Virgo New Moon at 25 Degrees: Reorganizing Retrogrades

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We are experiencing a mighty week with the Virgo new moon upon us at 25 degrees, September 17, 2020 at 7 am. We will have a difficult time accessing the more sensitive side of our emotions under the influence of Virgo, who organizes, plans, and analyzes, who communicates and creates firm boundaries. The moon and sun both firmly planted in that 25th degree are more interested in straightforward answers to direct questions, and this energy will be at play at work as well as at home. Perhaps with so many little ones heading back into school — or staying home for an extended and undetermined time period — this will be where our ability to plan our days, our diets, our exercises, our tasks, will be put to the test and we will have to answer for our shortcomings as well as our successes. More likely still, anything that has been hidden in our personal lives or career will have to be aligned to a more harmonious center. It was fine in the world of pre-2020 to be a workaholic, or to be a stay at home parent. Perhaps those roles are being mixed, reversed, and muddied. Virgo is here to establish new ground rules.

There is an order to the cosmos, and there is an order to reading an astrological chart. Normally, I would delve into other, closer planets, but it is suitable to discuss Mars, who has begun his retrograde through the sign of Aries, at 27 degrees. This puts him at a slight inconjunct to the sun and the moon, and if we are set back by the troubles of Mars attempting to express himself and failing, we may feel the brunt of that in ways that are not easy to resolve. Neighbors may chomp at the bit and never solve their arguments, people who are meant to assist us might be uncommonly, and irrationally, defiant. Plans that were meant to be carried through, suddenly fall through because of someone else’s poor planning. Stopping to take a breath and be calm will serve you well here.

Mercury is important in this lunation because Mercury rules over Virgo. Mercury is transiting through Libra at 17 degrees, and may help balance out the Virgo earthiness with an intellectual air and a dash of beauty, softening and facilitating others through communication. Also at a slight inconjunct to Mercury is Neptune at 19 degrees of Pisces, which may allow our communications to be less than honest. At best, we can hope for a fairly innocuous flattery, but be careful with how far you take it under the influence of Neptune.

Venus is at 12 degrees of Leo, pouring fire onto the mix. She represents the female, the mother, the wife, and she may provide a powerful feminine force to the raucous journey Mars has been taking us on. More importantly, she also has everything to do with matters of love and fortune. We may be star struck by a glittering attraction, or better yet, the potential to earn money or be visited by and unexpected windfall with Uranus in Taurus forming a square to Venus as well. The square may create tension here, and if it is not an unexpected windfall, it could also be an unexpected bill! It’s no accident that scientists have been a buzz lately about the sighting of phosphine gas in Venus’s atmosphere.

At one end of this chart in Capricorn, sharing the same earth element as Virgo and Taurus, the heavyweight of the ring: Jupiter at 17 degrees, Pluto at 22 degrees, and Saturn at 27 degrees. Jupiter already began forward motion earlier, and now it is Saturn who is grinding to a halt and preparing to move forward again. We may not want to contemplate that during this summer, and since the early spring, we have in fact been in a holding pattern while backward moving time lords quietly rearranged the furniture while we were out. They will be opening doors soon for us to come back in and give us an opportunity to put things back to rights. They are not finished with us yet! 

A long last, we should have spent this period reformulating plans, discarding ideas that did not work, rethinking our long term plans, regretting too much expansion in all the wrong areas, and considering how much we had to contract. Once Saturn and Jupiter move forward together, we will have a little time to say good bye to Capricorn before they slip into Aquarius and martial new challenges for us. No doubt, Saturn’s journey through Aquarius will be only the beginning of a recovery from our present, and the taskmaster and disciplinarian will want us to be on our best behavior.

Leo New Moon 8/17/2020 – Echoes of 2017, Sifting Through Rubble

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On August 18, 2020, we have a new moon in Leo at 26 degrees occurring at 10:42 pm

It may seem like forever ago, Cosmic Dreamers, but it was a mere 3 years ago that we experienced a major solar eclipse. Our world forever changed from that moment, and this Leo new moon echoes that degree from 2017. We have since experienced a major conjunction between the Lord of Death, Lord of Discipline, and the Lord of Expansion. We have had frightful squares and Uranus changed signed from Aries to Taurus. What have all these changes done for you, or to you?

The sun and the moon are at 26 degrees of Leo. Our conduct is more important now than ever before. New moon is asking us what our intentions are and how we will treat others – equitably, or disrespectfully? There will be consequences for either choice, but we will be aligned across our emotional and private selves, our public and logical selves.

Mercury is at the 28th degree of Leo in tight configuration with the luminaries. This means our communications are lost in the competing beams of the sun and the moon – Mercury is combust, too close to express himself well. Our communications may be lost in translation, over looked, or perhaps argumentative. Negative effects may be tempers fraying and difficulty connecting to our emotional center.

Additionally, Mars at 24 degrees of Aries is trining the Sun, the Moon, and Mercury. Mars’ trine is significant, as he intends to speed up  the effects of his enforcement, his aggression. He is already in his shadow, gearing up for the imminent retrograde. For a breathing moment before he moves backwards, there will be accord in matters of enforcement and the powers that be. Is it a calm before the storm with congress out of session, or will Mars aggression be backed by the power of government? 

Saturn at 26 degrees of Capricorn is inconjunct to the sun and the moon. Our personal and public every day life is experiencing friction from other sectors: society and law, for certain. We have been constrained in every way possible in these recent months, but the message gets crueler under Saturn’s punishing pressure. It may be that current events have forced us into a prison of many different kinds – social or literal, or placed us in a bind where all of our choices are difficult ones. Seek help where you can and do your best to stay floating in this mess, you will still need to weather the hardest part.

Pluto at 22 degrees and Jupiter at 18 degrees of Capricorn are all together in this house still, recovering from their previous square with Mars, which while not exact, is perhaps a bit too close to comfort. Friction bubbles beneath the surface.

Uranus has made it through the first decan of Taurus, and finally stationed retrograde. What has happened in the past year since May of 2018 when Uranus truly make his presence known? We have been experiencing many changes, but for now we will be reviewing all that has happened. It is time to sift through the rubble of the structures that Uranus shook, and see what needs more work, needs more time, needs more destruction.

Aquarius Full Moon at 11 Degrees: Transformations Ahead

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This full moon lunation on August 3, 2020 at 11:59 am finds us at a junction of a power struggle between the needs of public and private life and with enforcement bridging the gap between those two worlds. We are being asked to transform, and ultimately, this full moon in Aquarius is hinting at what larger changes Aquarius may have in store for us as this moon plows ahead of Jupiter and Saturn.

First, we have the sun already advanced in 11 degrees of Leo, in the house of fun and creation, and a sign that rules over leader and royals. What does it bode for the “luminaries” our political space, such as Donald Trump as we inch nearer to the election day, and does it have any special meaning for Harry and Megan Markle with her ongoing court case? However it goes, in our own lives we might find ourselves longing for a little vacation time and wanting to indulge in our hobbies as a way of coping with the exhaustion of recent politics. Spend time with children, and learn to recapture your childlike wonder.

That said, a square beaming in from Uranus at 10 degrees of Taurus might shake things up, because Uranus squares both the sun and the moon, injecting an element of surprise into the proceedings. For us, we might have to adjust plans and it may leave us with some sense of frustration until we learn to embrace the change. Behind the scenes, our political leaders will feel affected the same by unexpected news, and will have to pivot quickly to deal with last minute “surprises.”

Given the moon is in 11 degrees Aquarius, perhaps we are feeling the friction of our home situation building up over the weeks. Aquarius is feeding into our rebellious spirit. We have been through so many changes in the past few months it seems impossible that we could bear more – the real change may come from within us as we discover we need to reassess internally what those definitions of home and heart are. Uranus squaring the moon will exacerbate these feelings.

Mercury communications are vulnerable, reactive, emotional as he goes down the home stretch of Cancer at 27 degrees, preparing to enter Leo, where his communications will ultimately favor a more regal air. But until then, he is finishing up the business of the emotional center, the home life. We may find evictions are altered by last minute communications and the messenger comes at the nick of time.

Mars at 19 degrees Aries is in his element and still in his shadow before he prepares to go retrograde. Ordinarily, we can expect Mars to express well in this way, by excelling in speed and strength, by pushing and pushing his way to success through sheer will, but it depends on who is doing the pushing, and at what expense to the rest of us. Mars rules over police officers and the military, and given the recent tensions and the looming retrograde, what a first might seem beneficial could quickly go sideways and will need to be revisited. Our aggression needs to be channeled in constructive ways, or we may experience another clash with the potential for wounding on either side. This is brought into focus with the square between Saturn and Mars, two forces, one representing the law and status quo and the other representing enforcement. There will be difficulty here as each side struggles to resolve their interests. This may see police departments defunded, or conversely, further militarized, for the effect of the square will be tension and difficulties dealing with the tension of their conflicting interests.

Venus in Gemini at 26 degrees is conjunct the north node at 28 degrees of Gemini. We may meet a women or be met with unexpected fortune that influences our lives. Often these small twists of fate do not become apparent until it is in the rear view mirror. Gemini being ruled by Mercury will also affect those who identify with the feminine, we may find more discussions about money matters or matters concerning our appearance, our hair, our make up, how we dress, and that we are going back and forth between our decisions.

Jupiter at 19 degrees of Capricorn, Pluto at 23 degrees of Capricorn, and Saturn at 27 degrees of Capricorn form a stellium in this house, still echoing earlier conjunctions that have ushered us into 2020. They are still moving backward and retracing all this year has wrought; when they move forward again, we will feel the effects, but it will be to sweep away the debris and clear the path of all these transformations. These giants are setting the stage for a rebuilding process as they prepare their journeys for Aquarius that looms ahead. We have already gotten a preview with Saturn having been visiting there for a time, and there will be yet more to accomplish. Pluto will remain a good while longer yet as the other planets bid him farewell. In the meantime, they are still cozy, telling jokes at our expense, and we are asked to transform ourselves in response.

Stars By Design Now Has A Video Channel

We posted out first video over on YouTube. The crazy lady with the multi colored hair is me.

You can watch me talk awkwardly on camera about the latest new moon post here:

This is my first real foray, and I’m learning a lot about what goes into making videos. This is just the initial splash, so there’s already a lot of plans to improve things. My bigger plan so far is also to take these videos down once they are no longer relevant, so they won’t be available for longer than a certain period of time yet. I hope you’ll join me in the new part of my media journey!

 

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 …

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Sagittarius New Moon, 12-18-2017

Sagittarius New Moon

It’s the last new moon of 2017!

When I started this blog, I started out 2017 with a specific goal: post an astrological break down of each new and full moon. I kept my goal, and learned much more about the lunar cycles than I could have imagined, widening my understanding and sharing my insights with a wonderful audience.

As we close in on the last days of 2017, we have a chance to experience new beginnings. The sun and moon conjunct at 26 degrees of Sagittarius, that expansive sign of foreign travel and culture, higher education, and publishing.

In addition, Saturn is hinged on the 29th degree, hammering home the old saying that every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end; no less now as we prepare for Saturn to be ushered into Capricorn. Perhaps we are still tidying up retrograde messes from Saturn’s previous passage, or Mercury, who is still retrograde at 15 degrees Sagittarius. Yet, with Saturn closing in on the next sign, we may notice bigger shifts. Think back to when Saturn first entered Sagittarius in late 2015; I myself began a course of study that is now finishing. Others may notice that long term projects are coming to fruition, or nearing closure. It is time to consider what else we may want to build under this new moon, knowing that Capricorn is going to be a major transit in Saturn’s future.

And considering that the sun and moon are conjunct Saturn, it should be clear that our public and private life is supporting our potential new projects. Consider Capricorn’s earthy, practical nature and focus on career and ambitions to succeed. We may be considering how we can take the lessons of Sagittarius and apply them to our career field.

Significantly, Uranus is also at 24 degrees of Aries, and in nearly six months, he will be moving into earth-centered Taurus. For now, though, he’s making a trine to the sun and the moon, and a very loose trine to Saturn; we may see something unexpected come into our lives — for many, the holiday season might bring gifts we did not foresee, or the meeting of old friends and relatives we had thought were lost to us.

Venus at 21 degrees of Sagittarius is also making a trine to Uranus at 24 degrees of Aries, and so there might be matters of romance or fortune coming into play during the holiday season as well; keep the mood light hearted and steal a kiss beneath the mistletoe.

Neptune at 11 degrees Pisces will also form square with Mercury, retrograde at 15 degrees Sagittarius; this may indicate some difficulties with negotiations, contracts, or at the very least, unclear or fuzzy information which could also implicate media. It’s my understanding that recently, an article regarding a UFO was the headline “news” among several major newspapers — information acquired from a member of the band Blink 182. Given that this square with Neptune and this retrograde Mercury is happening in conjunction with the media covering this event, be aware that everything considered fit-to-print is not the whole story, and it comes with a strong whiff of delusion, if not outright distraction. Be advised to carefully vette what information you intend to make decisions based off of so you can take a proper heading and not be lost in the fog.


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.

 

 

 

Gemini Moon, 11 Degrees, 12-3-2017

Gemini Moon 12-3-17

This lunation sees the full moon at 11 degrees of Gemini, and the sun at 11 degrees of Sagittarius. This moon completes at cycle begun at the Gemini new moon of May 25, 2017. Ask yourself what was going on in your life during that week, and if any projects initiated then are reaching fruition now. You can read my post about that new moon here.

What makes this aspect doubly interesting is that we have Mercury in retrograde at 29 degrees of Sagittarius. Just when we though he was done being at his detriment in this sign, he’s going to be going back for another to trip to see what we missed, and conjunct Saturn at 28 degrees, preparing to move out of Sagittarius and into Capricorn by the end of December.

In the meantime, what this also means is that the moon in Gemini is, by rulership, under Mercury’s influence, so we look to Mercury’s condition to understand how our private lives will be affected, since the moon oversees our emotions, our behind the scenes life. We might expect a certain amount of bravado in our communications that lands us in trouble, committing to promises that are never lived up to, or worse, outright lying.

Meanwhile, the sun is moving through Sagittarius, highlighting our public life and social world with concerns belonging to Sagittarius – foreign culture and travel, publishing, and high education among others. Sagittarius is a light-hearted, happy-go-lucky sign, and we have Venus at 2 degrees, Mercury at 29 degrees retrograde, and Saturn at 28 degrees — all in Sagittarius! We will feel expanded in our personal lives for the moment, perhaps getting a lucky payment overseas, our communications buoyant and chatty. As in all periods of Mercury in retrograde, it is advisable to keep contracts at bay, especially if you are involved in publishing. New projects are not emphasized at this time.

Complicating our matters of communication with a Mercury at detriment and retrograde, our more significant aspects include a square to the sun and the moon from Neptune at 11 degrees Pisces. Neptune will provide the appropriate fog to make bad deals seem like great ideas, and buoyant Mercury could walk us right into a trap that could have been avoided with greater attention to detail. Approach communications with a healthy dose of skepticism; there could be more going on than is first apparent.

Mars at 26 degrees of Libra is still in detriment here, where he is forced to gaze upon his preferred sign, Aries. Mars prizes action and wants what he wants, and he wants it now; spouses might be prone to argue a little more than usual under this aspect, as Libra rules marriages and relationships, and Mars will not be inclined to negotiate.

Uranus at 24 degrees of Aries will be in opposition to Mars. This will increase a sense of tension and may encourage mishaps or accidents. Don’t push things; sometimes standing still without using force can give a better result, and this is one of those times. Nerves may fray under Uranus’s electrifying nature.

In addition, Uranus at 24 degrees of Aries forms a trine to Mercury in Sagittarius. This also encourages more velocity when it comes to communications and Uranus’s rebellious nature; and with Mercury already in enough trouble, rather than this trine being a calmer aspect, it can aggravate present circumstances and make events happen faster, whether it’s matter of being hoodwinked or a fender bender at a stoplight.

Black Moon Lilith has a fiery, taboo nature all her own, and this time around she is at 2 degrees of Capricorn, and conjunct Saturn and Mercury. This could indicate a powerful female presence, but it could also mean a more intense focus on all the sexual controversy that has been stirred by recent events in the news. With Saturn representing a patriarch, and Mercury stumbling in his messages, it will be interesting to see if all these elements are clashing as the Black Moon Liliths in our lives, our generation, are demanding justice for abuse of sex and power. Black Moon Lilith wants creation without constraint, and she has no shame about what she wants, and will not suffer anyone to shame her. If there is backlash against women, Black Moon Lilith may take a very transformative and powerful role in 2018 when she conjuncts with Pluto and Saturn in Capricorn.


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.