Marlena Applebaum

M.A. in Counseling Psychology

Astrological Counseling

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June 30, 2011

New Moon Solar Eclipse in Cancer ♋



Early on 7/1/2011 there is a New Moon Solar Eclipse. Eclipses “clip” something out. This can be something we have been holding on to, which needs to be released, or something we are glad to see go. Either way, and though this can be difficult to appreciate at the time, the change matures us and advances our soul growth.

The eclipse is at 10º Cancer ♋. The Sabian Symbol for this eclipse is: “A large and beautiful diamond, in the hand of the lapidary, is now to be cut to its full perfection.” Curiously, this symbol echoes the eclipse theme of something of oneself being cut (or clipped, e-clip-sed), so that the facets of self reflect the inner divine light more perfectly. Read more...

June 27, 2011

Powerful forces within and without



Jun 27-28: Powerful forces within and without are exerting pressure. Pluto challenges us to the core to surrender that which on the spiritual level is no longer serving us. It can feel like a death. But rebirth into a more self-empowered place must follow (Sun opposite Pluto ☉☍♇).

‎A comment from an astrology friend about this aspect: “Living with and grappling with one’s demons in that underworld subconscious zone below the rational...” In this painting the mythological god, Pluto/Hades, is holding a key. Another comment from the same wise friend in regard to this aspect and the symbolism of the painting: “Facing and dealing with the ‘hot’ radioactive content at the core of the psyche and transforming it is the key. Otherwise it destroys you.”

June 26, 2011

Sun square Uranus



Sudden insights, unexpected changes, or surprises may be part of this day as the urge for freedom and the spiritual demand for transcendental breakthroughs challenge the status quo (Sun square Uranus ☉❐ ♅).

June 25, 2011

Taking a more expansive view



Taking a more expansive view is possible tonight, and will support identifying with and living one’s greater potential (Sun sextile Jupiter ☉*♃).

June 22, 2011

Itís a day ideal for contemplation, meditation, dreaming, and imagining



The Moon is in Pisces ♓ and Void-of-Course all day, so it’s a day ideal for contemplation, meditation, dreaming, and imagining. Envision solutions and outcomes that are best for you and the higher good. Tomorrow The Moon will enter Aries ♈, a perfect time to initiate action inspired by today’s receptivity and dynamic stillness.


Also today, the Sun☉trined Neptune ♆ (10:08aEDT), amplifying the dreamlike quality and spiritual essence of the day. At the same time Mars ♂ squared Neptune ♆ (2:46aEDT), obscuring our motivations and assertions, emphasizing again the wisdom in waiting until tomorrow to take important actions, if possible. There is a potential for lack of clarity - what’s “real” or “true” may be colored by subjectivity, yet the voice of intuition may also be strong today. How to sort through it all? I’m not sure, but I can guess it’s not via the ego’s route... 

June 21, 2011

The Sun enters Cancer ♋ and we enter the Summer



Today the Sun enters Cancer ♋ and we enter the Summer, the time of fruition. Cancer is ruled by the softly lustrous and soulful Moon. The sign of the Crab, known to be nurturing, protective, and sensitive can also be silly and loony (from lunar). Here’s a classic for all you Moon children!

June 20, 2011

The spirit of Moon in Aquarius



The Moon has been in Aquarius ♒ all weekend continuing through the afternoon today. The spirit of Moon in Aquarius is about being true to yourself and accepting who you are, without trying to fit into other people’s concepts of what you should be, and more importantly without trying to fit into your own concepts of what you should be. Rather it is about allowing yourself the freedom to be your unique being, as you are.

June 17, 2011

Mercury ☿ makes multiple connections



6/17-6/19: Our minds and mouths could be ultra active as Mercury ☿, ruler of thoughts and words, makes multiple connections (above and so below): trines Neptune ♆ - we open to the voice of intuition and inspiration; sextiles Jupiter - our perspectives broaden; squares Uranus - sudden news or surprises; trines Chiron - potential for healing conversations; and opposes Pluto - deep transformative truths revealed...

June 15, 2011

A Full Moon total lunar eclipse...



Today is a Full Moon total lunar eclipse. Full Moons are associated with seeing clearly, as the Sun lights up the Moon for us to see its entirety, and lights up our night so that we may better see what lurks in the shadows. So too in our lives, we may see something that was previously in the dark for us. An eclipse intensifies the Full Moon energy, often necessitating shifts and changes along with the new awareness.

This lunar eclipse is at 4:14pm EDT at 25º Sagittarius ♐ (sign of the traveler, student/teacher, truth seeker). Wherever 25º Sagittarius is in your chart and if you have major planets or points aspected by it - will give insight as to how this eclipse may touch you, personally... The Full Moon in Sagittarius opposes Mercury ☿ as well as the Sun in Gemini ♊ - so communication, mental processes, and a variety of differing strong opinions may be a substantial part of the experience... This eclipse is not visible in the US - we will not be able to see the earth’s shadow, first moving across the Moon, then turning it red/orange, so supposedly it may not affect us as intensely on the collective level here in the US.

June 12, 2011

Saturn ♄ goes direct!



Saturn ♄, the planet which rules the important practical foundations of our lives, has been retrograde since January 26, slowing down external results while we integrated the past and discerned where we needed to work quietly and steadily on long-term or serious projects and relationships. Now that Saturn is turning direct tonight, we will begin to see the fruits of our labor and move forward toward our goals more directly.

The reason I mention relationships, not a word typically associated with Saturn, is because Saturn is currently in Libra ♎, the sign that rules partnerships of all kinds.

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