Planet Post-up – Jupiter changing signs, New Moon in Scorpio, Uranus retrograde, Moon Nodes Shift

So much going on this month.  November 7, 2018 is when there is a new moon in Scorpio.  And this new moon is connected with Neptune and Pluto. So there’s that energy of a new beginning and it feeling a little magical. Dreamy. But….there’s also a stability with it – that’s Pluto’s influence.  New moons are great times to start new things, so set your intentions and allow the universe to help manifest it.

Jupiter is also moving from Scorpio to Sagittarius for about 13 months. This will happen on November 8, 2018.  Sag is a fire sign and is all about learning and exploring and DOING.  Setting your sights high and then accomplishing what you set your sights on.  Jupiter brings gifts, luck, expansion and growth.

Uranus will retrograde back into Aries until March 2019.  Aries, also a fire sign, starts the zodiac. Ruled by Mars and known to be assertive (if not downright aggressive). Uranus is about rebellion and revolution and shock and awe. Sudden, unexpected changes that can be dramatic and extensive.  He will go back to Taurus in March 2019 and stay there until 2025.  The focus will then be on luxury, and value and money and our relationship to all of those things.

The nodes of the moon shift as well.  Nodes are location points, north and south. And they correspond to karma and life lessons.  They have been in Leo/Aquarius and they will shift into Cancer/Capricorn. If you are a Cancer or a Capricorn or have a lot of Cancer or Cap in your chart, you will be most affected by this.  The nodes of the moon shift every 18 months, so they are going to stay there for about a year and a half.

We still have Venus retrograde  until about November 16. And just as she starts to go direct, Mercury will start his shadow period and will soon retrograde himself.  The good news with Venus and Mercury transits is that they are relatively quick.  They are inner planets so they move around faster than the other planets.

A lot of shift in November.  And as glimpse into early 2019….we start the year with some eclipses. So get ready.

So much change and so much shift, no worries at all….I got this…

The Smiling Raven


Scorpio New Moon – Focus on Relationships…

On November 18, 2017, there will be a new moon in the sign of Scorpio.   New moons are times of new beginnings, fresh starts.  Anything in the sign of Scorpio is going to be intense.  Because, Scorpio is the most intense sign of the zodiac.  They don’t splash in the shallow end…they dive deep. With everything. All the time.  Mysterious, dark, driven. They can be focused on things that are hidden or secretive, the occult, the things nobody wants to talk about.

What makes this particular lunation so intense is that so much energy is focused in the sign of Scorpio.  Whenever there is a lot of energy in one sign or house of a chart, it’s called a stellium.  And right now, we have the sun and the moon, Venus and Jupiter all in the sign of Scorpio.   Venus being involved changes the focus to relationship – because she rules love and romance and luxury.  Jupiter is about expansion and growth.  Development, good luck. Gifts.  Given that he’s in Scorpio until November 2018, we can expect all things “Scorpio” to be highlighted.   It’s no wonder that certain topics have been in the news lately – sex scandals, secrets, things hidden coming out.

So today (and a few days before and a few days after) may feel a little unnerving. As with any type of energy, try to use it to your advantage.  In order for those new doors to open, you have to move the junk that’s in the way, right? If you have all sorts of things blocking your way to the door…you can’t get there to open it. So remove all that clutter and allow those doors to open for you. Welcome in passion and romance.  Scorpio, if nothing else, is passionate.  And keep in mind that light and dark go together. Scorpio is a good reminder of that for all of us.

This new moon promises for me, romance and love and passion please, for my greater good and for all to see, thank you guides, blessed be….

The Smiling Raven

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Planet Post Up – Jupiter Square Pluto, Mercury in Taurus, Saturn Retrograde, Venus Retrograde

April promises to be a month of significant change. And shift. And shifting change.  Seemingly constant and not ever letting up.  True.  Remember that the universe is always encouraging us to grow and to reach and to change.  It’s not about being stagnant…it’s about being in movement. April is one of those months when it feels like we are constantly being pushed to do that.  In every area of our lives.  Venus (love, romance, relationships, money), Mercury (communication, transit, tech), and Saturn (life lessons, growing up, restriction) are all being activated this month.

The largest planet is going to square the smallest planet today.  Jupiter and Pluto.  A heady dose of change is coming our way.  For all of us.

Mercury is set to go retrograde on April 10. And he’ll move into Taurus, too.  So a little more grounded, in the earthy stable sign of Taurus.  But a retrograde means, this again. Delays, miscommunication, things breaking or not working, mix-ups all over the place.  So mind your words, and double check everything six times. I view Mercury retrogrades as “lessons in patience.” The universe is encouraging me (me, personally, but perhaps all of us) to work on our patience.  Which isn’t easy to do. And isn’t something I would particularly choose to do on my own, but for that cosmic kick in the pants to do so.

Saturn goes retrograde on April 5/6 until August 25.  This guy.  Saturn is the one coach (let’s say your team has three or four) that makes you do all the hard stuff that the other coaches don’t make you do.  And when he walks in the room, there’s a collective groan because everybody knows it. Whatever we’re doing today, it’ going to hurt and it’s going to be challenging and you’re going to be out of breath and sore and cursing under your breath about hating your world in that exact moment.  You may not know exactly how or why, but you just know that’s how it’s going to be.  But you also realize at some point, those hard practices were some of the best. And the ones that really pushed you to step up your game.

Think back to what was going on in your life in 2009 in March/April.  Those people, and those  events or lessons associated with those people are likely to return.

Venus (still retrograde until April 15) slips back into Pisces on April 2.  So she’s going to pass over the zero degree mark (Aries at zero degrees) that starts the astrological year and is symbolic of “the beginning” in general.  From April 2 until April 15, that’s when we are going to feel the full effect of people coming back into our lives. And all the other “stuff” that comes with that.

These are some of the major transits coming up in April. There are others. I’ll speak to those as the month goes on.  But these that I mentioned here are all about making a destiny choice for yourself.   The people you connect with, spend your time with, mirror who you are and who you want to be.  It really is what your parents may have told you: you have to be mindful of who your friends are.  If you want to start your own business, lose 20 pounds and maybe run your first 5 or 10k this summer or fall, start making smarter choices with your money and save some so you can go to Europe in 2018, start and stick with a spiritual practice (going to church every Sunday morning, meditating for 5 minutes every morning, keeping a gratitude journal and listing 10 things you are thankful for every night before you go to sleep), you can’t be hanging around people who….don’t do those things.  And I say all this without judgement, if the people you spend your time with are in serious credit card debt, go to a local bar every day after work and kick back a few beers, they’re cheating on their spouses,  and have nothing positive to say about anything or anybody….those people aren’t going to help you get to where you want to go.  I’m not saying they are inherently bad people. But the direction they are headed in is not the same as the one you want to be headed in.

Put another way: If you want to be a vegetarian, you’re going to have to give up meat.

So change it up. And change it up with purpose and with clarity and with focused determination.  April is turbulent, but things start to smooth out in May.  And from about mid-May until the end of June, those days are some of the best this year has to offer.  Get through this. Better is coming.

Lessons to learn, money to earn, help me see clear, my dreams are so near…

The Smiling Raven

The Sun. The Jupiter. The Luckiest Day of the Year.

September 26, 2016 promises to be the luckiest day of the year (2016).  The Sun and Jupiter align for a lovely dance in the heavens.  And it promises luck for all of us. The Sun is in Libra and Jupiter is also transiting through Libra.  So the possibility for luck with relationships will be on offer no matter your specific astrological sign.

Some things you can do to take advantage of the day…

  • Write out some intentions you would like to see manifest in the coming days, weeks, months.  Put your day dreams on paper, speak it out loud, know that it is on its way to you.
  • If there’s something you want to start or try – September 26 is the day to do it.
  • Expect wonderful unexpectedness with relationships – an all around feeling of closeness, seeing more eye-to-eye, gifts (yes, it’s possible) and treats.

Get out there and open your arms up to all the gifts and luck the universe has in store for you…

Sun and Jupiter align in love, send me gifts from above…