Friday, December 9, 2011

Uranus Direct Activates US Chart, OWS Movement

Uranus, the planet of change and upheaval, goes direct tonight at 11:05 PM, PST. This station occurs on the 4th house of the US Sibley chart, which rules our inner and outer foundations of security. Planetary themes usually become stronger when planets station. Uranus rules the theme of revolutionary change, which is demonstrated now by the Occupy Wall Street movement. It looks likely that there may be some stronger changes/shifts within OWS in the next few days or the coming week.

OWS, which began on September 17, 2011, can clearly be seen in the US chart. The OWS natal Uranus is strongly placed in this chart, which shows its potential for a real transformation in the foundation of our country. Uranus stands for equality, brotherhood and independence of expression. A challenging alignment with Pluto over the next three years will certainly bring a change of power dynamics. Pluto in square aspect to the OWS Venus shows a transformation of social values, along with the US financial system.

The US is now in its Saturn return cycle, which happens every 29-30 years. This is a time filled with change, as older outgrown structures are thrown out and replaced with ones that are more in alignment with our new values. The Saturn alignment with Juno and Venus in Libra show that equality is a strong theme in the OWS chart. Mars in the last degree of Cancer shows the strategy of passive resistance, along with a strong expression of solidarity.

What changes are next on the horizon for the OWS movement? Stay tuned, as I think they will show up soon.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011


By Dorene Carrel

December is another powerful month, highlighted by a Lunar Eclipse and the three planetary stations of Uranus, Mercury and Jupiter. The Sun and Mercury in Sagittarius remind us to give priority to nurturing our inner spiritual visions and discover what really inspires us. The Winter Solstice on December 21 provides clarity for these new visions.

Due to its retrograde cycle, Mercury will be in Sagittarius until January 7. This will bring us more opportunity to release judgments of self and others, along with cultivating a generosity of spirit during this holiday season. During this retrograde period (November 23-December 13), it is best to allow more time to complete projects and be more flexible with plans, etc.

December 3-5 could bring some challenges for mental activity and communications when a difficult aspect pattern is formed between the Sun, Mercury, Mars and Saturn. During this time there is an increased tendency towards misunderstandings and disagreements. Remember that Mercury is still retrograde for another nine days. It is more favorable to use this energy to break through inner barriers to understanding. On December 5, a Mars/Venus trine in Capricorn/Virgo brings more ease, appreciation and perhaps some romantic meetings.

December 9-13 will likely be the most changeable period of the month. Uranus turns direct at 0 Aries on December 9, encouraging revolutionary or progressive activities that bring greater independence. As this is the World Degree, expect more sudden world events or earth changes. Mercury turns direct at 4 Sagittarius on December 13, which can bring the realization of new directions and possibilities. Now we can move forward with more clarity and confidence.

The Full Moon Lunar Eclipse occurs on December 10 at 18 Gemini. Gemini themes include information, siblings, communication, education and thought. This is a South Node eclipse, which offers an outlet for the release of old energy. The Uranus station and this Gemini eclipse will provide the detachment to let go of old patterns, beliefs and relationships that are no longer useful. It is favorable to be open to new sources of information and guidance that are more in alignment with one’s higher growth. Eclipses are usually in effect for one month before and about six months after they occur. The Sabian symbols for these degrees emphasize the importance of traditional wisdom and seeking safe and wholesome surroundings.

During the Winter Solstice on December 21, the Sun enters Capricorn and makes a harmonious trine to Jupiter in Taurus on December 22. This is an expansive aspect that brings new confidence and opportunities for prosperity on all levels. This is a good time to get in touch with some new visions and intentions for the New Year.

The New Moon occurs on December 24 at 2 Capricorn 34. Capricorn rules business, government, tradition, career and security issues. This lunation aligns with Pluto, Uranus and Jupiter, providing the opportunity to make more meaningful and deeper life changes that will bring greater inner security. In the outer world, this combination awakens revolutionary impulses as people strive for greater equality of resources. A current example is the Occupy Movement now occurring all over the world. This month may provide a heightened preview of the upcoming long-term square between Pluto and Uranus that will occur from 2012-2015. From a higher perspective, Pluto assists us in letting go of fear-based thinking, while Uranus encourages us to be more authentic in expressing our true purpose. Jupiter provides us a broader viewpoint and alignment with our highest visions. The Sabian symbol for this degree speaks to the importance of spiritual community during this time: “A powerful yearning for whatever will increase the scope and depth of one’s contacts with other living beings.”

Jupiter turns stationary direct on December 25 at 0 Taurus 22. This will be a good week to strengthen your faith and trust in life through contact with nature, meditation, visualization, etc. This station heightens the Jupiter energy, which brings an enlivening social atmosphere for the holidays, while Taurus encourages us to strive for simplicity and sustainability in our activities.

On December 28, the Sun aligns with Pluto in Capricorn, which will be a good day for a ceremony to release the past. It is best to be extra careful on New Year’s Eve, as a Mercury/Mars square could lead to conflicts and accidents.

Mars retrograde begins in January. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

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Dorene Carrel is a professional astrologer with over thirty years of experience, offering birth chart, transits/progressions and relocation astrology readings. She is certified in Astrocartography. For more information, contact Dorene at Paypal accepted.

Background and previous columns can be found at Donations also gratefully accepted. Send to P.O. Box 432, Seahurst, WA 98062

All references to Sabian symbols are from An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformation and Its 360 Symbolic Phases, by Dane Rudhyar.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Astrology Report for November 2011

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Astrology Report for Nov. 2011
By Dorene Carrel

Astrology Report By Dorene is part of the monthly Planet Alert mailings.

November is a dynamic month, with a Solar Eclipse and several planetary stations, including Mercury retrograde. The last half of the month is highlighted by a grand earth trine, which will be favorable for prosperity and manifestation. The sign Sagittarius will be a dominant energy, bringing higher perspective, inspiration and expansion on all levels.
On November 2, Mercury and Venus enter Sagittarius, which brings a more expansive, idealistic trend this month. Mercury will be in this sign until January 9, 2012. From November 2-5, we can receive more uplifting communications and inventive ideas, as well as benefit from a wider perspective. However, challenges can come from overextending oneself.
On November 6, Ceres in Pisces turns stationary direct, followed by Neptune in Aquarius on November 9 and Chiron in Pisces on November 10. This combination can bring greater compassion and healing, especially for those exhausted from a long struggle. Ceres rules giving and receiving care and support. As the Neptune station can also bring more confusion and illusion, it is best to put off important decisions during these few days. In the coming weeks we can receive new clarity on how to manifest our dreams and visions. Mars entering Virgo on November 10 will assist us in providing discernment and structure.
Also on November 10, the Full Moon occurs at 18 Taurus. The previous New Moon in Scorpio challenged us to take a deeper, more resourceful approach. Now we can incorporate the Taurus qualities of being thorough, patient, practical and deliberate to matters involving resources, finances and values. Venus aligned with the North Node in Sagittarius at this time should also bring favorable opportunities for new relationship connections. The Sabian symbol for this degree, “A new continent rising out of the ocean,” could be taken literally (as in the Cayce prophecies) and also as representing the surge of new potential to help us make personal breakthroughs.
From November 16-23, there will be a grand earth trine pattern formed by Mars in Virgo in trine aspect to Jupiter in Taurus and Pluto. This aspect brings more drive and opportunities to further one’s goals, particularly in finances and business. This is a good time to take action, as trines usually require some outer activity to achieve the best results. You can also more easily trust your higher intuition about the best approach to take at this time.
Mercury turns retrograde on November 23 at 20 Sagittarius. This cycle will last until December 13. The Mercury shadow period begins on November 5, which is known to also bring some early retrograde occurrences, such as traffic jams and computer breakdowns. With Mercury retrograde in Sagittarius, we will need to watch out for misjudgments in our actions and communications that could lead to accidents or other mishaps. Usually matters become more unsettled at this time and often a situation is completely changed by the end of a retrograde cycle and requires a new approach. This cycle will bring challenges for travel, publishing and legal situations. It can be best used for spiritual growth, visualization, and consciousness expansion type of practices. The winter holidays may have a more spiritual overtone this year.
The New Moon Solar Eclipse occurs on November 24 at 2 Sagittarius 37.
This is a North Node Eclipse, which emphasizes the Jupiter-like qualities of positive new beginnings and future potentials. Like the archer, it is favorable to aim high at this time, and incorporate the other Sagittarian traits of optimism, benevolence and truth-seeking. We can also benefit by taking a more open-minded approach and being less judgmental of ourselves and others. A favorable Venus/Neptune aspect on this day enhances our idealism. Since this degree is on the Mars/Neptune midpoint, be sure to maintain good health and get enough rest. The Sabian symbol for this degree, “Two men playing chess,” emphasizes the importance of conscious actions during this period.
On November 27, Venus in Capricorn forms a harmonious trine to Jupiter in Taurus, which favors all types of social and financial activities.

December features a Lunar Eclipse in Gemini! Best wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

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Dorene Carrel is a professional astrologer with over thirty years of experience, offering birth chart, transits/progressions and relocation astrology readings. She is certified in Astrocartography. For more information, contact Dorene at Paypal accepted.

Background and previous columns can be found at Donations also gratefully accepted. Send to P.O. Box 432, Seahurst, WA 98062

All references to Sabian symbols are from An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformation and Its 360 Symbolic Phases, by Dane Rudhyar.

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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Astrology Report for October 2011

October features another Super Moon, along with a financially favorable Jupiter/Pluto trine. With the late September New Moon in Libra, the month begins with a focus on expressing more peace, harmony and equality in our lives and relationships. Later in the month, the Scorpio New Moon brings depth, power and commitment.

On October 2, Mars squares Jupiter, which challenges our need to stay centered while involved with numerous activities. It will be favorable to have an important priority on which to stay focused, in order to avoid scattering our energy. Also today Venus aligns with the marriage asteroid Juno, which makes this a good day to get married or begin a new relationship.

Any relationship or project begun now will also be helped by a constructive Mercury/Saturn alignment in Libra on October 6. This aspect helps us with structure, organization and perseverance with our intentions and goals.

The Full Moon occurs on October 11 at 18 Aries. Aries themes include being more action-oriented, assertive, independent and pioneering. As this lunation is aligned with Saturn, this provides us an earth/fire blend for more energized, constructive and lasting accomplishments. This is a good lunation for new beginnings of all types as long as we are mindful that our personal needs (Aries) are balanced with the needs of others (Libra). The Sabian symbols for these degrees suggest that we can take a more creative approach to issues of inequality and injustice. The sextile to Mars should help us stand up for what we feel is right.

The most favorable day for recreation may be October 14 when Venus opposes Jupiter, although we need to watch out for overextending ourselves.

From October 14-17, several Mercury aspects inspire lively conversation, with the Mercury/Pluto sextile on October 16 being more favorable for deeper types of communication. From October 17-23 Mercury, Venus and Mars form challenging hard aspects with Uranus and Pluto, bringing sudden changes and unsettled conditions. Communication misunderstandings can occur on October 23 with the Mercury/Uranus aspect. This isn’t the best time for taking risks or starting anything new. Since this is the balsamic lunation phase, it is best to spend this week tying up loose ends.

On October 26 the New Moon occurs at 3 Scorpio. Scorpio themes include being more resourceful, powerful, secretive, probing, controlling and taking a deeper approach. Since this lunation opposes Jupiter, we have the opportunity to examine basic assumptions, broaden our horizons and take a more expansive and higher viewpoint. We feel more independent and adventurous this month, with more energy to explore unique interests. As this lunation also aligns with Juno, there is increased healing energy for close relationships. Since this is the fifth of six Super Moons, there is more potential for Earth changes and intense emotional reactions. The Sabian symbol for this degree, “A youth carries a lighted candle in a devotional ritual,” reminds us of the power of ceremony and uniting our intentions with like-minded others.

On October 28, Jupiter in Taurus trines Pluto in Capricorn for the second of three aspects. On this day the Sun also opposes Jupiter and sextiles Pluto. This combination can present viable opportunities for prosperity and is favorable for all financial activities. Use of creative visualization for manifestation could bring faster results at this time. Whenever Pluto is involved, something hidden can be revealed and there is often a deeper understanding about a situation.

November brings another Solar Eclipse and Mercury retrograde – stay tuned!

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Dorene Carrel is a professional astrologer with over thirty years of experience, offering birth chart, transits/progressions and relocation astrology readings. She is certified in Astrocartography. For more information, contact Dorene at Paypal accepted.

Donations also gratefully accepted. Send to P.O. Box 432, Seahurst, WA 98062

All references to Sabian symbols are from An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformation and Its 360 Symbolic Phases, by Dane Rudhyar.