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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 |2019-08-26T15:28:18-04:00May 4th, 2019|Moon|1 Comment

Endings at the Full Moon in the Critical Degree of Libra

Libra Full Moon April 19 Photo from Flickr

The Full Moon on the 19th is at the very last degree of Libra. The 29th degree is also called the “critical” or “anaretic” degree – it is a degree of completion and marks the end of one cycle and the evolution into another.  There is a poignancy to this degree, and it is often associated with the idea of chickens coming home to roost – it’s too late to control the outcome, but the facts must be faced.

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 ancient astrology signified the planet of death in the natal horoscope.  The Hellenistic astrologer Ptolemy’s writings use the word “anaretic” as an antonym for “benefic,” meaning dstructive or fatal.  This is what has given the 29th degree such a bad rap, although endings are actually the harbinger of new beginnings and not to be feared.

This Full Moon in Libra, the sign of balance and integration, encourages us to find a way to leave behind anything in our lives that is standing in the way of our finding that internal balance. Something is bound to come to an end in order to help us to continue to grow in that integration and harmony.  At the Libra Full Moon, the Sun is in Aries and a balance is required between our personal needs (Aries) and our ability to integrate those needs into our interactions with others in a way that will maintain equilibrium and balance.  Libra’s love of beauty stems from this need for peace within, and at this Full Moon it will […]

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By |2019-04-16T04:31:03-04:00April 17th, 2019|Moon|5 Comments

This equinox Libra Full Moon brings a shift in perspective

equinox full moon aries Flickr

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|3 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 […]

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By |2019-03-25T10:50:15-04:00March 5th, 2019|Moon, Planetary news this week|0 Comments
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