"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, July 26, 2014

Leo New Moon Today!!

   This Balsamic Phase, or the "dark side of the Moon", has been especially interesting with the Sun in Leo and the Moon creeping up to join him there later today, at 6:42pm EST, you can feel the joy starting to break out even though you cannot see the waning crescent moon any longer and it will be another couple of nights until we see the waxing crescent moon appear! Giant Jupiter, conjunct the Moon just prior to it joining the Sun, adds to the sense of euphoria or larger-than-life emotions.

    The challenge is to enjoy oneself and ones' loved ones... see how that word is repeated... one... and remember that we are all "one", whether connected by blood or water (emotion). The bigger challenge is to avoid going overboard emotionally. This can appear as having too much fun or being willful and stubborn. Leo is the sign of drama and the King, and while Leos want their friends to have fun with them, they generally like to have it their way! Having Sun, Moon and Jupiter all together in Leo ratchets up the childlike awe and joy of life. Choose to be the fun-loving child, not the petulant child wanting their way, and you'll enjoy your friends and family more.

   Moving into opposition on Monday are Venus in Cancer and Pluto in Capricorn, which brings awareness to your financial picture, values and what is breaking down or needing to be re-built. This celestial polarity can be quite revealing as it puts stress on the weak spots and shows us where our strength lies. Tune into your intuition and really identify what is important and what either needs to be let go of or where you can build anew!

   Staying focused on your joy, creativity and expressing what gives you pleasure, while not hurting others, is the main function of the Leo New Moon cycle playing out over the next four weeks. Positive keywords are enthusiasm, creativity, drama, generosity and dignity. Negative traits are willfulness, entitlement, snobbery, dogmatic and patronizing. They are both available in bucket-loads in August... choose wisely how to best express your inner or outer Leonine personality and have as much fun as you can while including your loved ones!!

   Remember to keep your head in the stars and get your feet in the sand while basking in Leo's warmth~

Thursday, July 10, 2014

July Full Moon in Capricorn, Mercury into Cancer & Jupiter into Leo

   July's Full Moon occurs at 21 degrees of Capricorn on Friday, the 12th at 7:25 am. There's a mixed bag of activity this day that has the Moon interacting in challenging aspects to revolutionary Uranus and aggressive Mars, as well as oppositions to the Sun (Full Moon) and expansive Jupiter.  The awareness that comes with these stressful planetary alignments at this point in the lunar phase ought to illuminate what needs attention in your life, especially in relationships, showing you where to act. Because the Moon rules instinctual behavior, you will also be shown where to detach emotionally from the problems so that you can accomplish what needs to be done.

   For anyone with planets at or near, the 21st degree of the Cardinal signs: Aries, Libra, Cancer or Capricorn, you will experience a big push to take some kind of action. Look before you leap! The Cardinal signs have been getting a lot of attention the past couple of years due to major planetary transits through those signs. The good news is that Cardinal signs can take action and begin things. The bad news is that the outer planets are causing much of the upheaval in our day-to-day lives that is trickling down to individuals and making people feel helpless. It only feels that way! While you cannot single handedly change the government or the financial atmosphere, there are things you can do for yourself.

   Deciding to do only what you can do every day, as it comes, is your current assignment. Make sure that you take care of business first (Capricorn Full Moon), then balance that out with some self-nurturing time out. That may include a family BBQ, or dinner with friends, or an afternoon alone at the beach with a good book. Whatever gives you some comfort and serves to re-energize, not deplete you, is what you can do for yourself; work it into your busy schedule.

   The day after the Full Moon finds Mercury moving back into Cancer after a retrograde relapse into Gemini. You are now free to move forward on the things you found out, uncovered or had to deal with during June, especially as they involve home, family, where you live or real estate. For some, that will mean actively pursuing a new home and for others, it may be fixing up your nest or acting on the decision to buy or sell. You can now make agreements and sign documents that you've held off on during Mercury's retrograde phase.

   On Wednesday, July 6th, giant Jupiter moves into the Fixed Fire sign of Leo for the next year. This is a welcome relief after Jupiter's expansion of the waterworks in Cancer last year!! Children, creativity, drama, enthusiasm and determination are some of Leo's concerns. As an enthusiastic Fire sign, ruled by the life-giving Sun, Leo brings much to be hopeful and excited about. Cautions are pride, willfulness and a feeling of entitlement. When acting positively, Leo can be loving, offering support and encouragement to those who bask in the warmth of his light.

   Remember, keep your head in the stars, your feet on the ground and your heart open to Leo's Love & Light~

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Arthur May Be Gone, But The First Quarter Moon and Today's Alignments Won't Go Quietly!!

   It was a fast moving storm with very high winds and more water than we've seen in the Northeast for awhile. Now the sun is shining to illuminate the fallen branches and broken patio furniture... that's all I can see from my third floor window. I hope Arthur wasn't too rough on the sea shore!

   Today's celestial news came in this morning in the form of a First Quarter Moon, a square between the waxing Moon in Libra and the Sun in Cancer. Whenever we have this challenging aspect between the two "Lights",  illumination and growth are the focus with a necessary change the goal! The tension that built up prior to the exact square, at 8:am, put stress on the weak spots and hopefully gave you insight into what needs to change. Where did you experience this last night and early this morning?

   Adding to the interest today is a helpful aspect, a trine, between the Moon and Venus, setting the stage for a pleasant time midday. Take some time out to appreciate the beauty around you or to create some beauty and harmony with loved ones. Let this carry you forward through a possible upset or afternoon surprise coming in around 1:46p.m EST when the Moon opposes that upstart Uranus. Go with the flow as much as possible and don't be thrown off course by this new development, unless you need to take a different path, then go for it!

   We round out the evening with fireworks, literally and figuratively, as the Moon aligns with Mars, the fiery planet of energy, action and impulsiveness. Use this figuration to bring a burst of energy to a stagnant situation or relationship, but leave out the aggressive drama that Mars can add. Go for fun and/or romance instead!! Celebrate our freedoms!

Happy Holiday weekend everyone!! Remember, head in the stars, feet on the ground and enjoy the fireworks, if you didn't already have them in your town~