"We are born at a given moment, in a given place, and like vintage years of wine, we have the qualities of the year and the season of which we are born. Astrology does not lay claim to anything more." - Carl Gustav Jung

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Monday, May 14, 2018

The Very Exciting Taurus New Moon of 2018

   Yes folks, Taurus New Moon isn't just placid any more - thanks to the revolutionary Planet Uranus entering this solid Earth sign less than 4 hours post New Moon!! While a New Moon is still all about new beginnings, this one can be about an unexpected change coming into your life, whether for good or ill. Be on your toes and have a Plan B, as well as a Plan A. In other words, focus on your Taurean wish list for the lunar month ahead, moving in the direction you hope to achieve regarding love or money, or both... then let go of your expectations and see what the Universe has in store for you.

   This is where free will meets those situations outside of our control. The key here is to stay calm and look at your options -- you have plenty! Whatever you do, don't give in to despair. Things will change and situations are evolving. Remember that nothing happens without some context to our past and what brought us to the present. We know what we need to do and forging new pathways through tried and true connections with the opportunities presented can be liberating indeed.

   The Moon is exalted in this Fixed Earth sign of Taurus, so whatever feels like stability and where our resources can grow is what we want to cultivate now. Practicality and security are just two of the enduring attributes of Taurus. The chart for the New Moon at 7:48am EST also shows Mars (energy)  in Capricorn (ambitious) and in a very positive aspect to the Moon. The perseverance of this combination can help carry the day and build strong new foundations for securing your future well-being. The ruler of Capricorn, Saturn (common sense), is at home here and applying to a harmonious alignment with Mercury (planning) for focusing and concentrating our resources in a practical manner. There is much to be thankful for as we let go of the past and move into exciting new territory.

   Here's the cautionary tale in this unfolding drama... Mars, representing aggression, is challenging Uranus as he enters Taurus. This can cause upheaval, accidents, and shocks to individuals as well as to Mother Earth. This alignment will be exact on the 16th, also as Mars moves into Aquarius and is being felt already. Like any aspect involving an outer planet, the effects can be felt for days and even weeks. Mars needs to be directed so that his actions can be controlled and focused on working with others, especially in groups. New approaches that utilize the courage to make change happen, will be most effective, so long as they benefit the greater good and not just the individual.

    Helping to soften the upheaval is magnanimous Jupiter's waltz with caring Neptune, bringing emotional support of others, creativity and an abundance of kindness. If you care or can help someone in some small, or large way, don't be afraid to show it. In all of the potential presented by the universe now, remember to keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground~



Sunday, April 29, 2018

A Productive Scorpio Full Moon

   Tonight, at 8:59pm, the Full Moon in Scorpio opposes the Sun at 10 degrees of Taurus. These Fixed signs of the zodiac are known for their creative abilities: manifesting resources in Taurus and co-creating deeper relationships in Scorpio. Since Scorpio is a Water sign and the Moon is all about feelings, things could get intense. Avoiding aggressive, moody people is a must, as well as staying away from suspicions and jealousy! On the other hand, the depth offered by the Scorpio Moon can help reveal hidden assets, skills or talents necessary for moving ahead with a joint project.

   Scorpio is also the sign on the ascendant for this chart, making the co-rulers, aggressive Mars and power-hungry Pluto, quite important players in any unfolding drama. Interestingly enough, these two rabble-rousers are hanging out with each other and only aspecting one other planet - Venus (love and/or money) in a difficult pattern known as a sesquiquadrate. This configuration has to do with the formation of a relationship between the two planetary bodies involved that results in a crisis requiring definitive action. So, ask yourself, did I just take on too much debt? What are you promising that you can't come through with? It's time to make a plan of action (Mars) to turn things around (Pluto).

   There are several really welcoming things going on at this Full Moon that will enlighten us if we look honestly at our role in what's happening.  The first thing is the Moon's conjunction with Jupiter in Scorpio, enhancing our kindness quotient and ability to be positive. The second is the Moon's sextile with Saturn, helping us care for those we have responsibilities to. Saturn represents authority figures and whether we're being one or answering to one right now, we had better own it! As ruler of the pragmatic Earth sign Capricorn, Saturn says use your resources wisely, take one step at a time and be patient... you will see progress!

   There is so much going on behind the scenes, literally and figuratively, that's it's hard to make definitive plans right now. However, it's very important to know who you are aligned with, what your common goals are and what the next step is. I haven't seen a chart like this one in a long time, with so many aspect patterns, including a Grand Square pulling in all the Fixed signs, a Grand Triangle in Earth signs, morphing into a Kite pattern via sextiles to tonight's Full Moon in watery Scorpio, and a Yod, otherwise known as a Finger of God, that asks you to not over-identify with the group and instead to clarify your own course of direction. Allow, observe and be willing to take action when you see a clear path ahead.

   In the meantime, say little, be kind to one another and remember to keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground.





Sunday, April 15, 2018

The Exciting Aries New Moon Of Spring

   Tonight's joining of the Sun and Moon in the first sign of the zodiac is about the promise of Spring, new life and new starts. Aries is an action sign and this New Moon will bring plenty of energy during the next lunar cycle to take action and direct our efforts forward. Bringing an innovative, and possibly surprising, assist to the Sun and Moon, is their coming together in the same sign with that rebel planet Uranus. A willful, yet resourceful energy, Uranus can now help with new solutions to breaking old habits and solving problems.

   My excitement over this New Moon comes from its' potential for positive change and growth in a kind of out-with-the-old and in-with-the-new momentum. We can all use a change now and then and that's what the rebel planet can provide. Even though we don't always know what is coming and may not like what is presented to us, I believe on some level, we're ready for the shake-up. At this New Moon, ask yourself what do I need to begin and what direction do I want to move in? Then look for the appearance of a silver lining - this may be your chance to do something you've been wanting to do.

   There are two cautionary notes here. The first is Mercury's stationary position today as he begins to turn in direct motion in Aries Keep in mind that we have had to slow down our thoughts, plans and communication over the last three and a half weeks while the Messenger of the Gods has been retrograde. Proceed with caution using any insight into yourself that you have gained during that time. As Mercury leaves its' shadow phase on May 3rd, you ought to have a pretty good idea of what plans merit your attention. You may find yourself entertaining several ideas, but remember you are in a trial phase and not all ideas will stick. In a months' time, Mercury joins Uranus at the last degree of Aries, giving you an opportunity to assess how you're doing with new starts and getting ready to focus your resources on just one or two; in the meantime, you're relying on research to see where you might get your toes wet.

   The second thing to be aware of is that both the Moon and the Sun are coming out of an intensely challenging time, (a square to Pluto) that involves deep emotions, power and drama. It would be best to let go of the struggle and channel your pent up feelings, emotions and energy into a creative project, so that you don't alienate others. Power struggles are out, cooperation is in, and creativity is on the rise!

   Remember to make a wish list of steps to take for ushering in the New Moon, as you keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground!

Friday, March 30, 2018

Seeking Balance At The Libra Full Moon

The Full Moon is exact at 8:37a.m. EST Saturday in the partnership sign of Libra. What gets highlighted is people's sensitivity and their need for others. All relationships, whether friendship, business or marriage need attention now. Note where things are off-kilter or seem unfair and carefully approach a conversation with your partner in order to bring more harmony to the relationship.

In the chart for this Full Moon, we see Taurus rising above the horizon, putting added emphasis on the planet Venus, as she is ruler of both Libra and Taurus  - in Taurus, her job is that of gentle persuasion and in Libra, tactful grace. Difficulty can arise due to Luna's square to Mars, the planet whose energy is contrary to sweet Venus, followed by her square to taciturn Saturn.

Venus just moved into her earthy home territory of Taurus, emphasizing practical matters, nature and financial security. This Fixed sign doesn't change easily, preferring to maintain the status quo. However, the need for compromise is strong at the Full Moon and it would behoove us all to pay attention to each other. Listening, taking turns and creating peaceful environments around us, are all ways to bring harmony into our key partnerships.

Challenging  aspects brought to light by the Full Moon, include taking care of responsibilities and taking things in moderation at the start of the work week. Prioritize, do your best and let go of what you cannot get done.  Clarity around what to do in a key relationship situation,  can present itself thanks to the Sun in alignment with Mercury.
Underlying this need to keep things on an even keel is a Vesta/Chiron aspect. These two asteroids are concerned with the ability to  heal and the fundamental  reasons for the partnership as it relates to wholeness.

Remember to keep you head in the stars and your feet on the ground~

Saturday, March 17, 2018

The Intuitive and Kind Pisces New Moon

  When the Sun is joined by the Moon in this watery and sensitive Sign, we feel at One with others. Pisces creates a flowing, emotional state of being that allows us to get in touch with deeper feelings of connection. Being very receptive and impressionable, this can also feel like a vulnerable time. A positive use of these energies is to connect with our compassionate self through spirituality, music, poetry or in service of some kind for those in need.

   Another thing to remember about Pisces, it's the last sign the Sun visits on his journey through the Zodiac. When the Moon and the Sun align in this Mutable Water sign, we are wrapping things up, clearing out the recesses of our hearts, minds and sanctuaries. We have the next few weeks to spend in contemplation, service to others and getting our sacred spaces ready for new energy, when the Lights will align once again in Aries/Cardinal Fire and the first stop on the Zodiac's continual wheel through the universe.

   Put some time aside today, from your busy hectic life in this noisy world, to reflect on how far you've come in the last year and to really get in touch with what makes you happy... and what does not. Then write down a list of steps to take to clear out the obstacles on your path. (wait until later this afternoon to take the first step) Resolve, under the intuitive guidance of Pisces lunar cycle, to use the next few weeks and let go. Are you suffering over your suffering? Once you recognize how worry, anger and fear only holds you back, you can let go, free to move forward once more! This isn't an inactive time just because it's under Piscean influence. Actually, the more time you can spend in peace and quiet, the more you'll be able to connect with your Higher Self, to hear messages from your subconscious and to recognize the symbols presented in your dream state.

   The Vernal, or Spring, Equinox happens on Tuesday, the 20th as the Sun moves into Aries midday. It feels like a renewal no matter what the weather is presenting to us in the Northeast. Two days later, that communication and movement director, Mercury, goes Retrograde until the next New Moon in Aries on April 15th, (we will be hitting the ground running then, so enjoy this down time!) Hmmm... what will you be reviewing or redoing during the current phase? I think it's best not to make hurried decisions for the time being. Do some research and as you let go of one thing, the universe can provide you with the next right thing for you, all in good time.

   Remember to keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground and be kind toyourself and one another~ 


Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Virgo Full Moon

    Welcome to an insightful time at this Virgo Full Moon! While Virgo is the sign of organization and perfection, I would caution you not to be too hard on yourself or others... given that the Sun in the opposite sign of Pisces is also conjunct Neptune. What a wonderfully creative time this can be, especially in the arts - painting, music and photography are highlighted. Imagination and time spent with your inner guidance will help you sort out what needs to be done. Be aware that the downside of a Sun/Neptune alignment can show up in escapism, whether binge-watching TV or numbing-out under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. Burying one's head in the sand, knowing you need to take steps toward self-healing, would be a self-defeating exercise now.

    The polarity between adaptable Virgo, an Earth sign and adaptable Pisces - Water is the healing axis of well-being. It's important to take/make some time for oneself for introspection and contemplation before making decisions. It's also necessary to realize that the Sun in Pisces is making a push to retreat, meditate or just go with the flow until clarity begins to break through. Once you've recognized what you already knew you needed, but had buried it for whatever reason... fear of the unknown, fear of failure, fear of having no control... (f.e.a.r. = false evidence appearing real...) then it's time to visit the Virgo end of the polarity and acknowledge, write down and begin to take steps toward reaching your goals.

   Remember the Wish List you made at the Aquarius New Moon Solar Eclipse two weeks ago? How are you doing moving in that direction? Networking, friends and acquaintances all figure strongly in the chart of this Full Moon, given that the Moon is lodged in the 11th House. Loyalties may shift because every individual has her own concerns and the Moon is fickle after all. She's also adaptable! You have a larger pool of acquaintances to call on to help you reach your goals. Chose wisely who to align with, preferably persons not too emotionally attached to outcomes, and don't let ego, yours or someone else's... get in the way of taking care of yourself.

   Another thing about this Full Moon chart is the Libra Ascendant being ruled by Venus, quietly directing things from behind the scenes. Venus loves nature, beauty and harmony, as well as having the resources to enjoy them. With the communication energy of Mercury in the same sign and vicinity as Venus, you can be a caring listener for partners needing uplifting. Venus is also  moving toward a positive alignment with enthusiastic Jupiter in Scorpio, which brings opportunity for deeper connection and the healing of old wounds. Venus is moving away from a challenging aspect to Mars, co-ruler of Scorpio, reminding us not to let impatience or irritating circumstances get in the way of possible healing. This is a good time for uncovering resources, both imaginative and hidden.  Let the magnetism of the harmonious union of Venus with Jupiter act as a healing balm for all involved.

   Remember, keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground~