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.
There will be a Full Moon at 00°42’ of the sign of Virgo on February 19th. Virgo is a mutable Earth sign ruled by Mercury.
Foremost, it is worth noting that this Full Moon will be on the antiscion of 29°18’ Aries almost the actual position of Uranus to the minute. Another annotation is that the Full Moon is conjunct the Royal Fixed Star Regulus now to be found at 0°04’ Virgo (it entered the sign of Virgo in 2011), this is usually considered a fortunate star conferring public prominence and great honour among its better effects.
The combination Moon-Uranus could hint at emotional dynamite or fireworks with unpredictable feelings suddenly surfacing on what is seemingly an organized, rational framework. Virgo’s practicality could enable us to adjust to new situations in a grounded, hands-on way as our need for emotional security blends with a demand for independence or we could become easily excitable and even hysterical in the face of sudden change even more so since Moon is parallel Mars in this Full Moon chart. Another possibility could be a shock coming from the sudden need to recognize sentiments and emotions that have always been there and that we now have no choice but to acknowledge.
The Moon’s dispositor, Mercury, is separating from a conjunction to Neptune in dreamy Pisces (the Sun’s modern-day ruler during this lunation) and both are sextile to Saturn in Capricorn. This could create the right opportunity to make full use of our imagination, giving structure to our dreams and fantasies. The Sun’s traditional dispositor during the lunation is Jupiter, happy in its own sign without giving or receiving particular aspects to other planets.
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 (0-4° of the mutable signs: Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces and Gemini), it also depends on the houses involved in your individual chart.
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.
This Full Moon could thus be a good moment to step-up the ways that aid our emotional well-being.
In his book “Moon Phase Astrology”, author Raven Kaldera calls this Virgo Moon phase the “Spinner’s Moon” – 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.
The Sabian symbol for the Moon at 1° Virgo: “In a portrait, the significant features of a man’s head are artistically emphasized.” Indicating the capacity to picture to oneself the salient features and the overall meaning of any life situation.
For the Sun at 1° Pisces: “In a crowded marketplace farmers and middlemen display a great variety of products.” Indicating the process of commingling and interchange which at all levels demonstrates the health of a community.
“Change before you have to.” – Jack Welch
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 150, 268, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA
How appropriate that Mars enters the sign of Venus on San Valentine’s day! From daredevil and impossible to sensual and possessive.
Mars in Taurus thrives on security, safety, routine and organization, slow to warm up but super passionate once the fire is lit.
Mars is in his detriment in Taurus, he’s not his usual self so anger tends to fester and boil but when it explodes the devastation is usually total and irreversible. On the plus side no one resists and perseveres longer than Mars in Taurus in any endeavour he undertakes.
Are you looking forward to the switch from Aries to Taurus?
Mars will conjoin Uranus at the anaretic degree (29°) on the 13th on February. Both planets are pushing to express their Aries qualities to the fullest. It’s a turn-around point with a sense of transition to it. These two planets together have a very explosive nature and even more so being in Aries, the lets-do-it-my-way sign par excellence. So, if you have planets in the very late degrees of the Cardinal signs be prepared for some rash behaviour and surprises.
After 8 years in Pisces (April 2010 to April 2018) Chiron entered Aries for the first time on 17th April 2018, moved back in Pisces on 26th Sept 2018 and will then move permanently into Aries on 18th Feb 2019 until May 2027.
Whilst in watery Pisces the planetoid gave us the opportunity to feel our own pain and grief as well as that of others. It also enabled those with an inclination (or vocation) as a healer to help others overcome their pain and discomfort.
In Aries, Chiron takes on the properties of this Fire sign with its “I exist” assertiveness and inner sense of vibrancy, bravely facing its own wounds as well as actively helping others with theirs. Or by being more daring or simply more brilliant in whatever section of the natal horoscope it occupies.
The Chiron glyph
The Chiron glyph resembles a K with a circle under the vertical bar. For astrologer Richard Nolle this represents the key that opens the door to a deeper understanding of ourselves. Whilst for astrologer Kim Roger-Gallagher* the glyph is very similar to the wheelchair disability symbol which was adopted when Chiron was also at 0° Aries (in 1968 before its discovery) a potent degree symbolizing the birth of something!
More information about Chiron
Chiron was discovered by Charles Kowal on 1st November 1977, since it didn’t fit into the classical categories of celestial bodies it has been alternately described as asteroid, comet and planetoid. It spends most of its time in a seemingly retrograde motion between the orbits of Saturn and Uranus and since its orbit is particularly irregular it spends variable amounts of time in each sign before returning to its original position in the natal chart after approximately 50 years. If you wish to follow the transits of Chiron in your natal chart then you need to use the ephemeris since mental calculations are impossible due to its elliptic nature. For women, the Chiron return at approx. 50-52 years of age, often corresponds with the menopause.
Chiron, in the Greek myth was known as the “Wounded Healer”. Raised by the gods, Chiron enjoyed a vast education in various subjects; medicine, warfare, music, hunting, ethics, philosophy and astrology, later in life he taught these subjects with particular emphasis on warfare and healing. The myth has it that he was accidentally wounded by a poisoned arrow during a drinking bout with others centaurs, the arrow belonged to Hercules. The poison came from the deadly Hydra and it was impossible for Chiron to heal the wound with his own medicine.
Closely following the myth it has become common belief in modern astrology that Chiron symbolizes that which might be damaged and in need of healing, and the processes of self-discovery and wisdom-getting that accompany such learning and healing journeys. A completely different approach comes from the late Dennis Elwell in his book “The Cosmic Loom”, he preferred a more courageous, cocky and brave version of Chiron where, under its influence, “life summons the impertinence to push upwards to ever more hazardous plateaus of fulfilment.”
From a personal point of view of my own chart I have seen Chiron active in harsh aspects during critical times in my life but never as a sole actor always when I was also going through major harsh transits from other planets.
How has Chiron played out in your life?
*mentioned in Sue Tompkins chapter on Chiron (please see ref here under).
Elwell D. (1987) “The Cosmic Loom”, pp 95-97 Wessex Astrologer Ltd. (re-edition 1999), Bournemouth UK
Nolle R. (2017) Chiron: “The New Planet in Your Horoscope, The Key to Your Quest” American Federation of Astrologers Inc. USA
Reinhardt M. (2009) “Chiron and the Healing Journey” Starwalker Press, London UK
Tompkins S. (2006) “The Contemporary Astrologer’s Handbook”, “Non-essential bodies” pp. 306-310, Flare Publications, London UK
Fantasy becomes reality and authenticity waivers…..mind-boggling in the literal sense!
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.
“But, I nearly forgot, you must close your eyes, otherwise…you won’t see anything” Alice in Wonderland
“It was my letting go that gave me a better hold.” Chris Matakas
There will be a New Moon at 15°45’ of Aquarius, a fixed, Air sign on the 4th of February, this is the fifth in a series of seven New Moons in a row at 15° of the relative monthly sign.
Saturn, the traditional ruler of Aquarius and dispositor of the lunation is at the midway point of Capricorn and sextile Neptune…it’s easier now to ground those fantasies and make them real. Uranus, the modern ruler of Aquarius is at the end of its stay in Aries and Mars is swiftly approaching a conjunction to it…things will happen in sudden and unexpected ways…try not to be too surprised or upset if you’re world turns topsy-turvy.
The New Moon itself is conjunct Mercury indicating that not only our body and soul lend themselves to the collective but our thoughts remain detached and are able to better cope with happenings should they slip outside our comfort zone.
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.
Whilst this New Moon might be used to release emotional attachments that restrict our freedom in some way 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).
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 16° Aquarius: “A big business man at his desk.” Indicating the ability to organise the many aspects of an enterprise involving a large group of human beings.
“You are a piece of the puzzle of someone else’s life. You may never know where you fit, but others will fill the holes in their lives with pieces of you.” Bonnie Arbon
What are your intentions for this New Moon?
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 258, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA
Saturn will hit the half-way mark (15°) of its journey through Capricorn on the 1st of February, repeating over this degree in retrograde motion at the end of July/beginning August and forward motioning over the same degree for the third and last time at the end of October/beginning November.
I thought this might be a good time to hear what effect the Saturn transit has had on those people with personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn itself) in the Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn).
The most noticeable aspects are the more difficult ones so I’d like to hear from people who have experienced the conjunction (the energies of the two planets involved combine as one with the transiting planet taking the lead), the opposition (someone or something “out there” is doing something to you and you either blame them for the results or you learn the lesson from their actions) and the square (an action based on tension of some kind which forces you to take a mode of action that is unfamiliar and usually uncomfortable).
Personally I will have to wait until Saturn reaches 19° (three passes due to its retrograde period) when it will oppose my natal Venus so at the moment I can’t add anything more to this post!
Early morning (GMT) on the 21st January there will be the first Lunar Eclipse of 2019 at 00°52’ in the fiery sign of Leo, the “look at me and respect me” sign whilst the Sun in Aquarius encourages us to take a less egoistical view of the world. It will be the first of three super Moons in a row since it is at its closest to the Earth during these lunar phases, it will also be the last eclipse along the Leo-Aquarius axis, the next ones will start in 2036.
The last lunar eclipse* around this degree was at 01° Leo on January 21st 2000.
What was happening in your life then?
Uranus, the traditional dispositor of the Sun in Aquarius is minutes away from the anaretic degree of 29° in the sign of Aries, the crisis-oriented point for any planet as it prepares to leave a sign. Saturn, the traditional ruler of Aquarius is in Capricorn about to make a sextile aspect to Neptune in Pisces (14°) helping to bring spiritual needs into focus without too much drama. Saturn is also squaring Mars in Aries (14°) which could lead to conflicts with others since this is a testing time for ourselves and how we want to proceed. It is not a time however when we can afford to take unnecessary risks but could easily be a period of slow and certain progress.
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 behavioural modifications caused by our own thoughts and feelings.
Personally, I consider only the conjunction and opposition aspects to eclipses (the square only if the Sun or Moon is affected in your chart) and orbs should be less than 2°. Most affected therefore will be those with planets or angles at the beginning of the fixed signs (Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius, Taurus).
This Eclipse affects the Aquarius-Leo axis or the 11th-5th houses in traditional astrology. Leo wants recognition as an individual…”look at me, watch me” whilst Aquarius wants teamwork…”let’s do this together”. We need to tune our individuality to the mood of the group in order to work compatibly together whilst not overlooking our own unique talents.
This eclipse belongs to the Saros series 2 South* which according to Bernadette Brady involves
“unusual groups and the individual’s involvement in these groups.”
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 an inkling as to where the disruption might come from.
Raven Kaldera in his book “Moon Phase Astrology” calls this Full Moon in Leo
the “Queen’s Moon”
a time, according to the author, “when we take charge of a situation or, failing this, pay homage to a woman who is in a prominent position”.
Which reminds me that several astrologers are calling this eclipse the “Royal” eclipse since 00° of the fixed signs are prominent in the natal charts of several members of the Royal family in England (Queen Elizabeth: Sun: 00°12’ Taurus, Prince Charles: Moon 00°25’ Taurus, Prince William: Jupiter 00°29’ Scorpio, Prince Harry: Pluto 00°33’ Scorpio. This might indicate another “annus horribilis” for them.
Transiting Mars will also cross this 00° degree as it enters the sign of Taurus on the 14th of February as will Uranus as it enters Taurus on the 6th of March.
Eclipses have a stronger effect on tides, tectonic plate movement and our moods of course and these manifestations might be felt in the days coming up to the event or when the above-mentioned planets (Mars and Uranus transit the eclipse degree).
The Sabian symbol for the Moon 01° Leo: “Blood rushes to a man’s head as his vital energies are mobilised under the spur of ambition.” Indicating an irruption of bio-psychic energies into the ego-controlled field of consciousness.
For the Sun at 01° Aquarius: “An old adobe mission in California.” Indicating the power inherent in all great human works to endure far beyond the workers’ life span.
A motto for this Lunar Eclipse and Full Moon:
“Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless” Jamie Paolinetti
Does this total Lunar eclipse touch any planets in your chart?
*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. The last one at 01° Leo belongs to another Saros cycle however.
Kaldera R. (2011) “Moon Phase Astrology” pp. 204-206, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont. USA
Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. pp. 131 and 248, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA
On the 13th of January Jupiter will form a square aspect to Neptune at 15° (Sagittarius-Pisces). This is the final square before the conjunction of the two planets that will occur at 24° Pisces on the 22nd April 2022. A Jupiter-Neptune conjunction takes place approximately every 13 years.
Both planets are in their home signs, doubly so, since Jupiter is also the traditional ruler of Pisces, Neptune being assigned as its co-ruler several years after its discovery in 1846.
The square is an aspect of tension and often manifests as an achievement coming from frustration thus forcing us into new areas and modes of action which we have not previously explored.
Both Jupiter and Neptune are at ease with all that is boundary-less and both have an innate sense for all that is intangible.
The square involves the 9-12th houses of the traditional zodiac, these two houses are both of an expansive nature but differ in their manifestation: the 9th house and Sagittarius is about understanding how beliefs and understanding about basic patterns and principles can lead to greater knowledge, the 12th house and Pisces is about the unfathomable and the unknown with the Jupiter ruler-ship adding even more expansion to these principles whilst the Neptune part adds the outer-worldly dreaminess. Thus Jupiter wants to scale new heights whilst Neptune is not only inspired by the heights but also mesmerized by the depths where happiness and sadness, ecstasy and pain are intimately mingled.
In real life, this square could hint that freedom often lies in escape of some form and this in turn could lead to big disappointments with every dream and fantasy becoming a bubble ready to burst. It could also manifest however in the highest form of happiness with the apparent good luck of having found the meaning of life through some form of mystic experience since the veils between worlds becomes very thin where Neptune is involved.
Does this square touch any planets or angles in your chart? Neptune will be on my North Lunar Node at 15° but I’m already spaced out by nature so maybe I won’t notice it too much!