"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

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Full Super Moon in Capricorn

   The full "Strawberry" Moon is exact today, Sunday, June 23 at 7:32 a.m. It was the universal name given by the Algonquin tribes to the short harvesting season for strawberries that we call this Moon by. This Moon/Sun opposition takes place at 3 degrees of Capricorn/Cancer, giving it a home and security polarity. The focus at this time is definitely on emotional security, your nest and career or business concerns.

   With the Sun newly entered into the Cardinal Water sign of Cancer, this is the season when loved ones, whether friends or family, gather to share a meal and speak what's in their hearts. The grills come out and suddenly everyone is a chef or the best potato salad maker around! But when the Moon is in Capricorn, the sign opposite its' rulership, like it is at this Full Moon, feelings are often repressed for the sake of taking care of business. It's time to look at how we have handled the responsibilities we set for ourselves at the Gemini New Moon two weeks ago. Then they joy of summer can be more relaxing!

    What contracts, writing projects or negotiations did you plant the seeds for and how have they grown up to this point? Today's Full Moon will show you where there is work to be done. Taking on the job with attention to particulars will help to ensure a positive outcome at the end of this cycle. How are you doing relating to the significant others involved in your life or your projects? You may not feel like it, but it is pertinent to the success of reaching your goal that you assess your progress honestly. If you have been keeping a positive outlook while removing any obstacles from the past, then things should be looking up. However, if you have exhibited a negative approach during the waxing Moon phase, then doubts and frustrations may ensue. Even if that is the case, you can turn things around at the Full Moon by an honest appraisal of your situation and through focus on what to do next.

   Today and tomorrow are known as days of distribution of the Full Moon's energy and therefore very powerful for illuminating how well we are doing in regard to said matters and in our relationships to others. Try not to let depression or anxiety pull you back down if things aren't proceeding in the way you had hoped. Instead, take what you've learned and vow to make it better by rolling up your sleeves and breaking through this impasse. The waning Moon period, from Full through Last Quarter Phase is the time for conscious growth based on our subconscious awareness now. Awareness, acceptance and action based on the enlightenment of the solar/lunar interaction at this time, tempered with allowing things to unfold as they will, leads to a positive outcome. Once you know where you're letting yourself be blocked, you can regain your momentum and move forward optimistically.

   Remember to keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground as you seize the days and weeks ahead~

Friday, June 21, 2013

The Sun Enters Cancer At Summer Solstice

   Happy Summer everyone! Here it is - the longest day of the year when the Sun comes to the Tropic of Cancer and starts the summer season. While it has been very rainy and this pattern may continue, the trees and flowers are in full bloom and the growing season appears to be rather prolific. Enjoy every sunny day as it appears, even if if means working outside, and save the inside housework for those rainy days!

   We are at the point in the Sun's cycle through the zodiac that is the second Cardinal marker, out of four in a year, when the Sun enters Cancer. The four Cardinal signs act as gate posts for the seasons and for us in the Northern hemisphere, they are: Aries, beginning Spring; Cancer beginning Summer; Libra beginning Autumn; and Capricorn beginning Winter. Cardinal signs like to be in charge and make things happen in their field of expertise.

   Let's take a look at the Cancerian energy. Cancer is a moody, sympathetic, resourceful and protective Water sign. Like their symbol, the crab, Cancers appear to have a hard shell with a soft inside. This protects them from being easily hurt due to their kind and sensitive nature. It means they can exhibit the evasive tendencies of  the crab and sidestep issues, keeping their objectives hidden until they feel safe enough to approach their goalpost. They tend to scurry back and forth, avoiding the incoming tides and possible emotional saturation. Their ruler is the Moon and this strong connection to emotions makes them very vulnerable and restless.

   Cancer men and women tend to be "king of their castle" and need to be in charge in the home. They like a secure nest that feels comfy and cozy and prefer ruling over what goes on in the home. They also enjoy cooking and eating and like to feed those they love. This is the barbecue season and grilling outdoors, bodies of water and family and friends highlight this season. If you don't live by the water, just know that Cancers can make you feel at home in their back yard, so be sure to reciprocate by inviting them over to your house next time! They like to be fed too.

   The Full Moon in Capricorn takes place Sunday morning at 7:32a.m. and that is a Blog you can look for on Sunday!. In the meantime, be sensitive to others' feelings and remember to keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground~

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Gemini New Moon Adds To Air, Air Everywhere

   We've had so much going on in the areas of communication and nervous energy in the last couple of weeks that it's hard to imagine today's New Moon as a seed time for talking and interacting over the next four weeks. This is the difference between planetary cycles and the Lunar cycle; while several planets can already be very active in the sign the Sun is in, it may take a couple of weeks for the Moon to catch up to the solar energy and to begin a new phase. That's exactly what's going on right now. The Sun, Venus, Mercury and Jupiter were all in Gemini for the last ten days of May, then Venus and Mercury moved into Cancer to start off June, right when Mars entered Gemini. 

   We could think of this New Moon cycle as a renewed opportunity for planning and negotiating. Plant the seeds for what you need to explore, study or clarify in your daily life over the coming month. Are you finishing up a grant proposal, writing project or job description? Any writing project will benefit from focused concentration now and needs to be solidified sometime between the Summer Solstice and the Full Moon. 

   If you're looking into new employment or need to make agreements with coworkers, siblings or neighbors, this is the time to focus on getting the necessary information and working out the details. Once we move into the 3rd week of June, situations become more emotional and less logical. Actively research your options now so you know where you're going by the Full Moon on the 23rd. Gathering information is what Geminis do best, they just need to focus on the middle ground and what gives them balance, not waver between options!

   Speaking of communication, we are experiencing a challenging aspect today between the Messenger of the Gods - Mercury, and Uranus, symbolizing intuition and Divine Will. Uranus is considered to be the higher octave of Mercury and the only planetary energy we cannot control. It is tied up with knowing when to listen to our intuition (Uranus) and follow the path to our destiny, whether we think (Mercury) we're ready or not. The difficulty comes in not trusting our higher selves to know what's the next right thing to do... or in not taking that next step. If you have gotten the message, glimpse or insight into your next step, but are waiting for some kind of guarantee, you need to get quiet and get free of the opinions of others so you know when to act. By the way, there are no guarantees... just forward movement!

   The coming week brings values and necessity to the table as "have-tos" in the form of a Venus/Pluto opposition and a Saturn/Neptune trine, both occurring on the 11th. First, Venus and Pluto... these two planets are facing off in Cancer (Venus) and Capricorn (Pluto) to highlight safety and security issues. What do you need to take care of on a practical, physical level and how can you insure you'll be able to do this?

    For most people this involves either their home or career choices and who they choose to go into partnership/business with. Venus rules the attracting principle and is associated with our values and how we get our needs met. Pluto represents the transformation principle that begins with breakdown for cleansing and the breakthrough or catharsis that can occur once the process of decay, disintegration and elimination has occurred. We can more easily identify with our personal needs than we can admit to what is necessary to change in the bigger picture. You may have to listen to the rumblings that tell you what is falling apart so you know what to let go of before you can move on to rebuilding.

   Next up for discussion is the Saturn/Neptune trine aspect of harmonization. Saturn is the Lord of Karma, and where he resides, shows us our current responsibilities. Neptune is considered to be the Great Dissolver, who connects us to the spiritual realms or leads us into escapism and like Alice falling down the rabbit hole, continually asks the question, is it real?! How we bring together limitations (Saturn) and lack of boundaries (Neptune) is the purpose here. When two planets are in the same element, they have an opportunity to work together, even if their natures are fundamentally opposed. Saturn in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces flow together in the Water element through the undercurrents of feelings, dreams and imagination.

   Saturn in Scorpio, drives us to get to know our needs and desires on a much deeper level. Scorpio has to do with powerful feelings, imagination and creative potential that can be sabotaged by negative traits of jealousy, secretiveness or suspicion. By acknowledging your shadow side - what you can't live without, you will come to know who to associate with in order to get your needs met, but make sure you know the price that will be exacted! Saturn harmonizing with Neptune lets meditation and/or the dream realms inform you of where the current is flowing. Make time to connect with these feelings!

   While floating down the stream of inner consciousness, make sure to keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground! 
   

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Between The Full Moon & The New Moon - At Last Quarter

   There have been many transitions in the last 24 hours, as the Moon squared off with the Sun to begin the Last Quarter phase, talkative Mercury moved into watery Cancer and active Mars became even busier moving into Gemini. First, let's look at the current lunar phase. With the Sun in Gemini, sociability and communications are still revved up, even a week after the extremely excitable Sagittarian Full Moon!  However, as Luna, in watery and sensitive Pisces, pulled away from this challenging aspect to Sol, we may have begun to realize that something has to give if we are to sustain the progress we made building up to this last lunar phase.

   The challenge is one of understanding how well we have done in this last cycle and if growth is continuing or being inhibited. The question to ask oneself now, for finishing out this Last Quarter period over the next week is: what needs to be incorporated, or let go of, in preparation for next week's New Moon and a new lunar cycle? If you feel growth was positive and is still moving in the right direction, then identify what needs to be done to ensure that it continues. If, on the other hand, you feel something is standing in the way of forward movement, this is the week to let go of limiting thoughts or remove the obstacle(s) in your path.

   While versatile Mercury still has a whole lot of influence as ruler of busy Gemini, with the Sun and Jupiter active in this airy sign of the zodiac, Mercury itself just left it's own sign and entered the emotional Water sign of Cancer for the next nine weeks! That's right folks... we'll have a Mercury retrograde cycle in this secretive and vulnerable sign of the Crab. Cancerians just wear a hard outer shell to protect themselves from all those emotions being bounced off of them and their tendency to be evasive is just another tactic to avoid hurt feelings. Keep this in mind for yourself and your loved ones as mercurial Mercury swirls around and around in the ebb and flow of emotions for the next couple of months. Thoughts will be expressed as feelings and/or every feeling may suddenly be repressed or blurted out in a very emotional manner. A helpful thing to remember here is filtering and perhaps an image of a child's net in the water to catch only the pertinent item and let out all that water would be helpful. Another thing to keep in mind is that not all feelings need to be acted on, so keeping a journal or telling a trusted friend can help to restrain oneself from saying or doing hurtful things.

    The good news is that in general people will be more sympathetic and caring, especially when it comes to families and children. Because Cancer rules the stomach and breasts and is a Cardinal sign, and Cardinal signs are doers, writing or calling those people in a position to make changes in ensuring our health and well-being, especially through healthy food, (ie: non-GMO crops and labeling of those products made with GMO corn, etc.) would be an excellent use of this Mercury in Cancer energy! Being active in your community, close to home/Cancer, and looking for, requesting and purchasing organic products to feed yourself and your families is another way to positively express Mercury in Cancer. Support your local organic farmers, markets and co-ops!!

   Mars also changed signs yesterday, moving from earth (Taurus) into air (Gemini). Mars exhibits adventurous action and forward movement and in Gemini may take off in two different directions at once, a bit of dyslexia and ambiguity rolled into one... and I can say that because I have been known to exhibit said qualities on occasion! You probably can relate if you're laughing now... Watch out for the words coming out of your mouth and remember to say what you mean and mean what you say, otherwise, zip it up! Oh, and don't take it personally when others rant or express themselves boldly as Mars in Gemini is the needed energy for many to finally say what has been on their minds for a few weeks. If you've been holding back communicating or making an agreement, it's now time to take action and make something happen... gently or forcefully, as needed.

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