A lovely friend piped up yesterday to me “happy marketing of chocolate & flowers day!” Indeed….Valentine’s Day does seem to reflect yet another `have-to-holiday’, doesn’t it? Woe be it to anyone in a `romantic’ relationship who fails to buy their sweetheart yet another heart-shaped box of candy, especially the serotonin-producing- chocolate type. By the way—serotonin is the hormone which chemically does make us feel better in that moment. It’s only later with our bigger belly that we feel sluggish!
In any case Valentines Day 2018 falls on the dark of the moon….and.. on Ash Wednesday the first day of Lent! The waning moon is the BEST day in the cycle to surrender, release and let go…of `something’ which is blocking us from our magnificence. Because the waning moon is in Aquarius I suggest you release some fixed idea, thought, or belief which just isn’t working. If you are having a problem identifying what I mean, close your eyes and see/feel/hear that fear-based thought which is always swirling inside your brain. The elephant inside your head– Yes, THAT thought!
Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent in the Christian calendar also reminds us to sacrifice something to remind us of the suffering of Jesus Christ. You don’t have to be a Christian to take a cue from this season. A sacrifice is whatever you MAKE sacred for a higher purpose. And of course, I think we would all agree that the highest purpose of all is love.
Which brings me back to Valentine’s Day. We all love LOVE when it’s all about the hearts and flowers. But all love has an element of sacrifice. We do for the beloved even if in that moment—we’d rather not. And here is another take on V-day. Whether you are in a `romantic relationship’ or not use the energy of this Day to sacrifice SOMETHING (maybe give up chocolate for lent? ) to make YOUR life healthier-more-balanced-and happier. And the dark-of-the-moon will help in this release! You can still give your sweetheart a rose, but, be sure to sacrifice (release) what needs to be released` to produce a better YOU. That better you is the gift that keeps on giving long after the `national marketing day of chocolate and flowers’ is over. Happy LOVE Day!
A SUPER moon=a full moon at its closest orbit to earth which creates a pinkish BLOOD red coloring and receives the title’ BLUE moon for being the second full moon in one calendar month. WOW! Today’s celestial show at 8:27 am EST created quite the stir worldwide for its beauty and rarity. Beyond its’ astronomical significance what does it mean for YOU…emotionally, spiritually and physically?
Eclipses are portals of change. The lunar eclipse, which is the disappearance of the moon, creates emotional shifting. THIS particular eclipse reflects directly backwards to the cycle which was born in August; The `Great American Eclipse’, of 8/21/17.
Today’s Eclipse is the emotional back-splash of whatever intentions you set into motion way back in August. A full moon–any full moon- allows us to receive another perspective on our feelings. We see `better’ by the light of the full moon. The full moon is positioned directly across from the sun, and therefore gains us access to a different point of view.
Because the 1/31/18 full moon/ lunar eclipse is in LEO, it is directly tied to completing your summer dreams of 2017. What questions, concerns, goals and aspirations were you experiencing? How have they changed? Leo is all about the heart; joy, bliss, creativity, plus romance and children. Look to where LEO lights up your chart. Today’s eclipse will assist you in crafting the holy grail of your soul.
To ground one sign we turn to it’s opposite. The Aquarius energy within your natal chart needs to be recast and reconfigured. Specifically the negative aspects of Aquarius which is : detachment, cold logic, judgment and group think. This lunar eclipse is asking each of us to surrender and release those cold indifferent qualities so that the brilliant warmth of our hearts’ desire can manifest.
Obviously the Leo and Aquarius energies are most affected by this whole eclipse cycle. If you ARE a sun, moon, or rising sign in Leo or Aquarius you are truly on a roller-coaster of emotion! However, because ALL of us have these energies somewhere in our nature these eclipses affect us all. I invite you to explore those planets & houses in your chart by turning to my free app ( astrology 101) on my website, or, come to any one of my workshops this month on the eclipses OR the webinairs!
One more thing; The Leo/Aquarius polarity is fixed, meaning, these signs are powerfully fixated on not changing , bending or modifying their personal agenda. Since an eclipse pattern is about surprise!!, then it’s best to cultivate an open receptive mind to the creative principal of the God of our understanding. Meditate and pray today. We have two more weeks of exploring our heart’s desire, without making a `decision.’ Go with the flow now. Be open to downloads of added joy. Once the the second eclipse, the solar one, occurs on February 15th THEN it’s time to truly ground our new beginning.
Hello Future! Dateline: January 2, 2018! The energy of surprise, excitement and individuality moved direct today opening a path for us to go for it!
Uranus is the wild card of the planets because it represents our inner genius and…our inner eccentricity. Electricity, energy, science and truth resonates with the planet of unpredictability.
Planets are either moving station direct or station retrograde from earth’s perspective. These periods vary. Since August 3rd 2017, Uranus has been in a retrograde cycle; a time to re-think, re-do, and re-evaluate all the wondrous innovations we want to make in our lives. It’s been something of an incubation’ phase, and now, it’s time to put into practice all those ideas we’ve been toying with inside our brilliant brains.
Brilliance is an excellent word for Uranus, and, it’s matched sign, Aquarius. As the modern ruler for Aquarius, Uranus is the planet which fulfills the mission of what Aquarius wants; freedom of self-expression, respect for diversity, and higher-minded exploration. Uranus has moved forward in Aries at the 25th degree; The sabian symbol is a `man possessed with more gifts than he can hold.’ This Uranus station inspires us to consider new opportunities. Uranus—a sky god—reminds us; The sky is not even the limit!
Because Uranus is Aquarius’ ruler, and stationing in Aries, look to both the Aquarius parts of your chart, and the Aries parts of your charts for guidance. Both signs—Aries and Aquarius—are `human’ energies. What issues, adventures, goals, experiences do you need to be the person you are meant to be? Think way beyond your self-limiting box; be brash and bold!
What this means for all us, using a large brush stroke, is that we are feeling an inspired call to `do something BIG!’ in our lives. Coincidentally the Uranus station is squaring the super Full Moon which greeted us this New Year, and, Pluto the planet of transformation. This configuration in astrology is called a t-square; a focused triangular shaped of energy which is poised to act.
Translation; we are feeling (Moon) that it’s time to transform (Pluto) our sense of security (Moon) in a direct, unique and innovative way…NOW! (Uranus)
Take note and listen to all signs, messages and inspirations as this first week of the new year unfolds.
And here is a key component; visualize what you are receiving. This cardinal t-square is all about out-picturing your ideas. Avoid judgement as you do. Play the role of the inventive genius; visualize the most exciting picture you can for those desires you repressed since the beginning of the retrograde way back when on August 3rd 2017. It was in early August when you perhaps needed to bury your sense of innovative adventure. That which you couldn’t do then is coming up for activation now.
The t-square involving Pluto, the Full Moon, and Uranus has what’s called an `empty leg’ which grounds the urgency of this energetic pattern. The sign of the empty leg is Libra; relationships, partners, sharing, and diplomacy. This means we are being asked the following questions; Who do we want to attract into our lives as this new transformational, exciting adventure unfolds? Whom do we trust?
How is the notion of relationship changing for you? How can existing partnerships fit into this new paradigm? And, if I need to attract a new partner for business, romance, or more, how can I ready myself?
Change, even `good change’, a promotion, a marriage, travel does and cause stress because we leave behind what is known. Uranus going direct offers us a chance to change this year.
If we are feeling it’s shock and awe as the new year unfolds, perhaps it’s best to play to role of the madcap professor and simply allow our creative wisdom to soar to places unknown, and, trust the cosmic timing.
Buffalo NY, 12:00 am EST, 12/20/17: In this very moment….Saturn enters Capricorn & a new ERA is born!
Welcome to your new life friends! For the next 2 ½ years Saturn –the planet which rules rules, and structure, and the powers `that be’ will be transiting its’ affiliated sign: Capricorn. It’s as though Saturn—the energy of time, gravitas, responsibility and respectability has come HOME! What does that mean for us? Simply–life as we know it– will radically change.
As you read this, pause, to VISUALIZE the changes YOU want to attract, especially where Capricorn falls in your birth chart. Over the next many months. Capricorn—a cardinal sign—resonates with the visual mode of our brain. The power of our imagination can and will lead us to our higher good, no matter what fear spirals from the impending changes.
Our proceeding cycle of Saturn in Sagittarius, since September of 2015, gave us the gift of `gab’; rhetoric, discussion and philosophical musings. Moving forward we will be inspired to ground the gifts of thought and speech into the material word through innovation, and structural changes to our reality. This can feel, and often metabolize as revolutionary.
The last time we experienced Saturn in Capricorn was in 1989 and 1990. Can we even imagine a world without www.-the World Wide Web? It was in 1989 when the technology which `changed everything’ exploded from consciousness to practical application. The web changed the way we communicate, do business, play, find love, socialize, and, yes, even think. The Berlin Wall crumbled in 1989, as did the communist ruled governments in Poland and Hungary. The world regrouped.
Previous Saturn in Capricorn Eras included 1961, the year of the Bay of Pigs, the closest brush with nuclear disaster. Thirty years before then we dovetailed into the Great Depression. Saturn in Capricorn is the time outside time, when, Saturn, the archetype of Father Time activates its domain; `reality.’
If you do believe….as so many of us do… that we can and do `create our own reality’, then work with the karmic impulse of Saturn in Capricorn. Step into your authority, power and truth. Ground your most authentic self. We ultimately have a say in the molding and unfolding of our lives….and Saturn in it’s home sign of Capricorn says `it’s about time!’
Look! Up in the sky! it’s not a bird! nor a plane, but, It’s SUPER MOON!
2017 ends with a full moon brighter than all others this year thanks to the moon being in perigee to the earth; a time when our lunar neighbor orbits closer to home than at any other time. As a result, the moon appears 7 percent larger and 16 percent brighter over the next two days.
The science of a perigee moon reflects the astrological meaning of this rare moon! The brighter the better we see. And, the focus of this full moon inspires us to blend both sides of our brain; the intuitive AND the logical side so we can flow from confusion to clarity.
This theme is reflected by the exact square (90 degrees) from the full moon to Neptune, within hours of the mercury retrograde. A square suggests a rebuild of a structure through sustained pressure. The moon/sun opposition, or full moon, creates a t-square to Neptune begging such questions as; `How much more of `this’ confusion can I take? How can I deal with this pent-up feeling of overwhelm? Who do I trust? The sun/moon square to Neptune helps us to discern what’s real and what’s an illusion. Meanwhile, the retrograde mercury represents a time to suspend decision making and go within, reflect and reconsider.
To further support this theme of inward/outward communication we consider the sign of the full moon, Gemini, which is ruled by mercury. Sign (Gemini) and planet (mercury) indicate all manners of mental processes, data collection, information and communication. Even the 11th degree of the full moon screams communication as the sabian symbol is “ A black slave girl demands her rights from her mistress.’ This symbol suggests we may have to `stand up for ourselves’ in the midst of some sort of power struggle with the powers that be. Demand the truth in your communication within and without.
Another curious aspect of the full moon, of Sunday at 10:47 am EST, is that it will pass over one of the brightest stars in the sky; Aldebaran. Positioned smack in the middle of the constellation Taurus, Aldebaran is thought to be the `revelatory eye’ of the heavens associated with Archangel Michael. Consider what YOUR eye is seeing; actually, and esoterically, within the seat of your imagining and creativity. This full moon could trigger a revelation of sorts for each of us, as it further inspires world leaders to `see the truth.’
We may be feeling as if we are floating in a dream during this time! What can ground us is the position of Mr. Grumpy Reality or Saturn positioned in the `galactic center’ as it finishes up its sojourn in Sagittarius. Planets at the galactic center are said to be conduits for extraterrestrial information. This will be magnified in just a week. Once Saturn and mercury conjunct, (come together) on December 6th, we are mobilized to `take a stand’ so like the message of the sabian symbol. Be brave and bold in demanding YOUR rights within a relationship, organization or community.
This full moon triggers us to do much reflective work in the realm of beliefs, philosophies and ideas. Refer to your past for clues. The mercury retrograde will inspire us to dig deep within. The Jupiter inconjunct to the full moon messes the celestial waters because it is an angle of adjustment. So much input/data, so little time.
Going forward, keep in mind the shining light of Aldebaran, the eye of the skies being activated by the brightest moon this year. We WILL get clear by the light of the full moon. Just be patient! Mercury’s retrograde asks us to `make sure’ before making the ultimate decision on things. The light of this special super moon will guide as we go along our path. It’s time to move from confusion to clarity!
It’s time to get back into balance! The New Moon of 10/19/17 arrives at 3:12 pm EDT…inspiring us to `catch a breath’ ( Libra is an air sign after all). One complication is this: Uranus, the great electric, eccentric energy of surprise(!!) is positioned right across from this new moon. Across—or—at an angle of 180 degrees– implies that some truth will be revealed. It’s time for an unveiling! And that truth may come quickly, unexpectedly and without a shred of sentimentality or emotion. This opposition reflects the cutting wisdom of science, logic, and reason.
The sabian symbol of this degree is that of `an airplane hovers high in the sky.’ A plane demands our attention to look `upwards’. This symbol suggests many things about perspective from a (figuratively) `higher plane!’ It can also inspire us to `aim high’ in our aspirations….with the help of course… from the Uranian energy of the `crazy genius!’
There is an expression which comes to mind; `Set your sights on the stars…if you fail you’ll still reach the moon.’ And the old favorite; you can’t succeed without trying…
To aid you in your new moon intention setting here are some inspirational nuggets. Use the following as a `cookbook’, applying your sun sign AND your rising sign if you know it. ( and if you don’t know your rising sign go to my website under `astrology 101′ to find it.)
Aries: Set new goals for your relationships. Your partner needs/wants more of your attention. They also have something valuable to teach you over the next month.
Taurus: Set new goals for your health maintenance. The new moon week is ideal to improve your diet and exercise routine. It’s also an excellent time to improve your work tools and productivity.
Gemini: Time to play for you! Your sector of fun, creativity and even romance is highlighted now. Make fun a priority.
Cancer: This new moon is activating your home part of your chart; family, relatives, house improvements. Out picture your perfect domestic environment.
Leo: The new moon triggers a desire to communicate; writing, speaking and marketing are all worthy aspects of this energy. You’ll find the courage to truly talk your truth.
Virgo: Time to get serious about your income. The new moon assists you in analyzing your skills and resources. It’s inventory time!
Libra: HAPPY NEW MOON! Even though you may have already enjoyed your birthday… This new moon in LIBRA is your capstone for the year, like a `second birthday!’ Make a wish for YOU today.
Scorpio: Dive into the waters of your private world; that’s what the new moon is inspiring for you! All things spiritual, reflective and meditative is being activated. it’s ok to take that nap:)
Sagittarius: Set your intentions for expanding your friendship vase. This new moon will assist you in meeting new friends as you cultivate existing associations.
Capricorn: It’s all about your career! the new moon may inspire you to `think higher in your career goals. At the very least you may experience greater opportunities for leadership and service.
Aquarius: the new moon highlights your house of ideas, learning, marketing and travel. Before you know what you do, you need to clarify the philosophy behind any actions.
Pisces: This new moon activates your sector of power through self control, self understanding and resource management. Spirituality through the dance of intimacy is also highlighted.
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Jupiter moves into Scorpio until Nov 9 2018
Jupiter, defined by learning and expansion, is like the adjective `big’ when it transits a sign. This suggests that the spotlight will be on “big’ transformation, the core Scorpio issue, for the next 13 months, a year of new growth, risk-taking and exploration.
Agent 56 Cassandra Butler updates us on Jupiter’s year ahead in mysterious Scorpio!
We are still reeling from the energies of the `Great American eclipse’ ! Eclipses are not isolated moments. These are evolving cycles. The first inkling this new Leo/Aquarius cycle began in August of 2016. February 10th of this year saw eclipse #1 in Aquarius, and, in May the nodes (eclipse points) shifted. By the solar eclipse of August 21st the new pattern arrived definitively. The light went out in the sky.
Days later; Harvey tore up the Gulf. Then….Irma…Maria…earthquakes in Mexico, Volcanoes in Indonesia. Last Thursday, Pluto, the great transformer moved forward in the sky. We understand Pluto to be akin to a `volcano’ a force of nature which pulverizes everything in its path.
From natural disaster to human perpetuated horror, the killing of innocence by a man `not fitting the stereotype’ is just one more event which we can’t quite take in. It’s as though the high alert sirens are screaming overhead without anyone heeding their call.
As witnesses to all these dramatic (Leo) life/death situations we may even be developing a sense of disaster `overload’. This overwhelm sense can lead to the same type of burn-out which caretakers experience in their daily life; detachment and numbness(Aquarius).
This dichotomy is the eclipse cycle at work; Leo north node, representing new beginnings as the South node in Aquarius is the point in our charts which we are needing and wanting to surrender. During the dance of any eclipse pair there is an emptying out where the south node is due to an exaggeration of its negative traits. Aquarius at it’s worse is detachment, coldness and overblown logic. The ruling planet of the south node, of course, is Uranus. Uranus in Aries represents all `crazy’ manifestations of the sense of `I am.’
We collectively experience cycles upon cycles. The initiating spark was the 8/21 solar eclipse, signaling `new-day’, which, has translated to `may-day!’ Since September twenty-fifth another cycle layered upon the eclipse cycle; the Jupiter & Uranus opposition. An opposition forms when two planets line up exactly opposite to each other. Jupiter means BIG in the sign of Libra (you) while Uranus the eccentric `crazy’ energy is in Aries (me).
The Uranus-Jupiter opposition has been evolving since December of 2016. An EXACT opposition is a time of gaining insight into another perspective. THIS opposition speaks to each of us as we consider each victim of sorrow/tragedy/ horror in relation to ourselves. Perhaps we are moved to pray, or donate, or do SOMETHING to relieve the pain we see/sense in the world. Perhaps we enfold upon ourselves and say (quietly) I AM so glad that `didn’t happen ‘to ME. The distinction of `me/not-me’ is being reflected by this Aries-Libra opposition.
It doesn’t matter if we live in a `no-hurricane or earthquake zone’ we still ultimately have to leave our homes. Snipers posed from a rooftop, or inside a 32nd floor hotel, can be anywhere…and theoretically shoot at anyone at any time. And then we must not forget, there is global tension in the air, solar flares afloat, nefarious individuals who ram their vehicles into crowds, or weld their swords into passerby’s. Yes, the world feels adrift with violence and horror. Worse of all… the `enemy’ in this latest incident is the epitome of `normal.’ We didn’t see him (Stephen Paddock) coming. He could be ANYONE! Uranus in Aries (shock & awe planet) was at play. Paddock in fact IS an Aries. The opposition of the I AM energy of Aries is in full contrast to the YOU ARE energy of Libra.
Some have equated the feelings associated with the shootings in Las Vegas to that of 911. However, the planetary pair in OPPOSITION on September 11, 2001 was very different to what we are now experiencing. Saturn was in the sign of Gemini opposite Pluto in Sagittarius. The Gemini-Sagittarius polarity defines concepts, words, religious and philosophical identity. In 2001 the collective agreed that `those people’ (fill in the blank) are to blame for the horror. The polarized difference was based on ideas.
Today, the Aries-Libra opposition, operates at a more personal level. The Aries-Libra opposition is the war between `me’ and `not me.’ It’s as if we’ve been collectively at war with people `like ourselves’. Consider how many marriages, friendships and families have suffered serious estrangement due to the political climate since the Jupiter (ideas) opposed Uranus (detachment). If YOU don’t believe as I do…then I detach, and, YOU become `not me’, an object of denationalization.
Consider the comments made by CBS attorney Hayley Geftman-Gold following the shooting, comments which reflect this diminished sense of the `other.’
“If they wouldn’t do anything when children were murdered I have no hope that Repugs will ever do the right thing, I’m actually not even sympathetic bc country music fans often are Republican gun toters.”
Geftman-Gold’s comments are but one example of the depersonalization (Uranus in Aries) based upon ideas, or perceived ideas, of the `other’ embodied by Jupiter in Libra.
During this week’s Uranus-Jupiter opposition Hugh Hefner died, an Aries. His legacy? He pioneered the sexual revolution, making it acceptable, and even desirable– to have sex with `anyone’; to be a `playboy’ or `playgirl’. In some ways this trend he spearheaded so long ago represents another type of `depersonalization;’ the I-it relationship! His empire’s underlying message was to select sexual partners based upon the criteria of sexual attractiveness. His death during the peak of the Uranus-Jupiter served, perhaps, as a reminder of how depersonalized sexual activity is no longer the taboo it once was sixty years ago.
The ultimate way to depersonalize is to kill. The Aries Stephan Paddock mowed down hundreds of people in what can only be called an act of evil. Perhaps evil can be defined as the cold, calculating depersonalization of both self and others. Normal people can’t conceive of annihilating anything. Uranus, ruler of the south node, and transiting energy within the sign of `self’ serves as a reminder of how far-out this depersonalized process can be.
The biggest Caribbean hurricane…ever; the worse mass shooting …ever. The biggest planet in the solar system, Jupiter leads with superlatives. Jupiter served as an `adjective ‘of `big’ as it formed its opposition to Uranus. Simply said; we would experience the BIGGEST sense of depersonalization this past month.
With the full moon on October 5th, the prayer is we will begin to make some sense of experiences at the fringe of understanding.