Venus in Cancer: Some thoughts on Home, Attachments and Nurturing

Cancer by Susan Seddon Boulet

By the time I’ve finished writing this Venus will have moved into Cancer. The books always mention that this is a sentimental combination. We may, indeed, find ourselves feeling more sentimental, crying at sad movies and greeting card commercials. Certainly issues of security, safety, the need for a stable home base and comfort will raise their heads above the parapet, which could also bring up vulnerabilities and emotional attachments. In fact, this could be a time when we find ourselves attempting to cling onto beliefs, values, that misshapen pillow, situations and people in our lives that no longer feed us. How we nurture and how we are nurtured may acquire more importance, which could also manifest through food and especially comfort foods. Remember eating is indeed a way in which we nurture our bodies, perhaps the most important way. However, it is also an energy exchange. Don’t forget to make sure that exchange of energy is an equal one.

“The end is the beginning of all things, Suppressed and hidden, Awaiting to be released through the rhythm Of pain and pleasure.” ~ Jiddu Krishnamurti

“I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity.” ~ Gilda Radner

So, I would like to take this opportunity to announce that I am moving on the 5th of September. I am moving my body, my practice and my life back to the Mendocino Coast of California.

Mendocino Village and Headlands ~ photography by (c) Robin Dalton, 2003

You will, of course, still be able to reach me via my email address ( and Skype (robin_okiegirl). In the coming new year, I plan to get a beginning astrology class up and running. In the meantime, my astrology practice is going stronger than ever. However, for the next six weeks, my time will be very limited. Other than current commitments, all consultations will be completed sometime in October. Also, posts to this blog and my Facebook Page could become somewhat sporadic.

Home is a shelter from storms – all sorts of storms. ~ William J. Bennett

Letting go doesn’t mean that you don’t care about someone anymore. It’s just realizing that the only person you really have control over is yourself.” ~ Deborah Reber, Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul

Now, back to Venus in Cancer. To see where your need for more sensitivity, compassion, security and nurturing will be required, look to the house the sign Cancer falls in. If you don’t have your chart and want one, email me.

Some basic keywords for Venus are… well, the short version is Love and Money. That includes what we love (art, aesthetics and balance get tossed in there), who we love, how we love and also our ability to love ourselves, as well as our possessions, our personal finances, our ability to be self-sufficient and the personal resources available to us. There’s more because there’s always more with astrology but that’s enough to get you through the night, I think.

Remembering that the house is the stage or where the action takes place, here are some very basic key words for the houses:

First: self-image, physical body, our instinct for survival, defense mechanisms, how we start things, where we seek self-awareness

Second: values, possessions, personal finances, where we seek to develop personal resources

Third: communication, short trips, thinking and speaking, where we seek to express ourselves

Fourth: family, home, childhood, security, where we return to reinvent ourselves and seek nurturing

Fifth: creative expression, children, play, romance & occasionally love affairs, drama, where we seek pleasure

Sixth: service, health, work, self-improvement, where we learn humility and seek perfection

Seventh: partnerships, one to one relationships, competitors, lawyers, mediators, justice, where we seek balance

Eighth: transformation, death, taxes, other people’s resources or values, sexuality or where we seek to merge with the Other

Ninth: long distance travel, philosophy, higher learning, expansion, where we seek the Truth

Tenth: public persona, career, responsibility, achievement, reputation, where we seek material success and position

Eleventh: community, our tribe or peer group, our aspirations, where we seek liberation

Twelfth: dreams, private affairs, soul growth, psychic abilities, where we seek to merge with the collective unconscious

Be kind to yourselves.

Namaste’ Y’all,
The Houses of the Zodiac

Full Moon In Aquarius: Magic in the Air

Moon Dancer

Well, everyone….

Today the moon is full in Aquarius. Yes, Aquarius, that sign that conjures up images of wizards and scientists. This is a time when the Cosmos conspires with us to discover our Inner Genius, our Inner Magician. Playful Jupiter is also dancing with the Sun in Leo expanding that Leo ability to ‘creatively will’ things in to place, as well as feelings of confidence and a general feeling of ‘everything’s gonna be alright’.

Let’s face it. Things have been a little rough out there the last few weeks. Today is a day to shake the cobwebs loose, dance your dance, embrace your life and dream big. This is a time of great magic. Choose your words well but don’t forget to speak your truth. Let your dreams become reality. Believe. Dance. Sing. Share your joy.Namaste’ Y’all,


“Scientists have calculated that the chances of something so patently absurd actually existing are millions to one.
But magicians have calculated that million-to-one chances crop up nine times out of ten.”
Terry Pratchett, Mort

Astrology and Tragedy in Current Events …and a Bit About Love

Pandora releases the evils of the world and discovers the Spirit of Hope.

Hi Dear Ones,
There has been a lot written about the tragedy that took place in a cinema in the town of Aurora, Colorado a few days ago. As an astrologer, or student of astrology, events, all events, can be a good way to understand how planetary energies manifest. However, if we are not careful we can forget that we are looking at people’s lives. Someone’s daughter, son, brother, sister, father, mother, lover, best friend, etc.

So I would caution against unwittingly using astrology to romanticize the more horrific aspects of our current society or to use it as just another form of voyeurism. It is natural to want to seek an answer, to look for some kind of understanding. I said on Facebook a few days ago: In my experience simple answers are not only rare, but often deceptive. I continue to stand by that statement.

So rather than write more on this subject, I am going to provide you with two links that I highly recommend.

The first is from Donna Cunningham’s blog. She is an astrologer I would trust with my life, let alone my blog. She has not done an interpretation but has provided us with the astrological information and an opportunity to contribute to a discussion in her comments section. That link can be found here: Skywriter: James Holmes Date of Birth Revealed

However, my favorite post on this event was written by Matthew Currie on You can find the link here: Why Did This Happen? James Holmes, Mass Murderer

I especially love this paragraph:

I suppose we could cobble together a narrative about how his repressed smoldering temper (Mars/Pluto) and probable parental issues (Sun square Moon) resulted in extreme violence (the Uranus-Pluto square). But you know as well as i do that LOTS of people have bad transits… in fact, several thousand humans share a birthday with James Holmes.

In fact, as an astrologer, my eyes were first drawn to the Pluto Mars conjunction in Scorpio with a Sadge Sun/stellium. And then I remembered I have a Sadge Sun (just two degrees from James Holmes) with a Pluto Mars opposition. I have never had the slightest urge to call myself the Joker and plan a massacre of my fellow humans… not even while Pluto was transiting my Scorpio Moon. So, yes, by all means, study his chart and the transit chart. Use this opportunity to explore the archetypes involved, but do not expect to find a definitive answer. I would also beseech you to guard against letting any answers you might uncover limit your capacity for compassion. Sometimes evil just happens.

I am sure I do not have to remind those of you who may be tempted to assume all Sagittarians are mass murderers, just waiting for the right opportunity, that a Sun Sign does not a man or woman make. I am equally sure you have not forgotten the concept of Free Will. However, if we do need to discuss those topics further, please let me know and I will add them to my future blog post topics.

For purely academic and intellectual purposes there is also a very interesting article posted by The Astrology Research Journal entitled: Frequencies of Various Aspects in the Horoscopes of Murderers and Serial Killers vs. Those of Randomly Generated Control Groups. It can be found here: Astrology Research Journal Archives/article82702_1/

For those of you looking for a BiWheel showing the birth chart (remembering that we do not know his time of birth so I have used a Solar Chart with his Sun on the ASC) in the inner wheel and the chart of the time of the shooting in the outer wheel, I include one here:

James Holmes with Batman Cinema Shooting Transits

And finally, how do we make sense of tragedy in our lives? Those that know me well, know I have experienced my fair share. I wish I had an easy answer.

You know what’s coming. It’s the same thing I always say: Love. Love, an open heart, forgiveness, right action, being the best person you can be, hope…

Honestly? I don’t know if LOVE can change the world, if it can fight evil or oppression. However, I think it’s well worth the effort. What I do know is that it will change you.

Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence. ~ Eric Fromm

Once you choose hope, anything’s possible. ~Christopher Reeve

Our Dance With Gemini: Talking, Seeing, Listening, Loving

Gemini Twins

Today in the midst of weirdness I realized I wanted to write a post, as I hadn’t written one in awhile. Ever since I decided to semi-retire, my work load has increased considerably. So I’ve had to rethink that decision and am now back to working as a full time astrologer, which I am happy to say feels wonderful. In addition to work, there seem to be so many distractions in our world. Distractions: four planets and one half of the lunar nodal axis in Gemini. Gemini likes distractions. In fact, Gemini is the master of distractions. Remember he is also the trickster of the zodiac. There is much to be learned from these distractions and I must warn you not all of it feels nice.

I’m not going to write much about tomorrow’s new moon because so many other astrology bloggers have that covered. I will say, however, that I have seen a lot of posts about the romance of the coming new moon, the opportunity to find your true love, making it sound like another celebration of Valentine’s Day. I would caution against underestimating the power and reach of Venus or Mercury and certainly Luna. Each one of the celestial bodies are involved in this dance, as well as the Sun, as they are all in the sign of Gemini which is ruled by Mercury. There are other complicating factors (not least of all, the Quincunx of Pluto to Venus), as well, but for the moment let’s just stick with these actors in our play.

There has been a lot of cosmic focus on our relationships of late. I don’t think anyone can really argue with that unless they’ve managed to successfully bury their heads in the sand. I’m not just referring to relationships with lovers and partners in life, but all our relationships across the board, including our relationship with ourselves and our values and our value. A lot is being asked of us, but then if you look around, you will see a lot is needed.

There is a word that has been cropping up in my thinking for many, many months now. That word is Integrity. Today I discovered that along with Integrity are the words Humility and Discernment. Frankly Humility and Discernment aren’t usually thought of in reference to Gemini and very rarely, if ever, in reference to my sun sign, Sagittarius.

Today I learned a very important lesson and lost a friend at the same time, a friendship that I valued greatly. Remember when I mentioned the lessons to be learned in being too easily distracted? I speak from experience. Our words possess so much power. It is easy to get distracted and forget that. Of all the signs, Gemini is the one most attuned to our words. However, Gemini wants to quickly get them back out there again. Gemini collects and disseminates data. There is, however, more to Gemini than the role of chatterbox of the Zodiac. Geminis perceive the world around them and try to make sense of it. In fact, Geminis want to see and experience everything there is in the world. As that is clearly impossible, they try to garner that missing data much like a journalist does. They ask questions. However, that only works well if they pause to listen.

Those of you who follow my Facebook and Twitter feeds know I have been posting a lot about remembering to listen during this fantastic, playful Gemini dance we’re being given. We all have stories to tell and just so many words dying to get out. Today I was so busy trying to be cute and funny (which I do occasionally excel at [see Sadge smile]) that I forgot to discern the effect my words might have on my listener.  In effect, it was just a bit of automatic (i.e. unconscious) banter while my mind was occupied elsewhere. In fact, I had already decided how my listener would respond which is a rather annoying aspect of the Gemini energy. They are so sure they know what you are going to say next that they stop listening and become distracted by the colour of your eyes or in this case, as I was emailing from my phone, messages coming in from Facebook or Twitter or Instagram or what I was going to eat for breakfast 🙂 In fact, it was something I would have said 20 years ago to my Lit Professor. The same Lit Professor that still makes my heart beat a little faster when I think of him. The thing is, I wasn’t talking to an old flame and it is not the 1980s.

This is a more personal post than I normally do. Frankly, I was so surprised and disappointed by it’s outcome, and also humbled beyond measure, that I thought I might give you the benefit of my experience. Instead of talking about communication with integrity and discernment and humility, I would give you myself as an example. In the aftermath, I asked the question I always ask: Why? Which forced me to raise my head above the personal stressors that have been demanding so much of my attention and energy of late. It also gave me a clear archetypal view of the sign: Gemini. I used to have a friend that said this repeatedly: “Astrology is an elegant language.”  And so it is.

So, this is my Truth: Any story that is wanting to be told, that is worth being told, along with the person we respect enough to tell our story to, deserves our complete attention… our conscious attention. Equally important is to make sure the person you are telling your story to deserves your gift and is in a place where he or she is capable of receiving it, because it is truly a gift and not to be squandered.

Some useful definitions I discovered on Wikipedia:

Discernment is a term used to describe the activity of determining the value and quality of a certain subject or event. Typically, it is used to describe the activity of going past the mere perception of something, to making detailed judgements about that thing. As a virtue, a discerning individual is considered to possess wisdom, and be of good judgement.

Integrity is a concept of consistency of actions, values, methods, measures, principles, expectations, and outcomes. In ethics, integrity is regarded as the honesty and truthfulness or accuracy of one’s actions.

Humility is the quality of being modest and respectful. Humility, in various interpretations, is widely seen as a virtue in many religious and philosophical traditions, being connected with notions of egolessness. Or as Isabel Hickey said in Astrology: A Cosmic Science, “The willingness to be the least.”

When I started this blog post, I started by talking about the planetary focus on relationships. You may by now think I have wandered off a bit. However, remember Venus is in the sign of Gemini. Venus in Gemini is airy, flirty, jokey, a bit of a tease and fun, if easily bored. However, they can be quite emotionally distant and lacking in any sentimentality whatsoever. They also try to make sense of whatever or whoever is in front of them and on occasion slip out the back door when things get too intense. With our second new moon in Gemini coming up, I can’t help but think we are being asked to seriously look at our relationships with ourselves and with others and communicate what we see consciously. I fervently believe that out of these talks with ourselves, our lovers, our partners, our families, our friends not only what we want, what we value, but what value we place on ourselves, will be made clear to us. And, yes, some of us will find the love of our lives, some of us will discover that we’ve been wasting our time on the wrong person, the wrong life and some of us will discover that no one will ever love us the way we would wish until we are able to love ourselves fully.

As always, below you will find a chart for tomorrow’s New Moon and some quotes….


It’s no use talking unless people understand what you say.
Zora Neale Hurston

Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.
― Anaïs Nin


Today’s Sabian Symbol for our Gemini Sun

Gemini Twins In Their Constellation

Today’s Sabian Symbol for the 19 degree Gemini Sun is:

A Large Archaic Volume Reveals a Traditional Wisdom

There is a source of knowledge or wisdom available to all of us. That fact never changes. It is always open and waiting. Some of this wisdom is discovered and achieved through study, through great dedication and mental focus. However, a great deal of it is achieved through experience, which is itself a type of dedication and focus. Experience is indestructible. Experiential wisdom comes to us in cycles. Each time we traverse what seems like that same bend in the road, we come back with a bit more wisdom, a bit more understanding. It’s important to remember, and easy to forget, that all the wisdom in those esoteric texts were experienced first.

So, in fact, those repetitious journeys that feel like mistakes aren’t repetitious at all. They are, in fact, a bit like a polishing exercise. Each time you emerge you’re just a little bit shinier, and that inner glow that is your true essence is just a bit more visible.  Remember every misstep is just another step on the Path…

Well we all shine on
Like the moon and the stars and the sun
Well we all shine on
~ John Lennon

Namaste’ Y’all

The mind creates the abyss, the heart crosses it.

Today’s Grand Trine in Air and Divine Dreamtime ~ Astrology

Aquarius, the Water Bearer

Well, I don’t know about you but my life has been filled with lots of significance of late. However, today we have an Air Grand Trine composed of the Moon, Saturn and Venus, which is essentially a harmonizing energy providing a period of intellectual self-sufficiency. As we’re dealing with the element of air, we’re talking about mental energy so we could get a bit lost in a world of our own, unable to turn off our thoughts to deal with emotional or practical matters.

Later in the night (early hours in the morning for we Europeans) Neptune Trines Mercury. Think dream time, meditation, poetry, song, allowing yourself to be swept away by music even if only you can hear the tune. Trines on their own are a lovely harmonizing energy. However, with this many trines in one day, and no grounding squares, one may find themselves almost sailing away.  Example: I have just had to rewrite this post because when I looked at my astrological calendar, I saw a Sextile that was really a Trine.  I had obviously already let mind wander into divine dreamtime. Fortunately the wonderful English astrologer, Helen Tremeer, kindly sent me a message reminding me to plant my feet back on the floor and remember that an aspect between two water signs is actually a Trine, not a Sextile. See? It’s not just happening to you.

So… I recommend keeping paper and pencil or the 21st century technological version nearby to write those impressions down as they occur to you or as you dream them. This Trine is between two water signs: Pisces and Cancer. You can expect feelings, thoughts, dreams of love: spiritual love, unconditional love, mother love and most important of all, self love. On the shadow side? Self-delusion and denial are real possibilities. So don’t forget denial is not just a river in Africa. If you start to feel your feet separating from the ground (metaphorically speaking), go find a tree to hug.

Next week will be more action oriented. For now let yourself slip and slide in the divine waters of life.

All human beings are also dream beings. Dreaming ties all mankind together. ~ Jack Kerouac

…we are luminous beings. We are perceivers. We are an awareness; we are not objects; we have no solidity. We are boundless. ~ don Juan Matus, quoted by Carlos Castaneda

Namaste’ Y’all,
White Shell on Red Earth by Georgia O’Keefe

The Mutable Signs in Astrology: Change Always Comes Bearing Gifts


I know everyone is starting to gird their loins for the coming transits, perhaps even panic a little. Neptune is stationing to go direct squaring the Moon’s nodal axis just 10 hours after the Lunar Eclipse in Sadge. Following that is the mystery and spectacle of Venus crossing the Sun, which none of us will see again in this life time, reminding us of the love we hold inside our hearts just waiting to be expressed and perhaps teaching us how to better express and receive that love. That’s a lot of energy to try to understand or experience and impossible to contain.

Some important degree points to consider:

14 Sagittarius (or anything within 3 degrees of 14 Sagittarius, Pisces, Gemini or Virgo)
3 Pisces (or anything within 3 degrees of 3 Pisces, Sagittarius, Gemini or Virgo)
15 Gemini (or anything within 3 degrees of Gemini, Sagittarius, Virgo or Pisces)
5 Sagittarius ( or anything within 3 degrees of 5 Sagittarius, Gemini, Virgo or Pisces)
5 Gemini ( or anything within 3 degrees of 5 Sagittarius, Gemini, Virgo or Pisces)

Are we seeing a pattern, yet?  Or in the words of Rolf Harris: “Can you tell what it is, yet?”  Astrology is all about patterns, as is our physical reality.

All of those signs listed above are mutable signs. What are mutable signs? On a general level they’re about adapting to change, being willing to adjust, go with the flow of events. It is also important to remember that they thrive on change, on movement and will seek to move beyond what currently exists, to adjust plans, and redesign existing patterns. Ever spend an afternoon with a Gemini? I had a lover once with a Gemini ascendent and I heard this from him almost every day: “I’ve got to keep my options open.”  In other words, they are always expecting change and, in fact, hoping for it. Mutable signs are flexible. They like to explore possible alternatives. When stuff happens to mutable signs they respond by evolving, by moving beyond what exists or by breaking up what exists in to manageable parts and dispersing them outward. For them the world is never static and is constantly changing. They like it that way.

Therefore, we have a great opportunity to learn about change, to evolve beyond what exists. For those of us who are more comfortable with maintaining the status quo or being the initiators this can be difficult, even problematic. Panic may occasionally step in because it is an energy we find unfamiliar, an energy that goes against how we expect the world to behave. I will admit that even I, with my 5 planets in fixed signs, have had some difficult moments, have wanted to grab hold of something to keep it in place just a little bit longer.

So, I am going to go out on a limb here and suggest something the tiniest bit radical: Just Allow.

Let those mutable energies sweep you along in their wake and enjoy the ride. When it’s over you will have discovered another piece of the puzzle that is you.

Before you ask where to look, I would suggest you look at any planets you have in or around 3, 14 or 15 degrees. To see what area of life will be activated by these changing energies look on your natal chart for which house the following points fall in:

14 Sagittarius
3 Pisces
15 Gemini

If you need a copy of your natal chart email me for information and rates at:

This I got from Hal Bahr who got it from the movie, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. I think it sums up the situation best.

“Everything turns out in the end so if things aren’t turning out, it’s not the end”

Namaste’ Y’all,

The Transit of Venus Across the Sun~ June 2012