"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

Friday, July 31, 2015

Full Moon/Blue Moon in Aquarius

   The Sun is brightly shining in Leo and most powerful in its rulership. As a Fixed, Fire sign Leo brings courage and strength to wherever it it is found. The individual will is enhanced with determination and creativity and needs to watch out for an underlying sense of entitlement. The reflective Moon in Leo's polar opposite sign, Aquarius, brings a friendly sense of caring about the social welfare of the community, not from an emotional place, but rather the intellect.

   This lunar phase in Aquarius highlights the rights and freedoms of all individuals and shows a path of response-ability that each person can tread in coming together to create important changes. These two Fixed signs of Fire - Leo and Air - Aquarius, are like batteries of enthusiasm and innovation. Where are you storing your personal supplies of these necessary energies and to what groups or social concerns can you direct your efforts at maintaining the rights and freedoms of the individual?

    The chart for the Full Moon shows a primary concern for using your talents, gifts and skills to make a difference in your personal relationships. With Venus retrograding back into Leo, rejoining Jupiter in this expressive sign, we're given a second chance to expand our hearts and look at what, or whom, we truly value in our lives. What matters...? what doesn't...? how important is it to you...? where can you make a difference for yourself without forcing your values onto another? If it's really important, then express your love! Don't be afraid to let loved ones know how much they matter. Venus is retrograde until September 6th when she once again moves ahead and then back into Virgo on October 8th.

   Saturn is also still retrograde in Scorpio, but goes Direct on Sunday morning, August 2nd, spending all of August and half of September moving forward in this intensely co-creative Water sign.  By now, you ought to have identified your priorities and who you need to align with for the next leg of the journey. Saturn squares off with Venus and Jupiter in this chart just to press the issue of your values and most important goals. However, action-oriented and aggressive Mars is leading up to a very helpful and harmonious alignment with responsible Saturn later next week. Roll up your sleeves and do the work you know you need to do!

   The balance of this Lunar cycle sees Mercury first, then Jupiter, moving into adaptable and skillful Virgo , a week away. Get your ducks in a row so that you can utilize these organizing skills to express yourself more productively and in-line with the values you are identifying as vital to your relationship needs. However... while Venus and Jupiter are still dancing around each other in Leo, please take some time to play, dance or express your love!

   Remember to keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground, while you dance and swirl and appreciate the blessings in your life~

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Pathways Astrology: Cancer New Moon

Pathways Astrology: Cancer New Moon:    The monthly conjunction of the Sun and Moon takes place tonight at 9:24pm EST in the 24th degree of Cancer. As you know, Cancer is the Ca...

Cancer New Moon

   The monthly conjunction of the Sun and Moon takes place tonight at 9:24pm EST in the 24th degree of Cancer. As you know, Cancer is the Cardinal Water sign ruled by the Moon, which relates to emotional tides as well as the pull of the ocean on our earthly planet. The undercurrents of this New Moon chart are apt to increase the emotional affects felt personally and around the world during this new lunar cycle.

   First, the Soli/Lunar aspect... when the inner (Moon) and outer (Sun) come together, there is a heightened awareness of the Sun's energy in thOther chart influences at the start of this monthly cycle are e sign it's in, in this cycle, it's in the Moon's rulership, Cancer. The personality, instinctual behavior and the subconscious are all realms the flowing and unstable Moon is comfortable in. This is when the emotions have sway over reason and reactions are based on feelings, not logic. It's wise to avoid overreacting so as not to add to the vulnerability of humanity at the present time.

   Major concerns of Cancer are home and family life and the nurturing of loved ones. this can include securing a safe home that provides the family with their needs. In that vein, real estate gets attention here, especially as seeds are planted at the New Moon which may grow during the subsequent lunar cycle. Sometimes, the very fertile and nurturing energy of the Moon in it's own sign increases the size of the family or expresses itself through cooking and feeding self or others, even to an extreme. People are tender now, go easy.

   Interesting aspects occur from restrictive and responsible Saturn making a harmonious trine to the Sun and Moon, as well as revolutionary Uranus squaring both celestial bodies. The need to take care of business may feel like it is at odds with the desire for autonomy or freedom. Do what you know needs to be done, then take the time to socialize, meet new people or pursue metaphysical studies. Security and stability first, then gathering with others to share ideas, etc...

   Pluto, that troublemaker and purveyor of transformation, has been in the news lately, thanks to the flyby of the New Horizons spacecraft. I was looking at photos from the NASA site yesterday and thought about the mysteriousness of this very-far-away planet on the outskirts of our Solar System and deduced that the further out we go in space, the deeper the understanding of our selves. Mercury (questions and answers) and Mars (action) are still traveling along together in Cancer, opposing Pluto which is exposing your subconscious to your consciousness, more and more! Feelings of insecurity or inadequacy may be surfacing to spur you on to your next great adventure, whether it's getting to know your self better or stepping out into the world with renewed confidence.

    What pressing need do you feel is surfacing in your life and where do you need to start planting seeds of changes, especially around your home life? The Sun and Moon in watery Cancer are connecting harmoniously with Neptune in Pisces, also a water sign, enhancing the intuition and inspiring you to go with the flow of your own personal undercurrents!

   Remember, while riding the rapids or quietly paddling along the edge of shore, the need to keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground~

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Capricorn Full Moon & A Gift From Venus & Jupiter

   Tonight's Full Moon at 9 degrees of Capricorn, offsetting the Sun at 9 Cancer, points out where your present security lies. This is especially true around home and real estate concerns and/or your career path. Whatever your focus has been during the past two weeks of this lunar cycle, it's becoming clearer what your actions need to be. Cancer and Capricorn, besides being polar opposites, are Cardinal signs, that need to take a leadership position to secure stability.

   The Full Moon chart shows some strong and interesting alignments that you need to be aware of and use to your advantage. First, Venus, purveyor of love and beauty, joined optimistic and expansive Jupiter in Leo very early this morning. This positive union has been building over the last week and its affects will still be felt for a couple more days. Efforts to improve your appearance or your surroundings can bring positive results. Spread your loving feelings around to family and friends and if a new romance is blossoming, well, it could be really nice!

    Another feature of this chart is an opposition from Capricorn Moon to action-oriented and aggressive Mars. Watch out for arguments or provoking words that can set someone off. If you are trying to assert yourself, it may not go well. Put your passionate energy into actively cleaning your house, exercising or working on a creative project! You may feel like you need to defend your family in some way and that would be a natural response to any aggression directed at you.

   Let's look at the communication skills of Mercury, harmonizing with both the Venus/Jupiter conjunction and the Great Awakener, Uranus. The sextile between Mercury and Venus/Jupiter can bring opportunities to be sociable and meet new people. This same aspect from the Messenger of the Gods to out-of-the-box Uranus can shake up our perspective on the past, allowing us to let go of the outmoded while waking us up to new possibilities. These very positive energies will facilitate growth and change where it is needed, as long as we don't go back to sleep.

   Lastly, I want to mention that the Sun and Moon are square to the Moon's nodes at this time. With the North Node in Libra, relationships and harmony are the issue and where we ought to be striving for balance. The South Node in Aries reminds us that going it alone won't help here. Won't you let the Full Moon illuminate your path to wholeness?

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