This month sees a change of focus after what has been a series of frustrations, delays and breakdown in communications experienced over the summer season. The Full Moon in Aries during the first week of October brings emotional tensions from last month’s difficult New Moon to a head. Be careful not to react to situations with “knee jerk” responses that might be regretted later. There will be an urge to press forward and start new ventures but it would be better to be patient and wait until more favorable influences are initiated during the third week of October. Mercury returned to its forward motion at the end of September, but continues to travel slowly for the next few weeks. Whilst Mercury and Venus remain in Virgo opposite Uranus, the touchy, prickly or argumentative responses likely at the moment could persist into the second week of the month. We will continue to find our attempts to get things moving a struggle until the New Moon phase. On the 10th Mercury moves into Libra quickly joined by Venus on the 14th followed by the New Moon on the 18th. This will ease some of the recent stresses as the sign of Libra brings relationships into focus with the emphasis on harmony and co-operation. Mars has been transiting through cautious Cancer and moves into Leo on the 16th where he will be more able to act effectively in the warmth of a fire sign. The “greater benefic” Jupiter has been in retrograde motion (appearing to travel backward) since mid June and finally turns forward again on the 13th. During this period we will have had cause to consider our personal integrity and honesty as righteous Jupiter has focussed its energy on our inner life. We may have re-evaluated our goals and questioned the significance of our closest associations. Now we can begin to turn that recent knowledge into positive action as we reclaim the essential relationships and values we need to progress. Although Jupiter will be moving slowly until it picks up speed in mid November this added energy release will be the beginning of the new phase for the autumn and winter months. The restrictions that have been felt over the last year and particularly the last few months can be loosened and some people will finally break free from emotional hindrances that have held them back until now. During the New Moon in Libra our attention is focussed on the quality of our social interactions and personal relation ships. With Venus in Libra making a very favorable aspect to both Jupiter and Neptune in Aquarius later in the month we can expect some positive and welcome advances in the way we relate to those who are important to us as well as an easing of tensions in the wider community. This could bring opportunity for negotiations or collaborations which will be of benefit to all concerned.
This month’s Full Moon is at 12° Aries on the 4 October at 7:11 am and the New Moon is at 25° Libra on the 18 October at 6:34 am
September is traditionally the month of the harvest. Both Full and New Moon phase occur in the sign of Virgo who is associated with the goodness of the earth and the Goddess as nurturer of life. The Sun leaves Virgo on the 22nd and moves into Libra as it passes the equinox point heading for the Midwinter Solstice once more. This month’s big story though is Saturn conjunct the Sun/Moon at New Moon on the 18th combined with the opposition between Saturn and Uranus which is exact again on the 15th. This opposition has been the backdrop to current events for the last year and will continue through to autumn 2010. The first exact opposition was on November 4 2008, the day of the latest US elections. This month sees the third of five exact “hits” at 25° Virgo/Pisces. People with personal planets in that area of their chart will be strongly affected. We will all be touched by this influence and the area of life where it will be most apparent is wherever that degree occurs in our birth chart. Saturn will often make us sharply aware of reality and can sometimes seem harsh or negative, bringing us back down to earth with a thump. Saturn reminds us of our responsibilities but also gives a reliable stability in what otherwise could be confusion or chaos. Uranus, the opposing force is known for its rebellious and unpredictable influence yet helps us to break out of limiting restrictions. The last sequence of Uranus/Saturn oppositions during 1965-66 gave rise to a cultural revolution. Perhaps we can already see the emergence of a new set of social values that will be the current legacy. The New Moon is always the beginning of a new phase, an inward, reflective time out of which the next phase is born. On a personal level whilst Saturn joins with the Sun and Moon we may need to take time to reflect on our true responsibilities and allow the possibility of renewed commitment. We might get the feeling that we are in for the long haul and that might seem daunting at first. Saturn can also remind us that some of the most valued experiences or successes have taken a long time to manifest, evolve or mature. Like the seasonal harvest a lot of preparation, hard work and personal investment are involved to reap true rewards. The nature of Virgo is to work diligently, ironing out any flaws and nurturing her venture into maturity. With Uranus urging us on to abandon old ways and take a new approach we must remember all great visions for a better future need the careful planning and dedication to a task that the Saturn in Virgo combination is offering us now.
With the strong Astrological influences of the last several weeks it would be hard to find anyone who has not experienced some significant change or upheaval. Now August sees the third in a series of eclipses this summer. Visible from Europe this is a penumbral eclipse, which means that just the edge of the earth’s shadow will be crossing the Moon. Expect some instability as the change in the electromagnetic energy surrounding the earth during a Full Moon affects us mentally and neurologically. Full Moon always heightens human emotions making us more openly expressive. It also brings matters to fulfilment and hidden or unconscious issues are brought into the light. The Lunar eclipse further accentuates our emotional responses. This Moon will be in freedom loving Aquarius whilst the Sun is in courageous Leo suggesting we might take a bold step towards greater personal freedom. We may need to explore the critical balance between intimacy and personal space or individual identity and our role alongside others. We may have recently chosen to claim our autonomy at the expense of a close relationship or compromised our sense of personal expression to be part of a group. Whatever the circumstances this Full Moon will show up the failings in those choices, with the chance to review or re-negotiate. Eclipses help correct the course of your life as one phase ends and a new one begins, remember that this is all good and a necessary part of your growth. Any aspect of your life that is not in line with your true life’s purpose will see the most significant change. Where the eclipse falls in your personal chart will show this. Aquarians and Leos are strongly affected. As resistance finally begins to give way you will experience a greater sense of integrity. New and untapped creative possibilities will be revealed as you let go of beliefs that don’t match up with your present version of reality. Redundant ideals or dreams may need to be relinquished. This can sometimes be painful but is necessary. You might experience the feeling of coming to your senses as you realise that what was true for you yesterday is no longer valid and the present is seen in a new light. This is the time to redefine your personality and re-create your self image.
The next Full Moon Lunar eclipse is at 16° Capricorn on the 7th July at 9:22am GMT and the next New Moon Solar eclipse is at 30° Cancer on the 22nd July at 2:36am GMT
July has two eclipses: a penumbral (partial) Lunar Eclipse at the Full Moon on 7th and a Total Solar Eclipse at the New Moon on 22nd July. The total solar eclipse is the longest total solar eclipse that will occur in the twenty-first century, lasting about 7 minutes, and will not be seen again until June 13, 2132. A Lunar Eclipse generally affects us on a personal or inner level whilst the Solar Eclipse will be expressed more openly in the social/political arena. This Lunar Eclipse will be hardly visible and also passes mostly over the Pacific Ocean so its overall affect will be fairly insignificant. The more visible an eclipse is, the more powerful its effects. The July event has a broad pathway that will be visible to allow millions of people in Asia and the Pacific making it of particular significance. During the total eclipse, the path of the Moon’s dark umbral shadow moves over India, China, several Japanese islands and the South Pacific Ocean, whilst a partial eclipse is seen within the much broader path of the Moon’s penumbral shadow, which includes most of eastern Asia, Indonesia, and the Pacific Ocean. It won’t be visible to us in Northern Europe. When Solar eclipses pass over populated areas they appear to have significant disruptive effects (economic or political crises, civil unrest) on those people and nations. Afghanistan, Pakistan, North India, and East Asia are particular potential flashpoints. Historically, eclipses have been seen as omens and harbingers of huge collective shifts by these cultures. Severe weather patterns, storms and earthquakes often occur in the affected areas following a Solar Eclipse. This is the first Solar Eclipse along the Cancer-Capricorn axis in many years and echoes the themes of Pluto in Capricorn, sweeping changes occur as old systems fall short and focussed effort to bring about positive social and political reforms is needed to replace them. Uranus trines the eclipse point adding to the unpredictability and uncertainty about how we all feel about the great changes ahead. On a personal level an eclipse will have its affect depending on where it falls in your chart. This one on the 22nd occurs in the last degree of Cancer and anyone who has that as their Birthday can expect some influence to be felt. It is a time of endings and beginnings, a rise to glory or and end of an era. The final degree of a zodiac sign traditionally signifies an end, completion or some karmic debt paid off. Anyone who has major personal planets aspected by the Sun or Moon on that day can also expect some changes. Any blocks or resistance could be forced to give way. Those affected will need to think of new ways of handling the issues raised. It can often take several months for the full effect of an eclipse to play out and specific events are often triggered when a transiting planet passes over the same zodiac degree in the following weeks to come.
June is the month of our midsummer Solstice with the longest days and shortest nights. The Sun moves into the sign of Cancer on the 21st whilst it lingers at its most northerly position for a few days before beginning its return path towards the Winter Solstice point. This month also sees a lot of planetary jostling as several of the outer planets change their course and some major aspects are formed. June kicks off with both Venus then Mars making a favourable angle to Pluto. The dwarf planet must not be underestimated when assessing its astrological impact. With Pluto we can rightly use the expression “the truth will out”. Since early April and through to September it’s in retrograde motion which means much necessary delving back into the past to expose what has been kept hidden until now. With Venus, our personal values, and Mars, our desire to act, both backing up the call “to come clean” we are likely to see more disreputable revelations surrounding our institutions and authority figures. Saturn, also known to some as “Lord of Karma” can signify our past deeds catching up with us. In late May he started his forward motion for the first time this year which starts the process of reckoning and utilising what we have learnt over these difficult few months. With the Full Moon on the 7th in a challenging 90 degree angle with Saturn there could be a general feeling of doubt or insecurity as things come to a head and what might have been considered trustworthy in the past is now seen as rather dubious yet we are still unsure as to how we should go forward. Neptune, master of illusion, deception and idealism started its apparent backward motion at the end of May. Mighty Jupiter also turns retrograde on the 15th continuing the conjunction with Neptune (as discussed last month). This planetary retracing of steps occurs until autumn, allowing us more time to reflect on what’s being highlighted, particularly around those in powerful public positions, ensuring a more lasting and long term consequence from what arises now. The Month plays out with Uranus the bringer of change, revolution and innovation starting its backwards motion, traveling once more into an opposition to steady Saturn, ongoing during the past year and into 2010. As we struggle to find a balance between constancy and chaos the tension can be felt on a personal level and observed globally as social/political events unfold. Traditions and established attitudes left unchallenged leads to entrenchment in outmoded values whilst ill considered radical reform or divergence can create instability and confusion. Such are the challenges currently faced by us as individuals and as nations.
For Astrologers the headline news this month is the gathering together of Neptune, Jupiter and Chiron for a triple conjunction at 27 degrees of Aquarius on 27 May. This configuration has been building over the last several months and will continue in influence through to 2011. Strongly affecting people born between February 12 -16 who have their Sun placed there, it will also be particularly significant for anyone with planets at 27 degrees of Aquarius, Leo, Taurus and Scorpio. Chiron, discovered in 1977 is actually thought to be a comet on a long term visit to our corner of the universe but manages to play a powerful role in Astrology nonetheless. Mythical Chiron was a centaur. Wounded accidentally by his fellows and despite being a talented healer, much sought after by the Gods, he was unable to heal himself and suffered immense pain. To alleviate him the Gods allowed him to sacrifice his immortality and become human so he could die. He was then gifted new immortality by being placed amongst the stars. Chiron in our natal charts signifies a personal lesson which teaches compassion and empathy via suffering. It is often from our most deeply wounding experiences that we learn what it means to be human. Jupiter combined with Neptune occurs roughly every 12 years and can feel like a gift from the Gods. Idealistic, visionary Neptune together with benevolent, expansive Jupiter sounds like a recipe for our wildest dreams to be realised. But there can be an impracticable delusory side to Neptune and optimistic Jupiter can have us overreaching our capabilities. Historically this pair joined with Chiron in 1114 and in 1881and most recently in Libra in September 1945. These were years of massive social change but only after much conflict and hardship. The end of the World War followed the detonation of two atomic bombs. Perhaps it is only when things get taken to their extremes (Jupiter) that we come to our senses (Neptune). This time round the planets are lining up in the altruistic sign of the social reformer, Aquarius. Positioned here we can expect to see situations where individual needs have been sacrificed for the greater good but also that things have gone too far and lost integrity. When Chiron is involved it implies a need to sacrifice one thing so something greater can be received. The planets suggest that through an empathy brought about by shared suffering we will seek new opportunities to fulfil our dreams and visions for more socially equal common future.
The next Full Moon is at 19° Scorpio on the 9 May at 6:02 am and the New Moon is at 3° Gemini on the 24 May at 2:12 pm
The Full Moon in Libra is of special importance each year being the first Full Moon following the Vernal (spring) equinox. Its significance is tied in with celebrations of spring and renewal whilst the date of Easter is always the first Sunday after this Full Moon. The annual position of the Sun in Mars ruled Aries and the Moon in Venus ruled Libra creates a relationship polarity and potential conflict of interests. If you know where 20° Libra falls in your chart you can examine the way this will affect you personally. Restless Full Moon energy can accentuate any social undercurrents or bring unconscious feelings to our attention. Any strong individual expression of the unique self as symbolised by the Sun is further strengthened by the independent assertiveness of Aries. At the same time our receptive, empathic and emotional qualities symbolised by the Moon are focused on harmonious relationships through Libra. This difficult paradox of self-interest versus social equilibrium is tempered this year by a very positive influence from Jupiter in Aquarius. The large planet urges us towards greater freedom but also to actions which are beneficial and brimming with good will to others. We can expect to see attempts to consider society’s collective needs whilst maintaining our valued freedom of self expression. We have another positive trend this month with Venus playing a leading role. She signifies our personal values and therefore what (or who) we are attracted to. Ruling Taurus she represents our relationship with the physical world. As ruler of Libra she brings social relationships into focus. Whilst she currently appears to travel backwards and then revisits the ethereal, sensitive and compassionate sign of Pisces on the 11th our hearts desires are being reviewed. A week later she turns to start her forward motion once more and moves into Aries on the 24th where she can now take on any opposition with fearless determination. For a few days around the 27th she can be seen rising just before the dawn at her brightest this year. After the Sun and Moon Venus is the next brightest celestial body. Potential flash points this month: in particular the 15th sees feisty Mars conjoined with rebellious Uranus in Pisces. This volatile energy could spark some sudden action with little thought for the consequences. Tempers flare whilst explosive outbursts, unexpected rifts or accidents are all possible. Later in the month power struggles abound around the New Moon as the Sun connects with Pluto and Pluto is challenged by Mars. This suggests that seeking a position of control is uppermost in setting the scene for the May Full Moon.
The next Full Moon is at 20° Libra on 9 April at 4:56 pm and the next New Moon is at 5° Taurus on 25 April at 5:24 am
Full Moon creates the Sun opposite Moon “pull” which gives the monthly energy peak we’ve become accustomed to. “Full Moon madness” is well documented in science and medicine as heightened mental and physical activity experienced by many, often as restlessness and increased energy. This Full Moon is combined with the extra ingredient of the mighty Saturn Uranus opposition, now a hallmark of the current global disruption. The reflective Moon represents the mood of the masses as well as our own personal emotional or instinctual responses. In close contact with the sobering influence of Saturn we could easily find ourselves feeling a bit “world weary”. From lack of energy or resources we might be inclined towards simply maintaining the tried and tested, safe, secure, familiar lifestyle. In complete contrast the Moon, our mood, is opposed by Uranus, known for its disruptive influence. Expect to feel erratic mood swings or sudden changes of heart as situations present their many different facets. There’s still more to add to this stimulating planetary pattern. Our Sun is symbolic of the powerful life force that drives us forward whilst illuminating our world. Unsentimental Uranus frees us from the restraining dictates of obsolete habits, traditions and falsehoods. When the vitality of the Sun is closely combined with the dramatic severing energy of Uranus we have a very potent dynamic which can break through ingrained inertia. Their exact conjunction occurs on the 13th, prolonging the effect of the heightened energy over several days. Two weeks later, when the Moon has caught up and joined with the Sun once more at New Moon we can expect to have seen some changes whether minor or major, personal or global. As the Moon is “swallowed up” in the light of the Sun and becomes invisible to us at New Moon, both the great luminaries are joined by an assertive Venus in Aries. Use this influence to reassess what’s best for your own well being. Sort out your priorities and personal values. Then be prepared to communicate this new information to those who need to know as Mercury the messenger flits by both Venus and the Sun whilst being challenged by a strong angle from the Moon at the end of the month.