Sunday, September 23, 2018

Aries Full Moon. Get Your Kevlar

Aries Full Moon
September 24
10:52pm EDT 
1 Aries 59 

It is a wee bit of a stormy moon.   Actually this is one muther of an Aries full moon. 

Fighters will be fighting. Lovers will be fighting.  Monks who take vows of silence will be fighting.  Yeah, it’s that kind of moon.   Aries’ energy is about pushing and shoving and getting what it needs, come hell or high water and that’s on a good day.  But with this Full Moon there is a harsh aspect with Saturn who is trying to restrict Aries.  Remember, Aries is the first sign of the zodiac and it is very much about survival.  If you have ever seen a baby being born you know there is a lot of work involved in birth and survival.   So, imagine in the struggle of something being born or breaking through and right in the middle of it someone steps in and stops it all or restricts it or says, “Hold on.”    Well, let’s face it people will get pissed.   For three days of the full moon there will be restrictions and push back on some actions that you or others are trying to move ahead.   Maybe it will be power plays at work or fisticuffs at the grocery store.    Tension is high this full moon.  Watch your driving! 

What is curious is that at the same time Saturn is squaring off with the Full Moon, the Moon is also on top of Chiron in Aries while the Sun trines Mars who Aries natural ruler.  There is something about fighting for survival that is healing.    The action of pushing back is healing.   Old wounds deep in our psyche that have somehow held us back are up for actions that heal.    Where should we have fought in our past but somehow didn’t do it? Where should we have pushed back but didn’t do it?  How is a wet blanket healing?   How is hard fighting healing?  Finding our passion or anger but being sober about it is the lesson in this mix for deep healing.  

Moon oppose Mercury suggests communication that feels at conflict with emotions.  Perhaps all the drama we are feeling internally cannot be expressed because it is not “polite”?  

Uranus has a small aspect with the Sun that is supportive.   Watch for something odd to fall into place and it is the perfect solution.   Weird is our answer when things get tough.   Celebrating the unique when it shows up is healing. 

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Equinox --The Arrival of Libra. And The Rest of The Week

And here we are in the final hours of Virgo Sun.    
When the Sun moves into Libra we will pass the halfway point of the solar astrological year.
In two weeks we will launch the Libra New Moon and that will be the halfway point of the lunar astrological year.

Happy Birthday to my Libra Friends.

We continue Gibbous Moon

Focus on: 

How are you refining your friends?  How are you refining your associations with groups of people?  How are you refining your brilliance?  How are you refining your iconoclastic nature?  How are you refining break through. 

9/23: Mercury square Saturn. Cold thoughts.  Relationships feel like they need a lot of work.   Hard work feels like it needs support. 
9/23: Mercury trine Mars.  Thinking about partners and friends and f finding balance with both. 

Full Moon arrives on September 24 in Aries.  See separate post. 

Special focus 
9/25: Sun square Saturn.  Balance feels at war with responsibility.  Partners conflict with career.  
9/25: Chiron enters Pisces.  Healing comes in strange unworldly ways
9/27: Sun trine Mars.  Actions that benefit smart friends and relationships are supported. 

Disseminating Moon arrives 
September 28, 2018 
4:46 pm EDT

Focus on:  How are you sharing your resources? How are you sharing your hard work?  How are you sharing your ability to build from the ground up?  How are you sharing your practicality?  

Special focus 
9/30 Pluto station Direct 18 Cap 45  (see below) 

Pluto Direct: September 30

Pluto Direct 
September 30 
18 Cap 45 
10:03 pm

On Sep 30 Pluto ends its yearly retrograde period.  This is around our tenth Pluto Retrograde in earth sign Capricorn and there is something about each one that feels like digging out of a hole. 

Remember, Pluto retrograde is the outermost planet and is not like Mercury or Venus retrogrades.  Those planets are IN-YOUR-FACE when retrograde since they are inner planets and really know how to get our attention.   The outer planet retrogrades are more nuanced.  We feel them in subtle ways perhaps we have a slight recurring theme during retrograde (especially if it touches a planet in aspect) where we find ourselves saying or feeling ‘that issue again?’   And we can’t quite put an answer together but when  Pluto retrograde ends we realize, “wait a minute was I digging a hole all this time?” The good news is we get the direct motion to reassess.  

What did you learn about power since Pluto station retrograde April 22?   What did you  learn about empowerment?    Have you been bullied  Have you been a bully?   How has the outer world order been in alignment with your needs?  How have you navigated systems that are in place?  Have you fallen through a crack?  Have you figured out a stopgap measure so it does not happen again?   How have you manipulated others?   How have others manipulated you?   What are you thinking about getting rid of because it just takes too much effort and keeps you from your real goals?   What needs to die so something new can be reborn?
Pluto will spend the next 7 months in direct motion. Once it crosses the 20thdegree it will move into the final decan of Capricorn.   Pluto in these degrees (20-29) is a little lighter than the earlier degrees.  Although nothing is that light with Capricorn who is so focused on responsibility.  However we will see how communication is critical in these next seven months in particular how we express order and discipline and responsibility.  

Take time to consider all you learned since April 22. What have we seen in our own world or with others that help us find our way in the world?   How do we benefit by communicating this information?  

Monday, September 17, 2018

Astrology This Week

Astrology This Week
This week starts off with First Quarter moon in the broadening sign of Sagittarius.   Our judgments may need fine-tuning.  Our –inner-know-it-all may need to get quiet as we sort through some of our opinions and figure which ones are ‘off’. 

The 18thhas Mars Square Uranus.   Disruptions are in the air. Things are moving fast.   People are finding their soul brothers and sisters while others are trying build something up.  Good luck. Anger is everywhere. 

First Quarter Moon 

September 16
7:14pm EDT 

Focus on:  What actions are you taking that speak to building bridges?  What actions are you taking that expand your world?  How are you actions based on your prejudices?  How are your opinions pushing you to take action?  

Special focus
9/18: Mars Square Uranus: Disruptive anger agitated actions cloaked in stubborn pig headedness.  
9/20: Sun conjunct Mercury:  Creative thinking, focus on details is easy and inspiring.  

Gibbous Moon
September 20, 2018 
10:24 PM EDT 


Focus on: 

How are you refining your friends?  How are you refining your associations with groups of people?  How are you refining your brilliance?  How are you refining your iconoclastic nature?  How are you refining break through. 

Special focus: 
9/21: Mercury enters Libra.  Balanced thinking. Give & Take communication.  
9/22: Sun enters Libra 
9/23: Mercury square Saturn. Cold thoughts.  Relationships feel like they need a lot of work.   Hard work feels like it needs support. 
9/23: Mercury trine Mars.  Thinking about partners and friends and f finding balance with both. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Jupiter Sextile Pluto - September 12

The Final Jupiter Sextile Pluto 

Jupiter sextile Pluto 
September 12 
3:55am EDT 

This is the only major aspects in 2018 and it has been going on all year. The first hit was January 15, followed by the second one April 14 and now we are at the final round on September 12.    In terms of major aspects sextiles are arguably lighter than other aspects but this one packs a punch since we have been experiencing it all year. And now this final round arrives after a hideous summer of astro energies so we are all ready for the help of Jupiter and Pluto.   There is extra juju with this final round because as we discussed Pluto and Jupiter are also working with the Sun and Moon and it arrives in the final hours of New Moon.  Jupiter & Pluto know how to get our attention. 

Jupiter and Pluto are entering the scene like superheroes where they are a team with each other and helping the New Moon.  Again, Jupiter in Scorpio and Pluto in Capricorn will offer doorways that speak to our psyche and help us on our hero path.   Author Joseph Campbell defined the hero journey as the following: 

The hero (whether he looked like one or not) hears a calling to do something.  At first glance it appears like a normal  task but then quickly it reveals to be something way more challenging.  Usually, the hero will refuse to do it but then someone tugs or someone appears (think Yoda) and says “You know you gotta to do it”. The hero takes a big sigh and agrees to the journey.  Now he is in brand new territory he is past the world that he has ever known (think Jack up the beanstalk) and in this new world a part of him must die because it does not fit in this new land, thus a transformation is taking place (Jonah in the whale, Moses up the mountain).   In this initiation period there will be tests and trials, many that are failed, people will appear some will be helpful some will not but all the time the hero has to find his inner metal.  He learns what he is made from.  As the tests continue he is no longer a person having stuff happen to him he is now on a purpose very aware what is in front of him and takes the challenges to answer this calling now awoke in him.   Once this journey is over and he has found enlightenment he does not return to the ordinary world that he left he is now on a new plane.   If he returns he is a leader and serves or he moves on with his skills to a new territory where he is prepared and confident that he will be able to handle any challenges.   

That in a very small thumbnail is a hero journey. So, Why am I spending this time explaining this to you? 

Well the better question to ask is have you been experiencing a Superhero journey this year and didn’t know it?   What started in January?  Was there a revisit in April?  And what has this summer been like for you?  Were you out in the woods alone in some way?  Perhaps on a strange planet like Luke Skywalker?   Now as we experience the final hit we may be well served to see it through the lens of the hero journey and realize we are on the other side or perhaps have a bit more to do on our journey but we must pick up our light saber and do the daily work.    After all this final aspect lands in the last hours of Virgo New Moon. 

And like all super hero stories it is good to know the context to find the importance.   The Jupiter sextile Pluto aspect does not come up often.  There will be one hit in 2022, 2030 and 2035.   The next time we get a round of three again will be 2043.  Alas, in 2043 some of us will be old enough to be Yoda and our Luke days will be way behind us. 

Make the most of this energy.  

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Virgo New Moon

 Virgo New Moon
September 9 2018
2:01pm.  EDT

I got this up with three minutes to spare.
Excuse any typos ..which is just so wrong on a Virgo New Moon.


Monday, September 3, 2018

Astrology This Week

Happy Labor Day
We are in the waning moon and we should definitely be feeling the unwind of what was a tense and bumpy and very frustrating summer. 
On this third quarter moon we will be focused on our communication skills accented our bravery.  It takes a lot to be brave. 
At the end of the week we head to the darkest moon and we begin to release under the balsamic phase.  This is balsamic is exceptional with many aspects between September 6 and 9th.   Perhaps our last week of frustration and some pleasantries in these final days of summer.   Plus we have Saturn stationing.  “Thank you, Saturn for straightening out and flying straight.” 

Last Quarter Moon Phase
September 2 2018 
10:37pm   EDT

Last Quarter moon:  Now we do the final adjustments to the seeds we planted on new. The final call, the final letters to send, we follow all the trails that came up that still make sense. And we let the other parts lay fallow. It is a time of action but wise action.  It is a time for living  “The serenity prayer” 

God, grant me the Serenity
to accept the things
I cannot change Courage to change the
things I can, and the
Wisdom to know the difference.

Focus on:
What actions are you taking that speak to your brave communication?  What actions are you taking that involve strength with siblings or neighbors? What actions are you taking that are honest and connect others?  

9/5:  Mercury enters Virgo 

Balsamic Moon Phase

September 6, 2018 
8:01 am EDT 

Balsamic:   We let go. By releasing we can prepare for the new. 

Focus on How are you releasing your emotions?  How are you releasing your hard shell of protection? How are releasing your need to over nurture others?  How are you releasing your crabbiness?  

Special Focus:

9/6:  Saturn stations direct 7:08am EDT  2 Cap 32 (see above) 
9/7:  Mercury trine Uranus – another day of brilliance and breakthroughs.   Sometimes our brain gets there before our reality—either way support the energy.  
9/7: Mercury trine Saturn.  Structured thinking and daily work can change any hard reality—consider how this is showcased today. 
9/7: Sun oppose Neptune.  Spirituality is not just airy fairy sometimes it is in your face reality.  Like today are you seeing the forest from the trees regarding your faith? 
9/8: Venus square Mars.  Relationships are in conflict with career.  Balance is in conflict with goals.   Passive aggressiveness against changing the status quo. Money and love feel dismissed.  
8/9: Venus square Saturn values like love and money feel tight.  How are they out of sync with your outer appearance?  
8/9: Venus enters Scorpio

September 9, 2018   2:01pm EDT New Virgo Moon  

Saturn Direct September 6

If Saturn Was A Cat  
(who ever took this photo-- thank you)

Saturn stations Direct 

September 6
7:08am EDT 
2 Cap 32 

Saturn went into Capricorn in December (2017) and of course Saturn loved the move into its home sign.    

Capricorn is all about career and for some people when Saturn began its transit in Capricorn they looked around at their career and thought, “Man this is not fitting me anymore.”    It is not easy just switching from dentist to Yellowstone Tour Guide and not everyone is capable of doing a big left or right turn in his or her career.  But when Saturn turned retrograde on April 17 we began the process of wondering if the land underneath our career is stable.  

Maybe it no longer matches whatever is going on internally with us.  Perhaps we have matured into a new person and that place we go five days a week is not fitting this new person.    And if our career continues to be a fine fit maybe we are looking at other areas of our life that don’t feel like they are on stable ground.  

Saturn retrograde in Capricorn goes in deep with our insecurities.  Not to give us an excuse to freak out but more about doing the hard work of fixing the things that need repair.  Astrologer Steven Forrest has a funny catchphrase about Saturn transits he says, “You have two choices you can be depressed or you can be exhausted.”    Of course that sounds like unpleasant choices but it really is fitting because if you are depressed it means you need to do the hard work of fixing something, which can be exhausting.  

However, it is a good exhaustion that comes from the feeling of being focused and responsible for doing the work come hell or high water.   At the end of this retrograde we may have some accomplishments that we can take a moment and say, “Great”.   For many others we may know that we still have work in front of us and perhaps Saturn stationing direct will give us the push we need to go back to our goals. There is also the possibility that Saturn turning direct will tell us to cut our losses and not look back.   Not to be harsh but more as being prudent and practical and mature.   Sometimes it is just better to abandon in place and move on.   

Lots to ponder as Saturn straightens out.......