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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2018

Posts Tagged ‘Moon in Virgo’

Astrology Update, March 12th, 2017: Full Moon in Virgo

The day started off early with a trine from the Moon in Virgo to Pluto in Capricorn in the wee hours of the morning, giving our emotions and instincts the support of the powerful and transformative forces in our lives.  For those of us sleeping at that time we may have experienced dreams with messages that can assist us in achieving our long-term goals in the material world.  For those of us awake during that time, we may have experienced an alignment between process and direction, increasing our understanding of the practical steps we need to take in service to our growth and ambition.  Regardless of sleeping or waking, our health may have gotten a transformative boost during this time, though that doesn’t automatically lead to feeling better, as sometimes healing processes can actually make us feel worse before we see improvement.

One of the two big astrological happenings of the day is this morning’s square between Mercury in Pisces and Saturn in Sagittarius.  We may experience issues with our communication throughout the day, unexpected limitations and restrictions in communications technology, or in our transportation.  This could manifest as a greater possibility of automobile accidents, but could just as easily show up as a decreased inclination to set foot outside of the house.  This aspect particularly calls to mind the ongoing problems with the United States’ “Muslim Ban” travel restrictions, and we may see more destructive consequences from that executive order today.  Regardless, the areas with the most potential for conflict today are communications and journeys that come up against restrictive belief systems and rules or laws based in those systems.  Since Mercury in Pisces makes us more inclined to be compassionate, this square heightens our frustration with these kinds of restrictions, and Pisces’ impetus to let go of what no longer serves us directs us to actively reject them.  Of course, Saturn in Sagittarius shows where we engage in such limiting behavior out of a sense of fear and insecurity disguised as righteous wrath, and Piscean gentleness and sensitivity may be hard-pressed to stand up in the face of that.  Pisces also governs escapism, and many of us may simply want to run away from the abrasive restrictions that we are confronted with today.  Our best chance for navigating this aspect is in exercising patience and self-discipline alongside compassion and intuition, and recognize that there is an opportunity for change here.

That change is connected with whatever we saw ourselves needing to get rid of at the time of the New Moon, whatever patterns we needed to complete in order to prepare ourselves for new beginnings in our lives.  The intentions that we set then are coming to their fullness today with this morning’s Full Moon in Virgo.  Full Moons are a time to fully understand the intentions set at the New Moon on both the conscious and unconscious level, perfect them, and then release them into the world to be disseminated for the duration of the next two weeks until the next New Moon.  Since the New Moon that we set our intentions at for this Full Moon coincided with the Annular Solar Eclipse in Pisces, those intentions actually have a much longer period of effect, spreading out over the next six months to the time of the Solar Eclipse in Leo on August 21st, 2017.  Today’s Full Moon in Virgo then has our instincts filled with awareness of the many details involved in our process of growth and healing between now and then, with the sense of seriousness and discipline that Saturn imparts mediating between our unconscious instincts and our Piscean consciousness striving to integrate those Virgoan details into the whole picture, blending and unifying our individual goals and struggles into a more compassionate vision of wholeness.  Because Saturn is squaring both the Moon in Virgo and Mercury in Pisces today, health issues are likely to come to the forefront, particularly those that are difficult to diagnose and cure, such as chronic illnesses, including autoimmune disorders.  Our sense of process under this Full Moon is more fraught with difficulty and prone to depression, and our escapist tendencies may feel more out-of-control than usual, with addiction potentially being a key component.  Detoxification is a necessity at this time, and it is definitely a good day for spring cleaning to aid in ridding ourselves of whatever may be holding us back.

Because the Moon in Virgo quincunxes Uranus in Aries at the time of the Full Moon, sudden change is also a hallmark of both our experiences today and the Full Moon’s effects over the next couple of weeks.  We may find ourselves feeling especially rebellious in the face of the issues brought up under this Moon, and may take actions that we never expected of ourselves.  Or, those around us may believe that we are behaving unusually, even radically, and may take exception to our behavior as being unnecessarily provocative, even if we have no conscious intentions to provoke.  Today may feel unstable and unruly as a result, and we would do well to expect the unexpected over the next two weeks.  The Sun is also inconjunct (quincunx) Jupiter at the time of the Full Moon, not exact, but still in orb to affect the overall dynamic today and during this Moon’s disseminating period, and together with the Moon/Uranus inconjunct creates a closed formation that amplifies the energies of both the Full Moon and these quincunxes, increasing the uncomfortable, volatile feeling of this Moon, and tying the personal struggle for completion and healing into the larger struggle for balance between the personal need for freedom and the societal need for harmony and balance in interpersonal relationships.

This afternoon the Moon in Virgo opposes Chiron in Pisces, continuing the emphasis on understanding the painful and traumatic patterns of our lives and how they have led us to our current state of ill-health, whether physical, mental, or emotional, personal or societal.  Now we are likely to see the little pieces in our history that contribute to the overall pattern, and gain a greater understanding of what parts of our past we need to make peace with in order to progress into a better future.  Difficult family histories are emphasized at this time, as well as the ways in which we feel better-equipped to help others than help ourselves, and we may struggle now with blurred personal boundaries that contribute to our pain.  On the plus side, our heightened awareness of these issues now increases the possibility of working through them, freeing ourselves of the chains of the past.

The Moon in Virgo squares Saturn in Sagittarius tonight and then shortly thereafter opposes Mercury in Pisces, creating a T-square aspect with today’s Mercury/Saturn square, with Saturn acting as the release point between Mercury and the Moon, as we strive to balance what we think and what we feel.  Saturn tends to create a deep sense of seriousness and even depression when in aspect to either the Moon or Mercury, so tonight we may find ourselves in a deep well of thought and feeling that if we are not careful can suck us down into despair.  Our fears and insecurities are likely to be heightened, feeling the pressure of the balancing act between thought and feeling, conscious awareness and unconscious reaction.  We may see the big picture but have trouble reacting in any way that does not stay mired down in details.  Or, we may know intuitively what we want and need, yet find it hard to master the process that will achieve what we desire.  Perhaps we need to steer ourselves away from a self-defeating perfectionism, but haven’t figured out how to halt our compulsions in their tracks, and the gloomy voice of time and mortality suggest that perhaps we never will.  The important part of navigating this difficult aspect configuration is to be patient with ourselves, staying mindful that no matter how dire things may seem, all is temporary.  Taking actions that help us to cultivate healthy habits can be incredibly helpful now in keeping us focused on growth and progress without getting lost in negativity.  This is especially true since the Moon/Mercury opposition starts a void-of-course period that can leave us feeling a bit lost – sticking to routine and focusing on the better side of habit tonight is the best course of action during this time.

Late tonight the Moon enters Libra, turning our instincts and emotions toward partnership and social harmony.  We may find that now we do not want to be alone, and for those of us in relationships our partners may help us in sorting through the feeling and revelations from this tumultuous day.  For those of us who are alone, we may find more solace in the arts and movement, as Libra is a Venus-ruled sign.  Regardless, this is a sign that is more dependent on surroundings, with or without people, so the next couple of days are good for further spring cleaning, as well as taking actions to promote balance in our lives and our environments.  We may find ourselves exercising decorative impulses, or taking more interest in our appearance, though we should be mindful that since Libra’s ruler Venus is currently in retrograde, what we are attracted to now may not be what we stay attracted to when Venus turns direct in April, so extreme make-overs might not be of lasting benefit.  Beware of impulse-buying at this time.  In business and leisure both, connecting with other people is favored under this Moon, so now is a good time to get out and meet with people, whether strengthening already-established connections or making new friends.  The Libra Moon can help us to balance the opposites we’ve been juggling recently, and perhaps give us some of the peace and harmony we’ve been craving.

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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!

Astrology Update, March 10th, 2017: Breaking Ground for Re-Planting

The Moon in Leo starts the day off with a trine to Uranus in Aries in the very wee hours, putting our unconscious in alignment with our futurist leanings and sudden changes in our lives.  If we are asleep at that hour, our dreams may be tumultuous but more likely to be revelatory than bad.  Others of us may find that we could not get to sleep at all for a few hours after midnight, or that we could not sleep consistently during the night, but since this is a supportive trine aspect, we may have found that being awake was actually a benefit of some kind, perhaps creatively or intellectually stimulating, and the more inventive among us may have hit upon a eureka moment or two.

Later this morning the Moon in Leo trined Saturn in Sagittarius, giving our emotions and instincts a boost from our more disciplined side.  Our feelings this morning may have turned serious, but not likely to negatively so since this is a harmonious trine.  Rather, we may find a greater state of ease and flow between what we feel and what we need to do, our outlook on life now sober and steady, more ready and able to work within the confines of reality to achieve aims that express our true selves.  We are likely to have taken pride in our practical achievements at this time, especially those supporting our larger belief system and our sense of social responsibility.  We may also have found ourselves more easily working around or even through our insecurities and fears, and any understanding gained about such matters during this time has the potential to help us effect lasting emotional change.  The Moon turned void-of-course with that last aspect, so we are likely to have fared best if we stuck to routine during this time, allowing ourselves to process these final lessons of the Leo lunar transit deep in the unconscious while drifting on autopilot through our conscious world.

That Moon/Saturn trine and void-of-course helped set the stage for a more practical tone to our instincts and emotions as the Moon enters Virgo this afternoon, making us more concerned with health, growth, and process, and all of the little details that go into perfecting whatever our hearts are most concerned with.  The Moon in Virgo is actually a little uncomfortable with overt expressions of emotion, preferring a more intellectual approach to feeling, since like Gemini this sign is ruled by Mercury and like Gemini Virgo would rather treat emotion as a thought experiment, a subject of study rather than a visceral experience.  Still, human feelings don’t tend to respond well to being boxed up, so we are more likely to feel our emotions through our bodies now, and those of us who tend to stifle them may well find ourselves feeling under the weather during this transit, as the Virgo Moon highlights the connection between our emotional health and our physical health, and the breakdowns that result when either is not respected.  Virgo is scientific and fact-finding in orientation, precise in language, so academic study and research are favored now.  Virgo is also prone to perfectionism and can be hyper-critical, yet also thin-skinned and fussy, and even prone to martyrdom, so we may find ourselves more likely to get embroiled in conflicts that turn on the smallest of details, or feeling as though no-one understands us, used and abused by those we thought cared about us.  Virgo may not be comfortable with emotion, but Virgo is still highly sensitive, after all.  Nonetheless, Virgo is also generally well-meaning, if perhaps a bit tactless about its perceived path to perfection – typically Virgoan criticism is meant to help, even if that help isn’t being sought after.  Navigating this Moon then requires us to recognize that what seems perfectly obvious to us may make absolutely no sense to anyone else, and more often than not we have to let go of our desire for perfection in favor of what is actually possible in a real world with finite time and a host of other people with differing viewpoints.  Thankfully, Virgo is a friendly and likeable sign, and highly adaptable, so keeping a light touch will make all the difference during this transit.

Late this afternoon the Moon in Virgo trines Mars in Taurus, giving us a lovely opportunity to get into a flow state with practical matters, with steady energy and focus on achievement in the material realm and an instinct for how to make those achievements work out just right.  Even if we can’t achieve perfection now we can come much closer to it, building our personal realms steadily and most likely enjoying the process.  With the Virgo’s ruler Mercury in Pisces, we may find that our efforts include an understanding of what we need to give up in order to gain what we desire, and with Taurus’ ruler Venus in Aries, we are likely to be simultaneously more aware of the need for action yet more concerned with making sure that said action is what we really want.  Since those sign rulers are highlighting the ongoing concern with personal needs in social realms that has been a theme these past couple of months, this trine is a great opportunity to create more understanding of that theme through today’s mundane activities – the practical steps we take to clear ground today may yield greater relational wisdom for the future.

This evening Mercury conjuncts Chiron in Pisces, so the Virgo Moon’s concern with health has been amplified today, reaching a peak tonight.  Our thoughts (and also our emotions through Mercury’s rulership of Virgo) are confronted with our patterns of injury and trauma, the old wounds we don’t know how to heal in ourselves, yet through our experiences can use to help others similarly afflicted.  Tonight is a time for communicating about what ails us, and listening to others with kindness and sensitivity, allowing our intuition free reign to make sense of the larger picture, seeing our own situation through others’ eyes.  Mutual healing may come now through these discussions, and a degree of release from patterns that have previously kept us imprisoned.  Of course, since Virgo feels emotions bodily and Mercury rules Virgo, some of us may be confronted with more physical manifestations of our patterns of pain.  Tonight is definitely a time to take things slowly and make time for self-care, exercising compassion for ourselves and others, remembering that even when there are breakthroughs the healing process tends to be slow, and it rarely travels in a straight line.

How all of that is part of our karmic path and affects our goals for the future is getting highlighted tonight via the Moon’s conjunction to the North Node in Virgo.  Our emotions that are so caught up in process and being influenced by Mercury’s encounter with our pain and need for healing are now confronted with the Virgoan vision for our future selves, and we may find ourselves needing to come to grips with necessary adjustments resulting from our past patterns of injury, and recognize where and how we perpetuate our own martyrdom.  Tonight, as we consciously study our limitations we may also unconsciously study our potential, gaining a greater understanding of the whole pattern that the two create together.  For so many of us, this is not likely to be a fun point in our journey, but it may very well lead to the breakthroughs we most need.

Shortly thereafter, the Moon in Virgo squares Black Moon Lilith in Sagittarius, forcing us into an unconscious confrontation with our shadow selves in relation to the ingrained beliefs that have created the patterns we are seeing tonight, and bringing our unconscious reactions closer to conscious understanding.  We may find ourselves experiencing the powerful consequences of a conflict between the spirit and the body, who are meant to operate together but who are constantly driven apart by our more destructive socially-programmed belief patterns.  Parallels between the damage to our society and our planet may make themselves apparent in the damage to our bodies and minds, damage that we have to muster the courage to heal for ourselves.  Continuing to endure this damage in order to live up to societal expectations is just more martyrdom, and we’ve had enough of that.  Black Moon Lilith here is forcing us to experience just how awful our chains have become and how we became so enslaved in the first place, and the Moon in Virgo forces us to feel that enslavement physically in order to become aware of just what process is needed to throw our shackles off.  Like a landscape blasted by industrial pollution, our psyches and our bodies have suffered long enough.  Even in the midst of these poisons, we can still bring growth and vitality back, albeit slowly.  And though our emotions and instincts tonight may feel deeply, viscerally challenged by how toxic the soil we are growing in has become, still the Virgo Moon is an excellent gardener.

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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!

Astrology of February 13th, 2017: Process and Partnership

Today is bookended by Saturn aspects, lending an overall feeling of seriousness to the day.

The day starts out with the Moon in Virgo squaring Saturn in Sagittarius in the early morning hours, putting our emotions and instincts into conflict with our fears, insecurities, inhibitions, and limitations, and all of that within the lingering residue of last night’s Moon/Chiron opposition.  Saturn deals with time and process, process being the one area of common ground he holds with the Moon at this time, so being mindful of process may be a good way to deal with the negative emotions that may be raised by this aspect, including a tendency toward depression.  Saturn also governs discipline, so some of us may instinctively throw ourselves into the day’s work as a means of combatting what we feel – drowning one’s sorrows in work is a very Saturnine modus operandi.  If we choose to go this route, we need to have a care not to martyr ourselves in the process, as the Moon in Virgo’s perfectionist tendencies can exacerbate Saturn’s gloomy outlook on ourselves and our situations.

The Moon turns void-of-course with this aspect, so we are likely to experience that gloominess through something of a fog, making it even more important that we utilize Saturn’s discipline to fall back on routine, tend to correcting any out-of-place details in our lives, and not try to make any drastic changes or great leaps forward until the Moon enters Libra this afternoon, two minutes after sextiling Black Moon Lilith in Scorpio.  Thankfully, the sextile is a gently harmonious aspect, in this case supporting our emotions with Lilith’s focus and understanding of our frustrations.

The Moon entering Libra puts our instincts and feelings in the realm of partnership and social harmony.  Both romantic relationships and business relationships are emphasized, as well as open enemies.  We are likely to want more than anything for peace to prevail in our interactions with others, and need to be careful that we don’t succumb to the temptation to make doormats out of ourselves in pursuit of peace at any price.  The Moon in Libra is easily thrown out of equilibrium by disharmony, so noise, dissonance, and disruptive people and situations are likely to cause greater stress than usual, triggering the intense need to smooth things over.  Of course, we are more likely to favor diplomatic means of problem-solving at this time as well, so this is a good time to endeavor to work out previously unresolvable interpersonal conflicts.  Chances are that we will also take a greater interest in the arts and beauty, and will want our company and surroundings to reflect a more refined aesthetic during this time.  We are more inclined toward romance now, whether in a relationship or single, and will be instinctively driven toward people and circumstances that reinforce our romantic ideals.  Libra is the sign most likely to get married, after all, but it is also the sign most likely to get divorced, so now is not the time to go off the deep end over someone we’ve just met, tempting though that may be.

Luckily, the big aspect of tonight is the Sun in Aquarius sextiling Saturn in Sagittarius, giving a sense of steadiness and discipline to our consciousness, a supportive understanding of our flaws and foibles that will grow throughout the day and last into tomorrow.  And since Saturn governs longevity, what we give our consciousness to tonight is likely to have lasting consequences in our social circles, especially in relation to our beliefs and ideals.  This is a time to focus our attention on whatever in our lives could benefit from discipline and dedication, especially tasks that are part of a larger process.  We are likely to have more patience now with both ourselves and others, and if we combine the Moon’s instinct toward partnership with our larger social consciousness tonight, we have the ability to create something that will not quickly fade.

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If you enjoyed this post, please consider becoming one of my supporters on Patreon, where I have posted the digital art that accompanies today’s analysis here, 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 case, as well as art prints; the digital art that accompanies today’s post is now available on RedBubble here.  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!  Every sale helps me to continue what I do here, and I deeply appreciate the support!

(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.)

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 12th, 2017: Faith and Sympathy

Today we still feel the residual effects of yesterday’s Sun in Aquarius trine Jupiter in Libra, enhancing our sense of good fortune and our consciousness in relation to our faith and ability to see the bigger picture, as well as our understanding of our relationships and social connections, and our dedication to our causes.

The day started out with an early-morning opposition between the Moon in Virgo and Neptune in Pisces, fogging up our instincts.  Virgo is ruled by Mercury (currently in Aquarius) and therefore the Moon in Virgo tends to be on the rational side and doesn’t know what to make of Neptune in Pisces and its dreamy, romantic outlook on the world.  When these two are in opposition we may find ourselves challenged to find the balance between Virgo’s detail-orientation and Pisces’ need to blur the boundaries and seek a more universal point of view.  Neptune has a bit of back-up here because of the Sun/Jupiter trine, as Jupiter is the classical ruler of Pisces and Neptune is the transcendental ruler.  Neptune is in the sign that they rule and Jupiter is supported by the Sun, the light of consciousness, so the Moon is likely to feel outnumbered, but since the Moon’s processes are unconscious, we need to be aware and compassionate with ourselves in response to any emotional confusion that we experience this morning.

This afternoon, the Moon in Virgo trines Pluto in Capricorn, and now our emotions get a powerful boost of Plutonian intensity, but since this is a supportive aspect, this may manifest as an instinctive understanding of the larger transformative forces in our lives that we may have previously felt powerless to resist.  We may now have a better feeling about just how to climb the mountains facing us, how to place our steps with sureness, prudence, and careful planning.  We may also have an instinct for ferreting out secrets at this time, and things may be revealed to us which may be beneficial to us so long as we are using them in the context of the larger picture and doing so serves the greater good.

Late tonight the Moon in Virgo opposes Chiron in Pisces, giving our emotions and instincts another dose of Piscean sensitivity and putting us in jeopardy of allowing our compassion to get the better of us, putting us in a situation where our normal desire will be to be practical but our empathy will know that someone needs our help.  We may have to make a choice that puts us at a disadvantage, or that reveals a great weakness or an old wound.  We may find our good natures taken advantage of, but we may also learn a lot about ourselves and be capable of doing some serious good with our own knowledge about the hurts of others as a result of our experience with our own hurts.  Now is a time to be aware and neither martyr ourselves nor abandon others without good reason.  We can expand our kindness to embrace those who need it without true harm to ourselves, but the balancing act may not be comfortable.  Nonetheless, it may still be rewarding in terms of the wisdom gained.

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If you enjoyed this post, please consider becoming one of my supporters on Patreon, where I have posted the digital art that accompanies today’s analysis here, along with some background on its creation, and I have posted the daily divinatory drawing based on the aspects in this analysis here.  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 case, 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 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 January 17th, 2017: Prioritizing Harmony

The day began with the Moon void-of-course in Virgo, starting from last night’s trine from the Moon to the Sun around the witching hour.  In the early morning hours the Moon left the detail and process oriented earthiness of Virgo and entered airy Libra, giving our emotions and instincts a more social focus.  Personal relationships, especially partnerships, are now emphasized, as well as a desire for peace and social harmony.  Libra is ruled by Venus and has refined tastes as a result, so we are likely to have a greater appreciation for the finer things in life at this time, and should be careful not to overindulge in the process of that appreciation.

Libra is particularly desirous of harmony because this sign is so easily thrown off by disruptive influences, so there is a strong potential to feel easily unsettled during this Moon, and that potential was given a kick-start this morning by Jupiter in Libra opposing Eris, the goddess of Discord, in individualistic Aries.  This is the first of three exact oppositions between these bodies this year, and among other things it is likely to heighten our awareness of the hypocrisies that Libra all-too-often puts up with in the name of peaceful relations.  Eris is having none of those!  And since Jupiter magnifies whatever he touches, our awareness of discordant situations is heightened, and our BS detectors may well be triggered with uncomfortable frequency.  Keep in mind also that with these slow-moving outer planets and dwarf planets the energetic environments that we associate with aspects between them last long before and after the day that they become exact, so chances are that we’ve been feeling the build-up to this for a while, and will feel it for some time to come.  Today’s Libra Moon just happens to make it more noticeable on the emotional and instinctual level, rather than on the trans-personal level normally associated with outer planets.

This was followed toward midday by the Moon in Libra squaring Mercury in Capricorn, potentially leading to communication missteps and frayed tempers, as Mercury in Capricorn tends to err on the side of bluntness, and the Moon in Libra is already likely to feel more sensitive than usual and really doesn’t want to deal with any more conflict.  That said, Librans are remarkably good at giving advice, and if we are mindful of our unconscious desires to smooth things over at the expense of goal-oriented communication, we may be able to work with the challenge between these two to come up with some truly masterful ways of navigating our career and social channels diplomatically without losing sight of our end goals.  This is not likely to be easy, but will be rewarding if we are up to the challenge, especially since Mercury trines the North Node in Virgo this afternoon, which creates greater flow and ease between our thoughts and communication and our karmic path, and makes it likely that whatever we are awkwardly trying to say without stepping on too many toes really does need to be said if we are ever to live up to our true purpose and create the lives we truly want for ourselves.

The last notable aspect of the day appears in the early evening when the Sun in Capricorn opposes Vesta in Cancer.  This leads to a greater awareness of the polarity between career and family, material manifestation and emotional security, and asks us to consider where we put our focus and what is sacred to us.  Vesta’s sacred flame in domestic Cancer holds up a small mirror to the Sun in the devoted sign of Capricorn, reminding us to tend to the home fires and be mindful of our space, both physical and emotional.  Given the Libra Moon’s concern with balance, this is an especially good time to work on integrating the lessons of this opposition, understanding that each of these parts of our lives can have fair and equal time if we are willing to make this harmony a priority.

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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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