When I first got here

A lot of people chase jobs to other places, although with trends toward working remotely maybe that won’t happen as much. I’m too free a spirit for that, and, as described extensively on my page, I did 9 months of soul searching from a visit in 2015 to moving in 2016, leaving in early May. I drove three days from Pittsburgh to Boulder and brought my cat, Miranda, with me. It is not easy getting a cat through three days of driving, but it is not easy to get a cat on a plane, either, and I’m doing that in several weeks.

What you don’t know, I don’t think, is where I stayed to begin my trip. I had found a nice house in Boulder that an astrologer owned and that was an AirBnb, and I spent thirteen days there. Her name is Debra Silverman. She left the day after I got there for her book tour for The Missing Element. She was offering an astrological program for aspiring astrologers, she told me, and once I graduated from the program I would be one of her astrologers, and she would be referring clients to me.

I weighed the program that she offered very heavily and carefully, but in the end I chose not to enroll in her September 2016 program. There were a few reasons but one reason did not become apparent to me until pretty recently: I typically like to carve out my own path. I am not a follower, typically. I take the information that comes to me, and use it as I see fit.

(I’m not sure I’m the best ‘student’ in that sense. It was the same with David Cochrane’s program, which I did enroll in and took for a little more than 2 years studying. I like to be ‘first’ in what I do (if your birthday is ruled by Leo, ie. all dates that add up to 1, as in December 1st or 10th or 19th or 28th, that’s a typical trait). What almost seemed to be competition with other students, to me, was not especially good for my morale, especially since, as a Sagittarius II, I typically do things in no other way than my own.)

But getting back to the 13 days I stayed in Debra’s house, I was really just trying to get my bearings, and it became clear during my second AirBnb stay that Boulder was not the place for me. For one thing, there was the time during that stay where I left my wallet in a shopping cart outside a Target in downtown Boulder and I thought it was lost, and the woman inside the store exhibited no interest whatsoever in helping me, and so several days later when I was in Lakewood, a suburb of Denver, it resonated with me when a young man in a supermarket referred to it as the ‘People’s Republic of Boulder.’

My memories of Debra’s house included my trips upstairs to the kitchen to do some cooking, as I wanted to save money by not eating out. I had a few nice conversations with her stepson, who was struggling, but one book was in my possession while waiting upstairs. It was by Amy Herring and it is called “Astrology of the Moon.” It was published in 2010, a few years before I was reading it.

The Moon is considered in some astrological traditions to be the most important planet AND the most benefic planet — Mapping Your Travels, which I use in consultations and which lists and interprets the planets in order from most malefic to most benefic, have their order as follows:

  • Saturn
  • Neptune
  • Pluto
  • Mars
  • Uranus
  • Jupiter
  • Venus
  • Mercury
  • Sun
  • Moon

Amy Herring focuses the majority of her book on progressions of the Moon. This is interesting insofar as the Moon progresses at approximately the same rate as Saturn transits. The Moon takes about 28 days to transit the entire zodiac, and we use the day-for-a-year ‘secondary progressions’ to translate to about 28 years that the Moon progresses.

At that time my Moon was progressing into Virgo. Right now it has progressed into Scorpio (!)

I’ve not looked at this book much since my time there five years ago, and I’m not sure what particularly compelled me to read it then — I hadn’t really set priorities in my life; I didn’t necessarily have any real direction as an astrologer, so this book was as good as any. I pay a modicum of attention to progressions.

It was only at 10 degrees Virgo in my progressed chart then, so it would be there for at least another year. Recollecting Virgo Moon is difficult for me. Her passages in her book about Virgo talk a lot about getting organized, anxiety levels rising, and getting a lot more done in this progression than in virtually any other sign. Fixing things, but only the things that need to be fixed. Building skills — things like that.

It was unclear to me which house my progressed Moon in Virgo corresponded to — it was either the 10th or 11th, depending on whether you use my birthplace (New York City) or my current location (Boulder, at the time). I wasn’t receiving the support that relocation astrology was a legitimate line of inquiry — I wouldn’t start work on my WordPress websites for about a year, and the relocation website (which is now was the second one that I would build, closer to two years later. David Cochrane’s program would help with that.

One of the things I figured out five years ago was that my dear friend Amy, who has always been there for me, had her progressed moon in the same sign as myself. She’s about six years younger and her moon is close to three signs after mine (early Capricorn to late Pisces), so it turns out that her progressed moon is only six degrees ahead of my own. We shared a progressed moon in Virgo. This was important because we will — 80 percent of the days — be dealing with the same themes that the progressed moon signifies.

I soon forgot about that as I moved on to other things. (Going through the process of relocating will do that.) Until I picked up the book, today, and ran my chart, progressed, found out it is at 10 degrees Scorpio now, and hers is at 16 degrees Scorpio. And, since it’s Scorpio, we both now have some deep and dark stuff to deal with, and will for more than another year. This takes us out of the realm of May 2016 and into the realm of NOW.

She’ll get out of it a few months before I will, but that is probably small comfort — we are both struggling. I wanted to try to find the most pithy excerpts from the book, about Scorpio. Nothing stands out, but I’ll default to this section of the book, “How to Avoid Being Swept Out to Sea” : Cynicism. As it comes the closest to describing both of us, now.

“When the lights suddenly go out, everything seems shockingly dark and we can’t find our way. After a moment, our eyes adjust and we start to get used to our surroundings in the minimal light. If someone were to turn a bright light on suddenly, it would be painful and disorienting, temporarily blinding us. As you go through a Scorpio progression, it’s like you’re digging around in your metaphorical basement without much light. Your perspective is rather dark and perhaps you are feeling jaded, cynical, or simply depressed now. You are realizing that not everything is as innocent or sunny as it may appear, and the irritation with anythign that pretends to be innocent and sunny may interfere with your ability to see the genuine good things. Getting perspective can be difficult now, but beware of letting yourself be entirely swalled up in the dark all the time. Find ways to have a laugh whenever you can.”

It does remind me of someone who I was dating last year in the late summer. This was the first taste of darkness that I recall, and I saw it very clearly once I had this one synastry interpretation (canned, but prescient):

“Once the exciting first stages of the union have passed, it is likely that both David and Kate become embroiled in a struggle for dominance. There is no longer an impetus for change and the challenge has become wearisome. Now David and Kate’s relationship resembles a battleground in which both try to change the other. It is possible that these battles become emotionally abusive, perhaps even violent. It is important for both David and Kate to avoid senseless battles from which neither emerges triumphant. Money may be at the root of the problems, or it could be that sexual matters are a key theme in this relationship. Either way it is likely that David feels overwhelmed by this union to the point where he suffers from low self-esteem.”

(Kate, obviously not her real name.)

At the time my progressed Moon was at 4 degrees Scorpio. This was the first time I really felt the darkness; I had just started dating again, and this was not what I was expecting. Having an alcoholic mother allowed me to see patterns, and this interpretation, combined with her behavior and things she said over the past week or so before I thought seriously about breaking things off, brought out my clairvoyant side and I concluded that I could see things moving in that direction and I had to end it before we went any further down that road.

I will have to see what things are like when my Moon progresses into Sagittarius, but it won’t be until mid to late summer 2022.

By David Muir

David Muir recieved his PAC as a 2020 graduate of the Avalon School in Vibrational Astrology. He has been a practicing astrologer having studied astrology since 1997. He specializes in relocation astrology, particularly in terms of how both one's character and external influences change in a new location. He has interests in compatibility, and just generally “getting the necessary information out there for you,” which can entail personology as well as different interpretations in general. David writes a 2x/weekly blog in both relocation astrology and other astrological topics of interest, on

David received a BA from Carlow University in 2011 with concentrations in philosophy, writing, and political science. He does a 2x/month radio show and has lived in Denver, CO since 2016.

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