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

REMINDER

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

FULL MOON

Full Moon at 7° of Capricorn

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

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

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 12:43 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13.  This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 23° of Gemini.  To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 23° of Gemini in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with that house are going to be most influenced by this New Moon’s presence.

New Moons always provide us with opportunities for new emotional starts and a time to set new intentions and goals in the areas associated with the sign involved.  Gemini is all about thinking, communicating, curiosity, and learning.  It is a mutable air sign, which means that our minds may be “all over the place.”  However, this is also a mentally fertile time when new ideas may come to us and begin to take shape into a new situation or reality.  (The house involved may give you a hint of what area of your life might experience this influx of new mental energy and possibly even a rebirth of some kind.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SOME INFORMATION TAKEN FROM

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

REMINDER

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

NEW MOON

New Moon at 23° of Gemini

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

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

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


In the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 7:19 a.m. on Tuesday, May 29.  With this Full Moon, the Sun in Gemini will be in opposition (180°) to the Moon in Sagittarius.  To further clarify how this Full Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 9° of Gemini and 9° of Sagittarius in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with those two houses are going to be most impacted by this Full Moon’s presence.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SOME INFORMATION TAKEN FROM

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

REMINDER

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

FULL MOON

Full Moon at 9° of Sagittarius

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

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

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

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In the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 4:47 a.m. on Tuesday, May 15.  This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 25° of Taurus.  To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 25° of Taurus in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with that house are going to be most influenced by this New Moon’s presence.

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

REMINDER

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

NEW MOON

New Moon at 25° of Taurus

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

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

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonAs I do at the beginning of each year, I will cover (1) the current Moon Update, (2) an overview of any major events that are coming up astrologically in 2018, and (3) the year 2018 from a numerological perspective.

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

Full Moon in Cancer

In the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 6:24 p.m. on Monday, January 1.  With this Full Moon, the Sun in Capricorn will be in opposition (180°) to the Moon in Cancer.  To further clarify how this Full Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 12° of Capricorn and 12° of Cancer in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with those two houses are going to be most impacted by this Full Moon’s presence.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Major Astrological Events of 2018

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

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

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

Numerology in the Year 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The solutions include:

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

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SOME INFORMATION TAKEN FROM

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

REMINDER

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

FULL MOON

Full Moon at 12° of Cancer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SOME INFORMATION TAKEN FROM

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

REMINDER

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

NEW MOON

New Moon at 27° of Sagittarius

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