Astro-Notes on January 27, 2017 – Aquarius New Moon

Daily Aspects:
– Moon ingress to Aquarius at 0:36 am PST
– Jupiter in Libra opposite Eris in Aries and quincunx Chiron in Pisces
– Venus in Pisces square Saturn in Sagittarius
– Vesta Rx in Cancer sesqui-quadrate Neptune in Pisces
– New Moon at 8:15 Aquarius at 4:06 pm PST
– Mars ingress to Aries at 9:38 pm PST

On this day of the Aquarius New Moon, Venus in Pisces repeats the square that Mars in Pisces formed to Saturn in Sagittarius on the day of the Last Quarter Moon when we faced the ‘crisis in consciousness’. Thus, the increased limitations, responsibilities and long-term implications of the situation are now affecting this new beginning as they force us out of our comfort zone and challenge us to let go off values and priorities we cannot hold onto any longer, because they not only lost their appeal, but also threaten our sense of Wellbeing.

The tense sesqui-quadrate linking retrograde Vesta in Cancer to Neptune in Pisces marks this as a critical time in regard to unmet expectations, unfulfilled longings, unrealized visions and uncertainties that won’t go away and therefore require from us to recommit ourselves to the causes, which are sacred to us and need to be reviewed and taken care of. This in particular concerns self-nurturance and self-protection.

With the Aquarius New Moon in semi-square aspect to Saturn in Sagittarius, it’s time for reform and breakthrough in (or a break from) these long-standing matters we’ve been struggling with. We have to take up our own cause, stand up for ourselves, resist the urge to conform or grow our resistance and shake things up.
When the New Moon falls into Aquarius we can set our intentions toward unconventionality, independence, change, progress, individualization, differentiation, group participation, networking and revolution (to name a few).

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Shortly after the New Moon event will Mars make ingress to Aries, where he will be traversing until March 10. This corresponds to a period when we assert our Will, fighting and competing spirit, show determination, motivation and drive, start initiatives and take action on our behalf.

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

“A flag is seen turning into an eagle. Keynote: The dynamic incorporation of new social values in individuals who exemplify the spiritual potential and greatest significance of these values – ACTING OUT the vision.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Page 254)

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Inspiration takes flight as we give ‘birth’ to desires and intentions we’ve been holding in or back. They are now acting as a catalyst, pushing us and daring us to stretch our limits and reach higher so that we can renew ourselves and our life.

Tarot card of the day is the “7 of Wands”, suggesting that we’re coming out on top of a situation as things are going well and projects move right along. Thus, we seize the opportunity, are firm and act resolutely as we’re going after what we want. We stand our ground and show determination, even in the face of adversity. Our inner strength and tenacity give us the ability to meet all challenges head-on.

Astro-Notes on January 19, 2017 – Third Quarter Moon

Daily Aspects:
– Mars in Pisces square Saturn in Sagittarius
– Sun ingress to Aquarius at 1:23 pm PST
– Moon ingress to Scorpio at 2:09 pm PST
– Third Quarter Moon at 0:02 Scorpio/Aquarius at 2:13 pm PST

Last Quarter Moon on the eve of the Presidential Inauguration:

The waning last quarter Moon in Scorpio’s square to the Aquarius Sun with both luminaries newly entered into their respective signs is accompanied by another square cast from Mars in Pisces to Saturn in Sagittarius (this one is a waxing square that indicates ‘a crisis in action’).

Consequently, the ‘crisis in consciousness’, which is marking this stage in the lunation cycle, comes with an increased sense of responsibility, greater guard and more ‘dread’, forcing individuals into ‘unified co-ordinated action’ that is divided though by group association in which people are rallying together in order to protest or support the inauguration of the next president of the United States, who is not only a contentious figure, but also embodies the collective shadow.

Therefore, and because he didn’t win the majority of the votes, the more progressive and liberal-minded folks in the U.S. refuse to accept him as their leader and reel at the prospects of this presidency, whereas the ones who put him in this position are excited about the future and the ‘new’ way of governing or the changes in government affairs they expect to see.

Put into context in regard to the Capricorn lunation cycle, we can readily recognize that ‘a shadow has fallen’ (Scorpio) over ‘the sun-lit home in which domestic birds sing happily’, turning the ‘enjoyment or wholesome happiness’ into trepidation and ‘a refusal to sing’ (Aquarius). Many A-list celebrities turned down propositions to perform at the inauguration or to dress the future First Lady.

The Sun’s yearly transit through Aquarius corresponds to a period when we are more inclined to be non-conforming, rebellious, different and controversial, while seeking to express our individuality and uniqueness or demonstrating what sets us apart from others, whereby we strive to advance our personal cause and to become more independent and individualized in the process. In fact, we might even reinvent ourselves. However, since Aquarius symbolizes both – the individual and the collective – we will moreover tend to self-realize or affirm our Beingness through our group purpose and contribution or involvement with our social circle, associates and peers, especially through networking and collaborating.

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Thus, on a more personal level, we could refuse to give in to a proposal by someone in authority, because it contradicts our values or we feel this is unacceptable. . Unsurprisingly, I got called in to work once again. Although it’s only for a short shift, it interferes with my plans for the day.

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 January 12, 2017 – Cancer Full Moon

Daily Aspects:
– Juno conjunct Saturn in Sagittarius and trine Eris in Aries
– Jupiter in Libra opposite Eris in Aries and sextile Juno-Saturn in Sagittarius
– Pallas conjunct South Node in Pisces
– Full Moon at 22:27 Cancer/Capricorn at 3:33 am PST
– Sun in Capricorn square Eris in Aries and semi-sextile Juno-Saturn in Sagittarius
– Mercury ingress to Capricorn at 6:03 am PST (until Feb 7)
– Venus conjunct Neptune in Pisces,
– Moon ingress to Leo at 4:07 pm PST

The first Full Moon of this year falls in the clinging, caring and emotive sign Cancer, thereby highlighting the parental archetypes (Cancer and Capricorn) in a complementary or contradictory manner, while at the same time squaring the Uranus-Eris-Ceres conjunction in Aries and Jupiter in Libra in a Grand Cross configuration, and casting a quincunx to the Juno-Saturn conjunction in Sagittarius. This is a highly complex and stressful aspect pattern that not only brings things to a climax, but also leaves us divided – either within ourselves or our relationships – and torn about the issues at cross-purpose, while at the same time pushing our buttons, forcing us to pull ourselves up by our boot-straps and challenging us to face the controversies and conflicts of interest on the social scene we might encounter or helped to create, all of which is consequential to our long-term interactions with others.

With our self-interests at stake and far from succeeding, we’re finding ourselves at discord or even at the losing end, because we’re struggling to make it in a highly competitive, ruthless and even hostile environment, where progress seems to be hard to achieve or out of our reach, necessitating us to properly evaluate our options from personal and professional viewpoints and also from different angles, whereby we cannot lose sight of the fact that we need to protect ourselves or stand up for ourselves and for what we believe in, although that might not sit well with others. It could also be us who have to make adjustments in regard to perspective and approach, in particular in view of the larger picture.

Therefore, if we feel as though we failed or are being defeated, we could be easily taking a defensive stance and react negatively, disagreeable, uncooperative or obstructive. However, we have to realize that this will only worsen the situation and won’t help us in the long run. Instead, understanding where we have erred will help us to change course. Moreover, we have to increase our expertise and sense of structure so that we can grow into the role or position we want to fill. Also, we need to give things more time to develop, especially what our interactions with others concerns so that we will be adequately prepared when the right opportunity comes along in order to gather or provide support.

In addition to the Juno-Saturn conjunction in Sagittarius that signifies the relationship goals we aim for, Venus is forming a conjunction with Neptune in Pisces and Pallas another one with the South Node in Pisces. This shows a strong emphasis on past vulnerabilities, disappointments, uncertainties and unfulfilled expectations to which we could respond in an oversensitive, disillusioned or ignorant fashion. The more important is it to become aware when we resort to the line of least resistance or to patterns, which keep us victimized, self-undoing and trapped in the past. In fact, if we seek to gain control over these conditions, we have to break out of our shell and away from the past, the familiar and the traditional way of taking care of our affairs.

This requires from us to stop looking for excuses and instead getting our stuff together, tackle our problems one at a time, summon our courage and act as if we are in charge of our life and then we will succeed. It’s time to release the sorrows, sync our dreams with reality and get in touch with our vision.

As the Capricorn lunation cycle culminates with the Cancer Full Moon, the impulse that sounded forth at the time of the Cancer New Moon on July 4 of last year will also come to fruition. Thus, ‘the domesticated birds that sing joyously in a sun-lit home’ (Sabian Symbol for the Capricorn New Moon) have led to ‘the meeting of a literary society’ (Sabian Symbol for the Cancer Full Moon) – the wholeness and happiness that results from accepting our lot in life unreservedly (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Capricorn New Moon) has not only uplifted our spirit, but also taken our mind to the next level by giving way to ‘intellectualization’ or ‘an objective and critical approach to common factors in our culture’ (keynote and keyword of the Sabian Symbol for the Cancer Full Moon), whereas ‘the prominent thumb held out for study’ (Sabian Symbol for the Cancer New Moon from July), revealing the ‘character’ (keyword of the Sabian Symbol for the Cancer New Moon) of the person it belongs to has yielded fruits in the form of ‘recompense‘ (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Capricorn Sun), or, in other words, the reward will be worth the struggles we’ve been enduring and lived through.

The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon at 22:27 Cancer states:

“The meeting of a literary society. Keynote: An objective and critical approach to the common factors in our culture and to its psychological problems – INTELLECTUALIZATION.”

The Sabian Symbol for the Sun at 22:27 Capricorn states:

“A soldier receiving two awards for bravery in combat. Keynote: The reward offered by society for the fulfillment of individual responsibility – RECOMPENSE.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 125-126 and 243, respectively)

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The symbolical imagery suggests our culture and civility indeed is being sustained by the effort, determination and courage of individuals who are not afraid to fight for our common cause and the things we have achieved as a society or the foundations our society is build on. This is the legacy of a person whose deeds will be recorded in history books as an acknowledgment of their service for everything we stand for. An excellent example is provided by U.S. President Barack Obama, who is stepping down from the highest office (Capricorn) of the country (Cancer) after 2 terms (the 2 awards mentioned in the Sabian Symbol), while his successor is already caught in the ‘cross-fire’ of his affairs. To each his own. Thus, for us it means to step up to the plate and take care of our business in a constructive and productive way that fosters cooperation, mindfulness and intellectual discourse.

Meanwhile, Mercury re-entered Capricorn this morning at 6:03 am PST, where he will traverse until February 7, which corresponds to a period when our focus is on professional communication and business contacts, on managing schedules and on organizing papers and documents as well as on the execution of our plans.

Tarot card of the day is the “Knight of Cups”, symbolizing that we’re full of zeal as we serve our desires. We’re on a journey of imagination and creativity, where our idealism and love principle will be put to a test. Therefore, we’ll have to follow our heart in order to find our path.

Astro-Notes on January 5, 2017 – First Quarter Moon

Daily Aspects:
– Juno in Sagittarius trine Uranus in Aries
– Venus conjunct Pallas in Pisces and both semi-square Pluto in Capricorn
– First Quarter Moon at 15:40 Aries/Capricorn at 11:46 am PST

At this First Quarter Moon, Venus has finally caught up with Pallas in Pisces and now both of them are casting a semi-square aspect to Pluto in Capricorn. This means that our preferences and values are now in alignment with our strategies, or in other words, we are feeling more in the flow of things and are thus more receptive to whatever demands are being placed on us, conditions we have to master or circumstances and affairs we have to navigate. However, we have to guard ourselves to not get led astray by distractions, in particular of the day-dreaming kind, while precious time is escaping us.
Therefore, the ‘crisis in action’ that accompanies the waxing Aries’ Moon square to the Capricorn Sun at this point in the Capricorn lunation cycle, challenges us to get our priorities straight and stop procrastinating. Instead, we have to ready ourselves to get down to business and tackle our tasks and obligations in the order they arise. Juno in Sagittarius’ trine to Uranus in Aries indicates that we made progress in the way we relate to others based on successful interactions we established over time. Consequently, as the Sun is approaching his annual conjunction with Pluto we are prepared to step into our power and take control over our life.

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Tarot card of the day is the “5 of Pentacles”, which portrays a pilgrimage or a long journey taken as an act of faith or devotion. We may feel that we are struggling in the dark and panick about our situation. However, we can find the inner fortitude to persist in our quest and bolster ourselves, while resisting the temptation to succumb to ‘spiritual poverty’. It’s time to move on and to let us be guided by our soul’s ‘light’ or inner shining star.