"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

Friday, August 17, 2012

New Moon in Leo... Finally!!

   Today's New Moon takes place at 11:54 a.m. as the Moon joins the Sun in its' glory in Leo. The most wonderful time of year for fun in the sun is upon us, but there are other things to consider as well. This has been a tough week for a lot of people, with hard aspects from Venus (love or money) to Pluto (transformation) and Mars (aggression) to Saturn (responsibility) on Wednesday and an overnight square into Thursday of Venus to Uranus (the unexpected). When the Moon moved into dramatic and fiery Leo late Wednesday it worked hard to lift our spirits, reminding us to let the light back in to our lives and to have a bit of fun as Luna supported optimistic Jupiter in Gemini. That was just the prelude to the Moon  joining the Sun today for a new vision of possibility when the inner and outer can come together!

   With Mars and Saturn still in Libra, we are reminded that not everyone is on vacation, some are hurrying to their destinations and some are hurrying to work. When these two planetary energies collide we see their impact on relationships all across the board. Mars wants to poke and prod and stir things up, while Saturn shakes a finger and scolds, saying you must do it this way, which only makes Mars react with fight or flight and then Saturn gets more stern, tightens the reins and shuts down. With these two pulling in different directions we can have difficulty knowing what to do, but the secret lies in Libra, seeking balance and harmony. Remember, Saturn is exalted in this air sign and when we truly strive for fairness, not just having it our way... progress can be made. Slow down, breathe and put one foot in front of the other; you do your part and let others do theirs. You may not like their choices but you can choose how and whether to respond, or not.

    In the very wee hours yesterday morning, Venus in Cancer (home, feelings, water) squared off with Uranus in Aries (innovation, sudden changes, new starts) and may have made it harder to sleep through the night. I hope you wrote down any good ideas when you awoke, because Uranus will present them but they are fleeting if not captured quickly! Don't worry that you may be considering a quirky new way of dealing with an old issue, as that may be just the answer you need and you won't know if you don't at least try it.Venus in Cancer cares about home and family, making beautification projects top priority; try not to sulk if things don't exactly turn out the way you had planned.

   We'll see an inactive Moon at 1:55pm before it enters practical Virgo tonight at 8:33 p.m. While we want to ride the coattails of a Leo New Moon, wait until Saturday, or better yet, Monday afternoon or Tuesday, to begin anything important. Virgo is good for organizing and focusing on things that really need close attention to detail, so if you've been putting off a particular project you can get completely absorbed in it this weekend. Just know that the Moon is once again in a long void-of-course phase all day Sunday - better to follow through, do spiritual work or try completely relaxing for a change!

   The late degree of the New Moon, 25 Leo 08, means that the Sun only has five more days to express itself in this creative and strong fire sign before moving into Virgo on the 22nd. I hope you get to carve out some FUN time to be playful and encouraging with your loved ones, especially the children in your life. The fixed nature of this dramatic sign can come across a bit pompous so watch out not to let your pride get in the way or exclude anyone from feeling your warmth and generosity of spirit.

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


Thursday, August 9, 2012

Last Quarter Moon Reminds Us To Evaluate Before We Eliminate

   Today, the Moon in Taurus pushes away at a ninety degree angle from the Sun in Leo to close out the monthly Lunar cycle. Just don't give up yet, because this is the time for evaluating where you stand and there are several factors that could make this a valuable turning point. You set a goal at the New Moon on July 18th and your progress was shown one way or the other at the August 1st Full Moon. Now you have to evaluate what needs to be dealt with, tweaked or let go of, as you clear the field for a new direction at the New Moon in Leo on the 17th.

   Because we're heading into that "it's always darkest just before the dawn" time, there's often a sense of urgency to chuck the old and cut ties so we can begin again... too soon! Really look at what you've achieved, accomplished or learned and decide what's important to keep and what you can now let go of. Throwing the baby out with the bath water only causes more problems down the road. Evaluate, eliminate and extricate to make room for the new; besides, Mercury just went Direct two days ago and is still bringing things up to be dealt with.

  Speaking of mercurial Mercury, how many disappointments did you experience in the last three and a half weeks?! I know I had a few about-turns myself, so I can relate to misunderstandings and agreements falling through. The retrograde started at 12 degrees of Leo and went all the way back to 1 degree and 27 minutes on Wednesday. Mercury is s-l-o-w-l-y moving forward and is at 1 degree, 31 minutes today and will start to move a degree a day by the 15th, finally passing it's shadow point late on August 22nd, when clear sailing ought to prevail again!  In the meantime, take care of the details that need to be addressed and stay in the moment as you do.

   The last aspect Taurus Moon makes today, before she moves into Gemini late tomorrow afternoon, is the Last Quarter square to the Sun and that begins a more than 24 hour void-of-course moon period. Here's a reminder about the VOC moon - Luna is traveling under the influence of the last aspect she makes as she moves toward the end of the sign. This is a time when we can't tell what direction to move in and need to trust our inner compass to guide us. Centering, meditation, grounding, following through on things and just putting one foot in front of the other as you surrender to the mundane tasks in front of you, will see you through this period without false starts and unexpected outcomes! You don't want to be disqualified for jumping the gun... Olympics are still on... :)

    At any rate, the best course of action for the week ahead, is to follow through, finish up and clear out. Also, take time to just enjoy yourself while the Sun (vitality) is still in Leo (child-like fun), Venus (love) is in Cancer (family and feelings) and Mars (energy) is in Libra (relationships). There's a summer recipe for backyard cookouts or beach fun with family and friends! I am reminded here to "accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative and not to mess with Mr. In-between".

    Another consideration to keep in the back of your mind, that I think falls into the "I have no control over" category, except for my choice of how to react, is this: The period between August 15th and the 20th marks the 90 day point after the May 20th Solar Eclipse at 1 Gemini and from August 28th through September 2nd is 90 days after the June 4th Lunar Eclipse at 15 Sagittarius. These can be make-it or break-it periods if triggering natal planets or points, depending on how we perceive obstacles that may arise during those periods. My advice would be to pay attention to how you feel, what you have learned (Gemini) and where you want to go (Sagittarius) before you respond or react to any changes from the Universe.

   In the meantime, remember to keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground, and call your astrologer if you need help unraveling the information for your best timing.


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Full Moon In Aquarius

   Welcome to the Full Moon and Lammas, one of the Quarter Festivals celebrating the first offering of the harvest! Based on the ancient ways, this is a time to be thankful for all that you have and celebrate with your kin and neighbors. In astrological terms, tonight's Aquarian Full Moon highlights the relationship of the individual to the group, as the Sun in fiery Leo is opposed by the Moon in this Air sign, often mistaken as a water sign because of it's symbol as "the water-bearer". Aquarius spreads ideas around, especially as they relate to the freedom of the individual; it is that pouring out of information that is the hallmark of this sign!

   Pay attention to your associations and connections as they relate to the common welfare at this time. You can be friendly and sociable without a lot of emotional ties right now, so go ahead and explore new groups that you've been interested in, particularly groups that have similar spiritual, social or intellectual beliefs. Aquarius is a Fixed sign so be careful not to become too rigid or dogmatic and remember that Aquarius rules the knees and the ability to bend - if you can't change your mind, you can't move forward. Remember that Mercury is still moving in retrograde motion until August 8th, so no big commitments just yet.

   Other highlights of this week include last nights trine (harmonizing) of Venus (values) in Gemini and Saturn (necessity) in Libra. This is such a productive and positive indication that connections can be turning around for the good. If you've put in the effort, applied "elbow grease" or worked very hard  (Saturn) to achieve something or move toward your goal, you may be starting to see the rewards coming your way. This is the culminating trine of these two planetary energies before they join up in late November for a conjunction in Scorpio, which will be the green light for joint associations and projects, new financial agreements or regeneration of any intense desire. In the meantime, pay attention to present associations and shared responsibilities.

   Giant Jupiter in Gemini also harmonizes with this Full Moon, expanding our connections and communication. Make sure to filter the words coming out of your mouth, because you won't be able to retrieve them easily, once out of the gate! On the other hand, this is a good time to express your appreciation to loved ones, friends and people in your everyday life. Been meaning to write a thank you note to your Aunt or call your old friend on the other coast...? Anytime tonight, tomorrow or Friday is a great time to do that; just don't wait until Saturday when the Pisces Moon throws a whole lot of nostalgic feelings into the mix to possibly muddy the waters.

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