Archive for Astrological Insights

Various Insights on Astrological Happenings

Pluto Retrograde

by Cayelin Castell

At the Still Point Of Pluto’s Retrograde it is time to surrender to what has been so we can move toward what is becoming.

Are you Ready for a NEW World, a NEW way of life as we prepare for 2020?

On April 29, 2019 Pluto Stations Retrograde. Pluto Stations direct at its second still point of the year on October 2/3, 2019. Any planetary Still Point is a place of suspension or pause where the energies remains suspended within minutes of its station point for a few weeks before and after the station point. Read More

Khambalia – Star of Secret Knowledge

This article is a work in Progress…

“The name has its roots in old Coptic and means ‘Crooked Claw’, most probably the same device which we call the Swastika and whose ancient symbolism contained the idea of secret knowledge, accessible to us, but only if one knows the way to get to it, as we also find with the maze in other cultures. 

The word Shambala has a similar root and meaning; so has the pentagram, so has the Arabic word for five, Khamsa, may well also derive from the same piece of mystique. 

Khamr, wine, also has a connection, being so often a symbol for ‘the secret of life’, ‘the spirit’ again, as well as a means to enter a transcendental (or just inebriated) state of consciousness.” ~Eric Morse The Living Stars

Khambalia marks the foot of the Virgin Priestess and is known as the keeper of secret knowledge accessed through transcendental states of awareness. Whenever a planet is near Khambalia we have greater access to the secrets of transformation through death and rebirth carried deep within our DNA. Read More

Mercury in Pisces

See end of Post for times when Mercury is in Pisces and retrograde in some part of Pisces.
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The Pisces Mind
Mercury stationed direct in Pisces on March 28, 2019 and continues its travels through Pisces until April 16, 2019. (See more data below)
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The archetypal energy of the mind now being integrated into the collective psyche of humanity for the next four months is Pisces operating from the right brain feminine and the feeling function. This is not about emotions that come from the outside in but feelings that come from the inside out. (Will share more about that when I have time to update this article so stay tuned.)

The Pisces mind is about healthy integration of the feelings to experience a healthy functioning mind – including practicing compassion and being willing to embrace the unknown and trust the knowing that exists beyond logic and reason.

Said another way, the world is the result of what we believe and perceive reality to be. We are dreaming the dream of our life experience and reality in every moment, and we can change that experience by simply changing what we believe, or what we are thinking on a daily basis, as our thoughts create the dream of our reality – so what we think is what we are dreaming into existence.

Quantum physics has proven that this reality – the reality we live in – is not as real as it appears. The fact is the observer affects what is being observed through their intention and attention.

The Pisces Expression of the Mind is a reminder that we are responsible for our experiences because what we experience is generated from our feelings, beliefs, expectations, and perceptions of reality that are often unconscious and yet these feelings and beliefs are what create our reality.

What limiting beliefs and thoughts do you have that hold you back from expressing your true brilliance?

What would it take to shift any negative beliefs along with any self-judgment you have, so you can experience genuine compassion for yourself and others?

Are you willing to let go of habitual thinking that is based in limiting judgments and old paradigm limitations?

What if doing so helped you to experience an entirely new reality that is fulfilling and fun?

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Mercury Traveling through Pisces to 2030
February 10 to April 16, 2019
March 16 to April 10, 2020
March 15 to April 03, 2021
March o9 to March 27, 2022
March 02, to March 18, 2023
February 23 to March o9, 2024
February 14 to March o3, 2025 and again on March 29, 2025 due to Retrograde
February 06 to March 03 2026
January 31 to April 08, 2027 Mercury returns to Aquarius (29 Degrees 59) Feb 18, 2027 and returns to Pisces March 18 due to Retrograde (see below)
March 13 to March 31, 2028
March 06 to March 23, 2029
February 27 to March 15, 2030
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Mercury Retrograde and direct in Pisces  – sometimes returning to Aquarius, sometimes beginning in Aries
March 05 (29 Pisces 39) to March 28 (16 Pisces 06), 2019
February 16 (12 Pisces 53), to March 09 (28 Aquarius 13), 2020  – re-enters Pisces March 16, 2020 to April 10, 2020
March 14 (09 Aries 35) to April 07 (26 Pisces 50), 2025 Mercury begins retrograde in Aries returning to Pisces on March 29, 2025
February 25 (22 Pisces 34) to March 20 (08 Pisces 29) 2026 
February 09 (05 Pisces 59) to March 03 (20 Aquarius 55) 2027 re-enters Pisces March 18 to April 08, 2027
March 07 (02 Aries 24) to March 30 (19 Pisces 02) 2032

Venus With Chiron in Aries

Chiron and Venus Dates to 2025

Apr 23, 2019 at 3 Aries 30
Feb 10, 2020 at 2 Aries 56
Mar 28, 2021 at 8 Aries 49
May 15, 2022 at 14 Aries 44
Mar 03, 2023 at 13 Aries 59
Apr 21, 2024 at 20 Aries 59
Jun 1, 2025 at 25 Aries 44
NOTE: In 2025
Venus at 11 Aries goes Retrograde March 1 and is exact with the Sun March 23 at 2 Aries. Venus returns to Aries on April 16 and is here until June 5 or 6. All the while Chiron in Aries is between 20 to 22 degrees Aries). More exact dates will be posted later

When Venus and Chiron connect in Aries it helps to initiate new forms of fierce feminine compassion designed to heal past wounds and traumas in the feminine psyche.

The Philospher’s Stone
This type of Chironic healing is similar to the mythic understanding of the Philosopher’s Stone, or the stone of alchemy, or the elixir of life.

Inasmuch as alchemy was concerned not only with the search for a method of upgrading less valuable metals but also of perfecting the human soul, the philosopher’s stone was thought to cure illnesses, prolong life, and bring about spiritual revitalization. The philosopher’s stone, described variously, was sometimes said to be a common substance, found everywhere but unrecognized and unappreciated.” (Encyc. Brit., 15th ed., 1976 http://www.quackgrass.com/stone.html)

Chronic Alchemy
This common substance is expressed as our thoughts, feelings and beliefs. When understood and applied wisely our thoughts, beliefs and feelings are the elixirs that heal all our ills.

The feminine wounds of the past can now heal – including women not being considered as valuable as men – and transform. This is because the Aries Wild Woman has the fierce courage needed to step up and transform the old world view that has enslaved humanity through fear and the belief that we (especially the feminine) are not good enough the way we are and must somehow prove ourselves to a judgmental, vengeful supreme being that is beyond and outside of us.

At we continue to witness the collapse of the old structures and institutions (economic, political, educational and religious structures) that were designed to create greater fear and condemnation of what we do not understand, perhaps it is possible to envision (and experience) restoration of the common good and justice for all.

“We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.”
Carl Gustav Jung

Releasing and Transforming Condemnation
What do you condemn within yourself and others including the governmental structures, the religious structures, the wars, hunger, disease, pollution, big corporations, or anything else? If you find condemnation within, then practicing forgiveness and acceptance transforms these old forms and liberates the energy that has been trapped in them for many eons of time.

Releasing judgment and condemnation has the potential to not only attract but also produce experiences of joy, abundance and prosperity while also revitalizing every aspect of our being. We all carry the ability to source these mysteries within ourselves once we transform the wounds and conditioning that have prevented us from remembering our true divine nature.

It begins with learning how too deeply and completely love and accept ourselves no matter what we might think, feel and judge about who we are.

It is about practicing Being with what IS and allowing ourselves to feel what we feel including anger, hurt, jealousy, grief, depression, confusion, and any number of feelings that fall outside the spectrum of acceptable feelings.

This does not mean it is okay to express these feelings to others in ways that are harmful or hurtful. Rather it is about finding responsible ways to be with our feelings without having to change them, fix them or make them be different than what they are.

Acceptance is a necessary step for true alchemy to occur. Once we accept what IS and allow ourselves to be where we are without having to DO something about it, then the changes needed arrive easily.

Allowing might be experienced as contrary to the Aries nature that loves to DO something, take some kind of decisive and inspired action, make things happen. However, it is important that the action being taken is NOT coming from the energy of condemnation but rather is truly inspired action to further facilitate the changes that are happening when we have forgiven the unforgivable within ourselves and others.

If you find condemnation within, then practicing forgiveness and acceptance transforms these old forms and liberates the energy that has been trapped in them for many eons of time.

Releasing Judgment and Condemnation (of self and others)
It begins with learning how too deeply and completely love and accept ourselves. Acceptance is one of the first keys to transformation – so is a necessary step for true alchemy to occur.

How can you accept yourself just as you are today?
Can you make this a daily practice?
Are you Willing to Accept What is for Now?

Where there is acceptance – resistance can not exist. As the saying goes – what we resist persists – what we accept allows for some entirely new energy (ideally based in love) to emerge!

Images by Jim Warren https://jimwarren.com/portfolio/goddess-fire-ice/

Venus at the Morning Star Heart Chakra Gate

by Cayelin K Castell

Each time the Moon and Venus meet in the Morning sky it marks Inanna’s passage through a Chakra Gate.

The fourth time they Moon and Venus meet it represents the 4th gate/Heart Chakra on her way to rendezvous with the Sun this summer.

Most recently this is happening on March 2, 2019 marking the fourth meeting with the Moon since Venus stationed direct November 16, 2018.

In 2019 this Venus gate is especially important for anyone turning a multiple of 8 (16, 24, 32, 40, 48, 56, 64, 72, 80 and 88 between November 1, 2018 and June 8, 2020) because you are in an eight year Venus Return Initiation cycle for the entire 19 month cycle.

In the story of Inanna this is where she is asked to give-up her breast plate, the vestment symboling her Heart Chakra. This means Inanna is letting go of the ways she no longer truly loves herself or others, including releasing self-judgment and judgment of others.

The Heart Chakra is linked with the emotional realms including love, kindness, generosity, compassion, and the shadowed aspects of lust, fraud, indecision, anxiety, longing, impartiality, arrogance, incompetence, discrimination and defiance.

Understanding and working with the intent of this cycle is valuable for anyone desiring a greater conscious connection with the divine feminine aspect they are investigating and integrating in this life regardless of perceived sex – everyone has a divine feminine aspect within them. Read More

Taurus Insights

This is an article in progress so stay tuned for more insights
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In 2018 Uranus moved into Taurus for the first time since June 6, 1934. Uranus returns to Taurus on March 6, 2019 for about 7 more years.
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Jupiter returns to Taurus May 16, 2023
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In 2019 the Moon Phases line up with Taurus as follows:
Feb 12: First Quarter Moon 23 Taurus 55
May 04: New Moon 14 Taurus 11
Jul 24: Last Quarter Moon 01 Taurus 51
Nov 12: Full Moon 19 Taurus 52
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Planets in Taurus in 2019
Sun is in Taurus April 20 to May 20/21

Mercury is in Taurus May 06 to May 21
Venus is in Taurus May 15 to Jun 08
Mars is in Taurus Feb 16 to March 30

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February Cross-Quarter and Stars in the Sky

February 02 is when many celebrate the February Cross-Quarter known as Imbolc or Candlemass, the festival of lights in the Catholic Tradition, also known as Ground Hog Day in the United States.

Ground Hog Day comes from a tradition that began in Europe with hedgehogs coming out of their burrows to judge if winter was nearly over. The New World did not have hedgehogs, so groundhogs were adopted. Read More

Venus at the Throat Chakra

by Cayelin K Castell

The Moon occulted Venus January 31 representing an intentional acceleration of the 3rd Venus Moon conjunction since Venus went direct in November, 2018 – activating a powerful portal into the realms of healthy communication via the throat chakra gate as Venus continues her descent to the underworld.

Also this month, February 2019 Venus is with Saturn and Pluto furthering the intent of releasing the old forms of communication that hold us back from experiencing deeper connection with others. Read More

Ix – Day of the Jaguar

See Mayan Jaguar Days for 2019 and 2020 below.

Ix (eesh) is Mayan for Jaguar

I was born on the day of the Jaguar according to the Mayan Calendar though I didn’t know it until April of 2005 when I had a session with  Don Alejandro head of the National Council of Maya Elders, a 13th generation Quiche Maya Spiritual Leader. Later that week I heard him speak at a conference in Tucson. He was quite clear that the 2012 hype was not something coming from the Mayan elders and that the Mayans had many Calendars for different purposes. (More on that another time)
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During my session with Don Alejandro when he told me I was born on the day of the Jaguar – I felt myself slip into an altered state taking me back to a vision I had nearly 10 years earlier during a healing session in 1996 where I saw myself face to face with a Black Jaguar.

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Epiphany January 6

Art by Leopold Kupelwieser

Before December 25 was designated as the birth of Christ in the 4th century by the Western Church – January 6 was the date used for celebrating Christmas and is the date still celebrated by the Eastern Christian Church.

When the Western Christian Church adopted December 25 it gave rise to the tradition of the “12 Days of Christmas” that ends on January 6.

The traditional story (most likely adapted from an older tradition) features Three Kings, Three Wise Men or Three Magi (Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar) following the star to Bethlehem bringing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the Christ child. Read More