Real Time Astrology: New Moon in Leo August 14, 2015

An injection of romance, passion and simple fun comes with this New Moon at 21 degrees Leo early on Friday, August 14 at 9:53 A.M. Central Standard Time. The cycle of intense- sometimes too intense!- Moons is temporarily interrupted, and finding something to smile about gets a little easier, if only for a while. We’ve been learning these past few years about how fast the astrological weather can change and throw us for a loop; it will continue to do so, so milk this New Moon in Leo for all the good times you can! [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.

 

Mercury Retrograde, Pisces Season, And Taking Care Of Your Health

I had this article in mind early last week but am only posting it now because, as luck would have it, I became terribly sick myself with type A influenza ( the virulent strain circulating this year that has resisted the effects of vaccines.) Astrology, you so funny….

This is that time of year in the northern hemisphere, outbreaks of contagious illnesses would be occurring whether or not the astrology was there to support it. Unfortunately, the astrology is there to support it. We are gradually entering Pisces season, with Mars already in the sign, joined by Venus earlier this morning. We will be working our way to a Pisces stellium on February 18, with the Sun, New Moon, Venus, Mars, Neptune and Chiron all in the the delicate sign. ( Venus and Mars both move into Aries February 20, which will shake off the density of the stellium.)

Pisces isn’t a sign usually associated with robust good health in the first place. The Mercury retrograde isn’t helping much either, messing with communication and mental processes. ( Funnily enough, I completely lost my voice and have yet to regain it; from what I’ve observed recently vocal problems seem more frequent now.) During a Mercury retrograde, misdiagnosis and medical errors are more common as well. It doesn’t meant a misdiagnosis will happen, but it is certainly more likely. If you receive medical advice now and something about it seems off, don’t hesitate to go for a second opinion, or to do follow up testing once Mercury is direct ( on Wednesday, February 11.)

The bigger trouble spots are around January 30/31 and February 18, at the time of the Pisces stellium. On Friday, January 30 Venus in Pisces will square Saturn in Sagittarius at 3 degrees around 2:23 a.m. CST. The next day, Mars will reach an exact conjunction with always painful Chiron at 15 degrees Pisces at 2:23 p.m. ( Asteroid Eros will be in the conjunction as well, as Eros will be moving in lockstep with Mars for the duration of its transit through Pisces.) While health issues in general will be more delicate than usual from now until end of February, it may be a bigger issue around these times. While any health issue may arise from these influences, it it more likely they will be health issues related specifically to Pisces and affected by Mercury retrograde. Pay special attention to these areas during this period:

– Sexual problems (Mars-Eros-Chiron conjunct)

– Fluid buildup in organs and tissues

– Congestion in lungs and stuffy/congested ears

– Swelling, edema and fluid retention

– Circulatory issues

– Problems with the lymphatic system,  including infection and/or lack of proper drainage

– Feet and ankle trouble of every kind

– Dehydration and urinary or kidney retention

Sensitivity is a keyword with Pisces, so overdoing anything now isn’t a good idea, be it food, drink, drugs, tobacco, pharmaceuticals or even sugar or caffeine. If you do find yourself unwell, gentle cleanses and exercises such as stretching, walking and dancing (with Pisces, especially dancing!) will help clear the system. Homeopathy or alternative healing methods may work better than modern ones, or at least complimentary to modern ones to speed up healing.  If you can’t handle something now- don’t! Whether it is mental ( Mercury retrograde), emotional ( Venus and Chiron in Pisces), or physical  (Mars/Eros in Pisces), give yourself plenty of rest from the daily grind. Listen to your body and heed its warnings to slow down or stop.

Real Time Astrology: New Moon in Aquarius January 20, 2015

On Tuesday, January 20 at 7:14 a.m. Central Standard Time we will experience the New Moon at zero degrees Aquarius, the next in a series of New Moons – beginning in October 2014- that have taken place at zero degrees of their sign ( see tag: new moon). This New Moon in Aquarius will be heavily influenced by a number of other astrological factors: an exact conjunction between Mars and Neptune in Pisces the preceding day; the Mercury retrograde through Aquarius the following day; Aquarius’ ruling planet Uranus- in Aries and still squaring off with Pluto in Capricorn- squaring the South Node in Aries shortly before the New Moon.

This New Moon will not go unnoticed. It is strong at zero degrees of Aquarius and knows what it wants, what needs to be done.  It wants both independence and camaraderie, in equal doses. It wants an original perspective on our situations, on how we go about obtaining our goals for the future. It wants to question whether it really is necessary that we need to strive so much for what we end up with; are we cheating ourselves by accepting certain rules and roles? It wants only what is relevant for the times we’re in and for the times we’re moving in to. It will be looking for common ground and can suddenly change direction if it finds it. It wants, more than anything, to disrupt once and for all stagnant waters and finally allow fresh, clear headed vision back in.

Startlingly electric this New Moon at zero degrees Aquarius will be. It will, however, be working on a different plane than the other influences. There will be a distinct feeling of different areas of our lives and personalities operating on different levels and at different speeds during this moon phase. The message of the New Moon may lose something in translation, as Mercury stationing retrograde in Aquarius plays havoc with our brains and our mouths. We know what we feel, but saying it is a different story. The considerable disruption will of course frazzle nerves. The usual outlet of this energy, Mars, will not be channeling the energy as healthfully as it could, in Pisces and conjunct Eros and Neptune. We may find ourselves caught off guard by surprise anger, both in ourselves and in others, that seem to come from somewhere much deeper than initially appears. There may be petty fights that stem from a much larger sore point that remains ignored or unseen. There may be lashing out at undeserving targets, or playing the victim. It won’t be easy to trace the source of every trigger point and, even if we can trace the source of some, it won’t be easy to find a healthy way to release the pressure.

What is needed the most, but will be the hardest to pull off, is the ability to pick and choose your battles. With the strong Aquarian influence, with Uranus in Aries activating the Aries South Node, there will be an unbearable desire for independence in some areas of our life. Our survival instinct will be heightened and we’ll be wanting to shake off anything we perceive as restricting. Though the North Node in Libra is telling us that nothing is ever really accomplished by going it alone, that may be a hard message to hear now. Things may get tense, terse and confusing as the North Node in Libra pushes us towards love, peace and balance while the South Node in Aries, strained by the square from Uranus in Aries, urges us to fight savagely – both literally and figuratively- for those very things.

Passions and emotions will be running hot and cold. You may feel inspired, only to find an icy reception if you reach out. It may be that it is you who cools off around people who you usually have affection for. Friends, loose acquaintances and strangers may feel more like family than actual family and loved ones. As the New Moon in Aquarius seeks out common ground, we may feel loneliness if we feel we cannot find any in the people around us. Attitudes towards relationships and emotional involvement will likely fluctuate. Its important to keep this in mind, as both Mercury retrograde and Mars conjunct Neptune will be causing people to verbalize strong opinions they may not fully believe in at the time. If you don’t fully trust what you are saying, there’s plenty of reason to keep quiet for a time.

The house in your natal chart that this New Moon falls in is where you are most likely to experience disruption and a need for independence. The house that the Mars-Eros-Neptune conjunction falls in simultaneously shows where you can best express any tension from this moon, and where you may be expressing misdirected anger.  Disruption is not usually welcomed but it does not necessarily have to be awful, either. Being shook up is a necessary tool to remind us that we are still alive, vital and electric. Though the cosmic energies are going about things in very different ways, in many ways the goal is the same: to propel our lives forward on a trajectory in line with our desires and dreams, to see our internal goals and wishes reflected in the world around us, and to share in this with kindred spirits.

Real Time Astrology: January 11-19, 2015

You’re not alone if you currently feel washed out, faded. We hit some flat notes at the start of 2015 and the winter/Capricorn season doldrums are in full swing. January has some out-of-synch cosmic energy and, while we will still be faced with tense trigger points, the middle-to-end of the month will provide a healthy, inspiring dash of romance and glamour to break up the foul mood and remind us that the magic in life surrounds us every day.

The good times start off with a conjunction between Mercury and Venus in Aquarius (at 9 and 10 degrees, respectively) exact on Sunday, January 11 at 11:33 p.m. Central Standard Time. Our hearts and our minds will be working in tandem around this time, allowing us to better verbalize and process the wants and needs of our hearts. We can freely give and more gracefully receive love; romantic love, of course, but also love of people in the world around us. Social graces are highlighted here, so strive to be the bigger person in conflicts if any arise. Snarkiness or underhanded behavior will be much less tolerable. Venus will sextile Uranus in Aries Tuesday the 13th at 2:12 p.m. followed by Mercury’s sextile to Uranus the next day at 4:25 a.m. I wouldn’t be surprised to see unexpected love statements around this time. If you’ve been contemplating speaking out about something in your love life, you may be the one surprising people. Even if romance isn’t on your agenda, making an effort to be more pleasant, sociable and emotionally demonstrative will be personally satisfying.

Underscoring this light pleasantness will be an opposition between Venus in Aquarius and Jupiter in Leo, exact at 19 degrees on Monday, January 19 at 7:44 a.m. There is a considerable warmth, optimism and infectious good mood with this one. Our ideals in love and relationships can be seen in a larger vision. A bit of attention seeking behavior may come with this, but not necessarily in a bad way. It can be wonderful for those who are usually shy or reserved in matters of the heart, or for those who feel they’ve been overlooked in the recent past. This is a nice time to put your personality on display; your quirks may seem more charming than off putting, and you may notice more- and become attracted to- the charming quirks of others. Venus-Jupiter may represent financial changes for some; if you experience this negatively, you may be able to turn it around if you’re savvy enough to look for opportunity.

The true romance and glamour begin Monday, January 12, as action/energy planet  Mars and sex/passion asteroid Eros both move into watery, emotional Pisces. Mars and Eros will be conjunct for the entire transit of Mars in Pisces ( Mars leaves Pisces and enters Aries February 19; Eros does the same February 27.)  Mars expresses itself in abstract ways in Pisces, and prefers to express itself through the arts, music, dance, spirituality, and sex. With Mars conjunct Eros, especially sex. Pisces is a sign acutely sensitive to pain and suffering and always looks to heal or let go of the pain. It also tries to merge itself with others, with beauty, with Love, with the universe. As the Mars-Eros conjunction reinvigorates our sexuality, our lust for life and love, the deep connections between love and spirituality,  we may be reminded of our shortcomings and sufferings in the more intimate areas of our life. Let it happen; its part of the process. There may be equal doses of bitter with the sweet but the bitter will not dominate. Merging everything together can be a richly rewarding spiritual experience. It goes without saying that this is an important influence for couples, but you do not need to be partnered to gain something from this. Your passions and your soul desires are yours, whether coupled or single. You can enjoy the experience of losing yourself to something higher regardless of your relationship status.

Feel good escapism of every kind will appeal with this transit; it can be very healthy in reasonable doses but obviously unhealthy if not kept in check and allowed to interfere with daily life.

Daily life may lose some of its appeal with this transit. A rude awakening may be the square between Mars in  Pisces and Saturn in Sagittarius at 2 degrees on Thursday, January 15, exact at 1:10 a.m. Reality may slap us in the face, leaving us feeling frustrated, as if we’re spinning our tires in the mud. Outer progress in general may feel stymied by Mars in Pisces, as direct action usually becomes thwarted. Our frustrations at our perceived lack of advancement around the Mars-Saturn square may leave us feeling unable to cope with harsh realities. This may be a dark, depressing moment in spite of the magic from the other transits. Mars in Pisces sometimes has a funny way of not standing up for itself, or passively accepting defeat too easily. Fight the urge to throw your hands up in despair if the Mars-Saturn square throws challenges your way. If you can’t move the obstacles, and you can’t give up… try to flow around it. It may take abstract courses of actions to move ahead.