Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn, July 4-5, 2020


All things considered, this Full Moon Lunar Eclipse at 13° 38′ Capricorn on 4 July 2020, 09:45 PM PDT, has a more positive feel than not. Uranus in Taurus contributes to this via a trine to the Capricorn Moon and a sextile to the Cancer Sun-Mercury conjunction. It is a good time to get serious about resolving old issues using our intuition and emotional intelligence. Sit down and review all the important data, then sleep on it. What pops into our heads as we transition from sleep to being awake can give us valuable information. In this case non-linear thinking produces better results.

The one problematical aspect in this chart is the waxing square between Mars in Aries and retrograde Mercury in Cancer. Mercury-Mars squares can cut deeply, especially with Mercury in Cancer’s finely honed ability to ferret out any weakness. Nasty! Mars in Aries is also sextile sweet Venus in Gemini, and if we’re not careful how we phrase those sweet words Venus in Gemini loves to hear, trouble can ensue. What sounded fun but edgy in our heads can come across as sarcastic and cutting.

Jupiter, Pluto and Pallas are tightly conjoined in Capricorn with all three sextile Neptune in Pisces. Pallas in Capricorn excels at organizing and putting together workable plans. Jupiter and Pluto in Capricorn seem determined to tear down the old order and rebuild something new and better. The challenge here is to keep Jupiter from taking on too much and Pluto leaving nothing to work with. Pallas is capable of providing the framework for a plan to keep both in check. Neptune in Pisces is very good at adding a humanitarian touch, or some “soul”, so necessary to prevent more harm being done to our most vulnerable populations.

Saturn moved back into Capricorn earlier this week and there is no question it will provide plenty of tough love. Saturn in Capricorn is relentless but fair. As long as we step up, accept our responsibilities and prepare to work hard with little initial reward, Saturn won’t demand more than we can give. Unlike those with Jupiter in Capricorn who tend to take on more and more until they end up in running the show, people with Saturn in Capricorn are very good at knowing their limitations and working right up to those. Slackers and whiners also get their “reward” in the form of instant karma . . . and chances are good that won’t be pretty.

Capricorn does like feeling useful and productive, and on this Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn we have an opportunity to be proactive on the self improvement front. Believe me, it is far, far better to start working on becoming more self reliant, developing self respect and building self confidence than to wait for Saturn to inflict its lessons on us. Jump on opportunities to learn new skill sets too. And while we’re slowly but steadily stomping along under Saturn’s guidance, don’t forget to practice patience, kindness and tolerance since those qualities never go out of fashion. Peace and love to all.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

Image: Full Moon caught by trees © Diane Lang

New Moon Solar Eclipse in Cancer, June 20-21, 2020

This is quite an astro-event, since a New Moon Solar Eclipse landing on the Solstice is not exactly common. The New Moon at 0° 21′ Cancer on 20-21 June 2020, 11:42 PM PDT occurs only a few hours after the Sun enters Cancer. This suggests the themes presented on this lunation are going to be with us for the next six months, especially for those folks with personal planets and/or Ascendant at 0° in the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn). Powerful stuff!

The closest aspect in this chart is an inconjunct between the Cancer luminaries and Saturn in Aquarius. Cancer and Aquarius have very different ideas of what’s important. Aquarius is focused on the collective at large and Cancer on home and family. Both points of view are equally valid and necessary though at this time the differences are tough to reconcile. Saturn in Aquarius is all about logical rules designed to benefit as many people as possible, while the Cancer luminaries are about security issues driven by family needs with an intense emotional component. This can lead to people doing the “cutting off their nose to spite their face” thing before waking up to the realization those rules really are meant to help them. It does not do to underestimate the effects of strong emotions on human decision making. Something else to keep in mind is Saturn does not make empty threats, and if we choose not to follow Saturn in Aquarius’s advice we will not like the results. Instant karma as it were.

Mental clarity is not easy to find right now with Mercury in Cancer retrograde and only widely sextile Uranus in Taurus. There still may be moments of exceptional insights that provide much needed guidance. The other retrograde planet, Venus in Gemini, isn’t much help either since the only aspect she makes is a very wide trine to Saturn in Aquarius. Venus ruled Libra and Taurus may find they are less inclined to make snap decisions about love and money, always a good thing in my opinion.

The best aspect in this chart is an exact sextile between Mars in Pisces and Jupiter in Capricorn, in part because Pluto conjoins Jupiter and Mars widely conjoins Neptune. Here we have an opportunity to take positive steps to improve the lives of those we love as well as those in the collective at large. We might be pleasantly surprised by those in authority making decisions based on common sense and compassion. For those us struggling with our own issues, it is equally important to emphasize the need to be considerate of ourselves and others as well as choosing pragmatic means to reach our goals.

The new beginnings emerging from this New Moon Solar Eclipse in Cancer may feel like we are being thrust into a new world and a rather scary one at that. Cancer is a very security conscious sign, and the temptation will be strong to retreat into old habit patterns in order to hold onto what makes us feel secure. We do have some time to absorb the changes happening around us before choosing a path forward but not that long. Once Mars enter Aries on June 27, the pace will pick up as will the urge to get moving. It is more important than ever to practice kindness, tolerance and patience. Please accept help gracefully and pay close attention to what your intuition is telling you. Peace and love to all.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

Image:  The Fairy of the Moon © Hermann Von Kaulbach

Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius, June 5, 2020

There is a great deal of anger floating around in the atmosphere on this Full Moon Lunar Eclipse at 15° 34′ Sagittarius 5 June 2020, 12:16 PM PDT. The source is Mars in Pisces squaring the Gemini Sun-Venus and Sagittarius Moon whilst conjoining Neptune in Pisces. Both the source of our anger and its target seem to be in a constant state of flux, not an easy thing to live with! The desire to retreat into denial is strong, in part because the Gemini Sun-Venus conjunction would prefer to avoid unpleasantness if at all possible.

Mars-Neptune aspects can be extremely enervating as well, so many of us may need to get more rest than usual. It is OK to take more frequent breaks or choose to postpone complicated tasks for the time being. Once Mars leaves Pisces for fiery Aries on June 27, energy levels will improve along with the ability to take direct action. Mars is always more effective in the cardinal signs and he loves being in fiery Aries.

Any hope we have of sorting out fact from fiction now may depend on how well we can tune into the Mercury in Cancer-Uranus in Taurus sextile. In order to do this, we’ll need to use our Emotional IQ along with finding our quiet center. At this time it feels like we’re being bombarded with a kaleidoscope of information that morphs into something different moment to moment. One way we can quiet our minds is to engage in repetitive physical activities such as walking, doing yoga, tai chi or gardening. Mercury in Cancer urges us to do these in a familiar, safe environment. Information we need can float to the surface, giving us an “ah ha” moment.

It’s just as well the other three outer planets – Saturn in Aquarius and the Jupiter-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn – are not actively involved on this lunation. The exception being those who have personal planets and/or Ascendant those planets are transiting. Since they all move very slowly said transits have been in effect for some time already. The Jupiter-Pluto conjunction is waxing and will be exact for the second time at 24° Capricorn on June 29-30.

This is Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius is one we may want to relax and ride out rather than giving in to our inner Don Quixote and expending needless energy tilting at windmills. The fog bank isn’t going to lift until after the Gemini Sun squares Neptune in Pisces (June 11) and Mars conjoins Neptune (June 13). Maintaining good boundaries is going to take more effort than usual but those are necessary for our overall health and well being. We can still find effective ways to support worthy causes and people whilst not running ourselves into the ground in the process. Practice patience, tolerance and always be kind to yourself and others. Peace and love to all.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

Image: Full Moon rising over shrub-steppe country © Vik

New Moon in Gemini, May 22, 2020

Staying tethered to reality is going to be a major challenge on the New Moon at 02° 05′ Gemini, 22 May 2020, 10:39 AM PDT. The luminaries themselves benefit from a trine to Saturn in Aquarius which will hopefully keep them from sliding too far off course. However, they are also square to slippery Mars in Neptune ruled Pisces, who is not noted for being direct under the best of circumstances. This situation brings the duality of Gemini to our attention with Gemini’s ability to gather and disseminate good information on one side, and on the other, it’s gift for telling half-truths and outright lies in a believable manner. The resulting confusion is pure Neptune.

The real source of misinformation is Mercury-Venus conjoined in Gemini exactly square Neptune in Pisces. Usually a Mercury-Venus conjunction in verbal Gemini would be wonderful for articulating our feelings but not this time. Declarations of love can range from way over the top to completely incomprehensible. Forget making smart decisions about money! If at all possible hold off on those for now, and if not, then check and double check the facts. Scam artists are probably going to be out in full force and drowning us in a deluge of words, all sounding wonderful but very short on real meaning.

Mars in Pisces is in much the same position as the luminaries since he has both flowing and tense aspects to contend with. A sextile to Uranus in Taurus is perfect for finding innovative ways to get from point A to point B, whilst the square to the Sun and Moon in Gemini only adds to the lack of direction. The best chance we have to make sense of things is to use our emotional intelligence and intuition rather than logic and reason. We could get hit with so many conflicting stories our minds will want to shut down due to info overload.

Jupiter and Pluto in Capricorn are essentially on the sidelines for now, at least on the surface of things. Waxing inconjuncts to Mercury in Gemini will come into play in a few days, revealing hidden information bound to cause plenty of pain to those who bought into the delusions generated by Neptune and company.

At first glance it might seem like happy days on here again on this New Moon in Gemini. It’s OK to enjoy the feeling as long as we hold firm to the realization this is more fantasy than reality. Besides, it won’t be long before the fantasy begins to crumble around the edges as Gemini’s ruler, Mercury, is inconjunct first Pluto, then Jupiter in Capricorn. The inconjunct to Pluto takes place May 24 and the one to Jupiter on May 26. Since stern Saturn ruled Capricorn has no patience for foolishness and Pluto is noted for unearthing unpalatable facts, all it will take is Jupiter’s inclination to speak up forcefully to start clearing Neptune’s fog away. Nonetheless, the denial habit is very hard to break and many will cling to their fantasies until the bitter end. Sigh. As always practice patience and treat everyone in our lives with kindness and tolerance.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

Image: Tuesday’s Child © Michael Parkes

Full Moon in Scorpio, May 7, 2020

We have an amazing opportunity to explore our inner landscape on this Full Moon at 17° 20′ Scorpio on 7 May 2020, 03:46 AM PDT. Mercury conjoins the Taurus Sun, with Neptune in Pisces trine the Scorpio Moon and sextile the Sun-Mercury in Taurus. This gives us the ability to transcend internal limitations while remaining anchored firmly in reality. Mercury’s role as pyschopomp (guide to the Underworld) comes into play as it bridges our subconscious and conscious minds. Healing of deep wounds is possible if we suspend judgment and simply observe what Mercury has to show us.

Venus in Gemini is still widely trine Mars in Aquarius though this aspect is rapidly waning. Both planets also have challenging aspects on this Full Moon. Venus in Gemini is square Neptune in Pisces, an aspect that will last until almost the end of May. This upends our ability to have realistic expectations when it comes to love and money due to the hardworking Neptune denial machine. We tend to go back and forth between being overly optimistic to completely pessimistic. It will take some doing to find our way back to middle ground.

Mars is closing in on the end of his stay in Aquarius (he glides into watery Pisces on May 12). At this time Mars is closely semi-sextile to both Jupiter and Pluto in Capricorn. The dissonance created by the differences between unconventional Aquarius and uber conventional Capricorn are highlighted by this aspect. We may pay lip service to societal norms whilst our actions may demonstrate the need for personal autonomy.

Both Saturn in Aquarius and Uranus in Taurus essentially sit this lunation out though they are very widely square to one another. It will be next year when we’ll have the “joy” of living through several squares between these two heavy weights. Aquarius-Taurus standoffs pit forward thinking energy against the weight of ancient traditions.

Another interesting celestial shift taking place now concerns the Moon’s Nodes. They are leaving the Cancer-Capricorn axis for Gemini-Sagittarius. The North Node is in Gemini and the South in Sagittarius. Gemini North Node excels at networking and sharing information with others, whilst the Sagittarius South Node is inclined to be a hermit, hoarding “pearls of wisdom”. The driving cardinal force of Cancer-Capricorn gives way to mutable flexibility and the desire to talk things through.

The deep stillness of a Scorpio Full Moon encourages us to reflect on where we are on our journey. Fixed signs help us evaluate our resources and consolidate any gains we may have made. We can also enjoy the fertile richness of this Full Moon, especially since earth and water dominate with only enough air to keep our minds active and no fire at all. It is time to count our blessings, practice patience and always choose to spread kindness to all we come in contact with.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

Image: “I Love the Moon” Encaustic by Ember Fairbairn Ramsay

New Moon in Taurus, April 22, 2020

Life is about to get very real under the potent New Moon at 03° 24′ Taurus on 22 April 2020, 0727 PM PDT. Uranus in Taurus conjoins the Sun and Moon with Saturn in Aquarius squaring them. Changes we’ve experienced in our lives since Uranus entered Taurus about a year ago are about to become far more permanent. Keep in mind this is not necessarily bad either, despite the tendency many of us have to leap to the worst possible conclusions. Once the dust settles, we might find ourselves in a situation we find much more compatible with our most authentic self.

Fixed earth (Taurus) dominates this New Moon chart which just about guarantees the focus will be in the real world. We are looking for tangible results, not more endless speculation and theorizing. We need to know exactly what we can do to improve our lot even if that means delaying gratification, always a strong possibility with Saturn involved.

One ray of hope on this New Moon is the trine between Venus, Taurus’s ruler, and Mars, the action principle. Venus is currently in mutable Gemini trine Mars in fixed Aquarius. These two have fun together, enjoying light flirtations with lots of witty banter and laughs. They’re not really interested in serious commitments and with Venus going retrograde on May 12, we could end up revisiting romantic decisions we chose to make at this time. However there is nothing wrong with enjoying a pleasant distraction now and again to help keep stress levels down.

Mercury in Aries is having its ups and downs. It is pulling away from last weekend’s sextile to Mars in Aquarius which was excellent for asserting ourselves without being overly aggressive. It is currently exactly semi-sextile Neptune in Pisces which seems to be creating mass confusion in communications. AND Mercury is starting to make waxing squares to Pluto and Jupiter in Capricorn (exact on Saturday, April 25). What may start out as a minor disagreement can quickly escalate into all out war. Cardinal squares can be quite combative after all.

One thing Taurus New Moons are good for is learning to be fully present in the here and now. Rather than dwelling on the past or throwing ourselves into what might happen, simply live each day as it comes. If at all possible, enjoy a walk in the sunshine, smell the flowers and embrace all the delights of Spring. Another option is preparing our favorite comfort food, perhaps lighting a scented candle or two and having a relaxing meal at home.

This New Moon in Taurus will give us plenty of food for thought as our plans morph out of shape once again. Fixed sign changes can be extremely unsettling to live through and we need to be kind to ourselves and others while we process what has happened. This is a good time to move forward one cautious step at a time, something the strong Taurus vibe can help us understand how to do correctly. For now practice patience and stay safe!

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

Image: New Moon © gimbo60

Full Moon in Libra, April 7, 2020

Balance is restored on this Full Moon at 18° 44′ Libra on 7 April 2020, 07:35 PM PDT. The elements are evenly divided between fire/air and earth/water, quite appropriate for a Libra Full Moon. We still need to be careful though because the closest aspects to the luminaries involve Neptune in Pisces. Neptune is semi-sextile the Aries Sun and inconjunct the Libra Moon, creating a subtle sense of cognitive dissonance. Be careful about making assumptions!

A more upbeat aspect is the close trine between Aries and Libra’s ruling planets. Venus in Gemini is trine Mars in Aquarius, with Saturn in Aquarius anchoring both planets. This is great for taking a look at our one-on-one relationships or partnerships, both business and personal. We gain enough perspective to see where improvements can be made without damaging the relationship.

Mars in Aquarius has another little problem . . . he is closely square Uranus in Taurus. Mars-Uranus aspects sorely test impulse control and people often make sudden, rash moves which can cause accidents. The obvious solution is to deliberately slow down and take time to think things through before leaping into the fire. Those who have personal planets and/or Ascendant from 4° to 6° in the fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius) will feel the greatest pressure.

On a more peaceful note, Mercury is nearing the end of its stay in Pisces (it shifts into Aries on 10-11 April). A flowing sextile to Jupiter and Pluto in Capricorn is perfect for making intuitive leaps and seeing a steady flow of information surfacing from deep within our minds. It is also sextile Pallas in Capricorn, adding the ability to perceive patterns within that information. Be aware once Mercury blasts into fiery Aries, contemplation time will be over and the focus will be very future oriented.

As some may have noticed, I prefer to use small orbs, especially for the outer planets. Nonetheless, it is worth touching on Jupiter and Pluto in Capricorn forming a very wide T-Square with the Aries Sun and Libra Moon. This cardinal T-Square asks us to take action. If we combine Aries ‘can do’ attitude with Libra’s desire for fairness to balance the Jupiter-Pluto in Capricorn’s need for control, it might be possible to find win-win solutions to our existing dilemmas. Just saying.

Since the Full Moon is in Libra, it would be good to honor those qualities Libra loves. Justice and fairness for all with a liberal dose of compromise to make it happen. This is a good time to brush up on our listening skills in order to really hear both sides of the issues presented. Libra also prefers to carefully weigh the information before making an informed decision. Now is definitely not the time to rush to judgment! Take care, stay safe and continue to practice patience and kindness.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

Image: Libra © Yuhon