Astro-Notes on March 24, 2020 – Aries New Moon

I haven’t written my short dailies lately, because my grand children are here for March break and I wanted to be able to spend as much time as possible with them, which means I’ve been at my daughter’s place and haven’t taken my laptop with me or sat down writing. Besides, there are a ton of great astrological articles available on the internet.

However, a lot has happened since the ominous Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn transpired that transformed our reality or the world as we knew it. Although spring has sprung here in the Northern Hemisphere, it is accompanied by a very different vibe and experience as the world is in the grip of a deadly virus we failed to contain. As Chiron in Aries moved into a square with the nodal axis across Cancer/Capricorn, the struggle for survival became real and most of us started staying at home to prevent further spreading of the contagion and protect ourselves as well as those most vulnerable to the disease.

Meanwhile, a significant shift has happened with Saturn’s ingress to Aquarius on Saturday that correlates with the ‘social distancing’ phase we’re currently undergoing. Saturn’s transit through Aquarius that will last until July 1 when he will re-enter Capricorn for 5+ months during his retrograde journey and then from mid December until March 2023 will be defined by changing and reforming structures, rules, regulations and systems, while altering our reality together with our sense of time and order.

The New Moon in Aries happened this morning at 2:28 am PDT on the Sabian Symbol (4:12 Aries) “A triangle with wings. Keynote: The capacity of self-transcending – A NEW DIMENSION of being.”
(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Page 53)

Mars, the ruler of the New Moon, just left a conjunction with Pluto in Capricorn, while the New Moon is conjunct Chiron, who is semi-square Ceres in Aquarius and Venus in Taurus is turning this aspect pattern into a stressful octile configuration as Jupiter is heading for a conjunction with Pluto. The world is under lockdown and we’ve surrendered to these circumstances beyond our control that are terrifying and render us powerless. But we have to endure and comply in order to stop the spread of the virus – whether we like it or not. We have to fight this – we don’t have a choice – we will have to cope somehow and be there for each other, even in self-isolation. It is possible and doable. A vaccine will be on its way soon.

Tarot card of the day is the “6 of Swords”, which indicates a slight reduction in stress and strain. Things will be better than they were in the recent past, all of which is helpful to get our head above water. The bottom has been reached and the process of healing has begun. There is finality in this journey. The future is not yet visible, but the past is definitely over. We’re moving away from turbulence toward calmer times and will need to make a transition that is better for us in the long-term.

Astro-Notes on March 19, 2020 – Spring Equinox

Mars is conjunct Jupiter in Capricorn, starting a new synodic cycle that combines activities, intentions, initiatives and motivation with expansion, growth, perspective and options in the restrictive, structuring, limiting sign of Capricorn. As this conjunction was approaching measures have been taken nationally and internationally to contain (Capricorn) COVID-19 from spreading. Borders, businesses and non-essential services have been shut down and ‘social distancing’ has become the order of the day. All of these rules and regulations are corresponding to the coming together of these energies.

As the Pisces Sun is casting sextiles to the Vesta-Saturn trine with all of these planetary bodies in the last degree of their respective signs, we have a last chance to make personal sacrifices and show our solidarity to this cause as well as respect for everyone’s wellbeing and safety by complying with the imposed restrictions. It is a temporary solution for a situation that has gotten out of control. However, the economy is hurting, people are getting laid off, smaller businesses are suffering and jobs will be cut as a consequence. The fallout from this will be extensive. This experience has shown us that we as a society are neither equipped nor prepared for anything like this.

Tonight will see the earliest Spring Equinox in over a century. The Sun’s ingress to Aries at 8:49 pm PDT and crossing over the Aries Point marks the Spring Equinox and the start of the astrological year, when we not only celebrate the arrival of spring here in the Northern Hemisphere, but also International Astrology Day. We’re standing at the alpha point of the zodiac again, where the ‘personal becomes political’. 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 that start a new season and are therefore relevant for the duration of it. However, the spring equinox can have influence over the entire year as it falls on the Aries point. 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.

Consequently, the Sun’s transit through Aries corresponds to a time of emergence, “birth”, new beginnings and self-assertiveness, when we feel the urge to initiate action, to pioneer things and to conquer unchartered territories; when self-determination, impatience and willfulness are on the rise and when we are courageous, fierce and impulsive, even daring, as we’re pushing forward. We will be strongly inclined to express our animus or the yang principle during this period and thus show a tendency to act from an instinctual and primal level.

Tarot card of the day is the “6 of Cups”, implying that we’re influenced by something that happened in the past. This card is all about emotional security, being cared for, charity, protection and staying at home. We could be yearning for the old days and cherish memories of the past, of how things used to be. A sense of nostalgia and even sadness might prevail. Therefore, it is important to focus on the blessings in our life and grateful for the thing we can’t take for granted.

Astro-Notes on March 9, 2020 – Virgo Full Moon

The Virgo Full Moon highlights the axis of service and sacrifice and work and wholeness as it brings the Pisces lunation cycle to a head. Seeds that were planted at the time of the Virgo New Moon at the end of August of last year could also come to fruition now.

With Neptune, ruler over this lunation cycle, closely conjoined to the Pisces Sun and opposite the Virgo Full Moon, there is a heightened awareness of and sensitivity toward these matters and how they affect our life.

Nothing has created more hype lately than the Corona-virus. Viral infections, contagion, cruise ships and quarantines fall under Pisces’ and Neptune’s domain, whereas the sign Virgo strives for damage control and problem resolution. Thus, the Full Moon in Virgo has brought us to a point, where our efforts at containment and cure of this epidemic have to be more effective. In our personal life, we’ve also come to the point, where we can’t avoid or delay matters we need to attend to any longer, but have to roll up our sleeves and get to work.

In fact, there could be a breakthrough, because Full Moons are times of culmination and revelation. Moreover, Mercury, ruler over the Virgo Full Moon, is stationing direct in Aquarius and together with the energy things could turn around. There is also a good chance that inspiration and genius might strike. We can soon begin to move forward with plans, documents and communications we’ve been reviewing these last 3 weeks. In anticipation of these developments we should start upgrading, updating, altering or changing data, information and paperwork we need to deal with.

A sextile from Venus in Taurus to the North Node in Cancer opens up an opportunity for us to take care of our future prospects by building on our values and needs. Whereas the square between Pallas in Capricorn and retrograde Juno in Libra challenges us to navigate within the restrictions imposed on our exchanges and employ practical strategies in our interactions with others.

The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon at 19:37 Virgo states:
“A caravan of cars headed to the West Coast. Keynote: The need of cooperative effort in reaching any ‘new world’ of experience – A TOTALIZATION OF PURPOSE AND EFFORT.” 

The Sabian Symbol for the Sun at 19:37 Pisces states:
“A table set for an evening meal. Keynote: An indication that in the end and at the appointed time the individual’s needs will be met among those to whom he is linked by a spiritual (or biological) web of energies – NOURISHMENT.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 163 and 281, respectively)

Suggested by these symbolical pictures is that we should immerse ourselves wholly into the task at hand if we want to see results at the end of the day.

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.

Leo Full Moon 2020

Late Saturday night at 11:33 pm PST did the Aquarius lunation cycle culminate in the Leo Full Moon, bringing a confrontation regarding matters of personal creativity and purpose versus social creativity and purpose and for me, the personal recreation won out. We had the nicest sunny day here in my location after a long period of endless rain. Unsurprisingly, I couldn’t wait to get out. My heart (Leo) was longing for my happy place by the ocean, where I went and soaked up some Sun, while listening to the waves crashing to the shore. I’m a ‘sun worshipper’ – no doubt about it and this is my ritual.

It felt as if spring had arrived already and while I walked along the shore I was thinking that ‘nothing compares to that’, by which I meant there is nothing I’d rather do than come here, relax, be at peace and enjoy the vibe this beautiful place has to offer – totally in sync with Vesta in Taurus’ sextile to Neptune in Pisces. Sunday I dedicated to quality time with my daughter (another Leo-related matter). We went on a long walk in an area we haven’t been to yet and later on enjoyed some cocktails in a cozy pub. After all, the Sun is the ruler over this Full Moon, encouraging us to put ourselves first, spoil our inner child and enjoy our life. With the Sun in Aquarius, we show off our uniqueness, individuality, genius and even weirdness. We liberate ourselves, shake off the dust accumulated over the long winter months and introduce new trends into our life.

Ceres in Aquarius was still holding a square to her ruler, Uranus in Taurus, challenging us to break from routines that don’t work for us and where we don’t see any returns or support. Moreover, we’re pushed to upgrade, alter or reform our nurturing principle based on changing styles, tastes and priorities that force us to let go off specific attachments, especially in regard to material and security needs. Consequently, we might not fit in with the same crowd anymore and seek to connect with new, exciting and different people.

Juno stationed retrograde in Libra, ushering in a period, during which we have a chance to review our relationship principle and interactions with others with the focus on balance, fairness and harmony. Mercury in Pisces’s trine to the North Node in Cancer helped us to imagine our future and dream up plans that support our future prospects.

Thus, as the Aquarius lunation cycle climaxed, the seeds that were planted at the time of the Leo New Moon back at the end of July 2019 also came to fruition. In the symbolical language of the Sabians we get the following story: “A council of ancestors implementing the efforts of a young leader” (SS for the Aquarius NM) has resulted in “identification through worship” (keynote of the SS for the Leo FM) – “past performances” not only “sustain whatever decision is being made by this individual” (keynote for the SS for the Aquarius NM), he becomes “glorified” and his actions “sanctified” (keynote of the SS for the Leo FM). Thus, the “creative intensity breathed into his acts” (SS for the Leo NM) leads to “certification of individual worth and victory” (keynote of the SS for the Aquarius Sun).

The Sabian Symbol for the FM at 20:00 Leo states:
“Zuni Indians perform a ritual to the sun. Keynote: A return to the glorification of natural energies – IDENTIFICATION THROUGH WORSHIP and the sanctification of the creative power.”
The Sabian Symbol for the Sun at 20:00 Aquarius states:
“A large white dove bearing a message. Keynote: The answer of spiritual agencies to thorough, sustained and victorious individual efforts – CERTIFICATION of individual worth and victory.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 143 and 261-262, respectively)

We have the power to create the life we want, desire and envision for ourselves by concentrating on our goals and committing us wholeheartedly.

Tarot card of the day is “The Star”, suggesting we’re reaching for our highest potential as we let ourselves be guided by our inner shining light and also try to bring people together in a fair and ‘sisterly’ way, while appealing to the group consciousness or common cause and setting an example how each of us can help and assist the other. Therefore, we need to keep listening to this inner voice and also to our heart – we are guided by higher values and thus have the universe on our side.

Astro-Notes on February 1, 2020 – First Quarter Moon

Hello February! We made it half-way through winter. Yeah! But that doesn’t mean that spring is just around the corner. Nope. There are another 6 weeks of winter ahead of us or even more than that in some regions.

Like last year, the weather here, where I live on the West Coast (really the ‘wet coast’ at this time of the year) was mild. Except for one big snowfall it has been raining almost every day. Came February last year, temperatures dropped rapidly and we got snowed in. This year, February arrived with high winds on a sunny day. Although it was supposed to be at least 8 degrees outside, with the wind it felt a lot colder. It actually felt like winter. However, the climate is a lot better here than on the East Coast, where I have survived 16 mostly harsh and brutal winters.

This morning though an update was posted, announcing that the highway where my bus stop is was closed due to flooding from yesterdays torrential downpour. Mercury had just entered his shadow phase when I thought I had to cancel my appointment due to that. I ventured out anyway and everything was just fine. No closure in sight. Here we go Mercury.

In the lunation cycle we reached the First Quarter Moon phase, a stage that has been termed ‘the crisis in action’. As the waxing Taurus Moon approached a square to the Aquarius Sun, the challenge was to proceed with our routine or in the way we were used to or to continue with a process set in motion or to build on previous progress we had made.

With Venus in semi-sextile aspect to Eris in Aries and sextile Pluto in Capricorn, an emotional or feeling adjustment had to be made amidst the chaos or disaster we encountered for the sake of our self-interests so that we wouldn’t lose in this situation. We had a chance to use these circumstances to feel empowered or in control if we didn’t give in or up. I made it to all my appointments today, but I missed out on my walk down to the lagoon, because in my anxious state this morning I didn’t grab my hat. The hood on my parka wasn’t going to do it. On the way home though, instead of walking through the construction zone, I got off the bus one stop earlier and walked the trail home, where I took a couple of pics of the snowdrops growing on the hillside.

snowdrops

I’m reposting this from last year’s blog entry: Imbolc falls on February 2, about halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox, marking the middle of winter (also celebrated as Groundhog Day) and the returning of the light. Hail the Goddess Brigid, the Light-Bringer and “Exalted One”! This great Celtic goddess has connotations with the Roman Vesta, who as the watcher over the fire in the centre of the home or temple, kindles the inner flame.

She is the ‘Beloved’, the ‘Lady of the Lambs’ (lambing season begins now) that oversees the quickening of the year, the stirrings of new life, and energizes the passage from the dark of winter (the crone Hekate) to the promise of spring. Yes, there is hope in our hearts for the new life to be ‘born’ soon with winter reaching its peak and it is only a matter of a few weeks until this season will be over.

The cross-quarter day Imbolc is one of the four Celtic “Fire Festivals” in the wheel of the year that ushers in the month of February and honors the lengthening of day-light we’re experiencing now in the re-birthing of the Sun. It corresponds to an awakening of the Earth and all its creatures.

Imbolc commemorates the changing of the Triple Goddess from her Crone form to her Maiden form. Brigid is the Goddess of poetry, healing, midwifery and smithcraft. The original word ‘Imbolg’ means “in the belly”. All is pregnant and expectant and only just visible – if at all. It is the promise of renewal, of hidden potential, of earth awakening and life-force stirring. Hope is returning. Therefore, it’s time to let go off the past and to look to the future, clearing out the old, while making space for new beginnings. As a festival of light, the tradition calls for us to light candles at dusk and place them in every window of the house.

I didn’t draw a Tarot card today, because I did a special spread for Imbolc.

Astro-Notes on January 24, 2020 – Aquarius New Moon

As the Sun and Moon met today for their monthly conjunction at 1:41 pm PST a new lunation cycle began that highlights the 5th degree of Aquarius. New Moons are auspicious times to set intentions, plant seeds and start a new endeavor aligned with the energy of the sign the New Moon falls in.

Therefore, with the New Moon in Aquarius, the energy that is predominant now centers on change, liberation, individuation, independence, emancipation, equality, unconventionality, humanitarianism, networking, collective movements and causes, future trends, nonconformity, rebellion, innovation, specialization, progress, collective or group experience and social participation.

The house of your horoscope that is highlighted by this New Moon is the area of your life that will receive new energy. If the New Moon connects with planets or angles in your chart, these needs, drives and portals are affected by this new energy as well.

Uranus in Taurus is the ruler of the New Moon. He is holding a long-standing semi-sextile with Chiron in Aries, which is being activated by Pallas in Capricorn. This shows that for some time now our ‘normal’ has been turned upside down and we’ve been struggling with matters related to our survival and existential needs. Moreover, we could feel excluded, exiled or separated. We might even have sought out seclusion intentionally, especially if the Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn bore down on us with heavy and enduring consequences.

However, the New Moon in Aquarius sounds a new vibe that reveals the emerging path ahead and brings fresh inspiration and even excitement into our lives. The winds of change are blowing. Mercury in Aquarius, Mars in Sagittarius and Vesta in Taurus are forming an asymmetrical triangle configuration that ‘enlivens’ a stagnant situation and gets us out of a rut by providing the necessary impetus and mental stimulation for us to take a risk, act in the spur of the moment and use a different approach. This comes with the potential for lively conversations, an exchange of ideas, alertness and agility as well as restlessness and anticipation, all of which allow us to channel energy into our causes and projects and recognize opportunities when they appear.

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon at 4:21 Aquarius states:

“A council of ancestors is seen implementing the efforts of a young leader. Keynote: The root foundation of past performances, which power and sustain whatever decision is made in a crisis by an individual – RELIANCE UPON PRECEDENTS.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Page 252)

Implied by this symbolical picture is that guidance will come in form of inspiration and informed decisions based on previous experience will be made during this cycle.

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.

Lunar Eclipse/Cancer Full Moon

As Eris and Uranus station direct in short succession, the Sun meets Mercury in Capricorn for their superior conjunction, which can be compared to the Full Moon phase in the lunation cycle, and then heads into an opposition with the Moon in Cancer, bringing the Capricorn lunation cycle to its culmination with the Cancer Full Moon that is also a Lunar Appulse Eclipse.

This means things are coming to a head amidst revelations that have the potential to catapult us out of our comfort zone. The news are unsettling and disturbing. In sync with Uranus’s station in Taurus the earth is shaking and scorched with unmatched ferocity by fire storms. Puerto Rico experienced a major earth-quake. In Australia, the fires are out of control and have taken a turn for the worse as 3 major fires merged. An airplane was shot down by a missile in Iran in an area that has been turned into a war zone.

Casualties are high and the consequences of these actions and events are dire. In Greek mythology, Eris is the goddess of strife and discord, sister of the war god Ares, the Roman Mars, because wars are the result of strife and discord or a warring mentality. Eris’s discovery caused discord among astronomers and led to a re-classification of the planets and other bodies in the Solar System. As a slow-moving outer planetary body, Eris is a symbol of our age, of the post-modern mentality, the state of the ego and humanity’s split from nature and the universe.

Eris turned direct in square aspect to the Ceres-Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn and the Full Moon. This means that humanity’s single-mindedness and disconnectedness from the environment has led us to a point, where we are being forced to deal with the consequences of our actions and committed ‘sins’, of our indifference, our materialism and ‘shadow or dark side of our unevolved nature’. The stakes are high. Entire species and eco-systems are being wiped out in front of our eyes. Man-made natural disasters have accelerated climate change in unprecedented ways. We have put our own survival at risk.

Uranus is the ‘great awakener’, bringing change and reform. As he begins to move forward again, things can be turned around and progress can be made, especially if we apply the necessary effort. The Sun-Mercury superior conjunction in Capricorn is semi-square Mars in Sagittarius, which indicates that it is critical that we do something about or follow up on an idea that was planted or conceived at the time of their inferior conjunction on November 11. Therefore, an action plan should be formulated and implemented in this regard.

With the Cancer Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse opposing the Capricorn stellium, vulnerabilities and emotions are high, especially what matters of safety, protection, family, support, nurturance and security concerns. Feelings of fear, defeat, powerlessness and helplessness are strong. Moreover, there is a heightened awareness of restrictions, time, structure, limitation and responsibility. Setbacks and confrontations with authority figures could lead to somber and harsh realizations. The necessity to resolve these inner and outer conflicts is burdening us and could cause us to withdraw into our shell. Therefore, it is necessary that we don’t let this hinder us or stand in the way of our ambitions. It’s time to take care of business.

The Sabian Symbol for the Lunar Appulse Eclipse/Full Moon at 20:00 Cancer states:
“Venetian gondoliers are giving a serenade. Keynote: Happiness as an overtone of social integration and conformity to custom – FESTIVITY.”

The Sabian Symbol for the Sun at 20:00 Capricorn states:
“A hidden choir is singing during a religious service. Keynote: The fulfillment of the individual’s creative function through his participation in a group performance consecrated to a transcendent realization of unity – PLENITUDE of Being.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 123=124 and 241, respectively)

Implied by these symbolical statements is that our spirit is the source of our strength that helps us to carry on, manage and succeed with what we set out to do.

Tarot card of the day is the “King of Wands”, a card that represents increasing belief in ourselves and rising self-confidence. We’re focusing our intent and learn to act in the moment. Strongly motivated and engaged, we know we will succeed. This is a day to be courageous, entrepreneurial and to reach for our goals. Moreover, we have the ability to control our environment and live our life with intent and vision. It’s important to remain focused on our long-term goals. Opportunities coming our way today have to be navigated with a clear sense of direction and the understanding that we’re the determining factor in this situation and can tackle any challenge.