ASTROLOGY FORECAST: New Moon in Cancer, Choice, Destiny & Fate


Original Artwork by Author, Emily O’Keeffe

We are coming up to the end of Cancer season in a couple of days.  Cancer season started with a New Moon at 0 degrees Cancer, and it will end with another New Moon at 28 degrees Cancer. This is not something that happens often. Usually the New Moon is in a different sign each month.

But then, nothing about 2020 so far has been the norm.

Have we learned and integrated the lessons that we needed to this Cancer season?

I hope that at least some of us have.

This New Moon on June 20th, is opposing Saturn in Capricorn.  Both the Moon and Saturn are in their domicile, meaning they are in the signs that they rule so they both function very well here.  The theme for this New Moon is nurtured growth.

There is a Medieval Alchemical adage that says, ‘For a tree’s branches to reach heaven, its roots must reach to hell’.

In other words, a tree cannot grow to its full potential if it does not have a strong and healthy root system.

I would venture to say that very few of us started out in life with an optimal environment to put down our root system.  Even if we did have an optimal environment to start out, there will always be factors that affect our growth and our root system.  However, we can still try to heal.  It takes time and a lot of work. It takes digging deep and finding the problem and in some cases, cutting away the dead parts so new growth can form and be nourished.  It is shadow work.



I know… You are probably thinking, “Woman! Can you ever talk about a concept without mentioning shadow work?!?!?”

I get it, I really do.

I can make myself sick with that concept too.

But everything really does come back around to knowing yourself which is the main purpose of shadow work.

As I mentioned in the last blog, this Cancer season has been about letting go.  That has been a really big theme for me personally.

I have had quite a few concepts, and people for that matter, that have come back into my life and my awareness for review and in some case purging.  I have been thinking a lot about Fate and Destiny lately.

Well, if I am being totally honest, I think about those concepts an awful lot in general.  I love fantasy and Sci-Fi stuff!  Books, stories, movies, shows, all that I absolutely love and have since I was a kid.  Fate, Destiny, and the Hero’s journey are all big themes in those kinds of stories.

I have more than once wondered do these concepts resonate with me because I watch these things?  Or do I watch these things because these concepts resonate with me?  It’s a chicken/egg situation I think, but in any case, they do resonate with me in a big way.

One of my favorite shows at the moment, is the Umbrella Academy.  Season 2 comes out at the end of the month and I can’t wait!  If you aren’t familiar with the story, it’s based on a graphic novel.

It’s about 43 babies that were all mysteriously born on the same day, all of whom have superpowers of some kind.  Sir Reginald Hargreeves adopts seven of these babies.  He raises and trains them to save the world.  They are a dysfunctional family to say the least.  Hargreeves never even gave them actual names, he just referred them by a number, 1-7.

One of my favorite characters is Five.

netflix hargreeves GIF by The Umbrella Academy

He has the ability to materialize anywhere he wants and eventually figures out how to travel through time. On his first attempt at age 13, He gets stuck in the future just after the apocalypse and spends the next 40 years alone.

Then one day he meets The Handler.

She explains to him that she works for an organization called The Commission.  The Commission is tasked with the preservation of the time continuum through “manipulations and removals”.

 She goes on to say “Sometimes people make choices that alter time. Free Will… don’t get me started. When that happens we dispatch one of our agents to… eliminate the threat.” I really love that line “Free Will… don’t get me started”.

I have often thought that life would almost be easier if we did not have free will.  If we just knew what we were fated for or destine to do or be.  Unfortunately, that’s not how life works; Life is full of questions and choices.

Astrology is one of those concepts where I think people do believe that it rests on Fate or Destiny.

So, because of that two things can happen, either people dismiss its validity out right or they use it as an excuse to justify shitty behavior.

“Welp, I’m just a Libra and we’re flaky and indecisive so…”

Yes, it’s true, Libras can be flaky and indecisive, but it’s because they have the ability to see all sides of the situation.

This is not great for making a concrete decision but, really great for negotiations and bringing opposite sides together.  One concept of Fate is that we are born into certain circumstances and it is up to us how those circumstances play out.  We make choices every single day in a million mundane ways that affect the outcome of our futures and sometimes the futures of others too.


Everything in Astrology has multiple sides, the Yin and Yang, the light and dark, the positive and negative.

Every sign, every house, every planet, every aspect, all of them have multiple sides!

We choose which aspect we show and live out, the positive or the negative.

We choose it every time.

Whether or not we are aware of it, we have made a choice.

The choice is always ours to control.

Even consciously not making a choice is actually a choice.

We control what happens to us, we control our Destiny for better or worse.

There is a quote that really simplifies this concept.

I questioned if I should use it or not because its author is somewhat of a pariah lately.  I am thoroughly disappointed that she has chosen to die on that particular ‘TERF’ hill, and I want to make it extremely clear for the record that I personally believe Trans women ARE WOMEN!

To be perfectly honest I think she should go back and read some of her own work, because maybe the hypocrisy will finally click for her in this respect.  However, it does not make this quote any less true or valid.

The quote is from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and it’s one of my favorites.  Harry is questioning himself because he is starting to see that he has some of the same abilities as Voldemort and this frightens him so he goes to Dumbledore for advice.  Dumbledore says to Harry, “It is not our abilities that show what we truly are. It is our choices.”

Our choices truly determine our Fate and our Destiny, for better or worse.

So, know yourself and choose wisely.

THE SUMMER OF OUR DISCONTENT, PART 4: Capricorn Full Moon Lunar Eclipse


Original Artwork by Author, Emily O’Keeffe

Welcome back to our Summer of Discontent 2020.

The month of July is going to be more of the same energies we have been seeing all year. Saturn has slipped back into Capricorn and will stay there until December. Once it goes direct in September, we can spend the rest of 2020 tying up the loose ends of Saturn in Capricorn.

Luckily, it will not quite make it back to meeting up with Pluto again any time soon so at least there’s that.

Speaking of Pluto, he is currently on the 2nd of the 3 meet ups with Jupiter in this Jupiter Pluto cycle. Their first meeting was the end of March beginning of April. Once again Jupiter expands whatever it touches so the energies we felt in March and April will be amplified again. Jupiter is faster moving than Pluto and they are both still in their retrograde motion.

About mid-month they will start to move away from each other again and then will meet up for the last time in November.

It seems that Autumn 2020 may tell Summer 2020 to hold its beer.


But we will just have to wait and see.

Right now, the only outer or transpersonal planet that is not in retrograde is Uranus, the iconoclast and the rebel. He is currently in Taurus. Taurus is associated with what we value. This encompasses what we value on the material level as well as the spiritual, philosophical, and emotional levels.

So, these things are being challenged right now. Uranus will also be going retrograde soon, but not until the middle of August, so he is currently moving full speed ahead with all his breaking down of the status quo regarding what we value.

Uranus is also aspecting the full Moon Lunar eclipse at 13 degrees Capricorn.

This is the last of the Cancer/Capricorn eclipse polarity for a while. This is energy for letting go.

All full Moons are good for completion and letting go, but because this full Moon is an eclipse, the last in its cycle and aspecting Uranus in Taurus and Mercury retrograde in Cancer, and all of these planets are moving away from each other, it will be even easier to let go.

In fact, on some level, we will want very much to let go.

We will find that we can no longer accept what does not nurture us or our values. Some of us might even say, “Peace out! See ya never!” and be very happy to do so.

Here in the States the eclipse is happening during Independence Day weekend. Things could get interesting given the political and social climate at the current moment.

It is very possible it could be literally explosive!


I can say with a fair amount of certainty, it will be the last weekend some people have all 10 of their fingers. You would think eventually people would figure out fireworks and alcohol do not mix well, but so far… nope.

On the plus side of July, Mercury will go direct on the 12th. So, all Mercury ruled things should start to move forward and function better.

Mars has also moved into Aries where it will stay for the rest of the year. It is unusual for Mars to be in any sign this long. Normally its only in a sign for about 6 weeks, but every two years Mars goes retrograde and wouldn’t you know it… 2020 happens to be that year!

Of course, it is… *eyeroll*

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The nice thing about Mars in Aries is that it is in its own sign. Aries is ruled by Mars.

So, it is kind of like Mars going home to its hometown. Mars energy functions very well here. When he goes retrograde in September, we will be looking at what drives us, what or who we feel passion for, and what makes us feel alive. We will be reassessing those things and hopefully letting go of what does not make us feel alive or passionate.

But for now, the middle to end of July will give us a bit of breathing room. At least for a couple of weeks.



***This was written by The Nephilim Rising’s Astrologer, Emily O’Keeffe***


Welcome back to Summer 2020: The Summer of our Discontent.

So what to do we have on the agenda for part 3?

*Checks list* Mercury retrograde, Summer Solstice, Neptune retrograde, and oof… two more eclipses.

*Slowly rubs temples*


I swear the more we get into the Summer the more accurate this tag line gets.

Okay then!

Let’s just jump right in shall we?

First, let’s talk about retrogrades!

The planets Mercury through Pluto go retrograde at regular intervals. Retrogrades just mean that the planet in question looks from our earthbound point of view, to be moving backward.

It’s not really moving backward.

It has to do with angles and ellipses and all those things. But symbolically what that means is that the energy symbolized by that particular planet, does not function well in an outwardly or in an extroverted way.

It wants us to focus on our internal worlds.

The outer planets, Jupiter through Pluto, move more slowly and they are retrograde for basically half the year at different times for each planet.

When the outer planets retrograde, they aren’t as noticeable for us. It happens more often and they stay that way for longer periods so you often won’t feel it unless it touches a sensitive point in your natal chart, or unless another faster moving planet makes an aspect to it. Or most often you will feel it when it goes retrograde and then when it goes direct again. Outer planets also usually have more of a generational or societal effect; the planet will move back and forth over certain points and then when they finally move away, you notice how much things have changed in whatever aspect of life you experienced the retrograde.

They affect us personally as well in this regard; in whatever house or realm of life experience the planet happens to be in at the time.

The personal planets Mercury through Mars don’t stay in retrograde mode as long. Venus retrograde, which is happening right now, lasts for about 6 weeks and happens once every 18 months or so. Mars retrograde happens once about every 2 years and lasts for about 70 days.

Mars will be going retrograde in September, so stay tuned for that.

Mercury retrograde lasts for about 3 weeks, and happens 3 times a year, the most frequent.


NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington

You honestly must have been living under a rock, or I don’t know, maybe it’s your first day on the internet, to not have heard the term Mercury retrograde. Or as one of the more popular memes puts it, Mercury is in Gatorade again. Mercury rules the signs Gemini and Virgo, and it also rules the 3rd and 6th houses.

In the natal chart it is one of the personal planets, so a planet that symbolizes an aspect of our personality. It symbolizes our conscious mind, our perception, our intellect, how we think and communicate, our memory, how we learn and what we like to learn about. It is non-emotional, highly rational and objective. In the outer world, it symbolizes communication of all kinds, spoken, recorded, written and, also rules publishing. It rules learning, the assessment of data, telecommunications, computers, software, electronics, all forms of shipping and transportation including vehicles and roads, pretty much anything mechanical. It rules advertising, sales, public relations. It rules medical issues, and our health and how we take care of our health.

It even rules sibling relationships and pets. Mercury really has a lot to rule over, basically our day to day lives and activities.

So, since Mercury has such a big list of responsibilities and moves so quickly and tends to get us lost in the routine of daily life; Mercury and we need to take frequent breaks. This is the Universe’s way of telling us to slow down. Slow down, focus on the internal world and reflect.

How does it do that you ask?

In the most annoying way possible!!!

It causes delays and miscommunications and broken things and lost things and people popping back into your life that you may or may not want to deal with…

*Big inhale*

But it forces you to stop and go back and re-evaluate.

Re-evaluation in itself is good.

Even taking breaks is good.

But our modern life does not accommodate the Universe’s forced breaks very well.

We still must navigate our worlds because well, Life.

I saw a meme today with a quote from the movie The Dead Poet’s Society, it said “Medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits, and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.”


That is what the Universe is trying to get us to focus on for a moment, the things we stay alive for. What is that for you?

The best way to get through Mercury retrograde, which will last from June 18th to July 12th, and I honestly cannot stress these tips enough, but if you can put it off until later, DO. If you can’t put it off, then you need to double check, no triple check, no quadruple check everything you do before you commit to anything!

Including sending that text. *wink*

Also, when you do get some time, take a walk down memory lane. Read a book you love, watch movies or shows you love, listen to music you used to listen to; it’s not only comforting when you feel out of control, but it helps you to re-evaluate, which honestly is the purpose of the this time. It will be retrograde in Cancer, so in the larger sense, we should reflect on what brings us comfort and nourishment, what makes us feel nurtured, our family and what family means, our cultures of origin, our soul tribes and probably just our souls in general to be honest. We really do have a lot of reflecting to do as a society right now.


Also happening this month, June 20th is the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year and the official beginning of Summer! Such as it is.

Kind of anti-climactic really, with all the goings on. But honestly, we have some more important things to focus on at the moment so the Summer fun will have to wait.

And speaking of Cancer… Cancer season begins June 21st.

Also, on June 20th or 21st depending on where you are located in the world, we have the 2nd of the 3 eclipses this season at 0 degrees Cancer.

It is a New Moon Solar eclipse.

Then on July 5th we will have a Full Moon Lunar eclipse at 13 degrees Capricorn, the last eclipse of this eclipse season and also the last eclipse of the Cancer/Capricorn family of the eclipses for the time being.

The Cancer/Capricorn polarity symbolizes fluidity v. rigidity, family v. career, family v. the state, inner life v. public life, and nurture v. discipline. This current New Moon Solar eclipse is at 0 degrees Cancer. New Moon Solar eclipses are like super New Moons, they have a lot of energy behind them. New Moons are times for beginnings, this is a time for setting our intentions for the coming month. However, since this a New Moon Solar eclipse we have the ability to set even longer term and more ambitious goals. And since this is also occurring in Cancer our focus should be on those Cancerian themes. Again if you have planets or sensitive points at 0-5 degrees Cancer or Capricorn you will feel this eclipse personally, otherwise we will feel it as more of a societal influence.


What will be feeling exactly?

Lots of this Cancer/Capricorn polarity.

There’s a whole lot going on in these two signs right now.

We have the Sun, Moon and retrograde Mercury in Cancer and we have retrograde Jupiter and Pluto hooking back up again at about 25 degrees Capricorn.

Jupiter expands whatever it touches and its touching retrograde Pluto.

If you recall from Part 1 of this series I talked all about retrograde Pluto, you may want to go back and check out Part 1 again for a refresher on Pluto.

Jupiter is expanding that Plutonian energy right now.

This can be a rough time, it’s bringing up ghosts and skeletons from our personal unconscious and our Collective Unconscious and Jupiter is expanding them and making feel bigger.

The positive thing about this is we are also getting some supporting energy from Mars in Pisces. We must fight these ghosts and skeletons with compassion and empathy, for ourselves and for others.

By dealing with and reconciling these things we can make new beginnings with the New Moon Solar eclipse.

New beginnings and systems that support and nurture all of us, every single human being. But we can’t do that without first fighting those inner ghosts and skeletons in our closets both personally and collectively.

This is our focus right now, and if we can do that, maybe at the final eclipse in Capricorn on July 5th we can rid ourselves of some structures that have outlived their usefulness.

I will talk more about the Capricorn eclipse in the next installment.


For now, we set our intentions.

This is a period of personal and collective growth.

When we know better, we should do better.

Let’s be better humans.

THE SUMMER OF OUR DISCONTENT, PART II: Sagittarius Full Moon & Eclipse Season

Image Source: Kari Brooks

**This article was written by The Nephilim Rising’s Astrologer, Emily O’Keeffe.**

Welcome back to our Summer of Discontent 2020.

In my last post I talked about Pluto retrograde, which is still happening, and bringing up quite a bit of humanity’s more repulsive characteristics.

Since then a few other astrological things have happened as well.

Jupiter, Saturn and Venus have all gone retrograde and are in the Underworld with Pluto helping to shine light on our shadowy parts so we can illuminate and integrate them.

But, today I want to talk about eclipses.


Eclipse season is here folks.

There is a lot to talk about here so this will be in two parts. I also don’t want to overwhelm, we are all dealing with quite a bit already. Susan Miller, a veteran Astrologer, has a great article on her site Astrology Zone, on how to deal with eclipses. I highly recommend reading it, there are many good tips and she explains eclipses very well.

However, for this article, there are a couple of things you need to know.

The first thing I want to talk about it is how eclipses function. They are felt on both a personal level and also on a greater societal level.

Eclipses are the wild card of astrology, like The Tower card in tarot. Also like the Tower card, eclipse energy is energy that is outside of our personal control and energy that happens TO us. Because of that, it is really best to not to instigate any big changes or moves at eclipse time.

The reason being, you have to expect the unexpected.

Sometimes you do have to do things because you really don’t have another choice and then you just gotta do what you gotta do. But still expect the unexpected.

The second thing you need to know about eclipses is that some people will feel certain eclipses more than others.

One will feel it most if the eclipse hits certain sensitive points in one’s natal chart, like personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus or Mars) and angles (Ascendant/Descendant/IC/MC).

For instance, let’s say your Ascendant is at 15 degrees Sagittarius or within 5 degrees; this upcoming eclipse at 15 degrees Sagittarius will affect you pretty personally, as the Ascendant and the 1st house represent you. If it was on your Descendant, which is opposite your Ascendant and the beginning of the 7th house and represents “the other” and partnerships; something in your life regarding those life experiences will be affected. If it hits your personal planets, that aspect of your personality will be affected. The closer in degrees to the eclipse the more you will feel it.

Third, eclipses happen in families of signs. What do I mean by that you ask?

They are signs directly opposite of one another; for instance Aries and Libra.

They are opposite ends the energy spectrum.

Aries represents ‘I’ and Libra represents ‘We’.

Aries is a Fire sign and Libra is an Air sign, they compliment each other.

Fire (action) needs Air (ideas) to burn.

Air (ideas) without Fire (action) just floats around and never really manifests anything. The family of signs we have been experiencing eclipses in for the last couple of years is the Cancer/Capricorn axis.

Cancer is a Water sign and represents, home, family, and the inner emotional life and Capricorn is an Earth sign representing stability and achievement in the outer material world.

However, we are in the middle of an eclipse family change, we are moving into the Gemini/Sagittarius family. It’s not a completely abrupt change, it crosses over each other.

So, this eclipse season we will have 3 in a row, typically they happen in pairs.

The first will be a full Moon lunar eclipse at 15 degrees Sagittarius on June 5th, the second will be a new Moon solar eclipse at 0 degrees Cancer on June 21, and the third will be another full Moon lunar eclipse at 13 degrees Capricorn on July 5th.

After the lunar eclipse in Capricorn, that family of eclipses will be done and we will move into the Gemini/Sagittarius family.


I want to talk mostly about the Gemini/Sagittarius family of eclipses. Especially since that is the energy and theme of the eclipses for the next couple of years.

It is the axis of reason vs intuition, knowledge vs wisdom, data vs the big picture, primary school vs higher learning, local vs foreign.

June 5th 2020, there will be a Full Moon lunar eclipse at 15 degrees Sagittarius.

Full Moons already tend to be emotional times. If you don’t believe in the chaotic power of the full Moon, you probably don’t have children or pets or work with the general pubic, otherwise you know what I’m talking about. Shit gets crazy at full Moons.

Full Moon eclipses, are like a full Moon on steroids!

It’s SUPER emotional and unpredictable and it has that energy all by itself.

But wait… There’s more.


We are going to add in a few more aspects of energy thanks to retrograde Venus conjunct the Sun in Gemini and Mars at 15 degrees Pisces, these all form what astrologers call a T-square.

I know you’re probably saying, “ok cool, now please tell us what all that means…”

We have the Sun energy and Venus energy fused together, but Venus is currently retrograde, meaning she is in her underworld right now and showing some darker sides of herself. One of those dark sides is that her famous diplomacy and charm ranges from not very strong to non-existent right now, and that makes for some very, ‘IDGAF-about-hurting-your-feelings’ kind of energy.

So, we have that energy and the full Moon eclipse energy in opposition of each other, and now let’s throw in Mars, the aggression, anger and war planet!

Mars will be 90 degrees to the Sun/Venus conjunction and full Moon eclipse. That’s where the square part comes in.

In astrology, a 90 degree angle is called a square aspect. The energy does not flow together well. It’s very uncomfortable, it causes irritation and friction.

But, they do make things happen. It’s an aspect of action because its super uncomfortable until you deal with it.

So, basically the emotional Moon is going to be on the opposite spectrum of the cranky ‘IDAF’ Sun/Venus and Mars is going to step in and go, “LET’S FIGHT!!!! FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!”

**fists pumping in the air**

Fun times.

In fact, we are already seeing this energy in action right now in our larger society.

That’s another interesting thing about eclipses. The energy doesn’t just happen at the exact time of the mathematical eclipse. It functions more like seasons do.

Yes, there is a calendar date of the season change, but just because the calendar says its spring doesn’t mean that the weather will cooperate.

Astrology energy is the same, its ‘about time’ for this energy to be happening.

So, given that the eclipse is in a few days, yeah we are already seeing this energy in action. I would like to point out that the Mars instigator energy is in Pisces currently. Pisces is a very nebulous sign, things are never what they appear to be with Pisces. Keep that in mind when looking for the instigators of the current chaos in our world.

Don’t forget to watch for these themes in your personal life as well. This energy will be active for months afterward.

We will be having our eclipses in the Gemini/Sagittarius family for the next couple of years. It won’t be like it is right now for that whole time, so not to worry.

But, we will see these same themes of data vs big picture, reason vs intuition, etc. for the next few years in the form of eclipse season.

As for the other two eclipses that will follow the June 5th one, I will save that for another time.

We have enough on our plates to deal with for now.

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF MAGICK: Jung & His Wretched Subjects

This article was written by The Nephilim Rising’s Astrologer, Emily O’Keeffe.

My first love is Psychology. I was Psych major in college, but even before that, I have always had a fascination with why people do the things they do.

I’ve always been an observer, I love to people watch, so it was just logical that the “whys” would happen at some point. I first heard about Jung in Psych 101 but it was such a general overview that I didn’t really think much of it.

Then later I took a class called Jung and Contemporary Mythology.

That’s when I fell down the rabbit hole.

If you don’t happen to be familiar with Jung, I’m sure you are familiar with many of his concepts.

The Collective Unconscious is the big one.

I will try to give a very basic definition but really, I could write a whole article just on just this.

The Collective Unconscious is the part of the unconscious mind which is derived from ancestral memory and experience and is common to all humankind. It is distinct from the individual unconscious that carries our own memories and experiences.

It is like a small pool (individual) that gets its water from the flow from a larger pool (collective), in other words our own individual unconscious is a smaller more individual version of the collective. It is all the same type of content, content that speaks in symbols.

These symbols of the Collective Unconscious are called Archetypes.

Our individual unconscious also contains these Archetypes, as well as our own personal symbols and we often put our own personal filter on these Archetypes or identify with a certain aspect of these Archetypes more than others based on our personal experiences of them.

Archetypes are another subject I could write a whole article on so I will try to give a brief explanation of them as well. They are universal symbols that every culture has. Each culture tends to have it’s own interpretation of these symbols but they do exist in every culture.
Jung was an analytical psychiatrist.

He was a student and friend of Freud until around 1912, when they had a philosophical falling out. A lot of it had to do with Jung’s study of what historian Otto Neugebauer referred to as the ‘wretched subjects’. They are the study of the liminal and numinous subjects of humanity. Subjects like religion, magic, the spiritual, and the esoteric.

Jung is the only one of the big name psychological philosophers that I know of, who acknowledged the validity of these subjects to the human experience.

Whether one believes in any of these subjects personally, one cannot deny that they are in fact a part of the human experience. If one is really honest with themselves, everyone on the planet has experienced something that they just can not explain.

Lots of people, most people actually, shrug these things off as figment of our imagination or childish or crazy.

For a scientist to acknowledge something of the numinous it was the kiss of death to any validity at all, because one can’t ‘prove it’. This is admittedly somewhat of an oversimplification but for the purposes of brevity, Jung was of the belief that it doesn’t necessarily need to be proven empirically or explained to be true. Once he started speaking of these things, he was labeled a mystic so a lot his work was discounted.

Even some of the most hardcore Jungians won’t really talk about his study of such subjects. It’s kind of an open secret that they tolerate but just don’t talk about.

Jung studied Gnosticism, alchemy, the tarot, and astrology, just to name a few.

In fact, astrology was so integral to his analytical process that he did natal charts for all his clients, also his colleagues. In Jung’s own statement, he began studying astrology while he was still working with Freud ‘in order to find a clue to the core of psychological truth’.

He used natal horoscopes to better understand the unconscious dynamics of his patients ‘in cases of difficult psychological diagnosis’.

Further, he recommended that any person training as a psychotherapist should learn astrology, and that astrology’s value is ‘obvious enough to the psychologist, since astrology represents the sum of all psychological knowledge of antiquity’.

Jung says that ‘the sun, moon, and planets were the exponents, so to speak, of certain psychological or psychical constituents of the human character; and this is why astrology can give more or less valid information about character…’

He says in a very lengthy letter to the French astrologer Barbault, ‘there are many instances of striking analogies between astrological constellations and psychological events… Astrology like the collective unconscious with which psychology is concerned, consists of symbolic configurations: the ‘planets’ are the gods, symbols of the powers of the unconscious…’

His biggest critique of astrologers is that they were too literal and not symbolic enough. Also involved in his theory was the quality of time.

He says, ‘The qualities of the different months of the year, in other words the zodiac, are really the projections of our unconscious knowledge of time and the qualities of time. It is as if there were profound knowledge in our unconscious, knowledge based upon unconscious experiences, that certain things originating at certain times of the year have such and such qualities’.
It has been my experience and the experience of many others that have studied this in depth, that the natal chart acts as map of you or if you prefer your soul. It’s your personality, your psychological complexes, and if you believe in past lives, which I do, where you’ve been and where you’re supposed to go in this life.

It’s sometimes disturbingly accurate, and even tells us things about ourselves that we would rather not admit, in other words our shadow sides.

It’s a map for our individuation.

For those that are not familiar with that term individuation, it is the integration of the conscious and the unconscious material of our psyches, two parts becoming one whole.

It is a lifelong process and cyclical.

We keep coming back to the same lessons until we learn them and integrate those parts of ourselves.

Or to put into alchemical terms turning lead into gold; or in the terms of the tarot its going from The Fool to The World.

It’s all the same premise just in different languages so to speak, but overall it is the language of symbols, the language of Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious.

*Jung’s Collected Works
*C.G. Jung Letters Vol.1&2
*Jung’s The Vision Seminars
*Jung’s Modern Psychology

PLUTO RETROGRADE: The Summer of our Discontent

Pluto went retrograde on April 25th. It will be retrograde until the 4th of October.

Welcome to the Summer of our Discontent.

Not gonna lie, since the big Saturn Pluto conjunction in January, it has felt a bit like all Hell has broken loose.

The world in is chaos right now.

If you are at all sensitive to energy, you’ve been feeling this energy intensely.

Now that Pluto has gone retrograde, it has turned its energy inward on us.

In other words, Pluto has gone in to the Underworld of our unconscious to do the things he does best, shadow work.

Flushing out the ghosts and demons in our psyche.

They hide there.

We think they are gone because out of sight out of mind, but really they are sleeping or biding their time and getting stronger in the dark.

Pluto finds them out, because he knows how they are and how they hide and he flushes them out. He gives you the chance to see them and transform them into power and self-knowledge. But so often they overwhelm us. We may get one or two before they take us down, but the ones we miss go back into their hiding places to wait again.

We all have our own personal demons, but we also share some universal ones.

One of those is Doubt.

Doubt is a fucking bastard.

You can’t ever kill it.

However, you can make it smaller and less likely to flow over in to all areas of your life.

One of my favorite stories about doubt is Orpheus and Eurydice.

It’s beautiful and sad, a classic tragic love story. Orpheus, the son of Apollo, was a musician. No human or beast could resist the beautiful music he played. He fell in love with Eurydice, a beautiful woman of charm and grace.

They marry and are very happily in love. Shortly after their marriage, Eurydice steps on a snake, is bitten, and dies instantly. Orpheus is inconsolable. He sings his grief so beautifully, that he is able move every being in this world and the next. His father Apollo urges him to speak to Hades and Persephone. He gives Orpheus protection so he can journey to the Underworld.

Once there, he speaks with Hades and Persephone in the court of the Underworld. He sings his song for them and brings Persephone to tears, and surprisingly Hades as well. They allow Eurydice to leave the Underworld with Orpheus.

But nothing worth having comes without a price.

Orpheus must lead and Eurydice must follow, and as long as they are both in the Underworld Orpheus must not turn back to look at her. If he does, she must stay in the Underworld and be lost to him forever.

If he is patient and trusts that she is following, he will have her by his side in the world again. He thinks no problem, he has faith in the Gods and he is a patient man. They start their way out of the Underworld. As they walked, Orpheus could not hear her footsteps behind him.

Doubt started to overtake him.

Would the Gods really would do what they said they would do?

They made it all the way to the edge of the Underworld and the doubt finally over took Orpheus.

He turned to see Eurydice being pulled back into the Underworld, lost to him forever.

Doubt is Caution’s toxic shadow side, which is why we can never really get rid of it.

However, if you let it get out of check, it spreads like an infection. It’s good to be cautious, but you still have to have some hope and some trust in yourself and others.

Fear is another one of those universal demons.

It’s related to Doubt and Caution, but it’s much worse.

It’s a shapeshifter.

It looks different to everyone and it knows exactly where it needs to hit us to completely paralyze us. One of Fear’s biggest weapons, is the lies it tells us. It uses lies that it hears from Doubt to manipulate and control us. It’s a toxic little mix down there in the dark.

One of my favorite episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is called Fear Itself. It’s Halloween and everyone is going to a haunted house that ends in a party at a frat house. While decorating they decide to use a sigil from some random book because it looks cool and they paint it on the floor. Someone cuts themselves and blood drips on the sigil and of course starts the summoning of something. Its happens. Turns out they have begun to summon Gachnar the Fear Demon. First, he takes over the house and brings to life all the Halloween decorations and locking in all the guests and closing walls behind them. He turns the house into a maze and keeps yelling “Release me!!!” The more fear that everyone shows the stronger and louder he gets. He gets into everyone’s head and starts manifesting their greatest fears. Some of those fears are psychological, like abandonment and loneliness and being invisible to people that you love. They end up at the room where the sigil is and figure out what’s going on. When the Gachnar finally does manifest, he turns out to be about 6 inches tall and then when everyone sees its actual size it gets squished.

Pluto right now is flushing these demons and a bunch of ghosts attached to them, out in your psyche. They come at you like a swarm sometimes and it feels bigger than it really is because it disorients you.

It’s scary and sometimes its actual panic and those are very real feelings but are they true?

If you could freeze the swarm for a moment and see it for what it really is, is it really what you thought it was?

Can you put those ghosts to rest and let them go?

The more you put to rest, the less will come out in the swarm the next time.

Pretty soon it’s just little bouts of fear and doubt from time to time, just to clean out the cobwebs. The smaller it is the easier it is to handle. This whole process is not a good time. Like at all.

It’s necessary, but all transformations are painful and often there is a pretty heavy price. What you gain however, is personal growth and becoming more whole. These are the themes of Pluto retrograde. This Plutonian energy is happening to us personally and globally.

And, we are probably all going to be forced to sit with it, distraction free because of the global pandemic, until Pluto goes direct on October 4th.

This is shadow work.

The more we acknowledge and accept our shadow sides, the more they become conscious and we can integrate them into the whole of our personality where it becomes power and knowledge that we can better control.

This article was written by guest Author and The Nephilim Rising’s Astrologer, Emily O’Keeffe.