Astro-Notes on March 1, 2018 – Virgo Full Moon

Like January, the month of March starts and ends with a Full Moon. The one at the beginning of the month is in Virgo, the sign of the Virgin, and highlights the axis of service and sacrifice, asking us to put in an effort so that we can fit the pieces into the puzzle and to be prepared and ready to go with the flow. However, confronted by the details and particulars in certain situations (Virgo), we could easily feel overwhelmed and disappointed (Pisces), especially if reality doesn’t match up with our visions, dreams and longings.

As the Aquarius New Moon, which was a Solar Eclipse, culminates in the Virgo Full Moon, the impulse or vibration that sounded forth at the time of the Virgo New Moon back in September of last year is also coming to a head. In the symbolical language of the Sabians we’re getting this story:
The ‘tree felled and sawed to ensure a supply of wood for the winter’ (Sabian Symbol for the Aquarius NM) has led to a ‘wedding, after which the groom snatches away the veil from his bride’ (Sabian Symbol for the Virgo FM); the ‘intelligent foresight’ (keyword of the Sabian Symbol for the Aquarius NM) that was applied during this time of coldness and ‘hibernation’  has resulted in the ‘union of opposites’ (marriage of yin and yang, male and female, anima and animus, left and right spheres of the brain), which is being celebrated by ‘the penetrating and unveiling power of the mind’ (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Virgo FM). Something is being ‘found out’ or ‘revealed’ in it’s ‘natural, pure state’ after things have come or being put together.

Consequently, ‘a bald-headed man who has seized power’ (Sabian Symbol for the Virgo NM from September of last year) has become ‘an initiated member of an occult brotherhood’ (Sabian Symbol for the Pisces Sun), while he is undergoing examination and his character is being tested – the ‘power of the will’ (keyword of the Sabian Symbol for the Virgo NM) has brought him to a point, where he now has to ‘prove himself and his ability to assume responsibility effectively’ or ‘how qualified he truly is’ (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Pisces Sun). The moment of truth has come – he can no longer hide his true ‘colors’.

The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon at 11:22 Virgo states:

“After the wedding, the groom snatches the veil away from his bride. Keynote: The penetrating and unveiling power of the trained mind – UNVEILING.”

The Sabian Symbol for the Sun at 11:22 Pisces states:
“In the sanctuary of an occult brotherhood newly initiated members are being examined and their character tested. Keynote: The ever-repeated challenge presented to the individual by the group in which he has claimed acceptance – the challenge to prove himself and his ability to assume responsibility effectively – QUALIFICATION.”
(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 158 and 275, respectively)
So, the moral of the story is that we need to have the foresight as well as use our knowledge and skills, to be prepared for the challenges we encounter in our natural surroundings and which are presented to us by our group or social circle and this requires the power of the will. If we don’t train our mind accordingly, we won’t succeed or get ahead.

Virgo FM 2018
Venus and Mercury in Pisces’ semi-sextiles to Eris in Aries and trines to Jupiter in Scorpio indicate an adjustment in plans and priorities for the sake of our self-interests now that we investigated our options and know what we can expect and have to compromise or sacrifice if we want to win and save the day.

With the Pisces Sun engaged in a tough semi-square to Uranus in Aries and Mars and Vesta in Sagittarius forming semi-sextiles to Pluto in Capricorn and tense sesqui-quadrates to retrograde Ceres in Leo, it is time to change and shake things up. No more delaying, waiting, hoping and wishing. We have to come to our own rescue and initiate the progress we’re envisioning. This, however, necessitates that we reform our sense of Self and become more independent and individualistic, which means we have to act or set our intentions accordingly and we have to convince ourselves that we can indeed manage our affairs or specific set of circumstances, even though it feels we have too much going on. Therefore it is important to review our self-love and self-support in order to be more pro-active, enterprising, dedicated and committed to our causes.
Tarot card of the day is the “Knight of Wands”, suggesting that an important matter is likely to enter our life and demand our attention. Therefore, we have to be ready to react quickly and to go with the flow. Our present situation will soon change and we have to make important decisions. Consequently, we’re charging forth with ideas and visions to make things happen, while tackling any challenge that stands in our way. It is important that we show ambition, are high-spirited, strong-willed and determined and take calculated risks.


Astro-Notes on January 1, 2018 – Cancer Full Moon

Daily Aspects:
– Moon ingress to Cancer at 0:10 am PST
– Mercury in Sagittarius semi-sextile Pluto in Capricorn
– Chiron in Pisces semi-sextile Uranus Rx in Aries
– Mars in Scorpio square nodal axis across Leo/Aquarius
– Ceres Rx in Leo square Jupiter in Scorpio
– Sun in Capricorn sextile Neptune in Pisces
– Full Moon at 11:37 Cancer/Capricorn at 6:23 pm PST

The New Year starts with the Moon’s ingress to Cancer, her home sign, that will lead to the lunation cycle’s culmination tonight. This means a heightened emotional, sensitive and domestic influence will be felt throughout the year that asks us to reconcile the maternal, nurturing archetype with the paternal, structuring archetype.
Consequently, issues revolving around home, family, support, roots, dependency, belonging, bonding, caring and nourishing will confront themes concerning resistance, limitation, obligation, control, self-reliance, authority, boundaries, foundations, ambitions, harshness, achievements etc. and this will come to a head, whereby we will have to face whatever is conflicting us in this context and needs to be worked out, balanced or resolved and integrated.

With Mars in Scorpio squaring the nodal axis across Leo/Aquarius, we’re challenged to ‘evolve’ in regard to the manner we act or react, pursue our desires, approach and conquer, if we want to create the life or future we have set our intentions on and this requires that we change, reform or upgrade patterns from the past that mess with our motives and modus operanti. However, this is a tricky, complex and complicated matter.
Therefore, the Sun’s sextile to Neptune offers us a chance to become aware of our self-undoing by working on our self-image and shaping our character or traits we’ve formed over the years. A square from retrograde Ceres to Pluto-ruled Jupiter tests our deep-seated beliefs, convictions and principles in this regard, because they have a way of preventing us from showing love or feeling self-love, demonstrating self-confidence and worthiness, validating and caring for ourselves or on the other hand we could be forced to acknowledge when we’re being too selfish or self-centered – all of which depends on our ‘personal truth’ or the ‘deeper motives’ that drive us. These themes have to be reviewed and refocused on.

Mercury’s semi-sextile to Pluto shows an attitude adjustment that helps us to get to the bottom of this and take charge over our affairs. As the Sagittarius lunation cycle climaxes in the Cancer Full Moon, the impulse that sounded forth at the time of the Cancer New Moon back on June 23 also comes to fruition.
In the symbolical words of the Sabians we get the following story: ‘A sculptor at work’ (Sabian Symbol for the Sag NM) has turned into ‘a Chinese woman, nursing a baby whose aura reveals him to be the reincarnation of a great teacher’ (Sabian Symbol for the Cancer FM) – thus we can say, ‘the sculptor’s self-projection into a work’ (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Sag NM) has resulted in a ‘revelation’ that shows ‘the latent worth of an experience once it is seen in its deeper meaning’. Accordingly, ‘the man bundled in fur leading a shaggy deer’ (Sabian Symbol for the Cancer NM from June), who has his ‘will tested’ while overcoming stagnation and cold during this long trial of endurance’ (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Cancer NM) has underwent this experience to ‘be able to explore unfamiliar realms, thereby discovering the laws underlying the complex processes of nature as illustrated by a lecture on natural science’ (Sabian Symbol and keyword for the Capricorn Sun). The suggestion here is that once we uncover the ‘laws underlying our nature’ the ‘great work’ of forming the personality or Self into ‘a piece of art’, an ideal we conceived and need to express, can be done.

The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon at 11:37 Cancer states:

“A Chinese woman nurses a baby whose aura reveals him to be the reincarnation of a great teacher. Keynote: The revelation of latent worth in an experience once it is seen in its deeper meaning – REVELATION.”

The Sabian Symbol for the Sun at 11:37 Capricorn states:

“An illustrated lecture on natural science reveals little-known aspects of life. Keynote: The ability to explore unfamiliar realms and discover the laws underlying the complex processes of nature – EXPLORATION.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 117-118 and 236-237, respectively)

Uranus, who has been in retrograde motion since August 4th, is about to station direct in Aries in semi-sextile aspect to Chiron in Pisces. Since then we’ve been reviewing the changes we’ve initiated and the new trends we introduced or what we needed to do for the sake of our survival and individualization. The insights we gained will serve as inspiration to bridge unresolved issues, become whole and healthy and turn endings into new beginnings.

Cancer FM 2018

Tarot card of the day and for the year ahead is the “10 of Cups” (a completion card corresponding to the Full Moon theme), suggesting that we’re calling a truce and restoring harmony where it is needed. We’re working for peace and reaffirming our commitment to bonds. Thus, we create an atmosphere where we can relax, while reducing stress and tensions, and consequently have a chance to experience serenity and contentment. Generally, we can be more at ease. This card is reflective of our personal value system and of what we believe will bring us the ultimate fulfillment and happiness in life.

Happy New Year 2018!

Astro-Notes on December 17, 2017 – Sagittarius New Moon

Daily Aspects:
– Mercury Rx in Sagittarius semi-sextile Vesta in Scorpio, semi-square Juno in Aquarius and semi-sextile Jupiter in Scorpio
– Vesta in Scorpio square nodal axis
– Pallas stations direct at 25:05 Aries
– New Moon at 26:31 Sagittarius at 10:30 pm PST

A few energy shifts have happened just before the New Moon in Sagittarius will transpire. Yesterday did Juno make ingress to Aquarius, where she will be traversing until February 23, and then Ceres stationed retrograde in Leo, whereas Pallas stationed direct in Aries today.

This means we entered a period during which we seek to change our relationship principle and alter, upgrade or reform established relationship dynamics together with our role within them, while we’re reviewing how cycles and seasons have played out in our life and also how we express nurturance and care, as well as create and experience support.

After we revisited politics and patterns of survival we’ve been employing since June, we can now use these findings to move forward with our initial intentions and at the same time become more independent or individualized.
Vesta in Scorpio is squaring the nodal axis across Leo and Aquarius, indicating that we’ve reached a turning point commitment-wise, where we need to intensify our dedication toward our future prospects or the life we want to create for ourselves and this forces us to break with past patterns, where our energy investment and the resources we shared weren’t reciprocated or even abused.

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With retrograde Mercury in Sagittarius engaged in a semi-sextile to Vesta and a semi-square to Juno, we know this has to end, because a relationship situation has changed and not only requires from us to rethink our long-term plans, but also to refocus on our options for empowerment and in regard to our business affairs or mission.

A New Moon in Sagittarius is a good time to plant the seeds of growth, expansion and   greatness by setting our intentions on enterprise, adventure, faith, broadening our horizons, looking for where the grass is greener, reaching out, publishing or publicizing, spreading our wings, aiming for the sky and developing optimism and zeal.

The alignment of the New Moon with the Galactic Core is about finding the way back to the ‘source’ of our light and brightness or ‘brilliance’ and connecting with our ‘stardom’. Therefore,
the Sabian Symbol for the New Moon at 26:21 Sagittarius states:

A sculptor at his work. Keynote: The ability to project one’s vision upon and to give form to materials – SELF-PROJECTION INTO A WORK.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Page 226)

We’re creating ourselves continuously and are capable of making our mark upon society by expressing our individuality, our talents and particular purpose.

Sag NM 2017

Tarot card of the day is the “King of Pentacles”, suggesting that we put quality over quantity and are good stewards of our life and energy. We pursue self-sufficiency and self-reliance, gain progress one step at a time and work toward a goal with firm resolve. Moreover, we handle any situation competently, meet commitment and promises and can be counted on. Our enterprising spirit comes forward as we turn this day into a successful day. This is a card of worldly success, ultimate fulfillment and material satisfaction that comes with the promise of financial stability and continuing prosperity.

Astro-Notes on November 11, 2017 – Third Quarter Moon in Leo

Daily Aspects:
– Mercury in Sagittarius semi-sextile Jupiter in Scorpio
– Third Quarter Moon at 18:38 Leo/Scorpio at 12:36 pm PST (November 10)
– Saturn in Sagittarius trine Uranus Rx in Aries
– Mars in Libra quincunx Neptune Rx in Pisces
– Juno conjunct Pluto in Capricorn

In sync with yesterday’s Third Quarter Moon energies I wasn’t able to post a blog entry about this event.
This stage in the lunation cycle is termed the ‘crisis in consciousness or perception’, because it is the last quarter square and quite significant in regard to our current activities, which need to be seen in the broadest perspective now. So, what has been planted or started at the time of the Libra New Moon (beginning of this cycle) 3 weeks ago and reached a climax with the Taurus Full Moon (one week ago) challenges us now to put things into perspective.

In this case, it is the waning Leo Moon’s square to the Scorpio Sun that is testing our resilience and resourcefulness (Scorpio) now that life has gotten more complicated (Sun in Scorpio) and this could have seen us struggling with matters of personal creativity, self-expression, performance and recognition (Leo).

Saturn’s trine to Uranus marks the end of an extended period or process, during which we have been trying to reform long-standing conditions and make progress on several fronts and now that we’re finally seeing a result or a change, we’re also experiencing an increased sense of structure or limitation that comes with more authority or responsibility or obligations (Saturn) and therefore also alters our daily routine as we have less time or freedom or liberties (Uranus).

A quincunx from Mars in Libra, Uranus’s dispositor, together with a semi-sextile from Mercury to Jupiter, indicate that we have to adjust our actions, intentions, plans and schedules accordingly and this might even require certain sacrifices (Neptune) if we cannot juggle or coordinate our activities (Mars in Libra) or if we lack the necessary energy (Mars). In any case, our options are rather complex in the sense that they aren’t so ‘obvious’ or ‘simple’ with Jupiter in Scorpio, which means we have to be ‘ruthless’, obsessive, passionate and resourceful about these matters. Moreover, the Scorpio Sun is squaring the nodal axis and his ruler Pluto is meeting Juno in Capricorn in conjunction.

Thus, we reached a turning point destiny-wise, where we have to overcome the drawback from the past in order to be able to create the life or future we want for us by breaking with old patterns, which are self-sabotaging and detrimental to our self-development now that things are coming together for us and we feel more empowered in our role and interactions with others as well as in charge or control of our affairs and circumstances.

So, the story that has unfolded for me personally during this particular cycle is as follows: For several months now I have been applying and interviewing for different office jobs and with the Libra New Moon I had another interview about which I felt really positive. On the day of the Taurus Full Moon I got a job offer from this company, which I accepted. I started working there the following week, but I still have to get used to that new routine and the long commute. Therefore, I wasn’t able to prepare a blog post in time or to continue with my dailies on Facebook. However, this forces me to come up with some changes, which are long overdue. 🙂


These are the Tarot cards for the last couple of days (yesterday and today):

Tarot card of the day is the “Page of Cups”, representing some sort of beginning or renewal, which could herald a positive message we respond to in an emotional manner. Our intuition is sharp today and creative energy is trying to burst forth into our consciousness. Therefore, we need to be open to receive, express our emotions and let our heart lead the way. This card encourages us to take a fresh perspective on a difficult issue and to allow our creative Self to come to the fore so that a sense of freedom may reappear in our life.

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.

Astro-Notes on November 3, 2017 – Full Moon in Taurus

Daily Aspects:
– Saturn in Sagittarius square Chiron Rx in Pisces
– Venus in Libra qx Chiron Rx in Pisces, sextile Saturn in Sagittarius and opposite Uranus Rx in Aries
– Moon ingress to Taurus at 2:46 am PDT
– Sun in Scorpio trine Neptune Rx in Pisces
– Full Moon at 11:58 Taurus/Scorpio at 10:22 pm PDT

This Full Moon highlights the axis of desire and matters pertaining to personal values and resources versus shared values and resources, emotional security versus social security and attachments versus surrender are coming to a head.

Venus, the ruler over the Taurus Full Moon, activates the Saturn-Chiron square with dynamic aspects and then opposes Uranus, indicating that we’re presented with an opportunity to gain more stability, control or structure in a situation that has left us wanting, ‘hurting’ and struggling for a long time.
Finally, there’s a breakthrough, but it could cause us some inner turmoil, because we might feel conflicted about making a choice if we have to go back and forth over the issue. Consequently, we might be wavering and vacillating, uncertain how to proceed, especially if the terms don’t agree with us or if our values aren’t met and we would have to settle for less.

Therefore, the change or commitment is also a compromise. It might even require from us to take sides or switch parties or affiliations. We could really feel divided about it all. However, with the Scorpio Sun in trine to Neptune, we have to realize that nothing is permanent. Things change all the time; nothing lasts forever. In the end it is our life and we don’t owe our loyalty or have to justify our choices to anyone. We are free to make choices or changes anytime if the conditions don’t suit us any longer or if better options come our way. That’s the power we have.

As the Libra lunation cycle culminates in the Taurus Full Moon, the impulse that sounded forth at the time of the Taurus New Moon back on April 26 will also come to fruition. In the symbolical language of the Sabians the story unfolds like this: ‘The airplane flying high in the sky’ (Sabian Symbol for Libra New Moon) is replaced by ‘a window-shopping young couple’ (Sabian Symbol for the Taurus Full Moon) – what was at the beginning far out of our reach is now within our grasp. ‘The woman of Samaria at the ancestral well’ (Sabian Symbol for the Taurus NM of April 26), the social outcast is now ‘attending an official embassy ball’ (Sabian Symbol for the Scorpio Sun) or in other words – invited to participate in the cultural interchanges on a ‘higher level’.

The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon at 11:58 Taurus states:

“A young couple window-shopping. Keynote: The fascination of the youthful ego with the products of its culture – SOCIALIZATION OF DESIRES.”

The Sabian Symbol for the Sun at 11:58 Scorpio states:

“An official embassy ball. Keynote: Group consciousness as it flowers at the highest level in cultural interchanges between representatives of the elite of the ruling class – ritualized DISPLAY of power, prestige and wealth.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 78 and 198-199, respectively)

Suggested by these statements is that our wishes or longings can come true if we accept the ‘offering’. We’ve been granted ‘entrance’ to the ‘larger halls of society’ and it’s up to us to make the best of it.

Taurus FM 2017


Tarot card of the day is “Death”, marking an ending and the completion of a chapter or the concluding of unfinished business. We have a chance to put the past behind us as we’re going through that which cannot be avoided, while accepting the inevitable and riding our fate. It symbolises the death of a situation in our lives. Death comes in many shapes and forms and throughout our life we go through many little deaths. Every transition involves a death before the rebirth process.

Astro-Notes on October 27, 2017 – First Quarter Moon in Aquarius

Daily Aspects:
– Moon ingress to Aquarius at 5:58 am PDT
– First Quarter Moon at 4:41 Aquarius/Scorpio at 3:22 pm PDT
– Venus in Libra square Pluto in Capricorn
– Mercury in Scorpio sextile Pluto in Capricorn and semi-sextile Venus in Libra
– Mars in Libra semi-sextile Jupiter in Scorpio

The Sun’s conjunction with Jupiter in Scorpio yesterday shone a light on personal truths, beliefs and perspectives we have a chance to explore, uncover and unravel during this new cycle of soul searching and self-discovery. We might even had an opportunity to get some guidance, advice or counseling in these matters.

However, with the waxing Aquarius Moon in square to the Scorpio Sun and Venus casting another square to Pluto, the ruler over the sign Scorpio, the ‘crisis in action’ that accompanies this stage in the lunation cycle, challenges us to dig deep and do some inner alchemy that helps us to stay detached and keep a cool head when things get intense.

Circumstances or affairs beyond our control could pull our strings and offset our balance or composure. As a consequence, we could feel under pressure and give in to temptations, compulsions or passions in the heat of the moment if we don’t get a grip on these impulses or psychic triggers.
With Mercury in Scorpio activating the Venus-Pluto square and Mars in Libra engaging in a semi-sextile with Jupiter, the ‘mental controls’ are in our hands, so to speak. Instead of getting all worked up and reacting emotionally, which we might come to regret later on, we have to keep our smarts, take a step back and influence our thinking process from a calm and collected position that allows us to reason things out, thereby standing above the issue.


Tarot card of the day is the “King of Swords”, symbolizing a decision-maker, who lives by clear logic and fact and by justice and fairness, has a sharp mind and a high intellect and expands on inner wisdom. He is impartial, puts emotions aside, makes informed decisions and applies mind over matter. Thus, it is a day when we filter our thoughts and imagination and put them into cohesive ideas and projects.

On a personal note, one year ago today I moved to this beautiful island. I’m also experiencing a Venus return today. 🙂

Astro-Notes on October 19, 2017 – New Moon in Libra

Daily Aspects:
– Sun in Libra opposite Uranus Rx in Aries and sesqui-quadrate Neptune Rx in Pisces
– New Moon at 26:35 Libra at 12:11 pm PDT
– Ceres in Leo sesqui-quadrate Saturn in Sagittarius
– Pallas Rx in Taurus sesqui-quadrate Saturn in Sagittarius and square Ceres in Leo
– Venus in Libra semi-square NN in Leo/sesqui-quadrate SN in Aquarius
– Moon ingress to Scorpio at 6:40 pm PDT

A New Moon in Libra is a good time to set intentions toward restoring balance, harmony and peace, toward feeling more at ease, poised and sophisticated as well as toward working on other-awareness, cooperation, collaboration, agreements, contracts and other forms of interaction and engagement.

This New Moon is opposite Uranus and sesqui-quadrate Neptune, while it’s ruler Venus, who is in her autumn sign (Libra) is casting more harsh octile aspects to the nodal axis. As a result, this new lunation cycle is happening under a lot of tension and stress, at a ‘time of personal crisis’ really, when we are confronted by something unpredictable, unexpected and unsettling that tips the scales for us in an uncertain situation, where we are not sure how to proceed or cope and we’re just going back and forth over the same issue.

Therefore, what we need at this point is a breakthrough so that we can feel confident about our future again. We have to change this upsetting pattern we’re all too familiar with by now in order to see some fairness or justice and don’t struggle any longer to have our needs or values met. Pallas, also ruled over by Venus, is involved in more challenging aspects to Saturn and Ceres, which means it is our strategies we need to review and re-evaluate if we want to overcome the obstacles in our way and help ourselves.

Things cannot continue in this manner or we will never see different results. We have to get creative, build up self-esteem and self-worth and increase our authority or expertise. The Mercury-Jupiter conjunction in Scorpio is joining the lower with the higher mind, bringing plans and options together in a resourceful and empowering manner; matters d4212297b63ce92138f6a9352383f6ffare being discussed in depth and opinions are being shared.

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon at 26:35 Libra states:

An airplane sails high in the clear sky. Keynote: A consciousness able to transcend the conflicts and pressures of the personal life – TRANSCENDENT REALIZATION.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Page 188)

Implied by this symbolical message is the need to rise above the issue that’s weighing us down. This will relieve the stress, lighten the burden we are carrying and provide us with peace of mind and soul. Then, we will see things clearer and with more objectivity and detachment.

Libra NM 2017

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