MONDAY, MAY 28, 2018

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Astrology Update, Lunar Eclipse, January 31st, 2018: Lordly Due

 

Full Moons are normally a time when the intentions we set two weeks earlier at the New Moon are coming into fruition.  This Full Moon just happens to feature a Lunar Eclipse in Leo, so rather than simply casting the light of the Sun’s consciousness upon our usual emotions, instincts, and cycles, we now find that our most hidden feelings are coming to the surface, revealing our suppressed emotions and reactions and past situations that have planted the seeds for what we feel now.

As eclipses operate on a six month axis, now is a time to wipe our emotional slates clean, freeing ourselves of whatever emotional baggage we have accumulated in the past six months, especially when it comes to how we express our emotions and how our emotions reveal our innermost truths and make them ripe for the sharing. This Moon very closely conjuncts the asteroid Ceres retrograde, placing emphasis on how we nurture ourselves and others with our feelings and instinctual reactions.  We may find this to be an exceptionally “hungry” Moon, demanding, consuming, unwilling to take “no” for an answer.  The Moon conjunct a retrograde Ceres also brings issues of motherhood to the forefront, particularly those in which nurturance becomes dominating or smothering.  Old wounds from our families of origin may bubble to the surface now.

Black Moon Lilith still loosely conjunct Pluto in Capricorn gives further fuel to the Dark Mother archetype, and with Black Moon Lilith squaring the conjunction of Eris with Uranus in Aries, we may find our mother issues generating sudden disruptions to our lives that feel like they’ve been set in motion by the hands of fate.  With both Black Moon Lilith and Pluto still sextile Jupiter in Scorpio, we may yet be able to summon a practical capacity for objectively and even optimistically assessing the transformations we are experiencing at this time, but Jupiter’s touch continues to magnify their power and their depth, no matter what equanimity we are able to muster on the surface.

This Moon also loosely conjuncts the North Node, increasing the long-term importance of what we learn from these emotional revelations, and warning us against intemperate action based on eclipse-driven impulses.  The Sun loosely conjuncting Venus and the South Node in Aquarius at this time amplifies our capacity for openness, friendliness, and insights regarding social connections yet also increases the likelihood of run-ins with old loves or social circles that we have drifted away from, but with the Moon also inconjunct Neptune at this time it is likely that such encounters will only increase confusion and disenchantment, as Neptune in Pisces encourages the dissolution of boundaries that our hearts need for security as we carve out our emotional realm, and Neptune’s slippery, illusory glimmer is likely to create some bewildering territory to trip up our bold leonine instincts.

This is not a Full Moon that it is easy to find the benefits of, with the intensity and capacity for unforeseen disruptions that tend to accompany eclipses combined with the ferocity and resistance to change of our surfacing emotions.  In particular we may find ourselves confronting our innermost feelings regarding the attention that we do or do not receive from others, wondering “when will my time in the spotlight come?” or, just as easily feeling deeply uncomfortable from an excess of attention in a time or place where we would rather fade into the woodwork.  I always say that the best way to wrangle Leos is to give them whatever they consider to be their “lordly due,” whatever they need to feel most recognized and able to shine as their truest selves, and this eclipsed Leo Moon is demanding its emotional “lordly due” – recognition of the full truth of what we feel, no matter how difficult those feelings might be.

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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 of December 21st, 2016: Winter Solstice

 

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Today is the day of the Winter Solstice, with the Sun entering Capricorn in the wee hours of the morning, starting the lengthening of days again, even if it takes a while for winter temperatures to catch up to the slowly increasing light.  

Shortly before the witching hour and extending into the wee hours, we experienced the first lunar eclipse on the Solstice since 1638.  This is an extra space of darkness on the longest night of the year and during the introspection of the newly-begun Mercury retrograde that already has an unusually dark flavor to it due to it passing through Capricorn and having started so close to Pluto in Capricorn.  Darkness often gets a bad rap in “spiritual” circles, but I am inclined to look at it as a chance to rest our eyes and spirits a bit from an excess of active yang energy and brightness.  In the case of a lunar eclipse, the light of the Sun (consciousness) that the Moon reflects (unconsciousness) is hidden, and the Moon is seen through a lens of darkness, giving us the capacity to examine our unconscious minds on an intuitive and even psychic level.  This is the time for revelations to come to us through hidden channels and unexpected sources, and we should take note of whatever dreams we woke up from this morning.

No astrological aspects appear to stir the Libran harmony of the morning thereafter, with the first aspect of the day appearing in the afternoon with the Moon in Libra inconjunct Neptune in Pisces, recalling last night’s inconjunct between the Moon and Mars in these signs, with less Martial fervor and more Neptunian confusion.  Still, this is not one of the more uncomfortable inconjuncts, for these are both romantic signs and romantic players within them.  Libra wants everything to be peaceful and harmonious; Pisces knows that it is possible once we discard the illusion of separation.  The Moon governs the subconscious; Neptune governs dreams.  And while inconjuncts typically do not understand each other, in this combination they have a far easier time balancing their dissimilarities than other signs and bodies do, especially considering that Libra is the authority on balance, after all.

Things get a little more difficult to sort out with the Moon in Libra squaring Mercury in Capricorn toward the end of the night.  That instinct toward harmonious balance bumps up against a retrograde Mercury’s Capricornian tendency to tell it like it is, bluntly, and that lack of tact could be the very thing that distresses diplomatic Libra the most.  That said, this retrograde is a season for getting to the heart of the truth, especially regarding social mores and hierarchies, and the Libran desire for peace at all costs is going to need to take a back seat to that brutal honesty.  Still, Libra has a point in desiring to hear all sides of a story before making any judgements, and this may be at the heart of the challenge between these two tonight:  truth does not require brutality, but rather a balance of perspectives.  And the instinct toward peace is every bit as valid as the need to reconsider one’s actions and goals over this retrograde, and come to some kind of harmony in the wake of dissonance.

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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 December 16th, 2016: Dreaming Cat

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Today is a relatively quiet day, astrologically speaking, which is likely to be a good thing after the flurry of rough Lunar aspects yesterday wreaking havoc on our emotions and instincts.

Today we see two Lunar inconjuncts book-ending the day, with the Moon in Cancer inconjunct Mars in Aquarius in the wee hours of the morning, followed by the Moon’s entry into Leo a few hours later and an inconjunct with Neptune in Pisces later tonight.

The Moon in Cancer’s sensitive domestic instincts bumping up against Mars in Aquarius’ drive toward individualistic expression in social realms may have added some uncertainty to our preparations to meet the day, but the Moon’s entry into proud and fiery Leo is likely to burn away any remainder of that right quick.

Leo governs the 5th house of self-expression and pleasurable pursuits, so our instincts will now turn toward what gives us enjoyment and makes us feel most fully ourselves, and we are not likely to be shy about what we want!  Of course, how this tendency expresses itself in us varies from person to person, but we would do well to remember that on some level everyone today is going to want their lordly due – today more than others is a day to be mindful of egos and pride.  Keep in mind that I am not saying that’s a bad thing.  Despite our achievement-focused society, we seem to have a taboo against personal expressions of pride, and in “spiritual” circles in particular we love to denigrate the ego.  Yet I am firmly convinced that the ego is a necessary part of our psychological makeup that should not be endlessly squashed in the name of supposed spiritual growth, and that false humility can be far more damaging than honest pride.

Now is a good time to delve into the things that give us both pleasure and pride, the activities that make us feel most fully ourselves and alive.  Creative expression is especially favored now, and so are activities with children.  Especially during the holiday season, we can spend a lot of time and energy preparing for a future day and a future celebration, but today is good day to kick up our heels a bit and enjoy the present moment with our loved ones, and be proud of those connections and the fun we can have together.  No matter how serious life gets, pleasures shared remind us why we bother with this crazy life thing in the first place, and a Leo Moon can be very generous!  We get bombarded at this time of year with exhortations to be materially generous, but the Moon in Leo is here to remind us that generosity of spirit and time and camaraderie is likely to have more lasting effect and more fully feed the emotional fire that will warm and sustain us through the remaining winter months to come.

Later tonight the Moon in Leo will inconjunct Neptune in Pisces, and while this meeting of fire and water, proud instincts and selfless dreams and ideals may not seem to be natural bedfellows, still we may well be able to find the meeting ground between the two by remembering that what we offer up to others selflessly is only really worthwhile if we ourselves value what we offer.  Why give what doesn’t stir our pride?  What are our ideals worth if we don’t take pleasure in them?  How can we see a better world for all if we can’t see ourselves truly expressed in it?  These are the questions worth dreaming on tonight, pursuing answers like a dreaming cat with twitching paws…


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