New Moon in Virgo, September 17, 2020

We can feel the tides beginning to turn on this New Moon at 25° 01′ Virgo on 17 September 2020, 04:00 AM PDT. What a difference it makes to have two more planets in air and fire. Nonetheless, the Virgo Sun and Moon are doing their best, supported by a trine to Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn, to keep our lives focused on the importance of the small details in our daily lives.

It is the personal planets, Mercury, Venus and Mars, who are all now in fire and air signs. Mercury is in Libra, Venus in Leo and Mars in Aries. This puts their messages at odds with the rest of the planets in earth and water. The differences in opinion are highlighted on this New Moon in Virgo.

Mercury in Libra wants to emphasize the need to be fair-minded and open to opinions from all sides. A square to Jupiter in Capricorn finds Mercury challenging belief systems held by the powers that be. What we need more of is respectful listening. We don’t have to agree with what is being said but we do need all parties to temporarily suspend judgment and listen carefully. Libra is a big fan of hearing both sides (or more) of the story. Though getting the true facts may be a problem because Mercury in Libra is also inconjunct Neptune in Pisces which contributes confusion and misunderstandings. We’ll need to persevere!

Another challenge has to do with the waning square between Venus in flamboyant Leo and unpredictable Uranus in Taurus. While this square can add spice to a love affair, it can also create big problems with financial matters. Impulse spending and deciding to make a large investment on the spur of the moment usually don’t end well.

We’re right in the thick of things when it comes to Mars in Aries squaring Saturn in Capricorn. The first square was exact on August 24 and the final square happens on September 29. Mars is now retrograde and we’re probably beginning to experience the results of rash choices made during late August. No need to keep bashing our heads against the proverbial wall. What may serve us better is stepping back and reevaluating our position. Saturn responds to careful planning based on solid accurate data . . . he pays no attention whatsoever to temper tantrums or threats. Just saying.

One of the true blessings in the sky now is the ongoing sextile between Jupiter in Capricorn and Neptune in Pisces. Jupiter is now direct, improving the effectiveness of this sextile. Look for solutions that combine practicality with compassion to take advantage of this positive influence.

Best be prepared for previously hidden information to surface on this New Moon in Virgo, thanks to Pluto aspecting the luminaries. There is no doubt it will be very useful information but we will need to choose to utilize it of our own free will. We can use this New Moon to contemplate where we want to go from here. And whatever we decide, please remember to continue practicing kindness, patience and tolerance towards others as well as ourselves.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

Image: Frozen Road to Nowhere, Crescent Moon © Aaron J Groen

Full Moon in Pisces, September 1-2, 2020

Earth and water dominate the sky on this Full Moon at 10° 12′ Pisces on 1 September 2020, 10:23 PM PDT, though Mars in Aries is doing his best to make himself heard. Mars is the apex of a cardinal T-Square with Venus in Cancer opposing Saturn in Capricorn as the base. Nonetheless, it will be the subtle, emotional appeals to our better natures that will eventually prevail if we let them, thanks in part to a flowing triangle created by Uranus in Taurus harmoniously aspecting the luminaries.

May as well take a look at the cardinal T-Square with Mars in Aries at the apex and Venus in Cancer opposing Saturn in Capricorn as the base. While there is little doubt Mars is intent on creating conflict, his ability to do so is weakened at this time. Mars is slowing to station retrograde on September 9 but more than that, he is the only planet not in earth or water. This means he has nothing ‘feeding’ him. Instead the preponderance of earth and water smothers/drowns his fire, leaving him sounding petulant and shrill rather than strong and sure. Nonetheless those people who have personal planets and/or Ascendant from 25° to 28° in the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) are probably going to feel more combative than usual. The Venus-Saturn opposition urges us to choose “safe” options rather than risk feeling insecure. The Cancer-Capricorn axis naturally leans towards following traditional roles and when stressed will often choose to withdraw into what they feel are secure positions. And it is likely those Cancer-Capricorn options will not appeal to the fire and air crowd.

Other than the Mars in Aries action, this Full Moon in Pisces has a wonderful, life affirming feel to it, highlighting opportunities for healing and learning how we can lead healthier lives. The harmonious aspects linking Uranus in Taurus to the luminaries will hopefully lead to significant breakthroughs related to improving our health and well being. The Virgo-Pisces axis always places a high priority on caring for others as well as ourselves. It asks us to be empathetic, compassionate and to use our intuition/emotional IQ in all our interactions with other people.

Mercury in Virgo is pleased to be playing an active role in this lunation via a sextile to Venus in Cancer and a trine to Saturn in Capricorn. Mercury is also inconjunct Mars in Aries. No one is better at collecting data and organizing it in an easy to assimilate format than Mercury in Virgo. This information will be happily received by water and earth folk who are looking for ways to feel more secure going about their daily lives. However it will likely not sit well with those who are already grumbling about what they perceive as infringements on their freedom of movement.

Jupiter in Capricorn is still sextile Neptune in Pisces, and the gentle but pervasive energy flowing from this aspect continues to urge us to choose peaceful means to conflict resolution. Please.

One of the ways we can honor the spirit of this Full Moon in Pisces is to vow to make random acts of kindness part of our everyday lives. Forget score keeping or only treating others nicely in order to get something from them. Simple be kind with no expectations whatsoever. The sweet, loving energy generated by this lunation won’t last long, so soak it in and spread it around. Always practice patience, tolerance and kindness. Life is too short to do otherwise. Peace and love to all.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

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

New Moon in Leo, August 18, 2020

We get a mix of bitter and sweet on this New Moon at 26° 35′ Leo on 18 August 2020, 07:42 PM PDT. The Leo Sun, Moon and Mercury get a taste of each with a supportive trine from Mars in Aries and a challenging inconjunct from Saturn in Capricorn. We may start out feeling like we’re free again only to run smack into some immovable boundaries. In order to lessen the pain, it might be a good idea to double check the facts to make sure the path we’ve chosen is actually clear. One thing we will notice on this New Moon is a creative blossoming on many levels, in our personal lives as well as in the collective as a whole.

We can’t overlook the fact Mars in Aries also squares Saturn in Capricorn, a deeply frustrating aspect if there ever was one. This square is in cardinal signs which intensifies the feeling of attempting to drive with the brakes on. Mars in Aries lives to be in motion and being blocked by Saturn in Capricorn for whatever reason is hard to take. Mind you, the reasons for preventing us from taking action are most likely quite sound but that only goes so far towards easing the pervasive frustration. Nonetheless we’ll probably have to suck it up and behave like adults instead of throwing a temper tantrum like a two year old.

In addition to the fiery inspiration of the Leo Sun-Moon-Mercury trine Mars in Aries strengthening creative energy, two other aspects are adding their support as well. The Venus in Cancer-Uranus in Taurus sextile is perfect for coming up with new and unusual ideas for giving our homes a face lift. Venus-Uranus aspects are great for looking at our relationships with fresh eyes and coming up with innovative ways to improve those as well.

Then there is Jupiter and Pluto in Capricorn sextile Neptune in Pisces, an ongoing influence doing its best to alleviate painful situations in our society at large through practical expressions of compassion. If we are ready to move past denial (Neptune in Pisces) and start dealing with uncomfortable realities (Pluto in Capricorn), the help we need is there for the asking (Jupiter in Capricorn). That it won’t be easy is a given.

Here is one idea for working with the discordant energies of this New Moon in Leo in order to eventually achieve positive results. We can emulate successful professionals in the creative fields such as writers, artists, musicians, actors, dancers, etc. These people are almost always asked to work within a defined framework and do so day after day. In fact this illustrates one clear difference between a talented amateur and a successful professional. Professional artisans don’t have the luxury of working whenever the mood strikes them or the atmosphere is just right. In order to get paid, they need to keep on going no matter what. If we view the constraints the Capricorn crew places upon the Leo and Aries planets as a challenge to work around rather than a major road block, we may find we too can do amazing things in our lives.

Please take time on this wonderful Leo New Moon to so something just for the fun of it too. Remember to look for the humor and laugh at Life’s absurdities. Love and peace to all.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

Image: New Moon © gimbo60

Full Moon in Aquarius, August 3, 2020

This Full Moon at 11° 46′ Aquarius on 3 August 2020, 08:59 AM PDT is poised to deliver a powerful jolt, acting as a serious wake-up call for many who have been floating along in denial. The main agent of change for this is Uranus in Taurus creating an exact fixed T-Square with the Leo Sun and Aquarius Moon. The natural balance between caring for our personal well-being and our involvement in the collective we associate with is being challenged by abrupt changes in our reality. Like it or not, we will eventually have to make adjustments to accommodate those changes.

Two of the personal planets, Mercury in Cancer and Venus in Gemini, aspect Saturn in Capricorn. Mercury and Venus are semi-sextile with Mercury opposing Saturn and Venus inconjunct it. Venus in Gemini has little in common with either planet. She is a social creature and loves to be with her close friends. Mercury and Saturn are mainly concerned with keeping their extended families safe which for Saturn means following the rules. In other words, those who choose to party with friends, as much fun as that might be, are at odds with the program of keeping loved ones safe from harm. Remember Saturn is the heavy duty planet here and is quite capable of exacting a toll for ignoring his rules. This is just another variation of the theme running through this year . . . behaving with grace and maturity is usually the best response.

We’ll need to watch our tempers on this lunation since hot-headed Mars in Aries is squaring Jupiter in Capricorn. People are more likely to over-react to seemingly harmless comments or actions than usual. While it may feel like a personal attack, chances are quite good it is not. There is plenty of un-directed anger floating around in the atmosphere now looking for a convenient outlet. Road rage is one possible expression, so do take care when driving.

It’s not all bad news out there. Neptune in Pisces eases tensions via sextiles to both Jupiter and Pluto in Capricorn. Choosing practical ways to care for others, both in our personal circles and in society at large, can help offset the painful lessons being delivered on other fronts.

As tough as this particular lunation looks, it is important to keep in mind the phases of the Moon are reminders to pay attention to what’s happening within ourselves and in our lives. We are all small cogs in a very large Universe and often the only real control we have is over ourselves and the choices we make. Painful situations and circumstances come and go over the course of our lives and, often as not, how we react/respond to those can make a huge difference in how much angst we experience. On this Full Moon in Aquarius, it may help to draw on Aquarius’s famed detachment and ability to see the bigger picture. Remember to breathe! Peace and love to all.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

Image: Full Moon © Tamara Bauer |

New Moon in Cancer, July 20, 2020

One of the things that makes this New Moon interesting is the fact it is the second New Moon in Cancer in July. Unlike most New Moons that stress beginnings, this New Moon at 28° 27′ Cancer on 20 July 2020, 10;34 AM PDT asks us to learn how making a clean ending is a critical part of the process of starting anew. Saturn in Capricorn exactly opposing the Cancer Sun and Moon adds his weight to the importance of making good endings.

Most of us know the only constant is change, whether we’re comfortable with this or not. What we’re experiencing at this time is a cardinal type of change rather than a mutable one. Cardinal changes are ones we initiate rather than going with the flow. Hopefully this means we’re making conscious choices about what (and who) we want in our lives. Where the Cancer-Capricorn axis falls in our natal charts can give us clues as to what is being phased out. It might be person, a bad habit, a career change, a move into a different home or something else. What we do need to keep in mind is the sense of finality about what’s happening now. It’s very unlikely we’ll be able to change our minds down the road. The plus side is we’ll have a clear space in our lives to build something new.

Mercury, Venus and Mars are busy on this lunation! Mercury in Cancer is now back up to speed and is making one last waxing sextile to Uranus in Taurus, exact on July 22. Our first impressions/thoughts are going to be worth following up on as they will be accurate more often than not. The irritating square between Mercury in Cancer and Mars in Aries is waning now but our words can still have quite a bite to them if we’re provoked. Continue to take a moment or three to think before speaking.

Alas, the Venus in Gemini-Mars in Aries sextile is beginning to fade away. The civilizing influence Venus has had kept Mars in Aries distracted and less inclined to raise hell. Now Venus is headed towards another square to Neptune in Pisces (exact July 27), ushering another bout of romantic weirdness and unrealistic expectations about love and money. Enjoy the lingering sweetness while it lasts.

Jupiter and Pluto in Capricorn are still traveling together though Jupiter is gradually pulling away in reverse. Jupiter will be exactly sextile Neptune in Pisces again on July 27, something we can be grateful for. The Jupiter-Neptune sextile has given us a glimpse of light at the end of the tunnel which in turn lifts our spirits enough to keep slogging along thru the debris left by Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn.

This certainly isn’t the most challenging lunation we’ve had this summer, unlike those eclipses. However it isn’t exactly sweetness and light either. Saturn’s return to Capricorn is highlighted on this New Moon in Cancer and many are feeling the pinch of instant karma. This has not been a good time to attempt to evade responsibility and indulge in denial because errors in judgment keep coming back to haunt us in real time. Therefore the best plan going forward is to keep practicing mature behaviors while always being as kind and tolerant as possible. Choose wisely! Peace and love to all.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

Image: New Moon © gimbo60

Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn, July 4-5, 2020


All things considered, this Full Moon Lunar Eclipse at 13° 38′ Capricorn on 4 July 2020, 09:45 PM PDT, has a more positive feel than not. Uranus in Taurus contributes to this via a trine to the Capricorn Moon and a sextile to the Cancer Sun-Mercury conjunction. It is a good time to get serious about resolving old issues using our intuition and emotional intelligence. Sit down and review all the important data, then sleep on it. What pops into our heads as we transition from sleep to being awake can give us valuable information. In this case non-linear thinking produces better results.

The one problematical aspect in this chart is the waxing square between Mars in Aries and retrograde Mercury in Cancer. Mercury-Mars squares can cut deeply, especially with Mercury in Cancer’s finely honed ability to ferret out any weakness. Nasty! Mars in Aries is also sextile sweet Venus in Gemini, and if we’re not careful how we phrase those sweet words Venus in Gemini loves to hear, trouble can ensue. What sounded fun but edgy in our heads can come across as sarcastic and cutting.

Jupiter, Pluto and Pallas are tightly conjoined in Capricorn with all three sextile Neptune in Pisces. Pallas in Capricorn excels at organizing and putting together workable plans. Jupiter and Pluto in Capricorn seem determined to tear down the old order and rebuild something new and better. The challenge here is to keep Jupiter from taking on too much and Pluto leaving nothing to work with. Pallas is capable of providing the framework for a plan to keep both in check. Neptune in Pisces is very good at adding a humanitarian touch, or some “soul”, so necessary to prevent more harm being done to our most vulnerable populations.

Saturn moved back into Capricorn earlier this week and there is no question it will provide plenty of tough love. Saturn in Capricorn is relentless but fair. As long as we step up, accept our responsibilities and prepare to work hard with little initial reward, Saturn won’t demand more than we can give. Unlike those with Jupiter in Capricorn who tend to take on more and more until they end up in running the show, people with Saturn in Capricorn are very good at knowing their limitations and working right up to those. Slackers and whiners also get their “reward” in the form of instant karma . . . and chances are good that won’t be pretty.

Capricorn does like feeling useful and productive, and on this Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn we have an opportunity to be proactive on the self improvement front. Believe me, it is far, far better to start working on becoming more self reliant, developing self respect and building self confidence than to wait for Saturn to inflict its lessons on us. Jump on opportunities to learn new skill sets too. And while we’re slowly but steadily stomping along under Saturn’s guidance, don’t forget to practice patience, kindness and tolerance since those qualities never go out of fashion. Peace and love to all.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

Image: Full Moon caught by trees © Diane Lang

New Moon Solar Eclipse in Cancer, June 20-21, 2020

This is quite an astro-event, since a New Moon Solar Eclipse landing on the Solstice is not exactly common. The New Moon at 0° 21′ Cancer on 20-21 June 2020, 11:42 PM PDT occurs only a few hours after the Sun enters Cancer. This suggests the themes presented on this lunation are going to be with us for the next six months, especially for those folks with personal planets and/or Ascendant at 0° in the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn). Powerful stuff!

The closest aspect in this chart is an inconjunct between the Cancer luminaries and Saturn in Aquarius. Cancer and Aquarius have very different ideas of what’s important. Aquarius is focused on the collective at large and Cancer on home and family. Both points of view are equally valid and necessary though at this time the differences are tough to reconcile. Saturn in Aquarius is all about logical rules designed to benefit as many people as possible, while the Cancer luminaries are about security issues driven by family needs with an intense emotional component. This can lead to people doing the “cutting off their nose to spite their face” thing before waking up to the realization those rules really are meant to help them. It does not do to underestimate the effects of strong emotions on human decision making. Something else to keep in mind is Saturn does not make empty threats, and if we choose not to follow Saturn in Aquarius’s advice we will not like the results. Instant karma as it were.

Mental clarity is not easy to find right now with Mercury in Cancer retrograde and only widely sextile Uranus in Taurus. There still may be moments of exceptional insights that provide much needed guidance. The other retrograde planet, Venus in Gemini, isn’t much help either since the only aspect she makes is a very wide trine to Saturn in Aquarius. Venus ruled Libra and Taurus may find they are less inclined to make snap decisions about love and money, always a good thing in my opinion.

The best aspect in this chart is an exact sextile between Mars in Pisces and Jupiter in Capricorn, in part because Pluto conjoins Jupiter and Mars widely conjoins Neptune. Here we have an opportunity to take positive steps to improve the lives of those we love as well as those in the collective at large. We might be pleasantly surprised by those in authority making decisions based on common sense and compassion. For those us struggling with our own issues, it is equally important to emphasize the need to be considerate of ourselves and others as well as choosing pragmatic means to reach our goals.

The new beginnings emerging from this New Moon Solar Eclipse in Cancer may feel like we are being thrust into a new world and a rather scary one at that. Cancer is a very security conscious sign, and the temptation will be strong to retreat into old habit patterns in order to hold onto what makes us feel secure. We do have some time to absorb the changes happening around us before choosing a path forward but not that long. Once Mars enter Aries on June 27, the pace will pick up as will the urge to get moving. It is more important than ever to practice kindness, tolerance and patience. Please accept help gracefully and pay close attention to what your intuition is telling you. Peace and love to all.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

Image:  The Fairy of the Moon © Hermann Von Kaulbach