Astro-Notes on April 29, 2016 – Third Quarter Moon

Daily Aspects:
– Moon ingress to Aquarius at 4:46 am EDT
– Venus ingress to Taurus at 8:35 pm EDT (until May 24)
– Third Quarter Moon at 10:13 Aqua/Taurus at 11:28 pm EDT
– Chiron in Pisces semi-sextile Eris in Aries

Mercury did station retrograde in Venus-ruled Taurus (23:36) yesterday. He will retrace his steps over the next 3 weeks to the degree he last visited on April 14 (14:20 Taurus) where he will turn direct on May 22. During this period will we have a chance to review our qualifications, talents and accumulated information regarding profitable pursuits together with our material or financial plans and budgets and also the things we own, go over our daily routines, rethink our associations and the connections or media we use, reconsider matters of communication concerning our needs, wants and values and the means of transportation we can rely on or utilize. As Venus is going to make ingress to her home sign Taurus tonight, where she will be traversing until May 24, we will seek to build up our worth and finances, add to our assets and wellbeing, ensure emotional and material security, gratify our senses, cultivate a life-style and attract the ‘good things in life’, inclusive the right partners or people, and all of this is going to influence our revising mental faculties.
Consequently, the ‘crisis in consciousness’ that accompanies the Third Quarter Moon tests our persistence and persuasion amidst changing conditions. We’re challenged to break out of a rut or cycle that keeps repeating or situation, where we got stuck in and turn this around to our advantage so that we can continue to grow and prosper.

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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.

Astro-Notes on April 22, 2016 – Scorpio Full Moon

Daily Aspects:
– Full Moon at 2:30 Scorpio/Taurus at 1:23 am EDT
– Uranus in Aries quincunx NN in Virgo/semi-sextile SN in Pisces
– Sun in Taurus semi-sextile Ceres in Aries
– Venus in Aries quincunx NN and conjunct Uranus
– Juno Rx in Scorpio sesqui-quadrate Chiron in Pisces and semi-sextile Mars Rx in Sagittarius

In the leadup to the Scorpio Full Moon did we experience a few powerful energy shifts (2 of them by the ancient and modern rulers of Scorpio) over the last few days. First, Mars turned retrograde in Sagittarius and only one day after that Pluto turned retrograde in Capricorn. This was soon followed by the Sun’s ingress to Taurus, ushering in a period during which we seek greater security for our life, better earning capability for ourselves, as well as to bestow our life with quality, to validate our sense of Self, to sustain our life’s purpose and to build up a life style. Now, with Mars and Pluto retracing their steps together with their dispositors (retrograde Jupiter in Virgo is the dispositor of retro Mars in Sagittarius and retrograde Saturn in Sagittarius is the dispositor of retro Pluto in Capricorn), and their archetypal themes affecting us more inwardly, our actions, drive, physical fitness or modus operanti, sportmanship, initiatives, long-term intentions and greater motives are coming under review and will be researched and then fitted into the larger picture within the context of reviewed options and opportunities that might work for us and could improve our situation. We will moreover review our circumstances, business affairs, resourcefulness, influence and ability to manage and transition in order to restructure and reorganize our affairs in regard to long-term responsibilities and ambitions. So, a lot of reshaping and remodeling of our inner landscape is going on and this will take us back to mid February of this year (in Mars’ case) and to the end of January of last year (in Pluto’s case). Furthermore, the changes, trends, emergencies and unexpected happenings that were triggered as a first result of these big shifts require an adjustment what our future prospects, life direction or destiny concerns and this could be either heartbreaking if it involves the sudden loss of somebody close to us or elevating if it refers to a lucky break in a material, financial or relationship situation. In any case, we will have to move out of our personal comfort zone, live with the choice we made or accept what we cannot change and start a new routine, trusting that we’re together in this, holding and supporting each other.
As the Aries lunation cycle culminates in the Scorpio Full Moon, the impulse that sounded forth at the time of the Scorpio New Moon back in November of last year comes to fruition too. Therefore, ‘the magic carpet’ or, in other words, ‘use of our imagination’ (Sabian Symbol for the Aries New Moon) has carried us to ‘a house-raising party’ (Sabian Symbol for the Scorpio Full Moon) and the ‘strife-transcending and unattached outlook upon everyday reality’ (keyphrase of the Sabian Symbol for the Aries New Moon) has led to ‘cooperation and a feeling of community’ (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Scorpio Full Moon). Whereas the ‘conversation the parrot overheard and repeated’ (Sabian Symbol for the Scorpio New Moon from November 2015) has resulted in ‘the gradual expansion of the individual consciousness and natural fulfillment’ (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Taurus Sun).

The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon at 2:30 Scorpio states:

“A house-raising party in a small village enlists the neighbors’ cooperation. Keynote: The feeling of community demonstrated in a basic joint effort – COOPERATION.”

The Sabian Symbol for the Sun at 2:30 Taurus states:

“Natural steps lead to a lawn of clover in bloom. Keynote: The gradual expansion of the individual consciousness after a fecundating experience – NATURAL FULFILLMENT.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 193 and 72, respectively)

Suggested by these symbolical pictures is a collective sharing of experiences that is necessary for our evolution, because it unites us and helps us to develop social values and a sense of community. We’re in this together, which means we have to pull together behind our common goal.

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Tarot card of the day is the “4 of Cups”, suggesting that we’re consumed with our emotions and thus with life’s twists and turns. Consequently, we could be ignoring the outer world due to being intensely focused on these personal matters. The more important is it to re-evaluate our situation and to look deep within to find the truth or path we’re searching. It is essential that we examine our feelings and thoughts to gain clarity. An offer has been presented to us and we are asked to consider all options carefully before making a decision. Moreover, we’re reminded that we cannot take everything for granted and need to count our blessings. We are the only limiting factor to our endless gain. Awareness of the natural flow of abundance and enhancement is critical.

Astro-Notes on April 13, 2016 – First Quarter Moon

Daily Aspects:
– Sun in Aries sesqui-quadrate Mars in Sagittarius
– Venus in Aries quincunx Juno Rx in Scorpio
– First Quarter Moon at 24:38 Cancer/Aries at 11:59 pm EDT
– Chiron in Pisces semi-sextile Eris in Aries

Now that we initiated a course of action on behalf of our self-interests and it seems as though we could actually succeed with whatever we proposed or requested, applied for or offered, we’re ready to enter the competition or are at least excited for ourselves. Moreover, our motivation has been rising due to the encouragement we received. However, it is critical not to overextend ourselves, rush into action or push too much. This is not just about us and our personal preferences or desires, but about an adjustment that has to be made in regard to our shared values or business affairs. Therefore, the ‘crisis in action’ that accompanies the First Quarter Moon of the Aries lunation cycle challenges us to treat carefully when we proclaim our intentions, because we don’t want to come across as selfish and lose the support or good rapport we established so far.

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Tarot card of the day is “The Moon”, suggesting that some things are hidden from conscious view, making it necessary to look well below the surface in order to find clarity or truth. On the other hand, invisible things could be brought to the surface and unforeseen perils could be experienced. This card has moreover the potential to project fears into the present and future based on past ordeals. Repressed thoughts, images and feelings could cause overwhelming disturbances. We might be longing for sleep. It is important to remedy this for which we need to go through a purging process, thereby releasing deep memories. The Moon is a card of illusion and deception, and therefore often suggests a time when something is not as it appears, causing errors in our judgment. It is also possible that we may have lost our way and are now left to walk in the dark, guided only by our inner light and intuition. Nonetheless, we need to go on without a clear picture of where we are or where we are going. It is true that things are vague and illusive, neither clear nor certain or definitive in any way and that therefore we may be torn between many influences, which could distract us from following our core path. The more important is it to reflect upon our life and to use our intuitive abilities or listen to our inner voice to get in touch with our vision. Renewal is possible and secrets may be revealed as we’re walking these dreamscapes. The Moon is moreover a symbol of the turning tides and can refer to healing abilities and other psychic or intuitive work.

Astro-Notes on April 7, 2016 – Aries New Moon

Daily Aspects:
– Chiron in Pisces semi-sextile Eris in Aries
– Juno Rx in Scorpio sesqui-quadrate Ceres in Pisces
– New Moon at 18:04 Aries at 7:23 am EDT

A couple of days ago did Venus make ingress to Aries, where she will be traversing until April 29, and Mercury ingress to Taurus, where he will be travelling until June 12 due to his retrograde in this sign. This means that our inner landscape has been shifting already prior to the Aries New Moon and therefore, these changes in our emotions and thinking process are quite noticeable in the setup to this lunation event. Consequently, we could have been seeking to enact our values, preferences and priorities rather impatiently and forcefully, but might have had the good sense to tone down our messages and gestures, if only after the ‘flare-up’ that could have consumed us from within. In the same sense as winter has returned to these parts of North America and stopped us in our tracks, had we to surrender to other circumstances beyond our control, which basically set us back to square one. And although we can’t help it, neither can we influence these developments, we are not powerless. We just have to rely on our strength and resourcefulness and endure these conditions for as long as they last, while keeping our focus on our long-term goals. Thus, we could have realized that there’s really no need to get aggravated about small things or to become too animated. It’s the same old story we know in and out or the same song playing and this situation will continue this way and we’ll go through these motions again and again whether we like it or not. However, we have now reached a turning point, where it is up to us to make a conscious choice and do better than that and ultimately for ourselves. Moreover, in order to get on top of our affairs, we have to use our connections and support network together with the knowledge we gained from our accumulated experiences to deal with the situation maturely or professionally, instead of stressing about it.

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The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon at 18:04 Aries states:

“The magic carpet of oriental imagery. Keynote: The use of creative imagination – A STRIFE-TRANSCENDING AND UNATTACHED OUTLOOK UPON EVERYDAY REALITY.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Page 64)

The symbol suggests that we need to stand above these conditions and detach ourselves from too much personal involvement in these petty issues. Only then will we be able to think clearly and objectively and can let these mundane matters pass us by. Some days are better, some days are worse. Therefore, look for the blessings instead of the curse. Be positive, stay strong and get enough rest. You can’t do it all, but you can do your best.:) This new beginning holds the potential for us to evolve if we are willing to change our outlook upon everyday life.

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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 March 31, 2016 – Third Quarter Moon

Daily Aspects:
– Third Quarter Moon at 11:20 Capricorn/Aries at 11:16 am EDT
– Mercury conjunct Uranus in Aries

The eclipses have passed and we’re trying to survive or continue living a ‘normal’ life in the aftermath of these events to be able to let our wounds heal or to let go off our hurt and other sensitivities, which are a source of negative and sad feelings. Thus, if we’re currently experiencing some rather disillusioning situations, especially what relationship or financial matters concerns, we have to remember that having expectations can lead to disappointment. We’re dealing with complex life processes here over which we have not much control and therefore, it’s pointless to struggle or fight this if we can’t win. Instead, the ‘crisis in consciousness’ that accompanies the Third Quarter Moon, tests our resilience under circumstances we consider a personal setback or even a defeat. However, not everything is lost. At the start of this new sub-cycle ushered in by the meeting of Mercury and Uranus in Aries we are encouraged to focus on the future, to make pro-active choices and to enact an agenda that will lead to progress and initiation of the changes we have on our mind.

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Tarot card of the day is the “Page of Wands”, suggesting news related to business or otherwise and a positive awareness of the future or ‘to expect the unexpected’. There are new possibilities, which demand from us to be courageous and daring as we rediscover purpose. This card represents ‘a new dawn’ that is a new beginning of a phase in which the creative spark must be developed and given a new lease on life, calling upon us to express ourselves from our heart. It’s a day to be positive and spontaneous as well as lively and energetic, when we should pursue our creative vision with enthusiasm.

Astro-Notes on March 23, 2016 – Libra Full Moon/Appulse Lunar Eclipse

Daily Aspects:
– Moon ingress to Libra at 1:23 am EDT
– Jupiter Rx in Virgo square Saturn in Sagittarius
– Lunar Appulse Eclipse/Full Moon at 3:17 Libra/Aries at 8:00 am EDT
– Venus in Pisces trine Juno Rx in Scorpio
– Sun-Mercury superior conjunction in Aries
– Vesta in Taurus semi-square Ceres-Chiron-South Node conjunction in Pisces

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 is even more so because the Sun and Mercury also meet for their superior conjunction, which corresponds to the Full Moon phase in their synodic cycle. So, plans laid out in mid January regarding structure, organization, ambitions, career, control, management and authority could be coming to a head during negotiations and meetings or in other settings.

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The current state of affairs is that spring has sprung here in the Northern Hemisphere, but winter isn’t quite done with us yet. This is the same with every seasonal change. It won’t happen overnight, only gradually, which means, we’re undergoing a time of transition and that applies to every area of our lives. Therefore, things are still uncertain and intangible, while we don’t know where to go from here, but have to wait and see. And although a relationship situation is over or has ended and there is no turning back to how it used to be, we don’t have the answers or solutions yet for our specific set of circumstances.

Thus, as the Pisces New Moon (Solar Eclipse) culminates in the Libra Full Moon Lunar Eclipse, the impulse that sounded forth at the time of the Libra New Moon on October 12 last year will also come to fruition and so will the mental impulse from January 14 (the day of the inferior conjunction of Sun and Mercury in Capricorn). Consequently, ‘the master instructing his disciple’ (Sabian Symbol for the Pisces New Moon) and also ‘the rabbi performing his duties’ (Sabian Symbol for the Libra New Moon from October 12) have succeeded with the ‘In-spiriting’ of ‘a group of young people, who are sitting in spiritual communion around a campfire’ (Sabian Symbol for the Libra Full Moon). As a result, the ‘commitment to this transcendent goal’ (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the inferior conjunction of the Sun and Mercury) has led to a ‘progressive polarization of our energies needed to fulfill our life’s functions’ (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Aries Sun).

The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon at 3:17 Libra states:

“Around a campfire a group of young people sit in spiritual communion. Keynote: The necessity to unite with kindred spirits as one enters unbeaten paths illumined by the still insecure light of a dawning intuition of new values – IN-SPIRITING the group.”

The Sabian Symbol for the Sun at 3:17 Aries states:

“Two Lovers strolling on a secluded walk. Keynote: The progressive polarization of energies needed for fulfilling one’s life function – POLARIZATION.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 174 and 52-53)

Suggested by these symbolical images is that the initial spark has become a fire that is burning strong in the hearts of the ‘faithful’ and the like-minded it unites, but the values they are sharing and the things they are holding sacred could polarize or antagonize others to a point that tips the scales and thus has the potential to escalate the conflict that’s been brewing for a while now. In any case, emotions will be running high and whatever transpires or develops from this will affect us deeply. Moreover, we long to break the cycle of suffering, loss and helplessness and dedicate ourselves toward these ends.

Tarot card of the day is “Strength”, suggesting that we draw upon our inner strength and the power of our spirit and will. With compassion and understanding can we handle the most difficult situation and also tame the beast within. We have the ability to be tolerant, forgiving and accepting and thus can gently influence our environment. Furthermore, we can be assured that we have enough endurance to see things through to their end and get a lot accomplished.

Astro-Notes on March 20, 2016 – Spring Equinox

Daily Aspects:
– Sun ingress to Aries at 00:30 am EDT – Spring Equinox
– Moon ingress to Virgo at 1:39 pm EDT
– Venus conjunct Neptune in Pisces
– Jupiter Rx in Virgo square Saturn in Sagittarius
– Pallas in Aquarius sextile Uranus in Aries
– Ceres conjunct Chiron and South Node in Pisces
– Mars in Sagittarius quincunx Vesta in Taurus

Right at the start of this new day at 00:30 am EDT 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. 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. 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 as well as tend to be driven and to act from an instinctual or primal level.

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In the chart for this year’s Spring Equinox we see Chiron hovering on the South Node in Pisces, telling us that we need to release or let go off the source of our accumulated problems or hurt in order to be able to heal or become whole. With Ceres approaching this conjunction, we’re standing at the closing of a cycle, but we don’t have a clear picture of the future yet, only a vague vision of our destination. We’re aware though that we have to stop sacrificing for the ‘wrong’ causes, where we don’t see any returns. Instead, we should pour our support into those causes, which are worth our while and help us mending. This is even more emphasized by the conjunction of Venus and Neptune in Pisces that begins a new sub-cycle, during which we long for our highest values, seek to pursue the lifestyle that’s most suitable to our desires and needs as well as the ideal we’re having in regard to relationships, wellbeing and fulfillment. With these two planets coming together today, there’s something of the sacred feminine touching us and we’re highly sensitive as well as receptive, plus our imagination is enhanced. We sense vividly that our dreams can come true if we commit us toward a better future and invest our energies accordingly. All it takes is making the choices that are right for us and to focus on our progress. The waning square between retrograde Jupiter in Virgo and Saturn in Sagittarius challenges us to overcome our increased responsibilities and limitations so that we can review our options and work out new possibilities or improve our chances. As Jupiter ruled Mars in Sagittarius casts a quincunx to Vesta in Taurus, an adjustment in the way we operate and in regard to the things that motivate us is needed.

Vernal Equinox 2016

Tarot card of the day is the “3 of Cups”, representing wonderful connections, reunions and the celebration of friendship and harmonious relationships in general. It heralds a sociable day when we spend quality time with friends and loved ones and experience camaraderie as well as a feeling of oneness. We could be bursting with energy and overflowing with high spirits. Things should be going well.