"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

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Scorpio New Moon

   The inner (Moon) and the outer (Sun) joined together today at 16 degrees of Scorpio to align our personal desires with those of our partners, no matter how intense things may be. It's  usually a good idea to sit down and write a New Moon "Wish List" for the lunar month ahead. Make note of what you're striving toward and whomever else is along for the journey. Be sure to consider the following aspects being made at this time, as helpers along the way.

    As the Sun and Moon work together in Scorpio, they are separating from a harmonious aspect to the compassionate planet Neptune in its own sign of Pisces. Deep feelings have met with the flowing concern for union and reunion, bringing in a softening of emotions that can allow for understanding and compassion. Be kind to one another.

   When the "Lights", as the Sun and Moon are known, travel through Scorpio's territory, they put added emphasis on determination, power and change. Pluto has dominion over the realm of Scorpio and today he is contacted by these Lights. An opportunity arises to work together for the greater good, maybe locally, maybe on a grander scale. Decide to be active in the role of change, realizing that even small steps will make a great difference in transforming the status quo where needed.

   Today's chart shows Venus in Libra and Mars in Aquarius, both Air signs, in harmony. There is an ability to relate to others and enjoy our groups and our surroundings. Watch out for vague feelings of worry and the inability to be decisive, thanks to Mercury in Sagittarius squaring off with dreamy Neptune. Mars in Aquarius challenges Jupiter at the last degree of Scorpio. Stubborn ideas, fixed attitudes and impulsive behaviors can only lead to more problems. 

   As expansive Jupiter finishes out his year in intense Scorpio, we ought to be disentangling from problematic issues and applying self-discipline to our efforts in achieving our goals. Jupiter moves into his own sign, Sagittarius, at 7:38am tomorrow morning. I promise not to go overboard, but I'm starting to feel a tad bit optimistic!

   Remember to keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground, whether there's cause for celebration, or not~



Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Full Moon in Reliable Taurus

  Welcome to today's Full Moon, culminating at 12:45pm; we could be in for a bumpy ride! It's an interesting time, with the Sun in Scorpio, conjunct retrograde Venus and the Moon in Taurus conjunct Uranus. There's a strong Venusian theme underlying this month (see sidebar) and now the Full Moon is highlighting  financial themes, with an opposition to Scorpio. Undercurrents... power... where are  the shake-ups occurring?!

   Why is this even more volatile than a normal Moon conjunct Uranus? Because the Sun in Scorpio, Moon and Uranus in Taurus, are exactly squaring the Nodes of the Moon in the other two Fixed signs, Leo and Aquarius!! That's a kind of destiny point that we'll be talking about for some time. The Moon rules the ebb and flow of emotions and a Full Moon in earthy Taurus shows the tide rising and falling with regard to our resources and financial picture. 

   This would be a good time to tighten our belts and avoid taking on more debt. Being realistic and adopting a wait-and-see attitude toward any new investments is crucial now. Expecting shake-ups in the world markets, as well as our personal finances would be wise. This is the theme of the last week in October and the first week of November. Remember, Jupiter is still in Scopio, until November 8th, making a Big Deal out of stored intense energy and hidden matters.

   With responsible Saturn making positive aspects to the Sun, Moon and Uranus, we have the opportunity... no, the necessity... to use our discipline and concentrate on what we need to focus on, without fear and without worry. Saturn has to do with limitation, which is the first step toward manifestation. If you want something on the material plane, you'd better be patient and willing to work for it. That's where we're at.

    Another aspect to consider in this Full Moon chart is the alignment of communicative Mercury with expansive Jupiter. Putting on your thinking caps and getting information for yourselves, instead of relying on the talking heads, is very important. Trust your gut, look into things affecting you and then use logic and reasoning, not emotion... to discern the best course of action for yourself.

   In the meantime, do what you can to make someone else feel better, because that'll make you feel better. And keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground~

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

New Moon in Libra

   Tonight's New Moon in Libra has Venus' energy all over it! Not only does she rule Libra, but Venus just turned retrograde in Scorpio 3 days ago, giving us an opportunity to re-envision balancing the scales in all of our partnerships. Where do you need to renegotiate your agreements , whether personal or business?

   The attraction principle of Venus allows us to review what messages we are sending about our values and what we are willing to exchange for what is important to us in our relationships. Where have things gotten out of balance? What lacks equality or fairness? What have we settled for and are we willing to remain there? This is the job of a retrograde cycle, and in Scorpio we have to ask the hard questions and be willing to dig deeper for the answers.

   This New Moon chart shows a challenge between Venus and Mars to remain patient with each other. Not pushing too much to have our way or yielding too much to please another are the cautions at this time.There's work to be done on ourselves and there are no short cuts. Mars in Aquarius wants to forge ahead and try something new, but he knows that he must wait and see how Venus feels about the deeper issues. Much can be gained with patience and understanding over the long haul.

   Really pressing the issue are squares between the Moon and Pluto and the Sun and Pluto. Drama and intense emotions arise and one has to be honest about just how much is too much and how to regain some peace and quiet. Are you being an antagonist and trying to assert your power just because you know you can, or... are you the protagonist who plays the hero and comes away feeling like you've done some good? Either way, too much is too much and a compromise is called for.

   Seek harmony and peacefulness and remember that awareness comes from listening for the answers the universe has to offer and acceptance means starting from where you are. Head in the stars and feet on the ground~


Monday, September 24, 2018

Full Moon in Aries

   Tonight's Full Moon at 2 degrees of Aries is also known as the Harvest Moon. It is the first Full Moon after the Autumnal Equinox and it shows us how we've done preparing for this season of plenty. While the Moon is in Aries, it is opposed to Libra, reminding us that we are not alone. Out individual efforts matter when taken into account with how they affect the others in our lives.

   Do we speak out for ourselves because we need to, or because someone else needs us to be brave and stand up for ourselves, or for them? Chiron, a Centaur, represents a holistic approach to understanding how we  hurt and how we heal, hence the name sometimes given him, the Wounded Healer. This maverick teacher has a particularly poignant effect now, being aligned with the Aries Moon in this Full Moon chart. Past relationships and imbalances of power, or lack of harmony  may be highlighted now so that we can see where the healing needs to take place. Sometimes, we have to be open-minded to see another point of view in order for wholeness to be restored.

   The biggest challenge in this Full Moon chart are the squares between The Sun in Libra and the Moon in Aries and stern Saturn in Capricorn. Necessity may cause authority figures to make us feel limited in some way. Our plans may not be unfolding as quickly as we would have liked, but there are things to take care of first. Be clear about your responsibilities and  make sure you have a viable plan with the important people involved, so that steady steps can be taken to achieve your goals.

   Mars in early Aquarius  forms a favorable and potentially productive aspect to the Moon that can lead to success if you act assertively now. Energy and confidence add to self-assurance when you consider that the Sun is also harmoniously aligned with this mover and shaker.

   Remember not to push anyone into your way of thinking or acting. Remember to play fair. Remember to listen and share your thoughts when it's your turn. And remember... keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Adjusting Under A Virgo New Moon

 The Moon joins the Sun in Virgo at 2:01pm EST, setting the stage for organization, discrimination and critical thinking. Virgo assimilates, not just ideas, but as ruler of the intestines, has a lot to do with the foods we put into our bodies.This lunar month is a great time to clean off your desk or clean out your pantry and dump toxins from your body. Heck, the more you organize, the better you'll feel! Virgo's "M. O" (mode of operating) is to want to change everything... now... today... don't! Take it easy on yourself and others. Being super-critical won't help with the changes you want to make. It's better to flow into your new version of your best self and allow others to do the same.
   Mercury also moved into Virgo a few days ago, one of the two signs (s)he has rulership over - the other being Gemini. Lending its powers of discernment to this earthy sign, Mercury helps us to adapt our bodies and our minds to what we need for our health and well-being. We're reminded that we can make a choice to eliminate negative habits and substitute positive ones. For example, say you would like to cut down on your sugar intake and you put 4 teaspoons in your coffee every morning; by choosing each day to cut back to three teaspoons every day for a couple of weeks, you'll begin to get used to the taste and not need so much sugar; in another month, you could even cut down to two teaspoons. Just don't try and change everything all at once... start small and be consistent!

   Back to the New Moon chart... Opportunity is a keyword now, thanks to applying sextiles -aspects of growth, between the Sun and Moon in Virgo, to expansive Jupiter in Scorpio. Think little step forward for an expansive future. Plant your seed ideas in the fertile and watered soil provided by Scorpio. It takes earth and water to make seeds grow and now is the time to start moving forward with your goals. Commitment in partnerships and drawing on the wealth of a larger pool of resources will see you through as long as you put in the necessary work on your end, to get started.

   There's something else to consider about Mercury at this time, as it forms harmonious aspects with hard-working Saturn and ingenious Uranus. Mental actively is strong now, minds are active and this is good for making plans, communicating with others and sharing original ideas. Just don't wait too long to get out of your head and engage in productive dialogue with like-minded people, or you could miss a wonderful opportunity to build your future on.

  The topping on the cake here (gluten-free, tasty carrot cake of course...) is a not-seen-often-enough positive alignment of Jupiter with Pluto. Collaboration and open-mindedness can be very productive tools for expansion at this New Moon. As you organize, weed out and make your plans, remember to keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground!



Sunday, August 26, 2018

Pisces Full Moon

   The Pisces Full Moon at 7:56am EST on Sunday, reminds us of the vulnerable process of healing. Virgo identifies the specifics of what needs to be healed in an earthy way and Pisces lets the feelings flow around the wound, whether physical, emotional or psychic. It's hard to imagine being open in the way Pisces wants us to be and not feeling wounded all over again, but we must... in order to wash it and release the hurt. Remember that old saying about salt water healing everything? Get in the ocean if you can, or fill a tub with salts and climb in. Be intuitive about what you need to release and immerse yourself in the letting go.

   There are two supporting players in this cosmic dance that help to identify the necessity of this letting go process. One is Saturn in Capricorn offering us the chance to own our shortcomings, failures or wounds by sextiling the Pisces Moon in order to do this compassionate work. Uranus in Taurus  also sextiles the Moon to show us where we can be free of past hurts by acknowledging a way out of negative habits. These two planetary energies in Earth signs are harmonizing with the Sun to create a flow of practicality and thinking outside the box. This doesn't happen often, so be sure to utilize the possibilities that this Full Moon offers.

   The Sun in Virgo is experiencing some friction with Venus at the same time that the Moon is having to find a way to come to terms with Venus need for peace, harmony and balance. That can show up as financial struggle or a simple need to balance your checkbook. Interestingly enough, this chart shows the Moon in the same aspect to Pluto as the Sun to Venus and the same aspect to Venus as the Sun is to Pluto. Moon aspects involving Pluto are more internal and this one can offer a toehold for understanding your own motivations. The Sun/Pluto aspect is externalized and speaks to the lack of control we may be feeling in the world. While we can balance the checkbook, we don't have a lot of say about how the government is being run today or how politics is affecting finances worldwide.

   Remember to breathe through the moments of your day, trust in your intuitive ability to know the next right step and keep on keeping on! Oh yes, also remember to keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground~


Saturday, August 11, 2018

Leo New Moon & A Partial Solar Eclipse

   We are two-thirds of the way through eclipse season, meaning there's one more eclipse and that's tomorrow, August 11th. Not visible in the US, we will still feel the effects of this Solar Eclipse and I will look at that shortly. First, I want to explain why I didn't write about the Aquarian Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on July 27th. I generally write my blogs the day before a New or Full Moon.

   On July 26th, I was traveling off island to be in Boston early the next morning at MGH (Mass General Hospital) to prep for a lumpectomy on Friday, the 27th. Yes... I was eclipsed by the Full Moon and having surgery to remove cancer from my right breast. I can report that just today, I received a call from the Pathology Dept. saying my margins were clean on the area removed and the lymph removed showed no cancer... yay!! Next step is a meeting with my oncology team to discuss upcoming treatment. Because the tissues (2 spots) removed were small, the diagnosis is good and I anticipate minimal treatment.  I am very lucky to have caught this early and feel blessed that my situation is manageable, with an optimistic outlook! In the meantime, I am healing and dealing with a pinched nerve that started the week before surgery and has incapacitated my right hand. Massage, chiropractic and polarity therapy are helping somewhat, but writing is very difficult and picking things up is practically impossible.

   Now, let's look at the New Moon in Leo and tomorrow's Solar Eclipse chart. The Sun and Moon come together with communicative Mercury in Leo, allowing strong emotions to come to light, and be spoken about. These can be feelings of love or the need for creative self-expression. They may involve children, a love interest or a deeply felt passion that needs to see the light of day. Sometimes, these issues are best dealt with in a therapeutic setting. Wherever Leo resides in your chart, is where you can be strong, without exerting too much of your will, be playful and express yourself!

   Take some time to make a very important New Moon Wish List that involves those things you would like to manifest in your life. Remember to include all the resources that could be helpful, as well as the influential people (Leo/king...) you are connected with, to assist you on your journey to getting your needs met. Don't be afraid to dream BIG!!

   Aspects from the Sun, Moon and Mercury to exuberant Jupiter and powerful Pluto bring a sense of optimism and a can-do spirit. Overindulgence can misinform you about the possibilities if you let it. There is a lot of possibility with this Solar Eclipse that can give you the inner strength to achieve your goals. Just remind yourself that Mercury and Mars are still retrograde and pace yourself. The eclipse energy will move in a six month cycle, beginning with awareness, opportunity to act, challenge followed by a time of balance and harmony, then adjustment and finally a clear look at where you will be standing six months from now. If you can imagine your best-case scenario, the future looks bright. If you imagine the worst, you will see only a dim, unfulfilling road ahead.

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