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The Saturn-in-Sagittarius SUV


Recently, on my annual road trip to the desert, I had an unexpected experiential encounter with Saturn in Sagittarius.

Every year, I procure the largest SUV the rental-car place has, drive it down to the epic Gem & Mineral Show in Tucson, Arizona, fill it up with rocks and jewelry to stock my shop (The Sacred Well), and drive it back to the Bay.

This year's rental was a brand-new 2015 model, complete with all the technological bells-and-whistles that are at once titillating and, to an old 20th-century type like myself, somewhat intimidating.



Mars and Venus Say 'Go!'


The time is now. Now is all we have. If not now, when?

There's really nothing more to think through. If the desire's been acknowledged, what else is there to think about? Act on it. Get it. Go!

This is the sort of lucid simplicity which drives the mindset of the Aries archetype. Maybe 'mindset' is the wrong word: The raw, straightforward Aries knowing is immediate and embodied, short-circuiting the need for mental mitigation.



Wandering Around the New Year


A month into a new year, where we currently hover, is usually about the time when the 'new year' ceases to be new.

If we are to legitimately claim our new year is indeed different than its predecessor, we should be able to point to illustrative examples of this change—or at least sense a palpable energetic shift—by now.

Any such instances, whether concretely observed or inwardly sensed, should be all the more noticeable this year, given that the annual calendar-flip coincided with Saturn's first sign-change since late 2012.



Catching Up with Mercury Retrograde


As we move into 2015's first retrograde of Mercury, I'm feeling like I should write you something about it… even while, admittedly, I personally find we often make too much of its importance.

Of course, as I share that personal opinion, I'm reminded of those past instances in which I valiantly tried to downplay the impact of Mercury's retrogrades, only to have this trickster-planet set me up to eat my words, with a devilish twist or two.

Still, I strive not to describe Mercury retrograde as a necessarily aggravating or undesirable occurrence, which merely fuels our unconstructive annoyance with its alternative rhythms.



First Tastes of Saturn in Sagittarius


In honor of Saturn's arrival to Sagittarius late last year (Dec 23), I'm trying something new here.

Ever since completing another mammoth year-ahead forecast, ASTROBARRY'S 2015, I've struggled with sitting myself down and writing even more for you (not including the weekly horoscopes, which still bring me great satisfaction).

A big part of my problem, in case you haven't noticed, is that I tend toward wordiness… turning what ought to be a quick jotting-down of the main thoughts into an uneconomical expense of energy.



Another Bumpy December


Once again, the ongoing square between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn takes center-stage during the holidaytime end-of-year.

I'm hoping last December's version (the writeup for which I artfully titled 'Xmas-New Year's Grand-Cross Razzmatazz') will prove to have been more of an astrological shitshow than this season's will be.

This year, there's no imminent Venus retrograde (that's not until July), and neither Mars nor Jupiter are directly messing with the at-odds planetary power-couple. Yet, Uranus and Pluto are now slinking back into another exact square with each other, perfecting on Dec 14…