Solar Eclipse! New Moon in Leo

Eclipse 8-21-2017

The last time we had a similar solar eclipse was in 1979, which touches on the generation born with Pluto in Libra — where Jupiter is currently transiting. This eclipse is one in a long running series called the Saros cycle, going back hundreds of years, but in the short term, many are speculating that the fixed star Regulus which is conjunct the sun and moon for this eclipse, is going to have consequences for President Trump, whose natal Regulus is being contacted. However, I can’t say I’m all that interested in the movements of the government — it’s our personal lives that will be affected as the moon interrupts the light of the sun on August 21, 2:31 pm.

As well as an eclipse being fraught with ages old fear and suspicion, we have Mars nearby the luminaries at 20 degrees of Leo, forming a trine to Saturn and Black Moon Lilith at 21 degrees of Sagittarius . The conjunction of BML and Saturn itself in the happy go lucky sign of Sagittarius is interesting in its own right, and more importantly, Saturn is preparing to move forward. As the sun and the moon join for the eclipse, Saturn is in a similar state — suspended and in stasis. This will not last for long. Once this passes, events will move forward with a dizzying speed. The trine from Mars to BML and Saturn, friendly fire signs each, are going to set off events with a quickness.

When we last had a grand fire trine under the Cancer new moon, I saw numerous people with upheaval in their personal lives and at home. During this solar eclipse new moon, we aren’t dealing with the same extremity of the cardinal sign of Cancer, so we may be able to expect something less disruptive — but no less dramatic! Leo loves the drama of it all. With the North Node at 23 degrees of Leo — the North Node being critical in relationship to the moon, since, like BML, it’s a measurement based on the moon’s orbit and not an actual heavenly body — the north node shows us the karmic direction, our life’s “quest” as we live on this earth. The quest is never easy. With the north node in Leo and the eclipse elapsing, there may be events happening from mid-July to mid-September that are “fated”.

Events that are “fated” are things we do not have control over and come crashing into our lives unexpectedly. In some cases, they may not “crash” so much gently appear into our lives. With Mercury in retrograde at 8 degrees of Virgo, this could even bring people from the past as we close up any unfinished business. There might be bittersweet endings, happy returns, and peaceful farewells. It opens up space for us to perhaps reunite with people we lost track of — or maybe, like a domino effect, something comes to light that changes our life as information is exchanged. This is the nature of unexpected, fated events. Things that happen now may stand to change both ourselves and our circumstances for the rest of our lives. Now is the time to be generous, to assume the role of leader, and invite all the best that Leo has to offer as changes appear.

In addition to the trine from Mars to Saturn and BML, there are trines forming from the luminaries at 28 degrees of Leo to Uranus, retrograde, at 28 degrees of Aries. Uranus will be moving into Taurus in the next year or two, and so as he marches through the final degrees he too, will be tying up loose ends. With the trine to the sun and the moon, fated events may indeed come crashing in unexpectedly, as Uranus is like a lightning strike, unstoppable and radical. In the cardinal house of Aries — more fire! — Uranus’s trine will prove potent indeed. People may be prone to butt heads or argue, especially with Mercury in retrograde and there will be a nervous tension that in its worst element, will seek release through argument and conflict. Alternatively, all this fire in support of Uranus at such a critical eclipse time could give illumination to genius moments as well. Uranus makes us rebellious as we struggle with the anxiety of the sun going dark as it seldom does in the course of our lives.

The North Node at 23 degrees of Leo trines Uranus at 28 degrees of Aries as well, and the North Node also trines Saturn.

We will face up to squares coming in from Venus at 24 degrees of Cancer, to Jupiter at 20 degrees of Libra. This emotional Venus in the cardinal sign will indicate either money or romance issues in our home, private lives, contending with a more public issue among friends. With Mercury in retrograde, there might be a misunderstanding at play, a missed bill that causes our cable to be cut off, or a lover’s spat taken too far. With Venus closing in on the last degrees of Cancer, it won’t be much longer before Venus leaves this cardinal sign for fun loving Leo, following after Mars and swinging by the North Node. Perhaps fated love and good fortune will also follow on her heels when she is done weeping in emotional Cancer.

We also deal with a square from Uranus at 28 degrees of Aries to Venus at 24 degrees of Cancer. As though the square to Jupiter in Libra, another cardinal sign, wasn’t challenging, Uranus in Aries throws his hat into the ring. There will be pressure in these cardinal signs that represent such important aspects of life — home life, friends and family, and our ego-identity. It could be that Venus is also retracing where the Cancer moon from June was not so long ago, sweeping up after the luminary. Uranus gives us the unexpected, so while there may be break ups indicated with Venus in the natural 4th house domicile of Cancer, the house of beginning and endings, there may be love walking into our lives as well. With the square indicated, none of these things will enter in without the discomfort of hard choices, conflict, and other difficulties that must be dealt with.

Lastly, there’s a semi-square forming between Mercury in retrograde at 8 degrees of Virgo, and Venus in Cancer. Whatever problems Venus may be facing, beset with so many squares, communication will be at the heart of all. Whether it’s love or money, there may be a need to negotiate with a light touch concerning sensitive parties, and Venus’s Greek counterpart Aphrodite was said to be blessed with a divine girdle that granted her the gift of flattery. Perhaps that ancient lesson can be applied here. Recognize the good side of people and it may go a long way to smoothing over potential difficulties now and later. Too much criticism will go awry with Mercury’s retrograde position, blowing up into unexpected disagreements. With Venus in Cancer, it can be easy to get caught up in an emotional tailspin. Don’t let it spin you around! Use Virgo’s cool-headed analytic bent to keep yourself on track.


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.

Aquarius Full Moon Eclipse, 8-7-2017

Aquarius Full Moon

Eclipse season is here! The Aquarius full moon ushers in the lunar eclipse at 15 degrees of Aquarius, with the sun opposing at 15 degrees of Leo.

Unlike previous new and full moons this 2017, this lunar eclipse promises to be a little less ‘exciting’ than in the past — unlike the Cancer new moon we experienced, which I know saw a lot of people’s home lives shifting. Anything we have full and new moons in cardinal signs, our lives are often shaken up. This time, we have dreamy, detached, and rebellious Aquarius calling the shots, affecting our private, emotional lives. Behind the scenes we can indulge in our trickster selves, inviting in the unexpected; yet, where the sun, our public face and our ego-self resides, we have a interesting conjunction with Mars.

With the sun at 15 degrees Leo, Mars loosely conjuncts at 11 degrees Leo. Imagine a king conferring with his general. While your emotional self may be indulging in cutting loose, in the forefront of your life, you might have to be making plans and strategizing, putting your best foot forward with the intensity and verve that Mars’ energy is renowned for. Go on the offensive. Stake your claim, mark your territory, take what is yours, be a strong ruler in your life. With the lunar eclipse in Aquarius, it may be that our private lives are experiencing an ending, and with Aquarius ruling the 11th house of acquaintances and friendships, dreams, goals, aspirations, perhaps we are letting go of a choice that didn’t work out for us, a friend who didn’t meet our expectations. We will need to borrow the solar energy of Leo to sally forth and blaze new trails, and Aquarius will love to break through any constraint put upon us by those old, outworn aspirations or friends who, it turned out, were only holding us back from our potential. Time to assume your power.

As if that weren’t enough of a momentum, consider supportive trines from the North Node at 24 degrees of Leo, to Uranus at 28 Aries in retrograde, and Saturn at 21 degrees Sagittarius also retrograde. The solar power of our kingly/queenly self is calling for us to lead through an ending. You’ve got the power to leap into a new beginning with Mars at your side and the fates themselves, the karmic North Node, beckoning you through. That’s not to say it will be easy, as the North Node doesn’t traffic in easy — but take advantage of the swift fast moving energy of the trines to break on through to the other side of whatever might be temporarily holding you back. It might even be a holdover from Saturn’s current transit through Sagittarius, as he will be going direct soon and whatever might be left undone is begging for completion under the last stages of his retrograde.

Jupiter at 17 degrees Libra also trines the Moon at 15 degrees of Aquarius. This emphasizes relationships and balance, and so friends may again be implicated through this contact with the cardinal sign of Libra. Jupiter’s expansive power through the trine will help quicken this ending that the lunar eclipse will bring to a close.

Mercury at 10 degrees Virgo opposes Neptune at 13 degrees Pisces, retrograde; Mercury is also preparing for his retrograde in the next few weeks. Keep up with your to-do lists as Neptune is going to pull us into his dreamy, escapist sphere, or else find a way to use that Neptune dissolution to dissolve something that has not been working for. Communications may have a fine layer of fraud or deception not readily apparent, and it will only increase as Mercury moves slower and slower in preparation for its retrograde. Sit down with some good Neptunian music and don’t make any promises, for you might find yourself unable to keep them.

Lastly, but significantly, there is a square from Pluto at 17 degrees of Capricorn, Saturn’s house by rulership, to Jupiter in Libra at 17 degrees. These are both cardinal signs, so the clash of energy promises to be felt in those arenas that affect our lives the most, in career and relationships. There may be an inequity, something out of balance, a desire for control between to factions, forces, or people, and Pluto will not be satisfied with Jupiter’s happy-go-lucky, dancing around the issue. It is not a time to be frivolous in intimate relationships or at work. Be respectful of everyone’s dignity and balance of power, even if you think the person you’re dealing with doesn’t deserve it or has done you wrong. Succumb to Pluto’s desire for control and cold-hearted dismissal and you might make an enemy who will turn around to bite you later.


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.

 

Leo New Moon 0 Degrees: Lionheart

Leo New Moon

This New Moon at 0 degrees of Leo starts a cycle that won’t complete until January 2018 — and that future completion will include aspects to the North Node and a heavy influence from Venus. What plans and strategies will you use this new moon for?

Last new moon may have ushered in endings for some; this new moon will usher in new beginnings under Leo’s blessing. What does it mean? Fun, creativity, a splash of drama, perhaps, children and starting one’s own business are all aspects Leo encourages, and with Mars conjunct at 1 degree with the Sun and the Moon in Leo, now is the time to harness the heart of the lion and use its solar power to remake your stage and assume the role you were meant to perform: you, of course, bold and amazing you! Leo wants everyone to know you’re on center stage, so get your lines ready and decide how you want the play to carry you into January of 2018 when the events you set into motion now will reach fruition. This would be an excellent time to do things regarding a business or money making venture in a creative field, as Venus down the line will deliver fortune at the completing full moon in January, 2018. Mars will will give you the energy to reach your goals.

Other significant aspects include a trine from Jupiter at 15 degrees of Libra to Venus at 20 degrees of Gemini — double your fun! Your expanding relationships may become extra chatty and affectionate.

Saturn at 22 degrees of Sagittarius trines Mercury at 26 degrees of Leo, suggesting that communications, contracts, and agreements at this time will move smoothly. Creativity, businesses, foreign travel and higher education might have their place in these types of agreements. Uranus at 28 degrees of Aries trines Mercury at 26 degrees of Leo as well, and so the quirky, unexpected and innovative may come to crash the party; with fast-moving trine energy, don’t fight against the tide, but use the momentum of events creatively.

Squares that might give us problems include Uranus at 28 degrees also squaring the Sun, Moon, and Mars in Leo. Unlike the trine to Mercury, the Uranus square will provide a challenge that affects our public and private life, forcing us into unexpected problem solving mode and distracting us from the fun we had planned. Take care of business and move on, and have a backup plan for your backup plan.

Last, we have an interesting opposition between Venus at 20 degrees of Gemini and Black Moon Lilith at 17 degrees Sagittarius, and Saturn at 22 degrees retrograde in Sagittarius. What is saucy Lilith doing with old man Saturn? Whatever may be at play, a hidden sexuality or affair may come to light under Venus’s pressure, or it could be that a seduction — absent of sex — is revealed in matters of law or career, and Venus’s function revolves more around the flow of money than an actual, nurturing female presence at odds with Lilith’s raw sexuality. Either way, the women in your life might be feeling the pull of these dual female energies in more subtle ways, exacerbated by a square between Lilith and Neptune at 13 degrees of Pisces.

Whatever happens, try to keep it fun under this Leo aspect and you’ll be well supported.


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.

Capricorn Full Moon Conjunct Pluto, 7-9-2017

Capricorn Full Moon

I’m a little later than usual to this week’s lunation; no one, it seems, is escaping the intensity of the recent new and full moons, all urged along under the quickening force of a Fire Trine between Saturn in Sagittarius, Uranus in Aries, and the North Node in Leo, bringing fated circumstances into our lives.

While before, quite a few people were experiencing disruptions under the moon’s passage through Cancer, we now have the full moon transiting through Capricorn, Cancer’s opposite. Pluto waits at 18 degrees with open arms to welcome the moon in conjunction. The moon itself is the natural ruler of Cancer, and so events occurring under the previous Cancer new moon may be transforming, ending, or starting all over again at this powerful full moon. In Saturn’s house of Capricorn, the house of career, it may be the Pluto will tear down previous structures within the home or behind the scenes, and this shaking of foundations will be felt on the career scene as well. Call it astrological whiplash, the effect, of being torn between two realms with also be exacerbated by Mars in his fall in Cancer.

Men or those with more masculine personalities will not sit well with Mars in this position. Mars’ usual propensity for action and battle-frenzy might take on a myriad of forms, but they will be hampered or truncated. Well laid plans will go awry and the potential for violence with Pluto in opposition is high. At best, the men in your life might end up being distracted, making poor decisions, or being ineffectual where before they were focused and sure of themselves. Don’t expect too much from the men in your life during this period, they will not be in a position to deliver results with Mars thus afflicted.

Notable aspects under this lunation include a trine between the Sun at 17 degrees Cancer and Neptune at 14 degrees of Pisces. Given the intensity of the Pluto and moon conjunction, it might be ill advised to wander overmuch, as Neptune might lead one astray; but losing oneself to safe and harmless pursuits is highly recommended. Stay at home and binge watch a satisfying show while the moon and Pluto wreak havoc elsewhere.

Jupiter at 14 degrees of Libra squares off against the Sun in Cancer and Pluto and the Moon in Capricorn at 18 degrees. Relationships will also have a stake in what disruptions Pluto and Mars might bring to the home and career sectors. Lives will be changed forever by culminating events that occur now, and Jupiter square suggests a building friction of people at odds with each other. Whether or not you’ve been vigilant or attentive to maintaining your relationships with others will either bear fruit now — or be torn apart under the force of neglect.

This too, will be exacerbated by the ongoing inconjunct between Jupiter and Neptune. People will be having great difficulty pinning down what they need from others and what they can give them in return; and much of the pain that it stirs will be from lack of clarity and the ability to be decisive.

Also inconjunct is Mars and Saturn. With Mars currently uneasy in Cancer, Saturn has the strongest influence. Expect that any violence or poor decisions that erupt beneath the influence of Mars in Cancer will face up to authoritarian Saturn, in ways we might not expect. Resolutions to these problems may end up drowning in red tape. Justice comes, but not enough of it, and not when it’s needed most.

Lastly, a semi-square between Venus in Gemini and the Sun in Cancer suggest too, that payments are held up or not forthcoming, or love is withheld, blocked, and turned aside — either of these conditions will end up being drawn out and painful, akin to pulling¬† a band aid slowly in the belief doing so will hurt less in the long run, and there won’t be much solution but to power through it and breathe deep. Eventually, the check will clear, and the reluctant lover will come to a conclusion on whether to nourish romance or wither it.

 

Cancer New Moon – June 23, 2017

Cancer New Moon

So far, a series of full and new moons have been happening alongside grand fire trines, specifically, an ongoing trine between:

  • Saturn in Sagittarius at 23 degrees
  • North Node in Leo at 27 degrees
  • Uranus in Aries at 27 degrees

I don’t see a lot of astrologers — actually, I haven’t read any astrologers taking note of this trine, probably because I don’t see a lot of astrologers talking about the node in relationship to the whole. However, I focus on the big picture. I like to think in terms of systems, and grand sweeps of time, as opposed to a short term focus. This means the north node has great importance when I look at charts, because they indicate spaces in our lives that we must explore, often with great difficulty. The north node is where we head to forge our karmic future and achieve our soul’s purpose. Thus, the north node figuring into this series of grand fire trines under the new and full moons is of utmost importance, because our “fate” is arriving with a quickness and velocity — speed is the marking of a trine, after all.

So what can we expect with the Cancer New Moon married with a Grand Fire Trine?

Expect the unexpected, as Uranus and the North Node ratchet up fated events regarding matters of home and emotional life that Cancer relates to. Other excellent astrologers like Robert Wilkinson over at the Aquarius Papers takes note that there’s a relationship to events from previous April-May; already I’m seeing events unfolding like a series of falling dominoes — several people going through unexpected divorce proceedings, and another was recently ousted from an abusive home. Many of these culminating events were from small seeds planted early in the year, during or on the heels of the previous Venus Rx. So — expect disruptions in the home environment, emotional demolition and rebuilding, and changes of address. Old friendships might end suddenly, and new ones begin. Saturn still in Rx may well rebuilding something that was not structurally sound when he first initiated steps before the Rx.

This brings us to an interesting conjunction of Mercury at 5 degrees of Cancer, alongside the sun and the moon at 2 degrees. Talks and conversations will be emotional and intense and revolve many of the issues surrounding these disrupting events. Our heart (the moon) and our head (the sun) are consumed with our current emotional and home-life needs (Cancer) and will seek expression.

This emotional aspect will also hit a brick wall — Venus at 18 degrees of Taurus, a very cozy place for the planet of love and wealth, will form a semi-square to this Mercury at 5 degrees of Cancer, along with the sun and moon close by. This could indicate a stalled romance, funds held up (maybe that initial lease deposit isn’t being released), or other circumstances of difficulty and frustration. Semi-squares ask us to endure our current tests, for there is little we can do to rush them along. Take a deep breath and ride it out.

Mars is also hanging out in Cancer, at 12 degrees, his fall, where he squares Jupiter in Libra, at 13 degrees. When emotions run high, we can be aggressive or defensive. Your friends might bear the brunt of this, as all these emotions need outlet — just don’t abuse the privilege and drive others away by not considering their feelings in the matter and trampling all over them in the process.

Neptune at 14 degrees Pisces also trines Mars in 12 degrees of Cancer. The men in one’s home life may be prone to escaping current problems, rather than rising up to the challenges expected of them. Women may be face-palming under this trine and asking why chivalry is dead, since Mars here is not well positioned and cannot find good expression, even under a trine. Neptune diverts him into drinking, gambling, addiction — anything but facing up to the real problems at hand. Mars may even be tempted to play the martyr and exaggerate small problems into big ones. A paper cut is played off as a serious emergency worthy of everyone’s sympathy.

The ongoing inconjunct is still in effect between Neptune at 14 degrees of Pisces and Jupiter at 13 degrees of Libra. I’m not a fan of this particular aspect, as Jupiter expands relationships and Libra sets the standard for balance in those relationships, while Neptune is plodding his foggy way through the natural twelfth house of solitude, of behind the scenes issues, of sickness, institutions and imprisonment. How these two houses and planets clash and seek to find calibration in our personal circumstances is largely what makes inconjuncts so uncomfortable — the solutions are usually not easily provided and thus, not to be found in the usual way. Sometimes, compartmentalization is at work in order to keep our sanity and wall off the parts of ourselves that cannot cope with what life requires of us.


There’s a new blog up by the esteemed Arch Druid John Michael Greer called Ecosophia, for anyone with an interest in druidry, ecology, peak oil, and other issues that usually preoccupy anyone involved in nature. He writes excellent essays on a regular basis covering these topics and more.

Grand Fire Trine, Sagittarius Full Moon 6-9-2017

Sagittarius Full Moon

This full moon is shaping up to have the heady swiftness of the last new moon, another Grand Fire Trine forming with the Moon in Sagittarius and the Sun in Gemini. This fire trine forms between Saturn in Sagittarius at 24 degrees, Uranus in Aries at 27 degrees, and the North Node in Leo at 27 degrees.

Trines increase the velocity of energy, so we can expect relevant events affected by these planets and hours to increase in speed and impact. In the case of the node, the head of the dragon where our karmic future lies in the sign of creative expression and fun, now might be a nice time to engage ourselves in the drama of the moment. All the world is a stage — so act accordingly to make the most of it! With the moon sharing space with Saturn, the lord of restraint and constraints, it might bring with it a strange feeling of opposites — the emotional mood of the moon will pull Saturn’s frown upright, as happy-go-lucky Sagittarius wants more fun and the energy of the trine will be hard to suppress with Uranus in Aries continuing to throw surprises out of left field, emphasizing the needs of the self. With the sun in Gemini and moon in Sagittarius polarity, travel may feature, communications will be dynamic and lead to surprises and shifts in circumstances. Hopefully, you behaved yourself while Mars was in Gemini and your mouth didn’t get you into trouble, or else you’ll be dealing with the fallout from that New Moon Grand Fire Trine last month.

The trine is the best part of the moon. What we have left are the clashing energies of inconjuncts, squares, and semi-squares, most notably, the influence of Jupiter in Libra at 13 degrees inconjunct Neptune at 14 degrees Pisces. Our expanding friends, connections, relationships are unable to mediate with Neptune’s foggy and inconsistent nature in Pisces. People will be attempting to keep the difficult parts of their lives separate, trying to maintain their relationships while giving themselves to addiction, escapism, or maybe someone is lying to themselves about the kind of relationships they’re willing to maintain or tolerate. In either case, one can feel the tension of the inconjunct any time the needs of balance in relationship clash with the wishy-washiness of Neptune who might not be too into facing up to the hard decisions. Running and hiding might be a tempting solution, but something here too, is preventing relief.

Pluto at 18 degrees of Capricorn is also inconjunct the Gemini Sun, 18 degrees. Power and authority might be forming a schism to the Gemini desire for novelty and hunger to communicate. Capricorn is Saturn’s home field, and will wait out the impatient younger sign of the Twins. Impulses may have to be stymied in favor of the prevailing status quo.

We come up against hard squares under this full moon with Neptune in Pisces at 14 degrees, square the Sagittarius moon and the Gemini sun. Black Lilith at 12 degrees Sagittarius is also square Neptune in Pisces. With all these aspects forming to Neptune in Pisces, it suggests that hard decisions are coming for those who have been lying to themselves about a difficult situation, perhaps an overindulgence has taken over a person’s life and become a full blown addiction, or maybe a belief that drove actions and decisions in the past is being dissolved — leaving behind feelings of betrayal and anger. The time has come to take a new course and change direction, and it’s a good time to gather information under this Gemini Sun and to better get our bearings.

Semi-squares join the fray. Notably, Venus at 3 degrees of Taurus semi-square Neptune in Pisces. Venus is very happy in the sign she rules, Taurus, so this semi-square will be complicated by issues of wealth, of material needs and security, perhaps more so than anything romantic. Perhaps a promise of increase in wealth, a spoken for reward, something is held up, whether it’s by deliberate deception, or more likely, the neglect of someone else’s poor decisions. Difficulties with no easy solutions may make themselves known, creating a knot of problems with the flow of money or resources, or a project just won’t finish completion and the wheels keep spinning, spinning. Taurus’s endurance is the best thing to have during a difficult time. Be patient, and see your way to the other side of the semi-square.