Astro-Notes on March 31, 2016 – Third Quarter Moon

Daily Aspects:
– Third Quarter Moon at 11:20 Capricorn/Aries at 11:16 am EDT
– Mercury conjunct Uranus in Aries

The eclipses have passed and we’re trying to survive or continue living a ‘normal’ life in the aftermath of these events to be able to let our wounds heal or to let go off our hurt and other sensitivities, which are a source of negative and sad feelings. Thus, if we’re currently experiencing some rather disillusioning situations, especially what relationship or financial matters concerns, we have to remember that having expectations can lead to disappointment. We’re dealing with complex life processes here over which we have not much control and therefore, it’s pointless to struggle or fight this if we can’t win. Instead, the ‘crisis in consciousness’ that accompanies the Third Quarter Moon, tests our resilience under circumstances we consider a personal setback or even a defeat. However, not everything is lost. At the start of this new sub-cycle ushered in by the meeting of Mercury and Uranus in Aries we are encouraged to focus on the future, to make pro-active choices and to enact an agenda that will lead to progress and initiation of the changes we have on our mind.

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Tarot card of the day is the “Page of Wands”, suggesting news related to business or otherwise and a positive awareness of the future or ‘to expect the unexpected’. There are new possibilities, which demand from us to be courageous and daring as we rediscover purpose. This card represents ‘a new dawn’ that is a new beginning of a phase in which the creative spark must be developed and given a new lease on life, calling upon us to express ourselves from our heart. It’s a day to be positive and spontaneous as well as lively and energetic, when we should pursue our creative vision with enthusiasm.

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Astro-Notes on March 23, 2016 – Libra Full Moon/Appulse Lunar Eclipse

Daily Aspects:
– Moon ingress to Libra at 1:23 am EDT
– Jupiter Rx in Virgo square Saturn in Sagittarius
– Lunar Appulse Eclipse/Full Moon at 3:17 Libra/Aries at 8:00 am EDT
– Venus in Pisces trine Juno Rx in Scorpio
– Sun-Mercury superior conjunction in Aries
– Vesta in Taurus semi-square Ceres-Chiron-South Node conjunction in Pisces

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 is even more so because the Sun and Mercury also meet for their superior conjunction, which corresponds to the Full Moon phase in their synodic cycle. So, plans laid out in mid January regarding structure, organization, ambitions, career, control, management and authority could be coming to a head during negotiations and meetings or in other settings.

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The current state of affairs is that spring has sprung here in the Northern Hemisphere, but winter isn’t quite done with us yet. This is the same with every seasonal change. It won’t happen overnight, only gradually, which means, we’re undergoing a time of transition and that applies to every area of our lives. Therefore, things are still uncertain and intangible, while we don’t know where to go from here, but have to wait and see. And although a relationship situation is over or has ended and there is no turning back to how it used to be, we don’t have the answers or solutions yet for our specific set of circumstances.

Thus, as the Pisces New Moon (Solar Eclipse) culminates in the Libra Full Moon Lunar Eclipse, the impulse that sounded forth at the time of the Libra New Moon on October 12 last year will also come to fruition and so will the mental impulse from January 14 (the day of the inferior conjunction of Sun and Mercury in Capricorn). Consequently, ‘the master instructing his disciple’ (Sabian Symbol for the Pisces New Moon) and also ‘the rabbi performing his duties’ (Sabian Symbol for the Libra New Moon from October 12) have succeeded with the ‘In-spiriting’ of ‘a group of young people, who are sitting in spiritual communion around a campfire’ (Sabian Symbol for the Libra Full Moon). As a result, the ‘commitment to this transcendent goal’ (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the inferior conjunction of the Sun and Mercury) has led to a ‘progressive polarization of our energies needed to fulfill our life’s functions’ (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Aries Sun).

The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon at 3:17 Libra states:

“Around a campfire a group of young people sit in spiritual communion. Keynote: The necessity to unite with kindred spirits as one enters unbeaten paths illumined by the still insecure light of a dawning intuition of new values – IN-SPIRITING the group.”

The Sabian Symbol for the Sun at 3:17 Aries states:

“Two Lovers strolling on a secluded walk. Keynote: The progressive polarization of energies needed for fulfilling one’s life function – POLARIZATION.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 174 and 52-53)

Suggested by these symbolical images is that the initial spark has become a fire that is burning strong in the hearts of the ‘faithful’ and the like-minded it unites, but the values they are sharing and the things they are holding sacred could polarize or antagonize others to a point that tips the scales and thus has the potential to escalate the conflict that’s been brewing for a while now. In any case, emotions will be running high and whatever transpires or develops from this will affect us deeply. Moreover, we long to break the cycle of suffering, loss and helplessness and dedicate ourselves toward these ends.

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

Astro-Notes on March 20, 2016 – Spring Equinox

Daily Aspects:
– Sun ingress to Aries at 00:30 am EDT – Spring Equinox
– Moon ingress to Virgo at 1:39 pm EDT
– Venus conjunct Neptune in Pisces
– Jupiter Rx in Virgo square Saturn in Sagittarius
– Pallas in Aquarius sextile Uranus in Aries
– Ceres conjunct Chiron and South Node in Pisces
– Mars in Sagittarius quincunx Vesta in Taurus

Right at the start of this new day at 00:30 am EDT 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. 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. 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 as well as tend to be driven and to act from an instinctual or primal level.

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In the chart for this year’s Spring Equinox we see Chiron hovering on the South Node in Pisces, telling us that we need to release or let go off the source of our accumulated problems or hurt in order to be able to heal or become whole. With Ceres approaching this conjunction, we’re standing at the closing of a cycle, but we don’t have a clear picture of the future yet, only a vague vision of our destination. We’re aware though that we have to stop sacrificing for the ‘wrong’ causes, where we don’t see any returns. Instead, we should pour our support into those causes, which are worth our while and help us mending. This is even more emphasized by the conjunction of Venus and Neptune in Pisces that begins a new sub-cycle, during which we long for our highest values, seek to pursue the lifestyle that’s most suitable to our desires and needs as well as the ideal we’re having in regard to relationships, wellbeing and fulfillment. With these two planets coming together today, there’s something of the sacred feminine touching us and we’re highly sensitive as well as receptive, plus our imagination is enhanced. We sense vividly that our dreams can come true if we commit us toward a better future and invest our energies accordingly. All it takes is making the choices that are right for us and to focus on our progress. The waning square between retrograde Jupiter in Virgo and Saturn in Sagittarius challenges us to overcome our increased responsibilities and limitations so that we can review our options and work out new possibilities or improve our chances. As Jupiter ruled Mars in Sagittarius casts a quincunx to Vesta in Taurus, an adjustment in the way we operate and in regard to the things that motivate us is needed.

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Tarot card of the day is the “3 of Cups”, representing wonderful connections, reunions and the celebration of friendship and harmonious relationships in general. It heralds a sociable day when we spend quality time with friends and loved ones and experience camaraderie as well as a feeling of oneness. We could be bursting with energy and overflowing with high spirits. Things should be going well.

Astro-Notes on March 15, 2016 – First Quarter Moon

Daily aspects:
– Mercury in Pisces sextile Pluto in Capricorn, opposite Jupiter Rx in Virgo, semi-square Vesta in Taurus, semi-sextile Pallas in Aquarius and conjunct Ceres
– Venus in Pisces semi-square Uranus in Aries
– First Quarter Moon at 25:32 Gemini/Pisces at 1:02 pm EDT
– Moon ingress to Cancer at 8:56 pm EDT

If we took advantage of the opportunity we were presented with in regard to organizing our affairs, we could have been able to slowly build up our commitment and keep focusing on those matters and causes that are sacred to us until they’ve been dealt with, at least what the first steps of these processes concerns. For the remaining ones, a review of our options is required and so is a change in our approach or of the strategies we’ve been employing. This includes that we sacrifice some of our values or preferences in order to make progress on all fronts, especially with a full schedule like ours. Now that support for our plans is available and our messages have been well received, connections can be nurtured through transparency, solidarity and sympathy or helping each other in every way possible. Therefore, the ‘crisis in action’ that accompanies the First Quarter Moon challenges us to be flexible and go with the flow of events, even if some factors remain unknown or some questions are still unanswered. We’re in a transitional period, the end of which is not revealed yet, which means we have to wait for things to take shape and then proceed from there. Meanwhile, the ‘word is out’ and we are coping with our daily environment and chores. After the Moon’s ingress to Cancer later tonight will we feel more nurtured and cared for.

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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.

Astro-Notes on March 8, 2016 – Pisces New Moon/Total Solar Eclipse

Daily aspects:
– Juno Rx in Scorpio trine Ceres in Pisces
– Ceres in Pisces square Saturn in Sagittarius
– Sun in Pisces opposite Jupiter Rx in Virgo and semi-sextile Uranus in Aries
– Pallas in Aquarius sextile Saturn in Sagittarius
– Total Solar Eclipse/New Moon at 18:55 Pisces at 8:54 pm EDT

A total eclipse of the Sun occurs when the Sun, Moon and Earth line up exactly as the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun. However, the apparent size of the Moon is smaller than that of the Sun. Hence, the Sun appears as a very bright ring, or annulus, surrounding the outline of the Moon. Therefore, we don’t see a total occultation; instead, our attention is captured by the ‘fiery’ circle of light that dominates the sky with its allure and is an omen not only for things to come as it is setting the tone for the next half year (or even longer in some cases), but also in the sense of a ‘portal’ that is leading right into the ‘heart of darkness’. Thus, things that have been eclipsed (or veiled, hidden) in the area of our life, represented by the house (or angle) in our chart, where the eclipse makes an impact, have now a chance to be brought into the light of conscious awareness (and this happens rather suddenly and surprisingly), triggering individual and collective transitions, marked by endings and new beginnings. Furthermore, eclipses belong to a larger pattern or series; 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 18 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.

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This particular Saros Series was the last time around in February 1998 (look for a common theme). It has Jupiter in quincunx aspect to Venus and the North Node sits on the midpoint of New Moon/Neptune as well as the Venus/Saturn midpoint, for which Bernadette Brady gives the following interpretation:

“This family of eclipses is concerned with endings or separations. Thus, when it affects a chart, individuals will find themselves dealing with a parting. This parting can be anything from a friend traveling overseas and the saying of goodbyes to the ending of a relationship with a loved one, which could bring much anguish or grief. However, the pain of the separation is lessened by encountering new situations, which lead to very positive outcomes.”

(Bernadette Brady, “Predictive Astrology: The Eagle and The Lark”, Appendices, Page 334)

During the last few days did we come to a conclusion in regard to our review of our relationship principle or pattern of relating, which made us aware that a season in our life has come to an end and that it is time for us to move on from these circumstances to be able to start over, because our current options are not getting us near anywhere we want to be in our life or there’s a lack of opportunity or some other beneficent development we’re missing out on. In general, we can’t see how things could improve for us under these conditions. We seem to be caught in a vicious cycle from which there is only a temporary escape possible or worse, feel trapped in the wrong place in a set of circumstances that is limiting and curtailing. Therefore, correlating with Vesta’s ingress to Taurus, we dedicate us toward self-validation, personal wellbeing and wholesomeness. Moreover, we seek to cultivate a quality of life so that we can prosper and invest our energy in the things we value and hold sacred. However, it is essential that we remain flexible and adapt to the flow of things with all the mutable energy involved and at cross purpose in the eclipse chart. Although we may have a potential future prospect, a course or direction, possibility or option we’re focusing on, we still don’t know all the details or how the pieces of the bigger picture will fit together or if they will work out the way we hope and imagine. Many factors are uncertain or unknown, which means we have to keep our minds open and wait and see where the developments will take us. Only then can we really deal with the issue at hand and make a decision. In the meantime, we need to prepare ourselves as good as we can, reflect on the information we receive, choose from our options wisely and consult our superiors or other experts for advice.

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon at 18:55 Pisces states:

“A master instructing his disciple. Keynote: The transfer of power and knowledge, which keeps the original spiritual and creative impulse of the cycle active and undeviated – INVESTITURE.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 280-281)

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Suggested by the combined symbolical meanings of these statements is that an ‘office’ or ‘robe’ will be passed on, because of somebody being replaced, let go or leaving. Thus, we can say that the closing of a chapter of our life’s story has shaped and readied us for the next step we have to take on our journey, even if this is a leap of faith. Spring is in the air. Change is beckoning us and we understand that we have to act in our self-interests. It won’t be easy – it could even be painful as this concerns a wounding issue for which we seek closure and healing. Consequently, we must surrender and accept the unavoidable.

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.

Astro-Notes on March 1, 2016 – Third Quarter Moon

Daily Aspects:
– Juno in Scorpio semi-sextile Saturn in Sagittarius
– Venus in Aquarius semi-sextile Pluto in Capricorn
– Third Quarter Moon at 11:48 Sag/Pisces at 6:10 pm EST

The conjunction of the Sun and Neptune in Pisces a few days ago squared my natal Mercury in Sagittarius in house 4 (home and family) from house 7 (close others). It marked our day of departure from the beautiful island, where we (my daughter and I) had spent a few days of vacation that seemed to be beyond everything we could have hoped for or imagined – truly a dream vacation. We enjoyed a wonderful time together and were surrounded all day by friendly, welcoming people. We also had met a nice couple from the US with whom we became friends during our short stay and had exchanged our contact information. Thus, as indicated by the square, I felt rather sad to leave paradise so soon to return to Ontario, where it is winter and where I made my home, which is indeed a cold, lonely place – no matter how one looks at the situation. Nobody misses me over here (well, maybe a few people at work) – no parties, no celebrations or get-togethers happen around here anymore. My daughter lives too far away and so do my best friends. This part is really disappointing and therefore, it’s time for a change. We are already in the eclipse season. Big changes are already on their way for some. We too will soon set our plans into motion and hopefully reunite in a few months to embark on another great adventure (the Solar Eclipse will aspect my natal Jupiter in house 9 with a sextile from house 7 – so, my daughter is ‘the trigger’ for this opportunity for farther horizons). So, this is my personal story. For everybody else, the Sun-Neptune conjunction revealed a self-image, shed light on a dream or longing or even an illusion and also on the life we envision for ourselves. As Venus in Aquarius first engaged into the Juno-Saturn semi-sextile by casting a square to the former and a sextile to the latter and then formed a semi-sextile with Pluto in Capricorn, our individual values and preferences have been challenged in business situations and other relationship interactions, in which we are more or less powerless, because of the terms or conditions they are based on. Consequently, we have to surrender, even cut our losses, and accept what fate has dealt us. The ‘crisis in consciousness’ that accompanies the Last Quarter Moon tests our idealism, in particular what our personal truth and viewpoint of the situation concerns. Indeed, March came in roaring like a lion – not just weather-wise (a major winter storm system is blowing through here). Let’s hope for an early spring.

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Tarot card of the day is “Justice”, indicating that justice will be served and a fair decision will be made. The workings of karma will be evident. Therefore, an understanding of cause and effect or consequences is necessary. A sharp mind is needed and so is a clear-sighted view. This is a time to remain objective and impartial. We need to apply ethical principles, try to do what’s right and play by the rules. Thus, we can handle the situation and settle old accounts and debts.