mars square uranus

we have a full moon in aries coming up (September 24). when we had the new moon in aries (April 15) it was ON uranus. now, uranus has moved on to taurus where mars in aquarius is squaring it (exact today) for the third & last time this year. this tension between mars, ruler of aries & uranus, ruler of aquarius has been an ongoing story. mars was retrograde for most of the summer & won’t leave aquarius until November 15. the aquarius/taurus part of your chart is experiencing a final push towards the future. the repetition may feel frustrating but the integration is here if you are willing to make the changes that have surfaced as necessary for you to thrive as an individual & in community.

your own chart defines what these lessons have been but themes may be: calibration around your collective contributions (what you give to the world), reinvention of how you use your energy, & updating the systems that help those activities function smoothly. mars in aquarius brings evolution through awareness, action, & instinct. mars wants things to happen right now while uranus operates on erratic, nonlinear timing. we may be full of epiphanies but frustrated with figuring out how to implement them. attachments have been cut, anger has been a catalyst, nerves have been on edge.

ultimately, this is about freedom. this is about freeing your time, space, & energy up so you can direct it towards the future you want to create. the changes you’ve been making & the evolution you’ve been undergoing might be uncomfortable, not happening fast enough, or happening far too fast for your liking. gratefully, a square means that we are learning how to work with both these energies by observing which approach is needed when. we are learning the skills we need to continue to move forward without neglecting sustainability, the collective, or getting stuck in our fears. be brave enough to trust yourself & humble enough to evolve.

“All that you touch you change. all that you change changes you. the only lasting truth is change. god is change.”-Octavia Butler

dark moon recommendation

sunday, september 9 @2:02PM EST | 17 degrees

saturn went direct thursday in time to help us get ready for a beautiful new moon supported by erotic pluto & ethereal neptune. on or just after the moon is new is the time to begin fresh practices, projects, or experiments. with netpune in pisces will be opposite the new moon, you'll get better results if you infuse all your operations with a trust that the multiverse wants to work with you. you don't have to be or do all the things. if saturn retrograde since april taught us anything, it's that we literally, actually can't without a cost. 

with saturn direct, there is sometimes this feeling of...what's next? what is the next project? what's the next plan? what's the next move? what do we need to optimize, capitalize, or execute on right now?  these are powerful, ambitious questions. they are important for us to be able to make the most of the time, energy, & resources we have. each moment is a reason to be grateful & that deserves to be honored.

this moment before the new moon is an invitation to be with those questions without urgency. trust the answers that time brings, trust what you have already accomplished. take inventory- not just of what you've done but of what principles are supporting your work ethic. virgo, as an observer of intricate process & interconnectivity, wants us to seed intentions that honor sustainability. because capitalism, urgency, & individualism are killing us. every day.

saturn helps us create structures of support so we can not just perform accountability, integrity, or responsibility but actually embody it. saturn retrograde was a reminder that sometimes we have to do things we don't want to do. not because of some kind of self-hatred, scarcity, or punishment model. but because our relationships, our bodies, our communities need us to be response-able. our relationships, our bodies, our communities need us to be committed to something other than personal ambitions or feel-goodness. our relationships, our bodies, our communities need us. 

sometimes we have to rest when we don't want to. sometimes we have to slow down when we don't want to. sometimes we have to say no when we don't want to. sometimes we have to take our time when we don't want to. sometimes we have to examine whether something is really working & eliminate it when we don't want to. sometimes we have to be accountable when we don't want to. sometimes we have to look at the long-game rather than what we want right now. sometimes enough is enough, even if we don't believe it. never because we've failed, but because something else is possible.

thanks to pluto in capricorn amplifying the new moon, we can plan to transform structures/commitments that are draining our power into ones that will bring us more than immediate gratification, recognition, or quick results. what we need is intuitive (pisces) strategy (virgo) to make our visions real without sacrificing resonance. remember that new moons are just beginnings- the magic happens in the process of growth. the magic takes time, practice, & surrender.

dark moon recommendation
choose a timeframe (saturn retro: april-now, mars retro: june-august, last week, today) & make a list of everything you've already done. from the tiniest things you can think of to the most obvious. list until you can't think of anything else- or ask someone to help you remember. when you create your intentions for the new moon, include a list or acknowledgement of all the things you already are doing. pro-tip: feeding yourself, breathing, & generally staying alive count as more than enough. 

you may find that this pressure to be productive, keep momentum, or be ahead of the game is an unnecessary distraction from where you really want your irreplaceable time, energy, & attention to be going. you may find that this new moon, you don't want to do more but to go deeper than that. maybe you want to do less of what doesn't serve you or those you love, & more of what does. whatever you decide, it is enough. it is enough because if you are willing to change & to be wrong, you can transform all discomfort into opportunity to learn, grow, & choose love.

happy new moon

affirmations from the sun in leo

the sun is in leo until 12:08am EST Thursday, August 23! it's been a weirder leo season than most with mercury retrograde in leo for most of it & mars retrograde in aquarius, the opposite sign of leo. as we transition into virgo season, the sun will continue to shine, just in a different part of our lives. I've crafted the following affirmations to support you in affirming yourself with leo confidence as we move into the analytical finesse of the sun in virgo. read for your rising sign or your sun sign if you don't know your rising. 

I am more confident when I assert myself & learn to be myself. this helps me grow with freedom & integrity.

I am more confident when I let myself learn to relax & slow down. this helps me grow with stability & ambition.

I am more confident when I connect to pleasure & learn adaptable communication skills. this helps me grow with flexibility & risk.

I am more confident when I practice compassion & nurture my power while honoring my feelings. this helps me grow with vulnerability & interdependence. 

I am more confident when I tell the truth & learn to be myself. this helps me grow with direction & honesty.

I am more confident when I learn to practice sustainability & humility. this helps me grow with pleasure & love.

I am more confident when I learn to center relationships & alignment. this helps me grow with adaptability & connection. 

I am more confident when I learn to transform pain into power & be vulnerable. this helps me grow with responsiveness & depth.

I am more confident when I learn to expand myself & examine my belief systems. this helps me grow with creativity & joy. 

I am more confident when I learn to commit to truth & the integrity of my values. this helps me grow with finesse & sustainability.

I am more confident when I learn to choose evolution & individuality. this helps me grow with authenticity & connection. 

I am more confident when I learn to trust my interconnectedness & unfolding path. this helps me grow with vulnerability & power. 


may this last day of the sun in leo bring you a moment of integration & realization that will center the productivity of virgo season. 

in other news, Saltwater Stars has been live for 2 years! there were a few other iterations in my 8 years of practice & this is the one that resonated the most. I'm grateful for each & every one of you that have participated in, contributed to, received, & shared this work. my salty truths & watery words are not for everyone. believing it is a necessary contribution to our evolution is a daily choice & I'm grateful for the reminders. 

I would love to read how Saltwater Stars has been medicine or astral support for you, if you want to share in the comments, a direct message, or email reply if you're a subscriber. because this work exists because you exist.

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