O Stars Above: (Re)Newed: More Light

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Summer 2018 - The Summer of Releasing

The summer skies with three eclipses and six retrograde planets set us up to review, revise, reconsider, replan, rethink, reduce, release and all those other re- words. This releasing of what is no longer sustainable prepares us for a brighter future where we make choices more aligned with nourishment for our hearts and soul.

Astrologers live under the same cosmic skies as you and this summer brought changes that cannot be side-stepped. And so, I must announce I am stepping aside from writing a new and full moon forecast plus the horoscopes. Much as I've learned from engaging in astrology in this format I am inspired in other ways which I (re)discovered through writing these columns.

When I write a forecast about a new or full moon, there is a dynamic story that often shows up in headlines, or later in historical periods. When I take the same information and write the sun-sign horoscopes, the information applies to a smaller group, like Aries, Taurus, etc. But, when I sit-down in a Moon Circle group or do an individual reading and apply the same information directly to someone's chart, magic happens!

One concern I looked at in making this decision is that I am adding to the general chatter 'out there' that makes us feel like we know something (and are therefore safe) when we are missing the power knowledge can bring when we apply it to ourselves individually. I wrote these columns hoping inspire you with how welcoming and useful astrology is as a powerful tool. It is neither a fate to dodge or a wished for event to passively wait for. Astrology is not 'out there'. It is a tool to use inside so we make better choices for actions 'out there.'

Astrology is a language for an energy we can sense but not name. Putting words to what we sense is an act of bridging the unconscious to the conscious and thereby becoming more awake to ourselves in the world.

Consciousness is a big word for awareness: a holographic awareness encompassing body, mind, emotions and spirit. My passion is using astrology to focus and facilitate our drive for consciousness and living a life more aligned with who we truly are.

I already offer small on-going Moon Circles that meet once or twice a month and those are growing and will continue. We look at the current astrological “weather” and then apply that information directly to each participant's chart.

My favorite chart “readings” are actually dialogues with those participants, and other people, who are on a mission of self-transformation. And since the skies, our shifting circumstances and consciousness present us with endless challenges and opportunities, life, is an on-going process that astrology can shed light on, also.

My true expertise and heart-felt mission is doing transformational coaching using astrology as the basis. My commitment is to make these services as available and affordable as possible so we can transform ourselves and thus, the world around us.

I invite you to bring the power of astrology home to your chart and  bring the sparkle back to your life. Staying on your heart-felt path takes introspection, courage, patience and a commitment to make the on-going decisions we need to in order to stay with our hearts - or get back on track. Good tools like astrology and encouraging companions like those found at Moon Circles keep us focused.

Today the universe offers us a beautiful full moon in Pisces and Virgo, tying the heights of heaven with the daily routine of earth. It's not duality - it's polarity. It's not an 'or' - it's an 'and.'
And it's not 'out there' - it's in you.

I'd love to hear how you used this summer of releasing and what heart-felt path you are traveling.





O Stars Above: Leo Solar Eclipse

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Archetypal Story Lights a Path

The Leo story far surpasses spotlights, rhinestones and a desire for applause. In fact, when the rich knowledge embedded in astrology is projected into the outer world, its powerful inner messages are lost and caricatures are substituted.

Take the shooting at a Trader Joe's in Silver Lake CA on July 21. A beautifully written story by Robin Abcarian in the Los Angeles Times (http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-abcarian-hostage-20180803-story.html) goes to the heart of Leo's true message in telling about an artist named MaryLinda Moss, a hostage in the store who stepped forward to calm 28-year old gunman, Gene Atkins. Abcarian takes a headline and hones in on the human story that encompasses archetypal energy raising the question of when and how archetypes express through us.

The story in short: A grandchild wasn't getting his way with his grandmother who raised him so he shot her. A car chase with his girlfriend, also shot and now a hostage, ended up at Trader Joe's with a shoot-out between gunman and police. The gunman was wounded. A woman was killed. Customers in the store became hostages. People were injured and lives were at stake.

Looking at this story symbolically there is great richness around the Cancer, Leo and Aquariu archetypes, energies that are embedded in us as humans.

From an astrological view, this event happened in the between-time of two eclipses: A solar eclipse in Cancer on July 11 to be followed by a Leo/Aquarian lunar eclipse on July 27. This was a potent between-time because the power of the eclipses were changing from the current Leo/Aquarian series to the Cancer/Capricorn energy coming on-line. The sun itself was between-times in the last degree of Cancer, the sign of our heart's awakening to tenderness, before it moved the next day to Leo, the sign of the courage it takes to live from that heart.

The above mentioned story ran on August 3, quite a few days after the event because MaryLinda Moss took time to assimilate her experience and feelings before she related her story. She demonstrated great self-care and tenderness on her own behalf reminding us that we can only be as kind to others as we are to ourselves. Her kindness is what this story ultimately turns on.

Aligned with her heart (Cancer/Moon), she reflected on her actions (Leo/Sun). She tells a tale of living through a shoot-out and then, approaching the gunman - who still held his gun – and putting her hand on his heart.

Stop here a moment and imagine the heart and courage it took to undertake such an action.

She said that putting your hand on your heart or another's calms us. She worked to slow the terrifying situation down and it worked. When the gunman began to wrestle with his hopeless situation, she reassured him and affirmed his humanity. “There's always hope. I know you don't want to hurt anyone.” And she bandaged his wound.

Here is the literal enactment of the fable of the wounded lion who had a thorn in his paw and a slave, a saint or a shepherd, depending on different versions, dared to help the lion. Later in the fable the lion extends a kindness. Out of Moss' action, Atkins began to settle down and ultimately decided to give himself up. He even came up with a safe process for turning himself in.

MaryLinda Moss, may or may not be a Leo, but we all have Leo in our chart and therefore live out Leo possibilities, archetype or stereotype, somewhere in our lives. Since January 2017, cosmic eclipses in Leo and Aquarius have delivered a universal lesson plan. Eclipses highlight the need for change and bring energy to fresh approaches and release what no longer works. The solar eclipse on (August 11, 2018 at 2:46 am PDT) the last one in Leo for many years could be considered a final examine individually and collectively.

Leo is the part of the Leo/Aquarius polarity that collectively we are trying to learn at a higher level. It encourages us to live from our heart and develop willpower and courage so we can take heart-felt action. Aquarius, the opposite sign, teaches us to integrate our shiny, or bratty, self into the team. These eclipses call for a re-balancing and this story coming at the end of this eclipse series shines with new possibilities for us engaging as individuals (Leo) at the group (Aquarius) level.

A man, Mike D'Angelo, joined Moss' efforts and together they worked to not only build trust with Atkins, but to protect him as he turned himself in. This man and woman team could be seen as the King-Father and Queen-Mother working with a Wounded Child. And who among us is NOT symbolically a Wounded Child or King or Queen?

Outside, the police, representing an Aquarian team acting on behalf of society had to stand down and take direction from the individuals working creatively inside Trader Joe's. Mars in Aquarius retrograde demanded a reconsideration of direct martial attack. In fact, in charging in with old actions, the store manager had been killed by a police bullet!

Inner work, symbolically seen as inside the store, comes before right action in the outer world. This story affirms that spiritual wisdom: inner before outer. Or as our parents said, look before you leap. Inside the store Moss and D'Angelo gave up neither their objectivity, nor their humanity. In fact, a commitment to both lit up a new path. Much of this came at the insistence of Moss standing face-to-face with Atkins and finding continued courage to stay present and calm throughout the siege.

Her connection with Atkins and her clarity as the workable path appeared allowed her to direct the police. She insisted that snipers on roofs creating agitation for Atkins disappear from sight. She needed a confrontational negotiator replaced with a calmer voice. Atkins' safe plan for turning himself in was jeopardized by the police's approach to getting handcuffs in the store until Moss's loud voice told the police the way it had to be. Finally, D'Angelo and Moss emerged on either side of a hand-cuffed Atkins who was taken without further harm to anyone.

Moss and D'Angelo never thought about Cancer, Leo or Aquarius or archetypes in the harrowing events of this day. But, we have days with smaller events where these human energies come through us. Are we the ogre, the troll, the hero, the princess, the king or queen? When we watch news, these stories are acted out and we don't see them as symbolic and educational of the inner work that when not done, is dramatized and traumatizing. Our society acts like the inner and out are not connected and therein lies our great tragedy over and over.

Here is another lesson of Leo. The cavalry won't save you. The heroine and hero did not succumb to fear or the outer authority but stayed present and connected to their courage, hearts, each other and Atkins in each moment and adjusted as the moments changed. Their presence of mind, and their skills, communication and care kept a terrible situation from turning into a worse one.

Read the LA Times story to the end and it is revealed that Moss was treated for PTSD in her past. There is an argument that her addressing past trauma strengthened her and gave her skills in this one. Inner work is the Hero's Journey to his heart and one we all must undertake to be fully expressive humans (Leo) ready to work as a group (Aquarian).

Would the hostages or police have felt better if Atkins had been killed as he attempted to surrender? Probably not. Many were traumatized in this event. The grandmother, the girlfriend, the gunman, the hostages, the policemen, especially the one who killed the manager, the manager's family and all who watched the media reports. Trauma added to trauma does not bring healing.

Surely, our common humanity demands better than the outcomes we've become numb to. Embedded in this frightening event lies a seed of hope for us as individuals and society. Until we go to our hearts, one-by-one, and learn to act from there we can't trust societal teams and institutions to act on behalf of our welfare. Policies and procedures are killing us - not slowing down, listening to the pain and radiance in human hearts and connecting. As a society we can focus on ways to increase those behaviors. As individuals, we can find our hearts and activate our highest archetypal images of courage to live a life of integrity that includes heart-felt action in every area of life, private or public.

May this solar eclipse light a star in our hearts that we tend and expand until it is a great nova inspiring others.


Note: After one hundred and one columns, I am contemplating change. The energies of triple eclipses and six retrogrades impact everyone – even astrologers! I hope these cosmic energies are leading you to surprising releases and changes as we make way for new paths. As I take new steps in The Column, I appreciate your continued patronage and your feedback.

When we wake on Saturday, the last of three eclipses has occurred, perhaps in our dreams. Later this month Mercury and then Mars turn direct and we may see the path that now looks like a quagmire become clearer and firmer. Astrology talks about energy, remember. May we use it wisely!




O Stars Above: Aquarius Full Moon Eclipse

Cosmic Commotion

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By Suzanne O'Clair & Aubrey Perkins
The time between eclipses can feel uncertain and transitional as change moves in. We don't know what part of our past we are leaving even as the future is at hand. Usually eclipses come in pairs. But, let's count. One: The new moon in Cancer on July 12 was a solar eclipse. Two: a lunar, or full moon eclipse, follows a solar eclipse. So the Aquarian Full Moon (Friday, July 27 at 1:20 pm PDT) is also an eclipse. Three: Waiting in the wings – pun intended – is a Solar Eclipse at the New Moon in Leo, August 11.

Triplets! Lucky us! A two-week “between times” extends to an entire month as past and future dodge cars bounce off each other with neither gaining traction.

Eclipses bring significant change. Whether or not that manifests as a “positive” or a “negative” depends on our level of resistance, our consciousness and what we've been putting into the Universe. What feels like a negative could be a course correction from the Cosmos urging us to get back on our path. Our consciousness can choose this opportunity as a catapult, or it can cry and complain, claiming “The Full Moon did it to me!”

This eclipse pairs the Moon up with a retrograde Mars who's slowed down enough to consider past and future actions. Also involved is a mathematical point called the south node of the moon, which ties into past habits and roads we've taken - and worn into ruts. The Sun in Leo, on the north node of the moon, where all things good exists, calls us to take courage and look at our emotional capacity. This potent combination could be the catalyst we need to shift gears and finally face forward leaving the past in our dust.

For sure, as an eclipse, we are in for an emotional purging deeper than that of a regular full moon. This eclipse offers the opportunity to begin life anew with a refreshed insight into our emotional, lunar world and how old feelings hold us back from being as radiant as our Leo nature wants. We can examine how we’ve been fulfilling our need for attention out of unconscious fear rather than stepping forward in courage and integrating our inner and outer realms in ways that express our individuality, uniqueness, even our genius.

In the extreme, Leo can be too reliant upon the adoration and opinion of others to validate and gauge self-worth. They can over-perform, whether for fame or infamy, while Aquarians carried to extreme become cool and self-contained fulfilling their need for notice by being endlessly charmed by their brilliant, idiosyncratic minds. They detach from their groups (and dare we say, reality and practicality) becoming floating, airheads full of ivory-tower ideas with no contact to their bodies and strained relationships.

An eclipse is a good time to assess how we have, use and perform Ego, the driven outward personality that can separate us from our Higher Selves, unless we are anchored deep within our rich inner life. Lunar eclipses re-align public expression with our intimate heart and soul. They also return to the same place in our chart every nineteen years (1999), so looking back to what we were doing, or not doing, or how we veered off our paths holds clues about what may now be complete, what we need to get back to and how to proceed.

Mars pursues personal needs, desires and longings in either transparent ways or in hidden ways such as through passive-aggression, covert competition or underhanded attacks. The Moon is our very own sub- and un-conscious which can surprise us with irrational responses or extreme reactions to small stimulus. However, we slice it this is a deeply personal full moon. Only we can answer questions about our deep longings and what keeps us from pursuing them and how we'll proceed from here. Many of us will feel prickly as Mars “pokes” us to wake up to ourselves, transforming unconsciousness to a new awareness and action when Mars goes direct in another month.

Okay, full disclosure – Uranus, the wild and crazy planet of unexpected change AND ruler of Aquarius, is involved in this eclipse stressing the Sun, and the Moon and Mars hook-up. Can you say “Rockets red glare?” Yep, it could be THAT kind of full moon, my friends. But, given that four fixed planets are tied into this moon, it takes that kind of explosive energy to get them to change! After all, their job is to stay fixed – until it's time to change!

And we will change.

On top of three eclipses, six out of ten planets are in retrograde, plus the asteroid, Chiron. On average, there are three planets retrograde at a time, occasionally it creeps up to five. But SIX?!?

Internally, we are all in transition no matter what our lives look like. As the retrograde planets turn direct, we will begin to take action on our new insights. For now, take time to notice your inner world and what's up in there, and be kind and patient with yourself and others.

All of this cosmic commotion comes bearing gifts of a more meaningful and fulfilling life, inside and out. The Leo/Aquarius eclipse cycle is drawing to a close after an eighteen month lesson plan. Leo awakens the personal creative and stands in it, radiant and proud. Aquarius reminds us we also have duties within the circle of humanity. Are you using your creative expression for the good of the whole, in ventures that uplift others and fulfill essential inner needs? If not, the cosmos is pulling for you, so set your sails and correct course.

Lucy, the famous Peanuts' curmudgeon said, “I love humanity. It's people I can't stand.” That in a (pea-) nut shell speaks to the Leo/Aquarius conundrum!

Horoscopes July 27 to August 11

Leo, stars need audiences. The audience you long to please and that you sometime give your power to is made up of your nearest, dearest, and oldest companions. Act from your heart so they can see you clearly. Projection isn't necessary but can be a powerful mirror. What do you feel from your entourage? Is it them or is it you? Risk collaborative action and quit jockeying for position.

Virgo, how much of what you do is out of fear of rejection. So you make lists and check them twice - for yourself and everyone around you. Enough all ready! Health could be compromised. Find the courage to trust that you are enough in the great scheme of things, like eternity and the cosmos. You are one little ant. Give yourself a break - a bold gesture for you. See that hammock? Go!

Libra, when you're in the flow, details bring beauty. Your social network is where you shine especially when you trust and imprint every moment with self-expression. Suppressing your personal needs and wishes is a set up for explosions and fireworks either at this moon or in the near future. Your ability to balance brings harmony to all when you expressive yourself. Bring it on, Beautiful!

Scorpio, are you a hero out in the world and a devil at home? Give it up! Bring your passion and heart to your own hearth and find out you aren't as alienated as you thought. Has a self-induced illusion of safety, of being alone, or free, or powerful became a prison. Join us mortals and shift on a base level and trust that life itself is rooting for you. It's a generous act that transforms your entire life!

Sagittarius, if you're preaching doesn't come from your true heart, no one listens! (Isn't that frustrating?) Grandiose opinions wrapped in rules won't get you far. Try story-telling and share stories and experiences from your life. Take a break to hearing what your guardian angel has to say. Shh – when God speaks, take good notes. Your future is calling.

Capricorn, power and resources. Don't give them away. There are so many ways to do that. It's your wisdom and your experience and only you get to decide what you value and how you want to disburse it. When with advisers, attorneys, bankers, powerful people, remember they are your tribe. Don't count yourself out! Power denied can be wicked and turn back on you. Depression, anyone?

Aquarius, humanity is made of individual people – who drive you crazy! Yet, you, too, are a messy human needing nurturing and self-expression. If you've given those up for the group, you may feel alienated, and a tad pissed off that “they” haven't. Don't be a rolling stone. Get back to your tribe. Your power lies within the group as an imperfect visionary and leader of imperfect people.

Pisces, meditation isn't your practice. Being you in a radiant, pragmatic way everyday is. The collective may scream in alienated rage, but you filter it through creative service. Otherwise, psychic confusion between what is your stuff and what is theirs can capture you in a way that isn't fun. Stick to your highest principles. They'll lift you up and carry you through. You could call it mindfulness.

Aries, this Mars/Moon mash-up definitely revs you up and sets you free from groups that don't appreciate your self-expression and fun. You simply must be YOU – even in groups! If you're just having a snit, remember you can be a spontaneous, adventurous leader. No one is wrong, it's just time to move to your own drummer. Over and out, cowboy! Now ride this big wave!

Taurus, this amount of tension between home and work is enough already. Let this moon's energy break you free. Close friends have your back so let go and see what happens. The rambunctious part of the universe is pulling for you – or is that on you? The shift comes fast, the clean up team makes pretty, and voila, you stabilize in a whole new field of clover. Try to hold on and it's not so good.

Gemini, embody your wisdom, talk about what you know and walk your talk. That's where your power lies. Not in dusty old philosophy books from college. You are making yourself nuts trying to hold to standards that are too high-falutin'. Just be your, walk the neighborhood and share what you know. Like a butterfly or bee pollinating your corner of the planet one flower at a time.

Cancer, sweet as you can be, this moon calls for that tough, crabby shell to protect as you stand up for what's valuable for yourself and others. There's tension between your values and those of others, and frankly, they may be asking too much. Balance lies in moving back to yourself. Assert your right to use your resources, both real and experiential, and your values for the long run.






O Stars Above: Cancer New Moon

Cosmic change fills the air

The first new moon of summer in Cancer ( July 12 at 7:47 am PDT) carries the reset energy of an eclipse and leads a parade with two eclipses following over the next month. The moon's shadow barely infringes upon the sun's circle, but it introduces a new eclipse series in Cancer and Capricorn which echoes like a deeply resonant gong rippling out into the waves of change.


Saturn, Pluto, Neptune, and Mars along with Chiron invite us to slow down and look inward at many aspects of our psyches. Mercury and Uranus join this jolly backward troupe shortly. Seven of the eleven planets on parade are not moving forward through this reset. Why? Because we have inner work to do which takes a slower, quieter pace.

For the next ten days, there are extremely helpful patterns in these line-ups which dissipate by the full moon on July 27. One is in earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) suggesting that staying in our bodies, breathing deeply and focusing on tasks at hand help us find solutions. Water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) join hands to ease us through this period when we monitor our feelings, allow others theirs and use compassion. The fixed signs (Taurus/Scorpio and Leo/Aquarius) help us stabilize, too. Some issues may work themselves out almost magically, but not mindlessly.

On average, three planets are retrograde at any one time. We are well beyond averages here. Between the retrogrades and three eclipses, clarity and certainty are on vacation. It's a major time out for reconsidering almost every aspect of our lives. Breath, ground, find the flowing river of emotions. If possible, avoid white-water emotions!

Mars represents passionate, personal action and is looking inward to see what actions our inner world longs to activate. Saturn shows us how we can use limitations, boundaries and self-discipline to navigate through life. Are we giving ourselves permission to be the authority or expert in our lives?

Pluto handles issues of power and where we hide-out or take a stand – or take a misguided stand out of our woundedness. Neptune works in the arena of imagination and creativity which can inspire future paths. He can also glamorize our world through addictions, pretending and not dealing with reality, too, so be aware of that slippery slope. Chiron helps us see whether we are using our woundedness for strength or as an excuse for wild and crazy behavior. Uranus can shock us back on to our true path, or show us the ways our personal genius is working out the snarls of life.

On July 25, Mercury, who is blamed for everything that goes wrong during its three, three-week periods a year, joins the retrograde party. Well-used, Mercury can assist us in catching up with details, communications and perceptions and getting current with ourselves as recent experiences translate into new thoughts and shifts in our course

Change is not easy. Breaking our hypnotic gaze at the outer world – or on our screens and devices – is not easy. Turning inside ourselves so we can engage in the world from a more authentic place is not easy. It takes quiet time. S-l-o-w-e-d down time. Mindfulness.

Constant reaction to the outer world without the connection to our inner world can leave us feeling like we are living a meaningless life. These energies are not the sky's way of doing-it-to-us! The purpose is help us become who we are meant to be and stay the course with our soul purpose. The world needs who we are and what we bring but we've got to own up to those deep longings – and become more skillful at advocating for those dreams so they can express through us and into the world.

With this much cosmic commotion, the best approach is to kick-back and let the process have its way with us. Take time to smell the roses and make up animals in the cloud shapes that float by in the blue sky. Focus on day-to-day tasks and leave beginnings and resolutions for later. If you've lost the flow, quit. Take a break.

Remember everyone operates under these skies and no one is getting ahead. If it appears that way, the work won't hold and will need a redo when more inner information comes to light. Maintaining full speed ahead is fraught with frustration. Give up on FOMO!

The eclipse itself in Cancer resonates with family, ancestors, clans and homes. A line-up opposite Pluto could reveal family secrets and hidden power structures. Cancer, as the first water sign, takes us into personal emotions, traditions and heritage – the very story lines we expect to stay stable and not change. Any secrets or unexpected awareness about our families can disrupt long-held perceptions and bring up tender or fearful emotions. The full moon eclipse on July 27th is fraught with intense emotions. Be kind to yourself and others through this period.

The retrogrades may bring a sense of being out of control which could bring up our issues since control is a way to keep issues, well, under control. (Duh!) Again, there's that emotional component. If you aren't deep in your emotions now, your friends or family member may be. And with six weeks to navigate before these retrogrades and eclipses end, our turn for being frustrated, scared and out of control could be just around the corner.

Horoscopes July 12 – 27

Cancer, families are the cauldron of all that we are. Children being separated from their families at the borders is a confrontation between society and families - the basic unit of society. What we get right as a society around family issues determines the society we live in. This is the work of the new eclipse cycle coming in. You can be a leader if you've done your inner work. Work it now!

Leo, Greek tragedies are the stories of families and form the basis of art, literature, poetry, dance, music, i.e. the symbolic tools of the inner world. Feel your inner family. Speak from your heart. Speak of the dreams of the collective. You are flooded with primal material that can become powerful work. Keep a dream journal of day and night snippets. Take good notes when the oracle speaks.

Virgo, feed the hungry, heal the sick. Take such care of each other hunger and illness doesn't occur. Join groups that tend to needy children, elderly, poor or animals. Remember why you do this work but, care for yourself in the process. It's so simple we forget: Do small things with great love. Remind us that love means taking care of each other in simple everyday ways.

Libra, diplomacy, negotiations, skilled communications, and societal abstractions are trying to land into the real world. There is a grounding of the emotional component you feel lurking around your peripheral vision. Your work must include the heart flow. The closer you can stay to grounded action, the more fulfilled your work will be. You know human rights are not an abstraction.

Scorpio, the flow of good fortune is upon you. Feel free to share it by preaching about goodness and expansion big enough to care for all. You are hooked up the water flow and the grounded earth energies. You are in the stabilizing pattern. Speak up and out. This is not the time to go into old patterns of hiding out in abstract thoughts and lofty arguments. You are ready for the shift!

Sagittarius, welcome a moment of emotional reflection about how you do and don't do emotions. You, too, have childhood wounds. Sometimes not talking about them inflicts them on your near and dear. You are a bit out of the energies of this eclipse so be the sacred witness and watch how you do “emotions.” Do you preach a harsh sermon from a wounded place? Revelation time.

Capricorn, focus on tasks and beliefs that have heart, are spontaneously fun and ground your energy. Flow with the love you have for your near and dear, as you join in larger groups and around your neighborhood. Consider power between you and your spouse and best friends. Do you always lead? Maybe mentor others (gently) and share the power.

Aquarius, you, home, significant others and work are so stable it may feel like a log jam. Old ways of unjamming the situation, like you leaving, just 'cuz you got to go, no longer work – even if you escape. The question is how do you be you and be in a group. Your work colleagues may be trying to teach you that. Be the pup in the group and let them.

Pisces, you've got flow handled. Now go for fun with your family. Watch the power-works and see if you react by ducking or being arrogant. Not your norm, but arrogance is a fear reaction. Just saying. If you have a vision, remember the symbols and message are personal to you and invite you to step further into the world.

Aries, time at home with family may lead to new sources of fun and entertainment. Some groups you've been working with are outdated. You need a livelier, more playful network. Home and work are the balance points around power. Be an angel at work AND home! Early Aries are stressing over limits and authority. Do you need to set some for yourself? Or lighten up on others?

Taurus, you old, wild and crazy one. Just joking! Although you do struggle with breaking out of your rut right now. More fun, more home, more heart talk with siblings, neighbors, your barrista. Pretend you are walking Mr. Roger's Neighborhood. Mix, mingle and show care and concern for all you touch throughout the day. It won't cost you a thing. Seek out simple pleasure.

Gemini, sometimes it is hard to see, but families are one of our primary assets. They help us and/or they teach us to be self-reliant. In deep ways, we share their values and emotional tone that are hard for a logical creature like yourself to grasp! Take a personal risk and share tea with a family member. Display your drama, power and fun. Feel the flow. Whee!

O Stars Above: Capricorn Full Moon

Note: Last month, the millennial astrologer, Aubrey Perkins, wrote the Forecast for the Full Moon in Sagittarius as a guest columnist. Your feedback agreed with my love of her youthful take on the cosmic dance and her sparkling writing. So I invited her back. Enjoy!

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Only Time

As I settle down to write this article and attempt to collect my thoughts as they buzz around, while overwhelmed by all of the work I’ve done lately, and dreading how much more work I have lined up, suddenly, a particular song ear-worms into my awareness seemingly out of nowhere. Enya's song, “Only Time” floods in with the ethereal Irish songstress pondering, “Who can say where the road goes? Where the day flows? Only time.”

At this moment I wake up to this Capricorn full moon’s lesson: time. Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, who is sometimes referred to as the task master, the steamroller, or the Grandfather of time. It can represent our greatest lessons in life and requires a tremendous amount of effort to master. Capricorn takes the long view and thinks in terms of legacy while life's time is eaten up with minutia, and squirrels.

Full moons highlight the work we’ve been doing, whether in reality or the spirit, and matches it with other needs and longings. Our inner and outer worlds meet in this monthly climax and imbalances between them are revealed.

This rings especially true with this Sun-Moon match up (June 27, 9:53 pm PDT) because the moon is far out of its comfort zone in Capricorn and hemmed in by it's ruler, Saturn. The moon rules the emotional, inward-looking nurturer, Cancer, where the summer sun now sits. Energy may feel backwards as the feminine Cancer in the masculine Sun asks if we are nurturing our true emotional needs.

Generally, the moon’s nature asks this of us but tied up with Capricorn's focus on the many tasks at hand it can't dilly-dally with such a question. The emotional, cozy nature of the moon in this tough sign may have us feeling out on the cold edge of separation and isolation.

While Saturn’s influence can be painted as a malefic presence, we often overlook how generous his rewards can be. This Saturn-influenced moon advises us to give our best, work hard, strive for mastery, and in return, he gives feedback in a tit-for-tat manner showing us the truth of our efforts.

Adding to the general edginess is Mars who went retrograde yesterday. His outer action orientation shifts to inner world duties and feels constricted. It's all stop-action with the emphasis on stop. This two-month retrograde gives us time to sort out action that's meaningful for us from chaotic, undirected busyness.

(But wait, there's more!) The Sun, Jupiter and Neptune perform a lovely, synchronized swim routine, where tender feelings come to the surface. Healing and forgiveness are possible. The moon's no-nonsense nanny, Saturn, side-kick suddenly reveals its true purpose. We guided in being an extremely adult moment in the emotional land of our, bratty inner children. Hold the tension of emotions, give it time and answers appear.

This moon shows us the cost of living out of balance and dragging along unfinished business either emotionally- or reality-wise,. The outer and inner world both need their due. At last, we are growing up, taking emotional responsibility and tending to the real business of life. Manage our life's time well and complete our tasks and we can rest easy, book a massage and chill out to the dreamy Celtic stylings of Enya.

Horoscopes June 27 – July 12

Cancer, shine your light into the world because spouses and dear ones may be missing cues about your personal needs. Fill up on applause from those who adore you – even if from a far. They, like Gibran says, have a better view of the mountain (you) from a distance than those walking the path with you. Yes, you are water-y, but you are a mighty mountain, too.

Leo, you are sending out the “I love myself in my life” vibes, and, voila - everyone loves you back. You don't need to perform just find your golden heart and share its warmth. On the other hand, colleagues may be under-appreciative and you feel growl-y at work. Practice serving the common good for the moment. Yea, that adult-ing thing!

Virgo, at the best of times play and fun are hard for you – and this is the worst of times. However, your general network appreciates you and they can be the wind beneath your wings, or at least the reality check you need to lighten a dull cloud of futility. This too will pass and it shows where to make course corrections. Take notes in the midst of it to act on later.

Libra, home is where heaviness lies and your sun shines at work. Those polished, diplomatic skills you use easily for others need to application in your inner world to find your balance. This is an adult balancing act. Go where you are warmly received and bask in the ambiance of simple kindness and a cup of tea handed to you by a dear one.

Scorpio, even using your best communication skills it feels like you're speaking in code and no one is receiving. On top of it all, Mars is plowing up the peaceful land of home stirring hidden desires, passions, resentments and repressions. Thank goodness, you are a strategist with patience. Go out among the people and cultivate opportunities.

Sagittarius, shared values are making you feel like your values don't count for much. Are the purse strings held too tight around what you need to feel secure, to move forward with heart-felt projects or just have a bit of fun? Behind the scenes beneficial workings occur when you spread abundance among those who need justice. A little quiet helps you take a broader view.

Capricorn, ambition, perseverance, boundaries and self-discipline are right up your alley but weigh heavy on your heart for the moment. Figure in compassion and caring for others – and yourself – in our plan of mastery. If you can't extend kindness to yourself, your partner may be doing it for you. It's not particularly their job, but watch and learn.

Aquarius, man, karma is a pain! It may not even be your personal karma which seems soooo unfair, but you live in a time-span where the past figures heavily into your present and future. Summer slows you down with Mars in Aquarius retrograde for two months. Old habits pop up like mushrooms in a wet field. A coming eclipse resets your emotional patterns. Pay attention to yourheart!

Pisces, friends are in tough emotional shape and you may be right there with them. Help if you can - but this is not a time to sacrifice yourself. Jumping into the ocean to save someone when you can't swim only creates two tragedies. It's hard to tell who really needs help and who is a constant victim. Unless you're a life-guard, take time for recreation and play to renew yourself.

Aries, go home if you can because work is just too much right now and a lack of gratitude and appreciation isn't inspiring you. Home is struggling under this full moon, too, but if you can bolster the spouse and kids, it may remind you why you do what you do. Your ruler, Mars, went retrograde/on vacation, too, you might as well cool your jets this summer.

Taurus, as you start an eight year renovation on shaking it up, baby, narrow horizons may be weighing you down and bringing little reward. Walk your talk and shine your light on those you love. Love them until you can see them light up! Talk about family, tradition, roots and build memories of fun together through bonding experiences.

Gemini, here's your yearly review of what makes you feel safe and secure physically, emotionally and financially. Friends and family count but don't sell your personal needs out in the rush to be part of the group. Consult with financial and legal consultants and tidy up your records. Details, details, details - feels heavy to a Gemini.