Friday, December 29, 2017

Winter Solstice, no ho ho ho here

Was going to apologize for not posting lately--then I see other astrologers posting that exact message! It's not just me then. Maybe--it's the stars. Here is the Winter Solstice chart. This is a chart showing the general "flavor" of the upcoming quarter (until Spring Equinox); some astrologers consider it a "general" chart for the entire year. 
Note the Sun is exactly aligned with Saturn at zero degrees ce). Saturn enters his own sign of Capricorn once every 29 years. They both enter Capricorn together rarely, and be glad--because this indicates a year (or at least quarter) of frustration, delays, hard work, difficult progress. In astrology, as in life, there's always an upside: the up side here is perseverance and indefatigability reap rewards (the movie "Darkest Hour," about Churchill during WWII just came out--should do well under these aspects). The downside of Sun-Saturn is ... well, where do we start? 

Jupiter, ruling the government in this chart aligns with the fixed star Zuben Elgenubi, called by the ancients the star of the "insufficient price." (It's twin star, Zuben Eschamali is "the price which covers,"). A hard fought (Jupiter is with war planet Mars) tax bill (Mars rules the 2nd house of money, Jupiter the 10th house of government, both are in the 8th house of taxes) passes (Jupiter trines the Ascendant) but it's not paid for and will prove costly (aligns with the star of the insufficient price). 
Neptune aligns with the Ascendant and there's a whole lot of delusion, confusion, and trickery going on. Scandal. Gossip. Eh, then again, maybe Jesus shows up to remind certain people that He said to take care of the poor and welcome the stranger. Neptune can indicate that water will be a problem, either its lack or abundance. Just another year in the age of Climate Change.
A whole lot more could be discussed here but we'll leave with, so what should we do? Work hard (Saturn likes that), stay engaged, be open to do-overs and have patience. Patience will be the key quality to cultivate. At best, Sun/Saturn is success due to steady, patient, willing work. Think Churchill's "Never, never, never give in ....". On days that doesn't help, well, Churchill drank for a reason, right? Keep our favorite spirit on hand and raise a glass to Saturn. Poor old Saturn doesn't get toasted often enough (probably why he's so grumpy).

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Thur Dec 21 Equine Astrology TOD

Equine Astrology Tip of the Day for Thur Dec 21: Today the Sun enters dour Capricorn and immediately aligns with even dour-er Saturn, kind of a downer aspect. It's good to remind ourselves of the upside of Saturn/Capricorn: excellence via perseverance and hard work. And the fun that comes with that:

Republican tax bill

Yesterday (Tues Dec 19), the very day planet Saturn entered his own sign of Capricorn (think "Scrooge"), Republicans passed a widely reviled tax bill that favors the rich. They passed it under Mercury retrograde so have to revote on it today due to errors in the bill. Do it under Merc retrograde, increase odds we'll have to re-do it! Today (Wed Dec 20) the Moon is Void of Course in Capricorn pretty much the entire day.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Wed Dec 13 Equine Astrology TOD

Wed Dec 13 Equine Astrology Tip Of the Day: Tonight peaks the Geminid Meteor shower. The Geminids are the only meteor shower that does not originate from a comet; instead, they spring from 3200 Phaethon, an object known as a "rock comet"--not quite a comet, but more than an asteroid. Equestrians know Phaethon as the son of the Sun god who lost control of his father's chariot to his own downfall. Here's another idiot who tried to impress others using horses only to look more fool than cool.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Equine Astrology Tip of the Day (sort of)

Current aspects through the rest of the month suggest it's going to be difficult to get what we want (sorry, Santa). It is however a good period of time to consider if what we "want" conflicts with the best interest of our equine buddies. It's also a good time to consider what it is we "want," period. Less channeling of equestrian statues and more of "The Thinker," is just this month's ticket.

Astrology and gift giving

It's the time of year when I get calls asking, "My boy/girlfriend is an (insert Sun sign), what would be a good gift for someone of this sign? First--after noting that an astrological reading with me is likely just the ticket (ha), I say, "Why don't you just ask them what they'd like?" No one likes that answer!--but psychology *and* economics say it's the right one. There, now we've saved you all that time studying the gift intended's chart! Whew.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Mercury Retrograde: excessive entertainment

So, retrograde Mercury has disappeared into the beams of the Sun, and you know what this means ... right, it means there's a whole lotta absent mindedness going on out there. So if we don't want to be locked out of a running car, or slide through a stop sign because we forgot it's snowing and the roads are slick, or send a text message rant to entirely the wrong person, or dump the cat food in the dog's dish and vice versa ... you know what we should do; make like Buddha and deliberately practice mindfulness. Or prepare to be excessively entertained. 

Monday, November 27, 2017

Tues, Nov 28 Equine Astrology TOD

Tomorrow (Tues, Nov 28) the Moon enters Aries, sign of the adventurer-pioneer. Just how pioneering are Arians? Well, Aries actor (and equestrian) William Shatner, playing an Aries born Star Fleet Captain (born March 22, 2233 in Riverside, Iowa) managed to single handedly make the split-infinitive acceptable.

TMAstrology for Monday, Nov 27

TMAstrology for Monday, Nov 27: Today's aspects favor the announcement of important or sober news. Personally I don't think the engagement of Prince Harry to an American actress qualifies (though it's what seems to be dominating). Then again, astrologers see the side of matrimony that drives people to drink, and that's a sober thought, so ... eh, maybe it qualifies. For we commoners--stars say, activities that require depth of thought, solitude, philosophical or organized thinking should go well.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Equine Astrology TOD for Fri, Nov 17: It's TGIF but this is no time to be playing around with horses; today's aspects are great for practical progress! Then again--the weekend's aspects will be stressful. Maybe it's the progress can wait and a relaxing start we need. Here's a nice, feel-good story about practical progress that'll relax you.

Astrology of current sex scandals

Someone asked me, so what's up--astrologically--with all the sexual abuse/scandals coming out in the news lately? Well, in October Jupiter, connected with blowing things up (getting larger, like a balloon inflating) entered the sign of Scorpio. I don't have to explain Scorpio to you, do I? ... the quote, "Love is free. Lust will cost you everything you have.", about covers it ... image by Gratisography. Check them out!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Equine Astrology Tip of the Day for Thur Nov 9

Equine Astrology tip of the Day of Thursday, Nov 9: you've often heard me mention the "Saturn cycle," where the foundation of a life, a business, a building (etc) is "tested" for soundness at 7 year intervals. A friend found a perfect article illustrating the Saturn cycle in action. Yes, horses are in it!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Equine Astrology TOD for Mon, Nov 6

Equine Astrology Tip of the Day for Monday, Nov 6: It's an extra Monday-ey Monday today horse lovers and tasks feel harder than we feel they should feel. But hey, the culprit (Saturn) rules the idea of "soundness." Here's a perfect Saturnian-day soundness exam. (This horse looks plenty sound to me).

TMAstrology for Monday, Nov 6

TMAstrology for Monday, Nov 6: "Let's do our best, even if it gets us nowhere," wrote Henry Miller. Now doesn't that just sound like a Capricorn? Which of course, he was. Regardless of our Sun Sign we're all channeling this sentiment today. So let's get out there and do our pointless best. Let the Capricorns know they have company. Solidarity and all that.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Equine Astrology TOD for Halloween and All Souls Day

Equine Astrology TOD for Halloween and All Souls Day: Stars say life is a bit of a struggle at this time riders. And just as stars said this, Horse Nation posts this:

Friday, October 27, 2017

Fri Oct 27 Equine Astrology TOD

Equine Astrology Tip of the Day for Friday, Oct 27: Aspects portend a temporary change of desire today. It's like we want a nice cabernet to go with dinner, but our budget brings us a Bud Light instead. Eh, raise a glass to a Clydesdale and be glad you're not drinking water. (Hey, I'm from Flint--I can say that). 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Wed October 25 Equine Astrology TOD

Equine Astrology Tip of the Day for Wed, October 25: We feel the urge to appear more important or influential than we actually are at this time equestrians. The great thing about horses is they both lift us up *and* teach humility at the same time. That said, if we don't feel we're getting the attention, free time, respect, goodies, ribbons, or pats on the back we deserve, there's always mutual commiseration.

TMAstrology for Wed-Thur Oct 25-26

TMAstrology for Wed-Thur Oct 25-26: Stars say that Wed through Thursday our sense of entitlement may be enlarged either because we are, or are not, getting what we think we deserve. If we check both ego and expectations we can navigate this period without losing either friends or temper.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Equine Astrology TOD for Tues, Oct 17

Equine Astrology Tip of the Day for Tues, Oct 17: Tomorrow begins in war and ends in peace. It also ends in the opportunity to get quite a bit of attention, like stunt horses Ziggy and Ziggan who stole the opening scene of BBC's 2016 adaptation of Tolstoy's "War and Peace" right out from under the actors. 

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Oct 14-15 Equine Astrology TOD

Equine Astrology TOD for Sat-Sun Oct 14-15: We're encouraged to think about doing things differently at this time. Keep in mind this means our horse will also be thinking about doing things differently at this time. So when we say "trot" and our mount stands up and hops on two legs instead, well, don't say we didn't know it was coming.

TMAstrology for Oct 14-15

TMAstrology for Sat-Sun Oct 14-15: Odds are good we encounter a surprising or unusual message Saturday into Sunday (perhaps through dreams). Electronics are cranky. Flashes of brilliance are possible, but if lightning strikes while we're trolling Facebook we'll miss it. (Unless of course it takes out the power).

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Fri-Sat Oct 13-14 Equine Astrology TOD

Equine Astrology Tip of the Day for Friday, Saturday Oct 13-14: Recent tense, reactive, nasty aspects are now fading. So for the weekend we can get back to just chillin' no matter what is going on around us. Yay. 

Just say "Whew!"

TMAstrology for Fri-Sat Oct 13-14: Apologies for the long absence!-first things got very busy, and now I'm hiding from clients at a secret location that has limited internet access. (I kid, about the hiding part--not the limited internet part). Okay so, THE VERY TENSE aspects we saw Tues through today (Oct 10-12) are, yay, passing. We can all come out of the woods (or closet, or from under bed) now. Friday and Saturday (Oct 13-14) should be much smoother with one exception: late tonight (Oct 12) into early Friday, avoid political or religious or ethical arguments and all will be well. If you just can't resist, eh, write your congressman. So much more productive than ranting on Facebook.

Monday, September 25, 2017

TMAstrology for Tue-Wed Sept 26-27

TMAstrology for Tues-Wed Sept 26-27: Stars say there's a sudden release of tension in this time period, and/or a change of direction in a nerve-wracking situation. Or even a change of direction in a not so nerve-wracking situation. Beverages that sooth nerves are recommended. Like, you know, chamomile tea, or something .... (perfect photo for this pattern provided by Gratisography).

Friday, September 15, 2017

Fighting words on Sat Sept 16

TMAstrology for Saturday, Sept 16th: Head's up as Mercury, god of communication, joins Mars, god of war. If you think that sounds like "fighting words," you're right. The alignment happens in Virgo, so people are apt to be particularly persnickety. Advice? Make sure we put the toothpaste cap back on like our partner has asked us to do (particularly if they're a Virgo) and cut everyone a bit of slack. (Especially if we're a Virgo). Positive way to use this alignment?--clean, dust, and um, organize. (Note to self).

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Sept Full Moon Equine Astrology Tip of the Day

Wed, September 6 Equine Astrology Tip of the Day: Mercury is now direct (moving forward) but today's Full Moon says forward motion is still subject to unfolding in ways we didn't plan. As long as we don't *expect* precision, we'll do fine.

Sept 6 Full Moon TMAstrology

TMAstrology for the September Full Moon (Wed Sept 6, 2017): Mercury is no longer retrograde (yay!) so projects, plans, schedules and communication all get moving forward more easily now. Which would be great if they weren’t about to run smack into a pattern that increases mistakes and errors of judgement. Throw in an extra dose of passive aggressive energy, and we’ve got a great Full Moon under which to take a hike, drink some wine, read a good book and avoid decisions that require clear, concise thinking. I’d also avoid people who try to appear harmless but frequently bite. “I’m just doing my job,” is never an excuse for nasty behavior. The only good excuse for that is if our sibling really won’t stop looking at us--and we’re both under the age of six.
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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Wed-Thur Aug 30-31 Equine Astrology TOD

Wed-Thur August 30-31 Equine Astrology Tip of the Day: The stars give free rein and aid in accomplishing just about anything we wish Wed and Thursday, even if it's taking a shower with our horses like these guys are. One caveat: communication and local travel may encounter temporary obstacles. Stay home and play with horses I say. 

TMAstrology for Wed-Thur Aug 30-31

TMAstrology for Wed-Thur, August 30-31st: The next couple of days we're aided in accomplishing just about anything we wish (see, astrology isn't all bad news!); one caveat--communication and maybe local travel does not go as smoothly as the rest of our life, as Mercury, still traveling backwards (retrograde) backs through the 29th degree of Leo. 29 degrees of any sign indicates obstacles. (Now you're saying, see, there's still some bad news! ... eh, what can I say?)

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Tues August 29 Equine Astrology TOD

Equine Astrology TOD for Tues, August 29: Sensitivity is high today, in a way that feels more stressful than enlightening. So keep our aids light and no mixed signals!--they'll be especially confusing under these aspects. (We can apply this across the board--horse, spouse, kids, dog, etc--equal opportunity aspects!)

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Leo Solar Eclipse and the Fall of Statues

Tomorrow, Monday, August 21st a Solar Eclipse will cross the continental United States. This eclipse is in Leo (sign of the king) and such an event traditional portends the fall of kings. While it's true that Donald Trump (affected by this eclipse) certainly has managed to create even more controversy than usual, the only thing that seems to be falling is statues.

Of all the predictions myself and other astrologers might've made about this eclipse, a brouhaha centered on statues wasn't one of them. While musing about this over a glass of Pinot Grigio I was struck, as if by a chunk of falling statue, with this sudden thought: Leo isn't just kings, it also represents anyone in position of high authority or visibility--like a celebrity, say,--or a statue. The controversial statues represent men who occupied positions of power and command. Confederate generals were also often wealthy plantation owners, "kings" of their own estates (so much so that they thought it was okay if they owned people).

Mars, the god of war and also currently in the sign of Leo, is tied into this eclipse, so "fall of kings," and "war" are eclipse themes. We all thought it might be North Korea, but instead we seem to be refighting the Civil war (with a bit of revisiting Nazi Germany thrown in). Well--Mercury is retrograde, no wonder we're "going back" to something!

What's the eclipse mean for each of us, personally? For Leos (and to a lesser extent, Taurus, Scorpio, Aquarius), risk brought about by hasty words or actions, "too much heat," higher risk of inflammation, accidents, muscle sprains. My advice? Take care of yourself and stay away from other Leos (why double the risk?). For the rest of us, staying grounded while speaking our mind is advised. Because, you know, anyone up on a  pedestal might get mistaken for a statue that needs to come down.

I prefer my equestrian statues to be free of humans--they only muck up the beauty of the horse. The Statue of Liberty in the background was supposed to celebrate our great, inclusive, diverse nation--but is kind of channeling the last scene from the original "Planet of the Apes," instead. Where's a toy gorilla when you need one?

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

You can't trump a Solar Eclipse

My day: A text from my daughter saying she thinks she needs to go to Emergency (severe leg/back pain). A bat (the flying, squeaking kind) flies by my desk. Yes, in the house. Then a sparrow loose in the house (brought in by one of the cats). Am I feeling the disruptive Solar Eclipse+ Mercury Retrograde energy? Yes I am. Word from my clients is--they are too. 

Anyone who has paid any attention to the news lately knows, Trump is too. In the attached chart, we can see the August 21st (that's this Monday folks) Solar Eclipse sitting right on Trump's natal Ascendant/Mars. (Yes, Trump has Mars Rising in his chart. When the God of War was the planet sitting on the Ascendant--that is, Eastern horizon--at the day, place, moment of our birth, we are inclined to be, shall we say, pugnacious?--Positively, this aspect can inspire us to be a warrior for justice. Negatively, we're just a bully.)

Because this is a North Node Eclipse (note the horseshoe shaped symbol just above the red circled Sun/Moon at left of the chart ... that's the North Node of the Moon), I've read some predictions that this is a "good" eclipse. That's because the North Node of the Moon tends to be where we gain (as opposed to the South Node--directly opposite the North in a chart--where we "lose.").

Well, everyone likes to gain, as opposed to lose, right? Then again, itdepends on what's being gained or lost ...if we're selling our house, or trying to ditch an annoying partner, we WANT to lose something. If we're a loud mouthed, impulsive, 71 year old rich white bigot whose never known a day of privation in our life, we might gain public high fives and kudos from, oh, I don't know--neo-Nazi KKK clan leaders?--the kind of gain any prominent person tends to lose by. There's irony for you. And an Eclipse in action. When I tell someone an eclipse is hitting their chart in such a way that it might be a good eclipse with good effects, I do add the caution that the chaotic, unpredictable nature of eclipses must be appreciated as well. Otherwise we may fail to see that the earthquake rearranging our life is actually improving the overall design.

I'm skeptical that this is a "nice" eclipse for Trump due to another factor: Saturn, Lord Karma, stationing on his natal Moon (circled in blue, lower right-ish). Saturn on our Moon represents a time when we're feeling emotional stress, or isolated, or lonely ... can be, we're simply working very hard (doubt Trump knows what "working very hard" means). The last time Saturn sat on Trump's Moon was at and just after the Presidential election. It's one of the reasons so many astrologers predicted a Hillary victory--Saturn to Moon is not considered a "good" transit. We forgot that sometimes, winning a big election (especially the Presidential election) can actually be the worst thing that could happen to a politician. Think of JFK (and no, I am not predicting an assassination!), or Nixon--disgraced forever after. 

So Saturn first crossed Trump's Moon in Nov/December 2016. This is "the beginning," the opening event of the Saturn-Moon transit. Now, August and September, is the 2nd and 3rd pass (very close to each other), bringing "the conclusion, result, ending, outcome." Right now, the result isn't looking so good for Trump ... the figures you see slowly (and some not so slow) backing away from him are the last of his supporters. Those who don't comprise his base base that is, or don't belong to, say, the KKK. 

Summation: Eclipse on Trump's Ascendant/Mars seems to have triggered him to defend himself in a very shocking and disruptive manner ("shocking" and "disruptive" are words that belong to eclipses), while Saturn on Trump's Moon through August/September brings a "conclusion/result/outcome/possibly ending" to what began under the first Saturn-Moon transit in his chart in Nov/Dec 2016.  Ultimate result? Trump's support takes a big hit. Well, you don't need to be an astrologer to predict that. It helps to be an astrologer to predict that Trump is going to need all the support he can get, come Dec/January. He may be looking for his friends in vain at that time. 

Monday, August 7, 2017

August 7 Lunar Eclipse

Today (Monday, August 7) is a Lunar eclipse and a prequel of sorts to the strong August 21 Solar Eclipse that will bring traffic jams to the US, everyone trying to get there to see. Lunar eclipses are like spotlights (the full Moon illuminates), suddenly shining light on people, places, or events in a way that creates excitement or (more usually) upset. Being Full Moons, they can ramp up and destabilize our emotions--under Full Moons, people tend to be more reactive.

Eclipses are also gateways--if the eclipse connects with our chart, we're more likely to experience significant entries or (more usually) exits from our life. There was a comedian whose name I forget, but quip I do not: "I didn't buy life insurance because when I die, I want it to be a real tragedy." He's safe at this eclipse because exits, if they occur, are likely to be of the nature of a "fortunate separation." A sense of relief, even freedom, may accompany them.

Astrology is a visual art and if we can't see a lunar eclipse, it manifests more as a very strong Full Moon. Whether the eclipse is visible at the rising or setting Moon matters. This eclipse is visible across Asia, Australia, Africa, a bit of South America. If an eclipse is visible as the Moon is rising, it signals ill fortune for one's enemies. If visible at the Moon's set, ill fortune for oneself. Eclipse is visible at Moonrise in North Korea (ill fortune for oneself). Given what's going on in Trump's chart at the upcoming Solar Eclipse, North Korea may be in the news in ways they'd prefer not to be.

This is an eclipse that crosses the signs of Aquarius and Leo ... the collective and the leaders. Aquarius also represents stubborn or immoveable people or situations, as well as rebelliousness or uprisings, surprising or sudden changes in alliances (like the West Virginia governor switching parties) and the like will prove upsetting or entertaining.

My advise? Follow the French proverb, "Praise the God of all, drink the wine, and let the world be the world." At least for a day or two. By Wednesday, if we still want to freak out, go right ahead.

Friday, July 14, 2017

TMAstrology for Saturday, July 15

TMAstrology for Saturday, July 15: It's going to be one of those days that proves men are from Mars and women are from Venus. Compromise between the sexes will be hard to come by. Here's a tip; if trying to talk your sweetie into (or out of) something, wait until Tuesday (July 18). That, or fall back on the old saw, easier to ask for forgiveness than permission ...

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

TMAstrology Tip of the Day for Wed-Thur July 12-13

TMAstrology for Wed-Thur July 12-13th: Astrologically, this week is rather quiet, especially compared to that whoop-bang Full Moon that just passed. If we liked it, we'll love the August eclipses! If we didn't like it, we can spend the month philosophizing on whether our glass is half empty, half full, or simply twice as large as it needs to be.

Wed-Thur July 12-13 Equine Astrology TOD

Wed-Thur Equine Astrology Tip of the Day: It's a rather quiet week astrologically, which we needed after the weekend's very un-quiet Full Moon. In celebration of the time we're no longer spending on drama, here's what it might look like if horses wrote haiku.

TMAstrology for Wed-Thur July 12-13

TMAstrology for Wed-Thur July 12-13th: Astrologically, this week is rather quiet, especially compared to that whoop-bang Full Moon that just passed. If we liked it, we'll love the August eclipses! If we didn't like it, we can spend the month philosophizing on whether our glass is half empty, half full, or simply twice as large as it needs to be. 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

TMAstrology for Wed-Thur July 5-6

TMAstrology for Wed-Thur July 5-6th: Aspects through this period inspire over confidence, over optimism, over doing it, and over-inflated opinions. My advice? Find a political opinion you disagree with on a friend's timeline and disagree with it. Because, better you than me bucko. I don't need the drama. (#don'tactuallydothis!).

Wed-Thur July 5-6 Equine Astrology TOD

Equine Astrology TOD for Wed into Thursday, July 5 & 6th: Aspects today inspire overconfidence, over optimism, over reach ... well, you get the picture. Don't try this at home, and whatever you do, if a friend says "Watch this!"--don't follow them. Whatever it is they're doing.

Monday, July 3, 2017

TMAstrology for Tues, July 4th

TMAstrology for Tuesday, the 4th of July: Today (Monday, July 3) is a relatively calm day (after the weekend's volatile aspects) but tomorrow's aspects will have us running into stubborn or immoveable objects or opinions. This energy will increase as the day goes on, reaching a peak at about 9 pm EDT. This pattern also encourages having "too many irons in the fire," which is better than too many fireworks in the fire, I think we can all agree.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

June New Moon Equine Astrology TOD

Equine Astrology Tip of the Day for the June 23 New Moon: Studies show that European badgers pee more at a New Moon than at other times of the month. Intrigued, I began to keep track and turns out, I pee more at a New Moon than other times of the month too! (Eh, we've all got to be curious about something.) Do horses pee more at a New Moon? I don't know but we're at the New Moon (June 23, Friday). Maybe throw down extra bedding, just in case. (Photo by Badger Watch and Rescue Dyfed).

June New Moon, June 23

The New Moon is here and you know what that means!--if there's a secret we want to get off our chest, now is the time to do it. Anything done at or just before a New Moon has better chance of staying hidden. Maybe that's why Trump has decided the White House Press Briefings will be done without camera or audio? Or does he just not understand that he works for *us* and in the United States it is traditional for politicians to be answerable to the public?

Speaking of not understanding, there'll be a lot of that going on at this New Moon. New Moon aligns with Mercury, god of communication which means Mercury is invisible in the sky. Can't access what we can't see (astrologically speaking) and both thought and talk are subject to being "overwhelmed" at this time. You know, just like the White House Press Corp who aren't allowed to use their cameras?

Mars is also mixed up in this Sun-Moon-Mercury alignment which indicates a lot of spoiling for a fight. This pattern strengthened by Mars's opposition to Pluto, a rather explosive pattern that becomes exact on July 2nd, right before the Fourth of July (oh boy!).

All of this forms a square to Jupiter (see the big red triangle in inner most ring? Pointing to the fancy "4" at upper right? --that's Jupiter). This much stress on Jupiter can bring out the good side of Jup such as seeing the big picture, love of adventure, love of nature, fondness for the rule of law. But it's more likely to bring out the bad side of Jupiter (you knew I was going to say that, didn't you) which is preachiness, religious or ideological fanaticism, greed (you know, like the Republican health care bill that takes money from medicare and medicaid in order to give money to the rich) and blind materialism.

But enough bad news!--how to use this New Moon productively? Well, if you're a Republican, just hope that Trump's followers don't wake up. For everyone else, concentrate on plans and ideas to see if there's anything you might have missed. For a few days around the New Moon stick with known talents and strengths. And write/call your legislators and/or anyone you wish to alert to a problem or your point of view--gotta find some way to use this fighty-preachy Mars-Jupiter energy and that beats banging our heads against a wall by a long shot.picture, love of adventure, love of nature, fondness for the rule of law. But it's more likely to bring out the bad side of Jupiter (you knew I was going to say that, didn't you) which is preachiness, religious or ideological fanaticism, greed (you know, like the Republican health care bill that takes money from medicare and medicaid in order to give money to the rich) and blind materialism.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

June 9th Full Moon Equine Astrology TOD

So, tomorrow's Full Moon in horsey Sagittarius is a doozy and will heighten argumentativeness, obsession, rush-to-judgement, involvement with the law, recklessness, piss-offed-ness (you get the picture.) My advice? Be like the horse in this video! (My question--who the heck would sell this horse?! What a keeper!)

June 9th Full Moon

What's that up in the sky? A bird? A plane? A super-moon? Naw--it's not a Super-Moon (a full Moon at perigee, or close in orbit to earth)--it's actually an anti-super moon. That is, a Full Moon at apogee, or the far point in its orbit from Earth, so it will look smaller than the avg full Moon. Won't be small in effect though--"Though she be but little, she is fierce," as the Bard wrote.
This Full Moon aligns with Saturn (circled in blue, lower right)--Moon/Saturn brings out lonely feelings, heightens impressions of loss or restriction. It's judgmental (and can get the law involved, so be good).
Venus is still hanging in the sky with Uranus, so upsets in love, money, or personal values. Can cause indigestion too so lay off the hot sauce.
Jupiter "stations" on the day of the Full Moon, ramping up preachiness (don't get into ethical or religious arguments!), and Jupiter does so in square to Pluto, planet of obsession (yellow highlight on inside of wheel)--try to stay out of arguments because they're gonna go on FOREVER.
All this in addition to the usual Full Moon looniness. My advice?
Find a productive outlet for whatever it is we're pissed off about. Because being pissed off about something or other probably won't be optional. At least we won't be bored.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

TMAstrology for Fri June 2

TMAstrology for Friday, June 2nd: Venus joins Uranus which brings a "shock to the system" for all things Venusian. That'd be art, or food, or sleep--think beauty or comfort. Last year the artist Prince died suddenly when Venus crossed Uranus. So look for "startling" news in the arts or finances, and hey, buy a lottery ticket--I don't know about you, but winning the MegaMillion drawing would be a shock to my system of the "Yippeee!" kind!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Wed-Thur May 31-June 1 TMAstrology

TMAstrology for Thurs, June 1st: A new study says that contrary to popular theory, people who never married and never had children are the happiest people of all. Wed-Thur aspects are right up that alley, as they favor chasing money rather than love. Channel our inner Capricorn and be happy.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Tue-Wed May 30-31 Equine Astrology TOD

Equine Astrology TOD for Tue-Wed May 30-31: Aspects aid us in increasing our influence today through tomorrow. An excellent time to work on communication if we and our mount tend to disagree on direction, speed, and duration of rides.

Tues-Wed May 30-31 TMAstrology

TMAstrology for TONIGHT (Tue May 30) through tomorrow (Wed May 31): Aspects will aid us in increasing our reach and influence, today through tomorrow. So if "daydreaming" is on your to-do list, scratch it off and write, "Get to work," instead. Just remember that with great power, comes great responsibility (the Sagittarians are already shaking their heads and leaving the room ... smart Sadgeys! Who wants the headaches?)

Friday, May 19, 2017

TMAstrology for Fri May 19

TMAstrology for Fri May 19: Venus, goddess of "I want it," and Jupiter, god of "And I want lots of it," make stressful aspect today. Under such influence it is easy to bite off more than we can chew. We have to give the planets what they want, because repressing these urges leads to psychic indigestion. But just running with the energy will give us indigestion too, the non-metaphorical kind. Careful indulgence is the teddy bear we should embrace today. 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Trump Full Moon vs Pence New Moon

An article in Bloomberg News caught my eye last night--while drama reigns in the White House, VP Mike Pence is quietly building a campaign war chest (unusual for a VP this early in an administration). Donald Trump was born at a "big baby" (pun intended) Full Moon--Sun in flighty Gemini opposite Moon in preachy Sagittarius. Full Moon people are open books--everything they think, feel, want is out there for the world to see (like the visibility of the Full Moon). New Moon people hold things close to their chest, they're all mystery--like the invisibility of the New Moon (dark of the Moon).

It's easy for the Full Moon to draw all our attention, but often it's what we can't see that bears closer watching!

In the
chart, Trump's Sun-Moon opposition is circled in red. Trump's horoscope is bottom left. Pence's Sun-Moon alignment also circled. Full Moons occur when the Moon opposes the Sun (that's why a Full Moon is always rising just as the Sun is setting and vice versa). New Moons occur when the Moon aligns with the Sun--Moon rises and sets with the Sun and is thus hidden in the Sun's glare. We can't see it. "Dark of the Moon."

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Thurs, May 18 Equine Astrology TOD

Equine Astrology Tip of the Day for Thursday, May 18th: We enter a two day period when Venus, goddess of "I want it!" and Jupiter, god of "And I want a lot of it!" team up in a stress pattern that ramps up our desire and ramps down our common sense. Don't attend any horse (or tack) sales or we're likely to end up with too many horses.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Mercury in Taurus, talking too long

Today Mercury enters Taurus, there to stay until June 6th. Mercury is the planet of mind and Taurus a sign of deliberation (anyone who knows a Taurus might say "deliberation" is understating things). Taurus is also a sign of endurance, and Mercury is speech, talking. One of the downsides of Mercury in Taurus can be hoarseness caused by too much talking. My advice? American sign language. Don't know it? Then just think, don't talk. It'll drive your friends crazy--they'll think you're up to something.

Tues May 16 Equine Astrology TOD

Today, Tue May 16, Mercury moves into Taurus, there to stay until June 6th. Mercury is planet of the mind and Taurus is a very deliberate sign. Those of us who know and love our Taurus's say "deliberate" is a nice word for "stubborn," but sometimes it takes someone willing to sit back and think about a problem rather than rushing through to fix it. Now through June 6th, encouraging ourselves and our horse to think things through will pay even better dividends than usual.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Mercury Station plus Uranus, oh my!

So, after 3 and a half long weeks, Mercury moves direct (fwd) again today! Yay! But!--Mercury is making its directional change right next to rebel Uranus. This puts emphasis on Mercury + Uranus, which = odds of running into technical, communication, or schedule difficulties are higher. Odds of arguments are higher too because the pattern encourages both control freaks and rebels. So, an oil and water mix ...

 I've circled Mercury and Uranus. Mercury has the little "Rx" under it (indicating retrograde motion ... reverse). That's about to change. Right after going direct Mercury will bump into Uranus ... and that aspect will hold through the May 10 Full Moon. So we have Mercury + Uranus increasing willfulness, rebelliousness, and challenged communications in general, along with a Scorpio Full Moon that will ramp up passion and paranoia. Buy wine now.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Mars in Gemini--just say no!

Apologies for the long absence, I've been ill since last Thursday. Finally on antibiotics which I keep telling myself are helping. So, on to astrology! God of war Mars enters "let's talk about it," Gemini today, there to stay until early June. Mars in Gemini tends to translate as "fighting words" but we'll take the optimistic view that Trump, Kim-Jong what's-'is-name, and Putin will stay entertained trading insults and not bombs. Gemini is also the sign the twins and for the rest of us, getting into arguments with our evil twin (or with the better angel of our nature, if we're already channelling the dark side) probably a less time consuming use of this transit than trying to change minds and hearts on Facebook--because, I mean really, does that ever happen?

Equine Astrology TOD for FRIDAY, April 21

Apologies for the long absence: I've been down with the flu (or something) for the past week. On to Equine Astrology! Today, FRIDAY April 21, Mars enters Gemini. Mars, the god of war, is offense and defense: Gemini is the sign of the twins and those twins love to talk. Mars in Gemini is classic "fighting words." Sometimes it's just plain old fighting. Mars will be in Gem now until June 4th. From now until then, best to just let sleeping alligators lie--or, if we can't and just *have to* say it, we can expect a dramatic response. 

Monday, April 10, 2017

An Opinionated Full Moon (or maybe it's us ...)

April Full Moon

The root of the word truth is “deru,” an Indo-European word that means something solid and enduring, like wood, like a tree. (Deru also produced “druid”).  One of the nicest things about trees is that, if they have opinions, they are slow to share them. (Tolkien got his Ents right: animate trees but slow to talk).

We might want to make like a tree at this time, as the April Full Moon has Sun aligned with Uranus opposed the Moon aligned with Jupiter. Jupiter and Uranus are both planets associated with strong opinions and an itch to share them. (If you know any Sagittarians or Aquarians,--ruled by Jupiter and Uranus, you’ll know what we mean). The pattern forms a square (stress) to Pluto (God of Hell) which tells us results likely won’t be pretty.

Another power player in this full moon is Venus’s (love and money) square (stress) to Saturn (restriction/commitment or separation). Maybe we’re feeling that money doesn’t have a good opinion of us and is keeping its distance.  Another possibility is feeling pushed to make a “serious commitment” or serious separation in love or money.

Venus is retrograde until Saturday, April 15 (tax day in the U.S., appropriate!) and Mercury is also retrograde (April 9-May 3) so consider but maybe wait until after May 3rd to actually take any action.  If we can’t wait, eh—go ahead and act. After all, nothing like having to do something again to get it right the second (or third) time.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Thursday, March 30 Equine Astrology Tip of the Day

Equine Astrology TOD for THURSDAY, March 30: If it feels like everyone's been excessively opinionated lately, we have! We could blame human nature but I'd rather pass the buck to the Jupiter-Pluto square, exact today. Come Friday this energy will begin to dissipate and we can all get back to riding our horses instead of tied up in drama on Facebook. If we've also been arguing with our horses, may I suggest a bicycle?

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Ties-Wed March 21-22 Equine Astrology TOD

Tues into Wed March 21-22 Equine Astrology TOD: Tonight into tomorrow features obsessive energy that might interfere with sleep--especially if we won't put down our phone. Addiction to electronics isn't usually a problem for our horses, but they can be sleep deprived too! Horses need to lie down to achieve REM sleep, and if they don't feel safe, or don't have a comfortable spot to do so, or are in pain they're going to end up falling asleep on the job--or on top of us. Maybe use tonight's obsessing pattern to obsess on whether or not our horse can get their zzzz's.

(Here's a video of an Arab mare who is sleep deprived, due to a new horse being introduced to her pasture making her feel unsafe, and undiagnosed arthritis pain ... must be on Facebook to access it I think, sorry!)

Friday, March 3, 2017

Sat, March 4 Equine Astrology TOD

Sat, March 4 Equine Astrology TOD: "If you want a kitten, start out by asking for a horse," says Naomi, from "Advice from Kids." What do we want, and what do we need to do to get it? Stars say it's a good day to dream and make those plans.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Donald Trump Astrology

I have had many requests for "What the 'heck' is going on with this President?" astrology! And after yesterday's bizarre "press conference," I knew I needed to make the time: below is Donald Trump's birth horoscope. He has Sun in Gemini, Moon in Sagittarius. Gem-Sedge oppose each other, so Sun-Moon oppose each other, meaning Trump was born on a Full Moon (explains a lot, doesn't it?). Astrologers often call Full Moon babies, well, Full Moon babies, because born-on-full-moon tends towards drama. In Trump's case though, he takes the "Full Moon BABY" part way too literally.
See the red circled symbol at left of chart? That's Mars. And that's the Ascendant or Rising Sign--Trump has Mars Rising. The war god's planet--when we have Mars Rising we like a fight ... positively, this can be fighting for a cause; negatively, it can be a bully. It's frequently an attraction to quarreling, or getting into frequent quarrels even if we don't actually intend that.

See the blue circled symbols above Mars Rising (red circle)? That's Venus and Saturn. When Trump was born, Venus was aligned with Saturn in the sky. Venus is love and/or money (as well as our values)--Saturn is cold, hard materialism. It is also the planet that "denies." Venus aligned with Saturn is someone who didn't feel loved as a child, or who had a strict or cold parent, or who absorbed the message that love=money. It's a person who (often) hungers for love, is even needy for it, but doesn't know how to get it, and often doesn't "feel" loved even when they are. They tend to need very visible displays to "feel" loved.

Trump was not only born on a Full Moon but it was a Full Moon Eclipse, exact to the day. Full Moon Eclipse babies are like Full Moon babies on steroids--ramp up the drama, and as eclipses represent sudden, erratic, unpredictable energy/changes--Full Moon Eclipse people can create chaos wherever they go (and they rather like it ... they were born "into" chaos and feel comfortable there). Eclipse people are here to "shake up" the status quo, and Trump certainly has done that. More worrisome, Eclipse born people are often connected to "big" beginnings or endings. Prince William of Great Britain was born on an Eclipse, and some astrologers have speculated that he will be the last English monarch, or at least usher in some big change or "ending" in the style of monarchy. Let's hope that Eclipse-born President Trump doesn't usher in the end of US democracy, but the way things are going I'm beginning to be glad I live near the Canadian border (and have relatives there ...). Now I need a drink!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Equine Astrology for "Between Eclipses"

German riding master Ludwig Hünersdorf said that "All objects placed in balance are easy to move." This is why riding our horses "in balance" is such a big deal to equestrians--achieve balance and movement is easier for horse and rider. Stellar aspects have been in a pattern of tension (and we don't mean the good kind), but this will shift to a more productive tension in this and upcoming weeks. Getting ourselves and horses in balance while riding should prove easier. Getting our hands on a good bottle of wine if riding proves insufficient to deal with all this tension should also prove easier. So, yay. 

Everything is not an emergency

It just seems that way right now. The good news is that the extremely tense energy that's dominated the ethers for the past month (and especially past two weeks) reached a peak with Friday's Lunar Eclipse. The bad news is ... things will still be fairly tense through the upcoming Solar Eclipse (Feb 26). It will be a generally more productive sort of tenseness though. So we can breath a small sigh of relief, and maybe get some sleep for a change.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Tues Feb 7 Equine Astrology TOD

Equine Astrology Tip Of the Day for TUES, Feb 7th: We're in a period of very erratic energy (have you felt it?!). Nerves and schedules will be stressed so spending relaxing time with our horses is recommended. Then again, if it's our horse stressing us out (or vice versa!) maybe letting the horse spend time with a relaxing flake of good hay while we enjoy a relaxing glass of good wine is the better plan. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Wed Jan 18 Equine Astrology TOD

Equine Astrology TOD for Wed, January 18: Jupiter is currently in Libra, bringing emphasis to relationships. And the Moon is also in Libra, triggering Jupiter's emphasis on relationships. But stressful aspects in afternoon and evening bring contact with sudden changes of direction so if we're riding, sit deep in the saddle and watch out for loose flapping bags, dogs popping out, and tree stumps that look like horse eating monsters. Because our horse will be looking for them for sure.

TMAstrology for Wed-Thur Jan 18-19

Oy, sorry for the long absence!--too much work, not enough Trish. I blame the election (for the increased workload). Okay, here goes ... HEAD'S UP, Wed evening into Thurs, January 18-19 a tense pattern of excessive emotions running up against obstacles making then difficult to channel productively. I'd blame this on the election too but this pattern was in the stars long before any of us were born. Eh--what the heck, we'll blame the election anyway.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Tues, Jan 3rd Equine Astrology TOD

Equine Astrology Tip of the Day for TUESDAY, January 3: If you're like me and have been so busy your interaction with equine friends has been restricted to forking out hay or forking up what results when your horse is done with the hay, good news!--from Tuesday until Groundhog Day (Feb 2nd) the stars align in such a way as to favor renewed friendship, love, and luck. So get out there and give your horse a hug. Give the policeman's horse a hug. Give the neighbor's horse a hug. Heck, if you know any horses asses (and we all do) you can even give them a hug though I think that's taking the pattern a bit far.

Death and Taxes

TMAstrology for Mon Jan 2, 2017: Late this evening (Monday) will be good for drinking and dreaming and precious little else. The Moon triggers a Mars (action) Neptune (fog) conjunction. If we have a Mars-Neptune conjunction in our birth horoscope we're a lot more likely to have tax problems than other people ... and any babe born late December through early January will have this connection. So teach 'em about taxes parents and save everyone a lot of paperwork decades down the road.