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Astrology Update, April 21st, 2017: Pacing Ourselves

In contrast to yesterday’s emphasis on less being more, today the skies see a flurry of activity, with two celestial bodies changing signs and both a supportive aspect and a challenging aspect of some significance.  

The morning started early with a sextile from the Moon in Aquarius to Uranus in Aries, giving us a more supportive dose of the often-frenetic Moon/Uranus influence on our emotions.  While this may have made for some restlessness in the early morning hours, the gently supportive nature of the sextile makes it more likely that this was of the sudden insight variety that wakes us up with a burst of energy and helps us to feel inspired even if it deprives us of a little sleep.  Thoughts of the future may have blended with a healthy dose of excitement and feelings of self-sufficiency to get us off and running this morning, ready to keep pace with our newly-motivated energy as Mars enters Gemini a few minutes later.

Mars’ entry into Gemini this morning changes our energetic gears from the patient steadiness of Taurus to a modus operandi that is inquisitive and eternally on-the-move.  Gemini is ruled by Mercury, and travels at similarly quicksilver speeds, interested in a multitude of subjects and communicative about them all.  Mars in Gemini can make us hyperactive, running on far less sleep than normal, far too distracted by the next exciting thing around the bend to be bothered with rest, so there is a real danger of burnout during this transit, especially with Gemini’s ruler Mercury retrograding through fiery and determined Aries.  We will handle this aspect best if we are mindful of our tendency to overdo things now and pace ourselves, recognizing that this energy encourages multi-tasking and taking on ALL of the interesting projects.  Saying “no” is a necessary virtue to cultivate now!  We are more likely to work with this energy well if we recognize that Gemini is inherently social, and therefore encourages success in team projects and endeavors that tickle our minds.  Now is a time for new ideas, new endeavors, and meeting new people with whom to collaborate.

Within minutes of Mars getting his boost in speed from Gemini, the Sun in Taurus trined the North Node in Virgo, keeping our consciousness focused on what will move us forward along our soul’s path, and creating ease and flow in achieving goals that further our personal growth in the material world throughout the day.  Real, practical steps on our karmic path are favored today, and we can make true progress if we tap into this state of understanding now, being mindful of the necessary details and patient with the process of our own growth.  We may also gain insight regarding health concerns as a result of this aspect, and projects such as gardening and scientific research can shine today.

That said, a few minutes later Venus in Pisces squared Saturn retrograde in Sagittarius, repeating the Venus/Saturn square that got this Saturn retrograde off to such a gloomy start.  With Venus direct in Pisces, we may feel not quite so isolated and shaken by this square as during its previous iterations, but still there can be a sense of thwarted connection with others today, a loneliness resulting from our own insecurities and uncertainties.  Saturn is very good at putting up walls, after all, and retrograde in Sagittarius he is encouraging us to reconsider our beliefs, our faith, our optimism, and our social tendencies in relation to those things, all of which can encourage us to hold back where otherwise we would be eager to move forward.  Saturn in Sagittarius squaring off against Venus in Pisces can make those walls particularly painful since Venus having turned direct in Pisces is now soft and alluring, wanting to dissolve barriers to intimacy and feel emotional unity with others after her own journey through uncertainty.  This square challenges us to find ways to connect while maintaining clear boundaries, to be sensitive to our need for contact yet also protective of ourselves and those we are emotionally connected with in the face of the potentially destructive ideologies that have been this Saturn-in-Sagittarius transit’s stock-in-trade.

All of the above gave us plenty of cosmic juice to stew in for much of the morning, until a late-morning sextile from the Moon in Aquarius to Saturn retrograde in Sagittarius, giving a bit of support from our rational instincts to help us navigate our insecurities in relation to our beliefs and social urges.  The Moon in Aquarius has been all about furthering our own evolution in order to further the evolution of humanity as a whole, and connecting to Saturn via the gently supportive sextile may have helped us to better navigate the lessons of the Venus/Saturn square this morning, whose influence will be felt throughout the day and into tomorrow.  The Moon in Aquarius’ forward-thinking and socially active feelings may have helped for a while to ease the worries of Saturn in Sagittarius regarding pesky belief patterns while Aquarius’ classical ruler Saturn lent both seriousness and discipline to our emotions, keeping us focused and on track rather than chasing after the flights of fancy that might otherwise have been encouraged by Aquarius’ more Uranian side.

Toward midday the Moon in Aquarius sextiled Mercury retrograde in Aries, continuing this pattern of being a rational force and keeping us instinctively mindful of the long-term ramifications of our more self-concerned thoughts within the social order.  This harmonious aspect encouraged us to make the kinds of plans that can benefit both ourselves and others, helping us to make our mark on the world in ways that improve the world and connect us to friends and causes that matter to us.  Since this aspect started a short void-of-course period, this was a time for us to relax into our routines for a bit, allowing ourselves to process the host of lessons from the Moon’s transit through Aquarius without rushing to start any bold new ventures before our unconscious selves were ready.

The Moon entered Pisces this afternoon, turning our feelings softer, our instincts less pointed, increasing our emotional and intuitive sensitivity.  During this lunar transit we are likely to be more accepting of others, more sympathetic and compassionate, and perhaps a bit more gullible as well.  Our spiritual tendencies are heightened during this time, as is our need for closure in the emotional situations that no longer serve us.  Though we may be more open to connecting with others under this influence, still we may find it easier to get overloaded and may find ourselves being more introverted and introspective as a result.  This is a time for feeling our way through the bigger, more philosophical and spiritual questions of our lives, a time to be more in touch with Universe as a whole.

That said, within minutes of entering Pisces this afternoon the Moon squared off against Mars in Gemini, putting our extroverted energies at odds with our more introverted emotions and instincts.  We may want to connect and be communicative now, but feel uncertain how, especially with the continuing influence of the Venus/Saturn square, and may become impatient with ourselves and others as a result.  Mars is in the more active sign of Gemini now while the Moon is in the more passive sign of Pisces, so our aggressive side is likely to be more prominent and harsh words may be spoken, but our feelings are softer and squishier now, and we may retreat into passive-aggressive dynamics as a result.  Our emotions in gentle Pisces may also be calling for a slower pace than the livelier Mars in Gemini wants to keep, and we may find ourselves feeling left behind as our world moves with uncomfortable quickness.

As a result, we may have found ourselves retreating to the comfortable and familiar as the Moon in Pisces conjuncted the South Node in the late afternoon, opposing the North Node that is still trined with the Sun, and lessons or people from our past may have confronted us during this time.  We may have felt instinctively resistant to the forward progress that our conscious selves are ready to make, nostalgic for “better” times, and may have needed more time to resolve old issues before our emotions could handle the karmic demands being made of us.  This afternoon was time when we may have needed a little extra gentle self-care to make it through, and some of that feeling may last into this evening.

Thankfully, the last notable aspect tonight is the Moon in Pisces sextiling the Sun in Taurus, giving us the security of our consciousness to help bolster our more fragile unconscious now.  This is a time to enjoy some creature comforts, taking care of our softer side, not as an escape from our responsibilities or karmic paths but rather in order to facilitate our growth at our own pace.  Our emotions can use some rest and comfort after such a hectic day, and our deep Piscean unconscious has a lot to process as we dream tonight.

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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 11th, 2017: Increasing Focus

This morning the Moon in Libra opposed Uranus in Aries, continuing the intense and erratic energies of last night’s Full Moon.  Uranus governs sudden change, rebellion, and technology, and when in hard aspect to the Moon its unconscious fluctuations can become even more unstable, so this morning may have seen technological issues as well as emotional agitation and flare-ups in tempers.  

Toward mid-day the Moon in Libra sextiled Saturn retrograde in Sagittarius, helping to stabilize our emotions and instincts and steering us back on a more practical track.  Saturn in aspect to the Moon tends to increase our seriousness, but since the sextile is a harmonious aspect this is likely to have been a helpful influence this morning, helping our social interactions with Saturn’s discipline and clear boundaries.  This aspect also started a lunar void-of-course period, encouraging us to settle into routine while processing the lessons of the Libra transit, and discouraging any bold new moves before the Moon’s entry into Scorpio early this evening.

The Moon’s entry into Scorpio sees our emotions and instincts transition from rational, fair, and socially harmonious to intense, focused, and secretive.  We simultaneously feel more deeply but are less interested in talking about what we feel.  This lunar transit encourages us to take an interest in hidden things and helps us to intuitively get to the heart of what others are feeling, helping those of us in human services and research-related professions.  This transit also throws control issues into focus – we may find ourselves behaving more compulsively during this transit, and our emotions can turn obsessive.  We become more persistent in our endeavors during this time, especially those in which we are emotionally invested, and we are not likely to be satisfied with half-measures.

Tonight the Moon in Scorpio sextiles the North Node in Virgo, bringing that persistence to bear on our pursuit of our souls’ purpose.  Our instinctive pursuit of hidden information is bolstered by the Virgoan North Node’s attention to details and concern with process and growth, and our progress in learning the new skills that move our souls forward is enhanced by our increased emotional focus and intensity.  This is a good night for learning what is needed to move us forward on our paths.

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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 24th, 2017: Renewed Optimism

The big astrological news of today is the opposition between Mercury in Aries and Jupiter in Libra this morning, making us highly aware of the balancing act between personal and interpersonal needs throughout the day.  Our awareness of this polarity between personal freedom and social harmony has been heightened in recent months due to the ongoing Jupiter/Uranus opposition which is now moving into a wider orb and thus is a less powerful influence (Though fear not!  It shall return in September!).  But here we are now back to this theme thanks to Mercury stepping into Uranus’ position, bringing this duality into our awareness on a more personal level than was possible with two transcendental planets, since the transcendentals operate on a more planetary and generational scale.  Mercury, however, is very personal, governing our thoughts and communication, and now being worked upon by the expanding, optimistic force of Jupiter, our minds are being called upon to play a bigger game, our bold, self-concerned ideas being moved to operate in a more diplomatic and social manner, to join our enterprising minds with our more sympathetic beliefs, to communicate with courage without disrupting our relationships, and breathe new life into the social order.  Expect people to be more chatty than usual today, and for Mercurial activities (trade and travel in particular) to be enhanced.  We may find ourselves taking more risks, and may need to be watchful that we don’t overdo things, especially in financial sectors.  Still, this is likely to be a time of optimism and renewed interest in learning, a good time to try new things and meet new people, and expand the possibilities in our lives.

Later this morning saw the Moon supporting this dynamic through first a trine to Jupiter and then a sextile to Mercury immediately afterward, helping us to feel the interaction between the two on an emotional level as well as a mental level, and bringing our instinctive reactions to bear on the task of integrating personal and social needs.  The Moon trined to Jupiter is likely to have expanded our feelings in a positive and buoyant way, giving more of a spring to our steps and an optimistic attitude, while the sextile with Mercury ensured that our thoughts and our feelings acted in harmony this morning, and that unity of thought and feeling, consciousness and unconsciousness continues this afternoon due to the trine between the Sun in Aries and Black Moon Lilith in Sagittarius.  Black Moon Lilith bridges the space between the Moon and the Sun, bringing our unconscious wisdom closer to the light of consciousness, and now trined to the Sun gives us an even greater capacity to make use of the information we have discovered in unconscious realms.  We now are likely to have a greater awareness of our own shadow, but this is a source of strength at this time that can lead to a sense of wholeness and understanding of our true desires.  We may feel a greater sense of personal power at this time and a bit more devil-may-care, a bit more reckless and courageous.  In combination with the Jupiter/Mercury opposition, this can definitely lead to more risk-taking behavior, which may be necessary to break out of a rut but still is something we should be mindful of to keep from going overboard.  That said, this trine is still a flowing, supportive aspect that helps us to access hitherto unknown (or unremembered) personal power and wisdom, at a time when those qualities can most benefit both ourselves and our loved ones.

In addition, this afternoon the Moon in Aquarius sextiles Uranus in Aries, putting our emotions and instincts into a supportive relationship with the transcendental ruler of Aquarius, heightening our love of personal freedom and our eccentricities yet also expanding on our capacity for inventiveness and our interest in the future.  Our technological capabilities may take a jump forward now, especially given the atmosphere of optimism and interest in new ideas created by the Jupiter/Mercury opposition, and the alignment of consciousness and unconsciousness created by the Sun/Black Moon Lilith trine.  We are now instinctively drawn to change things up, but more likely to do so for the better, keeping an eye to how our actions can positively shape the future for ourselves and our society.

Late tonight the Moon in Aquarius sextiles Saturn in Sagittarius, bringing our feelings back down to earth a bit perhaps, but still ending the night on a positive note.  Still social, still interested in the future, but now with a more practical bent to take the ideas and hope and excitement generated by the day and make real use of them in the physical world.  Though we may feel more serious as a result, we may also have a genuine sense of how to make today’s insights last beyond the moment, and bring real longevity to our relationships in the process.  This day and night have the capacity to act as an injection of new life and strength into our understanding of how we relate, both in personal relationships and in the larger social sphere, and the Moon aligning with Saturn at the end of the night brings the perfect close to such a day, so that what we’ve gained does not slip away but becomes part of our emotional structure, fortifying us for the future.

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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 15th, 2017: Operatic Intensity

Early this morning the Moon in Libra sextiled Saturn in Sagittarius, aligning our socially harmonious instincts with our disciplined and patient expression of our beliefs.  Our ability to see the big picture during this time was aided by our desire for peaceful interactions with others, and our relationships strengthened by our philosophical views, setting the day off on steady and reasonable footing.  This started a void-of-course period lasting for a few hours, making sticking to routine the best course for the morning.  

A little later in the morning Mercury in Aries trined Black Moon Lilith in Sagittarius, helping us to consciously understand and communicate some of the unconscious wisdom we have been gaining in relation to our beliefs and social values, and to learn more about ourselves and others in the process.  Our willingness to expand our views is enhanced at this time, and we are more conscious of the shadow side of our philosophies now, and more capable of making use of that consciousness to benefit both ourselves and others.  We are likely to be forthright and even aggressive in our communications today, and may find more enjoyment in exploring ideas and communication now.  This influence lasts throughout the day, making this an excellent day for learning in general, but especially for learning about the spiritual beliefs and philosophies of other cultures, particularly those beliefs that relate to women.

Late this morning the Moon enters Scorpio, giving us greater emotional focus and intensity.  We are likely to talk less about what we feel even as we feel more, and we are more likely to experience extremes in our emotions now, even as we keep tighter control on our reactions.  This Moon position enhances our ambition and drive, so we may feel motivated to accomplish more during the next couple of days.  We may also find ourselves being more observant, able to ferret out hidden details and secrets that we had previously overlooked.  Our standards are higher now, our ideals brought to the forefront, and we may find those around us have difficulty living up to our expectations.  We may be more distrustful now, more concerned with the degree to which others have control over us or portions of our lives, and may find ourselves engaged in power struggles during this time as a result.  We are likely to be more self-reliant now, with greater capabilities for manifesting what we desire, and we will not be easily dissuaded from our goals.

That Scorpionic persistence serves us well in relation to our karmic path this afternoon as the Moon in Scorpio sextiles the North Node in Virgo, combining Scorpio’s talent for manifestation with Virgo’s attention to detail.  Scorpio is a highly spiritual sign with a greater capability for understanding the workings of our karma, so now we are likely to throw ourselves wholeheartedly into whatever activity will gain us the greatest progress on our karmic path, and whatever experiences will teach us the skills we need to express our souls’ truth.

Tonight the Moon in Scorpio opposes Mars in Taurus, intensifying our drive even further.  Mars is the classical ruler of Scorpio, with his influence on this day already heightened as a result of the trine between Mercury in Aries (the other side that Mars rules) and Black Moon Lilith.  That trine combined with tonight’s Moon/Mars opposition may well give an operatic note to our communications tonight, as both of these aspects amplify intensity.  Oppositions create awareness of the balance required to fully express the energies of both opposing forces.  In this case, the Moon in Scorpio has our emotions and instincts experiencing the force of Scorpionic intensity and spiritual depth, while Mars is expressing his force in the material and bodily realms.  Our sexual drive in particular may be increased at this time, as well as our ambition and aggression, and tempers may flare tonight as a result.  Those of us who are able to navigate these realms successfully may find our personal magnetism and our ability to influence others increased, but overt power plays are not likely to fare well at this time – a balance must be found between the bluntness of Mars in Taurus and the subtlety of the Moon in Scorpio, or we may find ourselves see-sawing between our ideals and our baser desires.  This is a good night for the arts, theatre and performing arts especially, but also any activities favoring sensual enjoyment, especially those that combine sensory experience with spiritual and emotional insight.  Regardless of venue, we are driven to seek powerful experiences tonight, and whatever may happen, it is likely to be memorable.

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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, February 25th, 2017: Dreaming Minds

The skies are busy today!  Things got started with the Moon in Aquarius sextiling Uranus in Aries in the early morning hours.  Since Uranus is the transcendental ruler of Aquarius, this was an extra boost to Aquarian and Uranian energy, emphasizing movement, electricity, technology, and the future.  While this might have translated into some restlessness and perhaps waking at an unusually early hour, this harmonious  aspect may have yielded unusual insights and quickened response time for those of us who were awake.

A short time later the Moon in Aquarius trined Jupiter in Libra, bringing an optimistic and generous quality to our emotions and instincts.  Since Jupiter magnifies what he touches and the trine is the most supportive of aspects, our feelings were enhanced by this contact, but since Aquarius is a more rational and less touchy-feely sign, those feelings were likely to be more within the realm of creating better interpersonal and social dynamics, or simply feeling better about ourselves, since Aquarius can have an independent streak which was already emphasized by the Moon’s earlier contact with Uranus in Aries.

These two aspects together had the Moon activating the ongoing Jupiter/Uranus opposition, creating a Triangle of Potential with the Moon as the mediator helping to bring balance between these two outer planets in their tug-of-war between the personal and the political, freedom and social responsibility, individual needs and relationships.  Our emotions and instincts during these early morning hours were poised to help us mediate between these areas, and while most of us in North America weren’t awake for these aspects, the Moon’s governance of the unconscious makes it likely that our dreams did touch upon matters important to these areas, and regardless, the benefit to our unconscious during that time could well have reverberations during the rest of the day (unless you’re like me with the Jupiter/Uranus opposition directly plugged into a T-square with Sun/Venus/Mercury, in which case, sorry about the exhaustion…).

Later this morning the Moon in Aquarius sextiled Saturn in Sagittarius, reviving Saturn’s previous role as mediator in the Jupiter/Uranus opposition, and helping to steady our responses, increase our patience, and improve our discipline, particularly with regard to reactions tied to our beliefs and social structures.  Our optimism during this time was less of the pie-in-the-sky variety and more practical and down-to-earth, allowing us to knuckle down and get things done to improve our lives, especially in relation to others.  Since this started off a void-of-course period lasting several hours, this makes the early part of the afternoon a time to settle into our routines, fix things that are out-of-place or otherwise in need of editing and correcting, and let our minds drift while our instincts take the helm, strengthened by Saturn’s sobering presence.

Later this afternoon, both Mercury and the Moon enter Pisces within a short time of each other, conjuncting shortly thereafter.  This can put our thoughts and feelings into a dreamy fog, confusing our perceptions.  Pisces is the eldest sign of the zodiac, concerned with emotional and spiritual matters and universal consciousness, enhancing connections but also blurring boundaries.  Coming after the Moon’s contact with the highly boundary-conscious Saturn, this may be especially disconcerting.  Now is not a time for signing contracts, engaging in important negotiations, or doing anything that requires particularly quick wits (and that is true for the duration of Mercury’s passage through Pisces, until mid-March).  That said, Mercury in Pisces can be very intuitive, even psychic, perceiving others’ motivations as well as our own.  The danger here is that we may find ourselves picking up on thoughts and feelings without recognizing whose they are, mistaking them for our own, and may find ourselves led about in circles as a result.  Regardless, our thoughts and emotions are aligned together at this time, helping us to communicate about what we are feeling.  We are more likely now to say what we feel and our reactions are more likely to reflect whatever we are thinking, for better or for worse.  Still, there can be a lovely sweetness to our communication and instinctual responses now, as our kindness and compassion are emphasized in both our thoughts and feelings during the Moon/Mercury conjunction, continuing through tomorrow’s New Moon and Annular Solar Eclipse.

Tonight, the feelings gentled by the Moon’s entry into Pisces get a somewhat abrasive reminder of the challenges posed to our compassion by some of our more strident beliefs, as the Moon in Pisces squares Black Moon Lilith in Sagittarius.  Now we are confronted by our need to be right and our less-than-kindly attitudes when it comes to those we disagree with, especially in areas concerning our ideals.  We may find ourselves facing extremism, in either ourselves or others, dividing us at a time when our instinct is to be more loving and connected.  We may feel victimized and self-pitying as a result, and because both the Moon and Black Moon Lilith govern unconscious processes, our conscious minds may be hard-pressed to process all of this, especially with Mercury so recently entered into Pisces and now swimming in murky waters.  Still, Black Moon Lilith is very much about connecting the unconscious and the conscious (hers is a space between the Moon and the Sun), and the best way to navigate her territory is to surrender ourselves to the experience in order to fully process what she is trying to teach us.  It’s not likely to be pleasant in the case of her square to the Moon, but since the Moon moves quickly at least it will be brief.

Finally, late tonight the Moon in Pisces conjuncts the South Node in Pisces, opposing the North Node in Virgo.  The South Node governs past life influences, where we have come from and where we feel comfortable.  The North Node governs our karmic path forward, the future that we are heading toward, the skills and attitudes that we need to develop.  With the Moon conjuncting the South Node in dreamy Pisces, our instinctive desire will be to do whatever makes us most comfortable, whatever is familiar and easy and doesn’t challenge us.  However, since the Moon is opposing the North Node, we won’t be able to rest in this space without being aware of what we are meant to be doing in the polarity of this comfortable place.  The North Node in Virgo is concerned with tending to all of the little details of our karmic path, perfecting ourselves through a lengthy process of growth, mindful of our health and a more scientific method than this Piscean fantasy world that has lured us in.  Fortunately, of all the signs Pisces is most comfortable with paradox and the integration of opposites.  Tonight may well be a time for dreaming, and creativity, and sensual enjoyment of our emotions and connections, still recognizing where we need to be headed.  The Nodal axis is sometimes referred to as the Dragon, with the North Node as the head and the South Node as the tail, but the South Node also contains the stomach, the source of the hunger that the mouth feeds.  Our drive toward the future is informed by the past.  Our emotions and instincts may not be interested in tackling the areas in which we need to grow just yet, but our path toward the future may still rely on the hunger stoked in Piscean dream worlds tonight.

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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!