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Year at a Glance for VIRGO August 23 - Sept. 23, 2014
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Gretchen's Wheel 2014Virgo

In 2015, throw yourself at some big problem or project in need of your exquisite analytic agility. You are beginning a new era, and your efforts will be celebrated. Your presence evokes hopefulness and relief, and your efforts will be celebrated. Works of charity return significant benefit down the road.

World events have required us all to embrace a very different relationship with the earth. For Virgo this is a very intimate relationship. You may soon need to live elsewhere or differently to honor your magical connection with the earth, with plants, animals, seasons. However, family responsibilities may initially delay relocation. Progress for everyone comes when you model and foster competence, self-discipline and discriminating perception.

The 1st half of 2015 is a time of soul growth that brews behind the scenes. Ask spirits/ancestors/guardian angels to help you release, forgive, mourn—especially deep-seated grudges and feelings of inadequacy. Some of this is not your own, but inherited from ancestors. It is showing up at this time for you to resolve and release, forever. Two eclipses on 3/20 and 9/13, are particularly useful for Virgo-born—the first for resolution, the second for empowerment.

In all relations, you love most the artists, dreamers, mystics. In your desire to serve, you lean toward adopting lost souls. Seek those willing and able to work on themselves. Earthy Virgo, this year you may begin to share what you’ve been learning about radical sexuality.

Gretchen Lawlor © Mother Tongue Ink 2014

Gretchen Lawlor (Seattle, WA) Into my 3rd Destiny at 60, after 2nd Saturn Return- even more important to pass on what I have learned in 40+ years of devotion and study. Specialties: anyone in transition/crisis, esp. young people (I do astro counseling at the local high school), work, health, relationships, annual navigational maps, classes and workshops. In person/by phone . 206.391.8681
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Gretchen Lawlor © Mother Tongue Ink 2010


Weekly Starcodes:

Heather Roan Robbins is a practical, intuitive, choice oriented astrologer, writer, celebrant, and spiritual counselor. Active for 30 plus years, she practices in St. Paul, Santa Fe, and New York City - 914.315.5001- email Heather - website

Starcodes for week of September 19, 2014
by Heather Roan Robbins

Make lists and get them done this weekend under Sun and Venus and in industrious Virgo. But don’t make those lists too long; Virgo can bring out our self-criticism, sometimes even a paralyzing self-criticism, and slow us down. It would be much better to make short lists, scratch them off one at a time, celebrate, and take another step. This keeps us from getting overwhelmed and stokes our sense of accomplishment.

Virgo is a mutable sign; mutable signs sit at the end of the season when the weather shifts back and forth between the seasons, adjusting minute-by-minute, translating and mutating one season to the other. The tree outside our window now changes daily, the warm rich colors of autumn paint the south-facing leaves, and those leaves drift down to change our landscape. Mutable signs, by their virtue of their ability to adjust, multitask and track many things at once, can be overwhelmed when they see how many individual parts go into making up the whole.

So these Virgo planets can help us see all the things that we could do, and with that inimitable Virgo sense of responsibility, should do, but can leave us feeling overwhelmed and exhausted at the very idea. Much better we chunk the work down, celebrate each little victory, and see how far we can get.

The weekend begins under a more sociable and relaxed Leo Moon. We may need to come back to ourselves after an emotional few days under a recent challenged Cancer Moon. We are encouraged to create a more heart-centered world through our work and through our socializing, through our emotional outreach. The Moon enters Virgo on Sunday and sends us back to our chores and our self-improvement projects; we can make great progress as long as we don’t get lost in critique or self-criticism.

Mars also squares Neptune and can help us let go. This aspect can engender doubt as to what we’re doing next and where we want to go, but it can also soften our heart and help us let go of the anger we’ve been carrying. Or make us irritable about an imagined small slight or by a difference in spiritual philosophy; it’s our choice how we respond (do we Mars are Neptune, or Neptune are Mars?). Neptune softens whatever touches but also confuses and fusses the edges, and Mars coincides with what ticks us off, what protects us, and what drives us.

Mars symbolizes our energy pack and our immune system, with Mars square Neptune our energy may be variable and fuzzy, there when we’re inspired, but not otherwise. We may find our immune system feeling a little wobbly, so anything we can do to support our sense of healthy boundaries both emotionally, physically, psychologically, to strengthen our Jade screen (as it can be referred to in Chinese medicine) will be helpful now.

Mother Theresa, an archetype of inspired nursing, had the Sun, Mercury and Mars in Virgo. So under these Virgo planets, and with Mars square Neptune, let’s nurse ourselves and one another into vibrant health. This is a powerful time to watch the Ebola epidemic and consider our global responsibility to those suffering, and to keep an eye on the recent outbreak of respiratory disease in the Midwest. Let’s get strong and healthy, and support those dealing with illness.

Monday marks a pivot point, Pluto turns direct after several months retrograde and the Sun enters Libra, marking the autumn equinox at 8:29 PM. Early next week brings unusual opportunity both for open warfare and for peaceful negotiations as we search for a new equilibrium as the day and night balance and find theirs.

Pluto stationary (Pluto appears to hold still in the sky as it turns direct) focuses questions about what is healthy use of power and what is misuse of power. And we mean power in all senses of the word; look for debate around fossil fuel usage, around political power and military might, and watch for simple tugs of power on the home front or in the community meeting. Depression can thicken. If confronted with one of these struggles, it pays to disengage the struggle, and focus on personal empowerment and power engaged with responsibility.

On Tuesday, the Moon conjunct Venus and joins the Sun in peace-loving Venus-ruled Libra, and continues to open the doors of the heart through the New Moon in Libra early Wednesday morning. Use this opening to create new beginnings in friendships, relationships. Let’s find ourselves on a more equal footing with all our cohorts.

Jupiter trines Uranus midweek and heralds a few months of technological ingenuity. We can look for exciting new opportunities and technological breakthrough to follow from this time. But for now, we may be low on common sense, but unusually high in intuition, ingenuity and scientific ability.

Remember that Mercury turns retrograde on October 5; it’s already in its shadow, the area it backs over during its three weeks retrograde. So this is a good week to tend to unfinished business and get plans made and orders lined up before the three-week retrograde cycle begins. Already we need to take a little extra effort to make sure messages get through as they were intended and work followed through until completion.

Friday, September 19: We can get a lot done if we pay attention to the right people along the way as the Leo Moon trines Mars. Consider contacting bosses, heads of organizations, the top person on the totem pole (or using our position as such) with mutual respect in place, and with a focus on a shared goal. Work wise the day is friendly and competent, but may bring a dramatic storyline through the news. Tonight brings a more extroverted, social aspect; a little fun is good for the soul.

Saturday, September 20: Morning is indulgent and friendly as the Moon conjunct Jupiter and trines Uranus, but the day slows down and gets more serious midday as the Moon squares Saturn. The situation may get more complicated, but we also have more focused and serious energy to apply. Evening radiates and intriguing connections abound; people tend to be more high maintenance, but are worth the effort.

Sunday, September 21: Our immune system may be tender, our energy level variable, but our sense of responsibility deep as the Moon enters Virgo and Mars squares intuitive Neptune. It is easy to list our own and other people’s faults, but this only leaves us nervous. Instead, forgive one another’s foibles as a major health statement. Intuition is strong where we do not have strong opinions; magic shimmers, but ordinary decisions may be fugitive. Arguments sprout easily around philosophies, but otherwise we may not know what we want.

Monday, September 22: Take one step at a time this morning; list the work, but be generous about the time needed. Tend to digestive issues. We see what’s been going on behind the scenes, and trouble may surface, but this can let us get at the real issues as Pluto turns direct. Doors begin to open as day and night reach equilibrium. Proffer olive branches, find a peaceful way through where possible and keep boundaries clean, clear, and uncharged otherwise.

Tuesday, September 23: Use this pleasant day to open doors. It will be easy to waste the opportunity, to just let an easy day go by without demand, or to just want more justice and romance in our life, but we can use this Moon-Venus conjunction with New Moon in Venus-rules Libra to expands possibilities. The planets create openings but we have to choose to walk through.

Wednesday, September 24: A new chapter begins in relationships, legal matters, and our efforts to live in a peaceful, beautiful, egalitarian way. We are painfully aware of anything that does not contribute towards the beauty way. Support this Libra vision even as it is tested tonight as the Moon squares Pluto and reminds us of what makes the heart ache.

Thursday, September 25: Our differing needs and conflicting hopes cans stir up trouble as the Moon opposes and Jupiter trines Uranus. The world is changing, rather than resist, let’s be spacious, inclusive, and inventive. Let’s let our natural leadership unfold and use it in wise and kind ways.

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Starcodes for week of September 12, 2014

Look up in the evening sky this weekend. Two sizable solar flares are ringing our atmosphere like a bell. They may only interrupt a few signals, but aurora borealis have already been sighted as far south as Arizona. Check out Space Weather for more information. An active Sun pumps energy into all other planetary aspects and turns up the volume on history. Like the particles in the atmosphere we can get easily irritated and excited, but may also feel feel washed out or drained.

Luckily, Friday opens with a wonderfully stable grand trine in earth signs, an aspect that encourages us to continue doing what we’re doing in a solid, competent way. So let’s attend to practical, concrete things today. Find pragmatic ways to deal with emotional issues as the Taurus Moon, Venus in Virgo, and Pluto in Capricorn dance together.

Use this pragmatism as a cure for the blues; notice an undertone of melancholy as Mercury in Libra pulls away from last week’s square to Pluto and a lingering awareness of what’s left, what’s leaving, what’s dangerous, and what’s in the depths of our soul as Mars finishes its last few days in Scorpio (July27-Sept 13) and Venus trines Pluto on Sunday and Monday. Mars is been rolling in the depths, stirring up our subconscious and stirring up the world subcultures for seven weeks. Let this last review be a clean sweep, look enough in the corners and see what’s there, but don’t get stuck in this psychic basement. Chop wood, carry water; one foot in front of the other activates the best of this earthy grand trine and gets us back on track.

Then let’s get ready to have our minds blown, or at least our opinions unsettled as Mercury opposes Uranus, jangles our nerves and wakes us up this weekend. Some shocking, some unusual news or unique perspective can shake up our worldview but help us see things in a new light. We may have a fresh truth, come to a new understanding of ourselves (or deal with the reality we’ve been avoiding) under this urgent, electrifying aspect. Or we may just feel antsy and unsettled. It’s a good time to try on a new way of thinking, but let’s question any story that arises; this aspect can make us nervy and our thinking erratic. So if we suddenly change our mind and want to head off in a new direction, it’s good to wait a few days and let the dust settle before acting.

We also may need to watch out for strange eccentric accidents where movements just don’t go as planned. Be careful carrying hot coffee around dogs and children, and have a sense of humor about slapstick. Be safe. Notice electrical glitches or technical problems, and make sure equipment is backed up. Avoid purchasing new electronic gadgets for a few days. Just be ready to adjust to roll with the punches, and find a fresh way to deal.

As Mars enters Sagittarius late on Saturday, it can give us a fresh emotional resilience and balance that we’ve been missing. Mars in Sagittarius may bring to the surface truths we’ve been brooding upon, but before we start those lethal sentences that began “frankly,” let’s make sure we have the whole truth. Because comments made now will tend to trigger changes that build momentum. Mars in Sagittarius also brings our attention to the international stage and can make us prone to a geographical cure. If we’ve been unhappy at home we may want to go visit a friend in Mozambique. But it may be just the time to hang in there and see if we can make the relationship travel into new territory, not us away from the relationship.

Mars in Sagittarius wants us to get on the road, and will tend to make us irritable wherever we feel trapped. It brings a fresh sense of humor, but can make us less patient and less introspective, which can be a relief after the last few months. We’re encouraged to get out in the woods and commune with nature before winter sets in, and find a new balance or hopefulness in the soul.
But let’s not be too distracted by Mars in Sagittarius, we do have work to do. Mercury enters its shadow on September 16; Mercury turns retrograde on October 5 and retrogrades back to this position before turns direct. So all things Mercurial (communication, writing, paperwork, travel plans) begin to slow down and need more attention to run smoothly. October will be time to follow through, review, catch up, and finish what we put in place now.

Friday, September 12: This is a productive earthy day, we can efficiently do what we do at a steady pace and with heart intact as the Moon in stable, stubborn Taurus trines Venus in Virgo and Pluto in Capricorn. But we have to walk our talk, we have to believe in what we’re doing. Compassion can stretch us into pragmatic action. We can get more excited this evening, a nervous, accident-prone energy as well as curiosity about the unusual, grows as the evening wears on.

Saturday, September 13: It’s a day of improve. The Moon in Taurus encourages us to want everything stable and solid and familiar, and not leave our comfort zone, but Mercury opposes Uranus and pushes us to change our minds in response to this new information. We want to keep on going, but may need to change plans or make adjustments. Watch out for strange electrical snafus or accidents of inattention. Open the mind to fresh new information, try on fresh perspectives. Energy rises tonight as Mars enters Sagittarius and encourages fresh, if not always tactful, honesty, and calls us to dance the night away.

Sunday, September 14:
The mood is fresh, nervy, and staccato as the verbal Gemini Moon opposes Mars and Sagittarius. We think in short sound-bites and speak unusual truths. Get everybody in the dialogue; no monologues please. Venus trines Pluto and reminds us to keep our heart open; the more difficult the situation the more our heart needs to be engaged. By evening we’re more relaxed, but if we are awkwardly erratic because our nervous system is tired, let’s just rest.

Monday, September 15: Once we wake up, and that may take a while, this is a communicative intelligent morning with a certain urgency to follow through on changes in plans and new vision that arrived over the weekend. Take a minute to think through consequences before taking action, and then proceed as the verbal Gemini Moon trines intelligent and fair Mercury in Libra. Mediate needs. Diplomatically broach tough subjects or appeal a recent bad decision.

Tuesday, September 16: Slow the pace and take care of the heart mind and body under a nurturing if defensive Cancer Moon. Don’t push people outside of their comfort zone, instead give room for concerns; be gentle, not reactive. We need to catch up with ourselves and need reassurance. Digestive systems need extra help, good clean comfort food.

Wednesday, September 17: Recent tenderness can bring up an old problem that’s now ready to heal as the Cancer Moon trines Saturn and Venus opposes Chiron. Let’s think about our relationship to personal authority in the face of outside authority, and, instead of getting defensive, gently stand our ground and empower ourselves to make a wiser, more egalitarian decision this time. Tend to healing construction around home, office, and homeland. Our hearts are tender, easily nicked midday, our morale sturdier by evening as the Moon trine Saturn.

Thursday, September 18: Early morning flurry of activity as the Cancer Moon squares Mercury, our mind and body (or ourselves and our cohorts) may disagree on priorities. Midday wanderers, it’s hard to initiate or bring things to conclusion with the Moon void of course, but we can make progress in the midrange. The mood lifts, grow sociable but also more interpersonally demanding, as the Moon enters Leo tonight; we needed privacy over the last few days, and now we need engagement. Don’t overstate needs, but do be open and warmhearted.

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Hang on to your hats, 2014 has a wild birth chart, and looks to be a wild ride. We’re right in heart of metamorphosis now.
by Heather Roan Robbin

Our new year’s resolutions will be particularly important this year. As 2014 dawns, Pluto, Mercury, Sun and Moon conjunct in determined Capricorn, and all four oppose bountiful Jupiter and square both change-master Uranus and assertive Mars to form four corners of a grand square. Together they begin a new if unsettling cycle, remind us that we’re smack in the transition stage of societal transformation. 2012-2015 Uranus in Aries calls us to innovate and revolt, and wrestles with Pluto in Capricorn as it pulls us to reorganize structure and government while remembering the old ways.
It won’t help to fight the changes. It will help to honor the sadness for what’s leaving, let the ache flow through, and then look for what’s being born in its place.

These planets encourage us to confront uncomfortable problems squarely, but can also help us make unusually wonderful progress. All year long we can expect action in many cultural hot-spots, like women’s rights, gay rights, racial equality, indigenous rights, and sustainable economies. A surge of freedom-seeking politics (Uranus in Aries) can trigger opposing efforts to crack down (Pluto in Capricorn). A gap between generations widens with political, cultural and technological advances, but can be breached wherever we work together.

This change is not just political. Saturn, the planet of structure and training, in profound Scorpio until next December, challenges us to take this work deep within our souls and develop a lodestar composed of our deepest goals and brightest guiding lights, then use that lodestar to navigate the changing, sometimes storm-tossed landscape.

Mars spends an unusually long time in Venus-ruled Libra (where it already resides-12/9/13-7/28/14) dancing back (retrograde 3/2-5/20) and forth in that grand square with Pluto, Uranus, and Jupiter. It invites us to dance this revolution, to take a creative Venusian, heart-centered, egalitarian approach.

Spring stays unsettled and blustery, so find balance between the wind gusts. That grand square perfects again in April. It’ll be a rocky month; we can expect fireworks, but we can accomplish great shifts if we ride its waves.

Late spring a helpful grand trine between Jupiter, Saturn and Chiron allows us to make headway through unusual alliances and encourages healthier architecture and economic structure. Jupiter enters Leo mid-July and waltzes with Venus, our hearts will long for more love, compassion, and time with our muse, but can flare melodramatically when conflicted.

Jupiter trines Uranus in the fall and supports all that go back to school or turn their work towards their bliss. Technological inventiveness can leap forward and leave us and our equipment feeling out of date, but may provide solutions to key problems.

Tend to relationships of all kind in the fall, make sure all is on track, equal, and that dreams are shared, because the Sun squares Pluto and opposes Uranus Oct. 3- 9 and dances on our interpersonal tender spots. Let’s work together next fall rather than let it wedge us apart.

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