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!! OMG, good advice: Your Friend Dorothy answers the last questions of 2020 !!

Your Friend, Dorothy

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Many questions and few answers bubbled up during this most unusual year. Our advice columnist Your Friend, Dorothy is here to help you make sense of a few relational conundrums that you can carry forward for a fruitful 2021.

Should you party with your parents? When is a prospective lovers’ musical taste a dealbreaker? What to say to the oblivious and inappropriate coworker?

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!! OMG Stars: New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius (December, 2020) !!

OMG Stars by Amelia EhrhardtNew Moon and Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius

Sometimes when I write these horoscopes, I look at the astrology of the coming weeks and dig around for stuff to write about. Maybe there’s an aspect of interest, or a planet changing signs. The challenge is to dig in and see what might be resonant and potent.

Then sometimes there is so much going on, and so much being written about, that I hardly know where to begin.

With that said, I recently made this meme:

The events of the next two weeks, astrologically speaking, contain one of the bigger events of the year, the conjunction between Jupiter and Saturn.

Part of why this event is getting so much attention is that it is also of astronomical interest: Jupiter and Saturn are visible in the sky, and together will be a big bright star. It’s often written that the star that guided the three wise men to bb jeebus was actually a conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn; so science bros and astrology nerds are all getting their nut over this event.

These two planets haven’t been this close together since the 1600s, and their conjunction also marks their movement into Aquarius (they are finally, finally, finally getting out of Capricorn).

This astrology speaks to endings and beginnings, appropriate for the end of our calendar year, to let us wrap up and mourn while also looking forward.

Sooner up is the new moon and solar eclipse in Sagittarius. I’ve written lots about eclipses this year, including in the most recent full moon in Gemini as it was also a lunar eclipse: they are at once common and incredible, events that happen all the time and which have long been said to herald major events.

New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius astrologyBut major events, like eclipses, happen all the time. We have certainly learned that lesson this year. And then on the other hand, sometimes huge things happen in our life with no connection to astrological goings-on. Significant astrological events can pass without much of a moment.

Many people are coming to me worried about this conjunction, this eclipse season, what’s going to happen, what it’s going to mean. I am advising everyone, and reminding myself, to prepare yourself by not panicking.

Aquarius is the sign of the future. It’s about freedom, it’s about truth, it’s about innovation. Sagittarius is another freedom-loving sign, about expansion, adventure, justice. These signs activated together are bringing me hope and a sense of excitement of what is to come.

Head into that future by reminding yourself that huge stuff has been happening all year and that you’re still here, lived through it, wiser, cooler. Recently my sister, an Aries and an athlete, referred to some emotional pain and growth I went through this year as “gains” and I can’t stop thinking about that. Channel the gym bro and look at how you come out of turmoil with that level of confidence. It’s all just gains.

This lunation’s horoscopes are written from me, to you, quite directly, and focus on the part of your chart activated by the eclipse and the great conjunction.

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!! OMG Stars: Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse in Gemini, November 2020 !!

OMG Stars by Amelia EhrhardtFull Moon and Lunar Eclipse in Gemini

Leading up to this eclipse, I’ve been preparing to write about how eclipses are a common, normal occurrence. Most years have two Lunar eclipses and around four Solar eclipses. I’d been ready to talk about change as normal, and the way that eclipses set the stage for the kind of change that happens all the time. I’ve been fighting the fact that it’s so easy to write so dramatically about astrology.

And then the energy of this eclipse (along with a couple difficult transits in my own chart) showed up and I thought okay… right. This is an eclipse in a new sign. This is a new area of life being cleared for preparation.

Eclipses occur in opposite signs as they are basically supercharged full moons (when the sun and moon are opposite) or new moons (when the sun and moon are conjunct). They will activate a polarity in your chart between two signs and houses, calling attention to these being areas of change during eclipse seasons. The last set of eclipses took place in the Cancer-Capricorn polarity from November 2018 until this summer, where, after moving back and forth including a full moon and eclipse in Sagittarius this June, the eclipses have now settled in Gemini-Sagittarius where they will remain until 2022. The last time the North Node was in Gemini was from 2001-2003, and last in its opposite sign of Sagittarius from 2011 – 2012.

But since eclipses are so common, it’s important to look at them against the backdrop of what is less common, which is the movement of the slow outer planets. In this case, we look at an eclipse alongside the very tail end of the last Jupiter-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn of 2020, an event which happened three times this year and which coincided almost exactly with spikes and changes in COVID-19 cases globally.

And then, also against Jupiter and Saturn, now about to form their great conjunction of 2020, an event interesting for its astrological significance and for the light show it will give us in the sky. They will begin their conjunction in late Capricorn and end in early Aquarius.

Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse in GeminiI’m seeing this eclipse as a table being cleared off after an extended set of difficult meetings about one topic. The slow-movers of our solar system were joining in Capricorn for some kind of summit this year that really fucked us up (see all those “meatier vs. meteor” type of jokes making the rounds on Tiktok), and this meeting in Aquarius rings in a whole new cycle of astrology.

So, this eclipse in Aquarius’s sister air sign of Gemini, clears the table (vigorously, perhaps) in order for this new set of conversations to happen. I mean, nothing happens if the table doesn’t get cleared, so grab the important things before they get kicked off and let the rest fall.

In the body, Gemini rules the nervous system. Very gemininian, the nervous system works on processing new experience and categorizing it with other similar kinds of experience, which then helps us react in future similar situations. With this in mind, it wouldn’t’ surprise me if people’s bodies are feeling fried right now. Seek out ways to reset your own overloaded nervous system right now: suggestions for bodywork specific to your sign are in each horoscope, feel free to engage with the suggestions in whatever way is available to you.

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!! OMG Stars: New Moon in Scorpio, November 2020 !!

OMG Stars by Amelia Ehrhardt

OMG Stars is an astrology column written by queer astrologer Amelia Ehrhardt (@soft_aspects). Every two weeks, on the new and full moons, Amelia interprets the upcoming astrology with a focus on how to navigate current events (astrological and global). Book an appointment with Amelia here.

New Moon in Scorpio and Mars Stations Direct

Spooky season continues this lunation with a new moon in Scorpio the day after Friday the 13th and coinciding with the Mars station.

I have noticed this Mars retrograde manifesting for my clients with huge variety. Some clients have experienced extreme irritability, some very low energy, some low sex drive, some extra anger. I’ve noticed fights coming out of the woodwork (of the “I thought this was over?” type) and I’ve noticed anger simmering on a backburner. This retrograde has taught me a lot both about Mars and its home sign of Aries, and I feel I’ll be working through these understandings for awhile yet.

Stations are when a planet changes direction in the sky from the perspective of earth. Stationing retrograde is when the planet begins to appear to move backwards, and stationing direct is when it appears to movies the “correct” direction again. On station days, the planet moves particularly slowly as we come to a kind of cosmic stand-still. The US Presidential election showed with starting literalness how a Mercury station day coincides with slow distribution of information. Moments when astrology is just so achingly true.

Mars stationing in Aries, I am hopeful, could be a bit of a pause in arguments. If you’re in the middle of a heated debate, take this weekend off to consider. Mars retrogrades are fairly uncommon, happening only every two years, so think back to June 26th – August 27th of 2018 for personal insight on how you experience Mars retrogrades (with those two dates being the times of the station).

The new moon in Scorpio, meanwhile, feels to me a beautiful lunation given that Mars is the traditional ruling planet of Scorpio (with Pluto being the modern ruler). What do Scorpio and Mars have in common? Mars is all action, all will, all energy, and Scorpio is secretive, passionate, intense. When I think of Mars and Scorpio I think of s e x. This new moon coinciding with a Mars station is, to me, a horny moon. A good time to work with ~sexual energy~.

The new moon also begins new cycles in the part of your chart that Scorpio rules. The horoscopes below, written most specifically for your rising sign, describe which area to look to and how I suggest you take this energy of potential renewal.

And also, of sex.

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!! OMG Stars: Full Moon in Taurus, October 2020 !!

OMG Stars by Amelia EhrhardtOMG Stars is an astrology column written by queer astrologer Amelia Ehrhardt (@soft_aspects). Every two weeks, on the new and full moons, Amelia interprets the upcoming astrology with a focus on how to navigate current events (astrological and global). Book an appointment with Amelia here.

Full Moon in Taurus, October 31, 2020

Happy Halloween. Joyous Samhain.

When people say on the internet that “the veil is thin today,” we aren’t just talking about the spirit realm. @avecastrologie pointed out in an Instagram post today that “ghosts are anything that haunts,” which makes me reflect that being haunted is more than just being a slutty blonde girl living in a mysterious old mansion with a spooky basement.

Our pasts haunt us. Our mistakes. Our exes. Our families. Our wounds. Our choices.

When we are doing poorly, our previous happy times haunt us. Memories haunt our present and make us fearful of the future.

Scorpio, whose season we are in the thick of, is about the occult and the darkness and the dead, but it is also about the past. Of every part of the Zodiac, Scorpio holds the most fervently onto the past and to nostalgia. The present Mercury retrograde, which began its cycle in Scorpio and is now in Libra, has likely brought out all kinds of nostalgias and thoughts of the past. Today’s full moon in Taurus, conjoined with Uranus retrograde in the same sign, is at once a chance to let go of our past comforts, but also to respect them.

Full Moon in Taurus, October 31 2020On Samhain, practitioners honour the dead in many ways, often by setting a place at the table for our ancestors or setting up altars (for some informed and wise words on the significance of Samhain from someone who knows a ton more than I do, read the most recent Instagram post by @catalystcommunityherbals). With today’s full moon, think about how to honour the ghosts of your past in a similar way. Taurus is a sign of comfort and pleasure, and although it is difficult to let go of things which have once been comforting or pleasurable, it is critical to do so in order to make room for the new.

Celebrate this time of renewal by honouring the death of your past self as you would a loved one. Your old life, your old routines, your old comforts are gone now, perhaps forever. Culturally, we must allow these old ways to die so that we may envision a future of comfort for all instead of few.  Let go of the comfort of convenience, of immediacy, of consumption, and move towards a comfort in slowness, a comfort in patience, a comfort in care.

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!! OMG, meet our new advice columnist: Your Friend, Dorothy !!

Your Friend, Dorothy

Illustration by Eric Kostiuk Williams

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