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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Venus & Uranus retrograde, Saturn direct. Jupiter, Venus conjunct – A busy start to August!

principlesAstrologically August starts out with a few busy days. The last week of July has set the pace, when Venus turned to retrograde motion on 25th July and Uranus followed suit on the 26th. We now have five planets in retrograde which includes all the slower heavyweights, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. This is a clean up operation. Whilst going “backwards” a planet is re- treading past territory and this gives us the call to attend any loose ends, details or unfinished business with the issues that each planet represents. The slower – farther from earth – the planet is, the more thorough that process has to be. That’s quite a workload right now!

The second Full Moon of July on 31st in Aquarius put the focus on our relative position within the greater scheme of things. It may well have highlighted our role in the community or made us consider what we bring as an individual to contribute to the bigger picture as a whole. Where we aren’t satisfied, or remain unclear or just not matching up to our own ideals, will all be given an overhaul in the coming weeks and months.

As August gets under way, Saturn, known to some as the “Lord of Karma” reaches the point where he turns to go forward once more, having been retrograde since March. He has travelled back into Scorpio as far as his position last December, so there has likely been some harsh lessons and thwarted plans during this time. Saturn’s role is to constrain or provide structure, discipline and substance to our lives. It is through learning from experience, over time, that we really get the chance to develop our endurance and resilience and also we’re frequently compelled to yield to forces of time and the limits of physical reality whenever Saturn in involved. These experiences can be frustrating, but also potentially enlightening and ultimately liberating gifts to our lives. By November Saturn will reach the point he had progressed to before turning back. We can then start to really move away from the lessons of the last 2-3 years into a new phase with Saturn staying in Sagittarius during the next couple of years.

The main planetary activity is around 28 degrees of the fixed signs for the first week of August as this is where all the action takes place. Whilst Saturn is changing direction he is in a challenging aspect with both the “feel good” planets – Venus and Jupiter. Anyone born between 20th – 23rd of January, April, July or October will be strongly affected as will anyone with a late degree ascendant or personal planet in late Taurus, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius.

As Venus goes backwards she links up with Jupiter for the second time this summer on the 4th. This puts the focus on love, relationships and money but this time round with Saturn involved, it shows up where we feel things are less than satisfactory. This is the time to make adjustments, re-negotiate the contracts and ask how we are making boundaries or limitations that don’t do us any favours. It’s not all bad though. This is our opportunity to firm up where we let things slide or were a bit unclear to begin with. We can set out something more solid and reliable now. Maybe less exciting, romantic or adventurous but certainly more likely to withstand the test of time and serve us well in to the future.

The August New Moon is at 22° Leo on the 14th at 2:55pm with the following Full Moon at 7° Pisces on the 29th at 6:36pm (UT)

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.

July Moon Phase

This month the New Moon is at 12° Cancer on the 3rd July at 3:20 am with the next Full Moon at 26° Capricorn on the 18th July at 9:00 am

After what seems like a long haul, July should yield a bit more progress. Fiery Mars moving into level-headed Virgo on 1st July is a chance to strive for personal excellence. It is all too easy though, to expect that it’s others who should reach a high standard of behaviour. We are harsh critics when the warrior planet is under Virgo’s refined influence. Using the energy to focus on ourselves, significant personal progress can be made. New Moon is always the best time to clear out the old, detoxify, make plans and start anew. The Cancer Moon is in her home sign and represents the very foundations of our inner life. We may be drawn towards our roots and family. If there are outstanding issues from our past now is the time to do whatever is needed to move on. With gentle Venus challenged by generous Jupiter we might want to give a “whole lotta love” or equally be made painfully aware of where kindness and care is lacking in our lives. On the 9th July the Sun opposes Jupiter continuing the theme of enthusiasm and personal wishes. This can create a case of “a bridge too far”. Real needs and imagined desires can get mixed up so be aware that looking for easy gains and quick fixes can undermine morals. These next few days can feel tiresome as Mercury briefly opposes Pluto on 10th July. There are likely hidden agendas operating and it can seem like walking through a maze. Deep consideration and total honesty avoids serious problems. To add to the frustration, Mars, full of drive and passion meets up with sombre Saturn on the 10th. Ration your energy using only what you need to get the task done. Don’t let fear or insecurity be your motivation. There is an important lesson to be learned. Projects or ventures begun now can be long-term successes. The Full Moon in hard working Capricorn on the 18th shows us a glimpse of what we have begun to achieve. The beneficial aspect between Mars and Jupiter on 26th July proves that acceleration is now possible and an abundance of energy is available to drive new projects and new approaches. Necessary shifts will occur and the way will be cleared for greater things when we see the next New Moon eclipse of 1st August.