Shoot For (Not At) The Moon
This Aries New Moon may have a shock or two in store for us–of the “change or be changed!” kind–when the two luminaries in this proactive fire sign collide with Uranus, the symbol of unexpected events, also in Aries.
There’s an awful lot of cardinal energy at this Aries New Moon, what with not
only the Moon, Sun, Uranus, & Mercury in Aries, but Saturn, Mars, & Pluto in Capricorn, too.
Cardinal energy is initiative and Aries energy impatient.
The Moon will meet the Sun at 27 degrees & 2 minutes of Aries @6:57 pm PT
& 9:57 ET on April 15 & go on to conjoin with Uranus about four hours later. To say this energy holds the potential to be explosive would be an understatement!
This Aries New Moon brings the two luminaries & Uranus together into the energy force field of the proactive & action-oriented warrior, athlete, or otherwise motivated individual. It’s meet up with Uranus indicates we may be impatient because on some level—conscious or unconscious–we know that we are ripe for some kind of change.
At March 31’s Libra Full Moon I suggested we all think about the following:
How can we find greater balance between going it alone & getting our own needs met?
Whatever answers you came up with at the time are part of what will hit home for you at this Aries New Moon. Whatever decisions you procrastinated making–or perhaps made too hastily–may come back to you now through some sort of change, particularly in the realm of partnerships.
Whenever Uranus is involved, we astrologers also know that the longer we’ve spent resisting change, the more sudden and surprising that change is likely to be. Some the questions you might want to ask yourself now include:
- Where have I been feeling frustrated, depressed, or dissatisfied with my life?
- How has this made me feel: angry, frightened, impatient, sad, or in some other way unhappy?
- How do I process fear around the thought of change, and actual changitself? Do I resist it, welcome it, or something in between?
Over The Moon…
So, remember I mentioned that Saturn, Mars, & Pluto are in Capricorn at this Aries New Moon? Well, not only that, but during the hours leading up to the Aries New Moon the Moon will square Saturn, then Mars, and then Pluto.
These past few days may have seemed up and down for some of us, and turbulence the name of the game. For those who pay attention to the national & international scene, U.S. President Trump last week said he wanted to pull U.S. troops out of Syria soon.
He then announced on Wednesday that he’d rain down missiles on Syria in retaliation for the gassing of its own citizens earlier this week. On Thursday he said he might OR he might not. Friday evening he launched the threatened missile strike, joined by French & British allies.
What’s THIS got to do with your life?
As I’ve noted before, it’s important for those of us attempting to grow in consciousness not to separate the outer world from the inner, but rather to integrate these two energies so that our inner self is in greater attunement with the world around us. If we create our own reality, then we must first define what that “reality” is, right?
So, we can use outer events—even those that may not happen TO us directly, yet still affect us in one way or another—to better understand how the collective’s energy has manifested externally.
In this case, as we’re approaching the exact joining of the Aries Sun to the planet Uranus on April 18–and it’s as this energy grows in strength that we’ll be experiencing the Aries New Moon on the 15th–we can tell what’s going on internally by recognizing how these energies manifest externally.
We can see how the past week or so has been filled with ups and downs, twists & turns, one step forward one step back type energy. And those who are metaphysically-minded also know that “as above, so below, as within so without, as the universe, so the soul…”
This Aries new Moon is a force to be reckoned with because it’s as if once the train has started down the track, it’s hard to stop it. Its forward motion is exacerbated by its pending meet up with Uranus because the combination of Mars (ruler of this Aries New Moon) & Uranus is like a speeding train (or missile) with no brake…
Evolution Vs. Revolution
Pluto in Capricorn has been about the long-term evolutionary trajectory of changing the way we do “business as usual.” Saturn in this sign of ambition & success tells us “slow & steady wins the race,” while Mars in Capricorn is like the general leading the army with deliberation, & planned & well thought out strategies designed to “win.”
While Mars continues to wax into an exact meet up with Pluto in Capricorn onApril 26, it pays to bear in mind that–although Capricorn energy is cautious,
slow, & steady—Mars/Pluto energy is extremely powerful, and not to be underestimated in its potential for explosiveness… So, while this Aries New Moon challenges us to find new and innovative ways to allow change to happen–but through a measure of controlled action—it pays for us to be aware that Mars will increasingly push his call for action onto evolutionary-minded Pluto!
So, the message becomes both dichotomousand clear: change is coming, but how we decide to handle that change is up to each of us individually. If the spark that ignites change propels an unstoppable juggernaut into action, we might want to be sure it’s heading in the right evolutionary direction.
Therefore, how we all handle any resistance to change through clinging to old ways: mindsets, beliefs, loyalties, security (including to the material world) is key at this Aries New Moon.
If we’re blindsided now, all the more reason to let go; but only to the point where you can hang on loosely! Steering will become important as you go, so keep this mind: sudden actions, be they fortuitous or grievous, can still be handled, and handled well. The key is not to panic or to lose one’s head altogether…
Also at this Aries New Moon, Venus in Taurus opposes Jupiter retrograde in Scorpio. This tells us that our values are up for E-VALUATION, and as we pursue our evolutionary course, hopefully consciously, we may also contemplate where or how our values may be out of sync with our true soul’s needs.
This means we can all ask ourselves the question now: Is what we think wewant really what our soul truly needs?
This is always the case with frictional Venus/Jupiter aspects. Jupiter expands, Venus wants what makes her feel good. Both are well-advised to stop and ask whether it’s quantity that will bring true happiness, or quality…
Venus trines Pluto now, too, and from Taurus to Capricorn can be a grounding influence. Just as the slowly building Capricorn Mars/Pluto energy will eventually counterbalance the quickness of Uranus at this Aries Full Moon & beyond, so may this trine temper it as well.
Remember, however, that Mars/Pluto is about evolutionary change while the more fleeting Venus/Jupiter energy is about our true values. And Venus, of course, is also about relationships…
As the Aries New Moon takes up where the March 31 Libra Full Moon left off, it also pays for us to ask whether we find more success in going it alone or together. And, either way, what is our evolutionary end-goal?
Mercury Direct–Wiser Through The Ages!
Mercury stations direct early morning April 15, about 16 hours before the Aries New Moon exacts, and this coming week communication should slowly begin to return to normal.
Wait, watch, & listen for it—your phone will ring, your email will ping, your texts will chime, and letters appear in your mailbox…it’s almost like all will return to normal.
As you begin to wind your way back into the flow of all things communicative, remember this: you’ve just spent 21 days during which your left brain has been suspended, and your right brain reigned supreme.
This is primarily why so many astrologers caution against signing contracts, buying high ticket items, etc.—for fear that our normally logical, empirically-oriented brains will miss the details, the small print, the bottom line.
And often this is true, but let’s remember also that this has been a period during which our psyches have brought up from our subconscious into consciousness important messages from our soul’s higher self. Likewise, objectively learned information was transferred down into the unconscious to become embedded there as true wisdom.
And it’s this wisdom that will be carried with your soul into future lifetimes, just as the wisdom from prior lifetimes was embedded in your psyche to make you as wise as you are today! (Don’t snicker—regardless of any mistakes you feel you’ve made since birth in this incarnation, your soul has to have learned a thing or two from past life karma!)
Saturn Retrogrades & Chiron Into Aries April 17
This coming week will see Saturn station retrograde, Chiron move into Aries– both on April 17–and on April the Sun moves into harmonizing Taurus.
The keyword for Taurus archetypal energy is “serenity,” and hopefully this is what we we’ll all strive for during the next month.
Saturn’s retrograde period—which lasts until September 6—is a one during which if anyone or anything leaves our life it means they were not instrumental to our future growth…in consciousness…
Any departure now—of a person, a job, a material possession—means you have no use for them or it in the future, and the astrological advice is to let it go…often this is one of the hardest lesson to learn…
Yes, it’s true that Saturn can bring tears, sadness, isolation, lonliness, &depression, but please, please, pleaseremember that his mission is ultimately a positive one: to help us all understand that we can make it on our own!
This is to say we don’t need anyone or anything—contrary to what our feelings may tell us—to survive. And, as time passes, not only does a departure create space for a new arrival, but being able to stand on our own means we get to choose who and what we want in our lives rather than simply having to accept what we get!
How glorious to know that if the world were to disappear right in front of our very eyes, we’ve got what it takes to survive because we are our own best friend, nurturer, and authority!
Saturn always says “the buck stops here,” and his purpose is to mature us ot the point where we can sustain any setbacks and not only survive, but thrive, because we always know we have ourselves to depend on and trust.
And that’s a good thing…
Chiron’s another story, as he moves from the watery Piscean domain he’s inhabited for the past eight years into fiery independent proactive Aries energy on April 17 until June 19, 2026. (He will retrograde back into Pisces twice during this period, but more on that anon…)
Chiron’s move into Aries tells us all the time is ripe to begin (or continue) to heal wounds around any inability to express our personal will, be it on a mental, physical, emotional, or spiritual level.
So plant new seeds now at this Aries New Moon that state your intentions: if you’ve been too dependent on others for your own happiness, use this time to nurture & grow self-confidence & self-love.
If you’ve been too independent, & in being this way denied your own need for nurturing, take this Aries New Moon opportunity to institute into your life some self-care and perhaps explore where you might unburden yourself through the help of another or others.
Let’s face it, most of us did not come here to be alone. But neither did most of us come here to remain co-dependent our whole lives. Use the enegies of this potentially explosive change-oriented Aries New Moon to recognize in what area of life change is necessary, roll with it, but then seize the tiller & navigate your way toward your desired evolutionary future!
Here’s a song that I think perfectly fits this Aries New Moon energy:
Bob Dylan’s revolutionary ode, covered by Tracy Chapman
“Come gather ’round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You’ll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you
Is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’
Or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’
Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won’t come again
And don’t speak too soon
For the wheel’s still in spin
And there’s no tellin’ who
That it’s namin’
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin’
Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be who has stalled
The battle outside ragin’
Will soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’
Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don’t criticize
What you can’t understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is rapidly agin’
Please get out of the new one
If you can’t lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin’
The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slow one now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The order is rapidly fadin’
And the first one now
Will later be last
For the times they are a-changin’…”
~ Bob Dylan
Taurus Full Moon: We Have Met The Shadow & He Is Us…
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.
Transforming Our Values
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.
Drawing A Line In The Sand
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 Squares Neptune & The Nodes
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 Squares The Full Moon
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…
How Did We Read The Stars So Wrong?
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…
The Square Dances On…
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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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…
Stand Out From The Group Or Be Part Of It?
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…
Us Vs. Them
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.
Aquarius Full Moon Energy
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…
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The Sun entered Gemini on May 20, and no sooner is he dipping his toe into the sign of the twins, then BAM! along comes a Sagittarius Full Moon opposition!
To make matters even more exciting (and some might say worse), the Sagittarius Moon will join up with Mars (currently retrograde) and oppose the newly Geminian Sun.
Ok, so what does that mean?
Bear with me here, gentle reader, as I attempt to sum it all up in a way that makes sense to you all.
Gemini Sun & The Small Picture
I remember one of my first astrology teachers referring to those who carry a lot of Gemini energy as “dot collectors.”
This was so, she explained, because the Gemini archetype is associated with collecting and passing information. Those who carry Gemini energy in their soul’s energetic makeup are generally curious, inquisitive, loquacious, and often entertaining communicators.
Because they’re capable of collecting so much information and passing it on to others, they can be great writers, lecturers, teachers, broadcasters, entertainers, etc.–not to mention a fun addition to your next cocktail party!
What they may lack, however, is the capability to put all these puzzle pieces together into a whole picture.
Anyone who’s ever gone to a movie on the recommendation of a friend and hated it, only to find out later that the friend simply took a recommendation from the friend of a friend of a friend—or better yet, the guy on the grocery line—knows what I’m talking about!
Anyone reading this familiar with the childhood game of “telephone,” where you whisper a phrase into the ear of a child, who whispers it to the next child, and so on? Well, at the end of the line the final child almost always gives voice to a phrase vastly different from the original one!
With Gemini energy around, there is room for much information but also potential for little connection to a whole. Or, put another way, simply because there’s a lot of information rolling around, the certainty that we may draw an accurate conclusion from that information ain’t necessarily so…
Sagittarius Full Moon & The Big Picture
Lest you begin to think I’m focusing only on the downside of Gemini energy, let me stop you right there! The Gemini capability to gather up the bits and pieces in and of our lives is important!
This aligns with our capability and to figure out how to fit these pieces into a broader spectrum–one that carries greater meaning–in alignment with its polar opposite, Sagittarius energy.
As the Sagittarius Moon waxes full at 1 degree 13 minutes of the sign of higher consciousness, we are called to look at how all those bits and pieces of our lives translate into a bigger picture theme.
The opportunity arises with this Sagittarius Full Moon to do some deep thinking about your overall themes and the purpose of your life.
As a writing coach and editor, often I find that writers gotta write, but that they can be totally out of touch with the bigger, broader themes of their work. Often this surprises me, but it’s so common that I don’t let that get in the way of an individual’s need for creative expression, whatever the medium!
Now is an opportunity for us all to dig deeply into the what’s and the why’s of doing what we do! What’s it all about, Alfie? Is there a rhyme or reason to our being, or is all of life random bits and pieces, flotsam and jetsam as they say, with no real inter-connectedness?
And if you’re a writer/author, creative, and/or intuitive, now is the time to hone in on not exactly what it is that you want to express, but rather what—when you put it all together—the form of your expression means!
Sadge Moon Conjunct Mars Opposite Gemini Sun
Much is being made of this lunation, for as the Sagittarius Moon conjoins with retrograde Mars, and they both oppose a Sun newly in Gemini, the energy is ripe for irritability, arguments, and the like.
The degree of this lunation, however, represents Mars opposition to the Sun as part of its every two-year, two-month retrograde cycle. Erin Sullivan, author of “Retrograde Planets,” regards this particular stage of the Mars retrograde cycle as one which brings out into the light unconscious energy.
“Wherever Mars is transiting retrograde we are contacting deep seated and often disguised forms of rage, passion, heat, energy, raw libido, and ambition,” writes Sullivan. “We might not be consciously aware of what is stirring deep within the psyche, but feelings moods, events, and circumstances around the time of transiting Sun-Mars opposition identify a specific area which needs to come to conscious awareness.
“Psychologically, it is necessary to expel the festering energy in order to become a more productive person,” Sullivan adds.
Full Moons always represent a time of release. If this lunation occurs on or close to any planets or other sensitive points in your chart you will doubtless feel it and see it with more immediate intensity than others.
The “drama” of any event now will occur in the houses in which the Sagittarius Full Moon falls. Watch for events of a martial nature out in the world as well…
So, what in your life needs to be brought out into the light of consciousness? What irksome issues have you swept under the rug for the sake of peace, or because you’ve felt too impotent to fight them successfully or unable to rise to the occasion for some other reason?
What may seem on the surface to be a random argument, irritability, or outright conflagration is actually the external representation of how your puzzle pieces fit together to form a bigger whole as you continue to figure out what’s actually worth fighting for…
So batten down the hatches, but prepare to learn how something you may deem trivial or superficial factors ultimately into the bigger picture of you life and its overall purpose.
It’s time to wake up, and the Sagittarius archer is pointing his arrow directly at you! How you perceive that action—whether you choose to run and hide, face the music, own up, spit it out, or just generally REACT in a way that serves your higher purpose—only you can determine in the end…
Through it all, however, try to remember there’s ALWAYS a bigger picture!
Stay tuned for Part 2 and tomorrow’s shift in motion from retrograde to direct of Mercury in Taurus and how that fits into this Sagittarius Full Moon energy as well!
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This Pisces New Moon solar eclipse brings huge emphasis onto the Pisces archetype–renowned for its ability to dream, but also dissed for its indulgence in fantasies that never materialize into reality.
This Pisces New Moon solar eclipse at 18 degrees 55 minutes falls on the south node of the Moon, making it a solar eclipse. A solar eclipse is often unpredictable–likened to a lightning bolt or a jump start to a car–it’s a game changer. Often it’s effects are sudden, unexpected, erratic, and Uranian in nature.
Therefore, it’s always hard to predict what the outcome of an eclipse will be before the fact. The general effects of the solar eclipse itself will be felt in the house in which it occurs in your chart and around any planets or angles with which it has direct contact. Eclipse energy can be felt up to three weeks prior to the actual event and for up to two to three years after.
The transiting nodes reflect the collective and are separate from one’s natal nodes of the Moon, which translate into our individual karmic destinies. Therefore, this solar eclipse affects us all, although for some its results may prove momentous while for others it’s barely a blip on the radar screen.
The momentousness, or lack thereof, of this particular solar eclipse is going to be determined by whether or not it hits a sensitive point (or points) in your particular chart, meaning within two and a half to three degrees away from one of your planets or angles.
The South Node & Letting Go Of The Past
What we know for sure is that the south node location of this eclipse means it’s occurring near the energies concerning our past. Whether one believes “past” means simply this lifetime’s past, or includes past life karma as well, the Moon has come to meet the Sun in the sky in the sign of Pisces (a New Moon) on this sensitive spot, which represents the portal through which we entered into this lifetime’s incarnation.
Regardless of which past (or both) the south node represents, the issue at play is that this is not where we want to stay. Rather, south node energy is what we want to move away from in order to achieve soul growth and greater consciousness now…
The south node is where we jettison unwanted energy we no longer need. It may have served us in the past—hell, it might even have saved us in the past—but now it’s done, redundant energy that can keep us stuck and reliving rather than living…
I always think of the south node of the Moon as the point from which a rocket ship launches. Once the spacecraft reaches a certain height, it jettisons a portion of its propulsion system, so that it’s lighter and can move higher.
A little later, once it goes through the sound barrier, it does the same thing again and detaches from a second portion so that it may enter what’s defined as outer space. The rocket doesn’t need to carry all that weight any longer; it needs to be free to move forward in a much lighter fashion.
Like the rocket ship, our lives must be free to move forward without carrying around the weight of our past—forever.
The Pisces New Moon Solar Eclipse, Chiron, Jupiter, & Healing
What’s most significant about this particular solar eclipse is that the Sun and the Moon join Chiron at the Pisces south node, while Jupiter transits close to the north node in Virgo. North node energy represents our potential destiny should we choose to become aware and try to live our lives to their highest potential.
Chiron, the wounded healer, so close to the Pisces south node right now, asks us to let go of that which has wounded us in the past, particularly during our early childhood years. And this eclipse in Pisces, such a sensitive energy and at such a sensitive point, presents us the opportunity to free ourselves up to move forward in a lighter, more buoyant fashion–without the heaviness of our burden.
This south node Pisces New Moon eclipse contains the message important for our souls to bring forward into this lifetime’s journey–a message of hope that’s born out of past pain, but now knows how to make use of that pain in a most positive way.
What we know about Chiron is that he represents the wound in all of us in which we have a vested interest not to heal. And that’s because, as we move forward in life and come into contact with those with the same or similar wounds and attempt to help them, we begin to truly heal ourselves.
How? Jupiter on the Virgo north node reminds us to keep expanding our consciousness through daily rituals, by using discernment to sort out fact from fiction, and by keeping the FAITH…Jupiter signals from above that if we continue to move forward (instead of backward) we cannot fail to succeed…
The Piscean Nature
Back now to the Pisces archetype so prevalent in this New Moon and solar eclipse: dreamy, spiritual, ethereal, psychic, and artistic, this energy is both uber-sensitive and empathic.
This preponderance of Pisces energy can propel us toward self-protection by attempting to escape form life’s harsher realities.
Escapism into alcohol, drugs (including prescription medicine!), depression, sleep, food, sexual activity, or anything else that represents removing one from the harsh realities of life around them, is fair game.
What Piscean energy really longs for is to escape into something better, sweeter, more unconditionally loving, and less difficult, less complicated, and less painful.
It’s the nature of the Piscean archetype to quest longingly after unrequited love or to fall back on dreaming about becoming rich and famous, without actually taking any concrete steps to help make that happen.
When we carry this energy within, we may project our unfilled emotional longings out into the world around us, and those who come into our immediate environment will simply mirror this lack of fulfillment back to us.
Inherently this may not sound like a bad thing. But this Pisces Full Moon solar eclipse provides us with the opportunity to take a clear look at these Piscean emotional longings and to figure out from where they come.
For example, early or past life issues around abandonment, abuse, or neglect–and the resulting physical, emotional, mental, and/or spiritual wounds–provide us the backdrop against which we now can take the opportunity to heal by letting go…
In doing so, we begin to experience greater self-compassion and self-forgiveness, which in turn projects out to others a higher sense of self-esteem and self-worth. Ultimately we may find that these positive energies mirror back to us from those who radiate the same or similar energy.
Concentrating now on self-compassion, forgiveness, and doing away with self-judgment and self-criticism is the fastest and best way to reflect that sense of the whole, united, healthy, self-loving YOU out into a world where you will attract your like kind.
One More Time: Victim, Martyr, Or Conscious Creativity?
When we bring our wounds up and out of the realm of the unconscious (or the psyche), where it drives our emotional actions from the vantage point of “woe is me,” or “I’m ok so I’ll save you!” we undoubtedly end up depleting our inner spiritual well rather filling it even higher.
The Pisces New Moon solar eclipse can allow us to transform the energy from that of the victim or the martyr into one that essentially can save the self—and doesn’t need to play either role anymore…
Whether this energy is easy or difficult for one to identify in one’s own energetic makeup, the truth of the matter is that the proclivity toward it is always there when one carries Piscean energy to any great degree…
Victim behavior is easy to recognize. This is when one leans back in one’s chair or comfy bed, arms behind her head, and says “what do you want me to do? It’s not my fault!”
Alternatively, we may–instead of falling back into victim mode–think we’re moving more proactively forward, but discover we’re really maneuvering into savior mode. If we’re doing it for purely charitable reasons, meaning we expect nothing in return, then go ahead and martyr yourself all you want.
But if we’re looking for a return on our investment, meaning praise, adulation, promotion, winning a person’s love and undying commitment forever because we sacrificed for them, then we may find ourselves—to say the least—vastly disappointed.
And what happens to a disappointed savior? She turns into a victim:
“I’m so tired of being here
Suppressed by all my childish fears
And if you have to leave
I wish that you would just leave
‘Cause your presence still lingers here
And it won’t leave me alone
These wounds won’t seem to heal, this pain is just too real
There’s just too much that time cannot erase
When you cried, I’d wipe away all of your tears
When you’d scream, I’d fight away all of your fears
And I held your hand through all of these years
But you still have all of me…”
So, this Pisces New Moon asks us to plant the seed of self-compassion, and to allow ourselves to understand the well of self-love and self-worth must be filled from within before it can be satisfied by others whom we allow to take care of us.
How do you plant the seed of self-love and self-worth?
You can begin this process by transposing your longings to be cured, healed, helped, enabled, and unconditionally loved into a creative endeavor. When you do, all of that emotion that pours out will free space internally for you to begin to build up a substantial well of self-love and self-compassion.
First, take a step back from either your tendency to play the victim or the martyr. As you do so, attempt to visualize yourself in that role, whichever one that may be.
Play the scene out in your mind as if you’re watching a movie and check out what happens. Usually both scenarios culminate in a fantasy-driven, imaginal, happily ever after.
But is this realistic? Usually, if we adopt one of these roles, the answer is no.
How do we prevent ourselves from relying on a happily ever after scenario as a way to keep ourselves from continually dissolving into that pool of disillusioned unhappiness or sorrow?
We draw boundaries.
Saturnine Realism & Its Square To The Eclipse
If Saturn’s about anything, he’s about BOUNDARIES. Often, he doesn’t make things easy for us but that’s because Saturnine energy realizes what’s at stakewhen we refuse to grow up, take responsibility, be a mensch.
At this New Moon eclipse, we not only feel other peoples’ pain, but absorb it as well, as this is a Piscean archetypal trait.
So, how can we move away from our own pain–which may well be tinged by the pain of others whose emotions we either allow to permeate our psyches unknowingly or because we don’t know how to stop such emotional infiltration?
This is SO important to grasp right now, especially as Saturn’s square to the Pisces New Moon solar eclipse can give us just the push we need to ward off unwanted energies that don’t stem entirely from within.
Saturn’s square to this New Moon eclipse brings us up against the cold, hard, truth of reality, and represents a “no pain, no gain” kind of energy. It may not be easy to abandon our comfortable victim or martyr identities, but it may well be necessary for successful future soul growth.
But again, we have a choice: we can choose to view Saturn’s square as the perpetrator behind an unkind, inflexible, punishment for refusing to mature that we allow to slam us back to our hurt-filled past. OR we can see him as the life boat into which we may climb as we’re tossed about on the stormy seas of emotion…
In typically unclear Pisces fashion, Saturn’s life boat can APPEAR to be either our pursuer or our rescuer. However, in fact, it’s our OWN choice to either evade it or to reach out, grab it, and hoist ourselves in that changes our fate and perhaps the course of our ultimate destiny…
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When the Capricorn New Moon rolls around, it’s time to plant that seed, set that intention—oh how Capricorn loves to have a plan!
Not just any plan, though–one that will lead to success.
Time To Build Your Foundation For Success!
Accomplishing goals is something near and dear to the heart of anyone who carries Capricorn energy.
And, as anyone with such energy knows, it’s vitally important to establish a foundation upon which one can build toward their success. Without such a solid foundation one may flounder, or lack the ability to be responsible enough to help oneself accomplish these goals.
The Cap archetype, ruled by the planet Saturn, is about being one’s own best parent & one’s own best authority, but also about being able to manifest on the physical plane.
This New Moon brought the Moon & Sun together in the sky in the sign of Capricorn precisely so that we may establish an intention, an idea, a goal, that will bring us closer to the capability to either build a solid foundation, or to further fortify an already established foundation.
Without these foundations we have no structure. And without structure we have no parameters or containment. Capricorn is the sign of containment in the sense that it provides boundaries.
I always say that Capricorn energy is about the fact that you must have a solid foundation because once you do, you can erect walls. Once these walls are up, you can then put on a roof. Now you have a building, a home–someplace to keep yourself warm, dry, safe, & secure from the elements.
At its heart, the Capricorn archetype is about survival. How can one survive if one doesn’t have one’s basic needs–food, shelter, clothing—met?
Success Is Important–But At What Cost?
While Capricorn energy thinks a lot about safety & security as a necessity in order to assure success (a.k.a., survival), it’s a little less concerned about emotional security.
How many of us have heard stories about successful people being unhappy once they’ve achieved all they thought they desired?
Many work their way up the corporate ladder, become the CEO, or the manager, or the judge, or the top guy or gal, but when they add up all the accompanying entrapments–expensive cars, the finest schools for their children, the best house in the neighborhood, money in the bank, etc., etc.—they are left still feeling emotionally empty…
However, those with Capricorn prominent in their energetic makeup need love, just like the rest of us…so, in the end this archetype DOES seek emotional satisfaction, it simply loses sight of that fact sometimes.
December 25’s Full Moon in Cancer two weeks ago highlighted for us all the polar opposite of Capricorn, which is to say: Don’t lose sight of the fact that we must allow ourselves self-compassion & self-love in order to be whole.
Those who carry Capricorn energy sometimes need to be reminded that it’s not all about success for successes sake. It’s about success because what we achieve is what we believe will make us truly happy.
Set Your Intention Wisely
Those with Cap energy can both lose sight of the reason why they are building and climbing that ladder of success, and/or they may think that their goal will bring emotional fulfillment when, in fact, in the end it does not.
During this Capricorn New Moon period we are tasked with asking ourselves: what kind of foundation do I need to build to achieve ultimate success—success that includes emotional happiness?
You see, we are ahead of the game if we know from the beginning that our definition of “success” includes happiness as well as material gain. It doesn’t hurt to remind ourselves that it’s best for our heart and our mind to be in alignment.
During any New Moon, the Sun receives the kiss of the Moon as she passes quickly by. Thus this serves as a monthly reminder that in order to be happy, we must plant a seed that ultimately allows us to be whole.
No parts can be left out of that whole. During this Capricorn New Moon period, eschewing the emotional in favor of the ego is to be done at our own expense.
While Capricorn energy can fall into the trap of becoming fear based because it’s so focused on survival at all costs, this Capricorn New Moon says “fear not, I am with you. I love you, we are one, and you are not alone.”
Plant your seed with care, think about your best intention, make sure it involves both your mind and your heart. Then how can you fail when you take into consideration the whole and not just parts of the whole?
Don’t you stand a better chance of achieving not only your externally oriented goals, but your internally oriented ones as well?
Accomplishing your mind’s–or your ego’s–desire can be in alignment with accomplishing your heart’s desire. The key is to ensure that their goal is ultimately one and the same…
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