New Moon in Taurus, May 11, 2021

There are unsuspected depths to this New Moon at 21° 18′ Taurus on 11 May 2021, 12:00 PM PDT. The reason why is the Taurus Sun and Moon are closely sextile Neptune in Pisces and widely trine Pluto in Capricorn. One of the best ways we can access those depths is through making art of one kind or another. Tactile, physical types of artistic expression are favored by earthy Taurus, such as dance, sculpture, playing a musical instrument, etc. This works as well for ordinary folk as well as professional artists. It is participating in the creative act that is the key to helping us reach the hidden places deep within us. Be bold and let your inner artist out to play!

An interesting thing is going on with Taurus’s ruler, Venus. Venus is now in Gemini and the only aspect she makes is an out-of-sign square to Jupiter in Aquarius. Out-of-sign aspects means the numbers say one thing and the signs another. In this case, Venus and Jupiter are trine by sign (Gemini and Aquarius) while being square by the numbers. One way to translate this is fixed Aquarius being somewhat miffed by mutable Gemini’s fickle ways, while still being able to talk about those differences. The tendency to overindulge typical of Venus-Jupiter squares is toned down quite a lot too.

The other two planets in air are caught up with Mars in watery Cancer. Mercury in Gemini is trine Saturn in Aquarius as well as semi-sextile Mars in Cancer, while Mars in Cancer is inconjunct Saturn in Aquarius. The Mercury-Saturn trine in air is excellent for making well reasoned arguments, always a plus. What can trip us up is anger that wells up out of feeling resentful and put upon. Mars in Cancer does tend to take what it sees as slights very personally. Firming up our boundaries and tending to our self esteem can help us avoid the worst side effects of this odd triangle.

Mars in Cancer is also tightly sextile Uranus in Taurus. Mars-Uranus aspects are highly energetic and the best way to manage that energy is to direct it in healthy ways. Physical activity is an obvious way to do so, and with Uranus in Taurus involved we may come up with fun, innovative methods to exercise safely. Being physically active is also a good way to work off anger too . . . a product resulting from the frustrations generated by the Mars-Saturn inconjunct.

Since Saturn in Aquarius is still squaring Uranus in Taurus choosing sensible outlets for our energy is even more important. There are so many things happening in the world at large we as individuals have no control over, it is critical we manage our self care as best we can.

We are going to have lots to contemplate as the impact of this New Moon in Taurus unfolds. New Moons encourage us to look for ways to make a fresh start in some aspect of our lives. Looking to the house in our natal charts where Taurus New Moon falls can give us an idea of where we might need to make some adjustments. Other than that, put on your favorite dancing music and dance out your problems! As always, remember to practice kindness, tolerance and patience. Peace and love to all.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

Image: Tree of Light © Jenny Woodward

Full Moon in Scorpio, April 26, 2021

It’s going to be a very muddy Full Moon at 07° 06′ Scorpio on 26 April 2021, 08:32 PM PDT. All the fire present at the New Moon in Aries has disappeared and we have an abundance of earthy Taurus instead. Scorpio Full Moons are typically intense affairs and this one is no exception. While the surface may seem placid, there is a powerful undertow at work.

We still have four planets in Taurus including the Sun, Mercury, Venus and Uranus. Mercury and Venus both make a waning square to Saturn in Aquarius while the Sun conjoins Uranus. Taurus is noted for keeping a level head with both feet firmly planted on the ground, and the surface calm reflects this. Naturally Uranus in Taurus is the pot stirrer, and the square to Saturn in Aquarius doesn’t help matters. What this Full Moon in Scorpio does is offer us an opportunity to gauge where we are in our personal process dealing with issues raised by the Saturn-Uranus square. What we may have considered essential values based on what we learned growing up might no longer apply. We need to remember to give ourselves plenty of recovery time as we adjust to the new configurations in our lives.

The Scorpio Moon herself benefits from a trine to Mars in Cancer. While we’ll need to tap into our intuition and exercise our emotional intelligence rather than straightforward logic and reason, this energy is quite good for planning and executing our next step towards our goals. Since the Scorpio Moon is also opposing Uranus in Taurus (as well as the Taurus Sun), it might help to seek common ground rather than emphasizing differences. As much as it pains fixed Scorpio and Taurus, the tried and true methods probably won’t be as effective as using newer, more innovative ones.

Scorpio’s ruler, Pluto, is stationing retrograde the day after the Full Moon at 26° 48’ Capricorn while closely semi-sextile to Jupiter in Aquarius. This will likely add a little more intensity to the Scorpio Full Moon experience and we may need to be careful about giving into the temptation to completely step away from our old lives. Jupiter adds a touch of luck to the whole process.

We can be thankful Neptune in Pisces is sitting this lunation out. There is enough going on without the type of confusion Neptune can add to any given situation!

One of the best things we can do as individuals on the Full Moon in Scorpio is be gentle with ourselves. It is too easy to go to extremes right now and make choices we might regret down the road. Build in a grace period before making final decisions. Mercury will be shifting into flexible Gemini about a week after the Full Moon and we should be able to see more options again.

Scorpio Full Moons are always cathartic which helps clear away the old debris so we can begin the healing process once more. Everyone has Scorpio somewhere in their natal chart as well as Scorpio’s co-rulers, Mars and Pluto. Those placements can provide clues as to what impact this Scorpio Full Moon will have. Time to take a step back from our obsessive side and seek a more neutral stance to observe what’s happening in our lives and society as a whole. There is no better time to focus on practicing kindness, patience and tolerance. Peace and love to all.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

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New Moon in Aries, April 11, 2021

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Get ready for action on this firecracker of a New Moon at 22° 25′ Aries on 11 April 2021, 07:31 PM PDT. The Sun, Moon, Mercury and Venus are all in Aries with Venus widely conjoining the luminaries. Mars, Aries’s ruler, has a prominent role on the lunation too. There is enough air to feed the Aries fire, causing it to burn brightly.

It is Mars in Gemini that is the attention grabber. Mars is gradually escaping a square to Neptune in Pisces and is making a waxing trine to Jupiter in Aquarius (exact in a week). Mars is also sextile the Aries Sun and Moon, an example of a planet in air feeding Aries fire. The desire to move on into new and exciting territory is very strong though we do need to give our new plans some time to solidify. Having Jupiter in Aquarius also sextile the luminaries increases the urge to take action now, and underscores the need to slow down in order to fully understand what we are considering getting ourselves involved in. Patience is required, as frustrating as that can be.

Putting new projects and plans together is made much more doable because adventurous Mercury in Aries is sextile Saturn in Aquarius. Saturn acts a gentle but firm brake on Mercury in Aries’s more wild-eyed notions. Since both Aries and Aquarius prefer to look to the future as opposed to dwelling in the past, we will find ourselves doing the same. It also helps having Mercury in Aries in mutual reception with Mars in Gemini. We really have the whole fire and air package working for us on this New Moon.

The major challenge in this chart is Venus in Aries square to Pluto in Capricorn. We need to be very careful about becoming obsessed with something or someone that seems just out of reach. As many of us have learned the hard way over the past several years, when Aries feels trapped, they react aggressively. So rein in those overly protective impulses or the need to micro-manage relationships because holding on too tight can result in being badly burned. This applies to both our love lives and potential financial dealings.

Rumbling in the background is the ongoing square between Saturn in Aquarius and Uranus in Taurus. Our comfort zones are being constantly tested these days resulting in many feeling off-balance and insecure. Firming up our inner boundaries can help as well as practicing healthy ways to relieve stress. Explore new options one careful step at a time to determine what works best for us as individuals. One way to look at it is to acknowledge we are always a work in progress, regardless of age or experience.

This New Moon in Aries offers us a chance to make a fresh start. It really does feel like the beginning of the new astrological year, and an optimistic one at that. We may need to work at letting go of old business before we can truly take our first step forward. It’s important not to get in a big hurry either. If we want to make a clean start, we need to reduce the amount of baggage we’re carrying around first, and that sort of thing requires being patient and forgiving of ourselves. Time to practice patience and self-forgiveness as well as making being kind to all, including ourselves, a top priority.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

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Full Moon in Libra, March 28, 2021

We finally have a decent balance in both mode and elements on this Full Moon at 08° 18′ Libra on 28 March 2021, 11:48 AM PDT, something Libra loves. The Aries Sun conjoins Venus, Libra’s ruler, and this pair is part of a Kite Pattern which includes a Grand Trine in air (Libra Moon, Mars in Gemini and Saturn in Aquarius). What a rush!

The best thing about a Kite Pattern is it has more dynamic energy than a Grand Trine. The two sextiles and one opposition boost the energy and give it a focused outlet. Grand Trines are lazy, gently spinning around going nowhere. The sextiles in this case are to the Aries Sun-Venus conjunction from Mars in Gemini and Saturn in Aquarius. And the Full Moon in Libra is the “arrow” being launched outwards. Air and fire feed each other, generating inspiration and powerful ideas. In this instance, it is the Libra ideals of justice, fairness, compromise and equity we need to apply in our every day lives. Satisfactory resolutions for all parties can only be achieved through compromise leading to equitable solutions for everyone. We need to practice active listening instead of waiting impatiently for the other party to finish speaking before demanding things be done our way.

What we may have the most trouble with is Mercury. Mercury conjoins Neptune in Pisces and both are semi-sextile Jupiter in Aquarius. Honest feedback is going to be hard to come by. Creative embellishment of the facts is the most likely outcome, and while this is great for professional story tellers and entertainers, it can cause all sorts of problems for those who prefer to deal with accurate data. By the first of April, Mercury in Pisces will have pulled far enough away from Neptune and Jupiter for the truth to reemerge. If we can’t wait it out, please double and triple check information before acting on it. In fact, treat the whole thing like brief Mercury retrograde on steroids.

The square between Uranus in Taurus and Saturn in Aquarius is gradually waning but still in effect on this lunation. Since Saturn is part of the Kite Pattern, we’ll also be feeling some impact from Uranus in Taurus. Uranus is semi-sextile the Aries Sun-Venus conjunction and inconjunct the Libra Moon. What we value is undergoing deep changes now and because Uranus is in well grounded Taurus, these changes will likely be quite tangible. We may find ourselves selling off assets we no longer need, up to and including our homes. Now is an excellent time to re-evaluate what is most important to us. Remember the Saturn-Uranus square will be working in the background most of this year, tearing down old structures to make way for new ones.

One small thing to be thankful for is Pluto in Capricorn is sitting this lunation out. 🙂

On the whole, this Full Moon in Libra will give us much to celebrate. Fire and air are happily feeding each other, inspiring us to think good thoughts and contemplate our futures in a positive light. Having the rulers of Aries and Libra (Mars and Venus) dancing in harmony infuses the atmosphere with joy. Relationships will benefit from this easy, lighthearted flow, making this a great time to renew vows of love and friendship. Please be kind and practice patience!

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

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New Moon in Pisces, March 13, 2021 by Neith

What a difference a lunar month can make! The New Moon in Aquarius was dominated by fixed signs and a “my way or the highway” vibe. This flowing New Moon at 23° 04′ Pisces on 13 March 2021, 02;22 AM PST is almost the complete opposite. Mutable signs have edged out fixed, water signs are back in force and sweet, dreamy Pisces is center stage. Pisces does going from the ridiculous to the sublime better than anyone else.

At the heart of this New Moon is a stellium in Pisces which includes the Sun, Moon, Venus and Neptune in Pisces. Naturally those with a strong Pisces element in their charts are going to feel this the most but all water sign folk and those who have planets in their twelfth house will too. Pluto in Capricorn is sextile the luminaries, offering an opportunity to go deeper into the healing experience. We can also choose to lose ourselves for awhile in dreamland, thanks to Venus conjoining Neptune. Because it is Pisces and there are no hard aspects involved, we won’t feel compelled to do anything on this New Moon. After the demanding energy of cardinal Capricorn and the hard edged intensity of fixed Aquarius, this easy going, fluid, mutable Pisces New Moon is exactly what’s needed to unwind and relax.

On the whole the air planets are effectively sidelined on this New Moon. The only exception is a waxing trine between Mars in Gemini and Saturn in Aquarius. This is a great combination for figuring out how to turn our bright ideas into actions. Saturn slows down this busy, busy Mars enough to get him lined out and going one way instead of six different ones.

Mercury in Aquarius is semi-sextile Pluto in Capricorn as well as the Sun and Moon in Pisces, while Jupiter in Aquarius is semi-sextile Venus and Neptune in Pisces. The Pisces planets diffuse the usually clear, detached Aquarius energy which greatly reduces its effectiveness. It’s time to re-attune ourselves to our intuition and follow that rather than depending on logic and reason.

Of course, Saturn in Aquarius is still closely square Uranus in Taurus and will be for quite some time. We need to continue to work on adapting to the new “normal” and being open to finding new and different ways to live a good life.

The best way to experience this wonderful New Moon in Pisces is to embrace relaxing, peaceful activities in order to reduce stress in our lives. Walking along the ocean is a fantastic way to celebrate the Pisces spirit but since most of us can’t do that, choosing simple pleasures like taking a soothing bath or using shower time to cleanse our auras as well as our bodies are good. Many of us can benefit from spending time alone in quiet contemplation in order to realign with our spiritual purpose. And there is no better time to practice kindness, tolerance and patience each and every day. Peace and love to all.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

Image:  Moon rising, Mist descending © Steven Outram

Full Moon in Virgo, February 27,2021

We’re finally beginning to see a transition back to fewer planets in air on this Full Moon at 08° 57′ Virgo on 27 February 2021, 00:17 AM PST. Venus has joined the Sun and Neptune in Pisces, leaving Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn in Aquarius. Additionally the Pisces Sun and Virgo Moon are harmoniously aspecting Uranus in Taurus, a key ingredient for positive yet practical change. While there are still more planets in fixed signs, mutable energy is on the rise, adding more flexibility as well as a willingness to see more options.

We may finally begin to realize Uranus in Taurus can bring about helpful change on this lunation with the trine to the Virgo Moon and sextile to the Pisces Sun. Small, manageable steps are the best way to integrate change in our daily lives and that is something the Virgo Moon understands quite well. If we gradually let go of our old emotional security blankets while replacing them with improved tools for creating the foundation for a better life, we’ll be OK. The Pisces Sun-Uranus in Taurus sextile is excellent for making those amazing intuitive leaps Pisces is so good at. Surprisingly we usually know what is right for us and what is not . . . whether we pay attention to that inner knowledge is another story. 🙂

Since the Saturn in Aquarius-Uranus in Taurus square is still very much in play on this lunation, we can’t overlook how Saturn connects to the luminaries. It is semi-sextile the Pisces Sun and inconjunct the Virgo Moon. At the very least, we need to acknowledge the importance of boundaries and why following safety rules is usually a good idea. Saturn in Aquarius can be a bit of a ‘know it all’ which doesn’t help matters. A mutable lesson that may come in handy is being open to options and learning to make adjustments while working within the system. Mutable signs teach us flexibility and that’s been in short supply for the last few months. We’ll need to cultivate that flexibility until mid-summer because the Saturn-Uranus square remains within a degree or two of exact until then.

A couple of planets still in Aquarius are Mercury and Jupiter. These two are making a waxing conjunction which will be exact on March 4. This bright, upbeat pairing is wonderful for clear, rational thought while remaining on the optimistic side. Now that Mercury is direct and back up to speed, we can use the power of this conjunction to make necessary revisions to plans concocted during the Mercury retrograde. Once those plans are cleaned up and ready to go, we can start implementing them.

A huge power source on this lunation is the Mars in Taurus-Pluto in Capricorn trine. This is a strong, steady energy we can apply to either getting projects off the ground or invigorating existing ones. Rather than rushing around, choose to work in a slow, steady, consistent way for best results.

While Venus and Neptune in Pisces are sitting on the sidelines for now, they both play a major role in the upcoming New Moon in Pisces. A small hint . . . both are part of a Pisces Stellium with the Sun and Moon!

The Full Moon in Virgo is naturally more focused on what’s happening in our daily lives and restoring a sense of health and well being. We now have a better balance both in the elements and mode than we’ve seen in a few months, and with the help of the Virgo-Pisces axis we can begin to put our lives in order again. Renewing the foundations in our lives is a key component to being more effective in the larger world. Now is the perfect time to do so. As always, practice kindness, tolerance and cultivate a sense of the absurd because all of those keep us sane. Peace and Love to all.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

 

New Moon in Aquarius, February 11, 2021

It’s time to let our freak flags fly and start humming “Aquarius” from the musical Hair. On this New Moon at 23° 17′ Aquarius on 11 February 2021, 11:07 AM PST, there are six planets in Aquarius: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn! Of course the luminaries are together as well as a stellium including Mercury, Venus and Jupiter with Saturn the only stand alone planet. Aquarius’s cool, dry, fixed energy clearly dominates on this New Moon.

The luminaries are making a waning square to Mars in Taurus and even though this influence is fading those who are most committed to holding fast to old ways of thinking are still raging. Mars in Taurus also makes a waxing sextile to Neptune in Pisces and this aspect can help us process our anger and practice forgiveness. Of course, we have to be willing to do this, if for no other reason than to reduce the dissonance in our lives.

Jupiter conjoining Mercury and Venus is particularly benevolent despite the fact Mercury is retrograde. This is about as warm and fuzzy as Aquarius gets which is to say not very much. However it does make being kind and generous much, much easier. This is definitely one of those times when action follows thought. What we can conceive mentally is critical to what we want to manifest into reality. Aquarius is all about envisioning the future in order to bring about the changes we need to make to reach our goal. Time to think very carefully about what we want as well as how we wish to achieve our dreams. Integrity and honesty are the keys here for bringing about the positive change we want to see in our lives.

Central to everything happening now is the first waxing square between Saturn in Aquarius and Uranus in Taurus (exact at 7° 14’ on February 17). Like it or not, we are in the process of shifting to a new normal. Disciplined Saturn in Aquarius is all about the overall structure these changes will take place within while Uranus in Taurus in the wild card, delivering sharp blows to the existing structures. Please don’t lose hope now because once the dust settles and we are more comfortable again, we may be pleasantly surprised by what we see around us. Humans are amazingly adaptable creatures after all. At this moment in time the fixed signs are in control and being too rigid is a real risk. Once the inner planets begin to shift into mutable Pisces, introducing more flexibility, being able to come up with more options will be easier.

One way we can benefit from this very Aquarius New Moon is to learn more about how our uniqueness can contribute to the collective we live within. Sometimes we can be more effective as a squeaky wheel, and other times more can be accomplished by working smoothly and efficiently with others. This is a great time to “brainstorm” with air dominating the sky. New Moons are wonderful for sitting with new ideas and contemplating different variables. After Mercury in Aquarius stations direct on February 20, we can choose the most viable options and start to implement them.

Honor the spirit of the Aquarius New Moon and remember spreading peace and love to all never goes out of fashion!

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

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