Sunday, April 29, 2018

Astro Tips Full Moon, April 29, 2018

The Full Moon in May is traditionally referred to as Wesak, the celebration of the birth of the Buddha.  Scorpio is assigned the job of transformation of birth, death and re-birth. If we tune in to this Full Moon we can experience our own little birth, death and re-birth.

“What in your life is calling you,
when all the noise is silenced,
the meetings adjourned,
the lists laid aside,
and the wild iris blooms by itself
in the dark forest,
what still pulls on your soul?”

What to Keep-What to Release

The Full Moon occurs at 9 degrees of Scorpio, the Sun opposing at 9 degrees of Taurus.  The Scorpio-Taurus polarity is highlighted. Taurus, ruled by Venus, is about the Earth plane.  What are my resources? How can I acquire more resources?  Having something gives me value.  There is truth in the Taurus experience.  Grown-ups should provide food, clothing and shelter for themselves if at all possible.  Pluto rules the opposite sign, Scorpio. Pluto pushes us to let go. One way to express the meaning of Pluto is this:  Not my will, but THY will be done.  The word, Thy, can mean Life, the Universe, the Divine, God, Goddess, Nature, Fate, or any other expression that works for you.  Taurus tells us what to keep. Scorpio tells us what to share and what to let go of in order to find meaning in life. Somewhere in that mix we accept we are powerless (that’s the Pluto part) over some aspects of our life.

Challenges are balanced with cosmic help

This Full Moon is rich and complex.  Challenges are balanced with cosmic help!  Saturn, the taskmaster – the planet we associate with frustration, delays and hardship – makes a flowing, easy connection with the Sun in Taurus.  We can get things done, or we can envision how we will get things done in the near future.  Mars and Pluto are holding hands during this time. Normally we would think Mars and Pluto are ready for a fight.  Mars is the battlefield and Pluto intensifies that field. In this case Mars and Pluto are connected to other planets that offer opportunity to take appropriate assertive action, not impulsive war.  Mars and Pluto together in Capricorn suggests restraint to this strong aggressive aspect.  Planet Jupiter, moving through Scorpio, is making a wide conjunction with the Moon. Jupiter amplifies the deep seriousness of Full Moon in Scorpio.  Both the Moon and Jupiter make a beautiful connection with Neptune.  Spiritual inspiration, good will and loving connection with others, and the acceptance of life’s mystery are all indicated by the Moon-Jupiter-Neptune connection.

On the Collective/Global Scene, this easing of obstacles is seen in the new peace agreements between South and North  Korea. 

Confronting fate, destiny and meaning

Now a big exhale as we look at the stress in this complex mix of planetary energies.  The Nodes of the Moon are squaring the Sun and Full Moon. The North and South Node give information about our fate and destiny.  Those who are especially affected by this Full Moon (born in 1943, 1921, 1981, 1999, 2018) might be drawn into exploring their life history and meaning, coming face to face with their fate.  This Full Moon will help some individuals contemplate whether or not they are on the right path. Questions of an authentic life and a meaningful existence are suggested by this Full Moon.  Some of our existence may seem fated by family or cultural events.  Prior to our birth, there is an eclipse. That is the eclipse that really affects our fate and destiny.

President Donald Trump may be confronting some of his own fate, destiny and powerlessness since the North Node in Leo is currently visiting his Pluto Planet at 10 degrees of Leo. The Full Moon Grand Square is putting him in a box

Scorpio Full Moon loves ritual

Imagine you are inside a big square, a big box, or a square room.  This is the Moon/Sun/North Node/South Node GRAND Square of this full moon. Here are some suggestions for things to do inside this room.  Breathe, write some morning pages, light a candle, chant a mantra, meditate, drum, toss the IChing, pull an oracle card, draw out a time line of your human journey.  Embrace your life essay—feelings, thoughts and physical manifestations of the essay (family, work, partners and friends).  How does it feel? Can you find some peace in this room?  Can you get a sense of what to release from your life and what to keep?  Can you relax and accept destiny and fate and still feel life calling you for more . . . calling you more deeply into your mystery?  Connecting with the Full Moon in Scorpio gives us a chance to be reborn again and to welcome new awareness of our journey.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Astro Tips: Full Moon in Libra, March 31, 2018

How do we balance what we want with what others want?

The Full Moon on March 31st is in the sign of Libra. When the Moon is full, the Sun is in the opposite sign, in this case, Aries.  One of the best ways to learn and understand astrology is through the idea of polarity.  We look at the meaning of opposing signs.  The Sun in Aries is about the individual. Aries people are strong leaders. They are quick and know when to act. Sometimes it might look like they are self-absorbed.  Aries is the first sign, or the ME sign. Wherever you have Aries, you are focused on yourself or that is where you take leadership.  The opposite is Libra, the sign of cooperating with others in order to find balance and harmony. This full moon in Libra brings our awareness to the interplay between our own personal agenda and the agendas of our partner, our friends, and our community.   Venus, the relational planet, rules Libra. Mars, assertion, rules Aries. How do we balance what we want with what others want, without a big stinking argument?

Short-fused Mars is mixed up with the Sun and the Moon: be careful!

Mercury is sitting close to that Aries Sun. The Sun, Mercury and the Moon are all making a short-fused connection to Mars. It will be tempting to open the mouth and say things you later regret. OR open the mouth and say things because it’s time to clear the air.  Try to practice self-control. Hopefully those around you will exhibit self-control as well.  Mars mixed up in this Full Moon can produce arguments and explosions.  Fortunately Saturn is sitting with Mars and that should tone down the hot expression of Mars.  Nonetheless, with Mars and Saturn in Capricorn making a big appearance during this Full Moon, we can expect some shouting matches.  Planet Mars means war, assertion, aggression, and arguments.   

Mars and Saturn are sitting on the same chair: (1) stalemate; (2) emotional caution; (3) productive focus

The good news is that Mars can just as well point to productive action, especially in this case.  Planet Saturn gives precise focus to Mars. When they are sharing the same chair, a variety of things can happen. First of all, there can be a stalemate.  Saturn can temporarily put a stop to Mars. Hit the accelerator/hit the brake. There can be delays in projects and activities, especially right now because Mercury is retrograde.  Secondly, Mars and Saturn together translate as emotional caution and also emotional sensitivity.  Saturn is boundaries and Mars is outward expression.  Boundaries are often necessary and good but withdrawing and taking no action or risk (Mars) can be an emotional wet blanket.  Finally Mars and Saturn working together means focus.  For many people this full moon period provides a productive environment for accomplishing tasks and projects.

Take a break from cynicism and negativity

There is still a lot of good spiritual juice flowing between Jupiter in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces.  Expect more news of compassion and good will.  Cynicism and negativity is not as popular right now. Venus and Uranus are connecting nicely with Mars.  Uranus is the awakening of humanity.  The impact of March for Our Lives continues to uplift people with its heart-filled messages.
On March 30 Venus leaves Aries and moves into the sign of Taurus and that’s where Venus likes to be. Taurus is earthy so it’s nice to have Venus in Taurus during this spring season.  Maybe it will help things grow!  Maybe it will bring better weather for those up north! 

In April, expect the unexpected

The New Moon in Aries will happen on April 15, the same day that Mercury in Aries goes stationary direct. Sounds like a powerful New Moon coming up. Uranus will be sitting right with Mercury. Expect some surprising big news.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Astro Tips New Moon in Pisces, March 16, 2018

The New Moon is in Pisces on March 16: the veil is lifted; our separateness dissolves like a big ex-hale.  

Some of us will experience the dissolving of boundaries during this New Moon period. Perhaps it will be in a dream. Perhaps you will experience profound compassion while watching a movie or hearing someone’s story, or while meditating or listening to music.  Some of us will feel connection with an animal, with nature, with the heavens.  The Moon joins Neptune, the planet that dissolves what it touches. The Moon is associated with so many things, but for sure it has domain over our emotional core.  We are destined to have surprising emotions, or sweet emotions this weekend.  Our separateness dissolves like a big ex-hale. 

The New Moon offers information about our confusion and self-sabotage.

The other side of Neptune is confusion and self-sabotage. We can get so sensitive that we lose sight of what is real and not real. Common sense can evaporate while we enter our magical, make-believe place.  The Moon and Neptune sitting together often point to addiction . . .  addiction to drugs, food and alcohol as well as addiction to perfection and addiction to having things our own way.  This is a New Moon for addressing all forms of addiction. 

The Moon will illuminate Chiron, the Wounded Healer.

The Sun, Chiron, Moon and Neptune all in Pisces make a flowing connection with expansive Jupiter.  Jupiter can make all things bigger. If there are problems of addiction, emotional confusion, or mental stress, Jupiter will bring it to our attention.  At the same time, the energy of Jupiter can help. Chiron, the sensitive, wounded healer in all of us, is on the stage with this New Moon. Chiron in Pisces for eight years has brought our collective attention to the wounds of our home, Planet Earth.  Pisces rules the oceans.  While Chiron has travelled through Pisces, our awareness has turned to our wounded oceans. Who has not seen the photos of our plastic filled seas?  Pisces and Neptune also rule suffering.  Neptune has kept many things behind the veil for many years. As Chiron finishes its visit to Pisces, the Me Too explosion has opened up a hidden chapter for healing. People are opening up and exposing the truth around power and abuse. What do you need to heal in your own life?  There are wounds around abandonment, aloneness, abuse, self worth, confidence and self love.  Allow the energy of Chiron to guide you into appropriate healing.
Mars and Saturn in Capricorn encourage us to clarify our integrity in all that we do.

By the end of the month, the Sun will step into independent Aries, and Mars and Saturn will come together in Capricorn.  As we approach that event, we have the opportunity to focus on our own worth. While some boundaries dissolve with the New Moon-Neptune connection, Mars and Saturn encourage healthy boundaries to help us focus on what is genuinely important to us. Mars and Saturn in Capricorn flash beautiful supportive thoughts:  embrace your own integrity, walk your talk, don’t let anyone talk you out of being the person you are.

Awaken to your own unique contribution to the matrix of the All.

The beauty of this New Moon in Pisces offers a rich package:  magic, creative expression, mystical experiences, profound compassion, meaningful dreams, the lowering of the veil, the dissolving of unnecessary fences and boundaries, as well as, a blast of new energy for self healing, for motivation and for standing tall and claiming our place. We can be who we are and be caring of others.  We can let go of our separation from others and all that is.  At the same time, we can awaken to our own unique place in the matrix of the All.