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Posts Tagged ‘Moon in Virgo’

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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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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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.)

Astrology of January 16th, 2017: Applying Wisdom

 Intensity - Dark

It’s been a couple of days since I’ve posted here, mainly because the combination of cooking for the midnight Aether Revolt MtG Pre-Release event at The Temple Games on Friday night/Saturday morning and then taking the train to New York to read Tarot for the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors Full Moon Gathering on Saturday night with numerous readings the following day left little time for writing (though I did get a new divinatory drawing done at Art Church on Sunday, which unfortunately will have to wait until mid-week when I get home to my scanner to be unveiled).

Meanwhile, the heavens have been fairly benign over the weekend, with no planetary activity on either Saturday or Sunday.  Saturday saw three supportive Lunar aspects to the outer planets in the current Triangle of Potential (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus) beginning a lengthy void-of-course period followed by the Moon entering Virgo and then shortly thereafter trining Virgo’s ruler Mercury, which gave a good mental emphasis to the night with attention to detail and process.  Sunday had only three notable Lunar aspects, with the Moon conjunct to the North Node in the wee hours of the morning and then opposing Neptune and Venus in Pisces in the afternoon and evening.  The North Node conjunction set the tone for the day with an emphasis on the process of growth in connection with our karmic path, while the opposition to Neptune and then Venus in Pisces emphasized intuitive connections and possibly a bit of escapism after whatever truths that North Node conjunction may have revealed earlier.

I’m now on the train from New York heading back to Rhode Island for a couple more days before I fly home to the Pacific Northwest, so I’ve got a little time to write about the astrological weather for the day before I change trains, which is good because it’s a fairly active day.

The Moon in Virgo started things out this morning with a trine to Pluto in Capricorn, which gave our emotions and instincts some intensity and drive.  Moon/Pluto connections can heighten the risk of control issues rearing their ugly heads, but the trine aspect creates ease and flow, so even where our inner control-freak showed up this morning chances are that it actually helped to get things done and done right rather than bogging down in power struggles.  Several hours later the Sun in Capricorn sextiled Black Moon Lilith in Scorpio, adding to the intensity of the morning, but again in a supportive manner, adding focus and wisdom from hidden sources to the mix.

Shortly thereafter the Moon in Virgo opposes Mars in Pisces, and things may start to get a bit testy as a result – under this influence our emotions and instincts become aware of our more aggressive side, though with Mars in Pisces that aggression is more likely to be passive-aggressive.  Tempers may flare, especially when our desire to go with the flow bumps up against unconscious perfectionism.  With the Moon in Virgo opposing Chiron in Pisces very soon thereafter, flaring tempers may turn to hurt feelings and reveal old wounds in need of healing.  While the fact-finding and critical side of the Moon in Virgo may make us disinclined to be sympathetic to the seemingly impractical needs of old wounds right now, still Virgo is very conscious of processes of growth and healing, and even if the timing seems off, the progress that can be made by working through these issues now is not something to be taken lightly.

This afternoon, the Moon in Virgo squares Saturn in Sagittarius, and now perhaps the intensity and aggravation and hurt we’ve been working through may get bogged down in depression, insecurity, and even anxiety or fear.  The best way that we can navigate this is to focus on working steadily, accepting our limitations and not despairing when they necessitate imperfect results, and recognizing that whatever dark moods may be generated by this aspect shall soon pass.

This evening Mars in Pisces conjuncts Chiron in Pisces, so that our drive and aggression is confronted by our injuries and pain, and there can be some rough lessons involved, especially for those of us eternally pushing ourselves to be superhuman.  This is a time to be extra careful in the use of our bodies, particularly for athletes, and it would be a very good idea to tend to our health tonight.  Chiron may reveal our pain but he also gives us the capacity for learning from it and passing that wisdom on to others, so it’s definitely worthwhile to harness the Virgo Moon’s attention to detail and concern for health during this time.  And with the Moon sextiling Black Moon Lilith in Scorpio toward the end of the night, this is a good time to uncover hidden causes for our weaknesses and sensitive spots, and glean all the wisdom that we can from this time.

The day ends with a trine from the Moon in Virgo to the Sun in Capricorn, creating greater ease and flow between our conscious and subconscious awareness, which increases our capacity to understand the lessons of the day and apply the wisdom gained.  It may have been a rough day emotionally, but not without its rewards.