New Moon at 20° Cancer: Earth & Water – 7-12-2018

07-12-2018 New Moon

When –
July 12, 2018 ~ 10:49 pm EST / July 13, 2018 ~ 02:49 am UST

Corollary to Full Moon at 0° of Cancer
December 22, 2018 ~ 12:50 pm EST / December 22, 2018 ~ 17:50 pm UST

This new moon lunation in the sign of Cancer is marked by a Grand Earth trine between Venus in her fall, at 3° of Virgo, the 6th house of service, health, exercise, and organization; Uranus at 2° of Taurus, the 2nd house of resources, wealth, and finance; and Saturn at 4° of Capricorn, retrograde, the 10th house of career, authority, father figures, and rules.

The new moon of Cancer is also dignified, in its cardinal sign, as the moon rules Cancer; this would be an excellent time to create lasting endeavors. With Saturn also in its dignity in Capricorn, I can’t imagine a better time to set up foundations for work, career, investments in business, home and family. Set intentions for the long term and look toward December 22, 2018 for this moon to complete its cycle. The pragmatic, disciplined and strategic use of power will favor you now. This Grand Earth Trine is powerful, with a powerful moon – even challenging aspects will not stand in its way.

Venus at 3° of Virgo is also in her fall – in love and money we will tend to be more discerning, more critical. While this does not make for easy expression of love and affection in relationships it will pare down anything that cannot live up to Virgo’s exacting standards.

Along with the Grand Earth Trine forming between Venus, Uranus and Saturn in Virgo, Taurus and Capricorn, there will be a Grand Water Trine with Neptune at 16° of Pisces, Jupiter at 13° of Scorpio and the sun and moon at 20° of Cancer. This should, in addition to the earthy practicality of the earth trine, make for an emotionally deep time period with a focus on our feelings and how those feelings drive our decisions. We may be more introspective and impulsive, but the predominant earth energy will be present to harness such upwelling of feeling if we choose.

Mercury at 17° of Leo will make us more in the mood to let our mouth, our speech, our expression take center stage, and this will face a square from Jupiter at 13° of Scorpio, and an inconjunct from Neptune at 16° Pisces. We may be inclined to say things that strike a nerve – at its worst, we might regret what was spoken, but in its highest form we might stoke deep feelings in others that causes friction which can lead to change.

Pluto at 20° Capricorn will oppose the sun and moon at 20° Cancer. Secrets and issues of power and control may come into play or be revealed, particularly in the career arena. We may be forced to act on this information, and given the contact of Mercury to Jupiter and Neptune, we should be extra vigilant that our information should be correct before we act on it. If we are not critical and discerning, rash decisions can create more problems than they solve and destruction follows in its wake.

The north node at 6° Leo opposes Mars at 7° Aquarius, retrograde; men at this time may be impatient and eager to progress ideas, projects, actions, and find themselves stymied. The north node will also be inconjunct Saturn at 4° of Capricorn, forcing us to re-examine the foundations and structures in our career world and if it fits with the over arching push of the north node, which in Leo may be demanding more creativity than emphasis on status quo – Mars in detached Aquarius may well break the stale mate with strategic action and warrior spirit.

~9TH MANSION OF THE MOON: AL TARF~

The glance (of the lion’s eye). Hinders harvest and travelers and causes discord. With moon here, plant, build, marry, but do not travel.
– Vivian Robson


You can purchase all my astrological breakdowns of the new and full moons for the year of 2018 ahead of time on Amazon, here. For now, this is only available as an ebook. If, however, you’d rather wait for these posts, than I’ll still be posting the new and full moons as usual.
Lunations 2018

Johnny Depp: Jupiter, Neptune & Saturn, Revisited

Some of you might remember those Neptune (in Pisces) and Saturn (then in Sagittarius) squares from 2016 — 3 particular aspects that spanned from late 2015 on. And some of you might also remember Jupiter was in Virgo, complicating matters by forming a T-square between these aspects.

In the recent Rolling Stone article, “The Trouble With Johnny Depp“, the writer Stephen Rodrick details the trials and tribulations surrounding the troubled Hollywood celebrity, and I couldn’t help but notice Depp experienced a series of turning points in his life during 2016 — namely, the death of his mother and the collapse of his marriage with Amber Heard. More than this as well — Depp’s lawyer Waldman became involved in his financial dealings, and litigation started in March 2016 against the team handling Depp’s finances.

Coincidence? I think not.

Reading the laundry list of Depp’s expenditures and alleged compulsive spending, it’s easy enough to see the influence of Jupiter all over his life. Jupiter is often given a free pass as a kind and benevolent force bestowing great gifts, but this ignores Jupiter’s down side: Jupiter expands the bad as well as the good. If you spent a nickel ordinarily, Jupiter and Neptune are going to want you to bet a million nickels on the horses, regardless of how bad the odds are.

Interestingly enough, one of the accusations is that Depp spent $30,000 monthly on wine — hello Neptune in Pisces — and when subject came up, Depp responded to the effect that it was much more than that! Jupiter and Neptune, indeed.

It’s not hard to see Saturn implicated in all of this. Saturn is the constraining force, Saturn is making his presence known from his debilitated space in Sagittarius, where the 9th house is key — a house of Jupiter. It would be hard to imagine anyone trying to put the brakes on their spending, their drinking, or their behavior during this time, and now that Saturn has moved into his home base of Capricorn, he will begin to draw blood and truly knuckle down, no longer having to war with the expansiveness of Jupiter by rulership.

While Saturn had still been in Sagittarius, it appears Depp made some token attempts to gain control over his expenditures, but with Saturn so debilitated, and under the influence of that Neptune square, everything must have been working against his intentions.

It’s a profound illustration that aspects from years past can have a ricochet effect into the future, and nowhere more potent than where Saturn happens to be, and where he is headed …

*Image source from wikipedia

Full Moon at 12° Capricorn: Man on Fire – 06-28-18

06-28-2018 Full Moon
When –
June 28, 2018 ~ 12:54 pm EST / June 28, 2018 04:54 pm UST

Corollary to New Moon at 26° of Capricorn
January 16, 2018 ~ 09:18 EST / January 17th, 2018 ~ 02:18 am UST

This new moon completes a cycle began on January 16th earlier this year with a Capricorn new moon. What makes this lunation significant is that it occurs with Mars at 9° Aquarius – retrograde! We should expect the potential for increased aggression and competitiveness, potential for accident, and the men in our lives to be more harried or energetic than usual.

The sun occupies 6° Cancer, the 4th house of our emotional selves, our private life and our lives at home, while the moon is at 12° Capricorn, the 10th house of Cancer and our community/public life. These cardinal points touch on matters that are important to our lives.

Mars at 9° Aquarius retrograde will form an inconjunct to the sun at 6° Cancer. This can suggest some friction or difficulty, too much force applied to a breaking point, or some frustration on the home turf. It might be a good idea to expend Mars’ radical Aquarian energy and by choosing a pursuit out of the home. Though it could be that an issue from the past is revisited, but not so easily resolved.

Jupiter at 13° Scorpio, also in retrograde, also complicates factors by forming squares to the personal planets. Jupiter squares Mars at 9° Aquarius retrograde, and Jupiter also squares Venus at 17° Leo. There may be friction between the sexes with Jupiter amplifying there differences, or magnetic attraction.

Saturn at 5° of Capricorn is also retrograde – and opposes the sun in Cancer. We should pay attention to our responsibilities both at home and at work to avoid mishaps and misunderstandings. We can expect some element of restriction between career and home.

Mercury at 29° Cancer could signify the potential for endings, or arguments that herald endings. Mercury squares Uranus at 1° Taurus, suggesting that money/finance could be indicated.

Neptune at 16° of Pisces inconjuncts Venus at 17° of Leo, adding some extra tension. While Venus struts her stuff in dramatic Leo fashion, she might be disposed to gamble or indulge a bit more than usual, and conflicts might arise between the need for moderation and the haughty take-all Leo nature.

Mercury at 29° of Cancer enters our lives again, this time as an opposition to Black Moon Lilith at 25° Capricorn. This might not be a good time to send inappropriate text messages/emails, as the response could be both emotional and if it occurs in a work place setting, litigious.

The north node continues through the sign of Leo at 7°, with an ongoing inconjunct to Saturn at 5° Capricorn, but more significantly, an opposition to Mars at 9° Aquarius, retrograde, still ongoing from last lunation.

~23RD MANSION OF THE MOON: AL SA’D AL BULA~

The good fortune of the swallower. Causes divorces, liberty of captives and heals the sick. With moon here, marry, sow, take medicine and lead an army.
– Vivian Robson


You can purchase all my astrological breakdowns of the new and full moons for the year of 2018 ahead of time on Amazon, here. For now, this is only available as an ebook. If, however, you’d rather wait for these posts, than I’ll still be posting the new and full moons as usual.
Lunations 2018

New Moon 22° Gemini: Emotional Communications – 6-13-2018

06-13-2018 New Moon
When –
June 13, 2018 ~ 03:45 pm EST / June 13, 2018 ~ 7:45 pm UST

Corollary to Full Moon at 7 of Gemini
November 23, 2018 ~ 12:41 am EST / November 23, 2018 ~ 05:41 am UST

We begin this lunation with sun and moon at 22° Gemini. We should expect all matters of the 3rd house to come into focus, from short trips, communications and siblings.

This means that Mercury, being the ruler of Gemini, is important during this new moon lunation. We can find Mercury at 2° of Cancer, tracing Venus’s steps. Here, Mercury comes into opposition with Saturn at 6° of Capricorn, retrograde, and going over all we set down when Saturn was last moving forward. We might be reviewing projects or presenting new ideas to important people in our career field, and our communications may be heart felt and emotional at this time.

Venus at 29° of Cancer forms a square to Uranus at 1° of Taurus. We might have unexpected expenses or home repairs, a roof might spring a leak. Stay on top of where your money is going and do what you can to have a rainy day fund on hand.

North node at 8° Leo opposes Mars at 8° Aquarius, semi-square sun and moon at 22° Gemini. With the north node at 8° Leo, Mars opposes at 8° Aquarius, suggesting that we might meet a physical challenge, pulling us away from our north node quest. Our quests are never easy, so this would mean the challenge comes in the form of something pleasing to us, something we comfortable with.

Giving us more static is a semi-square to the luminaries at 22° Gemini, making it doubly hard to achieve our fated future. We may need the assistance of lessons learned in our karmic past to help us reach goal, which means looking to the south node in Aquarius, to see where we come from and what we’ve accomplished to better assess what must be done and resolve our current challenges.

~7TH MANSION OF THE MOON: AL DHIRA~

The forearm. Favorable for gain and friendship and for lovers, and destroys magistracies. With moon here, travel and take medicine.
– Vivian Robson


You can purchase all my astrological breakdowns of the new and full moons for the year of 2018 ahead of time on Amazon, here. For now, this is only available as an ebook. If, however, you’d rather wait for these posts, than I’ll still be posting the new and full moons as usual.
Lunations 2018

Full Moon at 8° Sagittarius: Uranus Into Taurus – 5-29-2018

05-29-2018 Full Moon

When –
May 29, 2018 ~ 10:20 am EST / May 29,2018 ~ 2:20 pm UST

Corollary to New Moon at 26° Sagittarius
December 18, 2017 ~ 01:31 am EST / December 18, 2017 ~ 06:31 am UST

You can read about this corollary lunation on the post at my website for free, here:
https://stars-by-design.com/2017/12/18/sagittarius-new-moon-12-18-2017/

This lunation marks a critical event: slow moving Uranus moves into 0° of Taurus from Aries. Uranus brings his rebellious spirit into earthy Taurus, Venus’s domicile. We can expect the spark of genius and innovation to express itself through matters of wealth and resources, of beauty and romance, making Uranus’s element of surprise rooted in the practical, rather than the fiery brashness of Aries. Very exciting indeed!

As this event gets underway, we look to the luminaries. The sun is at 8° of Gemini, the third house of siblings, communications, and short term travel, opposing the full moon at 8° of Sagittarius, the 9th house of foreign cultures, high education, travel and publishing. We can expect such issues to occupy our time at this lunation.

Mars at 4° of Aquarius trines the sun at 8° of Gemini, quickening the force and effect of our communications as well as flavoring it with the typical Aquarian spirit, that of rebellion, uniqueness, and detachment.

Uranus at 0° Taurus will also square Mars in 4° Aquarius, suggesting a clash of energy between practical matters and a desire to progress to new ground. Taurus likes to be slow and steady and Mars will feel more headstrong under the Aquarian influence.

Venus at 11° of cancer forms a watery trine to Neptune at 16° of Pisces. This can be a wonderful time to explore one’s artistic sensibilities and be swept away by a romance. On the downside, this can be over emotional, with people feeling martyred or victimized if indulged in too far.

This could come into play as Venus at 11° of Cancer opposes Saturn at 7° of Capricorn, retrograde. Should an authority figure impose rule on weepy Venus in Cancer, she may evade responsibilities by playing the victim. It could also indicate an issue with finances, overspending or difficulty paying the bills. However, if we’ve been diligent and responsible, we stand to gain from Saturn’s stabilizing force.

Jupiter at 15° of Scorpio retrograde will exacerbate this condition through a trine to Venus, amplifying, whatever situation we find ourselves in. Between Venus and Neptune in their respective houses, a Grand Water Trine forms. Occupations concerning water may benefit, and in particular, we may find ourselves inundated with inspiration, intuition, and creative impulse that taps deep into the well of our subconscious.

Mercury at 29° Taurus also makes a semi-square to Venus, which may cause problems with communications and misunderstandings that take time to unravel – at this anaretic degree, be aware of arguments that have the potential to end relationships. Strive to be diplomatic.

Saturn at 7° Capricorn retrograde will inconjunct the sun at 8° Gemini and once again, difficulties or challenges with communications, particularly in chains of command will be highlighted.

Pluto at 20° Capricorn will semi-square the moon at 8° Sagittarius so be aware of conflicting interests as Pluto may be challenging us with restrictions through career, and our emotional selves concentrated on matters of education, travel, and publishing.

~20TH MANSION OF THE MOON: AL NA’AM~

The ostriches. Helps the taming of wild beasts, strengthening of prisons, destroys the wealth of societies, and compels a man to come to a certain place. With moon here, build, ask favors, but do not marry.


You can purchase all my astrological breakdowns of the new and full moons for the year of 2018 ahead of time on Amazon, here. For now, this is only available as an ebook. If, however, you’d rather wait for these posts, than I’ll still be posting the new and full moons as usual.
Lunations 2018

New Moon 24° Taurus: Count Your Blessings – 5-15-2018

05-15-2018 New Moon
When –
May 15, 2018 ~ 7:49 am EST / May 15, 2018 ~ 11:49 am UST

Corollary to Full Moon at 1° of Taurus
October 24th, 2018 ~ 12:47 pm EST / October 24th, 2018 ~ 16:47 pm UST

This lunation focuses on 2nd house matters in the earth sign of Taurus, where the sun and moon conjunct at 24° bringing focus and activity on matters of wealth and resources and finance.

Venus rules Taurus and will be traveling through talkative Gemini at 25° making contracts and communications both pleasing and fortunate. In mutual reception, Mercury will also be in Taurus at 3° meaning that Venus and Mercury respectively are occupying each other’s home sign. This should be a very beneficial aspect for drawing wealth, exploring beauty, a wonderful aspect for artists, creatives, and musicians in particular.

Mercury will also conjunct Uranus at 29° Aries, bringing unexpected information or messages into our lives, especially where siblings are concerned, or we might be unexpectedly detoured on a short trip. Go with the spontaneous energy of discovery.

Mars, planet of action and our fighting spirit at 29° Capricorn, squares Mercury 3° Taurus and Uranus at 29° Aries. Mars gives extra energy to all his endeavors and sometimes can be too domineering in his desire to express himself – be diplomatic and enjoy sports, physical activities to offset the tension of these squares, but expect stubbornness to be an issue in potential arguments with Mercury in Taurus.

Neptune at 16° Pisces still trines Jupiter at 17° of Scorpio, a time where we might find ourselves prone to drinking, spending time alone, studying the occult or exploring our serious, spiritual side, recharging or looking to divert ourselves into an escapist hobby.

Neptune at 16° Pisces is making his influence felt through a series of semi-squares, indicating struggle as we try to achieve goals or get through daily life.

Neptune semi-square Mars at 29° Capricorn, and also semi-squares Mercury at 3° Taurus. This could indicate difficulties in the career arena with work prospects (Mars in Capricorn) or perhaps a payment cannot be completed until an obstacle is removed. Hold your breath and preservere, semi-squares take time to resolve in a way squares often do not.

Pluto at 21° Capricorn also forms aspects to the luminaries trining the sun and moon at 24° Taurus, this is an earthy trine, encouraging grounded activities, bringing rationality and pragmatism to any ventures begun now.

~5TH MANSION OF THE MOON: AL HAK’AH~

A white spot. Helps the return from a journey, the instruction of scholars, building and gives health and good will. With moon here, begin war but do not sow or undertake any good.
– Vivian Robson


You can purchase all my astrological breakdowns of the new and full moons for the year of 2018 ahead of time on Amazon, here. For now, this is only available as an ebook. If, however, you’d rather wait for these posts, than I’ll still be posting the new and full moons as usual.
Lunations 2018

Full Moon at 9° Scorpio Battleground/Deathground – 04-29-2018

04-29-2018 Full Moon

When –
April 29, 2018 ~ 8:59 pm EST / April 30, 2018 ~ 12:59 am UST

Corollary to New Moon at 26 Scorpio
November 18, 2017 ~ 06:42 am EST / November 18, 2017 ~ 11:42 am UST

You can read about this corollary lunation on the post at my website for free, here:
https://stars-by-design.com/2017/11/19/scorpio-new-moon-26-degrees-11-18-2017/

This full moon at 9° of Scorpio may find us ruminating on issues intensely personal to our human experience and unique to Scorpio: sex, death, taxes, transformation, elimination, debts, divorce, inheritances. With the sun at 9° Taurus and the moon occupying the opposite sign, we can expect that this lunation has much to do with our sense of security as it regards home, the emotional environment of the moon and wealth and manifestation. Finance and control of finance may be highlighted.

Saturn occupies Capricorn at 9° moving retrograde so that we may have time to look over structures we built. If Saturn finds our actions, our intentions, wanting, he will want us to rebuild anew or tear it down for us. This is particularly evident for this lunation as he forms the majority of aspects to the personal planets and luminaries.

Saturn at 9° Capricorn, retrograde, forms an inconjunct to Venus at 6° of Gemini. The Saturnine sense of melancholy is increased in his dignity of Capricorn and will not be pleased by the mercurial and fun-loving Venus in Gemini who may be disposed to talk a little more and laugh a little louder. Inconjuncts are uneasy aspects in which we often find trouble resolving their friction and so much go out of our way to separate the energies that cannot get along, like two relatives who snipe at each other until it’s understood that only one can be invited at a time. Which will it be? Saturn, the stern task master, or bubbly Venus in quick silver Gemini?

While Saturn is harried by Venus, he also meets with challenges from Mercury, who squares at 12° Aries and is the ruler of Gemini, where Venus is currently transiting. As a result, Venus is supporting the energies of Mercury via rulership. Mercury comes with all the boldness of Aries which will not mix well with Saturn’s sense of disciplined restraint. Communications could be shut down or hampered should Saturn make his displeasure known. Show respect to this authoritarian element and fealty to the status quo, and it will go a long way to repairing any damage or hurt feelings.

Saturn trines the sun at 9° Taurus which means despite potential clashes with Venus and Mercury, authority, or other older figures will be inclines to work in your favor. This favorable trine may come about as a result of friction from other aspects, because even Saturn can recognize value in undisciplined people and might appoint himself teacher to steer you away from your bad habits, with Saturn in his ruling sign of career-oriented Capricorn, this may play out in your career field among bosses, mentors, and colleagues.

Foggy Neptune at 15° Pisces trines Jupiter at 19° of watery Scorpio. By rulership, Jupiter is a guest in the house which Pluto and Mars rule, which means Jupiter’s expansive nature is giving power to Pluto/Mars – this will set off the conjunction of Pluto at 21° Capricorn with Mars at 22° Capricorn in Saturn’s house. This gang of malefics has great potential for violence and death on the downside, but conversely, transformation and glory on the other. There could be opportunity amid crises. Another theme to keep an eye on would be, not violence and death of individuals, but of career fields via corporations. I would advise caution during this moon.

Black Moon Lilith will also be with them, packing a punch with all her intense sexual energy and power, a rogue’s gallery of shadows if ever there was one. A good way to anticipate what might be brewing is to look back at the Scorpio new moon of November 18, 2017. Events which originated then may now be implicated – I would expect wider political events that started then to reach their final stages with after shocks affecting the general public, often for the worse: expect restraint, constricting laws, enforcement, government scandal, abuse and inappropriate use of power, all creating resentment which simmers with potential violence. It is my hope that out of this chaos, there will be opportunity for positive change once the smoke clears. But all things on heaven and earth are held to irrefutable natural laws – energy can neither be created or destroyed. This law of thermodynamics implies as well that for one thing to happen, it’s energy must pull from somewhere else, and the universe is under no obligation to make that balancing act pleasing to us and our lives. No matter our intentions. So be careful and watchful as fate takes its role in our lives.

This brings us to the north node, which is the path of our life’s quest, our karmic future. North node occupies 10° of Leo, which will make it inconjunct Saturn at 9° Capricorn. Our life’s mission than, might be at odds with conventional rules and wisdom, forcing us to think about how to both please accepted rules of conduct and figure out which rules to break to achieve our life’s mission.

The node trines Mercury at 12° Aries making us more bold in our communications with regards to our purpose, and the nodes squares the sun at 9° Taurus and squares the moon at 9° Scorpio. Intense pressure and fated event regarding wealth, both inner and outer, finance and resources will be indicated, flavoring this moon as well as our future.

~18TH MANSION OF THE MOON: AL KALB~

The heart. Causes discord, sedition, conspiracy against prices and rulers, and revenge from enemies, but frees captives and helps building. With moon here, plant, sow, travel, and go to war.
– Vivian Robson


You can purchase all my astrological breakdowns of the new and full moons for the year of 2018 ahead of time on Amazon, here. For now, this is only available as an ebook. If, however, you’d rather wait for these posts, than I’ll still be posting the new and full moons as usual.
Lunations 2018