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Leo, the Sun & Current Transits for August, 2016

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By Barry Kerr

The Sun moved into Leo on July 22.

Nearly everyone knows their Sun sign, because the Sun, in astrology, represents the core of your ego’s sense of self. Your soul shines it’s light through the prism of your Sun sign, giving specific, dominant qualities to your personality. Other planets, in other signs in your chart, give a richer and more nuanced texture to your personality, but the Sun, as it does in the solar system, provides the light and warmth of your human being.

Through the first four signs of the zodiac, the soul having established itself in human form as an ego, evolves into the sign of Leo, ruled by the Sun. It is here that the soul, as a unique and divine ray of the one light of creator, makes use of the ego to express the essence of that light into the physical realm through creative passion, playful competition, and radiant love.

Which sign and house your Sun falls in your birth chart will describe how you radiate your soul’s unique light. For example, a Sun in Gemini in 11th house can shine as an intellectual wit, orator and communicator within groups and among friends. A Sun in Scorpio in the 6th house may bring brilliance to serving others in emotionally supportive and intimate ways. Just how well these personalities express the highest potentials of their qualities depends on the level of wholeness and consciousness one has developed thus far in the soul’s journey. If one’s Taurus/2nd house experiences have left a void in the area of self-worth or material security, one’s Sun expression might be cut short, repressed, and/or distorted by needs of the shadow wound.

Typically, we all have a unique blend of shadow/wound backgrounds that hamper the fullness of our light’s expression. This becomes the stuff of what is termed our “healing work”. Among our goals as spiritual beings choosing to incarnate as humans again and again, is to develop, as humans, enough wholistic consciousness to allow our soul to flow through our human egos without distortion or blockage. It is in this way, that in the long run, we are able to shine our lights into this world, with full brilliance as the powerful stars that we are. This is what fuels our creation of heaven on earth.

It is in the next sign, Virgo that we will learn to receive feedback and develop discernment, necessary for mastery in this endeavor.

Current Transits

The New Moon is on August 2 in Leo.

New Moons are beginnings. In Leo, this New Moon invites us to embrace our majesty as a child of the one creator, to be a co-creator of this world. What is your unique expression? How do you radiate agape love and joy? By becoming the fullness of your personality’s potential, you are a hand of God, so to speak. The trick is to do it in alignment with your soul’s wisdom.

Neptune is quincuxing this New Moon, urging you to trust your heart’s feeling intuition, even in the face of the unknown. With Venus also in Leo, love will inform your creative expressions and give you courage. Mars, having just entered Sagittarius, conjoining Saturn and trining the New Moon, will lend wisdom and purpose to your actions. So, if you get an inspired idea during this New Moon, trust it deeply and commit.

Saturn has been retrograding since March 25 and now turns direct onAugust 13. Since it also remains in square with Neptune into September, it is time to take what you’ve learned about your beliefs over the past four months, perhaps involving some disillusionment, and incorporate it into this next cycle of creating your heart’s desires. Devotion and discipline are key factors.

Discernments will come as Mercury in Virgo squares this Saturn/Neptune alliance August 6-7, focusing awareness on your beliefs regarding service versus servitude. When Venus in Virgo squares that same duo on August 13-14, the invitation will be to gently relax your inner critic and follow your joy and playfulness instead of your fear.

Full Moon Aug 2016

The Full Moon is on August 18 in Aquarius.

A Full Moon casts light on the shadows of the sign polarities. Leo, in shadow, is domineering and unaware of the needs of others. The Aquarius shadow is unaware that changing the world begins with self. Again, opening your heart to your soul’s warm radiant light, through joy and gratitude, dissolves the shadows and is the doorway, for us all, to creating a more beautiful future, personally, and for the world.


Barry Kerr, a soul-based, evolutionary astrologer, has 35 years of experience with an international clientele. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed therapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology, energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15-minute consultation to explore if this is for you. Visit www.ChooseConsciousLiving.com for more information or email Barry at Barry@ChooseConsciousLiving.com.

Current Transits for July, 2016

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July 2016: Cancer, The Moon & Current Transits

By Barry Kerr

The Sun moved into Cancer on June 20.

The Moon rules the sign of Cancer. The Moon reflects our soul’s core intention to incarnate as human: emotions. Cancer completes the first set of elements in the journey around the zodiac: Aries/fire/inspiration, Taurus/earth/physicality, Gemini/air/mental awareness and now Cancer/water/feelings. From the illusion of separation at birth, we develop our ego’s sense of self, place and relationship in our environment. Given only that, we could get lost in the illusion; thus the need for emotions. It is our emotional experiences that lead us to our heart and thus to the less logical, more intuitive understanding of who we really are, beyond our ego.

In Cancer, our Moon feels the underlying divine connections we have to other souls: parents, siblings, family, etc. These feelings create bonds of affection and sentiment, longings for connection, as well as fear and sadness around a lack of connection. To our rational Mercury mind, this is all very messy and unnecessary and can often appear as a threat to the survival of our ego. Yet, in our emotions, we learn there is a powerful synergy in certain of our relationships that somehow adds to our sense of self, rather than detract. This, we call love.

The sign and house your Moon is in will reflect the way you experience and process your emotions, the themes that most often trigger your feelings, and the way you create emotional security for yourself.  For example, a Moon in Aries/3rd house is most likely triggered in situations involving miscommunications or assertion of ideas. If emotionally upset, she will choose to be alone, to write, or read or think things through.  A Moon in Scorpio/11th house is more likely triggered by a feeling of emotional vulnerability and will recoup by staying hidden, while supporting others. Understanding these personality tendencies in our self and in those we love can go a long way toward helping us to love our self and each other more effectively.

When we care for, nurture, and protect each other, not only do we increase our capacity for physical survival, but at some deep subliminal level, we experience in our physical existence, the reality beyond the illusion of our five senses, namely, that in spirit, we are all one. Indeed, that which we experience and call love is what we are. The intensity of our familial relationships testifies to this truth.

Thus, it is in Cancer, through our Moon, that we begin the process of “remembering” our greater soul self, our heritage in a family of souls, connecting to the love around us and within us. Through this emotional “rebirth” we are better prepared for the next phase of our human journey, which in Leo, is to shine the loving and passionate light of our Sun, as a unique child of divine creation.  However, if our inner Moon is wounded, emotional insecurity and aloneness will follow us, obscuring and distorting the light of our star.

Current Transits

New Moon July 2016The New Moon is on July 4.

This New Moon features the Sun, Moon, and six other planets forming a harmonic grand trine in water signs. The invitation is to more deeply understand and integrate our feminine side. For millennia, the feminine side of human nature has been suppressed. At this critical time, if humanity is to survive, we must create balance between our feminine and masculine.

Working to that end has been the Uranus-Pluto square, hitting seven times between 2010 and 2015 and still in play through 2019. That dynamic has stirred up rebellion, power struggles and transformation across the planet. Eris, our newest dwarf planet, is the feminine match to assertive and angry Mars. Eris speaks truth to power, relentlessly demanding that the truth be acknowledged by all. Currently, Eris is conjoining Uranus, bringing her righteous attitude to our drive for authentic progress.

Early July, while Eris’s fiery brother, Mars, is steeped in water, is a good time to nurture home and family. How well am I caring for my body, heart, mind and soul? By the Capricorn Full Moon on July 19, this inward awareness will turn outward, calling us to take responsibility for the world around us in ways that support the balance of our inner and outer lives, our feminine and masculine expressions. As Mercury and Venus move into fiery Leo, and Mars aligns with Sun and Moon, Eris, then in earthy Taurus, just may make her presence felt in earnest. Neptune’s divine influence will encourage us to lead with our hearts, not our heads.


Barry Kerr, a soul-based, evolutionary astrologer, has 35 years of experience with an international clientele. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed therapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology, energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15-minute consultation to explore if this is for you.  Visit www.ChooseConsciousLiving.com for more information or email Barry at Barry@ChooseConsciousLiving.com.

Current Transits for June 2016

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By Barry Kerr

The Sun moved into Gemini on May 20: Fleet-footed Mercury rules the sign of Gemini. After establishing our right to exist with Mars/Aries and connecting to our body and resources with Venus/Taurus, it’s now time to begin exploring our environment. Mercury represents our rational, logical thinking mind, which takes in information through our five physical senses, processes that information, and communicates the results.

Our thoughts are primarily driven by our values and needs (Venus) and determine our actions (Mars). These three functions (Mercury, Venus and Mars) are the primary components of our animal existence. (The Moon in Cancer will add the layer of emotions, birthing our humanity.)

Our brain (Mercury) typically runs the show. Through logic and reason, we’re able to organize perceptions into memories, associations, symbols, lessons, and possibilities. Through symbols, we are able to communicate our thoughts to others, thus combining our brain with theirs into a web of mental synergy that increases our capacity for collective survival. As we extend our mental awareness outward, experiencing our relationships to things and people, our mind creates a reality, a story of life, which becomes the evolving phenomenon we call our “self”, the very limited perspective defining our ego.  

The sign your Sun is in will be the filter that determines the central qualities of your ego self. However, the sign your Mercury is in will determine the way your mind assists you toward that expression. For example, a person with Sun in Libra will ultimately be driven toward relationships more than most people, and if that person’s Mercury is in Virgo, her mind will be most curious about practical feedback and analysis within relationships. However with Mercury in Scorpio, that person will be most curious about the emotional undercurrents within relationships.

One of the most important processes that form our ego is that of comparisons with other(s). Contrasts and similarities define our sense of self, and because this world of time and space consists of dualities and polarities, we find ourselves exploring various ends of those spectrums, curious to discover and learn about them. This is why Gemini people can be so curious, fickle and easily distracted, yet delightfully interested in all points of view. There is an innocent and neutral mental exploration in process.

When our inner Mercury is wounded or dysfunctional, we can feel a sluggish awareness, intellectual inferiority, or communication problems, sometimes leading to overcompensating in these areas. As a healing issue, it’s about becoming more aware of the principles of duality.  

Mercury plays a necessary and important role in our ability to navigate the physical world. Because it is the major engine of our ego’s construction and existence, it is also the primary inhibitor in our intended journey toward transcending our ego’s limited perspective and reclaiming our intuitive awareness, seeing our selves as divine beings, whole and immortal, and only temporarily subjected to the illusions of limitedness in this world.

In each lifetime, as our Mercury explores the plethora of dynamics within the polarities of time and space, our soul is able to absorb these experiences, add them to our accumulated soul knowledge, and apply the gained wisdom to new incarnations. Thus, we become masters, and it is in Gemini that our commitment to learn is renewed.  

Current Transits: The New Moon is on June 4. Venus joins the Sun and Moon in Gemini, giving an emphasis to your values and relationships. How aware are you of the relationship between the two? Ask questions. With this moon opposing Saturn in Sagittarius and squaring Neptune in Pisces, it’s an auspicious time to bring cognitive awareness to the influence of your beliefs and spiritual aspirations on your relationships. The ongoing dance between Saturn and Neptune is challenging the practical effectiveness of our ideals.

At the same time, Mercury trines with Jupiter and Pluto, bringing mental clarity to the relationship between optimism/opportunities versus the dark tendencies of establishment powers.

Full Moon June 2016The Full Moon is on June 20. Venus will slip into Cancer, inviting the emotional rewards of your New Moon intentions. Neptune will have gone retrograde (backward) on June 13, in square with retrograde Saturn, amplifying the already established tension between idealism and practicality. The potential with this Full Moon is to stay sensitive to the emotional quality of your relationships even as you engage with political and spiritual conflict.

Special Note: Barry will be doing astrology mini-readings at the North Earth Psychic Fair in Spring Green on Saturday, June 18, from 10am to 4pm. $35 for 25 minute reading. Albany Street Courtyard in Spring Green. Sponsored by 43/90 North Earth Gifts.  Schedule reading at 608-588-3313  or cecilia@northearth.com, day of event only.

Barry Kerr, a soul-based, evolutionary astrologer, has 35 years of experience with an international clientele. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed psychotherapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology, energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15-minute consultation to explore if this is for you.  Visit www.ChooseConsciousLiving.com for more information or email Barry at Barry@ChooseConsciousLiving.com.

Venus & Current Transits for May, 2016

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By Barry Kerr

The Sun moved into Taurus on April 19.

Taurus is ruled by planet Venus. In our journey around the zodiac, after asserting our spiritual essence into physical human form via Mars in Aries, our Venus sets about gaining a healthy connection to the physical world. This includes how we relate to our body, to physical resources like food, clothes and shelter, and to nature.  At the same time we learn to enjoy the beauty and miracle of being in physical form, to delight in our five senses of sight, sound, smell, taste and touch. Much of this learning is fundamental to surviving on the physical plane.  We strengthen our commitment to building and maintaining a self, claiming territory for our ego to grow.

Think of a seed planted in spring. Its life force is there, ready to actualize its growth into form and eventually bear fruit. Taurus is the early stage of the seed sprouting, sending roots into the earth and growing a shoot up into the world to engage with the environment around it.

The healthy result of our Taurus experience is to develop the ability to provide for our self, to gain the things (money) that we need to maintain existence and well-being. Yet that extends past the tangible needs into the other basic human needs of love and comfort. To do that, we first have to establish a sense of self-worth. Without the necessary feeling of intrinsic worth, we may not even make the effort to attain our needs, much less our comforts.

Venus is the part of us that wants and needs to relate, both to things and to people. When our Venus is doing well, we are willing to give ourselves the pleasures of life. That includes delicious food, comfortable and attractive surroundings, and a sense of abundance. We feel comfortable in our body. Through this process, our Venus forms our values: what do we like and not like? This applies to people, too, in a practical way, however it is in the sign of Libra that Venus explores the emotional dimensions of relationship.

When our Venus is wounded or undeveloped, we experience a lack of self-worth, lack of abundance, lack of values, and/or an unbalanced desire for money and possessions. We might feel overly dependent on others or extremely self-contained, needing no one.  We might feel unattractive or that our body does not support us.  

Current Transits

The New Moon is on May 6

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With the Moon, Sun, Venus and Mercury all in the earthy sign of Taurus, the focus is on paying attention to both the practical needs of your survival and to what delights your senses and gives you pleasure.  This new moon is a good time to set intentions on listening better to your body. What can your body “tell” you about how aligned your intentions and actions are with your values? As a spiritual being, what is the proper balance with materiality?

The above planets are in a pragmatic trine with Jupiter and Pluto.  Jupiter in Virgo supports your ability to discern your spiritual truths while Pluto in Capricorn empowers you to align those truths with practical action.

Jupiter also forms a T-square with Saturn and Neptune during most of May. Saturn in Sagittarius is challenging you to question your beliefs and take responsibility to move beyond what remains of any old religious and cultural programming that promotes the separateness of matter and spirit, body and soul.

The Sagittarius Full Moon on May 21 will shine a light on where your reasoning mind is out of alignment with your beliefs. The Sun in Gemini emphasizes information and data, while the Moon in opposing Sagittarius reflects your interpretation of that information, which is often an emotional “spin”. With Mars hugging the Moon closely, be careful not to be overconfident in your convictions. Take time to consider all perspectives.

There are currently five planets (half) in retrograde, with Saturn and Pluto continuing into summer. By summer’s end, they will be joined by Uranus and Neptune. One accumulative affect of these seemingly backward moving planets is to create very unpredictable events. The current election cycle is a prime example of that. We can expect to see many more surprises and “reversals” in the election and in world events. On a more personal level, the challenge is to keep an open mind and heart as to what is possible in this quickening of the collective human consciousness. Stay grounded in your body. This is a key to discerning your inner intuitive messages that will help you negotiate the coming changes.


Barry Kerr, a soul-based, evolutionary astrologer, has 35 years of experience with an international clientele. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed psychotherapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology, energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15-minute consultation to explore if this is for you.  Visit www.ChooseConsciousLiving.com for more information or email Barry at Barry@ChooseConsciousLiving.com.

Current Transits for April, 2016

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By Barry Kerr

Special Note: Barry will be at the Well Life Expo April 2-3, offering a presentation on soul-based astrology and mini-readings.

The Sun moved into Aries on March 19.

Aries is ruled by planet Mars. At the “beginning” of the circular zodiac, Aries represents the fiery insertion of the spirit into the physical world of time and space. When each of us is conceived, a spark of our soul light ignites our human embryonic form and sets in motion a trajectory of our soul’s power to cause change in this world. It begins with the multitude of tiny changes that form our body and continues after birth to develop our personality and empower the physical actions we assert with our tiny bodies. This spark of spirit is what Mars represents in us.

Mars is the assertion of our individual power and thus relates to decisiveness, aggression, protection, desire and action. This is the stuff in us that causes change to happen in alignment with our unique soul expression. If our Mars is not fully alive and willing to express, then it is more likely that we will experience our life passively, as if it’s all happening “to” us, instead of “by” us.

It’s no wonder that in ancient times, Mars was the god worshiped by those who longed for more power in the world. Whether it was war, athletics or sexual prowess, Mars/Ares was the go-to archetype to inspire self-confidence and determination.

Yet, our inner Mars does not act in a vacuum. There are many other parts to our human and soul expressions, and for each of us, the dynamics between those inner aspects are different and unique. This is what an astrological birth chart can show us.

A study of different birth charts shows that for some people, their Mars is accentuated and acts in harmony and ease with most of their other inner parts, as represented by the other planets. Thus, for those people, the energy and vitality of their life force is easily expressed through their bodies. They are decisive and take action and risks, in what others might sometimes judge as an uninhibited selfishness.

For others, their Mars is in conflict with many of their other inner parts. Thus, they have a hard time asserting their will or even feeling the energy to do so. Or if they do make a decision and take action, it seems to create problems or take extra effort or awareness.

These differences that show up in each of our charts, and therefore in our experiences, is not without meaning and purpose. Each of our incarnations is a journey through the physical world of dualities which the zodiac represents. Each lifetime presents us challenges, lessons and blessings as a unique strategy for our soul’s evolvement. Whether amplified with synergy, repressed with complicated conditions, or something in between, how Mars shows up in our chart is determined by our soul (karma), before birth, and is inevitably a wise and loving support to fulfilling our soul’s purpose for this lifetime.

Current Transits

The New Moon is on April 7

The Sun and Moon align in Aries, inviting our intentions to be decisive and take action. Uranus joins in, too, encouraging us to trust our intuitions, see beyond what the world tells us is possible, and reach boldly for what we desire. This trillium is in trine with Saturn and Mars in Sagittarius, which lends a sensible and confident energy to be organized, practical and persistent, in alignment with a meaningful, spiritual view.

This New Moon is square to Pluto, so the Aries energy of individual empowerment and freedom will tend to rub against the establishment powers that be, inviting the transformative process of destruction and re-birth.

Mars will be in trine with Venus for a few weeks. This will give light-hearted ease to our relationships, with a balance between loyalty and independence.

A more challenging aspect during the entire month is Mars’ square to Jupiter oppose Neptune. With Mars, Jupiter invites an abundance of opportunity and energy, but a caution to not overdo. Neptune inspires a deep longing to take actions that will bring more love and beauty to our world, but can also confuse our intentions from our ego’s limited perspective. And with Jupiter opposing Neptune, there is a strong challenge to hold our optimism within a framework of divine possibility without attachment to outcomes.

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The Full Moon in Scorpio on April 22 will reflect the fruition of the New Moon intentions, giving us a better understanding of how much our decisions and actions have affected the tangible world before us and/or have been energetic investments into the more invisible matrix of background evolvement toward our intuitive visions.


Barry Kerr, a soul-based, evolutionary astrologer, has 35 years of experience with an international clientele. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed psychotherapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology, energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15-minute consultation to explore if this is for you. Visit www.ChooseConsciousLiving.com for more information or email Barry at Barry@ChooseConsciousLiving.com.

Current Transits for March, 2016

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By Barry Kerr

The sun moves into Pisces on February 19.

Pisces is ruled by planet Neptune. Pisces is the “end” of the zodiac progression of signs, and marks the culmination of the involvement of human awareness back to spiritual wholeness. Neptune is that part in each of us that is able to experience our oneness with all that is. When we are able to feel connection and compassion for others, for humanity as a whole, even for other species, and for ourselves, we draw from our “spiritual heart” which Neptune represents. The energy of Pisces entices us to live from that greater heart as a way of life.

This hasn’t been easy for humans to do. In the illusion of separateness that this physical world presents to our limited five senses, we have tended to live in fear of others, afraid that death is the end of all we hold dear. Religions have given us hope for more and at times have been instrumental in “awakening” some individuals to actually experience more. However, in the end, religion can only be a set of beliefs and practices that at best point the way (more of a Sagittarius/Jupiter affect) and at worst, detract from and block the way.

Though unseen by humans until modern times, Neptune has always been at play in our inner worlds. For lack of experience in how to activate our inner Neptune in a healthy way, we humans have made distorted attempts. Drugs, alcohol, cults, martyrdom, mental illnesses and other means have been used for ages to imitate the expanded heart feelings we have when in our genuine mystical connection to others. On the other hand, substance-abuse and other means of escapism have been used to shut down the pain we have felt when our greater hearts have actually begun to connect compassionately to the collective pain body of humanity while still unable to develop and sustain the vital force of light and love available to us through true alignment with our soul. It’s the artists and mystics of the world who have historically found higher ground in this journey.

It was when the planet Neptune was first discovered by scientists in 1849 that humans first began in large numbers to claim freedom from religious authority and declare the rights of individuals to discover their own path toward “God”, toward spiritual enlightenment. What were before only secrets and occult schools of mystical wisdom, now became popular movements in our societies, allowing thousands, for the first time in history to be able to say, “I am spiritual, but not religious”, without being killed or banished by society.

Now, in current times, there is a mass spiritual awakening across the globe as humankind confronts the crises of collective survival that naturally evolved from living in the illusion of separateness. It is Pisces the calls to our inner Neptunes to feel past the fears, remember we are all eternal love spirit, and live our lives with bold and loving affirmation for creating the beautiful world our hearts know is possible.

Current transits

The new moon on March 8 brings together five heavenly bodies in Pisces, including Neptune itself, mercury ( mind ), and Chiron ( healing ). This is an auspicious time for you and humanity to take a bold leap of faith by committing to infuse spiritual awareness and fearless compassion into grounded plans for the future. This is in large part due to Saturns (pragmatic realism) square with Neptune for the course of this year. Don’t let others dissuade you from using your intuition, imagination and dreams as guides to your truth about what is possible. Uranus (intuition) continues to trine with Saturn. You are in good company and you are needed. Just watch that you are not looking for escape or fantasy.

Look on your own birth chart into which house this new moon falls. This, along with any natal planets and aspects there, will give you clues as to which part of your life you are most able to make a solid contribution by expressing your heart with more spiritual awareness.

On March 23, just after the spring equinox, the full moon will have the Sun in Aries, along with Mercury. That will be the time to turn your commitment into clearheaded actions. Mars (personal power) is approaching Saturn, boosting the energy of pragmatic actions. When Mars goes retrograde in April and May, there will be pause for recalibrating actions, before Mars hits Saturn exact in August.


Barry Kerr, a certified soul-based astrologer, has 35 years of experience with an international clientele, including many medical professionals and alternative healers. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed psychotherapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in  Madison. Both have extensive training in soul guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology, energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison Wisconsin. Inquiries are welcome – free 15 minute consultation to explore if this is for you. Visit www.ChooseConsciousLiving.com for more information.

 

Current Transits for February, 2016

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By Barry Kerr

The Sun moved into Aquarius on January 20.
Aquarius is ruled by Uranus and resonates with freedom, authenticity, intuition and seeing past the limits of the status quo. Our inner Saturn agreed to conform to the seeming limits of the world, but our inner Uranus, orbiting just beyond Saturn, intuitively knows what our five senses cannot perceive, and prompts us, like Aquarian Star Trek, “to go where no man has gone before”.

Planet Uranus wasn’t discovered until 1781, though it has always played a subversive role in the unfolding of human culture and evolution. Discovered during the American and French revolutions, it inspired change for democracy and freedom around the planet. This radical, collective expression of freedom was necessary to allow the individuation we needed to eventually grow out of religion and into spirituality.

On a personal level, Uranus urges you to not get trapped in the illusions and limited thinking of the physical world. It’s a guide from your larger soul, maintaining a helpful, though sometimes disruptive influence on ego. Conscious of it or not, it gives you the information you need to stay true to your soul’s lifetime intention. As Uranus comes into play through the cycles of your life, you feel an increased tension around what is out of integrity. On your birth chart, the signs, houses and planets touched by Uranus will reveal the themes and issues emphasized during those times.

Particularly, at age 38-42, Uranus reaches the halfway point of its 84 year orbit and sits exactly opposite its natal position. This profound life passage relates to what has traditionally been called the “midlife crisis”. Whatever choices you’ve made by way of lifestyle, commitments, and values are tested against your feelings of authenticity. What falls short becomes less tolerable. You long for change. Depending on how true you have been to your soul’s path, this can be a radical and disruptive revolution in your life, or an acceleration and liberating deepening of your life path. Changes will happen, voluntarily or not. It’s a natural part of our growth cycle. Resistance creates suffering.

On the collective societal, we are in a similar “crisis” of vision and authenticity regarding our organized systems and institutions. During Aquarius, awareness of this dissonance is demanding our attention more than ever. And just as on the individual level, once we see past the limits of the status quo, there is no going back, even if the necessary changes bring us some chaos, challenges and pain.

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Current Transits

As Venus conjoins Pluto (exact Feb 6) in Capricorn, trine Jupiter and sextile Chiron, you may notice your need intensifies for deep, intimate, healing connection with an “other”. Watch for possessiveness and jealously and use these emotions to guide you to the vulnerable intimacy you seek. At another level, you may notice your intolerance for social injustice, indifference of public officials, and choose to commit to making a difference.

The New Moon in Aquarius on Feb 8 is a perfect time to make such a commitment to social change. As Uranus continues to harmonize in trine with Saturn for a few months, there is support to balance progressive vision with pragmatic action, and this new moon sits sweetly, right between the two. On a personal level, it’s an excellent time to commit to taking steps toward aspirations that up to now have seemed beyond possible. At the Full Moon on February 22, Neptune will be conjoining the Sun in Pisces to heighten your idealism, while the Moon, opposite in Virgo, will apply some pragmatic counterforce and perhaps some necessary self-criticism to adjust your strategies and expectations. Collectively, this could be a time for Americans to take a breath after the early primary results and reassess perspectives.

Saturn and Neptune will continue to square throughout 2016, challenging your ability to stay out of fear about what you cannot control, instead choosing faith in your heart to bring the strength of your soul into meaningful action. It’s important to discern which friends, which music, which input (which candidates) nurture your faith in humanity and which influence you to slide into escapism and depression.

Barry Kerr, a certified soul-based astrologer, has 35 years of experience with an international clientele, including many medical professionals and alternative healers. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed psychotherapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology, energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15 minute consultation to explore if this is for you. Visit www.ChooseConsciousLiving.com for more information.

Current Transits for December, 2015 through January, 2016

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By Barry Kerr

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The Sun moves into Capricorn on December 21.

Saturn is the planet that rules Capricorn and channels the energy of Cap through us. Saturn represents that part of each of us that agreed, as spirit, to come into physical form as a human. Why? To learn all about how the physical realm works so as to bring our light into this dense plane of existence more effectively, becoming conscious of our roles as co-creators of this world. Ultimately, in full consciousness, it is about more beauty, love, joy and fun within a physical form!

But getting there involves many lessons. Thus, Saturn becomes the enforcer of rules, limits, consequences, discipline, and often, pain. Jupiter, our inner magical child of infinite and unlimited spirit doesn’t like this, at least at first.

With time, however, Jupiter learns to appreciate Saturn. Like a loving father who has had to let us learn “the hard way”, Saturn is always right there to lend a helping hand and teach us as soon as we take accountability for our choices and actions, learn our lesson, and try anew. And optimistic Jupiter always wants to try anew.

 

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Saturn takes about 29 years to circle the zodiac. Each seven years or so, as it either squares or opposes it’s original position in your birth chart, you experience a time for making choices, letting go of attachments and taking responsibility. Each of these passages helps define you. Inner promptings and outward events challenge you to let go of past errors of habit and make choices and commitments. Your level of consciousness and self-awareness determines the story you tell yourself, which determines your will to resist or embrace what is needed, which determines your emotional experience.

The big one comes at age 28-30, when Saturn returns to the place it was at when we were born. This 1st Saturn Return is one of the most important and fateful astrological transits in our life. It’s like a reality check on your life. What’s working? What isn’t? In what ways have you been in denial? In what ways have you been distracted from your true path?

Many people experience the painful ripping-away of relationships, jobs and other attachments. Some refuse to let go and suffer pain for years or decades, missing their authentic path of healing and growth. If they cannot take responsibility by their 2nd Saturn Return in their late 50’s, life will feel even more difficult. Their karma becomes harder to resolve. These are the ones who just never seem to grow into self-responsibility.

For others, those who have been conscious enough to make authentic choices and/or corrections ahead of time, the 1st Saturn Return may still impose removals, discipline, limits and more responsibility, but it’s not as painful. They can appreciate that Saturn is providing support by focusing their attention, giving their life definition, and pointing them toward the goals they came to achieve in this lifetime.

To achieve anything in this physical world, to manifest an intention, requires committing to a choice and conforming to the principles of time and space. Sure, it’s not the same in spirit world, but here on/in earth, we’ve agreed to play by these rules. Doing so is rewarded with a sense of fulfillment and peace.

So, as the Sun moves through Capricorn this month, your inner Saturn is calling you to stay more conscious that you are a soul having a human experience, and you are here to bring your infinite source of light and love into manifesting the world you are co-creating for your self and together, collectively, with humanity.

Current Transits

Giving a sharper focus to the Capricorn intention are three major transits. First, the Uranus –Pluto square (individualism, freedom and progress vs. entrenched powers that be) that began in 2007 will continue to provide a greater context to all other transits through 2020. Pluto ultimately intends evolving transformation.

Second, Saturn will trine Uranus through this month and then on and off through 2016. This harmonic angle to Uranus creates an ability to channel the intuitive and liberating force of individuality and change through Saturn’s disciplined and responsible service to stability and structure. This month and this year should be marked by many flashes of revolutionary inspirations making way into what have heretofore been old, tired and obstinate institutions and systems. It’s a time for innovative ideas to get traction in the real world. This applies to your personal life as much as to the world at large. How authentic is your life?

At the same time, Saturn continues to square Neptune all year (see last months column for details). Expect challenges to old beliefs (maybe yours) and further disillusionment with authorities and structures as the collective synergy of conscious souls brings compassion and spiritual awareness to a new world order. At the same time, Saturn may check ungrounded ideals and dreams. Not everyone has awakened…yet.

Uranus, retrograde for most of 2015, goes direct on this Christmas Day Full Moon. “Expect the unexpected” is part of the Uranus force that has ripened and is ready to be unleashed. Then, when the New Moon on January 9 conjoins with volcanic Pluto, we’re on our way! One way or another, 2016 will be a precipitous year, leading to substantial, practical changes to world order in the years to come.


Barry Kerr, a certified soul-based astrologer, has 35 years of experience with an international clientele, including many medical professionals and alternative healers. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed psychotherapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology,  energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15 minute consultation to explore if this is for you. Visit www.ChooseConsciousLiving.com for more information.

 

Current Transits for December, 2015

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By Barry Kerr

The Sun moves into Sagittarius on November 22. Jupiter rules the sign of Sagittarius and reflects the part of us that seeks truth and meaning in our existence. That is because Jupiter is our inner spiritual child that remembers, down in our gut, that we are really spirit, a soul, not limited by this world of seeming limits. Jupiter seeks how to return to wholeness of spirit. Jupiter asks the big questions. Why? How?

In Scorpio, we are confronted with the intensity of self-reflection, our heart ripped open, exposing our ego for what it is, an illusion of our mind. In emotional chaos, we invoke spirit, searching for answers, and begin to sense our soul’s presence. Now, our Jupiter is thrilled to discover an entirely adventure, a whole new paradigm of truths to explore.

This is the energy of Sagittarius: adventure, travel, and exploration, both outwardly and inwardly. By exploring the larger patterns of human endeavors, the cosmic connections of concepts and ideas, and the intuitive downloads of inspired understandings, we expand our awareness of what lies outside the five bodily senses that feed our human mind. In Sag, we learn to rely less on our logical faculties and more on our soul intuition. This larger perspective is what is needed to increase the potential for the next part of the cycle, Capricorn, where we will apply this larger perspective to being manifestors.

Saturn is squaring Neptune – Now into 2017. This is an important, long-term transit affecting all of us, individually and collectively. Understanding it will give you insight into the international conflicts and politics over the next year and your personal response to them.

Saturn represents the part of us that agreed to come into the physical world as a human. When it acts in our lives, it is seeking to conform to the rules of time and space, the polarities of the physical world. This brings up issues of limits, rules, structure, discipline, definition, choices, commitments, consequences, responsibility, and accountability. Saturn provides a “reality check” on our lives. Ideals are fine, but this physical world forces us to ground those into its rules if we want to manifest them. That can feel dauntingly scary.

Neptune, on the other hand, is the part of us that actually does imagine a more ideal world. That’s because it is a part of us, beyond our ego/personality, that still connects us to the world of pure spirit. If unconscious, it can play out as fantasy and escapism or through addictions to pain numbing substances.  When conscious, Neptune awakens our ability to feel our soul and the existing divine perfection. Neptune is currently in Pisces, it’s home, prompting our inner mystics to wake up and amplify.

So now, as these inner parts of us dance a tango, they may sound very different, with conflicting aims, but there is an innate attraction that can lead to a fertile relationship, yet not without some periods of delusion, confusion and disillusionment.

When Saturn came into Sagittarius in Dec of 2014, it brought its “get real” focus on the themes of religion, spirituality and deep science, affecting our deeply held beliefs and meanings.  For more than two years, we are all being challenged to question whether our beliefs are authentic. Do they truly serve us? Can we let go of some and bring new structure to others?

This is profoundly connected to the Saturn-Neptune square, as life events expose the degree to which we are still in escapism and addictions to cover up our responsibility to take charge of what we are creating in this world.

Does the reality that Saturn imposes scare us into closing down our intuitive sense of what is possible? Or does our conscious, mystical experience of divine perfection boost our ability to stay present to what is and to apply our wisdom, skill and talent to creating the more beautiful world we know is possible?

This is a dynamic that will play out for our planet over the next year. If you watch the political and social scene, it’s pretty easy to see. How is it affecting you?

The Dalai Lama channeled this transit when he said about the recent ISIS attacks on Paris, “We cannot solve this problem only through prayers…I am a Buddhist and I believe in praying. But humans have created this problem, and now we are asking God to solve it. It is illogical. God would say, solve it yourself because you created it in the first place.”

Barry Kerr, a certified soul-based astrologer, has 35 years of experience with an international clientele, including many medical professionals and alternative healers. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed psychotherapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology,  energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15 minute consultation to explore if this is for you.  Visit www.ChooseConsciousLiving.com for more information.

Current Transits for October/November, 2015

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By Barry Kerr

The Sun moves into Scorpio on October 23.

The shift from Libra to Scorpio is similar to the shift from the airy ideals of the wedding, honeymoon, and early days of marriage to the deep running currents of conflict, vulnerability and true intimacy, when love is often doubted; when self and other seem as enemies.

It is fitting that at Halloween we don our masks and show our darker, scarier sides, flirting with the spirits behind the veil of death. Scorpio is fascinated with death and birth and teaches us that all deaths are actually preludes to rebirths.  In the vulnerable crucible of intimate conflicts with those closest to us, our ego fights to avoid certain death, but it’s an illusion of time and space. In reality, we are each an eternal and unique expression of spirit, infinitely larger than our little and temporary egos, and capable of surviving the worst fates our ego’s mind can imagine.

Before Pluto was discovered in 1930, Scorpio was always ruled by the planet Mars because Mars represents our power to protect the ego, to assert our individual will and right to exist into the world. Mars is our warrior and will kill to survive. So it makes sense that our Mars would be stirred to action in our Scorpio episodes of life.  However, Pluto represents a part of our transpersonal self, a part that is the higher octave of Mars.  It too is about power, but it draws from a collective synergy of power. We experience it as the overpowering institutions around us; political, religious, and economic, yet it is Scorpios intention that we eventually discover we are not victims to external powers, not even to that other ego who may share our bed. In truth, all the powers we recognize outside ourselves are also available within ourselves.

To access such self-empowerment requires a transformation in our ego, and the doors to such transformation lie exactly at the center of conflicts which appear to threaten the ego’s very existence. Scorpio invites us to look past the melodramas of the moment, to let down the shield of self-preservation, and to look deeply into the other until we see our self clearly reflected back to us, not just the shallow mask of our ego, but the incredibly profound river of unconditional love and divine beauty that we call our soul. And when we see it, we know there is no separation between us and other. Our souls blend as part of a greater whole, with nothing to fear or defend.

Pluto is the part of us that seeks this transformation. Scorpio is the energy of life that resonates with that intention.

Full Moon on October 27.

As the Sun radiates the intense Scorpio energy of change and transformation across the earth, the Moon’s light reflects our emotional need to hunker down to some semblance of stability and predictable outcomes that satisfy our needs and personal values. It’s a tension that require our conscious effort to negotiate our relationships with self-empowered strength, true to ourselves, but with a willingness to remain vulnerable to new truths, hidden feelings and intuitive possibilities.

Venus, Mars, and Jupiter conjoined and trined by Pluto: Helping us do that is a conjoining of Mars (assertiveness), Venus (values and relationship) and Jupiter (expansiveness and spiritual seeking) in Virgo (attention to practical details and getting it right).  This constellation of three is harmonically trined by Pluto (transformation) in Capricorn (order and manifestation). 

Chiron opposes the above: Chiron (old wounds and healing energy) in Pisces (spiritual experience), thus it’s important to see how you may be triggered by the past during this full moon.

Neptune trines Sun: Fortunately, Neptune (unconditional lover and mystic) is also in Pisces and trines the Sun, lending compassionate energy our intentions within the Scorpion challenges.

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New Moon on November 11

When the Sun and Moon conjoin in Scorpion as a new moon, it will be an especially auspicious time to resolve troubling issues in relationships and/or set the intention to do so over the next month. Egos and emotions will cooperate as Jupiter (abundant good will) and Chiron (healing energy) both form harmonizing aspects to the new moon, even as they oppose each other. Indeed, intimate vulnerability can lead to profound healing and spiritual expansion. Conflicts left unresolved can deepen the pain of wounds that eventually lead to spiritual growth, but perhaps much later.  So go for it now.


Barry Kerr, a certified soul-based astrologer, has 35 years of experience with an international clientele, including many medical professionals and alternative healers. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed psychotherapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology,  energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15 minute consultation to explore if this is for you.  Visit www.ChooseConsciousLiving.com for more information.

 

Current Transits for October 2015

by Barry Kerr

The Sun moved into Libra on September 23

Having spent the first half of the zodiac journey developing the ego “self”, our inner Venus now attracts opportunities to apply our self-knowledge to creating relationship. Come hither, Libra!

It is the Libra in us all that knows that the path to wholeness, in this world, is through relationship with others. The dance between two or more egos invites divine connection. Libra’s spiritual intention is to begin the softening of the boundaries that our ego has formed within the illusion of separateness that this physical world presents as reality. When we are ready for this, relationship and commitment is inviting and exciting. If our ego is holding tight to the illusion, we fear relationship as a threat to self-preservation, though the longing to engage still moves within us.

Through Libra, we are all learning to share, to see things through another’s eyes, to become aware of and support their needs and communicate our own with diplomacy and tact. When doing this well, we remain strongly grounded in our “self”, while also willing to cooperate and create win/win situations. When unconscious, we fear losing our self and become aggressive or defensive, pushing others away, or we fear aloneness and lose touch with our self, over-identify with another, compromise or capitulate altogether. This can lead to a debilitating co-dependence, or trying to always be “nice”, with an obsessive attachment to fairness and justice and a fear of conflict.

What needs healing and growth?

The wounded Libra in each of us feels alone or separate. We long for an “other” to “complete” us and bring balance to our lives. This can be experienced as a fear of being alone, acted out as described above. We may seek harmony around us in any way possible and put on masks of peace and contentment while feeling imbalance and conflict within.  

To heal our Libra selves, we need to embrace that what we seek in others is already in our self. Their beauty is ours. Their lovingness is ours. Their darkness is ours. In this way, we reclaim pieces of our self that need acceptance, appreciation and love, and add to our sense of wholeness, completion and balance. Likewise, as we see ourselves in others, we see through the illusion of separateness. We see their soul reflecting our soul. Each time that happens, we come to know who we really are as spiritual beings, already whole and complete and always connected. In that self-knowing, there is no aloneness to fear.

Additional Support (current planetary transits)

Full Moon Eclipse in Aries on Sept 27.  With the Aries moon opposing the Sun in Libra, this eclipse marks a powerful time to take action or assert yourself regarding a relationship. This has been building for the previous two weeks toward this moment. Eclipses imply a longer lasting impact in our lives, so be aware in this one. If you’ve felt afraid of taking action, perhaps feeling a threat of being left alone personally or socially, this is the time to step through your fear.

Uranus trine Venus. Intuitive Uranus has been building your strong and courageous Aries warrior with inner knowing regarding your relationships and values (Venus). Trust this to help you discern what is allowing you to shine in your relationships and what is keeping you in inauthentic placation. It’s time to celebrate you and let others do the same.

Mercury squares Pluto. As this full moon forms, Mercury is retrograde and squaring Pluto, which just turned direct after retrograding since April. Thus, it is important to integrate whatever introspective understandings you’ve attained about your sense of power and how you use it in communications. Since Venus also recently went direct after a month of retrograde, there are important awarenesses to include about values and relationships. All in all, a powerful time of outward potential shifting due to inward advances in consciousness.  

Mars and Jupiter oppose Neptune.  Active Mars combines in Virgo with expansive Jupiter to bring an abundant amount of energy to you to take practical steps in action. The challenge is to allow Neptune’s spiritual influence to guide your actions from your greater heart. Otherwise, deception or illusion could obscure your intentions.


Barry Kerr, a certified soul-based astrologer, has 35 years of experience with an international clientele, including many medical professionals and alternative healers. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed psychotherapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology, energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15 minute consultation to explore if this is for you.  Visit www.ChooseConsciousLiving.com for more information.

Current Transits for September, 2015

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The Sun moves into Virgo on Aug 23.

After expressing ourselves through Leo, we are ready for some feedback. In the grand scheme of things, what we are doing here, as spirit in human form, is learning how to be conscious co-creators in this time/space dimension we call the physical world. This requires that we pay attention to how this world works, practically, on every level. Meet Virgo: perfect imperfection!

It is the Virgo in us all that focuses attention on the details in our experience. Virgo’s spiritual intention is to get it right, to create life to the highest orders of potential. Thus, when we are in our unconscious Virgo self, we might be fussy, particular, and critical, as we are sensitive to everything that falls short of wholeness and perfection.  The world is giving us feedback so we can improve our selves, our lives and to serve others by improving theirs.

In this process, our Mercury minds take in and analyze a cascade of information about how everything around us and inside of us works or doesn’t work. In affect, Virgo is our inner scientist, applying logic and coolheaded reasoning to our experiences and our relationships. When we do this well, we arrange our daily habits and lifestyles in earthy ways that maintain our health and wholeness, that ground us to the practical boundaries of life, and find useful service.  When we do this poorly, we cut off feelings, suffer illnesses, create work and relationship problems, and/or lose spiritual perspective and connection.  

What needs healing and growth?

The wounded Virgo in each of us feels incomplete, scattered, fragmented, disconnected and/or impure. Something is wrong physically, emotionally, mentally or spiritually and we need to “fix” or “get rid” of it.  This can be experienced as physical illness, hyper-anxiety, over-analysis, obsessive worry, obsession with details, faultfinding, perfectionism, “being right” and inflexibility. There is a nagging sense of dissatisfaction that longs for wholeness and order.

To heal our Virgo selves, we need to learn to appreciate that though this world appears to our logical minds to be chaotic, fragmented and disconnected from order and spirit, it is actually always in perfect spiritual balance and harmony; and so are we. With this polar perspective (Pisces/Neptune), we can accept, love and serve ourselves, others and the world as they are, appreciating we are each on a unique journey back to conscious wholeness as co-creators. Our job is to pay attention and learn to co-create with more wisdom, faith, mastery and love.

Additional Support (current planetary transits)

Full moon in Pisces is on Aug 29. With the Sun (your expression through ego) conjoined with expansive Jupiter in Virgo, whatever strides you made in August to develop your creative, playful juices will come to full fruition, magnifying your attention to the particulars of your creative gifts.  However, feedback may come via the opposing Moon’s (emotions) conjoining with empathic Neptune in Pisces, which will cause unusual sensitivity to the feelings of those around you. Your awareness of the good and troublesome dynamics in your relationships will peak.    

Freedom-loving Uranus trines the love planets, Venus and Mars in Leo through September, bringing intuitive needs for stimulation and freedom in your quest for passion and connection.

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When the Moon catches up to the Sun for a New Moon Virgo on September 13, it will be a good time to set intentions to improve you’re your ability to remain fully expressed in relationships, particularly with a partner.

With both the Sun and Moon opposing the wounded-healer Chiron, your sensitivity to your partner’s pain will be heightened. At the same time Jupiter will oppose Neptune, creating tension between your own fiery need for expression and your empathy for others’ feelings. In addition, Mercury will be opposing Uranus, creating a tendency to force your original ideas onto others and become defensive. The invitation in all this is to set a New Moon intention to become more aware of how your own emotional tender places get triggered while you strive to create excitement and passion in your relationships.

Transformational Pluto’s trine to the Sun and Jupiter for most of the month will test the power dynamics in relationships but strengthen your confidence to know when to be assertive and when to compromise.  

Good Virgo things to do in September

Question your routines and begin to change those outdated, particularly health related. Take time for inner reflection, inviting insights for improving your life, but being kind to yourself. Look for ways to act on your feelings of compassion. Serve. Take up a study or teach.  Watch for how you criticize others and yourself and learn timing, tone and effectiveness.

 

Barry Kerr, a certified soul-based astrologer, has 35 years of experience with an international clientele, including many medical professionals and alternative healers. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed psychotherapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology, energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15 minute consultation to explore if this is for you.  Visit www.ChooseConsciousLiving.com for more information.

Current Transits: Astrology Report for August, 2015

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The Sun moved into Leo on July 22.

Having satisfied our need for love and belonging in the soul-baptising waters of Cancer, we now turn ourselves outward with a radiant shine of pride and warmth, knowing we are a child of “Creator”, ready to share our “special” gifts with those around us. Oh what joy – it’s Leo.

Just as the Sun radiates warmth into our solar system, so our inner Sun shines our inspired individuality into the physical world through our ego/personality. It is by expressing our creativity, playfulness, passion and joy that we fulfill the ego’s limited sense of purpose in life. This is generally very different than our soul’s purpose in this lifetime, but is necessary for the soul to reach it’s goals. To lend our unique talents to the collective creation, we must first know how to actually manifest our own vision and talents.

When we are conscious in this expansion into Leo, we learn to strengthen our individuality, follow our heart’s desire, be willing to take center stage, increase our willpower, enthusiasm, and self-confidence.  By being willing to take risks and look at life as a game, we learn how to have fun and relate to the childlike qualities in others.

Our unconscious Leo might insist on getting its own way, make changes just to show its power, become addicted to taking risks. We might demand others’ attention, create melodrama, or be overly prideful in the face of fear. At times, we might be overly concerned with what’s expected instead of following our own heart.

Blue Moon on July 31

When there are two Full Moons within one calendar month, we call the second one a Blue Moon. This Blue Moon falls in Aquarius. Uranus squaring Mars and trining Mercury, it’s a good time to let your rational mind be open to the intuitive influences that can inform and perhaps redirect your choices in taking action. Your actions tend to spring from emotions right now, while your mind is more tuned into your authentic and creative expression. Trust that Saturn will guide your actions toward a responsible and productive outcome, if you can resist impulsiveness.

Jupiter squares Saturn

Jupiter and Saturn square each other through most of August, so expect to feel a struggle between your need for fun-loving adventure and play and your need to remain disciplined and responsible. There might be a working vacation or an office party.

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New Moon on August 14

During the August New Moon, Venus (relationship and values) conjoins with the luminaries, which trine with Uranus (individual intuition). This will be a good time to set your intentions for the following month to strengthen your ability to radiate your unique expression of love into all your relationships. Just be aware, as Saturn squares this new moon, that you are responsible for paying attention to the affects you have on others and being vulnerable to ask for and accept feedback.

Uranus-Pluto release

After the release of the five year Uranus-Pluto square in May, we’ve seen some of the results of the deep shifts in our societal landscape that have taken place behind the scenes during that time. Expect to see more evidence as the summer and year unfold and these transiting planets trigger yet more revealing events.

Good Leo questions to ask yourself in August

To heal and evolve your Leo self, notice if you have a fear of being seen, recognized, put in the spotlight. Do you feel unworthy of notice, lacking talent or any gift to share? Conversely, do you find yourself trying too hard to be seen, applauded or loved? Do you steel attention at the same time you are feeling unworthy? Do you have a hard time accepting accolades, compliments or attention? Do you live primarily through others’ achievements? Perhaps your children’s.

Good Leo things to do in August

Give yourself permission to shine. Let go of standards, comparisons and judgments. Just follow your creative urges. Draw, sing, sculpt, craft, write, perform. Make having fun the priority, as if you were a child, without regard for outcomes. Play a sport. Compete in a game. Laugh and feel your inner child radiate joy and warmth to those around you. Take pride in your self.


Barry Kerr, a certified soul-based astrologer, has 35 years of experience with an international clientele, including many medical professionals and alternative healers. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed psychotherapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology, energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15 minute consultation to explore if this is for you.  Visit www.ChooseConsciousLiving.com for more information.

Current Transits: Astrology Report for July, 2015

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Sun moved into Cancer on June 21.

In the first quarter of the zodiac, we establish the individual self in the physical world and begin to turn our attention outward. We then notice others and our need to feel connection and belonging. Oh Cancer! – I need love.

Our inner Moon is our emotional self. Feeling, knowing, and sharing our emotions all fall under the realm of the Moon and Cancer. Because our mother and family are typically our first opportunity to feel nurtured and loved, they are a prominent theme. It is in this stage of development, that we learn how to receive and give love, how to belong to a family and tribe. In a world that appears to be all about separation and survival, establishing a bond of loving care with others is primary to our ego’s ability to remain stable and navigate the challenges that life in the greater world will present. Maintaining healthy emotional bonds with family and tribe are essential survival tools in the physical world.

Learning to swim in the watery lake of emotions and feelings is paramount if we are to succeed in the much greater challenges to the ego that will play out down the road in the intimate and raging rivers of Scorpio and the confusing mysteries of oceanic Pisces. For our ego to eventually transcend the fears that worldly illusions create, we must have at least a taste of the unconditional love that originates from the universal, divine mother source. To whatever extent our earthly mother and family may have channeled such love to us, or not, Cancer and the Moon will repeatedly provide us opportunities to nurture our emotional security and wholeness until we know we are always loved.

When conscious, our Cancer notices and validates feelings, our own and others, without judgment and we feel empathetic, supportive and nurturing. From a foundation of emotional security, we can disclose our feelings and insecurities. We can stay centered in our feelings, not fleeing them, and be comfortable with others’ feelings. Our unconscious Cancer can be overly dependent, clingy, moody, insecure, fearful, stuck in the past, avoiding risks and controlling of others through emotional overreactions.

Full Moon on July 1

On one hand, this Full Moon lends Mars/Sun energy and vitality to whatever you choose to do, especially with family and loved ones. On the other hand, it also brings Pluto/Moon intensity to emotions around responsibilities, order and parental discipline. The opposition of these factors could precipitate emotional power struggles with family members or those in your home. Or, with conscious intent, the air could be assertively cleared of past power dynamics that no longer serve well.

Sun opposes Pluto

The first two weeks of July, the Sun in Cancer opposes Pluto in Capricorn. Be aware of your own emotional reactions to powerful forces, personal or collective. Let your actions be informed from that deeper center of compassion and intuitive wisdom.

Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus and Venus Retrograde

In early July, Venus and Jupiter will embrace in Leo while being trined by Uranus. This is about fun and games, beauty and adventure, romance and passion. Uranus’s intuitive drive for independence will push the limits, so be aware, as Saturn in Scorpio begins to square the Venus/Jupiter conjunction over the following weeks, deeper truths of egos and relationships will surface, provoking self examination. When Venus goes retrograde in late July, there will be time to reflect and make amends before accountability is exacted in September and October.

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New Moon on July 15  

Mercury opposing Pluto will promote awareness about your discontent with the world. The luminaries, in trine with Saturn and Chiron, will invite clarity about setting responsible intentions for doing what needs to be done to provide healing to your world. Mercury and Mars, in trine with Neptune, will ensure your intended actions are high minded, but watch for martyrdome.

Good Cancer Questions To Ask Yourself In July

To heal and evolve your Cancer self, pay attention to your emotions. Can you allow yourself to feel and share them? Do you even know what they are telling you? Or do you avoid them, stuff them, “postpone” them? Can you be present to “negative” emotional expression in others without rescuing or fixing? Do you feel unworthy of being loved or giving love? Is that guilt?

Good Cancer Activities in July

Give yourself time to feel whatever you feel. Cry. Cry some more. Throw some pillows around if you feel angry. Scream out loud.  Let whatever is there come to the surface, without need for analysis. Just let it be. Share some tender feelings with someone you trust. Notice other people’s emotions more and ask about them.


Barry Kerr, a certified soul-based astrologer, has 35 years of experience with an international clientele, including many medical professionals and alternative healers. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed psychotherapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology, energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15 minute consultation to explore if this is for you.  Visit www.ChooseConsciousLiving.com for more information.

Current Transits: Astrology report for June, 2015

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By Barry Kerr

Sun moved into Gemini on May 21.

After Taurus grounds our spirit into the physical world, and we build security, we are ready to look around, awaken our curious mind, and connect to our surroundings, including people. OMG, Gemini! – So much to learn. Where do I start!

Our inner Mercury, ruling Gemini, is our rational mind, designed to process information through our fives senses and “make sense” of our environment. Its instinctual function is to discern danger from opportunity. From this limited view, the world appears to be fractured; everything and everyone separate from everything else. Our lower human mind forgets that ultimately, all is divine oneness. So, within the illusion, it learns all it can, about whatever it can, categorizing data, “good or bad”, in order to better survive.

This is basic to Gemini, however Gemini’s spiritual intention is to become aware of the countless ways that spirit manifests through dualities, thoughts, forms, and relationships. In Gemini, we learn how to learn, think, and communicate. If conscious, we learn tact, logic, and objective listening. We seek facts and alternative perspectives, asking questions to learn how others think. Fully conscious, we strengthen our ability to make objective decisions and actions, communicate internal dichotomies, and use non-threatening approaches to expressing our ideas. When our minds can also integrate emotional awareness, we keep a positive outlook on life and people, delighted and fascinated with the diversity we see. Conflicting dualities become complementary polarities. This is prep for our own creativity.

Our unconscious Gemini will tend toward indecisiveness, waiting for more and more information, and trusting other’s perceptions before our own. We tend to gossip, guess what others are thinking, argue or say what others want to hear as misguided attempts to establish connection. Logic overrides our deeper, intuitive truths and we get stuck in our heads.

Full Moon on June 2

In this month’s luminary opposition, you may feel the contrast between your emotionally satisfying deep, intuitive beliefs (Moon Sagittarius) and your rational, concrete thinking brain (Sun and Mercury in Gemini). The dissonance may jar your peace of mind in relationships, challenging you to remain compassionate toward those who reflect your inner tension (Neptune in Pisces, squaring Moon/Sun). With Mars in the mix (conjoining Sun/Mercury), beware of forceful aggression toward others or by others. Drop into your heart before reacting. Agreement does not equate with love.

Mercury squares Neptune all month

These two planets tension echoes the full moon’s dissonance between your rational mind and your compassionate heart. Resolving this duality, individually and collectively, is key to progressive evolvement on this planet.

Pluto – Uranus square is over

Midway through June, Pluto and Uranus will finally finish their five-year square dance, easing the tensions between individual freedom and corporate conformity, the compulsion for radical change and the inertia of conglomerate powers. As the coming months roll by, watch for evidence of what’s already been done, unseen and unreported: foundational cracks and crumbling that are clearing the way for new possibilities to manifest.

New Moon on June 16

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As this New Moon approaches, Neptune and Saturn (squaring and opposing Mercury) will continue to bring self-awareness to how well you take responsibility for and include compassion in your thoughts and communications. It’s a balance. Too much sympathy can cloud pragmatism. Too much judgment can close the heart. Let this New Moon be an opportunity to practice balance.

Venus trines Saturn, then Uranus

During the first part of June, Saturn will bring a sense discipline, responsibility and appropriateness to your Venetian need for relationships and values. This is a good reality check before Venus then trines with Uranus during later June, bringing a new wave of intuitive impulses for change to all our relations.

Good Gemini Activities in June

Follow your curiosities. Read, write, and ask questions. Sign up for that class. Or teach it! Grow your communication skills. Communicate a deeply guarded emotion or intuitive truth to someone who will listen. See how well you listen to someone else do the same. See if you can find some truth, rational or not, in those who oppose you.

Good Gemini Questions To Ask Yourself In June

To heal and evolve your Gemini self, pay attention to your stream of thoughts. Where is your attention at any moment? Now where? And now? And so on. Are there patterns to this? This may be a clue to your unique form of intelligence and expression, different than others. Do you value your intuitive truth? Or do you cancel it out with logic? Notice who you admire or denigrate for their intellect or communicative expression. Do they mirror those aspects of yourself you have yet to acknowledge and embrace. Do you allow logic to overrule the intuitive ‘knowings” of your feelings? Be curious about that.


Barry Kerr, a certified soul-based astrologer, has 35 years of experience with an international clientele, including many medical professionals and alternative healers. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed psychotherapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology, energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15 minute consultation to explore if this is for you. Visit www.ChooseConsciousLiving.com for more information.