Astro-Notes on May 21, 2016 – Sagittarius Full Moon

Daily Aspects:
– Mars Rx in Sagittarius semi-sextile Juno Rx in Scorpio, semi-square Pluto Rx in Capricorn and opposite Vesta in Gemini
– Ceres in Aries quincunx Jupiter in Virgo
– Vesta in Gemini quincunx Juno Rx in Scorpio and sesqui Pluto Rx in Capricorn
– Moon ingress to Sagittarius at 2:48 pm EDT
– Full Moon at 1:13 Sagittarius/Gemini at 5:14 pm EDT
– Sun in Gemini opposite Mars Rx in Sagittarius, quincunx Juno Rx in Scorpio and sesqui Pluto Rx in Capricorn

Only yesterday did the Sun make ingress to Gemini, a shift from fixed earth to mutable air that was preceded by Vesta’s into this sign on May 16 and corresponds to a period during which we seek to be more flexible and adaptable in the way we dedicate us to our causes or the things we hold sacred, thereby showing a more versatile, adjustable, easy-going and busy-body style of self-expression as well as different sides of our personality. So, the energy is still very ‘young’ and therefore the current situation or specific set of circumstances we’re dealing with is more challenging, because we need to get used to it first. Meanwhile, certain conditions have intensified as matters got more complicated as well as overpowering. We’re experiencing increasing tension with these conditions reaching a critical point, an acuteness really, due to the push exerted on us and the pressure we’re undergoing by the demands placed on us that leave a heavy toll on our nerves. Consequently, we could feel edgy, stressed out and even aggravated and as a result, conflicts could get out of hand quickly or blown out of proportion and we could overreact, especially when things don’t go our way and we got our hands full dealing with other issues or with multi-tasking, while trying to meet deadlines (Canadian PM Justin Trudeau’s manhandling of a member of the opposition party is a good example).

Now, as the Taurus lunation cycle culminates in the Sagittarius Full Moon, the impulse that sounded forth at the time of the Sagittarius New Moon back in December 2015 will also come to fruition. Thus, ‘the symbolical battle between swords and torches’ (Sabian Symbol for the Taurus New Moon) has climaxed in ‘white-capped waves that display the power of wind over sea’ (Sabian Symbol for the Sagittarius Full Moon) – our emotions have been stirred up, the environment is ‘stormy’ and we’re in a state of turmoil or at least feel pretty agitated. However, the ‘foresighted use of natural resources in the summer’ (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Sagittarius New Moon from December 2015) has led to ‘filled stockings in the winter’ (Sabian Symbol for the Gemini Sun) – our preparedness for these tough times together with our concerted efforts to meet our objectives will be rewarded down the line; we will deliver one way or another, if we commit us to our shared values and common goals and keep our focus on managing, organizing and executing, while mobilizing and utilizing all resources we have to our disposal.

The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon at 1:13 Sag states:

“White-capped waves display the power of wind over sea. Keynote: The mobilization of unconscious energies under the pressure of superpersonal motives – SUBTILIZATION THROUGH RHYTHMIC INTENSITY.”

The Sabian Symbol for the Sun at 1:13 Gem states:

“Santa Claus furtively filling stockings hanging in front of the fire place. Keynote: A rewarded faith in spiritual blessings – a state of INNOCENCE.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 211 and 90, respectively)

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Suggested by these symbolical pictures is that we have a choice in this matter in the way we respond to it and allow us to be motivated by it. Accordingly, we can use this influence as a stimulation to achieve our ends, instead of letting it bring us down and struggle with forces beyond our control. All we need to do is believing in ourselves, while relying on our resourcefulness and manageability.

Tarot card of the day is the “Wheel of Fortune” indicating that the wheel has turned and we’ve entered a new phase of the cycle. We must accept that things can always turn around; that what goes around comes around. However, in every crisis lies opportunity. It’s not a time to be complacent; instead we have to actively follow this path now and go with the flow.

Astro-Notes on May 13, 2016 – First Quarter Moon

Daily Aspects:
– Sun in Taurus semi-sextile Eris in Aries
– First Quarter Moon at 23:21 Leo/Taurus at 1:02 pm EDT
– Mercury Rx conj. Venus in Taurus
– Pallas in Pisces trine Juno Rx in Scorpio
– Venus in Taurus trine Pluto Rx in Capricorn

Yesterday when retro Mercury in Taurus completed a trine to retro Pluto in Capricorn did I get my phone back I had send in for repair and eventual reprogramming. All I had to do was to pick it up from the post office in the Shopper’s Drugmart, open the package, put the loaner phone I got from my phone company for my personal use during this time in the envelope that was included in the package and send it back. Well, it was a bit more complicated than that, because I had to prepare for the ‘swap’ (taking the loaner phone, charger and package with me to work and have the super nice girls in the connection centre erase my info on it and remove the SIM card for me). I need their help again as I was unable to put the SIM card back into my phone, although I tried desperately for at least 10 minutes (yep, I’m inept when it comes to technology). Therefore, I’ll have to do without a phone for a day, but that’s ok with me. I was lucky enough though to catch a ride with my wonderful co-worker Elaine, who is always happy to help. Moreover, I returned the personal evaluation form I had to fill out for work regarding my performance and I got clearance money for deleted or non traded items in several sections of my departments. So, all of these are personal examples of the current astro weather, in which the Sun’s (personal adjustments) and Venus’ (evaluation, relationships, material matters) aspects are included as well and so is Pallas in Pisces’ trine to retro Juno in Scorpio, which shows an easy and harmonious flow in our interactions with sympathetic and supportive others. This is the state of affairs as we’re heading in the First Quarter Moon and have to meet the challenge encountered at this point in the lunation cycle that his been aptly termed the ‘crisis in action’. In the ongoing ‘battle between swords and torches’ (Sabian Symbol of the Taurus New Moon) is the essence of our personality tested as we ‘polarization of values’ (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Taurus New Moon) we’re experiencing asks of us to grow in self-confidence and build up a sense of self-worth in order to get appreciated and validated for who we are. Furthermore, we have to be creative as well as self-expressive in the pursuit of our desires and needs.

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Tarot card of the day is “The Sun”, which represents positive energy, enthusiasm and vitality. This card gives us strength and puts us in a position where we can share our highest qualities. It bodes well for the fruition of our ambitions and is an auspicious time to take care of the inner child. We know where we are heading; our path is illuminated based on the clarity of our vision. Moreover, we reflect on the value of simplicity and get back to the simple pleasures.

Astro-Notes on May 6, 2016 – Taurus New Moon

Daily Aspects:

– Juno Rx in Scorpio semi-square NN in Virgo/sesqui SN in Pisces
– Mercury Rx in Taurus semi-sextile Uranus in Aries
– Mars Rx in Sagittarius sesqui-quadrate Uranus in Aries
– Venus in Taurus semi-sextile Ceres in Aries
– New Moon at 16:41 Taurus at 3:29 pm EDT
– Pallas in Pisces semi-square Pluto Rx in Capricorn

Due to conditions, rules, regulations, procedures or instructions, which could have left us feeling overburdened and stretched to the limit for a few days now, have we been required to make personal adjustments that affect our priorities, preferences and daily routine and therefore this whole affair has come as quite an inconvenience, in particular so as it forced us way out of our comfort zone and caused lots of unnecessary stress in addition to feelings of defeat and loss. In fact, we could have reached a point where we don’t know anymore how to manage everything under these circumstances or how to proceed from here on. We don’t really have a choice other than to surrender and try to pull through it somehow. The situation is complicated and things are evolving quickly, but despairing over it or panicking doesn’t help. This crisis calls for efficiency and practicality and this includes asking others for their advice and support. Moreover, we have to take action to protect ourselves and also focus on self-preservation, while remaining resilient, determined and resourceful in the face of adversity.

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon at 16:41 Taurus states:

“A symbolical battle between ‘swords’ and ‘torches’. Keynote: Refusing to depend upon the past, the seeker turns warrior, fighting anew the eternal ‘great war’ – POLARIZATION OF VALUES.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Page 81)

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Not only do the fires rage in Alberta with fierceness, menace and growing hunger, leaving wide swaths of devastation behind and a great number of people homeless, the heat is also on in our lives and in the same sense as the fire fighters there, do we too struggle to contain and subdue these situations, which have taken on a life of their own and threaten our peace, security and wellbeing. Therefore, we have to keep our wits about ourselves and come up with simple, yet radical solutions that will move mountains and clear the path toward the future for us. Past attachments have to be let go off in order for us to be able to reorganize our affairs and restructure our life.

Tarot card of the day is the “8 of Swords”, suggesting that we need to look at a difficult situation from a new angle and with a different perspective. Because our thinking is limited and we’re struggling to see a way out of our dilemma, it is imperative that we open our eyes to the options that lay in front of us. There are choices available, but in order to recognize them, we have to get into the right mindset first.

Astro-Notes on April 29, 2016 – Third Quarter Moon

Daily Aspects:
– Moon ingress to Aquarius at 4:46 am EDT
– Venus ingress to Taurus at 8:35 pm EDT (until May 24)
– Third Quarter Moon at 10:13 Aqua/Taurus at 11:28 pm EDT
– Chiron in Pisces semi-sextile Eris in Aries

Mercury did station retrograde in Venus-ruled Taurus (23:36) yesterday. He will retrace his steps over the next 3 weeks to the degree he last visited on April 14 (14:20 Taurus) where he will turn direct on May 22. During this period will we have a chance to review our qualifications, talents and accumulated information regarding profitable pursuits together with our material or financial plans and budgets and also the things we own, go over our daily routines, rethink our associations and the connections or media we use, reconsider matters of communication concerning our needs, wants and values and the means of transportation we can rely on or utilize. As Venus is going to make ingress to her home sign Taurus tonight, where she will be traversing until May 24, we will seek to build up our worth and finances, add to our assets and wellbeing, ensure emotional and material security, gratify our senses, cultivate a life-style and attract the ‘good things in life’, inclusive the right partners or people, and all of this is going to influence our revising mental faculties.
Consequently, the ‘crisis in consciousness’ that accompanies the Third Quarter Moon tests our persistence and persuasion amidst changing conditions. We’re challenged to break out of a rut or cycle that keeps repeating or situation, where we got stuck in and turn this around to our advantage so that we can continue to grow and prosper.

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Tarot card of the day is the “Queen of Cups”, symbolizing a seeker of inner transformation who possesses a strong perspective and perceptive nature. Suggested is furthermore that we are acknowledging our emotions and feelings. We trust our intuition and listen to our inner voice as well as to the sensations and impressions we’re getting from our environment. In our interactions with others we need to empathize and show true compassion, helping people along their chosen pathway. This is a day when we’ll be following the lead of our heart.

Astro-Notes on April 22, 2016 – Scorpio Full Moon

Daily Aspects:
– Full Moon at 2:30 Scorpio/Taurus at 1:23 am EDT
– Uranus in Aries quincunx NN in Virgo/semi-sextile SN in Pisces
– Sun in Taurus semi-sextile Ceres in Aries
– Venus in Aries quincunx NN and conjunct Uranus
– Juno Rx in Scorpio sesqui-quadrate Chiron in Pisces and semi-sextile Mars Rx in Sagittarius

In the leadup to the Scorpio Full Moon did we experience a few powerful energy shifts (2 of them by the ancient and modern rulers of Scorpio) over the last few days. First, Mars turned retrograde in Sagittarius and only one day after that Pluto turned retrograde in Capricorn. This was soon followed by the Sun’s ingress to Taurus, ushering in a period during which we seek greater security for our life, better earning capability for ourselves, as well as to bestow our life with quality, to validate our sense of Self, to sustain our life’s purpose and to build up a life style. Now, with Mars and Pluto retracing their steps together with their dispositors (retrograde Jupiter in Virgo is the dispositor of retro Mars in Sagittarius and retrograde Saturn in Sagittarius is the dispositor of retro Pluto in Capricorn), and their archetypal themes affecting us more inwardly, our actions, drive, physical fitness or modus operanti, sportmanship, initiatives, long-term intentions and greater motives are coming under review and will be researched and then fitted into the larger picture within the context of reviewed options and opportunities that might work for us and could improve our situation. We will moreover review our circumstances, business affairs, resourcefulness, influence and ability to manage and transition in order to restructure and reorganize our affairs in regard to long-term responsibilities and ambitions. So, a lot of reshaping and remodeling of our inner landscape is going on and this will take us back to mid February of this year (in Mars’ case) and to the end of January of last year (in Pluto’s case). Furthermore, the changes, trends, emergencies and unexpected happenings that were triggered as a first result of these big shifts require an adjustment what our future prospects, life direction or destiny concerns and this could be either heartbreaking if it involves the sudden loss of somebody close to us or elevating if it refers to a lucky break in a material, financial or relationship situation. In any case, we will have to move out of our personal comfort zone, live with the choice we made or accept what we cannot change and start a new routine, trusting that we’re together in this, holding and supporting each other.
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 comes to fruition too. Therefore, ‘the magic carpet’ or, in other words, ‘use of our imagination’ (Sabian Symbol for the Aries New Moon) has carried us to ‘a house-raising party’ (Sabian Symbol for the Scorpio Full Moon) and the ‘strife-transcending and unattached outlook upon everyday reality’ (keyphrase of the Sabian Symbol for the Aries New Moon) has led to ‘cooperation and a feeling of community’ (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Scorpio Full Moon). Whereas the ‘conversation the parrot overheard and repeated’ (Sabian Symbol for the Scorpio New Moon from November 2015) has resulted in ‘the gradual expansion of the individual consciousness and natural fulfillment’ (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Taurus Sun).

The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon at 2:30 Scorpio states:

“A house-raising party in a small village enlists the neighbors’ cooperation. Keynote: The feeling of community demonstrated in a basic joint effort – COOPERATION.”

The Sabian Symbol for the Sun at 2:30 Taurus states:

“Natural steps lead to a lawn of clover in bloom. Keynote: The gradual expansion of the individual consciousness after a fecundating experience – NATURAL FULFILLMENT.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 193 and 72, respectively)

Suggested by these symbolical pictures is a collective sharing of experiences that is necessary for our evolution, because it unites us and helps us to develop social values and a sense of community. We’re in this together, which means we have to pull together behind our common goal.

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Tarot card of the day is the “4 of Cups”, suggesting that we’re consumed with our emotions and thus with life’s twists and turns. Consequently, we could be ignoring the outer world due to being intensely focused on these personal matters. The more important is it to re-evaluate our situation and to look deep within to find the truth or path we’re searching. It is essential that we examine our feelings and thoughts to gain clarity. An offer has been presented to us and we are asked to consider all options carefully before making a decision. Moreover, we’re reminded that we cannot take everything for granted and need to count our blessings. We are the only limiting factor to our endless gain. Awareness of the natural flow of abundance and enhancement is critical.

Astro-Notes on April 13, 2016 – First Quarter Moon

Daily Aspects:
– Sun in Aries sesqui-quadrate Mars in Sagittarius
– Venus in Aries quincunx Juno Rx in Scorpio
– First Quarter Moon at 24:38 Cancer/Aries at 11:59 pm EDT
– Chiron in Pisces semi-sextile Eris in Aries

Now that we initiated a course of action on behalf of our self-interests and it seems as though we could actually succeed with whatever we proposed or requested, applied for or offered, we’re ready to enter the competition or are at least excited for ourselves. Moreover, our motivation has been rising due to the encouragement we received. However, it is critical not to overextend ourselves, rush into action or push too much. This is not just about us and our personal preferences or desires, but about an adjustment that has to be made in regard to our shared values or business affairs. Therefore, the ‘crisis in action’ that accompanies the First Quarter Moon of the Aries lunation cycle challenges us to treat carefully when we proclaim our intentions, because we don’t want to come across as selfish and lose the support or good rapport we established so far.

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Tarot card of the day is “The Moon”, suggesting that some things are hidden from conscious view, making it necessary to look well below the surface in order to find clarity or truth. On the other hand, invisible things could be brought to the surface and unforeseen perils could be experienced. This card has moreover the potential to project fears into the present and future based on past ordeals. Repressed thoughts, images and feelings could cause overwhelming disturbances. We might be longing for sleep. It is important to remedy this for which we need to go through a purging process, thereby releasing deep memories. The Moon is a card of illusion and deception, and therefore often suggests a time when something is not as it appears, causing errors in our judgment. It is also possible that we may have lost our way and are now left to walk in the dark, guided only by our inner light and intuition. Nonetheless, we need to go on without a clear picture of where we are or where we are going. It is true that things are vague and illusive, neither clear nor certain or definitive in any way and that therefore we may be torn between many influences, which could distract us from following our core path. The more important is it to reflect upon our life and to use our intuitive abilities or listen to our inner voice to get in touch with our vision. Renewal is possible and secrets may be revealed as we’re walking these dreamscapes. The Moon is moreover a symbol of the turning tides and can refer to healing abilities and other psychic or intuitive work.

Astro-Notes on April 7, 2016 – Aries New Moon

Daily Aspects:
– Chiron in Pisces semi-sextile Eris in Aries
– Juno Rx in Scorpio sesqui-quadrate Ceres in Pisces
– New Moon at 18:04 Aries at 7:23 am EDT

A couple of days ago did Venus make ingress to Aries, where she will be traversing until April 29, and Mercury ingress to Taurus, where he will be travelling until June 12 due to his retrograde in this sign. This means that our inner landscape has been shifting already prior to the Aries New Moon and therefore, these changes in our emotions and thinking process are quite noticeable in the setup to this lunation event. Consequently, we could have been seeking to enact our values, preferences and priorities rather impatiently and forcefully, but might have had the good sense to tone down our messages and gestures, if only after the ‘flare-up’ that could have consumed us from within. In the same sense as winter has returned to these parts of North America and stopped us in our tracks, had we to surrender to other circumstances beyond our control, which basically set us back to square one. And although we can’t help it, neither can we influence these developments, we are not powerless. We just have to rely on our strength and resourcefulness and endure these conditions for as long as they last, while keeping our focus on our long-term goals. Thus, we could have realized that there’s really no need to get aggravated about small things or to become too animated. It’s the same old story we know in and out or the same song playing and this situation will continue this way and we’ll go through these motions again and again whether we like it or not. However, we have now reached a turning point, where it is up to us to make a conscious choice and do better than that and ultimately for ourselves. Moreover, in order to get on top of our affairs, we have to use our connections and support network together with the knowledge we gained from our accumulated experiences to deal with the situation maturely or professionally, instead of stressing about it.

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The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon at 18:04 Aries states:

“The magic carpet of oriental imagery. Keynote: The use of creative imagination – A STRIFE-TRANSCENDING AND UNATTACHED OUTLOOK UPON EVERYDAY REALITY.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Page 64)

The symbol suggests that we need to stand above these conditions and detach ourselves from too much personal involvement in these petty issues. Only then will we be able to think clearly and objectively and can let these mundane matters pass us by. Some days are better, some days are worse. Therefore, look for the blessings instead of the curse. Be positive, stay strong and get enough rest. You can’t do it all, but you can do your best.:) This new beginning holds the potential for us to evolve if we are willing to change our outlook upon everyday life.

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Tarot card of the day is the “Wheel of Fortune” indicating that the wheel has turned and we’ve entered a new phase of the cycle. We must accept that things can always turn around; that what goes around comes around. However, in every crisis lies opportunity. It’s not a time to be complacent; instead we have to actively follow this path now and go with the flow.