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This equinox Libra Full Moon brings a shift in perspective

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FULL MOON AT THE EQUINOX!!

The time of the Full Moon, when the Sun in the sky is exactly opposite the Moon from our vantage point on earth, is always a time for balance.  The Sun is our conscious Self – our goals, our visions, our ideas that combine to create our lives.  The Moon illustrates our instincts and our subconscious needs and desires – the emotions that can be murky but always real and true.

The lunar cycle is symbolic of the dance between our conscious awareness and the inner world of the emotions, a polarity which requires balance and integration just as all polarities in astrology do.  The entire wheel of the zodiac is a system of polarities, in which each pair of signs represent oppositional forces that require balance and integration.  That is particularly true when the Moon is in Libra, the sign that more than any other embodies this dance.

Libra seeks to live an experience of harmony through peaceful interaction with others and a love of beauty and aesthetic pleasure.  This can lead to a highly sensitive nervous system, especially at the Full Moon.

The Full Moon in March occurs at 0 degrees Libra, with the Sun at the Aries Point.  This will be a significant energy portal as we shift into the new season under the Aries/Libra polarity.   Not only is this a new season, but the emotional impact of the Full Moon supercharges the shift from darkness to light, from winter to summer.  This is also a SuperMoon, meaning it is at its closest point to the Earth, but it is also at the first degree of the cardinal signs that shift us from one season into […]

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By |2019-03-20T08:38:38-04:00March 19th, 2019|Moon|2 Comments

Mercury retrograde and New Moon in Pisces, March 5-28, 2019

New Moon PiscesThere’s a lot to unpack this week!

Mercury has just turned retrograde.  (For a little more detail, check out the video linked below.)  Mercury turns retrograde three or four times a year, and travels retrograde for about 21 days each time.  Because Mercury’s domain includes the mind, learning and communication but also trips of short duration and the technology which facilitates communication, Mercury is not always at its best when appearing to travel retrograde.  If this is new to you, or if you’d like more information, please visit this more definitive article on Mercury retrograde and its shadow period.

For those of you who are easily overwhelmed by astrological language, let me give you the short and sweet version of this information:  During the month of March, give up your ideas of trying to focus and create something durable.  The planetary influences in March are focused in the archetype of Pisces which, while imaginative and creative, tends to cause our thinking to be a bit more fuzzy and communication more confusing.  Just be aware that during these three weeks, and for a few days before and after, it will be important to try to maintain as much clarity as possible.  This time is very well suited, however, for creative projects and anything involving a quest for an inward experience. 

Mercury has been in Pisces since February 10th and reached the 29th degree before the retrograde station. The 29th degree, sometimes called the “critical” or “anaretic” degree, is associated with the endings of cycles and new beginnings.  The word “anaretic” derives from “anareta,” which in medieval astrology signified the planet of death in the natal horoscope.  This is likely what has given the 29th degree such a bad rap in […]

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By |2019-03-05T17:44:46-04:00March 5th, 2019|Moon, Planetary news this week|0 Comments

Today’s partial solar eclipse is a powerhouse of grounded energy

solar eclipseToday’s New Moon in Capricorn is the first eclipse of the year: a partial Solar Eclipse in which the light of the Moon blocks out the Sun.  This eclipse occurs with five planets (including the Sun and Moon) all in the practical and grounded sign of Capricorn.

Though a solar eclipse typically brings out the heightened emotions of the Moon as the solar conscious principle is blocked by the lunar influence which is more reactive, this Capricorn New Moon is all about creating a new foundation which is solid and well balanced.  Any eclipse carries with it a heightened energy which can be utilized for creation and for personal transformation – we can see this energy at work in the fact that eclipses are usually associated with powerful weather events.

That is particularly true of this eclipse – though it is a partial eclipse, the Sun and Moon are aligned with Pluto, planet of destruction and rebirth.  Capricorn can be somewhat ruthless in its efforts to create a solid structure, setting aside personal emotions for the sake of the greater goals.  As in any eclipse, the Sun and Moon are also aligned with the lunar nodes, and in this case the North Node is in the sensitive nurturing sign of Cancer.  This Cancer North Node urges us not to forget the feelings and needs of those around us while we concentrate on our plan.

Fortunately, a Grand Trine of water (emotion and sensitivity) link Venus (relating and interpersonal connection) with Chiron (wounding and healing) and the Cancer North Node. Keep in mind that eclipse energies typically build for about three days before the event and take about three days to subside.   Finding this emotional balance within as we put the grounded […]

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By |2019-01-05T10:12:53-04:00January 5th, 2019|Moon|1 Comment

All hail the Cancerian Full Moon at the Winter Solstice!

The astrological Solstice occurs when the Sun enters Capricorn (for my Southern Hemisphere friends this is actually the Summer Solstice).  Solstices and Equinoxes are important energetic gateways having to do with the balance of light and darkness.  At the Winter Solstice, the days are at their shortest and as humans we are pulled inwards into deep soul reflection.

The astrology of the Solstice Full Moon

This year, a Full Moon at zero degrees Cancer marks the entry of the Sun into Capricorn.  The Full Moon is the height of the lunar cycle – the lunar energy of instinct and emotional truth is maximized, and the power fueled by the realm of feelings is at its height.  At the same time, the cycle of darkness and light is at its nadir.  The combination of these two effects opens a portal of energy which we can use to effect powerful change in our own life.  And I believe, in the world around us.

When the Moon is full in Cancer, it opposes the Capricorn Sun, also at zero degrees.  The Cancer/Capricorn polarity asks that we balance the realm of emotion and the inner life of the soul (Cancer) with the world of the trappings of the material world: success, structure, rules and order.  But at the Full Moon the lunar influence is at its most powerful, drawing us more deeply into the inner world of feelings.

The Cancerian Full Moon is packed full of feeling and emotion, and the power of that emotion has the potential to transform your life for good and for ill.  When we harness our emotions to our Will, we create magic.  A little bit of intention can go a long way towards creating a lasting and positive transformation and that […]

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By |2018-12-19T11:53:08-04:00December 19th, 2018|Moon|4 Comments
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