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NEW MOON IN TAURUS – Time to pick up the proverbial shovel and get to work (May 4, 2019)

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, May 4.  This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 15° of Taurus.  To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 15° of Taurus in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with that house are going to be most influenced by this New Moon’s presence.

New Moons always provide us with opportunities for new emotional starts and setting new intentions in the areas associated with the sign.  This time, we are focused on the sign of Taurus.  The higher expression of this fixed earth sign includes being down-to-earth, responsible, resourceful, reliable, patient, persistent, focused, and loyal.  The lower expression can result in us being stubborn (e.g., “bull-headed”), materialistic, overly cautious, and resistant to change.  Remember that the beauty of astrology is that we are aware of the higher and lower expressions of any sign, and that means that we can consciously choose which one to express.

Think about the symbol of a Taurus:  The bull loves its pasture and has a very down-to-earth, single-minded approach to enjoying his life there.  Taurus energy wants to bring ideas into concrete form.  One of the best ways to use the energy of the Taurus New Moon is to think of something new that we would like to build, and then we can cultivate Taurean calmness, persistence, and focus to make progress toward completion.  However, this isn’t a quick energy, and our goals are often not short-term.  Taurus is all about long-term perseverance and focused determination.  Nothing is rushed with the sign of the bull, and we need to flow with this slower, calm energy in order to reap its benefits.

The emphasis on long-term goals is reinforced by a free-flowing trine (120°) between (a) the Sun/Moon conjunction (0°) and (b) the powerful conjunction (0°) occurring now in Capricorn that we’ve been talking about during the last two Moon Updates (i.e., the conjunction of Saturn, Pluto, and the South Node).  Capricorn is a long-term type of energy.  And with Saturn just turning retrograde on Tuesday, April 30, this means we are being encouraged to slow down and deal with some unfinished business that very likely has a practical focus.  There are probably some projects that we have either been avoiding or have abandoned.  Now is the time to pick up the proverbial shovel and get down to work.  If we do the work of Saturn retrograde in Capricorn, we will have created a firmer foundation once Saturn turns direct in mid-September.  Additionally, the South Node is drawing us even further into the past.  We may find that we are using skills and abilities we have already developed in order to be successful in this “wrapping up” process.

And now is a good time to do this because there’s a great deal of support for us!  In fact, we may find that new resources are suddenly available to us that help us work toward completion.  The Sun and Moon conjunction (0°) is in a sweet sextile (60°) to Neptune, which means that some of those unexpected resources may involve intuitive insights.  Another possibility is that we might be inspired by someone or something that guides us in the right direction.  However, as with all sextiles, we need to make sure we consciously use this energy because it is gentle and can be easy to overlook.  In this case, it means not ignoring the subtle messages that are being given to us in the form of intuitive insights or synchronicities.  They may even come to us in the form of dreams.  Our creativity will be heightened, which could be another avenue through which those insights come to us.

Then, on Monday, May 6, Mercury will move into Taurus, where it will remain until May 22.  Our thinking will become very grounded and solid.  This will slow down our thoughts substantially, which will give us time to carefully ponder all the new things that have been happening in our lives and use common sense to determine where we need settle down and do some work to bring something to fruition.  Sometimes, Mercury in Taurus can make for some rigid or overly conservative thinking.  However, that’s unlikely around the time of the New Moon because on Wednesday, May 8, Mercury will form a conjunction (0°) with Uranus in Taurus.  This is a wonderful combination for inspired ideas and establishing new ways of thinking or communicating.  It may feel like we have the right idea at the right time.  The chance of this happening increases because Mercury is also trining (120°) Jupiter in Sagittarius, which means our thoughts will be more inclined toward optimism, and we would even experience something very fortuitous.

Overall, this Taurus New Moon is a time of slowing down, enjoying the sensual pleasures of life, and using focused determination.  After the strong Aries influence of the last month, this slower energy will very likely feel peaceful and calming.  There are many indicators that we need to pay attention to our intuitive insights and tap into old, established skills or abilities in order to make progress toward wrapping up some unfinished business.  But don’t forget that Taurus is a sensual energy, so this is a good time to do things that take care of our bodies and stop and smell the roses  But the Taurean focus on our senses means that we can also experience sensory overload.  We need to use the positive qualities of the bull to set healthy boundaries regarding our resources of time, energy, and money.  But the bottom line is that we shouldn’t waste this wonderful, positive, calm energy by doing nothing.  It’s time to get to work on cleaning out some old projects in order to create a firmer foundation that will open up opportunities for new growth.

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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 15° of Taurus

  • Saturday, May 4, 2019, 3:45 p.m. PDT
  • Saturday, May 4, 2019, 6:45 p.m. EDT
  • Saturday, May 4, 2019, 10:45 p.m. GMT

FULL MOON IN LIBRA – A time of rebalancing related to Karmic issues (April 19, 2019)

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 4:12 a.m. on Friday, April 19.  With this Full Moon, the Sun in Aries will be in opposition (180°) to the Moon in Libra.  To further clarify how this Full Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 29° of Aries and 29° of Libra in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with those two houses are going to be most impacted by this Full Moon’s presence.

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SPECIAL NOTE:  The location of any planet is determined by the degrees and minutes within a sign.  Each of the degrees (°) in an astrological sign is further broken down into 59 minutes (59’).  Normally, when calculating the degree of a New or Full Moon, most astrologers will round up any minutes to the nearest degree.  For example, if a New Moon in Gemini was located at 22°16’, then I would tell you that the New Moon was located at 23° of Gemini.  This is what I normally do in these Moon Updates, and this approach works most of the time unless the Moon is located at 29° and any number of minutes (e.g., 29°03’, 29°48’).  To round up to the nearest degree will move the Moon to the next sign.  This is the case with this Full Moon in Libra (i.e., rounding up would move the Full Moon into Scorpio).  Therefore, I will not be rounding up the degree in this Moon Update. 

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If you are feeling a little déjà vu-ish, that’s because this is the second Libra Full Moon within the last 4 weeks.  The first one occurred on March 20 at 1° of Libra and Aries.  This Full Moon is located at 29° of Libra and Aries.  In addition to the New Moon in Aries that occurred on April 5, we also have Mercury moving into Aries on April 17, and Venus will join Mercury in Aries on April 20.  Oh yes, and Chiron is in Aries, too.  This is a lot of Aries and Libra energy!  They are both cardinal signs, and cardinal energy is about moving forward.  It’s, therefore, likely that this last month has brought a lot of energy into our lives that is telling us it’s time to get started on some new things.

But rather than only looking forward to new beginnings, this Libra Full Moon is also asking us to look at the present and possibly even the past.  The 29th degree of any sign is referred to as a “critical degree.”  It represents the need to wrap things up before moving into the next sign (which in this case is Taurus).  There’s often a felt sense of urgency when planets are in a critical degree.  For many of us, this translates to, “It’s decision time!”  Given the plethora of cardinal energy and the strong emphasis on Aries energy (which can be very pushy and even aggressive in its expression), whatever needs to come to an end may come in the form of a confrontation catalyzed by reaching a breaking point.  And given Libra’s need for balance, it might be that we need to face the music about something that is out of balance in some area of our life.

All Full Moons ask us to explore attaining a better balance between the two signs involved.  As I said in the Libra Full Moon report 4 weeks ago, “balance is even more important with a Libra Full Moon because Libra is all about balance.  The two signs involved are Aries, which focuses on independence, and Libra, which focuses on interdependence.  Neither end of this teeter-totter can be ignored, and it’s likely there are areas of our lives where we need some adjustments.”  Therefore, what is out of balance in our lives may involve an axis of “me” versus “us.”  Ultimately, the Libra Full Moon urges us to be courageous in our pursuit (Aries) of inner peace and harmony (Libra), but this may require some adjustments.

More information about how this Full Moon’s energy may manifest can be gained from observing that the Sun-Moon opposition (180°) is squaring (90°) the conjunction (0°) in Capricorn between Saturn, Pluto, and the South Node.  This forms an astrological configuration called a t-square (right triangle).  T-squares always demand attention, and the action required often is related to the planet(s) being squared, which in this case is the conjunction in Capricorn.

We spoke about this conjunction between Capricorn, Pluto, and the South Node in my last Moon Update.  It can be intense.  There is a definitely sense of Karma associated with this powerful Capricorn conjunction, so we may feel like it’s time for Karmic payback.  Pluto has a tendency to reveal anything that has been hidden.  So, for some people, this could be a time when past (South Node) abuses of power (Pluto) and/or control (Saturn) will come to light.  The extra light of the Full Moon may reveal what needs to “see the light of day” in order to heal.  Now it’s time for the truth to be exposed and inequities to be addressed.  As with all Karmic relationships, there are those in which we need to make amends for something we have done, but there are also relationships in which we are owed for something done to us.

At the time of this Libra Full Moon, the Sun is conjunct (0°) Uranus (which will be exact on Monday, April 22).  This brings with it an unpredictable energy that will leave many of us feeling unsettled.  Uranus is often associated with unexpected changes, but it also emphasizes the importance of independence and uniqueness.  We may need to break away from an old pattern or a relationship in order to “be our true selves.”  Although we are choosing to live in a society with others and to abide by the collectively agreed to laws and rules, there are areas of our lives in which we need to decide for ourselves what our values and needs are.  If we simply comply with the needs of others and suppress our true identity (Sun), then we deny the world the unique gifts that we have to offer (Uranus).  During this time, we may find ourselves drawn to seek out a new tribe; one that will consist of “like-minded individuals” who support our “idiosyncratic wackiness.”

Just a little forewarning:  Mars will be in a square (90°) to Neptune during this Full Moon.  Neptune brings in the fog and can make our actions (or the actions of others) muddled and hard to comprehend.  We may feel internally distracted, unorganized, or restless.  We may even act on sudden intuitive impressions that may or may not be based on an accurate appraisal of a situation.  For these reasons, this may not be the best time to start a new project.  Wait a few days to make sure everything that you are “getting” is accurate and something worthy of taking indicated actions.  However, be aware that you may be “getting” some interesting information because the higher expression of this aspect is heightened intuition.  We may begin to see how our actions are leading us to a future that is even bigger than we previously knew about.

The good news is that around the time of the Libra Full Moon, there is also a sense of optimism due to a wonderful trine (120°) between the Sun/Uranus and Jupiter.  And given that the Sun/Uranus are in opposition (180°) to the Moon, this means there is also a sextile (60°) between the Moon and Jupiter.  Jupiter is currently in its home sign of Sagittarius, so it’s more powerful than usual.  Jupiter brings expansion.  And yes, Jupiter can go too far and veer into excess, but it also brings blessings and even good luck.  The involvement of Uranus in this mix, though, tells us that unexpected changes are likely.  Therefore, it is important that we remain flexible and adaptable.  If we can do this, then we may see opportunities coming to us that address those aforementioned imbalances or inequities from the past.

Many planets are changing sign or direction during this 2-week period, which may add to the feeling of change and unpredictability swirling around us:

  • As mentioned above, on Wednesday, April 17, Mercury moves into Aries, where it will remain until May 7. During this time, we could feel that making a decision (any decision!) is more important than taking the time to explore options or listen to other’s viewpoints.  Although we should try to slow down our mental train to a reasonable speed, it is also true that the train could be taking us to some very interesting new stations.  We may come up with ideas that are truly pioneering.  We just need to do our best to evaluate new ideas carefully and then act or speak with assertiveness and courage and not aggressively or impulsively.
  • Then on Saturday, April 20, Venus will join Mercury in Aries. Venus will stay in Aries until May 16.  The focus of Venus is relationships and finances.  We may feel ready to courageously pursue new options and take a fresh approach in either or both of these arenas.  Impatience, impulsivity, and “saying it like it is” are potential downsides of Venus in Aries.  But there’s also an enjoyable enthusiasm, spontaneity, and freshness to the energy.
  • Also, on Saturday, April 20, the Sun moves into Taurus. We do still have other planets in Aries, but the groundedness of Taurus does provide some counterbalance to all the cardinal energy.  The Sun in Taurus helps recent new endeavors to begin to “take root.”  We become more determined and methodical than we were when the Sun was in Aries.  A Taurean Sun is risk-aversive, which may cause some tension due to having other planets located in the impulsive, risk-taking energy of Aries.  But we are more interested in building toward long-term growth, and the Aries energy can provide us with the courage to take necessary steps.  We just need to be careful that we don’t become very fixed in our beliefs about what the end result will look like.  We need to find a good compromise between the need for the solid energy of Taurus, the “go-get-them” energy of Aries, and the Uranian need for change, especially around the time of the Full Moon.
  • On Wednesday, April 24, Pluto will begin its annual retrograde phase, which will continue until October 3. This will be a time when some of us (either individually or collectively) need to look inward to explore ways in which we may have abused our power or authority.  For others, it will be a time of exploring how we are doing ourselves (and those around us) a disservice by avoiding the use of healthy power, especially if we could us that authority to protect those in need.  Given the North Node (future) is located in Cancer at this time, our power needs to be expressed in a heart-centered, community-focused way.
  • Then on Monday, April 29, Saturn follows Pluto into retrograde, and it won’t resume its direct motion until September 18. Given Saturn is conjunct (0°) the South Node when this happens, we may all get a big dose of reality about something from the past.  As mentioned above, we may need to “pay up” or be “paid back” for any actions (or inactions) from the past.  But anytime Saturn is in retrograde, we are all being asked to slow down and retrace our steps to make sure we finish up any unfinished business.  It’s an important time when we are preparing for big changes, but only if we can consciously and deliberately make ready for what is to come.

Overall, the time period around this Libra Full Moon is supercharged with cardinal and Aries energy.  This type of energy can be very refreshing for some; however, for others, it can feel overstimulating and exhausting.  If we don’t have a good outlet for the expression of this energy, then it will be helpful to get involved in physical activities to help vent excess energy.  It’s a time of decisiveness, courage, and moving forward.  But it’s also a time when Karmic themes are very strong and will likely play out in unexpected ways in our lives.  There’s some sort of reckoning at hand, but there’s also a sense of optimism and hope.  In general, we need to address any issues in our lives that are keeping us from moving forward, even if it means making tough choices or having difficult conversations.  We should make sure we are using our power in a compassionate way, and we also need to use all the courageous Aries energy to correct any imbalances (Libra) and move toward greater harmony and peace.

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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 29° of Libra

  • Friday, April 19, 4:12 a.m. PDT
  • Friday, April 19, 7:12 a.m. EDT
  • Friday, April 19, 11:12 a.m. GMT

NEW MOON IN ARIES – Facing hidden truths and initiating responsible, intuitively-inspired, compassionate action (April 5, 2019)

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 1:50 a.m. on Friday, April 5.  This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 16° of Aries.  To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 16° of Aries in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with that house are going to be most influenced by this New Moon’s presence.

New Moons always provide us with opportunities for new emotional starts and setting new intentions in the areas associated with the sign.  This time, we are focused on the sign of Aries.  The higher expression of this cardinal fire sign includes being assertive, initiating, enthusiastic, confident, and fun-loving.  The lower expression can result in us being competitive, impulsive, impatient, and aggressive.  The energy of Aries is often described as the positive and not-so-positive traits of a child.  There is often a sense of restlessness and impatience because we want to grow up fast.  However, maturity has its drawbacks, so we should enjoy this youthful energy while it’s here.

What is interesting about this Aries New Moon is that it’s occurring at a time when there’s a great deal of serious, mature energy in other areas of the chart.  This could support or challenge the younger Aries energy . . . and probably both!

  • At the time of the New Moon, we have the Sun/Moon in Aries squaring (90°) Saturn, Pluto, and the South Node, all of which are conjunct (0°) in Capricorn. Capricorn is the realist.  It can provide us with a sense of responsibility, discipline, and maturity, but it can also be a major downer to the Aries’ youthful enthusiasm.
  • We also have Mercury, Venus, and Neptune all conjunct (0°) in Pisces. Pisces is the idealist.  It activates our compassion, emotional energy, and intuition.  It is the 12th sign of the Zodiac, and it has been described as the wisdom and perspective learned as we travel through the other astrological signs.  However, it can also be hard to pin down, foggy-thinking, and play the victim or martyr.

During March, we had a great deal of Piscean energy flowing through our lives.  This brought with it a lot of intuitive insights, creativity, or spirituality.  However, because Mercury was retrograde in Pisces for most of the month, we may have found it hard to express any of these new ideas that were coming to us through these watery channels.  The good news is that Aries energy is becoming present during April.  Additionally, Mercury is now direct (as of March 28).  It’s likely that we can move all of those great but hard-to-express ideas into Aries “action mode” and leave the Piscean fogginess of March behind us.

But not entirely.  As you’ve seen above, there are 3 planets that are still in the watery sign of Pisces.  What is different?  We can now use the clarity of Mercury direct and the energy of Aries to assertively take action (Aries) to bring our creative, intuitive ideas into formation (Pisces).  The Aries energy will help us to be courageous and move beyond any tendencies toward playing the victim or the martyr.  And with the influence of Pisces, we may be able to have needed conversations or make changes in a compassionate and graceful way rather than with the sometimes abrupt, self-centered energy of Aries.

But let’s not forget the influence of Capricorn.  Given the square (90°) between the planets in Aries (Sun/Moon) and the planets/point in Capricorn (Saturn, Pluto, South Node), we will likely be seeing a turning point of some kind.  We might need to take a serious look at our responsibilities.  The Capricorn/Saturn influence may slow us down or put a damper on the enthusiasm of the Aries/New Moon energy, but this is not done to be mean or contrary.  It’s done to make sure that we are headed where we want to go and taking actions that will get us to our desired destination.  If we do experience delays, we need to avoid interpreting this as a “sign” that we are on the wrong path.  It may be the right one, but the Fairies of the Universe have to slow us down sometimes while they get the pieces of the puzzle in place for ultimate success.  Saturn/Capricorn teaches us all the P-word . . . patience!

However, the conjunct (0°) between Pluto and the South Node is particularly important to mention.  The entire month of April will be influenced by this important aspect.  Pluto is known for uncovering hard truths that often involve the misuse of power, and the South Node (especially when located in Capricorn) focuses on the lessons we have learned (or should have learned) from the past.  Both personally and collectively, it’s very likely that something from the past that was previously hidden will be brought into awareness.  It will require that we “face the truth” and perhaps re-balance the power between two people or things.  Pluto is telling us that transformation is at hand, even though the transformational process might be a bit messy.  We all are being asked to grow into the North Node in Cancer, which is in opposition (180°) to Pluto and the South Node in Capricorn.  In sum, we need to expand our awareness and come from a loving place that recognizes that we are all part of the same family . . . the human race.

One final note:  Since March 28 when Mercury went direct, we have been going through one of those unique time periods when there were no planets in retrograde.  On Wednesday, April 10, this will change when Jupiter begins its annual retrograde period, which will continue through mid-August.  And Jupiter is just the first of several planets that will be changing into retrograde over the next month or two (e.g., Saturn & Pluto change direction the beginning of May).  Although it will not stop entirely, we may feel like recent expansion slows down while Jupiter is in retrograde.  But perhaps more importantly, this is often a time when we focus on reevaluating our beliefs and ethical standards.  This will be particularly true with this 2019 retrograde period because Jupiter is located in its home sign of Sagittarius.  Much has changed over the last few months, so it makes sense that we would need time to go inward and decide how we feel about the changes and make adjustments in how we view things in our lives, both personally and on a societal level.  Jupiter also has to do with learning, so we may need to learn something new in order to keep growing and advancing on our spiritual path.

Overall, any Aries New Moon is often a time when we need to become more self-sufficient.  This year, we need to look at our own needs and then use the influence of Pisces to compassionately take care of ourselves and express our needs.  The strong Capricorn energy tells us that whatever we do, we need to be responsible and be our own knight in shining armor.  But given the strong influence of the conjunct between Pluto and the South Node, we may need to face some unpleasant, previously hidden truths in order to move forward.  This aspect is all about re-balancing the power in our relationships.  When taken as a whole, this New Moon will likely be a mixture of great potential and some challenges.  Because many of these planetary aspects and positions are pretty stable, all of this will, to a large extent, influence us for the entire 2-week period.  In sum, April represents a time for us to be responsible, step up, face the music, and get something handled in our lives . . . and in our society, too.  Let’s all do our best to use the influence of Capricorn/Saturn to be patient and to take any indicated actions using Piscean compassion and sensitivity.

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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 Aries

  • Friday, April 5, 2019, 1:50 a.m. PDT
  • Friday, April 5, 2019, 4:50 a.m. EDT
  • Friday, April 5, 2019, 8:50 a.m. GMT

FULL MOON IN LIBRA – Balancing the needs of self and others while ushering in new growth (March 20, 2019)

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 6:42 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20.  With this Full Moon, the Sun in Aries will be in opposition (180°) to the Moon in Libra.  To further clarify how this Full Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 1° of Aries and 1° of Libra in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with those two houses are going to be most impacted by this Full Moon’s presence.

It is important to start by saying that this Libra Full Moon also occurs on the same day that the Sun moves into fiery Aries.  This marks the Equinox and is traditionally considered the beginning of a new astrological year.  The chart on that day is often compared to a solar return chart (i.e., influences for the next year) for each of us individually and also for humanity.  Having the Equinox and the Full Moon occur on the same day is rare and adds a very special significance.

Additionally, because this Full Moon is happening within the first degree of both Aries and Libra (i.e., 0° 09’ to be exact), this means it is occurring at what is called the Aries Point.  This means that the chances are greater that there will be increased visibility and clarity.  Whatever occurs during this time is going to be very apparent and even public.  This could mean that we cannot hide what is going on, or something that has been covered up will suddenly become very apparent.  (Although the story broke before this Full Moon, I can’t help but think of the college admission scandals as a good example.)  However, it could also manifest differently.  We may suddenly see things more clearly than we have in the past.  This could relate to external events or inner musings.  Again, this could be either individually or as a society . . . and likely both!

All Full Moons ask us to explore whether it is possible for us to attain a better balance between the two signs involved.  With this Libra New Moon, balance is even more important because Libra is all about balance.  The two signs involved are Aries, which focuses on independence, and Libra, which focuses on interdependence.  Neither end of this teeter-totter can be ignored, and it’s likely there are areas of our lives where we need some adjustments.

With the Sun conjunct (0°) Chiron, the chances are good that we each need to pull back and heal some inner wounds (Chiron) before we can be an effective partner (Libra).  The Sun shines its light on our woundedness, and this makes healing more likely.  But the extra illumination also may leave us feeling vulnerable and exposed, especially given the Aries Point issues discussed above and the Moon (emotions) pulling on Chiron from the opposite side of the sky.  However, it is only when we can see something clearly that can we fix it.  And with the Moon in Libra, this means that our healing work will likely involve emotional issues (Moon) and the changes will influence our relationships (Libra).  Luckily, having Libra involved should help balance out our emotions.

However, the Libra Moon and the Sun/Chiron in Aries are squaring (90°) Jupiter.  Squares often indicate turning points, so we may need to make some important decisions or changes related to our beliefs, our educational goals, or even legal issues (Jupiter).  Whatever is being considered needs to take into consideration your individual needs (Aries) and the needs of others (Libra).  But Jupiter often brings a sense of optimism and hope, and we all may have an inner feeling that growth and new beginnings are either happening or are right around the corner.

Venus in Aquarius is in an exact square (90°) to Mars in Taurus at the time of the Full Moon.  Aquarius and Taurus are fixed signs, and aspects between Venus and Mars are often associated with relationships.  Given any square can cause friction, the fixed signs can indicate that if an argument starts, it may be hard for either side to back down.  It will be important to pick our battles and recognize that sometimes a relationship will move forward only when we agree to disagree about certain issues.  Luckily, optimistic Jupiter is in a trine (120°) to Mars and a sextile (60°) to Venus.  We can use these supportive aspects to help us move toward resolution by focusing on shared beliefs and values (Jupiter) that draw us together rather than getting lost in details that drive us apart.

Also, at the time of the Full Moon, Mars is also in a wonderful trine (120°) to Saturn, Pluto, and the South Node, all of which are conjunct (0°) in Capricorn.  Courageous actions taken now (Mars) may have long-term effects that lead to a strong foundation (Saturn) as we move forward.  If we’ve recently been feeling listless, Pluto’s presence provides us with a boost of energy and power that will help us take those actions.  And finally, the South Node can support us in tapping into knowledge we’ve gained from past (and even past life) experiences.

However, with retrograde Mercury conjunct (0°) Neptune in Pisces, we need to remember that sometimes our thoughts and communication can be a little foggy at times.  The good news is that this aspect means that thoughts and conversations will be very spiritually-focused, and we will likely find that our creativity (especially with words) is enhanced.  We would be well-advised to cross-check our facts and make sure that whatever we are contemplating is actually viable.  If we can do that, then the creativity provided by this Piscean influence could provide some ideas with long-lasting and positive effects on both ourselves and those around us.  And luckily, Mercury is in a sweet sextile (60°) to Saturn, which will help us slow down, be reasonable, and think rationally.

Venus enters Pisces on Tuesday, March 26, where it will remain until April 21.  We can get “lost in love” when Venus travels through watery Pisces, and there is the potential to slip into martyrdom or victimization within our relationships or even our financial situation.  But this placement does enhance our capacity for compassion, tenderness, affection, and forgiveness.  It may feel, though, as if we are longing for something that is nebulous and cannot be defined.  If things start to feel a bit unstable, Venus’s transit through Pisces may be the reason.  Everything is often seen in alternating shades of black, white, and shades of gray.

On Thursday, March 28, Mercury will move out of retrograde and move direct again in Pisces.  It usually takes a few days for Mercury to pick up speed, but we all should find that snafus become less common in all arenas as we move into April.  Any spiritual discoveries we’ve made while Mercury was moving through Pisces will be easier to express now.  However, Mercury is still in Pisces until April 18, which means our thoughts and communication may be more intuitive and emotional until Merc moves out of Pisces and into Aries.

Then on Saturday, March 30, Mars will move out of Taurus and into Gemini, where it will remain until mid-May.  Compared to the slower, methodical energy of Taurus, Gemini is like a green light for Mars.  Although the Gemini energy means that our thoughts and actions could be scattered, it also provides our words with more power.  This means that debates could become heated.  It would be helpful if we instead tapped into the lighter energy of Gemini that loves to have fun.  Mars in Gemini means we have the ability to connect with activities and people that we enjoy, especially if we can “use our words” and even learn something in the process.

Overall, we need to constantly be checking in with our inner values and core “self” during the Libra Full Moon.  By doing so, our relationships with others will be stronger and more rewarding.  If we have recently been either too focused on our own needs or too focused on the needs of others, now is a good time to do some inner healing work and make needed adjustments.  However, if you are starting to feel a sense of optimism and hopefulness, you probably aren’t alone!  Spring has sprung (in the Northern Hemisphere), and growth is palpable . . . in fact, it feels almost inevitable for many of us.  We don’t have everything sorted out yet, but it’s like an intuitive feeling of something about to burst forth in our lives.  Libra and Venus-related issues (e.g., relationships, finances) are highlighted, but any area of our live can be positively impacted.  Enjoy!

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FULL MOON

Full Moon at 1° of Libra

  • Wednesday, March 20, 6:42 p.m. PDT
  • Wednesday, March 20, 9:42 p.m. EDT
  • Thursday, March 21, 1:42 a.m. GMT

NEW MOON IN PISCES – Mercury turns retrograde and Uranus finally moves out of Aries and into Taurus (March 6, 2019)

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 8:03 a.m. on Wednesday, March 6.  This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 16° of Pisces.  To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 16° of Pisces in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with that house are going to be most influenced by this New Moon’s presence.

New Moons always provide us with opportunities for new emotional starts and setting new intentions in the areas associated with the sign.  This time, we are focused on the sign of Pisces.  The higher expression of this mutable water sign includes being compassionate, emotional, intuitive, gentle, and spiritual.  The lower expression can mean we are dependent, chaotic, and prone to being a victim or martyr.

But with this New Moon in Pisces, we need to put the word “very” before all of the adjectives listed in the paragraph above.  Why?  Because this New Moon is conjunct (0°) Neptune, which is the ruler of Pisces.  It’s like Pisces energy on steroids.  Overall, we may feel more emotional than usual, feel a desire to engage in selfless actions, and experience increased sensitivity.  The latter can include enhanced psychic skills but also increased tendencies for empaths to pick up on the thoughts, feelings, and body sensations of others.  For those who fall into this category, it will be important to protect ourselves and engage in regular cleansing/clearing actions.  (For those new to these concepts, you might want to purchase the Psychic Protection 101 ebook on my website.)

As with the Full Moon two weeks ago, if I were to itemize all the aspects occurring at the time of this Pisces New Moon, it would feel like a combination of diametrically opposed energies.  However, given many of the planetary aspects are supportive in nature (i.e., sextiles, trine), I believe the combination of this energy is both “doable” and exciting.  I will summarize briefly below:

  • The New Moon and Neptune are in sextiles (60°) to both Mars in Taurus and Saturn in Capricorn. Additionally, Mars and Saturn are in a free-flowing trine (120°).  There are many positive influences from this wonderful mix of energies.  The trine between Mars and Saturn supports us in working hard toward our long-term goals.  And perhaps most important, the sextile between the Sun and Saturn brings confidence and a sense of composure.  The most effective use of this combination of energies is to let our intuition (New Moon/Neptune) guide our actions (Mars) in responsible and constructive ways (Saturn).  (NOTE:  This may be particularly true when the sextiles (60°) are exact between Mars and Neptune on Sunday, March 10, and between Mars and Saturn on Thursday, March 14.)
  • Saturn in Capricorn is also conjunct (0°) Pluto, which will add power and strength to all our endeavors, and it will also support us in making transformational changes to structures that could have long-term implications. These changes could be very healing.  Due to the involvement of this New Moon, we are being held responsible for creating something that has both concrete in form and that serves a greater spiritual purpose.  Individually, we must transform whatever is not working in our lives, and we have the same edict on a societal level.  Pluto’s presence also tells us that hidden information may need to come to the surface in order for these transformations and healings to take place.
  • The importance of focusing on altruistic goals is re-emphasized by a square (90°) between the New Moon/Neptune and Jupiter in its home sign of Sagittarius. Our values, ideals, and ethics (all attributes of Jupiter in Sag) must be aligned with a greater spiritual purpose or we will very likely feel that our efforts (and even our lives) are empty and void of meaning.  We may not have a clear vision quite yet of what the end result will be, but it is likely that we can feel something important taking form in our minds and hearts.  However, all squares demand change, so we need to use the adaptable and fluid Piscean energy that is present now to adjust our course, when needed.  We also need to keep in mind that Jupiter in Sag can mean we over promise or over-extend ourselves; therefore, we would be well-advised to consciously evaluate what we are doing and saying in order to protect ourselves and not disappoint others.

The day before this New Moon (Tuesday, March 5), Mercury begins its first of three retrograde phases during 2019.  Mercury will be retrograde in Pisces from March 5-28.  Our thoughts will be turned inward as we review our faith and spirituality.  The inward focus means that we can be distracted and, therefore, need to carefully cross-check all oral and written communication (e.g., contracts, tax returns).  Our unconscious worlds become our primary focus, and dreams may carry powerful messages.  Those who are interested in developing their intuitive ability will love this very spiritually-connected time period, but they may find it a bit challenging to communicate the messages that they receive to those outside their own heads.  Using our imagination and tapping into our creativity (e.g., art, writing, dance), can be very helpful, as will meditation or activities that allow us to focus inward (e.g., gardening, hobbies, journaling, prayer).

Additionally, on the day of the New Moon (Wednesday, March 6), Uranus will make its final departure from Aries and enter Taurus for a 7-year stay.  As mentioned in my last Moon Update, many of us will be throwing a little party to celebrate this change.  It’s been a rocky ride for many of us over the last few weeks while Uranus moved through the last (critical) degree of Aries.  Any changes that had not been “wrapped up” while Uranus was moving through Aries seemed to suddenly resurface in our lives demanding final resolution (or at least major progress).  Given its long-term influence of 7 years, the shift of Uranus into Taurus will be felt subtly, but it is a big deal.  Globally, we may see shifts in issues related to financial structures, housing, and food production.  Personally, we may start to make changes in our living arrangements/homes, our values, and how we use our resources, which includes our finances.  No matter what sign it’s in, Uranus can bring instability; however, the goal of Taurus is always stability.  Therefore, the changes that occur while Uranus is in Taurus will likely feel much calmer than the changes that occurred while Uranus was in aggressive Aries.  But if adjustments are needed, there is a tenaciousness to the Taurean, bull-like energy that will both make sure these shifts happen.  It will also see us through to completion.

Overall, this Piscean New Moon is a powerful spiritual time.  Given Mercury goes retrograde the day before the New Moon, this is a time of inner searching and reconnection with our spirituality and creativity.  This may involve forgiving ourselves or others and letting go of any hurt, anger, or resentment.  This release of negative emotions/attachments often lightens our soul so we can reconnect with our inner passions, which will help us creatively evolve on our spiritual path.  Also, if we have any tendencies toward victimization or martyr behaviors, this is an excellent time to let go of those coping mechanisms and move forward with new courage, confidence, and inner peace.  The strong positive influence of Saturn will help us keep our Piscean feet on the ground as we bring our dreams and visions into concrete form that will serve humanity and help us more clearly see how we are all One.

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SOME INFORMATION TAKEN FROM

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

REMINDER

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

NEW MOON

New Moon at 16° of Pisces

  • Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 8:03 a.m. PST
  • Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 11:03 a.m. EST
  • Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 4:03 p.m. GMT

FULL MOON IN VIRGO – Time to clean up some old stuff so we can become pioneers of a new path (February 19, 2019)

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 7:53 a.m. on Tuesday, February 19.  With this Full Moon, the Sun in Pisces will be in opposition (180°) to the Moon in Virgo.  To further clarify how this Full Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 1° of Pisces and 1° of Virgo in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with those two houses are going to be most impacted by this Full Moon’s presence.

All Full Moons ask us to explore whether it is possible for us to attain a better balance between the two signs involved.  Given this Full Moon is also a SuperMoon (i.e., the Moon will be closer to the Earth than usual) and also occurs within the first degree of each signs (0°42’), this is another in a series of powerful lunar events.

A light-hearted way to think of this Virgo Full Moon is to ask ourselves whether there are areas of our lives where we are either being too picky (Virgo) or being too wishy-washy (Pisces).  Either of these options is possible, although usually in different issues of our lives.  Our goal is to find a balance between these two extremes in all areas of our lives.  Some adjustments are likely needed, and now is the time to make them.

However, other astrological events that impact the entire month are influencing us strongly during this Full Moon.

  • As of Sunday, February 3, Venus moved into Capricorn, where it will remain until the beginning of March (see description later in this Moon Update). But during February, Venus is also conjunct (0°) both Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn, which means they are working together as a unit or team.  Therefore, Venus in Capricorn means we need to take a serious (Saturn) in depth (Pluto) look at either our responsibilities within our relationship or with our finances . . . or both.  This is a practical, down-to-earth energy that encourages us to engage in realistic problem-solving.  It’s time to get down to work and find practical solutions to any challenges in these areas.
  • Additionally, on Monday, February 11, Mercury moved into Pisces. Mercury usually only remains in a sign for about 3 weeks, but this time it will be in Pisces for about 2 months due to going retrograde March 5-27.  Mercury isn’t very comfortable in watery Pisces.  Our thoughts become very intuitive, emotional, and even ungrounded.  During February, Mercury will square (90°) Jupiter and then be conjunct (0°) Uranus.  We may experience “information overload,” and we all need to be careful not to talk too much, especially if we are trying to convince someone of our point-of-view.  Luckily, the conjunction with Uranus means that we will be able to easily understand things from an intellectual perspective, which will hopefully help counter the dreamy qualities of Mercury in Pisces.  Our intuition may be heightened, but we do need to be careful not to get overstimulated or act impulsively.

But let’s compare these two concurrent planetary placements: (a) Venus in Cap represents being realistic and (b) Mercury in Pisces brings idealism.  Although they seem diametrically opposed, there are ways to consciously work with these two energies.  We need to use the creative and intuitive energy of Mercury in Pisces to find solutions to practical problems (Venus in Cap).  It might be easy to get lost in the floaty energy of Mercury in Pisces, but with so much Capricorn energy (i.e., Venus, Saturn, Pluto), we are being supported in finding a way to take practical steps toward our goals.

This is further supported by a conjunct (0°) between Mars and Uranus.  Many of us have been saying, “The energy right now is crazy!”  This conjunction is very likely the cause of this cray-cray energy.  Mars is energy and Uranus is change.  When these two powerhouses are moving together as a unit (i.e., a conjunction), this means we will experience a lot of unexpected, unpredictable, and even volatile energy.  We may even be feeling impatient, like a horse in the starting gate at a race track.  We do need to do something to vent this energy, and physical exercise is recommended.  But the best use of this energy would be to use the energy to creatively (Pisces) and courageously (Mars) move forward into those changes (Uranus), which will need to be practical and down-to-earth (Virgo).

Luckily, during the Virgo Full Moon, the conjunction between Mars and Uranus described above will be in a sextile (60°) to the Sun and a trine (120°) to the Moon.  These supportive aspects add a lot of energy to the Full Moon, but they will help us access and use this creative energy.  However, because Uranus is in the last, critical degree (29°) of Aries, unless we can use the energy constructively, there is the potential for explosions.  This is Uranus’s last-ditch effort to wrap up changes that require Aries’s energy and courage.  Many of us will feel like issues from the past are suddenly resurfacing.  We are being given another opportunity to finally complete something.  It’s time to clear out the old to clear the path for new adventures once Uranus moves into Taurus on Wednesday, March 6, which happens to be the same day as the Pisces New Moon.  We can choose to ignore whatever needs to be cleaned up, but be forewarned:  If we don’t heed Uranus in Aries advice, we could see fireworks.  It’s likely that a decision is overdue; and if we don’t make the decision, the “fairies of the Universe” will make the decision for us.  That’s the “Uranian way” . . . change or be changed.

And just an additional word of warning:  The conjunction (0°) described above between Mars and Uranus is also squaring (90°) Jupiter in Sagittarius.  This could cause us to be overly optimistic, underestimate how much time things will take, and/or overestimate our abilities when it comes to these changes.  Remember, we have a lot of Capricorn energy right now, which demands that we be realistic and practical.  Part of the changes that need to be made may involve “facing reality” regarding our capabilities and our limitations.  For example, we may need to face the fact that we may not have time to do everything we want to do, and we will need to make some hard choices regarding our priorities.  At this time, we each need to carefully evaluate what is possible, manageable, and realistic.  We should focus on what can be done and cut out anything that would drain our energy.  We also need to be careful not to worry over those things that we cannot control.

The day before the Virgo Full Moon (Monday, February 18), Chiron moves into Aries after a brief return to Pisces.  After nine years in Pisces, Chiron now takes up long-term residency in Aries (i.e., for the next eight years, until 2027).  While in Pisces, we were asked to face our inner victim and move through our emotional pain.  But now that Chiron is in Aries, we can no longer float in a Piscean fog of emotions, spiritual trust, and intuition when it comes to healing ourselves.  It’s time to face our fears, courageously take control, and actively seek solutions.  We need to take a confident role in our own healing process, and this may include taking actions that others aren’t expecting from us as we address those areas of our lives where we feel vulnerable or weak.  We need to become our own champion, stop waiting for the proverbial “knight in shining armor,” and get down to work in healing ourselves.

On Friday, March 1, Venus will leave Capricorn and move into the lighter energy of Aquarius, where it will remain until March 27.  Like Cap’s energy, Aquarius is also uber-responsible.  However, the mental detachment of Aquarius means that we are less likely to take things personally.  There can be an aloofness to Venus in Aquarius, which doesn’t always feel good within some relationships.  However, we can be much more objective about our interactions with others and about our finances when Venus is in Aquarius.  We do feel a strong need to be independent and make our own decisions.  Anyone or anything that demands we be compliant or do something against our inner desires will feel uncomfortable.

Overall, this Virgo Full Moon is asking us to creatively come up with solutions to practical problems that hinder us from being of service (Virgo).  We need to think about how we can realistically help others in practical ways, and then we are being encouraged to approach these situations with Virgo-like humility.  In order to do this, we may need to overcome our tendency toward self-criticism and, instead, use self-love and compassion to move us past our blocks.  This combination of this powerful Full Moon and Uranus being located in the last degree of Aries continues the cosmic imperative that we finish up the old and move forward into important changes, both personally and as a species.  We need to be brave pioneers on an entirely new path.  Remember, chaos often precedes change, and change is usually not easy for most of us.  But change often leads us out of something that has become stagnant and no longer serves us.  If we can maintain this “big picture” perspective and trust the process, then we may be better able to put one foot in front of the other and reach our destination.  And even if that end result is still a bit foggy, we still need to keep moving forward.

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SOME INFORMATION TAKEN FROM

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

REMINDER

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

FULL MOON

Full Moon at 1° of Virgo

  • Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 7:53 a.m. PST
  • Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 10:53 a.m. EST
  • Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 3:53 p.m. GMT

NEW MOON IN AQUARIUS – A brief summary (February 4, 2019)

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 1:03 p.m. on Monday, February 4.  This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 16° of Aquarius.  To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 16° of Aquarius in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with that house are going to be most influenced by this New Moon’s presence.

Unfortunately, Earthly matters are demanding my attention right now.  Therefore, I’m going to have to forego my usual careful analysis of this Aquarius New Moon and provide just the following highlights:

  • This Aquarius New Moon on Monday, February 4, has many positive aspects to it. There are indications that this could be a period of time when we feel more optimistic, hopeful, and even joyful.  Even if there are challenges, it will be easier now to see the positive aspects of everything and everyone.  We will benefit from looking for spiritual blessings whenever possible.  Social interactions with those we define as our “tribe” are definitely favored.
  • However, Aquarius is also an individualist who wants to do things his or her own way. There’s even a rebellious side to this sign.  We may feel ready to break free from something (or someone) that has felt restrictive or oppressive.  Now is the time!
  • There could be some unexpected and potentially delightful surprises. But as surprises are known to do, they can shake things up.  Remain flexible, think things through, talk about any confusion or frustrations, and don’t resist if these changes require letting go of past ways of doing things.
  • If we feel like “old stuff” is coming up again, that’s because it is! Although new beginnings may already be present in our lives, there are several indications that we still need to finish up some old issues before we start the next chapter (especially between now and March).  As mentioned above, this may require letting go of the old to make room for the new.
  • Finally, there’s also a great deal of energy right now. Things may develop and move quickly, so we need to strap ourselves in!  If all of this energy is not channeled appropriately (e.g., working on projects, exercise), we could see some “explosions.”  But the overall positive energy around the Aquarius New Moon will likely add a level of lightheartedness and inclusivity that will make this less likely to happen.

Thank you for your patience, and I hope to be “on track” by the time of the Virgo Full Mon on Tuesday, February 19.

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REMINDER

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

NEW MOON

New Moon at 16° of Aquarius

  • Monday, February 4, 2019, 1:03 p.m. PST
  • Monday, February 4, 2019, 4:03 p.m. EST
  • Monday, February 4, 2019, 9:03 p.m. GMT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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REMINDER

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

FULL MOON

Full Moon at 1° of Leo

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

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

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

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

New Moon in Capricorn & Solar Eclipse

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Major Astrological Events of 2019

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

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

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

Numerology in the Year 2019

For those interested in numerology, 2019 is a 3 Universal Year (i.e., 2019 = 2 + 0 + 1 + 9 = 12 = 1 + 2 = 3).  Everyone on the planet is influenced by the energy of the Universal Year number, so it is a subtle, collective experience.  I once heard it described as the “landscape” through which we are all driving.  In numerology, the influence of the Universal Year number is believed to fade during the last three months of the year.  Therefore, by January 1, 2019, many of us may have already started to experience the waning influence of the 2 Universal Year and are beginning to feel the energy of a 3 Universal Year.

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

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

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

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

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  • 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 16° of Capricorn

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

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

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 9:48 a.m. on Saturday, December 22.  With this Full Moon, the Sun in Capricorn will be in opposition (180°) to the Moon in Cancer.  To further clarify how this Full Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 1° of Capricorn and 1° of Cancer in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with those two houses are going to be most impacted by this Full Moon’s presence.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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THIS BLOG POST WAS WRITTEN BY

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

SOME INFORMATION TAKEN FROM

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

REMINDER

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

FULL MOON

Full Moon at 1° of Cancer

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

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

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 11:20 p.m. on Thursday, December 6.  This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 16° of Sagittarius.  To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 16° of Sagittarius in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with that house are going to be most influenced by this New Moon’s presence.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • 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 16° of Sagittarius

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

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

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 9:39 p.m. on Thursday, November 22.  With this Full Moon, the Sun in Sagittarius will be in opposition (180°) to the Moon in Gemini.  To further clarify how this Full Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 1° of Sagittarius and 1° of Gemini in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with those two houses are going to be most impacted by this Full Moon’s presence.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SOME INFORMATION TAKEN FROM

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

REMINDER

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

FULL MOON

Full Moon at 1° of Gemini

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

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

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 8:01 a.m. on Wednesday, November 7.  This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 16° of Scorpio.  To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 16° of Scorpio in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with that house are going to be most influenced by this New Moon’s presence.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • 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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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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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 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