"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 21, 2015

Summer Solstice 2015

   Welcome to the official start of summer, the day when the Sun enters the Cardinal Water sign Cancer!! From where I am, the rain is pouring down and thunder is rolling across the island, reminding us that Mother Nature is in control and many will stay at home today, another attribute of Cancer, the Crab. Too bad for the last day of the Plein Air Festival at the Artists Association of Nantucket... guess I'll finish the two paintings I started outdoors in the last couple of days, in the studio today!

   Back to the astrology of today... as you know, the Moon is the ruler of this watery sign Cancer and as such has a big role in the emotional nature of both individuals and the people. Think of the ebb and flow of the tides, whether at the shore or in the public arena, both are changed by what is coming in and going out around them. Cancer is very much about trying to hold on to stability and the need for nurturing, whether from food, mother or home.

  Wherever you have Cancer ruling in your chart is where you seek emotional security. It's a personal issue if your needs are getting met or not. No matter how much you try to deny it, until you let go of past hurts and become the master of your ego, your emotions will rule you. We usually bury our feelings with smiles, food, drink or drugs, when all they want is to be expressed and released so you can experience new and better feelings!

  So, identify, who, what and where you have allowed yourself to be tied to the past - those things that don't serve you... feed you... acknowledge them and let them go. Then, you can strengthen the positive ties that allow you to grow. Invite that new friend to dinner or say yes to that cookout invitation next week. Whatever makes you feel nurtured and supported in a healthy way is what the Sun's mission in Cancer is all about for the next month.

   Another aspect having a big impact today is expansive Jupiter in a harmonious relationship to the ingenious and revolutionary planet Uranus, both in Fire signs. Enthusiasm and inspiration come together with exploration and philosophy to explore the bigger picture and share with groups and nations of like-minded people the knowledge gleaned for the greater good!

   Remember, while you're off tilting at windmills, to keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Gemini New Moon

   The Moon joins the Sun in the 25th degree of Gemini at 10:06 am, but not before meeting up with active Mars in Gemini at 9:06am this morning. The Moon is hardly ready to jump into all the activity that Mars has plans for, just coming out of her most inactive time, the Balsamic phase. It's like a puppy jumping on the bed to wake you and you're still groggy in dreamland... but you get moving and there's the Sun to pull you out of bed! Then the Moon becomes inactive again... that's right, void-of-course until 6:51pm when she enters her own watery realm of Cancer.

   It's like a strange yo-yo affect, or a game of push-me, pull-me today. Gemini sets the stage for ideas, plans and negotiations, but the timing is a bit off for finalizing anything. Take the information you glean and set it aside until later tonight or even later in the week. Yes, you still have unfinished business to take care of as seen by an opposition from Mercury to Saturn in the New Moon chart. Mercury rules Gemini and having come out of a recent retrograde period, is retracing familiar degrees until the 27th when he/she leaves the shadow phase behind and can move forward unencumbered, for the most part.

   Saturn is the other half of that opposition and he is retrograde, and only yesterday moved backwards into the last degree of Scorpio. This is the other thing holding you back until August 3rd when Saturn turns Direct again. It isn't until Saturn moves forward over those last two degrees of Scorpio to enter Sagittarius again that we get the independence and freedom to move forward with our plans. Use the opposition of what you are planning to have happen (Mercury) and what needs to be finished in a joint partnership (Saturn in Scorpio) to get all your ducks in a row over the next two months.

   Patience (Saturn), keeping the puppy (Mars) on a leash and gathering information (Mercury) are the highlights of this New Moon phase. Venus, representing, love, money and beauty, is coming up to join Jupiter for an opportunity later this week - Saturday actually. You need to prepare mentally to be in an optimistic frame of mind when your chance to improve your love life, bank balance or overall situation appears! Venus is in fun-loving Leo until July 18th and Jupiter is there until August 10th. Let the good times roll, banish worry and when your work day is done, enjoy yourselves!!

   The Sun moves into Cancer on June 21st, at the Summer Solstice, the official start of summer. It's also Father's Day in America, so honor your father in whatever way he'd appreciate. I think I'll find a BBQ and cook some linguica on the grill... Dad would have loved that! Maybe I'll paint a duck for him, or tell my favorite stories about him... no matter, he'll be happy if I just enjoy myself.

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

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Full Moon In Sagittarius & Gemini's Rocking And Rolling Affects

   The Moon in Sagittarius opposes the Sun in Gemini at 12:19pm today at 12 degrees of these polar opposite signs. Big ideas, outgoing personalities and expansive horizons are keynotes of a Sag Full Moon. Spontaneity is another trait of this mutable Fire sign, but I would caution you not to suddenly run off in a new direction while Mercury is retrograde in Gemini and opposing this Full Moon!

   There is so much going on around us and it is all competing for space in our heads as we try to deal with daily information and snafus that have to be taken care of. It seems like the details of everyday life are crowding us even as the bigger picture of what's happening out there in the world hits us with new food for thought. My advice is not to overreact and to take things as they come... forget about "one day at a time"... how about one hour at a time?! That's what this energy feels like to me.

   Can you research and take stock of where you are, given where you started at the New Moon two weeks ago - yes! Keep moving in the direction you want to go, without making sudden unpredictable detours that can sabotage your progress. Very importantly, practice patience and keep reminding yourself that you're in this for the long haul, not instant gratification. There is a Grand Fire trine between Jupiter in Leo (luck and opportunity), Uranus in Aries (revolutionary new directions) and the Sagittarius Moon today, bringing harmony and added enthusiasm to your long range goals. As we used to say in the 70's, "keep on trucking", or "keep the faith baby"!

   We get a challenging aspect from foggy Neptune to this Full Moon, which cautions us to be mindful of our instincts and be wary of the information coming to us that just doesn't feel right. Hang on, don't worry about all the doom and gloom possible... and visit the empty Virgo side of the Pisces/Virgo coin to ask yourself if there's anything you need to take care of  that could help stabilize your plans, thoughts or feelings. Meditation, a walk on the beach and/or yoga are all helpful tools to engage now.

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