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.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Astro Tips Full Moon in Virgo March 1, 2018

Full Moon rising on March 1. Moon is full in Virgo. The Sun in Pisces joins Neptune, Venus, Mercury and Chiron....all in Pisces. This gives strong spiritual energy for those seeking it. Neptune touching the Sun can weaken physical energy while inflating the spiritual. Rest and be easy. Don't push. Exercise for full moon in critical, discerning Virgo: "Try to say nothing negative about anybody for three days, for forty-five days, for three months. See what happens to your life." Yoko Ono

Virgo is an Earth Sign. Expect to feel more MENTALLY grounded. Virgo is a mutual earth sign governed by Mercury. Getting grounded requires some energy though. Mars in Sagittarius is making a difficult connection with the Moon and with everything else.  First we have to go through chatty, chatty brain time.  Then we can get clear and more grounded. And the Sun, Neptune, Venus, Mercury and Chiron all in Pisces  also make a difficult connection with Mars. We do want to have nice, sweet thoughts. Mars messes with pretty Pisces thinking though. So we want to escape to the beach where everything will be sweet. Mars messes with that too. We have to stay focused on the here and now and the tasks at hand. However, some people may be planning some vacation time at a beach.  The heavy emphasis of watery Pisces needs a break from too much reality!

If you cannot get to some water right now, take a virtual trip to Hawaii or an island and take in some water and Sun energy. Or create your own Piscean meditation. 

One important topic in astrology is polarity. VIrgo opposes the sign of Pisces. This is polarity. We cannot eliminate Virgo or Pisces. We live with both of them.  Virgo wants everything to be neat and tidy and perfect. Pisces is a mess. However, when we work with the polarity of these two signs, magic happens. We have great acting, exquisite art,  sublime visions, uplifting poetry, heart pounding music, and gut-bursting comedy. And we have the Divine Feminine Beings like Kuan Yin and Tara.  The stories told about these deities model to us how to serve each other with Virgo devotion and Piscean compassion. That's how we bring the polarity together. Whatever path we are on, the precision and devotion of Virgo can join hands with the love, beauty and magic of Neptune.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Astro Tips: Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Leo. January 31, 2018

January 31, 2018. Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Leo. Super Moon (close proximity of Moon to the Earth makes it appear very large). This is a Blue Moon (the second full moon in this month).

“On the journey to myself, I’ve been so many people.”  Indigo Williams 

Today’s lunar eclipse at 11 degrees of Leo is about the qualities of the sign of Leo: the individual’s capacity to love and to create.  Leo is the sign of the big heart because the Sun rules Leo.  Leo’s job is to send out warmth to others without expecting non-stop applause and without expecting to be the ongoing center of attention.

Leo is also associated with the child.  We all know people who never grow up! If we are honest, we realize there are parts of us that never grow up. For example, to be creative requires the capacity to honor that child place in us that just doesn’t care what the teacher thinks.  We also have blind spots where we behave like children.

Leo’s opposite sign is Aquarius (where the Sun is sitting today), associated with the community. How do we engage our Leo energy with the collective?  Are we performing to get something from the group? Or are we engaged to give something and to have an exchange?  Do we put forth our Leo fire to make a difference for everyone, or do we grab what we can from our friends and any audience at hand and suck it in for our personal gain?

This beautiful Full Moon Lunar Eclipse gives us another opportunity to explore who we are and to awaken and honor our unique self.  We are born with uniqueness, a creative core of solar power that moves us through our life journey.

We are learning to be authentic.

Knowing who we are allows us to interact in the Aquarian collective with authenticity. We will avoid being captured by the mob energy or by separative-driven movements.  Leo is ruled by the Sun, the unique unconscious individuality we possess.  Planet Uranus, our unique conscious individuality, rules Aquarius.  Aquarius awakens and propels humanity into another evolutionary step.  It needs the heart energy of Leo to do its job.

Perhaps this eclipse in a Leo/Aquarius package opens the door to discernment.  Are we motivated by love as we interact with others and with community, or are we motivated by self-interest?  Sometimes we need to have self-esteem and self-interest as our focus. Other times we need to be altruistic. Discernment is the key.

Our collective body--humanity itself--is struggling to make that next evolutionary step into Aquarian awakening. We are all here together in this Earth terrarium.  We are all one species.  Can we share? Can we be respectful of each other? Can we open our hearts to suffering? Can we move beyond fear? Can we learn that greed will kill us?   Can we begin to believe that there is enough for everyone? When people take to the streets and march in a collective body, they are expressing the interplay of Leo and Aquarius.  The heart motivates the individual to join the group in order to bring shared truth and vision to everyone’s attention.  We are engaged in a revolution. Revolution is about changing the status quo in order to bring freedom and quality of life to everyone.  Revolutions are passion driven, truly a Leo function directed for the betterment of humankind, truly one of the jobs performed by Aquarius.

We are multifaceted individuals. We have been someone who reflected what our parents wanted us to be. We have been someone who took on the qualities of our peers, in order to be accepted.  We are always asking the question, who am I? This eclipse gives us a beautiful blast of energy to find out more about ourselves, and to become more authentic.  We each participate in the ongoing movement and evolution of humanity. Whether you dance, write, teach, meditate, sell insurance, distribute good food, sell cars, write computer programs, create games, sing at church, abandoned animals, march for refugees . . . whatever you do, do it from the heart for the good of all.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Astro Tips New Moon January 16, 2018

New Moon in Capricorn-26 degrees—January 16, 2018

Instead of dreaming about a vacation to the beach, this New Moon guides us to focus on building a life that supports what we need and what we understand is in our best interest and the best interest of our loved ones.
 This New Moon in the sign of Capricorn awakens us to embrace reality.  The Moon, the Sun, Venus, Saturn, Mercury and Pluto are all in the sign of Capricorn with this New Moon. Saturn just entered Capricorn in December and Saturn rules Capricorn. Saturn, planet of practicality, regularity, hard work, time keeping and the honoring of ancestors, is totally at home in Capricorn.  The down-side of Saturn in Capricorn is “clocking in” for a job.  Too much structure, too much authority, the critical parent, and a rule-book that is too heavy, leads to sourness and discouragement. Mercury is also in Capricorn and sitting right beside Saturn. We have a choice. Be depressed and overwhelmed by reality, or face it squarely and give life your best, no matter what mountains you have to climb.  Pluto has been traveling through Capricorn for a number of years. Pluto in Capricorn is forcing us to look at the secrets of our collective psyche and hence the secrets of our government and the systems we have been attached to. Many systems are in upheaval and chaos, trying to transform into more workable systems. Venus is finishing its short visit in Capricorn. Venus in Capricorn causes us to value substantial items and ways of doing things.  We are less attracted to what is popular in the moment and more drawn to methods and items that are proven to work and to be helpful and enduring.  And now the first New Moon of 2018 is, of course, in Capricorn.  The Moon in Capricorn puts the focus on security. How secure do we feel?  We want to feel physically, financially, emotionally and mentally secure in our lives.

If we have areas where we don’t feel secure, this New Moon will motivate us to find our way to be and feel more stable and confident. Sometimes the energy of Capricorn is laced with fear . . . fear of authority, fear of the future, fear of not meeting our responsibilities, and fear of not being good enough.  If you have a lot of fear, this New Moon is a good time to address it. Put that fear out in the open at home, with friends, and with a good listener. Saturn can turn into feelings of burden, heaviness and fear. Lay your burden down and find a new path.  Being responsible doesn’t have to be a drag.  Saturn in Capricorn can show us our highest potential.  Capricorn invites us to do our job because it needs to be done, not because we are expecting a reward.   We can end up feeling very good inside when we do something because it’s the right thing to do.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Astro Tips: Full Moon in Cancer January 1, 2018

ASTRO TIPS by Linda Sprague

 New Year’s Day begins with a Full Moon in the sign of Cancer , balancing out the yearly movement of the Sun through Capricorn.  Saturn has domain over this time of the year. Saturn is the ruler of Capricorn with references to Father Time, aging and winter.  There is a cluster of planets in Capricorn—Sun, Venus, Pluto and Saturn (again the ruler of Capricorn). That’s a lot of cold air in the northern hemisphere.  Staying at home (the sign of Cancer) is a good way to balance the Capricorn coldness.

The Meaning of Cancer and Capricorn

The polarity of the signs Cancer and Capricorn brings up the conversation about what we need versus what we can do about it. We begin 2018 with this Full Moon in the sign of Cancer (what we need) opposing the Sun in Capricorn (the drive to set things in order). Both signs have to do with family and tradition. You might think of Cancer, with its association with the Moon, as representing the mother:  physical and emotional nurturing, honoring the feminine and the home, growth and summer, being dependent, being a child, being emotional and pre-verbal, and creativity. And you might think about Capricorn as the father: structure, pragmatism, learning to be responsible, honoring the masculine, striving to be logical, finding one’s place in the world, how to work with authority, learning how to be a grown-up, and how to age with dignity and maturity.

If you think about this polarity of Cancer/Capricorn, you can see that we are constantly flipping between being a kid and being an adult. We are “thinking” that we are rational and logical but actually the pre-verbal Cancerian baby part of us is also driving the bus.  This can be a confusing combo.  The trick is to be conscious of both parts of our psyche and our behavior.

Another opportunity to practice Mindfulness presents itself

Maybe this Full Moon at the beginning of 2018 will give us some insight into our own individual complexity.  Full moons offer insight into the unconscious and intuitive realm.  Do you try so hard to be a Capricorn grown-up that you forget about your inner child needing to laugh and play?  Are you so busy trying to be the perfect grown-up that you forget who you really are?  Ok, now fess up! Are you so needy that you resent all the grown-up responsibilities that rattle your little red wagon?  Knowing when we are behaving from an “unconscious toddler part” and when we are behaving from an “acquired rational grown-up place” is hard to discern.   Here is quote by Dipa Ma to help give us some perspective: “The whole path of mindfulness is this:  Whatever you are doing, be aware of it.”

May the Whole Wide World become Mindful!

What does a healthy human being look like anyway?  Good question to start off this New Year.  We look at political dialogue in Washington, DC and it is obvious that some people who think they are responsible, rational grown-ups are actually behaving like babies (irrational and unconscious).  I’m sure we see this confusion at the family dinner table as well!  Sometimes people do not realize that they are not being logical at all.  Again, the mindfulness approach is a huge component of maturity.  This Full Moon gives us some energy to be conscious of where we are in our soul maturity.

So much Capricorn.  So much to do!

We begin 2018 with a heavy emphasis in the sign of Capricorn. Today, The Sun, Venus and Pluto are sitting together in Capricorn and opposing the Moon in Cancer. The impulse to find structure and order in our lives is very strong right now.  Saturn, ruler of Capricorn, has just stepped into the sign of Capricorn. Saturn likes to visit Capricorn. Saturn is about structure, order, time, reality, and responsibility. Capricorn covers these same attributes. We can let the light of the full moon in Cancer show us how to emotionally approach our need for structure and order.  Hopefully we will be able to organize and build what we need and want to build.  If it feels overwhelming, remember to pace yourself.

Fly your Kite.

The astrological configuration of this full moon is in the shape of a kite. Get your kite off the ground and you can really fly.  Mars and Jupiter holding hands in the sign of Scorpio give us emotional, passionate energy to take charge of the kite and accomplish our goals.  The sign of Scorpio has a lot to do with secrets. Jupiter makes things bigger; so don’t be surprised to get in touch with some of your own hidden material, especially information about secrets surrounding intimacy, relationships, and money.

A Reminder

Finally, we are still under the influence of Mercury squaring Neptune. Don’t believe everything you see or hear on the news. Don’t believe everything you think in your own head!  Neptune is illusion.  Manipulation and brainwashing are under the headline of Neptune. If you are suspicious about something, dig a little deeper until you find the reality of the situation.  Fact checking is a good thing. Use the Mars/Jupiter detectives in Scorpio to help sort out the overload of babbling and information that streams into your energy field (that includes body, mind and soul!).

Happy New Year

Capricorn is the sign that helps us create structure in our lives and that leads to a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment.  Let the Full Moon in Cancer on this New Year’s Day give you the integration you need for healthy goals and focused endeavors in 2018.