Marlena Applebaum

M.A. in Counseling Psychology

Astrological Counseling

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March 21, 2011

The Sun conjunct Uranus in Aries



Powerful energies are at play today! There is a potential for surprising little fires to blaze up suddenly - as the Sun, fresh into Aries ♈, sign of the archetypal warrior - lights up and heats up freedom-loving, revolutionary Uranus ♅. Aries helps us develop genuine courage and Uranus urges us towards integrated authentic self-expression, resonating with inner pressing truths.

March 19, 2011

The “Super Moon”



The Full “Super Moon,” said to have a stronger pull on the tides of the oceans and the blood in our bodies... Unpredictable and shocking is still in the air. Uranus seeks change for the purpose of freeing us from ego limitations.  I am envisioning best possible outcomes (The Moon opposes Uranus today, and after the Sun enters Aries on 3/20, marking the Spring Equinox, the Sun conjoins Uranus on 3/21)!

March 16, 2011

Mercury’s shadow period



It’s that time again! Mercury will be on vacation (retrograde) Mar 30-Apr 23 (24º Aries back to 13ºAries). Today we begin Mercury’s shadow period, which means it’s a good idea to begin being extra mindful of details, of what you say and hear, of what you write or read, of what you buy and sell, etc. Otherwise it may have to be reviewed. Try to get major, important, or delicate transactions completed before Mar 30th.

When Mercury goes on vacation, a part of us can too. One reason it’s great to complete important transactions before Mercury goes retrograde, is so that during the retrograde period you have an opportunity to take a small break from all the mundane details of daily life, and go inward for a more contemplative and relaxed time...

March 14, 2011

The Uranus Pluto square



Uranus & Pluto are almost square (a stressful aspect, requiring action, resulting in overcoming challenge) and will be exact 7 times in the next 6 years. Low side: Uranus rules hurricanes, explosions, catastrophes - sudden, expected ones. Pluto rules raw power, all forms including nuclear. High side: Uranus = freedom and liberation. Pluto = deep transformation for the purpose of personal and collective empowerment.

“In the past few weeks, during the gateway to this period [the Uranus Pluto square], we have seen the following events occur: civil war in Libya; the end of Mubarak’s thirty year rule in Egypt; unrest in several other Arab countries; the Dalai Lama resigning from political life; a major quake in New Zealand and a 8.9 earthquake in Japan creating tsunamis in the Pacific and a potential nuclear reactor crisis...”  “...It’s quite reasonable to think that our inner lives affect the outer world, as well as vice versa. So we can pray, we can meditate, we can develop in mindfulness. We can heal our own wounds, be a kind witness to ourselves...We can hold clear intention. We can be mindful and wise in our actions and our speech...We can honor the mystical and the numinous, while keeping our feet on the ground. Stay centered. Keep a wide view. Allow wholeness.”
-Lara Owen

March 12, 2011

Devastating Tsunami in Japan



“A devastating tsunami and possible meltdowns at two nuclear power plants — happened as Uranus was hours from its always-momentous transition from Pisces to Aries (Uranus rules unexpected shocks and emergencies as well as nuclear power, and Pisces rules the ocean.)”
-Benjamin Bernstein

“The current earthquake bears an amazing similarity with one that hit the island of Honshu back on March 7 1927, the last time Uranus was exiting Pisces and heading into Aries.”
-Ed Tamplin

March 11, 2011

Uranus begins its new 84-year cycle



Today Uranus ♅ enters Aries ♈ beginning its new 84-year cycle through the zodiac. Uranus comes like a flash of lightning, generating change and urging us to break free from stagnation to discover a more authentic self. Aries is about bravely pioneering into new territory and taking action quickly and passionately. This is a powerful and exhilarating, possibly raw or volatile combination.

March 9, 2011

An exciting, maybe erratic time



Today Mercury, the god ruling over daily life’s transitory thoughts and conversations, touches freedom-loving, radical, and electric Uranus right before entering bright and wide-eyed Aries, the sign of spring. We may feel new inner urges beginning to awaken within the mind as Aries inspires & emboldens Mercury to talk, possibly before thinking! This is just the beginning of an exciting, maybe erratic time!

March 4, 2011

6 celestial bodies in Pisces!



A New Moon - joining the Sun, Mercury, Mars, Uranus, & Chiron (that’s 6 celestial bodies!) in Pisces - sign of oceanic merging and morphing, creative imagination, and divine union. Though it is the beginning of a monthly lunar cycle, we are still completing something of the past, as Pisces rules endings. Next month several planets will all be in Aries, marking a monumental leap forward into new beginnings!

February 25, 2011

Jupiter square Pluto



Jupiter square Pluto, one of the most significant transits of the year, felt strongly Feb thru Mar. Pluto is about death and rebirth. Pluto demands transformation in the most profound way. Jupiter optimistically seeks growth & freedom. The square between the two creates friction. It is a turning point; perhaps decisive action must be initiated. We see this in the collective, but it applies personally as well.

February 22, 2011

New opportunities for healing



During this week core wounds could surface or perhaps new ones could occur. We might feel we are on the receiving end or the delivering end. Concurrently, however, new opportunities for deep healing on the spiritual level abound (2/19: Sun touches Chiron, 2/22: Mercury touches Chiron, 2/24: Mars touches Chiron - all in Pisces ♓). Being extra mindful in words and deeds makes sense.

The myth of Chiron, the Wounded Healer, is rich with symbolism for insights into one’s own birth chart and path towards healing and wholeness.

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