Astro-Notes on July 16, 2017 – Third Quarter Moon in Aries

Daily Aspects:
– Mercury in Leo semi-square Ceres in Cancer and quincunx Pluto Rx in Capricorn
– Third Quarter Moon at 24:26 Aries/Cancer at 12:25 pm PDT
– Sun in Cancer semi-sextile NN in Leo/quincunx SN in Aquarius
– Venus in Gemini semi-square Uranus in Aries
– Moon ingress to Taurus at 10:04 pm PDT

The Cancer Sun comes out of a square to Eris in Aries before he engages with the waning Aries Moon in the Third Quarter Square on which he follows up with adjusting aspects to the nodal axis.
This means that yesterday’s energies could have challenged us in a nurturing role, where we had to take action to either take care of our own needs or care for and help someone else for the sake of our self-interests. However, we had to overcome our own subjectivity in this matter and not react defensively or mindless or being unsupportive, because that could have resulted in discord or strife.

With this scenario leading into the ‘crisis of consciousness’ that accompanies this particular phase in the lunation cycle, we might realize how important it is to focus on caring and nurturing, especially in a family setting or home environment so that we can create the life we want in the near future. Therefore, instead of thinking only of our own agenda, we have to get our stuff together and concentrate on the circumstances we need to manage.

With both, Venus and Mars, involved in tense aspects to Uranus, we feel the pressure to make progress with our personal priorities and long to move ahead with our intentions, yet we struggle with defeat, unproductive habits we’ve developed and familiar reactions, which have their roots in the past and are not helpful. Thus, it is critical at this point that we break out of these patterns and turn a corner by changing our value system and start putting energy into activities or initiatives that will support us in this process.

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Tarot card of the day is the “Knight of Swords”, indicating that we’re embarking on a new project or idea and there’s no stopping us. We’re headstrong and outspoken as we know what we are talking about and let others know where we or they stand, thereby going straight to the point. Certain things can no longer be avoided – the confrontation will come and commence. Determined and energetic, we’re charging ahead, focused on our goal. However, hasty and impulsive moves can get us into trouble or too far ahead of ourselves. Therefore, we need to be ready to make adjustments as we go along, including jumping in and out of a situation. Moreover, our impatience with problems we encounter could leave us stressed and overly concerned with our own issues, resulting in a single-minded attitude.

Astro-Notes on July 8, 2017 – Capricorn Full Moon

Daily Aspects:
– Jupiter in Libra quincunx Neptune Rx in Pisces
– Mars in Cancer quincunx Saturn Rx in Sagittarius
– Chiron Rx in Pisces semi-sextile Uranus in Aries
– Sun in Cancer opposite Pluto Rx in Capricorn
– Full Moon at 17:09 Cap/Cancer at 9:06 pm PDT

A Full Moon in the Capricorn/Cancer polarity highlights the parental axis or the paternal and maternal archetypes expressed in our professional and personal lives by way of confrontation, thereby revealing a conflict that needs to be recognized, balanced and integrated.

This Full Moon is particularly powerful and intense, because it is aligned with retrograde Pluto in Capricorn to which Venus in Gemini is also engaged by sesqui-quadrate aspect. Consequently, a structure, foundation, job or position we’ve relied upon for support, nurturing or belonging in the past, has outlived its purpose and therefore, it’s not constructive to sustain it any longer. Or it could be a burden, limitation or illness we’ve been struggling with for a long time that has come to a head and now that we realized this, we’re ready to quit this habit, diet or way of nurturing (this could have happened already on July 2 when Mars opposed Pluto and is coming to a conclusion now) by adapting our priorities and preferences.

Although we might have mixed feelings about this for several reasons, it will prove empowering and life-changing in the end. With Ceres in Gemini in square aspect to retrograde Chiron in Pisces, we have reached a turning point in regard to the wounding and healing principle that challenges us to come up with different avenues for support or with a different diet or nutrition plan and this includes informing ourselves about these matters and getting to know our environment.

The quincunxes from Jupiter in Libra to retrograde Neptune in Pisces and from Mars in Cancer to retrograde Saturn in Sagittarius require a course correction and an adjustment of our options, especially in the social sphere, together with our intentions or activities to be able to meet certain expectations and responsibilities.

As the Cancer lunation culminates in the Capricorn Full Moon, the impulse that sounded forth at the time of the Capricorn New Moon back at the end of December of last year also reaches its highpoint. Thus, in the symbolical language of the Sabians – ‘the testing of the will’ (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Cancer New Moon) has led to ‘political power’ (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Capricorn Full Moon), whereas ‘the wholesome happiness of the joyously singing domesticated birds’ (Sabian Symbol and keynote for the Capricorn NM from December 28 2016) has resulted in ‘practical concern with everyday nourishment necessary to sustain one’s outreaching activities’ (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Cancer Sun) – the time of carefree existence is over. We might have to put our nose to the grindstone in order to be able to sustain our way of life.

The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon at 17:09 Capricorn states:

“The Union Jack flag flies from a British warship. Keynote: The protection afforded to individuals and groups by powerful institutions in charge of maintaining order – POLITICAL POWER.”

The Sabian Symbol for the Sun at 17:09 Cancer states:

“A hen scratching the ground to find nourishment for her progeny. Keynote: The practical concern with everyday nourishment necessary to sustain one’s outreaching activities – FULFILLING OF LIFE’S RESPONSIBILITIES.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 240 and 122, respectively)

Upending the old order or replacing an old pattern could put us in control of our life. However, we’re relying on ourselves now for nurturance and supply and thus have to provide for our needs.

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Tarot card of the day is the “Knight of Pentacles”, a card that contains an element of perfectionism and refers to ambitiousness. It indicates that we are unwavering in the pursuit of a goal, assess our circumstances candidly, are diligent, meticulous and industrious, follow a routine and pay attention to the mundane and normal parts of life. We assume responsibility and take charge of a situation by accomplishing what is expected from us. This card has a grounding influence.

Astro-Notes on June 30, 2017 – First Quarter Moon in Libra

Daily Aspects:
– Moon ingress to Libra at 0:01 am PDT
– Ceres in Gemini sextile NN in Leo/trine SN in Aquarius
– Venus in Taurus square nodal axis
– First Quarter Moon at 9:23 Libra/Cancer at 5:51 pm PDT

Prior to the waxing Libra Moon’s square to the Cancer Sun that accompanies the ‘crisis in action’ in the Cancer lunation cycle, Venus in Taurus, the Moon’s dispositor, is squaring the nodal axis across Leo/Aquarius.
This represents a turning point destiny-wise that affects our personal values and preferences as the Mercury-Mars-Pluto opposition comes to a head.
An idea, plan or schedule we have in our mind might be a lot more complicated to realize than we thought and therefore, we could end up discarding it entirely.

As a consequence, we might not be sure how to proceed, especially since we can’t do it in the same manner we used to in the past. We’re confronted by circumstances, which are so complex, that we might have to take a step back and yield to the situation, at least for the time being.
Thus, the ‘trial of endurance’ that’s ‘testing our will’ (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Cancer New Moon) could have left us undecided or vacillating about our options with the inclination to give in to defeat at this point.

Chiron is stationing retrograde at the tail end of Pisces and will for the next 5 months trace back his steps to a degree he first transited on March 8. During this period we’ll have a chance to review the wounding and healing principle in our life, in particular what our experiences of the last 4 months concerns for which we need to find closure and receive some form of illumination so that we can bridge these issues and put them behind us. For now though, we have to retreat into our ‘cave’ and ponder until the course of action that feels right to us is being revealed.

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Tarot card of the day is “The Hermit”, suggesting that we entered a stage of introspection, where we need to look for the answers within, thereby engaging in soul searching. It’s a solitary quest, because the truths we’re seeking do not lie in the external world, but within us. Therefore, we begin to re-evaluate our goals and might change our overall direction. In recognizing that each of our thoughts and actions is a brick we use to build our lives, we partake in the creation of our own reality. We have to find the light within and allow ourselves to be touched and illuminated by it as well as help to light the way for others. Alas, all the darkness that seems to surround us cannot blot out the light. Moreover, there is an emphasis on peace and patience as well as on accepting the limitations of time and age. The Hermit also symbolizes a taskmaster, who leads with purpose and wisdom gathered from years of experience. He furthermore represents completion. Thus, we may well be progressing to a new stage of life, but need to remove any difficulties from a current situation in order to make progress.

Astro-Notes on June 27, 2017

Daily Aspects:
– Sun in Cancer semi-square Vesta in Leo
– Mercury in Cancer square Jupiter in Libra and trine Neptune Rx in Pisces
– Moon ingress to Virgo at 5:41 pm PDT

The Cancer New Moon happened on the 23, but I was too busy and too distracted by other things to be able to write a blog post about it – Mercury in Cancer was engaged in a semi-square aspect to Vesta in Leo. For me this meant family time was on the agenda (Mercury in Cancer), because we both, my daughter and I, were off for 3 days in a row and enjoyed ourselves (Vesta in Leo) exploring the island, where we made our home. Today, the Cancer Sun, following on Mercury’s heels, repeats this aspect and the time has come for me to dedicate myself to my creative projects (Vesta in Leo) and take care of plans and appointments I made recently.

Meanwhile, Mercury has moved into a square to Jupiter in Libra and a trine to retrograde Neptune in Pisces, while catching up to Mars in Cancer, who opposed retrograde Juno in Capricorn at the time of the New Moon – an aspect that was repeated yesterday by Mercury. So, after we’ve reviewed the relationship situations we’ve established and how they support our intentions and even survival, we were confronted by the need for action, which led to a course change that has been long overdue. This, however, doesn’t come without challenges, some of which we’ve discussed yesterday with others on whom we can count for their support. Moreover, options we thought we had based on our subjective evaluation of the matter might not be realizable at this time.

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon at 2:47 Cancer states:

“A man bundled in fur leads a shaggy deer. Keynote: The need to overcome stagnation and ‘cold’ during trial of endurance – A TESTING OF THE WILL.”

Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 111-112)

At this point, we can say that we’re aware of the struggles that lie ahead and know what to expect along the road. Therefore, we have to keep focused on our intentions, while ‘nurturing’ our plans, fostering connectivity and communication and ‘feed’ our motivation and drive. Pallas’ ingress to Taurus yesterday, where she will be traversing until November 16 before heading back to Aries on her retrograde journey, corresponds to a period when our approach is more consistent as well as repetitive and persistent. With Ceres in Gemini approaching a sextile to the North Node in Leo, we have a chance to commit us to our future projects in a more flexible and adaptable manner, because we changed a past pattern that was counter-productive to that.

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Tarot card of the day is the “Queen of Wands”, suggesting that we’re renewing ourselves as we’re summoning our creative energy and approach our life’s situations energetically and confident. We are not afraid of challenges and use our tremendous energy constructively as well as within the scope of our capabilities, which means we’re equipped to be successful and to effectively multi-task.

Astro-Notes on June 20, 2017 – Summer Solstice

Reaching its northernmost point from the equator, the Sun’s ingress to Cancer at 9:24 pm PDT tonight marks the summer solstice and the beginning of summer. Consequently, here in the Northern Hemisphere, we experience the longest day, whereas for the Southern Hemisphere it is the longest night and the start of winter. In temperate regions, we notice that the Sun is higher in the sky throughout the day, and its rays strike Earth at a more direct angle, causing the efficient warming we call summer. As the Sun seems to ‘stand still’ (sol sistere) high in the sky, we transition into ‘stasis’ and have a chance to pause, stop and take stock before fully committing ourselves to the new season. Individual development is at peak. There is liveliness and vibrancy as well as a re-gathering and refocusing of intent.

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A time of Self-nurturance and Self-growth, of sustaining our sense of Self and supporting our center as well as taking care of our Self-realization, is beginning now and we’re setting our intentions accordingly. It’s a critical time destiny-wise, because we need to turn a corner in regard to a long-standing problem that has been preventing us from moving forward and making progress. This led to the realization that we can’t and won’t continue walking down the same road, but have to do things differently so that we can truly start over. Challenged by these unbalanced perspectives and options, we have to review our relationship dynamics and decide if they work for us or limit and restrict us. Therefore, it’s up to us to set boundaries and even end one-sided relationships so that we can concentrate on our future prospects, instead of putting them to the side. For this purpose, which will be the main objective of the new season, we need to foster motivation and drive together with the necessary self-determination that will inspire us to break out of past patterns that have been holding us back from creating the life we want for ourselves.

Tarot card of the day is the “9 of Wands”, suggesting that we’ll be seeing something through to the end and will persist against the odds or despite of setbacks. There might be a last test or challenge before we can reach success, but as long as we don’t give up, we will achieve our goals. Therefore, it is important that we show stamina and keep our resolve. We will eventually prosper if we maintain our position with patience and vigilance.

Astro-Notes on June 17, 2017 – Third Quarter Moon in Pisces

Daily Aspects:
– Third Quarter Moon at 26:27 Pisces/Gemini at 4:32 am PDT
– Moon ingress to Aries at 10:54 am PDT
– Pallas conjunct Uranus in Aries

Prior to the waning Pisces’ Moon square to the Gemini Sun that marks the Last Quarter Phase of the Gemini lunation cycle, did her ruler Neptune station retrograde at 14:15 Pisces. Neptune is a very slow traveler, who will trace back his steps to 11:27 Pisces (he first covered this territory starting on April 28, 2016) over the course of the next 5 months, where he will turn direct on November 23.

The Sun’s ruler Mercury formed a conjunction to Ceres, whereas the Sun himself is engaged in harmonious aspects with the nodal axis in Leo (sextile NN) and Aquarius (trine SN). Thus, as we entered a period during which we will review our dreams, ideals, expectations, projections and vision, especially in regard to what we had imagined or hoped and longed for since the end of April of last year, we’re undergoing a ‘crisis in consciousness or perception’ that challenges us to not get overwhelmed by all the unknown factors we’re encountering and the impressions we’re experiencing, but to overcome our confusion or cluelessness, while focusing on our immediate environment and the info we get ‘fed’ from there. This will inspire us to let go off the past and concentrate on the future we want to create. It’s time to move on from a situation that has outlived its purpose by initiating change and progress.

Personally, I’m still recovering from surgery and will be off work until the end of the month.

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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 June 9, 2017 – Full Moon in Sagittarius

Daily Aspects:
– Sun in Gemini quincunx Pluto Rx in Capricorn
– Full Moon at 18:53 Sagittarius/Gemini at 6:09 am PDT
– Jupiter stations direct at 13:12 Libra at 7:02 am PDT (rx since Feb 7 – new territory on Sep 7)
– Venus in Taurus sextile Mars in Cancer
– Vesta in Leo sextile stationary Jupiter in Libra and sesqui-quadrate Chiron in Pisces
– Pallas in Aries trine Saturn Rx in Sagittarius

As the Gemini lunation cycle culminates in the Sagittarius Full Moon with both luminaries in adjusting aspects to retrograde Pluto in Capricorn, the impulse that sounded forth at the time of the Sagittarius New Moon at the end of November of last year also comes to fruition. Moreover, Jupiter, the ruler over the sign Sagittarius and thus over the Full Moon, who has been in retrograde motion since February 7, stations direct in Libra in sextile aspect to Vesta in Leo.

Consequently, after we reviewed and re-assessed our social and relationship options for the last 4 months, it is time to balance them where needed together with the principles and viewpoints (or ‘truths’) these were based on and to evaluate opportunities with a more balanced perspective that is fair and just to ourselves in these settings so that we don’t shoot ourselves in the foot (Vesta is also sesqui-quadrate Chiron) or create unnecessary problems and hardships for ourselves, while wasting our energy on causes that bring us no return. We should only compromise when it’s beneficial for both parties involved and we also don’t need to feel guilty when we don’t meet others’ one-sided or unbalanced expectations. This requires from us to take matters into our own hands and to be willing to utilize our power and resources to change our life the way we want to live it. Moreover, it is critical in this regard that we concentrate on and dedicate us toward ourselves and our personal fulfillment.

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With Venus in sextile to Mars, tending to our intentions and acting in accordance with our own values will support our needs, talents and sense of self-worth. A trine from Pallas to retrograde Saturn shows that we don’t need to struggle any longer in a situation that has burdened us for a long time – our fight has come to end, because our direct approach of these conditions has helped us to reach our goal. Therefore, looking at what was seeded at the beginning of these cycles and is now ‘flowering’ in the symbolical language of the Sabians – ‘the revolutionary magazine asking for action’ (Sabian Symbol for the Gemini New Moon) has resulted in the ‘discovery of a new way of living and more wholesome surroundings’ (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Sagittarius Full Moon), which is the outcome from the ‘psychic gestation’ (keyword for the Sabian Symbol for the Sagittarius New Moon from November of last year) period we underwent that has led us to a ‘traditional wisdom’, something we’ve known all along – if conditions in our environment don’t support our ‘growth’ we have to move on from there and in typical Sagittarian fashion look to ‘where the grass is greener’.

The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon at 18:53 Sagittarius states:

“Pelicans menaced by the behaviour and refuse of men seek safer areas for bringing up their youth. Keynote: The need for people concerned with the future to discover a new way of living and more wholesome surroundings – SURVIVAL.”

The Sabian Symbol for the Sun at 18:53 Gemini states:

“A large archaic volume reveals a traditional wisdom. Keynote: Contacting the all-human planetary Mind underlying any cultural and personal mentality – SEED KNOWLEDGE.”

Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 221 and 102, respectively)

Tarot card of the day is the “Queen of Pentacles”, representing an aspect of ourselves or others that is concerned about economic security and the promotion of physical wellbeing. We’re not only tending for ourselves, but also for our possessions. This involves being practical and capable in business affairs, in particular what effective management concerns, where we need to employ down-to-earth common sense and help things to flourish. Putting duty first, we use our resourcefulness to provide stability, to safeguard and to preserve.