Full Moon in Cardinal Aries ~ Conjunct Uranus, the Rebel

 

Dearest Moonlings!

We are in the season of change.  The eclipses in September worked upon us in many varied ways – opening new doors, closing others, bringing about surprises, births, deaths, unions and separations.

Many of us have been pushed outside the box of our comfort zone.  Many of us are exhausted and just looking for some peace and quiet from all this noise, all this insanity, all these layers of challenging issues that we face as individuals and as a global community.

In October, the flavor of Fall is all around us; the daylight fading a little sooner, the air getting chillier, the wind blowing leaves and blowing our thoughts toward coffee shops and scarves and comfort food and warmth.

This year, we have the added anticipation of November’s U.S. presidential election.  Tensions are high, egos are ignited, nerves are shot and patience is thin.  We are faced with one of the most absurd political campaigns in history, and the voices calling for change are murmuring louder and louder, like a deep underground river that is rising and rising, preparing to dismantle every system of injustice.

This month’s Full Moon is exact on Saturday, October 15th, at 9:23 pm PDT.  La Luna reveals her fullness to us in the sign of Aries, the Ram.  The Sun in Libra is highlighting the area in our lives that really strives for balance and harmony, as well as beauty and connection.  Jupiter began his year-long journey in Libra on September 9th, and he is EXPANDING and supporting and enhancing that area of our lives because that is the generous nature of Jupiter.

Aries is Libra’s opposite, and he brings the attention back to the “self” and to accomplishment.  Aries is driven, masculine and a total powerhouse.  He is ruled by Mars, whereas Libra is ruled by Venus.  Aries is the pioneer, the leader, the fire-starter.  Libra seeks relationship, refinement and romance. As Cardinal signs, Libra and Aries are both generators, initiators, trend-setters and very ambitious.

Uranus (retrograde in Aries and conjunct the Full Moon) gives an added dimension of rebellion and wildness to this month’s astrology.  Uranus represents liberation, equality, and the higher mind.  Uranus has no problem using the power of destruction to “level the playing field.”  If it isn’t working well for the good of all, let’s break it apart and build it over again in a new way!  This is the mindset of Uranus.

Uranus remains retrograde in Aries until December 29th of this year, which is also the New Moon.  This feels like a very special introduction to 2017!

When the planet of transcendence and higher mind turns direct at 20° Aries, we might experience some closure or some continuing of things that were happening back in April of this year, when Uranus was last transiting through 20-21° Aries.  Pay attention to this part of your chart; which house does Aries rule for you, and do you have planets or significant aspects around 20° Aries?  You might be experiencing some monumental shifts in personal areas of your life, and we are bound to see this reflected in the larger landscape of global relations and leadership.

Aside from this Saturday’s Full Moon, we can look forward to Venus, the planet of beauty and pleasure, moving into Sagittarius for almost a month of frolicky fun!  Venus enters the sign of the Archer at 12:01 am PDT, this Tuesday October 18th. This is a lovely combination, as Jupiter is the ruler of adventurous Sag, and no one makes Venus shine brighter than the benevolent Jupiter.  The energies of Jupiter and Venus are quite harmonious and bestow good fortune.  Jupiter spending a year in Libra, who is ruled by Venus, is another, longer-term formation of the angelic Venus-Jupiter connection.

May the blessing of this Full Moon bestow you with the courage and the fortitude needed during times of change!  May you hold your loved ones close, and may you also hold your sweet self with compassion for this human journey.  May you allow your own consciousness to be the change so needed in the world.

Blessings and Light!

Namaste.

 

 

 

 

 

New Moon, Solar Eclipse & Mercury Retrograde – All In Virgo, Baby

The New Moon in Virgo (exact at 2:03 am PDT on September 1st) brings issues of health, daily routines and work relationships to the spotlight.  Both Sun and Moon join at 9° Virgo to create the second and final solar eclipse of 2016.

Virgo encourages order and efficiency.  She is often described as the “Mary Poppins” of the zodiac – practically perfect.  She is mutable earth; she helps us transform through improvement.  She helps us make to-do lists and organize the clutter.  She helps us purge and get rid of the things we don’t need.  Throw it away, give it away, or sell it – now is the time!

Virgo likes schedules and planning.  Ever analytical, she is ruled by Mercury, the planet of intellect and discernment.  We see this in the very cerebral and organized approach that Virgo takes to being in the body.

Virgo promotes self-care.  She likes to clean and groom the body, just as much as she appreciates a tidy home and a clean car.  For Virgo, this is about self-respect and wellness, not being flashy or fancy.

Virgo relates to the abdomen, gallbladder and intestines.  Many of us find ourselves more apt to pay attention to issues regarding our digestion and our diet during “Virgo season” (August 22nd – September 22nd), while the Sun is lighting up Virgo in the zodiac.

Back to the eclipse:

We talk a lot about Moon cycles (of course), as well as the cycles of the other personal planets (Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn).  We touch on the cycles here and there about the generational planets (Uranus, Neptune, Pluto).  And eclipses have their own cycles, and their own method of impacting our lives. 

The eclipses happen 4-6 times/year between pairs of opposite signs.  We are currently experiencing the Pisces/Virgo axis, which began back in March 2015 and will finish up in February 2017.

Each pair of opposing signs remains highlighted during an eclipse cycle for 18 to 24 months.  Unlike planets and asteroids, which are moving “forward” through the signs (unless they are in a retrograde cycle), the eclipses are gradually moving “backward” through the signs upon their axis.  The Aries/Libra axis turned into the Pisces/Virgo axis, which will then turn into the Aquarius/Leo axis.

As the Pisces/Virgo axis has been taking over, the Aries/Libra axis has been loosening.  We experienced the last eclipse on the Aries/Libra axis on 3/23/16 (it was a lunar eclipse/full moon at 3° Libra).  2015/2016 have been big years for those of us who strongly identify with the signs Pisces, Virgo, Aries or Libra. 

Identifying with a zodiac sign is not dependent on your natal Sun being in that sign.  Our Ascendant and Moon signs are just as important as our Sun sign when we think of “who we are” and what zodiac traits we are going to personify and connect to.  The other thing to pay attention to is where your “clusters” are.  For example, I have a huge portion of my chart clustered into the sign of Libra, which rules my 5th house.  The cluster happens to include my Venus, Pluto, North Node and Sun.

Astrology is so layered, and yet so simple.  I highly recommend taking a look at what is being affected for you on the Pisces/Virgo axis and how you can work with these transformative eclipses.  See my recommendations below for my two favorite Western astrologers in the Seattle area.

One of the other major things that is happening with this New Moon/solar eclipse is Mercury RetrogradeDUN DUN DUN DUUUNNNN!

Mercury went retrograde 2 days ago on August 30th at 6:04 am PDT at 29° Virgo.

Now, relax.  Pay attention to what you’re doing and saying (Mercury retrogrades will often bring issues of communication to the surface, as Mercury rules communication, intellect, transportation and technology).  But Mercury goes retrograde 3-4 times/year, more than any other planet in our solar system.  It’s nothing we haven’t dealt with before.

That said, with this retrograde, Mercury will be calling us to review issues relating to Virgo (health, work, duties, punctuality, efficiency), as well as issues relating to the house Virgo rules for you personally in your natal chart.  Due to the retrograde, Mercury will remain in Virgo for just over 2 months, which is a long time for Mercury to be in one sign.

Mercury is being supported right now by expansive Jupiter (who is hanging out at 28° Virgo), but Jupiter will be joining Venus in Libra in just a few days on September 9th.  By then, Venus will be at 13° Libra, but I can see the energy from September 9th – September 23rd (when Venus crosses over into Scorpio) as having great potential for romance as Venus is especially powerful in Libra, Taurus and Pisces.  Venus is the planet of love, beauty, art, sensuality and all things related to the divine feminine.  She is the singular ruler of both Libra and Taurus; those signs are her domiciles.  She is exalted in the dreamy sign of Pisces, and her “fall” (her detriment) is in the sign of pragmatic Virgo.

The recent Mercury/Venus/Jupiter conjunction at 27-28° Virgo was beautiful and potentially intense (especially for those who identify strongly with Virgo, or who have significant planets/aspects around the late degrees of Virgo).  However, now that Venus is roaming free in Libra (as of 8/29 at 7:07 pm PDT), she can really start to do her magic.  And when benevolent Jupiter joins her in Libra, he simply expands her potential. 

Both Jupiter and Venus are known as the most “supportive” planets besides the Sun and the Moon in terms of their astrological influence.  They are the ones making our lives easier, while planets like Mars and Saturn are supposed to challenge us, ideally for our growth and not our detriment!

Allow the supportive energies to work with you where they need to.

Allow the challenging energies to do their thing.

Allow transformation to happen, on any and every level that you are willing to receive it.

Allow yourself to be the master creator of this thing called “your life.”

May the organized and health-focused energy of Virgo work with you as you create your master plan, deep clean your home, re-commit to your health and tackle your to-do list.  Let her busy and prudent nature invigorate you and prepare you for the change of season.

Go within and get very quiet at some point today.  Let the New Moon plant her own seeds in you.

You don’t have to do anything.

Just listen.

Just observe.

Just receive.

 

Namaste and Dark Moon Blessings

~ Misfit Mystic

 

For those looking for an astrologer in the Seattle area, I highly recommend my teachers:

Stephanie Gailing @ http://www.stephaniegailing.com

Megan Skinner @ http://www.meganskinner.com

I can also be reached for natal chart and synastry readings.  Please contact me at misfitmysticblog@gmail.com to inquire.

 

 

Full Moon in Aquarius & Venus Kissing Jupiter in Virgo

Big Moon blessings, dear ones!

La Luna’s exact fullness happens this morning (August 18th) at 2:27 am PDT.  Tonight and tomorrow night are perfect for ritual and reflection.  Full Moon energy is opulent, and the positions of the rest of our neighboring planets becomes highlighted when we reach this point in the lunar cycle – for now begins the harvest.

The Sun in Leo with La Luna ripe in Aquarius makes for some interesting dynamics within astrology.  I like to tune in and get quiet ESPECIALLY at the New Moon and the Full Moon.  I’ve noticed that I’m often socializing more at the waxing and waning quarter Moons, when Luna is squaring the Sun.  Maybe that’s just me, but I encourage you to tune in with this Full Moon and see for yourself what the planets are telling you.  

Full Moon in Aquarius is creative, quirky and rebellious.  Aquarius is the energy-bearer and the revolutionary.  He facilitates transformation. However, he is also a fixed sign (along with Taurus, Leo and Scorpio).  His determination and vision is kind of like the gold-medal athlete, if you will – because he is fully committed to the universal collective.  Aquarius is quite ego-less, in his essential nature.

The modern ruler of Aquarius is Uranus, the planet of liberation, awakening and higher mind.  The energy of Uranus is constantly helping us dismantle that which no longer serves in order to pave the way for a new paradigm, which is being revealed as we enter the Aquarian Age. (Uranus is currently retrograde in Aries – he goes direct on 12/29/16 at 20 degrees Aries.  The specific energies of the outer planets are particularly helpful in looking at the world stage, as they are in each sign for a very long time, revealing larger mass influence)

The traditional ruler of Aquarius, however, is Saturn – also known as “the disciplinarian.”  Saturn provides structure and containment, rules and regulations, boundaries and limitations.  He is as practical as he is authoritarian.  He also provides real, tangible support. (Saturn is in Sagittarius, and Mars is preparing to meet him for their conjunction on 8/24/16 – my last new moon post goes in depth about their arrangement in the skies: New Moon in Leo and the Dance of Saturn and Mars )

The Aquarian Full Moon lies opposite the Leo Sun, each at 26 degrees in their respective signs.  While the inner (Moon) voice is telling us to create change for the good of all beings, the expressive (Sun) voice is saying shine on, shine on, shine on!  Share your gifts!  Tap into your talents and let them be seen.

On Venus:

The Venus/Jupiter conjunction is coming up on August 27th, while Luna is in her Crone phase.  Venus will meet Jupiter in 27 degrees Virgo at 3:30 pm PDT on that day.  Venus is debilitated in Virgo, but she is exalted by Jupiter all the same.  No other planet can showcase the beauty of Venus like Jupiter can.  You can catch both Venus and Jupiter setting in the Western horizon shortly after 9 pm PDT.

Venus and Jupiter have a beautiful affair in which they dance together roughly every 13 months, so they kind of loop over the signs.  They met up last summer on 8/4/15  at 22 degrees Leo, and after this conjunction they won’t meet again until 11/13/17 when Venus graces over Jupiter in 7 degrees Scorpio.

Venus remains in practical Virgo until August 29th, two days after her conjunction with the benevolent and expansive Jupiter.  On that day, Venus will drop into the gracious sign of Libra, her domicile.  Venus rules Libra and Taurus, but she is exalted in Pisces (who is ruled by Jupiter and Neptune).

Another thing to pay attention to is that between 8/12/16-8/25/16, Jupiter, Mercury and Venus in Virgo (and in that order) will take turns opposing Chiron (the wounded-warrior) in Pisces.  Chiron in our natal chart represents the wound that never heals.  The house and sign he dwells in will give you important information regarding the areas in life to focus on your own healing.  By discovering the places within us that need extra care, we are also discovering priceless keys to compassion toward others.

Virgo is no-nonsense, earthy practicality and meticulous intellect.  Her focus is health, wellness and daily routines.  Let Venus in Virgo and her expanded influence under Jupiter guide you in organizing your self-care right now.  If you can, locate where Virgo is in your natal chart to understand her influence upon your life.  This will expand your awareness of the upcoming Venus/Jupiter conjunction and make it applicable to your life!

As always, many blessings, with this Moon and always.

Life is short and so very precious, let us not waste the time we have been given here. 

XO

~ Misfit Mystic

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This month’s beautiful Full Moon image was provided by the talented Michael Ludwig, who can be found at http://www.5edges.wordpress.com

Image capture: 8:57 pm PDT 8/17/16

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For those looking for an astrologer in the Seattle area, I highly recommend my teachers:

Stephanie Gailing @ http://www.stephaniegailing.com

Megan Skinner @ http://www.meganskinner.com

I can also be reached for natal chart and synastry readings.  Please contact me at misfitmysticblog@gmail.com to inquire.

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Jupiter Loves Venus

 

Oh Jupiter,

Expanding everything

Enhancing everything

A boon to my senses

Each moment is stretched out,

Yes with you, even the seconds get longer

Richer

Imbued with magic

Damn….

This is what it feels like

Unavoidable attraction

You light me up

Making me shine even brighter

Such a gentleman,

Accentuating my light with your own

My favorite thing –

Being close to you, next to you, near you

Your smell, your energy,

the way you recognize me, seeing me

Jupiter,

Even if I’m across the room and we are playing it cool

An electric current runs between us

If anything ever happened,

We would grab each other and run

At the first opportunity,

We would grab each other and run

And sometimes,

It’s only in our minds

And hearts

Sometimes we just have to hold space

And know

There will be more

Time

Hugs

Kisses

Moments stretched out for the angels to play

~ angels love the lovers ~

Our every interaction

Exists within this field

Of wonderment

Like, how did we get so lucky?

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Pisces New Moon and Solar Eclipse

The New Moon and total Solar eclipse that will occur tomorrow (3/8/16) has a major spotlight on Pisces.  Look at what house rules Pisces in your natal chart to see where this influence is happening most significantly for you personally.  Also, if your Sun/Moon/Rising sign is in Pisces, or if you have “a lot going on” with planets/asteroids/Lilith in the house ruled by Pisces in your natal chart, this upcoming Solar eclipse is likely to have an especially powerful effect on you.

Luna enters the waters of Pisces at 11:08am today (PST).  Pisces is traditionally ruled by Jupiter, which is probably why it has a reputation for being the sweetest, kindest and most altruistic of the three water signs.  Pisces is the last sign of the zodiac, universally ruling the 12th house of karma, blind-spots, the subconscious and the soul.  The modern ruler of Pisces is Neptune, who is both the master of confusion and deception, as well as the magician of dreams, psychic-awareness and inspiration.  Neptune himself is riding through the waters of Pisces until 2025.  Neptune is strong here, holding court.  Right now the Sun, Mercury, Chiron and the South Node are all in Pisces together.  The Moon is about to join the bubble bath with them, and Venus will soon follow suit this coming Saturday.  It looks like the Piscean Sea is the place to be right now!

My natal Moon is in Pisces, who rules my 10th house of career and social status.  Natal Moon is all about inner-self, intimacy, soul and emotions.  Am I feeling these transits?  Why yes, I am.

When the Moon’s shadow covers the Earth on Tuesday, both Moon and Sun in Pisces will be directly opposite Jupiter in Virgo.  Oppositions represent challenges, but Jupiter is ceaselessly benevolent, even when he is in the sign of his detriment.  In Virgo, Jupiter expands issues of health, work and service.  In opposition to both Moon and Sun in Pisces, he has a sobering effect.  We are being asked to add practicality and sensible action to our dreams right now.  We are also being reminded to not skimp on self-care!

This year’s only total Solar eclipse will be visible from Indonesia and from the nearby Pacific Ocean.  It will be exact at 5:54pm PST on Tuesday.  You don’t have to see an eclipse in order to feel it and work with its energy.

New Moon rituals are always a beautiful thing, a time to go within, entering the void of your own being.  Ground your awareness in this dark space.  The Piscean Sea is being stirred by a powerful hand and a reckoning is occuring.  If you are in denial about anything, it will feel increasingly uncomfortable to let that denial run your life.  If illusion is blocking your clear vision or if you are suppressing emotions, the dam is primed to burst.  Creativity flows through you when you drop the façade, so whatever it is, drop it now.

All eclipses can act as doorways for change and transformation.  Enter this Solar eclipse portal and let the answers you seek rise from your subconscious, from your dreams, from your own psychic awareness.  Magick is happening all around us.  Big shifts are often necessary for our growth, and we can allow the metamorphic power of an eclipse the pull us through the change like riding a big wave.

Blessings upon your evolution.

 

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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)

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Jupiter (About Angels)

 

Yes, there are 7.4 billion people on the planet.

But how many more living creatures in all?

And how big is Space?

Also –

What about the energies of our ancestors, all around us?

And –

Have you ever met an Angel?

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The Angels are easily identified by their kindness.

The lightness of their energy.

They take nothing from you.

Everything you do is accepted, for they are observing you with the utmost respect.

They know the truth of your being, and it is that – Being – which has brought an Angel into your consciousness, your dreams or even into your physical experience.

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The Angel is here to guide you in the most gentle and steady way possible;

No time is wasted with an Angel.

The loving corrections they bring come from a place you can’t control with Mind.

So give up.

Receive.

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See how the influence of an Angel expands your capacity to love and steals your worry?

Find the stretch of your heart and – like any other muscle – hold the stretch right where it is.

No need to back up, no need to push forward.

You

are just right.

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Believe me,

they get it.

They know it’s not easy here on the earth-plane.

The Angels will always meet you exactly where you are.

They come freely,

and there is no pre-requisite for their visitation upon your life.