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April’s Libra Full SuperMoon may rattle our equilibrium

artist: Holga Jen

A Full Moon of any kind amps up the lunar energies that stimulate instinctive behavior and connect us more deeply to the realm of emotions and feelings.  A SuperMoon (® Richard Nolle), so called because the Moon is at its closest point (perigee) to the Earth,  amplifies these instinctive connections even more.  Space.com reports that this Full Moon will be the biggest one of the year

Under the influence of Libra we crave balance and equanimity.  Libra is known for being the sign of love and beauty, but these are just the byproducts of the need to achieve a sense of inner harmony.  Love provides comfort and connection with others to find this balance, and beauty helps to soothe jangled nerves.  Under the Full Moon in Libra, with the Sun in Aries,  we are working with the polarity of Self (Aries) vs Connection to others (Libra) and seeking that inner equilibrium that comes when we are in balance between these two opposite forces.  Full Moons always require an integration of opposites, but with the Libra Full Moon,  even more so.

While we strive to find our inner balance point under the Libra Full Moon Mars, planet of aggression and the ruler of Libra’s opposite sign Aries, is locked in a conflicting square to Uranus, planet of radical and rebellious behavior.  This is not a calm or soothing influence – in fact, under this Mars/Uranus combination we may be more inclined to do something impulsive and radical.  With most of us locked up in our homes right now in quarantine, this could be a challenge!  And Jupiter and Pluto are still in tight conjunction for […]

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By |2020-04-07T10:12:49-04:00April 7th, 2020|Moon|0 Comments

Bring on the fire with the Aries New Moon: March 24, 2020

We have had a dearth of the fire element for quite a few months now.  Mars, the fire planet, was in the sign of Sagittarius in mid-January, but a stellium of planets in earthy Capricorn acted as a blanket to dampen the fire energy.  In practical terms, when there is adequate representation of the fire element among the planets, it becomes easier to access the motivation and inspiration of fire.  We have instead been under the influence of earth primarily, which is practical and good for creating structures and plans, especially in Capricorn which is the sign of achievement and success.

Over the past week or so, Mars (currently in Capricorn) has been traveling through the Capricorn stellium of Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn, and under the new reality of the Coronavirus which requires greater restriction (Saturn 29 degrees Capricorn) of movement (Mars), we have seen quite a few people rebelling against (Mars/Jupiter) the call for isolation.  Some countries are using police to keep people in their homes, and in my lifetime I have not seen such a powerful example of Saturn in Capricorn.

On the day I write this (March 23), we have just passed through the portal of the Vernal Equinox, the Aries point which is ruled by Mars. Mars has just traveled by Jupiter and Pluto and the Martian energy of aggression and fiery rhetoric as well as power struggles has been intense.  We have seen this in the struggle of governments around the world to agree on measures to try to contain the virus, and perhaps in our own homes as we spend more time together than we may be used to.

Into this mix comes the New Moon in Aries.  Aries is the first sign of […]

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By |2020-03-23T09:34:04-04:00March 23rd, 2020|Moon|0 Comments

Sunday inspiration and the Virgo Full SuperMoon

photo by Laurent Laveder from Spaceweather

Under the influence of the Virgo Full SuperMoon (™ Richard Nolle) on March 9, 2020 we encounter a polarity between an urge to transcend life’s cold hard realities and the necessity of a well-defined and grounded life in the material world.  With the Pisces Sun conjunct Neptune for a double dose of Piscean glamour, magic, creative imagine, and potential for confusion, the scale is heavily weighted against the Virgo Moon which seeks to create order and find meaning in the smallest of details that are necessary for life in a body.

What is a SuperMoon?  A SuperMoon (coined by astrologer Richard Nolle and now in common usage) is a Full or New Moon that occurs when the Moon is at its closest point to the Earth (perigee).  The Moon appears larger in the sky, and is not only symbolically more powerful but also arguably exerts a stronger force on human behavior, amplifying the effects of the Full Moon.

Jupiter harmonizes with this Full Moon (and Neptune) to help to provide the expansiveness that further enhances the Piscean energies, so even though this is the Virgo Full Moon we may find the Piscean energies to be in ascendance.  This requires a fair amount of letting go of our need to control while still maintaining our daily rituals and routines for the Virgo Moon.  Meanwhile Venus in Taurus, seeking stability and security the pleasures of earthly existence, conjoins rebellious Uranus for a heavy dose of disruption and an urge for a radical change that will shake up our routines and create more space and air.

Under this Full Moon we find ourselves needing to integrate all of these […]

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By |2020-03-08T13:18:18-04:00March 8th, 2020|Moon|0 Comments

Pisces New Moon: A magical cornucopia of heart-opening gifts

Photo by Kim Seng

That title may seem like an exaggeration, but this New Moon in Pisces is amplified by a beautiful sextile between Jupiter and Neptune to bring out the best of the Pisces archetype which, let’s face it, can be a bit dreamy and ungrounded sometimes.  Jupiter and Neptune are connected through their rulership of Pisces – Jupiter as the traditional ruler, and Neptune as the modern ruler.

Under the Pisces influence we often throw ourselves to the winds, eagerly willing to sacrifice our individual pain for the bliss of Universal consciousness.  This urge for self-sacrifice can, at its worst, exalt the concept of martyrdom and convert it to victimhood.  The challenge is to find the rapture of transcendence and surrender without losing ourselves in the process and that is where Jupiter and Neptune can be of assistance as they harmonize to produce the clearest of songs – the most magical of coincidences, and the most illuminating of ideas.

Like any New Moon, this is a time to wipe the slate clean and begin anew.  We are finishing with the dry details of Saturn-ruled Aquarius and Capricorn, and moving into the season of imagination and dreams.  Mercury, planet of the mind and communication, is traveling retrograde right now and will dance past both the Sun and Moon over the next few days which will likely bring up something unfinished which needs to be reconsidered while Mercury is retrograde.  Mercury is debilitated in the sign of Pisces – the watery misty imagination and creative inspiration of Pisces has the tendency to weaken the ability of Mercury to do its job of carrying communications clearly and effectively. Pisces is a wonderful sign for compassion, intuition, […]

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By |2020-02-23T10:50:01-05:00February 22nd, 2020|Moon|0 Comments

Let your inner light shine on the Leo Full Moon, February 9 2020

Leo Full MoonThe Leo Full Moon (February 9, 2020 at 2:33 am EST) brings an opportunity to shine with the brilliance of our best selves and emerge from the darkness of the conjunction of Saturn to Pluto which weighed down the beginning of the month. The sign of Leo is majestic and creative, always seeking ways to shine and express the uniqueness of the Self, and in this Full Moon the Moon is aided by a trine to Mars in Sagittarius which helps to energize and amplify the fire of Leo to burn away any debris of darkness that may suppress our ability to shine our inner light with love and an open heart.

As in every Full Moon, the Moon here in Leo is opposite the Sun which is in Aquarius., but what makes the Leo Full Moon different is that the Moon is in the sign of the Sun (Leo is ruled by the Sun). So even though we have the opposition, there is also a linkage between the Sun and Moon that unites the conscious self (Sun) with the lunar instincts and emotional power.

Venus (relationships, attraction) has just moved into Aries where it carries a more fiery temperament, and that has amplified the influence of fire in the planetary spheres.  From December and January’s Capricornian influence on duty and responsibility, we are shifting to a more self-oriented focus that emphasizes desire and action over structure and planning.  There is some danger here that all of this fire can result in hasty decisions and actions that fail to take into account the unintended consequences that may result.  Our relationships could be damaged in the crossfire, as shown by a conjunction from Venus to Chiron (wounding and […]

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By |2020-02-08T08:46:01-05:00February 8th, 2020|Moon|1 Comment