Astro-Notes on September 30, 2016 – Libra New Moon

Daily Aspects:
– Mercury in Virgo quincunx Pallas Rx in Aquarius
– Moon ingress to Libra at 3:52 am EDT
– New Moon at 8:15 Libra at 8:11 pm EDT
– Pallas Rx in Aquarius sesqui-quadrate Jupiter in Libra
– Mars in Capricorn trine Ceres Rx in Taurus
– Vesta in Cancer sesqui-quadrate Neptune Rx in Pisces
– Uranus Rx conjunct Eris Rx in Aries

In the last few days at the closing of the previous lunation cycle (Virgo lunation cycle) did Pluto, who has been in retrograde motion since April 18th, station direct in Capricorn, and then Mars made ingress into this cardinal earth sign, where he will be traversing until November 9th. Thus, the reworking of our psyche we underwent during this time when we reviewed the amount of personal power and influence we have together with our affairs can now be used constructively and productively, in a step-by-step manner, to tackle our particular set of circumstances with renewed strength, because we could be feeling more in charge or control over outside conditions and also more empowered as a result of this. In fact, these energy shifts provide us with the necessary motivation, stamina and drive to work on the achievement of our goals, especially with the support we are getting now, indicated by Mars’ trine to retrograde Ceres in Taurus that moreover shows a tangible and concrete accomplishment after a prolonged period of ‘stuckness’. This is our green light, signaling that we can go ahead with whatever we set out to do as long as we manage everything effectively and persistently.

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With the New Moon in Libra there is a new beginning that involves balance, fairness, harmony, justice, symmetry or proportion, equilibrium or evening and leveling out as well as relationships, partnerships, agreements, contracts and cooperation. Venus in Scorpio, the ruler over this new lunation cycle, has just left a tense sesqui-quadrate to retrograde Chiron in Pisces, stressing that we had to review a problematic situation in its complexity, where we have to be more resourceful as well as committed in order to be able to avoid loss, prevent mistakes, bring people together and make ends meet. She will follow up with a trine to retrograde Neptune in Pisces tomorrow, showing a successful ending of a material or relationship pursuit we invested in from which we’ll receive satisfaction and emotional fulfillment.

A quincunx from Mercury in Virgo to retrograde Pallas in Aquarius, who is also engaged in a sesqui-quadrate to Jupiter in Libra, implicates that we have been adjusting our schedules, agendas and plans accordingly, while reconsidering our strategies, choices and preferred approach in this matter, in particular what our outlook, viewpoint or truth concerns. Instead of overemphasizing one side of the equation, over which we don’t have much control, we also need to evaluate other options or alternatives that are available to us we can actually affect. Vesta in Cancer’s sesqui-quadrate to retrograde Neptune in Pisces makes us aware of flaws or weaknesses in the way we seek to protect our belongings, property and other things and causes we hold sacred. Therefore, it is critical that we realize where we failed to do so and consequently have to make changes as we start over or turn a page in our book.

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon at 8:15 Libra states:

“Three ‘old masters’ hanging on the wall of a special room in an art gallery. Keynote: The need to return to source during a confused search for new value in a chaotic society – APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION.”

Suggested by this symbolical picture is that we need to watch, monitor (keep an eye on) and safeguard what’s of value or worth to us by taking clues from the wisdom and insights we gained from past experiences and also by using foresight coupled with protective measures (including modern technology) as we proceed from here on.

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 177-178)

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Tarot card of the day is the “8 of Cups”, suggesting that we’re or somebody else is leaving a situation that is no longer working for us or for them. It is important to know though that good times lie ahead. By realizing that the current cycle is over, we’re disentangling ourselves and moving on. We’re starting on a journey of discovery and seek deeper meaning. This is a card of change and transition.

Astro-Notes on September 23, 2016 – Third Quarter Moon

Daily Aspects:
– Moon ingress to Cancer at 4:33 am EDT
– Mercury in Virgo trine Pluto Rx in Capricorn and semi-square Venus in Libra
– Third Quarter Moon at 0:47 Cancer/Libra at 5:56 am EDT
– Sun in Libra semi-square Juno in Scorpio
– Venus ingress to Scorpio at 10:50 am EDT
– Vesta in Cancer trine Chiron Rx in Pisces
– Uranus Rx conjunct Eris Rx in Aries

Yesterday morning did Mercury station direct in Virgo in trine aspect to retrograde Pluto in Capricorn (restructuring/reorganizing) and in semi-square aspect to Venus in Libra (just assessment/equal relations). Since August 30th has he been tracing back his steps to this particular degree (14+ Virgo – Mercury’s degree of exaltation no less), which corresponded to a period of review in all matters of communing and communication, data processing, information exchange and association, especially in regard to health, service, obligations and daily routines. Although he will only leave his shadow zone on October 6, these matters will slowly, but surely, begin to move forward from now on. Moreover, we’re seeing some real results now or at least undeniable proof of what we’ve suspected all along. Secret thoughts are being shared, hidden truths uncovered and confessions are being made. We’re finding out where we are standing and thus, can finalize or complete a complicated process or state of affairs that was mostly beyond our control.

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As retrograde Ceres in Taurus approaches a quincunx to Jupiter in Libra, we are no longer stuck support-wise, but can initiate the necessary adjustments after this option in our negotiations with others opened up, shown by retrograde Vesta in Cancer’s trine to retrograde Chiron in Pisces that indicates that we successfully bridged a problem concerning a domestic project or cause, which has been delayed for a while. However, this requires some compromising and accommodating priority- and value-wise and also the willingness to cooperate and work with others as a team or toward an agreement, as well as some form of peace and reconciliation. The Uranus-Eris conjunction in Aries (with both planetary bodies in retrograde motion) is a potent symbol for the signs of our times, and the trends in our society in particular. It is undeniable that our world is a state of upheaval, chaos, discord and strife. In fact, we’re witnessing a decline of the Western civilization with the process of individualization (and thus the development of the ego) reaching a high point and our sense of separatism dividing us and leading us farther away from our common humanity, causing us to react drastically, radically and extreme when we feel threatened or insecure and unsafe. Amidst the never-ending wars and the acts of terrorism that have become an almost daily occurrence now, the Jolie-Pitt divorce is making the headlines in the news, drawing attention to a drama that plays out in a family setting – these celebrities are embodying our idols, or in other words, the ‘gods of our age’. And this is the fulcrum of the matter, opening our eyes to our modern ‘mythologies’ or sense of idealism. How can we possibly work things out with others, who are so different from us, when we cannot resolve conflicts within our own families (and this one has 6 children whose lifes will be turned upside down due to the trauma that is unfolding for them)? Is this not reason enough to seek counseling and make amends by starting to look at ourselves first and what needs to be changed in this regard?

Meanwhile, the Sun made ingress to Libra (holding the mirror into our faces among other things), marking the Fall Equinox here in the Northern Hemisphere. The Sun’s crossing over the intersection point of the Celestial Equator and the Ecliptic in the West and change from North to South Declination relates to a time of transition and gear change. Day and night are of equal length again with the nights growing longer and the days shorter from now on. Summer has ended, nature is beginning to batten down, darkness is increasing its reach and it’s getting colder, at least during the nights. It’s a time of harvesting and taking stock, of turning inward and reflecting that makes us aware that we are part of and affected by a larger wholeness to which we must respond and adapt. A phase of restoring balance in our life and bringing harmony to key life projects and relationships has begun and it’s meeting its first tests already in the ‘crisis of consciousness’ that accompanies the Third Quarter Moon in addition to the Libra Sun’s semi-square to Juno in Scorpio.

So, our main objective in this fall season is to evolve our relationship principle, or in other words, engage with others in a more civil, cordial, considerate and fair manner. This, in turn, challenges us to care more for each other and thus, to be less subjective or prejudiced when we judge a situation or a person. Therefore, Venus’ ingress to Scorpio this morning, where she will be traversing until October 18, correlates to a time when we seek to transform and evolve our value system, deepen our relationships, let go off attachments, which only hold us back, regenerate on an emotional and self-worth level and influence our earning and marketing abilities.

Tarot card of the day is the “7 of Pentacles”, suggesting growth will happen only slowly. The seeds have been sown, but there is no sign yet that they have germinated. Some things are moving along well and we feel hopeful about the future, while others seem to be pointless. It’s time now to assess which of our energy investments are worth it and where we might have to change direction. Thus, we are taking stock, reflecting on our progress, questioning our choices and find out where we stand.

Astro-Notes on September 16, 2016 – Pisces Full Moon – Appulse Lunar Eclipse

Daily Aspects:
– Saturn in Sagittarius square Neptune Rx in Pisces
– Mars in Sagittarius square Chiron Rx in Pisces and trine Uranus-Eris Rx in Aries
– Venus in Libra trine Pallas Rx in Aquarius
– Lunar Appulse Eclipse/Full Moon at 24:19 Pisces/Virgo at 3:05 pm EDT

The Pisces Full Moon is an Appulse Lunar Eclipse, which means in astronomical terms that the Moon will only enter the penumbra of the Earth’s shadow to the effect that her surface will be dimmed only slightly. Although the event doesn’t seem to be very spectacular, astrology-wise an eclipse is far from being subtle. Lunar eclipses are more felt internally, on the emotional and intuitive levels – they can actually cause quite a stir or a tidal wave in this particular case with the Full Moon in the oceanic sign Pisces – and they often bring an ending or closure to a long-standing issue. Thus, feelings could flow freely at this time, thereby disclosing a source of pain or other trial we endured and have been hiding away.

Because the Pisces Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse is closely conjunct retrograde Chiron and square Mars in Sagittarius, who is also casting a trine to the Uranus-Eris conjunction in Aries over which he is the dispositor, this could concern a wounded spot or mystery illness, an unresolved problem or other matter of difficulty that has left us vulnerable and defeated or defenseless and caused us much hurting and suffering to a point of victimization. This situation is now under review using a process of selection and analysis to reveal and illuminate what we’ve struggled with for so long. This forces us to act with conviction, knowledge and purpose, especially since we are aware that damage control has become absolutely necessary and therefore have to turn this situation around rather quickly. Consequently, far-reaching and increased initiatives that are being taken in this regard will be met with success and as a result, we will see reform or removal and progress, because the strategies, politics, proceedings and procedures employed in this undertaking have restored the harmony or balance and justice has been done.

Thus, as the Virgo lunation cycle culminates in the Pisces Full Moon-Lunar Eclipse, the impulse that sounded forth at the time of the Pisces New Moon (Solar Eclipse) back on March 8 will also come to fruition. Using the symbolical imagery of the Sabians, we readily realize that the ‘two heads, which were looking out and beyond the shadows’ (Sabian Symbol for the Virgo New Moon/Solar Eclipse) have become a ‘religious organization’ (Sabian Symbol for the Pisces Full Moon). ‘The growth of true understanding, born out of the transcendence of duality’ (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Virgo New Moon) has led to ‘moments of crisis and purification, induced by necessary catharses’ (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Pisces Full Moon). All the shadows of doubt, uncertainty and worry have been dispelled. Moreover, ‘the master who instructed his disciple’ (Sabian Symbol for the Pisces New Moon) ‘receives public recognition for a job well done and a destiny fulfilled’ (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Virgo Sun), demonstrated by the ‘flag at half-mast in front of a public building’ (Sabian Symbol for the Virgo Sun). He carried his task ‘of transferring power and knowledge’ (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Pisces New Moon) to its ultimate fulfillment, thus ‘keeping the original and creative impulse of the cycle active and undeviated’ (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Virgo New Moon).

The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon at 24:19 Pisces states:

“A religious organization succeeds in overcoming the corrupting influence of perverted practices and materialized ideals. Keynote: The power of the soul to intervene in the personal life and to induce necessary catharses – moments of crisis and PURIFICATION.”

The Sabian Symbol for the Sun at 24:19 Virgo states:

“A flag at half-mast in front of a public building. Keynote: The social acknowledgement of a job well done and a destiny fulfilled – PUBLIC RECOGNITION.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 284-285 and 166, respectively)

The suggestion here is that a negative, undesirable and disappointing situation can be fixed, corrected or rectified when the job or task is done properly and well. No more lying, hiding, cover-up, shaming, blaming, disguising, denying, falsely accusing, pretending, projecting or insinuating. Instead, we’re aiming for the truth, honesty and transparency and need to be guided by a moral compass, personal and social ethics and most importantly, a conscience.

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Tarot card of the day is “The Hierophant”, representing traditional values and moral development. This card is suggesting that we stay within conventional bounds and follow established social structures and traditions. There is a need to conform to rules or fixed situations and to go along with the program. We are working as part of a team and are doing the right thing. This concerns especially the bridging of the earthly and divine, which can be achieved by using our situation or particular circumstances to transcend as yet unevolved aspects of ourselves. A gateway to higher consciousness is open for us today that allows us to access the sacred as we try to understand the inner world.

Astro-Notes on September 9, 2016 – First Quarter Moon

Daily Aspects:
– Uranus Rx conjunct Eris Rx in Aries
– Saturn in Sagittarius square Neptune Rx in Pisces
– Venus in Libra semi-sextile NN in Virgo/quincunx SN in Pisces
– Jupiter ingress to Libra at 7:18 am EDT
– First Quarter Moon at 17:13 Sagittarius/Virgo at 7:48 am EDT
– Mercury Rx in Virgo quincunx Uranus Rx-Eris Rx in Aries
– Sun in Virgo sextile Vesta in Cancer

Preceding the First Quarter Moon this morning, Jupiter makes ingress to Libra at 7:18 am EDT, a transit that will last until October 10th of next year. Because Jupiter is a social planet and a slow traveller, spending approximately one year in a sign of the zodiac, this is a rather big energy shift. While Jupiter was in Virgo, we analyzed our viewpoint of the world, in particular in regard to work, service and daily routines, together with our life concepts, personal truths and social opportunities and how they helped our mission or purpose. For many, health could have become an issue too, which could still be unresolved or might only be slowly improving. Now, as Jupiter begins to transit Libra we will assess, evaluate and compare our options in this context, thereby seeking to include others as well as their cooperation and assistance into our quest. So this period will see growth in and through relationships and partnerships as well as other Libra-related matters (justice, balance, refinement etc.). Jupiter’s dispositor Venus is casting a semi-sextile to the North Node in Virgo (quincunx to the South Node in Pisces) at the onset of this transit, indicating that we have to let go off certain expectations we had in the past though and adjust our values, preferences and priorities accordingly if we want to improve our future prospects. This requires also that we go over our information, conversations and exchanges we had lately and review our plans, schedules or lists to figure out what we need to change or update or even cancel or dismiss in order to be able to serve our own interests and bridge any conflicts or problems. Consequently, the ‘crisis in action’ challenges us to be tolerant and reasonable when we judge a situation. We might not have all the facts yet and therefore, it would be unwise to make any definitive statements or rush to conclusions. With the Saturn-Neptune square perfecting again, some things are still uncertain, unformed, unclear, elusive, confusing and unknown. Consequently, we have to wait for news, offers, results and other developments before we can actually make a guess or have a clue about the proceedings or what the near future might hold for us.

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Tarot card of the day is “Temperance”, suggesting a need for emotional stability, which can be achieved through moderation and a commitment to sobriety. We need to find middle ground, avoid excess, foster cooperation, cleanse our body and mind, heal ourselves and recognize the flow in our life. As we observe the nature of energy, we learn how to mix the right ingredients in our own life to maintain equilibrium and see all imbalances drifting away. Instead of sweeping changes subtle shifts need to take place. With renewed energy and vigor comes the promise of new growth.

Astro-Notes on September 1, 2016 – Virgo New Moon/Annular Solar Eclipse

Daily Aspects:
– Annular Solar Eclipse/New Moon at 9:21 Virgo at 5:03 am EDT
– Sun in Virgo sextile Juno in Scorpio and square Saturn in Sagittarius
– Mars in Sagittarius quincunx Vesta in Cancer
– Mercury Rx conjunct Jupiter in Virgo

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.

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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 North, which means the Virgo New Moon/Solar Eclipse is conjunct the North Node of the Moon, a point of spiritual influx, which provides us with the courage to allow new energy in. This Saros Series was the last time around in August 1998, the same degree was activated in September 1997(look for the common theme) and it’s hallmark is a Neptune-South Node conjunction together with a t-square of Venus opposite Jupiter and both squared by Saturn, for which Bernadette Brady gives the following interpretation:

“This Saros Series is about realism, a coming down to earth. The individual will become aware of an old situation and see it for what it is rather than what he or she thought it was. This can be a constructive time for tackling the truth.”

(Bernadette Brady, “The Eagle and The Lark”, Predictive Astrology, Appendices, Page 335)

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Mercury, the ruler of this New Moon-Eclipse, did turn retrograde on August 30th in his home sign Virgo and yesterday, Ceres, a symbol of our nurturing principle and the seasons in our life, stationed retrograde as well in the material sign Taurus. Thus, we can assume that whatever matter or issue is being revealed will be reviewed, analyzed in detail and then figured out, though not without going over the bits and pieces of information or the mental process this entails (conversations, planning, to-do lists) again and again. Although this is quite a repetitive routine (even painstakingly so) for the next few weeks, it’ll help us to ensure things will be taken care of properly, whereby most of our ‘stuff’ that has accumulated will be thoroughly sorted out, making it worth our while in the end.

This New Moon-Solar Eclipse will not only set off the Saturn-Neptune square by changing it into an even more challenging t-square, it also connects to retrograde Eris and retrograde Uranus in Aries via a stressful sesqui-quadrate. So, this big gap between idealism and reality we’ve been experiencing in varying degrees and shades of hope, disillusionment, limitation and structure for the last 9 months will be further accentuated by the New Moon-Eclipse, forcing us to work things out one way or the other. It’ll be overwhelming and frustrating at first, but once things start rolling it’ll get easier and we will quickly adapt to the flow of events, trusting that everything will eventually fall into place. Thus, it’s time to look forward and to focus on our future now and this requires that we realize and accept that a season or aspect of our past is over. In fact, we might be undergoing a bit of an identity crisis that could see us teetering on the edge, because our situation could be quite difficult, demanding many a sacrifice from us, and the things we’ve been holding onto could still have a strong grip on us and therefore, we might be caught in a cycle where we are battling our more unhealthy attachments, while struggling with uncertainty, loss and even fear and paralysis.
However, the New Moon-Eclipse also forms a sextile to Juno in Scorpio, presenting us with opportunities of empowerment through close relationships with important others, who we can rely on for help and support in these times of need and despair. Consequently, once we let go of attitudes and values that don’t serve us any longer, we’re ready to move on with our life and take control over our circumstances.

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon at 9:21 Virgo states:

“Two heads looking out and beyond the shadows. Keynote: The growth of true understanding, born out of the transcendence of duality even while immersed in the world of duality – SELF-TRANSCENDING ACTITIVY OF THE MIND.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 156 -157)

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Suggested by this symbolical imagery is that not only do see 2 heads more than one and can therefore inspire a constructive meeting of minds, but also that we must strive for clarity of vision and have to look at the situation or conditions we’re dealing with from different angles or perspectives and even contrasting viewpoints. Moreover, we need to be open and objective as well as willing to listen to others’ advice or seek out their opinion.

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.