Deb McBride
Astrologer

Pisces Eclipse with Chiron

September 16, 2016

iuAnd here we are with the 3rd and final eclipse this season. This is a Lunar Eclipse, with the Sun in Virgo and the Moon in Pisces. It occurs at 24° Pisces, which is right with Chiron, currently traveling through Pisces. Pisces is the sign of faith, altruism, atonement, surrender and the visionary.

What exactly is Chiron?

In astronomy, Chiron is designated as both a comet and a minor planet. It used to be called an asteroid, but apparently its behavior shows otherwise. In astrology, Chiron is called the “wounded healer” – and where it is placed has everything to do with what part of our lives experiences a wound. In my personal and astrological experience, I would never underestimate the power of a Chiron transit, nor an eclipse with Chiron. Some of this has to do with Chiron’s backstory.

In mythology, Chiron is a centaur, half human, half horse. He was born of Cronus and Philyra, after she had turned herself into a mare to avoid Cronus’s pursuit. His mother was so distressed by his appearance, she begged the gods to turn her into anything and she became a linden tree. Apollo took care of Chiron and gave him the education that would serve him the rest of his life. Chiron was a gentle and wise soul, considered to be a civilized centaur. He lived in a cave with his wife and children and highly regarded as a teacher for he taught the healing arts, music, archery and astrology. After a brawl by the centaurs, where he was accidentally hit with a poison arrow, Chiron lived with this wound the rest of his life. His immortality as being a demigod did not allow him to pass from the earth. Despite his great healing abilities, he was unable to help himself, hence the term “wounded healer.” After some exchanging places with Prometheus, Zeus placed Chiron among the stars where he remained as the constellation Centaurus.

When we mere mortals experience Chiron, we acknowledge our wounds that somehow remain with us our entire lives. This is where we need to need to heal and transcend this wound by creating a healthy balance of living on earth and living in spirit – as Chiron did in his life. Our earthbound selves and our soul, the part of us that is immortal.

Eclipse with Chiron

Emotional situations that are hanging in the ethers of our lives are brought to the table when eclipses occur. It’s a sensitive time and this one is no exception. It can be powerful and enlightening or emotionally draining, we’re never quite sure with eclipses until they arrive. If this is in a vulnerable area of our chart, then we can expect that we need to make some changes and view these matters under different lighting. When the Moon is attached to Chiron as it is now, we connect with our wound and seek another layer of healing. One could say that the wound is re-opened as this time. Because this eclipse is in Pisces, we must use the Piscean restorative quality of faith to move us through any sorrows that come up for us now. If we face the parts of us that may be perceived as ugly or unusual – like Chiron’s image that his mother felt was unacceptable – and we accept them during this eclipse, then we can be led to experience a healing and an opening to a new chapter of our lives.

 

September astrology

September 10, 2016

img_0441Well, astrodarlings, September continues to be a banner month. So much important astrology has happened already and we are only one third of the way through. We had an eclipse on September 1st and Mercury has been in retrograde since August 30th. Now, Jupiter has entered Libra and the last Saturn – Neptune aspect is upon us. We still have the station direct of Pluto and another eclipse will happen on September 16th. But those are for another time.  Let’s focus on the current weekend.

Jupiter in Libra: September 9, 2016-October 10, 2017

Jupiter takes 12-13 years to revisit a sign. It has just entered the sign of Libra, after having been in Virgo for a year. The presence of Jupiter in Virgo, while it was good for Virgos, was a bit difficult because it held a position of stress with Saturn and Neptune. Now that will change because Jupiter will be in a smoother relationship to Saturn in Sagittarius. Jupiter, being the greater benefic, brings all new awareness to relationships. Not just the one to one romantic relationships we have, but our relationships with everyone we consider to be significant in our lives. Libra, ruled by Venus, is the sign of relating, balancing, having harmony in our relationships and in our lives. Jupiter opens our eyes, opens our minds, makes us more receptive and optimistic. We are able to open to new people and new ideas about getting along with others, perhaps developing new skills in relating. Want to get along with your siblings better? This is the time to try. Need a more effective working relationship with your colleagues? Now is the time to work on that. Smooth over situations with your boss? Yes, again – do it now.

When in Jupiter is in Libra, we might be overly optimistic and say all relationships will improve and it’s a great time to find that special someone. To some degree that is true as there are many benefits that Jupiter will bring to relationships, especially in our love lives. However, we need to remember the mythological character of Jupiter, aka Zeus. Zeus liked to easily obtain what he desired. He had many women and he often forced himself on them by trickery and deception. He was bold, brash, took what he wanted, felt entitled and acted in a big way. Too many, too much and the biggest and the best. One could say overindulgence. One could also say Zeus assumed he was going to get away with bad behavior and therefore he did whatever he pleased.

While we may become more confident in relationships, I don’t believe that Jupiter is necessarily in harmony with Libra’s refinement. Libra wants fairness and balance, and in many cases, so does Jupiter as both are concerned with the law. But Jupiter’s excessiveness may give us a taste of how Zeus’s relationships were, which was not polite. Impolite is not Libra’s style. We may try to get away with behavior that is incongruent with the relationship agreement we have arranged. My advice: work on relationships, keep your head, don’t become overconfident. And if you get caught with your hand in the cookie jar one too many times, step back and look at where you have let Jupiter run away with you.

The last square of Saturn to Neptune: September 10, 2016

For a year, we have experienced the challenging relationship of Saturn in Sagittarius to Neptune in Pisces. Saturn being the influence of structure, reality, discipline, confronting fears and anxieties. Neptune is visionary, intuitive, spiritual, elusive. Clearly, they are at odds with one another, yet we need both of them. In the areas of our chart where we have experienced them all year, it has been a challenge to be clear about what we want and the nature of our visions. We had to figure out how to achieve our goals without giving in to fear (Saturn) or losing ourselves in fantasy (Neptune). Is it real? Am I just dreaming? Can I truly make this dream a reality in my life? That last question is the biggest one. What are we afraid of and do we know what is stopping us from achieving this dream. Neptune erodes while Saturn builds structures. In this case, Saturn is showing us where we are holding back while Neptune erodes the fears, walls and blockages to which we have been clinging. We release and restructure, over and over again. All year we navigated Neptune’s choppy waters to find the truth in the illusions. Now is the final moment when we can actually recognize where we need to go on this new path. Watch what happens over these next weeks, you will find yourself ready to let go and travel this new journey.

 

 

 

 

Mars and Saturn

August 24, 2016

IMG_0881Today is the day that Mars finally meets Saturn in Sagittarius. Recollect if you will, that we have been watching Mars move through Scorpio to enter the early degrees of Sagittarius, only to turn around in April and head back into Scorpio. And so it remained there most of the months of May, June and July, finally crawling slowly, but slowly out of Scorpio. Out from the darkness, out from under the rock and back into the fiery, ambitious, adventurous sign of Sagittarius, where Saturn is currently residing. Mars is a warrior planet, a trailblazer, a leader and a fighter. It has been held back from its true expression in these months as we all pondered, researched and examined the next part of our lives. Now, today, it has moved far enough through Sagittarius to greet Saturn, the gatekeeper, and move beyond it.

This is significant for many reasons. Saturn always represents our feelings of responsibility, duty and discipline. Saturn is the structure that keeps us in line. Mars never wants to stay in line, Mars wants to push the envelope, move past the obstacles and boundaries, drive around them if necessary, to get where it wants to go. But Saturn has been standing in the way of Mars’ freedom to move. Yes, Mars moved forward, but slowly. As Mars comes out from under Saturn, it regains its warrior spirit, its fiery independence, its movement. It will remain within Saturn’s reach for a few more days, however, we will then start to feel our energy return, our zest for life recovered and we see that our plans can move forward.

In cases like this, we have been aware that we are not able to fully complete our plans. Sometimes the stage has been set and we know that the readiness is all. We watch carefully, stay conscious and move forward slowly as the plans unfold and as Mars gets stronger, we can then go into full action. In other cases, sometimes we feel someone or something has held us back, restricted us and we felt we had no power in our own life. This is when we need to cast aside the restrictions, own our part in how we allowed ourselves to be held back and get back up on the horse and ride away. Those are the “what was I thinking?” moments. But it’s okay, because we needed to learn something from the experience – always! And in that moment, we recognize what the lesson was and make peace with it.

A new life awaits, after these last months of transformation. Sagittarius always brings options, we can take what’s waiting for us on this new adventure. Or we can opt out and continue on a less risky path. A word to the wise – fear never got anyone anywhere. And if your only reason for not grabbing on to this new experience is fear, then look beyond it and identify what is stopping you, then heal it.

Bon Voyage!

 

 

 

 

Mandala

August 19, 2016

il_570xN.1001457376_35s1Yesterday, here in Costa Rica, I met a young woman who is a gifted Mandala artist. Her name is Phalguni Devi Dasi and her company name is Sakti. She has incredible talent for detail, with the ability to draw each Mandala with great precision. Her choice of colors is beautiful and her idea for each Mandala and Yantra comes from many sources of inspiration. Each Mandala is hand drawn and painted onto a canvas, she also has high quality digital photographs of each one. These Mandalas are for sale in either medium. Most importantly, the work is truly her passion and is clearly from her heart.

Mandalas are a wonderful meditation tool. Considering the upcoming eclipse period in these next few weeks, I highly recommend meditating with Mandalas as way of navigating and maintaining balance through this next month.

The Mandala you see on this page is one of Phalguni’s art pieces, it is called “Kalindi.” Please visit her Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/__sakti/  or for purchasing original artwork and prints, check out her Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/OmmSakti?ref=l2-shop-header-avatar  I purchased three prints from her and I am extremely satisfied. I hope that you would find peace and positive energy from Phalguni’s work.

 

 

 

 

Saturn moves forward

August 13, 2016

IMG_0639Today Saturn has moved forward in Sagittarius. It has been retrograde since March and will now slowly move itself out of the T-square that it has been part of since late 2015. As Saturn makes this switch, it receives a connection from Venus, which is in Virgo. Venus does not favor Virgo, as it has its exaltation in the opposite sign of Pisces. This weekend, Venus’s connection to Saturn is that of a square, a challenging aspect. So, Venus is not exactly at her sexiest. But it is a great weekend to get some projects done and seeing to practical matters. She will greet Neptune on Sunday by opposition, so this is wonderful for creative and visual projects. This is the best use of the energy, it’s not exactly the best time to go out and meet new romantic prospects. That would be an exercise in frustration this weekend. Gathering with people you know is a good thing, though. No new risks involved there.

Meanwhile, if there were projects you had been working on since March, you may see the fruits of your labors now. Or if you put aside a project, perhaps it’s best to go back and have a look. As Saturn moves ahead in these next weeks and months, it will greet Neptune with the last square on September 10. At that point, the lesson of these two planets in our lives will be finished for now. Remember also, that these planets in this journey have been connected with the Nodes of Destiny. The North Node in Virgo and the South Node in Pisces, which indicate embracing and focusing on the practical and as a result, the creative and inspirational will come.

Saturn is about detachment, something to keep in mind as it moves forward. No worries about outcomes, just do the task at hand. Since it will reside in the sign of Sagittarius for a while, we may find that we are drawn to languages, other cultures, philosophies, publishing and legal matters. There is a lesson there for us, a learning experience, one that can be quite enriching. Saturn isn’t always bad news. It can give us good and important information for our lives.

If you find yourself mentally going down the rabbit hole this weekend, distract yourself with something entertaining. The energy build up from Venus, Saturn, Mars (still in Sagittarius) and Neptune will shoot itself into the empty space – in Gemini. It’s typical to over analyze, overthink and make ourselves crazy with what could happen in the Gemini area of our chart. Again, practice detachment. Maybe some meditation would help, going to the movies or a nice long beautiful walk. Let these days pass and just watch the events as if they are happening on a screen. And buy some popcorn!

 

 

 

 

 

Hello my astrodarlings! Greetings from Escazu, Costa Rica! Today I recorded this video on Persicope discussing the retrograde station of Uranus which will happen on Friday Jul 29th at 5:06 pm EDT. Here I provide some tips and suggestions on how to handle this wild, brilliant and sometimes contrary energy.

Enjoy!

 

iuMars finally turned direct on June 30th after being in retrograde since mid-April. What a ride it has been! Mars was in Sagittarius when it made its station to go backwards and is now at 23° Scorpio. This is an important place because Mars is the co-ruler of Scorpio and is really in its home. Mars is a warrior energy, in Scorpio it can withstand anything and then rise from the ashes, like the Phoenix. I believe this has been one of the most challenging Mars retrogrades I have witnessed in recent years. Perhaps in these last months, you have felt that you were drowning somewhere in your life. Maybe it felt excruciating at times, frustrating and that you were never going to come out of this funk. It was hard to find answers. 

Now, with Mars turning direct, there should be some relief. We rise up and move forward in a new, wiser form, revitalized. Nothing made sense unless you were able to dig in deep and connect with any remaining dark emotions that were leftover from 2014 and 2015. Remember, we are looking back to Saturn’s transit of Scorpio that went on from 2012 to last September 2015, especially February and October 2014. Mars re-tread Saturn’s path and woke up whatever was lingering there. But this was such a whopper of a retrograde that I found myself transported back to 1985, which was the last time Saturn transited Scorpio. Maybe you have had this experience as well, if you were living on planet earth at that time. Mars has gone in and done some housekeeping of these places in the zodiac. It may have brought things to light for you that you did not expect at all. It may have been a real wake up call in how to finally resolve those issues where Saturn and Mars spent these times. 

This is a real turning point for a variety of reasons. For one, Scorpio is always powerful transformation and resilience. Then, remember that back when Saturn had its visit in Scorpio, Pluto has been in Capricorn, Saturn’s home. You might recall a blog where I called it an apartment exchange because they were in each other’s homes – Pluto rules Scorpio and Saturn rules Capricorn. All these details form a more significant experience of changing one’s life than is typical of a Mars transit. This time, Mars has stepped in a place to help us acknowledge healing something from the area of our life it is visiting. If you know your chart or can look it up online, find where 23° Scorpio is and review the attributes of the house in your chart. Does Mars speak to any other planets in your chart? Is it a nice conversation or is it a complex conversation?

Meanwhile, on July 4th there is a New Moon at 12° Cancer. The fact that this is happening while Mars is gearing up and coming back to life is no accident. New Moons always indicate a fresh start. This one connects in a positive way to Neptune in Pisces and Jupiter in Virgo, as well as the Nodes of Destiny. It supports the dream and visions we have been having since last August. The wishes we have been making. Now is time to make those wishes come true. We may have felt we are being called forward to join this vision, this is the moment to join and dance with your dream.

In any event, it is time to move forward, as we have been waiting to do for so many months. The plans that have been on hold can now start to reform. We have new ideas and a renewed sense of life energy available to us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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