"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

Saturday, May 18, 2013

First Quarter Moon In Leo Sets Us Up For Paying Attention To The Details This Week

   Just after midnight, the Moon squared the Sun at it's halfway mark between New and Full Moons, at what is known as the First Quarter Moon. This point in the lunar cycle reminds us that any obstacles from the past must be overcome in order for our growing consciousness to continue to move toward fullness during the Full Moon phase. Often, this midway point brings up doubt that once recognized, can be acknowledged then released. Whether released, or not, whatever thought or habit pattern, growth or blockage that you utilize now, will continue to build in intensity throughout this month's cycle.

   A Leo Moon brought us to this point, so ask yourself, are you doing what makes you happy? Do you have a plan for moving towards fulfillment or achieving that happiness? Leo is strong energy that often involves having the courage to stand up for ourselves or to take a bit of a risk in self expression. Try not to let the fear of rejection or ridicule stop you from moving toward your bliss!  Leo is a Fixed Fire sign that can be dramatic and likes recognition, but shuns being laughed at. If you asked someone in a position of authority to assist you in the last couple of days, and you're awaiting an answer, take heart that whatever is in the best interest of all involved will be what transpires. Dare to hope it goes your way because the time is right!

   As we are right in between two eclipses, the Solar New Moon Eclipse on the 9th and the upcoming Full Moon Eclipse on the 25th, the energy seems palpable and anything is possible. The other part of my headline is paying attention to the details and that's because the Moon moved into Virgo early this morning, where it will remain for two and a half days. In this time period, it is important to organize oneself and not to overlook any details that may improve either your health, your immediate surroundings or your plans, especially as they relate to the seeds you planted at the New Moon for improving your financial security.

   First Quarter periods remind us to keep removing obstacles for moving ahead. Staying stuck or feeling helpless won't improve your situation. What do you need to do...only you know the answer to that? As you continue to make progress, remember to keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground.


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

New Moon Solar Eclipse At Twenty Degrees Of Taurus

   Tomorrow's New Moon in Taurus supplies the focus for beautifying your environment, expressing your affection for loved ones and securing your finances. With a Solar Eclipse, which always occurs on a New Moon, we get the added oomph that can find us heading in the right direction as long as we apply the elbow grease. For you younger readers, elbow grease is a term for putting some effort into your labors, as in bearing down and scrubbing hard to clean a dirty pan! Working with Taurus takes your efforts and rewards you for them - with stable relationships, money in the bank and/or pleasant surroundings. An eclipse can jump-start your efforts or really bring home the areas you're lacking in.

   As a reminder, New Moons are seed times, when we begin things having to do with the current planetary energy. The focus when the Sun and Moon come together in this Fixed Earth sign is on beauty, security and loyalty. Tauruses can be patient or lazy, practical or filled with inertia. That's because of a tendency toward stubbornness; if it isn't their idea, it'll take some time for it to become their idea, then they'll see the wisdom of trying something different. Just don't hold your breath while you wait. Instead, take a page from the Taurus playbook and practice patience!

   Another shift tomorrow is with the indulgent energy of Venus, Taurus' ruler, going into sociable Gemini for the next three weeks. It gives a green light to having a good time with friends and neighbors and perhaps doing a little flirting as well. Yes, this is social butterfly time, so expect plenty of distractions if that's what you've been needing! Just remember to keep a good grasp on your purse strings or you may regret it when the bills come in. Getting out and walking in the fresh air, going to or hosting a barbecue or engaging in a community theater event, are a few examples of fun times that won't break the bank.

   Thursday has some really good energy for taking a leap of faith and beginning something new, due to positive alignments of the Moon with Mars and Mercury prior to eclipse time, as well as a harmonious aspect with transformative Pluto adding another layer to the day. However, the alignment of the Sun and Moon at 8:28 p.m. ushers in a VOC period lasting until Friday at 5:21 p.m. when the Moon drifts into Gemini for two and a half days. Friday is a good day for researching and finishing up everything on your almost-completed to-do list, but it's not the time to start anything new, unless it's after 5:21 p.m.! Resolve to practice patience and enjoy being with the people around you over the weekend or doing one of the activities mentioned above.

   Agreements can be reached and creative projects can be started on Saturday if you're so inclined. Expect a sudden opportunity from a conversation or phone call mid-afternoon, that can change things for the better. Thinking outside the box is not only allowed, but encouraged here! Gemini Moon becomes inactive on Sunday morning after its' only interaction of the day with giant Jupiter at 9:32 a.m. It's a laid-back kind of day to spend with family or friends anyway you want. Stay open to spontaneous invitations and/or an opportunity to spend some quiet time on your own, perhaps writing or reading a really good book!

As the weekend morphs into the work week, the Moon moves into watery and active Cancer, bringing an emotional depth to your efforts. Remember that we are on the upside, or waxing phase, of the lunar cycle, so everything is increasing in energy, including emotional needs; be as nurturing as possible to yourself and others. And remember to keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground!