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FULL MOON IN LEO & LUNAR ECLIPSE – Taking a leap of faith with a smile on our face (January 20, 2019)

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 9:15 p.m. on Sunday, January 20.  With this Full Moon, the Sun in Aquarius will be in opposition (180°) to the Moon in Leo.  To further clarify how this Full Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 1° of Aquarius and 1° of Leo in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with those two houses are going to be most impacted by this Full Moon’s presence.

My goodness!  This is one heck of a powerful Leo Full Moon!  It is a Lunar Eclipse, and eclipses always add power and importance to the astrological influences occurring at that time.  And this Full Moon is also a SuperMoon, meaning it’s one of the times when the Moon will be at its closest approach to the Earth, increasing the gravitational pull on tides, tectonic plates, psyches, and emotions.  Additionally, this Full Moon is happening within the first degree of both Leo and Aquarius (0°51’).  The first degree of any sign is a powerful point of new beginnings for the issues involved in the sign.  All of this means that we need to pay attention to this Full Moon!

With this Leo Full Moon, we are being asked to explore whether we have good balance between the issues associated with the signs of Leo and Aquarius.  Keywords associated with Leo are self-confidence, loyalty, love, and leadership.  Its focus is on creating and expressing our unique gifts.  Keywords associated with Aquarius include independence, individuality, social, and humanitarianism.  This sign is about how we can use Leo’s unique gifts to contribute to the world around us.

But this is anything but a straight forward Leo Full Moon.  There are numerous astrological aspects that make this powerhouse lunar event extremely complex.  Unfortunately, due to time constraints on my part, I’m not going be able to give everyone my usual careful analysis of each aspect.  Instead, I’m going to make a valiant effort to summarize some of the more likely influences.

  • Although we do need to make sure we are giving back to humanity in some way (Aquarius), the emphasis during this Full Moon will likely be on Leo. Although the Sun is located in the first degree of Aquarius, it is conjunct (0°) Mercury, Pluto, and the South Node, all of which are in Capricorn.  And Saturn is also in Capricorn, its home sign making it extra powerful.  So, there’s a heavy emphasis during this Full Moon in the area of the Sun.  This means that we do want to make a contribution of some kind, but it’s extra important that what we creatively express is uniquely ours.  We may be feeling unsettled or even trapped in some “old ways,” and we are ready to break free and feel a need to put ourselves “out there.”  Something that has been brewing for some time is ready to be “born.”
  • There are several indications that we will be both (a) committed to our own unique path and ready to take this leap of faith and (b) feeling vulnerable and uncertain. The Full Moon is part of a t-square (right triangle).  The focal planet of any t-square shows us “the way,” and this time the focal planet is Uranus . . . the planet of change.  Yes, it certainly seems like it is time to stir things up, and it’s understandable that we may be feeling both ready and scared at the same time.  Some type of perceived risk may be involved, and we may feel frustrated at times.  However, it is very likely that we have been in the planning phase for a while.  We are ready!  We need to take that leap and reframe fear as excitement.  Uranus can also indicate rebellion, and that may be what is needed to get ourselves out of a rut and/or to move past those fears.  The presence of Uranus also means that we will benefit from trusting that any unexpected events are actually Divinely planned to get us going where our soul needs to go (but may be too afraid to see).  “Let go and let God” would be a good affirmation right now.
  • Luckily, there are aspects that will support us in thinking deeply before taking this leap. We just don’t want to experience the “paralysis of analysis,” which could keep us from taking those initial steps.  Now is a wonderfully supportive time to “go for it” in some way.  If we stay frozen in fear or talk ourselves out of doing this, it is likely to lead to regret over a missed opportunity.  Therefore, we need to consciously not overthink things.  Instead, we should consciously tap into the potential for deep thinking to make sure we have all of our ducks in a row before acting.  Just remember that it’s impossible to take into consideration every contingency.  We have to have faith that no matter what happens, we can handle it . . . because we can!
  • The way to work though any fears or self-doubts right now is to use the wonderful annual conjunction (0°) between Venus and Jupiter to be playful and optimistic about any changes. These two “benefics” (positive planets) are in a supportive trine (120°) to Mars.  This will support us in being courageous and taking action, but only if we maintain a light-hearted approach and stay in the moment.  With all three of these planets being in fire signs (Sag and Aries), taking action is strongly indicated.
  • However, as I mentioned above, this lunar event is complex. Venus and Jupiter are in a wonderful trine to Mars (see above), but they are also squaring (90°) Neptune.  We could become mentally confused, emotionally fearful, or even easily misled or disillusioned.  This is an important time to use our trust and faith in the Divine to steer our ship through the Neptunian fog.  If we can trust our intuition, we often “know” the way and just need to trust ourselves.  Using the light-heartedness of the Venus-Jupiter conjunct will help a great deal.
  • The North Node in Cancer and the South Node in Capricorn are conjunct the Moon and Sun, respectively. We need to realize the importance of moving out of the past and into a much better future.  In the past, Cap’s energy helped us build a solid foundation, and now we have to trust whatever structures we have built (both internally and externally) and start letting down our guard a bit (Cancer).  This vulnerability will let the world see who we really are, which is exactly what this Leo Full Moon is all about (i.e., sharing our unique gifts with the world).  Again, we are ready!  And when we get scared, we need to avoid running and hiding.  Instead we need to nurture ourselves through our fear.

On Wednesday, January 23, Mercury moves out of Capricorn and into Aquarius.  While in Capricorn, Mercury is often focused on the past.  The next three weeks (until February 11), should be filled with more progressive, future-focused thoughts, which is great timing for all those changes that started around the time of the Leo Full Moon.  We are hungry for knowledge and open to new ideas.  One of the hallmarks of Mercury in Aquarius is thinking outside the box, so let your mind wander and ponder things that normally would be considered “out there.”  We may be a bit mentally scattered, but we may also have brilliant ideas come to us seemingly out of nowhere.

In the next Moon update, we’ll talk more about the sextile (60°) between Saturn and Neptune that will be exact on Thursday, January 31.  For now, be aware that its influence will start building during the last week of January.  As is true with all sextiles, we need to take conscious advantage of this potential or its potential gifts will be lost.  It’s a good time to convert our dreams into reality.  The entire year will be under the influence of the Saturn-Neptune sextile, but the best time to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity is when the aspect is exact.  Given this is only the first of three exact Saturn-Neptune sextiles occurring this year (the others occurring in June and November), we could think about this as the preparation phase when we think about what we DO want to see come into concrete form, and perhaps start creating a plan to make it happen.

Overall, this Leo Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse could be a delightful time but also a serious time.  The energy is creating an interesting blend, much like a delicious soup with many ingredients.  There is great potential to start or achieve something we have been thinking about for some time; but to accomplish this, we will need to move past our fears and self-doubts.  We need to believe in ourselves, enjoy any social interactions, and shine our unique light into the world as our gift to humanity.  Given this is a complex time, we may feel pushed and pulled in many different directions.  But we will get through if we keep the faith, move through the fear, and keep a smile on our face.

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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 1° of Leo

  • Sunday, January 20, 2019, 9:15 p.m. PST
  • Monday, January 21, 2019, 12:15 a.m. EST
  • Monday, January 21, 2019, 5:15 a.m. GMT

NEW MOON IN CAPRICORN & SOLAR ECLIPSE – Plus a sneak peek at 2019 according to astrology & numerology (January 5, 2019)

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonAs I do at the beginning of each year, I will be covering (1) the current Moon Update, (2) an overview of any major events that are coming up astrologically in 2019, and (3) the year 2019 from a numerological perspective.

I hope that 2019 is a year filled with peace, love, and laughter for all of us!  Happy New Year!!

New Moon in Capricorn & Solar Eclipse

In the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 5:28 p.m. on Saturday, January 5.  This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 16° of Capricorn.  To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 16° of Capricorn in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with that house are going to be most influenced by this New Moon’s presence.

All New Moons offer us opportunities for new emotional starts and setting new intentions or goals in areas related to the sign.  With Capricorn, our focus is on issues related to responsibility, leadership, discipline, control, structure, and hard work.  But this time, it’s not just the Sun and Moon that are located in Capricorn.  We also have Mercury, Saturn, and Pluto in Capricorn.  Even the South Node is in Capricorn.  Actually, the Sun, Moon, Saturn, and Pluto are grouped so tightly together in Cap that they form a configuration called a stellium, which occurs when at least 4 or more planets are grouped together within about 10°.  A stellium is considered especially strong if all the planets are in the same sign, which is the case here.  This means that the sign involved (i.e., Capricorn) becomes incredibly important.  And then there’s the Solar Eclipse happening at the same time as the Cap New Moon, which is basically the equivalent of turning on a flood light on everything!

NOTE:  If you have your Natal/Birth Chart and know where 1-20° of Capricorn is located in your natal chart, you may have a better idea what areas of your life are going to be impacted by this stellium.

How do we work with all of this?  It means that none of us will be able to escape the influence of Capricorn right now.  Stelliums create an intense focus of energy in that sign.  Additionally, the planets involved in the stellium do not act independently but, instead, work as a unit.  In this specific stellium, the quality of the energy of the specific planets is very diverse, which means their impact will likely be multi-faceted.  In general:

  • The Moon often is one of the most personal of planets (e.g., our inner world of emotions and daily habits). When in Capricorn, we need to take emotional responsibility for our lives and possibly make necessary changes in our routines and daily activities.
  • The Sun is our basic identity and where we shine in the world. When in Capricorn, we need to look at where we need to “step up” and take responsibility.  This may include taking a leadership role, but it could also mean that we need to take the reins of our own life.
  • Saturn is about structure, boundaries, control, and disciple. Saturn is ruled by Capricorn, so one way to look at this is that Saturn is increasing the already incredibly strong emphasis on “all-things-Capricorn”!  It could also mean that we have some lessons to be learned when it comes to Capricorn issues (e.g., discipline, leadership, structure).
  • Pluto focuses on our use of power, as well as transformation and healing. While in Capricorn, we need to make sure that we are using our power and not our force to make changes in our personal lives and in the world around us.  If we can do this, it can provide us with very powerful and long-standing changes in our psyches and lives.

As you can see, all 4 planets are acting from a basic foundation of Capricorn energy.  We need to add into this mix the fact that Mercury (i.e., communication, thinking) just entered Capricorn on Friday, January 4, and the South Node (i.e., our past behavior or choices) is also in Cap.  Overall, this 7-day period around the New Moon could be a time of reckoning, when our past choices catch up with us, especially if those choices weren’t particularly healthy ones.  How this impacts each of us will vary, but we may be questioning whether we have set appropriate boundaries with ourselves or others.  All of this self-analysis may be brought on by a recurrent of issues from our past that show us where we have not been living an authentic life, or at least a life that is not aligned with who we have become.  These realizations could lead to important but serious conversations, healing, and transformation.

All of this will likely mean exploring how we deal with power and with external and internal authority.  For example, are we expecting someone to come along and tell us how to live our lives?  Or are we ready to make and follow-through on commitments to ourselves and to others?  With Pluto in Capricorn, we are all being encouraged to look at whether we are using our power effectively, which includes looking at whether we are using self-discipline to get things done, taking responsibility when needed, and holding ourselves accountable for promises made.   

But just a note here:  The serious energy of Capricorn doesn’t need to be a “downer.”  Actually, now is a good time to develop a healthy respect for and working relationship with the Capricorn energy.  Yes, control, discipline, and leadership can become heavy-handed and even tyrannical when expressed at an extreme.  However, a personal life or even a society without some limits, rules, and laws will likely lead to chaos.  It’s all about finding a healthy balance between control and freedom.  This balance helps us feel safe, stay on course toward our goals, and, thereby, leads to success.

Within hours of the Cap New Moon and Solar Eclipse, Uranus will begin moving direct again (Sunday, January 6).  After about 5 months of contemplating what we want to change in our lives, it will now become abundantly clear what needs to change.  Luckily, Mars just moved out of slow-moving, never-want-to-make-a-decision Pisces and into action-oriented Aries (Monday, December 31).  Mars is the ruler of Aries, so it likes this sign.  It’s like all traffic lights are green in the world of Mars in Aries.  “Just do it!” might be its moto.  We should all feel very energized during the entire month of January.  Unlike the Piscean energy, we are now ready to make bold, courageous decisions.  Many of us will feel motivated to take action on all those new ideas that have been stewing on the back burner while Uranus was moving retrograde.  Our goals have become clearer, and we are motivated to achieve them.  Luckily, all the Capricorn energy means that we understand that change often takes time and requires a long-term commitment.  We now have the patience to see things through and are committed for the long haul.

By the way, it is worth mentioning that once Uranus begins moving direct, we will have no planets in retrograde until Mercury goes retrograde on March 5.  After last summer’s “season of retrogrades,” which included periods of time with as many as six planets in retrograde at the same time, this 2-month period of time will feel very different.  When planets are in retrograde, all of us have our attention focused inward.  When moving direct, a planet’s energy is readily available and focused outward.  With so little retrograde energy influencing us, everything will be more accessible and straightforward.  We may be experiencing insights and awakenings as we see things in new ways and are ready to start taking actions and making the changes that felt very illusive over the summer months.  It’s a good time to take actions that have been in the “planning stages” for some time.  If we have done the work called for during the retrograde phases, those changes will be aligned with our desires and will likely meet with success.

Before leaving our discussion of the Cap New Moon and Solar Eclipse, it is worth mentioning several aspects happening during this time period:

  • The Sun, Moon and Saturn (part of the stellium discussed above) are all in a sweet sextile (60°) to Neptune. This adds elements of spirituality, intuition, and emotional healing to the discussion of above.  We may find we are in the right place at the right time.  This isn’t just chance or luck; it actually occurs when we follow our internal hunches or inklings.  This is also a great time to begin self-improvement programs and/or to bring a vision into concrete form.
  • Mercury in Capricorn is squaring (90°) a conjunction (0°) between Mars and Chiron. We will likely be talking about, making decisions, and taking actions that support our healing.  However, to move forward, we understand that it’s going to take discipline and commitment.
  • Mercury trines (120°) Uranus, which will make us much more open to new ways of thinking and possibly even communicating, which will support the opportunity for growth, healing, and transformation mentioned above.
  • Venus is in a supportive trine (120°) to Chiron which supports healing within our personal relationships and/or in our relationship to money/finances. We may be able to heal old wounds in these areas and even create (or re-create) trust.  Some of us may even be ready to make a commitment to whatever we love or desire.

Because Venus recently went retrograde, it spent most of October and November in Scorpio.  On Monday, January 7, it will finally move into Sagittarius, where it will remain until February 4.  After spending an unusually long time in the heavy, intense, passionate energy of Scorpio, Venus’s move into Sag means that it is ready to let loose and dance until the Sun comes up.  We may feel drawn to many different types of people or relationships, but we aren’t ready to be too serious about any of them.  We don’t want anything to be too complex right now.  We simply want to have fun; however, we want to feel safe while doing it, so honesty and integrity are key.

Then on Sunday, January 13, we have the first of three squares (90°) between Jupiter and Neptune.  These three contacts between the planet of expansion and the planet of spirituality will bridge most of 2019 (see discussion below).  During this first contact, we may feel more inclined to get involved in humanitarian efforts or motivated to do something that brings us into contact with people from diverse backgrounds.  We aren’t as concerned about practicalities right now, so paying attention to details could be a bit of a challenge.  But our overarching goal is to engage in anything that increases our faith and spiritual connection, which may involve using our compassion and generosity.  Luck could come through intuitive hunches that are hard to explain, so we need to “trust our gut.”  We are also willing to make personal sacrifices, but only if it’s done in an integrous manner and serves our greater purpose of personal learning and growth.

Overall, this 7-day period of time around the Capricorn New Moon and Solar Eclipse could best be described as “serious.”  It’s time to “step up,” which may involve taking responsibility for something outside ourselves or it may be time for us to use inner disciple to master ourselves . . . or both!  We need to commit to a path and then make necessary changes so we are not diverted or distracted from our goal.  We are ready to succeed, but this may require facing something about our past and letting go of old behaviors or thought patterns that have been hindering our progress.  Luckily, the entire month of January is fueled by the energy and courage of Mars in Aries and the support of Uranus (change!) going direct again.  Therefore, now is a good time to “go for it”!  We may have to let go of something that has provided us with a sense of security, but without change there is stagnation.  Start off the new year with a bang and shake things up a bit.  Remember that courage means being afraid and doing it anyway.

Major Astrological Events of 2019

As 2019 unfolds, I will be exploring all of the following astrological influences in much more detail, but here’s a sneak peek at what is coming up.

  • Saturn and Pluto will basically be in a conjunction (0°) in Capricorn all year. Jupiter will eventually catch up with them in 2020, and this will make 2020 an incredibly powerful year!  Until that time, 2019 is when we are preparing for that triple conjunction.  We are being asked to make needed changes to issues related to boundaries, control, discipline, laws, and rules.  Many of us should be seeking a new understanding of these topics in our personal lives and in society.  Questions might include, “Am I saying yes when I really mean no?”, “Are my boundaries too firm and do I need to let others help me?”, “Who is responsible for X?”, “Who has the power to set the rules?”, “Which rules do I personally want to follow, and which am I willing to break?”, etc.  Although some astrologers are predicting that 2019 could be tumultuous, it doesn’t have to be.  Although asking questions such as these can cause changes (especially in relationships), they are intended to help us all look for the middle ground so we can all get along.  There are times during 2019 when this influence will be stronger; these include January-February (i.e., right now), May-June, and October-November.  It may be helpful to frame any changes related to boundaries as a 3-part process, with each stage occurring during these more active time periods.  In other words, growth doesn’t have to happen all at once . . . it will likely come in stages.
  • At the same time that Saturn and Pluto are stirring things up, we will have a year-long series of squares (90°) between Jupiter in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces. Both are in their home signs, so they are very powerful.  Although squares do represent turning points, both Sag and Pisces are mutable signs, which means they provide flexible, adaptable energy.  Jupiter in Sag brings a playful, light-hearted energy, and Neptune in Pisces increases our intuitive abilities and interest in spiritual issues.  Although the conjunction between Saturn and Pluto is a pretty heavy energy, this square between Jupiter and Neptune can help us make any necessary changes in a lighthearted way.  This is especially true if we can approach any changes in a fun, playful way and rely on our faith and connection to the Divine.
  • As of March 7, Uranus will finally move into Taurus for a 7-year stay. It briefly ventured into Taurus during 2018, but then it backed into Aries again for one final visit.  Uranus is all about changing things and breaking with the past in order to move into a better future.  While in Aries, Uranus made bold, energetic changes that were often sudden and unexpected.  Taurus (the bull) is a very different energy.  It prefers to move S-L-O-W-L-Y.  Therefore, any changes may be more manageable and will also be practical and down-to-earth.  However, don’t forget that the energy of Uranus will not be thwarted.  Change is necessary.  While traveling through Taurus, we may be asked to look at what we might be overly attached to and where we feel a need for control.  If we aren’t amenable to make changes in these areas willingly, then the Uranus energy will bring something unexpected to get you to face “reality.”  Another way in which Uranus in Taurus may impact us is by bringing changes to our finances that are meant to create a better foundation upon which to build something new.

Given the overarching astrological influences during 2019, we would do best to let go of our need to be in control or our desire to have things a certain way.  This isn’t always easy, but the playful energy of the Jupiter/Neptune square in mutable planets will support us in flowing with life and not getting bogged down in our own expectations and beliefs.  It’s important that we create new ways of doing things, increase our trust in Spirit, and make any changes with a light heart and faith that we are moving in the right direction.

Numerology in the Year 2019

For those interested in numerology, 2019 is a 3 Universal Year (i.e., 2019 = 2 + 0 + 1 + 9 = 12 = 1 + 2 = 3).  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, 2019, many of us may have already started to experience the waning influence of the 2 Universal Year and are beginning to feel the energy of a 3 Universal Year.

Where 2 Universal Years (2018) are about partnerships, 3 Universal Years (2019) are about expanding those partnerships and forming social groups.  However, 2018 was a different type of 2 Universal Year because the calculation included the Master Number 11 (i.e., 2 + 0 + 1 + 8 = 11).  Many numerologists (including me) recommended that we not reduce the 11 vibration to a 2 vibration.  The 11 Master Number meant that many of us found ourselves facing some important life lessons that involved mastering spirituality, intuition, creativity, healing, leadership, and collaborations.  For some, 2018 felt like a “hurry up and wait” kind of year that felt full of external blocks to our progress.  But as I mentioned last January, those blocks were actually spiritually-guided opportunities to learn important lessons.  These Master-level lessons were designed to better prepare us to be successful in meeting our eventual goals or may have actually rerouted us onto an entirely different path.

Luckily, the energy of 2019 will be much easier and more free-flowing.  With 3 Universal Years, our focus will be on expressing ourselves.  We want to express our truth.  For some, this will include taking steps toward authentically living what we feel to be our life path or life purpose.  We will want to be around like-minded others, and we should seek out their support.  This would be a good year to also work with a teacher or coach who can support us in our self-expression.

Creativity is enhanced during 3 Universal Years, so this would be a great year for those who are writers, musicians, artists, etc.  We all also will benefit from looking for the beauty around us and possibly making some improvements in our home environment.  Some may feel drawn to travel, especially if it is to a beautiful location, involves learning or creative activities, and/or includes people that we enjoy and that share our vision for the future.

2019 can be a year of great expansion, growth, and even good luck.  It’s a time to reap the benefits of all those Master-level lessons we learned during the previous 11 Universal Year.  Some of the keywords for this year include enjoyment, happiness, fun, and living well.  Therefore, let’s all have a wonderful beginning to what may be a pretty magical year!

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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 16° of Capricorn

  • Saturday, January 5, 2019, 5:28 p.m. PST
  • Saturday, January 5, 2019, 8:28 p.m. EST
  • Sunday, January 6, 2019, 1:28 a.m. GMT

FULL MOON IN CANCER – An opportunity for emotional healing and a time to catch our breath before 2019 arrives (December 22, 2018)

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 9:48 a.m. on Saturday, December 22.  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 1° of Capricorn and 1° of Cancer in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with those two houses are going to be most impacted by this Full Moon’s presence.

All Full Moons provide extra light so we can explore whether we have good balance between two seemingly opposite areas of our lives.  This Full Moon is asking us to question if we need to make any adjustments related to Cancer and Capricorn.  Cancer’s focus is on our family, home, emotions, and internal/private world.  Capricorn is about our responsibilities, recognition, rational thought, and external/public world.  I believe that these two houses feed each other in important ways.  By having an internal life that nourishes us, we have the energy to out into the world and do good works.  And after accomplishing something, it’s time to go back inside to process and integrate what we have learned and refuel before going outside again.  Although it is possible to be too internally focused, in today’s active society, we often over-emphasize the external and forget to fill our internal wells.  This is especially true during the holiday season when we have social events and responsibilities.  This Cancer Full Moon is encouraging us to take some time to assess the balance between these two dynamic, interacting areas of our lives.

This Full Moon is especially powerful.  The signs Cancer and Capricorn are both in the cardinal modality, meaning action, initiation, and movement.  Although I’ve said above that the Sun and Moon are located at 1° of Cancer and Capricorn, the Sun and Moon are actually located at 0°49’ (i.e., 0 degrees, 49 minutes) of each sign.  Astrologer’s commonly round up when working with degrees in order to simplify things.  But whenever a planet is located at 0° of sign, as is the case with both the Sun and Moon, it really shouldn’t be rounded up.

This 0° point in a cardinal sign is referred to as the Aries Point.  Aries Points tend to put an extra bright spotlight on any issue that is out of alignment related to the cardinal sign involved.  This light is sometimes so bright that it brings the issue into public view.  This increased visibility makes it hard to ignore our problems.  This can be a painful process, but that spotlight provides the illumination we need in order to face our issues and move toward healing and growth.  Everyone will be experiencing this influence, so those of us who are familiar with astrology can use our awareness to serve as role models for facing our problems head on and dealing with them in healthy ways.

In many ways, the time of this Cancer Full Moon could be an important and powerful time for healing important emotional issues, especially those related to family (i.e., the Moon is in its home sign of Cancer which relates to family).  The catalyst for this healing is a t-square (right triangle).  The Sun and Moon are both in squares (90°) to a conjunction (0°) between Mars and Chiron in Pisces.  I often describe t-squares as a “burr underneath the blanket on a saddled horse which will cause that horse to buck.”  It will be hard to ignore this t-square!  Squares represent turning points and choices; Pisces reinforces emotional issues; Mars says “take action”; and Chiron brings the element of healing vulnerable issues.  Add in the opposition between the Sun in public Capricorn and the Moon in private, family-oriented Cancer, it is likely that the healing may focus on attaining a better balance between these two areas and the impact that any imbalance may have caused in our family (however we define family).

The only caution:  Mars is in in Pisces, and this can cause people, including ourselves, to use manipulative or passive aggressive tactics to express their needs.  However, the higher expression of Mars in Pisces includes selfless, compassionate action.  If we make the right choices regarding the use of this energy, this could be a time when tears will flow, but these tears will likely lead to healing.  As Shrek says, “Better out than in!”  And it should be noted that Mars is in a sextile (60°) to Pluto, which means it may be easier now to talk about issues that have been hidden or suppressed, which can lead to amazing transformations.

Luckily, there is wonderful support for all this healing.  The Sun is conjunct (0°) Saturn in Capricorn, which may seem like a downer because Saturn brings responsibility and seriousness to the party.  However, whenever the Moon in is in Cancer, we can be overly emotional.  The presence of Saturn may counteract this tendency by helping us be more realistic and grounded.  Additional support is provided by Uranus.  The Sun/Saturn conjunct is in a very supportive trine (120°) to Uranus; and because the Moon is in opposition (180°) to Sun/Saturn, this means Uranus is in a sweet sextile (60°) to the Moon.  Saturn brings a focus on the past and traditions, but Uranus brings an emphasis on the future and trying new things.  This very positive astrological configuration means that we may experience some unexpected surprises, but they should be positive ones.  We also should be able to adjust easily to any changes, both mentally (Sun) and emotionally (Moon).  Combined with the emphasis on emotional healing discussed above, any healing of past issues could open the door to new future possibilities.

However, there is a little bit of caution warranted in our interpersonal communication.  Mercury, which is now in Sagittarius, is in a very tight conjunct (0°) to Jupiter.  Additionally, both Mercury and Jupiter are squaring (90°) Neptune, which is currently in its ruling sign of Pisces making it extra powerful.  Mercury is about communication; but when in Sag, it can result in some of us speaking without thinking.  Additionally, when Mercury in a conjunction with Jupiter, which is the planet associated with excess, we could talk too much.  Add to that mix Neptune, which often is like a fog that cause result in confusion or illusions, and conversations could potentially be out of control and motivated by unconscious issues (Neptune in Pisces).  But again, as informed astrologers, we can choose to be aware of this potentiality and, instead, use the benevolent, happy, optimistic energy of Jupiter to make sure we spend time listening and only speak with integrity.  Luckily, Mercury/Jupiter conjunctions are often times when we can see possibilities, so we might want to dream a little.  We can also choose to use the compassionate energy of Neptune in Pisces to speak from our heart and let our intuition guide important conversations because logic may not be very effective right now.

Overall, this Cancer Full Moon holds great potential for emotional and relationship healing, which is well-timed given it is occurring during the height of the holiday season when we are often with family and friends.  Interpersonal issues may emerge in powerful ways, but there’s support for dealing with the past, which will better enable us to move forward into the future.  It’s also worth noting that there is only one planet currently in retrograde (we will discuss that during the next Moon Update), so this means most issues will be relatively straightforward.  We do need to consciously choose to “watch our words,” listen with compassion, and use our intuition.  We also need to avoid using manipulation or passive aggressive tactics to get our needs met.  But all of that is very do-able due to the supportive aspects present at the time of the Cancer Full Moon!  After the influence of this Moon phase wanes, we have about a 10-day period that is relatively astrological quiet.  There are no planets changing direction, and most aspects are very short-lived and mild.  Consequently, we are all being given a period of time when we can catch our breath and prepare for the new year.  However, don’t be lulled into a false sense of security.  2019 starts off with a bang because we will have our first eclipses occurring right off the bat with the New Moon in Capricorn on January 5.  The entire year is going to be a very busy year!  But wait, I’m getting ahead of myself.  The upcoming year will be the focus of my next Moon Update, which will be published (appropriately) on New Year’s Day.

Until then . . . Happy Holidays to one and all!  Thanks for reading!!

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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 1° of Cancer

  • Saturday, December 22, 2018, 9:48 a.m. PST
  • Saturday, December 22, 2018, 12:48 p.m. EST
  • Saturday, December 22, 2018, 5:48 p.m. GMT

NEW MOON IN SAGITTARIUS – A very spiritual time but we need to remain adaptable and fluid (December 6, 2018)

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 11:20 p.m. on Thursday, December 6.  This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 16° of Sagittarius.  To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 16° 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.

All New Moons offer us opportunities for new emotional starts and setting new intentions or goals in areas related to the sign.  Whenever we have a New Moon in Sagittarius, we are asked to focus on our beliefs, values, hopes, and aspirations.  The symbol for Sag is a centaur pointing an arrow skyward.  The archer cannot see the target.  We have to believe and have faith that something larger than ourselves is “out there.”  In order to take that shot, we might even need to make some changes in our understanding of the world around us.

At the time of this Sag New Moon, Mars is exactly conjunct (0°) Neptune in Pisces, and the New Moon is squaring (90°) Mars and Neptune.  With both Mars and Neptune in Pisces, this brings a very strong mutable influence to the New Moon’s party.  Overall, we need to stay flexible, fluid, and adaptable.  Neptune is very strong in its home sign of Pisces.  This could cause our thinking and decision-making to become a bit blurry.  It’s like the fog has rolled in and is obscuring our vision.  But as is true with Neptune, it brings with it compassion, spirituality, intuitive ability, and the need for faith and trust.  If we can learn to trust our intuitive, gut-level hunches, we can often find our way out of the fog and easily make our way to our destination.

However, without meaning to water down (pun intended) this New Moon, we need to remember that squares do demand our attention.  They always represent turning points; times when we need to make required “course corrections” (again, water reference intended).  Mars is, after all, the warrior planet, so we may experience some type of struggle or conflict.  But with Mars located in watery Pisces, we can best navigate any rough waters by relying on the optimistic and hopeful energy of the Sagittarius New Moon and the compassionate, intuitive approach of Neptune.  The best actions we can take would be those that involve self-less service for the higher good (Mars in Pisces).  The strong presence of both Pisces and Neptune makes this Sag New Moon highly spiritual.  We are being encouraged to deepen our trust in Divine Order and Divine Timing.  Look for the benefits gained by any redirection or delay.  The spiritual aspect of this New Moon also makes it a very good time to focus on manifesting what we want and to remember that we are co-creators with Spirit.

Supporting our endeavors is a grand trine in which Mercury is trine (120°) Chiron, and they are both trine (120°) the North Node.  This forms a very supportive equilateral triangle in the sky above us.  Mercury trine Chiron brings support for mental focus and increased clarity, especially regarding what needs to be healed in our lives.  Mercury trine the North Node in Cancer can help us to express our vulnerability with those who are trustworthy, which can mend bridges.  And the involvement of Chiron and the North Node will help us reflect on our past, heal issues that we may have carried into the present from the past, and decide where we want to go from here.

Jupiter, the ruler of Sagittarius, is in a wide conjunction (0°) with the Sun and Moon.  Jupiter is the “happy-happy planet,” so its presence is uplifting.  However, it’s not so close to the Sun and Moon that it blinds us to the work that needs to be done.  It serves more as a safety net of optimism and confidence as we work through any Sag New Moon issues.  It is encouraging us to expand and grow, and we may find that working with others will feel both rewarding and productive.

During the early part of December, several important planetary shifts are occurring:

  • On Saturday, December 1, retrograde Mercury moves backwards so far that it re-enters Scorpio. Although it will go direct on December 6 (see below), Mercury will remain in Scorpio through December 11.  The “re-do” in Scorpio is urging us to re-think some pretty intense issues.  If we take the time to probe deeply, then profound insights and healing can occur.
  • On the same day (Saturday, December 1), Venus re-enters the sign of Scorpio, where it will remain until January 8. Back in mid-September, Venus initially entered Scorpio.  However, it went retrograde in October and backed up so far that it reentered the sign of Libra.  Venus has been moving direct again for a few weeks, and it will now leave Libra and re-enter Scorpio.  Venus was much happier in Libra than in Scorpio.  Venus in Scorpio deepens our feelings about all of our relationships.  We desire intense connections, and anything superficial will not feel satisfying.  We are emotional and passionate about whatever we want or desire.  This can also extend to our finances, because Venus also focuses on our relationship with the material world and money.
  • The same day as the Sag New Moon (Thursday, December 6), Mercury will end its retrograde phase and begin moving direct again. It may take a few days before we feel the difference, so don’t dive into making travel plans quite yet, and it may be best to avoid signing contracts for a few more days, if possible.  While Mercury direct is picking up speed, we are well-advised to use the time around the Sag New Moon to carefully plan out our next steps.  But in general, we should see improvement in communication as December unfolds.  This is great timing because the middle and end of December is the “holiday season” for many people, and this often requires us to be involved in family/social gatherings and make travel plans.
  • On Saturday, December 8, Chiron begins moving direct again in Pisces. After a brief foray into Aries earlier this year, Chiron went retrograde and moved so far backwards that it re-entered Pisces.  It will eventually finish its transit of Pisces, but it will take a while; i.e., it will not re-enter Aries until the early part of March 2019.  Until then, we are being given one last opportunity to finish up any tasks related to spiritual healing (Chiron in Pisces).  Chiron won’t be back in Pisces until later this Century, so it’s good to take advantage of this now.  This can include healing any issues that block us from trusting in the Divine or in our own intuitive abilities.

What do all these planetary changes in direction mean?  The first part of December is likely going to be a time when many of us will be figuring out what we have learned while Venus and Chiron were moving retrograde.  It may be helpful to look back to when Venus started its retrograde motion (end of October) to see if there were issues being dealt with then that are now coming to some kind of completion . . . or at least we will benefit from revisiting them.  With Venus involved, it’s likely something to do with relationships and/or finances.  We may have needed to release something or someone that we have outgrown, learned how to set healthier boundaries, improved our level of self-worth, or realized what triggers us and needs to be healed.  The overarching goal of Venus in retrograde was to help us learn how to connect with each other while still maintaining our personal power.  At some level, issues related to vulnerability and trust were likely involved.  And with Chiron moving direct again, we will be taking a more direct approach to our healing in these areas, and that healing may come through spiritual connections with others or with the Divine (Chiron in Pisces).  Some of us may actually experience a breakthrough in Venus-related issues during early December.  If nothing else, many of us will be integrating all these Venus issues we’ve been dealing with, which is designed to open us up for the next phase in our healing and spiritual journey.

On Wednesday, December 11, Mercury will leave the intense energy of Scorpio and enter Sagittarius, where it will remain until January 6.  What perfect timing!  While Mercury was in Scorpio, we tended to see the glass as half empty.  But once Mercury is in Sag, we tend to see the glass half full or even overflowing!  This is a blessing during the holiday season.  After the intensity of Mercury retrograde in Scorpio, we can now enjoy leaving the underground recesses of our psyches and emerge into the sunshine once again.  We will likely feel drawn to explore diverse topics, learn new things, and focus on concepts like believing, hoping, and having faith.  We just need to be a bit careful because our minds can be pretty distracted by all these new topics.  This is a time when details can be overlooked, so we need to use our awareness of this possibility to double-check important plans or documents.

Overall, we are well-advised to be fluid, flexible, and adaptable during this New Moon in Sagittarius.  This may not be the most energized time of year due to Mars being in Pisces, but it’s a great time for spiritual focus and intuitive insights.  If conflicts or problems come up, try tapping into the optimism and foresightedness of Sag and the compassion, spirituality, and surrender of Neptune.  Trusting in our intuitive abilities is also recommended, as are creative activities, including anything that allows for the expression of emotional energy in constructive ways (e.g., music, art, writing).  Whenever possible, we should also look for solutions that serve the highest good, which is strongly supported due to Mars and Neptune being in Pisces.  If we are feeling confused, we can use the energy of Sagittarius to shoot an arrow above any fog or clouds in order to see the bigger picture.  Or if nothing else, remember that Sagittarius can also be one of the most playful of the signs.  We often see more clearly when we get away from everything, do something enjoyable, and even have a good laugh.

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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 16° of Sagittarius

  • Thursday, December 6, 2018, 11:20 p.m. PST
  • Friday, December 7, 2018, 2:20 a.m. EST
  • Friday, December 7, 2018, 7:20 a.m. GMT

FULL MOON IN GEMINI – Caution is warranted due to a mixture of many kinds of energy (November 22, 2018)

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 9:39 p.m. on Thursday, November 22.  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 1° of Sagittarius and 1° 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.

This is a Full Moon that is a complicated mix of many different aspects.  The big picture:  All Full Moons illuminate two areas of our lives and provide us with the extra light we need to see if we have a good balance between them.  All Gemini Full Moons ask us to look at the Gemini/Sagittarius axis.  Because both Gemini and Sagittarius love learning, there is usually an easier balance attained between these two signs than other signs that are opposite each other in the astrological wheel.  Whereas Gemini wants to learn basic, foundational information (e.g., facts), Sag is more interested in using those facts as a foundation upon which to expand and stretch our minds past normal basic concepts (e.g., philosophy).  The need for balance between these two makes sense.  For example, we benefit greatly when we have created a firm foundation before we start building a complicated structure on it.  If our basic understanding is flawed or incomplete, then whatever structure we are creating could be pretty shaky.  And it also makes sense that if we stay stuck in basic information, we won’t receive the mental stimulation that leads to the expansion of our minds and souls.  Balance is key!

However, this Full Moon is providing an interesting juxtaposition of energies because the Sun and Moon are both located right at the beginning of their signs (i.e., 0°52’ of Sag and Gemini, respectively).  The first degree of any sign is considered a type of “critical degree” with special meaning.  It usually represents the beginning of something related to that sign.  But a Full Moon often represents the culmination of a phase of learning or growth.  With all these recent changes occurring in our lives (be sure to read or review the last Moon Update), perhaps this could be interpreted as the ending of one phase in a learning process related to a new project?

Overall, it’s difficult to predict how this will manifest in each person’s life partly due to a plethora of aspects occurring during the time of the Full Moon.  This is one of those Moon Updates where I feel it’s better to give information about each aspect instead of trying to do too much consolidation or interpretation.  I have a feeling that each person will have a unique expression of this Full Moon’s energy and that certain aspects described below will be more potent and/or important for each person.  And because I don’t want to overwhelm my readers, I will only describe the aspects that I think will be the most important.

  • The Sun is conjunct (0°) Jupiter, and it is also in a wide conjunction (0°) to Mercury. All three are located in Sagittarius.  Given this is a Full Moon, this means that Jupiter and Mercury are also in opposition (180°) to the Moon.  Jupiter is a powerhouse, and having three planets on one end of the continuum (i.e., Sun, Jupiter, Mercury) means that the Sun/Sag energy might be overly emphasized, leaving the Moon/Gemini neglected.  We need to remember to check to make sure we have the basic information and emotional understanding we need before we go rushing into some elaborate plan.  Another caution is to make sure we are taking care of the basics in our life (e.g., eating, sleeping, paying bills) and not focusing solely on the physical or mental adventures that are calling to us now.  We may find that we are involved in too many things and might need to simplify life a little bit in order to gain the most out of our adventures and effectively manage our lives.
  • But it’s very important to note that both ends of this Full Moon continuum are squaring (90°) Mars in Pisces. This configuration forms a t-square (i.e., right triangle) with Mars as the “focal planet.”  This could mean that taking courageous action will help us find a healthy balance between Gemini and Sagittarius.  However, with Mars in watery, indecisive Pisces, we may feel the urge to take action (Mars) but be uncertain which action would be effective (Pisces).  Additionally, the presence of Jupiter conjoining (0°) the Sun means that we may have an over exaggerated view of what is possible and an unrealistic view of our true abilities.  This could be a risky combination.  Mars can be a risk-taker, and Jupiter can take things to extremes.  It would be wise to make sure we know how deep the pool is before we dive in headfirst.  And Mercury squaring (90°) Mars could mean an increased chance of arguments.  However, Mars does give us the courage to take actions that we normally wouldn’t consider.  We just need to make sure that our actions are safe and sensible.  Foolish risks will only lead to regrets later when we aren’t under the powerful pull of this t-square.  Slowing down is advised.  The good news is that if we can navigate all of this energy effectively, it can provide us with courage, energy, and possibly a new vision that could substantially change our lives.
  • It is also important to mention that with Mars squaring (90°) Jupiter and Mercury, exaggerations or inaccurate information are possibilities. This is even more likely due to Mercury still being in retrograde.  This means our mental focus is still directed inward, so we all are advised to be careful with written and verbal information.  Don’t take anything for granted.  We should double and triple check statements spoken to us and/or carefully review any documents or plans.  Now remember, we don’t need to become so frightened that we withdraw from life experiences.  We have the advantage of knowing what is happening astrologically, so we can be extra careful and thereby avoid mistakes or misunderstandings.  However, if problems do come up, we all need to do our best to be patient and levelheaded because everyone is under this influence now, not just us.
  • Additionally, at the time of the Full Moon, the Sun and Jupiter are both inconjunct (150°) Uranus. We may feel anxious because we can’t see an easy solution to the issues we are currently struggling with.  When inconjuncts are present, they usually require adjustments rather than a clear-cut solution.  Also, remember that anytime Uranus is involved, “the unexpected” is possible.  If we are able, we need to do our best to flow with any disruptions to plans.  And if we are the ones who are feeling restless and want to change agreed-to plans, a compromise may not be possible.  Each party might need to agree to disagree and independently “do their own thing.”  Or perhaps both parties can find something totally different that they can agree to.
  • But don’t feel discouraged by all of the energy described above. The Universe is providing some support during all of this by the Sun being in a supportive trine (120°) to Chiron and also in a trine (120°) to the North Node in Cancer.  Because the Sun is in opposition (180°) to the Moon, this means that the Moon is in sextiles (60°) to both Chiron and the North Node.  Even though we may feel a sense of vulnerability now (Chiron), these positive, supportive aspects are encouraging us to be brave and use both our heads (Sun) and our hearts (Moon) to find solutions to our current problems.  We can also use the emotional courage provided by Mars in Pisces to bravely move forward.
  • Another positive aspect that supports our efforts is a sextile (60°) between Mars (the focal point of the t-square described above) and responsible Saturn. Remember, sextiles are wonderful but subtle.  If we don’t consciously choose to use the energy of a sextile, then we will lose an opportunity.  With this sextile, if we are going to take any actions (Mars), we need to consciously allow Saturn to help us slow down, act sensibly, and take calculated risks.  Saturn will bring in a sense of responsibility and purpose, and it will help us access sound judgment, if we let it.  Traditional approaches and being thorough will likely produce results.  One of the most effective uses of this energy is to get organized, which is wonderfully timed as we move into the holiday season.

Luckily, right after the Full Moon (Saturday, November 24), Neptune ends its annual 5-month retrograde phase and begins moving direct again.  Any “out there” ideas that were stimulated by the Full Moon/t-square will benefit from this change in direction.  While in retrograde, we are often asked to inwardly explore our dreams.  When moving direct, most people feel that there is a fog lifting and are, therefore, able to see things more realistically.  Neptune direct can also bring new spiritual connections and a sense of peace, serenity, and faith that all will be well.

On Tuesday, November 27, three planets will come together in a triple conjunction in Sagittarius:  Sun, retrograde Mercury, and Jupiter.  This combination of planets in optimistic Sag is great!  We will likely feel generous, confident, optimistic, and outgoing.  Our minds are filled with thoughts, but we are more able to see the “big picture” now.  We may feel ready to take steps toward building something new in our lives, particularly if it brings new experiences or knowledge.  Long-range planning is enhanced, although we do need to be careful not to be unrealistic.  Because Mercury is still retrograde, inner contemplation is likely to bring clarity and new understanding.  This would also be a good time to look at what we are grateful for in our lives and use the Law of Attraction to bring more of whatever that is into our lives.  Even when going through difficult times, there are always things we can find to be grateful for.

On the last day of the month (Friday, November 30), an exact opposition (180°) between Venus and Uranus could see sudden changes in social relationships or finances.  This can indicate sudden attractions to material items or relationships that seem appealing at first but quickly lose their luster.  This is not a good day to start new things or make impulsive choices both financially or socially.  Within our relationships, we may struggle between a desire to be intimate (Venus) and a need to be independent (Uranus).  However, if the energy of this aspect is used effectively, we may find we are capable of opening ourselves up in new and healthy ways.

On Saturday, December 1, we start off the month with Mercury moving so far retrograde that it temporarily leaves Sagittarius and re-enters Scorpio.  Where Mercury in Sag loves to explore as many topics as possible in a light-hearted way.  When in Scorpio, Mercury likes to go deep and analyze a topic with intensity and passion.  Given Mercury is still in retrograde, this means that many of us will be digging deep into the shadowing areas of our own psyches.  Unless we keep a handle on things, our thoughts can get pretty dark.  We can go so deep underground that we lose sight of the sun shining above the dark passageways that scorpions inhabit.  It is critical now to remember that Scorpio is the astrological sign with many different meanings.  Yes, the darkness is intriguing, but the information obtained during our probing explorations is meant to be used by the horse to add strength, the dove to bring peace, and ultimately the phoenix for rebirth.  So yes, exploration is good, but remember the purpose is to bring the information to the surface for healing.

The next day (Sunday, December 2), Venus moves out of Libra and into Scorpio, where it will remain until January 8.  During this month-long transit, we will feel more passionate about all our relationships, whether they are romantic, friendships, or business partnerships.  This is a highly emotional placement for Venus, and we are interested in experiences that are intense.  This can bring up fears that we are being too vulnerable with others, so it’s important to approach all our relationships realistically.  Before we bear our heart and soul to someone, we need to make sure that they are worthy of seeing past our defenses.

That same day (Sunday, December 2), the Sun will form an exact square (90°) to Mars.  This is normally an irritating aspect; however, with Mars located in Pisces, our frustrations might be internalized.  This could lead to eventual explosions if excess energy and emotions aren’t released.  We may feel driven to do something (anything!) . . . which unfortunately could lead to impulsive actions or needless bickering just to let off steam.  But if we can effectively channel this energy, we may be able to focus and accomplish a lot.

Overall, this Gemini Full Moon is complex and will likely impact each of us differently.  There is reason for caution, and we will each benefit from not taking any impulsive actions that will lead to regrets later on.  With the Sun newly in Sagittarius, this next month will be a time when we will likely want to explore new topics, places, and spaces.  Sag’s energy tells us that as we learn more about things outside of us, we learn more about what is inside of us.  This is true, but around the time of the Full Moon, we need to use some common sense and healthy caution.  Yes, we do have support to take action, but only after slowing down and making sure that the next steps are sensible ones.  It is recommended that we consciously take “time outs” to get re-centered, even for short periods of time (e.g., meditating, walking in nature, journal, exercising).  So remember, “You are free to choose but you are not free from the consequences of your choice” (Ezra Taft Benson).

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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 1° of Gemini

  • Wednesday, November 22, 2018, 9:39 p.m. PST
  • Wednesday, November 23, 2018, 12:39 a.m. EST
  • Wednesday, November 23, 2018, 5:39 a.m. GMT

NEW MOON IN SCORPIO – Very important planetary changes! (November 7, 2018)

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 8:01 a.m. on Wednesday, November 7.  This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 16° of Scorpio.  To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 16° 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.

All New Moons offer us opportunities for new emotional starts and setting new intentions or goals in areas related to the sign.  This New Moon is in Scorpio.  Let’s be honest here, Scorpio is an intense sign.  As a fixed water sign, it may help to use the image of a pool of water that is perfectly still and very deep.  For some of us, the dark, reflective surface may call to us – inviting us to take the dive and discover the treasures hidden in its depths.  For others, we may have a totally different reaction.  We may be frozen in fear, unable to consider the potential benefits because we can’t see below the surface and don’t feel in control.  Each of us will need to choose how we approach this Scorpio energy; but either way, it will certainly be an emotional journey.

If we can get past our fear, there is a great deal of support for taking the plunge.  This New Moon is in a supportive trine (120°) to Neptune in Pisces, which means there is a spiritual quality to that pool of water.  What we find below the surface might be increased creativity and/or an improved ability to connect with the Divine.  I often find it helpful to think of Neptune as energy on a continuum from fear to faith.  If we can let go of our fear and turn our faith over to a higher power/God/Source/Spirit, then magic and mystical things can happen.  Therefore, when facing that body of water, this might be a good time to learn a deeper level of trust in the Divine.  But as we face our fears, remember that Neptune in Pisces also encourages us to be compassionate with ourselves as we take these steps into the unknown.  Remember to breathe!

The Scorpio New Moon is also in a sweet sextile (60°) to Pluto.  Given Pluto is the modern ruler of Scorpio, this intensifies the impact of this dwarf planet.  We may find that issues related to the use of power may be resolved during the time of the New Moon, both our personal use of power and how power is used in our society.  However, sextiles are often described as “opportunities,” and we need to consciously choose to take advantage of it.  “Use it or lose it” might be a good motto with sextiles.  Therefore, we will benefit from choosing to take a look at different areas of our lives to see where either (a) we need to step up and use our power more effectively and/or (b) we may need to back down a bit or even recognize that we’ve been using force rather than power and thereby making matters worse.  Pluto is in Capricorn; consequently, we will likely want to look at whether we are using our power in responsible, disciplined, and structured ways.  If not, it’s a good time to make some adjustments.

At the time of the New Moon in Scorpio, there is a wonderful trine (120°) present between Venus and Mars.  Intimate relationships will benefit greatly from this aspect, and sometimes romantic relationships can start now, although other factors in each person’s chart will determine if this is a fun infatuation or something that could lead to a long-term commitment.  This aspect also indicates that we often feel empowered (Mars) to attract what we want (Venus).  All of us will find that our creative activities are enhanced, and we are usually more able to express our desires, take assertive action, and enjoy ourselves in all our relationships, including business and personal.  This pairing can also have a positive impact on any financial issues in our lives.

Around the time of the Scorpio New Moon, several planetary shifts occur that will be impacting us for months to come.  However, given they are happening within the 3-days-before and 3-days-after “umbrella of the influence,” they cannot help but interact with our experience of this Scorpio New Moon:

  • On Tuesday, November 6, the North Node moves out of Leo and into Cancer, which means that the South Node moves out of Aquarius and into Capricorn. (NOTE:  The Nodes are always moving in retrograde/backwards rather than direct/forward.)  The Nodes only change sign every 18 months, and they will stay in these signs until May 4, 2020.  Whenever the Nodes change signs, they usher in a new era of growth for us individually and collectively.  I think of the South Node as the lessons that we have learned over many lifetimes.  It’s great to have mastered something, but we often fall back into that approach when under stress rather than being brave and moving into new territory.  And the North Node is that new arena.  It’s where we will need to stretch and learn something important.  The South Node often brings out the lower expression of the sign involved, which in this case is Capricorn.  We will all need to be careful that we don’t regress back into being rigid, controlling, or emotionally distant.  Yes, we can use the lessons we’ve learned about Capricorn involving discipline and responsibility (i.e., the higher expression of the sign), but our greatest lessons will come through the North Node in Cancer, which includes learning how to be more personal and emotionally connected in our relationships.  However, the wisdom provided by Capricorn will help us discern when we should keep our guard up and when it’s safe to share our hearts with others.  Finally, it is important to mention that when the Nodes change signs, several important aspects will influence their expression: (a) Jupiter is in a tine (120°) to the North Node and a sextile (60°) to the South Node and (b) Uranus will be in a square (90°) to both Nodes.  Jupiter will bring a positive, hopeful energy as we move into the new 18-month phase.  However, Uranus is reminding us that changes will need to be made in order to adapt to the demands of the Cancer-Capricorn axis (as described earlier).
  • The need for independent self-expression is emphasized by the fact that on the same day as the Nodal change (Tuesday, November 6), Uranus moves so far retrograde that it moves out of Taurus and back into Aries, where it will remain until early March 2019. It will hover in the last few degrees of Aries, which are considered “critical” degrees” and intensifies the planet’s energy.  Uranus took about 7 years to move through Aries, and this will be its last visit before permanently moving in Taurus.  One way this can be viewed is an opportunity to do any final “clean up” or “integration” of Aries-like changes.  However, this may not be an “easy process” because the “critical” degrees often add fuel to any fires.  Aries is about action, and Uranus is about change.  We may feel an intense pressure to make changes that we have been avoiding.  Or we may have previously talked ourselves out of certain options in a very rational (but emotionally motivated) way, and now we realize that one or more of those options is the obvious path.  Any of this re-evaluation and re-configuration may result in upheaval as the changes are implemented in our lives.  Luckily, Aries also brings with it the courage and energy that we will need in order to awaken our inner warrior and hero.  We developed this capacity during the 7-year transit of Aries, so we just need to re-awaken this part of us and get done what needs to be done!  However, it is important to remember that Uranus in Aries can be agitating for many people.  We need to be patient with each other.  We will also benefit from finding ways to take “time outs” so our nervous systems can calm down and get back to baseline levels.  Finally, Uranus is in opposition (180°) to Venus for the entire month of November, which means that our relationships and finances will be the areas most likely to be impacted, both individually and societally.  This aspect sets off a need to find balance between social harmony and independence.  In our lives (and politically), our goal needs to be finding the middle ground rather than being polarized.  As is true with all astrological transits, we need to make a conscious decision about how we want to approach this aspect.  The best use of it is to embrace the social and financial changes that enter our lives this month because they are meant to lead us toward something new and better in our lives.  We also need to do our best to remain calm and unaffected when those around us are agitated or even hostile.  As a friend of mine used to say, we need to remember to be “Switzerland” (i.e., neutral).  (NOTE:  Uranus’s shift into Aries occurs on the same day as our mid-term elections in the USA.)
  • The day after the New Moon (Thursday, November 8), Jupiter leaves Scorpio and enters its home sign of Sagittarius, where it will remain for about one year. Jupiter always does a happy dance in Sag.  We will all begin to feel a return of hope, faith, and inspiration.  The highest expression of this transit would be an increased ability to see that we are one big family that can actually be happy if we can begin to wisely understand that it is our differences that actually make us stronger.  This is a tall order, but when Jupiter is in Sagittarius, this lofty goal is possible!  However (and this is important), the lower expression of Jupiter in Sag is righteousness and being overly attached to our opinions.  This is often a time when we see the Law of Attraction working especially well.  However, we need to remember that it works whether we are thinking positive thoughts or negative thoughts, so use the Sag energy to focus on the positive!  This is also a time when we should expand our minds or experience, which can include travel, philosophy, higher-level learning, publishing, and morals/ethics/beliefs.  However, as Jupiter moves into Sag, it is inconjunct (150°) Uranus.  This tells us that some initial adjustments will be needed in order to allow for any expansion.

If all of this weren’t enough, later in the month several other important planetary changes will occur:

  • On Thursday, November 15, Mars will take a deep breath and enter the emotional waters of Pisces, where it will remain until January 2. Due to going retrograde, Mars spent an extra-long time in intellectually detached Aquarius.  During the last few days before Mars moves into Pisces, we may see some “last ditch efforts” to resolve conflicts that may still be blocking our progress.  But once Mars moves into Pisces, we will want to back off and actually avoid any conflict.  We will likely feel more idealistic and have an increased interest in putting others’ needs first.  We may experience a new or renewed interest in pursuing anything that feeds us emotionally, especially spiritual matters.  We may feel ready to make some creative changes in our lives.  The downside of this placement is that our energy may be variable and we need to watch for possible passive-aggressive communication with others.
  • The next day on Friday, November 16, Venus ends it retrograde phase and begins moving direct again. During the 6-week retrograde phase (which will still be in effect during this Scorpio New Moon), we may have had to revisit issues around our partnerships, agreements, shared resources, and finances.  It was as if healing and growth were being demanded of us in these parts of our lives.  If we had previously chosen to ignore any of these areas, then during the retrograde phase, these topics may have come to the forefront, possibly in a powerful way.  Once Venus starts moving direct again, we will likely see an easing of any tension as we all move toward the goal of greater peace, balance, harmony, and love in our lives, which was the reason we revisited all those issues.
  • And on the same day that Venus goes direct (Friday, November 16), Mercury begins its final retrograde phase of 2018, which will end on December 6. Mercury is currently in Sagittarius, which is not one of its favorite signs.  For example, Mercury likes a focused mind, whereas Sag likes to be free to explore anything and everything.  During the retrograde period, we may feel internally pulled in many different directions.  We need to be careful not to spread ourselves too thin.   And as usual, we need to cross-check all details and have patience as we all get through the 3-week retrograde phase.  Remember, there is nothing to fear about Mercury in retrograde.  It’s an important time for any of the re- words (e.g., review, revamp, reconsider).  And with this retrograde period occurring in Sag, we may be reevaluating some of our recent choices to make sure that they are aligned with our long-term plans.  We could also be reconsidering our beliefs or what we thought we knew to be “true.”

Overall, this Scorpio New Moon marks the beginning of a powerful 5-month period of change in our lives, individually and collectively.  At the time of the New Moon, we may feel an increasing pressure to move forward in our lives, but we may also feel reluctant because we can sense that great changes may result.  We are each being asked, “Are you ready to dive into the pool and explore the treasures that are hidden below the surface?”  For some, they love the depths.  For others, this can bring up intense emotions, such as fear.  However, for those who are ready to take the plunge, this could be a turning point in our lives.  There is a great deal of support right now to make changes in our lives that lead to new beginnings.  The time period between now and March 2019 is very likely going to be filled with changes.  Due to the strong Uranus in Aries energy, we can either choose to flow with the changes or we can exhaust ourselves by fighting against the current and trying to stay stationary or even go back upstream.  This New Moon is telling us that all the good stuff is downstream.  We would do well to let go and trust in the Divine Process.  But these changes will require courage as we release what no longer serves us and dive into unknown and unpredictable territory.  Relationships and finances are highlighted, as is how we are using our power (both too much or too little).  As Jupiter moves into a 1-year stay in Sagittarius, we can use this hopeful, optimistic energy to stay positive, keep an open mind, use the Law of Attraction, and trust in the Divine.  We also need to remember to use our skills at self-soothing if we get overly agitated during this time.  So, I guess the only question now is, “Are you ready?”

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SOME INFORMATION TAKEN FROM

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

REMINDER

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

NEW MOON

New Moon at 16° of Scorpio

  • Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 8:01 a.m. PST
  • Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 11:01 a.m. EST
  • Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 4:01 p.m. GMT

FULL MOON IN TAURUS – Can you feel it? New patterns are beginning to emerge! (October 24, 2018)

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 9:45 a.m. on Wednesday, October 24.  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 2° of Scorpio and 2° 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.

All full moons shed light on two areas of our lives and ask us to “check in” to see if we have a good balance between them.  This Taurus Full Moon is asking us to look at the Taurus/Scorpio axis.  Taurus is about responsibility, being grounded, patience, security, loyalty, and the enjoyment of material possessions and sensual activities.  Scorpio is about determination, investigation, intensity, passion, and healing deep issues that lead to transformation.  As is true with any signs that are opposite each other, neither approach is wrong or “bad.”  At the time of this Full Moon, we are simply being asked to look at both ends of the continuum to make sure we are not over-emphasizing one end of the teeter-totter over the other.  Balance is the goal in all areas of life.

Typically, Full Moons in Taurus tend to be enjoyable.  We are focused on doing what we need to do in order to live a good life, as we define it.  However, several factors point to this being a rather extraordinary Full Moon in Taurus:

  • The Sun is conjunct (0°) Venus in Scorpio. This means that extra light (Sun) is shining on all types of relationships and our finances (Venus) so we can better see what needs to be changed.  We may feel inclined to work toward reconciliation with someone, or they may feel guided to approach us for the same reason.  There is a charm and gracefulness to this conjunction that serves any type of social interaction well.  There can be a tendency toward jealousy or envy.  However, if we experience this, we can reframe these feelings as a way to help us understand what we desire and then make plans to gain more of that in our lives.  Additionally, we may be ready (and need) to dig deep into our financial situation to determine what adjustments might be needed for a healthy, prosperous future.
  • The Moon is in a very tight conjunction (0°) with Uranus in Taurus. This would indicate that we need to explore our own individual needs (Moon) and probably make some changes (Uranus).  Whenever Uranus is involved, it is best to expect the unexpected.  This isn’t a bad thing.  When things stay the same, we don’t change or grow, which is the goal of our soul in this lifetime.  Uranus’s role is to shake things up so we can view things differently.  However, unexpected events can be unsettling for most people, unless we are into astrology.  If we know that something unusual might happen, then we can better adjust, when needed.  Given the sign involved is Taurus, those changes might include stepping outside our comfort zone, redefining what we need in order to feel safe and secure, and/or doing something truly unique that brings us unexpected physical rewards.
  • The way to find a balance may be found in the squares (90°) between both ends of the opposition and the North Node in Leo and the South Node in Aquarius. This forms a fixed Grand Cross in the sky above us.  Given the Nodal Axis is involved, that often indicates that there will be elements or lessons from the past (South Node) that will play an important role in guiding or illuminating our future goals and endeavors (North Node).  The fixed modality likely means we are ready to hunker down and get to work on an idea that needs focus and determination.  When taking into consideration of the signs involved in the Nodal Axis, this may mean that we will be using what we have learned in the past about our unique gifts in order to make a unique contribution to the world.

Additionally, the Moon/Uranus conjunction is trine (120°) Saturn in its home sign of Capricorn, making it extra powerful.  This also means that the Sun/Venus conjunction is sextile (60°) to Saturn.  Trines and sextiles are very positive, and the supportive presence of Saturn will help us overcome obstacles, feel grounded, and make headway on any important long-term projects or commitments.  Progress may be slow, but it will be steady.  Because Saturn has to do with the past, this re-emphasizes that something from the past may help us understand what is happening in the present or guide us into the future.  Saturn, though, is rule bound.  Therefore, even though there is a strong Uranus emphasis with this Full Moon (which normally indicates a tendency toward breaking the rules), we might want to remember that some rules and traditions come from much past experience and are there to guide and support us.  As they say, don’t seek change simply for the sake of change.

Several other aspects are supporting this Taurus Full Moon.  For example, there is a conjunction (0°) between Mercury and Jupiter.  This will be a good time for long-term planning and coming up with expansive ideas because we can more easily see the “big picture.”  We are likely to feel optimistic and hopeful, partly because we feel like we are taking steps toward our desired goals.  Additionally, Mercury is in a sweet sextile (60°) to Pluto, which will provide us with the psychological understanding and insights needed to be successful.  This aspect also provides us with mental strength and helps us to be patient with the process and strategic in our decision-making.  And providing even more support is a trine (120°) between Mercury and Chiron, which will help us express and confront our fears or hurts from the past so we can start enjoying a more successful future.  And if all of that wasn’t enough, further support is provided by a trine (120°) between Chiron and Jupiter, which helps us understand that we are all doing the best we can and that the “right” thing to do is support each other as much as possible.

During this two-week period, the following planetary changes occur:

  • The Sun enters Scorpio on Tuesday, October 23, right before the Full Moon. This is a month where we will want to go after whatever we desire most in life, and we will do this with passion, emotion, and intensity.  We aren’t interested in anything superficial.  We are willing to “dig deep” to find the “truth.”  We want to feel secure in our relationships and are interested in shared resources.  We can be more strong-willed than usual, which can help us be very determined . . . or it can veer into obsessiveness.  We also need to be careful not to let ourselves get swept away by jealousy or take any actions that would be manipulative because they will often have long-term negative consequences.
  • On Tuesday, October 30, Mercury leaves the heavier energy of Scorpio and enters uplifting Sagittarius. Because Mercury will begin its next retrograde period on November 17 (through December 4), that means it will remain in Sagittarius for over two months . . . until the beginning of 2019.  When Mercury was in Scorpio, it wanted to deeply examine everything.  But when Mercury is in Sag, we become mentally curious and want to have the freedom to explore many different subjects and ideas, and to do so in a light-hearted, superficial way.  This can, at times, be diametrically opposed to the Sun in Scorpio’s desires for depth, so there may be some internal conflict for the first 3 weeks of November until the Sun joins Mercury in Sag.  But over the next two months, we will be more inclined to “believe” than to “persuade.”  Emotionally, we often feel more optimistic and hopeful when Mercury is in Sag, but our thinking can become a bit imprecise, especially when Mercury goes retrograde as of November 17.
  • Due to its retrograde motion, Venus will move backward into the sign of Libra on Wednesday, October 31. It will remain in Libra the entire month of November.  If we are having relationship challenges, now is the time to go inward (retrograde) and seek a compromise (Libra) that could potentially transform a seemingly impossible situation.  Seeing both sides of the situation can sometimes be challenging.  We often have to be willing to look at our own inner woundedness before we can be successful in doing this.  But Venus in Libra usually brings charm and cool detachment that can lead to successful negotiations.

Overall, this is a pretty extraordinary Taurus Full Moon due to the many supportive aspects allowing us to “mine” this Moon for its treasures.  The gifts we can glean from this time will include making powerful connections with others but also clarifying what we need to handle on our own.  Many people are beginning to notice that new patterns are starting to emerge in our lives.  It’s an exciting time!  This Full Moon is telling us that the past can inform the present/future, and it’s finding a healthy balance between these two that will lead to the greatest success.  Be sure to put the determined, powerful, focused energy of this Full Moon to good use.  Don’t expect immediate results but work toward long-term goals with faith that each step takes us closer to what we desire.

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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 2° of Taurus

  • Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 9:45 a.m. PDT
  • Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 12:45 p.m. EDT
  • Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 4:45 p.m. GMT

NEW MOON IN LIBRA – An important time to focus on those new relationships coming into our lives (October 8, 2018)

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 8:46 p.m. on Monday, October 8.  This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 16° of Libra.  To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 16° 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.

All New Moons offer us opportunities for new emotional starts and setting new intentions or goals in areas related to the sign.  This New Moon is in Libra.  The higher expression of this sign’s energy would be cooperation, patience, harmony, and diplomacy.  The lower expression would include indecisiveness and dependency.  Libra is a cardinal air sign.  The cardinal modality means taking the initiative, having new ideas, and starting something.  The air element is all about mental activity.  Therefore, this Libra New Moon is a time when we will be actively thinking about those new things we have recently started.

The power of the cardinal (active) energy is further reinforced because the Sun and Moon are both in a supportive trine (120°) to Mars, which is the planet that is all about action.  We are being given an extra dose of energy and courage.  It’s a good time to take the initiative and even make some decisions.  However, given Mars is currently in Aquarius, we are being encouraged to look at our activities and endeavors through the lens of humanitarianism.  Although Mars tends toward acting independently, the influence of Aquarius tells us that working with friends or in groups on projects that focus on “the common good” is definitely recommended.  It may also mean that we will be meeting new people and creating new partnerships.

Libra is a very social sign, and our focus during this New Moon will likely be on our one-on-one relationships.  After all the new activity of the last few weeks, it’s likely we have (or will be) forged some new alliances that will help us move toward our mutual goals.  Although it sounds like a rather enjoyable process, there are indications that this relationship formation process will require some adjustments and compromises.

For example, the Sun and Moon are both squaring (90°) Pluto, and they are inconjunct (150°) Neptune.  Neptune’s presence always means that the weather forecast includes a chance of fog, which can obscure our vision.  Therefore, we should be careful that we are seeing things clearly before we make any major decisions or take any important actions.  Due to the involvement of Pluto, it will be important for us to ask ourselves questions related to the appropriate use of power rather than force.  The answers may require that we make some adjustments (inconjunct).

In order to have a more secure foundation upon which to build our dreams, we need to remember that often our partnerships may be with people who compliment us rather than replicate our personalities, talents, and abilities.  If we are weak in one area, then those around us can provide needed skills or attitudes.  In the long-run, this means that we will be better equipped to handle whatever life throws in our path.  By coming to appreciate our differences, we often thrive in new and delicious ways.  However, doing this may mean letting go of our need for complete agreement.  Libra always is looking for win-win solutions, and sometimes it means that each side has to give a little to get a lot in return.  Luckily, with Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn at the time of this New Moon, our efforts will likely be mature, informed by our past experiences, and focus on creating solid, dependable relationships.

During the time of the New Moon, Venus plays an important role because (a) it is the ruler of Libra, the sign of this New Moon, and (b) just a few days before the New Moon (on Friday, October 5), Venus began its next retrograde period.  Venus only goes into retrograde every 19 months, which is much less often than other planets (e.g., Mercury 3 times each year, outer planets like Uranus & Neptune once a year).  Therefore, when Venus has a retrograde period, it’s significant.  It usually coincides with times when issues we’ve been avoiding within our relationships and/or with our finances rise to the surface.  We may also revisit past partnerships in order to learn important lessons.

Venus will be retrograde in Scorpio for the entire month of October, and then it moves so far backwards that it will slip into Libra during November before turning direct again on Thursday, November 15.  Having Venus retrograde in the deep, passionate water sign of Scorpio means that strong emotions could be an important part of our learning process.  Of course, whenever Venus is involved, that means that the focus is on our relationships and finances; and the sign of Scorpio means that we will look at all issues intensely.  We may spend the next few weeks exploring what we are passionate about, how we are using our power within our relationships or financial situation, and/or what we would like to draw to ourselves in order to heal and transform something in our lives.  This would be a good time to look at any relationships or financial patterns in our lives to see any repeating themes that reflect inner wounds needing to be healed.  (NOTE:  Keep in mind that during this Venus retrograde, relationships of all kinds are impacted, not just romantic ones.)

Additionally, during the time of this Libra New Moon, Venus will be squaring (90°) Mars.  This further reinforces that something within our relationships need to be adjusted or fixed.  Venus represents the female energy, and Mars, the male energy.  Squares always represent turning points.  Keep in mind that this can play out in many ways.  For example, Mars doesn’t mean male gender but male energy; so this isn’t tied to gender.  We are being encouraged to explore all of our relationships in which we don’t feel the male and female energies are balanced.  Are we being too dominant and overpowering or too submissive and acquiescing?  It may help to look at any relationships in which we are feeling uncomfortable because that discomfort is telling us something.  Yes, the energy of Libra is recommending compromise; however, we need to be careful not to abdicate all our needs in order to attain peace.  Luckily, Venus is in a trine (120°) to Neptune in Pisces, which adds flexibility and adaptability to the equation.  Neptune also provides compassion and empathy, which helps in all relationships.

Without getting into the politics, it is interesting to note that this Libra New Moon is square (90°) Pluto.  Pluto is about the use (or abuse) of power, but it also can represent sexuality.  Having Venus squaring (90°) Mars means that there is potential for a turning point in our male-female relationships.  This could help us understand the volatility of the Supreme Court nomination and the #MeToo movement at this time.

But in general, there will likely be increased passion in all our relationships, even non-sexual ones.  One of the themes will be finding our personal source of power . . . power that comes from a strong sense of self and not through the use of manipulation or force.  Again, this indicates that good questions to ask ourselves include, “Am I using too much power and overwhelming those around me?” or “Am I abdicating my power in order to attain a false sense of peace and well-being.”  Events, perhaps even those previously hidden from our awareness, may occur now that bring the issue of power to the forefront of our relationships.  Pluto loves to bring previously hidden issues to the surface.

Mercury is in opposition (180°) to Uranus when this New Moon happens.  We may feel internally distracted (Uranus is in retrograde) due to sudden insights that come to us “out of the blue.”  Misunderstandings could occur, so the time period around the New Moon may not be the best time to try to express what you are thinking if there is the potential for someone to misunderstand or get triggered by what we are sharing.  Wait for a few days, and then use the gracious, social energy of Sun in Libra to have a productive conversation about what matters to you.

Finally, with Mercury also squaring (90°) the North Node in Leo and the South Node in Aquarius, we are advised to examine what lessons from the past (South Node) could help pave the way into the future (North Node) in a way that expresses our unique gifts and love (Leo) for humanity (Aquarius).  Our goal should be increased self-confidence that will support our creative endeavors.

Although it’s already happened by the time of the Libra New Moon, it’s worth reminding everyone that Pluto ended its annual 5-month retrograde phase on Sunday, September 30.  Pluto began its retrograde period around the end of April, and many of us have been commenting lately on how much inner work we’ve been doing over the summer while so many planets, including Pluto, were in retrograde.  I’ve heard quite a few people tell me that they don’t even recognize our lives given all the transformations that have taken place.  This recent change in Pluto’s motion indicates that either the phoenix is ready to burst into flames and be reborn or perhaps the rebirth is already in progress, and now we are ready to stretch our wings and leave the nest.  But remember, Pluto is slow moving, so any changes will likely be gradual.  However, we will probably all see an acceleration in the amount of change toward the end of October and definitely by November (and beyond).

On Wednesday, October 10, Mercury leaves level-headed Libra and enters Scorpio, where it will remain there until November 1.  Our words and thoughts become intense when Mercury is in passionate Scorpio.  We want to get to the bottom of issues, and we will probe until we find answers to our questions.  Our thinking is definitely more focused, but we need to be careful we don’t veer into obsessiveness.  All of these positive and not-so-positive tendencies are intensified around October 10 because Mercury will still be in opposition (180°) to Uranus (see previous discussion).  If we are able to flow with the bold new ideas that come to us, we could experience a personal transformation of some kind.

Overall, this Libra New Moon is a powerful time of adjustment in our relationships that is likely tied to the many changes that have happened in our lives over the past few weeks (or even months).  This is a very sensitive New Moon, so it will be helpful to remember that no one is perfect and everyone has their own “idiosyncratic wackiness.”  We can either rebel against these differences, or we can recognize the power provided when these differences are integrated and thereby form a more complete whole.  It will be helpful to breathe and try to see things from both sides.  But we also need to be careful not to be so attached to harmony that we sacrifice our needs in the process.  Healthy relationships have an equal amount of give and take, and Libra’s energy is about compromise, but also balance.  Therefore, although there can be an intensity surrounding our relationships around the time of the New Moon, we need to use the Libra energy to respond graciously and maintain our inner harmony.  Looking ahead, the early part of October may feel relatively quieter than the last few weeks, but the intensity will pick up again with the Full Moon in Taurus happening on Wednesday, October 24.  Stay tuned!

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

REMINDER

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

NEW MOON

New Moon at 16° of Libra

  • Monday, October 8, 2018, 8:46 p.m. PDT
  • Monday, October 8, 2018, 11:46 p.m. EDT
  • Tuesday, October 8, 2018, 3:46 a.m. GMT

FULL MOON IN ARIES – The energy of transformation is in the air (September 24, 2018)

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 7:52 p.m. on Monday, September 24.  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 2° of Libra and 2° of Aries in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with those two houses are going to be most impacted by this Full Moon’s presence.

All full moons shed light on two areas of our lives and ask us to “check in” to see if we have a good balance between them.  This Aries Full Moon is asking us to look at the Aries/Libra axis.  Aries is about independence, initiating action, and using our energy.  Libra is about interdependence, being diplomatic, and creating harmony.  Whereas Aries wants to move forward without focusing on the needs of others, Libra wants everyone to be happy and work together cooperatively.  Neither approach is wrong.  But at the time of this Full Moon, we need to look at both ends of the continuum to see if we’ve been over-emphasizing one end of the teeter-totter over the other.

However, as is often the case, this isn’t a simple Aries Full Moon.  This one is going to pack a punch.  Two different t-squares (i.e., right triangles) are generating a great deal of pressure.  I often describe t-squares as a burr under the saddle of a horse; a burr will cause the horse to buck wildly in an effort to remove it.  That’s the purpose of a t-square . . . to get us moving and changing something that might have been needing to be changed for some time.

All t-squares involve 2 or more planets in opposition (180°), and they are squaring (90°) another planet:

  • T-Square #1: The opposition (180°) is created not only by the Sun and the Moon.  The Sun is conjunct (0°) Mercury, and the Moon is conjunct (0°) Chiron.  And both ends of this opposition are squaring (90°) Saturn.
  • T-Square #2: Venus is in opposition (180°) to Uranus, and both are squaring (90°) Mars.  But Mars isn’t alone; it is conjunct the South Node, which means Mars is in opposition (180°) to the North Node.

Additionally, these two t-squares are connected to each other in two ways:

  • An inconjunct (150°) is present between the Sun/Mercury conjunct (0°), which is part of T-Square #1, and Uranus, which is part of T-Square #2.
  • The Sun/Mercury conjunct (0°) in T-Square #1 is trine (120°) Mars in T-Square #2, which means that the Moon/Chiron conjunct (0°) in T-Square #1 is also sextile (60°) Mars.

What does all this mean?  The two powerful t-squares are interacting with each other.  Luckily, the trine and sextile add an easy flow to the interaction, but the inconjunct is saying, “Don’t get complacent because adjustments will be needed.”

As you might imagine, there are too many aspects involved to evaluate them individually.  Therefore, I’m going to forgo my usual detailed analysis and simply give several bullet points regarding how this Aries Full Moon might all play out:

  • The planets that are squared in any t-square are called the “focal planets.” They provide us with guidance about the most positive ways to work through the challenges that come up due to the opposition.  In these two t-squares, Saturn and Mars are the focal planets.  Given that the two t-squares are interconnected, an overarching approach is to make sure we are taking responsible (Saturn) action (Mars).  Another way to look at this would be to make sure that we are using our energy (Mars) to create stable foundations (Saturn) in our lives.
  • The concept of responsibility is very important at the time of this Aries Full Moon. As mentioned above, an important characteristic of Saturn is responsibility, but Saturn is extra powerful right now because it’s located in its own sign of Capricorn.  Additionally, Mars is in Aquarius, and the sign of Aquarius is often known for being overly responsible (for everyone and everything).  However, Mars in Aquarius gives us more guidance.  It is recommended that any responsible actions taken now should consider the needs of larger groups or humanity.
  • Emotional healing is very possible during the time of the Full Moon given the conjunction between the Moon and Chiron. We may find it beneficial to “speak our truth” to someone.  And given that Mercury and the Sun, which are in opposition to the Moon and Chiron, are both in diplomatic Libra, we have the potential to express our heart graciously, which increases the chance that our words will be heard.
  • However, we should make sure we reach out to the right sources when asking for our needs to be met and not just speak of our pain to anyone who will listen. As mentioned above, Saturn plays an important role right now.  This means that we may be feeling pretty serious during this time, but it also provides us with stable, mature, responsible energy, which should help us make the best possible choices.
  • As part of that emotional healing, if we are feeling insecure or even angry, this is a good time to look inward and ask ourselves, “What is being triggered in me that needs to be healed?” This is a time when we can increase our self-awareness and self-confidence, but only if we are willing to recognize our wounds and work on healing them.
  • The Aries Moon, though, also speaks to our need to not become overly dependent on others. If someone is creating drama, this may be a good time to retreat.  We can use the Sun/Mercury conjunct in Libra to regain our inner balance, find personal peace, and think through our next actions in order to make sure they will be effective.  There may be times during this Full Moon when we need to walk alone and, perhaps, learn how to meet our own needs rather than rely on others.  Remember, the Aries Full Moon involves a balancing act between independence and partnership, with interdependence as the goal.
  • The involvement of the nodal axis with Mars means that we need to learn from the past in order to move confidently into the future. And given the nodal axis specifically activates  Leo and Aquarius, it would be best if we make sure that any actions we take are loving (Leo), while still keeping in mind the needs of the groups or community that we are part of (Aquarius).

As was discussed in the last Moon Update, this entire month is powerful!  Sometimes the beauty of astrology is just knowing that the energy occurring now isn’t happening just to us individually but to everyone.  We each have to walk our own unique path, but we can walk with like-minded others, which is the message of partnership provided by Libra!

And just some final comments on upcoming planetary changes:

  • Mercury leaves Virgo and enters Libra on Friday, September 21, where it will remain until October 11. Our thoughts and words move from being analytical and critical to being more balanced and rational.  We often feel friendlier and more outgoing than usual.  An increased ability to be diplomatic means we can see both sides of a situation.  The only downside of Mercury in Libra is that we can be indecisive and/or too accommodating due to our desire for harmony and peace.  But we usually find that our one-on-one relationships benefit from this placement.
  • On Tuesday, September 25, retrograde Chiron moves so far backward that it leaves Aries and re-enters Pisces, where it will stay until early next year. This is giving us another opportunity to heal any issues related to lack of faith.  Rather than taking independent, courageous action toward healing (Chiron in Aries), we may need to surrender, dig deep into our inner woundedness, and trust that spirit and our intuition will guide us to the correct answers.  The potential while Chiron is in Pisces is nothing short of spiritual transformation!
  • Then on Sunday, September 30, Pluto ends its 5-month annual retrograde phase and begins moving direct again. Pluto is very slow moving, so it may take a few weeks before we see any substantial changes; however, some of us are already feeling the effects.  Whenever Pluto is activated, it means an increased chance that something may need to “die” in our lives in order for something new to be born from the ashes.  Don’t be discouraged by endings, delays, or setbacks.  They are likely necessary to move us to the next level.  If we have done the work while Pluto was in retrograde (since April), then we are ready for this next phase in our transformation.  And keep in mind that this isn’t just a personal transit . . .it will be influencing our families, communities, and humanity as a whole.

Overall, this is a very powerful Aries Full Moon.  We are being asked to move to a new level of courage and self-confidence, while also working together with like-minded others on new projects that serve humanitarian needs and create win-win situations for all involved.  To do this, though, we may need to face some of our inner fears and wounds.  We have the power now to move forward into new territory.  The involvement of two powerful t-squares at the time of this New Moon is urging us to move forward on our developmental paths.  The energy of transformation is everywhere, but this may require both adjustments and endings.  Take clear, strong actions of an Aries warrior, but do make sure that any actions taken are responsible and practical.  And finally, don’t forget to also tap into the harmony and grace of the Libra Sun to make your journey a smooth one.

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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 2° of Aries

  • Monday, September 24, 2018, 7:52 p.m. PDT
  • Monday, September 24, 2018, 7:52 p.m. EDT
  • Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 2:52 a.m. GMT

NEW MOON IN VIRGO – Green light means GO! (September 9, 2018)

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 11:01 a.m. on Sunday, September 9.  This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 17° of Virgo.  To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 17° 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.

Before we talk about the energy of this Virgo New Moon, I think it will be helpful to highlight the energy that will be present during the first three weeks of September.  After so many months of being influenced by up to seven planets in retrograde at the same time and 3 powerful eclipses in a row, September brings an important shift.  At the time of this New Moon, we will only have 4 planets in retrograde (whew!), and most of us will feel ready to start.  Start what?  Well, if we’ve done the inner work of the retrograde season and we’re willing to make the changes that were catalyzed by the eclipses, then many of us are more than ready to start taking actions related to what we’ve been thinking about and planning for the last few months.

Where should we start?  Overall, September is a month when our energies are best used to clean out anything that is no longer serving us in order to make room for all the new things that are about to enter our lives.  All New Moons offer us opportunities for new emotional starts and setting new intentions or goals in areas related to the sign.  This New Moon is in Virgo, which is an earth sign in the mutable modality.  Keywords for Virgo include practicality, efficiency, precision, analysis, cleansing, purification, and organization.

I encourage you to re-read the adjectives listed in that last sentence because those characteristics of Virgo are HUGE right now.  Not only is Virgo an earth sign, but there are a total of 7 planets in earth signs at the time of the New Moon.  Additionally, three of those planets (i.e., Mercury, Saturn, Uranus) are in trines (120°), creating an earth grand trine (i.e., equilateral triangle).  Grand trines indicate a very easy flow of energy that can be easily utilized, but it can also be ignored.  We need to consciously decide to use the energy that is available to us now, and we have an amazing amount of support for any actions that are grounded, down-to-earth, and practical.  Additionally, the mutable modality of the sign of Virgo means that we are ready to move!

Consequently, Virgo and the other two earth signs (i.e., Taurus, Capricorn) encourage all of us to take action to bring something into practical, concrete form.  And with Virgo, this often means cleaning out, cleansing, and purifying.  At the time of the New Moon, we are well advised to take advantage of this wonderful energy by clearing out the clutter in any area of our lives.  This clearing could be a physical location (e.g., home, office, car), our bodies (e.g., changing our diet, adjusting our exercise routine), or our minds (e.g., letting go of belief systems, starting new habits).  Once we get started on a project, we will very likely feel a great sense of relief, satisfaction, and fulfillment from diving in and making true progress.  Focus on whatever needs to be cleaned, cleared, or organized.  Then watch as you make progress that feels oh so good!

And there are other aspects that will provide support for our actions right now.  The Sun and Moon are in opposition (180°) to Neptune.  How I describe Neptune is the continuum between fear and faith.  Yes, Neptune’s opposition to the New Moon may bring in some caution (i.e., fear).  But this could be a good thing in that it will keep us from moving forward without carefully thinking things through.   However, if we have faith in the process, then great progress is possible.  Neptune’s influence will also bring in an emotional, psychic, and even magical, mystical quality to our experiences.

But what an amazing opportunity we have due to Neptune being in a sweet sextile (60°) to Pluto, which means Pluto is in a trine (120°) to the Sun and Moon.  Pluto provides us with the power we need in order to take actions that will likely lead to rebirth and healing.  But again, we have to be willing to use this energy, which Pluto says may require courageously looking deeply into our emotional world to see what needs to be healed.  Luckily, the presence of all the Virgo and earth energy means that we will likely come up with very practical and efficient solutions to any issues that are identified during our soul-searching process.

Going back to the overall energetic change occurring during September, the reduction in the number of retrograde planets really is giving us a green light.  This began (probably slowly) when Mercury went direct on Saturday, August 18.  But many of us have felt a definite quickening since Monday, August 27, when Mars went direct in Capricorn.  Around that time, I heard from many people that they were feeling ready to take the first steps toward making changes that they have been thinking about for the last few months.  Then on Wednesday, September 6, the urge to move forward likely increased because Saturn stopped its retrograde motion and began moving direct again.  Saturn is in Capricorn, which is its home sign and intensifies its power.  Once Saturn began moving direct again, we may have felt more serious than usual, but it will provide us with a powerful and strategic energy that will help us move forward in responsible ways.

On Wednesday, September 5, Mercury moved into Virgo.  Its stay in Virgo will be brief this time, only until September 21.  This quickness of the transit will likely mean that the energy is more concentrated than usual.  It will help us pay attention to important details, analyze our situations more effectively than usual, and discern between what is useful and what is extraneous.  However, it may also have our minds moving so quickly that we need to make a conscious effort to capture the thoughts when they filter through or they will be lost as the next idea barges into our awareness.  The only true cautions when Mercury is in Virgo are (a) to not become overly analytical/critical of self or others and (b) keep the big picture in mind and not get bogged down in too many details.

Then on Monday, September 10, Mars will move back into Aquarius, where it will stay until November 16.  Mars has already spent some time recently in Aquarius this year; but due to its retrograde motion, it moved all the way back into Capricorn.  It’s now re-entering Aquarius, which will help our actions be focused on friendships and group endeavors, especially those that serve the greater good or humanitarian efforts.  We may be attracted to unconventional methods for achieving our goals.  Being a team player is important now, but we do need to be careful that we don’t express anger in a detached, impersonal way.

Jupiter and Pluto have been creating a series of sextiles (60°) this year, and the final of three will occur on Wednesday, September 12.  Since this pattern began back in January, we have all been discovering that the powerful wizard hiding behind the curtain is really just a person like us.  We have been seeking the truths that have been hidden in the shadows and are ready to bring them out into the light.  On a personal level, this may have brought a feeling of finally “seeing the light” about an important situation.  On a societal level, the misuse of political power is one avenue in which we have seen progress being made, as well as the “Me too” movement.

On Tuesday, September 18, Mars will square (90°) Uranus, which is the final of three squares that have occurred over the last four months between these two powerhouses.  All squares mark a turning point, and this series of squares has been a time when many of us came to important conclusions that will help us “take care of business” and release whatever needs to be released.  This final square between these two powerful planets will likely create a surge of energy that will make it hard not to do something, and great progress is possible if we direct and focus that energy constructively.  The final pieces of a certain puzzle may fall into place during this time.

Finally, on Thursday, September 20, the Sun will be conjunct (0°) Mercury in the last degree of Virgo.  On this day, all forms of communication will likely be assisted by this meeting, but especially if the content of any written or oral correspondence is of practical nature.  We may also find that we suddenly see things clearly or are able to adjust our belief system to better support our forward progress.

Overall, this New Moon in Virgo is bringing some amazing energy into our lives, and the first three weeks of September is a great time to manifest what we want.  It is not a time to think or plan.  It is time to DO!  We’ve been waiting several months for this green light, and this is it!  We should feel free to start taking actions toward that future we’ve been creating during the retrograde season.  But first, we should use the energy that is available to clean out, clear up, and organize whatever needs our attention the most.  The great amount of earthy energy swirling around us will help us create practical results, and the progress and accomplishments achieved now will feel very fulfilling.  There are more opportunities for change coming later this fall, but now is the time to at least get started!  And given the strong presence of Saturn, this could be a time when we are creating the solid foundation upon which many wonderful new things are built.  The bottom line is that we have the opportunity to take some real, concrete action, but we need to choose to do so!  Get to work!

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NEW MOON

New Moon at 17° of Virgo

  • Sunday, September 9, 2018, 11:01 a.m. PDT
  • Sunday, September 9, 2018, 2:01 p.m. EDT
  • Sunday, September 9, 2018, 6:01 p.m. GMT

FULL MOON IN PISCES – Before the major changes begin, take this time to integrate the shifts that have been bombarding us (August 26, 2018)

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 4:56 a.m. on Sunday, August 26.  With this Full Moon, the Sun in Virgo will be in opposition (180°) to the Moon in Pisces.  To further clarify how this Full Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 4° of Virgo and 4° of Pisces in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with those two houses are going to be most impacted by this Full Moon’s presence.

All full moons ask us to evaluate if we have a good balance between two areas of our lives and they encourage us to make any needed adjustments.  It can be a confrontive, emotional time, because some of us will have to “face reality” or “face facts.”  With this full moon, the Pisces Moon is asking us to look at our inner world of imagination, spirituality, and psychological health.  The Virgo Sun is asking us to look at our outer world of day-to-day work activities, practical matters, and our physical health.  Good questions to ask ourselves right now would include, “Am I neglecting my physical health or is it my psychological health that needs attention?” and “Am I finding a good balance between my spirituality and intuition when compared to my work activities?”  It may also be a good time to look at whether we’ve been reaching out to supportive mentors versus trying to “go it alone” and feeling “victimized.”  It is fairly common for supportive females to step forward during the time of a Pisces Full Moon, but we have to be open to accepting their help and support.

Given the Moon is in Pisces, new ideas may come to us through our emotions or intuitive insights.  But the influence of the Virgo Sun will provide the analytical skills we need to make sure that any ideas that we decide to implement will be practical and logical.  But remember that this is a full moon, so we need a balance.  Therefore, if we are bogged down in unrelenting day-to-day activities or worries about our physical health, we need to create the time and space needed to let the Pisces Moon provide us with visions of what is possible (e.g., meditation, journaling, going out in nature).  Or conversely, if we are feeling lost in our emotional world and can’t seem to find a way out, then using the grounded energy of the Virgo Sun could help, often through taking care of very concrete business tasks or addressing physical health issues.

If our inner self-exploration reveals that we need to change any beliefs or behavior patterns that are negatively impacting either of these areas, now is a good time to make needed adjustments due to a larger than usual number of supportive planetary patterns.  The Sun, Saturn, and Uranus are in a wonderfully supportive earth grand trine (i.e., equilateral triangle with each planet in a trine [120°] to each other).  Additionally, as one planet in this grand trine, the Sun is in opposition to Moon, which forms a kite formation.  The opposition to the Moon makes it even easier to access the energy of the grand trine; therefore, paying attention to our emotions and intuitive insights (Moon in Pisces) will likely provide us with clues as to what direction to go or what needs to change.

And if all of that “positive mojo” wasn’t enough, the Moon is in a sweet sextile (60°) to both Saturn and Uranus.  Yes, all of this is a lot of information to absorb, so I won’t go into a lot of detail.  Bottom line:  It’s all good!   We are being given all kinds of planetary support to sort through the issues being brought into the spotlight by the Pisces Full Moon.  The supportive presence of Uranus will help us make any necessary changes, even though some of the shifts may seem to come out of the blue.  And Saturn’s involvement may help us sort out any limitations, especially those related to our past or how we use our time.  Saturn will provide us with the order, discipline, and control to find viable solutions.

In the last Moon Update, we discussed a planetary configuration called a yod (AKA Finger of Fate).  There is another yod present at the time of the Pisces Full Moon.  This time, there are inconjuncts (150°) going from Neptune to both Mercury and Venus.  And Mercury is sextile (60°) Venus, thereby forming an isosceles triangle.  Neptune is the “focal planet” because both inconjuncts point to it.  Neptune is the ruler of Pisces, so this adds further emphasis to the importance of emotions and intuition during the Pisces Full Moon.  Yes, yods do require often difficult adjustments.  However, with so much positive, supportive energy swirling around us, we are more than likely going to be able to tap into our intuitive side, which could result in great leaps forward in wisdom and insights that create order out of the past (Saturn) and show us our future path (Uranus).  If navigated well, yods can provide us with great gifts, and even insights into our destiny.

On Wednesday, August 22, the Sun moved out of dramatic Leo and into grounded Virgo.  Although we do need to be careful not to become overly analytical or judgmental, the energy of the Sun in Virgo will feel much calmer and focused.  It will also support our analysis of all internal explorations that we embark upon during this intuitive Pisces Full Moon.  Throughout the next 4 weeks, we will focus on practical concerns and realize that handling the details of life may not always be fun, but it is necessary.  If we don’t, then we accumulate a lot of unfinished business that begins to bog us down energetically.  Getting organized will feel very appealing to many of us!

Finally, we are beginning to experience some loosening in the retrograde energy.  On Saturday, August 18, Mercury ended its retrograde phase, and we are likely already seeing an improvement in external communication as people shift their mental focus from inside to outside.  Then the day after the Full Moon (Monday, August 27), Mars ends its two-month retrograde phase (which it began on June 26) and begins moving direct again.  We may feel a sudden need to take action, although the peaceful, inward-directed energy around the time of the Pisces Full Moon may delay that a few days.  Use that enhanced intuition to know when it’s the right time to move forward!  And any substantial changes, especially those related to business issues or structures in our lives, may wait until Saturn ends its almost 5-month retrograde phase on Thursday, September 6, or until later this fall as discussed in the last Moon Update.  But changes are coming, both those initiated by us and those created by people around us.

Overall, almost all planets during the time of this Pisces Full Moon are in a harmonious balance.  Given the intensity of the recent eclipse season, this is a good time to catch our breath and adjust to all the recent changes and shifts that have been bombarding our minds, bodies, and spirits.  But we do need to consciously take advantage of all the positive, flowing aspects at this time.  Good areas of focus include our work hours/environment, our daily schedule, our lifestyle, or even our spiritual practice.  We need to make sure they are supporting our physical, psychological, and spiritual well-being.  It’s all about balancing the practical with the intuitive/mystical and balancing the physical with the emotional/spiritual.  And remember that this will be a highly intuitive time, so we need to make space for Spirit to provide us with some of the answers we have been seeking about the upcoming fall season of shifts and changes.

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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 4° of Pisces

  • Sunday, August 26, 2018, 4:56 a.m. PDT
  • Sunday, August 26, 2018, 7:56 a.m. EDT
  • Sunday, August 26, 2018, 11:56 a.m. GMT

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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  • Anne Reith, Ph.D. (AnneReith.com)
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SOME INFORMATION TAKEN FROM

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

REMINDER

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

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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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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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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THIS BLOG POST WAS WRITTEN BY

  • Anne Reith, Ph.D. (AnneReith.com)
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SOME INFORMATION TAKEN FROM

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

REMINDER

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

FULL MOON

Full Moon at 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