New Moon in Sagittarius, November 23, 2022

After the two eclipses, a nice normal upbeat New Moon at 01° 38’ Sagittarius on 23 November 2022, 02:57 PM PST will be very welcome indeed! There is a touch of irrational exuberance because the luminaries make an out-of-sign trine to Jupiter in Pisces. Mercury and Venus in Sagittarius are sitting close enough to the Sun and Moon to deepen the whole Sagittarius experience for us.

One thing is very clear on this New Moon, it’s no longer as muddy out there with fire and air returning to dominate this lunation along with mutable signs. That’s a big change from the eclipses where fixed earth and water ruled. We might feel like we have more options again as well as more possibilities for creating better outcomes. This Sagittarius New Moon brings with it the desire to expand our horizons and the need to explore those. The Mercury-Venus conjunction in Sagittarius is willing and eager to help us seek a brighter outlook. Optimism rules again.

Retrograde Mars in Gemini is poised between a waning, debilitating square to Neptune in Pisces and a waxing trine to Saturn in Aquarius. This is one of those times when focusing our attention on the future is a good idea. Saturn in Aquarius does a nice job of keeping Mars in Gemini lined out and moving in a productive direction. The trine will be exact on November 28. By the way, if the whole retrograde Mars in Gemini squaring retrograde Mr. Foggy, Neptune in Pisces, had strong overtones of a Mercury retrograde it might be because Gemini is Mercury ruled and both planets are in mutable signs. At any rate, it sure did prove annoying.

The other outer planets are doing their own thing right now. The influence of the Saturn in Aquarius square to Uranus in Taurus continues to wane as these two planets move farther apart . . . something almost all of us are deeply grateful for.

Then there is the wide sextile between Jupiter in Pisces and Pluto in Capricorn which is about as close as it will get since Jupiter is stationing direct on this New Moon. Those who may benefit the most from this sextile are people undergoing a tough transit from Pluto in Capricorn because Jupiter in Pisces can help us keep the faith that all can work out for the best in the final analysis.

There is plenty to feel good about on this New Moon in Sagittarius. It really does mark the possibility of being able to make a fresh start. A spirit of optimism infuses the atmosphere giving us hope we can accomplish our goals. The only caveat is as the inner planets move through Sagittarius they will take turns squaring Neptune and Jupiter in Pisces. We could see lots of people running about tilting at windmills and attempting to breathe new life into old, half-dead causes. Denial is strong as is the need to take risks and gamble on reckless choices. Be careful about jumping into situations that promise so much and will likely deliver very little. There will be times when the voices of reason speak up via Saturn in Aquarius but the likelihood of those being heard is not great. Eventually reality will return with lots of folks suffering bruised heads from running repeatedly into brick walls. Life is like that. For now enjoy the Sagittarius optimism and Jupiter inspired humor. Please remember to practice patience and tolerance along with gratitude for our many blessings. Peace and love to all.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

Image: Sagittarius © Hans Peter Kolb

Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Taurus, November 8, 2022

One thing is clear on this Full Moon Lunar Eclipse at 16° 01’ Taurus on 8 November 2022, 3:02 AM PST, earth and water completely dominate the chart. The Taurus Moon conjoins Uranus and the Scorpio Sun conjoins Mercury with both square Saturn in Aquarius, one of the two planets in air. We tend to forget how powerful feminine earth and water are, though all one has to do is contemplate earthquakes and tsunamis to remember.

The fixed T-square created by the luminaries and Saturn in Aquarius is a last, potent reminder of the issues we’ve been living with the past year with Uranus in Taurus squaring Saturn in Aquarius. That square is now waning and by December it will no longer be in effect. However, it is alive and well and actively involved on the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Taurus! Having both the Moon and Mercury participating in this fixed T-square provides us a means to interpret how the Saturn-Uranus square is working in our lives. The Moon can give us insights into the role our emotions play and since Mercury is in intuitive Scorpio, it may help us translate our feelings into words, allowing us to externalize those feelings. It may be a painful process but it could be mark the beginning of true healing of old wounds. Overlooking the possibility that Scorpio and Taurus will join forces if they feel threatened by Saturn and present a united front would not be a good idea. One thing about fixed sign aspects is the results usually linger a long time, for better or worse.

The Taurus Moon’s ruler, Venus, is in Scorpio and has a part to play too. Venus makes a waning square to Saturn in Aquarius (exact on November 6-7), a waxing trine to Neptune in Pisces (exact on November 10) as well as a waxing sextile to Pluto in Capricorn (exact on November 13). Saturn in Aquarius does restrain Venus briefly but those restrictions won’t last long once the other two aspects kick in. This series of aspects will demonstrate how powerful earth and water are, and how quickly they will dissolve the impact of the fixed square. We may not realize what a difference these Venus aspects will make because most of the action will likely happen behind the scenes and the results won’t be visible for awhile.

Scorpio is ruled by Mars which is why it is important to look at retrograde Mars in Gemini on this lunation. Mars in Gemini is hampered by having just stationed retrograde on October 30 and is still sitting at its station degree. Not only that but Mars is also making a waxing square to Neptune in Pisces (exact on November 19) and is inconjunct Pluto in Capricorn. What Mars in Gemini excels at is being quick and agile, and between the confusion and denial generated by Neptune in Pisces as well as its ability to drain energy, Mars in Gemini is effectively neutralized. Not to mention Pluto in Capricorn acting an another anchor on Mars in Gemini’s need for speed. We may as well write Mars in Gemini off until December when it is back up to speed in reverse and well away from the square to Neptune.

Jupiter is still at 29° 13’ Pisces and other than a loose sextile Pluto in Capricorn which contributes some background noise, it has minimal influence on this lunation. The next lunation Jupiter plays a major role in is the New Moon in Capricorn on December 23 when Jupiter in Aries will square the luminaries. But that’s another story.

It is the uncertainty Uranus brings to the table that suggests we’ll find this Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Taurus frustrating and edgy. There is no good way of knowing what will be revealed and/or when either. Fun! Uranus is also the most powerful outer planet involved in the fixed T-square with the luminaries which strengthens the influence of the quiet, terrifying power of the feminine energies represented by all the planets in earth and water. We may as well resign ourselves to watching events unfold as they will. Please allow plenty of time to process the huge info dump coming with this lunation too. It might be a good idea to prepare for free floating anger swirling in the atmosphere that may result when people are unhappy with an unexpected outcome. For our own sanity, we’ll need to practice patience, tolerance and kindness as much as we can. Peace and love to all.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

Image: Full Moon in wintery sky © Diane Lang

New Moon Solar Eclipse in Scorpio, October 25, 2022

A very tight stellium of the Sun, Moon and Venus is featured on the New Moon Solar Eclipse at 02° 40’ Scorpio on 25 October 2022, 03:49 AM PDT. Talk about magnetism! Fixed Scorpio is naturally magnetic but with Venus in Scorpio tightly conjunct the luminaries, this quality is far more powerful. It will be interesting to observe how this one plays out in our lives. This is the perfect time to learn to love the darkness and the deep mysteries within because Scorpio as healer and guide is strong on this New Moon.

On the practical side, this New Moon Solar Eclipse in Scorpio is an excellent time to take a long look at debt and start the process of paying that down. The first step is to say “NO” to taking on more. Most of us end up borrowing money at some point in our lives when making a major purchase of some type or borrowing to pay for our education. With credit cards it is easy to add to that debt, especially if we choose to only pay the minimum on our cards. Scorpio is quite good at putting together a solid plan to systematically pay down debt. Venus in Scorpio conjoining the Sun and Moon has the benefit of softening Scorpio’s usual harsh but effective methods of problem solving.

The only close aspect to the Scorpio stellium is an inconjunct to Jupiter in Aries. It does help having Mars ruling both Aries and Scorpio but not that much. Scorpio has trust issues and will often fail to take advantage of an excellent opportunity because of that lack of trust. Jupiter’s excess of enthusiasm grates on Scorpio’s sensibilities but we may want to ignore that and focus on what the offer is all about. Besides, Jupiter will be returning to Pisces on October 27 and Scorpio is much more receptive to Jupiter in Pisces. Think about it!

The planets in air signs, Mercury in Libra, Mars in Gemini and Saturn in Aquarius, support each other with Mercury being the point of connection. However Mercury in Libra is making a waxing square to Pluto in Capricorn (exact October 27) and Mars in Gemini is inconjunct Pluto in Capricorn which can throw a wrench in the works of any plans we’re attempting to put together. No matter how clear and logical we think our arguments are, we may not be able to sell them to the powers that be. Mars in Gemini is not up to snuff thanks to the ongoing square to Neptune in Pisces as well as slowing to station retrograde on October 30. We might have more success once Mercury joins the Sun in Scorpio on October 29. Capricorn generally finds Mercury in Scorpio’s reasons more compelling than Libra’s.

The Saturn in Aquarius-Uranus in Taurus square is edging apart but still close enough to interfere with the flow. Saturn offers support to Mercury in Libra this lunation but on the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Taurus November 8, Uranus conjoins the Moon and Saturn squares the lunar axis. That appears to be the last big impact of this square. Whew.

The Sun may have moved into Scorpio two days before the New Moon but it will feel like Scorpio season really starts on the New Moon Solar Eclipse in Scorpio. The concentration of Scorpio energy is very strong on this New Moon Solar Eclipse and we’ll feel it where it falls in our natal charts. If nothing else, we’ll probably get a refresher course in what Scorpio is all about for each of us as individuals. It’s time to put our emotional intelligence to work as well as our intuition. Water and earth are the dominate influences on this lunation and will remain in charge until after the middle of November. We would do well to acknowledge we all have some darkness within us and observe it with kindness. No need to feed our inner monster either. As always make a point of treating others with kindness and respect. It wouldn’t hurt to practice patience either. Peace and love to all.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

Image:  My Old Haunts © Jena Della Grottaglia

Full Moon in Aries, October 9, 2022

On this Full Moon at 16° 33’ Aries, October 9, 2022 at 01:55 PM PDT, the best way to move forward will be through mediation and diplomacy rather than aggressive actions. That’s because Aries’s ruler, Mars, is in a fragile state right now. Mars is in Gemini making a waxing square to Neptune in Pisces, exact on October 11-12 as well as preparing to slow to station retrograde on October 30. Not a good situation for Mars which is a debilitating factor on this Full Moon in Aries.

The Aries Moon itself is in reasonable shape because it is supported by a sextile to Saturn in Aquarius, a serious, steadying influence. However the Aries Moon conjoins Chiron in Aries which is likely to reveal its Achilles Heel. Our fears and apprehensions over our ability to lead can affect our professional life at this time. The situation with Mars in Gemini contributes to feeling unusually ineffective. Mars is not well placed in mutable Gemini and having Neptune in Pisces acting as an energy drain only makes things worse. People who use aggressive tactics to get their way could find those backfiring on them big time.

On one hand we have Saturn in Aquarius supporting the Aries Moon and Libra Sun. On the other, Uranus in Taurus may be undermining them through a semi-sextile to the Aries Moon and an inconjunct to the Libra Sun. Naturally the effects of these aspects are unpredictable but we can speculate those may act like a drag on our efforts to make progress. Financial issues, differences in values and a deep reluctance to embrace changes are all possible points of contention.

On the bright side, the Libra Sun conjoins Libra’s ruler, Venus, and that makes the Libra Sun the true star of this Full Moon. The Libra Sun-Venus conjunction is happily trine Saturn in Aquarius. What this suggests is choosing tact and diplomacy rather than aggression ought to produce much better, more lasting positive results. It is a good time to place an emphasis on cooperation and equity when negotiating compromises. The tight trine in air also makes it easier to objective and find the needed perspective when looking for solutions to our problems.

We can’t forget about Mercury in Virgo which now makes a waning trine to Pluto in Capricorn. This trine was exact on October 6 but is still in effect on the Full Moon. Mercury will be returning to Libra on October 10, the day after the Full Moon. If we need to do in-depth research, now is the best time to do it because it’s hard to beat Mercury in Virgo’s attention to detail combined with Pluto in Capricorn’s innate feel for what information to dig into, especially concerning those in positions of authority. We can also use this energy for double checking contracts, revising important documents, etc.

They may not be moving very fast but the square between Saturn in Aquarius and Uranus in Taurus is finally easing apart. Of course, some other major influence is bound to take its place but it will still be nice to see the back of this one.

Bright, optimistic Jupiter in Aries is sitting this lunation out, just when the Aries Moon could use its support. Jupiter is now on its way back to Pisces. It will reach Pisces on October 27 and remain there until mid-December.

All in all, this Full Moon in Aries has an upside down feel to it. The Aries Moon appears to be less effective than usual which creates a situation where the normal bold Aries moves may be thwarted by circumstances outside of our control. We will need to look to the other end of the Full Moon axis for guidance, the Libra Sun. Aries can be surprisingly comfortable handing the reins over the Libra, in part because Libra truly understands what it takes to be a good partner. So prepare to use Libra tools, such as tact, diplomacy, compromise and an equitable approach, to get the job done on this Full Moon. It helps that the balance in elements is slightly tipped in favor of fire and air, and there is a touch more cardinal energy available to prod us into action. As always remember to practice kindness, tolerance and patience! Peace and love to all.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

Image: Harvest Moon © Boodie

New Moon in Libra, September 25, 2022

It looks like we’ll be learning about how to bring balance back into our lives on the New Moon at 02° 49’ Libra on 25 September 2022, 02:55 PM PDT. There are two important oppositions on this lunation, one featuring the luminaries in Libra opposing Jupiter in Aries and the other is a Mercury-Venus conjunction in Virgo opposing Neptune in Pisces. The good thing about both these oppositions is they are in signs that are more inclined to work together than fight it out. These oppositions do give this New Moon a Full Moon feel too.

The opposition with the Libra luminaries opposing Jupiter in Aries benefits from Libra’s mediating skills and Jupiter’s generous spirit. We may need to set clear guidelines before getting into the serious stage of any negotiations in order to achieve an equitable outcome. Being straightforward and honest in our intentions is also critical. Since Jupiter in Aries does love to be seen as a knight in shining armor, it might work to appeal to this image during negotiations.

There is an interesting third party involved in the Virgo-Pisces opposition. Pluto in Capricorn is trine both Venus in Virgo and retrograde Mercury in Virgo. If our goal is to come up with a solution that favors the greater good of all concerned and we are scrupulously honest, Pluto is more likely to be supportive rather than disruptive. If nothing else, Pluto can help keep Neptune in Pisces on track. Those who seek to deceive in order to line their own pockets could find themselves being smacked down very firmly. The combination of Mercury, Venus and Neptune in Virgo and Pisces can sometimes be seduced by sob stories but with Pluto in Capricorn acting as their guardian that is not likely to happen.

Mars in Gemini is in a unique position. It is trine Saturn in Aquarius and semi-sextile Uranus in Taurus. In other words, Mars is in a position to impact the final almost exact square between Saturn in Aquarius and Uranus in Taurus. A well thought out plan of action (Mars-Saturn trine in air) stands the best chance of riding out any weird, unexpected wrenches thrown in the works courtesy of Uranus. Mars in mutable Gemini is very good at making last minute adjustments, something the other two planets in fixed signs have a hard time with.

Don’t get in too big a hurry on this New Moon in Libra. Mercury is still retrograde and the Saturn in Aquarius-Uranus in Taurus square is weighing on us too. What this New Moon is very good for is brain storming to come up with new and better ideas. The Mercury-Venus conjunction in Virgo is excellent for carefully sorting through those ideas and verifying their potential. Venus encourages Mercury in Virgo to be more tactful when doing critiques too. We have time to work up clear, concise proposals for future projects, so there is no need to rush things. Remember to practice active listening because good partnerships are based on mutual respect and understanding, something which requires really hearing what your partner is saying. Needless to say, we’re going need plenty of patience in the days ahead along with continuing to practice kindness and tolerance. Peace and love to all.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

Image: New Moon © Dodg-e