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SATURDAY, AUGUST 18, 2018

Posts Tagged ‘Moon trine Pluto’

Astrology Update, May 15th, 2018, New Moon in Taurus, Uranus enters Taurus: Riding Out the Tempest

New Moons emphasize new beginnings, giving us a chance for a fresh start in each sign and the corresponding area of our lives.  This particular New Moon in Taurus gets a double-whammy of the impetus to change as a result of Uranus entering Taurus this morning.  Uranus entering Taurus brings the planet of sudden change to the sign of the immovable mountain for the next seven years, and our material and financial landscapes are likely to shift accordingly, as may our pleasures and values.  Yet sudden to a mountain may seem glacially slow to those of us without lifespans measuring in aeons, or it may move with all of the speed and force of a volcano erupting, but only after a slow build-up. Since the Moon turns void-of-course after its meeting with the Sun this morning, the slow build-up of Taurean change is particularly apropo – despite the zing of Uranian energy, we should not rush into change tonight because the void-of-course state of the Moon makes it unlikely that any changes started now will amount to anything of consequence.  Instead, we should allow Uranian insight to percolate alongside the pragmatic emotions and comfortable consciousness of the New Moon, and wait until tomorrow to start taking action.

Uranus brings an electric charge to the physical and creative realms, with an emphasis on kinesthesia, which is in effect an embodied intuition, where extra-sensory information comes with bodily sensation.  Since Uranus governs technology, we may soon find ourselves experiencing a massive revitalization in how we inhabit the digital parts of our world, our understanding of the ways electronics affect us bodily and materially, and which technologies we want to shape the ways in which we manage our resources.  Since Uranus brings about radical change, we may find ourselves caring less about material matters that previously meant a lot to us, or find ourselves caring very much about things we never previously considered important. Regardless, the fixed nature of Taurus ensures that we will not change our values, attitudes, and actions toward material resources idly – this is a deep and steady process, not frivolous change for the sake of change alone.

The power of this New Moon is amped up significantly due to trines from the New Moon to both Mars and Pluto in Capricorn.  The intentions that we set now can be backed up by serious drive and control, should we choose to exercise them. We may find ourselves in the grip of powerful emotions at this time, though Mars’ subsequent entry into Aquarius tonight may help temper our ambitions somewhat, or at least bring a more rational outlook to the table.  However, Mars is squaring Uranus during the changeover of signs for both planets, creating the potential for volatile tempers and erratic energy to play havoc with much of the next couple of days. Since Mercury in Taurus is also loosely squaring Mars, we would do well to watch our tongues, as the combination of both Uranus and Mercury in hard aspect to Mars could find us inserting our feet into our mouths with more than usual force.  At the very least, we may find ourselves far more impulsive than normal, or taking unusual risks with little forethought, as the Mars/Uranus combo can heighten adrenaline junkie tendencies. The Moon’s void-of-course status for most of the day could well be a blessing under these circumstances, limiting the damage that we can do with careless words and actions, but it’s best not to count on that status to save us.

This New Moon falls within 2 degrees of the fixed star Algol, the eye of Medusa, generally considered the most ill-favored star in the heavens, associated with misfortune and violent death.  Obviously, not every transit to Algol is going to turn nasty, but we would do well to exercise caution with this one, given the situation with Mars just outlined, and the power of the Moon/Sun trine with Pluto.  We are best off channeling the intensity of the Moon/Pluto trine into some creative activity – art produced now is likely to be powerful and moving, and can make good use of that Plutonian intensity rather than leaving us to stew in our own juices or fly off the handle due to the erratic Mars/Uranus/Mercury combo.  The Moon/Pluto trine in combination with Algol does give us a unique opportunity to face our inner demons in preparation for whatever changes Uranus’ entry into Taurus auguries, so New Moon intentions regarding our deepest material fears are especially potent and worthwhile now. This is a time to battle the monsters in our heads and hearts, so that real-world monsters we may encounter later will have a much harder time sinking their teeth into us.

With Jupiter in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces moving back into a trine during all of this upheaval, the impact of Uranus on our personal thoughts, energy, and emotions is acting against a backdrop of deep emotional and spiritual waters affecting us all on a societal level.  Now is a time to exercise faith and optimism, despite Uranian uncertainty and Mars’ frustrations. Jupiter trine Neptune in water signs encourages our compassion and sensitivity, and our willingness to see the bigger picture and place our own actions within the context of what is good for humanity as a whole.  Tempestuous as these times may seem, we have the capacity to affect real, positive change for ourselves and our society, and today’s New Moon may give us the first inklings of how to do that.

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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 27th, 2017: Life of the Party

Today started with the Moon in Taurus trining Pluto in Capricorn in the wee hours of the morning, increasing our emotional perceptiveness and intensity.  Those of us still awake or just waking up at that hour were not likely to be interested in superficial experiences and may have found ourselves drawn into situations of complexity and power that called on us to have greater emotional awareness and feel very deeply.  Those of us still sleeping may have had unusually vivid and intricate dreams, well worth taking note of in waking hours for the secrets of our inner world that they could reveal.

The skies have been quiet since then until this afternoon’s sextile from the Moon in Taurus to Chiron in Pisces, creating a gentle harmony between our grounded emotions and the wisdom we gain from our limitations and injuries.  This afternoon is a good time to connect with those in whom we can be vulnerable and confide about the areas of life where we struggle, and if we are not feeling particularly in need of a sympathetic ear we may find ourselves in the position of the voice of experience helping to bolster the spirits of others in need.

Tonight the Moon sextiles Venus in Pisces, creating feelings of conviviality that gently steer us to gather with our friends and loved ones and enjoy the richness of our close connections.  We are likely to enjoy entertaining others in our homes tonight, as the Taurus Moon combines forces with this sign’s ruler to make us particularly house-proud now, delighting in the environments we create and sharing them with others.  This is a good time for love relationships, old and new, a time to mend relationships that have been under duress, as we can gently and lovingly communicate our feelings under this aspect and smooth over rough edges.

This aspect begins a very short void-of-course period lasting only a few minutes before the Moon enters Gemini and whatever festivities we are enjoying for the night get a boost of Gemini liveliness and charm.  Our emotions and instincts under a Gemini Moon are driven more by intellect than by sentimentality, and we are more curious, more inventive, and more communicative as a result.  Since Gemini is ruled by Mercury, quickness prevails during this transit and our moods and responses are likely to turn on a dime.  We become more impressionable under this Moon, and more free-spirited, seeking action and stimulation and thriving on change.  On the downside, our decisiveness is likely to be impaired during this time, as we want to know all the options and are keenly aware that there is always more to know, more to explore, and we are likely to resent being pinned down and expected to make a singular choice.  That said, our openness to new experiences now makes us more adventurous and fun-loving, and the Moon’s entry into this sign so soon after the Moon/Venus sextile could make for a very enjoyable night.

That said, late tonight the Moon in Gemini squares the North Node in Virgo, reminding us that not all is fun and games, and some of our adventures could lead us off the the path of our souls’ preferred mode of growth.  It’s all-too-easy to gloss over important details when we’re moving so fast, or to turn to hyperbole in place of truth.  We may find ourselves challenged to keep from losing ourselves in frivolity and superficiality, and would do well not to stray into manipulative territory in our interactions with others.  Being the life of the party is all well and good so long as we remain genuine.

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If you enjoyed this post, please consider becoming one of my supporters on Patreon, where I have posted the digital art that accompanies today’s analysis here, along with some background on its creation.  Not only will you get an inside look into my divinatory art, but you will also help keep this blog alive and me writing and creating art daily.  I am incredibly grateful for my supporters!

Or, if you’re not into the monthly pledge thing but still want to show some support and get some art in the process, please visit my RedBubble page, where a selection of my digital art and my divinatory drawings are available printed on everything from clothing to notebooks to cellphone 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 8th, 2017: Isolation and Control

Today starts out with a late-morning trine from the Moon in Virgo to Pluto in Capricorn, bolstering our instinctive responses with a sense of power and control, and the feeling that the hidden powers in our lives have actually got our backs at this time.  We are better at ferreting out hidden information at this time, especially in relation to practical matters, and have a greater sense of determination now.  Our goals may seem clearer as well, and we are likely to pursue them with a fervor, and our feelings may intensify as well during this time, though the supportive flow of the trine makes that intensity an asset now.  

This afternoon that intensity gains focus with a trine from the Moon in Virgo to Mars in Taurus, taking the emotional power generated by the Moon/Pluto trine and funneling it into our energy and drive.  Since these signs are also earth signs, this is a very practical energy, steady and secure.  We are not likely to move quickly under this influence, but the actions that we do take are firm and clear, and oriented toward growth and process.  We have a greater sense of how our actions fit into a course of progress, and can methodically take the steps that we need to manifest what we desire in the material world.

However, this afternoon also sees a square from Venus retrograde in Pisces to Saturn retrograde in Sagittarius, which may impart a sense of coldness to our interpersonal connections now, and a degree of insecurity in how we relate to others.  Feelings of depression and isolation are heightened now, and we may find ourselves behaving more brusquely without even intending to or knowing why.  Things we have previously taken pleasure in may now seem dissatisfactory or frivolous, and we may take a dismal outlook on our own values now, questioning why things matter to us, or even if they matter.  We may limit our own indulgences now, unwilling to waste time on lightheartedness, yet our practical, serious orientation may also suffer from a certain discontent, as our more affectionate side questions why, why must we submit to this isolating, restrictive mood?  We simultaneously feel the need to exert discipline over ourselves even as we struggle with the joyless feelings this invokes.  Since both Venus and Saturn are retrograde now, this challenging aspect invokes the need to reconsider how we contribute to our own isolation, when we must remove ourselves from things we find fun in order to tend to our responsibilities, and how to keep the balance between our isolating discipline and our pleasurable affections, and where they need to mix.  Not an easy mixture to be sure, but good boundaries can enhance our ability to relate to others, not just dampen it, so this is a necessary lesson.

Tonight the Sun in Aries squares Pluto in Capricorn, and the tension of the Venus/Saturn square gets an added tension to contend with, as our conscious urge toward self-determination is challenged by the hidden forces in our lives, the powers-that-be clamping down on our ability to step fully into the adventure of our lives.  We may find our fight-or-flight response stirred up by this aspect, making us either more contentious or more avoidant, depending on what fears the influence stirs up.  We may find ourselves forced to confront endings or transitions that we would rather avoid, secrets coming to light in especially disruptive ways, and we may find ourselves feeling out of control as a result, potentially making some of us scramble to regain that control and setting us at odds with others in a similar state of unease.  We are likely to find ourselves drawn to intense situations that bring out these feelings, even if we want to avoid them (and sometimes especially when we want to avoid them!).  Conflicts are more likely to erupt tonight, and those of us in already abusive situations may find those coming to a head at this time.

Later tonight the more emotional after-effects of today’s two big squares are likely to make themselves known, with the Moon in Virgo opposing Chiron in Pisces putting our more rational instincts in conflict with our deep, inner hurts.  We may be made more aware of the patterns of injury that we subject ourselves to in the aftermath of the Venus/Saturn and Sun/Pluto squares, as Chiron forces us to feel these wounds deeply.  Since the Moon in Virgo is ruled by intellectual Mercury, this is not a lunar placement that is comfortable with these kinds of deep feelings, so this can be a difficult awareness, as we try to balance our rational feelings with a sense of injury that we don’t know how to heal for ourselves.  Navigating through this period successfully is aided by talking through things with people we trust, or for those of us who don’t have that option doing journaling and a lot of self-care, particularly with regard to our bodies, as the Virgo Moon finds it easier to deal with emotional health through the vehicles of mental and physical health.  This is also a time to be conscious of how our current experiences fit into our long-term patterns of growth, as Virgo is attuned to cycles of growth.  Above all, we should endeavor to be compassionate with ourselves and others tonight – this is a day when we are processing a lot of powerful information about ourselves and our ability to relate to others, which can give us long-term insights that extend far beyond ourselves and our immediate circumstances, and choosing to confide those experiences tonight can help effect deep healing for ourselves and others if we are willing to admit to and try to understand our pain.

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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 30th, 2017: Faith and Power

This morning started with a lovely sextile from the Moon in Taurus to Neptune in Pisces, giving our instincts and emotions the benefit of Neptune’s fantasy glow while still staying firmly rooted in the practicality of Taurus.  This influence helped us to feel stable but sympathetic, compassionate yet nobody’s fool, and gave us the benefit of a more universal vision while still allowing us to give equal attention to our personal concerns in the material plane.  This was a great influence for creativity and intuition, and a good foot to start off on before facing the challenges the sky has for us as the day progresses.

Later this morning the Moon in Taurus conjuncted Mars in Taurus, and that may have led to more aggressive feelings and potential frustrations.  Mars in Taurus has practical ambitions and power-house drive, but the Moon is about seasons, cycles, and fluctuations.  Though Mars is likely to be more patient in the sign of Taurus than elsewhere, still Mars wants what Mars wants, and waiting on moods isn’t Mars’ preferred agenda.  The Moon is instinctive and emotional, and being inherently watery is likely to soak up whatever sauce the planet it conjuncts has been stewing in.  Given Taurus’ sensory predilections and material ambitions, that makes us likely to have spent this morning feeling driven in relation to obtaining material comforts, but also more inclined to break diets and indulge our creature comforts, and less inclined to move overall unless that movement was required to obtain something we really wanted.

Toward mid-day the pressure that has been building for the past few days finally hits its peak with the exact square between Jupiter in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn.  This influence will continue to linger for days after this, but now is when its intensity is highest.  Jupiter’s transit through Libra has had us experiencing a greater awareness of our relationships and our desire for social harmony, as well as our faith and our luck in these areas, which we have been reassessing during Jupiter’s current retrograde.  Pluto’s transit through Capricorn has brought to light the hidden workings of power in our social hierarchies and our livelihoods, and how governments, corporations, and other institutions seek to maintain control in the face of deeply transformative forces at work on a grand scale.  These two are now clashing, testing our faith and optimism in relation to the survival of our social structures and our ability to persevere under the aegis of the current powers-that-be.  Both our personal relationships and our social relationships are likely to be tested in the process, as well as our own capacity for weathering the changes in our lives.  Many of us have been undergoing deep transformations during the Pluto transit through Capricorn in relation to the institutions in our lives thanks to the series of squares between Pluto and Uranus between 2012 and 2016, and then we have experienced our relationships and faith in society being tested by the ongoing series of oppositions between Jupiter and Uranus heightening our awareness of how those relationships and society come up against our own personal needs for freedom and self-actualization.

Today’s square combines lessons from both of those periods, magnifying the conflict between our shared visions of a peaceful society and beneficial partnerships versus institutional power and hidden forces grasping for control of our lives.  On the personal level, we may find ourselves struggling with power in the big, impersonal realms of our lives – governments, hospitals, law enforcement, and organized crime all are emphasized under this influence.  Pluto governs the inevitabilities of death and taxes, as well as transformational forces like life-threatening illness.  Jupiter magnifies whatever he touches, making our encounters with these forces seem larger-than-life and with potentially far-reaching consequences.  Particularly for those of us with Sun, Moon, or personal planets in the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn), we can feel like we are caught between a rock and a hard place now, having our very identities ground away by forces beyond our control.  Because these are slow-moving generational planets, we will continue to feel the effects of this square over the next couple of weeks, with the impact on our lives likely to be felt for much longer.  Pluto governs the kind of change that remakes us from the ground up.  This transit can reveal secrets with the impact to shake both our relationships and our society to their very foundations.  There are no quick and easy solutions for coping with this environment, and since Jupiter is involved our ability to be optimistic is deeply challenged by this – for many of us this transit marks a “Dark Night of the Soul” that shakes our faith to its very core.  The one silver lining in all of this is that those of us who make it through this transit intact (on top of all of the related transits previously mentioned) may emerge with an unmatched understanding of the workings of both power and faith, having found a way to integrate the two in the midst of great tumult.

This evening the Moon gives us an emotional lifeline for navigating our experiences during this Jupiter/Pluto square, as the Moon in Taurus trines Pluto in Capricorn, adding power to our emotions while Taurus’ steadying influence helps us to navigate the ongoing process of structural transformation.  We may feel the need to stick to our own goals during this time more strongly as a result, gaining a renewed sense of determination despite whatever power struggles we are experiencing.  We may fall back on our material comforts at this time, or our creativity and our ability to appreciate art and beauty may become the grounding forces that help us to keep our heads up and our sense of purpose clear.  Though we are undergoing some trying times, still this is a beautiful planet with much to remind us of why life is worth living, and the Moon/Pluto trine may well give us both that reminder and the fortitude to persevere.

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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 12th, 2017: Full Moon in Virgo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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