The Full Moon in Libra is finishing up shining its Light from a couple days ago, providing a point in time where we can be still for a moment to look at the view. We haven’t reached THE peak, but we have reached A peak. We need a breather and an awareness of where we are. This Full Moon is showing us a balance point from which to build and explore into the future.
Venus has been highlighting the area of values and it rules Libra and Taurus. Noting where and how we experience grief, harm and insult especially to our inner natures helps us become aware of how we need to implement our values in our lives. Venus points to how to define our values and activate them in our relationships, work and the world. With Jupiter retrograde in Libra in the background, growth and expansion with respect to values in relationships and how we experience harmony is encouraged.
The good news is we get to say goodbye to the judgmental, persecutory and irrational backdrop represented by the Virgo/Pisces nodal axes of the moon that society has been drowned in. Even though it is always there, its existence on the forefront of collective consciousness over the last year and a half cannot be denied. The nodes will be shifting to the Leo/Aquarius axis (phew!) on May 9th until Nov 2018 providing some air/fire relief from the water/earth elements (another phew!). A Sun conjunct Mercury in Taurus on the 19th may even give you glimpses of a New Earth.
The moon makes conjunctions to the South Node, Neptune, Venus and Chiron all in Pisces during the fourth weekend of April, providing a moment to say this goodbye to the past and to close the chapter. Perhaps we can look at our bruises and traumas one last time in an elevating way. They can become the platform from which you help yourself and others in clarity and happiness. Humanitarianism and social invention will hopefully transcend pride and exclusiveness in Leo/Aquarius.
Saturn turns retrograde for the last time in Sagittarius this week until end of Aug 2017. Next week it squares Venus retrograde and direct in Pisces throughout mid-April. To add to the reflection and reevaluation that has been set up for us, Mercury goes retrograde April 9th until the beginning of May.
Saturn is guiding us to ‘get real’ and be truthful about our external and internal realities. Questions like what is the real picture?, where are their lies and weaknesses?, have I been lying to myself or others? should be honestly answered. Also ‘what is it I want to explore and take chances on?’ before Saturn moves into Capricorn end of Dec, when ideas begin to solidify. The Saturn/Venus square inspires us to create a future with faith and groundedness, rather than fantasy and confusion. We are encouraged to work hard and stay true to our values. Indeed we may need to get clear on what exactly our values are in life.
Both Saturn and Jupiter retrogrades provide positive reflection opportunities with respect to how we can achieve balance in any area of life. It is wise to use this Saturnian reflection time until August as a period for the refinement of ideas and action plans before launching anything. Jupiter will provide opportune moments for material, emotional or psychological expansion if we look deeply and guidance on how to achieve harmoniously, with minimal discord.
And Mercury retrograde (as usual), beginning in Taurus and ending in Aries. Finances and resources are at the forefront especially since Mars is in Taurus. A supportive trine between Saturn and Mercury retrogrades end of April might teach us how to make helpful changes. Overall, the theme of refinement and invention is becoming prominent. A Uranus/Mercury conjunction at the tail end of April will keep us at it, possibly making us wonder if we’re ever going to get what we want or inspiring us to new heights. Thankfully, a new moon in Taurus on the 26th gives us a chance to make intentions and wishes around what we want our finances and resources to look like in the future.
This New moon in Aries brings the occasion to make intentions regarding what you would like to manifest in your life over the coming year that can also be made over the next two days. It’s the spring equinox and beginning of a new zodiac year, bringing a fresh start. The Moon, Sun and Venus are all actually hanging out in Aries, ready to take the leap, but with some hesitancy. Venus retrograde enters Pisces on Apr 2nd conjuncting Chiron mid April, potentially inviting us to fall back into victimhood, pain and persecution (yet again). But Venus is questioning the foundation and values we have set in place thus far. Do we value healing and empathy? Do we move from a place of determination and adventure or do we remain fearful and confused?
There is this tension between Aries and Pisces, between pioneering and blazing forward and then tripping over ourselves with stubbornness, selfishness and self-pity, building friction and getting us nowhere. Tendencies for this friction to occur exist in the near future with Chiron squaring Saturn retrograde end of April to a heavy degree and Chiron generally transiting Pisces through the spring of 2018, inviting us to transform our beliefs and thus consciousness.
The new moon emphasizes that we are always in control and no external force can ever truly trip us on our path. We become accountable by taking responsibility for every challenge and emotion we come across. What kind of changes do you envision two weeks from now during a Full Moon in Libra and Venus going direct?
What an interesting whirlwind of a few weeks we’ve had. I held off on writing about the sky because I wanted to let things settle so I could collect my thoughts. During this Venus retrograde (beginning Mar 4), I’ve finally gotten a pause although it’s very brief. The lunar and solar eclipses of February ended a cycle for good and now there’s no going back. Rocky foundations laid before then can look forward to a rocky road ahead; though, the rest of the year provides a good opportunity to plant any new seeds you would like.
Jupiter’s retrograde motion (in Libra) beginning Feb 6th blew a tailwind at us in the area of relationships and harmony. Its opposition to Uranus on Mar 2nd may have given you some flashes of insight around your approach. Jupiter’s quincunx to Chiron mid Feb may have you probing into the meaning of it all. The Jupiter/Pluto square (end of March) is what makes everything feel so heavy and makes the area of relating a serious and difficult one. However, with Pluto, one cannot expect anything less as it is the planet of total Transformation and Soul Power and requires a deep commitment to regeneration and growth.
Venus will be retrograding in Aries throughout the rest of March. Think back to a cycle that may have began eight years ago for you. Is there anything beginning and ending for you? Venus in Aries is the quintessential archetype of the Warrior Goddess. Rather than becoming confused and despondent, you can use the Power of this Goddess to regenerate your Strength and Vision. It is important to move forward with the positive qualities of the Goddess as it can be very easy to become swayed by the darker forces, so to speak, of the mind with so much power. Perhaps, Venus’ retrograde motion into Pisces beginning of April will remind us to always stay centered in Compassion and Universal Love with Power.
I can’t think of a better moment to dream a new vision for the future and to deepen any plans for healthy rebellion. If there’s any area in your life with which you have become increasingly dissatisfied, it might be time to start a revolution. You can take advantage of this next week to work on your vision but an Aquarian aroma will pervade throughout February with Mercury moving into Aquarius on Feb 7th. Mars will move into Aries tomorrow for 6 weeks and Venus will be in Aries until the beginning of June so there is a lot of supportive energy to pioneer and charge forward! But with all this heightened energy in the air, it will be important to channel any feelings of aggression, impulsiveness and impatience into healthy actions of courage, determination and optimism. Strong leadership and honesty are the keys to advancing successful plans.
Mercury is going direct this weekend (Jan 8th) and your tendency to leave your atm card in the machine will hopefully subside for some time. All planets will be direct from the 8th to Feb 6th, giving us a relatively stable and noneventful month to recoup and a sigh of relief. The stresses are still there but it’s also time to play.
Today, I’m feeling like I’m coming out of an intensely dark void of turmoil and confusion after a long time, probably fueled by Sun conjunct Pluto in Capricorn. Pluto with its intensely deep journey into places we could hardly think of get a moment of reprieve with the Sun. I can see healing and hope on the horizon and the full moon in Cancer on Thur, Jan 12th will enhance feelings of inspiration and comfort. We can actually take heart in the moment.
But although healing and hope are present, the potential for continued chaos is great. People killed by a shooting at Fort Lauderdale airport? How can we ever imagine this? This is the intense paradox presented by Sun conjunct Pluto, by life and death: heightened ecstasy and happiness alongside the worst despair and horror. I have Sun conjunct Pluto natally so I feel this paradox all the time and the dichotomy is hard to come to terms with and in fact, human consciousness cannot answer this paradox. So even though it feels like I’m seeing a light at the end of the tunnel, the tone of warning is so close by and I don’t want to be consumed with it (like I have been).
Mars conjunct Neptune in Pisces darkens this shadow, showing us the undesirable characteristics of laziness, victimhood and evil, the very opposite of the Divine and devotion of Pisces. World (and personal) events continue to unearth on deeper levels the disconnect and massive confusion prevalent in social consciousness as well as the enormous dissonance suffocating the harmony that wants to surface (Jupiter in Libra).
This month presents a stable moment in which we can unearth from our subconscious the guilt we as a collective have been conditioned to feel and which is obviously so prevalent in our minds (Virgo opposed Pisces). The cycle of torture and masochism begins with guilt and it will continue if the cycle of guilt does not end. We always look to guilt and blame in violence. Instead of asking first ‘who is guilty’ can we ask ‘who needs to be healed first’? The answer then will surely be ‘everyone.’ Then hopefully we get to a point as a collective where we say ‘shit happens, but nobody is guilty.’ Then the hate that ironically begins in Pisces can end in Pisces and the anger dissolves into Oneness.
Did this last week get you revved up a bit? I definitely got irritated a few times, but when the energy wants to come through, there’s no stopping it. This Mercury retrograde in Capricorn is testing my natal Mercury in Libra (Libra and Capricorn are square to each other). And what is Libra all about? Relationships and harmony. The question becomes: Where am I out of balance? And what are my needs in relationships and how are they not being met?
The upcoming Jupiter in Libra inconjunct to Chiron in Pisces on Dec 31st can show us where we have lacked discrimination in our relationships and we see this often through where we have gotten hurt. During this Mercury retrograde in Capricorn, we can reflect on questions such as ‘what kind of conduct would I like to see in my relationships moving forward that would be satisfying to me?’ ‘What kind of words or behaviors am I not willing to tolerate?’ When we get irritated or angry, it’s often a sign that something is out of balance and there is some inner need that is not being met. So the important questions are ‘what are my personal needs in relationships?’ and ‘How am I not meeting my own needs in relationship?’
As Jupiter continues to aspect Chiron and Neptune in the sky, the theme of Pisces continues as both Chiron and Neptune are both in Pisces (Chiron in Pisces until April 2018 and Neptune in Pisces until 2025). Personally I can’t think of a better time (and truly I feel we’ve been given a blessing in disguise) to heal our hurts. In fact, the future depends on it. Do we want to create and build from hurt and pain or do we want to create from a place of magic? We will uncover a lot of darkness since the process of finding Neptunian enlightenment is full of plunging into thick fogs of gunk and confusion. But enlightenment begins by asking ‘do we take this gunk and keep plunging into negativity and deep depression or do we learn whatever we can and live from those lessons.’
Jupiter can magnify our wounds but also how we can heal them. Mercury retrograde in Capricorn can encourage us to begin to build a solid, newer inner foundation from which to approach our relationships.