Marlena Applebaum

M.A. in Counseling Psychology

Astrological Counseling

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August 8, 2011

Mars triggers the Uranus/Pluto square



Mars ♂, the warrior archetype, triggers the Uranus/Pluto square this week. There may be volatility in the air, as we actively struggle, internally or externally, for the freedom and change that is needed (Mars square Uranus on 8/9). Also, there may be awareness now that a powerful process of death and rebirth in the deep psyche, personally and/or collectively, is happening (Mars opposite Pluto 8/11).

August 7, 2011

A life saved



It’s true that travel plans may be delayed during Mercury Retrograde ó but perhaps there is a good reason for the change, as was the case for my friend’s father who had a heart attack on the day he could have been in the middle of the stressful journey to India ó if his trip had not been delayed! His life depended on getting urgent care quickly, and now it appears he will be fine because of it.

August 6, 2011

The Gifts of Mercury Retrograde



Here are a few gifts I have observed over the last few days since Mercury turned back to review old ground. They say these kind of things happen during Mercury retrograde, and it’s true - they really do! 

  • Reconnecting with people to communicate about and resolve old issues originating in the past. 
  • Reconnecting with people to communicate truths and feelings that were left unsaid in the past.
  • Becoming aware of and fixing logistical, technical, business-related, or other glitches originating in the past. (This is the one that can be frustrating, but the good news is that the awareness of the problem is what provides the opportunity to fix it!)

August 3, 2011

Tips for how to have Mercury retrograde savvy:



#1  Flexibility

For instance, I had multiple requests for schedule changes the moment Mercury turned! No problem - I’m flexible and can go with the flow :).


#2  Double checking everything for mistakes

A stereotypical Mercury retrograde experience happened to me today - I found two sources of data for void-of-course Moon times different from my ephemeris (a calendar of the calculated positions of celestial bodies), making me think my ephemeris was wrong, only to later discover that the two other sources, though consistent with each other, were both incorrect! 


#3  Patience and trust when it comes to important communication

Mercury retrograde corresponds with revisiting and reviewing... The information, clarity, or opportunity to clarify ó that you’ve been waiting for ó may very well arise now as Mercury goes back for a second look.


That’s a good start. I would love to hear your experiences or tips!

August 2, 2011

Mercury goes retrograde tonight



Tonight at 11:50pm EDT Mercury (☿) goes retrograde through August 26. Mercury retrograde tends to favor right brain, non-linear creativity and has a reputation for messing with our more left brain-dominated day-to-day world. Mercury’s job while retrograde is to uncover things that need to be repaired or redone. It doesn’t cause problems, but rather it helps us see where we need to go back and give some extra care.

August 1, 2011

The Uranus/Pluto square



Right now in early August, the square between Uranus and Pluto is within 1 degree of being exact. It will be exact several times from 2012-2015. But on the collective scale we have been feeling the building tension of this challenging yet transformative aspect for a couple years already. Both the need for freedom from limitations and the need to surrender the egoic separative perspective may force things to a boil until true change occurs. 


The constructive use of Pluto (♇) energy involves “submission” to a larger purpose beyond our own individual ideas of what we want. The constructive use of Uranus (♅) energy involves taking the risk to break from internalized conventions or outdated structures that prevent growth and freedom. The square between two planets indicates turning a corner. I have heard it said that with a square, something happens. 


(”submission” is Steven Forest’s word for Pluto)

July 30, 2011

New Moon in Leo



In honor of the New Moon today in Leo ♌, joining the Sun and Venus also in Leo - here is one of my favorite expressions of the grandness of Leo Lion Love.


July 29, 2011

Listening for the voice of inspiration...



The Moon is Void-of-Course all day, Mercury is opposite Neptune (☿☍♆), and it’s the last day of the Waning Crescent (Balsamic) Moon before the New Moon on 7/30. What does all this mean? Chill time, rest, introspection, patience and faith... Diving within, accessing the higher octaves of love, imagining the new beginning, allowing the past to dissolve away, listening for the voice of inspiration, letting things be...


In addition, the Moon is in Cancer ♋ today, which further encourages enjoying the inner realms to find/create nurturing, comfort, and healing. 

July 27, 2011

Gemini Moon conjunct Mars, Sun trine Uranus, and Mercuryís Shadow



7/27: The mood is one of action and drive with Moon conjunct Mars, so one may feel bold and assertive. Also, Sun trine Uranus today is conducive for harmonious alignment with what frees you to be your true self and express your genius.


However, important ideas and decisions made now during Mercury’s shadow (7/15-8/2), can be unstable and may go back and forth for reevaluation during Mercury retrograde (8/2-8/26). This back and forth is likely to apply both personally and collectively (political, national changes and decisions, etc.)... Rather than trying to solidify something now, it is a great time for reflective pondering and, what is for you, revolutionary thinking.


Also, regarding the image above, the Moon is in Gemini ♊ today. Butterflies are a symbol for the Gemini archetype - flitting from one person, idea, or project, etc. to the next - but spending moments of whole-hearted and unfeigned interest with each. Curious and intelligent, Gemini embodies the bliss of soaking up new information. No shrinking back from life here!

July 23, 2011

Today the Sun entered its home sign of Leo



Today the Sun entered its home sign: warm-hearted, radiant, and noble Leo ♌. The Leo time of the year is about playfulness, self-expression, and taking center stage in your own life. Acknowledgment and applause is a must for those who have the Leo archetype prominent in their charts! 


*Note: Everyone has each of the 12 signs functioning significantly somewhere in their birth chart. But the signs of your Sun, Moon and Ascendant (rising sign) are most significant.


The evolution from Cancer to Leo goes something like this: Out of Cancer’s visceral creativity and maternal nurturing, grows Leo, who wants to come out of the nest and into the limelight. All the fundamental tending which was received through Cancer builds an inner radiance that now wants to shine out its light. 

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