Archives for Joan Porte

The Dance of Mercury and Jupiter

Now that Mercury has gone retrograde in Sagittarius she will be dancing closely with Jupiter that has just moved into that sign. Around the time of the winter solstice, they will be in a tight conjunction. Mercury like Sagittarius and it’s ruler, Jupiter, is all about communications. Indeed, this can be a very chatty holiday season for better or worse. The worse would be everyone digging deep inside to air EVERY single issue they have against EVERY family member from the beginning of their time on Earth! The better would be to inwardly assess both sides of the communications issues
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Jupiter Goes Home to Sagittarius.

On November 8 Jupiter returned home to the constellation it feels most at home, Sagittarius. It takes Jupiter twelve years to go around the zodiac so it remains in a constellation just about a year. For those with strong Jupiter/Sagittarius influence in their charts – Sun, Moon, ascendant – it is a time for growth, learning and reaching higher levels. Jupiter is constantly pushing us to go beyond boundaries – to see what is on the other side of fence. Set your goals for what you wish to overcome! However, Jupiter is sometimes too big, too ambitious – and can
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Are we Listening to Pluto?

It is Election Day – with Venus and Uranus in retrograde and our country in Pluto return. Will we allow the forces that are loose in  public – forces of homophobia, misogyny and white nationalism to reign free or will we stand up and say NO! Will women reach deep and say ENOUGH? Pluto puts them front and center – it is up to us to clear it out — or live with the consequences.  
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A Chatty Halloween

Today Mercury moves into Sagittarius today as Venus retrogrades back into Libra. This is a prescription for discussion particularly with those who are closest to us – business and romantic partnerships. My caution would be for everyone to stop and think before saying anything. Sagittarius has the nasty habit of having to prove how much he knows – how much smarter he is than anyone else around him. Sag. doesn’t always like to talk – he likes to TELL. This isn’t the time to let it all out –  everything that has ever bothered you about these people — remember
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Mars Go Into Peaceful Pisces Until Nov. 15

I am sure we are all tired of Mars doing the tango with unpredictable Aquarius.  There has been a bit too much upheaval in the world lately. With the Saturn/Pluto retrogrades in full gear don’t expect too much of a slow down of intensity – but Pisces is a place for Mars to rest, regroup and do something he hates – reflect and forgive. Mars is aggression, action and movement but Pisces tones down that energy and asks you to think first and then act. He can also ask us to become a “spiritual warrior” when in this position. He
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The Voice of Venus

I have been talking a lot about Venus as she takes a rare retrograde into Scorpio. Today she is joined by Mercury, the communicator, for a few days. Were I counseling all of the #metoo women or anyone else wanted to expose the rich and powerful I would say do it now. Mercury loves nothing more than to express thoughts and with Venus digging through secretive and powerful Scorpio he wants to pitch those new founded details out into the world. The feminine energy is getting another boost as Ceres is nearing the Sun. Ceres is the archetype of all
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Blue Wave, Red Wave…No, PINK Wave

Election Day will occur when Venus is retrograded back into one of its two ruling constellations, Libra. (The other Venus rules is Taurus.) Retrograded Venus will be conjunct the motherly Ceres and a Sun/Moon conjunction or New Moon in deep penetrating Scorpio. This is serious girl power. Many woman voting will be doing so not for themselves but for their daughters (Ceres) as they manifest (a New Moon activity) a new world order. Saturn will be on the progressed Moon of our national chart, signifying the battle of the paternal (Saturn) and the emotional, feminine energy (Moon.) This powerful placement
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Neptune Gone Backward

Astrologers seem to be rightfully focused on the Pluto retrograde we are experiencing. However, there is a strong retrograde of Neptune that has been in effect since June and will remain until Thanksgiving. Neptune is the herald of our spiritual life and where, when we are stuck on the Earthly plane, we would like to escape. It represents illusions, dreams and the obfuscations we allow ourselves to accept. For the United States, this retrograde is happening in the third house, that of community, close friends and siblings. You can see us searching for a sense of community – who is
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Mars Making One More Square to Uranus

Tuesday, September 18 sees Mars making one more exact square to Uranus. Mars happens to be in the sign that Uranus rules, Aquarius, while Uranus is in stable stubborn Taurus. This is a classic combination of a shake up – perhaps even an explosion. Uranus isn’t happy digging through Taurus – the stability and slowness of Taurus is opposite Uranus’ natural rebellious energy. During a retrograde Uranus is even slower and feeling more tied down with the heavy Earth energy of Taurus. Then along comes angry, aggressive Mars feeling all of the change and upheaval energy so envied by Uranus
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“Enemies” A History of the FBI” by Tim Weiner

I did not want to read this book.  What kind of summer reading is a 470 page history of the FBI? However, since it was a selection of my book club, one that we picked especially because it is so long making it a good August book. We don’t meet in August so it would give us the necessary time to plow through it. To my delight, the book is so well written that reading was a pleasure!   What really struck me most about the book was just how much work Pluto has to dig out the secrets and
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