"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

Friday, September 13, 2019

Harvest Moon in Pisces

   We are having a Full Moon in dreamlike Pisces overnight tonight. It's the Harvest Moon because it is the closest Full Moon to the Autumnal Equinox, which takes place on the 23rd. Adding to the movie-like feel of this Moon, is it's close conjunction with Neptune, ruler of Pisces.  Intuition and going with the flow are the highlights of this Lunar phase.

   With Mars, Venus and Mercury surrounding the Sun in Virgo, the Moon is challenged to find some balance between being assertive, how to keep a relationship harmonious and introducing thoughts to feelings.  Trusting your intuition about what course of action to take, is paramount here. However, if you're someone who needs to have things all figured out, you may be in for a rough ride.

   Another consideration is ebullient Jupiter in enthusiastic Sagittarius squaring both the Sun and Moon. This can go any number of ways... lots of fun with possible regrets at not paying attention to the little things that matter, or... inspired insights on how to move forward with your dreams. Remember that Jupiter is also squaring Neptune, building up to be exact in one week. Things can get very cloudy as situations escalate, so don't take risks. Perhaps divine intervention will bring you blessings and something to celebrate.

   On the other hand, Neptune is making wonderful aspects to responsible Saturn and the Nodes of the Moon and that can increase the likelihood of a positive outcome. If you have exhibited self-discipline and taken measured steps toward your goals, this Harvest Moon could shine a light on the rewards. Kindness and compassion still win out in the long run.

   While navigating the foggy road toward your desired outcome, remember to keep your head in the stars and your feet firmly on the ground!

Thursday, August 29, 2019

New Moon in Virgo

   This New Moon in Virgo signals the time to get organized after a period of fun or creativity. Yes, the Sun has already been in Virgo for a week, but it is now joined by Luna, representing the mood of the public. As a Mutable Earth sign, Virgo is orderly, practical and particular, setting us up for the start of the school year and getting back to work during the transitional period from Summer to Fall.

    It isn't enough that the Sun and Moon are at the same degree in Virgo (6 degrees 36"), we also have Mercury, Venus and Mars all within 5 degrees of the Lights! That's a very focused grouping of archetypal energies wanting to analyze and perfect whatever it is that is within their sphere of operations . Now, add in Saturn in Capricorn (Cardinal Earth) and Uranus in Taurus (Fixed Earth) and we have a functioning Grand Trine in Earth. What's a practical person to do, you may ask ... use this energy flow to get things done!

   Sort, clean away the clutter and organize the closets, cupboards and pantry. Or, file important papers, gather tax information and send out bills. Herbalists, librarians and bookkeepers are especially meticulous at assimilating details and keeping things orderly, so you may want to emulate your favorite acquaintance from this list. The point is, pick a necessary project and start to work on it.

   Another facet of this New Moon chart is the harmonious alignment of Virgo Sun and Moon  applying to responsible Saturn. What are you trying to manifest for yourself? Hard work and consistency now can help you reap rewards in the future. Ingenious ideas can abound with a supportive relationship between communicative Mercury newly in Virgo, asking the right questions of inventive Uranus in Taurus. Uranus turns on the light bulb and Mercury reads the fine print. 

   With challenging aspects from self-indulgent Venus to extravagant Jupiter in optimistic Sagittarius and impressionable Neptune in Pisces, one needs to avoid over-indulgence or speculation around drugs and alcohol as well as finances. Sharpen your pencil and set up that budget! 

  Not one to ignore Pluto, I will tell you that the Sun and Moon are being challenged to take some kind of action in the face of Pluto's restructuring projects, which are necessary, although somewhat unpleasant at the moment.

   While navigating these uncertain times, remember... keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Aquarius Full Moon - August 15, 2019

   Welcome to a congenial Full Moon day in progressive Aquarius! The Moon in this friendly Air sign encourages individuals to interact with a larger audience to share their unique perspectives regarding social reforms and the welfare of all. Now, since it is a Full Moon, we know that it opposes the Sun in Leo, creating a kind of push me-pull me atmosphere regarding willfulness and the rights of the individual. Taking turns shining your Light outward, within the context of the group is what this is about, not sitting in the spotlight.

   What you may not know, is that the Moon also opposes Venus and Mars, both in Leo and sitting very close to the Sun. Discomfort can show up in social situations and it would be best not to be too aggressive towards others when what you really want is for everyone to get along. Aquarius, which is Fixed Air, has a tendency to think their ideas are the only way to approach most situations. This isn't the time to dig your heels in and think that your way of thinking is the only way to think! Share your thoughts and listen to the others around the table when they share theirs.

    Another planetary action today is the conflict between Mercury holding the power of reasoning and Uranus, the ruler of freedom-loving Aquarius, bringing in new ideas out of the blue! Again, what may at first seem like trouble, could be an opportunity for a breakthrough, but you won't know if you're not willing to at least listen to a new point of view. Aquarius has an air of aloofness, even while putting humanitarian concerns first, so don't expect someone with a fresh idea to congratulate you on your open mind, because that is what they figure is only logical!

    Adjustments must be made around issues of power and control. This Full Moon has the kind of chart where those holding the power may bristle at those who seem to have control of their own attitudes and can express themselves freely knowing they are standing for the greater good. Ambition ought to be directed towards doing the right thing, not just having one's way.

   While enjoying a friendly atmosphere and sunny skies, remember to keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground.


Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Leo New Moon July 2019

   The New Moon culminates at 11:11pm  tonight as the Moon joins the Sun in his rulership of fiery Leo. Leo - the sign of the king, is regal and strong, fierce and fun-loving, dramatic and playful. When the Sun is at home, the ego and the will are accentuated, as are the ability to love and be generous. This is the backdrop of the current lunar phase beginning tonight and ending at the Virgo New Moon on August 30th.

   People on vacation during the next 4 weeks, can only think of their fun. They want you to have fun also, but only so long as their enjoyment comes first. Watch out for fallen crowns and tiaras hidden in a golden mane as those demanding to be center-stage let you know how important their agenda is. The loving warmth of Leo is shown to their families and friends through generosity and playfulness. This is a time for sharing and enjoying the creative ways in which joyfulness can be expressed.

   This New Moon feels somewhat erratic due to a challenging aspect to quirky Uranus. Uranus is uncontrollable energy that shows up like a bolt out of the blue. The challenge here is to avoid over-reacting to outside stimuli that feels urgent. Maybe there is some new helpful information that comes in, or a situation suddenly arises that needs our attention, but our response doesn't need to be drastic or dramatic. Even when faced with sudden change, we still need to exhale before taking in a new breath!

   With both loving Venus and healing Chiron also in harmonious relationship to the Sun and Moon, we can be caring and compassionate with others - those we are already in relationship with and those who are drawn to us for our unique gifts. Shortly before midnight, Mercury in Cancer stations to move in direct motion once more. Consider what you've learned during the last three weeks about nurturing yourself and others and begin to apply your caring efforts as Mercury moves through his shadow phase, entering Leo on August 12th, offering new ways of expressing ourselves through love and creativity.

   Remember, not everyone is on vacation, but we can be kind to those who are and considerate of those who aren't! In the meantime, keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground~

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Lunar Eclipse Full Moon in Capricorn

   This is the 2nd Eclipse in the second Eclipse series of 2019, the first two being in the signs of Capricorn and Leo during January. The New Moon Solar Eclipse in Cancer was 2 weeks ago and today's Lunar Eclipse Full Moon takes place in the opposite sign of Capricorn at 5:38pm this evening.

   The Moon in Capricorn opposes the Sun in Cancer at 24 degrees and 4 minutes of their respective signs. This is the Cardinal axis of Earth and Water, also responsibilities and families. Capricorn is all business and we sometimes hear those words coming out of the mouths of authority figures when trying to explain their actions... "it's just business". On the other side of the coin is Cancer's emotional and defensive nature, oft-times appearing unstable due to the feelings associated with the care of children and families and having to house and feed them. We need some of Capricorn's focus and hard work to manifest what we strive toward, as well as Cancer's caring to have the love and support of those around us.

   The Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn is highlighting the response-ability of individuals, governments and societies to provide their people with safety and security. We are at a crossroad in regards to finding some balance between business and human rights, which encompasses having the means/jobs/income to supply families with shelter and food. Those things supply a person with dignity and yet business as usual doesn't seem to care about the rights of every human being on the planet to have access to these very basic of human necessities. 
   We each need to take responsibility for building our own foundations for the future, for developing self-discipline where needed and for taking care of our home (Mother Earth), our homes and our families. The Full Moon chart shows an ability to tune in to our creative natures and be compassionate and understanding, even in the midst of all the upheaval around us.

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


Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Solar Eclipse New Moon in Cancer July 2, 2019

     This is a very important Solar Eclipse New Moon as it takes place in the Cardinal sign of Cancer. Like it's symbol the Crab, Cancerian energy is often protective and evasive, hard on the outside and soft on the inside. With both the outgoing Sun and the impressionable Moon joined together in this watery sign, which the Moon rules, we are especially sensitive, cautious and protective of our families. The intensity of emotions is strong and people tend to respond without thinking, just feeling.

   This can be an unstable time, loaded with hidden agendas, most arising from fear... are they trying to take this away from me?... what will happen if I lose my home?... how can I take care of my family? Those are healthy concerns. But this New Moon opposes Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn and the tug-of-war to keep our families and our homes safe, while the people in charge... governments, bosses and authority figures seem to have a different agenda... is intensely coming to a head! Will compassion and kindness win out and will cooler heads prevail in the coming months after this Eclipse? We will see what shakes out at the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn on the 16th.

   For now, I want to remind you of these words of ancient wisdom, also known as The Four Agreements and shared by Don Miguel Ruiz in his book of guidance for personal freedom. They apply to all circumstances in every day and are a much-needed reminder that we always have a choice of how to act and how to respond. Choose wisely, as this Eclipse will have long-lasting repercussions. Following, are Don Miguel Ruiz' words, paraphrased by me.

   The four agreements are these: Be Impeccable With Your Word. That means to speak with integrity, saying only what you mean, using the power of your word for truth and love. Don't Take Anything Personally. Nothing others do is because of you. They are reacting to their own reality, their own dream. Become immune to their opinions and actions and you won't suffer needlessly. Don't Make Assumptions. Be courageous in asking questions and expressing your needs. Communicate clearly to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. Always Do Your Best. Your best changes from moment to moment and depending on how healthy you feel.Under any circumstance, simply do your best and you will avoid self-judgement, self-abuse and regret.

  Remember, keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground and choose to come from Love instead of f.e.a.r. (false evidence appearing real...)


Monday, June 17, 2019

Sagittarius Full Moon Followed By The Summer Solstice

   The Full Moon is exact at 25 degrees of Sagittarius early tomorrow morning. The Moon has been in this Mutable Fire sign all weekend, interacting with gregarious Jupiter and compassionate Neptune. These planets tend toward optimism and caring and have been acting as a buffer to the recent harsh affects of Mars stirring up emotional drama, in family-loving Cancer, while opposing Saturn in business-like Capricorn. On the other hand, Sagittarius accentuates excess, even fanaticism, and this Moon may actually bring to light the need for self-discipline and focus.

   What is being illuminated for you at this Full Moon? Can you see the bigger picture yet? Depending on your efforts since the Gemini New Moon two weeks ago, you may be inspired by your progress to keep moving forward. If, however, your plans have gone astray or just not worked out the way you had planned, this new awareness may show you a better direction to follow. Sagittarius is about looking ahead, not back, and learning all you can to help you reach your goals.

   After the Full Moon is exact, she makes no more aspects until a little after noon, moving into Capricorn and shifting gears into work and business pursuits. Best to finish up loose ends or clean off your desk first thing in the morning, before getting a handle on work-related responsibilities in the afternoon.

   Tuesday's focus can be on service toward the greater good thanks to a favorable alignment of Saturn and Neptune. This is followed by a very long void-of-course day on Wednesday as the Moon meets intense  Pluto in the early a.m. causing feelings of discontent and disconnectedness to loom all day. Avoid making major decisions or agreeing to anything important today. It is a good day for spiritual focus and getting obsessive feelings like jealousy and/or suspicion under control. Thursday finds the Aquarius Moon better off networking in groups rather than trying to stand out on one's own.

   The Sun moves into Cancer on the 21st at the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year. Outgoing emphasis is now on home and family. For the next 30 days, we are driven by our emotions and who or what we care for. Nurturing others and being nurtured is Cancers' major concern. The season of cookouts and BBQs with family and friends is upon us! 

   The subtle vibrations of the subconscious are tweaked now as Neptune turns retrograde, also on the  21st, signaling a more intuitive or artistic time as we turn inward. Pay attention to what your inner muse is trying to tell you now, until Neptune's Direct motion in late November.

   While trying to be be optimistic and also remaining compassionate for all the suffering in the world, remember... keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground!