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.

Astro-Notes on April 3, 2017 – First Quarter Moon in Cancer

Daily Aspects:
– Ceres in Taurus trine Pluto in Capricorn
– Mercury in Taurus trine NN in Virgo
– First Quarter Moon at 14:11 Cancer/Aries at 11:39 am PDT

Ceres in Taurus is holding a trine to Pluto in Capricorn and Mercury in Taurus is casting a trine to the North Node in Virgo. This means that a season of our life has ended (much in the sense of winter being over now), because we gained control over a particular set of circumstances and feel more secure or settled as a result. Therefore, our mind is no longer dwelling on the past, but rather set on improving our future prospects.

However, the ‘crisis in action’ that accompanies the First Quarter Moon in the Aries lunation cycle is challenging us to overcome the pull of old habits and conditions in order to nurture and protect the ‘new life’ or beginning that is happening. With the Aries Sun also engaged in a square to Juno in Capricorn, we’re aware that an established relationship situation or dynamic or a role we took on in a relationship is not working for us. It has become a burden, too much of a responsibility or restriction or is frustrating us and limiting our life and self-realization in some way.

Consequently, Venus crossed back over the Aries Point and is continuing her retrograde journey in Pisces so that we can revisit our ideals and longings and re-envision the relationships we want, the things we value and find worth our while. We need to return to the source and get back in touch with a sense of happiness, contentment and wellbeing. The square between Vesta in Cancer and the Eris-Uranus conjunction in Aries is indicating the discord and ‘incompleteness’, even abandon or neglect, we’re feeling that is keeping us from tending to our inner flame and taking care of our causes. It’s time that we turn a corner and make progress.

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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 March 27, 2017 – Aries New Moon

Daily Aspects:
– Moon ingress to Aries at 7:10 am PDT
– Mars in Taurus sextile Neptune in Pisces and sesqui Saturn in Sagittarius
– Mercury in Aries semi-sextile Chiron in Pisces
– New Moon at 7:37 Aries at 7:57 pm PDT
– Uranus conjunct Eris in Aries
– Jupiter Rx in Libra square Pluto in Capricorn
– Venus Rx in Aries qx NN in Virgo/semi-sextile SN in Pisces and semi-square Ceres in Taurus

Early in the morning yesterday did Mercury in Aries set off the Uranus-Eris conjunction before he moved into a semi-sextile with Chiron in Pisces. This could have caused quite a storm (inner as well as outer) out of which rose new inspiration to address our self-interests and initiate change or progress in a matter that caused us considerable headaches, because of its controversial and contentious nature, which could have left us at discord. Therefore, it’s time to focus on closure, on soothing our wounds and resolving this issue. We’ve been struggling long enough and as a consequence, anger has been building up, motivating us to take action on our behalf.

Mercury’s dispositor, Mars in Taurus, is also the ruler over the Aries New Moon and is holding a sextile to Neptune in Pisces and a sesqui-quadrate to Saturn in Sagittarius. Thus, during this cycle we have a chance to get into the flow of things and see something to its end if we keep pursuing this matter with persuasiveness, even stubborn insistence, whereby it is necessary that we increase our sense of structure or grow a backbone. When the lunation is in Aries, the time has come to set intentions toward courageous and self-determined action, initiative and assertion of our will. Retrograde Venus in Aries, who is Mars’ dispositor and is also holding a mutual reception with him, is approaching a quincunx to the North Node in Virgo and a semi-square to Ceres in Taurus, asking us to review our priorities or preferences and adjust them accordingly in order to improve our future prospects and build up the support or get the care we need so that we can feel safe and secure again.

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However, we’re not acting on impulse or try to push our agenda, but go with an approach that resonates with us, has personal appeal to us and feels right. With Mercury in Aries entering his shadow period today, things we’re scheduling and discussing now as well as matters of connectivity and mobility will come up for re-evaluation in the next few weeks. The Jupiter – Pluto square in the background challenges us to get a grip on our circumstances, in particular what matters beyond our control concerns and get our affairs in order, so that we can re-arrange and re-assess our options.

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon at 7:37 Aries states:

“A large woman’s hat with streamers blown by an east wind. Keynote: Protection and spiritual guidance in the development of consciousness – PROTECTIVE FORMS and SENSITIVITY.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Page 55)

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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 March 20, 2017 – Spring Equinox and Third Quarter Moon in Capricorn

Daily Aspects:
– Sun ingress to Aries at 3:28 am PDT – Spring Equinox
– Moon ingress to Capricorn at 8:30 am PDT
– Third Quarter Moon at 0:13 Capricorn/Aries at 8:58 am PDT
– Venus Rx in Aries semi-sextile Mars in Taurus
– Vesta in Cancer square Jupiter Rx in Libra

Early in the morning, at 3:28 am PDT, did the Sun make ingress to Aries, the first sign of the tropical zodiac, marking the Vernal Equinox and the beginning of spring here in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s also the beginning of the astrological year and International Astrology Day.
Day and night are of equal length today, poised and balanced, but about to tip over on the side of the light. This is reversed in the Southern Hemisphere, where now Autumn begins.
All solar festivals are quarter days in the wheel of the year when the Sun enters a cardinal sign and ushers in a new season. Therefore, the energies present at this potent moment are relevant for the duration of it. However, the Spring Equinox can have influence over the entire year, revealing the trends that will ‘shoot up’ like the germs that pierce the harsh crust of the soil at this time of the year.
The festival itself is sacred to dawn, the east, the morning star and to youth. Eostre, from whose name the direction east and the holiday Easter is derived, is a dawn goddess of the Saxons, like Aurora and Eos. Just as the dawn is the time of new light, so is the Vernal Equinox the time of new life. Holidays in March are dedicated to all the great fertility goddesses, who show themselves in the blossoms, the leaves on the trees, the sprouting of the crops, the mating of birds and the birth of young animals. In the agricultural cycle, it is time for planting. We are assured that life will continue.

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Consequently, the Sun’s transit through Aries corresponds to a time of emergence, birth, new beginnings and strong self-expression, when we feel the urge to initiate action on our behalf, to pioneer things and to conquer unchartered territory; when self-determination, impatience and willfulness are on the rise and when we are courageous, fierce and impulsive, even daring, as we push forward. Moreover, during this period will we be more inclined to assert our animus or the yang principle and also tend to be driven by or act from an instinctual or primal level.

 

The Spring Equinox this year coincides with the Last Quarter Moon in the Pisces lunation cycle, implicating that the new season and indeed, the new astrological year, is ‘overshadowed’ by a ‘crisis in consciousness or perception’ that challenges us to take charge over our life. We could feel limited or restricted by an issue that has been going on for too long (the Moon is in the last degree of Sagittarius at the time of the Equinox) and is therefore preventing us from starting this new life or starting over.

Mercury in Aries’ square to Juno in Capricorn, who holds a sextile to Neptune in Pisces, in addition to the squares between Vesta in Cancer and retrograde Jupiter in Libra and between Pallas in Pisces and Saturn in Sagittarius, show that we’re struggling in a relationship situation, where we can’t reach an agreement or get the cooperation needed in order to feel safe or supported and that leaves us disappointed or defeated. No matter how hard we try to reason with others, it seems as though our words are falling on deaf ears or that they are in some way circumventing the problem. Therefore, we might be at a loss at how to deal with this; all we know is that we have to endure this ordeal somehow and this requires that we set our priorities accordingly. We have to make this situation work for us, put in an effort, be patient, realistic and practical (Venus Rx in Aries is semi-sextile Mars in Taurus).

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Tarot card of the day is the “Page of Pentacles”, a messenger who brings news about material matters. We have to pay special attention to our health, assets, possessions and resources and cannot take any risks in this regard. However, we’re asked to start and work with what we have and slowly make it grow, one step at a time, while never losing our sense of purpose.

Astro-Notes on March 12, 2017 – Virgo Full Moon

Daily Aspects:
– Mercury in Pisces square Saturn in Sagittarius
– Full Moon at 22:13 Virgo/Pisces at 7:53 am PDT
– Venus Rx in Aries semi-sextile Ceres in Taurus
– Sun in Pisces semi-sextile Uranus-Eris in Aries
– Moon ingress to Libra at 10:28 pm PDT

Mercury, the ruler over the Virgo Full Moon, is coming out of a semi-square to Ceres in Taurus and holding a square to Saturn in Sagittarius. This means that we had to get in touch with our environment or into the flow of things, build up rapport and ensure we are not misguided before we could make a decision in a difficult matter or follow the call of duty if we don’t want to have to deal with the consequences later on. We could be confused about the situation or have no answers or be at a loss how to handle this and overcome these obstacles and therefore the pressure to resolve this is mounting (also don’t forget to move your clocks ahead an hour – Daylight Savings Time is starting here).

The Sun’s quincunx to retrograde Jupiter in Libra in addition to his semi-sextile to the Uranus-Eris conjunction in Aries together with retrograde Venus’ semi-sextile to Ceres in Taurus required a review of our options in an unfair or unbalanced situation that could have left us victimized or self-undoing, and therefore calls for an adjustment of our priorities or preferences as well as the use of foresight so that we can integrate this change and serve our self-interests. Per example, after all these days of being up late to which I got quite used to, I had to get up pretty early for my day shift today (and had to take the ‘leap forward in time’ into account on top of that), which wasn’t easy on my body (Full Moon in house 1). In fact, I had a hard time to fall asleep at all (Pisces), while struggling with worries and anxiety (Virgo). It took me a while to get my mind into a meditative state (Mercury in Pisces) that let me drift into sleep.

As the Pisces lunation cycle culminates in the Virgo Full Moon, the impulse that sounded forth at the time of the Virgo New Moon on September 1 of last year also comes to fruition.
Consequently, ‘the jockey who spurns his horse to outdistance his rivals’ (Sabian Symbol for the Pisces New Moon from February 26) has turned into ‘a lion tamer who displays his skill and character’ (Sabian Symbol for the Virgo Full Moon) – the mobilization of our energies at the start of this cycle has brought us to a point where we demonstrate strength of character, competence and control of the situation, while concentrating at the task at hand we’ve been preparing and training for a long time;
whereas ‘the two heads, which were looking out beyond the shadows’ (Sabian Symbol for the Virgo New Moon) have changed into ‘a materializing medium giving a séance’ (Sabian Symbol for the Pisces Sun) – because since last September’s eclipse we’ve grown in understanding and gained clarity or objectivity in regard to an issue that confused or misguided us or has been misinterpreted.

But since this last eclipse’s impetus (at the end of February) came forth things have changed, inspiring us (or rather ‘inspiriting’) to give form to our ideals and desires. We can do that if we are willing to put the necessary effort into it and work on ourselves.

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The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon at 22:13 Virgo states:

“A lion tamer displays his skill and character. Keynote: The need to tame one’s vital energies in order to fulfill one’s destiny – RESOLUTENESS and PATIENCE.”

The Sabian Symbol for the Sun at 22:13 Pisces states:

“A ‘materializing’ medium giving a séance. Keynote: The ability to give of one’s own vital energy to substantiate one’s conscious ideals or unconscious desires – SUBSTANTIATION.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 165 and 283, respectively)

Suggested by the symbolical imagery is the need for self-discipline, practice and focus in order to see the things we long for materialize.

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.