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Full Moon in Taurus, November 21, 2010

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The Full Moon at 29°18″ Taurus on November 21, 2010 10:27AM PST is the second of six Full Moons falling on the anaretic degree (the final being the Full Moon in Leo on February 18, 2011) suggesting to me we are in the midst of putting the finishing touches on issues related the houses in your chart this sequence of lunations fall in.

How easy we will get off depends on how the other planets aspect each of the lunations and this Full Moon in Taurus is being squared by the Neptune-Chiron conjunction in Aquarius. It seems pretty clear to me doing some serious fact checking may prevent a great deal of embarrassment down the line for those individuals who insist they are in the right. T-squares in fixed signs raise the stubbornness quotient anyway and if you have planets and Angles from 26 to 29 degrees in the fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius), it is particularly important to do your research first before making public declarations of intent.

On the other hand, Uranus in Pisces is trine the Scorpio Sun and sextile the Taurus Moon with Jupiter in Pisces still close enough to add his bit. Innovative solutions for aiding those with financial difficulties, especially involving borrowed funds, could appear at the last moment to save the day. Do keep in mind Scorpio and Taurus both favor solutions involving hard work and a definite commitment – no free lunches from either of those two signs. Scorpio rules the eighth house of other people’s money and Taurus the second house of our personal earning power.

Philanthropic organizations (Neptune-Chiron in Aquarius) may get help from generous Jupiter-Uranus in Pisces but it will only be seasonal boost. People will be feeling a tad more optimistic as we head into the holiday season but I doubt if this mood will last into next year when both Jupiter and Uranus shift into “me first” Aries.

Speaking of public declarations of intent, Mars and Mercury are still conjoined on the Full Moon and fully capable of holding forth on a wide variety of topics, loudly. As most Sagittarius folk will admit, they can be a tad on the righteous side at times. As I noted in my post, Venus & Jupiter Direct, November 18, 2010, Saturn in Libra is still playing referee and may keep the worst verbal excess in check. Those of us who live in the USA can look forward to an “entertaining” Thanksgiving weekend . . . nothing quite like a family gathering with opinions flying from all sides. Hah!

Venus, newly direct in Libra, is vulnerable via an inconjunct to the Taurus Moon and a semi-sextile to the Sun in Scorpio. As much as she would love to play peacemaker and encourage compromise, she is seriously disadvantaged here. Scorpio tends to dismiss Venus in Libra as a lightweight because she hesitates to take a strong stand and Taurus only wants to invite her over to discuss redecorating ideas. Since Venus will be conjoining my natal Sun-Chiron conjunction, I plan on smiling sweetly and biding my time for now . . . my Mars in Scorpio is a firm believer in giving people enough rope to hang themselves. *evil grin*

Pluto in Capricorn stands alone in this chart but if you have planets or Angles at 3 or 4 degrees Capricorn, you will get his undivided attention. My progressed Sun in Capricorn is bracing for another pass by the small but mighty one and I can feel the edge starting to return again as my tolerance for fools diminishes. Just in time for the Holidays . . . LOL!

Speaking of family gatherings and the holiday season, there is no better time to get serious about practicing patience, kindness and tolerance of our nearest and dearest. The Sun enters Sagittarius early in the morning on November 22 here in the Pacific Northwest, joining Mars and Mercury, inspiring everyone to look on the bright side and enjoy life. :D

11-17-2010: My webhost upgraded servers and consequently this post and a few comments vanished into the ethers! Thankfully Karen called it to my attention and at least I was able to re-post this. :P


Second Aries Full Moon, October 22, 2010

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This is the second Full Moon in Aries (the first was September 23, 2010 at 0°15″ Aries) and at 29°26″ Aries on October 22, 2010 6:37 PM PDT, it contains both the sense of having completed one cycle and the seeds for a new one.

When the lunar cycles from New Moon to Full Moon follow a natural progression, i.e. New Moon in Libra followed by Full Moon in Aries rather than in Taurus as it was last year, we feel a sense of ease. Do you remember walking arm in arm with someone and skipping a step to ensure you are both leading with the same foot and how much more comfortable that was? What happened in the sky was quite similar. We go back and forth between walking out of step to walking smoothly in step. This happens on an average of three years apart.

A rather unusual aspect pattern connecting the Luminaries, Mars in Scorpio and Uranus-Jupiter in Pisces creates enough friction we will not be able to ignore the need to make adjustments to our personal programs. The pattern is a rather squashed Cradle with semi-sextiles on the sides, a trine on top and an opposition (the lunar axis) on the bottom with inconjuncts running between the four corners.

Mars in Scorpio is trine Jupiter-Uranus in Pisces, a very good aspect for setting creative projects into motion with the intuitive ease of communication between water signs. The Moon in fiery Aries enjoys a lively dialogue with the airy Libra Sun. The difficulties arise when connecting the two harmonious elements to each other.

Both Aries and Libra can inadvertently tromp all over sensitive water sign toes via the semi-sextiles on the sides of this pattern AND the inconjuncts connecting the corners. Both Scorpio and Pisces prefer to work quietly behind the scenes and then present their finished product. Between the Aries indifference to privacy and Libra’s need to discuss every detail with their partner, they don’t often realize the importance of keeping other people’s secrets. Rather than having to apologize later, a better course of action might be slowing down and paying close attention to the needs of others. Time to brush up on our active listening skills! Remember a pissed off water sign person is capable of delaying their revenge until the moment when it will hurt the most . . .

Mars in Scorpio also forms a debilitating square with Neptune conjunct Chiron in Aquarius. This can exacerbate sensitivities and cause us to see slights where none were intended. If you have planets and Angles between 25-27 degrees in the fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius) this square may leave you feeling temporarily out of sorts and lethargic.

Mercury in now in Scorpio, closely sextile to Scorpio’s ruler Pluto in Capricorn, is ideal for serious, investigative work. Scorpio’s ability to suss out other people’s secrets is greatly enhanced at this time. If you have been keeping something from your sweetheart, ‘fessing up is a better option along with plenty of suitable groveling. With Venus retrograde in Scorpio and semi-sextile conventional Saturn in Libra, the unadorned truth will be better received than pretty lies. Of course, you could still end up out in the cold because this is not a particularly forgiving Venus.

The fire element is represented solely by the Moon in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn is the only earth right now. Water and air are the dominant elements and that combination can generate one heck of a fog. It is as if all the enthusiasm we felt in June, July and August has slowly seeped away. I got my SAD light out early this year and this may be a contributing factor. Fire makes some gains when Mars enters Sagittarius and more when the Sun joins him but we will have to wait for a deeper shift until after the first of the year when both Jupiter and Uranus will return to Aries.

For me, this is an eventful lunation: The Sun conjoins my Sun, Mars in Scorpio conjoins my Ascendant, Neptune is back squaring my Ascendant for its final pass and Venus is within a degree of conjoining my Part of Fortune. A turning point of some kind in my fortunes that only I will know about until Venus goes direct and makes it into my first house after the start of the new year. I am looking forward to Mars crossing my first house, following my Mars return late Wednesday. :D

Compared to the first Full Moon in Aries with its T-Square to Pluto in Capricorn, this one is much lower key and better for taking stock of what is going on in your life. The Sun enters Scorpio the next day and life will take on a very different tone and it behooves us to be prepared.


Aquarius Full Moon, July 25, 2010

Be prepared for fireworks and plenty of hot air with the Full Moon in Aquarius opposing the Sun in Leo at 3° 00″ on July 25, 2010 6:37 PM PDT, as there are no planets in water signs in this chart and consequently the ability to empathize with others will be difficult to access.

There are two major patterns formed: First, the now notorious cardinal T-square with Uranus and Jupiter in Aries opposing Saturn in Libra and both square to Pluto in Capricorn; and second, a Mystic Rectangle with the Sun in Leo opposing the Moon in Aquarius, Saturn in Libra opposing Uranus-Jupiter in Aries (all four planets are also joined by either trines or sextiles).

To me the most interesting part is the way these two patterns connect via the Sun and Moon suggesting there is an outlet for the energy building within the T-square. The cool rationality of air represented by the Moon in Aquarius and Saturn in Libra blends well with the fiery drive of the Leo Sun and Jupiter-Uranus in Aries. It would appear we can either have lively, informative discussions or knockdown, drag out brawls, the choice is up to us as individuals. Of course, my preference is to keep my mouth shut, steer clear of reading inflammatory posts online, ignore all but the local news and weather report on the TV and read only the comics in the newspaper . . . keeping my stress levels in check is critical for my health and well being!

The greatest challenge with the Mystic Rectangle has to do with how well fire and air signs relate to one another, creating the potential for righteousness and arrogance. Both Sabian symbols for the Sun and Moon hint at this possibility. The Moon at 4 Aquarius, “A Hindu healer glows with a mystic healing power” and the Sun at 4 Leo, “A man formally dressed stands near trophies he brought back from a hunting expedition”.

While the symbol for the Moon can signify deep healing, it can also mean taking too much on faith without checking to see if claims made are not just smoke and mirrors. The symbol for the Sun is very much about the need to impress others and behaving in an egocentric manner, not exactly conducive to forbearance and humility. Everyone is feeling the pressure of the cardinal T-square at this time and can use all the sanity and good sense we can muster.

The best argument for postponing any serious discussions at this time is the opposition between Mercury in Leo and Neptune in Aquarius. It will be exact on July 26, the day after the Full Moon. In the days leading up the Full Moon, facts could get so blown out of proportion the ability to figure out what is really going on will be extremely difficult. Once Mercury moves into its home sign of Virgo on July 27, the confusion will rapidly clear up and leave those who went way out on the proverbial limb with red faces.

Mars is in Virgo and inconjunct Neptune in Aquarius giving us yet another reason to delay taking action because here again Neptune’s influence creates problems with finding a clear direction. However Mars also is about ready to change signs and moves into Libra, conjoining Saturn, on July 29. This will likely prove to be a very sobering experience for Mars (and anyone with planets or Angles 0° to 3° Libra) because Saturn in Libra pretty much demands a sensible, structured approach to tasks.

Ceres, now retrograde in Sagittarius, squares Venus in Virgo leaving me with the impression this is not the best time to head out to play. Neither Ceres nor Venus is in signs where they are most comfortable. Sagittarius is far too fiery and unpredictable for Ceres who is a strong believer in proper cycles and good timing, and Virgo in general is not fun loving enough for Venus. Now if you have creative projects that need wrapping up, this square IS good for that!

I intend to mind my own business as much as possible for the time being, stick with my general policy of treating others with kindness and respect and wait for improving celestial weather to open any and all negotiations. Besides . . . I have family coming to town between now and the Full Moon and that always absorbs any extra time and energy I have between getting ready, visiting and cleaning up after. Yippee skippee

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Sagittarius Full Moon, May 27, 2010

All Full Moons are in opposing signs, complementary but on opposite sides of the zodiac wheel, and this one at 6°33′ Sagittarius on May 27, 2010 is only one of several oppositions in this chart making it a great opportunity to review how to work with oppositions in general.

It only makes sense to begin a look at how the Sun in chatty Gemini relates to the Moon in adventurous Sagittarius. In my opinion, the most important factor in any astrological opposition is the signs are in compatible elements, in this case air and fire. Gemini loves learning something new to share, and anyone who knows Sagittarius also knows they have many, many wonderful stories to tell about their travels and studies. Opposite signs are always in the same mode and both Gemini and Sagittarius are flexible, ever morphing mutable signs. It is no surprise they have a great time hanging out discussing anything and everything under the sun – or moon, as the case may be. It also helps the Sun and Moon naturally complement each other – the Sun gives out light and the Moon reflects it.

A more challenging pair of planets in opposition is Saturn in Virgo and Jupiter in Pisces. Even though Virgo and Pisces are both mutable signs in complementary elements of earth and water, the nature of the planets involved make finding common dialogue more challenging. Forthright, expansive Jupiter can annoy Saturn, the planet of boundaries, no end. Saturn in Virgo is very concerned with finding the right words and making sure every detail is correct while Jupiter in Pisces is focused on being inclusive and all voices are heard. The best use of this opposition is to delegate responsibilities to those best suited for the job – Virgo types to organize and execute, and Jupiter types to spread the word and enthusiastically promote. When these two planets work in tandem, they can move mountains . . . literally.

The Saturn-Uranus opposition is still in effect with Uranus just a couple of hours away from moving into Aries for the next few months. Will Uranus in Aries provide the spark that ignites a conflagration? Or will it bring renewed inspiration and flashes of pure genius? Or both at the same time. We’ll find out, won’t we? Lucky us . . . :D

Speaking of hot times, Mars is still in Leo (moves to Virgo on June 8, 2010) and makes a waxing opposition to Neptune in Aquarius which will be exact on June 4, 2010. Dramatic fiery Leo can be nicely complemented by cool, detached Aquarius but if these fixed signs decide to take a stand on one principle or another, resolution may be awhile coming. Here again we have a pair of planets who are very, very different. Mars is the action principle and loves nothing better than to be doing something, preferably physical. Neptune is the planet of voted most likely to create confusion and illusion. I can see Mars in Leo totally stymied by Neptune in Aquarius and thereby creating a situation where nothing gets accomplished at all. If you have planets or Angles in the late degrees of the fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius) be prepared for delays, confusion and feeling bogged down until Mars gets the heck out of Leo!

The last opposition worth mentioning is a waning opposition between Venus in Cancer and Pluto in Capricorn (exact on May 23, 2010). This one is part of the cardinal cross we are hearing so much about these days. Usually I’d put money on Pluto in Capricorn being the top dog here but Venus in Cancer will more than hold her own due to a sextile to Mercury in Taurus giving her the ability to come up with just the right arguments to win the day. Venus in Cancer is gentle, charming and can yield to great effect – think Judo or Aikido, both martial arts forms noted for using their opponents force against them.

When I put all this together, what I see is a great opportunity to hone your communication skills and learn the importance of agreeing to disagree. Almost all of us can brush up on learning to actively listen instead of ignoring what the other person is saying to plan our response. Conversations are most productive when they are genuine dialogues – you know, where one person speaks and the other person listens and vice versa? Right now we really NEED good dialogue instead of screaming matches that promote polarization instead of constructive compromise.

Remember to treat others with kindness, consideration and plenty of forbearance in the days ahead – no matter how much you’d love to do otherwise!

Image: Sagittarius rules horses and loves a new baby in the herd. This little one was born with the Mars-Moon conjunction in Leo.


Real Astrologers Weekly Poll: Following the Moon

With the Full Moon coming up this Friday, we thought it would be fun to do a poll on how much attention you pay to the lunar cycles. Have fun!

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Results of Last Week’s Poll

In last week’s poll, we wanted to know how the Mars-Saturn conjunction was playing out for you. Here is what you told us:

48.1% My frustration level is off the charts.
21.2% Helping me stay focused and on task.
7.7% Helping me blow through a major obstacle.
13.5% Giving me a little energy boost.
9.6% No visible effect at all.

By far, the Mars-Saturn conjunction resulted in frustration and obstacles. This is what we expected, but it’s also interesting to see how many of you didn’t follow the predictable pattern. Personally, I had some major frustration as well, but I have to say that I also made a lot of progress in an extremely sticky situation. Mars did his job!

With Mars and Saturn both in Virgo, staying focused and on-task was another predictable result, so it’s no surprise that it got the second-highest number of votes. Given the heavy energy of this aspect, it’s also no surprise that only a small number of you didn’t feel it at all. I’m guessing that those of you who voted for the last option probably didn’t experience the Mars-Saturn conjunction in a significant area of your chart. Or, you might have had a compensating transit to a natal planet.

This was our most successful poll yet. Thanks to all of you who voted. Please vote again this week! (For more on the Full Moon in Capricorn, see the previous post by Neith.

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