My Year-Wheel Tarot Spread for 2018

Happy New Year, gentle readers! My time-honored tradition of casting this 13-card Tarot spread for myself as a forecast for the year ahead has continued unabated since 1989, I just realized. I was in high school at the time and used the Marseilles deck that was gifted to me by my now-late uncle Milan; it was my very first deck. If you’re familiar with that deck, you know how challenging it can be to study the meanings of Minor Arcana cards that aren’t Court cards; with little pictorial symbolism to go on, I went straight for memorizing the meanings of the numbers, wincing every time I would come to draw a Five card, irrespective of the Elemental suit, and rejoicing at the Aces, Sixes, and Eights. Continue reading

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New Year Fireworks: The Astrology of January 2018

As an esoteric astrologer, I tend to see the first month of a new year as a tone-setting month for that year as a whole. January 2018, book-ended as it is by two full moons on the first and the last days of the month (and the second full moon is a total lunar eclipse–more on that in a bit), is a powerful month, indeed. True to its namesake of the liminal Roman god of doorways, Janus, the month will have us starting out facing the past (Cancer full moon on the 1st) in order to set our intentions for the future (Capricorn New Moon on the 16th and Leo total lunar eclipse full moon on the 31st). The fact that no less than 6 planets will be in Capricorn at the time of the New Moon on the 16th means that heavy Saturnian forces are at work to make sure that all of our aspirations firmly pass needed reality-checks before they can be set into motion. Personally, as a Virgo-Double-Aquarius, I’m loving what I see, as the end result will be liberation—from the debris of stagnant energies that clogged our progress in 2017, from falsehood, and from self-imposed limitations. If we play the energies right, the first month of the new year will have us learning to master the art of getting out of our own way!

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Io, Saturnalia! Saturn Returns to His Home Sign of Capricorn for the Next 3 Years

“Saturn ascends / Choose one or ten / Hang on or be / Humbled again”
–TOOL “The Grudge” (Lateralus, 2001)

This is the planetary event I’ve been looking forward to all year—more than August’s dramatic total solar eclipse, more than Jupiter entering Scorpio in October. As of last night, the great karmic task-master esoterically embodied as the planet Saturn has entered His home sign of Capricorn—where transformative Pluto awaits Him! This glorious transit will last a whopping three years.   Continue reading

Jupiter Enters Scorpio: King of Cups Energy

I’ve been giddily anticipating this transit for the past few months. Jupiter, planet of expansion and opportunity–our Big Daddy of the zodiac–has officially entered into the fixed water sign of Scorpio today, and will remain there until November 8, 2018. Of course, whether one experiences planetary transits as mostly “positive” or “negative” depends on the sign being transited and that sign’s relationship to one’s own Sun and Moon Signs and Ascendant (for the most part). Continue reading

Some Like It Hot: Grand Trine in Fire Signs

“Oh, for a muse of fire that would ascend
The brightest heaven of invention!”–Shakespeare, “Henry V”
This is quite an eventful week, astrologically speaking. The Sun recently entered into Gemini and as of today it will be joined by Mercury, the ruler of Gemini, which thrives on information overload in this chatty, intellectually stimulating Air Sign. Elementally shifting gears to Earthiness, you can’t get more sensual than when Venus–bestower of blessings in love, finances, and creativity–enters Her home sign of Taurus, which She does today for a transit that lasts until July 4.
But it’s the Fire Signs–Aries, Leo, Sagittarius–that command our attention with their cosmic fireworks display in the form of a Grand Trine that runs from now until June 10, adding extra energy to the Sagittarius Full Moon that takes place the morning of June 9 (8:10 a.m. Central Daylight Time).
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Feisty Uranus in 27° Aries trines the show-stopping North Node in 27° Leo, which trine karmic task-master Saturn in 25° of Sagittarius. This is an incredibly auspicious time to pursue all matter of endeavors that require courage, a pioneering spirit, out-of-the-box thinking, leadership, playfulness, and judicious planning in the expansion of one’s personal horizons. Creative endeavors are especially heightened, so all artists should hopefully receive momentous downloads from their muses at this time.

The ebullience that naturally flows from the Sun and Mercury in Gemini works well with this Fire Trine energy. The overall mood should thus be one of natural optimism. Be passionate about pursuing your endeavors in your own unique way. Ignite that fire within. Fire those neural synapses and don’t let this creative potential go to waste!

The Sagittarius Full Moon on the 9th will be conjunct Saturn, so note that whatever you apply your energies toward will have long-term ramifications. May all that you do be infused with glory! If you’re curious as to how these planetary transits affect you personally, you can book an astrology consultation with me via Skype. Visit my website for more details. Cheers!

Rite of Her Sacred Fires: Annual Global Hekate Devotional Ritual

While many practitioners of alternative spiritualities associate the full moon in May by annually commemorating the Wesak of the Buddha, I choose instead to light fires of welcome for my Patron Deity, the Goddess Hekate. Since 2010, the Covenant of Hekate has issued a global summons of Hekate devotees to participate in its annual Rite of Her Sacred Fires, which always occurs during the full moon in May.  Continue reading

Venus Retrograde 2017: Inanna in the Underworld

Every 18 months or so, the planet Venus appears to move backwards from our Earthly perspective for a period of roughly 40 days. This transit, known as a Venus Retrograde, has a deep impact upon us because it’s one of our solar system’s three personal planets (along with Mercury and Mars), so the effects are more greatly felt in our day-to-day emotions and experiences, unlike the effects of the slower-moving outer planets’ Retrograde periods (e.g., Jupiter, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus, and Pluto). Astronomically and esoterically, Venus will transform during this period from being the Evening Star that’s been seen on the Western Horizon at sunset to the Morning Star in the East. In order to do that, She (I speak of the planet and the goddess with equal reverence, so I capitalize the pronoun) will undergo Her period of retreat, taking us all into a symbolic Underworld journey to reevaluate our relationships and finances; what we value, including our own sense of self-worth; and what we find beautiful/aesthetically pleasing. Continue reading