Mercury Retrograde: June 8 – July 1, 2014

period begins May 22 thru Jun 7
Retrograde begins at 4:57 am on June 8 (3° and 07′ Cancer)
Moves into ruling sign of Gemini on Jun 17
Turns direct at 5:50 am on July 1 (24° of and 22′ Gemini)
Completes post-shadow period from July 1 to July 15

Take special note of this Mercury retrograde because it closely aligns with the October Eclipses. As it begins its retrogration at 2 degrees of Scorpio it will make it’s second pass over the Solar Eclipse point of O degrees Scorpio and then over the Lunar Eclipse point of 15 degrees Libra before turning direct again at 16 degrees of Libra and once again passing over the 0 degree Scorpio point for the third time, wow!

What does all this mean exactly? To summarize, it will be an opportune time to look at our relationship to self and others as well as embracing opportunities of transformation so we can initiate and live healthy and authentic lives.

In general, Mercury is the planet that astrologically represents travel, communication and our thought processes. Known as the Messenger of the Gods, Mercury’s role is to speedily deliver clear and precise information. Retrograding 3-4 times a year, when the planetary trickster strikes, many of our daily activities go haywire.

Mercury also rules electronics and is often blamed for all types of technical mishaps with cell phones, electric devices and computers, warranting an important time to backup your computer files. In general terms, machines of all kinds tend to act strangely and take on a Murphy’s Law theme.

Remain flexible and prepare for delays and miscommunications of all kinds.It is best to avoid signing any contractual agreements as matters begun during Mercury retrograde periods tend to take unexpected twists and turns in the future. During Mercury retrograde periods we often find ourselves revisiting past projects or situations that once again need our attention. It is also a time period, however, when we often hear from or feel compelled to reach out to old friends or lovers whom we haven’t spoken to in some time.

Although Mercury retrograde periods may seem frustrating at times, they provide opportunities to review or finish up old projects, contact old friends or clean out the closet and garage. It’s an opportune time for introspection and deep thought.

This Mercury Retrograde along with the powerful October Eclipses are emphasizing new beginnings with a focus on personal transformation and authentic relationship to self and others.

Past 2014 Mercury Retrograde Dates

Feb 6 – Feb 28

Pre-shadow period begins Jan 22 thru Feb 6, 2014
Retrograde begins at 6:53 pm on Feb 6 (3 degrees and 19 minutes of Pisces)
Turns direct at 6:01 am on Feb 28 (18 degrees of and 9 minutes of Aquarius)
Completes post-shadow period from Feb 28 to March 20

Oct 5-25
Pre-shadow period begins Sept 13 thru Oct 4, 2014
Retrograde begins at 10:02 am on Oct 5 (2 degrees and 15 mins of Scorpio)
Turns direcct at 12:15 pm on Oct 24 (16 degrees of and 51 minutes of Libra)
Completes post-shadow period from Oct 25 to Nov 10


Copyright 2014 by Linda Kaye

Gemini New Moon

Gemini New Moon
07 degrees and 21 minutes
Wednesday, May 28th at 11:29 a.m. PT

This month’s New Moon is in Gemini, the versatile sign of duality. A New Moon occurs in the first phase of the 28-day lunation cycle. During this phase, New Moons are often called Dark Moons because they are not visible to the naked eye. The darkness of a New Moon represents a symbolic time to plant seeds of intention for new beginnings in your life. Take time today and ceremonially set intentions for future growth that can sprout when the Sun’s light is once again reflected in the lunation cycle.

With this New Moon’s focus on youthful, flexible and communicative Gemini, it is important to pay attention to your thoughts and how you are expressing yourself. Wayne Dyer’s quote, “change the way you look at things and watch the things around you change” is especially poignant.

Mercury, the ruling planet of Gemini is at the critical 29 degree point during this lunation. As you may recall, a planet at 29 degrees emphasizes the ending of a cycle.As the Moon also represents cycles, this New Moon will be a great time to initiate endings and explore new prospects. Mercury is swift and sometimes instantaneous so intend with youthful Gemini folly and be prepared for quick results.

The Cardinal Cross Climax

The Cardinal Cross Climax
April 21-24

What’s Katniss Eberdine and Jake Sulley Got to do With it?

Many are asking me questions about the Astrological planetary Cardinal Cross Climax. What is it and what does it mean? Cardinal Crosses occur when the outer planets move into Cardinal signs and have reached aspects that are traditionally representative of great movement and change on a global scale. These planetary aspects shake things up politically and economically, thereby affecting each of us personally.

Whether you are familiar with the term “Cardinal Climax or not, you are likely feeling it, and know intuitively that change is occurring on many deep levels. Our beautiful mother, Gaia is going through a massive metamorphosis during our lifetime, reflecting unprecedented earth changes and events. For many, there is a sense of doom and loss of hope. Simultaneously, for many others, there is anticipated enthusiasm for regeneration and renewal. Researchers and present day spiritual leaders are persistently presenting us with ancient and modern day evidence that implies we are undergoing a “great human awakening”.

Before we delve more deeply into the meaning of the “Cardinal Cross a couple of definitions may be helpful. Let’s begin with an understanding of Cardinal signs. Ancient Astrologers considered the Cardinal signs to be the movable signs associated with the changing of the seasons when the Sun made its journey into Aries (Spring Equinox), Cancer (Summer Solstice), Libra (Fall Equinox) and Capricorn (Winter Solstice). A planetary Cardinal Cross occurs in the heavens when the slower moving planets occupy the different Cardinal signs.

The Cardinal Cross aspect was activated on March 2, 2014 when Mars moved into Libra and began making a challenging aspect to Uranus in Aires, Pluto in Capricorn and Jupiter in Cancer. This Cardinal conflict of cosmic energy is expected to be very intense for not just a few, but all of humanity.This intensity does not mean doom or gloom, but is an indicator of the imperative changes needing to occur on a collective level. That said, you may have surmised by now that this Cardinal celestial signature will have a more direct and personal affect on those with Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn planets in their horoscopes.Cardinal people can be dynamic leaders with a strong sense of purpose or destiny and are not afraid to try new things. There are many wonderful gifts that our Cardinal sisters and brothers offer us and this will be the time to take notice.

Taking notice is something you will not be able to avoid, as it is likely you will continue to witness battles of will during this period. We are also witnessing intense changes on an economic level globally; in fact, the last time there was a similar Cardinal Cross aspect was during the U.S.Great Depression of 1929-33. When any system collapses, it can provide an opportunity for those affected to bring about justice and a sense of order and balance out of chaos.

It is up to each of us during these unprecedented times to take responsibility to restore balance and harmony where we can. Many of you may have heard that sequels to the movie Avatar are in the making. Considered by critics to be a huge risk, Avatar instead broke numerous records as the highest grossing film ever produced. What is its appeal and why is it so wildly popular? Movies tend to reflect our current state of mass consciousness and the title “Avatar” itself is an obvious collective message. An avatar, according to Eastern spiritual teachings, is a teacher who comes to earth to restore dharma, to balance good versus evil. Similarly, the protagonists, Jake Sulley, and Katniss Everdeen of the Hunger Games, listened to their hearts and chose the pursuit of justice. Films like these are good examples of our current culture’s integration of the Cardinal Cross energy.

Justice can only be pursued by following our hearts and not our heads, and through honoring the ancient wisdom that all life forms sustain each other in one harmonious, unified energy field. This is an especially important time to focus on solutions, remain optimistic and continue to cultivate love and compassion for all sentient beings.

Change is an inside job, therefore…

“Be the change that you want to see in the world.”
Mohandas Gandhi

Copyright 2014 by Linda Kaye

Passionate, Action-Oriented Mars turns Retrograde

Passionate Action-Oriented Mars turns Retrograde
in the sign of Libra

March 2—May 18, 2014

It’s not your job to like me…it’s MINE! ~Byron Katie

2014 has kicked off the year in retrograde motion; it began with Venus retrograde in the sign of Capricorn and no sooner than Venus turned direct, Mercury went retrograde. Thankfully—as I’m sure most of you would agree—Mercury finally turned direct on February 28. Most of the planets retrograde several times a year, but Mars only turns retrograde approximately once every two years, and Venus once every 18 months. I am often asked, “What exactly does it mean when a planet is retrograde?” Retrograding planets appear to move backwards from our point on Earth, as they orbit around the Sun. However, they don’t really move backward, but rather move at an apparent backward speed from our Earth-centered perspective at certain times of the year.

Mars is the planet of passionate, outward action and manifestation. Therefore, from an Astrological perspective, retrograde Mars will promote a period of introspection. Mars is traveling alongside the North Node of the Moon in the sign of Libra which is associated with hearing and listening and is considered to be the relationship sign of the zodiac. This Mars retrograde period will be an important time to evaluate our relationships, including the relationship we have to ourselves. If our inner dialogue does not speak of self-love and self-worth, then our outer relationships will suffer.

Many of our spiritual leaders advocate a practice of considered response versus impulsive reaction to situations and people in our lives and this Mars retrograde in Libra is the perfect time to seriously contemplate and implement this important philosophy. This period will provide an opportune time to examine our egotistic actions and make appropriate adjustments where necessary.

Key Phrases for Mars Retrograde:
Return to my center “core” self.
Examine my ego-based actions.
Learn to listen more closely to my inner vs. outer based desires.
Create considered response vs. impulsive action.
Seek to develop deeper levels of harmony in all my relationships.

Copyright 2014 by Linda Kaye

Setting Intentions Based on the Pisces New Moon

Setting Intentions Based on the Pisces New Moon
February 28, 2014 – 11:59 p.m. PT
10 degrees and 39 minutes of Pisces

The New Moon is a time of new beginnings and rebirth. It is an opportune time to set intentions for new life directions or the beginning of new projects. This is the best time of the month to plant positive thoughts in the subconscious mind with affirmations, auspicious chants, and visualizations.

Inspiration, hope, and support flourish during these next couple of days for those seeking spiritual, emotional, or mental liberation of any kind. This is likely to be a particularly enlightening New Moon because it occurs in the intuitive sign of Pisces and makes an auspicious aspect to wisdom-oriented Jupiter. Because the Sun, Moon, Chiron and Neptune are all traversing the sign of Pisces in the fourth house of the New Moon horoscope you can expect hidden areas of your psyche to become more active during these next few days and weeks.

As you may recall from my Chiron in Pisces article, Pisces is the watery zodiac sign that seeks to dissolve all separating desires in order to unite with divine. It is through the artistic and soulful expression of Piscean energies that we can each experience the true essence of the all-pervading consciousness that exists within everything. Because Pisces is the last sign of the zodiac it also represents culminations.

Under this important New Moon, it is beneficial to take the time out of your busy schedule to ask yourself a couple of essential questions:
1) What is separating me from my truest expression of my divine self?
2) What might I need to culminate in my life so I can align to my higher nature?

Once you’ve answered these questions, take time to create intentions that will lead you into a closer relationship with your highest goals. Lastly, Pisces is one of two healing constellations of the zodiac (Virgo is the other.) Healing is an important consideration when planets are highlighting one or both of these constellations. This New Moon in Pisces can help illuminate any healing work that might need to occur in order for you to connect to your heart’s truest desires. Pisces also represents the dreamtime. Therefore, pay close attention to your dreams to provide additional guidance over the next couple of days.

Copyright 2014 by Linda Kaye

Full Wolf Moon

Full Wolf Moon
Wed., Jan. 15th – 8:51 p.m. PT
26 degrees and 58 minutes of Cancer

The first Full Moon of the year is known as the Wolf Moon by the Native people because the wolf packs howled hungrily outside their snow laden villages. Our brothers and sisters of the stars are known by the Native peoples as the Great Star Nation, and wolves are represented by the Dog Star, Sirius, which many Astrologers and ancient cultures believe is the original home of our teachers from ancient times.Sirius was also known to be the home of the gods by the ancient Egyptians and is still considered so by the Dogon tribe in Africa.

The Moon is a power ally for the wolf as its senses are very keen. The Moon is also a symbol for psychic energy, and the unconscious that holds the secrets of all knowledge and wisdom.The Full Moon in January is an auspicious time to access this inner wisdom because it falls in the watery sign of the crab– Cancer.Cancer is the Astrological sign associated with our inner versus outer world.Therefore, this is a great time to set intentions for creating more balance between your inner and outer life.

When the Moon is in Cancer the Sun is in Capricorn. These two opposite signs are seeking balance between outer world responsibilities of social, political and career interest and inner world security of family, home and self. This first Full Moon of 2014 is joining auspicious Jupiter while making challenging aspects to Uranus and Mars. What does this mean? Go within, seek your personal truth, and then take action and make the necessary changes that bring you into full alignment with your core essence.

The Wolf Moon is a reminder to all of us to empower the sacred being within and to awaken to the great spiritual unfolding occurring at this time in our history.

“Who looks outside dreams; who looks inside awakes.” ~Carl Jung

Copyright 2014 by Linda Kaye

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