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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New Moon in Leo and the Dance of Saturn and Mars

As I write this, the Crone Moon is riding the waves of Cancer, keeping me domestic and tender.  She is guiding us within even as she prepares to light us up with the fiery and brave intentions of Leo, the noble Lion.  She enters the sign of Leo on Monday at 6:12pm PDT, and her newness will be exact at 1:45pm PDT on Tuesday, August 2nd

Leo the Lion is tossing his mane right now!

When La Luna is reborn as new, she is directly within the light of the Sun, which is why we don’t see her.  This time can offer so much illumination, for the life-giver (Sun) is in perfect alignment with the inner-self, the emotional self, the secret self: which is represented by Moon.

Month by month, we look at where this is happening in our PERSONAL natal chart in order to gain clarity and direction regarding how the illumination is happening SPECIFICALLY within our individual lives.  When you read horoscopes, I highly recommend that you read them according to your RISING sign, not your sun sign.  If you do not know your rising sign, www.astro.com is a great resource for this.  Go to “extended chart selection” under “Free Horoscopes” and you will easily be able to pull your own chart for free (chart type: Natal Chart Wheel).  I recommended selecting “whole signs” under “House System” (under “Options”).  I talk a little about why I use the whole sign house system in my “about” section on this blog.

This month, we are in the time of self-expression, pleasure and passion.  Leo himself is ruled by the Sun, and the Sun is all about IDENTITY and PURPOSE.  Leo the Lion is dramatic and theatrical by nature, and he shines from the sheer pleasure of DOING WHAT HE LOVES TO DO.  His true nature is loyal and honorable, offering his heart of gold to his close relationships.  The world is a stage for the Lion; he is an exhibitionist and an extrovert, which some of us can relate to and some of us can’t.  But the thing to remember is that he exists for all of us.  All of us contain the entire zodiac within us, for each house is ruled by one of the twelve signs.  So you might not identify strongly with Leo characteristics (or you might), but Leo does preside over a certain area of your life, astrologically-speaking.

If your Sun/Moon/Ascendant/North Node is in Leo, you will undoubtedly be experiencing a certain spotlight and intensity right now, and you may feel “personally” reborn or re-ignited at this time.  But for all of us, this bright, successful, charismatic and joyful Leo style pervades some aspect of our charts.  For me, Leo rules my 3rd house of writing, intellect and communication.  I also have Saturn in my 3rd house, the disciplinarian.  Saturn makes us work.  But he also rewards us with structural support and tangible outcomes – when WE WORK (more precisely, when we work where our work is needed/appreciated).  So I’m letting this Moon speak to me specifically in this area.

Doing the “personal research” to find out how what signs rule what houses in your natal chart is easy and free!  I offer natal chart coaching sessions on a donation basis to help people understand the basics of their personal astrology and how planetary transits are affecting them now.  My contact information is below.  Sessions are completely confidential.

This New Moon in Leo is being ignited even further by the fact that Mars, planet of passion and action, is moving into Sagittarius on Tuesday at 10:49 am PDT.  You might be well-versed in the latest Mars retrograde “escapade” – or you might not – so here’s a little recap:

Mars began his retrograde at 8° Sagittarius on April 17th of this year.  He fell back into Scorpio on May 28th.  He stationed direct at 23° Scorpio on June 29th Now he is switching signs (and houses) for the last time until he enters Capricorn on September 27th.  He won’t retrograde again until June 2018, so hopefully we have learned something from this “recoiling” of Mars energy.  We all need to be able to utilize our passion and desire, we need to have an outlet for aggressive energy, we need permission (from ourselves!) to be direct and ask for what we want.

Mars and Saturn will be dancing together in Sagittarius again come the New Moon.  The dance of these two very masculine, challenging and hard-working planets really began back on February 19th when Mars reached 23° Scorpio, a specific point that we would later see lit up for an extended period of time when Mars stationed direct at that degree on June 29th.  While Mars is re-entering Sagittarius, Saturn is hanging out at 9° Sagittarius, which is significant because Mars was at 8° Sagittarius when he went retrograde on April 17thAt the point of the Mars retrograde, Saturn was at 15° Sagittarius, and Saturn will return to that degree on November 7th of this year (the day before the much-anticipated United States presidential election).

On a larger scale, we can look at the Mars/Saturn dance as spanning from 2/19/16-11/24/16.

For tracking the personal lessons that are being revealed by the Mars retrograde, pay attention to events between 4/17/16-8/21/16 (Mars began his retrograde at 8° Sagittarius on 4/17, and he will return to that degree on 8/21).

The most recent Saturn retrograde began on March 25th when the planet of structure and containment was at 16° Sagittarius.  He will go direct on August 13th, a few days before our next Full Moon, at 9° Sagittarius.  He himself will return to 16° Sagittarius on November 16th of this year.

I know some of you might feel lost with this information right now, but try to pay attention to these dates – both the things that happen directly on or near these dates, but also the over-arching life experiences and lessons happening within the bookends of the two time frames I have listed above.

If you have access to your natal chart, hone in on the area between 23° Scorpio and 16° Sagittarius.  Which houses are being affected?  What planets/asteroids/angles/nodes exist here?  This particular segment of your chart has been getting A LOT of attention, and that won’t really let up until after November 24th, when Saturn moves beyond 16° Sagittarius.

On August 24th, Mars and Saturn will make their exact conjunction at 9° Sagittarius.  I will discuss this further when I share my thoughts regarding our next Full Moon on August 18th.  The main thing to keep in mind is that Mars is action and Saturn is discipline.  Together they can accomplish a lot, if their influence is being channeled for growth and constructive action.  The fact that they are joining up in Sagittarius is great news because the Archer is both adventurous and benevolent, kind and driven, brave and compassionate.  Sagittarius is mutable (changeable) and ruled by Jupiter, the planet of expansion and good fortune.

Saturn obviously moves more slowly than Mars because he is farther from the Sun and his orbit is larger, but he will be moving ESPECIALLY slow around the time that he is stationing direct on the 13th.  Remember, this is all happening in our perception from Earth, and this is exactly how we will harness the power of these heightened times: through our perception.

I am a firm believer in the power of self-inquiry.  See for yourself what happens when you dig into your own astrology.  See how your perception might shift when you read your horoscopes based on your rising sign instead of your Sun sign.

Our individual lives co-create the pattern of the world stage.  It is irresponsible for any of us to hide our gifts at this time.

If we are unsure of where our talents lie and how to bring them out, diving into self-inquiry is a great way to get in touch with the “you” that came here to shine in a specific way.  Self-love and self-care are essential components in unlocking our gifts.  There is no shame in prioritizing our health and well-being.  The world needs our vibrancy and our willingness, not a limiting shadow of who we really are.

There is a quote from the Gospel of Thomas (found in the Gnostic Gospels) that I simply love, and I feel that it applies well with this Leo New Moon:

“If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.”

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Currently, I do not write horoscopes for each sign.  Instead, I give a general overview of how specific planets in our solar system are affecting us astrologically, centering around the New Moon and Full Moon.  When I give natal chart coaching sessions, I discuss your personal astrology as well as the current planetary transits that are at play and what areas of your life are being affected by those transits.

For information about booking a session with me, I may be contacted at: misfitmysticblog@gmail.com

Much love and New Moon blessings!

Also, here is a beautiful song by Dead Can Dance (called “Rakim” on their album Toward the Within).

https://youtu.be/kq59rEVWQNI

If this song doesn’t set the tone for a favorable New Moon, I don’t know what does!

Shine on.

 

~ Misfit Mystic

 

Full Moon in Capricorn and Here Comes the Leo Sun!

Pregnant Luna reaches fullness on July 19th at 3:57 pm PDT in the steady and hardworking sign of Capricorn. 

Her ripeness in Capricorn symbolizes the collective need to “get to work.”  What needs to be done?  This can mean finishing up lingering projects and crossing off the to-do list.  It can mean tuning in to your pragmatic side, the part of you that is willing to take things step-by-step as well as give things the final push.  It can also mean setting aside time to go within and look at the “bigger picture” of your existence.

If you believe in soul-contracts (agreements our souls make before taking birth), you might feel a sense of purpose bubbling up for you with this Full Moon.  You might even feel like your higher self is demanding that you show up and pay attention.  Old patterns and ways of being that don’t work are simply unsustainable now.  Capricorn is represented by the Goat, and she is concerned with functionality and practicality.  She is cardinal earth, which means she takes initiative to create grounded and tangible change.  She is here to weed out the behaviors and thought patterns that are stumbling blocks or traps.  She is high-functioning and helps us keep a steady pace on the path of life.  She is ruled by Saturn, the disciplinarian, which gives her major willpower and the ability to focus.

Luna’s exact fullness marks a void period until she enters Aquarius at 8:10 pm PDT.  The void Moon is a time to reflect, go within and listen.  Find the pause in the wheel of life; find perspective.

This Full Moon is also the celebration of Guru Purnima, a sacred festival originating from India and Nepal in which the teacher or guru is honored.  The Sanskrit word “guru” can be defined simply as “the darkness destroyer” (gu = darkness, ru = destroyer).  It is a great gift to experience a teacher who lights our path and brings us into greater awareness, understanding, respect and love.

It is beautiful to take some time with this Moon to offer thanks for those teachers and gurus who have guided us and supported us, who have challenged us and accepted us and loved us.  The true teacher is here to reflect the light within the student.  It is a blessing both ways.

During the Full Moon, the Sun lies directly opposite Luna.  The Sun is finishing up his stay in the waters of Cancer, and he is preparing to enter the domain of Leo this Friday (July 22nd) at 2:30 am PDT. 

The Sun illuminates the house in your chart that is ruled by the sign in which he is traveling.  We all have the entire zodiac within us, in different ways.  Each sign represents an “aspect” of being.  Leo is all about self-expression.  He is noble, courageous and charming.  He can come across as ego-centric or even selfish when his energy is out of balance.  In truth, Leo understands that self-love and self-expression are key components of spreading joy in the world.

The Sun will be joining Venus and Mercury in Leo, who entered the Lion’s Den last week, setting the stage for the pinnacle of Summer.  Leo values art, romance, creativity, family, love and performance.  Leo can be indulgent, like the ripe Summer harvest.  So: the self (Sun), the mind (Mercury) and feminine love energy (Venus) are all in the Lion’s Den together again – and the sign of fixed fire is igniting everyone’s sense of self.  The ego can also get ignited under this fire sign, and when too many aggrandized egos start crowding a room – well, we all know it ain’t pretty.

Hop off the ego train and use the fire of Leo to light up your purpose and your path. 

Your wellness, your brightness, your talent and your heart are much needed in the world.  This planet is in so much pain, so much confusion, and the wheel of karma is plowing forward at tremendous speed.  Can we respond with quiet kindness?  Can we offer the alchemy that is necessary to turn apathy into caring, hate into forgiveness and fear into love?

What we have considered “self” is the biggest lie that we have been feeding ourselves for centuries upon centuries.

Small self is a shadow of the truth of What Is. 

When small self thinks it is in charge, it feeds the creation of a false paradigm in which many small selves are competing for attention and power.  This has manifested as a world full of conflict, poverty, violence, abuse, pain and disease.

However, the Universe is self-correcting.  She may just self-correct humans out of existence if we can’t get our act together.

On another note, as La Luna wanes from her fullness into Crone and back into the darkness of new beginnings, Mars will be retracing his steps in Scorpio back into Sagittarius.  He has regained his usual speed after stationing direct, so any mire we may have been feeling from June 19th – July 12th should be clearing up or at least MOVING in a new direction by now.  This can also speak to desires coming to fruition, romance taking off (or falling apart), and inner conflict sorting itself out.

Mars energy is HOT, and he is currently heating up the final degrees of Scorpio (again).  Scorpio encourages shadow work and deep exploration of emotions and our sensual/sexual nature.  Scorpio is anything but superficial and she doesn’t care about societal norms, which is why she is so often shrouded in mystery.

For those of you who are geeky like me, you might find it useful to know that from now until our next New Moon, Mars will be retracing the same territory he was in from:

May 27th – June 12th

February 22nd – March 7th

Mars energy is powerful, and this past Mars retrograde certainly threw me for a loop, so I wanted to share these dates for the sake of reflection.

Mars will re-enter Sagittarius on August 2nd on the day of the New Moon.

This is potent energy available to us, dear ones!

I wish you magickal transformation and radical self-love.

xo

Misfit Mystic

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Full Moon photo by the talented Michael Ludwig.  Find his writings and more photos at 5edges.wordpress.com

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Full Moon in Leo, Venus in Capricorn

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)

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Full Moon photo credit: Michael Ludwig (captured 5:15pm PST on 1/22/16)

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Big, peaceful Full Moon blessings to you and yours, lovely ones.

Namaste.