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…]

Real Time Astrology: Full Moon Supermoon In Taurus November 14, 2016


The one of a kind Full Moon at 22 degrees Taurus takes place Monday, November 14th (7:52 AM CST). You’re going to be seeing a lot written about this Moon, not just because it is also a Supermoon -occuring at perigee- but also because it’s the largest Full Moon Supermoon since 1948; we won’t see one this visibly huge again until 2034! This Full Moon will be nearly 15% larger and 30% brighter than any regular Full Moon. It will be at its biggest and brightest during the night before, so stay up late on Sunday November 13th or get up early Monday November 14th to take in the full Full Moon effect! [Read more…]

Real Time Astrology: Full Moon Supermoon In Aries October 15th/16th, 2016


Wild, sexy and dangerous, the Full Moon Supermoon at 23 degrees Aries occurs Saturday, October 15th or  Sunday, October 16th, depending on your location. (It is exact at 11:23 PM Central Standard Time on Saturday night.) This Aries Full Moon is also a supermoon, meaning it coincides with lunar perigee, or the point at which the Moon is closest to the Earth. Huge, highly visible Full Moon to match the volatile emotional temperature. The Full Moon will be in very tight conjunction to Uranus retrograde at 22 degrees Aries, and will square Pluto at 15 degrees Capricorn. That’s right, it is bringing back the dormant Uranus-Pluto square! The lunation is also in wide opposition to Mercury at 15 degrees Libra. Pluto at 15 degrees Capricorn means the orb is wide for Pluto too, but Pluto is a heavy hitter and with the tight conjunction of Uranus, the story of the lunation will be the temporary cardinal T-square which will set the tone for the longer lasting cardinal T-square involving Uranus-Pluto by years end and into 2017.


I’ve said before that the lunar cycles sensitize us to the larger transits; bringing the big issues home. This particular Full Moon in the pioneering sign of Aries will be sensitizing us to the next curveball coming our way. 2016 was a rough go for many people; two steps forward, one step back, constant uncertainty. Much of that peaked in September during the final eclipse season of the year. The Libra New Moon at the end of September, being the first lunation after eclipse season, helped shake off the feeling of getting nowhere. Now, this Aries Full Moon draws our attention to the future, the shape of things to come.

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Weirdo Book Reviews: Interpreting The Eclipses By Robert Carl Jansky

L: Cover of "Interpreting The Eclipses". R: Photo by Amy Shore.

L: Cover of “Interpreting The Eclipses”. R: Photo by Amy Shore.


“Eclipses. I know this is a very vast topic, but maybe eclipses of certain notable events? How eclipses stir things up, examples of. Why some are ‘duds’ or seem so. Interesting how they can be re-stimulated when a planet conjuncts that eclipse point, too–time frame for that happening.” – Nancy


Back in February, I posted an article asking for readers to submit questions that they’d like to see answered here on Viva Combusta! I answered nearly all of them shortly thereafter except this one. It was past eclipse season by the time I started working on the writeup, so I decided to wait until the next eclipse season, which is upon us this September. Since we’ve also got Mercury in its domicile Virgo emphasizing effective use of our words, I want to kill two birds with one stone by also doing my second installment of book reviews and recommendations. This time it’s Robert Carl Jansky’s classic Interpreting The Eclipses.

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Real Time Astrology: New Moon in Aries April 7, 2016


The most energetic New Moon so far this year at 18 degrees Aries happens on Thursday, April 7th at 6:24 AM CST. Brace yourself for what will either be an exciting time or an out of control one.  This New Moon counts as a Supermoon even though it is not visible because it’s the closest New Moon of the year. [Read more…]

Real Time Astrology: New Moon Solar Eclipse Supermoon in Pisces March 8, 2016

Pic by Matty Smith

What lurks beneath quiet waters? Pic by Matty Smith.


The Walt Whitman line “I am large, I contain multitudes” is fitting for this potent and complex New Moon Solar Eclipse at 18 degrees Pisces on Tuesday, March 8th at 7:54 PM CST. It occurs at perigee and thus is a Supermoon as well as a complete total eclipse, meaning that the typical large appearance of a Supermoon will instead be replaced by utter blackness, except [Read more…]

Real Time Astrology: Full Moon Lunar Eclipse / Supermoon / Blood Moon in Aries September 27, 2015

The utterly epic punk rock Full Moon lunar eclipse/Supermoon/Blood Moon at 4 degrees Aries sets the world on fire Sunday, September 27 at 9:50 P.M. Central Standard Time. This is a huge event,  strongly impacting our lives and the shape of things to come in the near future. It will oppose Mercury Rx at 9 degrees Libra; inconjunct/quincunx Mars (ruler of Aries) at 1 degree of Virgo; conjunct the South Node at 0 degrees Aries,  trine Saturn newly in Sagittarius and square Pluto at 12 Capricorn, which will have ended its retrograde just two days previous. It is a total lunar eclipse, the first since 1982 to coincide with a “Supermoon” and we will not see this combination again until 2033. A Supermoon  is a snazzy way of saying lunar perigee, the Moon at its closest point to Earth, making it look huge. It is of course the famous last Moon in the Blood Moon tetrad series (a Blood Moon is simply a moon with a strong red tint, from being hit with sunlight bent by Earth’s atmosphere. A tetrad is a series of four lunar eclipses in two years.)


There is an incredible amount of hype surrounding this Aries Full Moon. It certainly deserves to be hyped up, but not for the reasons most think. This is not a Moon of endings of any sort! The Moon of endings was the Pisces Full Moon/Supermoon, which I wrote at the time would bring closure. That Moon was the omega, not this Aries Full Moon which is super alpha. No, no endings here, folks. Only new beginnings. It is sad to me in a way that the focus on this Moon is so negative when, in fact, this is one of the biggest portals into a brave new world we’ll have all year.


Aries is new life, new years; the spring equinox always starts at the entry of the Sun into the first degree of Aries. It is the deceptively delicate flowers punching their way through the frozen ground with vigor, asserting their right to life. It is the awakening of nature from its slumber. This Full Moon/Supermoon Lunar Eclipse in Aries has had it with all the emotional heaviness and loss and blah blah this past year has brought. The baggage will have to wait for another day. It is a new season with nothing to look back to or mourn over. Even if we still wanted to, what good would it do? The Aries Full Moon Lunar Eclipse pushes us into the breaking dawn with considerable force behind us. Aries knows sometimes the only thing we need to get back on track is the simple gumption and temerity to just do it, no excuses! If it sounds big and bold and daring and brave, well it is! If it sounds unrealistic or not applicable in real life, that isn’t true however. Anyone is capable of feats of incredible bravery. Think of a scrawny kid standing up to a huge bully, a victim finally standing up to an abuser, a recent divorceè strapping on the dancing shoes and hitting the town. Is that not brave, courageous? This Aries Full Moon brings out the inner warrior in us, turning a new page with a big helping hand from somewhere beyond.


There is even something anarchic about this Full Moon Eclipse;  at least anarchic as explained thusly by Leon of Solitary Thinkers and comrade to Viva Combusta!:


Anarch. Ἄναρχος in ancient Greek, the mother of most intelligent languages, is an adjectival noun for “God”. It literally means “the one who has no beginning”, no ἀρχή. So ἀρχή means “beginning”, but it also means “authority”, and from this meaning derives the adjective corresponding to the human level, namely the word ἀναρχικός or anarchist, which analogously means “the one who does not accept the authority of lesser entities”. 


(Thank you Leon for that definition so long ago. It was a big impact on me!)


The square to Pluto in Capricorn suggests that we will start this new era not so easily accepting the perceived authority we’ve forced ourselves to adjust to.  As much as we want to wipe the slate clean, we’re still challenged by existing power structures and their seemingly increasing appetites. Reclaiming your personal authority and not allowing others to claim it for themselves is a precious lesson from this Aries Full Moon Eclipse.


Saturn finally entered Sagittarius on Thursday,  September 17, and was welcomed with open arms and confetti. Saturn newly in adventurous Sadge at 0 degrees will make a sweet trine to this Aries Moon, getting us excited for the very real changes happening around us. We are not unrealistic when Saturn is involved, so the extra pep in our step here is warranted.


On a smaller scale, this will be a hell of a fun day if you don’t buy into the undeserved dark hype surrounding this Moon. Aries is a very excitable Moon and I do think most will feel like having a good time. It looks like a party to me! High adrenaline day. Dreams will be off the charts,  cinematic and larger than life.


The house of your natal chart that this Aries Full Moon Lunar Eclipse/Supermoon / Blood Moon in Aries falls in is the house that will be most strongly lit up, so you’ll want to check where this one falls. It is the area of life that you will probably want to make a new start or act independently or assert yourself in. As potent as this Moon is, you will feel the effects for some time.


Time for some rock and roll.