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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Gemini New Moon, 5-25-2017

New Moon 5-25-2017

A lovely grand fire trine is forming during the sun and moon’s passage through Gemini, and should make for swift and satisfying communications. The North Node in Leo, Uranus in Aries, and Saturn in Sagittarius are all in accordance. We flow smoothly from place to place, transmitting ideas and being readily understood, our messages are clear and understandable. Contracts are exchanged, agreements struck, and moving from place to place and enjoying the novel and the new comes easy and carefree. All these things under the auspices of Gemini and Mercury should find favor.

That’s not to say this moon does not have its share of complications — as with everything, we have some harder aspects to deal with, but I know with my business and financial interests firmly rooted in audio and creative writing, I’ll be sure to initiate projects to give them that extra oomph! Especially with Mercury in Taurus, Taurus will make your projects long lasting and unlike Geminis often flighty tendency to move on to the new interesting flavor of the moment, Taurus has the steam and endurance to see things through to the end.¬† This is a boon to work that requires both an initiatory spirit and a need for refining and crafting.

Now that we’ve highlighted the good, let’s look at the not so good.

Pushy Venus at 19 degrees of Aries may indicate a fast and furious romance that goes against the grain of more conservative and cautious Capricorn, where Pluto at 19 degrees squares. Capricorn is going to want to iron out the details and Pluto isn’t going to give up control or stop digging for the underlying meaning of things. Add in Black Moon Lillith in Sagittarius at 11 degrees, who is squared by Neptune at 14 degrees of Pisces, and it suggests that romances initiated under this moon are going to be plagued by both the benefits and the downsides of magnetic sexuality — sometimes, we rush in to satisfy pleasure without considering the consequences. This act-now think-later attitude will certainly yield an affair to remember given the Venus in Aries heat, and the Lillith in Sagittarius magnetism, where Saturn is struggling to keep a lid on the happy-go-lucky archer. Those squares to Pluto and Neptune, though, suggest all the sticky complications of a love affair gone wrong, an extra marital affair, infidelity, power struggles, and all the lying such situations tend to generate. Of course, this might also figure in more than only love, but also money.

If these squares with their clashing energy weren’t potent enough, we have further semi-squares, creating aftershocks and stall points that are less easily resolved.

In particular, Venus in Aries semi-square the Gemini sun and moon, and Mercury in Taurus semi-square Mars in Gemini, also suggest, in spite of the burning power of this Grand Fire Trine, we may encounter that what course of action we decide upon under this new moon now creates a domino effect of unforeseen consequences; projects which begin with great promise might not complete to schedule, but bear this in mind — this is not necessarily a negative! Consider that a writer, initiating a creative project, might end up going through steep and rigorous edits, all of which give the sensation of spinning wheels in a rut, but which, over the course of months, bears a great deal of fruit in the form of awards or recognition, or increased pay. Use this Grand Fire Trine well!

I advise anyone to take on the qualities of Mercury and be ready to think on your feet to counter the difficult aspects of the semi-squares.

Less palatable is the opposition forming between Mars in Gemini and Saturn in Sagittarius. We might have to face up to responsibilities for our quick words or decisions, or deal with clashes with authority figures and arguments that spring up around them. This may be the case where you know you’re right, but someone who holds power refuses to acknowledge they are in the wrong, and it costs you. This is the time for swallowing your pride and picking your battles, and you may have to choose diplomacy over valor.

Lastly, a Taurus Mercury inconjunct Jupiter in Libra might have us sticking to our guns when we should be compromising with our friends or in our relationships, and as a result, we don’t quite see eye to eye. Taurean inflexibility will not smooth things over in your personal life, as fluid Mercury is better when he exerts his mercurial spirit. Be willing to bend to influence, for if you cannot bend, the inconjunct might force you to break! Be generous with your spirit and your words to and these should blend nicely with the Grand Fire Trine and help you sidestep the less desireable effects of the inconjunct.

Taurus New Moon, April 26

4-26-2017 Taurus New Moon

The new moon in Taurus will be a pleasant opportunity to increase emphasis on beauty and wealth in our lives. Venus rules Taurus and Libra, and now that she is in forward motion in her exalted state in Pisces, and the sun has also crossed into Taurus, we can breathe a sigh of relief from the last contentious full moon and enjoy that Taurean flair for aesthetics and the simple art of being.

There may be a theme of compassionate healing, the presence of a tender or a nurturing mentor here as well, since Chiron is conjunct Venus at 29 degrees Pisces — perhaps a healing is at last achieved after long suffering, an insight gained, or a gentle passage from someone’s guiding influence, as full health means they will no longer be needed. With healing comes the release of old pain at the 29th degree of endings.

Saturn at the Galactic Center of 27 degrees Sagittarius, also aspects Venus. This square could manifest in a difficulty or obstacle — perhaps a relationship needs attending to; with Mercury retrograde in the mix, we may overlook a key component to our carefully laid plains, forget an important date, or perhaps a contract was not completed as it should have been. Saturn and Venus will demand our loving attention to maintain our structures, telling us not to put off for tomorrow what must be done today.

Virgo — that house of work, service, and the daily routine — will drive that point home as the Node passes into the 0 degree of Virgo and forms trines to Uranus in Aries, Mercury in Aries, Saturn in Sagittarius, the moon in Taurus, the sun in Taurus — and if those trines weren’t enough, there’s a square to Mars in Gemini! Work, exercise, look after your health. Venus and Taurus energies will encourage a work/life balance — though you might find yourself having extra tasks put upon you, or perhaps you’ve volunteered for it, or are looking to change jobs. Under this Mercury in retrograde, this desire might frustrate you and things not go so smoothly as planned.

Pluto squares up to Uranus and Mercury in Aries, and Jupiter in Libra. Jupiter’s presence in a Venus ruled sign like Libra will emphasize and add power to our relationships in their loving aspect, but with Pluto squaring, we may still have some hard decisions to make about who we keep in our lives. In feisty Aries, Mercury and Uranus will make our communications bold, further fueled by Mars in Gemini. our communications are fast and furious, and even playful — taken too far in Aries mode, we risk stepping on toes and being selfish, inadvertantly offending. Go with kindness, as Venus in her current state has the power to offset the harshness of Mars and Aries as she is the mistress of flattery, and she will calm Pluto’s merciless drive to inject too much intensity into our words.

New Moon in Aries 3/27/2017, Impressions

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On March 27 we have a series of interesting aspects under this New Moon at 7 degrees of Aries. Aries, the first sign, the me-first sign, ego-centered and self-affirming, pushy and bold.

What stands out in this lunation is the presence of the North Node at 1 degree of Virgo, preparing to cross into Leo. At the apex of the sky here in the North East, the Dragon’s Head is calling us to leadership — will you answer? Will you square up to accountability, to take the crown — and the responsibility that comes with it? If you think events revolving around White House politics have been interesting, hold onto your seat, for the Node is transiting fixed star Regulus, as this “kingmaker” star is prominent in Trump’s chart. However, I think the Node’s placement has a message for all of us — to lead, and to lead well, to stop looking for others to resolve the challenges put before us and come to terms with all that it entails — that life often asks us to lead in the face of unfair circumstances and waiting for someone else to do it is not always an option. Meet your challenges, and what better aspect than the moon in Aries to support you? When our leaders fail us, we are called to be leaders in our own lives.

However, this call goes unheard in the general public, as evidenced by the opposition to Neptune in Pisces. We long to escape from the difficulties of life, and for some, this escape is necessary, and for some, it is merely prolonging our suffering and agony.

In Aries we have a very dark and deep Venus in retrograde telling her story of love’s fortunes — her transformation into the morning star begins as she disappears from the sky on March 18 and reappears as the morning star on March 31 at 1 degree Aries. In absence, does she grieve for profound unrequited love, or is she gearing up for a bold and ruthless liasion as evidenced by the supportive trine with Black Moon Lilith in Sagittarius? Seducers are afoot this period, some people will be having the kind of romance soap operas are made of, complete with dramatic conclusions.

Mars and Venus are in mutual reception, both being in the signs ruled by the other, Taurus and Aries respectively. Take note, Venus is challenged by old man Saturn, squaring her from Sagittarius. Expressions of love and affection are already suffering under the retrograde, and Saturn will constrain Venus’s warmth. Love must be clever, kind, and patient to bear with the challenges of this period.

Jupiter in Libra is also a strong feature, since Libra’s natural ruler is Venus. Jupiter is still in ongoing opposition to Uranus in Aries, and Mercury is also passing Uranus in Aries. Expect intensifying communications, active sociability among burgeoning friendships, and as always, use words with common sense and consideration lest Jupiter’s expansiveness and Uranus’s delight in shocking others causes you to open mouth and insert foot.

At this time, Pluto in Capricorn at 19 degrees is forming squares to Uranus, Mercury in Aries and Jupiter in Libra. Pluto’s agreeable alliance with Saturn in Sagittarius will make Pluto’s desire for control and power well-focused; with Venus in retrograde also afflicting relationships, take stock of your friends and make sure the people you surround yourself with are the type of people you want in your life — not those seeking to take from you or leverage your time, effort, love, or wealth for their own needs.

Conversely, if your friends have been fractious lately, you may find this an excellent opportunity to learn¬† skills of politics and diplomacy that are often the keystone to how we unlock success and get along in civilized society — usually a gift that develops later in life. Meet challenges in your friendships to develop it now. Saturn’s supportive trine to the Node will lend strength, and the adventurous and bold moon in Aries give steam to meeting challenges.

 

 

Aquarius New Moon, 1-27-2017 – Impressions

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Impressions of the Aquarius New Moon, 1-27-2017

Jupiter in Libra expands our relationships in both breadth and depth. Those born with Pluto in Libra will feel the aggravating effect of expansive Jupiter as he touches on Pluto’s decades old shadow set during the late ’70’s and early ’80’s, all grown up now in this divisive era where equality (Libra) and power (Pluto) in relationships between people and between governments is more meaningful than ever. Both of these planets will be “owned” by Venus, since Libra is Venus’s home by rulership, and Venus in Pisces stands but a short 5 degrees from Mars. Mars cuts a path to Uranus in Aries, laying down his jacket in the mud so Venus can walk across it unsoiled. He waxes strong in his approach to Aries, where is energy is turbo charged.

Uranus in Aries forms an opposition to Jupiter in Libra, also agitating the Pluto in Libra generation, pushing and pulling them between their community ties (Libra) and the needs of the individual (Aries).

Moon and Sun conjunct in Aquarius, Uranus’s home sign, also adds to this revolutionary atmosphere — hearts and minds are bent on setting us free from limitations, our own ego and emotions. However, Pluto and Mercury conjunct in Capricorn, where Saturn constrains Pluto and Mercury, set off a square between Uranus and Jupiter. What is spoken may hide secrets and information not fully revealed in the halls of power. People will be silenced or punished for what is said, or what is said may set off greater consequences cascading from here on in. (Recent accounts formed on Twitter by government agencies after the Trump ban come to mind as a perfect example of this square.)

A further square with Saturn to Venus and Mars oversees this, demanding rules but Saturn, you see, is undermined in Sagittarius since this is Jupiter’s home sign. Thus, Saturn is forced to overcome his own restraint and wants eagerly to join the party. He cannot help but be tempted by Jupiter’s lovely Libran/Venus born energy as he forms a sextile, diluting the square he forms to Venus and Mars, which is already interrupted by the Sun and Moon conjunct in between, while in rebellious Aquarius. Good luck, Saturn, on keeping your stern demeanor and your control! But then, when Saturn does choose to cut loose, he can throw a helluva party (Saturnalia.) Authority figures may well be asking themselves this very question — is it time to hold fast to the law, or time to throw off the restraints and build anew? You may find the rebellious new moon wants you to build anew.