Uranus-Pluto, and "Enter the Dragon" in Scorpio

by Dena DeCastro

Dena DeCastro AstrologerWe've just come through the first 8 months of 2012 laden with astrological events. First, there was the string of retrogrades – Mars, then Venus, punctuated by Mercury retrograde in Leo. The retrograde energy only just lifted around August 22nd, as Mercury emerged from its post-retro shadow. We also had a summer rife with some rather momentous events – the first exact Uranus-Pluto square in June, the eclipses of late May and early June, the Venus-transit-across-the-Sun in June, AND the "Cardinal Cross" lineup of Mars in Libra, Uranus in Aries, the Sun in Cancer, and the Moon and Pluto in Capricorn in early July.

Blue Moon Farewell

by Madeline Gerwick

Madeline Gerwick AstrologerOn August 31, 2012 we have the second Full Moon in a month, sometimes known as a Blue Moon. Is it really a Blue Moon? That's the $64,000 question of the day! The original definition of a Blue Moon was that it was the third of four Full Moons within a season. Typically a season (calculated from equinox to solstice or vice versa) has three Full Moons and several religous holidays or other festivals were based on the timing of Full Moons. So when a season had four Full Moons, this threw off the count and interferred with the correct timing for a holiday. The third Full Moon of the Season was considered to be the "extra" one or the Blue Moon, because there are names for the first, second and last Full Moon of each season. So the extra one was known as the Blue Moon.

Today's Full Moon is an odd one. It's the second Full Moon in a month, but it's NOT the third of four Full Moons in a season. The next Full Moon is on September 29th, after the Fall Equinox on September 22nd. So according to the original definition of a Blue Moon, this is NOT one! In fact the next REAL Blue Moon will be on August 21, 2013, but keep reading, and you'll be vindicated.

Cycles of Power at the End of August 2012

Five "Eclipses" in 13 Days!

by Madeline Gerwick

Madeline Gerwick Astrologer The first cycle I want to mention is one that’s associated with confused or deceptive leaders. This cycle, which is Sun opposite Neptune, first came into range on August 19th and it peaks on August 24th. It will stay in range through August 30th. In general, leaders may experience having a vision that they cannot articulate well enough to others, so that others will get on board with it. It can also be a period when we don’t know what the right strategy is for moving forward to solve a challenge. Our leaders may be in the limelight at this time, and if so, they may be misleading or confusing us. So be careful what you believe! Also notice that this cycle occurs during the Republican National Convention, which is August 27 – 30th.

This cycle is mediated by Mars sextile to the Sun and trine Neptune. So there is help available from others to take important actions to move forward with your vision of what you want to accomplish. This assistance is here now through August 30th and it first came into range on August 18th. Sun sextile Mars is energizing and can give us the extra energy needed to accomplish a task. Mars trine Neptune though really prefers to relax, meditate, go for a swim, watch a movie, or get a massage. So if you get that task done that you need to accomplish, give yourself some time to relax as well.

What About Me? August and the Sun in Leo

by Joan Kiley

Joan Kiley AstrologerAugust already? Weren’t we just in June? Oh, that’s right! Mercury’s retrograde. No wonder my mind feels a bit disconnected with the present! I’m busy figuring out why I haven’t had the attention I feel I need when the Sun is in Leo. And then, mere hours into the month, the Moon comes full in Aquarius, first in opposition to Mercury and then the Sun in Leo at 8:27 PM PDT August 1. There’s all this conflict about needing to do for others (Moon in Aquarius) when what I really want is to take care of MY needs (Sun/Mercury in Leo)!

Okay, maybe we’re not feeling quite that immature about things, but again, maybe we are. It is summer. We’re supposed to be relaxing, enjoying ourselves, taking it easy. But all is not calm. Part of ourselves is probing, going deep into places in our psyche we’ve never been, and it’s like cleaning a wound. There’s a lot of ouch! Stop! Be gentle there! Yet the cleaning must be done. Intuitively, we know we must take this time to see the future in a new way.

The Explosive and Positive Potential in the July and August Cycles

Five "Eclipses" in 13 Days!

by Madeline Gerwick

Madeline Gerwick Astrologer As of today, July 18th, 2012, we’re well into the Mercury retrograde, when Mercury appears to move backwards in the heavens. Are you noticing problems with your computer? Slower traffic? Get your car fixed right away if it’s making funny noises. Get your computers backed up with a full-system back-up if you haven't already. And for heaven’s sake, double or triple check everything before you send it out.During this time we’re more likely to make mistakes than usual.

Mercury retrograde started July 15th and lasts through August 7th. All Mercury retrogrades are excellent for fixing or repairing things. This is especially a great time to do home repairs, while we have good weather. These periods are great for looking back, reconsidering our needs, and for reconnecting with past customers, friends and family. It’s also the ideal time to catch up, clean up and recycle things you no longer want. You can donate things, sell items on Craig’s List or eBay, or have a garage sale. It doesn’t matter how you recycle items you no longer want or need. You get your energy back when you pass them on, and that allows you to bring in more money.

This particular retrograde seems to be better than most of them. Mercury moves back into good cycles with a trine with Uranus, plus a sextile to both Mars and Jupiter. These cycles can help us keep some sanity while we have some volatile energies at the same time. This particular Mercury retrograde gives us ample opportunities to research some great, new ideas, and explore different implementation possibilities. It would also be a good time to redo a web site or blog.

The Long Hot Summer of 2012

by Joan Kiley

Joan Kiley Astrologer Yes, friends, it’s going to be a long hot summer! Change is non-stop! And I’m not just talking about climate change, although that’s certainly in our face, as we wipe sweat from the brow!

June was wild, a constant stream of powerful, yes, even historical events. Will July provide respite? Yes, but it will be more like a few deep breaths amid a series of quick gasps than a real vacation.

July began with several potent configurations. There was the T-square with Pluto, Uranus and the Sun, blasting Sun-level light on the Uranus/Pluto square, still in close aspect, telling me that our awareness of the extreme tension in the world and in our own souls remains in high gear. There was a slightly mellower, but no less fiery Grand Trine with Uranus in Aries, Moon in Sagittarius, and Mercury in Leo, revealing a nervousness, or we could say even a giddiness created by all that is new, what is changing, and our anticipation of it.

Snow White and the Huntsman: Dark Venus Rising

by Tony Howard

Tony Howard Astrologer

The new film Snow White and the Huntsman presents a wonderful opportunity to explore both the darker shades of the Venus archetype as well as the Venus retrograde cycle. The 2012 Venus retrograde cycle (which includes the heliacal rising on June 12) is an exceptional one in that it occurs simultaneously with several other important astrological events, including the rare transit of Venus, Neptune stationing in Pisces, several eclipses (or occultations), and later in the month, the station of Saturn in Libra, plus the first exact square of Uranus and Pluto, just to name a few! You can read more about these events in my blog post, A Perfect Storm.

Snow White and the Huntsman astrologyOn the weekend just before the transit of Venus (which occurred on a Tuesday), the film Snow White and the Huntsman made its debut in the number one spot at the box office. Composed of a rich tapestry of symbolic imagery, the film was released in concert with some of the strongest planetary alignments in June 2012. In the following article published exclusively in the Digital Edition of The Mountain Astrologer, we'll explore these transits and some of the symbolism in the film in detail. Follow the link below to sign up for the Digital Edition of TMA to read on.

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All Eyes on Gemini in June

by Dena DeCastro

Dena DeCastro AstrologerMuch has been written about the current Venus Retrograde (May 15th – June 27th) and its transit across the Sun (June 5th), a rare event that happens in pairs 8 years apart; the pair only happens once a century. For an in-depth look at the transit of Venus and its retrograde, check out Steven Forrest's May newsletter on the Transit of Venus Tony Howard's article on Venus Retrograde. Both provide an insightful look at the technical features of the Venus cycle and also its astrological symbolism. Rather than re-invent that particular wheel, I'd like to investigate the sign wherein the Venus retrograde, its transit -- and so much other activity -- takes place throughout June: Gemini.

The Dominoes Are Starting to Fall

Five "Eclipses" in 13 Days!

by Madeline Gerwick

Madeline Gerwick Astrologer

There's no doubt about it. June 2012 is probably the most intense month of changes we'll have had to date. Beginning Monday, June 4th, this month is set up astrologically as though dominoes are falling over, one by one, and gaining speed as they go. We have the equivalent of five "eclipses" in just 13 days (beween June 4 - 16th). Just the latest news includes the following:

  1. The Chinese gave the signal to their banks that it's OK to dump their US dollars. This should result in a fairly rapid decline in the value of the US dollar. Get some gold coins if you don't already have some. Do it soon though, as gold is already starting to shoot upward. If the dominoes really are falling, gold could be substantially higher by the end of June. If you're unfamiliar with buying gold coins, there's an article on my web site, How to Buy Gold. Silver is also an excellent investment.

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