New Moon in Leo. Mars conjunct Saturn.

This month features two Full Moons. The first on August 2nd is in the sign of Aquarius and completes the Lunar phase of last month’s New Moon in Cancer. As each Moon cycle waxes and wanes we can synchronise our lives to the rhythm of beginnings, culminations and endings. This process occurs naturally within our lives even when we aren’t paying attention. Acknowledging the energy fluctuations and working with the flow instead of forging ahead regardless of what our mind, body or emotions might be telling us, can become a very positive experience. Each Moon phase falls in a particular Zodiac sign as the Sun makes its journey progressively through the year. The energy or resonance of each sign can be utilised to enhance the area of life best reflected by the Moon. This month’s New Moon falls in Leo, sign of the regal beast, associated with the Sun’s rays, the heart chakra, physical vitality and creative expression. When given a positive outlet the Leo archetype has a quiet dignity with a hearty, joyful and generous disposition. This New Moon is the perfect opportunity to initiate projects or actions which involve sharing or giving and make time for being creative. Anything that gives you a sense of joy or elevates your mood and contributes to others enjoyment is very Leo in nature. Following the Moon phase this venture will increase in strength as the Moon waxes to Full. This Month it occurs in the sign of Pisces which represents the concept of giving up or letting go of material benefits for something more spiritually meaningful. The benefits of your actions can be enjoyed and integrated as the Moon decreases in light, moving around to join the Sun once again at the next New Moon, but this time in the sign of Virgo.
Other astrological activity to watch for this month is when Mercury, the “quicksilver” planet of communications appears to move slowly before it makes the turn to begin its forward motion again on the 8th. As Mercury orbits the Sun on the opposite side to earth it seems to slow down, move backwards and then speed up again as it gets nearer to earth once more. During the retrograde phase any communication or documentation is likely to be mislaid or misunderstood and may have to be re worked or checked later for errors.
In the few days before the New Moon, Mars the planet of assertion, drive and force connects with Saturn which slows, restricts, confines and organises what it touches. The usual physical vigour and impulsiveness of Mars can be tempered and harnessed by Saturn making an assertive martial force into something truly powerful. Though this energy dynamic suggests it could create a mighty and potentially dominant power there are other factors at play. Venus, planet of social connection and harmony makes a strong angle to both the revolutionary Uranus and Pluto the planet associated with power struggles and control. This lovely Venusian influence can act as a brake on any attempt to force through ideals, policies or initiatives with pure might. Trying to take control of other peoples affairs during this phase may well be overridden by the desire for diplomacy and social cohesion.

Astrology update for May 2012

During this month and into June we see several of the important astrological events of 2012 coming into play. On May 6 the Moon reaches the point in its orbit when it’s closest to the earth, known as perigee.

Because the Moon travels around the earth in an elliptical orbit each lunar cycle it also has a point when it’s furthest away from the earth, known as apogee. Some months it is nearer or further than others.

Although 2012 is not the closest possible (the last time that happened was 1912) the actual exact time of perigee this May occurs less than two minutes before the exact Full Moon (when the Sun and Moon are completely opposite).

Whilst the energetic forces are amplified in this way we can expect stronger than usual tidal effects and exceptional weather or other geological disturbances. Plants and animals are also subject to the Moons phases. Astrologically we know the lunar cycles can affect our moods and behaviour as well as mundane events and financial markets.

With the Moon in Scorpio we can expect some intense feelings to surface along with power struggles or issues of control being exaggerated.

When the Moon is this close to earth it appears bigger. This is especially so at Moon rise on Full Moon, which you can watch on the eastern horizon as the Sun sets in the west.

The following New Moon (when the Moon and Sun occupy the same Zodiac degree) in very early Gemini occurs within 36 hours of this year’s furthest apogee. To add to the “stress” of this combination the Sun and Moon are at the same declination, which creates an eclipse as the Moon moves across the Sun.

The shadow’s path starts over China and Japan then crosses the Pacific Ocean onto the west coast of America, ending in Texas. It is these areas which will experience the strongest effect over the next months.

The planetary aspects during this phase suggest not only a new beginning, when something outworn is replaced, but also a cleansing with new alliances or relationships forming.

Neptune in watery Pisces forming a difficult square to the Sun/Moon suggests not only the potential for floods but it could also be a challenging event involving heightened emotions, particularly compassion or sorrow. Also watch out for misinformation or some form of deception.

Stabilising Saturn is strongly connected to sociable Venus whilst transforming Pluto has the feisty energy of Mars focused on it. These energies add to the forward thrust towards change and transformation along with consolidating relationships or contracts of allegiance.

As we negotiate this potent month we can anticipate an increase in the ongoing trend of major shifts or changes on every level of our lives.

The Sun moves into Gemini the sign of the twins on the 20th whilst Venus starts her apparent retrograde motion on the 15th and the pair conjunct in a spectacular and rare event in early June.

Being fast and flexible in your thinking is a Gemini trait along with the ability to reconcile a paradox, holding more than one viewpoint simultaneously and understanding the connecting relationships between, well, everything! All these skills will be an advantage in the coming months and now is the time to hone them.

The next Full Moon is at 16° Scorpio on the 6th May at 4:36 am and the next New Moon is at 1° Gemini on the 21st at 12:48 am

Triple Conjunction at Midwinter Solstice 2009

The first Full Moon this month is at 10° Gemini on the 2nd December at 7:31 am. The New Moon is at 25° Sagittarius on the 16th December at 12:02 pm. The second Full Moon is at 10° Cancer on the 31st December at 7:14 pm and is also eclipsed.

This December we get to see two Full Moons and the culmination of a planetary conjunction that has been part of this year’s theme. The month begins with Uranus starting its forward motion once more. It has been in retrograde since early July and this change of energy occurs just in time for the Full Moon on the 2nd. The Uranian spark could bring quite a lively addition to the already busy Gemini Moon. Expect the unexpected particularly when it comes to messages, conversations and communications generally. The last New Moon of the year in Sagittarius on the 16th is a good time to consider your direction for the New Year ahead. The darkest days of the year approach with the winter solstice on the 21st. Focus is on the inner life, review progress, make plans and plant the seeds of aspiration. The Solstice also sees the final phase of the triple conjunction that has been a major astrological theme in 2009. Jupiter connects with Neptune at 25° Aquarius before moving on into Pisces in January. The first two conjunctions were on May 27 and July 10. Jupiter takes about 12 years to orbit the sun, and Neptune requires about 165 years to complete one revolution. The last time this occurred was in 1843. This year Chiron was closely involved with the union. Those born with critical points or planets between 22–29 degrees Aquarius, Leo, Taurus and Scorpio experience the dynamic most strongly. Aquarius, the sign of the water bearer represents the flow of wisdom from the divine wellspring, the sum of our shared experience. It’s an impersonal sign that represents the principles of equality for the masses and the possibility of a bright new world and future caring more for the good of all than individual needs. Sometimes though it becomes fixated with its own ideals or opinions believing they are the only and right version of democracy, human rights or freedom. In mythology Chiron had extraordinary powers to heal others, but couldn’t heal himself. In Astrology he represents the emotional, physical and mental pain and suffering that is part of the human condition and also the sincere urge to help those most affected. Other worldly Neptune inclines us towards romantic thoughts, forgiveness, ideals and the need to escape into a place without pain, deception, delusion or brain washing. Throw Jupiter the expansive planet of hope and optimism into the mix and we get the potential for something quite magical at least or at worst, misguided altruism. This significant planetary trio is urging us to deal with issues of our own wounded self-esteem and stop inflicting pain on others through over compensating for our perceived inadequacies and personal delusions. Working towards a more inclusive and brighter future in which we know how to manage our social and cultural affairs is the prompt. Difficult emotions can be resolved as an awareness of negative patterns in relationships from the past become apparent. We glimpse our true potential but be aware of the inclination to expect too much of ourselves and of others. If our expectations are too high we may feel we were deceived when our human side lets us down again. Resist the knee jerk urge to rebuild the defences once more, allow a new possibility to emerge.

Full Moon in Aries Jupiter turns direct October 2009

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

July 2009 Eclipse

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.

Summer Solstice 2009

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.

Sun in Aries Full Moon in Libra relationship focus April 2009

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

March Full Moon 2009 lines up with Saturn Opposite Uranus

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.

February 2009

Several interesting Astronomical events occur this month. Astrologers study the relationship between the cosmic occurrences and activities or trends taking place on planet earth. Because the movement of the planets can be calculated with great accuracy we can compare them to centuries of historical hindsight. What can’t be calculated is the appearance of comets which have been gone for so long that human beings weren’t even walking upright the last time it passed by! This is the case with Comet Lulin, discovered in 2007. Traditionally comets are considered portents or omens of great changes or important new eras. Lulin has been around the “back” of the Sun and will be passing at its closest to earth in February. Early in the month the comet rises around midnight. Lulin is expected to reach its peak of brightness on the night of 23rd as it passes south west of Saturn. Watch for it rising in the eastern sky ahead of the Sun, before the dawn. It may be visible to the naked eye where there’s no light pollution. On the 27th the comet will pass just south of Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation Leo, the Lion, considered by Astrologers to be the star of “Kings”.
We also have a Lunar Eclipse on the 9th. It’s not total and won’t give much of a show. It’s most visible over Western Canada and Western USA, Alaska, Hawaii, Australia, and East Asia. Solar eclipses which can only occur at New Moon strongly influences socio-political arenas whereas a Lunar eclipse which happens at Full Moon is generally much more personalised and will be felt in our emotional responses. This can signify a change in the “mood” or attitude of the population as a whole. An eclipse is often precursor to some kind of crisis, which actually means ‘a critical decision or point of change’. The timing can be either before or after the actual Eclipse, triggered by another significant planet passing over the same degree. Mars the planet of assertiveness, drive, desire and conflict touches this point on the 2nd March which might just be the day when a contentious issue is brought to a head.
As distraction from daily concerns, take advantage of the cold clear night skies to see Venus as she continues to shine stunningly throughout February. Look for the large, very bright “star” in the southwest after sunset. Jupiter, Mars and Mercury line up about 30 minutes before sunrise on 22nd with the waning crescent moon just to their right. Watch for the new crescent moon near Venus in the western sky after sunset from the 27th.

December 2008 Grand Cross

The month of December has an energetic start comparable to a whirlwind. Coinciding with the New Moon of November Uranus started to move forward again, allowing a sudden release of energy. This is quickly followed in December with both the fiery planets Mars and the Sun conjunct in the fire sign of Sagittarius on the 5th. Use this assertive energy to initiate plans or start a vigorous physical exercise routine. Be aware that this is a powerful and possibly volatile combination too and can cause heightened tempers, impatience, arrogance and impulsive behaviour. The trend continues when the Full Moon in Gemini opposite the Sun in Sagittarius forms a cross pattern with Saturn in Virgo opposite Uranus in Pisces on the 12th. This is a tense dynamic that brings issues highlighted over the last few weeks to a head. People who were born in early March, June, August and December, as well as people with personal planets around 21° of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces will be most strongly affected. On an individual level we can expect to sense the need for making adjustments in areas of our lives that are not flowing or no longer express our true selves. Personally and globally we are gearing up for the many changes that we need to make over the next few years. Mars takes two years to complete a full cycle and is a critical trigger for timing events as it makes its aspects to other planets. Mars moves into an exact square angle to Saturn mid month, keeping up the pressure. The danger for those who are pushing too hard to get what they want without consideration for others is that they are likely to come up against unmovable obstacles. This is compounded just after we turn the year at Solstice on 21st December as the Sun moves into Capricorn to start its journey back towards midsummer. Following the darkest day the Sun conjuncts Pluto on December 22nd. This is probably the first obvious expression of Pluto in Capricorn. This brings a strong constructive push towards cooperation and organisation, discipline and authority, responsibility and all the things that take you where you know you must go. But take care. If your vision is only for yourself, what you create can’t last as Pluto insists it must be for some greater good. Ambition, practicality, and achievement are admirable, but they are means to an end, not ends in themselves. With all this forceful energy flying around watch out for ruthless power plays and bullying actions as the destructive side of Pluto is activated by a conjunction with Mars on the 28th.