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 Looking at the systems, structures and supports which are no longer valid or sustainable, with a view to re-building or completely transforming what isn’t working well is the theme once more.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.

December 2014 – Uranus Square Pluto finale, Saturn moves into Sagittarius & New Moon first degree of Capricorn!

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Observing the Sun’s path as it moves through our skies is an ancient occupation which connects us to fellow beings who lived in our distant past. Stone alignments and monuments throughout the world were positioned to calculate these important celestial movements. The changing seasons of the Solar year form the basis of our tropical zodiac, used in what we call “western” astrology. The Sun’s movements are tracked as it crosses the equator to reach the tropic of Cancer at it’s most northerly and the tropic of Capricorn at the most southerly point. These crossings provide us with the cardinal points and four cardinal Zodiac signs. In December we’re on the countdown to the Winter Solstice, when the Sun will have reached it’s most southerly position, poised to begin it’s return journey north. Here in the northern hemisphere the days begin to lengthen once again and we take time out of daily routines to celebrate and enjoy traditional midwinter festivals.

The first week of December brings a Full Moon in Mercury ruled Gemini. The Sun is currently in Sagittarius with Mercury close by but hidden in it’s light. The pair make a comfortable trine aspect with unpredictable Uranus which adds to the hectic feel of this Moon phase. Most likely it will give a sense of restlessness or scattered energy for a few days. This is a fast paced time of making connections, getting in touch with friends and neighbours, sending out all kinds of communications and of course, another Mercury ruled activity, shopping!

The major astrological events this month include the close connection of Uranus and Pluto in the difficult square angle that has been around, on and off, since 2012. Now they will travel within “orb” of each other until finally parting company in late March. This is a grand finale for the energy that has brought us revolution and regime change. Tensions will be high during these months but there are other supportive and constructive planetary alignments beginning to step in now as we finish this unsettling phase in our evolution.

After 26 years, slow Saturn is about to take another turn in Sagittarius beginning on 23rd December. This will bring a very different and more positive way to experience the lessons that the “Lord of Time” provides. Since October 2012 Saturn has been in Scorpio, a sign which is looking for transformation and will undergo a purging to eliminate whatever obstacles hinder that process. Recent years have tested our ability to draw from an instinctual nature whilst also acting appropriately as the evolved person we are becoming. Many hard lessons have been taught to us about what happens when base urges take the lead. Sagittarius is a very different beast and is always seeking to refine it’s nature through intelligent understanding. This is a time when our beliefs, philosophical attitudes and spiritual orientation will be put to the test. What stands up under severe scrutiny is probably worth keeping, everything else is questionable.

The Solstice on the 21st is followed by the New Moon in the first degree of Capricorn, the sign of the sea goat. This mythical creature represents our dual drive of instinct and emotion alongside our innate ambition to rise up and become an honourable and civilised human being. Make time to consider what you’ve learned and achieved lately, the hard won lessons are the most worthwhile. Reflect on what you truly value and on what has served you well over time. Use these insights to bolster and sustain you now before you turn your attention to the year ahead and any plans you may have for the future.

June Astrology – Full Moon in Sagittarius, Jupiter in Cancer & Summer Solstice

This coming Sagittarius Full Moon on the 13th is not just for mythical four legged beasts to enjoy. The Moon is waxing to it’s full phase as we approach the culmination of the Sun’s northerly journey during the Solstice. The sign of Cancer, the natural home sign for the Moon, has extra significance this month and brings the Lunar energies to a peak.

The Solstice can be notedAstrolsunmoon astrologically as the moment the Sun passes into the first degree of the Zodiac sign of Cancer. (21st June at 10.52 UT) Representing the archetypal mother principal, Cancer is the sign of the nurturing feminine side of our nature. At the time of year when in the Northern hemisphere our crops and potential food sources are still vulnerable needing vigilant care to bring them to fruition, this sign oversees the process. The Cancerian nurturing theme can apply to all things that need tending, compassion and gentle attention to help them on towards fulfilling their potential, whether it’s children, plants, baby animals, relationships, projects, ideas or enterprises.

Whilst the Moon is in the sign of Sagittarius for only just over two and a half days the planet Jupiter which rules Sagittarius is in the Moon’s sign, Cancer over a period of about a year. When two planets are in each others home ruling signs astrologers call it a mutual reception and the planets involved have an enhanced effect.

Just to add to the impact of the Full Moon mutual reception, the Planet Jupiter is at the equivalent zodiac degree as the Sun/Moon position and forms a challenging quincunx angle which suggests some personal adjustment is required to reach the promise of the planets involved.

Jupiter rules over Sagittarius and represents our spiritual aspirations and urge to expand, seek greater knowledge, expose ourselves to new experiences, find fulfilment and generally enjoy being alive. He is particularly comfortable (exhalted) in Cancer where this warm expansive energy can be directed into personally meaningful endeavours. The Moon is our mood, our sensitivity, a longing for something familiar and inner security – it is our emotional life, our soulful side. At Full Moon that yearning or need for “connection” becomes temporarily satisfied as whatever has been increasing becomes fulfilled. At New Moon that impulse towards satisfaction starts building in intensity again. In Sagittarius the Moon is seeking some higher knowledge, or greater possibility. It wants to go where it hasn’t been before. The Sun in the opposite sign of Gemini is emphasising connections of the mental kind. Putting thoughts together and forming relationships between ideas or information.

Although this combination is not likely to set off a major event it can put an increased focus on the spiritually meaningful dimension in our lives. This peaking energy pattern could supply the opportunity to reach for your “life-path goal” along with the required impulse to make whatever adjustments are needed to bring it into it’s full potential. At least it is likely to bring some new understanding that will put you more consciously on the path of your soul’s journey or towards a deeply personal ambition.

If you’re familiar with your personal birth chart you can see which area of life is likely to be affected by these planetary dynamics by finding where the Sun, Moon and Jupiter fall in your chart during the Full Moon or New Moon phase.

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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

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.

Moon Horoscope July

As we move into July we say goodbye to the year long Saturn opposition to Neptune, which has had us all struggling to resolve ambiguity and make rigid attitudes more flexible but we now find that Venus is caught up in the final throws. She forms a conjunction to Saturn over several weeks and this can be seen on the evening horizon after sunset (weather dependant of course!) Venus’s link to Saturn is prolonged by her going retrograde on July 27 until September 8. In all our relationships with others there might be an emphasis on the need for compromise and cooperation as we acknowledge the long term consequences and benefits of partnerships or alliances. If we continue to be inflexible or controlling we are likely to be left dealing with a stalemate or standoff. Also if we habitually resist accepting our responsibility to others due to a fear of being answerable for self-seeking deeds we might find that events during these next weeks makes the alternative become more desirable. As always with Saturn, it might not be an easy lesson to learn but it is always worth putting in the effort in the long term.
The New Moon in Cancer is the best time to do a little self reflection, taking care to have one’s own house in order and to take time to listen to our intuition and instincts. The natural rhythms of life, our roots, background, culture and family are all highlighted at this time and it is fertile ground for developing stronger ties and links with anyone or thing that provides nourishment, on all levels. From the exact time of the New Moon and whilst she is moving through the last few degrees of sensitive Cancer before she moves into fiery Leo at 3:45am July 15 she is ‘Void of Course’. This means that the Moon makes no aspects to other planets until her change of Zodiac sign. It is never advisable to start a new project or venture at this time as it is unlikely to come to fruition. So if you intend to take advantage of the New Moon energy to sow the seeds of your intentions its best to wait those few extra hours. The Full Moon which traditionally heralds the culmination of plans, projects or endeavours falls near the months end and the ancient festival of Lughnasa or Lughnassadh, which is a harvest festival, marking the end of the period of summer growth and the beginning of the autumn harvest and traditionally well worth a celebration.

The next New Moon is at 22° Cancer on the 14 July at 01:04 pm with the Full Moon on 30 July, 1:48am at 6° Aquarius.