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.

 

 

 

 

 

Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse in Pisces, Baby…Ya Feel?

Hey, hey, hey Moonbabies….

Many technical delays have been happening in my world – thank you Mercury retrograde!

Nevertheless, I am called to share with you, even if it is after the fact.

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The Full Moon in Pisces was exact today at 12:05 pm PDT, and the lunar eclipse was exact at 11:54 am PDT (24 degrees Pisces).

Full Moons are always intensifying, and when a lunar eclipse happens simultaneously (about twice a year), we have the opportunity to ride the waves of transformation with awareness and willingness.  We might even feel like we simply have no other choice: it is time to surrender.

The message Spirit has given me with this Moon is to stop, slow down and listen.  Talk less.  Listen and receive.  There is no need to spin any webs of fantasy, expectation or projection.  Notice what is.  Notice the likes and dislikes.  Notice the attractions and aversions.  Notice.

The quality and texture of our senses are valid and important and make up the truth of our current experience.  Inner knowing, gut feeling, intuition, dreams, emotions and physical response are all sacred.  All ways of knowing ourselves.

Pisces, the sign of mutable water, is all about feeling and intuition.  She is the ultimate empath.  She presides over dreams and subconscious desires.  As the universal ruler of the 12th house, she leads us through the passage of mystical transformation.  She is represented in her glyph as two fish swimming in opposite directions, much like a Yin/Yang symbol.

Pisces rules one of the twelve houses in your natal chart, and with an eclipse (lunar or solar), it is especially helpful to know where the full Moon or new Moon is happening for you personally.

For me, Pisces rules my 10th house of career, where my natal Moon dwells.  All I’m gonna say is — YUP!  I am experiencing major and transformative growth and change in my career.  It’s exciting – and I’m not striving and pushing and reaching for it.  The Universe is handing it to me like a beautiful baton – and every time I drop the baton or shy away from it, the Universe places it back firmly in my hand.

The Moon is the emotional self, the inner wisdom and our feminine nature (for both men and women).  The natal Moon speaks to your emotional needs, where you feel safe and where you are deeply connected to Source energy.

May you honor your natal Moon daily and nightly, not just with the full Moon or new Moon calling your awareness.

One of my great teachers often tells us to “Pause and feel….” after chanting a mantra together.

May we do this pausing and this feeling.  This listening.  This noticing.

Something very magical is happening underneath all the chatter of the mind.

Beyond the pressure of expectations and the bombardment of stimulation – we begin to notice our true nature.

May you know yourself as one with Great Spirit.

Sat Nam

Blessed Be.

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Moon photo credit: Michael Ludwig 9/15/16

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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Gemini New Moon with Venus Conjunction

When the New Moon occurs in Gemini this evening (June 4th) at 8:00pm PDT, the luminous Venus is right next to that Sun/Moon conjunction (all three planets inside of 14 degrees Gemini).  This is a special time.  Not only are we beginning a new lunar cycle and (consciously or unconsciously) setting intentions, we are also literally “lined up” with the planet of love and divine feminine energy.  But we are on our side of the Sun and Venus is on the other, so we can’t directly see her these days.  Right now, Venus is almost cazimi (in the heart of the Sun).  She forms her superior conjunction with the Sun on Monday, and the effect of Venus cazimi can be felt for several days before and after this conjunction – even more so if your Sun, Moon, North Node or rising sign is in Taurus or Libra (both ruled by Venus).

When a planet is cazimi, it is strengthened through a temporary weakening.  It is both illuminated and immobilized.  When absorbed by the light of the Sun, the cazimi planet is no longer operating on its own accord.  There is a surrender that takes place, and a burning away of falsehood much like purification.  Venus cazimi is invisible to us, but illuminated unto herself.  She is feeding upon the Sun’s brightness. 

Venus has been hiding from our view since April when she ceased her role as the morning star.  She will return to her other role as the evening star in August (I can’t wait because I am NOT a morning person, but I LOVE staring at Venus).  Right now, she is collecting knowledge and experience as she travels through Gemini.  This is a time for information gathering about things you love and things you desire.  This is a time to explore the edges of your beliefs, including beliefs about your very identity, what you like and what makes you feel good.

This time may also be pointing to questions about purpose.  Is there a wildly wonderful dream that you’ve been sitting on?  Do you want it to become real?  Make a plan of action now!  Let the plan be led by your desire…..and give thanks for that which is manifesting through your desire!  Receive the messages that come.

Venus rolls into Cancer on June 17th at 12:39pm PDT, and at that point there may be some sensitivities that arise in the realm of love, as well as an urge to protect and shield that which is dear to us.  Take the next couple weeks to really ride on the Gemini energy, which is very cerebral, creative, analytical and fun.

The other very interesting thing that is happening with this New Moon is the mutable grand cross that is formed by Moon/Sun/Venus opposing Saturn in Sagittarius, and squaring Jupiter and the North Node in Virgo on one side, and Neptune and the South Node in Pisces on the other.  So, the mutable energies of Gemini, Sagittarius, Virgo and Pisces are creating a powerful cross image.  Mutable means changeable, and willingness to change is exactly what this grand cross is encouraging and maybe even demanding from us.

As always, it is so important to understand your own natal chart in order to interpret planetary happenings for yourself personally.  If you know nothing else, know your rising sign!  Your rising sign determines which sign rules the first house of “your zodiac.”  For me, Gemini rules my first house, and this New Moon/Venus conjunction is happening right between my ascendant and my Lilith.

Gemini loves change the most out of all the signs – change as in variety, diversity and the newest information.  Gemini isn’t here to reinvent the wheel like Aquarius (the revolutionary) – Gemini wants to look at the tapestry of it all, Gemini wants to connect the dots and above all, keep things INTERESTING.  Gemini loves and needs to talk (or write).  Gemini craves communication, the wittier the better.

On Sunday, La Luna is void (making no major aspects) in Gemini until entering Cancer at 8:41pm PDT.  In general, the New Moon is a time to gather ourselves, nurture ourselves, go within and reflect.  We are in a liminal space of transformation, and we are shedding a skin, so to speak.  Planting seeds of intention at this time, with or without ritual, is very powerful and very in tune with the rhythm of Gaia, our Earth.  This is a very receptive time and potentially a vulnerable time.  When Luna is void on Sunday, be advised to hold off on judgment about anything and everything!  There are messages that might be coming through to you.  Let your thoughts die down so you can receive them.  If you hear only silence, what is the silence gifting you?

When Luna rolls into Cancer on Sunday evening, there may be a feeling of contraction, an awareness of your vulnerability and an urge to protect yourself emotionally.  Luna rules Cancer, and she is strong while riding through the sign of her domain.  Cancer is all about nurturing and empathizing, but without a sense of security she will suffer.  She can teach us a lot about self-love if we are willing to listen to her needs for both closeness and boundaries.

Quick Mars reminder:  Mars continues his reverse plunge backwards in Scorpio until June 29th, when he stations direct.  Rapid and decisive change is common with Mars retrograde.  In Scorpio, Mars leaves no stone unturned and no closet unopened.  The house ruled by Scorpio in your natal chart is getting a real tune-up with the planet of action and motivation re-carving his tracks.  However, Mars is not a feel-good planet, so the energy might feel a bit abrasive, competitive or even angry at times.  By honoring the spectrum of emotions within us, and by recognizing emotion simply as energy, the loaded fire of Mars can become a tool for empowerment versus a dangerous cannon.

 

New Moon
New Moon
Sing me your tune
As I slide invisible
Under your skin
Gemini Moon
Swing Moon
I’ll melt in you soon
Your eyes match my eyes
Your smile matches my grin
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Into your darkness I ride
Both exquisite and strange
The future untold
All that’s promised is change
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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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New Moon in Aquarius and Happy Year of the Fire Monkey!

The new moon in Aquarius was exact at 6:39am PST this morning, harkening in the Year of the Red Fire Monkey in the Chinese zodiac.  The Chinese New Year begins on the second new moon after the Winter Solstice.  I find the interplay between the Chinese zodiac and the zodiac of Western astrology to be quite fascinating – there are so many layers to dig into within each system, and when we merge them together we are given a broad, holistic view of our astrological make-up.

The new moon is conjoined with the sun in Aquarius today – wild, rebellious and determined.  Aquarius is the fixed air sign, very mentally stimulating as well as firm in its views.  Aquarius is ruled traditionally by Saturn, the taskmaster and disciplinarian, but the modern ruler of Aquarius is Uranus, the planet of innovation, transformation and disruption.  This speaks to why Aquarius is able to contain such driven and focused energy, while at the same time remaining eccentric and untamed.

The Chinese New Year always occurs with the new moon in Aquarius, but the Monkey can straddle the spectrum of Aquarius deftly, for he is naturally wild and free, but also ambitious and mentally astute.  In particular, the Fire Monkey is a yang animal with the most yang energy of all the Chinese elements (Earth, Water, Fire, Metal, Wood).

We are being invited into this new moon cycle and into this Chinese New Year with a high level of intensity, intellectual passion and a need for revolutionary change.  What will you set yourself free from this moon cycle?  What kind of big picture liberation do you want to experience in your own life this year?  The Red Fire Monkey is here to facilitate empowering metamorphosis on a micro/macro, personal/political scale in 2016.  Here we go!

Our sun in Aquarius experienced a hard square to fiery Mars in Scorpio early yesterday morning, and today the new moon herself is squaring the red planet.  This is challenging energy that is bound to unearth hard feelings like anger, fear, resentment and jealousy.  Yuck, yuck, yuck!  It is time to tune in and observe.  Mars likes conflict, and as the traditional ruler of Scorpio, he is very powerful in the deep waters of the Scorpion.  In a square aspect with the sun and moon, he is literally banging on the doors of our consciousness and demanding that we deal with the crud and the sludge that we generally prefer to keep buried.  The intensity of this configuration is flowing over us like a mood, but it sets the stage for the current moon cycle.

As we go within and get quiet with the new moon, and as we plant the seeds of intention for the next 4 weeks, there are elements to be reckoned with that might not feel at all pretty or convenient.  However, the uncomfortable elements (shadows, if you will) being unearthed by Mars in Scorpio are truly necessary to our growth and development at this time.  May we let the lightness and global vision of Aquarius steer us towards working with our shadows to connect in deeper ways and take in the bigger picture.  In the words of Maya Angelou, Aquarius knows without a doubt: “The truth is, no one of us can be free until everybody is free.”

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)