Astro-Notes on October 8, 2018 – Libra New Moon

Tonight at 8:46 pm PDT will the New Moon in Libra transpire. This is a good time to set intentions toward interpersonal harmony, cooperation, teamwork, balance, fairness, poise and sophistication. Because this New Moon is engaged in a tense sesqui-quadrate aspect to Juno in Gemini, it is essential to be flexible and adaptable in relationship situations and also to discuss contracts and agreements. This will be a theme throughout the cycle.

Jupiter in Scorpio’s quincunx to retrograde Eris in Aries together with Saturn in Capricorn’s quincunx to the North Node in Leo ask for adjustments for the sake of our self-interests and future prospects. We’ve been investigating our options, but matters are complex and complicated, which leaves us divided and struggling. In order to succeed in this competitive environment and concentrate on the life we want for ourselves, established conditions and realities have to be used constructively and creatively and this includes breaking out of habits and patterns, which set us back on our path.

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon at 15:48 Libra states:

“After a storm a boat landing stands in need of reconstruction. Keynote: The need to keep in operation steady links between the vast unconscious and the ego consciousness – REPAIR.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Page 182)

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The symbolism suggests that we’re coming out of a turbulent time, during which we suffered a few ‘blows’ and ‘bruises’ that need to be patched up; some ‘parts’ might have to undergo an overhaul or get renewed altogether. This is restated by Mercury in Libra’s last-degree quincunx to retrograde Chiron in Pisces that indicates that peace of mind can only be gained by addressing these ‘wounds’ and other unbridged or unresolved issues.

With the lunations’ ruler Venus retrograding through Scorpio, our investments, shared values and business ventures are under review and will have to be delved into, which could lead to rearrangements and fairer contracts, retribution and recompense, depending on how well we negotiate and strategize (Pallas in Virgo is semi-square the North Node in Leo).

Tarot card of the day is the “King of Cups”, suggesting that we feel emotionally balanced and in control, because we’re drawing on emotional maturity to navigate life’s challenges. We’re approachable and can be relied upon, while being responsive instead of reactive and thus capable of managing strong emotions that may surface. Moreover, there is a focus on business matters. Consequently, a wide range of artistic and cultural activities are emphasized.

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Astro-Notes on September 24, 2018 – Aries Full Moon

The Full Moon that transpired tonight at 7:52 pm PDT highlights the relationship axis. On one end of the polarity we find the Self, self-awareness, self-interests, initiative, motivation and assertiveness and on the other side there are the others, other-awareness, teamwork, cooperation, compromise, accommodation and agreement.

Any conflicts and confrontations or clashes we may experience now have to be reconciled, balanced and integrated. This, however, could prove pretty challenging as the Aries Full Moon is conjunct retrograde Chiron and forms a t-square with the Vesta-Saturn conjunction in Capricorn, meaning that we’re encountering obstacles, limitations and setbacks regarding the rules of engagement, which are at cross-purpose with our intentions and are re-opening old wounds.

Therefore, we are challenged to strengthen our focus and commitment to the causes we want to accomplish and keep trying until something works. Mars in Aquarius, the ruler of the Full Moon, has left a square to his dispositor Uranus and is approaching the South Node again. After this ‘continuous’ state of emergency we experienced over the course of the last couple of weeks, we’re less on edge, frenzied, manic or overly reactive and more detached, cool and objective in our assessment. We’re changing our approach and we’re ready to shake these old patterns of extreme and eccentric behavior and let our star shine again.

As the Virgo lunation cycle culminates into the Aries Full Moon, the impulse that sounded forth at the time of the Aries New Moon back in April also comes to fruition. In the symbolical language of the Sabians we get the following story: “A volcanic eruption – the explosive energy of long-repressed contents of the subconscious” (Sabian Symbol and keynote for the Virgo NM) has inspired “the capacity to look objectively at oneself and at others – objectivation of consciousness” (keynote of the Aries Full Moon). Thus, the ensuing “revision of attitude and inner revaluation” (keynote of the Aries NM from April) has resulted in “a repolarization of inner energies leading to creative centralization of consciousness” (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Libra Sun).

The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon at 1:59 Aries states:

“A comedian reveals human nature. Keynote: The capacity to look objectively at oneself and at others – OBJECTIVATION OF CONSCIOUSNESS.”

The Sabian Symbol for the Sun at 1:59 Libra states:

“The transmutation of the fruits of past experiences into the seed realizations of the forever creative spirit. Keynote: A repolarization of inner energies leading to creative centralization of consciousness – CREATIVE CENTRALIZATION.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 51 and 172-173 respectively)

Suggested by the imagery is the ‘process of mirroring’ as a way leading to self-awareness, objectivity and a re-balancing of one’s energies by concentrating on one’s state of Being and center in order to restore inner peace and a sense of harmony.

Tarot card of the day is the “Page of Pentacles”, a messenger who brings news about material matters. We have to pay special attention to our health, assets, possessions and resources and cannot take any risks in this regard. However, we’re asked to start and work with what we have and slowly make it grow, one step at a time.

Astro-Notes on September 9, 2018 – New Moon in Virgo

A New Moon is a time of new beginnings, when we plant seeds in accordance with the symbolism of the sign in which the New Moon falls. With the New Moon in the sign Virgo, we want to focus on self-improvement, health, work, service, apprenticeship, functionality, efficiency and daily routines as we set our intentions.

The Virgo New Moon forms a tense sesqui-quadrate aspect to retrograde Uranus in Taurus, thereby activating the earth grand trine between Pallas in Virgo, Saturn in Capricorn and the latter. So, this new cycle is pressurizing us in regard to change, progress, reform and individualization. We’re urged to do things differently, based on strategies we employed that led to success and achievement or brought results. It is imperative at this point to twist and tweak and experiment until we get it ‘right’ and things will work for us.

Venus made ingress to Scorpio early this morning, where she will be transiting until October 31, when she will be returning to Libra during her impending retrograde. Newly in Scorpio, she engaged with retrograde Neptune in Pisces by way of a sesqui-quadrate. This ushered in a phase, during which we seek to share, evolve, transform and renew values, attachments, resources, preferences, needs and relationships, whereby it is important to be aware of expectations, projections, illusions, ideals, hopes, wishes and longings.

As Venus follows up with a quincunx to retrograde Chiron at the Aries Point and Ceres in Libra is approaching another one to retrograde Uranus in Taurus, adjustments have to be made to restore the balance in those areas we’ve been struggling with since ‘day 1’ (the Aries Point – the very beginning), especially in regard to support and validation, so that we can turn these situations around. Although we may undergo some inner turmoil, could feel unsettled and upset or ready to rock the boat, this has the potential to help us to detach from or break with repetitive patterns and get newly inspired.

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon at 17:00 Virgo states:

“A volcanic eruption. Keynote: The explosive energy of long-repressed contents of the subconscious – EXPLOSION.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Page 161)

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Tarot card of the day and for this new cycle is the “7 of Cups”, representing a multiplicity of possibilities and choices that need to be looked at for their potential – real or imagined – as well as for their basis in reality, whereby we need to be aware that not all that glisters is gold and that less enticing options might turn out to be great opportunities. Therefore, it’s important now to narrow our focus.

Astro-Notes on August 26, 2018 – Pisces Full Moon

Early this morning at 4:56 am PDT did the Full Moon in Pisces transpire with the Virgo Sun just leaving an earth grand trine with retrograde Saturn in Capricorn and retrograde Uranus in Taurus. So, this high point in the lunation cycle follows right after the ending or completion of a phase in our life that could have resulted in a sense of groundedness, some personal achievement or better control of a life situation due to finally getting ‘unstuck’ or things improving and working out. After all this backwards tracking and reviewing there seems to be a silver lining on the horizon and hope is returning.

However, the Sun is now approaching a sesqui-quadrate to retrograde Pluto in Capricorn, who also receives a square from Venus in Libra, while Mercury in Leo forms a quincunx to retrograde Neptune in Pisces, the ruler of the Full Moon. Thus, we’re under pressure to get organized, back to business and manage our affairs more efficiently as our needs, relationships and agreements have remained unbalanced. This requires adjustments in our schedule and plans so that we will be able to meet these as yet unfulfilled expectations and ideals.

With the Full Moon highlighting the axis of service and sacrifice, self-improvement experienced through practicality, functionality, conscientiousness and effectiveness faces off with self-undoing, denial, dreaming, idealism, release and vision and these matters have to be integrated and reconciled.

As the Leo New Moon (which was a Solar Eclipse) culminates in the Pisces Full Moon, the impulse that sounded forth at the time of the Pisces New Moon back in March also comes to fruition. In the symbolical language of the Sabians, we get the following story: “A house boat party” (Sabian Symbol for the Leo NM) has led to “heavy car traffic on a narrow isthmus linking two seashore resorts” (Sabian Symbol of the Pisces FM) – “the enjoyment of freedom from social rigidity” (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Leo NM) has brought about “mobility and intensity of interchanges” (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Pisces FM), whereas “the harvest moon, illuminating a clear autumnal sky” (Sabian Symbol for the Pisces NM from March) has been replaced by “black and white children, which play happily together” (Sabian Symbol for the Virgo Sun) – this “consummation” (keyword of the Sabian Symbol for the Pisces NM) has resulted in a “brotherhood” (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Virgo Sun). So, one fun social event has brought a group of people together and they are now ‘consuming’ their relationship (or playing together) in form of a ‘brotherhood’ or sisterhood or whatever special bond they share.

For instance, my friend Cristal took me to a horse healing session yesterday (Jupiter is sesqui-quadrate Chiron) and dropped me off at home later on. We sat there in her car for a moment and talked about our ‘sisterhood’ going out in nature and doing some things together. We had so much fun walking on the beach, doing oracle card readings, going kayaking etc. and this happened, because we did things rather spontaneously. It’s time to commit us more seriously and make this into a habit. Instead of longing and wishing (Pisces), we need to be more proactive, check events, landmarks, parks and trails out and propose something we could do for our next weekend (Virgo) by letting us be guided by our vision or imagination (Pisces) so that this becomes a weekly routine (Virgo).

On another note: This horse-healing session has really helped me to reconnect with source or spirit. Even though I spent lots of time in nature over the course of the last few months, I felt so disconnected and all the setbacks, especially in regard to my health, had left me struggling in a dark place. It was a really soothing experience.
The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon at 3:12 Pisces states:
“Heavy car traffic on a narrow isthmus linking two seashore resorts. Keynote: The mobility and intensity of interchanges, which make possible and characterize complex social processes – TRAFFIC.”
The Sabian Symbol for the Sun at 3:12 Virgo states:
“Black and white children play together happily. Keynote: The overcoming of socio-cultural prejudices – BROTHERHOOD.”
(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 270-271 and 152-153, respectively)
Tarot card of the day is “The Magician”, coming with the message ‘I have the power to create’, because we have all the tools we need available – the sword of intellect, the wand of inspiration, the cup of emotion and the pentacle of practicality. This card suggests that it is time to approach our whole life or a situation with a new creative and original attitude. We have the ability to act not react, as well as the willpower to channel our energy in the direction we want it to go. With self-confidence we will gain the knowledge and the ability to tackle the important issues that need to be dealt with so that success can be achieved.

Astro-Notes on April 29, 2018 – Scorpio Full Moon

Yesterday did Juno, representing our relationship principle, make ingress to Aries, where she will be traversing until July 1, and joined Chiron in conjunction. Thus, we just entered a period during which we will seek to start anew in the relationship area or initiate relationships and conquer new relationship territory by assuming a more proactive, self-determined and assertive role and this is strongly connected to the wounding and healing principle, especially to new or fresh wounds we need to approach from an evolved perspective.

Mars, the ruler over the sign Aries and thus dispositor of these energies (Juno and Chiron), has just left a conjunction to retrograde Pluto in Capricorn. We’ve done our ‘soul work’ – courses of action we used in the past together with old ‘MOs’ (modus operantis and motivations) have been discarded – we realized we moved on from this, because we have matured and evolved and are serious about our intentions. This is the Wesak Full Moon after all, celebrating the unification of the Buddha (enlightenment) and Christ (love) principles and thus the regeneration and uplifting of the planetary and spiritual vibration.

At this special Full Moon, the Sun in Taurus is trine retrograde Saturn in Capricorn and Vesta in Capricorn is semi-square retrograde Jupiter in Scorpio, while Venus in Gemini casts a sesqui-quadrate to retrograde Pluto in Capricorn, signifying that we’ve completed a step or lesson on our journey by overcoming a part of our nature that belongs in the past. The understanding we gained from our experiences prevents us from repeating mistakes or having regrets. Therefore, it is necessary at this point to review our circumstances together with the options we have in this regard as we dedicate us toward the achievement of our causes and projects. It also requires from us to be more flexible priority- and preference-wise.

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As the Aries lunation cycle culminates in the Scorpio Full Moon, the impulse that sounded forth at the time of the Scorpio New Moon back in November of last year also comes to fruition. In the symbolical language of the Sabians the story goes like this: ‘The lost opportunity that is being regained’ (Sabian Symbol for the Aries NM) has led to ‘a fellowship supper that reunites old comrades’ (Sabian Symbol for the Scorpio FM) – an opening, offering or occasion is presented that brings people with a shared background back together. This is the result of ‘a military band’s noisily march through the city streets’ (Sabian Symbol for the Scorpio NM from November) that has been replaced by ‘a red cross nurse’ (Sabian Symbol for the Taurus Sun). So, the ‘pomp’ and ‘aggressive glorification of cultural values’ (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Scorpio NM) has resulted in ‘the compassionate linking of all men and consecration to humanity’ (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Taurus Sun) after we underwent ‘a revision of attitude and inner revaluation’ (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Aries NM). A good example of this energy is demonstrated by the recent developments the leaders of the 2 Koreas initiated.
The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon at 9:38 Scorpio states:
“A fellowship supper reunites old comrades. Keynote: The overtones of human relationships based on a community of work or experience – COMRADESHIP.”
The Sabian Symbol for the Sun at 9:38 Taurus states:
A red cross nurse. Keynote: The compassionate linking of all men – CONSECRATION TO HUMANITY.”
(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 197-198 and 77, respectively)
Tarot card of the day is the “Knight of Pentacles”, a card that contains an element of perfectionism and brings good news in financial matters. It indicates that we are unwavering in the pursuit of a goal, assess our circumstances candidly, are diligent and industrious, follow a routine and pay attention to the mundane and normal parts of life. We assume responsibility and take charge of a situation by accomplishing what is expected from us. This card has a grounding influence.

Astro-Notes on April 15, 2018 – Aries New Moon

Early this morning did Mercury station direct in Aries. He’s been in retrograde motion since March 23 and will only leave his shadow period on May 3. Thus, the energy in regard to matters of commerce, mobility, connection and communication is beginning to shift and things we had on our mind or in our schedule for a while can now be addressed or set in motion.

This happens in sync with the Aries New Moon, which is an auspicious time for setting intentions toward new beginnings, conquering, daring, initiating, taking action or asserting ourselves. And that’s exactly what we need to do during this new cycle. With Mercury semi-square Venus, Chiron semi-square Neptune and Jupiter sextile Pluto, we’re feeling the pressure of dissatisfying or disillusioning conditions that have been becoming more real or clear during Mercury’s retrograde journey and have to be resolved – rather sooner than later. Things cannot continue in this fashion. Something needs to be done about them.

Therefore, we have to summon our courage and take our chances with the people or parties involved and bring these issues up for review if we want to end our struggle. Gaining influence over these affairs is possible if we can manage to establish rapport and understanding and this requires that we have to adjust our mental strategies or approach accordingly in order to achieve our ends as shown by Pallas’ quincunx to Saturn.
The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon at 26:02 Aries states:
“Through imagination a lost opportunity is regained. Keynote: Revision of attitude and inner revaluation – UNDAUNTED FAITH IN THE PURSUIT OF ONE’S IDEALS.”
(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 68-69)

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Tarot card of the day is “The Magician”, coming with the message ‘I have the power to create’, because we have all the tools we need available – the sword of intellect, the wand of inspiration, the cup of emotion and the pentacle of practicality. This card suggests that it is time to approach our whole life or a situation with a new creative and original attitude. We have the ability to act not react, as well as the willpower to channel our energy in the direction we want it to go. With self-confidence we will gain the knowledge and the ability to tackle the important issues that need to be dealt with so that success can be achieved.

Astro-Notes on March 31, 2018 – Libra Full Moon

We have a Full Moon on the Easter Weekend that is the second Blue Moon this year, which means it is a rather rare and special event. Since astrology is a symbolical language there are correlations here to the theme represented by the Easter festival, such as passing/crossing over, resurrection and renewal and this is not surprising, considering this Full Moon is the culmination of the Pisces lunation cycle that started out with the New Moon conjunct Chiron in Pisces and will end with Chiron having entered Aries and thus crossed over the Aries Point – we’re looking here at the closing of a long cycle and the start of a new one and we’re literally shifting from the omega point to the alpha point.

The Sabian Symbol for the Pisces New Moon was “The harvest moon illumines a clear autumnal sky. Keynote: The light of fulfillment that blesses work well done – CONSUMMATION.” This implies that some long-standing issue will come to an end during this cycle and this issue is related to salvation, suffering, sacrificing, saving, bridging, a missing link or part, crossing over, the healing of a wound, the closing of a gap, insights or revelations that could hurt or leave us disillusioned etc. In addition, an image we had of ourselves or a role we slipped into related to the victim, martyr and perpetrator triad will be transcended. Whether it’s obvious on the ‘outside’ or not – spring has sprung (the vernal equinox also happened shortly after the New Moon).
Preceding the Libra Full Moon is Venus’ ingress to Taurus, her spring sign, where she will be traversing until April 24. This adds a different flavor to the Full Moon, who is ruled over by Venus. Up until yesterday night Venus was in Aries, disposited by Mars, and our priorities and values up to this point were driven by initiative, impulsiveness, survival needs, acting on desires and wants and this included fighting for our values, security or what we have and own. Now Venus in Taurus corresponds to a period when we seek to build up emotional and financial wellbeing and security, sustain and tend to relationships, attachments and talents and accumulate possessions, when we want to secure what we have and feel more comfortable in our own skin, when we prefer routine and repetition as well as comfort and complacency and indulge our senses.

Venus is holding a semi-sextile with Pallas after Pallas just made ingress to Gemini, a sign that adds flexibility, adaptability and objectivity to our mental strategies and maneuvering. Consequently, we will be more inclined to look at both sides of an issue and keep an open mind, instead of insisting on having things our way or pursuing the same tactics time and again and then adjust our values and priorities accordingly.
With the Full Moon in Libra, issues concerning Self versus important others are coming to a head and have to be confronted, integrated and reconciled by coming to an agreement, opting for the middle way as well as by way of negotiating, harmonizing and balancing.
The story weaved by the symbolical language of the Sabians is as follows: ‘The harvest moon that illumines a clear autumnal sky’ (Sabian Symbol for the Pisces New Moon) has been replaced by ‘a professor peering over his glasses at his students’ (Sabian Symbol for the Libra Full Moon) – whatever we’re reaping or whatever situation or image is ending or transcending is leading to a new set of circumstances that needs to be looked at or pondered for its future potential. Therefore, ‘the airplane that sails high in the sky’ (Sabian Symbol for the Libra New Moon from October of last year), or in other words, ‘standing above an issue by transcending the conflicts and pressures of the personal life’ (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Libra New Moon) has made us into ‘the ruler of a nation’ (Sabian Symbol for the Aries Sun), suggesting that we’re claiming power and control over our own life after we realized that we need to act, assert ourselves or do something (Aries) to restore the balance or a sense of justice and fairness in our life (Libra).
The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon at 10:44 Libra states:
“A Professor peering over his glasses at his students. Keynote: Problems attending the transmission of knowledge in a special cultural setup – INSTRUCTION.”
The Sabian Symbol for the Sun at 10:44 Aries states:
“The ruler of a nation. Keynote: The power resulting from the formal integration of the collective desire for order – CENTRALIZATION OF POWER.”
(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 178-179 and 57, respectively)

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Tarot card of the day is the “2 of Swords”, representing a delicate balance. We may feel as though we have reached an impasse or even a stalemate. What is needed is a truce so that the problems we’re dealing with can be resolved using logic and the intellect, especially if we don’t know how to proceed. It’s a card of choice that could require from us to make a split decision. There is a sense of being caught between a rock and a hard place, which could make decision-making difficult or, on the other hand, could have us torn by indecision or opposing choices. Awareness of the consequences of our decisions is therefore imperative. However, resolutions will be found and a new beginning is arising out of this.