La Luna enters Leo today at 10:21am PST, and she is exact in her fullness at 5:46pm. Moon in Leo is courageous, innocent, brave and flashy. The beauty is in tapping into our loveliness. The challenge is in seeing our loveliness reflected all around us. We are bright and so are they! We are not brighter, and they are not brighter. In truth, we are each far brighter than our own ability to comprehend. The influence of a Moon transit is a mood and it passes quickly (2 days), but when the full Moon (emotional self) dances with the Lion (expressive, emotive, courageous self) there is something RIGHTEOUS about how we feel, something we can trust.
Can we allow the innocence of the Lion to further our creative expression? Like a baby making all kinds of faces and jerky movements, can we simply be as we ARE, without apology or embarrassment or self-criticism? Just BE THAT WHICH YOU ARE and know that everyone else is doing the same, in their own perfectly human way. Smooth, awkward, rough, raw, subtle – we are that which we are at any given time.
Venus, the sublime planet of beauty and love, enters Capricorn today at 12:31pm. Capricorn is the Goat, and she is better known for being steadfast than sexy, unlike the luminous goddess Venus. Although Venus supports every sign she passes through, she is tamed in Capricorn. As Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, there is restriction here, there is definition, containment and rules. Venus is wearing her reading glasses now and an unsexy sweater, while sipping coffee and compartmentalizing her life. She might feel the urge to go outside and put her bare hands in the dirt, reconnecting herself to the Earth. She honors her roots, specifically those she has created with her own blood, sweat and tears.
Capricorn is all about straight-forward action and hard work, but she also represents transformation: her glyph is part Goat/part Fish. She is taking-care-of-business, that is what she knows. But she is also preparing us for the wild transition into Aquarius, the Water-Bearer. Aquarius is transformational energy, like electricity. Our Sun is now in Aquarius, as of this past Wednesday morning, and the rebel in all of us is doing a little dance. Aquarius seeks the greater good, and he is not afraid of destruction and dissolution to create positive change.
I think it is auspicious that much of our country’s legislative sessions are occurring at this time, with the Aquarian Sun to shepherd our political leaders toward choices that promote equality and expansion.
Adding to the mix, Mercury remains retrograde in Capricorn until this Monday 1/25, when it will station direct at 1:50pm. Mercury is mentality, wit, communication and perception. How we PERCEIVE Mercury’s retrograde motion affects how we PERCEIVE the way things are “working out” in the realms of the mind. I appreciate planetary retrogrades because of the deepening effect they have as they carve their imprint back and forth upon the sign they are transiting. Mercury is taking its time with Capricorn, digging into its experience with the Goat from 12/11/15-2/14/16 (aside from its brief dip into Aquarius from 1/3-1/9/16).
Mercury in Capricorn means that the mind needs to focus now, the mind needs to produce, ask questions and create solutions. Capricorn is so earthy and tamed that Mercury can’t exactly get wild or out of control – it’s more like nose to the grindstone. Great time to work on taxes for business owners. But as it slows to station retrograde or station direct, Mercury likes to stir up some clouds and many things are likely to seem uncertain. Wait to finalize big decisions until later next week, ESPECIALLY if you feel as strong affinity with the planet Mercury.
The best way to understand your personal astrology is to receive an astrological reading, beginning with a natal chart reading. The entire zodiac exists within you, for each sign influences a “house” in your natal chart. The houses represent specific areas of our lives. For example, Capricorn – steadfast, structured, driven, linear – happens to rule my 8th house of sex, death and transformation! So the Venus and Mercury transits occurring in Capricorn right now happen to be fairly exciting for me. Where is Aquarius in your chart, illuminated by the Sun? That could be an area that is being given a boost of energy and nudging you out of your comfort zone in order to give voice to a certain type of needed social change.
If you are seeking an astrologer at this time, I can refer you to 2 amazing astrologers/intuitives in the Seattle area:
*Megan Skinner (www.meganskinner.com)
*Stephanie Gailing (www.planetaryapothecary.com)
Or online, I continue to learn so much from:
*Chani Nicholas (www.chaninicholas.com)
*Ainslie Faust (www.astroainslie.com)
Full Moon photo credit: Michael Ludwig (captured 5:15pm PST on 1/22/16)
Big, peaceful Full Moon blessings to you and yours, lovely ones.