Astro-Notes on March 27, 2017 – Aries New Moon

Daily Aspects:
– Moon ingress to Aries at 7:10 am PDT
– Mars in Taurus sextile Neptune in Pisces and sesqui Saturn in Sagittarius
– Mercury in Aries semi-sextile Chiron in Pisces
– New Moon at 7:37 Aries at 7:57 pm PDT
– Uranus conjunct Eris in Aries
– Jupiter Rx in Libra square Pluto in Capricorn
– Venus Rx in Aries qx NN in Virgo/semi-sextile SN in Pisces and semi-square Ceres in Taurus

Early in the morning yesterday did Mercury in Aries set off the Uranus-Eris conjunction before he moved into a semi-sextile with Chiron in Pisces. This could have caused quite a storm (inner as well as outer) out of which rose new inspiration to address our self-interests and initiate change or progress in a matter that caused us considerable headaches, because of its controversial and contentious nature, which could have left us at discord. Therefore, it’s time to focus on closure, on soothing our wounds and resolving this issue. We’ve been struggling long enough and as a consequence, anger has been building up, motivating us to take action on our behalf.

Mercury’s dispositor, Mars in Taurus, is also the ruler over the Aries New Moon and is holding a sextile to Neptune in Pisces and a sesqui-quadrate to Saturn in Sagittarius. Thus, during this cycle we have a chance to get into the flow of things and see something to its end if we keep pursuing this matter with persuasiveness, even stubborn insistence, whereby it is necessary that we increase our sense of structure or grow a backbone. When the lunation is in Aries, the time has come to set intentions toward courageous and self-determined action, initiative and assertion of our will. Retrograde Venus in Aries, who is Mars’ dispositor and is also holding a mutual reception with him, is approaching a quincunx to the North Node in Virgo and a semi-square to Ceres in Taurus, asking us to review our priorities or preferences and adjust them accordingly in order to improve our future prospects and build up the support or get the care we need so that we can feel safe and secure again.

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However, we’re not acting on impulse or try to push our agenda, but go with an approach that resonates with us, has personal appeal to us and feels right. With Mercury in Aries entering his shadow period today, things we’re scheduling and discussing now as well as matters of connectivity and mobility will come up for re-evaluation in the next few weeks. The Jupiter – Pluto square in the background challenges us to get a grip on our circumstances, in particular what matters beyond our control concerns and get our affairs in order, so that we can re-arrange and re-assess our options.

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon at 7:37 Aries states:

“A large woman’s hat with streamers blown by an east wind. Keynote: Protection and spiritual guidance in the development of consciousness – PROTECTIVE FORMS and SENSITIVITY.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Page 55)

Aries NM 2017

Tarot card of the day is the “Hanged Man”, demanding from us to let go and surrender to the experience, end the struggle, accept what is and hang in there for now. We are in an in-between state and also at a cross-roads, where decisions are postponed, even though there’s a sense of urgency to act. Therefore, we may simply just want to wait for better opportunities. There is a chance that we could see a situation from a new angle and consequently, overturn our priorities or upend the old order. This card also represents someone who has chosen the path of sacrifice and forsaken instant gratification in order to accomplish a higher goal.

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Astro-Notes on March 20, 2017 – Spring Equinox and Third Quarter Moon in Capricorn

Daily Aspects:
– Sun ingress to Aries at 3:28 am PDT – Spring Equinox
– Moon ingress to Capricorn at 8:30 am PDT
– Third Quarter Moon at 0:13 Capricorn/Aries at 8:58 am PDT
– Venus Rx in Aries semi-sextile Mars in Taurus
– Vesta in Cancer square Jupiter Rx in Libra

Early in the morning, at 3:28 am PDT, 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 and International Astrology Day.
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.

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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 and also tend to be driven by or act from an instinctual or primal level.

 

The Spring Equinox this year coincides with the Last Quarter Moon in the Pisces lunation cycle, implicating that the new season and indeed, the new astrological year, is ‘overshadowed’ by a ‘crisis in consciousness or perception’ that challenges us to take charge over our life. We could feel limited or restricted by an issue that has been going on for too long (the Moon is in the last degree of Sagittarius at the time of the Equinox) and is therefore preventing us from starting this new life or starting over.

Mercury in Aries’ square to Juno in Capricorn, who holds a sextile to Neptune in Pisces, in addition to the squares between Vesta in Cancer and retrograde Jupiter in Libra and between Pallas in Pisces and Saturn in Sagittarius, show that we’re struggling in a relationship situation, where we can’t reach an agreement or get the cooperation needed in order to feel safe or supported and that leaves us disappointed or defeated. No matter how hard we try to reason with others, it seems as though our words are falling on deaf ears or that they are in some way circumventing the problem. Therefore, we might be at a loss at how to deal with this; all we know is that we have to endure this ordeal somehow and this requires that we set our priorities accordingly. We have to make this situation work for us, put in an effort, be patient, realistic and practical (Venus Rx in Aries is semi-sextile Mars in Taurus).

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Tarot card of the day is the “Page of Pentacles”, a messenger who brings news about material matters. We have to pay special attention to our health, assets, possessions and resources and cannot take any risks in this regard. However, we’re asked to start and work with what we have and slowly make it grow, one step at a time, while never losing our sense of purpose.

Astro-Notes on March 12, 2017 – Virgo Full Moon

Daily Aspects:
– Mercury in Pisces square Saturn in Sagittarius
– Full Moon at 22:13 Virgo/Pisces at 7:53 am PDT
– Venus Rx in Aries semi-sextile Ceres in Taurus
– Sun in Pisces semi-sextile Uranus-Eris in Aries
– Moon ingress to Libra at 10:28 pm PDT

Mercury, the ruler over the Virgo Full Moon, is coming out of a semi-square to Ceres in Taurus and holding a square to Saturn in Sagittarius. This means that we had to get in touch with our environment or into the flow of things, build up rapport and ensure we are not misguided before we could make a decision in a difficult matter or follow the call of duty if we don’t want to have to deal with the consequences later on. We could be confused about the situation or have no answers or be at a loss how to handle this and overcome these obstacles and therefore the pressure to resolve this is mounting (also don’t forget to move your clocks ahead an hour – Daylight Savings Time is starting here).

The Sun’s quincunx to retrograde Jupiter in Libra in addition to his semi-sextile to the Uranus-Eris conjunction in Aries together with retrograde Venus’ semi-sextile to Ceres in Taurus required a review of our options in an unfair or unbalanced situation that could have left us victimized or self-undoing, and therefore calls for an adjustment of our priorities or preferences as well as the use of foresight so that we can integrate this change and serve our self-interests. Per example, after all these days of being up late to which I got quite used to, I had to get up pretty early for my day shift today (and had to take the ‘leap forward in time’ into account on top of that), which wasn’t easy on my body (Full Moon in house 1). In fact, I had a hard time to fall asleep at all (Pisces), while struggling with worries and anxiety (Virgo). It took me a while to get my mind into a meditative state (Mercury in Pisces) that let me drift into sleep.

As the Pisces lunation cycle culminates in the Virgo Full Moon, the impulse that sounded forth at the time of the Virgo New Moon on September 1 of last year also comes to fruition.
Consequently, ‘the jockey who spurns his horse to outdistance his rivals’ (Sabian Symbol for the Pisces New Moon from February 26) has turned into ‘a lion tamer who displays his skill and character’ (Sabian Symbol for the Virgo Full Moon) – the mobilization of our energies at the start of this cycle has brought us to a point where we demonstrate strength of character, competence and control of the situation, while concentrating at the task at hand we’ve been preparing and training for a long time;
whereas ‘the two heads, which were looking out beyond the shadows’ (Sabian Symbol for the Virgo New Moon) have changed into ‘a materializing medium giving a séance’ (Sabian Symbol for the Pisces Sun) – because since last September’s eclipse we’ve grown in understanding and gained clarity or objectivity in regard to an issue that confused or misguided us or has been misinterpreted.

But since this last eclipse’s impetus (at the end of February) came forth things have changed, inspiring us (or rather ‘inspiriting’) to give form to our ideals and desires. We can do that if we are willing to put the necessary effort into it and work on ourselves.

Virgo FM 2017

The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon at 22:13 Virgo states:

“A lion tamer displays his skill and character. Keynote: The need to tame one’s vital energies in order to fulfill one’s destiny – RESOLUTENESS and PATIENCE.”

The Sabian Symbol for the Sun at 22:13 Pisces states:

“A ‘materializing’ medium giving a séance. Keynote: The ability to give of one’s own vital energy to substantiate one’s conscious ideals or unconscious desires – SUBSTANTIATION.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 165 and 283, respectively)

Suggested by the symbolical imagery is the need for self-discipline, practice and focus in order to see the things we long for materialize.

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.

In the aftermath of the Solar Eclipse

Early this morning my daughter left to accompany a plane owned by the company she works for on a promotional tour that will take them from our location here on Vancouver Island all the way to Brazil. They will make many stops in between though (first one in Palm Beach, Florida), while I can track their route on a map she provided me with. She will be gone for 19 days and although I’m very happy for her and also very proud of her, I’m also pretty sad. I got so used to having her around for the last 4 months since we’ve been living together and I must admit that I have been relying on her too much (something I realized toward the end of Vesta’s retrograde journey through the sign Cancer), because contrary to her, I’m still in the ‘loop’ and victimized by certain conditions over which I have no control as I’m waiting on an appointment for an ultrasound, followed up by minor surgery. Therefore, I don’t feel too well and haven’t been for a few months; the ache and pressure on the right side of my body reminding me every single day of this ‘wound’ that hasn’t been taken care of yet. Not to mention that there is a lingering fear of another attack I really don’t want to go through again, especially not when I’m all alone here and don’t even know how to get to the emergency (would have to be a taxi ride then, I guess – a very pricy option). However, my daughter is not responsible for me or my situation and she can’t put her life on hold too (that’s pretty much how I feel about my current circumstances).

Anyway, the Solar Eclipse in Pisces aligned with the nodal axis joined to Neptune in the fourth house of my Solar Return chart (in square to my natal Mercury in Sagittarius in house 4), because this is a pattern of the past, a line of least resistance in matters of dependency and support I need to let go off and so does she (the Solar Eclipse was in trine aspect to her natal Pluto in Scorpio in house 9 conjunct the South Node). It is no coincidence that on this day 4 years ago I received a call from her letting me know that she had finally left her abusive partner and moved into our old home (the house my ex and I owned). Yes, on International Women’s Day no less. All the way she’s come these last years is just amazing – from moving up North, a 10-hour drive away from us, to getting her license as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME), to getting hired by a great company and then moving out West to BC across the entire continent and now traveling all over the world for her job, something that had always appealed to me. Daughters are living out the dreams of their mothers. 🙂

Well, I had hit the road a lot when I was younger (so much so that my closer relatives who disapproved of that kind of lifestyle called me a ‘tramp’) and my Sun was progressing through Sagittarius. In fact, I was totally fascinated by all these foreign places and cultures I heard and read about (some I visited), but then my Sun progressed into Capricorn and that seemed to be the end of it. I still made it into the U.S. after I got divorced (also once during my marriage, but it took me 6 years to go back there again) to visit with my girlfriend once a year and then last year my daughter and I finally embarked on a trip we had envisioned and talked about for many years – we flew to the Dominican Republic and it was such an awesome and unique experience. The thought that popped up in my mind at that time was ‘there’s a whole different world out there’ and now we’re living on an island, where the majority of the population is living an outdoor lifestyle, being focused on health and wellbeing, something I had wanted for myself since the Solar Eclipse in November of 2012 had eclipsed my natal Sun in Scorpio in house 3.

However, I’m only half-way there yet. A health issue that reared it’s ugly head last spring still hasn’t been overcome yet, which is mostly due to the incompetence and negligence of the physicians I had consulted in Ontario during the long mutable square between Jupiter in Virgo, Saturn in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces in addition to the Pisces Solar Eclipses of September last year and February this year, which affected my natal Mercury in Sagittarius in house 4, the ruler of my 1st and 2nd houses (chart-ruler, body and wellbeing). At the same time did I dissolve my household, a very challenging and mostly disappointing task indeed, and tried to get a transfer to a store over here – another disillusioning experience. The Solar Eclipse from last September really spelled it out well. So, before this energy is not out of the way, I can’t really move forward.

Interestingly enough, the Sun is out today (after a few days of really nasty weather) – just as my daughter left and I’m surrendering to the situation and my ‘new-found sense of freedom’, beckoning me to leave the confines my home for a meditative walk. I shall consider it. 🙂

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Astro-Notes on March 5, 2017 – First Quarter Moon in Gemini

Daily Aspects:
– First Quarter Moon at 15:04 Gemini/Pisces at 3:32 am PST
– Mars in Aries semi-square Neptune in Pisces and trine Saturn in Sagittarius
– Ceres in Taurus semi-square Chiron in Pisces

In the early morning hours yesterday did Venus station retrograde at 13:08 Aries, a sign she’s not comfortable in, because it is Mars’ domain and thus related to the masculine principle, whereas Venus is representing the feminine principle. She will trace her steps back to 26:54 Pisces, the sign of her exaltation, because it is ruled by Neptune, who is her ‘higher octave’ as the symbol of universal love and all-inclusiveness. Venus will turn direct on April 15 and re-enter Aries on April 28.

Her retrograde journey corresponds to a period, during which we will review our values, relationships, priorities, preferences, attachments, self-worth, emotions and desires and while in Aries this concerns our more primal instincts as well as matters of survival, conquest and competition in this context, whereas in Pisces it refers to issues related to compassion, forgiveness, sympathy, unification and the ability to walk in another’s shoes. Mercury, coming out of a conjunction with Neptune in Pisces, was the first energy to engage with retrograde Venus, an encounter that made us realize what we are willing to sacrifice in order to meet certain expectations – ours or those of others.

Therefore, the ‘crisis in action’ that accompanies the First Quarter Moon in Gemini, challenges us to become aware of the duality in our own viewpoint. We cannot have it both ways or be in two places at the same time. Something’s gotta give; we lose one way or the other and consequently have to be clear what is realistically possible or doable and thus takes priority at this point.

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With Mars in Aries in semi-square aspect to Neptune in Pisces and trine Saturn in Sagittarius, we cannot let this stop us though from pursuing other intentions at a more convenient time after we’ve overcome all the hurdles and obstacles in our way and can really start over. For now, we have to commit us to our increased responsibilities and trust that things will eventually come together. A semi-square between Ceres in Taurus and Chiron in Pisces indicates that there is no closure yet and therefore, it is important that we continue with our usual routine and commitments until we get the ‘green light’.

Tarot card of the day is the “Page of Swords”, a card that is also called “The Renewer” and is all about communication, information and ideas and indicates the ability to rise above emotional confusion. The Page or Princess of Swords represents commitment to a new way of life, because of the settling and cutting away of past inner conflicts, the regaining of mental clarity and a victory over emotional moods. Manifestation of our dreams can actually happen in the not so distant future as she delivers messages of change and news of official matters.