New Year/New Moon Capricorn eclipse, January 4 2011

Eclipse January 4 2011Happy new year everyone!

I apologize for being somewhat AWOL over the past few weeks.  I have been making a lot of changes in the physical space and the technology in my office, and combined with the activities of the holidays there has not been much time for writing.  Now that the new year has begun, and my projects are ALMOST complete, I hope to see you more often once again.

The second in a series of eclipses that began with the  occurred this morning at around 4 am Eastern time.   This eclipse, a solar eclipse at the New Moon in Capricorn on January 4th, features a lineup of four planets in Capricorn including not only the Sun and Moon, but also Pluto and Mars.  An eclipse occurs when one of the lunar nodes conjoins the Sun or Moon at the time of a lunation (a full or new Moon), and in the case of this eclipse Pluto is the bridge between the New Moon and the North Node.

Because the New Moon is the beginning of the lunar cycle, and because this New Moon contains the North Node which represents our future direction and Pluto creates endings that assist us in transformation, there is a sense here of propulsion into a new framework (Capricorn) that will help to support our lives and provide us with a stronger foundation than we have had before.  Any time Pluto is involved, there is a need to surrender and allow our higher selves and spirit teachers to create the necessary movement that will help to facilitate growth and evolution.  The Jupiter/Uranus urge to break apart these structures makes it absolutely imperative […]

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Solstice Full Moon: December 21, 2010

Solstice eclipse 2010The Full Moon on December 21st is at the last degree of Gemini and it occurs on the same day as the Solstice, a relatively rare event.  There is a fair amount of dispute on the web as to exactly how rare it is: the Spaceweather site originally listed the year 1378 as the last time an eclipse fell on the Winter Solstice but astrologer Kathryn Cassidy has been .  The Spaceweather site now lists the year 1638, but that was NOT the last eclipse that fell on the Solstice.  The actual date for the last time an eclipse fell on the Solstice was December 22, 1703.  That was a VERY powerful eclipse because the nodes of the Moon were in a nearly exact conjunction with the lunation (the opposition of the Sun and Moon).

Eclipses occur when a lunation (new or full Moon) occurs near one of the nodes of the Moon (see this earlier article for more details). Astronomers use a wide orb of 15 degrees to define an eclipse, but when the lunar nodes are closer to the Sun and Moon the effect of the eclipse is more intense.  This eclipse is a strong one, with the lunar nodes within four degrees and Pluto within six.  So Pluto becomes part of the Full Moon and therefore the eclipse, marking the necessity for letting go and deep transformation.

The Winter Solstice occurs when the Sun enters the sign of tropical Capricorn.  The chart for the Solstices and Equinoxes are often used as a predictive tool to gauge the upcoming events of the next three months.  At the Solstices and Equinoxes the Sun moves into one of the […]

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New Moon in Sagittarius, December 5 2010

New Moon SagittariusMars and Uranus are locked in a challenging square at the moment, and even though Mars transits usually last just a day or so the energy of this square is locked into the New Moon chart so the effect will be pronounced over the next few days.  Mars is energy, enthusiasm, motivation, anger and rage – Uranus is radical thinking, revolutionary behavior, a disdain for the staid and conventional.  You can see where the combination of these two promotes recklessness and irritability.

This somewhat disruptive influence leads us to the Sagittarius New Moon on December 5.  Uranus turns direct on the very day of the New Moon, so it is even more of a powerful player in the New Moon alignments.  The New Moon is the beginning of a new lunar cycle and offers an opportunity for a fresh new beginning in a new sign of the zodiac, with a new focus and energy.  In Sagittarius the soul seeks experiences which extend our reach and satisfy our search for adventure and meaning, and the Sagittarius New Moon seeks optimism, confidence, and the development of an inner trust and faith in life itself.

With Uranus shining a laser beam of radical intensity into this New Moon, the soul seeks change and liberation from restrictions.  However, the Sun and Moon are both in a harmonious sextile to Saturn, suggesting that as we expand beyond our restrictions through the Sagittarian effect and liberate ourselves under Uranus, we also build a new structure (Saturn) within which to explore these new ways of living in the world, thereby providing us with an an increased sense of balance.

Still, with a conjunction of Mercury to Pluto in the New Moon chart there is […]

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New Moon in Scorpio, November 6 2010

Photo by ZR on Flickr

Scorpio is the sign of passion and intensity, and the Truth that exists where life and death meet.  This New Moon offers us an opportunity to face the darkness and discover our own Truth – to strip ourselves of any falseness and pledge to live in that Truth.  New Moons begin a new cycle, and in Scorpio the challenge is to confront our emotional fears without becoming enmeshed in the story.

The New Moon is often shown as a sliver of a crescent, but it is actually the darkest point of the lunar cycle.  The New Moon occurs when the Moon conjoins the Sun and the solar light completely obscures the lunar, leaving us in darkness.  But it is in that darkness that the first rays of light can be seen.

Chiron is stationary now and turns direct on November 5th.  Its influence is intense as it beams a steady ray of wisdom that opens up the soul and encourages hidden wounds to emerge where they can be treated and transmuted.  This healing wisdom is very powerful in Saturday’s Scorpio New Moon.

Mercury, the planet of the mind, is also very active during this New Moon; it conflicts by square with Chiron and Neptune and harmonizes by trine to Uranus.  Mercury’s active presence in the New Moon chart suggests the need to remain objective without disassociating.  Mercury is in Scorpio now, and our thoughts and the processing of information is filtered through the lens of passion and intensity.  However, that trine to Uranus will help us to achieve a degree of objectivity in the midst of all of that emotional intensity.

There is a great deal of power in this New Moon […]

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Bank of Scotland: Market timing with the Moon

Thanks to astrologers Deb Houlding and Martin Davis for posting a link to this article on Facebook.

The Bank of Scotland has studied the performance of six different international stock indices over a period of several decades to determine a correlation between stock trading and the Moon.  The interesting thing about this article is that it seems to have no connection to any astrological group or individual.  Their premise is this:  “New moon traditionally symbolises the period of low energy, or energy accumulation period, whereas the time of full moon is the period of high energy or spending period.”

The first observation is that the daily change in an index is significantly higher on the new moon days than on average….However, there was no observation of a particular direction of the markets movement on the new or full moon.
It appears that the performance of moon-investing over ordinary investing is higher in rising markets, but it also “falls sharply in falling markets.”
The conclusion?
The proposed trading strategy can be summarised as follows: buy an index on the new moon (if this is a non-trading day, buy on the next trading day), hold till the full moon (usually 14-15 days), sell the index on the full moon (similarly, if non-trading day, sell on the next trading day), repeat the investment of the overall amount on the next moon cycle (usually in 14-16 days), enjoy your profits!
Remember, this is not to be considered any kind of trading advice – merely an interesting correlation to keep in mind.
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