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New Moon in Leo – the Divine Child Comes Forth

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The last couple of weeks have been marked with intensity and power, with the Grand Sextile/Star of David formation and the powerful opposition from Jupiter to Pluto.

The next few days offer an opportunity for the heart to open as the Sun and Moon align in Leo, a kiss of magic to open up the heart.  The energy of Leo encourages us to return to the simplicity of childhood – to witness and find joy in the simplest things and retreat from the day to day problems that weigh down our hearts and create stress and disease.

While the Sun represents the physical heart, the Moon represents the emotional heart.  How we protect ourselves, how we express our feelings, the level of comfort we feel with the emotions that flow through us every moment of the day – all of these things live in the realm of the Moon.  In Leo, the Moon becomes more dramatic and more easily able to find expression for the inner language of the soul.

The Sun is the most powerful force in our planetary system, and the Sun is in its own sign of Leo where it has the strongest force of radiance, illuminating the darkness and shining light into the unconscious.  It has just aligned with Uranus in a harmonious trine of sparkling energy for change and transition, and Uranus trines the Moon during the lunation.  The window of light that shines within us every moment of every day is more easily accessible now if we simply allow ourselves to Be, even for just a day.

Generosity of the heart is another hallmark of Leo – a warmth and sincere desire to give which […]

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By |2013-08-05T07:45:15-04:00August 5th, 2013|Moon|6 Comments

Aquarius Full Moon, July 22 2013

Aquarius Full Moon

We are in the midst of a very active planetary environment right now.   Mercury has just turned direct after a retrograde period, and Uranus and Pluto are still creating tension that will require us to let go to the force of irrefutable change.  Mars aligns with Jupiter today, evoking a burst of energy and activity that will help us to break free of any delays imposed by Mercury’s retrograde passage.  The watery grand trine (see the sidebar for a link to more information) is in full force and while trines (harmonious aspect between planets) generally foster ease and good will, they can also lock us into a loop of complacency and resistance to the kind of shifts that Uranus and Pluto are putting into motion.

Into the midst of the strong watery energy with so many planets in Cancer and the watery emphasis of the Grand Trine comes the Aquarius Full Moon on the 22nd. Aquarius is the sign of rational thinking – Aquarius doesn’t understand or care for the kind of emotionality that Cancer brings to the table and prefers a more reasoned and scientific approach.

The Sun has just entered Leo and the Self longs to be expressed, while the Aquarius Moon seeks a more transpersonal expression. This polarity can be difficult to balance since each side struggles against the other. Who am I relative to my standing in the community? Where are my needs important relative to those around me? Confronting these issues in the watery realm of Cancer and the Grand Trine can be challenging and this Full Moon illuminates the path to reason.

You can expect this Full Moon to offer a counterpoint to the intuitive creativity and feelings that are […]

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By |2013-07-21T07:27:35-04:00July 21st, 2013|Moon|0 Comments

New Moon in Cancer, July 8 2013

Art by SB Mathieu

Today’s Cancerian New Moon comes on the heels of the transit of the Moon through the Uranus/Pluto square  as it prepares to meet the Sun for the New Moon, so the theme of the emotionality of Cancer set against the backdrop of the larger force for change that is the challenging dance between Uranus and Pluto (see the comments in the sidebar if you are not familiar with this cycle).

When the Moon is in Cancer we tend to be a little moody as our emotions take precedence. Family and friends become more important and there is a desire to nestle into a safe space free from intrusion by the chaotic world around us.  With the outer world more chaotic now, finding balance is even more crucial than usual and this is the theme of this New Moon.

The Moon and Sun are conjoined at the New Moon, fusing the solar conscious experience with the lunar instinctive drives.  At this New Moon that conjunction is opposite Pluto, suggesting that there is a reaction to the pressure for transformation that Pluto applies, especially now as it is squared by Uranus. In fact, the New Moon itself is squared by Uranus and becomes a part of that larger dynamic which calls on us to leave the past behind and surrender any part of our identity that no longer serves us in our Brave New World. The New Moon also includes a conjunction to Mercury, suggesting that our innate intelligence is an aid at this time.

As a glorious blessing, the New Moon is also the apex of a Kite formation that includes a harmonious watery Grand Trine to […]

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By |2013-07-08T07:31:44-04:00July 8th, 2013|Moon|3 Comments

Summer Solstice and a Super Full Moon

Capricorn Full Moon June 2013The Sun entered Cancer today, marking the Summer Solstice and the beginning of the astrological summer season.  The Sun has been transiting over Jupiter for the past week which generally brings about a more expansive and optimistic atmosphere.  With the entry of the Sun into Cancer, it separates from Jupiter and there is some potential that we will fall to earth in a serious reality check.

This fall will have a relatively soft landing, since Saturn (the planet that governs reality checks) forms a trine to the Cancer Sun and harmonizes with the Capricorn Moon, helping us to gain greater understanding if we think to look behind our disappointment.

The Capricorn Full Moon on June 23rd accentuates the closing of the door to unbridled exuberance, since Capricorn is ruled by Saturn and tends to be seriously practical and disdain flights of fantasy or cheerfulness that goes beyond reason.  At the Full Moon, the Cancer Sun opposes the Capricorn Moon and forces us to find balance between emotion (Cancer) and practical duty (Capricorn), between home life (Cancer) and achievement (Capricorn), between connection to our family or tribe (Cancer) and our duty to the world around us (Capricorn).  Cancer is itself ruled by the Moon, so the challenge here is to learn to keep the heart open while taking care of the business of every day life.

At this Full Moon there is a wide but still active connection to Uranus and Pluto, awakening (Uranus) and requiring depth and focus (Pluto).  When Pluto’s pressure to delve below the surface is tied to lunar symbology it often takes us into contact with our ancestry and our inherited psychological legacy.  The Moon is at perigee (closest to earth) which […]

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By |2013-06-21T16:34:33-04:00June 21st, 2013|Moon|2 Comments

The mystery of this Sagittarius eclipse, May 25 2013

Sagittarius full moon eclipseArt by Jo-Anne Mason, from the .  Coming off of the intensity of the third Uranus/Pluto square, this Full Moon eclipse is less powerful than the solar eclipse at the New Moon for a variety of reasons.  As an eclipse it is fairly week because the lunar nodes are 23 degrees from the lunation (the Sun and Moon), and in different signs.  The proximity from the lunar nodes to the Sun and Moon are what typically creates an eclipse, and the tighter the connection of the nodes to the lunation, the more intense the astrological effect will be.

This Full Moon is rather weak as an eclipse.  But it still packs the punch of a Full Moon in terms of illuminating the spaces of our interior consciousness and awareness.

As with all Full Moons, we have the Sun and Moon in opposition to each other, in signs that are polar opposites.  Typically that creates a great deal of tension which is why Full Moons can be so intense, but the Sagitarius/Gemini polarity embodies the least amount of stress of any of the zodiac polarities, so the Full Moons in these signs carry the potential for easier integration. The Moon is in Sagittarius now and the Sun in Gemini – both signs crave the freedom to pursue an ideal and gain greater understanding of the world. This is a time to set aside petty annoyances and allow ourselves the freedom to pursue our dreams.

Four planets are in communicative Gemini during this Full Moon, including a tight conjunction of Venus (beauty), Mercury (mind) and Jupiter (expansion and confidence), so the emphasis on transmission of ideas is heightened. This is not a particularly positive time for […]

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By |2013-05-25T07:28:25-04:00May 25th, 2013|Moon|4 Comments
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