Thursday, April 14, 2022

Jupiter Conjunct Neptune

Jupiter Conjunct Neptune In Pisces

Jupiter Conjunct Neptune in Pisces is Big dreams, rose-colored glasses, and champagne on tap, or sirens singing sweet nothings, luring you straight into a trap.

Ahhhhhh, this energy feels like floating away on a river of pink clouds. Beneath its ethereal puffs and swirls, you could be hiding a magical mermaid's tail, or pull up an empty net, your dreams slipping through it like a slippery fish.

The energy of these two planets in Pisces is hazy and gauzy, like a lacy dress on hot skin.

It can feel easy to get swept away in this moment. 

And after the past few years, I am inclined to let it be that easy, to float like a cloud,  to fill up on big hopes and even bigger dreams, to wish upon a hundred stars.

And I know I'm not the only one that feels this way.

So let's blow on those dandelion puffs and watch the seeds dance along on the breeze. Who knows where they will really land, but for now, we can imagine that one of those seeds will find a field of dreams, and fill it with dandelion puffs as far as the eye can see.

The coming together of two planets always heralds something new. The energy of a conjunction between Neptune and Jupiter in Pisces is like planting a big seed. 

But what are we planting? You might think you know, but the seed comes from a mixed bag, and we won't be quite sure what it is until it grows and shows it's colors.

And this is a process that will take its sweet time. 

The Jupiter Growth Cycle

Jupiter has a 12ish year cycle around the zodiac, so we will see the first leaves of growth in 1.5 years with the first sextile, followed by our first challenging season in around 3 years time. 

A flowing, flowering period comes in around 4.5 years from now and then a pinnacle of sorts, the bearing of fruit, at around 6 years time when Jupiter reaches an opposition to Neptune.

The last harvest period happens in the waning trine. There is much fruit to be picked around the 7.5 year point, but any laziness can lead to loss- it's a lot of work to pick up that much fruit before it goes to the bugs, to the birds or goes flat out bad.

After that, the energy really starts winding down in the other direction, with the final square at about 9 years leading us prune away the spent leaves and branches of what has served its purpose.

During the final waning sextile at 10.5 years, we save seeds for the next season, harvest any roots that have value, and leave the rest for mulch to plant the seeds of the next cycle. 

By the next conjunction between Neptune and Jupiter in about 13 or so years, this cycle will close and a new one will begin again.

And while there is an intangible element to this energy, we can still look at where this Neptune Jupiter conjunction is taking place in your chart. This will give clues to how you might be experiencing it. So will looking back at how the seed from the last conjunction, back in 2009 in the sign of Aquarius, grew over the cycle that just ended in mid-April 2022.

For myself, as a Libra rising, Aquarius is in my 5th house, so the last conjunction marked a period of having children, which is one way 5th house energy can play out.

The fifth house also rules creative projects, hobbies, recreation, games, romance and courtship or dating, and basically anything that's about having fun or bringing joy into your life, so there are plenty of other ways this energy could have played out for others in the fifth house, this is just one of my examples.

Recently, at the end of this cycle, my children have reached a different, markedly more independent phase of life. 

I realized last month that I am no longer in the phase of mothering young children.

This recent conjunction, in Pisces, happend in my 6th house of work, service, and day to day routines.

On the exact day of the conjunction, I was invited to interview for a full time job, which I ultimately accepted. After thirteen years of focusing mostly on mothering, I now reenter the work force full throttle with both a full-time job and a time when my own online business is also starting to flourish.

Looking at your own chart and life events in this way can give you an idea of how this might grow for you over the next  cycle between Jupiter and Neptune.

Coming together at 23 degrees of Pisces, this will hit strongest if you have any planets or points in the 20 to 26 degrees range of any sign, especially the mutable signs. 

Conjunct in Pisces, the energy can go either way, though it can skew closer to positive here.

Squares in Sagittarius or Gemini,  
and in opposition to Virgo will have the most challenge with this energy. Though Jupiter is still a benefic bringing blessings and abundance, these placements reflect a struggle or an obstacle that needs to be overcome before you receive these Jupiterian gifts.

The other water signs, Cancer and Scorpio, are receiving this energy in a trine, and therefore have the best opportunities from this particular alignment. But with such an easy flow, it can be easy to miss if you are not paying attention.

Next in line to benefit from this energy are the earth signs Capricorn and Taurus that fall sextile to this energy. These signs will need to stretch, reach and grow out of their comfort zone a little bit in order to reap the most from this aspect.

Aries, Aquarius, Leo and Libra are not struggling nor benefiting as much from this energy, since these signs make more minor aspects. 

How have you experienced this energy?

Saturday, April 2, 2022

Mars Conjunct Saturn

On Monday, Mars will join Saturn to exact degree. This conjunction between Saturn and Mars, the two malefics, happens roughly every two years. 

Since this conjunction is between the two more difficult planets, it is often met with lots of fears. But there are some useful qualities of having these two energies come together.

This Mars Saturn conjunction is an ideal time to put together an action (Mars) plan (Saturn). 

Especially right now.

We just wrapped up Q1 last week, so this is a great time look back on the first three months of the year and take stock. 

Here are some great journaling questions:

-Where did you really shine and where did you struggle?

-What curveballs or surprises did Mercury retrograde back in January or the Mars Venus Pluto tryst in mid February bring you? How did you pivot or falter here?

-How realistic were the goals you set for quarter one? Did you accomplish at least 80% or do you need to scale back the girth if your goals for Q2?

-List 1-3 wins from this Quarter:

Once you take stock of Q1, take some time reflect and celebrate. Celebrating your success before moving on to the next thing, in this case Q2, is a key concept that many forget, I know I do. 

But celebrating your successes and rewarding yourself for your wins, are integral to the process. Stopping to appreciate how far you've come gives you an "ending," a feeling of respite, that gives you like a psychological resting point before the next round.

So give yourself a reward this weekend! 

Last week, I finished a very special project for readers just like you, (that I have been working on for two years, since the last mars/ Saturn conjunction). It was an amazing feeling to finish a two year project and a quarter at the same time! 

I will be sharing more about it soon, but for now I'm taking my own advice and giving myself a much deserved break- on Friday, I binged on the first three episodes of Julia on HBO. 

It was really good, and I even listened to a couple episodes of the accompanying podcast. Anyone else watching it?

Once you get celebration on, it's time to look forward into Q2.

The energy on Monday is great for rolling up your sleeves and making a plan for the next three months or even the next two years, depending on what you are trying to accomplish in your life right now.

You have probably already been working towards something, because the energy from this aspect has been building since Mars entered Aquarius on March 5/6, depending on your time zone. 

Look at where this energy falls in your chart to get clues about what sort of plan you might benefit from right now. Below I have a few suggestions for each rising sign. Remember these are general and the unique placements of cusps, planets or aspects in your chart may affect this energy differently.

Aries Rising

You might benefit from developing a plan for building your audience, for becoming a social activist, for starting a club or group or for sharing a legacy project with the world.

Taurus Rising

You might benefit from developing a plan for creating a big legacy project, making a career move, or expanding in your purpose.

Gemini Rising

You might make a short term plan for studying a new topic or sharing your expertise or you might be planning a big trip somewhere within the next two years.

Cancer Rising

You might benefit from making a budget for joint finances, squaring away your taxes with an accountant, or preparing a mental health action plan with your therapist.

Leo Rising

You might benefit from sitting down with a business partner to create a Q2 plan together, or laying out steps for a passion project with a romantic partner.

Virgo Rising 

You could look over your day-to-day routines to see where they can be cut back for for efficiency, evaluate your employees' performances, or make a plan to improve your cleaning or health regimen.

Libra Rising

You could benefit from formulating an outline for a creative project, creating an inspiration board for your baby's nursery, or making an online dating profile.

Scorpio Rising

You could benefit from planning a home renovation, preparing yourself for buying or moving to a new home, or setting a family reunion in motion.

Sagittarius Rising

You could benefit from creating a social media plan, outlining a writing or speaking project or making arrangements for a short trip.⁸

Capricorn Rising 

You could benefit from making that Q2 budget plan, setting your Q2 goals and creating a two year plan for increasing your finances.

Aquarius Rising

You could benefit from taking stock of your whole life and cutting away whatever is getting in the way. This could especially relate to your physical body, but there could also be changes across all are azad of life. With Saturn in your house since last year, it's been a time of testing for you, and this conjunction is part of a larger, slower story that is unfolding for you. 

Pisces Rising

Friday, March 11, 2022

Moon In Cancer

Moon in Cancer::

Nurturing the "seeds" you planted at the new moon, this week you begin to see the first true leaves of your future bounty. 

Take a moment to celebrate your progress so far.

With the moon traveling through its home sign of Cancer in a trine by sign to the Sun, Jupiter and Neptune in Pisces, this is a time for water and sunshine to give way to massive growth.

Ask yourself: How can I nurture my plans to make sure I reach my goal?

Don't hover like a Helicopter mom, blocking the light. Instead, give some breathing room to your seedlings. Pinch off the smaller ones, leaving more room for the rest.

Ask yourself: Where can I cut back to make more room for what matters the most?

This weekend is good for cutting back on things that block your light in order to have space for things that truly nourish your roots.

So have a bit of a social media cleanse, eat some great food, read that book, hang out with loved ones or just cuddle up on the couch with a good movie.

Water your soul.

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Venus in Aquarius 2022

Well into the calendar year, but on the cusp of a new astrological year, early March is a time to look back in order to move forward. Especially this year, with Venus finally leaving an extended retrograde season in Capricorn, it's time for a reevaluation.

The line between Capricorn and Aquarius is one of structure and restructuring, of rules, and questioning those rules, of line of stability and the potential genius that lies just beyond its comforting border.

But chaos also lives beyond that line. Its eccentricity is the causal factor of that genius, of that exponential potential, yes, but also births other, not such pleasant things.

As we move into the waning year of the Saturn Uranus square, we must decide how much we value freedom versus structure, what we are willing to risk for potential, and how much we are willing to work to try to keep both.

With all planets direct now, forward momentum is necessary, but might feel cumbersome or heated with Mars and Saturn energy weighing on the planet of beauty, peace and grace.

Slow and steady steps take you there.

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

New Moon in Pisces

This past week, we started a little indoor winter garden, turning baskets from the trash heap and a bit of left over screen mesh to make containers for some indoor carrots, lettuce, cilantro and bell pepper. We already have sprouts! Proud plant parents 🤩🌱🌱

While we are on the subject of planting hopeful seeds, let's talk about this week's new moon in Pisces 🐠 because this is

Big. Hope. Energy.

This is probably one of the best energies of the year to sow seeds that will grow into big fields of fluffy dreams, the kind you run through barefoot in a summer dress, arms outstretched, head thrown back, heart reaching to the sky. 💞

On wednesday at 12:35 pm est, the moon will meet with the sun at 12 degrees Pisces. This new moon is basically hugging Jupiter at 14 degrees Pisces and in an optimistic and opportunistic sextile with Uranus in Taurus.

Meanwhile, Venus and Mars, the celestial lovers, are entwined in a tryst with Pluto, the God of the underworld, in Capricorn. In capricorn, this energy certainly has an intense affect on world affairs, but in our personal lives, we can channel this energy constructively. Marry intense (pluto) passionate action (mars) with your true desires (venus) to achieve acclaim (capricorn). Do not succumb to the pressure of intensity, remember that those darkest moments are actually when our seeds are buried in the compost. It looks like the end, but green is about to burst forth from beneath the surface.

We just need to handle this high-heat energy with intention and mental focus. 🧠

A conjunction between Saturn and mercury in the airy sign of aquarius, while a sobering energy, gives us the mental preservence that we need right now. The ethereal energy happening in Pisces can sweep us away into a daydream, but Saturn and Mercury will help us remember to water our precious seeds, so they sprout and grow up strong.

Take most advantage of this energy by getting super clear on your biggest dream. If you don't have one, ask yourself "what would bring me joy in these turbulent times?" Create a plan (saturn) with systems- small daily steps (mercury) that will give your seeds the light, water and nutrients that they need.

It's time to grow seeds in winter.

Sunday, February 20, 2022

Plants Ruled By Mercury: Lemon Grass

Lemon Grass

Lemongrass, or Cymbopogon Citratus, is a clumping grass that has amazing, citrus-scented leaves. The leaves and stems are popularly used in Thai and Veitnamese dishes, but they have many other uses, making C. Citratus a valuable addition to your garden.

Lemongrass is a perennial that thrives in zones 9 and 10, but it can be kept in pots in cooler zones. Grown outside, lemongrass can grow from 3-5' tall and up to 4' wide. Mine went from a little clump of maybe 12” to a massive 7' tall monster in less than a year - and with multiple haircuts! Don't worry, indoors and/or in pots, you can expect it to grow much more slowly. If your plant is in a container, you probably won’t see any flowers, but a very large or outdoor plant might show a few stalks of green flowers that give way to seeds, similar to rice and other grasses.

Lemongrass prefers full sun and a soil that is rich and moist. In containers, use a mix of one third compost, one third topsoil, one sixth peat moss and one sixth vermiculite. Feed container plants liquid fish emulsion and seaweed once a month during the summer. Use a pot that is at least 12" and keep the soil well-watered but not drenched. When the temperatures cool, over winter your Lemongrass in a sunny South or East facing window.

Once your plant is at least a foot tall, leaves and stems can be harvested continuously. The leaves can have paper-sharp edges, especially if you rub against the grain, so take care when harvesting and handling them, especially if your plant gets big.

You can use the leaves and stems fresh, dried or frozen. Dry C. Citratus in a dehydrator or by keeping small bundles in a warm place that is out of direct sunlight. Freeze in ice cubes with either water or oil.

Lemongrass is most well-known as an ingredient in recipes. It can be used in stir-fries, soups, and pastas, with tofu and with lots of different vegetables. But it is quite versatile and also makes a refreshing addition to tea blends, potpourris and scent sachets. 

Lemongrass is not bothered by pests and in fact, can be used to make a great bug repellent. But if you do keep your Lemongrass indoors, you may find one pest that surprises you- your cat! Cats love to eat Lemongrass leaves, I catch my cat snacking every time she passes by them. 

Lemongrass Astrology

Astrologically, Lemongrass is ruled by the planet Mercury, the sign of Gemini and the element of Air.

Mercury represents the mind. Gemini is an energy of quick, two-sided thinking. And Air is also about intelligence, mental faculty and communication.

Lemongrass can stabilize the mind. It supports quick-thinking and lends mental focus. Lemongrass can connect two-sided thinking and ease that sense of being wishy-washy, or having moods that morph on a whim. 

Use it as a wash, in a bath, in a tea or even in a room spray. 

Lemongrass tea is mentally rejuvenating and calming for the nerves. It eases the mental fatigue that can come from a racing mind.  It improves mental dexterity and can even give memory a boost. Try making a memory boosting tea by combining it with rosemary.


You can also try adding it to your bathwater to initiate a fresh start in your life. Use it together with lemon zest, mint, rosemary and epsom salt to add a zing to your next soak.

Or make a yummy scented spray! This spray will freshen up an office with stale energy, clear out your living room after a visit from your complaining In-laws and even wake up your mind during that dreaded 2:30pm slump.

Lemongrass is refreshing and invigorating. Just spritz into the air to keep the channels of communication clear. 

It also clears away old conditions, and is great for cleansing away unwanted energies. Spritz the room when you need to clear the energy or even just clear your head. 

 Lemongrass is also great to utilize during Mercury Retrograde. 

Check out this this super easy stove top distillation tutorial for creating your own lemongrass hydrosol. It smells incredible!!!

Distilling Lemongrass Hydrosol using the stovetop method at home. 

Here is a super short and easy video tutorial for distilling a hydrosol at home on your stove.

Often discarded as a by product of essential oil distillation, Hydrosol is actually versatile, environmentally friendly and useful. Great for beauty products, aromatherapy and more. If you grow any aromatics like this lemongrass or anything like rosemary, lavender, mints or balms, this could be a fun new way to work with your plants. You probably already have everything at home- a pot with a lid, super clean water, ice, plant of choice and a container to catch the hydrosol. A small , clean glass jar, about 2 or 4 oz size is great.

Water, plant, and container go in the pot.

Put the container in the middle of the pot on some sort of base, so it won't bounce around and spill its precious contents when it gets hot. I used the lid of the jar. 

Once you have your jar on its little lid base' place the plant matter around it. Pour in your clean water.

Flip the lid of the pot upside down, so the handle sits inside the pot when you out the lid on. 

Put the ice in a bag and place the bag on top of the upside down lid. Slowly heat up the pot. 

The scented steam rises and hits the icy cold lid, causing condensation droplets to collect on the curve of the flipped lid and drop into the catchment container below.

This is the hydrosol.

So easy and it smells sooo good! Put it in a spray bottle and spritz away!

Your hydrosol is fresh! Expose it to minimal air, keep it in the fridge and dispose if it gets cloudy or smells off. 

Tag me if you make any hydrosols! Its @celestialselfastrology on Instagram and tiktok.

If you like learning about plants and planets in this way, check out this article I wrote about Roselle Hibiscus 

Or visit The Astrologer's Garden page to watch my FREE classes about Growing your own medicine in your backyard or home.


This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice.

Please read the descriptions carefully, do your own research and practice common sense and safety.

Always consult your physician before using or ingesting any herbal remedies.

Test any new herbal with a small sample before utilizing a full application. A small percentage of people have allergies that even natural, organic substances may aggravate. A substance that is completely harmless and even healthy for one person might cause an allergic reaction in someone else.  Use at your own risk.

Friday, February 18, 2022

Jupiter Sextile Uranus

The Sun enter Pisces and the energy ebbs into a flowy, dreamy vibe that can carry us to shore on its gently lapping waves, it we float along with the current. After the "fight upstream" that the January retrograde season put us through, it feels good to follow the tide.

Jupiter in Pisces sextile Uranus in Taurus is an opportunity for so called "quantum leaps" of personal growth in the areas of your chart that are governed by Pisces and Taurus, especially if you have personal planets around 11 degrees of these two zodiacs, give or take a few degrees.

Building off of yesterday's Venus semi-sextile to Saturn that asks us to find pleasure in the daily rituals that will ultimately lead us to long-term rewards, today's energy has the ability to catapult us into the future, like a whale leaping from the ocean. 

It's a good time to ask yourself:

What small steps are making the greatest strides in my life? 

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