Alacazem 2011.06.23

Alacazem 2011.06.23

June 23 to 30, 2011

Visible Planets: Morning: Venus, Mars and Jupiter  Evening: Saturn

"There are so many ways to implode or suffer these days. But every once in awhile we enjoy a small respite… In such a ritual-poor society as ours, sometimes, very occasionally, we get it right."   Dana Gerhardt @

I’ve been writing my weekly Alacazem astrology column since 1988 – that’s 23 years of recurring weekly deadlines – and at times I wonder how I’ve done it. The answer is simple: One week at a time.

Yucca Today, the wind is strong and hot, gusting from west to east. Traveling across the sizzling sun-baked deserts of Utah to the snow-capped San Juans, air temperatures are in the 90’s. Tall grasses sway in the early summer sun, lush green meadows dance with gold and farmers are taking their first cuttings of the season’s hay. Irrigation ditches gurgle, mosquitoes bite and the sweet sounds of frogs caress the evening twilight. Yuccas and cactus are blooming in the pinion forests and pink rosebuds grace wire fences. I am grateful and blessed to be a part of nature, a human being living here on planet Earth, in southwestern Colorado, where the wild meets the tame and home on the range is still a reality, not fantasy. And yet, challenges remain.

I’ve noticed very few bluebirds this year. Headline news is all about climate change, wildfires, slow economic recovery, deficits and pollution, wars and loss, genocide. Uranium mills, nuclear energy, “clean” coal and hydraulic fracking. National and local real estate markets are bust, no new construction, no jobs, no loans, no money. Good news for the super-rich – there’s plenty on the market at very low prices – and bad news for those who have properties for sale.

Pink cactus C’est la vie – as they say in France – what will be. There is so much we can’t control or change. Acceptance is the answer and gratitude is the golden key. This year’s late spring and early summer eclipses have carried themes of the Gemini/Sagittarius polarity: individual and collective means and methods of communication, information and learning; sibling relationships, belief systems and life philosophies; corruption, lies and dishonesty; local and world travel and culture; perceptions, thoughts, ideas and dialogues. What we see, what we think, what we say and what we do…that’s all Gemini. The next new Moon solar eclipse takes place on July 1st in Cancer and it’s all about how we feel. And guess what? There’s a humongous connection between what we do and how we feel. It’s simple: If you don’t feel good, change what you do.

Shakespeare once noted that people tend to judge themselves by what they consider to be their own potential, while others judge them by what they do. We create the future in the present. Do good and goodness follows. Here's to doing good and feeling good. God bless…

Aries (Mar. 20-Apr.19)  The third of three eclipses takes place in Cancer on July 1st and turns the corner on the personal changes you’ve been a part of over the last several weeks. Home, family and your own sense of self-worth and security are themes. A cardinal Grand Cross signals you have reached a major crossroads. The old must be discarded for the new. Now is the time – do it!

Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20)  The power-packed new Moon solar eclipse involves three outer planets and six squares. This translates as a time for prayer, meditation and surrender. Pay attention to dreams and intuition as the messages you receive are chock full of important, relevant information that will help you navigate the road ahead. Feel your feelings and follow your heart.

Gemini (May 21-June 21)  Venus and Mars in your sign shine bright and lend a strong cosmic hand to gifting and giving you what you want and desire. Others see you as beautiful, competent and attractive. As a result, you are in high demand. Manage time and resources according to commitments, responsibilities and schedules. Connect with guardian angels and invite them in.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)  The upcoming solar eclipse in your sign marks one of the hottest “hot spots” of the year for Moonchildren. Embrace life and love it. Acceptance is the answer today and tomorrow. Take a deep breath and know you are exactly where you need to be, no matter how difficult or challenging it may feel. Prune the bush and do the work. World change begins with you!

Leo (July 23-Aug.22)  You may feel a bit left out, as everything seems to be happening to everyone else. You just aren’t getting the personal adoration and attention you deserve! Count your blessings and enjoy the break. Good luck Jupiter in Taurus indicates a yearlong gifting trend regarding profession. Focus on achievement and know recognition is on the way.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep.22)  How you show up in relationships is an important theme this week. Know the power of your part in partnership and be the person you want others to be. Also recognize the power of personal choice. You are refining and redefining how you earn a living and building a structure that will stay with you for years. When in action, simply do the next right thing.

Libra (Sep. 23-Oct.22)  You are an important piece of the cosmic puzzle this week as the Cancer new Moon solar eclipse places you at the center of several revolving situations and circumstances. Other people, family relations, professional obligations and domestic responsibilities square off in a dance of priority. This is a karmic test, rise to the occasion and do your best.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22)  While you may feel at times lonely or out of the loop, know that all is as it should be. Saturn in your solar 12th house of spiritual reckoning is delving deeply into present and past life karma, evoking images and feelings that may have been buried for eons. Open your head and heart to spirit. Connect with inner and outer divinity. Walk in the light.

Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 20)  The Archer’s quest for truth emanates throughout the cosmos as one eclipse leads to another. This week, recognize the personal need and directive to expand faith and trust in a higher power, grasp the bigger picture and live life according to a moral code of right action and compassion.
Be with uplifting, inspirational friends and follow their lead.

Capricorn (Dec. 21-Jan. 19)  A rather telling and trying week presents itself, as you feel charged with cosmic energies and vibrations. As one who prefers a grounded, practical life, you may not want to believe in celestial presence or influence. However, the facts remain. You are being pushed and pulled to change from the inside out. Welcome to rebirth, you are being transformed.

Aquarius (Jan. 19-Feb. 18)  Thinking and perceptions continue to change. You are actually seeing life from an entirely different perspective. Your priorities and values have transformed and you have been born anew. Today, you understand the importance of a spiritual connection and are working to improve your conscious contact. Focus on self-improvement and keep the faith.

Pisces (Feb. 18-Mar. 20)  Neptune in your sign and Uranus in Aries opens you to spirit and awakens personal change regarding values and value systems. What once drove you crazy is now insignificant. This week, however, you may find yourself reliving old vendettas or re-experiencing past pain. The function is to see the futility of living there. Focus on the present and live in the now.

Cynthia is a third generation astrologer living in the high mountain desert of the American Southwest. Visit her website @












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