Star Struck Chronicles

"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven"


August is a big month with many things happening in the sky.

We are in the Leo season now, the most fun time of summer. Leo rules the fifth house of children, entertainment and love.  The Sun and Mars are in Leo, and Venus enters Cancer July 31. Mercury will be in Virgo all month, and retrograde August 13.

We have two eclipses, including the Great American Eclipse as it is being called, Jupiter leaves its stationary direct period and moves ahead, and squares Pluto again, and Mercury retrogrades, to name a few. So, let's get started!

August 3, Uranus turns retrograde at 28 degrees of Aries. Uranus is considered the planet of unexpected changes and can be explosive and unpredictable in nature. It rules government of and by the people  and elected officials are represented here. We will likely see many changes in government during this cycle.

Uranus is known as the Great Awakener because it has a tendency to ‘wake up,’ latent possibilities, bring unexpected and unusual events and radical change. It is the planet involved in divorce and separation in many cases propels us in new directions. Uranus is the planet associated with ‘freedom at any cost.’

While retrograde the Uranian energies are more bottled up, and the individual becomes aware of the need for change or revolution.  When Uranus goes direct those energies can be acted upon, seemingly in an unexpected manner. Events involving Uranus often seem shocking, but they are often the inevitable result of a situation, and transits involving Uranus often wake us up to what is really occurring in our lives.

While in Aries, Uranus will awaken the individual urge to change and grow and move forward on possibilities that might have been dormant until now. 

If this aspects Cardinal (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) planets in your chart at 27-29 degrees you can expect to see changes in your life as this powerful planet begins its yearly retrograde. It won't turn direct until January 2, 2018.

August 4, Jupiter squares Pluto for its final pass, and will be exact through August 8, but the energy will continue on for some time. This transit won't occur again 2023. This is indicative of power struggles, especially in government but can also affect us individually.

 Pluto rules vengeance, hidden agendas, revenge and it deals with the abuse of power, which may come from any quarter of government or from those opposed to the government. It can also occur on a more personal level.

 As we saw in 2014, this cycle also deals with the rise of international terrorism.  There could be issues around nuclear weapons and threats, and there will be conflict and struggles in the government. There could be litigation, or conflict over money and ambitious individuals who push an agenda-good or bad.  The financial markets could be affected. There is no doubt a major fight is brewing in the US.

On a more personal level this transit (Jupiter-Pluto) can arouse your personal ambition and things can come to a conclusion at this time. Projects you have been working on may complete now. It is important to be scrupulously honest in your dealings with others because that which is left unsaid or not handled correctly can come back to bite you in the future. Make sure your intentions are above board and others are as well.

In some instances this transit can also deal with relationship issues, that can become embroiled in power struggles of different types. Sometimes this issue can lend itself to a desire for personal improvement, and it other times people may be criticized by someone who fails to see the flaws in him/herself. There could be issues around joint finances or other people's money. Pluto is obsessive and compulsive in nature.

It is important to be aware on a personal basis how powerful this transit is, especially in terms of dealing with those who may oppose your efforts on some level.

The lunar eclipse/full moon falls at 15 degrees of Aquarius on August 7. It will peak around 2: 11 PM, EST.

Aquarius rules the 11th house of friends, hopes and wishes, as well as the collective. Its planetary rulers are Saturn and Uranus.

This eclipse trines Jupiter which can be expansive and positive, but it also opposes Mars which can be volatile. Some people may take unexpected actions (Uranus) or act in unexpected ways.

This is the first of two eclipses this month. Use caution in the days surrounding the event. Eclipses can eclipse things into your life, and things out of your life. Pay attention and you will see many major life events occur around the time of an eclipse.

August 10, the Sun sextiles Jupiter and this is positive and expansive. Mercury sextiles Venus and this is a positive time for love, social events, business and personal expression.

August 12, Venus trines Neptune and this is positive for love, creativity and compassion. But, Mercury begins its retrograde Station at 11 degrees of Virgo on this day that will last through August 16. It is at this point plans change, glitches can occur and previously unknown information can come to light.  During the retrograde period it is best not to start new ventures, buy high ticket items or get married. Retrograde Mercury is about re-accessing, redoing and finishing what is at hand.

August 13, the Sun trines Uranus. This is a bold transit, indicative of new ideas and approaches.

August 15, Venus opposes Pluto. This is one of the most stressful transits of the month, and the energies will be apparent before and after this day. Venus rules love and money, and Pluto has to do with sex, power and abuse. This transit can lead to obsessive thinking, and situations relating to love or money can come to head.

This is not the transit to offer ultimatums, and if you engage in fighting energy you could end up the loser. Some relationships will end at this time.

In the world we may see situations relating to domestic abuse and violence, sex scandals, and the abuse of power in government. We could see financial issues come to the forefront.

My advice is to save arguments and confrontational subjects for another day. Expressing your strongly held opinions can run into conflict today.

August 17, Venus squares Jupiter. This is typically not a negative transit but can lead to overindulgence on many levels.

August 20, Mars sextiles Jupiter-This is indicative of expansion, positive, and forward movement. Make the most of it.

August 21, the long awaited solar eclipse occurs at 29 degrees of Leo. The eclipse peaks in the US at 2:30 PM, EST, but check your local times.

Eclipses are like wildcards, and one of the ways we learn how and what we need to change and evolve. An eclipse can seem good or bad, depending on what it aspects in your personal chart, and often an eclipse is dramatic, or reveals important information if it aspects a significant point in your own chart/life.  An eclipse often brings news pertaining to life's biggest events. The energy of an eclipse can go for months and in some cases years.

With an eclipse we have both endings and beginnings. A solar eclipse is more like a new beginning, and it is always a new moon. A lunar eclipse can being more news of endings and it is associated with a full moon.

Almost always unexpected information comes to light and at this time something may be eclipsed completely out of your life, or into your life. Eclipses can bring positive or negative events depending on what it aspects in your personal chart.

Leo rules the fifth house of children, friends, entertainment and love. Many celebrations will take place, as this is the first coast to coast eclipse in nearly 100 years.

The eclipse trines Uranus and this can create an exciting energy pertaining to new ways of doing things. It also trines Saturn giving us some stability. Mars sextiles Jupiter and this is indicative of expansive energies=positive.

Wherever an eclipse travels is where major events will occur, and in the case it is the US.

Looking at US (Sagittarius rising) chart, the eclipse falls in the 9th house of foreign affairs, governments and laws. As it opposes the Moon, the people will be upset and agitated. We are likely to hear sudden and unexpected news.

This eclipse falls in the 12th house of US President Donald Trump. As it conjuncts his Mars, this will be a critical time, and information that was formally hidden will likely emerge at this time.

Mars rules anger, frustration and at times an eclipse conjunct Mars can indicate sickness and accidents.

We may also see other events connected to royalty and royal families.

Events connected to this eclipse can be delayed as Mercury is retrograde. The energy of an eclipse lasts months, sometimes years. In early September as Mars and Mercury conjunct the eclipse point we will likely see events connected to the eclipse play out then as well.

As the eclipse falls at 29 degrees of Leo-a critical degree. Many things will end on this eclipse, for many people. All endings are not bad, and sometimes simply the prelude to a new beginning.

The last time we experienced an eclipse in this sign and degree was August 21, 1998. If you are old enough to remember this time, you may have an idea of what the eclipse holds for you.

August 22, Mars trines Saturn, and this is positive for practical accomplishment. The Sun enters Virgo, the mutable part of the season. This is when the weather changes from dry, hot Leo and becomes more unpredictable.

August 24, Venus squares Uranus. As Venus rules love and money, expected unexpected events here. Some relationships will end. Sometimes we see changes in financial markets.

August 25, Saturn turns stationary direct. While retrograde, Saturn slows down the normal rate of activity so better methods can be developed and organized. Saturn rules the structures in our lives and allows us to develop our boundaries.

Wherever Saturn is located in your personal chart is where you need more work to avoid feeling limitation in some way. Wherever transiting Saturn is located is where your current limitations are felt.

When transiting Saturn is retrograde, and we experience a Saturn transit in our personal charts, the retrograde of Saturn is typically the most difficult period of the transit. When we experience a harsh Saturn transit, it typically makes three passes over the course of about a year, one of them typically while Saturn is retrograde. Saturn retrogrades every year for about four months.

As Saturn turns direct this can be good news for many issues and situations that have been stuck or in some way or unproductive, and this is true for both the individual and the collective.  Saturn can represent a reality check in many areas of our lives and even in the world.

While Saturn was retrograde many problems were internalized that were cloudy and difficult to figure out.

As Saturn turns direct sextiling Jupiter (exact August 27-September 1) many things may come together at this time. This is a positive type of energy prone to advancement, moving forward and accomplishment, and should not be taken for granted. Make the most of this in the days and weeks before and after, as we have not seen a great deal of progressive energy of this type lately.

August 26, Venus enters Leo. The summer fun is not yet over with Venus's entrance into Leo. Love energy will become bolder, more flamboyant but there can also be more drama as people seek to be noticed.

August 26, the Sun conjuncts Mercury. Egos can get in the way and this can be a willful type of energy.

August 27, Jupiter sextiles Saturn-see above about Saturn. This is the exact hit.

August 31, Mercury enters Leo (retrograde) as the month comes to a close. Communication will become bolder and more direct as Leo is a fire sign. Watch that egos stay in check.



The August solar eclipse occurs August 21, and falls at 29 degrees of Leo. This is called the 'Great American Eclipse as it is the first eclipse that has crossed the US from coast to coast in 99 years, and it should be visible from all parts of the US. Click here to see the eclipse map. This is the first time since 1257 and eclipse fell exclusively within the borders of the US, which makes it the only eclipse exclusive to the US since the formation of the country. This eclipse cuts the US in half, and its path goes from Oregon to South Carolina. It's interesting that in 2024, another eclipse will cut the country in half again from Texas to Main.

The best city to view the eclipse from is Nashville, TN or one of the following locations: Atlanta, 97%, Boston, 63%, Chicago, 87%, Cincinnati, 91%, Dallas, 76%, Denver 92%, Detroit, 79%, Houston, 67%, Indianapolis 91%, Las Vegas, 72%, Los Angeles, 62%, Memphis 93%, Miami 78%, Milwaukee 83%, Minneapolis, 83%, NYC, 72%, Oklahoma City 84%, Philadelphia, 75%, Phoenix, 63%, Pittsburgh, 81%, Portland 99%, Salt Lake City 91%, Seattle, 92%, Washington, DC, 81%.   If you look at the google map, the closer you are to the eclipse path, the more you will see.  Click here for a map to see the duration of the eclipse in your area.

If you are on the path of totality, the sky will go dark, the temperature will drop, and animals will respond as though it is night. The crust of the earth will rise, according to reports. For some, this is the only total eclipse they have seen in their lifetime.

Eclipses are like wildcards, and one of the ways we learn how and what we need to change and evolve. An eclipse can seem good or bad, depending on what it aspects in your personal chart, and often an eclipse is dramatic, or reveals important information if it aspects a significant point in your own chart/life.  An eclipse often brings news pertaining to life's biggest events. The energy of an eclipse can go for months and in some cases years.

The energy and events connected to an eclipse can occur before or after the actual eclipse. The energy of an eclipse can generate major circumstances weeks and even months after the eclipse-an eclipse is a predictor of events that can occur before, during and after the actual event itself.

With an eclipse we have both endings and beginnings. A solar eclipse is more like a new beginning, and it is always a new moon. A lunar eclipse can being more news of endings and it is associated with a full moon.

Almost always unexpected information comes to light and at this time something may be eclipsed completely out of your life, or into your life. Eclipses can bring positive or negative events depending on what it aspects in your personal chart.

 This eclipse can clear away the emotional baggage and re-set your emotional life, so to speak. With Jupiter in the picture, we have the potential for personal expansion and a link to happiness of some kind.

The eclipse falls at 29 degrees of Leo. This is known as the Anaretic degree, and considered crisis oriented. Many things, situations and personal cycles can end at this time.

Eclipses can and do bring random events, that you did not expect and are typically beyond your control.

This eclipse falls on the fixed Star, Regulus, one of the Royal Stars of Persia, that also include Aldebaran, Fomalhaut, and Antares.

Ptolemy describes the nature of Regulus as violence, destructiveness, military honor of short duration with ultimate failure, imprisonment, violent death, success, high and lofty ideals and strength of spirit, and makes its natives magnanimous, grandly liberal, generous, ambitious, fond of power, desirous of command, high spirited and independent. (Donald Trump has Regulus on the ascendant conjunct Mars, and the eclipse will bring about significant events in his Presidency)

Each of the royal Stars can promise success if a certain attribute is avoided. With Regulus, it asks that we proceed without vengeance, or suffer a fall.

An eclipse at this degree can indicate the fall of an important leader as it did in 1998, (Bill Clinton went through impeachment proceedings) but it does not have to occur on that exact day.

The eclipse is also trine Uranus at 28 degrees of Aries. This can bring about sudden and unexpected events, but as it is a trine, events can turn out well, and be of a positive nature. New ideas, or even inventions may come to the forefront and there can be a sense of excitement in the air.

Mars sextiles Jupiter, which is a positive and enthusiastic transit as well.

There are fifth house connotations to this eclipse as Leo rules the 5th house of love/friendships and children and entertainment. I expect to see many events and situations during and around this eclipse that relate to relationships and love. An eclipse can 'eclipse' something in, or out of your life and sometimes both depending on what it is aspecting in your personal chart.

Mercury is retrograde-While eclipse energies go for at least a month before the eclipse and after, it is often longer. As Mercury is retrograde on this day at 8 degrees of Virgo, we can expect to see some events that relate to the eclipse delayed. By the first week of September, Mercury will hit the eclipse point at 28-29 degrees of Leo where it will turn direct, and I expect many eclipse events to play out then. On September 3, Mars and Mercury both hit the eclipse point, and we can expect to see significant events on this day. As Venus hits the eclipse point  September 19, we may see more events connected with this eclipse.

August 21, 1998 an eclipse occurred at the same degree of 28 Leo. If you are old enough to remember what occurred at this time, you may have an indication as to how this eclipse will affect you.

One of the most significant things that occurred around the time of the last eclipse at this degree was the scandal that occurred involving US President Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky, that led to Clinton's impeachment. We could see other scandals during this time, and US President Donald Trump's chart is heavily affected by this eclipse as it falls on his ascendant and conjuncts Mars.

Other events of August/September 1998 included:

-Winnie Mandela sued by the South African government

- Omagh bombing in Northern Ireland, the worst terrorist incident of The Troubles, kills 29 people and injures about 220

- South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission chairperson, Archbishop D. Tutu, releases documents revealing an alleged plot by Western countries to assassinate UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld of Sweden

- The Royal Proclamation of HRH Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah as the Crown Prince of Brunei.

- The Supreme Court of Canada rules that Quebec cannot legally secede from Canada without the federal government's approval.

- U.S. embassy bombings: US military launches cruise missile attacks against alleged al-Qaida camps in Afghanistan and a suspected chemical plant in Sudan in retaliation for August 7 bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania

- First RFID human implantation tested in the United Kingdom.

- North Korea reportedly launches Kwangmyongsong, its first satellite.

-On September 2, Swissair Flight 111 crashes near Peggys Cove, Nova Scotia. All 229 people on board are killed.

- Google.com is registered as a domain name.

The eclipse literally cuts the US in half. Major events typically are associated in and around the path of totality of eclipses. As the eclipse divides the US, I do not see an change in the political divisions that exist for some time. As another eclipse crosses the country in 7 years the deep divisions may continue for years to come.

In the US natal chart (Sagittarius rising) the eclipse falls in the 9th house of governments, laws and foreign nations-relations. As it opposes the US Moon the people will be agitated-upset. As Mercury squares natal Uranus we can expect to hear sudden and unexpected news that can include healthcare, workers, or the military. News may relate to foreign people/affairs, as well as the dissemination  of information, transit and communication networks to name a few.

Leo rules royalty and we could hear new of royal families now or in the next 6 months. As you can see from 1998 the Crown Prince of Brunei was named. On August 2, Prince Phillip of the UK officially retired from Royal duties, but we could hear more over the next 3 months. In August 1998 the Royal family (UK) was in a flux over the death of Princess Diana the previous year. A 'crisis of confidence' was occurring over the monarchy, as a result of her untimely death.

We could also hear news of celebrities, actors, and people in the entertainment world.

We could hear cutting edge types of news (Uranus) and on August 2, it was announced deadly gene mutations have been removed from embryos.

Those Most affected by this eclipse will have fixed planets at 29-27 degrees of  Leo, Aquarius, Taurus or Scorpio. If your Sun or ascendant falls one of these signs and degrees the eclipse will bring significant events to your life. If you are a Leo or Aquarius, expect the issues to center around relationships. If you are a Taurus/Scorpio, the 4th/10th house axis of home, family and business will be activated.

We are currently experiencing a 'Moon wobble' which occurs when the Sun forms a square to the nodal axis, as the Moon is wobbling in its path by declination. This will continue through August 24. This will amp up the energy of this eclipse, as emotions are aroused and there is a tendency to act suddenly without thinking things through correctly. Astrologer Carl Payne Tobey coined this phrase after he discovered the moon wobble correlation to natural disasters, fires, loss of life, bad weather and other catastrophes.

Hotel rooms are booked all over the country, some schools are not going to be in session. Some will take the day off and enjoy the skies. You can google your town to see what the peak time of the eclipse is. Good luck!

 Samastha lokaah sukhino bhavanthu - May all the worlds have peace and prosperity.




We are now into the retrograde Mercury period that extends until September 5. I recently experienced a disaster in my kitchen when a dishwasher was incorrectly installed and water went under the hardwood floor destroying it. The entire kitchen, including cabinets have been torn out. Now, here we are in the retrograde and things must go on, some of it out of my hands in terms of contractors. I have always told my clients not to start new projects on a retrograde. But, there are always times when timing is out of our personal control.

The disaster in my kitchen occurred late June well in advance of the retrograde. Remodeling began on a Mars-Uranus contact in my chart on July 21. (The contractor chose the time, stating it was the only available slot he had). Mars-Uranus is a burst of energy with unpredictable consequences.  Three days later, I decided against the contractor I was using as he became a verbal bully and I discovered his price was three times the rate of others.

I chose cabinetry on August 11, 2 days before the retrograde, and I paid for a new range hours before Mercury went retrograde on August 12. The cabinets are to be finished the first of October.

Can this project come to a successful conclusion and when? Let's see. This is real life astrology and I will update this blog with results. Here we go..

My prediction: 1-Through sheer will I will finish the project. The new contractor is on vacation the week of August 13. I think it is questionable if he starts the week of August 21, and if so, it will not be early in the week. This will be frustrating.

2-As this project is occurring on a Saturn-Venus period in my chart, I must temper my expectations and not expect it to be my 'dream kitchen." If all goes well, I will like the results and I should be satisfied.

3-The first contractor owes me money (the deposit) as we discontinued the agreement, and he will take his time to return it.

3-It could go over budget and I need to watch the money.

4-I could change my mind on the cabinets which are custom built, and may not like them as much as I thought, or change my order. They probably won't be ready in time. If they are installed as ordered, I will continually wonder if they are too dark, or see something I like more. If I change my order, I will regret that as well.

5-unknown issues may crop up.

6-I think the project should be completed by mid-October on or around the last quarter of the full moon, or no later than late October.

I will update this blog with results!



Venus is moving into an opposition to Pluto that becomes exact Tuesday, August 15, at 17 degrees Cancer-Capricorn. This energy will be felt before the transit is exact and in the few days after.

Venus opposing Pluto is a harsh aspect, and some relationships and situations will end. Others, with work, could be transformed in some way, but the path will not be an easy one.

The transit actually becomes a t-square, or a part of three planets, which all clash. this includes Jupiter, Venus and Pluto.

Significant events can occur or things can reach a peak, and this does not have to all be negative. For example, some could close real estate deals, or other projects could come about, typically with a great deal of work.

Pluto is an obsessive planet and its nature is to push, dig and in some cases bully.

Venus rules love, money and values, and Pluto rules sex, obsessions, bullies, jealousy and the darker emotions, as well as transformation of all kinds.

 Venus is transiting through Cancer, the ruler of the 4th house of home and family and Cancer is concerned with home and family, security and feelings.

 This transit typically relates to obsessiveness in relationships, extreme jealousies, obscure dramas, endings, indiscretions, compulsions, irrational behavior, emotional meltdowns, manipulation and issues over sex or money. 

You will be affected more than others if you have a personal planet in your chart at 16-18 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn. To an extent however, we will all be affected.

 As Venus is in Cancer this could involve situations that include family members, and with Pluto in Capricorn it  could involve business relationships, or any other type of relationship, not limited to romantic ones.

Typically this shows a power struggle of some type  that could get ugly and this transit does not fare well for women, overall.

 At its most extreme Venus-Pluto transits show domestic violence and abuse/violence against women.

 If you are in a healthy relationship that is not riddled with issues and jealousies you have little to fear. How you handle issues may be more important at this time than what the issues actually are.

 As Mercury will be retrograde, you may not have your facts correct, and this is a period you would do well not to initiate issues or force change on anyone.

 This transit will play out on the world stage. There are some very ugly things happening in the world that aren't going away any time soon. We could hear news about women/finance and it won't be pretty along with forced marriages and issues concerning women. Pluto rules those in the world who try and force their will upon others, and Pluto rules nuclear situations, as well as bullies.

This transit is prominent in US President Donald Trump's chart, and can play out on many levels. It is not impossible that N. Korea could be a part of the equation, as Mars conjuncts Pluto in the N.K. natal chart in the days before. Either way, we will hear significant news.





Mercury turned retrograde August 11, at 9:01 PM, EST at 11 degrees of Virgo. The ruling planet of Virgo is Mercury and a retrograde Mercury here is very powerful.

Mercury in Virgo will concern work and health, communication, and glitches may occur in any area.

The next three weeks may be a period where things seem at a standstill, especially our outward action. On an inner level however, we can accomplish a great deal.


Mercury turns retrograde 3 or 4 times a year, and generally has a bad name and elicits groans when mentioned.  To an extent this is perfectly understandable, as retrograde Mercury is the planet that causes delays, glitches, breakdowns in computers and equipment, relationships, slowdowns and brings hidden factors to the surface. Plans can be put on hold, miscommunication can occur, relationships can end or change, and cars, computers and other machinery can break down at the most inopportune moment.

All of this will occur, but this period does not have to be the disaster many believe it to be with some basic knowledge ahead of time.  The four most important things are to 1)understand what retrograde Mercury means 2)know what to expect 3) know what to avoid and lastly 4)understand what you can gain from it. With this basic information available, you should be able to make the most of the time, and benefit from the retrograde as oppose to being caught off guard.

The first step is to know what retrograde Mercury means. In the strictest sense of the word, the planet of communication does not actually go backward, it only appears to. This will occur three or four times every year.  A planet is described as retrograde when it appears to be moving backwards through the zodiac, and this is referred to as apparent retrograde motion.  When planets retrograde, their effects on humans are different than when in direct motion. Thinking is deeper, situations often appear to go underground for a time, or change altogether, and sometimes our focus shifts. Mercury retrograde is the most talked about retrograde, because it is a fast moving planet that controls our thinking, speech, travel, and cognitive skills. When Mercury retrogrades, there are several phases.

The first phase is the pre-retrograde shadow period which began July 25 This period is where Mercurial energy starts to shift and it is time to start wrapping up new projects for the time being and focusing on what is at hand.

The second phase of retrograde Mercury is the stationary retrograde period, when Mercury starts to shift into apparent backward motion. This occurs August 11-16, when Mercury starts its retrograde. This is the period most glitches start to become evident, and if you have a prominent Mercury in your chart, thinking may become foggy.

Mercury continues to retrograde through September 5 when it turns stationary direct September 5-8.. This is the second period when glitches, breakdowns and changes in direction may well occur.

Mercury begins to move forward again on September 9, but remains in the shadow direct phase until September 19, 2017.  Mercurial energy does not pick up its normal pace until completion of the second shadow period. So, the retrograde Mercury period is actually a much longer cycle than most people understand. Changes will occur at the juncture of each retrograde phase.

The second step in surviving a retrograde is to know what to expect. What you can expect and prepare for are slowdowns, delays, miscommunications, interference with travel and travel plans and appointments, and the breakdown of machinery, situations and even relationships. If your car has been limping along and you have been putting off a repair, know this is the likely time it will become obvious that you have to fix it. If your computer is slow or having problems be sure and back up everything important. (I learned this one the hard way several times!) If you are in a relationship that is tottering on the brink of ending, this may well be the period that can occur, and often does. Of course, I always tell people, ‘Mercury retrograde is a wild card.” Sometimes, relationships can be fixed and problems brought out into the open if it is worth saving. Expect delays, changes of plans and try and not have situations set in stone.  In other words, prepare to be flexible.  Mercury retrograde is often a frustrating time to be looking for a job.  Don’t give up though, just keep plugging on and stay on top of all communication. And make sure you are direct and to the point in your communication with others.  If you don’t understand what someone is telling you, by all means ask for clarification.

The third and perhaps most important step in surviving retrograde Mercury is to know what to avoid. Don’t get married, start a new business, start new projects or begin anything you hope will become permanent during the most important three week phase of the retrograde. Don’t purchase high ticket items, important gifts, paint, or anything you expect to be there for a long time if you can avoid it. Retrograde Mercury is not the time to start new projects, but rather finish up the old, and redo, re-organize or re-work. Go against this advice and you may wish you hadn’t. I chose the paint color in my office on retrograde Mercury just to test it, and as I write this post, I wish I had time to get out a paintbrush today.

The fourth step to surviving retrograde Mercury is to understand what you can gain from it. Know that retrograde Mercury is part of the natural cycle of life and it is not anything out of the ordinary. Everything serves a purpose and the point of a retrograde Mercury is to slow down a bit, reflect, rethink, re-do, re-plan and reorganize and reconsider. It is a period of correction. Rather than starting new projects it is time to look at what is on the drawing board. Often during a retrograde, thinking changes direction and a more appropriate course of action can be mapped out. Often new information comes to the surface that must be considered.  Sometimes secrets are revealed, and the truth comes out into the open.  The truth may not be what your want to hear, but it can set you free. Retrograde Mercury is a time to plan, work on you, and delve into the spiritual side of life. Sometimes important contacts with people from our past can be initiated, and there is generally a focus on the past or past situations that can come back up to be resolved. Just focus on what is at hand rather than starting new situations.  If you are forced to start a job during a retrograde, it could be altered when Mercury goes direct, or you may not have all the facts. If you begin a new relationship on a retrograde, it may end or change when Mercury goes forward, time will tell. 

All in all, retrograde Mercury is a period where we should reflect on our current state, and plan rather than initiate new ventures. Reconsider your options, re-write, re-organize, and re-think. If you follow these basic principles, I can’t guarantee you won’t experience frustration, but you will survive the retrograde and perhaps come out of it better than you had believed possible.



Mercury entered its shadow period preceding the summer retrograde in Virgo/Leo, on Monday, July 24.

Mercury entered Virgo July 25, and will retrograde at 11 degrees of Virgo on August 12-September 5.

During the shadow period that proceeds the retrograde, Mercurial energy starts to shift, and we can see glimpses of the delays and glitches that will lie ahead.

Now is the time to finish up projects, sign contracts and agreements, or do anything else you want before the planet of communication starts its perceived backward treck.

During a retrograde period you should not buy high ticket items, start new projects, marry, get engaged or start anything important. Many things will be delayed.

It is a time for renewing and reflecting, or re-evaluating and researching and these activities can bring great rewards.

If you start a job on a retrograde, it may not turn out as you wish, or you may discover it isn't what you thought.

When Mercury turns direct, the time for direct action opens up again.




Over the years I've had clients that spoke of their loyalty to men who broke off relationships with them, leaving them emotionally shattered. They felt their loyalty to the man in question was abused and they were not treated with respect.

Some of the ladies believed their perceived 'loyalty,' to the man should be something that is appreciated and revered and the man should view this virtue as something he wants and appreciates.

Unfortunately, in many cases it was not an asset the man valued.

So, let's take a look at the definition of loyalty and its ramifications. Loyalty is defined as: "the quality of being loyal to someone or something.

"her loyalty to her husband of 34 years"

·         a strong feeling of support or allegiance."

Loyalty is a prized state of being or in most cases a virtue given to another, and has especially been tied into the concept of a 'virtuous woman,' for centuries. But, in our modern world is loyalty always a virtue?

In society and in advertising men are portrayed as successful, assertive and powerful. Seldom is the concept of loyalty (to women)  promoted or talked about.

In society, marketing and the modern world women are still portrayed as cooperative, modest, nurturing and loyal. Big difference if you haven't noticed!

Women typically view loyalty as more of an emotional experience than men, who have often defined loyalty as doing the right thing, especially in contractual agreements.

There are broad gender differences in who and what should constitute loyalty among men and women, or at what point loyalty should be given and received.

I contend that loyalty is a virtue only if the individual to whom loyalty is given to deserves it-which is not at all automatic, or deserved. Herein lies the problem with some woman's loyalties to men.

For all purposes I am defining loyalty in this blog connected to dating and love, especially women dating men, but it could certainly be reversed, and sometimes is.

A woman should ask herself, "exactly what am I being loyal to, and what does this constitute?"

Because she dates a man (even one she likes) for a few weeks or months, or even longer should not guarantee her "loyalty."

Loyalty in this case is defined as not dating another, engaging in sex with, or even looking at the possibility of seeing someone else. The majority of women seek only one man.

This is where women get really messed up, and can miss out on opportunities that could be healthier in the long run.

Loyalty is an earned gift, and it is a gift to be appreciated and even revered, NOT taken for granted by a man who does not even realize she is being 'loyal.! Or alternatively, does not reciprocate and appreciate the same.

The problem lies in the fact the man in question may not view loyalty in the same manner as the female. In many cases the thought of being loyal to the woman in question may have not crossed his mind. Or he may not be in a frame of mind to commit.

So before you commit yourself and your loyalties to a man you date, ask yourself the question: Will the same loyalty be returned to me? Is he capable and desirous of returning the same loyalty to me?

Unless the question of commitment, or only dating each other has come up (ideally by HIM), chances are he is not 'loyal' to you. Has he ever said the worlds, "I love you?" If not, your loyalty may be one sided, which could cause you to pass up someone else who might feel a loyalty toward you and appreciate what you have to offer in return. In doing this your 'loyalty,' actually becomes a a chain that holds her back from finding reciprocal love.

Do not expect 'loyalty' from:

Married or committed men

Friends with benefits

Any man you do not have an agreement with to date exclusively.

In many cases a woman's 'loyalty,' in fact becomes her greatest liability, and becomes personally and psychologically harmful, especially when she finds it has not been returned. Typically, she then feels used and 'burned.'

Some women only want to focus on one man at a time. This is fine, but until and if there is a commitment, you are still both free agents, and 'loyalty' should not be a one sided commitment.

Open your mind and look around! Do you really want to spend all of your time, thoughts, energy and loyalties on a man who does not do likewise? If so, why? What are you doing?

In no dictionary is the word virtue defined as being loyal to an un-loyal man. It only hurts you in the end. Badly, in most cases. Loyalty is a beautiful thing, but only if appreciated for what it is, and reciprocal in both parties involved.

And remember, Men love Iron Buttercups.



The lunar eclipse/full moon on Monday August 7, 2017 falls at 15° Aquarius. This will be followed in two weeks by a solar eclipse in Leo on August 21. Aquarius rules the 11th house of the collective, friends, groups and organizations. Events connected to the eclipse often begin before the eclipse actually occurs and after. We may see major events the week of July 31, and around August 3, when Uranus begins its stationary retrograde.

This eclipse has a mix of easy and difficult aspects. As the eclipse (Moon) opposes the Sun, this can heighten emotions and put people at odds. The Moon trines Jupiter and this is a positive and expansive influence. Jupiter rules gain and expansion, and a transit like this can mean generosity to those who need it, nobility and 'doing the right thing.'

Eclipses are like wildcards, and one of the ways we learn how and what we need to change and evolve. An eclipse can seem good or bad, depending on what it aspects in your personal chart, and often an eclipse is dramatic, or reveals important information if it aspects a significant point in your own chart/life.  An eclipse often brings news pertaining to life's biggest events. The energy of an eclipse can go for months and in some cases years.

With an eclipse we have both endings and beginnings. A solar eclipse is more like a new beginning, and it is always a new moon. A lunar eclipse can being more news of endings and it is associated with a full moon.

Almost always unexpected information comes to light and at this time something may be eclipsed completely out of your life, or into your life. Eclipses can bring positive or negative events depending on what it aspects in your personal chart.

 This eclipse can clear away the emotional baggage and re-set your emotional life, so to speak. With Jupiter in the picture, we have the potential for personal expansion and a link to happiness of some kind.

The Sabian symbol for 15 degrees Aquarius is, "Two lovebirds signing on a fence."

 As the eclipse falls in Aquarius, ruled by Uranus, the planet of the unexpected, we may experience some unexpected twists and turns, or others may surprise you in some way. Unexpected and unplanned events can occur.

This Moon may focus our attention on relationships of all kinds, including the relationships among the collective-in other words politics and events in the world that can affect us all. Eclipses always bring major events, and we can depend on the fact in the US, this eclipse and especially the next will involve the US President, and we can expect significant news.

 This eclipse and the powerful solar eclipse of August 21, fall on the 11th-5th house axis. These houses will focus our attention on groups, organizations and the collective (11th house) and children, friends, entertainment, and love affairs (Leo-5th house).

 After the lunar eclipse itself (the Moon) the most significant aspect connected with this eclipse is Jupiter square Pluto, which will have an effect on the eclipse.

Jupiter-Pluto transits can make people want to get ahead, sometimes at any cost, and herein lies the problem. Many things will change and be transformed at this time. Certain things can end that include relationships. On the world stage we may hear news or threats of nuclear events, skirmishes or wars.

 As the eclipse opposes Mars we have the potential for violence, especially in the hot spots around the globe. During August-September, our attention will be on our leaders, who rises, and who falls.We could also see unexpected weather situations (Uranus=weather) and eclipses can be associated with natural disasters.



As we head into Monday's lunar eclipse, events related to the eclipse will begin to play out. The energy of an eclipse is significant both before and after the event.

Friday morning the Moon opposes Venus and this can cause some emotional upsets. This should change by afternoon.

The early morning hours of Saturday can be fraught with tension as the Moon conjuncts Pluto.(EST) By evening things can become changeable or unpredictable as the Moon squares Uranus in Capricorn/Aries. This combined with the eclipse energy, may make some prone to sudden, rash and impulsive action.

With the Sun and Mars in Leo some people have and will act out their frustrations, or be hard to deal with. After all Leo is a FIRE sign, prone to drama and dramatic situations.

The Moon enters Aquarius (The sign of the lunar eclipse) at 8:16 AM, Sunday morning (EST). Aquarius is ruled by Saturn and Uranus, and Uranus is the planet of unpredictable events.

Monday's eclipse peaks at 2:11 PM, EST, and its trine to Jupiter (evening)is positive, although Jupiter can blow things out of proportion. This Moon also opposes Mars in Leo (6:41 AM, EST) an this is harsh, argumentative energy. All full Moons oppose the Sun and it is this aspect that typically sets emotions on edge in a polarizing way, and people tend to act out their emotions.

Eclipses reveal and brings things to light that may have been previously unknown.  Issues being revealed for what they really are can only be positive in the long run, even if difficult in the short term. Eclipses coincide with life's most important events, and changes, as well as major world events.

  

 Jupiter squares Pluto this week at 17 degrees of Libra-Capricorn. Change can occur on many levels.

Jupiter rules gain and expansion, justice and what is good and right. Jupiter rules magnanimity and growth. Pluto rules change and transformation. Sometimes Pluto can involve bullies and power struggles.

Some things may end on this transit, which includes relationships as Jupiter is in Libra.  This week could prove to be a decisive or defining  moment, or you could reach what is often called a moment of truth.

The result is transformation of something in your life, which can transform in some way or even end certain situations and cycles.

Due to a flood I am remodeling my kitchen. Everything has been ripped out and I am living with a microwave on the dining room table. It's not fun, but there are worse things in life. In my spare time I am researching cabinets and tile and talking to the contractor. It's a lot of work I didn't plan, but in the end I will have a new and transformed kitchen that will never be as it was again. If you see what I am saying, this transit can take many forms, but chances are it will change or transform something in your life that will never be the same. It can be something greater or lesser than my example, but chances are it will be something.

In the world, this will play out in terms of clashes in politics, at home and abroad. Pluto transits often involve a question of abuse or abuse of power, or terrorism. It can also involve those who would force their will on others and nuclear incidents or situations.



It's been 38 years since we have seen a total solar eclipse in the continental US. That takes us back to 1979, when we experienced the last one. Some people reading this have never seen a total solar eclipse, but you will have a chance on August 21, 2017. The last time an eclipse went coast to coast in the US was June 1918.

This eclipse falls at 28 degrees of Leo, and it peaks at 2:03 PM, EST, 11:30 AM, Pacific. You can take a look at this google map and see that it goes right across the middle of the US. Everyone in the US should be able to see something. The best city to view the eclipse from is Nashville, TN or one of the following locations: Atlanta, 97%, Boston, 63%, Chicago, 87%, Cincinnati, 91%, Dallas, 76%, Denver 92%, Detroit, 79%, Houston, 67%, Indianapolis 91%, Las Vegas, 72%, Los Angeles, 62%, Memphis 93%, Miami 78%, Milwaukee 83%, Minneapolis, 83%, NYC, 72%, Oklahoma City 84%, Philadelphia, 75%, Phoenix, 63%, Pittsburgh, 81%, Portland 99%, Salt Lake City 91%, Seattle, 92%, Washington, DC, 81%.   If you look at the google map, the closer you are to the eclipse path, the more you will see.

Leo is the sign of royalty and rules the 5th house of love, friends and children. This could be a great day to take time off and celebrate. It could be an exciting summer day for many.

The Sun/Moon will trine Uranus, exact at 28 degrees of Aries and there will be an electric feeling in the air.

We could hear of some type of new innovations.

Many things will happen on a world level. The last time we experienced an eclipse at this degree was August 21, 1998. Click here to see a list of events that occurred at this time.

An eclipse like this will be very powerful individually and collectively and be the harbinger of many world events.

The energy of an eclipse begins  months before the actual eclipse occurs, and after. I will write more about this powerful eclipse in the future. (4-3-2017)
Over the years I've had clients that spoke of their loyalty to men who broke off relationships with them, leaving them emotionally shattered. They felt their loyalty to the man in question was abused and they were not treated with respect.

Some of the ladies believed their perceived 'loyalty,' to the man should be something that is appreciated and revered and the man should view this virtue as something he wants and appreciates.

In many cases it was not an asset the man valued.

So, let's take a look at the definition of loyalty and its ramifications. Loyalty is defined as: "the quality of being loyal to someone or something.

"her loyalty to her husband of 34 years"

·         a strong feeling of support or allegiance."

Loyalty is a prized state of being or in most cases a virtue given to another, and has especially been tied into the concept of a 'virtuous woman,' for centuries. But, in our modern world is loyalty always a virtue?

In society and in advertising men are portrayed as successful, assertive and powerful. Nowhere is the concept of loyalty (to women)  promoted or talked about.

In society, marketing and the modern world women are still portrayed as cooperative, modest, nurturing and loyal. Big difference if you haven't noticed!

Women typically view loyalty as more of an emotional experience than men, who have often defined loyalty as doing the right thing, especially in contractual agreements.

There are broad gender differences in who and what should constitute loyalty among men and women, or at what point loyalty should be given and received.

I contend that loyalty is a virtue only if the individual to whom loyalty is given to deserves this virtue-which is not at all automatic, or deserved. Herein lies the problem.

For all purposes I am defining loyalty in this blog connected to dating and love, especially women dating men, but it could certainly be reversed.

A woman should ask herself, "exactly what am I being loyal to, and what does this constitute?"

Because she dates a man (even one she likes) for a few weeks or months, or even longer should not guarantee her "loyalty."

Loyalty in this case is defined as not dating another, engaging in sex with, or even looking at the possibility of seeing someone else. The majority of women seek only one man.

This is where women get really messed up, and can miss out on opportunities that could be healthier in the long run.

Loyalty is an earned gift, and it is a gift to be appreciated and even revered, NOT taken for granted.

The problem lies in the fact the man in question may not view loyalty in the same manner as the female. In many cases the thought of being loyal to the woman in question may have not crossed his mind.

So before you commit yourself and your loyalties to a man you date, ask yourself the question: Will the same loyalty be returned to me?

Unless the question of commitment, or only dating each other has come up (typically by HIM), chances are he is not 'loyal' to you. Has he ever said the worlds, "I love you?" If not, your loyalty may be one sided, which could cause you to pass up someone else who might feel a loyalty toward you and appreciate what you have to offer in return.

Do not expect 'loyalty' from:

Married or committed men

Friends with benefits

Any man you do not have an agreement with to date exclusively.

In many cases a woman's 'loyalty,' in fact becomes her greatest liability, and becomes personally and psychologically harmful, especially when she finds her loyalty has not been returned.

Some women only want to focus on one man at a time. This is fine, but until and if there is a commitment, you are still both free agents, and 'loyalty' should not be a one sided commitment.

Open your mind and look around! Do you really want to spend all of your time and energy on a man who does not do likewise? If so, why?

In no dictionary is the word virtue defined as being loyal to an un-loyal man. It only hurts you in the end.

And remember, Men love Iron Buttercups.



Leo is ruled by the Sun. When you think about the Sun, what do you see?

It is the most powerful heavenly body that beams down its light and warmth every day.  The Sun is perhaps the most important planet in the natal chart, ruling Leo, and symbolizing one's vitality and will.

Therefore, it is no surprise that most Leo men (unless the chart is afflicted in some way) are typically outgoing, energetic and confident. These men are typically ambitious and determined to accomplish great things.  They are generally not wallflowers, and attract attention in a room of strangers, where he will often be found holding court. A Leo man needs plenty of personal freedom and seldom accepts limitation in any form.

Leo is a fixed, fire sign, and fixed signs are slow to act at times, and can be considered stubborn. Once they make up their mind it is not changed easily. Nor, do they easily deviate from their path, and such is the way of a fixed sign-Leo, Taurus, Scorpio and Aquarius.

A Leo man can have fixed opinions about certain things. Most of the time, he believes he is right. If you are trying to change a Leo man, remember it's the Lion, that lives in the wilds, that you are dealing with, or trying to tame, and Lions have claws and teeth.

A gentle touch and stoking of his ego will do far more to change his opinion than an argument, which you will probably not win, anyway.

If all of the world is a stage, and all the men and women are merely players, then the Leo man will play the leading role. He typically won't shy away from being in the limelight, whether in work or play. Sometimes he may have a flair for the dramatic and the romantic, and remember Leo represents and rules royalty. Sometimes he may even act this way.

As Leo is a Fire sign, things can sizzle. When a Leo man falls in love it is dramatic, spectacular and all consuming. When he loves he is generous to a fault, loyal and devoted and nothing can shake his opinion. He has found his partner in the hunt and nothing will stand in his way.

Leo is ruled by the Sun, which rules the heart, by the way. If you remember in The Wizard of Oz, the Lion was searching for a heart. Once he found it, he was whole.

The Sun rules the first house in astrology, and the first house rules the self. Sometimes a Leo man can become self absorbed, demanding of attention and stubborn. This typically happens if the lion has been hurt or feels he has been wronged or ignored in some way.  If this is the case, it may take a lot to get things back on track. He may nurse his wounds in private.

If you are ever disloyal to a Leo you have committed a cardinal crime in affronting the King of the Jungle. As he prides himself on loyalty, the wounds will go deep and he may or may not forgive, depending on how serious the offense is. If you play with his heart, try and make him jealous, or break a commitment, nothing will ever be the same.

Leo men are not for every woman. If you want to make things work with a Leo you must remember he likes attention, he likes to be right and he like to be the man in the relationship and do the chasing. If he commits his heart you will have a loyal and devoted partner, who like the Sun, will shine down warmth which will always make the love grow. He has the capacity to be devoted to the end, when he finds the right women.



Venus opposes Saturn and this transit will be exact July 24, at 10:53 AM,  on the heels of the New moon in Leo.  We will start to feel this energy sooner, and it may continue after the transit is exact.

Venus and Saturn energies don't blend well. Venus rules love and money and Saturn typically represents restriction. Some relationships will end under this transit, but it would only be those who are tottering on the edge or are unstable.  Some may feel financial pressure.

Don't let melancholy or lonely feelings pull you down and seek other things instead. This is not the day to let your heart rule your world, or to take negative feelings seriously. It may seem harder to express yourself, or others may not respond as you would hope. If others don't respond as you hope, remember they are feeling the effects of this transit as well, and personal expressions of love may not bode as you wish today.

It's a good day to clean out closets and exercise! This is not the best day for financial transactions or important business dealings, but this transit will move on quickly.

This is a day for 'tough love.' What I mean by this is Venus-Saturn transits test relationships. Maybe this is a day your significant other does not appear very attractive- if you are in a committed relationship you realize that every day is not a banner day for romance. Or this could be a day you have to accompany someone to surgery or to a Dr. or a gathering you would rather avoid.  If the person is significant in your life you will do what you have to do. Otherwise, it's not a significant and real relationship!

If you can get through your normal daily activities with no problems, consider that you have done well.

As always this transit will play out collectively. We could hear news of finance, women and endings. As Saturn is in Sagittarius we would hear major political news.



The Sun squares Uranus July 19. Sun-Uranus transits typically deal with sudden, unexpected change or changeability, and situations may become explosive.

Mars has squared Uranus over the past few days (July 17, exact) and if this affected you, the Sun-Uranus transit will as well.

This is potentially changeable energy subject to disruption. Be careful of accidents. This energy will be powerful over the next several days.

Some things are likely to end at this time or turn out in unexpected ways. It can be chaotic. Its as though rogue factors can come into play.

We will see major events in the world, as we saw with Mars-Uranus and the failure of the Senate to pass an acceptable healthcare bill in the US. 0 degrees of Leo is considered a critical degree. We could see violence in the world.

Mars also enters Leo at 8:20 AM, changing the tone of our actions and the way we present ourselves. Mars rules the ego, the stage and acting. Caution is called for as some will be 'acting out, ' more than usual. With Mars in Cancer there was an emotional edge to our actions, but now it will become more about making a personal statement. Some will seek attention.

The Sun also enters Leo July 23, and we are now in the Leo season, and the fixed part of the summer. If the Cancer season is about home and family, Leo is about singles, romance and fun, and if there was ever a time to relax and enjoy yourself it will  be this part of the year. This holds true even more so this year as we will soon experience the powerful solar eclipse in Leo on August 21.

The Sun and Mars enter Leo just before the New Moon in Leo on July 23.

At 0 degrees of Leo this new moon conjuncts both the Sun and Mars.

Leo rules the fifth house of fun, entertainment, love and children, and it is here our focus will lie. My advice is to make the most of this moon, a prelude to the Great American eclipse next month.

But, as the Moon is conjunct both the Sun and Mars, egos could come into play and some may seem feistier or more aggressive, and everyone may want to make their own individual statement. Have fun but use caution in the way you express yourself.

While the focus is on fun and romance, Venus opposes Saturn  personal expression may be more difficult than usual and some situations may end, but only if the relationship is tottering on the edge.

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