Libra New Moon at 26 Degrees, 10-19-2017

New Moon 10-19-2017

This new moon lunation occurs at 26 degrees of Libra, the sign of relationships and balance. Our emotional selves and ego selves will be inclined to be more social, touching base with our relationships and weighing how much we give and take in those relationships, both at home behind the scenes and in our more public lives.

Prominently, Uranus at 26 degrees of Aries, the bold pioneer sign at Libra’s polarity, will be in opposition to the sun and the moon, indicating the presence of the unexpected in our lives. An incident might provoke a contrarian reaction in relationships we thought were solid and sympatico, and it tests the boundaries of relationships and marriages and what it means to be independent of those. Uranus wants rebellion, Uranus wants to question, and most of all, he wants to progress us to new territory. We may be forced to choose between the safe comfort of old friends, and the shocking exhilaration of abandoning the status quo to either be by ourselves or to find different company. Or, more likely, our friends may decide they no longer want our company — the choice is not always up to us, and that is the nature of relationships — we cannot control those around us. Uranus has the potential to bring us to a new place in how we relate to people, but the arrival may be shocking and unexpected in its delivery.

In addition, early this month Jupiter made his yearly change through the signs, releasing¬† Libra to enter into Scorpio. We may find our lives touched by intensity, by uncompromising courage, a desire to do all and achieve more by delving deeply into all we apply ourselves to. Mercury, the planet of communication, of messages, of short trips and siblings, will conjunct Jupiter in Scorpio at 3 degrees of Scorpio, giving all our of communications a new degree of depth — we may be compelled to reveal secrets or others confess secrets to us, we may discover deep manipulation involved in our self-expressions or our conversations with others. Jupiter wants optimism, though, and at worst will blind himself to the dangers of manipulations around him. We will want to talk deeply, magnetically, and sexually, and all things in the house of Scorpio.

Mars, the planet exemplifying men and war, is still transiting Virgo at 28 degrees. Venus has surpassed him, and now he chases her ’round the zodiac, giving a new flavor to relationships between the feminine and masculine. Mars at 28 degrees Virgo squares Saturn at 23 degrees Sagittarius, suggesting our physical actions or health may be at odds with an authority, a structure, or institution. As a for instance, I have a friend who registered for a tournament — and did not realize she would have to submit a blood test! There could be no better embodiment of Mars aspect in Virgo (blood test, analysis) and a Saturn in Sagittarius (a sparring tournament, the tournament itself representing the institution.)

Mars will also form an inconjunct with Uranus at 26 degrees Aries, and so the needs of self (Aries) and the needs of service (Virgo) will have difficulty aligning in a comfortable fashion. If we used the Mars energy in Virgo to pick up new exercise or health regimens, we might have to develop a coping mechanism for Uranus’s nervous energy that threatens to upset our gains. Perhaps it will be as simple as wanting to pursue something, a one-time opportunity, which clashes with our current schedule. This will require some level of juggling on our part.


A compilation of the full and new moons of 2018 will be available in late 2017, called Lunations, 2018, which will be made available as an ebook from Amazon.

Aries Full Moon, 10-5-2017

aries full moon 10-5

This full moon lunation occurs at 12 degrees of the 1st house of Aries. The emphasis will be on the Aries-Libra axis of the zodiac, highlighting how we navigate our relationship to self and our relationships to others.

Mercury at 10 degrees Libra will be conjunct the sun. We can expect communications and travel to revolve around those close to us, taking day trips with one’s partner, or a general increased social life. We are in high demand by others, and find validation and comfort in the company of others.

Venus is in her fall at 19 degrees of Virgo, a sign that Venus has trouble expressing her natural affection in. Money and resources may not flow so smoothly, either. Women may find themselves giving and giving in service to something else, only to feel it goes nowhere and to nothing. With Virgo emphasizing service, work, health and exercise, it might be a good time to hit the gym to burn off any anxieties that should arise.

To add to the incentive to physical activity, Mars will be conjuncting Venus at 19 degrees of Virgo. Since Venus’s retrograde earlier this year in 2017, Mars and Venus have been chasing each other around the zodiac; now they meet once more. Mars can give extra force to those Virgo qualities, making it easier to set up the to-do lists and get organized. Where Venus is uncomfortable in Virgo, Mars will come forth to carry her, for soon enough, Venus will pass him, and Mars will commence to chase her for the remainder of the year. There may be unexpected relationships between men and women, but with Venus in Virgo, not necessarily a good time for love or progression in relationships.

Mars and Venus conjunct at 19 degrees of Virgo also faces two significant aspects: a trine to Pluto at 16 degrees of Capricorn, and square to Saturn at 22 degrees of Sagittarius. There is a suggestion here of constriction and contraction, further emphasizing a feeling of spinning one’s wheels and not moving anywhere. With the Pluto trine and the Mars and Venus conjunction, couples may undergo transformation of some sort, and relationships of various sorts may not survive if those involved are not committed to making sacrifices. With Mercury absorbing much of this Virgo energy through rulership, and occupying Libra, talking over prickly relationship matters may not go well, and it also may not be avoidable, as the sun insists we focus our will there, in the 7th house of marriage and relationships. It could be the Big Breakup — or, more likely, it could be the beginning of a brand new chase, since Mars will be running after Venus soon enough.

Jupiter at 28 degrees of Libra is about to make his big shift this month into Scorpio. This could also be amplifying relationship issues, as Jupiter’s force is one of expansion. When Jupiter shifts sign, the time-debt will be paid, and the conventional wisdom is that when one planet leaves and enters a new sign, we are left with a “gift”. Keep that in mind this month as significant changes often happen under the force of the lunation, and it would seem to me that marriage and relationship issues are definitely huge for this full moon. People are going to be making decisions between their ego-selves and their relationship-other. Jupiter will also be in opposition to Uranus at 27 degrees of Aries, where the moon is also transiting, emphasizing the rift between these two polarities. Uranus will deliver the shocks and surprises, and he will want to enable rebellion, not stifle it. Proud Jupiter is not, mythologically speaking, much for restraint, and his huge ego could make gambles that cause more harm than good.

Pluto at 16 degrees Capricorn also squares the sun and moon. There may be challenges that force us to reconsider our home life, our private life, and our public life. When we go to solve them, we may find only more obstacles and this can lead us down a hard road to transformation.

Saturn at 22 degrees of Sagittarius will also trine the North Node at 21 degrees of Leo. While this lunation certainly suggests to me a great deal of struggles are imminent for relationships in general, a good dose of the Leonine generosity, big-heartedness, and leading by example would be a good course to pursue to try to keep things light and in perspective. It will be very much needed, and yet, also difficult to maintain, but should find support from steadfast Saturn, as well as Black Moon Lilith at 26 degrees of Sagittarius.



A compilation of the full and new moons of 2018 will be available in late 2017, called Lunations, 2018, which will be made available as an ebook from Amazon.