But the modern reader wonders why it all mattered so much?

A modern Disney ending
Disney, targeting its tales firmly at an audience of children and their parents, needs to keep it all very G-rated. The pregnancy theme? Out. The sad ending with the blinded prince? Out. Instead we have the magic hair, a charismatic bad boy hero and an indomitable lost princess trying to discover herself. Oddly, by removing some of the themes, Disney has arrived at the heart of the story, which is also the part that interests modern children (and the inner child of modern adults) the most. And this is the part of the story that makes me cry. Every. Damn. Time.

Rapunzel’s epiphany comes when she has returned to the tower and surrendered herself to Mother Gothel, ostensibly forever. But she has with her a bit of flag that she brought home from her adventures. It has the crest of the royal family on it—a sunburst (and there’s nothing more Leonine than a sunburst). Seeing this symbol in the context of the tower makes her look all around her and suddenly realize that she’s been drawing and painting this exact shape all her life. She’s surrounded by sunbursts—in the positive and in the negative space of every image she’s created. Venus retrograde’s discovery, upon returning to Leo from Virgo, is that she has herself already—that she always knew who she really was, deep down inside. This triggers for Rapunzel the realization that SHE is the princess who was stolen as a baby, that the lanterns are expressly for her and always were. This is a Venus moment of understanding that one’s value is absolute and that her parents never stopped loving or wanting her.

This is a huge shift away from most world cultures’ traditional devaluation of the female or of using a daughter as a bargaining chip or a resource to be exploited. The epiphany is also a consummately Venus moment in that she discovers that she has value, has worth, that is inherent, and that it is up to her to ensure that it is used well in the world, and not exploited.

Lost. . .  and found
United with Flynn, Rapunzel leaves the tower and returns to her family, the king and queen of the land. In a moment both subtle and tender, they recognize and welcome her with open hearts. This is a reaffirmation of their perpetual love for her and the hope that she would be found.

This is a story for anyone who has ever lost herself and then found herself, for anyone who has lost a child, for anyone who fears that her mother didn’t really love her. It’s a story affirming that a girl can grow up, pass through adolescence, discover herself and her own desires and be loved by her parents despite the rebellion needed to break away from their safe grasp. It is a story for everyone who longs to be a wanted child.

Begin this article series here.
Read more about Venus Retrograde here.

Wikipedia page about Rapunzel A fun and modernized retelling of Rapunzel, in graphic novel format
Grimm’s Fairy Tales on Wikipedia
The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang for free download on
Tangled on IMDB
An annotated Rapunzel
Grimm’s original tale for purchase on
Terri Windling’s Rapunzel page compares several versions of the tale and is loaded with insights

This is a jarring eclipse—its strongest planetary connection is a quincunx to Uranus in Aries. It’s not as if a Moon in Virgo could relax anyway (such a worrywart!), but adding in the agitation and anxiety of Uranus practically guarantees a tendency to be unsettled and easily thrown off balance. Don’t trust your intuition during this eclipse—your feelings may be way out of proportion and oddly intellectualized.

Details About This Eclipse

Date: September 12, 2015
Time of eclipse: 11:41 PM Pacific Time
Type: partial (weak in intensity)
Visible in: southern Africa, southern Madagascar, northern Antarctica and the southwestern Indian Ocean.
At: 20º Virgo
Shadow Agents:  Uranus in Aries

Does It Affect You Personally?

If your birthday is on any of the following dates, you’re most likely to experience this eclipse:
March 6 to 16
June 6 to 16
September 8 to 18
December 7 to 17

Remember, not every eclipse touches everyone, but when it does, it’s usually noticeable.  A solar eclipse is likely to be marked by an external, real-world event (unlike a lunar eclipse, which is likely to bring up strong emotions and to be experienced as a subjective event).  You may notice events happening anytime within the week surrounding the eclipse (up to a few days before or after).  The following script is just one possible way it could go.

You hear a knock at the door. You answer it. There stand the Sun and Moon in Virgo, a cleaning team loaded up with several buckets of soap and toothbrushes. They sweep into the room and unload their toolkits.
Moon (surveying the room): Oh this really is dreadful.
Sun: Yes, it’s worse than I thought.
You suddenly see the mess you’ve been living in through Virgo eyes: dishes piled up in the sink, paper piles a foot deep and so many clothes strewn about that you can’t even see the floor. Both the Luminaries heave a great sigh, then dig in. Several hours go by. . .
Sun: We are hardly making a dent here!
Moon (poking her kerchiefed head up from behind the sofa): I’ve found an amazing nest of dust bunnies! I need another toothbrush—this one is worn flat.
Sun: Good thing we brought a few dozen because I’ve used up several already. Look in the bucket. At least I’ve gotten deeper into the living room than you.
Moon: When do you think we’ll make it into the bathroom?
Sun: No idea. I’m dreading the kitchen.
You: Don’t you think a general approach would be better? It will take forever to handle all this if all you have is a toothbrush. Didn’t you bring a vacuum? Some rags? A broom?
Sun and Moon in unison: Of course not! Details, details, details!
Moon: Life is made up of them.
They continue scrubbing. Another several hours pass by.
Sun: Why isn’t this going faster? Hey Moon, don’t focus on making the bed—we need to organize the kitchen first!
Moon (moping): But how can I rest in an unmade bed? If the bed’s not tidy, with clean sheets, I can’t relax. Why do your needs always come first?
Sun: Not when I’m eclipsed, they don’t! I’m having NO effect here at all!
Suddenly the door bursts open and Uranus in Aries literally blows in, a disruptive, kinetic figure, bringing a high, hot wind with him. He’s a large fellow wearing a bright red cape that never stops moving.
Sun: Where the hell did he come from?
Moon: Did anyone hear him ring?
You: Not me.
Uranus, in attempting to orient himself and avoid the pockets of mess that have gathered here and there, knocks over several large paper piles and some furniture—only adding to the disorder. The Moon and Sun freeze in mid-motion, not knowing how to handle this alien figure.
Uranus: I see what you’re doing. Order, right? It’s a good thing, right? Streamline. Well, the way to do that is to eliminate.
Uranus (casually glances over the whole mess, and nonchalantly waves his hand): Let’s get rid of most of this junk.
You: It’s not junk!
Moon: Darned right it’s not junk! There are nostalgic items here!
You: And stuff that’s really important!
The Sun stands ready but has only a toothbrush to contribute. Uranus slaps it out of his hand. The Sun looks dazed.
Sun: How could we possibly—
Uranus sweeps into the kitchen and swiftly roots around in the cabinet underneath the sink. Returning in a blur of speed, he begins tossing things into the garbage bags he’s found.
Uranus: You don’t need most of this stuff.  (barking at the Moon and Sun) Get moving—NOW!
They scurry to obey, toothbrushes flying everywhere.
Uranus forces you through a quick triage, brooking no opposition.
Uranus: Need this? (tosses it) Want this? (tosses it) Why save this? (tosses it).
Soon he’s eliminated all the piles. There are six large garbage bags full of stuff, which the Moon and Sun lug to the curb. You don’t even want to look inside them. The Moon and Sun return to the living room, where they throw themselves on the sofa.
Moon: Wow! This feels SO much better!
Sun: Did we keep an accounting of what we tossed?
Uranus: Why do that?
Moon: I’m quite sure we’ve thrown away something important.
Uranus: Yes, probably. But things are clean. Isn’t that what matters?
Sun: I think it matters HOW it became clean.
Uranus. I don’t believe you. I’ve improved things. And now I’m off.
Uranus leaves in a whirlwind.
Moon: Who was that masked man?
Sun: I don’t know, but I hope I never see him again.



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We return to our story at a peak dramatic moment: In the Disney version of the tale, Rapunzel wants to heal Flynn, but Flynn refuses to allow her to promise her life away so that Mother Gothel will allow him to be healed. He would rather die than leave her in her tower. She would rather be imprisoned forever and lose him, than he lose his life. It is an impossible dilemma.

Flynn solves the problem by making Rapunzel’s decision for her—and in doing so, he demonstrates that he loves her more than he loves his own life.  Considering that he is an orphan and a thief with a made-up life and a false identity, who likely has never bonded to anyone before now, this shows that he is a changed man. Using a shard of glass that he picked up in the battle with Mother Gothel, he cuts Rapunzel’s hair—the ultimate sacrifice, because she cannot heal him without it. In doing so, he is liberating her by making her worthless to Mother Gothel, when she wouldn’t have done that for herself. Rapunzel’s cropped hair loses its magic and turns brown. And then Flynn dies in her arms.

Here we arrive at the very nadir of hope and it’s reminiscent of the Grimm’s ending, where the prince falls on thorns, is blinded and spends the rest of his days in aimless wandering. And here Disney (which knows its audience expects a happy ending and a kiss) delivers a miracle. Rapunzel cries and a single tear falls on Flynn and that tear contains all that’s left of the hair’s magical powers. It is enough to heal Flynn and ultimately their happiness together is assured.

In the midst of all this Mother Gothel receives the punishment we expect: she falls from the tower and is no more. My perspicacious 3-year-old calls her a “bad guy mommy.” Her exploitation of Rapunzel’s hair is at an end.

I cannot imagine stating the themes of this tale better than author and folklorist Terri Windling, so I’ll quote her here:

“In the public mind (used to the Grimm’s version), Rapunzel’s tale was one intended for very young readers — with few realizing that at its root this is a story about puberty, sexual desire, and the evils of locking young women away from life and self-determination. In the children’s version, Rapunzel is just another passive princess waiting for her prince to come. In the older tales we glimpse a different story: about a girl whose life is utterly controlled by greedy, selfish, capricious adults … until she disobeys, chooses her own fate, and bursts from captivity into adult life.

Rapunzel’s story has become part of our folk tradition because its themes are universal and timeless. We’ve all hungered for things with too high a price; we’ve all felt imprisoned by another’s demands; we’ve all been carried away by love, only to end up blinded and broken; we all hope for grace at the end of our suffering, and a happy ending.”

In the next article (on October 8), discover Rapunzel’s ultimate epiphany, and the takeaway from this year’s Venus Retrograde period.

Begin this article series here.
Read more about Venus Retrograde here.

Saturn in your chart points down a career path that can satisfy you and bring you success.

Knowing your Saturn sign orients you, motivates you and gets you unstuck. 

Do you have Saturn in Scorpio in your astrology chart?

If you do, then you need November’s free teleclass from Pandora Astrology.

How to find out more:

The infographic above can only hint at the deeper understanding of Saturn in Scorpio that astrology has to offer.  To find out more about Saturn in Scorpio (in your chart or in the chart of someone whose success matters to you), join my free teleclass on Thursday, November 5, 2015, at 5:00pm PT/8:00pm ET.  There I’ll be saying much, much more about Saturn In Scorpio and there will be discounts available too!

You have Saturn in Scorpio if you were born in these dates:

  • 12/19/1923 to 4/6/1924
  • 9/13/1924 to 12/2/1926
  • 10/22/1953 to 1/12/1956
  • 5/13/1956 to 10/10/1956
  • 11/29/1982 to 5/6/1983
  • 8/24/1983 to 11/16/1985
  • 10/5/2012 to 12/23/2014
  • 6/14/2015 to 9/17/2015

If you don’t have Saturn in Scorpio, you can find out about YOUR Saturn sign by joining the free teleclass for it, coming up this year:

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Saturn in your chart points down a career path that can satisfy you and bring you success.

Knowing your Saturn sign orients you, motivates you and gets you unstuck.

Do you have Saturn in Libra in your astrology chart?

If you do, then you need October’s free teleclass from Pandora Astrology.

How to find out more:

The infographic above can only hint at the deeper understanding of Saturn in Libra that astrology has to offer. To find out more about Saturn in Libra (in your chart or in the chart of someone whose success matters to you), join my free teleclass on Thursday, October 8, 2015, at 5:00pm PT/8:00pm ET. There I’ll be saying much, much more about Saturn In Libra and there will be discounts available too!

You have Saturn in Libra if you were born in these dates:

  • 10/7/1921 to 12/19/1923
  • 4/6/1924 to 9/13/1924
  • 11/20/1950 to 3/7/1951
  • 8/13/1951 to 10/22/1953
  • 9/21/1980 to 11/29/1982
  • 5/6/1983 to 8/24/1983
  • 10/29/2009 to 4/7/2010
  • 7/21/2010 to 10/5/2012

If you don’t have Saturn in Libra, you can find out about YOUR Saturn sign by joining the free teleclass for it, coming up this year:

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On August 31, 2015, Venus conjuncts Mars, just as she’s finishing her retrograde stint. They meet at 14º Leo. Obviously, if you have anything in your chart at 14º Leo, this would hit you with some significance. It would connect strongly with your Sun if your birthday is within a week on either side of August 6, November 6, February 3 or May 4.

If you are just finding this article series now, I strongly suggest you begin at the beginning of it. (And beware of the many spoilers of the Disney movie, Tangled, in this series.)

The Cost of Fun, according to Grimm
In the Grimm’s version of Rapunzel, we have gotten to the part of the story where Rapunzel has been having an affair with her rescuer, who visits her regularly, and Rapunzel innocently asks Dame Gothel, “Why is my dress getting tight?” She is pregnant. In that tale, Gothel cuts Rapunzel’s hair and casts her out of the tower. She then ties the hair to a nail and lures the prince to climb it in his usual way, only to drop him from the tower’s height to a thorn bush where he is blinded. In some versions, this is where the story ends—badly, unromantically. The prince spends the rest of his life wandering as a blind man and thus, in a very pre-modern plot ending, Rapunzel and her prince must pay for their pleasure.

The Cost of Fun, according to Disney
In other versions, Rapunzel and the blind prince reunite years later and find happiness together. In the Disney version, the happy ending is even more pronounced (as modern and post-modern viewers expect).

Rapunzel has escaped the tower and Mother Gother pursues her (she covets the hair, remember?) and, observing that Flynn and Rapunzel are falling in love, tricks her into thinking he has abandoned her for riches. Rapunzel returns to the tower with Gothel, and to her life of submission and non-adventure. Flynn is imprisoned but escapes (with the help of the most awesome cartoon horse character I’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing) and returns to the tower to rescue Rapunzel. There a beautiful, magical transformation happens, which teaches about the power of love (a favorite theme with Disney) and the evildoers are all appropriately punished while the good guys find love and happiness.

They aren’t the only ones who have to pay
While Flynn is speeding towards her, Rapunzel has the epiphany where she realizes that the lost princess the lanterns are raised for is actually. . . herself. This triggers the further epiphany that Mother Gothel isn’t her real mother. This allows Rapunzel to see the false mother love she’s been given for the cheap, gaudy thing it really is—more Leo symbolism there, as Rapunzel begins to discover substance as opposed to surface.

In the fracas, Flynn is dealt a deadly blow. Rapunzel begs Mother Gothel to allow her to heal Flynn with her hair, giving her word of honor that she will remain in the tower forever. This is a devil’s bargain: Rapunzel must choose between her life of isolation, but saving Flynn’s life, or rebelling against Mother Gothel and gaining her freedom, but allowing Flynn to die. She chooses to save his life, but he chooses her freedom. With a shard of glass, he cuts her hair, rather than allow her to save him. Both characters grow. BUT Flynn is dying. All is lost.

How can a happy ending happen?
In the next article, discover the magical healing power of love.

Begin this article series here.
Read more about Venus Retrograde here.

Saturn in your chart points down a career path that can satisfy you and bring you success.

Knowing your Saturn sign orients you, motivates you and gets you unstuck. 

Do you have Saturn in Virgo in your astrology chart?

If you do, then you need September’s free teleclass from Pandora Astrology.

How to find out more:

The infographic above can only hint at the deeper understanding of Saturn in Virgo that astrology has to offer.  To find out more about Saturn in Virgo (in your chart or in the chart of someone whose success matters to you), join my free teleclass on Thursday, September 3, 2015, at 5:00pm PT/8:00pm ET.  There I’ll be saying much, much more about Saturn In Virgo and there will be discounts available too!

You have Saturn in Virgo if you were born in these dates:

  • 9/18/1948 to 4/3/1949
  • 5/29/1949 to 11/20/1950
  • 3/7/1951 to 8/13/1951
  • 11/16/1977 to 1/4/1978
  • 7/26/1978 to 9/21/1980
  • 9/2/2007 to 10/29/2009
  • 4/7/2010 to 7/21/2010

If you don’t have Saturn in Virgo, you can find out about YOUR Saturn sign by joining the free teleclass for it, coming up this year:

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On August 13, 2015, Venus, still moving retrograde, conjuncts the Sun. I call this Relationship Clarity Day—a day when the purpose of the current Venus Retrograde period can become clear. During the current Venus Retrograde period, there is also a New Moon in Leo, which is in trine to Uranus in Aries. Saturn in Scorpio continues to square Venus. We continue the story of Rapunzel where we left off—she is living in her tower and is about to be discovered by … either a handsome prince or a thief, depending on which version you refer to.

(Warning: Disney movie “Tangled” spoilers are peppered throughout this article series!)

The Adventure. . .
In the Disney version, Rapunzel’s tower is invaded by a thief named Flynn, who styles himself something of a player but is easily subdued by an iron frying pan wielded by the indomitable Rapunzel. She may lack worldly experience, but she’s ready to defend herself, in true Venus-in-Leo fashion. She ties him up with her hair and makes him agree to help fulfill her one great wish, which is to see the beautiful floating lanterns close up.

The Disney version contains a number of Leonine symbols here: One, the lanterns are lights that are made of floating fire. Two, Rapunzel is taking initiative and she is royalty—a lost princess. Three, her family crest is a sunburst and it is this symbol that awakens her to her heritage. Only after leaving the tower and adventuring out into the nearby towns does she see the kingdom’s flag. Her epiphany later in the story is that she’s been drawing and painting that very shape her whole life—the tower is in fact filled with sunbursts, and this triggers in her a babyhood memory of her parents. She discovers herself—again, very Leonine.

. . . or the Affair
Grimm’s versions of all fairy tales tend to be a bit more, well, grim. They are often bloodier and more adult. Most of Grimm’s tales have been softened in the last century, for the ears of modern children. In Rapunzel, there are strong hints that Rapunzel has been having sex with her visitor and that she becomes pregnant. This is also apt symbolism for Venus in Leo, as love affairs and sex for pleasure and fun are ruled by Leo. So whichever version you go with, the message is the same. Girls just want to have fun.

In the next article, discover how Rapunzel (and her visitor) must pay for their fun.

Begin this article series here.
And read more about Venus Retrograde here.

If you’re just finding this now, you might want to begin this thread at the beginning.

On July 31st, 2015, Venus retrograded from Virgo into 29º Leo. At the same time, Saturn is retrograde in Scorpio, also retrograde, and the two square each other. This is apt symbolism for continuing the story of Rapunzel, the maiden (Venus) in the tower (Saturn—restriction, constriction, isolation, ). Arriving in Leo, Venus is defiant. “I am remembering who I am!” she declares. This section of the tale is about her meeting the one who will release her—in the Grimm’s tale, it’s the prince, and in the Disney version, it’s Flynn, the thief. Either way, for her to entertain him is an act of defiance and subversion. This girl just wants to have some fun for once!

Leo, creativity and self-discovery
Even the synopsis of the Disney film on IMDB emphasizes the self-discovery aspect of the tale: “The magically long-haired Rapunzel has spent her entire life in a tower, but now that a runaway thief has stumbled upon her, she is about to discover the world for the first time, and who she really is.”

In Tangled, Rapunzel is extremely creative with her time, which is very Leo of her. She paints, cooks, makes pottery, and literally swings from the ceiling by her hair. She covers every wall and ceiling with beautiful drawings and reads all the books she possesses over and over again. She even plays chess. In the Grimm’s tale the prince is drawn to her by hearing her sing—another creative act. Rapunzel is bursting with self-development.

The symbolism of golden hair
Hair is lush, sensual and a means for expression. Leo, being the Lion, is always aware of the mane. Her long hair, always blonde, (this is a German tale after all) is a symbol of lushness and golden beauty. Like gold, she is coveted, first by her parents, then by Mother Gothel, then by the Prince/Flynn.

In the Disney tale her hair is coveted for its healing powers. At the end, Flynn is willing to die rather than exploit the healing hair one more time—even though Rapunzel is willing to sacrifice her newfound freedom to save him. This is his growth in the story, which he begins as a thief, coveting a tiara he had stolen from the palace. He learns to value love over money. Mother Gothel, who covets the hair for its ability to restore her youth, receives the ultimate lesson—and dies of it.

Read the next post: Love and Rebellion.

Begin this article series here.
And read more about Venus Retrograde here.

Pluto Has A Heart

“This is what I’ve been trying to tell you all along.

Don’t call me an ice dwarf.

I know I’m short, but really, do you have to make a guy feel so small?

You’ve demoted me from planet-status, isn’t that enough?

I have a heart.

I wear it on my sleeve.

I’m as transparent as I know how to be.

(I know that isn’t all that transparent, but it’s the best I can do,

because I’m as much a mystery to myself as I am to you.)


Yes, in my world things are black and white,

But my heart is pure as snow.

Now that you’ve seen it, do you believe me?

I have a heart, dammit!

I belong in this solar system.

I’m far from the sun and it gets cold out here, on the edge of things.

The edge has always been where you’ll find me.

I hold the darkness at bay.

Have a little compassion for me.

I do love you, from way over here.”


Yours truly,


If you’re just finding this now, you might want to begin this thread at the beginning.

Life in the Tower
This Venus retrograde period begins in Virgo and then Venus retrogrades back into Leo (on July 31). A maiden imprisoned in a tower is an apt metaphor for this. Rapunzel begins her life with some very Virgo restrictions and when she arrives at adolescence, a Leo-style crisis hits because the tower can no longer contain her.

The budding of sexuality and expression in the second quadrant of the zodiac
The zodiac is a human development cycle. The first quadrant takes us through early childhood, while the second quadrant carries us from there to adulthood. This second quadrant contains houses that have to do with self development and learning who we are. Leo and Virgo appear here, along with Cancer. Cancer represents our relationship to family and heritage, the context we come from. It’s where we learn to nurture ourselves. It also represents the hormonal and emotional changes of adolescence. Cancer is followed by Leo, the symbolic teen years, a time of self-expression. In Leo we come to know who we are through creativity, performance and audience response. Here we develop self-confidence. Then comes Virgo, the threshold of young adulthood, a time of shaping and perfecting oneself. Here we develop integrity and restraint. Here we prepare to meet the Beloved in Libra, sign of partnership and love. After we learn who we are, we are then ready to link with a partner and fully merge with them (in Scorpio).

Rapunzel’s part of the story begins in Virgo. She is a maiden, a virgin, inexperienced and innocent, untouched and isolated in her tower. Rapunzel doesn’t know she’s a princess or that she’s beautiful. Her life is a Virgo one of restraint, humbleness and modesty.

Venus retrogrades into Leo, sign of creativity and fun
This Venus retrograde period begins so extremely early in Virgo that Venus quickly retrogrades back into Leo. Virgo is of course the sign associated with virginity while Leo is associated with love affairs and sex for pleasure. What could this mean?

A Venus retrograde period takes our relationships backward before they can go forward. It is a time of retrospection and introspection. Rapunzel has been limited to a Virgo life before she had had any fun. How can she prepare to meet the Beloved if she doesn’t know who she is? Before Rapunzel can become a true partner (in Libra), she needs to become an independent young adult (Virgo) and before that she needs to really play and to discover herself (Leo). So back into Leo Venus goes, to discover fun, creativity and playfulness.

What is rampion?
leaf of campanula rapunculusWhile researching this story I discovered a page that tells the whole story of Rapunzel with helpful annotations. There I found this quote, with some interesting biological facts about the rampion plant that Rapunzel is named for. Rampion is an autogamous plant. This means that if it is not fertilized with the help of insects, it can split a column within the plant to fertilize itself. The split column will “curl like braids or coils on a maiden’s head, and this will bring the female stigmatic tissue into contact with the male pollen on the exterior surface of the column.” How cool is that?

A beautiful maiden in a tower in a fairy tale is an invitation for adventure to happen, just as virginity is an invitation for sexuality to happen. Nature dictates that budding sexuality be discovered, and very soon, that is exactly what happens. And what fairy tale would be complete without the arrival of the prince?

Read the next post: Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Let Down Your Hair!
And more about Venus Retrograde here.

What is Venus Retrograde?

Venus turns retrograde (or backwards) for about 6 weeks every year and a half. When she does, she pulls us into an inward journey, an exploration of the deeper mysteries of love. Relationships reach a crisis point at which clarity can come, followed by a deepening of intimacy or possibly an end to the relationship. Each Venus retrograde period is an opportunity to learn a new set of teachings about love and apply them to your own relationships (including close friendships).

Venus Retrograde 2015: Virgo and Leo
This year Venus begins her retrograde journey in 0º Virgo and travels backwards into Leo. I’ve decided on the story of Rapunzel as an apt metaphor for this journey: a tale of an adolescent girl who has lived in a tower all her life, and just wants to get out and have some fun. At certain junctures of Venus’ journey I’ll be posting articles about Rapunzel to illuminate the meaning of this transit. Stories evolve in the telling and this story is hundreds of years old, so along the way, I’ll compare various versions and interpretations of the tale that may add their own particular meanings, from the Brothers Grimm to Disney.

The Story of Rapunzel
There once was a girl who had lived her whole life in a tower, isolated from the world. Ah, but I begin too late. . . I must start at the beginning. This story really begins with a pregnancy, so we can understand why Rapunzel was in a tower and how she got her name.

Once upon a time. . .
There lived a man and his wife who lacked a child and were unhappy. They lived near to a witch who kept a garden behind her wall. The wife craved rampion (a leafy green vegetable) and asked her husband to take some from the witch’s garden as she felt she would die if she didn’t have it. The husband did so and was caught. The witch demanded his first-born child for his thievery, predicting that his wife would soon bear. When the child was born, the witch took her away, naming the girl Rapunzel, after the rampion her mother had craved. She hid the child in a tower, isolated from the world.

What does it mean?
Rapunzel is the product of a craving, which can be interpreted two ways: one is that, because a pregnant woman needs nutrition, her cravings are taken seriously by her husband, who risks all to feed her what she wants. This is therefore a story about appetites and their cost. The other possible interpretation stems from the fact that, in some versions of the story, the mother craves parsley, a known abortifacient. Perhaps the mother doesn’t really want a child and just wants to have sex without conceiving and therefore she is made to pay for her “sin” by losing her child. In either interpretation, the mother is subject to cravings, longings, desires that the husband is bound to fulfill and that cost them their child. Rapunzel is a product of longing and the name given her by the witch is ironic.

Mother Gothel, and the feminine craving for youth and beauty
The witch herself is a character full of meaning. In some versions she is a witch or a sorceress, in some a simple herbalist. In some she lures the husband to steal the rampion so she can claim the child. But in none of the older versions (Grimm’s German version or the Italian or French versions) is it explained why the old woman would want to take a child and raise it. The Disney version handles this by giving her a uniquely modern motivation.

(Warning: Disney movie “Tangled” spoilers are peppered throughout this article series!)

Disney begins the story with a magical flower that an aging woman finds. The flower keeps the woman young and beautiful and she conceals it under a basket, keeping it only for herself and singing a song to evoke the magical healing properties of the flower. She does this for hundreds of years. Then one day, the queen of the land, who is pregnant, grows deathly ill. She needs to get well, and fast. The king, hearing of the flower, sends his soldiers to take the flower and it is harvested and used to heal the queen, who safely bears a daughter. The magical healing qualities of the flower have come out in the baby’s hair, which is golden. The old woman, who is called Mother Gothel in the Disney version (and Dame Gothel in Grimm’s), appears and steals the child away. Mother Gothel knows that if Rapunzel’s hair is cut, even once, it will lose its magic. She hides the child in a tower which Rapunzel is never allowed to leave. Mother Gothel renews her youthful appearance and health each time Rapunzel sings a song that works the magic.

Rapunzel grows up believing Mother Gothel is her mother and knows nothing of her loving and distraught royal parents. Each year, they celebrate their beloved child (and grieve her loss) by sending lanterns into the sky. Each year, Rapunzel sees the beautiful lanterns and is drawn to them, but doesn’t have any idea they are for her. Rapunzel is the archetypal lost princess, with no idea that she is beautiful, magical and lost. She has all the power of primal innocence and Mother Gothel’s purpose is to entrap and exploit it, as a natural resource. Mother Gothel is the “bad mother” figure that appears in so many fairy tales and their Disney versions.

Distorted mother love and the Moon in Scorpio
The Disney version interests me because of the complex dynamics between Rapunzel and Mother Gothel. It’s especially interesting because this year’s Venus Retrograde period begins while the Moon is in Scorpio, a position associated with mothers who can be overprotective, manipulative or controlling.

Mother Gothel is the only mother Rapunzel has ever known. She pretends to love the child but really wants only to control and contain her and have access to her magic hair. “Mother knows best,” she sings, in a litany of things in the outside world that Rapunzel should be afraid of, justifying her imprisonment in the tower. Gothel’s every move in the course of the story is in defense of her access to the hair, a symbol of lushness and sexual beauty. She “protects” Rapunzel by keeping her in the tower, securing the girl’s obedience by pretending to be a loving mother. But as Rapunzel grows up, the tower will no longer contain her. Mother Gothel’s exploitation of this natural resource will come to an end.

Adolescence and the budding of sexuality
Rapunzel is conceived as a transgression (the husband has to climb a wall to get the rampion, which is protected/imprisoned behind it) and then is hidden in a tower, where she cannot transgress. But as the story moves on, she does transgress. This is the nature of adolescence: it is a time of desires and transgression. More in the next post.

And more about Venus Retrograde here.

Saturn in your chart points down a career path that can satisfy you and bring you success.

Knowing your Saturn sign orients you, motivates you and gets you unstuck. 

Do you have Saturn in Leo in your astrology chart?

If you do, then you need August’s free teleclass from Pandora Astrology.

How to find out more:

The infographic above can only hint at the deeper understanding of Saturn in Leo that astrology has to offer.  To find out more about Saturn in Leo (in your chart or in the chart of someone whose success matters to you), join my free teleclass on Thursday, August 6, 2015, at 5:00pm PT/8:00pm ET.  There I’ll be saying much, much more about Saturn In Leo and there will be discounts available too!

You have Saturn in Leo if you were born in these dates:

  • 8/2/1946 to 9/18/1948
  • 4/3/1949 to 5/29/1949
  • 9/16/1975 to 1/14/1976
  • 6/5/1976 to 11/16/1977
  • 1/4/1978 to 7/26/1978
  • 7/16/2005 to 9/2/2007

If you don’t have Saturn in Leo, you can find out about YOUR Saturn sign by joining the free teleclass for it, coming up this year:

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Put Up Your Lightning Rod!

Jupiter and Uranus sit on top of Mount Olympus, surveying the mortal world below and taking the occasional swig of ambrosia from a chalice they are sharing. It’s a really BIG chalice and sparks are flying off the surface of the liquid.

Uranus: You know what I’m in the mood for?
Jupiter: What are you in the mood for, my friend?
Uranus: Delivering insight.
Jupiter: But isn’t that your bag? Isn’t that just what you do every day, no matter what?
Uranus: Sure, but usually it’s a little—you know—fraught.
Jupiter: Oh, you mean attended by total chaos, breakdown and revolution? So what? Everybody’s got a talent—that’s just yours. If you’ve got it, flaunt it—that’s what I always say. (He takes a large swig.)
Uranus: But I’m in the mood to be gentle. I’d just like to strike a few people with some ideas that are only a little offbeat, but which can bring real progress because they’re not hard to swallow. Or transmit.
Jupiter: That’s very restrained of you. (He emits a large belch.)
Uranus: And you, my dear deity, are drunk. Sodden. Loaded.
Jupiter: Don’t mind if I am. And I have the answer to your problem.
Uranus: Oh really? Do tell.
Jupiter: Lightning rods.
Uranus: What about them?
Jupiter: They attract lightning.
Uranus: Obviously. Develop your idea please, or you will lose my attention.
Jupiter: As you know, I know a bit about lightning bolts too. Lightning rods are made to attract them. Those few people who are ready for an idea should put up lightning rods above their heads and wait for you to throw them a bolt from the blue.
Uranus: And how are they to know that it’s time to do that?
Jupiter: (clears throat and opens his mouth very wide) Heeeeeeeeeyyyyyy, all you Human Beings! New ideas on the loose. Get ready!
Jupiter and Uranus scan the landscape eagerly as a handful, then a dozen, then hundreds and finally thousands of lightning rods pop up over homes in all corners of the Earth.
Uranus: Wow! I didn’t know you could do that.
Jupiter: Don’t be so amazed–after all, I do rule radio, television, advertising and all forms of broadcasting! I am the master of getting the word out.
Uranus: But what does this mean for the Gentle Reader who is reading this right now? What can the Gentle Reader do to catch a few good ideas?
Jupiter: It’s a metaphor, my dear old bolt-thrower. Those who are meant to understand it, will.

And the moral of the story is: Open your mind to new ideas this month—and they will strike you.

What Does This Mean For You?
This wonderful trine between Jupiter and Uranus began in September of 2014 and finishes this month—June of 2015.  It covers 14-20º of Fire signs, so if you have any planet in that span, you will love this transit.

Enjoy it through the end of June. Come July, the opportunity has passed!  This transit is especially nice if your birthday falls into these dates:

Arians born:  April 3-10
Geminis born:  June 4-11
Leos born:  August 6-13
Librans born:  October 6-13
Sagittarians born:  December 6-12
Aquarians born:  February 2-9

To read the other Jupiter-trine-Uranus post, look here: High Five! Jupiter Trine Uranus in Fire Signs
For more about Jupiter’s passage through Leo, read this: Jupiter in Leo—Your Time In The Sun

Are you benefiting from this Uranus/Jupiter trine?

If you want to know how to use this time more effectively,

contact Jamie for an astrology reading

to find out how it affects your chart.



Categories: Jupiter, Uranus

This Full Moon (also a Lunar Eclipse) suggests a feeling of persecution. “How unfair!” cries the Libran Moon, while Shadow Agents Pluto and Uranus pick on her. How will she learn to stand up for herself? Fortunately, Jupiter in Leo brings confidence and pride. During this Lunar Eclipse, learn to defend yourself and add teeth to your diplomacy.

Details About This Eclipse

Date: April 4, 2015
Time of eclipse: 5:05 AM Pacific Time
Type: total (strong in intensity)
Visible in: Asia, Western Australia, Oceania, North and South America and Antarctica
At: 14º Libra
Shadow Agents:  Pluto in Capricorn, Uranus in Aries, Jupiter in Leo

Does It Affect You Personally?

If your birthday is on any of the following dates, you’re most likely to experience this eclipse:
March 30 – April 9
July 1 – 11
October 3 – 13
December 31 – January 10

Remember, not every eclipse touches everyone, but when it does, it’s usually noticeable. A lunar eclipse is likely to bring up strong emotions and to be experienced as a subjective event (unlike a solar eclipse, which is likely to be marked by an external, real-world event). You may notice events happening anytime within the week surrounding the eclipse (up to a few days before or after). The following script is just one possible way it could go.

You hear a strange sound outside, like a breeze growing into a wind, quickly growing into a monsoon. You head for the door when it is thrown open by the Moon in Libra, looking like a 1920’s starlet wearing a long gown. She throws herself at you and clings to you. The wind blows her skirt around and then suddenly dies down.
Moon: Save me! They’re after me!
You close the door and hold her. She’s shivering. Soon there’s a beating at the door. Through the peephole you can see Pluto in Capricorn, wearing a long, dark cloak and Uranus in Aries, carrying fiery thunderbolts in a satchel on his back. The thunderbolts give off an occasional sizzle that is audible even through the door.
You: You’re not coming in!
Pluto: What, not by the hair of your chinny-chin-chin?
He and Uranus snicker.
Uranus: I mean, really! That’s just plain silly.
Pluto: Clearly, I am to be the villain of the piece, so I’ll live up to the image.
He produces a flask from inside his cloak and drinks from it, then laughs in an evil way.
Pluto: Come out, Moon! I’ve got some flaws to detect in you this time! You’re not as pretty as you look, ya know!
Uranus: Yeah, and I’ve got an angry mob of protesters here who say justice is not as blind as she should be.
Pluto: Maybe we should take out one of her eyes?
The Moon gasps, looks at you and shivers more violently.
Pluto: Which story is this anyway? Am I supposed to tie you to the railroad track, so I can steal your inheritance? Am I supposed to rip your bodice, turn out to be a bad man with a heart of gold and fulfill your sexual fantasies? Am I supposed to put you out for the monster to eat? Am I the monster? Come on, Moon, give me a clue!
The Moon looks confused. Just then, you hear a rumble on the roof and see some soot drop down your fireplace. Suddenly, Jupiter appears at the opening and tugs his large self free of the fireplace, knocking over the andirons as he goes, but not upsetting his dignity.
Jupiter: I’m used to using fireplaces. After all, some see me as Santa Claus. He pats the Moon gently on the back.
Jupiter: Don’t you know Moon, that you are in charge here? Where’s your power? You’re not a victim of beauty, you wield it. Is it a weapon? is it a connector?
What’s the truth and what’s the pretty lies?
Moon: Those two really have me off balance. I can’t find my center with them around.
Jupiter: Rather than hiding and crying about the unfairness of the situation, why not claim your dignity and stand up for yourself? After all, fairness is a two-way street.
There’s a resounding toot from a horn and the door opens by itself. The Sun in Aries strides in, a larger-than-life warrior figure wearing full armor, with battle plumes on his helmet. Pluto and Uranus are still on the other side of the threshold, with a crowd behind them, brandishing pitchforks and axes and suchlike.
Sun: I sincerely hope everyone is remembering this is an ECLIPSE! Of the MOON! A time for us to look at our emotional shadow. And here and now, that shadow is niceness. False sweetness. Empty beauty. Passivity and excess yielding. And it is love without teeth that runs and hides at the first sign of trouble.
He looks very sternly at the Moon.
The Moon has started to look very pale and begins to go dark while the Sun brightens.
Sun: The powers of day assert themselves over the powers of night. Libra Moon, I am doing what you cannot–I am the Inner Warrior coming out to protect you.
He draws a sword and brandishes it at Pluto and Uranus. Uranus cheers while Pluto cowers, hiding under his cloak.
Pluto (resentfully): Like I said, why am I always being cast as the villain of the piece?
The Moon goes entirely dark and disappears. She is only gone for a few minutes before she begins to fade into shape again. When she takes her form again, she strides over to the Sun and takes his sword, then raises it above her head.
Moon: How could I have forgotten? I am JUSTICE! I am the Scales. Where there is unfairness, there am I with my sword.
She grabs a doily from a nearby tabletop and covers her eyes inexpertly with it.
Moon: I am Blind Justice, impartial and symmetrical! I am pure objectivity!
Uranus (aside to Jupiter): She’s something of a drama queen but she does speak sooth.

Read about other eclipses this year: 2015 Eclipses.

If you’re feeling this eclipse
and you want to know what it means for you,
and especially if your birthday is in one of the spans above
contact Jamie for a reading.



Categories: Eclipse posts

March’s New Moon is also an emotionally powerful lunar eclipse and it’s in the watery sign of Pisces. This is a Moon with many currents and many flavors, like a soup that’s not quite ready yet. A New Moon is a great time for beginnings but beginnings under this Moon are muddy indeed. Some of the things you begin this month may need time to cook or integrate or blend fully before they are ready for action. Instead of gobbling the soup before it’s ready, allow all the flavors to blend in the pot first—then taste it.

Details About This Eclipse

Date: March 20, 2015
Time of eclipse:
2:36 AM Pacific
Type: total (strong in intensity)
Visible in: Europe, Northern Africa, Middle East, North-West Asia, Iceland and Greenland
At: 29º Pisces
Shadow Agents: Ceres in Capricorn, Pallas Athena in Sagittarius

Does It Affect You Personally?

If your birthday is on any of the following dates, you’re most likely to experience this eclipse:
March 15-25
June 15-26
September 17-27
December 16-26

Remember, not every eclipse touches everyone, but when it does, it’s usually noticeable.  A solar eclipse is likely to be marked by an external, real-world event (unlike a lunar eclipse, which is likely to bring up strong emotions and to be experienced as a subjective event).  You may notice events happening anytime within the week surrounding the eclipse (up to a few days before or after).  The following script is just one possible way it could go.

You hear a knock at the door.  You answer it.  There stands Ceres in Capricorn, holding a giant cauldron. She brushes by you and into the kitchen, where she puts the cauldron on your stove. She is wearing a plain garment of a soft gray, and her every movement is pure efficiency. The cauldron is enormous and it covers three burners. She turns on the flame under it and uses a pitcher to add water from the sink. Then she begins pulling ingredients from the air, muttering to herself.

Ceres: Here’s some interesting karma. . . (she waves a grayish substance into the cauldron) . . .  and what about this experience? (she adds a yellow streaked with green) And here’s a twist. . . (a bluish-purple liquid pours into the cauldron from the air above it, causing bubbles and steam to rise). . . and a pinch of this! (the pinch is bright red and sparkly). You approach the cauldron, sniffing appreciatively.
You: Hey, this smells familiar! Is this the project I’m trying to create at work?
Ceres: Sure is! But it’s not ready yet. We have to let it cook awhile.
The front door bangs open and in runs Pallas Athena in Sagittarius, dressed in a bright orange jogging suit. She blows into the kitchen abruptly.
Pallas Athena: Hey guys, what’s cooking?
You: It appears to be a project I’m trying to get going at work.
Pallas Athena grabs the spoon.
Ceres, stopping her: Uh-uh-uh! Nope. Not ready yet.
Athena looks annoyed but holds back.
Athena: I’ve got a great sales plan for this project. I can sell it to your boss and your boss’ boss and your coworkers, and then I can sell it to the rest of the world too.
You: That sounds great!
Ceres: But not yet.
You: Maybe we can talk about it in the living room.
Ceres: Nope. We don’t know what it’s going to turn into. A leak would drain it of its power and change the recipe. Don’t even think about that sales stuff yet.
Athena looks irritated, but she pulls up a stool and sits on her hands.
Athena: Hey, what about this?
She pulls a thread of orange energy out of the air and offers it to Ceres who views it speculatively.
Ceres: That could work. Toss it in.
Athena does so while Ceres stirs. Together, the three of you watch the colors swirl and blend inside the cauldron, while steam brings a strange and intriguing mix of scents to your noses.
Ceres: Now off you go. Both of you. And no side conversations till it’s done. I mean it!
She shoves you out of the kitchen and Athena disappears in an orange cloud.
Three mornings later, you shuffle into the kitchen rubbing your eyes. Ceres is still there, stirring and humming to herself as the sun comes up and the birds begin to sing. She smiles at you and shakes her head.
Ceres: Not ready yet.
You fumble your way to the shower. Another few days later you wander into the kitchen again and there she is, stirring away. She dips the spoon into the cauldron and offers you a taste.
You: Wow, that’s fantastic! It really is!
Ceres shakes her head, amused.
Ceres: You really didn’t believe me, you silly human. Sometimes, you have to leave things in the hands of a deity. And you have to just walk away, trusting that the thing will sort itself out.
You: I will never forget it again.
Athena pops her head into the room for a moment and calls out: Neither will I!
Ceres: Oh yes you will, the very next time you’re in a fire sign again!

Read about other eclipses this year: 2015 Eclipses.

The effects of an eclipse last for about six months.
If you’re feeling this eclipse
and you want to know what it means for you,
and especially if your birthday is in one of the spans above,
contact Jamie for a reading.

It’s March of 2015 and the final pass of this revolutionary transit is happening—Pluto and Uranus are meeting up in a stressful square for the last time. Jupiter stepped in at the end of 2014 to lend a hand and Mars did a little deft diplomacy while retrograde in Libra  (check out part 4 of this thread). Jupiter and Mars have now left the field, but the North and South Nodes have arrived to bring a sense of destiny to this story.

Human Being is still in his own dreamscape. The Great Edifice has fallen. The ground is littered with shiny black rubble with a bright red interior showing in its cracks and broken places. Dead bodies are scattered around. People cower and hold each other, crying and confused. Human Being is consoling them. Meanwhile, Pluto (still dressed like a ninja) cocks his head to one side and listens, then calls to Uranus, who (still in his orange coat) is on the other side of the pile of rubble, scanning the sky for lightning bolts. 

Pluto: Hey, Uranus—are we networked to other Edifices?
Uranus: Why yes, Pluto, in fact we are! And that brings me of the rest of our work here.
Uranus leaps into the center of the rubble and digs a bit. Then he pulls a lightning rod out of his pocket and sticks it in the ground like a flag.
Uranus: There, that should do it!
Then he crooks his finger at the sky in an inviting way. The thunderclouds above spew forth a giant bolt of lightning, which zaps the lightning rod and sends a jolt of electricity into the pile of rubble and the earth below.
Pluto: Wow, that’s impressive!
From that central point, jagged red lightning bolts travel through the earth’s surface in every direction—bursting forth in a web of red light extending to the horizon. Far off in the distance, another edifice appears, a black tower which suddenly fills with red webbing, cracks apart and crumbles. Then another edifice appears—and another and another, too many to count. One by one they crumble, until the dark landscape is filled with a red glow.
Uranus (with some satisfaction): I specialize in the cascade effect.
Pluto: Spectacular. But what is there left for me to do?
Uranus: You’ve already done it, my friend. My lightning network has carried your transformational death-and-rebirth to other, connected edifices nearby. Change has begun and now there’s no stopping it. In the immortal words of a science fiction character named Kosh, “the avalanche has started; it’s too late for the pebbles to vote.”
Human Being has walked up to Pluto and is tugging on his sleeve.
Human: What are we to do now? Many of us are suffering. Did we deserve this?
In answer, Pluto walks to the nearest corpse and touches the top of its head. The spirit belonging to the corpse rises out of the body and floats before Pluto.
Pluto: There is no death.
Spirit: There is no death. But what am I to learn from this? My involvement with this Edifice has killed me. Does that mean I did wrong?
Pluto: When you take on a physical body and enter the world, it’s possible to create many different kinds of experiences. Good people can die, bad people can go untouched, these things can happen. Events are not always a statement about your goodness. Now that you have passed away from the physical world, take some time to think about what your life was for and what it accomplished. Begin planning the next one. Know that all your experiences will be judged by a loving Universe and that they will all contribute to your understanding. Allow those you leave behind to grieve in peace. Move on into the light of universal love.
Pluto waves his hand and a door opens in the sky with golden light pouring through it. The spirit is drawn to the light and passes through the door. Other spirits follow until all the unquiet dead are released.
Human Being (tugging again, more insistently this time): But what about those who are still living? What does all this mean about our purpose? What’s our destiny?
Just then, a giant bubble appears in the sky, with two angelic figures inside it. The bubble bursts as they touch ground.
Human: Who are you?
Angelic Figures: We are the North and South Nodes. We have vital information about your destiny. Please sit down and listen.
Human Being gathers all the other people in a circle around the Nodes.
South Node: I’m in Aries and I want to stress how important it is that you let go of old, combative ways. You have learned how to be battle-ready, but fighting and arguing are not going to solve your problems right now. Draw on what you already know about how to protect yourself in the world and then disarm yourself. Existing in a state of angry war-preparedness is no way to live.
North Node: I’m in Libra and I’m here to tell you how important it is that you be kind to one another. It’s time to embrace peace, respect, diplomacy, fairness, equality, democracy, relatedness, harmony, symmetry and balance. Connecting with others does not mean dominating them.
South Node: Let go of anger. . .
North Node: . . . and create peace.
Behind the Nodes, where the edifice stood, light breaks through, rays piercing the sky.  There is a white shadowy shape, softer and more rounded.  It glows warmly.  Pluto and Uranus laugh exuberantly, then grab hands with the Nodes for a happy dance.
Pluto: There it is! The beautiful, safe and loving world I knew we could create!
Uranus: There it is! The beautiful, egalitarian society I knew we could create!
South Node: There it is! A world without war.
North Node: There it is! A world where everyone is heard.
Pluto: I guess I can take a break then.
Uranus: I think we can both take a break. Nodes, would you stick around to help people transition?
North Node: Sure!
The South Node is already lighting little fires to burn off the karmic rubble. The North Node turns her attention to blowing little bubbles of rational calmness, which, when they burst above someone’s head, result in an open-hearted dialogue.
Pluto and Uranus walk off, arm in arm, and for quite some time you can still hear the thunder and feel the distant earth-shaking rumble of their footsteps.
They will be back.

The Uranus-Pluto square is only one milestone in the grand cycle of Uranus and Pluto, which lasts for centuries. That cycle began when Uranus and Pluto formed a conjunction in the middle of the 1960’s. Those were revolutionary times and the present global changes are the next phase of it. This square between Uranus and Pluto is like an earthquake with reverberations that will go on for decades until the next Uranus/Pluto connection, which will be an opposition in 2046. Expect the next level of really big change to happen then.

In the meanwhile, Uranus and Pluto will meet again much sooner, and in a more harmonious way. That connection will be a trine and it begins in July 2026, just 11 years from now. As to what it means, let’s see when we get there.

To read the first article in this series, start here:

To learn more about Pluto and Uranus transits, look here:
This Year’s Stations of Pluto
This Year’s Stations of Uranus

Do you love an Aries?
Are you an Aries in love?

Human relationships are complex, layered things.  Every sign responds to love differently and has needs that are particular to it.  Also no individual can be categorized by their Sun sign alone.  Every person is a mixed bag of astrological traits, but an emphasis on Aries in your chart (or its ruling planet, Mars) will result in distinctly Arian experience.  In particular, if you have the Sun or Moon in Aries OR if you have Venus or Juno in Aries, this article is just for you.

Are you an Aries in love?
It’s not surprising. You fling yourself headlong into everything you do. Aries loves with an immediacy no other sign can match, and an intensity only Scorpio can match. Aries also brings an innocence and freshness that is irresistible to the object of your desire. When you love, you take your beloved on exciting adventures, but remember that you are a charismatic, exciting Fire sign and that you may be unaware of your effect on others. You come on like a box of fireworks—explosively attractive but also very willful and bent on your own direction. This self-determination is what wins you your way in the world, but it’s also sometimes overwhelming to others. You can find yourself in a new romance one second and out of it the next because you pushed where you should have been patient. Ease off the pressure—and let the object of your affections catch up.

How to manage your relationships as an Aries. . .
Some animals chase other animals because they run—and so it is sometimes with Aries. The thrill of the chase can overwhelm your good sense, and land you in relationship with someone who was fun to run after, but who you really don’t belong with. I could tell you to think ahead, Aries, but that would be counter to your nature. You learn by doing and that means lots and lots and lots of failures on the way to an inevitable success—inevitable as long as you have the hard-headed confidence that is the Mars-born’s birthright. Just don’t stop trying. There are lots more fish in the sea and after trying a bunch of them out, you can always throw them back and fish again. Just be sure to learn from your mistakes, and never make them twice.

Do you love an Aries?
Then give up. You’ve been conquered. The ramparts of your heart have been breached. You might as well surrender because the “You Belong To Aries Now” flag has been planted in your heart. You always know when you’re loved by Aries, which I like to fondly call Captain Obvious. Captain Obvious can’t keep his mouth shut when he loves any more than he can any other time. And it’s very hard to break up with an Aries who believes in the relationship. You want to knock their heads in—or at least rap their noses with a rolled-up newspaper—but oddly, you don’t want to burst their bubble. That selfsame hardheadedness that got you here in the first place can become a warmth at the center of your heart. Know that your Aries believes in you and loves to love you. That makes it worth the effort of being with him.

If you have Venus or Juno in Aries in your chart, the chances of you dating Arians is very high.  How to handle the Aries you love. . .

  • Keep it simple. Tell the truth. Be honest. Don’t play head games or manipulate.
  • When you have to deliver heard-to-hear feedback, begin gentler than you think you should. Aries people look much stronger than they actually are. You could crush her ego, so start out light.
  • Be trustworthy, because he will give you all his trust immediately when he loves. If he’s a mature Aries, he already knows he has a low tolerance for sneakiness and stealth, so the more adult he is, the shorter your relationship will be if you pull any funny stuff.
  • Aries women need a manly man in the bedroom and a man who respects them as an equal in all the other rooms. Are you “strong enough to be her man?”
  • Your Aries wants to be a hero. Give him opportunities to do just that and slather him with praise when he does.
  • When Aries people get angry, it’s an explosion of volcanic proportions that quickly fades, along with their bitterness. Aries does not hold a grudge—so it’s best if you don’t either.

How to find out more:
In this article there’s only room to hint at the deeper understanding of Aries that astrology has to offer.

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