Real Time Astrology: New Moon In Taurus April 26th, 2017

Astrology Taurus new moon April Viva Combusta

Still life by Willem Claez Heda

 

The New Moon at 6 degrees Taurus takes place at 7:16 AM CST on April 26th. It’s remarkable in how utterly lazy serene and peaceful it is! There are no other aspects to this New Moon (besides the Sun conjunction), save for a very wide trine to Saturn at 27 degrees Sagittarius, too wide to use by most standards. This New Moon falls in the first decan of Taurus; the Moon is exalted in Taurus but more so in this first decan. Venus rules Taurus and the first decan of Taurus, Venus being the planet of the good things in life like love, beauty, art. In the earthy sign of Taurus, there’s a strong desire to be a glutton experience the sensual in tangible ways. A spiritual mission to return to Eden.

 

This slow burn sensuality is all there is to this New Moon, and that’s enough! For those who set intentions at New Moons, consider this one your personal sabbath, your day of rest, and set intentions to make rest days a permanent fixture in your life. Sleep in, dream, restore body and spirit.

 

When you do get moving, this New Moon is ripe in the literal fruitful sense. Plant seeds you want to see grow in the long term, such as starting a new savings plan or similar. While not involved with this lunation, Mercury will be retrograde in Aries conjunct Uranus which means this is a great time to review existing or old money issues and come up with creative solutions.

 

Taurus’ ruler Venus will be at 29 degrees Pisces, no longer retrograde and in the sign of its exaltation. At the anaretic degree, it suggests there’s unresolved issues regarding relationships or self esteem that still need to be worked through. While not involved in this lunation, Saturn in Sagittarius will be applying to an exact square to Chiron in Pisces on April 30th, which brings a heavy dose of “ouch” with it. The Taurus New Moon should be a time to steady yourself against that coming tide.

 

It also makes for a spectacularly bad time to go shopping or get a haircut. I know this would normally be the perfect time for an aesthetic shapeup, but with Taurus’ ruler Venus and Saturn both square Chiron, you could easily go in asking for this –

 

and come out with this instead –

 

So, ignore that advice at your own risk. (True story.)

 

Since the only aspect here is the obvious conjunction to the Sun, the focus here is on material simplicity and now would be a great time to de-clutter and simplify your life. Too often we overcomplicate simple things, now is a great time to remedy that. Chill out! Life is chaotic enough without intentionally making it more chaotic. Whatever else you’ve got going on in your life, find your one green pasture and revel in it.

 

 

As always, look to the house of your natal chart that this Taurus New Moon falls in for further information about where you can plant and nurture seeds of stability and growth. If you need help finding this in your chart, read here for easy instructions.

 

 

The North Node In Leo Manifesto

 

The sign of big hearts, big mouths and big hair emits a steady warmth from May 9th, 2017 through November 6th, 2018 as the North Node travels through the sign of Leo. Leo is a fixed sign, ruled by the Sun; the North Node shows where to travel to find our bliss. While in Virgo, the North Node taught us the importance of using discernment, discretion, critical thinking and attention to finer details in the face of doubt and uncertainty. Now, we’ve got some finely honed skills, we know how to use them and we’re not afraid to show it! [Read more…]

Quick Programming Note!

2007 Oklahoma ice storm. Photo by National Weather Service.

2007 Oklahoma ice storm. Photo by National Weather Service.

 

Quick post to let folks know I’ll be unavailable for readings from Thursday, January 12th through at least Sunday, January 15th. There is a potential ice storm headed my way starting late Thursday and not clearing until late Sunday. The details keep changing, but right now they’re expecting a quarter inch of ice, which has been enough in the past to bring down power lines. We’re still very much under a Pisces stellium and I’m guessing there will be more rain -and thus more freezing rain/ice- than expected. So, I’m not scheduling any readings until this thing passes just in case I end up without power and such. Should we have a major ice storm, I might have to postpone readings longer but if so I’ll update that info here.

 

Thanks and sorry!

 

UPDATE 1/15: Thankfully, only had flickering power outages and a warmer Sunday melted off ice residue. Readings are back in service again!

 

Real Time Astrology: Full Moon Supermoon In Gemini December 13th, 2016

 

The final “Supermoon” of 2016, the Full Moon at 22 degrees Gemini takes place on Tuesday, December 13th (6:06 PM CST). (Updated post, see below!) This looks excitable and quirky to me. This Full Moon does make some very uplifting aspects: trine Mars at 25 degrees Aquarius; Mars is still sextile/in mutual reception to Uranus retrograde at 20 degrees Aries so this Gemini Full Moon sextiles Uranus too. That’s a lot of action flowing! The Full Moon also trines Jupiter at 18 degrees Libra, which I really like. It makes for a fun, witty and high energy mood. The Gemini Full Moon does make two tough aspects: an opposition to Saturn at 19 degrees Sagittarius and a square to Chiron at 20 degrees Pisces. [Read more…]

Do You Have “Joyful” Planets In Your Chart?

 

This has nothing to do with how joyful you are as a person, but brownie points to you if you automatically replied “yes!” before you even read beyond the post title!

 

“Planetary joy” is something of an older, traditional thing that’s not used as often anymore. It designates each of the seven traditional visible celestial bodies a house that they are/were purported to really express their inherent qualities the best in. A planet in a house it “rejoices” in gives that planet a type of dignity. A lot of people know what essential dignity is: a planet in its domicile, for instance. (Mercury in Gemini -the sign it rules- would have essential dignity.) Planets can also have dignity if they are in a house of their jollies. These things did not come about by guesswork or accidents; there was good reason underlying the matchmaking or it wouldn’t have stuck around for long.

 

So, what houses do the traditional planets find “joy” in?

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Real Time Astrology: New Moon In Libra September 30th-October 1st, 2016

 

The New Moon at 8 degrees Libra takes place on Friday, September 30th, 2016 at 7:11 PM Central Standard Time. For those of you in later time zones, this of course means it will take place in the wee hours of Saturday, October 1st. Since it is the second New Moon of September, you’ll see it referred to as a “Black Moon”. The Libra Black New Moon will conjunct Jupiter at 4 degrees Libra. It will also sextile Saturn at 11 degrees Sagittarius and inconjunct/quincunx Neptune retrograde at 9 degrees Pisces, thus triggering the waning Saturn-Neptune squares. It will also square Mars and Pluto in Capricorn (2 and 14 degrees, respectively.)

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Stop What You’re Doing Immediately And Find Where Freddie Mercury Is In Your Chart!

Freddie Mercury astrology asteroid

Good old fashioned lover boy.

 

Just when Mercury retrograde was starting to get me down, the real star powered Mercury made everything right again!

 

There’s been a dizzying amount of astronomical discoveries so far in 2016 (the non-discovery of Planet 9 or Planet X or whatever notwithstanding) that I’ve been meaning to write about but haven’t got around to yet (with Mercury retrograde, I’ve been doing battle with people plagiarizing my writing, for real). But today, September 5th, 2016, the most important moment in astrology and astronomy history (maybe ever) was announced. Today, to commemorate what would’ve been Freddie Mercury’s 70th birthday, asteroid #17473 was renamed Freddiemercury. Asteroid #17473 was discovered in 1991, the same year Mercury left this world, providing proof he really was from another dimension. As I’ve written about before, any celestial body worth its salt will have a synchronistic connection and backstory to its name; the synch of Freddiemercury is all the proof I need that this virtuoso cosmic body should be used in every astrology reading henceforth!

 

No, seriously, find Freddiemercury in your chart. Now. Go to https://astro.com and put in your birth data to make a free chart. Once you’ve saved it, at the top of the screen click “Free Horoscopes” and click on “Extended Chart Selection”. Once there, scroll to the bottom of the screen. You’ll see an empty bar that allows you to enter asteroid numbers. Put in 17473 and click “Click Here To Show The Chart”. Boom! You now know where Freddie Mercury lives on in each of us!

 

Since it’s Mercury’s birthday today, let’s have a look at his chart:

 

Freddie Mercury asteroid astrology

 

(You’ll notice he had his own namesake asteroid Freddiemercury in very tight conjunction to his planet Mercury. Tee hee.)

 

No surprise he was a Leo rising, is it? Sun in the 1st house, beautifully artistic Sagittarius Moon in the 5th, Venus raunchy in the via combusta. Jupiter in Libra. And, like many celebrities, he was a 12th house person as well; for him it was Pluto and Saturn behind the scenes. Underneath the flashy exterior, a world of pain and dreams and beauty and lonesome yearning for something this world never offers. Saturn in hard aspect to Jupiter lead to his overbite caused from having four extra teeth, which he wouldn’t remove because he believed it created the beautiful sound of his voice, and who’d ever want to lose this:

 

 

The piano playing, though? That’s all Mercury (no pun intended). Venus and Leo and the 5th house and Jupiter in Libra, etc.: these are things in astrology that show creative artistic appreciation and potential but the manual dexterity performers run on is, more often than not, their Mercury and/or Mars. (Which is why I’m currently writing about a musician and not playing music myself…) Freddie Mercury was a Virgo and Virgo runs on proper skills. Those people who go on and on about what a flamboyant “showman” he was are doing his memory a disservice; he was a proper songwriter, producer, and multi-instrument musician as much as, or more, than anything else. He did it so well he made it look easy.

 

So, happy birthday Freddie Mercury and thank you for even glamming up something like astrology.