Astrologer Tisch Aitken

I am a New York based Astrologer and Tarot reader with over a decade of experience.  I study through the NCGR education program for astrologers.  I incorporate both Astrology and Tarot into my readings at parties.

I currently read for two major international websites with diverse personal clientele and at several corporate and private events.  I love working with people and I am very passionate about what I do.


Full Moon in Sagittarius: Tapping into faith

Hi, Everyone,
This is a surreal week with many confusing elements, as ones that are reprimanding, demanding, and strict.  On hand, the South Node/Saturn/Pluto story is being triggered by Mars, planet of action, transiting in Cancer.  On June 14, 2019, Mars exactly opposes Saturn, the planet of restrictions.  This helps to remind us of our limitations.  
This can feel frustrating and irritating.  The upside is that it can be a good time for tasks that are laborious and need a lot of patience and focus.  Saturn will certainly not expedite things, so this energy could help with projects that require a lot of time.
Mars proceeds to oppose and set off Pluto, the planet of power and transformation, on June 19, 2019.  That is a very combative aspect, and one where people can be very power hungry.  We are feeling the buildup of all of this, and this also gives yet another preview of the Capricorn convergence that takes place in 2019 with The South Node, Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto all transiting in the Cardinal earth sign of Capricorn.  Heavy restructuring and karmic lessons are ready for all of us this next year and a half. 
Mars opposite Pluto can be a very difficult aspect.  You want to assess what is worth fighting and purge unnecessary anger or intolerance.  We are nearing Eclipse season, which is in the Cancer/Capricorn axis, so this story is not gone for any of us.  We are just getting started.
In contrast to the demanding lessons that Capricorn lineup requires, Jupiter is forming an exact square to Neptune, the planet of dreams and imagination, on June 16, 2019.  This is the second time that the two have sparred in the sky.  Jupiter is the ancient ruler of Pisces and represents where we expand, how we manifest our vision, and how we gather knowledge.  It is currently transiting in its home sign of Sagittarius through December 3, 2019, and this brings the maximum potential of this huge planet.
Neptune is also transiting in its home sign of Pisces.  It represents the dream, imagination, spiritual growth, and fears. Jupiter and Neptune will never square one another in their home signs again in our lifetime, so this is a pretty big deal.  The two already formed a square on January 13, 2019 at 14 degrees of Sagittarius and Pisces respectively.   
Both Sagittarius and Pisces are mutable signs, which are adaptable.  The two working in tandem can exaggerate emotions, creativity, inspiration.  On the shadow side, it can expand deception, fear, heavy emotions, and self undoing.  You want to go to the creative, which is so accessible in this configuration.  The two will square at 18 degrees of Sagittarius and Pisces.  If you have planets at 15 to 21 degrees of the mutable signs, you will feel this the most: Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces.  We will all feel the foggy and dreamy impact it carries with it. 
With this combination, it is very different than the Cardinal intentions of the Capricorn trio, which is currently ruling the sky.  It might be that it is telling us that in order to learn and structure our goals and lessons, we also need to have faith and dreams.  
It is easy to forget that with the recent year(s) we have had.   Listen to music, go to concerts, dance, chant, meditate, sing, write, journal, take sea salt baths, go to the ocean, and believe in something.  Whatever it is for you, focus on something which inspires you creatively.  Inevitably, this is a summer of tough lessons with the Eclipses close by, but you need to have dreams.
There is a Full Moon in the mutable fire sign of Sagittarius that occurs on June 17, 2019 at 25 degrees of Sagittarius at 4:31 pm EDT. This full moon in Sagittarius is conjunct Jupiter in the seventh house of relationships.  Jupiter is the ruler of Sagittarius; therefore, it is in its home sign.  Jupiter is a grand Benefic, and it usually brings good fortune.  It can bring in a lot of opportunity in relationships and partnerships of all forms.  However, bear in mind that Jupiter expands everything: the good and the bad. 
This Full Moon might bring fruition to something you have started.  However, there are also many planets in Cancer right now, which is a Cardinal water sign and is highly emotional.  Jupiter expands the moon, and it can expand the emotional reactions that we all have.  Let it expand your hope and optimism.  Jupiter is still exactly square to Neptune, so this Full moon proves to be wacky, imaginative, and otherworldly.  People might act like they are in another orbit.  You might be, too.  
“Hold Fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field 
frozen with snow.”
“Dreams” by Langston Hughes

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Have you ever wondered what exactly Mercury Retrograde is and how it will affect you? We spoke to New York-based Astrologer Tisch Aitken to get the details you need to know about this common celestial phenomenon and clear up common misconceptions.

How did you get into astrology?

I remember being drawn to astrology at a very young age. I can remember visiting family in upstate New York and being around 7 or 8 years old. I would be at the supermarket with my parents, and my father would buy me these little astrology scrolls for the sign of Scorpio, as well as Dell Horoscope magazines.

I would devour those little scrolls on the way home and would read all about the upcoming lucky dates for love and money. I loved learning about the characteristics of all the various signs of the Zodiac. I have continued to study astrology ever since.

What should one know before visiting an astrologer?

If people want to get their charts done, they will need to provide their time and place of birth, in addition to their birth date and year.

Why do people have readings and what should they expect during one?

A lot of people seek out readings when they are experiencing big changes or are going through a difficult time in their lives. A reading is a tool to help you understand how to make the most of challenging cycles that could be going on in your chart and how to work best with them. You can plan and work with lucky cycles regarding career, relationships, and finances to create lucky opportunities during the best time frames.

A reading can also be useful for knowing when to sit back through difficult cycles. It’s important to know when not to take action and to wait things out, as that can help your chances for success or for gleaning the most out of lessons you are experiencing. Ultimately, a reading is a guide for co-creating what you are trying to achieve in your life. It is a tool for gaining insights into your personality, and working with its strengths and weaknesses.

What is Mercury Retrograde?

Mercury is the cosmic messenger. Mercury rules how we communicate, transport things, and transmit information. Mercury rules the mutable air sign of Gemini and the mutable earth sign of Virgo.

Mercury Retrograde happens when Mercury passes between Earth and the sun. As it orbits around the sun, it appears from the earth to be moving backwards. It is an optical illusion. Communication slows down, and it is a time to search within and be introspective.

Mercury Retrograde happens three to four times per year, and this is when we do things that use the word “re” in the sentence like redo, rethink, reconsider, revise, reconnect, reappear, etc. Mercury retrogrades for approximately 23 days.

When can we expect it this year and are there any signs that it affects the most?

Mercury is retrograde from March 5, 2019 until March 28, 2019. Mercury retrogrades at the last degree of Pisces, and Pisces will feel it the most. When it stations direct, it is direct at 16 degrees of Pisces and is conjunct Neptune, the planet of dreams. This is emotionally-based communication. It is a time of being conscious that you could see things more through an emotional lens and not through a practical one. It impacts everyone, and is a time of backing up computers and electronics, and being extra conscious of how written communication comes across.

Mercury Retrograde in Pisces is a time when you can lose things, but you can also find lost information and objects from the distant past. Travel is challenging, and you should allow extra time with travel details. The signs most impacted are Pisces, Gemini, Virgo, and Sagittarius.

Is there anything people should try to avoid doing or should do during Mercury Retrograde?

If you can avoid big travel plans during this Mercury Retrograde, I would advise it as Mercury traveling with Neptune is extra confusing.

Mercury in Pisces is already like having Mercury in Retrograde, so it brings more of a spacey and dreamy spin to it. Mercury Retrograde in Pisces is excellent for journaling and practicing self-care. It is a very creative and introspective time.

Neptune rules the sign of Pisces and is the higher octave of Venus. Neptune rules the dream. This Mercury Retrograde is extra important for connecting to what your dream is for 2019 and imagining the outcome of that dream. It is excellent for all forms of creativity, manifestation, meditation, imagination, chanting, singing, and dancing. Neptune connects us with the angels and spirit guides.

Mercury is retrograde from March 5 through 28, 2019 in Pisces. Mercury retrogrades from July 7 through August 2, 2019 in Leo and Cancer. Mercury retrogrades in Scorpio from October 31 through November 19, 2019. These are all three big Mercury Retrograde times for of the year of 2019.

Are there any common misconceptions about Mercury Retrograde?

One of the misconceptions about Mercury Retrograde is that it is always terrible. Sometimes it can be really frustrating, and I witness a lot of challenges with communication and getting the details of work done, etc. However, I think Mercury Retrograde can be an excellent time for getting organized and doing inner work. Mercury Retrograde in Pisces can be a very illuminating and revealing time, and it can be highly creative. So, the misconception would be not to write when I think it is an excellent time to write, create songs, and do manifesting work.

Are there any positive aspects of Mercury Retrograde?

I think Mercury Retrograde can be an excellent time for shutting down a bit and reassessing how you want to move forward.

Is there anything else we should know about Mercury Retrograde?

The main thing about Mercury Retrograde is that it happens three to four times per year for approximately three weeks at a time. Therefore, it is hard to avoid. This Retrograde, in particular, can be very tricky around communication and is not the best time for starting big ventures. If you can avoid signing big agreements during Mercury retrograde, it is best. However, sometimes you have to work during Mercury during Retrograde. In which case, double-check all your work and make the sure the moon is not void on that particular day.