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)


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.


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.


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)


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.


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.


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.


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.