Sagittarius Full Moon & Mercury Direct: Searching the Soul

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On Friday, May 20, the Sun begins its journey through Gemini, leaving Venus and Mercury retrograde in Taurus. With the Sun leaving the calm, earthy sign of the bull and entering the flighty, energetic realm of the twins, we may notice a change in the way in which we process information, leaving the sensual, physical ways of Taurus, [ think: touch, closeness, dependability] for the mentally agile ways of Gemini, [think: stimulating conversation, intellect, new ideas]. The shift in Solar energy is just the beginning of several celestial events peaking this weekend, as we experience the Sagittarius full moon on Saturday and Mercury stationing direct on Sunday!

Sagittarius Full Moon

The full moon is exact at 2:15 pm PST on Saturday the 21st of May in the very first degree of Sagittarius and forms a conjunction to Mars retrograde, in the second degree of Sagittarius, still a few degrees away from its re-entrance to Scorpio. Meanwhile, just a few degrees away from the Sun, is Venus, still in Taurus, but close enough to join in on the energy of the opposition straddling the 3rd and 9th houses. The 3rd, associated with our perceived environment, communication, our siblings and our neighbors; the 9th associated with traveling, education, setting goals and spiritual attainment.

As the moon and mars meet up for their conjunction, there may be a feeling of emotionally moving backwards or feeling confused about recent “emotionally” or passion fueled decisions. The moon being so close to Mars retrograde in Sagittarius, can feel a bit emotionally repressed. There may be a feeling of not being able to get what you want, leading to borderline childish reactions. Try to be considerate. Considerate of others, but also considerate of yourself; of your behavior and how your actions influence your perception of your environment.

The Sun in Gemini, merging its energy with that of Venus a few degrees away in Taurus, will likely have us aligning ourselves with our values, or experience a sense of feeling “defined” by what you have. This can lead to feelings of selfishness or selflessness, there may be a need to re-evaluate what it means to “own” or “have” something in contrast to what it means to know or to feel something.

Full moons have the tendency to bring to light issues that have remained unnoticed or unacknowledged. With the combination of Mars retrograde and the moon, particularly in the sign of Sagittarius, there is an element of emotional truth that we may be trying to come to terms with. We will likely find ourselves doing some soul searching and may even find we scratch the surface of some rather uncomfortable stuff. Try not to let yourself get too overwhelmed, as this phase of the moon passes, so too will the emotional intensity. The key is not to judge oneself, but to search curiously within, to see what you find.

It is likely that newly aroused passion or realized goals beg to be set and pursued. Inspiration demands to be channeled, but there is also a sense of being held back and feeling as though something in the equation isn’t quite right yet. With over a month left of Mars retrograde, it may be awhile before our plans for pursuing these burning urges start to play out in the intended way, where we don’t find ourselves taking one step forward and two steps back. For now, it may be best to nourish that spark. Allow the passion and desire that is likely beginning to emerge, into your life, and soak it up. Marinate in it, until you have absorbed so much of that it has actually become a part of you.

Mercury Direct

Early Sunday morning, Mercury will station direct in Taurus and enter its storm phase, the last part of the retrograde cycle. During this time Mercury slowly begins to pick up speed, regaining momentum over the next few weeks, until it is back to its zippy little self. Things feel more forward moving, but the inconveniences of the retrograde are not over just yet. During the storm period, errors or issues related to plans or commitments made during the retrograde tend to reveal themselves. Mercury stationing direct tends to bring to light truths that may have been lurking beneath the surface in weeks prior. As the slow, staggered flow of information that we have likely found ourselves fumbling through begins to smooth out, both our thoughts and our lives’ will begin to feel more fluid.

Over the last 3 weeks, as Mercury retraced its path through Taurus [on top of all the usual retrograde inconveniences] it is likely that we have been dealing with issues related to our sense of security, our finances, and our values; as well as our place among our social networks and the groups that we belong to. For some, Mercury’s retrograde through Taurus may felt stripping, as we are forced to move on from that which we have deemed safe and comfortable. For others, it may have felt eye-opening, as we gained new respect and perspective on our finances and earnings. Some, may have had a less intense experience, and just had to fumble through the usual inconvenient ways of Mercury retrograde, but it is safe to say, the last few weeks have definitely felt off. As with all astrological events, the specific impacts and affects the transit will have on individuals differs depending on where planets are located in one’s birth chart, for more details and personalized information, email Starface Astrology!

As Mercury stations direct in the 12th house, associated with our deepest thoughts and secrets, and forms a trine to Jupiter in the 4th house, associated with ones’ home and roots, there may be an element of needing to address things at home, or to search for the solutions or answers to current problems in the ways of the past. In addition to forming a trine to Jupiter, Mercury also forms a trine to Pluto in the 8th house, suggesting we are very aware of the internal shifts and changes taking place within each of us. Also suggesting we may continue to deal with authority issues, even if it is personally, inside our own mind.

Mercury in Taurus is reliable, loyal, musical and peaceful. However, it can also be unwilling to cooperate, become set in unhealthy overindulging ways and be uncompromisingly stubborn. In the 12th house, Mercury in Taurus can describe a sort of mental perseverance able to conquer all, but it can also describe the opposite; a mental breakdown, a sort of all-encompassing withdrawal from the outside world.

It can be difficult to thrive and move forward after periods of change, especially after having one’s safety net removed, or security blanket taken away. Life feels unsteady, heart and mind feel unsure, so instead of moving forward or even moving backwards, paralysis sets in and stagnancy replaces production. It is an easy hole to fall into, but the truth is, despite the discomfort, it’s really not necessary to end up in a downward spiral. The power to choose your outcome is in your hands, your thoughts and your intention.

Saturn in Sagittarius, just above the descendant reminds us of the importance of setting routine, learning discipline and acting with integrity, especially when relating and interacting with others. In order to make peace with the changes we are implementing into our lives, we must be real, real with ourselves and real with others. Growth comes with experience, with acknowledging mistakes made and learning to do things differently. Healing cannot be rushed any more than one can rush a spiritual awakening. Claiming to have conquered your inner demons and to have changed for the approval of others, rather than for oneself, (or before you actually have) is likely to create frustration and confusion for everyone involved. At the same time, it is necessary to understand that one’s path is not everyone else’s and safe  space must be given for each to develop their own sense of boundaries and direction.

With the moon and Mars still occupying Sagittarius, we may notice our emotions still feeling off, our mode of expression turned inward. Though Mercury has stationed direct, there is still some funk to work through during the storm phase. We may find ourselves stuck picking up the pieces of a financial disaster, a relationship, or simply trying to figure out what it means to feel peace of mind – which can be exacerbated by Mars retrograde. It is important during this time to focus and listen to yourself, to really pay attention to your thoughts and where they are directing you. Acting on autopilot, doing as you normally do – will lead you to the same conclusion.  Whereas the goal of the retrograde is to break the cycle, to grow and to reach a new level of awareness. Beneath the inconvenient, mentally taxing ways of Mercury retrograde is opportunity, a second chance.

Take it.

 

The specific affects of planetary transits differ based on where planets are located in one’s natal chart and where the current planets are transiting. The above is a general forecast based off a chart designed for the aspect discussed.  If you would like more personalized advice, or have questions or feedback of any kind, please send us an email!

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New Moon in Leo: Being Concious of Self-Talk

Just as the Moon is a key player in creating the oceanic tides, it is also a key player in the creation of our emotional tides. When the Moon is new, it is in the part of its cycle where it passes between the Earth and the Sun. During this time, the Moon and Sun appear to occupy the same space in the zodiac, from the perspective of Earth. When the Moon is new, it is a time for introspection, for us to be in touch with what we are thinking and feeling. This New Moon reminds us of the power of our thoughts and beliefs. It also reminds us of the importance of connecting to ones higher self, whether it be through meditation, being one with nature, exercise, creative expression or through peacefully practicing ones religious beliefs.

On Friday, August 14 at 7:40 am PST, the New Moon will be exact in the sign of Leo, caught between Venus retrograde and Mars in the 12th house, the energy of the Sun and Moon merge. We enter a new cycle, with our Mars’ ambition and drive pushing forward and molding us from one side and Venus continuing to re-evaluate and re-affirm our wants and needs on the other, this will be a time of learning to integrate the changes we have made or have been contemplating making. It is a time to take action, but with so much stirring in the 12th house, there is likely some hesitation, as well as mental obstacles that lay before us.

The 12th house is the bridge between our physical reality and the unconscious realm. It is the place of dreams and also the place of nightmares. It is the realm associated with manifesting our thoughts. With 4 planets taking residency here, we must be conscious of our self-talk and the path it travels. Just as our thoughts consist of our greatest dreams and desires, they also consist of our greatest fears. It is just as easy to manifest the good and wonderful, and be the cause of our success, as it is to manifest the opposite, and be our own cause of misfortune.

It is quite normal to be offended when others speak of or treat us poorly, in fact it is suggested that we rid our lives of negative naysayers who bring us down or cause us harm. We have been taught that bullying is wrong, and won’t be accepted. But what happens when the bully, who is bullying you, is you?

This is the same “you” who shares your goals, dreams and wishes – and it is telling you that you can’t, that you suck, that you don’t deserve, that you won’t ever amount to anything. And you are the ONLY one who can turn it off.

We forget this, that our minds are filled with thoughts that WE have created. Thoughts that attract our experiences to us and affect how we perceive and project all that surrounds us. Sure, we get inspiration from our environment and past experiences, but we decide how we approach the day and the world. We forget that just as easily as we can be our worst enemy, we can also be our greatest friend and ally. We just need to make the decision to love ourselves as much as we love those we are protective over. With Leo’s strong, brave, bold energy fueling the house of the unconscious – the energy is there to make peace with oneself and to begin acting in ones best interest.

With Mercury and Jupiter’s recent move into Virgo, the desire to withdraw is again reiterated. Thoughts and hopes turn inward and become more critical and serious. As Jupiter magnifies the fine print, the flaws in our plans are revealed. It may be hard to find a middle ground, moving from looking at the bigger picture to fine tuning specific details.

Furthermore, with Mercury forming an opposition to Neptune in Pisces there is the tendency to struggle with mental clarity, or to not seeing things as they are. The veil of Neptune can lead us to believe in things are not true, or to feel disillusioned and lose faith. Again, the power of our thoughts is emphasized. Participating in yoga or some sort of grounding exercises may prove particularly calming and help quiet mental chatter.

Saturn squaring the 12th house, making a trine to Mars and Chiron – encourages us to keep on going. With Venus retrograde, we are in an accelerated growth period and there is so much shifting and transforming happening beneath the surface. Try to be mindful of growing pains and don’t beat yourself up, instead treat yourself with the same TLC that you would your best friend.