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
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
…for us to plant seeds of peace and calm in order to bring an unfluster-able serenity into our lives.
Think Ferdinand the bull who, in the children’s story, refused to engage in the bullfight ring—even the swinging of the red cape and taunting cries of “Toro! Toro! Toro!” left him unwilling to fight.
Ultimately they retired him to a patch of land where he rested peacefully under a shady tree, calmly munching some grass and happily watching the world go by…
At this Taurus New Moon, we are called to entertain thoughts about whether it’s more about action for action’s sake, and machismo and glory, or the serenity of knowing who we are and what we value most.
The interesting thing about Taurus energy is that it’s monumentally strong. When the bull in us puts her shoulder to the wheel, she can move just about anything. However, without motivation, it’s often tough for those who carry this archetypal energy–and who value pleasure in life most–to get up and get moving…
The danger around Taurus energy is that we may stubbornly remain peacefully otherwise occupied and resist the call to move or change. But this Taurus New Moon offers us the same kind of fixity we just might need in order to stabilize our lives…
Let’s face it, with so much celestial energy retrograde right now it seems unlikely we can do much: Mercury calls us to review, rethink, revise, as our left brain logical function is subdued at least until May 22 and communication snafus abound. Meanwhile Mars—retrograde until June 29–until asks us to take a more reactive than proactive stance right now.
Saturn, too, says “take it slow” (until he stations direct on August 13) in order to release anything in your life that’s no longer instrumental to your future growth.
And Pluto’s base note resounds with a “let go of anything in your life that doesn’t allow you to transform at the deepest core level of your soul.” (Pluto, the slowest moving of all the planets, won’t station direct again until September 26.)
Jupiter, due to station direct on May 9, has been busy backstroking through the heavens since January 8, helping us to discover whether what we think we want is what our soul truly needs…
That said, it’s fairly easy to see how feeling like planting a seed at this Taurus New Moon to eventually birth something new may not be seriously in the cards right now.
Does this mean you can’t forge ahead during this time? Does life stop because of all this retrograde planetary energy?
No! Life is always about growth and growth is always about change!
Think of it this way: this Taurus New Moon asks us all to dig down deep—just as you would with your trowel in the garden in order to plant those annually recurring perennials—and to unearth from below your deepest and truest values…
At the same time, you may implant into the earth these newer, or readjusted, values, once you have—with all of this planetary retrograde energy now—used your introspective faculties to discern what it is you want to grow in your garden.
What this Taurus New Moon means is that you can move ahead more easily by checking in with where your real values lie, and reviewing (and possibly jettisoning) any beliefs about current values that no longer fit who you are now or who you want to be in the future!
For Taurus energy, which archetypally resists change and loves to repose peacefully in her garden of choice, this Taurus New Moon provides us with the opportunity NOT to put our shoulder to the wheel. Rather, we may use this time to sit back and physically relax, but to do our harder, more lasting, psychological work.
Providing this Taurus New Moon with a helping hand is the Taurus Sun & Moon’s tie into a grand earth trine, which to me is a sign of “manifestation.”
The Taurus New Moon’s trine to both Jupiter and the North Node in Virgo, and to Pluto in Capricorn, tells us it may not be as difficult as we think to allow this abundance of current retrograde energy to help us along…
We need not be running hither and yon to get this done, but rather allow ourselves to visualize, or dream, our beautiful gardens into full bloom. Since we manifest externally our internal energies as we go through life, this is an excellent way of utilizing all of the retrograde activity in the sky right now.
Once we’ve mentally, emotionally, and spiritually excavated from our metaphorical gardens that which we no longer find of value, and then plant our new values firmly in the ground, we’ll be set for more direct action in the future!
Of course, those who carry the Taurean archetype strongly in their energetic make up may begin the manifestation of their gardens now through literal planting!
Whether it means literally planting your garden, decluttering your living space, or reviewing your financial situation, your career, your relationships, your lifestyle, etc., you will make more progress now by concentrating on how to bring into more optimal alignment your inner energies with your outer ones…
Think of it as a way to illustrate to yourself your own internal processes and watching them manifest on the physical empirical plane!
(By the way, if clutter is your current issue or your long term nagging problem, I highly recommend “The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up,” which I just started reading last night!)
While a trine is usually indicative of an “easy” energy, sometimes it can be too easy and we may become lazy. Since this is a particular problem for us Taurean types, I’d recommend tending toward making your surroundings more beautiful now.
This Taurus New Moon is making a sextile to the transiting South Node as well, denoting that we have the opportunity to let go of anything that no longer serves our soul’s quest for true growth and consciousness. Again, this doesn’t have to mean action, as inner reflection is the name of the game right now…
Hell no! But what’s Taurus energy best at? Like I said, putting her shoulder to the wheel, the rock, the obstacle, and pushing it with strong and firm persistence in order to move it where you want it ultimately to go…
The Taurus New Moon also makes a quincunx to Saturn, which suggests this is not going to be without its minor annoyances. If you pay attention, however, you may find that most of these annoyances revolve around your belief system.
Taurus the bull doesn’t need to carry on her back all of the “stuff” she’s accumulated through her lifetime. Remember the law of circulation: when you remove from your life the “stuff” that no longer has value to you personally, you make room for new people, relationships, jobs, and LOVE to come into your life!
As always, love is an inside job—it begins at home, in your body, your immediate environment, and your outer trappings. Now is the time, under the auspices of the Taurus New Moon, to begin to bring into alignment your inner and your outer worlds…
Issues like “I hate that picture on the wall but I can’t throw it away, my mother gave it to me!” or “this belonged to my father and I’d be disrespecting his memory if I get rid of it!” may loom large right now…
However, if you desire your patch of land (either literal or metaphorical!) to eventually look like that beautiful garden you envision in your mind, you may need to think again about how to best manifest what it is you truly value.
Picture it now: roses of the most gorgeous colors, perennial tulips you know you’ll treasure the sight of for years to come, marigolds, hydrangeas, maple trees, cherry blossoms (assuming you have the land!), or any other personal favorite flowers, tree, or plants, all blooming in full glorious color!
Now that’s a Taurus New Moon meditation worth its weight in gold, lol…
Namaste…beliefs, calm, garden, Jupiter, Mars, Mercury retrograde, new moon, plant, Pluto, retrogrades, Saturn, seeds, serenity, Taurus, Values
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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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Lest you’ve become fearful that all of the Piscean energy in the sky right now may make you want to simply drown in your own bathtub as Mars charges into Sagittarius—HOLD ON!
While it’s true that Mercury joined the Sun, Neptune, Chiron, and the South Node in Pisces on March 4—and that Venus will rendezvous with them on March 11–this preponderance of Piscean energy in the sky until March 19 may be tempered somewhat by Mars’ entrance into Sagittarius…
Before you allow yourself to succumb to sitting by the river and watching it all wash away downstream, or to fantasies of rowing out into the ocean in despair, remember that Mars represents the PERSONAL WILL…
When Mars charges into Sagittarius, ruled by the planet Jupiter, he’s got A LOT of potential energy. The kind of energy that represents the wind behind your sails. The kind of energy (forgive me here, guys!) with which a baby propels herself out of the womb and into the world wailing and screaming as she takes her first breath of air…
Remember that Piscean energy loves to play the victim or the martyr. When Mars enters the fray, galloping forward on his Sagittarian steed, sword held high, is he fighting an imaginary foe (like Don Quixote, or, um, some of our Republican presidential candidates), or is he championing a cause for which he has just reason to do so?
The choice is always ours to make. Piscean energy needs to be grounded in order to wipe away the cobwebs of illusion that may perpetuate its need to swim back into the safety of the womb and escape there forever.
The abundant Piscean energy in the sky right now—at least until the Sun moves into Aries on March 19—is about dreaming and seeding our visions. This will be echoed by the upcoming Pisces New Moon/Solar Eclipse on Tuesday March 8, which may or may not add a jolt of the unexpected to this energy (more about this anon.)
Mars provides us the oomph behind anything we do that involves expressing our personal will, which is to say freedom of choice and movement. Problem is whether or not Mars will come charging in fast and push all that Piscean energy further downstream and over the falls, or whether his strength can be harnessed for something both more powerful and more profitable in terms of expediting karmic soul growth.
Mars in Sag likes to rally behind a cause. Sagittarius is the archetypal energy that CAN represent expansion of consciousness, including expansion of one’s philosophy of life—be that philosophy coalesced around religion, law, and/or education–in an open all-inclusive way.
We may choose to place Mars in charge of testing our dreams’ potential capability for survival in the REAL world, or we may allow the warrior god to defend our victim or savior status quo stance…
POSITIVE USE OF MARS IN SAGITTARIUS
High side use of Mars in Sagittarius energy could be implementing the desire to learn more, expand one’s philosophical environs, entertain others’ ideas, and to corral the current Piscean energy in a way that allows it to flow in the most positive of directions: self-love.
Or, Mars might just as easily rally to the cause of keeping one’s ears plugged while humming a tune in order to block out hearing others’ points of views or philosophies. In this case, he’d work against the all that Piscean energy right now by simply buying into it and pushing it into a pit of sorrow where one might wallow in one’s despair or perceived victimization.
Should we find that Mars moves some of us quickly in the direction of rigidly defending our philosophies, rather than providing us with the internal strength to entertain ideas other than our own, we might want to consider how we came to believe these ideas in the first place…
Mars’ entrance into Sagittarius now may aid us to jettison our woundedness in terms of our externally influenced belief system in order to build from an even stronger foundation of core beliefs–eventually.
Mars hops into the Sagittarian saddle until May 27, when he reenters Scorpio again (after stationing retrograde @ 8 degrees Sagittarius on April 17. He will spend an inordinately long time in Scorpio–where he will be asking for transformation again–but more on that another time…)
So where does it benefit each of us most to use our incredible reserves of martial strength to move us forward in our lives in positive ways–including toward better understanding our own beliefs? And, all the while, how can we be mindful of whether these beliefs rest upon Piscean illusions, Jupiterian/Sagittarian ideals, or a more reality-based integration of the two?
Anything less than this kind of questioning now may represent Mars’ trampling of others’ beliefs in the name of occupying the title the world’s greatest victim or martyr. Each of us decides his or her own fate–the universe simply provides continuous opportunities for such choices to be made…and right now we’re being given one of them…
“There’s no time to lose, I heard her say
Catch your dreams before they slip away
Dying all the time
Lose your dreams
And you will lose your mind…”
Keith Richards, The Rolling Stones
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Why is that, you ask?
Well, when the Sun enters Pisces, he is ruled for the month by both Neptune (the modern ruler of Pisces) and Jupiter (the traditional ruler of Pisces.)
What’s the difference between these two?
I’m so glad you asked!
Ruled by Jupiter—the planet of expansion of consciousness—the sign of the fishes is about faith. This is because Pisces represents two fishes yoked together, but attempting to swim in opposite directions. One is moving toward source energy (a.k.a., the ouroboric waters of birth, or the womb), the other out toward life itself…
How much faith does it take in one’s lifetime to venture out in into the often messy, seamy, mixed up—chaotic—world?
As a defense against making this trip out into the harsh glare of the uncertain, often cruel, world many of us seek to retreat.
Where do we retreat to?
Essentially, we try to go back to the womb. Back to mother. Back where it was safe and all our needs were met effortlessly. We never wanted for anything there, did we? When tired, we slept, when hungry, we ate…life was simple and oh, so gloriously peaceful…
Ruled by Neptune—the planet of illusion, confusion, & delusion—the sign of the fishes takes on a slightly different orientation. This orientation is fraught with challenges, because venturing out into the cold, cruel world—far away from the certainty of mother’s womb where all needs were met instantaneously and without question—is, well, confusing!
What do we find when we take this path?
Often, we are vexed at every turn, unsure if the blinking lights we see around us mean “stop” or “go…” How can we tell what is real? I mean, it’s so different—and disorienting!–out here…
Neptune’s rulership of the sign Pisces brings to the forefront—as the Sun enters Pisces until March 19—the potential possibility of self-delusion, endless idealistic dreaming, longing for something or someone ethereal to save us (the knight on the white horse anybody?) and mistaking it all for the real deal.
Hence, both rulers point toward avenues through which we can develop trust, both in the world around us and in our role in that world.
In short, the pitfalls are many when we deal with Neptune energy as it relates to Pisces. Many times we may mistake something we think is of value only to find, in the end, that it’s really worthless. Other times we may think people, things, and parts of ourselves are worthless…
In this way, Neptune often extends to us the notion that somehow we are destined to be either victims of our fate, or martyred by it. How can the world be so cruel? we may wonder…how can I stay out here when it’s so safe and warm back in the womb?
So we become the victim—to anyone and anything that provides us with the excuse to swim back to mommy.
If we manage to avoid the pitfall of playing the victim, we must then still overcome the hurdle of falling into the trap of becoming the martyr. This often consists of believing in someone or something SO strongly—seeing only what we want to see, the good, the positive, the artistic, the dream—that we sacrifice ourselves to him, her, or it.
The problem here becomes the fact that we don’t realize that in order to be a true martyr we must expect nothing in return. Yup, that’s right—nothing!
When one can search one’s heart and truly understand that giving and believing comes with no guarantees (either karmic or more immediate), only then can we understand that the only valuable in this equation—and one that’s truly priceless—is our love for ourselves.
When we become aware that Neptune’s rulership of Pisces brings with it creativity, spirituality, & psychic awareness, it can take the edge off of an “all that glitters is not gold,” devastating disappointment—in people, relationships, dreams, etc.
And through these elements, the universe assures us of our own, innate knowledge (dare I say trust?) that there is something behind the random movements of the universe; something that carries MEANING for each of us, collectively and individually.
Neptune provides us with the capability to envision and dream, and it’s this energy—when used positively–that may lead us to our truth, or that in which we can ultimately truly believe.
On the other hand, Jupiter’s rulership of Pisces can bring to us an expanded awareness not only ourselves but of the world around us—and of our complete faith in that world…
It’s Jupiter who gives us conviction and the sense that we have the right to choose that in which we believe. Further, it’s Jupiter who allows us to KNOW that we have the right to change our choices–without judgment by ourselves or anyone else!
In other words, we choose our beliefs, regardless of whether we are provided with concrete, empirical, physical proof of them. Jupiter brings to us our capability for this element of faith without proof…
Neptune gives us the seeds, the dream, the ephemeral feelings, the sights, the visions, and the psychic, creative, and spiritual energy that can propel our concepts and creations up and out into the world…but we need Jupiter’s faith to be able to believe in ourselves enough to attempt to make our dream manifest, to mold it into something tangible, concrete, and real.
Go forth and dream, I say—but don’t forget to have the courage of your conviction in yourself that you can make your dreams come true!
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How To Expand AND Contract At The Same Time?
Virgo = Service
Jupiter = Expansion
In addition to being of service, the Virgo archetype includes health, daily routine, orderliness/cleanliness, and the capability to get down and dirty with the details.
Jupiter, known as the Great Benefic, can bring blessings, usually by making a bad situation better, or a good one great. However, Jupiter’s energy is definitely one that’s over the top.
When Jupiter enters the sign of Virgo, this expansive energy becomes imbued through Virgo’s more myopic lens.
Astrologically, Virgo is the sign opposite Pisces. Pisces is ruled by Neptune in modern astrology, and Jupiter in traditional astrology. The ancients considered Jupiter to be in detriment when in the sign of Virgo, mostly because it’s difficult to think or act expansively when you’re mired in the nitty-gritty details.
On one hand, Virgo’s opposition to Pisces signals the need to integrate service with a higher, more spiritual calling. On the other hand, it highlights our potential capability to bring together enlightenment and practicality in ways that benefit us on a conscious level.
Pisces is about chaos. Take the beginning of the world for example. Anyone remember Haldane soup?
That’s what they taught us in school represented the mixture of chaotic gases, etc., that existed prior to the formation of our universe. And from out of this chaotic mess–when conditions were miraculously and perfectly right (Virgo!)–came expansion (Jupiter) and then order (Virgo again!)
Virgo is about discernment, or making sense out of chaos. As such, this archetypal energy represents a sweating of the details, as opposed to ignoring them in favor of the bigger picture…
I think of this combination as the greatest potential of which integrated Pisces/Virgo energy is capable.
“It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.” ~ John Wooden
Reconciling these two energies may prove difficult for some, easier for others.
When it comes to creativity, however, Virgo presents us with a difficult pitfall to avoid.
Jupiter’s influence may fill our soul with hope, spirituality, and greater consciousness. Positive feelings may abound where Jupiter transits. Ditto for where we chose for him to take up residence in our natal charts.
I sometimes liken this energy to that of a helium balloon. Without the ability to ground itself, however, this helium balloon may fly too high and disappear amongst the clouds, never to be seen or heard from again.
Such is the case with those whose grandiose ideas never come down low enough to allow their feet onto terra firma.
While Saturn in one’s chart can go a long way to ground Jupiterian energy, Virgo’s influence may be a positive one as well. But Virgo–as part of its role to distinguish the wheat from the chaff, to recognize nuances and details–may also instill in us the mantra “work hard for the sake of being perfect.”
That’s because–or so some believe, be it consciously or unconsciously–perfectionism brings one closer to acceptance into the divine realm.
In other words, the thought process goes: if orderliness/cleanliness and being perfect is next to Godliness, the Virgo archetype is placed in the position of equating perfection with goodness, and chaos with all that is bad…
How To Make Jupiter In Virgo Work For You?
If you’re a writer, creative, or intuitive, you’ll want to allow Jupiter’s energy to continue to fill you with a direct line to the divine source of your special and individual brand of inspiration and creativity.
However, Virgo’s uber-discernment can make one overly critical. As difficult as it is to be overly critical when one is consumed with only the big picture, imagine the problems of keeping Jupiter’s optimistic boat of hope afloat when all one expresses is criticism!
So, easy does it…
Mercury’s still in early Virgo, and the Sun will follow soon enough…but Jupiter in Virgo until September 2016 is the backdrop against which these more temporary Virgoan influences will prevail.
Don’t lose sight of your bigger picture, your creative dream!
Meanwhile, however, don’t let your perfectionism hold you back from dreaming at all…
Out of chaos comes clarity…when the fog lifts, all becomes clear…we all start with Haldane soup.
What we add to it and how we mix and stir it is what allows us to perform the magic that leads to exactly the right word or phrase, note or harmony, dance move, picture or video shot, etc., that perfectly expresses what it is we are trying to say!
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