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Yielding on the New Moon in Libra

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The New Moon in Libra on Saturday (2:26pm EDT at 5°20′) presents us with an opportunity to witness and integrate the differences and polarities we face in everyday life, especially with others. Integrating these polarities involves more work than witnessing them, but the latter is the catalyst to the former. When we recognize them, we can begin to process and understand how they intertwine with our lives, and then yield to it all in order to manifest our intentions together.

The power of Sun and Moon together in Libra allows us to see all sides of situations and reconcile them in the name of spirit and unification. Libra is ruled by Venus, who is so beautifully transiting her own sign of Libra right now, as is Mercury, further enriching the potency of these unifying principles. It is a time when our capacity to do this is strongest. Look around yourself and notice things, people, or ideologies that you may not like. Though many of these may be very difficult to reconcile, the purpose of the practice of doing so is akin to the Tao, “When two great forces oppose each other, the victory will go to the one that knows how to yield.” Libra’s highest vibration is yielding to others. It is bringing into balance and harmony the opposing forces surrounding us and within us. In doing so, we see that all polarities are merely two sides of the same coin. And choosing one over the other only creates perpetual imbalance and the inability to awaken to the oneness we all embody.

How we relate to one another is rooted in Libra for this reason. It is about learning how to reconcile the differences between us all, not just our nearest and dearest. Once you see the differences between yourself and everything around you, find acceptance in your heart that those differences are important. They are teachers teaching us to open up and accept diversity. Ultimately, there is love is everyone’s heart, even the most despicable person you can think of. That love becomes clouded by ignorance and conditioning that many people cannot find their way through. It is a dense fog that persists in their hearts, suppressed by fear and insecurity. Cultivate compassion by understanding this.

Libra season is a beautiful time. Autumn in the North, Spring in the South. The great balancing of light and dark. Open up your heart and mind in order to witness, integrate, and yield. We are all working out so much in our lives. Be easy on yourself and those around you. Be at peace.

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Full Moon in Pisces, etc.

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• Venus and Mercury conjunct at 28° Virgo this morning at 11:08am EDT
• Full Moon at 21° Pisces late tonight (early tomorrow) at 12:34am EDT
• Mars at 17° Virgo and Neptune at 17° Pisces (opposition) at 1:20am EDT (both T-squaring Jupiter at 16° Sagittarius)

It is always good to feel into your life sometimes instead of always trying to figure it out and get it all perfect. Full Moons are when things are most exposed, and when it is in Pisces it exposes our vulnerabilities, the things we neglect, and things that are out of our control, but it also emanates an etheric swathe of divine serenity. A feeling that everything is going to be okay. This is always a nice feeling, of course, but the rub is that the full Moon opposes Sun in Virgo, where it is cavorting with its usual compadres, Mercury and Venus (and presently Mars). Virgo is the ultimate focal point of grounded consciousness. It brings that celestial serenity down through our root and gravitates us to the Earth’s core. This axis of the zodiac is the most paradoxical of all axes. Applying it to everyday life, however, it can best be conveyed as doing and not-doing. This paradox is repeatedly mentioned in Taoism. “Practice not-doing and everything will fall into place.”

This cluster of inner planets and Sun in Virgo opposing Moon and Neptune in Pisces is asking us to recognize this dichotomy in our lives. The dilemma between doing and not-doing. So much can be drawn from the tapestry of merely existing that it often feels as though nothing else needs to be accomplished. God already accomplished everything for us. But Virgo demands that we take that stellar awakening and understanding and apply it to everything we do, because we of course have to DO. What are we doing? How are we doing it?

Mercury and Venus at 28° Virgo brings such a culminating sense of achievement to our work and our relationships in life. Although this transit is already separating, the residual effects are hopefully beautiful for you. We are beginning to graduate into the realm of Libra tonight, with Mercury crossing into the Venusian sign at 3:15am EDT. Our personal needs and reflections upon the management of our lives is shifting into the needs of others and how we can work together to better achieve collective serenity.

But Mars opposes Neptune! That devilish Mars can throw wrenches into plans and do things we don’t expect or want. Things that, during transits like this especially, can be completely out of our control. Like our feelings about doing and not-doing. Agitation, anxiety, stress, fear. They can take us for rides we never would ask to go on. But Neptune in Pisces asks us to have faith that the struggles and trauma and setbacks are stepping stones to a richer and more fulfilling destiny. They’re obstacles we must overcome to reach the divine serenity emanating from the orb we call Neptune. This transit, especially with Jupiter in its own sign of Sagittarius squaring them, brings tremendous growth of consciousness, even if it comes disguised as trouble or strife. See what you can find in any struggles you encounter that may be silver linings leading you to greater greatness. YOU instead of you. Blessings.

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Cancer/Capricorn Opposition

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We are gearing up for more than a week of emotional turbulence. Feeling it yet? Check your angst at the door and dig deeper into where it’s rooted. The more we examine these roots the more we unveil our insecurities and fear mechanisms. Unfold your feelings (men!) and share them with compassionate empathetic friends or partners. The courageous act of communicating our feelings allows deep emotional processing to take place. Without this we are left like a ball in a pinball machine to succumb to the will of all but ourselves. When we begin to expose our fears and worries we begin to blossom like a flower, recognizing not just those fears and worries, but ultimately how we need to proceed with our lives in order to manifest the dreams we have.

These are difficult transits, so remember to breathe deeply and often (thanks, Tracy Parritt-Noyes). Be AWARE that there are difficult transits taking place so you can stay more on top of your reactions, thus thinking twice before you act.

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Moon’s Occultations

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After Moon’s transit and occultation of Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn these past few days brought us another recognition of the structures that may be falling apart in our lives, today’s Aquarius Moon allows us to recognize how to upgrade and rebuild those structures to be more useful and helpful for the community and our friendships. Listen carefully to your higher consciousness today and tomorrow; that little voice in your head that usually seems to be right about everything despite how often you resist obeying it. Release the shadows from the heart by opening the gates of the Sun in Gemini to shine in, to heal, to protect, and to instill much needed tranquility and FUN again.

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Moon Occults Saturn and Pluto

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Moon occulted Saturn early this morning (an eclipse), and it occults Pluto as I am posting this (7:35am EDT). Because Saturn and Pluto’s celestial longitude and declination is so near each other all year, along with Moon’s when she transits their position around 22° Capricorn, we will experience these occultations many more times this year as glimpses into what is coming next January, when Saturn and Pluto finally meet alongside Sun and Mercury (first Capricorn conjunction since 1518). These are peeks behind the curtain, if you will, discovering secrets and power games taking place, quite possibly dark shadows at work. How this is unfolding in our lives, and to what extent, depends upon where this occurs in our chart. Look for anything near 19-22° Capricorn, Cancer, Aries, or Libra in particular, as these are angular to these current occultations. Primarily these transits surround our reputation, our power, and any structures in place in our lives, be they emotional (relationships), mental (belief systems), or physical (possessions and our attachment to them). Leading up to, during, and shortly after next January we can expect significant changes in any of these parts of our lives, especially if the placements are strongly aspected in our charts.

Here are the dates of occultations throughout the year:
March 29
April 25
May 22
June 18-19
July 16
August 12
September 8
October 5-6
November 29
December 27

In the meantime, Venus just entered Pisces as Mercury stationed direct while conjunct Neptune in Pisces, so take it easy, go with the flow, and in the beautiful words of Paul McCartney, LET IT BE!

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Mars in Taurus (February 14 – March 31)

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Windjammer Frances
Portland, Maine

Mars is fierce independence and individuality, as well as driving force and race horse stamina. Yet the fire that rages can burn and destroy if there is not valuable purpose and direction behind the energy. Mars seeks self-reliance while in this sign, teaching us how to fight to achieve our personal goals through independence and initiative. We will never achieve our goals if we do not take a stand and expose ourselves for the world to see. Risk is absolutely necessary on the path toward success. It is high time, especially as Mars is still conjunct Uranus, to hoist the sails, take the helm of your Soul, and set a course for where YOU need to go.

Beware: Due to the conflict between Taurus’s inertia and Mars’s stamina, tension can arise in many ways during this time; relationships, fatigue, finances, sexuality, and our fear of risk. There is potential for burning through our resources due to improper reflection and foresight, because Mars charges forth often without thinking things through.

Lesson: Be sure to have valuable reasons for individuating and seeking your own course, not just arrogant selfishness. Be bold in your independence while respecting the independence of loved ones and those you have relationships with.

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Setting the Stage (Lunar Eclipse in Leo)

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Full Moon Lunar Eclipse
Monday, January 21, 2019, 12:16am EST
Sun 0°51′ Aquarius, Moon 0°51′ Leo
North Node 26°46′ Cancer, South Node 26°46′ Capricorn
Visibility: All of North and South America

As is always the case with eclipses, we have the opportunity to channel the direct transmission between ourselves (Earth) and our luminaries (Sun and Moon). Sun at 0° Aquarius > Earth > Moon at 0° Leo. This is a portal in the most real sense; a time to recognize and reflect upon the journey behind and ahead of us. With the Full Moon in Leo, this reflection is about self-awareness, self-identity, and especially creative self-expression. Through solemn intention, preparedness, and right action we can access potentials we might otherwise not access. The most promising future that can arise from the intensity of eclipses is a result of the actions we take to manifest it. 

A Lunar eclipse in Leo amplifies the importance of discovering the wholeness of our individual identity, often through self-expressive creativity or lucid recognition of the Self through emotional, intellectual, or intuitive awakening. It involves stripping away that which does not serve us in our self-centering process. Detaching. These awakenings can occur in glimpses when one suddenly recognizes their Self through their creative process. Leo sometimes gets a bad rap for self-centeredness, but it’s more accurately about finding the center of the Self. All that desire for being recognized is actually the desire for self-discovery.

How we act upon our intuitive and creative self-expression depends upon how self-aware and ready we are to do so. Said differently, the extent to which we are able to manifest the potentials of these celestial activations depends upon how evolved we are and how ready we are to receive them. Feeling into the direct transmission line between ourselves (Earth) and our luminaries (Sun and Moon) through bodywork, sexuality, meditation, the creative process, or intentional ceremony can help advance our preparedness so we can awaken to our most ideal course of action.

I recommend at least taking a moment Sunday evening, if not engaging in a full ceremony, to voice or write your intentions for the next six months. It is during these next six months that you must SET THE STAGE for the direction that must be taken at the end of that period. On July 2nd of this year, Mars enters Leo on the same day as the next eclipse (a Solar eclipse), thus the exact same placement of this Sunday’s Full Moon. This is a prime example of how these cycles work. Lunar eclipse with Moon at 0° Leo, Solar eclipse in six months with Mars at 0° Leo. How we spend the next six months reflecting upon our identity, our creative self-expression, and the path we need to take to manifest our legacy will have a direct impact upon how READY we will be to TAKE ACTION when Mars goes into Leo on July 2nd. As I mentioned above, we are SETTING THE STAGE during this eclipse. Gather your props, your characters, and channel the muse that sings between Sun and Moon Sunday night to write your script between now and then. Desire your wholeness, center yourself, align your sights, and prepare the stage for your next journey.

Ceremony and conscious intention combine to activate the potentials inherent in the placements of Sun and Moon. Sit in silence. Meditate. Listen to the higher mind, your inner child, your shadows. They speak softly.

Like anything else, observe where this eclipse (Moon, Sun, and Nodes) are aspecting your other planets and angles (Ascendant, Descendant, MC, and IC) to understand in what arena this eclipse will be affecting your life. 

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Moon Conjunct Uranus in Taurus

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Hypergenese de la Reapparition, by Victor Brauner

As I write this, the Moon is fresh into the sign of Taurus and exactly conjunct Uranus at 1°. Uranus is in the process of retrograding back into Aries until Early January, when it will station direct and make its final push into Taurus for the next seven years.

There is much talk of Uranus’ ingress into Taurus having an inevitable effect upon the global economy, as well as our own personal economies. Related to that is the fact that Uranus will also have an effect upon how we feel about ourselves in general. Taurus represents that which makes us feel like we have the supplies and resources to survive, which of course means our money and our material belongings. But that also boils down to our self-esteem and self-worth, because without either of those we struggle immensely to survive and fend for ourselves. So, this brings us to Uranus and the Moon…

Although Uranus is the closest of the outer planets, it still takes seven years for it to move through one zodiac sign. This means it has its way with all of us at a relatively glacial pace. It imbues shades of progress, raising the bar, scientific advancement, higher consciousness, and idealism, yet it also can spell shocking disruptions, electrifying spontaneity (yes, literally), elitist mentalities, and unhealthy detachments. In the sign of Taurus, Uranus is going to shake up these tendencies in all of us. It will let us know, perhaps shockingly so, if we are feeling good about ourselves for the wrong reasons (do we feel better than others because of our social status or wealth, do we avoid situations because we don’t want to appear dirty or lower than our peers?). But positively, Uranus will beckon us to upgrade our self-esteem, advance our perspective on the world through awakening to a higher consciousness, allow us to reevaluate how we approach our worth through lessons in humility (crumbling elitist mentalities), and ultimately bring us all into a higher awareness of the value of our resources as a collective. What is this bright blue ball spinning free worth to us? How can we ideally advance humanity to respect collective resources? How do we regulate the global economy while minimizing corruption? Will cryptocurrencies evolve more into the mainstream in order to counter the rampant fraud associated with our current state of affairs? Will there be a new method of exchange? We shall see.

Moon was just full in Aries on Monday night. This was a powerful full Moon because it occurred at 1° Aries, which is pretty much the absolute beginning of the zodiac. Talk about a brand new cycle for us all! It shined upon us telling us to begin anew, stand up and fight, and TAKE ACTION! Now that she is in Taurus, especially conjunct Uranus, we are being called to recognize our resources, recognize what they mean to us, and truly understand how they can provide for our family, our home, our security, and our progress moving forward. This beautiful deity is shining beams of ideas down upon us, asking us to listen quietly so we can hear how we can feel strong, confident, and capable of sustaining ourselves, while at the same time channeling the higher ideals and awakening creative visions of our futures. It can be bring artists flashes of immense personal inspiration, helping align our emotional processes in rapid downloads of creative enlightenment.

Remember, Moon travels through each sign for only 2.5 days, so don’t miss this opportunity to find quietude so you can listen to the Moonbeams charged with the frequencies of Uranus channeling the outer depths of Taurus.

We can all identify with an innate desire to raise the bar on our self-esteem, how we value ourselves, and how we sustain our own lifestyles. We need to recognize how to approach these desires with a higher consciousness so that we are not seeking them for mundane base purposes, but instead to build a sustainable future for ourselves and those we love. Taurus appreciates everything that is truly built to last.