Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Full Moon in Aquarius August 1, 2012

Full  Moon in Aquarius August 1, 2012

Step into your own revolution and have faith in your journey

“I thought about the way moonlight enfolds the world in a unifying glow.  While we’re down here beating the hell out of each other, the old moon hangs there knowing and silent, bathing us all in the same cool light.”
Elle Newmark, The Sandalwood Tree, p. 35

These are fine words for a full moon in Aquarius, the ruler of the brotherhood/sisterhood of humanity.  Uranus, planet of revolution and liberation, rules Aquarius.  Blood is usually shed in the act of liberating humans from tyranny and stagnation.  During the act of revolting there may be no clear idea of what is on the other side of revolution’s wall, but the urge to revolt and break free seems to be hard wired in our cellular program.  Many of us are trying to break free in our own personal lives.  We do not have to be living in Syria to struggle with inner demons and the need to liberate our body, minds, and souls.  The full moon gives us opportunity to tune in and realize what we are doing with our lives.  Examine the past and discard worn out beliefs and behaviors. Step into your own revolution and have faith in your journey.

Accentuate the Positive/Eliminate the Negative

This full moon occurs late on August 1st and into the early morning hours of August 2nd.  Pluto sits in a challenging position with Mars and Uranus.  The struggle to evolve is pushing us along. Many people are going through extreme challenges.  Some people are angry as hell.  In spite of the stresses though, this full moon period is filled with grace and opportunity. This week is perfect for the Olympics because a Pluto/Mars/Uranus aspect gives high drive to athletes and the trine and sextile aspects give many participants the ease to enter the zone and win the prize. We will witness some spectacular achievements.  There are big grand trines to help us articulate what we need and want.  This is a relational full moon!  Grand trines are in the air signs and this means lots of communication:  Moon in Aquarius; Venus and Jupiter in Gemini; Mars and Saturn in Libra.  The week is special for many reasons and here are some of them:

·      Communicate with your partner, your family members and your friends. Generous energy abounds for sharing, spreading good will and for meeting up with kindred spirits.  Are you ready to partner up with a kindred soul?  Tell your friends. Socialize. Check out on-line dating. A grand trine in air is perfect for electronic mating!
·      Explore all your opportunities to grow and expand your world.  Get excited about your future and the many possibilities in your life basket.  These are days of inspiration.  Be ready to do what it takes to realize your potential.
·      Relax and enjoy the journey.  In spite of all challenges and in spite of the gravity of this millennium, try to relax and enjoy the journey.  Sometimes it is good to remember that the process, not the product, is what truly matters. Of course we want a beautiful product, but there is no way to have that beauty without fully engaging in the process.

Meditate on this!

 “During a silent hour, a man receives a new inspiration which may change his life.”  Dane Rudhyar,  An Astrological Mandala.   This is the Sabian symbol of the degree of the Aquarius full moon.  Meditate on that! 

Linda Sprague

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

New Moon in Cancer July 19, 2012

Uranus/Pluto/Mars form a T Cross:  Irritation and Shock

The New Moon occurs in the wee hours at 26 degrees of Cancer, just a few days before the Sun slips into Leo.  The big news regarding this New Moon period is about Uranus, Pluto and Mars forming a T cross.  Mars (desire, action, assertion, aggression, anger) is opposing Uranus (unexpected events, shock, uprisings, rebellion, uniqueness, freedom and invention).  Anytime Mars and Uranus comes together in aspect we have the possibility of sudden upsets, angry drivers, and irritated people.  In a T cross the planet sitting in between the opposition (in this case that planet is Pluto) makes a square (translate difficult aspect) to each planet. When Mars squares Pluto we get anger in addition to the Mars/Uranus anger. This could be new anger or anger that has been buried for a while and needs to erupt in order to transform some situation.  Uranus and Pluto are forming a square that corresponds to major societal changes.  The addition of Mars to both planets suggests an increase in uprisings and outbursts.  We could experience this in our own homes and we will probably see outbursts reported in the news.  For the next few days (and up to a week) anger and upsets might be bigger than usual, if that is possible. We already see so much that is shocking.  

On the individual level the outcomes could be positive in the short or long run.  Personal matters that have been suppressed will certainly come to the surface. Mars/Uranus/Pluto should bring precious stuff from the underworld.  Think about when you dig for a quartz crystal. When you pull it out of the ground it is covered in dirt that must be cleaned away.  Mars/Uranus/Pluto will help you dig up your crystal, but then you have to clean and polish it to find the beauty.  This week we should do our best NOT to get discouraged.  With Pluto in the middle of a T cross it is good to remember this wisdom about Pluto:  Not my will but THY will be done. It doesn’t matter if THY will is the Universe or God, just remember not everything is under your control.  Pluto is the archetypal energy that teaches us we are not in charge of everything.

Saturn squares the Sun and Moon:  Practice Patience and Maturity

The Sun and Moon are making a square aspect to Saturn during the new Moon. This says try to be mature and patient no matter what is going on around you.  Venus is connecting gracefully with Mars and Saturn. Whatever is happening in your world, look at it as INFORMATION.  Venus and Jupiter are in the sign of Gemini, information!  Viewing the news and the angry driver as information will help. 

Minor aspects stimulate change and creative adjustments

The chart for this new moon is dynamic and challenging.  There are at least ten minor aspects that denote change and creative adjustment to new situations.  The good news is some important discoveries or inventions (that we learn about much later) could occur this week because of unusual upsets or creative adjustments to experiments, systems or designs.  Some of the discoveries could be within us.   We may be surprised to discover new strengths, hidden needs, and forgotten awareness.

Mercury retrograde in Leo July 14 to August 7:  The mind should be nowhere in particular (Takuan)

Zen Buddist Takuan (1573-1645) sums up Mercury retrograde for me. If you are comfortable operating from the right side of your brain, if you are happy being intuitive and not afraid of making mistakes, then Mercury retrograde is just fine.  Of course it is not fun when the computer freezes up or when the printer messes up or the auto breaks down or we forget an important appointment or we go to the west side of town and our significant is waiting on the east side of town.  The list could go on. These things happen during Mercury retrograde. However, if you need a new printer go ahead and buy one.  The reason we are told to be careful when Mercury is retrograde is simple:  it is harder to focus on the fine print.  We might miss some important detail because our brain is not interested in details at this time. We want to go with the flow and be anywhere but where we are. Anyhow, you get the point. When Mercury is retrograde be attentive to details when you need to be. But also realize that these weeks with Mercury traveling backwards in Leo are great for creative work/expression and perfect for letting the mind wander and be nowhere in particular.

Do expect to hear from long lost friends wondering why you have been so out of touch.

Uranus retrograde July 13 to December14, 2012:  Who Am I and What am I doing here?

One of the archetypal meanings of Uranus is freedom. So many people speak about wanting to be free. Free for what? To do what? To be what? When Uranus is retrograde we have the impulse to probe into our need for freedom.  What will we do with our freedom?  Uranus is currently transiting Aries, the sign of the individual, the pioneer, the initiator, and the courageous warrior.  Uranus in Aries, at its highest expression, is the spiritual warrior.  A spiritual warrior may be a physician working for Doctors Without Borders or perhaps a researcher studying the mystery of our DNA.  A spiritual warrior may chant every day for serenity and kindness on planet Earth.  A spiritual warrior may dance to express the complex range of human emotion.  A spiritual warrior may be a big wig or a little wig, that doesn’t matter.  While Uranus is retrograde we can continue our research into our individuation.  What are we doing? Where are we going? What do we want to do with our freedom, assuming we attain it?  And what do we have to share with our community? What kind of spiritual warrior are you going to be?

“As the tree shares its gifts of fruit
So I, too, share the gifts of me.
For in me is the facilitator
Of a more loving world.
In me is the catalyst
For a greater social awareness.
In me is the power of the Word,
And I share that gift with all.”

The Essene Book of Days 2012
July 17th, page 226
By Danaan Parry,

Linda Sprague

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Full Moon in Capricorn July 3, 2012

This full moon delivers emotional intensity

The moon is full on July 3rd at 12 degrees of Capricorn, the sign of stability and maturity.  The planetary arrangement is rich and complex.  Pluto joins the Moon in Capricorn.  Remember, Pluto has ruler ship over the underworld and things that hide in the dark. Pluto is connected to the shadow (the unconscious aspects of our psyches).  Individuals have shadows and our society has its shadow.  The full moon might make some shadows real big.  When this happens people get emotional.  The full moon sitting on the same chair with Pluto produces emotional intensity.  Transformation and growth can come from confrontations during this full moon. Emotional interactions with others or simply internal emotional upheaval can lead us to more truth.  Pluto is forming a Yod with Mercury and Venus.  A Yod translates as The Finger Of God.  It might be difficult to avoid emotional outbursts.  Words can trigger dark explosions from the psyche.  Many relationships are destined to implode or explode while some may fracture from truth that falls out of the shadowy realms.  Other relationships may mature during this period because Capricorn rules maturity.  Pluto is also forming a T cross with planets Mars and Uranus. Expect the unexpected!

Mars changes signs from Virgo to Libra

Planet Mars has finally completed its long (almost 8 month) transit through the sign of Virgo. Due to its retrograde phase, Mars spends a long time in a sign every two years.  Assertion and aggression have taken a Virgo style for many months.  Virgo emphasizes critical analysis, organization and methodology.  Details and more details – that’s Virgo.  On the day of this full moon, Mars moves out of Virgo and into Libra, the sign of the scales.  Balance, harmony and fairness in human relationships will be emphasized for the next eight weeks.

Venus and Jupiter are conjunct in Gemini

Venus has recently completed its retrograde phase and is moving direct in the sign of Gemini where it is sitting with Jupiter (also transiting Gemini).  Venus and Jupiter together always give a lift to the spirits. Venus is relational and Jupiter is the generous teacher. No matter how emotional we might feel around this full moon period Venus and Jupiter in Gemini will help us have a sense of humor and urge us to stay light hearted.  Relationships that are grounded in loving generosity, and the desire to communicate and be playful, should do well. 

Linda Sprague

Astro Tips:  Uranus square Pluto on June 24th

On June 24th planets Uranus and Pluto reached an exact 90-degree aspect.  Astrologers have been writing about the energy of this aspect for many months. Uranus squaring Pluto is a cyclic phenomenon.  In the 1960’s Uranus and Pluto came together in a conjunction in the sign of Virgo.  Now 50 plus years later these planets are forming an aspect that symbolizes friction and challenges.  Uranus is about the unexpected, revolution, change, freedom, and adjustment.  Pluto symbolizes slow evolution.  Pluto is the underworld, both literal and figurative. Literally, there is oil in the underworld.  Figuratively, there is an underworld that tries to control the social fabric of our civilization.  Call it Plutonian power if you like.  Those in control want to stay in control.  Pluto is the compulsive heartbeat that resists evolution even though evolution is happening with every tick of the clock.  Uranus is the archetype of mankind awakening.  Uranus is the voice of humanity responding to evolution.  Those who are holding on to Plutonian power do not want to hear the awakening of the masses.  But Pluto forces humans to clean out their closets and to make way for the next manifestation of life.  This could be a new life chapter for some people.  Perhaps a new career, a long awaited move, or a surprising change in one’s relationship status.  On the collective level, this Plutonian change looks like falling dictatorships and the evolution to free elections. In the western world (United States and Europe) the change wheel has focused on the economy.  Pluto rules money.  Uranus opened up the Plutonian vaults and its many secrets and unethical dealings.  Where this will lead us remains to be seen.

This exact aspect between Uranus and Pluto occurred on June 24th, the same day that the Egyptian election results were announced.  There was the election and then the run off election and then the final announcement of the winner.  This is an excellent example of Uranus aspecting Pluto.  The voice of the Egyptian people shook the Plutonian throne of power.  After weeks of revolution and after months of waiting for elections and then weeks of waiting for the results of the run-off election, Egypt has its first President elected by the people.  Mankind awakens and insists on being heard.  Hurrah for humankind!

Linda Sprague