Sunday, January 31, 2016

Follow the Moon: Forecast for February 1, 2016 — February 7

Last week I ran across a short blog  post written by Thorn Coyle, author and magic worker, which has really stuck with me. I wrote about this piece last week and I am still thinking about it. She writes about living an intentional life. This resonates for me now because Capricorn, the sign of the current lunar cycle,* activates the determined journey towards the mountaintop. This month, there have been twists, turns, setbacks, and challenges on this Capricorn journey. If you have been able to keep the mountaintop in view this whole month, then good for you. It hasn’t been easy. That is Capricorn determination. Thorn’s piece has me thinking about the merits of intention and the possible difference between a goal and an intention. A goal is an outcome, achieved or not. It is a mountaintop, a desire. Intention is the path itself. It is the way we keep on the path. It is the mountain, not the mountain’s peak. Capricorn sees the mountaintop, but this sign’s real gift is the commitment to keep it in focus. That is intention.

The merit of staying on the path is the satisfying cohesion of a life lived with purpose. The road—even when it twists and turns, even when there are dead ends and detours—is the contiguous arc that Thorn writes about our lives needing. Without intention, our lives can become fragmented. Fragmentation, losing focus, wandering off are signs we need to cultivate Capricorn determination. In the last week of this lunar cycle, give honor to your path. What have you learned about sticking to it?

This lunar cycle began with the Sun and Moon coming together in Capricorn. Now, the Sun has moved into Aquarius as the Moon wanes through the signs of Scorpio, Sagittarius, and back to Capricorn. Aquarius, as the fixed air sign, brings vision to Capricorn’s journey. Our intentions need inspiration. Aquarius is here to breathe life into them. Imbolc, celebrated this week, is the cross-quarter holy day that honors intention and inspiration. A common practice at this time of year is to commit to a creative intention for the year. Aquarius breaks with the past and sees forward into possibility. It offers a chance to start over, something else Thorn wrote about. The mid-winter sky sparkles with inspiration, and transits this week sparkle with many sextiles, an aspect that gives us the go-ahead signal. Take advantage of this infusion of positivity to make glorious plans for your year ahead. What I am learning is that it isn’t where you get to that matters most, but returning again and again to the path itself.

Forecast for February 1, 2016 — February 7

Moon in Scorpio
Monday, February 1.
Yesterday’s square between Mercury in Capricorn and Uranus in Aries is still very influential today. Erratic mental states and behavior could be prevalent. There is an electrified field around things, which could also spark breakthroughs in thought and communication. The Moon in Scorpio brings this energy to the emotional realms as well. Mars and the Moon join forces to add to the penetrating nature of this Scorpio influence. Hidden agendas are hard to keep hidden. Secrets may come out of the closet. It could all turn out well in the end, however. The Moon makes encouraging aspects to Pluto, Mercury, and Jupiter as well. Clearing the air could bring a fresh start.

Moon enters Sagittarius 9:50 am CST
Tuesday, February, 2.
Imbolc. The cross-quarter holy day of Imbolc has been traditionally celebrated on February 2 (aka Ground Hog’s Day). Many also recognize the powerful turning point of “Astronomical Imbolc”, which will happen on February 4, when the Sun reaches the mid-point of Aquarius. My We’Moon calendar has this to say: “The name, Imbolc, comes from ‘I mbolg,’ Old Gaelic for ‘in the belly.’”  This seasonal celebration with Celtic origins, is about the stirrings of spring, which are felt like the first kicks of a growing fetus in the belly of their mother. Although we are only halfway through the season of winter, spring’s rebirth is coming and we begin to feel it. What plans, ideas, desires are stirring in your belly? The Moon in firey Sagittarius gives spark to those seeds of potential. No other exact aspects today allows us to focus on those plans for the future. Be in-spired. Kindle the light within.

Moon in Sagittarius
Wednesday, February 3.
Sparkle, sparkle, sparkle. The glyph for the sextile aspect is a six-pointed star. They sparkle with encouragement. Aspects between planets are a result of their spatial orientation to each other. Each aspect type tells us how the planets are communicating. Sextiles give an encouraging nudge. Sextiles are formed between signs that hold the same charge, either a positive/yang charge or a negative/yin charge. Today, Mars in Scorpio is sextile to Pluto in Capricorn; Mercury in Capricorn is sextile to Chiron in Pisces; the Sun in Aquarius is sextile to Saturn in Sagittarius; and the Moon in Sagittarius is also sextile to the Sun. Today, sextiles are giving the thumb-up signal to go for it. The Moon colors the day with affirmations about freedom and authenticity. In spite of a difficult lunar cycle, we are able to believe that a positive change can happen. The Sun/Saturn sextile allows us to focus without feeling burdened on ideas and visions for the future. The Mars/Pluto sextile opens the channels for sex—the life force energy that revitalizes. The Mercury/Chiron sextile gives voice to the power of compassion. This could be a highly idealistic day. The best way to approach this opportunity is to take nothing for granted.

Moon enters Capricorn 6:44 pm CST
February 4 — Balsamic Moon: Surrendering. Astronomical Imbolc. The Sun reaches the mid-point of Aquarius, making this the astronomical Imbolc. The mid-point of the fixed signs—Aquarius, Taurus, Leo, and Scorpio—are powerful anchors and turning points of the year. In the northern half of the world we are at the mid-winter point. We feel the quickening of life force as the days are noticeably lighter for longer. We take the rich lessons of the winter dreamtime into the emerging spring. Now, we begin to plan our gardens in earnest. What will you plant, tend, and harvest this year? As the fixed air sign, Aquarius supports the visioning process.

Although, the emphasis on this holy day seems to be about the future, the waning cycle of the Moon turns our attentions to the lessons of the past in order to discern which visions we will choose. The Moon returns to Capricorn, the sign that began this lunar cycle on January 9. Capricorn climbs the mountain of intention. What has your journey this cycle taught you about your true intentions? What helps you stick to your path? What helps you return to it? These lessons will come in handy as we move into spring’s awakening.

Moon in Capricorn
Friday, February 5.
The next two days mean business. The Moon in Capricorn will conjoin with Pluto, Venus, and Mercury, and then make a square to Uranus. Although not all exact today, it will be felt today and tomorrow. So let’s engage with it. Capricorn is the business sign. Perhaps this will be your focus, but it could go deeper and impact relationships, too. Venus in Capricorn conjoins Pluto; the Moon is nearby. How committed are you? Venus invites us to go all in. She entices us to fully enjoy our responsibilities. Whining is so unattractive. The more pleasure we take in our commitments, the more we attract others who are turned on by that. We get to enlist those people in helping us succeed. Venus draws attention to women and women’s issues. Hillary Clinton may be coasting on higher popularity this week due to the dynamic force of Pluto and Venus coming together in a leadership sign.

Moon enters Aquarius 11:59 pm CST
Saturday, February 6.
The solid structures that Capricorn loves so much are blessed by the Moon today. Before entering Aquarius one minute before midnight (CST), the Moon in Capricorn contacts the Pluto/Venus conjunction. Serious is sexy. Then the Moon forms a square to agitating Uranus in Aries. This mirrors the same square between Venus in Capricorn and Uranus later in the day. If the status quo doesn’t satisfy you, your inner goddess may revolt. The Sun in Aquarius forms an encouraging sextile with Uranus, diminishing control over impulsivity. We want change now, and why not? Mercury in Capricorn forms a harmonizing trine to Jupiter in Virgo. After a confusing period of Mercury retrograde, things become clear. Discernment is easy when we know where we want to go.

Moon in Aquarius
Sunday, February 7.
Mars in Scorpio receives interesting mixed messages today. The Sun in Aquarius forms a challenging square to Mars, which could spark conflict around transparency or power dynamics. Secrets could seem threatening to some. However, Venus in Capricorn encourages this same Mars to stand up for itself. We need all kinds of people—those who want to bring everything into the light and those who respect the shadows. Notice your preference and see if you can honor both in yourself and others.


* Read about the beginning of the Capricorn lunar cycle on my website

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Follow the Moon: Forecast for January 25, 2016 — January 31

If the signs did not have elemental associations attached to them, I probably would not have become an astrologer. The elements drew me into astrology in the first place back in the 80s and the elements have kept me engaged and curious about astrology ever since. The elements are teachers and allies. Fire, earth, air, and water are the sacred elements that inform us about everything, including a deeper understanding of who we are. Astrology is a map-making craft. We use it to find our places and plan our next steps. Elemental wisdom is a key component of astrology’s ability to do this. Funny, that the elements found around us on Earth tell us about the sky and help us make sense of what the sky tells us about ourselves. That is one of those strange and delightful mysteries of this craft.

I’m thinking about the elements because I want to pay attention to earth’s wisdoms this year. Mercury has been moving retrograde during the current lunar cycle, which began in cardinal earth sign, Capricorn, on January 9. Although Mercury stationed retrograde at 1 degree Aquarius (an air sign), it has spent most of this period in Capricorn. Mercury moves retrograde three times in a given 12-month period and cycles through the three signs of the same element in that same period of time. This year, Mercury retrogrades through the earth signs. Next up will be Taurus this spring, followed by Virgo at the end of summer. Mercury is the communicator planet. What is being communicated about earth this year?


This lunar cycle is a good opportunity to learn more about earth from the perspective of Capricorn. The mountain goat loves a good challenge, a mountain worth climbing, no matter how long it takes. Mercury has helped us settle into the nuances of ambition. The mountain represents our goals and the legacy of our ancestors, who have made this new goal possible. Capricorn values both the edge and the center as represented by the attention to the past and the focus on the evolving future. The mountain can seem formidable. Setbacks can be very discouraging. Earth helps us find the sure path through setbacks and doubts about our goals. This lunar cycle is now waning. We can look back over the last few weeks to see the path behind us. What did you experience about earth? What wisdom will you take from this into your next journey?

No element stands alone. They all dance and interact with each other. Capricorn earth ambitions are now dancing with Aquarian air visions. The recent ingress of the Sun into Aquarius followed by a Full Moon in Leo (opposite Aquarius) is challenging the steady and sure approach of earth signs. Theoretical, abstract, and craving more speed (like air does), we may be having a hard time with the remnants of Capricorn influence at the end of this cycle. When Mercury stations to move direct on January 25 (in Capricorn), this craving for progress will gather momentum. Other planets anchoring earth are pulling against any rash or ill-considered plans we may suddenly be inspired to embark upon. Venus in Capricorn reminds us that success and abundance come through sure and determined steps. Pluto has been in Capricorn since 2008 but the influence of this planet in this sign is strong this week as Mercury stations direct while in conjunction with Pluto. Pluto’s job in Capricorn has been to expose toxic influence in our structures. We are seeing a mountain of assumptions and systems that reinforce the status quo. This includes things like white supremacy, oligarchies, and unjust economic systems. It might feel easier to just ignore what needs changing. Mercury’s short mission to Pluto has rekindled awareness and perhaps resolve. Determination is an earth quality that helps us. Jupiter in mutable earth, Virgo, is playing a constant refrain of: pay attention to your well-being, give your body what it needs, be discerning about the revolutions you are staging, and small acts of devotion and service can be powerful.

Forecast for January 25, 2016 — January 31

Moon enters Virgo 9:46 pm CST
Monday, January 25.
Mercury turns direct today conjunct Pluto in Capricorn (cardinal earth). Mercury retrogrades invite internal experience. It is a great time to reconsider strategies and patterns in our lives as they become clearer. The addition of Pluto to this turning point increases the intensity. You could be feeling that the stakes are higher. Capricorn takes things seriously enough, add Pluto to the mix, and we feel more pressure but more possibility too. Pluto is the lord of the underworld. Held in the unseen depths are treasures giving life purpose and vitality. As Mercury changes direction, we can change this pressure into affirmation. Listen to your soul this week as if the messenger is speaking just to you.

Moon in Virgo
Tuesday, January 26.
Mutable antennas are activated over the next two days with the Moon in mutable earth sign, Virgo. Friend and fellow astrologer, Heather Roan Robbins recently passed along an article about sentinel intelligence that describes the ultra awareness of mutable signs. Sentinel intelligence is alert and aware of energy and information and can be prone to information overload and anxiety. Mutable signs are the sentinels. We may feel this influence as we try to manage too many details. The inner critic can surface. The Moon will contact Neptune in Pisces (mutable water) and Saturn in Sagittarius (mutable fire) over the next two days tweaking the sentinel energy in us. The contrast between Neptune and Saturn is noticed more deeply. Part of us may want to escape into dream while another part of us takes on more responsibility. Virgo is figuring it out, learning to discern between these desires. The favorable aspects between the Moon and Venus in Capricorn and Mars in Scorpio take the edge off of awareness. We have the passion and the grace to handle it better.

Moon in Virgo
January 27 — Disseminating Moon: Sharing. A key unlocks a piece of the puzzle you’ve been working on lately. This phase of the Moon is about the harvest of the cycle’s experiences. Slowly, deliberately, with setbacks and challenges, we’ve been moving up the Capricorn mountain. Now that Mercury is direct and the Sun has moved into Aquarius, momentum picks up. Suddenly, the things that were ponderous and hard become clearer. There is still work to do, because that is what Capricorn inspires in us, but it may not feel as daunting. The Moon in Virgo makes a favorable trine to Mercury and Pluto in Capricorn. What may have looked dark and bleak before, becomes rich and deep instead. What have you learned about yourself, your goals and ambitions and your reactions to setbacks and failures? The Moon makes a conjunction with Jupiter in Virgo, which is also where the North Node of the Moon has been hovering for the month of January. The North Node is about our growing edges. We are learning and evolving in significant ways right now. The sign of Virgo is a guide to what we need to meet our growing edges. Virgo is a pragmatic idealist. The work can serve others too.

Moon enters Libra 8:59 am CST
Thursday, January 28.
The Moon in Venus’ sign, Libra, makes a challenging square to Venus in Capricorn. The tension of this transit is subtle. Venus can’t quarrel with the Moon in her own sign, can she? We may be dissatisfied with subtle things today. It might feel like we are on the cusp of success only to find out that another task needs doing. Likely, relationship will be a part of the work. The guide to moving through conflict is to see both sides. Venus loves a balanced and fair approach to any problem.

Moon in Libra
Friday, January 29.
The Moon moves into a cardinal sign and here comes the push. Once a week, the Moon is in one of the cardinal signs—Aries, Cancer, Libra, or Capricorn. Once a week for the last three years, this ingress of the Moon tweaks and triggers the ongoing, paradigm-changing square between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn. We can’t, and shouldn’t, get away from the need to wake up and be part of the change we want to see in the world. Mercury joins in as it makes the third exact conjunction with Pluto today. Mercury is finishing up his agenda for the recent retrograde cycle with this transit. Mercury will square Uranus on January 31. These signatures call for giving voice to the cause of justice, making connections and forming relationships to further the work of transformation. We bristle at conflict and challenge, but we also learn something valuable.

Moon enters Scorpio 9:50 pm CST
Saturday, January 30.
The good news about today comes from a lovely sextile between Venus in Capricorn and Neptune in Pisces. Tension is still present with Mercury’s final transit of the square between Uranus and Pluto influencing our perceptions and experiences. Can transformation happen fast enough? Is it is happening too fast? What adjustments do you need to make to create sustainability and centeredness? The Venus/Neptune connection opens the door for insight and inspiration. Allies and co-conspirators come forward. Notice ways we are connected. Dismantle difference. Those edges will come back, don’t worry.

Moon in Scorpio
January 31 — Last Quarter Moon: Evaluating. What have you learned about your mountaintop? What have you learned about slow, sure and determined steps towards that summit? This Capricorn lunar cycle gives us the long-view of our lives—we look behind where we’ve come from and look ahead to where we want to go. This cardinal earth sign helps us form and stick to our intentions. Ruled by Saturn, Capricorn can be a heavy teacher. We feel the weight of responsibility and the toxic voices of shame. An article from author and priestess, Thorn Coyle, about living an intention-based life resonates with what I am learning about Capricorn this cycle. Thorn offers these three pieces of wisdom:
1.     The arcs of our lives must be contiguous.
2.     Our smallest actions affect our largest intention.
3.     We can start again today.

We’ve been taking slow, sure, and determined steps on a path up a mountain, that when we look back, we can see as a contiguous arc. The mountain has been the anchor, the thing that keeps the steps in our lives connected to a greater whole. That mountain is intention. What have you learned about your mountain and your journey?

The Moon in Scorpio encourages deeper self-reflection. We may not be fit company for those who want to keep things superficial. Mercury makes the third exact square to Uranus due to retrograde motion. Mercury is now moving direct and this connection to Uranus is pushing us rapidly to the next thing. What is the edge of discovery for you? Incorporate your soul’s messages into that next thing.


* Read about the beginning of the Capricorn lunar cycle on my website


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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Follow the Moon: Forecast for January 18, 2016 — January 24

The week ahead culminates in a somewhat tense, possibly dramatic Full Moon on January 23. This will be an important moment in the Capricorn lunar cycle, which I have been envisioning as a slow, sure, and determined climb up a mountain. As chance would have it, culminate is exactly the right word for the peak moment of this cycle. I just looked it up. Culminate comes from the Latin word culmen meaning summit. Over the last two weeks, we’ve had the opportunity to apply the values and visions of Capricorn determination to our goals. Certainly, there have been challenges. Mercury retrograding through the sign of Capricorn, has invited us to rethink our methods and our values surrounding Capricorn concerns. Capricorn, as cardinal earth, is serious about creating long-lasting structures that ensure survival through the dark time of the year. If we aren’t prepared for the disruption that Mercury retrograde can bring, then deeper fears and anxieties can creep in. Congratulate yourself on the aplomb you’ve shown with any setbacks you’ve experienced this cycle. This is training for using our Capricorn muscles of the long-view and contributes to the capacity to remain sure and determined in our work.

Just as I am congratulating myself about aplomb and determination and keeping it together under challenging Capricorn transits, everything is about to change again. A culmination is a shift. Am I ready for the summit? What will happen when I get there? What comes next? Here are the steps and stages along the way to the summit.

Mars in Scorpio trines Neptune in Pisces at the beginning of the week. Trines can be slippery, especially watery ones like this. We are primed to act on assumptions and partial information. Intuition is enhanced, but so is the likelihood that we will assume the wrong thing when relying on intuition alone.

The Sun enters Aquarius (fixed air) on January 20. After the summit comes the vision from the mountaintop. The visionary sign of Aquarius may be impatient with the slow climb but is happy to map out the next steps after all that hard work is accomplished. Aquarius season is when we begin to push down the walls that keep our vistas limited and narrow. The key to helping Aquarius stay grounded in reality is to remember the recent slow climb toward a concrete goal we just completed.

Things get interesting when Mercury in Capricorn squares Uranus in Aries (cardinal fire) and conjoins Pluto in Capricorn on January 20 and 22. Mercury makes these aspects to Uranus and Pluto a total of three times due to retrograde motion. This is the second time and perhaps the most unpredictable since Mercury is moving backwards. What do you need to voice? What do you need to hear? The phrase, speaking truth to power, applies to the impulse of this transit. The question may be, whose power?

We reach the summit on January 23 at the Full Moon in Leo. Full Moons often feel like a release of pressure. Through the determined steps of the last two weeks we reach a climax. Mercury will turn direct in two days. How will you move forward into this new year that begins to roll along with a force of its own as they always seem to do at some point after the New Year. Perhaps that point is now.

Forecast for January 18, 2016 — January 24

Moon in Taurus
Monday, January 18.
A grand earth trine aspect pattern involving the Moon in Taurus, Jupiter in Virgo, and a trio of Capricorn planets (Sun, Pluto, and Mercury) sets the tone for stability and determination. Let your body talk to you about pleasures and wellbeing. Completing tasks that help us move on to loftier goals feels just right. Don’t be surprised if you encounter a stubborn person in your life (it might be you) who won’t give an inch. What creates flexibility? The fluid influence on the day is a trine between Mars in Scorpio (fixed water) and Neptune in Pisces (mutable water). Water has a way of moving past obstacles. Mars encourages a deeper trajectory into hidden emotion and Neptune a more diffuse point of view where boundaries blur. Watch out for making the wrong assumptions under this transit. Use the solid container of the day to get the facts straight.

Moon enters Gemini 3:13 am CST
Tuesday, January 19.
What a difference a day makes. The Moon in Gemini (mutable air) blows fresh air into any stodgy energy leftover from yesterday’s grand earth trine aspect pattern. Don’t get me wrong, a stable earth container is very helpful. Remember that as we experience more unevenness in today’s transits. We’ll notice the contrasts between people and ideas today. Inspired by the curious Gemini Moon, we want to learn more and connect more with others, perhaps even to the extreme of not being able to settle or maintain focus for very long. The Moon makes a challenging aspect pattern with Saturn in Sagittarius (mutable fire) and Neptune in Pisces(mutable water), which may have us spinning with opinions and emotions.

Moon in Gemini
January 20 — Gibbous Moon: Perfecting. Sun enters Aquarius. I began this lunar cycle with the intention of making a slow, sure, and determined climb up the Capricorn mountain. At the turn of the year, in the Capricorn (cardinal earth) season, we look behind and forward to know what matters most to us. With so many distractions and challenges currently, the commitment to slow and steady effort seemed like a good strategy. But nothing lasts forever. Our strategies need to change too, and we notice with the Sun’s ingress into Aquarius (fixed air) that earthy methods need to give way to those of air. We are still determined to achieve our goals but might not value the slow and steady approach to getting there.

Aquarius is the next stage after we reach the summit of a Capricorn mountain. The sky opens up on the mountaintop, inviting vision. As a visionary sign, Aquarian inspiration and impatience feed the desire to push past the solid structures set up by Capricorn. Tension is created by the contrast between conserving form and dismantling form. As this lunar cycle waxes into fullness, we notice this tension more strongly and it will influence our choices.

Today’s square between Mercury retrograding in Capricorn and Uranus in Aries is a perfect signature for the tension between conserving structures and breaking free of them. How do you work with this tension? What are your strategies for holding the paradox? What are your breakthroughs?

Moon enters Cancer 7:28 am CST
Thursday, January 21.
The Moon in Cancer contacts other planets in water (Neptune and Mars) to form a grand water trine aspect pattern. The pattern goes in and out during the day creating an effect of scattered sun with periods of emotional shadow throughout. Mercury retrograde will come into exact conjunction with Pluto tomorrow, but the influence is strong today. We are meant to seek the deeper experience. This may be grief or anger. It could be the deep experience of grace, joy, and beauty as well. These emotional touchstones remind us that all our parts, the light and shadow, are essential.

Moon in Cancer
Friday, January 22.
Although the Full Moon is tomorrow, we already feel the build up to release and illumination today. Capricorn structures—those things we began to tend and nurture at the beginning of this lunar cycle—are stressed by the pressure to break free of confinement. This may be a quaint cliché, but it applies: Try not to throw the baby out with the bath water. There is value in structure. Discernment, supported by Jupiter’s transit of Virgo this year, helps us to know what to keep and what to leave behind. Mercury (retrograde in Capricorn) conjoins Pluto. This is the second of three conjunctions of these two during this retrograde period. It feels like this meeting is the real purpose behind Mercury’s journey this time. Mythically, Hermes (Mercury) and Pluto (Hades) had a unique relationship. Hermes was the guide of souls. He was the only god in Greek mythology who could travel freely between the realms of the living and the dead. Hermes once stole Pluto’s helmet of invisibility in order to make this journey. Things that have been invisible may be revealed today and tomorrow. We are able to learn a deep truth about ourselves if we can avoid projecting that truth onto others.  The Moon in Cancer plays along with this intention by challenging our emotional responses. The tendency to release anxiety by taking care of others is strong. This is OK, of course, but notice if you are giving too much. Claiming personal power and responsibility is the gift of this day.


 Moon enters Leo 1:21 pm CST
January 23 — Full Moon: Illuminating. Yesterday’s transits are strongly influencing the power of this Full Moon. To recap: This lunar cycle began with a Capricorn focus on structure, slow progress, and the pressure of responsibility. Mercury retrograding through Capricorn has created a bit of extra stress on that intention. The ingress of the Sun into boundary-breaking Aquarius further challenged what we thought this lunar cycle was about for us. If we really needed that Capricorn structure to feel more secure, then the stress is even greater as those structures are challenged. Mercury’s retrograde has stimulated the impulse to revolt against structure through a square to Uranus this week, and Mercury’s conjunction with Pluto has brought about connection to deeper emotions like fear, anger, and grief. Into this cauldron of tension infused with paradox and possibility comes a Full Moon in Leo squared by Mars in Scorpio. The square between Mars and the Sun and Moon has a wide orb (not exact in other words), but still applies, given the cracks in our façades of security.

The Sun and Moon are near the beginnings their signs—fixed air Aquarius for the Sun and fixed fire Leo for the Moon. This creates a feeling of just emerging into the visionary season of Aquarius. We don’t have our feet under us yet. Already the desires to bring our visions to the world are challenged by the Leo desire to make an impact and know our personal significance in the world. In other words, ego plays a part in the inner and outer conflicts we are experiencing right now. That is why Mars in Scorpio (fixed water) could be the problem or the cure facing us. I recently was given a wonderful article about anger to read. The author, Amiee Falchuk, a Core Energetics practitioner, wrote: “In my practice I welcome anger. I often insist upon its expression. Why? Expression implies movement. Movement implies the opening of closed or blocked spaces. The opening of space brings us into consciousness. Consciousness allows us to act more in line with who we are. When we act in alignment with who we are we can bring all we are to all we do.” If we look at the emotions coming to the surface right now with this intention, then a lot of movement and healing is possible.

In case I still need to convince you that this is a tense Full Moon, other factors include that Mercury is stationary and will turn direct on January 25 conjunct Pluto. Can’t get away from the shadows. Venus has just entered Capricorn reminding us that those structures are valuable, so we can’t just blow them apart. We need the discernment to tinker with the details. Here comes Jupiter in Virgo conjunct the North Node of the Moon, telling us that discernment is an essential skill for our times. Three years ago, Uranus and Pluto began a long process of coming into squares with each other, signaling a time of great change. This Full Moon marks the closest those two will be to that exact square aspect until their opposition in 2046. We are still aware that we are in revolutionary times. The question is not whether revolution is happening but who gets to control it?

Moon in Leo
Sunday, January 24.
Two influences ask us to be more courageous today. Mercury is stationing direct conjunct Pluto in Capricorn and the Moon in Leo makes a testy square with Mars in Scorpio this morning (CST). The more we try to push away our shadows, the stronger their effect on our choices. This day marks an excellent opportunity to sense into our shadows. For me, this often looks like noticing how I am just like those people I most dislike. Pluto takes away the comfort of projecting onto others what we don’t like about ourselves. However, as uncomfortable as this is, reclaiming our shadow side can be transforming and healing. There is a brief grand fire trine giving off light and support for peering deep within. The Moon in Leo, Saturn in Sagittarius, and Uranus in Aries boost confidence that we will survive the illumination.



* Read about the beginning of the Capricorn lunar cycle on my website


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