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Astrology Update, March 25th, 2017: Descent Into the Sensual

The Moon in Aquarius turned void-of-course at the time of the Moon/Saturn sextile late last night, so today starts still in this emotional and instinctual limbo state.  However, for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere and on diurnal schedules that void-of-course time was likely to play out while we were sleeping, and for those of us awake at that hour sticking to our routines and finishing tasks rather than starting anything new was the best course of action.  Thankfully, the void-of-course period did not last long, as the Moon entered Pisces in the early morning hours, turning our emotions and instincts toward a more sensitive mode of being and perceiving, increasing our compassion and our desire to operate on a more universal level.  We are likely to be more sympathetic toward others during this lunar transit, more in tune with emotions in general, and more intuitive as well.  We have a heightened awareness of victimization now, in both ourselves and others, and may find ourselves more moody and depressive as a result.  Of course, just as easily we could find ourselves more desirous of social connection, more inclined to seek out fun gatherings to swim this sea of feeling with.  Our emotions tend to turn sensual during a Pisces Moon, soft-hearted and kind and touchy-feely, and we may have trouble with interpersonal boundaries now, hard-pressed to say “no” even when we know we should.  

Navigating those blurred interpersonal boundaries is likely to be a theme of this day, since shortly after the Moon enters Pisces the Sun in Aries conjuncts Venus retrograde, bringing the light of our consciousness to bear on our modes of connection, what we value and what we take pleasure in, and how we experience and express our affections toward others.  Venus retrograde has been busy reassessing all of that during the past three weeks, trying to suss out how we meet our needs as individuals while connecting with others, and how we show up within relationship in ways that honor our core values and our pleasures.  Now our core consciousness becomes identified with this process, and our attention shines fully on Venusian matters.  More than ever, at this time we want to love and be loved, but with Venus in retrograde we may be more fully aware of all of the ways in which we are not fulfilling that desire.  Questions of self-image and self-esteem are likely to figure prominently today, as well as the ways in which our pursuit of personal fulfillment can put us at odds with our need to connect with others.  Still, the Sun joining forces with Venus tends to be a benevolent influence, even during the uncertainty of a retrograde period, so this can be a good day to simply let our affections shine, regardless of our doubts and occasional stumbles, and enjoy the warmth of our hearts in the springtime.

The Sun/Venus conjunction was followed a few hours later by the Moon in Pisces conjuncting the South Node there, putting our emotions and instincts in a nostalgic and comfortable place, which was not terribly good for accomplishing much toward our souls’ purposes during that time, but which did put us in connection with the skills that we are best at, on familiar ground emotionally.  We may have run into people we haven’t seen in years, especially those with whom we have had strong emotional connections – past loves may have reappeared at this time.  Though the feelings we experienced this morning may not move us forward in themselves, still there it is likely that there was an instinctual awareness that this nostalgia was just that, not a feeling that we could linger in for long nor build on for the future.  Pisces is the last sign of the zodiac, and therefore deeply concerned with endings and what we must let go of in order to progress, and that awareness was bolstered during this time.

Toward mid-day, the Moon in Pisces squared Black Moon Lilith in Sagittarius, setting us a bit on edge unconsciously, bringing the softer side of our emotions and instincts up against our unconscious awareness of potentially self-defeating belief patterns.  Black Moon Lilith in Sagittarius sees our drive to learn and grow being hampered by self-righteousness and recklessness, and we may find ourselves mired in events this afternoon that throw the difference between our beliefs and our connection to the larger universe in contrast, but with the Moon in Pisces we are not likely to see that contrast clearly, rather having to muddle our way through these situations without having a conscious understanding of what is going on, with the wisdom of experience growing only in the aftermath.

Still, that wisdom may be forthcoming tonight when Black Moon Lilith in Sagittarius joins forces with Venus retrograde in Aries in a lovely, flowing trine.  This is an aspect that brings the Divine Feminine to the forefront, though with the players in question being a dark goddess and a love goddess undergoing an journey of reassessment, we may well have to face some uncomfortable truths about our relationship with that divine feminine.  This aspect smacks strongly of the myth of the Babylonian goddess Ishtar (the divine representation of the planet Venus) descending into the underworld, ruled by her sister Ereshkigal, who decrees that she may enter only “according to the ancient degree” through each of seven gates one gate at a time, shedding an article of clothing at each until she arrived before Ereshkigal naked.  We are in the process of stripping our love down to its bare truth, with nothing to hide behind.  Especially following the square from Black Moon Lilith in Sagittarius to the Moon in Pisces, this trine may well bring forth the question:  what must we leave behind to have the love that we desire?  How do we reconnect with our deepest, most loving selves?  And how do we honor both the bright and dark goddesses within?  Black Moon Lilith is deeply connected to the process of surrender, not as a sign of weakness but rather as an acceptance of the power of receptivity.  Human energy operates on a spectrum of active and passive, piercing and receptive, that dualistic views of the universe perceive as gendered, and both patriarchy and much of the effort to overthrow it have too often scorned receptivity in favor of action.  Yet there is no Yang without Yin.  No substance without the space to contain it.  How will we love if we do not make room for that feeling?  Tonight’s trine between bright goddess Venus and dark goddess Black Moon Lilith gives us the space to explore the ebb and flow between the two.

Near the witching hour the Moon in Pisces sextiles Mars in Taurus, reminding us of Venus’ connection to the martial spirit of Mars through the current mutual reception between the two, now slowly moving out of orb as Venus prepares to re-enter Pisces in April.  Our soft and gentle feelings receive support from the steady strength of Mars in Taurus, our spiritual leanings bolstered by our practical focus.  This is a time to take action on our feelings, and to let what we feel temper our actions.  Both Mars in Taurus and the Moon in Pisces are highly sensual, favoring intimacy with those we love, as well as creative pursuits and nurturing care.  This is a night to surrender to loving experience, whether alone or with others, to explore our deepest knowing in the beauty of the physical world.

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

Please keep in mind that we all have different responses to the aspects of the day because we all have different natal and progressed charts with which these aspects interact.  If you would like to know more about your own natal and progressed charts in order to better understand how the aspects of the day will affect you, please take a look at my astrological services, and let’s get started on helping you to understand your life better!  The threads of fate can only be adjusted when we start from a place of deep self-knowing.

Astrology Update, March 23rd, 2017: A Time of Testing

Today started with a kindly sextile from the Moon in Aquarius to the Sun in Aries in wee early morning hours, giving us a last alignment of our conscious and unconscious selves in the disseminating portion of the lunar cycle before the upcoming New Moon in Aries.  The intentions that we set at the New Moon in Pisces and brought into fullness at the Full Moon in Virgo have been releasing into the world, and we are getting ready for the internal focus of the dark of the Moon, when we get clear on what matters most to us in setting our intentions for the next lunar cycle.  The Moon in Aquarius is future-oriented, instinctively bringing new ideas and viewpoints to the forefront, and aligning with the bold and active consciousness of the Sun in Aries gives us the drive to make real changes for the betterment of humankind and the planet.  While most of us in the Western Hemisphere were either asleep or winding down at the time of this alignment, still it set the stage for our dreams and began the tone of this day on a hopeful note.

A few hours later the Moon in Aquarius sextiled Black Moon Lilith in Sagittarius, amplifying the strength of our unconscious wisdom and our willingness to accept our own deep, inner knowing.  This alignment encouraged us to surrender to our ideals, feeling the power of our beliefs yet willing to continue to expand upon them, to see and embrace other perspectives in order to broaden our own.  This feeling built upon the energy of the Sun/Moon sextile, and fedinto the Moon’s next aspect, a loving and energetic sextile with Venus retrograde in Aries.

Venus retrograde has been going through the process of reassessing our connections with others, giving us greater understanding of what we value and take pleasure in, and how we give our affections and to whom.  Though Venus retrograde can sometimes be an uncomfortable time in terms of our interpersonal relationships and self-esteem, this morning’s Moon/Venus sextile gave us back some of the warmth and friendship that we need to sustain us, combining Aquarian instincts for betterment of self and society with the insights we have been gaining during this retrograde, and helping us to gain a stronger feeling for how our personal means of relating to people and enjoying life fits into the larger picture.

That sense of enjoyable companionship that the Moon/Venus sextile sought to encourage gets challenged this afternoon by the Moon in Aquarius squaring Mars in Taurus.  Mars in Taurus applies our energy and drive toward the material and physical matters of life, and may turn a blind eye to the more idealistic concerns of the Moon in Aquarius.  This afternoon we may well find ourselves confronted with choices that pit our principles and our material comforts against each other.  Since Venus rules Taurus and Mars rules Aries, there is a certain degree of sympathy between the energy of the Moon/Venus sextile and this square, which may help to navigate the challenges the Moon/Mars square brings up.  This aspect is an opportunity to see where we can reshape our material goals and comforts to accommodate our ideals and our sense of social responsibility, without sacrificing so much that we become resentful.

This sets us up for the big astrological event of the day, tonight’s square from Mercury in Aries to Pluto in Capricorn.  Mercury in Aries’ martial attitudes have been building through the afternoon, first warmed by the active camaraderie of the Moon/Venus sextile, then stirred to action through the challenges of the Moon/Mars square, and tonight our minds are likely to be primed for assertiveness and eager for new action.  But Pluto in Capricorn brings the powers-that-be to bear against minds and opinions that step out of line, and when these two clash there may well be fireworks.  Neither Aries nor Capricorn is known for backing down from a fight, especially when each is convinced they are in the right.  Pluto, like all transcendental planets, changes whatever he touches from the ground up, a disconcerting experience even under the best of circumstances.  And these are not the best of circumstances.  Political intrigue and strongarm tactics, techno-bureaucratic institutions with no sympathy for individual needs and desires, corporatocracy and plutocracy run amok, and a suffering planet undergoing drastic transformation at a pace faster than any of us care to admit or can really keep up with – these are the powers that our minds must grapple with now.  Pluto governs deep transformation, including death, and we may find ourselves facing fears now to give even the boldest martial spirit a run for its money.  We may find ourselves in a whirlwind of uncertainty tonight, gripped by changes we do not know how to navigate but know we must if we are to survive.  Tempers may flare, and there are likely to be some powerful arguments and clashes of will.  This is a time of testing, tempering our minds to face the inevitable reshaping of our society and our world, and ourselves along with them.  The ideas that we generate in response must determine what entrenched power systems we rid ourselves of in order to pass through this shadow of death and have a real chance at life.

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

Please keep in mind that we all have different responses to the aspects of the day because we all have different natal and progressed charts with which these aspects interact.  If you would like to know more about your own natal and progressed charts in order to better understand how the aspects of the day will affect you, please take a look at my astrological services, and let’s get started on helping you to understand your life better!  The threads of fate can only be adjusted when we start from a place of deep self-knowing.

Astrology Update, 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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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 18th, 2017: Companionable Thoughts

Today’s astrological activity started with an early-morning square from the Moon in Sagittarius to the North Node in Virgo, pitting our fun-loving emotions and instincts against our karmic path.  We are feeling broad-minded and philosophical under the Sagittarian Moon but our souls are still demanding that we pay attention to the details that are going to get us the experiences and skills we need to fulfill our soul’s purpose, and this morning the disparity between what we feel and what we need may have come to a head.  Of course, since this was a lunar aspect it was short-lived, and therefore more part of the process of refining and course-correcting than anything likely to stimulate major change, especially since those of us in the Western Hemisphere were probably still sleep at that hour.  Even so, it is worth noting whatever dreams we may have woken up with this morning, as they could yield clues to resolving this conflict.  

A short while later the Moon in Sagittarius conjuncted Black Moon Lilith, still early enough in the morning that most of us were likely asleep, and increasing the likelihood of us gaining wisdom through our dreams regarding our religious and philosophical beliefs and how they influence our emotions and instinctual reactions, especially since Black Moon Lilith aids us in bringing unconscious wisdom closer to consciousness.

The big astrological news of the day was the conjunction between Mercury and Venus retrograde in Aries, bringing our thoughts and communication to the same place that Venus is currently mulling over, namely how we connect with others which being true to our own identities and valuing our sense of self.  Our communication is likely to be more affectionate today, as well as more enjoyable, though still a bit self-absorbed.  We are more mindful of our connections with others now, and of how what we say expresses our values and feelings toward others.  Our thoughts and communications today are more likely to be concerned with what we find pleasurable and with building and maintaining connection, though that doesn’t automatically mean that we will be pulling others toward us.  In fact, what we say may well be more concerned with maintaining our sense of freedom and individuality.  We may try to express ourselves in new ways, or seek change in how we think about and communicate in our relationships.  We may find ourselves being simultaneously more active and more introspective, more interested in communicating and connecting through shared activities than through words, or focusing on how actions and activities affect our relationships.

The Moon in Sagittarius reinforced these considerations through trines this afternoon, first to Venus and then to Mercury, bringing our emotions to bear on our interpersonal communications.  Our thoughts and feelings today have been working together to assess our interactions and determine what is truly pleasurable and valuable to us, and where our affections really lie.  And with two fire signs in the mix getting this much emphasis, these aspects most likely didn’t lead to quiet contemplation, but rather active exploration.  Movement and action are what are needed to process these thoughts and feelings tonight.

Tonight the Moon in Sagittarius squares Neptune in Pisces, bringing us back around to confronting our escapist tendencies and addictive behaviors, especially when our more fun-loving side bumps up against our sensitivities and compassion for the state of others in a turbulent and wounded world.  All of today’s interactions with others and trying to determine what works best for ourselves while still maintaining the connections we need may well have led us to some uncomfortable feelings in relation to the larger picture and humanity as a whole, and we may well feel like burying our heads in the sand at the end of it all.  Like all transcendental planets, Neptune changes whatever it touches from the ground up, so our emotions that have gotten all revved-up with fiery possibilities and expanded philosophical horizons are now being touched by more universal forces that can turn what seemed clear before into a muddle of confusion.  Our feelings may suddenly turn wounded without us really understanding why.  Or we may become painfully aware of the impermanence in our lives and what we have to let go of in order to have our heart’s desire, and it may seem overwhelming.  Whatever the case, we need to have compassion for ourselves and others now, and recognize that tonight’s confusion doesn’t have to result in avoidance or falling back on self-destructive patterns.  The path ahead may seem illusory, but what is clouding our vision is only temporary, and we may still gain some illumination through the process, however uncertain it seems now.

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Or, if you’re not into the monthly pledge thing but still want to show some support and get some art in the process, please visit my RedBubble page, where a selection of my digital art and my divinatory drawings are available printed on everything from clothing to notebooks to cellphone cases, as well as art prints.  My Etsy shop is also a good place to visit for both printed art and wearables, as well as my hand-crafted herbal dream pillows.  Every sale helps me to continue what I do here, and I deeply appreciate the support!

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

Please keep in mind that we all have different responses to the aspects of the day because we all have different natal and progressed charts with which these aspects interact.  If you would like to know more about your own natal and progressed charts in order to better understand how the aspects of the day will affect you, please take a look at my astrological services, and let’s get started on helping you to understand your life better!  The threads of fate can only be adjusted when we start from a place of deep self-knowing.

Astrology Update, March 13th, 2017: Setting Minds Alight

Today started off in the early morning hours with Mars in Taurus trining the North Node in Virgo, aligning our ambition, drive, and energy with our karmic path, increasing our momentum toward the experiences and skills that we need to gain in this life.  This makes today a great day to tend to crucial details in moving ourselves forward and achieving our goals for increasing our well-being on our souls’ level.  The perfectionist nature of Virgo is heightened at this time, with plenty of power driving it, so there is always the possibility of overdoing things now, but this is a harmonious aspect, so I suspect that we will be more driven to pay attention to process and growth, and may find ourselves experiencing a boost in physical vitality as a result.

Still early this morning, the Moon in Libra sextiled Black Moon Lilith in Sagittarius, bringing our unconscious reactions into alignment with our unconscious wisdom, and allowing us to gain understanding of our shadow side that we can put to good use, especially when it comes to the shadow side of our beliefs and how we relate to others in a larger social context.  Black Moon Lilith deals with the knowledge that hovers in the space between the unconscious and the conscious realms, so we may find the information that occupied our unconscious this morning slowly filtering into the light as the day progresses.

That light may seem brighter this afternoon as Mercury leaves the watery, mystical realm of Pisces for fiery and direct Aries, giving our thoughts and communication a push in a more active direction.  Aries is ruled by Mars, so today’s Mars/North Node trine is likely to influence that action, focusing our minds on the areas of our lives that our souls most want to explore.  We may find ourselves a bit more headstrong now, more self-directed and self-interested.  Aries governs the head, so even though Aries can be a bit impulsive and thoughtless at times, still intelligence is valued by this sign, just not of the ponderous and slow variety.  Mercury in Aries is quick, interested in life, excited by possibility, and eager to try anything and everything.  Aries tends to be more egoic than other signs – after all, it is Aries’ mission to carve out an identity for the self – so we may find ourselves identifying with our ideas more at this time, more likely to defend them as if we are defending our very lives, and so we may find ourselves embroiled in more arguments during this Mercury transit.  On one hand, Aries can be quick to anger, so we may wind up in debates that seem to spring up out of nowhere.  On the other hand, Aries is quick to move on and doesn’t hold a grudge, so those debates may be over and forgotten just as quickly as they’ve begun.  Newness and courageousness of thought are the key aims of this transit, getting us out of whatever mental rut we’ve languished in previously (and hopefully made our peace with during the Mercury transit in Pisces), and trailblazing the way for the Sun’s entry into Aries next week, when our taste for action really starts to cook.

Tonight the Aries fires are fed by our emotions and instincts, as the Moon in airy Libra opposes Venus retrograde in Aries.  Venus rules Libra, so even though emotions under a Libran Moon tend to be more cool, reserved, and intellectual, this Libran Moon feels the heat that Venus is traveling through, albeit through the filter of retrograde reassessment.  Oppositions increase awareness, asking us to balance two very different temperaments.  Libra is peace-loving, social, and all about relationships, whereas Aries is aggressive, freedom-loving (especially with Uranus and Eris continuing their transit here), and all about personal identity and development.  However, not only is Libra’s ruler transiting Aries, but Libra is also the sign most concerned with balance.  More than any other sign (except possibly Pisces) Libra is eternally aware of its opposite – Libra is always conscious of the other side to any story.  Tonight’s Moon/Venus opposition then is a unique opportunity to find balance in our relationships through our emotions and affections, gaining greater understanding of how we connect with others while still maintaining an integral sense of self.  Since the Moon operates on the unconscious level, and Venus is very much about sensory experience, this understanding is not to be gained through thinking so much as doing, so this is a time to be social, whether one-on-one or in a broader sense, and enjoy this increased awareness of our connections and the feelings and pleasures we share with each other.

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

Please keep in mind that we all have different responses to the aspects of the day because we all have different natal and progressed charts with which these aspects interact.  If you would like to know more about your own natal and progressed charts in order to better understand how the aspects of the day will affect you, please take a look at my astrological services, and let’s get started on helping you to understand your life better!