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ARIES NEW MOON & THE SPRING EQUINOX MARCH 21, 2023

SUN WARMS THE WEARY BONES

WINDS BLOW THE COLD AWAY

SEEDS BEGIN TO STIR…

 

Spring is upon us, no matter the temperature. It is the VERNAL EQUINOX. Thousands of years ago, ancient astrologer, Ptolemy, established what we now call the TROPICAL ZODIAC by referencing 0* of the CARDINAL FIRE SIGN, ARIES, to this seasonal shift. In TROPICAL astrology, Aries is thus aligned to the bursting forth of SPRING…& assuming the place of the first sign of the zodiac. The following 11 signs of the zodiac march along with the rest of the CARDINAL signs, CANCER, LIBRA & CAPRICORN heralding the seasonal shifts of Spring into Summer, (CANCER), Summer into Fall, (LIBRA), & Fall into Winter, (CAPRICORN). Using this ‘tropical’ method of working with Astrology, orients us to the Earth rather than the fixed stars. For now, as we are still bound to the earth, it is the environment where we are having the ‘experiential’ process of being alive. One day, we may be moving about in the celestial heights where the stars rule and we might want to adjust our zodiacal understanding accordingly. But, for now, we are creatures of this planet & aligned to the energies therein… ’all is one & one is all’…

This year, the exciting, energetic & indomitable Aries New Moon coincides with this organic shift from the dead of winter into the hopeful birth of spring—the Vernal Equinox.  (For most astrologers, this is month one in the parade of the year…)

The degree of this New Moon is 0* Aries 51”. This underlines the sense of a new beginning and a fresh start. We are all ready & willing to shake off the winter blues & turn our faces up to the brightening warmth of the Sun.

What are your ‘New Moon’ aspirations? Take a moment & doodle them into articulation. Give yourself a fleshed-out idea that you can then attempt to concretize in the days ahead. Make this a reboot of any resolutions that you may have made at the conventionally considered ‘New Year’. ( BTW, it’s possible that the reason why so many fail to follow through on the so-called New Year Resolutions is that they are being made at an incoherent time—the dead of winter when we are all in hibernation mode—LOL…) But, take a moment to check in with yourself & sense the growing appetite for activity & movement that you must be feeling now as the earth, our mother, begins to wake up from her cold & wintry sleep.

Here are a few highlights to keep in mind for this upcoming lunar cycle & Vernal or Spring Equinox:

We are still in the midst of a full throttled forward moving energy with all planets direct. This gives us the help we need to shake off any hesitation & get ourselves in gear. You should be feeling the desire to do something. So, do it.

Mercury will begin to slow near the end of this lunar cycle as he reaches his next retrograde degree. More on that next month. Take advantage of the slowdown by focusing your mental energies on any projects that you may have gotten going in the preceding weeks.

Mars has finally passed the shadow point degree of his long, long, long retrograde period and, at last, he will shift energies on March 28, leaving frisky little Gemini & moving into mild & moody Cancer. Self-care is highlighted with this shift. Find ways to nurture yourself first before expending all of your energies on others, within reason, of course. Keep changing those diapers & feeding those littles if that is where you find yourself. But, also take the time to pamper yourself & feed your holy body so that it can continue to serve your needs.

Jupiter continues his journey through Aries underlining the excitement & sheer joy of the season. Be open to seeing things in a new way, approaching issues with a fresh attitude & stay open to inspiration that takes you right out of the box of conventional thinking. Be bold in your dreams. Hope for what may seem to be impossible. Reach for the celestial heights.

The mid-point of fixed energy (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio & Aquarius) is still under the unpredictable aura of Uranus, at 16*18’ of Taurus. Expect the unexpected in the area of life where this energy is present & if you are ‘ruled’ by Uranus or have significant energy in any one of the ‘fixed signs’, you are in the midst of a shift cycle that will take you where you least expected to go. Exciting & sometimes scary at the same time.

Neptune continues in Pisces & now, the ‘sidereal-ists have caught up to the ‘tropicals’. There are approximately 24 degrees between the signs as understood by Tropical & Sidereal Astrology. With Neptune now at 25*20’ of Pisces, both sets of astrologers agree that the collective is in full-blown dreamtime mode. Out of the resulting confusion & angst, a new vision will inevitably be born. What dreams may come? We will see. In the meantime, use the divine energy to draw life-giving spirit into your consciousness. Connect to whatever is spiritual in your own life.

Finally, Pluto will dip his toe into the electric energy of Aquarius on March 24, 2023. Transformation of the collective will now officially begin. In your own chart, whatever part of the psyche is highlighted is ready to redefine itself over the next 2 decades. Strap yourself in and get ready for a wild ride to the depths of your soul.

As Pluto transits the following areas of your psyche, consider how to facilitate the following:

First house: Delivery system adjusted

Second House: Inner moral compass refined

Third House: Communication clarification

Fourth House: Intimacy Reconsidered

Fifth House: Self-expression reignited

Sixth House: Organic overhaul

Seventh House: Partnership makeover

Eighth House: Purification of the core

Ninth house: Aspirational adjustments

Tenth House: Identity redefined

Eleventh House: Righteous revolution

 

Twelfth House: The Inner child awakens

 

The Sabian Symbols for this New Moon are:

1* Aries: A WOMAN RISES OUT OF WATER, A SEAL RISES AND EMBRACES HER

1* Libra: A BUTTERFLY MADE PERFECT BY A DART THROUGH IT

Our suffering brings about our transformation, our perfection. That which comes out of the heart of this suffering is something new & as if cleansed by the waters of purification, just as the newly born baby is washed clean by the amniotic fluid in which it has been forming for the 40-ish week term within the mother.

We come into this life to be part of the natural living creation. Not only do we choose to embrace it, but we also need it to embrace us. We must be acutely aware of how we walk on this planet, and how we interact with all other life on this planet for from these things comes our survival on this planet. So, no matter the sacrifices that we may have to make in order to better align ourselves with the natural world, if we do it, it will make us ‘perfect’.

What a privilege it is to be here and now. We are living in extraordinary times. Boom or bust! Are we up to the job that we all have? Can we hear the call of our Mother, the Earth, & find our way back to her bosom? It is certainly a question worth exploring. Dig down deep into your akashic self. Remember what came before. Work hard so that you do not repeat the errors of the past. Be made new. Be purified & cleansed. Continue.

bless us all

 

VIRGO FULL MOON 2023

Another Full Moon coming up! If we follow the ‘tropical’ astrological methods, we are awaiting the most specific, the most painstaking, the most healing energy of VIRGO. Pisces & Virgo are ‘partner’ signs within the circle of demonstrated energy. While Pisces looks to the Divine, Virgo scours the Earth & gets its work done. And for Virgo, WORK is a wonderful thing!

Virgo energy responds to the dreaminess of Pisces with a plan. Never afraid to start at the beginning, Virgo methodically moves in the direction it deems most appropriate. Order once instituted makes space for healing. We all have a lot of healing to do.

Before the next New Moon, (Aries & at the Equinox!!!), Mars will finally pass his ‘shadow’ point at the end of Gemini energy & will be just about ready to shift energies from fanciful Gemini & into moody, meditative Cancer.

Saturn will have just shifted into Pisces where he will be ready to restructure & refine that which we designate as real. The collective chaos of the past few years needs to be swept away & purified. In Pisces, Saturn is able to draw down divine energy to facilitate the fundamental healing of the manifest reality. The next few years will be a good time to align with whatever it is YOU identify as a higher power. Without a guiding principle, life becomes rather meaningless. Find it for yourself & make it your compass as you journey through your life.

And Pluto,

the archetype of the secret soul within us all is at the 30 * mark of Capricorn energy. Get ready for a wild ride through the collective consciousness for the next 2 decades. This upcoming transit through Aquarius is going to be a LONG one. Meanwhile, as we wait for the restoration of faith (1* Aquarius), be prepared for secrets & lies to be fully exposed (30* Capricorn). As you confront the truth that was called a lie, be open to what you hear, to what is revealed. It takes guts to admit that you were wrong & even greater guts to realign to what you discover to be true. We have been traumatized & assaulted over the past few years with untruth after untruth & now is the time to shake off the lies, reconsider our options & take appropriate action. In each our own way, we must carry the light so that we can illuminate the dark.

The Sabian Symbols for this Full Moon are:

A VOLCANO IN ERUPTION—17*Virgo

AN EASTER PARADE—17*Pisces

There is so much going on under the surface of things that it is inevitable that there will be instances when there might be ‘eruptions’. Volcanos are generally considered with a degree of ominous awe but in fact, sometimes it is necessary for there to be a cleanout. In nature, though the volcano is initially destructive, it layers the earth with vital minerals that eventually will nourish a resurgence of life. On an emotional level, it is not healthy to keep things bottled up. That is the strategy that results in dis-ease. We are all, to a greater or lesser degree, ready to clear the air. On the collective level, it’s about truly huge issues that will eventually determine how this current human experiment develops. Individually, we must look deep into our own psyches & release fear, hate, anger, greed, sloth & deception. If we can do this, both individually & collectively, the promise is of a rejuvenation; of celebration; of a loosening of the chains of slavery & despondency. We want to purge ourselves of all that is holding us back & throw ourselves wholeheartedly into RENEWAL. From a volcanic eruption straight into an Easter parade, so to speak.

Spring is almost here. This winter has been long. There is a feeling of hope & optimism around us & the astrology of the times certainly supports this. Enjoy the last few days of Pisces/Virgo. Take a nap & then go clean your closet & get ready for the inspirational energy of Aries to rush right in!

PISCES NEW MOON: FEBRUARY 20, 2023 @ 1:09 AM CST

Pisces New Moon

February 20, 2023 @ 1:09 am CST

To get the most out of working with Astrology, you have to get to know the rhythm of the cycles because, bottom line, it’s the patterns of these cycles that give you the biggest bang for your buck in terms of self-understanding or the forecasting of the energetic temperatures of the times. Patterns have always fascinated me whether it is the sudden discovery of seemingly random patterns that take on meaning in their repetition or the obvious concrete patterns that are self-evident to even those who are resistant to spotting them. The universe is just one big tapestry, a pattern of complex & profound proportions that is waiting for us to discover its secrets.

The most accessible of cycles are the ones that involve the movement of the celestial spheres, both visible to the naked & enhanced eye.  Obviously, the LUNAR CYCLE is a perfect example of this. Not only is it fast-moving with the MOON completing its natural wax & wan within the 30ish-day monthly period, but it is also clearly visible to anyone who lifts their eyes to the night sky. With the MOON CYCLE, a pattern is established. Now it’s up to us to figure out what that pattern is, what it means & how we can work within its parameters if we choose to do so. Be aware, that we will find this same cyclical motion in ALL of the planets of our immediate solar system & if we have the impulse to search further, far beyond that into the mysterious universal space around us. Even if you know nothing about the zodiacal symbology of signs, elements & houses of the horoscope, you can be plugged into the cyclical movement of the Moon & other planets just by becoming conscious of these cycles. And the MOON cycle is, truly, the easiest of all the cycles we can investigate. There is always a NEW MOON & there is always a FULL MOON & they are always 2 weeks apart, come winter, spring, summer, or fall…LOL. So, don’t worry if you can’t remember the signs of the zodiac. As long as you track the LUNAR CYCLE, you have in hand a pattern that you can begin to work with. NEW MOONS can always be viewed as the beginning of something while FULL MOONS can be regarded as the culmination of that original process. Literal example: you can begin an investigation into something on the NEW MOON & reflect on what you have so far discovered on the FULL MOON. It really can be as simple as that.

This coming NEW MOON is in the dreamy energy of PISCES & occurs just days after the Sun shifts into that energy. In fact, NEW MOONs are ALWAYS in the same zodiac sign as the SUN. That is because a new moon, any new moon, is physically, literally ‘aligned’, (conjunct in astro terms) to the sun in the sky as seen from our vantage point here on the earth. NEW MOONS are invisible at the exact moment of this close alignment so the sky at the NEW MOON is inky black & flecked with stars. It is only after a few days that we can begin to make out the crescent rim of the MOON as she begins her waxing journey to fullness. That’s why it is like a beginning, a birth…

This PISCES New Moon is going to reach her FULLNESS when she gets to the zodiac sign of Virgo in about 2 weeks. Another pattern in the making. Each sign has a partner sign which is exactly opposite it within the 360 * wheel of the horoscope. The partner Sign to PISCES is…VIRGO!! So, no matter how many cycles go by, a PISCES NEW MOON will ALWAYS reach her fullness in the sign of VIRGO. I find that extremely comforting & satisfying…dependable universal law in action.

Pisces is a mysterious energy, full of all that is mystical & marvelous. In Pisces, we find the dream that can become the reality (VIRGO), the sublime self-sacrifice of unconditional love, and the undeserved kindness (grace) of the divine. Oh yes, it can also be muddled, confused & deceptive but, if we are seekers of the light, we will take those misguided impulses & shift them into proactive ones. Muddle? Allow your creative right brain to take you to the outer limits. Confused? Pause & meditate until the chaos settles. Deception? Investigate thoroughly until you feel you have sufficient data on which to base some kind of conclusion.

This New MOON promises continued movement, a fresh start & the resolution to set intentions & follow through. Though there is still a lot of data to sort through, we can begin to imagine that we just might start to find some definitive answers to ongoing perplexing questions. Notably, Mars will finally pass beyond the post-shadow period of his recent retrograde through Gemini. Did you lose your mind over the past 6 ish months? Well, you may now find it once again! And for those of you who were born with Mars in Gemini (direct or retrograde), your initiation into the next 2-year cycle of implementation is now culminating & you can get down to the business of making things happen according to whatever plan you may have come up with for the next 2 years.

An aside to those of you who have significant Gemini energy wired into your psyches…,(Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, or any of the angles & particularly the ascendant in this sign). This now culminating transit of Mars through Gemini with a built-in retrograde through almost the entire 30 degrees has probably triggered a lot of responses in you. You guys have probably felt just a little bit crazier than the rest of us, maybe more frustrated at times, a tad more muddled & confused possibly. Your ‘get up & go’ may have got up & gone for a while & then suddenly returned in a sizzle of short circuitry. Take a breath & force yourselves to relax. The cuckoo days are almost behind us as Mars will pass his Retrograde Station of 25*36′ Gemini on March 16. That is, technically, the final day of the post-shadow period. So, mark that week down in your calendar—March 13-19 & pay attention to how you feel once we get to that time period. It will give you clues as to how retrogrades affect you specifically. That, of course, is true for all of us but as I have mentioned before, not all transits affect all individuals in the same way. Each person’s journey is unique.

Another notable transit for this Lunar cycle is the entry of Saturn into Pisces according to the Tropical Zodiac most commonly used by Western Astrologers. In fact, at the New Moon, Saturn is closely aligned to the Sun/Moon conjunction from the Aquarius side @ 28*10’. When Saturn supports the Moon in this fashion, we are given an added boost of resolve & commitment as we set our intentions & start out on new projects. Saturn strengthens & grounds the somewhat ethereal energy of Luna. Emotions rise & fall, after all, but intestinal fortitude (Saturn) is something we can depend on once we cultivate it. As Saturn transit Pisces for the next 2 ½ years we will all get the opportunity to face our fears, firm up our connection to the divine & generally, sort through the more nebulous & hidden parts of our reality construct. For those of you who were born with Saturn in Pisces, it’s your return period, that once in 30ish (technically, 29.4 years), where you get to come to terms with the reality that you have so far manifested. Karma time! Enjoy…lol.

And finally, we are on the brink of Pluto’s first toe dip into Aquarius. This is exciting stuff! Over the last decade & a half, many of us have been shocked into ‘awakeness’ by what has been revealed in terms of the structures that we thought were providing us with security & safety. The scales have fallen from our eyes & we may no longer view our governments in the same way that we once did. We no longer believe that we will always have what we need to sustain our physical reality as we have been shocked to realize that the entire monetary system is merely a shell game Ponzi scheme of grand proportion. We have had to face the fact that all is not what it appeared to be… So, where do we go from here? Possibly, just possibly, we might start getting some clues as Pluto jolts his way through Aquarius. Will the collective consciousness reframe the dream or will we slide further into oppression & tyranny? We will see just how many of us actually did wake up in the years ahead. It’s all about the ‘tipping point’!

 

The Sabian Symbols for this New Moon are :

A SQUIRREL HIDING FROM HUNTERS

A LARGE WHITE CROSS UPRAISED

 

We must always find ways to preserve ourselves. Squirrels are everywhere because they are quick on the mark when they perceive danger in the air. Have you ever watched a squirrel skitter here and there, always one step ahead of you if you are attempting to catch him? Self-preservation supreme! That is how we should be as we pick our way through these chaotic & troubling times, uber aware of our surroundings, always on our guard for any clear or present danger & ensuring that we have sufficient nuts stored away in case of disaster. Prepper mentality, anybody? And yet, the polarity symbol reinforces the idea that we must continue to have faith. This should be our intention. Find a way to overcome our doubts and yet remain realistic about what is really going on. One way we can do this is if we are clear within ourselves as to what we believe in, what we would fight for, even die for and, in knowing this, stick to it no matter what forces may oppose us. And sometimes this will be a challenge. It may even seem impossible at times. But, somehow, some way, we must, at the very least, TRY to stay true to who we are, even if it is only in private when we are alone with ourselves…HAPPY NEW MOON EVERYONE!

FULL MOON IN LEO 2023

February 5, 2023 @ 12:30 PM CST

Self-love; creativity; expression; joyfulness. The Leo Full Moon celebrates the joyful, creative expression of the self & boy, don’t we need it when winter holds us captive!

This Full Moon is almost exactly square to Uranus & the nodes, (though the nodes are moving away from Uranus now), suggesting that the secret, unconscious self is seeking a new form of expression, a different way to be present in the world. Whatever your intention was at the New Moon 2 weeks ago, now is the time to review if you have put it into action & explore what you need to do to further realize it.

As with the Aquarius New Moon, there is a feeling (MOON), of movement, of change. The major planetary energies are all in forward motion. Don’t look back, look to the future, they say.

Mars is now several degrees away from his Station & Jupiter is beginning to pick up steam in Aries. There is nothing so fresh & exciting as Aries in full mode! This is the energy of enterprise & adventure; of initiation & zest; a courageous, bold energy that catapults into ever-expanding potential. We need it! Take that chance now & then concretize it into form as Jupiter moves into Taurus in May. Dreams become reality if we plan for them.

This is the year that Saturn leaves Aquarius, not to return for another 30ish years. For those of you with Saturn in Pisces, the next 2 & a bit years mark your ‘Saturn Return’ period, either first, second or third…lol. A shout-out to those of you who are entering the 3rd return. You are now in your late 80’s…you have definitely ‘made it’! More on this shift of Saturnian energy in future Moon blogs…

The Sabian Symbols for the Full Moon are:

A NON-VESTED CHURCH CHOIR

A WATCHDOG STANDING GUARD

The symbols give us the feeling that no matter what is going on around us, we are safe & sound & watched over. We can freely express our inner selves, celebrate the joyfulness of creativity in whatever form it takes in our lives & know that we are moving into a brighter more unified future despite appearances to the contrary. Be vigilant in your own life so that you quickly identify anyone or anything that is attempting to cause division & dissent, whether overtly or covertly. Look for ways to create harmony in a natural human fashion. Avoid those who tear down. Seek out those who build up. Goodness is born from goodness. Find your own community of blessed companions who provide you with nourishment & support.

Enjoy the fullness of Leo. Locate 16*41″ Leo in your own chart & consider how you can introduce the energy of love, playfulness & creative expression into your reality…

 

 

New Moon in Aquarius; Full Moon in Leo

Aquarius New Moon

JANUARY 21, 2023

The first New Moon of 2023 is a harbinger of hope & change. Aquarius is the energy of the collective consciousness. It holds all of our thoughts & all of our dreams. It is from this collective that reality begins to take form. It is only when we reach that critical ‘tipping point’ of a collective vision that this can happen.

As this New fresh Moon begins her cycle of growth, the Sun & Moon are newly entered into Aquarius @1*32” (rounded up to 2*) underlining the sense of initiation. This is further emphasized by the direct movement of all of the planets. Here is the rundown:

Mercury has just stationed direct @ 8*50’ Capricorn on January 18, 2023. Though he is still within the ‘shadow’ of the retrograde, he will begin to pick up steam & by mid-February, he will have entered into Aquarius. Monitor your thoughts & be on guard for negative thinking, anxiety & paranoia when he rushes past Pluto from February 6- February 15, 2023. (I am using an orb of 5* on either side of the Pluto position.) The structured & authoritarian energy of Capricorn provides us with certainty & stability. As he shifts into Aquarius, he becomes more relaxed and more open to experimentation & the creation of new ideas. It is time to change the way we examine the world around us. It is time to alter our vision for the future. Let’s get rid of the tyrants & let’s create a community that is supportive & functional.

At the New Moon, Venus is aligned to Saturn @ 23*28’ for Venus & 24*40’ for Saturn in Aquarius. This reinforces the hopeful, altruistic feel of this lunation. Such close collaboration between these two archetypes suggests that it is time for all of us to stand firm in the truth that speaks to us & to be bold & fearless as we hold to that truth. What is really of value to you? What kind of reality do you wish to create for yourself & your community? Be of good faith & carry on.

Mars has also stationed direct and is in a trine relationship to the lunation. This, after several months of ‘runaround’. If you have been experiencing indecision, muddled thinking, sudden incoherent action, or a complete lack of focus, things should start to stabilize. The upside of this retrograde of Mars through Gemini is that old ideas could well be re-ignited & circular thinking could give rise to creative expression. Gemini is associated with all things informational, data, facts, and knowledge that is gathered & compiled. Gemini is also a distribution center so during this past retrograde period the DISPENSATION OF INFORMATION was UNDER REVIEW! As Pluto continues to uncover the corruption present within the governing structures of our current societies, Mars, the lower octave of this transformational energy did a little clean-up of his own. What have you come to realize about facts you thought were accurate & now find to be completely NOT accurate? Are you beginning to see the web of lies that permeate through the informational institutions that supposedly give us ‘the news’? More to come in the days ahead as Mars works his way through the ‘shadow’ degrees of his journey through Gemini.

Jupiter is newly reentered into Aries @ 4*14’, & nicely sextile to both the lunation & Mars. Here is the hopefulness, the rekindling of initiative & a vision of a brighter future in the making. Aries energy is unstoppable even under challenging conditions but combined with the aspirational impulse of the Aquarian New Moon & the inquisitive fact-finding energy of Mars in Gemini, we have an environment that is charged with electric potential for growth, initiative & rebirth.

Saturn will continue in direct motion until mid-June so the next 5ish months are a good time to restructure proactively whatever it is that needs to be overhauled. Saturn regulates & administers both individually & collectively. We can do much to improve our reality structure by aligning with values that are meaningful to us individually while collectively, we, as a society would do well to explore alternative methods for governance. Aquarius is a hopeful energy that has a belief in inherent goodness & Saturn will work hard to find that inherent goodness, given half a chance. Let us all pray for the ‘voice’ of the ‘everyman’ to be heard!

Uranus stations direct just a day after this new Moon @ 15* Taurus. The next few months give us all the opportunity to integrate any changes that we have experienced personally while the collective is definitely attempting to adjust to the ongoing upheaval of our fundamental supporting structures. It’s about trust. It’s about survival. It’s about getting back to basics. Can we do it?

 

 

 

 

Neptune will remain direct until the end of June this year, lending supportive energy to the sense of forward proactive movement within society. Now in the 3rd decanate of Pisces, the Scorpio decanate, the call to action for all of us on a spiritual level, is to ground out our sense of connection to the divine, to deepen our commitment to truth & justice. Discover reasons to believe!

Finally, Pluto is moving direct in the last degrees of Capricorn & will dip into Aquarius on March 24, 2023. This will be the beginning of the end of Pluto transiting Capricorn & by November 2024, he will move into Aquarius for good. More on this in future Moon blogs. For now, we are in the integrative portion of this long & challenging transit. Much of our fundamental infrastructure has been shaken to the core. Many of us are concerned about our basic survival & what, exactly, we can actually put our trust & faith in. As Pluto shifts into Aquarius, we are bound to discover potential solutions to the problems that have been uncovered over the past few decades. We must gird up our loins & be willing to think outside the box, take that wild chance if one presents itself & attempt something new, something completely different. Though we cherish tradition & value what has stood the test of time, we must be willing to incorporate new ideas and new initiatives into our routines. There is room for both conservations of what is useful & initiation of that which progresses us into the future in this reality. We must have the courage & wisdom to embrace both options.

The Sabian symbols for this lunation are:

AN UNEXPECTED THUNDERSTORM

 

 

 

AN EPIDEMIC OF MUMPS

These symbols are indicators of the need to purge & the need for a radical approach to that purge. It is time to clear the air on a multitude of levels. It is time to use unexpected & sometimes even shocking methods to institute change. There is nothing like the aromatic scent that is released by a thunderstorm though the actual storm itself may be frightening to endure. And just like an epidemic that runs its course, the after-effects can be cleansing as the cause of illness is eradicated. As a society, we certainly have been through a sudden & totally unexpected epidemic that caused fear, foreboding & distress to many. Now, on mostly the other side of this event, we can look back & evaluate the pros & cons & how we were individually affected by it. With any contagious illness, those who survive are stronger for it. And, as with any singular radical event, it does eventually pass. The dynamics shift & life continues. How did you get through the past few years? Are you ready to move into the future, cleansed, purged & immune?

Full Moon blog coming soon…

 

New Moon in Capricorn 2022/FULL MOON IN CANCER 2023

New Moon in Capricorn 2022

FULL MOON IN CANCER 2023

DECEMBER 23, 2022 @ 4:17 AM CST

JANUARY 6, 2023 @ 5:09 PM CST

 

 

A few days after Winter Solstice & the Moon is born again to join the Sun in the Stellar dance!

Can you sense the quickening of the energy? Do you feel the pull of the light? Despite both Uranus & Mars being retrograde & Mercury slowing to his last retrograde station of this current year, the sparks are beginning to ignite!

Mars is moving very slowly now…the beheaded chicken is beginning to flag in its race around the barnyard—lol…At this point in the retrograde, we have reached an almost still point with Mars just a few degrees away from his STATION DIRECT on January 12, 2023. We can now start to feel the return of normality as Mars gets ready to shift in his circling around in Gemini energy. Though we do not step out of the shadow of this particular retrograde until March 2023, it will start to feel different. We are moving into the integrative part of the process so it’s time to roll up our sleeves & get our thinking caps firmly in place. The upside of this energy is how creative it can be once we exercise some discipline & impose some order. Ideas, inspirations & clever articulations—that’s Gemini…

Uranus is just shy of his own Station Direct degree as well. Though we still have several years of shift & change ahead, we have the sense that we are coming to the end game of this particular upturning. We feel like it’s time to restore order. Early birds get the worm. Start considering NOW what strategies you can implement so as to stabilize yourself. Reconnect to basic, natural practices that tether you to the EARTH and keep you grounded. Our sense of the organic has been greatly disrupted and especially so in the last few years. Some of us now distrust the natural world, seeing it as an enemy rather than as a friend. The enforced isolation that we all experienced created a sense of trepidation in our consciousness about engaging in ‘normal’ human activities like congregating with community. Other humans were to be feared & avoided. Whether these protocols were appropriate or not is not the issue. The issue is that we are a HERD species & the NATURAL order is to flock together, to engage, to share space. That is why humans have always lived in community, one kind or another, starting with villages & ending up in the huge megacities of our time. The key is that this NATURAL way of existing has been disrupted. At the very least, many are questioning it. Some even think that we should all be ‘bubble boys’ so as to not get contaminated by others. Along with all of the other natural disruptions, we have to now deal with the consequences of the Uranus transit through Taurus & re-stabilize, re-align, and even reform our own internal sense of NATURAL LAW. Our survival depends upon it.

Within the arc of this lunar period, Mercury Stations Retrograde for the last time in 2022. This retrograde, beginning on December 29 @ 25* Capricorn takes up to January 18, 2023, when he Stations Direct @ 9* Capricorn. This mid-January time is set to be notable indeed. By January 22, 2023, right after the next New Moon, all of the planets will be in Direct Motion. More on that next month but for now, get ready to get into gear, shake off the confusion & indecision & put some miles on the odometer!

Jupiter is newly entered into Aries, a most exuberant & hopeful energy &, in this lunation, in square aspect to the New Moon. Dare to do it! Take that chance! Go for your own version of GOLD! Jupiter infuses us with an aspiration to the heights of what we can achieve & Aries provides us with the grit & courage to actually try for it. The next 6 months, as Jupiter rushes through Aries, look to be exciting, inspiring & ground-breaking if we just work with the energy of enterprise.

The Sabian Symbols for this New Moon are:

2* Capricorn: THREE STAINED GLASS WINDOWS, ONE DAMAGED BY BOMBARDMENT

2* Cancer:  A MAN ALL BUNDLED UP IN FUR LEADING A SHAGGY DEER

What needs healing in your life? Three is often considered to be a ‘holy’ number & certainly, it is the number of creativity. Much has been broken within us as a collective & it is now time to begin the restoration work. As the polarity symbol suggests, each of us has to do this repair work individually & often under arduous circumstances. And yet, as both symbols point out, we have resources still intact & help that can sustain us as we fight for our survival. It is incumbent upon each one of us to make an account of where we are strong & where we are weak & then to address these issues.

Are you taking care of your body?

Do you manage your thoughts?

Is your connection to the divine intact?

Do a review & then get to work.

 

 

 

The Full Moon in Cancer shines her light on us on January 6, 2023 @ 5:09 PM CST. This is the Lady Moon in her HOME SIGN. Expect to experience emotional surges.

Mercury is still retrograde, now @ 18* Capricorn. Mars is at 9* Gemini and within a few days of his Station Direct (January 12, 2023). Uranus is also almost at his Station Direct point. The next few weeks will demonstrate a definite shift of energy. Our mental state will start to clear & we will feel more inclined to take action. Expect some breakthroughs to begin to occur. Jupiter in Aries will add some steam to the mix!

Review what you have experienced over the past few years. This is a good time to do so as we are still within the arc of the Winter Solstice. Collectively we have just had a mundane NEW YEAR so everything points to initiation, to resolution & to the creation of fresh new ‘habitual rituals’ to enhance our lives. Make this review of your own life & see if there are areas where you can improve, facilitate or tweak things to create the reality that best reflects who you are HERE & NOW.

The Sabian Symbols for the Full Moon are:

17* Cancer: THE GERM GROWS INTO KNOWLEDGE & LIFE

 

17* Capricorn: A GIRL SURREPTIOUSLY BATHING IN THE NUDE

Everything begins somewhere & sometime. It is a process that must follow its own course. It will arrive at its conclusion at exactly the ‘right’ time, not early nor late. Trust the process. Trust your own intuitive sense of the process. Be bold but do not make haste. It is time for you to reveal yourself, to be open, to be true to who you are. It may be a bit nerve-wracking at the front end but the reward for the courage to speak the truth is never-ending!

Winter Solstice & a Look Ahead @ 2023

Winter Solstice is the true New Year for the metaphysically minded. Symbolically, it is the time in the Northern Hemisphere when the Sun is reborn & the days begin to get longer once again. This year, that moment occurs @ 3:47 pm CST on December 21. (Adjust if you are in a different time zone.) If you are able, take a moment that day & allow the shift to flow through you. With mindfulness, you may be able to sense the turn of the energy as Solstice is initiated. It’s a fun exercise to try out!

This year the Solstice chart suggests cautious optimism. Though we are still dealing with a Geminian kerfuffle with Mars retrograding through that energy, for the most part, the energy of the celestial orbs is moving along nicely. All of the outers except for Uranus are in direct motion & by mid-January, just a few weeks after the solstice, both Mars & Uranus will also station direct. Imagine that fierce little creature, Mars, shaking himself off, doing a turn or two to get his bearings & then, in true Gemini fashion, taking off without a glance back! To get a sense of how you might interact with this energy individually, locate 9* Gemini in your own chart. That is the area of life where you might, indeed, be experiencing a bit of a muddle, a stop/start sort of impulse & where you might begin to experience more clarity in understanding, intentional action & general direction.

Another indicator of optimism is the Sagittarius Moon that is closing in on the Sun in the balsamic phase. Two messages here. This balsamic phase is always meditative, reflective & thoughtful. It lends itself to insight, visions & increased intuitive activity. Nevertheless, Sag is such an exuberant energy, full of courage, zeal & buoyancy. With the ruler, Jupiter, newly entered into Aries & in full Direct Motion, there is a sense of growth, a rekindling of initiative, and a feeling of hope. Fire fuels the soul to aspire to new heights & with the Moon in Sag ruled by a feisty Jupiter in Aries, we are filled with FIRE. Of course, there is that hesitant Mars (ruling Jupiter in Aries) still circling around & around but we can use the hint of restraint as we get ourselves into gear. It has been a horrendous few years and the general mood of the collective, whether compliant or contrarian in regard to the C#$%D narrative, is one of exhaustion. We are all DONE with whatever this is that has been going on. The Solstice chart promises us that we are nearing the end of the confusion and that we still have the capacity to hope & aspire for something that better reflects true humanity, natural goodness & spiritual connection. Let’s all make it happen, shake the dust off our feet, lift up our heads & BELIEVE that LOVE truly will conquer evil.

Another useful practice is to take a peek ahead at the year that is being born & get our bearings for the various shifts of energy. It’s useful to mark the retrogrades & the ingresses on our calendars as little reminders of the flow of the celestial orbs. A list will follow!

Naturally, the Sun will transit all 12 signs between Winter Solstice 2022 & Winter Solstice 2023. We can track this methodical movement around our natal charts. Remember, the SUN ILLUMINATES whatever house it finds itself in, whether in the natal chart or by transit. Pay close attention, especially to each angle, ASC, IC, DES & MC. The dynamics of each of these quadrants are intensified as the Sun shines his light on them. As an example, if you have Cancer on the MC, you might feel a sense of enterprise throughout June & July or you might find yourself pondering your focus in life, and the direction you are taking. Similarly, if you have Gemini on the ascendant, May & June could suddenly be very busy for you & you might start thinking about strategies & new directions. And, of course, we all have that very special moment when the Sun re-connects to the exact degree of the Zodiac that he occupied at our birth—the SOLAR RETURN moment. Each person will interact with these SOLAR TRANSITS uniquely so the best way to understand your own process is to keep a record of what actually occurs in your life at each significant ingress. The LAB Method—observation & co-relation! And, if you are so inclined, go see a competent Astrologer! If you are not sure about who to consult, drop me a line. I have a list of names that will give you some options.

The MOON also is worth tracking as this celestial object transits the entire zodiac once every month. In this context, the MOON is moods so you can better understand your own biorhythm by keeping an eye on where the MOON happens to be on any given day. Like Moods, the texture of the day can change rapidly as the Moon only spends 2.5 days in each sign on a monthly basis. A Moon Calendar that indicates where the Moon is each day is very useful for recording moods & impulses. After about 3-6 months of faithful record keeping, you will have a pretty firm sense of your own biorhythm. This is extremely useful when it comes to planning activities. If you know that a certain time is usually one when you like to cocoon, what’s the point of planning a party? And, of course, the collective FULL MOON three-day period can be fraught with drama for all of us so at the very least, track the FULL MOON!

I am not going to list each lunation here but I do send out a blog on a monthly basis about the collective New & Full Moon. Watch your inbox & then mark the dates on your calendar. The very first New Moon after the Solstice occurs on December 23, 2022, in the energy of Capricorn. This is yet another indication of a fresh start, a hopeful initiation point.

And now, to the planetary movements for 2023!

As always, there will be several Mercury Retrogrades. You cannot just stop during these periods but you can be extra mindful as you go about your activities. Earth energy is under the retrograde lens for 2023.

There is a shadow period attached to each retrograde, one before the actual retrograde station & one that follows the Station Direct. Ripples of the retrograde will start to appear prior to the actual Station & there can be a lingering effect after the energy shifts Direct. Again, forewarned is forearmed. These are immutable occurrences. We either work with the flow & ebb of the energy or we work against it. That is the essential meaning of the phrase—‘go with the flow’…It’s not always about being in full forward motion. Sometimes we have to pause, turn around, reflect & realign. If we know in advance that we are moving into this sort of period of time, then we can adjust accordingly. This principle applies to the slower-moving outers also.

(Note: I ‘round up’ the degrees. To get the degree with minutes, consult an ephemeris. Also, be aware that the so-called shadow periods extend each period 2-3 weeks prior to RX station & 2-3 weeks post-Direct Station. Think of these weeks being somewhat like waves, energy flowing in & then ebbing.)

MERCURY:

December 29, 2022                                          SRX 25* CAPRICORN

January 18, 2023                                               SD  9* CAPRICORN

In Capricorn, the structural systems are under review. How are the systems that are currently in place working? Can we rely on the infrastructure of our social systems to sustain us? Expect to experience revisions in this area.

 

April 21, 2023                                                  SRX        16* TAURUS

May 15, 2023                                                 SD           5* TAURUS

 

In Taurus, our survival systems experience a reboot. What are the values that fuel our souls? Are we connected to Natural Law & the goodness of the earth itself? Is there a place for us within this current system of things or do we need to re-organize the way that we live?

 

August 23, 2023                                                SRX        22* VIRGO

September 15 2023                                           SD           9* VIRGO

 

In Virgo, it’s all about process. Are the strategies that are in place contributing to smooth operation? Are our habitual rituals helping & healing or hindering? Is our reality making sense? What can we do to amend things if needed?

December 13, 2023                              SRX        9* CAPRICORN

January 2, 2024                                    SD           23* SAGITTARIUS

2023 began with a retrograde in earth energy (Capricorn), & ends with Mercury in retrograde motion from Earth (Capricorn) into Fire (Sagittarius).

Could this be an indication of an incoming shift in relation to the structural nature of our current reality? Earth is what is solid & stable, set in stone, so to speak. Fire is the disrupter, the initiator, that which transforms from one state into another. We shall see…???

 

VENUS                 

July 23, 2023                                         SRX        29* LEO

September 4, 2023                                SD           13* LEO

This regular 18-month cycle last occurred at the beginning of 2022 with the retrograde in Capricorn. This year the retrograde shifts into Leo, the energy of self-love, self-expression & self-awareness. What have we learned about ourselves? How do we express ourselves? Do we hold ourselves in high esteem, never abusing ourselves, always addressing our basic fundamental needs? Find Leo in your chart. This is where you will re-evaluate what is meaningful in your life. If you have Venus in Leo in your natal chart or by progression, this retrograde will touch you most personally, giving you ample opportunity to re-align to that which is truly of value in your life, to discard the superficial & stay real.

 

MARS

The next Mars Retrograde will not occur until 2024 when this celestial orb transits the signs of Leo & Cancer. Be prepared to turn your attention to deep inner work (Cancer) resulting in increased self-awareness. More next year…LOL

Here are the significant Mars transits for 2023:

(Reminder: I am rounding up the degrees. If you are a stickler for detail, consult an ephemeris to get the degree & minute of each placement.)

December 21, 2022          12* Gemini RX

January 1, 2023                 10* Gemini RX  

(Mars is almost at a     standstill now)

January 12, 2023         9* Gemini STATION DIRECT

(We now enter the post-retrograde shadow phase. The next 2+ month period is all about INTEGRATING the convoluted experiences that we may have had during the actual RX period.)

March 15-18. 2023           26* Gemini (Mars reaches the degree where he first Stationed Retrograde…so long, Gemini, see you again in about 2 years…lol)

March 28, 2023                 Mars enters CANCER

May 21, 2023                      Mars enters LEO

July 11, 2023                       Mars enters VIRGO

August 28, 2023                Mars enters LIBRA

October 13, 2023              Mars enters SCORPIO

November 25, 2023         Mars enters SAGITTARIUS

December 21, 2023          20* SAGITTARIUS

This last date is the Solstice which brings us to the conclusion of the yearly transits & the initiation of a whole new yearly cycle.

Mars has traveled 180*+ around the zodiacal wheel.

At each ingress date, locate where in your own natal chart Mars is located by transit. Ponder what is being activated, stirred up, or initiated. Use all of the Mars keywords to consider this. Think of Mars as a trigger (along with the MOON). The trigger could be proactive or reactive. It all depends on how YOU choose to integrate into the energetic environment around you. If you are a Mars RULED or influenced individual, (ARIES SUN, MOON, RISING; SCORPIO SUN, MOON, RISING; Any of the PERSONALS in the FIRST HOUSE; MARS in ARIES or SCORPIO), these Mars transits will be of special interest to you. You are an action-oriented person who has strong willpower & prefers to be in charge of your own reality. Keep an eye on this moderately rapid moving energy to regulate both your initiatives & your responses.

(Do you have your date book at hand? Are you marking the dates of the planetary movements into it?)

 

 

The mid & outer planets regularly go retrograde each year for months at a time. These are slow-moving orbs providing us with plenty of time to reconsider & review. Because the energy moves relatively slowly, we are better able to adjust to the flow & integrate it into our psyches. These retrograde periods give us the much-needed space to establish & refine our reality.

JUPITER :

December 21, 2022                          1* Aries

January 1, 2023                                 2* Aries

May 16, 2023                                      Jupiter enters Taurus

September 4, 2023                           SRX        16* TAURUS

December 21, 2023                                          6* TAURUS RX

December 31, 2023                          SD           6* TAURUS

This is the JUPITER RETURN period for those who have Jupiter in ARIES or the first half of TAURUS. This 11+ year cycle gives a sense of aspirational progress throughout our lives. We reach for the prize through our Jupiterian selves. He monitors our hopes & dreams. He connects us to our higher, more intuitive selves. If you are in the midst of a ‘return period’, use it to imagine your future. And, because this is Jupiterian energy, no holds barred! Reach for the stars in your heart of hearts! Be bold & fearless in mapping out your future. You will only reach that which you aspire to so aspire hugely!!!

As with all transiting planets, locate the degrees of the transit in your own chart to determine where you will experience opportunity, serendipity & renewed optimism. If you happen to have Aries/Taurus on one of your angles, watch closely how Jupiter ushers abundance into your reality. Jupiter augments & expands whatever he touches so the reactive side of this transit is that if you are in the midst of restructure or chaos, it may feel a bit out of control for the duration of the specific transit. This same principle applies to proactive energy so watch that you do not bite off more than you can chew at any one given time! LOL…

Jupiter at the Ascendant or first house can cause even the hardiest of souls to waver in the face of the tidal wave of expansion…

 

SATURN

December 21,2022                           22* AQUARIUS

January 1, 2023                                 23* AQUARIUS

March 8, 2023                                    ENTERS PISCES

JUNE 17, 2023                                    SRX 7* PISCES

NOVEMBER 4, 2023                         SD 1* PISCES

December 21, 2023                          2* PISCES

Saturn is our REGULATOR, our TEACHER, our INNER CRITIC; basically, the REALITY CHECK mechanism within our psyches. Once we have mastered how to work with the energy of SATURN, we are the post-graduates of the zodiac, able, efficient, controlled, and masterful. Saturn sets the boundaries of our reality and once we understand these boundaries, we can attain much success in our routines & personal ambitions.

If you experience challenges with the transit of Saturn, view it as a ‘call to action’, an opportunity to improve whatever area of life is under stress. Meditate on what kinds of strategies could help you to refine, repair & rearrange yourself so that you function more effectively & without undue hardship. Not saying it will be easy but definitely suggesting it will be worthwhile.

Tips to interact with Saturn energy:

The REGULATOR:            

When glitches occur, locate what in your psyche is

OFF-BALANCE.                                              

Brainstorm methods to get back into gear

Take some time off to reboot yourself

Deep breathing to get centered

Water to hydrate (make sure it is living water)

Monitor diet

The TEACHER:                   

Pause & consider what your reality is attempting to ‘tell’ you

Control your anger when blocked; look for strategies to clear the blockage

Pay attention EVERY MOMENT to the signals you are getting as you take action

The INNER CRITIC:          

Cut that critic down to size with BRUTAL efficiency

Do not wallow in your victimhood

                                               

Recognize who that INNER CRITIC is…(hint–YOU)

Love yourself

If the INNER CRITIC keeps persisting, do an ‘exiting ritual’. Create a sacred space & ask the INNER CRITIC to ‘please leave’. Be sympathetic but firm & get across to your INNER CRITIC that there is no longer any room in your home (YOU) for him/her. Thank your INNER CRITIC & usher him/her out the door.

The above can be done by visualization but you can also play-act it if that is in your wheelhouse. At the very least, write down INNER CRITIC & any specific descriptions of what those criticisms are on a piece of paper & at the end of the meditative ritual, burn the paper to symbolize the EXIT.

Above all, EMBRACE the parameters of your own individual reality & accept that they have been created to support & protect you.

 

 

URANUS

December 21, 2022                          16* RX TAURUS

January 1, 2023                                 16*RX TAURUS

Uranus is now moving ever so slowly as he nears his STATION. Folks with FIXED energy at & around this degree will feel the volatility most intensely. (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius)

January 22, 2023                               SD15* TAURUS                 (STATION DIRECT)

August 29, 2023                                SRX24* TAURUS               (STATION RETROGRADE)

December 21, 2023                          20*RX TAURUS

The next Station Direct for this planet is JANUARY 27, 2024 @ the above degree (19* 5.3”). After this, he will remain in the last decanate of Taurus, the Capricorn Decanate, for the remainder of his duration in this energy. This is the integrative decanate of this transit. From now until the shift into Gemini is fully realized in 2026, we have the opportunity to concretize any & all changes that have occurred in our lives. Capricorn is the ‘systems manager’ of the zodiac & by being realistic, methodical, practical & determined, we can fully ‘crystalize’ that which is now attempting to be born in our psyches. It will take nerve & grit on our part but if we work with the energy & not against it, we can get to the other side of this.       

NEPTUNE

December 21, 2023                          23* PISCES

January 1, 2023                                 23* PISCES

(Neptune Stationed Direct in December, 2022 at this degree.

As with all outers, it takes a bit of time for the celestial orb to pick up steam)

June 30, 2023                                     SRX 28* PISCES

December 6, 2023                            SD 25* PISCES

December 21, 2023                          25* PISCES

The principle function of CONFUSION is to impel the one who is confused to search for clarity. There has been much confusion about so many & varied topics over the past decade. Many of these topics refer directly back to our own individual connection to the source of our spiritual self, whatever that may be. Humans need to feel connected to something greater than what they can experience with the mere so-called ‘5 senses’. Each person has his own methodology & frame of reference. It is imperative that no one person deny the validity of any other person’s spiritual understanding. We have lived through a time of hatred, vilification, zealotry & sheer evil. True, positive, proactive Neptunian energy is about COMPASSION, LOVE, FORGIVENESS, ACCEPTANCE, TOLERANCE & THE RECOGNITION OF THE DIVINE IN THE OTHER. We must all pray (in our own unique way) that we are learning this most important (perhaps THE most important) lesson of living. Peace & Harmony must become the INTENTION for all of us.

PLUTO

December 21, 2022                          28* CAPRICORN

January 1, 2023                                 28* CAPRICORN

March 24, 2023                                 PLUTO DIPS INTO AQUARIUS…

May 2, 2023                                        SRX 1* AQUARIUS

June 12, 2023                                    

PLUTO SHIFTS BACK INTO CAPRICORN—30*

October 11, 2023                              SD 28* CAPRICORN

December 21, 2023                          30* CAPRICORN

Pluto is completing his transit of Capricorn & in 2024 he will dip back one more time but again STATION DIRECT at this most critical degree of 30* CAPRICORN.

The past two decades or so we have seen the utter collapse of our current ‘system of things’ (CAPRICORN rules structure). That which was corrupt & HIDDEN is now out in the open for all to see. Most of us have lost faith in our so-called ‘leaders’, in the institutions that appear to keep this reality moving & even in the basic infrastructure that supports the lifestyles that we have. Who do we trust? Who can we depend upon? Who is telling the truth? What is the truth, really? The answer is simple. Pluto into Aquarius is about taking the power over our reality into our own hands. We can trust US. We can depend on US. We are the TRUTH. Only WE can decide what the truth is. The collective must rise. And it will, once that most critical tipping point is reached. As a wise man once said…

You can fool all the people some of the time,

and some of the people all the time,

but you cannot fool all the people all the time.

 

I pray that this wise man, freer of slaves, fighter for equality was RIGHT.

It’s worth meditating on 30* CAPRICORN since it features so strongly at the end of the PLUTO transit.

The Sabian Symbols for 30* Capricorn/Cancer are:

 

A SECRET BUSINESS CONFERENCE

 

A DAUGHTER OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

 

The suggestion here is that there are, indeed, hidden power structures that may or not have the interests of the masses in mind. What is the tolerance level of the people of any given nation in the face of these hidden forces? Can anything be done to create a more inclusive, more equitable system where many can benefit, not just a few?

The American Revolution can be seen as symbolic of a struggle for freedom, the initiation of a grand experiment to rule by collective agreement rather than by singular power & might. It was, one could argue, the beginning of the end of the era of the ‘KINGS’.

Interestingly, America was born when Pluto was last in Capricorn & at the end of that transit. Back in 1776, the ‘people’ seized power & assumed authority (Capricorn) for self-government. It could be argued that the cycle that began back then has now come, in a sense, to a culmination. How has that experiment turned out so far? Have the fighters for freedom become the secret oppressors? The polarity symbol seems to suggest that more revision (revolution) is necessary. The struggle for freedom is never done. It can always be refined, Sometimes, we have to go back in order to go forward. The admonition is to continue to fight for that which is YOUR right. Do not give up hope. If you fall, get up & try again. If you falter, hang on, help is on the way. Trust, trust, trust! Believe that this is a fight that we can ALL, together, win. Is freedom worth it? Is the truth worth fighting for? The answer should be obvious to all. Let’s make it a better 2023…let’s stand for truth, for justice & above all for love. Blessings to all…

New Moon in Sagittarius; Full Moon in Gemini

New Moon in Sagittarius: Nov. 23, 2022

@ 4:57 pm CST

Full Moon in Gemini: December 7, 2022

@ 10:09 pm CST

REBIRTH, TRANSFORMATION & LIGHT

 

After the last Lunar cycle that was populated by powerful eclipses & significant stations, we are ready to move into the hopeful & visionary energy of Sagittarius/Gemini. And, we are ready for lightness, levity & movement…hopefully in the ‘right’ direction!

Scorpio season is a time of inwardnesss but now, as the Sun shifts into Sagittarius accompanied by a fresh & optimistic New Moon @ 2* Sag, we can sense that the time of growing darkness is fast coming to a culmination at the Winter Solstice (December 21, 2022 @ 3:47 PM) which occurs a few days before the Capricorn New Moon this year. (more on that later…)  This Sag New Moon cycle is a good time to reflect on what you have managed to accomplish over the past 12 months & to begin to formulate a new set of intentions for the months ahead. Sag is the energy of hopefulness, optimism & VAVAVOOM! It is the energy of FREEDOM. The ‘astrological’ New Year gets off to a start at the Winter solstice when the Sun is, so to speak, reborn & the days begin to lengthen into the Equinox & on but we can access that hopeful optimistic Sag stuff to motivate us on our way to rejuvenation & rebirth…

So, as we enter fully into the ‘balsamic’ point within the yearly cycle, we know that the darkest time is just before the dawn. That is what we can focus on.

One of the most significant aspects of this New Moon has to be the Jupiter Station Direct. The dreams we dream can now be fleshed out with courage as the God of planets moves fully into Aries energy. Also, within this lunar cycle, Neptune Stations Direct. The mid-range planets, Jupiter & Saturn, & all of the outers except for Uranus are now in direct motion. The deep energy of the unconscious, the hidden, is now beginning to clear. Review has been done & issues have been clarified or at the very least, better understood. Look for January dates when both Uranus & Mars Station Direct to feel the full impact of forward movement. After January 22, 2023, we have several months when all energy is moving forward giving us a sense of potential progress.

At the New Moon, Pluto & Jupiter are in agreeable aspect providing us with a sense of hopefulness that systemic corruption (Pluto in Capricorn) can be eradicated by applying spiritual standards (Jupiter in Pisces) rather than material ones. This is further reinforced by the alignment of Jupiter to Neptune in the divine energy of Pisces. We will not solve any problems unless we enlist the help of a greater power. Though political process is often regarded as essential, especially in a democracy, if the overlords are corrupt & the electorate is uninformed, how democratic is the process, really? If we are making our voting decisions on the basis of questionable, incomplete or even wrong information (propaganda), then how useful is our vote? There are a significant number of people who are asking these questions & making the choice to ‘get out of the matrix’ & attempt to create an alternative system. Watch for much experimentation in the decades ahead!

Despite all this, & the seemingly unending chaos around us, the most inspiring aspect of this lunar cycle is the hope & optimism that is found in having the Moon, Sun, Mercury & Venus all aligned in Sagittarius. This is the energetic dynamic that hints at a better future. There is a new horizon that can be discovered. We can come out of disunity & discord & step into cooperation & fellow feeling. That is the promise & that is the hope.

We can use the time of the ongoing Mars Retrograde to refine our strategies, to review our operational systems, to reboot ourselves & restore our resources so that we can better tackle anything that we encounter as we build our futures. Remember, Mars retrograde in Gemini can co-relate to short circuits within the body system. Drink sufficient water & make sure it is as pure as you can make it. Chemical additives to our drinking water are the ‘silent’ killer that we are all dealing with.

The Sabian Symbols:

2* Sagittarius: THE OCEAN COVERED IN WHITE CAPS

2* Gemini: SANTA CLAUS FILLING STOCKING FURTIVELY

Something is astir…The image of the active water of the ocean inspires us to movement. Nothing will be shifted unless we do the shifting.  It is incumbent on each one of us to take action according to the capacity of our ability to do so. Be fierce when defending your truth. Stand firm in your assertiveness. You are the boss of your reality. No one else. Be that boss & do not falter. This is all about MOVEMENT, both energetically & physically, so get up off that comfortable couch & MOVE! The promise contained in the polarity symbol is that there is a reward for those who wait & those who do…

 

 

 

The GEMINI FULL MOON occurs at 10:09 PM, December 7, 2022.

With Mars in close alignment to the lunation, expect your dreams to be full of activity. Even though Mars is still retrograde, Gemini is a fluid & mobile energy & you will still feel the movement contained within. If you are in the midst of varying degrees of challenge or struggle, you may experience this Full Moon with a certain amount of agitation. Just allow it to flow through you or over you or around you as the case might be. There is still a tremendous potential for sudden change with Uranus aligned to the North Node & that change could very well affect everyone. Are you seeing the natural world through altered eyes? Are your basic values shifting even as you notice them? Is reality transforming as you watch it & is it becoming more meaningful, more ‘real’? Scorpio/Taurus, the nodal energy, is about essentials for living; survival at its most visceral level; the deepest of impulses that result in the most obvious of outcomes. We are reviewing our history as a species & demanding to understand what comes next. Will we actually survive? Or have we gone too far past the point of survival to reboot & realign to Mother Nature? That is a question we can only answer each one to his own. But whether we recognize that the next few decades are going to be about ultimate survival or not, this is the starting point for many of us. We must face the critical questions & we must find the workable solutions.

The Sabian symbols for the FULL MOON are:

GEMINI 17:  THE HEAD OF HEALTH DISSOLVED INTO THE HEAD OF MENTALITY

Sagittarius 17:  AN EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE

Gemini/Sag combines Mercury & Jupiter, linking the so-called left brain directly to the so-called right brain. Through skillful management of mental energy we can absolutely re-create the reality that we experience. Its all about attitude & the determination to be in charge of both our thoughts (logical, coherent reasoning) & our emotions (reactive, impulsive responses). By understanding (Gemini) why we are feeling what we are feeling we can craft a plan of action based on aspiration & hope (Sagittarius) & successfully navigate the current uncertain situation we find ourselves in.

The promise contained within these two symbols is that there is a brighter tomorrow. If we have the faith, if we have the tenacity to carry on, we can be confident that we will come out on the other side, renewed, refreshed, reborn.

Once again, these are inspirational symbols provide us with the encouragement that we need at this most interesting time in the ‘history of the world’.

 

PS:

I do not look at the Sabian Symbols for the respective degrees of the lunations until after I have dived into the energy of the lunations. It always astonishes me how synchronistic the message contained within the symbols is to the inherent energy of the lunations. What we do not see is much more than what is visible.

New Moon/Partial Solar Eclipse in Scorpio/Full Moon/Total Lunar Eclipse in Taurus

New Moon/Partial Solar Eclipse in Scorpio/Full Moon/Total Lunar Eclipse in Taurus:

October 25, 2022 @ 5:48 AM & November 8, 2022 @ 5:02 AM

Welcome, ALL…to the ‘Season of the Witch’…

The Sun shifts into the mysterious realms of Scorpio on October 23, 2022, @ 5:15 AM CDT & a few days later we have a magical New Moon/Partial Solar Eclipse on October 25!

We are now well into our collective ‘descent into darkness’ as we move ever closer to Winter Solstice when the LIGHT once again is re-ignited. This is a time to retreat, recover, and reboot. It’s a QUIET time after the hustle & bustle of the harvest season. For the next few months, we can rest. That is the theory, at any rate…lol

Eclipses were once viewed with a degree of trepidation but today, we ‘moderns’ understand that change & shift are necessary for growth.  At the New Moon eclipse moment, Saturn is square the nodes (5* orb—viable) & Uranus is conjunct the north node (4* orb—viable). The Nodes of the Moon, harbingers of directional impulse, are at a standstill, having just stationed Retrograde. (more on this interesting phenomenon later…). These are energetic relationships that are slow in forming & slow in shifting since these mid & outer planets move at a relatively slow pace around the wheel. As harbingers of significance within the realm of human experience, they alert us to situations that develop over time & resolve over time. Collectively, we have been grappling with issues surrounding profound alterations to the very foundations of our existence here on earth. From ecological considerations all the way to personal spiritual ones, we have all been reviewing & hopefully realigning how we walk on the living planet & with what set of ethics, morals & guidelines. With the rapid demise of religious commitment, we must find a spiritual replacement. Humanity without a clear moral compass is a disaster waiting to happen. If you don’t think so, look at the world around you & ask yourself why there is so much social chaos. This is a question that needs to be explored ferociously if we want to continue to exist as a civilization. The alignment between Saturn, the energy of order & structure & Uranus, the energy of disorder & chaos continues to be a challenging element in the world around us. The greater collective is seeking that elusive ‘sweet spot’ between respect for the traditional & hunger for the new & innovative.

We can all ponder questions like:

Who are we as a group of souls traveling together on this plane of existence?

What are we willing to do & to take responsibility for, to accomplish all that we imagine?

Are we true?

Are we real?

Do we walk in peace & in harmony with Natural Law?

Do we seek to find a way into a shared unity of purpose with our fellow travelers?

What is our ‘religion’?

What do we believe in?

 

Lots of questions and ones that must be explored as we move into our collective future. Our job is to take the time & REALLY ponder our own unique role in the process as it unfolds. To the extent that we can, individually, hold to authenticity (a Scorpio keyword), we must try and do so. If enough individuals can vibrate to the energy of peace & love, inevitably this energy will ripple outward and ‘eclipse’ the opposing energy of discord & hate. Find your own point of vibrational love & forgiveness & hold it fast within your soul. No blame…no shame…no judgment…no ‘I told you so’…

Within the arc of the Sun’s transit through Scorpio, several significant energetic thresholds are going to be crossed. As mentioned in last month’s review, Pluto, the archetype for transformation (& the modern-day ‘ruler’ of Scorpio) is at a virtual standstill after having Stationed Direct on October 8, 2022. It always takes time for a planet to appear to be moving direct after a 6-month retrograde, as is the case for the outers. Pluto remains at 27* Capricorn until December. Here are my thoughts on that degree, a late energetic degree, from last month.

We are all on a quest. It is not always simple or easy. The pathway is the goal…to keep at it, to continue, to persist & hopefully, one day, to reach the summit & see the endless sky above us. When people trek together the success or failure of the trek is entirely dependent on the degree of unity amongst the group. Our job is to BE STRONG & COURAGEOUS…while maintaining a FOCUS ON LOVE & COOPERATION. Pluto will soon be shifting into Aquarius. The season of the ‘EVERYMAN’ is coming…

Pluto sticks his toe into the electric energy of Aquarius in March of 2023 and then retreats one more time into Capricorn until mid-January, 2024 and a second time in September 2024, after which point in time he will take the final plunge & remain in Aquarius until the mid-2040s. Yes, it is a very long sojourn in this complex & innovative energy.

The God of the underworld has fully exposed the corruption of our foundational structural systems: government, business, and societal as well as the convoluted, often deceitful nature of our individual interpersonal relationships. Don’t be a denier. Face the truth that you have discovered & DO SOMETHING to align to a higher standard whether personally or societally. There are many break-away groups forming who are attempting to create new paradigms of living; from totally individual ‘off the grid’ to ‘village’ models that encompass a wide variety of protocols, they are becoming more and more popular. The Aquarian energy that is incoming is all about experimentation & ‘out of the box’ visioning of a future that is in the making. What will actually take hold remains to be experienced but know that everything is changing. It is inevitable. The essential, fundamental way in which we CONNECT to each other is under review.

At the New Moon, Venus is in close alignment with the Sun/Moon conjunction. We are reminded that we are defined by our values. What you love is what you will pursue. That thing will be central to all of your choices as you live your life. It is critical that we all are clear about what matters. And, as we shift into the Aquarian energy, our values must be based on something that is individual to each one of us, founded on natural wisdom gained from an honest appraisal of our experiential process.

Mars reaches his retrograde degree in Gemini during the arc of this lunar month. He will station @ 25*36” Gemini on October 30, 2022.

(I read this as 26* of Gemini because I ‘round up’ the degrees. Some astrologers will read this as 25* of Gemini so if you have noticed any slight discrepancies between blogs you have been following, this is why.)

These Mars retrograde periods are not regular like the Mercury ones which take place 3-4 times annually or the Venus ones which occur every 18 months like clockwork. During any Mars RX period, intention & action can be convoluted & sometimes deterred. Mars is the archetype for movement, action, and impulse while Gemini is the energy of connection, communication, and data or information. Collectively, we will all experience to a greater or lesser degree, depending on our individual charts, a lot of focus on how we intake data, what that data may or may not reveal, the way that we communicate ideas & information to those around us or how it is communicated to us. Overall, This period of time will definitely be a REVIEW OF THE DISPENSATION OF INFORMATION within our society. The trickle-down part of the energy will manifest in each of our individual lives according to the area of life that is aligned with this transit. (Locate the Retrograde degrees—Gemini 9-Gemini 26–in your natal chart to better understand how this period may manifest for you.)

For those with Mars in Gemini in their natal chart, this can be a real purging time for you. You may find yourself ‘going back’ over past decisions, adjusting your delivery system, and generally reviewing how you present yourself in your community of choice. Solar Geminis may experience a back-and-forth kind of energy & potentially a ‘sea-change’ in the area of personal aspirations or an adjustment in one’s sense of self & how that self interacts with others. Moon in Gemini folks may experience some profound emotional understandings & give themselves a thorough ‘make-over’ in relation to their need structure & their response systems. The key for all of us is to move into this period of time with open eyes & the commitment to be fluid on every level. Be willing to have the experience of shift & change. If you do, then it will not seem onerous or traumatic but rather, it will be exciting & transformative.

The retrogrades of the outers are coming to a close for now. As mentioned, Pluto is in direct motion, Neptune is slowing down to his Station Direct point in December, Uranus will Station Direct in January shortly after Mars does. Saturn Stationed Direct on October 23 & Jupiter will Station Direct in November. This is an indication that we will all begin to see a quickening of the collective energy. What was stalled, will start to resolve. What was muddled will begin to unmuddle. What was lost may well be rediscovered. We are all moving into a time of action. Get ready!

The second Eclipse takes place on the Full Moon @ 17* Taurus/Scorpio on November 8, 2022. This is a Total Lunar Eclipse & across a most powerful polarity. Once again, authenticity of emotion, truth-telling & courage in the face of adversity is all highlighted.  All of us are being challenged to examine our values, to align to authentic personal expression, and to be bold in our search for what is true & real. Venus once again is closely aligned to the Full Moon emphasizing that we are what we love & want. Saturn is square to the lunation while Uranus is exactly conjunct with the Moon. Our job is to integrate the profound emotional shifts that we may be undergoing, be willing to admit that change is required & do so with resolve & tenacity. Emotional shift is the hardest shift to go through. It is extremely difficult for anyone to admit that they were incorrect in what they were feeling & how they may have used that feeling. Emotional issues often end up hurting the very ones we most want NOT to hurt but once it’s done, it is often impossible to find a way out of the emotional error. In the powerful energy of Taurus/Scorpio, this Full Moon Lunar eclipse provides us with the opportunity to ‘do over’, to let go of silly emotional positions that may have been based on an inaccurate reading of the dynamic by one or more of the individuals involved. If you need to make some emotional reparations, be brutal with yourself, and take responsibility for your part in the drama & LET IT GO. A fresh start on all fronts!

This is a significant month for all of us. Be alert to the messages. Listen carefully to all that you are hearing. Try hard to understand objectively without personal bias even if it is distasteful. The refining of any given person, place, or thing is accompanied by fire & swords. The swords cut away what is no longer needed & the fire cleanses what is left. Slash & burn, baby, slash & burn!

What interesting times for us all!

Full Moon in Aries, Oct 9, 2022, 3:54 pm CDT

Another Full Moon across Libra/Aries. We are currently moving through the energy of Libra & the Full Moon highlights the polarity energy of Aries, bringing to light, the need to consider both self & other in every situation. At the Full Moon, any Full Moon, the Moon is exactly opposite the Sun—geometrically 180* separation, bisecting the ‘circle’ of the sky.

As I mentioned in previous blogs, we can use the Full Moon phase of any cycle to look back in time to when there was a NEW MOON in the same energy. The last New Moon in Aries occurred on April 1, 2022, just after the Vernal Equinox. What intentions did you set back then? This would be a good time to review & consider how you have managed to implement them…or not! And remember, do so always with self-love, not beating yourself up if you have not lived up to your own ideals. Life is convoluted & full of unexpected events that can delay or challenge or totally transform one’s sense of direction & purposefulness. Be kind to yourself in this regard.

Energetically, we are set to experience a series of shifts in the next few weeks and on…(more in blogs to come…) Here are a few highlights of the shifts before the next New Moon cycle…

Mercury has stationed direct on October 2 @ 25* Virgo. Though we are still in the “shadow” of the retrograde at the Full Moon, we should begin to feel less ambivalent about our interactions & by October 17 or so, any confusion that we are experiencing will start to sort itself out. If you are in the midst of relational negotiations, allow yourself the time to settle after any equivocation that you might have been experiencing in this area while Mercury retrograded. By the Next New Moon, Mercury will be in the third decanate of Libra & getting ready to slide into Scorpio around the end of the Month.

At the Full Moon, Venus is closely aligned to the Sun & opposite the Moon, highlighting the need to create peace & cooperation with others. In her own sign, Venus reminds us that a smile is more useful than angry speech and that seeking compromise is more useful than belligerence. The Psalmist wrote, in Psalms 133:1…

How wonderful it is, how pleasant,

for people to live together in harmony!

If we apply this principle in all of our interactions, we will experience the blessings that come as a result.

Mars is moving very slowly now as he gets ready to stations retrograde at the end of this month. Be aware that implementation strategies may well be challenged for the next few months. In Gemini, we can be assaulted by an overwhelming amount of data that could create confusion & hesitation in regard to what exactly should be done or started. Once again, the astrological counsel is to maintain openness, stay fluid, be adaptable & don’t hurry to jump into anything overly quickly. If you suddenly see that you have to change your tactics, take a deep breath & make a list of how you could do that. And do not recriminate. Life is about change. The only things that do not change are dead things. Be willing to ‘reinvent’ your M.O. as needed. ( more on this later…)

Jupiter continues his Retrograde in Aries/Pisces & will stay retrograde until November 23. For all of you Pisces types, this period of time can be useful in re-imagining the nature of your aspirations. Take the time to ponder where you are headed & why…

Saturn stations direct in Aquarius on October 23 & will transit the remaining degrees of this, one of his home signs over the next 6 months or so. For those of you who were born with Saturn in Aquarius, 19*-30*, this is your return period. This is a threshold of significant reassessment for everyone, an entry into the next segment of life, a time to concretize the process & get down to business in a serious fashion.

Both Uranus & Neptune are still retrograding through Taurus & Pisces respectively. Go deep into your own ‘knowing’ (Neptune) to try and get a handle on the chaos evident in the world around us (Uranus in Taurus). If we all find our own spiritual center, we will come out of the upheaval of our times better equipped to deal with what we find on the other side of the turmoil. Hold to your faith. A new day is dawning.

A powerful indicator of the potential for transformation is the Pluto Station Direct @ 27* Capricorn on October 8, just ahead of the Full Moon. Pluto remains at this degree until well into December, underlining the significance of this threshold in time.

The Sabian Symbol for this degree is:

A MOUNTAIN PILGRIMAGE

We are all on a quest. It is not always simple or easy. The pathway is the goal…to keep at it, to continue, to persist & hopefully, one day, to reach the summit & see the endless sky above us. When people trek together the success or failure of the trek is entirely dependent on the degree of unity amongst the group. Our job is to BE STRONG & COURAGEOUS (Aries Full Moon) while maintaining a FOCUS ON LOVE & COOPERATION (Venus in Libra conjunct the Sun). Pluto will soon be shifting into Aquarius. The season of the ‘EVERYMAN’ is coming…

Remember, Full Moons can provide perspective and illuminate any given situation if we let them. That is not to say that every Full Moon will provide you with an ‘aha’ moment. That really depends on YOU and whether you are ready to have that ‘aha’ moment. But the potential is present, for sure. So, get on your gear, find your fellow travelers & get going, baby!

I am a rainbow

I am the light

I sparkle

I shine

I am filled with delight

BLESSED BE…