Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Astro Tips for January’s Full Moon in Cancer. 2017

Full Moon in the sign of Cancer is Thursday, January 12th.  There is a big bad square in the sky.  Think pressure cooker. Overwhelm. Anxiety.  Think being inside a box and you can’t get out and you are suffocating.  Think jack-in-the-box. Scary.  Some of the planetary players have been doing some of this dance for a while:  Uranus (change, chaos, upheaval) opposing Jupiter (bigness, extravagance) while Pluto (executioner, Lord of the Underworld) sits in between those two and harshly pulls the chains to get our attention.  This has been a period of severe power pushing, bragging and serious fighting to win.  Jupiter has added some flamboyant ego parades. What makes this irritable trio more intense at the moment is the involvement of the Sun and Moon.  The Sun is sitting with Pluto, amplifying hubris.  Moon in Cancer is opposing Pluto.  Expect emotional outbursts and irrational whining. When your anxiety level starts to affect your quality of life, it’s time to turn off the news and take the chill pill.  If the drama is in the personal life, same thing, take the chill pill.  If your work place is full of irritation or family dysfunction is out of control, it’s time to chill.

Fortunately this Full Moon period offers a good dose of chill. Neptune, Venus and Mars are sitting snuggly together in the sign of Pisces.  Watch a movie. Dance. Meditate. Make music. Make love. Go help somebody. Turn off the TV and focus on your surroundings.  Take a scan of your own energy field. Are you nervous? What do you need to do to relax and return to a place of centeredness?  This full moon is perfect for mindfulness meditation.  It’s a fine time to contemplate the value of love and the mystical manifestations of our collective existence. 

Meanwhile, the big planetary tension in the sky pushes us to take a stand and to be prepared to participate in civic matters and collective troubles.  Our society is involved in a great transformation.  Maybe the transformation is a serious make-over. Maybe it is a totally new direction. Astrologically, the transformation has been unfolding for a number of years and it is still in process. Numerology gives us perspective for this particular New Year. 2017 is a number that adds up to 10 and reduces to 1.  We are entering a new nine-year cycle, and we are all responsible for what happens in the next nine years.  What can we do to secure the safety and viability of our planet and our species?

This month there in an dynamic interplay of extreme weather, extreme societal tension, extreme entitlement on the part of plutocrats, surreal human behaviors, traumatic manifestations of brutality against all of nature, and shocking disregard for the search for truth.  So this is what we as a people have created. Surely we have the intelligence and emotional spark to create something magnificent that honors our planet and the unity of all sentient being.

This is where the Pisces trio can help us.  Neptune is illumination and inspiration; Venus is beauty and also relationship; while Mars is the desire to survive and thrive. With this Pisces package of cosmic energy we can join together and dream a New World.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

September 1, 2016 New Moon Solar Eclipse in Virgo

“Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens.” Carl Jung

This first eclipse of September is on September 1. It is a New Moon Solar Eclipse at 9 degrees of Virgo.  The Moon and Sun are conjunct at a New Moon. For a period of time the Moon blocks the rays of the Sun.  The Sun is our consciousness, our ego identity. Perhaps it is hard to be clear about who we are during this period. But since an eclipse has duration of several months, perhaps a solar eclipse gives us an opportunity to unravel some aspects about self that have been hidden from our awareness
So who is affected?  Everyone is affected, especially the mutable signs! Listen up, Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces earthlings! You are the Mutable Quartet of the Zodiac. You make sure we change. 

The  Cardinal or Moveable Signs initiate circumstances and move us along.  The Fixed Signs help keep things in place long enough for good to come of what has been initiated. The Mutable Signs stir things up and bring change so we can adjust, refine, re-start or end something.

The Planetary Line-up

The line-up looks like this: Sun/Moon in Virgo; Mars and Saturn in Sagittarius; and Neptune in Pisces.  Gemini stands alone in the heavens RECEIVING all the pulsations of this mutable bundle of cosmic information. It feels like a dentist drill or jackhammer or yapping dog that won’t stop.  Something is getting our attention and in the process giving us a headache.  The duration of Mars and Saturn interacting with the Sun and Neptune is definitely taxing.  On the one hand we want to maintain our sense of idealism (Sun connecting with Neptune).  We are also striving to let Neptune dissolve the frustrations that we have been dragging around for what seems like all year.  We want to get on with life.  The only way to do that is to focus on someting that we really care about, something we really love, and just keep going one day at a time. That would be the Mars/Saturn part of the delivery.

Virgo is the indicator of discernment and critical analysis.  Virgo strives to get it right (a softer word than perfection!).  Gemini, the other mutable sign ruled by Mercury, has domain over the collection of information but Virgo processes the information and analyses the data.
There is intense strain on Virgo this month for two reasons.

Number One:  Neptune (ruler of Pisces) is opposing the Sun/Moon/Eclipse in Virgo.  Virgo wants to analyze, be rational, and be correct.  Neptune waves a hand from the other side of the sky and says, “Good Luck With That!”  Neptune always reminds us that much is hidden under the barn.  There is often a mysterious agenda that we have to uncover before we can fully understand the data. Number Two:  Mars and Saturn are still holding hands in Sagittarius and they stand in the middle of this arrangement and contribute a big dose of frustration and even anger.  We are moving through fear and loathing.  It will help if we focus on positive action to release our fear and “fed-upness” with life. It’s also helpful to look at what we believe.  Maybe our beliefs are part of any problem we are facing.

Be kind to the Gemini’s you know.  They are receiving all the information and energy of the Eclipse.  Some Gemini’s will communicate about what is going on and we should listen to what they have to say.

If Gemini collects information and communicates about that information, and if Virgo analyzes the data, then what does Sagittarius do?  Sagittarius assigns meaning to the data. Jupiter rules Sagittarius and that is why Sagittarius is connected to the higher mind—the place in us that integrates and makes sense of life.  Sagittarius is a fire sign, so Mars in Sagittarius can make us impatient and mad or it can motivate us. Saturn in Sagittarius pushes us to examine our “higher mind” beliefs.  Saturn can hold on to beliefs and even dip them in concrete and put them on an altar!  The altar called, “It’s My Beliefs or the Highway.”   On the other hand, Saturn in Sagittarius gives us time to mature. Maturity leads to refining our beliefs and giving us a chance to change our circumstances.

Meanwhile, Saturn is in a face-off with Neptune.  Saturn really asks us to find our truth—a truth that is based on reality, not on Neptunian apple pie in the sky. Neptune rules the media, so we are being more vigilant to question if the media is even telling the truth!!

Throw in a little destiny if you like.

The North Node has been transiting through the sign of Virgo. During this Solar Eclipse, the North Node is very close to the Sun and Moon in Virgo. There is a sense of purpose or even “fatedness” going on for many people. Maybe we are getting messages about what direction to take in life, messages about our purpose.  In addition to our everyday life—job, family, health, etc—we are busy downloading some new files and important guidance about our destiny.

One more thing:  A Fascinating Trio in the Heavens keeps us positive and loving in spite of everything!

The Solar Eclipse horoscope holds another fascinating component.  Jupiter (planet of optimism), Mercury (left brain thinking and communication) and Venus (what we value and our drive to be in relationship) are sitting together in the sky.  Mercury and Jupiter are at 28 degrees of Virgo and Venus is 2 degrees of Libra.  This happy trio makes no aspect to other planets.  Repeat.  This trio makes no connection with the Sun and Moon, with Mars and Saturn, with Neptune or Uranus and Pluto.  This little trio sits alone.  It’s like a little room we can go to and get recharged.  We can feel uplifted and think jolly thoughts!  We can have hope!  If you get confused or upset, try to go to this little room of optimist thoughts and comforting relationships. Also, this planetary trio is excellent for research and for writing and publishing.

The September Eclipses set the tone for the next few months. We have time to contemplate what is going on in our ego mind. Do we have beliefs that are circulating on a tape loop that keeps us in a miserable rut? Are we so busy worshiping at our altar of concrete beliefs and memories that we can’t see the rainbows and opportunities offering important changes?  On September 16th we will enter the Full Moon Eclipse.  Maybe by then we will have some new ideas, some new consciousness.  At the Full Moon Eclipse we can begin to anchor any new beliefs into our cellular being.  Remember, every horoscope contains all the signs, because everything is connected.  No one gets a pass.  We all have Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces somewhere in our horoscopes!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Astro Tip: Mars goes Direct!!

Mars Stationary Direct
June 29, 2016

Today, Wednesday, June 29, is a day many folks have been waiting for.  Mars begins to move again!!  Planet Mars entered its retrograde phase in April (at 9 degrees of Sagittarius). Now that period is over and Mars moves on at 23 degrees of Scorpio. Mars rules the sign of Aries and also Scorpio.  Individuals who are connected with Mars have got to be relieved.  The combination of Mars being in Scorpio and Mars being close to earth is significant. Symbolically it means exposure, involvement & expression with the energy of Mars.  Attributes like anger, impatience, irritation, “short-fuse” and violence are in our faces. Explosions get our attention in the news nearly every day. It will take a while for the Mars energy to chill out.  If you have felt  pent up for weeks, how can you express your discontent?  It’s time to embrace the positive qualities of Mars:  leadership, sports & athletics, positive assertion, courage, passion and desire. If anger continues to be a problem, seek out counseling or an anger management program. 

In January of this year Mars entered the sign of Scorpio, then it moved into Sagittarius, then it went retrograde in Sagittarius, then back into Scorpio again. Finally this retrograde phase is beginning to shift. Mars will travel through Scorpio and then Sagittarius (again).  Think about it!  Mars has been rolling around a small area of the heavens all year.  Usually Mars spends about 6 weeks in a sign. We get a chance to experience the energetic motivation of Mars in many different costumes. Then, every two years, Mars slows down in its orbit and we experience a long cycle of the planet hanging around a particular neighborhood. The neighborhood of Scorpio and Sagittarius is kind of hot and volatile.  By October Mars will settle into a more normal pattern, starting with its time in the sign of Capricorn. Sane, steady, Capricorn!  Who can wait? Meanwhile, enjoy the stimulation of Mars as it touches our impulses and gives us a more spontaneous involvement with life.