Aquarius Full Moon/Eclipse August 7: Channeling Our Inner Fire

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On August 7th at 11:11am PST, we will experience the Aquarius full moon /partial eclipse. The chart for the lunar eclipse places Mars alongside the Sun in Leo in the 10th house, and the moon in Aquarius in the 4th house. The 10th house is associated with one’s career, public reputation and worldly status. It represents who we are in the world, our successes and our failures. While the 4th house is associated with our home, family and roots; it is personal and represents our deepest feelings.

With the eclipse straddling these two houses, emphasis is placed on these parts of our lives. We may find ourselves facing issues of courage, as this eclipse challenges our bravery. As well as issues related to one’s ego and the way one feels about how they are viewed by others, as Leo encourages us to put our boldest self forward for the world to see.

With the Sun, associated with our sense of self and purpose, and Mars planet of action, desire and drive, occupying the 10th house with courageous Leo on the cusp, it is likely we are experiencing changes regarding our career or goals, or the position we hold in the world. Leo, the sign associated with the lion, is strong, brave, creative and confident, and with the Sun here, one may feel the desire to lead, the urge to take charge on certain matters and the ability to tackle tasks that they might normally not feel capable of. Leo urges us to remember the potential of one’s personal power; one’s power to express, to create, to manifest and to grow.

The combination of the Sun and Mars in Leo can lead to egos running high. We may find ourselves or others boasting about successes, while trying to bury failures or hide that which we feel inadequate in. We must recognize that success comes in all shapes and sizes; it also doesn’t necessarily require mastery. It is however necessary to feel a sense of pride over our work and accomplishments; to reward oneself and acknowledge the outcome of one’s dedication. While it can be easy to get caught up in how much further we have to go to reach our goal, or all that we have not yet accomplished, the Sun in Leo evokes a sort of self-appreciation and gratitude; the ability to feel proud of oneself and confident in one’s skill. Many of us are often searching for the light at the end of the tunnel, but the bright, brave, fiery energy of Leo helps to remind us that the light we are in search of comes from within, and has been with us all along. Fueling the flames of our inner fire, allowing us to see our own ability to shine.

With the eclipse straddling Leo and Aquarius, we are reminded of our creative connection to the universe. There is the tendency for bursts of creative insight, for artistic visions and melodies to form and flow easily. We may also find ourselves required or desiring to use our creativity differently, in ways aimed towards one’s’ career or successes, allowing one’s’ inner light to better shine through one’s work and projects, and to feel more connected to the tasks accomplished. Feeling more brave than usual, we may even find ourselves sharing parts of our creative self that have previously been kept hidden with others.

While we are busy keeping our game face on, reaching new heights in our careers, or chasing after new goals or dreams – the moon in the 4th house, suggests it is vital that home feels like a safe space. Whether that means making sure your fridge is stocked and your house de-cluttered, or your mood lights on with your favorite candle lit – make your home a place where you can relax and rejuvenate yourself.

The tension between the Sun in Leo and the Moon in Aquarius may find us feeling torn on many levels. As the Sun in Leo inspires us to shine and be the brightest version of ourselves, the Aquarian moon in the 4th house feels a bit more modest, shy and awkward, begging us to err on the quieter, safer side. Though the Sun encourages us to be bold, we may be too caught up in our own dissatisfaction, as the moon reminds us of goals or plans that we may have had for our younger selves that failed to pan out accordingly, leaving us feeling insufficient. We may also find we are torn between our ego’s need to lead and our ability to work with others as a team; challenging our beliefs and ways of being. For some, it can be helpful to note that while good leadership is essential, some situations are less about one’s specific ability to lead and perform, and more about the ability to work as a pack, for survival. Try to share the stage with others, consider alternative perspectives and do your best not to take things too personally. Hurt egos are usually the first to lash out.

Additionally, this tension may also lead us to explore the connection between our emotional state at home and the face we put on for the others. With the energy of the eclipses (both this Lunar Eclipse and the upcoming Solar Eclipse) weaving its way through all that we endeavor over the next few weeks, we are likely to find ourselves entering a period of transformation, full of new starts, and beginnings, and endings that we may or may not have been expecting. The energy of the eclipses also provides us with just the right combination of energy to manifest whatever our focus touches. Pay attention to your thoughts and that which you occupy your time with. Aim for passionate productivity.

Aquarius is eccentric and quirky, but emotionally, it can feel a bit cold. With the moon here, we may find ourselves feeling a bit emotionally detached. Charged by all the energy in the 10th house, we may find ourselves bringing our work or projects home with us; our thoughts preoccupied with innovative ideas and our hearts fired up with confidence.

Taking a look at the activity happening with the other planets in the chart for the eclipse, we find similar messages of change and transformation on the horizon.

Jupiter in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn form an exact square, from the 1st and 3rd houses. Jupiter is massive, benevolent and magnetic, with the ability to magnify situations, sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. Often, however, Jupiter feels like a gift. Pluto is associated with power, destruction and rebirth; it can feel heavy and dark. But ultimately, Pluto comes along to wipe the slate clean, so that way we may begin again.

The tension between Jupiter in the 1st house in peaceful Libra and that of Pluto in the 3rd house in Capricorn, fuse to create the feeling that despite all that Pluto might be working to eliminate and disrupt, we are being gifted with great opportunity. Pluto touches the lowest point in the chart, associated with the deepest parts of ourselves, suggesting that while on the surface we appear to be feeling strong and capable – on a more personal emotional level, we are experiencing a sort of internal “renovation”. As we find ourselves sifting through and detaching ourselves from goals, or ideas, plans and responsibilities that no longer resonate with the person we have become. Though it can be bittersweet to say goodbye to dreams that once defined the person we were and goals that excited our spirits, it is a necessary step to take, if we want to make room for all that we now wish to create. At heart, the blending of Jupiter’s bounteous energy with that of Pluto’s acts as our own personal blessing in disguise.

Meanwhile, Mercury, which is in its pre-retrograde shadow period, is slowly approaching the 11° of Virgo, where it will station retrograde on August 12th. With Mercury moving at close to its slowest speed, it is likely we are beginning to feel the fuzzy-brained, disoriented, backwards energy of the retrograde. However, with Mercury stationing retrograde in the middle of eclipses, the energy may feel a bit more erratic and intense than backwards. While we should be prepared for the typical influences of a retrograde, we should also be prepared for the added flair of the eclipses.

Once retrograde, Mercury will head back through the first part of Virgo; toward Leo, where the Sun and Mars wait for the arrival of the Moon. Once in Leo, the Moon will travel past Mars, forming an exact conjunction, and meet up with the Sun. Thus, giving way to the Leo Solar Eclipse on August 21st.

The specific effects 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 me an email!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mercury and the Moon : Leaving Space for Reflection

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On Saturday February 13th, Mercury will reach the 1st° of Aquarius, completing the first retrograde cycle of 2016. Mercury stationed direct January 25th and has been in its last part of its retrograde cycle, referred to as either the storm period or post-shadow period, ever since. 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. It is also during the storm period that 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. The slow, staggered flow of information that we likely found ourselves fumbling through has smoothed out, leaving things feeling more fluid than before. We are growing, molding and adjusting to the changes we have found ourselves going through, and with Mercury back to normal speed, reproaching Aquarius, we may soon find ourselves rebelling against our ways of the past in order to forge in new habits and be the change we are aiming to be.

Be sure to check out Reclaiming Your Power, for more on Mercury retrograde and Here Comes Change, for more on Mercury stationing direct.

Mercury in Aquarius can be light and quirky, but it can also stir up quite a bit of trouble. With Mercury’s presence here, in the 2nd house, our thoughts relating to our self-esteem, financial security and that which we own -our physical possessions as well as our actions, or lack thereof, and emotions – will likely filter in through a different light. There may be a feeling of detachment, shifts in confidence, or a desire to break the rules and come up with a set of your own.

Creative solutions and ideas are woven through the air and easy to tap into with a bit of focus and intuition. This is a time to create and invent, to let your originality flow. Additionally, there is an increased ability to problem solve, especially among groups. Mercury in Aquarius reminds us that as we each travel our own journey and create our own stories, we must not forget the great strength that arises when we come together and the great power of collective inspiration.

However, before Mercury enters Aquarius, it will make its final aspect in both Capricorn and its storm period, to the Moon. The planets form a square in the 2nd and 4th houses, in the last degrees of Capricorn and Aries. With the Moon in Aries, emotions run high; it is easy for discussions to become heated and for anxious stress to wreak havoc within. There also may be a lack of sensitivity in the air, as well as a sense of impulsiveness and arrogance. With this awareness, it would be wise to aim for objectivity if you find yourself in some sort of emotionally defensive predicament or dealing with someone else who might be, before responding or reacting. Leaving space for others to feel as they do will likely influence them to do the same for you. Coming from a place of understanding feels much different than coming from a place of thinking you know best.

The energy of Mercury in Capricorn has a much cooler tone than that of the Moon in Aries. Mercury in Capricorn wants to plan and come up with solutions; it wants to turn thoughts into reality. It does not want to stress or be concerned with the heaviness of emotions, there is far too much that must be done in the physical world; mountains to climb, money to make and goals to accomplish. Thus, we feel the square of the Moon and Mercury; the inconvenient pull between intense emotions that boil beneath the surface, or may be rather explosive for some, and that of simply needing to be productive and continuing to focus on that which we have our mind set.

With both being quick inner planets, the effects of this aspect are brief. However, with Mercury ingressing Aquarius we are propelled into a new phase of our journey and reflection. What has changed since the beginning of January? How have you handled and processed this change? As Mercury enters the same degree it stationed retrograde in, we may find ourselves consciously processing all that we have invited into our lives, or removed from our lives over the last month or so. Sometimes it is difficult to see change while it is in process, but as Mercury resumes its normal orbit, as time continues to pass, our views on this period of time will deepen. That which didn’t make sense, but felt right, will start to make sense. That which shifted the ground beneath your feet, will have strengthened your ability to balance. And the pain which may have left you devastated will heal you, and transform you in ways you had never envisioned.

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Aries Lunar Eclipse: Conciously Moving Towards Peace

The Aries lunar eclipse will take place this Sunday, September 27 at 7:50 pm PST. Unlike the solar eclipse in Virgo that took place on September 13, which was only visible from a small portion of the planet, the Aries lunar eclipse or blood moon, will be a sight most will be able to witness, and won’t want to miss out on.

As Earthlings, we see our moon on a daily basis. Whether a sliver or a whole pie, our nights are lit by its illuminating white glow. During a lunar eclipse, the moon passes through the shadow of the Earth, casting a red tint onto our usually white satellite. This event happens roughly two to four times a year, each time accompanied by a solar eclipse a few weeks prior or after; sometimes with more dramatic visuals than others. Sometimes with more dramatic astrological influences than others.

As mentioned in previous blogs, the specific ways in which transits may affect one another depend on where the planets are in ones’ natal chart. For deeper discussion on how the energy of the eclipse may be affecting your life, order a Starface Natal Chart, or send me an email!

Eclipses represent periods of new beginnings, and with the moon in Aries, the first sign of the zodiac – this energy is further stressed. We have been going through a time of reflection and transition, with the Venus retrograde we experienced in July/August, and now Mercury retrograde re-triggering the same or related issues, there is likely an anxious desire to get on with things and to really let go of that which has been weighing us down. Venus addressed this in a more physical, outward way, as it traveled backwards through bold, dramatic, over-the-top Leo. While Mercury in Libra addresses things in a more mental, introspective way – with a bit more tact and a lot less theatrics. Retrogrades, as mentioned in Re-Calibrating the Scales, are not ideal times to make new commitments or drastic changes. However, Mercury retrograde has a way of helping us to re-evaluate our thoughts and re-direct them to better serve us. With this lunar eclipse taking place in Aries in the 12th house, and with Saturn approaching 1° Sagittarius – we are being pushed into a new cycle. This cycle is likely to be one in which we find ourselves addressing the thoughts that we have on a daily basis, and how they impact our sense of balance and our sense of beauty in the world.

The moon in Aries suggests an outward expression of confidence in ones emotions and feelings, while inside there may be a struggle to align oneself with this facade. In the 12th house, the deepest part of our psyche is emphasized. The things we are thinking about, even when we don’t think we are thinking. The thoughts that have become so ingrained in our beings, that we don’t even need to think them –  we just act on them. With the moon here, more specifically the lunar eclipse taking place here, there is the power and ability to access this “space” and take control of it.

Most people in the world are on a search for peace. Whether it be world peace or inner peace, there is an innate need for each and everyone of us to find our own sense of calm and belonging in the world. It is hard to achieve this when and if your thoughts that act as your daily mental chatter are waging war inside your head. Indecisiveness that expresses as a sense of internal battle, or negative self talk so critical it is paralyzing, constantly comparing and judging oneself and accomplishments against those of others – there are many ways in which our thoughts regularly “attack” us – disturbing not only our emotional state, but our physiological state and the way in which we function and project ourselves to the rest of the world.

The moon in Aries, making a trine to Saturn in Sagittarius suggests it is time to address the thoughts that we have allowed us to define ourselves by, and to consciously aim our arrow of intent as high as we can –  allowing our belief in ourselves to soar as well. Life is a journey in self-growth, and with Saturn in Sagittarius, we feel it is our mission to better ourselves. However, with Venus, Mars and Jupiter each loosely squaring Saturn, the shift to focusing on oneself, takes energy and attention away from other areas we may be used to spending our time on. Whether this presents itself in relationships, careers, friendships or hobbies, it will likely be more of a mental and emotional shift than a shift of environment. Pay attention to what you feel. Allow this shift of perspective to see yourself more clearly, to enlighten you and to motivate you. With focused intent, a foundation of passion AND the belief in oneself, anything is possible.

Mars and Jupiter both Virgo in the 5th house suggest there may be a sense of criticism or hyper-focusing on imperfections, in regards to ones creativity, as well as a sense of sexual restriction and/or anxiety. With the moon in Mars ruled Aries, there is likely a connection between the need to calm ones thoughts and the ability to find appreciation in ones creativity and release through sexuality. Constructive criticism can be helpful, but isn’t always necessary. Sometimes all that is needed to recognize the beauty, is to simply experience the raw creative energy, to let it flow without judgement. To accept it as a form of expression and a message from the soul.

Venus, now direct in Leo, in the 4th house presents us with more positive, easy going vibes on the home front, or among “family”. Tension will still have its ebbs and flows, but it is better than the stagnant feeling that seemed to be looming during the retrograde. Again, things are shifting and transitioning.

Pluto in Capricorn, approaching a conjunction to the Midheaven and sextile to Chiron, again reiterates the change we are experiencing, and the need to be practical and methodical in our approach, as well as the importance of setting realistic goals. It may also be necessary to heal certain karmic wounds in order to evolve into the person we are striving to become. The growing pains of life are less than enjoyable, but without them, our development would be incomplete and in some cases completely halted. Doing what’s right for oneself in the long run isn’t always the choice one wants to make when they find themselves caught up in the moment, it takes being responsible, self-discipline and likely some kind of sacrifice. But in this case, there is the need for heightened awareness and to rise above the need for instant gratification.

Additionally, Mercury will be retrograde for another two weeks still. Remember to confirm details and to leave time and room for error. As well as to be mindful of your communications with others – as there is the tendency for information to be misinterpreted.

Virgo New Moon: Making Room For Growth

On September 6, Venus which had been retrograde since the end of August finally stationed direct. The last 6-8 weeks have been quite an emotional ride for many, as Venus’ backwards journey likely provoked us to re-evaluate our relationships to the people and things we love most, our finances and our values. As relieving as it is to have Venus moving forward again, with all that has happened and shifted over the past month and a half, we now find ourselves in a period in which we must learn to adjust and commit to the changes we’ve decided to make.

Early in the morning on Sunday September 13, the Sun and Moon will make their monthly alignment, placing us in the lunar phase of the New Moon. Though it will not be visible to those of us in the Northern hemisphere, this is one of the more special New Moons, in which the Sun and Moon align at just the right angle, that the Earth witnesses a partial solar eclipse.  The path of totality for this partial solar eclipse is rather small, and will only be visible over the southern part of Africa and the surrounding vicinity. Though this will not be a sight those of us from the U.S will be able to enjoy,  we will be able to witness the other half of this eclipse pair – the lunar eclipse in Aries – that will take place on September 27.

During the time of a solar eclipse and New Moon, the energy is prime for planting new seeds of intent for ourselves and creating new beginnings. With the Virgo Sun and Moon opposing Chiron in Pisces, there is now a distinction between the wounds we have been healing, and ourselves. It is easy to play the role of the victim, defining oneself by conditions, mistakes or misfortunes – but with this aspect, we are being given an opportunity to see things more objectively. Taking place in the 4th house suggests the wounds being addressed may take us back to our roots. Whether that be familial roots, spiritual roots, old friends or ways of life – there may be a need to backtrack and take a more critical look at the choices we have made and where they have gotten us.

Furthermore, with the new moon squaring the Ascendant in Gemini we may find ourselves addressing some sort of duality as we become aware of discrepancies between the ideal version of oneself and the reality of oneself. This ideal self is the person our childhood self had imagined they would one day grow into; it was the story we wrote for ourselves. We decided who we wanted to be when we grew up and likely fantasized about some of the details our journey would consist of. It is possible, that some of these details, traits or goals we hoped to attain or achieve, no longer fit the person we have become. Yet without conscious awareness and reassessment – we may continue to aspire to be something or someone we have no actual desire or intent to be, acting on autopilot. Though it is important to have goals and something to aspire to, a vision for oneself, it is important to modify and allow this vision to grow with you through life instead of allowing it to trap you and bound you to an idea that does not resonate with your soul.

The solar eclipse in Virgo is the perfect time to modify our routines to better suit our needs.

Use this time to connect with yourself and set new goals. Where do you want to be in 6 months? What are you doing to get there? What have you been putting your efforts towards on a daily basis – will that get you to where you want to be in 6 months? Whether it is a healthier diet, making more money, finishing school, or making a career change – in order to mold oneself, to grow, to achieve any goal – it takes conscious effort and honestly checking in with oneself on a regular basis.

On the 17th, Mercury stations retrograde and the opposition between Neptune and Jupiter is exact. Make sure to lock in your details and facts now for any endeavors you will engage in over the next month, as details will become more obscure as the week goes on.

Venus Retrograde Trine Uranus

This morning Venus and the Moon both make aspects to Uranus, this suggesting it can be an emotionally erratic time. Uranus is unpredictable and can sometimes be a bit disastrous, but it can also be extremely inventive and creative, and is a great problem solver!

Uranus opposing the Moon and trining Venus retrograde gives us innovative energy to find and create solutions to issues that have arisen or become more prevalent since July 25, when Venus stationed retrograde. Uranus is original, smart and is helpful at offering a different perspective on things. At the same time, it can create a feeling of detachment, the need for emotional freedom and independence. This can be helpful, as detaching from situations/people/ideas can allow for a more objective look. It is important to examine the roots of our emotions from time to time. How much of what you feel is influenced by others? Are you being easily affected by others moods and stress? It is true that we have control over our feelings, but it is also true that our environment and those we share it with play an impact on our mood as well. Try to allow this “detachment” to help bring you more in touch with what you are feeling, instead of disconnecting.

Unpredictable Uranus can also trigger the tendency for unexpected issues to rear their head. Being as present as possible, flexible and understanding is beneficial, as one can make a conscious effort to be a part of the solution and keep a positive attitude, instead of overreacting and exacerbating the problem.

With the Moon in the 1st house, we are our emotions. Libra on the cusp here suggests there is the need to create or find a sense of peace. Life has been a place of extremes lately. All or nothing. Libra’s presence on the Ascendant reminds us balance is essential and should be part of our goal.

Venus retrograde has likely shifted our perspective and the way we normally respond to things, as we have re-evaluated our wants, needs and values. With another few weeks left on her backwards journey from Virgo into Leo, we can expect this rather introspective time of examining that which we love and find pleasure in to continue a bit longer. For more on Venus retrograde, check out Venus Retrograde in Leo 7/25-9/06.

Additionally, Chiron opposes Mercury and trines Saturn – it is likely we may have to address something that we would much rather not – Chiron and Saturn are present to remind us that this is part of the growth process, problems unacknowledged cannot be fixed. Awareness, though sometimes painful, is a necessary part of change.

As always, if you are interested in how these transits will specifically affect you or want to chat about the current astrology, check out Starface Astrology’s natal chart interpretations, or shoot me an email!