WELCOME BACK TRAVELERS!  Happy 2016!  The year is off to a somewhat slow start with a Mercury Retrograde in Capricorn.  If 2016 hasn't felt like a slow start, consider consciously slowing down. Snafus associated with Mercury Retrograde in an earth sign like Capricorn tend to manifest in accidents where something is literally broken- you drop your phone, your computer etc.  Slowing down might be one possible prevention method.  Jupiter also recently stationed to go retrograde in Virgo and it is at the same degree as the North Node of Fate, I won't get into this much here as I discuss it in more detail under the card for the week THE WORLD, but I will add that this aspect typically brings with it fated events and meetings with significant people.  As astrologer Anne Ortelee says, "Watch who you meet!"  With Jupiter retrograde these could be people you have met before, but they resurface again at this time.  


The documentary film, Weedeater about Nance Klehm that my friends Eden Batki, Amy Von Harrington and I have been working on is finished and will be screened at Human Resources in Los Angeles on January 25th at 7pm.  The screening is a fundraiser for a film tour.  

A short video I made recently featuring my dear friend and artist, Dylan Mira, is up now on the Girls Like Us website. 


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Without further ado! The card for the NEW MOON, pulled from Amy von Harrington’s deck:


It seems almost contradictory to call the Moon in Capricorn (culminating at about 5:30pm PST on January 9th) New.  With Mercury and Jupiter both retrograde, Mercury also in Capricorn and Jupiter forming a loose trine to the sun and moon, this New Moon in Capricorn seems to have history, personal and collective, tugging at it’s sleeve.  Consider that the past may always be an influence on how you approach things now and in the future and it would be beneficial at the New Moon to do something to bring this influence into your conscious awareness.   

Pluto also conjuncts this moon and forms a square with Uranus.  The Uranus/ Pluto Square was much talked about last year and many astrologers feel it contributes to a spirit of rebellion, of saying, enough is enough.  Pluto, the planet of power and transformation has been in Capricorn since 2008.  Capricorn is the sign of structure, of laws (not necessarily of justice, that is Libra).  Uranus in Aries squaring Pluto in Capricorn indicates that sudden events, often concerning an individual (Aries), illuminate where laws or structures are not functioning as they were designed or where they were poorly designed to begin with.  At the New Moon, rather than dwelling on the stale shadows of history, we may be turning towards the ways in which history can provide, by example, support for the future.  It may be particularly important to ask questions of the past in order to understand its significance in the present.  Martin Luther King Jr. Day is on the 18th of this month and February is Black History Month, both offering opportunities to do, as this New Moon suggests and reflect on the past as providing momentum for the future.  I highly recommend watching the extremely relevant (astrologically and otherwise) MLK speech I’ve attached below, if you haven’t already seen it, and if you have…watch it again.   

This brings us to The XXI World, the card I’ve pulled from Amy Von Harrington’s deck for this New Moon.  The World reminds us of it’s roundness and cyclical nature.  It is an ending, but also a beginning, it is a beginning but also an ending.  The World asks us to check our pockets, to look at what we’ve brought with us into the New Year.  The World, along with the North Node in Virgo conjunct Jupiter, asks us to make conscious our actions and intentions, to be deliberate as we step into 2016.  Have you felt like a sleepwalker?  The alarm is going off, it’s a New Year!  It is time to notice and pay attention and The World provides a good place to start.  The World asks us to reflect on what led us to this moment?  How can we use the past to guide us in the future? 

(What Is Your Life’s Blueprint?- Martin Luther King Jr.)