"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, October 19, 2011

Mixed Outlook For This Last Quarter Moon Week of October

  Today's Last Quarter Moon in Cancer signals the time when the influences of the previous three weeks of this Lunar cycle have played out and the only thing to do now is to make a conscious decision on how to use, or clean up from, the energies generated since the New Moon in Libra. The relationship between the Sun and the Moon is a challenging square and it begins what we call the fourth quarter. The challenge is to integrate what we have actively done to accomplish the intentions we set at the beginning of the cycle, with whether or not we feel we have grown positively in that direction. If not, this week before the next New Moon is best spent taking care of business, but not initiating any big new plans!

  The Sun is still in Libra, a Cardinal Air sign whose energy is best expressed by seeking balancing in relationships. The Moon today is in the Cardinal Water sign of Cancer, its' ruler-ship, where it finds expression through the emotions and the subconscious, especially when dealing with issues of how and where we are nurtured. Intense emotional upheaval having to do with relationships and emotional needs, has to be dealt with this week in order to prepare for the coming New Moon cycle that starts next week when the Sun and Moon join up in Scorpio.

  The Last Quarter Moon occurs at 11:30pm, beginning a void-of-course Moon phase that lasts until the Moon moves into Leo tomorrow morning, at 6:06 a.m. where it will remain through Friday. This period of Leo influence is good for enjoyment and creative pursuits, especially if it reminds you of the joy children find in discovery and just plain having fun! Just make sure that you've taken care of your responsibilities before you decide to cut out of work early. If you are the boss or a supervisor, perhaps you can declare Friday a "fun" day to show your more magnanimous side.

  The monthly pairing of the Sun and Neptune in a harmonious relationship on Friday night combines compassion and strength which can bring spiritual guidance without the need for complete surrender or retreating with one's tail between their legs. This aspect reminds me of the cowardly lion finding his courage and what better time than under a Leo Moon!

  Virgo Moon brings in the weekend as it holds sway over Saturday and Sunday with an emphasis on orderliness, setting good boundaries and taking care of your health and nutrition. At the end of the lunar cycle, Virgo helps eliminate habits, clean the junk food out of the pantry and fridge and visit the health food store for some new herbs and vitamins. This is a great time to do a seasonal cleanse to rid the body of toxins if your health care adviser/doctor recommends it.

   On Sunday, the Sun enters Scorpio at 2:30 p.m. ratcheting up the intensity of emotions, desires and purposeful activity for the month ahead. As the Fixed Water sign of the zodiac, Scorpio is known for being very intense, often suspicious and extremely determined! Scorpio natives are usually magnetic and can work well with a partner equally determined to use their shared resources, drawing from a deep well of creativity. Think of the month of Scorpio energy as an unlimited source of passion and imagination from which to draw your most prolific productions. Remember that in order to reap the most of your creativity, you must work with another for Scorpio's co-creative process to bring you what you truly desire.

   Monday morning can be a struggle if you don't go with the flow instead of trying to impose your ideas onto others before the Moon is firmly in Libra at 11:49 a.m. People will still be trying to see where they stand and may be reeling under two trying aspects from the Moon in Libra to Uranus and Pluto on Monday. It's always hard enough during the last couple of days before a new moon cycle when it is literally the darkest time of the month, so go easy on yourself and others while you clean off your desk, finish up old projects and make room for all the creative things you'll be immersed in soon enough! Try to remember that Luna has to travel through Libra for two days before she catches up with and overtakes the Sun in Scorpio at the New Moon on Wednesday.

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



Sunday, October 9, 2011

From Restfulness To Restlessness At The Full Moon In Aries

  We are in the midst of Columbus Day weekend, representing an opportunity for many to just unwind while the weather is still enjoyable. Here in the Northeast, the cooler temperatures of Fall bring out the leaf-peepers and the soup recipes. Pisces Moon on Friday night interacted with Neptune for a good dose of nostalgia, after which Venus came along to join in with the whole theme of relaxation and self-indulgence.

  Today, Venus, goddess of beauty and attraction, enters the smoldering water sign Scorpio for the next four weeks, bringing an emphasis to sexuality, procreation and creativity. This planetary energy expressing itself through the responsive sign of desire can be very potent, however subtle; watch for signs of sensuality and proceed with caution! Now, before you decide whether to run off to the drugstore for supplies, or not... consider that "creativity" has many meanings. Scorpio is the sign of joint productivity and promotes combining your energy with another to make something really meaningful.Working together now increases the likelihood of achieving your desired outcome.

  Getting to the bottom of a mystery or delving into deeper feelings that have lurked beneath the surface will also be supported by Mercury, (intellect, communication and gathering of information)  as it joins Venus in Scorpio on Thursday. Perhaps you have wanted to get to know someone better, study another language, or explore your own feelings - the next several weeks are good for becoming like a diver and entering deeper waters. This is a great time for applied concentration and increased productivity!

  The Full Moon culminates Tuesday night at 19 degrees of Aries, the cardinal Fire sign of the zodiac. The Sabian Symbol for this degree is "The Magic Carpet" of Oriental Imagery, which speaks to the use of creative imagination in maintaining an unattached outlook at man's everyday reality. The suggestion of rest and flights of fancy promote the ability to transcend normality through a dreamlike ability to see the whole picture. Where do you need to rise above a present day situation for insight, clarity or understanding? Wherever you find Aries in your birth chart is the area of life where this Full Moon energy can transform your viewpoint!

  The monthly union of the Sun and Saturn takes place in Libra on Thursday, drawing attention to the necessity and responsibility of harmonizing in relationships. We have another week and a half of solar energy focused on balance before the sun moves into Scorpio on the 23rd. This conjunction speaks to the power of tradition, the acceptance of limitation and the wisdom of constructive use of resources. Governments and authority figures will definitely be feeling the constraints of their obligations and how to meet the needs of the populace! Once past the Full Moon it is time to work with what we have in as responsible a manner as possible. Where do your reponse-abilities lie and what can you do about them?

  Wishing you all a week of steadfast gain towards finding balance in your lives~
  Remember to keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground!


Sunday, October 2, 2011

Overcoming Obstacles Of The Past & Moving Forward At The First Quarter Moon

   Despite all our good intentions and reaching out to significant others since the Libra New Moon earlier this week, the cosmos keeps throwing up roadblocks and surprising us to see how well we can maintain our balance. It is especially important tonight and tomorrow to be aware of energy that seems to sweep us up so that we don't take any rash actions that may cause harm to ourselves or others. Why do I say this... because that action-oriented planet Mars, which desires physical expression "now", is meeting up with the "master of the universe", Jupiter, who knows it all, wants to do it all,  and wants to include you in his plan!

   If the momentum to get going on a project has been eluding you until now, then by all means, utilize this fantastic energy to get going! If, on the other hand, you feel pushed or influenced in any way by your own or someone else' anger or desires, please pull back from acting out, as the outcome will be far less than beneficial. For some that may mean identifying whether or not their frustration has built up to the point of no return and if this urge to take action is a good thing or not. For others, it may be timely to forgive and forget the people and situations that they have let hold them back for so long. Frustration with others is just a sign that things aren't "going my way". Frustration with myself is a sign that it is indeed time to take action. Be honest with yourself first to identify whether you are being reactive or proactive!

   Now, let's take a look at the First Quarter Moon which also happens to take place tomorrow. The Moon has four basic phases which most people recognize as the New Moon, First Quarter, Full Moon and Last Quarter phases. Once a month the Sun and Moon join together in the same sign, called a New Moon, for planting seeds and new beginnings. Then, a week later, the Moon pulls away to form a ninety degree angle to the Sun which creates a crisis of sorts between the out-going energy and anything holding them back from the past. In order to fully utilize the new ideas and see progress at the Full Moon, one has to deal effectively with the challenge of consciousness that comes at this First Quarter. If you do the same old thing, you're bound to get the same old result.

  So, the First Quarter Moon is at ten degrees of Capricorn - cardinal Earth, squaring the Sun at ten degrees of Libra - cardinal Air. That tells me that these two action-oriented signs may be dealing with issues of balance between career and relationship, particularly with authority figures, like bosses or administrations. If you have to choose between pleasing your partner or your boss, that's going to be tricky and if your partner happens to also be a business partner, that's even harder! By the way, these two signs of the zodiac don't care about your feelings or how excited you are about your new project, they just want you to "keep calm and carry on", in the case of Capricorn, or remain neutral, not rocking the boat, in the case of Libra. What do you need to release or change in order to move forward with your goals? How can you achieve success without jeopardizing  your primary relationship(s)? That is what you will have to identify and do if you want to break free of patterns that have held you back in the past. How well you do will be reflected back at you during the Aries Full Moon on Oct. 11th.

   One more cosmic line-up that I'd like to talk about today, and that comes up on Thursday, is when Mercury, (logic, reasoning and communication), lines up with Saturn, (responsibility, necessity and austerity). When these two planetary energies come together, we have the ability to put our minds to good use and buckle down on anything that requires detailed work. However, we need to avoid becoming so detail-oriented that we lose sight of the bigger picture or, in our obsessive need to plan everything, we end up annoying others who may actually be allies. Projects that need focus and attention now can see a great deal of progress as long as we remain mindful of others' opinions and honor their input.  If at all possible, you can get a lot done on your own.

  The Aquarius Moon on Thursday and Friday lets us work toward common goals without emotional entanglements. Listening to the ideas of like-minded others is helpful for ending the work week in anticipation of a much deserved rest over the long weekend. The Pisces Moon shows up Friday night and stays in affect through Sunday, making it a nice time for movies, nostalgia, music or taking a retreat from the "real" world. However, the Aries Moon wants to jump-start the next week when it takes over on Monday, not realizing a lot of people are still trying to take it slow over Columbus Day weekend! Just be sure to take it easy on Monday afternoon as there could be some unpleasant surprises or power struggles from folks trying to have it their way, especially if driving.

  Remember, keep your eyes on the road, your head in the stars and your feet on the ground!