Full Moon in Scorpio, May 18, 2019

We all need to seek peace and quiet on occasion, and this Full Moon at 27° 39′ Scorpio on 18 May 2019, 02:12 PM PDT creates the perfect atmosphere for taking time away from the turbulence of daily life. All but one planet, Jupiter in Sagittarius, are in earth and water signs that are usually happiest in a calm environment. There is determination to spare with the fixed sign emphasis, so tackle a big, dirty project and stick with it until it’s completed.

We have a smooth ride on this Full Moon, in part because both of Scorpio’s rulers are well aspected. Pluto in Capricorn is sextile the Scorpio Moon and trine the Taurus Sun-Mercury. Mars, now in watery Cancer, is happily sextile a Venus-Uranus conjunction in Taurus.

The combination of the Taurus Sun, Mercury and Pluto lends itself much better to introspection and contemplation than a whirlwind of social activities. Mercury in Taurus likes to keep communications simple and to the point, while Pluto’s influence encourages us to dig deep within to discover why we do what we do. The Scorpio Moon is inclined to be secretive at best and prefers solitude to crowds. The synergy created by these four planets working together is perfect for gaining true understanding of our inner workings, something very necessary to becoming a better, more confident human being.

Coming up with truly creative ways to celebrate our love is possible with Venus conjoining Uranus in sensual Taurus, both sextile to sensitive Mars in Cancer. Look for ways to express appreciation that don’t involve words as both Taurus and Cancer are better with tangible gestures than flowery phrases.

Don’t forget to keep an eye out for favorable investment opportunities that are off the beaten track too. This is the first time Venus has conjoined Uranus in Taurus and the perfect opportunity to figure out what this will mean going forward.

A subtle but powerful influence at work is Saturn in Capricorn widely sextile Neptune in Pisces. It’s always a ‘win-win’ scenario when we can come up with practical yet compassionate solutions for societal problems . . . something there is never a shortage of.

The only hard aspect in this lunation chart is the waxing square between Jupiter in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces. The effects can run from irrational exuberance to depressing confusion, all due to a marked lack of clarity. When this aspect has finally run its course (last square is at 17° on September 21), what will be revealed when the fog lifts is not going to be pretty. Double and triple checking facts using several different sources may help us avoid the worst damage.

Other than the rather muddled Jupiter-Neptune square, the overall energy on the Scorpio Full Moon is smoothly flowing, like a deep, clear river. We should have no trouble focusing our energies on whatever task we need to accomplish with the minimum of fuss and bother. There is nothing to fear either . . . Scorpio can be intense but prefers to heal rather than harm, so please relax and go with the flow.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

Image:  Full Moon © MichiLauke

New Moon in Taurus, May 4, 2019

Nothing like a well grounded New Moon in Taurus to keep our attention focused in the here and now. This particular New Moon at 14° 11′ Taurus on 4 May 2019, 03:45 PM PDT encourages us to experience our spiritual connection to the natural world and allow it to feed our inner being.

The lovely, mellow vibe seeping through the atmosphere has to do with a pleasing sextile joining Neptune in Pisces to the luminaries. Fertility is enhanced, perfect for new growth whether this has to do with plants, animals or love. Spiritual growth is possible when we focus on making our spiritual practices a part of our everyday lives. For those living in an urban setting, simple projects like making a flowering planter to beautify the patio or apartment balcony bring a touch of nature close to home. Those who are fortunate enough to live in a rural community have an much easier time reconnecting with Mother Nature.

Even though Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn are widely trine the Taurus Sun and Moon, they still weigh in by insisting we choose practical options. However, we also need to be aware of the need for non-attachment and avoiding getting caught up in obsessions. Taurus has a calm, matter of fact approach to problem solving that works quite well with Capricorn’s need for order and structure. We can certainly use this sensible energy to help resolve our own issues brought to the surface by the Saturn-Pluto-South Node in Capricorn stellium. It may take awhile but if we can keep chipping away at those issues, we’ll be much better off in the long term.

Venus, Taurus’s ruler, is still in Aries and frustrated by a square to Saturn in Capricorn. Headstrong Venus in Aries loves to have her way and Saturn is bound and determined she respect other people’s boundaries. Being respectful of other people’s feelings and boundaries is actually a wise idea and usually results in healthier relationships, so this is a good thing.

Stirring the pot on this Taurus New Moon are the planets in fire and air. Mercury in Aries is always quick to share opinions but especially with Jupiter in Sagittarius and Mars in Gemini spurring it on. A square from Pluto in Capricorn to Mercury can give those opinions much more force than usual, for better or worse. It’s a very good time to count to ten and THINK before opening our mouths and blurting out whatever is on our minds.

It’s just as well Uranus at 3° Taurus is sitting quietly by itself this time around. Most of us won’t notice it unless we have personal planets and/or Ascendant from 2° to 4° degrees in the fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius).

About the best thing we can do for ourselves on the Taurus New Moon is relax! Enjoy whatever makes you feel most comfortable in your body . . . good food, music, dancing or meandering through a natural setting. Avoid the gyrations in the news cycles by turning off phones, laptops, TVs, etc. We all need downtime to stay sane in this busy world and many of us neglect to give ourselves enough of it. Practice patience, share some love and be kind to yourself as well as your loved ones. Namaste.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

Image: Taurus  © Yana Dhyana

Full Moon in Libra, April 19, 2019

Yes, this is a second Full Moon in Libra! The first one was on March 20 (the Equinox) at 0° Libra and now twenty-nine days later we have the second one at 29° 07′ Libra on 19 April 2019, 04:13 AM PDT. Naturally the focus is on endings, especially related to setting aside all types of expectations of a specific outcome. Those will be brought to our attention by Pluto in Capricorn and friends forming a T-Square with the luminaries.

Pluto’s friends are the South Node and Saturn, all within three degrees. We’ll need Saturn’s disciplined nature to help us overcome the need to hold onto outworn ideas and obsessions which both Pluto and the South Node demand we hang on to with both hands. Entitlement is part of the package along with instant gratification. Nonetheless there are many times in this life when we are not going to get our way. One benefit of voluntarily examining and releasing expectations is feeling much lighter because those weigh us down every single day. Going through life with few expectations also means feeling far less resentful and frustrated . . . win, win!

Both Libra’s ruler, Venus, and Aries’s ruler, Mars, are under siege at this time. Venus in Pisces is widely square Jupiter in Sagittarius; an aspect very likely to interfere with our ability to judge how much is enough. We can end up overindulging in so many ways. 🙂

Poor Mars in Gemini is suffering through a waxing square to Neptune in Pisces (exact April 27), always a debilitating experience for Mars. Because both planets are in mutable signs, distractions will abound and we may find ourselves attempting to head off in several different directions at the same time. We may as well start out with a plan A, B, C and D because we’ll likely need them.

On the plus side, Jupiter in Sagittarius makes harmonious aspects to the Aries Sun and Libra Moon, infusing the atmosphere with a sense of optimism. Not only that but Mercury is finally in Aries, giving us more clarity of vision than we’ve had in awhile. An exact semi-sextile to unconventional Uranus in Taurus gives this Mercury an edge for coming up with unusual but workable solutions.

Last but not least, Saturn in Capricorn is still widely sextile Neptune in Pisces which harnesses our imagination to practicality . . . excellent for manifesting our spiritual ideals in the real world and keeping our imaginations from running wild. The next exact sextile will be on June 18 at 18°.

Cardinal signs enjoy a challenge and that’s exactly what this Libra Full Moon offers us . . . a big challenge to clean up our act. It’s time to grit our teeth and take a long, honest look at how we are handling our expectations for ourselves and others in our lives. Learning to be as neutral as possible is an excellent goal and will make life easier in the long run. It’s time to get started!

Astro-geeky note on polarity: Air and fire are positive, or ‘masculine’, while earth and water are negative, or ‘feminine’. We can easily understand fiery, Mars ruled Aries is masculine but tend to forget Venus ruled Libra is the same polarity. Saturn ruled Capricorn may seem more masculine but earth is always feminine in polarity while watery Cancer is obviously feminine. In general it is easy to see the fire signs as masculine and water as feminine but the air and earth signs are less obvious in their polarity.

Image: “I Love the Moon” Encaustic by Ember Fairbairn Ramsay

New Moon in Aries, April 5, 2019

We’re looking at a subdued New Moon at 15° 17′ Aries on 5 April 2019, 01:51 AM PDT. There are several factors contributing to this state of affairs. Most important is a square from stern Saturn in Capricorn to the luminaries which weighs heavily on the Aries forward momentum. Then there is Mars in Gemini, not the strongest placement for aggressive Mars because mental Gemini is not noted for taking the direct, forceful action Mars prefers. A more subtle factor is Uranus no longer in Aries, something that energized all the Aries lunations since 2011.

The intense face-off between Aries and Capricorn is nothing new. Ever since Pluto entered Capricorn in 2008, whenever the planets have entered Aries they have bumped up against it. When Uranus entered Aries it heated up the conflict between free spirited Aries and controlled Capricorn big time. Now that Uranus has moved into earthy Taurus for an extended stay and Saturn joined Pluto in Capricorn, the dynamic has changed and Aries is very much on the defensive.

On this particular Aries New Moon, it is Saturn most closely aspecting the luminaries and to Aries it probably feels like boundaries are being forcibly slammed in place. A wise move on our parts would be to voluntarily set our own boundaries while being careful to respect other people’s boundaries as well. It may chafe for awhile but in the long run (Saturn) it will pay off in better relationships with others and our selves.

Having Mars, Aries’s ruler, in Gemini isn’t all that great either. Mars isn’t that comfortable in any of the air signs where most of the action is theoretical rather than actual. Gemini’s habit of flitting from one thing to the next is hard on Mars who is at his most effective in disciplined, goal oriented Capricorn. The only close aspect Mars in Gemini makes is an unsettling semi-sextile to Uranus in Taurus which suggests choosing a course of action will be very challenging because what seems to work one minute may not the next.

On other fronts, Mercury in Pisces is now direct and still within a degree of Neptune. Saturn in Capricorn continues to anchor this rather squishy conjunction for now. This combination favors creative projects, especially those done to benefit people in need or our communities in general. It’s a great time to volunteer to do things like clean up our parks, paint over graffiti or do anything that reduces stress in our immediate environment.

Venus is now in Pisces where she encourages us to experience the joys of unconditional love. Venus, Mercury and Neptune in Pisces are all widely semi-sextile the luminaries, a gentle reminder enjoining the Aries Sun and Moon to be kind, compassionate and tolerant . . . not that brash Aries really wants to hear it.

As much as we’d love to make a huge leap forward on this Aries New Moon, small steps will be more effective than giant ones and we need to finish up old business before attempting something new. Once Mercury pulls away from Neptune and enters Aries on April 16, we’ll be able to see our way forward more clearly. For now the best course might to take our time and carefully plot out our next steps towards the future. As always, practice kindness each and every day.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

Image: Aries © Jian Guo

Full Moon in Libra, March 20, 2019

Relationship issues are front and center on this Full Moon at 0° 09′ Libra on 20 March 2019, 06:43 PM PDT. One factor at work is Uranus in Taurus and another is a square between the ruling planets of Aries and Libra, Mars in Taurus and Venus in Aquarius.

It does seem to shake up the atmosphere when Uranus changes signs because Uranus is a ‘loud’ planet. The Libra Moon and Aries Sun form awkward but intense aspects to Uranus in Taurus. It is inconjunct the Moon and semi-sextile the Sun. This can translate into getting caught off guard by issues in our relationships. One possibility is finding out how far apart the individuals are when it comes to money and how to handle it. Another has to do with facing the realization core values are in conflict. These are not easy matters to resolve either. Libra is willing to find acceptable compromises, Aries not so much. We need to have frank discussions about these issues when entering a relationship rather than finding out after commitments have been made. Yes, it will probably be awkward as all get out but it will save pain down the line.

The square between Mars in Taurus and Venus in Aquarius is complicated by having two outer planets, Jupiter and Pluto, aspecting both as well. Mars is trine Pluto in Capricorn and Venus is sextile Jupiter in Sagittarius. Taken separately both are splendid aspects but since all five planets aspected each other, the sweet aspects to Venus and Mars lose a lot of their sparkle. The simplest way to look at this mess is this . . . success comes from a combination of luck, generosity and LOTS of hard, consistent effort. We can meet the person of our dreams but it will take work if the relationship is going to last. No free lunches this time around!

Mercury is still retrograde in Pisces and still widely conjoined Neptune. The saving grace is a sextile to pragmatic Saturn in Capricorn. Diligent, careful pursuit of the facts can prevent making costly errors. Those who persist in ignoring reality are not likely to enjoy the outcomes once Mercury stations direct, especially after it reaches Aries mid-April.

This is one of the more significant lunations this year, falling as it does on the equinox as well as being the final Super Moon of 2019. The four outer planets (Saturn in Capricorn, Uranus in Taurus, Neptune in Pisces and Pluto in Capricorn) are now all in earth and water signs for the next year. This sets a rather somber underlying tone to the celestial atmosphere and emphasizes practical solutions. We get our first real taste of the effects on this Libra Full Moon when all four outer planets are aspecting personal planets, thus bringing home their lessons in an immediate way. This Full Moon is also a cardinal sign wake-up call and a harbinger of things to come over the next three to six months. No better time to practice being kind, patient and tolerant!

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

Image: Libra © Yuhon

New Moon in Pisces, March 6, 2019

We’ll need to exercise our Emotional Intelligence and common sense on the New Moon at 15° 47′ Pisces on 6 March 2019, 08:05 AM PST. Neptune conjoins the Pisces Sun and Moon, deepening the feeling of being far underwater. If it wasn’t for patient Saturn in Capricorn and Mars in Taurus providing ballast to the Pisces stellium, we would probably find ourselves floating off into Never-Never land.

A waxing trine between Mars in Taurus and Saturn in Capricorn is the base of a small triangle with the Sun, Moon and Neptune in Pisces at the apex. Mars and Saturn will work hard to keep us anchored in reality and perhaps provide the necessary focus to turn our dreams into reality. It may take time and consistent effort to make this happen but it is doable.

Adding to the overall sense of confusion is Mercury in Pisces, currently at a standstill having stationed retrograde a few hours before the New Moon. Mercury in Pisces tends to rely on its ability to pull seemly unrelated facts together using intuition which drives those who prefer logical, linear thinking nuts. If we use our intuition (Pisces) to sort through the data during the decision making process as well as applying common sense (Capricorn), we might be OK. However it would be better to hold off on making critical choices until the fog lifts if at all possible.

An interesting out-of-sign semi-sextile between Mercury in Pisces to Uranus in Taurus could prove helpful too. Uranus in Taurus is going to encourage us to look at alternatives to the tried and true methods Taurus typically supports . . . something to take into consideration during the decision making process.

Quirky Venus in Aquarius is widely square Uranus at 0° Taurus which makes for an interesting situation. We may find ourselves being attracted to people and situations outside our comfort zones. Aquarius and Taurus are fixed signs, so what may start out as a fling could turn into something far more lasting.

This New Moon in Pisces has plenty of potential for making a fresh start as long as we don’t get in too big of a hurry. Mercury won’t station direct until March 28 and the fog may not completely lift until the first week in April. This is a good time to gather information and allow ideas to simmer before taking action. Patience and persistence are going to be needed as we move through the final days of Pisces Season . . . and even more so once Aries Season bursts on to the scene. For now it may be enough to be present in the moment and tune into the ebb and flow of Life. Peace and Love to all.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

Image: Pisces © Jena Della Grottaglia

Full Moon in Virgo, February 19, 2019

After the electric brilliance of the Aquarius New Moon, this Full Moon at 0° 42′ Virgo on 19 February 2019, 7:54 AM PST may seem somewhat work-a-day. That being said there are plenty of people out there who will welcome it with open arms. In fact, we can all use a break to rest and/or catch up with everyday tasks. Earth and water are the dominant elements in this chart with a dash of fire and no air at all. Do keep in mind this lunation marks a big shift from rational Aquarius to emotional Pisces and it may take us a little time to adjust.

Mars in well grounded Taurus provides a steady flow of energy to the luminaries via a trine to the Virgo Moon and a sextile to the Pisces Sun. Mercury ruled Virgo can be a worrywart and Neptune ruled Pisces a tad spacey, things this slow, careful Mars can balance out. This is exceptionally good energy for nurturing ourselves and those we love. We don’t need to make grand gestures either because both Virgo and Pisces appreciate simple expressions of affection.

However, we can’t overlook the frisson of uncertainty Uranus in Aries adds to the otherwise genial energy via out-of-sign aspects to the Sun, Moon and Mars. This is the last lunation with Uranus in Aries because Uranus will have shifted into Taurus by the New Moon in Pisces on March 6. Any disruptions now will probably be due to those folks who feel the need to express their independence in no uncertain terms. This is fine as long as it is done as tactfully as possible to avoid hurting other people’s feelings . . . always important to remember during Pisces Season.

The really wonderful aspect occurring on this Full Moon involves the Venus-Saturn conjunction in Capricorn sextile the Mercury-Neptune conjunction in Pisces. This is a terrific setup for manifesting our dreams in the real world since Capricorn is surprisingly good at gently grounding Pisces. Do things like volunteer for an organization or business you are interested in working for in order to find out if it is a good fit. Or talk to people who are successful in their chosen profession and discover what it took for them to get to achieve their success. Chances are good they will tell you it took plenty of hard work as well as endless hours of honing their particular skill set. 🙂

Jupiter in Sagittarius is semi-sextile both Venus and Pluto in Capricorn. The Sagittarius-Capricorn dilemma typically boils down to Capricorn reining in what it feels to be Sagittarius over-reach. To put it another way, Capricorn is the ultimate fact checker for Sagittarius who tends to exaggerate in order to make a point. Rather than feeling like the powers that be are always shooting down your brilliant theories, prepare ahead of time by making sure you are working with accurate data in the first place.

All in all, this Full Moon in Virgo is a winner! We can explore healthy options in all areas of our life from our workplace to our home life, figure out how to turn our dreams into reality step by step and focus on learning how to enjoy the small beauties in our everyday lives. Remember to express love, kindness and compassion in little ways, each and every day. Have a blessed Full Moon!

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

Image: Poplars and Full Moon  © Diane Lang