A year ago as the news of the Coronavirus and the official lockdown began in San Francisco, I remember sobbing at my friend’s kitchen table, terrified of the impending isolation ahead. Through tears I attempted to tell her that she would be okay, she was married and had someone around, and that I doubted I could survive. I only had myself, a single woman, living alone who was self-employed and recently moved to a much more expensive apartment out of the city. Did I suddenly miss my chance for so many things I hadn’t experienced yet? Was I doomed to…

Even the best astrologers and psychics couldn’t have predicted the amount of chaos and confusion that 2020 revealed. And the astrology of 2021 doesn’t magically just get better or easier — as we have already seen.

Collectively, this past year put us face-to-face with our responses to mass uncertainty and inequity. It clearly highlighted the elitism (Saturn) at work and inherent in our power structures including capitalism (Saturn and Pluto).

Last March tens of millions of people lost their jobs with the rates highest among racial and ethnic minorities particularly Black and Latinx workers who were also more likely to…

Friday Five

Female-forward movies to watch under the full moon

A person lights a candle on an altar on the floor in front of a TV displaying a jack-o’-lantern.
A person lights a candle on an altar on the floor in front of a TV displaying a jack-o’-lantern.
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The season of spookiness has arrived, and what better way to get into the spirit(s) than watching some witchy, feminist flicks? As a witch and former film publicist, these are perhaps some of my favorite types of movies. This weekend, when Karla the Fog rolls in among Saturday’s blue full moon, I’ll be cozying up and enjoying some on-screen mystery and magic.

Of semi-important note, all of these movies pass the Bechdel test (at least two women talk to each other about something other than a man) with flying colors. …

As if a pandemic, white supremacy, and an upcoming election weren’t spooky enough, 2020 also features a full “blue” moon on Halloween at 7:49 a.m. PT/10:49 a.m. ET. Though what is more unusual than a Blue Moon is having a full moon on Halloween — something to see only every 18–19 years. In all of the 21st century, we will only have six Halloween full moons: 2001, 2020, 2039, 2058, 2077, and 2096. If you combine a blue moon and a full moon on Halloween, it certainly adds extra astrological and witchy intrigue.

While several news outlets reported it has…

I don’t often use the word “disaster,” but when I do, I mean it. The word disaster comes from Greek and Roman meaning “ill-starred.” And that feels pretty accurate to me — currently many things feel unwell of sky and body.

Astrology can provide insight into patterns and larger cycles of experience…though I hesitate when using it for predictions. And as it relates to COVID-19, it almost feels too soon or insensitive to pretend to know what’s going to happen or the entire picture of this pandemic. Sometimes astrology gets used as a placeholder or scapegoat instead of feeling the…

While our modern Gregorian calendar begins on January 1, ancient Rome celebrated the new year near the Spring Equinox in March. In this timeline, February was dedicated to new year preparation and rituals that included purification, prayer, and cleansing-especially those related to fire. Eventually, the month became associated with the goddess Vesta, the goddess of hearth and home, and an ancient symbol of the sacred flame.

As one of the three virgin goddesses, Vesta reminds us of our holiness, wholeness, and the power inherent in our own life force energies separate from others-particularly romantic partners. In Greek translations, the word…

Retrogrades often evoke worry for many — especially Mercury Retrograde — though they are some of my fav astrological events. Rather than harbingers of doom and gloom, all retrograde transits are opportunities to choose free will over fear.

When a planet is retrograde, it appears to move backward in the sky, an illusion caused by the Earth passing by these slower moving planets. Retrogrades ask us to pay attention to something we may have missed in the past or uncover new ways of relating to specific planets. …

With Libra season underway and the planets Venus and Mercury also in the loving sign, the time is ripe to talk about romantic relationship. A favorite topic of mine and astrology gives us a great tool for understanding our needs in love.

Many of us, myself included, tend to attract the same types of people over and over again as friends or lovers. This pattern of people whom we adore is often reflected by the astrological sign on our descendant or the house and sign opposite our rising between the 6th and 7th house. …

While it may not always be obvious to spot a witch at first glance in the wild, the astrology natal chart can’t hide the omens.

Of course, what makes a witch means different things to different people. For some it means owning desire and sexuality, for others, it is an initiator into mysteries.

Other witches connect to Earth as a source of power or work with healing modalities or esotericism. And some of my favorites are those who use their powers to push back at patriarchy.

As an astrologer, I’ve noticed several cosmic patterns that correlate to these energies in…

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Astrology is everywhere right now — horoscope books and apps and even “retrograde” memes (I’m looking at you, Mercury).

But although oversimplified or “pop” astrology can be fun, it rarely connects you to your personal astrology chart, which can be an important tool for healing and recovery. It’s a tool I wish I had been open to sooner. My astrology chart certainly would have helped me and reinforced my path to sobriety for the past 15 years.

When I first got sober, I thought astrology was too hippy-dippy for my taste. I didn’t like being put into small “Sun sign”…

Rebecca M. Farrar, M.A.

Enchanted with Earth & Ether | M.A. Philosophy, Cosmology, Consciousness | Archetypal Astrologer & Writer | www.wildwitchwest.com

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