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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Full Moon in Sagittarius, June 17, 2019

Like the New Moon in Gemini earlier this month, this Full Moon at 25° 58′ Sagittarius on 17 June 2019, 01:31 AM PDT, seems discordant and jarring. We’ll need to pay close attention to sort out what’s fact from fiction and if we don’t, there will likely be many missed connections.

Acting as a drag on the playful Gemini Sun and adventurous Sagittarius Moon is Pluto in Capricorn. Capricorn finds relating to the Gemini-Sagittarius axis challenging because neither sign is as concerned about the careful planning and execution preferred by Capricorn. In fact, both mutable signs often fly by the seat of their pants, making decisions on the run . . . something that can make a good Cappy shudder. One way to work with this uneasy energy is to focus on taking the practicalities into account before dashing off to play. It can’t hurt and when reality creeps back like it always does, we’ll be grateful.

Adding to the general sense of dissatisfaction is the inconjunct between the rulers of the Gemini Sun and Sagittarius Moon. Mercury conjoins Mars in Cancer and both are inconjunct Jupiter in Sagittarius. Mercury-Mars conjunctions tend to use words as weapons and in Cancer that can mean knowing exactly what emotional buttons to push, resulting in very hurtful words indeed. Jupiter loves to ‘embellish’ the truth to make a better story, so we can end up with painful distortions of the facts that create all types of havoc. Now is not a good time to get in a knockdown, drag out fight with loved ones because recovering from the verbal wounds may take much longer than is healthy for those relationships.

There are harmonious aspects involving the Mercury-Mars conjunction as well, and the best is a sweet trine to Neptune in Pisces. Generous applications of kindness and compassion will go a long ways to soothing hurt feelings. The opposition between Mercury-Mars and Saturn-Pluto in Capricorn may require more delicate handling because security issues are bound to come into play. All five of these planets are working together since Neptune is also exactly sextile Saturn right now. The fly in the ointment is Jupiter in Sagittarius who also makes tense aspects to all of those planets. It is semi-sextile Saturn-Pluto, square Neptune and inconjunct Mercury-Mars. In order to avoid landing in an unending controversy, please listen closely to what others are saying, make sure the information being used is as accurate as possible and choose words with great care.

Two planets sail along by themselves, Venus in Gemini and Uranus in Taurus. This does leave Venus free to lighten the mood wherever possible though having Uranus in Taurus running about unattended is a bit touchier. Even in amiable Taurus, Uranus is prone to upsetting the status quo for the heck of it.

As much as we’d love a nice dose of Sagittarius optimism on this Full Moon, it probably won’t materialize. Water and earth dominate this chart and those forces are more concerned with fixing security issues than partying. Keeping our cool and striving to be tactful, kind and compassionate are worthy goals. Ignore the most overblown rhetoric if possible, rather than responding in kind. Stay safe and practice patience and gratitude for now. Peace to all.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

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New Moon in Gemini, June 3, 2019

After several tightly focused lunations, the scattered, whimsical energy of this New Moon at 12° 34′ Gemini could leave us wondering what side is up. Other than a tight semi-sextile to Mars in Cancer, the Gemini luminaries go it alone, happily conversing with themselves as Gemini frequently does. Gemini’s ruler, Mercury, is unaspected as well as out of bounds, a true loose cannon, making it very challenging to make sense of the data flood.

Having sensitive Mars in Cancer aspecting the Gemini luminaries suggests the need to pay attention to our words because we can inadvertently hurt other people’s feelings, wrecking havoc on important relationships. An out-of-bounds Mercury in Gemini is not much help either since it is prone to blurting out whatever is on our minds, much like Mercury in Sagittarius on a bad day. This is the perfect time to keep the old adage about ‘saying nothing at all, if you can’t say something nice’ in mind.

What can help soothe troubled waters is Venus in Taurus. She is naturally pleasant and with lovely aspects connecting her to Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn along with Neptune in Pisces, enhancing her ability to spread goodwill . For those on the verge of committing to a long term relationship, this is a great opportunity to weigh the pros and cons in a sensible manner. Even the inconjunct Venus makes to Jupiter in Sagittarius is not all that difficult as long as we mind our budgets and practice moderation when it comes to food and drink.

Probably the most challenging aspect is the ongoing square between Jupiter in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces because it lures us towards irrational exuberance and making lousy choices because we want to believe in ideas that have no basis in reality. Fortunately, the waxing sextile between cautious Saturn in Capricorn and Neptune in Pisces is hard at work doing its best to broadcast common sense solutions. Pretend Mercury is retrograde and always double and triple check the facts before taking the next step.

Uranus in Taurus is sitting this lunation out and unless you have personal planets and/or Ascendant from 3° to 6° in the fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius), its influence will be limited.

Rather than engaging in serious conversations, keep things light and easy on this New Moon in Gemini. Find harmless, fun ways to learn something new and choose to spend time with close friends and siblings with whom you have common interests. Respect other people’s boundaries and always, always choose to treat others with kindness and compassion.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

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Full Moon in Scorpio, May 18, 2019

We all need to seek peace and quiet on occasion, and this Full Moon at 27° 39′ Scorpio on 18 May 2019, 02:12 PM PDT creates the perfect atmosphere for taking time away from the turbulence of daily life. All but one planet, Jupiter in Sagittarius, are in earth and water signs that are usually happiest in a calm environment. There is determination to spare with the fixed sign emphasis, so tackle a big, dirty project and stick with it until it’s completed.

We have a smooth ride on this Full Moon, in part because both of Scorpio’s rulers are well aspected. Pluto in Capricorn is sextile the Scorpio Moon and trine the Taurus Sun-Mercury. Mars, now in watery Cancer, is happily sextile a Venus-Uranus conjunction in Taurus.

The combination of the Taurus Sun, Mercury and Pluto lends itself much better to introspection and contemplation than a whirlwind of social activities. Mercury in Taurus likes to keep communications simple and to the point, while Pluto’s influence encourages us to dig deep within to discover why we do what we do. The Scorpio Moon is inclined to be secretive at best and prefers solitude to crowds. The synergy created by these four planets working together is perfect for gaining true understanding of our inner workings, something very necessary to becoming a better, more confident human being.

Coming up with truly creative ways to celebrate our love is possible with Venus conjoining Uranus in sensual Taurus, both sextile to sensitive Mars in Cancer. Look for ways to express appreciation that don’t involve words as both Taurus and Cancer are better with tangible gestures than flowery phrases.

Don’t forget to keep an eye out for favorable investment opportunities that are off the beaten track too. This is the first time Venus has conjoined Uranus in Taurus and the perfect opportunity to figure out what this will mean going forward.

A subtle but powerful influence at work is Saturn in Capricorn widely sextile Neptune in Pisces. It’s always a ‘win-win’ scenario when we can come up with practical yet compassionate solutions for societal problems . . . something there is never a shortage of.

The only hard aspect in this lunation chart is the waxing square between Jupiter in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces. The effects can run from irrational exuberance to depressing confusion, all due to a marked lack of clarity. When this aspect has finally run its course (last square is at 17° on September 21), what will be revealed when the fog lifts is not going to be pretty. Double and triple checking facts using several different sources may help us avoid the worst damage.

Other than the rather muddled Jupiter-Neptune square, the overall energy on the Scorpio Full Moon is smoothly flowing, like a deep, clear river. We should have no trouble focusing our energies on whatever task we need to accomplish with the minimum of fuss and bother. There is nothing to fear either . . . Scorpio can be intense but prefers to heal rather than harm, so please relax and go with the flow.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

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