Mercury went retrograde (read more about Mercury retro here) for the last time this year on the morning of the 6th October, and will go direct again on 26th October.
However, despite the internalised awareness of Mercury retrograde, in October things seem to be heating up for the next Uranus/Pluto square.
I’ve drawn the chart for the total Lunar eclipse, which happens on Wednesday here in Melbourne at 9:55pm on 8th October. The most powerful influence at first glance of the chart, is that Uranus is conjunct the Aries moon, and I feel this is a sort of heads-up for the up-and-coming Uranus/Square in late November. (Especially since the Sun and Moon are also square Pluto). The Sun is conjunct Venus (the ruler of Libra), the planet of beauty, balance relationships and Love. Expect some stirrings and/or upheavals in your relationships, probably especially where you relate to another on an emotional level.
Uranus always brings awakenings, whether they come in the form of unexpected events or circumstances, sudden changes, arrivals, departures, and new thought patterns and processes, inventions and innovations. Uranus is the planet of excitement, and in its rulership of Aquarius, it electrifies the senses; enthusiasm and neurological pathways are lit up with innovative new directions and concepts. Expect the unexpected!
The Lunar Eclipse is also aligned quite closely to the Moon’s North and South Nodes, also known as the Dragon’s head and tail. The asteroid Vesta (about sacrifice and commitment) is also making a hard aspect to both of them (semi-square and sesquiquatrate). The Moon’s nodes have to do with soul’s memory and deeply embedded belief systems. Lunar eclipses are about letting go of things from the past, purging the memory (of the mind and on a cellular level) of thoughts, concepts and beliefs which no longer serve you. With Uranus, Vesta and Venus so close by, truths will surface in your closer relationships, and some compromises might need to be reached to accommodate the changes. Soul connections will need extra listening time, and empathy will bring balance and peace.
I will write about the partial Solar Eclipse in Scorpio on 24th October (Melbourne time) in the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned.
Annular Solar Eclipse on April 29th at 4:17pm (AEST)
So how are you faring in the midst of this group of powerful planetary, and lunar aspects? (see my last article)
The Solar Eclipse tomorrow marks a brief end to an intensive regrouping, letting go, opening up and staying true to yourself, courtesy of the Cardinal Grand Cross we had last week, and the ongoing relationship between Uranus and Pluto (until March next year).
It brings with it the possibility to shift your consciousness. Eclipses usually bring disruption, so use this time to interrupt your usual ways of operating and dealing with situations, which perhaps haven't been as effective as you would like. Allow for other possibilities to unfold. Always with the intention for the best outcome for all concerned ofcourse.
Surrender to the force of change which is in the air and stay conscious.
The emphasis of the Annular Solar Eclipse does seem to be on relationships and how we experience what we call love. Stand back for a moment and ask yourself about the nature of love. Is the love you share with your significant other and your close friends governed by attachment and fear? Or is it a blending of great souls who bring more than the sum of each into the picture in an overflowing of inclusive humanitarian and compassionate love?
The eclipse, which is a new moon, is in Taurus. And Venus the ruler of Taurus is in Pisces. Enquire into the nature of your love. Is it about indulging in the senses, reveling in sensual bliss and delights. Or is it about a bigger picture and a sense of belonging to the whole? Either way, and with an unconditional heart allow your curiosity to linger on these questions.
The Lunar Eclipse 15th April 2014 (AEST 5:45pm)
Early this evening the Sun and Moon will oppose each other in such a way that as the Earth will be between them it will cast its shadow on the moon creating what some people call a ‘blood moon’.
To esoteric astrologers this is a period when a portal opens for Earth and galactic frequencies become more readily available for us to attune ourselves to.
We are very definitely in a time when big change and shifts in consciousness are happening, and very fast. The Lunar Eclipse always signifies a time for us to allow baggage from the past to surface and be released so that new forms of energy can run our bodies and psyche’s. This is a wonderful opportunity to allow ourselves to surrender to the notion that we are all One and part of the same Universe, and yet we are paradoxically also here to express the unique essence of ourselves as facets of the Universe/consciousness/God/all-that-is. The Lunar Eclipse allows our minds to for a moment, be overshadowed by what is so vast and boundless, and so much larger than our programming, belief systems, cultural and societal influences, and get an inkling into what this means.
With this Lunar Eclipse, which is conjunct the Moon’s nodes (aka The Dragon’s head and tail) Mercury is conjunct Uranus and Venus is conjunct Neptune and approaching Chiron.
Both these inner planets, who orbit even closer to the Sun (the ego) than we do here on Earth, and in conjunction with outer planets which represent the respective higher vibration.
Any involvement with the Moon’s Nodes guarantees that there’s Soul growth happening.
Our Souls longing for expansion of awareness, growth and reconciliation with Oneness. Mercury conjunct Uranus means brilliant breakthroughs into new fields, ideas and thought processes, sudden flashes of genius and or break-aways from the accepted or conventional norms. Opportunities for whole new thinking pathways as the nervous system gets its flash of inspiration from higher frequencies. Uranus is the ‘higher octave’ of Mercury, it brings higher intelligence to everyday thinking processes, and in Aries, pioneering into new realms.
Then there’s Venus conjunct Neptune in Pisces, and approaching Chiron (exact conjunction Monday 21st April). Here is the portal to the highest compassion and forgiveness, the beauty of Piscean faith and wisdom, the healing of old wounds which Chiron presides over. Neptune is the higher octave of Venus, raising earthy sensual love into compassion, kindness and forgiveness.
Over the next week or so we are being given the opportunity to heal our relationships by calling in that part of our hearts which does not judge, and which knows that we are all doing our best with what we have available to us. The beautiful acceptance and opening that can happen by bringing this kind of awareness to all your relationships will reverberate for many months, and shape-shift your ability to share love.
This Lunar Eclipse is on the doorstep of the Cardinal Grand Cross, which I wrote about in the previous article, and this wave of transformational energy peaks between 20th-24th April and then gathers itself into the Solar Eclipse which is happening on the 29th April here in Australia. More about that in the next few weeks.
Feel free to talk about what you are experiencing here.
The Capricorn/Cancer full Moon this year looks like a time when anything that's been hiding away in the crevices of your relationships will be able to come up for a breather and the light-of-day, for the purpose of strengthening long term ties and sorting out what-is-what.
The Sun and Moon opposition are taking place in the ninth and third houses (if you're in the Southern parts of Australia). So its a time to open your mind and allow yourself the sort of curiosity that takes you on adventures of broadened horizons and expanded vistas.
At the time of the full moon (3:53pm EST, Aust) Saturn is in the seventh house (partnerships) , the Sun is in semi-square to Chiron. Capricorn and retrograde Venus, in the eighth house is exactly square Mars in LIbra and in the fifth house.
To me this all looks like an excellent time to work out the nature of relationships in your life. Perhaps you've been treating a short term play relationship like a long term 'in-it-for-life' partnership, or vice-a-versa.
Capricorn and its ruler Saturn always prefers straight talk, and does a reality check to make sure that's what's on the agenda.
Venus and Mars in a square like that is really talking about sexuality. Its a good time to work out whether you feel your sex life is play time, or is does it have the potential for deeper soul experiences, and your universal connection to the Divine?
Chiron shows us where our wounds are, and thus the great jewels of the psyche's potential to be fully aligned with your highest potential.
Take good care, stay safe (and cool if you're in the West and South Eastern part of Australia) and I'll be writing a longer astro report closer to the beginning of next month.
I would love your feed-back about your experience of this full moon, you can respond below on the form.
This month's full Moon in Aquarius/Leo is actually a so-called blue Moon.
Quote: 'Contrary to popular belief, a blue moon is not actually blue in color. Blue moon is a term that is used to describe the third full moon of a season that has four full moons. A year has four seasons - Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter - with three months and three full moons each. When one of the seasons in a year has four full moons, instead of the usual three, the third full moon is called a blue moon. The next such blue moon will occur on 21 August, 2013.'
Blue moon's are quite rare, and signify a reminder for us that we are not in control of Nature, and that our calendar is constructed for our convenience. The metaphor here is that our own Nature cannot be boxed up and measured.
Especially not with an Aquarian Full moon!
Added to this we have what is known as a 'kite' pattern as well as a fixed grand square. This full moon is a wake-up call.
The kite, which in this instance consists of a grand trine of Saturn/North Node in Scorpio, Chiron in Pisces and Jupiter in Cancer, shows that some extensive healing is taking place of ancient wounds, with the full moon as its trigger, it could easily be like the lancing of a boil, the sort of thing we're seeing in Egypt at present could well be part of this. (cross-fingers that in the bigger picture it is part of an healing process..) On a personal level, if there has been any nagging fear, doubt or pain in your body/mind, now is the time to take it into your heart centre and heal it. (The Sun is in the fifth house, Leo, associated with the heart). Facing up to things you've been putting off which may have been holding you back from experiencing the full joy of your Being can be hard at times, but when you focus on your heart centre and bring the courage and unconditional love to the question, you'll be surprised how miraculously the pain can be dispersed and transformed.
The fixed grand square connects to this kite pattern through Jupiter in Cancer, and is between Venus (in LIbra) Pluto in Capricorn, and Uranus in Aries (part of the important revolutionary square going on until 2015). With the Venusian influence, its time to shape-shift your more significant relationships, especially where you've been feeling that you're caught together in a sort of rut. Give some attention, some energy into refreshing the way you do things together, what parts are outmoded and don't work anymore and need a reality-check (Pluto in Capricorn, Saturn in Scorpio, mutual reception). You will reap expansion, release and clarity. (Jupiter opposing Pluto and squaring Uranus).
It is an important full Moon, best to dance with the energy consciously rather than avoid it, and find that you are faced with big decisions you'd rather not be making right now.
Take good care..
I welcome your comments and feedback.
The Full Moon on May 25th (EST 2:27pm) is a partial Lunar Eclipse is the last of a series of Lunar and Solar eclipses which started on April 25th with a Lunar eclipse, and culminated as a Solar eclipse on May 10th.
The earlier eclipses activated the Taurus/Scorpio polarity and opened up doorways to deepen inner values. In some cases disturbing the status quo profoundly enough to require transformational work to take place, and a deep letting go of beliefs, attitudes and principles which may have held us in good stead in the past but no longer have the same credibility.
With the Lunar eclipse on Saturday (here in Australia and New Zealand) in Gemini/Sagittarius we can expect more understanding and expansion to take place as we integrate the changes.
I looked up the Sabian Symbol for the degree of the eclipse (4º Sagittarius)
(from ‘An Astrological Mandala: The cycle of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases” Dane Rudyar)
“A little child learning to walk with the encouragement of his parents.”
Keynote: The natural assistance of superior powers during crises of growth.
At an early stage in its development, every living organism must make and attempt to overcome the power of gravitation, or rather to learn to use it in order to fulfill the purpose of its life. This implies passing through a critical state of growth _ growth in freedom, potency and individuality, inasmuch as “walking” always symbolizes self-induced progress. In such a crisis the individual is not left alone. Some more evolved Power and Intelligence watches, encourages and gives examples to be followed.
To me this is about us integrating the new energy and insights we gained from the previous two eclipses and like a small child has to individuate needs support from those who have been there before. This was echoed by the North and South Nodes (which are to do with the evolution of the Soul) being trine (harmonious) to Chiron (representing those places where healing needs to happen).
Looking further into the chart of the Full Moon/partial Lunar eclipse chart, I see that Neptune in Pisces trines Saturn and forms a square to the Sun and Moon, further implying that through healing wisdom and compassion the fragmented aspects of ourselves dislodged especially by the previous eclipses; the revolutionary energy of the Uranus/Pluto square (which was exact again only a few days before); as well as abrasive Mars being opposite the Moon for several days has brought anxieties and fretful emotions to the surface and can be refined and soothed by the unconditional love of that Piscean Neptune. If there is confusion and disorientation, it serves to look inside, and take some psychic space.
Another important influence is that Mercury, Venus and Lilith (the Dark Moon) are exactly conjunct each other in Gemini as well. There could be some important and productive revelations about women’s equality and rights. Lilith represents the consciousness that women and the female aspect of our consciousness are/is equal to the male side. The breaking down of limiting patriarchal rules (male consciousness) is part of the evolution in consciousness being activated by the Uranus/Pluto square.
Aries New Moon ~ 7:35pm EST 10th April
After their cozy sojourn with the Sun as it travelled through the middle degrees of Aries last week, Venus and Mars are now slowly moving into their separate rhythms. On the night of the new Moon, will start their individual dialogues with Lilith (the Dark Moon) for a day or so. People were telling me over the last week that even though it was supposed to be Autumn, they were feeling like it was Spring: frisky…that’s Venus conjunct Mars in Aries for you! Quite a sexual combo…which can also be ‘channeled’ as charmingly energetic, or zestily dynamic, or just wanting to dance and express delight and love through the body..
And now Lilith is sorting them both out, reminding them that feminine energy must be deeply respected and revered so that our Souls can experience the depths of our experiences here on our beautiful Mother Gaia. It can’t just be the froth ‘n foam of a kind of petulant sexiness this relationship towards the feminine, there must be a more profound connection to really ground and balance us in our bodies. And the New Moon wants us to reflect inwardly, so it is a perfect time to contemplate the polarities in ourselves, and whether we allow the deeper feminine in our natures to be nourished enough by the stillness of Earth.
Pluto is sextile Chiron and square the Moon, so the assistance is there, should you choose, to go in, and savor the beauty of the dark feminine, and allow any resistance or fear to move and vibrate, thus deepening your own connection to her.
Well, I don’t know about you, but I certainly felt the Sun going into Aries a few days ago (20th March). It was rather like spending time in a dreamy forest of the imagination (Pisces), only to be woken up by the direct and fiery gaze of a warrior telling me to get moving! A jolt of directive energy and the willingness to surrender can now transport us into the next chapter of our lives.
As I sit here and write the Moon is in Virgo (March 25) Venus, Mars and Uranus accompany the Sun on its Aries path. So it is a productive time, Earth and Fire combinations get things done.
The Sun, Venus and Mars are all approaching a conjunction with Uranus in Aries on 28th March, which should bring a few days of unexpectedly stimulating excitement within relationships and creative endeavors. Allow the light of Uranus’ energy to rouse you and energize new creative ideas or new ways of relating.
On Saturday (23rd March) while we sat down for our candle-lit Earth Hour dinner, Mars was conjunct Uranus, and people reported that they could feel the vibrant electrical energy of this stimulating conjunction, a quickening and the feeling of being fully present in the NOW. And then there were those who let off some steam, felt irritable, complaining about how badly people drive these days, or how their internet connection kept faltering when they were trying to do their banking.
The most important event this month is that Saturn goes retrograde on April 1, and won’t be going forward again until July 8th. Any unfinished business gets to go through the wringer again, the scrutinizing Saturn glance which sees through any flimsy or unsustainable structures, practices or things you might be fooling yourself about. Especially with Saturn going retrograde in Scorpio! It is really best to take responsibility for what is yours. Discriminate between what you can change and what you can’t. Build on the strengths of inner discipline to create a routine within your life which will support you thoroughly, as the continuing influence from the square of Uranus and Pluto over the next few years shakes us all into being more awake and engaged with a new world. We are being pushed to throw off the shackles of outmoded belief systems, a status quo that no longer serves us as well as powerful evolutionary forces.
Saturn retrograde can assist us to look deeply into ourselves and ask: “is it true…REALly?” Saturn retrograde in Scorpio cuts to the quick, unearthing all that is superfluous or isn’t of service to the deeper truth. Saturn in Scorpio can be quite ruthless, and what better place to take that ruthlessness than into our own psyche, where we often hide from the truth or fool ourselves to protect our fragile egos.
The Waite Rider Card shown above is Nine Wands and shows someone who has been in a struggle which is giving him the foresight to prepare for the ongoing pressures of a soul's desire to grow and evolve.
In Pisces Mercury is conjunct Neptune and coming up to conjunct Mars ~ a great time to allow your imagination to expand into what you want..open your mind to the boundless mystery where so much exists the mind cannot usually begin to approach..and with Venus in Aquarius trine Jupiter forward now in Gemini: very inspired and expansive creativity, and an excellent time to allow your soul to be moved by music ~ dance!
Water will help you float in that too...let yourself be moved into heart space with loved ones..and tell people you love them! (Mercury!)
Candida van Rood, aka Candy vR, (or Candy Spender).