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Friday, November 18, 2016

The Fog Lifts as Neptune Stations Direct and the Sun Moves into Sagittarius

Ah, Neptune, that dreamy, idealistic, compassionate, fantasy-oriented planet that is also prone to major escapism, denial and delusion is about to station direct in its home sign of Pisces on November 19, 2016. Neptune has been retrograde since June 13, 2016 when it stationed at 12 degrees of Pisces. But we experienced one last blast of Neptune retrograde on November 18th when it conjuncted the south node in 9 degrees of Pisces.

Why was Neptune’s conjunction to the south node so important? Well, since the south node represents the past and our karmic baggage, having Neptune sitting on it can help dissolve old belief patterns that are holding us back.  It can truly be a time of balancing karma and learning from our past mistakes as we release the past and strive to embrace our true life path (aka north node) with enhanced wisdom, compassion, optimism, determination and faith.

Neptune aspecting the south node affords us the opportunity to see the bigger picture and let go of what we can’t control.  A major theme is “Let go, let God” as we are inclined to embrace a Higher Power, especially in light of the recent United States Presidential Election.  Somehow we have to make the transition from Hate and Divisiveness to Love and Unity without getting sucked in by the deception, fear, delusion and manipulation that seems to be running rampant these days.  I freely admit that I am not there yet.  Even though I am a Scorpio and can totally identify with Pluto’s energy of transformation, I also consider myself to be a Neptunian because I have Neptune rising conjunct my ascendant and Juno.  So I, like many others these days, am faced with quite a conundrum.  There is a huge part of me that wants to escape, but in keeping with the energy of the Saturn Neptune square, I know that I can’t deny the reality of what is happening.  I also have Saturn in Scorpio in the 1st house, so deep down I know that I am responsible for coming to terms with and somehow accepting the reality of the state of affairs in this country.

Neptune is retrograde for five months every year, so we should be used to the drill of dealing with our internalized fears and anxieties that has a way of stripping away our illusions and false realities that tend to cloud our vision.  But this year’s Neptune retrograde was accompanied by two hits of an exact Saturn in Sagittarius Neptune in Pisces square, on June 26, 2016 and on September 10, 2016. The first hit of the Saturn/Neptune square occurred on November 26, 2015, setting the tone for 2016.  Many astrologers are holding the influence of the Saturn/Neptune square accountable for the United Kingdom leaving the European, aka Brexit and the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States.  Clearly, both decisions reflected a major dissatisfaction with the status quo and a major desire for change coupled with an idealistic view of a new future.  Make no bones about it, the world is clearly at a turning point.

If we were wise and utilized the Neptune retrograde period to cultivate our spiritual development, we will experience Neptune stationing direct as a lifting of the fog.  But if we strayed too far from reality, we will be reeling in a state of shock as the truth emerges.  Deception and denial may still seem to be the path of least resistance (a nickname for the south node, which ironically is in Pisces), but the most productive way to utilize Neptune direct is to find creative ways to determine what is real and what is fantasy.  We need to discern the difference between an attainable goal and a pipe dream.

Neptune direct also makes it easier for us to access our compassion, idealism imagination and spirituality in order to make that journey from dreams to reality.  I fully intend on using that Neptune energy to assist me on my journey.  I need to dissolve my fears and anxieties so that I can be a more effective healer and role model for others during this time of transition.

We are also getting a boost from the Sun changing signs.  On November 21, 2016 the Sun enters the sign of Sagittarius, which should dissipate some of the heaviness and drama that Scorpio season brought to our lives.  Don’t get me wrong, as a Scorpio, I love Scorpio season, but it is definitely time for a lighter cosmic vibration to take over.  The Sun in Sagittarius is all about truth, freedom and the pursuit of higher knowledge and wisdom.  Sagittarius is a born spiritual seeker and teacher.  We need to embrace this energy now.

Recently I undertook an intensive life purpose coaching training program and became certified as a Life Purpose Coach.  It was an intense, eye-opening experience that changed my life as it caused me to reflect on the story of my life.  But I left it with feelings of hope and light for the future that I want to share with others.  To that end, I am now offering Life Purpose Coaching to my menu of services.  You can read more about it at:

As an astrologer, I have decided to include an interpretation of the north node by sign and house placement as part of my coaching program.  After all, the north node does represent the soul’s purpose in life, so why not use it as a tool?  If you are feeling stuck and need some help in getting from Point A to Point B in your quest for making positive changes in your life, please email me at to schedule a complementary telephone consultation to discover if you are a good fit for this program.  I look forward to hearing from you.

If you are seeking more spiritual insight into your life, 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 which might help you navigate the rest of 2016 a little easier. If you purchase a three or six month transit reading, I will even look at how September’s eclipses affected you! You can learn more about my menu of astrological services, including the opportunity to provide a donation in the amount of your choice to demonstrate your support for my blog and daily astrological insights on Twitter at:

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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 still channeling that Virgo north node 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:

I have recently joined the International Center for Reiki Training Membership Association.

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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. 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:

Mars stationing direct this summer inspired me to launch a new endeavor that will deliver my services to you at an affordable cost in the form of package deals.  With the upcoming holiday season, any of these packages makes a great gift. I am offering four options: Silver, Gold, Platinum and a Tarot special for my tarot clients. Please check it out at:

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