April 2014 Subscriber Video 2 excerpt: Navigating the Cardinal Grand Cross

Monday, April 21st, 2014 | Aries, Astrology, Cancer, Capricorn, Jupiter, Libra, Mars, Pluto, Uranus, Video | No Comments

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The Winter Solstice is tomorrow, 21Dec13

Friday, December 20th, 2013 | Astrology, Capricorn, Video | Comments Off

Evolutionary Astrologer and Channel Tom Jacobs gives an in-depth look at the energy of the Winter Solstice, the time when the Sun enters the sign of Capricorn. This year it’s December 21st.

This video is excerpted from a 26-minute video on the Solstice and the New Moon of Capricorn that activates the grand cross between Mars in Libra, Uranus in Aries, Jupiter in Cancer, and Pluto in Capricorn. The New Moon is conjunct Pluto and Mercury, making this a powerhouse New Moon!

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Video Excerpt: Venus Retrograde (21Dec13-31Jan14)

Friday, December 20th, 2013 | Astrology, Capricorn, Retrogrades, Venus | Comments Off

Evolutionary Astrologer and Channel Tom Jacobs explains the energy of Venus’s biannual retrograde period (21Dec13-31Jan14) and gives suggestions on how to work with the energy – not against it.

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15Nov13: Venus Conjunct Pluto in Capricorn square Uranus in Aries

Thursday, November 14th, 2013 | Aries, Astrology, Capricorn, Pluto, Uranus, Venus | Comments Off

Exact tomorrow, 11/15, at 1:21 pm Pacific at 9 Capricorn 46 but the energy is in play and building now.

Pluto has been in square to Uranus in Aries and Venus now joins it. Check out that blog post linked and then add in some Venusian ideas. This can make the square come alive within relationships, what you feel is important, how you add and develop skills, and money/resources/possessions.

Ask yourself where in existing dynamics you feel trapped or in need of some new levels of fresh air. In the short term it may feel like a need to set something in stone or, at least, take some aspect of relationship, money, skills, etc., in the direction of more concreteness.

Pluto in this sign also asks us repeatedly to get clear on what’s running our lives. We may have the sense this week that we are empowered or disempowered (Pluto key words) through our relationship with money and possessions as well as through our relationships with others.

The square to Uranus brings pressure to set yourself free from existing stuff that doesn’t feel good. “Feel good” means those that don’t provide you with elbow room, a sense of having space to do what you need to do, and liven things up. It’s in Aries, a sign of new beginnings, and so there may be tension in your world and the world around you as many feel a growing sense of restlessness and a need to break free from what’s confining.

You should be finding yourself at minimum ill-at-ease with some existing dynamic that seems to require you to give up or surrender something you know is good or right for you. It’s about how strong you feel, actually. And if you don’t feel strong in the moment regarding a particular detail or thing, it’s about getting in touch with the inner rebel, revolutionary, and iconoclast. If you don’t do so, tension increases until it manifests in outward behavior we can classify as bitterness, resentment, and harsh criticism and perhaps unconscious-/reactive-type energy that seems to want to burn bridges and lay waste to the landscape.

If you need some alone time, take it. If you need to say something to someone but find it challenging, get grounded and do it. If you need to rework a relationship boundary or introduce a new one, do it. If you need to do something about your finances in order to feel more free or alive, do it.

The worst way to experience anything triggered by the Pluto-Uranus squares is to do nothing. It’s in fact a choice that leads to pent-up energy that will make things harder later for all involved. Take the opportunity to get more real, more authentic, more truthful, more direct, more open, and above all more willing to make changes. It’s the only way to deal with the tension that comes up that alleviates the tendency toward explosiveness and anger later.

01Nov13: The 4th Pluto-Uranus Square in Capricorn-Aries

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 | Aries, Astrology, Capricorn, Pluto, Uranus | Comments Off

Read previous posts on this from me:
On the 1st (June 2012)
On the 2nd (September 2012)
On the 3rd (May 2013)

While different points and planets are affected at different degree points, we’re in general getting used to the feeling of the pressure generated by these squares. When we’re at our best we’ll respond to the inner calls made manifest to change what is stagnant and unproductive in our lives.

Our normal tendency with Pluto transits is to try to avoid them, finding ourselves unable not to react harshly after a period of avoidance. Typical strategies with Uranus transits include putting off making changes followed by hyper-reactivity that has us changing everything in our lives and having patience for almost nothing.

Squares are always tense as two energies with methods and motivations at cross-currents pressure each other to do things differently than they are naturally inclined to do. Each seems to say to the other, “You’re doing it wrong.” Squares are wonderful for creative change … but only when we let it happen. Capricorn is about learning about who’s in charge of us while Aries is about instinctive, self-interested action.

With this 4th square between the two outer planets at 9 degrees and 25 minutes of Capricorn-Aries (3:01 am Pacific time on November 1, 2013), the story of who’s in charge of our lives and how free we allow ourselves to feel (and therefore be) continues to unfold. › Continue reading

Capricorn Full Moon Event Tonight at 6pm Pacific

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013 | Astrology, Cancer, Capricorn, Chakras, Channeling, Compassionate Awareness, Health, Lunations | Comments Off

capfmIf you’re in Tucson come over to my house – details here. Otherwise, call in to receive the amazing benefits of Ascended Master Djehuty doing energy and release work for you.

The event begins promptly at 6pm Pacific. Registration for calling in is open until 5pm Pacific, the last time I will check my email before the event.

Read more about the phone call side of things and register via PayPal here. You can also call me at (213) 925-6019 to provide a debit or credit card. The fee is a sliding scale donation of $10-25.

If you can’t make the call you can get the recording, which will be available within an hour or two of the event’s end. (Register for the call like normal – even if after the call – and let me know via email that you just want the link afterward.) I will send you a link to download the MP3 and you can use it to the same effects as those experiencing it live – energy work by Djehuty, a grounding meditation that heals, and a series of empowering affirmations to release attitudes, energies, and beliefs that don’t or no longer work for you.

These calls are transformative and I strongly encourage you to join in or get the MP3!

tdjTom Jacobs is an Evolutionary Astrologer and Channel helping you understand what your soul is here to do and how to make it happen with grace, ease, and joy. Book your private consultation, get a Soul’s Journey Soundbite, and explore intuitive coaching and astrology tutoring by visiting Jacobs offers 13 books including the new The Soul’s Journey III: A Case StudyThe Soul’s Journey radio show airs live each Thursday at 6 pm Pacific on Contact Talk Radio.


Pluto Square Uranus #3, 20May13

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013 | Aries, Astrology, Capricorn, Pluto, Uranus | Comments Off

It happened yesterday at 11 degrees of Capricorn-Aries, asking us to break free in authentic ways from what binds us. Some of that will be where we have allowed others to make our decisions for whatever reason whether we’re not sure we’re qualified or would just rather not do it.

Squares present tension and this tension between outer planets will ideally show us the need in our own little universes to break free from what we’ve allowed to constrict us and take charge of our lives. What that looks like for different people will vary mostly due to the patterns they have allowed to form in their lives that keep them from feeling in charge of themselves.

A common phrase for this is “giving away our power.” When it comes down to it it’s about being responsible for our lives and answering to ourselves. This is best done without apology and without clinging to things chosen in the past that appear to be mistakes. The intense realism Pluto in Capricorn calls for needs to taken in in the spirit of grounded compassion for the fact that we are each in a long-term learning process as humans.

Your job now is to set yourself free and take responsibility for yourself and your life while giving yourself room to change without heavy-handed expectations of perfection. The energy of Uranus in Aries in the mix says that clarity of perception and efficiency of action are to be rooted in following instinct without editing it because it seems to promise boldness. Be bold – do the thing that sets you free and decide to be unapologetic about meeting your needs and moving on with your life.

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Mars in Aries, 12Mar-20Apr13

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013 | Aries, Astrology, Capricorn, Gemini, Jupiter, Mars | Comments Off

header_home1Ah, Mars in Aries. The planet of action, desire, passion, and aggression returns to home territory, the sign of immediate, unmediated response and acting without thought. There are so many wonderful opportunities here as well as pitfalls and my aim here is to set them out for you. If you can sit still long enough to read it is another story.

Mars in transit can serve to wake us up to what needs doing and reacting to. It asks us to evolve our understanding of self-interested action and stirs us to respond to situations around us without thinking about it too much. We’ve been dealing with a Pisces pileup for a few weeks and Mercury is retrograding in that sign, indicating that a more languid, slow, relaxed approach has been the ticket lately.

Mars being the first inner planet to enter the sign of Aries this season means that we will be inspired to act before we’ve had much time to think about what we’re doing, before we’ve had the opportunity to obsessively plan and strategize what might get done. The effect can be of injecting vim and vigor so that we feel as though mainlining the vibration of the athlete, warrior,  defender, and/or god of desire, passion, and sex. › Continue reading

Moon Conjunct Pluto in Capricorn Today

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013 | Astrology, Capricorn, Compassionate Awareness, Pluto, Saturn, Scorpio | Comments Off

header_home1At 11:15 am Pacific time today Moon makes an exact conjunction with Pluto in Capricorn.

To make the best use of this aspect, feel into what lies under the surface. Let yourself become aware of how you feel about how things are going in your world.

The message with Pluto in Capricorn is that we have to dig deep in order to find the part of us that is willing to take charge of our lives and be our own authority. Pluto here (since early 2008) has been revealing slowly and intensely where we have ceded and surrendered our power to the apparent authority of others. We’re to take it back, yes, but to do it right we absolutely must not blame those others. We must take responsibility for how we have given in to an image of ourselves as less strong than others.

Pluto in Capricorn also calls on us to re-evaluate our perceptions and conceptions of what power and strength are and who gets to have them when. Saturn transiting through Scorpio echoes these themes.

I invite you to see yourself as a powerful, Divine being learning about what that means and requires. Look at others to whom you have given your willingness to be strong as teachers who have shown up to reflect to you what you perceive strength and power are and who gets to have them when. The fact is that each of us gets to have them but we can do so only if we give ourselves permission to be strong while we revamp what we think strength is. The almost 2-hour Saturn in Scorpio MP3 will help you work through this process.

The conjunction will sextile rx Mercury-Venus-Chiron in Pisces, adding to the story a need to bring compassion and giving self and other the benefit of the doubt. This configuration is about opening the heart but in an intentional way that gets to the bottom of what is really going on, not simply gushing and then needing to figure out how to mop up the mess later. Speaking what comes up could be important ensure that if it happens, be clear about what is worth communicating. I mean that make sure you are owning what you are feeling and not blaming others for your experience.

The best strategy is to be willing to feel what is under the surface and treat yourself and others with conscious, compassionate awareness. If you can create the opportunity to express those feelings then do it but the primary point is that you honor what you are feeling and don’t shy away from hearing from deeper parts of yourself.

Tom Jacobs is an Evolutionary Astrologer, Medium, and Channel helping you understand what your soul is here to do and how to make it happen with grace, ease, and joy. Book your private consultation, get a Soul’s Journey Soundbite, and explore intuitive coaching and astrology tutoring by visiting Jacobs offers 12 books including the new The Soul’s Journey II: Emotional ArchaeologyThe Soul’s Journey radio show airs live each Thursday at 6 pm Pacific on Contact Talk Radio.

Karmic Profile: Pope Benedict XVI

Monday, February 11th, 2013 | 10th House, 1st House, Astrology, Capricorn, Eris, Karma, Libra, Lilith, Retrogrades, Sexuality, Taurus, Uranus, Venus | Comments Off

ratzingerThe Pope is stepping down citing issues with age, so I thought I’d take a look at this news maker and his karmic trip.

My intention is to shed light on some of the multilife dynamics that this soul has its humans running through in order to learn what it means, costs, and requires to live life as a human. For the full story on this approach see The Soul’s Journey I: Astrology, Reincarnation, and Karma with a Medium and Channel and The Soul’s Journey II: Emotional Archaeology and listen to my radio show The Soul’s Journey Thursdays at 6 pm Pacific.

What catches my eye is the South Node (SN) in Capricorn in the 10th house, indicating lifetimes of being well-known for one thing or another. This describes the conditioning environments the soul chooses for its humans across the Earth time line. Because of this it is comfortable for him to gravitate toward developing and identifying with a place in the world. For many this is a job or career but it can also be a role in the community. Being pope is less a career than a calling, I’m sure most popes would say, and so it fits with the 10th house here.

Square to the nodal axis represent karmic confusion, or issues that can vex us. We need to learn to make new choices in a given life and not rely on assumptions or habits with the energies in this position. Mercury in Pisces and Uranus-Eris in Aries are square the nodes from the 1st house, indicating that his style of leadership needs to be aligned with truth (Mercury in Pisces) but also original (Uranus) and willing to stir up some controversy through honesty (Eris in Aries). In the 1st house, this about his choices and his willingness to act as an individual.

Also square the nodes is the true Black Moon Lilith in Libra/7th. This is about fairness in relationship and honoring instinct and body wisdom when dealing with other people. One key thing about Lilith is that she connects us to our lower chakras and when we’re doing it right we have a sense of the wisdom of the natural world and the Earth itself within our bodies. The full story on this is in Lilith: Healing the Wild.

But these energies are square the nodes. Doing Uranus-Eris in Aries square the nodes right is in NOT being conservative. it is not in upholding a tradition and maintaining the status quo. (Before donning the big hat one monicker was “God’s rottweiler” because of his strictness when it came to religious teachings.) It is in being willing to go one’s own way, invent the self to be whatever inspires, and to make some noise. Doing Lilith square the nodes involves learning through relationship in ways that can involve some fire and some learning about boundaries through trial and error.

My read on him is that he holds back in many lives including this one in order to maintain the social status available to him, which makes that Capricorn/10th house SN feel comfortable. An institution such as the church provides the perfect cover for avoiding the pressure of independent, free-spirited thought (Aries/1st house stuff) at the same time as avoiding digging through the depths of intimate relationships in order to learn about passion, boundaries, instinct, and sex with all it teaches us about self and other (Lilith in Libra/7th).

The SN ruler Saturn is retrograde in Sagittarius/9th. The SN for any of us is about our role in many lives. The SN itself is about how he will see the world – and thereby how he will create it into existence around him – and its ruler by sign is about his role in that context. What special skills and interests does he have? To what roles will others want to appoint him because of those skills and interests? He shows up in the 9th house, interested in belief and in some way a seeker for truth. In Sagittarius we know that he is focused intently on whatever it is that is believed. That Saturn is retrograde says that in a bunch of lives he might not be sure what to believe (the energy of a retro is to be focused and often it takes time to find the right thing to do with it) and so he’ll try on for size other people’s ways of doing things. Sometimes Saturn retrograde needs to go through a Uranian process of not being compliant and agreeable and conformist in order to find the right way to be and express the energy of the planet. With his square to the nodes of Uranus there is karmic confusion about the right way to do this and he might be in a holding pattern for a few lifetimes and put off making decisions to do it.

Venus in Taurus/2nd opposes the SN ruler Saturn, indicating that relationships seem in many lives far away from him – Venus is as far away from the SN ruler, his role, as possible. Sensuality is part of this, too. Some people with this karmic signature would be hell- bent on embracing sensuality in a given life because they carry memories of it being far away from them and knowing in their bones that it is natural and good. This is a signature of craving the touch and caress of another living being, which those involved with the church as he has been for most of his life do not typically experience. At least, I should say, it’s not built in to the life they’re supposed to live. With this set up the Pope in some lives is longing for contact and in other lives is keeping it away. The focus on belief and sticking with it (Saturn in Sagittarius/9th) will in many lives have him keeping it far from him.

Recently I noticed that American politicians Dan Quayle and Mitt Romney share a signature that this profile reminds me of. It’s natal Uranus in the 1st house conjunct the Gemini North Node. It is evolutionary pressure to set themselves apart and not follow in their families’ footsteps, to go their own way and set themselves free from tradition. I don’t believe either has done this in the least, which isn’t a criticism as much as it is an observation that sticking with their SNs – in the 7th house it’s about meeting the expectations of others and giving others what they want – is comfortable as it is for any human. We always prefer our SNs because we’re familiar with them.

With this Pope, the Uranus-Eris in Aries/1st seems the lynch pin in his entire karmic journey. The SN in Capricorn/10th says that he’s comfortable being in public and being a symbol of something for others. The SN ruler in Sagittarius/9th tells us that the role will have something to do with belief whether that comes through law, philosophy, or religion. But this Uranus-Eris in the 1st says that growth as a human will not occur unless he chooses to boldly free himself from convention and embrace a highly original nature that doesn’t compromise his personal integrity.

So has he done it? Like Quayle and Romney he has stuck with the past and found a high level of success in the world doing what is comfortable, what is already found to be a happy place. The soul learns no matter what he chooses because human choices and the results are what teach the soul. But somewhere else on the timeline the soul born this time around as Joseph Ratzinger is an unapologetic iconoclast telling everyone around him who will listen (and even some who wont!) what’s wrong with the system and why they should dump it. But that version of him learns through that the cost of alienating those in charge, those who have a vested interested in continuing 9th and 10th house traditions. It’s not fun being out in the cold and that is why this man leans toward the conservative possibilities of this chart. In some lives he gets himself into trouble through Uranus-Eris inspired trouble making and though telling the truth is empowering, it’s comforting to know where your next meal is coming from.

Becoming pope is a marker of success in the world of the church. Just about everyone on the planet knows about his role and, likely, thinks he is that role. There’s a lot of work and pressure to be in that space but as far as success as a human with this chart, more trial and error regarding individuation is called for. I don’t write this with the intention to be critical but I’m seeing that with my own SN in the 10th with Uranus-Mars square the nodes from the 1st (and rx Saturn in the 9th by the way), I know there is a deep emotional and energetic cost that comes from denying the impulse to free the self. I remember my own past lives of continuing tradition as well as bucking it and in this life I’m working on finding a balance.

So, is he successful? In material terms he could not be more successful: he’s the leader or figure head of one of the most powerful organizations on the planet. But how does he feel? Does he choose to see himself as a product of his tradition? Does he look in the mirror every morning and have a sense of who hejr is outside the title and the hat (4th house NN)?

He’s the only one who can answer that. And either way, his soul is learning what it keeps coming here to learn: how to make choices and deal with the results.

Without the role to fulfill, I expect him to go through a process of deepening 4th-house self-understanding. It’s inevitable that when we cease working (10th house) we are left with who we are without that work (4th house). His instinct to step down is from my perspective great because it can open the door to his self-awareness to take new turns. He can, of course, not do it. But I think that at least to some degree he will find it happening. He is after all the first pope since the Middle Ages to step down! It happens so rarely. But obviously he’s felt the inner pull to do that and I think that it will result in some of the self-reflection anyone would need to engage in after a lifetime of living out the expectations of a beloved institution.

So here’s to the Pope remembering the reality of Joseph Ratzinger and, ideally, in a new way.


Tom Jacobs is an Evolutionary Astrologer, Medium, and Channel helping you understand what your soul is here to do and how to make it happen with grace, ease, and joy. Book your private consultation, get a Soul’s Journey Soundbite, and explore intuitive coaching and astrology tutoring by visiting Jacobs offers 12 books including the new The Soul’s Journey II: Emotional ArchaeologyThe Soul’s Journey radio show airs live each Thursday at 6 pm Pacific on Contact Talk Radio.