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SUNDAY, JULY 22, 2018

Posts Tagged ‘Moon square Sun’

Astrology Update, 3rd Quarter Moon, January 8th, 2018: Lantern Light

There is a kind of paradox in the January 8th, 2018 3rd Quarter Moon in Libra, appropriate to the eternal balancing act of the sign.  When Uranus in Aries stationed direct the day after the 1st of January’s two Full Moons, it ushered in an unusual time when all of the planets are currently direct, free from the hesitation and hiccups of the retrograde influence.  In combination with Saturn’s recent entry into Capricorn, one of the two signs that it rules, it would seem as though the universe is aligned in favor of movement and getting things done.  The 3rd Quarter Moon, however, is a time when we have been busy disseminating whatever intentions we planted at the New Moon and saw come into fruition at the Full Moon, and our energy is now beginning to peter out.  Ironically, despite the forward motion and impetus to action of all of the planets, the 3rd Quarter Moon is a time for review, reassessment, and refinement of what actions we have taken toward our goals, similar to the need for such review during retrograde periods.  The combination of the will to action and the need for review make this an especially good time to take actions related to shedding things we no longer need, breaking bad habits, and removing unwanted influences, so that whatever intentions we plant at the upcoming New Moon will be able to grow unimpeded.

January 6th saw Mars conjunct Jupiter in Scorpio, amplifying our need for action in some of the deepest and most intense areas of our lives, and this conjunction is still in orb to have a powerful effect on this 3rd Quarter Moon.  Scorpio is emotional deep water, swirling around our drive, our ambition, our aggression, that is now touched with the fervor of faith.  Neptune in Pisces is still trined to Jupiter, lending imagination to this brew, course-correcting our trajectories through our dreams, and bringing a sense of selflessness to our actions – we are more willing to act on behalf of others now and in service to the greater good, and more likely to want whatever we do to be meaningful on a deeper and more universal scale.  But this 3rd Quarter Moon also sees Mars sextile to Pluto, and Jupiter moving toward his exact sextile with Pluto in the darkness shortly before the New Moon.  Our will to action is powerful under the Plutonian influence, and as a result this is an especially good time to take action to correct power imbalances in our own lives and in our larger society.

Given that the 3rd Quarter Moon is a square aspect between the Sun in Capricorn and the Moon in Libra, there is a challenge here between our need for accomplishment and our instinctive desire not to upset the peace, our will to go-it-alone up the mountainside and that desire for companionship that got so stirred up at the Full Moon.  Social Libra is the sign most desirous of harmony that is also most likely to find that harmony all-too-easily disrupted, so the tendency of the 1st and 3rd Quarter Moons to unsettle us with their emphasis on change finds our instincts especially sensitive to such disruptions now.  We have this powerhouse of capability with Jupiter, Mars, Pluto, and Neptune in supportive aspects with each other, and a weary and uncertain Moon making us instinctually unwilling to rock the boat, even when the universe suggests that it is in serious need of rocking.  And thanks to the trine from Mercury to Uranus and the square from Mercury to Chiron, both on the 6th and both still in effect, our minds at least are primed to do some of that rocking, able to learn from Chironian discomfort and gain insight from the rapid changes that Uranus triggers, even if those changes are the last thing the sensitive Libran Moon feels equipped to handle.

Libra’s ruler Venus conjuncts the Sun today, and at the time of the 3rd Quarter Moon she is close enough to be considered cazimi, “in the heart of the Sun.”  In the few degrees leading up to this rarefied state, Venus has been considered combust, “under the rays of the Sun,” her loving and companionable qualities hidden, face and form burnt, uncertain of her own power, and hesitant to receive affection.  That said, Venus is strong in Capricorn, well-equipped to endure the Sun’s fire in pursuit of her more radiant self.  For once she reaches the cazimi degrees, all of her impurities and uncertainties are burnt away, and she shines with the brilliance imparted by the awareness of the Sun.  Both the Sun and Venus sextiled Jupiter a few hours before the 3rd Quarter Moon, bringing a sense of faith and optimism to this new awareness of our more evolved capacity for love and connection.  Now is the time to recognize who we have become in pursuit of the affection that became such an emotional challenge during the Full Moon’s opposition to Venus.  And because the Sun and Venus both conjunct Pluto and Mars the day after this 3rd Quarter Moon, now is the time to recognize the power and urgency of our connections as well, with all of their practical and emotional impact boosted to the hilt at a time when our instincts turn toward peace and quiet.  With the Moon squaring Sun, Venus, and Pluto at this time, we are challenged to accept affection, to believe that we are worthy to have love exert its power in our lives.  In the cold of winter, heading into the dark of the Moon, Venus in the heart of the Sun becomes our sustaining light, drawing our reluctant hearts forward to press on through the night.

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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, April 19th, 2017: Upheaval and Stability

This morning began with a trine from the Moon in Capricorn to Mars in Taurus in the wee early morning hours, lending stability and support to our emotions and putting our feelings in alignment with our actions.  For those of us still awake at that hour, or those waking up very early, this was a good boost to our ability to get the job done on a very practical level, whatever that job might be, as the Moon in Capricorn is emotionally motivating while Mars in Taurus has the energetic follow-through to that motivation.

A short while later the Moon in Capricorn squared the Sun in Aries, bringing us to the Last Quarter Moon during which we disseminate the intentions that we set at the New Moon and built up to the Full Moon.  Since the Moon squaring the Sun put our unconsciousness at odds with our consciousness, this was a time when the last little details of what we set into motion at the New Moon may have been jiggling around at the back of our minds, wringing out the last bit of our attention to them before we could truly release them, and our dreams during this time may have reflected that process.  The Moon is growing darker now, and our unconscious is similarly being cleared in preparation for the next intention-setting period of the New Moon.  Since this aspect started a brief void-of-course period, it was also a time in which the lessons of the Moon’s transit through Capricorn had a final dark, receptive space in which to be absorbed before the Moon entered Aquarius, which it did less than an hour later.

The Moon in Aquarius takes the seriousness of Capricorn and moves it away from a personal focus toward the betterment of humanity as a whole, making us more socially conscious and more interested in dedicating ourselves to causes that improve our world.  While the Moon in Aquarius is not a particularly emotionally sensitive placement, being in a rational air sign, it can make us feel more friendly, more interested in the world around us and the people within it.  We are likely to be more future-oriented during this transit, more interested in new technologies, more eager to try new things, and less interested in upholding the status quo.  The classical ruler of Aquarius is Saturn, the same as for Capricorn, and so we still may feel the influence of Saturn’s sense of order and limitation on our instinctive reactions, but the transcendental ruler of Aquarius is Uranus, the Great Rebel, so even as we feel our limitations we may be more inclined than ever to resist them and even throw them off outright.  The Moon transiting Aquarius encourages us to let our inner eccentric out to play, and our instinctive responses are now likely to be more difficult to predict.  We are more likely to want to try new things, meet new people, and test out new ways of doing things during this transit.

The Moon’s first activity during this transit is a testy morning square to Mercury retrograde in Taurus, challenging our fixed and stubborn ideas and encouraging us to get out of whatever rut we may have fallen into in our thinking.  Mercury in Taurus has encouraged us to be slow and steady and practical in our thinking, while the Moon in Aquarius may have us feeling like slow and steady and practical is for the birds.  Mercury retrograde is also revisiting ideas, mulling things over like a cow chewing its cud, and may be inclined to linger over-long in one area of thinking now.  Both signs are deeply stubborn, so this was not a challenge to be easily resolved, as we were forced to confront our own less-than-forward-thinking tendencies, but also watched our newly-found instinctive eccentricity be challenged by thought and communication patterns that saw no reason to throw out the baby with the bathwater.  Urges toward freedom and change were tempered now by the questions of “is it practical?” and “do you really want this?”  As frustrating as the immobility of a square in fixed signs can be, this was a necessary tempering of our futurist instincts, asking us to be willing to do the hard work of integrating the practical with the ideal.

Late this afternoon the Sun entered Taurus, bringing the light of consciousness to practical realms as well, throwing what we need on the material level into focus now.  Taurus is very good at manifesting things in the real world, being a time of planting and preparation for the growth and activity of summer, so this is a good time to start taking our plans and putting them into action, slowly and steadily, while still mindful of our own health and comfort.  The Sun’s transit through Aries made us more conscious of our own desires and our will to put our mark on the world, and the transit through Taurus now takes the initiatory energy of Aries and really puts it to work, but sustainably rather than burning out in the fire of the tempestuous youngest sign.  Now is a time to appreciate the good things in life that are the fruits-to-come of our labors during this planting season.  This is a time when we are keenly aware of our creature comforts, and now that we are out of the lean times of winter we want to enjoy the things that make us feel good.  Taurus is ruled by Venus, recently turned direct, so work under this sign is not about privation, but rather has a strong aesthetic inclination and appreciates beauty, art, and stimulation of the senses.

Tonight the Moon in Aquarius sextiles Black Moon Lilith in Sagittarius, putting our future-leaning emotions and instincts into a supportive relationship with the part of our unconscious currently immersing itself in our ideals and patterns of belief.  Though Lilith’s action in Sagittarius can force us to confront our less evolved belief patterns, in this harmonious aspect with the Moon she may have given us new insight into how we can change those patterns, in keeping with the Moon in Aquarius’ urge toward stepping up our own evolution and that of our society.  This may have been a good time for talking with different people, exploring philosophical concepts, playing with new ideas and testing the boundaries of our beliefs in positive ways, as our unconscious instincts need to ensure that our newly-stabilized consciousness doesn’t get too rigid.

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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!  The threads of fate can only be adjusted when we start from a place of deep self-knowing.

Astrology Update, April 3rd, 2017: Emotional Tangle

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

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

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

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

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

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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!  The threads of fate can only be adjusted when we start from a place of deep self-knowing.

Astrology Update, March 20th, 2017: Spring Equinox

A Blessed Equinox to you all!  The Sun entered Aries this morning, making this the first day of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere.  Aries is considered the youngest sign of the zodiac, the sign of newness and wonder and adventure, the sign of both the archetypal fool and hero.  The Sun in Aries brings with it a bolder attitude and a desire to make one’s mark on the world.  As the sap quickens in the trees in spring, so too does our blood quicken and stir us to action, to match the lengthening light with more liveliness and enthusiasm of our own.  We are likely to be more focused now, more driven and ambitious, and far less likely to give up on what matters to us.  With that drive and ambition may also come more aggression, and our tempers are likely to be shorter, but thankfully anger at this time isn’t just quick to flare – it’s also quick to die out, as there are newer and better things on the horizon to catch our interest, and grudges don’t last under this influence.  How can they when we are waking up with the world around us, coming alive after winter’s sleep?  This is a great time to focus on physical fitness, self-improvement, new projects, and getting outside for a breath of spring air.

Of course, the Moon in Sagittarius just had to conjunct Saturn right after the Sun entered Aries early this morning, so those of us awake at that hour probably were feeling more grumpy than enthusiastic, as Saturn in hard aspect with the Moon tends to turn our emotions serious and even depressive, and at that hour especially is either reminding us of all that we have to get done in the morning or making us want to roll over and get a few more hours of sleep.  Since that aspect started a void-of-course period for a few hours, chances are that we weren’t feeling our sharpest either, so sticking to routine was the best fallback position this morning, at least in the early morning hours.

Later this morning the Moon entered Capricorn, turning our emotions and instincts toward more practical matters, and giving us a greater degree of steadfastness and drive.  Capricorn is a sign known for its dedication and determination, and with the Moon in this sign we can seem more stoic and aloof while simultaneously being more devoted to whatever goal we have set our hearts on, even to the point of fanaticism.  We feel a greater sense of seriousness and responsibility during this transit, as Capricorn’s ruler is Saturn, the Lord of Karma who foreshadowed this transit with that conjunction earlier this morning, and who eternally reminds us of our limitations and insecurities, not simply to be a downer but rather to inspire in us the self-discipline to push through our fears and whatever obstacles we may face.  Capricorn is known for patience and perseverance, and with the Moon in this sign we may feel like we are facing mountains but will be thoroughly ready to climb them for as long as it takes to reach the top.

That patience was tested right out of the gate as within a few minutes of entering Capricorn the Moon squared the Sun in Aries, increasing our frustration and impatience and likely setting tempers flaring.  This Last Quarter Moon is a time of breaking down the final barriers in releasing the intentions we set at the New Moon and brought into bloom at the Full Moon, and sets the stage for us to fully let go of that which no longer serves us as we prepare to go into the darkness of the New Moon and plant new seeds in the psychic soil.  Our consciousness in Aries and our unconsciousness in Capricorn clash only in method, not in drive.  The Ram and the Goat are both creatures with horns, after all, equally stubborn.  If we can recognize that sense of kinship between our desires and see that there is a time and place for both our patience and our time to run wild, then this aspect can prepare us to become a truly unstoppable force.

That force may be well-utilized this afternoon as the Moon in Capricorn trines the North Node in Virgo, bringing our dedication to bear on the goals most crucial on our karmic path, and drawing to us the experiences we need to fulfill our souls’ deepest needs.  While the Sun in Aries may be calling us to behave more brashly, still our patient and responsible instincts are aligning with our souls’ purpose and giving us the persistence to work through all of the little details necessary to our growth.  This is a time to improve our health, learn new skills or hone old ones, and perfect our process.  We are not likely to tolerate half-measures now, and will focus on getting things right, for however long it takes.  Work that requires attention to detail is favored now, particularly scientific work, teaching, writing and communication, and gardening or landscaping.

Very late tonight the Moon in Capricorn squares Venus retrograde in Aries, setting our steady and responsible instincts and emotions against an already uncertain and frustrated sense of connection.  Venus in Aries wants to take an active role in interacting with others, but in retrograde finds herself reassessing how we are connect with each other, what we take pleasure in, and whether our affections are really true to who we are and what we really desire, and so there is a hesitancy or restlessness and even discontent with our ability to be with others and enjoy ourselves together now.  That hesitancy is exacerbated by the Capricorn Moon, which is reserved and not terribly good at giving the attention and feedback that the Aries Venus is craving.  The Capricorn Moon is serious while the Aries Venus wants fun but isn’t sure she knows how to get it.  This is all one big recipe for frustration and the potential for hurt feelings is high.  That said, the challenges presented by this aspect can be useful in reminding us that sometimes we need to get out of our shells a bit more, and at the same time what we really want may not be something that will come to us immediately.  Human emotion and interaction can be complicated, and both of these signs want to make it simple.  Yet real affection and connection isn’t just a flash in the pan and takes time to cultivate, and sometimes we need to look past our own desires to really see and understand the people around us and learn what it is that draws us to them and brings their affection to us in return.

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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!  The threads of fate can only be adjusted when we start from a place of deep self-knowing.

Astrology Update, March 5th, 2017: Possibility and Reality

We are still feeling the effects of Venus stationing retrograde yesterday and will start to feel the effects of tomorrow’s Sun/Mercury conjunction as the day progresses.  Though Mercury in Pisces is not known for mental acuity and can be easily confused on the level of strictly analytical thought, still it is highly intuitive and capable of reading people well enough to pluck others’ thoughts seemingly out of mid-air, and tomorrow’s Sun/Mercury conjunction may make us highly conscious of our intuitive capabilities in both thought and communication.  Since Mercury is the ruler of Gemini, the sign that the Moon is transiting throughout today, our emotional and instinctive reactions may take some of this intuitive flavor, though the emphasis will still be on the classically Gemini qualities of curiosity, mental flexibility, communication, and speed.

In true Gemini fashion the Moon started the day off quickly enough with a sextile to Venus in Aries shortly after the witching hour and then a square to Mercury less than an hour later.  That Moon/Venus sextile was likely to inspire some emotional impulsiveness, especially in terms of our interactions with others, and may have inspired more than a few of us to stay up later than usual as a result of Gemini curiosity fueling the Aries desire for action.  However, the square with Mercury may have reinforced the more difficult qualities of Mercury in Pisces – the brain fog and confusion resulting from Piscean blurring of boundaries within our thoughts and communication, made all the more potent by the residual effects of yesterday’s Mercury/Neptune conjunction.  It’s just as well that this was happening during the wee hours of the morning for those of us in the continental United States.  For those of us working night shift, this could well have made for problems with concentration and communication and even fine motor skills.

Closer to dawn, the Moon in Gemini squared the Sun in Pisces, creating a challenge from our unconscious to our conscious selves.  The First Quarter Moon is a time of crisis in the build-up of energies connected to the intentions that we set at the New Moon/Eclipse, energies that will continue to build up to their release point at the Full Moon.  This First Quarter Moon sees our emotions and instincts in the mental sign of Gemini and our core consciousness in the emotional and intuitive sign of Pisces, which may have us feeling as though things are flipped on their heads and may result in us questioning what is real.  On the plus side, Gemini is great at synthesizing information and Pisces is great at integrating opposites and working within paradoxes, so these two signs are well-equipped to process conflicting data, but we still may find ourselves swimming in a bit of information overload during this time, information that requires a unified effort on both the conscious and unconscious levels to make use of.

The big astrological news of the day is this afternoon’s trine from Mars in Aries to Saturn in Sagittarius, creating a powerfully supportive connective between our drive and our discipline.  Mars in Aries is already potent, being in one of the signs that he rules, but adding Saturn’s patience and steadying influence now helps us to keep from raging forward impatiently and instead applies our focus with Saturnine direction, recognizing the perils and pitfalls that we must avoid, especially on the ideological front, and using our challenges and restrictions as a necessary part of the refining process to make the actions that we take now more likely to yield the results that we desire.  This afternoon is a time to make use of our energy and ambition, knowing that we have a greater capacity to do so with wisdom and integrity, aligning the needs of the self (Aries) with the needs of the bigger picture (Sagittarius).  Physical activity is favored now, as well as tackling the tough jobs we previously were reluctant to face.  Mars in connection with Saturn gives us the courage to face our fears, while Saturn keeps that courage from turning into foolhardiness.  This is a great time to break through procrastination, as we have the confidence now to work through our insecurities, calmly and steadily but also with just the right touch of excitement.  This is the intersection of possibility and reality, so it’s time to take advantage of it and use it to take those bold and necessary steps into the future that we’ve held back on for far too long.

To add to this boost in our personal power is a trine from the Moon in Gemini to Jupiter in Libra a little later in the afternoon, increasing our inventiveness and curiosity as well as our instinctive responsiveness to others.  This helps us to take those Mars/Saturn-driven actions in ways that don’t run counter to our purposes in social realms, instead facilitating our communication skills and our optimism in supportive and exciting ways.  We may find ourselves flying high on a sense of hope and fun during this time, but since we are being constructively grounded by that Mars/Saturn trine, we can enjoy our mood this afternoon while still making good progress on the things that matter to us and not floating too far into the ether.  The trine from the Moon in Gemini to Jupiter in Libra particularly enhances our good fortune in groups, especially when utilizing our communicative and technological skills and keeping a sense of lightheartedness.

The mood of inventiveness and stimulation continues this afternoon and into early evening with the Moon in Gemini sextiling Uranus in Aries, and since the Moon is making contact with both Jupiter and Uranus in short order it does activate the recent Jupiter/Uranus opposition that is still in orb to have lingering effects on our lives in connection with our individual identities and our relationships.  The Moon sextiling Uranus now adds to the unpredictability and inventiveness of this afternoon’s mix, encouraging us to think outside of the box and utilizing new strategies and technologies to achieve our aims.  Uranus is a revolutionary, so our instinct now is to break free from constricting patterns and cast an eye toward the future while being mindful of what we truly want for ourselves, not just what society tries to convince us we want.

As the evening progresses, our moods may take a more somber turn as the Moon in Gemini squares Chiron in Pisces, dredging up old hurtful patterns in both our own lives and the lives of those close to us.  We may find our earlier chattiness has inadvertently stepped on some toes, or our attempts to break new ground for ourselves have conjured up ghosts from our pasts that must be laid to rest before we can make real progress, and since our instincts are still set to Gemini’s fun-loving and somewhat flippant mode, we may experience some confusion as to what is actually going on and why the fun seems to have turned sour.

The moodiness brought on by this aspect is only exacerbated late tonight by the Moon in Gemini opposing Saturn in Sagittarius, turning our moods somber and even depressive.  All of the action of the day is still only a drop in the bucket of what needs to be done to get our world back on course, and that sobering sense of reality is Saturn’s stock-in-trade, deflating the Gemini giddiness that had us whirling through much of the day.  Our pace becomes slower now, whether or not we want it to.  Gemini tends to be an insomniac and Saturn tends to remind us of our limitations, so I expect that more than a few of us will encounter sleeping challenges tonight, whether of the variety that keeps us up tossing and turning or the type that knocks us out much earlier than anticipated, with still so much left in need of doing.  Since we will still be feeling some residual effects of the Mars/Saturn trine into tomorrow, however, navigating tonight’s Moon/Saturn opposition is really a matter of awareness of what is necessary to keep our engines running, and the recognition that tomorrow is another day, with new possibilities to build into realities.

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