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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2018

Archive for April 4th, 2017

Astrology Update, April 4th, 2017: What the Heart Wants

This morning started off with the Moon in Cancer squaring Uranus in Aries, giving an agitating feeling to the morning.  Our dreams may have proven disruptive since both the Moon and Uranus are highly intuitive, but their intuition shows itself in very different ways.  Some of us may have woken up earlier than usual as a result, or had a hard time focusing on the tasks to start our day, as the Moon in Cancer wants to stay comfy in familiar surroundings and Uranus in Aries wants to move boldly forward, often quite abruptly.  Or, we may have experienced some technological difficulties, as the Moon governs fluctuations and cycles, and Uranus governs sudden change and technology, and the two in hard aspect together can throw a monkey wrench in electronic works.  

Whatever the case, we may have experienced a bit of stumbling around early this morning, whether figurative or literal, but later this morning the Moon in Cancer trined Chiron in Pisces, helping us to have compassion for both our stumbles and those of others, and to connect with each other over the things that pain us.  Our mutual frustrations can help us to understand each other, and this is one of the few influences where commiseration can actually yield real and mutually beneficial wisdom, so the latter half of the morning may well have helped us to make progress through and even because of our hurting places rather than just in spite of them.

This afternoon the Moon in Cancer trined Venus retrograde in Pisces and turned void-of-course at the same time.  This creates an interesting influence at this time, as the Moon is typically identified the feminine Luminary in astrology (the Sun being the masculine) and Venus is of course the feminine personal planet and also the feminine Benefic (Mars being the masculine personal planet and Jupiter being the masculine Benefic).  The void-of-course period is a time when the Moon is no longer making aspects to the major planets before entering a new sign (though she may still make aspects to the asteroids and Trans-Neptunian objects like Chiron), and therefore is considered to be in a passive, receptive state rather than an action-oriented state.  While female, male, and non-binary gendered people all have varying degrees of passive and active energies within them, passivity and receptivity are traditionally considered feminine qualities, and while there is certainly merit in rejecting the assumption that if one identifies as female one must be passive, nonetheless it can be considered a triumph of the patriarchy if, in our desire to not be chained by traditionally feminine qualities we reject them outright.  Yin (passive) and Yang (active) are both necessary qualities to keep the universe functioning.  The void-of-course period is considered to be a time when taking new and decisive action is ill-advised and not likely to turn out as desired precisely because it is a time meant for reflection, a time to be passive and receptive and absorb the lessons of this lunar transit before the Moon enters the next sign.  This is a time to fall back on routine in order to allow our unconscious to better function on this intuitive, receptive level, to let ourselves be open and empty before the information of a new sign enters our unconscious.

That new sign in this case is Leo, which the Moon enters late this afternoon.  A Leo Moon gives our emotions and instincts a proud bearing, louder and bolder than the Moon in Cancer.  The Moon in Leo bounds to center stage, eager to express our feelings for all the world to see.  This is not a timid Moon, to be certain.  Leo is all about self-expression and having a zest for life, and like the king of the jungle is eager to claim its throne.  I’ve long said that the way to make a Leo happy is to find whatever it is that they most consider their own and give it to them, because Leo wants what it considers to be its “lordly due,” and won’t be happy without it.  That “lordly due” could be something as simple as recognition of the Leo’s talents in one particular favored area, or just saying “hello” to Leo first among a group of people.  Once they get it, they shine like the Sun that rules this sign, and a shining Leo is a passionate and magnanimous light that can fill up a whole room.  So, with the Moon now entering Leo, a suggestion for this transit is to consider what our hearts and the hearts of others around us want as their “lordly due” and act on the generous nature of this Moon to grant it where possible.  This isn’t a matter of people-pleasing or self-indulgence, but rather a matter of understanding what we each need to shine, and recognizing how the shining of one heart under a Leo Moon’s influence can be contagious, in ways that benefit all who experience that light.

Considering what each person’s unconscious views as its deserved right is also a necessary tool for navigating conflict under this Leo Moon, and we’ll get the opportunity to put that tool to the test tonight when the Moon in Leo squares Mercury in Taurus.  The Moon in Leo can be demanding in its need for attention, but Mercury in Taurus is determined and practical, and not interested in catering to Leo’s grandiosity.  Our minds are concerned with getting things done in the material realm, whereas our emotions and instincts want fun!  Even big cats want to play, after all, and the patient, plodding mentality of Mercury in Taurus may seem like a boring stick-in-the mud in contrast.  Our conversations may stumble as a result, or generate friction and flaring tempers, as Leo just can’t understand why Taurus won’t stop whatever boring, practical thing it’s fixated on and pay attention, and our minds and hearts end up at odds.  Since Leo and Taurus are both fixed signs, neither one is likely to budge.  This challenge between what we want and what we think requires a certain degree of strategy and compromise to navigate, which doesn’t come naturally to either of these two signs.  Finding a way to make them both happy is our task for the night, giving attention to what matters most to both and in the process harnessing the combined power of Leonine enthusiasm and Taurean determination.  If these two can work together there is no power that can stop them.

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