"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, July 25, 2011

The Sun In Leo, Venus Into Leo & Mercury Into Virgo,Then A Leo New Moon

  Yesterday the Sun entered it's rulership in the zodiac sign of Leo. If you know any Leo natives, you know they are fun-loving, courageous and willful. Take the lion's lead and they will show you an exciting time, but ask them to let you be the leader and you might as well retreat to the hills as they sound their mighty roar! This kind of strength and power is what the Sun's energy is all about - think of how far away the sun is from earth and how it warms us nonetheless. If you are fortunate enough to be loved by a Leo, count your blessings because standing within their circle of light will make you feel special.

  The sign of Leo is elemental fire with the modus operandi of being fixed, which means that when the Sun is in Leo, we can experience the clash of strong egos, especially among leaders or heads of state. Watching a political drama play out is like observing two children who both want their way - neither wants to back down, but if both would give a little, they could find a creative way to have fun. It's that child-like response to life of   either "we'll do it my way" or "hey, let's do this..!". When good old Sol moves through this part of the sky, we want a playmate to have fun with and if that's not possible, we can muster up the strength to go it alone.

  Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are under the influence of the Gemini Moon. As Gemini is an Air sign, this is a good time for writing down your ideas, thoughts or memories. It's also the time for communication and negotiation. If there's something important that needs to be agreed on however, wait until after 1:05p.m. Monday when the Moon is firmly in Gemini and not making a trying aspect to Neptune, which can lead to confusion. Tuesday is the best day of the week to continue a meeting or discussion with others and to really accomplish something work-wise.

  There is an occultation of Mars by the Moon on Wednesday at 12:55 p.m. that's like an eclipse. It can add stress to your words and a sense of urgency, so no pushing allowed! This occulatation of Mars is only visible in Samoa, French Polynesia and the southern half of So. America, except for the very tip.  A few hours later, tbhe Sun harmonizes with Uranus for insight and new energy, so if there's something you need a fresh look at, Wednesday afternoon will provide you with all the right ingredients, especially if you have to ask a boss for their assistance.

  Thursday has two big events as first Venus moves into Leo in the morning and Mercury enters Virgo in the early afternoon. So what does that mean for everyone? Well, Venus holds the planetary energy of beauty and love and it has to do with the power of attraction. Some of her symbolism is affection, friendship, pleasure, art and values. With this Goddess of Beauty in the fiery sign of Leo, things can heat up in the romance department or at the beauty parlor with new looks abounding as people give in to their self-indulgent tendencies. Remember all the attributes I talked about above, having to do with the Sun in Leo...?... well, with Venus here, it becomes more personal for the next month. Oh, it can also be that girls just want to have fun!!

  As the Messenger of the Gods, as Mercury was know by long ago, moves into Virgo, one of the signs it rules, thinking becomes more directed toward specific ends. Mercury has to do with the intellect and reasoning and being in this analytical sign, it strengthens the mind's ability to learn and retain information. Just remember this, Mercury will retrograde on August 3rd, moving back into Leo on August 8th, so if you need to hammer out the details on anything before the retrograde cycle ends August 27th, get it done this week, otherwise, you'll be doing this in September when Mercury re-enters Virgo for the second time.

  The Moon in Cancer is active on Thursday and void-of-course on Friday. There are more opportunities for emotional entanglements Thursday with the possibility of hurt feelings, especially after Mercury moves into Virgo and the Moon encounters Saturn that evening. It's all about "just the facts" and not about how anyone is feeling. If you can express yourself on Friday the impact will be less likely to do long-term damage. Being in tune to others' needs as well as your own will go a long way as the Moon is in it's darkest phase right now. Trust your gut and to know your own emotional priorities right now.

  Saturday finds the Moon going to join the Sun for the Leo New Moon at 2:40p.m. EDT. This brings the inner and the outer together with a need for recognition and warmth and defines the tone of the month ahead. Appreciating loved ones, especially children, having fun and expressing your love are high on the list of things to do. Leo is dramatic energy so invite friends in for a game of charades or go see a play with your favorite niece or nephew - you're sure to enjoy yourself if you remember what it felt like to be a kid!

  That's enough from me for now, but you ought to know that when the Sun moved into Leo Saturday, I joined friends for a night out, then went dancing in the street in Barnard VT - where I expected to see more friends than I did, but no matter. I had fun watching the kids swim in the waning moonlight while the teenagers danced with their girlfriends and boyfriends and the adults boogied and swayed to the delightful sounds of a kick-ass band. It was a magical night for a moon-dance indeed!

  Until next time, remember to keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground!



Sunday, July 17, 2011

Full Moon In Capricorn and the Week Ahead

  Coming off a week of sunshine and warmth like we've had in New England, has been wonderful and it looks like another warm week ahead with intermittent thundershowers. This typical summer weather makes it hard to focus on work, but that's what we must do with the present lunar energy! The Capricorn Full Moon highlights responsibility, whether in your career, to your job or to your family. Even though the Full Moon culminated early Friday morning, we are still in the "days of distribution" of its' energy.

  The impact of this Full Moon may seem mild in comparison to the last two New Moons and earlier Full Moon on June 15th all being highlighted by eclipses! However, if we flesh out the symbolism of this current soli-lunar cycle and notice where the "Lights", as the Sun and Moon are called, are in the night sky, I feel the significance can be substantial. At this time of year, the Sun is highest in the sky, in the northern hemisphere, getting a lot of attention during the longer days, especially if spent at the beach... while the Moon is lower in the sky during the shorter summer nights.

  With the Sun in watery Cancer, the focus is on emotional ties, particularly to home and family, with the added pre-occupation of keeping ones' feeling from being hurt during this emotionally vulnerable time. Like this zodiac sign's symbol, the Crab, Cancerians can appear to have a hard shell but they are actually hiding their sensitivity. Needing a safe and nurturing home is what we all want so that on a gut level, we feel secure. When the Sun and Moon are in opposition at this time of year, the Full Moon occurs in Capricorn - the sign opposite it's rulership, where it is said to be in it's debility. That sets up a dynamic of what I think of as "have-tos" and "want-tos". In other words, those things we must do first, like provide for our families and pay our bills, etc. in order to have the time and resources to do or have what we then want.

  It's easy to see how the Capricorn Moon can feel like a stern parent when we just want to go to the beach! But hey, if you worked hard, you deserve to lie around or cook outside on the grill and enjoy the warmth of the longer days. So, just ask yourself these questions: "Am I doing all I can to take care of myself?" "Have I completed all the work I started, or am I at least making progress in that direction?" and one more... "Am I moving toward my goals?" If the answer to two out of three is 'yes', then you can safely take some time off to enjoy yourself, but... if you can't answer 'yes' to the first one, what do you need to do to take care of yourself? For some it'll be about job security, for others, it'll be about opening up and sharing their feelings, even though it may mean being vulnerable. In any event, try to be sensitive to your own and others' needs for the next two weeks, as the lunar cycle wanes and we follow through on the goals we set for ourselves at the July 1st  New Moon.

  Looking ahead at the rest of this week, we are in one of those long void Moon phases today, Sunday, when it is best to go with the flow and not push our personal agendas quite so hard! The work week begins tomorrow with an intuitive Pisces Moon, active on both Monday and Tuesday, good for tuning in to underlying currents and paying attention to our compassionate sides. Another void-of-course moon phase occurs Wednesday morning when it is best to follow through on things, not initiating anything important until after the Moon enters Aries at 12:25 p.m. While an Aries Moon usually signals a beginning time, just know that Wednesday afternoon and Thursday are more about the little actions you can take to get your projects started and not any grandiose gestures! Midday Thursday is a balancing act between self and others, so know what you need to do and listen to what others say they need from you.

  The Aries Moon is still active on Friday until 5:34pm, when it begins to travel void-of-course again. Let the momentum of what you have started or completed since Monday, close out your work week on a positive note. Early in the morning on Saturday, the Sun enters fiery Leo, where he feels right at home in his own regal throne on high! Leo is a fixed (stubborn...) sign which wants to shine his light on you, as long as the spotlight remains firmly on the Leo at center stage. If a Leo loves you, they have decided you are worthy of their many talents, so it's best to applaud, smile and nod, but only if you can do so sincerely - otherwise, you will hear their mighty roar as they show you to the door! Having fun in the sun is where the energy is at this time of year - enjoy it to the fullest next weekend as we begin a month under Leo sunbeams.

  The Last Quarter Moon in Taurus occurs Saturday, bringing two fixed signs to an impasse (Leo Sun and Taurus Moon). Just decide whether to be agreeable and enjoy whatever you have and whomever you are with, or... that you'll be happier having some quality time with yourself to avoid feeling bullied into something, because whining won't do any good! I'm not saying to give up your principles or settle for less, but you can pick and choose your battles and who or what to spend your energy, money or time on.

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