February’s Full Moon in Virgo is also a Supermoon = Full Moon++!
This particular lunar phase carries a restless and excitable charge to it, due to a stimulating connection between the luminaries & revolutionary planet Uranus. This Full Moon occurs during a week packed with powerful transits designed to help us all make positive personal changes and rid ourselves of unhealthy habits – for good!
Virgo is very good at being organised, tidy and helping others to keep on track with their schedules etc In other words, ‘getting it together’. And indeed, these qualities are going to be vital over the next few weeks if we are to make something of our Neptunian dreams and schemes…Something that is entirely possible if we can find a way to combine the idealistic and inspirational energy of Pisces (where the Sun and Mercury are currently based) with the down to earth, pragmatic and future-orientated modus operandi of Capricorn – the zodiac sign through which Saturn and Pluto are touring.
The key to doing so may well lie in being inventive whilst also being both practical and willing to embrace change – qualities embodied in the signature of this particular Full Moon.
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After dipping its toes briefly into Aries for several months last April, Chiron finally ingress into Aries full time today, where it will remain for the next 7-9 years. At first this cosmic shift may be imperceptible due to all the Piscean/Neptunian energy around at the moment, thanks to the influx of Mercury and the Sun into Pisces and transits between Neptune and personal planets, Venus and Mercury.
Shift in Emphasis for Healers & Therapists
However, once we get to the Spring Equinox, we will begin to notice a change in the wellness/health/wellbeing landscape. We’re entering fresh territory with regards to healing and energy medicine. Expect to see the advent of pioneering techniques involving heat, fire or light, or which focus on the muscular systems of the bodybetween now and 2017. Exercise as a form of therapeutic medicine, both psychologically and physically, is also likely to grab the headlines as people eschew addictive painkillers and mood enhancing drugs and embrace endorphin-boosting walks and rediscover the powers of physiotherapy as ways to overcome sports injuries and beat depression. We may also see a rise in therapies designed to overcome PTSD and other sports or war-related injuries.
Male Identity Crisis Looming?
The alpha male has also had a bad rap in the last two to three decades, which has led to an identity crisis for many men, particularly around the quandary of how to display strength withotu appearing aggressive or overtly macho or pandering to patriarchy. Over the next 9 years, I wouldn’t be surprised if cultural commentators and social trendsetters turn their attention to this issue. As a result, we may see a merging or morphing of the metrosexual/beta male archetype (prevalent during Chiron’s tour of Pisces) in a way that incorporates elements of a more rugged masculinity such as the beard of the hipster or the rippling physiques of the fitness freak or extreme adventurer.
A revolution around sex, sexuality and the portrayal of the male body may also occur along the lines of what we recenly witnessed in the fashion industry around female body image/plus size/weight/gender identity etc. Less conformism and more individualism is bound to be one outcome, given the influence of Aries.
Get Ready for your Chiron Return
Those born between early 1969 and March 1977 should prepare for their Chiron returns over the next few years. This usually coincides with a healing crisis of some kind that provide you with an opportunity to lay to rest old ghosts and overcome childhood wounds you may have sustained at around the age of 12 or so. Much depends on where Chiron lies in your natal chart as to how this is likely to manifest, but is certainly worth bearing in mind between now and 2027 or so.
Fire signs should expect their sensitivity and empathy levels to rise over the next few years – no bad thing for an element that can neglect the emotional needs of themselves and others in the rush and excitement of responding to external stimuli.
INGRESS DATES FOR CHIRON IN ARIES
18 Apr 2018: Chiron briefly enters Aries
26 Sep 2018: Chiron retrogrades back into Pisces
18 Feb 2019: Chiron enters Aries
19 Jun 2026: Chiron briefly enters Taurus
18 Sep 2026: Chiron retrogrades back into Aries
14 Apr 2027: Chiron leaves Aries for the last time
In many ways, this eclipse is a follow-up to July 2018’s rather unusual and mysterious Friday the 13th Solar Eclipse in Cancer. As was the case last summer, this one will also have the signature of Pluto all over it. But this time, there are some key differences…
For those people born between the dates below, this eclipse will pack more than its usual punch. In fact, it could prove to be positively life-changing!
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The January 6 solar eclipse takes place at 15 degrees Capricorn.
Anyone who has planets or chart points in the mid degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn, is bound to be affected more personally by events or decisions triggered at the solar eclipse than most other people.
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December’s Full Moon is all about inversion, turning points and the restoration of the natural order of things. Following a week packed with some truly off-the-chart transits, all centering around the theme of transition and change, the Cancer Full Moon asks us to let go of old habits, emotional ties or memories that no longer serve us, in order to make room for newer, healthier ones at the Capricorn New Moon in January 2019. This is also a good time to consider the internal costs – and benefits – of any external shifts we may have been forced to undertake during 2018.
The final Full Moon for 2018 takes places in moody and sentimental Cancer. This is the Moon’s natural home, which makes it extra powerful. On top of that, it will also take place just after – and right along – the solstice axis that links the first degrees of Cancer and Capricorn. So, in many ways, it is also about the return of light to the world after the months of darkness, struggle and intense soul searching brought on by the summer eclipses and autumn retrogrades, making it the perfect Christmas Moon.
These two zodiac signs were very important to ancient astrologers and philosophers because they represented the primary archetypes of father and mother, birth and death, youth and old age. In fact, many believed that the soul descended down the Cancer-Capricorn axis at birth, and that this process was reversed at death. They thought it no coincidence that the sun crossed these important thresholds (what we now call the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn) at mid-summer and mid-winter – the periods which mark the peak – and trough – of the solar year in terms of light and darkness.
Cancer is the natural sign of the Moon, and is associated with birth, motherhood and fertility, as well as the realm of the emotions – this is the cardinal of the water signs – in other words, the astrological equivalent of the Queen of Cups. (Not the king, I would argue because that is solar (and therefore masculine) energy, so Sun in Cancer = King of Cups).
According to Deborah Houlding:
In ancient astrology the condition of ‘moistness’ was viewed as the capacity to release emotions and connect with other beings. Moisture blurs the boundaries that define us as distinct individuals, allowing empathy, sympathy and a shared experience of personal or collective events. The act of sharing emotions represents an important aspect of forming bonds and unions, so moisture is also a creative condition, which forms the basis of love, fertility and reproduction. When we become too emotional the natural reaction is to release the ‘excess of water’ through the shedding of tears. Hence, water as an element relates to the emotions and the world of feelings.
Cancer as a sign is instinctual, moody and territorial – home is a refuge from the outside world – and like the walls of a house, it’s tough outer shell and sharp claws guard a soft inner centre. As a result, this sign is private, secretive and sensitive and very safety conscious – they don’t like to take risks.
Cancer is also the sign of the family and it’s fair to say that these people are very tribal – you’re either ‘in’ or ‘out,’ depending on whether they feel a sense of connection or kinship with you or not. And often logic doesn’t really come into this – a factor worth remembering, given that this Full Moon will make a sextile to unpredictable Uranus – more on that later…
Food is also important – not only does it provide a sense of comfort but it is also the constant over which loved ones bond and reunite, so it is fitting that this Full Moon takes place just before Christmas in the western world. As does self-nurturing (eating is really just one expression of this, isn’t it?).
The past, especially one’s memories of early childhood, and the impact these can have on how we treat ourselves and others later on in life, is always going to be significant during a Cancer Moon. If your past is painful, do you hang on to it – and keep repeating the pattern – like a crab with its pincer claw? Or do you learn to let go and become the caring parent – or create the loving family – you feel you never had? (And these may not necessarily be through blood, but rather soul or heart ties…)
At this Full Moon, then, we may come to realize that we have a choice: cling on to old habits, patterns or stories, or write ourselves new ones? (Here the Sabian Symbol may have a little wisdom for us – see below…)
In general, this Full Moon is likely to activate Cancer-ruled themes such as:
December’s New Moon takes place in the very first degree of Cancer, the Sabian symbol for which is:
Sailor ready to hoist a new flag to replace an old one.
As the first degree of Cancer, this symbol makes sense: it represents the start of a new cycle or order. As I have pointed out, it occurs at the earth’s internal ‘new year’ – the point at which the sun, whose orbit gives us our year, ‘turns direct’ or is reborn (hence so many myths about the birth of light gods like Jesus and Mithras) and of course, this Full Moon is the last of 2018, and being close to the solstice, is intimately tied up with the New Year (which is, of course, based on the solar year).
The sign of the Crab is also intimately bound up in imagery around sailing and the sea, which evokes the fluid, adaptable nature of water and the Moon, as her ever-changing cycles, which mimic those of life on earth.
In his book on the Sabian symbols, ‘Full Circle,’ James Burgess makes a few observations about this using the analogy of the founding of America, which is largely considered to be a Cancer-ruled country:
The development of the American nation illustrates how, in order to find a safe, wholesome place to raise families, it is often necessary to face the dangerous unknown – crossing an ocean or land-mass to do so. Even when metaphorically the oceans and continents are experienced within, such journeys can bring us into strange associations, and require us to adapt to extreme challenges.
Two of the key qualities that Burgess feels enable us to navigate new territory are: the courage to take risks and the ability to adapt to our surroundings. He also talks about the necessary survival skill of making chaos and instability work to our advantage – something Theresa May may want to take on board, given how things currently stand with regards to Brexit… As we will see further on in the ‘aspects’ section, these qualities resonate strongly with the planet Uranus, which has been quite busy this week making aspects to the luminaries in the lead-up to the Full Moon.
On the other hand, he also points out that in order to do so, one has to have a strong sense of direction, conviction or determination to succeed because this is the constant that will keep us moving forward, however precarious our position; or unsteady the terrain. In this regard, he is pointing to the Moon’s opposite sign of steely and determined Capricorn, which is known for its toughness and ability to keep climbing upwards, no matter how difficult conditions are. And of course, this is where the Sun landed just a day before during the solstice. All in all, a very fitting description of this particular Full Moon – and some sound advice for how to navigate the new year – and these uncertain times…
The Sabian Oracle offers us some alternative suggestions for how to interpret the meaning of this degree, which include, interestingly enough some overlaps with the idea of the solstice:
Keywords: Changing loyalties. Turning points in one’s obligations or duties. Announcing new standards. Turning a corner. Getting rid of the old guard. Letting go of old allegiances and taking up new ones. Giving up old ways. Changing bad habits. Taking the helm. Switching sexual preferences. Sailors. Ships. Flags. Divorces. Marriages. Change of shifts.
The Caution: Rejecting the old just for the sake of change. Fickleness. Not sticking with one thing for long enough to realize the rewards of loyalty. Being a traitor. Religious quarreling. Going only where the “good action” is. Piracy. Mutiny. Treason. Abandoning former priorities.
Unlike the last two lunar phases, which were rather fraught as a result of some difficult angles to Mars, the 2018 Cancer Full Moon will make some pleasant trine and sextile aspects to Uranus, planet of surprises, sudden shifts and revolution.
This is likely to help us to facilitate some of important inner shifts needed to adjust to the shifts in the outer world initiated by this week’s power transits, including:
Wow! That’s an awful lot going on! And often, although we can adapt quite quickly to changes in external circumstances, it takes us a bit longer to process things internally, as anyone who has relocated, got hitched/unhitched, changed jobs or lost someone close will tell you.
I think the key thing is to see the need for change as good. These are all positive aspects and nowhere near the gut-wrenching, full-throttle changes many of us went through around eclipse time, or during the recent Venus retrograde.
The only thing to bear in mind is that Uranus is retrograde and back in volatile, angry Aries, so it’s entirely possible that this could unexpectedly throw up some unfinished business from its stay in this sign, which was for a good seven years or so (Mar 2011 – May 2018). This planetary combination forced us all to come to terms with our anger, frustration or resentment about technology, social injustice and inequality towards minority groups. But closer to home, it also made many of us impatient to throw off personal or professional restrictions and live more authentically and independently. So it’s entirely possible that there may be a few issues left over from this tumultuous period that need closure!
In this respect, it may be worth taking a quiet moment sometime over the next two weeks or so to simply acknowledge any feelings that may arise, including unexplained anger, anxiety or pent-up tension and then let find a way to release them, whether it is writing them down and then burning them, throwing some pebbles into the lake/ocean, or being very Cancerian and having a good cry. That way, you’ll be ready to move on by the time that 2019 rolls around (and certainly by the time Uranus leaves for good in March 2019!). 2019 has the potential to be a corker, so make sure you’re ready to embrace it with all your heart.
Seasons’ and solstice greetings to you all!
December’s lunar cycle resets a day after Mercury turns direct and on the same day as a poetic Mars-Neptune conjunction. As a result, it holds within it the seeds of a brand new start, provided you can maintain your focus and overcome confusion, low self-worth, worry or inertia. Read my December New Moon forecast to learn more.
The final New Moon for 2018 takes places in upbeat, optimistic Sagittarius and contains within the seeds for expansion and growth, provided you can maintain your focus.
Sagittarius is an interesting zodiac sign – the archer is considered to be half-man, half beast, rather like the mythic god, Pan – the centaur with his feet on the ground, but his gaze directed upwards as he aims his bow and arrow towards a distant but lofty goal. In essence, then this sign has the potential to bring heaven down to earth provided he keeps an eye on where he is going. After all, we wouldn’t want him to trip over an obstacle or fall down a cliff!
In astrological terms, this sign is mutable fire. Fire was considered the lightest of the elements by the ancient Greeks and therefore the furthest away from earth, which was considered the most dense. This quality, together with the tendency of flames to leap upwards (and consume their earthly fuel) made it synonymous with spirit in the eyes of the esotericists. we can see the similarities in terms of vertical movement between the Sagittarius and its ruling element.
It should therefore come as no surprise that Sagittarius is a zodiac sign associated with optimism, adventure and enthusiasm (which, incidentally, comes from the Greek word enthousiasmos, which means to be ‘possessed by a god, inspired.’
However, its mutable quality means that it can sometimes have trouble with both self-control and focus. This can lead to wasted efforts, hyperbole, a lack of direction and an unwillingness to commit. This is why Jupiter, it’s ruling planet, is sometimes associated with mania, hypocrisy, over-confidence and inflation, and needs the tempering of more steady planets such as pragmatic and disciplined Saturn. So while it is considered one of the luckiest, funniest and sunniest of zodiac signs (Sagittarius is associated with goofiness and comedy), it can also become a little difficult to control if poorly-aspected or if there are not enough grounding elements to counter-balance it in a natal chart. This is something that we will need to watch at this particular New Moon because of a tricky aspect between the luminaries and Mars-Neptune in Pisces. More on this later.
In general though, this New Moon is likely to activate Sagittarian-ruled themes such as:
December’s New Moon takes place almost exactly 30 degrees from the November’s Scorpio New Moon. Marc Edmund:
Sea gulls watching a ship.
James Burgess discusses the meaning of the second decanate of Sagittarius as relating to the potential of any seed moment to either succeed or fail, and sees in this Sabian degree the complex interplay between chance and choice, Fate and free will.
This is a topic that every astrologer has to address with their clients at some stage because it has a lot of implications, not only for how we practise, but also what our clients can expect from us – and from astrology. You can read more about my philosophy and approach if you are interested.
When we have Sagittarius in the mix, the healthiest perspective to cultivate is very much one of looking upwards from the perspective of earth, rather than hovering above the earth looking down. This image is ambiguous in that we don’t know whether the seagulls are perched somewhere strategic nearby, watching the ship from the ground or circling above it like a bird of prey (or a scavenger!).
If we assume, as Lynda Hill does, that the seagull is hovering above a ship, waiting for a chance to steal some scraps that are throw overboard, then we can easily get into the mentality she describes of settling for meagre pickings – essentially playing ‘small potatoes’ when we should, like the archer, be aiming a lot higher.
On the other hand, we could take a more strategic angle with this degree, as James Burgess does, of trying to ‘read the signs’ between ‘what must be and what may be’ with regards to the future. After all, the last Full Moon Sabian symbol told us to be mindful and look out for the unannounced calls of fate – so hopefully, you have all been paying attention!
Because, from this perspective, the Sabian Symbol suggests that we could identify an opportunity. But we need to be ready to seize it when it comes along. To do this, he suggests the following in his book, Full Circle:
… our relationship with what may be is an adventure that demands our special attention, exemplary acuity and a willingness to become a different version of ourselves. We simply cannot know what is next – and so we must somehow hold an attitude that protects us from danger, yet readies us for opportunity. Between where we are, and where we hope to be, lives an uncharted path – labelled on maps as ‘here be dragons’. Some people would see a sign about dragons as a dire warning – and others as an irresistible attraction.
What approach will you choose?
The Sabian Oracle offers us a few more suggestions on how to contemplate the meaning of this degree:
Keywords: Losing sight of alternative possibilities and going for the easy “feed”. Issues of dependence. Diminishing one’s essential worth while trying to please a specific need. Being opportunistic. Settling for the small things in life. Scalpers. Jettisoning scraps. Leftovers. The rewards and pitfalls of “meal tickets”. Issues of social security. The homeless.
The Caution: Waiting for scraps that may not even be worth it or may never come. Losing the opportunity to care for one’s self in an independent manner. Giving away one’s power. Being opportunistic at the expense of others. Being ripped off. People “kissing and running”. Users and abusers. Having satellites. Hovering for scraps.
Following on from the themes we have been developing about reaching towards our dreams and maintaining perspective, we get a warning from the heavens concerning the need for focus, groundedness and perseverance.
This comes in the form of a square between the luminaries to Mars, which will be conjunct Neptune in sensitive, creative and compassionate Pisces.
Mars is the planet of military strategy, energy, focus and motivation. However, when placed near nebulous Neptune, it can become one of two things:
In other words, you need to be clear about your intentions and then have a plan if you don’t want to lose momentum! Otherwise you could waste your efforts and miss out on some great opportunities over the next two weeks.
A square aspect to a malefic planet like Mars is never easy, as we saw with November’s Gemini Full Moon but…it is not impossible. And this is a mutable square, so not as harsh or as unbending as a cardinal or fixed square. It simply means having to make a bit more effort and being a bit smart in order to avoid potential problems.
So my advice right now is to think big, but start small. Be clear about your direction and have a plan (and then don’t get distracted from it during the execution phase); to be humble but hardworking; to remain hopeful, but also willing to act/do the hard work when the time arrives – and above all else, to stay grounded and aware of the bigger picture.
So shoot for the moon – even if you don’t reach it, your head will still be among the stars. And by all means, aim high but keep your feet on the ground – and don’t forget to plan your route and watch where you are going. Happy holidays!
This month’s Gemini Full Moon has the potential to turn into a bit of a drama, complete with wolves howling and the full-blown emotional mirages we associate with the Moon card in the tarot – if you let it. Why? Mainly due to its entanglement with Tuesday’s Mars-Jupiter square. (More on this below in the aspects section) which could churn up a few old wounds or fears. However, things needn’t be a complete disaster – provided you practise some airy detachment, reign in any knee jerk responses (especially those based on fear) and allow Fate to go to work on your behalf.
November’s Full Moon takes place in lively and changeable Gemini – the trickster of the zodiac – which may give you a feel for what to expect. Although highly entertaining and witty, the sign of Gemini is also associated with used car salesmen and con artists. So it is interesting to me that the Native American Indians referred to November’s Moon as the Beaver Moon. According to the Farmer’s Almanac,
This was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. …It is sometimes also referred to as the Frosty Moon.
With all the emphasis on potential traps and tricks, I feel it’s a good idea to warn everyone upfront to be on their guard and not allow themselves to get too carried away, either in haste or fear. There are likely to be a few mirages and shadow plays at work this week which could affect how we view life, especially in matters of the heart.
The trouble is that the planet governing this particular Full Moon is Mercury – and Mercury is not only retrograde at the moment but in the sign of its detriment – Sagittarius. This combination tends to create a tendency towards hyperbole, delusions of grandeur and over-stretched commitments. However, when negatively affected it can also lead to catastrophizing and hysteria – something to be particularly aware of, given the influence of Mars in illusory Pisces.
Which brings me to the next factor affecting the energy around the Full Moon – this week’s Mars-Jupiter square. Although it does have the potential to bring on a dose of false optimism – even foolhardiness – which could push us into taking premature action, it’s also possible that its contacts to the luminaries, Mercury and the Jupiter could also lead to knee-jerk reactions born out of confusion, self-protection and/or fear.
So forewarned is forearmed. Rather than allow this Full Moon to become a time of hasty decisions and ill-thought-through actions that we could end up regretting at leisure, my advice is to pause, remain open and consider. (More on this in the Sabian symbols section)
As we will see in the aspects section, there is, in fact, cause to be optimistic long term. However, we do need to tread with caution in the short term. There are a few cosmic clouds on the horizon that need to be negotiated first before we can see ahead more clearly.
As a Moon sign, Gemini can make for people who are often extroverted and emotionally excitable – think fun and bubbly. Most require a good deal of mental stimulation and verbal exchange, as well as regular variation in their routine in order to feel happy. According to Skyscript:
Gemini is a sign of endless curiosity driven by an instinct to explore. But they are characterised by ‘breadth’ not ‘depth’, so their explorations often lack focus and deep penetration. They are better suited to absorbing ‘just enough’ of a wide variety of topics, which adds to their reputation as fine conversationalists.
However, one thing you can definitely say for Moon Gemini’s – they aren’t intense, obsessive or moody, so if you prefer someone who is lighthearted and doesn’t sweat the small stuff emotionally, then they make great company. Instead, as James Burgess describes, when the Moon is in Gemini:
Moods are erratic – from introverted self-contemplation to shallow gossiping – yet always uniting intellect and intuition with slick alacrity
The key to understanding them is to realize that Gemini is an air sign, and so is more emotionally detached than water signs. As such, they can be a little distant, not terribly emotionally demonstrative and sometimes a little fickle. On the plus side, though, they don’t get too swept away by the heavy currents of feeling, which as the Buddhists remind us, can be a blessing sometimes. And indeed, as we will witness with this month’s Full Moon Sabian symbols, this quality of detached observation (mindfulness anyone?) could turn out to be our saving grace this week.
Gemini is the second of the mutable signs, which makes it both adaptable and changeable – not a bad trait to have in time of stress and change. This is a Mercury-ruled sign, so of course there is a love of trends and shopping – this sign loves to befriend the neighbourhood shopkeeper or local postman. In anatomical terms, Gemini is one of the dual signs, and so rules the arms. Perhaps at this time, a sign of what one is prepared to ‘carry’ emotionally, including baggage?…
The November Full Moon takes place in the very 1st degrees of Gemini and Sagittarius. Some of the ancient astrologers believed that the first and last degrees of any sign were especially powerful, while others such as Ibn Ezra, felt that planets were at their weakest here.
The Sabian Symbols for these degrees are:
Gemini 1: A glass-bottomed boat drifts over under-sea wonders.
Sagittarius 1: A grand army of the republic campfire.
James Burgess sums up this degree as follows:
Inquisitiveness keeps us prepared for the unannounced calls of fate
The idea being that the glass-bottomed boat (symbolic of a detached but alert form of observation or curiosity) allows us to get a glimpse of the wonders that lie at a deeper level on the stillness of the ocean floor – beneath the waves of our emotions. In other words, those still, quiet constants that keep us emotionally anchored/centred, despite any temporary surface disturbances.
The key here seems to be a kind of mindfulness or meditative detachment that enables us to see through the obvious/everyday and observe things we might otherwise miss because we are too caught up with the temporary currents of life, or in the cauldron of our surface emotions, which can feel very intense but which more often than not, pass.
Given that this degree represents the very beginning of the sign, we get the sense of situations which are in their infancy – and therefore too premature to act on. Nonetheless, there is certain an advantage in becoming aware of seed moments/ unfolding developments. Thus, Burgess adds:
Indecisiveness – an inability to strike quick and true – is a poor excuse for a life half-lived. Yet some of these occurrences are really of no concern to us and we are well advised to hold a position of poise. Anyway, simply observing with an objective inactivity has real value.
So what this Sabian symbol seems to be telling us is to practise being mindful and aware but remaining poised enough to know when the time has come to act. And, as we will see when we look at the key Mars aspects associated with this Full Moon, the key is knowing when to strike: sometimes the iron needs to reach the right temperature first…
Lynda Hill offers us a few other ways to look at this particular degree in her Sabian Oracle:
Keywords: Being able to see “within” to forms that are not usually observed by others. Clairvoyance. Observance of psychic phenomena. Connecting with the collective unconscious. Spiritual gifts that enlarge ones perspective. Amusement and wonder at natural beauty. Glass, lenses, refractions of light. Panoramic views. Water. Boats. Vehicles of discovery.
The Caution: Putting up barriers of social safety to avoid involvement in deep emotions. Overemphasis on safety concerns. Watching things from a distance, leading to separation and estrangement. Looking in the wrong direction. Cool, detached attitudes.
Jupiter and it’s sign, Sagittarius, are very much about seeing the bigger picture and in the Sabian symbol for the first degree of this zodiac sign, we are faced with the theme of memory and tradition, and the gifts or wisdom that come from the past. Reminiscing and sharing stories around the camp fire is a very ancient ritual – one that encourages us to revisit old memories, both personal and cultural, in an attempt to find similarities to the present.
That is why James Burgess summarises the wisdom of this degree as follows:
What went before can give useful insight into what is to come.
Perhaps it is coincidence, but as I mentioned in my November New Moon forecast, Jupiter is once again back in the sign of Sagittarius – a place in the zodiac it hasn’t occupied since December 2006-7. Given how stark the shift is from the optimistic archer to the austerity and conservatism of Capricorn, and what happened after the global crash of 2007-8, which has had massive repercussions for the world in the following decade, it seems worth paying attention to the 2018 ingress.
It is hard not to remember how profoundly the last Jupiter affected many people, so it seems important to consider the current Jupiter ingress in the light of the past, and ask if somehow we can improve or do better this time around.
Evolution isn’t always linear – in astrology, we know that things work in cycles. This circular motion can also be seen as a spiral, the idea being that every time a planet revisits a sign, it does so from a higher vantage point. Much as we do when we revisit a situation and grow or learn from it. At this Full Moon, it’s possible that a theme or thread from your past may return, giving you another crack at the whip, so pay attention. Perhaps this time around, you can choose to do things differently?
Other keywords and themes include:
Keywords: Masculine domains. Understanding the individual’s needs and idealistic struggles. Moratoriums and calls for peace. Past life memories of fellowship. Prisoners of war. Memorials to war. Bringing up painful memories in the hope of sharing understanding and healing. Tears of the past. Being confronted by memories. School, and other, reunions. Talking over strategies. Finding comrades. Brothers and sisters.
The Caution: Being unable to let go of the past. Exaggerating past successes to justify current strategies. Excluding others as being “unworthy”, having not experienced the struggle or pain. Going over things from the past and never letting them go. Boasting and glorifying. Identities that belong in the past.
Despite taking place in airy Gemini, the November Full Moon could turn out to be surprisingly revelatory and even a touch dramatic. That’s because it keys into this week’s Mars-Jupiter square, which takes place in mutable signs.
Although Jupiter in Sagittarius certainly has the potential to bring about silver linings, Mars in Pisces may be in too much of a rush (and at the same time, a little too muddled) to make good, clear, well-thought-out decisions.
At the Full Moon, both the Sun and Moon will be square to Mars from different parts of the zodiac, forming a T-square. Mars is in Pisces – not exactly a natural fit. As I mentioned earlier, when occupying ‘feminine’/receptive signs, Mars tends to make people defensive, evasive and often overly protective of their own position.
Mars will be hovering close to the fixed star, Fomalhaut, which has a bit of a mixed influence. This is a star associated with both the nemesis and the Archangel Gabriel (the angel of revelation, intuition and the wisdom of the heart): talk about extremes! Some of the ancient astrologers saw the combination of Mars and Fomalhaut as leading to an outpouring of passion, but equally as a star combination associated with delusion and mistreatment. So, again, lots of potential for mistakes and confusion.
The only saving grace here is that Mars will be parallel (similar to a conjunction) to Spica, which is an extremely auspicious star associated with the ear of grain in the constellation of Virgo. We know what a central symbol this was to the Demeter and Persephone cults! Think the Empress in the tarot deck = abundance, fertility, nourishment. So some amazing potential for things to either go spectacularly well or horribly wrong…
Given that both the Sun, Jupiter and Mercury will be forming a stellium in opposition to the Moon – and that Mercury is currently retrograde – there is definitely the potential for misunderstandings and poor decision-making, on one hand. On the other, this time also offers up the possibility of experiencing some important realizations, especially about past situations. So it’s not all bad news.
For one thing, it’s hard to ignore the mystic rectangle created between Jupiter, the Nodes and the luminaries. My feeling about this is that Fate may have certain plans for us now – ones that override what we may think we should – or ought – to do. After all, let’s not forget James Burgess’ advice in relation to Gemini 1’s Sabian symbol above – pay attention to the unannounced calls of Fate. This is especially likely to be valid if the nodes (or the luminaries) contact any of your personal chart points. If so, then things could turn out surprisingly well, even if you think things are going to be a complete disaster. A little faith – and a look at what lies beneath any current surface churning – seems to be what is needed to navigate this particular stretch of emotional sea…
Furthermore, Mars will be within orb of a sextile to steadying Saturn, which should help to stabilize some of the volatility and impetuousness associated with this T-square. Here I am thinking particularly of needless worries or fears – Neptune-ruled Pisces can have that effect – making us see enemies and dangers where none exist…This aspect will only perfect on the 27th though – something to bear in mind before taking any massive leaps of faith. Ideally, wait until next week when any chimera clouding your vision will have cleared and you are on the astrological home straight.
Overall then, this Full Moon offers us an opportunity to learn from past mistakes and do things differently, especially when it comes to matters of the heart. The key is to practise a little detachment, and not become a slave to your emotions and impulses, especially those born from fear and anger. Keep an eye on the bigger picture, see the hidden thread of wisdom and growth buried within key situations and then, if you can’t trust yourself not to act from a place of clarity and centredness, choose to wait and see what happens. Instead, let Destiny take it’s course. You may not be able to see the bigger plan right now, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t one – it’s probably just that it hasn’t fully come into view yet.
Next week, when the Sun joins with Jupiter (26th) and Mars sextiles Saturn (27th), you will be freer to act without fear of possible negative repercussions. So sit tight and have faith – this too shall pass. Happier times are ahead, I promise.
Coming within days of a dreamy Sun-Neptune trine, this particular New Moon holds within it the seeds for a fresh start in matters of the heart, particularly if we allow our better selves to prevail. In fact, with Jupiter about to ingress into home territory shortly for the next 12 months, the potential for meeting the person of your dreams will indeed be strong for some signs. However, this may come at a price – saying sorry, forgiving somebody (or yourself) or simply realizing the psychological toll of your old ways. Read my November New Moon forecast to learn more.
November’s New Moon occurs in deep, perceptive and passionate Scorpio and concerns the hidden matters of the heart – what we conceal from others.
It is worth bearing in mind that before the discovery of Pluto, Scorpio was considered to be the nocturnal sign of Mars. In other words, the hidden or more tactical side of the god of war. But also of physical vitality – and of course, Scorpio rules all the taboo or less talked about functions of the human body – from sex to excretion.
Scorpio is a fixed water sign, signalling strong but steady emotions and/or perception. This may be why the sign is known for its laser sharp focus, but also for its obsessiveness.
Perhaps because it is so secretive and mysterious, this sign often gets a bad rap. However, the truth is that although it can have a tendency to lash out, gossip and make trouble, it is also the sign most associated with loyalty, tenacity and profound love – the kind people write about in novels. And with all the magical energy around this week, including a flowing trine between Chiron, Jupiter and the North Node, it is entirely possible that you will experience the healing power of love in a big way at the New Moon.
Over the next two weeks, this New Moon is likely to activate Scorpio-ruled themes such as:
November’s New Moon takes place in the 16th degree of Scorpio. In contrast to its usual dark and gothic image, this Sabian Symbol points to a more hidden aspect of this sign:
A girl’s face breaking into a smile.
Scorpios are probably better known for their scowls and frowns than their smiles, which can make them seem rather scary. This often means that they suffer from the dual burden of being misunderstood, on one hand, and the curse of being both incredibly sensitive and perceptive at the same time. On top of that, they feel so much and this emotional intensity can sometimes be a little overwhelming for other people who may not share the same depth or range of emotions that Scorpios do.
This lunar sign is therefore not an easy one to be born with (take it from someone who knows!) and so comes at a price: often a need for a lot of personal space as well as moodiness, especially when the deep well of emotions churning beneath the surface are being processed. Perhaps this is why, when they smile, it is like the sun breaking out from behind the clouds. There is nothing more beatific to witness than the discernible shift from sadness to happiness on someone’s face, or the opening up of the heart centre after a period of suffering, and I think this is what this particular symbol is alluding to.
The 16th degree of Scorpio occurs halfway through the sign, which coincides with the final degree – the exit point – of the so-called Via Combusta, or burning way. This describes a region of the zodiac where both the Sun and Moon are traditionally considered to be in fall. Although mysterious, descriptions of it seem to hint at a sort of celestial underworld – similar to the valley of the shadow of death mentioned in the psalms, through which the planets pass in order to work through their shadow stuff.
Passing through it is to come out of a tunnel, from the darkness into the light, figuratively speaking. So one could see this degree as representing an end to suffering – the moment when the clouds part and the sun comes out again after a long period of miserable weather. The smile in the Sabian symbol could therefore also refer to the relief experienced at the end of a long and difficult inner journey. Or perhaps the smile of inner knowing when we suddenly realize the gifts we have acquired as a result of our inner struggles, when we are in love or know something that others don’t, as in the case of the initiate.
The Sabian Oracle offers us a few more ideas on how to contemplate the meaning of this degree:
Keywords: Breaking the ice. Drawing others. Radiating happiness. Facial expressions. Changing one’s expression or demeanor. Facial feedback. Making positive eye contact. Transferring feelings that lift others. Releasing stress, worry and anger. Distances bridged between people. Being face-to-face. Teeth, lips, gums, dimples, eyes. Facial lines. Dental work. Beauty that radiates.
The Caution: False happiness to satisfy others’ needs. Covering up how one’s really feeling through putting on a show of happiness. Lack of sincerity. Rigidity of responses. Sour faces. Feeling sad and lonely. Keeping people on the sidelines and the periphery of one’s life. Grumpy attitudes. Refusal to communicate.
In contrast to the intensity of last month’s Pluto-lunar aspects, this particular New Moon comes a day after the Sun and Moon make a flowing trine to Neptune in compassionate and sensitive Pisces.
As a result, we can expect a tempering of the spikier and more moody aspects of Scorpio during the lunar phase. Instead, a hidden sweetness, like the smile of a shy or sad girl, has the potential to be revealed. However, there is a caveat: we may need to curb our tendency to judge, self-protect or lash out – some of Scorpio’s key defences when it feels cornered; or have the courage to admit that we may have been wrong about something or somebody.
The reason I say this is because the New Moon Will occur close to the fixed star, Zuben Elgenubi, which has a bit of a mixed heritage. In Mesopotamian star lore, it used to form part of the larger constellation of Scorpio, which included the scales of Libra. Before this constellation was ‘invented’ by the Greeks, it was considered to form part of the claws of the Scorpion.
According to Vivian Robson, this star was known to Arabic astrologers as ‘the Insufficient Price.’ The name points to the need to rectify something that is out of balance (no doubt this is a nod here, not just to the idea of retribution as a sort of ‘getting even’ but also to the Libran scales of fairness and reciprocity). So it’s possible that at this time, you or a loved one may be asked to repay some form of karmic debt, make up for a deficit of something or right a wrong.
To this end, we could give this star-planet combination an alternative interpretation, as outlined by Jamie Partridge:
This star has much to do with justice. Well-aspected, it gives courage to fight for right and generosity to defeated opponents. Eric Morse says “its appearance in better aspect is often just the right moment to repair a relationship and to reconsider an earlier harsh judgment.”
Neptune is also associated with sacrifice, forgiveness and selflessness and so makes a powerful antidote to proud and often defiant Scorpio, who finds it hard to apologize or forgive, or to be the bigger person – unless he or she has transformed from its lower form of a scorpion into that of the phoenix/eagle.
So around this time and over the next 2 weeks, it might be worth stopping to consider whether this may be the case for you. Perhaps feelings of shame, guilt or remorse are clouding what may otherwise be a happy time?
If so, then you will be pleased to know that a grand trine between Jupiter in the final degrees of Scorpio, Chiron in Pisces and the north lunar node in Cancer may offer you a boost of healing energy which could give you the courage to reach out and make things right – either with yourself or someone else.
Neptune in positive aspect to the Moon is usually associated with romance, dreams, poetry and higher expressions of love. So in general, this aspect does point to the realization of a secret desire, heartfelt wish or personal dream (especially with the Sun involved). And when paired with the emotional energy of the Moon, it could signal the start of a new period for matters of the heart – possibly even an encounter between soul mates…Although those don’t always take the form we expect them to – something else worth remembering.
Equally, it could point to a time of intense creativity, spiritual realizations and the honing of intuition or extra-sensory perception, and with Chiron’s influence comes the themes of healing of old emotional, physical or psychological wounds, as well as teaching by example.
The key to unlocking the better expressions of this aspect may therefore involve some form of sacrifice, including the ability to surrender and relinquish control when greater forces (or noble emotions) are at work within us or in situations. Scorpio is quite a controlling sign, so this may take quite a feat on their part to let go and allow events to take their natural course. But this in itself may be part of learning key life lessons during this moon phase.
Sometimes things are just meant to be. If Platonic philosophy is anything to go by, we choose our own Fates before we are born and then forget what we are here to learn. Every now and again, we may get glimpses of this – moments of destiny when events and choices take on an extra dimension or added charge. Now may well be one of those times. How will you choose to make use of this magical water energy over the next two weeks?
October’s Full Moon takes place a day after the Sun’s ingress into mysterious and complicated Scorpio. In the northern hemisphere, this coincides with arrival of that quiet, wet period between late autumn and early winter when temperatures start to drop and plants begin to die off and decay, making it synonymous with soulful, introverted , R&R energy. However, this Ful Moon is likely to be anything but restful. Although the Moon will be in placid Taurus, don’t be fooled. It will also be orbiting very close to volatile and unpredictable Uranus, planet of shocks and surprises. The take-home story: this particular Full Moon is unlikely to conform to type. Read my Full Moon forecast below to learn more…
October’s Full Moon takes place in patient, earthy Taurus – a very different energy to last month’s Aries Full Moon.
Unlike fiery, action-oriented Aries, Taurus revels in the tactile pleasures of texture, the heady scents of flowers. This is a sign that is all about stopping to smell the roses! Taurus is also more than a little obsessed with acquiring things of beauty, including art, jewellery and beautiful clothing. In fact possessions and material security are terribly important to this sign, which is also known for a tendency to be territorial and possessive when it comes to loved ones.
Taurus is the first of the fixed signs, which makes it both reliable and stubborn. According to Marsilio Ficino:
The fixed signs in particular-that is, Leo, Aquarius, Taurus, and Scorpio – furnish things that last.
And Taurus definitely prefers a good quality classic to something newfangled and faddish (unlike its neighbouring sign, Gemini!). Quite sceptical by nature, Taureans are happy to walk the tried and tested path and frankly, can’t be bothered to reinvent the wheel – being Venus-ruled, this sign can be rather lazy. This is the sign most likely to say: ‘I’ll believe it when I see it.’
The Moon is exalted in Taurus, so this makes it quite a potent full moon, especially if you are keen to manifest something important. As the lady of birth, generation and growth, the Moon revels in this abundant sign, which the Sun usually occupies in late Spring when plants are displaying a lot of healthy green growth, and some are even flowering.
Venus rules this zodiac sign, which rules the neck, so it come as no surprise that it is associated both with singing and adornments such as jewellery. Creativity and social pleasures related to food are other typical Taurus-ruled activities, as are banking and farming.
The October Full Moon takes place in the 2nd degrees of Taurus and Scorpio. The Sabian Symbol for these are:
Taurus 2: An electrical storm illuminates the heavens and the forests.
Scorpio 2: A broken bottle and spilled perfume.
Lighting strikes, making things suddenly clear. I just love the way this symbol mirrors the blending of lunar and Uranian energies! Think emotional storms, shifts in your immediate environment, family drama etc Unexpected wake-up calls, especially related to health, family and food, are a distinct possibility over the next two weeks or so, as are earthquakes and food scares, I’m afraid to say. Uranus is unpredictable by nature, so there is no way of knowing if this combination of energies will bring about positive or negative developments.
Being fixed, Taurus can get a little stuck from time to time, so an injection of a little lightning may be what is required to jolt you out of old habits or unhealthy ruts. Change is healthy, if initially uncomfortable. It reflects the dynamic nature of the seasons and the movement of the planets, so if you are challenged by developments or circumstances beyond your control, then see this as a call to action.
Lightning here illuminates its immediate surroundings, so it is also possible that you may be gifted with sudden insights or realisations about how you truly feel, or the best way forward in tricky situations.
Other themes from the Sabian Oracle for this degree include:
Keywords: Reverence for the forces of nature. Loud cracks, flashes, and bangs that clear the air. Flashes of insight. Tension and its release. Electrical conductors. The sense that all hell is going to break loose. Short circuits of mind or emotions. Electricity failures. Crackling emotions. Flashes in quick succession. Bursts of energy. Light changing. Psychic clearing. Hot flushes. Surges.
The Caution: Being frozen in fear just when one needs to spur to action. Losing control. Being distracted by surroundings. Not being completely aware of all the potential dangers. Worry that overtakes and engulfs. Chaos in the brain. Nervous reactions. Things changing quickly. Brilliance that is quickly or easily lost. Power blackouts.
The image of a spilled or broken perfume bottle conjures up words such as ‘potency’, along with potions of all kinds, from elixirs of eternal beauty right through to the poison hidden in a perfume bottle which is thought to have killed the Skripals in Salisbury this summer. Perfume is highly concentrated and therefore powerfully evocative – it certainly isn’t neutral, much like the passionate and hypnotic sign of Scorpio. This suggests to me that you definitely will feel quite passionate about whatever happens now. I keep thinking of a quote by G.K. Chesterton in his wonderful sketch, ‘A Piece of Chalk’ when he says:
Virtue is not the absence of vice or the avoidance of moral dangers; virtue is a vivid and separate thing, like pain or a particular smell.
This symbol, then seems to be urging us to distil our emotions and experiences down to their very essence – to get to the nub or heart of things. Perhaps this is what is required if we are to realise what needs shifting or changing around this potentially turbulent time?
Smells are very Taurean so this pairing of the degrees of the Sun and Moon again seems very appropriate. They are also the sense most associated with memory, and it is highly likely, with the Sun less than 3 degrees away from a retrograde Venus in Scorpio, that what happens now may concern an encounter with, or reminder of, a person or emotionally charged situation from our past.
Grief and loss is another theme associated with this symbol – after all, the perfume bottle is spilled or broken, so we may also be forced to deal with the feelings of finality that come about after an irrevocable change.
Other keywords and themes include:
Keywords: The memory of things lingering on. Scents or smells that evoke reactions. The “cat let out of the bag”. The “genie let out of the bottle”. Dizziness. Passing out. Smelling salts. Liquids spilled. Anything broken or shattered. Accidents. The loss of something precious. Alcoholism. Biological and chemical weapons of all kinds. Being emotionally charged. Cracking up to crack open. The sound of breaking glass.
The Caution: Things looking good on the outside, but the contents disappointing. Spilling one’s guts. Things erupting suddenly. Injured or broken necks or backs. Envy and jealousy. Broken bones. Smelly remnants.
The Taurus Full Moon is likely to be surprisingly eventful, if not a little emotionally charged, thanks to a conjunction with Uranus.
Uranus is currently retrograde and heading for its final ingress into Aries in early November. Uranus is associated with the archangel Uriel, with sudden flashes of intuitive insight, but also with volatility and the unexpected, often quite destructive separations or shifts. It’s influence on this full moon could therefore be rather unsettling. Expect abrupt changes of heart, shocking revelations (especially concerning saucy secrets), unexpected emotional declarations and creative/financial developments that appear to come from left field.
The two planets contacting the luminaries at the Full Moon – Uranus in Taurus and Venus in Scorpio, are both retrograde, so its possible that these two planets could bring a past love or unresolved personal/creative/financial situation back into your life for healing or clearing.
However, this scenario does not necessarily have to spell bad news or drama. In fact, Venus will be making a sextile to steady and mature Saturn right before the Sun-Moon opposition. This transit is all about constancy, loyalty and commitment in close relationships, finances and creative endeavours. ‘Building/creating something of value that stands the test of time’ might be one way to describe this astrological combination, as are collaborations or relationships between people of differing age gaps.
So the fruit from this particular full moon may, in fact, be far from bad: an unexpected marriage proposal, an unexpectedly generous commitment from a patron or mentor, or even a solid offer of work from an employer – these are equally possible around this time. Much will depend upon where Venus and Saturn (and Uranus) are currently located in your natal chart.
When emotions are running high, as they tend to be at full moon, it is easy to overreact. Given that you may feel blindsided by what happens, it may be a good idea to give yourself a little space before responding.
Whatever happens though, don’t panic. Instead, tune into the more steady and mature energy of the Venus-Saturn sextile. This transit is probably one of the most productive and constructive we have had in recent weeks, so use it to mine any gems from the past that are worth holding onto.
Relationships – with yourself and others – together with money, values and creativity – are the major focus at the October New Moon. With Venus retrograde and the Sun travelling through ‘we’-oriented Libra, it’s time to go resolve any unfinished business from our past and begin afresh, especially in matters of the heart. Read on for my full New Moon forecast.
October’s New Moon takes place in fair-minded, harmony-loving Libra.
Libra is a cardinal sign, so although better known for having co-dependency issues, and a tendency to be a people-pleaser, it’s also worth remembering that Libra is secretly a warrior for justice. This is the sign of the diplomat, judge and peacemaker, so not necessarily all fluff and hearts, but nonetheless a consummate charmer. Think iron first in velvet glove. After all, in the tarot, Libra is generally associated with the Queen of Swords…
The Moon in Libra is therefore a bit of a contradiction in terms. Although Venus-ruled, which is a feminine planet, Libra is actually an air sign and so masculine/diurnal by mode, and so relies on the head, rather than the heart, to make decisions. As this is antithetical to the way that the Moon likes to operate – she being more attuned to the emotional element of water – this can create more than a bit of internal tension and conflict.
The upshot: If you’re not in a happy place when the New Moon swings around, then be warned: this state of affairs could be amplified – a case of things getting worse before they better. With Venus currently retrograde, facing up to the past will be key, as will getting clear about your values. You may also be prompted to get your ducks in a row as far as finances are concerned – much depends on where Venus falls in your chart (and if you don’t know, then you can always book a reading or order a report from me).
Libra is one of the dual or bicorporeal signs, which ancient astrologers such as Ptolemy saw as synonymous with a tendency to have multiple manifestations. In today’s world, that’s a very welcome thought: options, we like options! And it’s fair to say that if a Libran has a decision to make, it usually takes a third way in order to break the deadlock between two conflicting choices – something you may want to remember if you find yourself facing a major personal dilemma in the next four weeks…
In general, then it’s possible that the New Moon could highlight Libran-ruled themes or qualities, which include:
The October New Moon takes place in the 16th degree of Libra. The Sabian Symbol for this degree is:
After the storms of winter, a boat landing stands in need of reconstruction.
After the emotional fallout of the July/August eclipses, followed by the ‘get real’ lessons of Mercury-Saturn, last month’s New Moon pushed the ‘reset’ button on things, beginning with the shot in the arm provided by the Jupiter-Pluto grand trines. While many of us are beginning to get clearer about where we want to head next, it’s fair to say that astrologically, we are not completely out of the woods yet.
And having had to seek shelter from these rather intense storms has meant that many of us now realise how important it is to have a safe haven – a refuge we know we can turn to times of trouble. The old adage of the port in a storm.
However, like the boat landing described above, this safe haven may be in need of a little TLC. So at this point in proceedings, before you set out on your next big adventure, it may be a good time to take stock of what work needs to be done in order to shore up your little nest so that it remains as cosy and safe as it ever was in case you need to return to it in the future. The important thing, though, is not to make these repairs turn into an excuse not to move forward when the time comes to hit the road again…
Lynda Hill offers us a few more ideas on how to think about this degree below:
Keywords: Temporary loss. Emotional repair. Tools to repair damage and build a new life. Having faith that the worst is over and recovery can begin. Calling in the experts. Taking time to put the pieces back together. Working to ensure the safety of the community. Insurance claims. The fragility of man’s world in the face of nature. Returning to work.
The Caution: Making excuses instead of fixing things. Feeling emotionally swamped and powerless. Being torn apart. Leaving things a mess. Feeling shot to pieces. Letting things wear down to the point of collapse. Having nowhere to dock. Arguments and violence.
Like last month’s New Moon, Pluto will loom large. However, unlike the harmonious aspects that the Virgo New Moon made to Jupiter and Pluto in September, the Sun and Moon will be making a rather harsh square to the planet of secrets, power and hidden influences this October.
What is this likely to mean? Well, probably a sort of final healing crisis or internal struggle before you finally feel able to break free from whatever has been holding you back and embrace change. Pluto is definitely no picnic, so it likely to make things worse before they get better, a bit like a boil that needs lancing, or a fever that rages before an infection is finally beaten.
I know this probably sounds a bit melodramatic, but the energy surrounding this particular New Moon is very ‘underworld’. What do I mean? Well, in addition to the involvement of Pluto, Lord of the Underworld, this New Moon will take place in the Via Combusta – the fiery road in the sky which the ancients associated with the Sun’s descent every autumn from the Tropic of Cancer to the Tropic of Capricorn, bringing the long dark days of winter to the northern hemisphere. Add to this the fact that the ruler of the Libra New Moon – Venus – is currently retrograde in Scorpio and you have a whole lot of ‘Halloween’ going on!
Plutonian energy is most associated with anything hidden or unconscious that has power over us – abuse, manipulation, deception or anything we feel ashamed about. Scorpio is associated with sex, death and taxes – the areas where most people harbour shady secrets, so it’s possible that situations involving this may arise and need clearing. So it is possible that a secret concerning a hidden association, financial deal or previous relationship may come to light now and create a few waves.
However, I suspect that, rather than external power struggles or inter-personal conflict, this will mean having to go back or inward in order to confront and release ourselves from sabotaging patterns of behaviour, or old emotional ghosts that prevent us from living in our truth and truly embracing change in our lives.
All very shamanic and definitely worthy of a journey to the lower world, if you feel you have the knowledge and experience to do it – and are familiar with your protective spirit guides. Have a look at people like Edwin Steinbrecher for inspiration – his method has helped thousands of people to get in touch with their inner guides and change their lives for the better – from the inside out. Well worth a look if you can find a copy of his book.
Whatever you do, don’t deflect, deviate or procrastinate – Pluto won’t let you off the hook that easily. So rather than create dramas in order to distract yourself from the task at hand – namely the need to make a change – try not to flinch from what needs to be done: instead keep your mind focused and your eyes on the prize. And remember: the darkness of the New Moon is always followed by the light of the waxing Moon. So whatever happens, don’t despair: there is light at the end of this tunnel.
The September 2018 Full Moon takes place soon after the equinox, marked by the Sun’s entry into Libra. For those of us in the northern hemisphere, this is likely to coincide with a time of consolidation and a need to shed anything that may weigh us down or take up too much in the way of inner resources before the lean and introverted winter months arrive. It’s time to seek more balance between me and we, between our solitary and more gregarious sides, and between self and others. Read my Full Moon forecast below to learn more …
The September Full Moon, takes place in fiery and go-getting Aries, which can be impatient for action and tends to engender a ‘me-first’ attitude. In marked contrast to last month’s Pisces Full Moon, which was all about selflessness and service, this Full Moon is all about how to reconcile the urge to put oneself and one’s needs first with the need to engage with, and relate to, others. Giving and receiving, self vs. others, cooperation versus competition – these are all themes likely to be highlighted now.
Aries is strongly associated with drive, self-preservation and self-love. It’s a cardinal, forward-focused sign that thrives on action and progress. As a Moon sign, it can lead to a warm, uncomplicated but fiery emotional disposition that is straightforward and honest but doesn’t have much time for those who are perceived as weaker or less resilient. Whilst this can act as a good counterpoint to a personality that is too nice or overly sympathetic, it can also create a selfish attitude if not kept in check.
Other qualities associated with Moon in Aries include: self-regard, healthy ego, independence, warmth, passion, emotional honesty, psychological resilience, but also insensitivity, selfishness and impatience.
September’s Full Moon takes place in the 2nd degree of Aries and Libra. The Sabian Symbol for these degrees are:
Aries 2: A comedian entertaining the group.
Libra 2: The light of the sixth race transmuted to the seventh.
So, let’s look at each of these symbols in turn.
This symbol points to the inner comic in all of us – that child-like ability to make mistakes and then laugh about them, and to be less serious in general about life. As you get older, this can be harder to do but energetically, what it does is create blocks to flow and can often stop you from seeing solutions to problems, or in simply maintaining perspective when it comes to sweating the small stuff – something we will all be familiar with after the Sun and Mercury’s recent tour through pernickety and sign of the worry-wort, Virgo.
As you will see from this month’s soli-lunar aspects (below), we have a choice at this particular Full Moon – get stuck psychologically due to a fixation with so-called ‘grown-up’ ways of thinking, or invite in what Fate brings and make lemonade from lemons. Seeing the lighter side of life – and by extension, our problems – may just be the shot in the arm we need to re-ignite our love of life and set us on a path to greater connection and support than we might otherwise feel from others, especially friends and loved ones. More on this below when we look at aspect patterns.
Other themes from the Sabian Oracle for this degree include:
Keywords: Seeing the funny side. Having insights. Always being on the ‘go’ mentally. Putting on a show for others. Having presence and charisma. Being the life of the party. Banter. Cracking up with laughter. Ragging each other. Humorous interplay. Saying what the group wants to hear. Jokes. The buffoon. Inside jokes. The jester.
The Caution: Being silly or trivial to avoid reality and gain acceptance. Feeling separate because of different views. Not seeing the light side. Being a bore with many irrelevant things said. Being flippant and insincere. Not being amused. Demanding the spotlight. Feeling responsible for how others feel. Not knowing when to stop. Not having good boundaries.
The second Sabian symbol raises an issue inherent in the New Age movement that I feel needs to be acknowledged but rarely is, and that is its essentially theosophical basis. The origin of the symbolism found in the Libra 2 Sabian image lies in a set theories concerning the Seven Root Races of Man originally put forward in the 1880’s by the founder of the Theosophical Society, Madame Helena Blavatsky, in her well-known book, ‘The Secret Doctrine’.
In the book, she claims that the history of the human race is actually a grand evolutionary scheme made up of seven ages or epochs known as ‘root races’: stages in human evolution, each dominated by a particular culture or society. She adds that some of these were mythical civilizations based on lost continents such as that of Atlantis or Lemuria. Modern society was considered to be part of what is known as the fifth era or ‘globe’ – a stage that thought would end in around the 28th century when it would be replaced by a new level of consciousness that would arise in parts of the United States and Australia…
This, in turn, would give way to the seventh and final epoch. Hence, the ‘Light of the Sixth Race Transmuted to the Seventh’. (Daniel Hindes and Olav Hammer both offer more detail about this topic if you are interested.) So the root races of man then, is where the notions underpinning our Sabian symbol come from. Marc Edmund Jones, who developed the oracle in conjunction with the medium, Elsie Wheeler, was known to be familiar with Blavatsky’s ideas, so the link seems almost certain.
Although we may not consciously follow the teachings of theosophy today, it is worth noting that the idea of planetary ascension so prevalent right now in New Age thought, actually has its roots in this particular theosophical concept. how so? Well, Blavatsky also believed that, at the end of each globe/era (or spin of the group karmic wheel) the previous soul group would ascend in spirit from the earth, to be succeeded by incoming souls from the next wave of incarnation, who in turn, would receive/inherit the wisdom and knowledge of the previous civilisation through channellings from avatars and advanced souls known as Ascended Masters – ‘Great Masters, or Adepts, who, she asserted, had perfected themselves and were directing the spiritual evolution of humanity’.
(As an aside, this was later cast into doubt by a scandal following an investigation by the SPR (Society for Psychical Research in 1884 when ‘a former employee and confidant accused her of faking the extraordinary phenomena that accompanied the reception of some messages from the Masters’. But that’s another topic altogether…)
OK, so what does this mean for the September Full Moon?
Well, this Sabian symbol is clearly associated with a time of new beginnings and the dawning of a new cycle, system or way of being – in other words, a fundamental shift in consciousness. But does this mean we should completely let go of the old? Or are there valuable lessons, wisdom and connections that we want to take with us from the past into the future? This is a very good question. After all, in Blavatsky’s model, what fosters ongoing growth is the seeding of the old into the new with a view to refining/improving on this going forward.
If we consider that astrology is all about cycles, then it seems natural to assume that growth is not always linear and that sometimes we need to return to a particular situation, feeling or state from the past in order to deal with a theme that is repeating in a present situation. Or take forward knowledge from the past to preserve for future situations or generations.
Lynda Hill suggests that:
There’s a need to be with or communicate with people who have shared visions and hopes for the future. We have a choice: the fruits of past experience can bring either light or dark to the present.
What will you choose?
The Aries Full Moon will see the Sun and Moon making two aspect formations, one positive and one negative, to the nodes and Saturn, suggesting a fork in the road psychologically/karmically for many of us. The question at the root of this crossroads seems to be: Which lifepath do you want to follow: The hard one that involves blocks in your path and suffering, or the one that involves more joy and flow?
Let’s take a look in more detail at each to see what I mean…
In general, Saturn tends to encourage us to avoid risk, pare back financially and/or remove excess baggage, rather than acquire more responsibilities or sign up to new things, so its possible that at this time, you may feel forced to cut back your spending or say no to new offers or projects. The opposition between the Sun & Moon suggest that this be motivated out of a need to achieve a better work-life balance, improve the quality of your work, or to make more time for R&R and/or loved ones. Much will depend on where these planets fall in your natal chart, but the tension between Libra and Aries at heart is about self versus others, me versus we – and how to find a balance between these two conflicting but equally important parts of our lives.
Saturn is also about getting real, and in some ways, this Full Moon may be about coming back down to earth with a bump.
In order to focus in more clearly, it’s useful to look at the exact degree in which this Ful Moon takes place – in this case 2 degrees of Libra and Aries. Taking the Sabian symbol for the 2nd degree of Aries into consideration, it’s possible that the T-square may also point to areas of resistance – blocks that are preventing you from moving forward. Have you reached some form of crossroads in your life or felt stuck for several months? Do you feel compelled to make some hard choices? if so, then this may be a sign that Saturn is prominent in your life right now and needs to be worked with.
Saturn is very serious and when afflicted, it can make it difficult for people to relax and have fun, leading to behaviour that makes us seem older than our years. It can also give us a bleaker outlook on a situation than may be necessary – Saturn can be a bit of a martyr and a sucker for punishment, stoically sticking things out when there may actually be a simpler solution. If this is the case, then you may want to consider how to lighten up or inject some humour into the way you view certain situations or people. Doing so could lead to a shift from heavier to lighter frequencies which in turn, could create movement in areas that may have seemed stuck for a long time. The key will be to balance the need for personal progress and development with consideration for others in order to make sure that, in your rush to move forward, loved ones don’t get left behind…
The nodes are currently transiting through Leo and Aquarius – the same zodiac axis we experienced during the recent eclipses, so expect themes from then to return. In esoteric terms, the nodes are about karmic lessons and energy releasing, suggesting that if you need to do some energy clearing now and get rid of long-standing behavioural patterns or belief systems inherited from your ancestral line, then this is an excellent time to do some soulwork.
There to aid the clearing process will be Mars, which is conjunct the south node in Aquarius. Mars is all about physical vitality and kinetic energy, so bodywork healing is likely to be very successful at this time, as is anything that involves physical movement such as yoga, martial arts or dancing. Mars is also about passion and anger: two energies that need to be channelled constructively if they are not to get in the way of healing or spiritual development. worth bearing in mind at this time, although one should never under-estimate the power of anger as an awakener – it is often the vanguard of the ‘bullshit detector’ and that is never a bad thing to have working in this age of ‘post-truth’ and so much misinformation.
With the north node in Leo, it may be a good idea to separate from the herd for a while and march to the beat of your own drum, if this feels more authentic. Sometimes the small voice inside us can get drowned out in the noise of the crowd and so taking some time out occasionally to hermit and reconnect with this innate wisdom of the heart is no bad thing.
The healing aspect of this cosmic configuration is emphasized by Chiron, which will be conjunct the Moon, pointing to the potential for psychological or emotional breakthroughs. Learning from your own experience and compassion arising from your own suffering are both gifts that Chiron could bring to you at this time – if you can open your heart and humble yourself enough to receive them.
The cerebral and communicative aspects of this aspect pattern are further highlighted by a conjunction between Mercury and the Sun, both in relationship-oriented Libra, which highlight communication and attitude shifts towards relating. The key will be to allow the wisdom of the heart to take precedence over that of the head – Mercury will still be ‘under the sunbeams’ and so working a little blind. Allow this temporary dimming of one’s outer sight to help still the mind and see with your inner eye, rather than allowing more powerful or charismatic types to overwhelm you, as the light of the Sun has the potential to do if you let it.
In essence then, this Full Moon is all about making choices – about what you want to let go of and what you want to carry forward with you into the last quarter of the seasonal year. A lot has happened in the last few months, so taking the time to process and sort through what has worked, and letting go of what hasn’t, is certainly no bad thing. The key will be to balance our need for freedom and self-fulfilment with our equally valid need to connect and ask for support when we need it.
May you find the answers and healing you seek.
After an eventful and dramatic summer, things shift gear. With a slew of planets moving into earth signs, and a New Moon in practical Virgo, the emphasis over the next few weeks will very much be on getting back into work or study mode. It’s time to haul out that notepad and start making some lists… However, it’s certainly not all dullness and duty – this new moon also keys into next week’s Jupiter-Pluto sextile, so expect to factor in arrangements that just may involve a dramatic new start!
September’s New Moon will take place in helpful and discerning Virgo. Although usually the most modest and least ambitious of the earth signs – the knowledgeable librarian or super efficient PA organising making very useful suggestions or keeping the wheels turning in the background – this particular New Moon may be slightly more dramatic than usual (but we’ll get into that in the Aspects section below.)
Other Virgo themes which could make an appearance between now and the next 28 days is that of:
The September New Moon takes place in the 18th degree of Virgo. Rather spookily, considering that Pluto factors into this particular moon phase, the Sabian Symbol for this degree is:
Two girls playing with a Ouija board.
This symbol brings to mind the famous Fox sisters from New York who popularised psychic mediumship with their seances in Victorian America. However, the question doesn’t seem to revolve around whether or not the girls are genuine or not, but rather o the fact that they are experimenting with the notion of entering into a dialogue with the spirit world.
More and more people such as Andreas Weber are beginning to talk about the idea of being in relationship with the world, and of life being a series of dialogues or interactions with other beings, including those that are ‘more than human’.
Without attachments, no life. From cell division to child rearing, we can understand all processes in the biosphere as processes of relationship—and we can learn from them. In these processes, two different positions must be brought into balance such that something altogether new emerges, something that both contains and completely redefines everything that preceded it. This connection of two (or more) different positions in a common cause—one that remains full of contradictions—is perhaps the most general definition of an ecosystem. It is also the precise description of a loving attachment.
This New Moon seems to be suggesting that we need to open ourselves up to a dialogue with the world – the spirit world in particular, whether through tarot, astrology or a seance, and see what messages we get back.
The key here will be discernment in order to avoid any form of deception or delusion. Virgo is very good at being choosy and not settling for anything less than precision/perfection – something that appears to be important at this time, especially given that the Sun and Moon will be coming off of an opposition to nebulous Neptune just prior to their conjunction, which can lead to confusion or disappointment.
The Sabian Oracle provides a few more pointers on how to start thinking about this particular symbol in relation to the New Moon:
Keywords: Hypnotherapy or hypnotic suggestion. Manipulation of lesser beings. Having insights that transport to other levels. Channeling and medium-ship. Translations. Prophets and bringers of messages. Empowerment. Messages erupting. Speaking. Announcing. Bearing important news. Power. Charisma. Veils. Background voices.
The Caution: Conscious manipulation and propaganda. Not owning up to all the elements of one’s personality. Denying expression. Blurting out things that hurt or alienate. Barging into others’ conversations. Leading people astray with exaggeration or lies. False impressions.
This New Moon will be making a minor grand trine in earth signs to Jupiter and Pluto – two planetary big hitters concerned with change and expansion who will be sextiling each other on Tuesday.
This points to small but significant psychological decisions, intention-setting exercises or habitual changes that, a rather like the butterfly analogy we hear about so often in relation to chaos theory, leads to a complete paradigm shift.
Jupiter and Pluto don’t do anything by halves – they very much belong to the category of planetary ‘whole hoggers’ who are very much about ‘go big, or go home’ energy. Jupiter also happens to be in the sign ruled by Pluto – Scorpio, which makes this quite an intense but also potentially profound time.
Given that the Sun and Moon are conjunct the Part of Water Journeys, this may be connected to a cruise or boat trip of some kind.
My advice would be not to worry about being too deep or too serious, especially when it comes to your beliefs. Over the coming 28 days, don’t be afraid to have the courage of your convictions or be a little earnest. If you are as precise and as scrupulously diligent as you can about doing your research, getting the details or facts right (especially because Neptune’s interference could blur the boundaries a little bit), and then using tools such as lists to carefully weighing up your options, you really stand to make an impact, particularly when it comes to psychological or spiritual matters.
Seek guidance if needs be (see the Sabian symbol) and then when you become clear, act! Things could be very different in your life when you look back in a month’s time. Why wait when there’s such potent energy around designed to help you push through obstacles to change.
After the Leo solar eclipse earlier this month, it’s time to regroup and consolidate. The Pisces Full Moon asks us to consider what we need to let go of, or sacrifice in order to move forward and realise the goals or intentions we set at the New Moon. Read my forecast below for more details…
The August Full Moon, which takes place in sensitive and ephemeral Pisces, brings with it a rather different energy to that of the previous New Moon eclipse in fiery Leo. The Moon in Pisces often calls into question the need to examine emotional and psychological boundaries because it is a very open-ended and inclusive sign.
Pisces is also strongly associated with self-sacrifice and submitting to a higher source or power. However, it can also become a little bit escapist and matyrish if not checked by any sort of limitation. It’s all very well to give up your needs or goals in order to help someone else in the expectation that they will have the good sense not to take advantage of your better nature, but all too often, this is not the case. If you have been abused or taken advantage of by somebody in the past, then why should this time be different? Consider this before being too selfless – once bitten twice shy. No need to be the fool in order to be a good person.
Other qualities associated with Moon in Pisces include: empathy, psychological sensitivity, allergies, oceanic feelings, spiritual inspiration, creativity, selflessness and compassion.
August’s Full Moon takes place in the 4th degree of Pisces. The Sabian Symbol for this degree is:
Heavy traffic on a narrow isthmus linking two seaside resorts.
Such a symbol evokes a liminal or in-between state – a condition that comes naturally to the sign of Pisces – and it’s ruler, Neptune, in particular. Notice that we are talking about the relationship between land and sea, between solid and liquid, earth and water. The heavy traffic evokes a sense of sluggishness or congestion, rather like blocked sinuses or lymph glands (my ears have been playing up recently – what about you?) One’s knee-jerk inclination is to try and to speed things up or clear things out in order to get things flowing again, which may involve redirecting certain energies, prioritising some things over others, or alternatively, allowing nature to take it’s course. Sometimes rivers or roads get silted or blocked up, which gives us time to assess whether we are headed in the right direction without wasting too much time and energy if we decide to course-correct.
Lynda Hill suggests that this degree can be associated with a feeling of being trapped, or of stagnation:
“You may feel like you are getting stuck in a pattern that continually bounces back and forth, never arriving at any final or desirable destination. This can be very tiring. It is important to realize that although being “squeezed-in” can bring on a sense of panic or discomfort, the chances are that it will not be permanent and there is probably something better and more pleasurable waiting for you once you get out of the current situation.”
However, because it occurs in such close proximity to a Venus-Pluto square, and during a Sun-Uranus-Saturn grand trine, my sense is that we are less likely to experience these sorts of effects this time around because the impetus for change and reform is too strong for people to simply settle or compromise too much.
Other keywords include:
Keywords: Going with the flow. Running back and forth. Having to move continually. Pollution and car exhaust. Rush hour and road-rage. Plans for arrivals and departures. Public holidays. Traffic jams. Traffic banking up. Having trouble making left hand turns. Detours. Packing and unpacking. Luggage. Travel itineraries. Impasses. Nervous systems. Urine therapy. Constant phone calls. Switchboard jams. Heat and smog.
The Caution: Creating barriers. Constant traffic stopping the possibility of real human interchange. Claustrophobia. Feeling like there is no escape. Exhaustion due to everyday hustle and bustle. Running out of fuel. Accidents. Taking the long way round. Blockages.
At the time of the Full Moon, the Moon will be separating from a conjunction to the fixed star, Fomalhaut. This star, which forms part of the southern fish, or Alpha Piscis Austrinus, in the constellation of Pisces, has mixed meanings. On the one hand, it is associated with the Archangel Gabriel and therefore the gifts of psychic ability and/or prophetic dreams; and on a more mundane level, with fame and good fortune, especially in relation to artistic pursuits. However, there is often a catch: gain usually follows loss, and sometimes there is a sense of having to pay a price in order to attain what we are seeking. According to Astrology King, this combination was traditionally associated with:
Secret business causing much trouble and enmity, but eventual gain after many difficulties. The separation is more benefic than the application.
If we consider that this star was very prominent during the last American Presidential Election, then it is possible that we may see further developments revelations concerning behind-the-scenes wheeling and dealing, election fraud or secret collusion between now and the start of the next lunar phase.
On a personal note, you may want to consider whether certain personal compromises or emotional sacrifices, particularly with regards to loved ones, are actually worth it, especially given the Venus-Pluto square happening on the same day. It is entirely possible that someone may be taking advantage of your better nature and that your desire to relate at any costs comes with a high price tag attached…
Change is what is called for – and with the help of communication, a strong sense of moral conviction and a little ingenuity, it is just possible that over the next two weeks, you can affect major shifts within key relationships which may not have been conceivable before now. This is especially likely as we near September’s Jupiter-Pluto sextile which around the 12th. So don’t lose heart: getting tough doesn’t necessarily have to mean losing someone close to you, but it does mean being open to the idea of change and having the courage of your convictions.
Luckily, the Full Moon will key into this weekend’s grand trine in earth signs, which is all about radical change but in an entirely pragmatic and well-thought through format. The involvement of the Virgo Sun and Saturn in Capricorn also adds an element of discernment and realism to proceedings. As a result, you and others may be in a better place to face up to the truth of a particular association and take steps to either introduce better boundaries or simply clarify any confusion that may have been exacerbated via the Moon in Pisces.
Being clear about what is and is not acceptable is another way of stating your needs/expectations, thus reducing the possibility of deception by omission, or loss due to vagueness.
The upshot then: choosing to be firm but kind, brave but sensitive could lead to very real – and positive – changes in relationships, emotional/behavioural patterns and habits over the next two weeks.
Positive changes are possible now if you can embrace qualities such as clarity, realism, determination and a strong sense of moral conviction. The key will be to avoid any form of denial, deception, trade-offs or moral weakness and instead embrace a willingness to develop core inner strength, state your needs and be clear about your boundaries. Key life structures have the potential to shift for the better now , allowing you to develop inner strength, increased self-confidence and emotional security. What are you waiting for?