Full Moon 11° Virgo Dissolution Into Evolution – 3-1-2018

03-1-2018 Full Moon

When –March 1, 2018 ~ 7:52 pm EST / March 2, 2018 ~ 12:52 am UST

Corollary New Moon at 27° Virgo
September 20, 2017 ~ 01:30 am EST / September 20, 2017 ~ 05:30 am UST

You can read about this corollary lunation on the post at my website for free, here:

This full moon occurs at 11° Virgo, the 6th house, indicating a space where our personal, private selves are caught up in routines, our health, exercise, day to day work and habits and routines.

Virgo is ruled by the planet of communications, Mercury, and so the moon in Virgo directs our attention to Mercury, because the moon’s energy will be supporting Mercury by rulership.

Mercury at 22° Pisces, the 12th house occupies the opposite sign of Virgo where the moon is transiting, which might give the impression of clashing energies, but because of Mercury’s relationship as natural ruler of Virgo, instead releases this tension and gives us our opportunity to use this moon and unite the apparent opposites that Virgo and Pisces present – one side highly organized and enforcing boundaries, the other, creative chaos and dissolving boundaries. The dissolution of the Pisces sign is harnessed by Virgo moon and a supporting trine from Saturn at 7° Capricorn to the moon, turning dissolution into evolution.

Mercury at 22° Pisces also conjuncts Venus at 23° Pisces, who is in her exaltation in Pisces, further enhancing our romantic sensibilities under the Pisces sun at 11° where Neptune is also conjunct the sun at 13° and in opposition to the Virgo moon. Our public and private lives will be balanced between Neptune’s compassionate, enveloping watery nature and the earthy Virgo moon trine Capricorn, Saturn’s enforcing sensibility. Creative projects begun in the past may reach a new stage of refinement, or even subjects involving spirituality and private contemplation finds greater application under the Virgo moon influence.

Jupiter at 23° Scorpio also trines Venus at 23° Pisces and Mercury at 22° Pisces, inviting the deep, dark, mysterious power of the Scorpion in to help us expand into these evolutions.

Black Moon Lilith at 12° Capricorn also comes into play as it trines the Virgo moon at 11°, suggesting a partnership between the virgin and the magnetically sexual and independent Lilith during this time. The day to day tasks and organization which Virgo rules could find fierce energy available to women or anyone tapped into the feminine mystique – consider those day to day routines of fixing one’s hair, maintaining a glamorous appearance particularly favored.

There is the presence of aggressive male influence as Mars at 20° of Sagittarius squares Venus and Mercury in Pisces. Perhaps a man in your life is rambunctious under the influence of expansive Sagittarius and this results in an argument, broken promises, disagreements and divergent view points. Lovers may find it hard to connect under this square and find their common ground.

We find friction in semi-squares with Saturn at 7° of Capricorn semi-square to Jupiter at 23° Scorpio – power games might arise in the career field whose end goal is not clear, a sexual relationship might become unexpectedly complex, or a father or authoritarian figure might be trying to enforce control – all things that might drive us deeper into a rabbit hole we did not plan on going down.

Uranus at 25° Aries forms a semi-square to the sun at 11° Pisces. Expect the unexpected! We may have to face a shocking change that interferes with our essential self, a matter involving children or a pushy, self-centered person, finding difficulty adjusting to a change in health status or a temporary stay in an institution.

Uranus at 25° Aries also inconjuncts Jupiter at 23° Scorpio, and here there will be a friction whose only answer might be compartmentalizing separate parts of our lives that cannot achieve harmony. Controlling and power centered Scorpio cannot meet with the up-front, me-first Aries; resolving the ever changing rebellious nature of Uranus in Aries will require a level of diplomacy that Jupiter in Scorpio is not suited to enact; Scorpio wants what it wants and damn the rest. Damage control is key.

The North Node in Leo at 13° also inconjuncts the sun at 11° Pisces. This is another occasion where compartmentalization may be key – for the public and regal Leo pointing the way to our karmic future does not find the company of the sun to be at ease in the contemplative 12th house nature of Pisces. Moving behind the scenes is better, but Leo demands, and commands, the drama of the public.


The Barker. Gives benevolence, gain, voyages, harvests and freedom of captives. With moon here, sow, plant, take medicine, but do not travel or marry.
– 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

Full Moon 11° Leo Reckless Love, Expanding Intensity – 1-31-2018

01-31-2018 Full Moon

When –
January 31st, 2018 ~ 08:27 am EST / January 31st, 2018 ~ 01:27 pm UST

Corollary to New Moon at 0° of Leo
July 23, 2017 ~ 05:47 am EST / July 23, 2017 ~ 09:47 am UST

You can read about this corollary lunation on the post at my website for free, here:

This full moon brings interesting aspects with Venus, the benefic which rules love and money. And, in addition, this is a lunar eclipse! And as with any eclipse, expect changes and shake-ups, endings and beginnings, closure and initiations.

Venus in 16° Aquarius aligns with the sun in 11° of Aquarius. Under this full moon, women will be initiating and taking action, and under the influence of quirky, innovative, dreamy Aquarius, she will be in a moon to express herself in unexpected way; with the sun present as Leo’s natural ruler. Venus will find favor in her guises, especially since the moon occupies Leo, which by rulership is owned by the sun. The luminaries will grant support to these Venusian endeavors and in Aquarian spirit, female actions are bound to be irreverent and reckless.

The North Node in Leo at 15° also opposes this Venus/Sun conjunction, which lets us know that as positive or seemingly good one might feel, or about gifts we might receive as a result of Venus’s blessings – earnings that satisfy our needs or a new found romance, they may not be in our best interests in terms of the big picture. It’s not a matter of whether it is lasting or temporary – only whether it is propelling us in the direction of our life’s purpose and it may be leading us astray from our North Node future. Take note and consider what comes to us easily and makes us comfortable and satisfies our pleasures might be not enough.

Jupiter at 21° Scorpio also squares Venus in 16° Aquarius which reinforces the presence of this goddess in our lives. Jupiter expanding the 8th house of Pluto, sex, death, taxes and other people’s money may open the door to the unexpected – not as a frothy clash of energy, but as an attraction of opposites. Jupiter expands the seductive power of Scorpio, and Venus empowered by the sun and emboldened to let her hair down in Aquarius let’s Jupiter make the first move. In terms of money, this might indicate friction in regards to earnings, or extravagant gifts – perhaps too extravagant. Jupiter could miss the mark and scare Venus away.

Saturn at 4° Capricorn is conjunct Black Moon Lilith, hammering home the power of female sexuality with all this feminine power highlighted under this full moon.

Capricorn is Saturn’s natural ruler and this makes Lilith his guest – or his prisoner. Consider the old fairy tale of Bluebeard and his wives. This union of reserved older man (Saturn) and volatile, magnetic and sexually liberated Lilith is a potent one, for it can be both fractious but mutually beneficial. The risk here is that an authority figure, or father, or older person inadvertently quashes Lilith’s intensity and sexual expression – as a Bluebeard, keeping her under threat and held down with fear. At best, the fiery Lilith can get the old man to open up – and learn a few tricks from each other.

The hardest part of this full moon will be the spate of semi-squares to the outer planets. Notably, Neptune at 12° Pisces semi-square Mercury at 29° Capricorn, indicating a significant ending, but this ending may be drawn out and hampered by Neptune. Consider an elder person with serious health problems who relies on a hospital machine to sustain life. The time to pull the plug has come, but the paper work requires more certification or care (Mercury in Capricorn), laws must be adhered to, and though everyone has said goodbye, the Neptune fogginess and indecision sends things into a stall point.

Also Pluto at 19° Capricorn is semi-square Mars at 3° Sagittarius suggests the link of power and control in deep politics struggling to strike a deal with a foreign force. There might be significant negotiations between governments and powers at this time in foreign lands, bu tall attempt to forward progress come to naught.


The Mane. Good for voyages, gain by merchandise, redemption of captives. With moon here, plant, 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

Full Moon at 11° Cancer: Home and Career

Just a quick note: apologies for the lateness of this post! I’ve been working with the Amazon publishing platform to bring you Lunations, 2018! This is the first post of the new year, and it is also the first chapter of Lunations, 2018. Anyone who wants to see the moon cycles ahead of time, there will soon be a link to Amazon where you can buy the ebook if you like. If not, you can always check back here to get the new and full moon predictions.

I am working to make Lunations, 2019 even better than Lunations, 2018. We have an exciting year ahead of us! If anyone would like to let me know what they would like to see more of on this blog, and in my Lunations books, feel free to comment or email me at maria.starsbydesign@gmail.com.

I am also working on doing these moon reports on Youtube in the near future.

Without further ado, let’s look at what the first full moon of the year holds for us ….

01-01-2018 Full Moon

When – January 1st, 2018 ~ 09:25 pm EST / January 2nd, 2018 ~ 02:25 am UST

– Corollary to New Moon at 2° of Cancer
June 23rd, 2017 ~ 10:32 pm EST / June 24th ~ 02:32 am UST

You can read about this corollary lunation on the post, here: https://stars-by-design.com/2017/06/23/cancer-new-moon-june-23-2017/

A Grand Water Trine forms at this full moon between Mars at 14° Scorpio and Neptune at 11° Pisces with the Cancer full moon at 11°. Our actions and expressions will be dreamy, emotionally driven as we start the New Year with the Cancer moon in dignity in the 4th House of home life, private life, and emotional sensibility and concerns.

This lunar cycle was begun in June of 2017 with the corollary new moon at 2° of Cancer. Our home lives were changed, irrevocably shaken up, taken into new environments, family order rearranged, break-ups and endings. The consequences are here with us to stay. Marriages or living arrangements initiated then are reaffirmed now or reach an emotional peak.

The moon at 11° of Cancer forms an opposition to Venus at 9° of Capricorn. This polarity could reveal a clash revolving around money or romance, with Venus in Saturn’s 10th house of constraints and rules and authority and career. The emotional moon in the cardinal sign of Cancer that represents our inner/private life, the life at home gives rise to an issue pulling us between these two fields of career and home. Perhaps business and pleasure, love and money are forcing us into uncomfortable decisions which can no longer be denied or put off. Perhaps co-workers or family members, or you yourself don’t know when to leave the personal at home. This could indicate at change in career or marriage.

Mars at 14° of Scorpio is conjunct Jupiter at 17° Scorpio. Jupiter’s expansive power intensifies the Scorpionic needs, increasing sexual activity, elimination, all-or-nothing attitudes, our need for control and our investment in pride/ego, and the tendency to manipulate. Beware of accidents and the after effects of intense frustration when power and control are thwarted.

Black Moon Lilith conjuncts Saturn at 1° Capricorn. This may further indicate a troubling dalliance with authority, romance affecting career or using sexual charm to get ahead or the expression of this pent-up energy could take the form of harsh criticism or scape-goating.

Further emphasizing this Capricorn theme emerging during this Cancer full moon is the Sun at 11° Capricorn and also conjunct Venus at 9°. Use Venus’s seductive gifts and blend them with the Saturnine house of Capricorn: diplomacy is the way forward as schism emerge in this Cancer/Capricorn polarity.

Semi-squares in effect include Saturn at 1° of Capricorn semi-square to Mars at 14° of Scorpio and Jupiter at 17° Scorpio, indicating further complications in matters of career as Saturn is in his dignity in his home domicile of Capricorn. This can be contentious as authority/career might face opposing interests or challenges – perhaps a project needs extra effort or is sabotaged and someone’s job is on the line, or maybe a great deal of frustration is coming from the top down, or a powerful rival stands in your way. Either way, the issue may finally reach culmination at this full moon.

The North Node is also active with several aspects. The North Node in Leo trines Mercury at 19° Sagittarius. Communications flow up with ease and meet approval with authority; contracts move forward with ease.

The North Node in Leo squares Jupiter at 17° Scorpio and Mars at 14° Scorpio. Revealing a ruling authority figure is undermined by an aggressive, militaristic force, arguments and unrest may reflect in your home life, or these may be scenes played on a larger political stage – in the wider sociology-economic world of governments and civilizations, the outer planets suggest frustrations in the macro-arena.

Neptune in Pisces at 11° forms a semi-square to Uranus in Aries at 24°. Technology or innovation is stalled by more dreams than means. How is that solar farm working out for you? Money is squandered or lost in a speculative gamble, whether the stock market or casino, an even an apparent “win” comes with a costly consequence, standing in the way of the prize.


The Gap or Crib. Causes love, friendship and society of fellow travelers, drives away mice, afflicts captives and causes their imprisonment. With moon here, navigate.
– Vivian Robson


A compilation of the full and new moons of 2018 will be available within the next few days, called Lunations, 2018, 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.

Taurus Full Moon 11 Degrees, 11-4-2017

Full Moon Taurus

This lunation occurs with the sun at 11 degrees of Scorpio, and the moon at 11 degrees of Taurus, highlighting this axis that concerns itself with resources. For material based Taurus, resources of wealth and concerns of value are paramount; for Scorpio the resources are a matter of spirit and soul and interior spiritual wealth, and the resources of others.

This sun at 11 degrees of Scorpio will trine with Neptune at 11 degrees of Pisces, watery signs both. We may find our deep and intense mood of soul-searching is given a decidedly Piscean favor; we dig into subjects with intensity, not only because we want to get to the bottom of a subject, but because we want to sacrifice ourselves to it, because we want to do it in service to others. The goal is noble, but the means by which we achieve it might be questionable.

Mercury at 27 degrees of Scorpio has also been flavoring our communications and information with shades of the Plutonic. Our conversations will be deep and intense, passionate, delving into gossip looking for clues, or on the other end, we be trying to control conversations and influence others through our speech. Mercury forms an inconjunct to Uranus at 25 degrees Aries, and we might find ourselves with access to important information, but with no means to properly utilize it.

Venus is moving through Libra at 25 degrees, in dignity, and will form an opposition to Uranus at 25 degrees Aries. It may prove difficult to maintain harmony in relationships or marriages when the unexpected and unpredicted needs of others run roughshod over all other concerns. The Aries ego-focused need will be pushy and the Libra polarity will be asked to provide the balance.

Mars at 7 degrees of Libra is in his detriment. It may turn out that being able to complete projects or take action on important matters is hampered by the need to constantly compromise with others.

When I calculate these charts with the open source program Open Astro with Ubuntu, I calculate for a tight orb; thus, some months there are significantly less aspects than others, as I feel the most important aspects are those in tight configuration. This month’s moon correlates to the Taurus new moon of April 26, 2017. It might be worthwhile to take a glance into one’s planner to see what was ending or developing around this time and how it figures into the present full moon.

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.



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.