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SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 2018

Posts Tagged ‘Moon in Cancer’

Astrology Update, April 3rd, 2017: Emotional Tangle

Today started out quietly enough, with no aspects until late this morning when the Moon in Cancer trined Neptune in Pisces, aligning our emotions and instincts with our spiritual yearnings and romanticism, giving the late morning a hint of dreaminess.  Our intuitions were enhanced by this aspect, and we were likely to be more sympathetic and compassionate under its influence.  This morning has not been a time for hard, cold facts, but rather a period of enhanced imagination and creativity, a time to feel our connection to all life and the universe at large, and savor the sweetness of our emotions.

That sweetness got a jolt toward mid-day, when the Moon in Cancer squared the Sun in Aries.  This First Quarter Moon is a time when our conscious and unconscious selves challenge each other, putting the intentions that we set at the New Moon to the test.  This is necessary to ensure that those intentions we are growing between now and the Full Moon are worth our energy and on the right course, and that they will be strong enough to release into the world with the Full Moon next week.  This First Quarter Moon’s challenge asks us to consider our feelings during our quest to make our mark on the world, and suggests that personal growth is better when it is encircled by the love of family and community.  Yet the potential for that growth to be stifled by the resistance of those whom we love but who hate to see us change is also brought to the forefront now.  How do we reconcile our conscious need for self-direction and adventure with our unconscious need for emotional safety?

We have plenty of time to stew over the conundrums presented by the First Quarter Moon as the afternoon is free of other astrological aspects.  The celestial quiet is broken this evening first with a steadying sextile from the Moon in Cancer to Mars in Taurus.  Since both Cancer and  Taurus prefer quiet and stability, this is not likely to be a particularly lively influence, but it is good for tending to practical matters concerning home and family.  Our feelings may get a boost of strength from Mars, but the Taurean influence makes this more of a stabilizing force than anything else, and the kindly influence of the Moon in Cancer takes the blinders off of our focus, and helps us to include others in our activities tonight.

As pleasant as all that sounds, the Cancerian Moon’s yearning for family and friends may get blown all out of proportion a little later in the evening as the Moon squares Jupiter retrograde in Libra, and we are challenged to reconsider whether the loving embrace of family is really worth the fuss.  With just a little twist of the pen, mother becomes smother, and what seemed like an emotional haven can become suffocating, reminding us of the toll exacted by the keeping the family peace.  On the other hand, the family peace can just as easily become bedlam, as individual emotions are challenged by family beliefs and expectations and overflow, whether noisily or hidden away after a hasty retreat.  On the plus side, Jupiter’s influence is generally benevolent, even in a hard aspect like this, but his magnifying touch can make even the best of intentions and situations quickly spiral out of control.

And that’s not the end of it, of course, because a short while later tonight the Moon in Cancer opposes Pluto in Capricorn, making us extra aware of just how out-of-control we may feel and increasing the likelihood that we will do everything in our power to regain control (assuming that we ever actually had it in the first place).  Our emotions are intensified by this aspect, and complicated to boot.  Even if we are certain that we really just want peace and quiet, we may find ourselves drawn to complicated situations regardless.  We may find ourselves feeling overwhelmed, or overshadowed, or discover that our feelings on something once held dear are now being transformed at the deepest level.  And even though oppositions typically increase awareness, the involvement of the Moon in this aspect means that this is happening primarily on a subconscious level, which means that we may find ourselves and others reacting compulsively.  Tonight is likely to require more than a few deep breaths, and a willingness to recognize the illusory nature of power – chances are that whoever or whatever we think has control actually has less than we think, and those we see as powerless have a hidden power of their own.  If we can swim in the intensity and contradictions long enough, we may touch our own power in the process.  Now we just need to figure out what to do with it…

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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, April 2nd, 2017: Deep Feelings

Today started off with a very early morning sextile from the Moon in Gemini to Uranus in Aries, heightening our need to try new things if we were awake at that hour (or still awake, in the case of West Coast night owls!).  The curiosity and inventiveness of Gemini fueled the rebel fire of Uranus, and for those of us prone to insomnia may have added to our restlessness, but since this was a harmonious sextile we were most likely to have gotten a Eureka moment or two to help make up for any lack of sleep, as this was a good supportive aspect to help boost the inventive and intuitive powers of the creative and scientifically-minded among us, and the perfect influence for late-night/early morning tech tinkerers.

Still relatively early in the morning the Moon in Gemini squared Chiron in Pisces, increasing the likelihood of those of us with chronic illnesses waking up sore, and frustrating our efforts to communicate effectively with others about what ails us.  Or, we may have found ourselves having difficulty being sympathetic to the ailments of others at this time, or may even have been unsympathetic to our own sensitivities, and pushed ourselves too hard right out of the gate this morning.  Whatever the case, this aspect is likely to have increased early morning grumpiness and irritability, and decreased patience in the process.  Those of us waiting on medical diagnoses or lab results were likely to experience frustration as well, and those of us working in these fields would do well to be extra diligent in re-checking our numbers and communications as the morning progresses, as this aspect is likely to test even the kindliest bedside manner.

Late this morning the Moon in Gemini opposes Saturn in Sagittarius, adding a serious and even depressive note to our feelings.  Our instincts now are more likely to tend to the pessimistic, and we may find ourselves more hesitant about our communication now, more uncertain of ourselves and less willing to take risks.  Or, we may find ourselves more inclined to compartmentalize our social dealings along tribal lines, unwilling to share our mental and emotional space with those who do not share our beliefs.  We may find ourselves speaking more abruptly, or more stridently, asserting our “rightness” when deep down we are in fact very uncertain of what is truly right, or we may find our words and social interactions bumping up against long-held beliefs that may no longer be truly serving us, or that we may realize are in fact severely limiting us.  This aspect heightens awareness of the disconnect between our desire to explore new ideas and communicate and ingrained belief patterns that are based in fear and insecurity and are ultimately divisive.  So while this aspect can be disruptive to our moods, it can help us to reconsider how our beliefs drive our instinctive responses.

Since the Moon turns void-of-course with that last aspect, the late morning today is a time to stick to our routines and not embark on any bold new ventures or schedule any important meetings.  That said, it can be a good time for editing, correcting, repairing, and assessing areas of our lives and environments that need revision or cleaning up.  

Around mid-day the Moon enters Cancer, coming into the sign that it rules and its place of power.  Our emotions and instincts are at home in watery Cancer, sensitive and attuned to the ebb and flow of life, and protective of self, home, and loved ones.  Cancer has a reputation for moodiness, but really is concerned with creating safe space for genuine feeling to flow freely.  This is why Cancer is associated with home, and mother – under this sign the Moon shows us the truth of our feelings, which are not static from moment to moment, and our instinctive reactions are more deeply intuitive now.  We are more likely to listen to others now, and more interested in being around people we already know – our friends and family are especially important to us now.  We may find ourselves a bit more critical now toward those who we deem insensitive, and while we are very good at riding out changes under this influence, we are also a bit more risk-averse.  This aspect makes for canny business dealings among those attuned to this energy, as Cancer may govern home but its protectiveness of what we deem our own extends to business matters that we are heavily invested in, whether emotionally or practically or both.  Plus, Cancerian sensitivity increases our ability to sense the emotions of others, to read the mood of a room when we walk in, and thus more accurately assess the currents of our social and business dealings and know intuitively when a deal is about to go bad, or when is the exact right moment to step in and seize the advantage.  Professions that deal with caring for others such as nursing and psychology may benefit under this influence, but so may those that rely on social engineering and keen instincts, including politics and trading, such as retail sales or import and export businesses.  Small business owners are especially favored during this time.

Within minutes of entering Cancer the Moon squares off against Venus retrograde in Aries, putting our already beleaguered pleasures and affections at odds with our instincts, and making it more difficult for us to connect with others.  We may feel as though whatever we want for ourselves is out of reach due to social pressure or timing, or we may feel a conflict between new friends and old, or between a new love and our family.  Since the Venus retrograde has had us reassessing the ways in which we express and experience pleasure and connection as well as self-image, our insecurities may be heightened by this aspect, and we are likely to feel social discord more deeply and distressingly.  We may find ourselves less willing to make waves as a result, and may give in more easily on matters of importance to us just to keep from making ourselves or others feel worse.

Thankfully, this afternoon the Moon in Cancer sextiles Mercury in Taurus, helping us to feel more steady and secure and to express our feelings in practical, grounded terms.  Our thoughts and intuitions are in alignment with this aspect, and our ability to read the situations we find ourselves in is enhanced without throwing our moods off so easily.  This is a great time for sympathetic communication that doesn’t drown in emotion – we are able to listen carefully and understand instinctively what others are feeling, while remaining level-headed ourselves.  This is a great problem-solving influence, especially for problems that contain a social component.

This problem-solving capacity is built on further this afternoon as the Moon in Cancer sextiles the North Node in Virgo, putting our emotions in alignment with our karmic path and personal growth, particularly as it relates to our health, daily habits, and the ways in which we are of service to others.  Relations with pets are favored now, especially service animals, and we can gain greater understanding of how our emotions and relations with family and friends affect our health.  The North Node in Virgo has been a time of spiritual development that is grounded in the real world, and with this sextile to the Moon in Cancer our lessons gain the wisdom of our intuitions and our emotional connections.  Now is a time for intuiting what practical steps we need to take in pursuit of our personal development, and for connecting our growth with that of those with whom we feel emotional kinship.

The big astrological news of the day is the last notable event of the night, when Venus retrograde enters Pisces, and the introspection we’ve been doing regarding our self-image and how we connect with others turns less self-concerned and more universal.  We are likely to find our compassion expanded under this influence, and may find ourselves giving our affections more readily to hard-luck cases and those who inspire our sympathy.  Since Venus is still retrograde (and will be until April 15th), we may still be more tentative with our love, but we are also more sensitive to such matters now, and more inclined toward romanticism.  Venus’ retrograde path through Pisces asks us to reconsider how our affections tap into more universal experience, how we are connected on a broader level as a result of the ways in which we get personal.  Our sense of aesthetics is likely to be softer now, our ways of expressing our desires gentler.  We are more likely to be accepting of contradictions and paradoxes in our relationships now, more able to go with the flow, and we can better intuit our way through our interactions with others.  That said, we are more likely to wear rose-coloured glasses when it comes to our affections now, and should be mindful of our choices in order to avoid getting led down the garden path, especially in romantic endeavors.  Still, this is a time when we can reconnect with our romantic souls, feeling the spiritual side of love and affection, and understanding more deeply what those things mean to us.

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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 8th, 2017: Time to Shine

Today is a day of few astrological aspects, but that doesn’t mean it’s quiet.  We are still feeling the effects of yesterday’s Mercury/Pluto sextile giving transformative power to our thoughts, and that same power is about to connect with our consciousness in a big way with tomorrow’s Sun/Pluto sextile, which we are already starting to feel the effects of.

Meanwhile, the Moon in Cancer started off the morning by squaring Mars in Aries, stirring up emotions and frustrations, and potentially increasing the likelihood of conflict.  Cancerian emotions and instincts tend to be sensitive and protective, so butting heads with the aggressive drive of Mars in Aries amplifies Cancerian moodiness and increases the likelihood of the Crab breaking out the claws in self-defense.  Since Mars in Aries isn’t likely to back down from a fight, this morning may have seen more than a few quarrels and hurt feelings, especially in relation to those of us pursuing our own interests without considering the impact of our actions on the more sensitive people in our circles.  On the plus side, since this square started a short void-of-course period, these quarrels are less likely to have a long-term impact, even if this influence did start the day off on the wrong foot.

Toward mid-morning the Moon entered Leo, making our emotions and instincts bolder and more eager to take center stage.  Leo governs the 5th house of self-expression, the house of art, creativity, children, games, lovers, and other pleasurable pursuits.  Leo is ruled by the Sun, so this lion is perhaps a little gentler and more sympathetic than usual, but still, this is not a time to be timid!  We are more likely to be given to grand expression of emotion now, being more open and generous with who we are and how we feel.  We are also more likely to want to be noticed, and more likely to get cranky if we feel we are not getting our lordly due.  The king of the jungle is not interested in playing second fiddle to anyone but is still perfectly capable of sharing the throne with an acknowledged equal for a mate or delegating the actual business of rulership to a competent power-behind-the-throne type, so long as the king still gets the spotlight.  So it is with our egoic emotions and instincts now – under this Moon we want plenty of attention and ego-stroking, but are more than happy to share the bounty, and with multiple favorable aspects over the next 24 hours that bounty is likely to be warm and benevolent like the Sun.  This is the perfect time to step into greater feelings of self-esteem and healthy pride, a chance to shine at what we are best at, sharing our creativity and accomplishments with others and taking pleasure in the things that make life most worthwhile.

The only astrological aspect this afternoon is that of the Moon in Leo trining Black Moon Lilith in Sagittarius, heightening our intuitive knowing and capacity to learn on an unconscious level, basking in the warmth and optimism generating by the harmonious alignment of these two signs.  Since Black Moon Lilith brings our unconscious closer to consciousness (she occupies space between the Moon and the Sun), and the Moon is in a Sun-ruled sign now, we have a wonderful opportunity to make use of a combination of conscious and unconscious energies now, surrendering ourselves to vital and pleasurable experience in creative and expressive realms that reveal our truest ideals and beliefs.  Under this alignment we are even equipped to understand and make use of our shadow sides in service to our creativity and further our growth even while being perhaps a tad self-indulgent.  😉

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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!

Astrology Update, March 7th, 2017: Through the Waves

This morning the Moon in Cancer trines Neptune in Pisces in the wee hours of the morning, potentially enhancing our dreams with the combination of Cancerian and Piscean emotional sensitivity and psychic abilities.  We would do well to write down whatever we remember of our dreams as soon after waking as possible, as we may learn much about our own emotional landscape by reflecting on our dreams today.

Still in the early morning hours, the Moon in Cancer squares Venus in Aries.  Since Venus has just recently turned retrograde, she is already on unsteady footing, especially due to being in the  reflective, introspective mode of retrograde in such an active and driven sign.  Squaring the Moon in Cancer just highlights her uncertainty now, adding Cancerian moodiness and self-protectiveness into the mix, leading to potential insecurity and standoffishness or even outright hostility in our early morning dealings with others – a classic case of waking up on the wrong side of the bed.  Since this is a lunar influence and therefore acts on an unconscious level, we would do well to recognize that plenty of people around us are likely to be testy without knowing why, and take steps to guard our own emotional well-being accordingly.

Toward mid-day the Moon in Cancer trines the Sun in Pisces, creating greater ease and flow in emotional and intuitive matters, increasing our sympathy and willingness to assist and support each other.  This adds to the residual effects of yesterday’s Sun/Mercury conjunction, and may bolster those of us in healing and service professions accordingly.  This time favors nurturing ourselves and our loved ones, exercising compassionate listening in order to understand our emotional connections and reactions and strengthen our bonds with those we feel kinship with.  This is an excellent time to foster community, particularly with those who bolster us creatively and spiritually, and this influence may also help us to find common ground with those we had not previously recognized as sharing such connections.

The Moon in Cancer trines Mercury in Pisces shortly thereafter, further emphasizing the qualities of both the Moon/Sun trine and yesterday’s Sun/Mercury conjunction, and increasing our capacity to communicate what we feel to others, as well as helping us to attune our thoughts and feelings, heightening our intuition and sensitivity.  Our thoughts may well turn to matters of home and family at this time, but may also benefit from Cancerian business sense now.  This is a good time for communications that benefit from a delicate touch, and breaking the ice in social settings may be easier now.

This afternoon, our emotions take on a degree of intensity as the Moon in Cancer opposes Pluto in Capricorn, pitting what we feel against the great impersonal forces of our lives that affect our careers, reputations, and long-term goals.  We may find ourselves feeling defensive now, or struggling to maintain emotional control.  We may find our moods hijacked by the interference of others, and need to guard against getting sucked into power struggles.  Now is definitely a time to step aside, take a deep breath, and channel the power of what we feel into the energy we need to get done what we can, while recognizing that even if this influence throws us off course during this time that derailment is still only temporary.

This evening the Moon in Cancer squares first Jupiter in Libra then Uranus in Aries in short succession, highlighting the lingering effects of last week’s Jupiter/Uranus opposition that is still in close orb and will be continuing to influence us through mid-March.  Our emotions and reactions tonight are caught up in the tug-of-war between the personal and the societal, the desire for aggressive and radical action in service of personal freedom versus the desire for peace and social harmony at all costs, and we may find our interpersonal relationships affected as a result.  We may be prone to sudden outbursts of emotion or mood fluctuations, and Jupiter’s touch is likely to make everything feel larger than life.  This is a T-square formation with the Moon acting as the release point between Jupiter and Uranus, our emotions and instincts becoming the pressure valve for the personal and societal tensions pitted against each other.  We are navigating stormy waters during this time and the more sensitive among us may be hard-pressed to make it through without the support of our more stalwart companions.

Late tonight Mercury in Pisces sextiles Pluto in Capricorn, giving some support to our ability to communicate about the deepest, darkest parts of our experience now, and helping us further in shedding thought and communication patterns that no longer serve us.  This influence may also aid our facility to communicate with and about those in power.  Secrets may be revealed now, and occult matters are favored at this time.  For the magically inclined among us this is a good time for spell-working, particularly in relation to correcting power imbalances and defending the powerless from abuses of power.  Of course, this applies in more mundane realms as well.  This is a good time for tending to legal and monetary matters, and those working in the intelligence community may gain a boost at this time, as well as those working as detectives or researchers.  Tonight we may gain deeper insight into our own long-term goals and how we may fulfill our ambitions while being of service to humanity.

This aspect is followed by the Moon in Cancer trining Chiron in Pisces, putting us emotionally in-touch with our deepest hurts and damaging patterns in a deeply supportive way, so that we may use what we feel to help purge the poison of old traumas, and as a result share both greater vulnerability and greater closeness with those whom we love.  This tempest-tossed night comes to a close with a potential gift of deep, intuitive wisdom to dream on.

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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!

Astrology of February 9th, 2017: Meant to be Enjoyed

The day starts off very early with the void-of-course Moon in Cancer trining Black Moon Lilith in Scorpio in the wee hours.  I’ve already written a sizable amount about Black Moon Lilith in Scorpio here, both in relation to her current position at the critical 29th degree and in relation to this trine.  The short version is that this trine confronts us with the need to surrender to our deepest darkest feelings at this time, particularly our feelings of frustration and helplessness in the face of the larger forces in our lives that we can’t control.  This is not a recipe for victimhood; indeed, embracing the void is a necessary step in knowing the fullness of who we are and what we feel, and prepares us to claim our power to face the future by acknowledging and letting go of the past.  For those who aren’t awake at this hour like I am, this may be a fruitful time for dreaming, though I suspect that most will give themselves over to the deepest, darkest, most dreamless sleep at this time, a balm for wounded souls…

Less than an hour later the Moon enters Leo, and our feelings change from moody and self-protective to proud and self-expressive.  Leo rules the 5th house of self-expression, creativity, children, lovers, and pleasurable pursuits.  The Moon in this sign wants people to notice when we walk in the room, and for the next couple of days we are likely to see egos bloom, and in some situations may wind up with too many kings wanting the throne at once.  That said, over the years I’ve come to see that Leo tends to want whatever it considers its “lordly due” and as long as it gets that it is happy to be benevolent and generous, loyal to allies, magnificently self-assured, and bounteous just like the Sun that rules this sign, and when well-aspected happy to let others take the reigns in realms other than its most treasured.  Remember that what we consider our “lordly due” under this influence is within emotional, instinctive, and unconscious realms, and the tone with which that expresses itself will be moved back and forth in the ebb and flow of each aspect made within this lunar cycle.

The first of these aspects happens when the Moon in Leo opposes Mercury in Aquarius later this morning.  Those proud Leonine instincts may find themselves staring down our thoughts, our hearts pitted against our heads.  We may wish to leap into the fray in defense of a loved one only to find our words doing more harm than good.  Or our generosity may outweigh our other intentions for our wallets, and cause us to over-extend ourselves.  Or our desire to be rulers of our realms may bump up against our perceptions of our place within the social order, for better or for worse.  On the plus side, this is a time of heightened awareness of these dynamics and with it and increase in situations that will encourage us to seek balance between these forces.

Joyfully, the rest of the day’s aspects are likely to feed the best in Leo in terms of influencing our moods.  In late morning the Moon in Leo trines Venus in Aries, making us practically purr in response to affection and pleasure, and likely to be generous with the same in return.

The astrological event going hand-in-hand with the Moon’s entry into Leo today is this afternoon’s sextile between the Sun in Aquarius and Uranus in Aries, the same sign that Venus and Mars are both currently residing in.  This is a harmonious aspect, but is likely to add some electricity to the air for most of the day, so chances are that it will heighten the livelier effects of the Moon’s trine with Venus and the subsequent trine between the Moon and Mars this evening.

I tend to look at the energies surrounding astrological events as triggering chain reactions whose expression is based on the types of elemental forces at work, as well as the impact of those forces on each other and their surroundings.  With the exception of that last watery gasp of the Moon/Black Moon Lilith trine so soon after the witching hour, the elemental forces of these noted aspects today are all fire and the air that feeds fire, along with a significant dose of electricity.  Our communication today is likely to be highly technologically based as a result, and our passions afire in a big way, but also a distinctly socially-conscious way – chances are that we just want to play, but our games are not completely frivolous with that revolutionary Uranian energy at work in the same sign with our affections and desires and our focused pursuit of them.  The lion is on the hunt!  With the Moon trining Mars this evening following the Sun/Uranus sextile following the Moon/Venus trine, the atmosphere is likely to be both creatively and sexually charged, filled with a vest for life to make our hearts pound and remind us that we are still here, still strong, and for all its ups and downs life is still meant to be enjoyed.

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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.)


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