Aries Full Moon, 10-5-2017

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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.

Libra Full Moon of 4-11-2017

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The emerging theme of this moon is how an abundance of relationships moves into a process of elimination, as the full moon in Libra at 21 degrees, moves into Scorpio hours later at 6:42 pm, EST.

This Libra moon retreats from a conjunction with Jupiter Rx at 17 degrees of Libra, while this moon also squares Pluto in Capricorn at 19 degrees. We are blessed with sociability but the Pluto square overshadows our connections with the flavors of Scorpionic intensity, particularly with moon’s looming passage into Scorpio. Friendships have their good times, their bright, happy moments in which we perceive people who make us feel good as angels — yet, as we move past the superficiality of relationships and delve deeper, our relationships maturing in the process, we can often discover our angels have their dark sides, and at our worst, find we are surrounded by pernicious demons instead.

Of course, those are very stark, binary terms to describe the human experience of friends and the relationships they provide — but this is often how we perceive things in relationship to the self. What does not please us is evil, what supports our self-esteem is instantly good. It takes strength, time, and tempering of the soul to recognize and forgive both others and ourselves when our ideals are not met. The person who matures in a truly soulful way, is not a person who insists on looking at their friends with rose colored glasses, but who can identify what kind of relationships they can live with, and what kind they can live without, and can do so without the need to demonize or idolize those that rise or fall short. Pluto speaks of transformation — and we are always in an act of transformation, for if we do not, we are eternally stuck in the process of elimination. As we transform, the kind of relationships we choose — or fail to choose — will transform along side us.

Transforming relationships can sometimes reveal more than we expected, with Uranus in Aries opposite this Jupiter and Moon in Libra. Perhaps we shock our friends by not adhereing to the role they assigned to us — perhaps our friendships are hiding secret desires (Venus Rx) or perhaps we become too attached to how good our friends make us feel, distracting us from our troubles and inviting us to try to coerce or control (Pluto/Moon square) the good times that are no longer there. The moon will invite emotional attachments to rise to the surface.

These relationship dynamics, how we come together, fall apart, navigate and maintain, is all under the domain of Libra, Venus in her current retrograde, and 7th house matters. Friends and connections belong under the scope of the 11th house, of Aquarius and Uranus — expect these subjects to be key features under this moon. Uranus at 24 degrees of Aries, also squares the Libra moon.

Saturn’s gravity will help to reign in Jupiter’s over the top expansion, providing a soft anchor. Venus, even though in retrograde, is in Pisces and will be better positioned for compassionate love than she was in masculine Aries. Saturn’s trines underlies the current, more prominent features of this chart, trining the Sun in Aries, Uranus in Aries, and Mercury in Aries, as well as the North Node at 0 degrees of Virgo — like the kind hand of a father, directing the child (Aries) back to a rational path with hard work, foundations, and clear sight.

New Moon in Aries 3/27/2017, Impressions

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On March 27 we have a series of interesting aspects under this New Moon at 7 degrees of Aries. Aries, the first sign, the me-first sign, ego-centered and self-affirming, pushy and bold.

What stands out in this lunation is the presence of the North Node at 1 degree of Virgo, preparing to cross into Leo. At the apex of the sky here in the North East, the Dragon’s Head is calling us to leadership — will you answer? Will you square up to accountability, to take the crown — and the responsibility that comes with it? If you think events revolving around White House politics have been interesting, hold onto your seat, for the Node is transiting fixed star Regulus, as this “kingmaker” star is prominent in Trump’s chart. However, I think the Node’s placement has a message for all of us — to lead, and to lead well, to stop looking for others to resolve the challenges put before us and come to terms with all that it entails — that life often asks us to lead in the face of unfair circumstances and waiting for someone else to do it is not always an option. Meet your challenges, and what better aspect than the moon in Aries to support you? When our leaders fail us, we are called to be leaders in our own lives.

However, this call goes unheard in the general public, as evidenced by the opposition to Neptune in Pisces. We long to escape from the difficulties of life, and for some, this escape is necessary, and for some, it is merely prolonging our suffering and agony.

In Aries we have a very dark and deep Venus in retrograde telling her story of love’s fortunes — her transformation into the morning star begins as she disappears from the sky on March 18 and reappears as the morning star on March 31 at 1 degree Aries. In absence, does she grieve for profound unrequited love, or is she gearing up for a bold and ruthless liasion as evidenced by the supportive trine with Black Moon Lilith in Sagittarius? Seducers are afoot this period, some people will be having the kind of romance soap operas are made of, complete with dramatic conclusions.

Mars and Venus are in mutual reception, both being in the signs ruled by the other, Taurus and Aries respectively. Take note, Venus is challenged by old man Saturn, squaring her from Sagittarius. Expressions of love and affection are already suffering under the retrograde, and Saturn will constrain Venus’s warmth. Love must be clever, kind, and patient to bear with the challenges of this period.

Jupiter in Libra is also a strong feature, since Libra’s natural ruler is Venus. Jupiter is still in ongoing opposition to Uranus in Aries, and Mercury is also passing Uranus in Aries. Expect intensifying communications, active sociability among burgeoning friendships, and as always, use words with common sense and consideration lest Jupiter’s expansiveness and Uranus’s delight in shocking others causes you to open mouth and insert foot.

At this time, Pluto in Capricorn at 19 degrees is forming squares to Uranus, Mercury in Aries and Jupiter in Libra. Pluto’s agreeable alliance with Saturn in Sagittarius will make Pluto’s desire for control and power well-focused; with Venus in retrograde also afflicting relationships, take stock of your friends and make sure the people you surround yourself with are the type of people you want in your life — not those seeking to take from you or leverage your time, effort, love, or wealth for their own needs.

Conversely, if your friends have been fractious lately, you may find this an excellent opportunity to learnĀ  skills of politics and diplomacy that are often the keystone to how we unlock success and get along in civilized society — usually a gift that develops later in life. Meet challenges in your friendships to develop it now. Saturn’s supportive trine to the Node will lend strength, and the adventurous and bold moon in Aries give steam to meeting challenges.