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Full Moon in Capricorn, June 23, 2013

Family Tree by Norman Rockwell

Family Tree by Norman Rockwell

Is it time to examine our concepts about family? This Full Moon at 02° 10′ Capricorn on 23 June 2013, 04:32 AM PDT presents us with a wonderful opportunity to think about the people who are a part of our families, both by blood and in spirit. This Full Moon is unique because the Moon rules Cancer, further emphasizing the connection between the Sun and Moon.

The Grand Trine in water signs expands into a Kite Pattern with the lunar axis running through it. The Sun in Cancer, Neptune in Pisces and Saturn in Scorpio form the Grand Trine with the Capricorn Moon sextile Neptune and Saturn making it a Kite. This is what astrologer Nicholas Campion says about this pattern:

“All three planets in a grand trine are connected to a fourth planet, one by an opposition and the other two by sextiles. This is useful combination of tense and harmonious aspects in which the two planets connected by trines and sextiles provide outlets for the tension of the opposition.”

The Kite is much more dynamic than the Grand Trine due to the opposition, in this case the lunar axis. The Cancer Sun is the focal point for the other three planets and the reason I feel family is the overriding theme of this lunation.

When we think of family, it is our blood relatives we think of first. However as we grow up and move out into the world we begin to connect to other people who can become our chosen family. Most of us move back and forth between these groups over the course of our lives.

On one hand, Neptune in Pisces encourages us to stretch our familial boundaries to include those with whom we share a spiritual connection. Saturn in Scorpio, on the other hand, prefers to be more discriminating. Due to the harmonious nature of the trine between these planets, it is possible to choose our new family wisely. For instance, I have met many people thru the internet over the years I feel surprising close to and with whom I have excellent synastry . . . my cyber-family! I bet I’m far from the only person who feels that way either.

Venus and Mercury are still conjoined in Cancer, adding sensitivity and warmth to conversations. This conjunction rides out the lunation on its own and in this case is a good thing. Those who have planets and Angles from 22° to 24° in the water signs (Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces) will benefit the most. If you need to mend fences with mom or dad, this is a good time to do so.

Mars in Gemini is very widely sextile to Uranus in Aries so the sparks this aspect is generating are beginning to sputter out. With less fuel to egg him on, Mars will be less of an irritant thankfully.

The Uranus-Pluto square is still within orb but the worst of the stridency has faded somewhat. Unless you have planets or Angles from 10° to 12° in the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn), you probably won’t feel this square on a personal level. The mundane effects do roll on . . . as one can see in the news cycle.

Cardinal energy dominates this Full Moon with more earth and water than fire and air, a fertile combination. We may think of starting a family or reconnecting with extended family members we haven’t seen in awhile. Follow your heart in these matters and you probably won’t go wrong. Spread a little kindness around!

On a personal note: It is a mixed bag for me as is always the case when planets are in Cancer because they square my Libra planets and are trine my Scorpio ones. This time Mercury-Venus in Cancer square my Libra Sun-Chiron whilst trine my Mercury-ASC in Scorpio. The Kite planets harmoniously connect to my natal twelfth house Jupiter in Scorpio, all to the good. “Bittersweet” is how this usually works out! :D

The one great aspect is Jupiter in Gemini exactly trine my 29° Libra Sun! I happen to know several of you have your Sun at 29° too, so hopefully you’ll be getting Jupiter’s kisses! Enjoy!


Observations: Temper, Temper – Mercury, Mars, Pluto Conjoined

Wow! Mercury, Mars and Pluto are all hovering around 4° Capricorn! For those who have planets and Angles from two to five degrees in the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) what comes out of your mouth now carries great weight.

When Mercury and Mars joined forces recently in Sagittarius, there was plenty of sound and fury but other than being extremely annoying, not much damage was done. Sagittarius is mutable fire and loves a good rhetorical argument just for the sake of argument, no harm no foul. Keep in mind only Mercury and Mars were involved too. Now Pluto is squarely in the middle of things and it’s Capricorn, not Sagittarius. The stakes have been raised considerably.

Capricorn is cardinal earth therefore very focused, practical and results oriented. Pluto adds intensity and ruthlessness to the mix. Mars is exalted in Capricorn and thusly very strong indeed while poor ole Mercury is retrograde and more interested in being introspective than picking a fight.

Another way of looking at this combination is Mercury is being forced to act as a mouthpiece for Mars and Pluto. The thing is Mars and Pluto in Capricorn are a very powerful combination and when they throw a punch it will go through the wall, not bounce off of it. Keep that in mind when you start throwing words around right now because they will be weapons capable of penetrating deep into another person’s psyche.

In our household we have my Mars-Mercury conjunction in Scorpio with Pluto widely square Mars, and my husband has Mercury in Aries trine Pluto, Mars in Scorpio square Pluto and Mars inconjunct his Mercury. Yup! Plenty of very similar energy to the current stellium in Capricorn! In twenty years of marriage, we have almost always steered clear of outright confrontation – both of us, which is saying something for my Aries spouse because Aries does love to jump in with both feet. In his first marriage to another Aries, it was almost constant warfare and he did not want to live that way anymore. What I am getting at is it IS possible to live in peace despite (or maybe because of) having plenty of heavy duty artillery on both sides.

Fortunately this stellium will be dissipating over the next few days with Mercury gradually picking up speed in reverse and Mars moving deeper into Capricorn, away from Pluto. If you are in a belligerent mood, then choose your opponent with care and brace yourself!

Me, I’m going to stick with being as polite as possible and choose my words to heal rather than harm. How about you? :D


Leo and Gemini couple – What Happened?

  This request came from a Gemini woman about a relationship with a Leo man whom she met some time back online. Their initial meeting in person went very well, but things went flat after that.

They have good synastry between their charts, with both Moons in Aries and excellent Sun to Moon exchanges with her Gemini Sun sextile his Aries Moon and his Leo Sun trine her Aries Moon – all comfortable fire and air signs.

In fact, the overall compatibility between the two charts is strong with several intra-aspects (where the same planets aspect each other from both charts). There are Venus/Sun and Venus/Neptune aspects for fun and romance, along with Mars/Uranus and Mars/Pluto aspects for really great chemistry. The Saturn/Mercury intra-aspect is a little more challenging, because on some level, communications feel blocked and there may be a sense of not feeling understood by each other.

Another positive factor is having the harmonious aspect between their Ascendants. She has Pisces rising, and he has Capricorn on the Ascendant. This indicates that they have similar ideas about what a good partnership is all about. His Venus/Saturn/Jupiter stellium in Libra falls in her seventh house conjunct her Saturn/Jupiter – a lot of Saturn for durability, balanced with Jupiter’s optimism.

The difficulties may arise because of issues hinted at in the natal charts. His Sun in Leo is the apex of a T-square with Uranus in Scorpio opposing Chiron in Taurus. Uranus/Sun aspects make for a very independent personality, and whenever I see Chiron aspecting the Sun I suspect self-image problems – an uncomfortable pattern to learn to work with.

Also, his Moon in Aries opposite his Venus/Saturn/Jupiter stellium in Libra indicates a tendency toward emotional ups and downs and difficulty assessing how he feels about his partners. Her Saturn/Jupiter conjunction in Libra squares her Venus in Cancer. This parallel between their charts offers an avenue to understanding, but when Saturn aspects such as these are present,  it can take time to develop a level of trust.

They both have Saturn in Libra, so relationships are a serious business and, as I’ve noted before, this inclines a person either to avoid commitments or to embrace them completely. These two have a lot going for them from an astrological perspective. I wish them well.

(Libra Rules!)posted by Neith . . .


Announcing the birth of RealAstrologers.com

Welcome you to our new website, RealAstrologers.com!

In astrology, timing is everything, which is why we chose the New Moon in Aries to unveil our project.  Aries is the first sign of the Zodiac, and this New Moon is teeming with energy to begin new ventures and embark on new journeys. 

We’ve been working like crazy people since the Full Moon in Libra in March to get this project up and running. However, the seeds were planted during the shadow phase of the Mars retrograde last fall. The shadow phase finally was over yesterday, and Mars rules this New Moon, so it’s no coincidence that we are launching our endeavor now.

It has been a joint enterprise all the way, with both of us working on all aspects of site design and content development. We both love the results of our labors, and we are eager to share it with all of you.

As we have discovered over the past couple of years posting comments on each other’s blogs, we bring different but complementary perspectives to the table. Although we hope to engage a broader readership here, we also want to encourage everyone who visits this site to stop by Neith.net, Neith on Synastry, and The Pisces Chronicles. We’ll be doing a lot of cross-posting, and we’ll be responding to comments and questions there. 

We’re thrilled about this opportunity to work with each other, and we’re sure that all who step into our new home will enjoy the dialogue among our community of friends and neighbors.  Yup, astro-lessons for everyone!!  :-D

So come by, wander around, leave us a comment or two, and be prepared for new and interesting changes . . . after all, we’re both Uranian types!


Mars as Archetype in Attraction

As a woman and an astrologer, I’m interested in exploring the elements in the natal chart showing us the type of man we are attracted to and Mars is the starting place in a woman’s chart. Because I’m essentially a heterosexual female, I’m working from that point of view because I could only guess at how this works in the chart of those drawn to their own sex.

How Mars operates in the chart can give us clues into understanding the type of man we are drawn to. The sign and aspects to Mars all factor in. I’m going to use my own chart as an example partly because it’s the chart I’m most familiar with and because Mars is my chart ruler. My Mars falls in Scorpio, one of the signs he rules (the other being Aries) and is conjunct my Ascendant and Mercury in Scorpio. Pluto, the other ruler of Scorpio, squares Mars and Uranus is inconjunct to him. What this says to me about the archetype most attractive to me is I find dark, brooding sorts with strong features and magnetic eyes (the classic Scorpio look) appealing. The Mercury and Uranus aspects to Mars point to intelligence and an independent attitude.

The sign on the cusp of the seventh house impacts the archetype represented by Mars too because it is always the complement of the Ascendant. In my chart Taurus rules my seventh house so we can add an Earthy element to the picture as in well grounded or someone who enjoys working with his hands and likes the simple life.

So the picture emerging is of a man who has a strong physical presence, operates independently, likes being out-of-doors close to Nature, has a sharp mind and is comfortable dealing with strong minded women. Now I’m married to a man with Aries Sun, Moon and Rising with Mars in Scorpio in his eighth house and whose Sun is square to Uranus. He has worked as a cowboy, farmed for a living and currently works as a carpenter. Even though he has a sharp mind he prefers to come across as down to earth and practical rather than intellectual and he’s damn independent!! He’s dark haired with strong features too.

As one who married in her early forties for the first time, I was rather taken aback when I realized how well my husband fit into my archetypal profile. It does demonstrate the power of the archetype and how when we run smack into someone who fits it well, we can find our lives forever changed. Of course, Pluto was also in the process of transiting my Juno in Scorpio in the 12th house at the time I starting dating him (Juno is often referred to as the “marriage” asteroid) . . . but that’s another story!


This is a photo of Sean Connery as James Bond in about 1965. Sean Connery has Scorpio on the Midheaven and many of his movie roles were Scorpio types and he presents the classic tall, dark and deadly archetype. I have always enjoyed watching him in whatever role he’s playing on screen.