Partial Lunar Eclipse and Full Moon in Cancer – December 31, 2009

The Sagittarius New Moon culminates with a partial lunar eclipse on December 31st at 02:12 pm EST, which is a special Full Moon across the Cancer-Capricorn axis that is also ushering in the New Year.  Because this is the second Full Moon of the calender month, it is moreover a Blue Moon. Therefore, this specialness or exceptional quality will be reverberating within the underlying vibration of the year 2010 as an echo of the preceding Jupiter-Neptune conjunction in Aquarius, which accompanied the Winter Solstice and which is quite appropriate for a universal year number 3 when trends within the collective can peak or reach fruition and spread as heightened awareness comes to the forefront in dynamic-expressive waves.
 
The Sabian Symbol for the Moon at 10:14 Cancer states:
“A clown caricaturing well-known personalities. Keynote: The value of humor in developing objectivity and independence of mind – DECONDITIONING.”
  
The Sabian Symbol for the Sun at 10:14 Capricorn states:
“A large group of pheasant on a private estate. Keynote: The refinement and propagation of aristocratic values by means of which man participates in the evolution of life toward ever more perfect forms of existence – ARISTOCRACY.”
  
(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and Its 360 Symbolic Phases”, Pages 116-117 and 236, respectively)
 
As the nodal axis aligns in a cardinal t-square with Eris Rx in Aries, the state of discord, so defining of our postmodern era, is approaching yet another cross-roads, where we are challenged to move past our habitual feeling responses, familiar reactions and conditioning (Cancer) toward a more ‘mature’ expression of our evolutionary potential (Capricorn). Since the process of individualization began to operate through our species, the developments have been leading for the most part to a form of egocentrism that is a combination of extreme selfishness and rogue individualism. In our times of global interconnectness and amalgamation it becomes increasingly obvious that this trend is counterproductive to the concept of community and the global village we’re building. The outward reality we have created is reflective of the inner workings of our psyche and the strong subjectivity of our perception. Our manners and Self-assertion in our associations with others are proportional to the degree of other-awareness we have fostered and thus mirror our capacity for mindfulness (Eris).
 
This lunar eclipse and blue moon illuminates the private and public spheres of our life with the emphasis on the former; on our tribe or clan as the basis for the kind of relationships we will be having with the world later in life. Other aspects perfecting that day are Mercury Rx in Capricorn’s semi-square to Ceres in Sagittarius and quincunx to Mars Rx in Leo in addition to the sextiles between Ceres in Sagittarius and Saturn in Libra and Venus in Capricorn and Pallas in Scorpio. Suggested by this symbolic picture is to closely examine our past and upbringing in order to find out which beliefs, truths and morals we have inherited from our family and society. In this context, we may want to reconsider our principles and ethics together with the reasoning we use to justify our behavior and to which extend this influences our decisions. Successful problem-solving requires a certain amount of tolerance, respect and the ability to mediate. Self-righteousness aggravates and defensiveness separates. A mentality guided by revenge, hatred, fear and prejudice causes strife, divisiveness, enmity and even war. What we need to cultivate instead is a sense of belonging that is rooted in our commonalities and the things we share, inclusive our one home – the Earth.    
 
The “Golden Rule” is a code of ethics, also called the ethics of reciprocity, that states:  “Treat others as you want to be treated. ”
 
 

December 25-30, 2009

Venus will ingress Capricorn on December 25th at 01:17 pm EST, anchoring our feelings and needs to the material plane and bringing a sense of reality to our value system. The Sun in Capricorn’s square to Saturn in Libra together with his sesqui-quadrate to Mars Rx in Leo are indicative of tensions as the result of relationship obligations and other duties or rules we may have to comply with and which restrict our natural self-expression as well as our personal authority in some way.

A trine from Juno in Aries to Ceres in Sagittarius on December 26th could see us rushing to the occasion in the spirit of celebration and with the intention of scoring big. However, Mercury will station retrograde at 21:47:43 Capricorn at 09:38:06 am EST, which corresponds to a period of introspection and REworking schedules, REorganizing, REvising, REthinking, REconsidering, REwriting, REdoing etc. Therefore, despite all the excitement and high energy, take your time to be able to slow down comfortably when the Moon will ingress Taurus at 03:26 pm EST. Mercury will station direct on January 16, 2010 at 05:33:37 Capricorn – the shadow period however lasts from December 09, 2009 – February 04, 2010.  

On December 27th could we have to take up the initiative regarding relationship commitments we made, implied by a semi-square between Mars Rx in Leo and Saturn in Libra. As the Sun in Capricorn will also cast a sextile to Pallas in Scorpio and a trine to Vesta in Virgo, while Venus in Capricorn will square Juno in Aries and semi-sextile Ceres in Sagittarius, this could be an opportunity for a nice, traditional get-together, even though we may have to budge a bit and make room for compromises. It might be well worth it in the end.

Consequently, our worth could have been substantiated and the necessary resources supplied for restructuring purposes, as Venus moves into conjunction with Pluto in Capricorn, who also receives a semi-sextile from Ceres in Sagittarius and a square from Juno in Aries on December 28th. Thus, we may no longer delay our plans and start with the activities right away; laying down a schedule, calculating the details and then begin to reorganize our routines and spaces, suggested by the dynamic aspects from Mercury Rx in Capricorn and Pallas in Scorpio to Vesta in Virgo. The Moon’s Gemini ingress at 08:13 pm EST sets the mood toward flexibility and busyness. Venus in Capricorn follows up with a sesqui-quadrate to Mars Rx in Leo that demands to match our creative intentions to the reality of the situation.  

Mercury Rx’s conjunction with the North Node in Capricorn on December 29th indicates that we may now perceive our future prospects in this context in a feasible manner. However, this may cause disagreements with others involved and may even lead to strife as there seems to be no way to reach common ground on specific proposals, implied by Venus in Capricorn’s square to Saturn in Libra, the Sun in Capricorn’s semi-square to Chiron in Aquarius and Mercury Rx in Capricorn’s square to Eris Rx in Aries. We may just want to leave the whole project alone and call it a day.

If we don’t let our pride get in the way of our intentions and can come along, dedicating us fully to the task at hand, we could make some head way on December 30th, when Mars Rx in Leo will sesqui-quadrate Juno in Aries and Venus in Capricorn trine Vesta in Virgo. After the Moon’s Cancer ingress at 09:45 pm EST could we feel the need to pamper ourselves and enjoy some well-deserved rest. The Sun in Capricorn will semi-square Neptune in Aquarius in addition to Chiron in Aquarius’ semi-sextile to Uranus in Pisces, which could make us pretty vulnerable to all kinds of stress, especially what certain subtle undertows in our surroundings concerns.

Appropriately for all the Capricornian energies around, especially the Mercury retrograde in this sign, I’ve spent plenty of time on my new computer and also wallowing in memories about times and moments long gone. The file downloads and upgrades were pretty easy to handle and quick to process with all the improved technology to my disposal. J’s been busy formatting his computer too (formerly mine). Although I connected with my friends on the public networks I join, I felt lonely. Therefore I skyped with Carola in Germany as soon as she was available in hourlong video-sessions. Before I moved over here to Canada I’ve never thought that I would miss my country of birth and circle of friends from those past times so much. My life has always been moving fast and I’ve never before been without friends or acquaintances or a social circle. That was as long as my Sun progressed through Sagittarius and the wanderlust kept me exploring, searching and looking for adventures. Once the Sun progressed into Capricorn I learnt to settle down, to mature up and to ground myself in reality. This ‘reality’ however wasn’t fulfilling in any way. Instead it weighed down on me and felt oppressive, while it isolated me like a hermit from the rest of civilization, especially after we had purchased property in a rural area. But this experience is of course part of my life’s lessons, which have been slowly and gradually transforming me in a different person. The next step on  my journey is to build a lasting foundation for my personality and I’m working on it in earnest now. I also realized that I have responsibilities and not only toward myself, but also to the people in my ‘support system’.

On the 27th we went to visit J’s mom, where we also met with my daughter and partner. Lots of gifts changed hands. Everybody had fun and the atmosphere was truly in the spirit of the season. It’s just too bad that we have to drive 3 hours one way to get there (and back). Usually, we’re very exhausted when we come home. The pizzeria in town was open. So, we’ve ordered a nice pizza and rented a movie to round up the day. With Mercury rx J had to cancel plans he had made for the next couple of days, because we got real winter weather with loads of snow. Well, one could say I canceled a few of my plans as well as I was skyping instead of working on my astro stuff. I even forgot to go to the post office a last time before the New Year. However, I also strengthened my networking connections and took more time to relax.

A happy, healthy and prosperous New Year to you all!

 

December 22-24, 2009

The Sun in Capricorn’s semi-sextile to Ceres in Sagittarius in addition to his square to Juno in Aries on December 22nd emphasize to take the next step and move on with our preparations for the festive season since there’s not much time left to get everything we’ve planned in this regard done.  

Therefore, on December 23rd, will Mercury in Capricorn participate in the sesqui-quadrate between Eris Rx in Aries and Vesta in Virgo by casting a square to the former and another sesqui-quadrate to the latter before he’ll reach the NN in Capricorn. This seems to a be a last-minute trigger, meant to remind us to fulfill our obligations, to finish up our to-do-list, to wrap up arrangements and so on. We can expect this to be a stressful day when we could give in to the outer pressure, become nervous, impatient and frustrated, and as a consequence could be pushing our agenda or letting the situation control us. Once we realize that we’re in charge of our mind, we can deal with any crisis in a practical, fact-based manner and thus may know what we have to do under these circumstances.

After the Moon’s Aries ingress in the morning hours of December 24th at 06:39 am EST could we feel pretty energetic and animated to start the day. The Sun’s conjunction to Pluto in Capricorn precedes the First Quarter Square of the Sagittarius lunation and can result in intense experiences, which could lead to Self-renewal. Our power and determination could be tested in a struggle concerning the perpetuation of established standards and the strengthening of our influence as well as deepening of our involvement in private affairs. This “crisis in action” calls for initiative on our part for the consolidation of our personal potential.

On Tuesday I followed my own advice and went to town to buy the last things on my list. It’s a small town, but you can choose between 2 gift stores – one that has the ‘amazing’ stuff if you’ve got the money to shop there and the other one is in the pharmacy. That’s the place where I went to. They even had a few items on sale. I purchased a nicely illustrated small book with Christmas themes and songs, inclusive CD, from the Victorian era and a decorative, ingraved stone tablet for my mother-in-law in addition to a big puzzle and window decorations for her roommates. Well, I spent more money than I had left in my purse – I actually had to use the grocery money to be able to pay for my purchases! But this wasn’t a problem, because they didn’t have fresh lettuce leaves for our spoiled rabbit in the grocery store anyway. So, J had to go grocery shopping after work in Exeter on Wednesday. The important thing is though, that we got everything in time and that I also found a few ‘special’ gifts and even got acquainted with the Lady who owns the pharmacy store. She used to live in London too and if there hadn’t be more customers in line she would’ve talked to me all day! LOL. However, on Wednesday it was very tough for me to concentrate on anything, because I had to stop drinking coffee due to the meds (antibiotics) I had to take until Friday. Since I have low blood pressure that didn’t really bode well for me – so, thinking was slow and reading didn’t stick. Exercise hasn’t been an option either, because I’ve been feeling really dizzy lately and have only been able to eat soups and yoghurts and such stuff. What I accomplished was posting Christmas wishes on the public networks, where I participate. I felt better on Thursday until I drew my daily tarot card and it was the ‘Five of Swords’. This really threw me off balance, because I had no idea what this would portend and also because I was at peace within myself. For one thing, it inspired me to truly inquire about the meaning of the card, from which I gained quite some insight. While I was preparing lunch, the Lady from the post office called to let me know that a parcel was there for me and that I could get it before they’ll close. Her nice gesture motivated me to quickly go to the post office and get the mail. Turned out in the parcel was the last book I had ordered and it was not in a condition I’d have purchased it if I’d had a choice in this, but what was even more devastating was that there was a check from the insurance company, which covered only a tiny amount from my dental bill due to ‘special terms’ included in their policy, which made me wonder what for do we have this insurance at all????? Yes, I had to visit the dentist 3 times this year and twice it was an emergency, which wasn’t even my fault, but rather a liability of the dentist and now I’ve got to pay the full price for this personal misfortune, which also prevented me from enjoying such simple things as a cup of coffee and a glass of wine during Christmas season. Not to mention, that I still have a lot of dental work to do right at the beginning of next year and no income. So, this will just eat up all of my savings! – The Five of Swords is a card of loss and defeat – here we go! However, from an astrological perspective I had an ‘inkling’ (foreshadowing is the keynote of the Sagittarius New Moon) that this would happen in order to kick me into gear and do something about my circumstances.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL!

December 21, 2009

Today is a quarter day in the wheel of the year – Winter Solstice – when the Northern Hemisphere will experience the shortest day and the longest night due to the Sun’s ingress into Capricorn at 12:46 pm EST. Energywise, this is a time of relative pause and stillness, giving us a chance to stop and take stock, to assimilate all that has been rapidly developing and to transition into a state of being that could be termed ‘stasis’. Winter is memory, when we lie low and hibernate, perceive the seeds of future growth to make our resolutions for the new year, gather intent and celebrate our togetherness and reunion. Although Winter Solstice symbolizes relative lifelessness, it also represents the light within, the concealed, surviving spark of the life-force in the midst of darkness, which contains the seed potential for rebirth at spring. A Solstice is a gateway of consciousness and this one is wide open as Jupiter and Neptune meet for their final conjunction in Aquarius to end one cycle and start a new one. Therefore, we have a unique opportunity to send our mind traveling through this portal that connects the past with the future by reflecting upon the experiences of the previous 13 years, synthesize their meaning and then envision our progressive expansion from there based on our understanding of the concept of process. Venus in Sagittarius’ sextile to the Jupiter-Neptune conjunction allows us to also connect emotionally to these higher vibrations and feel the wholeness of the universe, which could greatly enhance the moment of holistic perception. Thus, we may turn our attention inward and give the manner in which we pursue our creative, self-expressive intentions a serious thought, suggested by Mercury in Capricorn’s quincunx to Mars Rx in Leo. In the same sense as the light will slowly and steadily grow from now on, can our will motivate us to climb the mountains in our life. Pallas in Scorpio’s semi-sextile to Saturn in Libra instructs us to align our focus with our goals if we want to see our deepest desires manifest.

In the morning I spent some time with my new laptop and changed a few settings to my preference, while also writing on my blog on this one. Later on, I honored the Solstice by meditating in my own way and doing what I do best – cooking a nice meal as an expression of my creativity. This ingress happens in my 4th house and Saturn, Capricorn’s ruler, is the ruler over my 5th house, where I have Ceres placed in partile semi-square to Saturn in Aquarius in 6. In sync with the transition from one Jupiter-Neptune cycle into the next did I experience dental problems to a point, where I’m currently unable to chew properly. The previous cycle began in the sign Capricorn in my 5th house, which initiated a phase of ‘maturing’ up regarding the manner I used to express myself as well as to an ‘upgrading’ of my character. Consequently, the structure upon which my old personality rested, has been broken down, piece by piece and now has the time come for me to rebuild and I’ve fallen behind with that, which is the reason for this “physical manifestation” that’s obvious and painful. However, the tense Ceres-Saturn aspect is a significator of grief and suffering, part of my life path as a Scorpio with a prominent Pluto (No Mercy), oriental planet Neptune (otherworldliness) and the lessons I need to learn (Saturn). – For J things are looking better and the pace of the developments regarding his projects is picking up. He had quite a few exciting news to share, amazingly in line with the ‘foreshadowing’ and keynote of the current lunation – “the chubby boy on his hobby horse” (Sabian Symbol for the Sagittarian lunation) came to mind, in particular so as the latest New Moon had fallen in his 1st house, partile quincunx to natal Pluto in 9. This is the gospel of J and the congregation is ‘conglomerating’.

Weekend of December 19-20, 2009

The Moon’s Aquarius ingress at 05:38 am EST on Saturday, December 19th, could feel liberating and stim us rebellious and therefore we might be compelled to push a few buttons in order to organize things differently later on when she will square Pallas in Scorpio. We could have achieved our objective at the time of her trine to Saturn in Libra, an accomplishment from whence our Self-respect could grow and so could our contentment based on the favorable prospects we may now realize, indicated by Venus in Sagittarius’ sextile to Chiron in Aquarius, which precedes Juno’s ingress into Aries at 05:08 pm EST. This marks a period when we take on a stronger, more self-determined role in our relationships and initiate interactions with others. In this context will a square from Venus in Sagittarius to Uranus in Pisces shake us up on the inside, which could challenge us to become aware of how our value system can undermine our progress, especially what the ranking of our priorities concerns and the ease with which we can get distracted by the things we prefer to do or like to indulge in. It may strike us that we somehow got off track, whereby the original purpose we’ve been pursuing disappeared in the background. With the Aquarian Moon moving into this square the situation could take a turn or two and while this could prove to be very stimulating, albeit more or less pleasant, the emotional excitement or storm could trigger provocative responses with the possibility to alter our attitude and shift priorities, right as Mars in Leo prepares to change direction, turning the energy back on our intentions for Self-affirming action.

Thus, on Sunday, December 20th, will we wake to a stationing retrograde Mars at 19:41:42 Leo at 08:26:19 am EST that could see us fighting with ourselves under all the heat and pressure, particularly so as the Aquarian Moon keeps following up with stressful octiles, beginning with a semi-square to the Sun in Sagittarius at 09:50 am EST, which could increase inner tensions considerably, that is succeeded by another semi-square to Juno in Aries at 12:43 pm EST that will be putting even more strain on our relations and could kick the Self to the fore and us into gear to be ready to rock’n’roll and conquer when Ceres will ingress into Sagittarius at 03:24 pm EST, which signifies a time when we support our development by ways of growing, expanding and compensating. Yet another semi-square from the Aquarian Moon to Pluto in Capricorn in addition to a sesqui-quadrate to Saturn in Libra only shortly later could provide strong motivation to take control, do what is necessary and be either insisting or resisting, while we may undergo a series of chaotic feelings, which could result in a state of inner discord, indicated by Vesta in Virgo’s sesqui-quadrate to Eris Rx in Aries. This crisis can be resolved by applying focus, analyzing the situation without prejudice and attempting to be reasonable instead of letting us be rushed or stressed out as the Aquarian Moon moves on to oppose Mars Rx in Leo. Thus, if we can restrain from overreacting, we may conclude that patience is a virtue  – it just takes some faith in the process of getting us to where we wanted to go in the first place – and then the day could end in great relief and optimistic anticipation of better times, which could feel truly uplifting after the hectic pace of the preceding hours, suggested by Venus in Sagittarius’ sextile to Jupiter in Aquarius.  

Mars’ retrograde through Leo will last until March 11, 2010. However, the shadow phase spans from October 19, 2009 to May 17, 2010. For more info please open this link: http://juliedemboski.wordpress.com/2009/12/17/mars-retrograde-december-2009/.

 J had left early in the morning on Saturday, which allowed me to sleep in and to have all day to take care of my business. Because I was well rested and in good spirits I caught on rather nicely and decided to keep it that way and just stay on the computer in my pj’s and let my workout fall by the wayside, so to speak. But once I went upstairs to tidy things up there I questioned my decision and struggled with myself for a while after which I finally summoned the discipline to carry out my usual routine. Later on, this turned out to be a good decision, because for one thing I felt more energetic, whereas over the course of the next days the antibiotics would get to me and force me to slow down, which means no workout during this stage of recuperating. However, I used the time in the afternoon to work on the Solar Return chart for my daughter and the more notes I added the more I was convinced that I should talk to her about it. So, I called her and reached her after a second attempt in the evening. We were chatting for a while until I she said that she needed to ask me something and it was completely in line with the message of her Solar Return (which was to be expected). So, we had a very interesting, lively conversation, whereby she at first touched upon sensitive issues that went on for too long and have been a source of wounding for all involved, whereby she declared that this situation has to end and was very firm in stating her intentions to do something radical about it. Then, we changed topic and discussed her chart, after which I concluded that I need to conduct a search on a specific topic she inquired about and will also have to take a different approach for this astro analysis.

On Sunday we got up late in the morning, much to the dislike of our spoiled rabbit. She shows that by peeing down on the floor from her upper level in the cage. Thus, I had to clean up and prepare breakfast at the same time and this would set the pace and be the standard for the day, because J had changed his plans and would be staying home to set the computers up, which means that he expected me to download and store my files, save links, e-mail-addresses etc. All of this while I had a pile of laundry to wash and other chores in the household to take care of. Naturally, there were a few moments when I was feeling anger welling up, but at the end of the day J told me that he doesn’t need my laptop immediately and therefore I’ll have time to do this thoroughly and accustomize myself with the new computer, windows 7 and the different features. So, I called it a day and relaxed at night.

December 18, 2009

A sextile from Pallas in Scorpio to Pluto in Capricorn together with a trine between Venus in Sagittarius and Eris Rx in Aries provides us with a chance to influence a situation in a way that could help us to consolidate our personal power and which could consequently raise our Self-worth, leading ultimately to greater Self-fulfillment.

Over the last few days I have been ‘growing an infection’ that naturally became worse with every day that passed, which forced us to find a dentist again to get that looked after. Luckily, I could convince J to take this day off from work and drive me to London to an emergency dental care unit. We feared it would be a root canal procedure, but so far it seems ‘only’ to be a gum infection (still pretty painful). However, I have to take anti-biotics and had to book follow-up appointments. We used the opportunity to enjoy the day anyway and got even our Christmas shopping done together with the grocery shopping. J bought me a beautiful red laptop at Best Buy, complete with mouse, software, memory stick and a bag for transportation. I like that the logo on it says “Mobile Lifestyle” – how fitting! After that we went to “Montana’s” for a late lunch. Later on it turned out to J’s advantage to have all weekend to take care of his business, because both of us have a lot of catching up to do.

December 17, 2009

A trine from Venus in Sagittarius to Mars in Leo allows for a free flow of our creative intentions and can assist us to assert ourselves in a way that gets us what we want.

When J told me about his intentions to trade in a computer I suggested to use mine for this deal, because even though it’s a laptop and I can take it with me on my travels I have to disconnect the camera and the microphone every single time and then we experience problems with Microsoft (they’re infamous for the compatibility issues they equipped their products with) when we attempt to reinstall the camera. This inspired him to play around with the idea until he came up with an even better one – selling his computer, taking my laptop for his purposes and buying me a new one with inbuild camera.