"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, August 21, 2013

Aquarius Full Moon And Sun & Mercury Into Virgo

  The Full Moon at 29 degrees of Aquarius highlights how well we've done connecting and interacting with our circles, whether they be friends, committees, or those of like mind and spiritual practice. This reminds us to reach out and touch someone metaphorically as well as in actuality. Who do you need to call... pick up the phone and dial it now! What do you need to do to be more involved in your community... check out that group or gathering you've been hearing about and meet some new people!!

   Aquarius is the Fixed Air sign that is the polarity of Leo, Fixed Fire, so the interaction of the Moon here and the Sun there can ignite people stuck in their thinking with those stuck in their egos or will. Until they realize that their way of thinking is not the only way to think and their manner of self-expression isn't the only way to be, these two energies will collide. The opposition of the Full Moon always reminds us to take turns... "tell me what you think, okay, I get that, here's what I wanted to do, say, etc..." This is the quintessential group energy after all and Aquarius isn't concerned with emotions, just looking at how to move ahead in the most beneficial way for all involved. This Full Moon reminds us not to take life so personally as we're all on this ride together on Planet Earth.

   The Sun moves into the Mutable Earth sign Virgo on Thursday, August 22nd, ushering in a month-long opportunity for polishing your skills and addressing your organizational needs. Virgo is concerned with details, cleanliness and health, therefore, instituting new habits is a great idea for the month ahead. You've probably heard the old axiom, "a place for everything, everything in its place and all's right with the world". Well, it's Virgo's job to purify and perfect, so, if something is out of sorts in your environment, your body or your mind, this is the time to let go of old habits, change your negative thinking about a person, place or thing or start eating healthier. Virgo rules the intestines and the best thing you can do for your body is to rid it of toxins and anything that doesn't serve your good health.

   The closest planet to the Sun is Mercury, which moves very quickly around Sol in its orbit and symbolizes logic, thinking and interacting. Mercury is known as the Messenger of the Gods and for being the go-between of the Divine and the human mind and when s/he follows the Sun into Virgo on Friday, August 23rd, we will have lots to mull over. Another facet of Virgo is the ability to analyze details and be discerning about choices. So, take the paragraph above about the Sun in Virgo and put it together with Mercury in Virgo and you'll realize that now is the perfect time to weigh your options and decide your best course of action. The downfall here would be to be overly fastidious or too self-critical or judgmental of others... take your own inventory and clean up your own act, while leaving others to do theirs. If you tend to be a worry-wart or already have a lot of Virgo in your natal chart, tread lightly and avoid over thinking every little detail, conversation, possibility, etc., etc. You get the idea, enough thinking and scrutinizing already, now go, be and do!!

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


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Happy New Moon in Leo

   Last night's New Moon in Leo begins a lunar phase of enthusiasm and creativity that will play out over the next four weeks. The Sun and Moon came together at 5:51 pm, which began a very long void-of-course Moon period lasting until 11:57 pm tonight, when the Moon moves into Virgo. So, while New Moons are about new beginnings, you do not want to start anything during a void Moon if you want to be assured of the outcome. Therefore, clean off the desk, clear out your mind and get rid of clutter to make space for renewed activity on Thursday!

   Today could be a difficult day of push me, pull me energy with giant Jupiter in watery Cancer opposing transformative Pluto in Capricorn. Pluto starts out destructive, ridding us of decay, contamination and infection for a cleansing or healing catharsis. It's job is always to transform, and in Capricorn, it's tasks begin with breaking down the old worn out structures or status quo which are not working. As Cancer and Capricorn are opposite sides of the same Cardinal coin, and both like to be in charge, we are dealing here with safety and security issues triggered by emotions (Cancer) and practical, everyday necessities. If someone, or something, seems to be a threat, ask yourself what it may be time to let go of. Are they just present in your life now to act as a catalyst for growth? What do you need to let go of in order to heal? Only you know the answers...

   Mercury leaves Cancer on Thursday, where s/he was treading water and retrograde for a time all of June and July..., for a two week vacation in Leo before moving on into Virgo on the 23rd. That's a whirlwind of activity in a short span of time! First, let's consider Mercury (communication and interaction) in fiery Leo; talk about romance, drama and risk-taking!! Saying what's on your mind without putting your foot in your mouth is the goal here, and saying it from the heart, lovingly, is how to do it. If declaring your love for someone for the first time, you may be concerned about rejection, but coming from the heart will help everyone to express themselves appropriately. Talking to the boss or loan officer at your bank (Leo) about what you need could be timely now as those in charge want to help when the Sun and Mercury are in regal Leo.

   When Mercury goes into mutable Virgo later this month, we need to be very discerning in our choices. Look at your options and get all the information to make informed decisions before acting on anything. Since Virgo rules the intestinal tract, it's also a really good time to change up your dietary habits, replacing non-nutritional "comfort" foods with food that's closer to the source (live, grown locally and organic, as opposed to boxed with preservatives from who-knows-where...). Let nature put it's bounty to good use in your body and help you feel healthier! Watch out for a tendency to obsess and over-analyze that can lead to worry and sleepless nights. Do what you can and leave the rest alone.

   Venus has been in Virgo for two weeks now, putting the financial focus on decisions and boundaries, meaning budgets and have-to spending, not "want it" indulgences. Take care of business and try not to be too self-critical or judgmental of others. Then, when Venus moves into her airy rulership of Libra on the 16th, the spotlight is on harmonious relationships, socializing and beautification projects. Sweetness and light prevail with a tendency toward people-pleasing so don't go overboard, just try not to rock the boat too much. If you're making helpful decisions in your life now, you ought to know your limits and be just fine.

  Until next time, remember to keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground~