"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, March 27, 2013

Aries Sun & Libra Moon Illuminated

   At the vernal Equinox a week ago, the Sun moved into it's place of exaltation in Aries to jump-start our journeys for the year and brought new vitality for fresh beginnings. As the first sign of the zodiac, this Cardinal Fire sign lights a spark, whether starting new growth in Spring in the Northern Hemisphere or lighting the hearth fires as Autumn begins in the Southern Hemisphere.

   Aries energy is invigorating, entrepreneurial and exploratory, not waiting for anyone but the self to set off on new adventures. It is the rush of youth, at times foolhardy and impulsive, jumping into something and asking questions later. If you've been needing a boost of energy, here it is! The caution of course is not to be too demanding or aggressive in your pursuit of new horizons. And that's where The Libra Moon comes in to try and keep things on an even keel.

   Libra is the Cardinal Air sign, complimentary to its' Aries polarity; air feeds fire and self seeks other. These two balance each other as they dance at the Full Moon. Seeds planted at the New Moon two weeks ago have grown beyond their sprouted stage and buds have opened. Did you water and protect the new growth of ideas or projects?

   Cooperation is necessary for beauty and harmony and Libra is well equipped to bring refinement to the ofttimes naivety ushered in with Mars' influence over Aries. Use the illuminating light of this Full Moon to see where you're at and where you either need to forge ahead or pull in the reins a bit while others get their affairs in order too meet you somewhere in the middle. In the meantime, Libra Moon is ideal for social gatherings, beautification projects and focusing attention on significant others.

   There are some planetary energies making it trickier to just get moving in the direction we want to go in. While Mercury is in direct motion, it is still in its' shadow phase requiring us to exercise patience as steps are retraced. After April 6th, things begin to speed up and Mercury just wants to hurry and catch up to Venus, symbolizing love and money, along with her cohort Mars, already traveling with the Sun through Aries!  Values and desire are aligned for hopeful new beginnings as we await logic and reasoning to move from subconscious depths into the Spring's light. Exercise patience and understanding even as you plan and begin to move ahead.

   ...and remember as you keep your head in the stars, to also keep your feet on the ground~




Monday, March 11, 2013

Pisces New Moon & Mars In Aries

   Today's New Moon in Pisces arrives at 3:51pm and ushers in the monthly influence of impressionability, imagination and increased compassion and sensitivity. You may find yourself feeling more sentimental or experiencing bouts of emotional vulnerability and wondering where these vague undercurrents of emotion are coming from. Pisces is ruled by Neptune and the boundaries between people tend to break down during this Lunar cycle. If you feel that others are stepping over their boundaries and invading your emotional space, you might retreat or deny that you even know what they are talking about. Trouble is, you're not the only one sensing things right now, so they may be on to you! 

   The anectdote for these feelings is to remember your limits and discern whether or not this is your problem, or someone else'. Then you will know if you can do anything about the situation. Instead of burying your head under the covers or going into complete denial by disappearing or drinking that whole bottle of wine by yourself, set your boundaries and state your limitations. Yes, we all need understanding and compassion, including a helping hand at times, but if you are feeling overwhelmed with your own issues, taking on someone else' is only going to confuse things.

   For artistically or musically inclined people reading this, this is a great month for enhancing those creative urges you are experiencing! Channel your inspiration into writing lyrics or poetry, designing jewelry, painting a new picture - whatever flows from your imagination needs an outlet now. For those people with heightened awareness of the spiritual realms, you may be more susceptible to vague impressions that seem like deja vu and/or messages from departed loved ones. Pay attention to the symbolism coming from your dream states or these feelings of "knowingness" but not knowing where it comes from. Ask yourself, is it real, or is it memorex?, and again, you do not need to act on anything just because it enters your awareness.

   The action planet, Mars, is moving into Aries, the sign he rules on Tuesday for 5 weeks. That will energize us to take action and get moving in whatever area of our lives that we experience the Aries expression. You can see this by looking at your birth chart and noticing where Aries is in your Horoscope. As this urge to begin something happens in the period of the New Moon, this is a great time to initiate whatever it is you've been sitting on since early February while fiery Mars was treading water in Pisces. Just realize that while you're feeling energetic, Mercury is still retrograde in Pisces until the 17th and in its' shadow phase until April 6th, so look both ways and proceed with caution! Once the Sun enters Aries on the 20th, at the vernal, or Spring, Equinox, we'll really be experiencing a forward surge, but I'll talk more about that in next week's Blog post.

   Two other important planetary influences to mention for this week. The first is that even though Tuesday and Wednesday are under both an Aries Moon influence and Mars returns to his ruler-ship, the only day to really press forward or try to make something happen is on Tuesday. There are some aspects that day between the Aries Moon and Mars, Uranus and Jupiter which give a huge push to get out there and start something, hopefully not too aggressively. Wednesday however, is under  a void-of-course Moon influence all day and lasting into Thursday afternoon. If you try to begin something important it may take a side turn that you don't want or expect. So, sit on your hands, button your lip and try to be patient until Friday when the Moon is happily placed in earthy Taurus. Then you be able to start moving ahead assured of more stable efforts.

   The last bit of cosmic news is that Mercury stations and turns Direct on Sunday afternoon, signalling the end of communication snafus and misunderstandings, at least for the time being, (there's always something going on to cause delays and breakdowns...) It isn't until April 6th that Mercury leaves it's shadow phase and passes the degree it went retrograde at. So start making plans and agreements and, in general, begin to shift from letting go to beginning again!

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