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Friday, December 16, 2016

Mars Moves into Pisces and Mercury Retrogrades

Here comes the drum roll for the end of 2016.  We have just experienced the last full moon of 2016 on December 13th in 22 degrees of Gemini and on December 19, 2016. Saturn in Sagittarius was quite the heavy hitter in that full moon, as I tweeted on that day:

Mars will enter the sign of Pisces while Mercury will enter its last retrograde period for 2016 when it stations retrograde at 15 degrees of Capricorn.

This Mercury retrograde should be particularly interesting because while it starts out in Capricorn, the sign of big business, finances and government, it winds up slipping back into Sagittarius on January 5, 2017 and stations direct in 29 degrees of Sagittarius on January 8, 2017.  I find this intriguing because 29 degrees of any sign is known as the critical or anaretic degree.  When a planet or point (like the ascendant, midheaven or node) is at 29 degrees, there are usually unresolved issues to be faced, generally in the area of decision making.  With Mercury spending over a week in the sign of Sagittarius, we are at the end of a spiritual cycle dealing with old belief systems that no longer serve a purpose.  Some astrologers even consider that if a natal chart contains a planet at 29 degrees of a sign, there is an increased sense of urgency to finish learning the lessons of that sign and get it right in this incarnation.

Mercury will be stationing direct in 29 degrees of Sagittarius on January 8, 2017 and re-enters the sign of Capricorn on January 13, 2017 (Friday the 13th no less).  But for those of us who believe in the theory of the shadow of Mercury retrograde (and I am definitely on Team Mercury Retrograde Shadow), we are not out of the woods until Mercury is back to full speed on January 27, 2017 in 15 degrees of Capricorn.  Mercury actually entered the shadow phase on December 1, 2016 while it was in Sagittarius. It actually inspired me to reply to a tweet on December 10th about the upcoming Mercury retrograde:

And this means that the United States of America will be inaugurating a new President under the influence of a Mercury Retrograde Shadow.  Enough said.

As for Mars moving into Pisces, pardon the pun, but that is a whole other kettle of fish.  It is no big secret that Mars is not very comfortable in Pisces because the natural aggression of Mars is tamped down and its hidden agendas make it difficult to move forward.  The bright side of Mars in Pisces, however, is that it is favorable energy for healing and the arts.

Mars in Pisces is definitely passive but can be prone to indirect aggression because it detests confrontation.  Mars in Pisces can be a time of putting others needs before our own, which can be all right if done in moderation and boundaries aren’t trampled. But Pisces is also the sign of the savior and the martyr, so it can be a tricky transit.  Pisces is a mutable sign that operates by going with the flow while Mars is all about wanting action.  So the key to surviving and thriving with this Mars in Pisces transit through January 28, 2017, is to allow it to happen.

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 a basic astrological reading that will offer insight into your astrological DNA and the major themes in your life and delving into any pressing issues, 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. If you purchase a three or six month transit reading, I will even look at how September’s eclipses affected you and take a peek at the eclipses of February 2017. An astrological reading also makes a great Christmas gift! 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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I am also offering my Reiki Holiday Promotion again this year which allows you to purchase three treatments for yourself or as a gift of health for a loved one.  More details are available at:

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.

I have also launched 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:

In the spirit of the holiday season, I am also offering my Holiday Tarot Special, which allows you to purchase for yourself or a loved one a nine card tarot reading which focuses on one particular issue.  It makes a great gift. Check it out at:

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