Astro-Notes on May 25, 2017 – New Moon in Gemini

Daily Aspects:
– Chiron in Pisces quincunx NN in Leo/semi-sextile SN in Aquarius
– Moon ingress to Gemini at 5:15 am PDT
– Venus in Aries square Pluto Rx in Capricorn and conjunct Pallas
– Sun in Gemini sesqui-quadrate Pluto Rx in Capricorn and semi-square Pallas in Aries
= New Moon at 4:46 Gemini at 12:44 pm PDT
– Mercury in Taurus semi-sextile Ceres in Gemini and sesqui-quadrate Saturn Rx in Sagittarius
– Mars in Gemini sextile Eris in Aries

With the event of the second trine between Saturn in Sagittarius and Uranus in Aries (with Saturn in retrograde motion) we know that a period of increased responsibilities, limitations or restrictions has come to an end and that we have to proceed differently from here on by initiating the changes that will liberate us and move us forward.

Accordingly, Chiron, the wounded healer, has been in adjusting aspects to the nodal axis (life direction), inspiring us to leave our ‘cave’ and change course so that we can heal ourselves by joining and contributing to our tribe. Moreover, the Gemini Sun and Venus in Aries have been holding a semi-square for a few days now, while activating other planetary bodies and drawing them into a complex and tense web of connections with the purpose to create enough inner pressure so that we express ourselves vocally and address our needs and priorities.

At the start of this new lunation cycle in Gemini, these two are engaging the Pallas-Pluto square, an aspect that is challenging us strategy-wise, pushing our buttons and forcing us to act, while we’re fighting our inner demons – the intricate, deeply ingrained psychic complexes formed over many years, which have manifested as challenging outer circumstances over which we need to gain influence.

Therefore, it is essential for us to be flexible, objective and adaptable as we seek to enact our agenda (switch schedules, make that phone call, inquire about a situation, send out applications, proposals, offers etc., make connections) and also to keep ourselves informed. The Gemini New Moon’s ruler Mercury is in Venus’ sign Taurus, casting a semi-sextile to Ceres in Gemini and a sesqui-quadrate to retrograde Saturn in Sagittarius. Although it wouldn’t be advisable to be stubborn or insist on having things our way or focus on instant gratification or results in this matter, it is equally important to not get stuck in our mental constructs or repetitive and used routines and neither in our comfort zone.

Instead, we have to reach out and get around, while developing and expanding our sense of structure, authority and competence. A sextile between Mars in Gemini and Eris in Aries offers us opportunities to beat our own drum and promote our self-interests.

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The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon at 4:46 Gemini states:

“A revolutionary magazine asking for action. Keynote: The explosive tendency of repressed feelings and root emotions – TO REACH BEYOND ESTABLISHED FORMS.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Page 92)

We’re ready and motivated to get our message out. In fact, matters we communicate and information we exchange have the potential to bring about change – even to reform our life.

Tarot card of the day is the “The Tower”, signifying inevitable change or at least different conditions as our routines are getting shaken up. If handled well it can bring liberation and freedom. There might be shock due to the suddenness of the event as well as upheaval, but if we’ve been stuck in a rut this will help us to climb out of it. Things are transforming and evolving beyond our control. An era might end – one way or another.

Astro-Notes on May 18, 2017 – Third Quarter Moon in Aquarius

Daily Aspects:
– Sun in Taurus sextile Chiron in Pisces
– Third Quarter Moon at 28:14 Aquarius/Taurus at 5:32 pm PDT
– Venus in Aries sesqui-quadrate NN in Leo/semi-square SN in Aquarius
– Moon ingress to Pisces at 8:51 pm PDT
– Saturn Rx in Sagittarius trine Uranus in Aries

Retrograde Saturn in Sagittarius’ trine to Uranus in Aries is perfecting today, suggesting that we made progress in a long-standing situation, where we had to deal with increased responsibilities, obstructions or hurdles, because these conditions have been reviewed, which led to a better understanding of the issue as well as a sense of being liberated or unburdened that allows us to proceed differently from now on.

As the Sun in Taurus casts a sextile to Chiron in Pisces before he heads into the Last Quarter Moon Phase and a t-square with the nodal axis, we’re provided with an opportunity for healing or at least for soothing a wound by pursuing a solution to a problem, but this results in the ‘crisis in consciousness’, because we’ve reached a turning point destiny-wise, where we’re challenged to break out of a rut and get out of our comfort zone. This requires that we evaluate the pros and cons of a matter about which we feel divided or torn.

With Venus in Aries also activating the nodal axis with tense octile aspects, it is critical that we conquer our insecurities and prioritize our personal wants and desires to be able to change this pattern, instead of fighting that what could set us free or struggling with preconceived notions, which are unsubstantiated.

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Tarot card of the day is the “7 of Swords”, emphasizing a need to remain focused, keep distractions at a minimum, sustain an effort and pour energy into our projects. We could be working in an unstable way, using evasive tactics or escaping from the situation somehow. Awareness of an irritated, distracted, restless or bored mentality is imperative. In order to succeed we must accept that we might require regular stimulus and change or our efforts might be futile. If something doesn’t work out as planned or expected, we need to stretch our mind and look for an alternative. In addition, we could be facing serious relationship issues, where it is best to avoid any confrontation, but to employ tact and diplomacy instead. Moreover, we need to be honest and upfront in all our dealings and at the same time be cautious and wary as to who we trust.

Astro-Notes on May 10, 2017 – Scorpio Full Moon

Daily Aspects:
– Pallas in Aries opposite Jupiter Rx in Libra and sesqui-quadrate NN in Leo/semi-square SN in Aquarius
– Full Moon at 20:24 Scorpio/Taurus at 2:42 pm PDT
– Mars in Gemini square Neptune in Pisces

Preceding the Scorpio Full Moon, the Taurus Sun formed a trine to retrograde Pluto in Capricorn, indicating that we’re feeling empowered as the result of having slowly rebuilt our self-esteem and sense of security.
After the nodal axis changed signs yesterday from the mutable Virgo/Pisces polarity to the fixed Leo/Aquarius polarity, a major shift in regard to our life direction and destiny is happening. While we had to deal with experiences related to health and service versus sacrifice and victimization for the last 18 months, we’ll be undergoing experiences related to our creativity and identity versus differentiation and group purpose for the next 18 months and this journey begins with Juno stationing retrograde in Capricorn and Mercury forming his final conjunction with Uranus in Aries.

So, this shift coincides with a period (Juno retraces her steps to 2:43 Capricorn, which lasts until August 27) during which we’ll be reviewing our relationship principle and the role we’ve established for ourselves in this context, especially in the way it structures us (limits, restricts, oppresses, frustrates, strengthens, provides us with a sense of achievement, competence, mastery or control) and whether this works for us in our interchanges with others or not.

The news we received or the trends and processes that emerged and about which we are learning or informing ourselves serve as inspiration to change the way we think and plan, connect and associate. In fact, we’re reforming our mind and attitude so that we can truly start over. With Pallas in Aries opposing retrograde Jupiter in Libra and casting tense octile aspects to the nodal axis, we have to review our options and then evaluate our approach of these matters and get creative, in particular in regard to how our social circle or the way we network fits into the bigger picture. It will be essential to break away from past patterns in this context, because how we sought to individualize and pursued our purpose in the past didn’t bring us the results we were looking or hoping for.

With Mars square Neptune, we’re challenged to overcome this lack of clarity and direction we’re struggling with and to find out where we got it wrong and what we need to do in order to move things forward.
Consequently, as the Taurus lunation cycle culminates in the Scorpio Full Moon, the impulse that sounded forth at the time of the Scorpio New Moon back at the end of October of last year will also come to fruition. “A new quality of Being” (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Taurus New Moon) has led to “inner freedom” (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Scorpio Full Moon) and “a quiet openness to higher inspiration” (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Scorpio New Moon from October 30) has resulted in “a finger pointing to a line in an open book”, which means we “learnt to discern what in our culture and religion is meaningful to us personally” (Sabian Symbol and its keynote for the Taurus Sun).

The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon at 20:24 Scorpio states:

“Obeying his conscience, a soldier resists orders. Keynote: A readiness to face the results of a refusal to follow the authoritarian patterns of an aggressive society – INNER FREEDOM.”

The Sabian Symbol for the Sun at 20:24 Taurus states:

“A finger pointing to a line in an open book. Keynote: Learning to discern what in your culture and religion is meaningful to you personally – SUBSERVIENCE TO COLLECTIVE VALUES.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 204 and 83-84, respectively)

Scorpio FM 2017

Not only do we have to ‘abandon’ the path we followed for so long together with the things we know and learnt, we also cannot take everything we are being told and taught at face value or as our ‘only truth’, but have to discover for ourselves what is relevant for our cause or has value for us personally.

Tarot card of the day is the “King of Wands”, a card that represents increasing belief in ourselves and rising self-confidence. We’re focusing our intent and learn to act in the moment. Strongly motivated and engaged, we know we will succeed. This is a day to be courageous, entrepreneurial and to reach for our goals. Moreover, we have the ability to control our environment and live our life with intent and vision. It’s important to remain focused on our long-term goals. Opportunities coming our way today have to be navigated with a clear sense of direction and the understanding that we’re the determining factor in this situation and can tackle any challenge.

Astro-Notes on May 2, 2017 – First Quarter Moon in Leo

Daily Aspects:
– Saturn Rx in Sagittarius square Chiron in Pisces
– Jupiter Rx in Libra semi-square NN in Virgo/sesqui-quadrate SN in Pisces
– Sun in Taurus sesqui-quadrate Saturn Rx in Sag and semi-square Chiron in Pisces and sextile Neptune in Pisces
– Vesta ingress to Leo at 4:52 pm PDT
– First Quarter Moon at 12:52 Leo/Taurus at 7:46 pm PDT
– Mars in Gemini semi-square Eris in Aries

The First Quarter Moon of the Taurus lunation cycle coincides with the festival of Beltane, a cross-quarter day and one of the eight Solar Sabbaths, that is named after the solar deity Bel and marks the midpoint between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice. With this festival we celebrate the fertility and growth of the season, which usually is at its peak now, symbolized by the erecting of the May-Pole. In the wheel of the year, Beltane is a high-point of manifested energy, which is tangible and visible everywhere and therefore, necessitates us to actualize the intentions we set at the time of the Spring Equinox.

With the Taurus Sun activating the Saturn-Chiron square with tense octile aspects at this stage in the cycle that is termed a ‘crisis in action’, the pressure is definitely on us as we’re reflecting on our as yet unfulfilled goals – the result of a vicious cycle that kept us trapped in undesired conditions and kept repeating over and over, while we remained in a victimized position, waiting, dragging our feet and delaying our plans. Consequently, we haven’t been comfortable in our skin for a long time and neither have we been really happy with the way our life is going.

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Therefore, it is time that we get back in touch with our dreams and vision, take matters into our own hands and move forward with our agenda. Mars in Gemini’s semi-square to Eris in Aries encourages us to focus on winning and acting in our self-interests, which requires that we build up self-confidence as well as a sense of self-worth and overcome our inner resistance we’ve been using as an ‘excuse’ with our emotional security threatened throughout this prolonged ordeal. Thus, after Vesta re-enters Leo this afternoon (her first ingress into this fixed fire sign was on October 19 of last year), where she will be traversing until July 17, we’re rekindling our inner flame and recommitting us toward the causes that were important to us then (back at the end of October of last year). During Vesta’s retrograde journey in Leo and Cancer we had to grow, foster and sustain our devotion to the things we hold sacred so that we can now concentrate our energy on attending to our inner child, having fun and invest in our creativity and talents or hobbies.

Tarot card of the day is the “Hanged Man”, demanding from us to let go and surrender to the experience, end the struggle, accept what is and hang in there for now. We are in an in-between state and also at a cross-roads, where decisions are postponed, even though there’s a sense of urgency to act. Therefore, we may simply just want to wait for better opportunities. There is a chance that we could see a situation from a new angle and consequently, overturn our priorities or upend the old order. This card also represents someone who has chosen the path of sacrifice and forsaken instant gratification in order to accomplish a higher goal.

Astro-Notes on April 26, 2017 – Taurus New Moon

Daily Aspects:
– New Moon at 6:27 Taurus at 5:16 am PDT
– Ceres in Taurus sextile Vesta in Cancer
– Saturn Rx in Sagittarius square Chiron in Pisces

The Taurus New Moon transpires with its dispositor Venus in the last degree of Pisces, retrograde Saturn in Sagittarius square Chiron in Pisces and with retrograde Mercury heading into a conjunction with Uranus in Aries. This means that we reached the end of a cycle that has been emotionally, physically and financially draining and overwhelming. We’re at a point of no return, where we need a breakthrough in order to be able to overcome a long-standing problem or wound that has developed into something ‘chronic’ and as such has been the source of much suffering and despair.

Therefore, we’re going back in our mind to where it all started, reviewing the information that has been emerging or coming forth together with initial conversations and mental processes or connections made, looking at everything that happened with ‘new eyes’ for insight and inspiration. We’ve been trapped in a vicious cycle, from which there seemed to be no escape until now. Finally, we can see a light at the end of the tunnel and we understand that we have to deviate from a path that only leads to frustration and engenders futility. Instead, things have to be approached with a different mindset.

With Mars in Gemini, who is in mutual reception with Mercury in Aries, engaged in sesqui-quadrate aspects to Juno and Pluto in Capricorn (Juno will turn retrograde before she has a chance to meet up with Pluto), it is critical that we get organized and manage a relationship situation, where we or someone else need to assume a role of authority, because we’re struggling with a set of circumstances that requires resourcefulness and skillful handling of our affairs, even the utilizing of one’s influence and connections to regain control of this situation.

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Thus, with a New Moon in the earthy, sensual sign Taurus we set our intentions toward physical and material wellbeing, steadiness, stability and comfort, ease, happiness, contentment, gratification and gratitude, the build up of self-worth and emotional security, as well as the preparing of the ground for the blossoming of our talents so that we can get the appreciation we seek for the things we have to give or offer.

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon at 6:27 Taurus states:

“The woman of Samaria at the ancestral well. Keynote: The meeting of the traditional past and of the creative spirit pointing to the future – A NEW QUALITY OF BEING.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 74-75)

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Suggested by this symbolical image is the drawing of wisdom from a spiritual wellspring or from a source of experience and expertise that reveals a future where there is hope and potential for healing.

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 19, 2017 – Third Quarter Moon in Capricorn

Daily Aspects:
– Third Quarter Moon at 29:31 Capricorn/Aries at 2:56 am PDT
– Moon ingress to Aquarius at 3:51 am PDT
– Sun ingress to Taurus at 2:26 pm PDT
– Sun-Mercury inferior conjunction In Taurus

Early this morning did the Third Quarter Moon of the Aries lunation cycle transpire with the Sun and Moon in the last degree of their respective signs, urging us to realize that this is our last chance to act or assert ourselves in a situation, with which we’ve been struggling for a long time so that we can get a grip on it and gain control over our life.

Meanwhile, the Moon made ingress to Aquarius and the Sun to Taurus, where he will meet up with retrograde Mercury for their inferior conjunction. The latter is just coming out of a trine to the North Node in Virgo. Therefore, after reviewing the accumulated information and communication in this particular matter, we’ve come up with a solution or set a date to work this out. As a consequence, our emotions are stirred up, we feel excited and even liberated, while anticipating change or progress as we receive this new mental impulse that inspires us in a fulfilling or satisfying way. We’ve entered a period of time, during which we seek to build up a sense of self-worth or -esteem and self-appreciation, bestow our life with quality and value our talents and gifts.

Tarot card of the day is the “6 of Wands”, suggesting that things are changing in a positive way. There is the possibility of acclaim and acknowledgment. It could be our day to shine or we could be coming out on top. We strive to be successful and seek to promote ourselves more frequently in order to gain the recognition we desire. However, it is important that we keep the ego in check.

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I was just going to post this as I got a call from the doctor I had seen last Sunday, telling me that I had to come back to the hospital to get different antibiotics, which need to be injected intravenously (this treatment started with the Sun’s ingress to Taurus with retrograde Mercury already in this degree, which has the Sabian Symbol “a clear mountain stream”). My daughter took off from work to take me there and will also drive me to the outpatient hospital in Victoria tomorrow (Third Quarter Moon in Capricorn/Aries – she took the initiative and left work ’caused’ by the ‘crisis in consciousness’ – moreover, the inferior conjunction of the Sun and Mercury is exactly conjunct the Moon in her Solar Return in the 12th house – taking Mom to the hospital). For this first appointment we had to wait a few hours again, because we had to see a doctor first, then I had to drop off a sick note at work, have a late lunch and then a friend from Ontario called, informing me about all the things that had happened since I left my place of work there. That was my day off, but this doesn’t matter since I’ll be off for the next 10 days anyway now. We still have to go back to the hospital for another IV injection tonight, but we won’t have to wait anymore. I guess, that’s the good news. 🙂 Other than that, I’m very grateful for the support and care from my daughter. The nurse and the doctor were very attentive and nice as well. So, although it seems things have gotten worse, they might actually are getting better.

Astro-Notes on April 10, 2017 – Full Moon in Libra

Daily Aspects:
– Mars conjunct Ceres in Taurus
– Full Moon at 21:32 Libra/Aries at 11:08 pm PDT
– Vesta in Cancer square Uranus in Aries

As the Aries lunation cycle culminates into the Libra Full Moon, Mars has finally caught up to Ceres in Taurus and Mercury has turned retrograde in Taurus, the sign that is ruled over by Venus, who is also the ruler over the Full Moon and is still in retrograde motion in Pisces.

This means that consistent or repeated actions taken over a longer period of time are now met with support, because priorities, values and relationships are being reviewed with more compassion, sympathy and solidarity, while we’re going over information, plans and schedules as well as matters of communication, connectivity and mobility, especially in regard to emotional and material security, attachments and worthiness.

Mars’ next aspect is a semi-sextile to Eris in Aries and Mercury’s a semi-sextile to Pallas in Aries, which is indicative of an adjustment in motivation and focus to be able to serve our self-interests amidst Vesta’s square to Uranus that challenges us to make progress on all fronts so that we can feel safe and take care of our causes.

Therefore, the ‘protective forms’ and the ‘sensitivity’ (Sabian Symbol for the Aries New Moon) that came forth at the onset of this lunation cycle have developed into ‘solicitude’ (keyword for the Sabian Symbol for the Libra Full Moon) – others are being receptive to our plight and assisting us in our fight or with our struggles. Whereas the ‘three old masters hanging on the wall of a special room in an art gallery’ (Sabian Symbol for the Libra New Moon from September of last year) have been replaced by ‘the gate to the garden of all fulfilled desires’ (Sabian Symbol for the Aries Sun) – the ‘return to the source’ (keynote for the Sabian Symbol of the Libra NM) has resulted in ‘abundance made possible by human togetherness and cooperation’ and ‘cosmic optimism’ (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Aries Sun).

The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon at 21:32 Libra states:

“A child giving birds a drink at a fountain. Keynote: The concern of simple souls for the welfare and happiness of less evolved beings who thirst for life renewal – SOLICITUDE.”

The Sabian Symbol for the Sun at 21:32 Aries states:

“The gate to the garden of all fulfilled desires. Keynote: Abundance made possible by human togetherness and cooperation – COSMIC OPTIMISM.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 186-187 and 66, respectively)

Implied by the symbolical imagery is that a humanitarian act will lead to renewed hope for success and personal fulfillment or a better and more balanced life.

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Tarot card of the day is the “7 of Pentacles”, suggesting slow growth. The seeds have been sown, but there is no sign yet that they have germinated. Some things are moving along well and we feel hopeful about the future, while others seem to be pointless. Consequently, we are applying a long-term view and focus on sustainability of results. It’s time now to assess which of our energy investments are worth it and where we might have to change direction. Thus, we are taking stock, reflecting on our progress, questioning our choices and find out where we stand.