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Friday, June 30, 2017

Chiron in Pisces Retrogrades, Mars in Cancer Opposes Pluto in Capricorn and Venus Enters Gemini

July is starting off with a bang as Chiron in 29 degrees of Pisces (rounded off from 28 degrees and 52 seconds) stations retrograde at 3:09 a.m. until December 5, 2017 when it stations direct in 24 degrees of Pisces.  I am emphasizing Chiron in 29 degrees of Pisces because everyone knows that whenever a planet is in 29 degrees of a sign it is said to be critical, amplifying the energy of the planet.
With Chiron retrograde in Pisces for five months, we will be given ample opportunities to heal the wound of disillusionment and the fear of being betrayed by the Universe and feelings of being unsupported.  A major part of the healing process is the need to have a belief in a Higher Power or at least a higher aspect of the self.  We may very well feel afraid and overwhelmed during this transit, but this is a time for revisiting old issues and wounds so they can heal.  Situations could emerge that rock us to our vulnerable core.  I recently came across a piece on the Ruby Slipper Astrology website that resonated big time for me.  She described a three step process of healing that Chiron wound:
1.    Open the wound
2.    Heal it
3.    Learn from it

This is easier said than done.  But Chiron retrograde forces us to open the wound, like it or not.  In some ways Chiron can be like Saturn in that it forces us to confront things that are not working for us so that we can move forward.

Many of my friends and clients have been asking me recently why everything in life seems so difficult these days.  Saturn is naturally assumed to be the bad guy when we feel tested to our limits, but I also realized this week that Saturn in Sagittarius is squaring Chiron in Pisces for most of 2017.  When I did some research on that transit, I came across something from astrologer Dena  DeCastro describing it as: “The Inner Child meets the Inner Adult.”   Eureka- this explains that feeling many of us have right now.  She went on to explain it as a period of spiritually growing up.  The lesson (Saturn) may involve striking a balance between meeting the needs of our inner child (Chiron) and attending to the responsibilities of life that are mandated by our inner adult.  This is pretty powerful stuff.  Mentoring can be a theme with this aspect and healing others by sharing our wisdom with them.  So I was inspired to share these nuggets of knowledge that I came across.

I have a prominent Chiron in my natal chart which helps explain my path as a healer.  It is in Capricorn squaring my Neptune in Libra, and opposing my natal Jupiter and Uranus in Cancer.  A natal Chiron squaring Neptune, the ruler of Pisces, has a natural affinity for the energy of Chiron in Pisces. I am a Scorpio, but my progressed sun is currently in Capricorn and is conjunct that natal Chiron in my 4th house.  It would be an understatement to say that stuff is coming up.  The Chiron retrograde in Pisces transit will occur in my 6th house (there goes that service to others theme) and will be trining my natal Jupiter and Uranus in Cancer in my 10th house, as well as my natal retrograde Venus in Scorpio in my 2nd house.  I am hoping that the trine to my natal retrograde Uranus will provide some emotional detachment and more openness in my approach to healing. Some people may fear Chiron’s transit of the 6th house will bring illness, but I have chosen to focus on exercising more and helping others heal through my work. But I am still dealing with painful issues from my past and trying to develop a more positive approach to my wounds while I attempt to let go of some old emotional baggage that no longer serves me.  It’s a work in progress.

On July 2, 2017, Mars in Cancer will be in direct opposition to Pluto in Capricorn in 18 degrees of the respective signs.  This aspect represents a major conflict between the ego and soul, so the fireworks traditionally associated with the 4th of July may get an early start.  Emotional challenges may confront us, but we need to reframe them as an opportunity to empower ourselves in whatever area of life has been crippling us.  I sense this will be a particularly intense time for Scorpios, as it involves our ruling planets as they literally duke it out with each other.  Buttons will be pushed and it will be SO easy to overreact.  The key to handling this energy is to stay calm, centered and mindful.  Patience is called for and that is definitely not something I possess in any great quantity.  This opposition occurs one scant degree away from my 4th house cusp and my midheaven, so I too can anticipate some emotional challenges.

Mars in Cancer has been on the receiving end of some pretty heavy astrological action this past week.  It started on June 26th when it trined Neptune in Pisces and on June 28th it received a conjunction from Mercury in Cancer, inspiring me to tweet:

On a lighter note for the 4th of July, Venus enters the air sign of Gemini at 8:11 p.m.  This is definitely a highly sociable Venus that is focused on communication and attractions may begin with words. Gemini is ruled by Mercury and there is a strong emphasis on mental functions. Venus in Gemini is also a time of craving variety, fun and spontaneity, so it is a perfect vibe for holiday celebrations and vacations. But it does have a shadow side of being fickle.  Fair warning on that one.

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 by 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 August 2017 eclipses. The August eclipses promise to be heavy hitters because they will occur in the signs of nodes, Leo and Aquarius.    My site also offers 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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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 am also offering Reiki treatments in the Coolidge Corner section of Brookline on Sunday afternoons.

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Happy 4th of July!

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