This morning, gazing at the pisces new moon chart before me, I found myself fumbling mindlessly over the sentences I attempted to type. They were tired, trite, and forced. I felt defeated, having already scrolled past several other astrologers posts, each eagerly spilling their rationale on the energy of today. Feeling alone and behind, I turned to talk to my own pisces moon. I asked her, how do I express you? How can I put your mysteries into comprehensive words? She grinned and backed into darkness. Before my eyes I saw an overlay of my overactive dream life, the depth of the symbolism I find in sounds and lights, the potency of my feelings. I realized then, clear as day, that this is no new moon for words. Words would have better suited Pisces opposite sign, that of mental Virgo, but in this realm, only our true feelings can call the shots.
This new moon heralds many changes in movement. One quiet new beginning, one inward mental dance, and one dramatic leap forward. The quiet new beginning is the seed being softly planted by this pisces new moon. Look to the house ruled by Pisces in your chart, that area of life is the one where you can dream a little dream now. Wondering which house is ruled by Pisces for you? Watch my IGTV March rising horoscopes where I outline exactly where thats taking place for each sign!
Uranus entered the sign of Taurus today, where the planet of rebellion and radical change will remain until 2026. Where is this new energy coming in? Look to your Taurus house. New stories and new changes are coming, but it won’t be easy letting go of the things we’ve complacently become fixed to.
Mercury stationed retrograde yesterday, beckoning us towards an emotionally challenging journey into the underworld. Whatever has occurred in last three months that has been stowed away in our subconscious is now coming up for review and assimilation. During Mercury’s retrogression, it’s critical to respect your need for mental downtime. Retrogrades in water signs are concerned with our personal connection to our feelings.
Our moods, emotions, and anxieties tend to become highly activate, and this becomes much more challenging for most people, rather than dealing with mundanely hectic things like the trains being late and general miscommunications. What emotional responsibilities have you let fall to the wayside? Get in touch with them so they don’t run the show from behind a curtain of confusion. Ofcourse we can always expect the usual chaos and trickery of Mercury retrograde, but every time you run into something blocking/frustrating/delaying you, it’s best to surrender your need for control over the situation. Read the symbols. Listen to your dreams. Journal. Take it slow.
this afternoon, caught in the mental doldrums of my day job, my eyes led me to a camera facing out across the sunlit east river. though even in a day dream i shouldn’t consider touching it’s mutant waters, i pictured trying to swim across its vast expanse. i wondered how far i’d get. maybe i’d last a few minutes, but by my very nature I’m lethargic and love pasta. i’d surely drown. i wondered if an actual, well trained swimmer could do it. ofcourse i know nothing of “the sports”, so hopefully the naïveté of my mind entertains you as much as it did me. this odd dip into my thoughts got me thinking of the full moon in the virgo/pisces axis today.
in order to take a deep dive, you need a plan to get there.
the ether is always appealing. a dip into escapism. formlessness. merging. perhaps its my natal moon in pisces talking, but i’m constantly drawn to leaving reality for a foray with the otherworldly. who isn’t every now and then? pisces season beckons us with music, dance, poetry, the art of life. it summons our deepest feelings towards the surface to float. to heal, to listen, to love. pisces seeks true nirvana, but often falls prey instead to the entrancement of escapist tendencies. drugs, alcohol, self sacrifice, anything to get us closer to ourselves and to others.
ah, the beauty of polarities. here comes virgo with the life raft, with the oxygen tank, with the eye roll to boot. virgo pulls your exhausted body out of the stormy sea of escapism, wraps you in a towel, and steers the boat back towards the shore. theres shit to do. life to live. accomplishments to be had. if you had kept haplessly swimming in this dream from yourself, from your purpose, you’d die. which is the goal of pisces, yes. to die, to return to the ether. but it’s not yet time.
virgo builds the body mind connection. we learn healthy habits to keep the vessel of our body moving forward through space. we learn the value of work, dedication, and craft to form a purpose. we give shape to that which falls apart. body of work is virgoan. put the effort in to your dreams. one cannot live without the other, for you can’t continue doing work that you hate. your soul dies, your pisces house dies. but you also can’t float along with no backbone, playing the victim, dreaming and swimming and dreaming and swimming. you decide what to harvest.
While 2018 winds its way to a close, we bid adieu to a year full of revelatory retrogrades and in the wake greet the internal shifts that they’ve gifted us with. The preview of Uranus in Taurus illuminated to us the complacent earth we guard that desperately needs to be broken up for new undertakings to burst forth from that soil. Venus’ under worldly dance through Scorpio had some tough stories to tell, ex’s from hell and love forlorn. Mercury reeked utter havoc on our lives, for what purpose I’m still left dizzy trying to decode. Jupiter in Scorpio acquainted us with our dark side, showing us how to alchemize our wounds, turning them from lead into gold. Saturn, empowered in it’s yin sign of Capricorn, asked that we keep our nose to the grindstone if we ever wanna see results and that we show up every day and do it over again and again. 2018 felt like a primal wake up call to our truest natures, and that wakeup call at times felt straight up like a punch to the face. Though bruised and bloodied, we’re ready to see and accomplish more. Hell, we’ve survived this much.
The Sun in Capricorn leads us by the hand into the new year, guiding us with steady footing upon the rocky cliffs that loom ever upward. Our annual vows to ourselves renew, and the abundance of planets in Capricorn will ask you if you’re up to the task of really seeing them through. As per usual, Saturn will demand you show consistency and responsibility for yourself if you want to achieve. NYE will see Mars leave the oceanic dwellings of Pisces behind as he moves forward into Aries, his yang sing of rulership. This will certainly give NYE a Mars tinge, with the moon being in Scorpio for the night and Mars setting ablaze his torches at home in Aries. Be on the look out for emotions running high, as well as tempers and sex drives.
Jupiter’s plans to inhabit Sagittarius for the next year I find has been interestingly construed by many astrologers that everything’s magically gonna be better now. Yay, Jupiter is finally home, everything’s so positive and optimistic! The thing is, when a planet returns to a sign that it has rulership, even a benefic planet such as Jupiter, it doesn’t automatically make things better, it just gives Jupiter a strengthened position. Jupiter in Sagittarius is the warmest, brightest, boldest form Jupiter can inhabit. Jupiter gets louder, dreams bigger, shoots his arrow a little farther when residing in his masculine yang sign of Sagittarius. The house ruled by Sagittarius in your chart will certainly be getting lots of attention and a healthy boost this year. This is a positive shift in the sense that there’s not such a watery sense of dread and introspection as when Jup was in Scorpio, but be wary of a tendency to go too big, too bold, or too loud this year. At the risk of sounding pessimistically Saturnine, there is potential here for too much of a good thing and Jupiter in sag knows it!
After a whirlwind of a summer, with eclipses and retrogrades unfolding left and right, seeing September on the horizon looks more appealing than ever. The Mars retrograde story that began in June has reached its end, and now we’re left sifting through the ashes of that which needed to be set ablaze. Mars primarily holds rulership over our self assertion, drive, vigor, force, and sexuality. Whichever house Mars is moving through in our charts by transit is an area of life that’s having a fire lit under it, and often in the case of Mars retrograde that fire tends to scorch. Look to your Aquarius/Capricorn houses to see where the primary story was being told. Presently, Mars has reversed out of Aquarius and has landed back into the late degrees of Capricorn, which echoes themes from May when Mars last visited these degrees. We’re currently being reinvigorated by the goals and plans for ourselves that we developed back in spring of 2018 that may have gone askew or totally lost in the noise.
September 2nd is host to the third quarter moon in Gemini, which echoes back to the emotional experiences we faced back on the Pisces full moon of August 26th. Quarter moons are equally as important as new and full moons, but they don’t typically get the same amount of hype. Quarter moons, deserve a shout out though, for they represent shifts in between these major phases that take place on a more internal level. During the waning cycle of the moon we’re breaking down old structures, not starting out fresh with new projects. We seek to renew. The third quarter moon is the closing square from the opposition of the full moon. Third quarter moons were coined a “crisis in consciousness” by the great astrologer Dane Rudhyar. This crisis in consciousness takes place in order to align our actions with our beliefs. We often can have breakthroughs and collapses during third quarter moons, simply in order to realize that we need to act in better alignment with our feelings. During this phase of the moon, we’re assimilating and re-orienting ourselves to the awareness that we gained back on the full moon.
On September 6th, the messenger planet Mercury enters into one of two signs that he has rulership of, Virgo. When Mercury moves through Virgo he takes on some healthy vigor, being in his own sign and moving direct allows Mercury to operate at his strongest and most efficient. Mercury in Virgo invites us to cleanse our minds and spaces of clutter and get ourselves working at our most optimal efficiency. Mercury will remain in Virgo until September 22nd, so take advantage of this time to get your schedule down pact and get your mind and workspace organized! On the same day, Saturn stations direct after many months of moving retrograde. Saturn direct will prompt us to start taking initiative on new responsibilities and projects in our lives. When Saturn is retrograde, it’s best to cut back on taking on too many new things at once. Over the course of summer we were asked to release ourselves from situations that had become tiresome or no longer fruitful. Now, with Saturn direct, we’re encouraged to start involving ourselves once again with new projects and worthwhile obligations. Get to it! Mercury and the Sun in Virgo will aid all of us in wanting to accomplish our goals to the best of our abilities, so take advantage of the work ethic we currently possess!
On September 7th, the Sun in Virgo comes into a disorienting opposition with dreamy Neptune in Pisces. Around these few days we may feel exhausted by our mundane realities and can find ourselves feeling idealistic, dreamy, or utterly tuned out. Allow yourself to zone out to some music, embrace your creatives side, or go see a film! All things that will please Neptune instead of instigate. Sun/Neptune aspects can make us want to escape the earthly plane, and we can be drawn to using drugs and alcohol to help lift us up and away. Do what you gotta do, but just don’t float away too far! On September 9th, we’re graced with a beautiful New Moon in Virgo. This lunar cycle will see our intentions set around becoming more efficient, organized, and precise in our crafts and workmanship. Though this new moon is born in an earth sign, interestingly all of the major aspects that it makes are to planets in water signs, making this new moon full of fertile, wet earth for us to plant seeds of new intentions in. The new moon is opposing Neptune, which tells us the month ahead will have us vacillating between the spiritual and the physical, the reality vs. the dream. The new moon also is trine to Pluto, which signals a smooth transference of emotional healing over the course of the next month. We may find ourselves growing faster than ever before as we see our demons clearly now and can find ways to work with them, rather than against.
On the same day of the new moon, Venus moves into Scorpio, the sign of her detriment. When Venus is in Scorpio, our love nature tends to take on an intensified, emotionally possessive form. This is part of the reason why Venus doesn’t operate at her best in Scorpio, because she can become overly concerned with the possession of a partner, and less so about the give and take of relationship. We may need to keep ourselves in check if we become obsessive about our partners or love interests. Passions run strong now and we have no interest in engaging in superficialities. Expect deep, emotionally intense conversations to crop up between you and bae, and do you best to engage with them.
On September 11th, Mars returns back to his Aquarian stomping grounds, where he resided most of the summer. It’s likely we will be rehashing some of the Mars retrograde themes that arose for us, but this time we will be reaching a sense of completion about the situation. Mars will be moving forward through the Aquarius section of our charts until November 16th, so we have plenty of time to unpack and resolve the underlying story of our summer. Come September 12th, relationship oriented Venus comes into an opposition with volatile, anything goes Uranus. During this day and those leading up to it we can expect to have some turbulence erupt in our relationships or monetary situations. It’s a good time to seek out ways to spice things up with your partner. During this time, the same ol’ same ol’ just doesn’t cut it. If you’ve been rethinking your relationship in general, this opposition can give either one of you the courage to step away from the partnership. Uranus always wants to excite and ignite, so take whatever comes in stride and try to use that energy to do something new instead of sit back feeling stagnant or resentful.
On September 16th, warrior planet Mars comes into a conflicted square with eccentric Uranus. Tempers are easily tested now, as fire and electricity merge to make for some shocking upsets or outbursts. People are easily triggered to anger, excitement, and impulsive action during tense Mars/Uranus aspects, so watch what you say and be aware that others may be feeling on edge. On September 22nd, Mercury moves out of efficient and organized Virgo and into the equality seeking realms of Libra. Mercury in Libra is a Venus ruled Mercury, tending our thoughts and communication towards a calm and peace seeking bent, which may be needed after the fires of the Mars/Uranus square! Our minds long to work on perfecting the balancing act held that is inherently held within all partnerships. The Sun follows suit and enters Libra on September 23rd, tinting our vision with rose colored glasses. When the Sun ingresses into Libra, we come upon the fall equinox, where day and night are of equal measure. Libra strives for this same balance of day and night in all it does. Libra season will have us working out all of the kinks in our partnerships, focusing most on where we can accomplish equilibrium and will bring out the artistry in all of us. Libra season summons the changing colors of fall, the beginning of the end, with all of its dramatic beauty to behold.
September 25th sees the end of the month culminate in a particularly fiery blaze with the annular full moon in Aries. This full moon is perfectly square to Saturn, signaling a conflict within our current responsibilities and inhibitions. Typically, an aries full moon alone would heighten the pioneering, impulsive, and assertive nature of Aries. A full moon in the first fire sign is often a little easier to manage emotion wise, but the square to Saturn speaks of some heaviness on the horizon. Saturn’s influence tends to make us feel isolated, not good enough, or downright fearful. During this full moon, trust that if you’re feeling a little down or alone, it’s not forever. Saturn’s mature and stern influence sure knows how to put a damper on the young, impulsive ram. To add more heat to the fire, Mars is conjunct the south node for the final time of three passes. The ruler of this full moon is Mars, so as the one who is calling the shots, we find him in a pretty weakened and submissive position conjunct the South node, not great for the soldiering, self assertive planet that Mars is. The south node is associated with bad habits from the past- it’s a place where we need to release in order to grow. Ultimately the south node shows us our self sabotaging habits that drain us of energy and impede us from growth, the ones we tend to fall back on when we need a crutch and don’t know what move to make. This may be the time where the Mars retrograde story of the summer really finds some completion, though not without its fair share of struggle and strain. Be patient with yourself and others, for everyone may be feeling this final emotional energy drain.
That being said, I hope you all have a beautiful September! Please feel free to write to me through email or on instagram if you experience any of these dates as particularly on point for you and want to share some relevant astro stories!
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The chatter of strangers surrounds me on the patio of bar in Queens as the balsamic moon in Gemini comes to a close in the sun-setting sky above me. The unfinished sentences of others gracefully fade into the beats my headphones provide as a safe space. The talkative, open book minds of the people around me makes plenty of sense, Gemini season having been in full swing for weeks now, electrifying both our thoughts and tongues. People are speaking candidly about their feelings and hunches, with Gemini’s ruler Mercury currently residing in the emotionally laden sign of Cancer. The cancerian complex is deeply rooted in both fear and worry, so it’s no wonder that this new moon’s ruler Mercury in Cancer has our minds feeling a little anxious for whats yet to come in these crazy times.
The beautiful thing about a Gemini new moon is that it’s rather freeing. Gemini is the first of the air signs, making it newly aware of the social aspects of society, while simultaneously being somewhat detached from situations (in an observant, onlooking, learning kind of way) than perhaps our earth and water sign pals (who are more feeling and body experience based). The lunar slate being reset in such a playful, curious sign allows for a big breath of fresh air to enter our lives. We’re given the opportunity over the next month to set ourselves free from our current state by learning to incorporate something totally new. Gemini season is ideal for getting involved in classes of all kinds, and this new moon is bound to be firing up our desire to explore new passions or follow our curiosities about subjects we’ve always been interested in, but never tried.
Break out now and try something brand new. Let your thoughts run you wild until you have to write, you have to create, you have to break out of the shell of your habits and incorporate something more playful and freeing. Get in touch with your friend groups, the ones with true authenticity. Share what you’ve been exploring or learning about with them. Have you always been curious about photography? Or wanted to write a screenplay? Wanted to take a cooking class? This Gemini new moon will now give you the dose of courage to step outside of your comfort zone and explore new subjects objectively!
We only get to know ourselves over time by following our hunches towards the things we're interested in. We become who we are out of curiosity, which is gemini's turf. I became an astrologer all thanks to a simple curiosity I followed. We're all so multi-dimensional and should always try to strive to keep being life long learners, for how else would we grow and continue to understand ourselves?
On the same day of the new moon, relationship Venus moves from homey Cancer into romantic Leo, revving up our relationship engines considerably. Venus in Leo is fiery, romantic, and needing adoration and praise. Picture a beautifully lit restaurant full of charm and ambiance. The wine is divine, beautiful music plays at the perfect volume, a chic and sexy outfit adorns your body. Your lover gazes at you across the table like you’re gods gift to man, with candlelight glimmering in their eyes. Welcome to Venus in Leo, baby.
As a person with this planet pairing natally, I feel slightly entitled to open up about this sign placement of Venus. Venus in Leo will have us all needing more attention, praise, and pets in our relationships. When Venus is in Leo, we cannot bear to feel ignored or unseen, because we obviously feel like the finest thing to walk the earth. Our pride can become enhanced, as well as our narcissism, all things to keep in mind. But Venus in Leo is also super fun, warm and vibrant, looking to go out and enjoy the nightlife. While Venus moves through the sign of the lion, treat yourself to some romantic nights out, or go see a play or put on your own! Our need to perform can be heightened at this time, so perhaps its time to hit up that old open mic again and bust out your dusty acoustic? Or maybe just go catch a show if the stage isn't your scene!
A warm and vibrant full moon graces us in the sign of Sagittarius on May 29th, heightening our desire to feed our wanderlust and to express our individual freedom. The energy of this full moon is comparatively more fun and boisterous than last month’s insular and emotionally penetrating Scorpio full moon. Sagittarius is interested in self-expression, social reform, and personal freedom.
This full moon in Sagittarius is glowing in all of our charts, meaning there’s a part in all of us that are seeking expansion, a better understanding of our own philosophies and idealism. This full moon will strongly illuminate our inner need for freedom and exploration in our everyday worlds, even to the point that we may feel that we require some breathing room in our closest relationships, as Sagittarius energy is unbound and wanting to break free from any kind of restraint.
Today is a great day to dream, to envision, and to explore our minds or environments. Sagittarius shoots it's arrow into the sky above to lift our minds far off of the earthly plane and to help us get a new perspective on life and the world below. This Sagittarius full moon gives us a burst of energy to find our freedom by way of exploration; through journeying simply on the physical plane, in your neighborhood, or simply through books of knowledge and philosophy that can transport us out of our body.
Sagittarius energy is bright, expressive, and unconventional. During this full moon, make some time for yourself to embody this fiery energy and longing for adventure. Even if you can’t afford to go off gallivanting somewhere far, try to explore parts of your city that you’ve perhaps never ventured to.
Sagittarius wants to see how the world connects in all of it's complex and beautiful interrelatedness. This full moon in Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter, who is currently transiting through the dark caverns of Scorpio, prompting us to equally explore our current emotional landscape as well as our outer world.
Later in the evening of May 29th, Mercury moves out of slow and steady Taurus and joins the Sun in speedy Gemini. Mercury has added potency in Gemini, as he is ruler of the sign and thus feels right at home. Mercury in Gemini electrifies our thoughts, quickening our mental responses and heightening our need to exchange information with others.
We may long to socialize with our friend groups to gossip and gab. This will be a great time for any kind of endeavors involving writing, speaking, and teaching- all of which are talents of Gemini. Do keep an eye out for overactive mental processes as well, for our minds can get fried as they race rapidly and intake information now. Mercury will be in Gemini until June 12th, so take advantage of the increase in thoughts and desire to write!
Venus, our planet of relationship and beauty, is currently moving through Cancer, making our need to connect with our home and family quite strong. We may fall into a pattern of mothering our partners now and can potentially make them feel smothered. Being home and cozy with our closest of kin is desirable right now, as is cooking our favorite meals and redecorating our homes.
It's a great time for reconnecting with your family and staying low-key in terms of parties and social events. Venus is in Cancer until June 14th, when she moves forward into dramatic and playful Leo, bringing us out of our homes and into the spotlight!
Have a fantastic full moon, Sagittarian dreamers!!
On May 15th, the steady ground beneath us begins to shake, as we are held witness to one of the most critical moments astrologically of 2018. The lunar cycle resets itself in it’s natural rhythm with a new moon in Taurus that arrives early on the morning of 5/15 and sets the stage for whats to come. Taurus new moons are usually rather tranquil, concerning us with setting intentions around our more practical, sensate, and material needs. We may feel the need to create new ideas on how to bring in more money or better manage our finances, as the Taurus mentality is tied up with money as a form of security! Taurus also longs for sensual pleasures, taste being one of them. We may long to learn about how we nurture ourselves through food and drink. Taurus new moon's are great times for getting back into nature and re-grounding ourselves. The thing is, "getting grounded" right now might not be the easiest thing to accomplish, because the trusted ground that we've come to rely on is beginning to show some serious cracks beneath our feet..
This Taurus new moon comes at a fitting time, for only hours after it’s set in motion, Uranus moves forward out of Aries and into Taurus, putting pen to paper for a brand new story that will unfold over the next 7 years! Uranus is a planet that is associated with extremes, disruptions, and sudden insights. He’s concerned with bringing electricity into the parts of your life that have become stagnant, inauthentic, or simply too comfortable. Uranus has been moving through the Aries ruled part of your chart for the last 7 years. Look to the house cusp ruled by Aries on your chart to see where these big shakeups and changes have been taking place, and get ready for that story to begin concluding.
Now, Uranus enters into the grassy realms of Taurus, where slow and steady typically is the name of the game. The thing is, Uranus doesn’t play the game of safe and secure. Taurus is a fixed earth sign who represents the very ground we walk upon. Uranus is the earthquake you didn’t know was coming, the rumbling and shifting of the tectonic plates. Uranus in Taurus wants to reacquaint you with your own truth by handing you a complete 180 and telling you to work with it. The Taurus new moon that arrives this very same day is a marker for you to get ahead on starting anew. Embrace the changes that you feel are occurring within you, because fighting them only makes Uranian energy push back harder to make you change. Begin setting intentions around your Taurus ruled house, because thats where this new influx of energy will be rushing in.
For example, if Taurus rules your 7th house, you can expect big new revelations about your relationships, possible break ups, possible get back togethers. If Taurus rules your 4th house, you can expect new changes around your family, your home environment, and your early psychological foundations. Uranian energy can seem a bit scary at first, because it can pull the rug out from under us, but while you’re laying there afraid and uncertain on the cold hardwood floor, critical realizations can come to you and help move you forward out of a rut where you’ve been safe, but stuck.
Personally, Uranus has been moving through my Aries ruled 9th house since 2011. The 9th house rules over your belief system, higher education, and spirituality. The year Uranus entered Aries I decided I no longer wanted to pursue a bachelors degree in photography and chose to settle with an associates, to the dismay of my family, but to the truth of my inner knowing (Uranus brings revelations!). I realized I loved taking pictures, but I felt confined under art school’s constricted setting. Shortly after departing from college, I discovered I had a burning interest in studying palmistry and I began searching for classes. I went to weekly classes for 2 years downtown, obsessed with writing, taking notes, highlighting all my books. I was suddenly introduced to a form of education (9th house) that I was intensely passionate about, but it took the bravery (Aries) to leave an inauthentic education at college. Since my palmistry days, I’ve fallen madly in love with studying astrology. I got introduced to Kepler college and have been avidly studying ever since, in yet another unorthodox educational environment!
This is how Uranus does his work, so try your best to embrace any of the big changes coming your way! It’s ultimately all for the sake of revealing your most authentic nature to you. Though it may seem frightening and even requiring of some seemingly crazy risks, trust yourself and give yourself the chance to build the new foundations that you want to see supporting you in your life.
A brooding full moon in Scorpio blazes in the night sky on Sunday, April 29th, offering us a grand finale to a rather tumultuous month of changes. Taurus season has kept us busy tending to our more practical, material, and sensate needs. It’s given us the chance to slow down our pace and get back to the basics of enjoying life on earth. Thus, Taurus’ opposite sign, Scorpio comes along and gives us a dose of the emotional tough stuff, plunging us deep beneath the grassy fields of Taurean passivity and into the dripping and dark caverns of our psyches. Scorpio energy is deeply emotional, psychically sensitive, and intent on plummeting to the depths of our being. Sunday night’s Scorpio moon summons us take an honest look inward and to examine the emotional interior we’ve been inhabiting as of late. Full moons are naturally times of heightened emotions, as their peak brightness represents a climax of the lunar cycle, also mirroring our current situations here on earth, providing a spotlight of clarity and awareness. When we add Scorpio into this full moon mix, our emotional state becomes extremely palpable, intense, and raw.
Scorpio is a water sign, thus concerning it with emotional intelligence and feeling-based action. It’s responses are rooted in gut-instinct, not logic. Scorpio’s mission is to embody the bravery to feel anything and to embrace the emotional uncertainty that bravery can bring. Scorpio is a sign that seeks to plunge past superficial encounters. It feels far more comfortable cultivating intense emotional experiences in it’s day to day than sitting around indulging in crowd pleasing small talk. It wants to get to the heart and soul of the matter, to the sediment that sleeps deep beneath. This is why Scorpio is often associated with psychotherapy, mystery, and investigative research, because its natural mode of operation is to dig deep and get it’s hands dirty in order to seek the truth. On a Scorpio full moon, it’s possible for us to internalize the intense emotions that arise now, as they can be frightening or overwhelming in their honesty.
Scorpio moons are notorious for evading ones feelings through substances, so be cautious in overindulging with alcohol or drugs. If you can speak your own truth now in your art, go for it. If you can be sexually active and sensually attuned to yourself, alone or with a partner, this too can be a healthy form of expression for this moon. One of Scorpio’s complexes is that of merging with another and transcending beyond the mortal plane sexually, creating a death of the ego and uniting two souls into one. Kind of intense lol, but could be fun to try! This full moon is in a positive aspect to Saturn in Capricorn, giving us the strong supportive anchor we need to safely dive down deep. Allowing this full moon to reveal your true emotions and rawest self is key here, and with Saturn by our side we should be able to implement some new structural changes in our lives that support these new emotional revelations.
This past Mercury retrograde saw no real chaos.
No cellphones lost, no delayed flights, no communication with another gone totally askew. In fact, my outer world moved along as smoothly as ever while the tricky messenger planet tip toed backwards through Aries. I glanced around once in awhile seeking the potential sighting of a mercurial mishap, but was pleasantly surprised that I couldn’t seem to find it. Thats when I realized that it actually had come to find me.
Astrologically speaking, Mercury’s retrograde dance took place in my 9th house- a place connected with long distance journeys and one’s connection to spirituality. I had certainly been journeying during this retrograde period, for I had been south to Mexico and then west to Seattle the following weekend. The hustle and bustle of overnight flights and the stimulation of differing environments filled me with 9th house joy. I loved exploring on my own and seeing the depth of my own resources, but it wasn’t until I had got back home and just sat with all of that momentum that I realized my next trip was an inward one.
As the retrograde proceeded, my inner world started coming to a halt and my mind began drawing strange memories from my subconscious. I suddenly started longing for things that I had somehow forgotten. My need to create, to learn, to write, to make art. My love of taking pictures and reading poetry. These have always been my form of God. The ability to tap into my own self expression, to create color and release feelings, felt like it had suddenly gone missing from my day to day. Mercury knew all of my secret longings, as most of the activities I love are of a Mercurial nature. (Photographers and wordsmiths of any kind are ruled by Mercury). I felt rather removed from myself, as I looked around my room at the pictures I had painted, the old poems I had stuffed into folders, and the loyal books on my shelf covered in neglectful dust. I had come to a place of unawareness about the things that have made me who I am. Mercury asked me to look around the room I had come to blindly see. To really look. In my chart, Mercury rules my 2nd and 11th house. The 2nd house is place of personal resources and values, talents and abilities that are inherent to ones being. My mind (a mercurial function) was actively missing my own talents that had fallen to the wayside.
Mercury begged me to write, to sing, to speak- but I just watched and waited. I started pulling down old journals and leafing through their ancient emotional weight. I was disturbed and concerned for young me, wanting to reach out and let her know that all of this would be ancient history one day, and that eventually I would become stronger than I ever could have imagined. But she couldn’t hear me. She was angry, lost, and fighting a battle with a passion prescribed by college. Current me had the benefit of hearing her silent screams for freedom and purpose and could only quietly close the journal and thank her for sticking it out. I started printing out all of my solar returns from 2003-2018 so I could examine my life year by year and see how my personal life and the astrology of each passing year had played out. The results were fascinating and accurate, and even brought some comfort to painful times in my life that seemed completely chaotic and without reason. Astrology is good at that.
Mercury also oversees the function of my 11th house. The 11th house rules over one’s friends, groups, and associations. It never fails to surprise me that during Mercury retrograde I hear from old pals of yesteryear. People from my past always drop in and say hello in some fashion. I often find that I get in touch with astrologers during this time too, as the as astrology community is truly one of the only groups that I’m happy to say that I’m a part of. I realized that I had traveled to Seattle to an astrology conference during this retrograde, to be with my people and meet new astro friends if only for a brief weekend on the other side of the country.
I felt like this go around Mercury was finally showing me the magic in what his retrograde was truly all about. Retrogrades weren’t some torturous time where all things go awry and communications get lost, or ghosts from my past wander back in at will. I was being reminded of my personal creative resources and the talents that make me who I am (2nd house) as well as gaining the love and support that echoes from my friends and the groups that I associate with (11th house). Trust me, as a Cancerian I know how obsessing over the past can be totally debilitating in moving forward with one's life, but it took good ol’ trickster Mercury to remind me that I've had the key to my own map all along, and that my present simply can't exist without all of the people and parts of the past this crab has so fondly collected.
Tonight’s new moon sets our souls ablaze as we are force-fed a final spoonful of Aries energy. To some, this is just what the doctor ordered, a powerful, urgent dose of fresh initiative to help plow through the Capricorn obstacles that have besieged us as of late. To others, Aries season has made us weary of war, irritated, and plain old exhausted. The Aries new moon and it’s aspects create an outline for the month ahead, one that is certain to be chock full of changes and new developments. Mercury puts an end to his backward jaunt through the zodiac today, as he finally stations direct and begins to move forward at the same time of the new lunar cycle. The birth of the new moon and Mercury moving direct signifies a very clear shift in motion, one that is helping us stretch and get into shape for the burst of incoming energy that May is promising to deliver.
The Aries new moon is closely conjunct the unpredictable and unbound outer planet Uranus, which hints to us that May is sure to be full of shake ups, lightning bolt insights, and sudden surprises. Embrace the unusual and eccentric visions and plans that come to you about your future now. Break free from the shackles of any binding or tiresome situations that you know you’ve long outgrown. We often think of Uranus as this frightening planet that comes in and completely uproots a part of our lives, throwing us into chaotic and uncomfortable change. But then later down the line, we look back and realize that we needed that situation to be yanked out by it’s root, because being stagnant and resistant to growth becomes debilitating to our personal development. So the truth is we humans need Uranus to remind us that change is healthy and necessary. If you can implement the healthy changes that you know you personally need now, then Uranus will leave you alone and let you do your thing. It’s only when you ignore the planets that they get fussy with you, because they really represent a reflection of your own natural urges and need for growth.
The new moon is also in a tense square to the ever emotionally charged and powerful Pluto. This hints that the next month may see us transform, renew, and heal ourselves in ways we never imagined. This lunar month ahead may feel a bit like we’re clinging for dear life on the back of a run away horse. Tighten your grip on the reigns and ride it out, for the new things that await us on the other side are bound to be worth it. May is likely to be one of the most pivotal months of 2018, as it is the beginning of a brand new chapter in all of our lives, for Uranus will move into Taurus, where he hasn’t tread ground since the 1930’s. Uranus has been moving through the Aries for the last 7 years, providing us with major break throughs and many lessons in independence and relationship. When he moves into Taurus on May 15th, he will be uprooting the too comfortable and stagnant terrain that our Taurus house oversees for the next 7 years. Get ready to break on through.
On the morning of March 31st, the full moon reaches it’s culmination at 10° Libra. It’s most fitting that this full moon, one bound up in the ideals of seeking the perfect equilibrium in partnership, comes to us during Aries season. During Aries season we get lost in the maze of ours minds and become determined to get back in touch with that unique flame that burns inside of each of us. This flame represents our individual mission in life, and whether we’re consciously aware of it or not, there rises a deep need to realign ourselves with that unique purpose. Aries is a critical part of the cycle because it represents the birth of the zodiac, so we’ve all been getting back in touch with what it feels like to be born again anew, working with just the basics. The only thing a newborn is concerned about is having it’s basic survival needs met. It also becomes instinctively aware of the new physical body it inhabits. Right now, this is all that's expected of us- to feel ourselves, to be ourselves, and to express ourselves and our needs without regard.
The Aries keyword is “I am”, so in Aries season we become super invested in carving out our personal place in the world and living our truth. We also get highly attached to our desires, needs, and personal freedom, hence why Aries season can make everyone a bit irritable and impatient when it comes to dealing with others. We can get so carried away with the needs and demands of society, of family, of friends, of partnerships, that we can completely forget ourselves and our own individual purpose. Aries, in it’s own bold way, reminds us that we do indeed have a special reason for being here on earth, one unlike anyone else, and that we better find out what it is and follow it through. Aries and Libra are each others polarity, one cannot exist without the other, which is the entire theme of the Aries/Libra axis, Myself vs. The Other.
Libra is constantly making strides to find balance in every area of life. Libra is an extremely social and relationship oriented sign, it sometimes, to a fault, needs “the other” to make itself feel whole. So with a full moon in Libra, we have the moon’s emotional spotlight shining directly into our one on ones. This doesn’t only apply to romantic relationships, it applies to any one on one relationship in our lives. Me and my therapist, Me and my best friend, me and my lover, me and my boss! The representation here is that it is just you and another person. Libra doesn’t represent the group, but the pair. This libra full moon is here to get us back in touch with the other in our lives. It will assist us in bringing awareness back to our intimate relationships, where we may have slacked off in the last month while we’ve been super self-focused.
This Libra full moon may be a touch one, and can put us on emotional edge as it forms a difficult square to a cantankerous Mars/Saturn conjunction in Capricorn. Mars and Saturn are asking for us to reaffirm that we have a good grasp on the boundaries, goals, and levels of autonomy in each of our partnerships. They can also make for some pretty sizable obstacles and arguments as well. Fortunately, the very same day, relationship healer Venus leaves impetuous Aries behind for calm and stable Taurus, making it perhaps the slightest bit easier to seek compromise calmly.
On March 17th, a new moon in Pisces is born at 26° and sets a dramatic stage for the month ahead. This new moon is the last big push on the Pisces frontier, as the Sun prepares to enter Aries on March 20th. It’s important that we tune into this new moon, one that ironically is more about endings than beginnings, as Pisces represents the end of a cycle. A death so that something may be reborn. Whatever projects, problems, or situations we’ve been facing recently are being asked to have one last overview so that they can be stamped with a checkmark and considered completed. Do what you can to tie up any loose ends and sever yourself from situations that are no longer in line with how you see your life moving forward. It’s important we clear our plates now in order to prepare ourselves for the slew of new energy and initiative that’s coming down the pipeline.
Many different planetary voices are crying out to be heard at this time, making it hard to hear your own voice and intuition through the noise. The new moon in Pisces asks for a few more moments of meditative peace in your own personal sanctuary. It asks that we be vulnerable to emotional release. It asks for you to maintain the wherewithal to create healthy endings for yourself. Mercury and Venus are currently traveling ahead in Aries, revving up our hearts and minds towards moving into the future and envisioning the next big thing. Venus isn’t very comfortable in rambunctious and independent Aries, which can make relating and seeing eye to eye with partners a little trickier than normal. We may seek our own personal freedom now, separate of our partners. Mercury in Aries has our minds bubbling with brand new initiatives and ideas, while also giving us a sharper tongue and temper than usual. The Sun will join these two next week, shifting the celestial scales in favor of Aries energy, and pushing us full force ahead into the fire of spring, where beginnings burst forth and the past is left fading into the rearview.
Alas, the battle between the old and the new is not the only narrative we have going on in our hearts. There is still yet another deep and dark voice in the sky, one that speaks very sternly, of upcoming difficulty, hardship, and endurance. Mars, our soldier of self assertion, joins transformative Pluto and task-master Saturn in Capricorn and will remain there for the next 6 weeks. This is not the most pleasant pairing of planets, and the obstacles and issues they are bound to dish out will challenge us to our core. Mars and Saturn are traditionally known as the Malefics, meaning that they often are overseers of trials, tribulations, and tougher times. They do not punish meaninglessly though, they test our true strengths and abilities to the fullest, and aim to make diamonds of our souls from the coal. Our patience, our strategy, and our ability is all refined under the trying tests of Mars and Saturn, if we do not bend and break under their pressure. The next 6 weeks will certainly come with a fair share of hardships for some of us, but whatever we survive will only make us stronger and smarter. A healthy way to use the intensity of this Capricorn energy is to pour yourself into any hard work or projects you are passionate about. The energy will be there to get things done, although it may feel anger inducing or like we are met with obstacles left and right. Look to the house that Capricorn rules in your chart in order to get an idea of where this struggle may be manifesting.
It is not yet time to leave Pisces season, and this new moon serves as a strong reminder, despite our eagerness to depart from the dreary oceans of over emotionalism. There is still room for a final purge and purification. The end of winter is in sight, and we can feel anxious to run as fast as we can towards the sunshine and away from our looming inner problems, but it’s important to honor the end of everything. If we don’t properly observe an ending, a beginning can act more like a false coping mechanism than a means of truly moving forward. It takes just as much courage to look back and truly see what has been gained and lost in our lives, than to simply push forward and see what happens next. Endings are just as important as beginnings. The piscean point of view is too observe everything as a moving, function, and connected whole. Allow yourself to ponder what is leaving you now and what you have learned about yourself over the winter season in order to truly make yourself ready for the next step. Steep in the psychic stew of your psyche, reflect and feel everything you can, surrender and go with the flow.
It’s the Pisces way.
March begins with a bang as tonight’s Full Moon reaches it’s culmination at 11° Virgo around 7:30PM EST. We’ve all either been floating on our backs in the oceanic abyss of Pisces, or trying our best not to drown. Fortunately, this Virgo full moon provides an island for us to briefly rest upon. Pisces energy summons many ancient feelings and hurts up from the depths of our being for examination and expression. The Virgo full moon can help us funnel this emotional baggage into a practical, down to earth outlet, or it can enhance our more neurotic thought patterns and fry our nerves. This full moon finds itself tangled in a dance with the watery planet of disillusion and idealism, Neptune, which may make this island of respite sink sooner than we imagined. So take a few deep breaths on land before the ocean calls you back in!
The Virgo full moon highlights areas of our lives that we may have let slip into disarray and that are now calling out for some healthy maintenance. Bust out your cleaning supplies and give your sanctuary a good scrub. Open that overflowing closet and begin organizing a pile of things you no longer need. Purify your abode, purify your mind. Pisces energy is always seeking a way to get closer to nirvana, but unfortunately we doesn’t always choose the best route to get there. During this time we often fall into patterns of escapism, via excessive drinking or smoking weed, as we so badly want to feel connected to source and free from our mortal bodies. The Virgo full moon encourages you to give the substances a rest and instead pick up your yoga mat and force yourself to a class. Honor this earthy full moon by getting INTO your body instead of scrambling to find a way out. Virgo is often associated with mindful health practices, so by eating well, keeping your space tidy, and finding a creative way to exercise you can avoid the excessive nervous energy often prompted by a Virgo full moon.
Virgo is ruled by word-smith Mercury, providing this sign with a natural talent for piecing poetic language together. If the Pisces energy has got you feeling too drained to do some cleaning or physical alignment, pick up a pen. Write down your thoughts and give form to your feelings. Don’t be too hard on whatever comes out, as Virgo is also painstakingly self critical, just allow yourself to free-write and to express. Full moons at their core are always oppositions. Opposing forces create a pressing need to find balance, as both forces can’t run the show and need to find a healthy middle ground in order to compromise. This is why full moons often feel so powerful to us, as they ask us to find balance between extremes. The Pisces energy wants you to surrender to your emotions, to drain the water out, to cry, to create, to dance, to let something die. The Virgo energy wants you to focus, to refine, to organize, to be discerning, and to have your life function with more efficiency. These two signs are opposites, but each has something that the other needs. Pisces needs Virgo to show it how to get work done, and Virgo needs Pisces to show it how to free float and not take life so seriously.
Try to find the time tonight to center yourself on this balancing beam. Get into your body and tidy up your sacred space, because the tide is rolling back in.
This afternoon, Aquarius season comes to a close and passes it’s torch of knowledge onto empathic, oceanic Pisces. Four planets now dwell in the sign of the two fish tied together, creating a dynamic shift in energy. While the Sun spent the last month moving through humanitarian and revolutionary Aquarius, we were all placed into a highly active mental space. Aquarius is an air sign, and air as an elemental quality is highly logical, rational, and observant. Air floats above the emotional waves of water, the somber steadiness of earth, and the bright enthusiastic flames of fire.
Now, we shift gears from Aquarius to Pisces by moving away from our minds and into our hearts. How fitting that Pisces is the end of the line, for Pisces job is to connect us back to our ultimate source. Pisces is associated with the ocean, an ever-encompassing and mysterious place. The ocean is so deep and far-reaching that we still cannot traverse down into its greatest depths and know what truly lies beneath. This is also how Piscean people function. There is a deep well of creativity, emotions, and experience lying at the ocean floor of all Pisces individuals, they need only stay focused on diving down to the bottom in order to reveal their journey.
Pisces is the death of the zodiac, where the collective experiences from the previous signs that came before merge into one. It is Pisces job to unpack this overload of sensory information in order to prepare us for the blank new slate of existence to come in Aries. This is quite a demanding job on the unconscious mind of Pisces, and can be quite overwhelming. This is often why Pisces people can fall into patterns of escapism, as they experience all angles of life so intensely that they often seek to numb their senses. Pisceans need to tap into their own creative well to understand their ethereal essence. They need to create in order to flourish, otherwise they can drift through life endlessly hemming and hawing and wondering why they’re here on earth. Pisces wants to find nirvana, in fact it’s their duty. They have lived many lives and cannot move forward into the ether until they express their multi-faceted existence.
During Pisces season, a part of us comes to die. Something in our lives that no longer serves us is asked to be sacrificed. We must surrender to the end of the cycle, and allow what must pass to pass. Pisces rules the feet, which is where on the body we sense the ground beneath us and from which all experience rises. We now must walk through deep and enchanting waters, cleansing and purifying ourselves emotionally, as we prepare for the rebirth that comes in Aries. Enter into your own ocean and free float into the abyss. Feel free to cry, feel free to feel anything. Remember that Pisces time is highly emotional as we attempt to release and purify the weary parts of our souls. Pisces season is also very creatively fertile, so allow your deepest emotions to rise up to the surface now, so you can translate them into an art and give them a space of their own to exist.
Reclaiming personal freedom and Liberating our most authentic self.
This is what the new moon at 27° Aquarius asks us to attempt. On February 15th, the Sun and Moon conjoin for their monthly meeting, rising together in the morning and setting together in the evening. They spill the secrets of things yet to come and encourage life on earth to reset for the month ahead. This dark moon in Aquarius holds special importance, for it’s also a partial solar eclipse. This solar eclipse serves as the action oriented counterpart to the emotions that began stirring back on the lunar eclipse on January 31st. Eclipses always occur in pairs. Events that occur around this time begin to set the tone of the next six months, until the next eclipse series begins in July 2018. Look around your chart and see if you have any points at 27°, for this eclipse will be directly affecting that planet and area of life.
During a solar eclipse the moon obstructs a portion of the sun and for a brief moment the moon reigns supreme, darkening the solar essence. Eclipses are inherently emotional, as the very presence of the phenomena comes as somewhat of a natural disruption. Can you imagine how people thousands of years ago must have reacted to this frightening occurrence, when their life giving sun was suddenly swallowed into the darkness of the moon? Eclipses itself have been heralded as an omen for centuries, but good and bad are often two sides of the same coin. Eclipses are wildcards. They rush things into our lives and they occasionally pull the rug out from under us. Embrace any changes that stir within you or any actions outside of your control that take place at this time. Most often, abrupt endings or changes can help pave the way for growth and new beginnings.
This Aquarius new moon and solar eclipse is conjunct the tiny communicator planet Mercury, entangling the winged messenger’s own story into our eclipse tale. Our thoughts, ideas, and speech get sucked into the vortex. It’s time to use our voices and breathe life into our unique visions and ideas. We should let our minds meander into a more meditative state now, and a less media-induced one. This new moon promises aid to those writing out their personal perspectives as well as speaking their truths. The new moon is also in a positive aspect to change-bringer Uranus, allowing for new opportunities, if one only reach out and grab them. Uranus can aid in breaking out of our own ruts, if we only trust the process and embrace newness.
Last but not least, this new moon features action-oriented Mars and disorienting Neptune in a square. This may mean that actions taken at this time may be done haphazardly or with confusion. While new moons are often great times to plant seeds of intention, we may need to hesitate awhile before taking any firm action. Mars/Neptune can weaken energies and make us susceptible to tiredness. We can also fall prey to escapism through substances as an outlet instead of exercising our bodies physically to release. The ideas and goals we hold in our minds for this new moon may This new moon would be best spent doing some yin yoga, meditative thought, and writing. Giving your mind a good rinse is key with this eclipse, for it's time to throw out whatever doesn’t need to be floating around needlessly in your brain. Meditation and calming the mind is truly a discipline, which is fitting see as Aquarius is traditionally ruled by the master of self-control, Saturn.
Ah, love is in the air. I’ve often wondered why the ever mushy and materialistic Valentines day takes place in the middle of airy Aquarius season. In my understanding, the Aquarius archetype typically takes a much more detached, unemotional, unbound, and open minded approach to our modern day vision of “love”. The warm, overly romantic, and indulgent essence of Valentines day seems much more like a Leo holiday, the sign opposite of Aquarius. It wasn’t until I decided to read a little backstory on Saint Valentine himself that I began to see the true Aquarian underpinnings of this holiday.
Apparently, Saint Valentine was a priest who married lovers in secret when the Roman empire decided to place a ban on marriages in an effort to encourage men to join the army and steer them away from having wives and families. St. Valentine thought this was bullshit and continued to secretly wed people, defying the Empire’s decree. Ultimately, the Roman empire found out about his treasonous actions and beheaded St. Valentine on Feb 14th. “Now Thats What I Call Aquarius, vol. 1”. The very essence of Aquarius is the anti-establishment martyr! Aquarius always faces hardship and judgment for staying true to themselves and for always holding down the dream of what’s best for mankind, even if it means being beheaded for believing that people should do whatever the hell they want.
What does help us warm up to Valentines day this year is the entrance of lovely Venus into dreamy Pisces, as of Feb 10. Venus in Pisces is considered to be exalted, and exaltation gives a planet added power and strength to do whatever that planet does best. Venus is our relationship planet and she’s known for warmly bringing people together for a good time. So why does Venus function so strongly in Pisces? When Venus is in Pisces, she can bring this loving relationship factor to the whole world. Pisces represents the ether and the ocean that ties us all together. Pisces is a place of return. It’s an ending, a death, a connection back to source. Here, Venus can share her love and beauty with all, interconnecting all of us together to find a higher truth and brotherly love.
Venus in Pisces makes us all a bit more idealistic about what we want our relationships to look like. She encourages us to write poetry, write songs, get creative and playful. Venus in Pisces is a deeply creative time, in terms of building a relationship or making your own art for yourself. Venus will remain in the sign of the two fish until March 6th, so use this time wisely to get in touch with your art, your lover, or both! We can all step into the sea of love now, partner or no partner. We can get in touch with love in it’s most basic form. Friendship, family, partners, animals, kindness.. the list goes on. Tap into your source of love and disregard the structured, societal dances of false affections.
Happy February everyone! Aquarius season is well underway, with the Sun, Venus, Mercury, and the south node currently inhabiting the sign of the water bearer. Our hearts and minds are geared towards delving deeper into the collective consciousness, as we ponder how we each as individuals fit into the larger picture of our society. Aquarius is a fixed air sign, meaning its job is to maintain and stabilize the rest of the season, as a fixed sign, and to turn us away from our emotions and towards the detached rationale and logic of the mind, as an air sign. Aquarius energy longs for us to connect with one another, to create friendships, to join groups, and to come hand in hand with humanity. Aquarius also represents the ever unique, non-conformist in all of us. When we can openly embrace our wild inner weird, we can embrace the most authentic versions of ourselves. This is what Aquarian energy asks of us.
Meanwhile, as the freedom-loving, humanitarian Aquarian parade marches on, Saturn and Pluto continue to trudge through Capricorn. Saturn here asks us to stand firmly behind our convictions, to pursue our goals with diligence, and to be utterly self reliant. Pluto has been in Capricorn for the last 10 years, tackling societal taboos around power and control. These two planetary heavy hitters will stay in Capricorn’s realm for some time to come, flushing out further issues of government, abuse of power, and perceived authority in our society. Jupiter, the planet of spiritual and psychological growth, continues to move forward through the depths of Scorpio. Jupiter in Scorpio has been assisting in the ongoing exposure of sexual taboo and abuse in our society, revealing that sexuality is where we need to place our focus, in order for us all to achieve some deeper healing.
Mars, having freshly entered Sagittarius, finds himself in a more loud and rowdy position than in quiet, suppressive Scorpio. Mars primarily gives us the gifts of energy, action, and self assertion. Mars’ stay in Sagittarius offers us the wherewithal to tackle uncharted territory, to dream big, and to explore spirituality and philosophy. We have stronger faith in our beliefs and ideals at this time, which can help in taking physical action towards accomplishing our more lofty goals. Mars in Sagittarius can also have us believing that whatever we think to be true must be true for all, potentially making us a little unrelenting when it comes to hearing other people’s points of view. Hopefully we can all tap into the abundance of thoughtful, observant Aquarius energy to work hand in hand, instead of fist and fist!
On January 31st, we are graced with the first eclipse of the new year, a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse at 11° Leo. Lunar eclipses are like full moons on crack. They’re often emotionally turbulent and act as strong internal catalysts for change. Solar eclipses often bring on events outside of ourselves or our direct control, where lunar eclipses plant the idea of our next move through our thoughts and feelings about the current situation. This eclipse ties back to the Solar Eclipse of August 21st, 2017. Whatever actions or events that took place around August of last year are now beginning to bear fruit and may require some necessary adjustments. Lunar eclipses are primarily active on an internal level, so take a good hard look around your inner landscape. Whatever hints are being revealed to you at this time likely hold the plan for your next step. This can be a strongly emotional time for everyone, so try to allow for space and patience with yourself and others. Our best judgement may not be employed at this time and it’s ideal to keep a light schedule of things can get a little hectic. Eclipses can make us all a little wonky and feel a little crazy, as they usher in a period of rapid change and growth.
Not all eclipses are created equal! Some pass by with little to no notice while others seem to usher in an entire new set of life circumstances. This is because in order for an eclipse to be specifically important to you, it needs to be activating a planet in your chart. For example, this eclipse degree occurs at 11° of the Leo/Aquarius axis. Look around your chart and see if any of your planets or points are around 10,11,12° degrees, for this indicates that there will be activity surrounding this planet. If on this go around nothing in your chart is particularly active, simply keep an eye on the houses that the eclipse is occurring in for you, wherever Leo/Aquarius falls. This will still be an area of ongoing activity, though it may appear to be more subtle than if it were activating a planet. We’ve all been learning lessons from the Leo/Aquarius axis since last May. Leo and Aquarius themes represent: The individuals expression vs. The collectives expression, Personal Love vs. Detached Love, Spontaneous Creativity and Collective Creation. We’re learning to find our individual place in our society. We’re learning to surrender our personal egos to for greater good. We’re also bringing our personal creative vision into building the future world before us. This is what the Leo/Aquarius axis is all about.
Look below and read for your Rising Sign to see what areas of life will be activated by this eclipse for you!
Aries Rising- 5th/11th Houses activity- Romance, Creativity, Friendships, Groups, Self Expression.
Taurus Rising- 4th/10th Houses activity- Home, Family, Parents, Career, Reputation, Recognition
Gemini Rising- 3rd/9th House activity- Education, Siblings, Neighborhood, Mind, Spirituality, Religion, Travel
Cancer Rising- 2nd/8th House activity- Values, Income, Property, Finances, Loans, Debts, Inheritance
Leo Rising- 1st/7th House activity- Body, Self Image, Appearance, Relationships, One on Ones, Marriage
Virgo Rising-6th/12th House activity- Health, Employment, Coworkers, Employees, Solitude, Retreats, Restoration
Libra Rising- 5th/11th Houses activity- Romance, Creativity, Friendships, Groups, Self Expression.
Scorpio Rising- 4th/10th Houses activity- Home, Family, Parents, Career, Reputation, Recognition
Sagittarius Rising- 3rd/9th House activity- Education, Siblings, Neighborhood, Mind, Spirituality, Religion, Travel
Capricorn Rising- 2nd/8th House activity- Values, Income, Property, Finances, Loans, Debts, Inheritance
Aquarius Rising- 1st/7th House activity- Body, Self Image, Appearance, Relationships, One on Ones, Marriage
Pisces Rising- 6th/12th House activity- Health, Employment, Coworkers, Employees, Solitude, Retreats, Restoration
☉☽ Today marks a most potent first new moon of 2018, with the Sun and Moon aligning at 26° Capricorn. It’s time to reach beyond our envisioned boundaries. It’s time to make a fool of our fears. If you haven’t fully committed yet to your new years resolutions, don’t be discouraged! This new moon actually marks the best time to begin getting focused and organized towards accomplishing those goals we decided on a few weeks ago. On New Years day we had a full moon in Cancer, in which emotional activity was heightened and the issues of our current situations highlighted and on display. Full moons aren’t an ideal time to begin a new regimen, for they’re more geared towards awareness and illumination. New moons on the other hand are all about new beginnings, and they’re flavored by whatever sign they take place in. Today’s new moon takes place in Capricorn, a sign dedicated to fulfilling it’s personal journey and accomplishing it’s greatest dreams. Today is the real day for creating and enacting your plan for the year to come.
The moon is dark in the sky, waiting patiently to be painted with light and infused with energy for the goals that lie ahead. With the new moon in earthy and material Capricorn, it’s super important for us to write our intentions down on paper. Capricorn is a realistic and down to earth sign, so wishy-washy goals that float about in our minds don’t stand a chance of lasting here. Write down what matters, make it physical and concrete. Put it somewhere you will frequently notice as a reminder to yourself. Capricorn energy is all about learning to cultivate self-discipline and autonomy. Plant your seeds and set your intentions, for we will reap what we sow this year, and we’re gonna need a lot of plain old hard work to do it. Currently 6 planets reside in the sign of Capricorn, making the energy of the sky lop-sided and simultaneously hyper focused on the energy this sign represents. This abundance of planets in the zodiac’s only Cardinal Earth sign tips the scales for all of us, as we’re asked to really hone in on our ability to commit to hard work and personal ambition. Believing in ourselves and our journey in life becomes increasingly paramount.
Whatever planets the new moon is in contact with flavors the month ahead and tells us where to look for upcoming themes. This new moon features close contacts with Venus, Mars, Chiron, and Uranus- making this a potentially emotionally charged and romantically flavored time for healing and growth. The new moon is conjunct the planet of love and relationship, Venus, which imbues the month ahead with a strong focus on relationship energy. This conjunction suggests our intimate relationships and values play a bigger role than average over the next month. The new moon also forms a sextile to Mars, our ability to self assert ourselves, and Chiron, our ability to heal our wounds. Mars gives us a boost of added energy at this time in order to tackle our projects, while Chiron offers us the opportunity to take a look at some old wounds that may need tending to. Last but not least, the new moon is square to unstable and chaotic Uranus, perhaps hinting to us of surprises, revelations, break ups, and shake ups still to come over the next month. If anything this can help to give us breathing room from a stale situation. So while we are reaching for the stars and pursuing our most meaningful goals, we also have to contend with the growth of our relationships and the old wounds that still fester in our psyches. We have to allow for change to refresh us instead of frighten us, and we have to get dead serious about what we want and who we want to become.