Are you ready for the intense astrology of the Cardinal Grand Cross? Check out this issue to get your planetary bearings as Eric outlines the energies heading our way, starting New Year’s Day with the Capricorn New Moon. Mars retrograde in a Venus-ruled sign should also stir up some relationship issues, and Eric offers some advice to make the most of this transformational time.
The Sagittarius New Moon, which like all New Moons is a conjunction of the Sun and Moon, is taking place in early-mid Sagittarius. New Moons generally signify harmony between the conscious will (Sun) and our unconscious/intuitive/emotional selves (Moon). In Sagittarius, this takes on a particularly ‘cosmic’ or ‘spiritual big picture’ flavor.
Mercury in Scorpio enters new territory Wednesday for the first time since its retrograde, which ended earlier this month. It does so after having made a conjunction to Saturn, which acted like a barrier between the old and the new (as Saturn often does). Infinitely curious, Mercury in Scorpio is the image of considering everything that’s off the usual menu, and/or taboo — the perfect complement to holiday get-togethers.
Currently we’re in the last days of Scorpio — and what a Scorpio season it’s been, winding down with flair thanks to Sunday’s Taurus Full Moon. The astrology this week is perfect for further exploration into any kind of sexual healing process you may have embarked on in the last few weeks, and then the Sun moves into cosmic Sagittarius on Thursday.
When an earthquake and tsunami crippled the eastern coast of Japan in March 2011, a nuclear crisis ensued which we still have not contained. In this eye-opening edition, Eric explains the implications of nuclear energy and its toxic leftovers. He delves into the chart of the first atomic reaction, and describes the future path of this dangerous and unsustainable energy source.
Sunday, Nov. 17 is the Taurus Full Moon, exact at 10:16 am EST — and exactly square the centaur planet Nessus in Aquarius. Full Moons are illuminating but can be stressful, as we find ourselves trying to reconcile opposing needs within ourselves, and externally in our relationships. In this edition, Genevieve Hathaway interprets the lunation with her Moonshine horoscopes.
In case you missed it, earlier today we sent out a mailing announcing that Eric’s 2014 annual edition, called The Mars Effect, is now available for pre-order at its lowest possible price: $59 for all 12 signs (the first price increase will be on Thursday). Check the full letter here for details. Please note: one of Chelsea’s phone numbers was wrong in that mailing. The correct toll-free number is 877-453-8265.
How have you been since last week’s Uranus-Pluto activity? In this edition, Eric checks out the current astrology as Mercury in Scorpio forms a trine with Neptune in Pisces, opening up channels into our emotional awareness. He also introduces the current problems plaguing Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan, an issue that the world should be keeping an eye on.
We’ve just come though one heck of an eclipse season mixed with a Mercury retrograde in Scorpio. Approaching Mercury’s station direct on Nov. 10 (and just after), there can be an increase in retrograde-y snafus (Mercury’s ‘storm’ phase), calling for awareness and attention — especially with communication, electronics, money and travel.
Edges of cities are interesting places. When I discovered Lou Reed, I was driving regularly from New Jersey to Staten Island to visit my cousin Maura. To get there I cruised in my 1972 Dodge Dart along the ancient, strange and beautiful Route 22 and over the Outerbridge Crossing to Staten Island, on the far outskirts of New York City.