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NEW MOON IN LEO & SOLAR ECLIPSE – A time of strategic planning for profound changes coming toward the end of 2018 (August 11, 2018)

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 2:57 a.m. on Saturday, August 11.  This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 19° of Leo.  To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 19° of Leo in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with that house are going to be most influenced by this New Moon’s presence.

This Leo New Moon and partial Solar Eclipse will be the final eclipse in a series of three, with the first one being a partial solar eclipse in Cancer on Thursday, July 12, and the second was a full lunar eclipse in Aquarius on Friday, July 27.  The latter eclipse happened to be the longest eclipse to occur in over 100 years, and many people reported feeling its effects!  This third eclipse won’t be as powerful as the one two weeks ago, but it does mark a turning point in many ways.

As I mentioned before in the Moon Update that discussed this summer eclipse season, I always like to think of a series of eclipses as a time when we are taken off line for a few hours, new software is installed, and then our system is rebooted.  We are certainly getting an upgrade with these three!  But if you haven’t noticed any differences, remember that the impact of eclipses sometimes isn’t immediately apparent.  Although changes can occur right around the actual eclipse, it is common for the true effects to slowly unfold over the next six months (ending with the next eclipse season which will start in January 2019).  Given the power of these three eclipses in a row, it’s very likely that most of us have or will be experiencing changes in our lives between now and beginning of next year.

This final eclipse occurs at the time of the Leo New Moon.  As with all astrological signs, our free will choices determine whether we will express the higher or lower qualities of the sign involved.  At its best, Leo is self-confident, big hearted, loving, idealistic, loyal, and a good leader.  At its worst, this sign can be prideful, arrogant, attention seeking, and overly dramatic.  Leo is a fixed fire sign that is ruled by the Sun.  The Sun provides a good analogy for the potential uses of its energy:  It can shed wonderful light that supports growth, or it can burn.  We need to use its energy wisely.

The energy of Leo is amplified both by the partial Solar Eclipse and by the Sun and Moon’s conjunction (0°) with Mercury.  Given Mercury is in retrograde in Leo, we may be reflecting on Leo-esque issues.  For example, we may realize that we never felt we could truly express ourselves in certain situations or with certain people.  Or perhaps our inner child never felt it received the recognition that it needed in order to feel secure, appreciated, and respected.  Or we might have felt our creative self-expression was stifled in some way.  Now is the time to recognize any unmet needs related to the sign of Leo and decide how to address them in healthy ways.

This is also a time when we need to examine any attachment we have to external validation.  We may need to stop looking to someone or something to say that we are “OK” and start giving ourselves the love and support that we need.  Yes, it often feels good to be recognized.  However, if we depend on it from external sources, then what happens to our self-esteem when it isn’t provided on a regular basis?  Do we suddenly feel unworthy, incompetent, or disrespected?  We need to start being able to source our own self-confidence and not depend on it from outside ourselves.  A truly heart-centered, higher expression of the Leo energy is to give generously to others but not for accolades or recognition.  Instead, we are meant to give for the sake of expressing our love unconditionally.

However, this type of unconditional love is a gift that we need to give to ourselves first before we can truly give it to others.  So many in the metaphysical field feel uncomfortable with respecting and loving themselves because they don’t want to appear to be selfish or egotistical.  But being self-loving is different than being self-ish.  It means that we love ourselves enough to protect and support ourselves.  If we do this, then we have the ability to share with others the gifts that we came here to give, not for recognition but from our heart’s desire to give.

During the Leo New Moon, the Sun and Moon are both in a stressful aspect called a quincunx or inconjunct (150°) to both Neptune and Pluto.  Given Neptune is in a sextile (60°) to Pluto, this forms a configuration called a yod or “Finger of God” (isosceles triangle).  Yods require adjustments in one or more areas of our lives . . . adjustments that feel like we are being asked to make impossible lose-lose choices.  There are no easy answers with yods.  This may leave us feeling a bit irritable and cranky.

So what should we do?  With a yod, we want to look at the planet(s) that are being pointed to (the far tip of the isosceles triangle which is called the “focal planet”) for where adjustments might be needed.  In this case, that means that this would be a good time to do an internal evaluation of our self (Sun), our emotions (Moon), and our thoughts (Mercury).  Our adjustments will require looking at compromises between these areas and our fears and spiritual faith (Neptune), as well as our use of power (Pluto).  By making some difficult adjustments now, we are laying the groundwork for our short- and long-term success.  This may require looking at our current relationships to see if one or more of them are interfering with our progress.  Or it may be an “internal job,” meaning we are our own worst enemy because we are harboring unproductive thoughts and beliefs.

The need for self-reflection is further emphasized by the Sun, the Moon, and Mercury squaring (90°) Jupiter.  In fact, the Mercury-Jupiter square is exact within 0 degrees and 7 minutes.  This makes it the most powerful aspect occurring at the time of this New Moon, other than the exact conjunction (0°) between the Sun and Moon.  We need to work with the retrograde motion of Mercury and explore inwardly our values, beliefs, and true motivations (Jupiter) before beginning anything new.  Other aspects that occur less than 24 hours after the New Moon/Eclipse encourage us to look closely at any self-defeating habits and to work toward supporting rather than criticizing ourselves as we move forward on our path.

As with the previous two eclipses, healing is still being emphasized.  This time, it is in the form of a t-square (right triangle) configuration in which there is an opposition (180°) between Venus and Chiron, with both of them squaring (90°) Saturn.  Because Saturn is the planet being squared (i.e., the “focal planet”), it is what shows us a possible way out of any conflicts between the planets that are in opposition.  For example, if we are feeling insecure (Chiron) about pursuing what we desire (Venus), it will likely help to focus on establishing a secure foundation (Saturn) before we move forward.  We may also find that it’s important to examine our level of responsibility (Saturn) for healing (Chiron) within our relationships or finances (Venus).  We may be taking on too much responsibility or we might be afraid to take a leadership role.

The day after the New Moon/Eclipse (Sunday, August 12), retrograde Mars moves so far backwards that it leaves Aquarius and re-enters Capricorn.  It will remain in the last two degrees of Capricorn for about month.  Mars in Cap is a very different energy than Mars in Aquarius.  The former looks backwards while the latter looks forward; therefore, we may feel like our efforts to take steps toward new goals are being thwarted.  Also, rather than focusing on interdependence, Mars in Cap wants to independently take charge and be responsible without the support of others.  However, given we still have quite a few planets in retrograde (i.e., Mars, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto), the next few weeks may feel like we have “one foot on the gas and the other foot on the breaks.”  If we use this Mars in Capricorn energy productively, we may be able to formulate very practical action steps and find ways to live with greater integrity.  We need to be patient and use the Mars in retrograde energy to reevaluate our foundations, formulate strategic plans, and question what we want to be responsible for and where we want to direct our leadership abilities.

On Saturday, August 18, Mercury stops its retrograde motion and begins moving direct again.  It may take a few days, but we will likely see communication patterns becoming clearer.  Again, given we are still being influenced by all these planets in retrograde, we may not yet see a lot of forward motion.  But Mercury starts loosening things up. It is more likely that we will start seeing a shift in the winds of external change after Mars turns direct on Monday, August 27, and Saturn goes direct on Thursday, September 6.

However, even those shifts will likely just entail taking steps toward laying the foundation for what will likely be major changes occurring between November 2018 and March 2019.  This is when Uranus will back into the last two degrees of Aries.  When this happens, many of us will truly step into the new changes we’ve been working on this year.  This may result in a life that looks very different than the one we are living now . . . a life that provides us with more independence and authenticity, even if it means going against what others believe we “should” do or bucking the status quo.  Our job now is to get as prepared as we can for this stage in our development by doing the inner work indicated by these eclipses and planets in retrograde.

Finally, it is worth mentioning that the last of three trines (120°) between Jupiter and Neptune will be exact on Sunday, August 19.  However, we will be feeling its impact for several days before and after the actual event.  If we have done the work over the last ten months, we have become clearer in our spiritual principles and beliefs.  We may have grown tired of old dogma or power games.  Humanitarian goals, increased compassion, and heightened faith have come to the surface.  Widening our minds to explore other belief systems has helped us see that everyone is part of a larger whole or web of energy.  We now “get” that to hurt one is to hurt the whole.

Overall, this Leo New Moon and final of three eclipses may feel like you are starting to wake up from a dream to find that the world has somehow changed overnight.  It can feel disorienting, but it’s all being Divinely orchestrated for our highest good.  But with so many planets still in retrograde, we are still in the planning stages of changes that are coming.  We need to lay the internal groundwork now for the incredible growth that is coming during the latter part of 2018 and through early 2019.  (NOTE:  Just in case you are experiencing that sense of disorientation, the Pisces Full Moon coming up on August 26 is going to give us all a chance to catch our breath.  More on that in the next Moon Update.)

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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 19° of Leo

  • Saturday, August 11, 2018, 2:57 a.m. PDT
  • Saturday, August 11, 2018, 5:57 a.m. EDT
  • Saturday, August 11, 2018, 9:57 a.m. GMT

FULL MOON IN AQUARIUS & FULL LUNAR ECLIPSE – We need to find a way to flow with the volatile and unpredictable energies (July 27, 2018)

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 1:20 p.m. on Friday, July 27.  With this Full Moon, the Sun in Leo will be in opposition (180°) to the Moon in Aquarius.  To further clarify how this Full Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 5° of Leo and 5° of Aquarius in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with those two houses are going to be most impacted by this Full Moon’s presence.

Any Full Moon asks us to determine if we need to attain a better balance between two areas of our lives.  But as we discussed in our last Moon Update, this Aquarius Full Moon is also the second in a series of three eclipses, which adds incredible emphasis to its importance.  It is actually setting the stage for energy that will continue to influence us all the way through at least the first half of August, when we have the rare third eclipse at the time of the New Moon in Leo (Saturday, August 11).

Due to several factors, the potential impact of this Aquarius Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse is difficult to describe.  The energies involved are both volatile and unpredictable.  Here are some of the key issues at play with regard to this intense energy that we will all be traversing:

  • An Aquarius Full Moon asks us to look at how we are expressing ourselves. Leo is about individuality and creativity.  Aquarius is about interdependency and social responsibility.  When out of balance, we may have lost ourselves in service and, consequently, are no longer tapping into the unique gifts we came here to share with the world.  Or conversely, we could be overemphasizing self-expression and not finding a way to share our heart-felt gifts in a way that services humanity.  Finding a balance is key now.
  • But it’s not just the Sun and Moon that are impacting this Aquarius Full Moon. On one end of the Full Moon’s opposition (180°), we find the Sun exactly conjunct (0°) the North Node; and on the other end, the Moon is not only exactly conjunct (0°) the South Node but also exactly conjunct (0°) Mars.  Additionally, both ends of this opposition are in a very close square (90°) to Uranus in Taurus.  This forms a very strong fixed t-square (i.e., right triangle), which is supercharging this Full Moon in Aquarius, especially given that Uranus is the ruler of Aquarius.  Uranus is the planet of change and breakthroughs.  As the “focal planet” of this t-square (i.e., the planet squaring the planets that are in opposition), it is providing us with hints about how to find our way out of any conflicts caused by the opposition.  In this case, Uranus is telling us that we are advised to flow with the inevitable changes that are about to enter our lives, which could be easier said than done.  With the Moon conjunct (0°) Mars, emotions may be very close to the surface, and we may feel a need to express ourselves . . . rather assertively and even aggressively.  If this is the case, we are advised to use our knowledge of astrology to consciously make the choice to not speak in a reactionary way (see Mercury in retrograde below).  Instead, we should channel any excess emotional energy into positive activities, such as exercising, focusing on accomplishing a task that takes effort, or talking with someone who understands that we just need to vent.  This is especially important because whenever the Sun squares (90°) Uranus, we often feel a need to rebel against something or someone in order to gain more independence.  Given that Uranus is in Taurus, what may be changing could have to do with what we find valuable in our lives.  With the Sun in opposition (180°) to Mars, we may feel an inner urge to do battle to get whatever it is that now motivates us.  Mars is also in an exact square (90°) to Uranus, which is screaming at us, “Take action to change things!”  However, given the other influences that are described below, it would be better to use all this powerful energy to craft a strategic plan rather than implement any actual changes.
  • And let us not forget the total Lunar Eclipse! The Full Moon is usually a time when there is increased light to see what is in the shadows and in our subconscious.  But the eclipse takes away that light.  Therefore, whatever is hidden in the shadowy part of our subconscious could sneak out without warning.  This can feel scary at times; however, if we know in advance that this may happen, we can face any monsters that appear, greet them, and ask them what they want us to know.  That’s all they want from us . . . for us to face them and learn from them.  Keep in mind that eclipses often correlate with endings and new beginnings; and with this eclipse, we may feel compelled to face something from our past (or even a past life) that needs resolution.
  • There is support for old problems or people from our past coming up for healing. Chiron is forming a free-flowing trine (120°) with the Sun/North Node and is in a supportive sextile (60°) to the Moon/South Node/Mars.  Healing may involve the past coming into our present to order to help us heal through clearing emotions that may be stuck or being denied.  For example, given the influence of the Aquarius Full Moon, we may need to face fears of expressing our true gifts or our truth (Aquarius).  If we can do so from a loving place (Leo), the trines and sextiles provide support for us to make great strides toward healing inner wounds (Chiron).  And the Moon in Aquarius brings an emotional objectivity that will likely come in very handy, but only if we choose to access it.
  • Finally, it is important that we remember that we currently have five out of the ten primary planets in retrograde, including Mercury in Leo that begins its next retrograde phase (July 26-August 19) just hours before the Aquarius Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse. The other retrograde planets are Mars, Saturn, Neptune, and Pluto.  Additionally, Chiron, which is an asteroid, is also moving retrograde; and Uranus is about to start its annual retrograde phase on Tuesday, August 7.  This is a heck of a lot of retrograde energy!  So although the strong influence of the eclipse and the full moon’s square to Uranus may be telling us to make some necessary and important changes in our lives, this retrograde season is telling us to use this time for inner reflection and going back to the drawing board to revamp some aspects of these changes.  Actions may be necessary now, but it’s likely things will go much more smoothly once some of these planets begin moving direct again later this year.  Leo is all about creativity, so we may need to rethink how we want to contribute to the collective (Aquarius).  It will likely be helpful to explore what motivates and inspires us, not just continue in whatever role we’ve been playing in our family or in society.  And as mentioned previously, this is a very good time to look at how our past may be influencing our present circumstances so we can heal old wounds that are holding us back from a brighter future.

Luckily on Monday, August 6 (right before the third and final eclipse on Saturday, August 11), Venus enters her home sign of Libra.  She will remain in Libra until Monday, September 10.  With so much volatile energy swirling around us, Venus may not have much luck soothing ruffled feathers, but she will give it her best shot!  While Venus is in Libra, everyone is more inclined to use charm to get what we desire.  Our focus is on our relationships, and we are more willing than usual to negotiate and compromise.  Aggressive or “uncouth” behavior is the ultimate turn-off while Venus travels through Libra.  We just need to be careful not to become so malleable that we forfeit our needs in order to maintain or regain peace.  Venus in Libra is also a good time to objectively look at our finances and seek balance in our spending/saving ratio.

Overall, this Aquarius Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse could bring significant insights and revelations, which could lead to revolutionary changes in our lives, both individually and at a societal level.  The very strong influence of Uranus cannot be emphasized enough.  The energy of Uranus is often unexpected and sudden, and given its very close square (90°) to Mars at the time of this full moon/eclipse, it could be a volatile time.  Events could seemingly happen “out of the blue,” and they could be the catalyst for breaks with the past and steps toward a radically new future.  All of this could feel both exciting and unsettling . . . and probably both!  It will be helpful to remember that before something can truly change for the better, chaos may be required while structures are dismantled.  But given all the retrograde influence, it’s likely that the dismantling will be more internal right now in preparation for external changes.  And the more we prepare internally, the potential for external chaos is reduced.  We do need to let go of stagnant patterns, and a supportive trine (120°) between Uranus and Saturn indicates that whatever changes we are thinking about making will lead to a much more solid foundation in the future.  The best advice right now is to flow with whatever happens, to be emotionally objective so we don’t overreact to what is happening around us, to move away from ego-based needs and come from a heart-felt place of service, to spend time in inner reflection, and to focus on how we can use our gifts in service to humanity.

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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 5° of Aquarius

  • Friday, July 27, 2018, 1:20 p.m. PDT
  • Friday, July 27, 2018, 4:20 p.m. EDT
  • Friday, July 27, 2018, 8:20 p.m. GMT

NEW MOON IN CANCER & SOLAR ECLIPSE – Change is coming . . . it’s just a matter of when, not if (July 12, 2018)

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 7:47 p.m. on Thursday, July 12.  This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 21° of Cancer.  To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 21° 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.

Twice a year (i.e., about every 6 months), the Sun and Moon travel in a pattern that results in Solar and Lunar Eclipses.  I always like to think of an eclipse season as a time when our unconscious world is taken off line for a few hours, new software is installed, and then our system is rebooted.  As with new computer programs, each upgrade will result in changes.  Consequently, eclipses often herald a time of change in our lives, although the impact sometimes isn’t apparent until we look back six months from now when the next series of eclipses occur.  But endings and beginnings often correlate with an eclipse season.  Our growth accelerates, and we are given an opportunity to look at life in a new way.

Typically, there are two eclipses in each cycle, but occasionally there are three, as there are this time: (1) a partial solar eclipse in Cancer on Thursday, July 12, (2) a full lunar eclipse in Aquarius on Friday, July 27, and (3) a partial solar eclipse in Leo on Saturday, August 11.  Having three eclipses in a row just accelerates the need for growth, change, and forward progress.

All eclipses increase the effects of the specific New or Full Moon involved.  Each New Moon provides us with opportunities for new emotional starts and a time to set new intentions and goals in the areas associated with the sign involved.  This time, the sign is Cancer, which focuses on home, family, our past, nurturing, and our foundation.  One type of “home” is the one in which our soul is housed in during this lifetime . . . our physical body.  We need to remember to nurture and nourish ourselves first, and then we will have the energy to do this for others and for our community/society.  Cancer is very security minded, and our true sense of safety often comes when we feel secure within ourselves, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  Once we learn how to soothe and nurture ourselves, then we stop being dependent on someone or something outside of ourselves.

Cancer is a cardinal water sign, which means it addresses all of these issues with emotional energy (water) and intensity (cardinal).  Nothing is taken lightly when dealing with Cancer’s foci, and the eclipse just makes this more likely.  Chances are good that this will be a highly emotional time, which reinforces our need to be compassionate and loving with ourselves and with others.  Our challenge is to be very aware of how we react to others and how others are reacting to us.  With Mars in Aquarius continuing its square (90°) to Uranus in Taurus, this will further stir things up in our lives.  However, it also gives us the energy and courage (Mars) to do things differently (Uranus).  We need to use Aquarian objectivity and humanitarianism to see all sides of a situation and act from a place of unconditional love and unity.

This may be easier said than done due to an exact opposition (180°) between this Cancer New Moon and Pluto in Capricorn.  This will likely increase the potential for emotionality and sensitivity.  Pluto is about death/rebirth, healing, transformation, and our inner psyches.  It’s a passionate, intense energy that cannot be easily ignored.  Pluto’s involvement also increases the probability that this could be a time when something major changes in our lives, individually and/or societally.  Given the opposition to Cancer, these changes may come to us through our feelings, dreams, or intuition, and they may relate to our intimate/family relationships, how we nurture ourselves, and how we nurture others.

Pluto often means that what needs healing is housed in the shadowing realm of our unconscious.  Suppressed feelings may come to the surface.  It may be helpful to keep in mind that Cancer can also over personalize things, leading us to be too sensitive, using our crabby claws to defend ourselves (sometimes with detrimental consequences), or retreating inside our shell and withdrawing from the world.  We need to choose how we react.

Normally, Cancer tends to be cautious and prefers to hold onto the past.  However, the eclipse will help counter this tendency and allow us to consider new options that feed our souls at this point in our spiritual journey.  A rebirth of some kind is imminent.  Although surprises are possible, we probably have been feeling the “winds of change” for some time.  If we did the work of Jupiter retrograde, then we have reevaluated and possibly revamped our belief system in some way.  If we are ready to “go public” with our newly changed beliefs, then this could cause some upheaval in one or more areas of our lives, especially if those beliefs impact our home, family, the past, and foundational issues (i.e., Cancerian issues).

To assist us in navigating all this energy is a free-slowing grand trine, which is a configuration in which 3 planets are located 120° apart thereby forming an equilateral triangle in the sky above us.  All 3 of the current planets are in earth energies:  Venus in Virgo, Saturn in Capricorn, and Uranus in Taurus.  Grand trines are very positive, and the earth energy will support us in maintaining our grounding in the midst of the emotional energy of Cancer, Pluto, and the Solar Eclipse.  We will likely benefit from spending time at home or going out in nature.  Given the planets involved, doing anything practical will be helpful, such as including taking care of finances or cleaning/organizing our homes.  The earth grand trine may also provide us with a willingness to try something new (Uranus) rather than giving into the usually cautious Cancer energy.  Additional help is provided by supportive trines (120°) between this Cancer New Moon and both Jupiter in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces.  These aspects will provide us with a sense of faith that wonderful things are on the horizon and increased imagination regarding what is possible.

On Monday, July 9, which is 3 days before the New Moon, Venus moved out of dramatic Leo and into analytical, earthy Virgo, where it will remain until August 7.  Venus is very much focused on harmony and balance (it is the ruler of Libra for a reason), so this next month will likely bring an increased awareness that attention to detail (Virgo) will help us get what we desire (Venus).  Any expressions of love will likely entail practical actions, such as running an errand or helping sort out finances.  We may feel inclined to spend money on something that has entertainment value, but we will be particularly happy with our purchase if it can also be used for practical purposes.

Two days before the New Moon and Solar Eclipse (Tuesday, July 10), Jupiter stops its annual retrograde phase and begins moving direct again.  Although we may begin to feel more hopeful about the future, we may also feel a sense of urgency, like a woman in labor ready to push her baby out into the world.  We may feel ready to let go of something that no longer supports or interests us to make room for something new in our lives.  But keep in mind that with so many other planets still in retrograde, we may only be getting closer to being ready . . . not yet fully ready to push that baby out.  However, having Jupiter turn direct will definitely increase our optimism and hope!  It may just take a little more time to translate into actual change/action.

On Sunday, July 22, the Sun moves out of Cancer and into Leo for its month-long stay.  The lower expression of the Sun in Leo is being overly dramatic and attention-seeking.  But as with all things astrological, the choice is always ours.  We could, instead, choose the high road and express ourselves from our hearts.  We each came here to express something unique during this exciting time in humanity’s evolution, so this would be a good month to explore how we can each creatively express who we are in a loving way, and possibly change the world in the process.  The next two eclipses will focus on just that, so we might as well start the process now.  Luckily, the Leo energy will give us confidence and courage to do so.

Overall, this Cancer New Moon and Solar Eclipse may be a time of major change in our lives and/or in society.  The eclipse season is like lighting a fuse on something that needs to be removed in order to make room for something new.  With the Cancer energy being involved in this first eclipse, this could be a very emotional time, and the focus of any changes may have to do with whatever we define as our home and family.  Jupiter going direct 2 days before the New Moon means we may be ready to take a stand regarding what we believe to be true for ourselves, even if those in our “family” don’t agree.  But with Pluto exactly opposing this New Moon, we have ample power to heal very deep-seated issues, even on a soul, Karmic, or past life level.  Although change can be scary, there are many indications that this change will lead to a positive outcome.  Holding on will only result in stagnation.  We don’t need to rush into any changes if we aren’t feeling ready.  Many planets are still in retrograde, and this New Moon is only the beginning of a 3-part eclipse cycle.  We should pace ourselves and understand that change is coming . . . it’s just a matter of when, not if.

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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 23° of Gemini

  • Thursday, July 12, 2018, 7:47 p.m. PDT
  • Thursday, July 12, 2018, 10:47 p.m. EDT
  • Friday, July 13, 2018, 2:47 a.m. GMT

FULL MOON IN CAPRICORN – Time to think about what is and isn’t your responsibility (June 27, 2018)

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 9:52 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27.  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 7° of Cancer and 7° 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.

Whenever we experience a Full Moon, it is a time when we need to reevaluate something in our lives with the goal of achieving a better balance between two areas of our lives.  This time, our home base (Cancer) and our public endeavors (Capricorn) are under the spotlight.  Watery Cancer is all about emotions, family, and our private, sensitive world.  Earthy Capricorn’s focus is on career, discipline, and practical actions in the world outside our family.  Both are concerned with responsibility, but Cancer is responsible for taking care of ourselves and those we call “family,” while Capricorn’s responsibility lies outside our home in the “public domain.”

The Moon is in a close conjunction (0°) with Saturn at the time of this Capricorn Full Moon, which gives extra emphasis to the sign of Capricorn because Saturn is the ruler of Capricorn.  Pluto is also in this sign at the present time.  Capricorn’s prominence could mean that this is a turning point in our lives because it is the sign often associated with completion, endings, and even Karma.  Many of us will likely be called to review our priorities to see if we need to end something in one area of our life to make room for something new.  We might want to ask ourselves, “Have I been expressing too much Capricorn energy by being over committed and giving away my energy to others?” or “Have I been expressing too much Cancer energy by avoiding important responsibilities or not sharing my gifts with the external world?”

The good news is that even if we do need to redistribute the balance between our private and public selves, we always have a choice.  But sometimes making that choice means having to say no to ourselves or to someone else, which can be difficult.  If we have committed too much of ourselves to the external world, we might have to set some boundaries and make some people unhappy.  Or if we have been too reclusive, we might need to sacrifice some alone time in order to meet our responsibilities head on.

However, if we do this right, healing will be the end result.  This is because the Full Moon opposition (180°) between Sun and the Moon/Saturn is squaring (90°) Chiron, forming a right triangle or t-square in the sky above us.  T-squares demand change.  Chiron, as the focal planet, shows us where our greatest potential for growth is located, but it isn’t called the Wounded Healer for nothing!  In order to heal, we will need to face our insecurities, fears, and wounded inner child.  But the outcome of facing our issues and finding a better balance between our private and public selves could be life changing!

Keep in mind, though, that we have a lot of planets in retrograde right now (i.e., Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, Pluto).  Consequently, it is best to use the time of the Cap Full Moon to turn inward and do the assessment phase of this healing.  This is reinforced by Mars going retrograde the day before the Full Moon (Tuesday, June 26).  Therefore, focus on identifying the imbalance and start looking for possible solutions.  With Mars going retrograde, we may feel like our energy levels have suddenly dropped.  We may experience blocks or delays that slow us down.  Nothing will be happening quickly for the next few months.  Therefore, we may not initiate changes right away.  Or if we try, we may feel that our efforts are thwarted.  It’s important to remember that this retrograde season is meant to help us make sure that what we are doing is well thought out and well timed.  We are focused now on making the critical inner changes that will support the new actions that will be taken in the future.  With so much earthy Capricorn energy right now, focusing on practical things and wrapping up unfinished business will be very helpful.  Starting anything new might be challenging.

The time of the Cap Full Moon could also be an emotional time.  Mars in retrograde can feel frustrating, and it is in conjunction (0°) with the South Node, which represents our past.  Not only could we more easily fall back into old behavior patterns, but we may experience old hurts or anger re-surfacing.  With Chiron in a supportive trine (120°) to Mercury, healing will be aided by talking with compassionate people, journaling, and/or speaking our truth in a loving way.  Support is also provided by a trine (120°) between the Moon/Saturn to Uranus, helping us see new options for breaking free, trying something new, and expressing who we are as individuals.

The day after the Full Moon (Thursday, June 28), Mercury leaves emotional Cancer and moves into fiery Leo.  Mercury usually spends about three weeks in each sign.  However, this time, due to going retrograde from July 26-August 19, Mercury will be in Leo until September 7.  Our inner and external communication will be grand and dramatic.  We want to be noticed and receive acknowledgement and praise.  Just be forewarned that we aren’t very focused on details right now because we see the big picture and not the trees.  So we do need to be careful to not make silly detail-oriented mistakes or not listen carefully when important information is being given to us, especially once Mercury goes retrograde.  But this is an excellent placement for making a speech, telling a story, or being persuasive in our written or oral communication.

Then on what is Independence Day in the USA (Wednesday, July 4), Chiron joins the retrograde party.  Chiron is in retrograde basically for the rest of this year, so we have ample opportunity to benefit from its urgings to look deep into our psyches and bring up to the surface whatever needs to be healed in order to move forward on our spiritual journey.  We may feel more vulnerable than usual during this time, but we can make huge leaps forward in our healing progress.  Luckily, Chiron is in Aries, which will give us the courage (Aries) to go into the darkness and search for the light of healing that is waiting for each of us.

Overall, the heavy Capricorn emphasis of this Full Moon will likely make it a serious time.  We will be looking at where we have been avoiding taking responsibility or where we have been overly responsible.  We might need to stop procrastinating about something or set firm boundaries with ourselves or others.  With Saturn prominent in this Full Moon and it being in its retrograde phase, it’s likely a restructuring of some kind is happening in order to create a firmer foundation in our lives.  We are being asked to attain a better balance between our emotional life and what we are manifesting or creating in the external world.  Being overly focused on others or on ourselves can leave us out of balance energetically, and this Full Moon gives us an opportunity to create a new dynamic stability.  Therefore, our best use of this time period is to go inward, seek practical solutions, and gain clarity that will result in healing.

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

REMINDER

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

FULL MOON

Full Moon at 7° of Capricorn

  • Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 9:52 p.m. PDT
  • Thursday, June 28, 2018, 12:52 a.m. EDT
  • Thursday, June 28, 2018, 4:52 a.m. GMT

NEW MOON IN GEMINI – Being objective, setting boundaries, and healing old wounds (June 13, 2018)

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 12:43 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13.  This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 23° of Gemini.  To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 23° 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 provide us with opportunities for new emotional starts and a time to set new intentions and goals in the areas associated with the sign involved.  Gemini is all about thinking, communicating, curiosity, and learning.  It is a mutable air sign, which means that our minds may be “all over the place.”  However, this is also a mentally fertile time when new ideas may come to us and begin to take shape into a new situation or reality.  (The house involved may give you a hint of what area of your life might experience this influx of new mental energy and possibly even a rebirth of some kind.)

Most Gemini New Moons bring social energy.  We tend to want to be around people and communicate, often in ways that are objective and respectful of everyone’s point-of-view.  But this year’s New Moon is a bit different.  We all need to watch for signs that we are running an old “story” or “tape” from the past that is hindering our ability to see things from a new perspective.  The best way for us to do this is through equal parts of intellectual objectivity and emotional awareness.  This is because on the same day as the Gemini New Moon, Mercury moves out of objective Gemini and into emotional Cancer, where it will remain until June 30.  With Mercury in Cancer, our thoughts and words (Mercury) take on an emotional quality (Cancer).  This can cause us to lose some of our usual objectivity.  But other aspects this month will help counter that (e.g., Mars in Aquarius).  It is good to remember, though, that during this New Moon, our greatest clarity will likely come from talking through our feelings and exploring our needs.

This is reinforced by the fact that the Moon is located in Gemini and Mercury is located in Cancer.  The Moon is the ruler of Cancer and Mercury is the ruler of Gemini.  This forms what is called a “mutual reception,” because each planet is located in the sign that is ruled by the other one.  When this happens, the energies are blended together and not easily separated.  So this means that using our “emotional intelligence” could be highly effective now!  In general, listening with our hearts and our heads will provide us with more information than doing either one alone.

Adding to this need for heart-energy is Venus’s move into Leo on the same day as the Gemini New Moon.  Venus will remain in Leo until July 11.  Venus in Leo is all about love!  We will benefit from approaching life with a light-hearted, big-hearted, love-filled way.  We feel more generous and playful.  Remember that laughter can lighten the mood of any conversation, but only when appropriately timed.  Additionally, we need to be aware that Venus in Leo can also increase our need for drama, attention, or validation.  If we aren’t careful, this can undermine our efforts to express our love.

At the time of the New Moon in Gemini, many of us will be influenced by a very strong cardinal t-square (i.e., right triangle) configuration.  This one includes (a) an opposition (180°) between Mercury in Cancer and Saturn in Capricorn and (b) both planets squaring (90°) Chiron in Aries.  T-squares are never easy.  They demand change.  I always say that a t-square is like a burr underneath a horse’s saddle; the horse will buck!  This means that almost all of us will feel its influence in some way.  With Mercury opposing Saturn, we may be at a turning point.  If so, a decision will be needed that leads to a more solid foundation or structure in some area of our life.  The squares to Chiron make it the “focal planet” of the t-square, which shows us that the way to find a balance between the planets that are in opposition is to face what old wounds that need to be healed.  Any pain coming up now is very likely from very old issues, and we have a choice to avoid them or face them with the courage provided by Chiron in Aries.

The t-square described above may make this Gemini New Moon a time when difficult conversations need to happen.  But with Mars in an extended stay in Aquarius (see last Moon Update), any dialogue should benefit from Aquarian objectivity and humanitarian focus.  We definitely need to avoid falling into believing we are a victim of our past, which will keep us from owning our own power.  With Mercury in Cancer, these conversations may have to do with family matters or issues that are “close to home.”  We may need to ask for what we want and/or set new boundaries.  We do have the potential now to think realistically (Mercury-Saturn opposition), but we need to avoid becoming overly negative or critical of ourselves or others.

Support is provided by a trine (120°) between Chiron and Venus.  Our healing (Chiron) will likely involve our relationships and/or finances (Venus).  It may be harder than usual to find fault in other’s weaknesses, and trust is more easily created.  This amplifies the opportunities now for healing through addressing old wounds.  Peace will come from focusing on love and leaving the past behind.

Luckily, Mercury is in a very close sextile (60°) to Uranus, which supports us in shifting our thinking, sometimes in radical ways.  Our intuition is strengthened, and we may experience sudden insights.  When speaking with others, we may expand our level of understanding, but only if we speak our truth in a compassionate and loving way.

All of these influences around the time of the New Moon may lead us to make a commitment to a new course of action.  However, any external actions are best taken slowly (Uranus in Taurus) and methodically (Saturn in Capricorn).  Additionally, due to so many planets being in retrograde (i.e., Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto), it’s more than likely that any changes and shifts will mostly be done internally first in preparation for external changes.

On Monday, June 18, Neptune joins the retrograde party for its annual 5-month retrograde phase.  This could make us feel a little more “dreamy” and unfocused than usual, but that could be helpful during this internally-focused retrograde season.  It definitely has the potential to bring emotional and unconscious material to our awareness, which could supplement our effort to heal those old wounds.

Thursday, June 21, is when the Sun moves into Cancer, marking the Solstice.  When in Cancer, the Sun is telling us that it’s time to shine our light on our home and our family, however we define that.  It’s a month when we seek a sense of belonging and have an increased interest in exploring our origins or roots.  This is the perfect position for the Sun while so many planets are in retrograde because we tend to pull in and want to “nest” so we can focus on nurturing ourselves and our families.

Overall, this Gemini New Moon may see some radical change in how we perceive certain issues in our lives.  The t-square at the time of this New Moon will bring issues to the surface that may require us to stand up for ourselves, set boundaries, and even deal with conflict.  But with Mars in Aquarius, our intention should be to do so with kindness, objectivity, and focusing on how we are all connected.  With Mercury in Cancer, our words can either be softened with Cancer’s “Mama energy” or we could use those claws to do some damage.  It is up to use to choose which way we want to use the energy.  It may be helpful now to think about how you would like to be treated by others, and then act accordingly.

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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 23° of Gemini

  • Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 12:43 p.m. PDT
  • Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 3:43 p.m. EDT
  • Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 7:43 p.m. GMT

FULL MOON IN SAGITTARIUS – Time to become your own inner authority (May 29, 2018)

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonThank you, one and all, for your patience, understanding, and support while I’ve taken this hiatus to deal with my father’s estate.  My time is still very limited; consequently, my Moon Updates will have to be briefer than usual.  But I will do my best to keep everyone informed about any important astrological events.


In the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 7:19 a.m. on Tuesday, May 29.  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 9° of Gemini and 9° 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 require us to find a balance between the qualities of the two signs involved.  With this one, those two signs are fiery Sagittarius and airy Gemini.  Both signs are information seekers, but where Gemini is interested in basic, factual information, Sag focuses on sifting through all that data to find the “truth.”  Both are important:  We need to keep learning and filling our minds, but we also need to use inner wisdom to sort out what is “right” and “true” for each of us.  Without accurate information (Gemini), any conclusions that are reached (Sag) may be flawed.

Finding balance between these two signs will be easier right now because the Moon in Sagittarius is in two free-flowing trines (120°) to Chiron in Aries and the North Node in Leo.  This forms a configuration called a fire grand trine (i.e., a right triangle in the sky above us).  This grand trine provides readily-available fiery energy!  We will want to move forward, and we can more easily burn away any untruths to find the special prize hidden inside the box of Cracker Jacks.  And because Chiron is involved, finding that hidden present could lead to important healing.  The grand trine supports us in being courageous (Aries), but we must also make sure that we are coming from a place that is both loving (Leo) and that acknowledges that we have lessons to learn (North Node) and issues to heal (Chiron).

Additionally, we will likely have access to the wisdom we need to sort out any emotions because there is a second grand trine present at the time of the Sag Moon.  This grand trine has Jupiter in Scorpio trine (120°) Neptune in Pisces, and both are trine (120°) Venus in Cancer.  Therefore, this is a water grand trine.  Emotions will likely be flowing easily (water), especially with Venus (love) in the ultimate “Ma-ma” energy of Cancer.  The trine (120°) between Jupiter and Neptune is actually the second in a series of three trines between these two outer planets (i.e., the other two occurring on December 2, 2017 & August 19, 2018).  This aspect brings an optimistic energy that can even provide us with a new spiritual understanding.  We may feel renewed hope in the face of difficult life circumstances.  It is also possible now to release old emotional wounds, both from our past and even from past lives.  But because Jupiter is retrograde in Scorpio, this is likely a time when we will be facing those parts of ourselves that are hidden in the shadows and that we’d like to ignore.  The presence of psychological, intuitive Neptune will help us dive deep to find the answer in our psyches.  This may involve facing our fears (Neptune) and/or changing our belief systems (Jupiter).  We will benefit from anything that helps us tune into our emotions and psychological issues (e.g., counseling, journaling, resting, meditating, dream work).

Saturn in Capricorn is the focal planet of another configuration called a Yod, which is also known as The Finger of God or The Finger of Fate.  Saturn is inconjunct (150°) both the Sun in Gemini and the North Node in Leo, and the Sun and the North Node are in a sextile (60°).  Saturn is in its home sign of Capricorn right now, so it’s very powerful.  But it’s also currently in retrograde, so we are being asked to look inward to find our own stability and security.  The two inconjuncts are telling us that we can’t look to external sources of authority right now. We need to determine for ourselves what is right or wrong, regardless of what others may think or expect.  It is also likely that it’s time to step up and take responsibility for something in our lives.  Yods always indicate potential moments of great growth, but only through adjustments and compromise.  Luckily, Saturn (the focal point of the Yod) is in opposition (180°) to Venus.  This shows that the “way out” is through love, sensual activities, and seeking what we enjoy or desire.

Also, both Saturn and Venus are squaring (90°) Chiron, forming a T-square (i.e., a right triangle).  Chiron is the focal point of the T-square, which means that facing whatever wounds need to be healed will help us find a better balance between our responsibilities (Saturn) and seeking what we love (Venus).

On the same day of the Sag Full Moon (Tuesday, May 29), Mercury moves out of earthy Taurus and into its home sign of Gemini, where it will remain until June 13.  Mercury LOVES being in Gemini!  Our minds will become very active and curious.  We want to learn, learn, learn!  However, Merc in Gemini means we are often happier learning just the basics, and we don’t want to delve too deeply into any topic.  After all, there’s so many other interesting things to learn about!  The only downside of this placement is that we can be mentally distracted, which makes it hard to focus and can cause us to miss important details.  But our ease in communicating while Mercury is in Gemini and our increased social skills will usually cover up any social faux pas.

Overall, this Sagittarius Full Moon is all about new levels of healing, and there is a great deal of support for us to dig deep and do the work due to the presence of not one but two grand trines!  Because several of the planets involved are in retrograde, it is likely that much of our exploration and healing will occur through inner reflection.  This will eventually lead to external action, but we should use the supportive energy around the time of the Sagittarius Full Moon to reflect and make sure we are going where we want to go and doing what we want to go.  We need to become our own inner authority.  In addition to healing, we may also experience a big leap forward in our spiritual understanding.  Wisdom is our goal, and part of that involves knowing when to take action and when it is best to trust and surrender.  The decision about which of those paths to take involves learning to trust our own inner guidance system, and that’s what this Sag Full Moon is all about.

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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 9° of Sagittarius

  • Tuesday, May 29, 2018, 7:19 a.m. PDT
  • Tuesday, May 29, 2018, 10:19 a.m. EDT
  • Tuesday, May 29, 2018, 2:19 p.m. GMT

NEW MOON IN TAURUS – Plus important changes coming up this summer (May 15, 2018)

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Thank you, one and all, for your patience, understanding, and support while I’ve taken this hiatus to deal with my father’s estate.  I think things are beginning slow down a little bit, but my time is still very limited.  Forgive me if my Moon Updates are briefer than usual for the time being.  But the skies are so active right now and the time around this Taurus New Moon is so important astrologically that I just have to try to keep everyone a little informed.   

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In the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 4:47 a.m. on Tuesday, May 15.  This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 25° of Taurus.  To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 25° 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.

There are three major astrological events occurring between May 15-16.  This means that the impact of each one is amplified.

  • New Moons always provide us with opportunities for new emotional starts and a time to set new intentions and goals in the areas associated with the sign involved. New Moons in Taurus are typically known as peaceful times, but this one is far from that!  Everything that is associated with Taurus will be very important . . . responsibility, resourcefulness, dependability, reliability, loyalty, patience, and material possessions.  This is an excellent time to get down to work and do what is needed to manifest what we want in our lives.
  • Also on Tuesday, May 15, Uranus is moving into Taurus. This is a big deal!  The last time Uranus was in this sign was 1942, and it only changes signs every 7 years.  And with Uranus, any change in sign often coincides with some pretty major events on or around the time it enters the new sign.  This could involve sudden changes on a personal and/or societal level that then play out over the next seven years.  As we’ve discussed before, whenever the energy of Uranus is involved, it’s hard to predict exactly what the changes will entail.  We sometimes see them coming; but other times, they can feel like they come “out of the blue.”  However, given Uranus is moving into the earthy sign of Taurus, any changes are likely going to be stabilizing in nature.  Any “revolution” will likely be related to how we are dealing with the material world around us, including our finances, our definition of beauty, and what we value or find enjoyable.  As a society, we will be looking at how we are using our resources and interacting with the environment.
  • On Wednesday, May 16, Mars moves into the sign of Aquarius. Mars usually stays in a sign for about 7 weeks.  However, this time it will remain in Aquarius for 6 months due to a retrograde period.  Mars in Aquarius may cause our actions to become impulsive or unpredictable.  We will likely feel drawn to actively use our “idiosyncratic whackiness” (Aquarius!) in the world around us to serve others in a responsible, humanitarian way.  We will want to be innovative, and our minds will likely be very active.  Team efforts are enjoyable, but leaders will need to prove that they are worthy of our trust and respect.

But that’s not all!  Mars is entering Aquarius, and Uranus is the ruler of Aquarius.  And Mars and Uranus will be in a square (90°) to each other for basically the rest of the year (about 6 months).  If you are sensing excitement on my part, you are right.  We are entering a very powerful time in our lives, and this Mars-Uranus square is the spark that ignites the flame of restlessness.  If we have been considering making some changes, this is the time!  We may feel driven to try things we never dreamed would be possible for us.  We are more willing to take risks, and we may crave unique experiences that express our individuality in powerful ways, especially if it brings more freedom into our lives.


NOTE:  For those with a more advanced understanding of astrology, look to see if you have any planets in your natal chart in the first nine degrees of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, or Aquarius (the fixes signs).  If you do, it is likely that you will be more strongly influenced over the next 6 months by what’s going on between Uranus and Mars because they will be forming squares (90°) and oppositions (180°) to your natal planets.  Overall, this dance between Uranus and Mars will likely move you forward on your path in profound ways. 


Put all of this together, and the time of the Taurus New Moon is an excellent time for us to manifest what we want in our lives.  Taurus provides a focused, stable, nurturing, determined energy.  There are quite a few planets in fixed signs, which means we won’t want to stop until we complete whatever we are working on.  Our commitment and determination may be higher now than at any other time this year.  Consciously choose to use this energy!  And with Uranus being in conjunction (0°) with Mercury at the time of the New Moon, we are ready to think about things differently.  The 6-month square (90°) between Uranus in Taurus and Mars in Aquarius will likely increase our desire for adventure, exploration, and moving forward.  This is a wonderful time for manifesting.  However, it’s important that we not get stuck in our ways and try to force outcomes.  Yes, we have an amazing opportunity to focus our energy (if we consciously decide to use it), but we also need to stay relaxed, flexible, and light-hearted due to the powerful influence of Uranus’s energy right now.

However, before we decide to make any radical changes in our lives (or in society), we may need to go through several periods of introspection.  Why?  Because for the majority of this summer, five out of ten planets will be in retrograde.  Now please remember, RETROGADES ARE NOT TO BE FEARED!  Society as done such a disservice to the field of astrology by villainizing Mercury retrograde periods.  Retrogrades are very important!  They are times when we turn inward in relation to the qualities of the planet involved, and inward searching is critical to our success.  Without these periods of time when we review where we have been and reevaluating where we want to go, our efforts may not be successful in the long-run.  Without them, we might find ourselves either someplace we really don’t want to be, unhappy with the situation we are in, or working on something that isn’t sustainable in the long-term.

In addition to this season of retrogrades, very important planetary shifts have recently happened or will be happening over the coming months.  This is such an active time!  Here is an overview (much of which will be explored in more detail in upcoming Moon Updates):

  • Back in March, Jupiter in Scorpio began its annual 4-month retrograde period, which won’t end until early July. This means that we are all doing some internal reevaluation of our values/ethics, how we use (or abuse) power in our lives, and what brings us (or interferes with our) happiness.
  • Beginning on April 17, Chiron (the wounded healer) moved out of Pisces and into Aries. Chiron is an asteroid that travels between Saturn and Uranus.  It only changes signs about every 8 years, and the last time Chiron was in Aries was back in 1977, which was a very volatile time in the world.  While Chiron was moving through Pisces, we were likely basing our healing on intuitive inklings and might have been taking a passive role in our healing process.  When Chiron enters Aries, we are being asked to take active role in our own healing, and we may begin to take new steps toward healing very old wounds (i.e., mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and/or physically).
  • Also on April 17, Saturn in Capricorn began its annual 5-month retrograde period. Although some of us have already started to make some changes in our lives, we may be encountering obstacles or challenges in our path.  These aren’t meant to discourage us.  They are designed to get us to take care of some unfinished business that will result in a stronger foundation to our new project(s).  Our challenge is to learn to see the lessons embedded in the blocks in our progress and to learn patience and discipline.
  • On April 22, Pluto in Capricorn began its annual retrograde period, which will last for 5 months. Pluto’s influence is both subtle and powerful.  We will likely be engaged in an internal (perhaps even subconscious) exploration of what it means to use power (versus force) in our lives and possibly re-evaluate our relationship with the concept of authority (both our own internal authority and also authority figures in our lives).
  • As discussed above, on May 15 and 16 we have the New Moon in Taurus, Uranus moving into the sign of this New Moon (which means all-things-Taurean will be emphasized), and Mars moving into Aquarius.
  • Looking ahead:
    • In June, we will have both Mars and Neptune going retrograde, which means that until early July, we will have 5 planets in retrograde.
    • Once Jupiter turns direct in mid-July, we will only have 4 planets in retrograde, but toward the end of July, we’ll be back to having 5 planets in retrograde as we begin our next retrograde period for Mercury (July 26-August 19).
    • Then in early August, Uranus will go retrograde, so even after Mercury goes direct in mid-August, we’ll still have 5 planets in retrograde through early September.

So what does all of this mean?  In general, the summer months (and even into the fall months) are likely going to be a time when we may feel ready to make some changes (perhaps major changes) in our lives.  However, it will be very important to make sure we have periods of time when we can turn inward to evaluate where we are going and how we are doing.  Make sure to consciously schedule in time for activities such as meditation, prayer, and getting out into nature.  Given the strong Uranus and Mars influence, it will be particularly helpful to get in adequate exercise or focused/directed energy, especially if you are feeling that your body is vibrating at too high a level.  Learning new things is also emphasized, so don’t hesitate to explore what interests you by taking a class or working with a coach or mentor.

Overall, this is such an important time.  Remember, none of this is to be feared.  When studying astrology, we have the advantage that others don’t have of being forewarned and therefore forearmed.  Without reiterating what was previously stated, this is a time when there will be much internal searching, reevaluating, revamping, redefining, and even rediscovering.  Retrograde periods are all about the re- words!  If you do the internal work indicated above during the retrograde periods, many of us will be ready to make important decisions that could even change the course of our lives.  But there may be times when what is changing is going on below the surface, and sometimes even below our level of consciousness.  However, change is pretty much inevitable over the next six months and even into 2019.  We have some very powerful astrological events coming up in 2020, and what is going on now is preparing us for this time period.  Planetary patterns during 2020 will be similar to what happened 500 years ago during the Reformation when society was transformed in miraculous ways.  Luckily, we currently have a great deal of earth energy present during this time (Saturn, Uranus, & Pluto), which will help us ground all of our inner work and our external goals.  Be excited about what is happening.  Use your astrological knowledge to visualize what you want so you can draw it to you in powerful ways.  The phrase from Star Wars, “May the force be with you,” applies beautifully right now.  May you choose to use the force wisely.

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

REMINDER

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

NEW MOON

New Moon at 25° of Taurus

  • Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 4:47 a.m. PDT
  • Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 7:47 a.m. EDT
  • Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 11:47, a.m. GMT

FULL MOON IN CANCER – Plus a sneak peek at 2018 according to astrology & numerology (January 1, 2018)

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonAs 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 2018, and (3) the year 2018 from a numerological perspective.

I hope that 2018 is a year filled with peace, love, and laughter for all of us!  Happy New Year!!

Full Moon in Cancer

In the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 6:24 p.m. on Monday, January 1.  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 12° of Capricorn and 12° 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.

As usual, the challenge with each Full Moon is to determine if we need to make any adjustments between the qualities of the two signs involved so we have a healthy balance.  This time, the two signs involved are Cancer and Capricorn, which both carry a serious energy.  Cancer is focused on family, home, and emotions.  The emphasis with Capricorn, on the other hand, is on career, accomplishments, and responsibilities.  Other ways to look at Cancer compared to Capricorn include private versus public, home versus work, and emotional security versus social accomplishments.

Balance is key here.  If we lean too far into the realm of Cancer, we could be stuck in our past and/or too fearful to leave our home base.  If we over-emphasize the Capricorn energy, we could become domineering, controlling, and insensitive to the emotional needs of others and/or ourselves.  There needs to be a healthy give and take between these two ends of a teeter totter.  If we manage some form of equilibrium, we can tap into the innate intuition of Cancer to guide our next steps out into Saturn’s “real” world.  But after spending time “out there,” we need to remember to occasionally pull into our Cancerian shell in order to process what has been happening and take care of ourselves.  This self-care will give us the energy we need to go back out into the world again and be successful.  It’s finding a healthy working relationship between these two opposites that will lead to emotional well-being and external accomplishments.

We are being given some wonderful support during this Full Moon in the form of a water grand trine (i.e., equilateral triangle) involving the Moon in Cancer, Neptune in Pisces, and Mars and Jupiter in Scorpio.  All four of these planets are in water signs, which tells us that emotions and our intuition will be involved.  The free-flowing trines indicate that we should be able to easily tap into both of them, and all the powerful energy of Scorpio is telling us that we could experience deep healing, personal evolutions, and forward movement toward our dreams.  Therefore, trusting our intuitive sense of what is right for us will likely be key.

Having Mars conjunct (0°) Jupiter within this grand trine is a wonderful way to start off the new year.  Luckily, its influence will last for the first 2 weeks of January, so we will have time to enjoy it.  This combined energy of two powerful planets will help us feel courageous, strong, enthusiastic, and ready to take chances (especially if those risks might lead to expansion in some arena).  And the water grand trine is providing us with a healthy emotional balance.  The only possible pitfall would be if we overdo it and/or take such big risks that we find ourselves running back into our Cancer-based homes and locking the doors against the perceived danger “out there.”  So once again, balance is key.  Yes, we may be inclined to take risks, but they need to be reasonable risks.

But overdoing it or being unrealistic is not likely because the Moon in the grand trine is in an opposition (180°) not only to the Sun but also to Saturn, Venus, and Pluto, all of which are located in the super-realistic sign of Capricorn.  It is likely that changes we want to make will be reasonable, responsible, pragmatic, and grounded in reality.  However, with a predominance of Capricorn energy swirling around us during this Full Moon, it will be important to remember to share this time period with watery, emotional Cancer and not become overly controlling or rigid.  The counterbalancing effect of Cancer is also present to help us remember that “family” is available and we don’t need to go it alone, which is a typical shadow expression of Capricorn.   “Family,” in whatever way we define it, is often available to support us, but we do have to allow that help into our lives.

Adding fuel to the desire to change is Uranus moving out of retrograde and going direct on Tuesday, January 2.  While in retrograde during the past five months, Uranus has been having us look inward at what needs to change in our worlds.  There may have been internal shifts to prepare for this change or there could have been actual planning involved.  We are being given the green light to make those changes public.  With Uranus, this may involve some information coming to us from “out of the blue” that helps us make sense of something that we have been struggling to figure out.

Two positive aspects on Saturday, January 6, will help us continue our forward momentum into 2018.  Mercury will trine (120°) Uranus, bringing new insights and unexpected gains.  We will be very intuitive, and creative solutions may suddenly come to us.  Additionally, the conjunct (0°) between Mars and Jupiter in Scorpio (described above) will be exact today, which will increase our energy and enthusiasm to go after whatever we are passionate about.  However, later in the day, a square (90°) between Mercury and Chiron might bring up self-doubts, but only if we allow the voice of our inner critics to get too loud.  If we start noticing that we are overthinking something, it’s probably best to “take a chill pill.”  Or better yet, focus on an activity that would benefit from the Mars-Jupiter conjunct in Scorpio (e.g., energy, enthusiasm, passion, transformation).

Then on Monday, January 8, we will experience another series of aspects that will provide wonderful support to the beginning of this new year.  The Sun will sextile (60°) Jupiter, Venus will sextile (60°) Jupiter, and Mars will sextile (60°) Pluto.  Put these all together and we will increase our awareness of what brings us meaning in our lives.  We may also find support from unexpected places, and/or we will find ourselves suddenly energized to take the next indicated step on our spiritual journey.  The next day (Tuesday, January 9), Venus will sextile (60°) Mars and the Sun will sextile (60°) Mars, opening the door to positive relationships and possibly even romance.  However, it is important to remember that many of these aforementioned aspects are sextiles.  Sextiles are a gift but can be easily ignored, so we need to consciously recognize their potential power and take advantage of them when they occur.

But, before we make any long-term commitments, it would be wise for us to wait until Wednesday, January 10, when Mercury enters responsible, earthy Capricorn.  It will remain in this sign until February 19.  Mercury enjoys being in Capricorn.  Our thinking will become more methodical, logical, and pragmatic.  It also supports us in organizing projects.  But when Mercury is in Capricorn, we are definitely interested in the bottom line and what is “real.”  We may even use this time to dive into a new subject and study it intensely.  As mentioned above when we were discussing Capricorn’s energy, the only true warning is that we need to be careful not to become so rigid that we become insensitive to the feelings of ourselves or others.

Overall, this a very powerful Cancer Full Moon with a plethora of supportive aspects to help us start off the new year in a positive way, if we choose to take advantage of them.  Forward momentum is definitely indicated!  It is very likely that we will need to be courageous and take some risks in order to accomplish our goals.  We do need to remember, though, that we can’t take too great a risk because that could trigger the crab to scurry back into its shell (i.e., home base).  Or if scared and unable to retreat, the Cancer energy has also been known to lash out with those claws.  Therefore, slow, measured steps out of our comfort zones would be better than a huge leap.  This is all supported by the powerful water grand trine, which is reminding us to feel our emotions and not question intuitive insights.  Luckily, there are four planets in opposition to the moon, and all are in Capricorn, which will ground us and help us be patient.

Major Astrological Events of 2018

We will be talking about all of these astrological events in much more detail as the year unfolds, so this is just a sneak peek at what is coming up.  It’s a very powerful year astrologically!

  • Mars and Venus will both be going retrograde during 2018, which is an opportunity for us to reevaluate where we want to put our energy (Mars) and our hearts (Venus).
  • Just last month, Saturn began its 3-year visit to Capricorn. During 2018, the full impact of Saturn in Cap will start coming to “fruition,” the meaning of which we discussed in the last Moon Update.
  • Uranus has been in Aries since 2011, and it will enter Taurus beginning in May 2018. Uranus moves slowly, so it will remain in Taurus until 2026.  This could bring about unexpected changes to financial structures in our personal lives and in society.
  • Also in May 2018, Chiron will move out of Pisces and into Aries, where it will remain until about 2027. Chiron has been in Pisces since about 2010, so this will be another a big shift.  It will likely mean taking courageous steps toward healing our inner wounds.
  • Finally, we will have five (not the usual four) eclipses during 2018, the first of which occurs on January 31. Eclipses always offer us opportunities to “reboot” our level of consciousness, like when we “reboot” our computer after adding new software.

Overall, 2018 will very likely be a period of transition and transformation in which many areas of our lives will experience shifts – personally, societally, and globally.  To a certain extent, this year is just “prep work” for a major astrological event coming up in 2020.  At that time, Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto will all be conjunct (0°).  Some astrologers are referring to this as The Great Conjunction because it hasn’t happened since 1284-1285.  But adding fuel to the fire is the fact that all 3 planets will be in opposition (180°) to revolutionary Uranus.  Some of the predictions include moving toward more emphasis on ideas over materialism.  There may also be huge technological breakthroughs, especially in the field of energy.  Other astrologers think this is a time when those who have been out of power will rebel and demand that their needs be met, which would move humanity toward a more spiritually-based oneness or unity consciousness.  But there is nothing to be frightened of in all of this.  As with all astrological events, knowing about it in advance provides us with power to deal with it effectively.

Numerology in the Year 2018

For those interested in numerology, 2018 is a 2 Universal Year (i.e., 2018 = 2 + 0 + 1 + 8 = 11 = 1 + 1 = 2).  Everyone on the planet is influenced by the energy of the Universal Year number, so it is a subtle, collective experience.  I once heard it described as the “landscape” through which we are all driving.

In numerology, the influence of the Universal Year number is believed to fade during the last three months of the year.  Therefore, by January 1, 2018, many of us may have already started to experience the waning influence of the 1 Universal Year and are beginning to feel the energy of a 2 Universal Year.

1 Universal Years (2017) are analogous to the planting of seeds.  The seeds won’t be fully grown until the next 9 Universal Year (2025).  During 2017, we got to decide what crops we wanted to start growing in that fertile soil.  During 2 Universal Years, we typically close the pace down and spend time developing relationships with like-minded others who will support the growth of our crops.

However, 2018 isn’t just a 2 Universal Year; the calculation also includes the number 11, which is a Master Number in numerology.  Some numerologists don’t think that Universal Years should always be reduced to a single digit, while other numerologists acknowledge the Master Number adds an extra “emphasis” for the Universal Year.  I personally find that both 11 and 2 are important.

Particularly this year, including the Master Number 11 in this interpretation makes sense when looking at the astrological indications for 2018.  The Master Number 11 adds a level of intensity and spiritual purpose.  It is considered the Master Number of the “Master Psychic,” so this will be a year with an undercurrent of spirituality, intuition, creativity, and even healing.  The single digit 1 is about leadership and self-confidence, and the double number 11 indicates that this is even more true.  So it is likely that each of us will be called to take the lead in a certain area of our lives, and we shouldn’t avoid doing this.

We will likely feel pushed to do more, do better, do, do, do . . . and all the astrological events mentioned above support this.  So yes, there will probably be more focus on relationships and collaboration. . . but lots of it.  And yes, there will likely be communication going on . . . but lots of it.  And we will be called to be patient and supportive . . . often!

This could actually be a frustrating year in some ways.  We may feel inclined to push ahead and create, but obstacles and delays may come up that force us to slow down and pay attention to the needs of others and ourselves.  (Remember, our primary relationship is with ourselves!)  It may feel like a “hurry up and wait” year, which can be very infuriating at times.

The solutions include:

  • The 2 Universal Year tells us to come from a place of love, to focus on cooperation and collaboration, to always do our best to respond with grace and diplomacy, and to never neglect our emotions or the emotions of others.
  • It will be helpful to remember that any delays or challenges are meant to make us stronger and point out where there are flaws in our foundation. Avoid falling into a victim mentality.
  • We need to remind ourselves that Master Numbers ask us to master the energy of the single digit and help/teach others the qualities inherent in that energy. With the Master Number 11, that means leadership, spirituality, and intuitive knowledge.

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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 12° of Cancer

  • Monday, January 1, 2018, 6:24 p.m. PST
  • Monday, January 1, 2018, 9:24 p.m. EST
  • Tuesday, January 2, 2018, 2:24 a.m. GMT

NEW MOON IN SAGITTARIUS – Big changes are coming with Saturn moving into Capricorn (December 17, 2017)

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NEXT MOON UPDATE:  Be sure to watch for the next Moon Update, which will be coming out on Friday, December 29.  I will cover (1) the Full Moon on January 1, 2018, (2) an overview of the major astrological events occurring in 2018, and (3) the year 2018 from a numerological perspective.

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In the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 17.  This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 27° of Sagittarius.  To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 27° of Sagittarius in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with that house are going to be most influenced by this New Moon’s presence.

New Moons always provide us with opportunities for new emotional starts in the areas associated with the sign involved.  New Moons in Sagittarius usually bring in a lighter than usual energy, filled with idealism and optimism.  This is a playful time, and we need to surrender and allow our inner child to have some fun!  We would do well to find ways to bring some laughter and lightness into our lives, which is excellent timing given it occurs right before or during many religious and secular holidays around the world.  It’s a nice way to “kick off” the holiday season.

Sag is a fire sign in the mutable modality.  Fire brings passion and energy, and the mutable energy supports our ability to adjust and flow with any changes that occur.  Actually, we will be experiencing a great deal of fire and mutable energies at the time of this New Moon because the Sun and Moon are conjunct (0°) Venus and Saturn in Sag.  These four planets are close enough to form an astrological configuration called a stellium.  A stellium means that (a) the energy of all the planets contained within the stellium are magnified and (b) the importance of the sign involved is also amplified.

And we can’t forget that Mercury retrograde is also in Sagittarius, which likely means that our inward focus will involve exploring Sag-related topics, such as our goals, visions for the future, morals, and personal truth.  Saturn is located in the last degree of Sagittarius (29°) within the stellium.  The 29th degree of any sign is very powerful.  It’s like the planet at that location is being given a “last chance” to “do the work” of that sign before moving onto the next one.  (See more on Saturn later in this Moon Update.)  Venus’s involvement in the stellium encourages us to expand our understanding about how sensual pleasures and pursuing our desires can bring us closer to our spiritual goals.  It may also bring opportunities for pleasant social adventures, although we still need to make sure that we have adequate “alone time” to do the inner searching required by Mercury retrograde.

Additionally, Chiron in Pisces will be squaring (90°) the Sun, Moon, Saturn, and Venus at the time of the New Moon.  Pisces is another mutable sign, so this adds to the abundant mutable energy.  Chiron, the healer, is asking us to look at what we need to change within ourselves in order to maintain that Sagittarian optimism as we move toward our goals.  Chiron in Pisces often means that our healing journey could involve intense emotions; and in order to heal, we may need to deal with some events in our past.  The most effective use of the Piscean energy is to move toward compassion, faith, trust, acceptance, and emotional healing.  We also need to remember that in order to heal our emotional wounds, we must feel our feelings and not use defense mechanisms to quiet them (e.g., withdrawal, denial, victimization, addictions).

It should be emphasized that with all the mutable energy swirling around us, we need to all be flexible.  By trusting and allowing Spirit to guide our next step, the energy of the Sagittarian archer will be supported in shooting his/her arrow up into the cosmos, allowing it to explore new territories, and then come back to us bearing great insights and spiritual wisdom.  However, because Mercury is in retrograde, this exploration will likely be best supported by focusing our attention inward.  Activities such as meditation, journaling, creative endeavors, or walking in nature can be helpful.

Those same four planets in the stellium (i.e., Sun, Moon, Saturn, Venus) are also trining (120°) Uranus in Aries (another fire sign).  Uranus is all about change, and a trine always provides supportive energy.  The fiery energy of Aries and Sag may cause us to feel ready to physically and/or emotionally start something new or we might receive some insights “out of the blue.”  But in order to tap into Uranus’s energy, we need to stay flexible and adaptable, which is reinforced by all the mutable energy.  We also need to not resist change when it presents itself.

Right after this New Moon, a major astrological event occurs.  Saturn leaves Sagittarius on Wednesday, December 20, and moves into Capricorn, where it will remain for almost 3 years.  Saturn has been in Sagittarius since December 2014.  During this time, we were being asked to make sure our efforts were aligned with our personal ideals, values, and integrity.  We may have faced some important issues regarding what we see as the “truth” for ourselves, which may not have matched the truth of those around us or even the society in which we are living.  We also may have begun the process of formulating a new dream or vision for our future, which could have required eliminating any beliefs that might have blocked our forward progress.

And now, Saturn makes the profound shift into Capricorn, which will influence us individually and on a global level.  Saturn is the ruler of Capricorn, so it’s very happy to be back on its home turf.  After all this visioning while in Sagittarius, Saturn in Cap is now ready to take action on those dreams.  Capricorn is an earth sign, so we will now begin the process of bringing those new visions of the future into fruition in practical ways.  In order to do all this, the next couple of years will likely involve being disciplined and taking on new responsibilities.  In some areas of our lives, we may be ready to let go of what hasn’t been working and start over.

The next day (Thursday, December 21) is when the Sun moves into Capricorn, marking the official start to winter in the Northern Hemisphere and summer in the Southern Hemisphere (i.e., the Solstice).  During the month-long transit of the Sun through Capricorn, we all tend to become more responsible and ambitious.  We want to complete things so we can feel a sense of accomplishment; or at the very least, we want to make significant progress toward a long-term goal.  To do this, we are more willing than usual to work within standard procedures or rules, take on new responsibilities, and recognize and respect the need for order and organization.

Whatever is happening astrologically on the day of the Winter (or Summer) Solstice is believed to predict (in a broad way) what might happen during the next three months.  The most telling aspect occurring on Thursday, December 21, is that the Sun will be in a very close conjunct (0°) with Saturn.  Over the next three months, many of us may find that we need to clarify what practical accomplishments we want to achieve and then use discipline and maturity to move toward those goals.  This is a time when we will all be asked to “get real,” get organized, and get down to work.  This could lead to feeling overworked, although we will likely feel disinclined to slow down.  It should also be noted that this 3-month period may not be the best time to start something new.  Instead, this is an excellent time to finish up old projects or commitments to make room for what is coming up later in 2018 (lots of transformation!).

Then right before the Christmas holiday on Saturday, December 23, Mercury will go direct in Sagittarius and will remain in lighthearted Sag until January 12.  If we’ve been doing the inner work of reviewing our values, beliefs, and ideals, then we will have increased clarity by the end of the month.  As with all Mercury retrograde periods, it may take a few days before it picks up speed, but we should all experience increasingly clear communication and have to deal with fewer “snafus” in our lives.  We will also find we are better able to tap into the full range of advantages provided to us when Mercury is in Sagittarius, which includes exploring our interest in a wide range of subjects, feeling more optimistic, and experiencing increased faith.

On Sunday, December 24, Venus leaves Sagittarius and moves into Capricorn, where it will remain until January 19.  Having Venus in Cap can herald a time when we get serious about our relationships, desires, and finances.  It’s a good time for business partnerships due to positive relationships with co-workers.  We may even form connections with someone who will support our ambitions in some way.  During this time, we prefer to form long-standing relationships that are based on being reliable, responsible, and practical.

A conjunction (0°) between Venus and Saturn (the ruler of Capricorn) the next day (Monday, December 25) reinforces the need for seriousness in our relationships.  Unfortunately, this may lead to some disappointments that for those getting together with family and/or friends on Christmas Day.  This aspect can produce an emotional “coolness” that doesn’t quite match our often-idealized vision for that special day.  But if we know about it in advance, then we can manage our expectations.  The best possible use of this aspect is that it can help us gain a clearer perspective on people’s intentions, including our own.  In fact, this may be the day when we gain clarity regarding whether (a) we are ready to solidify a commitment or (b) a relationship has run its course.

One final astrological event is worth noting before the end of 2017.  On Wednesday, December 27, Mars will be in a supportive trine (120°) to Neptune.  Mars will bring energy and courage to any creative endeavors.  We may also be able to take actions that are very aligned with our spiritual goals and life purpose.  This aspect supports us in being brave enough to take steps toward our dreams.  Our intuition will be very active, and it’s a good day to go have some fun and let Spirit guide us toward our next adventure.

Overall, this New Moon is bringing in an influx of Sagittarius, fire, and mutable energy into our lives, which we can tap into by consciously staying lighthearted, adaptable, and flexible.  We have the opportunity to open our minds and hearts to new possibilities and potentialities.  However, we do need to be careful not to miss signs that we aren’t taking “reality” into consideration.  Idealism is fine, as long as we don’t become blind to signals from the Divine that we may need to slow down, reconsider, or revamp, all of which is consistent with the fact that Mercury is still in retrograde at the time of the New Moon.  With Saturn moving into Capricorn just two days after this New Moon, we are being reminded that our visions can become reality but only if we are practical, responsible, and resourceful.  So remember, “Vision without action is merely a dream.  Action without vision just passes the time.  Vision with action can change the world!”  (Joel Arthur Barker)

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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 27° of Sagittarius

  • Sunday, December 17, 2017, 10:30 p.m. PST
  • Monday, December 18, 2017, 1:30 a.m. EST
  • Monday, December 18, 2017, 6:30 a.m. GMT

FULL MOON IN GEMINI – An important time for turning inward and tapping into our intuition (December 3, 2017)

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 A NOTE TO MY DEDICATED READERS:  Due to recent demands on my time, this Moon Update will need to be briefer than usual.  Hopefully, I will be able to resume my more comprehensive coverage of astrological events with the next Moon Update. 

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In the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 7:46 a.m. on Sunday, December 3.  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 12° of Sagittarius and 12° 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 usual, the challenge with each Full Moon is to determine if we need to make any adjustments between the qualities of the two signs involved so we have a healthy balance.  This time, the two signs involved are Gemini and Sagittarius.  Gemini is an air sign and has keywords associated with it such as communication, flexibility, and curiosity.  Sagittarius is a fire sign that is all about being straightforward, enthusiastic, and ethical.  I personally find a lot of similarities between these two signs.  For example, they both are optimistic, fun-loving signs.  They also both love learning.  However, there are still differences, such as Gemini’s interest in basic education (e.g., facts, logical thinking, rational mind) as opposed to Sag’s love of learning high-level information (e.g., ethics, intuitive wisdom, philosophy).  But if you think about it, both are important!

This Gemini Full Moon is part of a powerful t-square (i.e., right triangle) because both ends of the opposition are squaring (90°) Neptune.  The planet being squared, in this case Neptune, provides guidance for finding balance between the two planets in opposition, in this case the Sun and Moon.  With this t-square, the fog (Neptune) could roll into our lives for a few days.  However, a foggy day now and then can be comforting.  It can represent a time to hunker down, have a cup of tea or hot chocolate, and read a good book.  So fog, in and of itself, is harmless, as long as we understand how to use this time productively and don’t get frightened by our inability to see things clearly.  We need to trust that everything is still “out there” beyond our visual perception, but the lower expression of this configuration could be to become so anxious that we lose faith.  This might cause us to engage in escapist behaviors to numb any emotional reactions (e.g., dependency, addictions).  The most productive use of Neptune’s energy is to tap into our intuitive “knowingness.”  The fog is beneficial in that it helps us block out the external “reality” for a little while and find our inner truth.  This can be a very creative, imaginative time.  This Full Moon is also a SuperMoon, which is when the Moon makes its closest approach to the Earth.  This adds intensity and possibility to any changes that are occurring in our emotional and subconscious worlds, which happen to be Neptune’s “happy places.”

Reinforcing the need for an inward focus is the fact that Mercury will be turning retrograde in Sagittarius just a few hours after the Gemini Full Moon.  The next three weeks is a time to review, re-evaluate, reframe, and revamp (any re- words) what is going on in our lives, especially topics related to Sagittarius (e.g., truth, ethics, morals).  Sag is a very spiritual sign that is concerned with the “big picture,” so we may feel ourselves exploring what our spiritual mission or purpose is for this lifetime.  But don’t forget that Gemini is part of the picture.  It is encouraging us to keep track of important details that could help support that “big picture.”  It’s a balancing act between these two viewpoints.  (See additional recommendations about this Mercury retrograde phase in the last Moon Update).

Given Mercury’s retrograde phase in Sagittarius coincides with the Gemini Full Moon squaring Neptune, our inward turn might also involve ferreting out where we might be deluding ourselves or not honoring our own inner truth and wisdom.  We may need to look at whether we are using denial, distractions, or addictions to avoid hearing the truth about an important topic in our lives.  If unsure whether this is the case, we can look at what we may have been resisting or reacting strongly to.  This is a time when we need to drop our resistance (Neptune), listen (Mercury), and then go off by ourselves to discern what is true for us.

Luckily, retrograde Mercury is closely conjunct (0°) Saturn, which supports us being responsible, slowing down, and exploring hard truths.  We may want to ask ourselves if we have recently been living according to our own inner authority or to external standards that aren’t aligned with our true selves.  Mercury retrograde is giving us an opportunity to re-write our story and move into a more solid future when Mercury turns direct on December 22.  Both Mercury and Saturn are squaring (90°) Chiron.  In fact, Saturn and Chiron have been in this square for about the last year.  Bringing Retrograde Mercury into the picture means increased awareness that will allow us to re-think how our thoughts and words might need to be changed in order for healing to occur.

Luckily, Jupiter and Neptune are in a wonderful trine (120°) at the time of this Full Moon.  This supports our evolution in powerful ways.  Both planets are in water signs, so we should be able to tap into our emotions more easily now, which can serve as our guidance system during our inward journey.  This aspect can also bring increased compassion for self and others, and it facilitates the release of anger and/or resentment.  Additionally, even though we will be turned inward, this aspect will likely help us to feel more optimistic and hopeful about how the future is going to unfold.

On Tuesday, December 5, Chiron ends its 5-month retrograde motion, which began back on July 1.  During the retrograde period, many of us have been taking a good look deep within our psyches in order to heal some core issues.  If we have done the work and reclaimed any disowned parts of ourselves (e.g., wounded inner child), we are likely going to begin taking actions that are coming from a more healed place and/or putting some plans for healing into motion.

Then on Saturday, December 9, Mars moves out of diplomatic Libra and into intense Scorpio, where it will remain until January 25.  Mars will fuel our passions and even cause us to feel driven to get what we want.  There is a single-minded focus when Mars is in Scorpio that can help us overcome almost any obstacle.  We will likely have an increased desire to explore topics deeply and act on what we discover.  Given Scorpio is a water sign, this will include probing deeply into our own emotions and the emotions of others.  Any activity that has the potential to lead to transformation or healing is very appealing; however, part of this process may entail secrets being revealed as dark corners are brought into the light of day.

Overall, the days around this Gemini Full Moon are not the best time to be making any major decisions.  Due to the strong influence of Neptune and Mercury’s retrograde turn, the fruits from this Full Moon will be cultivated when we turn our attention inward.  We will benefit greatly from tapping into our intuition, paying attention to our dreams, meditating, and/or engaging in creative activities.  If we don’t consciously use this time in a productive way, we could fall into the shadow sides of Neptune (e.g., anxiety, avoidance, dependency, addictions).  So we need to use this inwardly focused time to explore our own inner truth.  Trying to be “rational” and “logical” right now will likely lead to more confusion.  Instead, surrender, trust, follow spiritual guidance, and remember, “The more I trust and let go, the more I’m guided” (John Holland).

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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 12° of Gemini

  • Sunday, December 3, 2017, 7:46 a.m. PST
  • Sunday, December 3, 2017, 10:46 a.m. EST
  • Sunday, December 3, 2017, 3:46 p.m. GMT

NEW MOON IN SCORPIO – Are you going to choose to be the scorpion, horse, eagle, or phoenix? (November 18, 2017)

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 Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonA NOTE TO MY DEDICATED READERS:  Due to recent demands on my time, this Moon Update will need to be briefer than usual.  Hopefully, I will be able to resume my more comprehensive coverage of astrological events with the next Moon Update. 

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In the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 3:42 a.m. on Saturday, November 18.  This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 27° of Scorpio.  To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 27° of Scorpio in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with that house are going to be most influenced by this New Moon’s presence.

New Moons provide us with opportunities for new emotional starts in the areas associated with the sign involved.  This New Moon is in Scorpio, which is one of the most complex and multi-faceted astrological signs.  Although most people associate Scorpio with the symbol of a scorpion, it can actually be represented by several different symbols due to the developmental nature of this sign’s energy.

  • Scorpion: With its stinger/tail, which it uses for protection when it feels threatened, the scorpion approaches life cautiously.  The scorpion can be damaging, harmful, and scary as it hides in the darkness below the surface (which is analogous to your subconscious).
  • Horse: The horse has moved out of the darkness and into the light.  It has a willingness to use its power to serve those who befriend it.
  • Eagle: This magnificent bird flies above the surface of the Earth to gain perspective that leads to transformational healing.
  • Phoenix (or Dove): After perspective is gained, transformation may follow.  The eagle then bursts into flames, is reborn, and peacefully descends back down to Earth to spread peace.

With the Moon in this powerful sign, we are being encouraged to go through this type of transformation.  But in order to progress to the horse, eagle, and perhaps even the phoenix, we will likely need to first go down into the world of the scorpion (i.e., our subconscious).  We must face our deepest fears and address our wounded self (scorpion) in order to bring it up to the light of day (horse), eventually gain perspective (eagle), and then be reborn (phoenix).

Some astrologers are describing this as a “double” New Moon in Scorpio.  The traditional/ancient ruler of Scorpio was Mars, and the modern ruler is Pluto.  On the day of this New Moon, Mars and Pluto will be in an exact square (90°) to each other.  Squares represent a turning point; a time to acknowledge something that needs to change.  With these two powerful planets involved, this aspect could result in tempers flaring or power struggles.  We need to stay as flexible as possible.  This is a good time to agree to disagree.  The most effective use of this energy is to look at what is not working and then use that knowledge to revamp our strategies for achieving our goals.

It is important, though, to keep in mind that Scorpio is an emotional water sign and this powerful Mars-Pluto aspect has a tendency to ramp up emotions.  Therefore, when strong feelings emerge, we need to remember that we wouldn’t be reacting from an unconscious place (scorpion) unless there was something within us that needs to be healed.  The best way to approach is to shed light on what is happening (horse) and then look for the healing lesson that is embedded in our reactions (eagle).

Scorpio, Mars, and Pluto are all related to how we use power in our lives.  We are being asked to look at the difference between using power in a healthy way versus using force.  We also may be looking at issues related to powerlessness.  If unsure whether this might be relevant, it may help to look for where there is a felt need to defend, fight, or compete.

The focus with Scorpio is on our shared resources, investments, joint projects, and close interpersonal relationships of all kinds (e.g., romantic, business).  We may need to cut away anything that is no longer needed or important in order to make room for new growth, just as a tree will grow stronger if certain branches are pruned away.  Clearing away clutter allows space for growth and also lightens the load so the horse can take flight and become the eagle, and perhaps even the phoenix.  Anything that is weighing us down needs to be released.  In addition to “things” (e.g., possessions, relationships), this may involve looking into the darker corners of our subconscious to see if we have any emotional issues or belief systems that are no longer serving us or disowned parts of ourselves that need to be re-integrated.  The process may uncover secrets that need to be exposed to the light of day.  All of these are typical around the time of the Scorpio New Moon because the overarching goal with Scorpio is healing and transformation.

In sum, during the time of this New Moon, many of us could take important steps to the next level . . . from scorpion to horse, from horse to eagle, and possibly even from eagle to phoenix.  If we aren’t sure what area of our life is being influenced by this New Moon, it may be helpful to look at where we are feeling stuck.  In order for something to be born from the ashes, something probably needs to die.  This double Scorpio energy is telling us that we need to be willing to let go and trust in the Divine Process of rebirth in order for transformation to occur.  In order to do this, we may need to let go of control, surrender, and be willing to be vulnerable.

All of this is reinforced by an aspect called a inconjunct (or quincunx, 150°) between the New Moon and Uranus.  Inconjuncts often demand that adjustments to be made, and Uranus is about change.  Therefore, it’s likely that either we will choose to shake things up a bit or something unexpected may cause us to change plans or do something out of the ordinary.  This is especially true within our relationships.  We may feel out of control, but as Martha Stewart used to say, “This is a good thing,” because the New Moon is in a very supportive trine (120°) with Chiron.  If we are willing to look into the darkness and do the work, profound healing is very possible and we may discover a new sense of inner confidence and purpose by being willing to make needed adjustments and/or do something new and different.  Additionally, a sextile (60°) between Mercury and Mars will help us bravely speak our truth and then translate our words into actions.

On Tuesday, November 21, the Sun moves out of deeply passionate Scorpio and into light-hearted Sagittarius.  After the intensity of Scorpio, many of us will be letting out a collective sigh of relief.  Scorpio was about inward exploration and intimate connections.  Sag is about outward adventures and connecting with the world at large.  It’s also about having fun!  We will likely feel motivated to understand the big picture and to expand our minds.  This could be a month of actual physical travel, but explorations involving the mind are also just as likely.  We are drawn to anything that will broaden our perspective and get us thinking in new ways, especially activities or topics that allow us to explore our values and beliefs about what is right or wrong for us.  It is likely we will feel more optimistic, hopeful, and confident.

The next day (Wednesday, November 22), Neptune ends its annual 5-month retrograde phase and begins moving direct again.  This is a very subtle influence, and it takes time to manifest.  And how it manifests is, for many, a mixed bag.  While Neptune was in retrograde, our psychic and intuitive abilities are often heightened, and many of us found we were LESS likely to use destructive coping mechanisms such as denial, escapism, or drugs/alcohol.  Now that Neptune will be moving direct, we have hopefully used the retrograde period to explore new ways of coping that will support us in consciously choosing to not return to these ineffective defense mechanisms.  And once Neptune begins moving direct again, there are some advantages!  For example, it is likely that we will gradually see concrete evidence of just how connected we are to spiritual sources of support.  We may also have been toying with a dream, and now that dream may start to come to fruition.

Overall, this New Moon in Scorpio could be truly transformational for many of us.  If we approach this time with an open heart and a willingness to be vulnerable, we could see huge leaps in our healing and even our level of consciousness.  The highest expression of Scorpio’s energy is to support everyone in owning their own power and creating win-win situations.  In order to move in this direction, we have to be willing to let go of any competitive thoughts or beliefs in scarcity.  An understanding that we are all One will help us use our power effectively and not resort to using force to get what our ego thinks it needs.  Scorpio is about relationships and emotion, so this is a good time to be honest with others and with ourselves in a compassionate way.  And it may be helpful to remember that,If you want to know the truth on any subject, look to your feelings. Checking in with your body is the fastest way of doing this.” (Unknown)

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SOME INFORMATION TAKEN FROM

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

REMINDER

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

NEW MOON

New Moon at 27° of Scorpio

  • Saturday, November 18, 2017, 3:42 a.m. PST
  • Saturday, November 18, 2017, 6:42 a.m. EST
  • Saturday, November 18, 2017, 11:42 a.m. GMT

FULL MOON IN TAURUS – Accomplish something great now and some advanced recommendations regarding the upcoming Mercury retrograde period (November 3, 2017)

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 10:22 p.m. on Friday, November 3.  With this Full Moon, the Sun in Scorpio will be in opposition (180°) to the Moon in Taurus.  To further clarify how this Full Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 12° of Scorpio and 12° of Taurus in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with those two houses are going to be most impacted by this Full Moon’s presence.

The challenge with each Full Moon is to determine if we have a healthy balance between the qualities of the two signs involved, and then to make adjustments if changes are needed.  This time, the two signs involved are Taurus and Scorpio.  Taurus is an earth sign and has keywords associated with it such as down-to-earth, responsible, resourceful, reliable, patient, and resistant to change.  Scorpio is a water sign that is all about intensity, passion, determination, healing, and secretiveness.

Both Taurus and Scorpio are fixed signs, so they can be stubborn, but they also are determined to get the job done!  Therefore, now is a good time to get down to work on whatever needs to be fixed, and Scorpio’s investigative nature will help us determine what that is.  Taurus, in particular, can help us to make adjustments in our daily lives (e.g., habits, behaviors, thoughts) that could have far-reaching and permanent results.  Being practical, down-to-earth, and keeping it simple will help ground and calm what can often be very intense emotional energy when Scorpio is involved.

This Taurus Full Moon is also asking us to look at whatever is draining our power.  Some adjustments might be needed, and they may range from minor tinkering to major overhauls.  This Full Moon is also a SuperMoon, which means that the Moon’s orbit is in its closest to the Earth.  The Moon will, therefore, appear larger in the sky, and the influence of this Taurus Full Moon will be felt more strongly, including pulling on our psyches to make any needed changes.

Adding to the emotional power of this Full Moon is the fact that Jupiter is conjunct (0°) the Sun, which means it is also in opposition (180°) to the Moon.  Jupiter adds a wonderful dose of optimism and joyfulness, but it always turns up the volume on everything, which includes our emotions.  Jupiter is the “happy planet,” but it can also lead to excess.  If we truly want to expand, then finding that healthy balance between Taurus and Scorpio is essential, including letting go of whatever no longer serves us on our spiritual path.  Additionally, Taurus is about our personal resources (e.g., money we earn, our personal possessions), whereas Scorpio is about our shared resources (e.g., business or personal partnerships, inheritance).  We may need to make some adjustments between these two areas of our lives.

Another factor influencing this Full Moon is an exact opposition (180°) between Venus and Uranus.  Venus is the ruler of Taurus, which makes it highly influential during the Taurus Full Moon.  We may need to look at where we are holding on so tightly to “things” (i.e., material possessions, financial issues) that either we are missing the beauty that is already around us or we are stuck in a rut and not taking necessary steps toward change.  As was discussed in the last New Moon update, issues related to self-worth, self-love, and being willing to shed something in order to gain something even better will continue to be prominent.

An exact square (90°) between Saturn and Chiron at the time of this Full Moon reinforces the need to let go of something or heal an issue in order to make room for expansion and to create a new sense of authority over our own lives.  Chiron is in Pisces, which reminds us that healing inner wounds is something we all collectively must do before forward progress can be attained.  If we haven’t done so yet, our forward motion may require that we take time to grieve whatever has been lost.  Luckily, Chiron is in a supportive trine (120°) to Mercury, so talking with supportive others will help us heal and move forward.  Another trine (120°) between the Moon and Pluto will also help us emotionally transform and rise like the phoenix from the ashes.

It is worth mentioning that for several astrological reasons, the few days before this Full Moon (especially Wednesday, November 1 & Thursday, November 2) is a time when we all need to focus on being patient and tolerant.  There are some volatile energies involved that could result in reactions that range from grouchiness and irritability to anger and aggression.  Because we follow astrology, we are aware of this.  We can, therefore, consciously take the high road and do our very best to stay in a harmonious and detached place, no matter what we encounter externally.  The most positive use of this energy is that we may feel very energized during this time.  We may want to get in some extra physical activity (e.g., exercise), or better yet, we could also immerse ourselves in a major project.  Working hard during this time will actually feel good, so take advantage of this energy and great accomplishments could be the outcome!

On Sunday, November 5, Mercury enters Sagittarius.  Although Mercury usually passes through a sign in about 3.5 weeks, this time it will remain in Sag until January 12, 2018 (i.e., over two months!)  This is because Mercury, which will continue to be in Sag, will embark on its final retrograde period of 2017 between December 2-22.  For many people, December is a particularly busy time of year due to the upcoming holiday season.  It would be advisable, whenever possible, to complete any holiday planning (e.g., event planning, shopping) during November.  Additionally, having Mercury in Sag may prompt some people to feeling the urge to travel.  If possible, it would be best to make any travel arrangements during November rather than December.  If that isn’t possible, then just be aware that everyone’s inward mental focus during the December retrograde phase will mean we need to double and triple-check everything to make sure things aren’t missed.

While Mercury was moving through Scorpio over the last few weeks, we wanted to think and explore singular subjects deeply.  Once in Sagittarius, our minds expand.  We want to learn about a wide variety of topics, and we get bored if we have to explore something too deeply.  Surface information is fine with us!  It actually may feel like our brains (& mouths) have their proverbial foot on the accelerator!  Additionally, we will likely feel more optimistic and have an increased sense of faith.  We want to have fun and feel free to think how we want to think!  However, when Mercury is in Sag, precision is not foremost in our minds, which could be even more problematic than usual when Mercury goes retrograde in December.  Another common response to having Mercury moving through Sagittarius is that we can become concerned with what we think is fair versus unfair.  We may also feel very attached to our own personal point-of-view.  This could lead to conflict unless we remain objective and remember that everyone is entitled to their own opinions based on their values and experiences.

Unfortunately, remaining objective could be difficult once Venus enters Scorpio on Wednesday, November 8.  Luckily, Venus will only be in Scorpio until December 2, the day that Mercury begins its retrograde phase.  As is true of all planets that move into Scorpio, a big dose of passion and intensity is added.  In the case of Venus in Scorpio, this means that we will feel very passionate about relationships, finances, and whatever we desire.  Within our love relationships, we do not want anything superficial right now, and we also demand the truth, which may mean secrets are revealed.  We want all our relationships to have a “special connection” that preferably leaves us breathless due to its intensity.  However, there is a strange dichotomy when Venus is in Scorpio.  Yes, we want closeness, but Scorpio also has a fearful, distrustful side that causes us to fear being overpowered and makes it difficult to be too vulnerable.

On Saturday, November 11, Saturn will make its third and final trine (120°) to Uranus.  We are being given one last opportunity to be supported in making some changes (Uranus) to one or more structures in our lives (Saturn).  Most of this year, we may have been experimenting with new ways of doing things and integrating new concepts (Uranus).  If you take a step back and look at your progress, you will see that you’ve done this in a more retrained and responsible (Saturn) way than usual.  Trines support this easy flow of energy.  If you have made some changes, it’s likely you are feeling freer in some way (Uranus) while still honoring whatever has been working from the past (Saturn).  For those who aren’t feeling an increased sense of freedom, now is the time to take actions that will open some new doors and let some fresh air flow through your life.  And given it’s the last of the three trines, this may be a good time to start formulating concrete goals for the future that will lead to a firmer foundation by incorporating some of those unusual Uranus ideas.

We end this 2-week period with two planetary pairings on Monday, November 13.  Venus will conjoin (0°) Jupiter, which could usher in a magical day if we are willing to focus on being generous and optimistic.  Just be careful not to overdo Venus-related activities, such as spending money or expressing our feelings.  This aspect can bring in new or renewed relationships or financial opportunities.  However, we do need to be a bit cautious because Mercury will also be squaring (90°) Neptune today.  This could cause our minds to become a bit foggy, making it hard to follow directions or keep track of facts.  Although the conjunction between Venus and Jupiter could bring some unexpected opportunities, it would be best to avoid making firm commitments or signing on the dotted line until at least the next day when we can see things more clearly.

Overall, this Full Moon in Taurus is providing us with many different opportunities to change whatever still needs to be changed in our lives in order to bring in more freedom and healing.  Due to various connections between planets, whatever happens during this Full Moon is very likely linked to the last New Moon that occurred on October 17.  This Full Moon is a time when we are being asked to reflect back over the last two weeks and evaluate if we have taken steps toward a new level of personal freedom.  The final trine between Saturn and Uranus provides support for us to make any needed changes.  In sum, these last few months has called for us to make changes.  Did we make them?  If not, we may need to make them now.  So 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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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 12° of Taurus

  • Friday, November 3, 2017, 10:22 p.m. PDT
  • Saturday, November 4, 2017, 1:22 a.m. EDT
  • Saturday, November 4, 2017, 5:22 a.m. GMT

NEW MOON IN LIBRA – You may lose something good but gain something better (October 19, 2017)

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 12:11 p.m. on Thursday, October 19.  This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 27° of Libra.  To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 27° of Libra in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with that house are going to be most influenced by this New Moon’s presence.

New Moons provide us with opportunities for new emotional starts in the areas associated with the sign involved.  The higher expression of Libra’s energy is cooperation, diplomacy, and patience.  The lower expression can be indecisiveness and dependency. Libra is very focused on relationships of all kinds (e.g., personal, business, societal), and a Libra New Moon is known to bring increased peace and harmony to our personal or social contacts.

However, this New Moon in Libra is exactly opposite (180°) Uranus, which is the planet most often associated with change and disruption.  Therefore, in order to achieve the positive aspects of peace and harmony, we may need to make some adjustments in one or more of our relationships.  This may involve stepping out of our habitual patterns in order to see things differently.  Because Uranus is located in Aries, the changes may involve becoming more independent, especially if we have recently become a bit too dependent on someone else.

If we don’t consciously choose to make the adjustments brought into our lives by Uranus, the energy of this planet can act pretty radically.  Its role is to bring something to our awareness.  Libra is all about balance (i.e., it is represented by the scales of justice), and a re-balancing of some kind is needed.  However, even Libra understands that when something is very out of balance, it may take a major swing of the pendulum before equilibrium is eventually achieved.  Therefore, Uranus may need to destabilize a relationship that we have convinced ourselves is “fine.”  Without shaking things up, we would continue to delude ourselves.

However, the presence of so much Libra energy will help us navigate any changes instigated by the Uranus energy.  For example, Libra is an air (mental) sign.  Therefore, if we feel emotionally triggered around the time of the New Moon, it will help to tap into Libra’s ability to be objective and relatively detached.  Libra also brings with it compassion for both sides of a situation.  This is the sign that is always looking for a win-win solution; therefore, if we can take a deep breath and objectively detach as much as possible, the Libra energy will help us see possible solutions that we previously didn’t see.  And Libra is in the cardinal modality, which will give us the energy we need to take action on those solutions.

Luckily, other supportive influences are present.  Uranus is part of a free-flowing grand trine (i.e., equilateral triangle) with Saturn and the North Node.  This configuration will support us in recognizing that solutions may involve changing something (Uranus) by looking into the past in order to more effectively move forward into the future (the Nodal Axis).  Given the involvement of Saturn, any changes should be taken seriously and may take some time, but any responsible actions will likely move us toward creating a more secure foundation.  With all 3 corners of this grand trine in fire signs, this will also support us in taking any necessary action to move beyond conflict.  And with the North Node located in Leo, we are being given one key to resolving relationships issues: Our hearts can serve as our guidance system.

At the time of the Libra New Moon, Mercury and Jupiter are in a very close conjunction (0°) in Scorpio.  Although Scorpio’s energy can often be more withdrawn and secretive, the blended energies of these two planets means that we will have a plethora of thoughts going through our minds and communication will take center stage.  Additionally, Mercury and Jupiter are in what is called an “out-of-sign” conjunction (0°) with the New Moon in Libra.  Because they are located in different signs, this softens the impact of the conjunction.  However, their presence will be felt because of the powerful planets and signs involved.  The Sun and Moon in Libra put the focus on relationships (as explained above), and Jupiter in Scorpio supports us in deeply exploring any relationship issues that might need healing, especially if they involve the use (or misuse) of power.  And Mercury in Scorpio will urge us to engage in those deep conversations that will lead to healing and greater intimacy.  Libra loves anything that is focused on partnerships, so this energy could lead to some very important breakthrough conversations, if both parties are willing to be honest and cooperative.

Before and after the New Moon, three planets change signs, which also supports the climate of change over the next two weeks:

  • Mercury moves out of Libra and into Scorpio right before the New Moon on Tuesday, October 17. It will remain in that sign until November 6.  After the affable, social energy of Libra, having Mercury in Scorpio often means that idol chit-chat suddenly feels like torture.  We want conversations to be deep, probing, passionate, and intense.  Our ability to think through and talk about difficult topics increases during this time.  We are seeking “the truth” and are willing to turn over any rocks that might be hiding that truth from ourselves or others.  Our minds will be very sharp and analytical during this time, but we do need to avoid becoming overly focused or obsessive.
  • After the New Moon on Sunday, October 22, the Sun moves into Scorpio and Mars moves into Libra. They will remain there until November 23 and December 10, respectively.  The Sun in Scorpio ushers in a month-long period of intensity and passion.  Whatever we choose to shine our light on (Sun) needs to be something that we are passionate about (Scorpio).  It’s also a time when that light will illuminate things that have been hiding in the shadows.  Secrets can be revealed now, especially those involving the misuse of power.  Luckily, having Mars move in Libra is good timing.  It increases our motivation to act harmoniously and graciously in our relationships, which may soften the often “the truth hurts” approach of the Sun in Scorpio.  It also motivates us to form strategic alliances that meet the needs of both parties.  Again, when combined, these two energies could be very positive.  Scorpio will insist on honesty and the healthy use of power, and Libra’s cooperative, genial attitude means that any actions taken within our relationships will be softened.  This could lead to the strengthening of any partnerships.

Tuesday, October 24, brings a trine (120°) between Mercury and Neptune.  This would be a good day to engage in any creative activities that require accessing our imagination (e.g., writing, art), especially if words are involved in some way.  This can also be a highly intuitive day when thoughts come to you “out of the blue.”  Although you may not be able to explain to others how you reached certain conclusions, that doesn’t mean they aren’t valid.

Then on Thursday, October 26, the Sun will form an exact conjunction (0°) with Jupiter, and luckily, this aspect should impact us for several days before and after the actual event.  This is a time when we should feel self-confident, energetic, optimistic, and happy.  Whatever we have recently been striving for will seem within our grasp, or we will at least have increased faith and hope in a positive outcome.  Given the Sun is in Scorpio, this would be a good time to shine light on any fears (which will diminish their power) and to take steps that lead to growth in whatever is important to us.

The next day (Friday, October 27), Venus will square (90°) Pluto, and this could bring to the surface issues that need to be faced in our relationships or finances.  To good news is that we can use the Sun-Jupiter conjunction that is still influencing us (see above) to help recognize that our unhappiness (and happiness) is largely of our own making.  Later in the day, a sweet sextile (60°) between Mercury and Pluto will help us mentally explore our feelings and even lead to open discussions with those involved.

Overall, this dynamic Libra New Moon puts our focus squarely on our partnerships.  Change of some kind is being called for, and the involvement of Uranus means that those changes could be unpredictable and/or surprising.  If we can flow with the changes that come up, this could be a time of unexpected breakthroughs.  The only real question is whether we will allow these changes to occur the easy way (e.g., flowing, accepting) or the hard way (e.g., resisting, kicking, screaming).  It may help us accept what is happening if we can look ahead to the future and see the reason that these adjustments are needed.  With Saturn in a sweet sextile (60°) to the Moon, we have support to emotionally adjust to these changes; however, Saturn also tells us that we probably need to take our time to do so.  So be patient and remember, “Don’t be afraid to change.  You may lose something good, but you may gain something better.” (Unknown)

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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 27° of Libra

  • Thursday, October 19, 2017, 12:11 p.m. PDT
  • Thursday, October 19, 2017, 3:11 p.m. EDT
  • Thursday, October 19, 2017, 7:11 p.m. GMT

FULL MOON IN ARIES – Acknowledging the elephant in the living room (October 5, 2017)

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 11:40 a.m. on Thursday, October 5.  With this Full Moon, the Sun in Libra will be in opposition (180°) to the Moon in Aries.  To further clarify how this Full Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 13° of Libra and 13° of Aries in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with those two houses are going to be most impacted by this Full Moon’s presence.

Before we even get into the Full Moon, let’s acknowledge the elephant in the living room.  The last few weeks have been rough!  Between the hurricanes, earthquakes, fires in the USA, and various national and international social/political issues, many of us feel that our nerves have been stretched to their limits.  On an individual level, so many people have told me about major issues occurring in their lives right now.  And as I’m writing this, there has been a mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada, killing over 50 and wounding over 400 concert-goers.

Many of us in the metaphysical and astrological fields feel events such as the hurricanes, fires, and earthquakes are, at a larger level, related to shifts in the Earth’s energy after the August eclipse season.  We need to remember that Mother Earth is also alive and has a level of consciousness.  She, too, has needed to shift and adjust.

I encourage all of us to send prayers and healing energy to everyone impacted by all of these events, including Mother Earth.  It’s especially important now to remember that astrology is all about choice.  Although we can’t alter the need for humans and Mother Earth to adjust to all of this new energy, we can make conscious choices about how we react to events.  For example, we need to make a choice to be as objective and detached as possible.  We also need to trust in the Divine Order and Divine Timing of all that is happening.

Now mind you, I am not saying I’m perfect at this!  I’ve struggled recently with several obstacles in my own path, and I’ve rebelled mightily at times about the felt unfairness of it all.  But once I catch my breath, I remember to trust and do my best to get back to my own center, because that’s the only power I have in the face of so much change.  I do this by breathing, meditating, journaling, asking my angels and guides for comfort/guidance, and seeking out the company of like-minded people who can bolster my resolve when it is wavering.

I mention all of this now partly, as I said, to acknowledge the elephant in the living room.  I want to let you know you are not alone if you are feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, and/or depleted.  I’m also bringing it up also because October is bringing in lots of energy, especially around the time of this Aries Full Moon (October 5) and, again, around the time of the Libra New Moon (October 19).  We need to consciously use this energy in productive ways.

With this Full Moon, the Sun is in Libra and the Moon is in Aries.  Aries is a fire sign, and when the Moon is in this energized place in the sky, our emotional worlds will be amped up.  We need to carefully watch our words and actions so they aren’t coming from the lower expression of Aries energy, which can be impulsive, aggressive, and competitive.  Having the Sun in diplomatic Libra would normally help us stay more objective.  However, the Sun is conjunct (0°) Mercury, which means it is in opposition (180°) to the Moon in Aries.  This may pull words out of our mouths that normally we wouldn’t consider saying out loud, by both us and others.  However, on the plus side, this configuration does provide us with the courage to speak our truth.  This means that if we can tap into the diplomatic Libra energy, we can speak honestly with sensitivity, diplomacy, and tact.  But overall, our usual efforts to balance the needs of the two signs involved in this Aries Full Moon may be sorely tested because emotions will likely be running high.

As mentioned above, Aries is a fire sign, and fire is often thought to destroy.  However, fire isn’t always a bad thing.  For example, there are some seeds that will only germinate when they reach a very high temperature.  For this reason, botanists love to go into areas after a fire because they see plants that may not have been seen in that location for 40, 50, or more years (i.e., since the last fire in that area).  Another outcome of a fire is that once the taller trees are burned away, it allows the sun to reach the forest floor where lower-lying plants have a better chance of surviving because they aren’t competing for the available sunlight.  So sometimes in our lives, something needs to be burned off in order to lead the way for new growth.  This type of fiery energy is not an easy way to do it, but it can be highly effective.

Another positive aspect of this fiery Aries Full Moon is energy.  If you have recently been feeling stuck, listless, or even depressed, we are being given a strong jolt of emotional Aries energy that will likely get many of us to take action.  This is an excellent time to move toward whatever ignites our excitement and passion, and this is a theme that will continue to influence us for the entire month of October and into November.

Additionally, this Aries Full Moon is squaring (90°) Pluto, forming a t-square (i.e., right triangle) in cardinal signs.  The cardinal modality says, “Start something new and take action . . . NOW!”  The planet in the t-square that is being squared often indicates what is needed.  Pluto is about transformation and how we use power.  It also signifies healing our core wounds or issues stored in our subsconscious . . . issues that need to be brought into the Light for healing.  Once again, we need to use our power of choice to avoid the lower expression of Pluto’s energy, which can include blaming, aggression, anger, or explosive expressions of power and emotions.  Remember, Mercury is conjunct the Sun and opposing the Moon, which means that emotional expression is already emphasized.  If we feel a need to express ourselves right now in a way that might be detrimental (or we already have), it would be helpful to ask ourselves if it might be a projection of our wounded self onto another.  With the powerful presence of Pluto involved in this Full Moon, we need to claim our own power over how we are feeling and take responsibility for our own healing and happiness.

But it is important that we not deny the presence of any strong emotions.  They are often telling us where our boundaries are being violated or where change is needed in our lives.  As much as possible, we need to feel our feelings and let them work through us without expressing them externally.  Having the Moon in Aries provides us with emotional courage, so it is a good time to look inward at what needs to be healed.  The only caution is that we should wait a few days after the Full Moon before we speak our minds, especially if we need some time to cool off.  Yes, we have every right to expect that our needs will be met, but we want to approach this topic in a way that doesn’t chase off our loved ones or leave a path of carnage that will need to be cleaned up later.  Yes, Pluto’s power can be that strong when not controlled at a conscious level!

Given that this Full Moon is happening on the Aries/Libra axis, whatever triggers us might have to do with the balance between self and others.  Good questions to ask ourselves now include, “Am I imposing my needs on another and, instead, need to assume responsibility for myself?” and/or “Am I being overly accommodating and denying my own needs in order to keep the peace?”  Any felt need to lash out may be our inner world trying to tell us that a re-balancing is needed between these two polarities.

As we discussed in the last New Moon Update, we are still under the influence of the final of three oppositions (180°) between Jupiter and Uranus, which is a pattern that started back in December 2016.  Jupiter is the planet of expansion, and Uranus is often described as the planet of change, revolution, and revelations.  It’s very likely that the last 10 months have seen a great deal of change in our lives.  But if change hasn’t happened yet, now is the time!  And if we’ve been resisting them, sometimes radical and unexpected changes will occur.  Something in our lives may need to fall apart in order for us to continue our spiritual development and see things in a new way.

On a positive note, Mars and Venus are conjunct (0°) in Virgo at the time of the Full Moon.  This will help us all integrate our male and female energies.  Both planets are squaring (90°) Saturn, which will hopefully provide us with maturity, patience, and determination.  Saturn sometimes tells us that slowing down (as opposed to speeding up) will lead to success.   Given Venus and Mars are both in Virgo, Saturn may also cause us to become too perfectionistic in our relationships, if we aren’t careful.  But it could also help us see how we can best be of service to humanity (Virgo is about service).  Luckily, Venus and Mars are in a supportive trine (120°) to Pluto.  Mars is about energy and Pluto is about power, so this combination will give us the energy we need to face any obstacles, challenges, or issues with courage (Mars), especially those related to relationships and money (Venus).

Adding fuel to October’s fire is the fact that Jupiter is moving out of Libra and into Scorpio on Tuesday, October 10, where it will remain until November 9, 2018.  While in Libra, Jupiter asked us to focus on relationships and expanding our diplomatic efforts.  Over the next year, Jupiter in Scorpio will test those relationships.  Some will survive and some will not.  Jupiter in Scorpio tends to “tell it like it is,” so this is a year-long reminder to think before we speak.  This placement of Scorpio is all about expanding things we are passionate about.  We may also find ourselves drawn to learning something that requires deep understanding and/or that involves healing ourselves and/or others, especially if it involves psychological issues.  We may see secrets being revealed and taboo subjects coming to the foreground (individually and as a society) in order to be healed.  Scorpio is associated with shared resources and money; but Jupiter can go too far sometimes.  Therefore, it’s probably best to keep speculations and spending within reasonable limits and, instead, focus on saving for our future, which could be very lucrative.  Overall, the year in which Jupiter is in Scorpio can be a very transformative year.

Then on Saturday, October 14, Venus moves into its home sign of Libra, where it will remain until November 8.  This month-long placement of Venus means that we will have an increased desire for peace, harmony, and beauty in our lives.  It supports relationships of all kinds (e.g., romantic, friendships, business).  Using charm and diplomacy is highlighted, although there is also a detached feeling when Venus is in airy Libra.  We are willing to compromise, as long as the other side behaves in a way that is respectful and appropriate.  We want peace and balance in all areas of our life, but especially in our relationships and finances.  But we do need to avoid “keeping the peace” by suppressing our needs and feelings.  This could result in the build-up of resentments that could come to the surface when Venus moves into Scorpio next month.

Finally, it is worth mentioning that between the time of this Aries Full Moon and Wednesday, October 25, we will be influenced by a t-square (i.e., right triangle) in which Mars will be in opposition (180°) to Chiron, and both Mars and Chiron will square (90°) Saturn.  Mars in Virgo wants to take action that is exact and precise; but as mentioned above, Saturn often tells us that slowing down is the best course of action, especially if it involves the healing of our inner wounds (Chiron).  Virgo is also about healing, so having Mars in this sign can support us in seeking solutions.  And given Saturn is involved, we may find solutions to long-standing issues.  We may feel like our warrior (Mars) is wounded (Chiron), so this configuration supports the importance of addressing any health or psychological issues because it will make us stronger in the long-run.

Overall, this Aries Full Moon is very likely going to bring to the surface some issues that need to be healed.  We need to find a healthy balance within our relationships between being independent and interdependent.  If this dichotomy is out of balance, we may receive a wake-up call around the time of this Full Moon.  We need to remember to remain objective, detached, centered, and grounded when events around us are calling us to react.  Our overarching goal is to continue to be a beacon of Light that shows others that there is another way . . . the way of trusting in Divine Order and Divine Timing and believing in the importance of moving in the direction of Oneness and spiritual connection.  There will be lots of energy available to us around the time of the Aries Full Moon, and our minds will be very busy.  If we can’t find adequate ways to siphon off some of our mental energy, then we should be physically active.  The best use of this energy is to consciously make decisions about where we want to direct our energy.  We have the opportunity to accomplish a great deal, and it is best to prioritize our goals and then break down each goal into manageable steps so the energy is not wasted.  It’s a powerful call to action, but it has to be used in a practical way given the involvement of Pluto in earthly Capricorn.  So it may be helpful to remember this simple but powerful phase: “Action expresses priorities” (Mohandas Gandhi).

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REMINDER

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FULL MOON

Full Moon at 13° of Aries

  • Thursday, October 5, 2017, 11:40 a.m. PDT
  • Thursday, October 5, 2017, 2:40 p.m. EDT
  • Thursday, October 5, 2017, 6:40 p.m. GMT

NEW MOON IN VIRGO – Order from chaos, baby steps, and fear versus faith (September 19, 2017)

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 10:29 p.m. on Tuesday, September 19.  This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 28° of Virgo.  To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 28° of Virgo in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with that house are going to be most influenced by this New Moon’s presence.

Welcome to what probably will feel like a beautiful New Moon.  After all the intense energy of the last two months, this earthy Virgo New Moon will help us all ground ourselves, integrate what has happen recently, and create order out of any chaos.  All New Moons provide us with new emotional starts.  With Virgo, relevant keywords include practical, efficient, detail-oriented, analytical, organized, and humble.  Yes, we do need to consciously avoid the judgmental, critical side of Virgo (toward self or others); but if we can do that, this New Moon’s energy can feel gentle and healing.

Another lower expression of this sign’s energy can be perfectionism, but the healthier use of Virgo’s energy is discernment.  With this Virgo New Moon, it’s time to “clear out the clutter.”  This is especially true because the Sun is in the final degrees of Virgo, so we may feel an unusually strong need to clean out closets, the garage, our filing system, etc., before the Sun moves into Libra on Friday, September 22.

However, keep in mind that the clearing out process isn’t just for physical spaces.  For some, the focus may be our minds and hearts.  Virgo is also very focused on the body and what we need in our present reality in order to take care of our health.  Whether our decluttering process occurs on a physical, emotional, and/or mental level, good questions to ask ourselves at this time include, “Is this still serving my needs?” and “Has this outlived its usefulness and is it time to let it go?”

The Moon and Sun are both in opposition (180°) to Chiron in Pisces, which can make us more sensitive than usual to the collective suffering of others.  Chiron is “The Wounded Healer.”  It teaches us that our greatest wounds can be our greatest gifts to the world if we are willing to work through any denial and acknowledge their existence.  Remember, we don’t have to be perfect (the lower expression of Virgo), but we do need to be committed to our healing journey and to doing what is necessary to take care of ourselves.  Virgo is also about service, so this New Moon is telling us that the more we heal our own issues, the more available we will be to serve others in profound ways.

In addition to Chiron, the planet Neptune is also in Pisces at the time of this Virgo New Moon.  This Piscean energy can soften Virgo’s typical “do-do-do” approach to life, which can be a good thing when we are going through the often difficult process of weeding out what no longer serves us . . . physically, emotionally, mentally, and even spiritually.  Pisces tells us that to do this effectively, we need to approach our own wounds and the wounds of others with an open heart and unconditional love.  Instead of criticizing or judging, we need to focus on soothing the wounded inner child.

Whatever we decide to keep in our lives needs to nourish us.  The Virgo energy also helps us see that our greatest happiness and joy is often achieved through simplicity, cutting out the extraneous, and/or refining what already exists.  And the Piscean energy will support us in intuitively knowing the answers, if we allow ourselves to maintain a big picture approach to the de-cluttering process.  Luckily, Mercury is trining (120°) Mars in earth signs at the time of this New Moon.  This will give us the mental (Mercury) energy (Mars) to bring some of those Piscean visions into reality.  This aspect supports us in being very productive, enthusiastic, and mentally alert and aware.

But we shouldn’t ignore the fact that Saturn squares (90°) the opposition between the Sun/Moon and Chiron.  This forms a t-square configuration (i.e., right triangle) in the sky above us.  T-squares are powerful and demand change in some area of our lives.  The planet being squared (i.e., Saturn this time) often provides outlets or guidance regarding what will help us resolve the challenges presented by the opposition.  If left to its own devices, Saturn can be a Debbie Downer.  Around the time of this New Moon, we need to watch for any tendency toward feeling hopeless and thinking that nothing will ever change.  If we observe these tendencies, we need to redirect our energies.  Yes, we need to decide what we want to happen in the future in order to make sure we are moving in the right direction.  But then we need to focus on the present.  What concrete steps can we take right here, right now?  That is what Virgo is all about.  Small steps, if taken in the right direction, eventually create a successful journey . . . but only if we don’t stop or get stuck lamenting over not making enough progress.  Just keep putting one foot in front of the other, and have faith!

And faith is big part of the Virgo New Moon.  Mercury is in an exact opposition (180°) to Neptune, which can cause us to feel confused and easily swayed by illusions.  But the beauty of astrology is that we are forewarned about this possibility and can avoid its impact by, instead, using this aspect to tap into our intuition.  The way out of Netpunian fear is through faith.  The lower expression of Neptune would have us believing that we are powerless and a victim.  However, Neptune is also the most spiritual of the planets.  So instead of falling into hopelessness, we need to consciously choose to have faith and listen to God/Source/Spirit, angels, guides, and deceased loved ones that are continually telling us that we are powerful beyond measure and that we can trust in the Divine Order in all things.  How do we move from fear to faith?  We need to pay attention to our internal dialogue and make a conscious choice about what we are choosing to tell ourselves.  Luckily, the Virgo energy will help us do this analysis, and the Pisces energy will help us love ourselves during the process.

On the same day as the Virgo New Moon (Tuesday, September 19), Venus moves out of Leo and into Virgo, where she will remain until October 15.  While in Leo, Venus was very sociable and outgoing.  In Virgo, she is now looking at all the relationships that she initiated while moving through Leo and discerning which category those relationships fall into . . . a reason, a season, or a lifetime.  Within our relationships, love will be expressed in practical ways while Venus is in Virgo.  We will also find it very satisfying to serve others, and we want our love, entertainment, and any financial expenditures to make sense and have a purpose.

Sunday, September 24, sees an opposition (180°) between Mars and Neptune, which will influence us for a few days before and after the actual event.  We may suddenly feel that something in our life is becoming very unclear and nebulous.  We may also begin to have doubts about whether our efforts are going to produce results.  We need to remember that this is just a temporary phase.  Navigating this lull in our confidence will be easier if we can relinquish our need to be in control and, instead, follow our intuitive guidance, which may provide us with answers we didn’t see until now.

On Wednesday, September 27, Jupiter and Uranus make their last of three oppositions (180°), which is a planetary dance that started all the way back in December 2016.  As they execute these final steps in their dance, we may feel restless.  We might have a sudden urge to make a big change of some kind, although whatever change we are considering is likely something we’ve been thinking about since the first time Jupiter and Uranus opposed each other at the end of last year.  And remember, when Uranus is involved, we can either choose to change or we will be changed.  So if this change is in our highest good and we are doing something to block it from happening, then we may have events happen to us that often feel unpleasant.  With Uranus’s energy, sometimes breakdowns need to happen before a breakthrough is possible.  But regardless of how the change occurs, we need to have faith that the goal of the Universe is to help us grow and learn.

The next day (Thursday, September 28), Pluto ends its annual 5-month retrograde period and begins moving direct again.  (NOTE:  It began its retrograde period on April 20.)  Because Pluto moves very slowly, it will take several weeks before it regains its forward momentum.  While retrograde, Pluto asked us to explore our inner psyches and heal issues related to power and ambition.  If we have done this work, Pluto’s direct motion will give us the power we need to pursue our dreams using power and not force.

On Saturday, September 30, Mercury moves out of analytical Virgo and into diplomatic Libra, where it will remain until October 18.  Mercury in Libra can be indecisive, but that’s because it sees all sides of a situation.  This can be very helpful in contentious situations.  Quick decisions may be difficult, but we are verbally very gracious.  We are more inclined to look for win-win solutions and seek ways to keep the peace.

Then on Sunday, October 1, we get the gift of ENERGY!  If you’ve been waiting to undertake a project that you have been avoiding, this could be a great opportunity!  ENJOY!  Mars will trine (120°) Pluto, which are the two powerhouses in the sky, and this aspect will influence us for a few days before and after October 1.  This supportive aspect will not only provide us with courage, motivation, and strength, but also power . . . and lots of it.  The only warning is to make sure we use the energy constructively.  If we don’t have a specific project to work on, it would be best to engage in some type of physical activity as a way to vent the energy that could build up.  But given all the recent Virgo energy that is still hanging around us, this is a good time to accomplish practical, detail-oriented tasks that require us to breakdown projects into smaller steps.  It is very likely that we will find ourselves feeling emotionally lighter as we get these pesky tasks accomplished.

Overall, this New Moon in Virgo is asking us to use our skills of discernment to determine what is currently serving us . . . or not.  It is also assisting us in making order out of any chaos and helping us find practical, simple solutions to achieve our goals.  Given the strong influence of Chiron/Neptune in Pisces, we are also being asked to undertake any decluttering with a loving heart rather than falling into the lower expression of Virgo’s critical nature.  But there’s a great deal of support for us to do this in a way that leads to healing.  And that healing will open doors to opportunities to give back to the world through responsible service.  So 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)

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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 28° of Virgo

  • Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 10:29 p.m. PDT
  • Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 1:29 a.m. EDT
  • Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 5:29 a.m. GMT