Astro-Notes on January 12, 2021 – Capricorn New Moon

The New Moon in Capricorn will transpire tonight at 9:00 pm PST in conjunction with Pluto, lord of the underworld and ruler over the process of death and rebirth. This means the new beginning associated with a New Moon or the seeds we plant at this time have the potential to be life-transforming, cathartic, and initiation-like. Stirring us at the necessary depth, this energy challenges us on a fundamental level, leading to a restructuring of our affairs or particular set of circumstances.  

Juno in Sagittarius forms a semi-square to the Capricorn New Moon and Eris in Aries is casting a square to it, indicating that a long-standing relationship situation has reached a critical point, where we need to break the silence, put things into perspective and take a position or stand in our aim for justice. In order to overcome the state of discord that keeps us deeply divided, we can’t tolerate the spread of lies, false claims, accusations, hatred and ignorance any longer. We have to understand what is at the source of it and then systematically root it out, starting with our own attitude and state of mind.

The squares from Venus in Capricorn to Chiron in Aries and Mars in Taurus to Saturn in Aquarius show that we feel the ‘fallout’ and the burden from all these problems we’re struggling with. It is time to come to our senses and stop hurting each other. The violence, the blaming and the fighting have to end. We can expect to see consequences for stubborn insistence on certain courses of actions, for breaking law and order or for resistance to new rules and restrictions that have been implemented. As Mercury in Aquarius is approaching a sextile to Juno in Sagittarius and Venus in Capricorn a trine to retro Uranus in Taurus, we’re being offered a chance to make a choice that can return rewards or result in acclaim and recognition in a relationship situation or put a positive spin on it.

A New Moon in the sign Capricorn is a good time to set our intentions on bringing forth our ambitions, accomplishing tasks and achieving goals, on displaying maturity and integrity, establishing structure, control and autonomy, on constructive parenting, managing, organizing and governing as well as on taking responsibility, earning respect, being accountable, capable, reliable and self-sufficient.  

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon at 23:13 Capricorn states:

“A woman entering a convent. Keynote: Total commitment to a transcendent goal – TRANSCENDENT SECURITY.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 243-244)

Implied is the consecration to an ideal by leaving the old or lower Self behind and renouncing attachment to an old way of life.

Tarot card of the day is “Strength”, suggesting that we draw upon our inner strength and the power of our spirit and will. With compassion and understanding can we handle the most difficult situation and also tame the beast within. We have the ability to be tolerant, forgiving and accepting and thus can gently influence our environment. Furthermore, we can be assured that we have enough endurance to see things through to their end and get a lot accomplished.

Happy New Year 2021!

The New Year began in my location with the Moon in Leo in house 10 opposite Pallas in Aquarius in house 4, Libra rising and Chiron in Aries exactly conjunct the Descendant of the chart. The Ascendant’s ruler Venus in Sagittarius had just passed over the South Node in the 2nd house and is engaged in a square to Vesta in Virgo in house 12. This clearly shows that different strategies were employed to celebrate New Year’s Eve and portrays a picture of individual parties happening in the privacy of people’s homes, which lacked the excitement or stimuli to truly enjoy the occasion. Like me, without a partner, these folk might not even have participated in the countdown or toasted to the New Year. I heard a very short display of fireworks far away from my location and was disappointed that I couldn’t watch them from my window. Apparently, nobody in this neighborhood was in the mood for it or they might have gone to bed early. Perhaps, it wasn’t worth their while or they consider it to be a day like any other. Whatever the reason, we are in lockdown and therefore, public celebrations were rare and liquor stores and bars or restaurants had to stop selling alcohol after 8 pm under the stricter Covid rules. I myself had worked a full shift as usual on New Year’s Eve and once I made it home, just sat down on my couch with a chilled glass of a nice Sauvignon Blanc (Stoneleigh) and a combo package of salmon samurai sushi, while reaching out to my siblings and close friends in Germany for whom the New Year had already begun. Although I was hoping to participate in an online chat or event, I didn’t see anything posted and therefore just watched tv. A most ordinary evening indeed.

Today now is a busy day for Mercury in Capricorn. He forms a sextile to Neptune in Pisces, a semi-square to Juno in Sagittarius, a quincunx to the North Node in Gemini and a trine to Vesta in Virgo, while Venus is holding the square to Vesta and moving into a sesqui-quadrate to retro Uranus in Taurus as the Capricorn Sun is approaching a sextile to Ceres in Pisces. Well, most of us had a chance to sleep in and rest, because it’s a statutory holiday. So, we eased into the morning. However, we might have had to reach out to others – as I did – to wish them a Happy New Year and then our thoughts or communications focused on the near future. Challenged by the commitment to our cause, especially in matters of health, service or daily obligations and diet, we might feel differently about some of our routines and made a few changes as a result. Later today, we’ll feel more aligned with our life’s purpose and perhaps even a bit accomplished. We might want to enjoy a relaxing bath or just some Netflix and leftovers from the day before to treat and reward ourselves.

Tarot card of the day and in this case also for the year and the month of January is the “2 of Wands”, a card I find is just perfect for the year following 2020. The ‘stay or go’ energy associated with this card indicates that we have come to a time of decision-making, where we must choose between alternatives (even vaccines or getting vaccinated, per example) and whether we want to build on the past, what we have or where we stand or perhaps expand in a new direction. This card moreover represents the urge to move on, be bold and daring as well as original and proactive. Therefore, it is imperative that we bring forward the patience and focus of our intent and maximize on these opportunities, which are coming our way now. We need to confront the situation head-on, leave familiar grounds behind, step out into a new world and explore our options. Moreover, this card can also refer to the productive meeting of minds, from which partnerships can prosper and be successful.

Astro-Notes on December 29, 2020 – Cancer Full Moon

The Sagittarius lunation cycle that started out with a Solar Eclipse on December 14th culminates in the Cancer Full Moon tonight at 7:28 pm PST, highlighting patterns of the past and of conditioning against the backdrop of practicality, competence and organization. Moreover, matters concerning home, family, tradition, care, support, dependency and nurturance versus work, authority, responsibility, structure, achievements, limitations, systems and control could be coming to a head. They could be revealing where safety, protection and care is lacking.

A semi-square from Venus in Sagittarius to Jupiter in Aquarius on which she follows up with a square to Neptune in Pisces indicate that it is important to consider different options and to change our perspective, convictions or beliefs, if necessary, especially when we experience disappointments, when our desires and needs are left unfulfilled, when our expectations or ideals aren’t met, when gratification is delayed or when we feel we are being left out or missing out on something we want.

With Vesta in Virgo squaring the nodal axis across Gemini/Sagittarius, it’s easy to find fault when things don’t go our way. However, we need to realize this is a very busy time and show some understanding and tolerance, instead of being overly critical or judgmental. In order to be efficient and serve our causes, we need to learn how to better adapt to the situation without overdoing or overdramatizing things.

The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon at 8:53 Cancer states:

“A small, naked girl bends over a pond, trying to catch a fish. Keynote: The first naïve quest for knowledge and for an ever-elusive understanding of life – PURITY IN UNDERSTANDING.”

The Sabian Symbol for the Sun at 8:53 Capricorn states:

“An angel, carrying a harp. Keynote: The revelation of the spiritual meaning and purpose at the core of any life situation – ATTUNEMENT to the rhythm of universal life.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 115-116 and 235, respectively)

Suggested by these symbolical images is that sophistication and grace are the result of years of practice, learning, commitment and dedication.

Tarot card of the day is the “10 of Swords”, suggesting that we may feel victimized and powerless or just ‘dead tired’ and exhausted, wishing for a clean break from a stressful issue. However, this is the final ordeal, presenting us with a confrontation of the sum total of our thoughts and outcome of mental processes. Thus, a reorientation or gaining of perspective might ensue and things might get better from now on. It is important though to let go off negative attitudes and to accept our current circumstances. Something is coming to an end and change is impending. The worst is over and the only way is up.

Astro-Notes on December 14, 2020 – Total Solar Eclipse/Sagittarius New Moon

A new lunation cycle begins today at 8:16 am PST in the expansive, enterprising, Jupiter-ruled sign Sagittarius. Thus, it is a good time to set intentions that center around our aspirations, mission, faith, beliefs, convictions, perspective, views, options and aims, to reach out and beyond, expand our horizons, search for truth and meaning, develop long-time goals and focus on the bigger picture.

Because this New Moon is also a Total Solar Eclipse, it is very powerful and potentially life-changing. It will set the ‘tone’ for the next half year and, in some cases, even years to come. A total eclipse of the Sun occurs when the Sun, Moon and Earth line up exactly as the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun. However, the apparent size of the Moon is smaller than that of the Sun, as seen from our viewpoint here on Earth. Therefore, the Sun’s light is still visible in form of a very bright ring, or annulus, that is surrounding the outline of the Moon. Thus, we don’t see a total occultation, instead the sky turns dark and casts shadows over the landscape, the hues of which seem to be ‘otherworldly’, while our attention is captured by the ‘fiery’ circle of light that dominates the sky with its allure and can be taken as an ‘omen’, opening a ‘portal’ to another ‘dimension’ that is leading right into the ‘heart of darkness’.

During eclipse season the pace of things accelerates, while we’re approaching a turning point that has the potential to either increase or diminish our light. In any case, it is a ‘reset’.

Things that have been eclipsed in the area of our life, represented by the house in our natal chart, where the Eclipse has an impact, now have a chance to be brought into the light of conscious awareness or at least to receive enormous attention, triggering individual and collective transitions, marked by endings and new beginnings.

An Eclipse is a pattern-setting event and is a member of a family with specific characteristics. The current Solar Eclipse is a member of the Saros Series 4 South, which means the Solar Eclipse is conjunct the South Node of the Moon, a point of extraction, which is triggering the release as well as the filtering of accumulated energies.

This Saros Series was the last time around on December 4 2002. What was happening in your life then and how could this relate to events unfolding now?

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon/Solar Eclipse at 23:08 Sagittarius states:

A blue bird perched on the gate of a cottage. Keynote: The reward which meets every effort at integration into a social environment for those who remain true to their own selves – GOOD FORTUNE.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Page 224)

DR elaborates: “A cottage is normally part of a community, and the implication is that its inhabitants are well-adapted, either to the life of the community, or to their more or less isolated togetherness. It suggests that the essential technique for successful living is the development of a consciousness in which peace and happiness dwell.”

This statement reflects our current situation under quarantine restrictions and pandemic protocols well. We are encouraged to use this time of isolation and small gatherings to return in heart, mind and soul to the true spirit of Christmas and the development of ‘Christ consciousness’ by embracing simpler values, counting our blessings, appreciate what we have, do with less and let go of excesses.

It is certainly noticeable that this eclipse precedes the ‘great conjunction’ of Jupiter and Saturn in Aquarius, which symbolizes the end of an era as the result of the breaking down of old systems, outdated economic models and departure from a way of life that is has become unsustainable – all of which will lead to a new world order.

Tarot card of the day is the “3 of Cups”, representing wonderful connections and the celebration of friendship and harmonious relationships in general. It heralds a sociable day when we spend quality time with friends and loved ones and experience camaraderie as well as a feeling of oneness. We could be bursting with energy and overflowing with high spirits. Things should be going well.

Astro-Notes on November 14, 2020 – Scorpio New Moon

A new lunation cycle begins tonight at 9:07 pm PST in the fixed water sign Scorpio. Both luminaries will have engaged in a supportive sextile aspect with their ruler Pluto in Capricorn and will also be forming a sextile to the Jupiter-Pallas conjunction in Capricorn, who is slowly separating from Pluto (and thus infused with this powerful, transformative energy) before meeting up for their new synodic cycle.

The triple conjunction of planetary bodies in Capricorn is squaring retrograde Eris in Aries, while the Scorpio New Moon is casting a quincunx aspect to the goddess of discord and strife, indicating that intentions are being set to meet the challenges we are facing regarding our self-interests and that attitude adjustments might be required.

Scorpio energy is intense, passionate, deep, dark, penetrating, extreme, powerful, unrelenting, smoldering and destructive. To harness it constructively, we have to overcome our ‘demons’ and do ‘shadow or shamanic’ work. We need to be willing to ‘die’ and be ‘reborn’ or in other words, we need to accept the inevitable and surrender.

This new cycle comes with a sense of finality as well as the promise of renewal and regeneration if we rise from the ashes of an ‘old life’ or set or circumstances we have outgrown and ‘shed a skin’ instead of giving in to our base, self-serving desires, seeking to create discord and divisiveness for our own selfish and egocentric ends. It all depends on our state of mind and the beliefs and convictions that influence our mental process.

With Mercury in Scorpio casting a tense sesqui-quadrate to the North Node in Gemini and moving into a quincunx with retrograde Chiron in Aries, we have to come together to make a decision about our future prospects that requires bridging a problem or doing something about a wound we’ve been struggling with, which involves some complex and complicated planning. Therefore, it is important that we remain objective and mindful to be able to focus on the bigger picture as we’re trying to come up with resolutions.

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon at 23:17 Scorpio states:

“After having heard an inspired individual deliver his ‘sermon on the mount’, crowds are returning home. Keynote: The need to incorporate inspiring experiences and teachings into everyday living – CHALLENGE TO TRANSFORMATION.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Page 206)

Tarot card of the day is the “3 of Swords”, suggesting heartache, separation or quarrels caused by disharmony and an inability to reconcile differing needs. Therefore, we need to let our feelings wash over us and release any anguish, sadness or sorrow, going beyond it, while refusing to harbor any negative thoughts. One way or another, we will get to the heart of the matter from which clarity and mental resolution will emerge.