Blog by Lynn. I’m a professional, fully qualified and certified Western astrologer (DM Astrol) as well as being a member of the Association of Professional Astrologers International. Here I’ll be explaining some of the first principles of astrology for the lesser expert readers in the hope of getting more and more people interested in the wonderful subject of astrology.
“If you’re not confused, you’re not paying attention.” Tom Peters
There will be a Full Moon at 11°23’ of the sign of Virgo on March 2nd. Virgo is a mutable Earth sign ruled by Mercury.
This Full Moon could thus be a good moment to step-up the ways that aid our emotional well-being especially since it’s opposite a tight Sun-Neptune conjunction which could make us feel clueless about who we really are as our emotions follow suit and enhance sensations of inadequacy or confusion about what we’re really receiving and perceiving and from whom.
At this Full Moon, Jupiter, ruler of the Sun, is in Scorpio and Mercury, ruler of the Moon and tightly conjunct Venus, is in Pisces and they are in a trine aspect to each other. Big ideas and hunches may be a dream come true, or not so. It is however the right time to talk about your deepest feelings and fantasies, especially where romance is involved but rather less beneficial for dealing with financial matters where a more solid thinking structure is needed.
The house axis in traditional astrology which is involved in this Full Moon is the 6th – 12th one, Virgo-Pisces; intellect vs intuition, effort vs surrender, judgement vs compassion etc.
Virgo and the 6th house, in modern astrology, respect the physical body and thus fitness regimes and diets which are involved in the healthy functioning of our bodies, it also includes our daily routine and work. Its shadow side however tends to treat the body as a slave, pushing it to its physical limits until injury or illness force us to pay attention. Virgo is very discriminating and delights in helping people, its shadow part tends to judge and falls into servitude by keeping itself over-occupied in the hope of escaping feelings of powerlessness and loneliness. In traditional astrology however the 6th house represents any person “who serves us” such as people who work in our homes including craftsmen, it also represents ill-health and unpleasantness among other things.
Full Moons are also known to be times when things climax, when we decide that enough is enough for certain aspects of our life because we avert an intensified conflict between two major areas of our life and we need to find a way to honour both. They shine a light on the area that is “hidden” and in this case, in traditional astrology, all matters concerning the 6th house and the sign of Virgo. This is certainly more evident when the Full Moon closely aspects any personal planets or angles in your chart (10-14° of the mutable signs: Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces and Gemini), it also depends on the houses involved in your individual chart.
In his book “Moon Phase Astrology”, author Raven Kaldera calls this Virgo Moon phase the
he or she who spins the thread of life for each and every one of us. He suggests we use this time to count our web of obligations, whom we owe, who owes us and how we feel about these obligations. And, moreover, who will be there to catch us should we fall? For him, this is also a good time to render service to others in a selfless way.
In Pagan Traditions this Moon is known as the
“Sap or Worm Moon”
because sap rises in March but the ground also softens during this month, and worms begin to burrow out of the ground, thus the name worm moon. This is a good time for healing magic. Think of the sap as the blood running through your veins carrying health and healing.
The Sabian symbol for the Moon at 12° Virgo: “After the wedding, the groom snatches the veil away from his bride.” Indicating the penetrating and unveiling power of the trained mind.
For the Sun at 12° Pisces: “In the sanctuary of an occult brotherhood, newly initiated members are being examined and their character tested.” Indicating The ever-repeated challenge presented to the individual by the group in which he has claimed acceptance – the challenge to prove himself and his ability to assume responsibility effectively.
“We often confuse what we wish for with what is.” Neil Gaiman
Which area of your chart is this Full Moon illuminating?
Kaldera R. (2011) “Moon Phase Astrology” pp. 207-209, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont. USA
Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. pp 158, 275, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA
Fantasy becomes reality and authenticity waivers…..
Mercury isn’t at his best in Pisces, he’s actually in his detriment and fall which obviously doesn’t help him feel good, or on the ball either for that matter.
Mercury here tunes in his antenna, he’s the receiver of the word and thought but he has some difficulty in articulating his actual speech and sentences often come out confused and of dubious or multiple meaning. In other words; confusion reigns!
This is due to the fact that being on the receiving end means he’s churning out whatever psychic stream he happens to be tuned into in any given moment. Often this makes him rather an attention seeker other times he’s silent and meditative especially when this psychic flow gets interrupted for some reason. During this transit however, he’s also an excellent listener and he really seems to be pay attention to what you’re saying…whether he’s actually taking it in or not is another thing altogether!
Another plus side of this transit is that the rich internal scenario that is formed through the psychic connections can also be expressed in art or whatever other type of creative endeavour you might want to put yourself to…it’s an excellent time to communicate through visual or written expressions. This is how to really get your meaning over to others.
The best moments to get the most out of Mercury’s sojourn here is to heed the last thoughts of the day as you drift into sleep or those that emerge from the subconscious upon waking.
Mercury is speedy by nature so during his stay in Pisces he will make aspects to the following planets:
21st February sextile Saturn in Capricorn (6°44’) – thoughts get serious
25th February conjunct Neptune (13°39’) – dream on
28th February square Mars in Sagittarius (19°57’) – keep your wits about you
28th February sextile Pluto in Capricorn (20’35’) – transforming reality
2nd March trine Jupiter in Scorpio (23°09) – dig deep
4th March conjunct Venus (26° 54’) – good vibes
“When your dreams get fulfilled in dreams, wouldn’t you rather skip reality?” Nico J. Genes
There will be a New Moon and a partial Solar Eclipse at 27°08’ of Aquarius, a fixed, Air sign on the 15th of February.
This New Moon/Solar Eclipse is sextile Uranus in Aries, the modern ruler of Aquarius and the visionary of the zodiac, and this Cardinal quality adds acceleration to the innovative character of Aquarius. Saturn, in Capricorn, the traditional ruler of Aquarius, is in sextile to a dreamy Venus in Pisces thus adding responsibility and managerial flair to love and finances. The Solar Eclipse is also very near to the Lunar South Node inviting us to let go of old patterns and habits and expand into the new and yet unknown as our feelings go deep thanks to the square formed by Jupiter in Scorpio to the Eclipse point.
New Moons are excellent moments to do a reality check, asking ourselves where we are at the present moment in time and where we would like to go, particularly regarding the matters of the house where the New Moon falls in your chart and thus set our relative intentions for the month ahead.
The New Moon falls on the 11th-5th house axis in traditional astrology; participating in groups vs individual creations, democrats vs autocrats, scientists vs artists etc. This lunation/eclipse gives us the opportunity to really consider the house axis where they fall in our chart as well as any of the personal planets or angles between 25-29° of the fixed signs of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius that they may touched in our natal chart.
A lunation along this house axis might be used to release emotional attachments that restrict our freedom in some way and it also reminds us that we are not alone and that by involving ourselves with others we can change our world. Another point to consider during this Moon phase might be how to strengthen your network of friends (11th house) as you reflect on your own unique talents (5th house).
This is the second of five Eclipses this year. Eclipses take place when the Sun, Moon and Earth find themselves closely aligned.
The effects of eclipses can be quite unpredictable (a “what-the-heck effect”), sometimes stressing emotions or bringing unexpected events into our lives, at other times they can go seemingly unnoticed. Some astrologers say that the effects of the eclipses manifest for as long as the duration of the eclipse itself, transmuting the minutes of the duration into days. Although of different Saros series, eclipses occur at similar degrees of the same sign in 19-year cycles as they move in a retrograde motion through the zodiac. Thus they have effect on the same house polarity in your natal chart (or on any personal planets or angles that fall in a 2°30’ orb for conjunctions, 2° for oppositions, allowing 5° if Sun or Moon is involved).
The last Solar Eclipse at 27° Aquarius took place on the 16th of February 1999 (of a different Saros series) – what was going on in your life then? You may also want to think back to the 21st August 2017 when a Solar Eclipse took place at 29° Leo…again on the same house axis as the present one and in almost exact opposition to it. Also relevant was the New Moon which took place on 18th November 2017 at 26° Scorpio almost exactly square the August eclipse and now squared itself by this upcoming February one. Did anything relevant occur in your life at those times?
Events connected to an eclipse can manifest up to two months before or after the event or when a following New Moon squares the eclipse degree. This will happen on the 15th of May, when the New Moon will be at 25° Taurus squaring the 27° Aquarius eclipse degree. Occurrences related to the eclipse can occur around then as well as manifesting when a planet transits 26-28° of the fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius). In fact, Mercury will conjunct the eclipse degree the day following the event!
Raven Kaldera in his book “Moon Phase Astrology” calls this the
Father’s Son Moon
He suggests that all New Moon archetypes are children and youths and, as such, that there is a youthful quality to their emotional natures. Thus the Father’s Son represents the Golden Boy, being the father’s heir and hope. On this New Moon, Kaldera suggests that we examine our feelings about our own personal father (or mother if she was career-minded or externally-orientated instead of concentrating on the home). Or, we could look at our attitudes concerning the “Fathers of Society” and how “their” rules and regulations have or have not any value for us at this present time. However, if we are at unease with these guidelines, we might ask ourselves whether we have had or have the courage to openly disclaim them or if it pays us in some way (and which way) to follow them blindly.
The Sabian symbol for 28° Aquarius: “A tree felled and sawed to ensure a supply if wood for the winter.” Indicating the knowledge and skill used in its natural surroundings for the satisfaction of vital basic needs.
And for its antiscion point at 3° Scorpio: “A house-raising party in a small village enlists the neighbours’ cooperation.” Indicating the feeling of community demonstrated in a basic joint effort.
A good motto for this New Moon/Solar Eclipse might be:
“Well, why the hell not?”
What are your intentions for this New Moon?
Brady B (1999) “Predictive Astrology, The Eagle and The Lark”, chapter 5 Eclipses and Saros Cycle, pp 207-236 and pp 307-352, Red Wheel/Weiser LLC, San Francisco CA USA
Kaldera R. (2011) “Moon Phase Astrology” pp. 55-58, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont. USA
Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. pp 193-266, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA
On the 31st January we’ll witness an exceptional lunation:
A Full Moon
A Blue Moon (second Full Moon in the same calendar month)
A Super Moon (closer than usual to the Earth and visibly much larger)
A total Lunar Eclipse (the first of this year’s series)
Naturally, a Moon like this could only occur in the zodiac’s most flamboyant sign at 11°37’ Leo!!
Leo is a Fixed, Fire sign. In traditional astrology Leo governs the 5th house, so this Full Moon operates on the 5th-11th house axis (Leo-Aquarius): the things we create for our own personal satisfaction (including our children) vs our group efforts, the artist vs the scientist, the autocrat vs the democrat etc.
It’s time to shine as we put our emotions into the spotlight as suggested by the tight Moon-Ceres conjunction whilst keeping at the same time a rather detached attitude to love as the Sun-Venus conjunction, in the opposing and unconventional sign of Aquarius, advises. A Full Moon in Leo could also give us a transient emotional mood for extravagance or for showing off!!
Full Moons are also known to be times when things climax, when we decide that enough is enough for certain aspects of our life because we avert an intensified conflict between two major areas of our life and we need to find a way to honour both. They shine a light on the area that is “hidden” and in this case, in traditional astrology, all matters concerning the 5th house and the sign of Leo. This is certainly more evident when the Full Moon closely aspects any personal planets or angles in your chart and it also depends on the houses involved in your individual chart.
Author, Raven Kaldera, in his book “Moon Phase Astrology” calls this Full Moon
“The Queen’s Moon”
and he encourages us to take charge of a situation or become leader for a day or failing this to do something nice for a woman who is in a position of power in public life.
The last lunar eclipse at 11° Leo was 21st January 1999 (but of a different Saros cycle)
What was going on then for you?
Whilst Solar eclipses manifest as external events in our lives, Lunar eclipses indicate more intimate, emotional changes which could of course still manifest as external events if the brooding that accompanies our innermost vicissitudes causes changes to our behaviour at an individual level. Such events are in fact brought about by our own thoughts and feelings.
Personally, I consider only the conjunction and opposition aspects (the square only if the Sun or Moon is affected in your chart) and orbs should be less than 2°.
This Eclipse (like the next Solar one) belongs to the Saros series 1 South* which according to Bernadette Brady heralds the expression of new ideas which are sure to bring positive reactions (if it touches your natal chart).
Eclipses can be considered as a “spotlight” on the matters of the house axis where they occur in your chart (particularly so if personal planets or angles are involved in the eclipse degrees). It shines its light and brings to our attention those areas of our lives that need to be addressed for some reason. Dealing with these matters, once identified, could lead to a life-changing event in some cases. However, since events under eclipses are often unexpected and sudden it’s not always possible to prepare in advance but having a notion of the matters of the houses interested in the event could give us inkling as to where the disruption might come from.
The Sabian symbol for the Moon at 12° Leo: “An evening party of adults on a lawn illuminated by fancy lanterns:” Indicating group-relaxation in fashionable surroundings as an escape from work routine.
For the Sun at 12° Aquarius: “On a vast staircase stand people of different types, graduated upward.” Indicating the necessity of recognizing differences of types and levels of development whenever human beings live and work together.
“Don’t let someone dim your light simply because it’s shining in their eyes.” Karen Salmansohn
*to learn more about the Saros cycles “ Brady B (1999) “Predictive Astrology, The Eagle and The Lark”, chapter 5 Eclipses and Saros Cycle, pp 334-335, Red Wheel/Weiser LLC, San Francisco CA USA
Kaldera R. (2011) “Moon Phase Astrology” pp. 216-218, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont. USA
Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. pp. 138-139 and 256-257, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA
Image: Lunar eclipse – Al-Burani—Moon phases and Leo arab illustration
After just over two months in the sign of Scorpio, which it rules together with Pluto, and perhaps a little worse for wear, at least from a psychological point of view, Mars takes on the clothes of the philosopher (and sometimes as the self-righteous prig) as he enters the optimistic, truth-loving sign of Sagittarius where he will stay until the 17th of March when he enters Capricorn and also goes OOB*.
Here in Sagittarius he will be able to express his energy in a more open way with less emphasis on the psychological battle field.
On a global level we will still see his aptitude for fighting, this time for or against belief systems as opposed to mind games and this will be particularly evident on foreign fronts through waging war in the name of some god or other. Sagittarius doesn’t appreciate limits and impositions and Mars likes being “right” so some self-righteousness and preaching may also be part of the packet too…Mars in this sign is also rather politically clumsy as he forges ahead despite all.
On a more personal level for those of us with planets in the mutable signs of Sagittarius, Pisces, Gemini and Virgo and particularly during the Mars-Neptune contacts there may be times when we need to rest and recuperate as our energy levels seem depleted and we feel tired.
During his sojourn in Sagittarius he will meet up with the following outer planets:
Antiscion Pluto in Capricorn (9°52’ Sag – 20°08’ Cap) on 13th February. This could pump-up the self-righteous characteristic of Sagittarius and manifest directly in your own behaviour or in that of those you meet if these degrees are important in your natal chart.
Square Neptune in Pisces (13°22’) on 17th February. Feeling tired and confused could be normal as could tuning in perfectly to our dreams and aspirations – again it depends if these degrees are important in your natal chart.
Antiscion Saturn in Capricorn (22°27’ Sag – 7°33’ Cap) on 4th March. This is the kind of energy that brings to life the restrictions and fears of the house where Saturn is transiting and which we should address.
Trine Uranus in Aries (26°24’) on 11th March. This could help us externalise our impulsivity which tends to be rather explosive due to the fiery nature of the two signs and the unpredictability of the planets involved.
Otherwise let’s use Mars in Sagittarius to manifest our highest hopes in the matters of the house where it is transiting in our natal chart and take that leap of faith.
Have you any tales to tell about Mars’ long stay in Scorpio and how you hope/think things will change now he is entering Sagittarius?
*What does it mean for a planet to be OOB? When we cast an astrological chart we use a precise locality (birth place) on the earth and from this observation point we take note of the position of the planets in the sky at the time of birth and this enables us to calculate the angles that the planets form to the given locality. Another point of reference however is the celestial equator (which is the terrestrial equator elongated into space). When planets travel beyond 23°27’ either side of the celestial equator, be it North or South, they are referred to as “out of bounds”.
OOB planets can also be found in birth charts and special attention should be paid to them since they are considered “stronger”.
On the 16-17th January 2018 (depending in which part of the world you live in) there will be a New Moon at 26°54’ in the sign of Capricorn.
Capricorn is a Cardinal, Earth sign, so persons with planets or angles of the natal chart at 24-29° of Capricorn, Aries, Cancer and Libra will be particularly affected by this lunation as well as its antiscion point of 3°06’ Sagittarius.
New Moons are notoriously the best moment to set fresh intentions for the month ahead and with Capricorn involved, this needs to be done in a very serious, responsible fashion with the aim of making your intentions real.
Presently there are six planets in Capricorn (Saturn, Mercury, Pluto, Moon, Sun and Venus) so the moment is ripe for taking action (Cardinal sign) and following up on our decisions as we make them real and solid. The Moon and Sun are tightly conjunct Venus which adds a hint of gentleness to this naturally austere sign. Mars, at home in Scorpio, seems to lend a helping hand with a separating sextile to the lunation, reminding us that achievements must be fuelled by passion and not only by ambition, similarly the square to disruptive Uranus also suggests that we can’t control everything and we must leave space for the unexpected which many believe to be the spice of life!
In traditional astrology Capricorn rules the 10th house so this New Moon falls on the 10th-4th house axis; public vs private, one parent vs the other parent, work vs home etc.
According to astrologer Alice Bailey, (16th June 1880 –15th December 1949) the sign of Capricorn is represented by three stages and images: the more instinctual phase of development is represented by the crocodile, followed by a more mature phase envisaged by the mountain goat and finally the unicorn whose single horn represents the unified vision of the third eye.
On a more modern note, author Raven Kaldera in his book “Moon Phase Astrology” describes this as the
“Forgotten one’s Moon”.
Likening this New Moon to the child who no-one notices. On this New Moon he posits that we should remember our early experiences of being “left out” and the feelings and fantasies that we used to carry around with us during that painful period. We now have the opportunity to re-examine those ambitions of ours that may have been stunted or set aside because of this early trauma. Therefore, according to him, this is an excellent time to sort out those areas in our life where we lose our power and what steps we might be able to take to change our status here.
The Sabian symbol for 27° Capricorn: “Pilgrims climbing the steep steps leading to a mountain shrine.” Indicating the ascent of the individualised consciousness to the highest realisations reached by the spiritual leaders of its culture.
“Your path is beautiful and just how it should be.” Createasfolk.com
What are your intentions for this New Moon?
Bailey A. Esoteric Astrology (Capricorn pp. 153-174 ), available from amazon.com
Kaldera R. (2011) “Moon Phase Astrology” pp. 52-54, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont. USA
Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. p 246, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA
Today, Mercury barges out of Sagittarius with the usual bluntness and awkwardness that often characterises his sojourn there and bounces into Capricorn. He just manages to get his foot through the door when he crashes into Saturn (2°50’ on 13th January), ruler of Capricorn, and newly arrived in his austere palace after almost 30 years of zodiacal wandering and who sternly warns him to walk and not run. After fun-loving Sagittarius this will certainly hit him with force, dampening his mood and deepening his thoughts and encouraging all of us to think, plan and talk in a much more serious fashion.
Proceeding thus with caution Mercury’s next important encounter is an easy sextile with dreamy Neptune in Pisces (12°24’ 20th January), a sound planning of our dreams could be possible, at least it’s worth a thought before Mercury collides into transformational Pluto on the 24th (19°34’) and the day after sextiles Jupiter in Scorpio (20°32’) when thoughts might become obsessive or, better, finely tuned to being on top of things and having good fortune on our part as we delve into the details.
The last contact of Mercury during its stay in Capricorn will be a square to Uranus in Aries (24°51’) a flurry of new ideas and ways to forge ahead as it enters the genius sign of Aquarius.
Mars and Jupiter will be aligned at 17°55’ in the sign of Scorpio early tomorrow afternoon (GMT). This is unusual since the last time the planets were together in Scorpio was in 1946 at 0°.
The two planets are also in a tight sextile to Pluto in Capricorn on one side and to the Moon in Virgo on the other.
Can we expect more sexual scandals (Jupiter and Mars in Scorpio) to be brought up from the murky depths (Scorpio) of the corporate world (Pluto in Capricorn) with even more intimate details (Moon in Virgo)? Will we have psychological energy (Mars in Scorpio) and be rational enough (Moon in Virgo) to uncover hidden truths (Jupiter in Scorpio) about our personal responsibilities (Pluto in Capricorn)?
Will we find a buried treasure or will we become obsessed by our own power or bow down to that of another?
To each his own!
Is this conjunction touching any planets or angles at 15-19°in the fixed signs in your chart? Or its antiscion point at 12°05’ Aquarius?
This will be the first Full Moon of 2018 and it occurs at 11°38’ of Cancer, a Cardinal, Water sign.
The most motherly of Moons opposes the sternest and most fatherly of Suns, the former is supported by a Grand Water Trine involving Moon (Cancer), Neptune (Pisces) and Mars (Scorpio), the latter by a stellium of planets in Capricorn; Saturn, Venus, Sun and Pluto.
Do we want to go with the flow (Grand Water Trine) of our emotions or are we stuck (stellium in Capricorn) in our conventions? Are we courageous enough (Mars in Scorpio) to follow our intuitions and risk stability and security (Capricorn)? Mars will also be squaring the nodal axis, perhaps it’s time to face our fears and follow our path?
Capricorn restricts and downsizes and this could bring out the worst of Cancer characteristics making us retreat into shells as we cling to the familiar. Let’s remember that we need our Earth qualities in order to remain grounded but we also need give space to our fantasies if we want them to fly. As always, oppositions in astrology, indicate the need to find a compromise.
In traditional astrology this lunation involves the 4th-10th house (Cancer-Capricorn) axis so matters involving home vs work, private vs public, fluidity vs rigidity etc.
Full Moons are also known to be times when things climax, when we decide that enough is enough for certain aspects of our life because we avert an intensified conflict between two major areas of our life and we need to find a way to honour both. They shine a light on the area that is “hidden” and in this case all matters concerning the 4th house and the sign of Cancer. This is certainly more evident when the Full Moon closely aspects any personal planets or angles in your chart and it also depends on the houses involved in your individual chart.
According to Raven Kaldera in his book “Moon Phase Astrology” this is the “Sea Mother’s Moon” and he suggests that this is the perfect time to go outside and greet the Moon or, failing this, to be near the sea. He further speculates “this is the most Lunar Moon, the Sea Mother fluctuates like the tides at sea, one moment motherly the next deadly. She is an all-giving Moon yet sometimes she withholds for no apparent reason. Our best tactic is to love her and stand in awe at her beautifulness whilst trying very hard not to offend her.”
Adding to the impact of this Full Moon is Uranus stationing direct on the very same day at 24°34’ Aries before making its final run for Taurus. Stations are when planets are at their strongest so expect peaks of intuition (Aries Fire sign) regarding sudden changes that are about to fling us into a frenzy of action as the New Year and all its promises kicks off.
The Sabian symbols for this lunation are:
Full Moon at 12° Cancer: “A Chinese woman nursing a baby whose aura reveals him to be the reincarnation of a great teacher.” Indicating the revelation of latent worth in an experience once it is seen in its deeper meaning.
For the Sun at 12° Capricorn: “An illustrated lecture of natural science reveals little-known aspects of life.” Indicating the ability to explore unfamiliar realms and discover the laws underlying the complex process of nature.
“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes, sweat, determination and hard work” C. Powell
Where’s this Full Moon falling in your chart and what is coming to the surface for you?
Kaldera R. (2011) “Moon Phase Astrology” pp. 200-203, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont. USA
Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. pp 117, 236, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA