The Lunar Return “Dreams stuck in the Catcher”

Every month, the Moon returns exactly to where it was when we came screaming into this world.  It’s rare for it to be the same phase-that can only happen around your birthday-but to the same degree and minute, it returns.  Healing is in the Return!

Every lunar cycle we set sail to visit all the unique monuments of Psyche as she waxes and wanes around Earth and Chart.  And each time we visit, it’s different, yet eerily similar to the last month’s visit, and the one before that.  She shows us how to ride the tides of our emotional body, pointing always to the substratum of our dreaming.  La Luna is also a dreamcatcher.  If we pay close enough attention each month, we can see the golden thread laid out through the Labyrinth of Understanding.  When we do, Artemis smiles with motherly approval.  The Work is being done.

Every time the Moon returns a chart can be cast.  In it, are all the experiences and somatic imprints and dreams to come for the month ahead. Don’t believe me? Keep a tight journal, never missing any important lunar transit throughout the chart for the month–include your dreams. At months end, look back, study the chart.  You will see the impossible.

And so, every time the Moon is in early Scorpio, I have my own Lunar Return.  Usually, there is a character from my past who visits to remind me of who I am. It’s easy to forget.  This time around the silvery wheel, it was a close friend who happened to be an exchange student in high school.  We were every day companions, until…the “switch” was hit inside of me (If you don’t know the “switch,” just relate it to having a hard time all of the sudden even looking into the eyes of that person. It’s tragic and mysterious). Maybe it’s a Scorpio Moon thing? Maybe it’s a protective mechanism against pain? Maybe it’s a secret the Moon keeps until we desire to make it right? Lots has been healed up and mended with this one over the years, but this time, as the Moon was turning the dial to the specific frequency I was born with, there he was. We were flying–hang gliding actually.  It was the kind of visitation needed when so many of the lunar themes like family and home and patterns begin to turn brackish. Thank you old friend.

*There are many ways to cast Lunar Return Charts:, Astrogold, Solarfire, really, most programs.  Make sure you get your current place right.  It’s one of the most fascinating studies.  Start here, then go into Solar Return work. If you need help, I’m here for you.

Long days and pleasant nights my friends,



Exploring Spagyrics with Sajah Popham

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In this show, I have a chat with Sajah Popham of the School of Evolutionary Herbalism about Spagyrics.  If you aren’t familiar with the idea, you probably already are to an extent.  If you’ve listened to any of my Plants & Planets shows, that’s essentially what Spagyrics is. It’s old, it’s magical, it’s essential to the work we are all doing.  I’m excited for you to listen to this.


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Venus & the far side of the Sun “Inner Temple Lights”


Mars trine Neptune “Flow Hacking”

“All human beings are also dream beings. Dreaming ties all mankind together.” Kerouac He woke me before the Sun with a gale force wind to remind me of what he is dreaming.  As he grows in strength next to Jupiter in the morning sky, Mars also flows into an effortless alignment with Neptune today (trine).  […]


Exploring Mugwort & the Solstice with Sheri Hupfer

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In this show, Sheri returns to talk about the Winter Solstice and Mugwort.  As the Sun stands still up here in the North, the nights are long and perfect for dreaming.  No better herb according to many for augmenting the dreamworld experience than Artemesia Vulgaris (Mugwort).  May this show summon your inner witch and alchemist to the table.


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Venus conjoins Saturn “Heavy Holiday Presents”

On Christmas morning, somewhere on the far side of the Sun King, Venus sits with Saturn to open presents. Neither of them are currently in the sky and the last time they conjoined in Capricorn to share gifts and get emotional about her bloody origins through vengeance, sea-foam, and daddy issues was in the late 80’s/early 90’s.  Their reunions are bittersweet. This one is no exception.

It is Saturn’s nature to restrict and withhold.  With Bach’s Christmas Oratario playing from the mantle, it’s not unlikely to feel we didn’t get what we wanted this Xmas…but is it exactly what we needed? Their dynamic can make us feel lonely.  On a planet with nearly 8 billion people and with friends and family who care, we can still feel like we are on desolation row. It’s a strange paradox Yet it is something the two are always trying to remedy.

Take the Sabian Symbol for 1 degree of Capricorn for instance: An Indian Chief demanding recognition. I know comparisons are odious, but next time you feel you didn’t get what you wanted in your stocking, remember the locals. It could be so much worse.  The two help us to see the reality of what is truly important. If you have clean air, food, and water in your life, consider yourself one of the lucky ones.  If you have a family to visit on the holiday, again, reconsider your gratitudes.

Last time they conjoined in Capricorn, I was around 6 years old.  I can remember it like it was yesterday. My mom revealing to me on a secret holiday drive that she wanted to divorce my Dad and asking me for advice. I WAS SIX! Jump ahead ten years and we lost him to Saturn. Ever since the holidays have shriveled and died like an unwatered spruce.  It’s sad to have lost that Spirit, but it’s even more exciting to gain another.  This time of the year is all about Sun Worship.  I doubt there is an exception anywhere on the planet of people not recognizing this as the return of the Sun (Equatorial climes perhaps).  Whether it’s Jesus for you, Horus, or some long forgotten dragon who tows the Light back to its exalted throne, it’s all about renewal through long night vigils, reflecting on the year at our back and greeting the light warming our faces.

With all the talk about Saturn moving into Capricorn, Venus has decided to get in on the hype.  And so, even if dragons rob your stockings this year and open your “presents” a bit too early, try your best to find the silver lining. Because it’s there. It’s always there. This is the greatness of Saturn. No Grinch can steal Christmas if you are radiant and content with yourself.

*Oh, and remember to give that Indian Chief some recognition.

Long days and pleasant nights my friends,




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The Saturn Podcast “Another look at the Old Devil”

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In this show, I share the heaviest load of Saturn content to date.  With his ingress home into Capricorn just around the Galactic Center, I felt it appropriate to go deep. I also talk about the Saturn Return, Sade Sati, and walk with him into many other essential realities.  I do hope you enjoy!

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Saturn & the Solstice “The Reality is….”

There are countless people currently under Saturn’s watch.  If your Moon is in Sagittarius, Capricorn, or Aquarius his rings are being ratcheted down by Sade Sati.  If you are born between 29-32, 59-61, 88-91 you are returning to the place from which you came.  And there are other perspectives still which can help you understand if your travel plans lead to Tartarus or towards the Golden Gate.

Collectively speaking, Shani is coming home on his favorite day of the year: The Winter’s Solstice.  When in Capricorn, his feet become more confident, absent of any doubts of where his toes are pointed.  Even if the mountain taunts us with impossible winds and whispers of defeat, we must always remember: “Not dead. Can’t quit!”

It’s useful knowing of the collective weather patterns, but it’s also nearly useless until applied specifically to your own chart.  For all of you astrophiles, it may be time to wean yourself from the online boob, turning your gaze towards tradition, serious self-inquiry, even mentorship.  Saturn is the Work. He reveals to us how we can improve.  He points towards the scramble we must risk in order to land successfully along the wyrd road of our Destiny.

I have a friend who loves to say, “The reality is…” We all have our little phrase we use unconsciously. It’s revealing.  For him, he’s in the throws of his Saturn Return like many of you.  I never noticed his love for the saying until Saturn started dragging his scythe on the grounds of his Being. Saturn has reconfigured his tongue…his Reality.

You see, the Reality is…
when you’re hungry, you feast
when thirsty, you find clean water
when cold, you try to be like Wim Hof
when hot, you dance in waterfalls
The Reality is…
If you check your Facebook more than 36x a day, you are legally insane
if you are triggered more than once a day
you might have lost touch
The Reality is….
that if you curse Saturn, he will curse you back
that if you fear his return, he will place more monsters in your closet
queuing up more challenges until you start to love him
He absolutely adores it when you feed his crows
(black sesame is ideal)
The Reality is…
Saturn is reality
he always knows what time it is; he’s always on time because he is Time
And it takes time to know his wisdom
to love wisdom
to be Wise
It may be time to see every experience—without exception—as an opportunity to grow
It’s all timed perfectly
Failure is the greatest gift
Because if we aren’t growing, we are dying
We cannot retrieve time spent, so we must use it wisely
The reality just IS…..

Long days and pleasant nights my friends,




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Exploring Astrology with Chris Brennan pt. 2

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In this show, Chris and I pick up from where we left off on his show where we set off to answer our listener questions and only got to the Nodes in our first attempt.  This time, we cover a few more, like Time Lord Techniques, Mutual Reception, and a couple other interesting Q and A dynamics.  Lots to learn in this one my friends. Enjoy!

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