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New Moon in Taurus, April 30, 2022 @3:30 pm

The Taurus New Moon is a celebration of the natural world; the sublime organic. In Taurus, we discover what it means to be alive & fully in our bodies. This year, we really, really want to experience that, to feel the sun on our skins, the wind in our hair, the sweet smell of spring in the air.  Taurus reminds us that there is a simple joy in just being & especially if we are in harmony with the organisms around us, from the rocks to the seas to the plants & creatures & especially with our fellow humans.

This New Moon is a Partial Solar Eclipse, the first of four eclipses that will occur this year. Solar eclipses can often indicate where we can make a fresh start, move ahead & leave the past behind. Look at the Taurus part of your own chart & ask yourself what, in that area of life could use a do-over, partial, or even total!

Obviously, if you have significant energy along the Taurus/Scorpio axis (they are partner signs), this is an eclipse for you! If you have wanted to welcome change, well, the door just opened. Step on through!

But, really. Everyone can experience a fresh start with this New Moon Eclipse & if you know your natal chart, you can zero in on what area of life might be ripe for an overhaul.

In the first quadrant, (houses 1,2,3) you could find yourself ready to change the way you move through the world, value things & think about life in general. Communication & how you engage may well undergo a significant & welcome change. Certainly, there is much on the table at the moment in terms of what we understand ‘free speech’ to actually be. With this eclipse energy fueling us, we might find ourselves re-defining that or at the very least, refining our definitions.

In the second quadrant, (houses 4.5.6), we might find ourselves confronting issues around creativity, family & daily habits. Healing could well take a front-row seat for us. Perhaps we need to review our habitual rituals & ensure that they are still serving us in our pursuit of health & well-being. Projects that we have left languishing on the back burner might suddenly be revived with positive results. Family relationships could be restructured & improved.

In the third quadrant (houses 7.8.9), we might see a startling but signatory shift in our relationship life. We might suddenly realize that some people might have to be let go while new ones magically appear. Intimacy between primary partners might be intensified or falsehoods could be exposed that then lead to healing or termination of relationship. Our sights might suddenly be set on a wider range of associates, ones that come into our lives because of shared values & viewpoints. The world at large opens up to us & we feel less bound to traditions based on outworn ideals.

In the fourth quadrant, (houses 10. 11. 12). Our interaction with the world at large could shift. We might leave a career to start a new one. We might significantly change our image, literally & figuratively. Old causes might be replaced by new ones that better reflect who we have now become & all of this could emanate from a deep, private, highly personal level where only we, ourselves ever go. Remember that cave in the old ‘Star Wars’ film when Luke faces, at long last the truth about himself? Well, we just might enter that cave & unveil whatever it is that dwells therein.

The thing to focus on is that no matter where this energy forms in your own psyche, it is welcome. It is an opportunity to try again, to make changes, to refresh, renew & move along.

The Sabian Symbols for this wonderful Taurus New Moon are truly delightful!

11* Taurus:

A WOMAN SPRINKLING FLOWERS

 

 

 

11* SCORPIO:

A DROWNING MAN RESCUED

There is no more perfect description of the essence of Taurus than the first symbol. This is a time of growth, renewal & hope. Our gardens are the thing that connects us viscerally to the truth of life, the cyclic & wonderful promise that is contained within the SEED. Let us all wish that the seeds we sow grow into beautiful flowers! As we nurture the earth, she, in turn, nurtures us. Come on, let’s get back to the garden on every level possible!

The Scorpio Symbol is all about REDEMPTION. We are the ‘drowning man’ & it is the organic mother earth that will save us if we honour her. No matter what issues we are facing, or what trials we are enduring, they will pass. We must all stay connected to the source of our salvation be it physical, emotional, intellectual, or spiritual. Take your pick. But do pick & do it immediately. As we transition on a collective level, each one of us plays a part in the choice that is made. Do we want to return to the garden? Or, are we relinquishing to destruction? Let us all choose the way of LOVE.

Okay…now go out and plant those seeds!

FULL MOON IN LIBRA: APRIL 16, 2022 @ 1:57 PM CDT

What seeds did we personally sow on the Aries New Moon a few weeks ago? All New Moons are seed sowing time but this is emphasized during the Aries New Moon right around the Spring Equinox. It’s like a ‘double-double’ for intention setting & new undertakings. As the Moon grows into the fullness of her light & embraces the energy of Libra, partner sign to Aries, we have the opportunity to look around & pick through the seedlings that have now (hopefully), sprouted in our life. Are we on track? Are we headed in the direction that we had intended? That’s the beauty of the Lunar Cycle; it allows us to take measured steps along our journey into becoming.

Aries always suggests something new & previously not experienced; something bold, possibly requiring a measure of courage. Libra, on the other hand, demands that we pause & deliberate on the actions that we are taking or thinking of taking. Libra wants us to LISTEN to the incoming, whether it’s actual advice from real people around us or messages via dreams, intuitions, or observations. This Full Moon is jam-packed with potential in terms of insight, action & possible evolution of self.

Moon & Sun are in square alignment to Pluto in Capricorn, now at 28CAP33. Just days away from his Retrograde Station. It’s the last kick at the can before the ‘dwarf giant’ takes another backward glance into Capricorn. This Cardinal arrangement is all about developing the appropriate way to exercise our personal power. Aries screams independence while Libra reminds us to take others into account as we push forward. Pluto holds the reins & reminds us that all actions must be based on justice & that it is our individual responsibility to discern where in that sometimes ambiguous pool of morality & ethics, we fall. Once we establish our own inner moral compass, do we have the guts (Aries) & the decency (Libra) to hold to our course? As previously mentioned, the key to successful management of all aspects of our lives is the ability to both hear & listen carefully.

Venus & Mars are now separating from each other bringing to a close their combined journey through Aquarius & into Pisces. Venus is at her peak of prowess in Pisces, able to fully embody the supplicant, the believer, the adherent. This is where compassion & grace can operate at full bore. If you were born with this placement, you are blessed, indeed, able to forgive without limitation, able to ‘see’ the divine in every being.

Saturn in Aquarius is in a happy alignment to this Full Moon suggesting that we can access our inner resolve to help us to stand in our integrity in the face of any challenges. Draw comfort & support from those who are like-minded. Let them become the community that bolsters you in the days ahead.

There is quite a beautiful cosmic alignment between Jupiter & Neptune. Both in Pisces, the god of opportunity joins forces with the divine within. We can all maximize our connection to whatever spiritual syntax moves us to faith & good works. Spirituality takes many forms so cherish your own sense of it while at the same time respecting others. We must all open ourselves to the POSSIBILITY of a multi-layered spiritual dialogue. Listen carefully as others speak to you so that you can truly understand what their heart holds.

We are in a time of transition. Collectively, we are making on-the-spot choices that will affect the entire global community. Personally, each of us has our own mountain to climb. With Saturn square the nodes, the call to action is to find our strength & to carefully refine it; to ‘learn’ ourselves; to establish clear boundaries & to truly know what they are. We are only limited in our power & ability by our own reactions to the events of our lives. We can choose to be the master or we can succumb to the role of the victim. That’s where free will comes in. We, each one of us, are the variable within the cosmic equation.

The Sabian Symbol for this Full Moon is:

A LOST OPPORTUNITY REGAINED

What needs to be re-imagined? What has been ‘lost in the shuffle’, misplaced? What can we go back to so as to more fully embody it? Have we lost our compass point of ‘true north’? Have we been diverted or even misdirected so that we are not proceeding as we should? Here is an admonition to be mindful, to pay attention, to remember who we are & what we hold to be true.

Again, the last few years have been an exercise in trauma both collectively & personally. No matter where we stand on some of the issues that are currently ‘in the air’, we have all had to adjust in ways that we had NEVER imagined. As Pluto prepares to Station Retrograde on April 29, 2022, just shy of the end of the Capricorn phase, we must all get CLEAR about our perception of reality & then create a strategy to support that clearly thought-out perception. Remember, after Capricorn, Pluto moves into Aquarius, the energy of the collective, the future, the web of humanity &, interestingly, the source of all invention. We must be ready for the changes that will inevitably take place as this new Aquarius energy is transformed. Are we ready?

As always, energy is neutral & will flow in the path of least resistance. Each one of us, individually is the variable in the mix. We must refine ourselves to be like the river that is flowing freely so that we move with the energy. We do not want to be caught in a dam of our own making and somehow miss the opportunity to merge with the ocean ahead.

The Aries New Moon opened up the potential to make a fresh approach to long-standing situations in our personal lives. (Think carefully about the Aries part of your natal chart. How could you do something ‘NEW’ in this area of life?) The Libra Full Moon encourages us to shut our mouths & quiet our minds & really LISTEN to the feedback we might be getting on the actions that we have been taking. Once we have listened  carefully, heard the incoming &, most importantly understood what that feedback actually means, then we can make any necessary adjustments so that we get the maximum return on the efforts that we make as we work hard to create the reality that best reflects who we ACTUALLY are deep down inside where truth lives unencumbered by artifice.

New Moon in Aries

FIRST NEW MOON AFTER THE EQUINOX

There is always a certain hopeful excitement about the fresh spring New Moon in Aries, even under the direst of circumstances. This year, on April [email protected] 1:27 AM, the Moon meets the Sun @ 12* Aries. We have just passed through one of the 4 gateways of the year, the Spring Equinox which is technically the beginning of Spring in the Northern hemisphere. This is a time of new beginnings & this year, after 2 years of unprecedented events, most everyone is ready to get going on a ‘new’ beginning.

We have, for the past few months been traveling in a dynamic ‘go forward’ kind of energy. Mid-January the planet Uranus was the last outer to station direct & since then, as of early February when Mercury stationed direct, all of the planets have been in forward motion. Now, I have nothing against the retrograde movement of planets. It’s useful to re-boot, reflect & realign on a regular basis. However, it is also useful to feel the surge of opportunity when all of the energy aligns to flow unencumbered by reflection or retraction. These past few months have been such a time. What to do with this? For most of us, it has probably been a period of increasing clarity as to what we might think is most reflective of who we are. How have we, individually, responded to the past 2 years? Have we wholeheartedly complied? Have we had doubts as to what was actually going on? Or have we simply ‘gone along’, not wanting to rock boats or even consider alternatives? Whichever of the courses described, the point is that we have had the opportunity to test our mettle against the prevailing reality of our times. We now know much more about ourselves than we did at the start of this strange journey. I know that some of us have lost friends & even family members either to death or to disagreement. How have we responded to that? Some of us have eliminated former friends from our lives due to contrarian viewpoints? How do we feel about that? For the majority of us, we just want this to end, to return to some kind of semblance of normality or what we thought was normal. What is the state of our emotions in that case? The answers to those questions are deeply personal & only known to each of us individually. What we do with those answers is also deeply personal. The key is to actually explore ourselves so as to get a better sense of who we are as we move forward along the timeline.

There is still time to tackle all of the above since the retrogrades don’t begin their march until the end of April when Pluto once again stations retrograde in Capricorn. And, with this pair of lunations, the New Moon in Aries & the Full Moon in Libra that follows, we get our last kick at the can!

Set your intention to make a fresh start, to brush away all of the old anxiety, to find the courage & tenacity to be true to your own self, whatever that might be. There is no need to judge or criticize others for the choices they make. There is only the need to valiantly defend the choices that YOU have made, calmly, without anger or spite or finger-pointing.

There are several cosmic arrangements at this New Moon that are worth considering. Firstly, the ongoing Venus/Mars alignment is still viable. Remember that Venus demonstrates our essential value system while Mars demonstrates the will to enact. This close alignment in Aquarius impels us to consider collective consequences of actions taken; to act on behalf of not only personal interest but that of the ‘greater good’. What kind of society are we wanting to create? Can we create it if we continue to demonize those who do not agree with us in every detail? Freedom is a hope wired into the soul of humanity. What, really, is freedom? When you look around you today, do you see an expression of freedom? Are you willing to allow others who share space with you to have different viewpoints from your own? How far will you go to defend that? Or not?

Secondly, Jupiter aligns with Neptune in Pisces this month. For those who are on a spiritual path, this is a most blessed alignment. It promises an opening of spirituality, the possibility of tremendous growth & opportunity on a spiritual level. There are some amongst us who feel strongly that we are at a pivot point in terms of human development. With Jupiter so closely aligned to Neptune, there is the opportunity for expanded insight, for sudden & profound understanding, for the chance to touch the face of divinity itself.

Conversely, this alignment could lead to even greater confusion, an increase in anxiety if we are operating solely on the material level. The call to action is to focus on reaching beyond ourselves & seeing the bigger picture of anything that we are currently engaged in. One of the reasons that our society appears to have ‘lost its way’ is because we have relegated the divine (whatever that means to you personally), to the farthest back seat of the bus, even for some, right off the bus into the ditch! The technocrats of this reality want to assume the position of ‘the divine’, be the arbiters of life itself. They will not succeed but it may take time & untold grief to millions before their failure is complete. For there to be harmonious life here on this planet, we need the optimism of Jupiter & the sweet compassionate unconditional love of Neptune. We must not get sidetracked by temporary riches or glory. The operative word is TEMPORARY. So, use this beautiful alignment which will continue to resonate to a greater or lesser degree for most of the year to move closer to your own sense of the eternal, closer to grace, closer to union with rather than separation from those with whom you share space & that realm that is unseen but, nevertheless, very real.

Jupiter conjunct Neptune @ 24* Pisces; (start meditating April 9 & make it a practice for the remainder of the year)

Sabian Symbol? AN INHABITED ISLAND: We are in this together. We are a collective. No matter our individual intentions & dreams, the greater collective must find a way to DREAM TOGETHER. It is from collective dreaming that all manifested reality springs. And we can ‘dream together’ for a world free from hate, greed & division. Clear yourself of all contentiousness. Love your fellow human. Divinity dwells in each one of us.

This gorgeous alignment is in harmonious aspect with the nodal Axis @ 24* Scorpio/Taurus. Find your inherent strength to follow the healing path. Be true. Be fierce. Be bold. Never give up. We all know what we have to do. It is programmed into our DNA. We must be HUMAN.

Finally, use this wonderful fiery Aries energy to motivate yourself to whatever course of action is relevant to YOU. Aries is full of promise, ready to challenge the narrative of the past, willing to move forward even if the path is not entirely clear. Allow yourself to be the courageous warrior for the ‘right’ that Aries can inspire. Make a fresh start & believe!

NEW MOON IN PISCES; MARCH 2, 2022; FULL MOON IN VIRGO; MARCH 18, 2022

New Moon in Pisces, March 2, 2022, @ 11:38 pm

The New Moon in Pisces leads us into the sweetest of all energies. It is in Pisces that we can truly find our own connection to the divine element that exists within each of us. After the chaos, the bickering, the animosity of the past few years, and especially the last few months, we can choose, with this lovely New Moon to set things right, both within ourselves & with those around us. And, listen, it’s not about setting things right with people who agree with you, it’s about finding a way to set things right with people who DON’T agree with you. Can YOU do It? Can you be the one who takes the first step into forgiveness, compassion & unconditional love? Can you?

There’s a pretty interesting alignment at this New Moon between Venus & Mars. These two celestial objects align by conjunction fairly regularly but it is not so often that they travel together, by conjunction, for as long as they do this current year. Their first point of contact was in early February with the initial exact conjunction @ 16* Capricorn just ahead of the Leo Full Moon. This ongoing union continues until the end of March when, finally, they begin to seriously separate while both are in Aquarius. That’s quite the journey! When the authoritative force of will (Mars in Capricorn) is conjoined to a just moral code (Venus in Capricorn), we can expect to witness incredible events of bravery! To add to this union of energies, Pluto, the force for transformation & truth, is also exactly in alignment with Venus & Mars; all three marching determinately together @28* Capricorn. There is a sense here that people are coming together to fight for what is essentially human, to stand for principle, to be heard. Think of historical events like the marches for racial justice in the last century or the protests to gain India’s independence, also in the last century. When it’s time to stand for truth & justice, the people will unite. The call to action on a personal level is that we individually locate our own internal truth meters & make the choice to peacefully but resolutely stand in alignment with them, no matter the cost.

Another significant alignment with this lunation is Jupiter conjunct the Sun & Moon. This expansive & affirmative energy opens up the heart & aspires to hope & goodwill. The very highest expression of Pisces is unconditional LOVE. Look deep into your own heart at this time & ask yourself where in your life you can be more forgiving, more generous, kinder, more inclusive.

Yet another interesting alignment is Mercury closely situated to Saturn in Aquarius & in square relationship to the nodal axis. This is the energy of objective reality, dispassionate assessment & judicious evaluation. Get rid of the emotional drama & step back from any fractious, intense situations. Try hard to be detached from your own fearful knee-jerk reactions when making your assessments. The very minute that emotion weasels its way into the heart & mind, objectivity is hampered, even destroyed. To be critical thinkers, (which this combo facilitates), we must rid ourselves of all bias & just examine the hard cold facts of any situation. This is not easy to do but with the sweet energy of the Jupiter-led lunation backing us up, we can aspire to focus on unconditional love, compassion & forgiveness. Humanity at odds with itself is the end of humanity as we know it. If we, as a species cannot find a way to live together in peace & harmony there will not be a future for us on this planet. Period.

Set the intention with this New Moon to seek what is good in your fellow human & to encourage right action by example, not by punitive criticism. And always, choose the action that DOES NO HARM. Some astrologers consider that Pisces energy reflects Christ Consciousness. The message of the Christ was a message of Love, not hate, union, not divisiveness. This New Moon gives us all an opportunity to set the intention to exemplify this call for grace & goodness in our own lives.

The Sabian Symbols for this New Moon are truly spooky when one considers what has been going on socially.

13* PISCES:  A SWORD IN A MUSEUM

13* VIRGO: A STRONG HAND SUPPLANTING POLITICAL HYSTERIA

It’s well past time to put down our swords! There has to be a way to negotiate with one another without violence. The second symbol suggests that everyone must get a grip on their emotions & step away from heated responses. The response to the global situation has been diverse. Those who have complied have the absolute right to do so but they do not have the right to condemn those who have had doubts & walked the contrarian path. It is now clear that there is NO SINGLE SOLUTION & that the measured & clear-headed approach to dealing with sars cov 2 in all of its variant forms is to take a multi-pronged approach. There is a niggling energy at work in every human. We all want everyone to agree with what we choose to think or do. This need for approval from others can result in unacceptable action being taken by some who insist that everyone walk in lock step. If coercion or brutal force is implemented to force someone to agree, to align, that is NOT OKAY. Stop & consider where, in this world, force is used to keep people in line. There was a time when those places were widely condemned by the so-called ‘free’ countries of the earth. Is that still the case today? We must not allow ourselves to be governed by emotional hysteria. We must attempt to be rational, calm & constructive at all times.

This is even more relevant as we see the events unfolding in Europe. The higher energies are begging us to step away from force & violence. How long must we suffer at our own hands? Now, more than ever before, we must find a way to create peace with our neighbours. When will we learn our lesson?

 

FULL MOON IN VIRGO; March 18, 2022, @ 2:20 AM

After the inspirational energy of the Pisces New Moon, we bask in the healing light of the Virgo Full Moon. If we set our intentions to aspire to love & goodness under the direction of Pisces, then we now have the opportunity to fully embody that intention & allow it to heal whatever needs repair in our lives. Virgo energy seeks to establish appropriate protocols for any endeavor; it creates systems that allow us to function at optimum levels if we adhere to them. Once a system has been put into place, we do not have to keep re-inventing the wheel each time we tackle a certain task. That’s the beauty of systems that work. They truly are the key to success. As an example, think of the system used by recovering addicts that focuses on the ONE DAY AT A TIME protocol. This mantra is regularly repeated until the individual has fully integrated it into their psyche. It becomes an integral part of the person’s awareness & he no longer dreads an endless future of battling his addiction but rather is able to meet the singular challenges of simply one day. Eventually, that one day stretches into weeks, months, years, decades & he realizes that he has successfully navigated his obstacle course! He instituted &, more importantly, faithfully followed a system that led him into healing. The practical, common-sense energy of Virgo is what can assist to create these kinds of structures in our life so that we can tackle the challenges that we face.

This Full Moon shines a light into that part of your life where Virgo is found. It can assist you to refine & realign as the case may be. Virgo loves getting into the weeds of anything so, if there is a need to research or investigate, this detail-oriented energy will facilitate that examination.

Once again, we have a quantity of energy in Aquarius; Venus, Mars conjunct & Saturn leading the way. Mercury, Jupiter & Neptune join the Sun in Pisces adding an element of beautiful sweetness into the mix. As previously mentioned, Pisces energy is of the divine on the most essential of levels. So, at this Full Moon, we are encouraged to examine our actions & determine if they align with our ideals. Faith without works is dead, so said the Christian writer & we know that if we do not ‘walk our talk’ we are merely pretenders in the game of life. The call to action is to hold yourself to a high standard & to base all of your choices on that standard. Be who you were always meant to be, no excuses, no regrets…

The days that we are now living in are strange & wonderful all at the same time. It could be said that we are in a fight for the very essence of who we are as humans. As the Moon shines her light down upon us, we should all determine that we will continue to fight for what is right, for what is true, for what is human.

The Sabian symbols associated with this Full Moon are:

28* Virgo:  A BALD-HEADED MAN

28* PISCES: A FERTILE GARDEN UNDER THE FULL MOON

What do you think when you see a bald-headed man? Often, we relate a bald head to a well-functioning brain; to someone who is superbly intellectual, smart, a profound thinker. The suggestion here is that we should access all of our intellect, our ‘brainy’ power to create a sensible & productive protocol that we can rely on. Think things through. Explore all of the available data. Be smart about it. When we use the power of the mind to support the action of the heart, we are much more assured of success in our efforts.

The Pisces symbol is a promise of return for the effort made. In the natural world, the Moon is strategic when it comes to the planting, sprouting & growth of seeds. If we follow the directives that we have established through careful mental research (the Virgo Symbol), we can be assured that we will reap the rewards that come from the efforts that we make. Everyone just wants to live in peace & harmony, to enjoy the fruits of their labour, to be satisfied at the end of a good day of work. The myths suggest that we were born in a garden of plenty. At the core of the human heart is a fervent desire to find our way back to that garden. Let’s all do the work & reap the reward.

VENUS IN AQUARIUS: The Goddess as Rebel

As previously mentioned, (see the Venus in Capricorn blog), Venus is never more than 48 degrees away from the SUN in either clockwise or counter-clockwise direction. Thus, you can have your own Venus placement up to 2 zodiac signs away from your SUN in either direction. The Solar signs that can have Venus in Aquarius range from Sagittarius to Aries.

Those who have Venus in the same sign as the Sun will find that essential energy enhanced through reinforcement while those with Venus in an adjacent or complementary sign will find that energy to be enhanced through modification. This enhancement can manifest as either challenging or reinforcing depending on the individual in question. YOU are always the variable in any astrological equation. The energy itself is neutral but the conduit (YOU) for the energy is not.

When Venus is found to be in Aquarius, expect the unexpected! She’s frisky, ornery & breathtakingly brilliant all at the same time. She is creative, inventive & unique as she expresses her love & affection. Never overly touchy-feely except on her own terms & in her own time. Her expressions of love are as much mental as physical & Venus in Aquarius can imagine any number of ways to express her love & affection so her physicality is a one-off. As a lover, this goddess is ready for anything & is willing to explore both the sublime & the ridiculous in her expression of physical love. Her proclivity to creativity lends itself to role-playing & drama extraordinaire in her personal encounters.

One of her greatest attributes is her all-encompassing inclusivity.  At the highest of levels, she is without condemnatory judgment. Yes, she can evaluate but never discriminate based on partisan opinion.

Ethics, standards, morality are all areas of great concern to her but, of course, it has to be an ethical approach that SHE has developed, standards arrived at through her own experiences, a moral compass that is based on her understanding of any given issue. So, yes, it’s all about justice in any given scenario but justice as seen from her own unique perspective. And that perspective is often not in line with the crowd. She is the BOSS of her own reality, no question. (Saturn, the great LAW ENFORCER, is co-ruler of Aquarius.)

The rights of the little person are of great importance to her & she can be a formidable fighter when inspired by a cause. She can go the distance while keeping a cool head & a clear mind because of her ability to be dispassionate yet attentive. Her actions will be based on logic rather than emotional investment. No crimes of passion here; rather, she is the methodical & calculated perpetrator.

If you are a solar Sagittarius with a Venus in Aquarius, your quest for truth & justice will be supported by a clear set of standards that you have developed with your incisive sense of correctness. Your sometimes impulsive nature will be modified by the clinical & objective eyes that Aquarius energy provides. This could keep you out of those sticky situations that the mutable fire of Sagittarius can create. The passion will still be there but you will be able to monitor it more skillfully. The flames of the FIRE ELEMENT of Sun in Sagittarius burn & spark under the bellows of the AIR ELEMENT of Venus in Aquarius. Reactively, you may struggle between the pull of your heart & the warnings of your head!

A solar Capricorn is a formidable presence in any scenario with a Venus in Aquarius. Cool, calm, & collected is an apt description of this combination of energies. Think lawyer, advocate, judge. You are able to separate emotion from the process. It’s not that you do NOT have any emotion but rather, that you have the capacity to stand apart from it, thus making you an excellent adjudicator. The solid, methodical EARTH ELEMENT of Sun in Capricorn is infused with necessary movement through the addition of the AIR ELEMENT of Aquarius Venus. Reactively, you may be just a tad too clinical in the way you approach life.

With both the Sun & Venus in Aquarius, you are one of a kind. Deep within you is the need to be your own person, not beholden to anyone or anything. As long as you can create your terms & live according to your own precepts, you are fine. You can become rebellious & unmanageable if you feel that someone is trying to force you into something that you have not come to understand or accept. Because you have such a refined mental sense of reality, you have no problems being alone. It’s natural for you & you love getting lost in your own ideas. The brisk & mobile Air ELEMENT of the Sun in Aquarius is supported & reinforced by Aquarian Venus. Reactively, you may need to do heart chakra work to get a bit more ‘personal’!

Sun in Pisces with Venus in Aquarius can combine to create an awe-inspiring spiritual warrior. Your quest for justice is based on a deep, abiding love for all creation, whether human or of the organic world. A rock is just as valuable to you as anything breathing since you instinctively can sense the commonality within the manifest reality. Your sense of oneness extends far beyond what ordinary folk can identify. The immense oceanic WATER ELEMENT of Pisces is stirred up into action by Aquarius Venus. Reactively, you may find yourself losing focus because of your capacity to get lost in the wide scope of ideas that can fill your mind & impulse your heart.

With the Sun in Aries & Venus in Aquarius, you can be the ultimate warrior for your chosen cause. Fearless when it comes to making a stand, you are not afraid to stand alone, if necessary. You could be a leader of the rebels able to inspire others with your erudite words. You are a fighter to the end for what YOU have come to believe is right & just. The sharp-edged FIRE ELEMENT of Aries is fanned into a constant flame by the blast of AIRY ELEMENT that emanates from Aquarian Venus. Reactively, be careful not to buy your own bullshit! (Pardon my French…LOL)

Venus, as the REBEL GODDESS, adds an unexpected element into any scene when she makes her grand entrance. Her aloofness can act like a mesmerizing magnet & she will always have interest from others. If you have this placement, your ‘call to action’, is to make it personal; to get out of your head & check in with your heart energy. Embrace the essential need for FREEDOM that is wired deep into your soul but recognize that making a connection does not mean that you have lost freedom. Reach out and TOUCH someone! It keeps things interesting…

New Moon in Aquarius; Full Moon in Leo

January 31, 2022, @ 11:49 pm CST we have a New Moon in Aquarius. All three of the rest of the personals are still in Capricorn with Mercury nearing his Station Direct within a few days of the lunation, Venus now beginning to move forward after her retrograde period & Mars newly entered into that energy. The electric energy of Aquarius is held firmly to ground by the earthy support from these three archetypes.

Keep in mind as you ponder this New Moon that this is a time for the initiation of intention. What do YOU want to create? The Aquarius energy in YOUR chart is activated by the New Moon & collectively, we are all triggered to imagine what is possible. This is a most auspicious time to actually concretely articulate your hopes & dreams. Get them down ON PAPER. Set up a sacred altar space & place them on it surrounded by objects that are meaningful TO YOU. This is how to frame rituals in your own life.

Saturn forms a close conjunction to the New Moon adding a sense of resolve to the possibility of a new way forward. Collectively, we sense movement in the air, a feeling that we must all step up to the plate & create the kind of reality that we would like to live in. Aquarius is the future. It’s change, alternative thinking, inventiveness & ingenious solutions. Most of us are now admitting that, whether we are amongst the compliant or the contrarian, we are DONE. Something has got to shift. We are weary & beaten down by the insane condition of our social circumstances. Aquarius stirs the rebel deep within us & encourages us to imagine the unimaginable, to think way beyond the perimeters of THE BOX; to question, to challenge; to take the old & make something new from it.

This spirit of freedom is further reinforced by transiting Uranus in Taurus in a dynamic relationship with the New Moon energy of Aquarius & supported by the solid, responsible energy of Mars/Venus in Capricorn. Is it time to re-examine our core values, create strategies to refine & polish those values so that they more authentically represent what we love & aspire to? With Retrograde Mercury in Capricorn closely aligned to Pluto in Capricorn, we are determined to thoroughly investigate all aspects of the reality around us. We want to get to the bottom of the why’s, who’s & what’s of it all. Answers, we want answers that MAKE SENSE & that are based on measurable data, facts, not suppositions & manipulated numbers. As more and more data is uncovered, we want SOMEONE to pay the price for the decisions that have led to this current state of collective trauma. Capricorn & Aquarius are both linked to Saturn, the planet archetype that most closely represents KARMIC LAW. What goes around, comes around & in the end, the TRUTH will most certainly be revealed. Have no doubt, a payment for the foolish & destructive decisions of the past 2 years will be paid. The ‘fat man’ will finally get his just reward.

This is further underlined by the nodal shift into Scorpio (south node)/Taurus (north node). Whatever has been kept secret is due to be made public. We understand that this is a fight for survival at the most basic of levels & we stand in solidarity for OUR CHILDREN, the future of the human race.

The Sabian Symbols for the New Moon are:

A BAROMETER: 13* AQUARIUS

Change is occurring. We sense it, even as we still struggle in uncertainty. And we know that the darkest time is JUST BEFORE the dawn when the pressure that erupts into change is the greatest. Often, at critical times such as these, we can feel hopeless. We can feel as if we cannot continue but the oracle is encouraging us to remember, that at the very moment that we think that we simply cannot go on, that will be the moment when we have arrived at that ever so critical tipping point. So, we must hold on & we must turn on our critical thinking faculties to the MAX so that we can carefully examine all of the incoming data & read it correctly. We will not be fooled again into believing a lie. What is the lie? That there is a SINGLE SOLUTION to any given problem. There are many ways to solve a problem (beat a virus)!

AN OLD SEA CAPTAIN ROCKING: 13* LEO

Meditative consideration is of utmost importance before decisions are made & subsequent actions are taken. The oracle informs us that we are still in the ‘waiting’ period, restlessly (the rocking motion) anticipating the call to action. We are encouraged to ‘hold the line’; to wait until the optimum moment when any action that is undertaken will result in the maximum of positive results. Keep investigating. Keep challenging yourself. Keep looking for more information to either support your suppositions or refine them. That is the REAL scientific method, ongoing observation & co-relation of the observation to potential conclusions. And, as we increase our knowledge base, as more and more information is added to our analysis, we MUST have the honesty to make adjustments to what we think is true. That is the real way to tackle any problem whether personal or collective.

February 16, 2022 @ 10:59 am CST: Full Moon in Leo

At the highest of levels, Leo/Aquarius is about the potent & creative energy of LOVE; how we love ourselves & how we love the rest. It is out of the vibrant energy of the heart (LEO), that we find the strength to extend ourselves out to the collective (AQUARIUS). This Full Moon forms a dynamic square to the Nodal Axis in Scorpio/Taurus.  Is this an opportunity to reboot? Do we have the capacity to ‘do over’? Are we brave enough to admit our errors, courageous enough to face the truth & revise our thinking & our actions? Our survival as a society & even more broadly, as a species is what is at stake here (Scorpio/Taurus).

The personals are still in a vital formation to support all of the above. Mercury, now direct & in Aquarius is still aligned to Pluto but now with a fresh approach & willing to explore new perspectives. Venus & Mars are tightly joined in Capricorn promising stamina, resolve & purposeful action. Jupiter in Pisces is closely aligned to Uranus in Taurus, suggesting that the explosive energy at the New Moon can now be sweetly directed into loving solutions to any long-standing issues that we are dealing with. By July of 2022, Uranus will meet the North Node & the change that we are sensing, the decisions that we are now making as we sense that incoming shift, will erupt around us. Will we be ready? Will we have the personal capacity to go with the flow of the change? We must, all of us who are even mildly awake to what is going on set the intention of LOVE for the changes ahead.

The Sabian Symbols for the Full Moon are:

A MERMAID: 29* LEO

There is a reality beyond this current reality & it is full of magic & promise. What we are capable of imagining, we are capable of creating. Yes, it will take effort & determination to ‘swim that turbulent sea’ but if we are fitted out with the right equipment, (like the mythical creature, the mermaid), we will be able to do it. Let’s use our collective gifts in the service of the greater good. Let’s develop ways to live in harmony with our environment, both physical & spiritual. Let’s make this human experiment work by throwing out the bits & pieces that obviously are no longer working & instituting new bits & pieces that work better. If we dream it, it will come; if we imagine it, it will be.

A BUTTERFLY EMERGING FROM A CHRYSALIS: 29* AQUARIUS

What an absolutely wonderful & hope-inspiring image! Out of the magic of possibility, change can be realized. It is as natural as breathing. The life story of the butterfly as it passes through its various stages is ORGANICALLY MAGICAL. It is a mystery beheld but impossible to understand. Who says there is no design to life? The fool says it. So, as we create possibility within our hearts & minds, we are assured that we will eventually SEE that possibility come into being through the inexorable process of transmutation. The oracle instructs us to HOLD ON, HAVE FAITH, ENDURE TO THE VERY END because the reward is worth the wait. Once that butterfly emerges, freedom will be our name.

 

My heart beats

in harmony

with the drums of freedom

I raise my arms high

up to the Sun

I sing my song

of liberation

from the bottom of my soul

under the light of LUNA

and to the ends of the heavens

it is there

that i will dwell

with the angels

blessed be

forever amen

VENUS IN CAPRICORN: Fair & Just

In general terms, the VENUS placement within the natal chart signifies our basic value system, that which we love & desire. The reality of our lives develops from these impulses. We will make choices & decisions based on what is of greatest importance to us so it is essential that we fully understand this feature within ourselves. VENUS also describes THE WAY that we love & show affection, the nature & expression of our sexuality, how we present ourselves to another, whether lover or friend.  

In each of the 12 signs of the zodiac, Venus shows a different side of herself, sometimes enhancing the emotional impulse within the self & sometimes challenging it. There is no one way to ‘DO YOUR VENUS’. Firstly, keep in mind that Venus is never more than 48 degrees away from the SUN in either clockwise or counter-clockwise direction. Thus, you can have your own Venus placement up to 2 zodiac signs away from your SUN, as mentioned, in either direction. The Solar signs that can have Venus in Capricorn range from Scorpio to Pisces.

Those who have Venus in the same sign as the Sun will find their essential energy enhanced through reinforcement of the Solar Energy, while those with Venus in an adjacent or complementary sign will find that energy to be enhanced through modification. This enhancement can manifest as either challenging or affirmative depending on the individual in question. The way that we translate anything is the variable in the equation of self-expression.

Every archetype within the natal chart refers back to the central integrating energy of the SUN. Astrologers often relate the SUN to the SELF but that is not entirely accurate. The SUN orchestrates the self, much like a conductor oversees all parts of his orchestra. So, contemplate the theme that your SUN suggests in terms of the overall idealization of your life & then ponder how your Venus sign affects the playing out of that theme. As previously mentioned, basic core values are the foundation for every action that you take.

When Venus is found to be in Capricorn, the goal is excellence. She strives to always bring her best self to the table! Practicality in all of its many faces is her bottom line. If it’s broke, toss it! If it’s still usable, polish it up &, for goodness’ sake, get off your behind & USE it! Sensible to the core, strategic solutions based on real data are what she prefers. Her values must make sense. They must be easily put into practice & produce real results that can be measured & weighed. Calculate the cost, she might urge at every turn. Reserved, controlled & polished, Venus in Capricorn prefers a hands-off approach to even the most personal of relationships. If you are involved with someone with this energy, be prepared to run the marathon into intimacy but, know, that once you get there, it’s for the long haul. Dedication & loyalty are two features of this dependable heart energy but don’t break the rules or you will pay the price.

Earthy Venus in Capricorn will stabilize the emotional roller-coaster that Scorpio Sun can manifest. A measure of hard-headed logic will mitigate the Scorpio tendency to spiral out of control. Scorpio Suns with Venus in Capricorn will pursue their fundamental goal of ongoing transformation with precision, common sense & base all of their choices & subsequent actions on bottom-line analysis of whatever situation they are facing. This is potentially a very effective combo that can result in substantial success being made by the deliberate & clear-eyed individual. Power broker! Reactively, this can be a very calculating combo that is not afraid to use personal power or emotional manipulation to get what it wants.

With Sagittarius as the integrating energy (Sun in Sag), the Venus in Capricorn adds strategic input to the high-flying goals of the Fiery Sun. She has the capacity to calm the flames to manageable proportions by inserting reality checks along the way. Sag energy can be overly optimistic & apt to leap first & look after so the groundedness of Capricorn settles down the ebullience somewhat. This combo can result in Inspired Practicality.

Sun In Capricorn aided & abetted by Venus in Capricorn is an unstoppable combo. Every decision is carefully explored from every possible vantage point. Values have to be easily understood & easily embodied. Every decision has to make simple sense. This is a union of energies that promises cool-headed objectivity even when the issues are highly emotional & personal. The ability to stand back & count the cost is undeniable. The High Court Justice! Reactively it can lead to too much logic & not enough heart.

Sun in Aquarius & Venus in Capricorn combine to form a formidable presence. Intellectually adept yet basing all observations on provable facts. Objective, analytical & dispassionate when making assessments, this Combo can sometimes be overly clinical in the way the mind & heart join forces. There is a highly refined sense of ethical justice applied to all situational issues. It’s all about the rules & standards so, with this combo, you have to work just a little harder at allowing yourself to actually FEEL it. The Dispassionate Adjudicator.

A Pisces Sun supported by a Venus in Capricorn is both magical & realistic. The intrinsic faith that Pisces can provide is substantiated by the practical analysis that Capricorn contributes. These folks manifest their compassion for others by ‘good works’ of undeserved kindness with the knowledge that their rewards will be found “in heaven”. When Pisces imagines the possibility, Capricorn immediately sets about discovering ways to make that possibility real. This can be the signature of the Dedicated Devotee who lives a life of ‘service to others’. Reactively, the urge to ‘create heaven on earth’ could lead to an unhealthy martyrdom.

If you have Venus in Capricorn, you have just been intimately triggered by the Retrograde of that energy through that sign of the Zodiac. Allow yourself to remember, to review & to re-adjust your inner moral compass. There is always a need to make those necessary adjustments from time to time. Remembering who we thought we were, who we used to be, who we thought we might like to be can assist us to get back on track if we have slipped off it. No regrets, Venus in Capricorn. Just pull up your bootstraps & get to work!

The First New & Full MOONS of 2022

New Moon in Capricorn:

January 2, 2022 @ 12:35 pm CST

The first Lunar Cycle of this New Year, 2022, gets off to a deliberate start on January 2 @ 12:35 pm CST. We have a newly retrograde Venus traveling back through Capricorn, having just made conjunction with Pluto. Venus/Pluto requires a transformation of fundamental values & especially so in the Cardinal Earth sign of Capricorn & with a Venus retrograding there. The call to action is that we take RESPONSIBILITY for the things that we have chosen to value, love & cherish. Are they worthy of our energy? Are we focusing on what is real or are we being consumed by something illusionary, not long-lasting? Where do YOU put your energy? This is a necessary question to explore in these strange & shifting times.

Jupiter is newly entered into Pisces where the aspirational part of our psyches can stretch out & imagine what might seem impossible. This is magical energy so believe that miracles can happen both in your own personal life & in the life of the social collective. At the highest of levels, Pisces energy is able to remove obstacles & create sudden opportunities as if out of thin air. Watch for these kinds of magical events in your own life as you tackle any existing situations that need a solution. One keyword for Jupiter in Pisces is BELIEVE, so find a way to believe in that which you thought you could not. This Jupiter in Pisces is square the nodal axis that stretches across Sagittarius (south node) & Gemini (north node). Squares to the nodes suggest a repeat & redo directive. Examine your belief systems (Sagittarius), your perception of what is true (Gemini), your aspirational focus (Jupiter) & ask yourself if you are open to changing things up. Is there something in your life that has been blocking you from reaching your full potential? Can you articulate it clearly enough so as to start to develop strategies to alter it? Take this energetic opportunity to do so. What may have been relevant in the past may no longer be reflective of your current state of mind.

An almost stationary Uranus @ 11* Taurus is in an almost perfect trine to the lunation @ 13* Capricorn. Figure out what you need to do to expedite your life process & then throw out the rulebook & think outside the box. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing but expecting different results. (You can dig a little deeper into this Uranus Station in Taurus in my blog under ‘star stuff’, the 2022 overview…

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The Sabian Symbols for this New Moon are:

A FIRE WORSHIPPER (CAPRICORN)

 

 

 

ONE HAND SLIGHTLY FLEXED WITH A VERY PROMINENT THUMB (CANCER)

Find your passion & exercise your divinely given right to express your personal authority. Fire worshippers are devoted, committed. They are the ones who give all of themselves to what they profess to believe. The image of the slightly flexed hand suggests power & forcefulness. In palmistry, a prominent thumb indicates a leader, someone who is willing to take matters into their own hands & do what needs to be done. You have the opportunity to find your inner warrior & stand firm for your cause with determination & passion & unwavering doubt.

 

The CANCER Full Moon that follows this Capricorn New Moon occurs on January 17, 2022, @ 5:48 pm. Let’s all pray for a clear night!!!

Illumination & Realization are just two features of the symbology of Full Moons. And this Full Moon promises revelation that will turn us upside down! Both Mercury in Aquarius & Venus in Capricorn are retrograde, while Uranus is at a standstill in Taurus, on the verge of turning direct. Pluto is almost perfectly in union with the Sun, thus opposing the Moon. Things MUST transform. Truth must be spoken. Keep checking in with yourself & your own personal ‘truth meter’. The stationary Uranus in Taurus is in a dynamic relationship to Mercury RX & Saturn in Aquarius. We must all THINK FOR OURSELVES & stop allowing others to dictate what we should believe or not believe. Do your own research of anything that you are not sure of, anything that you might be beginning to question (Mercury RX). Just because you hear it, does not make it true. To clarify this thought, go and get a copy of George Orwell’s “1984”. Read carefully how easily the media was used in that narrative to control the way people thought about the things they were told to believe. Here’s an example…WAR BRINGS PEACE. Really? (If you read that statement & immediately began to justify it, then you, & I include myself in this, have been influenced by the ongoing narrative around the use of power & might.)

Mars, who triumphs when in Capricorn, will soon leave Sagittarius & enter that sign. Mark down this date: JANUARY 22, 2022. (That is in the Central Time Zone.) Once transiting Capricorn, he will meet & greet both Venus & Pluto. Mars/Venus is all about Passionate Action while Mars/Pluto is all about Indomitable Will Power. On a more mundane level, Mars/Venus could ignite passionate responses & Mars/Pluto warns that we must be mindful of all of the actions that we take. We will explore these touchpoints in future blogs.

The Sabian Oracles for the Full Moon Degrees are :

A MODERN POCAHONTAS (CANCER)

 

A LARGE AVIARY (CAPRICORN)

Break those restrictions! Cross those lines that divide us! Be a humanitarian in the best possible sense! Embrace the diversity of the human experiment & LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your fellow humans. We are a species that NEEDS to flock together. We NEED to have contact, to communicate, to relate. If there is any good that has come from the social experiment that has been perpetrated upon us over the last two years, it is that we NEED each other & that without that sense of community & belonging, we will wither & ultimately die. So, let us all recognize that we want to find that place called home where other like-minded beings also dwell; that we can make a better tomorrow if we only take hold of our today & shape it into the kind of reality that reflects the highest of values & aspirations. Capricorn energy leads the way. Supported by the heart energy of Cancer, let the practical, no-nonsense approach of Capricorn fill you up and give you the strength to carry on. Listen to your heart & follow your gut!

2022 OVERVIEW

At the beginning of a global New Year, it’s useful to review the energy, both at the start of the year & then to get a bird’s eye view into the end of the year.

One interesting feature is that we begin January 2022 with Venus RX in Capricorn & a Uranus RX in Taurus, & we end 2022 with Mercury RX in Capricorn, Mars RX in Gemini & the outer, Uranus RX in Taurus. More on this later.

Following are the dates when the planets make their stations in 2022:

As always, the mundane New year begins with the Sun transiting Capricorn & ends with the Sun transiting Capricorn. This year, the Capricorn energy is underlined with Mercury, Venus & Pluto all joining the Sun in that energy. The Venus RX further focuses on this practical, no-nonsense energy. This same union of planetary energies duplicates itself at the end of the year with the ruler, Saturn in Aquarius leading the way & Venus in direct motion. The suggestion is that we take charge of our personal reality by aligning with higher principles (Aquarius) & being clear-eyed & methodical (Capricorn) as we take action to transform that reality to better reflect who we have become, who we are becoming. No small task but a necessary one. The truth that is revealed as Venus retrogrades at the beginning of the year (2022) will be an important factor in our lives by the end of the year (2022). Scrutinize yourself carefully as you do your own personal soul-searching.

Mercury will retrograde 4X this year, all in the AIR/EARTH elements. Find the following points in your own chart & note what part of your psyche will be involved in the retrograde period. Note the dates for the 4 retrogrades & put a reminder in your calendar so that you are consciously aware as the energy begins to shift. If you have sensitive points in AIR/EARTH signs, you may experience these retrogrades more intensely but consciousness is key at all times. And remember, if you do not experience the energy shift in the same way that others may, do not panic. Everyone interfaces with the energy around them uniquely. Some retrogrades may feel like a bomb within your psyche while others manifest like a tickling feather. The key is to learn to identify how YOU feel it without comparing it to what others are describing.

First RX

Jan 14, 2022                        RX @ 11* Aquarius (I am rounding up)

Feb 3, 2022                         SD @ 25* Capricorn

There is a period of time referred to as the ‘SHADOW’ period pre & post the stations when Mercury travels through the degrees involved in the actual retrograde. These periods are about 2-3 weeks in length on either side & the recommendation is that we maintain our awareness so as to counteract any irregularities that might occur. Think of the pre & post periods as the beginning of the swell of the wave & the ebb of the wave of energy. How any individual will react during these & the actual retrograde periods is entirely dependent on the structure of your own personal psyche so don’t get ahead of yourself with anxiety over Mercury RX. Use these periods PROACTIVELY to re-imagine, re-think, review, reconsider, retract & any of the other ‘re’ words that apply in YOUR life.

Mercury is comfortable in Aquarius where he has loads of room to imagine & speculate, devise & do some long-term visioning. The significant ‘re’ word for this RX is RE-IMAGINE. Those of you who have been born with this placement are the free, unfettered BIG THINKERS of our world. Some of you cannot only imagine the future that awaits us but also create strategies (Saturn co-rules Aquarius) to bring that future into form. As Mercury dips back into Capricorn, we get the extra bit of constructive help to take any ideas that have been percolating & whip them into workable protocols.

 

The 2nd Mercury RX period occurs as follows:

May 10. 2022                     RX @ 5* Gemini

June 2, 2022                        SD @ 27* Taurus

This is one of Mercury’s home signs where he finds free reign to explore & investigate anything that catches his interest. The dip back into Taurus provides some grounding & stabilizing. The big ‘re’ word for a Geminian retrograde is RETHINK. Make sure that any flights of fancy are firmly attached to some solid ground!

 

 

 

The 3rd RX period is:

September 9, 2022           RX @ 9* Libra

October 2, 2022                SD @ 25* Virgo

If you have a significant amount of Libra energy, this retrograde could cause a measure of irritation. Libra naturally tends to waffle between alternate approaches & the retrograde further intensifies the ambiguity. The proactive aspect of a retrograde here is that if something is still unresolved, here is an opportunity to revisit all previous negotiations & RE-BALANCE so as to find a better-negotiated compromise. Was something overlooked? Could something have been more clearly articulated so that an understanding could be reached? The dip back into Virgo allows for a careful search into all of the relevant data so that a workable healing solution is finally accomplished.

The 4th RX period is:

December 29, 2022          RX @ 25* Capricorn

January 18, 2023               SD @ 9* Capricorn

With the last RX period that begins at the very end of the year, the retrograde of Mercury will fall within the EARTH element for 2023 until the last retrograde when Fire is involved. Whatever is on the table at the end of 2022 will have the chance to be thoroughly vetted under the relentless Saturnian assessment of Capricorn. Expect some interesting developments as Mercury first flirts with Uranus in Taurus (TRINE) throughout January 2023 & then reaches Pluto (CONJUNCTION) in early February 2023.

 

VENUS RX

December 18, 2021

SRX @ 27* Capricorn

January 29, 2022

SD @ 12* Capricorn

Venus starts the year retrograding through Capricorn & ends the year Direct in Capricorn. As previously mentioned, this is all about workable, useful & practical values to give us a solid foundation for the choices that we make & the goals that we set. We are living in a time period when it is absolutely essential that we are clear-eyed & hard-headed. We must find a rock on which to build our future, not the shifting sand.

Mars bolts into the New Year in zesty Sagittarius; gallops through half of the Zodiac & ends up in Gemini in full retrograde mode. Whenever Mars retrogrades, it’s time to catch our collective breath & re-charge our operating systems whether physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual. Mars stations RX in Gemini on October 30, 2022, @ 26*, turning direct in Gemini on January 12, 2023 @ 9*. Because Mars describes active implementational energy, we need to monitor that part of our system during this time period. Actively work HARD to stay calm as Gemini is nervy energy when reactively agitated. Drink lots of water & maintain a balance within the body. Body balance contributes to mental balance which then facilitates emotional balance. And, of course, keep on track spiritually. Check in with yourself and ensure that your external active reality is in sync with your internal perceptive reality. It is easy for things to go off the rails when rapid-fire thinking & expression are being churned up & around. Watch your words AT ALL TIMES. Once said, they can never be unsaid. Really consider whether it is worth saying something before letting it loose. The retrograde ‘stall’ can help with restraint. Just because you think it, does not mean it is true. If it is even remotely possible that it is not true, should you even consider saying it? HMMMM…

In a way, when Mars retrogrades through Gemini, hasty action is somewhat abated. Even though we might get a sense of wanting to just ‘do it’, something within us tells us to slow it down & review our plan of action. The worst thing that can happen is that we might ‘stub our toe’ as we stop ourselves from moving…LOL

 

 

Jupiter will spend his time in Pisces & Aries in 2022.

January 1, 2022                 1* Pisces

May 11, 2022                      enters Aries

July 28, 2022                       stations RX, 9* Aries

October 29, 2022              re-enter Pisces in RX mode

November 23, 2022        stations direct 29* Pisces

December 21, 2022          re-enters Aries in direct motion

December 30, 2022          2* Aries

Jupiter is generally regarded as a positive energy. The concept here is EXPANSION. In most cases, we want growth & increase. Our job is to ensure that what is being increased is something that we WANT in our lives. If we have fallen into a negative space, transiting Jupiter could expand that negativity so keep your eyes on your figurative PRIZE. Make sure that you clean house in the part of your life that falls in the Pisces/Aries section of your chart. Do you have significant placements in those signs? What houses are involved? This can be a wonderful transit if we work with the abundance principle of Jupiter.

If you were born with Jupiter in Pisces, this is your Jupiter return year, a 12-ish year loop on the spiral of becoming that can be used to re-set the aspirational aspects of your life. Where do you want to be in about 10-12 years?


What needs to be done BY YOU, so that you can get close to your goal? Making a vision board around these themes can be a very useful project & particularly in sync with Jupiter in Pisces as this is one of the most delightful placements anyone can have, full of magic! Those of you who have Jupiter in Aries should also engage in a creative vision board project but the emphasis here is on action, courage & personal initiative. While the vision board for the Jupiter in Pisces people is all pastel & dreamy, you Jupiter in Aries people will want to fill your picture with bold bright images that inspire you to action.

Saturn continues his transit of Aquarius.

January 1, 2022                 12* Aquarius

June 4, 2022                        stations RX @ 26* Aquarius

October 23, 2022              stations direct @ 19 * Aquarius

December 31, 2022          23* Aquarius

Since Aquarius is one of the ‘home’ signs for Saturn, the re-constructive work continues but now the shift is from the present (Capricorn) & into the future (Aquarius). The irregularities that we have all had to face as more and more was revealed over the past 2 years, now require some long-term planning in order to be corrected. It is becoming increasingly difficult for us to keep our ‘rose-coloured’ glasses on in the face of all of the hidden corruption, now revealed. What kind of future reality does any of us want? Is this current reality sustainable? What are the solutions to our current state of affairs? From government mismanagement to social unrest to economic upheaval, it’s ALL on the table. As a collective, we must be certain that what we are building has a chance of surviving.

Uranus is now midway through Taurus:

January 1, 2022:                RX @ 11* Taurus

January 18, 2022               SD @ 11* Taurus

August 24, 2022                RX @ 19* Taurus

December 31, 2022          RX @ 16* Taurus

The shift to our collective organic sense of being is continuing. Find these degrees in your own personal chart & reflect on how things have changed in that part of your life over the past few years. Uranus will finish his transit of Taurus in 2026 so we have a few more years of potential stomach-churning chaos to get through. Keep focused on the fact that once the chaos subsides, what is left is something of greater value than what had been there previously.

Neptune continues to transit Pisces.

January 1, 2022                 direct @ 21* Pisces

June 28, 2022                     RX @ 26* Pisces

December 4, 2022            SD @ 23* Pisces

December 31, 2022          direct @ 23* Pisces (It takes a while for the energy to get moving after a retrograde.)

The confusion that many are feeling about the global situation is directly related to this long transit of Neptune through Pisces. Again, whether you are compliant or contrarian, the fact is that everything is not as it seems. Everyone is finding it challenging to DEFINE what is actually going on & when someone does come up with an explanation, any number of others jump up to offer a counter explanation. There is definitely a virus present amongst us, no question. But, is it a virus of the flesh or a virus of the psyche? Or both? Neptune CLOUDS the mind. Neptunian energy can obstruct one from actually thinking CRITICALLY. This can be the energy of suggestion, deceit & confusion. When one is confused, uncertain, open to suggestions, one can reactively become FEARFUL. The UNKNOWN can be frightening. The call to action is to default to whatever is YOUR version of the DIVINE. With “GOD”, all things are possible. That is the way to get through this ongoing nebulous Neptune transit. Oh, & to take all precautions physically, mentally, emotionally & spiritually to keep yourself free from CONTAGION, however you think it is present in your life. Neptune will begin his ‘burn off’ of the clouds of Pisces in 2025 when he sticks his toe into Aries. Expect a resurgence of clarity around that time, an infusion of courage.

Finally, our little friend, Pluto:

January 1, 2022                 direct @ 26* Capricorn

April 29, 2022                     RX @ 29* Capricorn

October 8, 2022                SD @ 27* Capricorn

December 31, 2022          direct @ 28* Capricorn

The structure of our collective reality has been forever altered. Life will never be the same again. That is not a pessimistic thought. Rather it is a fact that we can work with or not as we choose. The key to natural survival is ADAPTATION. We all have to adapt to the changing times. As Pluto prepares to shift into Aquarius in 2023, we all have the opportunity to review what we can do to better align to the changes in our world. How are we choosing to live? Are we consuming less? Are we giving more? Are we mindful & respectful of our fellow beings on this planet? How can we do more in this respect? Do we engage in geopolitical action? When we vote, do we actually KNOW what we are voting for, or are we just following the sound bites of the propaganda media? Do your research. Take in information FROM ALL SIDES OF ANY ISSUE. Capricorn is ALL about personal responsibility, taking charge & making a stand. Do not be a sheeple. Be a GOAT!

Let’s not forget ECLIPSE SEASON. There will be 4 eclipses during 2022, all across the TAURUS/SCORPIO polarity.

April 30, 2022

PARTIAL SOLAR @ 11* TAURUS

MAY 15, 2022

TOTAL LUNAR @ 26* SCORPIO

OCTOBER 25, 2022

PARTIAL SOLAR @ 3* SCORPIO

NOVEMBER 8, 2022

TOTAL LUNAR @ 16* TAURUS

Eclipses are the indicators of needed shift. Wherever they fall in your own personal natal chart is where a change must be initiated. Solar eclipses tend to be more external in nature while the Lunar ones tend to be more internal. Both augur potential for RELEASE & RECOVERY. A solar eclipse can create a ‘peak’ experience that leads to freedom & growth. A lunar eclipse can peel away layers of emotional reactivity that initially feels scary but ultimately allows a truer version of the emotional self to emerge. Not every eclipse will bring about significant changes. It all depends on the unique structure of YOUR energy grid so find the above points & meditate on what exactly is going on in that area of your chart. At the very least, doing this exercise could trigger awareness in you that you previously did not have. 2022 eclipses will be particularly significant for the Taurus/Scorpio folks & their FIXED ENERGY friends (the square aspect). But, of course, all energy is connected by the web of life so make sure to dig into these points in your own chart even if you are not in the above category

To re-cap, as the New Year gets off to a start, most of the planets are in Direct Motion; as mentioned Venus is retrograde in Capricorn & Uranus is almost at a standstill as he prepares to turn direct in Taurus.

The Station Direct Degree for Uranus is 10* 49” Taurus; (round that up to 11*). This point is characterized within the Sabian symbols by the image: A WOMAN WATERING FLOWERS IN HER GARDEN (TAURUS) & A DROWNING MAN IS BEING RESCUED (SCORPIO).

(editor’s note: When deciphering the subtle message of the Sabian Oracle, it is useful to look at the polarity energies since they are two parts of an ongoing sentence.)

 Contained within these two images is the concept of SURVIVAL, GROWTH, A BLOSSOMING OF LIFE. On the one hand, we are encouraged to take action—the watering of the flowering garden while on the other hand, we are being told that aid is on the way. As Uranus continues to re-organize the natural world (literally & symbolically), we can hold on to the fact that life will continue, even flourish & that we are not alone in the midst of the swells of the sea. Uranus has been moving through the 2nd DECANATE of Taurus, 10*-19*59”, the VIRGO DECANATE.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The DECANATE system divides each 30* ‘sign’ into 3 parts, ascribing to these 3 parts the 3 zodiac signs that form the particular elemental group in question. Using Taurus as an example, the 1st of the 3 sections (0*-9*59”) is Taurus/Taurus; the 2nd section (10*00”-19*59”) is Taurus/Virgo; the 3rd & final section (20*00”- 29*59”) is Taurus/ Capricorn. The signs are always read according to the NATURAL WHEEL in the order that they proceed therein counter clockwise around the wheel starting at any of the signs.)  

The Virgo undercurrent demands that we sort through the chaos & begin to separate the wheat from the chaff. Modern life has given us much. Not all of it should be discarded. And yet, a lot of us have the sense that something is off-balance, whether organically, socially, emotionally or spiritually. Our relationship to the Earth, our MOTHER, is precarious. Often, we cannot connect with our fellow travelers even to somewhat understand what they are trying to communicate. Relationships are being challenged on every front. And, for a lot of us, we have lost our FAITH so that we are like a rudderless ship on an angry sea. Back in the 1960’s it was clever to say that ‘GOD WAS DEAD’. I say, God is not dead; it is we who are dead to God. No matter what the precepts of your belief system are, the critical element is that YOU HAVE A BELIEF SYSTEM and hang onto it with all of your might as it is the single thing that will save you from complete & utter desolation. As Paul, the Reluctant Apostle said:

“FAITH IS THE ASSURED EXPECTATION OF THINGS HOPED FOR, THE EVIDENT DEMONSTRATION OF REALITIES THOUGH NOT BEHELD.” HEB: 11:1

It is Faith that enables us to start each day with an expectation & it is Faith that assures us that the expectation can be realized. That is what we need to cultivate deep within ourselves as we begin this New Year, 2022.

The January 1, 2022 event chart also has Mars in Sagittarius closely aligned to the transiting Moon & ruled by a newly formed Jupiter in Pisces. We need to locate our inner truth & hold to it no matter the cost.

The formerly mentioned Venus RX in Capricorn closely aligns to Pluto (now direct), demanding that we look inward & transform anything that inhibits our honest expression of what we hold to be of value. For some of us, this will be a refining process while others may be undergoing a challenging shift in their own sense of value & worth.

Transiting Mercury in Capricorn oversees this personal process by inserting a dispassionate, matter of fact sort of attitude as we dig into the foundations of our reality & test it out. If it ain’t working, then throw it out! If you think it might still be useful, shake off the cobwebs & prime it up. It can be a tedious process to review what we think is valuable, what is still worth keeping & yet, if we do not do this on a regular basis, we can become inundated with clutter that does not contribute in any worthwhile way. With Uranus RX in Taurus in trine to the Sun in Capricorn on this first day of the New Year, we are open to new strategies, unusual approaches & out of the box solutions to any & all situations that are present in our lives and the changes are coming from deep within our own psyches. We, all of us, know that a change MUST be made whether we are consciously aware of it or not. For the compliant amongst us, this could be like a deep sense of unease that something is not quite right while for the contrarians, there is more likely a sense of impatience & anxiety as to how long this circus around us is going to continue.

The chart has a Libra Ascendant, ruler Venus RX in Capricorn in the 4th, underlining the focus on inner reflection so as to bring balance to our reality. Where can we find common ground with those around us? Where can we compromise so as to create peace & unity? How can we LISTEN more intently to the words of ‘the other’ so as to better understand where they are coming from. Libra is the energy of conciliation & peace. There is a deep longing within the collective consciousness to find a pathway into a peace that will unite. The last few years have been brutal in terms of disunity, divisiveness & even blatant hatred of one another. It must stop. We must find the compassion of forgiveness which is the only thing that will heal this broken bond between us. Hopefully, all of us, individually, will work hard to find a place of common purpose with those around us. It must begin with respect for one another & the different choices that are made by each of us. There is & never has been a SINGLE SOLUTION to any situational problem & this is even more true for the problem that now faces the global community.

As already mentioned, the Moon & Mars are closely aligned in Sagittarius, suggesting zesty emotional energy to fuel us as we work towards a reality that is more coherent, more loving, more peace-oriented. Sagittarius will not be deterred from its quest & in this case, the quest is worth the effort! With the ruler, Jupiter, now situated in Pisces, the underlining energy demands that we focus on natural divine law as we attempt to sort through the issues that we face. Fight for freedom, both for yourself & for those around you. Think long & hard as to what that actually means. Don’t be bamboozled by those who have agendas that involve vast sums of money, power & control.

This coming year, the great God, Jupiter will mostly occupy Pisces. Compassion. Peace. Forgiveness. Unconditional Love. If we exercise or at least, attempt to exercise Unconditional Love for the life that shares this planet with us, we will find a way to forgive the sins that we & those around us commit. If we find Compassion within our hearts & send it out to the life forms that share this planet with us, we will find a path into Peace, the peace that surpasses all thought & forms an unbreakable bond between us all.

Winter Solstice 2021

The Wheel of Time turns again.

We begin to feel the ‘return of the Sun’ in the Northern Hemisphere on December 21, 2021, @ 9:59 AM CST. Then, the world at large pauses to usher in the ‘new year’ on December 31, 2021. AND…everyone is ready for a truly NEW YEAR after the challenges that we have faced as a collective over the past 2 years.

Whether we are the ‘compliant’ or the ‘contrarian’, all of us have had to adjust to the so-called ‘NEW NORMAL’ as the globe has battled against the information, disinformation & misinformation surrounding the so-called pandemic. Whether you agree that extreme measures are necessary or you question this, you have had to find a way to live with what the global governments & regulating authorities have done to counteract the threat of universal disease (not particularly effectively, actually). But a new day is dawning. The Wheel turns. Let’s move on, shall we?

The first thing to note is that only two of the major planets are retrograde at the moment of ingress; Venus retrograde @ 27* Capricorn & Uranus retrograde (but moving extremely slowly) @ 12* Taurus. The energetic engine is in gear! We should be able to feel a sense of impetus rising up from deep within us. Most of us are absolutely ready to get moving, to initiate the kinds of alterations that will facilitate forward movement in all areas of our lives.

Venus RX is conjunct Pluto & very closely opposed to the Winter Solstice Moon @ 28* Cancer. The TRANSFORMATION (Pluto) of everything that we thought we understood & valued, loved, idealized & CHERISHED (Venus) is something that NEEDS (Moon) to be done, and, from the very core of our selves. We all must dig down into our deepest feelings and ascertain what is truly of importance in our lives (active opposition between the Moon & Venus/Pluto). Venus Retrograde in Capricorn demands that we examine the STRUCTURES that support our reality with a dispassionate eye. Do not allow your emotions to muddy up the waters of your life. Use them proactively & do not be victim to unnecessary fears & anxieties. The retrograde also enables us to TAKE OUR TIME as we attempt to unravel what is true, what is not; what is needed, what should be discarded; what is usable, what is obviously not usable. As Venus retrogrades, we have the opportunity to visit & re-visit all of the above before actually taking action.

The Ruler of the Winter Solstice chart at the CST zone is a powerful, direct-moving Saturn in Aquarius @ 11*. This is one of the signs where Saturn finds his comfort, (the other is Capricorn). His strength is reinforced by the modern-day ruler, Uranus, in the earthy energy of Taurus. This set of relationships underlines the potential for the restructuring of both your own personal reality & that of the collective reality once critical mass is reached by the collective consciousness.

(Just an aside on this peculiar element: Our collective reality has been through the pressure cooker. Some of us have been acutely aware of the stresses to the social order & have resisted the changes that have been implemented while others of us have more easily accepted these same changes, complied & even agreed that they were necessary. But, as more clarity is brought to the ongoing social situation, ALL of us will have to make necessary adjustments in how we understand what is going on socially. A specific example of this is in the area of IMMUNITY TO THE VIRUS. All reference to NATURAL IMMUNITY has been either removed from official sources or minimized almost to non-mention. However, when one gets an antibody test, that test CANNOT determine if the antibodies present are from the Vaccine or from Naturally Acquired Immunity because of exposure to or illness due to the Virus. All of us will have to come to terms with this HARD FACT; that IMMUNITY is IMMUNITY, no matter where one gets it. Then, we will all have to explore the reasons WHY the authorities have minimized naturally obtained immunity & maximized vaccine acquired immunity. This is called CRITICAL THINKING; working our way through a thorny topic even when it is uncomfortable to do so. The conclusion that any one of us finally comes to is ours & ours alone, as long as we follow the breadcrumbs to the end of the path. Do not just accept blindly what someone tells you without at least attempting to verify that it is indeed, based on provable data. If the conclusion that you arrive at is different than what you had originally thought to be true, be willing to make adjustments, to scrutinize yourself & to admit that your viewpoint has changed. It is a person of integrity & fortitude who is able to do this.)

We had a collective FULL MOON just a few days prior to Winter Solstice & so we are still ‘in the light’, so to speak. The Winter Solstice Sun/Moon phasal relationship is within the arc of Full Phase at the tri-septile point, 208*, (Sun @ 0* Capricorn/ Moon @ 28* Cancer). Realization (Full Phase) contributes to Responsive Action (Full Phase/Tri-Septile). There is a growing clarity around any given situation & from that clarity come strategies to address whatever needs to be addressed. Remember, when the Moon is Full, there is potential for the ‘AHA’ moment; a sudden illumination of circumstances that frees one up to ACT accordingly. Again, if we have been resisting reality, this moment of full perception can be uncomfortable & even devastating to us. The key is to stay open to ANYTHING & not bet on only ONE HORSE. If we are flexible & adaptable, then we can integrate even the most contrary realizations into our psyche. Do not get stuck on only one interpretation. The scientific model demands that you continue to QUESTION everything.

MARS, @ 5* Sagittarius is conjunct the South Node, ruled by a lovely Jupiter in Aquarius. Check in with your spiritual direction. Are you still living your truth? Are you still pursuing the highest of ideals? Dig in to the FAITH OF YOUR FATHERS (ancestral wisdom), & fortify yourself with the wisdom that you have earned. If all of your intuition is telling you something, and if that something is not in sync with the advice of your contemporaries, take the time to TEST YOURSELF OUT. Just because you are one while the rest are many does not mean that their truth is YOUR truth. Find your own truth & be stubborn about it. You will feel better in the end if you do.

Yet another critical relationship in this mandala is the one between Saturn & Uranus, made even more so since Saturn rules the chart & is ruled itself by Uranus. The energy-filled contact between these two archetypes has been forming & re-forming for most of this past year. Authority in all of its various manifestations has been facing down Freedom in all of its various manifestations. Personal liberty juxtaposed against authoritarian control. This confrontation climaxes at this significant shift time. What is the point of all this control? What is the end game? What have we been fighting for? How do we express ourselves & still ‘go along’? Do we want to go along? Is it time for a complete sea-change in the way that we live our lives? Expect to get some insights around all of the above as the NEW YEAR begins its turn.

The energy around this Winter Solstice is potentially powerfully transformative. There is a sense of excitement, a feeling of impatience to get moving. We want change. We want clarity. We want to remove the restrictions that have been placed upon us & shake off the lingering heaviness that has permeated our psyches. We want to be alive while we are alive. This new year promises us that maybe, just maybe, the resurrection of the dead will start to occur!

as the wheel turns

we look to the SUN

as he gathers his strength

in the winter sky

we breathe in his vibrant force of life

into the depths of our souls

we are made mighty

we are made strong

we are warriors of the light

we will never cease

to fight the fine fight

 only victory will be our end…