Real Time Astrology: Full Moon (Maybe Lunar Eclipse) In Aquarius August 18th, 2016

 

The startling electric Full Moon at 25 degrees Aquarius peaks on Thursday, August 18th at 4:27 AM CST. There is a bit of debate over this one, with some calling it a penumbral lunar eclipse and others saying it is just shy of meeting eclipse criteria. Either way, it’s going to be buzzing! Besides the obvious opposition to the Sun at 25 degrees Leo, the Aquarius Full Moon and maybe penumbral lunar eclipse will tightly sextile Uranus retrograde at 24 degrees Aries, as well as form a tight inconjunct (sometimes called quincunx) to Mercury conjunct Jupiter in Virgo  (23 and 25 degrees, respectively).

 

Aquarius is the sign of the weird and quirky, being ruled by unorthodox Uranus. Uranus in the martial sign of Aries is the freedom fighter, asserting individual rights and pushing pack against tyranny, conformity, homogenization and globalization. With Uranus retrograde, the fight for our right to fly our freak flags has become an inner, introverted focus rather than something we project to the world. The lunar cycle sensitizes us at the personal, intimate level to the bigger workings of the world at large and the Full Moon in Aquarius sextile (easy, flowing aspect) to Uranus Rx in Aries is a time of flying our freak flags proudly.

 

As this Full Moon/maybe lunar eclipse is bursting with intensity and energy of Aquarius and Uranus, it’s going to be highlighting issues we’re faced with as people living during the transition from the Age of Pisces to the Age of Aquarius. So, it’s as good a time as any to review what the Age of Aquarius is, what its higher potentials and dark shadow sides are.

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The Viva Combusta! Request Lines Are Open…

 

Collage by Eugenia Loli

Spacy romance. Collage by Eugenia Loli.

 

Happy Valentine’s Day! Love in Aquarian season has a different feel to it; less gushy sappy romance, more intellectual rapport and fellowship. Aquarius is a sign focused on friendship, and can love friends as much as family or lovers. While Valentine’s is often portrayed as a day g or purely romantic love, astrologically speaking it falls in the season of love for human race.  [Read more…]

Real Time Astrology: New Moon in Aquarius February 8, 2016

Time speeding up. Pic by Krisztian Birinyi.

Time speeding up. Pic by Krisztian Birinyi.

 

The February 8th New Moon at 19 degrees Aquarius, exact at 8:39 AM CST Monday morning, is a welcomed change of pace from the sluggish start to the year. Like the previous and next Full Moons, this Aquarius New Moon squares Mars at 18 degrees Scorpio, and sextiles Saturn at 14 Sagittarius and Aquarius’ ruling planet Uranus at 17 Aries. It does not aspect Pluto in Capricorn, so no activation of the Uranus-Pluto square here. Aquarius is a futuristic sign, not all that sentimental over the past, and the sextile to the planets in fire signs brings a temporary quickening.

 

And possibly temporary short fuses. As I wrote previously: ” Full Moon square Mars tends to bring out contradictory emotions and feelings, as well as giving expression to internal anger and frustrations.” There’s a similar theme here at this New Moon, except New Moons by their nature encourage new starts, so the angers and frustrations can be quite useful, productive. It is a good time to detach from heavy emotions and thoughts, leaving them in the past where they belong without too much pain or effort.

 

Aquarius is not the warmest, fuzziness sign ever, taking a cool perspective rather than a deeply personal one. In general, one can use this New Moon to take a step back from life and see it from a clearer, more objective viewpoint. Seeing the truth as a result of removing feelings and bias that color your perspective.

 

The New Moon in Aquarius sextile freedom fighter Uranus in Aries is an opportunity for liberation through creative or unusual solutions. Thinking outside the box of conventional wisdom will go a long way here. The New Moon sextile Uranus will bring up issues faced during the past few years of the Uranus-Pluto squares, taking what we know from those times and progressing, advancing with our new visions of the future with less friction. The Aquarian lunar cycles help to process on the emotional, everyday level the lasting effects of the Uranus-Pluto squares and prepare us for the transition from the Age of Pisces to the Age of Aquarius. From a previous post:

 

“An astrological “age” is an era lasting approximately two thousand years or so. The change from one age to another is marked by the spring equinoctial point (the first degree of the zodiac) moving into a new constellation. Such an epic shift does not have an exact date such as a Full Moon might have; the process plays out over the course of a century or two. Everyone alive has been watching in real time the changeover from the Age of Pisces to the Age of Aquarius. Look at the rate of accelerating changes that have occurred in the past one hundred years, the past fifty… look just at how different our worlds are now compared to what they were before the squares between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn first began in 2012. (The reliable structure of time itself will even seem less certain and strange once the squares between Saturn and Neptune start back up full force this year.) Its exhilarating and disorienting and dizzying all at once. It seems to be simultaneously brimming over with the promises of a new day and yet, the promise isn’t what we thought it would be. It is hard to say if we even like this new direction, much harder to ascertain how much of it is healthy. The Age of Aquarius has long been touted as a humanitarians dream come true, to be embraced with open arms and minds. Egalitarian and equitable. The mass organization of people and technological advances would supposedly achieve where the gods, mystics and poets of the Age of Pisces failed.

 

Of course, in astrology there is always a chasm between the highest potential of a particular influence and the reality as played out in everyday life. As the process of leaving the Age of Pisces and entering the Age of Aquarius speeds up, we sense more and more that not all that is glitteringly Aquarian is gold. Does the Aquarian Age care what we want individually, or is it asking us to individually want the same things? The status quos of the Piscean Age have certainly been challenged and in some cases overthrown, only to be replaced by Aquarian Age status quos all its own, which is not to be challenged. The out of control political correctness and the culture of being perpetually offended are Aquarian Age phenomena. You can hardly say anything to anyone now without causing outrage for not conforming to their philosophy. Is this humanitarian, egalitarian? Yes, in the darker Aquarian Age shadow way it is. To paraphrase Aquarian George Orwell’s Animal Farm: in this new age, all people are equal but some seemingly more equal than others, and it is only their views that seem to matter. Superficial nonconformists (in name only) that, weirdly, expect conformity. Many ideals being sold now as “empowering” and “progressive” we instinctually feel as degrading and dehumanizing; yet, in this supposedly more open minded era there is less freedom to express these sentiments. And this is occuring on every level of society, not only in the most visible arenas. The age that was supposed to bring about the social causes that would better the world for everyone is instead seeing social causes hijacked and distorted from their original aims, used to further agendas they were initially established to overturn. How much of the freedom promised by the Age of Aquarius resembles freedom as we’d define it? … The anecdote to start-up Aquarian Age problems are themselves Aquarian, as this Aquarius Moon shows us. We have nothing to go back to and can only move forward, making the future look more like one we would like to live in.”

 

We’ll see a lot of these themes at this Aquarius New Moon. It isn’t a particularly stressful New Moon, though. For some I think it will be quite uneventful. A lot depends on how you handle Aquarian/Uranian energy in general. The sextiles to Saturn in Sagittarius and Uranus in Aries looks like good fun, if a little  exciteable. Bring the humor! Aquarius is closely associated with friends and your bigger tribe, so be a good friend as much as possible and see some of that camaraderie come back your way.

 

The house of your natal chart where the Aquarius New Moon falls will offer more clues as to how it affects you personally. Generally, showing where you will need the most independence and where you may see a rebellious streak emerge. Read here if you need help locating the house.

 

 

 

Real Time Astrology: February 2016

Sculpture by Hu Shaoming

Aquarian ingenuity, Piscean imagination. Mechanical sculpture by Hu Shaoming.

 

Good news: February’s astrology doesn’t suck! After November, December and January brought their own different flavors of stress and havoc, February will feel quite mild by comparison. As of [Read more…]

Real Time Astrology: Full Moon in Leo January 23, 2016

Pic by Cheryl Pennington

Pic by Cheryl Pennington of A Tropical Affair

 

The first Full Moon of 2016 occurs Saturday, January 23rd at 7:46 PM CST, at 3 degrees of Leo. It is not [Read more…]

Real Time Astrology: Blue Moon / Full Moon in Aquarius July 31, 2015

Cool, kinky and avant garde, the Full Moon at 7 degrees Aquarius takes place at 5:43 A.M. CST on Friday, July 31, 2015. It is also a calendar Blue Moon. (A “blue moon” isn’t blue, but rather the second of two Full Moons occurring in the same month. This typically occurs only once every three years or so, hence the saying “once in a blue moon”.) The Full Moon in Aquarius of course means it is in opposition to the Sun in Leo; it is also in exact opposition to sexy Eros at 7 Leo and only loosely in opposition to Mercury at 16 Leo. Other than those few oppositions to the bodies in Leo, the  Aquarius Full Moon makes no other major aspects. This  allows for the Full Moon to play off the dramatic, extroverted energy of Leo and tell its Aquarian story undiluted.

 

A major part of the Aquarius Full Moon story will be related to the retrograde of Uranus – ruling planet of Aquarius- just a few days prior on Sunday, July 26, at 20 degrees Aries. July was a tense month, with a Full Moon in Capricorn and New Moon in Cancer, as well as a Cancer stellium, turning our focus on the past, on the paths we’ve taken that brought us to where we are now. Various triggers also reactivated the epic Uranus-Pluto square. A lot was rehashed and recycled in a short time span. Now, during Leo season and at the Full Moon in Aquarius, we end July by turning our focus on the future rather than living in the past. The future is what Uranus/Aquarius does best, moreso at this pure Aquarian energy Full Moon. Yet, the retrograde of Aquarius’ ruler suggests that facing the future involves looking closer at the darker, shadow side of Aquarius and the Aquarian Age that is unfolding.

 

An astrological “age” is an era lasting approximately two thousand years or so. The change from one age to another is marked by the spring equinoctial point (the first degree of the zodiac) moving into a new constellation. Such an epic shift does not have an exact date such as a Full Moon might have; the process plays out over the course of a century or two. Everyone alive has been watching in real time the changeover from the Age of Pisces to the Age of Aquarius. Look at the rate of accelerating changes that have occurred in the past one hundred years, the past fifty… look just at how different our worlds are now compared to what they were before the squares between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn first began in 2012. (The reliable structure of time itself will even seem less certain and strange once the squares between Saturn and Neptune start back up full force later this year.) Its exhilarating and disorienting and dizzying all at once. It seems to be simultaneously brimming over with the promises of a new day and yet, the promise isn’t what we thought it would be. It is hard to say if we even like this new direction, much harder to ascertain how much of it is healthy. The Age of Aquarius has long been touted as a humanitarians dream come true, to be embraced with open arms and minds. Egalitarian and equitable. The mass organization of people and technological advances would supposedly achieve where the gods, mystics and poets of the Age of Pisces failed.

 

Of course, in astrology there is always a chasm between the highest potential of a particular influence and the reality as played out in everyday life. As the process of leaving the Age of Pisces and entering the Age of Aquarius speeds up, we sense more and more that not all that is glitteringly Aquarian is gold. Does the Aquarian Age care what we want individually, or is it asking us to individually want the same things? The status quos of the Piscean Age have certainly been challenged and in some cases overthrown, only to be replaced by Aquarian Age status quos all its own, which is not to be challenged. The out of control political correctness and the culture of being perpetually offended are Aquarian Age phenomena. You can hardly say anything to anyone now without causing outrage for not conforming to their philosophy. Is this humanitarian, egalitarian? Yes, in the darker Aquarian Age shadow way it is. To paraphrase Aquarian George Orwell’s Animal Farm: in this new age, all people are equal but some seemingly more equal than others, and it is only their views that seem to matter. Superficial nonconformists (in name only) that, weirdly, expect conformity. Many ideals being sold now as “empowering” and “progressive” we instinctually feel as degrading and dehumanizing; yet, in this supposedly more open minded era there is less freedom to express these sentiments. And this is occuring on every level of society, not only in the most visible arenas. The age that was supposed to bring about the social causes that would better the world for everyone is instead seeing social causes hijacked and distorted from their original aims, used to further agendas they were initially established to overturn. How much of the freedom promised by the Age of Aquarius resembles freedom as we’d define it? (Not coincidentally, the President of the “free world” is himself a Leo Sun with an Aquarius Ascendant…)

 

Contradictions abound, and while there is no quick or easy way to work through them all, it will be a theme of Uranus retrograde in Aries, heated up from the recent Uranus-Pluto square triggers. It is Aries, not Aquarius (as is sometimes portrayed) that is the most individualistic astrological sign, and fights hardest to maintain its independence on every level. The retrograde of Uranus in Aries will have us taking a second look at how the basic right to be who we are has changed, both on individual and collective scales.

 

The anecdote to start-up Aquarian Age problems are themselves Aquarian, as this Full Moon shows us. We have nothing to go back to and can only move forward, making the future look more like one we would like to live in. This once in a blue moon Aquarius Full Moon drives these messages home, making them very personal. Rebellion here is whatever you make it.  Any steps taken to rebel against mass conformity and globalization will help restore your sense of humanity. Bona fide radicals are made so by valuing their own critical and independent thought processes, their original and sometimes politically incorrect ideas. This isn’t something that has to be proven superficially to the outer world, it just is. Screw anyone who doesn’t see that. The Full Moon in Aquarius opposing Leo says you don’t have to bow down to anyone’s opinions or majority rule. You don’t have to relinquish your autonomy or your star power, whether to the larger world or your personal environment. If there’s unnecessary chaos in your life, turn the situation on its head and create shockwaves of your own. Ingenuity is all it really takes.  Like Hunter S. Thompson said: “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.”

 

On a smaller everyday level, this Full Moon will see new patterns of independence emerge. Look to the house of your natal chart this Full Moon falls in to see where the need for autonomy is strongest. Otherwise, how this Full Moon in Aquarius will affect you personally really depends on how you handle Aquarian energy in general. It will be too much for some to handle, for sure. Anxiety and depersonalization will affect some. For others, however, it will be a new, fresh wind blowing out stale and stagnant air. Take up any offers to do something outside of your usual routine. I wouldn’t plan on the day unfolding as you’d expect, but its more likely to be better for it. Under Aquarius Moons, there is a tendency for people to be contrary simply for the sake of being contrary, which can be annoying so don’t give too much weight to people acting this out. This Moon also has a conflict with the need for personal space versus the need to feel close and intimately involved; don’t give too much weight to people acting this out either. It will settle down. The recent increase in insomnia complaints brought on by the intense cosmic triggers in July will not settle down for a while, however. At least amid the sleep disruptions insightful, perceptive dreams will be plentiful.

 

Real Time Astrology: February 18 – 23; New Moon / Supermoon in Aquarius & Pisces

An eccentric, magical and genuine anomaly of a New Moon will take place Wednesday, February 18 at 5:47 p.m. Central Standard Time. The Moon will be leaving the last degree of Aquarius and entering zero degrees of Pisces that very same minute, so deciding whether this New Moon is an Aquarius or Pisces one is literally a matter of seconds! If you go with Aquarius, it is the second New Moon in a row in the sign, but going with Pisces makes it the 5th and final New Moon taking place at zero degrees of a sign (a series that began with a significant New Moon eclipse at 0 Scorpio in October 2014.) Technically, a New Moon cannot take place in two signs of course, but if there was ever a New Moon that would challenge that rule, it would be this one. Makes perfect sense: after all, Aquarius disregards convention and Pisces blurs lines and boundaries. My opinion, then, is that both signs will flavor this New Moon in turns.

Adding to the specialness, this will also be a “Black Moon” and a Supermoon. A Supermoon is a New or Full Moon that coincides with perigree; that is, it is within 90% of the moon’s closest point to Earth in its orbit. This is the second of six Supermoons in 2015. (The first was the New Moon in January, though some astronomers questioned whether it was truly close enough to qualify. The next Supermoon are this New Moon/solar eclipse in Pisces March 20; the Full Moon in Pisces August 29; the Full Moon/lunar eclipse in Aries September 27; and the Full Moon in Taurus October 27.)

Astronomers are looking forward to this New Moon as it is an opportune time to look deep into space for objects that are usually faint, obstructed from view by the usual light of the moon. This Black Moon will bring things to light as a direct result of its lack of light, not in spite of it. It will hide its own illumination and step out of the way, allowing what usually remains dark and hidden to capture our attention. This New Moon will work its magic on each of us in this same surreal fashion. It is almost a crystal ball moon: the energy of Aquarius helping us to look into our futures and to think up innovative ways of taking us there; the energy of Pisces asking us to look deep into our soul connection to each other, to God, to all of life. We will be working with very large concepts and feelings here, make no mistake! Our hopes and dreams, our pain, our deepest soul yearnings will not be ignored and require our full attention and energy.

As always, the house of your natal chart that this New Moon takes place in will be a point of focus on an individual level, but a Moon this strong will not be limited to any one area. There will be manifestation of this New Moon in the outer world around us, without doubt, but it is our inner dimensions that will feel this Moon the most. Both Aquarius and Pisces, in their own specific and unique ways, are associated with connections to people, and people may be seeking out kindred spirits as a result of internal psychic disturbances they can’t quite name or articulate. Feelings will run the full gamut of human experience and seeing any reflection of these feelings in someone else will be attractive.

Only two minutes after the Moon enters Pisces, the Sun enters the sign, creating a large stellium in Pisces that includes Venus and Mars/Eros at the final degrees of Pisces along with Neptune and Chiron. Wednesday and Thursday will be aimless, unfocused days, so remember that as your plans mysteriously fail to work out. Mental, emotional and psychic overload is very likely, so don’t be surprised if you and/or others feel exhausted, overwhelmed, rundown and teary eyed. The Pisces Moon will make conjunctions to Neptune and Chiron, and as a result dreams will be very potent; both heavy and insightful. Extra sensory perception, intuition and any and all psychic phenomena will be considerably heightened and active. Music will not only be soothing and cathartic, but also bring about moments of synchronicity.

A quick word of caution: this New Moon/Supermoon is expected to have very real effects on tidal waves. It isn’t expected by most to be dangerous, of course. I disagree, however. Pisces is a water sign and a stellium this large inevitably causes issues regarding water, especially bodies of water of all sizes. While the coastlines may not see widespread danger, I strongly urge caution on a smaller individual scale when near any body of water or pool, even if it appears safe.

Truly, the only way to cope with this energy is to not fight it and just feel the vast, bottomless depth, the full joy and pain. Give yourself permission to follow whatever road you find yourself on without knowing the destination. Wherever you find yourself at will no doubt be different than you expected but you will gain from it.

You can also take comfort in knowing that no matter how heavy the mood gets, it is very short lived. At 6:11 P.M. Thursday February 19, Mars leaves Pisces and moves home in Aries, the sign it rules. The following day Venus enters Aries at 2:05 P.M., moving into an exact conjunction Saturday February 21 at 11:13 P.M. Just a couple hours after Venus enters Aries on Friday it will be joined by the Moon and,  just like that, the Pisces stellium dissipates as if it were only a dream (which, in many ways, it will be.) We will feel a fire has been lit under us, and driven to get the show back on the road. The conjunction of Venus and Mars in the cardinal fire sign Aries will help translate our insights from the New Moon into goals worth fighting and striving for. Emotional hangups will have to be left behind; a new path will be cleared for us in some way – however small- and we will feel the urge to get a move on, giving it all the vim and vigor we can.

Venus is a feminine energy, Mars a male one… the conjunction between the two in Aries will show how the masculine and the feminine can work together, fighting alongside each other instead of fighting against each other. It is a great energy to take advantage of if you need to reshape a relationship or initiate a new one you want to be different than ones from the past.

On Monday the 23rd the Sun will square reality check planet Saturn. Get a firm grip on the roller coaster energy of the previous days; make it all work for you and drop the rest of it.

Real Time Astrology: Full Moon In Leo February 3, 2015

The Full Moon at 14 degrees Leo will take place Tuesday, February 3 at 5:09 p.m. (Central Standard Time). It will be conjunct Jupiter retrograde in Leo (exact at 11:31 p.m.) and trine Uranus in Aries. It will also sextile the Moon’s Nodes along the Aries/Libra axis. Amid the dryness of Aquarian season and the psychic heaviness of Venus, Mars, Neptune and Chiron in Pisces, this warmly heartful Leo Full Moon will bring luster, sparkle and shine back into our lives.

It should be a good feeling moon for most. The conjunction to Jupiter in Leo will make any good vibes contagious. Even the more introverted people may feel like showing off a bit under this moon. Showing off won’t be a bad thing at all, if done with playfulness and humor. Aquarius season has a way of making people feel less than special; the Full Moon in Leo is a time of reminding ourselves and others of the ways in which we really are special. It is a time to take pride in who you are, regardless of the circumstances you may be faced with.

Artists of all flavors will feel reinvigorated and inspired by this moon. You do not have to be an artist to find forms of creative self expression, however. Even your work or your home life can serve as a canvas for creative ideas. Drawing attention to yourself or your cause will be a little easier now, so take advantage of this energy if you need to win people over to your team. If you need assistance in something, don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. People who have been assuming leadership roles lately may find recognition for their work now.

The house in your natal chart that this Full Moon takes place will show the area of your life taking up the most attention now. While for the most part this should be a buoyant Full Moon, with the conjunction to Jupiter there is a definite “go big or go home!” attitude accompanying it. The good times will feel great, but should any drama arise (and, with Leo, it’s always possible) it may blow up. Arguments and fights started here may take on a life of their own and not blow over quickly enough. Keeping quiet may not be an option, so if faced with a tense situation try to find the humor and keep the laughs going. Flattery works well too… this doesn’t have to be fake or superficial. Many people currently feel their unique qualities overlooked, and acknowledging their talents and efforts will be appreciated. Be generous with your kindness and goodwill and watch it magically come back to you!

Enjoy being who you are, enjoy others for being who they are, and a good time will be had by all. Not bad for a Tuesday evening!