Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Making The Best of Saturn Square Uranus in 2021

Saturn Square Uranus

This year, the major energy theme revolves around the tense relationship between Saturn and Uranus. Saturn, the traditional ruler of Aquarius, is at odds with Uranus, the modern or so-called Co-Ruler of the sign. This square, or 90 degree angle, from Saturn in Aquarius to Uranus in Taurus perfects three times over the course of 2021. The exact square of Feb 17th at 7 degrees already passed, but these themes will be revisited twice more this year, once in June and again in December, so its good to kind of know what to expect. 

While the energy of a square between these two heavy-hitters can be quite challenging, there is an ultimate goal: preserving the old by integrating the new. 

As it’s traditional ruler, Saturn is strong in Aquarius, while Uranus feels uncomfortable in the steady-plodding, routine-loving sign of Taurus. This combination tells us that our foundations will remain despite being shaken and stirred; The new must be built upon their strong base, integrating with, rather than replacing, the old ways.

An article I read recently really highlighted how we can best adapt under this energy. It is a great comparison to us in our personal plights with the change and work that Saturn and Uranus require of us. I hope this plant story can inspire you to stay the course in whatever this square is asking you to forge new in your life.

Giovanni Melcarne is an agronomist and olive oil farmer that has been fighting against a rampant imported blight that is spreading across the landscape in southern Italy, turning fields of centuries-old olive trees gray with death. In a place where tradition is not only abided but cherished and protected, even to the farmer’s own detriment, Giovanni struck out on a unique journey. Funneling his life savings into a bold experiment that combined the old with the new, he took on the challenge of building change on ancient foundations. And like the Aquarius archetype of the lone eccentric, he worked on this stroke of genius practically alone, without grants or government or colleagues to support him. It took much trial and error and a blend of techniques, but he found a way to save the trees. The lessons embedded in the approach the hero took in this story can be replicated in all of our lives.

The Farmer Trying to Save Italy’s Ancient Olive Trees

A fast spreading bacteria could cause an olive oil apocalypse.

By Augostino Petroni and Photos by Stefano Petroni

 In early 2016, Giovanni Melcarne, an agronomist and the owner of an extra virgin olive oil farm, walked through the southern Italian countryside of Puglia. 

He was with a fellow olive-oil farmer who had called and told him there was something he had to see.

All around, the old olive trees that covered the red clay were either dead or in an advanced state of decay, filling the landscape with an unnatural greyness. Melcarne was not surprised: At least 2 million olive trees in Puglia looked this way, including many of his own.

The cause of the blight was Xylella fastidiosa, a bacteria that researchers believe arrived around 2010 from Latin America, possibly from Costa Rica on an imported ornamental plant. Today, Xylella has infected at least one-third of the 60 million olive trees in Puglia, which produces 12 percent of the world’s olive oil.

The bacteria leaves no chance of survival: Once a plant is infected, it’s doomed to die in a handful of years. 

Today, Xylella is spreading fast across Puglia, crossing into other Italian regions and Mediterranean countries, and upending the production of olives and olive oil, the symbols of the Mediterranean.

The two approached an old olive tree growing at the edge of the street along a traditional stone wall.

When the two reached the tree, the olive farmer pointed at a live, green bough on the otherwise dead trunk.

“The man told me that his father had grafted the tree with a Barese olive variety, which is good for eating,” Melcarne says. Grafting is common practice in the area: People take a twig of a different variety and insert it on the trunk of an older tree, where it will grow and bear the kind of olives of the tree it came from. Melcarne immediately suspected that the grafted branch was resistant to Xylella. It seemed to be keeping the olive tree alive.

‘And then I thought, “Could it be that grafts could save the oldest and grandest olive trees’?”Melcarne says.”


Besides leading the grafting crusade, Melcarne is currently looking to reproduce wild Puglian olive trees that are still alive where Xylella has killed any other olive tree. The quality of local olives is what distinguishes the region’s extra-virgin olive oil from others, and local farmers are wary of planting resistant varieties such as Favolosa that do not belong to that territory and taste different. While they have found a grafting technique to save the region’s grandest trees, it is this search for local, resistant varieties that could protect Puglia’s beloved olive oil and the industry and food culture it supports.


Grafting The New In Our Own Lives

In this same way, we must also graft the new onto our foundations and seek out the heritage that remains in the aftermath of 2020.

As we approach the June and December 2021 squares, we are most likely still building on what that February aspect started in the collective and in our personal lives. Reflecting on the events of mid-february can give an idea of what themes will continue to develop in your life and in the lives of those around you. 

Looking back over your journal, planner and/or social posts can help jog your memory and make valuable connections of how these themes are playing out in your unique life. I love to fill a planner with one liners about events, emotions or experiences I'm having, so I can go back and look for patterns that match the movements of the planets. It might not be easy to remember in June or December what happened in the day to day of mid February, but a flip back through my planner lets me know that last time "everyone got sick" " I had a terrible toothache" and I had a "major zoom meeting about my kid's bad grades." These things set me back on my work-related projects as the square (or in my case a t-square with my Leo Sun) pulled me from three directions.

By looking at these moments, I can see the seeds that the Saturn-Uranus square planted in February and get an idea of what it will grow into as we reach the next square. In my personal example, I have implemented a stiffer hand-washing policy, been diligent about keeping my dentist appts, and been helping my kid review her homework during the last weeks of school to prevent her from having to go to summer school. Setting up a block schedule for my work this summer could also help me from being derailed on my projects.

Though it might feel uncomfortable to have to make such changes, this new and old way of doing things is the only way forward. Getting comfortable with the uncomfortable is a sign that you are heading in the right direction, and that you are willing to grow in a new and different way.

How has the Saturn-Uranus square affected your life? What is one positive change that was ushered into your life by this new era?

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Aries New Moon

New moon in aries

Today we start a new cycle in the sign of Aries. The planets are all propelling towards the future and we all feel like things are on a fast track. Set yourself on a more aligned path with the magic of this fresh, forward moving energy that is invigorating us all.

If you haven't chosen a goal to work on, spend some time today getting clear on what you want to work toward as the energy builds this week, because it can lead to anger and frustrations if not properly channeled. 

Since this New Moon is also making a square towards a pivotal point of our past, its a good time to look back on December 2020 to see what goals and dreams were on your mind at that time. This upcoming period will align us with the next steps of progress for whatever we were focused on at that time.

This goal can possibly see fruition under the Full Moon in Aries during Libra season later this year. And it can see growth as soon as the next full moon later this month. The dreams, goals and events of December will show progress around and after the upcoming eclipse season in June.

                photo by @sarashakeel

Its a great idea to make little one-line notes in your planner for this purpose, so you can go back over the patterns of energy and see how they might affect you next.

Some may recommend journaling, but with so much Mars and Aries energy at this time, we are better off burning it off! Get out there, check goals off your list, spend some time moving your body, and enjoy the astrological start of the year.

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Sunday, March 28, 2021



Venus-Sun together in Aries across from the Full 🌙 in Libra at 8° brings 1-1 connections to the forefront.

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Something has been building since Venus reached her Heliacal set 6 weeks ago and especially since the New Moon in Pisces 2 weeks ago. That watery Sun-Moon connection was floating on the fins of a beautiful Venus-Jupiter conjunction. Something magical, like the song of a Siren is swelling and cresting on the shore. Is it merely an illusion or something more substantial?

Mercury closing in on a conjunction with Neptune in dreamy Pisces means murky waters need to be carefully chartered; There could be beasties lurking behind the seaweed curtain. Not all that glows is gold, beware mere bioluminescence trying to steer you off-course.

Can you keep your feet steady in the current of change or will you get swept away by it's waves?

The key is to swim sideways, towards Saturn in Aquarius. Grandfather time in the sign of the WaterBearer is trine to the Mars-North Node and sextile the Venus-Sun-Chiron crew. 

Slow steady steps as planned, is the only way forward, Saturn will lead us safely to the shore as long as we put in the work and take the time to check things twice.

Mars together with the North Node and Chiron mixed in with the Aries Sun-Venus configuration can be like the Knight of Cups waiting for us on the beach with a warm towel and a healing hot drink. Journal with a cup of tea, watch a nostalgic movie, or take your sandwich outside to soak in the healing vibes this energy has to offer. Leave the past behind so that next weekend when Mercury ingresses Aries, you are ready to step back into the bustle of spring with a splash.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Venus Trine Pluto

Venus Trine Pluto Person In a Relationship

Do you have Venus Trine Pluto in your birth chart and now you are ready to dig deeper into what that means?

Or maybe you are dating a Venus Trine Pluto person and you want to understand them and your relationship better?

That's great, because a Venus Trine Pluto person would really love that about you.

It's also great then, that you are here. You're in the right place to learn what the Venus Trine Pluto aspect means in a relationship. Whether this aspect is about you or someone you care about, read on to find out what it all means and how you can approach this energy to your highest benefit.

Natal Venus Trine Pluto Person In a Relationship

When Venus touches Pluto in the natal chart, this usually signifies a person that values having an intense, perhaps even complicated, relationship. They feel that they must deeply know their partner, that they must have an intertwined connection with their significant other.

They are all or nothing about what they value and what they love. It's either black or white, because gray is not their way.

Just the same, people are either obsessed with this person or just can't stand them. People are either magnetized or repelled by them. They have a strong presence, even if they try to creep in or lurk in a corner, people just notice this person. This person is the type of person that others just feel walking into a room.

In love, a Venus Pluto type will want complete mutual obsession. When they're with someone, the relationship status is all-consuming. The Venus Pluto person loves passionately and with intensity, and they want the same in return.

They tend to get emotionally entwined with their partner in a way that makes them feel connected on a deep, almost energetic level. This person wants to be in love all the way down to the aura. They want to know their partner's whole soul, explore their psychological nooks and crannies, and see how their most secret wheels and cogs work.

Though this person might not give up their secrets as fast as they expect to get them from others. When Pluto touches Venus in the natal chart, it creates a person that highly values privacy. The Pluto-Venus person might hesitate before sharing all of themselves until this they are sure of their partner's loyalty/fealty. Even deep into a relationship, partners may feel there is still more of this person to explore, more mysteries to unravel. And they are probably right. 

A Venus Trine Pluto person may love to keep secrets. They may even have secret loves, hidden behaviors or private obsessions. 

It reminds me of a show I watched long ago, Sex and the City (very Venus and Pluto). In one episode, the girls share the "secret single behaviors" that they wouldn't want a partner to know about. One person, Carrie, likes standing at the counter eating saltines with grape jelly while flipping through fashion magazines. For another, having two bathrooms is a must, because for her, taking a poo was her secret behavior. In this same way, the Pluto Venus person may prefer to keep certain quirks to their self. 

They may also have a tendency to harbor secret obsessions. This could range from something big like secretly loving someone for a long time but never telling anybody about it to something small like maybe secretly loving astrology or something like that. And Pluto likes to collect things, so this type might enjoy having a private collection of some sort. It could be a drawerful of lingerie, a collection of tarot cards or maybe even a secret savings account.

With two money planets, Pluto and Venus, in a harmonious trine, this person probably has a fondness for money. 

Venus and Pluto both care about money. Venus is about value and valuables and abundant resources. Pluto is about money as power, inherited wealth and deep, hidden resources. With the trine we can expect an easy flow of energy. In this aspect, Venus, the minor benefic, can apply her principles of balance to the extremes of Pluto.

This person also values passion and power and may be attracted to people in positions of power or even celebrities. They may be attracted to having a powerful partner or to power plays within the relationship. Or this person could be a power player of some sort.

With a trine aspect between Pluto and Venus, they've learned to balance along the edge of chaos without jumping into the abyss, but this person still craves depth and transformation from a partnership.

In some cases, these types might even crave chaotic, dramatic or possibly abusive situations. This is not usually the case with the easy flowing trine aspect, but the ease of flow could also bring too much passion or too much drama into the partnership.

A great way for this person to find more peace and balance in their relationships is by directing the more passionate and dramatic energy of this aspect into some sort of artistic pursuit. 

The Venus Pluto type may in fact be a passionate artist of some sort since Venus is related to the arts, beauty, and other harmonious things. They may have a passion for fashion, a flair for decorating their home or maybe a love baking bread. Sometimes it's an art that may not seem so artsy at first glance. Perhaps they are painstakingly rebuilding a classic race car, or this person loves turning all of their scraps into compost.

Channeling their passion into passion projects like these is a healthier way of utilizing this powerful, beautiful energy. If this person has a little too much drama sprinkled into their relationships, they might benefit from redirecting this energy in a constructive way. 

Even if this person are not an artist, they may still be extreme about how they value the arts. If this person loves to read, for example, they might buy all the books of a new favorite author and read them all in an intense binge. Or this person might buy all of their favorite musician's albums and splurge for killer seats at their concert.

This person, more than most, admires the plight of the butterfly. The process of cocooning then remerging is one that this person is very familiar with. Transformation pumps their passion, rebirth gives them a sense of renewal. 

These types might love fresh starts like New Year's Eve, or Back-to-school.  Or they may feel re energized after leaving the salon with a new look, or pulling out seasonal clothes when the weather changes or maybe getting a new tattoo.

If you are someone with a Venus Pluto Trine, An artistic pursuit can help you channel this energy in the most positive way. This will use up some of the intense energy of this aspect and leave you with more balance and less drama in your relationships.

If you are in a relationship with a Venus Pluto Trine person, LEEP into love by:

-Letting them keep their secrets and maybe let them in on one of yours. They will cherish it. 

-Encouraging their artistic passions and give them room to be obsessed with their art. 

-Embracing their need for transformation. Be okay with the rotating hair color or that latest tattoo. 

-Pursuing personal growth as a couple, embracing change and transformation; Be Butterflies together.

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Friday, October 9, 2020

The Secret to Understanding your Natal Chart in Astrology

 The Secret to Understanding your Natal Chart in Astrology

Astrology is hitting the mainstream and more folks are tuning in to its energies and rightfully so.

Astrology can help you discover deep insights about yourself and set you on your authentic life path. It can confirm that you are taking the right steps or if you are not, it can show you where in life you need to pivot. Astrology can help you plan your week and structure your goals for maximum person success. It can help you understand what truly makes you happy, what makes you tick, what makes you, you.

But you can't just look at your Sun Sign- although this is a fantastic place to start. If you really want to benefit from astrology, you need to look at your birth chart to see what's at play.

But once you do open that chart and see all those lines and symbols, it can feel so overwhelming. What does it all mean? Which parts matter and which parts are minor?

There is a secret to help you start sorting it all out.

Simplified Approach To Reading An Astrological Chart

This approach will simplify your chart to focus on what's most important. It is so much easier to read your natal chart like this. This helps you get familiar with the whole picture before you break it down into details.

First, you have to make sure you are looking at what really matters.

Many free chart generators include minor aspects, planets, points or asteroids that can clutter the chart and make it feel impossible to read. I recommend using because you can customize it. Follow these steps to simplify your astro-chart and do a quick whole-chart analysis.

Simplify Your Natal Chart in 4 Easy Steps

First, go to and Creatour Birth Chart by entering your birth details into the form. If you do not know your birth time, you can use noon.

Once your chart appears, go to the settings button. On a mobile this will be directly under the circle chart, on a desktop it will appear to the right of the chart. 

Under settings, scroll down to the Planets and Asteroids tab and open it. If you know your exact time of birth, then you will only uncheck Chiron and North Node. If you don't know your exact time of birth, then you will uncheck Chiron, North Node, Ascendant and MC.

Next, open the Aspects tab that is beneath it. Uncheck all the aspects listed after Sextile. To be clear, uncheck Quintile, Octile, Septile, Novile, Semi-sextile, Quincux, and Sesquiquadrate. This should leave you with only the five major aspects- Conjunction, Opposition, Square, Trine and Sextile can stay.

Finally, you will go to the Orbs tabs. Type a 6 into the boxes for Conjunction, Square and Opposition.

Hit the Apply Settings Button at the very bottom.

The chart should appear much clearer now. The aspects that remain are the most relevant ones. 

Now before you start trying to understand what each of those lines even means, do a quick and easy whole chart analysis.

Fast and Easy Whole-chart Analysis 

Looking at the whole chart before you dive into individual aspect analysis can give you incredible insights in a very short time.

Is the chart lopsided with planets clumped together or are they evenly spaced? Is the chart heavy with aspects or clean and direct? Are there any shapes formed by the lines of the aspects as they cross the circle? Triangles are very common, but there could also be a square, a seesaw, a basket, a kite and more.

The shapes and spacing of the planets tell us which planets or signs in the chart are most important. If a planet has a lot of lines, is part of a lot of shapes or even part of one big shape, it can indicate that this planet matters and its energies strongly affect you. For example, let's say your Sun is in Libra but it has very little action in the chart. Meanwhile, next door in Virgo, you have a clump of three planets with Mercury, Venus and Jupiter. Those Virgo planets are going to be a focal point of your life and a place where you put a lot of your energy. This also means that the typical Libra description might have less influence on you, and you may display strong Virgo qualities instead.

Once you look at your whole chart, the next thing you want to do is scroll down to see the special features of the chart, if there are any. Things listed here can be a great place to start diving into the meanings of your chart.

Next, you want to figure out what mode(s) and what element(s) are dominant in your chart. Sometimes this is mentioned in the special features, but you can figure this out by plugging your planets and their signs into this chart and adding up the columns. 

The mode let's you know how you handle change. Mutables are always changing, Cardinals are first to make the change, and Fixed folks don't like to change. A mostly mutable person might have trouble with changing to much and not being very grounded. A Cardinal person will take charge but can also be selfish. A Fixed person is steady, usually reliable or loyal, but they can be stubborn, too.

The element describes your overall temperament. There are four elements- Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. Like fixed energy, Earth energy is stable, reliable, grounded. A person with a lot of Earth energy will like working and having security. They don't mind the toil as much and are often willing to roll up their sleeves. An Air person is more preoccupied with communicated and sharing ideas. This person may enjoy learning, skill-building and reading. The Fire person is usually full of action, the doers, movers and makers of the zodiac. This person is passionate, and often fueled by a creative drive. They want to make something of themselves and of the world! Water people are more sensitive and in tune with their emotions. These are most likely empathetic, caring people, that have a great listening ear and want to make a difference in the world. 

Most of us have a mix of these qualities, and you may find that you have two dominant modes or three elements that share planets equally. In this case, it may be helpful to take note of what is lacking from your chart.  Let's use the same example of Sun in Libra, and three planets in Virgo. With all that earthy, Virgo action, this person could search out friends or a partner that has dominant Water energy. This will help fill the elemental hole this person feels and give them a sense of balance or completeness in their life. 

With your simplified chart and your whole chart analysis complete, you now have an overall feel of what type of personality you have and what areas of your chart- and your life- might be most important to you. Now you are ready to start digging into the more complex part of astrology- aspects. 

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Still feeling overwhelmed? Or maybe you are too impatient to wait? Consider hiring an astrologer for a personal reading. 

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Meditation for Mercury Retrograde


Mercury, among other things, represents the mind.

Your mind is like a personal antenna that transmits and receives information. It can to tune into, amplify and send out any thought.

Your thoughts directly impact your emotions (Moon), your behavior and actions (Mars), what life experiences you attract (Venus), your life path (Sun), your luck (Jupiter) and your karma (Saturn). Your quality of life literally depends on your ability to use the power of your mind. 

To control your mind is to control your destiny.This is why it is so important to be selective of the thoughts you pay attention to.

What thoughts do you choose to focus on?

We have all experienced negative outcomes from acting on negative thoughts at some point in our lives. I know I have. But it isn’t about wishing negative thoughts away. We can’t actually get rid of them. Even the Dali Lama admits to getting angry many times a day. But we can choose not to act on them.

Yogi Bhajan said we have just 3-5 seconds to process and release negative thoughts before they create karma for us. That’s nothing, a few blinks or a breath of fresh air. It can pass before you grab it.

How do we control our mind to take advantage of such a tiny moment?
You need mental self-discipline. The Mind is a Muscle that needs training. This training requires time, discipline and devotion.

But getting started is simple. Do a 5 minute meditation today.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

10 Tips to Use Mercury Retrograde to Your Advantage

A mercury retrograde transit often gets blamed for things like computer crashes, miscommunications, showing up late and missed appointments. Once during a retrograde, I had to make 15 phone calls to change one thing on my insurance. I used to dread Mercury Retrograde!

But Mercury is a fleet-footed planet that goes retrograde three times a year, usually for about three weeks each time. That's a lot of time to spend trying to hide under a rock.

What if instead of being afraid, there was something we could do about it? Could we balance or even take advantage of this energy?

As it turns out, yes! (Thank goodness.)

Vedic astrologers typically offer remedies and rituals that can balance an afflicted planet or enhance the power of a positive planet. They also offer their clients suggestions for weathering through upcoming transits, including Mercury Retrograde.

Whether its a natal mercury retrograde or a transit that's tripping you up, there is merit to this concept of fine-tuning planetary energy. I do this all the time in my day-to-day life and have found good results regularly. The idea is two-fold. First, you want to avoid certain activities that might aggravate the Mercury Retrograde energy. Second, you want to use the energy for something positive before it has a chance to cause random (and possibly negative) effects in your life.

Modern RX for Mercury Retrograde Natal or Transit

1. Abstain from drinking alcohol. This one is recommended for most planet problems, actually. Alcohol tends to brings out the malefic or shadow side of the planets, even a neutral one like Mercury, so avoid it during any iffy transits or if you are trying to improve a hard aspect in your natal chart.

2. Drink lots of water during a Mercury Retrograde or all the time if you have Mercury Retrograde in your natal chart. Memory and other cognitive functions are diminished when we are dehydrated, making us more likely to miscommunicate, make mistakes, or forget something.

3. Red meat, like alcohol, is another common planetary agitator, so skip the steak for now. 

4. Take a bath with epsom salts, essential oils, or brew a bath tea for a relaxing soak to help calm your mind.

5. The hands and arms are under Mercury's domain. Do daily hand and wrist stretches and don't skip arm day at the gym.

6. Mercury rules communication, so during a retrograde you might like to refresh yourself on a language you already know but don't use often. High school French, anyone? 

7. Mercury also rules words and writing, so you could do a crossword puzzle every day to keep your mind sharp. 

8. Journaling is another great way to channel this energy. You could take some time to journal about your past and reflect on how far you've come. Since Mercury also rules business, you could take your journaling up a notch by keeping a business journal.

9. Mercury also rules the local community, education and siblings. You could donate to local education or become a Big Brother/Big Sister. Speaking of brothers and sisters, you could also call or text yours, if you have one. If not, get in contact with cousins, teammates, classmates, or any mates really. 

10. Of course, backing up your devices is always a great idea during a retrograde season.

I hope this inspires you to take advantage of Mercury Retrograde and use the energy to create positive effects in your life. Mercury Retrograde doesn't have to be scary or stressful, you just have to be prepared and intentional. Treat this list like Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Astrology. Pick a few things and make a fun ritual out of them. Maybe you do wrist stretches every night, avoid steak and wine dinners and take on arm workout challenge with your sister. Whatever you decide, don't be afraid to do something with this energy whenever it comes around. 

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