Full Moon in Pisces, September 20, 2021

The New Moon in Virgo was trine Uranus in Taurus, and this Full Moon at 28° 14’ Pisces on 20 September 2021 at 04:55 PM PDT features flowing aspects to Neptune in Pisces and Pluto in Capricorn. These are gentle lessons since the outer planets make harmonious aspects to the luminaries, guiding us with nudges rather than hitting us over the head to get our attention. Not only that earth and water signs are not nearly as extroverted as fire and air and don’t express their disapproval as loudly. We will need to listen closely to our intuitive side to make the most of these influences. Lessons in practical applications of compassion can be life changing.

On the not so subtle side of things is Mercury in Libra. It is caught between a rock and a hard place, much like Venus in Libra on the New Moon in Virgo. Mercury is square to Pluto in Capricorn, trine Jupiter in Aquarius and inconjunct Neptune in Pisces. What we may end up with is the challenge of speaking truth to those in power (Pluto in Capricorn). . . and not being believed. There is a strong Cassandra vibe going on here. The Mercury-Jupiter trine in air is clear sighted, interested in being fair to all parties and detached enough to see the bigger picture. However, Neptune in Pisces is excellent at promoting denial and general fogginess. We keep stumbling over the whole “who to trust issue” again and again. This will not be the last time this concerns are raised because the Libra Sun and Mars in Libra will make the same aspects in October. In fact, when Mercury in Libra goes retrograde on September 26 at 25° Libra, it will be square to Pluto in Capricorn and trine Jupiter in Aquarius, and then come back again in early November to repeat the process. Yup, lots of time to think and re-think about the whole situation. We might as well be patient, dig deep for the truth and then stand by it.

Mars reached Libra about a week before this Full Moon and it is making a waxing trine to Saturn in Aquarius. Mars struggles in Libra, a sign often given to indecisiveness as it seeks to balance conflicting elements. Saturn offers stability as well as guidance in the form always choosing the responsible course of action.

Venus in Scorpio is not so fortunate. She makes a waning square to Saturn in Aquarius and a waxing opposition to Uranus in Taurus. Pulled between the need to conform and the desire to rebel is so not fun for Venus. This does not bode well for those whose relationships are struggling. Fixed signs tend to cling more fiercely when they feel threatened, and in this instance it may work better to step back and give each other space to cool down.

We can enjoy a wonderful Full Moon in Pisces if we choose to be open to practicing kindness, tolerance and compassion. We’ll need to fine tune our emotional intelligence as well as recognizing clarity comes from within. Pisces Full Moons are always a wonderful time to retreat from the noise and confusion of the World at large. Put down the phones, turn off the news and enjoy some peace and quiet. Solitude can be very healing. Peace and love to all.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

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New Moon in Virgo, September 6, 2021

The desire to make some changes in our lives is strong on the New Moon at 14° 38′ Virgo on 6 September 2021, 05:52 PM PDT. An exact trine to unpredictable Uranus in Taurus is the reason why. These can be anything from a minor change to our daily routines increasing efficiency to deciding to move across country for a new job. Earth signs dominate the New Moon chart which increases the likelihood our choices will affect us not just in theory but in tangible ways.

Where dissonance creeps in on this New Moon is through the differences in opinion between the planets in air and those in earth. Mercury, Virgo’s ruler, is in Libra and has an important part in this. It is still trine Saturn in Aquarius, a really excellent influence for seeing things clearly and dispassionately. Nonetheless, our brilliant ideas will likely to considered too idealistic by the earth contingent. Success can come from consciously including the basic practicalities in our decision making process. Libra wants an equitable solution and Aquarius seeks to ensure humanity as a whole benefits. The earth signs are concerned with making sure logistics and costs are covered.

It is Venus in Libra who in under the most pressure. To be sure, Venus enjoys the support of Jupiter in Aquarius via a trine but she is being squared by heavy weight Pluto in Capricorn with an irritating semi-sextile to picky Mars in Virgo thrown in for good measure. We may find ourselves questioning what we value. Venus in Libra might seem a bit frivolous but she knows how important it is to see the beauties in life as well as the sorrows. It might feel like an extravagance (Jupiter is Aquarius) to visit an art museum or enjoy a theater production, and for many it probably is. However, we can all take time to appreciate a beautiful sunset or flowers blooming in a nearby park. Sometimes it is a matter of shifting one’s perspective to focus on finding the small beauties in our daily lives, something Mars in Virgo ought to understand.

It would be a bad idea to put ourselves deeper in debt (Pluto in Capricorn) in order to finance our need for beautiful objects, in part because being in debt can leave us at the mercy of our creditors (Pluto in Capricorn at work again). This can apply to borrowing from loved ones, not a good plan for many reasons including feeling like that gives them more control than is comfortable.

Going back to Mars in Virgo who is trine Pluto in Capricorn and inconjunct Jupiter in Aquarius as well as making a waning opposition to Neptune in Pisces, we might benefit from taking a long look at our actions too. In general any task that requires a methodical, detail oriented approach will benefit greatly from the Mars-Pluto trine. Mars in Virgo excels at detail work but can suffer from an excess of nervous energy which can interrupt the work flow. Being trine Pluto in Capricorn helps this Mars by increasing its patience and tenacity. Thankfully Neptune’s influence is rapidly fading and Pluto can prevent Mars from being distracted by Jupiter in Aquarius’s promises of fun. We can do this!

We need to remember to be kind and generous with ourselves and allow time to decide how best to utilize the momentum of this New Moon in Virgo. Usually the New Moon itself is a quiet time, perfect for contemplation. The pressure from Uranus in Taurus on the luminaries may leave us feeling the need to hurry, not a good idea because that can lead to accidents and missteps which are also side effects of Uranus . Another even better reason to take our time and proceed in a careful, methodical manner is Mercury in Libra will be going retrograde on September 26 and that means having to review what is happening now. Libra has a reputation of being indecisive when in reality, Libra is simply making sure all the relevant information is made available and taken into consideration before making a decision. In other words, summon the energy to practice patience for now as well as being kind and tolerant. Peace and love to all.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

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Full Moon in Aquarius, August 22, 2021

This Full Moon is special in several ways. For starters, it is the second Full Moon in Aquarius this Leo season, it is a “Blue Moon” or the second Full Moon in a calendar month and finally it is the most peaceful lunation we’ve had in quite some time. So please enjoy this Full Moon at 29° 37′ Aquarius!

The Leo Sun and Aquarius Moon only have one planet aspecting them, Jupiter in Aquarius. It conjoins the Moon and opposes the Sun. This ought to give this Full Moon an expansive energy. A word of caution . . . make an effort to see the bright side because Jupiter does not tend to discriminate between happy and sad. If we’re feeling down, it can make us feel worse instead of better. Because the luminaries have reached 29°, the anaretic degree, it is likely some phase in our lives related to the houses the Leo-Aquarius axis falls in will be wrapping up.

Both planets associated with Aquarius, Saturn and Uranus, are well-aspected on this lunation. Saturn in Aquarius is trine Venus in Libra and Uranus in Taurus is trine Mars in Virgo.

The Venus-Saturn aspect is about as good as Venus-Saturn aspects get. Venus is in her home sign and Saturn is exalted in equitable Libra as well as being quite comfortable in Aquarius. This is a very civilized influence and great for committing to a relationship that is long on compromise and fairness between partners. By the way, this applies to business partnerships as well as personal relationships.

The Mars in Virgo trine to Uranus in Taurus is also excellent. It combines earthy practicality with innovative workarounds. The risk element associated with Mars-Uranus aspects is moderated to a large degree. Instead of tripping and landing wrong, we should be able to successfully avoid bad falls. For those folks who are sensitive to Uranus’s electric energy, even this trine can leave them feeling twitchy.

The only potentially troublesome aspect is a waxing opposition between Mercury in Virgo and Neptune in Pisces (exact on August 24). In this case, the struggle between those in deep denial about factual information is on its way to peaking. Keep in mind, the truth has a way of coming out, sooner or later, and with Neptune involved the resulting disillusion can be deep.

There is little tension generated on this Full Moon in Aquarius, a nice change from recent lunations. For better or worse, Jupiter conjoining the Aquarius Moon does suggest our attention will be drawn to the big issues affecting the collective we live in. Though it may be less a call to arms and more of an acknowledgment problems exist. Many of us are worn down and need to give ourselves permission to unwind and rest up. The issues needing our attention will still be there but if we’re sufficiently rested, it will make resolving them much more doable. As always, be kind, tolerant and practice patience every day. Peace and love to all.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

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New Moon in Leo, August 8, 2021

It looks to be a prickly New Moon at 16° 14′ Leo on 8 August 2021, 06:51 AM PDT. The Leo Sun and Moon are tightly square to Uranus in Taurus, driving the need to be free to do whatever strikes our fancy. For some this New Moon may provide the push they need to break away from a stifling situation though in general it would be a good idea to think about those who care about us before trompling all over them on the way out the door.

Mercury in Leo is in a sticky situation. It is the apex of a Yod with Pluto in Capricorn widely sextile Neptune in Pisces as the base. Leo’s dark side is a tendency towards arrogance and being overly prideful. They can get caught up with the fantasy they truly are kings and queens of all they survey, usually with unhappy results. Mercury in Leo is fighting way out its weight class with Neptune and Pluto, so it might be smart to choose to behave with kindness and humility rather than pride and arrogance.

Seconding the motion for choosing to be humble is Venus in Virgo. She is making a waxing trine to Pluto in Capricorn while opposing Neptune in Pisces. Venus is also semi-sextile besieged Mercury in Leo. Venus in Virgo is especially good at working with others for the greater good, and Neptune in Pisces is a natural partner for her in these endeavors. By carefully aligning herself with powerful Pluto in Capricorn, she gains strength of purpose beyond her usual quiet way of going about things. If we choose to emulate Venus in Virgo’s gentle humility rather than Mercury in Leo’s arrogant demands for respect, our chances of being able to emerge from this New Moon in Leo with a renewed sense of purpose are much greater.

Mars in Virgo has a tougher time of it on this lunation because it is making a waxing inconjunct to Saturn in Aquarius. Virgo and Aquarius have essentially nothing in common. Virgo is focused on each day’s routine and all the small moments that make up our lives, while Aquarius is interested in humanity as a whole and in looking for ways to improve our lives within our collective. As much as we’d like to take action, figuring out exactly what to do isn’t going to be easy. Do we sacrifice what needs to be done at home in order to fulfill the demands of society at large, or vice versa. This has to be an individual choice based on the facts we have on hand. Not easy.

We might want to hold off on pushing ahead on this New Moon in Leo. We’re all too likely missing important pieces of the puzzle at this time. The picture will gradually come into focus over the next week or so. Mercury enters analytical Virgo on August 11 and Venus will transition into fair-minded Libra the following weekend. Fixed signs dominate the New Moon chart, making stalemates more common than not. It might be a good idea to take a step back and breathe for awhile. Less drama and more patience is the key. For now, practice kindness, tolerance and patience. Peace and love to all.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

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Full Moon in Aquarius, July 23, 2021

Mixed messages emerge from the Full Moon at 01° 26′ Aquarius on 23 July 2021, 07:38 PDT, and it would appear the messages coming from the earth and water contingent carry more weight than those from fire and air. The Aquarius Moon and Leo Sun form awkward connections to a Venus in Virgo-Jupiter in Pisces opposition, not to mention earth and water signs dominate the Full Moon chart. Aquarius’s visions for a dynamic, healthy society, supported by Leo’s creative drive, will have a better chance of succeeding if basic practical concerns are taken into account.

The opposition between Venus in Virgo and Jupiter in Pisces is connected to the luminaries by semi-sextiles and inconjuncts. The Virgo-Pisces axis is very service oriented and concerned with making sure people’s day to day needs are being met. The Leo-Aquarius axis combines the need to be our authentic selves and how that fits into the needs of the collective as a whole. Virgo-Pisces is content to work quietly in the background doing what’s necessary to help others but Leo and Aquarius are not. They seek their well deserved recognition for a job well done. All parties fill important roles but getting them to work together seamlessly probably won’t happen. Sometimes all we can do is simply be true to ourselves and do what works best for us.

The other fiery planet, Mars in Leo, has its own quandary to deal with. Mars is inconjunct Pluto in Capricorn, and consequently has little wiggle room to take action. This may result in people seething quietly rather than throwing temper tantrums because they are afraid the consequences of doing so will be severe. Unless we work on letting go of our anger and finding healthy outlets for reducing stress, our health may suffer. Exercise is good as is finding physically challenging tasks to do. Mars is going to shift into Virgo on July 29 where it is far less inclined towards confrontation and more interested in getting the job done.

Mercury in Cancer is in an interesting position. It benefits greatly from a trine to Neptune in Pisces while making a waxing opposition to Pluto in Capricorn. Neptune can help bring Mercury in Cancer’s nurturing side to the forefront rather than its acerbic, cutting side. This is a Mercury that excels at pinpointing people’s vulnerabilities and using those when it feels threatened. And no planet does threatening better than Pluto. It is always a good idea to choose to communicate in a kind, tactful manner. After all, the response (Pluto) can be far more devastating than we anticipated.

We’re finally beginning to see the annoying Saturn in Aquarius square to Uranus in Taurus wane. Not that it isn’t still active but the immediacy of its impact is lessening. For example, there will be close to a week between the time when the Leo Sun makes its opposition to Saturn in Aquarius before squaring Uranus in Taurus. This gives us a chance to handle what the opposition throws at us without getting hit by the square at the same time. It is easier to put out a couple of small fires than a huge conflagration.

Often the Full Moon in Aquarius encourages us to let our freak flags fly but that may not be in our best interest on this particular one. We can still celebrate this wonderfully eccentric Full Moon with a dash of Leo flamboyance as long as we remember to treat others with kindness and respect. Another way to honor this Full Moon, and have a good time, is to attend an event raising money for those in need. Please do your homework first to make sure the proceeds are not being diverted away from those who need help! Peace and love to all.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

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New Moon in Cancer, July 9, 2021

New Moons are most often about beginnings but this New Moon at 18° 02′ Cancer on 9 July 2021, 06:17 PM PDT, has more to do with cleaning up old business before making a fresh start. Almost all the aspects in the lunation chart are waning (planets are moving further apart) and their influence is gradually lessening. There is a pensive air to this New Moon, and we may spend more time than usual feeling like our lives are on pause before moving forward again.’

The Sun and Moon in Cancer enjoy support from Uranus in Taurus. Cancer and Taurus work well together since both are interested in home and family matters. Good food is another shared interest! We might decide on short notice to do some home improvements or invite the extended family over for dinner. The luminaries also benefit from a waxing trine to Neptune in Pisces, perfect for keeping the peace and making it possible to overlook our loved one’s shortcomings. The Cancer Sun will be exactly trine Neptune on July 15.

The final square between Mercury in Gemini and Neptune in Pisces is stretching apart, allowing the fog to lift from our thinking. Less confusion is a wonderful thing, especially since Mercury in Gemini makes a waning inconjunct to Pluto in Capricorn (exact on July 8). Censorship can be a major issue if Pluto has a say in the matter.

Another square we can be thankful is losing influence is the one between Uranus in Taurus and Mars in Leo (as well as one to Venus in Leo). Mars-Uranus squares make for very unpredictable tempers. A real plus is Venus in Leo catching up to Mars (one of two waxing aspects of importance, exact on July 13). Venus conjoining Mars in passionate Leo ought to prove a delightful distraction!

The troublesome square between Saturn in Aquarius and Uranus in Taurus is currently easing apart but is still within two degrees of exact. Since both Venus and Mars in Leo have moved well past an exact opposition to Saturn, we’re more likely to notice the impact Uranus has on this lunation, whether we’ll hit unexpected roadblocks or receive serendipitous blessings.

Jupiter in Pisces rides this lunation out, toning down the tendency to exaggerate as well as reducing the drama.

No matter where this New Moon in Cancer falls in our charts, it will still have a very personal feel to it because that is the nature of Cancer, a sign concerned with what makes us feel secure and at home. Emotions often run high and some may find themselves in tears over the smallest thing. This is the perfect time to give ourselves permission to do some self-nurturing in order to strengthen boundaries or simply breathe. Needless to say, being kind and patient is of great importance, so practice those daily. Peace and love to all.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

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Full Moon in Capricorn, June 24, 2021

After the two eventful eclipses, this plain old garden variety Full Moon at 03° 28′ Capricorn on 24 June 2021, 11:40 AM PDT is going to be very easy to live with. The Cancer Sun and Capricorn Moon both harmoniously aspect Jupiter in Pisces, further easing tensions and giving us a renewed sense of optimism. Water and earth dominate the Full Moon chart though all the elements are represented. Even though Neptune in Pisces is at a standstill preparing to station retrograde at 23° 12′ on June 25, Mercury in Gemini is now direct and inching its way back up to speed. All of this makes taking a moment to simply be present possible.

The dance between the planets in water and earth is very noticeable on this lunation. Not only are the Cancer Sun, Cancer Moon and Jupiter in Pisces moving in harmony but Venus in Cancer, Pluto in Capricorn and Neptune in Pisces are doing the same dance. Just as Jupiter in Pisces helps the luminaries cooperate, Neptune in Pisces does the same for the Venus-Pluto opposition. We have an opportunity to connect with our family roots again, or perhaps open the door to family discussions about sensitive matters that need to be aired so healing can take place. Security issues of all stripes are highlighted in a positive way, enabling us to make personal adjustments that allow us to feel better, improving our sense of self worth.

Mercury in Gemini is now direct and poised to leave its station degree. At this point it is still widely trine Saturn in Aquarius which is wonderful for working on sorting all the really weird information we’ve been dealing with the past few weeks.

The tougher issues may stem from Mars in Leo closing in on an opposition to Saturn in Aquarius and a square to Uranus in Taurus. Yup . . . the infamous Saturn-Uranus square that’s still well within orb and demanding our attention. The challenge arising now has to do with people reacting in anger and throwing temper tantrums rather than stepping back to take another look at the big picture. Mars in Leo has a long fuse but once it blows the resulting damage may take years to be repaired, if they even can. Fixed signs are not noted for forgiving and forgetting. We need to work on agreeing to disagree in order to prevent serious breaks with others.

One of the best things about this Full Moon in earthy Capricorn is the sweet mix of down to earth practicality and delicate sensitivity to nuance. The Cancer-Capricorn planets benefit from Jupiter and Neptune in Pisces expanding their often narrow world view to one that is more inclusive. There is no better time to learn patience, tolerance and the importance of being kind. Peace and love to all.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

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