Mercury Rx Slippery Fish

It’s that time again!

Mercury is retrograding through the sign of the Slippery Fish #pisces until March 10.

If you feel like you’re failing & f*cking it up, just remember you’re not this guy! Pro tip.

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12th House Hole

I love it when non-astrologers speak so precisely about astrology. 

In her book “Becoming,” Michelle Obama gives us great insight into Barack’s 12th house Saturn. From the beginning of their relationship, it was clear to her that he was someone with a very rich inner world, and that this had very specific requirements. Wherever they lived and traveled, a room or a nook would be carved out for his “Hole”, where he processed, worked through books, newspapers, ideas and had the necessary space to himself to churn through it all, uninterrupted.

Anyone with 12th house planets knows of this notoriously difficult terrain. Anyone with Aquarius Rising is right now getting a pretty clear idea about it. Often called the house of ‘self-undoing,’ there are few interpretations of this area of the sky that would ever make it prime real estate. It’s that house out in the country that’s always for sale. It has an air about it that you can’t quite put your finger on, but when you walk inside you’re very aware that it could swallow you up and no one would think to look for you there. It is mysterious and difficult grasp.

The 12th house, or 12th sign from the Ascendant, is the last to have risen and therefore is the one with the greatest journey ahead of it. Any planets in this area of the chart were rising when the individual (or event) were being born, having ascended from the deepest, most personal and primal part of the sky into full view, adding extra-extra to its influence in the life. The 12th house is where planets get to test the waters of expression with the naivety and inexperience of anything young and fresh. It’s new, and deeply uncertain. The depth of vulnerability here can often result in retracting these energies inward, calling forth privacy and self imposed isolation, though sometimes these energies are nurtured in family environments and these planets become a great source of power in the individuals life.

The 12th house is also often aligned with secrets and hidden enemies. In the case where these energies are not supported in the early life, part of the self is retracted and hidden from view, becoming something hidden and secretive. Pushed down deep enough it becomes repressed and bent out of shape, potentially resulting in either illness or other people representing the very characteristics consciously, or subconsciously, buried. As Rob Hand says, planets in the 12th house “confine one by working against one’s expression. They undermine one’s ego because they are denied by it.” As with most things in life, astrology is not black and white; the grey areas can encompass a bit of both in alternating measure at different times.

(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

As Barack Obama worked his way through Law school he remained tightly connected to various community initiatives; he allowed his Saturn to work for him. With a strong Leo Sun, his ego was never going to be denied fully, but his 12th house Saturn required an outlet that allowed him to be part of the greater whole, of service to those he saw himself reflected in and placing him in situations where he could learn to understand and develop his relationship with authority in an egoless manner. By creating space where he could study, process and be uninterrupted allowed him what he needed to create structure on the inside so he could be effectual externally. As Michelle Obama so eloquently says, “For him, the Hole is a kind of sacred high place, where insights are birthed and clarity comes to visit.

With all that hetero norm core tells us about what we should and shouldn’t expect in relationships, people often feel inhibited to ask for space or to live separately. 12th house planets, however, demand attention at the inner level. Without this space and time alone, projection can become a serious issue. Choosing a partner who is a pilot or a sailor, someone who is gone for long stretches of time can loosen these stressors, or like Michelle and Barack, sometimes it takes time to establish the parameters of what does and doesn’t work. Relationship or not, 12th house placements take yeeeeaaars to understand and unravel. 

Barack, I’ve come to understand, is the sort of person who needs a hole, a closed-off little warren where he can read and write undisturbed. It’s like a hatch that opens directly onto the spacious skies of his brain. Time spent there seems to fuel him.

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What’s in your 12th house?

Cancer Full Moon eclipse 2020

Traditionally, eclipses have been ominous signs. They remind us of how little control we have. No amount of prayer, ritual or intention can stop the Earth passing between the Sun and the Moon, casting a shadow on our closest neighbour.

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As the earth moves betwixt two opposing forces, we edge deeper into the dance that has been unfolding since November 2018 when the Nodes moved into Cancer / Capricorn.  #cancercapricornclusterfuck 

Since November 2018, we’ve seen a rise in Cancer / Capricorn themes: women in power have destabilised the existing model of authority. Mass migration and the strict policing of borders has highlighted the lands we all stand on; whose land is it and who gets to draw lines all over it, carving out territories that some people can cross in to but not others? More people now have a deeper understanding of ancestral trauma, or at least the term is rolling around looking for its place to land. As corruption rolls over and exposes its underbelly we are left with no choice but to speak truth to power. As borders shift and economies follow, we’re asked what is it we’ve really invested our security into? Failing to acknowledged the Earth as a living, breathing organism has divorced us from having a co-creative relationship it, resulting in unimaginable devastation.

This Full Moon in Cancer is calling us home. It’s highlighting what needs to be let go of while simultaneously drawing us toward our potential. Cancer wants us to come home to planet earth, home to our bodies and personal sovereignty, home to understanding our own ancestry and the lineage of the lands we occupy. We’re being pulled – tugged at from the inside and out – to find this balance.

Capricorn represents that which we’re releasing. As an earth sign it highlights our use and relationship with resources: oil, water, crop, division & ownership, bodies, money. Its governance over large functioning systems highlights just how long we’ve been living under the  oppressive rule of patriarchy, capitalism, white supremacy, heteronormativity, and how we’re simultaneously losing the voice of our elders. Capricorn is a cold, dry earth sign, and the cracks are showing. Without Cancer to balance it, Capricorn is in perpetual drought.

Astrology embraces opposites as part of the whole. Nothing is rejected. Capricorn, without its polar opposite Cancer, knows only how to use and control functional parts. Emotions are hailed as weak, uncontrollable and inferior. Most people can recall a time they felt like they had to bury their emotions to go to work. Capricorn steering the capitalistic ship fails to acknowledge that people are not robots, that Indigenous people have ongoing relationships to land, and that women and trans people have bodies that exist outside the law. Cancer reminds us that emotions hold up signposts for things that aren’t working. They lead us toward a more balanced, harmonious existence. 

Cancer Full Moon Eclipse, January 10, 2020

Water is not as direct as Earth. It’s pervasive, moving through the cracks and slowly shifting things from the inside out.  There’s nothing useless about small steps. There’s no weakness is stopping, acknowledging the ways in which we’ve contributed to this narrative and choosing a different path forward. We’re all welcome home, but what we’re coming home to depends on the choices we make.

Anyone wanting to understand where the energies are occurring in your own chart, I’m offering a Year Ahead reading, drawing up a month by month personalised map.

Jupiter in Capricorn rebirths Yoda

There’s been an influx of Yoda memes ever since Jupiter moved into Capricorn, not surprising, really . Yoda is the perfect archetype to show up since we now have 4 planets & a node all getting down to business in Cap…& further shows that you don’t have to ‘believe’ in astrology to be influenced by it 🤷🏼‍♂️



Saturn, Capricorn’s daddy, represents wisdom & ageing, maturation & growth, & the responsibility weaved within the journey. It stands for nothing less than dedication & hard work…all of which take time. Time. It’s our elder, Saturn, whose been there a million times before reminding us as we transition into a new paradigm that you can’t hurry a good thing. 



Being the boundary line of our known world it’s faaaaaar out in the solar system, and often the rewards come from time alone, pushing the limits we’ve imposed on ourselves & shedding the aspects of self we’ve outgrown.

Channel your inner Yoda through the upcoming eclipse season, aiming for any difficulties to be transformed to wisdom you can share with others on the path. I like to read stories about people on their death bed, what they regretted & what they cherish, to get clear with Saturn

Bon Voyage, Jupiter.

Jupiter in Sagittarius 2018 – 2019

Jupiter is in the final stage of its gallop through Sagittarius. It has reached the peak. From this standpoint it can envision the road ahead into Capricorn, equipped with the wisdom gained while travelling through the wide terrain of Sagittarius.

Jupiter is classified as a benefic, enhancing whatever it touches. This past year however, it was sometimes difficult to understand the beneficence when Saturn & Pluto over shadowed everything in cranky Capricorn. Thank f*ck Jupiter was in Sag because it took the edge off some of the tension & allowed us to envision the world we want to create when we reach the other side.

Jupiter has been in Sag since Nov 2018. Reflecting back on what this last year has granted you, where did you have growth & learning, travel & expansion that now allows you to view the world through a broader, more encompassing lens, & how did you access optimism through trying times? All of this can be attributed to Jupiter. Now, as the energy calms, how will you gather up those resources and utilise them in a more practical way?

On Dec 2nd, Jupiter will slow down the pace & trot into Capricorn until Dec 2020. It will be an interesting year, to say the least. Capricorn is not an easy, happy go lucky energy, & with both Saturn & Pluto already there, Jupiter won’t be as effective with lifting the mood as it has been in Sag. It’ll be a year to dig deep & utilise those personal resources on the ground in the day to day grind. We’ll all be challenged to mature our relationship to power & to untangle the voices of fear and limitation that keep us bound. 

Write yourself a note from this 29* Sagittarius vantage point that you can rely on through the coming year. If you offer Capricorn a tool it’ll learn how to use it…so give yourself your best.

CAZIMI

November 11 marks the midway point of this Mercury retrograde in Scorpio cycle. 

Today the Sun, the great illuminator, takes Mercury under its wing and protects it. Shielded by blazing light, all of Mercury’s qualities, all of the back tracking and digging, all that has been unearthed in the first part of this Retrograde cycle pause for a moments grace. This day holds the potential for razor sharp clarity, if only fleeting. From this point onwards Mercury is moving away from the Sun toward the deepest degree of the retrograde cycle where it will stop and move forward again. We have 9 days remaining to clear up, realign and sort out what Mercury has brought our attention to.

Mercury CAZIMI 18* Scorpio, 11/11/2019

Mercury Rx in Scorpio Horoscopes

Each of us has Mercury kicking up dust somewhere in our charts. Whatever house Mercury is currently passing through will indicate where our attention is being drawn and what issues we’re being dragged down into the Underworld to deal with. This is not the only cycle coming to an end, and it’s not the only way in which we’re being asked to let go. But like any detailed work that needs to get done, it will sit there glaring at us until we do it.

This is an excerpt from the Mercury Retrograde Scorpio Season detox being updated through out the 2019 Rx cycle. Read the full article with Horoscopes for each sign here and follow the links below for ongoing updates.

https://mercurytransit.gsfc.nasa.gov/2019/
Mercury retrograde in Scorpio 11/11/2019. Source: NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory

Oct 31st – What’s on the table?

Nov 1st – Be like a tree and leaf!

Nov 3 – Stay tender. Stay true.

Nov 5 – Detox symptoms

Nov 11 – CAZIMI

Be like a tree and leaf!

After leaving San Francisco yesterday we headed for the Redwoods in Northern California. I chose this spot and this date purposefully knowing Mercury would be Rx, knowing that it’s Samhain and knowing I need to be in nature at this time of year, every year.

Standing at the foot of these literal giants I fell silent; there’s nothing that could be said to enhance the moment and words would only get in the way of listening. Impressed by how spongey the Earth is underfoot, able to hold up all 350 ft of solid tree, I take in more of the surroundings as the forest begins to open up. Lying horizontal are several giants. No longer upright, yet no less participating, present and necessary. No less breathtaking.

The Avenue of the Giants, California. Oct 31, 2019

I’m reminded of The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben. In it he describes the importance of dead trees to the ongoing sustainability of a forest. No longer vertical, trees still share energy and nutrients with each other, operating much like a family reliant on one another for survival.

Scorpio has in recent history become associated with death and transformation, due mainly to its also modern association with Pluto. But the natural progression of life’s cycle at this time of year does reflect this nocturnal, dying off and transforming phase (in the Northern Hemisphere where Western Astrology originated). Once Libra sets us straight with equal parts day and night, Scorpio Season alerts us to the irreversible descent from Autumn into the cold, dark depths of Winter. The reality of hibernation and retreat is undeniable.

If you can picture yourself as a tree, heavy with golden-red leaves, branches stretching wide having held nests, birds, moss and sunlight, with roots steadfast and deep as the branches rise…..what does this encroaching Winter hold for you? Will you drop a branch or two as the weight of an old story becomes too much to carry forth? How will the leaves that you have grown nourish you as they fall to your feet? How well has your bark protected you in the form of setting and upholding boundaries? Will you do next year differently, wishing you’d been clearer about how much energy you put out, or who you offered shade and shelter to, who you wish had found sanctuary in your forest? What will you mourn and what will you rejoice in the inevitable loss of?

This is an excerpt from the Mercury Retrograde Scorpio Season detox being updated through out the 2019 Rx cycle. Read the full article here and follow the links below for ongoing updates.

Oct 31st – What’s on the table?

Nov 1st – Be like a tree and leaf!

Nov 3 – Stay tender. Stay true.

Nov 5 – Detox symptoms

What’s on the table?

Oct 31, 2019

The image of Mercury digging in its heels is as awkward as it feels. It’s time to stop. Reassess. The wings are grounded and there is no flight. Any lofty ideals crash to earth for a reality check and the more you push the harder it becomes.

Mercury is aligned with the Greek God Hermes; equipped with winged heels that enable swift movements and slippery deals. A psychopomp, Hermes is the guide who leads you down to the Underworld for death and renewal, be it removing the facade of mortality in facing your own death or that of someone you love, or by moving through difficulties that push you through to a new way of being.

Hermes (image source Pintrest.ca)

This is an excerpt from the Mercury Retrograde Scorpio Season detox being updated through out the 2019 Rx cycle. Read the full article here and follow the links below for ongoing updates.

Oct 31st – What’s on the table?

Nov 1st – Be like a tree and leaf!

Nov 3 – Stay tender. Stay true.

Nov 5 – Detox symptoms

The struggle is real

The planets are playing dirty in the sandbox but you don’t have to retaliate.

I know a lot of people are just hanging on by a thread right now. It’s an intense time. There’s a LOT coming up that needs to be cleared ~ be it ancestral or familial, personal or collective ~ pain & trauma are asking for our attention to heal & be release. Nothing & no one is spared.

Keep hanging on, it will pass. This is a particularly intense week. The planets are having a fight in the sandbox: someone in the past left glass in there which is cutting to the core of deeper issues & everyone’s got sand in their eyes which is making it that much worse. Mars, the initiator, has been sent to his room & is having a tantrum. Saturn is attempting to reinforce outdated rules so, everyone’s either crying or trying to keep the cool hand of control. It’s a hard combination that calls for gentleness & honest self reflection.

One of the best remedies for lifting you out of your own situation is giving someone else a lift. Reach out now because everyone’s going through this – no matter what hemisphere you live in or what rock you might wanna hide under. It’s time for some deep digging & solidarity.

🏳️‍🌈 For those celebrating Pride: be bold, be brave & please be safe. 🏳️‍🌈

For those with Capricorn rising you don’t have to live in a constant state of deprivation & proving that you can DO IT. We know you can, it’s yourself you’re learning to trust. Let that softness in that others are offering you.

📷 Image from @natures

Consciousness Shift

Gemini Season allows us time to explore and gather the missing pieces.

We are 100% heading toward a consciousness shift. The energy on the planet is increasing as the amount of people seeking, finding meaning in the mundane, and taping into nature’s wisdom has increased exponentially in the last few years.

CAN YOU FEEL IT?!

Gemini Season can render our energy scattered and directionless. The challenge amidst the capitalistic narrative is to remember that it’s OK; mutable signs are born to wander. Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces all gather facts and intuitive data to pass on to the succeeding Cardinal Signs who initiate the changes.

Destination is not always the goal. Seeking out all the options is wise to inform us of what direction to take next. Looking both ways before crossing the road is smart, just as spinning your own compass once in a while can help orient you toward what is really important, and what’s not. 

Let this Gemini New Moon spin your compass. Allow all avenues of possibility to come into focus and keep your options open.

When seeking appears to be the goal it’s important to remember that there is no one to follow. There is only your own innate wisdom that can guide you and the best thing you can do for yourself and everyone else is learn to hear it, trust it and go with it.