Pluto is a funny little planet. He’s tiny, he’s been downgraded to dwarf-planet status, and he’s the farthest away. You’d think all of that would mean his energy isn’t as strong as the other planets astrologically. You’d be wrong! Pluto transits are usually the biggest transits. They last the longest of all of the transits, so they continue to impact you for a prolonged period of time. Pluto aspects impact you over the course of about 3 years, and he can tour a natal house for 1-2 decades. This makes his energy continuous, and you have to withstand the intensity for a while.
Pluto is power. Pluto is passion. Pluto is dark, deep, and mysterious. Pluto is serious. He can be icy-cold cruel. He can be destructive. But Pluto is also strong. Pluto is willful. Pluto is a force. He demands your attention. He dives into your depths. He exposes demons, darkness, lies. He’s in constant search of a transformation. And he expects you to create it. If you don’t, he’ll unleash his wrath. And his wrath is unmatched.
Pluto is the ruler of the sign of Scorpio, so the house in your natal chart with Scorpio on the cusp is ruled by Pluto. Scorpio is a fixed water sign, which fits Pluto pretty well as it gets jumbled up in intense emotional energy. Pluto rules obsession, getting wrapped up in things and having difficulty unraveling yourself, and this can play out as positive passion when channeled productively, or it can play out as unhealthy stalker-like obsession.
We have a hard time with Pluto because, well, let’s face it, he’s kinda scary! He’s the legit monster under the bed. We have very good reason to be fearful (and oh yes, he rules fear too). What Pluto puts us through, no other planet can or does. But the result of that is profound, strong, beautiful. It’s like the creation of a diamond. Pluto can put us through his Hell, and if we don’t succumb to the dark side, we can emerge as our own shiny diamond.
Transforming is the basic nature of Pluto in prediction. Wherever he is, whatever he’s doing, you know a transformation is cooking. This can be easier with the sextiles and trines, super difficult with the conjunctions, squares, and oppositions, and constant with the houses. So when you see you’re experiencing a Pluto aspect, or you’re trying to gauge transit Pluto in a house, you know you need to start with a transformation. That’s the foundation, and you go from there. It may start easy, it may start difficult and get easy, or it may be difficult through it all, but once the pressure passes, you can look back with a whole new perspective.
Hard Pluto transits tend to be made worse when coupled with hard Uranus or Saturn transits, but especially hard Saturn transits. Saturn is disciplined and super focused, so lump that in with the intensity and obsession from Pluto, and they can really squeeze you. Plus, while Saturn is seen as the one who teaches us lessons, Pluto kind of does too, just in more of a psycho way. We can learn a lot about ourselves thanks to Pluto, but it usually comes after we’ve gone through Hell.
With Pluto, it’s important not to get lost in the dark. When you’re experiencing a Pluto transit, always try to keep a light on. When the lights go out is when you have the most troubles and are most tempted to give in to the bad energy, or to stop altogether with moving forward in your transformation. Keep a light on, and keep going.
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We're out of eclipse season and get a break from the retrogrades in September! So we go into the new moon on September 9th (2:02PM ET) in Virgo, and after the wonkiness of the midyear madness, we can focus on trying to be more productive now, get the things done that we couldn't get to because everything was so cray-cray, or have the focus to actually get things done that need to be done. We can be more detailed, more practical, and more hard-working, and have the energy we need to do it.
We can bring in some structure and order, a little organization and routine, and improve our schedules, our regimens, and our lifestyles. The last few months may have pointed out where we needed to do better, and now we can take the steps required. We want to be busy after having been so stuck for what felt like an eternity. No time to waste now!
This new moon is sextile (positive aspect, two signs away) Jupiter in Scorpio, opposite Neptune in Pisces, and trine (positive aspect, four signs away) Pluto in Capricorn. The sextile to Jupiter helps us to be more optimistic, more positive, and more expansive, while the trine to Pluto helps us to find more personal power and take control back over areas that have been super wonky. The opposition to Neptune might make us get a little lost in fantasy sometimes, having strong imaginations, so try to make time to be a little whimsical.
This new moon occurs at 17 degrees 0 minutes Virgo. The major aspects to this new moon are:
Conjunction: 15 degrees 0 minutes - 19 degrees 0 minutes Virgo
Sextile: 15 degrees 0 minutes - 19 degrees 0 minutes Cancer or Scorpio
Square: 15 degrees 0 minutes - 19 degrees 0 minutes Gemini or Sagittarius
Trine: 15 degrees 0 minutes - 19 degrees 0 minutes Taurus or Capricorn
Opposition: 15 degrees 0 minutes - 19 degrees 0 minutes Pisces
The full moon for September occurs on the 24th (10:53PM ET) in Aries. Aries is the first sign in the Zodiac, and this can be a time where we're focused on finishing the start of something, seeing the end of the beginning, and some of the fruits of our labor can come to bear. We can be more positive with Aries, and we can use our emotions from the full moon energy as motivation with fiery Aries to take action and keep moving forward.
We can focus on what we want for ourselves, putting more emphasis on our personal wants and needs, and wanting to do more for the self. We can have more energy and drive for the things we want, especially if we feel we're making progress. Just don't give in to impulsive energy, and be smart with your choices.
The full moon is sextile Mars in Aquarius, square (hard aspect, three signs away) Saturn in Capricorn, and opposite Mercury in Libra (though a little wide). The sextile to Mars helps us control the energy of this full moon since Mars is the ruler of Aries, and we can find it easier to make use of the energy we have. The opposition to Mercury (albeit a wide one) might make focus a little dicey, especially with the full moon also square Saturn. We may not be quite as disciplined as we'd like to be, and need to be mindful of our responsibilities and do things the right way. No shortcuts, no cutting corners. That only creates problems we don't need!
This full moon occurs at 1 degree 59 minutes Aries. The major aspects to this full moon are:
Conjunction: 0 degrees 0 minutes - 3 degrees 59 minutes Aries
Sextile: 0 degrees 0 minutes - 3 degrees 59 minutes Gemini or Aquarius
Square: 0 degrees 0 minutes - 3 degrees 59 minutes Cancer or Capricorn
Trine: 0 degrees 0 minutes - 3 degrees 59 minutes Leo or Sagittarius
Opposition: 0 degrees 0 minutes - 3 degrees 59 minutes Libra
When looking for indicators of wealth in a natal chart, one of the things you can assess is Jupiter and Pluto. Jupiter is the planet of abundance while Pluto is unrelenting focus, so the combination of the two can be helpful for creating wealth. If your Jupiter and Pluto make a major aspect to one another, this can be an indicator of wealth at some point in your life. With a sextile or trine, this can come with relative ease, while with a square or opposition, there may be a block to overcome first (though the squares and oppositions may actually be better indicators since their energy is stronger and force you to deal with it in some way, so the sextiles and trines may be less likely to produce wealth).
With a conjunction, it's more in your hands (hey Bill Gates). The closer the aspect is to exact, the stronger it can be. It's especially helpful if Jupiter or Pluto are in or rule the 2nd house (of money); if they aren't, you may achieve wealth through the areas of life ruled by the houses they are located in or rule.
Another spot to look at with these two is their midpoint, which is the exact middle of two astrological points. Natal planets that are conjunct, square, opposite, semisquare, or sesquiquadrate the Jupiter-Pluto midpoint can also play into wealth. Also assess the sign and house location of the Jupiter-Pluto midpoint as these can show potential ways you can attain wealth.
Aspects by transit or progressed planets to your natal Jupiter, Pluto, or Jupiter-Pluto midpoint can trigger the energy and provide periods where you have greater opportunity for wealth.
(originally from the October 2017 newsletter)
There are 4 elements in astrology - fire, earth, air, and water - and all 12 signs of the Zodiac fall in one of the four elements. The element a sign is in can give you insight into the energy and focus of that sign, but it also can show the other signs that sign is compatible with because of elemental affinity. The signs of the same element can get along better with one another than with the other signs because you have the same base elemental energy. We often like the people who connect with the element of our Sun, Moon, or Rising.
Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius are the fire signs, the ones with a lot of energy to burn, extra enthusiasm and positive outlooks, and who love to be active. Bring fire signs together, and they want to get creative, have fun, and take action. You can understand this about one another, and get along well. If you have one of these signs as your Sun, Moon, or Rising sign, you may feel you like the people who are also of the fire element.
Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn are the earth signs, the ones who are practical and down-to-Earth. Earth signs can take their time, have practical outlooks, and keep things steady. Bring earth signs together, and they can get things done, work hard, and ground us all. You don’t feel the need to push each other outside of your element, and can stay by each other’s side. If you have one of these signs as your Sun, Moon, or Rising sign, you may feel you like earth element people.
Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius are the air signs, the ones who think logically about everything, are super engaging, and love to be sociable. Bring air signs together, and they can make it interesting, get you thinking, and brainstorm ideas. You can operate with sharp minds and wits, and get that about one another. If you have one of these signs as your Sun, Moon, or Rising sign, you can be drawn to fellow air element people.
Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces are the water signs, the ones guided by emotion and intuition, and who connect to subtle energies. Bring water signs together, and they can intuit each other’s needs, show compassion and understanding, share with one another, and offer support. You can find connections beyond the mental and physical. If you have one of these signs as your Sun, Moon, or Rising sign, water element people can feel like your tribe.
The connections tend to be strongest among the Sun, Moon, and Rising, but you can also gauge compatibility by comparing the rest of your planets and houses to the planets and houses of someone else. If you have many planets and points in the same element (like both of your Venuses are in earth signs, both of your Mars are in water signs, both of your Moons are in air signs, etc.), this can be someone you can get along well with, be attracted to, or at least understand.
Our final eclipse for 2018 comes August 11th at 5:58AM ET in Leo. With this Leo solar eclipse, we may want to focus on love, what we love most in life, making time to do the things we love, and being with the people we love. We can connect to our hearts, and want to feel more joyful and be more playful. We can focus on the positives, and try to be more generous, and have greater warmth.
We can crave more attention as well, and feel we can thrive in the spotlight. We want praise and we can feel great about ourselves when we’re being doted on. We can share our warm energy and be friendlier, more gregarious, and more sociable. We can be super creative, and can use creativity as an outlet for energy. Which we’ll likely need, because this eclipse actually has some super hard energy with it!
This eclipse is conjunct (aligned with) Mercury, who is retrograde (appearing to move backward) in Leo. Oh boy! On top of which, the eclipse is square (hard aspect, three signs away) Jupiter in Scorpio, and quincunx (hard aspect, 5 signs away) Pluto in Capricorn. Talk about some hard energy! We’re going out with a bang on these eclipses for 2018. With the conjunction to retrograde Mercury, this can really ramp up the retrograde energy, and we can see some developments regarding the retrograde (could be something with a celeb, something with kids, something with love and relationships, something requiring generosity, something needing heart). It might feel like it hits us out of nowhere, and we can try to be positive and enthusiastic, but we’ve *really* got to try!
Jupiter is expansive energy, so he may expand upon whatever this eclipse brings, for better or worse. He can also add in some laziness and indulgence and some desire to go to excess. Pluto might make us struggle more for power and control, wanting to dominate and go to extremes, and we likely need to be more flexible, make adjustments, and not be all, my-way-or-the-highway. With all of the fixed energy this midyear, we definitely need to be more adaptable and open, otherwise things get bad and stay bad because we’re being too stubborn to change it!
This eclipse occurs at 18 degrees 41 minutes of Leo, so the aspects to this eclipse are:
Conjunction: 13 degrees 41 minutes - 23 degrees 41 minutes Leo
Semisextile: 16 degrees 41 minutes - 20 degrees 41 minutes Cancer or Virgo
Sextile: 13 degrees 41 minutes - 23 degrees 41 minutes Gemini or Libra
Square: 13 degrees 41 minutes - 23 degrees 41 minutes Taurus or Scorpio
Trine: 13 degrees 41 minutes - 23 degrees 41 minutes Aries or Sagittarius
Quincunx: 16 degrees 41 minutes - 20 degrees 41 minutes Capricorn or Pisces
Opposition: 13 degrees 41 minutes - 23 degrees 41 minutes Aquarius
Then we have a full moon in Pisces on August 26th at 7:56AM ET. Pisces brings in some compassionate, empathic energy, and we can work on being more understanding emotionally and spiritually. We can tend to soul needs, and we can connect with one another on a soul level. We can try to be sweeter with others, and take care of the most vulnerable. We can focus on our spiritual selves, connect to our intuition, and try to tone down the loud noise externally and listen in to the quiet, wise guide internally.
Full moons are more emotional energy, and Pisces is an emotional water sign, so we can have some extra heightened emotions with this full moon. But we may want to keep more of what we’re dealing with to ourselves, not wanting to burden anyone else, and spending time being reflective and introspective.
Pisces is the last sign in the Zodiac, and full moons are associated with endings, so this full moon may bring with it the end of something, perhaps something that has been frustrating us to no end over the last couple of months.
This full moon is sextile (positive aspect, two signs away) transit Saturn in Capricorn and transit Uranus in Taurus, so we do get some nice energy here to focus on what we ultimately want, to see our path and our future, to regain some hope, and to take the long view.
But this full moon also occurs the day before Mars retrograde ends, so we may be coming out of that retrograde feeling extra emotional. We need to be much kinder with one another. Gentle, gentle . . .
The full moon occurs at 3 degrees 12 minutes of Pisces. The major aspects to this full moon are:
Conjunction: 1 degree 12 minutes - 5 degrees 12 minutes Pisces
Sextile: 1 degree 12 minutes - 5 degrees 12 minutes Taurus or Capricorn
Square: 1 degree 12 minutes - 5 degrees 12 minutes Gemini or Sagittarius
Trine: 1 degree 12 minutes - 5 degrees 12 minutes Cancer or Scorpio
Opposition: 1 degree 12 minutes - 5 degrees 12 minutes Virgo
We have all heard phrases like Aries energy is full of spirit but sometimes impatient, or Capricorn is reliable but overly concerned with material gain. Each of the Zodiac signs has a spectrum of traits that range from highly functional benefits to quirks that can easily become stumbling blocks (or let’s face it, pitfalls). While we should never stereotype, this is what it means to be human and developing self-awareness makes a huge difference. From this perspective, an astrology chart is a treasure of a roadmap. It tells us so much about ourselves.
Astrology spells out the limiting behaviors that are common in each sign. By combining this with behavioral psychology, we can retrain our instincts so they are no longer based on fear or false beliefs. For example, an Aries female can stop herself if her impatience starts to get the better of her. Or a Virgo man can see his attention to detail devolving into obsessive or compulsive behavior. Rather than say “I was built this” way, we make an effort and change.
What Happens In Crisis Situations?
What happens to our self-awareness during crisis situations? In one of his book launches, the late Wayne Dyer stood on stage with a half-cut orange and squeezed it until the juice dripped out, telling us that when people are under pressure, that’s when we see what is inside them. We show our true colors. The natal chart, especially our Sun and Moon signs, often influence the way each of us reacts in crisis situations as they rule our spirit and emotional security.
Astrological transits can tell us when these high-stress periods will come along. So for example, if we look at Pluto and Saturn in in Capricorn, people with personal planets in Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) will feel the crunch. We can use this knowledge in two ways: first, to get ahead of ourselves by using the theoretical understanding of astrology to make changes in relevant life areas. What houses and planets that will find themselves under pressure with the transit? Is there anything that you have been avoiding?
The second approach to transits involves vibrational healing – using tools like homeopathy, crystals, essential oils and flower remedies to keep stress in check so that we act out less.
The Benefits of Vibrational Healing
We are all made of energy, our thoughts, our emotions and even our metabolic processes. The physical body is surrounded by a light body known as the Aura; it acts as a filter for all of the vibes we send out into the world and those we receive. For simplicity’s sake, we can visualize the Aura as made up of four layers: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. The Spiritual layer includes an energetic imprint of our natal astrology chart, which as we know, tells us what signs the planets were in when we were born. This filter is one of the reasons why we feel astrological transits so keenly and why we resonate with certain signs and not others. Even if we can’t spell it out, our energy body knows when we are in friendly territory.
Vibrational healing operates on the assumption that every imbalance has an energetic imprint and that we can restore balance to the mind, body and emotions with an essence that matches the imbalance. So for example, an Aries man who feels overtaken by impatience during a crisis situation could reach for the Bach Flower Remedy aptly named Impatiens, or for a Red Jasper crystal, both of which will help him calm down and focus. The same concept would apply regardless, if his natal Sun, Moon, Ascendant or another major planet is in Aries.
"Do It Yourself" Remedies
There are crystals, essential oils and flower remedies for each Zodiac sign. We can use this to create grounding and centering survival kits based on our natal astrology charts. Based on my personal experience with energy healing and astrology, what works best is a survival kit with the vibration of your personal planets so that your bases are all covered, no matter what.
Below you will find the vibrational correspondences for each of the Zodiac signs. We can only work with 5-6 elements at a time to avoid diluting the effect. I would suggest beginning with the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars and Rising Sign. If your ruling planet is not mentioned here, I would consider swapping it in – and we can use our pendulum to choose the right mix.
The following crystals and remedies are vibrational matches for the Zodiac:
Aries Crystals: Bloodstone, Red Jasper. Gentian Bach Flowers
Taurus Crystals: Rose Quartz, Lapis Lazuli. Oak Bach Flowers.
Gemini Crystals: Citrine, Agate Moss. Walnut Bach Flowers.
Cancer Crystals: Moon Stone, Smoky Quartz. Larch Bach Flowers
Leo Crystals: Tigers Eye, Sunstone, Clear Quartz. Vine Bach Flowers
Virgo Crystals: Chrysocolla, Fluorite. Crab Apple Bach Flowers
Libra Crystals: Aventurine, Malachite. Centaury Bach Flowers
Scorpio Crystals: Garnet, Blue Beryl, Labradorite. Chicory Bach Flowers.
Sagittarius Crystals: Sodalite, Pietersite, Red Jasper. Wild Oat Bach Flowers.
Capricorn Crystals: Black Tourmaline, Jet, Obsidian. Rock Water Bach Flowers.
Aquarius Crystals: Aquamarine, Amethyst. Elm and Water Violet Bach Flowers,
Pisces Crystals: Sodalite, Rhodochrosite. Clematis Bach Flowers.
In order to create an Aura spray, we can place a few drops of each remedy in a bottle, fill it with running water and spray it in our Aura morning and night. The exact quantities can be found on the Bach Centre website. There are a number of correspondences available and the most famous is based on a book called the 12 Healers of the Zodiac. The correspondences mentioned here are based on my own energy healing work: Flowers for Every Star Sign (link)
The crystal pouch is easier to assemble so long as we remember to cleanse and program new crystals so that they are dedicated to balancing our energy. Please follow the link to my Chakra Healing book below for more on crystal remedies and do-it-yourself healing.
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Mars Retrograde in Aquarius & Capricorn: June - August 2018
Mercury Retrograde in Leo: July - August 2018
September 2018 New & Full Moons
August 2018 New & Full Moons
Jupiter in Scorpio: October 2017 - November 2018
Saturn in Capricorn: December 2017 - March 2020, July - December 2020
Uranus in Taurus: May - November 2018, March 2019 - July 2025, November 2025 - April 2026