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NEW MOON IN TAURUS – Not a time to sit back and eat bonbons (April 26, 2017)

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 5:16 a.m. on Wednesday, April 26.  This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 7° of Taurus.  To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 7° of Taurus in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with that house are going to be most influenced by this New Moon’s presence.

New Moons always represent new beginnings and a chance to set new intentions or goals in the areas associated with the sign.  The keywords associated with Taurus include responsible, reliable, resourceful, patient, loyal, and down-to-earth.  In general, a Taurus New Moon is known for being a time when we catch our breath after the fast-moving and motivating, even driven, energy of Aries.  And yes, the Sun’s stay in earthy Taurus will slow us down and ground us in whatever we have been working on.

However, this should not be considered a time when we should quietly sit back and eat bonbons.  At the time of New Moon in Taurus, Mercury and Uranus are both in fiery Aries.  But more importantly, due to Mercury’s retrograde motion, these two planets are less than 1° apart from each other.  This powerful conjunction (0°) will not only influence us strongly during the New Moon but will continue to impact us through mid-May!

Conjunctions represent a blending of the two energies involved, which in this case are thoughts and words combining with sudden insight and changes.  Traditionally, Mercury represents the lower mind and Uranus represents the higher mind.  So just imagine what is possible when you have these two mental energies working in tandem.  Exciting possibilities!

Conjunctions also often represent a time when something is ending and something new is just beginning.  Due to the joining together of Mercury and Uranus, some very interesting ideas may come to us during the next few weeks, and we will likely feel more willing than usual to think about problems in an entirely different way.  And due to Uranus being present, “different” will be important.  In some area of our lives, we need to shift our perceptions so we can consider solutions that we didn’t see before.

Additionally, both Mercury and Uranus are in a close trine (120°) to Saturn at the time of this New Moon,  As with the conjunction between Mercury and Uranus, Saturn will continue in that positive relationship to Mercury and Uranus through mid-May.  This wonderful aspect will help us make sure that any new ideas that are forged now will help create a solid foundation as time progresses.  And the grounded energy of the Taurus New Moon means we will be encouraged to consider all possibilities slowly and patiently.

But remember, given Uranus’s involvement in this aspect, you can choose to passively wait for change to come “out of the blue” which will probably leave you feeling pretty shell-shocked, or we can take charge and look for where a new order is needed.  In some way, the old order (Saturn) needs to be converted into a new order (Uranus), and the trine makes it easier than usual to make changes wherever adjustments are needed.  If unsure where to focus, it might help to look to where there is chaos or upheaval in our lives.  That chaos may be our conscious or unconscious rebellion against an old order.

Additionally, Venus is conjunct (0°) Chiron in compassionate Pisces at the time of the Taurus New Moon.  Venus’s influence is more powerful than usual because Venus is the ruler of the sign of this New Moon (i.e., Taurus).  Venus puts increased focus on our relationships, finances, and whatever we desire.  The conjunct to Chiron brings with it the opportunity to heal, but only if we are willing to look inward, accept our wounds, and use forgiveness and compassion toward ourselves and others.  We need to leave the past behind and move beyond issues of victimization, co-dependency, and/or martyrdom.

On Friday, April 28, Venus, which had re-entered Pisces during its retrograde phase, moves back into Aries, where it will remain until June 7.  While in Aries, Venus feels more confident about going after whatever it desires.  And after weeks spent in retrograde (Venus went direct on April 15), this Venus may not be the typical “gentle” Venus.  We could be a bit more impatient than usual, like a horse at the starting gate of a race when the gate has been held shut a bit longer than usual.  This Venus in Aries feels it’s time to start fresh.  Our desires feel stronger than usual, and we may feel a spontaneity and enthusiasm that can be delightful.  We may be particularly interested in things like exploring new creative interests, new ways to take care of ourselves, and new types of relationships.

The second of three squares (90°) between Saturn and Chiron occurs on Sunday, April 30 (the first occurred on December 28, 2016).  Remember, squares always represent a turning point of some kind.  It’s time for us to look at any structures (Saturn) in our lives that are limiting our ability to heal (Chiron).  Individually, we need to express our own inner strength, but this may involve eliminating any behaviors, attitudes, or beliefs that no longer serve us.  Societally, many astrologers feel that this series of Saturn-Chiron squares, which will culminate later this year, represents a turning point when humanity needs to accept the reality that we are all one people and that society needs to have compassion for everyone.  Some of us may feel frustrated by the old structure, belief systems, or rules.  It will be helpful to remember that the irritation we feel is simply a way of bringing to the surface an awareness of what needs to change.

Then on Wednesday, May 3, Mercury ends its retrograde phase and begins moving direct again.  Mercury is still in a close conjunction (0°) to Uranus (see above), so we may have many new ideas swirling around us.  If we’ve done the work of Mercury retrograde, we have reviewed our ideas careful to make sure they are both well thought-out and designed to actually get us where we want to go.  As Mercury turns direct, it’s now time to start finding ways to implement our plans.  But remember that Mercury’s change in direction may take a few days to pick up speed, so be patient as it finds its stride again.

Overall, this Taurus New Moon is ushering in a time when we will be shifting gears.  In the next Moon Update (which will be published on Saturday, May 6), we will talk about how we are all entering a time when each of us will be called to use our gifts in new ways in service for the greater good.  The seeds of those shifts in our life course may be planted now with all these new ideas coming to us.  However, given Mercury is still in retrograde until May 3, we need to remember to think through these ideas before we jump in with both feet.  The time will come for jumping.  For now, remember, “The secret to change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new” (Socrates).

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THIS BLOG POST WAS WRITTEN BY

  • Anne Reith, Ph.D. (AnneReith.com)
  • For information about Dr. Reith’s downloadable ebooks and meditations, feel free to visit her online Store

SOME INFORMATION TAKEN FROM

  • The Mountain Astrologer (magazine)
  • Various online sources (e.g., www.cafeastrology.com)

REMINDER

  • New Moons and Full Moons often influence us for the 3 days before and 3 days after the actual event.

NEW MOON

New Moon at 7° of Taurus

  • Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 5:16 a.m. PDT
  • Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 8:16 a.m. EDT
  • Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 12:16 p.m. GMT

FULL MOON IN LIBRA – A time of integration but how to cope with three cups of espresso (April 10, 2017)

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 11:08 p.m. on Monday, April 10.  With this Full Moon, the Sun in Aries will be in opposition (180°) to the Moon in Libra.  To further clarify how this Full Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 22° of Aries and 22° of Libra in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with those two houses are going to be most impacted by this Full Moon’s presence.

All Full Moons challenge us to find a balance between the qualities of the two signs involved, which in this case are Aries and Libra.  We’ve been talking about and experiencing a great deal of Aries during the past few weeks.  This sign is about independence, energy, action, and confidence.  It’s counterpart across the astrological wheel is Libra, which is all about interdependence, cooperation, diplomacy, and harmony.  Both sides of this continuum are important during this Full Moon.  For example, we do need to take courageous actions, but our actions need to focus on finding win-win solutions.

But there is much more to this Full Moon than finding a balance between these two signs.  At the time of the Full Moon when the Sun and Moon are in opposition (180°), the Sun is conjunct (0°) Uranus, and the Moon is conjunct (0°) Jupiter.  Additionally, both ends of this continuum are squaring (90°) Pluto in Capricorn.  These aspects form what is called a t-square (i.e., right triangle) in the sky above us.  Whenever squares are involved, it’s time for change.  Often the changes initiated by a t-square aren’t comfortable or even welcomed, but we need to keep in mind that they are necessary for our growth during this lifetime.

With so many planets involved in this t-square, it would be laborious (and probably overwhelming) to describe each aspect in detail.  Consequently, I will give some bullet points about possible ways in which we can be impacted:

  • With the Sun conjunct (0°) Uranus, there will be a lot of energy flowing through us. We will likely feel more willing than usual to make necessary changes in our lives (Uranus), especially if these adjustments will lead to living a more authentic life (Sun).  Unexpected ideas may pop into our minds at the oddest moments, so keep a pad of paper or small recorder nearby to record these fleeting but important thoughts.  Releasing any nervous energy through physical exercise will be helpful.
  • Having the Moon conjoining (0°) Jupiter is going to intensify everything. Emotions (Moon) will be heightened (Jupiter), which can include both positive and negative feelings.  It can be a very prosperous time; however, with the influence of the t-square and Venus retrograde (see below), our abundance will likely come from looking inward to do some inner work.  But again, finding avenues for the release of any excess energy (this time emotional) will be helpful, such as journaling or talking with counselors or supportive others.
  • When the Sun is opposing (180°) Jupiter, we can be inclined to overindulge or go to excess. But this opposition can also provide courage to those who normally would hold back or feel more comfortable hiding in the shadows.  It also provides a lot of optimism, although we need to keep our enthusiasm within realistic bounds.
  • With the Moon opposing (180°) Uranus, something is likely to come up that jars us out of our usual routine. It is likely this event or insight will confront us with something that needs to change in our lives, especially our emotional life or daily routine.  Whenever Uranus energy is involved, the question is whether we flow with the change or resist the change.  The change is necessary, so we can do this the easy way or the hard way.  It will help to be as flexible as possible.
  • With the Sun/Uranus square (90°) to Pluto, we may suddenly understand what is motivating our behavior and how we have consciously or unconsciously been manipulating others. This insight could lead to major breakthroughs in our healing on any level . . . emotionally, spiritually, mentally, or even physically.
  • With the Moon/Jupiter square (90°) to Pluto, we won’t be able to ignore what’s going on. Our emotions are already heightened by Jupiter’s conjunct (0°) to the Moon, and the square to Pluto is yelling at us, “Hey, the way to healing is through transformation!”  Why?  Because the planet that squares (90°) the planets which are in opposition in a t-square is called “the focal planet.”  It provides guidance on a “way out” of the conflict between the opposition.  In this case, the focal planet is Pluto, which represents transformation, healing, rebirth/renewal, and our relationship with power.

Luckily, the benevolent planet Venus is very active in our lives during the entire month of April.  Being in Pisces means that Venus will help soften the experience of this Full Moon and t-square.  Venus is happy in Pisces, and we may feel more emotionally uplifted throughout April.  While Venus travels in Pisces, our love becomes all-encompassing, and we feel more affectionate, tender, and compassionate.  And if that weren’t enough, Chiron is conjunct (0°) Venus in Pisces at the time of the Full Moon.  This adds even further emphasis to the growing imperative that healing is essential.  Because this is occurring in Pisces, it means that healing will likely come through love, forgiveness, surrender, and trust.  It is telling us that we can heal so many issues if we are willing to open our hearts to ourselves and to others.

Also beneficial at this time is a trine (120°) between the Sun /Uranus conjunction and Saturn, which means Saturn is also sextile (60°) the Moon/Jupiter conjunction.  Additionally, a supportive trine (120°) is occurring between Mars and the focal planet of the t-square, Pluto.  All of these beneficial aspects help us take responsible actions and not go off “willy-nilly” just for the sake of change.  Although it may feel a bit like the rug is being pulled out from underneath us (due to Uranus’s influence in the t-square discussed above), Mars in grounded Taurus will help us find our balance and look for realistic changes that we can make in our own backyards rather than reaching too far outside our sphere of influence.  It will also help us work patiently toward our goals while doing what we can to create beauty and harmony in the environments in which we spend our time.

However, it should be mentioned that at the time of the Full Moon, Venus will square (90°) Saturn.  Again, squares usually help us see where change is needed, and this one may provide a “wake up call” for some people regarding relationships or finances.  It’s hard to accept that our hopes and dreams may not translate into “reality” regarding someone’s or something’s potential.  But facing “the truth” permits us to move forward and not get stuck in false hopes.

The day before the Full Moon (Sunday, April 9) is when Mercury begins its next retrograde period.  Our reevaluation of recent decisions will show us if those decisions were “right” or whether they need to be modified once Mercury begins moving direct again on Wednesday, May 3.  Until then, remember that Mercury’s retrograde phases are important.  They provide us with times when we all turn inward to reevaluate, reassess, and revamp whatever we have recently been thinking about.  These time periods provide for greater success in the future.  However, the inward focus that everyone is experiencing means that communication snafus become more likely.  We may also find that electrical/electronic equipment, travel plans, and contracts become more challenging.  This can usually be overcome by applying ample amounts of patience and double/triple checking everything that is written or spoken.

On Saturday, April 15, Venus will begin moving direct again.  Her retrograde phase began back on March 4.  If we have done the work of the retrograde phase, we are ready to make choices that are more self-loving and more congruent with our needs and desires.  We may also have reassessed our relationships not only with certain people in our lives but also with our material positions and/or our relationship to money.  We have been asking whether or not many aspects of our lives are beneficial or detrimental.  It’s likely been a time of major soul-searching that will help us make healthier choices that are aligned with our true values.  Additionally, we may feel ready to open our hearts again to the outside world, while feeling more spiritually connected, peaceful, and trusting in Divine Order and Divine Timing.

Saturn just turned retrograde on Wednesday, April 5 (see last Moon Update), and many people that I’m talking to are reporting that they are experiencing the impact of this change in direction.  Beginning on Thursday, April 20, Pluto begins its annual 5-month retrograde phase.  Pluto is a very slow moving object in our sky, which means that its influence is often subtle.  That doesn’t mean it’s not important!  Pluto is all about power, and the internal changes and healing that occur while Pluto is in retrograde are often transformative.  But overall, these changes often feel like they “creep up on us,” and we only recognize the transformations when we look at this time period in retrospect.  It’s a time when we often find ourselves willing to do some deep healing work, and we also may become very conscious of how we are using our power . . . for good or not-so-good.  And given Pluto is now located in Capricorn, we will likely be exploring our inner motivations to see if we are acting from a place of integrity that will support us in achieving the goals that will become important once Pluto begins moving direct again on September 28.

And if all this planetary change in direction wasn’t enough, Mars joins the dance on Friday, April 21.  It moves out of grounded Taurus and into social Gemini, where it will remain until June 5.  Mars, the planet of movement, doesn’t necessarily like being in Taurus’s grounded, slow-moving energy.  Therefore, having Mars move into mentally and socially active Gemini may feel like a breath of fresh air!  The problem is that we need to be careful when Mars is in Gemini.  Our minds will become very active, and we may not always stop to think through what we say or do.  We also may have a difficult time focusing our attention on one issue for very long before something more interesting comes along.  But this can be a fun and a social time if we remember to be flexible and adaptable.

Overall, this Full Moon and the t-square discussed above is a time when many ideas will likely come together and breakthroughs are possible.  The entire month of April is a time of integration that is supported by having any of three or four planets in retrograde at any given point in time (i.e., Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto).  This retrograde motion means that we will all benefit greatly by doing a lot of reviewing, reevaluating . . . any re-words.  It’s also important to keep in mind that Full Moons typically pull out the shadow side of the signs involved, including any signs aspecting the Sun and the Moon.  Therefore, we need to be careful and focus on being assertive and not aggressive (Aries), interdependent and not codependent (Libra), and realistic and not a “Debby Downer” (Capricorn).  The influence of so many beneficial aspects to the t-square will be very helpful and provide much-needed grounding and balance.  However, for some people the time around the Full Moon could feel like a cup (or three cups!) of espresso.  We will need to consciously use techniques to calm our bodies, minds, and emotions.  But don’t forget that with Venus in Pisces, this can be a time filled with a great deal of the positive, loving energy, if we consciously choose to access it.  So remember, “The main factor with change is to be gentle with yourself . . . small steps consistently taken” (Temple Hayes).

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THIS BLOG POST WAS WRITTEN BY

  • Anne Reith, Ph.D. (AnneReith.com)
  • For information about Dr. Reith’s downloadable ebooks and meditations, feel free to visit her online Store

SOME INFORMATION TAKEN FROM

  • The Mountain Astrologer (magazine)
  • Various online sources (e.g., www.cafeastrology.com)

REMINDER

  • New Moons and Full Moons often influence us for the 3 days before and 3 days after the actual event.

FULL MOON

Full Moon at 22° of Libra

  • Monday, April 10, 2017, 11:08 p.m. PDT
  • Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 2:08 a.m. EDT
  • Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 6:08 a.m. GMT

NEW MOON IN ARIES – Take action and reframe any obstacles as opportunities to create something better (March 27, 2017)

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A note to my dedicated readers:  For the next few months, you may notice a shortened version of my Moon Updates.  As soon as time permits, I will return to more a comprehensive coverage of astrological events.

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In the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 7:57 p.m. on Monday, March 27.  This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 8° of Aries.  To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 8° of Aries in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with that house are going to be most influenced by this New Moon’s presence.

New Moons always represent new beginnings and a chance to set new intentions or goals in the areas associated with the sign.  With an Aries New Moon, the concept of “goals” also includes taking action!  Aries is a fire sign and it’s in the cardinal modality.  Fire is about action; the cardinal modality is about action.  Get the idea?  We need to be physically active, but also will likely need to be active emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.  Why?  Because not only are the Sun and Moon in Aries, but so, too, are Venus, Mercury, and Uranus.  That’s 5 planets in Aries.  But then there’s also Saturn in Sagittarius, which is another fire sign.  Therefore, 6 out of 10 planets are telling us to get up and DO something!

The Aries energy is awesome if you want to get things done.  It provides us with increased energy, confidence, courage, and a willingness to take risks.  It does mean that we have the potential to become impatient, but a supportive sextile (60°) between Mars and Neptune during the time of the Aries New Moon will help us accept that action for action’s sake is often ineffective.  Neptune will remind us that taking a deep breath and tuning into our intuition will often get us better results in the long-run (e.g., trusting that we’ll know the “right” time to take action, being guided to the “right” action in a given situation).  If we can consciously pace ourselves, then we won’t run out of energy before the end of the race.

Additionally, a wonderful trine (120°) between Mars and Pluto means that we will have the energy to overcome any obstacle that we encounter.  Mercury is also trining (120°) Saturn, which means we will approach life in a serious way and take the time to make responsible choices.  Put all of this together with other aspects and it is likely that we’ll be looking for how we can create long-term stability (particularly in our finances and relationships) because we want to have a solid base from which to take future actions.

Right around the time of the Aries New Moon, Mercury will be conjunct (0°) Uranus.  This is urging us to think outside the box.  Our minds want stimulation, so this is a good time to start studying a new subject or to be exposed to different perspectives.  We may also find that unexpected information comes to light that could result in changes for ourselves, others, or society.  Combine this with all the Aries energy, and it’s supporting us to mentally explore our emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual worlds in brave new ways.

Venus is still moving in retrograde, and it is closely conjunct (0°) the New Moon.  This means the inner examination of our core values is probably going to be in hyper-drive.  We will be more in touch than usual with our wants and desires.  As discussed in the astrological overview of 2017 and in the Moon Update on February 26, this retrograde phase is very important this year.  We need to determine if our values are aligned with our personal beliefs.  Because it’s occurring in Aries, it will likely require that we make courageous adjustments.  Self-care is highlighted, as is taking actions that will bring more of whatever we love into our lives.  We need to invest in ourselves and believe in our own capabilities, including our ability to take care of ourselves in all situations.  This also means believing that others have the same strength and ability to cope with whatever they encounter.  Yes, we can offer to help someone, but our greatest gift is believing that others are fully capable of taking care of themselves.

Jupiter will make its second square (90°) to Pluto on Thursday, March 30.  In the already volatile atmosphere of so much Aries energy, the days before and after this exact square could be supercharged.  Jupiter magnifies, and Pluto is about the use of power.  Squares represent often difficult turning points that clarify that something needs to change.  During this time, we all need to remember to use power and not force to go after what we want.  We will need to approach our interactions with others consciously, including making the effort to listen, understand, and find win-win solutions.  If used effectively, the power of Jupiter and Pluto can be very healing.

On Friday, March 31, Mercury moves out of Aries and into earthy Taurus.  However, after only a week in Taurus, Mercury will begin its next retrograde phase (beginning on April 9 – see next Moon Update for more on this).  Due to its retrograde motion, Mercury will back out of Taurus and return to Aries on April 20, which will provide us with another shot of mental activation.  But until it moves back into Aries, we have a 3-week period when we can more effectively work on practical issues.  The speed of our thoughts (and words) slows down, and we take a more careful and methodical approach to problem-solving.  Even our interactions with others will be qualitatively different because we are more willing to take the time to listen carefully and speak only after thinking things through.  The downside is that, unlike Mercury in Aries, we can be resistant to new ideas while Mercury is in Taurus.

Due to her retrograde period, Venus will move out of Aries and back into Pisces on Sunday, April 2, where it will remain until April 29.  After the very active energy of Venus retrograde in Aries, the month of April will provide us with an opportunity to catch our breath, move out of focusing on our needs and wants, and see how our better-aligned values can be applied to spiritual goals.  We want to examine how our personal gifts and talents could be applied to further the needs of the “whole.”  We may also find that our hearts open up and spill over with compassion toward others and toward ourselves.

Then on Wednesday, April 5, a big change will happen.  Saturn begins its annual 4-month retrograde phase, which will end on August 25.  Whenever Saturn moves in retrograde, we can feel like progress toward any desired goal(s) slows down.  Although this can be frustrating, it’s all part of the Divine Plan.  Every year, we need a time period when we slow down and take stock of where we are in relation to our goals.  It’s a time when we evaluate if we need to make adjustments so we have a solid foundation on which to build our dreams.  Due to all the recent Aries energy, we may have taken a lot of steps forward but skipped over some “endings” along the way.  It’s time to “clean up” and get our house in order.  Because Saturn is retrograde in Sagittarius, we will likely feel a need to do some soul searching because we will be very aware of the potential consequences of our decisions.  We want to make the “right” choices . . . choices that are aligned with our personal philosophy of life.  This will likely involve being disciplined and patient.  But most importantly, we need to remember to reframe whatever occurs (e.g., things that slow us down, apparent obstacles) as beneficial and necessary for our long-term success.

Overall, this Aries New Moon is continuing the trend discussed in the last Moon Update.  It’s time to take the necessary actions to bring about needed changes in our lives.  Due to 5 out of 10 planets being in fiery Aries and having another planet in an additional cardinal sign, we have a unique opportunity to be courageous when it comes to pursuing our goals and dreams.  Luckily, aspects occurring at the time of the New Moon support us in slowing down the train enough to think through our actions so we don’t jump too quickly.  Action is supported, but only if it’s timely action.  And we should use this time productively because beginning in April, the brakes will be applied to some of that forward progress.  But until then remember, “The most important key to achieving great success is to decide upon your goal and launch, get started, take action, move” (John Wooden).

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THIS BLOG POST WAS WRITTEN BY

  • Anne Reith, Ph.D. (AnneReith.com)
  • For information about Dr. Reith’s downloadable ebooks and meditations, feel free to visit her online Store

SOME INFORMATION TAKEN FROM

  • The Mountain Astrologer (magazine)
  • Various online sources (e.g., www.cafeastrology.com)

REMINDER

  • New Moons and Full Moons often influence us for the 3 days before and 3 days after the actual event.

NEW MOON

New Moon at 8° of Aries

  • Monday, March 27, 2017, 7:57 p.m. PDT
  • Monday, March 27, 2017, 10:57 p.m. EDT
  • Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 2:57 a.m. GMT

FULL MOON IN VIRGO – Making order out of chaos (March 12, 2017)

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A note to my dedicated readers:  For the next few months, you may notice a shortened version of my Moon Updates.  As soon as time permits, I will return to more a comprehensive coverage of astrological events.

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In the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 7:53 a.m. on Sunday, March 12.  With this Full Moon, the Sun in Pisces will be in opposition (180°) to the Moon in Virgo.  To further clarify how this Full Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 23° of Pisces and 23° of Virgo in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with those two houses are going to be most impacted by this Full Moon’s presence.

All Full Moons challenge us to find a balance between the qualities of the two signs involved, and this one is no exception.  However, this time, the Moon in Virgo is in opposition (180°) to a group of planets that are very closely positioned together in Pisces (i.e., Sun, Mercury, & Chiron).  The stronger emphasis on one end of the opposition means that it will be easy to get lost in the Piscean energy and ignore the Virgo Moon.  This would definitely be a missed opportunity!  The Moon in grounded, practical Virgo can help us sort through all the foggy and often confusing energy of Pisces.  Although we don’t want to become overly analytical (Virgo), particularly when it comes to our feelings and dreams (Pisces), it can support us in gaining amazing insights into our emotional worlds.

At the time of the Full Moon, Mercury and Chiron in Pisces are in opposition (180°) to the Moon in Virgo.  This means that we will likely be thinking (Mercury) about how we can heal and cleanse (Chiron) some area(s) of our lives.  Virgo has to do with the physical body, and Pisces has to do with our emotions and psyches.  So we have an opportunity to heal, and the best chance at making progress will likely involve thinking about how we can create more balance between our emotional and physical worlds.  Productive actions right now might include adjusting our diets, making medical appointments, cleaning our environment (e.g., office, home), journaling to explore and make sense of our emotional life, and/or starting to work with a counselor or therapist to support us in making changes that are needed.  Overall, our focus should be making order out of chaos by taking necessary steps toward increased clarity.

And we will all have the patience and endurance needed to do this!  Mars leaves its comfortable home sign of Aries and enters grounded Taurus on Thursday, March 9, where it will remain until April 22.  Having Mars in Taurus will slow down the freight train of change that may have been steam-rolling through our lives.  It’s not that actions won’t be taken, but the Taurean energy means that the bull (Taurus) will be moving (Mars) in a slower and more deliberate way.  The steps we decide to make will be carefully thought-out, and we may have the ability to apply a single-minded focus to a specific area of our lives resulting in great accomplishments!  With all the Aries energy swirling around us right now, some of us may find the slower pace a bit frustrating.  It’s important to remind ourselves (and others) that this more methodical approach to change provides stability and a foundation that allows for secure growth rather than just haphazard actions.  The one downside of Mars in Taurus can be procrastination, but because there is so much Aries energy moving around us, it’s unlikely anyone will be able to procrastinate for very long.

Additionally, having Mars in Taurus and Venus in Aries means that they are in something called a “mutual reception.”  This is when one planet is in the ruling sign of another planet, and vice versa (i.e., Mars is the ruler of Aries and Venus is the ruler of Taurus).  When this happens, it allows the two planets involved to fluidly work together.  It also supports the lessons learned in one area to be easily applied in the other area.  Venus in Aries is all about going after whatever we desire, and Mars in Taurus is dedicated to taking necessary actions to get what we want and to do so with patience and perseverance.  This could lead to great strides forward in our lives, and we also have the Taurean gift of patience to let things unfold in Divine Timing.  And as discussed in the last Moon Update, Venus turned retrograde on Saturday, March 4.  This means that what we desire will likely have to do with looking inward and evaluating how we feel about our social relationships and finances.  The Aries energy tells us that our focus in these areas should be on developing our inner independence, courage, and confidence.

Believe it or not, all of this Aries energy will become even stronger toward the middle of March.  On Tuesday, March 14, Mercury will leave watery Pisces and enter fiery Aries, where it will remain until April 1.  Our thinking will become even quicker than usual, and we may have ideas that we would normally consider bold or even outrageous.  But then on Saturday, March 18, Mercury will be conjunct (0°) Venus in Aries, which means the Aries energy will become even more prominent.  That day, it will be like our minds and our mouths are on hyper-drive, and we may gain a level of mental clarity that is delightful and enlightening.  Due to the dynamic, sparkling energy (Aries), our social interactions (Venus) could be very fun and exciting.  We may feel more outgoing and willing to take interpersonal risks at this time.  We can use all this energy to manifest great things, but we need to keep our thoughts positive, watch our steps, and also make sure that we don’t say something spontaneously that we could later regret.

Monday, March 20, is the Equinox, which means the Sun moves into . . . you guessed it . . . Aries.  This is the beginning of the new astrological year, and new growth is emphasized for the next month, which correlates nicely with 2017 being a 1-Year in numerology.  We will likely feel increased enthusiasm, confidence, and energy.  It’s time to become a pioneer in at least one area of our life.  We may feel more spontaneous than at other times of the year, which can veer into being impulsive if we aren’t careful.  Although we do need to remember that planning is important to a successful outcome, we also need to honor our strong urge to initiate something new.  We have the courage now to take risks, if needed.

So, are you seeing the pattern?  Aries, Aries, Aries!  The entire month of March is about this dynamic, courageous sign, and we should all consciously use this energy to take those necessary steps forward.  This trend will continue when we experience the New Moon in Aries on Monday, March 27, which will add even more energy to our lives.  So, strap yourselves in!

Overall, the time of the Virgo Full Moon is an important period for both action and integration.  The two eclipses that occurred during February activated a variety of learning opportunities that will unfold over the next six months.  The Full Moon supports us with (a) the Piscean energy to pull inward and (b) the Virgo energy to help us sort out what this all means.  Therefore, it will be helpful to toggle back and forth between taking action and then retreating to evaluate how things are going, how we are feeling, and what it all means to our psyches.  This will ensure that the next actions we take will be healthy, productive, and aligned with what we truly want.  Then after the Full Moon, it’s time to “settle in” and do the work.  All this Aries and Taurus energy means we are ready to take action and patiently let things unfold.  As more and more Aries energy comes into our lives over the next few weeks, some of us may feel like we are being pushed out of the proverbial nest.  It’s time!  And yes, it can be scary, but we have the support we need to make productive changes that lead to something better.  Finally, it is important to note that Venus is in retrograde this month, so it will be very important to take care of and find new ways to love ourselves as we move forward.  So remember, “It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself, and to make your happiness a priority.  It’s necessary.” (Mandy Hale)

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REMINDER

  • New Moons and Full Moons often influence us for the 3 days before and 3 days after the actual event.

FULL MOON

Full Moon at 23° of Virgo

  • Sunday, March 12, 2017, 7:53 a.m. PDT
  • Sunday, March 12, 2017, 10:53 a.m. EDT
  • Sunday, March 12, 2017, 2:53 p.m.. GMT

NEW MOON IN PISCES & SOLAR ECLIPSE – We need to use our courage and our intuition to break up stagnant energy (February 26, 2017)

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A note to my dedicated readers:  For the next few months, you may notice a shortened version of my Moon Updates.  As soon as time permits, I will return to more a comprehensive coverage of astrological events.

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In the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 6:58 a.m. on Sunday, February 26.  This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 9° of Pisces.  To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 9° of Pisces in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with that house are going to be most influenced by this New Moon’s presence.

New Moons always represent new beginnings and a chance to set new intentions in the areas associated with the sign.  The annual New Moon in Pisces is usually a time that is filled with gentle, spiritually-oriented, compassionate, and easy going energy.  However, several events occurring on or around this Pisces New Moon make this a time that is like pea soup; when the ingredients are combined, they can either create a horrible tasting concoction or a delicious delicacy.  Remember that you have free will and can choose how you will use the ingredients.

  • This New Moon in Pisces is also a Solar Eclipse. Remember that eclipses impact us not just on the day of the event.  They are powerful and will be a catalyst for growth for the next six months, until the next set of eclipses occur.  The Lunar Eclipse that occurred two weeks ago propelled us toward increasing our love of self, inner authority, and self-confidence.  This Solar Eclipse in Pisces is very different due to other energies influencing it (see below).  Although it may involve inner reflection, soul-searching, and even some tears, these are all in preparation for taking necessary actions in our lives.  If we can move from fear to faith, then this can bring a time of amazing growth and healing.
  • Luckily, we will get help moving from fear to faith from a very Mars-dominated time period, which will actually last for the next 4-5 months. During February, Mars is in its home sign of Aries, which intensifies the action planet’s influence.  And Venus is also in Aries.  The lower expression of the Aries energy can include impatience, frustration, anger, and even aggressiveness.  The higher expression can be assertiveness, courage, fearlessness, and a willingness to move forward into uncharted territory.
  • However, even with the emphasis in Mars, we can’t forget that there are six points in the softer energy of Pisces during this New Moon (i.e., Sun, Moon, Mercury, Neptune, Chiron, South Node). Given Pisces is a water sign, this will likely be a highly charged emotional time.  And right around the New Moon, there will be a period of four days (February 25-28) when there will be no planets in fixed signs, which means that reality as we know it might may feel like a moving target as it constantly morphs into something new.  Some of the changes we are undergoing may be predictable, but some aspects of this process will defy logic, reason, and may even cause us to question our sanity (although only temporarily).  The best approach is to surrender to the experience, go with the flow, trust in Divine Order, and reframe any unexpected waves in the ocean of our lives as Spirit’s way of moving us in the direction of a new shore that contains our next learning opportunity.
  • The Divine is also emphasized due to a conjunction (0°) between the New Moon and Mercury. During this time, we need to be very receptive to intuitive messages and guidance.  Mercury just entered Pisces on Saturday, February 25.  After the electric, stimulating mental energy of Mercury in Aquarius, we now feel our minds turn inward into the watery world of emotion.  Our thinking becomes more intuitive, and focusing our attention on spiritual issues will feed (and soothe) our souls.
  • But before you drift off into Piscean la-la land, another very powerful astrological configuration is also playing a very important and dynamic role in the creation of this soup that we are cooking. Jupiter is in opposition (180°) to Uranus and both planets are squaring (90°) Pluto (t-square configuration).  And as if the influence of Mars wasn’t already strong enough (see above), it is in a very close conjunction (0°) to Uranus, which triggers this t-square pattern into action!  I often compare t-squares to a horse that has a burr under its saddle; it will feel it and want to take action to take care of the problem (e.g., buck, drop the ground and roll onto its back).  We may have been feeling for a few months that there has been something lurking in the wings.  Whatever that is may suddenly come into center stage and demand our attention.  Because Pluto is involved, we need to be sure that whatever actions we take are toward our healing and that we use our power for constructive and not destructive purposes.  While all this is happening, a conjunction (0°) between Mercury and the South Node urges us to let go of any old attitudes or beliefs that need to be released.  The Mars-Uranus energy could provide us with unexpected insights (Uranus) and give us the courage (Mars) to finally finish something that was long-overdue for an ending and/or to begin something we have been thinking about for some time but have been lacking the courage to pursue.  We may feel like we can’t put it off any longer!  The presence of Uranus means we may be able to see things from a new perspective, and the square between Mars and Pluto can provide us with the strength and fortitude to take necessary actions.  Great advances are possible now and may even continue all the way through the first part of March.  We just need to always be aware that the strong influence of Mars can cause us to be reckless and the presence of Uranus could prod us into being downright rebellious.  We need to use our free will to choose the higher expressions of these energies and take the time to be sure that our actions are serving the highest good of all involved.

Overall, with the combination of so much Pisces and Aries/Mars energy (i.e., the last and first sign of the Zodiac, respectively), this will likely be a time when we experience significant endings and beginnings.  Old patterns, situations, and relationships that have been self-defeating need to be released (Pisces) to make room for new adventures (Aries).  It’s essential now that we move away from the lower expression of Pisces energy (e.g., martyrdom, victimization) and use the Aries energy to take responsibility for what we are thinking, how we are getting our needs met, what decisions we are making, and what the actions we are taking.    

On Saturday, March 4, Venus will begin its retrograde phase in Aries, which will continue through April 14.  As was discussed in the astrological overview of 2017, this is a very important part of this year.  During this 6-week period, we need to focus our attention inward to determine whether our attitudes toward relationships and money are aligned with our personal values.  It’s also a time of exploring whether we are engaged in adequate levels of self-care.  Given this is happening in the sign of Aries, it’s important that we take actions to counter any problems we find during this self-exploration and self-analysis.  This may not be a good time to make big purchases or to begin a new love relationship.  Why?  Because this is a time when we need to “invest in ourselves” and not in the external world.  Luckily, the day after Venus begins this retrograde period (Sunday, March 5), Mars will trine (120°) Saturn, which will help start off this retrograde period with a willingness to take a responsible and self-disciplined path toward what we want to accomplish in all areas of our life.

Overall, this is a very dynamic New Moon in Pisces due to the Solar Eclipse and the influence of Mars and the t-square described above.  The strong Piscean energy means that we do need to focus on unconditional love and compassion.  We are well-advised to use our intuition, surrender, trust, and have faith.  However, the Mars/Aries energy is pushing us to take actions that will dismantle anything that has become stagnant in our lives.  We need to move forward purposefully, and the strong Mars/Aries influence will give us the courage to do this.  But we do need to remember that action (Mars) without compassion (Pisces) can be destructive.  Look at your life and explore where you need to start something new and courageously step forward.  But given the strong Piscean influence, those steps need to be guided by your intuition, which means it may not be easy or even possible to explain why we are doing something.  We have an opportunity over the next few weeks to tap into independent and fearless energy (Mars in Aries).  To manage that energy, be sure to get adequate exercise.  But after exercising, use the strong Pisces energy to meditate or go inward for spiritual guidance.  In sum, remember, “You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going.  What you need to recognize are the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith, and hope.” (Thomas Merton)

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SOME INFORMATION TAKEN FROM

  • The Mountain Astrologer (magazine)
  • Various online sources (e.g., www.cafeastrology.com)

REMINDER

  • New Moons and Full Moons often influence us for the 3 days before and 3 days after the actual event.

NEW MOON

New Moon at 9° of Pisces

  • Sunday, February 26, 2017, 6:58 a.m. PST
  • Sunday, February 26, 2017, 9:58 a.m. EST
  • Sunday, February 26, 2017, 2:58 p.m. GMT

FULL MOON IN LEO & LUNAR ECLIPSE – Take a risk and move toward your fate (February 10, 2017)

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A note to my dedicated readers:  For the next few months, you may notice a shortened version of my Moon Updates.  As soon as time permits, I will return to more a comprehensive coverage of astrological events.

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In the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 4:32 p.m. on Friday, February 10.  With this Full Moon, the Sun in Aquarius will be in opposition (180°) to the Moon in Leo.  To further clarify how this Full Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 23° of Aquarius and 23° of Leo in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with those two houses are going to be most impacted by this Full Moon’s presence.

All Full Moons challenge us to find a balance between the qualities of the two signs involved, but the presence of a lunar eclipse amps up this need more than usual.  Eclipses occur in pairs.  There will be a Solar Eclipse occurring with the New Moon in Pisces later this month (February 26).  An eclipses is a powerful time with a far-reaching influence.  The events and/or insights occurring now will likely be played out over the next six months.

These two eclipses are falling on the Leo-Aquarius axis.  Keywords for Leo include self-confidence, pride, big heartedness, love, loyalty, leadership, and drama.  For Aquarius, keywords include independence, uniqueness, inventiveness, humanitarianism, tolerance, and rebellion.  With any Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse, our emotions (Moon) may need to be blended with our life’s purpose and soul’s identity (Sun) in a way that touches humanity (Earth).  With the Leo-Aquarius axis, we must find ways to use our creative energy (Leo) to give to our friends, large groups, and/or planet Earth (Aquarius).  Both ends of this continuum must be accessed to be effective.

The Aquarius sunshine will help us feel naturally infused with energy and light that we will want to share with those around us for their benefit.  This altruistic focus will help counter-balance the lower expression of Leo, which can include an insatiable need for recognition.  Leo reminds us that we all brought onto the Earth plane a set of unique gifts, and the Aquarius energy urges us to express those gifts in ways that focuses on serving the greater good.  Creative self-expression is important now, so we may need to look at where we may have been dimming our light for some reason (e.g., fear of success, fear of failure, fear of abandonment).  There are always risks in stepping out of the shadows and being seen by others.  But unless we do so, our talents and abilities cannot be shared with the world.

Luckily, the Moon is part of an astrological configuration called a grand trine, which provides a free-flowing, positive energy between the planets involved.  A grand trine creates an equilateral triangle in the sky above us.  This grand trine contains three planets that are in fire signs, which means we will have access to abundant energy and will likely feel motivated to take action.  The Moon in Leo trines (120°) Saturn in Sagittarius, which is trine (180°) Uranus in Aries.  And given the Moon is in opposition (180°) to the Sun due to the Full Moon, that means this fire grand trine is in what is called a kite formation.  This means that very positive energy is present at the time of this Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse.  It will very likely support us emotionally (Moon) to adjust to any changes that are needed (Uranus), and those changes will likely be very practical and down-to-earth (Saturn).  The Sun in Aquarius tethers any endeavors by encouraging us to show the world who we really are.

The Moon is also involved in a formation called a yod, which is also referred to as the Finger of Fate.  The Moon is sextile (60°) Jupiter, and both the Moon and Jupiter are quincunx (150°) Chiron.  With Chiron being what is called the “focal point” of this yod, it means that we will be very aware of our wounded self.  However, if we can move past our fears, this could be a time in our lives when we decide to take a step in the direction of our fate.  And given the involvement of Chiron, this brave step could lead to powerful healing.  With the Moon and Jupiter forming the base of the yod, we have the emotional capacity (Moon) to expand into regions of our lives we didn’t even know existed (Jupiter).  And Jupiter could even bring a stroke of luck.  However, all of this can only occur if we are willing to make adjustments in some areas of our lives because making adjustments is the hallmark of quincunxes.  We may need to make compromises or explore out-of-the-box solutions.  These adjustments may also involve recognizing and/or accepting human frailties in ourselves and others.

At the time of the Full Moon, Mercury forms a sweet sextile (60°) to Venus.  If heart-felt communication is needed within a relationship, now is a good time to do it.  This is a good time to approach any situations that require elements of charm or diplomacy.  We may be able to express our unique voice with others.  Making social connections may prove easier than usual, and joint ventures are supported.

On Saturday, February 18, the Sun leaves Aquarius and moves into Pisces.  When the Sun is in the 12th sign of the zodiac, it is often a time when we feel inclined to reflect back over the previous 11 months before we start a new Zodiac year (when the Sun enters Aries in four weeks).  We need to avoid the lower expression of Piscean energy, including escapism, abuse of substances, martyrdom, and/or feeling like a victim.  Instead, we need to embrace the quieter, reflective energy inherent in this time year.  It will help to focus on spirituality, our intuition, and the interconnectedness of all beings.

Overall, this Leo Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse is encouraging us to be proud of who we are and find ways to bring our unique gifts into the world.  We need to express our individual talents, and there is a great deal of support during this time to do just that.  This can only happen, though, if we are willing to move past our fears and take a few calculated risks.  If we can do this, we may find that our light will shine in new ways that helps us heal and is of service to humanity . . . even in ways that are part of our Divine Mission or our fate here on the Earth plane.  However, remember though that eclipses tend to be in effect for six months.  So we don’t have to do it all at once.  We can take calculated risks and small baby steps and then let our emotional reactions to those steps tell us if we are headed in the right direction (or not).  And remember, “The moment you firmly step outside your comfort zone is the moment your life changes” (Cheryl Richardson).

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  • The Mountain Astrologer (magazine)
  • Various online sources (e.g., www.cafeastrology.com)

REMINDER

  • New Moons and Full Moons often influence us for the 3 days before and 3 days after the actual event.

FULL MOON

Full Moon at 23° of Leo

  • Friday, February 10, 2017, 4:32 p.m. PST
  • Friday, February 10, 2017, 7:32 p.m. EST
  • Saturday, February 11, 2017, 12:32 a.m.. GMT

NEW MOON IN AQUARIUS – Patience and perseverance (January 27, 2017)

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 4:06 p.m. on Friday, January 27.  This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 9° of Aquarius.  To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 9° of Aquarius in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with that house are going to be most influenced by this New Moon’s presence.

New Moons always represent new beginnings and a chance to set new intentions in the areas associated with the sign.  Keywords associated with Aquarius include independence, originality, inventiveness, and humanitarianism.  The lower expression of the water bearer includes being eccentric, rebellious, and stubborn.  Its focus is on how “we are all one” in the great cosmos of the universe.  Because it believes so strongly in this principle, the Aquarius energy often feels like it’s carrying the weight of the world on its shoulders . . . although this often translates to having an “over developed responsibility muscle” when it comes to our immediate social environment (e.g., family, work, community, groups we belong to).

With an Aquarian New Moon, it’s likely that we may be craving more independence in one or more areas of our lives.  This tendency is reinforced because Mars, the action planet, moves out of wishy-washy Pisces and into action-oriented Aries just five hours after the Aquarius New Moon.  Mars will stay in Aries until March 11, but its movement into Aries kicks off a four or five month period of dynamic energy.  For now, Mars feels very comfortable and therefore empowered in Aries because Mars is the ruler of this sign.  This is a time we often feel confident and courageous, and we may feel ready to venture into new territory, take risks, and assert ourselves in new ways.  There could even be a need for rebellion and fighting to have our opinions be heard.  However, it is important to avoid the lower expression of this energy, which includes being impatient, impulsive, overly competitive, and even aggressive or arrogant.  We have abundant energy to get things done now, but we all need to remember that our actions can have negative repercussions if the needs and opinions of others aren’t taken into consideration.

This is particularly important because a square (90°) between Venus and Saturn at the time of the New Moon could put a damper on relationships, finances, or both.  This isn’t a time to make any major decisions in either area of our lives, especially not impulsive ones.  Feeling pessimistic is common with this aspect, and we may feel thwarted in our efforts to get what we desire.  Although hard to do, the best use of this energy is to gain more clarity regarding challenging situations before changing course.  Additionally, we can be more willing than usual to work hard and even take on added responsibility if it involves something we desire.

This New Moon is also happening when Jupiter is in opposition (180°) to Uranus.  The impact of this opposition has actually been in effect for several weeks and will continue for several more.  But because Uranus is the ruler of Aquarius, this New Moon kicks the power of this opposition up a notch.  It is likely many of us have been feeling the pervasive need to change things in our lives so we can live a more authentic life.  With this occurring at the time of the social, community-oriented Aquarius New Moon, we may be seeking out like-minded others.  We crave a feeling of connectedness, which is fine.  However, we need to avoid moving into a position of believing that the group’s values are the only way to live life.  Aquarius is a fixed air sign, and the lower expression of its energy can be rigid, inflexible belief systems.

Luckily, the day after the Aquarius New Moon (Saturday, January 28) sees a series of supportive aspects that will help us make decisions that are for the highest good of all involved.  The Moon will (a) sextile (60°) Uranus, (b) trine (120°) Jupiter, and (c) sextile (60°) Saturn.  All of this will help us feel more optimistic than usual and emotionally ready to break with routines and try something new.  It will also help us to be dedicated to making any necessary shifts in our lives in a responsible manner, be willing to put in the time and effort needed to make those changes, and be determined to make clear-headed decisions that honor both our inner code of ethics and respect others in the process.

And the next day (Sunday, January 29), Mercury will be conjunct (0°) Pluto in Capricorn.  This can bring on some profound thoughts that can help us clearly see what we need to see.  This will support us in thinking things through carefully, seeing both the surface and deeper issues involved in any issue, and making decisions that could transform and heal our lives.  However, we do need to be careful with this aspect.  Anytime Pluto is involved, issues of power are likely involved, and Capricorn’s energy can be rigid and controlling.  With a Mercury-Pluto conjunction, we could lose sight of anything other than our own point-of-view, which could result in stepping on the toes of those around us, even those we have no intention of hurting.  Our words carry a lot of power right now, and we need to use them for healing and not as a weapon.

On Tuesday, January 31, Mercury will square (90°) Uranus.  Look out for unpredictability that is designed to get us to look at things differently.  We may feel nervous, jittery, or on “energy overload.”  Be forewarned that most of us may be rather mentally scattered, but flashes of insights and new ideas are very possible.  Others may not understand what we are trying to communicate, so it may be best to postpone presenting our new ideas for at least a day or two.

The first week of February sees 3 planets taking center stage in the “astrological news”:

  • On Friday, February 3, Venus moves out of Pisces and joins Mars into Aries. Normally, Venus remains in one sign for only about 5 weeks.  However, because Venus go retrograde in Aries starting in March, this means that Venus will remain in Aries for 4 months rather than 5 weeks.  Venus in Aries reinforces the trend of independence that began during the Aquarius New Moon and Mars moving into Aries.  When Venus is in the independent sign of Aries, it’s time to be honest with those we care about and also find new ways to love ourselves.  We may feel ready to take some risks in the areas of romance or money.  However, if it’s something about which we feel very passionate, it may be best to wait before taking action until we have done our research and can see things from all angles.  And while going through its retrograde period, we will likely need to look inward to find out how we aren’t taking care of ourselves emotionally or financially.
  • Jupiter, which is in Libra, begins its annual 4-month retrograde period on Sunday, February 5. All Jupiter retrograde periods are times of spiritual and philosophical introspection.  Given this is occurring in the sign of Libra, relationships will be a major focus of our inner work.  We may have gone through a period of major growth recently, and it’s time to reassess all types of relationships to make sure they are aligned with our new values.  We should focus on identifying what we need in order to feel as much harmony and balance as possible with those in our lives.  Now is a time to take stock and make sure everything is in order, particularly within our relationships, before moving into new areas of growth and development.
  • Mercury moves out of Capricorn on Tuesday, February 7, and into Aquarius, where it will remain for about three weeks. Having Mercury in Aquarius means we will likely be feeling  hungry for more and more knowledge.  It’s a great time to start or to deepen any course of study.  We will be open to new, innovative ideas, and we might even consider options that would normally be too “out there” for us.  Luckily, this placement also means that our minds will be more objective, which can help us reduce any “emotionality” in our decision making.  We just need to be a bit cautious because our thoughts and communication can be a bit fragmented due to so many “unusual-for-us” thoughts moving through our minds during this time.

Overall, this Aquarius New Moon and the astrological events occurring around it are all pointing to taking steps that lead to more independence, being aligned with our values, and living according to our own inner truth and values.  Having Mars move into action-oriented Aries on the day of the New Moon means that any long-awaited changes may be ready to move out of the wings and onto center stage.  This need for change is further supported by the opposition between Jupiter and Uranus and by Venus moving into Aries.  Mercury moving into Aquarius will help us be more objective and open to creative problem solving.  However, several aspects and planetary movements encourage us to think things through carefully, take responsible action, and remember that those around us may not feel as excited as we do about the changes that we want to make.  Jupiter is in Libra right now, which provides us with support in being diplomatic within all of our relationships, if we consciously choose to use that energy.  Those who truly do care about us will likely adjust, but it may take some time.  So remember, “Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.” (John Quincy Adams)

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  • For information about Dr. Reith’s downloadable ebooks and meditations, feel free to visit her online Store

SOME INFORMATION TAKEN FROM

  • The Mountain Astrologer (magazine)
  • Various online sources (e.g., www.cafeastrology.com)

REMINDER

  • New Moons and Full Moons often influence us for the 3 days before and 3 days after the actual event.

NEW MOON

New Moon at 9° of Aquarius

  • Friday, January 27, 2017, 4:06 p.m. PST
  • Friday, January 27, 2017, 7:06 p.m.. EST
  • Saturday, January 28, 2017, 12:06 a.m. GMT

FULL MOON IN CANCER – Balance is essential or things could go cattywampus (January 12, 2017)

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 3:33 a.m. on Thursday, January 12.  With this Full Moon, the Sun in Capricorn will be in opposition (180°) to the Moon in Cancer.  To further clarify how this Full Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 23° of Capricorn and 23° of Cancer in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with those two houses are going to be most impacted by this Full Moon’s presence.

All Full Moons challenge us to find a balance between the qualities of the two signs involved, and this balance is particularly “interactive” with the Cancer/Capricorn axis.  Cancer is about our home base and what we need in order to feel safe, whole, and alive.  Capricorn is about our public actions and what we need to do in order to contribute responsibly to the world around us.  Although these signs seem like exact opposites, they actually are very interrelated.  In order to effectively go out into the world, we need a home base that meets our needs and fills our proverbial “well.”  Without that, we have no energy to take action in the external world.  But there comes a time when we need to take action outside of our home base, because this is what often provides us with a sense of accomplishment and self-esteem.  However, after being out in the world for a while, we need to “go home” in order to process what has happened externally, cultivate the wisdom from what we have experienced, and recharge our batteries so we are ready to go out into the world again.  Therefore, both arenas are important and both need to be given our attention right now, especially if they have recently become out of balance.

However, this Cancer Full Moon is being powerfully activated by the position of several other planets.  The Sun is conjunct (0°) Pluto in Capricorn, and both are in opposition (180°) to the Moon in Cancer.  Additionally, the Moon, Sun, and Pluto are all squaring (90°) both Jupiter in Libra and Uranus in Aries, which are both in opposition (180°) to each other.  This means that there are 4 corners that are forming a cross with each other, and each of the 4 corners is forming a close square (90°) to the corner on either side of it.  This forms an astrological configuration called a grand cross.

All grand crosses require that we find balance between all 4 corners.  Much like a mobile over a baby’s crib, things will go cattywampus if one corner is not in balance with the other 3 corners.  Finding a balance, though, often requires a trial-and-error approach until we learn just how much attention should be given to each area.  We may miss the mark the first time, but we will learn from that error and come back the wiser for it.  And believe me, we will all be strongly motivated to find this balance because all 4 of the corners are in cardinal signs, and the cardinal energy tells us that action is needed.

So what does this all mean?  In addition to the balance required between Cancer and Capricorn, as described above, Uranus in Aries has us feeling assertive, desiring of independence, and even rebellious.  So part of the balance may be to think about how we may need to do things differently than we have done before.  And “different” is almost inevitable given part of the grand cross is the ongoing square between Uranus (change) and Pluto (transformation).  As mentioned during the last Moon Update,  in order to make any needed changes, we may need to go through a breakdown to get to the breakthrough.  This is particularly common when there is a square (90°) between the Sun and Uranus, as is true in this grand cross.

Jupiter in Libra brings an expansive but balanced energy to the mix.  However, because Jupiter is squaring (90°) the Sun, we need to be aware that objects in the mirror may appear larger than they are in real life.  We may feel discontent with life, which could fuel any felt need for change due to the powerful cardinal grand cross.  The Sun’s extra light can provide extra clarity, but we need to use our wisdom to solve long-standing problems.  And we do need to watch for signs of exaggeration, overestimation, or instability.  Keeping our objectivity will be important now.

Luckily, Pluto is in a sweet sextile (60°) to Mars.  Given Mars, the planet of action, is in peace-loving Pisces, this may help us see how we can take indicated actions in a compassionate way.  This is particularly true if our goals involve healing and/or spirituality.  Also, because Mars in Pisces isn’t comfortable making decisions, this may moderate the strong cardinal energy of the grand cross and reduce the tendency to make impulsive choices.

Additionally, Mercury is now moving direct again (as of Sunday, January 8), and the planet of communication and mental processes moves into Capricorn on the day of the Full Moon (Thursday, January 12).  It will remain there until February 8.  This will support the sextile (60°) between Mars and Pluto that is described above by providing us with a more detached and objective perspective about what is happening.  Mercury in Capricorn tends to be cautious, which also provides a helpful counterbalance to the impulsive feelings that may be present with this Full Moon and grand cross.

Also on Thursday, January 12, supplemental help comes in the form of a conjunction (0°) between Venus and Neptune.  This adds a level of compassion and spirituality that will likely support us in “playing nice with others.”  This can also be a time when new beginnings have elements of creativity, imagination, gentleness, intuition, and even “magic.”  But we also need to be sure we are seeing things clearly and are not creating romantic illusions about situations or relationships.

On Monday, January 16, Mars will be conjunct (0°) Chiron.  Our fears may be very apparent to us right now, but this aspect gives us an opportunity to see them and take action toward healing.  Our insecurities may be particularly present regarding actions we have recently been thinking about taking.  Given Mars is in Pisces, it may not be time yet to take action; but if we do, our best chance at healing will likely come from compassionate action toward ourselves and others.

Mars is again in the spotlight on Thursday, January 19, when it forms a square (90°) to Saturn.  This is a powerful aspect, and we may feel its effects building the day before, and its impact may trail over into Friday.  Frustrations, irritations, and feelings of being blocked are common.  This aspect often serves as a powerful wake-up call that forces us to reconsider our goals.  If we are feeling thwarted, it may be because our projects require a change in direction, or we may need to winnow down the number of goals we are currently pursuing so we can be more effective.

Luckily, on the same day (Thursday, January 19), the Sun leaves the heavier energy of Capricorn and enters Aquarius.  This air sign often brings with it objectivity, as well as a thirst for knowledge and understanding.  Unlike the heavier Capricorn energy that prefers traditions and routine, the lighter Aquarian energy enjoys experiencing anything that is new, especially if it is unconventional or innovative.  Anything in our lives that feels outdated or restrictive will become increasingly apparent now, and we will feel driven to seek out new perspectives, new solutions, and new freedom, especially the freedom to be ourselves.  We may not feel as emotionally connected to others as we do at other times during the year, but we will want to find responsible ways to give back to society in our own unique way.

The next day (Friday, January 20), there is a nice sextile (60°) between Venus and Pluto.  As with all sextiles, this is an opportunity.  We need to consciously choose to use the supportive energy that sextiles provide.  With this one, it could be a great time for drawing to us what we need in our relationships and finances.  We might even discover a hidden talent or ability that we weren’t aware of, but we do have to go looking for it and recognize it when it appears.  Anything or anyone that we feel passionate about will be our focus and will likely bring us joy and possibly even healing.

Finally, on Monday, January 23, we experience another sextile (60°), but this time between Mercury and Neptune.  Our intuition and psychic abilities will be heightened, as well as our creativity.  We can use words to inspire others, or we may find that words are a catalyst for insights or leaps in our understanding.  This aspect also will help us see another point-of-view with compassion.

Overall, this Full Moon in Cancer can’t be interpreted without taking into consideration its powerful involvement in the cardinal grand cross.  The lower expression of this energy would be impatience for change that could cause us to make impulsive decisions . . . decisions that we may regret later.  The higher expression of this energy is to recognize the need for balance and consciously use the energies in a disciplined way, through being patient, creatively looking for new ways to approach problems, and working with others in a cooperative manner.  Yes, change is very likely needed in one or more areas of our lives, but this Full Moon and grand cross are telling us to think through these changes carefully before taking action.  And you don’t have to be patient much longer because Mars will be moving out of Pisces and into Aries on Friday, January 27, which I will discuss in the next Moon Update.  Until then remember, “No road is too long for him who advances slowly and does not hurry, and no attainment is beyond his reach who equips himself with patience to achieve it.” (Jean de La Bruyère)

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  • Anne Reith, Ph.D. (AnneReith.com)
  • For information about Dr. Reith’s downloadable ebooks and meditations, feel free to visit her online Store

SOME INFORMATION TAKEN FROM

  • The Mountain Astrologer (magazine)
  • Various online sources (e.g., www.cafeastrology.com)

REMINDER

  • New Moons and Full Moons often influence us for the 3 days before and 3 days after the actual event.

FULL MOON

Full Moon at 23° of Cancer

  • Thursday, January 12, 2017, 3:33 a.m. PST
  • Thursday, January 12, 2017, 6:33 p.m. EST
  • Thursday, January 12, 2017, 11:33 a.m. GMT

NEW MOON IN CAPRICORN – Plus a sneak peek at 2017 according to astrology and numerology (December 28, 2016)

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonI hope that 2017 is a year filled with
peace, love, and laughter for all of us!
Happy New Year!!

As I do at the beginning of each year, I will cover (1) the current Moon Update, (2) an overview of any major events that are coming up astrologically in 2017, and (3) the year 2017 from a numerological perspective.

New Moon in Capricorn

In the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 10:53 p.m. on Wednesday, December 28.  This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 8° of Capricorn.  To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 8° of Capricorn in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with that house are going to be most influenced by this New Moon’s presence.

New Moons always represent new beginnings in the areas associated with the sign.  This New Moon puts a very bright spotlight on the sign of Capricorn because the Moon, Sun, Mercury, and Pluto are all located within 10° of each other in Capricorn.  This forms an astrological configuration called a stellium, which means that all of these planets are working together as a team, and it’s difficult to single out the influence of any single planet.  A stellilum where all the planets fall in the same sign (like this one) means that the expression of the sign is very strong.

Capricorn is a cardinal earth sign, which means it wants to take action (cardinal) toward concrete goals (earth).  Key words associated with Capricorn include responsibility, practicality, discipline, and patience.  With Capricorn energy, we aren’t afraid to work hard, and we are even willing to take on a leadership role, when needed.  We want to accomplish a lot!  The energy does mean that we do appreciate a traditional or conventional approach, and we need to be careful not to become so narrow minded that we don’t see that a different approach might be more effective (see below for more on that).

In addition to the stellium in Capricorn, there are a number of other important influences that will modify the expression of the New Moon’s energy:

  • During the New Moon, we will still be under the influence of an opposition (180°) between Jupiter and Uranus, which could mean sudden gains that come through change and innovation. Although the strong Capricorn influence tells us to keep to what has worked in the past, this aspect reminds us that sometimes trying something new can lead to surprising results.  Innovation and expressing our values in an authentic manner are emphasized.
  • Additionally, Uranus ends its 5-month retrograde period the day after the New Moon (Thursday, December 29). While in retrograde, we may have experienced an “awakening” in one or more areas of our lives, and many of the changes impacted us at a deep, internal level.  Our new awareness likely was related to something (or several things) that were blocking us from expressing our unique essence in the world.  As Uranus slowly picks up speed over the next few weeks, we will likely see where external changes are needed to match who we have become internally.  For many, we already feel very different than before Uranus went retrograde on July 29.  Those changes will now become apparent to others.
  • Due to its recent retrograde motion, Uranus has moved back into a square (90°) to Pluto, which has been influencing us through December and will continue through January. This is reactivating the transit that influenced our lives very dramatically during 2012-2015.  So once again, change (Uranus) and transformation (Pluto) are likely to occur on a personal, social, and global level.  With this powerful aspect, it is important to remember that breakdowns often lead to breakthroughs, and sudden changes can help us to see the issues underlying long-standing problems.  It can be helpful now to ask “What do I need to face or admit to myself?”  In order to determine where change is needed, it might be beneficial to explore where we feel we are losing control over something in our life.
  • Another influence on this New Moon is the first of three squares (90°) between Saturn and Chiron, which is exact on Wednesday, December 28. (The other squares will occur on April 30 and November 2, 2017.)  This can be a healing time, as long as we are willing to let go of regrets, deal with any hurt feelings, and face our part in any conflicts.  We need to bravely explore our recent challenging experiences and relationships to discover the lessons embedded within each one.  It will help to adopt a humble attitude and seek a greater sense of purpose.  And given that Chiron is in Pisces, as are Neptune and Mars, we are best advised to surrender to the Divine Plan and use the energy of Pisces to intuitively understand what limiting beliefs we need to let go of as we continue on our spiritual journey.

And if all of that weren’t enough, there are several other aspects that could play a role in how this New Moon in Capricorn is expressed in our lives:

  • Mars will be conjunct (0°) the South Node (and therefore in opposition to the North Node), which may bring up past issues that we have been ignoring or denying.
  • A conjunction (0°) between the Sun and Mercury in Capricorn is likely to make any conversations take on a serious tone and focus on responsibilities.
  • Luckily, a sextile (60°) between Mercury and Neptune will mean that it will be easier than usual to infuse our thoughts and words with compassion and understanding.
  • Mercury is also sextile (60°) Mars. With Mars being located in compassionate Pisces, this will further support us in having conversations where we listen, speak, and act compassionately.

On Friday, December 30, retrograde Mercury will trine (120°) the North Node (and is therefore in sextile [60°] to the South Node).  This free-flowing energy will support us in identifying what issues from the past (South Node) need to be released so we can move toward new, spiritually-aligned goals (North Node) during 2017.  Given the strong Capricorn influence still in effect, whatever we aspire to or want to accomplish will need to be practical.  On the same day, a sextile (60°) between the Sun and Neptune will support us in finding the answers if we are receptive to spiritual guidance.

This reflective, forward-thinking trend continues on New Year’s Eve (Saturday, December 31).  However, it starts with a difficult inconjunct (150°) between Jupiter and Chiron.  We need to be careful to avoid thinking that solutions are impossible.  Instead, we need to look for ways to adjust to conflicting demands, find compromises, and focus on goals that move us toward what we believe to be true for ourselves.  Luckily, a conjunction (0°) between Mars and Neptune in spiritual Pisces later in the day will help us tap into Higher Wisdom that leads to viable solutions.

On Friday, January 6, the Sun and Pluto will form an exact conjunction (0°) in Capricorn.  This aspect will influence us for several days before and after the actual event, which provides a nice start to the new year.  We won’t be afraid to shine our light in areas where we feel passion and drive, especially if it helps us feel more control over our lives.  We may have the light (Sun) to see how positive transformations and healing (Pluto) can occur in our lives.  This could involve identifying what needs to be eliminated in our lives in order for personal transformations to be successful.  For some, this isn’t necessarily a time when we should share any of our ideas with others.  Instead, it might be best to explore what motivates us and come up with strategies for forward movement, when the time is right.

On Saturday, January 7, issues or relationships from the past may resurface due to a conjunction (0°) between Venus and the South Node (which means Venus is also in opposition [180°] to the North Node).  This is an opportunity to continue the work of forgiveness (of self or others) that started during the Capricorn New Moon.  We may need to deal with these issues directly and not use defense mechanisms such as avoidance or denial.  This is a time when we can see beauty even in human weaknesses, which helps in healing our relationships.

Then on Sunday, January 8, Mercury ends its retrograde motion and begins moving direct again.  Keep in mind that it sometimes takes a few days before we can see communication and technology snafus beginning to smooth out.  But if we have done the work of this retrograde period, we’ve been thinking very seriously about what is next for us, and we are getting ready to take action on those thoughts and ideas.  Many of us will begin taking action when Mars moves into Aries toward the end of January.  Until then, we should keep refining our plans so they have the best chance of success once implemented.

Overall, this New Moon in Capricorn is a complicated blend of many different energies.  Some of the themes that are present include (a) being open to changes that utilize an old structure but are approached in a new, innovative way, (b) accepting that changes and transformation may be needed in order for healing and growth to occur, and (c) tapping into the Divine for guidance and support.  For many people, 2016 has been a challenging year.  The time around the New Year is a good one for deciding what goals and intentions we want to set for 2017.  And changes are coming due to Uranus turning direct on December 29 and Mercury turning direct on January 8.  But actual external changes may not come right away.  Use the first part of the year to get ready for when Mars (the planet of action!) moves out of indecisive Pisces and into forward-moving Aries on January 29.  For now, the strong Capricorn energy will support us in completing any unfinished projects.  And as we move into 2017, remember, “Don’t try to overhaul your life overnight. Instead, focus on making one small change at a time.  Over time, those small things will add up to big transformation.  Don’t give up!” (~Unknown)

Major astrological events of 2017

Jupiter will be in relationship-oriented Libra until October 10, 2017.  This is a good time to maximize the benefits of working with others while still maintaining our own identity.  This doesn’t mean just romantic relationships; it influences partnerships of all kinds.  Therefore, collaborations of all kinds will be positively influenced as long as we take a balanced, diplomatic approach to joint efforts.

After October 10, Jupiter will move into Scorpio for a year-long stay.  This is a highly intuitive sign, which can serve us well as we make changes in any areas of our life that involve the joint use of resources.  We need to focus on going after our “heart’s desires.”  In order to achieve this, we shouldn’t be afraid to cut out anything that isn’t supporting our goals.  Whatever we engage in, we will do so passionately; and we may have an increased ability to heal ourselves and others.  Jupiter will form a trine (120°) to Neptune on December 2, which will end the year on a nice note.  If we can use our intuition and have faith, we can see substantial successes.

And because Saturn will remain in Sagittarius all year, all of our efforts will need to be true to our own personal ideals, values, and integrity.  Saturn will trine (120°) Uranus on May 19 and again on November 11.  This positive aspect will help us bring structure (Saturn) to our dreams and ideals (Uranus).  Breakthroughs are possible, especially if what we create forms a new stability that combines both tradition (Saturn) and innovation (Uranus).

Finally, Venus, the planet associated with relationships, beauty, self-worth, and finances, will go through a retrograde period between March 4 and April 15.  Because this will occur in the sign of Aries, it is very likely going to be a time when we all are looking inward to explore how we can more authentically express our personal needs and worth in the external world.  If we have been “making concessions” in one or more of these areas, this could be a wake-up call.  We will need to face facts if we haven’t been taking personal responsibility for our choices.

Numerology in the year 2017

For those interested in numerology, 2017 is a 1 Universal Year (i.e., 2017 = 2 + 0 + 1 + 7 = 10 = 1 + 0 = 1).  Everyone on the planet is influenced by the energy of the Universal Year number, so it is a subtle, collective experience.  In numerology the influence of the Universal Year number is believed to fade during the last three months of the year.  So by January 1, 2017, many of us may have already started to experience the waning influence of the 9 Universal Year and are beginning to feel the energy of a 1 Universal Year.  Therefore, it would be a good idea to spend time around the New Year aligning ourselves (mentally & emotionally) with what we really want in all areas of our life (see below for more on why that’s important).

9 Universal Years are often compared to harvesting a crop that was planted 9 years earlier.  This includes harvesting what has been grown and tilling the soil in preparation for a new crop.  Knowledge and wisdom has been gained from the last 9 years of effort, which will be applied to the next crop so it is even healthier.  1 Universal Year are analogous to the planting of seeds.  The seeds won’t be fully grown until the next 9 Universal Year, but now we get to decide what we want to grow in that fertile soil.

And just to acknowledge the elephant located in many people’s living rooms, many of us are more than ready for this 9 Universal Year to be over.  As is often the case with 9 Universal Years, many have experienced one or more “endings that lead to new beginnings.”  In order to get to the new beginnings that often come during 1 Universal Year numbers, there needed to be a lot of closure, completion, and release.  Through this process, insights and wisdom are gained, but it often comes at a price.  People are often tired at the end of 9 Universal Years due to all the “cleaning up” that was being done.

But if we have used the 9 Universal Year wisely, we are ready for the beginning of a new 9-year cycle (2017-2025).  1 Universal Years set the pace for the next 9 years to follow.  It’s a time when we are laying foundations for new projects.  These new starts need to come from a heart-centered place . . . from our dreams and visions of what we want our life to become.  It’s a time of learning, growth, and creativity.  Often whatever intentions we set early in the year will create the tone and flow of the rest of the year . . . and for many years to come.  Choose wisely!

So it’s a fresh start, which is a breath of fresh air after the tumultuous 9 Universal Year just being completed.  However, 1 Universal Years are not without its challenges.  Because of all the new things coming into our lives, we have to stay adaptable and move with the changes.  We need to trust our instincts and follow our emotional guidance system to what is “right” for us, which may not be what others think is “right.”  This may require letting go of some goals that no longer serve us.  We may also need to move away from some people that do not support our new goals.  1 Universal Years are a time when we need to develop our inner “truth” and act with self-assurance.

Finally, it is important during 1 Universal Years to remember to “Focus on the journey, not the destination.  Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” (Greg Anderson)

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THIS BLOG POST WAS WRITTEN BY

  • Anne Reith, Ph.D. (AnneReith.com)
  • For information about Dr. Reith’s downloadable ebooks and meditations, feel free to visit her online Store

SOME INFORMATION TAKEN FROM

  • The Mountain Astrologer (magazine)
  • Various online sources (e.g., www.cafeastrology.com)

REMINDER

  • New Moons and Full Moons often influence us for the 3 days before and 3 days after the actual event.

NEW MOON

New Moon at 8° of Capricorn

  • Wednesday, December 28, 10:53 p.m. PST
  • Thursday, December 29, 1:53 a.m. EST
  • Thursday, December 29, 6:53 a.m. GMT

FULL MOON IN GEMINI – Last Mercury retrograde period of 2016 (December 13, 2016)

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 4:05 p.m. on Tuesday, December 13.  With this Full Moon, the Sun in Sagittarius will be in opposition (180°) to the Moon in Gemini.  To further clarify how this Full Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 23° of Sagittarius and 23° of Gemini in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with those two houses are going to be most impacted by this Full Moon’s presence.

As is true with all Full Moons, our goal is to find a balance between the qualities of the two signs involved.  In some ways, this is easier to do with Sag and Gemini than with other oppositions, because both of these signs love learning.  However, Gemini is more interested in basic education (e.g., facts, logical thinking, rational mind), whereas Sagittarius loves learning high-level information (e.g., ethics, intuitive wisdom, philosophy).  With this Full Moon, it may be a time when we need to find a better balance between these two equally important approaches to life.  It’s a question of focusing on the forest AND the trees.

However, this Gemini Full Moon is challenging to interpret because it is strongly influenced by a number of powerful aspects to both the Sun and the Moon.  We may find that one of the aspects described below will impact a certain area of our life, where another aspect will impact a different area.  Or could be that they all work together.

  • The Sun
    • The Sun is conjunct (0°) Saturn, which is usually a time when we need to “get real.” The Sun will want to shine its light on all structures to reveal “the truth,” and has already started playing out following the recent election in the USA.  We also will feel motivated to see tangible results from our efforts.  Although this isn’t a time to start new projects, it is a time to “hunker down” and get to work on what is already in process.  Success is more likely if we focus on creating order and taking back any responsibility that we have inappropriately delegated or even ignored.
    • Unfortunately, the Sun is also squaring (90°) Chiron during this same time period. Chiron is the “wounded healer,” which may cause us to lack our usual level of confidence.  Particularly if we are feeling insecure, we need to pay attention to the stories we tell ourselves during this time.  We need to consciously focus on what we want instead of what we don’t want.  If we can do this, then the light of the Sun can shine on our wounded inner child and provide insights that can lead to healing.  But we do need to be careful not to acquiesce in order to appease others during this time.
    • Luckily, the Sun is also trine (120°) Uranus, which is exact on Sunday, December 11. This aspect will be influencing us for several days before and after the Full Moon.  We may have sudden ideas pop into our heads.  Be sure to write those ideas down because they may disappear just as quickly as they appeared.  Be flexible because things can “change on a dime” during this time, which could actually lead to some new insights, discoveries, or inventiveness.  Whatever comes to us might be rather unusual or even unconventional compared to our typical approach.
  • The Moon
    • The Moon provides support for the work described above by trining (120°) Mars and also trining (120°) Jupiter. This forms a configuration called a grand trine (equilateral triangle) in the sky above us.  This free-flowing energy is in air signs (Gemini, Aquarius, & Libra, respectively), so our minds will likely be flowing at a rapid pace, and there will be a smooth-running energy between our emotions (Moon), actions (Mars), and the planet of expansion (Jupiter).  This may counter the insecurities of the square between the Sun and Chiron or the heavier energy of the Sun conjunct Saturn (as described above).  It is again important to watch our thoughts to make sure we are harnessing the “power of positive thinking” to make things happen right now.  It’s a good time to have fun with friends.
    • However, due to the Moon also being in opposition (180°) to Saturn, this is not a good time to confront authority figures, even if you feel misunderstood or you aren’t getting the respect you feel you deserve. Again, being around friends may be the better choice right now.
    • Being spontaneous or breaking your typical routine would be a good way to spend that time with friends due to a sextile (60°) between the Moon and Uranus. Be open to chance encounters or a last-minute change of plans.  This could actually lead to some unexpected emotional insights or breakthroughs.

On Monday, December 19, Mars enters Pisces, where it will remain until January 28.  Mars is the planet of action, and it does not feel comfortable in Pisces.  Pisces is symbolized by two fish swimming in a circle, chasing the tail of the one in front of it.  Where Mars wants to move forward, Pisces is unsure, indecisive, and timid.  We tend to feel less motivated when Mars is in Pisces, unless something has a spiritual purpose.  We need to be careful not to move or take actions (Mars) that reinforce any beliefs that we are a victim or that involve escaping through the use of drugs, alcohol, etc. (Pisces).  Instead, Mars in Pisces is best expressed through compassionate, spiritually-motivated actions that acknowledge that there is only an illusion of separation and we are actually all One with the Universe.

Also on Monday, December 19, Mercury in Capricorn begins its third and final retrograde period of 2016, which will continue through January 8.  This could begin a pretty intense period of time for us individually and on a societal level as well.  The retrograde direction is turning us inward, and we may become mentally preoccupied (Mercury) with issues related to leadership and authority (Capricorn).  We may become very focused on ferreting out “the truth,” which could leave us feeling unsure what to trust and even mentally confused.  Actually, having Mars located in intuitive, “non-action oriented” Pisces is excellent timing in some ways because Pisces tends to neutralize Mars’ tendencies toward aggressiveness.  However, when you put the inward focus on Mercury in retrograde together with Mars in float-y Pisces, we all may feel like we are living in, as they say in the Broadway musical Hamilton, “the world turned upside down.”  This may be very unsettling because what we have always relied on may no longer seem “real” or “true.”  All of this may result in the last 2 weeks of 2016 feeling rather surreal.  But if we consciously use this “upside down” phase to find our personal center of “truth,” then we will be more than ready to take action after Mercury begins moving direct again after the first of the year.

The Solstice occurs on Wednesday, December 21, which is when the Sun moves into Capricorn.  We see winter begin in the Northern Hemisphere and Summer begin in the Southern Hemisphere.  When the Sun is in Cap, we often feel an increased sense of responsibility and perhaps even ambition.  We strive for completion, and we prefer tangible results from our efforts.  And continuing a trend mentioned above, the Capricorn energy often puts its focus on already-started projects rather than new endeavors.  Laying a strong foundation for long-term goals is important now.

Saturday, December 24, sees the first in a series of three trines (120°) between Saturn and Uranus, with the others happening on May 18 and November 11, 2017.  The influence of this aspect will impact us for several days before and after the actual event.  Spontaneous Uranus will likely soften the often heavier, responsible energy of Saturn.  Additionally, the influence of Saturn will be to calm down the often unpredictable energies of Uranus, making it easier for us to move through any changes that are needed.  All of this is excellent timing given it coincides with many get-togethers with family and friends for the different holidays happening throughout the world.  If we can get these two energies to cooperate, we could also see new structures begin to take form in our lives that are fluid and flexible, which makes them more adaptable to ever-changing conditions.

In general, this Gemini Full Moon encourages us to find a balance between basic understanding and a higher perspective.  But with all the strong (and sometimes conflicting energies) associated with this Full Moon, our best approach may be to adjust our course when needed and be tolerant as we all try to navigate some pretty powerful waves.  And those waves are likely to become even more tumultuous as the year draws to a close.  Many of us will be questioning a lot of personal and social issues, and a feeling of “unreality” could leave people stretched to their emotional limits.  In addition to maintaining a positive attitude, we can use meditation, breathing, and exercise to help us maintain our balance while we search for our own personal truth.  It may help to remember, “Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony” (Thomas Merton).

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REMINDER

  • New Moons and Full Moons often influence us for the 3 days before and 3 days after the actual event.

FULL MOON

Full Moon at 23° of Gemini

  • Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 4:05 p.m. PST
  • Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 7:05 p.m. EST
  • Wednesday, December 14, 2016,.12:05 a.m. GMT

NEW MOON IN SAGITTARIUS – A revolutionary shift in our lives is possible (November 29, 2016)

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 4:18 a.m. on Tuesday, November 29.  This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 8° of Sagittarius.  To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 8° of Sagittarius in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with that house are going to be most influenced by this New Moon’s presence.

New Moons open doors to new possibilities, especially in the areas associated with the sign that is involved.  This time, the focus is on Sagittarius, which is a mutable fire sign.  The element of fire provides energy and forward motion, but the mutable modality associated with Sag means that any motion could be unpredictable.  However, as long as we can adapt to the changeable nature of the energy, it can actually be a fun, exciting time.  The only caution with a New Moon in Sag is to make sure we aren’t being too opinionated.  This can include being a wee bit too “honest” with others, which can result in unnecessarily hurt feelings.

The symbol for Sagittarius is a centaur pointing its arrow to the sky.  Sag is a sign associated with enthusiasm, adventure, and exploration . . . with seeing how far that arrow can go and wondering where it will land.  With a Sag New Moon, we are often being asked to see the big picture and even look at things in a different way.  As Wayne Dyer is often quoted, “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”  That could be the motto for Sag.  Around the time of the New Moon, we may begin to see old problems in new ways and even question some of our most basic and fundamental beliefs.

The Sun and Moon are closely squaring (90°) Neptune and the South Node in Pisces (which means they are also squaring the North Node in Virgo) during this New Moon.  This likely means that individually and collectively, we are at an important crossroads.  With the Sun and Moon in values-focused, philosophical Sag and with Neptune and the sign of Pisces involved in the squares, this is a clear indication that we all need to make needed changes (square) in our emotional or spiritual world (Neptune & Pisces) so that our lives better reflect our personal values (Sag).  This may require a “leap of faith” as we move away from the old, familiar ways of doing things (South Node) and move toward our spiritual destiny and growth (North Node).

This Sagittarius New Moon is being powerfully influenced by an astrological configuration called a t-square, which is when at least 2 planets oppose (180°) each other and both of these planets square (90°) another planet(s).  This time, the opposing planets are Jupiter and Uranus, which are both squaring Venus and Pluto, which are conjunct (0°) each other in Capricorn.  This all forms a right triangle in the sky.  T-squares demand our attention, and it’s usually the planet(s) being squared that shows us where changes are needed that will provide a better balance between the two opposing planets.  Venus and Pluto in Capricorn are telling us to take our desires and power seriously.  Combine that with the square involving Uranus, and we are being supported in clarifying what matters most to us and what we need to do differently in order to reach our goals and desires.  This may require looking at our relationships and/or finances to see if adjustments are needed.  However, given the square between the Sun and Neptune, clarity may actually come if we take a break from “reality.”  So around the time of the New Moon, it might be beneficial for many of us to take our minds off our problems for short periods of time by getting out in nature, engaging in creative activities, or meditating.  Answers can also be found by looking at the sign that is in opposition (180°) to the two planets being squared (i.e., Venus & Pluto). In this case, the sign is Cancer.  This shows us that we may find solutions to our problems by getting in touch with our needs and feelings, exploring the past for clues to a present issue, and making sure that our foundational “home” is secure before venturing out into new territory.

On Wednesday, November 30, the Sun will exactly square (90°) Neptune, and this will occur at the same degree as our last Solar Eclipse, which is significant.  Trying to figure something out logically will be challenging today.  But if we can use our intuition, we may gain important insights related to how we can best make the changes that were identified during the New Moon.  It may be helpful to look back to the time of the Solar Eclipse (September 1) and ask, “How has my life changed over the last three months, and what changes are still needed?”

The next day (Thursday, December 1), Chiron ends its retrograde period and begins moving direct again.  If we have done the inner healing work that was needed while Chiron was in retrograde, this change in direction could mark a period of time that represents the beginning of a revolutionary shift in our lives.  We are ready to move forward unimpeded by some past issue(s).  If we didn’t quite finish that inner work, the direct motion of Chiron may increase our ability to clearly see what still needs to be healed and how to heal it.

The same day, (Thursday, December 1), Mars trines (120°) Jupiter, which will bring wonderful energy into our lives and can support us in embarking on the shift described above.  We may feel more decisive than usual, and we have the energy and power to work toward our goals.  Optimism and enthusiasm will help us see what is possible, and we might even be ready to take on a new goal or challenge.  Mars and Jupiter are both in social-minded air signs (Aquarius & Libra, respectively), so we may feel inclined to seek out like-minded others who can collaborate on a common goal that improves the quality of life for society.  And that goal will best be accomplished by incorporating the concepts of both individual uniqueness and collective oneness.

On Friday, December 2, Mercury leaves Sagittarius and enters Capricorn.  Looking ahead, Mercury will begin its final retrograde period of 2016 on Thursday, December 15, which means Mercury will be under the influence of Capricorn for a longer period of time than usual.  (More on Mercury in retrograde in the next Moon Update.)  While in Cap, Mercury supports us in thinking methodically and practically.  We usually are able to focus and concentrate very effectively during this time.  We will likely feel a need to be logical, orderly, and organized, particularly in our thinking and communication; but this need for order could spill over into other areas of our lives.  We just need to be a little careful that we don’t come off as too rigid in our thinking.  We need to always remember that others have a right to their opinions and views, even if those ideas don’t match our own.

Saturday, December 3, brings a supportive sextile (60°) between Mars and Saturn.  This is a gift, especially on a weekend before so many holidays.  If we take advantage of it, we will have the energy we need to take responsible, directed, purposeful action.  And once again, we may feel motivated to get organized.  If we consciously use the energy of this sextile, then we are likely to see results from our efforts.

The next major astrological aspect doesn’t occur until Tuesday, December 6, when Mars will form another helpful sextile (60°), this time to Uranus.  Sextiles are normally a subtle energy, but both Mars and Uranus are not subtle planets!  This sextile will likely leave us feeling inspired to try something new.  However, always remember that whenever Uranus is involved, unexpected events could leave us feeling a bit confused.  But given the positive energy of the sextile, any changes in plans will likely be easily accommodated and could lead to something exciting and new.

The next day (Wednesday, December 7), Venus moves out of the heavier energy of Capricorn and into the lighter energy of Aquarius, where it will remain until January 3.  Venus in Aquarius provides us with a period of relative objectivity in our relationships (and with our finances), but this placement also demands that we have the freedom to be ourselves and make our own decisions based on our personal desires and values.  We need our independence, and we may feel inclined to be uncharacteristically unconventional.  We also feel dedicated to making sure everyone is treated fairly and humanely.

Friday, December 9, brings another sweet sextile (60°), this time between the Sun and Jupiter.  Again, sextiles are easy to ignore due to their subtle nature, but the Sun and Jupiter are very powerful planets.  This sextile brings optimism and hopefulness.  We may feel more sociable, tolerant, and generous than usual.  It’s likely our self-confidence is increasing, and we may even receive some form of recognition.

Overall, the time period of this New Moon in Sagittarius is a nice time to contemplate and perhaps even make some major changes in our lives.  As is true of Sag, it is important to look beyond the present and into the future.  We also need to be sure to take a step back and see the forest and not the individual trees.  Due to the influence of the powerful t-square, we are being shown that we must take full responsibility for how we use our power in the world, which includes accepting the consequences of our actions.  Important insights may be reached by making sure we have some alone-time, letting go of the logical brain, using our intuition, getting organized, and make sure our foundational “home” is solid and secure.  Most of us have gone through immense changes in the last few years, and a new way of being is being birthed on an individual and collective level.  This is a time when those who understand that oneness and unity are our future (Sag) need to support each other as we hold firm in the Light.  And we always have to remember that, “You are free to choose, but you are not free from the consequences of your choice” (Ezra Taft Benson).

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  • Various online sources (e.g., www.cafeastrology.com)

REMINDER

  • New Moons and Full Moons often influence us for the 3 days before and 3 days after the actual event.

NEW MOON

New Moon at 8° of Sagittarius

  • Tuesday, November 29, 4:18 a.m. PST
  • Tuesday, November 29, 7:18 a.m. EST
  • Tuesday, November 29, 12:18 p.m. GMT

FULL MOON IN TAURUS – Lots of support for healing our nation and ourselves (November 14, 2016)

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 5:52 a.m. on Monday, November 14.  With this Full Moon, the Sun in Scorpio will be in opposition (180°) to the Moon in Taurus.  To further clarify how this Full Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 23° of Scorpio and 23° of Taurus in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with those two houses are going to be most impacted by this Full Moon’s presence.

The two signs involved in this Full Moon are Taurus and Scorpio, and our goal is to find a balance between the qualities of both signs.  In some ways, these two signs couldn’t be more diametrically opposed.  Taurus is all about what is MINE; i.e., what do I own, what money do I have, what possessions are mine, and what areas are mine that I personally find beautiful.  Scorpio is all about what is OURS; i.e., what do we own together; what resources do we share, what do I inherit from others, and what areas have we created together through our partnership.

Taurus is an earth sign and uses its fixed nature to be determined, dependable, and reliable.  It is often symbolized by a bull.  That bull moves slowly and carefully deliberates about which direction it chooses to go.  Scorpio is a water sign that is also fixed in nature.  Its multifaceted symbols are the scorpion, horse, eagle, and phoenix, which were described in the last Moon Update (so I won’t bore you by repeating that information here).  Seemingly different, they are similar in one important way:  Although slow to anger, they will use their incredible power to make a point when needed (e.g., a bull will charge, a scorpion will sting).

Our job with this Taurus Full Moon is to find balance and integration between these seemingly opposite parts of our lives.  If we are successful, then there will be no need for the bull to charge or the scorpion to sting.  In order to work toward this integration and balance, both ends of the continuum must be included.  Questions we might ask ourselves include, “Am I giving enough attention to my personal resources or am I relying too much on others to provide for my needs?” and “Am I trying to rely too much on myself and not reaching out for support from my partnerships?”

At the time of the Full Moon in Taurus, the Moon is trine (120°) Pluto and sextile (60°) Chiron.  Our healing process (Chiron) may involve finishing some unfinished business (Pluto), particularly if it has to do with either our emotions or daily habits (Moon).  Both trines and sextiles are supportive aspects, so now is the time to dive in and get the job done!  New growth is possible if we are courageous enough to take out the pruning shears and removing whatever is no longer working in our lives.  And a sweet sextile (60°) between Mercury and Mars the day after the Full Moon (Tuesday, November 15) will likely fill our minds with ideas about how to get rid of whatever isn’t working and how to encourage that new growth.

All of these issues are amplified during the time of this Taurus Full Moon because it’s also a SuperMoon.  But this SuperMoon is more powerful than most SuperMoons because the Moon is making its closest approach to the Earth until 2034.  The closer the Moon is to the Earth, the greater its gravitational pull on things like tides, tectonic plates, and our psyches.  It is providing us with an opportunity to reboot our subconscious world in some way.  But just a little warning:  All Full Moons tend to be emotional times, and with emotional Scorpio involved, we all need to make sure our emotions don’t take over and cause us to use force instead of power.

OK, let’s be honest:  These last few months in the United States have been tough ones due to the political climate.  Astrologically speaking, there is good news for the time period after the election.  Regardless of who you were hoping would win, the remaining weeks of November provide support for us to let go of resentments and remind ourselves that we truly are one nation that can be powerful only if we find ways to work together.

  • The first positive influence happened the day after the election (Wednesday, November 9), when Mars moved into Aquarius. Aquarius is described as the humanitarian planet, so we are all being reminded that we are part of a brotherhood and sisterhood called humanity.  If we use this energy wisely, it will help us move (Mars) back toward unconditional love and acceptance (Aquarius).  (More about Mars in Aquarius can be found in last Moon Update)
  • Then on Friday, November 11, Mercury moves into ethical Sagittarius, and Venus moves into responsible Capricorn. This could increase our ability to think positively with a calm, practical focus.  (More about Mercury in Sag and Venus in Cap can be found in last Moon Update)
  • Additionally, the Taurus Full Moon on Monday, November 14, does provide a calm, grounded, practical, reliable energy. If we can embrace these Taurean qualities and wisely use the power provided by Scorpio, we have an opportunity to tap into a steady pulse of consistent and calm energy.  The goal with any Full Moon is to move away from anything that supports polarization or division, and move toward integration, which is what our country needs right now.
  • An additional positive sign is that during the entire month of November, we are under the influence of a square (90°) between Jupiter and Pluto. The exact square won’t happen until Thursday, November 24 (Thanksgiving Day in the U.S.), but we will feel its effects for several weeks before and after the actual event.  And this same aspect will reoccur on March 30 and August 4, 2017.  Squares mean that change is needed, and we do need to be careful not to apply excessive force to make those changes.  But with Jupiter in diplomatic Libra and Pluto in responsible Capricorn, there is the potential to gain power if we are willing to challenge our beliefs and see things in new ways.  This powerful aspect can also provide us with a fair and balanced view of life in general and our relationships with others.  It’s also a very positive energy that could lead to fortuitous events and outcomes.  Personally and as a society, if we can tap into this aspect, we may feel empowered to expand some area of our lives.  And luckily, the presence of Libra and Capricorn helps provide a level of emotional detachment that will be refreshing after the political drama of the last few months.

Neptune takes center stage for three days beginning on Thursday, November 17, when it will conjoin (0°) the South Node in Pisces (and therefore be in opposition [180°] to the North Node in Virgo).  Many of us will feel an increase in our intuition, sensitivity, and creativity around this time.  The most positive use of this aspect is to release the shadow side of Pisces, which includes codependency, addictions, escapism, and playing the role of victim or martyr.  In order to grow in new directions, we may need to let go of unrealistic standards and expectations for ourselves and/or others.  The energy of the North Node in Virgo can help us to analyze what might need to change in order for us to move in the direction of growth and healing.

The next day (Friday, November 18), Neptune squares (90°) Mercury.  This could make for a “foggy” day in terms of thinking and communication.  It does support focusing inward to use our feelings and emotions rather than our logical brains, and focusing “upward” to connect with God/Source/Spirit.  Any communication that is compassionate will be much more effective than logical, rational conversations.  However, we all should be on the lookout for times when our imaginations become a speed boat and reality gets lost in its wake.

Then on Saturday, November 19, Neptune will sextile (60°) Venus, which may leave us wanting to take the day off to do something creative, spiritual, or intuitive.  But the bigger event of the day is that Neptune will begin moving direct again after being in retrograde since mid-June.  Because Neptune is a very slow moving planet, this change in direction will likely be subtle and take time to manifest; and how it manifests is, for many, a mixed bag.  While moving in retrograde, our psychic and intuitive abilities are often heightened, and many of us found we were LESS likely to use coping mechanisms such as denial, escapism, or drugs/alcohol.  But moving direct isn’t without its gifts!  It is likely that we will gradually see concrete evidence of just how connected we are to spiritual sources of support.  We may also have been toying with a dream, and now that dream may start to come to fruition.

On Monday, November 21, the Sun moves out of Scorpio and into Sagittarius.  This is another support for the change in energy following the election earlier in the month, and it is a wonderful shift to start off what is the Thanksgiving week in the United States.  The energy of Sag can be playful, light-hearted, and optimistic.  We may feel freer to explore new forms of excitement or ready to learn about a lot of different topics, especially if they expand our consciousness.  And the Sun in Sag also helps us move away from the details of a “mundane” existence and see the big picture, which includes a desire to connect with something greater than ourselves.

Tuesday, November 22, brings a nice sextile (60°) between Mercury and Jupiter.  It’s likely that we will be feeling and thinking positively today.  This supports the Sun move yesterday into Sagittarius because it helps us feel inspired to start learning something new or having conversations that expand our minds.  New insights are possible, and activities that involve cooperation, teaching, studying, observing, and taking short trips are all highlighted.

The next day (Wednesday, November 23), Mercury will conjoin (0°) Saturn, and this could be a day for serious thinking or conversations.  We will want to slow down and make sure that our interactions with others are respectful and responsible.  Our ability to concentrate and focus will be enhanced, but we may also feel a need for solitude.  If we have to make any decisions, they are best approached slowly and methodically, with an eye on any long-term implications.

As mentioned above, Jupiter’s square (90°) to Pluto is exact on Thursday, November 24 (Thanksgiving Day).  The next day (Friday, November 25), Venus will conjoin (0°) Pluto and square (90°) Jupiter.  Without going into details, these three aspects work very well together.  This is a good time to focus on relationships and finances, which may include exploring our relationship TO finances.  Questions to ask ourselves included, “Do I have a prosperity mentality or a scarcity mentality?”, “Am I using the Law of Attraction to manifest what I want in my life or what I don’t want in my life?”, “Am I being straightforward in my dealings with others or am I being deceptive in ways that could come back to haunt me?”, and/or “Is my self-esteem related to the size of my bank account or is it anchored in my worthiness as a soul having an Earthly experience?”

With this Taurus Full Moon, the SuperMoon definitely turns up the volume.  But overall, the music associated with this Full Moon isn’t that bad!  The time period around the Full Moon actually is rather aspect-free, which will provide many of us with a much-needed break from the stressful energy of the last few months.  It’s a time for us to settle down, refocus our energy, and  flow with the supportive, humanitarian energy being provided by the cosmos.  It may help to seek out moments of solitude and explore what issues in our lives might need closure so we can move forward unencumbered.  And the energy moving toward what is Thanksgiving in the United States is very positive.  So, enjoy this lull in the astrological ocean and use the respite to explore what might need to be left behind.  And with the Sun moving in fun-loving Sagittarius, remember that, “When something goes wrong in your life, just yell “PLOT TWIST” and move on,” (Unknown).

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  • New Moons and Full Moons often influence us for the 3 days before and 3 days after the actual event.

FULL MOON

Full Moon at 23° of Taurus

  • Monday, November 14, 2016, 5:52 a.m. PST
  • Monday, November 14, 2016, 8:52 a.m. EST
  • Monday, November 14, 2016, 1:52 p.m. GMT

NEW MOON IN SCORPIO – Celestial support to become an eagle or perhaps even a phoenix (October 30, 2016)

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 10:38 a.m. on Sunday, October 30.  This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 8° of Scorpio.  To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 8° of Scorpio in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with that house are going to be most influenced by this New Moon’s presence.

New Moons always offer us opportunities for new beginnings and new emotional starts in the areas associated with the sign involved.  This time, the focus is on Scorpio, which is a fixed water sign.  Water signs are all about emotions and relationships, and the fixed modality means . . . well . . . fixed (e.g., stubborn, resistant to change).  The Scorpio energy has a reputation of being resistant to change; but if you believe that, then you are underestimating the potential of this powerful sign.

Scorpio is ruled by the planet Pluto (yes, we astrologers still consider Pluto a planet), which is all about transformation, our subconscious, and how we use power.  As we discussed in the last Moon Update, there are several symbols associated with the Scorpio.  The most common one is the scorpion, with its stinger/tail that it uses for protection when it feels threatened.  But the other symbols show how the energy of Scorpio actually is very developmental in nature.  Yes, the scorpion can be damaging, harmful, and scary as it hides in the darkness below the surface (which is analogous to your subconscious); however, there’s also the horse, with its willingness to use its power to serve those who befriend it.  Then there’s the eagle that can fly above the surface of the Earth to gain perspective that leads to healing.  And finally, there is the phoenix.  After perspective is gained and the transformation has occurred, it bursts into flames and descends back down to Earth to be reborn and start the cycle again.

With the Moon in this powerful sign, we are being encouraged to go through this type of transformation.  But in order to make our way to the horse, eagle, and perhaps even the phoenix, we will likely need to go down into the world of the scorpion (i.e., our subconscious).  We need to dig deep within our psyches to find what is lurking in the shadows.  We all have parts of ourselves that have been rejected or denied.  Often these unacceptable parts were relegated to the darkness during childhood in order for us to feel safe within the family that we lived with.  It was a healthy coping mechanism when we were younger; but as adults, these disowned parts of ourselves can (and often do) wreak havoc in the form of anxiety, depression, overeating, substance abuse, relationship problems, etc.  Our goal is to use the opportunity of this New Moon in Scorpio to go down into the shadows, find what is there, and bring it up into the Light for healing and integration.

If the energy of Scorpio feels a little daunting, you aren’t alone.  And yet, without growth, we stagnate and waste the opportunities inherent in this lifetime for increased happiness, joy, and fulfillment.  This Scorpio New Moon is conjunct (0°) Mercury, which likely means we are able to express our feelings clearly.  Mercury could also serve as a catalyst to think through our emotions and explore the darker recesses of our minds.  Many of our thoughts are automatic and are running below the surface, below our awareness.  This is a good time to slow down and listen to what is going on in our minds.  Good questions to ask ourselves right now include, “Am I talking to myself with love or something else?”, “Are there any parts of myself that I find unacceptable that need to be healed and integrated?”, and “Does what I’m envisioning for my future match what I desire for myself.”  The Law of Attraction says that whatever we put our focus on will manifest in our lives, so be sure to “clean up” any negative thinking.  This is also a good time to ponder how we are using language with ourselves and with others.

Additionally, Neptune is closely trining (120°) the New Moon and Mercury.  This softens the energy of Scorpio by making us aware of the power inherent in compassion . . . compassion toward ourselves and others.  We may find that our intuitive abilities increase around the time of the New Moon.  Heart-centered thoughts and communication can be expressed gently now, which means we may be able to work on issues of forgiveness and acceptance.

Right before this New Moon (on Saturday, October 29), Venus forms a conjunction (0°) to Saturn.  This is worth mentioning because, due to the supportive influence of the New Moon on Sunday, this entire weekend could be a good time to have a serious conversation with someone about where a relationship is headed, both good or bad.  It will take energy and a commitment to have a mature conversation, but it could lead to important realizations for both parties.  For those who aren’t currently in a romantic relationship or who have relationships that are moving along smoothly, this could be an excellent time for some serious self-care.  This could also be a good time to face up to any financial issues that need to be addressed.

On Tuesday, November 1, the Sun will exactly trine (120°) Neptune.  The influence of this aspect will last for several days before (including the time of the New Moon) and several days after the exact aspect.  We may find we feel increasingly secure in our ability to tap into and use our intuition.  This increased psychic connection could mean that we are in the right place at the right time.  We may find ourselves feeling more charitable than usual, more accepting of differences, and/or more open to starting self-improvement regimes.

A square (90°) between Venus and Chiron could make Friday, November 4, a day when we feel more insecure than usual within one or more of our relationships.  Although difficult, this may be a day when we have to face that healing within a relationship is needed, and it may involve facing something within us that blocks them or us (or both) from being intimate.  Some of us may feel pressed to speak up because we haven’t felt valued by someone or by a group.  But later that same day, Venus will trine (120°) Uranus, which will provide us with the courage we need to take risks and embrace something new and something perhaps even a bit unusual.  In both relationships and finances, we may find that we are ready to experiment.  However, given the influence of Neptune this entire week, this is probably not a good time to make decisions.  But if we allow it, the supportive trine between Venus and Uranus could produce a fun-filled evening with some unexpected twists and turns.

On Monday, November 7, the Sun will sextile (60°) Pluto.  Sextiles are always subtle and need to be consciously acted on.  If not, it’s a missed opportunity.  This one provides us with support to make important personal changes, and these may require doing some research before we take any actions.  Being strategic is important now, and it might be best to keep our plans to ourselves until we are sure we have worked out all the details.

Toward the end of this 2-week period (before the Full Moon on Monday, November 14), several planets move into new signs.  This upcoming Full Moon is a very powerful SuperMoon, and these planetary changes are very likely setting the stage for some important movement in our lives.

  • On Tuesday, November 8 (Election Day in the USA so be sure to vote!), Mars moves out of Capricorn and into Aquarius, where it will remain until December 19. After the responsible action that was required while Mars was in Cap, this movement into Aquarius will likely feel like a breath of fresh air (which sounds wonderful following the election).  However, Mars in Aquarius is usually a rather erratic energy.  We may find that other’s actions leave us wondering, “What just happened?!”  And even our own efforts could be “hit or miss” proposition.  We are definitely focused on being a team-player, and we will prefer maintaining an intellectual and detached perspective.  We may also find ourselves considering new and even unconventional ways to achieve our goals.
  • On Friday, November 11, Venus replaces Mars in the sign of Capricorn. Venus will stay in Cap until December 8.  We are likely going to need to get serious about one or more relationships and/or our finances.  We could find it easier than usual to work with others (e.g., co-workers, business partners).  We will likely be able to “keep our cool” in relationships, and we are only interested in connections with others that are reliable, responsible, and committed.
  • Finally, Mercury enters Sagittarius on Saturday, November 12, remaining there until December 3. Whenever Mercury is in Sag, we need to be mindful that our words carry weight and to remember that being “brutally honest” is different than being “honest.”  Mentally, we are ready for adventure and welcome big ideas.  We may suddenly find ourselves interested in learning about a lot of different topics.  How this manifests will vary from person to person.  We could feel drawn to literally plan a vacation or adventure, or it could manifest as a desire to read a book or take a course that expands the mind.

Overall, aspects to this New Moon in Scorpio are providing us with very positive support for exploring our psyches.  It’s up to each one of us to take advantage of this.  Although we may need to go “underground” to explore what needs to change, it will then be important to bring whatever we find in the shadows up to a conscious level.  We can use the positive aspects of the sign of Scorpio to help heal and move toward integration, including being passionate, resourceful, focused, perceptive, and transformative.  It also includes using power and not force to resolve issues in our psyches and in our lives. So we should each make time to go inward to find those parts of ourselves that need expression, then take them up into the Light for healing and transmutation into positive energy.  Important changes can be made now, but keeping our thoughts positive and using our intuition are keys to success.  And remember, “Don’t place your mistakes on your head, their weight may crush you. Instead, put them under your feet and use them as a platform to view your horizons.” (Unknown)

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SOME INFORMATION TAKEN FROM

  • The Mountain Astrologer (magazine)
  • Various online sources (e.g., www.cafeastrology.com)

REMINDER

  • New Moons and Full Moons often influence us for the 3 days before and 3 days after the actual event.

NEW MOON

New Moon at 8° of Scorpio

  • Sunday, October 30, 10:38 a.m. PDT
  • Sunday, October 30, 1:38 p.m. EDT
  • Sunday, October 30, 5:38 p.m. GMT

FULL MOON IN ARIES – Change is likely happening & some comments about the proposed new Zodiac signs (October 15, 2016)

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonA BRIEF NOTE:  Several of you have asked for my “take” on the proposed idea that there are 13 zodiac signs instead of 12.  (Feel free to do a Google search if you wish to see a list of the proposed signs/dates and the proposed meaning of the 13th sign, which is called Ophiuchus.)  To my recollection, the idea of 13 zodiac signs first started circulating in the mid-1990’s, and the idea seems to resurface every few years.  It’s recently been introduced again.  The bottom line is that this is something being proposed by the astronomical community and not the astrological community.  Astrologers are not adopting the proposed change.  For those interested in learning more, one of my readers (Thank you Kristi Mead!) sent me a link to this blog post that I feel explains the astrological community’s view on this subject very well, including quotes from the well-known astrologer Jeff Jawer.  Although the post is dated back in 2011, it is still accurate.  So fear not!  You are still your same sign in the eyes of astrologers!

In the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 9:23 p.m. on Saturday, October 15.  With this Full Moon, the Sun in Libra will be in opposition (180°) to the Moon in Aries.  To further clarify how this Full Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 24° of Libra and 24° of Aries in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with those two houses are going to be most impacted by this Full Moon’s presence.

All Full Moons ask us to find a balance between the qualities of the two signs involved.  In this case, the signs are Aries and Libra.  Aries is about independence, autonomy, enthusiasm, and forging a new path.  Libra, on the other side of the astrological chart, is about interdependence, partnership, peace, and finding ways to get along using diplomacy.  While we need to come to our own conclusions (Aries), we also need to respect the rights of others to their own beliefs and opinions (Libra).

It should be noted that this Full Moon is a SuperMoon, which is when the Moon is nearest its approach to the Earth.  The Moon’s closer-than-normal proximity to the Earth’s surface intensifies its pull on Earth’s gravitational fields, including tides, tectonic plates, and our psyches.  Consequently, SuperMoons always magnify the power of the Full Moon.

During this Full Moon, the Moon is closely conjunct (0°) Uranus, which means Uranus is also in a close opposition (180°) to the Sun.  Uranus is not a planet that can be ignored.  As we’ve spoken about in previous Moon Updates, the message of Uranus is “change or be changed.”  It’s always our choice to work with the energy or choose not to.  Given both the strong influence of Uranus and several other aspects around the time of the Full Moon, we would all be well-advised to choose change this time.  “Resistance is futile,” as said by the Borg on Star Trek.  And why resist?  Even if we aren’t initially happy with what is happening, at a deeper level, we probably know that this change is needed.  In fact, the changes occurring now have likely been “in the works” for some time, and perhaps are even overdue.  So we need to do our best to reframe any sudden changes or surprises as Spirit’s way of guiding us in a new and better direction.  Yes, we may initially feel knocked off our center; but we will soon see the Divine Wisdom in what happened.  New beginnings are very possible, but we do need to remember that compromise may be needed due to the influence of the Libra Sun right now.  And if we used the very supportive energy of the last New Moon in Libra, then we are ready to take actions that will lead us toward reform, greater freedom, and increased independence.  Just be ready to “sit light in the saddle,” which means being prepared for unexpected changes as the horse moves forward on a path that is sometimes only clear to Spirit.

Taking action is strongly indicated by a conjunction (0°) between Mars and Pluto at the time of the Full Moon.  This powerful aspect can be explosive and even argumentative.  However, the more effective use of this energy is to focus on our goals and take indicated steps toward what we want.  It is likely that we are ready to go after something important, and the only warning is to be careful not to be too forceful.  We need to use power responsibly and resist any urge to use force to move toward what we desire.  If we can work collaboratively and gain the cooperation of others, this will help us meet all of our needs.  We also need to be careful not to overdo it or exhaust ourselves through compulsive actions or power struggles.  That would be a waste of the valuable energy provided by this aspect.  (IMPORTANT NOTE:  The influence of this aspect will actually become more powerful through Wednesday, October 19, and then slowly fade during the latter part of next week.  So we need to heed these warnings and use the energy wisely.)

Right around the Full Moon, Mercury in Libra will be in an exact square (90°) to Pluto in Capricorn.  This adds an element of mental gymnastics to the Full Moon.  In order to take appropriate action toward those changes and achieve that forward progress, we may need to adjust our thinking at a very deep level.  Powerful insights are possible, but we need to avoid becoming overly suspicious and/or forcing our ideas on others.  Use the energy of the Sun in Libra to keep an open mind by trying to see and then respecting all sides of a situation.  And we should enjoy any opportunities for deep, passionate communication about subjects that are important to us, because they will be particularly rewarding.

Venus leaves Scorpio and enters Sagittarius on Tuesday, October 18.  Venus will remain in Sag until November 13.  After spending several weeks in intense, passionate Scorpio, the shift to Sagittarius will feel lighter, more buoyant, and even adventuresome, particularly when it comes to romance, finances, and going after anything we desire.  While Venus is in Scorpio, we tend to focus on one person or situation.  Once in Sag, we may be attracted to many different people and/or experiences, all of which are designed by the Universe to expand our values, beliefs, and understanding of the world.  Truth, to the point of bluntness, is one of the hallmarks of Sagittarius; so we need to use some restraint when speaking with others in order for them to hear what we are saying and not react negatively.

On Thursday, October 20, Mercury will oppose (180°) Uranus.  We may feel agitated now, which could be from anxiety or from excitement . . . or perhaps both!  We may find ourselves mentally distracted, which can undermine efforts to communicate effectively.  Misunderstandings and even disagreements are possible, so it’s probably best to avoid any important conversations until the weekend.

The Sun enters Scorpio on Saturday, October 22.  Scorpio can be a dark and mysterious place . . . a place in which we are asked to look for those hidden parts of ourselves that have been repressed or abandoned, with the goal that they be integrated into our life fully (i.e., shadow selves, inner child).  We have a choice though!  We can spend this month hidden away or lost in our inner worlds, or we can use this energy to explore the richness of our psyches and engage in profound healing.  There are several symbols associated with the sign of Scorpio.  The lowest expression is the scorpion hiding below the surface ready to use its stinger to defend itself in a show of power.  The highest expression is the eagle soaring above the world to gain perspective.  There’s also the phoenix that rises from the ashes and emerges stronger than ever.  All aspects of this complex sign could come into play during the next month, and we need to remember it’s our free will choice that determines how we will express Scorpio’s energy when dealing with whatever happens in our lives.

Mercury joins the Sun in Scorpio on Monday, October 24, where it will remain until November 13.  Having both Mercury and the Sun in Scorpio will assist us in mentally exploring the land of our subconscious.  We can go down into the depths (i.e., the scorpion) and then take that information upward (i.e., the eagle), so we can be reborn (i.e., phoenix).  We may be able to see the truth clearly where previous issues were hidden or murky.  We want to understand things deeply, and our ability to focus mentally will increase during this time, sometimes to the point of obsession.

Tuesday, October 25, sees an exact square (90°) between Venus and Neptune.  This can definitely increase the sense of romance in intimate relationships, but it can also mean that love may be an illusion or money can be easily lost.  Reality may be hard to perceive because we tend to see what we hope to see.  If something seems “too good to be true,” it probably is.  Therefore, it is best to not make any major relational or financial decisions during this transit.

The next day (Wednesday, October 26), Venus sextiles (90°) Jupiter.  This is usually a nice aspect, but given any residual influence of the Venus-Neptune square from yesterday, this normally sweet sextile could cause us to see relationship or financial opportunities where none exist.  It may be a good time to investigate options, but wait until the end of this week before making any major decisions.  Instead, use this very nice energy to focus on cooperation with others and activities that increase our health and well-being.  We will likely feel optimistic and hopeful, and being with people we care about us will likely bring great joy.

Finally, Thursday, October 27, is a very astrologically active day:

  • The Sun will be in conjunction (0°) with Mercury. After the murkiness of the last few days, this transit will help us sort out what was reality and what was an illusion.  We will likely feel mentally sharp and able to communicate clearly.  We are able to shine the light of our true selves (Sun) into the world through our communication (Mercury).  Consequently, honest communication is supported; however, we do need to be careful that we don’t identify too strongly with our ideas and our words.
  • Venus will square (90°) the North Node. This can sometimes make it difficult to express our feelings, but it does push us to put into practice what we have recently learned about love and finances.  We may need to move away from what we once desired in order to be aligned with who we are now becoming.
  • A sextile (60°) occurs between Mars and Chiron. As is true with all sextiles, we need to consciously decide to use this energy and not let it simply slip through the cracks of our busy lives.  We might have an opportunity to take action related to healing, and this aspect provides us with the courage we need to do so.  Stronger than usual self-confidence will help us address problem areas in our lives, and we can work alone or with others to achieve what we want.

Overall, this Aries Full Moon is occurring during a month in which we should be focusing on taking responsible action that is based on organization, structure, and systems (Mars in Capricorn).  It’s a good time to create lists and plans.  Around the time of the Full Moon, we may start to take action toward expansion in at least one area of our lives, but it will need to be done in a practical way.  Mars will provide the energy we need, and Uranus will keep things moving and changing.  Adjustments will need to be made, and it will help if we can keep in mind that change is part of a healthy life.  During the last two weeks of October, we are being given a shot of courage that will allow us to be innovative, and Uranus may bring new ideas regarding how we can best achieve our goals.  And in honor of Louise Hay’s 90th birthday, I will include a quote from her about change: “Today I close the door on the past, open the door to the future, take a deep breath, step through and start a new chapter in my life.”  May we all enjoy the beginnings of any new chapters!

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  • Anne Reith, Ph.D. (AnneReith.com)
  • For information about Dr. Reith’s downloadable ebooks and meditations, feel free to visit her online Store

SOME INFORMATION TAKEN FROM

  • The Mountain Astrologer (magazine)
  • Various online sources (e.g., www.cafeastrology.com)

REMINDER

  • New Moons and Full Moons often influence us for the 3 days before and 3 days after the actual event.

FULL MOON

Full Moon at 24° of Aries

  • Saturday, October 15, 2016, at 9:23 p.m. PDT
  • Sunday, October 16, 2016, at 12:23 a.m. EDT
  • Sunday, October 16, 2016, at 4:23 a.m. GMT

NEW MOON IN LIBRA – A time for sorting through the rubble to find the hidden gems (September 30, 2016)

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 5:11 p.m. on Friday, September 30.  This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 9° of Libra.  To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 9° of Libra in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with that house are going to be most influenced by this New Moon’s presence.

New Moons always offer us opportunities for new beginnings in the areas associated with the sign involved.  This time, the focus is on Libra, which is a cardinal air sign.  Air signs are all about mental energy, and the cardinal modality means action.  So Libra is always thinking, even over-thinking!  The good news is that this thinking allows us to see all sides of a situation or issue; however, it can also lead to being unable to make decisions.

The higher expression of Libra, which is what we should strive for, is balance, harmony, cooperation, and diplomacy.  Its symbol is the scales, and its focus is finding balance between opposing things.  The goal is not just balance.  It is integration and wholeness.  But balance is the first step.  And with this New Moon, we have a chance to look more closely at what we need in order to feel balanced in one or more areas of our lives.  (If you have your natal chart, the house where the New Moon falls may give you an indication of the areas in your life that need attention.)

With Libra’s energy, the desire for improved balance is often related to our relationship with ourselves versus others, our masculine versus our feminine sides, our tendencies toward dependence versus interdependence, and/or our expressive versus receptive sides.  Through training and experience, we often emphasize one side of the continuum over another, and this New Moon in Libra gives us a chance to explore whether the emphasis needs to be renegotiated, given who we have become at this point in our spiritual journey.

The best news of all is that Jupiter is conjunct (0°) this Libra New Moon.  Jupiter is often referred to as the “happy planet,” and it definitely brings increased optimism and hope at the time of the New Moon.  In fact, whenever Jupiter conjuncts the Sun, it sometimes correlates with positive experiences that sometimes feel “lucky.”  But Jupiter is also the planet associated with beliefs, morality, and ethics.  Therefore, we may find ourselves looking at what is “right” or “wrong” for us within many different types of relationships.  We need to keep in mind that our associations with others are our greatest training ground when it comes to our life lessons.  Those around us provide a mirror that reflects back to us what we like or don’t like about ourselves.  They also show us where we have made progress versus where more growth is needed.  So if, for example, someone in your life requires us to be tolerant, then we need to use our free will to choose to learn the lesson of tolerance.

Around the time of this Libra New Moon, some good questions to ask ourselves would be, “What part(s) of myself do I feel comfortable sharing with the world?”, “What part(s) of myself do I want to hide from others?”, “What feelings or thoughts can I express freely . . . which do I hold back?”, and “Are there situations in which I pull back my power in order to keep the peace but at my own expense?”

Venus, which is the ruler of Libra, is currently in Scorpio.  This placement will prompt us to feel deeply and passionately about whatever we desire, including finding that balance discussed above.  Also, we are not satisfied with superficial conversations or connections.  We long for intimacy, whether that is with others or with ourselves.  Venus also brings finances into the picture, and efforts to find equilibrium may be needed in that arena, too.

A series of aspects within a few hours after this Libra New Moon will influence its expression.  Pluto is squaring (90°) both the Sun and Moon, which could cause us to use our power in unhealthy ways, possibly even as an unconscious need for attention.  Luckily, a harmonious trine (120°) between Venus and Neptune can help us bring harmony and reconciliation to the table, if we consciously make this choice.  However, Mercury will oppose (180°) Chiron, which may bring up old wounds.  And with the Moon in opposition (180°) to Uranus, it may be hard for us to find our emotional center when faced with the reality of our wounded inner self.  Given all this planetary activity so close to the New Moon, it is best to not make any decisions until at least the early part of the week.  With Chiron involved, it will be best to use all this energy to focus inward to find ways to heal those wounds in a way that brings more harmony and balance into our lives.

On Tuesday, October 4, Uranus and Pluto move close enough to reactivate some of the Uranus-Pluto square (90°) issues that were present between 2012 and 2015.  The square isn’t a strong square, but it will likely promote a time when many of us will be revisiting the many powerful changes that occurred during our lives since 2012.  It is important to take time now to process all of these transformations and find the important gems that can be extracted from the rubble.  This may best be framed as a time of integration, when we look back at where we started and try to put it all into perspective.  And given that we have recently completed the series of Saturn-Neptune squares (90°) between November 2015 and September 2016, our focus will likely be on integrating more stability and increased spirituality into our lives.

The same day (October 4), the Sun forms a sweet sextile (60°) to Saturn.  Our light can shine bright now, especially in areas where we are responsible or where we are a leader.  But this doesn’t tend to be a glamorous time.  It’s a time for hard work that reaps benefits.  We will likely feel stable and grounded.  Productivity is the goal, but it will entail slow and steady progress.  We could even start a long-term project now, and our realistic outlook ensures that success is possible.  But overall, this aspect brings patience, perseverance, and a strong work ethic, which will help us move toward our goals.

The next day (Wednesday, October 5) brings a square (90°) between Mars and Jupiter.  Overreactions or even overestimations of our own capabilities are possible, especially with our relationships and/or finances.  We will feel energized, but we need to be sure to channel this energy constructively.  It’s important not to overlook important details and to keep our plans realistic.  And luckily if we choose to use it, a supportive sextile (60°) between Venus and Pluto can bring both imagination, power, and progress, but only if we think before we act and don’t get lured into using force rather than power.

On Friday, October 7, Mercury moves out of Virgo and joins the Sun in diplomatic Libra, where it will remain until October 25.  Given the current political climate, this is an excellent time to have the planet of communication and mental ability in a sign known for calming rough waters, being able to negotiate, and priding itself on seeing all sides of a situation.  However, a square (90°) between the Sun and Pluto the same day could make Friday a stormy day; with its influence lasting a few days before and after the actual event.  We may feel a strong desire to regain control over something in our lives, and we could consciously or unconsciously use whatever means we feel are necessary to gain or maintain that control.  Abuse of power is common under this aspect.  However, the best use of this energy is to be focused on honesty and trust within our relationships.  And due to other aspects over the weekend, we will be best served if we loosen the reins and allow needed change to occur.  The result will likely be more balance, harmony, structure, and even freedom in our lives.  But overall, be patient over the weekend with any disrupted plans.  They may actually take us in unexpected but productive directions.

A series of aspects on Tuesday, October 11 make for an astrologically active day.

  • Mars will sextile (60°) Neptune, and this is a nice aspect because Neptune will likely soften the warrior nature of Mars. Some astrologers describe the energy of this aspect as “the peaceful warrior.”  If we are open to its influence, we may have the courage to take steps toward our dreams or we might intuitively discover amicable solutions where none seemed to exist before.  Charitable acts, compassion, and forgiveness are also indicated.
  • A conjunction (0°) between Mercury and Jupiter will likely have us feeling optimistic and allow us to “see the big picture.” We may feel a strong need to verbalize our beliefs and ideals, and our powers of persuasion can be stronger than usual.
  • Venus trines (120°) Chiron, which will bring wonderful, supportive energy to our relationships and finances. We have a chance to heal now in any area of our life, and we are open to making a commitment to someone or something.  A good use of this energy is to see the potential and yet build trust for long-term success.

Overall, the energy of this New Moon in Libra will likely feel much lighter than the heaviness we experienced during the previous two eclipses.  Due to Jupiter’s presence, many of us will feel more optimistic and jovial than usual.  We may even feel like we are emerging from a dark period of fear and anxiety; and for some of us, it could feel like a major turning point in our lives . . . a time when we can more clearly see a happier and more fulfilling future.  However, there’s a lot of extra energy swirling around right now, so it’s likely that some projects will be started but not all projects will be successful.  Actually, this may not be the best time for making decisions or taking actions.  But that time will come.  Most of us are still trying to sort out all the profound changes that have occurred due to the Uranus-Pluto squares (2012-2015) and the Saturn-Neptune squares (2015-2016).  This will take some time, but we are beginning to see light shining at the end of a long tunnel.  Those lights may not be bright or even fully in focus yet, but we are beginning to feel safer and more secure in our present, which bodes well for our future.  So for now, focus on increasing balance and peace in your life, and remember, “Peace.  It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work.  It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.” (Unknown)

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  • For information about Dr. Reith’s downloadable ebooks and meditations, feel free to visit her online Store

SOME INFORMATION TAKEN FROM

  • The Mountain Astrologer (magazine)
  • Various online sources (e.g., www.cafeastrology.com)

REMINDER

  • New Moons and Full Moons often influence us for the 3 days before and 3 days after the actual event.

NEW MOON

New Moon at 9° of Libra

  • Friday, September 30, 5:11 p.m. PDT
  • Friday, September 30, 8:11 p.m. EDT
  • Saturday, October 1, 12:11 a.m. GMT