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Good Luck on Phone Shows Fortune & Lucky; Stuart Miles; freedigitalphotos.netHave you noticed? Astrology is peppered with unstable and unpredictable components meant to jar us out of ruts, comfort zones, and old patterns. Take the Vertex, for example. That’s vertex, not vortex.   Yet make no mistake; when the Vertex is activated in your chart it can feel like you’ve been sucked into a vortex. Let me explain.

The Vertex is neither good nor bad. It is a specific point in the cosmos, considered a point of destiny, at which the ecliptic (path of the Sun) and a plane that divides the celestial sphere (aka, prime vertical) intersect. (I know. Astrologers look at the craziest things, don’t they?) The Vertex forms an axis with its opposite point, the Anti-Vertex, directly across the astrology chart.

This axis marks another key point for your relationships. What adds the element of surprise to this particular activation is that it triggers things out of your control. It appears not to be triggered easily, however, taking eclipses or some other cosmic event to add the fire power. (Big sigh…whew!)

Yet the Vertex is like every other point in astrology; we all have one. It’s symbolized by Vx and generally found between the 4th and 8th Houses in your natal chart. Those houses alone indicate other people will be involved.

If you’ve studied astrology for awhile, you know Mercury tends to take on the characteristics of whatever planet it gets close to in aspect. Well, the Vertex also demonstrates that trait—on steroids. It not only reflects the aspects of the House in which it resides or transits but takes on the “personality” of planets in aspect. This is particularly true of conjunctions within a 5° orb.

The House position sets the stage. If it’s in the 5th House, someone may appear out of the blue as a new love interest. Yet this romance may not play out in expected ways. If it’s in the 8th House, you may experience the death of a family member or close friend that could involve unexpected actions and reactions around “other people’s money.” (Anyone who has settled out an estate can relate to that one, right?)

As an aside, the Vertex in the U.S. chart is in the 8th House. This country has experienced multiple events that triggered national bereavement and issues involving financial fallout. That’s 8th House stuff for sure.

Yet realize that the Vertex equally expresses in fortunate ways. It also activates what attracts us, what we desire, our obsessions. You might win the lottery or inherit mineral rights on the Bakkan Oil Reserve albeit after the blush is off the boom. You might get engaged, surprising everyone including you; or experience the unexpected birth of triplets rather than twins. Each leaves you wondering, “What now?” The underlying caution here is: be careful what you wish for.

When we add the energy of numbers to this equation, it gets even more interesting. This includes the degree number of the Vertex as well and other personal and collective numbers activated at the time. Here’s a recent example from my own life.

I am in a 9 Personal Year in this 9 Universal Year. That alone sets the theme of culminations and endings for this birth year. It is a transitional year for completion and starting to plan for my next 9-year cycle. The Lunar Eclipse last September occurred one day from my birthday. (That’s the Universe saying, “This one’s for YOU!”) Lunar eclipses often signify endings with the effects stretched out for at least 6 months. This one triggered my natal Vertex at the high relationship Number 20 in the 7th House of close relationships plus Progressed Vertex in the 8th House. Actually, my chart was on fire. Less than a month later, I got word my mother was not expected to live. The Moon often represent the mother.

Emotional turmoil ensued. I joined my sister for a bedside vigil. (Hey, I’m a Libran with a 6 Destiny Number.) After two weeks, I was forced home by weather, only to have Mom rally the very day I left. Go figure! She continued to show slow improvement over the next several months. Then in early February, everything shifted in the other direction. After a 10-day hospital stay, she transitioned on the 13th, within 5 minutes of my Lunar Return, another indicator of an ending. The number 13 in numerology indicates transformation through struggle, and for her it truly was. Plus, the 13 triggered one of her key personal numbers.

As we know, nothing in life truly ends. It just plays into the next. So we continue the process as our family adjusts on all levels to the loss of its matriarch.

And I stand on the edge of another Lunar Eclipse (March 23rd) that again triggers my chart. It is, after all, a 9 year.

Number 9 holds the energy of all the numbers before it so is a number of wisdom, keenly focused on compassion and humanitarianism. (More on this another time.) And yes, it also is the most emotional number, the highest in the Emotional Triad 3-6-9. Keeping my emotions in balance remains a challenge this birth year, and we all know how importance balance is to a Libran. Geez, Louise!

If you’ve followed my writing for awhile, you know I speak often of “growth opportunities.” The activation of the Vertex triggers one of these—big time. It marks a turning point in life. Even the most fortunate events present you with new questions or possibilities around how this will change your life. And that’s the bottom line and key word of a Vertex activation: CHANGE. The same is true of Number 9. Put the two together and you might as well embrace it, because it’s not going away. Your life is now on a new trajectory that will leave you forever changed. And that, my friend, can be a good thing. Really. Though you may only see the truth of that clearly several years down the road when you look back in awe.

And so it goes. Life with cosmic and numeric influences always in play in some form present ever new influences and happening to spur us forward. Some wash over us like a gentle breeze, giving us a nudge. Others pull us into a tornado, grasping for something to hang onto and wondering where we will land. Either way, it’s a heck of a ride, wouldn’t you agree?


Rayora Hartman


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Get Through Problem by jesadaphon; freedigitalphotos.netIf you’re among the ranks of those feeling the growing intensity over recent weeks, take heart. Help is on the way.

Jupiter just picked up Mighty Mouse’s theme song (in rich baritone, of course), “Here I come to save the day…!”

You see Jupiter and Pluto have been talking all month and have agreed to join forces now in Virgo to power up some long overdue transformation, both collectively and personally (if it aspects your chart). Astrologically this appears as a trine, an easy flow of energy between these two cosmic dynamos. Pluto removes everything that stands in the way of our growth and evolution.   Jupiter makes everything bigger, more expansive or pronounced. Together they broaden the possibilities for wide-range and long-lasting change.

But there’s a catch.

You see, trines tend to feel so comfortable that they can be overlooked. With this one, however, I think it will be pretty hard to miss. Yet it is up to you to apply it if you want to get the most out of it.

Pluto’s energy works at deep levels, in the realms of our deepest secrets, bringing all sorts of taboo subjects into the spotlight—particularly around anything having to do with sex (affairs and sexual scandals, sexual abuse and harassment, breast feeding, abortion, gender preference, sexual stereotypes, sex education, sex in advertising, sex shops, etc.). It also deals with money in regard to loans, joint finances, other people’s money, and money owed to you.  Plus it governs psychology, why we do what we do.

Jupiter, sometimes called the “lucky planet,” can bring great gain—or loss. You see, this energy expands whatever it touches, so a small gain turns into a windfall or little loss into a pitfall. Yet this is just one way Jupiter’s energy can play out. It can expand anything, from friendships to your waistline, from the size of your house to the manifestation of your dreams (or fears).

So what’s the key to using this highly beneficial Jupiter-Pluto trine? Aim high! It’s that simple, and that complicated. Before taking aim you must see your target clearly. In astrology you do that by identifying the Houses where this energy will impact your own personal chart. What areas of life do they cover? When you know this, set your sights on an issue or achievement that falls within those topics.

Be patient here; Plutonian change comes over time. This is the first of a series of three Jupiter-Pluto trines in a larger 12-year Jupiter cycle so look at this as another initiation phase. What starts under this energy (which lasts virtually all this month) will be revisited around March 16, 2016 then given the opportunity for completion around June 26, 2016.

That said, realize that Uranus is getting in on the action again this week. The Libra New Moon on October 12th here in the U.S. (the 13th in other parts of the globe), contains lots of Uranian energy. The Moon joins shocking and rebellious Uranus in power sign Aries as Uranus stands in opposition to the illuminating Sun in Libra (relationships, money, justice). Since the Moon often acts as a trigger and New Moons signal new beginnings, be ready for some surprises on any level from this. Just sayin’…

Plus this New Moon occurs at 19° Libra, which in numerology reduced as 19/10/1. If you’ve been with me awhile you know that 10/1 can bring instant manifestations. Also 19 by itself signals endings (9) that support a beginning (1).

This week also signals the start of a final retightening of the old Pluto-Uranus Square we waved a somber or perhaps gleeful goodbye to last Spring. While it will not reach exactitude, it will continue to tighten to within 1° in December of this year. Squares in astrology bring tension requiring action for resolution. This brings a revisitation of anything brought to light over the past 7 years, offering an opportunity to elevate the levels of change around these old subjects…and perhaps a few new ones. (That should make this U.S. election season fun, right?)

The planets and luminaries as a whole are really cozying up in the signs of Virgo and Libra this month. Both Mars and Venus will blend their energies with Jupiter in the Jupiter-Pluto trine. Mars charges ahead on the 17th, adding power to act on ideas. Our will or the will of the collective gains a new or renewed drive; a can-do attitude. This combination also brings urgency with a focus on faith (Jupiter) with action. The key here it to stay focused and not overly grandiose.

Venus, on the 25th, shifts any wayward focus back to love, fairness, equality, and money. During the Venus retrograde and shadow period that ended October 8th, we were strongly urged to up level our relationships. (Venus rules Libra, you know.) It’s also a time to get real around the way money affects you and/or adds or subtracts value to or from your life. Are you living in a fantasy world, refusing to see or deal with your current reality? How does that affect your relationships? What steps can you take now and across the next several months to realign those issues?

Oh, and we mustn’t forget Mercury in all of this. This planet that governs communication backed all the way through the sign of Libra before going direct on October 9th and remains in a strong shadow period until the 24th. For many this created some funny, frustrating, or totally mind-blowing occurrences when coupled with the eclipse energy of September.

Imagine being the editor of The Bismark Tribune, for example, where two blatant errors slipped through within a couple days of each other. The first, in a cutline under a picture read in part, “…all of Duluth, keep an eye out for fucks during a hunt…” The second may have escaped the eye of all but the spelling czars if it hadn’t been in the main front page headline: Probe looks at DOT work enviornment. I’ve worked as a newspaper editor and can fully empathize with seeing things like that make it into print. Humble pie, anyone? An apology from the paper did appear shortly thereafter.

This acts as a good reminder that we may not like what we see, “Be we can control our response…” (Wink!) This one came from a newsletter. Truly, I saw more of these than ever.

Well Mercury, slowly gaining speed, at 1°Libra sextiled (positive energy) Saturn at 1°Sagittarius on the 11th. See all those ones? This aspect urged patience while enabling you to know who to talk too and what to say. Sounds like a good way to start things to me.

Then on the 22-24, Mercury squares Pluto at 13°, that number of transformation through struggle. You may find yourself struggling with how to say something you must reveal, but really don’t want to. Or you may discover someone has revealed your deepest secret to the worst possible person. How will you respond to bring positive transformation in the face of criticism or humiliation? Be creative (3) and see all sides (Libra).

Be aware that Lilith, traveling along with the Sun, is likely to bring more than a little disturbance along the way this month. This may appear as disruptions that involve core survival instincts and issues. If this happens remember that this Libran energy will encourage you to return to balance as soon as possible. It is from this stance you find the mental, emotional, and physical stability (Virgo) to act from the point of your truth and purpose. And that, above all else, is what we are called to do these days.

Incidentally, if you’d like me to check the Houses where this Jupiter-Pluto trine activates your chart, drop me a note through my website below. Consider it my surprise free gift to you (for this month only). See? Jupiter is gifting you already!


Rayora Hartman


(Photo credit: “Get Through Problem” by jesadaphon;

Kamiah Fires, August 2015, The Clearwater ProgressI live in the Pacific Northwest, smack-dab in the middle of one of the hottest fire zones in the U.S. at this point. And yes, we’re on fire here—big time.

So once I cooled my singed feet in our place of temporary relocation, I donned my detective hat and started pouring over the charts. (Of course…what else? You expected a magnifying glass or something?) Here’s part of what I saw and how it’s evolved from there.

Fire season ignited here in earnest August 10th when an astoundingly intense band of thunder storms swept across a wide swath of the Northwest already in severe drought. Instruments used to record lightning strikes exploded, recording thousands of strikes in record time and numbers. Numerically, number 10 is a number of instant manifestations.   Across the next few days those fires combined, creating massive blazes, with our area “ground zero” for one of the largest and most destructive.

On August 14th another rainless storm system tore through, carrying winds that fanned the flames, leaving at least 50 families around the perimeter of our little burg without homes, the loss of 75 outbuildings, and another 150 with homes uninhabitable due to smoke damage. The fire tore off is opposing directions from there, threatening one town after the other in rural north-central Idaho. (No, not Iowa, IDAHO.) The number 14 tends to draw media attention, and yes, this made statewide news and beyond.

As of this writing, the entire Pacific Northwest is still ablaze with little or no significant relief (aka, rain) in sight before Labor Day at the earliest.

So how does astrology fit into all this? Amazingly accurately, of course.

On the 10th, the Sun was at one of its strongest points, in the middle of its home sign of Leo at 17°. Leo is a Fire Sign ruled by the fieriest planet (astrologically speaking) in the solar system. Mars, an intensely wild fire planet, entered Leo that day at 1°, an “Aries point” that sparks wide recognition. And number 1 starts things. The number 17 often signals leaving a legacy behind, something long remembered. This intensity expanded with velocity with the help of Jupiter also in Leo at Critical Degree (trigger for intense happenings) 29. Jupiter expands everything it touches and the number 29 reduces to 11, a Master Number that signals it’s time to step into the unknown.  On a personal level, Venus, retrograding in Leo at 25°, brought all involved to a point of decision as to what they truly valued. The number 25 reduces to 7, the highest number of mental thought and both mental and spiritual insights. It often brings those lightning-strike moments of sudden awareness.

Mercury rules Virgo and lay atin its home sign. This intensified the need for ideas and communication and ignited reporting of all the changes occurring around the ongoing events. Virgo is an Earth Sign, bringing this fiery energy ignited in Leo literally to Earth as the fires both destroyed and purified the Earth’s surface. The number 5 is the number of change and adventure, two things in abundance (Jupiter) at that point and beyond.

Also in Virgo, Lilith, an asteroid noted for carrying disruptive energy, stood (or lay) at 11°, a number which can carry disruption all by itself. And Juno, an asteroid which brings strong commitment, also transited Virgo at 15°. This number reduces to 6, a number of love and caretaking.

The 14th, when the fires blew out of control in size and strength, brought a New Moon (when Sun and Moon energy join at the same degree) in Leo at 21°. The number 21 reduces to 3, which in its lower expression brings scattered energy. Yet in its highest expression, 21 brings teachable moments. It also brings out the teacher in all of us as we become teachers and students of one another.

New Moons mark new beginnings, and sometimes the beginning of the end. The Moon’s energy generally is not as intense at this time as at a Full Moon, yet it does rule emotions. And as a cosmic “planet” it rules Cancer, the sign of home, family, and real estate.   The number 3 also spurs action and creativity. Need an example? One local pair of brothers spotted an evacuated house whose porch was on fire. To save the house, they cut off the porch. A bit later, they saw another evacuated house with the door ignited. To save the house, they cut out the door.

This New Moon energy brought more tension that usual though a square with Uranus (unexpected happenings) in Aries (initiation), a fire sign ruled by Mars, the planet of change and unbridled power. Squares create tension that finds resolution through action. I’d call firefighting pretty intense action, wouldn’t you? With Uranus at 20°, the highest relationship number, all forms of relationships were tested. Could departments work together for the good of all? Where was the support and where was it not? Could family members agree of a course of action and carry it out? Jupiter, having rolled into Virgo, now expanded the impetus for practical action—or criticism, in Virgo’s lower expression. And Lilith, now sextiling Saturn (structure, work, responsibility) in Scorpio at Critical Degree 28, added a do-or-die energy all its own.

Fast forward now to Friday, August 21st when a whole other kind of dramatic torch lit. Again the number 21 ignited scattered energy and teachable moments as the Chinese and US stock markets prepared to lock into a joint dive. Since World Stock Markets by cooldesign, freedigitalphotos.netAugust is an 8 calendar month in an 8 Universal Year, that intensifies the 8 energy—the number of business and king of the money numbers.  Only that was just the start. Mars (raw power) positioned at 8° Leo (our future) was inconjunct Neptune at 8° Pisces (hopes, dreams), requiring an adjustment of some sort. Neptune in its lower expression can leave you in a fog of confusion. Money planet Venus in Leo inconjunct Chiron (wounded child/master healer) in Pisces brought up fears clear back to childhood around money issues and fear of the future. And the Leo Sun at Critical Degree 28 triggered trust issues on all levels. This energy, expanded by nearby Jupiter (a money planet), also squared Saturn at 28° Scorpio, impelling deep fears and a quest for hidden truths. Tensions mounted and the blame game ignited fueled by fears of the past (South Node), present and future (North Node).  It didn’t matter that August is traditionally a quiet month on Wall Street; the time had come for a major shift and the planets and numbers provided the trigger.

As a result, automated and manual trading exploded at the opening of the stock market Monday, August 24th, creating a jaw-dropping plunge of over 1,000 points in the Dow within minutes. Of course buyers swooped in, reducing the day’s loss by around half. Notice that Venus, one of the money planets as I said, was at 17° Leo, again creating a legendary day on Wall Street that will not be forgotten in financial circles.

Yes, Leo is a sign that demands attention and tends to fire things up in dramatic ways. Virgo serves either as an accomplice or a counter balance, bringing things back down to earthly reality and reminding us that the truly divine can often be demonstrated through practical, day-to-day efforts that matter immensely in the overall picture of things. That’s an important lesson to see on all levels as we live amidst the forest fires and economic earthquakes of life.

Blessings, all!

Rayora Hartman


(Photo credits:  Kamiah Fires, The Clearwater Progress; “World Stock Markets” by cooldesign,


A Bowl of Popcorn by Mister GC; freedigitalphotos.netHave you ever noticed that life is a lot like a popcorn popper that never stops popping?
You know, you start with those golden/white kernels, add hot oil or air (or microwaves…) and stand eying the popper in anticipation of a delicious outcome. The first kernels pop and the aroma makes you salivate. You grab the bowls from the cupboard with one hand and the salt shaker with the other. Man, life can be delicious!
The popping speeds up then slows to a near stop. You reach for your reward, but before you can do anything the cycle starts all over. The lid rises on the popper and corn spills onto the counter. What the heck? Bowls and shaker cast aside, you struggle to keep the lid on with one hand while scooping popcorn up by the fistful with the other.
At last the popper seems to be stopping. You sigh and turn to reach for another bowl. What? You whirl around. Oh, no! It can’t be. Another cycle? Impossible! Where’s all that corn coming from anyway? (Twilight Zone music, please…)
Now for all you Saturian types who scoff and think, “Well, just unplug it or turn off the heat,” let me tell you, it’s not that easy. Not when the kernels represent ideas, dreams and experiences; the container your daily life complete with family, work, and environment; and the heat the continuously changing energy created by astrological and numeric combinations that affect us all.
Bear with me while I share a little of my own “popcorn” with you.
May 6th I drove my husband to an out of town doctor appointment. It was one of those July-like spring days so I waited in the car with the dog least our Doxie become a roast wiener. (Okay, bad joke.) This appointment was just a routine check-in with the doctor, after all, so no need for me to be a part of it.
Surprise! My husband returns to the car an hour and a half later and announces, “I go in for surgery on the 19th.”
I was scheduled to fly out to an astrology conference on the 21st, a commitment made months before.
“It’s okay, the doctor says you don’t have to be there for my recovery. I’ll only have to be in the hospital one or two nights. He says I can do fine on my own if I can run a microwave.”
I was in shock. How could this happen?
Simple. My chart was triggered by a Moon transit over Saturn that was in a bear hug with my natal Mars in Sagittarius which also was being solar arched by the North Node, all at. Translation: The Moon, which rules our emotions, triggered Saturn, the planet of fears and responsibilities, to challenge Mars, the planet of initiation and personal power, around a relationship issue through the number 2, involving travel for higher learning (Sagittarius) that involved my future (North Node).
Besides that, Uranus, planet of unexpected happenings, aspected my Midheaven (career and reputation) and natal Mercury (information and communication). The Sun at 15° (15/6 a number of love, caretaking, and spiritual alchemy in numerology) aspecting Pluto (transformation) coupled with the 6 calendar day triggered my Destiny Number, with also affects career. Mars also solar arched my relationship axis (ASC/DSC) and conjunct my 3rd House cusp (communication). Transiting Venus aspected my natal Jupiter which was solar arched by Venus and Saturn, and Venus rules my Sun and Moon Signs—all at Critical Degree 28 (crisis or urgency) which also triggers another key number involving career in my personal code. That, my friends, is what you call a highly activated chart, in my case involving a new cycle for me developing between Saturn and Mars.
The choice? Do I go or do I stay. Sounds simple, right? Not so. This triggered an old pattern for me of giving up what is right for me personally for the sake of someone in my family (Virgo, Libra, Venus, and Saturn in the 7th House of Marriage and Partnerships). Was I ready to consciously transform that? Could I face criticism that may come from others if I did?
I took a breath. “I can’t stay,” I told my husband.
“I know,” he said. “I don’t want you too. And the doctor says there’s no need.” (Am I married to a great guy or what?)
Of course this was only the initial step of this challenge. The surgery corresponded with a New Moon (emotions/new beginnings) and the start of a Mercury retrograde (delays and reviews). The surgery was delayed by several hours due to an emergency. I claimed a chair in the waiting room. Emergencies seem so impersonal at times like that—until they aren’t. In walked an old friend I rarely see anymore.
“What brings you here?” I asked.
“My grandson broke his neck,” she responded with a grimace.
In my chart that day, the Sun, again at Critical Degree 28, squared (tension) my natal Jupiter (expansion) in the 12th House (hospitals) as transiting Jupiter quincunx (requiring adjustment) Pluto (something or someone from the past). Again the Moon served as the trigger.
Suddenly my own situation dwarfed as I saw what this friend faced. Our situation was so minor compared to hers. My view expanded, bringing an attitude adjustment. The delay didn’t matter anymore. What mattered was that her grandson got the care he needed in time.
Another delay kept my husband in the hospital longer than we’d hoped. He was released a few hours before my flight, so I said goodbye in the hospital and a friend graciously brought him home.
When I returned from the conference, he was doing just fine with no pain and very few restrictions. As to my friend, I ran into her in the grocery store a few days ago and discovered that her grandson is already back to work. I know, right? Now how cool is that?
As for me, am I glad I made the choice I did? Absolutely! The conference provided new contacts and fueled me with information to benefit my clients. The best part is I broke an old restrictive pattern that plagued me through life. Just goes to show that when we work with the energies of the planets and the numbers things work out not only for our highest good but the good of those around us as well.
Popcorn, anyone?
Rayora Hartman

(P.S. Apologies if you see a lack of paragraph spacing.  The computer programs aren’t talking to each other this morning.)

(Photo credit: “A Bowl of Popcorn” by Mister GC;

Planet Plant by iosphere; freedigitalphotos.netWhether you live in the northern or southern hemisphere, it’s been a long, hard winter/summer, right?  “Enough already!” people cry, plead, scream.  “Enough snow.  Enough rain.  Enough heat and fire.  Enough, enough, enough!”  And just when you feel you can’t take it anymore, something amazing happens.  The season changes, planting a whole new crop of potentials.

Yes, there’s something magical when seasons change.  Our focus shifts, and our energy right along with it.  March 20th marks the Spring/Fall Equinox this year.  And so the focus shifts; the time to plant or harvest is upon us.  And we don’t have to be farmers or gardeners to feel it.  We may feel the urge to plant the seeds for a new friendship or harvest from the information we’ve accumulated this season.  We may plant a seed of faith where none grew before or harvest the rewards of better health after changing our routine and/or daily diet.  You name it.

Will everything suddenly become “perfect” just because the season changes?  Do grey elephants become albinos in the spring?  Ridiculous, right?   Yet grasping the promise of a new season with hands and heart is part of this human experience.  And there’s nothing ridiculous about that.  It’s the chance to hope again, and to carry those hopes and dreams forward in real and practical (or impractical) ways.

Numerically, “spring” calculates to a 38/11/2 vibration.  That in itself invites double new beginnings manifesting in the highest order through creativity, resulting in peaceful one-on-one communication and relationship.  It’s time to plant.  “Fall” calculates to 13/4, a number of rock-solid transformational rewards gained though great effort.  It’s time to reap.  March is a 3 (creativity, fun) month and 20/2 a sometimes difficult relationship number supported by the divine.  Added together they make 5 (3+2+0=5), the number of change and adventure.

Now I’m not going to lie to you.  There are some powerful indications of change showing in the astrology charts.  And even at this change of season, the tensions are building, astrologically and on the planet.  If you have a strong Cardinal Sign influence in your astrology chart, you will feel these next movements the most. (I’m a Libran and the last full Moon in my Rising Sign on the heels of a major solar flare laid me low for a couple of days.  Yowza!)  So check out where Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn are in your chart for an indication of what areas of your life may light up soon.  This is not a prophecy of doom scenario.  But the potential for some major shake ups appear pretty certain over the next month—and beyond for that matter.  This starts at the Equinox, intensifies at the next new Moon March 30 and really fires up in April.  So get your sparklers and ear plugs ready.  (wink)

Yes, the times of change continue.  And just now as the seasons change, we also shift as a collective from Pisces to Aries.  We leave that deep dreaminess of Pisces, sometimes manifesting as confusion, for a sign of individual power.  Aires, the power planet, likes action, action, and more action.  This sign, powered by Mars, tends to energize and activate anything under its influence.  However, with Mars retrograde in Libra, his energy is not as aggressive as normal.  But neither is he “happy” with Libra exerting her influence on why and how he operates. (This can manifest as confusion as well, by the way, not to mention Mercury and Neptune buddying up again.)   Will this fiery planet be subdued or simply build tension for sudden outbursts of energy?  That depends on many factors and time will tell.

Remember, hope springs eternal.  Allow your heart to sing as we swing into this new season.  Focus the Aries energy in ways that plant the seeds of promise for yourself and others.  And most of all know that you can weather any storm, any perceived threat, with an inner knowing that at deeper levels of being all is well and you are never alone.

What do you sense in life’s rhythm at this point?  I’d love to hear.  You may leave a comment by clicking the icon next to the date, or for more personal issues contact me hereBlessings!

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Are you refusing to listen to the news?  Refusing to enter discussions about the threats and maladies of this world?  Choosing to spend countless hours watching TV, shopping, reading novels, playing video games or sleeping 10-12 hours a day?  Then you, my friend, likely carry a strong Piscean influence in your astrology chart.  (Heads up!  If you were born between February 19th and March 20th, or with a Pisces Rising Sign or Moon Sign, I’m talking to you.)

Few people recoil from conflict more than those with a strong Piscean influence.  And the larger the perceived threat, the greater the impulse to escape, just escape, in any way possible.  Why is this?

Pisces, the 12th astrology sign, follows strong-willed Aquarius on the cosmic wheel. Being naturally in the 12th House it carries the influence of all the other signs before it. (How’s that for an overloaded situation?)  Plus, since Aquarian energy is more “out there,” it follows that Piscean energy draws us once again to a more internal focus.   This heightens our sensitivity to everything external.  We may say it doesn’t affect us, but our lives say otherwise.  The truth is it triggers our deepest fears and personal trauma still residing in our subconscious.  It is that which terrifies us the most.   Sounds more like Pluto and Scorpian energy, I know, but this is framed by something quite different.  Our imagination.

Pisces, ruled by Neptune, is fueled by imagination.  In its highest expression it brings dreams of endless possibility.  The external world becomes a playground for creative manifestation.  Ideas float and form.  Some drift on wayward ethers and others find their way into masterful arts, whether traditional or practical.  Painting, music, culinary arts, scrapbooking or financial wizardry, it doesn’t matter.  Imagination-powered genius lands on all level in any genre.

Yet when imagination meets the most hidden parts of our self, it can terrify the psyche.  We can’t, or won’t, look at it.  Nightmares resurface, we grow fearful of everything and everyone.  The world is a scary place; we hide.  What other answer is there?

For the Piscean—and the Piscean in all of us—the answer stems from an unlikely place.  Consciousness.  The call of the Piscean is to live life from a level of not just seeing but of conscious awareness.  Shakespeare’s famous words “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players…” lend a valuable clue.  To attain a level of awareness that allows you to view your life and the larger world through the eyes of the spiritual observer marks the Piscean’s highest goal.  Don’t mistake this for piety or righteous indignation.  No, from this level there is no judgment, no pity, no pain, no fear.  There is only peace.  Quietude.  No-thing-ness.  It is to this state those with strong Piscean influence retreat to refuel and from this state they ultimately leave their mark in the world.

Some find this place through meditation, some through wordless prayer, others through nature.  The where and how don’t matter.  What matters is that the mind be stilled to a point where words are few or nonexistent, allowing the quietude to simply be.  This scares the bejeebers out of the ego, by the way, so don’t be surprised when all the reasons you “can’t” do this fly up like red flags whipping in the wind.  Yet mastery, for the Piscean, means the difference between living a life of meaning or one of crazy making.  Ask yourself, which will it be?

Remember, with Pisces natural home in the 12th House, the number 12 comes into play again.  Will you be a victim, a victimizer, or a victor?  This number puts us at choice for this as well.  It is the number of learning.  And with this energetic combination, the “lessons” (a.k.a., experiences) hold unimaginable promise.

So put on your breastplate of peace, dear Piscean, and dare to face the world.  It needs you with every ounce of imaginative influence you can land on this beautiful planet.

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(Photo credit:  “Pisces” by Salvatore Vuono;

Carolina Kostner, 2014 Olympic Bronze Medalist

Carolina Kostner, 2014 Olympic Bronze Medalist

When Italian figure skater Carolina Kostner took to the ice in Sochi last week in the 2014 Winter Olympics, she faced one nemesis she likely had never met by name: the 4-8 factorThis “competitor” was not listed by name on the roster, nor did it receive any grand announcements from the microphone.  Yet it was Carolina’s silent companion the whole time.  Curious?  Well read on, my friend, read on.

This anomaly appears when 4s and 8s appear in any combination between the Life Purpose (Birth Path), Day of Birth, and Current Name.  It is a karmic indicator that says this person agreed to resolve issues—a lot of issues—from previous lifetimes along with those that formed in the early years of this lifetime.  These often involve the reappearance of people with whom those issues were left unresolved.  Those with 8s and 4s in their numbers energetically, and often unwittingly, draw others with these numbers into their lives.   They also will find 4s and 8s appear with significance in dates, addresses, phone numbers, etc.   It’s a magnetic attraction in the truest sense of the word, sometimes pleasant (at least at first), sometimes not.  Yet the underlying reason for the attraction must be satisfied.

This resolve is strongest for those born on the 8th of any month and can lend to a more fatalistic approach to life.  This is especially so for Aquarians and Capricorns.  Carolina is an Aquarian, born February 8, 1987.

Birth numbers tell the story.  Her Life Purpose number reduces to 35/8.  Her Day of Birth is 8.  And her Destiny Number is 67/13/4. Whenever 4s and 8s appear together in the key numbers of a person’s birth code, that energy will permeate his/her entire lifetime.

Numerology purists might argue that this is not a true 4-8 factor since the Destiny is not considered part of the equation.  A closer look at other factors makes me think otherwise.  You see, Carolina’s Current Name and Destiny are derived from the same name: CAROLINA KOSTNER.  She has no middle name, from what I could ascertain.   In the ancient Chaldean system I use for Current name vibrations, this equates to a 23/5, a fortunate number indeed and has assisted her along the way.  Yet since it also carries the 67/13/4, that number must not be ignored.  Another red flag appears; there are no 4s or 8s in her name numbers.  This means she must work intensely with the meaning of these numbers (both in the Manifestation Triad) this lifetime.  That’s the deal, the agreement before birth.

So how has this shown up in her life?  Let’s look at her 12-years of skating competitions for clues.  (Thanks to Wikipedia.  They do such a great job on things like this, don’t they?)  This athlete started skating at the age of (drum roll, please…) 4.   Her first competitions were the 2004 European Championships and 2004 World Championships.  You see what I see, right?  She won her first European medal in 2006 (2+0+0+6=8) and was the flag bearer for her first Olympics that year where she placed 12th. (Remember, 12 is the victim number if not in its highest expression.)

Her life continued this pattern of victory and loss as injury beset her that same year, keeping her out of the Grand Prix season.  She recovered and continued in competition the next year, making a strong showing in the short program of the 2007 Worlds but faltering in the long program to end in 6th place.  (Six is the stabilizing number for 8, by the way.)  In 2008 she made several strong performances throughout the year leading her to a silver medal at the 2008 Worlds Championships.  Yet as the year progressed into the 2008-2009 season, her amateur skating career hit the skids again.  She made a poor showing at her first Grand Prix, lost her European title, dropped to a 12th place finish at the World Championships, and caused Italy only to claim one ladies spot in the upcoming 2010 Olympics.

After 8 years training with her coach, Michael Huth, she changed coaches, leaving Italy to train in California.  About a year later homesickness drove her back home to Italy and her former coach.  (Unfinished business?)

In December 2009, she nearly lost her chance at the Vancouver Games, then swung back to win a gold medal at the 2010 European Championships.  Yet her jumps just weren’t solid anymore and her downward spiral continued.  She slipped to 16th place in 2010 Winter Olympics. (Sixteen can bring accidents or unexpected happenings to bring deeper insights.)

Was it time to give up skating, she wondered.  Her faith in herself and her skating ability hit an all-time low.  Following her mother’s advice, she got back to her true love of skating and altered her program with an emphasis on artistry rather than jumps.

The 2014 Winter Olympics drew Carolina to her third Olympic competition.  As the world watched, she skated perfection to “Ava Maria” for her short program, positioning her temporarily in 2nd place.  She was later edged out by Russian skater Adelina Sotnikova and dropped to 3rd.  Yet this position held for her through the long program the next day.  She claimed the bronze medal in Ladies Free Skate, her first Olympic win and a first win ever for Italy in this competition.

Oh, here’s a little aside.  The numbers of her perfectly executed short program score (142.61) totaled 14/5, the media number reinforced by the 2014 calendar year and the positive vibration of her Current Name (23/5).  And Carolina is now in a 17/8 Personal Year, the number of leaving a legacy behind.  How cool is that?

As one commentator noted, hers is a story of perseverance.  Indeed it is—and a remarkable example of how the 4-8 factor plays out in real life.

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