"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

Monday, August 25, 2014

Virgo New Moon

  The Moon moved into Virgo at 5:33am and will join the Sun at 10:13am, beginning a lunar cycle (month-long) of adjusting. Why, adjusting...? Because the four main Moon phases beginning today involve the Moon being in the four Mutable signs of the zodiac: Virgo New Moon, Sagittarius First Quarter Moon, Pisces Full Moon and finally, a Gemini Last Quarter Moon. The Mutable signs use information and resources gathered to organize, adapt and share with others. "How do we make this work?"  "What do we have that we can use?" These are the types of questions we'll be asking ourselves for the next few weeks.

   The seeds to be planted at this New Moon involve how best to hone our skills, make our daily schedules work and take care of our bodies and minds. Virgo is a discerning sign and can help you set boundaries and limits adding to the organizational skills of all at this time of year, not just Virgo natives. De-cluttering and weeding out are keywords here. Be honest about the last time you looked at that newspaper or if it's time to deal with that unopened stack of mail and keep the shredder going... reuse or take it to recycling!!

    Another aspect of Virgo to pay attention to is what we put into our bodies in the way of food, vitamins and drugs. Is it time to cut out massive amounts of sugar in the form of carbohydrates, not just in our coffee? Maybe that bottle of Omega 3 fish oil is calling to you for a reason! Perhaps it's time to visit your health care practitioner and see if you can cut back on prescriptions or get help with nutritional needs, as well as cutting down alcohol intake.

   This is a day with a mixed bag of cosmic influences, some positive, some difficult. Mercury (communication) formed a helpful aspect with Saturn just a bit ago this morning, helping us to take care of important business, set up meetings, make phone calls and get our priorities straight! A tricky conjunction of action-packed Mars joining with stern Saturn makes for a somewhat off-putting afternoon midday. It's best to put one foot in front of the other and not push your own agenda. Joint projects can benefit under this aspect if both parties involved have a common goal and work together to achieve it.

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


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Aquarius Full Moon

   There has been a lot of excitement, challenges and opportunities in the buildup to this Full Moon! August started off with a mix of positive and negative aspects between the personal planets Mercury (communication and interaction), Venus (love and values) and Mars (action and aggression) and the interpersonal planets Jupiter (expansion) and Saturn (contraction), as well as a challenging square from Venus to Uranus (the revolutionary). While the planetary cycles don't rely on our calendar months, it is interesting when the month starts off with such noticeable energies. There is definitely a lot going on in the world, some of it good and some of it not so good!

   Things started out optimistically enough at the Leo New Moon on July 26th, as the sunny hope of summer fun, creative self-expression and/or daring new adventures set the stage for the month ahead. Then we had the intensity of the Scorpio First Quarter Moon on August 3rd, bringing doubt and an opportunity to rephrase our joint connections with others. The fixed quality of Leo's fire and Scorpio's water is now giving way to the equally fixed nature of the Aquarian Full Moon. People can definitely get their back up in very willful ways under this airy, detached and unconventional sign!

   What is being illuminated will show up in your associations with people, especially new ones. Looking at new solutions to old problems is key under Aquarius. Since the Leo New Moon opened the door to expressing ourselves and our creativity, this Full Moon is the time to look at what ideas or knowledge is being shared that will affect the whole. The idealistic and revolutionary nature of Aquarius is unattached to emotion and best expressed through groups rather than individuals. Expect some wacky and/or assertive behaviors to surface today and over the next two days as the Full Moon energy continues being disseminated!

   This evening finds the Moon opposing Mercury at 6:12 pm, making for the possibility of mixed messages and beginning a void-of-course lunar period, lasting until 8:55am tomorrow when the Moon enters compassionate Pisces.  Try to end the weekend by expressing your gratitude and appreciation to friends and loved ones. A little does indeed go a long way! Expect a somewhat calmer start to the work week than the ending of last week was as the Piscean ruler Neptune, is joined by Luna. Pay attention to your dreams and intuition on arising as you may feel like you've been traveling through a fantasyland. Your subconscious will receive the message loud and clear and filter it to your consciousness if you ask or when you are ready to receive it!

  In the meantime, remember to keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground~