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Astrology of February 6th, 2017: Luck and Limitations

In the early morning hours today the Moon in Gemini trined the Sun in Aquarius, creating a state of flow and harmony between our unconscious and conscious awareness to start the day, increasing our desire for knowledge and our interest in the world around us, as well as heightening our social awareness.  A few hours later the Moon in Gemini sextiled Uranus in Aries, likely adding to the quick pace of the morning for those of us on diurnal schedules.  Since this was a harmonious aspect, it’s not likely to have rushed beyond our capabilities to enjoyable handle, and definitely gave those who could take advantage of the increased emphasis on self-direction an opportunity to shine.  

The Moon in Gemini squared Chiron in Pisces toward mid-day, which may have ended up making some of us feel a bit abraded and frustrated or hurt, typically as a result of communication missteps resulting from failed attempts at connection, and those of us with ongoing health problems could have found ourselves on the wrong end of the Moon in Gemini’s frenetic pace, feeling burnt out and exhausted, and unable to keep up.

This is followed by the Moon in Gemini trine Jupiter in Libra, giving our emotions an expansive, social tone, so for those of us who managed to successfully navigate through that patch of burn out, this aspect likely has helped us to carry forward the active tone of the morning.  Even for those to whom the Moon/Chiron square proved to be more of a stumbling block, the Moon/Jupiter trine is likely to have been a blessing in getting us back on the horse for the afternoon, helping us to understand instinctively how our thoughts and communication enhance or detract from our good fortune in life, and giving us an opportunity to magnify our own optimism and with it our statistical probability of having a better life.  People who are “lucky” typically don’t have more good experiences than others – they just have more experiences, period.  They get out and try more, are more curious and interested in life (qualities that Gemini exercises in spades), and Jupiter today was happy to help encourage us in that direction.

This was followed by Mercury in Capricorn sextiling Black Moon Lilith in Scorpio in the early afternoon, helping us to extend our communication to normally hidden or taboo subjects without incurring negative consequences to our goals and reputations in the process, and potentially even enhancing them.  This made this afternoon a great time for ferreting out secrets that could be useful to us, though given the continuing proximity of Pluto in Capricorn it would be best if the use we make of this knowledge benefits more people than just ourselves.

The Moon in Gemini opposing Saturn in Sagittarius this afternoon may put a damper on things, increasing our feelings of limitation and insecurity, giving heightened prominence to the obstacles in our way, particularly when it comes to communication, learning, and social interactions.  Of course, we may also take these things more seriously and apply more discipline in these areas, and if we do, we will become aware of the need to balance our desire to learn and communicate with the need to pace ourselves and exercise caution in what we do with the information we obtain.  Since this aspect begins a lunar void-of-course period, it makes sense to fall back on our routines this afternoon and evening, and not begin any bold new ventures at this time.  This can also be a good time to have a few friends over, especially the kind who don’t mind a little seriousness and can help us ease our frustrations with some good camaraderie.

Later tonight the Moon enters watery Cancer, encouraging us to cozy up at home with family and friends, and give ourselves the time and space that we need to process our changing moods.  The Moon rules Cancer, so our emotions, instincts, and unconscious awareness are in their place of power tonight.  This is a good night for dreaming, so those of us who like to work with dream knowledge should be sure to keep something by our beds to write down what we remember in the morning.  This lunar placement makes house and home priorities tonight and over the next couple of days, and hones our business sense and intuitions, so being conscious of questions relating to these areas before going to bed tonight is likely to yield new insights.

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(All aspect times 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.)

Astrology of February 4th, 2017: In Search of Fun

Today, the astrological activity started very early, just shortly after midnight with a trine from the Moon in Taurus to Pluto in Capricorn, creating a flowing, harmonious relationship between our emotions and instincts and the transformations that we are experiencing in our material world.  On an unconscious level at least, we may feel less threatened by the changes that we are having to make because we feel more secure in what remains the same.  For the past couple of days, the Moon in Taurus has seduced us with food and comfort and stability, giving us a much-needed respite from the emotional roller-coaster many of us have been on over the last two weeks, and this trine with Pluto emphasized the results, giving us a greater capacity to meet the extreme and the intense in our lives head-on, knowing our own deep reserves of strength and capability.

Later this morning, the Moon in Taurus sextiled Chiron in Pisces, further emphasizing this sense of stable competence in facing the things that hurt us, helping us to work through the patterns of injuries that we’ve experienced so that we have a clearer understanding of our own vulnerabilities and how to shore ourselves up emotionally to keep from feeling victimized and downtrodden.  This aspect also gives us a great reserve of sympathy for others, so we should apply this feeling to helping others where we can, as this is an opportunity for people to connect with each other through their mutual experiences of suffering and help each other to heal in the process.

Later this afternoon, the Moon in Taurus trines Mercury in Capricorn, starting a void-of-course period that lasts until this evening.  The Moon/Mercury trine gives us the chance to express our feelings comfortably and to make practical plans, but since the void-of-course period is best suited to routine tasks and making corrections in our writing and our environment, this is a good time to apply the alignment between what we feel and what we think and say to finishing up practical tasks and communications that further our goals, rather than embarking on new projects.

This void-of-course period also includes an opposition from the Moon in Taurus to Black Moon Lilith in Scorpio, bringing our unconscious awareness back to the intense and mysterious in our lives, and encouraging us to sort out what doesn’t belong and determine to what extent the things that we don’t want to look at may be influencing our feelings from the shadows.  Our instincts are drawn toward these things now, so whether we consciously want to see them or not, they will make themselves known to us.

Later tonight the Moon enters Gemini, making us experience our feelings more through communication and responsiveness to others.  This doesn’t necessarily make us clear the air with regard to our true feelings – under a Gemini Moon, emotion becomes more of an intellectual exercise, and we’re much more interested in talking about it than actually feeling it.  We want things to be fun and social, and all of our instincts are now directed toward that end.  Keep in mind that Gemini is also a bit amoral, mostly because Gemini encourages us to move so quickly that it’s hard to get too concerned with the actual impact of one’s actions under its influence.  Keep in mind that both Donald Trump and Mike Pence are Geminis, and now the frenetic pace of the past couple of weeks starts to make more sense.  Which makes the entry of the Moon into Gemini tonight a blessing, because we are now instinctually better equipped to handle whatever is coming down the pike over the next couple of days, at least in terms of how we feel about it and react to it.  Since Gemini’s ruler Mercury is in earthy, grounded Capricorn, that keeps us from getting too frenetic in the process, but also gives the surface-skimming quality of Gemini the potential to go just a bit deeper than usual, while still not getting too caught up in the details.  Keep in that as is always the case with the Moon’s entry into a new sign, those of us with the Sun in that sign are likely to find ourselves a bit more emotionally volatile than usual, as our conscious self (the Sun) becomes aligned and identified with what we feel and our knee-jerk reactions (the Moon).  This includes the President un-elect.  So, while we all have a greater capacity to keep up with the pace of current events, he is likely to make that pace even more frantic during this time.  Also, since Gemini is particularly interested in communications via technology, we can expect social media to be extra lively now.

On the plus side, the Moon in Gemini’s first act is to make a supportive sextile with Venus in Aries late tonight, ending the night on a social note with all the fire and zest of our pleasures and affections seeking active fulfillment.  Venus in Aries is not a shy and retiring lady, as she may have seemed last month in Pisces.  Our extroverted instincts are making an alliance with Venus tonight to get us what we want, and with our energies continuing their Mars-in-Aries-given boldness, tonight we are set upon making spring come early, no matter what a fat rodent in Pennsylvania has to say about it.  Mind you, since both Gemini and Aries operate very much in the now rather than being particularly concerned with the future, the connections that we make tonight aren’t likely to be long-lasting.  But given the battles ahead and all that we’ve endured thus far, a bit of devil-may-care fun for tonight may well be just the brief dose of energy we need to bolster us for a future that we don’t need to examine too closely until tomorrow.

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(All aspect times 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.)

Astrology of February 2nd, 2017: Big Talk

The majority of today’s astrological activity happens in the morning, starting off before sunrise as the Moon in Aries conjuncted Uranus in Aries, creating a fair degree of emotional and instinctual restlessness to unsettle us and either get us out of bed early or keep the night owls among us from getting to bed at all.  At the very least, we are likely to have tumultuous dreams…

This is followed by the Moon in Aries squaring Mercury in Capricorn, channeling that agitation into potential aggravation, as our bold and individualistic instincts bump up against our more practical mindsets and blunt communication.  There are likely to be a lot of grumpy bears succumbing to road rage this morning, so please be extra mindful if you are traveling, and it might be good to wait a bit before negotiating or signing any legal contracts.  Especially since the Moon in Aries opposes Jupiter a few minutes after squaring Mercury, and the two aspects combined may well prove to be enough to turn our luck against us this morning.

Even more so since the big astrological news of the day is Mercury squaring Jupiter about an hour later.  We’ve already been feeling the buildup to this over the past 24 hours and will feel the residual effects tomorrow as well.  Braggadocio is likely to be a problem today, as well as hyperbole and promising the Moon.  We would do well to be as aware as possible of Jupiter’s expansiveness and faith being at odds with our thoughts and communication, as the cognitive bombardment could be quite distracting and even disruptive, especially if we are not fully conscious of what is going on.  We may also experience communication in service to the status quo and authority that runs afoul of social responsibility and goodwill, as well as potentially difficult legal developments.  Whole lot of foot-in-mouth disease going around, and in the hair-trigger-tempered environment of the Aries Moon, our words could blow up in our faces with precious little warning.

For once, it’s actually Saturn saving the day as the Moon in Aries trines Saturn in Sagittarius toward mid-day.  Now we get Saturn’s stabilizing force asserting some needed boundaries in the midst of all of this over-the-top talk, and our emotions and instincts get some much-needed from our capacity for discipline and perseverance.  We may find ourselves in a much better position to go the extra mile as a result, while simultaneously dialing back our knee-jerk reactions at least enough to get things done.

That said, whatever we do get done had best be within the realm of daily routine and not starting anything new, as the Moon/Saturn trine starts a void-of-course period that lasts throughout the afternoon and into the evening.  This is, however, a great time for correcting errors, organizing our environments, ferreting out problems, and resolving discrepancies.  It’s not likely to be a good time for sharp and detailed thinking, though it may be a good time for activities requiring a good understanding of the bigger picture, emphasized by the Mercury/Jupiter square, even if that emphasis is a bit uncomfortable.

Speaking of discomfort, the Moon enters Taurus tonight and that is sure to send many of us in search of creature comforts to ease any distress resulting from today’s astrological activity.  We may also find ourselves moving more slowly, and with more of a concern for practicality in our reactions.  Those of us on diets need to be sure to find ways to make them pleasurable tonight or risk abruptly falling off of them, as Taurus is ruled by Venus and isn’t likely to be keen on self-deprivation right now, especially in the wake of so many emotionally and mentally challenging aspects today.  This is a good time to take time for self-care, enjoyment of good food, good company, and good art.  Taurus wants the finer things in life, and our instincts are likely to seek these out tonight, in whatever form is most enjoyable and easily obtained.

Of course, while the Taurean Bull doesn’t much like moving and would most likely rather enjoy some much-needed rest and relaxation tonight, the Bull also is an unstoppable force when riled up, and given the amount of poking our emotions and instincts have endured today, we might find that instead of enjoying a nice quiet evening our inner Bull will go after the picadores and then the matador with a vengeance.  Especially if it’s a part of our karmic path to do so, as the Moon ends the day trining the North Node, creating a flow state between our instinctive reactions and the direction of our life’s purpose.  Taurus may be resistant to change, but once started is slow to stop, so if we’re already wound up we may take a while to settle down.  Once we do, however, we are likely to move ever more steadily toward our goals, even if tonight’s goals are all about getting some quality sleep before the next battle.  😉

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(All aspect times 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.)

Astrology of February 1st, 2017: Depth and Heart

Today’s astrological action gets off to a late start, with no significant aspects until this afternoon when the Moon in Aries sextiles the Sun in Aquarius.  The Moon in Aries is headstrong enough that it might be just as well not to throw too many other heavenly bodies in the mix, as Aries isn’t too keen on accepting outside influence or advice, instead wanting to go it alone, full of courage (or foolhardiness) and a pioneering spirit.  Our emotions and instincts may well have done some trailblazing this morning, but could just as easily have bruised a few egos along the way, so the Moon’s sextile to the Sun this afternoon is a helpful reminder of our more social inclinations, and may help us to put our heroic impulses in service of a greater cause.  

Later in the afternoon, Venus in Pisces trines Black Moon Lilith in Scorpio, pulling us back out of the wind and fire of Aquarius and Aries for a dip in the dark pool of our intuition.  This is a deeply sensual and knowing influence, when our affections and pleasures take a turn toward the intense, and we may well wonder what hit us.  We are likely to be drawn to the mysterious and the forbidden at this time, and are not likely to take kindly to anyone wishing to hold us back from what we desire.

With Mercury in Capricorn sextiling Chiron in Pisces, whatever the Venus/Black Moon Lilith trine has beckoned us toward is likely to stir up hidden pains, especially those connected to our affections and spiritual yearnings, but the Mercury/Chiron sextile gives us a tailor-made time to give deep thought to what we are feeling and learn from what insights we may discover, and if possible, now is the perfect time to share these feelings with someone we trust.  The combined wisdom and connection that we may gain from such confidences will be well-worth whatever pangs first stirred us to think and speak about them.

Which is a blessing, since the night does not end gently, but dives into a square between the Moon in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn, intensifying our emotions in challenging ways.  We may find ourselves in the grip of fears about the larger forces in our lives, our government and other institutions that our current fiery instincts feel confined and oppressed by.  Our hearts are wild, young punks under this influence, railing against authority, while frightening and potentially abusive powers tighten their grip around us.  Our hearts may rage while our minds wonder what the hell is going on, or we may simply feel restless and deeply uneasy without really knowing the source of those feelings, but we should be mindful that they are a symptom of a larger process of transformation that clutches us all, and while tonight’s influence may be fleeting that larger process is something that we must find a way to face for the next several years.

For many of us, this will resurrect our personal demons from the time of the Pluto/Uranus squares that stretched from 2012 to 2015, a time that we hoped we’d left behind us.  This is just a small reverberation from that time, but it carries with it a warning for the future.  The Aries Moon wants us to be courageous, while Pluto in Capricorn brings us face-to-face with our deepest fears regarding our society and authority.  But real courage is not an absence of fear, but rather the willingness to go forward to meet that fear and whatever grim forces have inspired it, and bring some resolution to it whether by battle or by some kinder means.  Now is the time to face what we fear most, knowing our mortality and frailty and the strength of the forces arrayed against us, but not yielding to them without a damned good fight.

In the Pagan year, we have come to the time of Imbolc, a time of purification and testing, when nature determines what is strong enough to survive, and what is too weak to live through the remnants of winter until spring.  The Moon/Pluto square’s influence will pass with the night, but what we learn from it may well continue to hold sway into the future.  Since we are in the first quarter of the Moon now, the lessons that we learn at this time are part of the energy building toward the Full Moon, when whatever wishes we held at the New Moon come to their fullness and are released into the world.  Imbolc is a time sacred to Brigid, the goddess of inspiration and smithcraft, and we will need whatever tempering she bids us endure in facing our fears tonight to fight for our desires in the coming weeks and months, and bring them into reality, no matter the odds.

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Astrology of January 31st, 2017: Courage and Decisiveness

The day starts immediately with the Moon in Pisces conjunct Chiron shortly after the witching hour, heightening our sensitivity to our hurts and limitations, whether physical or otherwise.  If we weren’t in bed yet at that time, chances are that we would feel the need for rest and healing strongly at that point, but that awareness of hurt might well keep us awake longer, as Chiron seeks to instruct us through what we are feeling.  

A few hours later the Moon squares Saturn in Sagittarius, potentially leading to a depressive early morning, as the challenge from Saturn to our emotions is one of making us feel our limitations and fears and insecurities keenly right now, and following on the heels of the Moon/Chiron conjunction it might be a little rough to take.  On the other hand, we may well find ourselves struggling to feel at that point, as Saturn’s restriction can deaden feelings, especially those already stretched thin and exhausted by the past week of turmoil in the larger world, and the difficulty in maintaining empathy when it seems that battle lines are being drawn between “us” and “them.”

Thankfully, the Moon conjuncts Venus in Pisces later in the morning, and our feelings and instincts become aligned with our affections and pleasures.  We become aware of the sweetness of who and what we value, take comfort in our emotional, physical, and social connections, our sense of the universal and the humanity that brings us together and regenerates the sympathy and empathy between us.

This begins a void-of-course period lasting a few hours, during which the Moon trines Black Moon Lilith in Scorpio, keeping our emotions and instincts attuned to and in harmony with the rejected and marginalized in ourselves and our society.  This mid-day and early afternoon period is a time when we will strongly identify with the underdog on an unconscious level, which is also a collective level.  There is also an instinctual awareness of secrets, and we are likely to be good at obscuring what we feel at this time, even as we sense hidden things under the surface that intensify our own feelings and that of those with whom we are connected.

The Moon enters Aries this afternoon, and the feelings and instincts that were so quiet and sensitive now get an influx of fire.  That secretive and secret-sensing unconscious now wants to get straight to the truth of things, boldly and without hesitation, and is likely to step on some toes in the process.  This is a time to exercise our bravery, to quest for answers and battle monsters along the way, and decisively create solutions in the parts of our lives most in need of them.  And the Universe is going to be kind enough to give us the energy and drive to do it, with Mars conjuncting the Moon in Aries this evening.  All of that fire that has set our hearts ablaze has the classical ruler of Aries, Mars directing it, channeling that spirit and focusing our instincts straight toward whatever demons we need to fight as a result of the introspection of the day.

Close on the heels of Mars charging forward tonight is Mercury in Capricorn squaring Uranus in Aries.  Our words that seek to be the voice of deep and reasoned thought in pursuit of our goals run afoul of the Great Rebel, the urge toward newness and upheaval, challenging and even tearing down the old in service to the future.  We may find ourselves speaking before we have fully thought things through, or our words may prove to be far more disruptive than we intended.  Our minds may run at a million miles a minute, our attention spans grow smaller, our focused energy and emotion racing to keep up with the pace set by changing circumstances.  We may see unusual trading activity starting this afternoon as a precursor to the exact square this evening, as even the swift Mercury’s contact lasts longer than that of the Moon, and will be felt into tomorrow.  Remember that in addition to governing communication and thought, Mercury is also a god of commerce and financial gain, and luck.  Mercury conjuncting Uranus has our luck turning on a dime, so we need to be prepared for wherever our Moon/Mars conjunction boldness leads us to put up some surprises of its own, and use those Aries instincts and energy decisively.  

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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.

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