Your Sign Through The Year – Aries

Embracing Your Ego

by Barry Kerr, evolutionary astrologer

Each month, Barry explains the sign for that month and then lists all 12 signs and how each interacts with this month’s sign. Look for your birth sign below. (These can also hold true if you have your Moon, Ascendent and/or a number of planets in the sign.)

While the Sun is in the sign of Aries (March 21 – April 20), the life force in plants, animals and humans is exalted. That which is dormant or seems dead, now re-awakens and begins a new cycle of growth. In human terms, this is when our souls re-commit to being human and to taking on the plethora of experiences that result from that commitment. The human ego is a necessary component of the human condition and is the vehicle through which our souls express. So, during the month of Aries, the energy is up for each of us to more strongly assert the individuality of our soul into the world by claiming our right to be in this world, to hold space, make decisions and take action.

Aries (Mar 20 – Apr 20)Aries

For you, Aries, the drive to assert your ego-self into the world comes naturally. Your inner Mars is already wide awake and ready for action, so in “your” month, the challenge for you is less about growing stronger and more about how you go about asserting your strength. You could easily overdo it during this time, letting assertion turn into aggression, forgetting to balance self with other, and running roughshod into battles. The key for you is to be conscious of this past year’s lessons of relationship in Libra and soulfulness in Pisces and integrate them into your ego’s service to your greater self.

Taurus (Apr 20 – May 20)Taurus

Taurus, the invitation for you during this month of Aries is to let your knowledge of who you are, your likes and dislikes, inform what you value in this world. Your Martian willfullness is here to help you get, make, build or attract what you value. By asserting your right to pursue your desires, you create abundance for your self and those you love. Pay attention to where you short-change your self due to low self esteem and feelings of unworthiness. Value your self and your life, above all.

Gemini (May 20 – June 20)Gemini

Gemini, when you are feeling the Martian fires of Aries, your natural tendencies for mental activities are likely to burst out into a greater need for communication of some sort, typically talking. Your curiosity might become aggressive or demanding. Your ability to focus might be more fickle than usual. Here, the challenge is to remember that you are not your thoughts. Let your need to know and to share ideas align with your deeper soul awareness. You may discover truths in the world around you that help reconcile the dualities of your own identity.

Cancer (Jun 20 – Jul 20)Cancer

Cancer, now more than any other time of year, is a good time to practice self-love and self-nurturing. Be decisive and assertive about your emotional needs, but try not to expect others to take care of you. Remember, the divine Mother and Father are always present to love you. Your tendencies to want to nurture others may be stronger than usual this month. That’s fine as long as you are respecting their independence and not sacrificing your needs.

Leo (Jul 20 – Aug 20)Leo

As a fellow fire sign, Leo, the Aries energy for you is a harmonic reminder of your entitlement to express your unique creativity. This month is a good time to feed the flames of your inspiration. Don’t wait for those in your kingdom to demand you take action. Call upon your soul to take leadership and then begin. And make sure you leave room for others to express themselves, too.

Virgo (Aug 20 – Sep 20)Virgo

The thing to watch out for this month, Virgo, is letting your Martian side ignite that tendency of yours to be exacting, critical and “right”. You will do better by tolerating your ego’s desire to explore the possibilities of breaking free from your own stable routines and standards. In this way, you just might discover some interesting new dimensions to your life and, in the process, develop more tolerance for others who live outside your standards.

Libra (Sep 20 – Oct 20)libra

OK Libra, now is the time for you to attend more to your self, instead of others, and address those imbalances that have been nagging you all year. Relationship only works well when both parties consciously assert their own needs and desires. It may feel awkward, but you really need to be decisive and speak up. As long as you do so with respect, your show of strength will be appreciated, and if not, maybe it’s time to cut the cords.

Scorpio (Oct 20 – Nov 20)scorpio

Scorpio, this Aries month is a time for you to watch your ego closely and welcome the feedback of your loved one(s). If you still tend to hide your true self behind a mask of invulnerability, you are robbing yourself of the power you have to feel more alive and authentically connected to others. Take a risk in intimacy. Show your cards. You might be surprised just how wonderful it feels to be vulnerable and seen. Otherwise, this month, your ego may lash out with more intensity than usual.

Sagittarius (Nov 20 – Dec 20)sagittarius

As a kindred fire sign, Sag, your natural tendencies for adventure and learning will be enhanced this month. Aries’ Martian influence on your Jupiter inspires an urgency and lust for freedom to explore life’s great landscape of experiences and lessons. You will need to make room for this, now or for later, but be careful to not exclude your loved ones from your visionary plans. You may be feeling all things are possible now, yet lack attention to the details. Perhaps you can appreciate and invite this from someone close to you.

Capricorn (Dec 20 – Jan 20)Capricorn

Capricorn, though you are generally a cautious and careful planner, this may be a good time to let your inner Mars have some sway to take risks. If you have felt any promptings to take leadership at work or elsewhere, this is the time to do so. Or perhaps it’s time to cut loose and go solo. Drop down in your heart and ask for soul guidance. If the answer is “yes”, take command and go for it. Decisiveness now will allow the rest to unfold over the coming months.

Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 20)Aquarius

Life for you as an Aquarian is always a balance between your need to belong to a team, a community of kindred souls and your need to show up as the unique, eccentric soul you are. The Aries influence on you this month tilts the balance toward the latter. If you’ve been questioning how well you fit with friends and groups, this is a good time to assert your self and make changes. However, be careful you are not just feeling a need to be rebellious as an excuse to feel your ego’s strength. Those who “get” you, will be supportive. No need for combat.

Pisces (Feb 20 – Mar 20)Pisces

Since the theme of Pisces is the ultimate dissolution and surrendering of ego-self to soul-self, this Aries month intensifies your awareness of the contrast between the two. If you are still struggling to discern where others end and you begin, this is a good time to explore how to be stronger in your ego identity. If you are longing to be more consciously connected to your soul-self, this is a good time to pay attention to how your ego could be stronger and therefore more able to serve your soul’s higher intentions.

Barry Kerr, a certified soul-based astrologer, has 35 years of experience with an international Eclientele, including many medical professionals and alternative healers. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed psychotherapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology, energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15 minute consultation to explore if this is for you. Visit www.ChooseConsciousLiving.com for more information or email Barry at Barry@ChooseConsciousLiving.com.

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Current Transits – Pisces

The Sun moved into Pisces on February 18.

Pisces is ruled by planet Neptune. Pisces marks the culmination of the circular evolvement of individual awareness back to spiritual wholeness. Neptune reflects that part in us that is able to experience oneness with all that is. When we feel connection and compassion for others, for humanity as a whole, new-moon-feb-2017even for other species, as well as for our selves, we draw from our “spiritual heart”. The energy of Pisces entices us to live from that greater heart as a way of life.

Current Transits

The New Moon is on February 26. The planet Mars serves as an instigator of action in this lunar configuration. Mars joins Uranus, almost exactly; giving active and impulsive energy to the ongoing Uranus/Pluto/Jupiter square that is dominating the human collective during this year. Uranus is already a freedom-loving, eccentric and rebellious force for each and all of us, but when combined with the impulsive and aggressive and angry energy of Mars squaring Pluto, watch out! This may be the day we all feel the overreach of power mongering (Mars oppose Jupiter) in our lives and collectively set the New Moon intention of reining it in. Such intense tension could lead to violence

Fortunately, for all of us, this New Moon falls in the sign of Pisces, and conjoins Neptune, which deepens our ability to hold compassion and love for even those we might otherwise fear or hate. So, set your personal intention to keep your greater spiritual heart awake while tensions build. This same configuration can also heighten our illusions and delusions, allowing dishonest players to channel our soulful idealism into false hopes.

full-moon-march-2017With Saturn harmonically combining, by trine, its practical and orderly energy to that Uranus’s intuitive and inventive spirit, the ground is laid for creative solutions to move us forward and past the status quo. By aligning your own energy with those who aspire to achieve possibilities outside of the limited views the paradigm of separation, you contribute synergistic energy to our collective well being.

The Full Moon on March 12 will be the culmination of the energies set in motion in the New Moon. By then, Saturn will square with the Sun and Moon, acting as enforcer of consequences. With the Moon in Virgo, opposite the Pisces Sun, emotional dispositions will tend to focus on what is not right and to “fix” things gone awry. Mars will have relaxed it grip on the situation and, allowing cooler heads to prevail.

Barry Kerr, a certified soul-based astrologer, has 35 years of experience with an international clientele, including many medical professionals and alternative healers. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed psychotherapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology, energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15 minute consultation to explore if this is for you. Visit www.ChooseConsciousLiving.com for more information.

 

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Your Sign Through The Year – Aquarius

AQUARIUS

January 21 – February 20

How well are you doing in groups?

by Barry Kerr, evolutionary astrologer

Each month, Barry explains the sign for that month and then lists all 12 signs and how each interacts with this month’s sign. Look for your birth sign below. (These can also hold true if you have your Moon, Ascendent and/or a number of planets in the sign.)

While the Sun is in the sign of Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 20), our egos become more sensitive to the human experiences of group energy. Friends, colleagues, comrades, and community draw our attention in ways that heighten our awareness of collective values, visions, goals and activities and how we fit into that. The desire to “belong” to a tribe of peers is universal. By aligning our personal energy with that of others, we can get a taste, here in the physical world, of the synergy and magic that reflects the spiritual oneness of all our souls in the divine dimension. Thus, our experiences with groups are opportunities for learning how to guide our soul-inspired egos toward soul-fulfilling expressions of divine love.

Aries (Mar 20 – Apr 20)Aries

As a natural leader, it’s important that you find a way to assert the strengths of your individuality and independence for the benefit of any groups you are in. It may be difficult for you to follow others, so consider leading, being the spokesperson or accepting independent assignments. Just be certain you have let yourself identify with the group’s cause or purpose so that you are not tempted to use the group for your own agenda.

Taurus (Apr 20 – May 20)Taurus

Your participation with groups can contribute an earthy, grounded stability and consistency to the team and build your own sense of self-worth. The problem can be that you become too attached to a particular idea or plan of action, your own or the group’s, and unable to muster the flexibility to adapt to the inevitable and unpredictable group process. If you make sure the overall values and goals of the group align with your own, and don’t look to the group for validation of your individual self-worth, you will remain free to disagree, yet remain loyal.

Gemini (May 20 – June 20)Gemini

What could be more interesting for a Gemini than being in a group, right? But that rational and chatty curiosity can come across as cold and detached from feeling or empathic intuition, leading to unintended slights and alienation. Also, a too busy mind can create distractions from group focus. The key is to direct some of your curiosity to understanding the individual contributions of others, which creates energy of appreciation in you. This builds a love vibration that allows others to receive your objective and otherwise emotionally detached ideas.

Cancer (Jun 20 – Jul 20)Cancer

Your natural tendencies toward feelings, empathy and nurturing can make you a valued member of any group, especially when emotions are in play. Of course, this is only true if the group values and respects emotion. Otherwise, your greatest strengths become everyone’s frustration. So choose your groups wisely. Also, realize that groups are seldom organized around your own emotional needs. So don’t look for them to build your emotional security and self-worth. Rather, offer your own emotional strength to others in the group or to those whom the group may serve.

Leo (Jul 20 – Aug 20)Leo

Your natural confidence in expressing your individual authenticity can inspire any team and could result in your leadership. However, if it’s about enhancing your own ego by appearing to be a cooperative team player, and receiving kudos for it, then it’s a disruptive suck. The challenge is to bring your magical child’s awareness to the magical child in your teammates, playfully inviting them to add their own unique gifts to yours and others in a dynamic synergy of creativity. This allows you to lead without leading and still honors your need to shine.

Virgo (Aug 20 – Sep 20)Virgo

Your dedication to being of service and getting things right can either keep a group focused, effective and moving forward or invoke judgment, fault-finding and splintering. The challenge is for you to soften your need for perfection and appreciate that not everyone holds your standards. By extending an empathetic appreciation for the feelings and unique contributions of each member and embracing the collective and expressed standards of the group, your critical observations are better received and valued.

Libra (Sep 20 – Oct 20)libra

Your tendency to highly value one-to-one connection can be a natural contribution to group harmony, but when aimed toward your own personal needs, can be disruptive and get in the way of your own need for connection. It’s best to use your relationship sensitivities toward helping everyone exercise a balanced, fair and egalitarian teamwork. Your warmth and objectivity in these matters will support everyone and keep the love flowing. Just keep the care-taking appropriate or you will lose yourself.

Scorpio (Oct 20 – Nov 20)scorpio

For you, it’s about power and transformation. You may fear committing to groups, even those with lofty goals, because your keen insights into hidden group dynamics can reveal that which is out of alignment with the group’s expressed ideals. But rather than fearing to be a provocative threat to the group, your challenge is to trust your gift of perceptions by sharing it with others within the context of the group purpose and trusting that though you may get temporary push-back, after time to digest, the others will discern what is true in your information and allow it to cause transformation as needed. The key is for you to not be attached to your own sense of power or need to manipulate, knowing you are merely part of a collective process.

Sagittarius (Nov 20 – Dec 20)sagittarius

Your good intention to seek truth can come across as arrogant and judgmental, even if you stay silent, and thus disrupt the effectiveness of the group and your connection to those in it. Make sure you choose groups already aligned with your truth so you aren’t trying to change their purpose. Also, recognize and express appreciation for the wisdom others bring to the table, directing your own insights to building a collaborative sense of vision and truth. After all, that is how the “magic” of synergy furthers us all.

Capricorn (Dec 20 – Jan 20)Capricorn

You bring managerial authority and organizational skills to your collective experiences. Any group that has goals needs someone like you to help manifest them. Where you can get stuck is by aligning yourself with people and groups that keep you in a safe zone of conformity to the status quo. In truth, your leadership skills are best applied to group ideals that move society forward. By committing to a collective vision of universal progress, you act as a cautious reality check that helps keep a successful pace toward group goals.

Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 20)Aquarius

Your Uranian impulses for authenticity, freedom and change make you both an inspiring catalyst for the potential synergy of group creativity and a rebellious detractor that can bring that synergy to a halt. The challenge is to first choose groups that align with your ideals and then make sure there is room in the group for your original, inventive, intuitive and eccentric contributions to be valued and applied. Otherwise, you will feel a need for freedom and leave.

Pisces (Feb 20 – Mar 20)Pisces

Your subliminal feelings of connection to the wholeness of divine unity bring an inspired idealism to your collective experiences. This can be a problem if you expect any group of peers to live up to your high ideals, in which case you will either not find any suitable groups or be constantly disappointed and fuel dissention, confusion and alienation. The challenge is to let go of expectations, feel the flow of love, allow yourself to share your visionary perspectives, and trust that this will plant seeds of inspiration for others to channel similar visions that build the collective vision to new heights beyond your own.

Barry Kerr, a certified soul-based astrologer, has 35 years of experience with an international Eclientele, including many medical professionals and alternative healers. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed psychotherapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology, energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15 minute consultation to explore if this is for you. Visit www.ChooseConsciousLiving.com for more information or email Barry at Barry@ChooseConsciousLiving.com.

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Current Transits – Aquarius 2017

On the collective level, we are in a “crisis” of vision and authenticity regarding our organized systems and institutions. While the Sun is in Aquarius, awareness of this dissonance is demanding our attention more than ever. And just as on the individual level, once we see past the limits of the status quo, there is no going back, even if the necessary changes bring us some chaos, challenges and pain.

Current Transits

The New Moon on January 27 is in Aquarius and features an accentuated Uranian theme. new-moon-jan-2017Within the ongoing tensions between squaring change-agent Uranus and power-mongering Pluto, we see opportunistic Jupiter oppose Uranus, boosting urgency for change and a willingness to abandon traditions to explore new possibilities. Saturn, as it trines Uranus, lends practical discipline and/or karmic consequence to experimenting with innovations in government, business and technology.

Collectively, we can see the new President acting out these trends in his unique and disturbing way. On a personal level, the same conditions apply as we all scramble to respond to the ongoing, unpredictable changes. That same Saturn-Uranus trine boosts all of our abilities to act with “disciplined nonconformity”. In the arch of history, nonconformity eventually evolves into the norm. With Saturn squaring Venus, it’s a good time to set intentions on stepping through resistances to asserting our inspired creativity in our relationships and in society. Chiron sits with Venus, lending a healing vibration. The key is to choose love, not fear, which lets your courage, compassion and inner wisdom shine.

Jupiter turns retrograde (appears to go backward) on February 6, thus prolonging its expansive and truth-seeking focus on Libra, the sign of justice, relationship, equality, diplomacy and fairness. This year, all of us will be touched by lessons in these areas, in ways that hopefully, will cause us to grow and be inspired.

On February 10, a Full Eclipse Moon marks an important shift in planetary dynamics. full-moon-feb-2017Lunar and solar eclipses come as groups of changing light, all falling within a particular axis on the zodiac for 18 months at a time. For this past 18 months, eclipses have all been in the axis of Virgo-Pisces. As they now move into the Leo-Aquarius axis, it’s time to shift the dry Virgo energies of analysis, criticism and “being right” to the inspired Leo energies of passion, creativity and “being brilliant”. At the same time, it’s about directing the Pisces energies of devotion, faith and imagination into the Aquarian energies of community, collaboration and progressive innovation. As one of the most powerful solar eclipses to sweep across the United Sates in a hundred years comes next August, these themes will be in full play. So, this milder lunar eclipse in February serves as an introduction. Set your intentions.

The February full moon continues all the major aspects of the previous new moon, with two important additions. In this configuration, the Saturn-Uranus trine neatly cradles the full moon opposition axis, boosting the importance of its role for this year in balancing the Uranian drive toward individual freedom, progressive change and innovation with the Saturnine themes of practical discipline and responsible planning.

On a personal level, this time between the two moons is good for carefully thinking through your personal and social options for the coming year in the face of highly likely, but unpredictable and impactful changes. Have a plan with options, and then, most importantly, be ready and willing to innovate your plan as events unfold. Sudden change may come from within as well as without.

Barry Kerr, a certified soul-based astrologer, has 35 years of experience with an international clientele, including many medical professionals and alternative healers. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed psychotherapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology, energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15 minute consultation to explore if this is for you. Visit www.ChooseConsciousLiving.com for more information.

 

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Winter Solstice 2016

The Winter Solstice is on December 21.

At the winter solstice, when the Sun moves into Capricorn, astrologers look to the sky for insights into what this new year may portend. As we mark the beginning of the return of the light with longer daylight, this is the beginning of a new cycle of gestation, birth and growth, not only for nature, but also for the human spirit

Baked into this year’s solstice chart there remains the waning, yet still powerful Uranus/Aries square to Pluto/Capricorn, an aspect that began over five years ago. Collectively, we’ve seen a struggle between the status quo of the plutocratic establishment and humanity’s need for authentic, revolutionary and systemic change that allows for individual human rights. This will persist for another four years.

Uranus went retrograde last July. As it goes direct at the end of this month, the confusion from the recent election results will begin to clear and a new wave of populist uprising will press for further changes.

Currently, Jupiter in Libra joins this dynamic by opposing Uranus and will continue to do so until next November. Jupiter’s drive for expanded understanding will at times inspire us to relate to others with hope and generosity, yet at other times our enthusiasm may spill over as impatience and provocative bluster. Jupiter’s square to Pluto indicates we will be challenged to renew our confidence and optimism in the face of continued blows to our hopes. Our strategy to sustain through these challenging times will be to bring our best to each and every relationship we have, being conscious to intend unity and oneness, even with perceived enemies we may have never met in person. Jupiter’s sextile with Saturn and trine to Venus, thankfully lend a balancing sensibility and social ease to our good intentions. In coming years, as the Uranus-Pluto aspect weakens, this personal approach to relationships will pay off, individually and collectively.

In this solstice chart, the Sun trines the North Node, indicating that all of us will feel drawn to step outside the comfort and safety of our home and family in order to lend our individual voice to the public forum. The Sun’s sextile to Mars will enhance our willingness to be assertive. However, with Mars conjoining Neptune in Pisces and both opposing the North Node, there is also a strong temptation to escape the awareness of the suffering around us by turning to addictions of entertainment, food, sports, etc. If we allow ourselves to remain aware of the pain around us, while applying our spiritual wisdom to self-care, we will more likely intuit the words and actions we need to stay engaged in the collective process around us in a way that does not diminish us or others. Creativity, artistic expression and spiritual maturity are needed here in ways that provide practical service to each other.

Another aspect for this yearly forecast is the Sun squaring the Moon. The Sun and Moon, among other things, represents the father and mother principles, or masculine and feminine principles. Collectively, humanity is coming to terms with the ways we have infused our societies institutions with our limited understanding of those principles and how the resulting shadow energies that have emerged. If humanity were a “family”, this square aspect challenges us to question both “Dad” and “Mom” in how they may have contributed to or enabled abuse and neglect in our human “family”. Perhaps we are ready to resolve that polarity to a new level of consciousness and thus a new collective paradigm. There are planetary aspects on the horizon that point to great potential for breakthroughs in consciousness and better times ahead.

Barry Kerr, a certified soul-based astrologer, has 35 years of experience with an international clientele, including many medical professionals and alternative healers. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed psychotherapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology, energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15 minute consultation to explore if this is for you. Visit www.ChooseConsciousLiving.com for more information.

 

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Current Astrology: Sagittarius, Jupiter and Current Transits

by Barry Kerr, evolutionary astrologer

The Sun moved into Sagittarius on November 21. sagittarius

Jupiter rules the sign of Sagittarius. As a reflection of our inner dynamics, Jupiter represents the part of us that knows, albeit subconsciously, that we are really spiritual beings having human experiences. Even without religious or spiritual training, we each have this inner wisdom, and from the moment we are born into these constricting physical bodies, with all the illusions of separation and limits, our Jupiter energy remembers being whole and infinite, and thus begins the subliminal longing to bring that awareness to consciousness.

As children, this gets expressed as the joy of exploration, adventure and the fearless and risky behaviors that are oblivious to death. As we grow, this expression continues as interests in travel, philosophy, expanding perspectives and looking for new opportunities to grow our sense of self and self-expression. With the difficult blows that come our way in life, our inner Jupiter begins to seek understanding, context and meaning. Thus religion, spirituality and metaphysics begin to resonate. All of these are ways we attempt to see past the illusions of this world, seeking truth and reconnection to the reality of our spiritual identity.

Jupiter’s rulership of Sagittarius is an easy one to understand. Sagittarius is the part of the journey through the zodiac in which our ego, after having been through the death threatening crucible of Scorpio vulnerability and intimacy, now comes out the other side, reborn, ready to live a new day, in a new way, more conscious of being a servant to a higher soul-self. This is the emotional and psychological alchemy that inspires our inner Jupiter to grow past our ego’s limited and childlike view and begin to ask adult questions about reality and our place in it. Sagittarius invites that exploration and fuels the path of the truth seeker. If I can survive death, what does that mean? What now shall I do? In finding the answers to these questions and more, our journey gives our life deeper meaning and brings us closer to discovering a higher sense of earthly purpose. In Capricorn, the next sign, our inner Saturn, now aligned with our soul’s divine intentions, will help us give definition, structure and impact to that purpose.

Of course, if our ego has not reaped the rewards of spiritual transformation and consciousness in it’s challenging Scorpio experiences, then Jupiter’s natural longing for truth remains clouded by the dense illusions of separation created by the limited five senses of our human form. Our ego still thinks and acts primarily from fear and is drawn to the truths, the philosophies, and the religious doctrines that resonate with that fear. Our sense of worldly purpose will then of course flow out of that limited perspective and meaning. Capricorn and Saturn, waiting on the horizon, will deliver us tough love through lessons of accountability, consequences, and discipline, thus providing karmic fuel for our next journey through the cycle.

Current Transits

The New Moon is on November 29. new-moon-nov-2016

This Sun-Moon coupling squares off with a Neptune-South Node conjunction, thus beckoning us to ask the big questions about what reality we believe we live in and how that informs our shadow work. Neptune was retrograde from mid-July to November 21, which had the effect of channeling idealism into delusions and denial. Now that Neptune has gone direct, we are rudely awakened.

Likewise, as Venus joins Pluto in its square with Uranus and Jupiter, the more particular focus is on our values and relationships. What values do we hold onto from the old paradigm of separation and how can we empower ourselves and others to live in the reality of oneness. How can we reach out with compassion and respect to others who differ with us and establish a common ground of unity without sacrificing our individual authenticity? Jupiter is in play here, expanding our willingness to be open to a larger truth and perspective. Neptune, in conjoining the South Node, is amplifying our compassion and forgiveness for those among us who have not yet reached disillusionment with the old and out-lived paradigms of truth. The demand for change is still strong (Uranus oppose Pluto), but this new moon invites us to inject a larger (Jupiter), heart-centered (Neptune) paradigm into the process.

The Full Moon is on December 13. full-moon-dec-2016

As Saturn conjoins with the Sun in Sagittarius, it brings perhaps harsh lessons for our beliefs and sense of truth. The opposing Moon in Gemini is tugging at our emotional need to communicate our thoughts and feelings, yet Saturn urges self-discipline and expanded awareness. Chiron in Pisces squares off with this Sun – Moon polarity, challenging us to infuse all our communications with the intention for healing, being aware that we all carry wounds that can be triggered by over-confident opinions and beliefs. Mars sits in a harmonious aspect to this full moon, allowing our warrior energies to lean into the Aquarian principles of brotherhood and mutual respect. While Jupiter continues to bring expansive truth and opportunity to the Uranus-Pluto struggle for transformative change, Mercury conjoins with Pluto in Capricorn to ground Saturn’s above-mentioned influences into effective and empowering thought and communication, if we choose.

Barry Kerr, a soul-based, evolutionary astrologer, has 35 years of experience with an international clientele. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed therapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology, energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15-minute consultation to explore if this is for you. Visit www.ChooseConsciousLiving.com for more information or email Barry at Barry@ChooseConsciousLiving.com.

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How We Got To Trump

 How We Got To Trump: an astrological view

By Barry Kerr, evolutionary astrologer

To many of us who aspire to the spiritual principles of unity and oneness (and if you are reading this, that probably includes you), this U.S. election outcome has felt like a violent thrust to our gut, knocking the wind out of us, and sending our 3rd chakra solar plexus into spasms of fearful contraction and angry aggression. For some, it’s a trauma that rekindles old pain. For others, it’s a disillusionment that invites despair. We feel this viscerally, personally and collectively.

Only a few astrologers were willing to predict a Trump win. I didn’t make an astrological prediction, but like most people, I was certainly surprised. Many astrologers, however, did accurately predict the basic components of social and political dynamics that would play out through and emerge from the election. My own take on this tended to lean into a more hopeful manifestation of the archetypal dynamics.

Though some people look to astrology for certainty and predictability, modern astrology has evolved past these expectations and into a more nuanced understanding of the power of our souls to manifest reality in multiple ways, each in alignment with the meanings of the symbols as they reflect the constantly changing energy in each moment. Thus, none of the presidential candidates were going to win because of the configuration of the planets. Rather, any of their victories could have reflected accurately on the planetary placements of the times, though at different levels of consciousness. The real deciding factor was the collective consciousness of the American population.

Post-election, millions of us are now painfully awakened from a denial of where America is really at in spiritual maturity. After all, didn’t nearly every liberal and progressive and even most conservatives assume the populace wouldn’t elect this man? Yet, this disillusionment is the very stuff of what astrology has warned us about over this past year. So, in looking back, I offer an astrological view, revealing my decidedly biased perspective.

Uranus and Pluto have been aspecting each other in square since 2010. This will continue 2016-election-aspectsinto 2020. This square dynamic reflected the ongoing tensions we’ve seen in the past five years between the principles of individual freedom, rights, and progress (Uranus) and the collective powers of government, religion, oligarchy and the like (Pluto). The higher intentions of this aspect would invite progressive transformation of society through the assertion of individual authenticity. The Arab Spring in 2011 illustrated this. A lower manifestation of this aspect would manifest as the “the powers that be” repressing individual rights and progress, as illustrated by the GOP takeover and retro transformation of Wisconsin government and the uprising of tens of thousands of demonstrators, also in 2011. Similar events, both ways, have repeated all over the planet since then.

In the Democratic primary, Sander’s public persona held the energy of Uranus, modeling authenticity, calling for progressive change to the system, and relying on the power of individuals to participate and donate. Clinton’s public persona held the energy of institutional power. She virtually owned the party, had deep connections to institutional powers, and used that power to her advantage.

Once Clinton had the nomination secured, the Uranian synergy of people power was lost. Her identity as a Plutocrat and an establishment candidate is what stuck to her public image, for both the left and the right.

In similar fashion, Saturn began a square dance with Neptune a year ago. This indicated a challenging dynamic between our need to imagine a more ideal future, reflecting a spiritual reality (Neptune), and our ability to apply a earthly-grounded plan of order and discipline to getting there (Saturn). In the Democratic primary, these two principles were personified by Clinton (Saturn) and Sanders (Neptune). After the primaries, feeling their idealism dismissed by the Clinton campaign, the Sanders supporters withdrew enthusiasm. The public was then left with the image of Clinton as a cold “status quo”, establishment figure (Saturn). Neptune was retrograde from mid-July, just before the conventions, to November 21, which had the effect of channeling idealism into delusions and denial. Now that Neptune has gone direct, both left and right are rudely awakened.

On the GOP side, Trump’s persona, like Sanders, aroused the Uranus energy in the populace, promising to empower “lost and forgotten” individuals by shaking up the system at it’s roots.

He also personified both planetary energies of Saturn and Neptune, but at a much courser levels. His appeal to “law and order” resonated with peoples’ Saturnine instincts and fears. His use of delusional thinking and illusive promises appealed to voters’ Neptunian longings for something better. His bullying tactics and overbearing forcefulness seemed to many to be a match for the entrenched Plutonian powers of institutions.

Trumps appeal to the Uranian populism as evidenced by his promotion of individual power (he paid for his own campaign), his seeming authentic, non-conforming, though disturbing personal expression, and his call for radical, though retro change tapped into public sentiment in ways that none of the other GOP candidates (nor Clinton) could match.

Once the primaries were over, and the Bernie movement felt betrayed and ridiculed, the energy of Uranus (populism) and Neptune (inspired hope) drained from the Democratic campaign, thus leaving to Trump the full hand of all four planetary energies with which to manipulate the populace and emerge the winner. The Democrats lost the edge of authenticity, radical change and inspired idealism. Trumps authentic personality allowed him to deceive successfully.

Had Sanders prevailed in the primary, his Saturn and Pluto qualities might well have been a match to Trumps. Sanders and his followers had the discipline to follow through (Saturn) and Clinton’s supporters would have surely followed. Also, Sander’s campaign aimed at transforming the institutions of power (Pluto). Many disgruntled independents might have responded to Sander’s version of transformation, instead of Trump’s.

If astrology can offer us lessons from this election cycle it is this: for the progressive movement to move forward, we need candidates who each reflect the full spectrum of planetary energies at an enlightened level of consciousness. In this way, our leaders can resonate with and appeal to the higher vibrations of the universal archetypes in each voter.

As the planetary aspects above continue to play out into the coming year, voters will continue to learn new lessons about authenticity and power. By 2020, more people will have to dig deeply inside to balance their desire for the ideal with the demands of the physical world. As always, the support of our loving universe of spirit will continue to offer opportunities for individual awakenings and collective advances. Pluto, Saturn and Jupiter will move into Aquarius and begin a whole new and hopefully, more progressive 240 year cycle of change. And astrology will reflect the journey.

Planet Sanders Clinton Trump
Saturn Grounded persistence

Accountability

Status quo

Limited thinking

Fear

Law and order

Authoritarian

Fear

Uranus Individuality

Authenticity

Progressive change

Not expressed as part of her persona Non-conforming

Authentic (seeming)

Rebellious change

Neptune Idealism

Compassion

Not expressed as part of her persona Delusional thinking

Deceptive promises

Pluto Transform institutions

Personal empowerment

Institutional power

Entrenched power

Fear

Transform institutions

Bullying

Fear

Barry Kerr, a soul-based, evolutionary astrologer, has 35 years of experience with an international clientele. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed therapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology, energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15-minute consultation to explore if this is for you. Visit www.ChooseConsciousLiving.com for more information or email Barry at Barry@ChooseConsciousLiving.com.

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