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Libra Moon under stress today 1-2-2016

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We get our cardinal crunch aspects with the Libra Moon out of the way this morning (Moon sq Pluto & opp Uranus), and then with some help from detached Mercury in Aquarius, it should be possible to regain our sense of balance. F.Y.I. this is the only day this week when fire and air signs dominate the sky, allowing us to achieve some degree of objectivity. Use this time wisely.

One thing Libra and Capricorn share is an appreciation of good manners and civil behaviors even though Libra is a more naturally social sign than Capricorn who would rather stay home than go to a party. When the Libra Moon completes a cardinal T-Square with Uranus and Pluto this morning, confrontations are likely to conducted in a polite but icy manner. Mars is at 29° Libra and will insist on any challenges being handled fairly and evenhandedly. All this equitable tone vanishes tomorrow when Mars and the Moon enter Scorpio. Be warned.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

Image: Healer © Susan Seddon Boulet

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Full Moon in Cancer, December 25, 2015

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What a Christmas gift for everyone! A Full Moon at 03° 20′ Cancer occurs at 03:12 AM PST on December 25, sweetly trine to Neptune in Pisces encouraging everyone to open their hearts and minds and see humanity as part of their extended family. The Cancer Moon is the universal mother and the Capricorn Sun is everyone’s beloved father figure with Neptune in Pisces linking us all together through love and compassion.

There is another side to this Full Moon that centers on Mercury in pragmatic Capricorn. Mercury is closely aspected by Venus in Scorpio, Mars in Libra, Jupiter in Virgo and Uranus in Aries. Quite a mixed bag! Mercury, Venus and Jupiter create a mini-triangle bringing a message of warmth, generosity and good will. We can expect tangible expressions of love and appreciation as a result of this pattern. What a wonderful blessing for Christmas Day.

On the more verbally combative side are the waxing square between Mercury and Mars in Libra and the waning square between Mercury and Uranus in Aries. Mercury and Mars will be exactly square on December 29 at 27°. Those who have personal planets in the cardinal signs from 26° to 28°, especially in Libra and Cancer, are going to feel the bite from this one. Ugh. We can be thankful the Mercury-Uranus square is rapidly fading away for now. This square has the potential to bring out the dark side at family gatherings over the holidays and there is no one like our nearest and dearest for knowing exactly how to cause us pain and grief.

Uranus in Aries stations direct at 16° 33′ shortly after the Full Moon. As Uranus slowly begins to pick up speed going forward, we may begin to see changes start to emerge once more. This will gradually unfold over the next month or so because like most outer planets, Uranus takes awhile to move on from its station degree. It will be late January 2016 before it does.

The other two major outer planet aspects still having an influence are Saturn in Sagittarius square Neptune in Pisces. Saturn has pulled far enough ahead of Neptune that it doesn’t aspect the luminaries, something we can be grateful for . . . Saturn can be such a party pooper. And we can’t forget the Uranus-Pluto square is still around agitating trouble. *sigh*

Here’s to a wonderful, celebratory Full Moon in Cancer! Step aside from the dark side and embrace the love it holds for all of us . . . if only for a day. Merry Christmas!

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

Image:  © Phiseksit | Dreamstime.com

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Solstice Arrives on December 21, 2015

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We reach one of the major turning points of the year on Monday, December 21, the Winter Solstice (or summer if you live in the southern hemisphere). Here in the cold north, it marks the time when the days begin to grow longer once more though it will be Imbolc (February 1) before the difference is truly evident.

The solstice chart sets the tone for the next six months and this year we are blessed with a magical Kite Pattern which includes a Grand Trine in earth – Jupiter in Virgo, Mercury in Capricorn and the Taurus Moon with Venus in Scorpio completing the Kite. It is the Taurus Moon who is the main focal point and the outlet for all the energy generated by the other planets. Kites are much more vibrant and active than Grand Trines who calmly spin around in place, all smug and pleased with themselves.

The placid, nurturing Taurus Moon gains importance because it is the “arrow” planet of the Kite Pattern. The Moon is exalted in Taurus and as such is in the perfect position to share Jupiter’s natural generosity, Mercury in Capricorn’s clear sighted message and all the passionate, healing love Venus in Scorpio is capable of. All we have to do is open our hearts and minds to the possibility a better way of living is possible. We’re talking practical, pragmatic earth signs here who are completely engaged with the real world, and who have the know-how needed to manifest our dreams.

It is Mercury in Capricorn who acts as the intermediary for the harsh Uranus-Pluto square and the rest of the chart. This is a natural role for Mercury who traveled between our world and the Underworld. Mercury conjoins Pluto and squares Uranus in Aries, an aspect that usually leads seriously nasty verbal confrontations where all sorts of unpleasant secrets are abruptly revealed in order to cause pain. This time the other planets in the Kite Pattern are on hand to drain away the anger and resentment which in turn brings true healing.

Mercury is tightly conjoined Pallas in Capricorn who is a genius at setting priorities, allowing for maximum results with little energy wasted. This is a great resource for those who are considering setting up a new business or perhaps reinventing an existing one.

The square between Saturn in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces is beginning to wane now, giving us a break from its oddities until next June. Mars in Libra is semi-sextile Venus in Scorpio and since those two are in mutual reception, this brings out the best in both of them.

We have a real choice this time in how we handle what the Uranus-Pluto square brings to the surface over the coming months. Please choose love, kindness, tolerance, peace and joy. Make the world a better place and allow creativity to flourish for all who share it. Namaste.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

Image: © Kostyantyn Ratnikov | Dreamstime.com

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New Moon in Sagittarius, December 11, 2015

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It is a very dynamic New Moon at 19° 03′ Sagittarius on 11 December 2015, 02:33 AM PST, with Mars, Jupiter and Uranus all directly aspecting the luminaries. Forthright Sagittarius is ever eager to explore new places and be exposed to different ways of thinking and being. Mars in Libra helps propel us out the door while Uranus in Aries encourages us to try something we’ve never done before. Jupiter in Virgo squaring the New Moon is somewhat trickier because we could go too far too fast and end up in the ditch.

The exact opposition between Mars in Libra and Uranus in Aries is an “I dare you” set up where we can end up in very risky situations because someone close to us eggs us on. This is complicated by Pluto in Capricorn recreating the cardinal T-Square of recent years. What motivates us may be far more complex with roots deep in the past. It is our one-on-one relationships most likely to suffer from the surfacing of buried resentments and deep anger. Be careful and ask for a time out if necessary.

Helping with the kiss and make up side of things is a lovely trine between Venus in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces. Venus in Scorpio can put more into a long, smoldering look than anyone else. She has the whole “come hither” thing down to an art. Venus-Neptune trines add just the right amount of subtle glamour and hints of delightful fantasies to be played out in private. Have fun with this one!

The square between Saturn in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces is still at work in our lives whether we can see anything happening or not. Saturn takes his job of keeping it real very seriously but it is an uphill battle when it comes to Neptune. Disciplined expressions of compassion are possible under this influence, and being of service to others in a genuine manner is very pleasing to Neptune in Pisces as well as Saturn.

Mercury arrives in Capricorn a couple of days before the New Moon and is essentially unaspected on this lunation. We can all benefit from this Mercury’s clear, logical approach to problem solving. It excels at setting priorities and following through with those. Put it work in your life.

Using the New Moon in Sagittarius to forge ahead is a natural response to the bold, enthusiastic energy swirling around in the atmosphere. As long as we don’t trample others on our way out the door, we’ll be good. Failure to other people’s wishes and dreams into account can come back to haunt us in the future because nothing breeds resentment like feeling used and discarded. Working hand in hand with like minded people on behalf of the community is a far better plan.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

Image: Frozen Road to Nowhere © Aaron J Groen

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Cappy Moon gets the work week to great start 11-16-2015

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Today’s Capricorn Moon can get the work week off to a great start with a dose of productive, cardinal energy supported by the Scorpio Sun and Mercury. Moon goes void-of-course in the afternoon but there should be enough momentum to maintain the pace. Seeds planted during the New Moon may begin to sprout now.

Those who have personal planets at 7° in the Mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces) may be feeling Neptune in Pisces at a standstill before Wednesday’s station direct as well as the waxing square with Saturn in Sagittarius. Don’t worry, your turn to forge ahead is coming, slowly but surely. The path forward will be smoothed by compassion and cooperation rather than competitiveness. The bitterly confrontative energy created by the Uranus-Pluto square in the cardinal signs is finally losing force as the Saturn-Neptune square gains influence over the next year.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

Image: Capricorn © Heidi

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