JULY 2014

Matin-thumb Keywords for July 2014: CH-CH-CHANGES

“Ch-ch-changes…… Where’s your shame?…….You’ve left us up to our necks in it..”

The words to a David Bowie song may ring very true in July as we are once more up to our necks in stressful Uranus square Pluto energy which pits big money and power against social issues and media bias, bringing sweeping changes and disruptions.

In early July as ongoing issues are illuminated we are given a chance to sit back and view power plays and political maneuvering from a less intense standpoint. Some changes are good but some changes are bad and we may have a chance to decide for ourselves which is which.

The Uranus square to Pluto has been in process for more than three years and does not complete its cycle until 2015. We may deal with the fallout from the ongoing clash of these planets in the first week of July.

The Sun and Pluto in Capricorn face off in opposition on July 4th, followed by the Sun squaring Uranus in Aries on the 8th.  The two aspects are connected, but separate. Since Pluto is retrograde and the ongoing square between Uranus and Pluto is almost 4 degrees apart (and widening until September), the issues that rear their heads can drag out slowly, like a film viewed frame by frame. The planetary alignments challenge us to remain neutral and levelheaded as we face the consequences and realities of changes that have already occurred.  

During that time period, however, anything important that is begun that creates a new “birth chart” will be subjected to stress from several sides and will eventually require a major process of readjustment.

Being Farsighted Means That Some Things Are Seen More Clearly When Further Away

Uranus and Pluto are relatively far apart and the aspect is separating, leaving us some breathing room to reassess myriad social pressures and the topsy-turvy financial markets. Aspects between planets that are within 3 degrees are more powerful, and the closer they are the more powerful the results. Nevertheless the transiting Sun will deal with each of these two planets individually and illuminate their meanings, both individually and collectively, on the world stage. We may even be able to differentiate between power grabs, political coercion and media hype.

Oddly enough “change” was the campaign platform of the current U.S. administration but some of the notable changes implemented by the current government are being challenged, after the fact, at the Supreme Court level.

We may be given the opportunity to look at the sweeping changes of the past few years and see the results just a bit more clearly. We may see how the public (Uranus) has been manipulated (Pluto), how political conflicts (Uranus) have affected our financial and tax (Pluto) institutions as mirrored in the IRS brouhaha, and even gender issues can be highlighted.  We may even see how these drastic alterations can, and will, will affect our future since the 2015 square will target the Sun of the U.S. chart. The Sun represents the executive branch, so the issues placed under a microscope in July 2014 can give us a heads up on the issues that upset the balance of power.

Saturn aligned in a square with the crazy lady of the solar system, Sappho, on the 7th while engaged in an ongoing trine to Chiron urges us to pick apart each and every mistake.  Donald Sterling, owner of the Clippers basketball team is someone who exemplifies Sappho alignments as Sappho was square to his natal Sun when a vengeful girlfriend released a damaging tape.  

We will be chewing on the changes and how they affect our live until the Full Moon at 20 degrees Capricorn brings it all to a head on July 12.

THE POWER OF PRAYER

 The last part of July offers much more peace and tranquility and a chance to enjoy true honesty and sincerity. We can make reparations, be more forgiving, and look more towards a prosperous future, rather than dwelling in the past.

Between the 20th and 24th there is mostly smooth sailing and a chance to make things right. Sincere prayers are likely to be answered, but as you well know “you don’t always get what you want, you get what you need.”

The Sun conjuncts generous Jupiter on July 24 while the two are parallel in the declinations on the 22nd, creating a planetary eclipse. Both of these align with Pluto in the declinations, bringing an upswing not only in attitudes and cooperation but in the world of finances too since people buy when they are filled with optimism and hope.

It is possible that July is not a truly great month although we will have a chance to “sort things out.”

Luckily for us, the planets in their wisdom always produce some kind of positive energy in their monthly travels and always find a way to offer a message of hope for a brighter future.

“..the ripples change their size………. But never leave the stream”

(You can hear David Bowie perform his 1971-1972 hit in a Paris concert circa 2002: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJSv6JXKS_I)

Best & Worst Days Calendar for July from the Magi Society at:http://magicaltiming.com/july2014.html

JUNE 2014

geminiChartres_Bay_028a_Zodiac_Labours__panel_09Keywords for June 2014: Greener Pastures

June is the month of the summer solstice, the month of long summer nights and sunny days, the month of growth and greenery.

June starts off well with the Sun parallel Jupiter on June 2nd. Then the Sun is quincunx Pluto and Uranus trine to the Earth and Moon on the 3rdth. There is a powerful need to expand, to explore, and to enjoy a sense of excitement. However, all of this might compel us to break existing ties and lose the trust of those we most love when the Sun squares Chiron and makes a quincunx to Saturn on the June 8.

Saturn and Chiron align in a trine in early June, peaking on the 12th and the Sun aspects to both of these planets will highlight issues of trust and commitment that are a theme of the month and perhaps even a theme through mid-August. Chiron turns retrograde on June 20 and remains within orb of the trine, although not an applying aspect, to a retrograde Saturn for several weeks.  Saturn changes to direct motion on July 20 and then we will have another applying trine of Saturn to Chiron exact on August 5.

Mercury turns retrograde on the 7th in the sign Cancer, within 2 degrees of the New Moon in Cancer on June 27th, and remains retrograde until July 1.

A slow moving Mars is within orb of a square to Pluto from June 2 thru the 14th and then Mars opposes Uranus from the 13th – 25th stirring up trouble and controversy all along the way.

Shedding the Old to Make Way for the New

chartres_cancer_smThe ongoing trine between Saturn in Scorpio and Chiron in Pisces involves Cancer since it is the third water sign. Planets in Scorpio and Pisces always make a trine to those in Cancer. Trines are the symbol of ease, inspiration and success.

In June the Sun begins in Gemini, but appears in the sign Cancer just as the summer solstice marks the beginning of summer. The solstice marks the longest day of the year and is a day when we have the most light.

The sign for Cancer is the Crab and we are reminded of the life style of the crab that struggles within the confining space of a shell that does not grow at the same pace as that which is within.

At some point in its life cycle the crab must shed its hard shell. In order to grow, and to thrive, the crab must shed the old shell and its old home, while at the same time building a new one within, but it isn’t easy. That is because the crab risks all for a short period of time when it has shed its old shell and begins to rebuild a new one. The crab is then known as a “soft-shell” crab for a period of time and it is vulnerable to attack by sea birds and other predators. The crab’s challenge and its risk is to bare everything in order to grow and fulfill its destiny.  In a similar way we often struggle when we begin to forge new alliances, develop a new life style, or create a new outer covering that we show the world, as perhaps a new career or area of expertise, but during this process we are ourselves left defenseless and open to attack.

The story of the crab is a story of rebirth where everything changes but everything stays the same.

Let Go

This may serve as a reminder that there are times when we find we have become too dependent upon the structures we have built in our lives and that they may restrict us and prevent us from growing. There may come a time when we realize that what we have no longer serves us but instead we are serving these things. There could be a time when the people in our lives do not let us grow at our own pace, or when we have become callous towards them. There may come a time when we must take the risk and allow ourselves to be vulnerable and show the world our real self in order to grow. There may be a time when must let go of things of the past in order to make way for the new.

To Walk The Labyrinth

240px-Labyrinth_1_(from_Nordisk_familjebok)_svgLabyrinths have been walked as a form of meditation since ancient times. Think of the Minotaur of ancient Greece and his Labyrinth. The difference between a maze and a labyrinth is that the labyrinth has one path in and one path out that retraces the way in.  A maze is designed to confuse. You may think that the labyrinth is symmetrical, but upon close examination you will find that is asymmetrical because there must be a way in as well as a way out.

I recently walked the Labyrinth at the Edgar Cayce A.R.E Center in Virginia Beach. It was a powerful experience that truly realigned focus and left me feeling magnetized in a positive and profound way. The theme of the meditation while walking the Labyrinth was “letting go of the past to make way for the new.”

The A.R.E. Labyrinth is a reproduction of the famous one at Chartres Cathedral, built in the 13th century, and you may view it in this short and pleasant video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXfJNrrcgiI

Here is a video about the Labyrinth at the Edgar Cayce A.R.E Center in Virginia Beach: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XP6bacDhnXo

Chartres Cathedral is an engineering marvel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9727p6ozlYo and includes a stained glass window filled with pictures of the seasons and the zodiac. Some of the stained glass zodiac figures from the Chartres Cathedral are displayed on this page and to  see the zodiac pictures in their full glory visit this page in French: http://cathedrale.gothique.free.fr/Notre-Dame_de_paris.htm

Magi Bette says check the Magi Society  Best Days and Worst Days Calendar at http://magicaltiming.com/june2014.html

APRIL 2014

 

 

April 2014

Adjust to Changes

Keywords for April 2014: The More It Changes The More It Stays The Same

April may bring spring flowers, which after this long winter will be a welcome relief, but this year it also brings a month of powerful planetary alignments. The Earth itself vibrates as the Sun and Moon line up like billiard balls with a lunar eclipse on the 15th and a solar eclipse on the 29th.

A Grand Cross, a pattern that begins to build in late March, highlights and dominates April as Mars, Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto square off, signaling heavenly and earthly turbulence. Like dominoes set on their end, when one is nudged all the others are affected, in a chain reaction.

These powerful alignments can signal disturbances in the ethers and pressures on the Earth that result in interruptions to radio transmissions and stresses on the Earth’s core leading to earthquakes and natural disasters.

You Need A Broom To Make Sweeping Changes

The month begins with a T-Square of the Sun, Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto peaking April 3. All of this tells us that huge sweeping changes may disrupt our lives, but life goes on, and there may even be a silver lining. It isn’t a coincidence that the Affordable Care Act deadline for enrollment falls so close to this powerful time of unrest and cross purposes represented by the planetary alignments. It also isn’t a coincidence that earthquake activity has escalated in California, Chile and even Yellowstone National Park. Jupiter’s benign presence insures that most people will remain tolerant of the pressures of change and may even take advantage of new opportunities when the dust settles.

You Need A Broom To Clean Up The Pieces When Things Break Down

The financial wizards worry that the stock market will crash as the Grand Cross spanning April 17-April 23 unfolds. Jupiter and Uranus in a tight square is part of the alignment and represents that whatever occurs this month will be highly newsworthy and effective on a worldwide basis. Pluto is part of the picture and represents BIG money as well as coercion and power struggles while Uranus revolutionizes and changes social structures. Break downs of honored belief systems and technology are entirely possible while political posturing will be evident as a reaction to the pressures of change.

Those who want to know about the astrology of stock market crashes, the super fame aspects and historic aspects seen in previous stock market crashes may visit this page by the Magi Society: http://www.stockmarketcompass.com/lessons/heliocentriclesson2.html

The planetary picture reminds us all that over confidence and a lack of attention to details can lead to a downfall when major changes and adjustments are afoot.

Lines Drawn In The Sand

Mars is slowly moving into position and challenging Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto mid-month. Mars is the catalyst for upsets and disruptions and focuses the energy of the Grand Cross. Mars is, of course, the planet of war, aggression and challenges. The early April attitude of compromise and tolerance gives way to defiance, resentment and anger as Mars squares off with Pluto. Pressure will be exerted on the world stage and push could come to shove.

For anyone navigating the complicated planetary geometry of their personal lives remember that moving too fast, making major changes without proper planning, or flying by the seat of your pants, can all indicate a bubble of extreme optimism that gets shot down.

Whatever Is Drawn In The Sand Is Washed Away By The Tides

Wait until the Sun trines Neptune on the 25th to put major plans into motion to avoid  locking in a turbulent chart and complicated conditions. This late month peaceful aspect offers a good time to focus on spiritual values rather than material concerns. Take a time out to meditate and get in touch with your center.

Yes, it is certainly a complicated month when it isn’t advisable to make major changes. Major changes and tensions, however, can arise and dominate your consciousness but it is how you react to the changes and tensions outside yourself, that you cannot control, that will make the difference.

Magi Bette says best days for advertising, promotions, networking: April 5, 12, 13

Magi Bette says best days for romance, fun, social activities: April 25

Magi Bette says best days for money and career: April 26

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Happy New Year!

 

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

Wishing all my clients and friends a Happy New Year!

Keywords for 2014: Challenges and opportunities intertwine.

The January 1 2014 New Moon in Capricorn was conjunct Sun conjunct Pluto square Mars all at 11 degrees and included a Lunar Eclipse. Eclipses are not necessarily “bad” but they do sensitize a degree. In this case, the next major transit to 11 degrees cardinal is by Jupiter in mid-February when the anger, angst and aggravation can be forgiven.

We have already seen the dynamics of the challenging Mars square Pluto alignment on the world stage with the bombings in Moscow, signaling the potential for future problems with the Olympic Games. Oddly enough the 2014 Winter Olympics will be held in Sochi Russia on Feb 7-23 just as Jupiter rolls into place to T-Square the positions of Mars and Pluto and that eclipse. Jupiter is benevolent, even in a square, and always brings opportunities for peace.

 If you have any personal planets at 11 degrees of the Cardinal Signs, however, you are advised to hold off on starting anything of great importance within 3 days of the New Year.

World unrest is also demonstrated with the heliocentric Earth/Moon T Square with Uranus and Pluto present in the New Year’s Day chart. The Uranus Pluto square is a generational aspect of change and turbulence. As you may know the Uranus -Pluto squares continue into 2015 and represent social changes on an international scale. A good example of the social change represented by this ongoing square is the fact that gay marriage is now legal in 16 of the 50 states. Uranus rules social change and Pluto rules sex.  Pluto also represents big money, so banking, mortgages, insurance and taxes are undergoing transformational changes. Uranus also rules media and Pluto symbolizes power. We have all seen the power of the media grow by leaps and bounds—and change–over the past several years. More people than ever are heading to online news rather than newspapers. We are not finished yet.

Keywords for January 2014: Seeing Is Believing

 In the heliocentric system, Jupiter trines Saturn on the 18th, bringing improvements and possibly even the end to problems from the past for some people.

With Jupiter and Saturn aligned there is a measure of skepticism in the world; the “seeing is believing” attitude may prevail. There is also a measure of spirituality involved because Jupiter represents Faith as well as the Future. It is time to test theories, to demand proof, to question the old, traditional patterns and see if they really work or decide if they are outworn and just a matter of habit.  History repeats itself, and the Past is symbolized by Saturn, but if something didn’t work the first five or fifty times why do it again? Learn from past mistakes.

The challenges of this month boil down to a matter of learning who and what you can trust.

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Magi Bette says best days for advertising, promotions, networking: January 2, 3, 4

Magi Bette says best days for romance, fun, social activities: January 23, 24, 25

Magi Bette says best days for money and career: January 19, 23, 24

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Merry Christmas

 

Did you know that on the solstice you can balance an egg on its end? How apt since the solstice represents new beginnings and hope!

Did you know that on the solstice you can balance an egg on its end? How apt since the solstice represents new beginnings and hope!

May those of you who believe in Santa Claus have a very Merry Christmas, may your stockings be filled with wonderful things to delight your heart and soothe your soul, and may all your dreams come true.

It’s the winter solstice, the longest day of the year, but it is also the last time this year that the day gets shorter and darker. The solstice marks a turning point.

This is the turning point of the seasons and in the depth of this darkness we find hope. We know that from this day forward the days will get longer, better and brighter.  More sunshine. More happiness.

This is a great time to wish my dear clients and kind friends all the blessings of the holiday season since what we do together is  look for those personal turning points in your lives when situations can improve or when you can start something and know that each of YOUR days will get better and brighter.

As many of you may know, I do not advertise or send out promotional material, and my practice has been built upon personal referrals from satisfied clients. Thank you all for making this a wonderful year! I am immensely grateful to have touched a part of your lives and have been touched in return by your many kindnesses.

This is a good time to offer special thanks and appreciation to people who have promoted or recommended me recently.

Thanks to Mary Plumb of The Mountain Astrologer for acknowledging my work in the 90’s long before the Magi Society opened its doors. It was a lovely surprise to see my name in print and to find that my independent research and work is still valued by quality people.

Thanks to Mitch Lopate of http://www.psyast.blogspot.com/ for this glowing recommendation (and for sending me a copy): “I have to be fair and say for you that “The Best Person for this request” is Magi Bette, and her email address is magibettepublic@gmail.com and http://www.magibette.com is her site. She is very, very right in her knowledge of the best time for marriage. I completely recommend her.  I personally wouldn’t mind so much on this special day to give an answer; it’s that I want it RIGHT and in that regard, in the hands of someone I personally trust because it’s not about me–it’s for your future. Much regards and blessings, Mitch”

Huge thanks and much love to all the very wonderful friends and clients who, although they prefer to remain anonymous, provide frequent referrals. I can’t tell you all how much I appreciate the support from all of you. Here are some I was CC’d on recently:

“Dear Magi Bette, <friend>, is my best friend and I am sharing you with her, which is huge, because I know how incredibly talented you are. ………<friend>, please email Magi Bette yourself to introduce yourself to her and make an appointment with her for a general reading of your chart, a 2014 annual reading or a chart comparison. There is no better astrologer than Magi Bette in my opinion.”

“……………<friend> recommended you for expert astrological advice for picking out our special wedding date and time :)”

“Two years ago Magi Bette chose the date to launch the website for our office and now almost 90% of our business comes through the web. It has been fantastic.”

And AS ALWAYS, the Magi Society deserves my heartfelt thanks and appreciation for giving me the opportunity to do what I love doing.