Cancer New Moon – June 23, 2017

Cancer New Moon

So far, a series of full and new moons have been happening alongside grand fire trines, specifically, an ongoing trine between:

  • Saturn in Sagittarius at 23 degrees
  • North Node in Leo at 27 degrees
  • Uranus in Aries at 27 degrees

I don’t see a lot of astrologers — actually, I haven’t read any astrologers taking note of this trine, probably because I don’t see a lot of astrologers talking about the node in relationship to the whole. However, I focus on the big picture. I like to think in terms of systems, and grand sweeps of time, as opposed to a short term focus. This means the north node has great importance when I look at charts, because they indicate spaces in our lives that we must explore, often with great difficulty. The north node is where we head to forge our karmic future and achieve our soul’s purpose. Thus, the north node figuring into this series of grand fire trines under the new and full moons is of utmost importance, because our “fate” is arriving with a quickness and velocity — speed is the marking of a trine, after all.

So what can we expect with the Cancer New Moon married with a Grand Fire Trine?

Expect the unexpected, as Uranus and the North Node ratchet up fated events regarding matters of home and emotional life that Cancer relates to. Other excellent astrologers like Robert Wilkinson over at the Aquarius Papers takes note that there’s a relationship to events from previous April-May; already I’m seeing events unfolding like a series of falling dominoes — several people going through unexpected divorce proceedings, and another was recently ousted from an abusive home. Many of these culminating events were from small seeds planted early in the year, during or on the heels of the previous Venus Rx. So — expect disruptions in the home environment, emotional demolition and rebuilding, and changes of address. Old friendships might end suddenly, and new ones begin. Saturn still in Rx may well rebuilding something that was not structurally sound when he first initiated steps before the Rx.

This brings us to an interesting conjunction of Mercury at 5 degrees of Cancer, alongside the sun and the moon at 2 degrees. Talks and conversations will be emotional and intense and revolve many of the issues surrounding these disrupting events. Our heart (the moon) and our head (the sun) are consumed with our current emotional and home-life needs (Cancer) and will seek expression.

This emotional aspect will also hit a brick wall — Venus at 18 degrees of Taurus, a very cozy place for the planet of love and wealth, will form a semi-square to this Mercury at 5 degrees of Cancer, along with the sun and moon close by. This could indicate a stalled romance, funds held up (maybe that initial lease deposit isn’t being released), or other circumstances of difficulty and frustration. Semi-squares ask us to endure our current tests, for there is little we can do to rush them along. Take a deep breath and ride it out.

Mars is also hanging out in Cancer, at 12 degrees, his fall, where he squares Jupiter in Libra, at 13 degrees. When emotions run high, we can be aggressive or defensive. Your friends might bear the brunt of this, as all these emotions need outlet — just don’t abuse the privilege and drive others away by not considering their feelings in the matter and trampling all over them in the process.

Neptune at 14 degrees Pisces also trines Mars in 12 degrees of Cancer. The men in one’s home life may be prone to escaping current problems, rather than rising up to the challenges expected of them. Women may be face-palming under this trine and asking why chivalry is dead, since Mars here is not well positioned and cannot find good expression, even under a trine. Neptune diverts him into drinking, gambling, addiction — anything but facing up to the real problems at hand. Mars may even be tempted to play the martyr and exaggerate small problems into big ones. A paper cut is played off as a serious emergency worthy of everyone’s sympathy.

The ongoing inconjunct is still in effect between Neptune at 14 degrees of Pisces and Jupiter at 13 degrees of Libra. I’m not a fan of this particular aspect, as Jupiter expands relationships and Libra sets the standard for balance in those relationships, while Neptune is plodding his foggy way through the natural twelfth house of solitude, of behind the scenes issues, of sickness, institutions and imprisonment. How these two houses and planets clash and seek to find calibration in our personal circumstances is largely what makes inconjuncts so uncomfortable — the solutions are usually not easily provided and thus, not to be found in the usual way. Sometimes, compartmentalization is at work in order to keep our sanity and wall off the parts of ourselves that cannot cope with what life requires of us.


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Grand Fire Trine, Sagittarius Full Moon 6-9-2017

Sagittarius Full Moon

This full moon is shaping up to have the heady swiftness of the last new moon, another Grand Fire Trine forming with the Moon in Sagittarius and the Sun in Gemini. This fire trine forms between Saturn in Sagittarius at 24 degrees, Uranus in Aries at 27 degrees, and the North Node in Leo at 27 degrees.

Trines increase the velocity of energy, so we can expect relevant events affected by these planets and hours to increase in speed and impact. In the case of the node, the head of the dragon where our karmic future lies in the sign of creative expression and fun, now might be a nice time to engage ourselves in the drama of the moment. All the world is a stage — so act accordingly to make the most of it! With the moon sharing space with Saturn, the lord of restraint and constraints, it might bring with it a strange feeling of opposites — the emotional mood of the moon will pull Saturn’s frown upright, as happy-go-lucky Sagittarius wants more fun and the energy of the trine will be hard to suppress with Uranus in Aries continuing to throw surprises out of left field, emphasizing the needs of the self. With the sun in Gemini and moon in Sagittarius polarity, travel may feature, communications will be dynamic and lead to surprises and shifts in circumstances. Hopefully, you behaved yourself while Mars was in Gemini and your mouth didn’t get you into trouble, or else you’ll be dealing with the fallout from that New Moon Grand Fire Trine last month.

The trine is the best part of the moon. What we have left are the clashing energies of inconjuncts, squares, and semi-squares, most notably, the influence of Jupiter in Libra at 13 degrees inconjunct Neptune at 14 degrees Pisces. Our expanding friends, connections, relationships are unable to mediate with Neptune’s foggy and inconsistent nature in Pisces. People will be attempting to keep the difficult parts of their lives separate, trying to maintain their relationships while giving themselves to addiction, escapism, or maybe someone is lying to themselves about the kind of relationships they’re willing to maintain or tolerate. In either case, one can feel the tension of the inconjunct any time the needs of balance in relationship clash with the wishy-washiness of Neptune who might not be too into facing up to the hard decisions. Running and hiding might be a tempting solution, but something here too, is preventing relief.

Pluto at 18 degrees of Capricorn is also inconjunct the Gemini Sun, 18 degrees. Power and authority might be forming a schism to the Gemini desire for novelty and hunger to communicate. Capricorn is Saturn’s home field, and will wait out the impatient younger sign of the Twins. Impulses may have to be stymied in favor of the prevailing status quo.

We come up against hard squares under this full moon with Neptune in Pisces at 14 degrees, square the Sagittarius moon and the Gemini sun. Black Lilith at 12 degrees Sagittarius is also square Neptune in Pisces. With all these aspects forming to Neptune in Pisces, it suggests that hard decisions are coming for those who have been lying to themselves about a difficult situation, perhaps an overindulgence has taken over a person’s life and become a full blown addiction, or maybe a belief that drove actions and decisions in the past is being dissolved — leaving behind feelings of betrayal and anger. The time has come to take a new course and change direction, and it’s a good time to gather information under this Gemini Sun and to better get our bearings.

Semi-squares join the fray. Notably, Venus at 3 degrees of Taurus semi-square Neptune in Pisces. Venus is very happy in the sign she rules, Taurus, so this semi-square will be complicated by issues of wealth, of material needs and security, perhaps more so than anything romantic. Perhaps a promise of increase in wealth, a spoken for reward, something is held up, whether it’s by deliberate deception, or more likely, the neglect of someone else’s poor decisions. Difficulties with no easy solutions may make themselves known, creating a knot of problems with the flow of money or resources, or a project just won’t finish completion and the wheels keep spinning, spinning. Taurus’s endurance is the best thing to have during a difficult time. Be patient, and see your way to the other side of the semi-square.