Star Struck Chronicles

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

Neptune entered Pisces on April 4, 2011 the sign it rules making it the second major astrological shift less than 30 days, following Uranus’ entrance into Aries on March 11, 2011.  Astrologically, this is a very big deal, and will bring about a major shift in energy in our lives and in the world.

 Neptune changes signs only about every 15 years, and this is the first time this most confusing planet will enter the sign of it’s rulership in 163 years.  This spring (2011) it only poked it’s head into the sign Pisces from April 4-August 4, 2011.  On August 5, it retrogrades back into Aquarius until February 2012 for a final 5 month stay in that sign.  February of 2012 it enters the sign Pisces until January 2026.

 Neptune in Pisces enters its own realm-that is, the sign which it rules, making its entrance and stay into that sign stronger than the previous signs. Planets are always stronger in the sign they rule and Neptune’s qualities will manifest in a more direct and powerful way in the immediate future.

 So what are Neptune qualities? Neptune rules psychics and the psychic realm, spirituality, religion, mystics and the metaphysical world.  It rules religion, church, preachers, wiccans, and all other religious/metaphysical groups and ideas. Neptune is the ‘one-ness,’ that connects us all to the realm of life’s mysteries. Neptune rules the cinema and creativity, art and all creative ventures.  It also rules the ‘seamy,’ side of life-drugs, alcoholic, drug dealers, prostitutes and drug addicts as well as drugs/medicine and addicts of all types. With Neptune we can soar to the highest of highs and or sink to the lowest of lows.  It is the most misunderstood of planets and sometimes even astrologers tend to overlook it. It is the planet of illusion, delusion and confusion. When Neptune is in a chart, natally or transiting, there is always the potential of situations that are overlooked or blown out of proportion.  This is more likely to happen with the ‘hard,’ aspects of Neptune, but can occur with the easier ones as well.

 Pisces is the natural ruler of the twelfth house of the zodiac. That is, the subconscious mind, and things that are secret and hidden, jails and institutions. Neptune will conjunct Chiron, the ‘wounded healer,’ bringing out our woundedness as a society and on a collective basis. We are at risk nationally and globally of being swayed in the wrong direction, and looking at things incorrectly, whether it be politics, the state of the world or our own affairs. But, we will be forced to see the woundedness of the world we live in.  By seeing the wounded souls around the world we have the potential to bring about change.

Neptune in this sign shows large groups of people who will be greatly disadvantaged and disenfranchised. It will also bring a time when religion, or that which poses as religion becomes important, and many religions will wither become reinvigorated, or die out altogether. Fundamentalist religions of more than one top may rise.

 On another level are about to enter a time where we may get in touch with ourselves and the world on a spiritual level that has not been possible before. This will be the time we can look at the world in which we live and see our woundedness as individuals and as a society and make changes that will lead to a more balanced and connected life.-This is the great possibility Neptune in Pisces will hold.

 Radioactive and contaminated water

Neptune in Pisces will relate to water. At this time we are dealing with Japan’s nuclear disaster and the issue of radioactive substances leaking into the water.  This problem holds the potential for a disaster that is bigger than the news media is presenting. Scientists have estimated it will take 50 years to clean up the Gulf from 2010’s BP disaster.  These issues cannot be swept under the rug, and if we fail to see the implications, the world will suffer.  Those responsible for such actions must be held accountable. If we are going to use nuclear energy the world must learn from this tragedy and reactors must be built in such a way to contain nuclear substances no matter what occurs.  Water related disasters, both natural and man made will present issues in the world in the near future again. It is estimated by 2015 we will start to be at risk of running out of drinking water in parts of the world.  At that time Saturn will square Neptune, and we will be faced again with issues about our most important natural resource. As Uranus in Aries crosses the ‘World Point,’ we are only at the beginning of this crisis period and it will involve water.

 The Coming Uranus-Pluto Square and Neptune

As Uranus advances in the sign Aries it squares Pluto in Capricorn creating situations around the globe that are explosive and hold the potential to involve plutonium and radioactive substances, or gasses. Uranus-Pluto represents issues and power struggles with the ‘powers that be,’ whether they are individuals, mufti-national companies or governments.  This transit is indicative of sudden explosions that may involve man made or natural disasters that involve water in some way.  Our water supply is at risk.  Planets don’t have to be exact for events to occur and the square actually began when Uranus entered Aries mid-March. It reaches a peak June-August, a time we are at greatest risk.  The square will return numerous times until 2016. We are seeing the events of this square play out in the Middle East, with coups and revolutions in many countries.  With Uranus in Aries entities and individuals will clash over the theme of freedom. Uranus will be in Aries for seven years and when it leaves the Middle East will be a different place one way or another.  Neptune in Pisces will emphasize our human-ness and connectedness.  As one world we have an opportunity to bond with others and help those less fortunate live a dignified and free life.  But, the path will never be easy and freedom is never free. (4-4-2011)

Many women call me wanting to know if their relationship will become a long term one.

There are many things to look at in a chart before an astrologer can answer this question in a successful way.

One of the first things an astrologer would look at is what is in his 7th house?

The 7th house in a chart is the house of marriage, partnerships and long term relationships. What you find in a man's (or woman's) 7th house will determine whether they marry, when and what type of marriage it will be.

Sometimes there are no planets located in this house. In this case you have to look to the house ruler, and determine what it is and what else does it aspect in a chart.

If Saturn is located in the 7th house or is the 7th house ruler, the man may not marry, marry later in life, or in some cases have a cold or disastrous relationship when he does.

If Jupiter is in the 7th house he could marry well, and potentially have more than one marriage.

If Pluto is located in the 7th house, relationships are rarely smooth, and sometimes this man can pick impossible partners. Either way they will exert great influence over his life. He may be very controlling of a partner.

If Uranus is located in the 7th house this man may need a lot of freedom. Sometimes these individuals are involved in 'open marriages.'

If Neptune is located in the 7th house, this man may make sacrifices, but experience  disillusionment even a lack of clarity about marriage. He could marry an alcoholic, or drug addict or not be faithful. He may idealize marriage but find it confusing in some way.

If Mars is located in the 7th house the marriage can become a battleground.

If Venus is located in the 7th house this individual may end up being lucky in marriage as Venus rules the 7th house.

If the Sun is located in the 7th house a man may focus on his marriage to the point of giving away his own 'solar power.' But this doesn't suggest a bad marriage.

If the Moon is located in a man's 7th house, this will shine a special light on the marriage and this will be the place he feels home. He could have a fear of being alone.

An astrologer also has to look at what the planets in the 7th house connect with in the chart, along with their sign. For example he could have Venus in the 7th house, but if it opposes Saturn there could be an issue. And while the 7th house planet is very important there is more to consider.

The Moon is also important in a man's chart along with Venus.

The basic synasty of the two charts  is another key as to whether or not the couple will get along or if it even gets off the ground. These are a few of the significant things an astrologer must look at. It is a complex task.

While Venus is typically considered the 'planet of love,' the asteroid Juno  functions as the asteroid of marriage, and can show us how our feelings toward marriage and the type of partner one is likely to choose or get. Venus and Mars show us the type we want (Venus and the Moon in a man's chart). Sometimes all of this is in sync, sometimes it is not.

Juno symbolizes our capacity for commitment, loyalty or betrayal and sexual intimacy and commitment as well as joint resources. Juno is a patron of relationships and true love and marriage. She has an influence over negative issues such as spousal abuse, powerlessness, and issues of inequality and betrayal.

Juno represents the people we share our lives with, especially in a woman's chart, and points to our karmic partners, who we have a destiny with and how we will relate to them, and they us.

Knowing where Juno is located in your chart can help you discover the type of spouse you will end up with.

When I met my husband Juno had entered my Sun sign and fell close to my Sun. When I married, Juno was sextile my Venus, and described my husband! Juno is definitely a player in the quest for love and marriage.

Where is Juno in your chart?

Planetary cycles affect your life before you were even born into the world. While many modern astrologers do not use pre-natal charts, (charts that begin at conception) they are as relevant now as they were in the past and much can be gained in terms of family connections, appearance, and traits and characteristics that will come to life once a baby is born.

Astrologers often specifically look at the Pre-natal eclipse, or the last solar eclipse that took place before your birth, and it has a strong influence throughout your life. Some believe this eclipse propels your soul into its existence, but whether you believe this or not the pre-natal eclipse has a significant effect throughout your life, as a solar eclipse typically repeats itself every 19 years. As solar eclipses occur in series called Metronic returns (which means they re-occur every 19 years), sometimes they end or change cycles. In this case, there would be a New Moon at or around the same degree as the eclipse that would have the same significance. The pre-natal eclipse always leaves an imprint on how we approach decisions, interact with others and approach our life. What it specifically affects depends on where it falls in your personal chart.

The first return of the pre-natal eclipse is 19 years later. At this time there is typically a dramatic change in lifestyle as one typically begins adulthood. You could marry, leave home, start college or begin a job. 19 is a powerful turning point for most people.

Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette turned the tide of the US Revolutionary War at 19. Upon joining the Continental Army, Lafayette befriended General George Washington. However, the young aristocrat's most important contribution didn't occur on the field of battle. He helped convince the French monarch King Louis XVI to intercede on behalf of the American rebels.

Drew Barrymore, Olivia Wilde, Princess Diana, Melanie Griffith, Ava Gardner, and Leeann Rimes, Eleanor Roosevelt and Barbra Bush are all famous people who married or were engaged at age 19.

The next return of the pre-natal eclipse is at age 38. Liu Chuanzhi founded Lenovo at 39, Gordon Moore founded Intel at 39, Amancio Ortega founded Zara at 39. Anna Nichole Smith died at 39, as did Martin Luther King, Jr, Stonewall Jackson, and Amelia Earhart disappeared at that age. Their work on Earth was done.

At age 57, At 58, Sony chairman Akio Morita introduced the Sony Walkman, an idea no one seemed to like at the time. Charles Dickens died at 58 as did Andy Warhol, and President William McKinley as assassinated at that age.

At 76, we experience the 4th return of the pre-natal eclipse, and again at age 96. Betty White was still famous and working at age 95, as was Bob Hope and George Burns.

What significant events stand out at these ages in your life or others you know at these 19 year intervals? Can you identify these events? To find out where your pre-natal solar eclipse occurred click here.

Retrograde Mars turns stationary direct August 27, at 10: 05 AM, EST.

Mars has been retrograde since June 26, and this period always coincides with a time of low energy, frustration and aggravation, delays and the 'fizzling out,' of many things. In some cases it can make health issues more exaggerated along with many other situations if it retrogrades on a specific planet in the personal natal chart.

For others there has been a reconnection of things and people or ideas from the past, and a reconsideration or change in hopes and wishes.

Since Mars is exalted in Capricorn, it will be very powerful as it stations direct at 28 degrees of Capricorn. This is like a big burst of energy, and you can expect action of some type if it aspects your personal planets.

Life will begin to move forward at a much faster pace. The stationary direct period is when we will notice a pickup in energy, and start to see many matters for what they are in the collective and in our personal lives. Mars will be in its stationary period from August 27-September 6, when Saturn will also turn direct, and forward movement really picks up. This will be something to watch!

Mars will remain in Capricorn at 28-29 degrees until September 12, when it enters Aquarius.

As Mars moves forward we may be dealing with issues that occurred while Mars was in Capricorn earlier this year, March 18-May 16.

As Mars enters Aquarius again we will retrace some of the steps we took while it was in that sign May 17-June 26, when it turned retrograde.

Mars leaves its 'shadow period,' October 11, and things should proceed as normal.

Venus will retrograde October 5. So just as we get used to forward movement, we will be slowed down again in some areas as the planet of love and money retrogrades in the sign Scorpio. Such is the year, 2018.

This month's full moon falls at 3 degrees of Pisces August 26. The lunar peak occurs at 7:56 AM, EST.

Pisces is the natural ruler of the 12th house of things secret and hidden, hospitals, places of seclusion and endings.  The 12th house rules the subconscious mind or the unconscious mind and things that have lain dormant in your subconscious mind or issues you have pushed to the side may come to the surface now.

A Pisces full moon is a mixed bag. The sign is ruled by Neptune, the planet associated with illusion, delusion, confusion and lack of clarity. With Pisces you can soar to the highest of highs or sink to the lowest of depths. This full moon may bring inspired thoughts and creativity, compassion and a desire to help others on the high end, or negativity and depression or delusion on the low end. Pisces also rules drugs and alcohol, chemical gasses, and water.

As Pisces rules the 12th house we may see endings of different types on this moon, or it may touch something in your subconscious mind. We may feel linked to others psychically more than ever. Or you could feel lost in a fog (Neptune) and hopeless. It is better to make a conscious choice to move forward (Moon sextiles Saturn) and continue to live your own ideals. Pisces-Moon transits may be creative, prone to daydreaming, and create a desire to do compassionate things, but it is also prone to deception, lies, dishonesty, lack of clarity or a belief in something that is not based on reality. If something appears to be too good to be true, it probably is. Now is not the time to get involved in ventures, relationships or anything else that are not grounded in reality, and this is certainly not the time for speculative financial ventures/investments or new ventures that involve money. Setting your intentions on this full moon, creativity, psychic studies, charity work, daydreaming, artistic efforts, water related activities will all be good choices at this time.

Going blindly into something that is highly speculative (including questionable relationships) may not turn out so well.

This energy may be difficult for some to harness, but if you can it is a time of dreams, hopes, inspiration and pleasant memories.

Venus square Pluto becomes part of this full Moon energy, and this transit can lead to obsessions, meltdowns, breakdowns or changes in relationships.

The Grand earth trine is also part of this energy, giving us a positive boost toward change.

The Pisces Moon sextiles Saturn, also giving us a certain amount of stability.

This is the final full moon of summer, and as Pisces rules the 12th house many things will begin to be revealed, wrapped up and completed as Mars finally turns direct, August 27, and we will finally begin to move forward again after an entire summer of retrograde planets.


When I was in my 20’s I met two older women, I will call Ruth and Sarah.  Ruth was in her late 50’s, and had divorced in her late 20’s with 3 children.  Ruth had worked as a waitress from the time of her divorce, and had little to show financially.  When I got to know her, I asked her why she never remarried? 

She proceeded to tell me the story of her life: after her divorce she met the love of her life, the most wonderful, successful man in the world.  He ran a well known business, and was a State Senator.  Wonderful, brilliant man and the sky was the limit. Only one problem—he was married.  She began dating him, waiting for him to leave his wife and three children.  The future looked bright—she loved him, and he always called.  She saw him at least once a week, and some days he dropped by the restaurant where she worked. She never out and out asked him exactly when he would leave, but she knew he would because he always told her how unhappy he was at home. 

Soon, she was 30, then 35.  Still waiting, but she knew the day would come.  Still working in the same two restaurants, always hoping to see him at lunch.  When he came in with his friends and political associates they would act as though they didn’t know each other, but that was ok..after all, he had an image to uphold.  Couldn’t let the constituents down.  Someday, she wouldn’t have to pretend.

It was ironic that I was listening to the news that day, in another town, having not yet met Ruth. A well known State Senator and businessman had shot himself at point blank range and left a suicide note.  An investigation was about to occur into his finances, and he would likely face a criminal investigation. He believed his life would be ruined, and his family disgraced, and he took the easy way out without having to face his actions.

I didn’t think much more about it until I met Ruth and put two and two together years later. I asked if it was the same man and yes, it was.  We were sitting in the living room of a local psychic waiting to get a reading.(long before the days of Keen!) She was there for a reading because she was convinced this man had left her money.  After all, she devoted the better part of her life to him.  Worked 2 jobs, and waited. She never went back to school because she knew her future held a man who loved her and was financially secure. 

Over the years I periodically saw Ruth from time to time and she would tell me about her latest theory as to where she believed the money was that he intended her to have.  She spent the last 10 years of her life getting readings, asking psychic after psychic when she would find the money.  When would she be contacted by an attorney? The fact is he never left her anything, he left it all to his family. 

Ruth spent 30 years of her life waiting for a man to whom she was convenient. Sure, he would drop by for sex, why not? Things were comfortable, easy, she adored him, idolized him and worshiped the ground he walked on, and she was attractive.  What did he have to lose?  Probably, he was even fond of her. She cooked for him, listened to his problems and was always there.  But, in the end she hadn’t cost him a thing.  He never had to work for anything, she made it easy. Always Waiting, and getting readings. A few years ago, I heard Ruth had passed away.  She never found the money, because in the end he only prioritized the security of his family.

Sarah had a similar situation to Ruth. She divorced in her early 30’s and was in her 50’s when I met her. She was a smart sophisticated woman, and I wondered why she was alone?  She too, had a story to tell. Met a wonderful man shortly after her divorce and began spending time with him.  One glitch-he was married with kids.  He too, had a high profile job, and had to be very careful about his whereabouts. They began seeing each other and many days he would come to her apartment.  He was unhappy at home, but because of the kids and his job couldn’t leave his wife.  They would take vacations together, and see one another frequently.  Sometimes they would go out on the town and some of his friends knew and accepted her.  He led a double life. Weekends and holidays, Sarah was always alone.

When I met Sarah she told me she had spent the last 20 Christmases by herself.  Christmas Eve he would manage to get out and make a 3 minute call to her apartment.   He promised that when the kids were all in college he would leave his wife for her.

One by one the three kids went off to college, and when the last daughter was finally enrolled in school, Sarah asked if he was ready to leave now.  Yes, the kids are safely away in school and he wanted to move on with his life.  There was only one problem—his wife’s name was on all of the assets and she was threatening to take more than her fair share.  He could be free—but at a price.  But, he had an appointment with a lawyer to find out exactly what he would end up with if he divorced her.  She waited by the phone to hear his news but he never called back that day, or the next.

 Before he could attend the meeting that day, he dropped dead of a heart attack, and she found out by reading the newspaper a week later. His wife and family were grief stricken, but well provided for. Sarah was equally grief stricken, nearly 60 and all alone. She had to move out of her apartment that year as she could no longer pay the rent.

I never saw Ruth again again after she moved. Like Sarah, she had put her career and social life on hold, never moving forward and never investing in her own future. His friends that had casually accepted her suddenly no longer knew her name. 

 Today this man’s children are all accomplished and his youngest daughter plays a role in politics. She enjoys a happy and successful life as do his other children.  But, none of them have ever heard of a woman named Sarah who was a part of their Father's life for  decades.

Life is Short. Time goes by faster than you believe.  Who are you spending your time with?(2011)

Venus is square Pluto this week, and it peaks with the full moon energy on August 26. We will see and feel a buildup with the full moon at the end of the week.

Venus is at home in beautiful Libra, but with a square to Pluto there is definitely a 'shadow side,' of this transit.

Venus rules love, money and social situations.

This square will bring relationships and in some cases money (or other personal issues), front and center. Typically it can bring up deeply buried issues, that could involve sex, money, jealousy, values, and it is obsessive in nature.

This is an intense transit that could change the outcome of relationships if issues are pushed or ultimatums issued, but that would be an extreme situation. Worst case scenario would be endings, abuse or even domestic violence, if those tendencies are present. Venus in this aspect could get personal on many levels.

You might make a decision as to whether a relationship is fulfilling your needs. This aspect demands we delve deeply into our associations with others and some may make a decision to end a relationship.

Venus-Pluto transits are indicative of obsessiveness, and heavy thinking and this will affect you to a greater degree if you have planets in Aries, Cancer, Capricorn or Libra at 17-20 degrees.

If you are in a stable relationship, it will not end, but certain things may come into the light to be resolved at this time.

At best, this can bring change and transformation through a great deal of work, effort and commitment.

We will see many issues surface in the news that can involve change, power and power struggles,  endings, money and issues related to women.

The Sun enters Virgo August 23, just after midnight and becomes part of a grand  trine involving the Sun, Uranus and Saturn, that will remain in the sky through Sunday, becoming part of the Full moon energies on August 26.

A grand trine is a positive planetary configuration that involves three planets in a particular element (Earth), that work together harmoniously.

In this case the Sun (egos) trines Saturn (structures, stability, past situations) which trines Uranus (new approaches, sudden, unexpected events). This can bring about opportunities for creative thought and expansion building upon new or existing structures or ideas.

This will also bring some positive energies to the forefront and for a while things may seem easier. This can spark progress, peaceful or easy change and openings for communication and change.

This will affect those more so who are born under or with Earth Signs (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) at 0-3 degrees in their personal chart.

If you were born with a grand trine in your personal chart, (or those born on this day) this is typically associated with 'luck,' although it can indicate inactivity or a lack of drive if energy isn't exerted in making these energies work.

Grand trines flow easily, and typically an individual born with a grand trine has some element of luck, and seems to flow from one situation to another.

August begins with a volatile Mars transit, and both Mars and Mercury are retrograde slowing things down, uncovering situations and creating frustration. Much of the month between 5 and 6 planets will remain retrograde. 2018's final eclipse will occur August 11, in Leo and Saturn will trine Uranus giving us a much needed break in terms of some more positive and less volatile energy. Jupiter will also trine Neptune, and this is positive, creative, compassionate and spiritual energy which seems much needed with all of the harsher aspects that have occurred this summer.

Mars square Uranus becomes exact on August 1, at 2 degrees of Aquarius/Taurus. This transit will weaken over the next two weeks but be in effect until Mars re-enters Capricorn August 12.

We experienced this transit mid-May when Uranus entered Taurus, and Mars entered Aquarius. This time however, Mars is retrograde, making it very powerful, frustrating and angry.

This is a potentially violent and volatile transit, leading to unexpected incidents in the world and or personal lives if we are not careful. In May when this occurred we saw clashes and deaths in Gaza due to the opening of the American Embassy in Jerusalem. We also saw the eruption of the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii, among many other things.

We could hear shocking news, ecological disasters and unexpected events.

Mars rule police, guns, and young men, and Uranus can also rule aircraft (crashes).

In our own personal lives we need to proceed with caution as issues can become blown out of proportion and bigger than we expected with this energy. Uranus rules separation and change and  some will make sudden, or not so sudden departures from their norm and routines. Relationships can suffer as Uranus rules freedom, and this is an impetus for change if the relationship is not meeting the needs of both parties.

This energy will remain very powerful through August 3rd. It will retrograde several more degrees backward (making it slightly less intense) but basically the energy will be with us until Mars re-enters Capricorn on August 12.

You will be personally affected f you have fixed planets-Taurus, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius at 1-3 degrees in your chart.

Mars will remain at 29-28 degrees of Capricorn August 12-September 11, when it re-enters Aquarius in direct motion and we will repeat the same Mars cycle all over again that began on May 17. Most of 2018 Mars will remain in two signs, Capricorn and Aquarius.

Mars remains retrograde until August 27, when it turns direct at 28 degrees of Capricorn. (Happy days are here again!) While retrograde Mars lends itself toward slowdowns in work and activities, relationships can seem to go backward at times (Mars rules men), we experience low energy and more frustration. Health matters can be exaggerated if Mars hits a critical juncture in your chart and you have a health issue.

During August Saturn will trine Uranus at 2 degrees of Capricorn-Taurus August 13-September 20.  This represents a positive change in energy as change itself will not be so erratic or upsetting.

The energy will be reflected in the world and our personal lives, as always. Saturn and Uranus are opposing forces with Saturn as authority and structure and Uranus as rebellious and progressive. At this time these two energies can be combined effectively and without stress.

Saturn involves the old, and Uranus the new, and at this time the two can be combined harmoniously and this is a positive time for group activity and stability.

This can be a time of increased responsibility and greater freedom, especially for Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn, or those who have planets in the early degrees of these signs in their natal charts.

While Uranus tends to create sudden and upsetting change, during this time change can occur in an easier and more methodical manner, and changes undertaken now can have a lasting base for the future, especially after Mercury and Mars turn direct. Best to save important changes until then.

The eclipse season is not yet over, and the third and final eclipse of 2018 occurs on August 11.

This is another solar eclipse (New Moon) that falls at 18.42 degrees of Leo, the sign ruing the fifth house of love, friends, entertainment and children.

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.

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.

As Venus squares Saturn August 10, this becomes part of the eclipse energy and relationships that are tottering on the edge may take  turn for the worse or end all together. Other situations may end as well. Healthy and positive relationships will remain. Venus square Saturn can make is feel unattractive, unloved, lonely, tired, underappreciated, and at times bad behavior could come into play. You may expect too much of your friends, and when your expectations are not met great misunderstandings may occur.

We could see endings play out in a public way and/or we could see changes in the financial markets among other things.

Other transits of significance include:

August 6-Venus enters Libra. Venus in this sign is more romantic, peaceful and partner oriented than Virgo. Venus is comfortable and considered at home in this sign.

The Sun squares Jupiter which is typically considered positive, but things can be blown out of proportion or overdone.

August 7, Uranus turns stationary retrograde.

While retrograde, Uranian energies are more bottled up, and the individual becomes aware of the need for change or revolution.  When Uranus turns 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. Uranus retrogrades every year, and turns direct again January 6, 2019.

As Uranus retrogrades it will move from Taurus back into Aries for one more swing in this sign November 6-May 7. This will be the final pass Uranus will make in Aries for anyone reading this blog.

As of August 7, 6 out of 10 planets are retrograde.

Venus trines Mars, and this is a good day for social, business and romantic activities.

August 8, the Sun conjuncts Mercury. This is considered a 'willful' transit and agitation and anger can be easily set off.

August 9, Venus squares Saturn. As we are in the energy of the solar eclipse this can be a powerful transit. Some may feel discouraged, unloved, and depressed. Some relationships or other situations may end and this is not positive for financial transactions.

August 11, Solar eclipse in Leo

August 12, Mars re-enters Capricorn

August 18, Mercury sextiles Venus. This is a light, positive and upbeat transit.

August 19, Mercury turns stationary direct at 11 degrees of Leo. Over the next few days, direction may change once again, and more glitches may occur as the planet of communication begins to move forward once again.

August 19, Jupiter trines Neptune and this transit is exact. This is the final pass of this transit which is creative, compassionate and spiritual in nature. If you are or have a water sign at 14-18 degrees in your chart this will form a grand trine in your chart, which is positive can bring unique opportunities during this time. The world needs creativity and compassion and now is the time for these characterizes to be displayed. Dreams may be vivid over the next few weeks, and there may be a greater interest in metaphysical subjects. We could near news of religion, the Vatican, or other spiritual or religious institutions, and this transit may be reflected in movies and TV shows during this time.

August 23, The Sun enters Virgo. Virgo represents the mutable sign of summer, where weather begins to change. Virgo is far different from fun loving Leo and rules the sixth house of health, service and work.

August 25, the Sun trines Uranus. This is positive and a day to take new approached and looks at new ways of visualizing and doing things.

August 26, the last full Moon of the summer falls at 3 degrees of Pisces. Pisces rules the 12th house of the subconscious mind, endings and things secret and hidden. As Venus squares Pluto issues may become intense, obsessive, argumentative and many may search to get to the bottom of the of some type of question they deem important.

August 27,  Mars turns stationary direct at 27 degrees of Capricorn.

August 28, Mercury squares Jupiter. Generally positive but many things may be blown out of proportion.

Summary: It's been a difficult summer for many with three volatile and difficult eclipses, Uranus's shift into Taurus from Aries, and Mars retrograde in Aquarius along with Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune and Pluto. August starts out with a bang with the Mars-Uranus square and a dramatic eclipse on August 11. As Mars re-enters Capricorn August 12, things should begin to calm down as Mars is in the sign ruled by Saturn. Mercury turns direct August 19, and Mars turns direct August 27 and things and situations that were stuck will start to move forward. With the fast moving planets direct, along with the Saturn-Uranus trine and Jupiter-Neptune trine we should end the month in a far calmer and better place than we started.

I have an acquaintance who has been in a volatile relationship for a very long time. For years they have fought and argued and claimed to only stay together because they have a business, and no one wants to give anything up materially. Both parties have been involved with other people from time to time, and its typical for their relationship (Personally, I think they are crazy, life is too short).

Recently, things have gotten worse and looking at the charts I feel certain a split is really in the air this time.

The pattern in this relationship and many others is that when things are down, this woman, (and the man) call their family and friends and spill the beans on the other. He is a real **b she tells them. He did this, and then that. She is only interested in money, he tells his siblings, and she doesn't really care for me. And on and on..And since things have gotten worse lately, the stories have become more dramatic.

The other day the woman called me and stated she could not understand why his family and friends treated her so coldly, and in most cases wouldn't even take her calls anymore. She was genuinely puzzled.

"What's the mystery, I asked?" "The two of you have gotten mad so many times and called friends and family to vent and air your dirty laundry. Then, in a few days the air clears and you go back to normal like it never happened."

"The problem is, I continued, the friends and family you talked to haven't gotten over the stories you have told them, and they aren't going to. They are appalled and do not consider this a normal relationship like you do."

"Now, if my sister called me and told me some of the stories about her husband that you have told me, I would never speak to him again!" 

Oh, she said, she had never looked at it this way.

The damage is done. Friends and family on both sides now refuse to have anything to do with either 'significant other.' They are sick and tired of the stories, the drama and the fighting.

Do you sabotage your relationships like this with friends and family? Do your female friends hate your boyfriend?  Friends and family members don't forget.

Think, before you spread the bad word about your partner or current interest. In many cases 24 hours later, the problem wasn't so bad after all, and all is coming up roses again. But, words last and are not forgotten with friends and family. And if he's that bad, why are you really with him?

Saturn is known as the taskmaster, or the Lord of Karma and the Great teacher to name a few. Without Saturn we have no stability in life. It shows us both our structures and our boundaries.

Saturn changes signs about every two and a half years, and takes about 30 years to circle through the entire zodiac.

December 19, 2017 Saturn entered Capricorn where it will remain until March 23, 2020

Saturn in Capricorn  is at home in this sign making it very powerful.

When Saturn entered Capricorn we will all began a new cycle and chapter altogether, both individually and collectively.

Capricorn is a no frills sign and deals with power, business and structure. Saturn here is concerned with security and structure, tradition, organization, big business and defense. If left unchecked, big business can become the new Gods of the Universe as Saturn moves through this sign.

Saturn in Capricorn can denote great wealth but also great limitations. Saturn was in Capricorn during the worst part of the Great Depression in the early 1930's. The rich got richer, and the poor got poorer.

The last transit of Saturn in Capricorn was from February 15, 1988 until February 5, 1991. Before that it was January of 1959-January of 1962, and December 1929-November 1932.

While in Capricorn, Saturn will build things that are meant to inspire respect (or intimidation) as much as anything else. The Berlin wall for example, began construction under a Jupiter-Saturn conjunction (August 31, 1961). It was meant to be a political symbol to keep some people in their place. We will experience another Jupiter /Saturn conjunction, considered to be an important new cycle, especially in mundane astrology in 2020.

In 2020 Pluto will conjunct Saturn at 22 degrees of Capricorn and this will bring an entire new cycle. In reality, this will be a dangerous time in the world, where many things can and will happen. Events leading up to this period will begin long before the aspect becomes exact.

Saturn-Pluto will relate to the established power structures and ruling elite versus the common people, potential nuclear events and restriction on many levels. We could see a worldwide recession. This is a restrictive transit and we will see these restrictions play out on many levels in the world and in our personal lives. This transit will affect all of those individuals with cardinal planets 20-24 degrees.

Saturn conjunct Pluto will be a stressful period and can indicate limitation, financial loss, potential war and change and transformation. Many things will change at this time or be transformed, or end all together. It will not be easy.

The last time Saturn was conjunct Pluto was in Libra June-July 1983. During this time we saw unemployment rise in the US to the highest level since 1941. Europe was dealing with the IRA, Ethiopia appealed to the world for aid when death tolls from hunger reached 4 million, the US invaded Grenada, the Philippine leader was assassinated, the US embassy in Beirut was destroyed by a suicide bomber killing 63, and Ronald Regan proposed Strategic defense initiative to name just a few world events at this time.

The positive side of this combination  can relate to industrial infrastructure, science and engineering and a deeper understanding of things like genetics and physics. Some things can be transformed for the better.

The negative side is not going to be a piece of cake: tyranny, the abuse of power and corruption, organized crime and criminal activities, nuclear incidents, power struggles, recessions, issues with the monetary system and banks, and war, and limitation on many levels.

I will write more about this in the future. But, my advice to clients is to pay off all the debt you can now, and save, save, save.

Those most affected in a challenging way by Saturn in Capricorn will be the Cardinal signs-Aries (square), Cancer (opposition), Libra (square) and Capricorn (conjunct), or those who have planets in cardinal signs.

When Saturn enters your sign (Capricorn) it can denote a stressful period. Many things end and a new situation is often born on the ruins of the old. Typically, I tell clients with Saturn in your own sign you will be re-creating yourself in some way as Saturn crosses your Sun.

Those who will fare the best will be those born under the earth and some water signs-Taurus, Virgo, Scorpio, Pisces or planets in these signs. In this case you can experience slow and stable growth. (2017)

Between August 7 and 19, six out of 10 planets will be retrograde. This includes, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, Uranus and Pluto. We have not seen this many retrograde planets since May, 2016.

This means August is not the best time for launching new activities or starting new projects. What we can expect is to be going back over things started in the past, making corrections, making changes, re-vamping and redoing. In some cases people may decide something isn't right, or to their liking, or it may just seem like paddling upstream to start something new or even complete current activities.

Either way, starting businesses, jobs, even new relationships on a retrograde Mars/Mercury is not a good idea because when either planet turns direct and moves forward things may change or not turn out as planned.

Retrogrades are a part of the natural cycle and this should not be viewed as a negative (although it is frustrating). Sometimes we have to live in the moment, rather than the past or future, and this will be the time to stop and smell the roses, so to speak. And dip your toes into the ocean and just enjoy the summer. After all, we can blink and things will change once again.

Here is how the retrograde cycle works for August:

August 7, Uranus retrogrades along with Mercury, Mars, Saturn, Neptune and Pluto.

August 19, Mercury turns direct

August 27, Mars turns direct

September 6, Saturn turns direct

Things will start to pop once Mercury and Mars turn direct!

Mercury turns stationary direct Sunday, August 19, in the early morning hours.

While retrograde, the ideas may be sloppier as the thinking and un-thought-out actions more prevalent. We can have a better handle on this when Mercury turns direct, but things may change direction once again.

Retrograde Mercury enters its stationary direct period August 19-21 and you may change direction or find out additional information that changes your path. Sometimes more glitches occur before the stationary period ends.

While Mercury is direct August 19, best to let things level out for the next week than to immediately start buying high ticket items, accepting new job offers and the like. Then again, as I always tell people, don't turn down a job if you need one!

Mercury begins to move forward again on August 21, but the shadow period of the retrograde is not over until September 2. At that point Mercury moves forward at its normal speed, and things return to normal, or the new normal if changes have occurred.

The next major change will occur as Mars turns direct on August 27, followed by Saturn on September 6. By then, we will be rolling!

My best friend from childhood was a woman called Joan. Over the years college, then work separated us but we were never far apart even though we eventually lived in different cities. It was and is the type of friendship that could go for months with no communication, then pick up right from where we left off.

In the 1990's Joan had a dog named Molly, a very intuitive German Sheppard. Joan used to walk around the neighborhood for exercise and spotted Molly at a rental house always tied on a short chain with little food and water and the owner-renter was never home. We had many conversations about this helpless and sad dog, and one day Joan told me she was going to approach the owner about giving her the dog.

Being a great dog lover she immediately took up with Molly and would take her treats and spend time with her every day on her walk. Eventually, the owner appeared one night and as we suspected had no time for a dog. It didn't take much to persuade Molly's owner to turn her over to Joan.

Needless to say, Molly hit the jackpot that night and from that point on the two were inseparable. Molly was a perfect dog once she came out of her shell with a gentle and sweet personality.

Over the years Joan developed an auto-immune disease. For a number of years her health was bad, and from time to time she was so sick she would be in bed for days at a time, or unable to function.

As with other dogs that are now being trained to detect cancer, seizures, diabetes and other diseases Molly developed the ability on her own to determine when Joan would get sick. When this happened Molly would intently stare at her and kick her back legs and according to Joan, Molly was never wrong. This created an even stronger bond between the two of them.

After a number of years Molly developed health problems of her own and eventually passed away. Joan was devastated having lost her best friend in addition to what had become a fabulous service dog.

A few months later it was June of 2001. As usual Joan and I were both busy with our lives but for some reason I had the urge to call her more often. As the month went on our conversations escalated and I was calling just about every day, sometimes more than once.

Joan worked as a department head for a large university and although she was always busy she took my calls at work and sometimes we would stay on until she would absolutely have to get off to complete a project. Even then, I often had a hard time letting her get back to work, not to mention myself! It occurred to me that my desire to talk was becoming obsessive, and I could not explain to myself why, but as I generally do, I just 'went with the flow.'

As my desire to talk became more obsessive, I began picking up on her dog Molly. Molly would come to mind, and I could see her intently staring at me, kicking up her back legs like Joan had described. As the days went on, I would see Molly numerous times during the day with the same intent stare, and I finally told Joan, "I don't want to upset you, but I keep seeing Molly, and something is up with this." The visions continued and seemed to be tied in with my calling Joan. It was as though when she appeared, she wanted me to call her mistress, and most of the time I did.

Finally one day about the middle of June I was overwhelmed with the desire to talk to Joan. I called that morning, at lunch, and later that night at home. I had seen Molly almost nonstop that day.

We must have talked several hours that night, and on several occasions Joan needed to get off the phone. She was supposed to help her Mother with the house that night, and they were going to mulch some trees and shrub beds as some of the family was coming from Maryland to visit later in the week.

Joan's Mother was my second Mom. She had always supported me while growing up, and about the time I started college, she got a divorce and went back to college herself. For a while we attended school together and those were great times I will always remember. She became an artist and eventually taught at university level. I hadn't seen her for a while, and over the weeks I talked to Joan so often I often had a feeling I should go visit her as soon as I could.

That mid June night, I couldn't talk to Joan long enough. Finally, after several hours, she had to go. She was late getting to her Mother's, it was getting dark and she had to go. It occurred to me I had been rude, but I felt compelled anyway. We hung up and I decided like Joan, I would plant some shrubs. I had a beautiful flowering shrub and I had a feeling I would plant it in honor of Joan's Mother who had helped me so much in life, and later tell her it would be the centerpiece of a new garden.

Then I saw Molly. She was staring at me intently and had a sad look on her face. This time she was deathly still, and her eyes were not wavering from my vision. For a moment I considered calling Joan again, but instead I went up to my office and sent an email. "Your dog is here. I don't understand it, but something is definitely up right now."

After spending at least 6 hours on the phone that day, I didn't dare call again. I couldn't shake the sight of Molly, but I went downstairs and planted the shrub, and went on with my evening. I never heard the phone ringing 15 minutes later.

I will never forget the events of the next morning. I was asleep and about 7 A.M. my husband came into the room with a grim look on his face. "You have a call, and I think you had better take it."

The call was from an old high school classmate I hadn't heard from in years.  The previous night Joan's Mother had been murdered by her own brother who had lived in the basement apartment for years and one of the sisters was missing. According to the police he lost his grip on reality believing that family members were coming to force him to move somewhere else.

Joan's Mother had told him (her brother) she needed a vacation for a few weeks, not that he needed to move. "John" had lived downstairs for over a decade. He had once held a prestigious position with a New York stock brokerage firm. Something happened with his work and one day he showed up and asked to live in the small apartment. No one ever really knew what had happened but he never worked again. Joan's Mother had supported him for years until he was able to draw his retirement. Over the years he had become more reclusive and family members could not force him to get the help he needed. He was so quiet, you forgot he was even there. I barely remembered him.

According to police it was a grim crime scene. John and Joan's Mother had been arguing over minor things in recent weeks. The pieces began to come together. He resented his lack of power and money and his sisters many successes. The police stated he had two ammo belts strapped to him and his intent was actually to kill the entire family in the house but something within himself had forced him to act sooner before they arrived.The police found a note with his stated intent.

Joan's Mother was in the kitchen as he came up the basement stairs with a gun. His glasses were broken and she had put up a fight when she saw the gun. She fled the house and he fired two shots in the front yard. The second one was at point blank range. He then sat on the front porch waiting for other family members to arrive but the sirens and police cars came first. The third shot fired was for himself. A neighbor witnessed the incident and called the police.

After I hung up with Joan that night she laced up her tennis shoes and started the short walk along the several blocks to her Mother's house. She had gone about a half block when she heard the first shot, and in a matter of seconds two more. At first she didn't know where the shots were coming from and as reality sunk in she began to run toward her Mother's house. She recalled screaming sirens and ambulances passing her on the road and finally reaching the house to see it blocked off with yellow crime scene tape and her Mother lying in the grass. Mercifully, she doesn't remember much more.

In a split second after hearing the news I was aware of what had been happening. Had I not called Joan that night and kept her on the phone exactly as long as I did her Uncle would have killed her as well. The police said he waited for her to arrive, but heard the sirens first and couldn't wait any longer. The murder had taken place within 5-10 minutes of the time we hung up.  The next morning there was an incoherent message on my phone from Joan.

As far as Molly was concerned, she was a faithful best friend who found the will to bridge the gap between life and death to try and save her beloved mistress. Her love was strong enough to transcend even death. Death did not defeat her, and she succeeded in her final mission by connecting with me, who in turn called Joan keeping her on the phone so she did not arrive at her Mother's house. Molly never came to me again-her work in this world was done.

When Joan finally returned to work, my last email was waiting."Your dog is here. I don't understand it, but something is definitely up right now." She has said she saved the email with the date and time.

I am convinced that angels walk among us, and they are not all human. There is no greater love and that of a faithful four legged companion who would fight to the death for us, and in this case, even after death.

Epilogue:  Other family members were eventually accounted for. Joan's sister who lived at the house had gone away for the evening-another miracle.

The crime basically destroyed Joan's family. It was such a shocking and tragic event her four sisters each faced trauma and demons for years, and to my knowledge have not yet recovered. Joan's Father  tried over the years to bring peace to the family but never totally succeeded.

As Joan was executrix for her Mother's estate her sisters trauma manifested outwardly by fighting over the terms of the will which were fair. This caused a divide that has never been bridged. They were in court for years and the majority of money was finally spent on a decade of attorney fees. The judge finally told Joan's sisters not to come back to  court. Hopefully, they will one day overcome their bitterness.

Joan sought professional help in dealing with the grief /family situation and has gone on with her life. Her health dramatically improved, and she holds a major position at a University today, and I would have expected nothing less. She isn't the same person and never will be, but she is a whole person and has dealt with the demons from the past. Her boyfriend remains by her side and they are happy-lifelong companions now.

The boyfriend spoke at the funeral, and laughed as he spoke about becoming a male member of the family. "The first thing a man had to do be accepted was to understand that dogs come first with Joan's mother, and she taught this to her daughters. That had to be understood to be accepted." Everyone laughed, but it was true.

To this day I can hardly believe such a tragic situation really occurred. I will probably spend the rest of my life trying to understand at what point this destiny was cast as absolute, or whether it was this way from the beginning, and I tend to believe the latter. I do not believe I could have prevented the murder but am thankful I was the vehicle through which Joan's life was saved with the help of her faithful dog.

I have five loyal dogs today and I wouldn't take a million dollars for any of them.(most of the time) It was Joan's Mother who taught me to have such a love of dogs when I was young- a gift for life. I will continue to 'go with the flow,' wherever it leads with my faithful companions by my side, always.