Full Moon in Gemini 2018

Gemini Full Moon: November 22, 2018 @ 11:41 CST

Original artwork by permission of CLEM

As the yearly cycle descends into the darkest of times, our souls are filled with light as the Moon reaches her fullness in the sign of Gemini. This only happens once a year on average and always in November or December, just prior to Winter Solstice when, in the northern hemisphere, the Sun is reborn.

So, although the days are short and the nights are long, the energy of Gemini promises us, as the Moon dons these magical robes, that summer will return and that we will not linger too long in the arms of the night.

There is a playful magic afoot when the Moon and Gemini merge. Worries are set aside, if only briefly, and a light-heartedness overtakes us. In Gemini we find ways to laugh. We explore for the sake of exploration. We network for the sheer joy of connectivity. We make friends simply for nothing. No need to be ponderous or deep. That can be tucked away for another time. Better to embrace each other with a smile and a chuckle than to look for hidden meaning and secret intentions. We are now well into the ‘season to be jolly’ and Gemini winks at us and says…”Just go with it. Enjoy it. Have some fun. It won’t last long, after all.”

This lunation is conjoined to several significant astrological shiftings. Firstly, the Sun has now stepped out of Scorpio and into the joyous energy of Sagittarius. And with Jupiter also in this sign, the emphasis is on generosity and expansiveness. Enough with the moods and intensity, says Sol. I wanna have some fun and think about loftier things. I wanna explore and adventure myself into a stupor if need be. I wanna GO and be free. Sounds fine to most of us after those long lingering Scorpio nights and days. Let’s have another glass of the red!

Secondly, Mr. Mercury is once again retrograde, and this time in Sagittarius, the energy of rapid movement for one thing. This retrograde period lasts until Dec 6, 2018 with the lingering shadow continuing until December 24ish, 2018. Mind your feet. Think decisions over once, twice, three time, four times. Sag impulse is pretty hard to hold in check. Back up your computer and make sure that your electrical equipment is in good working order and won’t short out. Generally, be alert to your environment. Mercury is all about the connection between things so any area of life that involves this principle is open to ‘adventurous’ mishap.

Thirdly, Venus has now concluded her retrograde journey and will be out of the shadow by December 17 ish, 2018. Gather up your thoughts and feelings and the sensations that you explored over that few weeks and reboot, baby, reboot. With this Full Moon, Venus herself is featured in a power packed square to the Moon’s Nodes. What does that mean? We are collectively at a crossroads regarding those things that are of most value and concern to us. On an individual basis, we are faced with integrating the choices that we have been making in regards to our value systems, to our resource management, to what we love and want and what makes us feel grounded and full of well-being. There is a call to balance coming from the deepest part of our psyches, urging us to find the path of peace and conciliation, to really listen to those who may not be expressing exactly what we think is true, to seek the middle road. Walking in the middle is the safest place to be. The extremes are all much too close to the edge of the cliff. And this cliff drops off into sheer destruction. With Mars currently in the divine energy of Pisces, we are encouraged to assume the stance of the Peaceful Warrior, she who fights for the right from a place of compassion and forgiveness. So as we move into this ‘holiday season’, let’s all of us make love, not war. Put your partisan clothes in the trash can and don the robes of the light-worker, she who brings healing into this world of woe. In a hundred years, if we are still here, no one will care who the president was in 2018.

 

The Sabian Symbols for this Full Moon are:

A GLASS BOTTOMED BOAT IN STILL WATER

When we still our thoughts and ground our bodies, inspiration and insight can occur. After all, we are merely shreds of spirit caught in flesh and floating within the sphere of consciousness. The more that we can ‘peer’ through the ‘glass-bottomed boat’, the more easily understood are the workings of this wonderful thing called life.

A GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC CAMPFIRE

There is joy in fellowship and particularly so in the fellowship of reunion. How sweet it is to see sisters dwelling together in peace and harmony. This is really the reason why we came to this plane of existence in the first place, to find each other, to play together, to create love, to shine.

 

Blessed be the little children

For they will inherit the Kingdom of the Heavens…

Matthew 18:3

NEW MOON IN SCORPIO

NEW MOON IN SCORPIO; 11-07.18-10:02 AM CST

When the Moon slides into Scorpio every month and smolders there for about 2 ½ days, the secret part of the self, the inner reaches of the heart, the most hidden feelings and emotions can be stirred up. In Scorpio we find the courage to face the unknown. Whatever is hidden, is uncovered. It can be an exhilarating few days or a harrowing few days, depending on the extent of our desire to face the shadow that resides within us.

In traditional Astrology, Moon in Scorpio was understood to be the place of the Moon’s ‘FALL’. As the word suggests, it was not necessarily a happy kind of placement. Modern day astrologers look at things a little differently. Remember, that our historical understanding of this mysterious artful science, was formulated within an era when choice was limited or even restricted; when rules of conduct were rigid and proscribed. The King was the King and the serf was the serf and seldom did the two meet. Today, we are moving into the AGE of EGALITARIANISM, (though ever so slowly), and the little person, the silent citizen, is now beginning to recognize that her voice is as significant as that of any so-called ‘King’. Rules are meant to be broken and the status quo has become a fluid, almost living thing. Are we re-inventing the wheel? Possibly so. All that is broken is now being examined and we are vigorously exploring ideas to repair, replace and re-formulate. So, we modern astrologers regard the Moon in Scorpio as an archetype of incredible will, indefatigable courage and fearlessness in the face of misfortune. Moon in Scorpio is the stalwart survivor of the zodiac, absorbing all negativity and assiduously acting to transmute it into something useful.

This particular lunation is full of magic and inspiration. The Sun/Moon conjunction—New Moons are a time when the Moon travels into the brilliance of the Sun and rests there for a few days—is beautifully aligned to the planet Neptune, creating an aura of mystical magical musing. If you are inclined that way, that is. Use these next few days to explore hopes and dream, to imagine the impossible and them to imagine it into the possible. Allow yourself to suspend reality for however long you can and let the Moon in Scorpio show you your deepest desires, your most secret longings.

Jupiter is at the final degrees of Scorpio, almost ready to burst into Sagittarius. We are ready to take off our dreaming cloak and jump onto our horse, race for the horizon. The steamy, sultry energy of Scorpio will be discarded and for the next year, Jupiter will encourage us to dream big and reach for the stars. Use this next few days to imagine the next 12 months of your life. What do you want to do? Where do you want to go? Who do you want to be?

We are still in the midst of the Venus Retrograde cycle with Venus situated at 27* Libra RX. Are you reconsidering your values? Are you reviewing where you place your bets? What motivates you? What do you actually, truly, deep down want in your life? This New Moon in Scorpio can provide you with the little bit of extra oomph to be HONEST with yourself and spit out the truth, if only in the privacy of your own room when you are well and truly alone.

The Nodal Axis has now shifted into Cancer/Capricorn. For the last 18 months or so, we have been exploring our individual need to proclaim ourselves, to out ourselves, to be who we want to be. Now the experimentation must be grounded into the deepest part of our individual psyches. The North Node in Cancer calls us to align the external expression with a deep and abiding internal resolution. We need to FEEL our convictions deep within our bones. We need to flesh out our aspirations with rock solid strategies that will ensure that we attain the goals that we set. BE WHO YOU ARE. FEEL your way into yourself. Be true to those uncovered feelings that may have risen to the surface of your soul.

This New Moon is a promise of insight, a boost of personal power, a call to authenticity of emotion. Used wisely, this energy is healing, transformative and empowering. Glorious New Moon in Scorpio. Let us begin again.

The Sabian Symbols for this New Moon are:

A GIRL’S FACE BREAKING INTO A SMILE

 

 

AN OLD MAN ATTEMPTING VAINLY TO REVEAL THE MYSTERIES

 

Smiles produce positive return. Work at being the ideal that you imagine. Happiness is worth the effort. Put your whole soul into the pursuit of a happy countenance. People love smiling eyes.

Stay ever humble. Do not over reach or assume that you have all the answers. Allow the divine to guide you and always opt for the path of righteousness rather than the path of self-interest. Joy and wisdom are born from a happy heart and an unpretentious mind. Ask rather than answer. Seek rather than find. It is in the ongoing search for truth that the answers reside.

 

Scorpio Magick

I am the spider who weaves the web

The shadow that covers the soul

I am the darkness of midnight and the silence of the witching hour

I am the magick in the mystery of the unseen

I am she who senses

She who knows

She who transforms

She who is reborn

I am SCORPIO

Eternal

Everlasting

Ever-changing

Essence of life

Full Moon in Taurus, October 24, 2018

Full Moon in Taurus, October 24, 2018 @ 11:47 am CDT

We have arrived at the threshold of

THE SEASON of the WITCH!

The Sun is newly entered into Scorpio, the energy of magik, the energy of power, the energy of transformation. And how fitting that we should have this glorious Full Moon in the earthy, organic, fundamental sign of Taurus.

Scorpio/Taurus are partnered in the Zodiacal wheel by polarity. When these two power players align, stuff can happen. And so, in the world of astrology, this particular full moon, arriving for us once a year around this time, is one of the most potent Moons of the cycle. When the Moon transits the solid sign of Taurus, her ethereal and often shifting energy is brought to ground. This is the MOON of MANIFESTATION. Pagan folk come together under this moon to call her energy down where it can take form. Those of us who prefer more personal ritual, can meditate under this fulsome moon and vision all that we have in our hearts and minds. But beware. Energy follows thought so think wisely and think clearly and above all, DO NO HARM. In the realm of the lightworker, there is no room for the hex magik that those who have a base nature often perform. Stay away from these hexers because the energy that they call out will inevitably return to them in triplicate. That which you send forth will always find its way back to you.

This is the Moon of REMEMBRANCE & RELEASE. Venus, newly retrograde in Scorpio invites us to review our hidden secret self. Her seductive energy provides us with dreams that take us back to before, even to past lives that may hold a gem of wisdom or a wound to heal. She draws us into the wheel of memory. Our job is to ride that wheel, to remember and to do the work that needs to be done. Are you still holding a hurt in your tender heart? Let it go. Embrace it in a holistic way but erase the rancor and the acidity of hate if it still lurks in the corners of your soul. Venus in Scorpio, closely aligned to the Sun/Moon alignment, insists that we go deep and hard into the mystery of our emotions and stretch them out like a kite in the wind. Let the celestial heights air them out and take them away. Mars in Aquarius, ruler of that Venus, asks us to be fair and just, to detach ourselves from petty concerns and hold to the ideal that we are all ONE family, despite the findings of any DNA test. Lets symbolically believe in the myth of the Garden of Eden. We have one archetypal Mother. We have one archetypal Father. We are all brothers and sisters, kith and kin. It is only when this simple, yet difficult to truly embrace concept is firmly fixed in our minds and hearts that we, as a species might actually be able to “give peace a chance”. Let it be so.

Emotionally, we are at a crossroad (Sun/Venus & Moon/Uranus exactly square the Nodal Axis). Will we take up the ‘sword of the spirit’—that is LOVE, little one—and move courageously into our collective future or will we tumble back into old patterns, old attitudes, old ways of thinking and being. NO!!! Uranus, closely aligned to this gorgeous Moon says, step out of your comfort zone. Think outside the box. Be bold. Live free. Say what is in your heart and encase it in honey. Be sweet. Yes, above all, be sweet. Be fiercely, intensely sweet and let your little light shine.

 

The Sabian Symbols for this Full Moon are:

AN ELECTRICAL STORM

 

 

 

 

 

A BROKEN BOTTLE AND SPILLED PERFUME

We all have times of emotional upheaval where events appear to come out of nowhere and unlock the hidden waves of feeling that reside within us. Just as in electrical storms, these times can lead to an aftermath that is full of a new and often refreshing energy. We must allow the sorrow, grief or, for that matter, any kind of overwhelming emotion to break free from both our physical and ethereal body and spill over, releasing the essence of its substance. If we hold, repress, ignore or avoid any negative feelings, they will, most assuredly, take form within us. Negative energy is real and our call to action is to identify it and transmute it into positive action that has a clear and certain point of intent. We are being asked to remember with compassion and to release all unwelcome thoughts into the sea of love.

 

Song for the TAURUS MOON

I am the

MAGIK MOON

Born of dreams and visions

I hold your aspiration deep within my beating heart

Gaze upon me and believe

Look at me shine and remember

Hold me close and exercise compassion

I will encircle you

I will rock you

I will lull you

I will find you

Blessed be…

NEW MOON IN LIBRA: OCTOBER 8, 2018 @ 10:47 PM CDT

Libra, the energy of conciliation and cooperation where you can meet and greet with those you like and more importantly with those you can’t tolerate. This is an energy that demands tolerance and seeks to provide a space where one can enter into a forum for respectful debate, always giving equal time to the opposing view. Sounds alien?

Well yes, we live in a time when the RULE OF LAW—a very Libra concept—is being severely exercised and challenged. For those of us in the middle who consider themselves to be non-aligned to a specific ideology, it is becoming increasingly more difficult to discern just exactly what anybody is saying, maybe because they are saying it at a screaming pitch with words that are emotionally charged, with adjectives that betray a strong and biased partisanship. But Libra promises that there is a place for dialogue, that people CAN get along together, that consensus can be reached as long as everyone remembers that first we are HUMANS, and all of us are equal under the light of the divine.

This NEW MOON presents us with the opportunity to do a reboot in the way that we relate to ourselves on that very important inner level and to others on that equally important outer level. We have come to this earth to be in community and we’d better put some effort into developing some strategies that result in a more successful outcome. Libra is about LISTENING first. So, listen carefully when someone is talking with the expectation that they, too, will do some listening to you. But YOU do it first. Let your challenger speak. Let her express her complete point of view. Hear it. Consider it. Then, open your mouth, but carefully, very carefully. 

Pluto, the archetype of re-birth is in a powerfully dynamic relationship to this New Moon. Pluto says, ‘Interact with integrity.’ Do not be dirty or emotionally manipulative in how you go about trying to prove your point. Be respectful and HONEST because if you are not, it will come back to haunt you. Secrets will be exposed. Past actions will be revealed. How important it is that we are vigilant in our self-examination so that we do not fall into the trap of limited thinking.

The ruler of this New Moon is Venus in Scorpio, newly retrograde. This is the big news of the cycle. Venus has an absolutely gorgeous cyclical pattern that results, once it completes its 8 year course, in a rose motif. Here we encounter the beautiful symmetry of reality. Venus, the planet, represents core values, that which we love and hold dear. The rose is a symbol of everlasting beauty, a token of love.  What a precise co-relationship. Our values should be beautiful and based on love. If they are formed on such principles, how much better would our reality become?

Retrograde Venus is a precious time period. It is a time of personal renewal, lost love found, introspective soul searching and the reformation of the shining diamond self. Because this retrograde period occurs in the signs of Scorpio & Libra, the emphasis is on truth speak and equity in relationship. Much can be recovered when Venus is doing the backward dance on every level possible. So a key word to keep in mind for the next few weeks is RECOVERY.

Recover your important relationships. Recover your sense of possibility. Recover your powerful self. Literally speaking, you may even recover items that you thought you had lost.  Rings. Money. Your favourite item of clothing. A pet. Truly. It has happened.

This particular Venus retrograde period will be especially active for anyone born between the following dates:

October 8-November 12: this is the conjunction of Venus to the Sun. Expect things to be stirred up. Your call to action is to put on your big girl pants and face whatever needs to be faced. You are being personally, intimately agitated into remembering, recovering and restoring.

 

January 5-February 9 & July 7-August 9:  This is the square of Venus to the Sun. Action in the value area of your life is demanded. Are you working in sync with what your truly believe, feel and desire? Do you follow through when that is what is needed? Are you ready to take responsibility for your past actions and deal with the consequences?

Where are YOUR big girl pants?

 

April 4-May 11: this is the opposition of Venus to the Sun. Listen carefully to what people are saying TO you and ABOUT you. Can you interpret the messages? Are you ready to act on what you understand those messages to be? You more than the others, could well experience the reappearance of a long-lost friend or lover. What will you do with them in your life once again?

This lovely little transit began October 5 and will last with some after tremors until December 17 (+/-).

The Sabian Symbols for this NEW MOON are:

A BOAT LANDING WASHED AWAY

 

DEVAS DANCING IN THE SETTING SUN

Everything, and that means EVERYTHING, eventually passes into nothing or what we call nothing. Actually, that is a euphemism for everything. All that has ever been is the intrinsic component part of everything that now exists and so forth and so forth. Once we recognize this profound truth, that we, as the individual, are the culmination of all that has ever been, we will begin to realize the great responsibility that we all have, personally, to be the best that we can be. Moreover, it is THIS moment that is real. It is in THIS moment that we exist. Make THIS moment matter.

We are all a part of a magnificent tapestry of life that stretches across all of the dimensions of being. Organic, mental, emotional and etheric. Each one of us has an associate Deva who is dancing somewhere in the setting sun. Join her and dance like no one is watching.

 

The Libra Song

Come

And sit by my side, my love

And share the setting sun

Let me kiss your shining face

And smile into your endless eyes

Be my lover, be my friend

Be my forever and ever

Let us dance together until the day is done

Blessed be.

FULL MOON IN ARIES, SEPTEMBER 24, 2018 @ 9:54 pm CDT

Full Moon in Aries , September 24, 2018 @ 9:54 pm CDT

Its here! Once a year the Moon reaches her full point in the energy of Aries, calling us to action on the deepest of levels.

In and of itself, Aries is the impulse, courage, individuality and the celebration of being essentially, viscerally ALIVE. Undeveloped Aries energy can manifest as rashness, egocentricity and anger. Of all the energies, this is the one that we must cultivate most assiduously so as to extract the maximum benefit from it as it settles in our psyches. Everyone has this energy woven into them but how it works within each of us is another matter.

With this lunation, we can take the time to objectively examine why we do the things that we do, why we make the choices that we make and how those acts and choices either facilitate our growth and inner expansion or inhibit it.

Mars, the ruler of this particular Moon is pointing the way to broad philosophical exploration on our parts. Go back, he suggests, to your original reasons for the circumstances of your life. Dig deep into memory and your past and try to remember what motivated you, what led to the present moment. Understanding the beginning leads to a greater ability to navigate the present and to create the future of YOU. The key is OBJECTIVITY if you can get there. Don’t give in to self-centered analysis or to projection of personal angst onto others. That never works and only leads to further muddle and distemper.

Saturn, the archetype representing substance and personal responsibility sits squarely aligned to this lunation. Suck it up, he says and take charge of yourself. If you don’t like what you see around you, get up off your bum and start altering your reality. You are the boss of you. You are not a victim. Actions have consequences and consequences lead to actions. Be judicious and don’t act like a fool. The measure of any person is the ability to admit when they are wrong or when they need help. Be willing to be humble. It’s no skin off your back but, oh boy, does it ever make the angels sing!

I love this time of the year. We have passed the Equinox and the shadow of winter is on the horizon. With this beautiful Aries Moon we have one last kick at the can, one more surge of power and zest. Often, this is the Harvest Moon, calling us to mind the earth and reap the rewards of our labours. Go outside and breathe in the beauty of Gaia as she release herself into the arms of slumber. Make a bonfire and burn away the waste on the physical, mental and emotional levels of your being. Call down the fiery Moon as she glides across the sky tonight and let her do her magic in your soul. Yes, we are of the earth but we are linked to the sky. We are stardust from a long time ago, born in a distant place beyond the reaches of this little solar system. That memory is in us all despite the evident chaos and disunity. Our job is to re-discover the thing that bind us all together and to nurture it so that love and peace truly do rule the world. Aries, with all of its power and might can incite us to righteous acts of courage and the positive expression of personal will. Just do It!

The Sabian Symbols are :

A CAMEO PROFILE OF A MAN IN THE OUTLINE OF HIS COUNTRY

&

THE DAWN OF A NEW DAY, EVERYTHING CHANGED

Aries reminds us that we are individuals and that it is our duty to be true to who we really are. We are formed through a constant interaction both with ourselves and those around us. We become the sum total of all that we do, think and choose. We have the capacity to alter that which we do not like about the reality that we create. In fact, we must! So, think deeply, act wisely and choose cautiously at all time, but for goodness sake, do think, act and choose. That’s how change happens!

 

The Aries Celebration

I am the flame

That is born in the heart of the divine

I am joy and exultation

I am freedom and fearlessness

I am the song and the singer

Let the music flow…

NEW MOON IN VIRGO, SEPTEMBER 9, 2018 @ 1:02 PM

New Moon in Virgo: The Power of Resolve

 

We live in interesting times of shift, change and uncertainty. Part of the human psyche cleaves to what it knows and can measure while another part craves the unknown, the new. For some of us, there has been enough of the new lately and we feel as if we could take a little more of the tried and tested. But the changes are not done! The next few years will test our fundamental values, our connection to the things that we hold dear, the full measure of our relationship with the earth. The choices that we make as individuals and as a collective will determine what our world will become, what we will become, how this story of us will play out. As conscious individuals, we must continually be clarifying our intentions and examining our choices, ensuring that the one follows the other to create a strong chain that will hold us to our course to preserve the earth, to purge our community of reactive tendencies, to be true, good and loving. At this New Moon in the precise and exacting energy of Virgo, we can do a bit of this soul searching.

Virgo is that part of our psyches which analyzes and measures, collates and systematizes. Everyone has this energy somewhere and this current lunation will activate whatever part of YOUR psyche it aligns with. The wheel of the year is turning, now, towards the silence of winter. We have arrived at the autumnal equinox occurring on September 22, 2018 @8:54 PM CDT. It is a time to reflect on all that we have done and consider how to proceed. A new moon in any energy signals a beginning of sorts and with this particular new moon, we can begin to let go of that which was not productive and focus on all that is working in our little lives. The lunation is supported by a retrograde Pluto suggesting that we can dig deep into ourselves and find the strength to carry on and do what must be done.

Mars, now finally moving forward is picking up steam and is in the final degree of Capricorn suggesting that strategy and purposefulness can be applied with determination to any situations in our lives that require it.

This is a grounded, powerful new moon with loads of earthy energy to give us a sense of direction, a sense of place within the scheme of things. Mercury, Saturn & Uranus form a lovely triangle (trine), all in earth energies, suggesting that our thoughts, our ideas, are supported by a clear sense of implementation with the ability to adapt and shift as need be as we enact that which we imagine. The facility to maneuver through obstacles and challenges is there in that connection between Saturn and Uranus. We just have to be willing to take the leap if need be.

Neptune, dream planet, signifier of spirit is almost exactly opposed to the Moon/Sun combo. We are being challenged to hold to the process. On the highest of levels, we are being asked to maintain trust that even if we are not entirely clear about the process, if we have done the prep work, we will get through to the end. Neptunian energy becomes problematic when we are overly rigid or give in to fear- based reactions. If you feel unsteady, remember to breathe and focus on TRUST. Take action from a place of LOVE and Neptune will be your friend. Act selfishly and Neptune will create clouds of doubt around you. Stay fluid, little fish.

In these strange and interesting times, I sometimes get the sense that we have been here before, don’t you? With Uranus square to the nodal axis, the call to action is to find the better way forward. What did we do, as a collective, the last time we had to make choices like the ones that are before us now? How can we improve over whatever it was that we did previously? This can be applied to our individual process just as powerfully. Think about your story. Think about your unconscious tendencies. Who are you? What is it that you do out of habit or imprinting that you can alter? Be better, be brutal with yourself, be honest, be strong!

The Virgo New Moon that always occurs around this time of the year is a great time to turn the mirror onto ourselves and to carefully examine all of the above. Use this opportunity, this great sifting and purging energy to polish your aspiring soul, to perfect your diamond nature, to be the gold that you truly are.

The Sabian Symbols are:

A OUIJA BOARD

A GIGANTIC TENT

Here we have a bit of a caution. The one symbol could refer to the symbolic ‘tent’ of life. We, all of us humans, are gathered together to participate in something collective. We all take our turns on that ‘stage’ performing each one according to her inclinations and abilities. As the bard penned, “ all the world’s a stage, and we, the players”. How is it that we ‘act out’ our parts? Do we do it with thoughtfulness? Do we plan and carefully prepare ourselves before taking action? Or do we randomly ricochet from one impulse to the next? As members of a greater collective we do have a responsibility to participate with thoughtful intention in this play called LIFE. Depend on that which you know is effective and not that which is founded in illusion and conjecture.

To read more about the energy of Virgo, see my post, The Virtue of Virgo under Star Stuff

 

FULL MOON IN PISCES, August 26, 2018; 6:58 AM CDT

Full Moon in Pisces, August 26, 2018 @ 6:58 am CDT

Pisces Moon is a time to dream, imagine & be fanciful. This most gentle of all the energies wraps us up in magical, mysterious clouds where we can be whomever we want to be, with whomever we want to be with and wherever we wish to be. It’s a time to step out of the hard-edged reality of our ‘make it happen’ lives and into a softer place of make believe. Interestingly, the relationship between Mercury, ruler of Virgo, now in direct motion in Leo and Neptune, ruler of Pisces, retrograding in that sign is an almost perfect inconjunct angle. The inconjunct can be many things—adjustment oriented, irritable, even edgy but when these two archetypes are involved, let’s add in a measure of spaciness, dreaminess and not quite of this world kind of quality. Neptune/Mercury (similar to Pisces/Virgo) types can be highly inspired, the artists, the visionaries, the seers of our motley crew—the human race. So, under the silvery beams of the Pisces Full Moon, the ruling planets of Pisces (Neptune) and Virgo (Mercury) are urging each other to jump the fences of reality, go past the boundaries of those fences and imagine the impossible. If you experience a sensation of DIS-connectedness use it for some productive day-dreaming. Don’t let it discombobulate you. There is a time for everything under the rays of this shining MOON.

We are also at the tail end of two significant retrogrades, that of Mars, now backed into Capricorn and Saturn, also in Capricorn. Saturn lends a strong arm of support to the Pisces/Virgo Full Moon, giving our flights of fancy a place to ground out and settle. Capricorn reminds us that dreams are fine but we still have to pay the rent at some point. The suggestion is, take a break, dream your dream and scheme your scheme but know that you can always get back to basics if need be. Expect a sense of forward movement this coming fall as mercury, Mars and Saturn rev it up and start going in forward motion. But be forewarned…October brings us Venus Retrograde in Scorpio!  More about that closer to the time.

Uranus, which dipped into Taurus earlier this year is retrograding back into Aries which he will reach in early November and stay there until March 2019. Expect some surprises in the area of relationship, sovereignty and confrontation! Or, if you manage to hike yourself up to a higher level of expression, you could turn combative interaction into cooperativeness and self-assurance. There is no need to fight and disagree violently if you know your own mind and recognize that other people are not obligated to agree with you in every respect. Different points of view can lead to superlative solutions. The best parts of all viewpoints can be amalgamated into a beautiful combined effort to exceed all expectations. If only we could, as a society really understand that on a deep-down fundamental level!

As always, Full Moons are revelatory times. We should take a moment a review all that we have tried to manifest, scrutinize all the plans and initiatives. With the dreaminess of Pisces fueling us, we can tweak and manipulate our actions so that they better resemble the ideal that we thought we were pursuing. Don’t be afraid to switch gears or shift direction. The real surprise may be that the change is actually what you intended all along without even knowing it! Stay loose, little goose!

The Sabian Symbols for this Full Moon are:

HEAVY TRAFFIC ON A NARROW ISTHMUS &

A BLACK CHILD PLAYING WITH WHITE CHILDREN

 

There are times when everything seems to happen at once, times when we feel overwhelmed with the wide array of choices and decisions that we have to make. The key is to STAY WITH THE PROCESS. Eventually the ‘traffic’ will thin out and we will see the way through. Patience, it is said, is a virtue. The virtue in patience is that, if we can implement it in our day to day lives, decisions become much less problematic. The more that we understand and know about any given situation, the clearer it becomes.  With clarity comes insight and certainty and the ability to make the choice or decision. Another gift that Pisces energy can give us is a deep and abiding faith in both ourselves and in that to which we aspire. Having a connection to the mysterious force of spirit can provide us with strength in trying times.

Critical in these fractious times is the concept and implementation of integration. We must strive to see ‘from the other side’ so that our own impressions and attitudes are refined, balanced out, exercised. The only way that our current world order will survive is if we finally find a way to hear each other and develop a working protocol with each other. On a personal, inner level, the integrated self is the diamond self, the shining self. When we develop strategies that facilitate all the parts of our psyche to sing the same song, so to speak, we take one step closer to the divine where all is harmonious. It should be our devout commitment to always seek common ground, both within our own self and with those around us. Pisces energy provides us with the tools to work towards this. It blesses, it accepts, it forgives and it embraces without censure all that is before it. Ah, Pisces!

 

 

 

The Pisces Prayer

Let me be the mirror to your soul

Give me the courage to allow you to mirror me

Let us sit quietly together and gaze at the silvery moon,

Mother to us all,

She glows and she dances to the very center of our souls…

New Moon in Leo/Solar Eclipse 2018

New Moon in LEO:  August 11, 2018 @ 4:59 am 

What a way to wrap up the last few weeks of eclipses, retrogrades and ingresses!

We have a perfect opportunity with this upcoming NEW MOON to rev our engines and implement all of the notions, ideas & inclinations that we have been feeling over the past few months.

This eclipse is the last one of the three solar eclipses this past year, two of which occurred over the LEO/AQUARIUS axis. (Feb 15—new moon in Aquarius, July 13—new moon in Cancer & August 11—new moon in Leo) Eclipses are reflective of profound potential shift within the psyche but as always, change only follows if the self is willing to move along. One of the reasons why some folks question the validity of astrology is that when we astrologers predict and the prediction does not, in fact, manifest according to the words uttered, well then, astrology must be invalid, right?

Wrong…

We are all free moral agents able to exercise our will as we see fit. Just because its time for a change does not mean that one actually hears the trumpet. That is what makes life so interesting, as the Chinese saying goes. We get to choose what we actually end up doing.

Nevertheless, the energetic environment is ripe for something startling to occur, something that could turn your world upside down, inside out or whatever! The key is that YOU must be willing to move with the direction of the flow, using all of your fire-jumping skills to stay free of the flames.

Leo energy is all about the fullest, the most brilliant expression of the self. It is about the open heart, the loving nature, giving to others from the surplus within the soul. Leo energy is the dance, the song, the ode to joy par excellance. Wherever Leo fall in your own natal chart is where you seek to fully express the core of your own essence of being. This New Moon/Solar eclipse is an opportunity for you to step fully into the light of your own radiance. If you have been feeling stuck, take the leap. If you have been all fogged up, get those goggles off your head and see the light. If you don’t like what you see or the jump feels too high and far away, take a moment and get your bearings. There are definitely times when the potential for change looks scary rather than enticing. Courage, little star, courage.

With any NEW MOON, we are at the beginning of a mini cycle of becoming. This is the starting point for the next four weeks as the Moon speeds through the 12 signs of zodiac yet again, starting, this month in LEO. We are also at the culmination of the summer season, just in front of the Autumnal Equinox in September. It’s a good time to review all that we have been doing and start the wrap up that must come before the dark months arrive. Finish your projects and get things in order. There is more ahead and its coming down the pikes at a rapid pace.

The big ‘call to action’ with this lunation is flexibility at all times. No matter what suddenly appears in your range of vision, stay limber on every level. Uranus, retrograding in the early degrees of Taurus is square the transiting nodes and a retrograding MARS in Aquarius. Literally, watch your feet so that you do not actually trip and fall. Emotionally, this is an explosive energy possibly coming from old wounds or long held negative feelings. Mentally, we may find ourselves re-visiting old ideas that may or not bring us a sense of agitation or disquiet. On the most important level, the ‘call to action’ is to step out of that box (read coffin), that holds you hostage to outworn concepts and invalid belief systems. Sometimes, on the ego level, we long to just ARRIVE and stay put. We feel as if what we have found to be true is inimical, eternal, forever set in stone. NOT! The evolutionary journey of the soul force is ever changing. Truth, on the human level, is merely the expression of the immediate perception according to the panoramic variety of experience TO THAT POINT IN TIME. Truth is only truth if we allow it to be reflective of all that we have experienced, all that we have learned and come to know and understand. Be always truthful, faithful to the present moment in time. Yes, we can, in fact, come to understand that we have been NOT CORRECT at all times.  It only becomes an issue if we are unwilling to admit our error and take appropriate action to change the circumstances of the situation. Like the song says—“know when to hold them, know when to fold them…” Be your own truth in the making of it…

The gift that this lunation brings is a lovely relationship between Venus in Libra & Mars in Aquarius. The combining of high and ethical values that guide us in our lives with a restrained impulse to act in the interests of the higher good provides us with hopefulness and passion in the face of the unexpected.

 

 

 

The Sabian Symbols for this New Moon are:

 

A HOUSEBOAT PARTY & A FOREST FIRE QUENCHED

Look for the opportunity to find fellowship and communion with others. Be open to joy, the joy that comes from the sharing of both resources and results. Ask for help and respond when you are asked for help. Let’s get this party started!

If you actually sit down and allow yourself to LISTEN to the other, you just might get to understand their point of view. Not necessarily agree by any means but at the least, get what they are trying to say. That’s how to put a fire out. Shut up and let the other person speak THEIR truth before ramming YOUR truth down their throats. And always remember, you don’t make friends by always agreeing with what they say, but you do make friends by allowing them to have their own opinions. Rainbows are beautiful because they are comprised of a multitude of colours. A monochrome world would, in the end, drive us all nuts.

 

Leo Lullaby

Be joyful and proud

Be loving and kind

Be you and let me be me

and let’s live in this world together…

 

 

An end to the Retrogrades…

Mars will station direct in Capricorn on august 27 in the am CDT—YAY!!!

Saturn stations direct in Capricorn on September 6 around supper time CDT—triple YAY!!!

The POWER of PURPOSEFULNESS is in full force so get ready to DO YOUR THING!

 

2018 Aquarius Full Moon

Hey all you fixed sign people!  Yes, I mean you, Taurus, Leo, Scorpio & Aquarius…If your solar energy is anywhere near the 5* mark of any of those signs…( that means that you were born in the early days of that particular solar transit, April 21-29, July 24-31, October 25-31, Jan 21-29 or thereabouts), listen up!

This glorious Full Moon in Aquarius, activating the fixed cross also happens to be a lunar eclipse. And for those of you who were born ion or around the above dates, this is especially significant. Lunar eclipses are release points. Activation of the emotional center of the psyche is highlighted. Let it go, says the song and this means YOU! If you are feeling antsy and restless, in need of a change of pace, sensing that its time to shed that old decaying skin, you are totally in sync with this Full Moon, lunar eclipse energy. This is the birthday that you have been waiting for. Whether you are conscious of it or not, things are bound to change for you. You may suddenly realize that old patterns of behavior are getting you nowhere or that long standing relationship are dragging you down or that the dream you thought you were dreaming is really a nightmare! Even if the seismic waves of this Full Moon only rock your boat a little bit, there will be some motion.

Mars, the planet of motion, is hot on the heels of this full Moon, urging action, assertion and relentless pursuit of whatever it is that you need to alter in your life. In Aquarius, Mars is the PHILOSOPHER KING, rather less frantic than he can be but able to imagine just about anything. Be brutal as you review your emotional baggage and if there is even the slightest sense of ennui on your part as you do so, DUMP IT! No second thoughts, and no regrets after the fact. The wonderful thing about releasing is that it leaves you empty and ready to be newly filled up. That’s the essence of the wheel of life, transition, rebirth and renewal. First comes the purge, then comes the fill-up.

Don’t’ be surprised if you are suddenly surprised. Uranus, newly entered into Taurus, is dynamically aligned to this Full Moon, demanding that you look at things with fresh eyes and consider out of the box solutions to long-standing issues. If you have been trying to work through something for awhile and keep facing blockage, why not try something different in terms of approach? It might not be comfortable or easy but, hey, it just might start the ball rolling. Continuing to implement strategies that have only ever failed is kind of nuts, don’t you think?

Mercury has just stationed RX so this is a time of introspection and meditation. The energy is saying that you should pull out all that old stuff that is gathering dust in the corners of your mind and sort through it with the view that you are simply ready to release anything, absolutely anything that is adding weight to your emotional self. It’s get thin time! So, do a cleanse on every level of your being.

These kinds of celestial events are reminder to us that life is a constant movement of energy and that we are the beneficiaries of that movement. You are only stuck if you choose to be stuck. You are only blocked if you opt to be blocked. If that door looks like it is barred, go find a window and get the #%*# out of there!

 

The Sabian Symbols for this Full Moon are:

ROCK FORMATIONS AT THE EDGE OF THE PRECIPICE

&

 

 

A COUNSEL OF ANCESTORS

 

Here we get the sense that we are at the very edge. The EDGE is the best place to be. Life is sharp and exciting when we test ourselves, take those risks and make those leaps. We see all that is behind and all that is possible when we live life in ‘edginess’. As long as we follow the only rule that really matters—THE RULE OF LOVE—and we stay true to the call of the heart, we will find our footing and keep our balance.

Is good to reflect on the fact that we are the result of a long line of others. All that has ever been resides somewhere in the collective and we are a part of that collective so it resides in us. On a much more personal level, we must never forget the wisdom and learning that we have gained. Some of it comes from experience in current life but never diminish your karmic heritage. All that you are is founded on all that has ever been so honour both the shadow and the light. They serve a purpose in the healing of your soul.

 

Thought for this Full Moon:

 

I soar

I fly

I embrace the light filled sky

I am the brilliance

I am the dark

I am the secret song of the lark…

 

BTW…for those of you who are sky watchers, we, in the western hemisphere, will not see this eclipse—(note the exact time of the full Moon)—but, what we will see in the heavens on the evening of July 27 is a quite small reddish moon with another bright orangish object not too far from it—Mars at its closets point to Earth. As I mentioned previously, this is the astrology of EMOTIONAL ACTION. Don’t just feel, DO IT. But with the proviso that you have THOUGHT about it. If its clear tonight, get out there and regard the celestial panorama and connect to the power of the sky…