"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, 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~

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

New Moon Solar Eclipse

  The Moon comes together with the Sun at 4:05pm tomorrow in the 27th degree of Aquarius. We know that this is called a New Moon and it also happens to be a Partial Eclipse of the Sun, which we won't be able to see in North America. Why doesn't an Eclipse occur at every New or Full Moon? Because the Moon doesn't always cross the nodal point on the ecliptic at exactly the same time each month!

   When the inner (Moon) and outer (Sun) energies, otherwise known as "the Lights" join together, they can work harmoniously toward a similar goal. The New Moon in Aquarius sets up a lunar month  focused on connections, networking and groups. As a Fixed Air sign, Aquarius lives up to its' reputation for friendliness, independence and thinking outside the box. The Eclipse heightens the  opportunities for change to happen sooner and more intently. Use this energy wisely. Be careful what you wish for!

  The detached manner of this 11th sign of the Zodiac expresses itself by loving freedom, speaking up for the rights of individuals and being unconventional. However, Aquarians can get stuck in thinking that because they care about the group as a whole, they don't have to change their minds! Usually, when the Sun travels through Aquarius, we have the energy to focus on our goals and who can help us reach them. Progressive brainstorming and logical thinking come to the forefront in the lunar month ahead.

   Looking at the chart for this New Moon, we see that Mercury, planet of communication and inquiry, aligns closely to the Moon and the Sun. Mercury is comfortable in Aquarius and brings the added ability to study and do research. All three of these planets are leaving a challenging aspect to Jupiter (expansion) in Scorpio (intense emotional connections), where we've been asking the question, just how much do I have to give of myself in order to get my needs met?! Another separating aspect they're making is a more positive sextile to Uranus, planetary ruler of Aquarius. Did you recently, last day or so... have an opportunity to make new connections or realign your focus for obtaining your own goals? 

   There's a thread here folks, one that requires you to look with fresh eyes at what may at first appear to be daunting, but in fact, leads to fulfillment of some of your hopes and dreams. You need to be honest with yourself first about anything that holds you to the past. Review tonight and into tomorrow, so you can let go of stuck thinking. Then make a new wish list of what you envision for yourself in the future. Then, after the New Moon tomorrow afternoon, you can begin (baby steps) to make connections, set up a website, take a class in technology, or join a group or committee where you can work with like-minded others for the good of the whole, whether it's an organization, a community or a special interest group.

   Remember to keep your mind open... while your head is in the stars and your feet are on the ground.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Full Moon... Super Moon... Total Eclipse of the Moon...

   Also referred to as a Blue Moon, as in once in a blue moon... meaning a Full Moon twice in one month, or a Blood Moon, because of the reddish appearance of the Moon as Luna passes through the Earth's shadow.. And yes, it's a Super Moon, meaning it's at perigee or closest to the Earth, so we know the affect of the Full Moon is even stronger, tides are higher and emotions are deeper. The Eclipse happening now is like the icing on the cake, just topping it all off and highlighting what there is to be seen or felt.

    This Full Moon takes place at 8:27am EST in the 12th degree of the Fixed Fire sign Leo. With the Sun opposite in Aquarius, Fixed Air, what is illuminated is how well we're doing bringing our talents and creativity out to connect with the larger group, our community. The buildup from New Moon to Full can bring fulfillment if efforts have been positively directed, but if negativity has ensued, then worry and confusion can prevail. Is it time to let go of the shackles of the past and move toward your goals?

    Leo's influence is wanting to enjoy life, to love and be loved, to freely express one's talents in a bold way that encourages others. The warmth of this strong sign is greatly enhanced at the Full Moon, causing people to seek recognition, romance or affection, sometimes in very dramatic ways. As the Moon aspects Venus later in the day, the need for give and take is highlighted so that your needs and the needs of others don't become a challenge. Expressing one's passion for a person, a project or a belief is all well and good, as long as the ego isn't in the drivers seat.

   The Sun in Aquarius is the polarity to Luna in Leo and reminds us of our connections to others. Be sociable, get out there and meet new people and remember at all times to let your own light shine. Instead of comparing yourself to another, you could try to identify similar needs or goals, never losing sight of your individual intentions. Each person is on their own path and our paths will always cross. As you express more clearly who you are and what you want, don't lose sight of your own path.

     Having the added influence of a Lunar Eclipse can bring greater insight or revelations that have a profound affect on an individual. It would be wise to carve out some alone time, going inward in meditation or thought for a brief look at your intentions before expressing your innermost desires to the outer world. You can still share your goals, once clear of what steps to take for yourself, as long as you are keeping your expectations in check. The influence of an eclipse has a way of working itself out over the weeks and months to come and effects can be felt for a long time.

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

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~