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Astrology Update, March 31st, 2017: Curious Gardens

Today started with the Moon void-of-course in Taurus for many hours, so this was not a morning for rushing out of the gate or embarking on any bold new initiatives.  Not that such a course was likely with the Moon in slow and steady Taurus – chances are that we were more inclined to roll over and stay in bed for a while longer than usual.  Since the early morning hours also saw the Moon sextiling Chiron in Pisces, we may have found ourselves in a more dreamy state anyway, nursing old wounds and finding ways to comfort ourselves and work through our sensitivities without a whole lot of physical movement.  Chances are that more than a few of us hit the snooze button a couple extra times in the process.

Late this morning the Moon entered Gemini, turning our patient and practical Taurean instincts into something much more quick-moving and much less patient.  Curious, inventive Gemini sets our instincts and emotions on a faster track, eager to see and do and explore and learn, skimming the surfaces of all of the shiny things like a dragonfly.  This is a mental sign, ruled by Mercury, so we’re not so interested in being emotive; though we are much more likely to talk about our emotions with the Moon in this placement, chances are that we do so from the standpoint of theory rather than practice.  This is not a time for expecting ourselves to feel deeply or have long heartfelt talks, but rather a time for flirting, testing, tasting, seeing what gets us where.  This is a time for quick assessment of things we might like to revisit later.  It’s a time for networking, communicating, and experimenting, and those of us working in sales, media, entertainment, or in scientific fields are likely to benefit.

Toward mid-day Mercury entered Taurus, so the even as our emotions and instincts are speeding up with Gemini, the ruler of that sign is slowing down and becoming more earthy, grounded, and practical.  This makes for an interesting balancing effect, keeping the Moon and our emotions from getting dosed with too much flightiness as our thoughts are steadying themselves after all of the action-orientation that Mercury had in Aries.  The ideas that we wanted to go racing after in Aries now have the perseverance of Taurus to keep them going, and the practical capacity for manifestation in the real world.  Our thoughts and communication now are oriented toward what is real, what we can see and touch.  Because Taurus is ruled by Venus, we are also likely to be most concerned with what we value, as well as what and whom we have affection for and take pleasure in.  While our emotions are becoming more light-hearted and desiring fun, our thoughts are becoming more serious, though also more inclined toward hedonism.  Taurus is deeply concerned with material pleasures and comforts, so chances are that we will be thinking and communicating more about what will gain us those pleasures and comforts, but then we will want to get a chance to enjoy them, especially with the Moon in Gemini egging us on to try things out!  This is not a time for self-denial, unless it’s in the name of something we want far more than some temporary pleasure, or that pleasure requires too much movement and effort to get to it.  Though our emotions are highly changeable under Gemini, our thoughts under Taurus are not, and we may get into some mental ruts during this time.  However, we are also likely to have a highly developed aesthetic sense now, appreciating art and beauty more during this time.

In keeping with the connection between the Moon in Gemini and Mercury in Taurus, soon after Mercury entered Taurus the Moon in Gemini sextiled Taurus’ ruler Venus retrograde in Aries, and the fire of our affections got refueled by the airy fun of Gemini.  Venus retrograde may be reconsidering how we connect with others now, but with the support of communicative and responsive Gemini we may have seen some flirtatious back-and-forth early this afternoon, particularly via text or Snapchat, since Gemini favors communication via technology, especially in the pursuit of romance.  Venus’ warmth has coloured our emotions this afternoon as well, giving a more kindly and pleasurable feeling to our day.

This afternoon the Moon in Gemini squares the North Node in Virgo, challenging the process of our souls’ perfection through our chatty and curious instincts.  Both Gemini and Virgo are mutable signs, flexible and adaptable, and both are ruled by Mercury, so on an intellectual level at least these two get along.  But Gemini is an air sign, with ideas that move and change and are dropped just as easily as they are picked up, whereas Virgo is earthy, practical, concerned with the details that lead to growth, and far more patient than Gemini, but also far more critical.  Gemini operates more in the realm of fantastic possibility, whereas Virgo operates more in the realm of realistic probability.  On the plus side, the North Node tends to respond better to challenges than planets and luminaries do, as challenges promote growth and the North Node is all about growth, especially in Virgo.  This afternoon and evening then are a time for learning how to navigate this space between possibility and probability, fun exploration and instructive process, in pursuit of our souls’ path and our purpose in this life.

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All aspect times used in creating this post are calculated for Pacific Standard Time.  I tend to speak in broad terms when I reference time on this blog, referring to time-frames like “morning” or “afternoon” rather than specific times, since I still have a lot of friends on the East Coast who read these posts and I’d like them to be pertinent to those friends as well as folks here on the West Coast.  Readers from further abroad will need to adjust time-frames accordingly.

Please keep in mind that we all have different responses to the aspects of the day because we all have different natal and progressed charts with which these aspects interact.  If you would like to know more about your own natal and progressed charts in order to better understand how the aspects of the day will affect you, please take a look at my astrological services, and let’s get started on helping you to understand your life better!  The threads of fate can only be adjusted when we start from a place of deep self-knowing.

Astrology Update, March 30th, 2017: Faith and Power

This morning started with a lovely sextile from the Moon in Taurus to Neptune in Pisces, giving our instincts and emotions the benefit of Neptune’s fantasy glow while still staying firmly rooted in the practicality of Taurus.  This influence helped us to feel stable but sympathetic, compassionate yet nobody’s fool, and gave us the benefit of a more universal vision while still allowing us to give equal attention to our personal concerns in the material plane.  This was a great influence for creativity and intuition, and a good foot to start off on before facing the challenges the sky has for us as the day progresses.

Later this morning the Moon in Taurus conjuncted Mars in Taurus, and that may have led to more aggressive feelings and potential frustrations.  Mars in Taurus has practical ambitions and power-house drive, but the Moon is about seasons, cycles, and fluctuations.  Though Mars is likely to be more patient in the sign of Taurus than elsewhere, still Mars wants what Mars wants, and waiting on moods isn’t Mars’ preferred agenda.  The Moon is instinctive and emotional, and being inherently watery is likely to soak up whatever sauce the planet it conjuncts has been stewing in.  Given Taurus’ sensory predilections and material ambitions, that makes us likely to have spent this morning feeling driven in relation to obtaining material comforts, but also more inclined to break diets and indulge our creature comforts, and less inclined to move overall unless that movement was required to obtain something we really wanted.

Toward mid-day the pressure that has been building for the past few days finally hits its peak with the exact square between Jupiter in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn.  This influence will continue to linger for days after this, but now is when its intensity is highest.  Jupiter’s transit through Libra has had us experiencing a greater awareness of our relationships and our desire for social harmony, as well as our faith and our luck in these areas, which we have been reassessing during Jupiter’s current retrograde.  Pluto’s transit through Capricorn has brought to light the hidden workings of power in our social hierarchies and our livelihoods, and how governments, corporations, and other institutions seek to maintain control in the face of deeply transformative forces at work on a grand scale.  These two are now clashing, testing our faith and optimism in relation to the survival of our social structures and our ability to persevere under the aegis of the current powers-that-be.  Both our personal relationships and our social relationships are likely to be tested in the process, as well as our own capacity for weathering the changes in our lives.  Many of us have been undergoing deep transformations during the Pluto transit through Capricorn in relation to the institutions in our lives thanks to the series of squares between Pluto and Uranus between 2012 and 2016, and then we have experienced our relationships and faith in society being tested by the ongoing series of oppositions between Jupiter and Uranus heightening our awareness of how those relationships and society come up against our own personal needs for freedom and self-actualization.

Today’s square combines lessons from both of those periods, magnifying the conflict between our shared visions of a peaceful society and beneficial partnerships versus institutional power and hidden forces grasping for control of our lives.  On the personal level, we may find ourselves struggling with power in the big, impersonal realms of our lives – governments, hospitals, law enforcement, and organized crime all are emphasized under this influence.  Pluto governs the inevitabilities of death and taxes, as well as transformational forces like life-threatening illness.  Jupiter magnifies whatever he touches, making our encounters with these forces seem larger-than-life and with potentially far-reaching consequences.  Particularly for those of us with Sun, Moon, or personal planets in the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn), we can feel like we are caught between a rock and a hard place now, having our very identities ground away by forces beyond our control.  Because these are slow-moving generational planets, we will continue to feel the effects of this square over the next couple of weeks, with the impact on our lives likely to be felt for much longer.  Pluto governs the kind of change that remakes us from the ground up.  This transit can reveal secrets with the impact to shake both our relationships and our society to their very foundations.  There are no quick and easy solutions for coping with this environment, and since Jupiter is involved our ability to be optimistic is deeply challenged by this – for many of us this transit marks a “Dark Night of the Soul” that shakes our faith to its very core.  The one silver lining in all of this is that those of us who make it through this transit intact (on top of all of the related transits previously mentioned) may emerge with an unmatched understanding of the workings of both power and faith, having found a way to integrate the two in the midst of great tumult.

This evening the Moon gives us an emotional lifeline for navigating our experiences during this Jupiter/Pluto square, as the Moon in Taurus trines Pluto in Capricorn, adding power to our emotions while Taurus’ steadying influence helps us to navigate the ongoing process of structural transformation.  We may feel the need to stick to our own goals during this time more strongly as a result, gaining a renewed sense of determination despite whatever power struggles we are experiencing.  We may fall back on our material comforts at this time, or our creativity and our ability to appreciate art and beauty may become the grounding forces that help us to keep our heads up and our sense of purpose clear.  Though we are undergoing some trying times, still this is a beautiful planet with much to remind us of why life is worth living, and the Moon/Pluto trine may well give us both that reminder and the fortitude to persevere.

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Or, if you’re not into the monthly pledge thing but still want to show some support and get some art in the process, please visit my RedBubble page, where a selection of my digital art and my divinatory drawings are available printed on everything from clothing to notebooks to cellphone cases, as well as art prints.  My Etsy shop is also a good place to visit for both printed art and wearables, as well as my hand-crafted herbal dream pillows.  Every sale helps me to continue what I do here, and I deeply appreciate the support!

All aspect times used in creating this post are calculated for Pacific Standard Time.  I tend to speak in broad terms when I reference time on this blog, referring to time-frames like “morning” or “afternoon” rather than specific times, since I still have a lot of friends on the East Coast who read these posts and I’d like them to be pertinent to those friends as well as folks here on the West Coast.  Readers from further abroad will need to adjust time-frames accordingly.

Please keep in mind that we all have different responses to the aspects of the day because we all have different natal and progressed charts with which these aspects interact.  If you would like to know more about your own natal and progressed charts in order to better understand how the aspects of the day will affect you, please take a look at my astrological services, and let’s get started on helping you to understand your life better!  The threads of fate can only be adjusted when we start from a place of deep self-knowing.

Astrology Update, March 29th, 2017: Bright and Growing

This morning the Moon in Aries kicked off the day with a conjunction to Mercury in Aries, followed shortly by a trine to Saturn in Sagittarius, starting our morning with our thoughts and feelings both identifying with each other, merging together in pursuit of the fresh and exciting, yet having steady discipline and patience tempering what we feel thanks to Saturn.  Aries is bold and adventurous and action oriented, so we may have found ourselves extra lively and alert this morning even if we aren’t normally so at that hour, with minds and feelings both bright and active, but Saturn’s sense of timing kept us from being too impulsive and though the Moon in combination with Saturn tends to increase seriousness, the flow and ease of the trine aspect kept Saturn’s influence from becoming too heavy.  Since the Moon turned void-of-course with the trine to Saturn, we were best off sticking to routine for a few more hours and not getting too caught up in pursuit of the new while the morning was still young.

A few hours later the Moon entered Taurus, giving some grounding to our feelings that have been all fired up and impetuous for the past few days.  Taurus is deeply practical and concerned with matters in the material world, preferring creature comforts to the heroic desires of Aries, and slows the pace of our feelings and instincts to something more steady and stable.  Taurus is ruled by Venus, so our instincts now are to seek out that which we find comfortable and pleasurable.  Diets tend to be more difficult to maintain under a Taurus Moon, as this sign is notoriously fond of its food, and exercise routines may suffer as well.  The best way to counter that tendency is to make both diets and exercise as pleasurable as possible, and as close to habit as possible, as Taurus tends to be change-averse.  Taurus likes structure and routine, and is good at giving us the persistence to stick to something, especially when that something leads to greater structure!  Taurus wants things to be stable and secure, especially when it comes to financial matters, so a Taurean Moon is a great time to tend to such things.  This is the time when our instincts are best utilized for getting the bills paid, making our homes more comfortable, and beautifying our environments, as Taurus’ ruler Venus gives this sign a high appreciation for art.  This is a great time for making things, whether artistic or not, especially building and repairing things about the home.

Toward midday Mercury in Aries trines Saturn in Sagittarius, carrying forward the energy and liveliness of this morning’s Moon/Mercury conjunction and Moon/Saturn trine with the benefit of the more stable Taurean Moon.  Our thoughts may turn serious but not negatively so – this is the kind of seriousness that encourages self-discipline and mindfulness of how to work through challenges and around obstacles to get what we want.  Mercury in this aspect retains the Aries drive to achieve but gains the perspective of Saturn showing us what limitations and restrictions we need to overcome, while Saturn gains the benefit of Aries brightness and optimism keeping our understanding of our limitations from weighing us down or depressing us.  Mercury in Aries can also help us bring new ideas to bear on our old beliefs, helping us to get out of some of the spiritual and philosophical ruts that Saturn has been expressing during his transit of Sagittarius.  Now we have boldness of thought and insight into what needs to be done to improve our mental landscape and our lives along with it, and the seriousness to attend to it, and at the same time a measure of excitement to lift us up in the process of dealing with otherwise sobering matters.  In combination with the Taurus Moon, this is the perfect time to work on solving “real world” problems that are fed by belief patterns, tackling issues that even a day ago would have seemed too big or too difficult.  And since this is a planetary aspect we can expect this influence to extend into tomorrow, giving us a boost of ambition and zeal to make things happen.

This afternoon we get an additional bit of celestial help in making practical progress through the Moon in Taurus trining the North Node in Virgo, giving our materially-oriented instincts the help of the North Node’s drive to tend to the details that matter most to our souls.  In many “spiritual” circles, there has all too often been a tendency to divide the spiritual and the practical, but with the North Node in earthy Virgo we have been experiencing the necessity of understanding that our souls are in a material world, and fulfilling our souls’ purposes here requires mindfulness of the material in combination with the spiritual.  Today’s Moon/North Node trine gives us a boost in tending to the material matters that can affect our souls’ journey, and in combination with the Mercury/Saturn trine, this afternoon has the potential to enhance our understanding of and working through both spiritual and material matters simultaneously.  Gardens can benefit especially from this influence, as well as health concerns, and this is a great time to exercise our creative capabilities.  Sometimes the cosmic cycles give us something lovely to work with, and this afternoon is just such a time to enjoy.

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If you enjoyed this post, please consider becoming one of my supporters on Patreon, where I will be posting the digital art that accompanies today’s analysis a little later in the day, along with some background on its creation.  Not only will you get an inside look into my divinatory art, but you will also help keep this blog alive and me writing and creating art daily.  I am incredibly grateful for my supporters!

Or, if you’re not into the monthly pledge thing but still want to show some support and get some art in the process, please visit my RedBubble page, where a selection of my digital art and my divinatory drawings are available printed on everything from clothing to notebooks to cellphone cases, as well as art prints.  My Etsy shop is also a good place to visit for both printed art and wearables, as well as my hand-crafted herbal dream pillows.  Every sale helps me to continue what I do here, and I deeply appreciate the support!

All aspect times used in creating this post are calculated for Pacific Standard Time.  I tend to speak in broad terms when I reference time on this blog, referring to time-frames like “morning” or “afternoon” rather than specific times, since I still have a lot of friends on the East Coast who read these posts and I’d like them to be pertinent to those friends as well as folks here on the West Coast.  Readers from further abroad will need to adjust time-frames accordingly.

Please keep in mind that we all have different responses to the aspects of the day because we all have different natal and progressed charts with which these aspects interact.  If you would like to know more about your own natal and progressed charts in order to better understand how the aspects of the day will affect you, please take a look at my astrological services, and let’s get started on helping you to understand your life better!  The threads of fate can only be adjusted when we start from a place of deep self-knowing.

Astrology Update, March 28th, 2017: Impersonal Forces Up Close

As mentioned in relation to last night’s New Moon in Aries, Jupiter in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn are moving into an exact square at the end of this month, and we are already feeling its effects, which are highlighted today in a series of aspects with the Moon.  

On the national and international stages we have been seeing Pluto transiting the sign he was in at the time of the United States’ founding as a nation, in what is known as a Pluto return, the first return that he has made for this country.  Since Pluto deals with power and institutions, as well as buried secrets, we are now being brought face-to-face with the hidden things this country was founded on, the inequality of women, the exploitation of slaves and immigrants, the genocide of Native Americans.  Pluto is slow-moving, and we still have a few more years before the return becomes exact, but both as a country and as individuals we are already feeling the intensity of this return, and it is being exacerbated by the transits of first Uranus and now Jupiter in hard square aspects to Pluto, moving in and out of a loose T-square formation over the past year.  Uranus and Pluto formed a series of exact squares seven times between 2012 & 2016, bringing the disruptive force of Uranian rebellion to bear upon the power structures represented by Pluto, and then this winter Uranus and Jupiter have moved in and out and back into opposition, pitting the need for individual freedom against the social order and desire for interpersonal peace and harmony.  Jupiter and Uranus are now moving out of that opposition, though they’ll return to it once again in September, and now it’s time for Jupiter and Pluto to have a go at it again, having previously squared off last spring and summer.

Jupiter deals with our faith and optimism, our sense of good fortune, our luck, and he magnifies whatever he touches, making the matters of the sign he is transiting seem larger-than-life.  In Libra, Jupiter is deeply concerned with social order and harmony, and with relationships, especially partnership.  Jupiter is also an authority figure, the king of the gods, ruler in both an earthly sense and a heavenly one.  Squaring off against Pluto brings the secrets of authority figures to light, reveals the flaws and power struggles of our leaders, and pits wealth and power against benevolent authority.  Judicial authority comes into question under this influence, as does the efforts of corporations to buy their way into governmental power.  And on a personal level, we may experience shake-ups in our fortunes, our finances, our faith, and our relationships, all connected to intense power struggles, whether or not we are directly taking part in them.  Feelings of helplessness may be magnified now, or we may find ourselves obsessively determined to hold onto even the slightest sliver of control, only to discover that sense of control is in fact an illusion.  On a spiritual level, we may find ourselves undergoing a “Dark Night of the Soul,” struggling to maintain any faith in the face of overwhelming odds that are reshaping our lives in patterns we don’t recognize and don’t know how to counter on our own, while all that we have previously put our faith in seems engaged in its own battles, and ill-equipped to assist us with ours.

This is the dynamic that our lunar unconscious is tapping into today.  Late this afternoon the Moon in Aries first squares Pluto in Capricorn and then about 20 minutes later opposes Jupiter in Libra, bringing this generational drama alive on a personal level.  Our emotions and instincts first are challenged by forces of change beyond our control, operating on a practical level that affects our goals and potentially affects our careers and reputations as well, yet may also hit us on even deeper levels.  Pluto isn’t simply about change but more importantly about deep transformation, the kind that can goes hand-in-hand with life-threatening illness or even death.  Even when our physical lives are not affected, our souls undoubtedly are, as Pluto is never mild in action, demanding that we confront our deepest and most frightening secrets.  With the Moon bringing Plutonian intensity into our emotions and instinctive reactions, we may find ourselves driven by fears and issues of control, or engaging in compulsive behaviors that we are hard-pressed to explain even to ourselves.  The Moon in Aries is hard-headed and impulsive and wants us to do things our own way, but up against Pluto in Capricorn is likely to find us thwarted by bureaucratic forces beyond our control, the powers-that-be meddling and making a mess of things in ways that we are not only ill-equipped to resist but unusually upset by.  Our emotions this afternoon are likely to range from frustration to anger to depression, but whatever we feel it is likely to be intense.

With the Moon opposes Jupiter shortly after Pluto, we may feel resistant to all efforts to engage peaceably with others, especially in relation to whatever obstacles or forced changes Pluto is making us endure.  We may feel outright hostile, immediately rushing into the fray even when fighting is not necessary or is in fact counter-productive.  On the flip side we could find ourselves so longing for peace and tranquility that we immediately allow ourselves to become doormats, capitulating to whatever demands are made of us in the hope that whatever giant, scary forces are bearing down on us will finally leave us alone.  The intensity of our feelings in the throes of the Moon/Pluto square is amplified by the Moon/Jupiter opposition, and since all of this is operating on the unconscious level and triggered by the big forces in our lives that we may feel we have little control over, we most likely won’t have a lot of applicable tools with which to face these influences.  On the plus side, though the aspects between the transcendental planets that are being emphasized by this lunar transit will be in effect for a while, the immediate effect on our emotions and instinctive reactions is blessedly temporary.  We should also recognize that the feelings we experience as a result can give us clues to understanding this dynamic at work in the world at large, and that understanding is going to be necessary as we grapple with these forces in the long run.

Late tonight the Moon in Aries conjuncts Uranus, reviving the revolutionary fervor that has been an undercurrent in all of this clashing between great impersonal forces.  Our moods tonight become highly changeable, even agitated, and we long for the new and unusual to break the grip of the old and power-obsessed.  When the Moon is in hard aspect to Uranus, we should be mindful of the potential for technological breakdowns and short circuits, but there is also the potential for breakthroughs and increased inventiveness.  Our intuitions are highly attuned during this time, and our interest in and concern for the future is heightened.  And because this all is happening in Aries, our fighting spirit is likely to be revived, at least briefly, though Uranian electricity make find our energy fizzling out quickly after getting emotionally amped up so high.  Nonetheless, insomnia is a strong potential under this aspect, as we may find our hearts racing in the aftermath of facing three of the big powers of the solar system in short succession.  Our dreams tonight may be unusual, if we get to sleep at all.

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If you enjoyed this post, please consider becoming one of my supporters on Patreon, where I will be posting the digital art that accompanies today’s analysis a little later in the day, along with some background on its creation.  Not only will you get an inside look into my divinatory art, but you will also help keep this blog alive and me writing and creating art daily.  I am incredibly grateful for my supporters!

Or, if you’re not into the monthly pledge thing but still want to show some support and get some art in the process, please visit my RedBubble page, where a selection of my digital art and my divinatory drawings are available printed on everything from clothing to notebooks to cellphone cases, as well as art prints.  My Etsy shop is also a good place to visit for both printed art and wearables, as well as my hand-crafted herbal dream pillows.  Every sale helps me to continue what I do here, and I deeply appreciate the support!

All aspect times used in creating this post are calculated for Pacific Standard Time.  I tend to speak in broad terms when I reference time on this blog, referring to time-frames like “morning” or “afternoon” rather than specific times, since I still have a lot of friends on the East Coast who read these posts and I’d like them to be pertinent to those friends as well as folks here on the West Coast.  Readers from further abroad will need to adjust time-frames accordingly.

Please keep in mind that we all have different responses to the aspects of the day because we all have different natal and progressed charts with which these aspects interact.  If you would like to know more about your own natal and progressed charts in order to better understand how the aspects of the day will affect you, please take a look at my astrological services, and let’s get started on helping you to understand your life better!  The threads of fate can only be adjusted when we start from a place of deep self-knowing.

Astrology Update, March 27th, 2017: New Moon in Aries

This morning started off early with the Moon in Pisces squaring Saturn in Sagittarius and turning void-of-course, which can make for a dreary and frustrating way to start the day, not to mention a stereotypical Monday morning.  The Moon in hard aspect to Saturn tends to dredge up our fears and insecurities, leading to depression and even despair, or at the very least a sort of numbing sense of restriction.  Combined with the aimlessness of the void-of-course period, this made for a morning where the best course of action was sticking to our routines and not getting caught up in any bold new plans until the morning had progressed a few more hours.

Thankfully, later this morning the Moon entered Aries, giving our emotions and instincts a fresh new start, as Aries is energetic and action-oriented.  Our instincts during this lunar transit are brave and excited about life, interested in exploring new possibilities and treating life as one big adventure.  Though our tempers are a little shorter under an Aries Moon, so are our attention spans, so we aren’t likely to stay mad for long.  We’re also likely to be more straightforward during this time, more impatient and wanting to cut to the chase.  While we aren’t likely to lose all of the altruism fostered under the Pisces Moon, still we are more self-concerned and self-motivated now, seeking to make our mark on the world.  Personal ambitions are highlighted now, as is self-image.  Since Aries is ruled by Mars, physical activity is of greater interest as well – this is a good time to get out and enjoy the spring weather!

Speaking of Mars, the red planet is a player in one of the big astrological events of the day, with Mars in Taurus sextiling Neptune in Pisces.  This puts our energy and drive that is currently operating on practical, material levels in a harmonious relationship with our hopes, dreams, ideals, and spiritual outlook.  This is a time for acting from a place of compassion without losing sight of our own self-interest, and being able to see the bigger picture even while we are engaged in very mundane and physical activities.  This is also a good time for enjoying sensory experience, and for relationships that are both sexual and spiritual, erotic and romantic.  Those of us engaged in esoteric studies are more likely to make good progress now, and those with more pragmatic outlooks may find the view improved by an unexpectedly rosy tint to the day.

To add to that rosiness, the Moon in Aries conjuncts Venus retrograde in Aries this afternoon.  Though Venus retrograde is less certain in her lust for life than when she is direct, still she is active and engaging, warm and affectionate, instinctively desiring companionship but still nobody’s pushover, and our emotions are now following her lead.  This is a time of new crushes and lively flirtation, and perhaps a bit more aggressive pursuit of who and what we desire.  If we’ve been hesitant before about such pursuit, now may be the time that we finally work up the guts to go for it, especially with the Mars/Neptune sextile adding both romantic and practical fuel to our fire.

Later this afternoon the Moon in Aries trines Black Moon Lilith in Sagittarius, encouraging us to just surrender to the experiences of the day, though since this trine is in fiery signs, that surrender isn’t likely to be passive!  Rather, we may find ourselves happily swept along in a rush of fiery action, spirited and fervent and maybe a little breathless.  Black Moon Lilith and the Moon both operate on the unconscious level, so we may not even be aware of this dynamic, only later realizing that we’ve been riding a flame wave that may well have burned through more than a few inhibitions.  Black Moon Lilith is not a tame force by any stretch of the imagination, and following on the heels of the Moon/Venus conjunction and the Mars/Neptune sextile amplifies the erotic charge running through the air this afternoon and into the evening.  If indeed we did take advantage of the impetus from that Moon/Venus conjunction in pursuit of our desires, this Moon trine Black Moon Lilith may take the reins off unexpectedly.  Careful what you wish for…

Tonight’s New Moon in Aries plays out against this backdrop, along with the slowly tightening Jupiter/Pluto square that is currently under less than 1 degree of exactitude and will be exact by the end of this month.  The New Moon is a time for setting intentions to be grown through the lunar cycle, reaching fullness at the Full Moon and then being disseminated into the world as the Moon wanes.  At the New Moon the Moon conjuncts the Sun in the sky, no longer reflecting the Sun’s light but instead bringing unconsciousness and consciousness to work together, with our conscious intentions incubating in the darkness of the unconscious.  Against the backdrop noted above, the drive of both Moon and Sun in fiery Aries is great initiatory power, good for intentions regarding start-ups and bold new changes in our lives, but there is the potential for things to go a little wild in the process.  The encroaching power of the Jupiter/Pluto square reminds us that whatever we are planning is likely to have to contend with the ongoing conflict in our society between the desire for social harmony and the consolidation of power by wealthy and often hidden forces.  Faith and optimism versus greed and corruption.  Socio-political chickens coming home to roost.  No matter how personal our goals now, they are likely to become political, as the American Dream of shaping one’s own destiny is revealed to have been built on a legacy of oppression and lies, and the fable of democracy here drags down others with it abroad.

In addition, Venus retrograde’s reassessment of interpersonal interactions is happening in a sign that is impulsive and not always mindful of consequences, while the Jupiter/Pluto square is brimful with consequences, and since Venus is currently inconjunct the North Node in Virgo, there is a further disconnect between what we desire and the lessons needed by our souls.  On the plus side, Mercury in Aries is moving into a trine with Saturn in Sagittarius (exact in another couple days), so our minds are gaining the strength that comes with recognizing our limitations and the restrictions of reality, and applying Saturnine discipline to overcome obstacles.  This is a strength that we are going to need to set our intentions with this New Moon and make them stick.  This trine also resonates with a wider trine between Saturn and Uranus/Eris, so that our discipline is well aware of the Uranian rebellion and agitation that has been in and out of conflict with both Pluto and Jupiter in recent years, and we have the capacity to calmly work in alignment with the socio-political changes fomenting around us.

Since the ruler of this New Moon is Mars, currently in Taurus in a harmonious sextile with Neptune in Pisces, there is also some chance for our ideals to positively influence our practical efforts in connection with our New Moon intentions.  With Ceres in Taurus as well in a loose trine with Pluto in Capricorn, we should be mindful of how our intentions may nurture and nourish us, quite possibly on a very practical level.  Though the alignments of this New Moon do not create any notable configurations, nonetheless there is an interesting overall dynamic at work here, of balancing what we want versus what the surrounding reality is shaping, and keeping some measure of hope and idealism and even romanticism alive even as reality seems more and more grim.  Aries is a sign whose efforts can seem like a flash in the pan with its eagerness and impulsiveness, but against the backdrop of ongoing transcendental and generational drama and with Aries’ ruler Mars active in fixed Taurus via the Mars/Neptune sextile, there is the potential for a lot more staying power to the intentions we set now than is apparent at first blush.

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