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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 27° of Scorpio

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 12° of Taurus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 27° of Libra

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

REMINDER

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

FULL MOON

Full Moon at 13° of Aries

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Overall, this New Moon in Virgo is asking us to use our skills of discernment to determine what is currently serving us . . . or not.  It is also assisting us in making order out of any chaos and helping us find practical, simple solutions to achieve our goals.  Given the strong influence of Chiron/Neptune in Pisces, we are also being asked to undertake any decluttering with a loving heart rather than falling into the lower expression of Virgo’s critical nature.  But there’s a great deal of support for us to do this in a way that leads to healing.  And that healing will open doors to opportunities to give back to the world through responsible service.  So remember, “Don’t try to overhaul your life overnight. Instead, focus on making one small change at a time.  Over time, those small things will add up to big transformation.  Don’t give up!”  (Unknown)

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SOME INFORMATION TAKEN FROM

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

REMINDER

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

NEW MOON

New Moon at 28° of Virgo

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

FULL MOON IN PISCES – After the August Eclipses, let’s get down to work (September 6, 2017)

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 12:02 a.m. on Wednesday, September 6.  With this Full Moon, the Sun in Virgo will be in opposition (180°) to the Moon in Pisces.  To further clarify how this Full Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 14° of Virgo and 14° of Pisces in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with those two houses are going to be most impacted by this Full Moon’s presence.

As is true of all Full Moons, we are being challenged to find a balance between the qualities of the two signs involved.  This Full Moon has us dealing with the qualities of Virgo and Pisces.  Virgo is an earth sign with keywords such as practical, analytic, organized, humble, and physical health.  Pisces is a water sign associated with compassion, emotions, intuition, and our psychological health.  However, Full Moon’s often bring out the shadow or lower expressions of the signs, such as perfectionism and criticalness for Virgo and dependency and victimization for Pisces.

In order to find an effective balance between the highest qualities of these two signs, it will likely be important that there be an “interplay” between these two signs.  For example, our physical health will likely be related to our psychological health, and vice versa.  Or our practical activities may need to have a spiritual quality to them, and vice versa.  Luckily, the Pisces Full Moon provides us with practical guidance regarding how to find the right balance:  Whatever we choose to do, it will help if we focus on service (Virgo) to the collective (Pisces).  What will this look like?  A selfless approach to our activities will go far in alleviating the suffering in the world around us, both locally and globally.  We also need to do our part by approaching others with compassion, acceptance, and unconditional love (and ourselves, too!).

Neptune, the modern ruler of Pisces, has been in its home sign since 2011 and will be there until 2025.  Therefore, the qualities of Pisces are amped up in many of our lives and in society.  Although the impact of slow-moving Neptune in the sign of the fishes is often slow and gradual, it can also be very profound.  Overall, we are being asked to become more spiritually connected and to approach others (and ourselves) with compassion.  We also are being called upon to heal any issues involving feelings of powerlessness, victimization, dependency, addiction, and denial.  And remember, as we each individually heal these issues, we add to the well-being of the collective whole because we are all One.

Healing the illusion of separateness is of paramount importance during this time in humanity’s evolution as a species.  We have an opportunity to heal this issue at a deeper level during the time of the Full Moon because Neptune is in an exact conjunction (0°) to the Moon.  All the qualities of Neptune are magnified, such as compassion, spirituality, and moving from fear and into faith.  This also means that Neptune is in an exact opposition (180°) to the Sun, which could cause us to feel a little confused about what is happening.  But confusion isn’t always a sign that something is wrong.  It may just mean that things are changing, and we are being challenged to deepen our ability to “go with the flow.”

If we aren’t sure what shadow or inner parts of ourselves need to be healed, it may help to consider the world around us as a reflection of your inner world.  How are other’s treating us?  For example, if we are being treated like a doormat or being bullied, then we probably have an inner little child that needs to be allowed to own his or her power.  Or if those around us are emotional but we are always the one who is strong, then we probably have a vulnerable inner child crying out for self-care and self-compassion.  All of this healing takes time and is often aided by expert assistance, but healing is both possible and imperative!  Once our shadow side is identified, we need to approach it with loving compassion and with the goal of uniting us with any disowned parts of ourselves, just as humanity is being asked to integrate any disowned groups into the oneness of the human species.  But ultimately, it all begins with healing ourselves, and then we need to extend the same loving kindness to others.

During the Pisces Full Moon, the Sun is trine (120°) Pluto in grounded Capricorn, which means Pluto sextiles (60°) the Moon.  This supportive planetary configuration, which is called a wedge, will help us have the power we need to move ourselves in a positive direction and heal those inner shadows.  It may help to go out into nature and allow our Piscean nature to dream and envision for a little while.  Then, when we return to the “real world,” we will be ready to take concrete steps toward making those dreams a reality.  But with all the Virgo energy currently coming into our lives, we will do best to focus on taking small, practical steps that move us in the correct direction.

Actually, the day before the Pisces Full Moon (Tuesday, September 5) will mark the beginning of an important shift in energy, and the Full Moon will deepen its impact.  Two events happen on that September 5:

  • Mercury will end its retrograde phase and begin moving direct again. With Mercury moving direct, we are done with the reviewing phase and are ready to move forward.  We are ready to listen to others, and the Piscean energy will help us listen compassionately and without judgment.  This will also help us think through what has recently transpired and find a way to put it all into a context of some kind.  Talking to caring, compassionate others will likely be beneficial.  So, too, will activities such as journaling, reflecting, or anything that requires thought or communication with self or others.  In the coming days, more information may come to us that will help us sort out what just happened and how we can constructively use the changes we have experienced.  This is further supported by Saturn’s recent resumption of its direct motion (Friday, August 25).
  • Mars moves out of Leo and into earthy, practical Virgo, where it will remain until October 23. Mars in Virgo will settle down all of this volatile, dramatic Leo energy that has been swirling around us.  For the next 6 weeks, we will shift our attention away from the forest and focus, instead, on the trees.  And it’s very likely that we will see that those trees need some adjustments because when Mars is in Virgo, we are being called to get to work!  We are ready to dive in, and we will want whatever we accomplish to be of high quality.  It is very likely that getting things done will feel GREAT!

So, starting around the 5th of September, a calmer, more peaceful energy will take over. This shift in focus from Leo energy to Virgo energy will be present for the entire month of September.  As we all know, during the last two months, we have all been under the strong influence of a lot of dramatic Leo energy, including the Eclipse season in August.  The powerful, fiery Leo energy that has been swirling around us (and sometimes within us) has been draining and oftentimes confusing.  A dose of Piscean compassion will go a long way toward healing, but so, too, will be a shift toward getting down to work.

On Tuesday, September 12, a supportive trine (120°) between Venus and Saturn will help us draw what we need into our lives in order to create firm foundations.  This aspect will also help us identify those relationships that will provide responsible, loving support as we move forward toward our goals.  A recent new relationship may begin to stabilize and mature into something that provides very realistic support.  This may also be a time when we take a serious look at our finances and make some important decisions.  Forward motion is very possible, but progress is likely slow and gradual.

Wednesday, September 13 may feel heavier than yesterday due to a square (90°) between the Sun and Saturn.  It is likely we will be given a dose of reality in the form of obstacles.  These challenges are not designed to discourage us but, instead, to help us see what additional tools are needed to successfully reach our goals.  This aspect may not be a happy influence, but if we work with it, we can see an increase in our confidence, which will support us in being successful in the long-run.

Then on Friday, September 15, a sweet sextile (60°) between Venus and Jupiter will further help us in developing those relationships that we need in order to attain our goals.  We may also have financial options come our way that will help us move forward with our endeavors.  However, Jupiter is all about expansion at all costs, so it can be a bit blind at times.  It prefers to move forward and ignore warning signs.  Therefore, it may be best to keep your feet firmly planted on the ground today and wait a day or two before agreeing to anything or signing any documents.

Overall, this Pisces New Moon is bringing us all an opportunity to settle down, sort out what has just happened, and integrate whatever changes are worth keeping!  Over the next few weeks, a great deal of Virgo energy will be coming into our lives, so we will all feel ready to buckle down and get to work.  This forward progress will feel great, and our productivity will likely assist in the healing of our bodies, minds, and spirits in this post-Leo energy time period.  Sometimes the best thing we can do for ourselves is to stop thinking so much and start doing, and the Virgo energy says that the best way to do this is in humble service to others.  Additionally, with all the Piscean and Neptunian energy around the Full Moon, we also need to bring boatloads of compassion and tap into our emotions and intuition to guide that boat.  So remember, “Until mankind can extend the circle of his compassion to include all living things, he will never, himself, know peace” (Albert Schweitzer).

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  • 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 14° of Pisces

  • Wednesday, September 6, 2017, 12:02 a.m. PDT
  • Wednesday, September 6, 2017, 3:02 a.m. EDT
  • Wednesday, September 6, 2017, 7:02 a.m. GMT

NEW MOON IN LEO & TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE – The Great American Eclipse of 2017 (August 21, 2017)

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, August 21.  This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 29° of Leo.  To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 29° of Leo in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with that house are going to be most influenced by this New Moon’s presence.

It’s here . . . the Leo New Moon and total Solar Eclipse that we’ve been waiting for!  This is both an astronomical event and an astrological one.

  • Astronomically, a solar eclipse occurs when the shadow of the Moon passes in front of the Sun, blocking out the Sun’s rays. Due to the trajectory of the orbits, not all solar eclipses are total, but this one is.  It also has been referred to as the “Great American Solar Eclipse,” because the total eclipse will be visible from Oregon, across the continental USA, and all the way through South Carolina.  It has been 99 years since those in the USA have been able to see a total Solar Eclipse.  This is why many are flocking to areas where they can visually witness this event.
  • Astrologically, all eclipses are times when the interruption in the flow of the sun’s rays onto the earth plane is believed to provide an opportunity to recalibrate our level of consciousness, much like rebooting a computer when it needs an upgrade. The geographic area where the eclipse is visible is believed to be most impacted by the effects of the eclipse.  Significant personal and societal events are historically more common and more intense under the path of the eclipse, correlating with times when some doors close and new doors open.  However, the impact of any eclipse may not be immediately apparent.  Although major events can occur at the time of the eclipse, the true impact of each eclipse is cyclical and difficult to predict because it will unfold over the next 6 months and, to a broader extent, over the next 19 years.

This is the second consecutive Leo New Moon.  The first Leo New Moon occurred on July 23 at 1° of Leo, and this second New Moon on August 21 occurs at 29° of Leo.  When we have back-to-back events like this, the first one often correlates with an introduction (1°) to the new energy and the second ushers in a culmination or completion (29°) of this energy.  The 29th degree is referred to as the “critical degree” of a sign.  It’s a time when we are asked to master the qualities of that sign in order to reap its benefits.

Each eclipse is believed to amplify all of the effects of the sign in which it occurs.  However, this Leo New Moon is like Leo energy on steroids for several reasons:

  • Not only are the Sun and Moon in Leo, but so are Mars and the North Node, and all four are located within 8° degrees of each other. This forms an astrological configuration called a stellium, which makes for a powerhouse of Leo energy.  Having Mars in the fiery sign of Leo gives us the courage and energy to go after what we want, and the North Node reminds us that where we move should be into new territory.  There are many of us who will feel a need to take action; but given Leo is all about love, it will need to be action that is heart-centered and not based on self-centered needs or aspirations.  Due to other aspects, it may be that we will seek ways to attain a better balance between the power inherent in the masculine and in the feminine.  Consequently, in one or more areas of our lives, we may experience a softer, gentler type of power becoming the norm.
  • This Leo New Moon is also conjunct (0°) a fixed star called Regulus, which is often described as “The Heart of the Lion.” Given the Sun and Moon are in Leo (the sign of the lion), their being conjunct (0°) with Regulus greatly amplifies all the Leonine themes of leadership, creativity, passion, love, confidence, and idealism.  But all eclipses also have the potential to bring out the shadow or lower expression of the sign involved, which in this case would be drama, egotism, childishness, self-centeredness, attention seeking behaviors, arrogance, and tyranny.  It is time for each of us to (a) look carefully at how we have been expressing the Leo energy in our lives and (b) determine if we need to make any course corrections.

Luckily, the Leo stellium and Regulus are all part of a grand trine (equilateral triangle) with trines (120°) to Saturn in Sagittarius and Uranus in Aries.  Grand trines represent a very positive, supportive flow of energy, and this one is occurring in fire signs (i.e., Leo, Aries, Sag).  Fire energy gives us energy!  If we have recently felt stuck in an area of our life, this may get us moving forward.  With Saturn being part of the grand trine, any actions will likely be well-thought out, strategic, and responsible.  And given Saturn is currently in Sagittarius, our actions will likely be ethical and move us in the direction of our goals and aspirations.  But with Uranus in the mix, we need to remember to “go with the flow” and not fight any unexpected events or changes that come across our path.  Given the free-flowing energy of the grand trine, it is unlikely that we will resist.  However, if we do notice any resistance, it will help to remember that these events are Divinely orchestrated to bring us closer to our heart’s desires and the next step on our spiritual journey.

At the time of the New Moon/Eclipse, the Sun and Moon will be in an awkward 150° aspect to Chiron.  This aspect is called an inconjunct (AKA quincunx), and the key word associated with it is “adjustment.”  We do need to find ways to freely express all this Leo energy, but it needs to be in a manner that supports and doesn’t compromise our ongoing efforts to heal our own core wounds.  This may require some adjustments in our lives, such as learning to trust ourselves at a deeper level and/or believing that we really do have something unique and important to give to others and to the world around us.  It may also require us to look carefully at whether we are attached to Leo’s need for melodrama or attention-seeking behaviors.  Finally, this aspect tells us that we need to be careful not to allow our vibrational rate to be pulled downward by focusing on the negativity and fear in the world around us.  Instead, we need to serve as a source of Light, much like a lighthouse serves as a beacon through the darkness for ships during a storm.

NOTE:  For those who haven’t yet had a chance to read the blog post I channeled a few years ago, here is the link:  Darkness cannot exist where there is Light and advice for Lightworkers.  This powerful message was provided by the Council of 12, and it is still very timely and provides many valuable suggestions regarding how we, as Lightworkers, can help when difficult events are occurring around us. 

Just a little warning about the time period around the Leo New Moon/Eclipse:  When you combine the powerful energy of the Eclipse with so much fiery energy, this could be a time when we experience (or witness in others) impatience, impulsivity, over-confidence, irritation, anger, recklessness, and even accidents.  Some recommendations would include choosing positive outlets for any excess energy (e.g., exercise), avoiding any important decisions for a few days, and postponing any difficult conversations until another time when we can be sure that we are speaking from the heart and not our ego’s needs.

During all of this, it’s important to remember that we have Mercury, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and Chiron in retrograde.  As mentioned in the last Moon Update, this means that some of the changes we are thinking about may still be in the planning stages.  And as mentioned previously, the effects of this Solar Eclipse will likely take time to unfold.  So we should remember to breathe, observe what is happening, and trust in Divine Timing and Divine Order in all things.

The good news is that we don’t have to wait too long before action becomes more likely.  On Friday, August 25, Saturn ends its 5-month retrograde period, which began on April 5.  If we look back to when Saturn went retrograde, it is likely that we will likely see several areas of our lives that stalled or were blocked.  Although very frustrating for many of us, astrologically this was an important time period.  The projects we were thinking about at that time needed time to establish a firmer foundation upon which to build our future endeavors.  Given Saturn was retrograde in Sagittarius, this time period may have included revisiting our belief systems, ideals, and even our goals.  We may have also had to look carefully at where there were weaknesses, both inside and outside us, that might have sabotaged our efforts.  In a bigger sense, this retrograde period provided us with an opportunity to remember that all happens at the Divinely Ordered time, and sometimes delays really do work to our advantage.  If we’ve done the work of this retrograde period, we will finally be ready to make positive progress on some of those previously thwarted projects or business plans (or perhaps completely revamped goals).

Two days after the New Moon/Eclipse (Wednesday, August 23), the Sun will move out of Leo and into Virgo.  Virgo is an earth sign, so this will calm down a little of the fiery energy and support us in making grounded decisions that will express our inner Light.  If we’ve felt a little distracted recently, this next month should bring us down to earth and help us get organized.  Our focus will shift from the forest (big picture) to the trees (details), and we will be ready to take care of all those very practical concerns that we’ve recently been putting off.  This may not always be fun, but taking care of all this unfinished business will likely provide a great sense of accomplishment and free up our energy.  We just need to be careful to not become overly critical of ourselves or others while the Sun is in Virgo.  Remember to carry-over the lessons learned from all the recent Leo energy and come from a place of love and acceptance.

In addition to Saturn moving direct on Friday, August 25, Venus will move out of Cancer and into Leo that day, where it will remain until September 21.  Venus loves being in Leo because they are both about love.  We will likely feel warmhearted and generous, which will help counter-balance the sometimes critical nature of the Sun in Virgo.  But Venus in Leo can get stuck in the romance stage and not see a relationship as clearly as we should.  We also can be too extravagant with our finances, so it’s wise to think twice (or thrice) before making a big purchase.  But it’s an excellent time to be adored, pampered, and receive validation or acknowledgement.

The next day (Saturday, August 26) is a mishmash of energies.  The Sun will be in conjunction (0°) to Mercury in Virgo, and Mars will form its exact conjunction (0°) with the North Node in Leo.  The Mars-North Node conjunction does increase our desire to make an impact on the world in some way, but given Mercury is still in retrograde, our words may sound great in our heads but won’t seem to come out right.  It may be best to just think things through today and form an action plan that will be better initiated the next day (Sunday, August 27) when a sweet sextile (60°) between Jupiter and Saturn will give us the optimism and motivation to take positive action toward our goals.

Overall, it is likely that many of us will feel the effects of this second Leo New Moon and total Solar Eclipse, although the true impact may unfold slowly over the next six months, especially for those living in the continental USA.  Only in retrospect will we see how much our lives have changed.  We are being called to embrace the highest qualities of Leonian energy, such as leadership, respect, dignity, poise, and heart-centered love.  Wherever and whenever we can, we need to provide steady heart-felt leadership, have the courage to project our loving power outward, and serve as a beacon of Light and positivity to those around us.  When we have a choice, it is best to move away from any drama, because that will bring down our vibration and inhibit our ability to provide our gifts to the world.  Astrology tells us that we always have free will and can choose how to use the energies, and this is a time when we need to stay centered and courageously take full responsibility for our choices and actions.  But keep in mind that we don’t need to be perfect.  When we slip back into a lower expression of Leo’s energy (e.g., ego-based behaviors), our job is to love and accept ourselves, learn any lessons inherent in the “slip,” and get back on a positive path as quickly as possible.  And we also need to use the same approach when those around us “slip.”  Staying away from blame and focusing on love is the lesson inherent in all this Leo/Eclipse energy!  So remember, “Go out into the world today and love the people you meet.  Let your presence light new light in the hearts of people.” (Mother Teresa)

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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 29° of Leo

  • Monday, August 21, 2017, 11:30 a.m. PDT
  • Monday, August 21, 2017, 2:30 p.m. EDT
  • Monday, August 21, 2017, 6:30 p.m. GMT

AQUARIUS FULL MOON AND LUNAR ECLIPSE – We need to shine brightly and unapologetically in our service to others (August 7, 2017)

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 11:10 a.m. on Monday, August 7.  With this Full Moon, the Sun in Leo will be in opposition (180°) to the Moon in Aquarius.  To further clarify how this Full Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 16° of Leo and 16° of Aquarius in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with those two houses are going to be most impacted by this Full Moon’s presence.

With this Full Moon in Aquarius, we begin a series of two eclipses that will likely leave many of us changed.  Whether we are changed for the better or worse is entirely up to each of us to decide for ourselves.  Many astrologers are foreshadowing times of intense interpersonal, ego-based conflicts, especially with the upcoming Solar Eclipse on August 21, but to a lesser extent during this Lunar Eclipse.  Any time Leo’s energy is involved, the needs of the ego can come to the forefront.  However, as with all astrological events, my belief and experience is that we get to choose how we will engage in this energy.  We can choose the highest expression of the energies involved . . . or not.  The choice is always ours!

All Full Moons challenge us to find a balance between the qualities of the two signs involved, which in this case are Leo and Aquarius.  Being a Lunar Eclipse, it is an extra powerful Full Moon that will be influencing us for the next six months, until the next Lunar Eclipse.  Leo and Aquarius are both fixed signs, which means we are ready to get down to work on something, and the Full Moon means we need to find a healthy balance, and preferably a blend between the qualities of these two powerful (and yes, fixed and therefore stubborn) signs.  Leo is about the individual expressing itself in the world in a unique and creative way.  Aquarius is about finding a way to serve humanity so we may progress on our evolutionary path as a collective whole.  So, the blending of these two energies often involves deciding to use our special gifts and talents to serve the greater good.

The challenge is to not get lost in the shadow elements of either sign, which can happen during a Full Moon.  With Leo, that can involve an excessive need for approval from others and a conscious or unconscious creation of drama, drama, drama!  For Aquarius, the shadow side can include being scattered or spacy, and/or we can feel responsible for the world and neglect self-care.  We don’t need to achieve a perfect balance between these two signs every day in order to make progress. Overall, we simply need to move in that general direction.  It will help if we strive to be an example of leadership infused with love and self-respect.  Leo says we shine brightest when we believe in ourselves and what we have to offer, and Aquarius reminds us that this needs to come from a place of humility and service.

As was true with the last New Moon, Mars is still conjunct (0°) the Sun; but this time Mars is in opposition (180°) to the Moon.  The presence of Mars is providing us with the courage to take necessary action in a positive direction.  Many of us are feeling the intense, fiery Leo energy right now.  Not only is the Sun and Mars in Leo, but so is the North Node.  For some, this is like a shot of espresso.  If you channel this energy appropriately, it can serve you incredibly well.  For example, I’m moving to a new apartment literally on the day of this Full Moon, and this is unexpectedly occurring during one of my busiest times of year.  I can’t believe how much I’ve been able to accomplish in the last few weeks while the Sun and Mars have been conjunct in Leo!  However, others (and even myself at times) are feeling worn down by the relentless energy and even jittery or having trouble sleeping.  And some, especially in the political arena, are expressing the aggressive side of Mars.  Again, we have a choice; we can use the energy productively or we miss an opportunity to get something major accomplished.  And given the Aquarius Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse, the best use of all this energy is to find a way to be a heart-centered leader who serves humanity through the use of our gifts and abilities.

The transiting Moon is in a wonderfully supportive trine (120°) with Jupiter, which means it’s also in a sweet sextile (60°) to the Sun.  Jupiter brings hope, optimism, and the ability to see the bigger picture.  With the Moon in Aquarius and Jupiter in Libra, that means we have ample air (i.e. mental!) energy to help objectively sort out what is going on and see what path into the future best serves us and others.  It will also help us view our ego in an objective way and not get carried away with an excessive need for pride that can even veer into arrogance, which is Leo’s lower expression.  With the North Node in a wide conjunct (0°) the Sun, we are being reminded that we need to move forward into the future developing the gifts that make us shine (Sun) rather than choosing a path that might feel safer or more comfortable.

Now is also a good time to assess what in our lives might be draining us of life energy.  With the Moon being a wide conjunct (0°) with the South Node, we may experience emotional changes that are more likely to involve endings than beginnings.  This culmination of some energy in our lives is essential for us to move forward on our life path toward the lessons we were meant to learn in this lifetime (North Node).  And given the involvement of the Aquarius Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse, we are being reminded that our path needs to be fully aligned with our heart (Leo).

Right now, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and Chiron are all in retrograde.  And Mercury is about to join the retrograde club (see below).  That’s a lot of retrograde energy!  This means that some of the changes we will be experiencing may be internal, only to be expressed externally once some of these planets begin moving direct again later this fall.  For now, we may need to look back into the past (or have the past find us) in order to do some healing work.  The goal here is completion that leads to new beginnings.

The work of “finishing up” is reinforced by the third and final square (90°) between Jupiter and Pluto.  Although exact on Friday, August 4, this event will be influencing us for at least a week (or even two) before and after the actual event.  The first two squares occurred in November 2016 and March 2017, respectively.  It may be helpful to look back at those time periods.  It’s likely we were becoming aware of something we had outgrown and needed to let go of.  Given aspects occurring back then and the fact that this is a square between two powerful planets, this awareness may have come through contentious interactions with others.  Jupiter often involves our beliefs and Pluto brings deep transformational change.  Therefore, it is likely that over the course of these three squares, we have changed some fundamental belief systems.  For many, these insights have involved finding a better balance between our personal and business worlds or between the needs of others and our own needs.  In order to move forward, it is very likely that we had to leave behind various relationships and even part of our identity (i.e., how we were viewed by others and/or how we viewed ourselves).  We also had to take a serious look at how we deal with (or don’t deal with) power in our lives (both our own and others).

An interesting minor aspect becomes exact on Friday, August 11.  It’s a semi-square (45°) between Uranus and Neptune.  The last time these two outer planets were in aspect with each other was back around 1987 when we experienced the Harmonic Convergence.  This was a time when a number of planets lined up and a great deal of spiritual energy was projected onto the Earth plane.  This resulted in the quickening of humanity’s ascension process.  During that time, many “Lightwokers” began to “wake up” and take steps on their evolutionary path.  This semi-square is the next step in our process as individuals and as a species.  We may be assessing how far we’ve progressed during the last 25+ years with regard to our spiritual development.  It is also a time when we may feel nudged to make decisions about where we are going next.  As always, we have a choice to stay where we are, however, semi-squares tend to make us feel unsettled and urge us to at least consider doing something different.  But the impact may be subtle at first, almost like a whisper in our ear from the Divine saying, “Hey, have you considering coming over here and trying this?”

The next day (Saturday, August 12) is when Mercury begins its next retrograde phase.  Good news:  This retrograde period is unlikely to be as unsettling as others, and it will more than likely actually aid us during this eclipse season.  Mercury is in Virgo, which is its home sign.  If we are needing to get organized, now is a good time to go inward and get all our ducks in a row.  Yes, we could allow the Virgo energy to get out of control and become overly critical of both ourselves and others.  But a more positive use of this energy would be to spend time rethinking and reviewing what has recently been going on our lives, especially if it has to do with our day-to-day work environment, service to others, and/or our health (Virgo).

And the next day (Sunday, August 13), a trine (120°) between the Sun and Saturn will help us feel grounded and ready to take action toward a specific goal.  With Saturn involved, any progress may be slow, but it will definitely be steady.  Taking responsibility for our choices and our actions is essential.

Overall, this Aquarius Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse are asking us to explore how we may be dimming our light or avoiding the use of our gifts.  Especially with the upcoming Solar Eclipse on August 21, we will all feel pushed to “step up” and find new ways to serve, and to serve with our heart and not from an ego-based position.  After this eclipse season has passed, the next few months will likely find us increasingly unable to hide in the shadows denying who we are or what we are here to do.  We need to shine our light brightly and unapologetically.  If we can’t do that, we need to get the outside support in order to work through our blocks because humanity needs us now.  This is why we came to the Earth plane at this important time.  Each of us was given gifts to use with our family, friends, and our society.  As spoken by Mahatma Gandhi, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”  But we need to always remember to take care of our own needs and love ourselves unconditionally first, because only then do we have anything left to give to others.

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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 16° of Aquarius

  • Monday, August 7, 2017, 11:11 a.m. PDT
  • Monday, August 7, 2017, 2:11 p.m. EDT
  • Monday, August 7, 2017, 6:11 p.m. GMT

NEW MOON IN LEO – This New Moon is the proverbial match that lights the fuse on the upcoming Leo eclipses (July 23, 2017)

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In the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 2:45 a.m. on Sunday, July 23.  This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 1° of Leo.  To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 1° of Leo in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with that house are going to be most influenced by this New Moon’s presence.

This New Moon in Leo is the start of a very important astrological period that will actually extend through the next two months (through mid-September).  This will include the eclipse cycle that begins with the Aquarius Lunar Eclipse on August 7 and peeks with the Leo Solar Eclipse on August 21.  The Solar Eclipse will actually be a second New Moon in Leo, so we get two New Moons in Leo this year.  This first one on July 23 occurs at 1° of Leo, and the New Moon on August 21 occurs at 29° of Leo.  This means there will be an introduction (1°) to this new energy and then a culmination or completion (29°) of this energy.

All New Moons always represent new beginnings and a chance to set new intentions or goals in the areas associated with the sign.  The keywords associated with Leo include self-confidence, big heartedness, love, loyalty, idealism, pridefulness, drama.  It is a fire sign in a fixed modality.  Leo’s energy is often associated with both the solar plexus chakra (identity) and the heart chakra (love).  It is also the sign most often associated with the ego.  As many of my students have heard me say, I feel that the ego has gotten a bad rap in the field of metaphysics.  We all need an ego in order to live effectively and peacefully in our society.  Without some rules, societal chaos would ensue.  For example, I don’t know about you, but I want drivers to stop at red lights.  But the ego, as with any aspect of our personality, can serve us well or be taken to excess.  All astrological signs, including Leo, require us to use our free will choice to embrace the higher expression of the energy rather than the lower expression.  With Leo, it’s all about making choices based on heart-felt love versus ego-fueled drama.

This first of two Leo New Moons is providing us with an opportunity to begin the process of determining how we want to express our identity and our ego in the world.  Given this is beginning of a series of Leo events, this one may entail pulling inward for introspection and contemplation, particularly when it comes to how we want to use our unique and creative gifts in the world around us.  We might want ask ourselves, “Where do I want to shine my light and create something that reflects my unique identity?”

The Sun and Moon are also in a very close conjunction (0°) with Mars in Leo, which just entered Leo on July 20 (and will remain there until September 6).  Mars adds energy, strength, motivation, assertiveness, courage, and self-confidence to this New Moon.  Mars in Leo is sometimes described as “the Warrior of the Heart,” and we may, therefore, be more willing than usual to take an emotional risk.  This could be especially true if our action involves moving in the direction of expressing ourselves in a heart-centered leadership role.  However, this combination of Mars and the New Moon may also nudge us toward looking carefully at where we might be overly “prideful.”  This would be a good time to think about how we react when our ego is wounded.  If you aren’t sure, look for when you get particularly angry.  Although not always the case, this type of reaction (i.e., where you want to roar like a lion) often occurs when our ego is bruised.

Mars likes being in Leo because Leo is a fire sign.  We will likely have an abundance of energy!  Being active, athletic, and playful are good outlets for this energy.  However, if you were to look up into the sky, it would be difficult to see Mars right now.  Given its close proximity to the Sun, it means that the light of Mars is dimmed.  The Sun is often thought to override the energy of Mars when they are close together, as they will be for another five weeks or so.  However, this is an important time when we are being asked to look inward to see where the lower expression of Mars (e.g., aggressive, childish, self-centered, controlling) may be sabotaging our goals.

An opposition (180°) between Venus & Saturn during this Leo New Moon will likely help us see this shadow side of Mars very clearly.  This aspect says that the way out of problems is to focus on responsible love, especially in the areas of our relationships and finances.  Remember, Leo is all about love, but it needs to come from a place of ego-less giving and not giving with the goal of being acknowledged.  A square (90°) between the New Moon and Uranus adds further emphasis on the need for self-reflection.  Now is a good time to ask ourselves questions like, “How much is my self-esteem dependent on the approval of others?” “Am I allowing my true self to be dimmed for fear of judgment from others?”, and “Are my behaviors determined by what will get me recognition or are they aligned with giving from my heart without expectation of return?”

A supportive trine (120°) between Mercury and Saturn will likely help us mentally sort everything out, and another trine (120°) between the New Moon/Mars and Chiron shows us that deep healing is entirely possible if we are willing to face our inner wounds, especially if related to a wounded ego.  The next two months are highlighting how important it is to have a self-esteem that is based on an internal sense of well-being rather than external sources of approval.

On Tuesday, July 25, Mercury enters Virgo.  Normally Mercury stays in a sign for about three weeks.  However, during the month of August, Mercury will be going retrograde in Virgo, which means an extended stay in Mercury’s home sign (i.e., the retrograde period will be August 13-September 4).  Mercury is a happy camper in Virgo.  Our thoughts and words will become more precise, analytical, and detailed.  Recent messes can be cleaned up, and organization will be much easier.  Virgo is also associated with our physical health, so we may be analyzing this area of our life and/or changing how we think or talk about our health.  The only warning is that Mercury in Virgo can push us into being hyper-critical of others and ourselves.  As with all astrological events, it’s our choice how we use this energy.

On the last day of the month (Monday, July 31), Venus enters Cancer, where it will remain until August 27.  When Venus is in emotional Cancer, we may feel more vulnerable than usual.  This may prompt us to feel like we want to inward or withdraw to a safe place in order to protect ourselves.  But lots of love and nurturing awaits those of us who have earned the right to follow someone into their safe place because Cancer is all about the maternal need to mother (for men or for women).  And if we withdraw alone, this can be a very self-loving, self-nurturing time.  But don’t use this energy as an excuse to escape or run away.  Retreat until you feel strong enough to come back into the world and re-engage in a nurturing way with others.  Also remember that it’s OK to look back at the past, but don’t get lost in the nostalgia and forget to live fully in the present.

On Wednesday, August 2, Uranus will start its annual retrograde period, which will extend all the way until January 1, 2018.  This means that all three of the outer planets will be in retrograde for almost all of August and September.  All retrograde periods tend to turn our attention inward, and society as a whole may be doing some soul searching regarding bigger issues related to humanity, oneness, and how we can all live together in harmony on this big, watery planet of ours.  But all three outer planets are very slow moving, so their influence is often subtle.  With the addition of Uranus to the retrograde mix, we may find drawn to explore areas of our lives where we can express more freedom.  Come the first of the year when Uranus turns direction again, we will likely be ready to take steps to express our individuality in a new way.  But in order to take those first steps, some things internally may need to shift.  With Uranus involved, it means that those internal changes may be prompted by unexpected external events.  It’s always a good idea to remember that the energy of Uranus is often described as “change or be changed.”  Everything will go more smoothly if you work with the energy and don’t fight to hold onto something that no longer serves us.

Overall, this New Moon in Leo is like the match that lights the fuse leading up to a dramatic explosion of eclipse energy in August.  This first of two Leo New Moons is a time to prepare by going inward.  We need to explore new habits of self-approval and heart-centered giving and leadership.  We always serve ourselves and others best when we lead with our hearts.  This will lay the foundation for the powerful growth opportunities to come.  Another way to look at this New Moon is that we each need to make continual, moment-to-moment choices between love and drama.  Therefore, this would be a good time to remember that, “Drama doesn’t just walk into your life out of nowhere. You either create it, invite it, or associate with people that bring it.”  (Unknown)

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

REMINDER

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

NEW MOON

New Moon at 1° of Leo

  • Sunday, July 23, 2017, 2:45 a.m. PDT
  • Sunday, July 23, 2017, 5:45 a.m. EDT
  • Sunday, July 23, 2017, 9:45 a.m. GMT

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

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 9:06 p.m. on Saturday, July 8.  With this Full Moon, the Sun in Cancer will be in opposition (180°) to the Moon in Capricorn.  To further clarify how this Full Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 18° of Cancer and 18° of Capricorn in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with those two houses are going to be most impacted by this Full Moon’s presence.

All Full Moons challenge us to find a balance between the qualities of the two signs involved, which in this case are Cancer and Capricorn.  Normally, a Capricorn Full Moon would have us focusing on larger structures in our lives, such as our career and life path and/or our social structures and governmental agencies.  And yes, those are still the focus, but this Full Moon is supercharged in various ways and may not act as a “normal” Capricorn Full Moon:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SOME INFORMATION TAKEN FROM

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

REMINDER

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

FULL MOON

Full Moon at 18° of Capricorn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SOME INFORMATION TAKEN FROM

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

REMINDER

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

NEW MOON

New Moon at 3° of Cancer

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

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

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 6:09 a.m. on Friday, June 9.  With this Full Moon, the Sun in Gemini will be in opposition (180°) to the Moon in Sagittarius.  To further clarify how this Full Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 19° of Gemini and 19° of Sagittarius in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with those two houses are going to be most impacted by this Full Moon’s presence.

All Full Moons challenge us to find a balance between the qualities of the two signs involved, which in this case are Gemini and Sagittarius.  Gemini is an air sign that focuses on communication, mental stimulation, and being flexible.  Sag is a fire sign that is interested in being straightforward, ethical, and adventurous.  Both signs love learning, but Gemini wants to gather information, whereas Sagittarius wants to use wisdom to discern which pieces of information are important (and which aren’t).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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REMINDER

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

FULL MOON

Full Moon at 19° of Sagittarius

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

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

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In the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 12:44 p.m. on Thursday, May 25.  This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 5° of Gemini.  To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 5° of Gemini in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with that house are going to be most influenced by this New Moon’s presence.

New Moons always represent new beginnings and a chance to set new intentions or goals in the areas associated with the sign.  The keywords associated with Gemini include communication, flexibility, learning, optimism, and curiosity.  However, the shadow side of “the sign of the twins” can include indecisiveness, impatience, and being too talkative and/or unemotional.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SOME INFORMATION TAKEN FROM

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

REMINDER

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

NEW MOON

New Moon at 5° of Gemini

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

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

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 2:42 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10.  With this Full Moon, the Sun in Taurus will be in opposition (180°) to the Moon in Scorpio.  To further clarify how this Full Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 21° of Taurus and 21° of Scorpio in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with those two houses are going to be most impacted by this Full Moon’s presence.

All Full Moons challenge us to find a balance between the qualities of the two signs involved, which in this case are Taurus and Scorpio.  Both are fixed signs, which means that they know how to focus their energy on what they want.  And what we want probably went through some major renovations while Venus was in retrograde earlier this year (i.e., March 4 through April 14).  As we discussed in the last Moon Update, the entire month of May is ideal for focusing our attention on whatever we now desire because Venus is now in “go-after-what-you-want” Aries.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SOME INFORMATION TAKEN FROM

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

REMINDER

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

FULL MOON

Full Moon at 21° of Scorpio

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

NEW MOON IN TAURUS – Not a time to sit back and eat bonbons (April 26, 2017)

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 5:16 a.m. on Wednesday, April 26.  This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 7° of Taurus.  To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 7° of Taurus in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with that house are going to be most influenced by this New Moon’s presence.

New Moons always represent new beginnings and a chance to set new intentions or goals in the areas associated with the sign.  The keywords associated with Taurus include responsible, reliable, resourceful, patient, loyal, and down-to-earth.  In general, a Taurus New Moon is known for being a time when we catch our breath after the fast-moving and motivating, even driven, energy of Aries.  And yes, the Sun’s stay in earthy Taurus will slow us down and ground us in whatever we have been working on.

However, this should not be considered a time when we should quietly sit back and eat bonbons.  At the time of New Moon in Taurus, Mercury and Uranus are both in fiery Aries.  But more importantly, due to Mercury’s retrograde motion, these two planets are less than 1° apart from each other.  This powerful conjunction (0°) will not only influence us strongly during the New Moon but will continue to impact us through mid-May!

Conjunctions represent a blending of the two energies involved, which in this case are thoughts and words combining with sudden insight and changes.  Traditionally, Mercury represents the lower mind and Uranus represents the higher mind.  So just imagine what is possible when you have these two mental energies working in tandem.  Exciting possibilities!

Conjunctions also often represent a time when something is ending and something new is just beginning.  Due to the joining together of Mercury and Uranus, some very interesting ideas may come to us during the next few weeks, and we will likely feel more willing than usual to think about problems in an entirely different way.  And due to Uranus being present, “different” will be important.  In some area of our lives, we need to shift our perceptions so we can consider solutions that we didn’t see before.

Additionally, both Mercury and Uranus are in a close trine (120°) to Saturn at the time of this New Moon,  As with the conjunction between Mercury and Uranus, Saturn will continue in that positive relationship to Mercury and Uranus through mid-May.  This wonderful aspect will help us make sure that any new ideas that are forged now will help create a solid foundation as time progresses.  And the grounded energy of the Taurus New Moon means we will be encouraged to consider all possibilities slowly and patiently.

But remember, given Uranus’s involvement in this aspect, you can choose to passively wait for change to come “out of the blue” which will probably leave you feeling pretty shell-shocked, or we can take charge and look for where a new order is needed.  In some way, the old order (Saturn) needs to be converted into a new order (Uranus), and the trine makes it easier than usual to make changes wherever adjustments are needed.  If unsure where to focus, it might help to look to where there is chaos or upheaval in our lives.  That chaos may be our conscious or unconscious rebellion against an old order.

Additionally, Venus is conjunct (0°) Chiron in compassionate Pisces at the time of the Taurus New Moon.  Venus’s influence is more powerful than usual because Venus is the ruler of the sign of this New Moon (i.e., Taurus).  Venus puts increased focus on our relationships, finances, and whatever we desire.  The conjunct to Chiron brings with it the opportunity to heal, but only if we are willing to look inward, accept our wounds, and use forgiveness and compassion toward ourselves and others.  We need to leave the past behind and move beyond issues of victimization, co-dependency, and/or martyrdom.

On Friday, April 28, Venus, which had re-entered Pisces during its retrograde phase, moves back into Aries, where it will remain until June 7.  While in Aries, Venus feels more confident about going after whatever it desires.  And after weeks spent in retrograde (Venus went direct on April 15), this Venus may not be the typical “gentle” Venus.  We could be a bit more impatient than usual, like a horse at the starting gate of a race when the gate has been held shut a bit longer than usual.  This Venus in Aries feels it’s time to start fresh.  Our desires feel stronger than usual, and we may feel a spontaneity and enthusiasm that can be delightful.  We may be particularly interested in things like exploring new creative interests, new ways to take care of ourselves, and new types of relationships.

The second of three squares (90°) between Saturn and Chiron occurs on Sunday, April 30 (the first occurred on December 28, 2016).  Remember, squares always represent a turning point of some kind.  It’s time for us to look at any structures (Saturn) in our lives that are limiting our ability to heal (Chiron).  Individually, we need to express our own inner strength, but this may involve eliminating any behaviors, attitudes, or beliefs that no longer serve us.  Societally, many astrologers feel that this series of Saturn-Chiron squares, which will culminate later this year, represents a turning point when humanity needs to accept the reality that we are all one people and that society needs to have compassion for everyone.  Some of us may feel frustrated by the old structure, belief systems, or rules.  It will be helpful to remember that the irritation we feel is simply a way of bringing to the surface an awareness of what needs to change.

Then on Wednesday, May 3, Mercury ends its retrograde phase and begins moving direct again.  Mercury is still in a close conjunction (0°) to Uranus (see above), so we may have many new ideas swirling around us.  If we’ve done the work of Mercury retrograde, we have reviewed our ideas careful to make sure they are both well thought-out and designed to actually get us where we want to go.  As Mercury turns direct, it’s now time to start finding ways to implement our plans.  But remember that Mercury’s change in direction may take a few days to pick up speed, so be patient as it finds its stride again.

Overall, this Taurus New Moon is ushering in a time when we will be shifting gears.  In the next Moon Update (which will be published on Saturday, May 6), we will talk about how we are all entering a time when each of us will be called to use our gifts in new ways in service for the greater good.  The seeds of those shifts in our life course may be planted now with all these new ideas coming to us.  However, given Mercury is still in retrograde until May 3, we need to remember to think through these ideas before we jump in with both feet.  The time will come for jumping.  For now, remember, “The secret to change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new” (Socrates).

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THIS BLOG POST WAS WRITTEN BY

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

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

REMINDER

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

NEW MOON

New Moon at 7° of Taurus

  • Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 5:16 a.m. PDT
  • Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 8:16 a.m. EDT
  • Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 12:16 p.m. GMT