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One of the most exciting aspects for January sees the Sun and Jupiter join forces on Friday February 10 in Australia, and Thursday the 9th in the US.
Fortune and favour are possible as the Sun and Jupiter form a sextile aspect at 18 Aquarius/Sagittarius. Until December 3, 2019 you can hedge your bets on Jupiter as he’s in top position to bare gifts of abundance and support.
Fresh from the New Moon in Aquarius earlier this week, new ideas, insights or breakthroughs have the potential to gain momentum as the Sun interacts with Jupiter.
As the radiance, warmth and moisture of these two planets bring life to a new idea, there’s a golden opportunity to make hay while the sun shines. This fortuitous connection may bring a person of influence who can guide or mentor you. You may also make the penny dropping realisation that you’re in a better position than you thought to say yes to something that inspires and uplifts you.
Across the elements of air and fire, taking action or a leap of faith is highlighted. With the Sun in the visionary and idealistic sign of Aquarius, coupled with adventurous and opportunistic Sagittarius, your big picture dreams for the future are there for the taking.
Recent setbacks can be overcome with a fresh attitude that can lead to an exciting breakthrough or new possibility. By seeing a challenge as an opportunity you’ll be motivated to push past any missed chances or seemingly insurmountable obstacles.
Starting a new project can fare well, especially if that means backing yourself in a business or personal venture.
These two planets joining forces can assist you in developing your own personal mission. By seeking experiences that help you grow, you bring meaning and purpose to your life.
Blood Moon eclipse over San Francisco, November 2014
This is an adapted post from last year’s lunar eclipse in Leo.
Lunar Eclipse 0 degrees Leo January 21 Brisbane: 3:15pm New Zealand: 6:15pm London: 5:15am January 20 Los Angeles: 9:15pm
The time between eclipses has a different feel. I find it similar to the week between Christmas and New Year where you’re not sure what day it is, where you’re meant to be or what you’re meant to be doing.
There is a disturbance in sleep patterns. Psychic insights are heightened. (Whether you choose to follow them or not is another story). Encounters that seem karmic, real, yet fleeting, are often signatures of eclipses.
Today’s lunar eclipse in Leo brings the ending of the chapter that began two years ago. As the Moon reflects her silvery hues in close proximity to the North Node in Cancer, building tensions bring emotional release. The peaking energy of the Full Moon delivers a culmination, ending or closure.
As the sky writes the final lines of your Leo chapter for the time being, you might consider the ways in which you’ve been seen, or not. The need to be loved and seen for who you truly are, for what’s inside your heart. To be recognised for the gifts and contributions you had to offer and whether they were valued.
I’ve outlined later in this blog the houses of the birth chart that the Leo/Aquarius eclipses activate for each sign. Consider any planets you may have in the sign of Leo, as they too will give deeper insight for reflection. For me, I have Saturn in Leo. Blocked hearts, literally and metaphorically have been a steep learning curve. Giving with boundaries.
As I wrote last year….
I often describe eclipses as portals of fate. As they can be tricky to predict in both outcome and timing due to the seasonal and repetitive nature of the eclipse cycles, it is often in hindsight those penny-drop moments occur. In previous posts, I’ve discussed the technical elements behind why some lunations are considered eclipses. As we are entering the halfway point in the Leo/Aquarius series of eclipses you may start to recognise the personal meaning of the Leo/Aquarius eclipses in your life.
As the path of the Earth temporary blocks the Moon’s reflection, something becomes hidden or order to be revealed with new clarity. Eclipses occur in seasons, so this may not be something that happens today, but something that has been building up over time. See the eclipse dates below.
Firstly, here are the dates of the Leo/Aquarius eclipses:
February 11, 2017 – Lunar Eclipse [22 Leo] August 7, 2017 – Lunar Eclipse [15 Aquarius] August 21, 2017 – Solar Eclipse [28 Leo] January 31, 2018 – Lunar Eclipse [11 Leo] February 15, 2018 – Solar Eclipse [27 Aquarius] July 27, 2018 – Lunar Eclipse [ 4 Aquarius] August 11, 2018 – Solar Eclipse (19 Leo) January 21, 2019 – Lunar Eclipse [0 Leo]
It’s important to remember that the sky is always moving. As planets continue to wander, not every part of their journey will suggest important events in your life- eclipses are no different. Unless you have planets or angles- the ascendant, descendant, midheaven or IC in the signs of Leo or Aquarius, it’s quite possible the current eclipse cycles may not be all that impactful for you.
If you can cast your minds eye back to 2017 when the first eclipse of this series occurred, wheels may have been set in motion outlining the bigger picture of the eclipses since, and those yet to occur.
If you have a really good memory, the following dates may also be noteworthy from when the nodes last entered this portion of the zodiac.
February 2008 to August 2009 August 1998 to July 2000 August 1989 to July 1991 August 1979 to February 1982
When working with eclipses, I generally consider really tight conjunctions only, within 3 degrees maximum of the degree of the eclipse. When this is the case, the impact of an eclipse will be much more potent or life changing. Overall, eclipses can trigger a string of events that plays out over the course of weeks or months and can have a karmic or fated feel to them. How they communicate with your chart will determine their potency.
Children of an Eclipse
Reading charts for over 12 years now I can say that nearly every client I’ve read for who is born on an eclipse has a deep sense of inner knowing. There is often an awareness that their life is fated in some way.
Making a choice and going with it seems to be the way they operate in life. Often with a lack of internal conflict as they are guided by a force that is fated or destined beyond those not born under an eclipse.
Children of eclipses tend to live a life of greatness as they instinctually know what their path is. If you’ve ever watched the show on Netflix, Vikings, they often mention ‘the will of the God’s’ or ‘it’s up for the God’s to decide our fate.’ While they not may see life exactly like that, children of an eclipse do often recognise a special force in their life.
A native of the New Moon eclipse may be more behind the scenes than those born on a lunar or Full Moon eclipse- as you may expect.
Either way, a type of duality permeates their personality as one of the luminaries literally has its light blocked/eclipsed at birth.
To be born on an eclipse, you have to be born on a New or Full Moon. In the case of a solar eclipse, the Sun and Moon are conjoined and within range, 18 degrees of the North or South Node. In a Full Moon/lunar eclipse, the Sun and Moon are in opposition and still within range of the nodes. If you have your birth chart, you’ll recognise the nodes by the ‘headphones and horseshoe’ that lie opposite each other. The Eclipses and Your Chart
Even if there isn’t a potent influence of these eclipses for you, they will be triggering life topics, aka houses. As all eclipses are linked to fate, they will remind you of your free will to pay attention to the messages the sky is telling you, or not!
For me, I didn’t expect major turning points during the Leo/Aquarius eclipse cycles as these signs occupy cadent houses in my chart. Cadent houses are known to be less active than the other houses. Though, the Full Moon in Aquarius (not technically an eclipse, but a sign of things to come) in August 2016, I did make an important decision that has since become a major turning point in my life. With each eclipse since, I’ve needed to continually readdress this decision and deal with any fated or karmic outcomes as a result of my choice. I expect I will continue to do so until the nodes change signs and eclipses occur in the Cancer/Capricorn axis, of which we’ll get a sneak peak of in July.
Take note of the feelings or events that are coming up now. Are the themes from the eclipse dates mentioned above repeating? This will give you insight into the personal meaning of this amazing eclipse for you.
Below I’ve listed the houses that this eclipse triggers for each sign. As this eclipse is the Leo/Aquarius axis, it may play out over two related houses. If you know your rising, then read that sign, if not then your ‘star’ sign will also offer insight. Aries/Libra – 11th/5th houses– topics including friendship, support, abundance, creativity, romance, children and joy. Taurus/Scorpio – 10th/4th houses – career, professional life, reputation and life direction, home and family, roots, history and the past Gemini/Sagittarius 3rd/9th houses – learning/teaching, travel, overseas or foreign interests, what gives you meaning and purpose, siblings, communication, religion, academia Cancer/Capricorn 2nd/8th houses – money, cash flow, income, joint finances, death, investments, loans, bills, inheritances Leo-Aquarius 1st /7th houses – you- hour health, body attitudes and habits, relationships, significant others, partnerships both personal and professional, adversaries Virgo/Pisces- 12th/6th houses– retreat, rest, labour, pets, sickness/wellness, service, sacrifice, isolation
Cover photo of the Gibbous Moon in Cancer, 29 January 2018 – Northern NSW, Australia by Tony Taylor
In the dark we’re all the same
We only seem alone
There’s a place that we all must hide,
There’s a place that we lock from the inside
….Give me a sign
Give me your hand
I’ll take you home
Threadbare – Stone Sour
Over the last several weeks, I faced a series of situations that really challenged me. If I’m to be brutally honest, none of the them came as a surprise. One of these occasions, I took a deep breath and gave myself a pep talk. I allowed the cool, calm and collected logical side of my brain to manage my emotions so I could focus on the bigger picture of what was going on. Despite my best attempts on the other occasions, all I could do was cry my eyes out.
As I processed what was going on and sat with my feelings, I came to a very confronting conclusion. I was facing the reality of my choices. Some of those choices were made years ago, while others just in recent months. I knew that I’d have to deal with these situations eventually. I took the ‘she’ll be right,’ approach which is Australian, for ‘don’t worry about it’ or, ‘everything will be ok.’ I knew my pigeons would eventually come home to roost, just not all at the same time.
I have a confession to make. I’ve never had a great relationship with Saturn, and I still don’t. Like Saturn himself, it gets better with time.
Saturn likes planning and preparing for the future, something I’m not great at. Sheesh, I’ve got Jupiter rising, so for the most part, I just ‘wing it’ at life and things generally work out pretty well.
This weekend sees the first eclipse in the new cycle of eclipses we’ll witness over the next 18 months. A solar eclipse in Capricorn will bring an amplification of Saturn themes in your own life. Concepts of responsibility, preparing for the future, hard work, boundaries, fear, limitations, denial and personal mastery will all be signature themes.
One concept that Saturn doesn’t revel is the sometimes overwhelming, confusing and strange thing us humans call emotions. Despite our best attempts at planning for all possible scenarios and outcomes. Despite how hard we work. Despite the enormity of some of the choices you might be faced with, often, it’s not until reality smacks us in the face, we know how it will feel.
Back on November 6, the lunar nodes shifted from Leo/Aquarius to Cancer/Capricorn. The South Node, also known as Ketu, joined Saturn and Pluto, all in the sign of the mountain goat. While there is a lot of astrological focus on Capricorn right now, there is also the other end of the spectrum. The North Node in Cancer. In the challenges that lie ahead, comfort can be found in the primordial and nutritive waters of Cancer.
As this eclipse forms an applying conjunction with Pluto, themes of control, power or manipulation may also come up to the surface. Whether you’re at the hands of this type of behaviour or it’s your own need for control that’s getting in the way, this eclipse may demand a confrontation. Pluto points to what is decaying and dying. It can highlight themes of empowerment, only after the painful realisation that you gave your power away. Pluto entered Capricorn in 2008 and has been activating a particular area of your birth chart since then.
While this is a new moon eclipse, it forms near the lunar South Node. It’s not so much about new beginnings, but first contemplating your relationship with Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn. The South Node in Capricorn can assist in letting go of over attachment to ambition and return to being more nurturing and protective. How is your relationship with your current responsibilities and ambitions? Where you have set the bar of expectations for yourself and others? Is it too high, is it too low? What habitual patterns that generate fear, denial or materialistic goals at the expense of your soul do you need to release? What walls have you built for emotional protection that have now become your fortress?
With Mercury newly ingressed into Capricorn at the time of the eclipse, you may grow increasingly curious about the Capricorn ruled area of your life. Apart from a brief reverse back into Scorpio at the beginning of December, Mercury has been in Sagittarius since the start of November. Now in Capricorn, Mercury may prompt questions about some of your own recent choices.
Solar Eclipse in Capricorn – 15 degrees
New Zealand: 2:28pm
New York: 8:28pm
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As I sit down to write a very long-overdue blog post for you, it’s a rainy Sunday morning here in sunny Brisbane. I’ve just wound up an online webinar that completes my teaching commitments for 2018 and finally, I can breathe.
In reality, I’m crazy – busy. I’m working on a massive writing project through the holidays, juggling my commitments as a Mum, an astrologer and supporting a special someone as they shift through major changes. While on paper, my diary is still choccas, I can feel the stillness.
On Saturday 22nd here in the southern hemisphere and Friday the 21st in the north, the Sun reaches the Solstice = sun standing still. Where I live in Australia, we reach the heights of the Sun’s summer strength, where our northern friends reach the depths of their cold, dark winter.
When I was a kid, I remember explaining to my grandfather that I didn’t like that my birthday was in the winter. He said to me that I was lucky that at least it wasn’t June 21 (it’s on the 26th) on the shortest day of the year. He explained to me the shortest and longest days, and even though I didn’t understand the mechanics at the time, the conversation struck a chord with me.
From then, I always associated my birthdays with the turning points of the year. Having a mid-year birthday, then Christmas almost exactly 6 months later, I always felt intimately connected to the Solstices. Before I knew much about astrology, in my mind, life became divided up this way.
The way I experienced joy as a child was connected to the Solstices. Celebrations, presents, food, friends and family. Time stood still then. It was about joy and being in the moment. Being thankful for what has been, yet hopeful for come what may.
While the Sun does have a very constant rate of motion, it does hold still slightly over the upcoming days. Then gradually, the days will grow longer, or shorter depending on where you are.
The Solstices represent a time to be still and celebrate the light and the life affirming forces within us and around us.
This Solstice occurs under the Full Moon in Cancer. This brings a more potent or dramatic influence to the Solstice, where emotional connections, family, friends and your clan are highlighted. Being in places or with people who nurture your soul and spirit will be important.
As the essence of the Sun at 0 Capricorn is about stillness, there is a flurry of ideas in the form of the Mercury/Jupiter conjunction at 9 degrees Sagittarius. The big picture plans you might have for 2019 have an opportunity to be discussed with friends or family. As this is the second conjunction between these two planets, the first happened during Mercury’s retrograde in late November, you might need to revisit or get clear about plans that didn’t get off the ground then.
With the stillness of the Sun, combined with the fullness of the Moon, use this time of stillness and reflection to ponder and plan the broad horizons you want to explore in the upcoming year.
As I reflect on the year that has brought so many changes and new experiences both professionally and personally, I look forward to what lies ahead in 2019.
To everybody I have connected to or shared astrology with, online, in person, client consultations, astrology conferences, exchanges on social media and in my daily round in life, I sincerely wish you all every happiness, joy and abundance that your heart desires in the year ahead.
For more insights about the Solstice and the upcoming astro weather, you might enjoy a new podcast featuring yours truly and my dearest friends in astro-action and in life, Kelly Surtees and Alicia Yusuf, otherwise known as The Water Trio.
The Water Trio Podcast Ep 7 - 17 to 23 December - Full Moon in Cancer and Solstice - YouTube
My very first e-book, featuring your horoscope for 2019 is available!!!! All 12 signs, including topics such as love, career, wealth and more are all featured!
Join me this Saturday December 15, December 16 in Australia for a predictive webinar that I’m facilitating through Fresh Voices in Astrology
Combining Transits and Progressions
A divine thing happens when the internal clock (progressions) and the sky clock (transits) strike at the same time. Dynamic turning points and profound changes are promised.
In this webinar we’ll explore planet cycles, “VIP planets” and how to incorporate planetary changes and activations in your astrological timing analysis.
December 15, 2018
2:00pm PST December 16, 2018
8am Brisbane time, 9am for the Southern states
Approx. 90 min.
$25USD (if registered by Dec. 13; $30 thereafter).
Registration includes your own copy of the recording. You don’t need to attend live.
Until Friday morning, Venus will remain alongside Spica, forming an auspicious pairing that promises the continuation of cosmic sweetness this week. After the rough trot Venus as been through, I can honestly say, we deserve this!
Together, these two heavenly bodies bode for brilliance and knowledge. Venus now longer retrograde and still at home in Libra, she’s in a powerful position to bring some support, good luck or connection.
As Venus moves from the 25 degree mark she stationed at last Friday, she’ll move to close in on her opposition with Uranus. This is the third and final time this aspect occurs until next year, so this won’t be that much of a shock or surprise. In fact, given Venus’ extremely powerful position now, she’s likely to roll with the punches and welcome any plot twists that come her way.
In our most recent episode of The Water Trio Podcast, I spoke a little more about this aspect and what you may expect from it.
If you know the house that is ruled by Libra in your birth chart, this is where you can expect some extra goodness or benefit this week.
If you’re unsure…. ARIES – relationships, both personal and professional. TAURUS – work, health/wellness, daily routines GEMINI – romance, fun, creative pursuits, children CANCER – home, family, domestic life LEO – knowledge, writing, learning, short travel and communication VIRGO – cash flow, income and money, self-value and esteem LIBRA – all about you! SCORPIO – private zone, time out, rest and retreat SAGITTARIUS – friendships, networks, hopes and dreams CAPRICORN – career, public reputation and life direction AQUARIUS – travel, publishing, academia, life purpose PISCES – debt, savings, investments
Yesterday I was deep in writing your horoscope for November that will be posted on my website next week. It reminded me of just how excited I am for the astrology of November, it’s a month I’ve personally been waiting for all year.
I want to briefly touch base to let you know what there is to look forward to!
November 8- Jupiter in Sagittarius
Long before I knew much about astrology, I used to call myself a ‘yes’ person. Not so much in the people-pleasing capacity like you might first think of, but more that unless I physically couldn’t do something or be somewhere, I’d say yes and often without thinking too much about it first.
I remember when my first astrology teacher informed me of my ascendant and Moon sign, I was disappointed that I didn’t have Sagittarius rising. I had always associated myself with the enthusiastic, independent and at times opinionated energy of the centaur. Upon further conversation, my teacher explained that while I didn’t have a Sagittarius as my rising sign, I do have its ruling planet, Jupiter, conjoined my ascendant. So, in that respect, I’m kind of an honourary Sagittarius ascendant.
That’s enough about me! The point I’m making here is that until December 3 2019, while Jupiter jubilantly returns to his fiery home for the first time in 12 years, there will be an area of life that you’ll be saying yes to! Yes, that’s right! Even if you’re more strategic or pragmatic by nature, Jupiter in Sagittarius will be activating a sector of your birth chart that invites you to say yes and become more adventurous. Seeking experience over material accumulation may become more important and you may desire more independence and freedom too.
Here is a snapshot of where Jupiter’s joy, generosity and bounty is on offer, if you’re prepared to say yes!
Aries – travel, academia, spiritual or religious pursuits, foreign interests, study, teaching, writing, publishing Taurus – joint finances, debts, savings, investments, superannuation, taxes, inheritances Gemini – relationships, both personal and professional, marriage Cancer – health, wellness, time management, pets, working behind the scenes/slaving away Leo – fun, romance, joy, children, sex, good times Virgo – home and family, the foundation of who you are, real estate, domestic life Libra – ritual, communication, travel, learning, siblings, Scorpio – cash flow, self-worth and self-esteem, accumulation, spending, Sagittarius – all about you, your attitudes, physical appearance, health, vitality, personal goals and objectives Capricorn – rest, retreat, escape, dreams, intuition, inner landscape Aquarius – friendships, universal abundance and luck, community groups, industry connections, hopes and dreams Pisces – career, recognition, awards, public life, life direction, vocation
Mars in Pisces
After a grueling journey through Aquarius since May, Mars enters the oceanic vastness of Pisces. Overthinking or mental stress will subside and make way for the soothing, nourishing and compassionate Piscean domain. Motivations may be guided by feelings rather than facts and action driven by intuition instead of logic. While hot and dry Mars is not particularly functional or comfortable to be in an adaptable and watery home, I’m sure until years end, it will provide a welcome change.
Venus station in Libra
After being in retreat and reflection since early October, Venus is ready to extend the olive branch. Not only is she in her home sign here, but also conjoined the fortunate Fixed Star known as Spica which can boost the potential and promise of a return to harmonious connections.
Mercury station retrograde
Not another retrograde you might be thinking, but at least when Mercury moves into reverse gear, it will simply be more of a nuisance in comparison to recent planetary hiccups. As Mercury grinds back through Sagittarius, he’ll be looking to a very well positioned Jupiter for support. I expect the biggest challenge with this retrograde will be wrapping your head around the details while a plethora of big opportunities to say yes come your way!
I will blog, email, video and update you in more detail as these exciting planetary changes get closer!
The normally serene Full Moon in Taurus is set to pack a punch this week as your core values and desires may see a plot twist.
Firstly, as the Sun moves into Scorpio late Tuesday evening, (Tuesday morning in the US) it will make an opposition to Uranus, welcoming Sun’s new season with a bang.
We’ve had an intense Scorpionic journey since Jupiter’s entrance back in October 2017, the current Venus retrograde and inquisitive Mercury asking the probing questions over the last 2 weeks. There’s a rumbling volcanic feeling about this entrance that won’t be like the usual deep dive into the underworld, but rather a bunker of untended or unmended emotions that may explode like hot lava.
Wednesday October 25 at 2:45am (Brisbane time) will see the Moon reach her peak, opposite the Sun and sitting with unpredictable Uranus. You may feel increasingly aware of areas of life that cause stress, tension or frustration but not sure how to make the first step toward change. With Uranus so active under this lunation, you may experience that change is thrust upon you, or an exciting development helps things become unstuck.
In addition, the karmic lunar nodes create a fixed square pattern that reminds us that areas of our life don’t always work in isolation. If you’re experiencing a lack of movement in one part of your life, you may need to consider another area to find a solution. Full Moons often represent the need to make a choice based on new awareness or heightened intuition. With the karmic nodes at play, it may feel like a pathway of destiny has opened up for you and the need to take the first step is nerve wracking, yet exhilarating.
You may begin to question what stability means to you and if it’s enough to keep you from pursuing change in your life. Big questions about values have already been pondered through the Venus’ current retrograde in Scorpio cycle. As this Full Moon is ruled by Venus in reverse, relationship themes may reach a tipping point. Almost halfway through her retrograde, she’ll embark on her purification process with the Sun which will peak on October 27. Known as Cazimi, Venus will be renewed and revitalized through her conjunction with the Sun. This is a Venus, who is forged in the flames and knows who she is and what she wants, after a period of reflection, doubt and indecision.
The combination of a Full Moon in Taurus, conjoined Uranus and square the Nodes reminds me of one of the most memorable break up scenes I’ve seen on TV!
Back in the day, I was a HUGE fan of Sex and the City! Samantha had reached a tipping point in her relationship. She’d sacrificed herself to the point where her life was so caught up in his that she no longer recognised herself.
She’d reached her own tipping point where a stuck or stagnant situation had to change.
She gave him back his, ‘not a diamond ring, but a ring with diamonds,’ and said “I love you, but I love me more.”
I always remembered that scene as it encapsulates the conclusion you draw when you need to end a relationship. She’d done the accommodating and the sacrificing (Venus) but in the end, the need for authenticity (Uranus) won.
That said, it doesn’t even have to be a romantic relationship that is under the cosmic spotlight now. It could be a job that is sapping your soul, a friendship that no longer aligns with you or having to set necessary but painful boundaries with your children.
Uranus brings an ‘anything is possible’ vibe along with it. Allow yourself to dare to dream and hold space for your own individuality and that being in a healthy situation doesn’t have to equal sacrificing yourself in the process.
FULL MOON 1 DEGREE TAURUS
25 OCTOBER BRISBANE: 2:45am 24 OCTOBER NEW YORK: 12:45pm LONDON: 5:45pm
As Mercury forms a sextile to Pluto, you might finally be ready to reveal a secret, share an honest thought or uncover new truths.
With the ongoing Venus retrograde in Scorpio, much of the celestial energy as been about true desires in relationships. Venus in reverse has invited us to look within and confront our inner desires, established patterns and consider what we really want.
In the sky, Mercury moves through parts of the ecliptic other planets don’t go. Like the thoughts that flicker through the mind. When Mercury and Pluto join forces, you may be forced to confront parts of your mind that you’d rather not go, to admit a feeling, or confess a secret.
As Mercury in Scorpio makes a supportive sextile to Pluto, deep insights about all this can be had. This aspect may spark a confronting or difficult conversation that can ultimately lead to forming strengthened and honest communication that could heal a fractured situation.