New Moon at 26 degrees 53 ‘Pisces


jeremy-ricketts-14151-unsplashMarch 17, 2018, 13:11 UT

Our vulnerabilities and the need to rise to the occasion

From synthesis to action; weaknesses that become strengths, and the awareness of alternatives. How do we help ourselves by helping others.

A new lunar cycle begins at 26 degrees and 53 minutes of Pisces, where for the next 29 days we set a new intention, that promotes a transition. We are in the final stage of a completion of a cycle, and we come to a stage of reflecting on the way we may carry the value of strengths and weaknesses in response to new challenges, and changes ahead.

The Moon in Pisces is sensitive, redeeming, unifying and lacks boundaries. The responses collectively and personally are triggered through the emotional or imaginary part of making connections between events and external stimuli. We attune to absorbing vibrations. The realm of Pisces is where we  synthesise and decompose in order to incubate a new beginning. It is the realm of ​​transcendence, merging, and catharsis. The last degrees of the zodiac (in the terms of Saturn) promote the urgent need to finish something, even abandon or surrender something we have collected to strengthen our position. Issues that were held in ambiguity will rise to the surface, and will be tested or present the need to become more specific.

A tropical year has come to an end, and every new Moon in Pisces marks an important transition. The 27th degree of Pisces is the highest exaltation of Venus, and in the new Moon chart what immediately stands out is the mutual reception by exaltation between Sun and Venus. Choices in the light of what we love, our talents, the way we receive joy in life are highlighted. Although the planets are not in aspect, they become allies to satisfy their demands. The need to focus our hearts on what we love, possess and are attached to, will dominate; possibly externalising vulnerabilities or wounds, but will also motivate desire in order to take initiatives, face challenges, and open new paths to life experience, in more specific ways.

We are at the beginning of a very dynamic and intensely active lunar month that gives a thrust to mutate all that we have collected and believe in (positive and negative) and set in motion an implementation phase that aims to put a mark, achieve or deliver. The following month will gradually give emphasis to the cardinal modality through the movement of planets and aspects formed, giving an emphasis on a collective or personal emergence towards dynamics of action or reaction.

Chiron in conjunction with the New Moon externalizes vulnerabilities that connect us with deeper knowledge or the need to return and explore more deeply how much we believe, understand or are capable of receiving and giving support. We may ask whether we are  helping ourselves by helping others, we may unlock a process of disengagement from victimization mechanisms, and gain more understanding on the values ​​and experiences that bring growth or entrapment. We will be sensitised more, become more aware of nuances, and activate significant initiatives or externalize talents. Events can also show us alternative ways of managing and taking decisions through revising past experience and knowledge we accumulated as we realize it solidifies in contact with others.

Jupiter is ruling the New Moon, and is retrograde in Scorpio, in mutual reception with Mars at 29th Sagittarius. How we promote the strengthening of beliefs and truths, but also the ethical dimension of activities and actions are dominant themes; what do we wish to show to others, how much we believe in what we are claiming. Mars is out of bounds, and will soon make his ingress into the sign of Capricorn (his exaltation). It will become stronger and more visible! How does experience become implemented, how the exploratory dimension of our actions becomes rewarding and is invested in producing work or bring results. Can we set an example for others?

Both Chiron in conjunction with the New Moon, as well as Mars out of bounds condition, seem to point to alternative action, approach, solutions or investment of energy. The need to move out of conventional territory, act and trade in progressive ways or to experience conditions and events that are beyond the boundaries of regularity may manifest with various positive or negative scenarios depending on what each person interacts with or where they are at. Mutable signs require adaptations and flexibility, and the last degree is critically noting a sense of urgency. Something must be done quickly to engage with something new. So we can expect pending situations to be tackled urgently and quickly, and what would make the difference is how we manage sensitive, pressing or challenging circumstances. How do we rise for the occasion. The transition of Sun and Mars in the following days to zodiacal positions stronger than those on the New Moon chart promises significant improvement and strengthening regarding the significations of these planets. This speaks of stronger decision  making, leadership and more efficient investment of energy, as well as  action that intents to effectively order or assume control.


The New Moon in square aspect to Mars, highlights tension and action that seeks to resolve, may manifest challenges, tendency for conflicts and quarrelling, active decision-making and initiatives. Sun’s square to Mars perfects on March 24th when both planets would have changed signs (in Aries and Capricorn respectively). This indicates a change of orientation and expression of the planets. The two planets are powerful and relatively stable in their exaltation signs, and are likely to promote change. We can expect a highly energised, demanding, and externally oriented lunar month, that may speak about reshaping, or emergence from a nebulous state to a state of initiation. It favours bold, innovative or groundbreaking initiatives and decision making. It may concern your professional identity, your ability to lead or merely strengthen your will, as well as reinforce one’s image and talents.

It is a month that can trigger provocative, violent or confrontational behaviour; nervousness, anxiety and haste. The tendency is for issues to emerge, for emotions to rise, for  impulsive reactions to awaken, and claim vital space, as well as to cut to the chase. The way we handle situations becomes critical and makes all the difference. The planetary set-up portrays a particularly energetic, emotional and demanding period that invites us to overcome, tackle, act and accept challenges, while we must give closure or settle pending issues. There is an urge to translate or use past experiences in promoting change, while measuring our strengths. There is a lack of fixed quality, and the element of Air in the chart of the New Moon. It is important to allow room for re-charging, and breathing space, in order to balance any tensions. We cannot expect things to be consistent within or around us.

The new lunar cycle will give emphasis on how we manifest our passions, feelings, impulses and our need to re-claim what we feel is lost in translation; Most of all it will give opportunity to raise our awareness on collected experience and do something about it. Mercury in Aries is in it’s shadow period, about to begin his apparent retrograde motion, and that will give an acute sharpness to the rational process with a momentum to review data, plans, ideas and thoughts to better support the decision making process. Mercury in Aries ignites a “spark” flashback that will assist in  finding out whether  we still desire this plan or that idea. It is like a re-start on the power of the mind, which ignites creativity. The motivation comes from Mars, strong in Capricorn, and will particularly help any kind of review and critical process towards implementation. Mercury and Venus in conjunctions in Aries and in a harmonious aspects to the Nodes of the Moon, give promise for a socially active period filled with impulse and warmth. The potential for returning to past agreements and communicating talents in collective endeavours is there. Existing contacts and acquaintances are encouraged to evolve.

New beginnings, changes, and the completion or closure of situations are made more visible, while clarification and deepening of understanding is mainly accomplished through internal dialogue and slower processes. (Jupiter Rx)

(If you are familiar with your natal chart, the house where you find the 27th degree of Pisces is the domain of life where a new intention takes place. This mainly involves finalising and synthesising elements that will help activate changes.)


The New Moon has a more personal feel for you:

If you are a Pisces born between March 15 – 19, Virgo born between September 17-22, Sagittarius born between December 16-20, and Gemini born between June 15-20. If you have Ascendant or personal planets at 26 (+/- 3 degrees) of mutable signs. It will also energise your chart if you have planets or personal points at 00-02 degrees of the cardinal signs.

© Eleni Kostika 2018


(In my analysis I mostly take into account the applying aspects of the planets.)

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Jupiter Stations Rx at 23 Scorpio


March 9th, 2018
Jupiter Stations Retrograde today until July 9th.
It will return to the same degree on October 7th 2018. During the Retrograde period it’s time to expand inner vision, and gain experience and wisdom from more esoteric processing. Mind travels and soul searching can be very prosperous at this time. It’s the inner truth that carries more weight, and can support growth and spiritual development. Any project or goal now needs to be re- judged and re-confirm its purpose or mission. Its time to find our guru within and ask the big questions. A time to deepen and sharpen beliefs or transform them all together. Does this goal or that goal serve our inner fulfilment or advancement? In the sign of Scorpio this process has the capacity to penetrate even deeper, uncover truths, investigate, reveal, explore inner motives, gain a perspective on matter that may have been inaccessible before.
Jupiter stations conjunct fixed star Agena in the constellation of Cantaurus, which according to V. Robson is a significator of intellectual success, legal and Church authority, and professional honor. [Robson, p.118]. It may manifest now or October 7th when Jupiter passes over the same degree in its direct motion.
It is certainly a time to tune in to the things that  motivate us on a spiritual and material level and get in touch with those hidden forces or elements that we haven’t yet been able to grasp or come to terms with. Also to realise how we may be able to share them with others. Psychic connections may be more powerful. Scorpio is a filter that offers a deep, intense, creative or healing expression to any knowledge or truth we seek. Whatever the mission it has fixity and can take one to a highly transformative and re-birthing realm of awareness.  Create space for this to happen, flourish, and return to the knowledge that was previously gathered to lay better plans that will carry a vision further and support its betterment. Share deeply with yourself and others, it may have a healing effect to your understanding. If you have planets @ 22-23 Scorpio this may be a very creative and potentially revelating time for you.
Pay attention! This is once in every 12 years 🙂
Jupiter Rx period from March 9-July 9 2018 (23-13 Scorpio)
© Eleni Kostika 2018
Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923.
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New Moon / Partial Solar Eclipse at 27 degrees and 07′ Aquarius



February 15, 2018, 21:04 UT

Foresight, change, reforms and the potential for stabilising relationships and values

An eclipse which speaks of liberation and assists in envisioning the future by bringing closure on the past. The chart of this eclipse presents a mix of positive aspects, along with some sensitive points that require attention. It generally seems to promise increased mobility, communication, and processing of information with the presence of Mercury in conjunction with the New Moon. The motivation springs from opportunities to test, structure or stabilise relationships and values. (Venus in Pisces sextile Saturn in Capricorn). Whether relationships are sustainable is a demand that needs to be clarified. The last degrees of signs signify that a territory of experience is ending or has been collected, and there is an urgency to bring closure. Since the eclipse is in conjunction with the South Node, a kind of release is even more potent either emphasising energy wasted or the need to move away from comfort zones. Mercury in Aquarius in conjunction with the New Moon stimulates the rational mind to detach, become inventive, and reform established patterns. The Promethean theme of foresight, progress and future oriented processing coordinates self will and emotion in generating intentions that will foster changes. As Mercury is applying to its superior conjunction with the Sun in the following days, a need for a kind of mental rebirth is in the making. Connections with groups and collective activities are at the forefront.

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Super Full Moon / Lunar Eclipse at 11 degrees Leo 37′



January 31, 2018 – 12:26 UT (Total duration of eclipse 5 hours and 17 ‘)

The personal element and its contribution to collective awareness. How do we perceive the way we receive validation, love and acceptance.

Love, creativity, social life, collective causes and activities, their expansion and meaning in life

We need to have fun personally and collectively, to be present, to express feelings with creativity, heroism, warmth, pride and drama, as well as receive confirmation. This theme is “highlighted” by the Full Moon on the Leo / Aquarius axis, which reflects our very own relationship with love and creation. This polarity is about what ultimately constitutes the relationship between who we are / what we want and how it is incorporated and validated in a wider whole or relates to our hopes and dreams. How we give and receive love, the nature of love and friendship (filia) are themes of this polarity. This emotional need to receive validation is intense, and becomes even more intense with the eclipse phenomenon, and as the Moon is in perigee responses will permeate the collective sphere with enthusiasm, creativity, courage, self-confidence and drama. Sun in Aquarius is the source but also the driving force of this need: What is our emotional personal position in a larger group context and how do we reflect the light by those who identify with shared values, beliefs and hopes (friends, groups of people, social environment, purposes).

We usually witness a special acceleration of events and developments during eclipse periods, and that is probably something we have collectively and personally felt since the end of December when Mars activated the current eclipse from 11 degrees of Scorpio. Something that has been brewing for a long time gives us the impetus to evolve, to become more conscious and to obtain information that was previously inaccessible. At the same time, we are experiencing the culmination of the current Lunar Cycle that began on January 17 in Capricorn, and speaks about clarifying what is essential in our lives, while we have set some goals towards implementation.

The Moon’s call from Leo is of prime importance, it has to do with being who we are. It says I need to rejoice, create, fall in love, excite, live, play, and I find it difficult to respond to what I do not like. It is a heart felt disposition, and an attention seeking one too. It dramatizes, deals with affairs of the heart, expresses the personality and enhances emotional generosity. It is a proud position, which unequivocally states its presence. In the element of fire and fixed modality, the Moon expresses the emotional child that we all have within us, and responds with warmth, creative spirit and stability cultivating an erotic mood towards life. We may not even be aware of the source or how we will get to the prime motivation of this need because of the “shadow”. This is also the very mechanism of charging and intensifying that will create the conditions for “removal” of the elements that prevent its fulfilment. Emotions and automated responses may be highly charged and volatile. Continue reading

New Moon at 26 degrees Capricorn 54′



January 17, 2018 – 02:17 UT

What really matters in life

As a new order of things emerges, we focus on values ​​and relationships that will effectively provide support, progress, quality and substance in life.

How the distillation of past experiences can become the foundation for our goals and enhance our self-esteem.

What is the value of confirmation, recognition and social acceptance in our relationships and personal goals.

How mature are we in our relationships, and how experiences and lessons of the past support us or prove limiting in this process.


A new lunar cycle begins at 26 degree Capricorn, where for the next 29 days a new intention is activated in relation to our perception of reality and the objectives and structures that support it. Capricorn is the sign that has a realistic view of things more than any other. Not only the essence of reality, but  through a keen observational capacity of what consists the world around it; it recognises “form” in all things. This ability permits an acute discernment on what one can or cannot rely on, assists in moving on, and evolving. This New Moon is particularly significant as it is in conjunction with Venus, and is the first New Moon in Capricorn after Saturn’s Ingress in this sign. Venus has to do our values, what we love, how we relate, how we evaluate, and Saturn with structures and the time we invest to build or support them. This Lunar Cycle will emphasise the theme of how we invest on what is of value. This concurrence marks a new beginning that will not only describe the next 29 days, but also highlights the importance of Saturn’s current transit in our lives; the results of which will be assessed in 2020. The last degrees of any sign are about the completion of a field of experience and expression, and here at the same time we observe the birth of an intention that coordinates us with the final phase of a process. We realize that some things have served a purpose, and now there is a distillation that predisposes for changes that either enter our lives or should be cultivated by us. Continue reading

Super Full Moon at 11 degrees Cancer 37′



2 January, 2018 – 02:23 UT

Discovering new ways of responding to the experience of life

The first full moon of 2018 is special, critical, complex, intense and revealing. It has the potential to give meaningful  releasing and awareness of how we respond to life, and operate the subconscious part of ourselves: as the Moon is in great proximity to the Earth (perigee), we reflect on the need to return to what represents our notion of emotional security on a personal or collective level. The Moon in Cancer expresses our self-protective instincts, the need to feel secure and care for our familial environment, our very own notion of “family” and its ties. It externalises the maternal archetype, the power of habit, what gives us a sense of emotional continuity, the relationship with our place of origin, what we call “home” and our very own “experiences”.

In this Full Moon, responsive mechanisms are fast, impulsive, and protective. The Sun from the sign of Capricorn speaks of self-will and choices that are motivated by realism, availability of resources and structures that support life. The Sun in Capricorn focuses on issues with seriousness and sense of responsibility. It honours ​form, and perceives symbolism, tracing the history of people and things as part of an evolutionary continuum. It centres the will in a mature and practical spirit while being motivated by a sense of duty. Any decision with the Sun in Capricorn has to do with what we see as viable, feasible, and judged by the rules and limitations of what this world is, in its most tangible, and accomplished form.  Moon in Cancer collects light from the Sun and aligns our need for security in an intuitive way, while attempting a reconciliation with practical decisions that must work within conditions and imperatives of reality. What has been recorded in our personal or collective subconscious as self-protection, nostalgic and caring behaviour, is externalised in its most dominant expression, as the Moon is in its domicile in Cancer. Continue reading

New Moon at 26 degrees Sagittarius 31′



18 December 2017, 06:30 UT

In review or while re-telling a story, we plant a seed for a new “journey”

Chasing time, we come into contact with the broader meaning of things.

What makes us feel optimistic? What gives a sense of perspective? How do we strengthen our visions?

Response to the “unfamiliar” and the gifts of life that are energised through knowledge and the philosophical attitude of our very own sense of existence.


The New Moon, at 26 degrees Sagittarius 31′ tunes our responses towards seeking truth, aiming further, feeling free and adventurous, philosophizing, nurturing  a vision, cultivating a sense of perspective and focusing on the big picture. Perhaps we can explore another viewpoint or approach to life. We focus on a new intention with enthusiasm and optimism. During this lunar cycle, we become more conscious of the way we relate with the “unfamiliar” experience of life, and this presupposes moving out of our comfort zone, on both material and spiritual levels. How open or tolerant are we to what is “different”? We are standing on a threshold. How ready are we to welcome a new dimension of experience in our lives?

The chart of the New Moon is dominated by a stellium of planets in Sagittarius (Sun, Moon, Venus, Mercury and Saturn). Sagittarius is the centaur, half-horse and half-man who holds his bow and arrow aiming high in the skies. This sign expresses the marriage of our material existence with our spiritual world, and in essence in this cycle we negotiate how our more material urges, desires and instincts are filtered through our spiritual perception and find purpose. Moon is nurturing, cultivating and responsive, Sun is self will, Venus has to do with our values ​​and unites, Mercury connects and processes, and Saturn builds and crystallizes. This energy may feel too much to express itself and we may have to go on the other side to balance it, Gemini may be the key. Communication and connecting in a more light-hearted, non-conclusive manner. The need for the “new”, the pursuit of aims,  is highly energised, and it forces us collectively and personally to cultivate experiences that will give us more freedom, truth and meaning. We need to do new things, respond in a promising way, and explore new horizons, new environments, relationships and contacts. At the same time as Saturn is in the last degree of Sagittarius (anaretic) and all the planets in Sagittarius are moving towards him, there is a dominant sense that this maybe the last effort to catch up with time: Some commitment, something from the past or even a goal that seems within reach, that has been strengthened, worked on or even hindered during  Saturn’s transit over Sagittarius over the past 2.5 years, may be in review (Mercury Rx). All these planets are in Jupiter’s natural realm, and as he is  the ruler of this lunar cycle now in Scorpio, gives all reason to reveal and magnify things  in an empowering way. In square with the Moon’s Nodes, Jupiter enlarges, expands and supports our connection with others. It may feel like a critical crossroad of evolutionary significance that inquires into making a transition, stabilising a change of orientation, exploring inner desires, and truths that lie beneath. Jupiter applies to a sextile with Pluto an aspect that will perfect in mid January, and it is as if Jupiter and his brother have some potential to join their worlds. This aspect gives opportunity to attract or connect resources either for spiritual or material purposes or both. These resources may start to become visible as the lunar month draws to a close. It is important to define motivation and ethos in this process (for more information, see Jupiter in Scorpio).

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