Upcoming Transits and the U.S. Presidential Election

There are three ingresses this week, leading up to the Full Moon next Monday (Nov 14th). All these planets will be changing signs within a four-day period, starting the day after the U.S. presidential election…which is quite the energy shift!

Mars enters Aquarius on Wednesday, Nov 9th (EST). This is an innovative and go-against-the-grain energy for Mars, planet of initiation and action. But it’s more about concepts than doing, so there’s that. Aquarius is emotionally detached and objective, so it may be easier to think before you make a rash decision. I said maybe: Aquarius is known for its unpredictability and rule-breaking. Mars enters Pisces on Dec 19th.

Venus enters Capricorn on Friday, Nov 11th. This puts the focus for love and friendship on practical, achievable goals, and new connections that double as resources. Sounds a little cold and calculated, but Capricorn is actually a warm earth sign, just the most ambitious one. Venus also rules material things, and Capricorn loves status, so you may be drawn to name-brands (and quality over quantity). Venus enters Aquarius on Dec 7th.

Mercury enters Sagittarius on Saturday, Nov 12th. This opens up communication and puts emphasis on the bigger picture (with much potential for flaws in the details!). Sag is all about ideas and beliefs, so this can also be a time for arguments, all of which will have holes. An excellent time to learn anything new and exciting, or peruse faith and spirituality texts. Mercury enters Capricorn on Dec 2nd.

With the U.S. presidential election in two days, this week ushers in a time of change! I’ve been trying to do the astrology of Clinton and Trump, and unfortunately there’s a lot of argument over Hillary’s birth time, which throws houses and angles out the window. But at poll closing time, the sky favors a female energy; the sun and moon are in Scorpio and Pisces, both water signs. In fact, they are in Hillary’s natal sun and moon signs, which bodes well for her…and the upcoming Full Moon in Taurus is conjunct her Lunar North Node, which represents her destiny.

Donald also has some transits happening, specifically planets entering his natal and progressed 4th house (assuming his birth time is correct)…this indicates a renewed focus on home and family. He also has Jupiter conjunct Chiron, which represents a major flare up of an old emotional pain, and he will soon have his Jupiter return which is the start of a new 12-year cycle. That could be the start of his presidency, or it could indicate he’s packing it in and headed for something new. I guess we’ll see!

I checked the U.S.’s progressed chart, and our country’s ascendant just entered Virgo, a feminine sign. Could we actually see the first female president of the United States get elected this week? What a long-awaited historical moment that will be!


Progressed Moon in Sagittarius or 9th House

This post is part of a series about lunar progressions. Progressions are your natal planets advanced a day for each year you have been alive (aka very slowly), and represent how you have evolved. You can read this post for more about progressions, in general. To calculate your progressed chart you can establish a free account at astro.com and enter your birth data (date, time, and location) to generate a natal chart. Then under “extended chart selection” you can choose progressed chart.


The progressed moon represents your evolving needs, and takes about 2.5 years to go through each sign. This sign describes your general emotional climate and relationships. The natal house your progressed moon is moving through describes the areas of life that are most important.

When you go from PR moon in Scorpio to Sagittarius, it’s like a breath of fresh air. I am about to go through this transition in a few months, and I absolutely can’t wait because PR Scorpio moon is difficult; it’s all about survival, living on bare bones, and is very solitary. But moving into Sagittarius is when the world opens up again. Sag is a sign about freedom, adventure, optimism and fun!

Sag is ruled by Jupiter, planet of expansion. Jupiter is like the ghost of Christmas present, an enormous man surrounded by a cornucopia of food and drinks and happy people. Sagittarius has this same energy…party, excess, and a lightness of being that can’t be weighed down. Sooo different from the darkness and despair of Scorpio! But Jupiter hates being fenced in, so you can get a bit restless or discontent with day-to-day life during PR moon in Sagittarius, especially if you’re not growing.

When your PR moon switches to Sag, the famine turns to feast. Although very private, Scorpio is an extremely emotional sign, and it’s also very obsessive. So it goes to a dark place and it stays there, or becomes fixated on one thing only. Sagittarius is a fire sign so it’s still emotional, but in a passionate, creative way. You are more open about your feelings and way more likely to laugh off the blues, during this lunar progression. When you were in Scorpio PR moon, you got quiet if something bothered you, maybe plotted your revenge…but now, you will be immediately argumentative if you feel like you have to defend your beliefs. Sag loves a debate!

This is also a mutable sign, meaning it goes with the flow. You will find it a lot easier to embrace change now, and even be spontaneous again. Wanderlust is common with this progression. You will feel curious about people from different walks of life, especially different cultures, and want to have easy friendships. Higher education will also be important so you may be drawn to experienced types, or even pursue a higher degree yourself…there’s something about college campuses and learning that Sag is drawn to like a moth to a flame. Travel is also something to plan/expect. Opportunity to broaden your horizons just comes about during this phase, and also to be creative and express yourself.

If your PR moon is transitioning from your natal 8th to 9th house, you’ll experience similar changes, especially more opportunities for growth/higher learning/travel/publishing, because those are the H9 areas. When your PR moon was in H8, you probably had to deal with issues concerning shared resources – your partner’s funds, debts you owe, tax issues, an inheritance after a loved one dies – and generally un-fun things similar to what I described about the Scorpio lunar progression. H8 represents things that aren’t entirely in your control, and where you give up some of your power to someone else. Obviously shared money falls into that category, but also death (loss of a loved one, perhaps), and intimacy with your partner/loved ones, is included.

I think the main thing about the transition from Scorpio to Sagittarius, or 8th house to 9th, is this feeling that you survived. You did it, you went through the dark tunnel and came out on the other side, and you’re just so happy about it! That’s why there’s a renewed sense of faith…you realize that there must be a higher power helping you out, because it looked like it was the end, for a while there. So you abandon the dark cubby hole you’ve been living in and come out into the world, because you’re genuinely curious about what’s new out there. Sag tends to be a popular sign because people can’t help but be drawn to your laid back, “it’s all good” attitude. Only someone who has been through hell can come out and not sweat the small stuff, and now that’s you.

You will be more honest during this progression, but know you may be too blunt or in people’s faces. Explore your faith and beliefs, but try not to force them down other people’s throats, because it’s none of your business what another’s truth is. Give into your wanderlust and thirst for fun, but realize you may be seen as more unreliable or immature by others during this time. You’ll be drawn to new experiences but also excess. Remember more is not necessarily better.

This progression is easy for everyone, but most enjoyable for those with natal moon in another fire sign (Aries, Leo). It will be the most challenging for those with natal moon in another mutable sign (Gemini, Virgo, Pisces), but again, the “challenges” of this lunar progression are negligible compared to other phases.

My Halloween Dream

Happy Halloween!

This is my favorite holiday. The thing I love about Halloween is that all the scary stuff is openly enjoyed. I really love being spooked, and I grew up in the 80’s with movies like Poltergeist, Nightmare on Elm Street, and the Shining…so it wasn’t too hard. I also have an affinity for everything Halloween: witches, ghosts, black cats, pumpkins, fall. I also love that this is a pagan holiday, and that the veil between this world and the nonphysical is the thinnest, tonight.

I have natal Sun opposite Pluto. One foot in each world, one in light, one in darkness. (A major factor is that I grew up with one parent alive and one dead.) I was born on the 13th, and they say a person born on that day inherently understands death. I always felt a bit weird growing up, but Halloween is the time of year when it’s alright to bring out the weird!

There’s another reason I feel connected to Halloween: I have had a reoccurring dream about it my whole life. The dream always begins the morning of October 31st, and usually I forgot that it’s Halloween. I am excited, and get busy because there’s lots to do. When I was little, the dream used to be that my mom hadn’t yet finished my costume and I was worried I wouldn’t get to go trick-or-treating. When I was a teenager, it was about scrambling to make plans with friends. As an adult, the dream typically takes place in Salem, MA (where I’ve been in real life several times on or around Halloween).

Morning becomes afternoon, and the dream changes. I start to panic, because whatever I’m doing is taking much longer than I planned. The sun sinks in the sky, and instead of making progress, new things crop up that I have to do. The last part of the dream is when night comes. I am typically running around desperately trying to finish all my tasks so that I can join in the fun, but in most of the dreams I never seem to make it. I’m searching for someone or something and don’t even know what it is, at that point. I see everyone else having fun and before I know it, Halloween is over and I missed the party.

The dream usually ends here, but sometimes it continues to a post-Halloween night phase. I wander around alone in the cold, never having found that friend or finished my tasks. The streets are now empty, houses are dark, lights are off and the candles in jack-o-lanterns have been blown out. Everyone went home, and I am still out wandering in the darkness. It’s really quite horrifying, and when I wake up I have this harrowing feeling and sometimes I am breathing heavy. But usually the dream ends before this phase. In more recent years, I actually do get to enjoy the night at the end, and it’s a good dream (thank god because I was starting to think I have real psychological problems).

Happy Halloween! 🎃👻🍭

A Skipped Step

I have a personal new beginning on the horizon, so I’ve been pondering the New Moon in Scorpio (October 30th). It squares my lunar nodes (7º Leo and Aquarius), which means it represents a “Skipped Step” on my nodal axis. A square to your nodes offers the chance to leave something in your past behind (like a self-destructive behavior) and take the next step on your soul’s journey. This is an Evolutionary Astrology concept.

Karmically, the Lunar Nodes represent your soul’s path forward (North Node) and the path behind (South Node), and if you don’t believe in karma then you can look at them as what you are familiar with (SN) based on your early life experience, and what is unfamiliar but calls to you because it offers true happiness (NN). Physically, the nodes are not actually celestial bodies, but opposing points of the moon’s orbit that are always exactly 180º apart. The idea is that we are supposed to use the natural gifts of our South Node to propel us towards the true fulfillment that the North Node offers. The further along in life you are, the more you should be traveling towards your NN and away from your SN. But life is a journey and there are many steps on this path, including the Skipped Step.

As an example, my North Node is in Leo as I said. I’m here to embrace self-expression, creativity, passion, living in the moment…all things Leo, but it’s foreign to me somehow, so I find it really uncomfortable (even though my moon is in Leo, go figure). My South Node is in Aquarius, which means I’m used to feeling different, being alone, intellectualizing everything, and just plain being weird, and my safety zone is to be hermit-like and not share my emotions. But in order to find true happiness and fulfillment, I’m gonna have to stop fearing ridicule from others and just express myself openly and creatively, and with passion. Ironically, when I do that people will supposedly embrace me (it’s really hard to do even knowing that from an astrology standpoint!).

A natal square to your nodal axis in your chart usually represents something you didn’t accomplish in your past life, and continue to stumble upon in this life. You have to get it right before you can leave the past behind and finally move forward. Not everyone has a square to their nodal axis, but sometimes (like this New Moon in Scorpio for me), a transit will square your nodes, allowing you to redo a skipped step and move forward. If you do have a natal planet that squares your nodes, this will be a challenge you will have to overcome several times in the course of your life…but you will get better and better at it, more advanced, more skilled. A square can actually be a blessing, in my opinion.

Sometimes people come into your life with personal planets that square your Nodes, and you must accomplish something with that person before you can move on. Although they seem like an outside force, they are really acting as an opportunity to spur you into action that will allow you to propel yourself forward. Incidentally, when someone has a planet that aspects your SN, they are someone from your past life (or lives) and have a familiar feel to them. These are the people you meet that you feel like you have known forever, and just feel natural. If it’s a challenging planet like Pluto, Saturn, or sometimes Mars, then it could be a negative familiar feeling. If it’s the sun, moon, Venus, Mercury, or Jupiter, then it will likely be a positive familiar feeling. When people have planets that aspect your NN you are drawn to them but they can also make you feel uncomfortable because they represent unfamiliar territory that you are drawn to but are also scared to embrace.

New Moon in Scorpio

Tonight is mischief night, and there’s a new moon in Scorpio (7º). New moons are new beginnings, and this one is a subtle, secretive one…yet determined. What you are starting to develop will be kept close to the chest, as Scorpio’s top priority is self-protection.

Mercury is close to the sun/moon at 9º Scorpio, so information is key right now. Perhaps a new insight will prompt your transformation process (Mercury in Scorpio probes into the deepest recesses of the human psyche!). This could be brought on by a conversation, or while doing research, but the “aha!” moment will involve your intuition. Meditation or using tarot/oracle cards can be helpful right now.

Neptune makes a harmonious trine from 9º Pisces, upping the psychic factor during this new moon. It also increases your powers of visualization and faith. Scorpio can dip into the underworld easily, given that its ruling planet is Pluto. But with Neptune’s aid, you are better able to remain positively focused! Trust whatever intel you receive at the emotional level, because not everything can be logically explained when Water signs are dominant.

Whatever steps you decide to take over the next week, know that they are moving you in the right direction. The Lunar Nodes are in the mix, at 11º Virgo (North Node) and Pisces (South Node). Their rulers Mercury and Neptune are part of this new moon as explained above, and they are trine one another. Use this new moon to release what needs to be let go, in order to move on (SN) and propel you into the future (NN)!

The natal house this new moon occurs in, and any aspects to natal planets/angles/nodes, will better explain what is beginning for you. In general, this moon will be felt strongest by those with anything from 6º – 9º of the Fixed or Water signs.

November’s full moon will occur on November 14th at 22º Taurus.

Scorpio Season

Scorpio SeasonThe Sun enters Scorpio today, and I am glad. There’s something so cozy about the middle of autumn, when darkness falls early, and there are more leaves on the ground than in the trees. Winter is coming, as the Starks on GoT would say!

The energy of Scorpio season is intense, dark, and private. This is a time to inwardly reflect on your life and relationships, and uncover the truth. Things can get very black and white during Scorpio season, and taboos may be spoken aloud (especially after Mercury enters Scorpio on October 24th).

Halloween is really the perfect Scorpio holiday. It is a celebration of death and connecting with the unseen world. I read that Halloween has deeper origins in the myth of Atlantis: The civilization had reached its decline, and people were resorting to debauchery and perversions (it sounds a lot like the Capital in The Hunger Games, actually). But, being more advanced than us, they were able to end their civilization by collectively manifesting a meteor. The meteor was set to collide with Earth on November 1st, so on October 31st, they had one final night of celebration. This story is also the origin of the phrase, “Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we shall die.”

Whether or not it’s true, I love this story for a few reasons. Firstly, if you believe in reincarnation, we are the current embodiment of old Atlantis (you can easily see why if you’ve been watching the debauchery and perversion of the current U.S. Presidential election!). Secondly, I’ve had a reoccurring dream about Halloween my whole life and now I realize it’s probably because I died in Atlantis. Thirdly, this story is a great depiction of my favorite Scorpio symbol, the Phoenix, which dies and rises from its own ashes, reborn.

This time of year is not great for those who shy away from intensity. But if you don’t mind some emotional excavating, then this is the season for you!

Rising Signs and Schedules

I’ve been thinking about how your rising sign determines when you get out of bed, this morning. I am decidedly a night owl, as are many other Mutable ascendants (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces) I know.

Why is that? And why are Cardinal ascendants (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) morning people? I think it’s because they are used to being the initiators. These are the annoying “early bird gets the worm” people, but for good reason because their energy is highest fresh out of bed, and wanes as the day goes on. Also, I’ve noticed they like to manage their own schedules, because they are bossy and don’t want someone else dictating to them. If they are in a position to have a schedule made for them with no real say in it, they probably won’t be in that role for long.

On the other hand, us Mutable rising like to go with the flow. We are much more comfortable seeing where the day takes us because our strength lies in our adaptability to situations. Our energy ebbs and flows, and so we actually thrive on frequent change and fluctuation, but aren’t great when left to our own devices. Mutable risings seem to do the worst in a predictable schedule and unconsciously act out to break up the monotony if forced into one.

Fixed ascendants (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius) seem to need a set routine. These are the people that could either take an early shift OR a night shift, but it has to be a consistent schedule. Their energy remains fairly even throughout the day. Although comfortable working for either themselves or others, and little things generally don’t bother them, they give the most pushback of all rising signs when it comes to major transition. They are kind of like the Sheldon Coopers of the Zodiac!

Note, the above tendencies fluctuate depending on ruling planet (the ruler of the Ascendant), and rising planets close to the ascendant….I know a Virgo rising with Saturn conjunct his ascendant who absolutely needs a set schedule because he is a mess without one. And if you have an extremely uneven distribution of planets, it can affect your rising sign’s expression. For example, if you have 7 planets in Fixed signs, your Cardinal rising may be a bit more stick-in-the-mud but your energy will also be more sustainable.