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The Leo New Moon offers an opportunity to shine

Art by Larry Landolfi

The Moon is new in Leo, the first lunar event since the eclipses of July.  Leo is the sign that celebrates the Self – the healthy Ego, open-hearted, generous and full of life and an ability to embrace joy.  Many of us have been having a very difficult time under the planetary conditions of the past couple of months, and this Leo New Moon offers an opportunity, should we accept it, to look for the silver thread that lines every cloud.

The New Moon is flanked by Venus on one side and Mars on the other – all in Leo.  This is a big burst of Sun-ruled energy to both soften the hard edges of our experience (Venus) and motivate and inspire us to take action (Mars).  All of this outgoing Leo energy is harmonized through a trine to Jupiter, planet of abundance and optimism, in its own sign of Sagittarius where it is particularly abundant and optimistic.

There is a darker and deeper side to this New Moon, though.  Mercury (mind and communication),  now direct (thank goodness!) is opposed by Pluto, leading to obsessive thinking.  Pluto can also provide us with deep insight, should we take the time to listen to our inner voice.  And Saturn, planet of tests and challenges, is still aligned with the South Node of the past, demanding that we fix our mistakes and learn their lessons.

At this Leo New Moon, the central question is:  What regrets or sorrows from the past am I holding onto which are keeping me from finding true joy in my life?  Am I ready to fully open my heart to happiness, or are there issues and resistance that are keeping […]

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By |2019-08-01T09:38:14-04:00August 1st, 2019|Moon|2 Comments

Eclipse season begins: the solar eclipse at the Cancer New Moon

artist unknown – if you know who created this please let me know. The first eclipse of the summer (there are two this month) occurs July 2nd at the New Moon in Cancer.  In a solar eclipse, which is always at a New Moon, the light of the Sun is obscured by the Moon.  The Sun’s light is typically stronger than that of the Moon; the Sun represents consciousness and the awakened Self, whereas the Moon is connected with our inner light – our emotions and instincts which tend to be more hidden.  So when the Moon obscures the Sun, the abundant energies of our inner world are unleashed.

An eclipse occurs when the Sun and Moon are near the lunar nodes – the points where the lunar and solar orbits intersect.  There is a sense of fate with these points, which gives eclipses a somewhat fated quality.  Your destiny is calling, and we must pay attention.

This eclipse is in Cancer, the sign of the Moon which amplifies that lunar effect of revealing our innermost longings and feelings.  There is a sense at this eclipse that our old emotional wounds – feelings of abandonment, of unworthiness – will be triggered due to a challenging square from Chiron, the planet whose job it is to expose these old wounds so that they can be healed, just as a wound to the skin is healed when exposed to the air rather than covered in a bandage.

Cancer’s focus is on family, in all its forms.  A sense of tribal belonging.  Perhaps that has nothing to do with our family of origin, but takes place in our communities or are friendship groups.  Or perhaps we live alone with five cats and THAT […]

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By |2019-07-01T07:04:03-04:00July 1st, 2019|Moon|1 Comment

The 2019 Sagittarius Full Moon and the Galactic Center

The Galactic Center, currently at 27 degrees Sagittarius, is the rotational center of our galaxy – like the Sun, which is the center of our solar system and the major astrological factor of personal significance, the Galactic Center is the force that binds the galaxy together.  Astrologically and symbolically, the Galactic Center is the heart of the Universe – the soul of wisdom for our solar system and our species of humanity as well as all of the other planetary systems and species that may exist in the farther reaches of the Milky Way.

This week’s Full Moon is at the Galactic Center, suggesting potential for a portal of awareness and insight at this time.  Sagittarius is the sign of exploration and adventure, but also the sign that seeks meaning and truth.  Under this Full Moon, we can expand our awareness and the limitation of our own ideas and achieve greater understanding that can help us in very practical ways.

This Full Moon experience is irritated by a complex planetary system involving Mars, the planet of drive, motivation and war.  Mars is in emotional Cancer right now and the rumblings of anger and frustration may be more difficult to access.  But Mars aligns with Mercury (the mind and communication) at this Full Moon, heightening the intensity of our conversations and making arguments and disputes more likely.  This is exacerbated by a stressful opposition from Mars and Mercury to both Saturn and Pluto.  Saturn represses and attempts to block these energies, and Pluto blows them up in order to transform them into more productive pathways of personal evolution.

When the planetary energies are this intense, there is no point in trying to avoid them.  Instead, we can pay attention to […]

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By |2019-06-16T09:37:27-04:00June 16th, 2019|Moon|3 Comments

Create your new beginning with the Gemini New Moon, June 3 2019

New Moon Deviant Art

The Moon is new on June 3rd in the sign of Gemini.  Gemini is the sign of the twins and finds pleasure in the embrace of dual views that may seem incompatible but which actually enhance our nature and help us to grow and evolve.  The more we understand about who we are, the more effective we can be in our lives and Gemini accomplishes this through attracting experiences through which we change and take on new characteristics and qualities.  Under the sign of Gemini we are more flexible, which makes it easier to create something new which forces us to shed an old skin that no longer fits these new experiences and new ways of looking at the world.

Gemini is an air sign, and lives in the realm of the mind.  Communication is critical under the influence of Gemini, and so is objectivity.  Gemini is also a bit of a mimic, encouraging us to try on new experiences and new personas in order to learn more about how we are.  In this New Moon chart, both the Sun and Moon are in a harmonious trine to Pallas – asteroid of Divine Intelligence.  Pallas connects us to our own inner knowing – unlike the flashes of intuition in which we gain knowledge from a higher plane, the wisdom of Pallas comes from within.  Under the influence of Pallas the divine spark of Universal wisdom is lit and we see with abundant clarity, unsullied by any confusion of personal emotions.

Venus, the planet of relating and attraction, is in a harmonious trine to transformational Pluto at this time.  The fruit of our ideas and realizations can be seamlessly integrated into our relationships […]

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By |2019-06-03T07:27:50-04:00June 1st, 2019|Moon|4 Comments

The Taurus New Moon: Settling into the peace space

The New Moon on May 4th is in the sign of Taurus.  The symbol for Taurus is the bull – wise, placid but powerful, stable, slow to anger, the bull is a majestic symbol of peacefulness in the heart of strength.  Like the bull, under the influence of Taurus we seek experiences which will help us to find that sense of equanimity and comfort.  We nestle into cozy spaces and hunger for pleasure that will be truly satisfying.  No frankenfood will do under the Taurean influence, we must have fine wines and the best dark chocolates, food with pleasing colors and textures.  We wrap ourselves in natural fabrics and enjoy the scents of flowers.

The New Moon is, of course, the beginning of a new lunar cycle.  Over the past few months we’ve had a confusing retrograde period of Mercury, and an intense breakdown period of Saturn and Pluto which is just beginning to wane.   With the Taurus New Moon, we are finally able to connect more completely with the physical – settle into our bodies, walk barefoot on the earth, hug a tree, sit quietly and just experience the very fact that we are alive.

Not all of the planets are supportive of the slowing down and smelling the roses – we still have the mutual reception of Mercury in Aries, ruled by Mars, and Mars in Gemini, ruled by Mercury – firing up the engines of the brain and making it difficult to relax.  We still have a potentially challenging aspect (a T-square) involving Mercury (mind), Mars (action) and Jupiter (expansion) that demands action (Mars/Jupiter) yet blurs our sight to the point where we are unable to see clearly (Neptune).   But none of that matters right now […]

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By |2019-05-04T10:44:19-04:00May 4th, 2019|Moon|1 Comment
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