There is little peace to be found on the Full Moon at 26° 02′ Virgo on March 16, 2014 10:08 AM PDT though it is unlikely there will be outright war either. That might come on the Aries New Moon on March 30 when planets in cardinal signs predominate. Mutable Pisces and Virgo prefer to keep some kind of dialogue going even if it goes nowhere.
The luminaries are part of a trapezoid pattern with Mercury in Aquarius trine Mars in Libra. It is an awkward arrangement since the two planets in air signs are semi-sextile and inconjunct the Pisces Sun and Virgo Moon. As much as they would like to talk to one another there appears to be little common ground or a common language. Libra and Aquarius can come up with brilliant theories that Pisces may feel lack heart and Virgo might feel have any basis in reality. The best that can be said about this situation is they will all probably be very polite and civil in their disagreements . . . confused but polite.
Saturn in Scorpio chimes in on the side of the luminaries via a sextile to the Moon and a trine to the Pisces Sun. Both Virgo and Pisces are dedicated to serving the needs of others and offering help to those who cannot help themselves. Saturn in Scorpio is there to make sure this happens with no precious resources being diverted by the unscrupulous or the overly idealistic.
By this time most of us know there will be a cardinal Grand Cross in late April and as an introduction to that the T-Square between Jupiter in Cancer, Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn on this Full Moon begins to offer hints as to what is at stake. Jupiter in Cancer is the handle of a Bucket Pattern in this chart. This could all boil down to who is the boss of me? Is it myself (Uranus in Aries)? Is it my family (Jupiter in Cancer) or something larger like government or corporations (Pluto in Capricorn)? Ideally all parties have equal say over the course of our lives. Most of us acknowledge the need for some kind of rules or traditions to serve as guidelines, so perhaps the main point of contention at this time revolves around who has the biggest say. I can only suggest it is important to listen to all sides with great care while being as kind and tactful as possible when disagreeing. Yelling obscenities and calling each other nasty names would be seriously counterproductive, you know?
Gentle, detached Venus in Aquarius happens to be making a waxing sextile to Uranus in Aries. Starting a love affair under this influence could mean there will be an experimental edge and openness to playing with new and different ways to love one another. Be aware those with more traditional beliefs (Jupiter in Cancer opposite Pluto in Capricorn) may disapprove more strongly than usual now of behaviors not in line with those beliefs. Discretion would be a kindness.
Rather than focusing on how we are different on this Full Moon, draw on Virgo’s finely honed discernment to determine what we have in common. Please make use of Pisces’s capacity for inclusion and compassion as well. It makes more sense to approach life with an open heart and an open mind, doesn’t it. Be well.
On a personal note: Despite Saturn still sitting on my Mercury in Scorpio, I get off pretty easy on this Full Moon. The lunar axis harmoniously aspects my natal ASC-DES axis, Mercury in Aquarius is trine my Sun-Chiron, Venus in Aquarius is exactly trine my natal Neptune and Mars in Libra is less of a pain than it was. This means fewer distractions hopefully allowing me to set priorities and follow through.
Not quite sure about this Full Moon at 26° 13′ Leo on Valentine’s Day at 03:54 PM PST. It doesn’t look all that favorable for romantic interludes, too many contentious aspects waiting to push people’s buttons. A cardinal T-Square with Jupiter in Cancer, Uranus in Aries and Pluto conjunct Venus in Capricorn adds more pressure to the fixed T-Square with the lunar axis and Saturn in Scorpio.
Saturn in Scorpio is the apex of a fixed T-Square with the Aquarius Sun and Leo Moon. Talk about throwing a serious damper on the festivities! If you have been thinking about surprising your sweetheart with an evening out or giving them expensive gifts, please reconsider. Surprises and fixed signs are almost always a very bad idea. Elaborate, expensive expressions of your love may fall flat for one reason or another. I suggest going with a nice card and a simple, heartfelt expression of your love.
Detached, intellectual Mercury in Aquarius has returned to conjoin the Aquarius Sun and both are squared by Saturn. Aquarius is a big fan speaking one’s mind and not noted for being all that tactful while Scorpio is the master of silences and reserve. Here taciturn Saturn is going to firmly suggest Aquarius shut it down for awhile and take advantage of this Mercury retrograde to think deeply about what they want to say before they speak.
The boisterous Leo Moon is going to be feeling Saturn’s disapproval too. Now is a good time to tone down the superficial drama in order to allow the true warmth of Leo’s big heart to shine forth. Celebrate honest affection this Valentine’s Day.
One of the greatest drawbacks to fixed sign standoffs is their sheer stubbornness often gets in the way of resolving their differences. Thankfully Mars in Libra is on hand to help via a trine to the Sun and a sextile to the Moon. Libra’s forte is finding the middle ground and allowing for win win solutions. It is a fair minded, moderate approach that will put you on the path to success.
The other T-Square is one we’ve been living with on and off for a year or so. Consequently the issues in contention are not new and with Jupiter in Cancer taking part again, family squabbles are bound to show up. Children demanding more freedom to come and go as they please and parents fighting them all the way are among the possibilities. With Venus on deck, money could be a point of contention. The next time these planets get together to fight it out will be in April and Mars in Libra will be present. Pay attention now because we’ll probably end up rehashing this again and with more anger in our voices.
Neptune continues to amble along by himself since Mercury left. Just as well too. It was enough to have Neptune present when Mercury stationed retrograde and adding the general aura of confusion.
Let the bright, loving spirit of the Leo Moon shine forth on this Full Moon and you won’t go wrong. Practice tolerance, compassion and tact even if you would much rather take a stand on principles. It is Valentine’s Day after all . . . the day when we show our love for the special people in our lives.
On a personal note: I may have to follow my own advice about being patient and tolerant of what I see as someone else’s wrong-headedness since the lunar axis will be squaring my Ascendant-Descendant. After all I am as fond of my own opinions as the next person. Mars in Libra is coming close my Chiron-Sun in Libra and I could be more of a hot head than usual.
This is the week when we find out if the choices we’ve been making recently were good ones or not. Last week we were operating under the influence as it were, with Mercury in Pisces stationing retrograde in the company of Neptune. The week before was the amazing Aquarius New Moon sextile Uranus in Aries, a brilliant but erratic aspect.
When the Aquarius Sun squares dour Saturn in Scorpio on Tuesday and Mercury reenters Aquarius on Wednesday, the fog will begin to lift and reveal what may be a hard, cold reality. How hard and how cold depends on the amount of common sense drawn on during the decision making process.
If we need to regroup, there are two aspects over the weekend to give us a hand. On Saturday, the Sun will conjoin Mercury in Aquarius which can help us find a new perspective. Then Mercury will be sextile Mars in Libra on Sunday, excellent for carving out new ideas and putting them into motion.
It is the Full Moon in Leo on Valentine’s Day, February 14, which might prove to be a real eye opener. The lunar axis squares Saturn in Scorpio whilst Jupiter in Cancer completes a T-Square with Uranus and Pluto. I have the feeling plenty of people are going to falling all over themselves pointing out what they see as flaws in other people’s plans. Needless to say, it probably won’t be pretty. I’m hoping to post more about this event later this week!
This is one of those times when admitting we were wrong and eating humble pie is the wise move. It will save everyone a lot of grief in the long run. Just saying . . .
As you can see I’ve made a few changes around here and there may be more. The color scheme seems to feel right for the most part. There are more minor details to tweak but those can be fixed any time. I’m aiming to be back to my usual posting schedule soon. Please let me know what you think!
Another project I’m close to finishing is my second ebooklet on the outer planets in synastry. It’s a compilation of material I’ve written in the past for the most part. When I was collecting it, I discovered I hadn’t written anything about Uranus in synastry, much to my surprise. Weird but that’s Uranus.
Unsettling, exciting and dynamic may all apply to this New Moon at 10° 55′ Aquarius on January 30, 2014, 01:38 PM PST. Uranus in Aries sextile the New Moon serves to bring out the wild and crazy side of Aquarius, willing to bend or even break every rule in the book to make a point. As the ruler of Aquarius, Uranus also brings out the ability to make extraordinary leaps in understanding and breakthroughs of all kinds are possible.
Before you get too excited I have to add there are other parties involved who are more than capable of reining in the more extreme impulses generated by all the excitement. For starters there is a Venus-Pluto conjunction in tight-laced Capricorn who will be asking awkward questions like “who is going to pay for this” via a semi-sextile to the New Moon. Then there is the inconjunct to Jupiter in Cancer who will undoubtedly remind everyone there are women and children to consider. Jupiter opposes Venus-Pluto and together creates a cardinal T-Square with Uranus in Aries. This looks to me like some very heated conversations will pop up all over the place. Those people most vulnerable to the T-Square are those with personal planets and the Ascendant from 9° to 13° in the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn).
Whilst the New Moon-Uranus sextile is capable of inspiring incredibly brilliant theories and ideas, it is also on the detached side which can lead to a noticeable lack of compassion and consideration for the little people. A phrase like “collateral damage”, a euphemism for dead civilians and destroyed private property, is an example of the dark side of this sextile. Something else to keep in mind is the latest and greatest technological solutions might have serious drawbacks that need to be factored in, like extreme environmental damage when mining rare metals.
Probably my favorite aspect of this lunation is a trine between Mercury in Aquarius and Ceres in Libra. Ceres in Libra nurtures us through a deep appreciation of beauty, a willingness to cooperate with others and a finely tuned sense of balance. The trine to detached Mercury in Aquarius can allow for important conversations with our nearest and dearest with little drama. Respect for one another’s uniqueness and individuality plays an important part in these conversations. For some, this Ceres-Mercury trine will soften the impact of that cardinal T-Square.
Mars in Libra is hemmed in by a semi-sextile to Saturn in Scorpio which may manifest in feelings of frustration and possibly resentment. Whilst it might not be possible to express these feelings, acknowledging their existence may help defuse the worst side-effects. At this time it is far, far better to work with our anger as best we can rather than ignoring it. It is not that long until the cardinal Grand Cross in April when suppressing our rage probably won’t work anymore. Just saying . . .
The course of True Love looks pretty bumpy between Venus conjoining controlling Pluto in Capricorn and the grumpy Mars-Saturn semi-sextile. Definitely not the best time to pop the question! Practice patience and be as tactful as possible with your beloved for now.
Unless you have planets at 4° in the mutable signs, Neptune in Pisces won’t have much to say as it sails along singing of love and compassion for all.
The elements are evenly balanced on this New Moon though there is a slight cardinal bias. Hopefully this will allow us to find perspective and take a more moderate approach when choosing the best solution to our challenges. Be sure to run your amazing ideas past the most pragmatic person you know before putting those into motion. Embrace your inner rebel on this spirited Aquarius New Moon!
On a personal note: The reason I love the Ceres-Mercury trine is because Ceres is exactly conjoining my Libra Sun! Hopefully this supportive aspect will help offset the effects of Saturn in Scorpio still sitting on my natal Mercury which is making multitasking nigh unto impossible. I will keep slogging along though.
Though not quite as intense as the New Moon in Capricorn on January 1, this Full Moon at 25° 58′ Cancer on 15 January 2014, 08:83 PM PST is still strongly cardinal and tilted towards earth and water. What was set into motion on the New Moon is up for evaluation now.
Saturn in Scorpio teams up with the luminaries via a trine to the Cancer Moon and a sextile to the Capricorn Sun. Saturn brings a gentle but firm presence to the table. If we need help handling our many responsibilities or figuring out the next step to take, Saturn is our “go to” guy. Family issues tend to come out of the woodwork on this lunation and with Saturn present we may finally be able to resolve some of the stickier ones. Patience and good listening skills are still very necessary.
Of course my favorite aspect in this Full Moon chart is Mercury in Aquarius sextile Uranus in Aries! Brilliance and originality just ooze from this one. You need to come up with a truly unique solution? This is the aspect to help you do it. Aquarius is noted for being able to think outside the box and Uranus in Aries is the perfect partner to take those ideas one step further. This one is a big kiss to all you fire and air sign folk out there who have been in need of a boost!
The course of True Love is in for a few bumps and bruises now. Mars in Libra is the apex of a cardinal T-Square with Venus in Capricorn opposite Jupiter in Cancer as the base. Libra’s ideas about fairness and equity in relationships could run into the hidebound traditions of the Cancer-Capricorn axis with dramatic results. Ferocious arguments may ensure and result in some people choosing not to speak to each other for awhile. The key for preventing the worst outcome is a harmonious sextile to Venus from Saturn in Scorpio. Rather than making a bunch of assumptions based on emotions rather than facts, take time to quietly and respectfully talk things out. Not a good time for pitching fits and slamming doors in people’s faces.
The Uranus-Pluto square is not as actively involved in this lunation for which I am profoundly grateful. We’ve had those two big boys interfering in our lives enough in recent weeks. Another planet who continues to sit on the sidelines for now is Neptune in Pisces. However if you have personal planets or an Ascendant in the cardinal signs from 8° to 11° or in the mutable signs at 3°, you are probably dealing with these planets anyway.
Spend this Full Moon in Cancer with family or contemplating your place within your family traditions. Please remember family doesn’t have to be related by blood either. Families can form based on shared experiences, ideals and simply love. Celebrate the connections you feel with others, no matter how they have evolved.
On a personal note: The closest aspect this Full Moon makes to my chart is the lunar axis to my Scorpio Ascendant-Taurus Descendant with the Sun falling in my third house and the Moon in my ninth. Nice and innocuous. I’ll take it!
My Libra Moon will probably still be catching flack from the waning cardinal T-Square. Both Mars and Jupiter are pulling away from exactly aspects to my Moon whilst Venus makes a waxing square. Maintaining emotional balance is the ongoing challenge. Stressful.