This is a big week on the big stage with U.S./North Korea talks, all kinds of shenanigans going on in the G7, genuine signs of decay in societies and civilizations globally. This isn’t the first time in history this type of thing has gone on, but it’s a first for many of us so we react in one way or another due to instant access to whatever numerable sources we now have. While these things will eventually affect us (in the pocketbook, as always), it’s good to step back and realize we are part of these changes, and we can find all kinds of creative ways to deal with them. The planetary aspects will show up as wins and losses out in the wild this week.
This week won’t glitter like last week did; four planets are involved in arguments that can make things really messy if we aren’t careful. Due to our dualistic society and our own style of awakening to what’s going on out in the wild and inside of ourselves, insights we get will be solely for us this week because we can’t trust them with anyone else. If we spill it, we run a risk of it being used against us, so let’s do a “hands on, mouth shut” approach and err on the side of caution.
Tax Reform: Planning for Your New 20 Percent Deduction
As you likely know by now, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act created a 20 percent tax deduction under new tax code Section 199A.
The question for you: Will you reap any benefits from this new deduction? And the second question: If your chance of qualifying for the 20 percent tax deduction looks bleak, what can you do now to create some hope that you’ll get the deduction?
Friday Harbor Labs (FHL) scientists are helping a team of international investigators on the trail of several new harmful algal species in Puget Sound. Because Washington State shellfish growers sell over $77 million of product per year, this project is important in the preservation of Washington’s position as the leading producer of bivalves in the United States.
We’re moving into June with a powerful set of aspects as well as a sense of resolve. The Grand Trine in water signs that formed late last week will hold all week. This puts us on different, possibly better, emotional footing. The physical manifestations of a water Grand Trine can often come in the form of flooding of one form or another. Emotionally, a Grand Trine in water allows feelings to flow and be expressed freely, for better or for worse; a trine is a harmonious aspect though, so it’s more probably that emotions and strong feelings will have the rough edges smoothed out by this formation.
Mercury in his own sign of Gemini is where he is happiest, and he is in a powerful trine to Mars in Aquarius. This brings thinking and communication to a state of being as good as it gets! If you have something to solve via phone/email/personal visit, do it this week. More likely than not you will be able to get what you’re after, especially if someone else made a mistake. You’ll have your wits about you and will be less likely to lose your temper. This alignment is universally good for getting information from one mind to another in an expedient fashion.
The Full Moon will be in adventurous Sagittarius this week, bringing us that annual longing for distant places and new horizons.
Have a great week, keep your minds open and as always, look after each other!
Aries (March 21- April 19): As we end May and move into June, You’re busy gathering intel and researching new projects and ideas; Mars in your sector of Friends/Goals is beautifully aligned with Mercury the Communicator in your sector of Thinking/Communicating. This combo can’t be beat in terms of the discovery of new and innovative ideas that will benefit you. Couple that with a Grand Trine in water signs that allow all concerned to voice their feelings, hunches and breadth of experience, you have a winning plethora of alignments that will make up for recent difficulties and move you in a completely new direction that will be a better style and fit for you. The Full Moon in your sector of Expansion lights up a new destination or venue for you.
Taurus (April 20 – May 20): This week features a Grand Trine in water signs, soothing your frayed nerves and drawing you to the nearest beach or other body of water. Your Ruler Venus is one of the planets involved, so you may be going somewhere with a few friends for some R&R and fun in the sun. Mars in your sector of Career/Ultimate Potential is in a powerful aspect to Mercury in your sector of Finances/Resources; if you are considering investing in yourself, this is the time to do it! Don’t dally around and wait too long! The Full Moon in your sector of Shared Assets helps you uncover the real value of what and whom you have in your life. A good week for you as we move into June!
Gemini (May 21- June 20): You’re on top of your game now, with your Ruler Mercury in your sign and receiving amazing signals from Mars in your sector of Expansion. Helping you is a Grand Trine in water signs, so you have an unusual intuitive edge now that normally isn’t there. This will help you financially because of where each of the three planets involved fall in your chart. It appears you may be poised to change jobs or to gain a position you really want. The Full Moon in your opposite sign Sagittarius shines in your sector of Relationships, bringing supportive people into your orbit. Wow, nice week for you!
Cancer (June 21-July 22): Venus in your sign is still the glittering jewel in the Grant Trine that formed late last week and this continues all week long. You’ll find that things get unstuck, some things will come easily to you and you’ll be able to maneuver through the week with relative ease. A Grand Trine in water signs as we have now cools hot tempers, lends people more patience and enhances empathy in general. Mercury and Mars are also in a terrific alignment across your sectors of Endings/New Beginnings and Shared Assets. You may be focused on a joint venture or acquisition of assets now, and it looks good for you.
Leo (July 23-August 22): This week sees you making a lot of decisions based on more solid information than you’ve had before. Mercury in your sector of Friends/Goals is in a terrific alignment with energetic Mars in your sector of Relationships. Conversation flows more easily and directly and you’re able to make your own stand. A trio of planets also shimmers in a Grand Trine in water (emotion/intuition) signs, so this may create some amount of steam in the manner of emerging from someone trying to rain on your parade. One does not do that to a Leo! Don’t allow anyone to dampen your spirit. The Full Moon in your sector of Creative Expression supports your dreams and ideas, so go with it!
VIrgo (August 23-September 21): The Full Moon in your sector of Home highlights your love for those closest to you and how you share your space with them. Being an earth sign, you like to share your food and if you like to cook, all’s the better for whom you invite! This week will see you in lively conversations and possibly a few repairable arguments due to your Ruler Mercury being in your sector of Career/Ultimate Potential and in a very energetic alignment with Mars in your sector of Work/Health. It appears you will be triumphant in your endeavors and in the mood to celebrate! Supporting you further is a lovely Grand Trine in water signs that formed late last week. This will work to keep you calm and not get any stomach aches over anything.
Libra (September 22 – October 23): This week has you in a fine head space due to Mercury and Mars in a terrific alignment in your fellow air signs Gemini and Aquarius. You have extra sharpness mentally and the ability to make expedient decisions now, which is a handy tool! Your Ruler Venus and two other planets have formed a Grand Trine in water signs which affords you intuition and empathy that you normally lack. This will guide you should difficulties arise and help you regain equilibrium. The Full Moon in your sector of Thinking/Communication will help you see options where you didn’t before. A fine state of affairs to move into June with!
Scorpio (October 24 – November 22): This week has all the makings to be a good one for you; Jupiter in your sign is still in a lovely Grand Trine formation with Venus and Neptune and it is going to last all week long. You’re able to carry over gains from the weekend to this week. The Full Moon in your sector of Finances/Resources will highlight some type of risk-taking (calculated, of course) that you might want to consider. Mercury and Mars are best friends right now across your sectors of Shared Assets and Home; this ties in with whatever it is you’re already working on and gives you the edge to make things better than they’ve ever been. Wow!
Sagittarius (November 23 – December 20): Your very own Full Moon arrives now, and this always gives you a boost! You will be able to bring out the shiniest parts of yourself that you normally keep on the back burner. Mercury in your sector of Relationships is Mars’ best buddy right now, with Mars occupying your sector of Thinking/Communication. If you’re forming a new relationship, this is the time that you will discover a lot about the apple of your eye. The current Grand Trine in water signs may have you feeling nostalgic, looking back at good times and old friends. It could trigger a longing to return to a time or situation where you felt completely at ease. Know that feeling at ease is something you can easily become bored with, so just enjoy the memories and know that those times are forming again, right now!
Capricorn (December 21 – January 20): This week’s Full Moon in your sector of Endings/New Beginnings brings to light the need to finish something and move on rather than doggedly hang on. A nice Grand Trine in water signs that began late last week will be active all this week and since it affects your sector of Relationships, you can count on the support of your closest people, along with good company and flowing conversations that are meaningful and thought provoking. This is an all-in-all gentle week. Your mind is kicked up a notch by the current alignment of Mercury and Mars; this focuses on your finances and making them better than they are. Solutions are yours if you look for them and keep an open mind.
Aquarius (January 21 – February 20): You’re supercharged this week! Mars in your sign is in a powerful trine with Mercury in your sector of Creative Expression and you’re expressing all over the place! You may even find it difficult to sleep due to your mind conjuring up all kinds of projects and fixes and changes. The Full Moon in your sector of Friends/Goals highlights the emotional support you have from people with open minds and hearts; your appreciation of them is apparent now as you consult them for ideas (not that you’ll listen, but consulting people is a compliment). The Grand Trine in water signs that began last week gives you an intuitive edge, possibly even bordering on psychic hits. An adventurous week awaits you!
Pisces (February 21 – March 20): This week is a powerhouse with the Full Moon shining on your sector of Career/Ultimate Potential; this gives you a boost in terms of unearthing new treasure and bringing new meaning to your given talents and acquired skills. The Grand Trine in water signs that formed late last week still holds, putting you into a fine flow of adapting to what’s going on around you, who is around you and what you must do at any given moment. Mercury in your sector of Home is receiving energetic and good signals from Mars in your sector of Endings/New Beginnings. This indicates a solution to whatever has been an ongoing problem at home, whether structurally or personally. All in all, this will be a really good week for you.
I recently attended the Economic Developmental Council luncheon and was thoroughly informed about the global/local impacts of freshwater scarcity by policymaker Rachel Cardone and about the environmental imperative of our regional saltwater industry by maritime expert Joshua Berger.
If you are a buyer or seller, I bet you thought just getting under contract was stressful for all parties but in reality, the home inspection and/or feasibility response and associated negotiations are often the more stressful event. Allowing a buyer to have a home inspection and hopefully a concurrent feasibility study is a very necessary part of the transaction.
Letter to the Editor,
Since Benjamin Jensen came to San Juan Island in the mid 1880’s, the Jensen’s have been involved in the marine industry. The first boats were built for transporting goods and people. Then the commercial fish boats and finally the pleasure boats. From sail, to steam, to diesel and gas, oh, the changes we’ve seen. From Benjamin, to Albert and his brothers, Pete, Frank and Joe, then to Nourdine, what a legacy they have made. The last boat was built in 1984 and since then we’ve been concentrating on maintenance and repair, moorage and storage.
I’m going to start with Uranus moving to Taurus because this is the astrological headline for astrologers as well as followers of horoscopes. Uranus is the planet governing generations; whatever sign Uranus is in when we are born and where it appears in our birth chart signals our generational focus when we come of age. Since this mighty planet has an 84 year cycle, it will stay in one sign for years and produce world altering events. Its function in our individual charts depends on what inner planets form an alignment to it, since Uranus is not a personal planet because of its distance. We see his work around us, in our communities and in the world.