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Friday, April 21, 2017

Major Reality Check as Venus Squares Saturn and New Moon in Taurus

A major reality check is in store on April 21, 2017 as Venus in 27 degrees of Pisces squares Saturn in 27 degrees of Sagittarius.  This is the third Venus/Saturn square of 2017, so maybe this third time will be the charm.  The first square occurred on January 27, 2017 when both planets were direct; the second time was earlier this month on April 11, 2017 when both planets were retrograde.  At least Venus is finally direct this time.  But the bottom line with Venus squaring Saturn is that it tends to be very tough on relationships, values, finances and self-esteem.  Feelings of loneliness and depression are par for the course with this aspect.  And adding to the mix is the fact that Chiron in Pisces also interacts with this aspect. On April 16, 2017 I replied to a tweet by fellow astrologer Tisch Aitken:
Truly, the best possible outcome of this Venus/Saturn square in which Saturn in Sagittarius also squares Chiron in Pisces is to heal old wounds.  I think that this should be an interesting time for me personally as Venus and Chiron in Pisces trines my Venus in Scorpio and Jupiter and Uranus in Cancer, giving me the benefit of a grand water trine activating my chart.  And Saturn in Sagittarius is trining my Pluto in Leo.  It feels good to have these two heavy hitters working together instead of at cross purposes for a change.

Pluto stationed retrograde in 19 degrees of Capricorn on April 20, 2017, inspiring me to tweet:
I have no doubt that I have some major transformation and healing coming up as Pluto’s station exactly sextiles my Scorpio sun and forms a wide conjunction to my own Chiron in Capricorn.

The new moon in 6 degrees of Taurus occurs on April 26, 2017.  The new moon itself is not making any major aspects, but it will reinforce the Pluto retrograde vibe because it sheds a light on our darkest side so that we can achieve transformation and release our guilt, fear and shame.  And don’t forget that Taurus is the sign associated with strong, powerful leaders, which may be featured prominently in the news that day.  I wouldn’t rule out any stories of international conflicts with this new moon.

Uranus and retrograde Mercury in Aries are forming a conjunction on the day of the new moon in Taurus.  This aspect can bring some innovative solutions, which is definitely positive and potentially productive energy that resonates well with the theme of a new moon, which symbolizes new beginnings.  Uranus and Mercury are also forming a supportive trine to Saturn in Sagittarius, which lends a tone of stability to any changes that we wish to implement.

Venus in Pisces is a major player in this new moon in Taurus too.  Venus is the ruler of Taurus and it forms a conjunction to Chiron in Pisces.  This aspect provides an incredible opportunity for healing if we are willing to forgive the past and move beyond victimization.  Pisces is all about compassion and unconditional love, but it does have a flip side of playing the martyr and victim, which is definitely not productive in terms of spiritual growth.

For the most part, I am looking forward to this new moon in Taurus.  It falls in my 7th house and does form a challenging opposition to my natal Saturn in Scorpio, but it also forms an exact trine to my north node in Capricorn.  The opposition to my Saturn may raise some awareness of my responsibilities in relationships that I have been neglecting, but overall I think that the benefits of the trine to my north node will outweigh the effects of Saturn.  This is a new moon that trines my north node, which should be a boon for progress on my spiritual path. 

If you are curious as to how these astrological changes are impacting you or 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. We recently experienced the February eclipses, but the August eclipses promise to be heavy hitters.  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.

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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:

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