© Pat Brennan
Gemini’s duality makes its self felt on this New Moon in Gemini at 18° 01′ on 8 June 2013, 08:57 AM PDT. On one side is a cardinal T-Square with Mercury in Cancer locked in conflict with Uranus in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn; on the other is a marvelous Grand Trine composed of Venus in Cancer, Saturn in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces.
Words may be the weapon of choice on this lunation. Mercury in Cancer is just as capable of slicing and dicing opponents as Mercury in Scorpio and is far more likely to be the aggressor . . . Cancer is a cardinal sign after all. Squared by the even more aggressive Uranus in Aries those words could turn bitter indeed. Pluto in Capricorn is capable of fueling suspicions and dark undercurrents. This influence will be particularly potent for those with personal planets and Angles from 10° to 11° in the cardinal signs. If you have been suppressing anger, resentment and hostility it could come spewing out when you least expect it. Check your internal closets, people!
It is to be hoped the lovely Grand Trine with Venus, Saturn and Neptune will help offset the belligerence of the T-Square. Grand Trines don’t push at us like T-Squares. They ease the atmosphere, smoothing the wrinkles and sharp edges. Saturn’s presence will provide grounding and structure, perhaps enough to give direction to Venus and Neptune. Saturn is also the handle planet of a Bucket Pattern in this chart giving him an even stronger presence. Venus in Cancer brings a kindly, sympathetic presence and Neptune in Pisces is THE wellspring of compassion. Please support this side, OK?
Mars in Gemini is not going to be much help. He is snipping at Venus in Cancer via a semi-sextile, irritating the heck out of Saturn in Scorpio (they’re inconjunct) and due to a square to Neptune in Pisces has no sense of direction. In other words, Mars is a mess. This is not a terribly effective placement for Mars because Gemini forces him to scatter his attention in many different directions, unlike Aries who focuses Mars like a laser beam. People are going to angry and want to do something but may end up extremely frustrated because they can’t figure out where to start. I suggest you find the nearest competent Aries and beg for help!
The luminaries are off dancing by themselves with some distant support from Jupiter in Gemini. Gemini is in the information dissemination business and this New Moon is a good time to get the word out on your latest innovations and projects. The challenge will be to keep your presentation clean, simple and direct without piling on excess verbiage. This is a far better time to do a rough draft than final editing.
My advice for this Gemini New Moon is make love, not war. Choose to focus on what brings us together rather than what divides us. Draw on Jupiter in Gemini’s good humor and way with words to reduce the tension and encourage those around us to enjoy life. Peace and goodwill, that’s the ticket!
On a personal note: I plan on being one of those spreading peace and goodwill! The luminaries are trine my peace loving Libra Moon, Jupiter in Gemini is making a waxing trine to my Sun-Chiron in Libra and Venus in Cancer is exactly trine my twelfth house Jupiter in Scorpio. The annoying planets are generally leaving me alone except for Mars in Gemini inconjunct my Jupiter from the seventh house . . . probably my Aries spouse doing his thing. Sweet!
The final eclipse of three is a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse at 04° 08′ Sagittarius on 25 May 2013, 09:25 PM PDT. In marked contrast to the recent Solar Eclipse in fixed Taurus, the mutable signs dominate with more fire and air than earth or water. The tone is fluid, changeable and illusive with Neptune in Pisces squaring the lunar axis.
Those of us who are feeling overwhelmed and under-appreciated in our daily lives may seek to escape into enticing dreams and illusions. Gemini and Sagittarius are the story tellers of the zodiac and with Neptune in Pisces adding its spin, marvelous distractions of all kinds will abound. Pretty words full of charm, wit and almost completely devoid of any basis in reality may surround us. At their best both Gemini and Sagittarius can inform and inspire us . . . at their worst they can mislead and misinform to our detriment.
Venus, Mercury and Jupiter form a stellium in Gemini. Since Mercury rules Gemini and Jupiter Sagittarius, it adds fuel to the T-Square with the lunar axis and Neptune. Offsetting Venus’s charm and warmth is a semi-sextile from Mars in Taurus to Jupiter which puts an edge on people’s words and makes it more difficult to back down from potential confrontations. What is that quote from Shakespeare?
“Out, out, brief candle! Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” (Macbeth, (Act V, Scene V).
That sums it up rather well. Sorting out truth from fiction is going to take time and patience following this Full Moon Lunar Eclipse. Many of us will be suffering from severe sensory overload causing us to shut down for the duration. Best have a good fact checking system in place going into this.
In the background Uranus in Aries is busy duking it out with Pluto in Capricorn adding stress and upping the overall tension. However, we do have help from a soothing trine between Saturn in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces. I happen to love this trine because it promotes practical applications of compassion. Neptune needs help manifesting its better side and Saturn is just the one to do it. Capable, pragmatic Saturn in Scorpio can show us how to help those in need and guide us to get in touch with our own better angels.
Take the high road on this Full Moon in Sagittarius. Celebrate life with joy and laughter whilst taking it all with a grain of salt. Choose to focus on what is good and real in our lives. Turn off your phones and go for a walk in the park or on the beach. Enjoy simplicity.
On a personal note: My nerves may feel stretched thin by this lunation with Jupiter, Mercury and Venus hovering around my natal Uranus in Gemini . . . triggering the inconjunct with Mercury. I may babble on so please bear with me!
Saturn is back making his second pass over my natal Jupiter in the twelfth. Because of my wide Sun-Jupiter conjunction this transit does bring out the need to take a serious look at what’s going on inside my head. Sharp contrast to those Gemini planets conjoining my Uranus! I could end up feeling more schizoid than usual making my sense of humor even more offbeat. Brace yourself, world!
© Diane Lang
I doubt if there is a better time to start working on a long term project demanding endless patience than this New Moon Solar Eclipse at 19° 54′ Taurus on 9 May 2013 05:29 PM PDT. Pallas, the supreme organizer, tightly conjoins the luminaries as well as both Mercury and Mars in Taurus. That’s a lot of Taurus, baby! No one can work as hard or as long without losing focus on tough, repetitious tasks like the Bull.
The Taurus stellium goes its own way this time which works out fine for this most practical of signs because that makes for fewer distractions and distractions can interfere with getting the job done. Jupiter in Gemini will try to disrupt Taurus’ concentration with glib jokes and witty commentary via a semi-sextile. Chances are the bull will brush those off and get back to work because Mercury conjunct Mars in Taurus is close to impossible to sidetrack.
Earth signs are the best for giving wonderful, warm hugs. The healing power of touch is well established and the sextile from Chiron in Pisces to earthy Mars in Taurus highlights the importance of a loving embrace. Hug your loved ones, cuddle your children and enjoy the warmth. This extends to our four footed companions. Petting your dog or cat is wonderful for reducing stress.
Venus reluctantly leaves the comfort and security of Taurus for witty Gemini where she is much more fickle and unpredictable. Softening the transition this time is a waxing square to Neptune in Pisces, exact on 13 May. Blind trust when it comes to love and romance could seriously backfire, so be careful flirting with sexy strangers. We can still enjoy the lovely illusions as long as we keep one foot on the ground. All those other planets in Taurus will help with that.
A calming influence is a slowly waxing trine between Saturn in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces which will not be exact until summer. Reason conjoined with a compassionate perspective can go far towards finding positive solutions to our problems. Listening to our hearts as well as our heads is the key.
The big picture situation is beginning to heat up as the third exact Uranus-Pluto square tightens. Those who have personal planets and Angles at 11° in the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) are very likely already dealing with the effects of the life changing square. Frustrations are on the rise. There are those who feel controlled and oppressed whilst others believe more control is the only answer. Maybe it’s time to find some detachment rather than feeling forced to choose a side?
This is a rare and special celestial event in bountiful Taurus. Live in the moment and feel the power of the earth beneath your feet. Take time to enjoy the pleasures of good food, wonderful music, beautiful vistas and sweet, fragrant flowers. Embrace those you love with enthusiasm and joy. Namaste.
On a personal note: The Taurus stellium falls in my sixth house opposing my Mars in Scorpio bringing up all those “suffer or serve” issues once more. It is a great time for me to continue to work on improving my physical well-being. Exercising, eating right and taking time to play are all part of this.
Full Moon in Scorpio
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Perhaps the best attitude to approach this Full Moon Lunar Eclipse at 5° 46′ Scorpio on 25 April 2013, 12:58 PM PDT with is respect and reverence. Powerful archetypes are at work on this lunation representing deeply primal feminine mysteries, the kind it does not pay to anger. The Taurus-Scorpio axis has strong associations with the natural world and its cycles of life, death and rebirth.
After a couple of very fiery lunations the Scorpio Full Moon is quite a change featuring a preponderance in earth and water signs. The assertive independence of Aries gives way to the quiet intractability of Taurus backed up by Scorpio’s tenacity. Mars continues to conjoin the Sun in Taurus and Saturn in Scorpio conjoins the Moon . . . no give there. Lessons in delayed gratification and acceptance are the most likely outcome. Mature behaviors will be rewarded and those who insist on behaving impulsively stand a good chance of learning about instant karma. You know . . . where you do something stupid and promptly get smacked down for it?
Compassion enters the picture via Neptune in Pisces forming a sextile to the Taurus Sun and a trine to the Moon in Scorpio. In order to avoid Scorpio’s infamous sting all one has to do is practice kindness, patience and tolerance. That’s not too much to ask, is it? Respecting Saturn’s rules and boundaries is generally a smart move. Hooking up with strangers and treating others disrespectfully is not . . .
The trine between Venus in Taurus and Pluto in Capricorn connects the rulers of the luminaries and affirms the need to treat those close to us with love and consideration. Whilst I’m not convinced love heals all wounds it certainly goes a long ways to creating an ambiance where healing can take place. Saturn in Scorpio is still widely sextile to Pluto thus drawing the Scorpio Moon into the mix. Gingerly exploring our darker emotions can be very productive at this time. Gentle acceptance and forgiveness are the key components because triggering Pluto’s obsessive side would not be helpful. Above all don’t be afraid to acknowledge your darker impulses and accept them as part of who you are. No one is perfect so please don’t expect that from yourself or anyone else.
Pluto and Uranus in Aries are back within orb of their ongoing square which will be exact again on 20 May. If you are in the midst of delicate negotiations seeking to improve damaged relationships Uranus in Aries is the last influence you want to invite in because it can be extremely rude, disruptive and chaotic. Say no to Uranus inspired self-centered, risky behaviors or Pluto inspired controlling ones for that matter.
For fire and air signs who may be feeling squelched right now your bright spot is Mercury in Aries sextile Jupiter in Gemini. This bright, lively, spontaneous aspect inspires laughter and witty conversations. See? It’s not all peace, love and hushed voices!
This Scorpio Full Moon is a perfect time to honor Gaia and other feminine deities. So many people live apart from the natural world and its cycles it makes taking some time to get back in touch with those even more important. Walk on the beach or in a park. Go for a bike ride on a country road and hit your neighborhood farmer’s market for fresh produce. Stay in the moment and enjoy simply being alive.
On a personal note: The Scorpio Moon conjoins my twelfth house Jupiter and the Taurus planets fall in my sixth house . . . both squaring my natal Saturn in Leo. No getting around it, I need to be a responsible human being and do my chores before going out to play.
Saturn square Saturn marks the second exact pass of three for me with the final one happening in mid-September. It is part of the Saturn seven year review cycle and I need to step back and re-evaluate my aims and goals. Since my natal Saturn aspects both my Sun and Moon, this tends to be an internal event for me. What am I doing here, etc, etc. *sigh*
Lest we forget it is still Aries season, this New Moon at 20° 41′ Aries on 10 April 2013 at 02:35 AM PDT will remind us. The Sun, Moon, Venus and Mars are all within 3° of one another shouting we are ARIES from the roof tops.
Aries is “first person, singular” and that is what this New Moon in all about. Unlike the recent Libra Full Moon where the luminaries connected to the outer planets, this time the luminaries’ aspect only personal planets – Venus and Mars are conjunct and Mercury in Pisces is semi-sextile. Our motivation comes from within. What inspires us? Where do we want to focus our thoughts and energy? Are there new projects we wish to dive into? What changes do we need to make to improve our personal health and well-being?
Mercury in Pisces semi-sextile the New Moon does add a dreamy note and if your best ideas drift up from your unconscious, this aspect will help. Take note of what surfaces just as you are going to sleep or upon awakening. Mercury is only days away from entering Aries (13 April) and once it does, we probably will be fully engaged in making things happen rather than spending time in contemplation.
That Venus-Mars conjunction in Aries is heating up our love lives and encouraging plenty of flirting of the rambunctious teasing variety. Whilst your typical fire sign will love it, more sensitive water types may be offended. Take a few moments to consider your audience before letting fly. Of the air signs, Libra is most likely to find Aries style flirting over the top. Libra does love the Aries zest for life and all but wince occasionally at what comes out of a typical Aries mouth. Earth signs are so “earthy” a little crudeness doesn’t even register.
Is this a good New Moon to initiate something new and launch new ventures? Overall I’m say yes though I do have some caveats. If it is something personal like getting on board with a new exercise regime or starting a personal blog to express your thoughts, then go for it. Aries at its best is all about who we are as individuals and the efforts we expend on our own behalf.
Adding to the urge to move is the Locomotive Chart Pattern with Saturn in Scorpio as the leading planet. This suggests the best path to success includes running our ideas past someone of experience or using a proven format of some kind. A well structured plan backed by the powers that be is far more likely to win approval.
Big projects aimed at influencing the collective may not fare so well. The reason I say that is because the very stressful pattern revolving around Jupiter in Gemini, Saturn in Scorpio, Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn is still in effect though this is the last lunation it will be. Fresh, innovative ideas continue to be met with skepticism by the entrenched powers that be. By the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio on 25 April Jupiter will have moved out of orb leaving Uranus in Aries to battle it out alone.
Neptune in Pisces continues to dream its dreams and unless you have personal planets or Ascendant at 4°, you are not likely to be troubled by it . . . thankfully.
Individual effort counts on this Aries New Moon. Put your best foot forward and don’t look back! Being tactful never hurts either . . . something Aries can overlook.
Please read Karen’s take on this New Moon on Isis Moon Tarot!
On a personal note: All of the Aries stellium is in my fifth house opposing the midpoint between my Libra Sun and Moon . . . that ought to crank up my creativity! Mercury in Pisces is trine my natal Ascendant, helpful for saying the right thing at the right time. I always need help with that! *grin*
Jupiter in Gemini is back making his last pass over my North Node in Gemini. Maybe it is time to improve my interface with my audience by giving my website a face lift. If I decide to get serious about doing so, I’ll let everyone know.
Important Update: Spring is here and the demands of the growing season are beginning to kick in. I may post less here and add more daily astro-weather reports on my FB page (those show up on Twitter).