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The Mutable Grand Cross 2016

The Mutable Grand Cross 2016

In the image of the astroboard above, you can get a general sense of what a Grand Cross looks like. Each individual planet is squaring two planets and opposing another. The astrologer Carol Ferris once described the energy of a Grand Cross to be akin to sitting at the breakfast table with four distinct personalities telling you four distinctly different directions to take your attention to.

Transit Dates & Locations

Here, we will be experiencing a pretty tight and extremely dynamic Mutable Grand Cross.

June 3rd-6th, 2016  // 

                      Venus in Gemini 12-15 degrees

                      Jupiter in Virgo 14 degrees

                      Saturn in Sagittarius 13 degrees

                      Neptune in Pisces 12 degrees

If you have planets near any of these degrees, hold onto your hats. Actually, let them blow away to the wind – this is in fact, what this whole transit is about.

A Mutable Grand Cross

A Grand Cross can occur in each modality, but was does a MUTABLE Grand Cross signify? I always try to explain modalities in terms of superpowers as our languaging can often give preference to energies dominant within our culture. Each is an important, necessary part of a much larger functioning whole and each possesses a very powerful purpose. The mutable signs’ super power is ADAPTABILITY. Although each one of these signs adapts in very differentiated ways, they have a common thread of openness, assessment and fluidity.

This energy of changeability and fluidity can help us to stay light under the pressure of so many squaring aspects.This is probably not a great time to make conclusions or holding ideas and feelings too tightly. It is however, a time that is literally crafted by the stars, for LEARNING.

What happens when your four distinct breakfast guests offer four distinct ways of learning? Well, I think it would be wise to remember we are creatures with multiple intelligences and learning styles. Also, keep in mind that all four of these mutables can often struggle (in very different ways) with the ability to truly LISTEN.


A Brief Synopsis

Gemini thinks it knows because it is intelligent. Yet, intelligence and self-awareness are different abilities. This is something that often gets planets in Gemini into trouble. Can Gemini really listen to what others are saying about their behavior, or will it continue to think it is the best judge of itself? Virgo can problem solve and analyze like nobody’s business but can it really listen to the space between determining and what is not meant to be determined? Sagittarius can see the big picture and learn from experience, but can it really listen to those who have opposing beliefs and experiencing different results? Finally, Pisces is so sure about the way it contextualizes the human experiences but can it validate other contexts by listening and not just resting on the protected feeling of knowing?

Here we have:

Jupiter in Virgo — Expanding the analysis of narrative

Venus  in Gemini — Articulating relational cues

Saturn in Sagittarius — Restructuring belief systems

Neptune in Pisces — Experiencing the boundless nature the unconscious

Now if we replace those “vs.” with “listens to” we will all successfully come out of this Mutable Grand Cross intact. If we listen real hard we are going to learn a whole hell of a lot!
Listen and shine on, cosmic ones! Listen to others’ stories, thoughts, experiences, and feelings. And as always – keep working your chart.

Jupiter square Saturn

Transit dates & locations

These two giants square off in mutable signs for the final time of their closing square on May 26th, 2016. As I write this, naturally, we are reflecting on the first two transits and getting ready to integrate the third. This particular transit has had three direct hits:

dates & locations:

                 2015, August 3 // 28 degrees Leo/Scorpio

                 2016, March 23 //  16 degrees Virgo/ Sagittarius

                 2016, May 26  // 13 degrees Virgo / Sagittarius

All three of these direct hits make up the closing or waning square of their 20 year (19.859 to be exact) Jupiter-Saturn synodic cycle. This particular cycle, which began in May of 2000 will complete the totality of its journey when it closes to an end in December of 2020.

It may be helpful if this transit is having a great impact on your personal planets to look at the dates of the opening square as well as the opposition. But for brevity sake – these are the details we need to know for now as well as some broad strokes. Very Virgo-Sagittarius indeed.


Jupiter in Virgo -The self-known seeker

What are we serving? Does that which we serve hold dominion over us too tightly? What are we seeking? Is our appetite for The Search contributing to or negating our aligned health? What do we really know about ourselves, what do we really want to know about ourselves? Jupiter wants to ask ALL THE QUESTIONS and Virgo wants to sift out the worth and utility of ALL THE RESPONSES. Welcome to the nature of the Virgo-Sagittarius square.

“A servant does not ask questions” Jaqen instructs Arya in the most recent Game of Thrones episode. Unless, of course, that servant is under the influence of the Many Faceted Expansive Philosopher God. This is what I have been seeing of this placement. Where we are humble and seeking to know ourselves in all our parts, those are the areas where we are feeling our personal containment broaden. We are multifaceted and we are voyaging to the edges our ourselves through the questions we are asking. Perhaps, we are even receiving small gifts of recognition. Recognition for service is never the goal, but when service is methodically done in the hearts of the devout, a time for receiving does come. That gift can simply be the saturated feeling of graciousness and fulfillment, which in itself is enough. If however, we are in service to our own doubts or inner critics, if we are serving anything that does not align with our highest ideal of ourselves, those too will expand and find their place in our psyche. For most of us, it’s a little of both.

The practice of astrology: The healing power of our personal narratives is a Jupiter in Virgo practice. We are the stories we tell ourselves. We are servants to the stories of our ideals. The narrative of our existence can uplift us or rip us apart and this is the season to discern which is which. No wonder Jupiter is in its detriment here – it’s sticky business putting oneself under the microscope of analysis and it requires a highly developed awareness of self. It’s an inwardly focused energy, which is very different than the outward pleasure-seeking vibration where Jupiter feels at home. Yet, Virgo enhances the quality of that which is being sought: namely, our mature selves. Our personal narratives hold the key. Our stories can over-inflate our sense of self-importance. Our stories can keep us small and disempowered. Look at your chart. In which house does the Virgin Goddess hold her dominion? Practice being big in your modest self in this area of your life/in these particular narratives.

It would look something like this: 1st house – what are the stories you tell yourself about yourself, 2nd house – about your ability to have stable income and the resources you need available, 3rd house – about the way you view the world, 4th house – about your home and what is happening in your town/city. I think you get the point.

The gift in our collective consciousness of now: This is easy: Lemonade. Beyonce, the Virgo Goddess incarnate herself, is revealing what is looks like when a self-known priestess goes through the healing process of what to keep and what to discard. It is a gift of the healing quality of story-telling. It expands the scope of the Virgo archetype — we are no longer seeing it in it’s polished, modest and smiling form – it is showing its teeth, its guts. The process of making lemonade from lemons is fucking powerful. Virgo is fucking powerful. Did we forget that? Assumptions about victimization and betrayal and forgiveness and redemption are challenged. Knowing all your parts, knowing all your crazy, knowing your true capacity for love makes you very big indeed. There is nothing small about going on a healing journey through the analysis of your narratives surrounding expectation and loss. Healing from the mud and stones and waters of the earth is a form of divinity. It is untouchable. Devotion isn’t blindly given, it discerns what to dismantle using all tools available – thoughts, emotions, ancestors, beliefs. Jupiter is unfolding a vastness of our perception of Virgo. Yes, she is beautiful. Sure, she is humble and productive and shows up to the task. But also – she slays. We are actually seeing the Virgo archetype shift and expand in real time before our eyes – carrying us into the next 12 years. Thanks, Bey!


Saturn in Sagittarius – Consolidating Experiences

We have shot our arrows: some near, some far, some straight into the face of unwavering darkness. Some have flown acres above our sights, never coming close to their target, others have pierced the bullseye of our desires with great precision. Yet, still, there are arrows in our quiver wondering and waiting for their purpose, aching for a destination and starving for direction. It is probably not the time for their flight.  It is, however, the season to assess the arrows we’ve already flung into the far corners of our lives and pursuits. It is the time, to be honest about which experiences are worth picking up and carrying with us on the long journey ahead. We are consolidating our experiences.

The healing power of storytelling is seemingly at odds with, but in fact, working in tandem with the current limitations we are facing in our lives. Here’s the magic of working with Saturn in your practice: LET LIMITATION IN. Sure, push against it, stomp your feet and curse under your breath like a petulant teenager. But ultimately, accept that wherever you are limited you are being crystallized. According to astrologer Harriet Witt, there are two ways of “coming to matter,” and both require Saturn’s capacity for concentration:

(1)we concentrate on what we’re doing until we achieve concrete results;

(2) we concentrate on our life experiences until we crystallize them into gems of wisdom.

This second way of “coming to matter” eloquently describes the highest potential of Saturn’s stay in Sagittarius and definitely a highlight of this square. On the surface he is seemingly crushing all the fun – we want to go out into the world and frolic and explore and pay no mind. He will not have it. Under Saturn’s soft belly, however, we are drawing the fixation of our outward gaze from the exciting and unknown future to the now of what we have already experienced and acquired. There is wisdom there. For sure. Gems of wisdom! We need to really slow down and sit with it and an unusually long retrograding Mars is helping (high five Mars). The reveal of such a transit is giving us an opportunity to crystalize our experiences without discarding them before they have had a chance to form, or even worse, to sacrifice them for an exciting and new horizon. Where we have overextended ourselves we must now consolidate.

The practice of astrology: Look at your chart. In which house does the Pleasure Seeking Centaur hold dominion? You may have many hopes and visions here. They are being held and contained until they are refined enough to be prepared for flight. What would it look like to perform the magical saturnine act of LETTING LIMITATION IN here? What would it look like to scan through the experiences and journeys already completed in this area of your chart and distill them into one precious jewel of understanding. You have until December of 2017 to try.

The lesson in our collective consciousness of now:  Seeing the lens of our own privilege. Since Saturn’s ingress into Sagittarius I have seen a willingness for people to acknowledge, accept, confront and speak of privilege or lack of like never before. We live under the spell of productivity. Saturn = work / Sagittarius = opportunity. The (very American) myth that if you work hard and focus you will succeed no matter what opportunities you have been given is coming to terms. This very damaging notion makes assumptions that the playing field is even and that success comes from playing the game right. What hubris! “What privilege to even be entitled to such a view,” says Saturn. Since we are consolidating our experiences  (experiencing being the realm of Sagittarius) it’s time for us to consider what gave us all the fortunate opportunities of growth and expansion we’ve had thus far. I’ll give you a clue … if your race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, or I.Q. have not severely impacted your available opportunities – you are privileged. If you have never lived in poverty, in war, in addiction, you are privileged. If you have a safe environment and are surrounded with love, you are privileged. What you have achieved is not solely based on your hard-working efforts. It is imbued with your privilege. This is a time to check any righteousness and we will see this continually play out on the world stage for another year and a half. So what do you do with your privilege? You admit your good fortune and take only what you need. A shadowed Sagittarius can be The Exploitive Imperialist. In the words of Ice Cube, Saturn is telling us to “check yo self before you wreck yo self.”  It’s the season to not only assess experiences but also to push out the limitations on any whose experiences and freedoms are limited by oppression. It’s the time to raise EVERYONE up and cheer on those who are reclaiming their voice, power and freedom for themselves.


SUSPENSION – Jupiter Square Saturn

Here we have two mutable, changing and fluid signs – one in the element of earth the other in fire.

We have two planets with opposing forces, once of expansion and the other constriction.

As Jupiter is trying to lift the mutable ground Saturn is applying gravitational force on ascension. We are in suspension. Like the nature all of squares themselves, being in suspension, is highly unstable. Dane Rudhyar called the closing square a crisis in consciousness. The themes of analysis and judgment echo this type of conscious crisis. We are analyzing our judgments and judging our analysis.

Yet, a closing square in any synodic cycle bears a flavor a suspension for a reason: it’s the loosely held breath between the manifestation & re-integration quarters. We are moving from harvesting to cultivating and for the first time in the cycle being pulling inward to initiate change not through external stimulus but rather inward reflection. At the third hit of this closing square we are integrating the reflected question.

There is a contradiction of healing false stories (I’m small) but also acknowledging truths we have not fully accepted (I’m fortunate). In astrology we often find the “both-and” philosophy applicable. In this case it’s the use of ‘both’ that cuts to the heart of the matter. We are at once healing our stories that keep us small and expanding the stories that uncover the truth about what freedom actually is. Analysis & Judgement.We are in the grips of analysis and under the scrutiny of our own judgements.

So, show up to class, pull up a seat and focus your microscope. There is a jovial yet masterfully cool teacher guiding the class.

Reflect and shine on, cosmic ones! Reflect on your stories, your experiences, your stories about your experiences. And as always – keep working your chart.


Fertility Tea Recipe

 Fertility Tea Recipe


The moon’s ingress into bountiful, voluptuous, abundant Taurus inspired me to share this simple and effective fertility tea recipe. In fact, these images were taken in February of 2014 when I made an intention filled batch. It has taken so long for me to share this post since, said batch worked so throughly — resulting in a forceful pregnancy and a year plus of wrangling a very vigorous baby boy. So my cautionary statement is that drinking this tea may result in huge life changes, and thwarted projects (such as a blog .. ahem ) so approach with a fierce desire for such.

However, baby-making is NOT the only reason to take steps toward ensuring your uterus is toned and nourished.  As Don Elijio Panti suggests, “If a woman’s uterus is out of balance, so is she.” If you are a person who bleeds, making a uterine tonic is restorative to create and drink. I believe that making our own medicines is one of the best ways to engage and embrace the cyclic processes and needs our own bodies.

There are many many different incredible herbs that works in conjunction with making one’s uterus happy. As always, I think it’s important for us to all individually note which plants we are drawn to, paying honor to our own higher intelligence. This just happens to be my simple recipe:


1 part Red Raspberry Leaf

1 part Nettles

1 part Red Clover

a sprinkle of rose buds

*optional infusion of Moonstone


A word about measurement in parts – When working with herbs it is much more effective to measure by weight rather than volume. You will notice that red raspberry leaf is so fluffy and lightweight that it may take twice the amount in volume to match the mass of nettles, which are more dense.

Fertility Tea Recipe

Red Raspberry Leaf

It has been used interchangeably with blackberry by the ancient Greeks, Chinese, Ayurvedics and American Indians as a treatment for wounds. In fact, it’s astringent nature helps to control excessive menstrual bleeding. Its well deserved reputation as a uterine tonic is due to it’s high content of fragrine. This alkaloid is known to strengthen the entire pelvic area, including the ovaries. Pregnant women can drink it liberally throughout their pregnancy as it tones the uterus in preparation for childbirth. Safe for breastfeeding Mama’s as well.


Red Clover

Red clover’s is rich in phytosterol and has been used for centuries to nourish hormones. It contains ten times more phytoestrogens than soy. Due to it’s hormonal constituents, red clover is unsurpassed as a fertility herb. Red clover helps to regulate the menstrual cycle, but due to it’s blood thinning effect, it may be best to avoid if you are prone to heavy bleeding.



Nettles. nourish. everything. But, seriously, they are abundant in Vitamin K and perfect for this blend.


Rosebuds & Moonstone

I added rosebuds to magnetically draw budding energy into this tea. I set the lid on top of the mason jar, upside down, holding a handful of tiny delicate moonstones. If you are trying to conceive, wearing moonstone as well as sleeping in the moonlight will harness the wild cyclic feminine intelligence.


Fertility Tea RecipeFertility Tea Recipe

Like most medicinal teas, it is best to use one cup of herbs to a quart or water, ensuring a strong infusion. Use your imagination to create your own fertility blends from some other likely allies including: lady’s mantle, chaste tea berries, don quai and cinnamon.

Sip often. Open your heart, create space in your life for what it calling itself to you. You are fertile to receive it.




**always remember I’m a witch and not a doctor, make life decisions accordingly:)


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