Quick Garden Update

The transition to Autumn continues. Between storms and critters, the last of the sunflowers toppled over or got devoured by hungry gold finches, squirrels and chipmunks. Colors still delight the eyes with red salvia, dianthus, and different types of cosmos and zinnias now taking center stage.

Purple and lacinato kale bring their own hues to the mix, and the rainbow chard are taking off in the silver planter.

Some of my late Summer planted lettuce is growing. I’m not sure what’s up with the spinach! I’ll try again when the temps consistently cool.

In any case, I thought I’d share some of today’s views of this surprisingly edible front yard.

Wishing everyone a beautiful day!

Approaching Go Time?

In my Precognitive Blues, Part 3 post, I shared the following:

A Recent Tarot Dream

On October 2, 2019, I had a potent dream. I stood in a pool at twilight chatting with my friend’s teenage son, Sol. (It seemed more symbolic with the name — Sol, aka “Sun” — rather than the person.) We could overhear my aunt and sister discussing the special mandala shaped patio and walkway under their feet. It featured a center circle at slightly lower elevation than the surrounding circles, which all tilted towards the center circle. My aunt told my sister, this setup would “ensure everyone and everything winds up in the right place at the right time in the event of an earthquake.”

At that point, something in me snapped, and I shouted at the dream itself, “What is the significance of ____?” I listed options, making sure to cover all bases except the one I suspected it might be. All of a sudden, the dream turned into a giant Tarot card! I won’t say which card or my question, because those details are private … and also because I want to make a more universal point about Tarot card dreams.

In any case, the dream went from a pool at twilight with Sol/Sun, overhearing a discussion about cracking foundations, safe mandala patios and sorting people and things in the event of an earthquake … then to my question/demand … and then to a giant cartoon Tarot card. I mentioned before that Tarot cards carry multiple meanings. In my dream, this card added and subtracted details to leave only one possible interpretation. Just in case I tried to miss the point — and yes, in the dream I tried to miss it — the card sparkled and flashed its modified details like a cornball cartoon. Subtle it was not.

An amused voice-over asked, “Any questions?”

Stunned, I found myself back in the swimming pool at twilight, talking to Sol and overhearing the exact same conversation about the mandala patio/walkway/foundation built to ensure everyone and everything winds up where they need to be in the event of an earthquake.

I had this powerful Tarot dream the day Pluto turned from retrograde to direct at 20 Capricorn — a significant position in my life for a variety of reasons. At the time of the dream, I didn’t realize Pluto’s shift, but the dream involved such obvious Plutonian themes that my jaw dropped when I looked up the transits. I wanted to discount the dream, but the astrology forced my left brain into compliance. I began composing a “hypothetical” email to my astrology mentor, Ann Kreilkamp and then laughed at myself. The flashing one-interpretation-only Tarot card gave my right brain no place to run. Pretending I didn’t get the message after seeing the astrology embarrassed me enough to stop composing the email.

You asked, Laura. You demanded an answer. We suggest you deal with it.

I’m still doing my Gemini Houdini negotiations with that dream whammy. For all we want to know, part of us may not really want to know what we already know. That dilemma arises in precognitive and “normal” people, if there’s actually a difference. At some point, we know what we know, whether that information comes in a vision, in a dream, by hypnotherapy, psychic reading, or through careful research and observation. Precognitive Blues, Part 1 and Part 2 explore gradations and complications of seeming foreknowledge. Clairaudience, Clairvoyance, Clairsentience, and Claircognizance explores ways that foreknowledge reveals itself.

Fast forward to September 11, 2022, the 21st anniversary of 9/11. I know I’m not the only one to notice this, because I keep hearing from friends and clients that they also felt a significant shift on September 8. For a friend and myself, the sense of this shift preceded the announcement of Queen Elizabeth’s death, but coincided with the supposed time of her death. My Full Moon in Pisces post noted:

September 10 Full Moon in Pisces, 5:59 a.m. Eastern US time. This Full Moon loosely conjuncts Neptune in Pisces, bringing extra empathy and intuition to an already highly charged day. The Sabian Symbol for this Full Moon is “IN A GIGANTIC TENT, VILLAGERS WITNESS A SPECTACULAR PERFORMANCE.” Whether religious, political or some form of “bread and circuses,” Neptune’s presence adds massive Glamour to the leader of this spectacle. It will be easy to get carried away by sweeping emotions and inspiration. Something about this Full Moon dazzles the public in dramatic ways.

I almost wrote but deleted, “Will that spectacle be a huge state funeral?” With all the memorials, 10 days of mourning, etc., I can’t imagine a more “spectacular performance” than the lead up to Queen E2’s funeral, the event itself and King Charles III’s coronation ceremony.

I was not surprised by the death announcement since I had a dream on August 28 from which I awoke hearing young children singing, “London Bridge is falling down, falling down. London Bridge is falling down, my fair lady!” This dream followed an extreme kundalini experience while watching the movie “London Has Fallen.” As I continued to have what I call kundalini shakes while watching the film, I kept saying to David, “I hope this doesn’t mean something like this is going to happen. I haven’t had these shakes since right before 9/11.” After the Queen died, I learned that the code for her death is “London Bridge has fallen,” and the name for the protocol for transition of power to Charles is called “Operation London Bridge.”

But back to my October 2, 2019 dream about the special mandala floors to ensure everyone and everything winds up in the right place at the right time in the event of an earthquake. Over the years, I keep returning to this metaphor, and I’ve shared it with MANY clients. There seems to be some kind of reality overlay that will shift like a Rubik’s cube and click everyone and everything into place. Others and I have tracked massive synchronicities, dreams and external events, which seem to validate a separate timeline — whether we call that a New Earth, an alternate reality, or Ascension.

In the past few days, the movement of mandala floors showed up in a literal way in my 3D life. This coincided with a bizarre sighting of a hot air balloon, synchronicities around the Moon, as well as earthquakes (seen on a movie, but there’s also an uptick in 3D life). After a Friday session for a colleague, I shared details of a tight Celtic knot of dreams and synchronicities involving the shifting mandala floors and the hot air balloon. She told me that she has had numerous dreams and synchronicities involving hot air balloons as connected to “this time we’re in, go time.” Her most recent hot air balloon synchronicity occurred around the same time as I saw the hot air balloon on the previous day.

But wait! There’s more … this morning, I received an email from the person whose portal matches the card from my October 2, 2019 dream. Her email had the subject line, “Moving Mandalas!” We went back and forth on various synchronicities, only to discover that she used to crew hot air balloons and uses that terminology to describe different types of lift off. She also sent me an image of an owl in the center of a squaring the circle mandala.

I’m barely scratching the surface of dreams, synchronicities and validating 3D world events. I can’t say for certain what’s coming, but it feels like we have entered the next phase of a long, slow and careful process. Remember, my September 2022 Forecast says about the New Moon later this month:

September 25 New Moon in Libra 5:55 p.m. Eastern US time. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins at Sundown. The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon indicates powerful shifts: (LIBRA 3°): THE DAWN OF A NEW DAY REVEALS EVERYTHING CHANGED. This degree also opposes Jupiter in Aries. Jupiter enlarges everything, so whatever revelations come, they’ll be big. Mercury and Venus conjunct in Virgo, bringing love and grace to the message. Saturn in Aquarius trines Mars in Gemini and squares Uranus in Taurus. The Saturn-Mars trine supports responsible action, but the Saturn-Uranus square demands bolder, revolutionary moves. This New Moon sets the stage for an October Surprise when that square goes within minutes of exact.

We shall see what unfolds, but the sky and Sabian Symbols seem to confirm big shifts below. I’ve noticed that the Moon cycle unfolds from one Full Moon to the next Full Moon, from New Moon to the next New Moon, so this doesn’t necessarily mean everything will look totally different on September 25. But it might!

I’ve tracked this time period for years due to dreams and synchronicities. I posted the Two of Cups portal on Fall Equinox 2020, and Fall Equinox 2019 was also filled with highly charged time slipping events. This 2022 time of equal day and equal night feels like a cosmic hinge point, especially with the powerful New Moon symbolism on the 25th.

For me, this feels extra powerful. On the September 22, 2022 Equinox, my progressed Scorpio Moon shifts into Sagittarius. My progressed Moon entered Scorpio on March 27, 2020 and remains in Pluto’s lair until Fall Equinox 2022. The New Moon on the 25th conjuncts my natal Pluto (death/rebirth/regeneration) and activates my natal Sun-Moon-Pluto Grand Trine, right after my progressed Scorpio Moon (ruled by Pluto) moves from the shadowy Underworld to a bright and bold Sagittarius adventure. How will this play out? No idea, but my progressed Moon has uncannily tracked with the worldwide COVID drama.

My October 2022 Forecast (not published yet as of this post) shares:

October 8 Pluto stations direct in Capricorn. After a deep dive since April 29, Lord of the Underworld prepares to resurface. All those hidden things you thought would never see the light of day? Pluto drags ’em up when he’s good and ready. Nobody pushes Pluto around. Resistance is futile. Try to suppress that force, and you’ll find death, destruction and devastation like you never imagined. Work with Pluto, and he brings healing, rebirth and regeneration beyond your wildest dreams. Ignore him at your peril. If you’ve ever wanted to clean house, do so now. You have support.

Does my October 2, 2019 Pluto stationing direct dream connect to this October 8 Pluto stationing direct? I don’t know. Maybe. It feels connected, but time will tell.

Today’s post won’t make sense to everyone, and that’s OK. I share this because in sessions I find that many intuitive people receive similar dream symbols, messages and synchronicities. Perhaps you are, too. If so, you’re not alone. For whatever it’s worth, I’ve been shown some great challenges for humanity, but also that vibration makes a huge difference of how the challenges will affect individuals. None of us will remain untouched, but it is possible to experience the rebirth and regeneration — sooner and more profoundly — after the metaphorical or literal death and destruction.

Above all, this is a time for prayer, discernment, gentle nurturing, patient waiting — and bold moves if and when we get the signal for “go time.” It’s approaching. I don’t know exactly when or how, but those special mandala floors are on the move!

Garden Update ~ Autumn is Coming, Plus a Toe Update

Just a few photos today, as much of the garden looks similar to photos from August 28th. A few things have changed.

I removed some of the spent sunflowers up front, while still leaving plenty for the goldfinches I so love.

Some lettuce has sprouted in the metal planter, so I cleared out some of the leaves and spent sunflowers that would shade them too much. I’m hoping some purple lettuce sprouts, too, so I can have rainbow chart and multi colored lettuces in there. I also planted spinach AGAIN, because none of my spinach seems to take. David and I saved some store bought lettuce bottoms, and I transplanted those today, too. They don’t always take well, but when they do, they jump start lettuce for fall greens.

Out back, the fall clematis bloomed its show of white:

You can also tell fall’s approach by the slight shift in collard and kale colors in the Garden Tower:

I get tired of gardening at this time of year, but I know some of the best harvests await! Frost kissed greens are so sweet, and we’re still getting loads of peppers, tomatoes and purple long beans. I still need to harvest my second batch of potatoes, as well as make pesto from bunches of basil. It’s all so yummy, but yes, once you harvest you need to do things with that produce!

For those wondering about my left pinky toe: I’m on the mend! Thank you for the kind wishes and Reiki. My foot is still blue in one spot, but not nearly so dark or broadly discolored. I can get around the house at almost normal pace provided I wear the pair of HOKA’s that happened to arrive the day I sprained and slightly fractured my toe. I couldn’t wear them for about five days due to swelling, but they have been a gift during this time I’d otherwise be hobbling much more.

The injury did slow me down, as I recognized it came from that repeat message days prior to the accident. I’m not adding so many sessions to already full days just because people keep begging me. I can only move so fast, and I need to stay balanced in order to help others. I feel like walking barefoot in the garden helps my toe, but that also happens in a very slow, deliberate fashion, so as not to strain my pinky. I do so much yoga that it’s second nature to have very grippy toes. That’s good for balance, but not good for a broken toe!

The Strength card portal in progress also continues. I very much hope to finish it this month! Wishing you a beautiful holiday weekend.

Full Moon in Pisces ~ September 10, 2022

My September 2022 Forecast shares:

September 10 Full Moon in Pisces, 5:59 a.m. Eastern US time. This Full Moon loosely conjuncts Neptune in Pisces, bringing extra empathy and intuition to an already highly charged day. The Sabian Symbol for this Full Moon is “IN A GIGANTIC TENT, VILLAGERS WITNESS A SPECTACULAR PERFORMANCE.” Whether religious, political or some form of “bread and circuses,” Neptune’s presence adds massive Glamour to the leader of this spectacle. It will be easy to get carried away by sweeping emotions and inspiration. Something about this Full Moon dazzles the public in dramatic ways.

This Full Moon occurs just hours after Mercury stations retrograde in Libra. My Forecast notes:

September 9 Mercury stations retrograde in Libra. Mercury will remain retrograde until October 2, moving through Libra and back into Virgo. This particular Mercury Rx asks us to re-evaluate legal matters, areas of imbalance, injustice, and re-analyze the details. Complex situations call for more than a cursory look, and we may find that things are not as they appeared. As with any Mercury Rx, dot your i’s and cross your t’s. Closely examine or postpone binding contracts. Remember, time moves in cycles. Previous Mercury Rx periods could return as relevant: January 14-February 3, 2022; May 10-June 3, 2022; even as far back as October 14-November 3, 2020.

The combination of Mercury stationing retrograde and a Full Moon in Pisces conjunct ruler Neptune increases the odds of confusion and delusion. Alternatively, it could shine Divine Light on prior times of confusion or delusion. Full Moon cycles play out over the next month, and Mercury remains retrograde for much of this time.

Mercury Rx gets a bad rap, but these periods do facilitate anything that begins with re-. Reflection, revision, re-examination, review, redo. Real revelations will occur during this time period, but their relevance might not seem obvious until Mercury goes direct on October 2 or until the next Full Moon in Aries on October 9. If some grand spectacle appears, take it with a grain of salt and Sun-in-Virgo skepticism. It’s OK to question reality! Especially the miasma that passes for “truth” and “facts” in a brainwashed, zombified, and addicted world.

Tune into the higher octave of Pisces: unconditional compassion, faith, beauty, healing, and a higher perspective far beyond the realm of ego. This is a great time to work on creative projects, which will benefit from ongoing revision and soaring inspiration. Music and theater receive extra oomph from that “spectacular performance” energy. It’s also a good time to explore principles of Reiki, Aikido, Lao-Tzu, Sun Tzu, and Wu Wei.

Pay special attention to any dreams you have during this time. Pisces and Neptune can trigger psychic downloads. Watch for symbolism in waking life, as well.

September 2022 Specials


As always, I tailor these to current energies, questions and requests. I’m getting a LOT of preparedness questions, so I’m including the Astro Preparedness Special again. If you prefer to use that time for more 3D reality explorations, we can do that, too. 🙂 The second special is one of my favorites to offer!

Astro Preparedness Special

This special combinies astrology and preparedness. The rest of 2022 brings intense, rare and once in a lifetime collective transits. These arise as chaos kicks and screams around the world. Such times can feel scary, but they also offer tremendous opportunities.

This 40-minute special looks at your natal chart and transits, as well as your current location and situation in order to help you empower yourself in the most joyful and beneficial ways. I will tailor these sessions to the individual client: some people will be more precisely impacted by coming events than others. We can focus more on the astrology, or draw more from my background in following dreams and intuitive guidance, or implementing permaculture and organic gardening. In any case, this session aims to launch breakthroughs even in the midst of systemic 3D world breakdowns. $133 if prepaid on or before 9/30/22. Please contact me to sign up.

Dreamweaver Special

This half-hour offering dives deep into Dreamtime. We can use our time together to analyze a specific dream or dreams, look at overall dream themes, or explore how to glean even more from your dreams. We can discuss recommended tools, techniques and/or resources, and I offer support for people intrigued yet troubled by precognitive dreams or nightmares. Basically, I tailor the session to you and your needs, but in some way, shape or form we look at dreams. $111 if prepaid on or before 9/30/2022. Please contact me to sign up.

Timothy Glenn ~ This is So Retro

Timothy Glenn is on a roll! I’m so grateful and honored that he continues to offer his additional astro insights on this blog. Indeed, I’ve sensed a rocky road ahead … but even rocky roads offer blessings along the way. Buckle up and check your shock absorbers. What a spectacular time to be alive!

This Is So Retro
by Timothy Glenn

It’s official. Uranus has gone into retrograde motion. Ordinarily, that wouldn’t seem especially noteworthy, much less foreboding. But then we consider the context.

Pluto has been retrograde since April 29.
Saturn has been retrograde since June 4.
Neptune has been retrograde since June 28.
Chiron has been retrograde since July 19.
Jupiter has been retrograde since July 28.

And then we can factor in the phenomenon of Pluto operating in Capricorn in both the Tropical and Sidereal Zodiacs simultaneously as we head into the grand climax of the United States Pluto Return. This has produced a massive amount of pressure that has been building up throughout these months. It feels like a revolutionary powder keg waiting for someone to strike the proverbial match.

So now we add Uranus retrograde as of August 24.

The match has been struck.

Revelations Activate Revolutions

Uranus rules Aquarius, and has been known as the Revelator, the Awakener, the Idealist, the Revolutionary, the Liberator, the Humanitarian, the Reformer and so forth. When Uranus begins affecting any part of our individual or collective charts, the first thing he does is look for whatever is holding us down or holding us back. He shines bright light into our darkest corners, heedless of who might get blinded by the light.

His original and creative thinking processes immediately start formulating schemes for setting us free. Traditional thinkers often regard his mind as devious, wily and conniving. But every single plot he hatches out is aimed at awakening and liberating us, even from our own delusions. Uranus likes to push us out beyond the parameters of religious beliefs, philosophical systems and societal norms.

A lot of people fear the influence of Uranus because he can upset their little apple carts. Indeed, he can be unpredictable and therefore disruptive. He relies on the strategy of a hide and pounce hunter. He revels in the element of surprise. Unlike Neptune the Slow Dissolver, he waits for the opportune moment, and then strikes with a lightning bolt of Revelation.

Uranus is also known for exhibiting a bit of an attitude. Over the next several months, the creepazoids who have been running and ruining the world are going to hear his battle cry: “Screw this!”

The Aquarian Air Force is ready to unleash Truth Bombs from the sky.

Back to Retrogrades

As we move into September with all the aforementioned retrograde planetary pressure, we could use a little help from a little friend: Mercury. As the ruler of Gemini, Mercury takes charge of accessing and dispensing information. It’s not simply a matter of taking in data and spitting it straight back out again. Mercury loves to amass entire data sets, and then amalgamate, organize and creatively reformat them prior to communicating. It’s like taking a decade’s worth of experience, and distilling it down to a fifteen minute presentation.

The periods of Mercury retrograde are already fairly well known in the general public. In a typical year, Mercury will go into retrograde motion four times, for about three weeks each time. But after resuming direct motion, Mercury then has to retrace his steps back over the terrain where he had just finished confusing the hell out of everybody. This is where we slog our way through the Shadow of the Mercury Retrograde.

Some of us also take note of the period before Mercury stations retrograde. We call this period the Foreshadow or pre-shadow, because we are moving through the very degrees where we know Mercury is going to back over us after he shifts into reverse. And upon completing the actual retrograde, he stations direct and shifts back into first gear, so he can run over us again in the Shadow period.

Mercury entered this foreshadowing period on August 21, merely three days before Uranus began its own retrograde. And the Mercury Retrograde will officially kick off on September 10, the day before the 21st anniversary of the 2001 September 11 false flag attack. The Mercury Retrograde ends on October 2, followed by the Shadow period until October 26.

October Surprises

Another major player in our current retrograde game is Pluto. He was the first to go retrograde, and he will be the first to bundle up this pressurized energy and bulldoze his way forward. On October 8, Pluto will station direct in preparation for bringing the United States Pluto Return to its grand climax. On December 29, for the third and final time this year, Pluto will cross over its exact location in the chart for the 1776 Declaration of Independence. The gloves are coming off.

When elections are held in early November, we often witness impactful revelations or events that carry the potential to shift the outcome of the election. More often than not, an October surprise has been deliberately planned well in advance. Political parties and their candidates will always try to spin any narrative to their own advantage, so our sincere discernment will prove to be crucial during the coming months.

Pluto’s function in Capricorn includes unveiling what has been concealed. Saturn, the ruler of Capricorn, will station direct on October 23. Saturn’s advice for these tumultuous times would be: if you believe you must take sides, choose the side of universal truth. Facts will continue to be laid out in front of you, and sometimes the truth hurts.

However, any time truth hurts, the pain is merely showing us where we still hold mental and emotional attachments to inaccurate narratives.

Real Eyes Realize Real Lies

Aside from the obvious initials of Belief System, the word “lie” appears in the midst of the word “believe”. Human societies have conditioned us for ages to fixate our minds on various ideas, and then declare them true or false. And all too often, reams of fine print accompany a single concept that has an agenda behind it.

Uranus and Company are offering us an adventure in free thinking. Aristotle said, “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain an idea without accepting it.” We are free to perceive without believing. We are free to regard ourselves as ever-changing bundles of ever-changing perceptions in the midst of an ever-changing universe. And we are free to turn off the so-called mainstream propaganda programming and say, “Screw this!”

We are also free to cultivate our empathy, intuition and sense of resonance as we observe the information war on the world stage. We are free to question everything. What if it’s all scripted? What if it’s all a game of divide and conquer? What if it’s all smoke and mirrors? What if it’s only there to distract us from who and what we truly are? What if most of the technology is no more than a dog and pony show? What if it’s just a movie?

You are free to determine the answers within your own Reality Tunnel, and you are free to change your answers as the story unfolds.

Who’s Who in the Zoo?

You might be tempted to lay bets as to which actors on the world stage are working for the dark side and which ones are working for the light. But you might not want to bet the farm.

There are signs along the roadside that say “Plot Twists Ahead”. Who are the white hats and who are the black hats? For that matter, who are the grey hats and who are the moles? Who are the double agents and who are the triple agents? Who are the ones walking the tightrope in the middle, waiting to see who wins, so they can join in and pretend to have been true to the cause all along?

Who are puppets and who are puppeteers? Who wrote the scripts? Who are the producers and who are the directors?

Mental and emotional attachments to persons, places, roles and specific outcomes aren’t recommended. When living in Sedona back in 1999, a friend and I would spend hours sharing data and comparing notes. We got into the habit of ending each discussion by saying: “Well, it’s a fascinating movie, and we have great seats. Pass the popcorn.”

Mars in Gemini for 7 Months

At the very beginning of August, Mars crossed over the North Node of the Moon and Uranus. This fired a shot across the bow of the ship of the old world, signaling a time of karmic reckoning.

On August 20, Mars entered the Tropical sign of Gemini. As mentioned earlier: Mercury, the ruler of Gemini, entered the pre-shadow of its current retrograde the following day, and then Uranus began its retrograde three days later on August 24. Mars and the Sun squared each other on August 25. If there had been any doubt as to whether the match had been struck to light the powder keg, Mars erased all doubt.

Mars has officially entered the fray. He will heat up the information wars and get a boost from an exact sextile to Jupiter on September 1, enhancing that energy by teaming up with Saturn by way of an exact trine with Saturn on September 28. Since Mars will go retrograde on October 30, he will exactly trine Saturn two more times, the next falling on November 28. The third won’t occur until March 30, 2023.

Another not-so-subtle aspect will see Mars exactly squaring Neptune three times; October 12 and November 19 of 2022, and March 14 of 2023. The Mars/Neptune squares promise to shatter illusions. With Mars going retrograde on October 30, don’t expect the Great Pumpkin to show up with goodies the next evening.

Dear New Age Fluff Bunnies: This is to inform you of a significant shipping delay of your order for puppy dogs, rainbows and butterflies. We apologize for any inconvenience. We are compensating you with a complimentary surprise package of lightning bolts. Yours Truly, the Matrix Team.

Here in the northern hemisphere, when someone asks if we’re ready for fall, the fun rejoinder is: “Do you mean autumn? Or the fall of civilization?”

Timothy Glenn

Garden Update ~ Hints of Autumn

The light has turned in Michigan, along with an array of late summer flowers and fruits. Even though the temperatures remain warm, I can feel and see the shift. Maybe you can, too:

The silver planter got seeded with colorful lettuce for (fingers crossed!) a decorative fall crop once I cut back the spent sunflowers, marigolds, salvia and bachelor’s buttons. Hidden amidst the flowers are brightly colored rainbow chard plants, which have so far survived the groundhog’s occasional forays into the yard. I have a vision of that planter with green and purple lettuces intermixed with yellow, pink and ruby chard, but we’ll see how it grows. Everything’s an experiment!

I also added some mum’s last week. I have a few perennial ones, and we’ll see if these new ones take.

Out back, the Evening Sun sunflower finally bloomed. I suspect a bunny ate the rest of the sprouts, so I’ll let this one go to seed. Hopefully next year we’ll have some more. To the back left, you can see amaranth making its way to the huge, crimson heads. I’m a little afraid to let that go to seed, lest I have amaranth EVERYWHERE … but it would be fun to harvest my own superfood. The fall clematis should start blooming white in a couple weeks, and you can see the sedum just starting to blush. The bees are thrilled!

I pulled out the butternut squash plants and got a modest harvest. It would have been much more prolific if I’d followed my intuition to add gypsum before I lost twelve to blossom end rot. It appears the prickly squash vines and leaves were protecting my sweet potatoes from a voracious groundhog. Out came the stinky spray, because someone munched almost all the leaves, even inside the low fencing. I might need to make that higher next year. I know those leaves are a groundhog favorite, but I hope I get at least some sweet potatoes. They were an experiment in an area that doesn’t really get enough light to their liking. If I get anything from that bed, I’ll consider it a success.

The Taiyo sunflowers have grown well back there. You can see one of many happy honeybees in the photo below:

Last week, I harvested one of our aronia bushes. I froze many bags of berries and also made a dessert that David loved. Part of that is frozen, too, for special treats throughout the year. You can see I need to harvest the other aronia bush, which is bowing over from the weight of the berries.

To the left, you might be able to make out an elderberry bush, also almost ready to harvest. These are not my favorite berries, but they’re easy to grow and loaded with nutrients and health benefits. Unlike blueberries, these bushes don’t fall prey to birds or bunnies. From a medicinal garden standpoint, I love having an easy source of antioxidants and immunity boosters. Next up a gluten free aronia berry pie with monkfruit and a hint of stevia instead of sugar. Anyone know of any savory aronia recipes?

As we approach the change of seasons, it feels good to plan next year’s garden — with hopes of another harvest before the big freeze. How are you celebrating the coming shifts?

September 2022 Forecast and Third Quarter North Node Horoscopes


September 1 Mars in Gemini sextile Jupiter in Aries. Grand opportunities, bold beginnings, and wild enthusiasm: early September sounds the horn. Remember this good feeling in times of less certainty.

September 5 Venus enters Virgo. Dial back tendencies to nitpick or demand perfection from loved ones. The next few weeks are a good time to practice discernment about what you need and desire, but the Goddess of Love feels weak in Virgo. Compared to the high romance and sweeping Glamour of Pisces, Virgo feels so — ordinary — and Venus can pout and languish here. Be honest about desires, but resist the urge to destroy something solid in favor of fantasies that won’t materialize. Virgo brings devotion and commitment, day in and day out. It’s OK to long for more, but remember gratitude for what you already have.

September 9 Mercury stations retrograde in Libra. Mercury will remain retrograde until October 2, moving through Libra and back into Virgo. This particular Mercury Rx asks us to re-evaluate legal matters, areas of imbalance, injustice, and re-analyze the details. Complex situations call for more than a cursory look, and we may find that things are not as they appeared. As with any Mercury Rx, dot your i’s and cross your t’s. Closely examine or postpone binding contracts. Remember, time moves in cycles. Previous Mercury Rx periods could return as relevant: January 14-February 3, 2022; May 10-June 3, 2022; even as far back as October 14-November 3, 2020.

September 10 Full Moon in Pisces, 5:59 a.m. Eastern US time. This Full Moon loosely conjuncts Neptune in Pisces, bringing extra empathy and intuition to an already highly charged day. The Sabian Symbol for this Full Moon is “IN A GIGANTIC TENT, VILLAGERS WITNESS A SPECTACULAR PERFORMANCE.” Whether religious, political or some form of “bread and circuses,” Neptune’s presence adds massive Glamour to the leader of this spectacle. It will be easy to get carried away by sweeping emotions and inspiration. Something about this Full Moon dazzles the public in dramatic ways.

September 16 Sun in Virgo opposite Neptune in Pisces, and Venus in Virgo square Mars in Gemini. A difficult day filled with potential for misunderstandings. Pay attention to details and see if they point to a larger overall picture, but don’t get paranoid. You’ll need discernment and compassion. When in doubt, save final judgments and relationship decisions for another day.

September 18 Sun in Virgo trine Pluto in Capricorn, and Mercury in Libra opposite Jupiter in Aries. Light shines on hidden, intimate or difficult affairs, and we’ll have grand ideas regarding how to address these things. A powerful day to transmute the old into something new, but beware of overconfidence. When in doubt, err on the side of thorough research and diplomacy.

September 22 Sun Enters Libra, Fall Equinox, 9:04 p.m. Eastern US time. In some locations, Equinox occurs on September 23, which also brings Sun in Libra conjunct Mercury in Libra, just before Mercury retrograde re-enters Virgo. This is a pivotal 24-hour time period. Not only do we experience our twice per year equal day and night; the Sun and Mercury trade signs. This links the Virgo/Libra energies even more. We can expect further scrutiny (Mercury in Virgo) to shine light on legal matters and relationships (Sun in Libra).

September 24 Venus in Virgo opposite Neptune in Pisces. Today could feel painful and poignant if you don’t integrate the need for solid, grounded relationships and self-esteem as opposed to sweeping, romantic notions and inspiration. It’s a continuum, so aim for balance between the two. If you feel off today, know this is a quick transit. Pay attention to insights about relationships, but continue to explore these over the next few days.

September 25 New Moon in Libra 5:55 p.m. Eastern US time. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins at Sundown. The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon indicates powerful shifts: (LIBRA 3°): THE DAWN OF A NEW DAY REVEALS EVERYTHING CHANGED. This degree also opposes Jupiter in Aries. Jupiter enlarges everything, so whatever revelations come, they’ll be big. Mercury and Venus conjunct in Virgo, bringing love and grace to the message. Saturn in Aquarius trines Mars in Gemini and squares Uranus in Taurus. The Saturn-Mars trine supports responsible action, but the Saturn-Uranus square demands bolder, revolutionary moves. This New Moon sets the stage for an October Surprise when that square goes within minutes of exact.

September 29 Venus enters Libra. The Love Goddess smiles with relief having made it through the Virgo doldrums. Venus enters one of her home signs, bringing extra grace to the arts, beauty, self-esteem and romance. Because we clearly know our own value, we find ways to compromise for the sake of harmony. We can afford to balance the scales, knowing we won’t lose ourselves in the process.

How September’s 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 quarterly 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.     

You can find your North Node sign here which is often different than your Sun sign. If you’re right on the cusp, consider both possibilities or book a reading for more clarity.


ARIES NORTH NODE: Jupiter remains in Aries all quarter, adding expansive fire to your North Node sign. This bold optimism eases tension as you move through Cancer and Libra seasons. Don’t lose sight of your own course by getting too bogged down nurturing and pleasing others. Mars — the ruler of Aries — enters Gemini on August 20, where he’ll spend a rare seven months, sextiling Aries until March 25, 2023. This transit offers supportive energy. You can take action by seeing through former limitations. As you settle into clarity about codependent relationships, the Wheel of Fortune turns in your favor. New experiences await.

TAURUS NORTH NODE: One of the biggest transits this decade occurs in your sign at the end of July into early August. Staid Taurus has had Uranus stirring things up since May 15, 2018, but July 2022 kicks things up several notches. Mars joins the North Node and Uranus in Taurus in a triple conjunction big enough to knock your socks off. Taurus normally wants to minimize chaos, but you can lean into the energies in order to make quantum leaps. If you’ve felt unsatisfied in an area of life, July and August are a good time for proactive change. You can ride the wave of supportive energies moving through your sign. Take action: you’ll have more influence if you embrace available upgrades.

GEMINI NORTH NODE: When the world goes nuts, shift focus. You’ll benefit from energies this quarter and beyond. Mars — the planet of action and initiative — enters Gemini on August 20 and continues popping off Gemini fireworks until March 25, 2023. Miracles happen when you allow yourself to try new things. Where do passion and interest lead? What tickles your fancy? What turns you into a giddy little kid? Gemini doesn’t take the world too seriously. Sure, Third Quarter 2022 brings intense transits, but your North Node sign makes you extra adaptable to change. Look for silver linings: you’ll find them all over the place. You got this!

CANCER NORTH NODE: In July, Mercury and Venus join the Sun in your North Node sign. You’ll find it easier to articulate feelings and nurture the ones you love. A hint of magic pervades this quarter. You have what you need to thrive, but it takes time and space to receive the blessings. Riptides will pull you under if you try to control the external world. Tend to your own domain. The Moon rules Cancer North Node natives, so pay attention to its cycles. It’s easier to start things during a Waxing Moon, easier to release them in a Waning Moon. Full Moons act like hinge points. New Moons hit the reset button. When burnout strikes, this natural cycle will recharge you.

LEO NORTH NODE: We’re entering your season! Mercury and your sign ruler — the Sun — enter Leo on July 19 and 22, followed by a powerful New Moon in Leo on the 28th. Venus graces your sign from August 11-September 5. Your nodal axis gets squared by all the activity in Taurus. Friction and irritation alert you to coming opportunities. What makes your heart sing? You don’t need to shout that answer to the world just yet, but Third Quarter 2022 adds fuel to your fire. You’ll awaken from whatever nightmares plague you, provided you watch out for #1. Yes, Leo, that means you. When you prosper, everyone benefits. Your greatest contribution happens when you follow your heart.

VIRGO NORTH NODE: Mercury, your sign’s ruler, enters Virgo on August 4, helping you sort through all the details. Virgo North Node natives are service oriented, and this quarter brings new understanding of your role here. It’s time to release old dogmas and illusions. The powerful action in Taurus brings supportive, liberating energy so you can live your best life. Starting on August 22 (or 23), the Sun spends a month highlighting your North Node sign. August 27 brings your yearly New Moon reset, and Venus joins the party on September 5. Third Quarter 2022 asks you to put faith into daily devotion. Not pie in the sky platitudes. Real world choices inspired by dreams and mystical awareness.

LIBRA NORTH NODE: Love is in the air for those who seek it. Every misunderstanding or disappointment offers a chance for higher level harmony and balance. Strange and fleeting opportunities arise. There is enough to go around, but you’ll need to pivot in order to receive the blessings. This is not a time to charge ahead. It’s a time to watch and wait, then open to the experience. Jupiter and Chiron in Aries continue to trigger big lessons from your past. These don’t always feel good, but making peace allows you to move forward. You’ll benefit from Mars in Gemini and Mercury retrograde in Libra, but don’t rush. The Sun shifts seasons to your sign on September 22.

SCORPIO NORTH NODE: July’s big energies in your South Node sign of Taurus could disrupt your old status quo. Know this: whatever shifts needs to move. Taurus is the slowest moving sign, which means Scorpio North Node natives cling to familiar patterns even when they no longer serve. Just as some trees only grow after a fire, Scorpio blessings often arrive after some kind of death or destruction. These could be metaphorical, so don’t panic! You can make quantum leaps this quarter by releasing old, false limitations and at least loosening your grip on anyone or anything standing in the way of your regeneration and rebirth. Divine providence knows more than you do. Put the Serenity Prayer on repeat.

SAGITTARIUS NORTH NODE: Third Quarter 2022 supercharges your nodal axis. You’ll receive supportive energy from any planets in Aries, Leo, Libra and Aquarius. Anything moving through Gemini pings your South Node, so be careful not to spread yourself too thin. Parties, gossip and social media could overwhelm you. If so, allow yourself to take a break! Seek deeper friendships and inner guidance, rather than superficial “like’s” and popularity. You’ll find community by forging your own way. Your boldness activates those around you. Mars moving through Gemini could trigger arguments about old issues and relationships. Stay strong. It’s OK to know what you know and follow that lead.

CAPRICORN NORTH NODE: This is a monumental quarter inside yourself, even if outer events don’t seem to touch you. As planets move through Cancer, they conjunct your South Node, bringing new insights and closure on old patterns and relationships. You’ll need to stay grounded, both physically and emotionally, because some of these shifts could feel tectonic. July 13’s Full Moon in Capricorn will affect you more than most. Continue to create new structures to support you through coming changes. If you feel bereft or scared, flip your perspective. How are events positioning you into greater authority and leadership? What newer commitments feel ripe?

AQUARIUS NORTH NODE: The New Moon in Leo on July 28th occurs in your South Node sign, while the triple conjunction in Taurus squares the Leo-Aquarius axis. Taskmaster Saturn continues his stay in Aquarius, while the Sun, Mercury and Venus all spend time in Leo this quarter. In other words, you could feel some friction between old and new. You might struggle to find your place inside a group. It’s productive struggle, though — like a butterfly wrestling its way out of a cocoon. Hang in there: August 11 brings a Full Moon in Aquarius, and this bodes well. Mars moves into Gemini on August 20, initiating seven months of active, positive support for your highest path. The coming energies in Libra add wind beneath your wings.

PISCES NORTH NODE: Things have calmed down in Pisces, but they heat up in Cancer, Gemini, Leo and Virgo — your South Node sign. Ruler Neptune remains in your North Node sign, but most of the activation occurs through supportive trines, tense squares, surreal quincunx’s and strong opposition. You’re on a journey with varied terrain and weather. Hills and valleys, sunshine, hail and rainbows. In the bigger scheme of things, you’re moving, and that’s all you really need to know. Watch for signs and synchronicities along the way, especially animals. If you have an unusual sighting or dream, look up the shamanic or spiritual meaning of that ally. Your path is mystical and inspired, but few would call it “rational.” Make peace with your process.

August 27 ~ New Moon in Virgo

My August 2022 Forecast notes:

August 27 New Moon in Virgo, 4:17 a.m. Eastern US time. The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon is: “A MAN BECOMING AWARE OF NATURE SPIRITS AND NORMALLY UNSEEN SPIRITUAL AGENCIES.” The Sun/Moon point almost exactly squares Mars in Gemini, bringing friction between our own will and that of our allies. When we tune into Nature and Spirit, we discover new levels to our existence.

Dane Rudhyar further elaborates on the Sabian Symbol for 5 Virgo, saying, “The mind in its objectivizing and analytical character always tends to give ‘name and form’ (nama and rupa in Sanskrit) to that which it contacts as energy process. It ‘images forth’ energy or feeling, relating it to more or less familiar sense experience. We call this IMAGINATION.”

All New Moons offer a reset and a chance to begin anew. This one, in particular, encourages us to tap into the powers of visualization, imagination, prayer and meditation. Virgo rewards good habits and small actions connected to larger things. A sign of devotion, Virgo also lends energy to personal rituals and intentions based on good discernment. Pay attention to your likes and dislikes. While Pisces says “anything goes,” opposite sign Virgo advises us to use discretion. Observe and analyze before taking action.

The exact square from Mars in Gemini could breed irritation. Don’t squelch those feelings! Mercury the Messenger rules both Gemini and Virgo. Annoyance brings information. You can use frustration to discern what feels off, then tweak your efforts to become more streamlined and effective. One person’s “nitpicking” is Virgo’s “troubleshooting.” Make needed shifts and follow up with even more determination.

At the time of the New Moon, Venus in Leo also squares Uranus in Taurus and opposes Saturn in Aquarius, so relationships could demand attention. Does someone or something seem too restrictive? Does your image feel outdated? Where do your values and self-esteem clash with others’ expectations? In which ways do you need to exercise more authenticity in matters of the heart? How can you follow your heart even if it means rebelling against tradition or group dynamics?

You have support from unseen forces. Ask for guidance, and you will receive the help you seek. Use this New Moon to launch new ways of navigating old issues.

Garden and Other Updates

Happy Friday! I haven’t posted garden photos in awhile for a few reasons. Mostly, I’ve been super busy with sessions. Last week, we had a wonderful two-day visit from my sweet friend Pamela. We’ve known each other in several iterations, having first met when we both lived in Santa Fe, NM back in 2002. Then we reconnected when be both lived in Monterey, CA in 2007, and periodically on my visits to Pennsylvania since she moved about an hour and a half away from my mom and sister. I think the last time we saw each other was here in Kalamazoo, back in 2018.

It was soooo nice to reconnect. If you happen to live anywhere near Philadelphia, Pamela gives the best massages of anyone I’ve ever known. Just a heads up: you’re in for a treat. No massage on this visit since she flew here on Reiki-infused planes, but we had a great recharge in a visit that stretched longer than linear time.

In addition to enjoying garden goodies, David, Pamela and I went on a history of Kalamazoo tour, and Pamela and I got some nature time the next day:

In and around her visit, I’ve been super busy with sessions related to all the intense astro energies affecting everyone right now. Things seem to be settling down ever so slightly, but I feel like they’ll pick up again soon. I either broke or sprained my left pinky toe yesterday, and that has forced me to slow WAY down. The injury came after I received that message in several other forms but kept pushing it back. Now I have no excuses and no guilt about moving more slowly. I should also have time to finish a portal painting commissioned over a year and a half ago but perfectly timed for right now.

The garden continues blooming like crazy. I love this late summer phase when the front yard looks like a busy airport. So many happy pollinators! Here are today’s photos:

I didn’t take any backyard photos this morning and don’t want to hobble back there with my phone now. Good harvests continue. I filled a huge colander with aronia berries from one bush. I’ll need to harvest the others tomorrow. I brought in five 16″ purple long beans (so much fun!), as well as a zucchini larger than my forearm. We’ve got all the ingredients for another round of ratatouille tonight or tomorrow, and I can’t wait to try some celery. Kalamazoo used to be famous for its celery farms, and I have to say, I’ve never had such beautiful celery success as I have here. We must have just the right amount of something here to make it thrive.

Other than that, I’ll be icing my poor foot, doing sessions and working on a portal. Wishing everyone a beautiful weekend!