We might start the day with a void-of-course Moon in reserved Scorpio but by midday when the Moon rushes into cheerful, outgoing Sagittarius, the mood gradually begins to change. I say gradually because first we need to get past a Moon-Saturn conjunction this afternoon. A very workaday Monday for many of us. Use your time wisely because more distractions are on the way this week.
For those who have personal planets around 14° to 15° in the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) there will probably still be tense moments cropping up this week. Relief is in sight because after Friday, we’ll have a break from serious challenges to Pluto or Uranus until after the Solstice on June 21. Whew!
This year the Sun rolls into Virgo accompanied by its ruler, Mercury! The over-heated atmosphere of the past couple of weeks will gradually cool down and hopefully the inflated rhetoric will too. Virgo is noted for dealing in facts, not speculation or drama as Leo often does. Leo can inject drama into the most mundane events and with Jupiter squaring Uranus fueling Leo’s love of embellishment, it has been a very trying time.
On Saturday the Sun-Mercury conjunction in Virgo will be exact, bringing us the promise of clear, analytical thinking. Neptune in Pisces opposing those two planets Sunday and Monday suggests this might not be the case. With Neptune’s favorite rose-colored glasses firmly in place we may get sucked into attempting to rescue everyone with an owie whether they need it or not. Use good judgment before leaping in.
Thankfully Virgo has a sweet relationship with Cancer, Scorpio and Capricorn so when the Sun and Mercury aspect Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto, we all benefit. The Sun and Mercury will take turns being sextile Saturn and trine Pluto from August 27 thru September 1. Mercury will sextile Jupiter in Cancer on August 30 and the Sun will do the same a week later on September 7. All of these aspects are excellent for processing practical information and then applying it. Jupiter sweetens the pot with a healthy degree of optimism without going overboard . . . which is what happened under the Jupiter-Uranus square. For those of us who are currently feeling like our lives are seriously spinning out of control and desperately need to get our feet back on the ground, the next couple of weeks look good for that.
I do need to mention the Sun and Mercury will also be inconjunct that trouble-maker, Uranus in Aries. First, Mercury on August 29 and then the Sun on September 3. Virgo and Aries have very different ways of viewing the world. Aries is all about taking action ASAP, often with only a casual glance at any details involved whilst Virgo prefers to carefully review all the data before taking the first step. Aries accuses Virgo of being unable to see the forest for the trees and Virgo responds by calling Aries a foolhardy risk taker. Patience and tolerance will be much needed on the days these aspects occur.
Mercury leaves meticulous Virgo for fair minded Libra on September 9, leaving the Sun to finish its journey through Virgo alone. Not that it will mind because Virgo is one of the solitary signs who enjoy quietly working by themselves. This will give us two planets in earth for the balance of the Sun’s stay in Virgo before it shifts to airy Libra on September 22. Let’s make the most of having a touch more earth in the sky!
The Full Moon at 0° 06′ Aquarius ushers the Sun into lordly Leo on 22 July 2013 at 11:16 AM PDT. Nonetheless the light from the luminaries is diffused by all the water in the sky. It is as if we are standing behind a water fall watching the Sun set and the Moon rise.
For air signs this Full Moon in ultra rational Aquarius is a treat after all the emphasis on touchy feely water. The cool, crisp logic Aquarius brings to bear on problem solving is a joy for those of us with our Sun, Moon or Rising in air signs. Even though this is a short lived event, it reminds us the waters will eventually recede.
Fire signs get a bigger break because this Full Moon marks the beginning of Leo season when the Sun returns to living large in its home sign. Now there will be two planets in fire with Uranus in Aries being the other and when the Moon swings through the fire signs, it will be enough to warm fire sign hearts everywhere.
Venus arrived in Virgo shortly before the Sun entered Leo and is exactly semi-sextile the Sun whilst inconjunct the Aquarius Moon. Venus is eager to pack up her party clothes and retire into the background in Virgo but I have the sense the luminaries aren’t going to let her go just yet. She has little in common with either Leo or Aquarius. She finds Leo’s outgoing enthusiasm wearing and Aquarius sadly lacking in common sense when it comes to aiding the less fortunate. Libras are probably the only ones who will even notice this exchange between Venus and the luminaries as it may make them feel less social than usual.
An opposition between Venus in Virgo and Neptune in Pisces may lead even this down-to-earth Venus astray. Anytime Venus falls under Neptune’s spell, the rose colored glasses come out and common sense falls away. It promises plenty of fun for die hard romantics though.
Mercury, now direct in Cancer, makes a waning square to Uranus in Aries and suggests the need to keep a firm hold on our tempers and our tongues. This square exacerbates the tendency to speak without thinking, especially under emotional duress. Due to Mercury is still moving slowly this aspect will be in effect longer than usual. Adding a powerful undercurrent is an opposition from Pluto in Capricorn to Mercury in Cancer. Control issues of all kinds may provide fuel to the Mercury-Uranus square. Be very careful about laying blame.
The most powerful pattern in this lunation chart is a Kite Pattern embracing the Grand Trine in water. Saturn in Scorpio, Neptune in Pisces and Mars conjunct Jupiter in Cancer comprise the Grand Trine with Pluto in Capricorn making it a Kite. Whilst the Grand Trine is rather passive in nature, a Kite is often more proactive thanks to the inclusion of an opposition. In this case Pluto in Capricorn opposes Mars and Jupiter in Cancer. Practical, pragmatic Capricorn is happy to work with Saturn, Capricorn’s ruler, to lay out a clear plan of action and the Mars-Jupiter conjunction is the perfect energy source. Learning more about family traditions, studying the family tree and delving into family memories are ways to utilize this energy. Learning about our ancestors and where they came from can help ground us in the here and now.
Despite the injection of fire and air from the luminaries, this Full Moon chart is dominantly cardinal water. The Sun may officially be in fiery Leo but it will still feel like Cancer rules the sky. Remain sensitive to what you feel and what other people are feeling. The waters are shallower now and that will help. Enjoy the moment and may the fortunate Kite Pattern bless us all! By the way, this is the first of two Full Moons in Aquarius. The second one, on 20 August, is 28° and has a nice balance in elements.
On a personal note: My Libra Moon does catch some flack from the Mercury-Uranus square though orbs are wide, probably making me moodier than usual. Thankfully Mars and Jupiter are exactly trine my natal Jupiter and just maybe there will be some good news coming round.
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).