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Good Day Folks,

Feeling Lost? 

The past is receding with increasing speed. The future is approaching even faster than that. We’re sensing that the material plane is not all there is. Some of us are feeling so disoriented or out of step that they don’t want to be here anymore. It’s too scary.

Yes, things are different than they used to be. How? It is a phenomenon of apparent motion, somewhat like the retrograde motion of a planet, though different. You have to remove yourself from your normal perspective in order to see what’s happening. The old viewpoint won’t work anymore because, increasingly, we can’t relate to it. The crux is that we are learning to rise above  our old view of the world and see everything from a higher perspective, a higher dimension; that’s where everything is headed. We are evolving.

(For more on why this is a special period in time, see my article about 2012 & the Aquarian Age here.)

Okay, after that spacey start, let me get down to Earth. Yesterday, we had a most unique New Moon, occurring at an extremely late moment in the transition from Aquarius to Pisces: falling just six seconds of arc shy of being exactly on the cusp. So, the following month will invoke the energies of both these signs, and we will be feeling them (the Moon is the most emotional planet). Aquarius and Pisces are the most unusual signs in the zodiac; Aquarius is the visionary who sees the future and Pisces is the sensitive who sees the normally unseen. The veils are becoming thinner between dimensions and timelines and more ethereal states of existence. It is said of Aquarius that it brings about the Rising Light, while Pisces spreads the Light; that’s what’s going to be happening. Alignments like this don’t happen except maybe once in a hundred years, so the timing is extremely portentous. We’re not truly in our bodies right now, we’re floating around somewhere between the future and some other realm of the Universe. A truly otherworldly cycle is beginning, and it will have an effect on all of us.

You might note in today’s chart above that there are six planets in one sign—Pisces. It’s normal for two or three planets to be in the same sign at any given moment, four is a bit rare and five or more, look out, it’s an extremely unusual concentration of energies. It is very powerful. But in Pisces (the least selfish sign), the normal definition of power is turned inside-out. We are actually empowered within now more than at almost any other time.

What should you do with this power? Let it turn you inside, let it magnify and illuminate the unseen mysteries of life, the intuitive, the finely felt and barely perceived. If you put your attention to what’s on the inside and quiet your mind, other levels of Truth will appear.

It’s most important now—crucial—that you take time to connect with nature, to find that inner stillness each and every day, to stop the madness for more than a moment and remember the inside world, the peace, the stillness. Do it in your own way, meditate, sit, chant, focus, relax and stretch, let your intuition guide you, for now is the time.

Is the World Getting Worse or is Something Else Happening?

I’m sorry there is so much bad news in the media. It makes it seem like the world is just one step away from disaster, and that we should all feel very, very afraid. In reality though, many new things are being created that will help lift us out of our troubles. The consciousness of the whole planet is shifting, and fast. Most of the old things that have created the troubles are passing away, but this is a tipping-point time when everything still seems extreme. The old-thinking ones are digging in their heels out of fear of losing all they have built up, and we can only pray they see the light and decide to change quietly. We should have compassion for them, for they know not what they do. But they cannot stop the changes—no one can—and their time is ending.

This will be the moment to hold the energies of Inner Peace, Harmony, and Love, and to focus on the Creation of a Reality of Harmony and Abundance on the Earth….We ask you not to be intimidated by these changes….but to hold the focus of Love and Creativity, seizing the opportunity to create Abundance and Harmony rather than to contribute to lower timeline energies of conflict and chaos.   

             —Archangel Michael via Celia Fenn, Golden Age of Gaia, 1/2/15

“Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.”

                                                                        —Albert Einstein (a Pisces)

We need this attitude: (when I was a teenager, I used to hate this song. Just goes to show how long it can take someone to “get it.”) Hear the original, “Yes We Can Can” by Allen Toussaint:


That brings me to the very next new Moon, coming on the exact date of the Vernal Equinox (March 20th), and it’s a Solar Eclipse to boot! As you can see to the lower left, five planets are in Pisces again. The thing that is mind-blowing is that the eclipse is at 29 and a half degrees Pisces. After the last one being 29 and a half Aquarius? Are you kidding me? 29 degrees is considered the most critical degree in any sign; it’s as if we have our final opportunity to really learn that sign’s lessons before it moves on, for quite some time. In other words, for at least two months it’s exam time—and the solar eclipse extends that at least another six months. (When I was in school I never had to study six months for a final—not fair!)

This seems startlingly timely, because also happening in mid-March will be the final exact square between Uranus and Pluto, which together have been showcasing so much disruption for the last five or more years (although they will be traveling together in lock step for another year). This Spring figures to be the opening of a tremendous window of opportunity to push social progress forward, by expanding our consciousness.

Pisces represents the most selfless manifestation of Universal Love, or compassion. As Saint Francis urged us, “Love one another constantly.” That is what this time on the planet is about—learning to do that on a planetary scale, beginning inside you and inside me. The Love is available, let us learn to use it!

We’re on the road to the awakening of planetary consciousness.

    The Earth and the Universe and our higher selves are all whispering, with increasing urgency: 

                             “Wake up! wake up! wake up!”

The collective is now being urged to come together as one, to change and shift the world you co-create into a world you wish to live.

                         —Angelic Guides via Taryn Crimi, Golden Age of Gaia 

I’ll be writing more on the Neptune/Piscean transition we’re going through, but meantime, take heart:

“Neptune has been downloading its refined, yet extremely powerful archetypal essence to us as it is elevating our inner temples to collective heights previously unknown. Maybe it doesn’t look like this spiritual regeneration is occurring, but it is.”

                                                         —astrologer Rick DiClemente

Look closely. Yes, it really is happening. Blessings to all of you. —Rich



Attention, Sagittarians and Scorpios. And Everyone Else.

February 3rd, 2015

Greetings, Earthlings:

Stop the Presses, Saturn is changing signs!

Well, okay, it already technically did and it will again in a few months, and then back again once more, so maybe it’s nothing urgent. In fact, there’s never much urgent about Saturn. Except when we urgently want it to get off our backs. If you are a Scorpio or a Sagittarius, your lives are in the process of being changed; if you’re born under another sign, read on too since we will all be affected by this, although in a less personal way.

The short story is this: Saturn is close to done bringing difficult challenges and extra responsibilities to Scorpio folks, and it has now begun to induce life-changing situations and growth into the lives of Sag types.

Here’s the timetable:

Saturn in Sagittarius: December 24th, 2014 thru June 14th, 2015


    September 18th, 2015 thru December 19th, 2017

[Saturn in Scorpio: October 6th, 2012 thru December 23rd, 2014


   June 15th, 2015 thru September 19th, 2015]

Each planet has been assigned to, or “rules,” many different areas of life. Among other things, Saturn rules our fears.

Fear enables us to apprehend that change is necessary and that we need to take action to address the changing conditions in our lives.

But fear is not something to, er, be afraid of. It’s just an indicator, and we can maintain our equilibrium if we see it for what it is: simply a notice that something is changing and that we need to change with it. Only those who are truly afraid of doing something differently need be concerned—about their own inflexibility.

For life itself is change. It is a journey, and if we are to get anywhere, Saturn will insist that we eventually move along—in a positive direction. But if we’re locked into our old patterns, it’ll feel like we’re being dragged kicking and screaming into a fearsome unknown.

For the last two+ years, Saturn has been calling all Scorpios to take on more responsibility. We can make responsibility feel like a burden, or we can take it on as a duty; our attitude is the key to dealing with what comes to us. For instance, I know a Scorpio man who has seen two close family members die over the time Saturn has been in his Sun sign. He was not the legal guardian for either one, yet he went out of his way to do what he could to ensure that their end days were as good as they could be. He flew in from far out of town multiple times to visit, to comfort, and to help with all arrangements, prior and post death. He had the choice of fretting, handing it off to someone else, or avoiding it altogether because it may have felt like too much to deal with. Instead, he rolled up his sleeves and dove in, and everything and everyone were raised to a higher level as a result. He cared and he took action where he saw that action was needed.

This is really all Saturn asks of us, to dutifully bear the burdens of life so that they can be seen through to their proper conclusion.

The Last Two Years: When Saturn is in the sign of Scorpio, we generally feel limited in things Scorpionic: incoming money, secrets, sexual control and abuse issues, corporations, hidden wealth, the will of the collective, and massive power grabs. There has been a ruthless attempt to control resources and gain the power they represent. Our deepest fears have been stirred up but we haven’t been able to articulate them yet (Scorpio is the quietest sign). We have felt opposed by others with seemingly opposite values to our own. These have been our focus for two years.

The Next Three Years: When Saturn’s in Sagittarius, there will be limitations felt in these areas: religious structures, world banking, air travel, publishing, mass media, sports organizations, judicial systems, foreign travel, and institutions of higher learning. All of these things will be tested over the next three years, and many of their weaknesses exposed. Saturn will channel our common Sagittarian desire for growth into the building of new, more stable structures. There will also be a surge of interest in digging up hidden mysteries. We will not see any permanent expansion of the stock market; everyone will be focused on building for the long-term and minimizing risk. Optimism for the future will be smooshed down as we focus on the practical needs at hand. We will see the rise of both visionary and overzealous leaders and idea systems. Fundamentalism will be an issue and its practicality will be tested. The battle will continue between freedom seekers and authority enforcers. Fear will be used in the name of religion, and religion will be ultimately limited by this.

But all of this is just a time of testing; it does not indicate an imminent cataclysm ahead. It is actually the slipping and crumbling of outmoded structures that we have outgrown. (I’ll be writing more about this in my next two letters, soon.)

When Saturn is posed in one’s own sun sign, it is common to attract difficulties where one has not prepared well enough. Saturn indicates—or reflects—the way one has structured one’s view of the Universe. When something falls apart during this time, it may be an external struggle, or it may be that one’s inner ideals come crashing down. Saturn’s cosmic job is to test our structures, looking for cracks in the foundation. Our job is simply to fix the issues and move on. The most stressful periods are likely to be the weeks just before Saturn “hits” your natal Sun (contact me if you’re not sure when that will be).

Saturn is ultimately our friend, although it has been traditionally associated with fear and death. Way back in 1976, the visionary band Blue Oyster Cult got it right: Seasons don’t fear the reaper/Nor do the wind, the Sun or the rain/We can be like they are…..


Until then, enjoy our New Year.