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Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Libra, April 15, 2014

Full Moon in Libra

Full Moon in Libra

Balance – finding, keeping it and losing it – is the central theme of this Full Moon Lunar Eclipse at 25° 16′ Libra on 15 April 2014, 12:42 AM PDT. There is a very good reason Libra is represented by the scales. It is dedicated to being equitable, playing fair and seeing that all people have a say if possible but those scales can easily be stepped on, throwing them off balance.

All Full Moons are oppositions with the Sun opposing the Moon but Libra Full Moons seem to bring out the fact these two elements balance each other as well as oppose. This time the rulers of Aries and Libra, Mars and Venus respectively, are very important players in the lunation chart. Venus is currently well positioned in Pisces where it is exalted whilst Mars is in Libra, the sign of its detriment, and is further subdued by being retrograde.

On one hand Venus is supported by a conjunction with Neptune in Pisces, a sextile to Pluto in Capricorn and a trine to Jupiter in Cancer. In Pisces Venus can express unconditional love and compassion with ease. In this instance she acts as a loving filter between the three outer planets and us puny humans, promoting the idea of embracing all living beings and surrounding them with warmth and caring. Rather than point out our differences, we might be better served by pursuing our commonalities.

On the other hand, Mars in Libra is gradually being drawn into the cardinal Grand Cross, much to its dismay. This Mars far prefers to get along with others and being opposed by feisty Uranus in Aries as well as squared by Jupiter in Cancer and Pluto in Capricorn, makes it very unhappy. It knows it is totally out of its weight class. This being the case, it may be wiser to follow Ralfee Finn’s recommendations about taking no unnecessary actions:

“The best way to handle this astral tightening is to refuse to take any unnecessary action. No unnecessary action is also the best way to handle the release of the intensity after April 21. Wu wei is the Taoist notion of action without effort or control. Its action that exemplifies the way of water, which yields naturally to obstacles, and neither argues, pushes, nor opposes, but rather adapts its course around obstacles or simply wears them away. There is nothing passive about water; for the Taoist, it is the strongest substance—all one has to do is look at the Colorado River and the path it cuts through the Grand Canyon to get the point. Wu wei is not motivated by ego and its array of negative behavior—greed, fear, anger, and so forth, all of which can be seen as unnecessary action; wu wei, through its effortless action, simply exemplifies the Tao, the ineffable, primordial essence of the universe.”

Our relationships will be under scrutiny now and with Mercury in Aries conjunct Uranus opposing Mars in Libra, minor squabbles can easily escalate into major confrontations. The Mercury-Uranus conjunction will have no hesitation whatsoever about revealing any unpleasant truths Pluto in Capricorn may have unearthed. Solid relationships with a good track record for honest communications should weather this fine. Those already on shaky ground could breakup permanently. Another factor could be pointed comments from family members (Jupiter in Cancer’s contribution) adding to an already stressful situation. We’re talking cardinal signs here so there is far less middle ground than usual, making it easier for people to take sides and shout at each other.

Saturn in Scorpio has an important role to play on this lunation as it is semi-sextile the Libra Moon and inconjunct the Aries Sun. Depending on how you feel about Saturn, it may be the voice of reason and accountability or someone who has no business telling us how to live our lives. It can depend on how mature people are behaving in the first place. :D

Even though it might not seem like it in the heat of the moment, we usually have more options than we realize. Aries tends to get a bad case of tunnel vision when they push ahead too quickly, and they forget to use their peripheral vision, thus missing those other paths. Libra can see too many paths and may not be able to settle on one. Finding a point in between these two extremes is the ideal, and one worth pursuing. Practicing wu wei is an excellent way to achieve that. Peace is a beautiful thing and if we follow Venus’s lead on the Full Moon in Libra, we may achieve it yet.

On a personal note: On the plus side Saturn in Scorpio has finally moved off my Mercury! Yay! However it is now about to conjoin my Mars again. Boo! One way or another, Saturn in Scorpio is bound and determined to restrain my words and actions for the time being.

The Libra Moon is within a couple of degrees of my Chiron and the North Node in Libra conjoins my Sun ensuring I will continue to promote the Libra ideals of peace and harmony. Having Mars in Libra about to conjoin my Moon is probably going to stir things up on the home front one way or another. I know there are plenty of others out there in similar situations . . . not comfortable.


Full Moon in Virgo, March 16, 2014

Full Moon in Virgo  © Tim Hester | Dreamstime.com

Full Moon in Virgo © Tim Hester | Dreamstime.com

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.


New Moon in Pisces, March 1, 2014

A curiously refreshing New Moon at 10° 39′ Pisces on March 1, 2014 12:00 AM PST which is far better suited to exploring our inner landscape than rushing out to conquer the outer world. The sky has undergone a sea change since the Full Moon in Leo and we are back under water once more.

The heart of this New Moon is a loose stellium in Pisces which includes Neptune, the Sun, Moon and Chiron. Pisces teaches us to be inclusive rather than exclusive and how doing so enriches our lives. However we need to consciously focus on summoning our better angels with Neptune on board and choose to embrace compassion for all, including ourselves. Chiron in Pisces offers everyone a chance to begin the process of bringing an end to their suffering. After all, suffering in and of its self is not inherently noble. This is a good opportunity to learn the difference between genuine and false humility . . . a truly humble person has no need to draw attention to themselves.

The New Moon in Pisces has powerful support from a Pluto in Capricorn sextile and trine from big-hearted Jupiter in Cancer. It is time to go with the flow rather than battling against it. Meditate, go on retreat, take up a low key physical activity such as Tai Chi or Hatha Yoga, go on long walks by the water, etc. This is great time to learn how to slow down in order to live a longer, healthier life. If you are one of many, many people living in an area with too much water falling from the sky as snow or rain and have been forced to curtail your activities as a result, maybe it is the Universe’s way of enforcing this message.

If you are feeling like your life is on pause now it is probably because four planets are at a virtual standstill, either preparing to station retrograde or having just stationed direct on the New Moon. Mercury in Aquarius goes direct at 18° the day before the New Moon while Mars in Libra and Saturn in Scorpio will station retrograde within the following twenty four hours. Jupiter in Cancer is slowing to station direct on March 6 at 10° still forming a waning square to Uranus in Aries. Mars will be at 27° Libra until March 11,  Saturn at 23° Scorpio until March 22 and Jupiter at 10° until March 24. Mercury will be back up to speed a week after the New Moon, something we can be grateful for. So relax already!

Those who will chafe the most under the current stasis are those with personal planets in the cardinal signs at 10° due to the waning square between Jupiter in Cancer and Uranus in Aries. This square has been a driving force for taking immediate action regardless of the consequences in recent weeks. Use this slowdown to take a good look around and figure out the reasons behind the need for speed. Knowing those reasons will come in very handy in April when this square merges with Mars in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn into a Grand Cross.

Venus in Capricorn is finally moving ahead at her normal pace. She is dancing quietly with Saturn in Scorpio via a waning sextile. A more exciting aspect is the waxing square to Mars in Libra, exact on March 2. In this case, it might be better to behave with decorum and only air your grievances with your lover in private. Libra, Scorpio and Capricorn all prefer to keep their love lives private and express their passion behind closed doors out of the public eye.

Mercury in Aquarius is traveling free from other influences right now and this should help us maintain a degree of mental clarity. With everything else going on, we can use all the help we can get to find perspective and that is something Aquarius is capable of delivering.

Celebrate this Pisces New Moon by taking at least a few moments to sit in silence and follow your breath. Solitude can be a beautiful thing and now is the perfect time to experience it again. Namaste.

On a personal note: I have a Chiron theme for this New Moon. Chiron in Pisces is exactly conjunct my IC, Mars in Libra is stationing on my natal Chiron and Venus in Capricorn is squaring my Chiron. Huh. I’m either going to be getting further lessons on how to deal with my own vulnerabilities or spending a great deal of time listening to other people’s woes.

On a more positive note, Venus in Capricorn is closely sextile my Ascendant, so at least I will be looking good thru all of this. :D


Full Moon in Leo, February 14, 2014

Full Moon in Leo

Full Moon in Leo

© Tamara Bauer | Dreamstime.com

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. :D


The Week in Brief for February 10, 2014 plus Updates

Aquarius_by_losenko© Mila Losenko

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! :D

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.