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Friday, April 14, 2017

Sun and Mars Change Signs While Venus and Pluto Reverse Direction

Many of us are still reeling from the effects of this week’s full moon in Libra, but there are lots more changes in store with the planets in the coming week.  The full moon in 21 degrees of Libra on April 11. 2017 inspired me to tweet:

I think that the real surprise for many of us was not that beautiful full moon in Libra on the 11th, but the aftermath of the moon in Scorpio.  The moon entered Scorpio at 6:42 pm on the 11th and literally launched an emotional roller coaster.  That Scorpio moon managed to oppose retrograde Mercury in Taurus (ouch-the stingers were flying on April 12th), trined Neptune in Pisces on the 12th (the saving grace), and managed to inconjunct both the sun and Uranus in Aries on the 13th, opposed Mars in Taurus on the 13th and for good measure, it sextiled its ruling planet Pluto in Capricorn on the 13th inspiring me to tweet:
The next planetary change occurs on April 15th when Venus stations direct in 26 degrees of Pisces.  Under normal circumstances, this would be a cause for celebration, but Venus will also be conjunct Chiron in Pisces and squaring Saturn in Sagittarius.  These two aspects have a rather dour, glum tendency to put us in touch with our deepest wounds and prompt us to question our values, finances and lovability.  And Saturn has been squaring Chiron, so if you have been feeling exceptionally raw and emotionally sensitive this past week, blame it on Chiron and Saturn.  I am trying to believe that accessing these deep-rooted wounds can help us heal them, but no one ever said that healing and transformation were painless processes.

On April 19, 2017, the sun enters the sign of Taurus, which is ruled by Venus.  Maybe this is when we can catch a break from Venus being direct in Pisces, the sign of its exaltation. Enjoy this short window of opportunity while it lasts, because Venus will be back in Aries on April 28, 2017.

But the sun in Taurus should restore a sense of stability that was sorely lacking when the sun was in Aries.  When the sun is in Taurus, we experience more determination, stubbornness, and possessiveness.  We can be more methodical, productive, sensual and receptive.  This is where we can reap the benefits of Venus ruling Taurus.  Security needs will become more important but due to Taurus being a fixed earth sign, we still need to be cautious against being bullheaded.  Remember that Taurus is the bull and if we are mindful of that, we should be just fine.

On April 20th, we have some more astrological treats in store.  The sun and Mercury are conjunct in Taurus in the wee hours of the morning before retrograde Mercury re-enters Aries.  But the sun/Mercury conjunction in Taurus could bring us some insights from the past, quite possibly in the form of our dreams.

Pluto will be stationing retrograde in 19 degrees of Capricorn on April 20th as well.  This transit will last until September 28, 2017 when it stations direct in 16 degrees of Capricorn.  You know the drill—if you have planets in the cardinal signs of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn between 15-20 degrees, you can anticipate some deep cleansing of the unconscious which will help you to eliminate anything that is polluting to your mind, body and spirit.  But the good news is that Pluto is a slow moving planet and we have plenty of time to do the work. Be kind to yourself during this transit and remember to engage in lots of self-care.  My Libra ascendant and Cancer midheaven will be in the firing line during this five month transit, so I need to remember this as well.

Mars leaves Taurus on April 21, 2017 and enters the mutable air sign of Gemini.  We can expect some nervous, high-paced frenetic energy during the Mars tour of Gemini, which lasts until June 6, 2017.  We will probably feel less determined and focused than we did during Mars transiting Taurus, but we will experience more versatility and flexibility.  Our interests will undoubtedly become more diversified and we may find ourselves going off on tangents.  Gemini is mutable energy and likes to keep its options open.  We could also find ourselves connecting with different types of people, which could be a very positive experience.

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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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. Especially with 2017 being a Universal Year 1, this 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.

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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