uranus/pluto square [astroloco]

(May 20, 2013 @ 6 PM)

A rude awakening or a conscious evolution? This is the 3rd Uranus/Pluto square of 7 [2012-2015], and we are transcending with each trigger. Release whatever is keeping you vibrating at a low frequency in order to connect to your highest self.

This square [challenging aspect] in particular is exact at 11 degrees Aries [Uranus] and Capricorn [Pluto]. If you remember our numerology lesson, 11 is a master number with a intuitively spiritual vibration. Some people make a wish when they see 11:11, and whether or not they know it, seeing this number sequences signifies a shift in consciousness. It is no coincidence that these planets are squaring each other in 11 degrees of their respective signs. We are being upgraded.

Although the square is the main attraction, there are other, more favorable aspects involved. Uranus in Aries is sextile Mercury and Venus in Gemini. The newfound self-awareness  that we are experiencing [Uranus in Aries] is shifting the way we think and communicate [Mercury], as well as what we appreciate and value in our exchanges with other people [Venus]. Pluto in Capricorn is sextile Saturn in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces. The powerful occult understanding of shadowy societal structures that we are unearthing [Pluto in Capricorn] is transforming our perception of reality [Saturn] and fantasy [Neptune]. Despite the frightening amount of commotion this square is causing, it is making some exciting (and necessary) aspects.


When we are conscious of this energy and the symbolic planetary relationships, it is easy to see we are evolving. We can embrace this energy by paying attention to where the overwhelming feeling of frustration manifests in our lives, because that is where this square is being played out. To varying degrees, we are all being deprogrammed and reprogrammed to live in alignment with our truest selves. It seems hard, as change usually is, but it doesn’t have to be.

It’s easy to be pushed when we’re standing still, so why not make the first move? This is a new age! All you have to do is turn the page.

happy solar return: aaliyah [#StarsAndSymbols]


Today is a special day!

Along with many of my friends, my eldest sister [Sun, Jupiter, Neptune, and Ascendant in Capricorn] celebrates her (17th) birthday today. I always get excited when people turn 17. If you remember, it’s one of my favorite numbers (tied with 7). She also got her driver’s license this morning, on her first try. It only took me four DMV visits (technically three, long story), but I’m not counting. Regardless, she’s coming of age, on her way up the mountain. Where does the time go?

Ebonee and I, c. 2009)

Speaking of time, it’s been over 10 years since we lost singer/dancer/actress Aaliyah Haughton, who would have been 34 today. Just like a true Capricorn, she got better with time, steadily climbing higher with each album release. An R&B singer, she began to crossover in her final years, topping the pop charts and appearing in box office hits.


Similar to many artists, it seems as though she became bigger posthumously. To this day she is popular and endearingly referred to as “Baby Girl.” Some even consider her a legend. Aaliyah managed to come off as down-to-earth, all while producing quality work that still has public appeal all these years later. Fine wine, those Capricorns!

Here is one of my favorite Aaliyah songs, “Back & Forth“. It always get me right…

Once a year, the sun returns to the exact place it was when you were born. We usually refer to this as a birthday, but the astrological term is solar return. The solar return is a rebirth, signifying the beginning of a brand new cycle in your life, kind of like your very own new year. If today is your birthday, Happy Solar Return to YOU [and happy Capricorn Season to all the Sea Goats]! Keep on climbing…

role playing [moon in libra]

I did a post last year (get it?) about dreams. In the first of this series of vivid dreams, I was sitting in my family room. With me were two girls, also seated. I know one of the girls very well (let’s call her Evelyn), the other was one of those vague, identity-shifting dream entities (let’s call her Loretta). The dream got intense when Evelyn dropped Loretta’s baby, whom she was holding for some reason. In a split second, Loretta’s baby hit the floor in an all-too-real moment of onomatopoeia. Naturally, chaos ensued. “This is why I asked you if you knew how to hold a baby,” Loretta exclaimed, as a guilt-ridden Evelyn ran outside to collect herself.

Thrown off by the sudden altercation, I jumped to my feet and assumed the role of human pacifier. “She obviously didn’t mean to drop the baby, it was an accident,” I reasoned with a hysterical Loretta. “You’ve never made a mistake in your life?” Although reluctant, Loretta finally came around to see my point. Once Evelyn returned, I forced them to hug. They were still visibly upset, but I made them hug anyway. I don’t know if I solved the problem for them (lord knows what happened to the baby. I don’t recall anyone picking it up…), but I made myself feel better in that moment. The question is, why was I so compelled to play referee in a fight that had virtually nothing to do with me?

Some people throughout their lives play the role of the peacekeeper. These people often find themselves mediating conflicting parties, even if the conflict does not concern them. This tendency has to develop somewhere, and I’m a firm believer that most habits/traits/quirks are rooted in early childhood, based off how you learned to deal with the often dysfunctional institution we call family.

In astrology, the role we play in the family can be better understood by looking at the ascendant or rising sign [outward personality] and the moon [home] in our natal charts. The Moon is in Libra right now. Libra is symbolized by The Scales, so balance, justice, and fairness are imperative for people who are born under this sign. Libra hates conflict, because it throws off the beautiful sense of harmony this sign works so hard to maintain. When the moon [subconscious emotional needs] is in Libra, we need to keep the peace to feel secure, Libra or not.


I have no planets in Libra, but 3 of my 4 Scorpio placements [Sun, Mercury, and Venus] are right on the cusp, just a few degrees away from Libra, endowing me with a little more diplomacy than the average scorpion. My 13 Signs Astrology ascendant happens to be Libra, but that’s a whole other astrological system, so I won’t open that can of worms in this post (I guess I just did). Basically, this dream prompted some major self-analysis. I began to wonder, “Do I play the peacekeeper?”

Take this time to think of the role you play in relation to other people [Libra], and why you play it. Whether you’re the peacekeeper, the troublemaker, the workaholic, or the comic relief, we all have a unique function in our families, and in a larger context, the world. Sometimes it’s beneficial to embrace our roles and let them guide us. In some instances, though, we must release the expectations of these roles, because they are defense mechanisms, based on the irrational fears we developed way back when, in situations we had little to no control over. Situations we cannot change. Once we reclaim our own power, and “let the baby fall” so to speak, maybe we’ll see there is no need to change or rearrange or control anything. Life happens when we allow it to.