Astro-Notes on June 17, 2019 – Sagittarius Full Moon

Early this morning at 1:30 am PDT did the Full Moon in Sagittarius transpire, bringing matters of communication and connectivity to a head. Retrograde Jupiter in Sagittarius, retrograde Saturn in Capricorn and Neptune in Pisces are forming a lesser triangular pattern that challenges us to not lose faith if things don’t seem to go in the right direction and objectives cannot be met or if we are overwhelmed by the amount of work that needs to be done and reviewed. If we can lower our expectations, things can be worked out, even if the conditions aren’t perfect.

Vesta in Taurus casts harsh octile aspects to Jupiter and Neptune – a sesqui-quadrate and a semi-square respectively – in addition to a quincunx to retrograde Ceres in Sagittarius. These show that we’re feeling the stress of an unresolved situation that leaves us clueless and wondering, because we don’t know how much more energy and commitment this will require and whether it is even worth our time and investment and will bring the expected return. Consequently, we need to make adjustments during this transitional period and review the factors we can depend on instead of keep investing our resources and energy into this cause.

As the Gemini lunation cycle culminates in the Sagittarius Full Moon, the seeds that were planted at the time of the Sagittarius New Moon back in December are also coming to fruition. In the symbolical language of the Sabians we get the following story: ‘The famous pianist giving a concert performance’ (SS for the Gemini NM) has turned into ‘a flag bearer in a battle’ (SS for the Sagittarius FM) – he is wearing his dedication like a flag, unwavering in his devotion to the cause, while around him a battle rages. Whereas the ‘sea gulls, which are flying around a ship in expectation of food’ (SS for the Sagittarius NM) are being replaced by ‘frost-covered trees against winter skies’ (SS for the Gemini Sun) – the circling motion of the sea gulls has resulted in crystallization; their ‘dependence’ (keyword of the SS for the Sag NM) on others for food has left them out in the cold, so to speak. This clearly shows that there is a conflict of interests – the flag bearer holds on to a cause he has no idea where this is going nor certainty of the outcome. Therefore, it is essential that we get a better view of the bigger picture and clarity what the details of this situation concerns before we continue our commitment.

The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon at 25:53 Sagittarius states:
A flag bearer in a battle. Keynote: The nobly accepted subservience of the individual to collective values and goals – CONSECRATION TO AN IDEAL.”
The Sabian Symbol for the Sun at 25:53 Gemini states:
“Frost-covered tress against winter skies. Keynote: The revelation of archetypal form and essential rhythm of existence – ESSENTIALIZATION.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 225 and 106, respectively)

Tarot card of the day is the “4 of Swords”, signifying a break from normal life and a time when we avoid overexertion. We seek to relax body and soul, because we want to gain a better perspective by standing back from the situation and coming to terms with what is. For the moment, there is a truce, which gives us a chance to stabilize ourselves, recover, center our thoughts, stop worrying, put down our defenses and take a breather from the chaos and stress around us. In a practical sense, this card is an indicator that we need to have some time out from our current circumstances, to reflect and review your progress so far to be able to re-evaluate and re-assess our priorities.

Astro-Notes on June 3, 2019 – Gemini New Moon

A new lunation cycle started this morning at 3:01 am PDT as the Moon met up with the Sun in Gemini. This is an auspicious time to set intentions toward exchanging information, keeping ourselves informed and up to date, making connections and plans, focusing on matters of communication, connectivity and mobility, mingling and socializing, associating and keeping up with our siblings, working on our mental and manual dexterity, language or speech, developing flexibility, adaptability and a healthy sense of curiosity, scheduling events, chatting people up and learning more about our neighborhood and neighbors.

With the Gemini New Moon in tense semi-square aspect to Vesta in Aries, who symbolizes the inner flame that burns at our core, and also receives a sextile from Mercury in Gemini, the ruler of the New Moon, it is especially important that we stoke the fire or creative spark within us and devote us courageously, assertively and determinedly to the causes and projects we have on our mind. We can now take advantage of opportunities to bring forth our ideas and address those personal causes we’ve been struggling with if we commit us to an agenda, remain flexible and take the initiative. Venus in Taurus’ semi-sextile to Eris in Aries requires from us to adjust our priorities, preferences and values accordingly. If we want to see success, we have to move out of our comfort zone and emulate those, who’ve already made it.

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon at 12:33 Gemini states:

“A famous pianist giving a concert performance. Keynote: Individual fulfillment in the performing of a social function to which some prestige is attached – SOURCE OF INSPIRATION.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 95-96)

Implied by this symbolical picture is the necessity for a personal commitment that calls for unflinching dedication on our part. We need to set our mind to it and keep our eye on the goal.

gettyimages-646790722-170667a

Tarot card of the day is the “10 of Pentacles”, suggesting that we seek out permanence and are looking for a solution that will last. Therefore, we are working on the creation of a lasting foundation by moving beyond makeshift arrangements and through a consensus of vision. This card refers to a climax in our foundational life, a culmination, completion or achievement we’ve reached that is the result of our material and tangible efforts and allows us to make a commitment to a sustainable future. We’re now investing in long-term benefits, knowing that we need a consistent approach in order to achieve success that will stand the test of time.

Astro-Notes on May 18, 2019 – Scorpio Full Moon

Coinciding with the Full Moon in emotionally intense Scorpio at 2:11 pm PDT today is the start of a new synodic cycle as Venus meets Uranus in her spring sign Taurus. Thus, we can expect that something will stir up our passions and this could end in a display of rebelliousness or unconventionality.

Venus’s coupling with Uranus in Taurus can be compared to a storm sweeping through a beautiful valley in nature and the havoc this will create, the magnitude of which is amplified by the Full Moon. Therefore, during this synodic cycle all Venus-ruled matters, such as the feminine principle, our senses, needs, wants, emotionality, values, attachments, worth, comfort, wellbeing, resources, assets, happiness etc., will be slowly, deliberately and repeatedly changing, upgrading, reforming, progressing, upsetting us or are being turned upside down and inside out and this could inspire and lead to emotional and material detachment, an awakening or stirring, liberation, differentiation or distinctiveness, protest and even revolution.

With the Full Moon highlighting the Scorpio-Taurus axis, issues involving power and control are coming to a head, revealing conflicts between social and emotional security needs, personal and shared values and resources, business affairs and personal worth or appreciation as well as matters pertaining to intimacy and contentment. In order to be able to reconcile them, we need to develop resilience and resourcefulness and grow into our own power.

The semi-sextiles between retrograde Jupiter in Sagittarius and retrograde Pluto in Capricorn, the ruler over the Full Moon, and between Mercury in Taurus and Eris in Aries require adjustments concerning long-term options or perspectives and our usual way of thinking and planning in order to be able to gain control over our circumstances and focus on our self-interests and success.

As the Taurus lunation cycle culminates into the Scorpio Full Moon, the seeds that were planted at the time of the Scorpio New Moon back in November of last year will also come to fruition. In the symbolical language of the Sabians we get the following story:

‘The man, who has been braving a storm with his head covered with a rakish silk hat’ (SS for the Taurus NM) has ‘become’ ‘the king of the fairies’ (SS for the Scorpio FM) – ‘his courage in meeting the crises precipitated by social ambition’ (keynote of the SS for the Taurus NM) has resulted in an ‘inner allegiance’ (keyword of the SS for the Scorpio FM) – showing ‘character under adverse circumstances’ (keyword of the SS for the Taurus NM) has allowed him to become the ‘ruler of his world’, whereas ‘the girl, who’s face is breaking into a smile’ (SS for the Scorpio NM) has turned into ‘a woman past her change of life’ (SS for the Taurus Sun) – ‘fervent reaching out of the young of heart to new experiences’ (keynote of the SS for the Scorpio NM) has led to ‘rebeginnings’ (keyword of the SS for the Taurus Sun) – it is never too late to start over, no matter how old we are or where we are standing in our life.

The Sabian Symbol for the FM at 27:38 Scorpio states:
“The king of the fairies approaching his domain. Keynote: The capacity in man to recognize and to pay homage to an integrating principle at the core of all existence – AN INNER ALLEGIANCE.”
The Sabian Symbol for the Sun at 27:38 Taurus states:
“A woman past her ‘change of life’, experiences a new love. Keynote: Man’s capacity to rise in consciousness and feelings above biological limitations – REBEGINNINGS.”
(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 206 and 87, respectively)

By realizing that we have control over our life and trusting in our inherent potential and power, we can overcome any limitations imposed by conditions and circumstances.

Tarot card of the day is the “4 of Swords”, signifying a break from normal life and a time when we avoid overexertion. We seek to relax body and soul, because we want to gain a better perspective by standing back from the situation and coming to terms with what is. For the moment, there is a truce, which gives us a chance to stabilize ourselves, recover, center our thoughts, stop worrying, put down our defenses and take a breather from the chaos and stress around us. In a practical sense, this card is an indicator that we need to have some time out from our current circumstances, to reflect and review your progress so far to be able to re-evaluate and re-assess our priorities.

Astro-Notes on May 4, 2019 – Taurus New Moon

The Sun and the Moon’s conjunction at 3:45 pm PDT this afternoon marks the beginning of a new lunation cycle in the sensuous, comfort-seeking sign Taurus. This is an auspicious time to set intentions toward building up emotional security, a sense of self-worth and material and physical wellbeing, toward cultivating personal happiness, contentment and sense gratification as well as toward the pursuit of our talents, desires and needs.

With the Taurus New Moon in semi-sextile aspect to Vesta in Aries and it’s ruler Venus in Aries approaching another semi-sextile to Neptune in Pisces, this cycle calls for personal adjustments to the causes that fuel our drive and the dreams we seek to realize. Therefore, we need to commit us to these projects and prioritize accordingly. A sesqui-quadrate from Mercury in Aries to retrograde Ceres in Sagittarius requires from us to review our nurturing principle in regard to the ways we want to grow and unfold or develop our potential. It is important that we find out what we truly aim for if we want to enact our plans.

Mars in Gemini’s quincunx to retrograde Pluto in Capricorn together with his opposition to retrograde Jupiter in Sagittarius and sextile to Eris in Aries ask for a motivational shift for us to be able to get on top of affairs and circumstances we need to restructure, while we’re researching our options and the directions we could take now that we have a chance to focus on our self-interests and on being successful with the things we set out to do.

The Sabian Symbol for the NM at 14:10 Taurus states:

“Head covered with a rakish silk hat, muffled against the cold, a man braves a storm. Keynote: The courage needed to meet the crises precipitated by social ambition – CHARACTER under adverse circumstances.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases, Page 80)

Implied by this symbolical image is that we need to wear our ‘best’ hat and show courage in order to pave the way for us.

man with hat

Tarot card of the day is the “8 of Swords”, suggesting that we need to look at a difficult situation from a new angle and with a different perspective. Because our thinking is limited and we’re struggling to see a way out of our dilemma, it is imperative that we open our eyes to the options that lay in front of us. There are choices available, but in order to recognize them, we have to get into the right mindset first.

Astro-Notes on April 5, 2019 – Aries New Moon

Early this morning at 1:50 am PDT did the New Moon in Aries transpire. This is the first new lunation cycle in the astrological year and an auspicious time to set intentions, which concern our self-assertion and -determination, our existence, ‘I am-ness’ or Beingness, our motivation, drive and initiative and our action-urge, courage and primal instincts. However, like the equinox itself that happened on a Full Moon, this fresh start is tied to an ending or finalization in our life’s story as Pluto’s conjunction to the South Node in Capricorn looms large in the background.

Pluto, god of the underworld, is a symbol of the seed, of our psyche, of things concealed, of subconscious forces that lie hidden below the threshold of our conscious mind and thus represents our shadow, obsessions, complexes, passions, intense emotions and compulsions. He is also a symbol of transformation, power, rebirth and renewal.

Whereas the South Node is a point of extraction, release, overcompensation and least resistance. Their coupling brings a purging or eliminating of a pattern, habit or structure from the past we have relied upon for a long time and of the way we managed our resources, potential and business in this regard. Because as ‘fate’ or circumstances would have it, this conflicts now with our future prospects and therefore, we’re confronted with the task of overhauling, reorganizing or restructuring these affairs.

A quincunx from Juno in Gemini to the Pluto-South Node conjunction in Capricorn is calling for adaptation, flexibility and adjustment in our interactions with others. Contracts could be terminated or contractors could be switched. Some bridges could be burnt. With Vesta approaching a conjunction to Chiron in Aries, we are starting over, dedicated and invested in our cause, aware of the problems, issues and battles lying ahead of us, we will have to survive and conquer and also of the possibility of hurting ourselves in the process.

We don’t really have a choice though as we cannot stop the changes, which have been set in motion by forces beyond our control. Our situation is reforming; we’re being kicked out of our comfort zone and have to go with the flow, whether we like it or not. Some bubbles might burst. Uranus in Taurus is semi-square Neptune in Pisces and semi-sextile the Vesta-Chiron conjunction. However, our success in this matter is entirely up to us and our attitude – the Pluto-South Node conjunction is square Eris in Aries. Our future sustenance is at stake here. We need to bring out our competitive spirit and promote ourselves, showing that we mean business and this requires that we become more versatile and learn new skills and at the same time we have to be mindful and come up with win-win scenarios.

g20202

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon at 15:17 Aries states:

“Nature spirits are seen at work in the light of sunset. Keynote: Attunement to the potency of invisible forces of nature – REPOTENTIALIZATION.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases, Pages 62-63)

Tarot card of the day is the “2 of Cups”, suggesting that there is a mutual understanding between the people involved in a relationship and that interactions are balanced and harmonious, because of an awareness of the expectations each person has, which allows for growth and very special relationships. Our focus is on win-win situations as we show kindness and thoughtfulness.

Astro-Notes on March 20, 2019 – Spring Equinox and Libra Full Moon

The Sun’s ingress to Aries at 2:58 pm PDT and crossing over the Aries Point marks the Spring Equinox and the start of the astrological year, when we not only celebrate the arrival of spring here in the Northern Hemisphere, but also International Astrology Day. We’re standing at the alpha point of the zodiac again, where the ‘personal becomes political’. 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 that start a new season and are therefore relevant for the duration of it. However, the spring equinox can have influence over the entire year as it falls on the Aries point. 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.

Madien_Goddesses_countocram

Consequently, the Sun’s transit through Aries corresponds to a time of emergence, “birth”, new beginnings and self-assertiveness, when we feel the urge to initiate action, to pioneer things and to conquer unchartered territories; when self-determination, impatience and willfulness are on the rise and when we are courageous, fierce and impulsive, even daring, as we’re pushing forward. We will be strongly inclined to express our animus or the yang principle during this period and thus show a tendency to act from an instinctual and primal level.

However, this year’s Aries ingress leads right into the Libra Full Moon, which is a rare occurrence indeed and not only that – it’s the 3rd and final Full Super Moon in a row. This means that this new solar year starts with a culmination and this happens on the world axis with the Full Moon in the relationship sign Libra and the Aries Sun approaching a conjunction with Chiron, the wounded healer. The Full Moon also forms a quincunx to Uranus in Taurus.

Thus, the completions and new beginnings associated with this powerful Full Moon bring a confrontation with a wound that involves our self-assertion and sense of identity or role in a relationship situation, where an adjustment to a change in our routines is required and we need to make some progress. Both, Mars, the ruler over the sign Aries (dispositing the Sun and Chiron) and Venus, the ruler over the sign Libra (Full Moon) are in square aspect to each other and tie in Pluto in Capricorn, Vesta in Pisces and Eris in Aries. If we want to pursue our intentions and be successful with our initiatives and actions we have to change our values and priorities. Moreover, we have to be resourceful and persistent in our efforts as well as unflinching in our dedication and focused on ‘winning’, while promoting our self-interests and marketing ourselves. We need to mean business.

As the Pisces lunation cycle reaches its climax with the Libra Full Moon, the impulse that sounded forth at the time of the Libra New Moon back in October of 2018 also comes to fruition. In the symbolical language of the Sabian Symbols we get the following story: ‘In the quiet of his study a creative individual experiences a flow of inspiration’ (SS for the Pisces NM), which is resulting in him ‘becoming the embodiment of an archetype’ (keynote of the SS for the Libra FM) – in his dedication to this ‘perfect or idealized life’ he’s morphing into the role he has envisioned. Whereas ‘the boat that was in need of reconstruction after a storm’ (SS for the Libra NM from October 8) has been replaced by ‘a woman rising from the sea, a seal is embracing her’ (SS for the Aries Sun) – the repairs that have been ‘carried out’ have led to ‘the emergence of new forms, to potentiality and the impulse to be’ (keynote of the SS for the Aries Sun) that what we ‘embrace’.

The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon at 0:09 Libra states:
“In a collection of perfect specimens of many biological forms, a butterfly displays the beauty of its wings, its body impaled by a fine dart. Keynote: The immortal archetypal reality that a perfect and dedicated life reveals – MADE SACRED, becoming the embodiment of an archetype.”
The Sabian Symbol for the Sun at 0:09 Aries states:
“A woman just risen from the sea. A seal is embracing her. Keynote: Emergence of new forms and of the potentiality of consciousness – IMPULSE TO BE.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 170-172 and 49-51)

butterfly

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.

While Uranus was in Aries – my personal story

Zodiac_signs_Aries_sign_on_a_red_background_047509_ Uranus is placed in the 1st house of my chart and rules the 6th house of service, health and daily routines in my horoscope. Aries is the first sign of the tropical zodiac. It is a cardinal fire sign and related to emergence, beginnings, initiatives, action, conquering etc. The sign Aries begins in my 8th house and is on the cusp of my 9th house.

Uranus transiting through my 8th house (shared values, intimacy, joint ventures, mortgages etc.) finally ended my marriage, thereby liberating me from a relationship and circumstances that felt suffocating, while at the same time relieving me from shared debts and ventures. I got my freedom and independence back. For the first time (Aries) since I had moved to Canada I truly ventured out on my own and was completely on my own in this foreign country.

In March 2011 when Uranus had settled into Aries I was sending out resumes again, actively engaging in a job hunt, and once he was at 4 Aries in quincunx aspect to my Mars, I got hired. It was not a job I wanted and only a part time position, but I took every shift I could get in addition to the ones assigned to me and worked my way up, so to speak. And then, in 2013 with Uranus at 9 Aries, forming a trine with my Mercury (chart ruler), an opportunity came along to get a full-time position in a city I wanted to live in – Stratford, Ontario.

Although I didn’t get the position I had applied for, I got offered a job with benefits and regular hours for which I needed to train a lot. Besides, I was now living in Stratford and looking forward to exciting and fun weekends with my daughter, who would visit with me regularly on every 2nd weekend. However, once t Uranus in Aries engaged in a square to my Ceres (13 + in house 5), followed by a quincunx to my natal Uranus and a semi-sextile to my Chiron (14+), my daughter told me that she would move to Timmins for her certification as a licensed aircraft mechanic. Timmins is way up in Northern Ontario. My daughter could only come a couple of times during the year for a visit due to the long drive (almost 10 hours one way). Thus, I felt really lonely then and my environment had lost its appeal to me, especially since I didn’t have a circle of friends there.

However, my daughter and I had started to go on mini vacations or spend long weekends together – per example, we stayed in Toronto one Easter weekend and did something special for Canada Day weekend etc. So, as Uranus contacted my Venus and Neptune (17+) we flew to the Dominican for a 5-day all-inclusive stay in a resort. It was our first time on a real vacation on an tropical island and it was extraordinary (Uranus).

But when Uranus retrograded and contacted natal Pluto, Uranus and Chiron again in June of that year and the months following, I fell sick and got misdiagnosed, which let to me visiting the emergency room of the hospital regularly and getting one antibiotics treatment after another. It was a period of irritation, ordeals and uncertainty, during which I experienced a few gallbladder attacks the doctors didn’t recognize as such, because they were focusing on something different.

Once Uranus had reached the end of my 8th house and moved into a quincunx with my 3rd house (immediate environment, locality) Sun (22+) and a trine with my 4th house Pallas in Sagittarius (I was actively pursuing strategies to move to the west coast), my daughter was sending out job applications to BC, because she wanted to live there. She was done with Ontario and so was I – I knew I needed a fresh start as well. My daughter moved to Vancouver Island at the end of August and then found a nice condo for us in October.

Uranus hit my 9th house (long distance travel, expanding of horizons, perspectives) cusp (23 Aries) and engaged in a sextile with my 10th house North Node/trine 4th house South Node (line of destiny, axis of fate), when I followed her across the continent at the end of October 2016 after I had resolved my household. Another adventure lay ahead of us. We both started a new chapter in our life. I was still struggling with my health though, until a visit with a naturopath (a first time) led to the discovery of gallstones and subsequently put me on a waiting list for surgery.

Although I had gotten a transit from my store, where I worked in Ontario, to a store in Langford, they didn’t give me a full-time job here. Basically, I ended up with the job I had started out with when I got hired in 2013. Understandably, I was very upset and unhappy with the situation, especially since I had to work all these crazy shifts again and couldn’t spend as much time on the weekends with my daughter as we had planned. When Uranus reached 27 degrees of Aries and formed adjusting aspects to my IC/MC axis (private and professional life), I got surgery – my gallbladder (Mars, ruler over Aries) was removed and after that I quit my job with my daughter insisting to support us on her own until I would find work again . Uranus was in sextile aspect to my 6th house Saturn  when I started looking for a full-time office job and enjoying my time off work, while recovering.  In November 2017 I got a full-time job as service coordinator in a fire alarm company (Aries), where I’ve been working since.