Astro-Notes on April 11, 2021 – Aries New Moon

A new lunation cycle begins tonight at 7:30 pm PDT in the cardinal fire sign Aries. This is an auspicious time to set intentions toward action, new beginnings, self-assertion and -determination, physical activity, competitiveness, conquest, being first, bold and daring as well as showing motivation, courage and initiative.

The Aries New Moon is engaged in a tense sesqui-quadrate aspect to retrograde Vesta in Virgo, emphasizing the necessity to review our energy investments and how they serve our own interests. It is important now that we commit us toward ourselves and work on improving our life. With Venus in Aries, Pallas in Pisces, Pluto in Capricorn and the nodal axis across Gemini/Sagittarius involved in a stressful octile aspect configuration, we are undergoing a time of crisis, which causes a lot of inner tension or personal struggles to overcome that part of our nature that is holding us back from having our needs and values met or getting the validation we think and feel we deserve.

Thus, we have reached a point, where we have to make decisions about our future and life’s direction in order to gain some influence over our circumstances and future prospects. Instead of waiting and delaying, the moment has come to make our move and open us up to new possibilities. We have to go for what we want and need.

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon at 22:24 Aries states:

“A pregnant woman in light summer dress. Keynote: Fecundity – INNER FULFILLMENT.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala, The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Page 66)

Desires motivate us to bring intentions and new potential into existence.

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 March 13, 2021 – Pisces New Moon

A new lunation cycle began early yesterday morning at 2:20 am PST in the mutable water sign Pisces with the New Moon at the midpoint of the Saturn-Uranus square. Thus, the new beginning in the last sign of the zodiac is born out of acute tension and stress, a time of crisis that could have left us defeated, overwhelmed or victimized as we seem not to be able to escape the setbacks we’re experiencing and therefore can’t make progress.

However, what we are learning is to go with the flow (Pisces), to adapt to changes without resisting them and to take control of our circumstances and manage our life with authority, because we are in charge, which means we have choices. If we realize that things don’t work for us anymore, we don’t have to sacrifice or play the victim – we can liberate ourselves. With Ceres conjunct Chiron in Aries, it is up to us to do something about the situation. We have to help ourselves, especially if we’re struggling for support. We are co-creators of our life.

The Venus-Neptune conjunction in Pisces heightens our sensitivities and sensibilities, which means we could feel a lot more vulnerable, but also more idealistic, compassionate, forgiving, sympathetic and attuned to our higher values and senses. This is a good time to set our intentions on the realization of our visions, dreams, hopes, longings and ideals.

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon at 23:03 Pisces states:

“On a small island, surrounded by the vast expanse of the sea, people are seen living in close interaction. Keynote: The need to consciously accept one’s own personal limitations in order to concentrate one’s energies and to live a centered and fulfilled life – CENTRALIZATION.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Page 284)

Tarot card of the day is the “Page of Swords”, a card that is also called “The Renewer” and is all about communication, information and ideas and indicates the ability to rise above emotional confusion. The Page or Princess of Swords represents commitment to a new way of life, because of the settling and cutting away of past inner conflicts, the regaining of mental clarity and a victory over emotional moods. Manifestation of our dreams can actually happen in the not so distant future as she delivers messages of change and news of official matters.

For instance, I saw the Sun rising yesterday morning – it feels like spring here already. It inspired me to do some spring cleaning and re-decorate. Then I took the bus to Sidney to visit with my daughter’s family. It’s a double-decker bus and I sat upstairs and enjoyed the view at the beautiful surroundings. A lot of trees are standing in bloom already. It felt so enlivening after the last few days of struggling with paperwork and feeling sick from a cold I had caught, but thankfully overcome at this point. Our baby girl was in such a great, playful mood. We were all delighted and I was able to hold her in my arms and feed her, while she gave me some of her cutest smiles. It was a day filled with blessings. 🙂

Astro-Notes on February 27, 2021 – Virgo Full Moon

At the very beginning of this day at 0:17 am PST here on the West Coast did the Aquarius lunation cycle culminate in the Virgo Full Moon. A Full Moon is a time of revelation, illumination, fulfillment or harvest, a moment of tension, conflict or opposition and endings. For the first time in a long time did I put my crystals outside to be “bathed” in the energies of the Full Moon I can now see from my window (and I have a balcony again, where I can safely place them). Although I’ve been living in this place since December, I didn’t remember this special ritual until now.

This Full Moon highlights the Virgo-Pisces axis and thus the polarity experienced in matters of service versus sacrifice, order versus dissolution, efficiency versus impracticality, effort versus escapism, discernment, observation and analysis versus uncertainty, confusion and unreality and the micro or part versus the macro or whole. Moreover, health and service- or work-related matters together with apprenticeship, training and skill improvement or perfection are coming to a head now, demanding from us to confront our “self-undoing”, suffering and victimization by pulling ourselves up on our boot straps, doing what is necessary and coming up with resolutions.

Therefore, we need to roll up our sleeves, tie up loose ends, finish work or things left incomplete, delayed or avoided. What is required of us now is to learn how to practice “practical spirituality” by turning our daily duties into rituals, finding a rhythm for daily tasks and routines that works for us and adding color to the “black and white” or dreariness of our existence.

With the Virgo Full Moon involved in a complex aspect pattern with Saturn in Aquarius, Uranus in Taurus and Chiron in Aries, personal adjustments are needed and individual choices have to be made in this regard in order to bridge the problems we are struggling with. The changes we want to see or have been waiting for have to be enacted by us. We have to get out off our own way and break the cycle or patterns that keep us stuck.

As Pallas in Aquarius is squaring Mars in Taurus and retro Vesta in Virgo is at a cross-roads with the nodal axis, we have to turn a corner and review the causes and projects we are invested in and how this is helping us in achieving our future prospects. To be able to move forward or make progress we have to change strategies and use new approaches, which assist us in advancing our causes and chances.

Jupiter in Aquarius’ trine to the North Node in Gemini shows that a chapter in our life’s story is ending, because we are inspired by the options and opportunities in our environment and understand that we have choices and thus can change our life’s direction if we decide to so.

The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon at 8:57 Virgo states:

“An expressionist painter at work. Keynote: The urge to express one’s individualized sense of value regardless of tradition – ORIGINALITY.”

The Sabian Symbol for the Sun at 8:57 Pisces states:

“A jockey spurs his horse, intent on outdistancing his rivals. Keynote: Intense mobilization of energy and skill in the drive for success in any social performance affected by the competitive spirit – SELF-QUICKENING.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages156 and 273-274)

Spring is upon us. We are coming out of a phase of ‘hybernation’ and feel our energy and motivation returning. Readying ourselves, we are prepared to make our move and show our true colors.

Tarot card of the day is the“Ace of Cups”, suggesting that love is the essence of the situation and that positive energy and emotion can be created, if we let our heart lead the way and empathize and cooperate with others. This is a time of giving and peacemaking, when we have a new opportunity to help or bring happiness to others and vice versa and when relationships can be taken to a new level or when there’s a new beginning in our interactions with others. Something is being offered to us that holds the promise of a new beginning on the emotional or spiritual level and the potential for happiness. This card can moreover represent the start of a project in which a great deal of loving and creative energy is invested. We are at a point in our life where we are comfortable with who we are and express that part to others. Moreover, we see new potential, are open to new possibilities as well as to the stimulation of our imagination, which allows our creative juices to flow and our talents to unfold. In general, we can make a fresh start and there’s a chance that things may change for the better from now on, especially what our happiness and contentment concerns.

Astro-Notes on February 11, 2021 – Aquarius New Moon

A new lunation cycle begins today at 11:05 am PST in the fixed air sign Aquarius, where already a group of planets have congregated (Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn), joined by the asteroid Pallas Athene.

As several conjunctions are being formed currently, the Aquarian energy is gathering in strength and also at a peak and so are the matters and issues associated with this sign. For instance, we are experiencing an arctic blast with extreme wind chills, which is unusual (all Aquarian keywords) for our area here.

This ‘frozen, stormy air system’ is symbolic of the mental detachment, the ideologies, theories, sciences and the brainstorms we correlate with the sign Aquarius. Thus, now is an auspicious time to set our intentions on intellectual stimulation and inspiration, on originality, inventiveness, on differentiation, individualization, independence, liberation, emancipation and reform and focus on our social circle, our group purpose, collaboration, networking, change, progress, social and human rights and privileges and on the future.  

The New Moon at 23:16 Aquarius is in sextile aspect to Eris in Aries, offering us a chance at individuation, authenticity, mindful experimentation and emulation by starting something new or different or that is special and unique to us. Venus’ conjunction with Jupiter in Aquarius could bring unexpected material, financial and relationship opportunities and change our beliefs or perspectives on values and priorities. Retrograde Mercury in Aquarius’ sextile to Juno in Sagittarius allows us to take advantage of a long-standing or long-distance relationship situation as we revisit previous ideas and plans we had made for the near future, while the trine from Mars in Taurus to retrograde Vesta in Virgo shows that our dedication and commitment has borne fruit as a result of our persistence and persuasion.

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon at 23:16 Aquarius states:

“A man, having overcome his passions, teaches deep wisdom in terms of his experience. Keynote: The constructive use to which difficult past experiences can be put as examples for those who are still striving to overcome their passions – COMMUNICABILITY.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Page 264)

Insights gained from years of experience, trials and difficulties can serve as inspiration for our peers, the larger community and other generations.

Tarot card of the day is the “7 of Wands”,suggesting that we’re coming out on top of a situation as things are going well and projects move right along. Thus, we seize the opportunity, are firm and act resolutely as we’re going after what we want. We stand our ground and show determination, even in the face of adversity. Our inner strength and tenacity give us the ability to meet all challenges head-on.

Astro-Notes on January 12, 2021 – Capricorn New Moon

The New Moon in Capricorn will transpire tonight at 9:00 pm PST in conjunction with Pluto, lord of the underworld and ruler over the process of death and rebirth. This means the new beginning associated with a New Moon or the seeds we plant at this time have the potential to be life-transforming, cathartic, and initiation-like. Stirring us at the necessary depth, this energy challenges us on a fundamental level, leading to a restructuring of our affairs or particular set of circumstances.  

Juno in Sagittarius forms a semi-square to the Capricorn New Moon and Eris in Aries is casting a square to it, indicating that a long-standing relationship situation has reached a critical point, where we need to break the silence, put things into perspective and take a position or stand in our aim for justice. In order to overcome the state of discord that keeps us deeply divided, we can’t tolerate the spread of lies, false claims, accusations, hatred and ignorance any longer. We have to understand what is at the source of it and then systematically root it out, starting with our own attitude and state of mind.

The squares from Venus in Capricorn to Chiron in Aries and Mars in Taurus to Saturn in Aquarius show that we feel the ‘fallout’ and the burden from all these problems we’re struggling with. It is time to come to our senses and stop hurting each other. The violence, the blaming and the fighting have to end. We can expect to see consequences for stubborn insistence on certain courses of actions, for breaking law and order or for resistance to new rules and restrictions that have been implemented. As Mercury in Aquarius is approaching a sextile to Juno in Sagittarius and Venus in Capricorn a trine to retro Uranus in Taurus, we’re being offered a chance to make a choice that can return rewards or result in acclaim and recognition in a relationship situation or put a positive spin on it.

A New Moon in the sign Capricorn is a good time to set our intentions on bringing forth our ambitions, accomplishing tasks and achieving goals, on displaying maturity and integrity, establishing structure, control and autonomy, on constructive parenting, managing, organizing and governing as well as on taking responsibility, earning respect, being accountable, capable, reliable and self-sufficient.  

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon at 23:13 Capricorn states:

“A woman entering a convent. Keynote: Total commitment to a transcendent goal – TRANSCENDENT SECURITY.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 243-244)

Implied is the consecration to an ideal by leaving the old or lower Self behind and renouncing attachment to an old way of life.

Tarot card of the day is “Strength”, suggesting that we draw upon our inner strength and the power of our spirit and will. With compassion and understanding can we handle the most difficult situation and also tame the beast within. We have the ability to be tolerant, forgiving and accepting and thus can gently influence our environment. Furthermore, we can be assured that we have enough endurance to see things through to their end and get a lot accomplished.