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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,



Sun Sky by samarttiw; freedigitalphotos.netHey, it’s Summer!   For those of us in the northern hemisphere, at least.  Those of you in the southern half of the world mark the beginning of Winter, but you’ll excuse me if I focus on what’s outside my front door right now, won’t you?  So yeah!  It’s Summer!  Time to swim the river, bury my feet in the sand and watch the Sun dance through the sky till 9 or 10 at night.  I feel like Snoopy, spinning in dizzying circles around my dog house.  Don’t bother me with details; it’s SUMMER!

Isn’t it funny how the Summer Solstice tends to have such an uplifting effect on people?  And if you ask me, the whole planet could do with an extra dose of uplifting about now.  This year has been I-N-T-E-N-S-E so far.  This intensity is due largely to the unusual fact that since March at least part if not the whole month we’ve felt the energy of four planets in retrograde at the same time.  Yowza!  This phenomenon rains on us through July, by the way, so don’t put your umbrellas away just yet.

While the Solstice marks a time of new beginnings, retrogrades usher in periods of review and redo.  June continued to see Saturn and Pluto in retrograde, joined by Neptune and Mercury (and Chiron, by the way).

Let’s start with good ol’ Mercury.  We can count on Mercury to retrograde about 3 times a year. Yet this one has been one of the strongest I’ve felt.  Agreed?  That may be thanks in part to three X-Class solar flares firing off in rapid succession from the Sun that first week.

Mercury really doesn’t need help to scramble communications and fracture our techno-inundated world.  But these flares definitely gave it a boost, in my view.  Plus, Mercury retrograded in the sign of Cancer (though now in it’s home sign of Gemini again), so strong emotions tended to be intensified along with it.

Has it been more difficult to communicate clearly lately?  Are people not hearing what you say or completely misunderstanding you?  Is your tongue tangling when you speak or thoughts jumbling in your brain?  Mercury stimulates mental energy.  During this retrograde, it’s wise to reconsider before speaking.  Writing may prove the best avenue for expression.  It bypasses the pitfalls of uninhibited speech that in this energetic setting can lead to misunderstandings and intense emotions.  And know that this, too, shall pass or at least start to lighten up July 1.

Let’s face it, when your mind throws you out of balance, it’s tempting to over-indulge in some outward behavior to mask our fears and/or feelings of inadequacy.  You buy ice cream by the gallon, join in all-night parties, or watch movies for 10 hours a day.  Or perhaps the opposite is true.  You sensor everything you consider doing for fear of getting out of control.  All the while, that old feeling that you’re never good enough lurks in the background.

If any of this sounds true, you are experiencing aspect of the Saturn retrograde now in effect.  Saturn is still in Scorpio, so secrets of all kinds come into play.  Taboos may show up in extreme forms, and puzzling or revealing issues around a death or other people’s money can arise.  It can feel like the world is conspiring against you and your desires, that everything you win requires struggle.

Yet the underlying message of Saturn is to take responsibility, stay organized, include some structure, and follow through to reach the next step in any project or maturity level. Pluto’s retrograde in Capricorn underscores this.  This is the planet of upheaval, reversals, transformation, and beginnings.  Capricorn governs the House of Work/Career.  Never is the public face versus private face more evident than in a Pluto retrograde.

For example, you may feel revered in one moment and reviled the next.  You keep your chin up when the world’s watching to mask your inner turmoil.  You want to keep your inner upheavals private so make light of things when in public.  This can shut other people down, adding to your tendency at this time to withdraw and shield your own inner world from view.  In truth, you are being called to learn and implement forgiveness on deep, deep levels; to get honest with yourself and others; to learn once and for all that you, not anyone else, are in control of how you choose to act and respond to life. So guard against being two-faced in any form.

Neptune retrograde in its home sign of Pisces emphasizes this even more as barriers between “me” and “we” feel virtually nonexistent.  Pisces is a very sensitive sign, so sensitivity in all areas becomes heightened.  This can lead to the tendency to take the blame for everything.  If you catch yourself apologizing to everybody for everything from the price of coffee to the current weather conditions, trust me, you’re experiencing Neptune retro energy.

The key here is not to get a thicker skin or a heavier mask, but to realize that the state of the world is not your fault.  You may feel like crying at every sad news report, but know that it’s likely your hyper-sensitivity at the moment that intensifies your reaction.  Everything feels tragic and monumental.  Recognize that this is an illusion.  Allow yourself to gain clarity in not only your own illusions but those of others.  Let this energy assist you in identifying how your own intuition can strengthen you own course, while guarding against chasing unrealistic fantasies.  (Unless your next project happens to be creating a stellar sci-fi movie, that is.)

The universal start time of 11:51 AM for the June 21 Solstice echoes the 13/4 numeric vibration of this Universal Month.   This number encourages transformation through challenge and creativity.  And the number 21 offers freedom through truth.

Remember that the Solstice itself marks a midway point, a time of integration.  It’s a time to review your choices and decisions so far this year, assessing and integrating the past six months.  It’s a time to balance your inner feelings with your outer actions as you set a course for the next six months.  It’s a season to process and digest life, allowing it to feed and strengthen you for what lies ahead.   It’s a time for honoring the natural cycles of all things, and the part you play in that.  Allow yourself to become consistently more responsible where it counts and free in ways that feed your spirit and creativity.  And in so doing, herald the light within and without.


Rayora Hartman


(Photo credit: “Sun Sky” by samarttiw;