Astrological news this week: Aries burns through Jupiter/Neptune fog at the New Moon

Astrological update for March 28 – April 4, 2022

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This week as we build towards the conjunction of Jupiter and Neptune that peaks on April 12th (catch up here if you missed my post on the Jupiter/Neptune conjunction) we have a fiery New Moon with three planets plus Chiron all in Aries.

Aries is the first sign of the zodiac – the sign of initiation, blazing a new trail with courage and independence. At its best, Aries approaches life with the innocence of a young child, without fear or hesitation. Aries is ruled by Mars, the planet of action – one of my Aries friends says her motto is “Shoot first, aim later” which very nicely embodies the direct connection in Aries between the desire and action.  The Aries New Moon occurs just after the spring Equinox and it is the New Moon to which Easter is tied. There is a sense of renewal after a long winter (sorry Southern Hemisphere readers!) and an anticipation of what will come next.

The chart for the New Moon shows a tight conjunction from both Mercury and Chiron to the Sun and Moon. The presence of Mercury, planet of the mind, intensifies the focus on all matters of communication.  (Mercury combust Rant: The idea that Mercury conjunct, or combust, the Sun is bad is a widespread concept of well-meaning astrologers whose focus is more theoretical than practical – who have read lots of material but not studied . I have read all kinds of terrible things about Mercury combust the Sun in natal charts – the native is mentally ill, the native is exceptionally selfish… none of these things actually play out in real world […]

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By |2022-03-28T09:18:02-04:00March 28th, 2022|Planetary news this week|0 Comments

Weekend update April 10th: The death of Prince Philip and the Aries New Moon

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Prince Philip, consort of Queen Elizabeth for 73 years, died on Friday at a time of great upheaval in the monarchy. I have big plans for a series on the House of Windsor inspired by the Crown television show which I’m sure was not nearly as fascinating as the reality itself.  We don’t have a reliable birth time for the Duke since he was born on a kitchen table in Corfu – his father made a note of 10 am, but the nanny apparently said the sun was setting (astro.com source notes). I do like the time of 10 am, because that means that Uranus, planet of sudden change, crossed his Midheaven at the time of his death which is an appropriate symbol for the Great Transition.

This is an important time for the Queen as well.  Transiting Saturn (hardship) opposes her natal Moon, and transiting Pluto (transformation) conjoins her progressed Moon.  At her birthday coming up in two weeks, the Solar Return Ascendant aligns exactly with the South Node of the past in her natal chart and the Solar Return Midheaven (life path) conjoins her natal Saturn (purpose).  Has she completed her life’s work?  It’s not unusual for partners who have been married as long as she has (73 years!!) to die soon after the death of a spouse, and the world is rapidly changing.  The abdication of Prince Harry from the pressures of life in the royal family has exposed fissures which were previously only rumored, and it will be difficult to put things back together again.

There are many astrological charts that are used for England because England is part of a United Kingdom.  In 1603, Ireland and Scotland were brought together in an attempt to form the first version of […]

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By |2021-04-11T18:51:04-04:00April 10th, 2021|Moon, Politics|12 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

Astrological news for the week of April 1, 2019 including South Node activation

The first week of April could be a bit confusing, especially between the 1st and the 3rd of April.  With four planets in mystical and magical Pisces, the focus is more on imagination and illumination than practical matters.  Mercury has turned direct, but it conjoins Neptune on the 2nd and the two are intertwined for several days afterwards. This period is wonderful for creativity and spiritual exploration but maybe wait until at least the 5th of April before making decisions that require a lot of careful thought and consideration.

Meanwhile, transformational Pluto triggers the South Node to activate the undoing of karma.  When this transit (culminating April 4th) occurs in the chart of an individual, we often find an eruption of an old pattern that hits us in the face as we realize a change needs to happen.  When this transit occurs globally, as it does every 19 years or so (the last Pluto alignment with the South Node occurred in Sagittarius in 2002), there is a purge of collective karma – an eruption and release of the past to enable passage into the present and future.  If Pluto is currently transiting your own chart, this will affect you more personally than others who are not individually triggered by Pluto at the moment.  Saturn and the South Node will complete the dance at the end of the month, making this a month-long adventure in cleaning up the past.  Even if you are not personally activated by this event, you might as well join in and clean out the metaphoric basement of your psyche: old patterns, toxic relationships, outmoded beliefs.

This could bring up some emotional pain between April 1st and the 6th or so as Mars (aggression and motivation) challenges […]

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By |2019-04-01T08:14:02-04:00April 1st, 2019|Planetary news this week|2 Comments

This Aries New Moon is a powerhouse of intention

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The New Moon in Aries on April 15th marks the beginning of a new lunar cycle – the Sun and Moon align, linking the solar purpose with the lunar heart and soul and fostering within us a new resolve to begin something new.  Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, and as such it inspires us to step forward with courage and intention.

When there is this much intentional support, it’s important to be purposeful so that all of this positive energy isn’t wasted. Even if you are a person who is goal oriented, there is an opportunity to find a new direction at this time.

Uranus, the planet of radical change and innovation, is tightly intertwined with the Aries Sun and Moon and motivates us to break out of old patterns that hold us back from emerging as the brilliant beings we truly are and which we long to show to the world.

Transformational Pluto challenges the lunation to intensify and create drama in this process of change.  This is not a warm and fuzzy New Moon that sparkles fairy dust – this is a shamanic wake-up call to leave the past behind and make your own magic happen.  This will be a good preparation for Chiron’s awakening into Aries which arrives the next day and helps us to create healing in our individual Self and personal identity.

Questions to ask yourself in ceremony or ritual under this Aries New Moon:

  • If I could transform anything in my life, free from any fear or limitation, what would it be?  How can I make this real in my life?
  • What am I afraid of and how is that fear keeping me from living […]
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By |2018-04-15T10:50:33-04:00April 15th, 2018|Moon|2 Comments
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