Uranus opposite Mars, a change of purpose? Neptune Dreams & Solstice Celebrations

Sunrise-SpaceDuring early December as the Sun approaches the Solstice, it’s nearly midwinter for us in the northern hemisphere and a perfect opportunity to view the pre-dawn sky, particularly if you’re not a naturally early riser! The late sunrise and clear cold skies will give a chance to see the waning crescent Moon drop a little further each day, past the bright planets, Jupiter, then Mars and finally Venus before it joins with the Sun at the New Moon phase. Saturn, rising just ahead of the Sun is so close now it’s not visible. Taking some quiet time to star gaze can really help to put things into perspective. This is especially so when there’s such demand for our attention now with the short days, busy pre Christmas preparations and world news broadcasts creating fear and stress as we imagine the worst.

With the current astrological “weather” it is even more important to keep a check on what we focus on. Become aware of how much mental and emotional energy is given to worry, anxiety, fear and a sense of helplessness. Take advantage of the astrological climate to change those thoughts into something more positive and empowering now. The challenging aspect between Saturn and Neptune began to make its self known in mid November and will continue in the background throughout the next year. The shifts and changes seem to be intensified and there can be a growing sense of unreality. Bombarded with too much information, the world around us can seem quite surreal. Keeping a grip on reality is the personal challenge.

It will become increasingly apparent that so much in our world is actually no more than a creation of imagination or ideas that are believed to be true, or just something that everyone agrees with and never paused to question. Taking “time to stand and stare” or pause and reflect quietly has become a lost art for many, but it is an essential practice during the coming weeks and months. The New Moon on the 11th is in Sagittarius and in a natural placement to begin a sincere quest for truth.

Over the whole New Moon phase and into the next weeks the effect of Mars in opposition to Uranus will be apparent. There may be struggles or argument as the forceful will of Mars is in direct conflict with the unpredictable nature of Uranus. This is certainly a time when a sudden change of direction or purpose is likely. It can have a very positive effect, once things have settled. When two high energy planets clash like this it can be disruptive and seem to happen beyond any individual control. It may create chaos as the old goal or objective is blown out, in favour of new, more liberal ideals. Self-centred or self serving desires of an individual or group can be overridden by a “live and let live” attitude but there is likely to be some shocking news, incident or revelation that forces a change in perspective first.

Also on the same day, we have Venus in Scorpio in a supportive trine aspect with Neptune in Pisces. This highlights the things that are important, going deeply into things, what we value in life and what higher ideals we have. It supports compassion, inclusion and love regardless of differences and despite social taboo. Start looking out beyond what’s immediately apparent and seek new dreams, ideas or beliefs. Read uplifting words. Research new facts rather than automatically accept what is simply repetition. Think up your next question instead of responding with the ready answer. These options are ways to antidote some of the more challenging aspects involving Mars and Uranus and to ensure the balance is tipped towards a positive experience for the Solstice and Full Moon Midwinter festivities.

The December New Moon is at 20° Sagittarius on the 11th at 10:31am. The Full Moon is at 4° Cancer on the 25th at 11:11am. (UT)

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Virgo Vibes & Solar Eclipse – September astro events

Sometime in the near fullmoon future you may be able to look back to this September as the month you got your life in order. Or, if not the whole life plan, at least some aspect of it! It could simply be a case of organising some paperwork or tidying a space but for the more ambitious this is the time to make some real progress with practical projects or realigning your life goals to the original blueprint.

The dominant energy this month has a Virgo vibe. Jupiter the expansive “feel good” planet has now moved into this sign since mid August and stays for about a year. Virgo wants to attend to, and fix, whatever doesn’t seem to fit the pattern or natural order of things. In many ways this is expressed as a critical position by picking up on what is wrong in any given situation – or person! Used constructively this analytical attention to details can help with the process of clearing out the deadwood, throwing out clutter, amending destructive habits and creating an easier flow or rhythm.

The Sun made it’s conjunction to Jupiter in late August and was in Virgo for the Full Moon of 29th. That energy carries forward into September and the New Moon Solar eclipse on 13th.

As always a New Moon is a seed point for the next Lunar cycle. Other astrological events around this time add to it’s potential. Although this month’s partial Solar eclipse isn’t especially powerful as a world event trigger, it may well be experienced in more subtle but significant ways on a personal level.

Virgo is ruled by the quicksilver messenger planet, Mercury and in this earthy sign the “dealing with data” Mercurial energy is more focussed on practical matters to do with our environment, body, health and food systems. A Solar eclipse is a moment in time when the usual pattern is disrupted whilst the energy of the Sun is obscured by the shadow of the passing Moon. It’s a pause and a chance to make changes, like a system re-boot on a computer or a scenery change in between acts in the theatre.

With Jupiter’s future orientated energy which is always seeking something beyond it’s current state – a bigger, better, improved version of life, positioned in opposition to Neptune now, there could be some disorientation of goals. Neptune casts it’s influence out by dissolving boundaries and breaking the barrier between what is easily defined in material terms and what is more subtle or mystical. Confusion or disruption is possible, but also that lapse of determination or focus could allow another possibility to take form. These are all good supports for making changes to physical structures and mental habits that leave us with less than the best in health or well being. Take the dreams of Neptune and the opportunities given by a buoyant Jupiter to the extreme. Use this Virgo focus to really attend to the details, set some new patterns in place, then relax and allow that natural organising force of nature to do the rest.

June Full Moon in Sagittarius & Midsummer Visions of the Future

Sky-cropJune opens with a Jupiter ruled Full Moon in Sagittarius on the 2nd The Sun is in Mercury ruled Gemini through to June 21st. Mercury is joined with the Sun and Mars in it’s own sign, Gemini and is in it’s retrograde (apparent backwards) phase until June 11th.
Mercury is known as the winged messenger god and represents the mental activity of the human mind and the transfer of ideas and thought. All the everyday communication between people is the business of Mercury and this includes trading goods, connections by travelling, writing and speech as well as general ideas and information exchange.

This “quicksilver” planet will travel through the early degrees of Gemini, where it is particularly strong, three times during May and June due to this current retrograde. We can expect all the issues governed by Mercury to be highlighted right into the month end and some of these things may have to be corrected, redeveloped or revisited during this phase.

With the influence of Jupiter during the Full Moon there will be an expansion of ideas, projects or positive activity and in particular our beliefs or understanding may increase to become more inclusive as we feel more intensely about these things. The Moon at Full intensifies our moods and Jupiter can be prone to exaggeration too, so emotions may become heightened as ideologies abound and feelings may have to settle down a bit before there is a real or solid basis for building on.

By the 6th June when the planet of social values, Venus, connects positively with Saturn, the planet that brings a serious “reality check” with it, we can probably be fairly confidant that any new found enthusiasm still running with mileage to go, is not simply based on “hot air” or pure optimism.

The New Moon mid month gives us both the Sun and Moon joined with Mars in Gemini. We can expect more focus on all those Mercurial affairs. More information is being made available, with an emphasis on there being two sides to a story, or rival attitudes, and maybe even using facts or data as a form of weapon or tool to achieve some end. A war of words!

The Solar year progresses to it’s culmination at Solstice on 21st June when it moves into the sign of Cancer at it’s most northerly declination. This event sets the astrological trend for the next few months and we find that the most significant alignment now is with Jupiter and Uranus the following day. This bodes well if you want more expansive change that brings a new independence or unexpected departure in approach or attitude. It’s a positive trine aspect in Fire signs Leo and Aries and this is an upbeat, inspirational dynamic. Freedom and improvement are keywords here. Dreamers of the future vision may come to the front to be heard or more likely the dream for the future will be felt collectively and the required enthusiasm and inspiration is made available for it to manifest on an individual level. This same aspect occurred in early March this year and that optimism and sense of positivity can be re lived with a chance of very real personal change for the better. It’s an opportunity and it needs to be exploited in the best possible way.

May Planet Update – Beltaine, Full Moon in Scorpio – Passions run high

Planets15thCThe month of May begins with the celebration of Beltaine, a cross quarter day and fire festival which marks the halfway point of the Sun’s journey between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. Although most commonly associated with Mayday and the 1st May the actual mid point falls a few days later – on the 5th this year. Many of the traditional customs that have survived through the ages represent a form of cleansing and re-seeding in preparation for the bountiful summer months.

With the Sun in the earthy sign of Taurus at this time of year the connection with our physical body and natural environment is very strong. At full Moon there is a culmination or peak in energy and because the Moon is always in the opposite sign to the Sun at the Full Moon phase, so we also have all the intense associations of Scorpio involved. Passions of all kinds can run high and emotions can go deep as a whole range of material, physical and practical issues come to a head. Whether this manifests as a satisfactory completion or a critical climax it is likely to be quite an event because Jupiter, known for it’s ability to exaggerate whatever it touches, is hitting a hard angle at both the Sun and Moon from fixed fire sign Leo. This Moon phase could highlight issues of individual personal expression as a human right particularly when it concerns any subject that has been considered a social taboo.

We can expect to have our beliefs and level of openness to new ideas challenged over the next few weeks as Saturn, planet of limitation and restraint is now in it’s retrograde phase, moving back to re-enter Scorpio in mid June. The small but powerful planet Pluto in Capricorn also turned to retrograde during April and will be in reverse until late September. This gives us the impetus to go back over some important and fundamental areas of our life. Looking at the systems, structures and supports which are no longer valid or sustainable, with a view to re-building or completely transforming what isn’t working well is the theme once more.

As the action planet Mars moves into Gemini mid month and confronts Saturn there will be an increase in the tempo of communications and information exchanges but it could be just a lot of “hot air” without the required will to follow through on any positive action.

The New Moon in Taurus on the 18th will bring us back to considering our core values and possibly a desire to indulge in the simpler things of life. On the 19th Mercury, in it’s own sign of Gemini and natural representative for all communications, travel and exchanges, turns to go retrograde until the second week of June. The emphasis is firmly on reconsidering, re-negotiating, revising and re-writing documents, travel arrangements, deals and trading. This provides an opportunity to edit, proof read or check the “small print” before we sign on the dotted line or embark on something new.

When Venus, ruling planet of Taurus, now in Cancer moves into exact opposition to Pluto on 22nd you may experience some resistance to your desires if they are just about fulfilling your own needs. The chances are that as Venus moves on to oppose unpredictable Uranus in Aries on 25th there may be the recognition once again that even excitement and high tension can become tedious and the simpler things of life can bring a longer lasting satisfaction so a deeper sense of nourishment can be enjoyed.

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.

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.