Astro-Notes on February 26, 2017 – Pisces New Moon-Annular Solar Eclipse

Daily Aspects:
– Annular Solar Eclipse/New Moon at 8:12 Pisces at 6:58 am PST
– Mars-Uranus-Eris conjunction in Aries opposite Jupiter Rx in Libra
– Juno in Capricorn trine Ceres in Taurus

The Pisces New Moon is a Solar Eclipse. 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.

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 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. This Saros Series was the last time around in February 1999, whereas the same degree was activated in February 1998 (look for the common theme) and it’s hallmark is a Venus-Jupiter conjunction with Uranus being on the midpoint of New Moon/Jupiter, for which Bernadette Brady gives the following interpretation:

“This is a family of eclipses that brings with it the element of the pleasant surprise. Sudden happiness, a joyful event, the lucky break, the lucky win. The events, which will be occurring, can be believed and can positively change the person’s life.”

(Bernadette Brady, “The Eagle and The Lark”, Predictive Astrology, Appendices, Page 336)

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Thus, the chart for this special celestial event shows a powerful and dynamic aspect pattern, tying the Pisces New Moon/Solar Eclipse to the Mars-Uranus-Eris conjunction in Aries, which is opposed by retrograde Jupiter in Libra, with tense octile aspects. As a consequence, there is a strong impetus for self-determined, assertive action propelling us forward, mobilizing our energies and driving this new beginning. Things have been set in motion so that we can let go of the past and conditions that victimized or trapped us in undesired circumstances we didn’t seem to be able to escape from. Therefore, we’re yearning for closure, for an end or release from this situation.

The tables are turning and we’re readying ourselves for a fresh start, while confronting the social injustices, unbalanced ways of growth and contradicting viewpoints we had to experience and endure head-on. Although we are aware that the change we’re striving for will create a conflict of interest with other parties, we know we have no choice, but to raise the stakes and push forward with our agenda if we want to succeed at all. We cannot wait on others any longer, put our life on hold or delay intentions we set a while ago. Instead, it is critical now that we come to our own rescue and save ourselves for our own sakes.

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon at 8:12 Pisces states:

“A jockey spurs his horse, intend on outdistancing his rivals. Keynote: Intense mobilization of energy and skill in the drive for success in any social performance affected by the competitive spirit – SELF-QUICKENING.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 273-274)

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Suggested by this symbolical imagery is that the race for self-realization according to ideals, visions and images we’ve conceived and shaped over time, has begun and that we let our inspiration carry us toward our goal. Our focus is on ‘winning’ and we’re rousing our energies to bring this about. As a consequence, the pace of developments will most likely accelerate.

Tarot card of the day is the “Ace of Swords”, indicating a new way of thinking or the conception of an idea or the start of a new project. Our mental powers have been awakened and we’re seeing through illusions, cutting through the confusion, dispelling doubts, finding out the facts, thinking our way through or championing a cause. It’s a time of great insight and mental clarity, which could result in a break-through or aha-moment as well as a greater understanding.

Astro-Notes on February 18, 2017 – Third Quarter Moon

Daily Aspects:
– Sun ingress to Pisces at 3:31 am PST
– Moon ingress to Sagittarius at 10:52 am PST
– Third Quarter Moon at 0:20 Sagittarius/Pisces at 11:33 am PST
– Mercury in Aquarius semi-sextile Pluto in Capricorn
– Jupiter Rx in Libra opposite Eris in Aries

Early this morning at 3:31 am PST did the Sun make ingress to Pisces, ushering in a phase of endings and synthesis, during which we seek to become more ‘whole’ as well as self-aware, while shaping and moulding our self-image according to visions and ideals that appeal to us.
At 10:52 am PST will the Moon enter Sagittarius, which corresponds to a period of heightened optimism and enthusiasm. However, the Moon also engages in a waning square to the Sun, marking the Last Quarter Moon stage in the Aquarius lunation cycle that is accompanied by a ‘crisis in consciousness or perception’.

Therefore, instead of being filled with exuberance and enterprising spirit, we could feel rather disillusioned in regard to ‘acting out our vision’ (keyword of the Sabian Symbol for the Aquarius New Moon), because we might not have all the information yet to be able to proceed with our agenda and as a consequence, have to wait, seeing our plans delayed.
Mercury in Aquarius is leaving a semi-sextile to Pallas in Pisces and approaching another one to Pluto in Capricorn, while Mars in Aries is moving toward a semi-sextile with Pallas. The matter is outside of our control or zone of influence, which means we can only bring things to conclusion once everything comes together. In the meantime, we might as well focus on other things.

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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 February 10, 2017 – Leo Full Moon/Appulse Lunar Eclipse

Daily Aspects:
– Merc in Aquarius sextile Venus in Aries
– Sun in Aquarius quincunx Vesta Rx in Cancer and sextile Eris in Aries
– Vesta Rx in Cancer square Eris in Aries
– Lunar Appulse Eclipse/Full Moon at 22:28 Leo/Aquarius at 4:32 pm PST

Later today at 4:32 pm PST we reach the highpoint in the Aquarius lunation cycle with the Leo Full Moon, which is a lunar eclipse.
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 illuminates our ‘inner child’, life’s drama and natural disposition. It comes with an opportunity to showcase our talents and promote our self-interests if we take advantage of the chances and occasions offered, even if that involves a risk or some kind of improvising on our part. Because if we want to succeed with our individual cause, we have to perform the role we’ve chosen and this requires that we express ourselves confidently and creatively, trusting in ourselves and our purpose. We have to realize though that this won’t be always easy or ‘safe’, it’s rather a balancing act during which we could at times feel clumsy and awkward. In fact, we could even fall from our ‘horse’ or on our back, yet we cannot let this deter us from our path or mission.

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As the Aquarius New Moon culminates in the Leo Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse, the impulse that sounded forth at the time of the Leo New Moon back in August 2016 also comes to fruition. Consequently, ‘acting out the vision’ (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Aquarius NM) has resulted in ‘virtuosity’ (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Leo FM), whereas the ‘spontaneous acitivity of the innocent mind’ (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Leo NM from August) has led to ‘discipleship’ (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Aquarius Sun).

The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon at 22:28 Leo states:

“In a circus, the bareback rider displays her dangerous skill. Keynote: The audacity and perseverance required to control and play with the powerful energies of the vital realm in human existence – VIRTUOSITY.”

The Sabian Symbol for the Sun at 22:28 Aquarius states:

“A big bear sitting down and waving all its paws. Keynote: The self-discipline, which results from an intelligent development of individual faculties under proper training – DISCIPLESHIP.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 145 and 263, respectively)

Success is no accident. It is the result of practice, persistence, patience, perspiration and dedication, while overcoming failure, trial and error in the process.

Tarot card of the day is the “5 of Swords”, suggesting that we’re dealing with mixed feelings about life in general and experiencing conflict or discord – inner as well as outer. The more important is it to pick our battles wisely and think before we act. There are boundaries and limitations in life situations we must accept, even though they could make us feel powerless. In this regard, we must overcome ourselves and focus on our needs in order to regain our composure. On the other hand, this card can indicate victory or achievement, which has been well-deserved and long-awaited, but only if we don’t give in to defeat.

Astro-Notes on February 3, 2017 – First Quarter Moon

Daily Aspects:
– Sun in Aquarius semi-square Venus in Pisces and semi-square Juno in Capricorn
– Venus ingress to Aries at 7:51 am PST (until April 3, then back to Pisces) and square Juno in Capricorn
– Vesta Rx in Cancer square Jupiter in Libra
– Merc in Capricorn semi-sextile Saturn in Sagittarius
– First Quarter Moon at 15:32 Taurus/Aquarius at 8:18 pm PST
– Chiron in Pisces semi-sextile Uranus in Aries

The Taurus Moon is not only waxing into her First Quarter Phase to the Aquarius Sun, heralding a ‘crisis in action’ in regard to the intentions set at the time of the Aquarius New 12645169_932074266862394_8110576029912052416_nMoon, but also participates in the Venus-Juno square with tense octile aspects. This suggests that our attempts at ‘acting out the vision’ (keyword of the Sabian Symbol for the Aquarius NM) are being met with resistance from others, who are indifferent or unresponsive to our offers, block our progress, refuse to cooperate or even put us in place. As a consequence, we could experience a sense of being stuck in the same old patterns and unappreciated or even feel rejected.

Mercury in Capricorn’s semi-sextile to Saturn in Sagittarius presents us with rules, obstacles, setbacks and other limitations or challenges that stand in the way of our plans. Saturn is Mercury’s dispositor and also Juno’s, who made ingress to Capricorn yesterday, where she will be traversing until December 16 due to her retrogradation in this sign later this year. This transit corresponds to a time when we seek to consolidate and structure relations with others, which can either lead to stronger bonds or separations, depending on the dynamics involved in the situation and whether they are constructive, productive and manageable or obstructive, limiting and hindering to our goals. Another ingress was made by Venus to Aries this morning that will last until April 3 when she will be heading back to Pisces, because she too will enter a retrograde phase.

From this we can easily deduce that these particular relationship aspects and issues related to these energies we’re undergoing in current developments will be revisited. Venus’s transit through Aries has ushered in a period during which we are determined and driven in the pursuit as well as promotion of our values, priorities, needs, attachments, talents and even relationships. With retrograde Vesta in Cancer engaged in a square to Jupiter in Libra, who will start his yearly retrograde journey in a couple of days, we know we have to turn a corner what our social options and opportunities concerns in order to ‘feed the fire’ within us. Therefore, the impending review phase of our mission or quest (Jupiter’s retrogradation) is inevitable. Somewhere along the way our perspective needs to be balanced so that it can actually match our concepts.
Tarot card of the day is “The Star”, suggesting we’re reaching for our highest potential as we let ourselves be guided by our inner shining light and also try to bring people together in a fair and ‘sisterly’ way, while appealing to the group consciousness or common cause and setting an example how each of us can help and assist the other. Therefore, we need to keep listening to this inner voice and also to our heart – we are guided by higher values and thus have the universe on our side.