Astro-Notes on February 18, 2017 – Third Quarter Moon

Daily Aspects:
– Sun ingress to Pisces at 3:31 am PST
– Moon ingress to Sagittarius at 10:52 am PST
– Third Quarter Moon at 0:20 Sagittarius/Pisces at 11:33 am PST
– Mercury in Aquarius semi-sextile Pluto in Capricorn
– Jupiter Rx in Libra opposite Eris in Aries

Early this morning at 3:31 am PST did the Sun make ingress to Pisces, ushering in a phase of endings and synthesis, during which we seek to become more ‘whole’ as well as self-aware, while shaping and moulding our self-image according to visions and ideals that appeal to us.
At 10:52 am PST will the Moon enter Sagittarius, which corresponds to a period of heightened optimism and enthusiasm. However, the Moon also engages in a waning square to the Sun, marking the Last Quarter Moon stage in the Aquarius lunation cycle that is accompanied by a ‘crisis in consciousness or perception’.

Therefore, instead of being filled with exuberance and enterprising spirit, we could feel rather disillusioned in regard to ‘acting out our vision’ (keyword of the Sabian Symbol for the Aquarius New Moon), because we might not have all the information yet to be able to proceed with our agenda and as a consequence, have to wait, seeing our plans delayed.
Mercury in Aquarius is leaving a semi-sextile to Pallas in Pisces and approaching another one to Pluto in Capricorn, while Mars in Aries is moving toward a semi-sextile with Pallas. The matter is outside of our control or zone of influence, which means we can only bring things to conclusion once everything comes together. In the meantime, we might as well focus on other things.


Tarot card of the day is the “2 of Pentacles”, which calls for flexibility and indicates movement and change in the natural progress of a project or business. We might have to decide between 2 alternatives and travel beyond the conventional, seeking combination and unification. Some kind of balancing act is signified that requires from us to juggle our various duties, responsibilities and resources.

Astro-Notes on February 10, 2017 – Leo Full Moon/Appulse Lunar Eclipse

Daily Aspects:
– Merc in Aquarius sextile Venus in Aries
– Sun in Aquarius quincunx Vesta Rx in Cancer and sextile Eris in Aries
– Vesta Rx in Cancer square Eris in Aries
– Lunar Appulse Eclipse/Full Moon at 22:28 Leo/Aquarius at 4:32 pm PST

Later today at 4:32 pm PST we reach the highpoint in the Aquarius lunation cycle with the Leo Full Moon, which is a lunar eclipse.
A lunar eclipse occurs when the Full Moon enters the Earth’s shadow. Since the Moon ‘shines’ only by reflecting light from the Sun, the Full Moon seems to disappear when it is eclipsed. Depending on which part of the Earth’s shadow the Full Moon passes through (which depends on how close the Full Moon is to the lunar nodes), a lunar eclipse can be one of three main types. In the situation, where the Moon misses the umbra entirely and only enters the penumbra (either grazing it or being completely immersed in it), an appulse or penumbral eclipse is formed, which only dims the Moon’s surface slightly. In fact, the casual observer might not even notice this kind of eclipse since the change in appearance is so subtle. The astrological impact of an appulse Eclipse is far from subtle, however.

It is a supercharged Full Moon and this one illuminates our ‘inner child’, life’s drama and natural disposition. It comes with an opportunity to showcase our talents and promote our self-interests if we take advantage of the chances and occasions offered, even if that involves a risk or some kind of improvising on our part. Because if we want to succeed with our individual cause, we have to perform the role we’ve chosen and this requires that we express ourselves confidently and creatively, trusting in ourselves and our purpose. We have to realize though that this won’t be always easy or ‘safe’, it’s rather a balancing act during which we could at times feel clumsy and awkward. In fact, we could even fall from our ‘horse’ or on our back, yet we cannot let this deter us from our path or mission.


As the Aquarius New Moon culminates in the Leo Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse, the impulse that sounded forth at the time of the Leo New Moon back in August 2016 also comes to fruition. Consequently, ‘acting out the vision’ (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Aquarius NM) has resulted in ‘virtuosity’ (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Leo FM), whereas the ‘spontaneous acitivity of the innocent mind’ (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Leo NM from August) has led to ‘discipleship’ (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Aquarius Sun).

The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon at 22:28 Leo states:

“In a circus, the bareback rider displays her dangerous skill. Keynote: The audacity and perseverance required to control and play with the powerful energies of the vital realm in human existence – VIRTUOSITY.”

The Sabian Symbol for the Sun at 22:28 Aquarius states:

“A big bear sitting down and waving all its paws. Keynote: The self-discipline, which results from an intelligent development of individual faculties under proper training – DISCIPLESHIP.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 145 and 263, respectively)

Success is no accident. It is the result of practice, persistence, patience, perspiration and dedication, while overcoming failure, trial and error in the process.

Tarot card of the day is the “5 of Swords”, suggesting that we’re dealing with mixed feelings about life in general and experiencing conflict or discord – inner as well as outer. The more important is it to pick our battles wisely and think before we act. There are boundaries and limitations in life situations we must accept, even though they could make us feel powerless. In this regard, we must overcome ourselves and focus on our needs in order to regain our composure. On the other hand, this card can indicate victory or achievement, which has been well-deserved and long-awaited, but only if we don’t give in to defeat.

Astro-Notes on February 3, 2017 – First Quarter Moon

Daily Aspects:
– Sun in Aquarius semi-square Venus in Pisces and semi-square Juno in Capricorn
– Venus ingress to Aries at 7:51 am PST (until April 3, then back to Pisces) and square Juno in Capricorn
– Vesta Rx in Cancer square Jupiter in Libra
– Merc in Capricorn semi-sextile Saturn in Sagittarius
– First Quarter Moon at 15:32 Taurus/Aquarius at 8:18 pm PST
– Chiron in Pisces semi-sextile Uranus in Aries

The Taurus Moon is not only waxing into her First Quarter Phase to the Aquarius Sun, heralding a ‘crisis in action’ in regard to the intentions set at the time of the Aquarius New 12645169_932074266862394_8110576029912052416_nMoon, but also participates in the Venus-Juno square with tense octile aspects. This suggests that our attempts at ‘acting out the vision’ (keyword of the Sabian Symbol for the Aquarius NM) are being met with resistance from others, who are indifferent or unresponsive to our offers, block our progress, refuse to cooperate or even put us in place. As a consequence, we could experience a sense of being stuck in the same old patterns and unappreciated or even feel rejected.

Mercury in Capricorn’s semi-sextile to Saturn in Sagittarius presents us with rules, obstacles, setbacks and other limitations or challenges that stand in the way of our plans. Saturn is Mercury’s dispositor and also Juno’s, who made ingress to Capricorn yesterday, where she will be traversing until December 16 due to her retrogradation in this sign later this year. This transit corresponds to a time when we seek to consolidate and structure relations with others, which can either lead to stronger bonds or separations, depending on the dynamics involved in the situation and whether they are constructive, productive and manageable or obstructive, limiting and hindering to our goals. Another ingress was made by Venus to Aries this morning that will last until April 3 when she will be heading back to Pisces, because she too will enter a retrograde phase.

From this we can easily deduce that these particular relationship aspects and issues related to these energies we’re undergoing in current developments will be revisited. Venus’s transit through Aries has ushered in a period during which we are determined and driven in the pursuit as well as promotion of our values, priorities, needs, attachments, talents and even relationships. With retrograde Vesta in Cancer engaged in a square to Jupiter in Libra, who will start his yearly retrograde journey in a couple of days, we know we have to turn a corner what our social options and opportunities concerns in order to ‘feed the fire’ within us. Therefore, the impending review phase of our mission or quest (Jupiter’s retrogradation) is inevitable. Somewhere along the way our perspective needs to be balanced so that it can actually match our concepts.
Tarot card of the day is “The Star”, suggesting we’re reaching for our highest potential as we let ourselves be guided by our inner shining light and also try to bring people together in a fair and ‘sisterly’ way, while appealing to the group consciousness or common cause and setting an example how each of us can help and assist the other. Therefore, we need to keep listening to this inner voice and also to our heart – we are guided by higher values and thus have the universe on our side.

Astro-Notes on January 27, 2017 – Aquarius New Moon

Daily Aspects:
– Moon ingress to Aquarius at 0:36 am PST
– Jupiter in Libra opposite Eris in Aries and quincunx Chiron in Pisces
– Venus in Pisces square Saturn in Sagittarius
– Vesta Rx in Cancer sesqui-quadrate Neptune in Pisces
– New Moon at 8:15 Aquarius at 4:06 pm PST
– Mars ingress to Aries at 9:38 pm PST

On this day of the Aquarius New Moon, Venus in Pisces repeats the square that Mars in Pisces formed to Saturn in Sagittarius on the day of the Last Quarter Moon when we faced the ‘crisis in consciousness’. Thus, the increased limitations, responsibilities and long-term implications of the situation are now affecting this new beginning as they force us out of our comfort zone and challenge us to let go off values and priorities we cannot hold onto any longer, because they not only lost their appeal, but also threaten our sense of Wellbeing.

The tense sesqui-quadrate linking retrograde Vesta in Cancer to Neptune in Pisces marks this as a critical time in regard to unmet expectations, unfulfilled longings, unrealized visions and uncertainties that won’t go away and therefore require from us to recommit ourselves to the causes, which are sacred to us and need to be reviewed and taken care of. This in particular concerns self-nurturance and self-protection.

With the Aquarius New Moon in semi-square aspect to Saturn in Sagittarius, it’s time for reform and breakthrough in (or a break from) these long-standing matters we’ve been struggling with. We have to take up our own cause, stand up for ourselves, resist the urge to conform or grow our resistance and shake things up.
When the New Moon falls into Aquarius we can set our intentions toward unconventionality, independence, change, progress, individualization, differentiation, group participation, networking and revolution (to name a few).


Shortly after the New Moon event will Mars make ingress to Aries, where he will be traversing until March 10. This corresponds to a period when we assert our Will, fighting and competing spirit, show determination, motivation and drive, start initiatives and take action on our behalf.

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon at 8:15 Aquarius states:

“A flag is seen turning into an eagle. Keynote: The dynamic incorporation of new social values in individuals who exemplify the spiritual potential and greatest significance of these values – ACTING OUT the vision.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Page 254)


Inspiration takes flight as we give ‘birth’ to desires and intentions we’ve been holding in or back. They are now acting as a catalyst, pushing us and daring us to stretch our limits and reach higher so that we can renew ourselves and our life.

Tarot card of the day is the “7 of Wands”, suggesting that we’re coming out on top of a situation as things are going well and projects move right along. Thus, we seize the opportunity, are firm and act resolutely as we’re going after what we want. We stand our ground and show determination, even in the face of adversity. Our inner strength and tenacity give us the ability to meet all challenges head-on.

Astro-Notes on January 19, 2017 – Third Quarter Moon

Daily Aspects:
– Mars in Pisces square Saturn in Sagittarius
– Sun ingress to Aquarius at 1:23 pm PST
– Moon ingress to Scorpio at 2:09 pm PST
– Third Quarter Moon at 0:02 Scorpio/Aquarius at 2:13 pm PST

Last Quarter Moon on the eve of the Presidential Inauguration:

The waning last quarter Moon in Scorpio’s square to the Aquarius Sun with both luminaries newly entered into their respective signs is accompanied by another square cast from Mars in Pisces to Saturn in Sagittarius (this one is a waxing square that indicates ‘a crisis in action’).

Consequently, the ‘crisis in consciousness’, which is marking this stage in the lunation cycle, comes with an increased sense of responsibility, greater guard and more ‘dread’, forcing individuals into ‘unified co-ordinated action’ that is divided though by group association in which people are rallying together in order to protest or support the inauguration of the next president of the United States, who is not only a contentious figure, but also embodies the collective shadow.

Therefore, and because he didn’t win the majority of the votes, the more progressive and liberal-minded folks in the U.S. refuse to accept him as their leader and reel at the prospects of this presidency, whereas the ones who put him in this position are excited about the future and the ‘new’ way of governing or the changes in government affairs they expect to see.

Put into context in regard to the Capricorn lunation cycle, we can readily recognize that ‘a shadow has fallen’ (Scorpio) over ‘the sun-lit home in which domestic birds sing happily’, turning the ‘enjoyment or wholesome happiness’ into trepidation and ‘a refusal to sing’ (Aquarius). Many A-list celebrities turned down propositions to perform at the inauguration or to dress the future First Lady.

The Sun’s yearly transit through Aquarius corresponds to a period when we are more inclined to be non-conforming, rebellious, different and controversial, while seeking to express our individuality and uniqueness or demonstrating what sets us apart from others, whereby we strive to advance our personal cause and to become more independent and individualized in the process. In fact, we might even reinvent ourselves. However, since Aquarius symbolizes both – the individual and the collective – we will moreover tend to self-realize or affirm our Beingness through our group purpose and contribution or involvement with our social circle, associates and peers, especially through networking and collaborating.


Thus, on a more personal level, we could refuse to give in to a proposal by someone in authority, because it contradicts our values or we feel this is unacceptable. . Unsurprisingly, I got called in to work once again. Although it’s only for a short shift, it interferes with my plans for the day.

Tarot card of the day is the “2 of Pentacles”, which calls for flexibility and indicates movement and change in the natural progress of a project or business. We might have to decide between 2 alternatives and travel beyond the conventional, seeking combination and unification. Some kind of balancing act is signified that requires from us to juggle our various duties, responsibilities and resources.

Astro-Notes on January 12, 2017 – Cancer Full Moon

Daily Aspects:
– Juno conjunct Saturn in Sagittarius and trine Eris in Aries
– Jupiter in Libra opposite Eris in Aries and sextile Juno-Saturn in Sagittarius
– Pallas conjunct South Node in Pisces
– Full Moon at 22:27 Cancer/Capricorn at 3:33 am PST
– Sun in Capricorn square Eris in Aries and semi-sextile Juno-Saturn in Sagittarius
– Mercury ingress to Capricorn at 6:03 am PST (until Feb 7)
– Venus conjunct Neptune in Pisces,
– Moon ingress to Leo at 4:07 pm PST

The first Full Moon of this year falls in the clinging, caring and emotive sign Cancer, thereby highlighting the parental archetypes (Cancer and Capricorn) in a complementary or contradictory manner, while at the same time squaring the Uranus-Eris-Ceres conjunction in Aries and Jupiter in Libra in a Grand Cross configuration, and casting a quincunx to the Juno-Saturn conjunction in Sagittarius. This is a highly complex and stressful aspect pattern that not only brings things to a climax, but also leaves us divided – either within ourselves or our relationships – and torn about the issues at cross-purpose, while at the same time pushing our buttons, forcing us to pull ourselves up by our boot-straps and challenging us to face the controversies and conflicts of interest on the social scene we might encounter or helped to create, all of which is consequential to our long-term interactions with others.

With our self-interests at stake and far from succeeding, we’re finding ourselves at discord or even at the losing end, because we’re struggling to make it in a highly competitive, ruthless and even hostile environment, where progress seems to be hard to achieve or out of our reach, necessitating us to properly evaluate our options from personal and professional viewpoints and also from different angles, whereby we cannot lose sight of the fact that we need to protect ourselves or stand up for ourselves and for what we believe in, although that might not sit well with others. It could also be us who have to make adjustments in regard to perspective and approach, in particular in view of the larger picture.

Therefore, if we feel as though we failed or are being defeated, we could be easily taking a defensive stance and react negatively, disagreeable, uncooperative or obstructive. However, we have to realize that this will only worsen the situation and won’t help us in the long run. Instead, understanding where we have erred will help us to change course. Moreover, we have to increase our expertise and sense of structure so that we can grow into the role or position we want to fill. Also, we need to give things more time to develop, especially what our interactions with others concerns so that we will be adequately prepared when the right opportunity comes along in order to gather or provide support.

In addition to the Juno-Saturn conjunction in Sagittarius that signifies the relationship goals we aim for, Venus is forming a conjunction with Neptune in Pisces and Pallas another one with the South Node in Pisces. This shows a strong emphasis on past vulnerabilities, disappointments, uncertainties and unfulfilled expectations to which we could respond in an oversensitive, disillusioned or ignorant fashion. The more important is it to become aware when we resort to the line of least resistance or to patterns, which keep us victimized, self-undoing and trapped in the past. In fact, if we seek to gain control over these conditions, we have to break out of our shell and away from the past, the familiar and the traditional way of taking care of our affairs.

This requires from us to stop looking for excuses and instead getting our stuff together, tackle our problems one at a time, summon our courage and act as if we are in charge of our life and then we will succeed. It’s time to release the sorrows, sync our dreams with reality and get in touch with our vision.

As the Capricorn lunation cycle culminates with the Cancer Full Moon, the impulse that sounded forth at the time of the Cancer New Moon on July 4 of last year will also come to fruition. Thus, ‘the domesticated birds that sing joyously in a sun-lit home’ (Sabian Symbol for the Capricorn New Moon) have led to ‘the meeting of a literary society’ (Sabian Symbol for the Cancer Full Moon) – the wholeness and happiness that results from accepting our lot in life unreservedly (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Capricorn New Moon) has not only uplifted our spirit, but also taken our mind to the next level by giving way to ‘intellectualization’ or ‘an objective and critical approach to common factors in our culture’ (keynote and keyword of the Sabian Symbol for the Cancer Full Moon), whereas ‘the prominent thumb held out for study’ (Sabian Symbol for the Cancer New Moon from July), revealing the ‘character’ (keyword of the Sabian Symbol for the Cancer New Moon) of the person it belongs to has yielded fruits in the form of ‘recompense‘ (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Capricorn Sun), or, in other words, the reward will be worth the struggles we’ve been enduring and lived through.

The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon at 22:27 Cancer states:

“The meeting of a literary society. Keynote: An objective and critical approach to the common factors in our culture and to its psychological problems – INTELLECTUALIZATION.”

The Sabian Symbol for the Sun at 22:27 Capricorn states:

“A soldier receiving two awards for bravery in combat. Keynote: The reward offered by society for the fulfillment of individual responsibility – RECOMPENSE.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 125-126 and 243, respectively)


The symbolical imagery suggests our culture and civility indeed is being sustained by the effort, determination and courage of individuals who are not afraid to fight for our common cause and the things we have achieved as a society or the foundations our society is build on. This is the legacy of a person whose deeds will be recorded in history books as an acknowledgment of their service for everything we stand for. An excellent example is provided by U.S. President Barack Obama, who is stepping down from the highest office (Capricorn) of the country (Cancer) after 2 terms (the 2 awards mentioned in the Sabian Symbol), while his successor is already caught in the ‘cross-fire’ of his affairs. To each his own. Thus, for us it means to step up to the plate and take care of our business in a constructive and productive way that fosters cooperation, mindfulness and intellectual discourse.

Meanwhile, Mercury re-entered Capricorn this morning at 6:03 am PST, where he will traverse until February 7, which corresponds to a period when our focus is on professional communication and business contacts, on managing schedules and on organizing papers and documents as well as on the execution of our plans.

Tarot card of the day is the “Knight of Cups”, symbolizing that we’re full of zeal as we serve our desires. We’re on a journey of imagination and creativity, where our idealism and love principle will be put to a test. Therefore, we’ll have to follow our heart in order to find our path.

Astro-Notes on January 5, 2017 – First Quarter Moon

Daily Aspects:
– Juno in Sagittarius trine Uranus in Aries
– Venus conjunct Pallas in Pisces and both semi-square Pluto in Capricorn
– First Quarter Moon at 15:40 Aries/Capricorn at 11:46 am PST

At this First Quarter Moon, Venus has finally caught up with Pallas in Pisces and now both of them are casting a semi-square aspect to Pluto in Capricorn. This means that our preferences and values are now in alignment with our strategies, or in other words, we are feeling more in the flow of things and are thus more receptive to whatever demands are being placed on us, conditions we have to master or circumstances and affairs we have to navigate. However, we have to guard ourselves to not get led astray by distractions, in particular of the day-dreaming kind, while precious time is escaping us.
Therefore, the ‘crisis in action’ that accompanies the waxing Aries’ Moon square to the Capricorn Sun at this point in the Capricorn lunation cycle, challenges us to get our priorities straight and stop procrastinating. Instead, we have to ready ourselves to get down to business and tackle our tasks and obligations in the order they arise. Juno in Sagittarius’ trine to Uranus in Aries indicates that we made progress in the way we relate to others based on successful interactions we established over time. Consequently, as the Sun is approaching his annual conjunction with Pluto we are prepared to step into our power and take control over our life.


Tarot card of the day is the “5 of Pentacles”, which portrays a pilgrimage or a long journey taken as an act of faith or devotion. We may feel that we are struggling in the dark and panick about our situation. However, we can find the inner fortitude to persist in our quest and bolster ourselves, while resisting the temptation to succumb to ‘spiritual poverty’. It’s time to move on and to let us be guided by our soul’s ‘light’ or inner shining star.