This Full Moon is one of ascension and expansion. In Leo we celebrate our unique individuality and acclaim the treasure of the Self. At the Leo Full Moon we must balance that against the transpersonal influence of the Aquarius Sun which urges us to transcend the boundaries of the small Self in order to connect with the greater collective. The Leo/Aquarius polarity is an important one for the Baby Boomers with Pluto in Leo, a placement which has led to a fanatical and sometimes destructive (Pluto) obsession with developing, improving and acclaiming the individual Self. Every sign is balanced by its opposite, and each sign has its strength and its weaknesses. When we are bound by our attachment to an intense focus on our own life (Leo) we are unable to see the Universe around us and the way each of us is interwoven with every other being on the planet. This is the lesson of Aquarius. Aquarius has its own negative attributes, which include a coldness and lack of emotion or true connectedness. This coldness is balanced by the warmth and generosity of Leo. At the Full Moon we find ourselves positioned on the see-saw of this polarity and must find balance between the two. Aquarius is ruled by Uranus, the planet that connects us to multidimensional layers of human consciousness. The Uranian theme in this Full Moon is particularly strong since Uranus forms a harmonious sextile to the Sun and trine to the Moon, offering a doorway of ascension and expanded awareness. Meanwhile Jupiter, which has been stationary as it prepares to change direction, also harmonizes with the Sun and the Moon AND Uranus, so there is a continued opening vortex […]
I had a post brewing in my brain about my mother and her unlived life when I saw this New York Times review of a book called “Missing Out: In Praise of an Unlived Life.” Many of us as children imagined that we were fairy princesses or dashing knights, stuck in a fairy tale from which we will soon awake and live the life to which we are entitled. Evil parents are truly stepparents, and someday soon our “real” parents, the kings and queens, will rescue us and we will live happily ever after.
For my mother, who died just before Christmas, this fantasy was a reality that lasted throughout her life. She locked herself into a tower of her own laziness and refusal to create actions that would effect change in her life, and waited for the fairy tale to rescue her. My mother’s astrological chart showed a Moon/Chiron conjunction which reveals a deep emotional wound from which we never really heal, but which becomes our teacher as, ideally, we release the wounds from the past and move into a transformed future. She also had a grand trine in water signs, and when people say “aren’t grand trines good?” I always use my mother as an example. Because grand trines create ease and flow in one’s life, but they also help us to avoid the kind of crisis that forces us to take action and make changes.
As someone who works with people to help transform their lives and manifest their dreams, this frankly drove me nuts. From the time she moved to live closer to me in 2000 until the day she died I worked hard to overcome my desire to change her – […]
On Facebook today I read both lavish praise and harsh criticism for Jodie Foster’s speech in which she finally opened up about what everyone already knew, that she was in a 20-year relationship with another woman, her “ex-partner in love but righteous soul sister in life, my confessor, ski buddy, consiglieri, [and] most beloved BFF of 20 years.”
Ms. Foster has a few things going on in her chart: her Chiron return which occurs for everyone at around age 51 and which brings up old wounds so that they can be processed and released, has been culminating for the past week or so. And just in time for her speech, transiting Jupiter (planet of confidence and optimism, inspiring expansion and a life of meaning, made a harmonious trine to her progressed Ascendant, the evolving image that she presents to the world.
Transiting Uranus, the planet of sudden change and events which force us to be authentic and true to ourselves. has been running over the IC of her chart, opposite the Midheaven of public life. This transit generally opens up our inner world (the IC) first and then that opening by necessity expands to the outer world (Midheaven). Ms. Foster alluded to retirement in the speech:
“The actress, who began appearing in TV commercials when she was three, also sparked rumors that she was retiring. “This feels like the end of one era and the beginning of something else,” Foster said. “Scary and exciting and now what? Well, I may never be up on this stage again, on any stage for that matter. Change, you gotta love it. I will continue to tell stories, to move people by being moved, the greatest job in the world. It’s just that from now […]
This was interesting:
College students in the United States think they’re brilliant snowflakes now more than ever before, according to new research.
The findings come from an annual survey of thousands of college freshmen, conducted by the Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) of the Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California-Los Angeles. Aside from asking what students think of their own abilities, the survey also measures students’ economic, ethnic and educational backgrounds along with other demographic data.
The survey asked students to rate how they measure up to their peers in a number of basic skills areas, the BBC reports. The number of students who describe themselves as exceptional has grown.
American students have increasingly given themselves “above average” ratings on several attributes but bragged most regarding their “drive to achieve.” Almost four-fifths of survey responders say they’re above average in this category.
(read more here.) The current crop of college freshman is the first batch of students with Pluto in Sagittarius, the sign of self-confidence and optimism. This group is going to be very different from the Pluto in Scorpio generation (1982-1995) which came to adulthood under the shadow of September 11th and a decade of war to begin the 21st century.
The concept of “ambition inflation” described in this article expanded the most in freshman from 1966 to 1985, primarily the Pluto in Leo generation that thought the world was all about US.
The United States has Sagittarius rising (in the commonly accepted Sibly chart which I use for analysis of national US astrology) and the idea of constant expansion is common to the American ideology. But Scorpio is a sign of contraction – it is more concerned with the Truth of power than […]
A new client came to me because of something involving Saturn in her chart that had come up in another reading. The information she was given was not only wrong, the Saturn placement was incorrect. The “astrologer” who gave her this information is online, and on his website he calls himself a “master astrologist” which is interesting in itself. We astrologers don’t call ourselves “astrologists” – that is an appellation typically found only in critical newspaper articles. His website also states that he is an occultist. The definition of “occult” is defined by Google’s dictionary as “something pertaining to the supernatural or magical beliefs, practices or phenomena.” “Magic” is “the power of apparently influencing the course of events through mysterious or supernatural forces.” While it’s true that some psychics or occultists use astrology in an attempt to manipulate reality and create magic, most professional astrologers do not approach the craft with that intention. Occult really means that which is hidden from view. A planet is said to be occult another planet when it hides that planet from our view. Occult practices can be defined as those which operate under the radar of the masses, in secret and perhaps in mystery schools. Astrology as practiced by occultists can be steeped in superstition, such as the famed occultist Sepharial (a contemporary of Madame Blavatsky and himself a theosophist) who writes of “good” aspects and “evil” aspects in his Manual of Occultism. This is a more traditional approach to astrology which considers astrology to be a map of one’s fate. Presumably then the occult tools assist one in transforming one’s fate and therein lies the magic. I take a different view. While it’s true that […]