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Ingrid Hoffman

  But you know, you go on, right? Because what other choice have you got―Jodi Picoult     As the Sun moves into the sign of Libra at this turning of the seasons our “surge capacity”—as psychologist Ann Masten calls our human ability to stay the course during short term stressful situations—stretches to breaking point.   In the metaphorical language of astrology,... [read more]

Ingrid Hoffman

  Amidst a bright blooming of burnished leaves here in the north, and an exuberant flourish of spring flowers in the south, Jupiter changed direction yesterday, a turning point in our own lives; a celestial turning point at this time in our human story.   Jupiter is associated with “good fortune”, with expansion and optimism. It is also about... [read more]

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  There is a fire raging, and we have two choices: we can turn our backs, or we can try to fight it—Jodi Picoult   We may feel as if we have stumbled through a portal into a forgotten realm as we communicate with our thumbs-ups, as we crinkle our eyes over our masks. Perhaps a strange tiredness has... [read more]

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Ingrid Hoffman

  War-god Mars casts his scarlet light over our lives from June 27th till January 6th, igniting the warm embers of passion, engorging the hot thrust of anger, and, as temperatures soar, engulfing California in flames and ashes.   This week, Mars makes a tense square to Saturn in Capricorn, an unstoppable force colliding with an immovable object. Both... [read more]

Ingrid Hoffman

Scorched stubble shimmers in the pixilated August heat and as the harvest is gathered, the swallows swoop over bows weighted with blushing apples. As summer slips into autumn and harvest festivals echo with the songs of our sunburned ancestors, the Sun moves into the sign of Virgo. Virgo is the harvest maiden, her origins threaded and bound... [read more]

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No darkness lasts forever. And even there, there are stars―Ursula K. Le Guin Venus enters Moon-ruled Cancer tomorrow. Over the next weeks she will confront the men in suits—Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn, in Capricorn—indicating challenging close encounters that will require us to stay connected to our loving hearts. As we end another week, as we pass the half... [read more]

Ingrid Hoffman

  Something wild is stirring in the collective energy. Subversive actions, independent thinking. A fervent passion to make this world a better, kinder place.   Monday’s quirky Full Moon is in progressive, humanitarian Aquarius; a sign with two rulers: the sky-gods Saturn and Uranus. The old and the new, the past and the future. The Sun/ Moon square Uranus underscores... [read more]

Ingrid Hoffman

  As we begin our apprenticeship into this new way of living, sort out our priorities, obediently don our masks, dutifully comply with rules and restrictions that we hope will not rob us of our freedom and our human rights in the years yet to come, the taskmasters of the heavens—Pluto/Jupiter and Saturn—close ranks. Saturn is so... [read more]

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  We hold the Moon in our bellies. Our bodies respond to her reflective light and her contemplative darkness. This is her invitation to return to the silence. To not to expect too much of ourselves today.   The Moon is in Cancer (Great Mother) as she embraces the Sun, she faces those great Titans of the sky, Jupiter,... [read more]

Ingrid Hoffman

  The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned―Maya Angelou   Frank Baum’s “There’s no place like home,” and the clichéd “Home Sweet Home,” reflect our heart’s longing for safety and belonging as we pause in the dreamy haze of mid-summer heat or close... [read more]

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  Nations, like stars, are entitled to eclipse. All is well, provided the light returns and the eclipse does not become endless night. Dawn and resurrection are synonymous. The reappearance of the light is the same as the survival of the soul—Victor Hugo   This weekend the Sun and the Moon dance a pas-de-deux, awakening our intentions, quickening our... [read more]

Ingrid Hoffman

Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place—Rumi   Today, Venus returns from her sojourn in the darkness of the Underworld. She shimmers, resplendent and glorious on the eastern horizon at dawn each morning, a celestial reminder of those things that lighten our hearts.   Venus represents those people, those things, that matter to us.... [read more]

Ingrid Hoffman

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible—Dalai Lama Within the constellation of Cancer is a delicate brush stroke of stars in the sky called Praesepe, the Latin word for “manger”. Cancer is associated with wombs, and cradles, with nourishment and containment. And during these long months of confinement, with the importance of home. Qualities like vulnerability, creativity,... [read more]

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  The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new sights, but in looking with new eyes—Marcel Proust     Mercury is between the sea and the shoreline, in the emotive sign of Cancer this week. Our vision may not be clear as the sea mists swirl around us. Today, Mercury begins to slow in preparation for his Retrograde... [read more]

Ingrid Hoffman

        America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between—Oscar Wilde   The sound of falling statues reverberates through the bones of slaves from Africa buried in mass graves. Bronze tyrants tumble from their pedestals, and the dolorous ghosts of millions of native Americans, great herds of buffalo and forests of giant Redwoods... [read more]

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Tonight the curtain rises to reveal this summer's eclipse season as an uncompromising lunar eclipse in Sagittarius tells it like it is.   Today’s Full Moon Eclipse in the element of fire symbolises the incineration and purification by fire of unexamined prejudices as all that is rotten in our societies rises through the cracks of inequality.   As tensions erupt... [read more]

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ius There is no truth except the truth that exists within you. Everything else is what someone is telling you—Neale Donald Walsch   The sky-story this week speaks of change and tension as thousands chant, “I can’t breathe!” Uranus in earthy Taurus (revolution, rebellion, upheaval, breakthrough) squares Saturn in the air sign of Aquar (restriction, authority, the old order). Taurus... [read more]

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An agitation of conflicting communication about COVID-19 eddies and twirls across our screens. “There shall in that time be rumours of things going astray, erm, and there shall be a great confusion as to where things really are,” says the Boring Prophet in Monty Python’s Life of Brian. We become deafened to our own thoughts amidst the... [read more]