Real Time Astrology: April 2017

 

The month of April is typically a dynamic month anyway, as history has shown time and again. I do think this particular April will be especially memorable, though I must caution it will be for very mixed reasons. We know we have to take the good with the bad and at the same time, right?

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Real Time Astrology: Full Moon in Libra April 10th/11th, 2017

 

The Full Moon at 22 degrees Libra takes place in the wee hours of April 11th, 1:08 AM Central Standard Time, so this will occur late evening of April 10th for time zones west of CST. Expect a wild night! Here in Oklahoma, this Full Moon will be in the month that usually kicks off our tornado season in full force, and this lunation reminds me of a tornado in many ways.

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2017: The Year Of Conviction And Contradictions

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Life thriving, in spite of its environment. Photo by Guy Tal.

 

2016 was, of course, the year of change and transition. A rocky, slippery slope that we can see clearer in retrospect was a detour into unknown territory for the purpose of testing our faith and mettle. In many ways 2017 will pick us up out of the ditch and move us forward on a clear trajectory again. Regaining a more visible and structured path does not translate into an easier year; 2017 is a year of contradictions openly challenging our convictions as we’re honing them.

 

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Real Time Astrology: Full Moon In Cancer January 12th, 2017

 

The first lunation of 2017 starts with the Full Moon at 22 degrees Cancer on Thursday, January 12th (5:34 AM). As this is a Full Moon that occurs during the night for a majority of readers, please keep in mind we’ll feel the effects leading up to it the evening before. And we’ll definitely feel this one, with the Moon in the sign she resides. The Full Moon trines Mars at 18 degrees Pisces and Chiron at 21 degrees Pisces; harmonious watery aspects that emphasize the healing sensitivity potential. Mostly, though, the story here is the cardinal Grand Cross the Cancer Full Moon makes: squaring exact Jupiter at 22 degrees Libra, square Uranus at 20 degrees Aries and opposing Pluto at 17 degrees Capricorn.

 

The cardinal Grand Cross has multiple ways of playing out. Whether you find this stressful or exhilarating depends on how you handle the cardinal signs in general. For sure, it can be pushy, bossy, brash. Emotional turmoil and mood swings. It can also push people out of the dredge of the Pisces stellium active in January and get them moving in the right direction again. Cardinal signs initiate, and all four are bound up in this Full Moon. Many will feel emboldened to take on things they’d normally shy away from. If you find this Full Moon too much to handle, don’t assume everyone feels the way you do. Some will find it exciting in the best sense and won’t have much patience for people not moving at their speed.

 

Considering much of 2016 was dominated by a long lasting mutable T-square and on/off mutable Grand Cross, starting the 2017 lunar cycle with the Moon in domicile forming a cardinal Grand Cross shows an early rebalancing of energies to be played out in the year to come. We’re leaving behind the process of slowly adapting to new realities and now must act on them.

 

The aspects to Mars and Chiron in Pisces will definitely be lighting up our dream life, those of you who connect your dreams to the lunar cycles should pay attention here. Overall, while this Full Moon screams “go big or go home!” it’s actually one that most will find productive. Not necessarily easy, but fruitful. Protecting our emotional needs (Full Moon in Cancer) from the death grind of politics and business (Pluto in Capricorn); forming new and/or better alliances (Jupiter in Libra) while protecting and asserting our individuality (Uranus in Aries). The lunar cycles sensitize us to the larger transits affecting Earth as a whole and I fully expect this Cancer Full Moon to bring home movement from the big picture. Watch out for world events and especially financial/money news.

 

 

As always, look to the house of your natal chart that this Full Moon in Cancer and cardinal Grand Cross falls in for further information about how it will affect you personally. Read here for easy instructions if you don’t know how to find it.

 

 

Real Time Astrology: November 2016

 

2016 has seen each month bring a different flavor, alternating between the sublime to the out of control. November rides the middle ground; not as upsetting as earlier in the year but definitely bumpier than the relative calm of October.  [Read more…]

Writing About Jupiter In Libra For The Huffington Post (And Various Other Sundries)

 

Today, despite the Virgo stellium and mutable T-square in the sky, I published my first post on The Huffington Post as a contributing blogger. It’s titled 6 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Jupiter In Libra. Just as it sounds, too! It’s a basic overview of maximizing the transit of Jupiter in Libra that begins September 9th, simple enough for astrology newbies to understand it. It is a simplified version of my in depth look at Jupiter in Libra: Preaching The Gospel Of Love And Justice.

 

I’m excited and ready for this transit, so I figured my first HuffPo entry should start there. I fully realize that the space weather in 2016 hasn’t been the best at sowing widespread optimism; while we’re still in for a lot of turbulence ahead I do genuinely feel that the ingress of Jupiter into Libra will lift spirits.

 

At the end of my HuffPo article on Jupiter in Libra, I point out that one of the biggest social media websites in existence, YouTube, was a product of the last transit of Jupiter in Libra from late 2004 through most of 2005. I am working on a post about the direction I think social media is taking and the astrology behind it; not sure yet if I’ll post it here or on Huffington Post. That’s a new experience for me and one I’ll need to feel out.

 

For those of you on social networking sites, I’m curious about your opinions of social media as it exists today. What sites do you use the most? Which ones have you abandoned and why? If you could design your own social network, what would it have that you don’t see now?

 

I’ve also toyed with the idea before of a Viva Combusta! astrology forum, one of those old school, bare bones types. Would you join if such a thing existed? Do you guys miss in depth conversation like what takes place on forums, or do you prefer using social media for specific purposes and contacts only?

 

Let me know your thoughts on online interactions in the comments below, or email me at vivacombusta@hushmail.com

 

 

Jupiter In Libra September 9th, 2016-October 10th, 2017: Preaching The Gospel Of Love And Justice

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Spread the good word: the sexy breath of fresh air we all want and need comes with the ingress of jolly lucky celestial giant Jupiter into the sign of Libra on September 9th, 2016. I, along with most astrologers, am very excited about this transit. 2016 has drained a lot of color and glamour and joie de vivre out of us; Jupiter in Libra restores all this and then some.

 

Since August 11th, 2015, we’ve had Jupiter in Virgo. Jupiter is in detriment in Virgo, meaning the planet struggles to express its natural traits. Jupiter is the planet of good luck, good times, good humor; given to largesse and excess. Too much of the good things is Jupiter’s preference. In Virgo, Jupiter’s larger than life exuberance was considerably thwarted; Virgo being the sometimes fussy, persnickety sign focused on micro details and puritanical perfection. Nothing against Jupiter in Virgo; Jupiter is always astrology’s “greater benefic” and makes our lives a little easier regardless of what sign it is in. However, Jupiter in Virgo was Jupiter redux, and spent most of its transit in hard aspects to Saturn in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces which further drowned it’s natural buoyancy.

 

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