Saturn-Mercury Transits : “FOCUS”

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During this phase, you’re being asked to consolidate your communication, considering its “weight” and value. In navigating this transit successfully, you have the potential to bring more organization, structure and depth to your thought process.

The current modus operandi is to speak without pretensions: clear, concise and REAL. As da Vinci once remarked: “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

During this cycle, think of thoughts and words as currency, and picture yourself on a budget.

In the midst of this planetary activity, prioritize accuracy over speed and FOCUS over variety. It’s imperative to shoulder responsibility for intentionally refining the areas in which your intellectual time and energy is distributed.

Consider the ways in which a thoughtful, mature vocabulary can augment your personal development. So, in the event that you ARE called to speak- substance and clarity permeate your verbiage.

In the Ancient Egyptian mystery schools, before pupils could even SPEAK directly to the teacher, they were required to undergo a lengthy period of constant listening and observation. Right now, you can be the student who is only concerned about speaking to improve upon the silence. When you do, ponder on your duty to infuse integrity in the material you disclose.

It’s an optimal time to clear cobwebs and fluff out of your mind and think realistically. A disordered Saturn-Mercury transit suggests crippling doubts and fears of inadequacy concerning one’s mental capabilities. Whereas the SAME hook- up between the ringed planet and the messenger can indicate a cerebral, “steel trap” retentiveness, intellectual humility, and the conveyance of ideas with authority.

Serious and critical reflection as a labor of love, can aid tremendously in your psychological development and your results will undoubtedly reflect your efforts, in exact measure.

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Making Friends With Saturn


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I’m determined to “make friends” with and capitalize on the opportunities which the planetary energy associated with Saturn is offering.

As I’ve matured, I’ve learned to appreciate the depth of symbolism which reflects the archetypal nature of the ringed planet.

In some circles, Saturn is considered to be a “malefic”, but I think it’s important to recognize that there can be a wider context employed when analyzing the planet in its totality. There are definitely two sides to the coin.

While Saturn’s energy is associated with delays, limitations, restrictions and sometimes pain- ALL of these can serve us a tremendous teachers.

Situations where staunch discipline is required and we must delay short-term gratification, or even circumstances where we feel hurt can offer us a top notch education. After all, when we learn lessons the hard way, we’re much less likely to forget them right away.

Saturn isn’t a flashy or glamorous planet by any stretch of the imagination. It’s energy takes us to task: it asks that we get down to business, and engage in finding practical solutions to problems without the aid of quick fixes.

In a world filled with short cuts where the mentality of expecting “something for nothing”  runs rampant, it’s appropriate that Saturn’s reputation is met squarely with its share of grumbling. The more I think about it, I realize that society has a collective fear of Saturnine energies because of our aversion of anything that may be remotely difficult. However, when you analyze what the word actually means, it raises more questions as to why we have such a high level of anxiety.

The word difficult is defined as: “needing much effort or skill to accomplish, deal with or understand.” Saturn is asking us to actually WORK in order to actualize our aspirations. After all, if we say we want it, shouldn’t we be willing to put in the time, sweat, intellectual or physical rigor to obtain our goals?

As far as Saturn’s relationship with limitations and delays is concerned, sometimes they’re necessary in order to obtain more clarity concerning a person or situation, or better yet, OURSELVES.

It would benefit us all to keep in mind that when it comes to Saturn, we can easily self inflict our pain by attempting to tread the path of least resistance. If we think about our lives more deeply, many of our journeys of self-discovery probably came off the heels of some intensely discomforting circumstances.

I don’t mind sharing that Saturn was in the picture (along with Uranus and Pluto) when I was involved in a tumultuous relationship which I viewed to be limiting. Although there was a high level of discomfort, that experience led me toward the deep exploration and study of the dynamics of partnership Astrology. I was also given cosmic instructions from the taskmaster on the importance of embracing solitude and setting healthy boundaries in relationships. What once seemed painful was merely a reorganization in service of restoring personal congruence.

Saturn is associated with many qualities, but integrity and authority are two that loom large. Regarding authority, Saturn symbolizes our internal locus of control, and the values we’ve worked to discover through time and experience. The breaking of the parental mold, where we firmly place ourselves as the primary manager of our lives.

Integrity isn’t only included in the realm of self-honesty, but it also suggests a wholeness or completeness within our psyche. To be undivided. To have our thoughts, words and actions demonstrate consistency.

During a major “Saturn period”, we may feel frustrated or “fated”, hence the planets reputation as the “lord of Karma”. We may feel as if Senex or “Father Time” is “out to get” us. This simply isn’t true. For these periods of difficulty are necessary to illicit self-exploration as a means to extract meaning out of our situation. Whether it’s a Saturn transit or natal placement, it’s purpose is to show us a specific set of experiences that are required for the development of our WHOLE SELF.

I’m thrilled to say that I’m working on my relationship with Saturn, and I appreciate what I’m learning. Although it’s not an easy task, my hope is that we’ll be friends one day soon, and if there’s a delay on that, I have faith that it’s all in the name of gaining a higher level of clarity about my life and myself.

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How To Work With Planets Aspecting Your Ascendant


Our Ascendant, A.K.A., rising sign is one of the most important angles and very personal part of our birth charts. The Ascendant is our filter for processing our life experiences. It helps in the coloring and flavoring of perception,   as well as serving as a particular type of vehicle (based on sign) we use to navigate through life.

It would stand to reason that whatever planet or planets that come in contact with the rising sign are there to serve us as developmental tools in formulating our overall worldview.  On a technical level, the “rising” sign is the degree and minute of the zodiac sign which was rising in the east at the exact moment of our birth. It’s a very sensitive point in the birth chart, so an accurate time of birth really helps in its determination.

When a planet makes contact with the Ascendant, it’s important that we consider how the nature of the planet, expressed in a healthy fashion can contribute to our overall self-projection.

In the chart above, you’ll see that the Sagittarius Sun is in a tight conjunction with a Sagittarius Ascendant. What this suggests, is that this individual’s vitality and life force are unified in their approach to the world. In essence, the type of fuel they need to operate effectively is in alignment with their aspirations and the growth experiences they need for ultimate self-discovery.

Also, the Sun and Ascendant being in the same sign, would suggest that this person identifies strongly with the archetype of that sign. At best, there is an authentic “what you see is what you get” type of vibe. Operating in a dysfunctional manner, excessive attention seeking and hubris is hard at work.

If you have a planets making aspects to your Ascendant, study the planetary symbolism and think about ways you can honor it by integrating it into the package that is your total self-projection and the development of your identity.


Understanding the Astrological Uranus: “Tear it Down” by Slum Village


A few days ago, I was listening to the new Slum Village album, entitled “YES!”. More specifically, a track called “Tear it Down”  which features Jon Connor. One of the first things that I thought about was Bree Newsome’s heroic climb to remove the confederate flag on the morning of July 27th. For many of us in the African-American community, this flag has served as a symbol of racial hatred, enslavement and all of the deplorable things which come with the “southern pride” that those who advocate the flying of the flag make excuses and a long-winded case for which is laced with double standards and a deep rooted history of devaluing Black lives and Black humanity in general.

I don’t for one moment, pretend to approach this article from a stance of “objectivity”, but rather one of rebelliousness; a drop of the same liberation- seeking modus operandi which propelled Bree to courageously climb that pole and declare what the planet Uranus symbolizes: going against the grain, radical change, and freedom through shocking and awakening.

Astrologically, Uranus is a planet which advocates tearing down whatever isn’t useful in existing structures. It’s the antidote to conceptual incarceration, or the confines of an overly rigid or culturally conditioned mind. Uranian energy is certainly the enemy of those who wish to advocate and uphold “the way things have always been” type of mentality.

As we look at where Uranus sits in all of our birth charts, the message is clear that this is the place where we just can’t do things the “regular” way. Wherever and however Uranus is connected to our planetary makeup suggests where we’re motivated to move past limitations which may have gathered inertia-filled roots in age, gender, race, culture, sexual orientation and so on.

In our natal chart, Uranian energy points to that genius inside us, the voice we must follow if we’re going to experience real revolution and not a contrived existence which features going along just to get along.

If we decide to own and use these Uranian resources, we may soon feel a feeling of alienation, which is one of the only “normal” things that we can count on where this planet is concerned.  The question we must ask ourselves is: do we want to live TRULY?

The functional and constructive side of this energy is pointing us to a life of being who we are without pretense. It’s quality of detachment can assist us in letting go of what doesn’t serve us with lightning speed and making room for what supports the unique quality of our being.

One of the gifts of the Uranian Archetype is wide awake awareness as a way of life.

However, we must claim it. We have to go about the business of tearing down all of the “should’s” “shouldn’ts”  which may have controlled our lives until this point. Many of us will be tempted to seek comfort in the safety of predictability, but the call to undergo deep “de-conditioning” will still remain in our charts, and this is possibly JUST the place where we could introduce something to the world which innovates and breathes new life into what’s decaying and needs that spark desperately.


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Astrology: There’s a Flip Side To Every Coin


As the author of this blog, I would be doing all of you a disservice if I didn’t tell you that I’m an optimist of the highest order.

There’s rarely a day that goes by where I don’t think about the capacity for people to transform their lives for the better, breaking the chains of confining ideologies and the potential for human development.

However, when we put our Astrological thinking caps on, one of the most important things for us to remember is that everything has a flip side.

I do the best I can to avoid placing planets, signs, aspects and houses into static and confining categories as “good” and “bad”.

Realistically speaking, we must realize that everything we know to be a favorable about a certain astrological sign, configuration or placement carries the same potentials to manifest unfavorably in one’s birth chart. This is important to know because with some self-observation, we could possibly avoid the traps and pitfalls that come with an underdeveloped part of ourselves.

We will not always exhibit the highest form of our astrological makeup, but the desire and intent to push forward and become more than what we are is what will help us avoid the excessive weight of belaboring over our imperfections.

It’s an exhilarating feeling when we witness our own growth, when we get a larger glimpse of what we’re meant to become.

The key is to build on that flash of insight or that stream of consciousness and integrate it into our psyche so we become more confident, and are able to radiate that to the world.  To show gratitude and reverence for becoming closer to our cosmic blueprint is one of the greatest gifts we can bestow upon the universe.

In turn, staying grounded, and keeping a firm hold on the reality of our limitations has its own set of advantages.

Remember: Sunday’s best can turn into Monday’s worst.

Even though this may be the case, let’s be patient with ourselves.