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Posts Tagged ‘Sun in Sagittarius’

Astrology of December 20th, 2016: Vulnerable to Fluctuations


After yesterday’s intensity, it would be nice if the cosmos could give us a rest for a day.  No such luck here.  Though we do see the main body of the day free of aspects, it starts off a bit rough with the Moon in Virgo inconjunct Uranus in Aries in the wee hours of the morning.  Our perfectionist instincts may have trouble with sudden changes and flashes of intuition that we may have received during that time, and our nerves are likely to be hard-pressed to adjust, though thankfully we have the whole rest of the morning and afternoon to get back on an even keel.

The Moon enters the 4th Quarter phase in the evening, squaring the Sun in Sagittarius and beginning a void-of-course period which thankfully lasts less than an hour before the Moon enters Libra.  In Libra, the Moon is even more vulnerable to fluctuations in environment than the Moon was in Virgo, and with an inconjunct to Mars in Pisces ending the evening, we may find ourselves thrown off-balance by the Piscean tendency to go in multiple directions at once.  On the plus side, this is one of the less difficult sign combinations to navigate in an inconjunct, as both Libra and Pisces are romantic and sensitive, and prefer to take a gentle or even avoidant approach to interpersonal conflicts.  They may not quite understand each other here, but neither are they truly hostile to each other, just puzzled.

The Moon in Libra brings our attention to the need for balance in our instincts and emotions, and seeks harmony in all things.  Since it governs the 7th house of socially significant relationships, Libra is deeply concerned with partnership, so the Moon’s entry into this sign sees us more intuitively concerned with how we meet others in our relationships, and how we can maintain those relationships peaceably.  The challenge here is to find true balance between ourselves and those with whom we partner, rather than giving in to the temptation to maintain peace at all costs including our own self-esteem and expression.  Though the Moon in Libra may not balance comfortably with Mars in Pisces, or may find itself too eager to smooth the way between warring compatriots with compromises, this can still be a good time for self-expression through the arts, via music or dance, since both of these signs tend to have talent in these areas that sooth the soul without sacrificing integrity.  We may be able to end the night on a harmonious note after all.


(All aspect times are calculated for Pacific Standard Time.  I tend to speak in broad terms when I reference time on this blog, referring to time-frames like “morning” or “afternoon” rather than specific times, since I still have a lot of friends on the East Coast who read these posts and I’d like them to be pertinent to those friends as well as folks here on the West Coast.)

Tarot for December 19th, 2016: Strength


Today’s Tarot card is the 9 of Wands (Strength).  We’ve already seen this card pop up once this month, and given that we are approaching the end of the Sun’s time in Sagittarius, it may seem a little odd to see it again so soon.  But perhaps it is fitting that we be reminded that Spirit is with us, and no matter how deep the darkness surrounding us becomes, we can and will be victorious.

As mentioned previously, the Thoth deck’s version of this card has both the Sun and the Moon on the central wand, so that both luminaries are united in their expression of Sagittarian fire, conscious and unconscious, masculine and feminine principles acting together equally.  Especially now during the third decanate of Sagittarius, the 9 of Wands invokes unity, as well as triumph over adversity.

The final degrees of any sign emphasize learning its last remaining lessons before we embark on a new sign and a whole new mode of experience.  The honest, free-spirited, idealistic, impetuous spirit of Sagittarius is a vital life-spark that we need to carry forward with us into the dark and cold of Capricorn season.  Being ruled by Jupiter means that Sagittarius wants to take ideas and run with them, expand on them, even overdo them in the quest to really experience them.  Now is the time to delve into the deeper meaning of things, to make sure that our horizons are as broad as we can make them.  It’s also a time to be social and fun, lest we forget as we enter 2016’s last Mercury retrograde today, with its intense Plutonian overtones.  The Sagittarian urge toward understanding is a useful push-off into that retrograde, as the mental reviewing characteristic of retrogrades unveils new layers of meaning and gives new insights for the centaur to pursue, and that in turn helps us learn the lessons of the retrograde with more hope and less resistance.

Now is the time to shake off doubts, bolster our courage, and go forward to meet uncertainty knowing that our conscious and unconscious minds are aligned with Spirit toward the same purpose, and we have the willpower to succeed.

Astrology of December 18th, 2016: Clearing Away Clutter


I woke up today just before the Moon in Leo trined the Sun in Sagittarius.  Lately I’ve been finding that my sleep patterns seem to be altering themselves according to what’s going on in the sky.  One might think that this is some kind of self-fulfilling prophecy, except that typically I write the day’s astrological analysis on the day in question and don’t closely examine Lunar aspects until that day, and while I certainly look at major aspects in advance, my tendency with those is to see them in the context of the larger pattern, slowly moving into place, so I don’t usually think of them in advance in relation to a particular day.  So, I’m not certain why I’m seeing this correlation of my sleeping/waking cycles with astrological patterns, and I definitely need to do more observation before drawing any conclusions.

In the meantime, the Moon in Leo trining the Sun in Sagittarius certainly gives a bright feeling to the morning (even in the dark of the pre-dawn hours here on the West Coast).  Spirited confidence comes with both of the Luminaries trined in fire signs, our conscious and unconscious selves supporting each other and lending a joyful strength to both personal and social attitudes.  This is a time when we can feel like all is right within ourselves, and that feeling is contagious!

Which is good, because we’re going to need some joy to contend with potential crankiness caused a few hours later by the Moon in Leo opposing Mars in Aquarius.  Mars relates to our energy and drive, and is associated with aggression, ambition, and sexuality.  When Mars is at odds with the Moon, our emotions and instincts can become frustrated and hostile.  With Mars in the airy, detached realm of Aquarius, we may find that whatever is agitating us is oddly impersonal, but since air feeds fire that impersonal source isn’t likely to be any less disruptive to Leo’s fiery emotions, and may make us feel like a bonfire about to get out of control.  On the plus side, Mars is great for fueling action, so this is a good time for physical activities and exercise – a late morning workout could be the perfect way to blow off steam and redirect that fire into burning away lassitude.  Since the Moon/Mars opposition marks the beginning of a very short void-of-course period (just under an hour), it’s best not to use that energy to start anything important with, but unfinished projects in need of an energetic boost can definitely benefit.

That void-of-course period ends with the Moon entering earthy Virgo, and no other significant aspects mark the day.  The Moon in Virgo puts the focus of our instincts and emotions in a more logical space, concerned with fact-finding and problem-solving.  The Moon in Virgo is very interested in processes and components, as well as perfecting systems, but not so comfortable with actual emotions.  This means that you should be mindful of your nerves and take especially good care of your health at this time – now is the perfect time to tweak your diet and exercise routines.  It also means that this is a great time to clean, get organized, and tend to the time-consuming mundane tasks that might bore you to tears at other times.  With the Moon in Virgo you can clear away the clutter and get ready for Virgo’s ruler Mercury to station retrograde tomorrow.  The fewer distractions heading into this retrograde, the better!

Astrology of December 15th, 2016: Socially Challenged


Today is entirely filled with challenging Lunar aspects.  Now is the time to knuckle down and learn some rough emotional lessons, and hopefully gain as much wisdom as we can from the day’s experiences with as little bruising as possible.  

The day starts out early with the Moon in Cancer opposing Mercury in Capricorn.  On the plus side, oppositions in astrology heighten awareness between the two bodies involved.  In this case, then, we have a heightened awareness of our emotional need for both sensitivity and security and our mental need to overcome obstacles to our success.  The balancing act between these two then is a fair degree of caution, and a need to steady our moods with the persuasive force of our ambitions.  Slow and steady wins the race here.  

This is further emphasized by the opposition between the Moon in Cancer and Pluto in Capricorn a few hours later.  Pluto’s intensity may make it harder to keep the famed Moon-in-Cancer moodiness from throwing us off-track, but it will add power and persistence to what we feel.  We should not forget that for all of Cancer’s moodiness and emotional sensitivity, this cardinal water sign has great business sense and is quite capable of putting a lid on intense emotions in order to get the job done until there is safe time and space to vent.  Just be sure to take the lid off before what simmers beneath the surface bubbles over.

Around mid-day the Moon squares Jupiter in Libra, and now we get into the more overtly challenging period of the day.  On one hand, even challenging aspects to Jupiter are rarely too much for us to handle – Jupiter’s benevolence and generosity in social realms can bring the Cancerian Moon out of its shell a little bit, and given the holiday season that can be a good thing.  On the other hand, anything left brewing after this morning’s encounter with Pluto may feel Jupiter’s expansive touch and turn into an inopportune emotional outburst, or perhaps even worse a constant tension of unexpressed feelings being suppressed in favor of the Libran obsession with social harmony, souring celebrations from behind-the-scenes.  Breathing through whatever we are feeling is a necessary skill set right now.

Unfortunately, shortly after the Moon/Jupiter square, the Moon inconjuncts Saturn in Sagittarius, so our emotional landscape really isn’t feeling too understanding of self-discipline right now.  Instead, we may find increased testiness at feeling inhibited and insecure, and not really see a clear path for muddling through what we are feeling.  There may be confrontations with others whose viewpoints simply make no damned sense to us, and it will take serious mindfulness to keep those encounters from erupting into self-righteousness and hurt feelings all around.  The residual influence of the Moon squaring Jupiter in Libra may actually be a benefit here, at least in terms of keeping the peace, though it isn’t likely to feel pleasant or comfortable, regardless.

This afternoon sees the Moon squaring Uranus in Aries, instigator of sudden change and rebellion.  This means that if any of the tension from earlier in the day involves authority figures (and with the presence of Pluto, Jupiter, and Saturn in 3 out of 4 of the day’s previous aspects it most likely does), any eruptions of temper are likely to cost us dearly.  Now is a time to err on the side of caution, and not only in social situations, because any combination of the Moon and Uranus increases fluctuations both in our moods and our circumstances – the Moon governs tides and cycles after all, and Uranus is prone to sending bolts of lightning to stir them up.  This increases the potential for accidents and injuries, so this is a crucial time to be mindful of our surroundings.

All of that jostling about by the Moon and Uranus signals the last major aspect formed by the Moon in Cancer, so the rest of the afternoon and evening is a void-of-course period in which all that restless energy can’t be applied to new and decisive action in the outside world.  On the plus side, actions taken during the void-of-course period tend to get ignored or have their effects negated, so that may reduce the fallout from any social gaffes resulting from all of the intensity of the day.  Still, it may be a good idea to hole up at home for the night with the last of the domestic yearnings from the Moon in Cancer, and apply the busy Uranian energy to finishing up projects there.  Given that the last aspect of the day is an inconjunct between the Cancerian Moon and the Sun in Sagittarius, chances are that we’re not likely to feel too social tonight anyway.  

Astrology of December 13th, 2016: Full Moon in Gemini


Today we see a Full Moon in Gemini as well as a busy day for Lunar aspects.  The pace of interactions is fitting for this mutable air sign, and reminds me of a cat getting into everything, curious to check out an assortment of planetary influences.

Getting started in the wee hours of the morning with a pair of inconjuncts, first from the Moon in Gemini to Mercury in Capricorn and then to Pluto in Capricorn, we may have started the day with an unsettled feeling resulting from our instincts in search of something new bumping up against our mental state of self-control determined to stay the course.  Since inconjuncts appear where planets fundamentally don’t understand each other, this interaction isn’t particularly hostile, just uncomfortable with the need to adjust these disparate influences.

A few hours later the Moon trines Jupiter in Libra and opposes Saturn in Sagittarius, emphasizing an emotional state supported by our faith and generosity yet potentially tripped up by fear and insecurity.  We need to learn to get out of our own way and take advantage of the opportunities the day offers us, but not be too self-indulgent in the process.  Jupiter encourages us to excess while Saturn reminds us of our limits, so we are likely to experience temptations followed by the admonition to restrain ourselves, with potentially unpleasant consequences if we don’t heed that warning.

The afternoon and early evening see the Moon sextile Uranus in Aries heightening the frenetic impulses of the Moon in Gemini, which doesn’t exactly encourage us to rein in that temptaion nor the excitement of the Full Moon in Gemini opposite Sun in Sagittarius highlighting the active, social quality of the season while amping up our sense of ideals and all of the myriad ideas being set in motion about them.  With Saturn conjoining the Sun, however, this is a far more serious Full Moon than we might normally expect with both Gemini and Sagittarius involved.  This is especially so given the square that Saturn in Sagittarius and Chiron in Pisces are forming, creating a T-square formation along the Solar/Lunar axis with Chiron as the release point at this Full Moon and moving into their exact square on New Year’s Eve (coinciding with the last day of Mercury retrograde).  Saturn calls attention to where we feel like we’ve been given the short end of the stick in life, but Chiron shows us where we are actually injured, not just afraid of our possible shortcomings.  These two challenging each other rarely looks pretty, instead offering the opportunity for painful learning experiences that may encourage our growth but which most of us would gladly avoid if we could get away with it.  Which the square aspect offers no opportunity for doing.  What it does is remind us that curiosity may kill the cat, while simultaneously making it impossible to avoid looking at whatever has that cat’s attention.  This gets us ready to make the upcoming Mercury retrograde period (Dec. 19th-31st) a time for seriously looking deep into our old wounds and confronting our shadows. On the plus side, Chiron is great for showing us where we can make it through our own difficult learning experiences by passing on what we’ve learned to others going through similar hard lessons.  We just need to do the inner work with Mercury retrograde before we try to pass on what we’ve learned during Saturn & Chiron’s waxing square.

Another configuration plugging into all of this is the electric opposition currently tightening up between Jupiter in Libra and Uranus in Aries, with Saturn moving toward a sextile with Jupiter and a trine with Uranus that will become exact on December 25th, lending Saturn’s discipline to Uranus’ desire for sudden change, with Jupiter amping up both.  This is a serious time for social and ideological change, with Uranus in Aries emphasizing newness and youth assisted by those of their elders who haven’t lost their activist fervor.  All those looking for a messiah on that day would do well to become their own!  This building fever between these three outer planets is the backdrop to tonight’s Full Moon, with Saturn’s conjunction with the Sun focusing these influences on our emotions and instincts via the Full Moon.  This is the time to set our intentions for the paradigm shift that is being set into motion whether we like it or not – we can either shape it ourselves with compassion and mindfulness or be dragged along with it, kicking and screaming.  Because something new is being birthed this holiday season, and its not just another plastic creche scene to feed the corporate kaiju tearing up the countryside…

Tonight finishes with the Moon in Gemini trining Mars in Aquarius to add some drive to that activity before turning void-of-course in the wee hours of tomorrow morning, which may give the night a bit of an anti-climactic feeling unless it’s well-spent in carrying forward the energy of this Full Moon with talking and brainstorming, so long as we don’t try to set true foundations for something important now.  Recognizing exactly what needs healing is what must take priority now, before we purge the infection.

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