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A Bountiful Sagittarius Full Moon on June 9 2017


The next Full Moon on June 9th brings with it an explosion of expansiveness and confidence.  The Moon will have reached its fullness in the sign of Sagittarius, urging us to reach for the stars and beyond what we imagine to be possible.  And Jupiter, the planetary ruler of Sagittarius, harmonizes with both the Sun and Moon, amplifying the expansive energies of this lunar experience.

Astrology teaches that there is darkness and light in all things.  The expansion and confidence of Jupiter’s influence lead us to unparalleled positivity and achievement, but if you have ever filled a balloon with too much air you will know what can happen when we expand beyond a reasonable amount.  Economists are well aware that too much expansive growth can lead to undesirable results, and we have seen this time after time with stock market bubbles, real estate bubbles, etc.

Fortunately this Full Moon contains a strong Saturn influence to help keep us tethered to the ground as we allow our spirits to soar to new lunar heights.  Saturn can be restrictive; its influence can feel discouraging and even sometimes depressing when it is connected to the Moon.  This could lead to feelings of despair or failure, but if you utilize Saturn’s practicality and mindfulness at this time it can be a wonderful ally, ensuring that your dreams and ideals hatched and fertilized at the Sagittarius Full Moon are grounded in the real world with lasting permanence.

When Henry David Thoreau said “Go forth confidently in the direction of your dreams” he must have been under the Sagittarius Full Moon!

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By | 2017-06-07T08:47:18+00:00 June 7th, 2017|Moon|0 Comments

Gemini New Super Moon May 25th: Sparkly magic and wonder

May Super New Moon

Photo by Joseph Brimacomb

The Sun has just entered the brilliant sign of Gemini, and now the Moon aligns with the Sun, fusing the solar consciousness with lunar magic at a time when the Moon is closest to Earth – a Super Moon (™ Richard Nolle) and one of a trio of Super New Moons (April, May and June).

Super Moons can exert a more powerful influence than ordinary lunations – on a personal level we may feel this as a burst of emotional energy and intensity.  Globally, Super Moons are associated with an increase in tidal intensity and seismic forces.  Richard calls the Super New Moons “stealth Super Moons” because we don’t see the huge Super Moon in all its glory.

Gemini season tends to speed up time – a firehose of information, thoughts and ideas can be somewhat overwhelming but also exciting and enlightening. Under the influence of Gemini we are more open to new experiences and recreating ourselves by trying on new personas and ways of thinking.  Here we have not only the Sun and Moon in Gemini, but also Mars, the planet of action and initiation.  There are so many choices now – so many attractive options it can be somewhat dizzying.  But an opposition from Saturn, planet of form and structure, will help to ground and contain us.

This New Moon is opposed by the Black Moon Lilith, suggesting that a deep and ancient voice from our past may emerge and demand to be heard.  In addition, a challenging square from Pluto (intensity and transformation) to Venus (relationships) could create some stress in our interpersonal connections or at the very least, intensify these contacts and facilitate their evolution.

Light and airy energies such as Gemini operate more effectively when combined with more intense planetary factors, so this New Moon offers a wonderful balance to help us to generate a new direction in our lives.  New Moons of any kind, Super or not, are times of initiation and a new beginning.  This New Moon is a time to consider options and perhaps travel new roads.

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By | 2017-05-24T19:28:27+00:00 May 24th, 2017|Moon|2 Comments

Dark Moon musings for Mother’s Day

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The astrological Moon is generally connected with the archetype of the Mother.  In today’s more gender fluid world, it is not so unusual for a father to be the more nurturing parent and I typically find that the energies surrounding the way an individual is nurtured is found in the fourth house.  The parent who inspires and affects the way we present to the world is found in the tenth house.

Regardless of which parent is most present or most nurturing, though, the Moon is still tightly bound to the Mother – the feminine body that carries the fetus in the womb for 280 days, more or less, regardless of what happens afterwards.

Aspects to the Moon, the sign the Moon falls in, and the general disposition of the Moon in the chart reflects the way the individual perceives the maternal relationship. Our perception of the energy of our mother is not always the same as what the mother is projecting, and I have had to soothe many a mother who comes to me for a reading about her child and discovers a stressed Moon in the child’s chart.

Often, but not always, the sign that the Moon is in reflects the way the child perceives the mother.  A Capricorn moon child perceives mom as being somewhat distant and perhaps cold.  A Virgo moon child feels criticized and not ever good enough.  A child with a Pisces moon may find the connection with mother elusive.

Pluto, the planet of death, is conjunct my own Moon and I often felt that my mother wished I was dead.  In fact, my mother had an abortion before I was born and in a meditation I experienced being that child, before I ever knew about the abortion.  I recently saw an article on Facebook about the archetype of the Death Mother, and we would certainly relate this archetype to a Moon (mother) conjunction to Pluto (death).

When we learn about our astrological chart and see these family dynamics which were present at the time we were born, before any traumatic events occurred, we realize that we incarnated with a predisposition to have these experiences.  In my own theology we are given these predispositions so that we will learn important lessons from these traumas and eventually grow from them.

In the article cited above, Marion Goodman says:

“So long as we are blind to our inner tyrant, we blame an outer tyrant when we fall into darkness.  The focus of our blame can be a person, a political system, a social system, or it can be our own body.  But the moment we turn to blame the initiation fails and we remain buried in the darkness.  We sink ever more deeply into the clutches of the Death Mother. …

Death Mother is born out of despair. It is incubated by the crushed hope of an unlived life. Death Mother is the shadow side of disappointment. …Early in our journey, when Death Mother’s stranglehold is particularly ferocious, and when consciousness is afraid to open itself to the otherness of the unconscious, we experience ourselves as victims of the apocalypse [transformation]; in time as we bring Death Mother to consciousness and begin to experience life beyond her clutches, we may gradually come to see ourselves as partners in the apocalyptic process.

Some of us, lacking a nurturing mother figure, have had to mother ourselves or find friends and partners to take on that role in our lives.  The problem with this is that the original complex involving the mother just gets passed on to the new mother figures. By taking an active role in the process of healing the mother archetype in our own psyche we release the role of victim and become empowered in our own transformation.

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By | 2017-05-22T21:07:12+00:00 May 13th, 2017|Moon|3 Comments

Scorpio Full Moon on May 10th brings gifts of transformation

Full Moons bring out the contradictions within us, and that is because in the Full Moon the Sun is opposite the Moon, in two opposite signs with opposing polarities.  This Scorpio Full Moon features an opposition to the Taurus Sun: the intensity and passion of Scorpio needs to find balance against the need for serenity and peacefulness of Taurus.  Both are fixed signs: stubborn and powerful, with a tendency towards rigidity and difficulty letting go.  Scorpio, though, is intensely emotional and dramatic where Taurus is, or at least wants to be, placid but still powerful – very like the bull for which it is named.  This Full Moon reminds us that we can become our best selves when we find balance between these two dynamics:  the power of emotions and the power of stillness.

Pluto, the planet of transformation is the modern ruler of the Scorpio Moon, and Pluto harmonizes in a trine to the Taurus Sun at the Full Moon.  Pluto strips away all artifice to bring us into close contact with the absolute Truth of our very existence.  Under this influence we can emerge fully from the chaos of confusion into the transformation of the true Self.

This Full Moon urges us to find balance between the comfortable (Taurus Sun) and the deep and meaningful (Scorpio Moon) – to venture fearlessly into the Underworld of the psyche (Pluto) and find the gifts of transformation.

Mercury is in fiery Aries right now, and for the next two weeks or so it is traveling with Uranus, planet of radical behavior and change. This is a time of excitement and insight, but not particularly restful. Meditation can help to quiet the mind and promote well-being, but there is a great deal of creativity available to us under this influence which encourages us to think outside the box and find new ways of looking at our world.  This influence peaks at the Full Moon and blows open the doors of perception so that we can see more clearly into the multidimensional Universe.

Two aspects (square to Neptune and trine to Jupiter) involving the traditional ruler of Scorpio, Mars (drive and desire),  will blur our outer vision but also energize and infuse us with confidence, promoting confusion and instability but also enhancing our ability to see more clearly with our inner eye and allow the Divine to infuse us with its creative force. Fortunately a harmonious dance between Mercury (mind) and Saturn (stability) helps to ground us and help us to find inner balance.

To get the maximum benefit from this Full Moon you will want to delve into your subconscious.  What are your truest desires, the ones most compatible with your highest Self, and where are you standing in your own way?  What do you need to release from your life in order to become the person you know you are meant to be?  Where are you creating unnecessary drama, and where can you look to find greater peace?  Every Full Moon offers a window into the soul for greater self-understanding, but this one is more potent than most!

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By | 2017-05-18T12:53:34+00:00 May 8th, 2017|Moon|0 Comments

Venus in ascendance: Libra Full Moon and Venus at a standstill

“Moon Mates” by Goldenwolfen

The Full Moon in Libra takes place the evening of April 10th or morning of April 11th, depending on your time zone (6:08 am GMT on April 11th).  This Full Moon is ruled by Venus, the planet of love, harmony, beauty, romance, attraction, and wealth.  Known as the “lesser benefic,” Venus generally bestows blessings of harmonious energies and opens the heart if well aspected.

Venus has been retrograde since March 4th, turning our attention to the past and bringing us in contact with people, events and issues which we may have thought were long past.  Retrograde Venus is important for helping us to realign our relationships with our current selves, but it is not always an easy path.  Venus is stationary in the sky right now as it prepares to turn direct in a few days and we may feel somewhat stuck, unable to move forwards but also not able to let go of the past.

To complicate matters further, Venus is locked in a tight conjunction to Chiron, the planet of wounding and healing.  This combination of planets is superb for growing through circumstances which may have prevented us from opening our hearts in the past – IF we face the demons that are presented to us at this time.  The heart cannot open if it is full of resentment and blame, and Venus/Chiron combinations will bring these to the forefront so that they may be resolved.

At the time of the lunation, the Libra Moon aligns with Jupiter, also in Libra, further amplifying the Libran urge to find balance and harmony through justice and common ground. All Full Moons incorporate a need to find  balance between two polarities, the Sun in one and the Moon in another and this is no exception.  The polarity here is a balance between our own personal needs (Aries) and finding our own equilibrium and inner balance (Libra).

This Full Moon interacts with Uranus, Pluto AND Jupiter, setting off the big Uranus/Pluto cycle once again and fomenting an irrepressible urge to break through barriers (Pluto), throw off any shackles that may bind you (Uranus) and find your own way (Jupiter).  Libra dislikes conflict, but under this influence conflict will be difficult to avoid.  The ideal path is not around any conflict that should come up, but directly through it, maintaining the Aries focus on self-preservation while using the Libran awareness of both sides of every issue to find resolution and healing.

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By | 2017-04-10T15:06:00+00:00 April 10th, 2017|Moon|3 Comments
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