Women, Kavanaugh and the Burning Path

October’s highlight is Venus Retrograde, of course, October 5-November 16 throwing old relationships, values, women’s issues and the economy into a tailspin. 

Venus Sun transit Tara Greene Toronto

                Venus transit of the Sun June 2012 Photo by Napoleon Brousseau 

October 5: Venus stations retrograde: 10 degrees 50 minutes Scorpio

Venus turns Retrograde squaring Mars and Lilith and the South Node in Aquarius 

This means: The revenge of angry women who have been denied their natural power for too long. If you’ve been watching the U.S. Supreme Court nominations you know what this is all about. The November elections are on November 6 when Venus is Retrograde back in Libra at that point.  This Retrograde will have much longer ramifications than just the 40 days. 

Lilith and Mars were exactly conjunct October 1st and will continue to be BFF’s in effect as one until Halloween when Venus moves back into Libra.

VENUS Retrogrades on the Burning Way or Via Combusta October 7-November 7

Via Combusta is Latin for “burning way” or “fiery way”  and is considered malefic or very bad according to ancient astrology by Al Biruni. Why? Because the Libra Sun is weak and in its fall in that sign {Sun is strongest in Aries}. Scorpio is the fall sign of the Moon which is strongest in opposite sign of Taurus. These two signs contain two malefic planets. Saturn which is exalted in Libra and Scorpio, ruled by Mars. 

The Via Combusta is an old Medieval Astrology tool describing the Zodiac between 15 degrees Libra and 15 degrees Scorpio between October 7 and November 7 Yet this is the darkest and alchemically powerful time of the year. Halloween is Witches new year so the bad influence notation is from the church of course. Further Pluto the modern ruler of Scorpio is also the Lord of death and rebirth. 

Venus Retrograde journey is told in astromyth as the tale of Queen Inanna going into the Underworld. It is the most ancient known poem in the world written between 3,500 -1,900 B.C. Inanna is an Ancient Sumerian Goddess of sex, fertility and war goes to be with her sister Ereshkigal whose husband has died. Inanna must be stripped of all her royal belongings down to being turned into a corpse and hung on a nail to rot by her revengeful sister. Read the whole story in the link below. The story is the basis for the myth of Persephone being raped into the Underworld by Pluto and this rings totally in synch with the current U.S. political situation. 

This further symbolizes women on fire and women burning down the house. 

Take your own astrology chart and map out where Venus retrograde path is.Go to http://www.Astro.com its free to input your own birth chart.

Angry backlashes from both men and women are highly volatile during this time. Be careful of gaslighting.

Many relationships will be put to the test during this time, as Venus will be Retrograde until November 16 and in the Underworld.

This is a time to do some really fierce shadow work. To scourge our deepest wounds. These are the sexual abuse issues which have been perpetrated against women for the last 5,000 to 10,000 years. This is billions of women. This is every woman living today in a Patriarchal culture which sees women as chattel, second-class citizens as without the right to their own authority over their own bodies. This includes the millions destroyed in the witch trials. The millions of female infants murdered today simply for being valueless as females.

The Patriarchy pumping and posturing its flaccid muscle is over.

The PHALLOCENTRIC WAY IS A FALLACY. The Emperor has no power. 

I was an early feminist. I realized my life and freedom was over at 12 when I first got my period. I’ve been an active feminist since 1970. The Goddess is alive and she is returning. We do not want to create more hate. She is the Goddess of Love and Beauty and we need more beauty and Love in the world now. Women need to first right the wrongs. But we shouldn’t perpetuate fear and hatred. We need to create new balances and that’s why Venus is turning direct again in Libra.

Venus turns direct at 25 degrees Libra conjunct big beneficial Fixed stars 

SPICA at 23 degrees 50 minutes LIBRA tropical

Is a blue Giant Star in Constellation of Virgo. It is one of the most famous 15 Behenian Stars of ancient lore. This was the Goddess Ishtar or Ceres/Demeter. The Ear of Grain is a very good star. It brings spiritual qualities. and It gives riches, overcomes contentions. removes scarcity and mischief. Spica rules the stone emerald, sage, trefoil, mugwort, periwinkle and mandrake root.

When Venus conjuncts Spica in traditional star lore it means; “benefits from friends, social success, false friend of one’s own sex.{1} 

And ARCTURUS at 24 degrees 14 Libra Tropical 

in Alpha Bootes  {shake your Bootes} it is a famous spiritual star. It gives riches, honour, high renown, and self-determination. Its image is a horse, wolf or man dancing. This star deals with darker aspects. Arcturus has a reputation of achieving justice through power. Arcturus was seen as the protector of Spica or Ishtar be the ancient Arabs. It is associated with the stone jasper, and plantain.

When Venus is conjunct Arcturus it indicates popularity and gifts and favours from friends and some false friends of the same sex. {1} 

Arcturus rules two inches below the navel in the human body which is the Hara or will centre or 3rd chakra. It would be wise to hold your hand’s open in a yoni symbol around this area and meditate and breathe into and through your hara. 

Do you have planets in the Via Combusta?

As with all retrogrades do not buy things especially things related to Venus- all women’s or feminine things, makeup clothes, shoes, art, and avoid socializing.

This will be a very interesting Halloween as Venus will transition from Scorpio to Libra on that day. October 8 is a Libra NEW Moon @ 15 DEGREES right on the beginning of that Via Combusta.

Venus Rules the Taurus Full Moon and is conjunct the Sun on it too

The Scorpio New Moon is November 7 with Venus in Libra and Jupiter on the 29th degree of Scorpio – more on that later.

These lunations will be extremely powerful 3 in a row.  will write more about that later.

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[5] The Book of Instruction in the Elements of the Art of Astrology (p 317). [Al Birurii, circa 1029 a.d.] The Wessex Astrologer [https://www.skyscript.co.uk/gl/via_combusta.html]

{1} Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p. 66, 211, 235 


Sun Venus conjunction June 6 from CIA

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It’s mutable and it’s chaos!

Venus /Sun Star point triggers the mutable Cross, exact June 6th  10:30pm UT

There is nothing like a bit of chaos in our lives to get motivated to change and adjust and shift perspectives. I’ve used  “Edge of Chaos” often as a symbol to help us understand, the creative edge between the current reality and the one that is always being formed, that which we are always partaking in be it consciously, or unconsciously.

No doubt many of us are feeling the uncertainty and extremity of the culminating mutable cross. The mutable cross is the alignment of three major planets (now 5) that have been in this formation in and out of intensity since the end of last year. First Jupiter opposed Neptune in September 2015, begining the mutable face off, as the two boundary less planets opened our eyes into the abyss of the unknown where only faith and truth could survive.  Followed by the first Saturn- Neptune square in November,  and the first exact square on Jupiter and Saturn  in March 2016. It’s been a T-square in and out of the making and now this week Venus and the Sun join this mutable line up to form the most exact timing of this cross.  Saturn and Jupiter made their last exact square on May 26th and Saturn and Neptune make their next exact square on June 17th, and now Venus and the Sun come to the midpoint date of these two grand alignments on June 6th/7th at 16° Gemini.

When so much is happening at once, we need to tease out all the aspects one by one, and then synthesise them back together again to make sense of it all.

Firstly the mutable signs Gemini/Virgo/Sagittarius/Pisces are the signs of the zodiac aligned with the end of  the seasons in the tropical zodiac,  when summer moves to autumn and winter begins to show the signs of the coming spring. The mutable signs represent the time for harvest and sharing the bounty (Virgo), the ending of cycles (Pisces),  a time of great anticipation of what the future may hold(Sagittarius) and the collecting and gathering of information that will see us through the next changing phase (Gemini). The mutable signs together represent change, movement, flowing and shape shifting into the next phase of the story.  Anxiety rises, as fears of the unknown also arise within and more so if the story, purpose or goal, when looking into the future may not be clear.

The shadow side of the mutable signs is also felt and experienced strongly at these times, when  the mutable signs show they are unreliable, fickle, deceptive, cunning and nervous and can be seen greatly in the world right now(some may say this is nothing new) but the example is the deception and lies leading to the US elections, the hampering of the votes, the deception by the media and it is hard to decipher what is the real truth.

This is a big part of why we do astrology, we want to know more, increasingly not so much as a predictive tool, but one of purposeful co-creativeness. Not dissimilar from our ancient alchemist magicians where we partake in the planetary magic. How can we best navigate through the Cross?

First it’s good to remember that mutable energy is about being adaptable and versatile, that can help put us back on paths of necessary change, however subtle they may seem. In times like these we call upon the intuitive and the need to understand things from different philosophical perspectives, re- educating ourselves, learning more. If it feels you maybe stuck in your life, this is exactly what is being called for, a re-invention of your wheel. The mutable signs are also about sharing, giving, collecting and distributing information and ideas and cross pollinating with others is key to feeling supported at this time.


With the mutable line up we have the four signs strongly enforced by a planet or two within them:

Jupiter – North Node in Virgo – here we are asked to perfect, refine, our beliefs, live your truth, walk our talk. No BS, especially to yourself. It’s the big truth cleansing.

Saturn rx – Sagittarius – here we are tested to believe in our cause, work, project, life. A vision of how we are structuring what we need, sculpting our future is necessary.

Neptune South Node in Pisces – (stations rx in 7days) – here we need to open up to possibilities, believe in the dream, embrace the unknown, and most of all keep the faith. Also with Neptune in Pisces, we need to know that some things are beyond us, and square Saturn, beyond our control. Sometimes it is best to surrender, open up to love and grace and have faith in what will come. A test of Faith is Saturn square Neptune.


Come June 6th just after a new Moon on June 4th at 14° Gemini, all these major planets are joined by Venus and the Sun, which help greatly in this formation to help us make better sense of the matter. The Sun defines goals and purpose and Venus shows us what we love and attract into our lives and being. Venus and the Sun are the quick moving points  in this dynamic , like the wildcards that bring a certain opportunity for a certain moment in time, here they help bring coherence and understanding to the chaos. Ask yourself what it is you want the most and use your heart to help answer any uncertainties. Venus represents  love, and attraction and in Gemini  she is curious, independent, sociable and curious and ready to learn more, re-awaken, and in this position, see the light. If you are sitting back expecting things to shift, change, move for you, it won’t happen without your input. You need to get yourself  out there, change what needs to be changed,  connect, communicate, share your story, ideas, tell your story, act it out, test the water so to speak. If you want something you need to create it, go for it, like a bee after honey, go and actively find what you want, say what you have to say.

The current Venus cycle began with the last retrograde in Leo in August 2015 after which Venus became the eager, on a mission morning star Venus. Now at this next culmination point 9.5 mths later, we are at the peak of her cycle. Here mid cycle, Venus is flying as if with wings behind the Sun toward the next exact Star Point at 16° Gemini.

Screen Shot 2016-05-29 at 2.52.24 pmFast moving, invisible, in the beams of the Sun, it’s as if Venus here is on her secret mission at this phase of her cycle. She has some personal things to attend to, things she needs to get off her chest. Often connected to Babylonian Goddess Inanna  as here she disappears from our view for 60 days or more and rises again as an evening star, and this part of her journey relates to the descent if Inanna into the underworld that started 7 months prior. Some astrologers see this part of her cycle as her re-birth, (others see the  birth of her cycle as  the retrograde conjunction with the Sun) as here she begins to rise from the underworld.

Either way in this position a transformation is taking place. Here we see Venus  at her fullness phase(even though we can’t see her) symbolic of being fully exposed to her true being, to no one else but the Gods. The Gods, the higher self, demand of her truth and authenticity, where no pretensions, masks, clothes, makeup, belts or jewellery can reinforce her on her mission, only her true, exposed, authentic self.  Yet it’s not an exposure for all to see or witness, in her fullness phase only to the Sun and to the Gods and her true self.

Connected to the Sun, Venus  here is also asked to redefine her goals and purpose, a confirmation of her loves, desires, wants and values all Venusian principles of being is also required. A focus on what she truly wants is needed. Getting to what is at the heart of the matter will answer the questions, what is at the heart needs to be well defined made sense of. When Venus and the Sun connect, they are seen to embrace or kiss, others see Venus here as consumed by the Sun, combust, weakened. I would prefer to see her here as seeking empowerment, away from others, her own personal challenge, a struggle for survival for some. In the ned this is the next phase of transformative growth as part of the Venus cycle, for when she come back down to Earth, things will not be the same, or looked at seen, perceived in the same light, from the same perspective again. Here she makes definitive choices and sees things, relationships and others as they truly are, as Venus also represents also those who mirror us to ourselves and that we attract around us. With Mars rx now back in Scorpio we have a strong connection to both planets being in a state of transformative growth and purification.

Venus is the conduit of the planets in the zodiac that connects all as does her ruling metal, Copper.  She is the co-creative goddess that connects all, unlike Mercury who connects through cognition, words and understanding, Venus connects through, love, harmony and natural beauty. The magic of the Venus cycle reflects the magic in the world, that which is always in flux, growing, evolving,  and part of our co-creative output. If we tap into it, we begin to see it all around,  connect and take part, and know we are co-creating it all as we go. All planets are magicians to us and in their own archetypal ways. Mercury as ruler of our minds and thoughts and creator or our cognitive reality. Mercury at this time in the Venus ruled sign of Taurus, heightens this connection, the Bull that goes form what it wants. Venus opposite Saturn at this time reflects to us, what and why we work, and what we work towards, who or what makes our lives too hard, or too controlled and how we value these connections, how we value what we are paid for. It’s not all love, roses and champagne and Venus /Saturn connections can be pretty heavy as they show us the pain, the hurt and the hardship of the living reality, the debt, the mortgage the bills and the injustice. Yet what we must do, is take back control. Take back control or be controlled.  Also squaring the great openness of Neptune and Jupiter at this time, we are challenged to think big, to think beyond self imposed boundaries, can’t do’s and should do’s  and begin to shape them into the reality that we are in the end, in control of.!!!

Venus and the Sun here at 16° Gemini, are also square the Nodal axis. With the Sun square the nodes we know we are  at the midpoint between eclipses, the last being in March the next in September, it is a cosmic turnaround point. Together with Venus we can see the edge we are truly on, between the past and the future. The Pisces past, don’t forget those dreams, and the Virgoan future, pay attention, focus and serve to make it happen. This polarity reminds us of giving and sharing and believing in the creation of better things. 16° Gemini, is  a point of great awareness in the, a zodiac as one of Venus’ current star points, the point where Venus made her 2 last Transits across the face of the Sun in 2004 and 2012,( for more click here) , and inbetween the Earth and Sun and is also square to the point of 16° Virgo, where the Pluto and Uranus conjunction occurred in 1965,  with the first exact square taking place in 2012. Venus ties together the changing times in this  Age of Awareness. We are at the creative edge of Chaos, which the magical cycle of Venus reflects. (Click for details of the Venus Cycle)

Where is the mutable chaos in your chart? Look between the degrees of 10-18° of mutable signs or narrow it down for more effect to see what maybe aspected for you, and mostly where 16° Gemini is. We put it all together to make sure that this Cross challenge is a test for us to believe in ourselves(Jupiter), have faith, (Neptune), do the work (Saturn) and go for it!

With the Moon in Cancer during this exact alignment, fresh, strong, and newly birthed, it is a perfect and potent time to release your intentions. In this week prior, as the Moon wanes, reflect and refine your intentions, and release them with purpose and meaning at this potent alignment, as Venus visits the land of the Gods.

Venus reminds us to be the Bee, to be like a Bee and go for what we want, collect the golden honey. Imagine yourself as a Bee at a fractal point, when everything is about to burst into change and shift, where the past and the future come together and know yourself as the creator at this transition point.
A message also comes with the Bee and that is one of sharing, collecting, distributing what we do for the good of the collective!
Let us all go forth on our missions to help create a new and far better reality for the many of us to live in!

You, We are the Bees at that fractal edge of Chaos!

Look upon the Mutable Cross from the heart’s perspective. Focusing on the “heart of the matter” it is from there we will find most clarity. 


Thor’s day, concrete dreams Astrology

I woke up early today. It is Thursday, Norse God Thor’s Day. I was born on a Thor’s day. Thor is the Lightning and Thunder wielding God, whose name comes from Old Saxon, Donar.  Thor is known for strength, oak trees, rain, protecting humans, healing and fertility. In Norse mythology he is a ginger god with red hair and a long red beard, and extremely strong, Thor has a Golden Hammer Mjollnir and other magical implements. Of course Thor has gotten a popular resurgence since Stan Lee brought him back in Marvel comics in 1962 and the recent spate of films. Joseph Campbell in The Power of Myth, wrote that the Gods are always archetypes in the culture morphing into new forms. 

Thor's Battle Against the Jötnar (1872) by Mårten Eskil Winge

Thor’s Battle Against the Jotnar (1872) by Marten Eskil Winge  

Thor is also Greek God Zeus. Jove and the planet Jupiter. 

Jupiter rules Sagittarius and Pisces

and the Moon just entered Pisces today.

The Moon makes a “scratch the nails on the chalkboard” inconjunct with Mars in Libra

being diplomatic today may be difficult no matter how compassionate and understanding you are. 

Pisces Moon squares Saturn and conjuncts Neptune in the evening

An emotional preview of next weeks Nov. 26 Thanksgiving exact cling clang between the god of reality and the God of imagination. 

Saturn is the karmic duty, and commands you like an army sergeant to do the hard work, roll up your sleeves and do it until you are finished. 

Neptune is the imaginative realm of the Gods, the Muses, the unlimited Source of all. It must be imagined before it can be created. God imagined the Universe, then said the word. Then here we are.. 

I woke up this morning remembering something a woman writer I greatly respect commanded me to do.  She is a wise elder, an extremely creative woman, with immense capacities as a writer, astrologer, and shaman. She is really one of the strongest and most powerful women I have ever met. I am very grateful for the opportunity to have made her acquaintance. 

If someone you respect as a mentor  has told you you need to bring your gifts forth then meditate on these aspects today. Design a plan to implement it.  Ask Thor to help you.

Mercury enters Sagittarius  Nov. 20 with the Sun entering the 9th sign on the 22nd. We are getting more fired up.

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