New Moon in Libra, September 28, 2019

As much as Libra prefers to keep things pleasant, this New Moon at 05° 20′ Libra on 28 September 2019, 11:27 AM PDT, is more likely to end up on the contentious side. When pressed this ordinarily peace loving cardinal air sign can be tough indeed.

All the Libra planets are under pressure on this lunation. The Libra Sun and Moon are both exactly inconjunct unpredictable Uranus in Taurus, Mercury squares Pluto in Capricorn and poor Venus, Libra’s ruler, catches the most heat. She squares both Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn and is exactly inconjunct Neptune in Pisces. The Jupiter-Venus sextile will help with maintaining a positive attitude, essential for finding win-win solutions.

Neither Libra nor Taurus is a fan of unexpected changes in plans; it makes them cranky and uncooperative. Unfortunately unexpected changes are Uranus’s specialty. Please remember to ask well beforehand whether or not your significant other is interested in going along with your plans. Telling them at the last minute is a bad idea, OK? This pertains to finances as well as social events.

The expression ‘the truth will out’ is very appropriate for the Mercury-Pluto square. Mercury in Libra is very interested in equity and justice while Pluto is noted for uncovering the hidden information the powers that be went to a lot of trouble to bury. This is not the best time to be keeping secrets from your nearest and dearest either.

Even though the Jupiter-Neptune square is gradually waning, it still is busy causing trouble . . . this time through Venus in Libra. The need to be up front and honest in love and money matters is always a good idea but even more so at this time. Here again we have Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn weighing in demanding all parties play by the rules. If they don’t, the consequences are not going to be pretty.

Nip any hint of expectations in the bud, especially when it comes to relationships. Keep in mind behind that sweet, dimpled Libra smile is a hard headed negotiator who is not going to settle for second best. Prenuptial agreements were probably started by a Libra lawyer who had his/her client’s best interests in mind. Libra loves romance as much as the next person but not at his/her financial and emotional expense.

There is no better time than this New Moon in Libra to put our best foot forward in all our one-on-one relationships. We need to practice tact, honesty and fairness. The cardinal emphasis encourages a proactive approach and we finally have enough planets in air to think things through objectively. Some may come to the realization their relationships are no longer meeting their needs and decide to end them. After all, the best new beginnings start with a good, deep, housecleaning. Always be kind and patient! Peace to all.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

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Full Moon in Pisces, September 13, 2019

Reality takes a big hit on this Full Moon at 21° 05′ Pisces on 13 September 2019, 09:33 PM PDT. Neptune in Pisces plays a major role on this lunation, since it conjoins the Moon and is part of a mutable T-Square. Naturally the seven planets in earth (Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars in Virgo plus Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus in Taurus) are going to act as ballast to keep us grounded but Neptune’s siren song can still insinuate its self into our brains, short-circuiting our common sense.

Coming up with a clear direction to make our next move is going to be extremely challenging now. The action planet, Mars, is in Virgo and part of a mutable T-Square. He is opposing Neptune in Pisces with both planets square Jupiter in Sagittarius. Jupiter amplifies Neptunian confusion, leaving poor Mars wondering what way is up. Mars in Virgo loves to have all the details in place before doing anything, and Neptune makes checking those for accuracy almost impossible. One guideline that may help is focusing on being of service to others. No one is more sincere when asking how they may help than Virgo and Pisces folk. Choose to listen rather than preach, be kind rather than nice and be prepared to practice endless patience! Remember this mutable truth . . . ‘change is the only constant’.

We can’t overlook the fact the Sun and Moon are part of the Mutable T-Square either. The Moon conjoins Neptune in Pisces and Mars conjoins the Virgo Sun. Thanks to Neptune, our emotions can overwhelm us, making us lose sight of knowing where our best interests lie. Mars-Sun aspects are noted for winding us up, and without a clear sense of where to direct those energies we may end up burning ourselves out. Unless we already have a good plan in place, it makes better sense to take a ‘time out’ until the worst of the fog lifts.

On the plus side, Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn are both trine the Sun-Mars conjunction in Virgo (Pluto is closely trine the Sun and Saturn widely trine Mars), and both are sextile the Moon-Neptune conjunction in Pisces. These aspects act as a calming influence, working hard to keep us grounded and rooted in reality. However, given how noisy the Mutable T-Square energy is, the smart move is to make a conscious effort to tune into our sensible side.

An interesting aspect is Mercury conjoining Venus at 29° Virgo. This pair will move into Libra shortly after the Full Moon, a huge blessing! We will FINALLY have a strong air presence again. Venus is coming home to Libra and Mercury always enjoys being in a mental air sign. Nonetheless these two are still in earthy Virgo on the Full Moon, assisting our decision making process by clarifying the practical details with more tact than the often acerbic Mercury in Virgo usually has. Once both planets are in Libra, we can draw on cardinal air energy to review the information from a more detached perspective before setting our plans into motion.

Another small blessing is Uranus in Taurus is sitting this lunation out. So unless you have personal planets and/or Ascendant from 5° to 7° in the fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius), Uranus should have minimal impact.

Because this is a Full Moon in Pisces, we can always benefit from going with the flow and allowing ourselves time to relax for a moment or two. The Jupiter-Neptune square won’t be exact until September 21 and will be dumping irrational exuberance into the atmosphere for awhile yet. Not only that but Saturn in Capricorn is stationing direct on September 18, something that tends to act as a drag on forward momentum. Do something simple and fun for a change. Have a nice massage, go for a leisurely stroll and enjoy watching the sunset or chat quietly with a special friend. Peace and love to all.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

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New Moon in Virgo, August 30, 2019

If you enjoy being surrounded by earth signs, this New Moon at 06° 47′ Virgo on 30 August 2019, 03:45 AM PDT, will give you plenty of warm fuzzy feelings. There are eight planets in earth signs: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus and Mars in Virgo plus Saturn in Capricorn, Uranus in Taurus and Pluto in Capricorn! Jupiter in Sagittarius is the lone fire sign while Neptune in Pisces represents water. There are no planets in air. All this makes for an excellent time to learn more about Virgo, an often underappreciated earth sign.

Opening the door to seeing unique ways to make our daily lives run more smoothly is Uranus in Taurus trine the Virgo Sun, Moon, Mercury and Mars. Virgo excels at managing the small, critical details that can be easily overlooked. It is easy to become bored with our routines and shaking those up in a positive way can help improve the quality of our lives.

Venus in Virgo is making a waxing trine to Saturn in Capricorn, excellent for reviewing financial matters as well as strengthening partnerships in practical ways. It is making small adjustments to our investments that will ensure future financial stability. And showing appreciation for our significant other every day can say “I love you” more than the occasional extravagant romantic gesture. Heartfelt hugs mean more than expensive jewelry.

The most troublesome aspect is the waxing square between Jupiter in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces. It has, and continues, to contribute to unrealistic expectations, both too high and too low. Finding middle ground has been very challenging and the lack of air in the current sky is not helping. Many people are having a hard time being sufficiently objective when it comes to decision making. Please make every effort to be open-minded and clear headed for the foreseeable future. Once Jupiter joins Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn in December, sobriety will be begin to settle in and the consequences from making poor choices may be brutal . . . just saying.

Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn are both widely sextile to Neptune in Pisces, combining pragmatic thinking with compassion. However these are subtle influences and may be overshadowed by sideshow that is the Jupiter-Neptune square.

Let’s enjoy all the lovely Virgo energy on this New Moon. Most of us need some help tuning up our daily routines as we work towards the goal of become healthier, well-rounded individuals. We can make those changes one small step at time with easily attainable goals, and we need to remember to reward ourselves each time we reach a goal. Healthy habits formed now will greatly benefit us as we move forward. Be kind, practice patience and choose to be surrounded with good people.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

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Full Moon in Aquarius, August 15, 2019

Contrarians ought to love this Full Moon at 22° 24′ Aquarius on 15 August 2019, 05:30 AM PDT. That’s because Aquarius’s ruler, Uranus, squares Mercury in Leo which creates the perfect setup for a strong desire to follow your own personal drummer.

People will have little taste for compromising under the influence of the fixed Mercury-Uranus square. We may want to work alone as much as possible for the next couple of weeks. Getting embroiled in differences of opinion will be far too easy and can be a huge waste of time and energy due to the difficulty of finding a working resolution. There may be plenty of heated disagreements erupting, both on a personal level and in the collective.

Speaking of heat, the Leo Sun conjoins both Venus and Mars! Passions run high and romance is bound to be filled with high drama and extravagant gestures. Some of us may enjoy sitting back and watching the show rather than participating, while others will dive right in! Remember the Leo show is being balanced by the dispassionate Aquarius Moon who will be happy to offer a variety of opinions from a detached perspective.

The closest aspect to the Aquarius Moon is an exact semi-sextile to Pluto in Capricorn. This is an odd couple to say the least. The Aquarius Moon prefers to take a long step back and observe while Pluto in Capricorn can easily slide into endlessly obsessing over control issues.

We still have an ongoing interaction between Jupiter in Sagittarius, Saturn in Capricorn and Neptune in Pisces. Jupiter is exactly semi-sextile Saturn at this time while making a waxing square to Neptune. Saturn continues to act as the voice of reason but given the intemperate nature of the Jupiter-Neptune square, we will still see plenty of off the wall behaviors, largely based on unrealistic expectations. Those folks in deepest denial probably won’t begin to come back into reality until Jupiter finally reaches pragmatic Capricorn on December 2.

This particular Aquarius Full Moon offers us opportunities to explore who we are as individuals while still connecting to our hearts. Relationships are always a balance between meeting our personal needs and doing what is best for our partners. At this time the emphasis is more on learning how to incorporate enough autonomy in the relationship to keep us happy as individuals while still maintaining a good relationship with our significant others. This is not typically an easy task but if we remember to treat each other with kindness, love and respect, it is possible to make it work.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

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New Moon in Leo, July 31, 2019

There could be plenty of fireworks on this steamy New Moon at 08° 37′ Leo on 31 July 2019, 08:12 PM PDT. Venus joins the Leo Sun and Moon in a celebration of all things Leo but with Uranus in Taurus squaring the luminaries and Venus, the Leo party may suffer from frequent interruptions.

Another thorn in Leo’s paw is due to Mars in Leo sitting at the apex of a Yod with Saturn in Capricorn sextile Neptune in Pisces as the base. This might turn into a case of ‘pride goeth before a fall’. While Leo can be warm, kind and loving, it can be lead astray by sycophants who stroke Leo’s ego. The Saturn-Neptune sextile emphasizes modest, humble behaviors where the focus is on working to improve other people’s lives without asking for recognition. The desire for recognition is very strong in Leo, and rightly so because no one shines as brightly as this Sun ruled sign. Yods often create these catch 22 situations where the easy answer eludes us.

Whether or not Jupiter in Sagittarius is help or hindrance on this lunation is a good question. Jupiter is trine Mars in Leo while still widely squaring Neptune in Pisces (part of the base of the Yod). Grandiose gestures are possible as are making reckless choices based on an overly optimistic attitude. Please refrain from risk taking or gambling on a ‘sure thing’ because it probably won’t work out as expected. Rather than taking action at this time, sitting back and watching the show is a more sensible option.

A very good reason for putting off jumping into something new is Mercury in Cancer sitting at a standstill, poised to station direct less than an hour after the New Moon. While Mercury didn’t quite retrograde back far enough to make another exact opposition to Pluto in Capricorn, it does come close enough for those with personal planets in the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) from 21° to 24° to be reminded of how they felt in mid-June. It is very important to take our feelings into account as we process information at this time. We may be able to finally articulate how we feel about our dark sides and in the process release enough old baggage to make it possible to move forward again. Tricky business.

In order to experience the best this brilliant New Moon in Leo has to offer, we need to carefully steer clear of pride and arrogance while opening our hearts to the simple pleasures in life. It’s time to get in touch with our inner child and learn how to play again. This is the perfect opportunity to take a look at our lives with fresh eyes because we’re finally at a place where we can take the next step forward on our journey. Peace and joy to all.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

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Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn, July 16, 2019

There is no getting around the serious tone of this Full Moon Lunar Eclipse at 24° 04′ Capricorn on 16 July 2019, 02:39 PM PDT. After all, Pluto conjoins the Moon which is an effective reminder we need to tend to business, no matter how unpleasant. Plus stern Saturn, Capricorn’s ruler, opposes sensitive Venus in Cancer, always a sobering influence.

Pluto conjoining the Capricorn Moon is simply not a light and cheerful aspect. Pluto brings issues of control, jealousy and obsessiveness to the forefront, and because this is a lunar eclipse those may be forcefully shoved in our faces. This is the perfect opportunity to strive for neutrality rather than being drawn into deep, possibly irresolvable conflicts. If possible, use this awareness to look within and work on accepting our dark sides.

If there is a saving grace on this lunation it is the harmonious aspects to both Saturn and Venus from Neptune in Pisces. Saturn usually squelches Venus’s lighter side, taking all the fun out of love and romance. Neptune gently re-introduces the possibility of a romantic impulse or two. However it is always better to take the high road and be kind, forgiving and compassionate in our interactions with loved ones. We can look to Jupiter in Sagittarius (semi-sextile Saturn and inconjunct Venus) to add a note of discontent . . . all the more reason to practice kindness, moderation and tolerance.

Another more familiar source of angst has to do with Mars and retrograde Mercury in Leo squaring Uranus in Taurus. Even though the orbs are wide, we may still see the unsettling effects swirling around. Mars conjoined Mercury on July 8 and squared Uranus on July 10, so what surfaces now will likely relate back to what happened last week. Though we might not be able to act immediately on what we learn, thanks to Mercury still traveling in reverse, we can still take notes and use the information to plan our next moves.

When it comes to living with Saturn, often the simplest, most direct solutions work out the best. There is almost always hard, consistent effort involved with no shortcuts. Saturn/Capricorn specializes in delayed gratification and encourages Cancer to practice tough love when it comes to family matters. This Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn is a good time to work on long range plans with plenty of short and intermediate term goals to inspire us to maintain momentum. Mercury retrogrades are usually better for making necessary revisions than forging ahead, and Mercury won’t station direct until July 31. Now is the time to be present, practice patience and get our ducks in a row. Peace to all.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

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New Moon Solar Eclipse in Cancer, July 2, 2019

All the personal planets are tightly grouped together on this New Moon Solar Eclipse at 10° 38′ Cancer on 2 July 2019, 12:17 PM PDT. All the outer planets, except Uranus in Taurus, are off doing their thing. It is fitting that eccentric Uranus is the only outer planet aspecting those personal planets . . . Uranus is famous for marching to the beat of its own drum.

The sextile to Uranus in Taurus is the closest aspect the luminaries make and it is fortuitous. Cancer and Taurus are old chums and easily find plenty of common ground. The care and nurturance of the family is very important to both signs. Sudden realizations may hit us on why it’s critical to make sure our families are well cared for with a healthy home environment and a solid plan in place to provide for any future emergencies. Security is important to Cancer, and Taurus is very good at knowing sensible ways to achieve that.

Warming up the atmosphere are Mercury and Mars who are now conjoined in bold, creative Leo. Mercury-Mars conjunctions can be a bit testy and with Uranus in Taurus squaring this conjunction, we might want to take time to think before speaking. Since fire signs are not noted for their discretion, the probability is high we’ll be bombarded with fixed opinions right and left. The upside is we might see the emergence of innovative solutions to a variety of issues.

Venus in Gemini is connected to Mars and Mercury in Leo via an out-of-sign semi-sextile. This is actually a good thing because Gemini loves to play with Leo, and this should help soften the effects of the Mercury-Mars-Uranus square. Venus in Gemini has a light touch and witty charm, perfect for making nice in social situations and diverting attention from potential dust-ups.

Jupiter in Sagittarius, Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn plus Neptune in Pisces are off in their own corner continuing the conversations they’ve been engaged in for awhile. The Jupiter–Neptune square is still creating irrational exuberance while the Saturn-Neptune sextile is doing its best to keep us sane.

The impact of this Solar Eclipse New Moon in Cancer may vary widely. Those who have personal planets from 9° to 11° in the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) will have attention drawn to personal family issues with the possibility of those being resolved now. This will likely involve letting go of old, outworn concerns in order to make a fresh start.

For those who have personal planets from 16° to 23° (Saturn-Pluto in Capricorn) in the cardinal signs it is more of the same old grind because these degrees have been in play for quite some time. Keep seeking to maintain a neutral stance rather than succumbing to the need to obsess over everything.

It will be more of the same for those who have personal planets from 15° to 19° (Jupiter-Neptune square) in the mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces. Continue working hard to sort fact from fiction!

If you have personal planets from 0° to 6° (Mercury-Mars square Uranus) in the fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius), be prepared to contemplate unexpected changes . . . not something fixed signs enjoy.

With the focus on personal planets, this New Moon Solar Eclipse in Cancer suggests we have more say in outcomes than we’ve had during recent lunations. Keep in mind practicing loving kindness in our interactions with our nearest and dearest is best. Some of us may find ourselves dealing with well meaning, boisterous types who are the life of the party but trying in large doses. Cultivate a sense of humor and keep smiling!

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

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