Full Moon in Libra, March 20, 2019

Relationship issues are front and center on this Full Moon at 0° 09′ Libra on 20 March 2019, 06:43 PM PDT. One factor at work is Uranus in Taurus and another is a square between the ruling planets of Aries and Libra, Mars in Taurus and Venus in Aquarius.

It does seem to shake up the atmosphere when Uranus changes signs because Uranus is a ‘loud’ planet. The Libra Moon and Aries Sun form awkward but intense aspects to Uranus in Taurus. It is inconjunct the Moon and semi-sextile the Sun. This can translate into getting caught off guard by issues in our relationships. One possibility is finding out how far apart the individuals are when it comes to money and how to handle it. Another has to do with facing the realization core values are in conflict. These are not easy matters to resolve either. Libra is willing to find acceptable compromises, Aries not so much. We need to have frank discussions about these issues when entering a relationship rather than finding out after commitments have been made. Yes, it will probably be awkward as all get out but it will save pain down the line.

The square between Mars in Taurus and Venus in Aquarius is complicated by having two outer planets, Jupiter and Pluto, aspecting both as well. Mars is trine Pluto in Capricorn and Venus is sextile Jupiter in Sagittarius. Taken separately both are splendid aspects but since all five planets aspected each other, the sweet aspects to Venus and Mars lose a lot of their sparkle. The simplest way to look at this mess is this . . . success comes from a combination of luck, generosity and LOTS of hard, consistent effort. We can meet the person of our dreams but it will take work if the relationship is going to last. No free lunches this time around!

Mercury is still retrograde in Pisces and still widely conjoined Neptune. The saving grace is a sextile to pragmatic Saturn in Capricorn. Diligent, careful pursuit of the facts can prevent making costly errors. Those who persist in ignoring reality are not likely to enjoy the outcomes once Mercury stations direct, especially after it reaches Aries mid-April.

This is one of the more significant lunations this year, falling as it does on the equinox as well as being the final Super Moon of 2019. The four outer planets (Saturn in Capricorn, Uranus in Taurus, Neptune in Pisces and Pluto in Capricorn) are now all in earth and water signs for the next year. This sets a rather somber underlying tone to the celestial atmosphere and emphasizes practical solutions. We get our first real taste of the effects on this Libra Full Moon when all four outer planets are aspecting personal planets, thus bringing home their lessons in an immediate way. This Full Moon is also a cardinal sign wake-up call and a harbinger of things to come over the next three to six months. No better time to practice being kind, patient and tolerant!

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

Image: Libra © Yuhon

New Moon in Pisces, March 6, 2019

We’ll need to exercise our Emotional Intelligence and common sense on the New Moon at 15° 47′ Pisces on 6 March 2019, 08:05 AM PST. Neptune conjoins the Pisces Sun and Moon, deepening the feeling of being far underwater. If it wasn’t for patient Saturn in Capricorn and Mars in Taurus providing ballast to the Pisces stellium, we would probably find ourselves floating off into Never-Never land.

A waxing trine between Mars in Taurus and Saturn in Capricorn is the base of a small triangle with the Sun, Moon and Neptune in Pisces at the apex. Mars and Saturn will work hard to keep us anchored in reality and perhaps provide the necessary focus to turn our dreams into reality. It may take time and consistent effort to make this happen but it is doable.

Adding to the overall sense of confusion is Mercury in Pisces, currently at a standstill having stationed retrograde a few hours before the New Moon. Mercury in Pisces tends to rely on its ability to pull seemly unrelated facts together using intuition which drives those who prefer logical, linear thinking nuts. If we use our intuition (Pisces) to sort through the data during the decision making process as well as applying common sense (Capricorn), we might be OK. However it would be better to hold off on making critical choices until the fog lifts if at all possible.

An interesting out-of-sign semi-sextile between Mercury in Pisces to Uranus in Taurus could prove helpful too. Uranus in Taurus is going to encourage us to look at alternatives to the tried and true methods Taurus typically supports . . . something to take into consideration during the decision making process.

Quirky Venus in Aquarius is widely square Uranus at 0° Taurus which makes for an interesting situation. We may find ourselves being attracted to people and situations outside our comfort zones. Aquarius and Taurus are fixed signs, so what may start out as a fling could turn into something far more lasting.

This New Moon in Pisces has plenty of potential for making a fresh start as long as we don’t get in too big of a hurry. Mercury won’t station direct until March 28 and the fog may not completely lift until the first week in April. This is a good time to gather information and allow ideas to simmer before taking action. Patience and persistence are going to be needed as we move through the final days of Pisces Season . . . and even more so once Aries Season bursts on to the scene. For now it may be enough to be present in the moment and tune into the ebb and flow of Life. Peace and Love to all.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

Image: Pisces © Jena Della Grottaglia

Full Moon in Virgo, February 19, 2019

After the electric brilliance of the Aquarius New Moon, this Full Moon at 0° 42′ Virgo on 19 February 2019, 7:54 AM PST may seem somewhat work-a-day. That being said there are plenty of people out there who will welcome it with open arms. In fact, we can all use a break to rest and/or catch up with everyday tasks. Earth and water are the dominant elements in this chart with a dash of fire and no air at all. Do keep in mind this lunation marks a big shift from rational Aquarius to emotional Pisces and it may take us a little time to adjust.

Mars in well grounded Taurus provides a steady flow of energy to the luminaries via a trine to the Virgo Moon and a sextile to the Pisces Sun. Mercury ruled Virgo can be a worrywart and Neptune ruled Pisces a tad spacey, things this slow, careful Mars can balance out. This is exceptionally good energy for nurturing ourselves and those we love. We don’t need to make grand gestures either because both Virgo and Pisces appreciate simple expressions of affection.

However, we can’t overlook the frisson of uncertainty Uranus in Aries adds to the otherwise genial energy via out-of-sign aspects to the Sun, Moon and Mars. This is the last lunation with Uranus in Aries because Uranus will have shifted into Taurus by the New Moon in Pisces on March 6. Any disruptions now will probably be due to those folks who feel the need to express their independence in no uncertain terms. This is fine as long as it is done as tactfully as possible to avoid hurting other people’s feelings . . . always important to remember during Pisces Season.

The really wonderful aspect occurring on this Full Moon involves the Venus-Saturn conjunction in Capricorn sextile the Mercury-Neptune conjunction in Pisces. This is a terrific setup for manifesting our dreams in the real world since Capricorn is surprisingly good at gently grounding Pisces. Do things like volunteer for an organization or business you are interested in working for in order to find out if it is a good fit. Or talk to people who are successful in their chosen profession and discover what it took for them to get to achieve their success. Chances are good they will tell you it took plenty of hard work as well as endless hours of honing their particular skill set. 🙂

Jupiter in Sagittarius is semi-sextile both Venus and Pluto in Capricorn. The Sagittarius-Capricorn dilemma typically boils down to Capricorn reining in what it feels to be Sagittarius over-reach. To put it another way, Capricorn is the ultimate fact checker for Sagittarius who tends to exaggerate in order to make a point. Rather than feeling like the powers that be are always shooting down your brilliant theories, prepare ahead of time by making sure you are working with accurate data in the first place.

All in all, this Full Moon in Virgo is a winner! We can explore healthy options in all areas of our life from our workplace to our home life, figure out how to turn our dreams into reality step by step and focus on learning how to enjoy the small beauties in our everyday lives. Remember to express love, kindness and compassion in little ways, each and every day. Have a blessed Full Moon!

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

Image: Poplars and Full Moon  © Diane Lang

New Moon in Aquarius, February 4, 2019

Cool, rationality is one of the many blessings this New Moon at 15° 45′ Aquarius on 4 February 2019, 1:04 PM PST bestows on us. We finally have an opportunity to look at the big picture rather than feeling the need to stay focused on very short term goals. Jupiter in Sagittarius bolsters this point of view via a sextile to the luminaries. Sagittarius and Aquarius work well together, combining enthusiasm and an interest in working for humanity as a whole.

The Sun, Moon and Mercury form a stellium in airy Aquarius, a critical component for clear, objective thinking while contemplating new directions. This stellium is part of a trapezoid pattern with Jupiter in Sagittarius, Saturn in Capricorn and Neptune in Pisces. The square between Jupiter and Neptune forms the base with a semi-sextile between the luminaries and Saturn the top. Essentially this pattern ties together two important sextiles (Jupiter sextile the Sun, Moon and Mercury; Saturn sextile Neptune) and a square between Jupiter and Neptune. We have an opportunity to plan for the future in a practical yet compassionate way as long as we draw on the Aquarius stellium to weed out any half baked schemes based on false assumptions.

One thing we need to be careful of is pushing ahead too fast. This will take conscious effort to avoid because there is a highly energized aspect between Mars conjoined Uranus in Aries widely square Pluto in Capricorn. All we have to do is think back to the Uranus-Pluto square years to know how well that works. Rebelliousness flourishes under the Mars-Uranus conjunction in Aries. We want what we want RIGHT NOW! While Pluto in Capricorn frantically attempts to maintain control at all costs. This will probably affect those with personal planets and/or Ascendant from 20° to 24° in the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) the most. Finding a productive outlet is the key. We can move mountains or end up buried under one unless we consciously practice patience, tolerance and kindness!

Venus in Capricorn makes an out-of-sign trine to Uranus in Aries. This is one of those cases when the signs say one thing and the numbers another. Venus in subtle, conventional Capricorn is not that interested in breaking the rules, something Uranus in Aries loves. The trine suggests we can flirt with the idea of doing something slightly risqué in our love lives as long as we don’t take it too far.

All the elements are present on this New Moon in Aquarius (though fire and air have the edge) which always helps us find better solutions because we have the tools to think clearly, be inspired, use common sense and take others feelings into account.

For most folks this promises to be an exciting event, full of hope and optimism though it is a better time to brain storm than actually put things into motion. First we need to take the time to carefully do our homework to make sure those fresh new ideas will work in the real world. Be sure to use common sense! Enjoy!

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

Image: New Moon © gimbo60

Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Leo, January 20, 2019

The first hint of fresh air comes on the fiery Full Moon Lunar Eclipse at 00° 52′ Leo on 20 January 2019, 09:17 PM PST. The Sun has reached airy Aquarius, finally giving us a full time presence in an air sign again. There is plenty of fire with the Leo Moon, Venus and Jupiter in Sagittarius plus Mars and Uranus in Aries. All of this adds up to the possibility of expanding our horizons and being able to visualize future directions.

A dynamic T-Square between the Leo Moon, Aquarius Sun and Uranus in Aries invigorates the atmosphere. This is one of those ‘by the numbers’ squares with all the planets involved in harmonious signs. Aries and Leo are both fire signs plus Uranus rules quirky Aquarius, so the energies of these three planets blend nicely. The Aquarius Sun brings objectivity and innovative thinking while the Leo Moon provides warmth and creativity with Uranus in Aries encouraging independent action. Cardinal fire (Aries) is the dominant energy of this lunation, supporting self starters everywhere.

A source of dissension may come from a waning Mercury-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn widely square Uranus in Aries. Mercury-Pluto in Capricorn can be obsessed with staying in control at all costs and will tend to see any type of change that encourages freedom of choice as a threat. As individuals it wouldn’t hurt to seek to remain as neutral as possible for now. However we may see plenty of bizarre, obsessive, controlling behaviors in the news.

The really challenging configuration in this chart is an odd trapezoid with a trine between Venus-Jupiter in Sagittarius and Mars in Aries as the base. The top is a sextile between Saturn in Capricorn and Neptune in Pisces with semi-sextiles forming the sides. We can’t overlook the two internal squares, one between Mars in Aries and Saturn, the other between Venus-Jupiter in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces. This pits fiery enthusiasm for future endeavors against compassionate conservatism at its best . . . both very positive things. The fiery side is going to be very impatient, anxious to chase impossible dreams while the earth-water pair seeks pragmatic but caring solutions. It may take some creative thinking but we can certainly practice being practical during moments of irrational exuberance. This is the type of dissonant energy that can produce great works of art.

Full Moons can be emotionally stressful and lunar eclipses even more so, making this the perfect time to practice kindness, tolerance and patience. Capricorn season was weighted heavily toward earth and water this year, so this first real taste of fire and air can be intoxicating. However not all that is tried and true needs to be tossed out in our pursuit of something new and exciting. Enjoy the warm, fizzy atmosphere but keep one foot firmly on the ground.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

Image: Full Moon © Tamara Bauer | Dreamstime.com

New Moon Solar Eclipse, January 5, 2019

The first lunation of 2019 has quite a cardinal punch to it with Saturn and Pluto conjoining the New Moon Solar Eclipse at 15° 25′ Capricorn on 5 January 2019, 05:28 PM PST. As long as we color within the lines and follow the rules, this is terrific energy for outlining goals for the coming year.

The key to working with Capricorn and Saturn is to behave with maturity. Whining, procrastinating or throwing temper tantrums will not be rewarded. We need to accept the need for delayed gratification and plan accordingly. This New Moon in Capricorn is a great opportunity to practice goal setting with all the necessary steps we need to take to reach those. Thankfully, Neptune in Pisces is sextile the Capricorn luminaries and Saturn which softens Capricorn’s more hard nose approach. If we’re willing to admit we’ve made a mistake and learn from it, we’ll should be able to make good progress.

The tendency to strike out verbally is high now due to a Mercury-Mars square in the cardinal signs. Mercury is now in controlled Capricorn and Mars is at home in fiery Aries. This is a high energy, volatile aspect, prone to causing forceful, cutting remarks when tempers flare. Rather than being drawn into unending arguments with others, it is better to work alone on challenging personal projects.

Venus is poised to leave Scorpio for more upbeat Sagittarius on Monday, January 7, but before she does she faces an inconjunct with Uranus in Aries. Aries-Scorpio standoffs do not often end well and this time it is Venus who will suffer the most. Venus in fixed Scorpio likes consistency in relationships and when her partner starts acting out and behaving erratically, the situation can deteriorate quickly. Sometimes a little forewarning about the need for more space can help.

Now that Jupiter is at home in Sagittarius, his influence expands accordingly. At this time he faces off with Neptune in Pisces and Saturn in Capricorn. All three planets are well placed in the signs they rule which makes for an interesting situation. On this New Moon, all three planets are aspecting one another (Saturn is semi-sextile Jupiter and sextile Neptune). The combined influence of Saturn and Neptune dampens Jupiter’s natural enthusiasm, hopefully reducing the amount of irrational exuberance going around. The best outcome is one where we’ll take a positive attitude about putting in the work needed to reach our goals without getting caught up in unrealistic expectations.

Remember there are five planets in Capricorn – the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Saturn and Pluto. Saturn and Pluto are on either side of the luminaries who draw both planets into a loose stellium in Capricorn. It’s time to take a focused, sensible approach to problem solving. Cardinal Capricorn excels at organizing and executing plans of action, something most of us need in our lives. Saturn will help set realistic goals and Pluto is there to provide motivation to pare those down to the bone. Like or not, we’ll need to practice delayed gratification and frugality.

Make the most of this amazing New Moon Solar Eclipse in Capricorn to patiently work towards realizing your dreams!

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

Image: Faun IV © vil-painter The god Pan is considered one face of Capricorn . . . wild, earthy and deeply connected to natural world.

Full Moon in Cancer, December 22, 2018

This Full Moon at 0° 49′ Cancer on 22 December 2018, 09:49 AM PST, brings opportunities to see where we need to clear the decks and make a fresh start. The energy to make this happen is there too with a cardinal emphasis and the luminaries aspecting Uranus in Aries.

The situation with Uranus in Aries aspecting the Capricorn Sun and Cancer Moon is an interesting one. While Aries squares Capricorn and Cancer by sign, if we go by the numbers the Moon is sextile Uranus and the Sun is trine. The bottom line is this generates the need to take action. Uranus in Aries provides the fuel, the Capricorn Sun gives the ability to plan carefully and the Cancer Moon gives us the reasons why we need to take the next step. The important thing is move with caution rather than leaping into something, as tempting as that might be.

Saturn in Capricorn will be doing his best to help cooler heads prevail via a tight semi-sextile to the volatile Mercury-Jupiter conjunction in fiery Sagittarius. Not helping matters is a square between Mercury-Jupiter and Neptune in Pisces. That one can lead to irrational exuberance in a heartbeat.

F.Y.I. While Jupiter in Sagittarius is widely square Neptune in Pisces on this lunation, he will make three exact squares to Neptune next year. These will affect those folks who have personal planets and/or Ascendant from 14° to 18° in the mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces). This can cause one to go from feeling wildly optimistic to deeply pessimistic very quickly, making it very challenging to make good decisions.

On the plus side, there are two wonderful aspects involving Venus in Scorpio and Mars in Pisces. Venus is happily trine Neptune in Pisces and Mars is sextile Pluto in Capricorn. This bodes well for all sorts of relationships from lovers to business associates. The Venus-Neptune trine is sublime, very caring, compassionate and loving. The Mars-Pluto sextile is a subtle but very effective force enabling us to move forward constructively. The energy is very similar to a well aspected Mars in Scorpio. We can bring other people’s needs into consideration more easily than usual, always a plus for happy relationships.

Falling so close to the Solstice gives this Full Moon in Cancer a broader influence than usual. We have an opportunity to review the balance between work and family in order to make adjustments to benefit both. If we want to get the coming year off to a good start, now is the perfect time to prepare. Start with some enthusiastic brain storming, followed by some judicious editing before choosing what will work the best.

Celebrate the Solstice and the Full Moon in Cancer, have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Much good will and many blessings to all.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

Image: Moon caught in the trees © Diane Lang