• Venus Found Her Voice

    The infamous Venus Retrograde in Scorpio has just ended and it seems she found her voice. In my last article, called “Venus Retrograde Gone Wild”, there was a line explaining that this alignment was like “A scorned woman seeking revenge”. When I wrote that line, it just jumped out of me without thinking about it. At the time it seems pretty extreme, but I can see now that it was precisely accurate. The world has change since that recent Venus Retrograde and I don’t think it will ever be the same.

    With amazing timing, the US Mid-term elections occurred during this strong retrograde. It seems my prophecy was right, because not only did women vote in record numbers, but ran for office and got elected in record numbers too. This election was historic for many reasons and the results correlate perfectly with the current astrology trend. It always works that way, but I do admit that even after all these years as an astrologer, I’m still amazed at the accuracy of this ancient technique of reading the sky.

    Two years ago I wrote an article called,”The Global Civil Rights Movement”, after the last presidential election. I needed to take a look at the big picture astrologically to understand this phase in our history. Now that I look back on it, everything makes total sense. Here is the article to refresh yourself on the important phase we are at in humanity’s journey. http://susiecox.com/blog/global-civil-rights-movement

    The essence of this global movement is that it’s the first hint of the Aquarian Age appearing. This Aquarius isn’t just for women, but for equality in general. People will all be accepted, no matter their race, gender or age. We are ending the phase of the power held by a minority of the elite and will be replaced with equality. So this is the time for us all to find our voices, but particularly women, who have had our words stopped for centuries, if not millennia. Well, that’s all changed now and I think forever, thanks to our recent wild Venus Retrograde in Scorpio. Remember the scorned woman?  Time Magazine awarded the 2017 Person of the Year to Women. Specifically it was given to the The Silence Breakers for the #metoo movement. Then 2018 is politically the Year of the Woman. Here are some statistics:

    • At least 2,019 women will be serving in the upcoming state legislatures.
    • Several states have women in the senate or governors for the first time.
    • Two Muslim women were elected to Congress.
    • Two Native-American women were elected to Congress.
    • Several openly gay, bisexual or LGBT people were elected.
    • Immigrants to this country were elected.
    • A record number of young voters emerged with a strong collective voice.

    This is the very beginning of the Aquarian Age starting, folks. We are just ending the Age of Pisces and are now in what is called the “sub-Aquarian Age”, or the transition from one Age to the next. The entire cycle of precession through the Ages, or the Great Year, lasts about 25,800 years. During that time each Age of the Zodiac will last about 2,150 years. The Age of Pisces started around the birth of Christ, or a little over 2,000 years ago, so that means that the Aquarian Age is about to begin. The exact definition of the change of an Age is when the Sun’s position, at the Spring Equinox, moves to a new Zodiac sign, or constellation. We are now experiencing that transition.

    How can we all welcome this new phase in history? We need to be authentic and true to our real self. If you aren’t happy with your career . . . change it. If you have been shy and not sure how to express yourself, all that will change too. We will all feel like we’re turning into an Aquarian. That sign doesn’t really care what others or the world thinks --- individuality is the most important think to that independent sign. Be yourself and be proud of who you have become. You are just perfect the way you are and now the world will know!


  • Astrology During Sagittarius

    The Sun enters the sign of Sagittarius on November 23rd at 2:03 a.m., Mountain Time. Sagittarius is a fire sign and is associated with the big guy, Jupiter. Sag is the adventurer of the Zodiac and loves to either travel physically or mentally. Some are world travelers and others travel in their minds like they are jetsetters. Expansion is their goal in life and with this sign, bigger is better.

    To make this Sagittarius time even more exciting, its planet, Jupiter, just entered Sag on November 9th and will stay in that sign until December 3, 2019.  Jupiter has a 12-year orbit, so it’s only in Sag one year out of 12 years . . . and this is the year! It’s like having two Jupiters or two Sagittarians at the same time. Oh yes, that’s a lot of energy. People will feel a bit restless with this combination and will want to travel or start something new, especially internationally. If you want to take that trip to Europe – this year is the time. Be adventurous!

    This Sag month will start off with a Mercury retrograde. Mercury will be retrograde from November 18th through December 6th. Make sure to do your holiday shopping early, because it will probably be crazier than usual.  Plus, Mercury will retrograde in the sign of Sagittarius, to make it even a bit more energized.

    One thing that is exciting this month is that the Full Moon will land right on Thanksgiving.  So the Sun will be in Sag with the Full Moon in Gemini. That will be a wonderful energy for people talking around the dinner table as they are enjoying their delicious holiday meal with friends and family. Have fun!

    Recently Venus did a retrograde from October 6th through November 16th. Even though the exact retrograde is over, Venus will be in what is called the Shadow of the retrograde until December 18th. So we will all feel that intense need to be outspoken and strong until almost Christmas. Focus on what you want and see how much you can get during this time. Women will feel especially strong, since it’s Venus. Speak your mind with power.

    Regarding the visible planets, things are changing. We’ve been lucky for the last few months to be able to seen most of the planets right after sunset. Now the only planets visible in the evening are Mars and Saturn. Mars is the strongest one now because Saturn will soon be lost in the glow of the Sun. So where are these planets going? Into the morning sky. Now we have Venus, Jupiter and Mercury in the eastern predawn sky. Wake up about ½ hour before sunrise and look east to see these three planets. Venus and Jupiter are very bright, but Mercury is never bright. You can use binoculars or an app on your phone to make sure you are seeing the planets.

    See you next month for the Winter Solstice and Capricorn!


  • What's Up for Your Sign During Sagittarius?

    Sagittarius

    Happy Birthday, lucky Sag! Why are you extra lucky now? Your planet, Jupiter, entered your sign on November 9th and will be there until December 3, 2019. Are you bored with your job….start a business of your own. Take that holiday you’ve always dreamed of -- what are you waiting for?

    Capricorn

    Every astrologer is talking about your sign now and will be until mid-2020. Pluto and Saturn are in Capricorn now and will be joined by Jupiter in December 2019. The next two years in your life is the time for you to make long-range plans. Business deals finalized and accomplished. You will be shining more brightly than ever before.

    Aquarius

    Mars finally left your sign on November 16th after having been there for months. You can take a sign of relief after such a long journey with the warrior. There are no planets going through Aquarius now, so take a little time for yourself to just appreciate your life. You’ve been through a lot and now is your healing time.

    Pisces

    Energizing Mars is now in Pisces from November 17th until January 2, 2019. Usually Mars irritates signs, but it actually wakes up your sleep sign of Pisces. You will have stamina and higher energy than usual during the holiday season. Your creativity will come to a new height.

    Aries

    The exciting and unpredictable planet Uranus is now in Aries. This combo will bring sudden changes and surprises to you. Uranus will be in Aries until March 7th, so use this time to make any changes you want – instead of Uranus doing it for you.

    Taurus

    You've been given a little break while Uranus is visiting Aries. But that planet of surprises will reenter Taurus on March 8th and will bring the new life that has been building over the last few months. Make plans for a new lifestyle starting in the spring of 2019. You will have years of Uranus and excitement. Lucky you!

    Gemini

    You have new financial opportunities that will be materializing during this month. Everything is on the verge for you, dear Gemini. Don’t give into impatience, because your dream is almost here.

    Cancer

    You are just starting a very fortunate phase, dear Cancer. The North Node, or point of destiny, entered your sign of Cancer and will remain there until May 6, 2020. This only happens every 19 years and is your time to stand out in the crowd. Your destiny is calling – are you ready to answer?

    Leo

    There are several planets this month in fire signs that are supporting your Leo Sun. Your creativity will be strong now. Maybe make some Christmas presents instead of buying everything. Your family and friends would love it.

    Virgo

    The month is all about relationships for you, dear Virgo. It’s both personal and family relationships that need attention now. One person will need freedom and the other will feel abandoned. You’ll help them strike their balance.

    Libra

    Venus was retrograde in Scorpio and in Libra and is now going direct. The last month was the time to work out any kinks in relationships, dear Libra. Venus will be in your sign until December 3rd. Clean up any last little remnants from the notorious retrograde.

    Scorpio

    Venus was retrograde in your sign of Scorpio, but she spent the last part of the retrograde in Libra. So you get Venus in Scorpio again from December 3rd until January 8, 2019. Lucky you to have Venus visit your sign twice in a couple of months. Enjoy luxury this holiday season.


  • Venus Retrograde Gone Wild

    Venus is all about love and beauty, right? Well, not all the time. Venus is going to the wild side now because of a combination of factors. This is so unusual, that it warranted an entire article to tell her story. So why is this retrograde so strange?

    The main reason this Venus retrograde is so powerful is where she is doing her backwards dance in the Zodiac. She happens to be triggering off a very revolutionary Grand Square between planets in the sky her entire retrograde. So we’ll have 3 months (September 4th – December 10th) for this collective transformation to occur. Astrology connects with each of our personal charts, but it also sets a theme for society. This alignment screams “Change for the Better . . . and Now!” There isn’t much patience in this configuration. It’s fierce and it seems, because of Venus, that women will be the catalyst.

     Approximately every 1 ½ years, Venus goes retrograde as she makes her revolution around the Sun. This one will be what I call a Hybrid Retrograde. Venus turned retrograde on October 6th at 10 degrees Scorpio and will turn direct on November 16th at 25 degrees Libra. Venus, Libra and Scorpio all deal with relationships. Venus has the idealistic view of romance and soulmates. Libra plays into that theme with the codependent style of that romantic sign. But Scorpio will bring intensity to the mix, with the focused storm connected with that passionate sign of mystery. With Scorpio being the sign of raw sex, secrets will be revealed that will rock even the most hardened of us. Venus retrograding in Scorpio is an example of the scorned woman who wants revenge. This is the time for women to speak their minds in their personal lives as well as on the world stage. Venus in Scorpio usually gets what it wants. Could it get any more exciting than just Scorpio? Oh yes.

    Looking at the big picture, Venus will be in those few degrees for a very long time, so she will bring to life all the other planets involved with her. Ok, who could make Venus wilder . . . Mars! Venus is the feminine principle while Mars is the male. For at least the beginning of this retrograde, Mars in unpredictable Aquarius will form an uneasy square to Venus in suspicious Scorpio. People could feel an awkward distance with each other. If it’s time to end, this will clear out any relationships that are no longer working for you. It doesn’t have to mean just your lover, but you could be replacing your doctor, accountant or handyman, too. Clean out the deadwood. Eliminate energy drains.

    Who is the Real wild man of the planets? It’s chaotic and radical Uranus in Aries, of course. This combo is like a feral wildcat on the loose. One of the main aspects during Venus’ wild retrograde is that she is making a strong opposition to Uranus. Actually, Venus has already started this messy opposition to Uranus. It started on September 4th and won’t end until December 10th.

    Yes, we have two more, very important points that are also part of this bizarre picture. The Venus opposition to Uranus will both square the North and South Nodes, which are called the karmic indicators in the chart. When they enter the geometric picture, it brings a situation that has been occurring for a very long time. The Nodes often involve society and not just individuals. So that means we have a karmic, red, Grand Square in the sky for over 3 months. That’s a very long time to have one challenging pattern dominate the solar system. (I’m attaching a picture of the chart with this article).

    So let’s put this all together. Revengeful retrograding Venus in Scorpio is square to both feverish Mars and the Karmic Nodes and is opposing the feral wildcat, Uranus. Does that sound volatile to you? It sure does to this little astrologer.

    What can we expect? Retrogrades are always the times to rethink, refocus and regroup. Venus relates to art, music, creativity, emotions, and yes, to love. If you are in the mood to change any of those areas in your life, now is the time to do it with enthusiasm. The Mars square will give you a need for immediacy. But since Uranus is such a slow-moving planet, these changes that you are going to make will have a long-term impact on your life.  Be deliberate and thorough with making these big changes. Turn over every stone to see what’s hiding. Clean out your closets, cedar chests and attics. Feng shui what is tucked away and bugging you. Resolve any issues you may have with your female ancestors.

    Women’s groups relating to changing society will become more verbal and visible. If you want to get involved with social change, now is the time. The mood is in the air. This window in time doesn’t happen often, so do it.

    We can all either hold on tight, buckle our seatbelts in fearful anticipation, or, we can take a bold step and use this momentous time and change our lives and the world. I call it reactive astrology vs proactive astrology. We can either, react to the craziness that is happening in the world now and make it worse, or we can use this intense energy for good. Change will result from this rare alignment, so set your intentions and watch them happen.


  • What's Up for Your Sign During Scorpio?

    Scorpio

    Happy Birthday, sexy Scorpio. This will be a power birthday month for you because of Venus doing a retrograde in Scorpio. From October 6th – November 16th, you will have a chance to let go of old patterns that no longer serve you. Do a purge!

    Sagittarius

    Mercury is going to do a retrograde in Sag starting on Halloween and lasting until December 7th. What a great time for you to change your mental beliefs. Just naturally, you will be seeing the same things only with very different eyes. Are you in the mood for a road trip? Now is the time. Go somewhere new!

    Capricorn

    November 11th – 13th are your power dates for this month. You will feel extra Capricorny and will want to get to business. If you want to wrap up the year of paperwork, now is your window to do it. Organization will come easily and is what you will want to do. Hey, it’s about time.

    Aquarius

    Mars is now moving forward in Aquarius, after his months of going backwards. Have you noticed new door opening? Are you walking – no, running through the open door? Put on your running shoes and Ready, Set . . . Go! Do this now, because Mars will leave Aquarius on November 16th.

    Pisces

    Mars will be entering your sign of Pisces on November 16th and will remain there until January 1, 2019. Mars will energize your more laid-back Pisces style. If you have projects on the back burner, now is the time to finish them. Being as physical as you can will make Mars happy.

    Aries

    Uranus, the planet of sudden change, is now retrograding and will move back into Aries on November 7th. That slow-moving planet will be in your sign until March 6th, when it enters Taurus and will remain there. If you want to shake up your life a bit, do it during that window in time. Get a little wild - - you know you want to.

    Taurus

    The Full Moon will be in Taurus this month on October 24th. It's a very powerful Full Moon because retrograding Venus is joining the mix. YOu will feel strong and will want to change patterns that are no longer working in relationships. It might be sudden and shocking . . . but ultimately it will feel good.

    Gemini

    The end of October you will find yourself in front of an audience. It might not be on a stage, but people will be looking at you for advice. What is your target audience? Who do you want to connect with? It will become apparent by November.

    Cancer

    There are a lot of planets in water signs now that are supporting your Sun. Be with people who love you. Reach out and hug people. Tell your loved ones how much you care about them. Volunteer.

    Leo

    The very fortunate North Node has been in Leo for the last ½ years. It’s leaving on November 16th. Do everything you can now to ensure your name, recognition and reputation. Have your picture taken and do new business cards. Advertise yourself.

    Virgo

    There is a group of planets in Pisces, the sign opposite to you. They’ll be rubbing off on you, so this month you will feel more creative and even a bit more sensitive than your usual stoic Virgo style. Hey, softening a bit is a good thing on occasion. Get a massage.

    Libra

    Venus is doing a retrograde now. Even though it will be mostly retrograding in Scorpio, it will dip back into Libra for a bit of the cycle. So from November 1st – 16th you might revisit an old love situation. Great time to release the old bits that might be hanging on. Let it go.


  • Astrology During Scorpio

    The Sun enters the sign of Scorpio on October 23rd at 4:24 a.m., Mountain Time. Scorpio is a water sign and is associated with the planet of intensity, Pluto. The sign of Scorpio is the most misunderstood of all the signs of the Zodiac. It’s also quite feared by most. The privacy of this sign is so important that communication is on a needed basis. This sign won’t be chatty . . . Ever. On their best days, they are quiet. Of course, that allows them to shine in their inner world, which is their domain. They need to focus on their projects, which usually doesn’t involve anyone else. Just leave them alone when they are not in the mood and they will be happy.

    This is an active month astrologically with a couple of juicy retrogrades to experience. Remember that all retrogrades are the best times to regroup, rethink and restructure old patterns that need to be updated. Mercury will be retrograde from November 17th through December 7th. Make sure you do your Holiday shopping and preparations very early this year. The normal busy holiday season will be even crazier with Mercury retrograde. Most of the retrograde is in Sagittarius, which might give people a wild need to escape. Spontaneous travel is highlighted. Be adventurous, even if it seems indulgent.

    Venus is the other planet that is doing a retrograde this month. She turns backwards from October 6th through November 16th. The retrograde of Mercury deals with mental decisions or logistics, while the Venus retrograde is more focused on matters of the heart. Even if it’s not about adjusting routines in a love relationship, it can be a time to redecorate your house or buy new art. Are you up for a new haircut with a more modern style? Maybe take this time to go through your wardrobe and give clothes away that you no longer love. Feng shui your bedroom. Change whatever looks out of place and you will feel free.

    The visible planets have been putting on a show for us every evening for months, which is all changing now. I hope you got a chance to see the planets, because some of them are now only going to be visible in the predawn sky, which is harder to see on a regular basis. With Venus turning retrograde, she has disappeared in the glow of the Sun, and will not be visible in the evening sky. For early risers, Venus will become the “Morning  Star” and will soon be visible above the eastern horizon just before dawn.

    Not only have we had Venus shining in the evening sky, but bright Jupiter has also been part of the show. If you have been noticing, Jupiter is in the western sky now and will also be gobbled up by the Sun, just like Venus. But there is one chance to see Jupiter before he disappears. On November 9th, the Moon and Mercury will both join Jupiter in the evening sky right above the sunset. The following month when the Moon will be there, Jupiter will be gone. So now is the time. Make a little party of the evening. Jupiter loves a party – especially when it’s for him!

    The other two visible planets, Mars and Saturn, will still be visible in the evening sky for a while. During July and August, Mars was so bright and so very red, because it was closest to the Earth. Now, Mars is still fairly bright, but not as red as before. Mars will be getting dimmer as he gets farther from the Earth. But at least there are two visible planets in the evening sky.

    See you next month in Sagittarius!


  • My New AstroMap

    When you move or travel somewhere other than your birth place, your Astro Map changes too. Ok, that’s my nickname for Astro*Carto*Graphy, which is quite a mouthful. The more I get to know my chart as it relates to travel, the more amazed I am. This last year was my biggest year of travel in a long time. I went to India to receive my award in New Delhi. Then I spent the summer in Barcelona, Spain. Being in two new places gave me a good chance to see how different I felt in each location.

    First I want to explain a little bit about Astro*Carto*Graphy. It’s a technique that shows where your planets were around the world when you were born. It’s like your birth chart on a map.  So when I was being born in Tucson, where was the Sun rising in the world and where was it setting? Where was Venus or the Moon rising and setting? The Astro Map easily shows that and much more.

    People typically use Astro*Carto*Graphy to decide where to move, or where to travel for holiday, or where to start a new business. If people are interested in finding love or have an interest in the arts, I look at their Venus line. If they are asking about business, I would look at their Jupiter line. I call the Moon line a home away from home, so your Moon needs to be in a safe place where you are drinking tea in someone’s cozy kitchen. An unprotected Moon would lead to being insecure in that location, especially if it’s a big city and you don’t know anyone there. Depending on your chart, there are places in the world that are good to visit and some places not good to visit.

    So what were the planetary lines was I on in these different locations: Tucson, India and Barcelona? I was born in Tucson with Jupiter rising, so the main line for me here is the international planet, Jupiter. I find it interesting that I worked at Canyon Ranch as an astrologer for 32 years. I stayed here in Tucson and greeted people from all around the world as my clients. It’s a successful planet to have prominent in a location and explains my stay at Canyon Ranch as well as my international presence as a full-time astrologer. But most of my planets are below the horizon here and add to a private lifestyle. My clients are almost all over the phone or the internet, so I don’t see many of them in person.

    Let’s go to India in my chart. Saturn is the planet on my horizon in India. How perfect for this ancient and well-preserved culture. Saturn relates to the past and structured patterns. It’s a male-dominated society, which is also very saturnine. I was one of only two women who received awards with about 50 men receiving awards at the conference. So it was an honor for the both of us. The other woman, by the way, is Sasha Lee, an excellent Korean astrologer. I felt quiet and not very adventurous in such an unusual environment, which was also a Saturn style.

    Barcelona called to me, even before I knew my AstroMap there. Well, the Sun was rising in Barcelona when I was being born in Tucson. I went to my sunrise there. No wonder I felt so alive. Somehow I felt like I have been dreaming my entire life and all of the sudden – I woke up! I was outgoing and met lots of new friends easily. My style changed drastically since I really loved how the Spanish women dress. I even got a new, fun haircut. Hey, I lost 10 pounds too. Since Barcelona is a pedestrian city, I realized I was walking miles each day just getting around the city.

    So when you change your latitude – you do change your attitude. But it depends upon which is your predominant planet as to how you change. Moving to a Saturn line would bring a rooted, serious life. On a Mars line, you would feel very energized or impatient and restless. You would change on your Neptune line, but might not understand the change. So the planetary line you are one makes all the difference.

    Maybe it’s because I spent most of the summer in Barcelona or maybe it’s because I got to know my sunrise line, but I’m different and will never be the same. I want to thank this fabulous technique of Astro*Carto*Graphy in helping me see a new part of myself come to life. I feel like my Sun is rising now.


  • Astrology During Libra

    The Sun enters the sign of Libra on September 22nd at 6:56 p.m., Mountain Time. Libra is an air sign and is associated with Venus, the planet of love. Libra is all about relationships. This sign just knows how to talk to people in a personal way. Libra, who is associated with Venus, loves the arts, music and social interactions with friends. A night on the town after an art gallery opening is a fun evening for Libra. That’s why I’m named this sign, The Lovely Libra.

    The sign of Libra always marks the Autumn or Fall Equinox. The year is divided up by four seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. Spring and Fall are named the Equinoxes while Summer and Winter are named the Solstices. On the Equinoxes, the Sun shines on both hemispheres equally, creating the day and night to be of equal lengths. The Solstices are the longest and shortest days of the year, depending if you are in the northern or southern hemisphere. Regardless, many celebrations occur on these seasons, like at Stonehenge. The Fall Equinox encourages rest and celebration after the crops have been harvested. The Full Moon on September 24th is the Harvest Moon. Many celebrations include apples and the root crops that were recently harvested. This is the time for gratitude for the abundance in your life.

    Venus will be doing a retrograde starting on October 6th and not ending until November 16th. Where Mercury retrogrades are matters of the mind; Venus retrogrades are matters of the heart. This retrograde of Venus is in intense Scorpio until October 25th and then finishes her retrograde in romantic Libra. All retrogrades are times to regroup, rethink and redo. This just happens to be on the inner realm. Many will be looking at their primary relationship in a new way. Change what isn’t working. Even though it’s not easy, it’s the time for change during Venus retrograde. Venus only does this once about every 1 ½ years, where Mercury retrogrades three times a year.

    Here is one of the tricks of astrology: the rarer the event, the more important it is. So a Venus retrograde is more important than Mercury retrograde. Don’t think you’ll miss this retrograde if you’re not in a relationship . . . it will still change you somehow. It might be a need to change up the art in your house. Or maybe you’re having a clothes crisis, which happens to me often. Are you in the mood for a new style or haircut? Do you want to paint that wall a bright color? These are all Venus retrograde questions. Instead of being surprised, plan for it so you can use those dates effectively. Have as much fun as you can!

    About the visible planets, this is another fabulous month of seeing them in the evening sky. Right after sunset you will see brilliant Venus above the western horizon. Make sure to watch Venus now, because as soon as she turns retrograde, she will disappear in the glow of the Sun. But now right above Venus is bright Jupiter. They are getting closer together and will reach their closest proximity to each other right before Venus does her retrograde. Their closest dates will be from September 22nd until October 5th.  The Moon will move past them both on from October 9th – 11th for a magnificent sight. It doesn’t get much better than this, folks!

    See you next month in Scorpio!


  • What's Up for Your Sign During Libra?

    Libra

    Happy Birthday, lovely Libra! Mercury, the planet of communication, will be in Libra until October 9th. Use this time now to reach out to your friends and loved ones. If you have a birthday celebration, invite talkative people who are fun!

    Scorpio

    You have quite a month coming up, dear Scorpio. Venus will be doing a retrograde in Scorpio from October 6th – 25th. This will be the best time to rethink your relationship patterns and replace them with new routines. Be bold.

    Sagittarius

    You might feel like being more quite this month than your usual outgoing Sag. Take plenty of time for yourself and learn how to say No. You just won’t be excited about going to big parties. It’s ok to take a break.

    Capricorn

    This middle of October is your power time this month. There are several planets in Capricorn now which will make you feel even more Capricorny and business-minded than usual. Plan to meet influential people for power talks.

    Aquarius

    You are on fire this month, Aquarius! Mars has been retrograding and now is racing forward in Aquarius to open doors for you . . . and fast! Be as physical as you can now. Mars likes being strong and going forward and it’s your turn now.

    Pisces

    You are in for a sweet month, Pisces. The end of September will be a great time for to spend time with your friends.  Have a little gathering and talk about your memories. Have photos handy will make for a memorable evening.

    Aries

    The Full Moon will be in Aries this month and will happen on September 24th. This will be the Harvest Moon and is the time to be grateful for your incredible life. Make a list of your blessings on this Aries Full Moon.

    Taurus

    The planet of sudden changes, Uranus, is now doing a retrograde in your sign of Taurus. You are undoubtedly feeling restless, but wait a bit to make any huge changes until Uranus turns direct in January 2019. Now is the planning phase.

    Gemini

    There will be a sudden and very positive surprise for you during the last several days in September. Other people will be involved and it will be much larger than you can imagine. Be ready for a new change in your life.

    Cancer

    There might be slight delays to your plans in early October. Even though you will feel frustrated, these changes are needed to ensure the success of your project. Meet with your consultants after that for new strategy.

    Leo

    You will end up being the hero in a sticky situation during the first week in October. This look rough and then you come in to save the day. You will make new fans with your leadership style. Hooray for you, Leo!

    Virgo

    There is a perfect triangle of planets in earth signs now that is helping your Virgo Sun now. This will last for the next couple of month. Great time to make life decisions that will set you up for a long time. Opportunities and the solutions will be appearing at the same time.


  • Change in Latitude = Change in Attitude

    Barcelona was my home for the summer and I knew the long trip would be life changing. The rebel planet, Uranus, is playing with my chart a lot now, which always creates something new. It can be a new home, a new style and a new haircut. But it also goes much deeper to bring a new awareness of who we are inside and how we connect with the world. I was expecting a new lifestyle, new friends and new clothes, but I wasn’t expecting a new relationship with the sky.

    As many people know, I have a big backyard where I watch the sky, especially the planets, every night. It’s my meditation to watch the sunset and then one by one to see each of the planets “Pop” out along the Ecliptic as it gets darker. The Moon is first, of course, then brilliant Venus and bright Jupiter. Mars is very easy to see now, since it’s close to the Earth and very bright and red. Except for Mercury, Saturn is the hardest to see, since it’s never very bright. Sometimes I’m on my chez lounge for 2 hours just watching the sky. All you have to do is just sit there and watch and you will see lots of movement in the night time sky. You might see a ring around the Moon, which is always magical. You might see a blinking satellite slowly traveling the celestial sphere. Of course, you can also see the occasional falling star. For me, the night sky rivals TV.

    While I was in Barcelona, I lived in Gotico, which is a medieval barrio with very narrow, winding streets. Two blocks from my place was a 2000-year-old Roman wall. My apartment was on the 3rd floor of a 5 story building, with no elevator, oh boy! As I walked through the city at night, I could only see a little sliver of the sky at a time. It is the first time I understood who people is big cities don’t connect with the sky. You can’t see it! Yes, you might get a glimpse of the Moon, but not relative to the other planets, which is my focus. I like seeing all the planets and see how they move each night relative to each other. It’s called Relative Velocity. I have to say I’m pretty obsessed with doing that. Living in Tucson, the huge, open sky is always there so I can see my planetary friends, and nightly.

    Not being able to see the planets or knowing the directions (North, South, East and West), was more disorienting that I ever expected. For the first few weeks in Barcelona, I was getting lost in the narrow, winding, streets of the barrio. I have an excellent sense of direction and Never get lost, but I just couldn’t get oriented. Then, on the evening of my birthday, I got a present from the universe. I found an open plaza, late at night, and could see the Moon and Venus. I sat there long enough to see their movement, which showed me the directions. Ok, I got my bearings. So funny, after that, I never got lost again. I felt my connection with the sky again. It made all the difference in the world for my trip and truly showed me how important the sky was to me. Here is my birthday present of the Moon and Venus over Plaza Catalunya. 

     

    The Ecliptic is the apparent path of the Sun and is also where all the planets are at night. All the planets travel along the Great Highway in the Sky, or the Ecliptic. An Eclipse of the Sun and Moon can only occur along the Ecliptic. Once you see where the Sun is during the day, you can always see where the planets will be at night – on the Ecliptic.

    Now that I saw where the Ecliptic was in Barcelona, I noticed something that was different that I am used to seeing in Tucson. The Sun wasn’t very high in the sky at noon! Why was that? Barcelona and Tucson are at different latitudes! The definition of latitude is “the angular distance of a place north of south of the Earth’s equator”. Tucson is at 32 degrees north latitude. Barcelona is further north and is at 42 degrees latitude.

    One fun astronomical fact is that the North Star is the same number of degrees above the northern horizon as the latitude of your location. So the North Star is 32 degrees in Tucson and in Barcelona, it is 42 degrees about the horizon. Here is the trick: The North Star is always 90 degrees from the Ecliptic. So since Barcelona is located at a higher latitude, the Ecliptic is lower in the sky. I know all this visualizing is tricky, but you can do it.

    There was a Total Eclipse of the Moon on July 31st, which was visible in Barcelona – lucky me! So I had to have an Eclipse party on the beach, of course. There were lots of people of the beach there just to watch the Eclipse. Somehow, there was plenty of room for everyone and with great vibes. According to my calculations, the Moon would rise over the Mediterranean Sea already eclipsed. It was a very special Eclipse for a couple of reasons. One, because of a nearly perfect alignment of the Sun, Moon and Earth, it was almost the longest Eclipse possible. In addition, Mars was the closest to the Earth at the same time and was an intense, very bright red. To our luck, Mars was exactly conjunct the Moon during the Eclipse. Ok, all this is worthy of an Eclipse party.

    Unfortunately, there was a cloud bank along the eastern horizon, which blocked the Moon and Mars. But luckily, when both the Moon and Mars emerged above the clouds, the Moon was still eclipsed and we had a great show. But we had to wait about half an hour for the Moon to rise above the clouds. So, I was watching the horizon eagerly for the first glimpse of the Moon. Watching, watching, watching – but in the wrong place. Ok, this is where the difference in latitude between Tucson and Barcelona comes in. Since I was used to seeing the Ecliptic higher in the sky, I was expecting the Moon to rise where it would have in Tucson. I was wrong. Of course, the Moon rose along Barcelona’s Ecliptic.

    One of my new friends, Olivier, who lives in Barcelona, was the first person to spot the Moon. He got the prize because he was used to see the Moon rise further south than I was used to. It inspired an exciting conversation about traveling the latitudes lines to see the Ecliptic from different locations on the Earth. In Sweden, the Ecliptic would be very low in the sky. In Ecuador, where you are on the Equator, the Ecliptic would be overhead. In Australia, the Ecliptic is in the north, which will reveal a completely different southern sky. Thanks, Olivier, now I have another reason to travel the world!

    My stay in Barcelona made me realize that . . .  a change in latitude absolutely created a change in attitude. I was reborn as a new person with a surprisingly fresh knowledge of the sky.



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