Astro-Notes on June 20, 2017 – Summer Solstice

Reaching its northernmost point from the equator, the Sun’s ingress to Cancer at 9:24 pm PDT tonight marks the summer solstice and the beginning of summer. Consequently, here in the Northern Hemisphere, we experience the longest day, whereas for the Southern Hemisphere it is the longest night and the start of winter. In temperate regions, we notice that the Sun is higher in the sky throughout the day, and its rays strike Earth at a more direct angle, causing the efficient warming we call summer. As the Sun seems to ‘stand still’ (sol sistere) high in the sky, we transition into ‘stasis’ and have a chance to pause, stop and take stock before fully committing ourselves to the new season. Individual development is at peak. There is liveliness and vibrancy as well as a re-gathering and refocusing of intent.

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A time of Self-nurturance and Self-growth, of sustaining our sense of Self and supporting our center as well as taking care of our Self-realization, is beginning now and we’re setting our intentions accordingly. It’s a critical time destiny-wise, because we need to turn a corner in regard to a long-standing problem that has been preventing us from moving forward and making progress. This led to the realization that we can’t and won’t continue walking down the same road, but have to do things differently so that we can truly start over. Challenged by these unbalanced perspectives and options, we have to review our relationship dynamics and decide if they work for us or limit and restrict us. Therefore, it’s up to us to set boundaries and even end one-sided relationships so that we can concentrate on our future prospects, instead of putting them to the side. For this purpose, which will be the main objective of the new season, we need to foster motivation and drive together with the necessary self-determination that will inspire us to break out of past patterns that have been holding us back from creating the life we want for ourselves.

Tarot card of the day is the “9 of Wands”, suggesting that we’ll be seeing something through to the end and will persist against the odds or despite of setbacks. There might be a last test or challenge before we can reach success, but as long as we don’t give up, we will achieve our goals. Therefore, it is important that we show stamina and keep our resolve. We will eventually prosper if we maintain our position with patience and vigilance.

Astro-Notes on June 17, 2017 – Third Quarter Moon in Pisces

Daily Aspects:
– Third Quarter Moon at 26:27 Pisces/Gemini at 4:32 am PDT
– Moon ingress to Aries at 10:54 am PDT
– Pallas conjunct Uranus in Aries

Prior to the waning Pisces’ Moon square to the Gemini Sun that marks the Last Quarter Phase of the Gemini lunation cycle, did her ruler Neptune station retrograde at 14:15 Pisces. Neptune is a very slow traveler, who will trace back his steps to 11:27 Pisces (he first covered this territory starting on April 28, 2016) over the course of the next 5 months, where he will turn direct on November 23.

The Sun’s ruler Mercury formed a conjunction to Ceres, whereas the Sun himself is engaged in harmonious aspects with the nodal axis in Leo (sextile NN) and Aquarius (trine SN). Thus, as we entered a period during which we will review our dreams, ideals, expectations, projections and vision, especially in regard to what we had imagined or hoped and longed for since the end of April of last year, we’re undergoing a ‘crisis in consciousness or perception’ that challenges us to not get overwhelmed by all the unknown factors we’re encountering and the impressions we’re experiencing, but to overcome our confusion or cluelessness, while focusing on our immediate environment and the info we get ‘fed’ from there. This will inspire us to let go off the past and concentrate on the future we want to create. It’s time to move on from a situation that has outlived its purpose by initiating change and progress.

Personally, I’m still recovering from surgery and will be off work until the end of the month.

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Tarot card of the day is the “6 of Swords”, which indicates a slight reduction in stress and strain. Things will be better than they were in the recent past, all of which is helpful to get our head above water. The bottom has been reached and the process of healing has begun. There is finality in this journey. The future is not yet visible, but the past is definitely over. We’re moving away from turbulence toward calmer times and will need to make a transition that is better for us in the long-term.

Astro-Notes on June 9, 2017 – Full Moon in Sagittarius

Daily Aspects:
– Sun in Gemini quincunx Pluto Rx in Capricorn
– Full Moon at 18:53 Sagittarius/Gemini at 6:09 am PDT
– Jupiter stations direct at 13:12 Libra at 7:02 am PDT (rx since Feb 7 – new territory on Sep 7)
– Venus in Taurus sextile Mars in Cancer
– Vesta in Leo sextile stationary Jupiter in Libra and sesqui-quadrate Chiron in Pisces
– Pallas in Aries trine Saturn Rx in Sagittarius

As the Gemini lunation cycle culminates in the Sagittarius Full Moon with both luminaries in adjusting aspects to retrograde Pluto in Capricorn, the impulse that sounded forth at the time of the Sagittarius New Moon at the end of November of last year also comes to fruition. Moreover, Jupiter, the ruler over the sign Sagittarius and thus over the Full Moon, who has been in retrograde motion since February 7, stations direct in Libra in sextile aspect to Vesta in Leo.

Consequently, after we reviewed and re-assessed our social and relationship options for the last 4 months, it is time to balance them where needed together with the principles and viewpoints (or ‘truths’) these were based on and to evaluate opportunities with a more balanced perspective that is fair and just to ourselves in these settings so that we don’t shoot ourselves in the foot (Vesta is also sesqui-quadrate Chiron) or create unnecessary problems and hardships for ourselves, while wasting our energy on causes that bring us no return. We should only compromise when it’s beneficial for both parties involved and we also don’t need to feel guilty when we don’t meet others’ one-sided or unbalanced expectations. This requires from us to take matters into our own hands and to be willing to utilize our power and resources to change our life the way we want to live it. Moreover, it is critical in this regard that we concentrate on and dedicate us toward ourselves and our personal fulfillment.

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With Venus in sextile to Mars, tending to our intentions and acting in accordance with our own values will support our needs, talents and sense of self-worth. A trine from Pallas to retrograde Saturn shows that we don’t need to struggle any longer in a situation that has burdened us for a long time – our fight has come to end, because our direct approach of these conditions has helped us to reach our goal. Therefore, looking at what was seeded at the beginning of these cycles and is now ‘flowering’ in the symbolical language of the Sabians – ‘the revolutionary magazine asking for action’ (Sabian Symbol for the Gemini New Moon) has resulted in the ‘discovery of a new way of living and more wholesome surroundings’ (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Sagittarius Full Moon), which is the outcome from the ‘psychic gestation’ (keyword for the Sabian Symbol for the Sagittarius New Moon from November of last year) period we underwent that has led us to a ‘traditional wisdom’, something we’ve known all along – if conditions in our environment don’t support our ‘growth’ we have to move on from there and in typical Sagittarian fashion look to ‘where the grass is greener’.

The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon at 18:53 Sagittarius states:

“Pelicans menaced by the behaviour and refuse of men seek safer areas for bringing up their youth. Keynote: The need for people concerned with the future to discover a new way of living and more wholesome surroundings – SURVIVAL.”

The Sabian Symbol for the Sun at 18:53 Gemini states:

“A large archaic volume reveals a traditional wisdom. Keynote: Contacting the all-human planetary Mind underlying any cultural and personal mentality – SEED KNOWLEDGE.”

Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 221 and 102, respectively)

Tarot card of the day is the “Queen of Pentacles”, representing an aspect of ourselves or others that is concerned about economic security and the promotion of physical wellbeing. We’re not only tending for ourselves, but also for our possessions. This involves being practical and capable in business affairs, in particular what effective management concerns, where we need to employ down-to-earth common sense and help things to flourish. Putting duty first, we use our resourcefulness to provide stability, to safeguard and to preserve.

Astro-Notes on June 1, 2017 – First Quarter Moon in Virgo

Daily Aspects:
– Ceres in Gemini trine Jupiter Rx in Libra
– Uranus in Aries trine North Node in Leo/sextile South Node in Aquarius
– First Quarter Moon at 11:12 Virgo/Gemini at 5:42 am PDT
– Venus in Aries trine Saturn Rx in Sagittarius
– Vesta in Leo sesqui-quadrate Saturn Rx in Sagittarius

The month of June starts out with the waxing Moon reaching her First Quarter phase in the Gemini lunation cycle, a stage, which has been termed a ‘crisis in action’. Since this transpires in sync with Mercury’s (who rules both – the Sun and the Moon) trine to Pluto, Ceres’ trine to Jupiter, Mars’ trine to the South Node, Uranus’ trine to the North Node and Venus’ trine to Saturn, we can readily recognize that a story has come to an end, that we made progress and that a lesson has been learnt. We’re finally ready to move on from the past and to reinvent ourselves or change our life, because we reconsidered and responded differently than we used to, thereby realizing that this is the result of a mental re-wiring or reprogramming we’ve been undergoing that brought us to a point, where we don’t see things in a black-and-white mentality anymore, but understand that we have more options and by including these – at least as a temporary solution or step – we assist our own growth and personal development. Besides, we can always change our mind again or choose a different path.

However, at this time we’re having lots on our plate and perhaps several ‘irons in the fire’, which means we have to roll up our sleeves, start multi-tasking, rank our tasks by priority and importance and then figure out the details. We might have spread ourselves too thin, are too busy or too scattered and therefore not prepared or not able to function properly. A tense sesqui-quadrate from Vesta to Saturn demands commitment, focus and self-discipline from us. The planets are heading into a challenging aspect pattern toward the end of this day and tomorrow, which will add the necessary impetus to get us in the ‘game’ and play our part.

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Tarot card of the day is “Temperance”, suggesting a need for emotional stability, which can be achieved through moderation and a commitment to sobriety. We need to find middle ground, avoid excess, foster cooperation, cleanse our body and mind, heal ourselves and recognize the flow in our life. As we observe the nature of energy, we learn how to mix the right ingredients in our own life to maintain equilibrium and see all imbalances drifting away. Instead of sweeping changes subtle shifts need to take place. With renewed energy and vigor comes the promise of new growth.

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)

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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.