Libra Full Moon


Libra Full Moon

March 20, 2019

9:42pm EDT

00 Libra 09

Spring arrives 6:59pm EDT then three hours later the Full Moon arrives at less than one half degree of Libra.  The excitement of spring will be felt by us individually (Aries) and our partners (Libra) as soon as the new season launches.

We are, of course, half way through the Pisces lunar twenty-nine day cycle where the emphasis is on letting go, tying up loose ends, healing those things we have no control of including memories and regrets.   For those who are feeling a little “off” and perhaps self -confidence is flagging, the move by the Sun into Aries (starting the first day of spring) and the full moon will lift our mood.   We may not be ready to go full on with a new project or tackle some problem but we will feel like all is not lost and we get some balance for the three-day full moon.

What is interesting is that this year we have a gift –there will be two Libra Full moons!   We are getting two rounds of finding balance and adjustments and checking in with our partners and relationships.   The timing is most auspicious due to fact that  Treasure Maps is sandwiched between both full moons.

On April 5 the Aries New Moon begins the New Lunar Year.  During that time those of us who know the power of that new moon will set aside precious time and make our personal treasure maps.  Treasure Maps are a collage or a vision board of the things we want in our lives and things we want to accomplish during the new year.  A ‘mindful diet’  “Strong health” ‘ Trip to Paris’ “New back porch’ “healthy relationships’ ‘new car’  “new job’  ‘marriage’ it can be anything that speaks to you after the Aries New Moon launches (April 5 4:30am EDT).   We have a few days to make that map and for those of us who have been doing them for a long time (waving my hand– 23 years!) we know that the maps are powerful and will manifest during the year, (some years more than others) but many will experience manifestations by summer.    The two full moons will be bringing us information that will support what we want in our maps and the year and remind us the importance of our relationships and finding balance.  This is a gift indeed!

In the chart of this full moon we have a pronounced Chiron which puts emphasis on personal identity, showing the world who we are, going our own way, finding our inner warrior and showing up for self in a new manner.     Given it is Chiron there is some lesson around independence and doing our own thing that is uncomfortable.   We must fight through the uncomfortable and just do it.  Luckily the Libra full moon reminds us we are never alone.   The work may be ours to do but there are people cheering us on, offering advice and reminding us of our strength.   This full moon could show you that there are people supporting you whom you might not even know –a perfect stranger may give you a little ‘boost’.    Then when we get to the second Libra Full moon we will have the planet Uranus influencing us and that is much different from Chiron. Expect surprises then.

Libra’s ruling planet Venus squares off with Mars on the 3/21 so there could be sparks.  Values that are noble could be at odds with practical actions.   Luckily Libra moon can remind Venus to take a breath and ‘this too will pass’ .    And of course the real reward of this Libra Full moon is the power of finding your balance in the face of anything –that is a gift!

The Balsamic Phase


Balsamic Moon Phase


It started March 2, 7:13 Am EST 


7:13 am EST 


Are you feeling it?   Are you feeling the changes around us?  I know I feel like I am walking on the san andreas fault during a 6.4…..every minute.   
I don’t know if I have ever experienced a Mercury shadow like I have in the last ten days.   It has punched me hard.  I keep telling my husband, “Oh, lordy I’m put on guard to dot every i and cross every t during this upcoming retrograde times 10.”    
This balsamic we will have Mercury turn retrograde and Uranus move into Taurus.   Either one of these events would be enough for a month.  But to have both of them within 24 hours and in the phase of the moon where we arguably are little off guard.   The balsamic is when we let go, we relax, we release and here we get zapped by the two planets of communication.  Mercury is how we talk to each other and Uranus is how we talk to the forces greater than our little human-ess.   Mercury is phone call to a friend Uranus is News Alert to the world and both will be loud. 

Balsamic:   We let go.  By releasing we can prepare for the new.  


Focus on How are you releasing your snobbery? How are you releasing insecurity?  How are you releasing your ‘better than’?  How are your releasing your ‘keeping up with the Joneses’? 




Special Focus:


2/5:  Mercury retrograde  29 Pisces 38  (see separate post)


2/6 Uranus enters Taurus  (see separate post) 


March 6, 2019 11:08am EST  15 Pisces 47  


Uranus Taurus – March 6.



Uranus in Taurus 


March 6, 3:26am EST 


The last day of this lunar 29 cycle, the ruling planet of Aquarius, Uranus will leave Aries and move into Taurus.  


Let’s go over the nitty gritty Uranus details:


Last year Uranus moved into Taurus May 15.  Then in August it retrograded.  It moved backward but still in Taurus until  one last round of Aries on November 6.  It turned direct Jan 6 at 28 Aries 35 and finally on March 6 it moves back into Taurus where it will stay until April 26, 2026. 


We’ve been discussing Uranus’ move into Taurus for many months but again let’s go over the facts all over again.   The only people old enough to remember the last time Uranus was in Taurus are 75 years +given the last time it was in Taurus was between1934-1942.     And the time before that cycle was 1850-1859.  And in the 18thcentury it was between 1767-1775.     If you look at those dates you will note the obvious, that it marked the run up to major wars.   World War II started 1939 ending in 1945.   And although it was not global, the USA civil war that started in 1860 and had worldwide consequences.  And of course the USA revolution was in 1776.   Arguably the changes that took place during the run up of Uranus in Taurus were part and parcel to the wars.    And if you look at the very core of all three wars it is impossible to not over state that issues around ‘owning’ which is THE Taurus word, were critical to the wars.     Owning land.   Owning other humans.   Owning ‘values’.  Owning freedom.     


Taurus is the first earth sign of the zodiac and it is very practical and earth bound.   Let’s all get our head around what is Taurus: money, possessions, properties, land, banking, insurance, stock exchange, farming, gardens, cattle, cereal crops, wheat, apples agriculture, retirements, as you can see a very practical and grounded list.     Taurus can be jealous, inflexible, self indulgent, greedy, possessive and very risk averse.   


The great conundrum for this period is the fact that Taurus has tremendous dislike for anything unpredictable and Uranus is the planet of unpredictability and these two will be doing their strange dance for seven years.   


Uranus speaks to electricity, technology, uniqueness, discovery, innovation and originality along with enlightenment, progressiveness, objectivity, novelty and ingenuity.  Nice, right?  Yes.  But it is also very rebellious (without a reason), reactive, disconnected and can put theory above human condition making it very COLD.   


Looking back on the last cycle we see the ingenuity of Uranus with the birth of Radar (1935) Nylon (1937) Kodachrome color (1935)  and the peoples’ car Volkswagen (1938) but of course we also had the Third Reich,  land and property grabs by various nations and regimes.   And of course the seeds of vile hatred and racism that led to the holocaust.    In the 1850’s the book Uncle Tom’s Cabin was published (1852) the Republican party was born (1854) and the Panama railway (1855) was built connecting the Atlantic to the Pacific.   Visionary? Yes.  Very Uranus.   Also the slave versus free states was a constant drumbeat in the 1850’s ending with the election of Republican Lincoln, which launched the Civil War in 1860.   


If we could go back in time and talk to anyone in the 1930s, 1850’s and 1760’s we would have a lot to say but it is hard to imagine any of us marginalizing Adolf Hitler and his friends.   It would also be nice if we could tell Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin, “Hey before you break away from England, why don’t you get rid of slavery first!”  That would certainly have helped us later in 1860.    


Now the question is where are we repeating our own versions of the 1760s, 1850s and 1930s?  Interestingly there are contemporary scholars who know nothing about astrology who are bringing up all three of those decades and the ties to the current era.   Do a little google search and you will find the parallels.   


Taurus will speak a lot about peace and harmony and to its credit it really does appreciate both, however with Uranus the question is, “Peace at what cost?” 


Issues around the working class is very Taurus and no doubt Uranus will throw his lightening bolt into that direction.  Taurus is one of the most dedicated workers at any job.  But with Uranus the question will be  who has a job?  Who does not? What job is being replaced by a machine or a computer?  And where do we need to be visionary?   In 1935 the WPA (Work Programs Administration)  was launched.   Roads, bridges, schools, hospitals, sidewalks, playgrounds, swimming pools etc were built all over the country.  The funding for WPA was through the federal government but the goal was not just to support new infrastructure (very Taurus) it was also to teach workers new job skills (again, very Taurus).     What group of people would benefit by new job skills?  Where does artisanal work need to be learned or encouraged?    Where do we need new infrastructure?   


We should see issues around money and who has access to it along with other issues of class status and inequities.  In some ways Uranus in Taurus was meant to have this experience in 2018 better than previous centuries if for no other reason, social media now exists.   Can you imagine if selfies around during the 1930s Depression?  Or during slavery?    God knows Benjamin Franklin would have been yammering on his Instagram account.     Uranus the planet of change will be thrilled to use our current technology as it activates those issues around resources and lack of them or lack of access.   And of course, we would be remiss to not discuss the possibility of new currencies and cyber influences on stock markets.   What vulnerabilities exist to our electrical grids?   How is the internet and computers influencing all our resources for good or bad?   Uranus will find any issue and bring it out for us to see.  And as we know, Uranus is not subtle.  


Food issues will certainly come up with Uranus’ trek in Taurus. It is not so much the food on your plate because that actually is ruled by Cancer.  This is more about how food is grown.   How is livestock handled?  How is food processed?    There is a real opportunity for more organic and humane processes but that will not be without some kind noisy event that speaks to current day troubling practices. Uranus will find it and put it out there for all of us to see.   Cheap food is no bargain when it jeopardizes health.    We should all probably be prepared to be disgusted and scared on some level before change takes place. 


And probably 2018 – 2026 will be all about climate change.    It won’t be easy because there are those who have their opinion that it is made up.  But the facts will be the facts and droughts, strange rain patterns, storms, hurricanes etc will roll through.   Uranus will hopefully come up with some important technology and solutions as we tackle to save sea walls, beaches, barrier islands, forests, deserts, fresh water, clean air and everything else that is part of Earth as we know it.  For that we thank god Uranus is in Taurus.  


For those people who are trying to hold onto the status quo without looking inward and asking, “Am I holding on too hard in any place in my life?”  If you know your chart, look to the house that has Taurus and be prepared to let in change.    Taurus when it misbehaves comes up with Plan A and has no ability to go back to scratch and come up with plan B.  Instead it will hold Plan A in its hand until everything is gone except for the two fingers holding the plan.  Let’s find some flexibility and let Uranus work it’s ingenuity and remember,  “I don’t know what I don’t know” that is a place of openness.  We need it with Uranus.  


Mercury Retrograde

Mercury Retrograde
March 5
1:18pm EST
29 Pisces 38

Mercury’s journey dates:
Feb 19 shadow begins 16  Pisces 6
March 5 station retrograde 29 Pisces 36
March 28 station direct 16 Pisces 6
April 16 shadow ends 29 Pisces 36

Every year Mercury goes into Pisces and things get fuzzy.    It is as if our brains are driving in a rainstorm with broken windshield wipers.   Things get muddy and unclear.  Our thinking gets muted.   And that’s just a normal three weeks of Mercury in Pisces.  Now we have a retrograde which is rife with miscommunication, sloppiness, forgetfulness misunderstandings and just plane old mistakes –in the sign of fuzzy Pisces!   So, what are we supposed to do when confusion joins confusion and takes our brains hostage?
Take a deep breath.
Slow down.
Then…… you gotta go into the muted fuzzy stuff.   Fears will be up.  Confusion will be up.  Insecurities will be up.   Crazy will be up.   In the journey of a hero this is the darkest night of the soul –this is 29 degrees of  Pisces.  The final degree of the zodiac.   It is the metaphorical final day of winter and even though we can feel spring — our brains are trudging backwards for more winter.  We are going back for therapy, faith and maybe some karma.

There is a mess up.  Or something breaks.   Or someone will say or do something that rattles our cage.  Why are we shaken?  Are we believing something stupid or is it real?  And if it is real do we need to clean up something whether it is a pattern or habit or some wreckage from our past?    What does our soul say?  Where is our spiritual motor?   Mercury retrograde in Pisces is a time when we can find faith.   Perhaps we have been phoning in our spiritual awareness for awhile and now when we get pushed and pulled by crazy just enough that we feel compelled to get quiet and ponder if there is something bigger out there guiding us.   Maybe we pray.  During Mercury retrograde in Pisces we benefit by going inside and finding our radar.   How can our intuition be tapped?  Do you even remember how to access your intuition or inner compass?   This is the power of Pisces which lives in dream time, mystical, creative and spiritual.    Take the opportunity to relish this period of greater connection to Spirit and finding the areas of our life that need a little introspection.    A little prayer can go a long way.

The shadow period started Feb 19.  Have you had hints that there is a retrograde on its way?   Yeah, I know what you mean.  Total pain in the butt.  The retrograde starts on March 5.  And we’ll all be there on the other side of the retrograde March 28.    We may be a bit humbler but that’s okay our brains will be ready for spring by then!

Virgo Full Moon February 19


February 19
0 Virgo 42
10:53am EST

As always it is important to look at the landscape surrounding any full moon and Tuesday’s Virgo Full Moon is remarkable terrain.

The day before the full moon, Chiron wraps up its time in reflective Pisces and moves into firestorm Aries.    For many people our warrior has been either asleep or ignored but now as we begin this new seven year journey we will find things stirring inside us.   Weapons will be picked up, eyesight will sharpen, boots will begin marching as we slay dragons, perhaps patterns of victimhood, addictions, sloppiness and karma debts.  Both personal and public dragons will be put on notice that there is a new warrior among us.  And it is in the mirror.   This is not a fast transition since Chiron won’t wrap up this journey until 2026 but we may find the fiery energy arrive soon after Feb 18 and our psyche will whisper, “You know that thing that has been bothering me for a long time that has felt bigger than me, yeah, I’m over it and I am starting to tackle it now.”

Then on the other side of the Full Moon we have Uranus move into Taurus on March 6.   This too is another cycle that lasts for seven years.  Chiron in Aries fires us up to find our self and protect self with warrior actions.  It is not a passive cycle.  Uranus in Taurus will support creativity and ingenuity in practical ways. New avenues of solid actions will either open up or our inner warrior will fight to find that opportunity.    Both speak to new beginnings and in between these jumping off points is this Virgo Full Moon. It is auspicious timing.

Virgo Moon opposing Sun in Pisces speaks to balancing daily reality versus faith and the great unknown.  Virgo asks us to build our daily calendars filled with every thing we must do and want to do to take care of our lives and when we go to bed every night we get quiet and our dreams speak to us and of course we assume we will wake up but that is an unknown and we must rely on trust, and that is Pisces.    What needs our practical focus? Where do we need trust?  Both questions are important during the three- day full moon phase.

On this full moon chart, the Sun sextile Mars & Uranus while the Moon trines Mars & Uranus.   The full moon could activate subtle sparks that excite something new in us that affects our schedule.   We plan to do one thing and find ourselves doing something completely different.  The unplanned item that arrives may be important for that warrior that is slowly waking up or perhaps it will make sense after March 6 when we go out into the world looking for new ways to get our practical on.

Venus conjunct Saturn on the chart asks that practical love, money and values that make sense be on our daily to do list.   We seek a new level of sobriety.   Mercury conjunct Neptune is the one wild card in the chart.   Neptune is fuzzy and vague and uses intuition to inform. Mercury which rules our brain likes communication that is easy to digest in simple bites.  Being fuzzy is tricky to Mercury.   The solution is to be adaptable with our thinking and check in with our gut to make sure we are not wasting time.   Perhaps the illumination of this three day full moon will support us in some way to not waste our energy, resources and time  by going down dead ends for the next seven years.    See how this full moon pushes on your to clean up those kinds of bad habits.

I’ll be doing it, too!

This Week.


This Astrological Week 


The weekend is fiery with the Moon in Aries putting the emphasis on go, go, going.  Crescent lunar phases has us learning and receiving information that speaks to our independence.  On Sunday, Mercury enters Pisces slowing down mental energy from exciting quick ideas to reflective and meditative ponderings.     On the 12th  Mars will conjunct Uranus in super late Aries.    A burst of independence combined with willfulness and perhaps anger will be around us, in us and in the news.  What we do with this energy is up to us.  On the 14thangry warrior Mars moves into creature comfort loving Taurus –Happy Valentines Day.  


Crescent Moon Phase


Feb 8, 2019 7:26pm EST 


Focus on: What information are you learning about your need for independence?  What are you learning about breaking out and self motivation? What are you learning about your fiery nature? 


Special Focus


2/10: Mercury enter Pisces 


First Quarter Moon 


February 12 5:26 pm  EST 


Focus on: What actions can you take that build something up? What actions can you take that strengthen your money and possessions?  What actions can you take that support your property?  What actions can you take that are super duper practical?  


Special Focus:


2/12: Mars conjunct Uranus. Bumpiness.  Rough rides. The earth quakes.   Fighting for the sake of fighting.  


2/14: Mars enters Taurus


Leo Full Moon January 20/21 & Eclipse. It’s big.



Full Moon

January 21, 2019

12:15am EST

Astronomical facts about tonight’s full moon (Jan 20 -21st):

1.   It is the second out of five eclipses in 2019

2.   It is the last TOTAL lunar eclipse until 2021

3.   It is the first of three super moons which means the moon is at perigee closest to the earth and will appear bigger

4.   It is a blood moon and will appear the color of rust (due to atmosphere)

5.   It is the Wolf Moon (Native American lore)

Astrological facts about tonight’s full moon

1.   It is at 0-1 degree of Leo/Aquarius (sun)

2.   The last time we had eclipse at this degree was January 2000

3.   Uranus squares the eclipse

4.   Mercury conjunct North Node

5.   Venus conjunct Jupiter

6.   Mars Square Saturn

That’s a lot of action for one Full Moon.    The astronomy suggests it will be a beautiful eclipse and it will be seen in its full totality in Western Hemisphere.   If your sky is not a complete cloud cover I suggest it will be worth the wait to got out and watch the eclipse at 12:15am EST, 11:15 pm CST, 10:15 pm MST, 9:15pm PST.

The astrology of the full moon suggests you are starting to feel the build.  Leo is big, dramatic, theatrical, passionate, loyal and brave but the root of all that powerful energy is LOVE.   Leo rules the heart physically and emotionally.  Without the heart we could not get up in the morning.  This three day full moon phase suggest we will have a moment (or moments) where we will be taken down to the studs and ask – what is my heart telling me to do?  What is the truth?  Where do I need to be brave?  It will be a real and deep moment.

The square with Uranus suggests shake ups.  Perhaps something will come in from out of the blue that puts us off kilter.   The answer is to go back to your heart to find your path out.  It is a brave moon for sure.  If you want to remain small and hide in the crowd you are missing the value and importance of the moon.    And I say with all gentleness, “That’s on you, my friend. You know you can do better.”

This week Mars is a chisel and Saturn is rock.   Where we are stuck or frozen Mars will be drilling.   Perhaps it is someone in our life trying to get us to breakdown.  For some the response will be to push back and activated bravery.  Some of us will actually let the breakdown occur and activate bravery as we go into new territory. .   The heart will always know when we are letting fear dictate and not love.   Including self love.

Juicing the energy is Venus and Jupiter who magnify the power of love and push us deep into our value system  And then there is Mercury on the Nodes who brings in our brain.   We can’t talk or think ourselves out of bravery.    Under the tension of the full moon we may find our heart & brain telling us it is time to “put up or shut up”   again activating our bravery.

There is call back to last July 27th  longest lunar eclipse in the 21stcentury at 4 degrees Aquarius/Leo and this one is at 0-1 Leo/Aquarius.   See if anything comes up that touches on the same themes from last summer.  And going back even further the last time we had a eclipse at this 0-1 degree Leo/Aquarius was January 21, 2000.  What was going then for you?  Is any of that resurfacing now ?

It is not easy being brave. But inside everyone is the potential hero.  And we don’t do it for applause or awards we activate our bravery so that we can look at our selves in the mirror.

Watch what comes up and be brave.  Not for the world but for you.   Have a good Full Moon, Heroes & Heroines.