Astro-Notes on October 16, 2020 – Libra New Moon

The New Moon in Libra that transpires today at 12:30 pm PDT is an auspicious time to set intentions toward balance, harmony, peace, fairness, justice, grace, poise, civility, sophistication, tact, diplomacy, agreement, cooperation, teamwork, reconciliation and other awareness. However, retrograde Eris in Aries, goddess of strife and discord, is sitting across the sky in perfect opposition to the New Moon. This doesn’t bode too well for harmonious relations or encounters and could upset the apple cart instead. There could be errors in judgment, controversies, spitefulness and people simply being wrong or getting offended easily. Moreover, we could be facing single-mindedness, simple-mindedness, plain stupidity, self-serving behavior and even open hostility. Or it is us who is instigating a confrontation and showing that we mean business. We are definitely ready and determined to act in our self-interests – no more compromises.

In any case, the situation calls for conflict resolution and with the New Moon’s ruler Venus in Virgo engaged in a flowing trine aspect to Pallas in Capricorn skillful negotiation and professional maneuvering will win the day and bring the desired result. Having our ducks in a row and being prepared we respond to whatever challenge we are dealing with.

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon at 23:53 Libra states:

“A butterfly with a third wing on its left side. Keynote: The ability to develop, for inner strengthening, new modes of response to basic life situations – ORIGINAL MUTATION.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala, The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 187-188)

Tarot card of the day is the “9 of Cups”, otherwise known as the ‘wish card’. This card is about counting our blessings, living in the moment and enjoying the good things life has to offer. Joy and happiness are within our grasp. We can relish in the fact that we’re about to finally achieve what we have set out to do. There is stability and advancement and a strong possibility to obtain our goals.

Astro-Notes on October 1, 2020 – Aries Full Moon

The month of October starts out with the Full Moon in Aries and ends with the Full Moon in Taurus, which should make for an intense month filled with conflicts, antagonism and polarizations.

Today’s Full Moon in Aries that transpires at 2:05 pm PDT highlights the axis of self versus others and with it issues revolving around autonomy, assertiveness, combativeness, conquest, determination, courage, brashness, boldness, drive, motivation, initiative and action, which could be contradicting matters of cooperation, diplomacy, peace, conciliation, consideration, agreement, civility, poise, sophistication, harmony and balance.

Not only reaches the Virgo lunation cycle its culmination point; seeds planted back at the time of the Aries New Moon that happened on March 24 will also come to fruition or to a turning point. The Full Moon’s ruler Mars is retrograde in Aries and separating from a square with a still stationary Saturn in Capricorn as he moves into a conjunction with retrograde Eris, goddess of strife and discord.

Thus, the last few days preceding this highpoint in the cycle might have been particularly frustrating, especially if we had to deal with setbacks that kept us stuck, while time was running away from us. We couldn’t move forward as intended, but only proceed in a slow and tedious manner when we already didn’t have enough energy to begin with. Consequently, we are feeling that we are losing this ‘race’, are at unease and fighting with ourselves.

Well, things are coming to a head now, demanding from us to work out a resolution and re-balance. With Vesta in Leo involved in a harsh sesqui-quadrate to retrograde Chiron in Aries with whom the Sun and Moon came into contact prior to their Full Moon meeting we could be beating ourselves up for falling short of delivering and ‘burning in our own fire’ as we are feeling the heat of a struggle for recognition we most likely inflicted upon ourselves due to a wound related to our ego or self-esteem that’s being fueled by this fire.

Another sesqui-quadrate from Venus in Leo to Pallas in Capricorn indicates that we’re undergoing a self-worth crisis that could bring out our ‘inner drama queen’ if we put too much emphasis on our self-importance and our personal values and don’t navigate the situation realistically, maturely and constructively. Therefore, it’s important to get our head clear and our priorities straight. Our circumstances call for an organized, structured approach. We also need to stop procrastinating. Instead, it’s time to tackle our goals one by one. Retrograde Uranus in Taurus is engaged in adjusting aspects to the Full Moon, requiring from us to make the necessary changes, switch up our routines and get inspired anew.

The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon at 9:08 Aries states:

“A teacher gives new symbolic forms to traditional images. Keynote: A revision of attitude at the beginning of a new cycle of experience – ABSTRACTION and emotional allegiance.

The Sabian Symbol for the Sun at 9:08 Libra states:

“Having passed safely through narrow rapids, a canoe reaches calm water. Keynote: The self-control and poise necessary to reach a steady state of inner stability – RELIEF.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala, The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 56-57 and 178, respectively)

Suggested by these symbolical pictures is that we should get into a different mindset that allows us to emulate traits, which help us to calm our mind and feel at ease.

Tarot card of the day is the “2 of Cups”, speaking of union or re-union, partnerships and friendships, bonds formed, connections and attraction. This card suggests that there is a mutual understanding between the people involved in a relationship and that interactions are balanced and harmonious, because of an awareness of the expectations each person has, which allows for growth and very special relationships. Our focus is on win-win situations as we show kindness and thoughtfulness.

Astro-Notes on September 17, 2020 – Virgo New Moon

The New Moon that transpired early this morning at 4:00 am PDT in the mutable earth sign Virgo is an auspicious time to set intentions toward self-improvement, purity, good health, efficiency, effectiveness as well as matters of and concerning functionality, perfection, precision, scrutiny, thoroughness, discernment, cleanliness, work, service and problem resolution. Moreover, we might want to develop our skills or learn new ones, start an apprenticeship, fitness or health regimen, sift, sort, categorize, create order, observe, analyze and correct or repair things that need fixing.

With the New Moon’s ruler Mercury in Libra engaged in a square with Jupiter in Capricorn though, times are tough, peace of mind is hard to come by, we are not sure what to believe and consequently, can’t make up our mind, while going back and forth over thoughts, offers and possibilities or we might even have fallen too far behind to be able to balance the issues that weigh us down. Perhaps we are taking the writings too literally. In any case, our outlook is rather pessimistic, challenging us to assess and evaluate matters more realistically. We know we can’t keep this up and that something has to give, even if that means a change of course if we don’t want for things to backfire or become our undoing. As the Virgo Sun just left a square with the nodal axis, a twist in the story has occured that forces us to question our beliefs or convictions.

Forming a tense sesqui-quadrate with retrograde Uranus in Taurus and a flowing trine with retrograde Saturn in Capricorn, the Virgo New Moon brings us to a crisis point that leaves us with not much of a choice, but to turn things around and make progress or to return to tried and proven practices. No matter what we ultimately decide, we have to be more efficient and apply a sustained, continuous effort toward our goals. This will also serve ourselves. Once we realize what’s at stake for us, we will pull ourselves together, roll up our sleeves and get down to business.

A sextile from retrograde Eris in Aries to the North Node in Gemini (trine to South Node in Sagittarius) triggers our competitive spirit and opens us up toward flexibility and adaptability for the sake of our future prospects. We understand that we need to focus on the bigger picture if we want to win in this situation. Venus in Leo’s quincunx to Pallas in Capricorn necessitates value- and priority-adjustments in order for our approach to work out and be productive and profitable.

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon at 25:00 Virgo states:

“A flag at half-mast in front of a public building. Keynote: The social acknowledgment of a job well done and a destiny fulfilled – PUBLIC RECOGNITION.”

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Skilled, hard work together with the application of firm and tight rules and regulations earn us a reputation of great service to our community. Showing strong determination and being clinically thorough in the execution makes us valuable contributors to society, which comes with the promise of a reward in form of the legacy we leave behind.

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala, The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Page 166)

Tarot card of the day is the “8 of Wands”, representing a very focused kind of motion and activity, a time when we need to strike while the iron is hot. It encourages us to act quickly to pursue the best opportunities available right now or just to MOVE ON.

Astro-Notes on September 1, 2020 – Full Moon in Pisces

The Pisces Full Moon that transpires tonight at 10:21 pm PDT and brings the Leo lunation cycle to its culmination highlights the axis of service and sacrifice, health and wholeness/sanity.

It happens at a time when our children are getting ready to go back to school as life has to go on amidst the pandemic. Some families might be able to join home-schooling programs and groups, but for the majority funding is running out and they cannot stay home with their children forever. In any case, these children and families will be facing a whole new and different experience.

However, in spite of all the Covid protocols, safety and protection are illusive at best and a lot of harm has been done already since we implemented an extended state of emergency and the social distancing rules – not only to the economy, but also to communities and individuals. Lots of people are suffering under the implemented regulations and restrictions since it is neither healthy nor sane to wear a mask all day, sanitize everything we touch and maintain our distance from each other.

The cardinal Grand Cross between Venus in Cancer, retrograde Saturn in Capricorn, Mars in Aries and Juno in Libra depicts the struggles and challenges we are facing, while fighting a virus we can’t control, contain or overcome. Although the first vaccines have emerged on the market, they are barely viable, because they haven’t been tested properly, their efficacy is not proven and neither is the extend of immunity they provide.  There are no quick fixes for our problems.

With the Full Moon in harmonious aspects to retrograde Uranus in Taurus though, we can help ourselves out of this dilemma with a progressive mindset and figure out how we can reinstate our freedoms and rights, while limiting the risks of getting infected. This means, we need to focus on realistic goals and on what is actually doable through a sustained effort. Eliminating the virus can be achieved on a regional level by breaking chains of transmission, focusing on public health intervention, having quicker turnaround times on diagnoses, encouraging testing, chasing down every single case and then quarantining the infected. However, it is equally important to support people through their isolation time.

The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon at 10:12 Pisces states:

“Men traveling a narrow path, seeking illumination. Keynote: The capacity inherent in every individual to seek at whatever cost entrance to a transcendent realm of reality = WALK ON.”

The Sabian Symbol for the Sun at 10:12 Virgo states:

“In her baby a mother sees her longing for a son answered. KEYNOTE: The Spirit’s answer to the vital needs of whatever became individualized out of its infinite ocean of potentialities – IMAGINEERING.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases, Pages 274-275 and 157, respectively)

Suggested is the need to move on with our lives, even if we have to tread carefully. Solutions will come to us through our imagination and vision.

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 July 4, 2020 – Capricorn Full Moon/Appulse Lunar Eclipse

The Sun in Cancer is leaving a trine with Ceres in Pisces and joining Vesta in conjunction before he’s lining up with the Earth and the Moon for the Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse at 9:44 pm PDT that’s the third one in this particular eclipse season and will bring the Cancer lunation cycle to it’s culmination.

A season has come to an end in our life as well that was defined by waiting, longing and hoping in order to protect, nurture and support something we care for and this has resulted in growing dedication to Self-care, our families, our tribe, our country and our private causes, but also in the realization that we have to live with ‘nature’ and thus, embrace this sheltered way of life.

However, with Juno in Libra opposing Chiron in Aries and forming a quincunx to Uranus in Taurus and the triple conjunction of retrograde Pallas, retrograde Jupiter and retrograde Pluto in Capricorn squaring Eris in Aries, the cards are stacked against us with many of us pushed into a corner and forced to accept their circumstances or realities, knowing they can’t win. Trapped in one form of confinement or another, we turn against each other, ready to fight those, who are not agreeing with us or are not of the same belief system or have wronged us in some other way.

When we had enough of the injustice, the errors in judgement, the incompetence, the undeserved privileges and the unfair rules or laws, the time has come for us to take a stand and rock the boat. Although we might be defeated, we won’t hold back and we wont’ let them get away with it – we push back, we confront, we accuse and we won’t budge an inch. Once we reach our tolerance threshold, things could get nasty. Accumulated anger and frustration are hard to contain.

As retrograde Mercury in Cancer engages in a semi-sextile with Venus in Gemini, over which he holds disposition, it is important that we take a moment and pause before we speak. We might want to reconsider before things will get out of hand and make matters worse. Reviewing and rethinking our inherent values will help us to recognize our subjectivity in situations when our feelings, moods and pre-conditioned response patterns take over.

At this Full Moon issues concerning our authority, control, structure, responsibilities, status, attainment and management are coming to a head and could result in conflicts that involve dependency, support, supply and care. Therefore, we need to focus on reconciling, resolving and working terms and conditions out.

This Full Moon in Capricorn is an Appulse Lunar Eclipse, which means in astronomical terms that the Moon will only enter the penumbra of the Earth’s shadow to the effect that her surface will be dimmed only slightly. Although the event doesn’t seem to be very spectacular, this is a super-charged Full Moon. Astrology-wise, an eclipse is far from being subtle and lunar eclipses have a tendency to cause quite a stir of feelings and lots of emotional turmoil. They often bring an ending or closure to a long-standing issue. It’s either a breakthrough or a breakdown.

The Sabian Symbol for the Lunar Eclipse/Full Moon at 13:37 Capricorn states:

“An ancient bas-relief carved in granite remains a witness to a long-forgotten culture. Keynote: The will to unearth, in our culture as well as in any culture, what has permanent value and let go of non-essentials – a penetrating and courageous insight founded upon a valid HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE.”

The Sabian Symbol for the Sun at 13:37 Cancer states:

“A very old man facing a vast dark space to the northeast. Keynote: Fulfillment in transcending and changeless wisdom – PERMANENCE IN TRUTH.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 238-239 and 118-119, respectively)

Implied by these symbolic pictures is that facing our destiny will require great strength and endurance, in particular once the permanence of our reality sinks in.

Tarot card of the day is the “5 of Cups”, a card that is associated with loss, suffering and sadness. There is a lack of attainment or non-fulfillment of expected results. Thus, today is a day of emotional up and downs when we could feel disappointed, cry over spilled milk or letting go of a hope. We might be feeling regret, only seeing the negative in a situation and generally have a pessimistic outlook on things. The more important is it to focus on our higher potential and the things are still left for us to work with. Forgiveness and the ability to recover are necessary.