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Friday, February 17, 2017

The Sun Swims into Pisces and Mars Squares off with Pluto

We may be in that limbo period between eclipses (the first lunar eclipse of 2017 occurred on February 10th and we have an upcoming solar eclipse on February 26th in Pisces), but that doesn’t mean that this is a fallow period astrologically.  Far from it.

The season of Aquarius is coming to a close.  It was an interesting and inspiring time, to say the least and it had its share of positive aspects.  One of the nicest aspects occurred on February 11, 2017 when the sun in Aquarius trined Jupiter in Libra, inspiring me to tweet:
The Sun enters the mutable water sign of Pisces on February 18, 2017.  The sun in Pisces is a much more emotional period than the cool, detached air sign of Aquarius that preceded it.  We tend to be more intuitive, creative, and sensitive when the sun is in Pisces. It can indeed be a kinder, gentler time when kindness and compassion prevail. Altruistic feelings are stirred as we become more empathetic.  That is the highest nature of Neptune, the ruling planet of Pisces.  But the lower vibration of Pisces leans towards escapism, addictions, and getting stuck in the victim/martyr role, so be on guard against these potential manifestations.

The sun in Pisces will also be conjunct Neptune in 11 degrees of Pisces on March 2, 2017 and will also conjunct Chiron in 24 degrees of Pisces on March 15, 2017.  Both of these aspects are beneficial for compassionate gestures, a heightened sense of spirituality and creativity and healing.  Astrologically speaking, it’s a trifecta of Pisces, with the sun, Neptune and Chiron in Pisces, which is a major invitation to dream, flex those creative muscles, rest, and engage in some major healing.  And the piece de resistance is a solar eclipse in Pisces on February 26, 2017! 

I always love it when the sun is in Pisces, despite the fact that it is winter.  The sun transits my 5th and 6th houses, so it feels right at home.  I find myself energized creatively and I try to focus on improving my health and daily routines.  For a healer, having the sun in Pisces is a real boon for my work.  It doesn’t hurt that all that lovely Pisces energy trines my Scorpio and Cancer planets, either.  If you are wondering how the sun’s transit through Pisces will affect you, consider getting an astrological reading so that you can reap the spiritually enlightening benefits of this transit.

There is one major challenging aspect that we face before the solar eclipse in 8 degrees of Pisces on February 26, 2017 and it is a doozy.  On February 22, 2017, Mars in Aries squares Pluto in Capricorn in 18 degrees of their respective signs.  This is a pretty heavy duty aspect that contains strong themes of power struggles and confrontations.  It can manifest in violent behavior and represents the collective need for change and transformation.  Mars and Pluto are definitely not lightweight planets. The best advice that I can give anyone for dealing with this aspect is to not start any fights or make enemies because you will lose.

Mars squaring Pluto feels like life is challenging or resisting our efforts.  It’s all about power, force and violence.  This particular hit will be quite strong because Mars is fierce in its home sign of Aries.  Feelings of frustration and anger accompany it as well.  It literally feels like the heat is building up like a pressure cooker.  Don’t be surprised if old fears and obsessions rear their ugly heads as they return for a final purge.  Ironically, on the same day the sun in Pisces is conjunct the south node in three degrees of Pisces and this has a potent theme of releasing old karmic baggage.  The solar eclipse on February 26th will only amplify that message.

I confess that this particular aspect has me a little concerned in terms of how it is aspecting my chart.  Both Mars and Pluto will be squaring my Libra ascendant and my Cancer midheaven, which is a lot of cardinal energy shaking.  And then there is my Chiron in Capricorn, which faces a wide (6 degrees) conjunction from Pluto and a square from Mars.  I’m sure that it won’t be a dull day and I would do well to heed the advice that I frequently dispense to my clients: BREATHE!  And a little meditation won’t hurt, either.

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 New Year, especially a Universal Year 1, is a marvelous time to navigate a new direction in your life that will fulfill you and your soul’s purpose. 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 take a peek at the eclipses of 2017. They are here! 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.

I also began seeing clients on Sunday afternoons in Coolidge Corner, Brookline for Reiki treatments on February 5, 2017.  I actually signed the paperwork on the office sublet on January 27th, the day of the new moon in Aquarius, and when I opened for business on February 5th, Venus was in Aries in my 6th house.  Talk about working that entrepreneurial spirit!   You can learn more about my expanded practice, including the hours and address at:

I have also launched an endeavor that will deliver my services to you at an affordable cost in the form of package deals.  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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