December 2018 Winter Report

Night stars! Invisible forces guide us.

Night stars! Invisible forces guide us.

My thoughts on the state of our world:

For decades, I have utilized celestial events to provide a roadmap to traversing my reality.  Lately, I have found that having a map to the 3-D reality was not the only guide I needed.  I feel as if I need to come at this explanation or description via an alternative consciousness.

As has been discussed in several newsletters over the years, one theme has emerged:  The times, they are a change’in.  We may need a new lexicon to converse with each other, to be able to explain events in our worlds, and to explain what we are experiencing in our hearts and minds.  But first, I may have to clarify who the “We” we are in this inclusive language. 

 “We” includes you and me: we people who can identify with our spiritual selves, who revere nature, and seem to have a strong empathy and sensitivity to the plight of others’ suffering.  I find many in our “We” group to be intuitive, musical, artistic, and compassionate.  Some of us suffer from illnesses that seem to be difficult to diagnose or if not, illnesses which fit under the Auto-Immune Disorders category that have few solid healing remedies.  Also, there are those of us who have self-medicated through food, drugs, and alcohol to get past discomfort and pain. Yes: often this is the pain of the psyche, not just physical health issues.

 “We” have developed (or better said) are starting to develop a unique consensual reality, a collective consciousness, which at times is in direct contrast to other people in our everyday communities. (Please note: I am not dismissing people who do not feel like kindred souls, I am simply stating that I have difficulties at times relating and conversing with some people.) These “others” seem unable to respond in compassionate ways to the hardships of others or act like zombies.  Yet, “We” are part of the human experience and actually, we can find that we have something in common with every person. So, let us stop with the discussion of differences at this time.

 The bottom line with the reality I am describing is this:  all of humanity is going through a rebirth. Let’s call it Renaissance 2.0We are all awakening, even if some folks seem to be sleepwalking.  There is an energetic change and as a result, a change of perception. This new or evolving consciousness could be described as a Unity consciousness. This perception of unity with all things has been forming since the dawn of humankind.  This paradigm shows up in mystical and spiritual wisdom teaching. However, most of us experience our everyday reality as one of Duality. Yes, events in our lives reinforce this view and we experience the 3-D world on all levels of our lives from the global stage to our local neighborhoods.

The human experience is embedded in duality from our first breath to our last. Yet, it is our experience with our spirituality that offers us the sense of unity and transcendence. In my lifetime I have seen more and more people embracing new thought teachings, meditation practices, mindfulness, astrology, shamanism, past lives investigation, and the list continues.    Perhaps this awakening is happening to assuage our feelings of despair and disgust with people and events in our native countries and around the globe. I believe so. 

The issues that seem to show up as catastrophic or extreme fit into the struggle with duality and our 3-D reality.  I have contemplated these and have tried to fit them into a continuum that expresses a concept or various themes that have shown up in our political, social, and economic structures and systems. Here are some suggested themes to frame within an astrological lens (the astrology part to follow):

  • Tribalism and nationalism versus collaborative global unity

  • Reactionary political movements versus progressive beliefs and actions

  • Consumerism and greed versus desire for social-economic parity

  • Patriarchy and corporate-dominated politics versus democratic equity and freedom.

Warning: I just may be describing a dark time. In the United States, the negative shadow issues of racism, white nationalism, discrimination, voter suppression, violent shootings, serious income inequality, and lack of current government concern for a healthy environment seem to overshadow the rise of social justice, rise of feminism, rise of human dignity, and yes rise of consciousness that we are all in this human dilemma together.  Sigh.

 I do not state that astrological events have caused this.  No way.  I do not support a deterministic lens on the world.  Instead, I would state that the purpose of this message is to explain everything as a synergistic interaction with cosmic events and energy.  Here goes: 

  • Retrogrades, Reactionary movement?

 Since this summer, there has been a great deal of retrograde planetary action.  The most pronounced was Mars retrograde in Aquarius.  Normally Mars spends weeks in one sign, not a span of several months. The major period of this particular retrograde was during the summer, where at one point there were a number of planets in retrograde. It was a very frustrating time of low energy, or some volatile and tense times.  I truly believe the end result of this period with Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and yes, Pluto were retrograde.  By the equinox in September, we had a release of some of this retrograde energy, except for Venus which brought our relationships into close examination. When Venus was retrograde it had many of us looking at the shadow pieces of our relationships, be it personal, business, and/or otherwise (meaning that Venus retrograde in Scorpio could have had us looking within our own psyche at our shadow pieces). 

 At the time of Venus retrograde I experienced a flurry of people contacting me to do readings centering around their relationships. The main issue that seemed to envelop these clients (maybe you were one of them?) was how to understand why their business or personal partnerships were toxic or debilitating. Most of the time, I was validating the worthiness of my client who was generally giving and empathic who was dealing with the negative projections of the “other”.  Yes, the psychological issue of dealing with the projections of others and seeing those shadow pieces had many of us examining our lives.

Also, these retrograde periods seemingly developed a fear-based mentality.  Again, I noticed groups of people from various parts of our social, political, and economic framework connecting to a particular mentality.  Several notable folks have branded this perceptual agreement as choosing to identify with a particular Reality TunnelThis group think is consensual. And we all live in a particular reality or space. Yet, there are those people within a reality bubble who do not willingly challenge their perception or choose to perceive things differently regardless of facts that are brought to them.  Thus, we see groups of people who identify with a particular political party or movement based on their consensual agreement. 

Fears are perpetuated and reinforced in a closed-off reality.  Maybe some of these fears comes from a loss of power or from a sense of lack. But these fears can be based on consensus thinking. People who feel they are part of a particular group sustain a particular lens. It appears to me that there are a variety of groups within our societies be they religious, social, or political that seem to have created a strong resistance to change and a consequent thrust to return to the secure times in the past (whether this was true or not).  Hence, my observation is that there seems to be a reactionary movement across the world.  Think of the rise of nationalism, isolationism, fascism, and militarism, and you get my point.

  • Other Astrological Events:  Eclipses – A Shifting Paradigm?

Eclipses are truly karmic adjustments to patterns in the human experience.  For a few years, eclipses have occurred on the Leo/Aquarius axis. This series, which started back on February 10, 2017, has been largely responsible for the huge awakening of social justice and activism— as well as for the preening and ego-driven politicians who are pushing party lines instead of representing their constituents. From rallies to protests to demands for policy reform, the eclipses in #woke Aquarius, the sign of groups and humanitarian issues, have revealed the extremes of what can happen when people gather around a common agenda. The strongest of this eclipse cycle was the New Moon Solar Eclipse in LEO on August 17, 2017.  Many North Americans remember this event.  It brought in a dynamic energy that was palpable to those who experienced the total eclipse. Now the final eclipse—a total lunar eclipse and supermoon—will land again in regal Leo in January 2019 giving us one last chance to find our inner sense of dignified authority, and to express it in the world in whatever way, large or small, this feels appropriate.

We are in the age of Aquarius.  What this means for all of us is that our human existence is changing and our lens of perception is shifting to a global consciousness.  We are awakening to a new order:  we will feel connected and inter-connected to all of humanity.  This is the process that is occurring, and while it may not be readily apparent, it is happening none-the-less.

  • Neptune in Pisces- Spiritual Reformation (with Jupiter in Sagittarius helping to shift our beliefs to a higher consciousness).

 Jupiter-Neptune Trine in 2018: Global healing and compassion.

Could peace finally come to our world—at least, in some small way? An awakening of higher consciousness and compassion might have developed, when cross-cultural ambassador Jupiter unites in a languorous and harmonious trine (120-degree angle) with soul-stirring Neptune in May of 2018. The duo traveled through emotional and receptive water signs (Jupiter in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces) most of the year, opening our hearts.

The exact trine was in close contact from May until August. This rare and unifying cycle reminded us that, while we may be “divided” by cultures and nations, we are all one. By the end of 2018, we experience Jupiter returning to its native sign of Jupiter.  Hooray!!  Sagittarius is the archetype of the seeker and philosopher.  Our beliefs and ideals are born within this energy.  I

It is my own belief that all of us will rise to a higher consciousness and revamp our beliefs while Jupiter is in its native sign, and Neptune (the ethereal, other-worldly planet) is also in its native sign.  The collective consciousness is bringing us to a new spiritual existence.  Hence, my sense that many people who are naturally empaths and sensitive to energy will expand their perceptions and shift from a victim mentality to an empowered force due to understanding themselves as part of a loving unity consciousness.

  • Will patriarchy win...or crumble? (thought from “Astro Twins” forecast for 2019)

Capricorn has had a direct effect on this aspect.  Capricorn rules institutions, patriarchal society, men, government, big business, fathers and hierarchies. In other words, a lot of the “old school” stuff that people have been working tirelessly to reform and change over the past couple years.

It’s been both painful and fascinating to watch. Last year, feminist reporter Hannah Rosin’s book The End of Men tackles a new vision for the world where gender equality seeps into these outdated systems and institutions. The binary structure of us versus them, winners and losers, male versus female, haves and have nots, now seems hopelessly out of date. With the #MeToo, #TimesUp and #BlackLivesMatter movements accompanying a surge of social activism, feminism, transgender rights, and more—it’s clear that we need to make this world work for more than just a privileged few. Yet, a rise in right-wing nationalism reveals that many people feel threatened by this vision and will go to extremes to resist a much-needed change.

Pluto the transformational planetary force has been in Capricorn for a good seven years. As I have mentioned before, Pluto serves as the archetype of the Hindu God, Shiva, the destroyer and creator.  Pluto destroys what does not serve our highest good, and creates in the void, a new higher consciousness.  Along with Pluto, last year Saturn, the planet that is the archetype of the Lord of Karma, also entered its native sign of Capricorn. But in 2019, resistance may be futile. Serious forces of change will be shaking these once solid foundations, even causing some of them to crumble. Structured Saturn and transformational Pluto will both spend all year in Capricorn.

Thus, I believe there is reason for hope that a new world is evolving.  We may be feeling as if we are trapped within darkness, but LIGHT is coming through in miraculous ways.  I know that former President HW Bush, #41, talked about the various points of light.  For him, it may have represented people who could bring positive change.  I think my version is that “We” are becoming Light Beings.  We are choosing light via the LOVE we bring, Not FEAR. 

My advice: find pockets of joy where-ever you are.  Yes… for all of us, fear comes up.  But, stay positive and choose love!  Remain HOPEFUL!!  “Hope is the rainbow over the cascading stream of life” (Nietzche, fragment)

Let’s greet the New Year 2019 with more hope, than fear. Love rules!! Cathy


Cathy Basen

For most of my adult life, I have worked as an educator. Now, semi-retired from public school administration, I work part time as an education consultant.  However, my passion for decades has been my work as a professional astrologer and intuitive advisor.  My love for dialoguing soul-to-soul with people has rewarded me with amazing conversations and discourse.  I feel I have supported countless persons over the years by interpreting their astrology natal chart and also, reading Tarot cards as both serve as tools and methods to provide deep insights into the soul. 

August 2018 Eclipses and Retrogrades

I believe this message will have value to young and old: for all ages and forms of expression.  No one comes through a life journey unscathed or unharmed, as we all experience heartbreak and insecurity at times.  I believe the collective consciousness of humanity serves as a guide for our individual journeys.  All of us are immersed in this collective mind in some fashion, depending on where our “consciousness” takes us.  I will admit that the Dalai Lama’s consciousness may be far more expansive than my own.  (Ya think?)  Yet, I believe this is a fascinating time in the history of our world because there is an emerging consciousness that is creating a new awareness.  Many of us are awakening to a new definition of our existence.

For me, I developed a lens on the world that gains wisdom or knowledge from an archetypal cosmos.  Carl Jung, father of transpersonal psychology, created a language and a paradigm to understand the workings of the human soul or psyche.  He incorporated the connection of our mythology into the frame of psychological concepts. Or vice verse.  Jung created the term and concept of archetypes: the big ideas and images of the human experience.  Our various cultural symbols, stories, and myths explain aspects of our reality. Particularly, the field of astrology works with the archetypal themes that define much of our human and spiritual existence. We are all doing a cosmic dance with the archetypes.  This explains who we are beyond the body and the biology of our being. Our consciousness goes beyond the neurobiological because the human psyche reflects a cosmic intelligence that transcends time, space, and matter.

For me, the archetypes that come up in astrology and in the Tarot have provided a road map for me in my own personal journey. I have learned so much about who I am from the study and practice of astrology.  Also, due to my intuitive skills, I relate to images that come from the archetypes of the Tarot.  Both systems serve as tools to inform my understanding of what may be happening in my life, and yes, these tools help others as I provide intuitive readings.

Mars in Aquarius retrograde
The aspect of Mars, the Warrior and masculine archetype that has prevailed over much of the energy around the globe these last several months with protests, “MeToo” movement, conflicts, and yes, strong stances of particular groups to take their righteous power.  Mars has been going retrograde (seemingly backwards) through the Aquarius constellation.  This astrological sign embraces innovation, progressive change, new thought, and paradigm shifts. Rebellion is afoot with an angry emotional context during a Mars retrograde in Aquarius. Have you noticed the animated activists challenging the status quo these days?  Yes…. Mars is strongly represented in this summer’s events.

Aquarius is the water carrier – an archetype that speaks to a force that nurtures humankind and works toward a utopian world that serves us all.  When Mars is retrograde in Aquarius, we go back over and review what is broken and needs to be fixed and healed.  When Mars goes direct at the end of August, we will see the energy and will of our communities pushing forth to repair and to find solutions to our individual and societal conflicts and woes.  Mars direct will be a start to new dynamics of how we are working together in communities to solve issues of racism, poverty, inequality, and social injustice.

An archetype that works for contemporary times: Akhilandeshvari

As I have analyzed the state of the world, or have been thinking about my own humble existence, I think about the difficult circumstances we find ourselves these days.  (As we consider the issues mentioned above). Many of us may find it difficult to push our best version of ourselves out into the world.  We may feel heartbroken and in pain.  But, as Eckhart Tolle has written, we need to be present and acknowledge our pain body.  From this acknowledgement we can transcend to a higher consciousness about ourselves and others.  To quote Tolle: The ego says, ‘I should not have to suffer', and the thought makes you suffer so much more. It is a distortion of the truth, which is always paradoxical. The truth is that you need to say yes to suffering before you can transcend it.”

Thus, we come to the mythology of Akhilandeshvari.  She who is never not broken.  I need to acknowledge two wise women who have brought this beautiful archetype to my awareness: Maya and Jane. They have recently conducted a women’s workshop in Oakland, California and addressed this myth so prevalent in today’s contemporary world, yet this archetype is as ancient as our human story:

She who is never not broken…double negative you think…but, wait…think another way “ she embodies the cataclysmic exhilarating, transformative process that the earth and we as individuals are going through at this time. She, is the one who holds the keys for getting through it successfully.

Let me introduce you to her, Akhilandeshvari, is a South Asian Goddess, her name references Universal and Cosmic Powers. It may seem odd to think of a goddess as broken, but, she is broken because we are broken. Akhailandeshvari, reinforces the message in Leonard Cohen’s Anthem “ So ring the bell that still can ring, forget your perfect offering, there’s a crack in everything, and that is how the light gets in”… Let go of the need for perfection, embrace your brokenness…it is the path to freedom! When something is perfect you put it on a shelf and look at it, when things are not perfect you work with them to see what you do to improve them. It is the same with us, we have to transform our breakdowns into breakthroughs. How do we approach the challenges, pain and difficulty that disempowers and overwhelms us? The Goddess never not broken promises that the greatest magic is in the transformative moments; the uncertainties, the pause before we hit the ground..and what do we do with ourselves after we land.

As wise elders we know it is normal to fear and resist change, but, this goddess whispers to us of freedom. Liberation from the past, from habits and wounds, from shifting routines, from everything that once was good but has become a burden or a prison. Liberation, indeed from the illusions of ego. Akhilandeshavi, is in the same instant the personification of destruction and rebirth, not like Kali the destroyer who levels us all with her sword. This goddess yields to the destruction of the self, the ego and the self-identity, so that she can remain in contact with truth, the divine source manifesting as the individual. She has come fully into her own, now as we and the earth, and all the systems we have built over millennia are crumpling like old newspaper.However, the blessing is we can reinvent ourselves and the systems that we operate in society…look not at the destruction but at rebirth…what a glorious concept!

For me, I am using this archetype to direct me to my broken-hearted soul and to let the light into these various parts of my psyche to heal and to find self-love.  I invite you to do the same.

Last Eclipse on Leo/Aquarius Axis

Eclipse Season is this powerful window of time we are currently in the midst of, and a beautiful opportunity to tune into the rhythms of the cosmos.  Astrology is a map that helps us navigate the terrain of life, and offers the potential for each of us to live more empowered, fulfilling, and purposeful lives.

The last of the eclipses on the Leo/Aquarius nodal axis took place on Saturday, August 11th.  For the last year and a half (since February 2017) we have been experiencing the influence of this particular cycle.  On this date, what are you willing to let end that no longer serves your highest expression? What new beginnings are emerging that gives you a fresh start to be your true authentic self?

This last powerful eclipse works with Mars in Aquarius to bring us to realize our truth, as individuals, and as members of humanity.  The archetype of Leo speaks to our own ability to act from our true authentic self. Like the Strength card in the Tarot, we are the most powerful when we honor our unique skills, talents, and personas.  Thus, the last eclipse brings to the fore a long lasting message: speak and act from your heart and your true authentic being.

As Stephanie Austin, astrologer, muses about this eclipse: “You were born for a reason. You are unique. No one has seen through your eyes, felt through your fingertips, lived in your skin. Ruled by the Sun itself, Leo summons each of us to shine our light, our singular spark of the Divine; to live from our essence rather than from our ego or programmed personality. How do we know when we are doing that? The degree of joy or strain tells us whether we are on our spiritual path — or bushwhacking. If life is largely effort and struggle, we’ve lost the trail. If we're watching the clock more than feeling in the flow or "The Zone," we've gotten off track. If we're following our fears rather than our heart, we're ready for a big course correction.” That is what eclipses do: they present opportunities to shift to a higher consciousness and a new direction that serves our soul needs.

Not only are the Sun and Moon in Leo, but Mercury and the North Node as well, offering extra illumination as to what our heart and soul wants now. Many of us had our creativity stifled at an early age, criticized or shamed overtly, or shut down in more subtle but equally destructive ways.

The archetype of Leo, symbolized by the King and the Lion, represents bravery, power, and sovereignty. It takes courage to be true to our Self, to listen to our heart, and ‘follow our bliss’ as Joseph Campbell put it. This solar eclipse urges us to be lionhearted; to shine our light and share our unique gifts. It reminds us that our inner "Sun", our core, our essence, knows what lights us up, what brings us joy and fulfillment.
I end this post with so much gratitude for the many beautiful voices that have come to me lately.  Many exist in my every day life: Barbara, Jane, Judith and Joseph. Your presence keeps me centered and connected. Also, there are my dear friends who live far away from me, such as my dear artist friend, Margaret, who lives in Melbourne, Australia.  Also, Linda, who is responsible for getting me interested in astrology so many years ago, and has been a strong constant in my circle of divine and inspirational friendships. We have known each other since 5th grade.

Or take dear friend Jim who lives in upper New York State. I have never met him in person, but as a fellow Aquarian, he confirms and supports my thought process.  Then there is Basil, who lives in North Carolina and is consistently illuminating my world.  He helps me realize that my consciousness is shifting and I am awakening to a new reality.  Speaking of this, Basil suggested my reading a new book: A New Republic of the Heart, by Terry Patten.  I leave you with this quote from the section of the book, Translating Heartbreak Into Action:

The work we have to do can seen as a kind of coming ALIVE.  More than some moral imperative, it’s an awakening to our true nature, a leasing of our gifts.” (Joanna Macy)


Cathy Basen

For most of my adult life, I have worked as an educator. Now, semi-retired from public school administration, I work part time as an education consultant.  However, my passion for decades has been my work as a professional astrologer and intuitive advisor.  My love for dialoguing soul-to-soul with people has rewarded me with amazing conversations and discourse.  I feel I have supported countless persons over the years by interpreting their astrology natal chart and also, reading Tarot cards as both serve as tools and methods to provide deep insights into the soul. 

March 2018 Astrology News

The beginning of March finds us in the time of Pisces, and so, we find ourselves in an interesting energy.  The Piscean energy is one of the most complex and amorphous. As a mutable water sign, it is the most sensitive of the astrological world.  Piscean persons’ boundaries are so thin that they pick up too much information just by stepping out onto the street. Pisces lives in the unconscious of the collective. As astrologer Caroline Casey has described: “Pisces is in touch with what the culture has forgotten or represses: dreams that dart, fishlike (Pisces is represented by two fish attached to each other swimming in opposite directions) beneath the surface. The Piscean task is to retrieve what the culture has denied, to bring it back to surface awareness.”

Often times, the aspects of the Piscean world are expressed in our movies.  In this past year of movies, The Shape of Water expresses the themes of Pisces extraordinarily well.  The film tells a story of an amazing love story of two figures, so very different, yet are able to go beyond natural boundaries to find a connection of mutual desire and love.  The couple’s bond is possible due to their intuitive communication. Interesting that their relationship forms in water: an allegory to our subconscious, intuitive mind.  Also, the message of Pisces as well as this movie is that LOVE is the unifying and transcendent energy of our world.

Right now (beginning of March 2018) there is a great deal of energy in Pisces:  Sun, Mercury, Venus, Neptune, and Chiron. Thus, it should not surprise anyone, especially those with strong Pisces, and/or other sensitivities to energetic forces, that you are currently experiencing altered states, or desires to escape the harshness of our everyday 3-D reality.  I mention escape as a caveat to everyone reading this message.  All of us must learn to surrender our fears, judgments, and pain rather than trying to escape to the illusory world of misperceptions.

Pisces is co-ruled by Neptune, the principle of dreams, visions, imagination, and illusion. Neptune, god of the sea, is represented by the trident, on which we can be hooked.  When we as either individuals or a culture lack a clear mythology, or a connection to each other, or even a shared divine purpose, we can become hooked on anything that numbs the pain of alienation.  .  .  drugs, alcohol, cults.  In their correspondence, Carl Jung and Bill Wilson, the founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, discussed their shared belief that there is no cure for addiction without a spiritual awakening. (Carolyn Casey)

So much of our world is invisible and it is in this realm that we find ourselves. Spirit speaks to us from our inner space. Also, we learn to love ourselves when we step out of the ego-mind into the eco-mind.  Neptune as ruler of Pisces dissolves the individual ego identity to bring us into a spiritual collective consciousness.  As we dissolve our fears, judgments, and pain, as we forgive, accept, and learn to love ourselves, we develop an unshakable sense of inner peace, wholeness, and connection with all of life. To come to this, we have to do less and be more; be more still, more quiet, and more attuned to our inner guidance. Becoming aware of our breath is an immediate way to connect with Pisces energy. Whenever we find ourselves feeling ungrounded or overwhelmed, we can slow and deepen our breathing, making our exhale longer than our inhale; like a soft sigh, breathing in through our nose, and out through our mouth, as long as needed. The beauty of this Sufi water breath practice is that it can be done any time, anywhere. And it benefits not only us, but everyone around us and beyond, as it helps others entrain, relax, and re-center as well. (Stephanie Austin)

March 1st Full Moon in Virgo helps us to surrender our past conditioning and concepts of who were are, so that we can embody and express who we really are.  Virgo Moons bring us healing and grounding energy. This is helpful as we integrate our bodies with our spiritual nature. The Moon in Virgo nudges us to be discerning, and take extra good care of our body, so we remain grounded, balanced, and able to integrate a higher level of consciousness. This full moon asks: What seeds are you watering? What visions are you cultivating for the world? Know that your light, your every thought, word, and deed, make a difference. The New Age is being born breath by breath, step by step, heart by heart. We are Light. We are Love. We are Starseeds. And Spring is coming.

March 17th – New Moon in Pisces.  This cosmic event allows us to renew our relationship with the invisible world. This is a powerful time to set in place your intentions to reconnect with the deepest part of who you are – infinite, eternal, and divine. During this sacred time of year for many cultures and religious traditions, it allows us to pause and to reflect. Thus, it may be a perfect opportunity to honor what is sacred in our lives.  What ritual or celebration can bring you to greater awareness of your divine nature?

March 20th – Aries Equinox.  Sun enter Aries. This is the start to a new zodiacal year.

March 31st – Libra Full Moon.  The April newsletter will devote more time to an explanation of the Sun in Aries and this particular lunar event.

The current times can be confusing, disorienting, and even chaotic.  But, turning to our inner world can bring solace. When we find our heart-center, and orient ourselves from this sacred space, the world becomes more harmonious and loving.  We will find ourselves in synergy with all that is.


Cathy Basen

For most of my adult life, I have worked as an educator. Now, semi-retired from public school administration, I work part time as an education consultant.  However, my passion for decades has been my work as a professional astrologer and intuitive advisor.  My love for dialoguing soul-to-soul with people has rewarded me with amazing conversations and discourse.  I feel I have supported countless persons over the years by interpreting their astrology natal chart and also, reading Tarot cards as both serve as tools and methods to provide deep insights into the soul. 

2018 Lunar New Year

On February 2nd we celebrated Candlemas, the Celtic holiday honoring the halfway point between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox during the time of Aquarius. This was an opportunity for all of us to turn within and reflect on our soul’s journey. The message of Candlemas is to bring light into the world, and with light we can see into our shadow.  The message may have been adulterated by the American culture, with Groundhog’s Day. But, a deeper significance is to liken to Carl Jung’s shadow archetype:
The Shadow describes the part of the psyche that an individual would rather not acknowledge. It contains the denied parts of the self. Since the self contains these aspects, they surface in one form or another. Bringing Shadow material into consciousness drains its dark power, and can even recover valuable resources from it. The greatest power, however, comes from having accepted your shadow parts and integrating them as components of your Self.  -  John Elder.
My advice to those reading this is to cast light into your deep recesses of the psyche to actually recognize those hidden parts of your persona. Even while we have passed this midpoint event, by doing our shadow work we can align our body, mind, and spirit. It is not just the recognition, but also the integration of all the various parts of our psyche that make us whole and authentic. Seeing one’s shadow is not to be dreaded, but gives an opportunity to work out those kinks during the rest of the introspective winter season to spring to a rebirth and renewed self at the equinox.
The passing of Candlemas gives way to another favorite aspect to this time of year: Valentine’s Day.  This is not because I will be romanced by a long list of suitors, but because of the emphasis on love and the heart.  Actually, it helps Aquarians like me to get a grip on our heart work.  Aquarius as the 11th sign of the zodiac is not necessarily the love master of the universe, but more of a thinking, fixed-energy archetype that can be aloof and detached from the emotional connections that we humans are prone to make.  Actually, Valentine’s Day would be better suited for the time of Leo.  This zodiacal sign rules the heart and romance!  But, by putting Aquarian and Leonine energy together, we have the perfect balance!  Aquarius can look at humanity from a universal love and be the true water carrier who nurtures the world with gifts of insight.  Leo can put the personal into love and the heart so that we all find our unique ways of giving and receiving love.

This message is so very strong these days as the potent Eclipse cycle has been (since 2016) on the Leo/Aquarius, karmic lunar nodal points.  Most astrologers, Western and Vedic alike, look at the lunar nodes to understand karmic cycles, both as they work with the energy of current time and space, and also, the influence of the nodal points in our natal charts.  We can learn a great deal about the karmic lesson we are to learn this lifetime by interpreting the sign and position of our personal nodal points.
The major Leo Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017 opened up a portal to a new consciousness and awareness. This solar eclipse revealed where each one of us may be on our personal journey.  The evolutionary path of one’s soul is very much a heroic effort.  Thus, at the time of this eclipse, there were those who may be heeding the call to strike out on one’s authentic path, struggling with personal demons, or truly taking empowered steps, but the fact is clear that we all are evolving. This cosmic event may have initiated a powerful time to take up the gauntlet and head off to fight in the crusade. The North Lunar Node in LEO designates our spiritual frontier: in the case of Leo we are learning to embody our heart-consciousness.  When we become heart-centered we become connected in love and unity to all that is.
Those people that were able to witness the August 21st eclipse in North America along the path of totality have shared their magical experiences.  One person aptly described this event as an experience (which defied description) as: being suspended in time and space.
Are we entering a time when our consciousness shifts?  I wonder. Yes, I believe there is an increasing awareness on the part of many human beings that we live in a multi-dimensional universe.  A “Unity” consciousness is occurring for one and all. 

Think about Einstein’s musings:
            A human being is a part of the whole, called by us "Universe", a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security. ~ Einstein
We can change from a self-centered, individualistic perspective through heart-centered actions that bring forth a loving unified consciousness.  As a dear friend suggested (who shared his eclipse experience) the new frontier is not necessarily time and/or space, but Consciousness.

This new thinking continues to evolve as the eclipse cycle continues influence the global consciousness. Potent cosmic events have continued starting with the New Year 2018. On January 1st, there was a SUPER MOON in Cancer opposite the Capricorn Sun.  Actually, turning points and new beginnings happen for me during Solstice points, thus, a new year cycle begin on December 21st when the Sun entered Capricorn, the Winter Solstice.  However, this year’s January 1st brought a powerful lunar event with strong healing energies of the divinely feminine Super Full Moon in Cancer.  Thus, following the Leo/Aquarius eclipse themes of authentic loving consciousness, this full moon highlights a crucial, ongoing theme: reclaiming the power of the feminine.  

Thus, January 2018 both began and ended with potent full moons, holding a huge cosmic spotlight on what needs to be seen and changed; the first was the above-mentioned Super Moon, peaking on January 1 (12º Cancer-Capricorn), the second a total lunar eclipse on January 31 (12º Leo-Aquarius). An interesting note is that from January 2 to March 8, no planets are retrograde, encouraging us to take big steps forward on our path. Hopefully, all of us were able to check our spiritual compasses, to see if either we were firmly on course, stuck on a side track, or gotten pulled onto someone else’s path.

As of today’s date, there is still time for a course adjustment because the Leo-Aquarius Eclipse cycle remains until August 2018.  

This brings us to February 15th with a powerful New Moon Aquarius Solar Eclipse.  This is an opportune time to renew one’s thinking.  Remember:  the Aquarius archetype is the Oracle, Visionary, and Seer.  As Emily Trinkaus describes: Aquarius rises above present circumstances, sees the bigger picture, and from that higher perspective envisions radical new possibilities.
On February 15t, what are some radical new possibilities for you to initiate?  When an eclipse occurs in connection to the lunar south node, we could benefit by figuring out what to let go of in our lives..... in order to bring in the new.  
Take the time at this New Moon Solar Eclipse to state your intentions as you will have a positive and powerful cosmic force to support your affirmations.  Also, Jupiter the benefactor planet in the sign of Scorpio will be at an angle to the Sun and Moon to provide a transformational boost.  
This Aquarius New Moon marks the Chinese Lunar New Year, initiating the Year of the Earth Dog.  Dare we hope at this event for the positive care and steward of the Earth?  The Dog archetype evokes loyalty and protection. Anyone born in an Earth Dog year (1958 last Earth Dog Year) will be communicative, serious, and responsible in the workplace.
On an end note:  I can personalize all these astrological events by looking at your own natal chart and seeing how the eclipses and transits affect you.  One person recently asked about the issue of “houses” as the transits and eclipses take place.  For example, take the recent February 15th eclipse.  If you have Aquarius ruling your first house or an Aquarius Rising sign you may find that your entire personality changes because you are looking through a changed lens or perspective.

Cathy Basen

For most of my adult life, I have worked as an educator. Now, semi-retired from public school administration, I work part time as an education consultant.  However, my passion for decades has been my work as a professional astrologer and intuitive advisor.  My love for dialoguing soul-to-soul with people has rewarded me with amazing conversations and discourse.  I feel I have supported countless persons over the years by interpreting their astrology natal chart and also, reading Tarot cards as both serve as tools and methods to provide deep insights into the soul. 

August 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse in Leo



August 21st

We are lucky if once during our lifetimes, we can experience the impact of a total solar eclipse.  Those of you who are living in the United States along the 70-mile wide path of this astronomical event will be in for a spectacular treat. And yes, all of us have the potential to experience a transformational shift, maybe not that particular day and time, but quite possibly in the weeks and months following this eclipse.

The question that arises coming up to this rare event is: Who were you born to be?  This leads to another question: What is your soul’s gift to the world? The August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse at 28 degrees, 52’ LEO calls us to remember our divine destiny. Leo’s archetype reminds us that we are all individually unique with a particular set of strengths and talents. There has never been nor will ever be someone with your singular set of qualities and experiences. You are a sovereign being. Your mission is to be true to yourself. Your thoughts, words, and deeds shape your reality and the course of human evolution. This Leo Solar Eclipse urges us to realize the depth of our creative power.

The fifth sign of the zodiac represents the hero/heroine’s journey; to discover and express one’s true identity.  Hollywood produces many films/movies depicting the hero’s journey: the call to adventure, then faced with dire circumstances, we find the protagonist taking a leap into an unknown world and new path. Along the way mentors show up to guide the hero/heroine and of course villains test and challenge. These heroes and heroines are seen facing their worst fears and in doing so, are transformed and empowered.   Often times we see in these stories a death and rebirth experience with the climax occurring at the point when the hero or heroine receives his or her sword, ring, golden lasso, or holy grail.  (The grail is symbolic of finding the true self). The end of the story finds our heroine returning to her community sharing her found gifts and talents.

This solar eclipse will reveal where we are at in our personal journey.  The evolutionary path of our soul is very much a heroic effort.  Thus, we may just now be hearing the call to strike out on our authentic path, struggling with our demons, or truly taking empowered steps, but the fact is clear that we all are evolving. This is a powerful time to take up the gauntlet and head off to fight in the crusade. The North Lunar Node in LEO designates are spiritual frontier… we are learning to embody our heart-consciousness.  When we become heart-centered we become connected in love and unity to all that is.  This Eclipse lifts us in love and light.

Take the time before August 21st to prepare for insights that you may receive during this celestial event. Commune in nature, and take time to meditate and reflect. Write down your intentions and spend time affirming your deepest desires and wishes. Then get ready for the shift and transformation. Now is the time to know that all that you do is sacred. (Hafiz)


Cathy Basen

For most of my adult life, I have worked as an educator. Now, semi-retired from public school administration, I work part time as an education consultant.  However, my passion for decades has been my work as a professional astrologer and intuitive advisor.  My love for dialoguing soul-to-soul with people has rewarded me with amazing conversations and discourse.  I feel I have supported countless persons over the years by interpreting their astrology natal chart and also, reading Tarot cards as both serve as tools and methods to provide deep insights into the soul. 

Astrological Trends for 2017



Happy Lunar New Year!

This astrology newsletter speaks to the astrological events of 2017.  As you read through this dense article, please read with your own personal lens, particularly as you notice the astrological descriptors that match your natal chart. Read not only for your Sun sign, but you Moon and your Rising. I post this with gratitude!!

Right now our turbulent times comes with healing opportunities. The January 21st Women’s March in D.C. that initiated marches and movements of solidarity around the world symbolizes the changing consciousness around the world. And, so begins a crazy, confusing, and chaotic time in history, one that may end in a more unifying consciousness.

Wow, so much is occurring that is significant, I do not know how to begin to bring you this picture of the astrological landscape these days. Shall I mention turbulent?  Well yes, and also, consciousness-raising.

The energy these days means that few of us can remain staid and comfortable in our personal lives as we are brought into an awareness and awakening into the worldly arena.  Our inter-connectedness is becoming almost visceral due to social and digital media.  Frankly, unless you live off the grid, in a cave, you cannot escape the times-they-are-a-changing energy, even if the times and movements seem scarily reactionary.

Thus, the way to look at the astrological landscape of 2017 is to describe the various conflicting energies that are about – as expressed through the various movements, crises, and behavior in our world this year.  I am conveying all of this via Themes that seem to emerge from the archetypal, astrological energies.

Upheaval and TurbulenceUranus, the energy of change and paradigm shifts, in warlike Aries, is at a tense angle to Pluto, destroyer, power broker, and transformer, in determined and strong Capricorn. The energetic signature of these turbulent times is the ongoing Uranus-Pluto square, which remains within 10º of orb until 2020. Whenever other planets link up with it, we are especially impelled to transform unsustainable and unsatisfying ways of living, working, and relating, as well as the underlying misperceptions which maintain them. Uranus is the archetype of freedom and innovation; Pluto represents the evolutionary imperative of death and rebirth. Together, they impel the purging of an old way of seeing and being, so that we can go to the next level. This cosmic combination urges us to take radical responsibility, reminding us that we are in the driver seat, that we have more power than we realize, and that with power comes responsibility.

From January 8, when Mercury turned direct, to February 6, when Jupiter takes its yearly turn retrograde, all of the planets are moving forward, adding to the impetus for us to move on, up, and out. Jupiter, Uranus, and Pluto remain in a catalytic T-square from November 3, 2016 to September 26, 2017 (10º orb); as a reference, the last time this combination of expansive, liberating, and transformative energies were in a cardinal T-square was June 27, 2013 to June 15, 2014 (in Cancer-Aries-Capricorn).

This theme has been in effect since 2012, and has resulted in huge groups of people wanting to hold onto the status quo, the ways of the past, the structures that may only work for the privileged white people, in opposition with huge groups of people who want a world that works for all.  Bottom line:  we are seeing a striking divide, a polarity in thinking, within societies across the world, and no more striking and clear than in the United States. One group in the United States voted in Donald Trump as the President who promised a return to an America that describes a version of days long past. Disenfranchised Americans feared losing power and rallied around a non-political presidential candidate.  The other group is opposite from this reactionary stance, and speaks to (generally) a progressive stance. These are persons who want to continue the agenda of the 1960’s Civil Rights Act. These folks supported Bernie and yes, Hillary in the 2016 presidential campaign to maintain social, political, and political rights for all. This group was widely represented in the 1/21/17 Women’s March across the United States, and the world.

This energy will continue throughout 2017 and beyond.  On an individual level, it is greatly impacting those people with strong cardinal signs in their natal charts.  Thus, you Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn SUN, MOON, and Rising signs folks, you have been and will continue to experience huge changes and transformations in your life.  This started years ago, but really since 2012, you have been experiencing breakthroughs, breakdowns, and dynamic shifts, and most of all transformation in your thinking, in your relationships, and the actual structures (think family, career, and self-awareness) in your lives. Aries, your self-identity is shifting greatly. You are feeling the need to activate new expression in your life. Cancer, you are finding ways to break through old childhood issues and tension to recreate safety and security in your life. Libra: you have experienced huge relationship changes or challenges. These dynamics have taken and will continue to take center-stage in your life, but you are gaining traction on this. And last dear Capricorn, with Pluto moving slowly but profoundly through your “sign”, you find you are redefining what it is to be in your “power”.  There are times when your drive (your will) will allow for huge transformational leaps of faith.

For all of us: When we get to 2020, we will look back on the last eight years, and be amazed at the changes that exist in our lives.  One caveat, however:  if you fight the pressures to change and do not surrender to these forces, you may suffer loss in a variety of arenas. A helpful mantra is to state: “Change me, divine one, to be someone who can be true to my highest purpose and calling.”

Lost at Sea, Confusion and DissolutionNeptune, Chiron, and Venus in Pisces
At the same time, there is a cosmic convergence in Pisces: Venus, Mars, Pallas, the South Node, Chiron, and Neptune are all in the last sign of the zodiac, so it's not surprising to also feel adrift in a fog without a sail or rudder. Much is dissolving and shifting on inner levels, which takes time and energy. We are unraveling centuries of old programming, down to the cellular and DNA level, reconfiguring our bodies as well as our psyches. Pisces draws us out of our mind and into our heart; to listen for the promptings of our soul and follow our intuition.

Feeling spacey or forgetful are signs to do less and ‘be’ more. During accelerated times of growth, more rest, quiet, and solitude are required. Many of us are in a chrysalis phase; like a caterpillar going into a cocoon before it can become a butterfly, we too experience a period of dissolution. The more we slow down, trust, and surrender, the more gracefully the transformation occurs, and the sooner our wings appear.

Venus moves through Pisces once a year, Mars every two years, Pallas every four years, the Lunar Nodes every 19 years, Chiron every 50 years, and Neptune only once every 168 years. Having so many celestial bodies in the 12th sign gives us extraordinary support in releasing personal and collective conditioning. In cultures which are very mental and materialistic, this deeply spiritual process is not well understood nor supported.

The evolutionary intent of Pisces is Christ consciousness, where we realize our inherent divinity and unity; the shadow side of Pisces is denial and codependence, escapism and addiction. Take advantage of this spiritual tailwind by doing what feeds your heart and strengthens your soul connection. Meditate, contemplate, and be in nature as much as possible. The veils between dimensions are more easily parted and creativity is heightened as well; sing, dance, paint, do whatever brings you joy. Your angels, guides, and muses are on standby. Boundaries blur as Venus conjuncts Neptune on January 12. Healing happens with less effort as Mars conjoins Chiron on January 16 and Venus aligns with Chiron on January 24. Surf this inwardly rich wave while it lasts; more outward energy comes in toward the end of the month, as Mars moves into Aries on January 27 and Venus on February 3.

Again, on an individual and personal level, those with strong mutable signs in your chart, like Pisces, Sagittarius, Virgo, and Gemini, you are especially sensitive to the energetic forces at this time.  Persons with strong mutable energy are more susceptible to syncing up with external energies.  With Gemini and Virgo, you are captivated by news and ideas that is coming through all the forms of media these days.  Be careful to not bring this into your inner world as Thoughts influence your Emotions, which lead to your Actions.  If you absorb too much negative news, you will be tossed into an emotional abyss, and this will affect your physical being. Sagittarius, this Pisces energy is at a hard angle to your astrological frame, prompting you to adjust your belief systems, and even possibly helping you to recreate a new journey that takes you into a higher consciousness. Pisces: this can be such a difficult time, and also uplifting as well.  You are transcendent, and this makes it oh so stressful to live in the 3-D reality. Your ego is dissolving into the ecological landscape. You want to exist in another reality that takes you away from all the harshness.

For all of us:  This is a time (and I have mentioned this before) of profound spiritual reformation.  Our current time has echoes from the “Axial Age” of the 590s to 550 BCE with Uranus, Neptune, Pluto conjoined in the same sign. No time since then has involved the concert of all three transpersonal planets shifting and transforming the world consciousness. This past age brought forth the birth of many of the world’s principal religions and spiritual traditions. Now during this decade, we find similar transpersonal energy taking us into a multi-dimensional and unity-consciousness.  Shall we say altogether: OM?

Truth or Dare: Reality Check – Saturn in Sagittarius
Saturn, Capricorn's ruling planet, conjoins the asteroid Juno on January 10 at 23º Sagittarius, giving us a reality check on our desires and beliefs about relationships. What assumptions do we need to question? Where do we need to face a new truth? Saturn deals with forms of all kinds: roles and rules, responsibilities and boundaries. Juno, the goddess of marriage, calls us to reconsider our needs and commitments in partnerships. Her mythic struggles with Jupiter illustrate how balancing our inner masculine and feminine sides are necessary for harmony in relationships and peace in the world. Saturn and Juno last conjoined on September 17, 2011 (17º Libra); their next rendezvous will be March 28, 2022 at 22º Aquarius. Saturn and Juno trine Uranus, Eris, and Ceres in Aries, making it easier to think out of the box and come up with creative solutions.

The need to discern fiction from fact, opinion from truth intensifies as Saturn at 24º Sagittarius forms a waxing square with Mars at 24º Pisces on January 18. Their last conjunction was August 24, 2016 at 10º Sagittarius. January 16 Jupiter, the traditional ruler of Sagittarius, forms the first of three oppositions with Eris this year at 23º Libra-Aries, amplifying the cosmic message to rebalance the masculine and feminine; Jupiter and Eris last conjoined on June 4, 2011 at 27º Pisces.

These alignments remind us of the importance of keeping the big picture in mind, and constantly checking in with our internal truth-meter. It’s easy to get discouraged and frightened by mainstream media, which only reports a tiny fraction of what’s happening, and almost nothing about positive changes. How many of us heard that on July 11, 2016 more than 800,000 people planted 50 million trees in India on one day, as part of their commitment to the Paris Climate Change Accord? Read the article posted on National Geographic’s website here. Or that Science Bulletin reported new research shows acid pollution in the atmosphere is now almost back to the level that it was before it started in the 1930s? Or that the Pan African Parliament endorsed a continent-wide ban on female genital mutilation last June? Here are some good sources of news I've come across:

• Truth Out, a daily emailed newsletter with articles from alternative sources here. • Want To Know: articles and concise summaries of major cover-ups and corruption here. • Yes Magazine: covers social justice, sustainability, alternative economics, and peace here. • Daily Good: inspiring news articles and videos here.

When you hear or read disturbing news, instead of going into fear, go into love. Send your prayers to those who suffering and in need of support. Pray for those displaced by war to find refuge and peace. Pray for Trump to do what is best for all concerned. Pray for those in fear and hatred to have their hearts healed and minds opened.

Remember: “…you are among those who went to Earth to show the peoples that love is the pathway to peace, to joy, to prosperity, mutual respect and life in harmony with Nature. By living your light fearlessly and confidently, you radiate love to everyone around you, and it doesn’t stop there. Love energy is so powerful that it flows around the world, out into the universe and on to the cosmos. In the Oneness of All, everything everywhere affects everything else everywhere else, and the love-light you send forth brings it back in limitless measure—this is the unequalled vastness and power of love.”

The Great Awakening - 2017 Eclipses on the Leo/Aquarius Axis.
 Okay, so with all the turbulence in the world, we may want to escape to alternative realities. But, rather than being Asleep At the Wheel, why not keep your eyes wide open?  On January 20th, 2017 the Sun entered Aquarius, and we witnessed the inauguration of the 45th President. Well, frankly I did not witness it, but I paid attention to the significance of this event.  I personally believe that the extreme differences in the “essence” of Trump versus Obama, even Trump’s rivals in the presidential election, Hillary and Bernie brought to the collective consciousness how much polarity exists in the United States.  And, this polarity may even exist throughout the world within political, economic, and social structures and organizations.  Perhaps the election of Donald Trump opened up the portal of our consciousness to the stark reality that there is a huge disparity between haves and have-nots. Maybe the actions of the 45th president is sending out shock waves and waking up the citizens to act to protect rights that appear to be threatened.  Hence the amazing and powerful Women’s March in DC and the countless other marches for women’s rights and equal rights throughout the land, and the world.
Aquarius is the sign of the humanitarian. This sign (as ruled by the planet Uranus) is the awakener, the futurist, and paradigm-shifter.  Right now, many of us are being challenged to see ourselves differently in order to step into an evolving humanity. My personal take on this is the human genome is changing and mutating into a new entity. (More on that at another time) Aquarius represents a higher octave of communication from the sign of Mercury. The signs of Gemini and Virgo work with communication on this earth plane. The energetic expression of Aquarius communicates multi-dimensionally.  In the Tarot deck, the STAR card represents this astrological sign as a light force radiating information and illumination out into the darkness. Aquarius represents our desire to communicate on a massive scale through radio, TV, film, satellites and the Internet.  Its symbol is the Water Bearer, the woman pouring forth the waters of a NEW LIFE.

Because Aquarius is an AIR sign (think mental thoughts), the water in this symbol is the wave energy going out into the world.  Aquarius’s glyph, two horizontal wavy lines, also has to do with fast-flowing currents of energy. The water is highly charged, inventive, electric energy. It cascades into society, either strengthening the pre-existing order or disrupting it.
Thus, this is the potent message of the eclipses that come forth on the Leo/Aquarius axis this year.  Eclipses happen 4-6 times a year, bringing sudden changes and turning points to our lives. If you’ve been sitting on the fence about an issue, the eclipse will knock you out and force you to face the facts. Truths and secrets will rise to the surface. Things that aren’t “meant to be” can be swept away without notice, leaving space for a better fit. Eclipses are like giant industrial vacuum cleaners.  They either suck away the messes, or clean up what’s gotten dusty and leave it shiny and new. Procrastinate if you must, but it’s best to find out when the eclipses are, so you deal with your issues in advance—before an eclipse deals them right back to you.
On August 18, 2016 the first in a series occurred with an Aquarius Lunar Eclipse.  This started a new cycle that occurs every 18.5 to 19 years within particular opposite signs, in match degrees along the lunar moon nodes. On January 27th/28th we experienced an Aquarius New Moon.  It was also, the Chinese Lunar New Year.  So new beginnings have been initiated to bring in a new paradigm. What we are witnessing thus far is chaos and upheaval as we see (in the United States) Trump upending the very foundation of the government. By February 10th we will start to see where the U.S. is headed as we experience the first eclipse in 2017: the Leo Lunar Eclipse.  Shall we see continued disruption and upheaval?  Well, yes, I suspect so.  But, there are forces working to establish a new world order, and my hope and vision is that the old order that is not serving all of humanity will fall apart and the new order will take its place. Everyone has the power to live a vision that sees the world, it communities, and its government serving everyone and everything.
So the Great Awakening is upon us, and it may take a while to see the end result. This eclipse cycle occurs two more times in 2017 on August 7th and August 21st to push this change agenda. And we all will play a part in this, especially if we hold a strong vision of a world we desire. The Leo/Aquarius axis represents the position of our own self-expression (creating our authentic and empowered place in the world – Leo) balanced with the place of one’s self within the global humanity (being true to our purpose as we bring value and healing to our communities – Aquarius)
On an individual and a personal level for those with strong fixed signs in your chart:  Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius, you are the people who will consolidate all this turbulent energy into tangible positive work, projects, creations, and communities that support the new world order.  Taurus: you are the “stewards” of the world. You care for our “mother” and through this eclipse cycle will find an avenue to improve the environment that supports all of us (this can operate on many levels). Leo, your creative self-expression and authenticity will expand during this eclipse. You may even build a new platform or stage to carry forth your ideas.  Scorpio, the force and power of the eclipses and zodiacal energies is carrying you to new ways of being. You will feel the transformation on several levels of your life, (self, relationships, and career).  As Obi Wan states to Luke Skywalker: “May the force be with you”. That is the message for those of you with strong Scorpio energy in your charts.  Last, but not least, Aquarians…you will be challenged greatly to be the STAR and illuminate the dark corners of the world.  Shine your light on the inhumane forces, the unconscious people who are sleepwalking, and the unenlightened to awaken the world to the vision of a better reality. You can change and shift the collective consciousness. Go for it!!


Cathy Basen

For most of my adult life, I have worked as an educator. Now, semi-retired from public school administration, I work part time as an education consultant.  However, my passion for decades has been my work as a professional astrologer and intuitive advisor.  My love for dialoguing soul-to-soul with people has rewarded me with amazing conversations and discourse.  I feel I have supported countless persons over the years by interpreting their astrology natal chart and also, reading Tarot cards as both serve as tools and methods to provide deep insights into the soul. 

October 2016 Astrology News

Welcome to a new season!  For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, we saw the fall equinox arrive on September 22, a day after Mercury stationed direct from a difficult retrograde motion in Virgo.  Actually most of the month of September presented challenges and emotional upheavals as the energy of the two eclipses (September 1st and September 16th) worked their way through our lives.  Here are some effects of the cosmic events in the past month, culminating with a Black Moon on September 30th:

v Change in health habits and regular routines

v Opportunities to begin new actions in your life.

v Ability to heal the split within your psyche between spirit and matter.

v Taping into your emotions to work as a vehicle for change in your perspective, your thinking, your beliefs, and yes, your actions.

v Acknowledging we live in a multi-dimensional world.

Now with the recent event of the Black Moon (New Moon) in Libra on September 30th we are able to bring balance within our relationships and to see how we honor ourselves within the context of our significant others and partnerships. Both the equinox and the time of Libra call to us to think of what is out of balance in our lives.  This is the question that comes up for all of us.  And, the answer comes by setting our intentions around this lunar event.  For those of you who want to bring more ritual into your lives around the new moon, I have linked you to an article on how to make new moon wishes a reality.

The event that brings the greatest significance this month is the full expression of Jupiter entering Libra.  Jupiter represents growth, expansion, and good fortune in our charts.  When Jupiter is in Libra, relationships flourish and grow.  Also, our incomes can grow as well.  Also, along with Jupiter, the Sun in Libra emphasizes a time that looks for reconciliation of opposites, especially the masculine and feminine aspects of our lives, and the balance of our own self-interests with the interests of others.  Remember opposites attract to become whole. To achieve unity (the theme of the September 16th Lunar Eclipse) we have to integrate dichotomies.

Jupiter is useful to all of us as it helps to expand our perspective. Jupiter is a philosophical and spiritual sign representing the higher mind. Also, with Jupiter we can tap into a higher intelligence.  Freud referred to this as our super-ego, the higher consciousness.  This higher awareness is able to communicate in a multi-dimensional world.  There is always this possibility, however, October 31st, and November 1st, we enter a time when the veil between the various dimensions thin and we can meet with both dark and light forces.  During this time period, which includes a New Moon in Scorpio on October 30th, we can experience how darkness dances with the light. Sometimes we forget we live in two-worlds: duality exists.

Since Jupiter in Libra is present for the next twelve months, we will have opportunities to bring balance into our lives, particularly where we need to restore stability.  Wherever Jupiter is passing through your chart, you will be able to bring balance to two opposing forces.  It is interesting that six years ago, Jupiter was in the opposite sign of Aries.  At this time during the year 2010 to 2011, we may have been driven to start something new such as a career, a relationship, or a new health regimen.  This is what Aries does:  it initiates things out of the ego and identification with the “self”.  Now in 2016 to the October of 2017, Jupiter will respond to the echo of Jupiter in Aries by looking at decisions made then and how things have come to fruition. Now for the next twelve months we are reconciling actions taken five to six years ago, particularly within the context of our relationships. 

Let me provide an example of what I am proposing with Jupiter in Libra as an echo to six years ago in Jupiter in Aries.  A woman I know well has her Sun and Moon in Libra.  During 2010 she gave birth to her first child (during the time Jupiter was in Aries).  Since that birth, this child has been the center of her family and has posed interesting dynamics within the family unit, including another child being born in 2013 when Jupiter was in Cancer at a 90-degree angle to both Aries and Libra.  This added a new dynamic, even major tension to her family interactions.  However, as we come to current times, particular with the Libra Sun/Moon going over this woman’s natal Sun/Moon in Libra on September 30th, and with Jupiter in the mix with these celestial bodies, a new energy is creating a reconciliation of relational patterns within this woman’s family. As an astrologer, I predict that greater peace and harmony will be present.  There may be even further heightened consciousness about what will work between husband, wife, mother, father, and children.  Jupiter in Libra could bring new equilibrium: taking each individual from ego-self (Aries) to eco-self (Libra), going from self to “other”. 

Another interesting transit that happens soon and connects to the Libra theme of relationships is Pluto in Capricorn at a hard angle to Sun in Libra, October 8th.  Pluto is the powerful force of transformation that releases or kills off what is not beneficial to the evolution of our soul.  When Pluto and the Sun are at ninety degrees of each other, something has to give.  This transit of Pluto will allows us to conduct a slow and thorough investigation of behavior and patterns in our lives that we have covered up due to our addictions, our neediness, and our co-dependent tendencies.   Pluto allows us to get to a deep soul level to find our truth, to connect with our authentic selves. This means that when we get away from those illusions that we keep within a “false” ego-self, we can truly discover that we are all beings of LOVE and LIGHT


Cathy Basen

For most of my adult life, I have worked as an educator. Now, semi-retired from public school administration, I work part time as an education consultant.  However, my passion for decades has been my work as a professional astrologer and intuitive advisor.  My love for dialoguing soul-to-soul with people has rewarded me with amazing conversations and discourse.  I feel I have supported countless persons over the years by interpreting their astrology natal chart and also, reading Tarot cards as both serve as tools and methods to provide deep insights into the soul. 

September 16, 2016 Pisces Lunar Eclipse

Eclipses serve as those cosmic events that help to shift one’s consciousness, both on an individual level and a collective level.  These events occur on a particular lunar moon node axis of opposing astrological signs, such as Virgo opposite Pisces.  The last 18 months the axis was on the opposing signs of Libra/Aries (yes: eclipse cycles are retrograde).  Many people with strong Libra and Aries in their natal charts had dramatic shifts and transitions in their lives during the late 2014 through March of 2016.  Now it is time for Virgo and Pisces to cycle through our lives. 

All of us have a place in our charts where Virgo and Pisces can be found. There are twelve houses in each natal chart; thus each person has two opposing houses in their natal astrology charts where the axis of Virgo and Pisces exist. You may get a greater understanding how this may affect you by reading the forecast section below in this newsletter, particularly if you read for your rising sign.  For example, if you have Virgo on your Ascendant (the opening to your first house) the eclipse could bring balance between issues concerning your first house of “Self, such as self renewal, and self-awareness, coming into alignment with the 7th house of relationships, or interactions with “others”.

Tomorrow’s powerful Lunar Eclipse in Pisces will illuminate issues within all of our lives that concern the polarity between the following archetypes that are found in the opposition of Virgo (Sun) and North Moon Node with Pisces (Moon) and South Moon Node. Obviously, those people with strong Virgo and Pisces Sun, Moon, and Rising may find in the next 90 days to a whole year that there life will have major shifts and changes.  Also, other mutable signs such as Gemini and Sagittarius are strongly affected as well.

Universal Themes of this Full Moon Eclipse Polarity:

·      Healing issues of connection between Matter (Virgo) and Spirit (Pisces).

·      Shifting consciousness from self to the collective.

·      Balancing the sacred dance within between the masculine and feminine forces.

·      Aligning head/thinking with heart/sensing or intuiting.

There is a central issue facing humanity at this time, which is to reconcile the division and disparity within humanity as a whole.  Our consciousness needs to expand from duality to unity consciousness.  Coming from a duality consciousness continues the strife and belief system that there are good and bad elements, light and dark, winners and losers. Yes, we need to consider the notion that we are all connected and have an inter-relationship with each other, not just human-to-human, but with all sentient beings. When a community is suffering such as the destruction in the country of Syria, we all suffer.  Living in denial, fear, and isolation prevents one from living an empowered life sharing love and plentitude. Taking positive and loving action helps align and unite all in a common bond.  Thus, it is not simply aligning our minds (head) and hearts (emotions) but “being” those forces for good through our will (hand) and our actions.  Head/Heart/Hand = Unity Consciousness.  

This collective consciousness starts from each individual healing the “self”, healing the body, mind, and soul.  We heal through LOVE.  This Lunar Eclipse has the power to heal us as individual and also, heal the collective consciousness of humanity.  I say “Namaste” to this!!


Cathy Basen

For most of my adult life, I have worked as an educator. Now, semi-retired from public school administration, I work part time as an education consultant.  However, my passion for decades has been my work as a professional astrologer and intuitive advisor.  My love for dialoguing soul-to-soul with people has rewarded me with amazing conversations and discourse.  I feel I have supported countless persons over the years by interpreting their astrology natal chart and also, reading Tarot cards as both serve as tools and methods to provide deep insights into the soul. 

September 2016 Eclipses

This is a powerful month when it comes to celestial energies. My message this month is extensive and thus, I ask you to read thoroughly. In August, our consciousness opened to new forms of thinking and being.  Now, in September we take another step towards creating a world that supports our dreams and aspirations.  The Sun is in Virgo at the start of September. This astrological sign promotes an earth-bound discernment and critical eye to our world. Mercury rules Virgo and is an archetype dealing with the world of ideas and conveying thought through communication.

Virgo is able to sort through ambiguity to arrive at clarity. This is the amazing skill that strong Virgo personas possess. They have a critical eye and can communicate complex- abstract ideas into neat and precise order.

Thus, we come to the September 1st Virgo Solar Eclipse. This is a significant event for all of us as we are going to be able to download more cosmic information into our psyches.  A solar eclipse is a time when the Moon and Sun are aligned in the same sign, exact degrees. Thus the Moon can block out the Sun’s solar radiation. On September 1, 1997, there was a solar eclipse in the same degrees.  Ask yourself – What was important to you back then? What needs to change in your life now?

This Solar Eclipse can bring clarity to you regarding what actions you may need to begin or to start in your life to meet your aspirations. Where Virgo shows up in your chart provides a clue. For example, I have Virgo in Mars in my fifth house of creativity. (Mars is our assertion and our “will” to prompt and move us into action in the world). Thus, one of my aspirations is to be out in the world on a bigger stage working with people as a new thought leader. My intention for this “new start” at this solar eclipse is to create action steps to use new forms of communication to convey my ideas. Yes, most of my lens in this arena would be through astrology and interpreting the archetypal cosmos we live in to provide a new lens and perception. 

Mars is currently in Sagittarius, out of its retrograde period and ready to start a new adventure.  What will be your new action in the world?

September 1st - New Beginnings with a Solar Eclipse in Virgo
The following concepts are the energy of any New Moon in Virgo, with this being an eclipse, a stronger energy is initiated to cast out the old and start new steps in those issues that concern Virgo:

- Ability to start new patterns and new regimens.
- Time to initiate those critical habits that support positive health.
- Reevaluating day-to-day routines to bring in better results for your work.
- Comparing your status to others in order to assess your own place in the world.
- Figuring out new ways to communicate that improve your connections with others.

State your intentions near this event to focus your energy. This is a time when we all can recreate our identities from an ego-focus, to an eco-focus (meaning that we are concerned with our individual impact on the well-being of our communities).

REMEMBER: A New Moon Solar Eclipse blocks out the Sun so that we can access the Moon’s message of healing and greater self-awareness.  

September 15th – 16th Pisces Total Lunar Eclipse

The Virgo Solar Eclipse set in motion new beginnings, now two weeks later we see some of the results of this effort.  Many of us could have started a new chapter and established some new action steps on September 1st to accomplish new goals.

The Pisces Lunar Eclipse may serve to reveal where we are on our new path, particularly for those who initiated changes in the last weeks.  Perhaps more important, this Lunar Eclipse may bring up issues of wounding in our lives, and on a greater level reveal the wounding of the human spirit.  I have mentioned for the last couple of years, that we are entering a new age of healing:  A Spiritual Reformation.  External authority has tamped down and dominated the human spirit.  Over the last many centuries, these external forces have oppressed and in some case destroyed people who question religious and governmental authority. Think of indigenous cultures, the witches of Salem, the racial discrimination, and the persecution of particular groups of people such as the Jews to understand this oppression and destruction in the world.

Now it is time to heal these conditions!

This Pisces Lunar Eclipse as aligned with Chiron in Pisces is illuminating where we have been wounded as individuals and can also reveal the wounding of humanity. The Solar Eclipse may help us with shifts in our self-perception, but the Lunar Eclipse will activate our deeper soul yearnings and bring up a conscious awareness and illumination through our emotions.  Full Moon and Lunar Eclipses typically bring our emotions to the surface.  This event is no exception. This Eclipse on September 15th-16th will help to heal the disconnect between spirit and matter, masculine and feminine, and head and heart.

Chiron in Pisces, Saturn and Mars in Sagittarius are other planetary movements that accompany this eclipse in a profound way.  It is pointing to a critical issue facing humanity at this time:  We need to EXPAND our view of reality from duality to unity, from living in fear and isolation to living in the greater truth of love and interconnection.

Thus, the question for you and the rest of humanity at this time:  How can you heal from your own wounding and then take steps to heal others?  How can you live in your spiritual truth and reintegrate your soul needs into your life’s work?  Seriously, whether you are a CEO of your own company, or are driving for UBER, your life is important and has purpose.  And, at this time, you have the opportunity to experience significant healing at this Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse.

Because of the earth-bound Virgo energy opposite the spiritual Pisces energy it is important to bring balance into your life.  Be good to your body, specifically the days before and following this Lunar Eclipse.  Drink plenty of water and eat fresh organic foods.  It is highly advisable to not imbibe in any controlled substances.  You could experience (energetically speaking) a powerful emotional release.  This could bring about a “Leap of Faith” allowing you to leave your past behind and work toward a new way of being.

Your emotions can serve as a vehicle to help your change and move into new patterns of behavior. If you need to walk away from a person, place, pattern, or work – then DO IT!  Remember our emotions are communications from our multi-dimensional self. Listen to the messages that come to you from your intuition during this powerful celestial event.

Special Note:  Mercury in retrograde in Virgo started August 30 and will station direct on September 21.  This means that the two eclipse events will have you reviewing, recalling, reintegrating memories, ideas, and action steps to be brought into clearer focus by the end of the month.  This month brings opportunities to make major moves toward a new direction in your life, and to take actions that could serve and benefit your true self.

For all of us, stay focused, be responsible, and stay in the present (here and now) during this energetic month of eclipses. Virgo energy allows us to heal, so this is a good time to work with healers, shamans, psychologists, etc. Do not try to escape through drugs, alcohol, too much TV watching, over-eating….. DO NOT GO INTO Denial about your life’s circumstances. The energy now is helping you to examine your life and to bring out the best parts of who you are. Stay in your truth. Be authentic. The rest will fall into place.


Cathy Basen

For most of my adult life, I have worked as an educator. Now, semi-retired from public school administration, I work part time as an education consultant.  However, my passion for decades has been my work as a professional astrologer and intuitive advisor.  My love for dialoguing soul-to-soul with people has rewarded me with amazing conversations and discourse.  I feel I have supported countless persons over the years by interpreting their astrology natal chart and also, reading Tarot cards as both serve as tools and methods to provide deep insights into the soul. 

August 2016 Astrology News - Part 2

Aquarius Lunar Eclipse – Thursday, August 18th.

We are entering a season of change as eclipses are happening this coming week into and through September. On this date, we are still in the time of the LEO Sun with an impending partial Lunar Eclipse in an Aquarius MOON, this Thursday August 18th.  Actually, this event happens in the early part of the day.  For those of you with strong Aquarius energy in your chart (Sun, Moon, Rising) and/or also, Leo, this celestial occurrence has the potential to shift or enhance your direction in life. 

Aquarius is the higher octave of Mercury, the great communicator and Pied Piper of ideas. Thoughts often come to Aquarius from other worlds, so-to-speak.  Aquarian energy allows an awareness of invisible forces and other dimensions to come into one’s consciousness. This is why many Aquarian Sun and Moon persons are highly intuitive and can foresee future happenings.

Thus, the question What is happening to us and for us these days, weeks, and months ahead? The simple, but involved answer is: we are starting to wake up to a new consciousness.  My own theory on this is we are evolving out of the Dark Ages.  Yes: This is the term used to define the Middle Ages following the fall of the Roman Empire that now seems to apply to the current energy on our planet.  Actually, while we had a Renaissance that brought technology into our world – think printing press and the world is no longer flat – we have not had a Renaissance2 to rebirth our own human identity as co-creators with the Universe.  The modern-day astrophysicists (think Einstein and Neil DeGrasse Tyson) have provided us new scientific thought such as Quantum Physics and a new cosmological lens on our world. This new lens speaks to how everything is energy and how we are all connected. Thus, when a butterfly flaps its wings in China, it can produce a tsunami in California. Certainly I am getting hyperbolic, but I do want to make my point.

The partial Aquarius Lunar Eclipse occurring early Thursday morning, August 18th points to a beginning opportunity to wake up to a new consciousness about how we are in the world.  It is a time when we get to choose an ecological approach to our lives, and give up or lose an ego approach. What do I mean about this?  We all have our individual identities; these are our ego containers that make each of us unique individuals in an ocean of “others”.  However, how we relate and interact with other people, places, and things is the current differentiation and dichotomy on the planet right now.  We need to ask: Are our actions ego-driven to foster our own gains, or are our actions “eco”-driven to support our health and well-being along with a concern and regard for others.  If we offer the syllogism that our actions affect everything because we are inter-related and connected to all life, then it would make sense that each of us (accepting this premise) would go into positive and right actions.

I was listening to a message from Oprah the other day and she quoted the law of physics: The Third Law of Motion that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.  Not opposite in the sense that if I do something hurtful, it will come back as helpful. No. What this Law of Physics means to me is that what I put out into the world --- my energy ---- will have an impact and come back to me as such.  I know that when I meet each day with love and treat others with kindness and generosity, the world smiles back at me in interesting ways. I think it is just how I create this consciousness within myself.  Yet, I must say with all transparency, that I do not always go into right action or greet others with respect and love. That may be due to my own struggles with my demons and fears in my psyche.  However, I feel so much better in my life when I can lift myself up to a loving and positive viewpoint.   In Eastern religions and philosophy, the issues of karma and one’s dharma speak to this “what goes around comes around” concept. It appears we are in an age when science and philosophy are joining together to define a new human definition, a new humanity.

This is the path I have been drawn to these last several years: I am beginning to open to a new lens to define who I am in the world. Believe me, this is a quantum leap (no pun intended) from decades ago being a teacher in a high school. While I still identify with the teacher archetype, I have jumped to more of a leader archetype.  I consistently ask myself, how can I support, guide, provoke, and awaken others to a new way to look at our human existence?  Maybe our lack of consciousness and the disasters we see occurring on this planet can be solved through a new awareness. As Einstein once stated: “We cannot solve any problem from the same level that it exists”. Hence, my leap into metaphysics: going to another viewpoint or lens to see my world via a spiritual connection with all existence. The Beatles had a lyric in their song, I am the Walrus,  that stated (I can hear John Lennon’s voice as he sang): “I AM HE as YOU are HE, as you are Me , and We are ALL Together.”  Please forgive the pronoun, “He” in this quote…. Personally I am looking for someone to create a neutral pronoun, instead of identifying everyone as either she or he.  No: “IT” will not do.  But, the lyric speaks to an invitation to accept a new reality.

Thus, the energy of the coming ECLIPSE may support a shift to a new humanity, an awakening of who we are during this second Renaissance.  Eclipses occur on lunar nodes and also, when the Earth, Sun, and Moon are in alignment along the same axis.  The one on August 18th is on the LEO (Sun) opposite AQUARIUS (Moon) axis. 

Wherever you have Leo and Aquarius in your chart, you are being called upon to deal with an awakening to your soul’s purpose.  This Full Moon eclipse will deal with those pieces of your psyche that needs to be brought out of the shadow and embraced.  Remember that the dark side of Leo is domineering and oblivious to others, where the Aquarian shadow is unable to realize the “change” that begins with him or herself. But, both energies are healed through love and opening the heart.  A mini forecast for each sign is found at the end of the newsletter to discuss the effects of the eclipse.

Key points of Lunar Eclipse on the 18th:

·       You may find yourself awakening to new possibilities in your life. 

·       All eclipses even this one as a partial eclipse may initiate change in a key area of your life.

·       The change agent Uranus is in retrograde and will have you reviewing former events in your life that will bring you to new realizations and actions.

My advice for this week is to gather with like-minded souls around the time of this eclipse, and consider this: “Our world is in crisis because of the absence of consciousness. And so to whatever degree any one of us can bring back a small piece of the picture and contribute it to the building of the new paradigm, then we participate in the redemption of the human spirit, and that after all is what it’s really all about.” (Terence McKenna)

Cathy Basen

For most of my adult life, I have worked as an educator. Now, semi-retired from public school administration, I work part time as an education consultant.  However, my passion for decades has been my work as a professional astrologer and intuitive advisor.  My love for dialoguing soul-to-soul with people has rewarded me with amazing conversations and discourse.  I feel I have supported countless persons over the years by interpreting their astrology natal chart and also, reading Tarot cards as both serve as tools and methods to provide deep insights into the soul. 

2016 August Astrology News

    In the Northern Hemisphere, we are in the thick of summer. This means that the Leo Sun is shining bright.  Leo is The Sun Sign of the zodiac. This means that “Lion” personas are known for authentic self-expression. Letting your proverbial “sun” sign shine speaks to this particular radiant solar child of the zodiac.  Whether you were born in the time of Leo or not, you might need to reference a Leo’s grand and dramatic production to know that all of us do well when we come from a clear knowledge of our authenticity.  Along with knowing one’s true self, the Leo Sun person seems to be fueled by the motivation to create. As astrologer Caroline Casey has described: Leo’s job is to produce, direct, present, and stage life’s richness. I say “Bravo” to the bravery and courage of this sign.  Happy Birthday, dear Leos!

   The beginning of this month starts out with a burst of fire with many aspects of the zodiac dealing with fire energy and thus instilling in us the desire to express, to create, and make things happen.  With the Leo New Moon happening on August 2, we are compelled to ask ourselves how does creativity come into our lives at this time?  How are we at play with Leo in our lives? The new moon provides an excellent opportunity to launch new beginnings in our individual areas of creativity.  For example, if someone has Leo in their fourth house of home, family, and legacies, we might find this person creating a new environment in their home, or creating a new fresh start with their interactions with their family, or even considering building something that offers a lasting legacy. 

    Even if you are not a Leo Sun, Moon, or Rising, you have a “house” that is ruled by Leo.  This placement gives you an idea where these new creative ideas and forms could originate.  The key with this particular New Moon in Leo is to know your truth and be true to your life path and purpose.  This is the powerful message of LeoBe Authentic and express this in all that you do!

    As I have said above, there is a great deal of fire energy at the beginning of this month. Saturn has been in Sagittarius, a fire sign that is at a positive angle to the Leo Sun and Moon.  Saturn has been retrograde since March and has been going over one’s karmic issues in the area of one’s chart where there is the sign of Sagittarius.  When Saturn is retrograde it focuses our attention on that area of our lives needing a karmic review or overhaul.  The questions for each of us during this Saturn transit are:  What negative patterns in my life need to be changed? What parts or areas of my life are not working well and how can I improve, change, and restore my integrity?  How can I own my authentic authority without compromising my values?

    Saturn is still retrograde for a few more weeks, but Mars going forward returns to Sagittarius on August 2nd.  Mars helps us to take the creative power of Leo and move forward with our ideas and plans. Also, more fire to add to the mix is Venus in Leo. As Stephanie Austin, astrologer, advises us: With Venus in this sign, it accentuates the connection between light, love, and creation. Love expands; fear contracts. Creativity flourishes in love and shrivels in trepidation. To create, we must be courageous and willing to face the unknown where it is a blank age, an empty canvas, or a new stage in life.

    This last sentence above provides the key theme to this month’s astrology news. While there are other events that will be followed up with an additional newsletter, the parting concepts and actions are summarized for your consideration:

  • Stay true to your authentic path. The beginning of the month gives support for this!
  • You can create something new and unique in your life right now. There is a potential for a new beginning in some aspect of your life, allowing you to be creative and to co-create with cosmic forces.
  • Your karmic lessons are coming up for you to review and to bring into alignment with your soul. It is time to reside in the truth of your being. “Know thyself”. 

Taking away from the seriousness of this message, please have fun this month and do not take yourself so seriously. Learn to dance with the cosmos, even if you have two left feet.

Cathy Basen

For most of my adult life, I have worked as an educator. Now, semi-retired from public school administration, I work part time as an education consultant.  However, my passion for decades has been my work as a professional astrologer and intuitive advisor.  My love for dialoguing soul-to-soul with people has rewarded me with amazing conversations and discourse.  I feel I have supported countless persons over the years by interpreting their astrology natal chart and also, reading Tarot cards as both serve as tools and methods to provide deep insights into the soul. 

July 2016 Astrology News

Since my last report to you, we have transitioned to a new Sun sign in the Northern hemisphere’s sky.  The summer solstice on June 20th initiated the beginning of the summer season and the sign of Cancer.  While, I do not have any particular planets or celestial bodies in Cancer in my natal chart, I do find myself particularly enthralled with Cancer energy in my life.  Maybe because many of my dear friends and relatives, well, one relative, my first-born child, Jessica, I find that Cancer personalities fill the void in my soul.
Well, yes, they do.  Cancer represents the feminine principal and the essence of the “mother”.  Imagine the goddess Aphrodite or Kwan Yin and you can begin to understand the power of Cancer, particularly Cancer women.  This does not mean that Cancer men cannot carry off the strong mothering and nurturing powers of this sign, it just may manifest differently.  (Cancer men are known to be great cooks).
In astrology, the sign of Cancer is a dynamic cardinal modality with water as its element. The water energy is intuitive and emotional.  Due to the cardinal energy, Cancer folks are not typically couch potatoes, as they always seem to be on the move – even within their own home -- which serves as their castle.
Themes of this month:
During the last several months many of us have been stymied, thwarted, confused, and bemused with our inability to get answers and to move forward productively in our lives. If we are looking at the astrological energies, it may have been due to so many planets in retrograde.  At one point, we had five significant planets in retrograde.  Beyond the familiar Mercury in retrograde, we had Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto as well.  As of July 1st, Mercury, Mars, and Jupiter have returned to a forward motion.  Saturn will follow this group by stationing direct on August 13th.
What does this mean for those of us who have been muddling along?  Well, it allows us to establish new pathways and to take stock on lessons learned since mid-February.  First, Mars has been retrograde from the sign of Sagittarius backwards to Scorpio. This seemingly backward motion may have helped us to review what we may be passionate about in our lives.  Mars is that energy in our chart that speaks to our will and our vitality.  When Mars is retrograde we cannot seem to get traction on getting our needs met, or are frustrated with a lack of will or vitality.  Thus, turning direct, we go back over the last months since February 18th to be able to renew and to re-establish our forward drive.
Saturn on the other hand is still retrograde for July, but is in close relationship to Mars currently.  Saturn is the karmic teacher in astrology. When I look at someone’s astrology chart, I will note what house and sign Saturn is in: this position and relationship with other parts of a natal chart provides me with information on what the person needs to learn this lifetime.  Saturn serves as the teacher who may challenge us to own our authority and be responsible or true to our destiny. Currently, Saturn in Sagittarius is helping all of us know our own personal truth.  I would say that the last months with both Mars and Saturn in retrograde along with other planets; we are all learning some valuable karmic lessons. Then as we move forward, opportunities will surface to move us into a more empowered expression.  Simply put:  Saturn in Sagittarius is all about owning our truth, not living in denial or lying to ourselves.  Instead, standing in the truth of our being, we can work into the best expression of our lives. At the end of this report, I will list how both Mars and Saturn will influence events and actions in our lives this next month.
Astrology happenings:
July 4th – New Moon in Cancer – As with all New Moons, we have a chance to state our intentions and start a new cycle.  This New Moon is particularly potent because Cancer IS THE SIGN of the MOON.  Cancer is the zodiacal sign most associated with the feminine, receptive principle.  Thus this New Moon event allows us to bring our attention to our intentions.  With corresponding energies in water signs:  Mercury and Venus in Cancer with the Sun and Moon, then Neptune, Chiron and the lunar node in Pisces, along with Saturn in Scorpio, we have tons of watery, intuitive, feminine energy.  This will give us an opportunity to go within and contemplate our soul needs. I would suggest that some time in the next few days from this New Moon, you meditate and contemplate what you would love to manifest in your life regarding how you can best nurture yourself.
For another angle to this event, read Jan Spillar, astrologer, who discusses the potent effect of this new moon: Don't miss this opportunity to make wishes for goals you'd like to reach and experiences you'd like to have. This New Moon is in the sign of CANCER, and is a powerful time of the year for wishes involving home and family, safety, intimacy, and emotional sensitivity. Things you may have wanted to happen in your life for a long time can begin easily manifesting through using the boost of the deeply emotional, heartfelt CANCER New Moon. For success, your wishes must be handwritten on paper and ten wishes maximum are allowed on each power day. The most potent time is the first 8 hours AFTER the exact time of the New Moon; within the first 48 hours will still work.
July 19th – Capricorn Full Moon – A Full Moon has the moon in full illumination opposite the sun.  Thus, this time we have the Cancer Sun opposite the Capricorn Moon.  What does this celestial event bring to us?  First, this event brings a calming force to the energies of our lives.  While both signs of Cancer and Capricorn are dynamic cardinal signs, they are both feminine.  The theme of the message from the Cancer New Moon is continuing with this Full Moon.  There will be a powerful trio of watery planets and celestial bodies that will provide us greater emotional insights.  The Sun in Cancer, Mars in Scorpio, and Chiron in Pisces occurring at this Full Moon counsel us to slow down and quiet our lives so that we can recharge, reorient, and receive the wisdom of the higher self.  With this Full Moon, we find the opposite sides of a powerful and pivotal polarity.  As astrologer Stephanie Austin observes: Cancer marks the shift from yang to yin, from outer growth to inner maturation; Capricorn compels us to master the complexities and constraints of physical reality. This Full Moon illuminates where we are balancing the demands of our inner and outer lives. What changes do we need to make at home and/or at work? Where do we need more nourishment and support? Where do we need to set clear limits and boundaries?

Cathy Basen

For most of my adult life, I have worked as an educator. Now, semi-retired from public school administration, I work part time as an education consultant.  However, my passion for decades has been my work as a professional astrologer and intuitive advisor.  My love for dialoguing soul-to-soul with people has rewarded me with amazing conversations and discourse.  I feel I have supported countless persons over the years by interpreting their astrology natal chart and also, reading Tarot cards as both serve as tools and methods to provide deep insights into the soul. 

Full Moon and Solstice - June 20, 2016

In the book, Making the Gods Work For You, author and astrologer, Caroline Casey relates how astrology served the ancients as a philosophical exploration of the meaning and instruction of our worlds.  Today contemporary civilization has explained the stars and planets through an astronomer’s lens that is backed up with scientific data.  Yet, I find that scientific facts do not always provide an explanation of my actual existence and meaning in the world. Hence, I agree with Caroline Casey that the study or field of astrology “is a language of the dynamic interplay between our interior life and the exterior world”.  

Astrology brings to us a magical world. It helps to explain patterns in the invisible aspects of our lives.  Most of our reality is invisible: the air we breathe, the thoughts we think.  So why don’t we entertain the possibilities that there are god forces working through the celestial bodies?  That there is a mythology to the human story that comes from the cosmic dance we all do with the planets, the Moon, and the Sun.  Actually, we live in amazing times because the mystics and scientists now share that everything is connected and everything is in dynamic flux. According to physicist, David Bohm, reality “is a single unbroken wholeness in flowing movement.” Thus, for me, astrology provides a map of the realm of the invisible order in the universe.
Which brings me to the key reason for sharing this message today: We have two important astrological events coming up that can help us shift our energy and help support our intentions to bring in the new and the extraordinary.  We have an opportunity to go into a ritual that can allow us to transcend passive existence to become active agents in creating what we want to see and experience in our lives.  With ritual, we can take the reins of our desires, focus our thoughts with clear intentions, and step into a lovely cosmic dance of reciprocity.  (As above, so below).
Full Moon in Sagittarius June 20th @ 7:02 a.m. EDT, 4:02 a.m. PDT, 11:02 a.m. GMT.
As I have stated in my June newsletter and blog, this is the second of two Sagittarius Full Moons.  The first happened in May, now we experience the second one.  Yet this Full Moon has deeper significance because it is occurring in the last degrees of this sign as it is opposite the Gemini Sun in the exact same degrees. When any celestial body enters the last degree of the sign (before it transitions to the next sign) it brings the energy of completion and finality.  Thus, for all of us, this Full Moon marks a turning point denoting a completion of one aspect of our lives then a transition to a potential new phase.
The sign of Gemini deals with perception and Sagittarius with concepts and convictions.  This is a perfect time to look at your life and see what patterns, persons, or beliefs you are holding onto that do not support your highest expression.  In other words, it is an opportunity for you to step away, disconnect, and/or disassociate with those parts of your life that have not served you.
Summer/Winter Solstice June 20th @ 6:34 p.m. EDT, 3:34 PDT.  Whether you are celebrating the start of summer or the official start of winter (for my dear friends in Australia) the solstices are energetic gateways for the time surrounding this event. There is a reduction in the magnetic field of the Earth, allowing a greater flux of cosmic radiation to penetrate our atmosphere and also our psyche.  The Moon and Sun have shifted from Sagittarius to Capricorn and Gemini to Cancer.  This brings a whole new energetic force that is dynamic and action oriented. It is an ideal time to set new intentions and start new action steps.  Mars, which has been retrograde, will start to station direct by June 29th, therefore, providing the needed assistance to move us forward with new resolve.
My Plans for a Ritual
I teased you above with the notion that doing a ritual is a perfect method to do a dance with the cosmos.  And, because the two celestial events we are currently experiencing are so potent, I will share my plan to do some ritual around how I can let go of old patterns, relationships, and my actual thinking or beliefs that weigh down my life and prevent my soul’s evolution.
First, I will wait until evening (tonight actually) to be able to go outside to see the Full Moon. With all my rituals, I gather items that represent the four elements: air, water, earth, and fire.  Lighting a candle, bringing crystals, using feathers, and filling purified water into a crystal bowl, all these items can set the stage.  It usually helps me to write down my intentions for the ritual.  In my particular case, I want to symbolically “cut the cords” with particular persons in my life, and also eradicate habits or negative patterns.
Ritual: In order to bring attention to those “things” I want to let go from my life, I am using the symbol of a “cord” that I have created that binds me to situations or persons I no longer feel need to remain.  The reason I look to this issue of “cords” is due to listening to a recording with wise astrologer, Tosha Silver. She spoke to how we all develop or build invisible cords with people in our lives.  This is a natural occurrence when we realize the significant people we are tied to from spouses, lovers, business partners, and family. Sometimes, however, these relationships and the cords of attachment trap us into a pattern of behavior that limits our growth and our soul’s evolution. While these people may continue to exist in our lives, a ritual to cut the cords could free us to start a new pattern or journey in life.  For me, I will be cutting ribbons to represent these cords, and before I do the cutting, I will write on each ribbon the name of the person, or the pattern I want to let go.
The items mentioned above form an altar, and for me, I greet the four directions and establish a grounding cord to the Earth, and make a connection to the stars.  Incense and sage that is burnt helps to create the sacred space.  Sometimes, I will drum and/or use a rattle to drop out of my head and into my heart.  Then I simply do my ritual as I am guided to do.  At the end, I give thanks to my guides and to Spirit.
 If you are reading this message after June 20th, you may still use this ritual, as the energies will be with us for a while.  I wish you all the very best for a renewal and regeneration.  These are truly sacred times.


Cathy Basen

For most of my adult life, I have worked as an educator. Now, semi-retired from public school administration, I work part time as an education consultant.  However, my passion for decades has been my work as a professional astrologer and intuitive advisor.  My love for dialoguing soul-to-soul with people has rewarded me with amazing conversations and discourse.  I feel I have supported countless persons over the years by interpreting their astrology natal chart and also, reading Tarot cards as both serve as tools and methods to provide deep insights into the soul. 

2016 June Astrology News

“You write your life story by the choices you make.” ― Helen Mirren
We are all living a personal story, and every story has ups and downs, low points and high points. But what’s important is the theme that structures and guides our story. When your story has positive, life-supporting themes, you have found the key to transformation. Changing your theme is more effective than trying to fix yourself one issue at a time. The most positive themes include lightness, worthiness, self-acceptance, evolution, and love. Your theme should be aimed at making you feel good every day. It should open new possibilities. It should give you optimism that you are being renewed. (Deepak Chopra)

 Welcome to the June astrology newsletter!  The reference above will guide the astrology news this month, as we make note that we are in the thick of Gemini magic these days.  Actually, Gemini energy is hardly thick, but instead light and airy.  The sign of Gemini is ruled by the planet, Mercury, which evokes the archetype of an entrancing “Communicator”.   A person with strong Gemini energy in his or her chart often possesses great persuasive powers and the ability to connect ideas to clear language. Think about JFK and Marilyn Monroe as charismatic and persuasive personas.  As Gemini Suns, they were able to enchant many a soul.  Personally, I was convinced that JFK could change the world to a modern-day Camelot.
This leads to the passage above, about creating one’s story in life.  Storytelling can create magic and transport us to greater awareness of a higher consciousness.  Every natal astrology chart tells a story and contains a theme.  For example, the person who has strong Saturn aspects in his or her chart may find a life story of taking on major responsibilities in life, often having to set aside personal desires.  While another person may find the theme of eternal optimism with every turn due to the influence of a strong Jupiter positioned in their chart.  Obviously, the planets in one’s chart do not predestined one for a particular life path as we can choose how we respond with each step and choice along the way.  But, certain energies that exist at the time we are born will lend a hand in how we may co-create our lives.  Whether we are aware of this or not, we all do a sacred dance with the cosmos.
This month there is a major configuration in the sky:  A Mutable Grand Cross.  Several planets are opposed and also at hard angles to each other --- all contributing to tension, conflict, unease, and confusion.  Yet, this astrological event can summon up our resolve to restart or revitalize a positive Theme in our lives.  For example, if we have been struggling with a dwindling income stream, we might want to choose a theme of ABUNDANCE, and think of how abundance and wealth is ever present in our current reality.  Making that distinction turns off the negative power that attracts an existence of poverty to those of us who know that life is rich and rewarding.  As is shared in the Science of Mind teachings by Ernest Holmes, a new thought leader in the early 20th century: “Thoughts are things”.  What we think of and dwell upon in our minds shows up in our surrounding environment.

Since four major planets (and other celestial bodies) are showing up in Mutable Signs at this time, we need to think of how this energy affects us.  Mutable energy is experienced as free flowing, adaptable, and flexible. Mutable energy seeks connections.  It exists in the signs: Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces.   Eric Francis speaks to this Grand Cross and its influence on our lives:
This week, there's quite an exciting development: during the Gemini New Moon, which happens Saturday, June 4 (the 5th in the U.K. and Europe), we will have an event known as a mutable grand cross. This means that planets will be present at around the same degrees in each of the mutable signs: Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces. The mutable grand cross might be a mentally challenging aspect. Most of it is well in place now, by the way -- it's merely being emphasized by the New Moon.

The challenges this pattern seems to present are mostly on the level of the mind. Remember that this aspect describes the environment, which will influence everyone. How you tap into or relate with your surroundings is your choice. Mainly, "environment" means your fellow people, but also the thought waves conducted through the collective mind, even if we're talking about your office mates, your housemates or your drinking mates. However, the power of choice is moderated by past conditioning. To the extent that you can free yourself from tendencies that limit your flexibility to choose, you will free yourself in general. The idea is to respond to what is actually happening rather than what your previous scripts misinform you is happening.
This is also known as stopping and thinking, something different from emotionally reacting. In fact it's so different it might seem totally weird, when your conscious, reasoning human mind comes to life and says, so what's happening here? Beware of the battle of words, much ado about nothing and not really believing in what you might argue for. That's when to pause and do something like stop speaking and listen, and find something more productive or entertaining to do.
This New Moon could come with some drama, but if that's true, it's time for you to become a playwright. I love that word, because the "wright" part means to construct or build, though it's also a pun on write. Our forthcoming grand cross New Moon in Gemini is an ideal opportunity to step from the role of actor in your own drama to author of the text. This is the big leap that anyone seeking growth is really longing for. I realize this often gets cloaked in wanting a 'higher power' to come in, though your higher power is the fully sentient, connected-to-spirit aspect of you that understands this whole setup perfectly well.
Thus, the celestial bodies are currently in position to create an atmosphere where you can reflect and if this important to you, reinvent your life “Theme” and story. I know for me, I can get into a rut or find myself in old stories that may speak to my perceived past failures.  Revamping how I look at myself through a positive lens, and yes, value myself, allows me to co-create a positive new “Theme” to my life.  Of course, I am not saying we should go into denial about our past negative behavior or hurtful actions, but to take stock of all our choices and perhaps flip the switch to a new way to respond to the world.  I choose to respond to my world as empowered over being a victim, being proactive instead of reactive, and more than any other response, to be Loving and Accepting.
Celestial Events
Gemini New Moon – June 4th 7:59 p.m. PDT, June 5th 2:59 a.m. GMT
This New Moon allows us to formulate and to think about new beginnings and fresh starts.  This astrological event is one of the most important of the year.  Why?  This is due to the existence of the Mutable Grand Cross in the sky as described in the above section.  There is a strong tension between Jupiter in Virgo, opposite Neptune in Pisces, and at a hard angle to Saturn in Sagittarius.  Oppositions between planets require reconciliation of two polarizing areas, while “squares” will signify turning points.  The Gemini Sun and Moon help to clarify our thinking and to illuminate the conflicts and difficulties that may exist in our lives right now.  With that knowledge, we initiate the healing process.  This is helped with the other three planets in this "cross" configuration.  For example, Saturn, as the pivotal planet in this mutable cross, urges us to be our own authority and not to give our power away to others.  With Saturn in opposition to Neptune, we may feel pulled to see a larger picture of our lives to understand our existence, particularly one that is steeped in unconditional love. Finally, Jupiter, the planet of optimism and growth, works in Virgo to elevate us from old fears of not being worthy or good enough toward recognizing the universe’s abundance and wish for us to make a life, not just a living.(Stephanie Austin)
Sagittarius Full Moon – June 20th 4:02 a.m. PDT, 11:02 a.m. GMT
A rarity in the astrological world is a Full Moon that happens in the same configuration from one month to the next.  May’s Full Moon was in very early Gemini Sun, Sagittarius Moon.  Now in June, we find another Gemini Sun and Sagittarius Moon, but in later degrees (at the end of Gemini). Within hours of this Full Moon, the Sun enters Cancer.
What is the message of this Sagittarius Full Moon? With the Sun and Moon in 29 degrees, this is a closing phase, one pertaining to our spirituality.  The call of this lunar event is to realize our highest potential.  Use the light of this Full Moon to see and to align with what is true for you now.  This is the elevated spirit of Sagittarius, to explore the TRUTH of our existence.  May you anchor your actions in your own truth.
Cancer Summer Solstice – June 20th (Northern Hemisphere) Sun Enters Cancer
The Grand Cross in Mutable planets/signs still is in effect.  Thus, the solstice point is truly a turning point for many of us.  The length of daylight following the summer solstice wan until the Capricorn (Winter) Solstice.  Both solstice points are turning points in the energy of our lives. The Sun entering Cancer signifies a return to our “roots”, Spend this day reflecting on your ancestry, family, home, and soul’s purpose.  What impact does this have on your life and current reality?
The general concepts of the celestial events for June has been described for your awareness and understanding.  However, there may be a need for a specific and personal reading that will provide further illumination on events and possibilities coming to you.

Cathy Basen

For most of my adult life, I have worked as an educator. Now, semi-retired from public school administration, I work part time as an education consultant.  However, my passion for decades has been my work as a professional astrologer and intuitive advisor.  My love for dialoguing soul-to-soul with people has rewarded me with amazing conversations and discourse.  I feel I have supported countless persons over the years by interpreting their astrology natal chart and also, reading Tarot cards as both serve as tools and methods to provide deep insights into the soul. 

2016 May Astrology Events

The month of May starts with five, yes FIVE, planets in retrograde.  Thus, we are in an unusual time with astrological energies. This means that our energies and attention may be involved with more than the usual reflection, reorganization, reconfiguring, and general REVIEW of our lives. Fortunately, the current energy of the Sun in Taurus, prompts a “stop–and-smell-the-roses” approach to life.  Taurus is a sensual earth sign that is ruled by relationship-oriented Venus.  Earthy pleasures can be the preoccupation now, and this is not a bad idea when so many planets are in a backwards motion in relationship to our Earth’s rotation around the Sun.
In my April newsletter, I went into detail about the various planets in retrograde, with Mars being the most significant.  Why is Mars so significant?  This fiery planet goes in retrograde motion only every two years, so when it does, it really seems as if our push forward with our actions are stymied.  Mars is in retrograde until the end of June. Mars retrograde starts in Sagittarius, and then goes back to Scorpio.  For those of you with prominent Sag or Scorpio in your chart, you will feel this strongly.  For example, I have Jupiter in Sagittarius in my 8th house and Moon in Scorpio in my 7th house.  What Mars retrograde could bring up for me is a review of my finances as it relates to others.  This is one aspect of the 8th house, in that it is about your financial resources as obtained from others.  I am currently in contract negotiations with a principal I have been consulting with for the last nine years.  While I will not sign any contract until Mercury in retrograde is over, I will be reviewing my standing with this school and organization in order to improve my financial agreements and my work commitments for the next school year.  This Mars retrograde also will put a focus on my relationships with my Moon in Scorpio in the 7th house.  I will be reviewing my partnerships and relationships to bring a deeper understanding (Scorpio) of my soul connections with significant persons in my life.  Even the principal I mentioned above: I will need to investigate his motivations and my own investment to this work to come to a plan of action.
For all of us, we need to use this month and next while Mars is in retrograde to take stock of our lives and come up with a two-year plan of action that can be initiated after July 1st.  For me, my plan may be to come up with action steps to once again “retire” from this school consulting work to look at other things I can do such as a travel the world, live closer to my children and grandchildren, and do more volunteering in the community.
I recently posted a section on all the retrograde planets on my Facebook page.  I used astrologer Madeline Gerwick’s advice to summarize this unusual astrological energy.  She states:               
We're in a relatively unusual period of time with five planets retrograde (apparently moving backwards) at the same time (Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, Pluto and now, Mercury). So things are SLOW now, particularly right now while Mercury is stopped to "turn around and move backwards." (Note: Mercury went into retrograde on April 28th).
What's the message the Universe is sending us? It's time to rethink a LOT of things, such as
    1. What do you want to do for the next two years (Mars retro)?
    2. What do you want to publish or how do you want to promote products? Also reconsider legal or health issues (Jupiter retro)
    3. What structures or processes will work better than the ones you're now using (Saturn retro)?
    4. What's the appropriate use of power? How can you transform and better use your power to serve others (Pluto retro)?
    5. Catch up with all this rethinking! (Mercury retro) Don't you have enough to rethink already?

With all this backward motion, what can you safely DO? For starters, it's spring, so do some spring-cleaning. Clean out the file cabinets, bookshelves, closets, garage, cupboards and any storage units. Donate or sell whatever you don't use or LOVE. If an item brings you joy, or you use it regularly, keep it. Otherwise it's for someone else now. As you clean things out, you'll make room for new things in your life and business, and there won't be room for the new unless you do this.
Celestial Events
Taurus New Moon – May 6th.  Everything seems to be expressing Taurus energy. This may be due to so many celestial bodies touring through Taurus (Sun, Moon, Venus, Mercury, and asteroid Vesta).  This is a Super Moon bringing up issues relating to Taurus.  One thing that may come to our attention is to be clear on what we truly value in life.  With so many planets in retrograde, we may be able to sort out our priorities and pledge to live our lives in accordance with our values.  This is truly about valuing who we are as well.  New Moons allows us to set new intentions. While it is recommended to hold off on initiating new actions steps, we may find “value” in establishing our clarity on this.

Jupiter stations direct in Virgo – May 9th.  Jupiter may be turning direct, but is still in its shadow phase until it returns to same degrees in Virgo when it started its retrograde. This means that until August 7th, we still can review where we want to grow and to analyze what has been holding us back.  Jupiter still maintains a T-square connection with Saturn and Neptune thus allowing us to help us see where we have misunderstood or misjudged ourselves.

Sagittarius Full Moon – May 21st.  Shortly after the Sun enters Gemini on May 20th, we experience this powerful full moon.  Full Moons illuminate the polarities that come up in our existence, with Gemini dealing with information and ideas, and Sagittarius dealing with the philosophical interpretation of these ideas.  This celestial event helps us to crystallize our truth.  What I mean by this statement is that the illumination from this Full Moon helps us to perceive our Truth. It is important to truly understand oneself through one’s unique lens in life.  We all perceive reality based on our cultural, gender, and age biases. This Full Moon reminds us to keep investigating and clarifying one’s perceptions.  It is important to question our reality and to be curious about the reason for our own existence.

Mercury stations direct – May 22ndMercury in Taurus now slows its retrograde motion and stations direct to go forward.  Time to consider how things are clearer now and what is important to us.  However, still be careful about communications and signing important legal documents until the end of June when the shadow period has ended.

Cathy Basen

For most of my adult life, I have worked as an educator. Now, semi-retired from public school administration, I work part time as an education consultant.  However, my passion for decades has been my work as a professional astrologer and intuitive advisor.  My love for dialoguing soul-to-soul with people has rewarded me with amazing conversations and discourse.  I feel I have supported countless persons over the years by interpreting their astrology natal chart and also, reading Tarot cards as both serve as tools and methods to provide deep insights into the soul. 

April 2016 Astrology News

Astrology is the mirror in the sky, reflecting what is inside of us.
What I am seeing in all corners of the world these days is a great deal of retrograde motion and positioning. Even the media is beginning to use this term to speak to the cultural wars taking place within American politics.  Take for instance, an April issue of Time magazine’s essay from Joel Stein discussing Donald Trump’s recent insults toward Ted Cruz’s wife.  This journalist referenced a feminist, Rebecca Traister, whose book Big Girls Don’t Cry about the impact on women of the 2008 election as: “This signals such a retrograde system of human evaluation that I can’t, and don’t want to, begin to examine the graduations therein.” I wonder what this author thinks about current sound bites in the media? In other words, the point of this article is that we are going backwards when it comes to honoring the dignity of women, and actually all people. Watching the Republican presidential race (for me) has consistently brought to mind the shadow of the United States as an ineffective and inequitable country that does not work for the good of all.
Is human existence going backwards?  Are we seeing the shadow pieces of our societies and humankind? Are we becoming inhuman?  Well, nothing that dramatic, but yes, what is taking center stage a great deal these days is the media playing out the shadow pieces of our world, and showing the very worst of human’s qualities of greed, corruption, hatred, class consciousness, and mass fear.  Think of “Black Lives Matter” as a response to police killings, and the Middle Eastern refugee issue.  Consider the Paris and Brussels terrorists attacks. This is what we are seeing, and I think the concept of retrograde or going backwards has much to do with this, as we are experiencing a reactionary world.
What does this tirade have to do with astrology, and this month’s astrology news?  A great deal actually, as I believe the archetypal forces of the cosmos these days is playing out the concepts that has been described above to allow us to see the shadow parts of our lives and the world. We get to revisit our histories due to dominant retrograde energies.  Yes, this month there are planets that are either retrograde, starting to station retrograde, or will soon be retrograde.  Thus, it is time to go “back” and review, re-evaluate, re-think, and generally re-integrate all the parts of our lives, and our psyches, to create a new version of our individual selves and humanity as a whole.  I am seeing a new Humanity 2.0 starting to emerge, but we have to go through a time of darkness and soul-searching to get there.
Mars in retrograde: April 17 to June 29 = Power Trip?
Yes, it seems as if the collective consciousness of humanity is on a power trip these days. Mars is one of the planets in our solar system, and archetypically represents a warrior-type of persona. Strong-willed and brave, going into action or into war is a typical description of the mythology of Mars.  Currently, we are in the time of Mars with this planet serving as the ruler of Aries.  The Spring Equinox opens up the dynamic energy of Aries and off we go.  (Except for this season. . .  we will soon feel as if the brakes are being applied to our lives).
We all have Mars in our charts.  At the time of our birth, Mars was in the sky in one of the 12 astrological constellations.  Mars represents our will, drive, and passion.  So, what does this mean when the “Red” planet goes retrograde every two years?  First, it means it just is not a good time to START something, initiate a new project, or push through a new idea.  The will and drive to be successful just may not be present.  Therefore, it is time instead to take this energy and go within our own worlds to “re”-pattern our behavior and determine how our passion serves our individual lives and our world. Makes plans for another day. In fact, use the retrograde period to plan out the next two years.
Pluto in retrograde – Illuminating the Shadow
To add to the backward motion of Mars, Pluto goes into retrograde one day after Mars on April 18th.  Pluto in many respects is the higher octave (and stronger force) to Mars.  Mars symbolizes our individual will, while Pluto represents our spiritual will.  Pluto’s energy serves to transform our soul and helps us align with our higher selves.  When Pluto is in retrograde, it may help us experience our shadow side of our nature, our psyche.  When there is a particular Pluto transit on a personal aspect of our natal chart, we could be seeing things in our outer world that are painful or upsetting.  These may be those shadow pieces projected out from our psyche that will help us heal our own internal strife.  As an example, years ago I had a particularly difficult transit of Pluto on my Moon, and I noticed (of course, in hindsight) that many relationships, both personal and professional, were difficult. (My Moon sits in my relationship sector of my chart). My own internal psyche was struggling with thoughts of my unworthiness, and consequently that is how people were treating me.  It has taken me years to realize that the more I gain an understanding of my shadow “self” through reflection and other processes, the more I feel more secure and fulfilled.  My relationships have steadily improved.  Pluto will be in retrograde for six months starting this April 18th until September 26th.  Use this time to investigate your shadow self and reintegrate into the light of your consciousness.
With Pluto and Mars both retrograde along with Saturn, we have a potential for crisis.  Saturn went into retrograde on March 25th and will not station direct until August 13th. Saturn starts in Sagittarius and goes back into Scorpio before turning direct.  When the Lord of Karma along with Mars and Pluto are all going backwards, we may find ourselves dealing with major life issues that surface in our lives to be healed.
Insanity may surface when we do not deal with our issues and instead project them onto other people or the Universe. We may mistake our inner demons for outer ones.  We could reach a scary “boiling” point mid- April when we have the God of War (Mars) and the God of the Underworld (Pluto) doing a cosmic crescendo.  Let’s prove the war-makers and haters wrong and deal with this insidious darkness by NOT going into rage and anger.  As the Dalai Lama has noticed: “The world is drunk on anger”.
Advice:  See the shadow and the rage in the world.  Own it. But, forgive everyone and most of all, forgive yourself.  Whether you think you created or had/have anything to do with the mess of the world these days, it is best to go into deep self-love and forgive.   “The strings of the world are not entirely visible. You are holding one in your hands. It is time to do some brave (Mars) psychological (Pluto) spelunking, looking for the true origins of that acid in your tummy. The holy grail which we are feeling our way in the dark is ‘forgiveness’”.  (Steven Forrest, astrologer)

Celestial Events

April 7, 2016 – Aries New Moon.  Time to set your intention to review all the aspects of your world that you want to change.  A New Moon is a great time to begin new ways of “Being”.  With all the planets in retrograde, it is not necessarily a time to start a brand new project or adventure.  But, it is time to experience your world differently than before this event as Uranus, the change agent planet, is present in Aries during this New Moon.  It will definitely help you to shift your lens on the world.  Follow Deepak Chopra’s advice to be able to think and to do things differently by acknowledging five new things in your life each day.  It may be as subtle as looking at an object you see every day, but from a different angle.
This Aries New Moon will provide the potential and opportunity to discard the story of your life (your old script) and replace with an empowered story – one full of promise!!  Make your story about nurturing your life in every way.  (In doing so, you may begin to see how loving the Universe is).
April 21-22 Scorpio Full Moon. On April 19th, the Sun enters the sign of Taurus and a few days later we have a Full Moon.  Full Moons illuminate how far we have progress forward with our intentions from the prior New Moon. Thus, in considering the process you might have initiated with the Aries New Moon, this would be a great time to check in and evaluate your progress. This is a good time to do a course adjustment if necessary. Taurus is ruled by Venus and may prompt thinking about what we value in our lives.  Also, with the Scorpio Moon opposite the Sun, we can add an in-depth investigation into our feelings and emotions.  
One More Retrograde:  April 28th to May 22nd- Mercury in Taurus retrograde.    To put a final point on the whole retrograde motion of this month, the planet Mercury will go into retrograde, after Saturn, Mars, and Pluto.  We will truly have to watch our communications and technology for misunderstandings and glitches.  The safest course at this time is to use all the retrograde motion and energy to rethink our priorities and bottom lines.  Actually all the Earth signs – Taurus (Mercury), Virgo (Jupiter), and Capricorn (Pluto) will be at beautiful angles to each other.  We may get a bit of positive help to be able to work with this proposed assessment, and inner journey that retrograde planets bring. Actually, we will be able to recognize what would work for us that is far more satisfying and sustainable.
In closing, I ask everyone to use this time of retrograde energy to revamp one’s life.  Spend more time sitting in silence and going back over the highlights of your life.  Maybe, you can write a new script that serves your highest good?  I say, “Yes” to you!!!    After all, “You write your life story by the choices you make.”  Helen Mirren

Cathy Basen

For most of my adult life, I have worked as an educator. Now, semi-retired from public school administration, I work part time as an education consultant.  However, my passion for decades has been my work as a professional astrologer and intuitive advisor.  My love for dialoguing soul-to-soul with people has rewarded me with amazing conversations and discourse.  I feel I have supported countless persons over the years by interpreting their astrology natal chart and also, reading Tarot cards as both serve as tools and methods to provide deep insights into the soul.