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It’s Sagittarius Season Again

The Sun makes its annual move into Sagittarius today and the sky will have more fire in it than it has had in months, and combined with the planets in air signs, we have the potential for plenty of “hot air.”

The transition from Scorpio to Sagittarius for me is the difference between living in the twelfth house and the first, so this is a pretty big change for me too and probably the reason Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I’m always thankful for the feeling of having escaping into light and warmth once again! Don’t get me wrong, I like Scorpio and am comfortable with the depth and intensity of this often misunderstood sign. It’s just a case of Libra wanting to balance that with some fizzy fire energy once more.

Over on Real Astrologers, I dug out a post on Jupiter written a couple of years ago, polished it up some and published it again in honor of Jupiter’s rulership of Sagittarius. It explains some of my mixed feelings about the big guy likely due to a natal Jupiter-Saturn square.

Along with ElsaElsa, I feel the need to point out just because we may feel more like partying than we have in awhile, it won’t make the serious issues go away – like Saturn squaring Pluto. Jupiter is headed for another conjunction with Neptune in late December and we need to remember to keep one foot on the ground. Do your computer backups, check to make sure all your bills are paid, pay strict attention to your budget before heading out to do Christmas shopping and generally tether that camel! As someone with no earth in my natal chart, I have had to learn to do things by the book rather than instinct. Those hard earned lessons tend to stick with one . .

Here’s wishing everyone a happy Sagittarius season! Have fun!

Image: This photo of a winter rainbow taken a couple of years ago seems fitting for the renewed sense of optimism Sagittarius brings.


Sagittarius Season is Here

Today the Sun conjuncts Mars in Sagittarius and amps up the Sagittarius urge to MOVE! The problem is Saturn is standing still in Virgo, telling us we’re not going anywhere. For me, said Saturn is in my tenth house and reminding me to take care of business while the Sun-Mars conjunction is in my first pleading with me to go walk the dog. Bleh

And then Uranus down in my fourth house has kept things stirred up around the house and my house plants are definitely showing signs of neglect. In fact I’m going to have to decide which ones are headed for the compost and which ones are worth salvaging. There are other major reorganization efforts around the house in my future because I need to create a good home office space. But for now all of that is on hold [yeah, Saturn stationing] for the holidays because there are xmas cards to send out, a tree to find and decorate, holiday gifts to make, etc.

I am enjoying have a dog to talk to and go on walks with and now that Jas is settling in and learning our rules, we are all happier. However, it has not been an easy transition and she managed to “houdini” herself out of a harness and completely loose it along with the attached lead she was tied up with. We also had many discussions about whom the alpha was . . . ME!

The atmosphere is charged these days with all the fire energy and the Saturn-Uranus opposition being triggered on a regular basis. I highly recommend avoiding rash behaviors and frequently counting to ten before expressing one’s self especially if you have planets and Angles around 18 to 22 degrees in the mutable signs because accidents happen when Uranus is on the field. I’ve been dropping things, bumping into furniture and generally being a klutz under this influence and have the bruises to prove it.

I also want to wish all my Sagittarius friends out there a big Happy Birth Day and wonderful Solar Return for the upcoming year! Mars in Sagittarius will be traveling with the Sun in all those charts giving you lots of oomph to do what you need to do. Just remember to take your time and keep your cool . . .

Anyone else having “interesting” times these days?

Jas is checking out “sniffs”. We are still a snow free zone and that doesn’t hurt my feelings at all! :-)


Ask Real Astrologers: Pluto on Progressed Ascendant

This week’s question comes from Fumi in the UK:

My Progressed Ascendant is going to be conjunct the full moon in Sagittarius in June, and transiting Pluto is going to retrograde back to and station on my Progressed Ascendant. My Progressed AC will also trine my progressed Uranus. I would like to know your opinion of what this is all likely to mean.

I also have my progressed Jupiter conjunct my progressed 2nd house cusp, as well as transiting Pluto trining my natal and progressed Uranus. After Pluto’s intense 12-year period in Sagittarius, I am seriously meditating on bringing about a major positive breakthrough in my affairs in total.

Libra ponders . . .

Neith’s answer:

Fumi, the experience of Pluto conjunct the Ascendant, whether progressed or natal, often has to do with becoming aware of how we express power and control over our environment and the people in it. Pluto transited your natal Ascendant from 1994 to 1995, during which you went through the first phase of learning these lessons.

Now, as Pluto is finishing his stay in Sagittarius, I suspect that you are in the final stages of assimilating what he has to teach. As one who has been down this road (I also have Scorpio Rising), I found the key is staying neutral and not diving into the nearest power struggle, because it’s very easy to become lost in the obsessions that way.

Since Jupiter rules your Sun, the progressed Ascendant, and Pluto in Sagittarius, I can see why you are paying attention to these transits! You are right in feeling that you are on the verge of a major breakthrough. The key may be doing your best to avoid placing specific expectations on what that will be. With Uranus forming trines, it will be easier to find the path of least resistance to your destination.

If I may make a suggestion on how to maintain a sense of centeredness, it would be to practice some type of moving meditation like Tai Chi. Sagittarius folk do better in motion than sitting still.

Aquarius expounds . . .

Pat’s Answer:

Fumi, I tend to look at transits to the natal chart first – just as I rely on the 10 planets (yes, Pluto is one) before exploring Chiron, the asteroids, lunar nodes, and other factors that I consider as supplemental information. If the basics don’t reveal what we need to know, then I start exploring beyond them. Put another way, I don’t use the progressed chart to explain things that are readily apparent in transits to the natal chart.

Since Pluto already has crossed your natal Ascendant, my take is that you’ve already been there, done that (as Neith suggests) and that you’re moving on to new lessons. These lessons have to do with what you value. Material assets are one component of your resources, so changing how you go about managing your resources is part of this transformation.

I also see that Pluto is squaring your natal Moon. He got close earlier this year but went retrograde before making a direct connection. That will happen early next year. All the power struggle issues that Neith describes will be evident in your life, and then some…

As for Jupiter, he has been in your natal second house since late November 2007, and Jupiter and Pluto conjoined in this important financial sector of your chart on December 11. Many people I know, myself included, experienced a breakthrough related to this transit, but it didn’t happen until months later, due to all the complicating planetary aspects that were happening at the time (Mars out of bounds and retrograde, for one).

With Jupiter in practical Capricorn, it makes all the more sense that you are building a strong material foundation. The Big Guy currently is retrograde but turns direct with Pluto on September 8. Major breakthroughs are possible after this date, so use this energy well. 

Thanks for writing, and best of luck to you!

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Ask Real Astrologers: Sun Signs in Synastry

 This week’s question comes from Angelica in Samoa:

Virgo is compatible with Taurus and least compatible with Sagittarius, right? Well, I’ve been in a two-year relationship with a Sag, but have been having feelings for a Taurus man. I know that the stars say I would do better with this Taurus, but my Sag boyfriend just won’t let me go. And I am also finding it hard to let go. He’s been more than faithful and I truly feel he is the one. One of my fears is that later on, the predicted bachelor side will eventually kick in and he’ll have the urge to explore love elsewhere. My other fear is that my Taurus friend won’t wait much longer. Who should I go for: my faithful Sagittarian or my dearest Taurean?

Libra ponders . . .

Neith’s answer:

If we go just by the Sun sign, then Virgo would be more compatible with Taurus, as both are earth signs. However, there is a wealth of other information to help determine compatibility between individuals using the whole natal chart based on time, place, and date of birth.

When we find ourselves connecting to someone who Sun sign astrology says is not a good match, it’s often because we our Moon, Venus, or Ascendant is in the same sign as our significant other’s Sun. For example, your Sagittarius sweetheart may have the Moon in Virgo or some other earth sign, giving him a means to relate to your Virgo Sun.

Traditionally, Sagittarius is the sign associated with unwillingness to commit, and Taurus is seen as stable and predictable. But other factors in the natal chart can cause them to behave just the opposite.

Right now, Saturn is transiting through Virgo, causing many of these somewhat solitary types to take a long look at the idea of committing and settling down. If you were born early in Virgo (birthday in late August) then this may be happening to you!

In this instance, you would benefit more from having one of us do a paid report for you going into more detail.

Aquarius expounds . . .

Pat’s Answer:

Angelica, a decision as important as choosing a partner merits deeper exploration into their character than looking at stereotypical Sun sign traits. I would go so far as to say that Sun sign compatibility is almost meaningless. If we accomplish anything here on Real Astrologers, I hope it will be putting this common astrological misconception to rest.

I couldn’t agree more with Neith about the need to have a complete compatibility report. I’m not just saying this because we want your money. Astrological compatibility is truly complex and intricate, and I wouldn’t dream of giving you incomplete information when you’re about to make a decision that will affect the rest of your life.

Along those lines, I agree with Neith that we just can’t answer your question in enough depth in this column. We can answer general questions here, but questions about overall compatibility with a specific person need to be addressed in an individual report. We’re working on putting up sample reports so that our readers can see what you’ll get with each of our compatibility options. I also do telephone readings and am working on getting up to speed with Skype to extend this service internationally.

If we can be of further help, please contact us. Meanwhile, best of luck to you in finding the true love that you deserve.

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Pluto Returning to Sagittarius

This weekend Pluto will move back into Sagittarius for the last time in more years than I care to think about. He will only move a couple of degrees before stationing direct once more in early September to return to Capricorn by the end of November. As many other astrologers are saying, this is an opportunity to review concerns related to the area of our charts Pluto is transiting and do some “housecleaning” in general.

Pluto is always pushing to remove the old to make way for the possibility of re-birth and regeneration and if we don’t tackle this voluntarily, he’ll be happy to give us a hand. I checked the interpretation for Pluto in the second house (where Pluto is transiting my chart) and my software offered this:

“Pluto in 2nd House
Your business sense is enhanced, and you are able to really get down to what is important when it comes to making decisions affecting your material welfare. Superficial possessions may no longer interest you. Instead, things of lasting value appeal.”

With as much Scorpio and Pluto influence as I have in my natal chart, the superficial has never appealed and my creative works reflect a joy in making things of lasting value. Why else spin wool and knit a sweater for my SO on size 0 knitting needles to make a sweater he wears to work in every winter? In fact most of my creations are alive and well and in use, even those I made over 35 years ago.

In the beautiful valley I live in, the Pluto in Sagittarius years brought in many people interested in horses and riding in the nearby hills. They typically bought 5-10 acres, built fences and barns for two or three horses as well as a large, sprawling home. Well, the rising costs of supporting that form of recreation are making many re-think horse ownership. After all, it’s damned expensive now to fuel up those big ‘ole diesel pickup trucks for pulling a four horse trailer! Not too mention how the increased fuel costs have affected the cost of hay and grain for feed.

An additional note on the recreational horse business: I found out a friend of mine who has raised Arabian horses for over 40 years has to put down several yearlings and send some of her older horses to the sale yard because she simply can’t afford to do otherwise. She is one who lives and breathes horses so this is a wrenching decision for her. How many other horse people out there will be facing similar choices?

The Full Moon conjunct Pluto in Sagittarius coming up on June 18 is ushering in the winds of change in fire and air signs. What will be left when the winds die down?


The latest Question & Answer post is up on Real Astrologers on synastry and Sun signs.

This is about as green as it gets here. Within a week or two, the hay will be cut and the hills will start to serious brown up. It’s been lovely while it lasted but I wouldn’t appreciate the green without the dry season . . . :-D