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April Retrogrades: Seeking Balance

by Joan Kiley

woman thinkingThe start of April with the “Fool’s” Day was particularly apt this year. Just as sometimes we’re unclear at the outset whether a Fool's Day joke is real or a joke, there may be many days this month we’ll be wondering just that about our experiences.

At the start of this month, Venus retrograde was less than a degree into Aries, and she will return there in direct motion on the last day of the month, with many adventurous days in between. Mercury was less than a degree into Taurus. The Gemini Moon was square Neptune. The T-square with Jupiter, Pluto, and the Uranus/Eris combo was still strong. In fact, Jupiter and Pluto were exactly square, and the Sun, at 11 Aries, was just beginning to form an opposition to Jupiter and a square to Pluto. Saturn, Mercury and Pluto were all slowing towards retrograde.

We needed to prepare for an April of surprises, a lot of retrograde energy, and unpredictability. We remain in period of transformative change, as individuals, and as a collective. This does not stop, or even slow down, during April. Rather, we are likely to experience small shocks or revelations of change, realizations that we can either accept and proceed willingly, or deny and trudge reluctantly, into the future. Most of us see a bit of both options.

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Slowing it Down in April

by Madeline Gerwick

turtle crossing roadWe start April in the midst of Venus retrograde, and in the shadow of the next Mercury retrograde, which has to do with communications. Then two planets retrograde in addition to Mercury: Saturn and Pluto. This makes a great month for rethinking! Late on April 2nd, Venus moves back into Pisces, where she has excellent support and she’s at her best. This is a signal that money and relationships are also likely to improve. With Mercury slowing down though, we need to double-check all details.

Although many people are expecting the US dollar to crash around this time period, it’s much more likely to get healed, hopefully in April or May, instead of buried. How can the US dollar be healed? By bringing out US Treasury Notes that are backed by gold or silver, and eliminating the Federal Reserve Notes, money that the US rents from the Federal Reserve.

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Get New Starts Going This Year

by Madeline Gerwick

new startAfter getting an overview of next year while working on the 2018 Good Timing Guide, I have to recommend that you get important new starts going this year. Next year has about 5-6 months with unpredictable volatile and potentially explosive energies (Mars square Uranus). Normally any Mars cycle lasts a few weeks, but Mars will retrograde next year making it last longer. When it retrogrades in 2018, it makes the square to Uranus three times! It’s rarely out of range during from late April 2018 to early October 2018.

That’s not the type of cycle I like to see for starting new companies, introducing new products or services, launching web sites or signing major contracts, unless you happen to be selling fireworks or dynamite. Things tend to blow up with that cycle and it can be rough to have that energy in your new company (basically forever, unless you restart it).

In light of this situation, I encourage you to get your new starts done this year, in 2017. In numerology, this happens to be a #1 year (2+0+1+7 = 10. 1+0 = 1), which is exceptionally good for new starts. But wait until May 11th or later before you start anything important. We’re in the midst of Venus retrograde now and then we’re in Mercury retrograde from April 9th through May 3rd. 

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Transformation and Revolution with Mars Uranus and Pluto

by Madeline Gerwick

angry womanTransforming and Revolutionizing Our Motivations and Actions

Along with the good communication cycles that began February 12th, we have a challenging set of cycles starting that day, which transform and revolutionize our motivations and actions. This set of cycles (Mars square Pluto and Mars conjunct Uranus) can be volatile. This isn’t the time to do physically risky activities. This cycle is also associated with rage, radical activities, major earth changes, severe weather, and explosions. Use caution and be flexible with sudden shifts or changes.

The best use of these energies is to have a breakthrough which changes your motivations and actions permanently. Stop repeating your normal behaviors and do something completely different, so you get a different response.

This might be related to how you deal with authority, fear, or structures that you continue to encounter as obstacles. In actuality, our obstacles are our own energies coming back to us in some way, usually via other people. They do this to get our attention, so we can change a particular response that no longer serves us.

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New Moon in Aquarius: Money Fears and Secrets Revealed

by Madeline Gerwick

money fearsThe Aquarius New Moon on January 27th brings the potential for fears about social changes, money and relationships. This is because the Moon's ruler Saturn is square Venus. The good news is that we have an easier cycle at the same time which suggests stable growth for the economy (Jupiter sextile Saturn) in the short term, and a positive, secondary cycle that adds help (Saturn trine Uranus). There are some unexpected challenges at hand though (Jupiter opposite Uranus).

Mercury is ready to reveal some more secrets, and perhaps they'll be other worldly. We could also see revelations about past events that shine new light on them. Whatever is expopsed could be quite a surprise for most people.

We’re just about finished with the energetic cycle associated with frustration (Mars square Saturn). Hopefully, you have your written plan together, so you can get the green light from the Universe once the energy shifts. Part of the challenge now could be that you don't know where the money will come from to support your plans. It’s OK. You don't have to know that detail yet. Unexpected money could very well show up next month.

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January 2017 Astrocycles: Looking for Answers in an Uncertain Time

by Joan Kiley

Looking out windowAs we began our new calendar year on January 1, 2017, the Sun was conjunct Pluto in Capricorn, forming the focal point of the cardinal T-square that has been a major operator in our solar system for two months, and will continue throughout January. The opposition between Jupiter in Libra and the Uranus/Eris duo in Aries had been getting stronger, as Jupiter moved along in Libra, and then Uranus turned direct at the end of December. During January, the Sun was conjunct Pluto for the first two weeks, and Mercury is conjunct Pluto the final week, allowing the T-square to provide more “umph” to the feeling of all this upset being personal. Saturn in Sagittarius squares Chiron in Pisces, sextiles Jupiter in Libra, and trines Uranus/Eris the entire month. The pressure is intense as we head into a new year.

And what can we predict for January? Well, if we only looked at the outside world, it would be chaos. What we will hear most about will be reckless actions — many of them self-serving — constant accusations, denials, lies, and now and again, an actual fact, that will be shocking to say the least. There will also be tales of heroic action, and the sharing of deep emotional truths. Most of us will be encouraged to participate in group activities that will bolster resilience and be a counter to the actions being taken in Washington and around the world, that are so damaging to the common good. Be prepared to hear/read a story, and then hear/read something totally contradictory to the first story. This is a different world now, and we must prepare ourselves for it.

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Cancer Full Moon January 12

by Madeline Gerwick

democracyWhat’s coming to light during the Cancer Full Moon on January 12th are freedom and democracy challenges (the Sun and Moon are both square Jupiter and Uranus, which are closely opposite each other). However, a lot of these security issues (Cancer) may be hidden from the public and even some of the leaders involved. Those in power (Sun conjunct Pluto opposite Moon) may not be operating under the highest integrity, while others try to fiercly defend what is right (Mars sextile Pluto, Moon trine Mars). Be alert and aware.

This applies to our personal lives as well, especially if we have sensitive points in our chart that are triggered by this "grand cross". How can you defend your own security while operating at your highest integrity and truth?

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Mercury Retrograde Starts December 19

by Madeline Gerwick

Mercury RetrogradeMercury retrogrades from December 19, 2016 through January 8, 2017. This cycle primarily occurs in the sign of Capricorn, with Mercury dipping its toe back into Sagittarius for a short while at the end of the cycle. This suggests we’re primarily rethinking our strategy for the next year, reformulating the vision we want to pursue in the New Year and any new structures or processes needed to accomplish that.

During the holidays especially, Mercury retrograde often relates to reconnecting with friends and family. It’s a good time to look through old photo albums or make new ones. In a business, you may reconnect with past or existing customers who haven’t purchased in a while. Offer them a reason! Mercury retrograde is a good time find (and offer) discounts.

All Mercury retrogrades tend to have slow traffic or travel. If you plan to travel for the holidays, keep this in mind when you pack, so you’re prepared if you don’t reach your destination on time or the day you anticipate arriving.

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October: Finding Inner Peace As The Days Darken

Manu Jobst Fall By Joan Kiley

October began with the Sun and Moon still in their Libran New Moon phase, and Jupiter not far behind, at 4 degrees Libra, square Mars at 2 degrees Capricorn. Venus in Scorpio was trine Neptune in Pisces, and newly direct Mercury in Virgo was in a tight opposition to Chiron in Pisces. This beginning moment reflects a month of energetic activity, accompanied by moodiness, with a strong Neptunian flavor. Works of art, anyone? There were lots of planets in cardinal signs, plenty of hard aspects, plus Mercury beginning to pick up speed. Mercury moved into Libra October 7 at 1:00 AM PDT, continuing the emphasis of cardinal energy. The Sun, that day, was exactly square Pluto, and Mars was square Jupiter. This is the Fall season in the northern hemisphere, a time of harvest, reaping what we’ve sewn, and preparing for winter. We often think of Libra as bringing balance and harmony, and certainly it can. However, it is usually more accurate to see Libra as seeking balance rather than being it.

During the first weeks of October there was a feeling of needing to find inner peace, but instead experiencing tension, disruption, and a mounting irritation with outer events. Projects that “should” have proceeded smoothly were dogged by slowdowns until minor changes were made. Fortunately, negotiations and teamwork were successful when everyone involved was able to speak and be heard. Venus, the ruler of Libra, was in Scorpio. She was at first trine Neptune and then trine Chiron. In this position, there was no sense of being overly “nice,” as is sometimes Libra’s way, but rather an honest and strong approach to relating. Venus was able to thereby assist the Mars/Jupiter square in trusting the process and finding practical solutions, while the Sun, squaring Pluto and opposing Uranus, demanded forward movement.

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September 2016 Astrocycles: Dream Big and Have Patience

by Joan Kiley

snailWe had barely crossed over into September when one of the most important events of the year occurred. At 2:02 AM PDT on September 1, there was a New Moon in Virgo paired with an annular Solar Eclipse. Part of what makes this so rare is that the annular eclipse forms what is called a “ring of fire,” for the moon appears smaller than the Sun when it passes by, creating a ring effect, lit by the Sun’s glare. This is unlike the total eclipse, when the Sun is completely darkened by the Moon. It was visible across most of eastern and southern Africa, giving any sky gazers quite a show. Here's a video of the September Solar Eclipse show

The New Moon, at 9 degrees 21 minutes, was in tight opposition to Neptune at 10 degrees 40 minutes Pisces, and all three were tightly T-squared Saturn at 10 degrees 4 minutes Sagittarius. This strongly Virgo time also had retrograde Mercury exactly conjunct Jupiter in Virgo.

As we know, New Moons are new beginnings for us all, times to look ahead, find a vision for a future we desire, and plan some next steps for getting there. But a New Moon paired with a Solar Eclipse, brings an added dimension, some extra help, if you will, for moving in a direction that benefits not only us personally, but also the collective. Another aid to visioning a promising future is having the New Moon conjunct the North Node. With Mercury retrograde conjunct Jupiter, however, we had to be satisfied with envisioning, planning, and reviewing this month, for if we started taking action steps, it was likely one step forward, two steps back, unless it was a project begun weeks before.

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Full Moon Eclipse on September 16th

by Madeline Gerwick

September Eclipse 2016What’s coming to light at this Lunar eclipse (Full Moon) on September 16th is a tremendous amount of anger, both from leaders and the citizens. Enraged is probably the more appropriate word for how both leaders and the people feel. This results in a lot of wounding. It’s one thing for that to occur between the two political parties. It’s another for it to occur with friends, family and colleagues at work. Be careful with words!

This Full Moon eclipse has another set of cycles associated with spending money unexpectedly (Venus opposite Uranus). It can also be associated with unexpected relationship issues. Fortunately, there’s some help for both possibilities, and this is probably help from a guy (Venus sextile Mars). The spending cycle is in range September 12th – 22nd. It peaks September 18th.

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Mercury Retrograde Begins August 30

by Madeline Gerwick

Mercury RetrogradeBeginning August 30, Mercury appears to move backward (retrograde) in the sky through Virgo, one of the two signs with which it has affinity. At the same time, Venus and then Jupiter move into the sign of Libra. This Mercury retrograde cycle continues through September 22.

Mercury is strong in the sign Virgo. So the emphasis might have to do with life's details, or with rethinking or reworking improvement projects or past opportunities. This particular Mercury retrograde will take you back to the point where you can reconnect with the masses or powerful people (Mercury trine Pluto September 20 – 22). So there are some good opportunities at hand.

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Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on August 18th

by Madeline Gerwick

punchOn August 18, the full moon lunar eclipse brings potential changes, possibly unexpected or radical in nature (Sun trine Uranus and Moon sextile Uranus). We may see changes in international relationships or with new technology. We’re also likely to get some unexpected news (Mercury conjunct Jupiter with both planets quincunx Uranus).

During this time, we’re headed toward the last peak of a cycle associated with dissolving worn-out structures. This cycle peak of Saturn square Neptune occurs on September 10th and stays in range through November 17th. Foundational or fundamental changes may be needed.

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Fun and Responsibility as July Wraps Up

by Madeline Gerwick

punchUnexpected Money and/or Love!

Beginning July 26th, a cycle comes in range (Venus trine Uranus) that’s associated with unexpected money and/or love. Although you could also find yourself spending money you didn’t anticipate. This cycle can be great for parties, and having fun in general. In love it’s similar to going to a carnival. You go and have a great time, but then you have to return home and get back to work! Romance during this cycle could be fleeting or unstable, but is usually fun while it lasts.

This cycle peaks on July 31st and stays in range through August 5th. If you’re not planning a party during that time, you can take advantage of this cycle in business with a promotion via the internet, email, or social media. This is an excellent time to make money via radio, television, podcasting, or webinars. Enjoy this cycle!

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June 2016 Astrocycles: Finding Clarity through Chaos

by Joan Kiley

clarity chaosIt’s June! We made it through the slowdowns of May with the five retrograde planets, and now it’s Gemini time! Light, airy and fun, right? Well, not exactly. We did have the Sun and Venus conjunct in Gemini to start the month, which can bring about some interesting and fun conversation. However, that Mutable Grand Cross that occurred at the end of May was not only still with us, it was getting more and more exact.  At the four corners were the Sun and Venus in Gemini, Saturn in Sagittarius, Jupiter in Virgo, and Neptune in Pisces. The Sun and Venus moved out of the Cross by June 12, but on June 17, Mercury, by then in its own sign of Gemini, will bring the Cross back to life once again.

The fact that this Grand Cross was/is in mutable signs is critical, because it requires lots of flexibility from all of us to get through it. New ideas will be generated, and then just as we think we’ve figured it out, an even newer idea emerges that either puts in doubt the previous one or requires a shift in perspective. Jupiter wants us to think BIG, and Saturn wants us to have a level of caution or doubt. Neptune tells us to trust our intuition, and ideas that come from dreams, of either the daytime or nighttime variety, ideas that people around us may pooh-pooh and declare impossible. Meanwhile we’re spinning in multiple directions at once.

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May 2016 Astrocycles - Working in Slow Motion

by Joan Kiley

SlothWe think of May as the month of beauty, well into spring blooming season, but not yet with the heat of summer. There are many traditional May celebrations, most of them related to the Mother archetype, no doubt due to the obvious fertility of the earth. We have proms and graduations and Mother’s Day, lots of family gatherings, all of which make great use of the abundant floral displays available. This year, we have been going through the motions, participating in the traditions, yet not quite “feeling it.” There’s a kind of exhaustion manifesting, despite the vibrancy of the season.

The astrology of May 2016 is idiosyncratic of the norm. Yes, the Sun is in Taurus, as usual, and this year we have the ruler of Taurus, Venus, there as well, plus Mercury. However, we have five planets retrograde at this time—Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto! With all the Taurus energy, which in itself has a slow vibration, and five retrograde planets, the Universe is saying, “Slow down. Stop the frenzy. Take a good look around and within you. Do not keep speeding down the road in the same way you have been moving.” When planets are retrograde, their influence often appears to intensify. After all, they are closer to the earth than when they are direct. This is especially true of the personal, faster moving planets, Mercury, Venus and Mars. And two of those three are now retrograde.

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Time for Strategic Planning - Mars Retrograde

by Madeline Gerwick

punchMars is retrograde from April 17th through June 29th, 2016. This is our signal from the universe to do our personal and business strategic planning for the next two years. To get started, you don’t need to know every step you will take, but you do need to decide your direction and intention.

If you’re clear about your direction then the universe can show you the way to get there. It’s a good idea to identify your first steps, but you really don’t need to know the all of the steps to get to your intention, since the universe will reveal them as you walk your path. To do that you need to trust yourself and the universe.

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April 2016 Astrocycles - Mars and Pluto Retrograde

by Joan Kiley

Flower by Manu JobstThe Moon was conjunct Pluto and square a Uranus/Mercury conjunction at the onset of April. This was a rather potent signature to begin a month when both Mars and Pluto will station retrograde. In addition to that powerful aspect, Jupiter and Saturn were square to each other, and Mars was square Neptune on the “fool’s day.”

Why is a Moon/Pluto conjunction in square to a Uranus/Mercury conjunction so powerful? We need to look at the symbols and what they represent. The Moon is our feeling nature, our emotional responses and reflections, while Pluto is deep, primal, and associated with life and death issues. Uranus can be sudden, unexpected changes or events, including intuitional insights, while Mercury is our thought processes, communications and ideas. The two planets in conjunction meld together, and the planets in square ignite a crisis. What might happen if a person, or persons, became overwhelmed by deeply held emotions that suddenly emerged and demanded to be spoken or acted upon? It doesn’t take a lot of imagination to bring a number of scenarios to mind that could be quite healing, or quite devastating, in their outcomes.

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