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August North Node Horoscopes are Up!

You can click straight through for your monthly North Node Horoscope. Here’s the August 2020 astro weather report:

August 2020 features potent energies in the Collective. August 3 brings a Full Moon in Aquarius at 11:59 a.m. Eastern US time. This potent opposition of Sun in Leo, Moon in Aquarius forms a T-square with volatile liberator Uranus in Taurus. The energies will affect everyone, but especially those with key placements in 10-13 Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius. Any conflicts between head and heart may reach a crisis or catharsis during this Full Moon. You’ll fair best by balancing nurturing, love and stability with your need for freedom.

Depending on your time zone, in the late hours of August 4 or early August 5, Mercury moves from Cancer to Leo. This Messenger brings the element of Air to fiery Leo, and Air fuels Fire. Communication will go faster and further: try to pause before you speak or write. Communicate from the heart.

On August 5, transiting Venus conjuncts the Collective North Node at 28 Gemini. This is a powerful alignment in which the Goddess of Love has a date with Destiny. This date offers course correction in areas of love, romance, beauty, wealth and self-esteem. The Nodes move backwards through the zodiac, so this meeting is brief, yet potent, with lasting effects. The Collective Nodes affect everyone, but this alignment will especially affect anyone with significant placements at 27-29 Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius or Pisces.

On August 15, Uranus stations direct and moves retrograde for the rest of 2020. This transit offers a slight reprieve from 2020’s revolutionary fervor. Use this time to get clear on intention, because late 2020 and early 2021 will burst forth before you know it! Expect unusual, paradigm shifting revelations from August through the rest of the year. The New Moon on August 18 offers a chance for reset with revised intentions and perhaps a slower, more nurturing pace.

August 22, the Sun enters Virgo, shifting from Fire to Earth. Virgo’s a mental Earth sign, ruled by Mercury, so the final week of August encourages us to ground our thoughts into physical form. Hug a tree, walk barefoot on the grass. Brings those ideas down to Earth.

How this sky weather affects you will vary, depending on your entire natal chart, but your North Node Horoscope transcends monthly sky events. That’s because your North Node reveals what your soul came here to do. By midlife, the soul starts longing and pressing us to live our true purpose. At first, it whispers through intuition. Then it knocks a little louder through “coincidences” and external events. When not heard and honored, the soul’s longing can show up as health crises, marriage or work issues, or wondering “is this all there is?” If you feel a need to reinvent yourself, following North Node guidance helps you do that authentically — for you.

Unlike generic Sun Sign horoscopes, which ignore so many other aspects, following North Node guidance will always lead you in the right direction. Doors open, healing happens, relationships improve, and life gets more magical. This monthly column will help you tap into your personal North Node Mojo. When you start living your North Node purpose, we all win, because you not only begin to light up your own life. You light up the world.           – Laura
You can find your North Node sign here which is often different than your Sun sign. (If you’re right on a cusp, consider both options, or book a reading for more clarity.) Find your personal North Node Horoscope here.

Door Number 23: The Magician

I thought I finished this latest portal “door” on the weekend; however, I noticed a need for two little touch ups this morning of the potent Black Moon in Cancer. (A Black Moon is the second New Moon in a sign, like a Blue Moon’s the second Full Moon in a sign.) I knew I would post the painting in alignment with the New Moon, but it turns out I also finished it three hours before the Sun and Moon conjunct at 28 degrees Cancer at 1:33 p.m. Eastern time today. (You can find more information on this alignment in the above link.)

I only point out the precise synchronizing of this portal and this astro event, because this portal’s been so very long in the making. It actually began back in 2018, when I felt led to paint a large Sidhe (pronounced “she”) glyph and hang it in my office for inspiration:

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The Sidhe are an ancient and regal race of Faery beings who work with humans to help preserve the Earth and shift it to a more harmonious vibration. Similar spirals appear as signs of healing, and even in Reiki. This particular Sidhe glyph comes from an experience that author John Matthews wrote about in his book, The Sidhe: Wisdom from the Celtic Otherworld.

Door Number 21, The Hermit Portal, now hangs in this location. As part of the replacement process, I was “told” to paint a Magician portal on top of the Sidhe canvas, so that the magic and energy of the Sidhe would hold the background energy. I needed to wait until Door Number 23 to do that, though, because the Magician needed to be a “123 Portal.” In Tarot, the Magician is card Number 1, with the Fool as 0, so by creating the Magician as Door Number 23, I would unite the 1-23 into a kind of magical number sequence, the next logical step.

Lady Justice synchronously presented herself as an 11-11 commissioned piece, right at the time I needed a Door Number 22, and right on time for events in our collective world. This allowed the Magician to come through as the intended 123, and the “1” also amplifies the message of the portal quote by William Blake: “If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.”

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As always, sorry for the photo quality. I have THE most difficult time photographing portal paintings! The brown forms the edge. The blue is the wall of my office, and this is a straight edged, rectangular canvas, 2′ x 3′, another 123 echo, despite the apparent angles of the canvas. The whole painting plays with perspective, with the table both in front of and behind the threshold. Continue reading

New Moon in Cancer ~ Astrology of this Black Moon

Tomorrow (Monday, July 20th) marks 2020’s second New Moon in the sign of Cancer. The first occurred as an eclipse shortly after Summer Solstice. Personally, that one opposed my natal Lilith (currently conjunct the collective South Node) and squared my natal Pluto. I FELT it big time, and I’m still integrating the physical and metaphysical shifts it triggered.

This second New Moon, called a Black Moon (like how a second Full Moon is called a Blue Moon), occurs with the Sun and Moon at 28 Cancer, exactly opposing Saturn at 28 Capricorn, along with a wider orb of opposition to Pluto and Jupiter in Capricorn. Potent is an understatement!

The Black Moon is also quincunx the South Node at 28 Sagittarius, still closely conjunct my natal Black Moon Lilith. The quincunx (150 degrees, also called inconjunct) aspect can feel irritating. It demands attention and creative integration of two signs that appear to have nothing in common. With the collective South Node involved, it offers a chance for some kind of karmic reset. With my 29 Sag Black Moon Lilith less than one degree from the South Node, it feels like very old Lilith/wild woman archetypes are stirring and awaiting a new form of expression. I finished the Magician Portal yesterday and will blog it up tomorrow during this potent window.

Also in my chart, this Black Moon happens right on my natal anti-vertex, almost exactly sextile my Midheaven at 28+ Taurus. I expect some key shifts in relationships and career, but time will tell.

For a deeper dive into the energies of this New Moon, I suggest Astro Butterfly’s latest post, as well as Ann Kreilkamp’s post. Both of them look at collective trends and effects. Astro Butterfly explores more of the Capricorn/Cancer, Saturn/Moon axis, while Ann also brings in the square to Eris, Goddess of Discontent. One thing’s certain: things are coming to the surface, demanding attention. How will individuals and society step up or retreat as more and more things come out of the Shadows?

Kathleen Wildwood ~ Long Herbal Infusions: Why Drink Nourishing Long Herbal Infusions?

This keeps coming up, especially long infusions of stinging nettles. Herbalist Kathleen Wildwood (whom David and I knew when we lived in Madison) gives a good primer on long infusions, the how, what and why of them.

I would add that long infusions bring out more of the “essence” of an herb, including the magical properties. In the case of stinging nettles, this magical essence connotes sovereignty, strength and beauty — as long as you treat Lady Nettle with respect. Stomp all over her, and she stings. She contains the cure to her sting, though, and in some cases, like arthritis, the sting itself is curative.

Nettle infusions come up most often for anyone having a Black Moon Lilith issue. I always say, if there was a patron saint of Lyme disease, the Herxheimer reaction, histamine reaction, or “hysteria,” it would be Black Moon Lilith. On the physical and metaphysical levels, nettles calm and nourish that energy and turn it into strength. It’s kind of like fairy tales where the prince meets the old hag on the road. If he scorns or disrespects her, she curses (stings) him, but if he treats her with respect, she turns into a beautiful maiden or fairy godmother.

Herbalists say, “When in doubt, choose nettles,” but you can make a long infusion from many herbs.

Kathleen gives many examples, but my favorite by far is a quart sized jar of one cup dried stinging nettles, one licorice root tea bag, filled to the top with boiling water. The licorice tea gives a slight sweet taste to the earthy nettles, and for me, rounds out the flavors and properties. Not everyone can take licorice, though. It’s not for anyone with high blood pressure, so be aware of that if you opt for my recipe. Just sharing this post here again, because I keep emailing it to clients. Enjoy!

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This is a timely post from the lovely Kathleen Wildwood of The Wildwood Institute. David and I had the pleasure of attending many of her herb walks, classes and two wild edibles dinners hosted by Kathleen when we lived in Madison. I was just thinking about making a nettle infusion when her email came through offering permission to post her new article.

Long Herbal Infusions

Why Drink Nourishing Long Herbal Infusions? 

By Kathleen R. Wildwood, © 2015

          During the winter, people ask me what they can do to make up for the generous consumption of sweets, beer and other comfort foods and drinks that people use to keep up their spirits in the dark of the year. Though you cannot make up for the impact of these foods on your metabolism, you can drink nourishing long herbal infusions to help replace the nutrients lost, reduce cravings for less healthy beverages…

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July 2020 North Node Horoscopes Are Up!

I’ll repeat here what I often share:

If you don’t know your North Node sign, Catherine’s got a table on her site to tell you. Those of you who happen to know both your North Node sign and its house will also find value looking up the corresponding sign for that house:

1st House North Node = Aries North Node similarities

2nd House North Node = Taurus North Node similarities

3rd House North Node = Gemini North Node similarities

4th House North Node = Cancer North Node similarities

5th House North Node = Leo North Node similarities

6th House North Node = Virgo North Node similarities

7th House North Node = Libra North Node similarities

8th House North Node = Scorpio North Node similarities

9th House North Node = Sagittarius North Node similarities

10th House North Node = Capricorn North Node similarities

11th House North Node = Aquarius North Node similarities

12th House North Node = Pisces North Node similarities

For example, if you have a Leo North Node in the 12th house, your primary North Node Horoscope would be Leo, but you’ll also find guidance in the Pisces North Node information. The beauty of North Node horoscopes is that you can usually calculate the sign without an exact birth time, and the sign is always super relevant to your life path. As with anything in astrology, though, the more exact time you have, the more subtle information you can glean. (Just a little tip to pull more from these monthly North Node Horoscopes.)

Ann Kreilkamp ~ The Great Conjunction Jupiter/Saturn: Grounding Energy for Lift-Off

With Summer Solstice and a powerful Solar Eclipse behind us, friend, astrologer and permaculturist Ann Kreilkamp looks ahead to the powerful planetary alignments on Winter Solstice. While no one can definitively say when the Age of Aquarius began or begins, Winter Solstice 2020 seems a likely candidate with Jupiter and Saturn conjuncting at 0 degrees 28 minutes Aquarius.

As usual, this happens in very key spots of my natal chart and life. My Moon sits at 1 degrees 14 minutes Aquarius, so this Jupiter/Saturn conjunction closely conjuncts my Moon, which, in turn activates an exact Grand Trine in Air among my Aquarius Moon, Gemini Sun and Libra Pluto. Some astrologers theorize that the Star of Bethlehem occurred at a Jupiter/Saturn conjunction, and I grew up in “The Christmas City,” Bethlehem, PA. David and I got married on Winter Solstice 2016.

On the Eve of Last Winter Solstice, I experienced a surreal and spontaneous “initiation” involving a Womb exhibit, powerful death and rebirth imagery, including a huge synchronicity with my birth time, owls and then finding a dead coyote frozen on the edge of Lake Michigan — right at dusk on this longest night of the year. I described some of that experience and included photos in a blog post, but the full tale remains complex and deeply personal. In any case, for me and for many others, it doesn’t feel too soon to bring Winter Solstice 2020 into our awareness. Here’s Ann encouraging us to find greater context from the previous conjunction in May 2000:

The Great Conjunction Jupiter/Saturn: Grounding Energy for Lift-Off

by Ann Kreilkamp

Note: Hold on to your hats, this is a long post!

Please keep in mind that this turbulent year’s finale will occur on Winter Solstice, December 21, the holiest day of the year, which will just so happen to feature what is known as a Great Conjunction between Jupiter and Saturn, at, guess what? 0° Aquarius!

Yes, I’d say that if we have been waiting all these decades for the Age of Aquarius to begin, it will finally ignite! But, a note of caution: electric Aquarius ramps up to warp speed only after death/rebirth Pluto itself also moves into Aquarius, in 2024. Between 2021 and 2024, expect a see-sawing between old and new: vertical, control-obsessed New World Order hierarchy vs. horizontal decentralized permacultural networking; the 1% (Capricorn) versus the 99% (Aquarius); doing things in old, stuck ways, versus using our imagination to explore and invent entirely new (and, paradoxically, ancient) ways of being and doing on planet Earth and out to the Great Beyond. For if any sign indicates space exploration, it’s Aquarius.

Wikipedia:

When studying the Great Conjunction of 1603, Joannes Kepler. thought that the Star of Bethlehem might be the occurrence of a Great Conjunction, which occurred in 7 BC.

(If so, I imagine the Star of Bethlehem included a conjunction of Mars, or maybe Venus for a short while, to give that bright spot in the sky extra punch for the Three Wise Men.)

What’s important here, is that Great Conjunctions of  Jupiter and Saturn, the two planets that function as a bridge between the individualized consciousness (short cycled planets, including Sun, Moon, Venus, Mercury, Mars) and the planets of the collective unconscious (Uranus, Neptune Pluto and beyond), concern the manifestation of goals, plans, structures (Saturn) that are granted extra oomph (Jupiter) during each 20 year period.

And when did the last Great Conjunction begin? May 2000. We are only a few weeks from a 20 year anniversary during this month of June 2020. And what sign was it in then? Taurus, the most earthy earth sign, fixed, security-oriented, stable, and stubborn as hell. If there is any single sign that correlates with the natural world, it is Taurus. Continue reading

Happy Solstice + A Sky Alert

In honor of Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, I thought I’d post some sunshine yellows from the garden. Very soon after Solstice, we’ve got a Solar Eclipse at 2:41 a.m. Eastern US time, plus Father’s Day tomorrow. Sending heartfelt blessings to all.

For those interested in an in depth sky weather report, Astrobutterfly does a great job here. As usual, key spots in my natal chart and life get activated by this eclipse. It’s really uncanny how this keeps happening in such precise ways. Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy these sunshine yellows:

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Happy Summer Solstice!

Divine Doorway and Portal Quotes

Every time I paint a portal “door,” even commissioned pieces, it involves a lot of internal processing and Dreamwork. This Lady Justice Portal is no different in that regard. Both the person I’m creating it for and I have been deeply focused and receiving all sorts of guidance.

Today, I received a sense that true Justice looks at all the angles, considers all the information on all different levels, including history. I suddenly got an “instruction” to write up all the quotes from my prior portals, in order, and post them on the blog. “Read the larger message opening through these doors.”

Keep in mind, I’ve painted these portals across more than a decade of linear time. Most came through dreams, intuition and visions, sometimes with years between each portal. Even so, the quotes read like some kind of cosmic instruction manual, building on the prior message even if I didn’t realize it at the time. It’s also curious to find all these sky and star references, because for many years, I had no idea I was encoding so much astrology into the doors.

Here are the quotes, in order:

1. “There are things known and things unknown and in between are the doors.” –Jim Morrison

2. “Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.” – Joseph Campbell

3. “Wherever you are is the entry point.” – Kabir

4. “Trust in dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity …” – Kahlil Gibran

5. “The sky, the sky beyond the door is blue.” – Ryan Stiles

6. “There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.” -Graham Greene

7. “Between God and the soul, there is no between.” – Julian of Norwich

8. “Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open.” – John Barrymore

9. “Remember, my friend, you must go down the road to know, it is as above and so below.” (Shawn Blackwolf)

10. “There are two mistakes one can make on the road to truth … not going all the way and not starting.”–Buddha

11. “A sky as pure as water bathed the stars and brought them out.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

12. “You’ll see the sky is open now.” – Donna DeLory

13. “Let my heart open the door to your heart as wide as the world.”  (Krishna Das)

14. “And think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.” – Kahlil Gibran

15. The entire 18 Armanen Rune sequence.

16. “Not all who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

17. “Love says, ‘There is a way. I have traveled it thousands of times.'” – Rumi

18. “Sometimes you don’t know when you’re taking the first step through a door until you’re already inside.” Ann Voskamp

19. “Take a small step in the direction of a dream, and watch the synchronous doors flying open.” – Julia Cameron

20. “Be an opener of doors.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

21. “If you open the door of wisdom, all other doors will be opened.” – Mehmet Murat ildan

22. (in process now) “The universe and the light of the stars come through me.”  – Rumi

Astrobutterfly ~ The Astrology of June 2020: Solar Eclipse in Cancer (+ My Own Notes on this Month’s Alignments)

Here’s another terrific big picture overview by Astrobutterfly. I’ll just add that in addition to what she mentions here:

June 3rd, 2020 – Venus Conjunct Sun

On June 3rd, Venus retrograde is conjunct the Sun at 13° Gemini, and a new 584-day Venus cycle begins.

This is when Venus leaves her nightgown and transforms into a morning star. Venus is still invisible, burned by the Sun. But it is in the purifying heat of the Sun where we will experience a rebirth of the heart.

Read more about this process of metamorphosis here: Venus’ Descent Into The Underworld – From Evening Star To Morning Star.

A recent dream alerted me to the importance of 13 Gemini and 13 Pisces on Monday into Tuesday, right before Venus conjuncts the Sun at 13 Gemini. It turns out this pivotal event when Venus begins her new cycle, also squares Mars and the asteroid Nessus at 13 Pisces. Astrobutterfly talks about Mars as the planet of action, but with Mars also conjunct Nessus, a centaur that can indicate “obsession” and “cycles of abuse,” we see more clearly the dynamics that this Venus reset aims to shift. Look at any relationships with cycles of abuse — whether in their own right, or in generational, ancestral and societal patterns of abuse.

As usual the alignments of June 2020 hit uncannily precise spots in my natal chart. My natal Venus is within minutes of 13 degrees Gemini, and my natal Mars is at 10 degrees 10 minutes Pisces, exactly (to the minute) conjunct my mom’s Mars. Nessus has been hanging around that area for awhile now since centaurs move slowly, but to have Nessus conjunct both transiting and my natal Mars, square Venus at the moment of a new Venus cycle — right on my own natal Venus? Wowza.

In addition to the Sun-Mars square that day, the June 5 Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius conjuncts my natal Juno, an asteroid connected with relationships, especially romantic ones. Mercury will turn direct right on my natal Vesta, the keeper of the flame, vestal virgin and a different kind of relationship asteroid. When the Sun conjuncts the collective North Node on June 19, it also conjuncts David’s natal Venus and my progressed Saturn. As Astrobutterfly notes:

The Solar Eclipse in Cancer is a North Node eclipse. Unlike South Node eclipses, which have a karmic flavor, North Node eclipses are opportunities to rewrite the script of our destiny.

The North Node is like a vortex – anything is possible when we have a North Node Eclipse. But be mindful of what you do. Because there will always be a payout – usually at a future South Node eclipse. 

The Sun is conjunct the North Node once every year. This is the best day of the year to ask yourself “Who am I really?” “What is my true purpose? What is my life path?”

Notice the first answer that comes to you. Gemini has a curious, open-minded vibe. It is important that you don’t try to seek confirmations or validations to existing assumptions during this time.

Instead – be like a Gemini. Be open-minded. Welcome new perspectives. Accept that you don’t yet have all the answers. 

(Laura again): If you’ve not read my North Node Horoscopes for June, you can read Catherine’s intro and find the link to them here. I’ve shared only some of my own uncanny, personal transits this month, but make no mistake: everyone will feel at least a few of these astro events. We’re talking major shift potential. Do give some thought to any cycles of abuse that you’d like to resolve and/or release. The alignment on June 1-3 seems extra potent for both clarity and healing.

Again, you can find Astrobutterfly’s full write-up here.

June North Node Horoscopes are Up

Due to the holiday weekend, these got posted a little later than the usual 22nd, but they’re up now.

North Node June Theme!

Eclipse Season begins with a Sagittarius Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on June 5, followed by a Cancer New Moon Solar Eclipse on June 21st, just one day after Summer Solstice. These events will affect everyone on some level. Whether or not it triggers any destiny level activity in your life depends on not only the sign but especially the degree of your North Node.

You can read the rest of the intro and find your individual North Node Horoscope by clicking here. (If you don’t know your North Node sign, Catherine Grace O’s blog has a handy chart to figure it out.)

Normally, I recommend reading both your sign and the sign associated with the house of your North Node (if you know it), but this month has such specific alignments in the sky that your North Node sign kind of trumps its house. You can read both, but the house is less involved in the predictions than it often is. For reference:

1st House North Node = Aries North Node similarities

2nd House North Node = Taurus North Node similarities

3rd House North Node = Gemini North Node similarities

4th House North Node = Cancer North Node similarities

5th House North Node = Leo North Node similarities

6th House North Node = Virgo North Node similarities

7th House North Node = Libra North Node similarities

8th House North Node = Scorpio North Node similarities

9th House North Node = Sagittarius North Node similarities

10th House North Node = Capricorn North Node similarities

11th House North Node = Aquarius North Node similarities

12th House North Node = Pisces North Node similarities

For example, if you have a Leo North Node in the 12th house, your primary North Node Horoscope would be Leo, but you’ll also find guidance in the Pisces North Node information. The beauty of North Node horoscopes is that you can usually calculate the sign without an exact birth time, and the sign is always super relevant to your life path. As with anything in astrology, though, the more exact time you have, the more subtle information you can glean.

Again, this month’s North Node Horoscopes are less house-specific and more sign-specific than usual.

Happy Eclipse Season and Venus Retrograde!