Astro-Notes on July 26, 2016 – Third Quarter Moon

Daily Aspects:
– Sun in Leo quincunx Pallas Rx in Pisces
– Moon ingress to Taurus at 11:37 am EDT
– Mercury in Leo trine Eris Rx in Aries
– Third Quarter Moon at 4:21 Taurus/Leo at 6:59 pm EDT

Yesterday, Vesta, a symbol of our dedication, made ingress to Cancer, where she will be traversing until October 20. During this period will we seek to nurture and support our causes and take care of the things we hold sacred or are committed to, especially what matters of home, family, roots, tradition, bonding and belonging concerns. With the Leo Sun in quincunx aspect to retrograde Pallas in Pisces, we’re asked to reconsider our strategies or politics and make sacrifices if necessary in order to get what we long or wish for. A trine from Mercury in Leo to retrograde Eris in Aries indicates that we succeeded with a personal plan or the promotion of our self-interests. The ‘crisis in consciousness’ however, that accompanies the Third Quarter Moon, tests our persistence in this regard in the way we seek to realize and validate ourselves.

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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 July 19, 2016 – Capricorn Full Moon

Daily Aspects:
– Mercury in Leo trine Saturn Rx in Sagittarius and quincunx Neptune Rx in Pisces
– Sun in Cancer semi-sextile Vesta in Gemini
– Eris stations Rx at 23:38 Aries at 3:32 pm EDT (turns direct on Jan 9)
– Full Moon at 27:40 Capricorn/Cancer at 6:56 pm EDT
– Moon ingress to Aquarius at 11:10 pm EDT

A couple of days ago did Ceres, a symbol of our nurturing principle, make ingress to Taurus, a fertile, sensual earth sign, amidst a Grand Trine in water signs formed by the Sun in Cancer, Mars in Scorpio and retrograde Chiron in Pisces. Ceres will only advance a few degrees into Taurus before she will turn retrograde and re-enter Aries on October 13. This means that we will seek to build up and sustain a support system we can rely on together with the emotional and material security we crave by getting in touch with a more feminine, tender and docile way of taking care of things during her transit through Taurus, because we have realized that our problems won’t be solved and our suffering won’t end until we evolve from reacting in extreme, violent, revengeful and emotional intense ways and shed these deeply ingrained psychic patterns we inherited from our ancestors and our past. Instead, we need to nurture our higher nature or potential and foster healthy maternal traits if we want to be able to bridge, mend and heal. Therefore, the Full Moon’s adjusting aspects to Vesta in Gemini are asking us to unlearn old, defensive habits that keep us from being objective and rational in the pursuit of our causes or the things we hold sacred. It is important that we commit us to open communication, to forming connections, to looking at both sides of an issue and also toward flexibility and adaptability.

Eris, a symbol of strife and competition, is stationing retrograde today, implicating that we are entering a phase that will extend until January 9 of next year, during which we have a chance to review our state of mind, especially in regard to being mindful or at discord with our environment or even within ourselves. We will moreover revisit the approach we use in order to succeed. With Mercury in Leo engaged in a trine aspect to retrograde Saturn in Sagittarius on which he follows up with a quincunx to retrograde Neptune in Pisces, a personal plan or creative idea we have been pursuing for a longer time has finally materialized and things are coming together for us, but this requires that we let go off any expectations or preconceived notions we might have in this context.

As the Cancer New Moon culminates in the Capricorn Full Moon, the impulse that sounded forth at the time of the Capricorn New Moon back in January also comes to fruition, demanding integration and reconciliation of the maternal and paternal archetypes. Using the symbolical imagery, ‘the hand with the prominent thumb’ (Sabian Symbol for the Cancer New Moon) has led us to ‘a large aviary’ (Sabian Symbol for the Capricorn Full Moon) – willfulness as an expression of the ‘higher mind’ in the human race (5, the number of fingers on a hand, is a symbol of humankind operating on a higher mental level) or of ‘individuality’ has resulted in an increase in compassion, solidarity and sympathy (all of which are higher values associated with level 6 or the spiritual realm, symbolized by the large aviary), whereas ‘the fulfillment of the individual’s creative function through his participation in a group performance’ (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Capricorn New Moon from January 9) has been realized in ‘an Indian’s girl introduction of her white lover to her assembled tribe’ (Sabian Symbol for the Cancer Sun) – a higher evolved trait, value or ideal (the white lover) has been introduced into the human tribe that inspires us to respond from this ‘higher level’ instead of reacting from the instinctual level.

The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon at 27:40 Capricorn states:

“A large aviary. Keynote: The enjoyment of spiritual values by the soul able to familiarize itself with their implications – CLAIRAUDIENCE.”

The Sabian Symbol for the Sun at 27:40 Cancer states:

“An Indian girl introduces her white lover to her assembled tribe. Keynote: Inner rebirth through a total acceptance of the primordial values manifest in the human body and the natural functions – RETURN TO NATURE.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 246-247 and 128-129, respectively)

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Tarot card of the day is the “8 of Pentacles”, suggesting that we’re building on our previous successes, especially in regard to the work we’ve done in the past or the visions and dreams we’ve had. We need to be diligent, make an effort and plug away. Important is also in this regard to find out the facts, to increase our expertise, to check and recheck what we’re doing.

Astro-Notes on July 11, 2016 – First Quarter Moon

Daily Aspects:
– Mars in Scorpio quincunx Vesta in Gemini and quincunx Eris in Aries
– Mercury in Cancer square Uranus in Aries, trine Chiron Rx in Pisces and sesqui Saturn Rx in Sagittarius
– Venus in Cancer semi-square NN in Virgo/sesqui SN in Pisces
– First Quarter Moon at 20:07 Libra/Cancer at 8:51 pm EDT

The First Quarter Moon of the Cancer lunation cycle will transpire tonight at 8:51 pm EDT. This cycle has started out on July 4, with Juno, signifying our relationship principle, hovering in the last degree of Libra in hard octile aspects to the nodal axis, the line of destiny or karma, and with Ceres in Aries, symbolizing our nurturing principle, in another semi-square aspect to retrograde Neptune in Pisces, who is a symbol of the collective unconscious. This means that a new seed was planted in regard to our past, traditions and issues related to home, country, roots, family and belonging while a relationship situation had reached a stage of urgency, where a crisis could no longer be avoided due to ongoing confrontations and unresolved conflicts, but has to be worked out during this cycle if we want to improve our relations in the future. Moreover, the never-ending cycle of using force, brutality, violence and aggression in the way we seek to protect and self-preserve requires a review of our ideals, expectations and projections. Because this New Moon happened on the ‘birthday’ of the US, it brought renewed attention to the past of the US and the civil war that preceded it. As both, the Sun and Mercury met in superior conjunction, which is similar to the Full Moon phase in the lunation cycle (inferior conjunction or ‘New Moon phase’ was on May 9) and moved into opposition with retrograde Pluto in Capricorn, the collective ‘shadow’ of this country was highlighted and the themes referring to the struggles of the forefathers, especially in regard to race, power and wealth, were reenacted. Under these conditions, Juno re-entered Scorpio, Pluto’s sign, ushering in a period during which we have a chance to evolve from these circumstances. Now, at this stage in the cycle, Venus in Cancer, signifying traditional values and safety needs, is engaged in hard octile aspects to the nodal axis, while Mars in Scorpio is sitting at the apex of a Yod (a finger of God) with Vesta in Gemini (focus, dedication) and Eris in Aries (principle of discord) and Mercury in Cancer, symbolizing our habitual thought process, is squaring Uranus in Aries (progress, change, reform), following up with a trine to retrograde Chiron in Pisces (reconsideration, sympathizing) and a sesqui-quadrate to retrograde Saturn in Sagittarius, necessitating a review of our beliefs about authority, control and structure. Thus, the ‘crisis in action’ that accompanies the First Quarter Moon, challenges us to improve our character (keyword of the Sabian Symbol for the Cancer New Moon) or the way we tend to react and respond. The Libra Moon asks us to cultivate cordiality, peace and diplomacy and to strive for sophistication and civility in general if we want to succeed and be able to settle our conflicts. Mars in this position implies a choice we must make regarding our intentions, actions, approach and modus operanti and this refers to taking either the high road or the low road. If we go down the low road, our problems will continue and eventually intensify and escalate, but if we follow the high road, we can win others over for our cause and help and support each other. It all depends on what we focus on and if we are willing to try harder and set a positive example that has the potential to inspire others to imitate and emulate.

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Tarot card of the day is the “6 of Cups”, suggesting that past efforts are being rewarded and pleasant or nostalgic memories are resurfacing. Past connections can serve some useful purpose. However, we need to look toward the future now and lay solid foundations in this regard. It’s important to be keenly aware of the blessings in our lives and to take some time out to enjoy the good moments, for they are special.