New Moon at 17° of Virgo: Resource Instability – 9-9-2018

09-09-2018 New Moon
When – September 9, 2018 ~ 02:02 pm EST / September 9, 2018 ~ 06:02 pm UST

Corollary to Full Moon at 0° of Virgo on
February 19, 2019 ~ 10:53 am EST / February 19, 2019 ~ 03:53 pm UST

The prominent features of this new moon lunation is that it does not complete a cycle as others do, which begin with a new moon in a sign, and then finish several months later with a full moon in that same sign. This lunation does not complete its sign.

We have a Grand Earth Trine forming with Mercury at 6° Virgo, Saturn @ 2° Capricorn, and Uranus at 2° Taurus. Mercury and Saturn are dignified, making expressions of communication and authority and career easy.

A grand cross also takes shape with Venus at 0° Scorpio, Uranus at 2° Taurus, and Black Moon Lilith/Mars at 29° Aquarius, and the north node at 3° Leo. Hard decisions or situations may arise in this clash of energies; interestingly, with Venus in Scorpio and Uranus in Taurus, we have a case where Uranus occupies a Venus ruled sign. Resources and wealth and love relationships are strongly highlighted along this Taurus-Scorpio axis, from the resources we own to other people’s resources, there may be instability in that arena as resources are shifted via unforeseen circumstances or taken from us through loss or neglect.

On the Leo-Aquarius axis we have the north node in Leo in opposition to Black Moon Lilith/Mars, which also means Black Moon Lilith/Mars is conjunct the south node. Fated experiences may well await us, and one can expect there to be magnetic sexual experiences where Black Moon Lilith and Mars meet in the detached, dreamy and rebellious sign of Aquarius. These relationships may not be in our soul’s best interest as indicated by the conjunction with the south node, and our best use of the events is to understand how we can use them in service to our north node destination.

The sun and moon will conjunct Virgo at 17°, giving us impetus to be organized, efficient, discerning, focusing on our daily tasks, health and exercise. Pluto will trine from Capricorn, increasing the intensity of our focus, asking us to go deeper and look harder at our tasks, even to restructure the way we accomplish things.

An opposition with Neptune at 15° Pisces may pull us away from our responsibilities or complicate our efforts, confusing our direction or purpose.

Venus at 0° Scorpio, the ruler of wealth and beauty is in the Pluto ruled sign of Scorpio, so we can expect our romantic interactions and money matters to be intertwined with Scorpion themes, such as transformation, endings, and sex. Venus will square Mars at 29° Capricorn, indicating pressure from authority or career field, possibly coming from an elder male figure or leader position.

Mars at 29° Capricorn will square Uranus at 2° Taurus, which is also an issue regarding themes of resources, clashing with the needs of career and authority.

~25TH MANSION OF THE MOON: AL SA’D AL AKHBIYAH~

The lucky star of hidden things or hiding places. Favorable for besieging and revenge. Destroys enemies, causes divorce, helps prisons and buildings, hastens messengers, hinders childbirth and hinders the action of the body. With moon here, unfortunate for everything except taking medicine.
– 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° 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:
https://stars-by-design.com/2017/09/21/virgo-new-moon-27-degrees-9-20-2017/

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.

~13TH MANSION OF THE MOON: AL AWWA~

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

Pisces Full Moon, 9-6-2017

Full Moon 9-6-2017

This lunation has the sun in Virgo at 13 degrees, and the full moon at the opposing sign of Pisces, 13 degrees. Our daily lives may be concerned with the nuts and bolts, with organization and boundaries, with health and exercise and daily tasks, but our emotional selves will want to dissolve, to lose ourselves to something greater and explore our spiritual depths. We strive to find balance between the two during this lunation.

We are also coming out of a Mercury retrograde, with Mercury finally moving forward at 28 degrees of Leo. This means he’ll be touching on the eclipse point from August 21, and we should expect important communications that reflect the intensity of the eclipse and its North Node presence. Our communications will not only be important, they will be fated.

Mercury at 28 degrees of Leo is also conjuncting Mars at zero degrees of Virgo, which means Mars has also touched on the eclipse point. Our force, our physical presence, how we take action in the world will be doubly important now. Both Mars and Mercury will emphasize the Virgo theme, will make us enthusiastic to engage in service, in practical day to day matters. I would expect that anyone who has had challenges or blockages to achieving a goal may find those obstacles swept away as though in a tide, leaving the path clear. If you were heavy with burdens before, they may well be lifted, and leave you dizzy with relief.

This Pisces moon will be inconjunct Venus at 13 degrees of Leo. Our feminine side will want to let down our hair, and we may feel indulgent, and the Pisces moon will not mesh as it seeks to direct our emotional side to the spiritual, perhaps making us feel a little out of sorts. We want to enjoy the finer things, but feel guilty for it and we can’t pin down why.

Uranus in the last lap of Aries, retrograding at 18 degrees will also trine the personal planets of Mars and Mercury. Trines emphasize quickness, and events may fall into place like a puzzle. He will want to show us how to reap the rewards of being truly ourselves, to be independent and rebellious, and by now, after years of Uranus in Aries, we will ideally have learned to identify what we need in our lives to be individuals, and this may have required personal sacrifices in the service of rebellion. We can now communicate those needs, and take action as required.

Neptune at 12 degrees of Pisces also aspects the luminaries; he will be conjunct the moon at 13 degrees of Pisces, and opposite the sun at 13 degrees Virgo. This emphasizes the desire to give til it hurts, to lose ourselves in a purpose, a calling, a bliss, a drug, a song — whatever calls to us. Work hard under the Virgo sun during the day, and then turn on the music full blast and dance your heart out by yourself or with a good friend, or even a new romantic interest.

Pluto at 16 degrees of Capricorn also trines the earthy Virgo sun, supporting us in our daily tasks, making our attention more keen, our sensibilities more discerning. Nothing passes unnoticed under our watchful eye, now. We’ll want to get to the bottom of things, and you may end up fixing mistakes left over from the previous Mercury retrograde in the nick of time, making your hard work seem effortless and as though nothing went awry to begin with. Pat yourself on the back, and take pride in your work. Your sense of security and self-satisfaction should prove affirming, and that will be a reward in and of itself.


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.

Full Moon in Virgo, 3-12-2017, Impressions

Virgo Full Moon 3-12

I’m trying out this awesome new software from OpenAstro.org for Linux. (I’m still getting used to it!)

On this Virgo full moon, the prominent aspect is Mercury in Pisces at 27 degrees moving into exact square to Saturn in Sagitarrius at 27 degrees.

Their are several oppositions and squares at play during this full moon in Virgo the natural ruler of the sixth house, the sign of work, day to day concerns, daily tasks, health, organization, pets, and exercise. Let’s highlight those of interest one by one:

The North Node (Rahu/Dragon’s Head) at 2 degrees of Virgo is also conjunct fixed star Regulus, off by 1 orb. Regulus conveyed great fortune to a native by raising them high above the state they were born into, but equally capable of bringing about a proportionate “fall”. Traditionally in Leo, due to the precession of the equinoxes, Regulus passed from Leo to Virgo in 2012. The North Node, taken to represent our karmic future and soul’s quest, always moves backward, and thus is preparing to align with that star as it moves through the beginning degrees of Virgo to pass into Leo.

With this shift we should keep in mind that there is often a release — whatever theme, task, challenge, mission, or debt the sign placed upon you comes to an end. What does this portend as the North Node comes conjunct the “Kingmaker” star? Look to the kings and queens in your life, or how you might be assuming a kingship yourself, or are you meant — or failing — to take leadership in the area that Virgo applies to in your nativity?

Saturn is our big mover and shaker in 27 degrees of Sagitarrius, and is at the center of three squares. He forms loose squares to the Virgo moon and the Pisces sun at about 5 degree orb, making it a softer aspect. However, the intense aspect here is Pisces Mercury forming an exact square to Saturn in Sagitarrius at the 27 degree mark.

Ironically, I’m already getting a taste of this myself. In gathering my birth certificate and other incidentals, I discovered my birth certificate did not include the names of my parents and would be useless to me in my efforts to apply for a passport (which Sagitarrius rules, being the natural 9th house which rules foreign travel.) The lady who I made an appointment with to look over this paperwork completely forgot we had an appointment, and was an hour late to meet me — reminiscent of Mercury in retrograde, though in this case, what we have is a very sleepy, Pisces Mercury who is dropping the ball under Neptune’s influence. This miscommunication has forced me to jump through bureaucratic hoops to sort these papers out. Saturn in Sagitarrius would be proud!

Expect miscommunications in similar vein to the themes of the Neptune/Saturn square we experienced recently, only on a smaller scale, this time with Mercury in watery Pisces, perhaps dreaming too much, lets his mouth run away with him or makes promises he can’t deliver when Saturn puts his hand up to silence the noise. You might be called to deliver on those promises or contracts after all.

Politically, this might make for some interesting occurrences as we have a president notorious for off-the-cuff remarks and a news media that has more to gain from “infotainment” than value-driven news reporting that characterized journalistic standards of the past. Mercury, the ruler of journalists and writers, will make his presence known during this square in those fields.

In addition to those squares with Saturn, we have several loose squares to Pluto, who is transiting Capricorn at 19 degrees. Capricorn, an earth sign along with Virgo. Prominent squares to Pluto are Jupiter in Libra at 21 degrees, and Uranus in Aries at 22 degrees.

Pluto is also trine the Virgo moon, but wherever Pluto is involved, expect to have your mettle tested, even under “favorable” aspects like trines. Since Pluto is in Capricorn, which is Saturn’s house, we must look to where Saturn occupies the chart, as this is where Pluto is driving his energy.

This Plutonic power, therefore, feeds into the Mercury/Saturn square — while many have found Pluto in Capricorn to be a difficult aspect, citing the 2008 financial crises as being a part of Pluto’s movement into Capricorn, I find that there is no better planetary influence than Saturn for harnessing the immense power of Pluto — Pluto takes to Saturn’s discipline, which we sorely need lest Pluto rage without control.

This Mercury in Pisces is also in loose opposition to the Virgo moon — Virgo wants to keep emotions tight and within well defined boundaries, but the urge for the Virgin to “confess” under Mercury’s dreamy influence might undermine attempts at efficiency where Virgo is concerned. Idle gossip at work could backfire! Naturally, where the natal house positions fall under these signs for the native, comes into play.

Mars in Taurus forms a loose trine between Saturn in Sagitarrius and the North Node in Virgo, and will be making himself known best by channelling his martial aspect into endurance and aggressively hunting down investments and things of value. This will be doubly important as Venus is currently in retrograde, at her detriment, but she rules the signs of Taurus and Libra, and so both these signs carry special weight on their own — Mars in Taurus to emphasize the active pursuit of beauty and value, and Jupiter in Libra, asking us to see to our relationships and maintain those friendships, for when all else fails, we will need people we trust around us.

Yet, with Venus in retrograde until April, this will present challenges in how we deal with our friendships, our relationships — romantic ventures will likely stutter and stall, for those of you expecting sparks, and with tax season coming up, I’ve already heard reports of people falling victim to identity theft and having their tax return end up in the hands of a thief. Here, there seems a perfect conjunction of nefarious pursuits indicating Venus’s interests and Mars in Taurus, alongside the Saturn/Mercury square and Pluto.

If you broke up with someone under the influence of the solar eclipse previously, they will likely boomerang during Venus in retrograde.

If all this seems like a confusing cosmic soup, take heart: a good way to deal with these tensions and pressures is to take a hint from the glorious Venus, that mistress of love. Move slowly. Take your time. Speak less, and when you do, do it with consideration and grace. The Taurus Mars will also want to move with the slow endurance of the bull, that ancient fertility symbol, seeking to smell the roses. Yet, a chance to reconnect with friends under this Jupiter in Libra period, is also conducive to a Venus in retrograde period. Shake out those old dresses you’ve forgotten about. Throw a tea party, gather the women in your life, and celebrate them — the Virgo full moon will add her female energy to the mix, and don’t take anything anyone says too seriously.

 

Astrological Portraits: BBC’s Sherlock as Virgo

Mythology  and storytelling — its place in astrology — is a never ending fascination of mine. While watching the recent BBC special the “Abominable Bride” over on my side of the pond, it occurred to me that there’s few characters who so embody an astrological symbol more than Sherlock. Having read Doyle and seen various interpretations, I think it’s fair to say that the modern revision has probably single handedly launched Benedict Cumberbatch’s career and suddenly made the dour detective sexy again.

Virgo probably isn’t the sign that comes to mind when people think “sexy”, but Virgo’s alignment with the concept of “virgin” is no indication of their actual sex lives. When we understand Virgo’s generalized characteristics, it’s fascinating to see how well BBC’s Sherlock is intertwined with it. From the detective’s manic attention to detail, interior sense of organization (mind palace, anyone?) we see the light of Mercury infusing nearly everything this new, retold Sherlock does, able not only to use every new device and gadget available to him, but to also communicate across social strata and various landscapes. All the while, Sherlock maintains a well-defined sense of identity that is never porous. When this sense of identity is threatened, as in the “Hound of Baskerville”, all systems shut down and he reaches a level of near hysteria, before order is restored and Sherlock’s identity is once again salvaged by rationality. Virgo, or the Virgin, earns its names in many respects, but also for the virginal quality of identity, through which nothing will penetrate.

Even the creators seemed to hit on this, albeit subconsciously. In building the modern character, they leave it in the air as to the nature of his sexuality, preferring to let things play out later on when the story warrants it. No better descriptor for a visual representation of the Virgo concept is given than when Sherlock manipulates his way into Irene Adler’s residence in “Scandal in Belgravia” — disguised as a priest, no less. In older definitions of what it meant to be Virgin, it meant a woman who owned her sexuality without answering to anyone, rather than a state of intact virginity. The concept of Virgin taken to its extreme is evident in Sherlock’s donning of the Roman collar. To the viewer, the character smacks of sexual naivete, but his mastery over his work suggests vast experience, titillating the viewer by these opposing contrasts, for we sense the Roman collar is a facade, a sham. His work smolders with funnelled libido.

As it is with many perfectionists, one need not be a Virgo to see how intense people become when focused on the details of their life’s work, often at the expense of the rest of their lives. It’s more apparent to us in public displays like the arts, where we can appreciate the violinist who has mastered his art through years of rigorous study, though we may only view the result. We can see it when we fall in love with a work of fiction, swept away by the heady illusion which often comes at the expense of years of perfectionist devotion to the word.

Naturally, the usual inclination is to perceive Sherlock’s character as being that of Scorpionic influence; after all, delving deep into the occulted is what this character builds his reputation on. That cannot be discounted. While Sherlock’s occupation speaks to Pluto, it would have no serious force without Virgo’s mastery in craft and attention to detail to bring it to bear. But I also think it’s no accident that as fixed star Regulus moved into Virgo in 2012 from its home in Leo, it’s interesting to wonder if our cultural values will reflect this in such heroic — or anti-heroic — characters. Certainly, it weighs heavy on my mind as the North Node prepares to conjunct Jupiter in Virgo at the start of 2016.