April Full Moon Lunar Eclipse aligns with Uranus & Pluto

tree of life17thCA breakdown, breakthrough or break out! With a potential for release of tension & necessary discharge of emotional energy this Lunar eclipse is an opportunity for another major step in our important relationships & self development.

After last month’s peak in astrological excitement April is going to seem quite unremarkable by comparison. We do though have some planetary events that hold great potential for really working with, and moving on from, what was brought out in these recent weeks.

The month opens with a fire trine aspect between the Sun in Aries and Jupiter in Leo on 2nd. This is a powerful “up beat” energy boost from two planets that bring a positive energetic vibe working together to bring out the best of their respective traits. Use this as an opportunity for creative expansion, exciting adventure or the inspiration to embark on a new enterprise.

On the 4th we have this months headline event – a total lunar eclipse! Although not visible in Europe we can still experience the astrological effects. At every Full Moon the Sun is on one side of the earth and casts it’s light onto the face of the Moon on the opposite side of the earth. When the earth is in exact alignment in the middle (twice each year) it’s shadow obscures the Moon for about 2 hours, hence the eclipse.

As the Moon reaches it’s culminating phase at Full so we can expect the fulfilment of whatever was in focus at the last New Moon (the solar eclipse of March) and being a lunar eclipse this is a time of great release. If you sensed the tension that built up during last month as Uranus and Pluto reached their final exact square and then felt some relief after the Solar eclipse you might recognise some of that same energy being expressed again in early April. Both the Sun and Moon align with Uranus and Pluto within orb of the lunar eclipse degree.

Our intentions, aims and personal will was aligned during last months solar eclipse and now we can clear away remaining emotional blockages, fears or inhibitions that prevent us moving more fully in to the new possibilities. Just a couple of hours after the lunar eclipse the Moon will be square to Pluto which can dredge up old fear feelings or deep seated issues that have been unconsciously inhibiting our responses. The Moon is then opposite Uranus just four hours after the eclipse which could bring a sudden emotional discharge, unexpected breakthrough – or a break away!

As the Sun connects with Pluto on the 5th and then Uranus on the 6th the solar energy of self determination gets another stimulating kick towards the, recently revealed, new version of yourself. The next planet to get involved in this game (on the 8th) is Mercury, who represents our thinking process, communications and way of exchanging ideas and information. This could bring about a revolutionary shift or change in what you think, or say, and even how you express your innermost or secret thoughts.

The overall effect of this dynamic pattern around the lunar eclipse could produce a powerful emotional release. If you’re ready, and welcoming the current changes, it can be an exciting step forward. If however you’re resistant to upheaval in your personal life it could mean a rough ride for a couple of weeks. This phase is a further shedding of old patterns or reactions and a time to let go of the past. Anything that we cling to as familiar or that gives us a sense of security or well being but is actually more of a limitation than a comfort needs to be discarded. As the big “feel good” future orientated planet, Jupiter ends its retrograde phase to move forward once more, also on the 8th, we can really get a stronger sense of the new and very inviting horizon that’s coming into view.

Astrology February 2015, Sun Jupiter opposition, Mars Venus conjunct & A Second New Moon in Aquarius!

SunStarDuring the first few days of February we have a cross quarter day, Imbolc, which marks the halfway point between winter solstice and spring equinox. With it we see a noticeable lengthening of the day that heralds the coming of spring in the northern hemisphere.

February has also become a time for romance and the expression of love with the modern celebrations associated with St Valentines day. This year the month certainly starts with a “feel good” boost as Venus the planet of love, attraction and beauty connects with Neptune in the sign of Pisces on February 1st. This combination gives a sense of well being in the area of relationships of all kinds. Any tension that has been ongoing during the past weeks, especially in close relationships, should experience a reprieve as the Neptune/Pisces influence encourages making those unions without the usual conditions or expectations about who we should, or shouldn’t, be for each other.

As the Moon becomes Full in Leo on the 3rd opposite the Sun in Aquarius they make a positive link to Uranus and the South node of the Moon. This Moon/Sun combination brings a bold statement and some welcome positive creative expression and the Uranus/Node connection adds the possibility of an unexpected chance to break out of past habits or situations for the better.

The Sun moves into line with the big planet Jupiter to form an opposition on the 6th. This yearly event puts Earth between the two creating a stressful energy combination in our solar system bringing strong weather patterns and additional volcanic activity. This year because Jupiter is closer than usual to earth it will be particularly bright in the night sky. Watch out for a good view as it rises in the East after Sunset and remains very visible all night.

The quicksilver planet Mercury has been slowed down by it’s apparent retrograde journey as it moves between earth and the Sun and resumes it’s forward motion, from earth’s perspective on the 11th. It should now be possible to resolve any communications, travel arrangements or transactions that were delayed, misplaced or problematic in the last few weeks.

A big feature of this months Astrology is the New Moon on the 18th. As the second New Moon in Aquarius this year it is unusual for that alone but it’s also falling on an especially potent degree on the very cusp of Aquarius and Pisces. Just a few seconds after the exact Sun Moon conjunction the Moon moves into Pisces followed a couple of minutes later by the Sun. This gives us the opportunity to focus on making a mental leap in our conscious understanding. Aquarius represents the wisdom of the unified, collective or divine mind. Using the potency of the New Moon as a “seed” moment we can attune to that level of knowledge to take us forward into the next phase as the Moon waxes to Full in the sign of Virgo next month.

If you still need to lift your spirits a little further a good view of Venus becoming brighter in the early evening sky just after sunset should help. Her beauty is enhanced by the first sliver of the crescent Moon as she moves into the assertive sign of Aries on 20th to pair up with Mars who entered Aries only hours earlier. Venus and Mars together are a passionate couple and Mars gets his way in his own sign, so expect some straightforward, unambiguous moves towards whatever is desired. The positive contact with Saturn during the last week of February will give a stabilising effect to these “love” planets so you can make the most of that feisty assertive energy without losing all common sense and natural caution.

This month the New Moon is at 29°59′ Aquarius on the 18th February at 11:48pm

January 2015 – Mars Conjunct Neptune & New Moon in Aquarius

celticdoorwayWe are just halfway through January and it’s been an eventful year already. The current planetary patterns speak of change and the need for renewal with the pressure on to move swiftly into our collective future. The recent Full Moon in Cancer was a potent force combined with the Sun Pluto conjunction whilst making a cross pattern with the lunar nodes. Those few days provided moments when the past and present seemed to collide.

Choices were made about which direction in life holds the most meaning now. Issues, events or a way of being that resulted from past actions came into full view and in the fresh light of an emerging new perspective it may have seemed tarnished, false or simply unacceptable to the “new you”!

Now as the pace of change continues through the second half of January and into February the focus is definitely future orientated and the critical question is – what part will you play in shaping it?

The New Moon mid month forms part of a rare event by falling in the very first degree of Aquarius. This allows for a second New Moon in Aquarius in February. With both the Sun and Moon having barely crossed the threshold of a sign when they coincide, the energy of that sign is significantly strengthened. Aquarius the water bearer, represents the inspired thoughts from the higher mind or collective consciousness. As an independent thinker the archetypal character of this sign is also highly civilised, humane and seeks to improve society for the good of all. These coming few weeks will show us where social structures, organisations, national and personal boundaries are in need of a radical review and restructuring to match with these altruistic ideals.

For some, attuning to this Moon phase can allow for a ‘stream of conciousness’ experience, visionary thinking or simply an unusually inclusive and sociable attitude. Expect an increased urge towards being true to one’s self and be prepared to step aside from the crowd if required. Standing up for truth and freedom are worthy aspirations but attaining them is not going to be straightforward. Knowing exactly what you are standing up for, or against, could become more complex and challenging than you had first imagined. The planetary dynamics occurring now mean it will be hard to tell what is truth and what is illusion or delusion.

Emphatic Mars combines with nebulous Neptune during this Moon phase whilst Mercury slows to a standstill before turning retrograde on the 21st. Trickery, deceit, or slight of hand may be intentional whilst misunderstandings may genuinely be the result of unreliable information. Whatever occurs now needs to be viewed with a cautious but open mind and many of the things you believed to be true about the world, other people and even yourself might need to be questioned. By being discerning during the next few weeks you may find many ideas and beliefs can be revised. You begin to get more information or see glimpses of the bigger picture. Remember that ‘enlightenment’ makes some previously desirable options look very unsuitable. But also be prepared to be surprised, inspired, amazed and delighted when you discover your ‘reality’ is not what it seemed.

2015 Astrology – The Year Ahead

The Year Ahead – Astrology Forecast Time Line-crop2015

As we move into 2015 many people will gladly put 2014 behind them! On a personal level there are likely many high points to look back on with a sense of lasting achievement gained from undergoing the Herculean challenges it presented as the months unfolded. Having been required to, sometimes literally, weather the storms, it probably feels like we’ve just come out of one of the toughest years yet.

Whilst 2015 doesn’t bring the end of all tribulation – we still have some of the same astrological dynamics to work with – it does promise to be considerably less like an endurance test.

The major theme as we look ahead is one of new beginnings. We know that there is no going back, we’ve seen too much of the truth and it’s not pretty. But having turned our back on the last few years we are still not quite sure what we want for our collective future. So, much of this year is about making a start with tidying up the mess whilst we debate and consider the most desirable way forward. How we react and respond to events and situations as they arise will have a profound affect on our future experiences. There are some key astrological events that have extra significance during the coming year and they act as “doorways” or “cross roads” as we pass through these times.

We are currently in the midst of two important planetary configurations. The Pluto Uranus square which has been with us since 2012 is the epitome of revolution and it has almost finished it’s work. Breaking down the establishment with it’s entrenched corruption is the job of Pluto in Capricorn whilst Uranus in Aries is the rebel fighting for the right of expression and freedom from tyranny. Protests and demonstrations. Collective unrest has been the theme. Chaos, disruption and shocking events have left few untouched. Even those who saw no reason or had no intention to shake up their world haven’t been allowed to maintain a comfortable status quo. This extreme and unsettling phase has nearly reached it’s conclusion. From late November 2014 through to early April these two planets stay within range, with the final exact square on 17th March. We can expect many of the issues and tensions that have built up during the last months of 2014 to begin to ease from then onwards. The next few years are a time of renewal and regeneration involving the collapse of the old order of things and the construction of the new.

The second ongoing dynamic which has been with us since late September is the supportive and positive trine aspect of Jupiter in Leo to Uranus in Aries. It started around the potent Libra New Moon and will continue on through to late June. This influence gives a forward thinking, inspirational drive. The focus is on mind-expanding activities connected with consciousness growth. There will be plenty of exciting possibilities and great inventiveness during this period as hope and optimism for a brighter future inspires creative solutions along with the will to try a new path.

To add to this year’s theme of endings and beginnings we have the great teacher planet, Saturn changing signs when we say farewell to the old year around the winter solstice. This sombre planet takes about 2.5 years in each sign. On a mundane level it represents the social order, authoritarian influences and trends in law, social contracts and civic cohesion. It shows how the regulation of society influences or limits the choices of an individual. Whilst moving through the intense, fixed sign Scorpio we saw many examples where power had corrupted those entrusted with it and how lawful order was disregarded by those in authority. Saturn now moves into Sagittarius which is a fast paced, future orientated sign that has high ideals, seeks a greater truth and loves freedom to roam and explore new horizons.

Saturn went through this sign during 1926-29, 1956-58 and 1985-88. These were periods of increased international exchange with an emphasis on expansion of ideas and delimitation. Commitments, contracts and agreements to long term plans will need to be revised or renegotiated to fit with the more idealistic version of society that we want to create. Beliefs will be challenged and so called “truths” questioned during this phase. There may be a broadening of geographical boundaries but also new limits imposed or restriction of movement across existing borders.

As further confirmation that we really are heading into a new phase this year there’s a once in a lifetime event at the Spring equinox in March. Astrologers generally acknowledge the first degree of cardinal sign Aries to be the most potent in the Zodiac. As the Sun passes this point it is essentially the beginning of a new yearly cycle and also represents another turn on the evolutionary spiral of our unfolding consciousness. So this year on 20th March, to mark the occasion, there is a New Moon, Super Moon, total Solar eclipse – which occurs in the last degree of Pisces. This really is underlining the theme of endings and beginnings! The last time a Perigee moon (Super moon) occurred in the very last degree of the Zodiac was in 1901, the end of the Victorian era, which then brought an immense change in the social and political trends for a vast portion of the globe.

This coming solar eclipse will be visible throughout Europe, N.W. Africa and the middle East and the totality can be seen in the very North of Europe. The next visible eclipse in this area will not be until 2026. This event suggests that huge changes in the social and political structure of the entire European region will follow during the next months.

Other significant events later in the year include Jupiter moving into Virgo, which it does about every 12 years. The big planet Jupiter shows us how and where we become something more than we have been. Expansion, growth, nurturing of ideas or beliefs along with understanding and inclusion are all Jupiter’s business. In the sign of Virgo we want to perfect ourselves and adjust to our ideal vision. The downside of this is that we can get caught up with details and trying too hard to make it “right”. This could become especially problematic when Jupiter opposes Neptune in Pisces during early September. Here we have Neptunian dreams, idealistic visions and a desire to manifest a better future but with a tendency to lose sight of where we are going by either getting lost in the details, being hyper critical of others or becoming overly expansive, unrealistic and confused about what is really required.

This potential trend will likely continue on into 2016 as the challenging square aspect from Saturn in Sagittarius makes contact with Neptune in Pisces in late November 2015 and throughout most of the following year. Whilst practical Saturn is pushing for a reality check, saying let’s be serious and make a mature commitment to something worthwhile and tangible, Neptune is asking us to transcend all the material and mundane aspects of life and allow another reality to become apparent. The task here will be to become clear about what is real and what is an illusion. What is a practical solution and what is pure ideology.

This will be a trying time for many as the clash between capitalism and socialism is enacted on the social and political arena. On a personal level the need to balance physical reality with being spiritually aware will be uppermost for many. New ways of organising ourselves as a more inclusive society are being sought now as we attempt to put the old paradigm to rest, but there is no sound basis on which to build as yet. This will come as the required shifts in awareness become more prevalent in society and the current challenges are overcome. We are at a point of change, we are getting clear about what no longer works for us, but we may have to try out a few different options before we know what we truly prefer.

This year there are some zodiac degrees that are strongly highlighted Where they fall in your own birth chart will indicate the area of your life that is most activated. People with personal planets or significant points at those degrees will also be most affected. Aries Sun people born late March and early April will find it a particularly stimulating year. Late Pisces Sun people are in for an interesting year of new opportunities.

What’s in store for Ireland during 2015? Check back soon for 2015 part two.