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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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.

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.

Bealtaine, May 1

The celebration of Bealtaine or the month of May marks the cross quarter day or midpoint in the Sun’s progress between the vernal equinox and summer solstice. (Around May 6) It is traditionally a time to light fires for purification in preparation for the fertile summer months. This year the productive Taurus New Moon falls on May 5 and the few days surrounding it are the perfect time for sowing seeds of intent. The New Moon always marks the start of a new lunar cycle when our focus is inclined inward to reflect on the deeper issues of life whilst the Full Moon brings things to fruition. This New Moon is especially potent as a point of new beginnings. Saturn, planet of life lessons, stability and endurance starts its forward journey once more after five months of retrograde motion. A lot of fears, doubts and insecurities about the certainty of our future have been induced since the start of the year leaving us fretting and pessimistic. As Saturn turns again we also turn a corner as fears which have been internalised can now be dealt with externally. This is a time for well thought out decisions and practical forward planning based on what we’ve learnt. Supported by Jupiter, planet of enthusiasm, change and higher knowledge beginning its retrograde journey on May 9 it gives us time to do some inner truth seeking as we build up some internal pressure for dynamic action later in the year. The Planet of assertive action, Mars, moves out of Cancer where he has been very cautious and quiet into bold Leo, also on May 9, which means that soon we can really push ahead. Coinciding with the Scorpio Full Moon of May 20 Jupiter makes a favourable Sextile angle to Uranus, planet of change, individual expression and freedom. Occurring every 14 years, this is a significant astrological event and the second part of three phases; the first was in March this year. A maxim for this event could be that “the Truth will set you Free”. We have recently had to face some hard facts about the way we have conducted our affairs during the last decade. But with optimistic Jupiter in Capricorn we can learn, grow and liberate ourselves through hard work, discipline and personal integrity. Both Jupiter and Uranus are forward thinking and visionary, so it really is a great month to make plans for the future and thanks to fiery Mars we are building up the energy and drive needed to put them into action.

The next New Moon is at 16° Taurus on the 5 May at 1:19 pm