Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Cancer, January 10, 2020

If we didn’t pay attention to our personal Capricorn message on the New Moon Solar Eclipse in Capricorn, then we better wake up and open our eyes because the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse at 20° 00′ Cancer on 10 January 2020, 11:21 AM PDT, is going to hit us up again. This time the Saturn-Pluto conjunction conjoins the Capricorn Sun-Mercury and opposes the Cancer Moon. This is a hardcore dose of reality!

If there is a savior to be found on this lunation, it will be Neptune in Pisces, sextile the Capricorn stellium and trine the Cancer Moon. We need to have faith something better will eventually appear to replace whatever losses we experience now. The key word here is ‘eventually’ because Saturn in Capricorn is noted for insisting we work hard for any gains. Choosing denial is not a good option as it will only delay the pain of dealing with loss. The best thing we can do for ourselves is to practice mature, responsible behaviors and treat others with kindness, respect and compassion. Please don’t expect quick fixes or instant results because those are not in the cards for the time being. Instant karma is very possible. *grin*

Mars in Sagittarius is irritated because he is inconjunct ever unpredictable Uranus in Taurus. This is a freedom loving Mars who enjoys cruising along at high speed. Running into unexpected speed bumps is bound to ignite his temper. It’s probably a good thing this Mars usually cools down as fast as he explodes.

Venus in Aquarius and Jupiter in Capricorn are all sitting on the sidelines. Venus is in the last decan of Aquarius at 26° and will make no aspects except to the Moon until she reaches Pisces on January 13. Jupiter is still in the first decan of Capricorn at 08°, and will have much more input in the days to come. There is a purity of expression to unaspected planets in a lunation chart and unless they are transiting our personal natal chart, we may not notice much impact from them.

In general, lunations on the Cancer-Capricorn axis highlight issues involving the balance between home and family with our professional lives. The powerful stellium in Capricorn suggests some have been feeding far too much energy into their careers and/or being recognized in the public arena, perhaps at the expense of family. We can also look at the house in our natal charts where Capricorn falls to see if those matters have been absorbing the lion’s share of our attention. Taking time to turn within and examine how we feel about what’s happening in our lives would be a wise move. Not tending to emotional needs can build resentment very quickly.

There is not much wiggle room on this Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Cancer. The strong cardinal emphasis and all those planets in pragmatic Capricorn is pretty much the whole story. It won’t hurt to remember all oppositions are in compatible signs and it is possible to find the common ground necessary to resolve our differences. It’s time to let go of what isn’t working, take responsibility for our actions, avoid obsessive behaviors and practice being a good human being. Above all, practice kindness, tolerance and patience. Peace to all.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

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New Moon Solar Eclipse in Capricorn, December 25, 2019

Eclipses are always attention getters and this Solar Eclipse at 04° 07′ Capricorn on 25 December 2019 at 09:14 PM PST is no exception. Jupiter conjoins the luminaries and all three are trine Uranus in Taurus, injecting a note of spontaneity into the rather conservative atmosphere.

It is important to remember the strong Capricorn influence favors those who plan ahead, stay within budget and are willing to work hard while seeking pragmatic solutions. Jupiter in Capricorn is part of the ‘no free lunch’ group who isn’t interested in taking big risks for big rewards. Uranus in Taurus does support innovative concepts but only those solidly grounded in reality. Obviously earth and water folk are going to find working with these energies easier than air and fire types.

Underscoring the seriousness of these times is the waxing Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn, currently making a waning sextile to Mars in Scorpio. If we’re not careful and make wise choices based on factual information, we may inadvertently set in motion situations resulting in devastating loss. Pluto favors scorched earth policies that clear the way for new growth but often without considering some things may be worth saving. Delayed gratification is part of this cycle, so be wary of those who promise instant results.

Venus in Aquarius is in an awkward place, sitting semi-sextile the Sun, Moon and Jupiter in Capricorn while still making a waning square to Uranus in Taurus. Her cutting edge style and breezy, freewheeling attitude towards love do not set well with buttoned up Capricorn or staid Taurus. As much as some of us love to let our freak flag fly, this is not the best time to do so. Be patient for now.

As for Mercury in Sagittarius . . . Mars in Scorpio sits semi-sextile to this fiery Mercury and rains all over its parade. Mercury will probably end up feeling battered and limp before it moves into Capricorn on December 28. Once in reserved Capricorn, Mercury will lose interest in rabble rousing and start focusing on taking care of business matters for a change.

We won’t notice Neptune in Pisces much on this lunation which is just fine. The sextile to Saturn in Capricorn is slowly fading into history though as the Sun and Jupiter progress through Capricorn, they too will be sextile Neptune, allowing compassion to seep into our consciousness.

Fortune does not favor the bold on this New Moon Solar Eclipse in Capricorn but rather the careful planners who are invested in moving slowly but surely into the future. Taking time to do our homework before moving forward is a very good idea. And besides that the period between Christmas and New Years is far better suited to contemplation than attempting to push forward rashly. Please relax and enjoy the holidays!

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

Image: Capricorn © Lynnette Shelley

Full Moon in Gemini, December 11, 2019

If we make an effort to delve beneath the confusion on the Full Moon at 19° 27′ Gemini on 11 December 2019, 09:13 PM PST, we’ll find solid ground due to the abundance of harmonious earth and water energy. Neptune in Pisces creating a T-Square with the Sagittarius Sun and Gemini Moon is the source of the confusion. Making mountains out of molehills is a distinct possibility with this mutable T-Square.

Mercury is now in Sagittarius and making awkward aspects to the wonderful Jupiter in Capricorn-Uranus in Taurus trine. This may have the effect of making Mercury sound shrill and judgmental rather than honest and forthright. No need to be in a rush to share opinions either . . . just saying.

Sitting between Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn puts Venus in a precarious position. She is small potatoes compared to those two and she knows it. Let’s just say it is a good time to take matters related to love and money very seriously, something Venus in Capricorn is inclined to do anyway. Choose neutrality if possible because the temptation to become obsessed with what we desire is very strong.

The fortuitous Jupiter-Uranus trine in earth deserves more comment. This one is definitely on the side of the angels. This is about as spontaneous as earth energy gets with a nice dash of luck thrown in. Among other things unexpected opportunities can offer us a chance to improve our financial situation or increase our sense of self worth. Of course, we’ll have to expend real effort to achieve success in whatever we choose to follow up on but that’s no reason not to go for it.

Speaking of expending effort, those who need to do so get a big boost from a well aspected Mars in Scorpio. Mars is sextile Saturn in Capricorn and trine Neptune in Pisces. Keep in mind Mars in Scorpio prefers to take action subtlety, working behind the scenes before coming forward with a solid result. Fluid, intuitive methods will work better than a forceful, direct approach now, though it will help to set clear boundaries to work within.

Rather than getting caught up in the smoke and mirrors that is this year’s Full Moon in Gemini, we are better served to sit back and enjoy the show. The real action is happening in less flashy ways that involve hard work resulting in solid gains. It’s a great time to help in small but important ways in our own communities. Share the holiday spirit with loved ones and those who can use a helping hand. Blessings and peace to all.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

Image: Full Moon in Gemini © Diane Lang

New Moon in Sagittarius, November 26, 2019

The usual exuberant Sagittarius spirit will be toned down on this New Moon at 04° 03′ Sagittarius on 26 November 2019, 07:06 AM PST. Being knee deep in mud due to all the planets in earth and water will do that. With a little luck, Sagittarius’s specialty, this situation will work in everyone’s favor. The combination of fiery enthusiasm and compassionate practicality can be a winner, so suck it up and think positive!

The Sagittarius luminaries need to focus on staying upbeat since they sit between Mars in Scorpio and Venus in Capricorn, connected to both with semi-sextiles. Then there is an inconjunct to Uranus in Taurus, an uneasy aspect that needs to be handled with care. The challenge is learning to be creative while working within clearly defined boundaries . . . something we need to be accustomed to with Jupiter joining Saturn and Pluto in budget minded Capricorn all too soon.

Venus, Mars and Uranus create a flowing triangle with Venus at the apex, soothing the Mars-Uranus opposition. For anyone who needs an unorthodox but down to earth solution to a problem, this is a great time to find one. This is especially true when it comes to solving financial issues, though it may work as well in the love and romance department.

The really sweet triangle pattern is one with Mercury in Scorpio trine Neptune in Pisces with both sextile the Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn. This is the perfect opportunity to learn more about exercising tough love to the benefit of all involved. Saturn-Pluto in Capricorn is the ultimate wise woman who has lived a long, interesting life and come out smiling. The Mercury-Neptune trine in water combines intuition with knowledge obtained from delving deeply into the facts, both pleasant and unpleasant. Keep in mind this information will likely be delivered in a calm, matter of fact manner with no frills and minimal drama. It ought to come with a warning saying “ignore at your own peril”, so please pay attention!

Jupiter in Sagittarius does make an out-of-sign conjunction with Venus in Capricorn, adding a touch of flair to the rather restrained Venus. Otherwise it can feel like Jupiter is in a waiting pattern before entering Capricorn on December 2. We’ll see a very different side of Jupiter then, much more organized and focused. Perhaps we can translate some of Jupiter in Sagittarius’s inspirations into reality.

New Moons are always good for making a fresh start and this New Moon in Sagittarius is excellent in that regard. There is no getting around the powerful Capricorn influence in play now, so we’ll need to place extra emphasis on the practical side. Don’t forget to take other people’s needs into consideration and always treat everyone with kindness, patience and tolerance. Peace and joy to all.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

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Full Moon in Taurus, November 12, 2019

No question we will fare better on this Full Moon at 19° 52′ Taurus on 12 November 2019, 05:35 AM PST if we place an emphasis on being empathetic and sensible. This matters because earth and water dominate this chart with only a minor showing from air and fire.

A Cradle Pattern ties together the Scorpio Sun-Mercury, Taurus Moon, Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn plus Neptune in Pisces, creating a harmonious flow between those bodies. We are in an excellent position to review both short term and long term goals to see if those are still aligned with our spiritual beliefs whilst remaining firmly grounded in the real world. Retrograde Mercury in Scorpio is in the perfect place to help us because it goes unflinching right to the heart of the matter. It does help to have the Full Moon shining light even in the darkest corners. If we have strayed from our best path, a good use of these energies is to ruthlessly cut out those elements leading us astray . . . Scorpio and Pluto can be helpful like that.

The aspect most likely to create havoc in our lives is the waxing square between Venus in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces. The mix of idealism and denial is inherently unhealthy, and can lead us to have faith in people and situations that will ultimately betray us. The best way to stay out of trouble is to lean on Saturn in Capricorn (still trine Neptune and semi-sextile Venus) and cultivate a very pragmatic attitude . . . go with factual, tangible information only. Needless to say, this is NOT a good time for making important decisions where love and/or money are involved.

Over in left field, Mars in Libra is exactly sextile Jupiter in Sagittarius, generating positive energy if a bit over the top. This is the last aspect Mars will make before charging into Scorpio on November 18. Fire and air folk will enjoy this burst of vibrant energy, giving them a much needed lift in spirits.

While Uranus in Taurus was highlighted on the Scorpio New Moon, it sits on the sidelines for the Full Moon. That doesn’t mean it won’t continue to prod those people who have personal planets and/or Ascendant from 3° to 5° in the fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius), it will. Change is seldom comfortable for fixed signs which is why they often get it over with as quickly as possible.

One of the best ways to celebrate this Full Moon in earthy Taurus is to enjoy simple, homey pleasures with loved ones. Laugh at old, familiar jokes, eat plenty of good food and enjoy hanging out with those who know us best. Scorpio season is winding to a close and Mercury is still retrograde until November 20, so we may as well take this opportunity to kick back and relax for awhile. Cheers!

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

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New Moon in Scorpio, October 27, 2019

Even though the Sun arrived in Scorpio on October 23, 2019, it will feel like Scorpio Season actually begins on the New Moon at 04° 25′ Scorpio on 27 October 2019, 08:39 PM PDT. Then there will be a preponderance of planets in water and earth with only Mars in Libra and Jupiter in Sagittarius representing air and fire. It’s time to tune up our intuition because we’ll need it to make sure we’re on the right track.

An attention grabbing opposition between the Scorpio New Moon and Uranus in Taurus needs careful handling. In part because fixed sign oppositions can turn into a lasting standoff in a heartbeat and in part because unpredictable Uranus is involved. It is very important to be open to change, no matter how uncomfortable it is initially. Pragmatic Scorpio can surprise us by choosing to embrace new concepts, especially those related to the healing arts that hold promise for helping injured souls find their way back to health and well being.

Mercury is slowing to station retrograde at 27° 38′ Scorpio on October 31. Thankfully Venus in Scorpio will conjoin Mercury from the New Moon until November 1. Mercury in Scorpio is often brilliant but harsh. Thankfully Venus can ease the sharpest edges of Mercury’s wit making it easier to hear the truths Mercury in Scorpio has retrieved from the Underworld. Make no mistake those revelations are still going to cause some folks major pain, given how denial prone the average human is. However the resulting catharsis will eventually bring healing in its wake.

It is Mars, Scorpio’s ruler, who is caught between a rock and a hard place. Mars is currently in Libra, and on the New Moon he squares Saturn in Capricorn and is inconjunct Neptune in Pisces. Saturn is intent on keeping Mars in Libra’s nose to the grindstone whilst Neptune not only makes it difficult to see the road ahead but also acts as an energy drain. Here’s the deal . . . Saturn is closely sextile Neptune and therein lies the solution. Any plan of action needs to be based on sound, practical principals as well as upholding spiritual ideals such as benefiting those in greatest need. It might be best to either put our plans on pause or at least slow implementation to a crawl until mid-November when Mars in Libra makes a sextile to Jupiter in Sagittarius shortly before moving into Scorpio.

Jupiter in Sagittarius is muted on this lunation, unable to provide much in the way of inspiration. He is semi-sextile Venus in Scorpio and Pluto in Capricorn, neither of whom are all that fond of Jupiter in Sagittarius’s rather over the top way of doing things. Be careful when it comes to financial matters and risk taking in general.

Now is the perfect time to focus on Scorpio’s best qualities . . . loyalty, tenacity, courageousness and a willingness to explore what makes us human without flinching. This New Moon in Scorpio offers us an opportunity to start anew if we are willing to face our fears and let go of what is holding us back. Do not hesitate to break off destructive relationships, as painful as that can be. Change is seldom easy and often requires a long term commitment in time and energy but in the end it will be worth it. Be brave, patient and always practice kindness. Best of luck on your journey forward

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

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Full Moon in Aries, October 13, 2019

The burst of fiery energy on the Full Moon at 20° 14′ Aries on 13 October 2019, 05:08 PM PDT, courtesy of aspects to Jupiter in Sagittarius, probably won’t be all that long lived . . . there are too many earth and water forces working against it. The Cardinal T-Square formed by the Libra Sun and Aries Moon squaring formidable Pluto in Capricorn adds a great deal of tension too.

The cardinal T-Square with Pluto and the luminaries is a tough one. It’s not like we aren’t familiar with this energy either but it doesn’t seem to get any easier to live with. In my opinion, the best response to any type of Pluto transit is to strive for inner neutrality because Pluto is an expert at identifying and using our fears and desires to control us. Setting clear boundaries and assiduously minding our business will also help. Those folks who have personal planets and/or Ascendant from 19° to 21° in the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) are going to notice the effects of the T-Square the most. This is particularly true for those placements in Cancer.

The expression “two’s company, three’s a crowd” applies to a configuration featuring Venus in Scorpio opposing Uranus in Taurus with Mars in Libra forming awkward aspects to both. Whatever Venus and Uranus have going on will be an intensely private matter and they won’t welcome interruptions, well intentioned or not. Normally tactful Mars in Libra can’t seem to do the right thing in relationships no matter how sincere his actions are. This qualifies as one of those situations when it’s better to sit back and wait it out. Take a ‘time out’ for now.

Yes, there is a bright spot in this chart! Mercury in Scorpio is in an excellent place, making a waxing trine to imaginative Neptune in Pisces as well as a waxing sextile to Saturn in Capricorn. This is the perfect scenario for coming up with creative yet sensible solutions to our problems. Those people with personal planets and/or Ascendant from 13° to 16° in Cancer will benefit the most.

The wonderful sextile between Saturn in Capricorn and Neptune in Pisces is still waxing at this time though it will start to wane mid-November. The blend of creative compassion with rock solid practicality has been a real blessing for everyone, especially for those hit hard by the now waning Jupiter-Neptune square. This has been the Universe’s way of giving us a path to follow to better things if we choose to see it.

Charging ahead on this Full Moon in Aries, as desirable as that seems, may not work out that well. A better choice, in my opinion, would be minding our own business and encouraging others to do the same. Controlling types are just waiting for some poor sap to make a wrong move. Be kind, tactful but firm when choosing to stand your ground. As always, practicing patience and tolerance is the way to go. Be well and stay safe!

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

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