Astro-Notes on March 20, 2017 – Spring Equinox and Third Quarter Moon in Capricorn

Daily Aspects:
– Sun ingress to Aries at 3:28 am PDT – Spring Equinox
– Moon ingress to Capricorn at 8:30 am PDT
– Third Quarter Moon at 0:13 Capricorn/Aries at 8:58 am PDT
– Venus Rx in Aries semi-sextile Mars in Taurus
– Vesta in Cancer square Jupiter Rx in Libra

Early in the morning, at 3:28 am PDT, did the Sun make ingress to Aries, the first sign of the tropical zodiac, marking the Vernal Equinox and the beginning of spring here in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s also the beginning of the astrological year and International Astrology Day.
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 when the Sun enters a cardinal sign and ushers in a new season. Therefore, the energies present at this potent moment are relevant for the duration of it. However, the Spring Equinox can have influence over the entire year, revealing the trends that will ‘shoot up’ like the germs that pierce the harsh crust of the soil at this time of the year.
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.

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Consequently, the Sun’s transit through Aries corresponds to a time of emergence, birth, new beginnings and strong self-expression, when we feel the urge to initiate action on our behalf, to pioneer things and to conquer unchartered territory; when self-determination, impatience and willfulness are on the rise and when we are courageous, fierce and impulsive, even daring, as we push forward. Moreover, during this period will we be more inclined to assert our animus or the yang principle and also tend to be driven by or act from an instinctual or primal level.

 

The Spring Equinox this year coincides with the Last Quarter Moon in the Pisces lunation cycle, implicating that the new season and indeed, the new astrological year, is ‘overshadowed’ by a ‘crisis in consciousness or perception’ that challenges us to take charge over our life. We could feel limited or restricted by an issue that has been going on for too long (the Moon is in the last degree of Sagittarius at the time of the Equinox) and is therefore preventing us from starting this new life or starting over.

Mercury in Aries’ square to Juno in Capricorn, who holds a sextile to Neptune in Pisces, in addition to the squares between Vesta in Cancer and retrograde Jupiter in Libra and between Pallas in Pisces and Saturn in Sagittarius, show that we’re struggling in a relationship situation, where we can’t reach an agreement or get the cooperation needed in order to feel safe or supported and that leaves us disappointed or defeated. No matter how hard we try to reason with others, it seems as though our words are falling on deaf ears or that they are in some way circumventing the problem. Therefore, we might be at a loss at how to deal with this; all we know is that we have to endure this ordeal somehow and this requires that we set our priorities accordingly. We have to make this situation work for us, put in an effort, be patient, realistic and practical (Venus Rx in Aries is semi-sextile Mars in Taurus).

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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, while never losing our sense of purpose.

Astro-Notes on March 12, 2017 – Virgo Full Moon

Daily Aspects:
– Mercury in Pisces square Saturn in Sagittarius
– Full Moon at 22:13 Virgo/Pisces at 7:53 am PDT
– Venus Rx in Aries semi-sextile Ceres in Taurus
– Sun in Pisces semi-sextile Uranus-Eris in Aries
– Moon ingress to Libra at 10:28 pm PDT

Mercury, the ruler over the Virgo Full Moon, is coming out of a semi-square to Ceres in Taurus and holding a square to Saturn in Sagittarius. This means that we had to get in touch with our environment or into the flow of things, build up rapport and ensure we are not misguided before we could make a decision in a difficult matter or follow the call of duty if we don’t want to have to deal with the consequences later on. We could be confused about the situation or have no answers or be at a loss how to handle this and overcome these obstacles and therefore the pressure to resolve this is mounting (also don’t forget to move your clocks ahead an hour – Daylight Savings Time is starting here).

The Sun’s quincunx to retrograde Jupiter in Libra in addition to his semi-sextile to the Uranus-Eris conjunction in Aries together with retrograde Venus’ semi-sextile to Ceres in Taurus required a review of our options in an unfair or unbalanced situation that could have left us victimized or self-undoing, and therefore calls for an adjustment of our priorities or preferences as well as the use of foresight so that we can integrate this change and serve our self-interests. Per example, after all these days of being up late to which I got quite used to, I had to get up pretty early for my day shift today (and had to take the ‘leap forward in time’ into account on top of that), which wasn’t easy on my body (Full Moon in house 1). In fact, I had a hard time to fall asleep at all (Pisces), while struggling with worries and anxiety (Virgo). It took me a while to get my mind into a meditative state (Mercury in Pisces) that let me drift into sleep.

As the Pisces lunation cycle culminates in the Virgo Full Moon, the impulse that sounded forth at the time of the Virgo New Moon on September 1 of last year also comes to fruition.
Consequently, ‘the jockey who spurns his horse to outdistance his rivals’ (Sabian Symbol for the Pisces New Moon from February 26) has turned into ‘a lion tamer who displays his skill and character’ (Sabian Symbol for the Virgo Full Moon) – the mobilization of our energies at the start of this cycle has brought us to a point where we demonstrate strength of character, competence and control of the situation, while concentrating at the task at hand we’ve been preparing and training for a long time;
whereas ‘the two heads, which were looking out beyond the shadows’ (Sabian Symbol for the Virgo New Moon) have changed into ‘a materializing medium giving a séance’ (Sabian Symbol for the Pisces Sun) – because since last September’s eclipse we’ve grown in understanding and gained clarity or objectivity in regard to an issue that confused or misguided us or has been misinterpreted.

But since this last eclipse’s impetus (at the end of February) came forth things have changed, inspiring us (or rather ‘inspiriting’) to give form to our ideals and desires. We can do that if we are willing to put the necessary effort into it and work on ourselves.

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The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon at 22:13 Virgo states:

“A lion tamer displays his skill and character. Keynote: The need to tame one’s vital energies in order to fulfill one’s destiny – RESOLUTENESS and PATIENCE.”

The Sabian Symbol for the Sun at 22:13 Pisces states:

“A ‘materializing’ medium giving a séance. Keynote: The ability to give of one’s own vital energy to substantiate one’s conscious ideals or unconscious desires – SUBSTANTIATION.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 165 and 283, respectively)

Suggested by the symbolical imagery is the need for self-discipline, practice and focus in order to see the things we long for materialize.

Tarot card of the day is the “Queen of Cups”, symbolizing a seeker of inner transformation who possesses a strong perspective and perceptive nature. Suggested is furthermore that we are acknowledging our emotions and feelings. We trust our intuition and listen to our inner voice as well as to the sensations and impressions we’re getting from our environment. In our interactions with others we need to empathize and show true compassion, helping people along their chosen pathway. This is a day when we’ll be following the lead of our heart.

In the aftermath of the Solar Eclipse

Early this morning my daughter left to accompany a plane owned by the company she works for on a promotional tour that will take them from our location here on Vancouver Island all the way to Brazil. They will make many stops in between though (first one in Palm Beach, Florida), while I can track their route on a map she provided me with. She will be gone for 19 days and although I’m very happy for her and also very proud of her, I’m also pretty sad. I got so used to having her around for the last 4 months since we’ve been living together and I must admit that I have been relying on her too much (something I realized toward the end of Vesta’s retrograde journey through the sign Cancer), because contrary to her, I’m still in the ‘loop’ and victimized by certain conditions over which I have no control as I’m waiting on an appointment for an ultrasound, followed up by minor surgery. Therefore, I don’t feel too well and haven’t been for a few months; the ache and pressure on the right side of my body reminding me every single day of this ‘wound’ that hasn’t been taken care of yet. Not to mention that there is a lingering fear of another attack I really don’t want to go through again, especially not when I’m all alone here and don’t even know how to get to the emergency (would have to be a taxi ride then, I guess – a very pricy option). However, my daughter is not responsible for me or my situation and she can’t put her life on hold too (that’s pretty much how I feel about my current circumstances).

Anyway, the Solar Eclipse in Pisces aligned with the nodal axis joined to Neptune in the fourth house of my Solar Return chart (in square to my natal Mercury in Sagittarius in house 4), because this is a pattern of the past, a line of least resistance in matters of dependency and support I need to let go off and so does she (the Solar Eclipse was in trine aspect to her natal Pluto in Scorpio in house 9 conjunct the South Node). It is no coincidence that on this day 4 years ago I received a call from her letting me know that she had finally left her abusive partner and moved into our old home (the house my ex and I owned). Yes, on International Women’s Day no less. All the way she’s come these last years is just amazing – from moving up North, a 10-hour drive away from us, to getting her license as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME), to getting hired by a great company and then moving out West to BC across the entire continent and now traveling all over the world for her job, something that had always appealed to me. Daughters are living out the dreams of their mothers. 🙂

Well, I had hit the road a lot when I was younger (so much so that my closer relatives who disapproved of that kind of lifestyle called me a ‘tramp’) and my Sun was progressing through Sagittarius. In fact, I was totally fascinated by all these foreign places and cultures I heard and read about (some I visited), but then my Sun progressed into Capricorn and that seemed to be the end of it. I still made it into the U.S. after I got divorced (also once during my marriage, but it took me 6 years to go back there again) to visit with my girlfriend once a year and then last year my daughter and I finally embarked on a trip we had envisioned and talked about for many years – we flew to the Dominican Republic and it was such an awesome and unique experience. The thought that popped up in my mind at that time was ‘there’s a whole different world out there’ and now we’re living on an island, where the majority of the population is living an outdoor lifestyle, being focused on health and wellbeing, something I had wanted for myself since the Solar Eclipse in November of 2012 had eclipsed my natal Sun in Scorpio in house 3.

However, I’m only half-way there yet. A health issue that reared it’s ugly head last spring still hasn’t been overcome yet, which is mostly due to the incompetence and negligence of the physicians I had consulted in Ontario during the long mutable square between Jupiter in Virgo, Saturn in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces in addition to the Pisces Solar Eclipses of September last year and February this year, which affected my natal Mercury in Sagittarius in house 4, the ruler of my 1st and 2nd houses (chart-ruler, body and wellbeing). At the same time did I dissolve my household, a very challenging and mostly disappointing task indeed, and tried to get a transfer to a store over here – another disillusioning experience. The Solar Eclipse from last September really spelled it out well. So, before this energy is not out of the way, I can’t really move forward.

Interestingly enough, the Sun is out today (after a few days of really nasty weather) – just as my daughter left and I’m surrendering to the situation and my ‘new-found sense of freedom’, beckoning me to leave the confines my home for a meditative walk. I shall consider it. 🙂

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Astro-Notes on March 5, 2017 – First Quarter Moon in Gemini

Daily Aspects:
– First Quarter Moon at 15:04 Gemini/Pisces at 3:32 am PST
– Mars in Aries semi-square Neptune in Pisces and trine Saturn in Sagittarius
– Ceres in Taurus semi-square Chiron in Pisces

In the early morning hours yesterday did Venus station retrograde at 13:08 Aries, a sign she’s not comfortable in, because it is Mars’ domain and thus related to the masculine principle, whereas Venus is representing the feminine principle. She will trace her steps back to 26:54 Pisces, the sign of her exaltation, because it is ruled by Neptune, who is her ‘higher octave’ as the symbol of universal love and all-inclusiveness. Venus will turn direct on April 15 and re-enter Aries on April 28.

Her retrograde journey corresponds to a period, during which we will review our values, relationships, priorities, preferences, attachments, self-worth, emotions and desires and while in Aries this concerns our more primal instincts as well as matters of survival, conquest and competition in this context, whereas in Pisces it refers to issues related to compassion, forgiveness, sympathy, unification and the ability to walk in another’s shoes. Mercury, coming out of a conjunction with Neptune in Pisces, was the first energy to engage with retrograde Venus, an encounter that made us realize what we are willing to sacrifice in order to meet certain expectations – ours or those of others.

Therefore, the ‘crisis in action’ that accompanies the First Quarter Moon in Gemini, challenges us to become aware of the duality in our own viewpoint. We cannot have it both ways or be in two places at the same time. Something’s gotta give; we lose one way or the other and consequently have to be clear what is realistically possible or doable and thus takes priority at this point.

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With Mars in Aries in semi-square aspect to Neptune in Pisces and trine Saturn in Sagittarius, we cannot let this stop us though from pursuing other intentions at a more convenient time after we’ve overcome all the hurdles and obstacles in our way and can really start over. For now, we have to commit us to our increased responsibilities and trust that things will eventually come together. A semi-square between Ceres in Taurus and Chiron in Pisces indicates that there is no closure yet and therefore, it is important that we continue with our usual routine and commitments until we get the ‘green light’.

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.

Astro-Notes on February 26, 2017 – Pisces New Moon-Annular Solar Eclipse

Daily Aspects:
– Annular Solar Eclipse/New Moon at 8:12 Pisces at 6:58 am PST
– Mars-Uranus-Eris conjunction in Aries opposite Jupiter Rx in Libra
– Juno in Capricorn trine Ceres in Taurus

The Pisces New Moon is a Solar Eclipse. A solar eclipse occurs at a New Moon 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 an annular solar eclipse the Sun and the Moon are exactly in line, but the Moon is too far away and thus too small to completely cover the Sun’s disc. Hence, the Sun appears as a very bright ring, or annulus, surrounding the dark ball of the Moon.

In astrological terms this means, things that have been eclipsed or concealed in the area of our life, represented by the house in our natal chart, where the Eclipse has an impact, have now 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 19 South, which means the Pisces New Moon/Solar Eclipse is conjunct the South Node of the Moon, a point of extraction, which is triggering the release as well as the filtering of accumulated energies. This Saros Series was the last time around in February 1999, whereas the same degree was activated in February 1998 (look for the common theme) and it’s hallmark is a Venus-Jupiter conjunction with Uranus being on the midpoint of New Moon/Jupiter, for which Bernadette Brady gives the following interpretation:

“This is a family of eclipses that brings with it the element of the pleasant surprise. Sudden happiness, a joyful event, the lucky break, the lucky win. The events, which will be occurring, can be believed and can positively change the person’s life.”

(Bernadette Brady, “The Eagle and The Lark”, Predictive Astrology, Appendices, Page 336)

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Thus, the chart for this special celestial event shows a powerful and dynamic aspect pattern, tying the Pisces New Moon/Solar Eclipse to the Mars-Uranus-Eris conjunction in Aries, which is opposed by retrograde Jupiter in Libra, with tense octile aspects. As a consequence, there is a strong impetus for self-determined, assertive action propelling us forward, mobilizing our energies and driving this new beginning. Things have been set in motion so that we can let go of the past and conditions that victimized or trapped us in undesired circumstances we didn’t seem to be able to escape from. Therefore, we’re yearning for closure, for an end or release from this situation.

The tables are turning and we’re readying ourselves for a fresh start, while confronting the social injustices, unbalanced ways of growth and contradicting viewpoints we had to experience and endure head-on. Although we are aware that the change we’re striving for will create a conflict of interest with other parties, we know we have no choice, but to raise the stakes and push forward with our agenda if we want to succeed at all. We cannot wait on others any longer, put our life on hold or delay intentions we set a while ago. Instead, it is critical now that we come to our own rescue and save ourselves for our own sakes.

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon at 8:12 Pisces states:

“A jockey spurs his horse, intend 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”, Pages 273-274)

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Suggested by this symbolical imagery is that the race for self-realization according to ideals, visions and images we’ve conceived and shaped over time, has begun and that we let our inspiration carry us toward our goal. Our focus is on ‘winning’ and we’re rousing our energies to bring this about. As a consequence, the pace of developments will most likely accelerate.

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 February 18, 2017 – Third Quarter Moon

Daily Aspects:
– Sun ingress to Pisces at 3:31 am PST
– Moon ingress to Sagittarius at 10:52 am PST
– Third Quarter Moon at 0:20 Sagittarius/Pisces at 11:33 am PST
– Mercury in Aquarius semi-sextile Pluto in Capricorn
– Jupiter Rx in Libra opposite Eris in Aries

Early this morning at 3:31 am PST did the Sun make ingress to Pisces, ushering in a phase of endings and synthesis, during which we seek to become more ‘whole’ as well as self-aware, while shaping and moulding our self-image according to visions and ideals that appeal to us.
At 10:52 am PST will the Moon enter Sagittarius, which corresponds to a period of heightened optimism and enthusiasm. However, the Moon also engages in a waning square to the Sun, marking the Last Quarter Moon stage in the Aquarius lunation cycle that is accompanied by a ‘crisis in consciousness or perception’.

Therefore, instead of being filled with exuberance and enterprising spirit, we could feel rather disillusioned in regard to ‘acting out our vision’ (keyword of the Sabian Symbol for the Aquarius New Moon), because we might not have all the information yet to be able to proceed with our agenda and as a consequence, have to wait, seeing our plans delayed.
Mercury in Aquarius is leaving a semi-sextile to Pallas in Pisces and approaching another one to Pluto in Capricorn, while Mars in Aries is moving toward a semi-sextile with Pallas. The matter is outside of our control or zone of influence, which means we can only bring things to conclusion once everything comes together. In the meantime, we might as well focus on other things.

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Tarot card of the day is the “2 of Pentacles”, which calls for flexibility and indicates movement and change in the natural progress of a project or business. We might have to decide between 2 alternatives and travel beyond the conventional, seeking combination and unification. Some kind of balancing act is signified that requires from us to juggle our various duties, responsibilities and resources.

Astro-Notes on February 10, 2017 – Leo Full Moon/Appulse Lunar Eclipse

Daily Aspects:
– Merc in Aquarius sextile Venus in Aries
– Sun in Aquarius quincunx Vesta Rx in Cancer and sextile Eris in Aries
– Vesta Rx in Cancer square Eris in Aries
– Lunar Appulse Eclipse/Full Moon at 22:28 Leo/Aquarius at 4:32 pm PST

Later today at 4:32 pm PST we reach the highpoint in the Aquarius lunation cycle with the Leo Full Moon, which is a lunar eclipse.
A lunar eclipse occurs when the Full Moon enters the Earth’s shadow. Since the Moon ‘shines’ only by reflecting light from the Sun, the Full Moon seems to disappear when it is eclipsed. Depending on which part of the Earth’s shadow the Full Moon passes through (which depends on how close the Full Moon is to the lunar nodes), a lunar eclipse can be one of three main types. In the situation, where the Moon misses the umbra entirely and only enters the penumbra (either grazing it or being completely immersed in it), an appulse or penumbral eclipse is formed, which only dims the Moon’s surface slightly. In fact, the casual observer might not even notice this kind of eclipse since the change in appearance is so subtle. The astrological impact of an appulse Eclipse is far from subtle, however.

It is a supercharged Full Moon and this one illuminates our ‘inner child’, life’s drama and natural disposition. It comes with an opportunity to showcase our talents and promote our self-interests if we take advantage of the chances and occasions offered, even if that involves a risk or some kind of improvising on our part. Because if we want to succeed with our individual cause, we have to perform the role we’ve chosen and this requires that we express ourselves confidently and creatively, trusting in ourselves and our purpose. We have to realize though that this won’t be always easy or ‘safe’, it’s rather a balancing act during which we could at times feel clumsy and awkward. In fact, we could even fall from our ‘horse’ or on our back, yet we cannot let this deter us from our path or mission.

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As the Aquarius New Moon culminates in the Leo Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse, the impulse that sounded forth at the time of the Leo New Moon back in August 2016 also comes to fruition. Consequently, ‘acting out the vision’ (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Aquarius NM) has resulted in ‘virtuosity’ (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Leo FM), whereas the ‘spontaneous acitivity of the innocent mind’ (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Leo NM from August) has led to ‘discipleship’ (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Aquarius Sun).

The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon at 22:28 Leo states:

“In a circus, the bareback rider displays her dangerous skill. Keynote: The audacity and perseverance required to control and play with the powerful energies of the vital realm in human existence – VIRTUOSITY.”

The Sabian Symbol for the Sun at 22:28 Aquarius states:

“A big bear sitting down and waving all its paws. Keynote: The self-discipline, which results from an intelligent development of individual faculties under proper training – DISCIPLESHIP.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 145 and 263, respectively)

Success is no accident. It is the result of practice, persistence, patience, perspiration and dedication, while overcoming failure, trial and error in the process.

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.