Friday, December 21, 2007
Jupiter’s cycle shows the ebb and flow of ideological and financial power. Mass changes of consciousness occur at the start of each new cycle bringing new collective beliefs. There will often be enormous ideological power battles in society. When Jupiter, the beneficial planet of expansion, belief, faith and optimism combines with Pluto, planet of transformation, power, and regeneration we can expect global changes in our faith and understanding regarding religious and financial authorities. This is the beginning of the next 13 year Jupiter cycle and it combines with Pluto changing Zodiac signs, occurring only every 12 to 30 years.
Pluto has been travelling through Sagittarius since 1995 and has brought profound spiritual and religious transformations as humanity has been confronted with an uncertain future. The journey to find personal value and meaning in life leads eventually to a reform in beliefs and social values. This 13 year process is completing now as Pluto moves through the last degrees of Sagittarius into Capricorn, late January 2008, thus beginning the next process which continues until 2024. We can already begin to see the initial stages of this new phase as Pluto in the sign of Capricorn ushers in earth-shaking transformations of political structures, and the death of old political parties which have outlived their usefulness. We will likely see the collapse of outdated and decadent regimes as new systems of government rise from the ashes. In the business world many upheavals will take place as new business strategies replace the old economic views and business practices.
There seems to be plenty of auspicious signs for a joyous midwinter celebration even with widespread turmoil and devastation occurring around the globe. The Solstice moment, when the Sun moves into Capricorn and begins its return journey bringing the longer days once more, falls on December 22nd. The next day the Sun Conjuncts Jupiter bringing bounty and plenty and bright prospects are available to those who choose to tune in to it. Overstated enthusiasm may be the main problem when the Sun opposes Mars at the Full Moon on the 24th, as intentions and the ability to fulfil them are a bit at odds and it can be two steps forward, one step back for everyone. The resulting frustration can fuel disputes or engender discouragement. Rash moves, overblown feelings, emotional conflict, and anger can be lurking around the corner, so today's the right day to take it easy and not push, or be pushed, too far. If you can take all this in your stride then there’s no reason for anything other than peace and goodwill this Christmas.
The next New Moon is at 17° Sagittarius on the 9th December at 5:42 pm with the next Full Moon at 2° Cancer on the 24th at 1:16 am
Thursday, November 01, 2007
The next New Moon is at 17° Scorpio on the 9th November at 11:04 pm and the Full Moon is at 2° Gemini on the 24th November at 2:30 pm
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Saturday, September 01, 2007
The next New Moon is at 19° Virgo on the 11th September at 1:45 pm
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
The next New Moon is at 19° Leo on the 12th August at 00:03 am
Monday, July 02, 2007
The New Moon in Cancer is the best time to do a little self reflection, taking care to have one’s own house in order and to take time to listen to our intuition and instincts. The natural rhythms of life, our roots, background, culture and family are all highlighted at this time and it is fertile ground for developing stronger ties and links with anyone or thing that provides nourishment, on all levels. From the exact time of the New Moon and whilst she is moving through the last few degrees of sensitive Cancer before she moves into fiery Leo at 3:45am July 15 she is ‘Void of Course’. This means that the Moon makes no aspects to other planets until her change of Zodiac sign. It is never advisable to start a new project or venture at this time as it is unlikely to come to fruition. So if you intend to take advantage of the New Moon energy to sow the seeds of your intentions its best to wait those few extra hours. The Full Moon which traditionally heralds the culmination of plans, projects or endeavours falls near the months end and the ancient festival of Lughnasa or Lughnassadh, which is a harvest festival, marking the end of the period of summer growth and the beginning of the autumn harvest and traditionally well worth a celebration.
The next New Moon is at 22° Cancer on the 14 July at 01:04 pm with the Full Moon on 30 July, 1:48am at 6° Aquarius.
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
This calendar month we see two Full Moons and the second Full Moon has become known as a “Blue Moon”. Though if you are living in a different time zone like America you get your Blue Moon in May where the Moon becomes full before midnight and therefore falls on May 31! For a Blue Moon to occur, the first of the full Moons must appear at or near the beginning of the month so that the second will fall within the same month (the average span between two moons is 29.5 days).The more recent trend using a calendar month has taken over from an older tradition when two Full Moons would occur in the same Zodiac sign. The first Moon falls in the first few degrees and the second towards the last of the 30 degrees that make up a Zodiac sign. Over the next twenty years there will be a total of 17 Blue Moons, with an almost equal number of both types of Blue Moon occurring. No Blue Moon of any kind will occur in the years 2006, 2011, 2014, and 2017.
The older Blue Moon event happens when there are four, instead of the usual three, full Moons in a season, or quarter year. Since this type of Blue Moon is determined according to the seasons, it can only occur in February, May, August, or November, about a month before the equinox or the solstice. Occuring every three to five years or so, the last was June/July 2005 with two Full Moons in the Cancer/Capricorn axis.
The rare phenomenon of two Blue Moons (using the more recent calendar definitition) occurring in the same year happens approximately once every 19 years. 1999 was the last time a Blue Moon appeared twice, in January and March.
The Full Moon this month is at 10° Sagittarius on the 1st June at 2:05 am this is followed by the New Moon on 15th June in Gemini with a second Full “Blue Moon” on 30th June in Capricorn
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
This Lunar Month starts with several of the tense and difficult aspects that occurred in late April now easing off and the volatile Mars-Uranus conjunction of 29th also behind us. Take some time to re-orientate as Venus opposes Pluto on 7th and watch how people try to reach for their goals despite resistance. Expect frustration and don't rely on deadlines being met as obstacles and thwarted efforts cause delay. On 8th Venus moves into the sign of Cancer evoking feelings of sympathy, a yearning to put down roots, and a fondness for things that have stood the test of time. This is a phase where well thought out values and things held dear can be encouraged into taking on a greater significance. Some of last months stresses could return as Jupiter Squares Uranus on the 11th requiring some rethinking as a necessary part of life's progress. Mars makes a challenging square to Pluto on 13th creating another test to see if ‘might’ rules over ‘right’ and as always with Pluto if an action is not for the greater good there will be debts to settle later. The drive to challenge others and assert oneself will be forefront during this coming New Moon phase as Mars enters its home sign of Aries on the 15th. This could be the start of another round of action in several spheres of life so expect to be busy for a while. Neptune begins its retrograde motion on the 24th (until October), as Venus makes a positive connection to Uranus bringing some new, interesting and welcome changes in our personal lives. During this time, on a global and personal level we might see some re-evaluation of our future vision with a greater striving towards high ideals and the possibility of innovative or unexpected attempts to create some cohesion through common values.
Next month brings us a Blue Moon, the first Full Moon of the month on June 1st with the second on June 30th.
The next New Moon is at 25° Taurus on the 16 May at 8:28 pm
Sunday, April 01, 2007
The New Moon in Aries is the first since the spring equinox which marks the beginning of the new Astrological year when the Sun moves into the sign of Aries. This is the beginning of a new phase and with a strong and harmonious fire trine to Pluto it suggests positive endings which are necessary to make way for a new lease of life. We all eventually have to let go of things belonging to the past which hold us back and keep us from enjoying our future. Pluto helps us with that process and we can be assured that whatever lies ahead is definitely for the greater good. Any endeavours begun with this in mind will be virtually bullet proof and a firm foundation is assured for those who choose to take a leap based on the faith that it will turn out all right in the end, whatever happens in the near future.
Venus in Gemini squares Mars in Pisces in this lunation chart so expect some stress between the male and female aspects. It manifests either directly between the sexes or within ourselves through differences between what we value and our drive to attain those desires. Venus in Gemini is overflowing with ideas and wants to communicate them at high speed, whereas Mars in Pisces tends to want to retreat and imagine something otherworldly.
Jupiter, the largest of our planets turned retrograde on April 6 which will bring a chance to review our philosophies and beliefs regarding our continual urge to expand and conquer new territory. This continues through until August. Saturn ceases his retrograde motion and goes direct at 18 degrees of Leo on April 19. Though appearing to be stationary before moving forwards once more this is another major turning point. Saturn in Leo brings lessons about maintaining worthy principles and ethics. This is a time where we are demanding transparency in all political and corporate affairs. Having learnt some hard lessons about leaders who fall too short in that department we are now ready to move forward again. The general feeling this New Moon is “out with the old and in with the new”, or at least a timely overhaul.
This months New Moon is at 27° Aries on the 17th April at 12:37 pm
Friday, March 02, 2007
The next Full Moon is at 13° Virgo on the 3 March at 11:18 pm with the New Moon at 28° Pisces on the 19 March at 2:43 am
Thursday, February 01, 2007
There might be quite a few changes or surprises in store this month with relationships taking unexpected turns and thoughts about what we really value uppermost. Mercury begins its retrograde motion once more on February 14 so expect thing to move slowly especially regarding communications, transport and establishing agreements. That delayed Valentine’s gift could cause a few upsets! Frustrating as it might be over the next few weeks, remember that events are, in fact, restructuring themselves behind the scenes and we may be in for some surprises when all is resolved. The best response is to make as few assumptions as possible and don't bet on the same old horses coming home. Be especially open to your own intuitive hunches and be ready to jump aboard a different bandwagon when it suddenly materializes. What you are looking for may come from closer by than you think and from those you might have taken for granted. Keep all this in mind over the New Moon Phase around February 17. Usually the New Moon is the right time to start afresh and begin anew but this month the New Moon is “void of course” until it moves into Pisces two and a quarter hours later. “Void of course” Moons occur every few days as the Moon changes sign and can last from a few minutes to several hours after the Moon finishes its last strong contact (aspect) to other Planets in its current sign and before it moves to the next sign. It is highlighted on this occasion only because the last major aspect is conjunct the Sun: the moment of the New Moon. In traditional Astrology the void prevents events from coming to a close as energy dissipates and intended outcomes are unsuccessful. The Moon’s movement and rhythmic contact with other Planets provides an important continuity, so if there is a break i.e. “void of course” things cannot carry through to their natural conclusion. In a way it provides the “wild card” or a chance for alternative possibilities to occur. But on the whole it is a time to pause and reconsider. Wait rather than push on. Reflect, meditate and consider before getting back to full speed when the New Moon enters the next sign. This happening whilst Mercury is retrograde is surely telling us to slow down and turn inwards to sense what your intuition says rather than take what is happening around you as the reliable source of information. This is a valuable time when it's possible to have perceptive insights and gain a spark of inspiration that will give you the energy boost needed to get things moving again and perhaps in a new direction, very soon.
The Full Moon is at 13° Leo on 2 February at 5:45 am and the next New Moon is at 29° Aquarius on 17 February at 4:15 pm.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
The New Year is technically well under way now. The calendar starts us off on January 1st when we have those great plans to break old habits and introduce new healthier, more productive or beneficial ones. Astrologically the turn of the year was of course the Winter Solstice which occurred on December 22nd last year. This is the point when the Sun begins its return ascent towards its Summer Solstice peak and the days begin to draw out again. Well worth the celebration! If though you want to choose an astrologically auspicious day to make your resolutions for change and new starts then the ideal time would be the first New Moon after the Solstice. So if things got off to a poor start and you hadn’t quite finished enjoying the old bad habits on January 1st there’s still time for renewed motivation because that New Moon occurs on 19th January in the early morning hours.
With the Mars, Pluto, Galactic Centre alignment on the 13th, Venus Neptune conjunct at the New Moon on the 19th and the Venus-Saturn opposition, plus Jupiter-Uranus square on the 22nd there is plenty of interesting planetary activity around which might influence our good intentions.
The Galactic Centre is said to be the "gravitational energy" in our Milky Way Galaxy. A huge Black Hole is thought to be at the centre, about the size of a large star, but containing the mass of four million suns. The staggering amount of material being drawn into the black hole radiates energy at many frequencies. Astrologically it is considered to be a major source of motivation, aspiration, focus and contributes a sense of cosmic destiny. With this in mind consider the combination when Mars and Pluto pass over that same Zodiac degree in Sagittarius. Why hit a nail with a hammer when you can use a pile driver? That’s a clue to what we’re dealing with here. Forceful behaviour with an unwillingness to compromise or adjust one’s position, and attempts at using will power to dominate possibly in an effort to achieve far reaching goals. Pretty strong stuff as a glo
The next New Moon is at 29° Capricorn on the 19th January at