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Friday, April 3, 2020

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There are important activations today and tomorrow in the celestial colliseum. Venus enters Gemini this afternoon (trining Saturn in Aquarius), Mercury joins Neptune in Pisces tonight, Jupiter finally meets up with Pluto in Capricorn tomorrow evening, and of course Chiron in Aries has been squaring Moon’s nodes.

There is a nebulousness to our mental and vocational activities today. We, or those around us, can be a little forgetful or confused. The truth seems a bit obscured by a daunting unfathomable reality that is beyond our control. And as we try to talk about it or understand it in order to relate to one another better, it just goes down a rabbit hole of blabber. We are feeling more talkative, relatable, and outgoing now that Venus has entered chatty sociable Gemini, but the limitations of Saturn in Aquarius thwart that desire to go out and walk or drive around town. We are instead forced into videoconferencing our friends and loved ones. And as Jupiter will be partile Pluto tomorrow evening, the culmination of these globally significant Plutonian conjunctions climaxes in extremes of loss or abundance. Jupiter is expansive and abundant and filled with opportunity. It brings great rewards and encourages us to seek greater and ever more diverse philosophies, cultures, and ideas. Pluto, on the other hand, God of the underworld, brings limitation, loss, death, sorrow, and rules the skeletons hidden deep in our closets. But the beauty of Pluto is that once we truly face the dark shadows of our own personal underworld, we are set free and liberated to be reborn, often metaphorically explained through the story of the phoenix that rises from the ashes of its own funeral pyre. So, if we have not faced important shadows, deep insecurities, lies, or abuses either given or taken, the reckoning could very well seep up out of the mist and bring us through the fire we need to burn it to the ground and begin anew. If the exposure of this darkness will help us develop a deeper connection to our nearest and dearest, this is a very apropos time. With Venus entering Gemini we are wont to communicate our thoughts to those we love, and with Jupiter conjunct Pluto we are seeking expansion and rebirth in order to align (Capricorn) with Universal Truth, with God, with Goddess. Walk through the fire, question the answers, share your feelings and thoughts with those you love. This is the great cleansing. The healing of our deepest darkest wounds (Chiron square the Nodes). This is our journey from fear and anxiety to glorious forgiveness and awakening. We will all sing again.

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

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So much has transpired in the past two weeks. I’ve put together a portfolio of my photographs (geoffgronlund.myportfolio.com), social distancing has become l0ckdown in many many more places, and our sense of uncertainty and fear has escalated into waves of anxiety and depression. There is no mistaking the magnitude of our global situation, however dire it may be from one place to another. Staying home and staying safe is critical to lessening the infections and deaths from Coronavirus.

Saturn entered Aquarius on March 22nd. Because Saturn is restrictive and responsible, and Aquarius is community and friendship, social distancing is very apropos for the Saturn in Aquarius transit. More importantly, however, Saturn brings our sense of responsibility and achievement into alignment, begging the question of what does that imply for the next two-and-a-half years (Saturn’s journey through each sign). We are reestablishing and rebuilding new societal and communal structures. We are completely reevaluating the value of these crucial parts of our lives. Uranus, the ruler of Aquarius, is in Taurus, which is the sign of what we value, our resources, our property, our self-sustainment. So when you synthesize these planets, the signs they’re in, and their rulers, we get a story. This is the story of actively (Mars) rebuilding (Saturn) our communities (Aquarius) by determining what is most valuable and self-sustaining (Taurus) for a better future (Aquarius).

As Mars begins its journey through Aquarius, after passing Saturn at 0° on Tuesday, we are all feeling a bit anxious and on edge. The fiery nature of Mars in the sign that rules our nervous system is prone to anxiety, especially in these fearful times. But I’m not here to fan those flames of fear. I am here to explain what good we can focus on during these transits. We are all feeling Mars and Saturn in Aquarius today, especially as Moon approaches an opposition to them in Leo this afternoon. She is already beginning to reflect all of these things back to us, as if looking into a mirror, awakening us to their potentials. Potentials that serve us.

Mars allows us to be bold, take action, and stand up for ourselves and what we believe in. In proper alignment, it is the creative spark that ignites a passion in us to boldly follow new paths forward. Aquarius rules our nervous system, science, community, and setting the bar higher. It seeks to go beyond the status quo, to rebel against the old outmoded ways of the past (Capricorn), to establish a future that reflects the values of higher consciousness. The sparks and inspirations that you’re having, perhaps with your friends over Zoom or Skype, are the valuable focal points for us right now. With Moon approaching an opposition to Saturn and Mars (in that order) today, we can expect to nurture these values and ideas, taking heart that our anxiety and fear are simply not serving us for the greater good and higher potential of what is to come. Granted some of us may be in places where the situation is quite dire, but that means it is even more imperative that we hold space with these visions of a better future for our communities and society-at-large. The world needs our hope and our ideas and our visions. Beyond the grueling monotony of traditional values and patriarchal mindsets, where greed and corruption and ulterior motives are rampant, there is a new civilization emerging. Today we reflect upon this and hold space with sparks of inspiration that can advance ourselves, our families, and our communities into a more aligned and awakened planet for our children’s children. Don’t feed into the rabbit hole of fear and anxiety. Lift yourself up into a reality of hope and love, tenderness and care, understanding and forgiveness. We are all related.

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

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Red Tail over Yosemite, August, 2012, Geoff Gronlund

There is no denying how surreal our collective reality has become. Surrealism, limitations, fear, and… opportunity. As many of you may have read from an array of gracious authors just how much of an opportunity this is to re-nurture our lives from the ground up, it indeed is exactly that. Taking this time to fuse long-lost strands of deeply meaningful bonds between ourselves and those we love, miss, and cherish is the most ideal and compassionate action we can all take right now. As an astrologer whose oath it is to help people better understand their soul intentions in this lifetime, it’s a difficult reality to feel as though my knowledge and experience and insight can still be meaningful or useful. But underneath the wet blanket of our newfound surrealism, there lies our deep quiet lives that still exist. Our pain, suffering, fear, and uncertainty, as well as our laughter, gratitude, love, and compassion.

Everything happening in the world around us is sinking into our emotional body, either slowly or quickly. The honest acceptance and complete recognition of what is really happening is not accessible, because no one actually recognizes completely what is really happening. Therefore, we are face-to-face with the unknown. A mysterious fortune that is unfolding before all of us. I’m talking about anxiety and depression. I’m talking about the core roots of these two very destructive, yet subtle, forces that are looming large around many of us these days.

There is no sugar-coating the writing in the stars right now. Astrologers have been talking about the January conjunction of Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn for decades. And with Jupiter and Mars now on the January point of that conjunction, and Moon’s nodes right where they were on September 11, 2001, these are not days to brush under the rug.

As Sun enters Aries tonight at 11:49pm EDT, we begin a new cycle of the zodiac. No longer able to rely on the timeless Piscean bliss afforded us in the womb, we are thrown into the experience of Selfhood, where we have to stand up for ourselves, fend for ourselves, and try to understand the world in which we’ve been born. A daunting task, but one that we’ve all accomplished as gracefully as possible. We need to do this again.

Now more than ever we need to take the right course of action in all that we do. Mars has come into the halls of Saturn-ruled Capricorn to greet and activate Jupiter, Pluto, and Saturn. The turbulence is persistent, the rapids are raging, and the ground is trembling, but the decisions and actions we make and take over the next two weeks are very important in the long run. It is no small feat what we are all enduring right now. How we react to this surreality around our children will make a lifelong impression upon them. And how we choose to proceed into our lives as we emerge from this madness is of equal importance. Go lightly and with grace. Mars often takes no prisoners, but if you keep your wits about you there are gifts lying in wait ahead. Recognize the opportunities in every moment. The blue skies will continue to return to us, time and time again.

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

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Sunrise over Bacalar Lagoon, Mexico, February, 2017

Today’s transits, unfortunately, are ripe for more unexpected news as Moon in Scorpio opposes volatile rebellious Uranus around noontime. I’m sure we can expect grim reports on the economy. Later on, she will oppose Venus in the early evening hours, hopefully lending a hand to some quality time with loved ones around a warm meal in a warm home, reflecting upon what matters most to us after all: love, affection, and security.

There’s no denying it, things are very frightening and daunting right now. We are being tested as a collective on how to take responsibility for our actions and whatever power structures we have constructed out of spite or ulterior motive. The boundaries that have been crossed are being thrown back in the faces of those who are to be held accountable, and even those who aren’t. It seems like a reckoning because it is. Mars is in Capricorn approaching Jupiter, Pluto, and Saturn. This is a very difficult month, to say the least. And you certainly don’t need an astrologer to tell you that! But as Mars makes his way through the sign of responsibility, karma, and governmental structures, hitting three very powerful planets on his way, it’s a force to be reckoned with. So hold onto your hats and hold onto your loved ones. We can ride this out and we will. These are passing cycles that we are equipped to withstand.

Dates to note:
March 18: Moon conjunct Jupiter, Pluto, and Saturn throughout the day
March 19: Mars conjunct Jupiter at 22° Capricorn
March 22: Mars conjunct Pluto at 24° Capricorn
March 31: Mars conjunct Saturn at 0° Aquarius

I’ll try to be more informative as the days go by. For now, just love the one you’re with…and play that song! Lots of songs!

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Thursday, March 5, 2020

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Venus came home to Taurus last night. This is decadent indulgence. We are recognizing the value of all that surrounds us. From the wind through the pines to the socks around our toes. As we spend the next month with this benevolent placement of the goddess of beauty in her home sign of Taurus, we can expect financial matters to dominate our consciousness. As I said, we are recognizing the value of everything in our lives. We are checking in on our sustainability and our volatility. Can what we are doing last? Are my dreams practical and attainable? Maybe there’s a more lucrative direction. Take heed of this transit and put energy into what is valuable to you, but be mindful of investing, because as she approaches Uranus in the next couple of days we will see more and more market instability. Give it a week or so. Just remember to make what is valuable to you sustainable. And don’t forget to respect the people and experiences that are valuable to you, not just the stuff!

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Saturday, February 29, 2020

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Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, California, August 28, 2012

I’ve been gone and busy lately. Easily attributed to Mercury stationing retrograde in Pisces on February 16th. As he is venturing in virtual reverse back into Aquarius and stationing direct again on March 10th we are making time to get our essential dignities in order. We are looking into the lens and considering the value of our place in the collective, in the community, and with our friends. It is difficult to explain how this affects us on a visceral level, other than to say that we are receiving flashes, bursts, colorful arrays of lofty visions and ideals. Especially yesterday and today as Mercury sextiles Uranus in Taurus. Here we are minding our own business, going about our daily tasks, however mindless they may be, when all of a sudden, WHAM!, we are blindsided by something we’ve never imagined before coming in from the unseeable layers around us. Listen to it, work with it, see if it’s worth applying to your future. But beware…

…these lofty ideals don’t seem to mesh too well with Mars grinding through the Mordoric marshes of Capricorn and approaching the great halls of Jupiter, Pluto, and Saturn. These are rough waters stirring up the ease, churning life into uncomfortable realities we knew we might have to face someday. Why me? Why now? What about them? Do I really have to? Cages of rusting iron surround these ideals as we dream of their unfolding. Deep down we know they’ll manifest in some dimension, but it’s very hard to see where and when that will happen.

The lesson here is not giving up. The lesson is going forth with unshakeable faith that through all the darkness and pain we are pulling our tired limbs out of every day there is a glorious mountaintop to conquer. There is redemption, resurrection, and triumph over our hardships. This year is not for the faint of heart. Our road is not freshly paved, straight, and flat. It is made of gravel with boulders strewn astray from time to time. There are sharp corners around vertical drops. There are steep climbs up unseeable summits. Sitting back and expecting it all to happen on its own is not an option. This is about doing your work, aligning your house, cleaning out the basement, and talking about what really matters with those who really matter.

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Saturday, February 8, 2020

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Icy Dogwood, Maine, February 8, 2020

It’s a fiery Full Moon in Leo tonight. Moon in Leo, Venus in Aries, Mars in Sagittarius. Stay cool, my friends! Keep your affairs calm and peaceful.

Venus freshly into Aries is a ripe opportunity to take hold of our relationships, our finances, our pursuits of self-sustainability, and make something new and exciting happen. And with the ruler of Aries (Mars) in Sagittarius, there is opportunity, expansion, and higher purpose out there waiting for us to discover it. Life is not all a box of chocolates, however, so at this time we are being asked to take action, not wait for it to fall into our laps. Grab life by the horns! The Ram’s horns, that is.

The Leo Full Moon is highly energized by all the surrounding fire of the inner planets, emphasizing action and movement. Step out on a limb, go find what you’re afraid of doing because you need it. This is not an idle time. All the attempts we’ve made to freeze and not proceed are melting away and revealing a stagnant set of muscles in desperate need of movement. Let the Sun melt the icy limbs of your body and bring forward positive movement back into your life. Keep the eye between your eyes on all the zesty inspiration and potential you know you have deep within and go out and get it, make it happen, bring it into light. This Full Moon is for reflecting and expressing our greatest selves onto the world around us. Maybe it’s just among our friends and community, maybe it’s upon the greater world at large, but whatever it is, it is time to manifest our bold visions and charge at them like bison across the plains.

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January 26, 2020

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View from Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church, Vernazza, Italy

Venus is conjunct Neptune in Pisces today and tomorrow, with Mars squaring them from Sagittarius. Addtionally, Moon approaches Venus/Neptune Monday night into Tuesday morning.

Relationships. Perhaps plagued by selfish desires or righteous indignation from nethers we can’t control, Mars squaring this otherwise nebulous and beautiful Venus/Neptune conjunction in Pisces brings us a window of time we might be better off laying down our guns in order to drink in an extra-passionate display of indulgences. Of course Mars in Sagittarius can take our fiery passions, desires, and anger to extremes, but the deep love-infused feminine bath of Moon/Venus/Neptune in Pisces douses those flames with hymns of the Sirens and leaves us with no capacity to disregard their tune. This is a Piscean window. What do you see outside your Piscean window? The cliffs of a beautiful Mediterranean village under a blue sky and beside a calm sea? Gorgeous fields of poppies? A babbling spring brook filled with ducklings and swans? Whatever it may be, this is the story of these days. Be mindful of your temper, however. Don’t let often-overly-righteous Mars slash and burn the villages, fields, and banks of your otherwise delightful scenery!

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January 22, 2020

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Tomorrow is a New Moon in Aquarius (4:41pm EST). Fresh off a few days reflecting upon the losses and suffering we endured over the past year or two (see yesterday’s post), we emerge into the higher octave of Saturnian wisdom. Aquarius reaches beyond the traditional confines of Capricorn and spreads its newfound wisdom like wings across vast expanses of the collective landscape. This brings the outstanding achievements and recognition we’ve worked so hard for back down the mountain and into the community that we belong to in the valley. It is a time to share, co-create, and work together to achieve the unimaginable.

A beautiful opportunity to raise our own standards of altruism and lower selfish concerns, this New Moon helps awaken us to the value inherent in our own local community and circle of friends. What we can accomplish for the greater good together is much greater than what only one or two people can accomplish alone. Aquarius seeks a frequency that resonates the faculty of the mind responsible for enlightenment and awakening. It is where we find the gateway to the bliss of Pisces, but it requires a Saturnian code of responsibility. We must adhere to the ethics of sincere service to community and friendship and not waiver from that sincerity.

This is the cusp of giving thanks to and absolving the confining ruts we carved for ourselves and reaching into a more advanced, sincere, progressive, and collective future. As I mentioned yesterday, once we understand WHY Saturn/Pluto in Capricorn may have knocked down so much in our lives, we can begin to build on a beautiful new foundation that elevates our future to places that were once unimaginable.

Make time for ceremony tomorrow, especially during sundown on the east coast. Reflect upon your past, revel in your present, and rejoice in your future. This is a new beginning for all of us that we don’t want to overlook.

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January 22, 2020

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Moon in Capricorn until 8:20am Friday brings reflection upon all the strife, pain, and loss we’ve suffered in the past year, giving us ample opportunity to see more clearly the hard lessons we are emotionally evolving to understand. Because once we understand WHY Saturn/Pluto in Capricorn may have knocked down so much in our lives, we can begin to build on that beautiful new foundation and elevate our future to places that were once only imaginable.