Astro-Notes on November 11, 2017 – Third Quarter Moon in Leo

Daily Aspects:
– Mercury in Sagittarius semi-sextile Jupiter in Scorpio
– Third Quarter Moon at 18:38 Leo/Scorpio at 12:36 pm PST (November 10)
– Saturn in Sagittarius trine Uranus Rx in Aries
– Mars in Libra quincunx Neptune Rx in Pisces
– Juno conjunct Pluto in Capricorn

In sync with yesterday’s Third Quarter Moon energies I wasn’t able to post a blog entry about this event.
This stage in the lunation cycle is termed the ‘crisis in consciousness or perception’, because it is the last quarter square and quite significant in regard to our current activities, which need to be seen in the broadest perspective now. So, what has been planted or started at the time of the Libra New Moon (beginning of this cycle) 3 weeks ago and reached a climax with the Taurus Full Moon (one week ago) challenges us now to put things into perspective.

In this case, it is the waning Leo Moon’s square to the Scorpio Sun that is testing our resilience and resourcefulness (Scorpio) now that life has gotten more complicated (Sun in Scorpio) and this could have seen us struggling with matters of personal creativity, self-expression, performance and recognition (Leo).

Saturn’s trine to Uranus marks the end of an extended period or process, during which we have been trying to reform long-standing conditions and make progress on several fronts and now that we’re finally seeing a result or a change, we’re also experiencing an increased sense of structure or limitation that comes with more authority or responsibility or obligations (Saturn) and therefore also alters our daily routine as we have less time or freedom or liberties (Uranus).

A quincunx from Mars in Libra, Uranus’s dispositor, together with a semi-sextile from Mercury to Jupiter, indicate that we have to adjust our actions, intentions, plans and schedules accordingly and this might even require certain sacrifices (Neptune) if we cannot juggle or coordinate our activities (Mars in Libra) or if we lack the necessary energy (Mars). In any case, our options are rather complex in the sense that they aren’t so ‘obvious’ or ‘simple’ with Jupiter in Scorpio, which means we have to be ‘ruthless’, obsessive, passionate and resourceful about these matters. Moreover, the Scorpio Sun is squaring the nodal axis and his ruler Pluto is meeting Juno in Capricorn in conjunction.

Thus, we reached a turning point destiny-wise, where we have to overcome the drawback from the past in order to be able to create the life or future we want for us by breaking with old patterns, which are self-sabotaging and detrimental to our self-development now that things are coming together for us and we feel more empowered in our role and interactions with others as well as in charge or control of our affairs and circumstances.

So, the story that has unfolded for me personally during this particular cycle is as follows: For several months now I have been applying and interviewing for different office jobs and with the Libra New Moon I had another interview about which I felt really positive. On the day of the Taurus Full Moon I got a job offer from this company, which I accepted. I started working there the following week, but I still have to get used to that new routine and the long commute. Therefore, I wasn’t able to prepare a blog post in time or to continue with my dailies on Facebook. However, this forces me to come up with some changes, which are long overdue. 🙂

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These are the Tarot cards for the last couple of days (yesterday and today):

Tarot card of the day is the “Page of Cups”, representing some sort of beginning or renewal, which could herald a positive message we respond to in an emotional manner. Our intuition is sharp today and creative energy is trying to burst forth into our consciousness. Therefore, we need to be open to receive, express our emotions and let our heart lead the way. This card encourages us to take a fresh perspective on a difficult issue and to allow our creative Self to come to the fore so that a sense of freedom may reappear in our life.

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.

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Astro-Notes on November 3, 2017 – Full Moon in Taurus

Daily Aspects:
– Saturn in Sagittarius square Chiron Rx in Pisces
– Venus in Libra qx Chiron Rx in Pisces, sextile Saturn in Sagittarius and opposite Uranus Rx in Aries
– Moon ingress to Taurus at 2:46 am PDT
– Sun in Scorpio trine Neptune Rx in Pisces
– Full Moon at 11:58 Taurus/Scorpio at 10:22 pm PDT

This Full Moon highlights the axis of desire and matters pertaining to personal values and resources versus shared values and resources, emotional security versus social security and attachments versus surrender are coming to a head.

Venus, the ruler over the Taurus Full Moon, activates the Saturn-Chiron square with dynamic aspects and then opposes Uranus, indicating that we’re presented with an opportunity to gain more stability, control or structure in a situation that has left us wanting, ‘hurting’ and struggling for a long time.
Finally, there’s a breakthrough, but it could cause us some inner turmoil, because we might feel conflicted about making a choice if we have to go back and forth over the issue. Consequently, we might be wavering and vacillating, uncertain how to proceed, especially if the terms don’t agree with us or if our values aren’t met and we would have to settle for less.

Therefore, the change or commitment is also a compromise. It might even require from us to take sides or switch parties or affiliations. We could really feel divided about it all. However, with the Scorpio Sun in trine to Neptune, we have to realize that nothing is permanent. Things change all the time; nothing lasts forever. In the end it is our life and we don’t owe our loyalty or have to justify our choices to anyone. We are free to make choices or changes anytime if the conditions don’t suit us any longer or if better options come our way. That’s the power we have.

As the Libra lunation cycle culminates in the Taurus Full Moon, the impulse that sounded forth at the time of the Taurus New Moon back on April 26 will also come to fruition. In the symbolical language of the Sabians the story unfolds like this: ‘The airplane flying high in the sky’ (Sabian Symbol for Libra New Moon) is replaced by ‘a window-shopping young couple’ (Sabian Symbol for the Taurus Full Moon) – what was at the beginning far out of our reach is now within our grasp. ‘The woman of Samaria at the ancestral well’ (Sabian Symbol for the Taurus NM of April 26), the social outcast is now ‘attending an official embassy ball’ (Sabian Symbol for the Scorpio Sun) or in other words – invited to participate in the cultural interchanges on a ‘higher level’.

The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon at 11:58 Taurus states:

“A young couple window-shopping. Keynote: The fascination of the youthful ego with the products of its culture – SOCIALIZATION OF DESIRES.”

The Sabian Symbol for the Sun at 11:58 Scorpio states:

“An official embassy ball. Keynote: Group consciousness as it flowers at the highest level in cultural interchanges between representatives of the elite of the ruling class – ritualized DISPLAY of power, prestige and wealth.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 78 and 198-199, respectively)

Suggested by these statements is that our wishes or longings can come true if we accept the ‘offering’. We’ve been granted ‘entrance’ to the ‘larger halls of society’ and it’s up to us to make the best of it.

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Tarot card of the day is “Death”, marking an ending and the completion of a chapter or the concluding of unfinished business. We have a chance to put the past behind us as we’re going through that which cannot be avoided, while accepting the inevitable and riding our fate. It symbolises the death of a situation in our lives. Death comes in many shapes and forms and throughout our life we go through many little deaths. Every transition involves a death before the rebirth process.

Astro-Notes on October 27, 2017 – First Quarter Moon in Aquarius

Daily Aspects:
– Moon ingress to Aquarius at 5:58 am PDT
– First Quarter Moon at 4:41 Aquarius/Scorpio at 3:22 pm PDT
– Venus in Libra square Pluto in Capricorn
– Mercury in Scorpio sextile Pluto in Capricorn and semi-sextile Venus in Libra
– Mars in Libra semi-sextile Jupiter in Scorpio

The Sun’s conjunction with Jupiter in Scorpio yesterday shone a light on personal truths, beliefs and perspectives we have a chance to explore, uncover and unravel during this new cycle of soul searching and self-discovery. We might even had an opportunity to get some guidance, advice or counseling in these matters.

However, with the waxing Aquarius Moon in square to the Scorpio Sun and Venus casting another square to Pluto, the ruler over the sign Scorpio, the ‘crisis in action’ that accompanies this stage in the lunation cycle, challenges us to dig deep and do some inner alchemy that helps us to stay detached and keep a cool head when things get intense.

Circumstances or affairs beyond our control could pull our strings and offset our balance or composure. As a consequence, we could feel under pressure and give in to temptations, compulsions or passions in the heat of the moment if we don’t get a grip on these impulses or psychic triggers.
With Mercury in Scorpio activating the Venus-Pluto square and Mars in Libra engaging in a semi-sextile with Jupiter, the ‘mental controls’ are in our hands, so to speak. Instead of getting all worked up and reacting emotionally, which we might come to regret later on, we have to keep our smarts, take a step back and influence our thinking process from a calm and collected position that allows us to reason things out, thereby standing above the issue.

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Tarot card of the day is the “King of Swords”, symbolizing a decision-maker, who lives by clear logic and fact and by justice and fairness, has a sharp mind and a high intellect and expands on inner wisdom. He is impartial, puts emotions aside, makes informed decisions and applies mind over matter. Thus, it is a day when we filter our thoughts and imagination and put them into cohesive ideas and projects.

On a personal note, one year ago today I moved to this beautiful island. I’m also experiencing a Venus return today. 🙂

Astro-Notes on October 19, 2017 – New Moon in Libra

Daily Aspects:
– Sun in Libra opposite Uranus Rx in Aries and sesqui-quadrate Neptune Rx in Pisces
– New Moon at 26:35 Libra at 12:11 pm PDT
– Ceres in Leo sesqui-quadrate Saturn in Sagittarius
– Pallas Rx in Taurus sesqui-quadrate Saturn in Sagittarius and square Ceres in Leo
– Venus in Libra semi-square NN in Leo/sesqui-quadrate SN in Aquarius
– Moon ingress to Scorpio at 6:40 pm PDT

A New Moon in Libra is a good time to set intentions toward restoring balance, harmony and peace, toward feeling more at ease, poised and sophisticated as well as toward working on other-awareness, cooperation, collaboration, agreements, contracts and other forms of interaction and engagement.

This New Moon is opposite Uranus and sesqui-quadrate Neptune, while it’s ruler Venus, who is in her autumn sign (Libra) is casting more harsh octile aspects to the nodal axis. As a result, this new lunation cycle is happening under a lot of tension and stress, at a ‘time of personal crisis’ really, when we are confronted by something unpredictable, unexpected and unsettling that tips the scales for us in an uncertain situation, where we are not sure how to proceed or cope and we’re just going back and forth over the same issue.

Therefore, what we need at this point is a breakthrough so that we can feel confident about our future again. We have to change this upsetting pattern we’re all too familiar with by now in order to see some fairness or justice and don’t struggle any longer to have our needs or values met. Pallas, also ruled over by Venus, is involved in more challenging aspects to Saturn and Ceres, which means it is our strategies we need to review and re-evaluate if we want to overcome the obstacles in our way and help ourselves.

Things cannot continue in this manner or we will never see different results. We have to get creative, build up self-esteem and self-worth and increase our authority or expertise. The Mercury-Jupiter conjunction in Scorpio is joining the lower with the higher mind, bringing plans and options together in a resourceful and empowering manner; matters d4212297b63ce92138f6a9352383f6ffare being discussed in depth and opinions are being shared.

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon at 26:35 Libra states:

An airplane sails high in the clear sky. Keynote: A consciousness able to transcend the conflicts and pressures of the personal life – TRANSCENDENT REALIZATION.”

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

Implied by this symbolical message is the need to rise above the issue that’s weighing us down. This will relieve the stress, lighten the burden we are carrying and provide us with peace of mind and soul. Then, we will see things clearer and with more objectivity and detachment.

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Tarot card of the day is the “Ace of Swords”, indicating a new way of thinking or the conception of an idea or the start of a new project. Our mental powers have been awakened and we’re seeing through illusions, cutting through the confusion, dispelling doubts, finding out the facts, thinking our way through or championing a cause. It’s a time of great insight and mental clarity, which could result in a break-through or aha-moment as well as a greater understanding.

Astro-Notes on October 12, 2017 – Third Quarter Moon in Cancer

Daily Aspects:
– Mars in Virgo sesqui-quadrate Eris Rx in Aries
– Pallas Rx in Taurus semi-square Chiron Rx in Pisces
– Third Quarter Moon at 19:22 Cancer/Libra at 5:25 am PDT
– Mercury in Libra sextile NN in Leo/trine SN in Aquarius and sextile Saturn in Sagittarius
– Moon ingress to Leo at 11:41 pm PDT

A semi-square between Pallas and Chiron (both retrograde) requires from us to become aware of a pattern we keep repeating as the waning Moon in Cancer is squaring the Libra Sun and we’re undergoing ‘a crisis in consciousness or perception’ that tests our familiar way of relating or family relationships or our living arrangements or dependency and support issues that are out of balance.

Mars’ tense octile aspect to Eris urges us to be mindful in the pursuit of our self-interests and back off or out when necessary. Vesta’s quincunx to Neptune shows an adjustment that concerns space as well as matters we hold sacred and are dedicated toward in our relationships, which have to be fitted to the situation to meet certain expectations or ideals.

With Mercury casting dynamic sextiles to the North Node and Saturn, we have choices here if we focus on harmony, cooperation and getting along. Then, we can take advantage of these conditions and they will assist us achieving our future prospects and also with developing our communication skills so that we can create the rapport we are seeking or get our message across.

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Tarot card of the day is the “Ace of Wands”, suggesting an upsurge of ideas and imagination and the drive and energy necessary to undertake such projects. There is the promise of motion, direction and positive energy and thus, we could be feeling quite energetic and enthusiastic as well as optimistic and hopeful for the future. Today we’re driven by a strong, creative force, proceed with courage and confidence and expand our potential.

Astro-Notes on October 5, 2017 – Aries Full Moon

Daily Aspects:
– Uranus Rx in Aries semi-square Neptune Rx in Pisces
– Eris Rx in Aries trine NN in Leo/sextile SN in Aquarius
– Venus conjunct Mars in Virgo semi-square Ceres in Leo
– Pallas Rx in Taurus sextile Neptune Rx in Pisces
– Sun in Libra quincunx Pallas Rx in Taurus and quincunx Neptune Rx in Pisces
– Full Moon at 12:42 Aries/Libra at 11:40 am PDT

Venus and Mars, the ruler of the Sun and the Full Moon, are forming a conjunction in Virgo with both planets in semi-square aspect to Ceres in Leo, combining values and efforts in this service-oriented sign so that we commit us wholeheartedly to our purpose as the cycle climaxes.

A Full Moon in Aries highlights the relationship axis, asking us to reconcile Self-awareness with Other-awareness through our interactions in which we assert who we are and demonstrate how we relate to others. We’re confronted by an imbalance in this regard, which we need to assess and correct.

With the Libra Sun at the apex of a Yod to Pallas and Neptune, we’re caught in a dilemma, where we have to make a choice (Mercury is catching up to the Sun for their superior conjunction, which is the Full Moon phase of their synodic cycle), weighing whether to continue with tried and used strategies or politics or letting go off them entirely and reorient ourselves in order to be able to meet our higher ideals and values and see our vision coming true. Moreover, we have to ask ourselves, if our hopes and dreams we had in this regard were just mere fantasies or ‘ghosts’ we were chasing and for which we kept sacrificing only to be disappointed or disillusioned and thus should rather abandon them altogether. We might vacillate between these alternatives, yet sooner or later a decision has to be made.

As the Libra lunation cycle culminates into the Aries Full Moon, the impulse that sounded forth at the time of the Aries New Moon back at the end of March also comes to fruition. In the symbolical language of the Sabians we get this story: ‘The bald-headed man, who has seized power’ (Sabian Symbol for the Libra New Moon), is experiencing ‘adolescent frustration’ (keyword of the Sabian Symbol for the Aries Full Moon), because ‘an unexploded bomb reveals an unsuccessful social protest’ (Sabian Symbol for the Aries FM) – his decision to enforce his will (‘power of the will’ was the keyword for the Sabian Symbol for the Libra NM) was ‘an immature evaluation of the possibility to suddenly transform the status quo’ (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Aries FM).

Consequently, we failed to ‘protect ourselves’ – we weren’t ‘sensitive’ to the trends (winds) and have been ‘misguided’ (keywords of the Sabian Symbol for the Aries NM). Therefore, ‘the large woman’s hat with streamers blown by an east wind’ (Sabian Symbol for the Aries NM from March) has been replaced by ‘children blowing soap bubbles’ (Sabian Symbol for the Libra Sun) – our longing for power and our dreams of fulfillment have been turned into ‘soap bubbles’. This doesn’t mean they won’t fly.
The long-standing Uranus-Neptune semi-square shows that it is to difficult to make progress when we don’t know what we can expect or what is expected of us and thus, don’t have a clue how to proceed under these conditions.

However, we cannot waver in our dedication, but have to be diligent. We’re standing at the beginning of a new synodic cycle during which we have a chance to harness the energies to their fullest potential to have them serve our purpose (Venus conjunct Mars in Virgo semi-square Ceres in Leo). A Grand Trine in fire between Saturn in Sagittarius, Eris Rx in Aries and the North Node in Leo encourages a more mature and professional self-promotion and the understanding that we’re co-creators of our destiny.

This is a lesson in Selfhood that teaches us to grow into our own authority so that we can fulfill our highest potential and become the stars of our own show. All it requires is to do the ‘inner work’ (Venus in Virgo) in tandem (conjunct) with the ‘output effort’ (Mars in Virgo) and then we’re set to succeed.

The Sabian Symbol for the Moon at 12:42 Aries states:

“An unexploded bomb reveals an unsuccessful social protest. Keynote: An immature evaluation of the possibility of transforming suddenly the status quo – ADOLESCENT FRUSTRATION.”

The Sabian Symbol for the Sun at 12:42 Libra states:

Children blowing soap bubbles. Keynote: The cultural fantasies through which young minds dream of perfect fulfillment – IMAGINATIVE PLAY.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 58-59 and 180, respectively)

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Tarot card of the day is the “10 of Pentacles”, suggesting that we seek out permanence and are looking for a solution that will last. Therefore, we are working on the creation of a lasting foundation by moving beyond makeshift arrangements and through a consensus of vision. This card refers to a climax in our foundational life, a culmination, completion or achievement we’ve reached that is the result of our material and tangible efforts and allows us to make a commitment to a sustainable future. We’re now investing in long-term benefits, knowing that we need a consistent approach in order to achieve success that will stand the test of time.

Astro-Notes on September 27, 2017 – First Quarter Moon in Capricorn

Daily Aspects:
– Eris Rx in Aries trine NN in Leo/sextile SN in Aquarius
– Sun conjunct Vesta in Libra
– Jupiter in Libra sesqui-quadrate Neptune Rx in Pisces and opposite Uranus Rx in Aries
– Moon ingress to Capricorn at 9:23 am PDT
– Mercury in Virgo opposite Chiron Rx in Pisces
– First Quarter Moon at 5:10 Capricorn/Libra at 7:53 pm PDT

With Jupiter activating the Uranus-Neptune semi-square with harsh aspects currently, confrontations are inevitable and coming to a head. We’re facing lots of controversy and upset over differing viewpoints and opinions that are contrary to our ideals and higher values. There is such a big divide in perspectives, and personal truths for that matter, that we seem not to be able to find common ground or come to an understanding, but antagonize each other even farther. Everything is polarizing and offensive and almost everyone is participating in the hyperbole or rage (Eris in Aries is trine the North Node in Leo – Discord is the name of the game).

It is a difficult situation, in which things tend to get blown out of proportion or protested to the extreme and people seem to inhabit alternate universes or realities, refusing to budge an inch in regard to their beliefs, sense of justice or interpretation of the issue. Therefore, it is critical that we become aware of the larger picture and the many layers of truth or different angles in a given situation and also of our own projections and expectations. Mercury’s opposition to Chiron reminds us of the human condition as a factor in our analysis; a mind that is biased, prejudiced and preconditioned cannot bridge issues or resolve problems.

The Sun’s conjunction with Vesta in Libra highlights our social causes and those we’ve partnered or teamed up with. As this is leading directly into the First Quarter Moon and square to Juno in Capricorn, the ‘crisis in action’ that accompanies this phase in the lunation cycle, challenges us to evaluate if these relationships or rules of engagement we’ve dedicated us toward are constructive and deserve our commitment or if we have to break up with them. Consequently, the ‘bald-headed man who has seized power’ (Sabian Symbol for the Libra New Moon) is struggling with relationship obstacles that prevent him from manifesting his vision and this necessitates serious decision-making on his part.

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Tarot card of the day is the “2 of Swords”, representing a delicate balance. We may feel as though we have reached an impasse or even a stalemate. What is needed is a truce so that the problems we’re dealing with can be resolved using logic and the intellect, especially if we don’t know how to proceed. It’s a card of choice that could require from us to make a split decision. There is a sense of being caught between a rock and a hard place, which could make decision-making difficult or, on the other hand, could have us torn by indecision or opposing choices. Awareness of the consequences of our decisions is therefore imperative. However, resolutions will be found and a new beginning is arising out of this.