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Friday, May 27, 2016

Trust in the Process as Jupiter Squares Saturn and Mars Backs into Scorpio

Despite the fact that many of us are still reeling from the effects of last week’s powerful full moon in Sagittarius, this week we are dealing with the second exact Jupiter Saturn square and retrograde Mars slinking back into Scorpio, where it is extremely comfortable.

The previous Jupiter in Virgo Saturn in Sagittarius square in 16 degrees of each sign occurred on March 23, 2016 on the same day of a lunar eclipse in 3 degrees of Libra. On that day, Jupiter was retrograde and Saturn was direct but slowing down as it prepared to station retrograde on March 25th. But I don’t think it is any accident that both of these squares occurred under the influence of a full moon.

On May 26th Jupiter in Virgo squared Saturn in Sagittarius in 13 degrees of each sign.  It inspired me to tweet:

“Jupiter in Virgo squaring Saturn in Sagittarius today feels like a roadblock to moving forward. Conflict between vision & commitments.”

On May 24th, the day that Venus entered Gemini, I ran across a quote from Panache Desai that resonated for me in terms of describing the zeitgeist of the Jupiter Saturn square:

“A delay isn’t a denial it’s an opportunity to evolve,”

I suppose it you look it at that way, the universe is providing us with ample opportunities to evolve. I know personally what a frustrating time this is on many levels and I hear the same thing from my clients and friends.  The common thread in this theme is that we are experiencing obstacles to moving forward and the opportunity lies in reaching a balance between our visions (Jupiter) and our commitments (Saturn).

The Jupiter Saturn square is also featured in a mutable T-square involving Neptune in 11 degrees of Pisces that started in mid-May and will continue through late June 2016. A mutable T-square challenges our nervous systems and our thinking processes.  It is very common to feel overwhelmed due to the overstimulation that is prevalent. A T-square stimulates drive and courage while simultaneously generating tension and conflict. 

Jupiter in Virgo opposes Neptune in Pisces while both of these planets square Saturn in Sagittarius, which serves as the focal point of this T-square.  A mutable T-square adds even more restlessness to the mix.  And with Saturn being the focal point, delay seems to be the name of the game. We really need to reexamine the structures in our lives that aren’t working and clear them out.  But Neptune’s presence in this configuration may make it difficult for us to determine what is real.  And with Jupiter in the mix, we really have no choice but to trust the process. 

This particular T-square will heavily impact anyone who has planets or points (as in midheaven, ascendant or nodes) in the middle degrees of the mutable signs of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces.  Officially, I am getting whacked with this one as my moon is in 14 degrees of Gemini and I have a cardinal T-square in my chart, which just amps up the level of my impatience and restlessness.

Venus entered the sign of Gemini on May 24, 2016 and on that day I tweeted:

“Venus enters Gemini today and relationships & finances assume a more social, impersonal & fickle vibe. Emotional unrest.”

Venus will remain in the sign of Gemini until June 17, 2016.  It has a very different feel from Venus in Taurus, which it just left.  We are bound to crave variety and feel more sociable and more communicative.

Retrograde Mars slinking back into Scorpio on May 27, 2016 is also going to be a heavy hitter on the astrological scene.  Mars is comfortable in Scorpio and until the discovery of Pluto in 1930 was considered to be Scorpio’s ruler.  Mars in Scorpio provides a strong sense of resilience—Scorpio is, after all, the comeback kid of the zodiac, and an urge to delve deeply. It will be a time of deeper reflection on how we need to change the way we assert our power and share our values and resources. But Mars in Scorpio can dredge up some pretty unpleasant emotions as it takes us on a trip to our dark side.  It is measured and relentless. 

If you would like to read a really accurate depiction of the depth of feeling and angst involved in Mars retrograde in Scorpio, I highly encourage you to go to Michael Lutin’s site:

The north node in Virgo has an underlying theme of service to others.  In that spirit of pursuing my path as a healer, I am channeling that north node and Jupiter in Virgo energy by offering my Reiki services. If you are in the Boston area, please consider getting a Reiki treatment at Acupuncture for Everyone in Copley Square to destress, revitalize and remove blockages to healing.  It’s a perfect way to start your weekend off and can also be described as a spa for the soul to boot!   Reiki is the most profound treatment for stress relief because it concentrates on CALMING your body. 

For more information on my Reiki services, please see this page on my site:

For my clients who can’t fit Friday into their schedule for a treatment or have difficulty traveling, I have also recently begun doing distance Reiki sessions for them.  I have a conversation with them about what they hope to achieve from a session, we set up a time for the session to take place when they will be in a state to receive healing energy and I follow up with a telephone conversation to discuss their experience and my perception of their blockages.  I have also incorporated a new technique with my distance Reiki treatments since I don’t always have a photo of my client.  I use a teddy bear so that I can scan and focus the healing energy where it is needed.  Talk about regrouping and revising during a Mercury retrograde! If this appeals to you, please feel free to contact me by email at or call me at 617-304-2205. Additionally, I see clients at my home in Newton, Massachusetts and am generally available on weekends and evenings for your convenience.

If you are interested in learning more about how Reiki can help you, please check out this page on my site:

I have also recently become a member of the Fellowship of Massachusetts Energywork Practitioners.  It is a great resource for those seeking energyworkers.  Please feel free to check out this site at:

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If you are contemplating an astrological reading to obtain more insight into your life, especially with the recent eclipses in March and the season of retrogrades including Mars, Pluto, and Saturn, please consider getting an astrological reading. An astrological reading can provide valuable insight and tools.  If you are not quite ready for a full blown natal interpretation or a solar return forecast, I also offer one question astrological readings and composite couple readings that offer insight into the purpose of a relationship. And I offer shorter transit readings for three and six months. You can learn more about my menu of astrological services at:

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Happy Memorial Day and enjoy the long holiday weekend!

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