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Full Moon Eclipse in Pisces – September 16th, 2016: Emotional Triggers & Practical Reasoning

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The Full Moon Eclipse at 24 degrees Pisces [September 16th, 3:05PM EST] is overly sensitive (are we surprised?) with some major emotional triggers; the Pisces/Virgo axis is one of practical reasoning verses emotional responses. We have to be particularly careful how we handle this energy. Those with planets in Pisces/Virgo anywhere between 21-24 degrees will be especially sensitive to this energy, as well as those with planets in mutable signs (Virgo, Pisces, Sagittarius and Gemini)

The Moon’s conjunction to Chiron, Square to Mars, and opposition to Mercury may put us on the defensive and we have to be especially careful in how we communicate with others. The Moon is an emotional vehicle that may be difficult to steer when Chiron is involved, this is due to painful experiences linked to bonding with those around us and the past, yet with all aspects, both good and “bad,” there are opportunities that allow us to grow and evolve (if we’re willing to do the work)

The Sun’s opposition to Chiron creates the painful process of ego healing. The question, “Am I good enough?” may pop up with stressful Sun/Chiron aspects. This eclipse is pushing us,  some of us kicking and screaming, towards transmutation/transformation; we’re at the first stage of the alchemical process during this eclipse, where the soul (Pisces) is dealing with latent forces (Neptune, South Node also in Pisces) vivid dreams and intuitiveness are at an all time high.

Mars in Sagittarius is at the apex of a T-square involving the eclipse. Here we have the action-orientated philosopher bumping heads with Virgo Sun’s desire for order and Pisces Moon’s habit of expressing itself in nebulous ways. There is inner tension in terms of how we assert ourselves.

Venus in Libra opposes unpredictable and impulsive Uranus in Aries. It may be a challenge to remain diplomatic with so many emotional buttons being pushed. There’s a tug-of-war between playing nice (which Libra is known for) rebellion, and establishing ourselves as a distinct individual. There’s nothing wrong with being ourselves, but we need to have a gentle approach when doing so. This could also be a much needed lesson in obtaining a certain level of freedom within our relationships.

 

Venus enters Libra, August 29th, 2016 & The Virgo New Moon, September 1st, 2016: Spiritual Actualization

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Maat/Libra: Goddess of Truth & Justice.

Venus enters charming Libra on August 29th at 10:06 PM EST ushering in the kind of balanced and cooperative love we know we need and deserve. By no means is this a one-way street: Venus in Libra is about give and take; the ever poised peacemaker who is constantly giving life to beautiful ideas and expression.

Venus in Libra’s constant search for perfection/balance and idealistic beauty can often create unrealistic expectations that lead to disappointment.

On August 30th, Mercury stations Rx at 29’05 degrees Virgo. Retrograde phases are ideal for revisiting issues associated with the house Mercury is transiting in your natal chart. Confusion and difficulties may arise when it comes to receiving and interpreting information but the energy can still be used in a productive manner.

 

New Moon Eclipse in Virgo @ 9 Degrees – September 1st, 2016

This particular eclipse is intense, emotionally heavy, and steeped in mystical manifestation. With that being said, it’s an eclipse that needs to be handled with a certain level of caution.

The eclipse forms a stressful square to Saturn and this may create feelings of fear, negativity and defensiveness. Stressful Sun/Saturn aspects in particular can trigger insecurity and inferiority complexes causing us to become painfully aware of our shortcomings. Everyone may feel as though they’re a potential threat to us and conflict with authority figures (or those we perceive as authorative) may rear its ugly head. The flip side to this energy is a disciplined approach when it comes to responsibilities and bringing about results through hard work. Squares can be blessings in disguise; they force us to buckle down, work hard and not give up.

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The Moon’s square to Saturn can create creative blocks and threaten our desire for emotional security and stability. I feel as though this new moon is forcing us to take a long hard look at ourselves. Handling responsibilities may feel like a major drag right about now and there’s an overwhelming feeling of being—well—overwhelmed! Domestic (Moon) responsibilities (Saturn) can trigger emotional heaviness. This is the time of the year where parents (Sun/Moon) are preparing their children for the coming school year and summer fun is long behind us. As stressful as this aspect feels, there’s some symbolic nest building going on as well. Our houses need to be put in order and loose ends need tying up (Mercury Rx)

The new moon also opposes Neptune in Pisces. This energy can manifest in two ways: we may find ourselves wanting to “check-out” from some of the responsibilities we have and this can lead to escapist tendencies. The physical (Virgo) world can be extremely difficult to deal with when faced with the kinds of rigid (Saturn) energy. Or we can use these cosmic forces to bring some magic into our lives. There’s a seesaw effect with this new moon; swinging back and forth between the idealistic (Neptune in Pisces) and the practical/dependable nature of the new moon (Sun/Moon)

Balance is the key here: The new moons opposition to Neptune can be quite magical and mystical. We can use this energy to channel spiritual dimensions that can accelerate healing, growth and grounding.

Healing stones for the Virgo New Moon

These are stones that are associated with the astrological sign, Virgo.

  • Holly Blue Agate – Spiritual/Psychic (Neptune/Pisces) actualization (Virgo) assists in communication skills and encourages one to verbalize feelings.
  • Moss Agate – Emotional balancing and self-esteem
  • Purple Obsidian – Triggers crown energy, stimulates clairvoyance and grounding.

New Moon in Aquarius – February 8th, 2016: Awakening & Emancipation

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Nut, Egyptian Goddess of air and the universe, stretching her body over the world to create the heavens.

Aquarius’ liberating energy graces us on February 8th (9:39 AM EST) with a new moon at 19’16 degrees. New Moons are the beginning phase of a cycle. During this time we plant seeds and hopefully they develop and come to fruition during the Full Moon phase. This is the reason why setting intentions during the new moon can be a powerful tool towards bringing awareness

Aquarius is the sign of liberation and freedom. Above all else during this time we need to question what we’re willing to fight for and what our place is when it comes to humanity. The new moons sextile to Uranus/Vesta in Aries brings about a forceful and radical approach to what we’re passionate about and the kinds of sacrifices we’re willing to make. Uranus’ conjunction to Vesta is encouraging us to take an innovative approach to how we master our inner flame and what we hold sacred. The Part of Fortunes placement with Uranus/Vesta points to success when we take a stand and dare to be different.

While the new moon chart is not a personal natal chart, the Sun/Moon in the 11th house of of groups, hopes, friends and our ambitions, is quite revealing. Friendships and alliances may be reformed during this period giving us a fresh perspective on what it is we really want from the people we associate with.

Uranus’ participation may bring about some unexpected changes that are sudden andAquarius New Moon bring with it some breakthroughs that are desperately needed. The new moons square to Mars in Scorpio has us striving to break free from anything that we may perceive is holding us back; There’s a strong sense of revolt with this new moon and a great need to take action, even if it’s done covertly (Mars in Scorpio) This need for extreme liberation may rear its head when it comes to relationships/commitment as well: Juno in Scorpio close to Mars in the 8th house of sex/death/transformation may have those of us who are feeling controlled, and possibly manipulated  by those we’re intimately involved with, looking for the nearest exit.

This energy is further supported by Mars’ quincunx to both Uranus and Vesta. If any attempt is made to control us or box us in or threaten our dedication (Vesta) to doing things our way, we’ll certainly show individuals what we’re made of.

The Sun/Moon in Aquarius also forms a quincunx to Jupiter/North Node in Virgo. Whether the need to reform is on a personal level or a universal one, it’s our souls purpose to expand and grow during this planetary phase. We’re being challenged to dare to be ourselves and we’re more than willing to make that happen. Expect flashes of insight, changes that are more than welcome, and creative juices that flow more freely than usual.

Healing crystals for the Aquarius New Moon: I’ve chosen stones that for me embody the electric and liberating energies that Aquarius possesses.

  • Amber – Aligns both the ethereal and physical energies in the body. Transmutes negative energies.
  • Amethyst – Balances the intellectual (Aquarius) emotional and physical. Clears the auric field.
  • Angelite – Raises consciousness and assists with astral travel.
  • Garnet – Aides in expansiveness, awareness and manifestation.

New Moon in Capricorn – January 9th, 2016: If we can dream it, we can achieve it.

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Sidney_Hall_-_Urania's_Mirror_-_CapricornusTonight’s Capricorn New Moon at 19 degrees (January 9th, 8:30 PM EST)brings with it the ambition and strong work ethic that gives us the ability to make our dreams a tangible reality. The New Moon forms a conjunction to Pallas (also known as, Pallas Athene) Zeus’ daughter; our ideas and thought process are brought to life through hard work and responsibility. The urge to get a move on and make things happen is quite strong with this New Moon. If you can dream it, you can achieve it, is the motto.

Our goals are further supported by the New Moon’s trine to Jupiter in Virgo. Our dreams are extended beyond the self and the strong earth energy gives us both focus and discipline. Capricorn likes to play by the rules, and their desire for status and success gives them the drive to reach the highest of mountains. We may find ourselves wanting to impress the right people; just make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons.Over doing it (Jupiter can go overboard) can create a certain level of greediness when it comes to rubbing elbows with the right people and our desires.

Cardinal signs (Capricorn, Aries, Libra and Cancer) between 18-20 degrees will more than likely be impacted the most. The house where the New Moon transits will be illuminated bringing with it a pragmatic approach and the New Moon’s opposition to Earth in Cancer brings balance between self-control/caution and emotional connecting.

Capricorn’s symbol, the sea-goat, has the ability to explore the hidden depths of the soul while reaching the seemingly impossible heights of success. The New Moon’s wide conjunction to Pluto adds even more power to our need to succeed.

 

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Venus and Saturn in Sagittarius form a tight conjunction encouraging us to accept responsibility, be committed, yet do so with an adventurous spirit and positive outlook. Stressful aspects between Venus/Saturn can often have a dismal approach to life, but the conjunction forms a trine to Uranus. We can work towards being disciplined without sacrificing our individuality. Uranus’ square to the Moon/Sun creates exciting and unique ways to make our dreams come true.

Neptune in Pisces trines Mars in Scorpio brings the gift of acting on our dreams. Our fantasies aren’t merely in the deepest part of the subconscious; we can actually act on these ideals and visions, bringing them to life. Career goals and achievement are the focus during this New Moon. We’re more than willing and prepared to deal with our duties; creating tangible results in the process.

Planetary Trends – December 25th – December 30th, 2015

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Urania’s Mirror, 1825

The winter solstice brought with it the Sun’s ingress into Capricorn on December 21st; we’re now being guided towards the first Christmas Full Moon in 38 years. The Cancer Full Moon at 3 degrees greets us at 6:12 AM EST, bringing with it the nurturing and family-centered energy Cancer’s are known for and what better time to explore this kind of vibe than on Christmas? The Full Moon’s trine to Neptune in Pisces creates a dreamy aspect, the urge to escape the physical world and perhaps a softening of our emotional responses. Nostalgia and dreams pertaining to the maternal nurturing we received as children, and possibly as adults, may color our emotional make-up. The Cardinal signs (Cancer, Aries, Libra, Capricorn) will more than likely feel this energy a bit more intensely than others.

The Moon’s location in the solar 4th house conjunct the IC does bring about a concentrated emotional focus on family and the mother/father axis (4th/1oth houses) The 4th house is the physical home as well as childhood experiences. The holiday season always has us reminiscing about the past.

Xmas Full MoonVenus’ sextile to both Mercury and Jupiter sweetens this Full Moon further. Extravagance (Venus/Jupiter) and pleasant interchanges (Venus/Mercury) are perfect for gatherings and being with those we love. The inner tension we may have been feeling these past few weeks seems to be easing up a bit. There may be a lot of temptation to indulge and over do it today. You only live once, so why not?

Mercury Trines Jupiter at 3:18 PM EST. Expansion, over-flowing of ideas and sharing thoughts with those who have similar interests could be the focus. Mercury/Jupiter aspects are known for their tall tales and curiosity; a wonderful aspect for socializing

Uranus stations direct at 10:52 PM EST This will surely have us releasing a sigh of relief, especially those with a large number of planets in Cardinal signs. While Uranus can bring about freedom, excitement and change, it can also usher in extreme chaos that threatens to shake up our sense of security. Uranus’ square to Pluto in Capricorn certainly wasn’t helping matters. The turbulent roller coaster ride we’ve been on may be finally settling down a bit; don’t get too comfortable, though. Uranus will still be rattling our cages, but we’ll be better equipped to handle it.

Healing Stones for this Full Moon: These are perfect stones for love and healing. The holidays in particular can often trigger old wounds.

  • Rose Quartz
  • Pink Moonstone
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  • Pink Tourmaline
  • Clear Quartz

Mercury Squares Mars on December 29th 9:52 AM. Verbal confrontations and communication battles could have us blowing our stack. Anyone who comes for us or poses a threat may walk away with more than their feelings hurt. Keep a cool head (and mouth)

Venus enters adventurous Sagittarius on December 30th at 2:16 AM EST. The constant need to explore and have freedom may have us struggling to hang in there for the long haul. Sagittarius tends to view love and relationships in a very broad-minded kind of way and this can create problems for those who may be looking for a more concrete expressions of love (I’ll be doing a post on Venus in Sagittarius)

Happy Holidays!

New Moon in Sagittarius – November 11th, 2015: Experimentation & Open Spirit

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Pallas and Centaur, Botticelli (1482-83)

The Centaur’s arrow takes flight on November 11th bringing with it a New Moon @ 19’20 degrees 5:30 AM EST. The New Moon’s trine to Uranus brings forth an electric energy that propels us towards our own personal truth. Freedom and experimentation can bring us closer to the openness we need in order to bring about self-improvement. Sagittarius is the eternal optimist who’s constantly working on greater and bigger plans. Core beliefs and strong philosophical views about the world are also traits that Sagittarius posses. Remain broad-minded and spontaneous the results may surprise you.

New Moon’s are about beginnings. This is the perfect time to manifest what we really want.

Venus trines Neptune; the ultimate manifestation of creative expression and spiritual bliss. Idealism and escapism can improve artistic pursuits (for all of you creative types out there) Venus in Scorpio’s erotic nature coupled with the fantasy Neptune in Pisces expresses can have us fantasizing and daydreaming more than usual. Try not to go overboard, donning our rose-colored glasses can sometimes cause more harm than good.

Mars quincunx Chiron creating a somewhat difficult push for us to Sagittarius NMmanifest and take action; difficult aspects such as the quincunx always create a certain level of inner tension that forces us to hop in the driver’s seat and take control. We’re hell bent on coming to terms with being self-assertive, even if we find ourselves stumbling in the process. Mars in Libra already tends to struggle with avoidance and dodging unpleasant situations that need to be confronted head-on because the need for peace and tranquility is so strong. 

Pallas‘ conjunction to Pluto for me in this chart is more of a collective consciousness/energy. This is intense energy combined with the creativity, intelligence, and focused skill that Pallas (also known as Pallas Athene) possesses. Our insight at this time can help to transform others or have us shapeshifting into know-it-all’s who are obsessed with a particular thought process. Try and use this energy for personal advancement instead.

Gemini Full Moon – November 25th, 2015:Detachment & Mental Sensation

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The Gemini full Moon at 3 degrees ushers in the need to communicate/verbalize our emotions. As someone with a Gemini Moon, I can attest to the fact that security is obtained from being mentally stimulated; this current energy may have us feeling fickle, changeable, excited and inquisitive.

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Gemini Constellation, Urania’s Mirror, 1825

Emotions and moods are often magnified with Full Moon’s and The Moon’s opposition to Mercury, Saturn, and the Sun in Sagittarius may have our emotional make-up clashing with our ego and ability to be subjective. Saturn’s conjunction to the Sun and opposition to the Full Moon could make us feel particularly defensive; not all criticism is a personal attack. Domestic responsibilities may feel a bit burdensome, but we certainly have the ingenuity to make things work out in the long run with the Moon’s trine to both Ceres and Mars.

Gmini Full MoonMother to Persephone, Ceres is very much the protector and nurturer. We find the support we need through logical action (Mars) and Ceres’ sextile to Mercury/Saturn in Sagittarius creates an interesting mix of the eccentric and philosophical. Personally, I think one of the best ways to express this energy is through mental pursuits and verbal expression. Now is not the time to hold everything in; this Full Moon has a powerful air element: a grand-trine in Air that consists of the Moon, Mars, and Ceres. Again, the key is expressing ourselves through the mind. The Air realm is about mental sensation. Sometimes detaching ourselves mentally from a situation is the best medicine.

*How have you been expressing and feeling this current Full Moon energy?

New Moon in Scorpio – November 11th, 2015: Phoenix’s Rising & The Process of Rebirth

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The Adoration of The Magi, Jacob Cornelisz van Oostsanen, c.1510-c.1515

Today’s New Moon greets us at 19 degrees Scorpio. This is a New Moon of great personal power. It’s no secret that Scorpio is often known as the manipulative sign. This New Moon is encouraging us to use our powers in more constructive ways. Scorpio’s ruler, Pluto, governed the underworld in Greek mythology. Pluto creates, destroys, then re-creates; what better way to celebrate this New Moon with a bit of ego destruction and shadow work?

Scorpio was quite the seductress in previous lives, often yearned for and hated by those around them. Often in positions of power, they were not above using their psychic gifts to control those around them. Working on issues surrounding control and power struggles is highly suggested. Writing a list of the things you can control verses the things you cannot  can be helpful as well.Scorpio New Moon

The New Moon’s sextile to Jupiter makes the process of transformation a pleasant treat. Scorpio is the psychologist of the Zodiac; our intuitive abilities are at a heightened state. The hypnotic magnetism of this New Moon cannot be denied. Those who practice sex magick can especially benefit from this cunning energy. Focusing on psychic powers, telepathy and dream work are a few activities one can work on during this New Moon.

The dark goddess, Lilith, forms a wide conjunction to Venus; Lilith isn’t interested in being controlled. She owns her own sexuality. She is very much the revolutionary with shamanic and sexual healing powers. Channel this divine feminine energy for your rituals, healing and self-love work. This is the perfect combination for those who feel as though they have lost their power. If this is you, now is the time to reclaim it.

Again, don’t take this New Moon lightly! The Moon is extremely powerful but even more so when she’s in Scorpio.

Full Moon in Taurus – October 27th, 2015: Earthly Values & Transformation

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Taurus constellationThe divine and the sensual merge today with the full moon in sensual and earthy Taurus. This energy is laced with values and our ability to get our needs met. While Taurus is known for its stubborn and unyielding nature, the Moon’s conjunction to the part of fortune rewards our self-determined nature. Today we’re being blessed with the ability to see the beauty in life; after all, Taurus is ruled by Venus, the goddess of love and beauty. The bull has this wonderful gift that allows them to not only enjoy the sensual pleasures in life, but to encourage others to do the same. We’re feeling both solid and dependable. The earth vibe continues with Jupiter’s conjunction to Venus in Virgo. Our practicality and dedication is expanded. The energy is dependable and reliable. Jupiter and Venus’ trine to Pluto in Capricorn encourages manifestation and transformation. Finances, resources, all that we desire is at our finger tips. We have the magic to bring all of these needs to fruition.

Earth in Taurus (Earth is always in the opposite sign of the Sun) gives us the earthly grounding support we need. These past few super moons had a lot of us feeling on edge emotionally. This current energy puts our feet and emotions on solid ground.

Venus’ opposition to Chiron in Pisces is encouraging us to release wounds surrounding our lack of faith. Pisces can often feel victimized and insignificant in this world of ours. Venus in Virgo instills a sense of modesty; be responsible and practical when it comes to extending your healing energy to others. Use Chiron’s healing energy to let go of old wounds and to stop beating up on yourself. Virgo energy can be quite the perfectionist. The universe reassuring us that it’s okay to use your “training wheel” if you need to!

Healing Stones for the Taurus Full Moon: The focus should be on energy centers in the body that encourage grounding and stability. Here are a few stones that can balance the base energy in the body. When we ground the body and mind we have a stronger sense of self and feel better equipped to focus on goals and manifest dreams.

  • Black Star Diopside – A stone that is pure will-power! Taurus’ are known for their dedication and hard work.
  • Ruby – Extremely stimulating and can often give one the push you need to make things happen.
  • Black Onyx – Black Onyx brings form to our thoughts. Taurus energy is very much about results. 
  • Obsidian – This stone is usually used for magic and scrying purposes; I though it would be a good addition for manifesting dreams and bringing forth tangible results.

New Moon in Libra – October 12th, 2015: Relationship Goals

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LibpThis evenings focus is “We” instead of “Me” with the lunar energy shifting into Libra. Our sense of self is actually strengthened through interactions with others. The New Moon’s opposition to Uranus in Aries can usher in major insights and radical new ways of relating to others, while Mercury’s conjunction to Juno, Jupiter’s wife and the divine consort, gives us the ability to express our needs within relationships in a balanced manner.

Jupiter in Virgo conjuncts Mars and trines Pluto in Capricorn giving detail and expansion to action. Action can be hindered when Mars is in meticulous Virgo–we spend more time criticizing ourselves instead of taking action–yet the conjunction to Jupiter gives us just the boost we need. Jupiter in Virgo gives a somewhat disciplined approach; it’s trine to Pluto gives promise to big dreams, goals, and ambitions and possibly increase in wealth! Our philosophical views need to be shared with others as well. Jupiter/Pluto allows us to touch others on a grand scale, but don’t abuse your powers!

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Healing Stones for the Libra New Moon: I’ve chosen stones that resonate with Libras ruler, Venus. While forming balanced unions with others is wonderful, don’t forget your inner union. Having a good relationship with yourself is key to having good partnerships.

  • Morganite – Allows one to open up to the possibility of love.
  • Pink Tourmaline – Love, spirituality and peace.
  • Bloodstone – One of Libras stones. Helps heal sacral energy issues.
  • Prehnite – Another stone associated with Libra. Use for divine and angel guidance.