Astro-Notes on November 29, 2016 – Sagittarius New Moon

Daily Aspects:
– New Moon at 7:42 Sagittarius at 7:18 am EST
– Sun in Sagittarius sesqui-quadrate Eris Rx in Aries, square nodal axis and conjunct Juno
– Venus in Capricorn sextile Chiron Rx in Pisces and square Uranus Rx and Ceres Rx in Aries
– Juno in Sagittarius square nodal axis
– Mars in Aquarius semi-sextile Pluto in Capricorn

The Sagittarius New Moon is the turning point in the period from the September eclipse to the February eclipse next year, which means we have to turn a corner now in regard to the seed message and the revelations brought forth by the September eclipse and this affects the role we play in our interactions with others and how we present ourselves in this regard, in particular so, because our self-interests are at stake.
With the South Node conjunct Neptune in Pisces and the North Node in Virgo, the fulcrum of the matter is that we need to understand we can only escape the past and the patterns we find ourselves trapped in time and again if we become aware of these dynamics and don’t allow ourselves to be victimized by them any longer, but aim to improve our situation by finding workable solutions that help us to do so.

A New Moon in Sagittarius is the perfect time to set intentions toward expansion, growth, purposefulness, generosity, tolerance and understanding. Sagittarius is a mutable fire sign that follows the deep, dark waters of Scorpio. Thus, it is the time of the year when we seek to spread the light and warmth, qualities which are associated with the Sun, by decorating our homes and surroundings and getting in the spirit of the festivities we are so looking forward to. We’re filled with excitement and joviality, optimism returns and so does faith, while we open our minds and broaden our outlook on life, which is also the result of emerging from a struggle with our own shadow and psychic complexes we had to undergo during the Sun’s transit through Scorpio. Although it’s been quite a trial, we can rest assured that our efforts will pay off in the long run.

As Venus in Capricorn forms a sextile with retrograde Chiron in Pisces and a square with retrograde Uranus and retrograde Ceres in Aries, it seems as though we’re back to square one, where it all began, because we got too comfortable with the progress we made, even though it wasn’t really what we wanted or didn’t fill us with the contentment or sense of accomplishment we had hoped for. We settled without properly preparing for a different future or the newest trends; a realization we made after our current circumstances forced us to review this latest phase of our life.
Now that the Sun is approaching a square with Neptune in Pisces right at the beginning of this new cycle, we have to acknowledge that life is a learning curve and no matter how disillusioning things are at the moment, it is never too late to start anew. Therefore, Mars in Aquarius’ semi-sextile to Pluto in Capricorn indicates that we adjust our intentions accordingly to be able to manage our affairs more efficiently and constructively.

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon at 7:42 Sagittarius states:

“Within the depth of the Earth new elements are being formed. Keynote: The alchemical fire, which both purifies and transforms the very substance of man’s inner life – a kind of PSYCHIC GESTATION.”

Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Page214)

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Suggested by this symbolical picture is that in order to turn ‘lead or dark matter into gold’ we have to shape and enhance our self-image or sense of Self and this includes that we need to combine the right ‘ingredients’. After all we’ve been through we know that the ‘old and tried’ doesn’t work anymore. We have to use a different approach and reinvent ourselves in the process.

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Tarot card of the day is the “Wheel of Fortune” indicating that the wheel has turned and we’ve entered a new phase of the cycle. We must accept that things can always turn around; that what goes around comes around. However, in every crisis lies opportunity. It’s not a time to be complacent; instead we have to actively follow this path now and go with the flow.

Astro-Notes on November 21, 2016 – Third Quarter Moon

Daily Aspects:
– Third Quarter Moon at 29:27 Leo/Scorpio at 3:33 am EST
– Moon ingress to Virgo at 4:33 am EST
– Mars in Aquarius quincunx NN in Virgo/semi-sextile SN and Neptune in Pisces
– Sun ingress to Sagittarius at 4:22 pm EST and semi-square Jupiter in Libra
– Vesta in Leo trine Juno in Sagittarius
– Jupiter in Libra square Pluto in Capricorn

Once again, I couldn’t get around to write a Full Moon post and now I’m struggling to be able to write up something about the Last Quarter Moon. My personal belongings finally arrived as the Moon was full in sync with the symbology, which meant that I had to take care of this first since we were surrounded by over 40 plastic containers here in our small apartment space. It’s a work in progress, because I don’t have the necessary storage space in my bedroom yet and also have too much to catch up to. I’m still looking for a few pieces of furniture and at the same time did I start my job search again. This consumes a lot of my time. Thus, I’ve been pretty busy with my personal projects and my astrological pursuits have suffered as a consequence.

Therefore, it’s no coincidence that the Last Quarter Moon falls in the last degrees of the fixed signs Leo and Scorpio (for me in houses 12 and 4 – unfinished business, creative vision at cross purpose with shared values at home or in private life), urging us to get our stuff together in this regard, which I was going to do, even though I had to work all weekend. This morning though with Mars in Aquarius in sextile to my Mercury in house 4 and Mercury in Sagittarius moving into a t-square with my natal Uranus-Chiron opposition from house 4, they’ve been testing the fire alarms and sprinklers in this building, which is quite unnerving and lasted for almost an hour. So, the ‘crisis in consciousness’ that is accompanying this phase in the lunar cycle challenges us to express ourselves (Leo) in spite of limiting circumstances (square Scorpio) without being dramatic or childish (Leo), but keeping up a professional facade (Scorpio). An excellent example of this energy has been provided by the Hamilton-Pence situation.

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Meanwhile, the Moon has moved on to Virgo and the Sun is about to make ingress to Sagittarius, where he will engage in a tense semi-square with Jupiter in Libra right away, which means the mood is more sober, we focus on the practical aspects of life and on getting things done as a period is about to begin, where we seek to expand our personal reach and spread our wings, find more purpose and meaning in our life, explore our world and discover ways to express ourselves as well as our personal truth and mission, while evaluating the options we have and the opportunities we encounter in a fair and objective manner. With Mars in Aquarius in adjusting aspects to the nodal axis and Neptune in Pisces, now in forward motion, we act accordingly so that we can move on from the past, instead of getting trapped in the same patterns. We are aware that we need to work on our future prospects if we want to make any progress at all. Therefore, we have to keep distractions at a minimum and dedicate us to our personal causes or the things close to our heart. Then, everything will fall into place and our outlook will be brighter.

Tarot card of the day is the “4 of Wands”, a card that deals with openings and gateways we can step through, giving us a chance to get out of an oppressive situation or escape from unhappy circumstances. This card has an uplifting, celebratory quality about it and brings people together. We’re moving from one stage to another.

Astro-Notes on November 7, 2016 – First Quarter Moon

Daily Aspects:
– Mercury in Scorpio quincunx Uranus Rx and Eris Rx in Aries
– Sun in Scorpio sextile Pluto in Capricorn
– Juno in Sagittarius semi-square Pluto in Capricorn
– Venus in Sagittarius trine Ceres Rx in Aries
– First Quarter Moon at 15:50 Aquarius/Scorpio at 2:51 pm EST

At the end of the last lunation cycle, when Mars in Capricorn squared retrograde Uranus and Eris in Aries, did I make a big life change. Mars is the ruler of my 9th house of long-distance travel and I moved across the North American continent to live with my daughter on Vancouver island. Unsurprisingly, the Scorpio New Moon one day later fell into my 3rd house of locality and close surroundings. On this day did we explore some of the beautiful natural environs here. First, we drove down to the Goldstream Provincial Park, where at the time of the New Moon a black bear jumped out of the bushes and crossed over to the other side of the stream right in front of me. I took that as a powerful omen for my new life. We proceeded from there to Thetis Lake, while making a few stops on the way to take in the breathtaking scenery and then walked around the lake. The Sabian Symbol for the Scorpio New Moon states: “A calm lake bathed in moonlight. Keynote: A quiet openness to higher inspiration – QUIESCENCE.”
(Dane Rudhyar: “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Page 196)

So, this symbol took on a very personal meaning for me and I can say that I’ve been opening myself to higher inspiration since. Typical for the Scorpio influence, I’ve been spending lots of time with my daughter. My daily routine has changed completely and I’m still in a ‘transitioning’ phase – I live in a different time zone now and I work in a different job and I take everything one day at a time. This meant I had to take a break from blogging, but with Mercury in Scorpio now in quincunx aspect to retrograde Uranus and Eris in Aries as the First Quarter Moon of this cycle is forming, I felt the pressure to continue where I had left off.
The ‘crisis in action’ that is accompanying this particular phase of the cycle, challenges us in regard to how to proceed with complex and complicated undertakings, where we have to make choices for the immediate future. For instance, I had to call Google this morning, because they keep declining my credit card, even though I had changed my personal info already on Saturday. Still haven’t heard back yet.
With the Scorpio Sun sextile his dispositor Pluto in Capricorn and Juno, newly in Sagittarius, in semi-square aspect to the latter in addition to Venus in Sagittarius’ trine to retrograde Ceres in Aries we have to stand up for ourselves and get in control of our affairs or personal circumstances by reaching out and inquiring about the situation if we want to see some results. Personally, I have a few more calls to make, thereby taking the initiative into my own hands to get the support I need.

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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 October 22, 2016 – Third Quarter Moon

Daily Aspects:
– Third Quarter Moon at 29:48 Cancer/Libra at 3:13 pm EDT
– Moon ingress to Leo at 3:33 pm EDT
– Mercury in Libra semi-square NN in Virgo/sesqui SN in Pisces
– Sun ingress to Scorpio at 7:45 pm EDT

Over the last few days did we arrange for a few things to be taken care of, though not to the extent we had hoped and also not without encountering opposition, or even animosity, all of which kept us struggling to meet our objectives and although we could for the most part rely on others for assistance and support, yesterday, we ended up pretty much on our own. However, we could have used this situation to catch up with some of our personal matters we have to attend to, but we had to realize it wasn’t nearly enough time for all the tasks on our list. In fact, we might not have gotten done much at all. Thus, the Third Quarter Moon with Moon and Sun in the last degree of their respective signs, presents us with a ‘crisis in consciousness’ that is a last chance to assess and evaluate our property or belongings together with the things we care for to be able to protect them properly and get even with our past. Consequently, it is important that we make choices that serve our future prospects in this regard and be practical as well as pragmatic so that we can let go of our past. After the Sun’s ingress to Scorpio later in the evening a period begins during which we seek to regenerate and renew ourselves by ‘shedding a skin’, as well as to become more powerful, resourceful and influential and transform our sense of Self together with the way we express and realize ourselves, while discarding a part of our personality we’ve outgrown.

Tarot card of the day is the “2 of Wands”, representing the urge to move on, be bold and daring as well as original and proactive. This card indicates that we have come to a time of decision, where we must decide whether we want to build on what we have or perhaps expand in a new direction. Therefore, it is imperative that we bring forward the patience and focus of our intent and maximize on these opportunities, which are coming our way now. We need to confront the situation head-on, leave familiar grounds behind, step out into a new world and explore our options. Moreover, this card can also refer to the productive meeting of minds, from which partnerships can prosper and be successful.

Astro-Notes on October 16, 2016 – Aries Full Moon

Daily Aspects:
– Sun in Libra opposite Uranus Rx and Eris Rx in Aries and semi-sextile Juno in Scorpio
– Full Moon at 23:14 Aries/Libra at 0:23 am EDT
– Mars in Capricorn trine NN in Virgo/sextile SN in Pisces and semi-sextile Saturn in Sagittarius
– Juno in Scorpio quincunx Eris Rx in Aries
– Moon ingress to Taurus at 11:04 am EDT
– Venus in Scorpio semi-square Mars in Capricorn
– Vesta in Cancer square Ceres Rx in Aries

A trine from Mars in Capricorn, the ruler over the Aries Full Moon, to the North Node in Virgo (sextile South Node in Pisces) in addition to his semi-sextile to Saturn in Sagittarius, shows that the actions and initiatives we instigated in preparation for the future we have envisioned for ourselves have yielded results and this comes with a growing sense of structure and control.

As a consequence, we feel more in charge over our destiny. However, Venus in Scorpio, the dispositor of the Sun and Mercury in Libra, is engaged in a semi-square to Mars, while Mercury casts a square to Pluto in Capricorn and the Libra Sun is leaving an opposition with retrograde Uranus and holding another one with retrograde Eris in Aries. That’s a lot of stirred up energy, which is repeated in the last degree square between Vesta in Cancer and retrograde Ceres in Aries, who is now disposited over by Mars and not by Venus anymore.

Thus, we’re exerting quite an effort to be able to accomplish what we set out to do. We are in the last stage or stretch of our big endeavor. Things are speeding up, time is running out and we have to give it a final push, pull some strings and mobilize our supporting base as well as the resources we can rely on. Our self-interests are at stake and although we could have faced some interruptions, changes or other difficulties, we cannot sit back, wait, waver, deliberate or hesitate any longer. We have to be motivated, get into the competing, conquering spirit, take our chances (even a few risks) and make quick and firm choices in order to move forward and make progress.

As the Libra lunation cycle culminates in the Aries Full Moon, the impulse that sounded forth at the time of the Aries New Moon back in April will also come to fruition. Accordingly, the symbolical picture of ‘the three old masters, which are hanging on the wall of a special room in an art gallery’ (Sabian Symbol for the Libra New Moon), in a protected environment, has been replaced by the image of ‘an open window, through which the wind blows curtains inward in the shape of a cornucopia’ (Sabian Symbol for the Aries Full Moon), and the ‘magic carpet of oriental imagery’ (Sabian Symbol for the Aries New Moon) has become ‘a butterfly with a third wing on its left side’ (Sabian Symbol for the Libra Sun).

What once was only an image, dream or vision has now taken flight, though in a different ‘form’ than the one we had conceived of or devised in our minds and it is still shaping and shifting. If we want to win in this scenario we have to fight and show what we are made of, using our full potential together with our reputation or standing or whatever we have going for us and up our sleeve plus the ‘tricks in our bag’.

The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon at 23:14 Aries states:

“Blown inward by the wind, the curtains of an open window take the shape of a cornucopia. Keynote: Openness to the influx of spiritual energies – MOLDED BY TRANSPERSONAL FORCES.”

The Sabian Symbol for the Sun at 23:14 Libra states:

“A butterfly with a third wing on its left side. Keynote: The ability to develop for inner strengthening new modes of response to basic life situations – ORIGINAL MUTATION.”

(Dane Rudhyar: “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 67 and 187-188, respectively)

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Tarot card of the day is the “2 of Wands”, representing the urge to move on, be bold and daring as well as original and proactive. This card indicates that we have come to a time of decision, where we must decide whether we want to build on what we have or perhaps expand in a new direction. Therefore, it is imperative that we bring forward the patience and focus of our intent and maximize on these opportunities, which are coming our way now. We need to confront the situation head-on, leave familiar grounds behind, step out into a new world and explore our options. Moreover, this card can also refer to the productive meeting of minds, from which partnerships can prosper and be successful.

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

Daily Aspects:
– Saturn in Sagittarius square nodal axis across Virgo/Pisces
– First Quarter Moon at 16:18 Cap/Libra at 0:32 am EDT
– Vesta in Cancer semi-square NN in Virgo/sesqui-quadrate SN in Pisces and sesqui-quadrate Saturn in Sagittarius
– Venus in Scorpio square Pallas Rx in Aquarius
– Mercury in Libra sesqui-quadrate Pallas Rx in Aquarius

A few days ago did Saturn in Sagittarius move into a square to the nodal axis across Virgo and Pisces, which brought us to a turning point destiny-wise in matters of structure, control and limits, where we had to curtail the damage inflicted upon us by overcoming the uncertainties and ‘ghosts’ of the past (self-undoing) and finding out the unknown factors, which have been lingering for a long time, trapping us in unresolved and undesired conditions we now seek to break out from in order to be able to improve our future prospects. This set up the stage for Mercury’s ingress to Libra on October 7 and the Libra Sun’s square to Pluto in Capricorn on the same day. Mercury’s transit through Libra, which will last until October 24th, introduced a phase during which we evaluate and assess our information, schedules, plans, verbal exchanges, mobility and associations and focus on contracts, agreements, negotiations and the terms of engagement with others. However, right at the onset of this transit did circumstances or forces beyond our control cause us personal struggles, which threatened our inner peace and threw us off balance, because they forced us into a corner, we couldn’t get out of. We had to accept that the situation is out of our hands and the pressure of it all has taken its toll on us.

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Therefore, the ‘crisis in action’ that accompanies the First Quarter Moon, challenges us to get on top of our affairs and in control of these circumstances, while remaining professional and defending our position. As Vesta in Cancer connects to the Saturn-Nodes t-square with hard octile aspects and Mercury in Libra casts another octile to retrograde Pallas in Aquarius, who is also receiving a square from Venus in Scorpio, taking care of our causes and investments has become a necessity on which our future depends. In order to save the future we’ve been planning and working on for so long, we have to reconsider our approach (personal politics) and the strategies we employ and this includes the messages we send out or how we come across to others, in particular what shared values or approval ratings concerns. Donald Trump’s ‘sex gate’ is a perfect example of the current astro weather.

Tarot card of the day is the “10 of Swords”, suggesting that we may feel victimized and powerless or just ‘dead tired’ and exhausted, wishing for a clean break from a stressful issue. However, this is the final ordeal, presenting us with a confrontation of the sum total of our thoughts and outcome of mental processes. Thus, a reorientation or gaining of perspective might ensue and things might get better from now on. It is important though to let go off negative attitudes and to accept our current circumstances. Something is coming to end and change is impending. The worst is over and the only way is up.

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.