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It’s here! The Solar Eclipse of August 2017 – what does it mean for you?

August 2017 Leo eclipse

The Solar eclipse on August 21, 2017 falls in the sign of Leo, the Divine Child – the innocent heart, the soul of magic and wonder.  Leo rules the heart and the vitality of the Self: it encourages us to open our hearts to love for others and for ourselves. Ruled by the Sun itself, Leo is the essence of Kingship – the divine and royal part of ourselves that is full of self-respect and kindness.  Leo encourages us to express our best selves and while Leo is associated with the need for admiration, ultimately our best selves find expression without the need for others’ notice and attention.  Creative self-expression and the courage and confidence to allow our inner beauty to be expressed through outward means are the force behind the Leo New Moon.

A solar eclipse occurs at the New Moon, when the Sun and Moon are conjunct (next to each other) in the sky.  As the Moon moves through its orbit it passes between the Sun and the Earth, briefly obscuring the light of the Sun.  A New Moon is only an eclipse when the lunation (Sun/Moon conjunction) occurs near the lunar nodes, the points where the Moon crosses the path of the Sun.  Here is where astrology gets involved:  The descending (South) and ascending (North) nodes of the Moon represent a path of Fate from the past (South Node) to the future (North Node).  For this reason, an astrological eclipse can bring about events that have enormous significance, especially if they fall on a point in someone’s individual chart.

The chart this eclipse is a fiery one!  This is the second Leo New Moon in a month, and at nearly (28 degrees 50 minutes) the last degree of Leo, completing a pattern around self-actualization and ego development.  We see not only the Sun and Moon with the North Node in Leo, but we also have Mars in Leo (action and courage) in a Grand Fire Trine with Saturn in Sagittarius (testing of ideologies and beliefs) and Uranus in Aries (the power of the individual to create change).  Fire Grand Trines facilitate action but are not always self-aware (air) or pragmatic (earth) enough to create smart and well reasoned strategies.  The harmonious trine between Uranus and the eclipse is just about exact, making this a powerful harmonic integration of individuality and soul purpose.

Saturn and Mercury are retrograde, suggesting that there will be further tests before a plan is brought to fruition. Pluto in Capricorn (breakdown of power structures and transformation) is in a challenging square to All About Favorite Jupiter (positive relationships) which could be a harbinger of a further breakdown of political alliances, especially in the US where the eclipse is most visible.

On a transformational and psychological level, eclipses are associated with the unmasking of something which has been hidden.   The unconscious motivations and hidden dreams of the lunar force temporarily obscures the solar force of consciousness and the power of the will.  In the heart-opening sign of Leo, this is an opportunity to ask for the courage to love unconditionally – to clear any blockages of fear and distress which shut down the creative force.  That creative loving force is the power behind our inspiration as well as our life force and physical energy.  Leo rules the physical heart which is powered by the emotional heart of the Moon, and in this New Moon the force of divine love is as strong as it can get.

This eclipse famously falls on the ascendant (rising sign) in the chart of Donald J. Trump and is very near his natal Mars.  An hysterically entitled (but otherwise fair) reflects the opinions of many astrologers that this could be the ultimate downfall of the Trump presidency.*  I will write a separate article about this, but suffice it to say that this is a very significant planetary influence for Trump. The fact that the eclipse triggers his Mars (aggressive force) is problematic, particularly in light of his tendency to exert that aggressive force in unpredictable ways.

As with any New Moon, this Solar Eclipse is an opportunity for us to dramatically transform our lives by allowing all subterfuge and false modesty to fall away, allowing our true selves to emerge and shine gloriously as the Sun.  Embracing our vulnerability, let us explore the innocence of the pure heart within us and fearlessly dance before the entire world with magic and beauty.

Astronomical details.  Much is being written about this solar eclipse being a once in a lifetime event, overstating its significance to the global community.  To put things in perspective, there are typically two solar eclipses every year.  One solar eclipse every one to three years is a total eclipse.  What makes the eclipse in August 2017 unusual is that the path of the eclipse covers ONLY the United States, and some believe that the effect of an eclipse is strongest in areas where it is most visible.

* The Newsweek article claims that this is the first eclipse since 1776 which falls exclusively across the United States, but while it would be a fascinating corollary if true, the eclipse of November 30 1776 appears not to have hit the US at all according to .

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By | 2017-07-31T17:27:11+00:00 July 31st, 2017|Moon|14 Comments

Capricorn Full Moon, July 9 2017: Find your footing in the midst of chaos

The Full Moon is the culmination of the lunar cycle. Beginning with the New Moon, when the Sun and Moon are fused and the solar and lunar energies combine to spark a new beginning, the Moon waxes in the sky into a beautiful glowing orb of magic and wonder at the Full Moon.

Full Moons are known to have an effect on the ocean tides, and because the Moon operates astrological at the heart level it touches the soul and stimulates a yearning for oneness and connection. The Moon operates primarily at the subconscious level, triggering our hidden desires and secret fears as well as feelings of love and joy.

When the Moon is full in the earthy sign of Capricorn, it is more stable and grounded, less subject to the ebb and flow of emotion.  However, this Full Moon embraces the extremely potent force of Mars, planet of aggression and rage, opposite Pluto, planet of destruction. (Mars in Cancer conjoins the Sun and Pluto in Capricorn conjoins the Moon.)   To complicate matters even further, the revolutionary planet Uranus is in a wide square (90 degree) aspect to the whole thing, stimulating a breakthrough or breakdown of some kind.

Capricorn Full Moon July 2017

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With the Moon conjunct Pluto, emotions will be intensified and there will be an urgency that comes from your most true heart.  Confrontations and passionate exchanges are a virtual certainty but with conscious intention we can focus this energy in a way that will help to create effective change.  The conjunction of the Sun to Mars creates an intense wave of energy that can be used positively to fuel and motivate our intentions to create exactly what we want in our lives as long as we are not derailed by the emotional roller coaster of Moon/Pluto.

Saturn (tests and challenges) is still facing off against Chiron (wounding and healing), lifting the scab off the emotional wound to facilitate (and in some cases force) the healing process to occur.  This is not a time to shrink from confrontation; it IS a time to utilize these energies for positive change by finding your center and determining the correct course of action.

Fortunately we have some planetary assistance to help us to do just that.  Neptune (the soul teacher) is in a harmonious trine to the Sun right now which helps us to find the flow and connects us to a divine source of inspiration.  Mercury (the mind) harmonizes with Venus (relating) smoothing the way in our communication with others.  Chiron (healing) harmonizes in a trine to Mars (desires), soothing the frantic urgency with which we sometimes face our problems.

The energy of this Full Moon has already begun since Mars began the opposition to Pluto a few days ago.  Expect this intensity to continue at least until the 11th  when Mars and Pluto have separated and the Moon has moved into Aquarius.

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By | 2017-07-07T08:28:17+00:00 July 7th, 2017|Moon|2 Comments

A Bountiful Sagittarius Full Moon on June 9 2017


The next Full Moon on June 9th brings with it an explosion of expansiveness and confidence.  The Moon will have reached its fullness in the sign of Sagittarius, urging us to reach for the stars and beyond what we imagine to be possible.  And Jupiter, the planetary ruler of Sagittarius, harmonizes with both the Sun and Moon, amplifying the expansive energies of this lunar experience.

Astrology teaches that there is darkness and light in all things.  The expansion and confidence of Jupiter’s influence lead us to unparalleled positivity and achievement, but if you have ever filled a balloon with too much air you will know what can happen when we expand beyond a reasonable amount.  Economists are well aware that too much expansive growth can lead to undesirable results, and we have seen this time after time with stock market bubbles, real estate bubbles, etc.

Fortunately this Full Moon contains a strong Saturn influence to help keep us tethered to the ground as we allow our spirits to soar to new lunar heights.  Saturn can be restrictive; its influence can feel discouraging and even sometimes depressing when it is connected to the Moon.  This could lead to feelings of despair or failure, but if you utilize Saturn’s practicality and mindfulness at this time it can be a wonderful ally, ensuring that your dreams and ideals hatched and fertilized at the Sagittarius Full Moon are grounded in the real world with lasting permanence.

When Henry David Thoreau said “Go forth confidently in the direction of your dreams” he must have been under the Sagittarius Full Moon!

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By | 2017-06-07T08:47:18+00:00 June 7th, 2017|Moon|0 Comments

Gemini New Super Moon May 25th: Sparkly magic and wonder

Photo by Joseph Brimacomb

The Sun has just entered the brilliant sign of Gemini, and now the Moon aligns with the Sun, fusing the solar consciousness with lunar magic at a time when the Moon is closest to Earth – a Super Moon (™ ) and one of a trio of Super New Moons (April, May and June).

Super Moons can exert a more powerful influence than ordinary lunations – on a personal level we may feel this as a burst of emotional energy and intensity.  Globally, Super Moons are associated with an increase in tidal intensity and seismic forces.  Richard calls the Super New Moons “stealth Super Moons” because we don’t see the huge Super Moon in all its glory.

Gemini season tends to speed up time – a firehose of information, thoughts and ideas can be somewhat overwhelming but also exciting and enlightening. Under the influence of Gemini we are more open to new experiences and recreating ourselves by trying on new personas and ways of thinking.  Here we have not only the Sun and Moon in Gemini, but also Mars, the planet of action and initiation.  There are so many choices now – so many attractive options it can be somewhat dizzying.  But an opposition from Saturn, planet of form and structure, will help to ground and contain us.

This New Moon is opposed by the Black Moon Lilith, suggesting that a deep and ancient voice from our past may emerge and demand to be heard.  In addition, a challenging square from Pluto (intensity and transformation) to Venus (relationships) could create some stress in our interpersonal connections or at the very least, intensify these contacts and facilitate their evolution.

Light and airy energies such as Gemini operate more effectively when combined with more intense planetary factors, so this New Moon offers a wonderful balance to help us to generate a new direction in our lives.  New Moons of any kind, Super or not, are times of initiation and a new beginning.  This New Moon is a time to consider options and perhaps travel new roads.

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By | 2017-05-24T19:28:27+00:00 May 24th, 2017|Moon|2 Comments

Dark Moon musings for Mother’s Day

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The astrological Moon is generally connected with the archetype of the Mother.  In today’s more gender fluid world, it is not so unusual for a father to be the more nurturing parent and I typically find that the energies surrounding the way an individual is nurtured is found in the fourth house.  The parent who inspires and affects the way we present to the world is found in the tenth house.

Regardless of which parent is most present or most nurturing, though, the Moon is still tightly bound to the Mother – the feminine body that carries the fetus in the womb for 280 days, more or less, regardless of what happens afterwards.

Aspects to the Moon, the sign the Moon falls in, and the general disposition of the Moon in the chart reflects the way the individual perceives the maternal relationship. Our perception of the energy of our mother is not always the same as what the mother is projecting, and I have had to soothe many a mother who comes to me for a reading about her child and discovers a stressed Moon in the child’s chart.

Often, but not always, the sign that the Moon is in reflects the way the child perceives the mother.  A Capricorn moon child perceives mom as being somewhat distant and perhaps cold.  A Virgo moon child feels criticized and not ever good enough.  A child with a Pisces moon may find the connection with mother elusive.

Pluto, the planet of death, is conjunct my own Moon and I often felt that my mother wished I was dead.  In fact, my mother had an abortion before I was born and in a meditation I experienced being that child, before I ever knew about the abortion.  I recently saw an article on Facebook about the archetype of the , and we would certainly relate this archetype to a Moon (mother) conjunction to Pluto (death).

When we learn about our astrological chart and see these family dynamics which were present at the time we were born, before any traumatic events occurred, we realize that we incarnated with a predisposition to have these experiences.  In my own theology we are given these predispositions so that we will learn important lessons from these traumas and eventually grow from them.

In the article cited above, Marion Goodman says:

“So long as we are blind to our inner tyrant, we blame an outer tyrant when we fall into darkness.  The focus of our blame can be a person, a political system, a social system, or it can be our own body.  But the moment we turn to blame the initiation fails and we remain buried in the darkness.  We sink ever more deeply into the clutches of the Death Mother. …

Death Mother is born out of despair. It is incubated by the crushed hope of an unlived life. Death Mother is the shadow side of disappointment. …Early in our journey, when Death Mother’s stranglehold is particularly ferocious, and when consciousness is afraid to open itself to the otherness of the unconscious, we experience ourselves as victims of the apocalypse [transformation]; in time as we bring Death Mother to consciousness and begin to experience life beyond her clutches, we may gradually come to see ourselves as partners in the apocalyptic process.

Some of us, lacking a nurturing mother figure, have had to mother ourselves or find friends and partners to take on that role in our lives.  The problem with this is that the original complex involving the mother just gets passed on to the new mother figures. By taking an active role in the process of healing the mother archetype in our own psyche we release the role of victim and become empowered in our own transformation.

By | 2017-05-22T21:07:12+00:00 May 13th, 2017|Moon|3 Comments
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