Astro-Notes on January 5, 2019 – Capricorn New Moon/Partial Solar Eclipse

At 5:28 pm PST today begins a new lunation cycle in the sign Capricorn, which is an auspicious time to set intentions towards getting our New Year’s resolution off the ground, if we haven’t done so already, as well as toward achieving our ambitions, working on our goals, organizing and structuring our life, accomplishing tasks and responsibilities, setting boundaries and rules, focusing on our career and professional life, taking charge and strengthening our backbone and sense of authority.

The Capricorn New Moon is also a Partial Solar Eclipse. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon, the Earth and the Sun align with the Moon’s nodal axis and the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partially obscuring Earth’s view of the Sun. During a partial Solar Eclipse the area of the Earth, which falls within the penumbra of the Moon, where the Sun is partly covered and its light dimmed to varying degrees, sees how the “Moon is taking a bite out of the Sun”. The phenomena of this transition is so palpable to our senses that it transcends the boundaries of space and time as fate seems to unravel right in front of our eyes and the pace of events accelerates.

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, triggering individual and collective transitions, marked by endings and new beginnings. An Eclipse is a pattern-setting event with duration for up to half a year and longer. Eclipses belong furthermore to a larger pattern; each Eclipse is a member of a family and each family has specific characteristics.

The current Solar Eclipse is a member of the Saros Series 2 South, which means the Solar Eclipse is conjunct the South Node of the Moon, a point of extraction that is triggering the release and filtering of accumulated energies. This Saros Series was the last time around on December 25, 2000. What was happening in your life then and how could this relate to events unfolding now? A personalized reading can help you understand the patterns playing out in your life and provides guidance. 

The hallmark of this particular Saros Series is that the nodal axis is on the midpoint of Mercury/Jupiter; Jupiter is on the Pluto/Node midpoint; Mercury is on the New Moon/Venus midpoint and Neptune is on the Uranus/Pluto midpoint, for which Bernadette Brady gives the following interpretation:

“This eclipse is concerned with unusual groups and the individual’s involvement with those groups. This could be the time when the individual notices or suddenly desires to find a particular group whose concerns would be with healing, the arts or the love of humanity. The individual will feel that through involvement with such a group he or she will gain a great deal.”

(Bernadette Brady, “Predictive Astrology: The Eagle and the Lark”, Appendices, Pages 310-311)

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon at 15:25 Capricorn states:
“School grounds filled with boys and girls in gymnasium suits. Keynote: The need for physical activity and play, especially in adolescence – EXERCISE.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Page 239)

The common theme here is to join a group through which we can express our individuality and at the same time further our knowledge or education and this could be to our advantage.

Retrograde Eris in Aries, Pallas in Libra and Ceres in Scorpio are connected in a lesser asymmetrical triangle configuration that brings new angles to a situation, where adjustments need to be made. Parties or groups of people will either confront individuals with conflicting mindsets (regarding their selfishness, mindlessness or carelessness) or integrate them in their network and mutually empower each other, depending on the character and attitude of the person (Eris symbolizes our ‘state of mind’). This could lead to a breakdown or a breakthrough. Venus in Scorpio forms a trine to Chiron in Pisces and a quincunx to retrograde Uranus in Aries, which is indicative of the successful bridging of an issue that was a long-standing source of wounding through value and priority adjustments and reform that was long overdue.

With this South Node Eclipse being wedged between Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn, there is a sense of heaviness, stark realism and accountability. Charges could be brought forward in cases where power was abused; checks, rules and regulations could be put in place to curtail such abuses and some people could fall from power or be removed from their positions. Institutions could be shut down or undergoing an overhaul. People mean business, influence is being demonstrated and affairs are being brought into order. There will be disclosure of sealed or hidden ‘histories’. As Mercury is now transiting through Capricorn as well, conversations are rather serious and the tone quite somber as well as based on reality.

Tarot card of the day is “The World”, which signifies the end of a cycle or matter and the final and successful completion of any issue at hand. What goes around comes around. We reached our destination and are ready to proceed with the next step.

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Happy New Year 2019!

I have been writing daily updates combining a Tarot card for the day with the astrological transits for over a year now on my Facebook Page I also named Shifting Realities. Whenever I post an entry here, it will also appear on Facebook, but when I share a post on Facebook, it won’t be published on this blog. It is much easier for me to create and publish a quick update/post on Facebook than trying to do this on WordPress, especially with the limited time I have available in the mornings when I need to leave for work. Since I don’t want to give up this blog, where I also have a donation button for payment options for my services, I wanted to write up lengthier entries covering the New and Full Moons, but haven’t gotten to that lately either for various reasons – my struggling health being a major factor. However, it’s not my intention to start the new year with complaining, whining and excuses. Mars, whose retrograde journey last summer corresponded to a very challenging personal trial, has finally made ingress to Aries yesterday evening, triggering our drive, motivation, action-urge, self-determination and assertiveness, while the Sun met Saturn in Capricorn today to start a new synodic cycle that aligns us with our ambitions and goals. So, this year is off to a different start and for me personally this means that I will look into options to update this site and eventually do some video clips. After all, the Tarot card of the day and for the year is the “Ace of Pentacles”, introducing new aspects on the material and physical level and opening up business ventures, investment potential and new resources for these purposes.

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Astro-Notes on November 7, 2018 – Scorpio New Moon

A big energy shift happened yesterday. The nodal axis changed signs from Leo/Aquarius to Cancer/Capricorn and Uranus, who’s been holding a t-square with the nodal axis for a while now, has been moving back into Aries, where he transited for a short time from the end of May in 2010 to mid August 2010 and then from mid March 2011 to mid May 2018.

Thus, for the last 18 months with the North Node in Leo we have been working on ourselves, our ego, self-expression, personal life and self-realization. Our children or grandchildren and our creativity played important roles in this process. At the same time have we been trying to break away from or reform old dysfunctional patterns, to change the past or liberate ourselves from it and struggled with radicalization, eccentricity, divisiveness, indifference, regression and extremism.

This has taken us to a cross-roads destiny-wise, challenging us to make the necessary changes in order to instigate progress. Now that the North Node will be traveling through Cancer for a year and a half, matters of home, family, property, belonging, tradition, support, care, dependence and nurturance will become the prevalent themes in our life, while we’ll be seeking to remove limitations, boundaries, burdens, restrictive or outdated rules and structures as well as obstacles and other blocks from our path and with Uranus traversing through Aries for the next 4 months, the independence (or freedoms and rights) we’ve been fighting for and the individualization we’ve been striving for the last 7 years, will be up again for review in this regard.

Once Uranus will return to Taurus, we will be equipped with insight and inspiration helping us to break out of repetitive cycles and situations in which we feel stuck. Uranus’ standoff with the nodal axis forces us out of our shell in support of our future prospects, thereby freeing ourselves from self-imposed limitations. Jupiter in Scorpio forms a trine to the North Node in Cancer and a quincunx with retrograde Uranus in Aries, marking the ending of a ‘dark period or chapter’ as the result of soul growth, leading to a course correction.

This is the prelude to the Scorpio New Moon, which is an auspicious time to set intentions toward personal empowerment and evolution. As Vesta joins the New Moon’s ruler Pluto in Capricorn in conjunction, these new cycles start with serious and intensified dedication as well as energy investment in transformation, renewal, restructuring and a commitment to gain influence over our affairs and life’s circumstances.

With Mercury in Sagittarius in sesqui-quadrate aspect to retrograde Eris in Aries it is essential to focus on our self-interests and on succeeding with our long-term plans. However, we also need to be mindful, instead of letting us get carried away by our truth and convictions. Ceres in Libra’s quincunx to retrograde Chiron in Pisces and sesqui-quadrate to retrograde Neptune in Pisces, requires that we take care of unresolved problems and tend to wounds that keep causing us grief, whereby it is important that we remember our higher ideals.

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon at 15:11 Scorpio states:

“A girls face breaking into a smile. Keynote: The fervent reaching out on the part of the young of heart to new experiences – WARMTH OF FEELING.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Page 201)

Implied by the imagery is a sense of achievement that gives us ‘hope’ for the future.

Tarot card of the day is the “5 of Swords”, suggesting that we’re dealing with mixed feelings about life in general and experiencing conflict or discord – inner as well as outer. The more important is it to pick our battles wisely and think before we act. There are boundaries and limitations in life situations we must accept, even though they could make us feel powerless. In this regard, we must overcome ourselves and focus on our needs in order to regain our composure. On the other hand, this card can indicate victory or achievement, which has been well-deserved and long-awaited, but only if we don’t give in to defeat.

Astro-Notes on October 8, 2018 – Libra New Moon

Tonight at 8:46 pm PDT will the New Moon in Libra transpire. This is a good time to set intentions toward interpersonal harmony, cooperation, teamwork, balance, fairness, poise and sophistication. Because this New Moon is engaged in a tense sesqui-quadrate aspect to Juno in Gemini, it is essential to be flexible and adaptable in relationship situations and also to discuss contracts and agreements. This will be a theme throughout the cycle.

Jupiter in Scorpio’s quincunx to retrograde Eris in Aries together with Saturn in Capricorn’s quincunx to the North Node in Leo ask for adjustments for the sake of our self-interests and future prospects. We’ve been investigating our options, but matters are complex and complicated, which leaves us divided and struggling. In order to succeed in this competitive environment and concentrate on the life we want for ourselves, established conditions and realities have to be used constructively and creatively and this includes breaking out of habits and patterns, which set us back on our path.

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon at 15:48 Libra states:

“After a storm a boat landing stands in need of reconstruction. Keynote: The need to keep in operation steady links between the vast unconscious and the ego consciousness – REPAIR.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Page 182)

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The symbolism suggests that we’re coming out of a turbulent time, during which we suffered a few ‘blows’ and ‘bruises’ that need to be patched up; some ‘parts’ might have to undergo an overhaul or get renewed altogether. This is restated by Mercury in Libra’s last-degree quincunx to retrograde Chiron in Pisces that indicates that peace of mind can only be gained by addressing these ‘wounds’ and other unbridged or unresolved issues.

With the lunations’ ruler Venus retrograding through Scorpio, our investments, shared values and business ventures are under review and will have to be delved into, which could lead to rearrangements and fairer contracts, retribution and recompense, depending on how well we negotiate and strategize (Pallas in Virgo is semi-square the North Node in Leo).

Tarot card of the day is the “King of Cups”, suggesting that we feel emotionally balanced and in control, because we’re drawing on emotional maturity to navigate life’s challenges. We’re approachable and can be relied upon, while being responsive instead of reactive and thus capable of managing strong emotions that may surface. Moreover, there is a focus on business matters. Consequently, a wide range of artistic and cultural activities are emphasized.

Astro-Notes on September 24, 2018 – Aries Full Moon

The Full Moon that transpired tonight at 7:52 pm PDT highlights the relationship axis. On one end of the polarity we find the Self, self-awareness, self-interests, initiative, motivation and assertiveness and on the other side there are the others, other-awareness, teamwork, cooperation, compromise, accommodation and agreement.

Any conflicts and confrontations or clashes we may experience now have to be reconciled, balanced and integrated. This, however, could prove pretty challenging as the Aries Full Moon is conjunct retrograde Chiron and forms a t-square with the Vesta-Saturn conjunction in Capricorn, meaning that we’re encountering obstacles, limitations and setbacks regarding the rules of engagement, which are at cross-purpose with our intentions and are re-opening old wounds.

Therefore, we are challenged to strengthen our focus and commitment to the causes we want to accomplish and keep trying until something works. Mars in Aquarius, the ruler of the Full Moon, has left a square to his dispositor Uranus and is approaching the South Node again. After this ‘continuous’ state of emergency we experienced over the course of the last couple of weeks, we’re less on edge, frenzied, manic or overly reactive and more detached, cool and objective in our assessment. We’re changing our approach and we’re ready to shake these old patterns of extreme and eccentric behavior and let our star shine again.

As the Virgo lunation cycle culminates into the Aries Full Moon, the impulse that sounded forth at the time of the Aries New Moon back in April also comes to fruition. In the symbolical language of the Sabians we get the following story: “A volcanic eruption – the explosive energy of long-repressed contents of the subconscious” (Sabian Symbol and keynote for the Virgo NM) has inspired “the capacity to look objectively at oneself and at others – objectivation of consciousness” (keynote of the Aries Full Moon). Thus, the ensuing “revision of attitude and inner revaluation” (keynote of the Aries NM from April) has resulted in “a repolarization of inner energies leading to creative centralization of consciousness” (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Libra Sun).

The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon at 1:59 Aries states:

“A comedian reveals human nature. Keynote: The capacity to look objectively at oneself and at others – OBJECTIVATION OF CONSCIOUSNESS.”

The Sabian Symbol for the Sun at 1:59 Libra states:

“The transmutation of the fruits of past experiences into the seed realizations of the forever creative spirit. Keynote: A repolarization of inner energies leading to creative centralization of consciousness – CREATIVE CENTRALIZATION.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 51 and 172-173 respectively)

Suggested by the imagery is the ‘process of mirroring’ as a way leading to self-awareness, objectivity and a re-balancing of one’s energies by concentrating on one’s state of Being and center in order to restore inner peace and a sense of harmony.

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.

Astro-Notes on September 9, 2018 – New Moon in Virgo

A New Moon is a time of new beginnings, when we plant seeds in accordance with the symbolism of the sign in which the New Moon falls. With the New Moon in the sign Virgo, we want to focus on self-improvement, health, work, service, apprenticeship, functionality, efficiency and daily routines as we set our intentions.

The Virgo New Moon forms a tense sesqui-quadrate aspect to retrograde Uranus in Taurus, thereby activating the earth grand trine between Pallas in Virgo, Saturn in Capricorn and the latter. So, this new cycle is pressurizing us in regard to change, progress, reform and individualization. We’re urged to do things differently, based on strategies we employed that led to success and achievement or brought results. It is imperative at this point to twist and tweak and experiment until we get it ‘right’ and things will work for us.

Venus made ingress to Scorpio early this morning, where she will be transiting until October 31, when she will be returning to Libra during her impending retrograde. Newly in Scorpio, she engaged with retrograde Neptune in Pisces by way of a sesqui-quadrate. This ushered in a phase, during which we seek to share, evolve, transform and renew values, attachments, resources, preferences, needs and relationships, whereby it is important to be aware of expectations, projections, illusions, ideals, hopes, wishes and longings.

As Venus follows up with a quincunx to retrograde Chiron at the Aries Point and Ceres in Libra is approaching another one to retrograde Uranus in Taurus, adjustments have to be made to restore the balance in those areas we’ve been struggling with since ‘day 1’ (the Aries Point – the very beginning), especially in regard to support and validation, so that we can turn these situations around. Although we may undergo some inner turmoil, could feel unsettled and upset or ready to rock the boat, this has the potential to help us to detach from or break with repetitive patterns and get newly inspired.

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon at 17:00 Virgo states:

“A volcanic eruption. Keynote: The explosive energy of long-repressed contents of the subconscious – EXPLOSION.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Page 161)

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Tarot card of the day and for this new cycle is the “7 of Cups”, representing a multiplicity of possibilities and choices that need to be looked at for their potential – real or imagined – as well as for their basis in reality, whereby we need to be aware that not all that glisters is gold and that less enticing options might turn out to be great opportunities. Therefore, it’s important now to narrow our focus.

Astro-Notes on August 26, 2018 – Pisces Full Moon

Early this morning at 4:56 am PDT did the Full Moon in Pisces transpire with the Virgo Sun just leaving an earth grand trine with retrograde Saturn in Capricorn and retrograde Uranus in Taurus. So, this high point in the lunation cycle follows right after the ending or completion of a phase in our life that could have resulted in a sense of groundedness, some personal achievement or better control of a life situation due to finally getting ‘unstuck’ or things improving and working out. After all this backwards tracking and reviewing there seems to be a silver lining on the horizon and hope is returning.

However, the Sun is now approaching a sesqui-quadrate to retrograde Pluto in Capricorn, who also receives a square from Venus in Libra, while Mercury in Leo forms a quincunx to retrograde Neptune in Pisces, the ruler of the Full Moon. Thus, we’re under pressure to get organized, back to business and manage our affairs more efficiently as our needs, relationships and agreements have remained unbalanced. This requires adjustments in our schedule and plans so that we will be able to meet these as yet unfulfilled expectations and ideals.

With the Full Moon highlighting the axis of service and sacrifice, self-improvement experienced through practicality, functionality, conscientiousness and effectiveness faces off with self-undoing, denial, dreaming, idealism, release and vision and these matters have to be integrated and reconciled.

As the Leo New Moon (which was a Solar Eclipse) culminates in the Pisces Full Moon, the impulse that sounded forth at the time of the Pisces New Moon back in March also comes to fruition. In the symbolical language of the Sabians, we get the following story: “A house boat party” (Sabian Symbol for the Leo NM) has led to “heavy car traffic on a narrow isthmus linking two seashore resorts” (Sabian Symbol of the Pisces FM) – “the enjoyment of freedom from social rigidity” (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Leo NM) has brought about “mobility and intensity of interchanges” (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Pisces FM), whereas “the harvest moon, illuminating a clear autumnal sky” (Sabian Symbol for the Pisces NM from March) has been replaced by “black and white children, which play happily together” (Sabian Symbol for the Virgo Sun) – this “consummation” (keyword of the Sabian Symbol for the Pisces NM) has resulted in a “brotherhood” (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Virgo Sun). So, one fun social event has brought a group of people together and they are now ‘consuming’ their relationship (or playing together) in form of a ‘brotherhood’ or sisterhood or whatever special bond they share.

For instance, my friend Cristal took me to a horse healing session yesterday (Jupiter is sesqui-quadrate Chiron) and dropped me off at home later on. We sat there in her car for a moment and talked about our ‘sisterhood’ going out in nature and doing some things together. We had so much fun walking on the beach, doing oracle card readings, going kayaking etc. and this happened, because we did things rather spontaneously. It’s time to commit us more seriously and make this into a habit. Instead of longing and wishing (Pisces), we need to be more proactive, check events, landmarks, parks and trails out and propose something we could do for our next weekend (Virgo) by letting us be guided by our vision or imagination (Pisces) so that this becomes a weekly routine (Virgo).

On another note: This horse-healing session has really helped me to reconnect with source or spirit. Even though I spent lots of time in nature over the course of the last few months, I felt so disconnected and all the setbacks, especially in regard to my health, had left me struggling in a dark place. It was a really soothing experience.
The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon at 3:12 Pisces states:
“Heavy car traffic on a narrow isthmus linking two seashore resorts. Keynote: The mobility and intensity of interchanges, which make possible and characterize complex social processes – TRAFFIC.”
The Sabian Symbol for the Sun at 3:12 Virgo states:
“Black and white children play together happily. Keynote: The overcoming of socio-cultural prejudices – BROTHERHOOD.”
(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 270-271 and 152-153, respectively)
Tarot card of the day is “The Magician”, coming with the message ‘I have the power to create’, because we have all the tools we need available – the sword of intellect, the wand of inspiration, the cup of emotion and the pentacle of practicality. This card suggests that it is time to approach our whole life or a situation with a new creative and original attitude. We have the ability to act not react, as well as the willpower to channel our energy in the direction we want it to go. With self-confidence we will gain the knowledge and the ability to tackle the important issues that need to be dealt with so that success can be achieved.