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    Goodbye Aquarius Hello Pisces

    Goodbye Aquarius Hello Pisces

    by Steven Forrest

    “In like a lion, out like a lamb” is a proverb generally associated with the month of March.  Blame it on global warming, but I think we will see that happy transition occurring a little earlier this year, in February.  And I am not exactly talking about weather reports.  The warming trend I am expecting is in the human heart.  The month begins with an unusual concentration of energies in feisty, often-contrarian Aquarius. By mid-month, we begin to see a mass migration into milder Pisces.

    Let’s look at the astrological specifics for starters, then dive into their meaning and purpose.

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    Saturn in Capricorn in Aspect

    Saturn in Capricorn in Aspect

    Saturn has begun its three-year passage through Capricorn. The King has returned to his own land, in other words. In a way, it’s Judgement Day, but don’t worry – if you’ve lived with integrity, you’ll be rewarded. (That coin has another side, however.)

    In our December newsletter and podcast Steven looked into the mirror of history,  exploring some of the past events that illustrate this epochal transit. He reflected on its current collective significance in the larger world. That free offering provides a solid foundation for the deeper material he's just recorded for a new audio download.

    In this new recording, Steven offers a more intimate perspective. What does Saturn’s return to Capricorn mean for you personally?

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    Saturn Enters Capricorn

    Saturn Enters Capricorn

    by Steven Forrest

    Saturn is the planet that gives us the ability to do what we do not feel like doing. When was the last time you felt like going to the dentist? Or cleaning the house? But consider the consequences if you simply decide to blow off those little duties.

    Well, your personal “forever” is likely to be shorter and less pleasant.

    If Saturn could Tweet, here is what it would say: Every action, wise or foolish, has consequences. Now do whatever you want.

    Capricorn is similar in nature. Up here in the northern hemisphere, the Sun’s entry into the sign of the Sea-Goat signals winter’s beginning. And in winter, in order to survive, we must do many things that have nothing to do with satisfying our immediate appetites: getting out of bed even though it’s cold, for starters.  Chop the wood, shovel the snow. Make 678 beans last until the Big Thaw . . . whenever that decides to happen.

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    The Venus-Jupiter Conjunction of November 2017

    The Venus-Jupiter Conjunction of November 2017

    COMING SOON TO A SKY NEAR YOU --
    DON’T MISS THE BIG VENUS-JUPITER CONJUNCTION!

    Are any of you out there in the mood to get out of bed before sunrise on November 13th?  Or maybe you’re a night owl. Then it might be better just to stay up all night and catch the late show that way?

    Either way, there’s a rare visual treat in store. That night, the two brightest planets in the sky – Jupiter and Venus – will very nearly merge into one single blinding light. This is an unusual event. It is actually one of the many possibilities cited for what the famous “Star of Bethlehem” might have been.

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    Jupiter Enters Scorpio

    Jupiter Enters Scorpio

    When Jupiter, the reigning heavyweight champion of the solar system, enters a new sign, stand back – the “gravity” of the symbolism is going to pull a lot of events into its synchronistic orbit. Jupiter crossing such a line is the main event this month, as it enters Scorpio. Jupiter takes about twelve years to orbit the Sun, spending an average of one year in each sign. It entered Libra on September 9, 2016. The passage into Scorpio occurs on October 10. After that, it remains there until it crosses the Sagittarian frontier on November 8, 2018.

    Jupiter’s principle effect is to expand anything it touches. It symbolizes abundance – hence, its historical reputation as the “Greater Benefic.” But before we leap into paroxysms of ecstasy here, let’s reflect on exactly what Lord Jupiter is going to be expanding. The answer lies in the symbolism of Scorpio, and as in all things astrological, there’s good news and bad news.  Better said, there are ways to get it right and ways to get it wrong.

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    When Astrology Fails

    When Astrology Fails

    I got a worried email from a student of mine this morning. He had a client who had experienced transiting Uranus conjunct her Moon, but “nothing had happened.” He was concerned and embarrassed that his predictions had failed. I offered him a few possible explanations. As I responded to him, I realized that his question would be a fine topic for our newsletter and podcast this month.

    The first point I want to make will sound pretty dogmatic, but I do believe it to be true: astrology never fails. I would quickly add that astrologers themselves often fail, but that is a different issue. Astrology is fundamental to how the universe operates. Astrology failing would be like gravity failing.

    But astrologers’ predictions sometimes do fail and it behooves us not to be afraid of acknowledging that fact and perhaps learning something from it. There are a lot of potential issues here. Let’s have a look at them. 

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    The Big August Eclipse - What Does It Mean?

    The Big August Eclipse - What Does It Mean?

    A miracle of nature looms on America’s horizon. On August 21, starting in Oregon, racing in a grand arc across the United States, finally going offshore in South Carolina, a shadow of night will fall in the midst of day. Along the centerline of the solar eclipse’s path, stars will shine at lunchtime.  Birds will go crazy. Some people probably will go crazy too. Eleven states will experience the eerie surreality of Totality, but no state in the contiguous 48 will escape the shadow of our first American total solar eclipse since February 26, 1979 – and that one just touched the Pacific Northwest and was mostly hidden behind their famously gray skies.

    Meanwhile, long ago in a galaxy far, far away, Little Green People are drooling over UFO travel brochures, dreaming of visiting Earth on August 21.  Our giraffes and hummingbirds may be cool,  but you can’t beat Earth’s most famous attraction:  a total solar eclipse.  It is just possible we are the only planet in the galaxy where this particular spectacle is available. Think about it – the Sun and the Moon, even though they look very different, are almost exactly the same visual size.  That means that the Moon fits over the Sun almost perfectly.  It’s not so small that it’s nothing at all – but also not so big that it blocks out the magnificent solar corona.  The odds against striking that happy balance are “astronomical.” Hence those UFO travel brochures.

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    Where Will You Land Next and Which Planets Will Meet You?

    Where Will You Land Next and Which Planets Will Meet You?

    by Steven Forrest

    RELOCATIONAL ASTROLOGY

    Cue the Rolling Stones doing Street Fighting Man, with one minor modification: Summer’s here and the time is right for fighting . . . with endless security clearance queues, homicidal maniacs on the highways, and lucha libre family vacations.

    I know you know what I mean. Many of us will soon be hitting the road, one way or another. Today traveling is not as easy as it once was, but for most of us it is still often worth the effort and frustration. The next four months will find me  personally in New Orleans, North Carolina, Maine, New York, down to Australia, back to New York, back home to the Anza-Borrego desert, then over to China.

    Obviously I am crazier than most. 

    But not many of us will stay home. We’ll hear that Siren call – or at least the call of familial obligation. And everywhere we visit, the energy feels different. Some places just make you feel happy. . .

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    The Influence of Planets on Different Locations

    The Influence of Planets on Different Locations

    by Steven Forrest

    Following is a quick thumbnail sketch of the high and low action of each planet as it operates in the context of both Astrocartography and Local Space.

    If you move toward a Sun line, expect heightened self-confidence and charisma, probably greater vitality — and possibly the embarrassment of your ego's "stuff" getting demonstrated to everyone who beholds you.

    If you move toward a Moon line, expect intensified emotions, nurturing impulses, greater depth, a sense of "home" — and possibly moodiness, lassitude, and irrationality.

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    Nodes Change Signs

    Nodes Change Signs

    by Steven Forrest

    We are a little late on this one, but don’t worry – we haven’t missed the show! On April 28, 2017, the axis of the mean lunar nodes changed signs. The south node left Pisces, where it had been since October 9, 2015, and simultaneously entered Aquarius. (Remember that the mean nodes are always retrograde). That of course tells us that the other end of the axis – the north node – also changed signs. It left Virgo and crossed into Leo.

    As usual, the nodes will remain in their new signs for about a year and a half. On November 15, 2018, they will cross over into Capricorn/Cancer.

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