"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

Monday, January 15, 2018

Capricorn New Moon

  Tomorrow's New Moon takes place at 9:17pm in the 27th degree of Capricorn. There are 6 planets (energies) in this one Cardinal Earth sign (state of being). Cardinal Signs like to begin things, they are active and want to be in charge. For instance, Capricorn is the Earth sign that expresses itself best in practical matters pertaining to business and career. This Zodiac sign is symbolized by the mountain goat, always climbing to achieve it's goals. Capricorns are hard workers and make efficient bosses and are very good, usually, at running their own business. Just don't expect a Capricorn to be in touch with the emotional pieces of relationships, they're more business oriented.

   So, what does this mean for those of us who are not Capricorns? It means, you have this energy somewhere in your birth chart and can utilize it to get moving on a project, goal or business that you've been thinking, dreaming or slowly moving toward for the last couple of years. The Sun and Moon aligned in Cap, are getting an assist from positive aspects to Mars (action) and Pluto (change),  to direct your efforts toward what you want to make happen. While you probably won't see overnight success, it's important to keep on keeping on because you will eventually see results!

   Mars and Jupiter are both in the Fixed Water sign Scorpio at this New Moon adding passion and perseverance to your focus. Mars aligns with the Sun and Moon like a watering can to help grow your ideas, while Jupiter increases your opportunities or knowledge of what to invest in with Pluto's transformational talents. Stay alert for hints of what direction to move in. If you face obstacles, don't push too hard, instead, allow them to dissipate on their own and wait for your chance to make a move.

   New Moons allow us to look inward. This one can benefit from positive sextiles to Chiron from both the Sun and Moon. Chiron, known as the wounded healer, can bring an opportunity to put things right. This "centaur" also trines Mars and Jupiter, meaning that the insight one gains along the way, may not only bring about a catharsis, but allow you to move in a new direction as well. 

   I hope you direct your efforts well in moving toward what you hope to achieve this year. Persevere, conserve your hard-earned resources and hang in there! Remember to keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground~



Monday, January 1, 2018

Supermoon Full Moon January 2018

   Happy New Year Everyone! This is the closest (perigee) the Moon will be to the Earth all year. The next Supermoon is on January 31st, and it will also be a Total eclipse of the Moon. Tonight's Moon is very powerful, being in it's own sign of watery Cancer, a Cardinal sign that likes to get things done, especially as it involves home and family. A lot of people are gathering with friends and family for celebration that involves wonderful dishes deriving from many cultures, some prepared to ensure good luck in the year ahead. Some are wondering how they are going to be able to continue feeding their families.

   The chart for the Full Moon shows it opposite the Sun, Venus and Pluto in Capricorn and just past an opposition to Saturn, newly arrived in his home territory. With a heavy emphasis on pragmatic Earth energy, it might be easy to overlook the Moon's influence. I doubt however that will be possible, given the emotional nature of the Moon and her interaction with Mars and Jupiter in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces... that's a grand trine in Water signs. Feelings and our need to nurture and be nurtured, as well as protect our loved ones, is strongly influencing where people are coming from right now.

   Watch out for getting carried away or caught up in any hype that Mars and Jupiter may be stirring up in Scorpio. By that, I mean fear and suspicions that either come out of confusing situations or cause more confusion. The Grand Water Trine can be very helpful for letting feelings flow which may be overdue. However, we don't have to act on all our feelings or even express them all to everyone... we just need to get them out without devastating our loved ones! When actions are driven by emotion and Mars, the God of War is aligned closely with larger-than-life Jupiter (Thor) it can lead us down a path of destructive behavior if we aren't watching out!

   Tomorrow's Direct Stationing of the revolutionary planet Uranus can suddenly lead us in a new direction, hopefully for the better. I think I will adopt a wait and see approach and not go running off after some new adventure. with all the heart strings being pulled right now, we don't need to react in haste to anything. That transformer Pluto will feel the challenge of anything coming from change-maker Uranus, seeing as how he deals with the underworld. If you need to release past hurts, sorrows or wrongs, do it gently with some kind of ritual that allows you to leave the past behind and prepare for the challenge of new adventures.

  Remember, as you start the New Year with hope in your heart for the months ahead, to experience joy every day and share it with your loved ones. Oh yes... and remember also, to keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground~




Monday, December 18, 2017

Pathways Astrology: Sagittarius New Moon

Pathways Astrology: Sagittarius New Moon:    Welcome to my favorite New Moon! Okay, so it is right after my birthday and there are five planets currently in Sagittarius, but I do bel...

Sagittarius New Moon

   Welcome to my favorite New Moon! Okay, so it is right after my birthday and there are five planets currently in Sagittarius, but I do believe that everyone ought to be excited about this year's Sag New Moon. The synergy of the inner/Moon and the outer/Sun coming together in forward-looking Sagittarius lets us sow seeds of intention like never before. What do you really want to manifest?! Think it, see it, say it and feel it and you hold your future in your hands.

    As the optimistic and fiery sign of the zodiac, the home of the archer brings faith and hope to a beleagured world. Seekers after knowledge and defenders of integrity, Sagittarians understand the necessity of looking ahead with a trusting heart and an open mind. Not only are the Sun and Moon aligned in Sagittarius, so too are Mercury, Venus and Saturn. Be mindful of your thoughts and their power to create what you desire... another way to say that is be careful what you wish for!

   Two things happen this week that give added weight to this Moon. First, Saturn is leaving Sagittarius after 3 years, on Tuesday, Dec. 19th. and moving into Capricorn, prior to the Sun moving into Capricorn at the Winter Solstice on the 21st. All the soul searching honesty it took to get here needs to be acknowledged, before continuing the journey forward the future. Imagine you're standing at a threshold and look behind you to see the arduous work leading up to this point. Then turn and face the future and the hard work Saturn in Capricorn will demand over the next three years.

   All the planets in Sagittarius in the New Moon chart also align harmoniously with rebellious Uranus. Revolutionary and creative ideas facilitate spiritual answers to seeming roadblocks. Be brave, do the right thing and commit to making a difference in your life, your community and your world. After all, someone once said... the truth shall set you free! Be the truth and the light of the shining example for those closest to you that they may be empowered in their own lives.

   Remember, keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground... and may the force be with you~


Sunday, December 3, 2017

Gemini Full Moon

   Welcome to a Full Moon of conversations, possibilities and changing plans! With the Moon in airy Gemini, ruled by Mercury, the mood is light-hearted and sociable. However, Mercury goes retrograde just a few hours before the exact lunar opposition to the Sun, and that can cause confusion, especially if plans aren't coming together smoothly or decisions need to be made now. There is more to this Full Moon than that, but first a reminder of how to handle the infamous Mercury retrograde!

   Many people don't understand the best way to deal with Mercury Retrograde, and that is to think of everything as research for the final decision that can come in a few weeks. Yes, it's maddening to have to put plans on hold or have a computer or a car break down during this 3&1/2 week  time frame, especially if you have to deal with it now. Sometimes, the need for repair or replacement comes now, after the initial item was purchased during a previous retrograde phase. This insight into the cycle can be good to remember for future acquisitions... research now, buy later! 

   The Moon today is indeed busy, forming a couple of difficult aspects to ebullient Jupiter and artsy Neptune. There's a tendency to do too much with the expansiveness of our largest planet involved with the mood of the public. Personal feelings can lead to depression or confusion under Neptune's hazy influence today. Avoiding mood-altering substances and definitely carve out some time for peace and quiet for yourself. A walk on the beach or some yoga stretches and a meditation are soothing to the soul and a preferred way of dealing with any frustrations that arise .

   The most stabilizing aspect in this Full Moon chart is the conjunction of Mercury to business-like Saturn. The mind is focused on what you want to achieve and if you look back at the goals you made earlier this year and assess how you're doing with putting them into motion, this can be a good day for future achievements. Saturn will be leaving Sagittarius after three and a half years of focusing on the future, for his own sign - Capricorn, on December 19th, the day after the next New Moon. We are in the winding up period of setting goals and the hard work begins once Saturn enters his own sign for the next few years. Seriousness of intention is what it's all about now; if you want to achieve your goals, roll up your sleeves and get to work!

   Both Mercury and Saturn are in a harmonious dance with the revolutionary planet Uranus, putting new ideas, innovations and excitement on the table. Be willing to express those ideas that seem ahead of their time and share them with others because they may hold  the key for a better future for all involved. Saturn's ability to research and use resources, melds with innovation in a positively creative partnership now. You can get where you want to go if you can express your view of the future and offer a couple of steps for beginning the journey. Patience is involved.

   As always, remember to keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground~




Saturday, November 4, 2017

Full Moon in Taurus

   Welcome to a very interesting Full Moon, exact in the wee hours overnight, at 1:23am EDT tomorrow. Are we feeling the affects of this potent energy here on Earth...?! You bet we are... with optimism and hope as well. You see, The Sun and Moon are aligned with Neptune and Jupiter in very positive aspects. Now, we know that Jupiter is expansive and can get overly exuberant while Neptune can be delusional, so we have to avoid getting too carried away emotionally.

   Neptune is very active in this Full Moon chart, bringing in the possibility of spiritual connection and increased compassion for the Earth and all her inhabitants. Those are very redeeming qualities much needed in these trying times. However, there are also the qualities of disillusion and deception on the opposite side of the coins of compassion and spirituality. While Neptune is harmonizing with the Sun and optimistic Jupiter there is a lot of reason to feel good about things. Maintaining one's sense of hope while not leaning too far in either direction, will help to navigate these uncertain waters all around us.

    The Moon is also making a positive aspect to Pluto, making it easier to know what makes others tick. This perception can be quite helpful for transforming relationships and knowing how to use one's authority or power constructively for the benefit of all involved. Pluto in Capricorn brings some intense leadership capabilities and a drive to make drastic changes, which are probably needed. If you have the resources to institute the necessary reconstruction of a plan, a foundation or a  goal, then by all means, start the reformation.

   Taurus Full Moon highlights stability and conservation of resources. Look at the gains you have made since the Libra New Moon and recognize your achievements as stepping stones to your future security. Connect with nature by cleaning up the garden or removing the dead branches from around your property. Look at your wardrobe and see how you can re-purpose some articles in new outfits, instead of just getting rid of things to make space for new clothes. Conversely, you might find you have household items or furniture that you don't really need and can sell. Put the saved money into an envelope for a rainy day fund.

   In the meantime, remember to keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground~

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Libra New Moon

   Get ready to explore the unknown and the excitement it can bring in trying to balance all that's going on around us! And yes, I'm talking about this afternoon's New Moon in Libra. The reason it's going to be so exciting is the opposition that the Sun and Moon aligning in Libra make to the maverick planet Uranus in Aries. An image here is riding a bucking bronco and holding onto your seat while enjoying the ride or balancing on your surfboard as you ride in the wave. However... we're not quite there yet, so read on.

   We are still in the Balsamic phase of the Moon, until the New Moon at 3:12pm EST, sometimes called the "sleep time". This began when the slim waning Crescent Moon was at 45 degrees behind the Sun, on the evening of Oct. 15th. I know several people who have expressed being very tired the last few days and thankfully listened to their bodies, allowing themselves to be more open to their dreams and intuition. Physical energy is low, while psychic energy is high in the Balsamic Phase, which lasts roughly for three and a half days. This is a great time to rest and reflect, to see if we have released everything necessary in order to begin anew. 

   Sit quiet, shut your eyes and ask your subconscious if you have to let go of anything else, clean anything up, or take care of any unfinished business before embarking on a new path. Once done, your intuition can lead the way to new creativity. Slowing down and being in the moment allows you to nurture and appreciate what you already have. The Balsamic phase is a good time to trim your hair, your nails or your lawn if you don't want them to grow back quickly.

   Now, back to the New Moon coming in in Libra and the alignment of solar and lunar energies! As Libra is an Air sign ruled by Venus, both intellect and beauty come together with the emotional need to find harmony. The groundwork is laid for a month of seeking balance and fairness or justice. Providing an assist here is the conjunction of the Sun and Moon to Jupiter, increasing an optimistic view of how things can be, with no limits on our vision of possibilities! Helping to keep things on an even keel and still be productive, is the waning square between Mars' drive and Saturn's limitation.

   Conflicts can arise from the opposition of Sun and Moon to revolutionary Uranus. Emotions are all over the place due to unforeseen circumstances arising. However, the opportunities that come with change can carry you closer to your ultimate goals... if you don't stand in your own way. Some people will fear losing their self-identity and/or their freedom (Uranus). Those with a stronger sense of self will realize that nothing anyone else says or does can take that away from them. Being mindful of others and ready to seize new opportunities for positive change is what this aspect is about. It's like being on a surfboard, waiting to catch the right wave and ride it. Cowgirl or surfer... take your pick!

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