New Moon at 27° Aquarius Dreams To Stark Reality, Transformation Required – 2-15-18

02-15-2018 New Moon

When – February 15, 2018 ~ 04:06 pm EST / February 15, 2018 ~ 09:06 pm UST

Corollary Full Moon at 4° of Aquarius ON
July 27, 2018 ~ 04:22 pm EST / July 27, 2018 ~ 08:22 pm UST

Aquarius makes his mark on us this new moon with promises he will find difficult to keep. Aquarius, detached, rebellious, and dreamy, invites the sun in at 27° with the moon at 27°, and last, Mercury at 25° for a communicative conjunction. And while Aquarius may intend to keep his promises, he encounters difficulty when Jupiter at 22° Scorpio squares the sun, moon and Mercury.

Jupiter expands the natural 8th house of Scorpio, that house of pain, suffering, death, sex, the hidden and occulted, the house of transformation, suggesting that an obstacle, unforeseen, or even painful, presents itself, forcing us to make hard choices we did not anticipate. Perhaps that resistance to the status quo is no longer a viable path, perhaps we lost friends too easily, broken promises or a failure to live up to an obligation made under Mercury’s hasty influence. To get out of this mess you may have cause, transformation is required – whether it’s living up to a lie or turning it into a reality.

Trigger happy Mars in the natural 9th house ruler of Sagittarius at 12° may find us initiating projects far afield, or engaging with foreign cultures or publishing – but friction could be present as this Mars aspect squares to Neptune at 13° Pisces. Neptune wants to play the days away and swim in deep waters, but the happy go lucky nature of Sagittarius married to Mars’ physical, fiery thrust breeds dissatisfaction and neglect. Men might be more forceful in the face of vagueness and how they react to a passive aggressive force that is reluctant to give a straight forward answer, bringing discontent. Conversely, if Mars goes with the flow, there is great potential to expel this force in inclusive physical activity or traveling with no destination in mind.

The North Node in Leo at 14° trines Mars at 12° of Sagittarius. Here is a lovely push in the direction of our fate to embrace the Leonine house of play and creativity, hobbies and entrepreneurship and taking center stage. Mars charges us with even more confidence, bringing a happy go lucky attitude. Fire meets fire. Imagine the nodes in Leo serving as king and queen, and Mars in Sagittarius a general – the heroic Odysseus. They work together in harmony. Use this influence to further gain dominion and rulership over your own life and you will have the resources, (perhaps from a foreign source or a scholarship for an institution of higher learning) to lead a promising campaign for the future. Keep your eyes on the long term goal for the completion of this new moon in July 27, 2018.

A series of semi-squares present us with friction not as easily resolved in the same flash-bang pressure cooker that as square or opposition provides.

Jupiter at 22° Scorpio, expanding our desire for control and our ability to perceive corruption – or fall prey to it – semi-squares Saturn at 6° of Capricorn in his dignity. Saturn is powerful on his own throne, and is well placed to quash the upstart Jupiter, who may be engaged in acts of criminal nature, hiding wrong doing – or otherwise tempting us with over the top, too good to be true promises. If we are not the victim, than we are the perpetrator, and Saturn will likely be pleased to watch us dig our own hole before he lets us fall into his trap to teach his discipline. Beware that your need for control, sex, sadism, or violence is not breaking the boundaries of equity or the laws, for Saturn will master you, and it will be a long, drawn out affair under the semi-square influence.

Another prominent semi-square involves Venus at 6° Pisces and Pluto at 20° Capricorn, which presents an interesting friction between opposite sensibilities: the dreamy Piscean Venus, in her exaltation, is receptive and all forgiving and might represent the unconditional love of a mother, spiritual or otherwise, coming up against the Plutonic, stark demands of reality based Capricorn, who counts every cent and keeps eyes on accounts and plays by the rules. Here, again, a theme of dreaming, awakening to stark reality. There maybe a long, drawn out difficulty between a mother, a female figure, involving a hidden debt or inheritance which way to take a great deal of time to untangle.

Lastly, interesting aspects between Black Moon Lilith abound as at 10° of Capricorn she reaches conjunction with old man Saturn at 6° degrees of Capricorn.

Black Moon Lilith in Capricorn is a guest in Saturn’s home; think of a rebellious, hormonal teenager discovering her sexuality. Like Saturn, Black Moon Lilith can express this magnetic sexuality through an amazing self-sufficiency and independence, and it may be that strong-headed women discover the influence of men in their lives or either aiding them in finding their path through this intense feminine self – or badly hindering it. At his worst, Saturn will nitpick her, nag her, and burn her at the stake – anything but admit how her raw command of her sex disrupts his sense of order. The lesson of this conjunction will be in harnessing these two powerful energies for the best they have to offer.

Complicating Black Moon Lilith at 10° Capricorn is a semi-square to the sun, moon and Mercury. Expect this semi-square between rebellious Aquarius and upstart Black Moon Lilith in Capricorn to once again introduce our daydreams to stark reality, as Lilith might be providing an irritant at the sun and moon’s party. Black Moon Lilith will demand her place at the table but there may not be room for one more and it may prove impossible to placate her, leading to longer ranging consequences.

~26TH MANSION OF THE MOON: AL FARGH AL MUKDIM~

The Forespout (of the water-bucket). Causes union, health of captives, and destroys buildings and prisons. With moon here, plant, sow, bargain, marry but do not navigate.
– 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

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.