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FULL MOON IN CAPRICORN – We cannot avoid the consequences of our choices, so we need to choose wisely (July 8, 2017)

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 9:06 p.m. on Saturday, July 8.  With this Full Moon, the Sun in Cancer will be in opposition (180°) to the Moon in Capricorn.  To further clarify how this Full Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 18° of Cancer and 18° of Capricorn 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 Cancer and Capricorn.  Normally, a Capricorn Full Moon would have us focusing on larger structures in our lives, such as our career and life path and/or our social structures and governmental agencies.  And yes, those are still the focus, but this Full Moon is supercharged in various ways and may not act as a “normal” Capricorn Full Moon:

  • The Moon is in a very tight (only 1°) conjunction (0°) with Pluto in Capricorn.
  • The Sun is conjunct (0°) Mars in Cancer.
  • These oppositions (180°) between the Moon/Pluto in Capricorn and the Sun/Mars in Cancer are both squaring (90°) Jupiter in Libra. This forms a t-square (right triangle), and this planetary configuration always indicates change is needed.  This one includes five planets, which means it’s more powerful.

Analyzing all the different individual aspects in this configuration would be laborious.  Luckily, it’s pretty easy to summarize:  WOW!  The conjunction between the Moon (emotions) and Pluto (use of power) means that we need to consciously choose to keep an eye on our feelings so they don’t let them get out of control and/or don’t used emotions as a weapon.  This is further supported by the opposition (180°) between the Moon/Pluto and the Sun (identity, self-esteem) and Mars (action, assertiveness/aggressiveness).  The bottom line is that we need to watch our words and actions carefully!  Adding possible fuel to this fire is the square (90°) Jupiter, because the largest planet in our universe can spur us to overreact by blowing things out of proportion.

This is a lot of intense pressure that we will need to carefully and consciously navigate.  If we slip into being unconscious and let it run rampant, it has the potential to be a destructive time.  Emotions such as anger, fear, depression, and/or grief could feel like they have control over our inner worlds, and we may feel emotionally reactive.  This is especially true if we are feeling insecure or vulnerable.  It is also important not to overestimate our capabilities, get into power struggles, and/or resort to hurtful actions or words that could result in a lot of regrets.

The good news is that those who understand astrology know that we are never a victim of planetary energies.  Knowing what the influences are during a given time period allows us to make conscious choices.  For the days around the Full Moon (July 5-12), we definitely need to take responsibility for our own actions and emotions, recognize when we are getting triggered by external events, and avoid getting involved in (or creating) drama.  The best way to respond to any situation is to remain as objective as possible and come from a place of unconditional love and understanding of Oneness.

If we can do this, great!  But remember, those around us who are unaware of astrology will not have the advantage of this warning.  Therefore, this may be a time when we witness various events getting out of control on an individual or societal basis.  Our job is to use the knowledge we have to simply observe what is happening and keep our objectivity rather than allowing whatever happens to trigger us.

Actually, if we can choose to use the highest expression of these energies, this can actually be a very productive time.  This would be an excellent time to move forward on a project that requires ample energy and energy that is that is practical and efficient.  Whatever we focus on could be very successful and even lead to great achievements, but we do need to channel the energy carefully.  During this time, it might be best to not focus on what others are doing.  We need to keep our own noses on our own faces, so to speak.  Do what you can right now that doesn’t involve others, and let everyone take care of their own needs.  It might be helpful to spend some time alone, possibly in nature, contemplating what is truly important to you (Jupiter is about honoring our own truth and values).  When we do need to deal with others, we need to do so with wisdom and patience because, as mentioned above, those around us may be reacting on an unconscious level to the volatile energies involved.

To help us make wise choices, there are several wonderfully positive aspects occurring at the time of the Capricorn Full Moon:

  • Saturn (in retrograde) is trine (120°) Uranus. This can motivate us to find something new to enjoy or find new ways to enjoy what we are already doing.  Because this free-flowing trine is occurring between slow-moving Saturn and fast-moving Uranus, any changes that we experience could either be deliberate and planned (Saturn) or sudden and unexpected (Uranus).  Uranus makes that hard to predict!  Another variation on this would be changes that we have been thinking about and planning for some time but we very suddenly decide that now is the time to act.  Overall, this is a wonderful time to come up with ways to improve stability in our lives.
  • Mars is trine (120°) Chiron. Again, trines are very positive, so this aspect means we may find new ways to take action (Mars) toward healing a wounded part of ourselves (Chiron).  Because Chiron just went retrograde on Saturday, July 1 (see last Moon Update), this positive influence will help us do things like cleansing, purging, preparing, and letting go of attachments (e.g., things, people, situations).  When Chiron is involved, it’s all about healing a wounded part of ourselves!  Being in a positive aspect with Mars means that we may have increased self-confidence and/or feel ready to take on a new mission or purpose if it involves a “problem area” of our lives.
  • Neptune is trine (120°) the Sun and sextile (60°) the Moon, which forms a minor planetary configuration called a wedge. Neptune’s involvement in this Full Moon reminds us that we live in a global community that needs to support the rights of all individuals.  It may help to place our focus on what unites us and move away from what divides us.  Although some may feel more emotionally vulnerable now, it’s more likely that this combination of planets will help compassionately soothe our emotions.  It is also possible that we may experience some magical moments if we trust our intuition and follow our feelings.  Other positive outlets for this energy could include self-improvement programs, charitable acts, and seeing the beauty in everyone and everything.
  • Finally, a sweet sextile (60°) between Mercury and Venus can help us to have an open mind if we lead with our heart and remember to use charm and diplomacy in our social connections. Joint ventures could be positive right now because both parties are willing to clarify important points and only make promises that can be kept.

Another potent and potentially challenging time occurs around Monday, July 17, when Mars will square (90°) Uranus.  Remember, squares often represent a turning point, and I often describe the energy of Uranus as “change or be changed.”  You can go with the changes being presented to you, or you can fight them and then have to surrender when you see that “resistance is futile.”  With Mars involved, it may be time to take a brave, courageous step in a new direction.  For at least several days before and after this square (July 14-20), we should make decisions that capitalize on the higher expression of this aspect.  For example, with Mars in it’s home sign of Aries (extra powerful!), we could benefit from being adventurous or taking a risk.  Being physically active will help channel any excess energy, and it would be a great time to do something playful, as long as any activities avoid taking childish risks.  We do need to avoid the lower expression of this pairing, which can be a cranky, irritable, and even volatile energy.  Again, making “conscious choices” is the key.  Overall, innovative actions are likely to be more productive than engaging in typical routines or tried-and-true solutions.  So use this time to courageously move forward on your life path, which may include some unexpected events that lead to very positive changes.

The next day (Tuesday, July 18), Venus will trine (120°) Jupiter.  Additionally, this is the day when the trine (120°) between Mars and Chiron will be exact (see discussion above).  As we move to the waning (decreasing) influence of the Mars/Uranus square (90°) described above, hopefully the positive influence of these trines will help soften the energy swirling around us.  We may actually begin to feel a sense of gratitude for the lessons learned by the Mars/Uranus square (90°).  The trine (120°) between Venus and Jupiter means that our social connections will likely be positive, and we may feel an increasing sense of optimistic, generosity, and loyalty.  And today may be the day that we feel ready to face a major issue related to our healing and/or to finally take a courageous action that may have felt too daunting in the past.

Overall, this Full Moon in Capricorn occurs in the early part of what is certain to be a powerful, electric, and intense month.  We all need to use our knowledge of astrology to make conscious choices.  The planets only indicate what energetic influences are present, and we can either choose to use the energies in a positive or negative way.  This entire month may best be summarized as a choice between drama and love.  Actually, that same lesson will apply in August when we experience a powerful pair of eclipses in Leo.  So why not practice now to make wise choices that can lead to great achievements.  If we don’t choose wisely, then there may be a price to pay at a later date . . . a price we probably don’t want to pay.  Therefore, during this Capricorn Full Moon and for the entire month, move away from any “victim mentality” by remembering that, “You are free to choose, but you are not free from the consequences of your choices” (Unknown).

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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 18° of Capricorn

  • Saturday, July 8, 2017, 9:06 p.m. PDT
  • Sunday, July 9, 2017, 12:06 a.m. EDT
  • Sunday, July 9, 2017, 4:06 p.m. GMT

NEW MOON IN CANCER – We may have access to a key that will unlock a door that has felt impenetrable (June 23, 2017)

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR THOSE IN THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AREA:  I’ve added a few more seats to my 10-part course Beginning Astrology: Understanding Yourself & Others.  The class begins on Thursday, July 27, and each class in the 10-part series will meet from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on the 4th Thursday each month (July-October 2017 & January- June 2018).  The class will be closed to new members after the 1st meeting, and my next Beginning Astrology course will not be offered until at least mid-2019.  Click on the link above to learn more.  Or to sign up, email us at Anne@AnneReith.com or call (714) 599-0017.   

NOTE:  With apologies to those outside the Southern California area, this is an in-person course and is NOT available through distance learning.  I hope to convert it to digital format in the future, so stay tuned!

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In the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 23.  This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 3° of Cancer.  To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 3° of Cancer in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with that house are going to be most influenced by this New Moon’s presence.

This New Moon happens just a few days after the Solstice on Tuesday, June 20, and many astrologers feel this will increase its impact on us both individually and as a society.  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 Cancer include nurturing, sympathy, intuitive abilities, emotions, and anything involving family (e.g., home, get-togethers, food).  The bottom line is that family, as you define it, is über important right now.  Cancer is “the sign of the crab,” and if we envision a crab, it has claws.  Those claws are used to keep out what is unwanted and protect whatever it defines as family within the circle of those claws.  The shadow side or lower expression of Cancer can include heightened emotional sensitivity, dependence, fearfulness, and avoidance.  Again, if we think about crabs, they seldom move forward.  The way their exoskeleton is designed makes it more comfortable for them to move sideways.  This can help us understand Cancer’s energy when it comes to issues of security and safety, which are other key words associated with Cancer.  A crab tends to want to look carefully and examine things from all angles before deciding if it wants to advance or retreat.

Cancer can be very focused on others (e.g., nurturing our family), but another important focus with Cancer is “self.”  This New Moon is asking us to look inward to better define our inner needs, especially emotional needs.  Cancer is the sign most associated with the mother archetype.  It’s a time when we need to nurture ourselves and may even coincide with a rebirth of our self, especially given this New Moon’s proximity to the Solstice.  We become focused on the private world that we want to create, and this inner world is important!  It provides the foundation upon which we can go out into the external world and create.  This foundation is important because Capricorn is the sign opposite Cancer in the astrological wheel.  Opposite signs complement each other; if the tasks of one sign are successful, it will enhance the tasks associated with the opposite sign.   Therefore, if we have a firm foundation, then we can create externally.  If we don’t, we will want to hide who we are and not go out into the world.

Because Cancer is a cardinal water sign, this will be an emotionally active time that may involve diving deep into our subconscious to find the answers.  If we aren’t pleased with what we have been creating in our lives, it will be helpful to look to our feelings to guide us toward the changes that need to be made.  If something feels good, it’s probably the right direction.  If it doesn’t feel good, then it’s probably time to consider another option.  Cancer also often indicates that this emotional analysis may require reprogramming belief systems that were installed during early childhood.

Several important aspects will influence the expression of this the New Moon in Cancer:

  • The New Moon squares (90°) Chiron. Remember, squares often represent turning points that force us to make internal shifts or take action.  This square will very likely make it hard to ignore our emotions.  The symbol for Chiron is a key, so if we can navigate the emotional waters, we may be able to find a key that unlocks a door that previously felt impenetrable, which could lead to great healing.
  • Luckily, Mercury is closely conjunct (0°) the New Moon. Mercury’s conjunction with the New Moon will help us think through our feelings and access subconscious information and bring it to a conscious level.  If we have access to someone who can help us talk through our feelings with compassion, this can be very beneficial.  But given this is happening in Cancer, we need to make sure that this person is nurturing and supportive.  Anything less should be avoided due to the following (see next paragraph).
  • Finally, Mars is in a wide conjunct (0°) to the New Moon and Mercury. This is an important planetary configuration because Mars is part of a very powerful t-square (right triangle) that will actually become increasingly influential over the next few weeks.  Mars is in opposition (180°) to Pluto and both of those planets are squaring (90°) Jupiter.  T-squares are like squares on steroids!  They demand change.  I describe them like a burr under the saddle on a horse; the horse will buck until it is taken care of.  Unfortunately, the planets involved could be expressed in very volatile ways, so we need to be very conscious of our choices and watch our words and actions.  The higher expression of this aspect is the potential to take action (Mars) in areas of our lives that require the re-distribution of power, which could lead to deep healing (Pluto).  We can make amazing breakthroughs, if we can avoid the lower expression of this aspect, which can include aggressive actions (Mars) that use force instead of power (Pluto).  Helpful signs that we need to take a step back and reconsider our actions might be if our efforts are being thwarted, if we seem to be making no progress, and/or if we are getting angry.  Having Jupiter be the focal planet of the t-square shows us the way out but also the potential risks.  Jupiter can be a planet of happiness and optimism, but it can also be associated with excess (e.g., impulsive actions due to its square to Mars).  Again, we should watch our emotions.  If we feel “triggered” by something, now is not the time to take action.  Instead, we need to move away from the situation, process our feelings, and come back when we are feeling centered and grounded in our personal truth (Jupiter).

On Sunday, June 25, Mars will form a supportive trine (120°) to Neptune.  Our abilities to use our imagination, intuition, and creative abilities are enhanced.  We are reminded to keep moving forward, but to let Spirit help guide us along our path.  Overall, this can be a good time to take action (Mars) toward our dreams (Neptune).  Some astrologers say that this aspect is a good time to “pretend as if.”  So, if we want to try on some new roles or scenarios, this may be a good time to do so.

Chiron begins a 5-month retrograde phase on Saturday, July 1.  This time period can be like a prolonged healing session.  Chiron is in Pisces, so we’ll be looking deep within our psyches for how to heal core issues.  Some people refer to this as “shadow” or “inner child” work.  We need to reclaim those parts of ourselves that have been relegated into the shadows because they are “unacceptable” by our parents, society, or other important people/institutions in our lives.  This can be a difficult process to do alone.  Whenever Chiron is in retrograde, it’s an excellent time to seek out professional help to navigate these rough waters (e.g., counseling, coaching).  But given that Chiron is in Pisces, we can get lost in a fog and not see things clearly.  Having someone who can look at situations objectively and support us through our healing process can be invaluable because they can help us move from fear to faith, which is Neptune’s highest expression.

Venus enters Gemini on Tuesday, July 4, where it will remain until August 1.  We become very motivated by curiosity, especially in our social contacts and financial affairs.  We are more open to variety, and we want to have fun conversations and social experiences.  However, others may find us a bit distant emotionally.  Our connections with others come through words right now rather than our hearts.

The next day (Wednesday, July 5), Mercury enters Leo for a 3-week stay.  Our thinking becomes more confident.  If we have a goal in mind, we want it to be a big, dramatic, grand goal!  Our words become more dramatic and persuasive, but we may not be very good at listening or dealing with details.  But if we like telling a good story, this is an excellent time to take center-stage.

Overall, this New Moon is ushering in a very emotional and potentially volatile time.  The power that comes from astrology is that we know in advance what influences may be present and then make conscious, deliberate choices that will lead to the highest possible expression of the energies involved.  But we have to use our free will and self-control to make that happen.  Great healing is possible now.  Coming up in August, we have a pair of eclipses that will be ushering in a time of great change.  Therefore, we need to use this time period to observe how we are emotionally reacting to events around us and go inward to focus on our personal healing work in order to be ready for the upcoming eclipse season.  But equally important is to not withdraw into our Cancerian shell and feel a need to defend ourselves unnecessarily.  We need to find a balance between our inner work and keeping our hearts open.  When we feel any strong emotions, we need to allow them time to move through our bodies.  Reaching out to supportive others can be helpful because they can assist us in sorting out our feelings and options before we move forward.  Now is a good time to remember to, “Learn to follow the quiet voice within that speaks in feelings rather than words” (S.R. Heller).

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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 3° of Cancer

  • Friday, June 23, 2017, 7:30 p.m. PDT
  • Friday, June 23, 2017, 10:30 p.m. EDT
  • Saturday, June 24. 2017, 2:30 a.m. GMT

FULL MOON IN SAGITTARIUS – It’s time for a reality check but positive support is provided for doing this (June 9, 2017)

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 6:09 a.m. on Friday, June 9.  With this Full Moon, the Sun in Gemini will be in opposition (180°) to the Moon in Sagittarius.  To further clarify how this Full Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 19° of Gemini and 19° of Sagittarius 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 Gemini and Sagittarius.  Gemini is an air sign that focuses on communication, mental stimulation, and being flexible.  Sag is a fire sign that is interested in being straightforward, ethical, and adventurous.  Both signs love learning, but Gemini wants to gather information, whereas Sagittarius wants to use wisdom to discern which pieces of information are important (and which aren’t).

At the time of the Full Moon, Saturn is conjunct (0°) the Moon in Sagittarius, which means Saturn is also in opposition (180°) to the Sun in Gemini.  Saturn always brings a “reality check.”  By being involved in this Sagittarius Full Moon, it is asking us to look at where we are no longer aligned with our definition of integrity, truth, and spiritual beliefs, all of which are needed in order to form a solid foundation upon which to build and run our lives.  Now would be a good time to check to see if we have unintentionally turned off our intuitive wisdom or inadvertently abandoned our inner truth.

Additionally, the Moon/Saturn and Sun are squaring (90°) Neptune, which forms a t-square (right triangle) in the sky above us.  Being the “focal planet” of the t-square makes Neptune an important player in this Full Moon.  Neptune is in Pisces, its home sign, which intensifies its power.  Full Moons can bring out the shadow side of the signs and planets involved, so we might feel pulled to escape reality through denial, deception, addiction, illusion, or dependence (all are lower expressions of Neptune & Pisces).  Escaping may feel good in the short run, but it is only a temporary fix.  We need to consciously use the higher expression of Neptune & Pisces, including compassion, intuition, and spirituality.  When integrated with this New Moon, Neptune is reminding us that we are all One, and it would be beneficial for us to look at where our family, community, or society is out of alignment with integrity or isn’t working to serve the highest good of all involved.

Luckily, falling into the lower expression of Neptune and Pisces is less due to the presence of Saturn, which has a way of stripping away any defense mechanisms.  Again, Saturn is all about “reality.”  And at the time of the Full Moon, Saturn continues to square (90°) Chiron. Consequently, our greatest lessons come from seeing our wounds with compassion.  In order to heal, we may need to face some intense emotional issues.  It also indicated that activities such as prayer, meditation, or any of the creative arts may help in our healing process.

Adding support for healing comes in the form of a wonderful grand trine configuration (i.e., an equilateral triangle) in fire signs.  The Moon/Saturn in Sagittarius are trining (120°) Uranus in Aries, which is trining (120°) and the North Node in Leo.  This same configuration involving Saturn, Uranus, and the North Node was present in the last Moon Update, but this time the Moon joins them, which adds an emotional element to the fiery energy.  Trines provide a very supportive, free-flowing energy, so emotional breakthroughs and realizations are possible.  And the involvement of Saturn means we’ll be able to figure out how to apply these insights in very practical ways.  Given the North Node in Leo is part of this configuration means it is likely we need to face any insecurities or self-doubts so we can use our unique gifts in some important way on a larger stage.

Also mentioned in the last Moon Update was an inconjunct (150°) between the Sun and Pluto, which is still in effect during this Sagittarius Full Moon.  Inconjuncts require adjustments, and this one is no exception.  Pluto is about deep healing and how we use power.  The Sun is shedding light on where we may need to make adjustments in these areas so we can effectively move forward in our lives and further our psychological development.

It is important to note that right before the Full Moon on Tuesday, June 6, both Mercury and Venus enter their ruling signs, which means they are super charged with energy.  And two days earlier on Sunday, June 4, Mars moved into Cancer (see last Moon Update).  Therefore, all three of the “inner” or “personal” planets changed signs right before the Full Moon, which provides us with a lot of new and easily accessible energy:

  • For Mercury, this is a movement into Gemini, where it will remain until June 22. After the slower-paced mental energy of Mercury in Taurus, having Mercury in Gemini often feels like our minds are suddenly on hyperdrive and we will have a harder than usual time slowing down our thoughts (and even our mouths).  But the good news is that our thinking will likely become clearer and more objective.  Although we can be more easily distracted than usual with Mercury in Gemini, it’s because we become very curious about everything and want increased mental stimulation.  We also seek out opportunities to share what we are learning with others.
  • The same day, Venus enters Taurus for a month-long stay. One of the biggest key words for this placement is sensuality!  We want to experience and enjoy the world with our five senses, so it’s a good time to do anything enjoyable that engages the body.  Expressions of love should be very tangible, such as hugs, sensual touch, or even gifts.  The shadow side of this placement is possessiveness.  We want security, and we need to be careful not to hold someone (or something) too tight for fear of losing them.  With regard to our finances, we feel drawn to pursuits and investments that are long-lasting, practical, and solid.  Speculation is less appealing now, both in our relationships and financial world.  We are willing to invest in something that may take time to build but will provide concrete results.

On the day of the Full Moon (Friday, June 9), Jupiter stops its retrograde phase and begins moving direct again.  It began moving retrograde back on February 5.  Given this is happening on the day of the Full Moon, it means that Jupiter is extra powerful.  If we have done the work of the retrograde phase, we are ready to grow and expand in some new direction.  Given Jupiter is in Libra, whatever change(s) we decide to make will need to include values such as equality, balance, justice, peace, and beauty.  Libra’s involvement also means that those changes will likely involve relationships of some kind.  While in retrograde, we may have been exploring whether we have an equal give-and-take in our partnerships, and as Jupiter picks up speed over the next few weeks, we become ready to make necessary adjustments so everyone receives their fair share.

On Friday, June 16, Neptune begins its annual retrograde phase.  Neptune is slow moving, so its backward motion will last all the way through November 21.  As with all retrograde periods, this one will draw us inward, and with Neptune, this means reviewing and possibly revamping some part of our spiritual life.  However, unlike other planets that go into retrograde, Neptune’s backward motion is often a positive experience.  While direct, Neptune can be like the fog that rolls in and we have to work hard to keep our vision clear.  While in retrograde, the fog often lifts and we can clearly see how we haven’t been perceiving things as they are.  Any fantasies, idealism, or illusions drop away, and anything that isn’t aligned with our spiritual nature comes into clear focus.  Often this is a time when we become aware that we’ve been looking to the outside world to feed our souls, and we now see that this must be “an inside job.”  The next five months are a particularly good time of year to engage in meditation, mindfulness, and seek outside support for inner work through counseling or coaching.

Then on Sunday, June 18, the Sun forms a sweet sextile (60°) to Uranus.  Sextiles are subtle, so we can miss them if we don’t consciously choose to use their supportive energy.  This sextile is urging us to find ways to achieve more freedom and independence in our lives.  However, the influence of Uranus is always unpredictable.  For some, we may feel a need to withdraw for a few days and gain some emotional distance from recent problems.  For others, we may feel ready to join groups or attend social events.  It’s important to remain flexible, be adaptable, and “go with the flow” in order to achieve the greatest use of this supportive aspect.

Overall, Sagittarius Full Moons are known for helping us sort through all the facts and the details in order to determine what is aligned with and supportive of our essential truths.  This Full Moon continues the trend from the previous New Moon’s focus on our belief systems and clearing out any negative thought patterns, and it also provides support for integrating and deeply engraining any new thought systems, habits, and positive mindsets.  With the influence of Saturn, we can cut through any Neptunian illusions or defense mechanisms, and having Mercury and Venus move into their own signs at the time of the Full Moon adds powerful clarity and support.  Additionally, having Jupiter moving direct on the day of the Full Moon adds positive, optimistic energy.  Therefore, keep weeding out any negativity because it really is true that, “Positive thinking evokes more energy, more initiative, more happiness” (Unknown).

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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 19° of Sagittarius

  • Friday, June 9, 2017, 6:09 a.m. PDT
  • Friday, June 9, 2017, 9:09 a.m. EDT
  • Friday, June 9, 2017, 1:09 p.m. GMT

NEW MOON IN GEMINI – Do you enjoy a good roller coaster ride? (May 25, 2017)

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ANNOUNCEMENT!  FOR THOSE IN THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AREA:  Beginning on Thursday, July 27, I will be offering my 10-part course Beginning Astrology: Understanding Yourself & Others.  Each class in the series will meet from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on the 4th Thursday each month (July-October 2017 & January- June 2018).  Click on the link to learn more.  Or to sign up, email us at Anne@AnneReith.com or call (714) 599-0017.  Space is limited, so don’t delay!

NOTE:  With apologies to those outside the Southern California area, this is an in-person course and is NOT available through distance learning.  I hope to convert it to digital format in the future, so stay tuned!

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In the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 12:44 p.m. on Thursday, May 25.  This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 5° of Gemini.  To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 5° of Gemini 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 Gemini include communication, flexibility, learning, optimism, and curiosity.  However, the shadow side of “the sign of the twins” can include indecisiveness, impatience, and being too talkative and/or unemotional.

It is rare for a New (or Full) Moon to make no major aspects to other planets, which is the case with this Gemini New Moon.  When this happens, we look to other planets to see if there are any significant aspects occurring between them at the time of the New Moon.  This is definitely true with this New Moon!

Often a Gemini New Moon is a time when new ideas are swirling around us, and yes, our minds (and even our mouths) could be on overdrive.  But due to two important astrological configurations (i.e., groupings of 3 or more planets) happening at the time of this New Moon, we need to be ready to accept that our ideas may not be met with open arms by those around us.

  1. Mercury and Neptune are in a sextile (60°) to each other and both planets are in an inconjunct (150°) aspect to Jupiter. This forms a very elongated, isosceles triangle that is referred to as a yod.
  2. Jupiter, which is part of the yod above, is in opposition (180°) to Venus, and both Jupiter and Venus are squaring (90°) Pluto. This forms a right triangle, which is a configuration called a t-square.

Both of these configurations are challenging ones.  Yods require adjustments, and t-squares demand change.  Given Jupiter is part of both configurations, this planet is a very important indicator of what we will be called upon to adjust to and change in our lives.  Jupiter is usually a very positive and beneficial planet.  It’s all about wisdom, ethics, abundance, and where we stand when it comes to our beliefs of right and wrong.  That all sounds good, but given that Mercury is part of the yod, we may need to adjust any limiting beliefs that might be keeping us from living a life that is based on what we each believe to be true or that might be keeping us out of integrity.  We will likely be asked to use our inner sense of “right and wrong” to guide any indicated changes and to make any necessary adjustments.  Also, Jupiter is a planet that can lead to expansion, and it is up to us to use Jupiter’s wisdom to see the big picture and avoid moving from healthy expansion into unhealthy excess.

The square (90°) between Venus and Pluto that is part of the t-square could bring unresolved relationship issues to a head.  Pluto’s involvement means that previously hidden information or agendas could be revealed.  This isn’t the best time to start a new relationship or make any new financial decisions, which are areas ruled by Venus.  If we fear losing a personal or business partnership, we need to keep our feelings of jealousy and/or competition in check.  All social interactions could be intense.  Something needs to change, which is indicated by the square.  The positive side of this aspect is clarity and healing, but to attain this we need to avoid overreacting to whatever is revealed and/or becoming manipulative or engaging in emotional or financial power struggles.

But all is not lost!  Another configuration at the time of New Moon could help ease the adjustments and changes that need to happen.  Supportive trines (120°) are present between Saturn, Uranus, and the North Node, forming an equilateral triangle called a grand trine.  All 3 corners of the triangle are in fire signs (i.e., Aries, Sagittarius, & Leo, respectively), and it includes the ongoing trine between Saturn and Uranus, which will support us in making changes more easily and being open to new ideas that lead to a more solid foundation upon which to build as we move forward.  The inclusion of the North Node in Leo indicates that part of that foundation may involve finding ways to take actions that are related to our life’s mission (North Node) by taking a more active, leadership role in some area of our life (Leo).  (See last Moon Update for more on the ongoing trine between Saturn-Uranus & the Nodes changing signs on May 9.)

On Sunday, May 28, Mars will move into an opposition (180°) to Saturn.  We may feel more judgmental or resentful than usual, especially if we are feeling misunderstood.  It may feel like people or circumstances are hindering our progress, which could lead to feeling irritable and frustrated.  For the few days on either side of this aspect, we need to be sure to find responsible ways to express any pent-up feelings.  Before expressing our ideas to others, now would be a good time to journal or talk with a close friend who can provide emotional perspective.  Physical exercise can also provide a good outlet.

Mars is again active on Tuesday, May 30, but in a positive way when it forms a sextile (60°) to Uranus.  It’s very likely that some area of our life is requiring change (Uranus), and Mars will give us the courage to take the next indicated steps . . . even if they feel like risky ones.  We feel an increased sense of independence and assertiveness.  We want to make things happen.  However as is true with all sextiles, the support provided is subtle and can be easily overlooked.  We need to consciously choose to take advantage of its positive influence.

Two days later on Thursday, June 1, the Sun will oppose (180°) Neptune, which could mean we need to hold off on anything new for a few days.  The presence of the Sun usually increases clarity, but Neptune brings in a fog bank.  We could feel like we have put on a pair of glasses with the wrong prescription because everything appears blurry.  Although this is not a good time to make any important decisions, our creative juices and intuitive abilities may be heightened.  And a nice trine (120°) between Venus and Saturn later that same day will likely make work and relationships enjoyable, and we might even be able to make progress toward something we desire or value.

The next day (Friday, June 2) could be challenging.  A square (90°) between Mars and Chiron means that old wounds could come to the surface and interfere with present activities.  We may feel touchy and vulnerable.  Although not easy to do, we need to use this as an opportunity to look objectively at what triggers us today and use that awareness as a way to identify what still needs to be healed.

Luckily, Saturday, June 3, will be like a salve on any of yesterday’s wounds.  There is a conjunction (0°) between Venus and Uranus and a trine (120°) between the Sun and Jupiter.  Happiness and excitement are the name of the game today!  It’s a great day to go on an adventure of some kind, especially if it involves fun, larger-than-life activities.  We may want to experience things we’ve never experienced before, especially if it leads to growth or expansion.  It’s a good day to start new things because we are filled with confidence and optimism.

And we need to be sure to take full advantage of the fun of yesterday because the next day (Sunday, June 4) could be a bit of a downer as Mars moves into often cranky Cancer.  It will remain there until July 21.  Mars isn’t a happy camper in emotional Cancer.  We may find ourselves more moody than usual.  When approaching a task that has any emotional elements, we may find ourselves looking for an indirect way to deal with issues, which could make things a bit convoluted.  We might be more defensive than usual if someone confronts us directly, which may cause us to feel a need to pull in and protect ourselves.  If this happens, we need to have compassion for ourselves and do whatever is necessary to get ready to go back out into world again.  This may involve being a good “mother” (Cancer) to your wounded inner child.  Any activities that involve taking care of “home base” (however you define that) are supported while Mars is in Cancer.

Overall, this New Moon in Gemini is ushering in a 2-week period that may feel like a roller-coaster ride of ups and downs.  If we can take a step back and look at the big picture, the need for adjustments and changes makes sense.  We’ve recently been initiating a lot of new things in our lives, and it’s important to remember that any changes that we make will impact those around us.  Ultimately, all of us are not acting independently.  In order to live harmoniously, we all need to find ways to work together.  Therefore, we need to take the time now to make those adjustments so we are ready to make more leaps forward in the months ahead.  It may be helpful to remember to, “Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach” (Tom Robbins).

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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 5° of Gemini

  • Thursday, May 25, 2017, 12:44 p.m. PDT
  • Thursday, May 25, 2017, 3:44 p.m. EDT
  • Thursday, May 25, 2017, 7:44 p.m. GMT

FULL MOON IN SCORPIO – It’s time to manifest! (May 10, 2017)

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 2:42 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10.  With this Full Moon, the Sun in Taurus will be in opposition (180°) to the Moon in Scorpio.  To further clarify how this Full Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 21° of Taurus and 21° of Scorpio 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 Taurus and Scorpio.  Both are fixed signs, which means that they know how to focus their energy on what they want.  And what we want probably went through some major renovations while Venus was in retrograde earlier this year (i.e., March 4 through April 14).  As we discussed in the last Moon Update, the entire month of May is ideal for focusing our attention on whatever we now desire because Venus is now in “go-after-what-you-want” Aries.

But remember, it’s all about balance with a Full Moon, and this one is no exception.  Taurus’s focus is reliable, responsible, down-to-earth energy.  We want to manifest whatever will bring us joy and pleasure (e.g., physical surrounding, love, money).  Scorpio’s focus is on aligning our emotions with what we want and going after that with power and passion.  This is a winning combination if a healthy balance can be achieved.

Some astrologers (e.g., Kathy Rose) call the Scorpio Full Moon the “Manifesting Moon.”  This is an excellent time to manifest what we want!  However, it also means that we need to be careful to focus on what we want and to NOT focus on what we DON’T want.  As is true with the Law of Attraction, whatever we focus on right now is what we will draw into our lives, be that good, bad, or indifferent.

Therefore, we should all spend time around the Full Moon focusing on what we want to create more of in our life . . . more health, more wealth, more love, more anything!  A very powerful technique is to make lists of what we want and why we want it.  The items on our lists can describe in detail our heart’s desires, but be sure to use only positive words (e.g., the positively worded “I want to fit into a Size 12” versus the negatively-worded “I want to lose weight”).  And I always recommend that these “Lists of Ideals” include with the statement “or this or something better and for the highest and best good of all involved.”  We humans often limit what we think is possible, so we always want to leave the door open for Spirit to bring us something even better than our wildest dreams.  And after we have done this manifesting work, we need to let go . . . we need to trust that the “fairies of the Universe” will figure out the details of how, when, and who.

Keeping our thoughts positive is even more important because as of Wednesday, May 3, Mercury stopped its recent retrograde period and began moving direct again.  It always takes Mercury a few days to pick up speed, so it will be rarin’ to go by the time of the Full Moon a week later!  While in retrograde, we were rethinking and refining what we want, and now it’s time to see it come to fruition in some way.  This doesn’t mean we can just sit back and watch it unfold without taking action.  We need to do all the visualizing (as described in the last paragraph) and we need to take action.  For example, we can’t win the lottery without buying a ticket.  Therefore, when it’s time to act, we need to act!  It’s also important right now that we take full responsibility for our lives and not slip into blaming others or feeling like a victim.

On the day of the Full Moon (Wednesday, May 10), Mercury will finally make its exact conjunction (0°) with Uranus.  Although exact on Wednesday, this aspect has been impacting us for the last two weeks and will be present for the next two.  It means that we will not be at a loss for ideas!  And many of those thoughts will be original and focused on bringing more freedom and equality into our lives.  It’s a good time to question old beliefs or approaches, which may require letting go of the old and being willing to explore the new.  And given this conjunction is happening in Aries, we may feel pretty comfortable sharing those new ideas.  Just remember to be light-hearted and flexible with all of this because Mars is in Gemini this month.  This means that our energies may feel scattered, but it is also a playful, fun, curious energy.

Also at the time of the Full Moon, we are still under the influence of (a) the Sun’s supportive trine (120°) to Pluto and (b) the challenging square (90°) between Saturn and Chiron.  (Read more about both in the last Moon Update.)  Healing (Chiron) may require changes in our lives, including changes to the very foundations (Saturn) upon which we are accustomed to functioning (e.g., home/family/relationship, work/finances).  But the good news is that many of us are finally ready to shine a bright light (Sun) on the deep issues within our psyches that need to be healed (Pluto), both individually and as a society.  And a supportive trine (120°) between Mercury and Saturn will help us be reasonable and communicate responsibly as we sort everything out.

Over the next few months, it is likely that more and more people will be feeling called to use their gifts to serve their community or humanity in some way.  This is because the Moon’s Nodes will change signs on Tuesday, May 9.  The Nodes are not actual objects in space but are, instead, points where the orbits of the Sun, Moon, and Earth overlap.  The North Node moves into the sign of Leo, while the South Node moves into Aquarius.  Over the next 18 months, the activation of this Leo-Aquarius axis means that many will feel a call to use our unique gifts to serve.  Leo provides the confidence to do this, and Aquarius urges us to recognize that we are all one and need to work together.  And with the North Node being in Leo, this is telling us that it is time to step into a new leadership role in some way.

On Tuesday, May 16, Mercury will move into Taurus, where it will remain until June 7.  After so much fiery Aries energy over the last month or so, this move into grounded Taurus will probably feel like taking a trip to the mental spa.  And just like going to a spa, for some, the slower pace of our thought will be hard to adjust to, at least at first.  But for others, it will immediately feel like heaven-on-earth.  During the time period when Mercury is in Taurus, our slower thought processes will support us in figuring out how to take practical steps toward all those new ideas that have been coming to us over the past few weeks.  There have likely been a LOT of ideas swirling around us, so part of our task is to sort out which ideas are worth keeping and which are better left behind (at least for now).  When Mercury is in practical, grounded Taurus, we understand that resources are finite and that prioritizing is necessary in order to successfully accomplish our most important goals.

Then on Thursday, May 18, Saturn makes its second of three trines (120°) to Uranus.  (The first occurred back in December 2016, and the final trine will occur on November 11, 2017.)  This is one of the few times when these often diametrically opposed planets work together in harmony.  For example, Uranus is often unpredictable, but Saturn stabilizes the energy and allows any necessary changes to be made in more controllable ways.  But Uranus is equally as helpful.  Saturn is often rigid and prefers to do things “the old-fashioned way.”  The energy of Uranus will loosen Saturn’s need for control and bring in options that will lead to greater freedom and uniqueness.

Finally, the Sun moves out of Taurus and into Gemini on Saturday, May 20.  During the next month, we will seek out social and intellectual opportunities.  We may crave more variety and diversity in many areas our lives.  We also need to be ready to provide ourselves with new learning opportunities if we develop an insatiable curiosity to learn something new and different.  This month tends to be more social and fun compared to other months, but it can also leave us feeling scattered or cause us to be more unreliable or unpredictable.

Overall, we have a wonderful opportunity at the time of the Scorpio Full Moon to work toward manifesting whatever we are longing for.  We need to use our emotions and power to passionately focus our energy (Scorpio) on whatever will bring us the greatest satisfaction, joy, and happiness (Taurus).  Our focus should be on finding a good balance been mentally pruning and cultivating our thoughts (e.g., Law of Attraction) and taking timely, Divinely-inspired action.  We don’t need to force anything to manifest.  Instead, we need to learn to trust that the Universe will arrange all the details.  Our job is to focus on what we want and let go of any thoughts that say something isn’t possible, reasonable, etc.  We also need to learn to trust that when the time is right to take action, Universal forces will let us know it’s time.  We just need to watch for the signs and “go” when the light turns green.  And given that the North and South Nodes are changing signs on the day of the Full Moon, it’s likely that part of our desires will be to find ways to use our unique gifts to serve a great good (e.g., family, community, society).  It may be helpful to remember the words of Pablo Picasso: “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”

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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.

FULL MOON

Full Moon at 21° of Scorpio

  • Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 2:42 p.m. PDT
  • Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 5:42 p.m. EDT
  • Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 9:42 p.m. GMT

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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  • 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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)
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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.

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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  • 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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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 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