Gemini Full Moon: Super Moon Super Important?
Sagittarius energy–the sign ruled by the planet Jupiter, the great benefic—is always about expansion. It corresponds also with adventurous long-distance journeys, higher education, law, and philosophy of life, including religion.
Sagittarius encompasses how one’s philosophy of life manifests as what we come to believe in as the truth. For many people, such truths derive from an indoctrinated religion. For others, they emerge from deep within through an expanded consciousness derived by going out into the world with open-minded curiosity and wonder.
This is not a condemnation of organized religion. Far from it. Most major religions have resulted in the codification of morals and ethics into laws by which we live so that we may coexist peacefully and in community with our brothers and sisters.
So, yes, Sagittarius is an energy about expanding whatever it touches in your chart, but in the end–when you boil it all down–it’s really about one of the most important things we humans can experience, which is the expansion of our own consciousness.
It’s Sagittarius energy that allows us to jettison traditionalistic security-enhancing hardline religious ways of thinking–and to rise above them and onto a more spiritual plane. And such expansion—as many can attest–allows us to have faith without the need for tangible, empirical, concrete, physical proof.
This Sagittarius New Moon—when the Moon meets the Sun in the sky and we have what’s known as a dark of the moon period—provides fertile ground for planting the seed of faith in the world around us. And this may mean beginning to think in more expansive, all-inclusive, and spiritual ways.
Unfortunately, this Sagittarius New Moon is fraught with obstacles to overcome in terms of making strides toward the kind of faith derived from greater consciousness which, even on a good day, is no easy task!
The trouble begins with the fact that this 7 degree 42 minute Sagittarius New Moon squares Neptune, which conjuncts the South Node in Pisces, and the Virgo North Node. The nodal axis represents our karmic dilemma, meaning the energy we’re tasked with moving away from (in this case the Pisces South Node), and that which the universe encourages us to move toward (Virgo.)
Astrologer Steven Forrest likes to say that any planets squaring the nodal axis show us what may have “vexed”–or blocked–us in prior lifetimes, as well as in our current one. Squares in astrology are always challenges requiring a good bit of inner strength and insight to recognize and overcome.
As discussed in previous writings, I view Neptune on the South Node and in the sign of Pisces as very much about the struggle to move away from seeing people, circumstances, and things the way we want to see them, rather than as they really are.
Under the influence of Neptune–the planet of illusion, delusion, and confusion–we may repress our own greatness and project it out and onto another or others, thus making them larger than life and casting them in the role of saviors or redeemers.
Think of sitting in the first row of a movie theater and looking up at your larger-than-life favorite movie star or celebrity from that perspective, and I think you’ll get what I mean.
The Sun square Neptune sets us up right now to quest after the elusive father figure, to idolize males in our lives who appear to us to be redeemers. The Moon square Neptune can make us prone to invasion by other peoples’ energies and, as a result, to feel depressed, fatigued, enraged, or whatever emotion we may empathically pick up from others and/or the collective right now.
The challenge right now is to try to recognize what’s real and what is not.
A tall order when Neptune/Pisces energy is involved, especially if this Sagittarius New Moon degree falls in a significant area of your own personal horoscope.
The trouble with Neptune—often referred to as the planet of illusion, confusion, and delusion—is with our tendency to project. All that glitters is not gold, as they say, and this is particularly true whenever Neptune or Pisces energy is involved.
Often, it’s tough to tell whether another has deceived us into thinking of them as savior-like, or if we ourselves boosted them to such great heights. Let’s call it the “rose-colored glasses” syndrome…
In the end, the question always becomes how much have we allowed others to deceive us with promises of happily-ever-after-love-and commitment, glory, wealth, stability, health, etc., and how much is based upon our own illusory thinking?
Neptune/Pisces energy is always concerned with redemption—accomplished only by returning to source energy. In cruder parlance, it’s the attempt to return to the mother’s womb. Metaphorically, it’s the womb of the great mother–a place where we’re all connected as one, lost in a blissful state of the collective unconscious. In this context, Neptune/Pisces’ connotation with escapism is undeniable.
This kind of energy can leave us vulnerable to escapism, illusory thinking, dreams that have zero basis in reality–and which cause us to project onto the greater screen in our minds the gloriousness of another. Hence, Neptune/Pisces represents both the victim and the savior.
Compounding this conundrum on this Sagittarius New Moon is the fact that it’s joined by the asteroid Juno, which also squares Neptune and the Nodes. The question becomes: is our thinking vis-à-vis partnership clear right now?
Juno, the Roman counterpart to the Greek Hera—the wife of Jupiter/Zeus, the king of the gods—has an honored place among the pantheon of the gods. Mythologically, however, Juno/Hera is regularly deceived by Jupiter/Zeus in the realm of marriage–which in our latter day more parochial view is sanctioned as a supposedly unbreakable bond with our partner.
Now, this isn’t saying that everyone’s partner is going to deceive them at this Sagittarius New Moon. No, no, no! Rather, it’s about asking yourself whether any partner you’ve chosen is of the same belief system as you and whether it matters…and how, why, and where we may project onto them attributes they, in fact, do not possess.
Here are a few questions we might ask ourselves at this Sagittarius New Moon:
As we move forward and question our partnerships, our answer about whether to leave such partnerships behind may in some cases be a resounding “yes!” while in others the issues won’t prove big enough to be deal breakers.
Going deep now about where we’ve fooled ourselves into thinking that someone else can solve our problems is bigly in play right now. While we may find that we’ve projected our desires out to a political figure, a cleric, our boss, or someone in our more personal sphere, it behooves us all to try to put our finger on it.
Failure to do so can result in many of us chasing the kind of rainbows that both Neptune/Pisces and Jupiter/Sagittarius allow us to project out and onto the world at large, and can set us up for major disappointment in the future…
As Jupiter squares Pluto during this New Moon (and begins move into opposition with Uranus over the next few months as well) it’s a good idea to look at improving your relationships, but avoid obsessing over what you think is right.
Remember, to be really convinced that your truths really are true—for you—you might need to reexamine your ideas of right and wrong. Then, if you have the courage of your convictions you can stand on solid, not shaky, ground. If not, you are likely to run into resistance from another or others. Try to avoid power-tripping anyone now as well!
Jupiter begins to move into opposition with Uranus, creating—along with the tight square of Venus to Uranus on this Sagittarius Full Moon–the desire for change by busting loose, a.k.a., freedom. This energy will wax in strength as this opposition becomes exact between December 2016 and February 2017.
Although Venus moves quickly, its square to Uranus at the precise moment of this Sagittarius New Moon signifies that our values are also up for reflection and introspection. Venus always bottom lines for us that which gives us pleasure via the five senses and the physical body, and what truly makes us feel good–which then becomes that which we value.
However, this square to Uranus may makes us feel too hemmed in or unable to move freely, and may foretell the sudden throwing over of anyone or anything now in our attempt to be free. Or someone may throw us over instead.
Let’s face it, how can we be flexible if we’re stuck, complacent, or too resistant to change? Anyone or anything in your life that causes stagnation may have to go…if not in the short term, then Venus square Uranus may trigger events on this Sagittarius New Moon that conspire (as Jupiter moves into opposition to Uranus) to result in your moving on in one way or another, whether by choice or not…
“The other night, you wouldn’t believe
the dream I just had about you and me
I called you up, but we’d both agree
It’s for the best you didn’t listen
It’s for the best we get our distance…”
Despite this, however, the true danger with this Sagittarius New Moon squaring Neptune and the Nodes becomes settling in to a new kind of rigidity. But this is not a Saturnine rigidity—rather, this is a Jupiter/Sagittarius shadow side rigidity.
Thinking we know everything, that we have all the answers, can be a major pitfall here. And the possibility of projecting this onto a leader because it’s part of the collective unconscious deserves acknowledgment…
Such a mindset stops us at the borders of our current consciousness and allows the ego, which is Saturnine, to proceed unchecked. Drawing our wagons in a circle, so to speak, to barricade our boundaries from infiltration by the “other” is a danger we’d be well-apprised to consider before we mount any kind of ideological attack on any other individual, group, nation, religion, race, gender, etc.
Neptune at the South Node in Pisces runs the risk of letting it all float awaydownstream as we lie helpless to stop it. This kind of anesthetization has been prevalent in the world for a while—one need only examine where one knows one checks out in order to avoid dealing with the harsher realities of real life as proof.
The issue becomes whether we can go deep and actually consciously investigate what might lie under the surface, embedded in our psyches, that prevents us from moving toward Virgo North Node energy–clarity, detail orientation, discernment, and nuance.
In short, do we possess the capability to make out of Neptune and the South Node’s hazy Piscean Haldane soup something concrete, something manifest, something we can live with and by
A belief system that not only arises from the deeper depths of your soul’s true knowledge, but which softens ideological boundaries rather than fortifying them into a rigidly constructed belief system that never allows your thinking to change is something to ponder now…
If we convince ourselves to take that higher road, we’re able to embark on the journey that Jupiter’s Sagittarian energy so often encompasses. Freedom to think as one chooses, even if one is in the minority, the adventuress-ness to soar to new heights of the mind–but in alignment with the true needs of the soul–is what this Sagittarius New Moon cries out for us all to try to do…
The energy of this Sagittarius New Moon brings into mind another time when conflicting ideologies caused war between previously peaceful factions…when I saw that FUN had used a civil war themefor its video, it was like a reminder of where things can head if we do not keep an open mind and open dialogue with those who philosophies of life may be different from ours…
“But I still wake up, I still see your ghost
Oh Lord, I’m still not sure what I stand for, oh
What do I stand for? Oh what do I stand for?
Most nights, I don’t know…
So this is it? I sold my soul for this?
Washed my hands of that for this?
I miss my mom and dad for this?
No. When I see stars, when I see stars, that’s all they are
When I hear songs, they sound like a swan, so come on…”
* “The video shows a fictional battle taking place during the American Civil War and the band singing from afar as war breaks out with lead singer Nate appearing as the commander of the Union force. The story also follows two particular soldiers, one from each side of the conflict. From the Confederacy, the song follows a middle-aged farmer clearly in love with his life, land, and animals, while from the Union side the story follows two young lovers torn apart as the young man heads off to the fight. The broken loves, of beauty and of nature, eventually clash in the battle with consequences for both the loser and winner, showing that the personal costs of war will continue far beyond the battleground.” [Wikipedia]
Namaste…consciousness, Jupiter, martyr, Neptune, philosophy, Pluto, redemption, religion, Sagittarius New Moon, savior, Truth, victim
This Taurus Full Moon reflects back to us on Earth the light of the Scorpio Sun, providing the opportunity to see not only that which was formerly hidden but also that which is obvious.
The Sun in Scorpio shines brightly this month until it moves forward on November 21 to highlight the sign of Sagittarius. What’s being illuminated now, however, is both Scorpio’s inherent need for transformation (this sign LIVES to die and be reborn!), and its polar opposite energy: Taurus.
Taurus is strong–it’s an energy that plods along but, like the bull, when he puts his shoulder to the wheel, ultimately, and patiently, he can move mountains. He is placid and peace-loving, preferring to sit under a shady tree and watch the world go by. In short, he prefers to make love, not war…
So, Scorpio—in its quest for transformation—must understand the need for patience. Rome, after all, wasn’t built in a day, as they say…
However, patience should not be tantamount to either the kind of obstinacy which abhors change to the point where it digs in its heels and resists at all costs, OR laziness–another less favorable potential Taurus trait.
Taurus is an archetypal energy that’s about values. Some of us may find under this Taurus Full Moon that what we value now pales in comparison with what we thought we valued before.
The most obvious example of this is whether it matters more that you have the latest, snazziest version of your make of car, or whether you’re living under a political system that promotes peace and harmony.
Taurus energy is about values, but Taurus energy can be lazy about both identifying and living its authentic values.
Our ego can trick us into thinking we know what we value, however our unconscious mind inherently intuits what the individual soul truly values. The juxtaposition between these two is what’s being highlighted now by the Taurus Full Moon.
For those ready to make progress and move toward greater consciousness about what their soul truly needs to be happy in this lifetime—and not just what their ego thinks it wants—this is a pivotal moment.
Scorpio is the master of the shadow. What is hidden deeply within the recesses of an individual’s psyche is a lot of crap. But buried below and amongst that crap, in places few and far between, are nuggets of pure gold and other precious metals.
This is the psychological metaphor of the underworld. These nuggets of gold are represented by the earthy, tangible, concrete form of Taurus Moon energy which, when translated, represent our true core values.
The highlighting of Scorpio’s shadow calls us all to dig down deeply now and pull out from under the muck, mire, and rubble, these values which define us and which we hold dear.
It is only these values that are worth fighting for–but it is these, on an individual basis—that cause us to rise as part a unified collective.
It is hard to keep a discussion of these lunar phases (or astrology in general) out of the realm of American politics right now, so I’m not even going to try.
The polarization between transformation–and the need to incorporate into that transformation what our souls’ truly value–is obvious when we look at the recent U.S. presidential election.
America’s values have been revealed with startling clarity on this Taurus Full Moon.
What’s very clear is that between the October 30 Scorpio New Moon and today’s Full Moon in Taurus, light has been shed upon the more hidden aspects of a population dissatisfied with the status quo.
This light has revealed deep pockets of resentment that went undetected by many for quite some time, and the existing deep divide between some who feel their values are being disrespected vs. others who’ve taken the things they truly value for granted.
There are those who believe our president-elect is going to save them. And there are those who believe he will shepherd us toward our ultimate demise.
Regardless of which side you fall on, one thing is very clear: the line has been drawn.
As the schism between the drawn lines begins to widen, it’s going to becomeless and less possible to hang out on the fringes and simply observe.
What will be the outcome?
I sure as heck don’t know. But of this I’m certain: becoming clear about our individual psyches’ values—the ones that help us determine what we stand for and where we draw our line—is our individual task now. Individual psyches form the collective unconscious, which in turn can give rise to larger than life shadow figures that we then project onto our mental screens as saviors or redeemers…
Therefore, it behooves each of us to begin, or continue, the excavation process because if we remain in the dark about what it is we truly value, our fears get the best of us, become projected, and manifest externally.
Keeping the light on under the Taurus Full Moon is necessary for those of us who want to live in future peace and harmony. Only when we integrate our individual shadows into our individual psyches do we lessen the possibility that the collective unconscious will manifest our worst fears…
Mercury in Sagittarius—the maker of laws, the teller of truth, and/or the liar and exaggerator–is squaring Neptune, which is conjunct the transiting South Node in Pisces, and the North Node in Virgo.
Often, modern astrologers attempt to put a positive “spin” on what might otherwise be deemed “negative” aspects. However, most of us modern-day psychological and evolutionary astrologers see neither positive nor negative. Instead, we view all planetary movements and their ensuing energies felt here on Earth as continuous wake up calls meant to spur us all toward becoming more conscious individuals.
Though I see and read all the time astrologers who scream about how Mercury square Neptune means that “one is a liar,” especially if that person is prominently in the public eye (for whatever reason), that is a narrow way of looking at this energy.
That said, however, it can denote that the truth is stretched. Mercury in Sag alone is an energy that can stretch the truth. It can be anything from an entertaining raconteur to a hardcore liar.
Neptune, the planet of illusion, confusion, and delusion, does provide an atmosphere under which people can be beguiled into believing what they want to believe, and not necessarily what is factually true.
Thrust into today’s political context (meaning the not-so-long-ago morning after the U.S. presidential election), we can view this current astrological energy through whichever lens we choose. And most of us will do just that.
So, the square of transiting Mercury (an energy less concerned with details than with the bigger picture) to Neptune (the great dissolver, and planet of illusion, confusion, and delusion) can denote the communication disconnect prevalent in the current political atmosphere.
Picture Neptune sitting on the South Node with his hands over his hears screaming “I can’t hear you!” and I’m sure you’ll get my point. De Nile is a river in Egypt, as they say where I come from…
Whether it’s about truth or outright lies–or about the perception that someone is only saying what one wants to hear or believe to be true–only time will tell…a discussion of what is fact and what is not is out of the realm of this particular post.
It is, however, at this Taurus Full Moon, shown to be an energy in play. The conversation about who’s fact is factest or factiest, or right or righter or rightest will doubtless be ongoing in these next few months and years going forward.
So, right now we are seeing where the rubber meets the road in terms of whether or not the promises made–that appear to reflect the values of the populace that voted this president-elect into office–are real or simply a mirage.
If a mirage, the values of those who did not vote him into office will slowlycause them to get up from their peace-filled pastures and trot their little hoofies onto our city’s streets in protest.
Nothing may move some faster than the discovery of outright lies or exaggerations designed to carry within them the ultimate goal of ramming one’s beliefs down another’s throat. Pronouncements about repealing (dissolving) existing laws and regulations and instituting newer, but vague, ones, may also spur many into action…
At the same time, however, Mercury’s square to the Nodes can illustrate others’ difficulty (or refusal) accepting such changes—especially those changes leading to the breakdown of existing structures and laws and the ensuing vacuum—and resulting fear–this is likely to create.
So, what’s being revealed here on this Taurus Full Moon is people’s true values. Whether those values do, in fact, reflect back to them by the person they chose to lead the U.S. through thick and thin, or whether that nominee bedazzled them with exaggerated statements and euphemistic promises, remains to be seen.
The proof is in the pudding—an apt metaphor for Taurus energy, which, if nothing else, likes to have its pudding and eat it to. If there turns out to be no pudding, we’ll have a lot of unhappy people, Taurus’s or otherwise…
Pallas Athena, the only female in the pantheon of Greek gods to be accorded the right to cast a vote as a member of the jury at the trial of Orestes—accused of matricide when he murdered his mother to avenge his father’s killing by her—is waxing into a square with this Taurus Full Moon.
Astrologer Demetra George credits Pallas Athena as ruling energies in alignment with social justice and political activism in her book “Asteroid Goddesses.”
This frictional confrontational square by an asteroid representative of looking at the situation with detachment, i.e., less emotion and more rationality, echoes our predicament in this present moment at this Taurus Full Moon.
Does one go with one’s heart or with one’s rational mind? Do we rely on a “just the facts m’am” methodology of deciding what’s right and fair for ourselves, or do we allow our heart to rule? Such is our present dilemma…
Revolution occurs when people are angry enough to take to the streets. For whatever reason, and there are many of them, people are angry right now. This post is a cautionary and explanatory piece designed to allow everyone to think for themselves about where they will draw their individual line in the sand.
The question for the rest of us becomes: Do we have to—do we want to—move our little tushies into the fray and stand up for what we believe in?
Also, Jupiter sextiles Saturn as it moves into a square with Pluto. The question is this: how easy will it be for a new king to take the power of the throne? Will Jupiter, the great benefic, king of the gods, initiator of good luck and good fortune (and the sign currently disposited by Mercury) get out his boxing gloves and begins to spar with the underworld god of transformation? Or will Jupiter find a way around the dark lord–or vice versa??
Mars quincunxes the Virgo North Node and semi-sextiles Neptune and the Pisces South Node, meaning there’s likely to be some flies in the ointment in terms of push back as we move forward collectively…
Many of us have been shocked into awareness over this past month. The last Aries Full Moon set the stage for such shock when the Aries Moon conjoined with Uranus (the planet of unexpected change) and Eris, the goddess of discord, and opposed the harmonious Libra Sun.
I wrote the following in my October 16 post:
“What we often don’t recognize is that our need for change originates internally and subconsciously but that we project this need out to others who actually take the actions that cause the desired change…
“Our conscious ego–with likes to deal only with that which it can see, hear, feel, and touch–may seek to protect our psyches at all costs from such an unwanted intrusion by the subconscious…and the greater our suppression of our soul’s need for change, the more shocking the change will be…
“The combination of all these energies at this Aries Full Moon may result in our having to take independent action of some kind, and that action is likely to manifest through voicing our own opinions and/or making clear our individuality, on some level at least.
In other words, sometimes on simply has to take a stand.”
What any good predictive astrologer knows (and I do not count myself among those who predict for a living) is that events are often caused by short term “triggers.”
The stage is set by the slower moving planets, and the faster ones trigger their energies into manifestation, be it in the collective or on a personal level, depending on at which chart you are looking…
The many astrologers who predicted a Clinton win—many of whom may not have separated their left leaning political views and/or their desire for a first female U.S. president out of the equation—clearly did not take into account several last minute unexpected shocks and shifts in direction, in my opinion.
Which isn’t to say that the few astrologers who did predict correctly were not similarly influenced by their own, more right leaning, political views. I haven’t seen any who wrote about this past Aries Full Moon energy tie it (at the time) to the likes of James Comey, head of the F.B.I, who’s sudden announcements eleven days before the election (and two days before the Scorpio New Moon) undoubtedly affected its ultimate outcome…
This Taurus Full Moon occurs against the backdrop of the slower, more evolutionary energies still evolving right now in the sky. It, theoretically, can also be a trigger, since it’s immediate energy is in effect for 48 hours or so past the exact opposition of the Sun and Moon in the sky, though sets longer the tone for the next 14 days of waning lunar energy…
The energies of the Uranus/Pluto square dance, ongoing since 2012, is still in play. These are energies that foretell, on one hand, revolution, and on the other suppression of revolutions.
Pluto is in Capricorn. This translates into an energy that predicts—between late 2008 and 2023–the death and rebirth of “business as usual.” Prior to that demise, however, which has not happened here yet in the U.S. (but may be happening now), anything related to a Saturn/Capricorn theme (business, stock market, upward mobility, financial prosperity, to name just a few) may be under Pluto’s microscope and destined for transformation.
Uranus is in Aries, and has been since 2010, fomenting revolution in many places around the world, starting with the notorious Arab spring uprising in the Middle East and extending to the U.S. today. It will remain in the sign of the god of war until the spring of 2018.
The Saturn/Neptune square—active for most of 2016 and still in effect, as well—echoes the Uranus/Pluto square dance. The latter is the back beat, if you will, or the scenic backdrop, while in the foreground throughout 2016 the Saturn/Neptune square took center stage.
Evident in those attempting to overthrow authoritarian structures—and in so much around us, not the least of which is the flight and drowning of so many refugees from the Syria and other part of the Middle East, and Africa—this energy lingers…
So, where does this leave us?
It leaves us with a cautionary note to check our egos at the door and not let the boundaries of our ego–which are necessary for us to make progress in this lifetime–overshadow or wall out our inner intuitive soul’s knowing…
The soul knows your true values, the ones that outlast republics and administrations, presidents and kings…
In tribute to Leonard Cohen, here’s his song Hallelujah which somehow seems fitting for the occasion:
Well, your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew ya…
She tied to you her kitchen chair
And she broke your throne and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah…
And I’ve seen you flag on the marble arch
And love is not a victory march
It’s a cold and broken Hallelujah…
Maybe there’s a God above
But all I’ve ever learned from love
Was how to shoot somebody who outdrew ya
And it’s not a cry that you hear at night
It’s not somebody who’s seen the light
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah…
Namaste…archetype, consciousness, Nodes, Scorpio, shadow, Sun, Taurus full moon, transformation, Values
On this Scorpio New Moon, when the Moon meets up with the Sun in the sign of the scorpion (who’s sting can transform us from one dimension to another, i.e., through the transformative cycle of death and rebirth), the time is ripe for evolution…
What kind of evolution?
Well, evolution implies the need for change, and when it comes to Scorpio energy, it’s about empowerment and/or dis-empowerment.
Whichever way you roll, it’s got the word power in it, lol…
Ergo, the question becomes: will change help move us toward true personal empowerment, or will resistance keep us hidden back in the shadows attempting to pull the puppet strings from afar, thereby controlling situations without honestly confronting them?
The Scorpio archetype revolves around the concept of wholeness and regeneration, which is why one of the key words for this sign is transformation.
The universe is made up of energy, and energy needs to constantly flow as that’s its nature. When we refuse to move toward change, we deny a law of nature. And that usually comes at a price far higher than most of us are willing to acknowledge, never mind admit…
WILLING TO MARCH INTO HELL FOR A HEAVENLY CAUSE?
Scorpio also carries a psychic signature. Pluto–after whom the sign’s modern ruling planet is named—is the Greek god of Hades, the underworld.
Able to imperceptibly cross the divide between the earthly plane of humans and Hades, known as the land of “shades” to the ancient Greeks, Pluto represents the realm of souls who’ve “crossed over” from one dimension to another after the soul leaves the body at death.
It’s this “crossing of the divide” that most interests a psychological/archetypal/evolutionary astrologer like me…
Renowned psychological astrologer Liz Greene has written and lectured about how the planet Pluto, the modern ruler of the sign Scorpio, attempts to annihilate anything it touches.
Her point? That the Scorpio archetype is part of the alchemical process of change, or the normal (and necessary) course of evolution (including transformation through the cycles of death and rebirth) inherent in all life forms…
Unlike Scorpio’s traditional ruler, the planet Mars, Pluto is less interested in fighting (be it for a just cause or simply because one has a chip on one’s shoulder!) than he is in evolving.
“Fighting for territory, fighting to win, fighting for a mate, fighting to procreate, fighting for leadership of the pack–these are all Mars functions,” writes Greene in “The Mars Quartet.”
“Pluto is concerned with the overall evolution and survival of life, but survival does not necessarily involve fighting, and evolution may require adaptation…”
The risk behind not adapting is extinction, Greene adds.
If and when forced to fight, Pluto’s battle cry sounds like this: Change or be changed! You can go easy or you can go hard, but either way you’re goin’…how you go is your choice…
SOMETIMES THE SHADOW WINS
Scorpio energy likes to dig deeply into the seamy side of life. Of all the signs, Scorpio is most indicative of our “shadow side.” That’s because everyone’s shadow lies buried deep within and only by dragging it out into the light can it be seen in its proper perspective.
If we’re brave enough and don’t falter–though we may at times tremble with fear–we allow ourselves to travel beyond our ego’s borders into the misty twilit swamps of our unconscious mind…
What we discover there could change us irrevocably…
It’s never easy to try to learn what we don’t know, but only by digging deeply—asking questions, being persistent, not taking no for an answer—can we begin to make progress.
Only by bravely standing at the ready to hear, see, feel, taste, touch, and ACCEPT–regardless of final outcome–can we begin to integrate the unconscious into consciousness and thereby become truly WHOLE…
Thus, this Scorpio New Moon is about embracing the shadow rather than obliterating it…
HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL…
So what’s it gonna be for you on this Scorpio New Moon?
We receive a potential boost from this Scorpio New Moon–which falls at 7 degrees, 43 minutes–because it conjuncts Mercury, trines transiting Neptune and the South Node in Pisces, and sextiles the Virgo North Node.
A trine is a 120-degree angle–known as a “soft aspect”—that allows circumstances or people to move forward easily. Of course, there’s no guarantee that “forward” is “good,” as such easy momentum can also result in situations or people moving TOO fast…
This trine to Neptune/South Node can go one of two ways: you may find moving out of the Neptune/Pisces South Node energy of escapist or addictive behavior, and/or victim or martyr tendencies, comes easily to you now.
Or, you might let the ease of this transiting aspect suck you back into the oblivion of an insulated, passive, somebody-else-has-to-take-care-if-it-and/or-me attitude of yesteryear…
My money’s on the former, mostly because this Scorpio New Moon also sextiles the Virgo North Node. Sextiles are 60-degree angles that represent opportunities, as long as we are smart and swift enough to recognize and act on them.
Now is the time to seize the day and move away from any Neptune-induced fog into which we may have become immersed (especially with the recent Saturn square Neptune energy of this past year still in evidence) and toward the clarity of Virgoan discernment.
Virgo sweats the details. Pisces does not. Need I say more?
Recognizing one has a choice is the first step in the battle toward bringing the unconscious into consciousness. And integrating the dark into the light allows us to better achieve our karmic mission in this lifetime…
Helping us to think (and dig) more clearly and deeply into our situation–and how we might profitably plumb the depths of our psyches to excavate and extricate our true inner wisdom–is the Scorpio New Moon’s conjunction with Mercury.
Powerfully deep is Mercury in Scorpio—with heart (Moon), ego (Sun), and mind (Mercury) in alignment there are no depths to which we cannot (or will not) dive!
The potential result?
The planting now of seeds of self-empowerment which ultimately produce perennial and evergreen buds that bloom into a beautiful garden. In turn, we’re likely to reap the benefits of increased self-confidence and gain the type of empowerment borne out of self-knowledge and greater understanding.
Such enlightenment not only increases our ability to recognize, but to speak, our truth and to stand up and be counted…
HEAVEN HELP US ALL
Helping us to “sweat the details” also is a Venus/Saturn meet up during this 48-hour dark of the moon period.
Venus is about values; Saturn about maturation, among other things. When the two cross paths in the sky like this, we can also go one of two ways but always we’re asked either to make a commitment or to give something up.
If the latter, we should rest assured that whatever we give up is no longer instrumental to our future growth. It’s not always easy, and sometimes may cause pain, but it’s always about moving forward free and clear of obligations that will serve no future purpose other than to weigh us down and impede our karmic progress in the end…
This Venus/Saturn pair up also square Neptune and the Nodes (karmic indicators), strengthening the notion that whatever commitment you’re asked to make–or challenge you face now about letting someone or something go–has longer term implications for you.
If you’ve experienced anything sudden and/or unexpected in the past few days, it’s likely the effect of Mars having squared Uranus on October 28. When these two planets connect via a hard angle (as the square is known) this “something sudden” may prove problematic in some way…
The challenge, as always, is to face it squarely and recognize the need for change. Occurring so close to this Scorpio New Moon, can you see the redundancy of the theme of CHANGE?
Finally, Jupiter is approaching an exact square to Pluto on November 20. As he does so, the energy is waxing, or getting stronger.
Jupiter, the king of gods—the great benefic who often brings good luck and good fortune, and about whom the worst that can be said is that he brings TOO MUCH of something—is getting ready to confront the god of transformation.
I interpret Jupiter as THE planet of higher consciousness. His square to Pluto indicates—again following this Scorpio New Moon’s theme of TRANSFORMATION—that taking the higher road toward transforming darkness into light in the form of self-knowledge may not be easily achieved, but is one way we can proactively choose to go…
Harking back to the Venus/Saturn square to the karmic Nodes, Jupiter’s square to Pluto is also about conquering any resulting difficulty we may have believing in ourselves. Whatever commitments we make, whatever we’re forced to give up, trusting it’s all for our highest and best good–regardless of any opposition (internal or external!)–is called for now…
Continuing to have faith that whatever decision we make will mature us and stand us in good stead down the road is one not-so-small step forward in our karmic evolution …
Here’s the song Heaven Help Us All, performed by Ray Charles, reminding us all to keep the faith:
“Heaven help the boy who never had a home,
Heaven help the girl who walks the street alone
Heaven help the roses if the bombs begin to fall,
Heaven help us all.
Heaven help the black man if he struggles one more day,
Heaven help the white man if he turns his back away,
Heaven help the man who kicks the man who has to crawl,
Heaven help us all.
Heaven help the boy who won’t reach twenty-one,
Heaven help the man who gave that boy a gun.
Heaven help the people with their backs against the wall,
Lord, Heaven help us all.”
Watch & listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2jPRvtnnZc
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Full Moons are times of release, and this Aries Full Moon is no exception. A Full Moon occurs when the faster moving Moon opposes the Sun in the sky by 180 degrees, and reflects back to the Sun its own light and its current sign’s polar opposite archetypal energy.
In short, Full Moons can help us become conscious, or to see, the hidden unconscious shadow side of the Sun’s more ego-oriented energy. Full Moons not only grant us this opportunity every month, but also remind us there is a full archetypal range of energies inherent in these polarities that we may express however we choose.
Likewise, all Full Moons highlight a pair of archetypal polar energies joined together through opposition, in order to give us the chance to release that which no longer serves our highest and best good.
Oppositions always represent relationship in astrology, and this theme is deepened on this Aries Full Moon because Libra is the archetypal sign of partnership, while Aries represents freedom of choice, the exercising of one’s personal will, and independence.
THE LIBRAN LABYRINTH
A metaphorical Libran labyrinth may present itself when we compromise too much for the sake of peace within partnership and/or remain paralyzed by indecision.
In turn, this may cause unhappiness in the long run—an inkling of which is glimpsed through the kind of passive/aggressive behavior where we smile through gritted teeth and answer questions by saying “No, I’m fine. Really, I’m FINE.”
This Libran tendency to avoid conflict at all costs, often coupled with an exasperating indecisiveness, can be only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the dilemma we may all experience right now vis-à-vis decision making…
We’re called by this Aries Full Moon to recognize that there’s another side to Libran energy which can, in turn, guide us out of any Libran labyrinths into which we may have wandered…
YOUR OWN PERSONAL TROJAN WAR
This Aries Full Moon conjoins with Uranus, the planet of unexpected change, and Eris, the dwarf planet named for the goddess of discord. Eris is the goddess who turns up uninvited at the banquet of the gods and disrupts the jovial gathering out of spite and jealousy for having been left off the guest list.
While Uranus energy is unpredictable and often shocking, Eris manifests as an energy that instigates. In Greek mythology, it’s Eris who tosses a golden apple down the banquet table marked “for the fairest of them all,” an action that ultimately provides the spark for the Trojan War.
As this potentially explosive pair meet up with the Aries Moon and oppose the peace loving Libra Sun, it’s hardly likely to produce an outcome—whatever that may be—that’s devoid of change of some kind.
The energy of Uranus is always about forcing us to break out of any complacent rut we may be in, and to shake ourselves loose of any ingrained patterns that have made us just a tad too secure, a.k.a., stuck
Combined with Eris, however, we have an energy that’s unlikely to be pleasant. So, since the Aries Full Moon highlights the themes of partnership vs. independence, the Uranus/Eris duo may well be trying to tell us it’s seriously time for something to change, and that this change may not at first be at all welcome.
The common assumption amongst psychological astrologers is that change comes when life has become too stagnant. Uranus—often likened to the Greek figure Prometheus, known as the “great awakener”—exists to remind us that the only constant is change and that to remain the same always is to defy universal energetic law.
In combination with this Aries Full Moon energy, we find transiting Mars moving to meet up in the sky with Pluto, while Mercury squares them both. Like Uranus/Eris next to the Aries Moon and opposite the Libra Sun, a Mars/Pluto combo can be quite explosive.
Tensions are bound to exist between ourselves and others that may result in harsh words or a kind of obsessive intransigence in terms of our thoughts and ideas.
Since Full Moons provide the opportunity for release, this one may shock us into discovering how our own ideology may mirror back to us through the opposite opinions of others who smash us in the face (metaphorically) with an opposite but just as ideological way of thinking.
Uranus/Eris opposite the Sun can manifest outside ourselves through the actions of others in sudden unpredictable events. In the end, this amounts to nothing more than projected unconscious inner energy.
When the soul is crying out for change, but the conscious ego is unaware of the soul’s true desires and attempts to cling to the status quo, change will nonetheless ultimately come.
What we often don’t recognize is that our need for change originates internally and subconsciously but that we project this need out to others who actually take the actions that cause the desired change.
Operating on an unconscious level the Mercury square to Mars/Pluto may well create further resistance to the kind of change our soul truly desires. Our conscious ego—which likes to deal only with that which it can see, hear, feel, and touch–may seek to protect our psyches at all costs from such an unwanted intrusion by the subconscious…
And the greater our suppression of our soul’s need for change, the more shocking the change will be…
MY SIGN IS NO!
The combination of all of these energies at this Aries Full Moon may result in our having to take independent action of some kind, and that action is likely to manifest through voicing our own opinions and/or making clear our individuality, on some level at least.
In other words, sometimes one simply has to take a stand.
When you boil it all down, the classic Libra indecisiveness stems from fear. Fear that by making a decision we will have made the wrong choice. Fear that we aren’t whole and always need a “better half” to complete us–whether that other half be comprised of a significant other, family member, child, friend, colleague, boss, etc.
As the Libra Sun’s light is cast in stark relief upon this Aries Full Moon, it reminds us all that taking independent action doesn’t have to come at the cost of losing the love or support of others.
Rather, it implies that–by exercising our independence—we become free…
A LITTLE BIT OF POLITICS
This energy is nowhere more apparent than the dilemma many Americans face in the upcoming November 8 U.S. presidential election.
Astrologers are all over the internet with their predictions. I am not going to predict how the race will end, I’m only going to point out how this Aries Full Moon is throwing yet another high speed curve ball at us.
We are called to remember: “As above, so below, as within, so without, as the universe, so the soul.” Events on the world stage are reflections of the collective unconscious. You can’t have a collective unconscious without having individual psyches involved.
This is an argument for every vote counts and everyone can make a difference.
Though there may be many who disagree with me–and I respect everyone’s right to agree to disagree peacefully and without vitriol–I also believe with all my heart that this Aries Full Moon is sending us all a message which revolves around not clinging to “don’t make waves” energy that often becomes the embodiment of the Libra archetype.
High side Libra energy actually illustrates for us the true meaning of discourse and debate, an art sadly lost amongst our current day politicians and many members of the media and which respects the right of ALL of us to both speak and choose freely.
This Aries Full Moon says: “don’t forget to take the action of weighing your choices side by side, in a pro and con objective way, regardless of any potential shocks or conspiracy theories, and devoid of fear.
It reminds us, too, that we all have the right to hold fast to our intention to move forward independently toward peace, harmony, and love for all of our brothers and sisters regardless of color, religion, race, gender, etc.
Here’s a little reminder from Meghan Trainor’s song/video No! that it’s ok to do your own thing without always being in partnership…Aries Full Moon, astrology, conscious, Eris, labyrinth, Libra, partnership, projection, shadow side, Trojan War, unconcsious, Uranus
Ah, Libra—the sign of balance, equality, harmony, and loving partnerships!
As the Moon meets the Sun at 8 degrees Libra, this Libra New Moon bestows upon us all an excellent opportunity to do some work around the theme of relationships!
Libra is known to be a sign that has great difficulty making decisions. That’s because those who carry a good deal of Libra archetypal energy have a knack for seeing both sides of a situation.
Ergo, they are capable of understanding, sympathizing, and potentially empathizing with those who express two different sides of an argument. This can make it difficult for one who carries Libra energy to choose.
I VS. THOU
In addition, Libra energy is known as one that does not feel whole without a partner. Thus the sign’s tendency—because it is about balance, fairness, and peace—is to compromise, sometimes too much, for the sake of their partnerships.
On the flip side, however, positive Libra energy revolves around creativity, compromise, and negotiation. Many who carry Libra energy make excellent negotiators, diplomats, peacemakers, artists, etc., precisely because they can see so clearly opposite sides of the same dilemma and sense the opportunity for peace in the middle.
This Libra New Moon–which brings together the Moon and the Sun in the sky (as do all New Moons)—carries with the potential for an alignment of the heart and mind. This metaphysically portends that an ultimately successful “make love, not war” philosophy is possible.
LIBRA NEW MOON & JUPITER IN LIBRA: WHOLE LOTTA LIBRA
All roads may seem to lead to partnership this year, and the fact is that we are entering a whole new era of relationships.
However, this news isn’t necessarily all sweetness and light, as this Libra New Moon might otherwise seem to indicate. Rather, combined with Jupiter’s journey through the sign of Libra until October 12, 2017, the message is that we must watch out for Libra’s potential pitfalls.
“Relationships are only as good as any individual continues to grow in ever-evolving independence and inter-dependence,” according to Kim Marie Weimer of the Evolutionary Astrology Network, in a recent lecture on the topic of Jupiter in Libra.
While we all have before us the potential “to achieve new equalities—racial, gender, economic, religious, and the balancing of self vs. other(s),” we also must watch for the distortions in our partnerships, which may include “selfishness, extremes, war, patriarchal grabs, and violence,” Weimer explains.
Crucial to the message of this Libra New Moon is how self-reliance and honesty with oneself promote our ability to relate to others as equals and to forge alliances free from power struggles, disillusionment, and confusion. Weimer suggests that Jupiter in Libra will help us instead to recognize “we are all in it together, honoring self-needs [as] equal to another’s needs.”
LIBRA NEW MOON HEART/MIND ALIGNMENT OPPORTUNITY
The Libra New Moon’s separation from Jupiter bestows a kiss of luck upon the new couple, who not only receive this anointment from the great benefic Jupiter, but a boost from their approaching sextile to Saturn as well…
This sextile to Saturn is what presents us with our opportunity, as a sextile is always an aspect that can increase our ability to seize the day–as long as we’re cognizant that this is so.
Saturn is always about maturation, and maturity often comes only at the expense of hard work. Whether that work entails learning from one’s mistakes en route to following a pathway toward success, or simply putting one’s shoulder to the wheel and pushing it uphill, there is always exertion involved.
The Libra New Moon’s sextile to Saturn portends an easier route, or flow if you will, toward that maturation. In other words, you have the wind behind your sails as you attempt to bring your heart and mind into alignment vis-à-vis the subject of your relationships.
The biggest fly in the ointment becomes the Libra New Moon’s square to Mars, along with the red planet’s square to Jupiter as well…a little self-discipline wouldn’t hurt, as Venus-ruled Libra New Moon might otherwise be prone to a bit of excess born of frustration with any particular partnership.
Seeing red might bring about a confrontation with another that’s long overdue, but anger for the sake of itself will not solve any long term problems. Be mindful that it pays to look at where you’ve been compromising too much for the sake of partnership and of blaming another for letting the issue(s) go on for too long…
This Libra New Moon ask us to get creative in finding the kind of middle ground that won’t leave us frustrated and angry in the long-term…
LIBRA NEW MOON OPPORTUNITY: FALL IN LOVE—WITH YOURSELF!
Those of us who dream of soul mates and miraculous partnerships made in heaven, it’s usually good to remember that all relationships represent parts of ourselves that we attract to ourselves in the form of another.
These are the bits and pieces of our personalities about which we are unconscious–and one of the best roads toward consciousness is when we can see ourselves through the eyes of another.
To be made more fully aware of who we really are is the true gift of any partnership—be it a relationship with a significant other, our family members, friends, colleagues, or higher up authority figures.
So this Libra New Moon reminds us that it’s time to start anew and plant a seed of loving oneself first before one can truly love another. It also reminds us that every relationship has a lesson for us because it teaches us more about ourselves.
The issue of whether or not relationships are meant to last is often a moot point disregarded by those hell bent on finding their true soul mate.
This Libra New Moon’s quincunx to Neptune and the South Node in Pisces indicates that although relationships are important, adjustments must be made to bring your attention back down to earth and to the most impactful relationship you can possibly have: the one with yourself!
THIS is the partnership that needs the most attention, because cultivating self-love first allows you to see this love reflected back to you in the eyes (and behavior!) of another.
In turn, this kind of loving partnership with another brings you the opportunity to continually learn about yourself, grow in consciousness, and love yourself even more…
Here’s a fun video to help remind you to keep the focus on YOU within relationship when you might otherwise distort your view of a partnership and blame (or love!) only the other…remember it’s possible to start evaluating your relationship with yourself FIRST and then move onward and outward to others:
Hailee Steinfeld’s I Love Myself!
Namaste…artists, Jupiter, Libra, Libra New Moon, Mars, moon, peacemakers, relationship, Saturn, Sun
This Pisces Full Moon Lunar Eclipse at 24 degrees 19 minutes Pisces—which falls under the same series of eclipses as the recent September 1 Virgo New Moon Solar Eclipse—serves to reiterate the same message and present us with the same opportunity.
And what’s that?
To tackle the truth via viewing situations and people as they really are rather than as we want them to be…
So how are they really?
The Pisces Full Moon Lunar Eclipse opposing the Sun in Virgo, provides us the chance to see clearly the shadow side of Virgo archetypal energy.
It’s now that we might we catch a glimpse of how releasing negative perfectionist energy can inspire us to toward greater self-love and self-compassion in order that we may extend such love—ultimately–into the realm of the collective unconscious.
Because Virgo energy can be tough on itself—a judgmental critic of nitpicky proportions who may take us to task for an un-dotted “i” or an uncrossed “t.”
Such a slave to detail might be surprised to find—once she looks up from her critical evaluation of whatever’s in her sights—that life might be a lot easier and far more pleasant if she gave up such hyper-critical behavior.
Now I’m not saying that Virgo energy is bad—not at all! It’s those who carry Virgo archetypal energy who deserve to get paid for minding details. After all, where would we be without the writers, editors, graphic designers, architects, carpenters, and accountants—to mention only a few–who help make life easier for the rest of us because they sweat the details…
Rather, I’m talking about the kind of hyper-critical nature that’s rewarded (sadly) only with negative feelings that run the gamut from lack of self-acceptance all the way to self-hatred.
THE SOULFUL PATH
This Pisces Moon is conjunct wounded healer Chiron, asking that we release any negative emotions around our inability to love ourselves before we go and give away what little love we have to others and deplete our own well even further…
Chiron conjunct the Pisces Moon reminds us that self-compassion and empathy are necessary for us to find our way out of our self-critical cage without destroying our self-esteem totally before we allow ourselves to exit…
As if that isn’t enough, this configuration opposite the Virgo Sun highlights where we may choose to play the victim or martyr role in any relationship or circumstance as we attempt to live up to our own idea of perfection. In this way, perfectionism becomes a kind of negative escapism from the possibility of drowning in a Piscean sea of chaos.
On a positive note, we’re provided the chance here to recognize that there’s hope for us after all…hope that, though many of us may be stuck in our “feeling less than” rut, we can undoubtedly still move forward to accomplish our dreams.
The first order of business is to move the myopic focus off of ourselves in order to reduce that hyper-vigilant detail-oriented introspective self-critique, and to think about shifting it outward into the wider world where—instead of hindering us–we may be rewarded.
Giving us the push to do so is Mars, which squares both luminaries and Chiron, and is trine to Uranus at the Pisces Full Moon Lunar Eclipse. In addition, the Pisces Moon/Chiron semi-sextiles Uranus, as the Virgo Sun quincunxes this planet of sudden, unexpected change.
So, while we are intent upon releasing our need to further devolve into the ever-elusive concept of a “perfect” individual, this may invoke some anger. Kind of like “you mean I’ve been trying to be perfect all this time and now I find out there is no such thing?!”
Or, the Mars square may manifest through irritation or anger that comes from the outside—more like what happens when another or others don’t like it if you refuse to “save” or sacrifice for them…
Of course, if one favors the victim mentality inherent in Pisces’ archetypal range of energies, you may feel put upon by others who decide they no longer want to save you!
Either way, the Mars square can be just the kick in the pants we need to get moving in the right direction. So, if you let it rip in some manner as Mars squares this Pisces Full Moon Lunar Eclipse and Chiron, know that you might find smooth sailing, as the Mars trine to Uranus is like having the wind at your back—when you’re ice skating!
You might as well go with that flow because resistance is probably futile anyway, even if the Pisces Full Moon’s quincunx/sextile to Uranus causes a bit of pebble-in-your-shoe type discomfort…
BACK TO REALITY
Is the reality that we must be perfect in order to have earned the right to not only survive, but to thrive and live happily ever after?
Or is the reality that we benefit from our mistakes because as we learn we grow, and when we grow we become capable of functioning as inspirational individuals within the collective?
Full Moons are times of release. With a Pisces Full Moon, we are asked to let go of all that does not serve of a Virgoan nature, to reach out and embrace a higher spirituality, and to widen out our lens from myopic concentration on minutiae to see the bigger holistic picture…
Don’t forget that Mercury’s still retrograde until September 22 and that Saturn’s still square Neptune and the transiting Nodes—it ain’t over ‘til it’s over, as they say. There’s still plenty of opportunity to rethink, review, revise, re-imagine, and reincorporate into our psyches the notion that peace begins within…
Every “I’m not good enough because…” thought can be countered by the light shining upon it through this Pisces Full Moon. Pisces can be the sign of the dreamer, or one who believes in a world of blissful interconnectedness—no hate, no war, no divisions between humans, no cruelty—where there is only one unified notion: We are all one…
Let this full moon illuminate for us all the bigger picture—that no wo/man is an island, and that everyone’s imperfections are precisely what makes them perfect!
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This Virgo New Moon occurs at 9 degrees 21 minutes in the sign of health, service, and daily routine. Virgo is the sign of discernment, or of seeking out details for the purpose of clarity of understanding.
New Moons are always about new beginnings; they are a time of seed planting in the hope that whatever has been planted will grow to full fruition within the next six months, or by the next Virgo Full Moon.
This particular Virgo New Moon takes on greater importance because it’s also the degree of a Solar Eclipse. Eclipses often act as jump starts–or sudden shocks or revelations that may change our course and set us off in a new direction.
According to Bernadette Brady, who writes about this particular eclipse series in her book “Predictive Astrology, The Eagle and the Lark,” this solar eclipse provides us all the opportunity to come down to earth and be more realistic.
“The individual will become aware of an old situation, and see it for what is rather than what he or she thought it was,” Brady explains. “This can be a constructive time for tackling the truth.”
Brady’s point becomes clear when we realize that the catch to this Virgo New Moon/Solar Eclipse is that it squares Saturn and opposes Neptune, which is situated very close to the South Node in the sky.
Seizing the opportunity to view an old situation “for what it is rather than what” we thought it to be would seem to be the tailor-made remedy for moving away from any negative Pisces South Node conjunct Neptune energy!
Archetypes are neither good nor bad. They may be deemed positive or negative, but in general it’s best to keep judgment out of it. However, this astrologer believes that both planets and the zodiacal signs they rule are comprised of archetypal energies, which present to us a wide range of potential manifestations–of both the positive and negative kind–within our lives.
The highest form of Pisces energy is artistic creative expression and spirituality. But all too often, this archetypal energy can confuse the real for the ideal and get lost in a hall of mirrors that distort reality.
For this reason, low side or negative energy around the planet Neptune and the sign of Pisces can represent lack of clarity and wishful thinking—or seeing people or circumstances through rose-colored glasses. In other words, seeing only what one wants to see, or generally being prone to illusion, confusion, and/or delusion!
When we travel from the South Node toward the North Node, we are to bring forward with us the positive attributes of that node’s archetype, and jettison any of the negative energies that no longer serve our highest and best good.
The current transiting Pisces South Node represents our collective comfort zone, that familiar place or energy to which we may cling or be drawn back toward again and again because—whether it’s positive or not—it’s what we know. It’s made up of our “been there, done that” experiences.
The North Node represents new territory and, as such, is often uncertain, unclear, and scary to us. It takes courage and daring to pioneer our way toward it because moving in this direction tends to make us feel uncomfortable.
The North Node is a road sign, if you will, that proclaims “the right direction!” It’s a clear signal that staying stuck in negative Pisces/Neptune South Node-oriented collective unconscious energy prone to idealization and the all-too-often resulting disillusionment is unwise…
That’s because, once disappointed or disillusioned, Neptune/Pisces archetypal energy can yearn to escape from a world it perceives as harsh, cold, and unfeeling.
Thus, often we run the risk of such disappointment or disillusionment creating addictive behavior as the siren’s call here is toward the type of escapism that may manifest as the loss of ourselves into something less than healthy, i.e., alcohol, drugs, food, depression, sleep, sex, etc.
However, take heart—there’s hope!
The alignment of the Virgo New Moon/Solar Eclipse with the transiting Virgo North Node of the Moon provides us with just the extra added push we may need to propel us forward and away from negative Pisces energy…think Olympian Michael Phelps pushing off the side of the pool and rocketing toward the other side ahead of the pack, and you’ll get what I mean…
However, moving toward the Virgo North Node, where this Virgo NewMoon/Solar Eclipse energy is helping direct us to go, requires letting go of fantasies that no longer have (or never had) a basis in reality.
Instead, we are called to outline new detailed plans that make greater logical sense. In doing so we may avoid the negative pull of the Pisces South Node/Neptune to stay entrenched in behavior that no longer serves us.
And what’s at the Virgo North Node?
With the Sun right now in Virgo, this Virgo New Moon/Solar Eclipse calls us to place emphasis on clarity, but not on the shadow side of Virgo energy, which is the ever-elusive search for perfection.
As this Virgo New Moon’s opposition to Neptune calls us to try to stay grounded and to remember NOT to chase rainbows or to fall into victim/martyr mode, it asks us also to strive for clarity rather than seek perfection.
“All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.”
~ Galileo Galilei
The archetypal energies inherent in the Pisces/Virgo axis indicate that we are to take that empathic Piscean/Neptunian energy that allows us to merge into not only our personal unconscious but the collective unconscious, and to move it forward first via self care and compassion.
That right–it’s time to put our own oxygen masks on first before we go out and try save the rest of the world.
As we set our New Moon intentions, let’s think about the ways in the which we might better fortify our temple, our body, and how structuring our physical environment can create better harmony physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
This Virgo New Moon says: your body is your temple. Treat it with respect and love. Institute healthy (or healthier) daily rituals and, if you have any hope of being of your temple first.
THIS is from where the hearth fire burns. This to where the prodigal son always finds his way home. If the structure isn’t sound, the temple will collapse.
This means leaving behind any victim “life is too hard and everybody’s against me!” thoughts and behavior, and propelling forward the knowledge that we are our own best guides in this lifetime if only we listen to our higher selves.
What may stop us in our tracks, however, aside from the pull back toward the Pisces South Node, are the Virgo New Moon’s square to Saturn, and the fact that Mercury is currently retrograde.
Right now Mercury’s retrograde has him backtracking to Jupiter, an auspicious sign, until September 4.
When the ancients looked up at the sky and saw a conjunction like this, they assumed Mercury, the messenger, had important news for Jupiter, the king of the gods.
What’s the message?
Well, we may all interpret it differently, depending, but I’d say he’s probably warning of Saturn ahead and Neptune across the way, both of which may be throwing up roadblocks as we speak.
The enemy has captured the bridge, and the tide is rising. In order to get across, we must reassess the situation, reevaluate our weaponry, and rethink our strategy, especially as the Virgo New Moon energy will give way to the final exact square of Neptune to Mercury on September 10 (more on this anon…)
My best guess is that Mercury’s telling Jupiter to hang in there and weather the obstacles by outwitting them…Mercury equals communication, and since we have Jupiter moving into Libra on September 9, perhaps it’s about a negotiated truce or settlement designed to bring our hearts and minds into better alignment.
In any case, we have until September 22, when Mercury stations direct again, to figure out what needs our review and to get down to tackling it…and it will be October 10 when Mercury (out of its shadow by October 6) will meet up once again to confer with Jupiter…
The square to Saturn can bring forth insecurity of the “I don’t know if I can do
it,”and the “yeah, but…” kind of rationalized excuse-making.
In other words, it’s hard to push through that energy when we’re feeling like there are too many obstacles in the way of moving forward toward Virgo North Node energy.
Instead of excuses, rationalizations, and defensive reactions, this Virgo New Moon’s square to Saturn asks us to ask ourselves: “who’s in charge—my heart or my mind?”
Virgo can be a particularly cerebral sign because it pays so much attention to the details. The danger is getting lost in minutiae and not seeing the forest from the trees.
All New Moons indicate the opportunity to bring one’s heart and mind into better alignment. So when Saturn throws us a curve ball, the universe is clearly asking us to check in, go deep, and figure out where our blockages lie…
To sum up, here’s some general Saturnine advice about how to best internalize and personalize these energies:
Here’s a little reminder from to keep the faith from Los Lonely Boys How Far Is Heaven?
“Save me from this prison
Lord, help me get away
‘Cause only you can save me now
from this misery…
I’ve been lost in my own place
and I’m getting’ weary
How far is heaven?
And I know that I need to change
my ways of livin’
How far is heaven?
Lord, can you tell me?”
“Cause I know there’s a better place
than this place I’m livin’
And I just got to have some faith
And just keep on givin’…”
The Aquarius Full Moon–when the Aquarius Moon opposes the Leo Sun in the sky– reminds us to work on integrating the shadow side of Leo archetypal energy.
What does that mean?
Well, if Leo is about being in the moment, creating with the reckless abandon of an innocent child, intuiting our own divinity through our creative self-expression, what would be its shadow side?
The downside of Leo energy can be excessive pride. It’s a fire sign which, like Jupiter’s Sagittarius, has connotations with what Greek tragedians define as “hubris” or the tragic hero’s greatest flaw: arrogance.
It stands to reason that such blazing “it’s all about me, you know!” energy—although it’s well and good for us to be proud of ourselves and our accomplishments in a healthy way—can turn out to be the downfall of many when taken to an extreme…
Logic says that if the Leo archetype’s sometimes myopic viewpoint is that of caring only for or about oneself, then its Aquarius polar opposite energy would represent being part of a group.
For some of us, being part of a group is a natural, easy thing. For others, it’s tremendously difficult, for a varied number of reasons. And for even more of us, it might go back and forth, sort of a love/hate kinda thing…
This Aquarius Full Moon asks us to identify where our own specialness ends, and the group begins. Being proud of a group, or groups, to which we belong is also terrific. However, we must be aware that bringing our uniqueness to a group—and then identifying with that group–lends itself to our having a certain pride in that group.
This, again, is fine, but we must be careful not to use these groups as factions to pit against each other when the going gets tough…
In today’s world, one need only glance at a newspaper, listen to talk radio, peruse Facebook, or simply tune into the speech of a current political candidate to hear it: protectionism, xenophobia, and general “my group is better than your group” rhetoric.
While often nationalism is chalked up astrologically to Cancer archetypal energy (the family, clan, tribe, community, etc.), and disputes between rival factions—or the “I/Thou” or “I/We” or “Us vs. Them” Aries/Libra relationship axis–nonetheless I pose the following question:
Might not the concept of being either the “special one” or the “special group” belong also with the astrological energy of the Leo/Aquarius axis?
In other words, once you get to the point of identifying yourself with a particular group, isn’t there always going to be an “us vs. them” mentality in the air, even if it’s less overt than outright xenophobia, nationalism, or other kind of favoritism?
Aquarius energy believes in sacrificing the few for the many in the hopes that this will make life better for all. But when this energy is misused it can translate into group-think of the mindset that we need a savior or–special anointed person–to save us all…
Now, clearly, we’re getting into other archetypes, and it’s easy to see how astrology is never really purely about one archetype or another, but a mixture of many. And the art of putting it all together, or synthesis, is the talent proclaimed by many astrologers.
But we are looking here now at this Aquarius Full Moon and the universe is asking us to identify not only where our own specialness ends, but where the uniqueness of one particular group ends as well.
A shift into thinking about what’s best for the whole, rather than its parts, becomes paramount. It may, in fact, be time for many of us to shift from thinking “what’s in it for me?” or “what’s in it for my group?” to “what’s in it for the rest of wo/mankind?”
Aquarius energy morphs into Pisces energy on the zodiacal wheel, and it’s easy to see why. Once we work for the betterment of wo/mankind, we’re able to tap into the unconscious collective and to actually implement unity on a more conscious level.
At this Aquarius Full Moon, the Moon sextiles Uranus (the modern ruler of Aquarius), while the Sun trines it. The opportunity exists for us all to use freedom of expression of our true selves—both as individuals and as members of groups–to help further the cause of our fellow human beings.
At the same time, the Moon quincunxes Jupiter, the king of the gods, as the Sun semi-sextiles the same planet. As brilliant ideas are downloaded (if not for immediate use, then perhaps for the future) try not to overdo it! Keep in mind that even though the idea may not be solidly formed yet, nobody else has thought it but you—for now!
So don’t let yourself get too scattered, which will only see the seeds of your ideas blown about and away with the wind…you’ll want to be able to preserve your ideas so that you can run with them when it’s time…
Kim Marie Weimer of Evolutionary Astrology Network is fond of saying that Leo energy represents an “I will, thy will, divine will” evolutionary concept, and I do agree with her on that.
Think of it this way: If you are but a speck of dust on the head of a pin, surrounded by more specks of dust on the head of that pin, surrounded by other groups of specks of dust on a bunch of pins, you begin to grasp the resonance of Aquarius energy with the archetype of the infinite.
What each speck does ripples out like waves on the shore of a beach and touches us all. It’s simply that we may not be conscious of this.
So it starts with Leo energy in terms of being the best, most creatively self-expressed individual you can be—not for praise and adulation or remuneration—but just because you know you represent that speck of dust on that infinite, divinely-orchestrated, universe. And as such, you owe it to both your chosen group and the wider group to shine your light so that they may ALL benefit from it, and to take it one step further to then work within that group to achieve progress on a universal level.
Just as the Sun will move on from the sign of Leo to take on Virgo attributes very shortly (August 22), so will our next Full Moon a month from now occur between the Virgo Sun and Pisces Moon.
There is a reason for everything. And the flow of these universal archetypal energies is constant and consistent.
See if you can figure out how, by bringing your own unique individual talents to your chosen group or groups–not only to strengthen them but also to strengthen their bonds with other groups—you can help promote peace, love, and unity to all of wo/mankind…
Namaste…Aquarius, archetype, energy, full moon, group, Leo, shadow, Sun
If you’ve been feeling a little unsteady lately–or better yet a little stuck—you may well be able to chalk it up, as Saturn stations direct August 13, to Saturn’s recent retrograde since March 25.
Saturn is about maturity. Saturn is about wisdom. Saturn is about being your own best adult and your own best parent. Saturn is about getting the job done, and done well.
Saturn is NOT about fun, gaiety, light-heartedness, or frivolity!
An archetypal energy also often related to work–be that work literal, metaphorical, external, or internal— Saturn also helps us better define our ego.
And what’s the definition of ego? Well, according to my go-to source, Merriam Webster Dictionary, it’s “one of the three divisions of the psyche in psychoanalytic theory that serves as the organized conscious mediator between the person and reality, especially by functioning both in the perception of and adaptation to reality”
So Saturn functions in our chart as one of the energies that helps us to “mediate” between our inside and outside worlds. And this energy helps us to develop our belief system about life and the world around us.
Saturn is the archetypal energy that propels us toward success in order that we may carry out our “job”—one each of us has been tasked with since birth…
And what is that “job” we all need to do so well?
Well, damn, girl, it’s about growing in consciousness! An activity most decidedly easier said than done!
What happens during Saturn’s retrograde period?
When Saturn stations retrograde, we are tasked with the chore of breaking down a part of our ego structure and rebuilding it.
“Wherever Saturn is transiting in our horoscope we are molding and shaping new boundaries and creating dimension and form, but periodically this type of development internalizes and incubates, resulting in a feeling of stuck-ness and immobility,” writes Erin Sullivan in her book “Retrograde Planets.”
This period may coincide with feelings of loss, as relationships, jobs, material possessions—or anything to which we have a concrete commitment in Saturnine terms—may fall away.
The purpose of such loss, however, is to create space for something new to come into our lives. Saturn’s seriousness here is steadfast. As mentioned, he’s not about taking the easy road to success. Rather, he’s the harsh taskmaster in us all calling us to do our homework, take out the garbage, and basically take care of business before we can get down to the Leonine business of play!
The universe is benign, I always say, and has no vested interest in making us suffer. It provides us every moment of every day the opportunity to grow in consciousness. It is our CHOICE whether or not to heed those calls.
Personifying the archetype of Saturn (or any other planet for that matter) is merely a literary technique meant to help others imagine or visualize this particular energy associated with this particular archetype.
When Saturn retrogrades—as he does annually for approximately five months (though it will be approximately nine months before he gains enough speed again to reach the degree at which he stationed retrograde)—his mission is always the same: to assist our growth in consciousness.
During this period any loss translates into some kind of ending. You may recognize this ending immediately, or it may take some going deep. This will depend on where Saturn is transiting your chart since he stationed retrograde on March 25 (i.e., what house or houses) and whether or not he’s in aspect to any planets or sensitive points in your natal chart.
By the end of the retrograde period, and as Saturn begins to develop momentum in the sky over the next month or so, we may look back and recognize that life goes on. This will begin to dawn on us, even if at times during the retrograde period we felt the world a bleak, desolate, or simply stagnant, place.
What we do know with certainty is that once Saturn begins his forward motion again, we are tasked with the work of filling the void now created by the disappearance or loss of whomever or whatever deserted us during the retrograde period.
Where we once felt like this:
“Mama, come here
Daddy, I’m alone
‘Cause this house don’t feel like home…
If you love me, don’t let go
Whoa, if you love me, don’t let go…”
We may now begin to realize that “if you love me, don’t let go” is actually a mantra best used to help us rebuild better, stronger, more lasting internal foundations for relationships, jobs, or other commitments through a stronger sense of commitment to ourselves!
This is crucial and makes it quite understandable why Saturn is not an energy known to f%$k around…why would he when the stakes are so high?
As Erin Sullivan writes, “…the station retrograde does affect the deeper layers of the psyche, wherein the transformation will occur.”
And it’s this transformation into self-sufficient, independent, mature, wise adults on the inside so that we may reflect this energy back to ourselves from those with whom we associate on the outside, that Saturn’s archetypal energies—retrogrades and all—are about!
As Saturn regains speed in the short term, reviewing the deeper meaning of any losses, changes, or broken commitments is the order of the day. We may begin to emerge from our isolation and to carry on…
However, we can carry on with regret and depression (looking back), with anxiety about the future, OR we can use the energy of the ego-identified Sun currently transiting through the sign of Leo to co-create our own futures by committing ourselves to living in the moment.
If you’re tired of being alone, begin to realize that you are your own best friend. If you’re suffering the loss of a love relationship, friendship, job, material possessions, etc., recognize this was stifling your ability to grow.
Saturn’s energies are physical, concrete, and about the empirical world of form. Just because you may not yet see it doesn’t mean it isn’t there. It’s always our perceptions that count, and while Saturn is in Sagittarius we may be changing these perceptions…
By the time Saturn reaches 16 degrees Sagittarius—the degree at which it stationed retrograde on March 25, something new will have been born to take the place of whatever may have disappeared during the retrograde period.
Upon Saturn’s station direct “one might feel as if moving in slow motion,” writes Sullivan. “It takes much time for Saturn’s message to be incorporated into the conscious mind, but it is assured that the nine-month process of seeking, gestation, and birth has occurred.
“Something new has been born, but it will need a few months to come consciously manifest,” Sullivan adds. “Very gradually, new ego structures can be created…”
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Namaste…consciousness, direct, job, retrograde, Sagittarius, Saturn, stagnant, stations, stuck, unsteady