New Moon at 17 degrees Virgo

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September 09, 2018 – 19:01 UT

What is useful in our lives. Working on improving self and our world

Virgo is mutable earth; it is the arable land. The cultivation of a “terrain” is the focus of this lunar cycle, and whether this is conscious or not, it will become necessary to get practical and begin a prioritisation and distillation process. Virgo is the land which, with proper care and work will yield produce that is necessary and useful, and provides us with a sense of humility and purpose that satisfies the most subtle, pure and refined aspects of our self-esteem.

We are starting a new emotional cycle, where we have the opportunity to activate our response to a field of life in a renewed way, by making adjustments, corrections and improvements or merely activate the capacity to discern what serves our needs. The Moon in Virgo also highlights issues of work, health, and self-improvement. It emphasises feelings of humility, and a strong need to provide for something, to take care of things, or to perfect: a relationship, a creation, our physical condition, our skills or anything that contributes to the betterment of the world and the earth that is our prime provider. We have the opportunity to become more grounded and find some hope or assistance in the process.

Everything that was initiated in the previous cycle of August 11,  triggered by Solar Eclipse in Leo is now tested on its practical side and its usefulness within the regularity of daily life. The energy of the August Eclipse will be active for a longer period of time and within the theme of ending of a life chapter or leaving behind an aspect of ourselves, we must now separate the wheat from the chaff. Mercury the ruler of the New Moon is in its rulership and exaltation sign (Virgo). This position strengthens an analytical approach and rationalization of data, critical ability, as well as anything to do with the written or spoken word, ideas and plans which seeks a practical application of expression. It is a cycle that demands an ordering of thoughts, the ways in which we work, and it will be especially helpful in meeting obligations and duties. Problem solving as well as every information we have at our disposal comes under the microscope and our main concern will be to engage with what is functional, what serves and what does not. Virgo analyzes and refines, but can also stick to details and miss the overview. This can be externalized or internalised as worry, workaholism, perfectionism or in a more positive version as shrewdness and profound productivity that will lay the foundation for future “harvesting”. Boundaries are something to watch with mutable signs. This could also be a cycle of purging, healing and empowerment. It may be necessary to realise where we have made concessions that may have not been so healthy, and work on how we should regulate these factors to feel more effective. It also applies to health and vitality. Continue reading

Jupiter sextile Pluto

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September 12, 2018

The development and support of each vision requires research, deeper knowledge, conscious transformation of power dynamics, and negotiates issues of trustRelationships of co-dependence negotiate issues of trust and truth.  Ethics and the perception of power, revelations, financial schemes and ventures, increase of influence and power, wealth accumulation. Expansion in depth and through proximity. 

Dates the aspect perfects:

  • 1st activation: January 16, 2018 – 19 degrees Scorpio / Capricorn
  • 2nd activation: April 14, 2018, 21 degrees Scorpio / Capricorn
  • 3rd activation: Septembe 12, 2018, 18 degrees Scorpio / Capricorn

 

It is important to appreciate this aspect of the waning sextile as a final opportunity to reinforce something, that has to do with a process of empowerment,  and awareness of aims that began back in 2007, and is going to be completed in 2020. (Jupiter-Pluto synodic cycle). It could be a belief, a vision, experience or knowledge. What have we accumulated in terms of experience so far? Ethos and truth are ingredients of significance. This is a window of opportunity for strengthening a sphere of influence through people, material or spiritual avenues.

This aspect has a more personal feel for you:

If you have ASC, angular house cusps or personal planets at 18 (+/- 3) degrees Scorpio / Capricorn. Especially if you are a Scorpio Sun born November 10-13, and a Capricorn Sun born January 8-11. It may also affect you if you have planets or points at 18 degrees Cancer, Pisces, Taurus and Virgo.

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Full Μoon at 03 degrees Pisces 12′

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August 26, 2018 – 12:56 UT

The August Full Moon highlights the  Pisces / Virgo axis, which has to do with boundaries; the capacity to discern and have faith. It is the healing and service axis that deals with issues of idealism and perfection. Fact and truth, as well as learning and expansion are prominent as traditional rulers of Virgo and Pisces are Mercury and Jupiter. Virgo is a mutable Earth sign that seeks perfection, and through Mercury uses critical ability to serve, help, cultivate, improve, apply and treat imperfections in the tangible world of everyday life. Pisces is mutable Water that through Jupiter seeks to “erase” boundaries, idealize, imagine, expand, transfigure, synthesize or escape, in order to achieve some sort of transcendence or experience in connection with the whole. Pisces substitutes the perfection that Virgo seeks in the material world, with an ideal or a dream that will inspire and restore faith in the spiritual, collective and creative spheres life. Both signs work through opposing views to provide, contribute and dedicate through making connections between things. Virgo with practical analytical spirit, and Pisces through emotion, synthesis and fusion.

So, under this Moon in Pisces, we will resonate more with imagination, intuitive patterns, the energy around us, be capable of making connections, that could potentially express a  talent and get us inspired. Moon receives the light from the Sun in Virgo, so coming in contact with nature, or indulging passion in the mundane and practical matters that matter to us, can illuminate a sense of connectedness of a more transcendental nature. We may find that something we do well can resonate more with other people.

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New Moon/Partial Solar Eclipse at 18 degrees Leo 41′

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11 August 2018, 09:46 UTC

“As I see and love in the mountain and the rock the primordial forces of gravity, in the animal the mobility and the disposition of freedom, I see in man (who portrays all these things at the same time) primarily, that form and ability of expression we call “soul” and for us people does not seem to be a random ray of life within a thousand others, but defined, selected, superbly sophisticated – an ultimate goal.”

Hermann Hesse, “Concerning The Soul “, 1917,  (1)

Re-learning life. Honouring life.

The New Moon / Partial Solar Eclipse in Leo’s urges us to get in touch with our soul . What validates us, what makes us feel alive, what stimulates aliveness, what rejuvenates us. The New Moon is the seed of a new cycle of emotional intention, and with the eclipse phenomenon we are being given a more intense impetus with longer-term dynamics. In the sign of Leo self-expression, the authentic self, and connection with our center the heart is being pronounced. An urge to come close to the essential experience of what it means to feel alive. It is when we fall in love, face challenges, become creative, or play, that the capacity to take risks, to indulge wholeheartedly, that this sense of spiritedness emerges.  All this has to do with the relationship of choice and self-will. The noon Sun is the most powerful, we are in the heart of summer in the northern hemisphere, and the New Moon takes place in the most stable middle degrees of the sign. According to Homer, “thymos” is the feeling of aliveness that manifests when we take risks, when we bravely face a situation when we do something with soul. In other words “thymos” is passion. In modern greek it is used to refer to anger, yet it may be so potent to remember it’s origins and correlations to our beeingness.  Plato distinguished “thymos” as one of the three constituent parts of the psyche (thymoeides). The thymus gland is associated with the immune system which is central to our vitality. Leo and the Sun are associated with the heart. Our relationship with validation and the sense of euthemia and passion are interchangeable. The need to express our personality, our leadership capacity, to find the hero within, are emphasised too.These are the main themes that this New Lunar cycle brings to light. This eclipse creates tension and momentum to make decisions, and to recognise or become conscious of shadows, fears, our vitality level, and all  that is central to our life force. We need to get out of our comfort zones, and understand our attitude toward life. How do we respond to life, how does our psychology work in relation to vitality and anger. What is the logos of passion? Continue reading

Jupiter trine Neptune

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Assistance in harmony with our wishes

Spirituality, gifts, help from nowhere and alignment of aspirations with dreams and ideals. Harmonizing inspiration and knowledge. Spiritual trips. Integration of archetypal symbolism into teaching. Far away destinations. Generosity. A transcendental or healing experience. Finding our mentor.

The aspect is active: July 12 – September 7, 2018, 13-18 degrees Scorpio / 15-16 degrees Pisces (3 degree orb of influence)

  • Perfection: August 19, 2018, 15-16 degrees Scorpio / Pisces

An aspect that helps us to envision, to be inspired, to compose a dream. It brings revelations, greatly expands spirituality and knowledge, benefits art and creation, but also sets imagination on a higher vibration. It magnifies expectations, the expression of empathy, as well as intuition. It cultivates the metaphysical aspect of research and abstract concepts. It helps transitions, or transcendence,  healing and charity work. It favours good intentions and conscious harmonization with groups of people who deal with social welfare or spiritual activities. The spread of beliefs is easier or any publication that deals with symbolism, esoteric work and higher concepts. We can see something important spreading or magnifying which can have resonance in the collective sphere, as well as a more socially sensitive political movement developing. On another level we could be seeing speculative moves for easy profit. There is more acceptance and sensitivity with this aspect. It can help create conditions of harmony between ideology, knowledge, morality and aspirations or ideals, either collectively or personally. Exhilarating experiences on a spiritual, healing or creative level. We can envision the integration of experience and knowledge in the larger scheme of things. Lets tune in with our wishes and ideals.

This aspect has a more personal feel for you:

If you are a Scorpio or Pisces Sun born on November 7-9, and March 5-7, have an ASC, angular house cusp or personal planet at 15 (+/- 2) degrees Scorpio / Pisces. You may also be affected by this aspect if you have personal planets or angular house cusps in Cancer, or any of the Earth signs at 15 degrees.. 

Mars and Pluto rulers of Scorpio are currently Rx so what is manifesting with this aspect will eventually unfold in stages after the end of August and within the Fall. (Mars turns direct on August 27, and Pluto turns direct on October 2.)

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Jupiter Stations Direct @ 13 degrees Scorpio

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July 10th, 2018

This apparent station of Jupiter is on the fixed star Alphecca in the constellation of Corona Borealis. Corona Borealis represents the garland given by Venus to Ariadne on the occasion of her marriage to Bacchus after she had been forsaken by Theseus. [V. Robson, p.40.]

It is 2 days prior the New Moon/Solar Eclipse and Jupiter’s Station on Alphecca holds a potent message that is like a prelude to a story that will gradually unfold to do with an inner process of transformative understanding that has been taking place since March 9th, and is preceding a deeply purifying experience.

This is not a superficial year, and the planetary energies are not  promoting the preservation of things for appearances sake. This particular period with Mars Rx, Jupiter in Scorpio turning direct and the first Eclipse of the season in Cancer opposite Pluto, is an opportunity for a deep purification process, a soul and emotional detox that will lead to a very transformative renewal in an area of our lives. It is a challenge to transformation. The challenge lies with identifying or reconciling with what we need to abandon, or that we may feel abandoned in areas we had expected things. Since March 9th when Jupiter Stationed Retrograde, we went through a process of internal understanding of a vision, a truth or faith that was of a strengthening nature. This kind of journey is temporarily over and will start to gradually manifest conclusions or results. It may have felt like Zeus had an intense meeting with his brother Hades where they discovered the underlying truths and revealed what is of actual value both above and below. Hopefully we have become  a little wiser and possess a clearer view of why we seek what we seek, why we are where we are on the truths we profess and what needs to go.

As Jupiter stations on fixed star Alphecca we are reminded of the myth of Ariadne marrying Dionysus after she was abandoned by Theseus on the island of Naxos. After a great disappointment she is found by Dionysus who falls in love with her. Dionysus throws the garland that Venus had given Ariadne into the sky where Ariadne is remembered forever as a heroine. There is something to be abandoned yet not forgotten as we transcend and proceed into a cathartic new chapter of life. Jupiter on Alphecca is speaking of honour and preferment, a compensation reminder for all the potential hardships or inner stirring we have been going through.

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*[Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923].

-Painting by Titian, 1522-23, this work was based on a poem by Ovid and commissioned by Alfonso Del’ Este. You can see the garland up on the top left as the constellation of Corona Borealis

Full Moon at 06 degrees and 28′ Capricorn

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June 28, 2018 – 05:52 UT

The evaluation of our efforts and the way towards a radical purging in our lives.

Practical responses motivated by emotional or nurturing intentions of life. The need to see results, to commit, to showcase our work, , to cultivate the structure for solid long-term goals through care and the creative dimension of who we are.

The Sun represents where we give and the Moon where we receive. The Moon is illuminated by the Sun in the phase of the Full Moon. There is something that emerges from the deeper emotional or creative self that wants to take care of, give birth to, protect, connect and give others something that is tangible and has form. The notion of recognition of what we have to offer will concern us, as is the relationship between giving and receiving that is most relevant and crucial to the core of our emotional and material world. With Cardinal Earth and Water, we focus on fertility and essence that is measured through result mainly through what is visible in the world we live in, the sense of belonging, continuity and the form and structure of things. Earth and Water are the heaviest of elements, and this resonates seriousness, emphasising the need to settle down and to synthesise experience by giving it direction. As with a tree, we nurture the roots and prune its branches to see it grow. In this Full Moon we are able to discern the problems and the results of those things that prevent us to grow the way we intended to. We may also have to set limits, cut down excess, exercise some serious “pruning” in order to sharpen forms and structures. The Full Moon illuminates the need to evaluate what is of worth so that we can follow by strengthening its root system in the following cycle. It is as if we are working on setting a capstone on a collaboration, a marriage, a deal, an undertaking, an effort, a project, a goal. Can we rise to the occasion? Are we on top of things?

Cancer promotes life, emotional security, and that sense of belonging; it looks after its “root system”. It is motivated by it. As a Water sign, it is a great synthesiser of emotion and experience and transforms it into life. The Sun in Cancer motivates the Moon in Capricorn to work, to do something practical and useful, to set a goal, or to cultivate structures and tools, test things out. It is a Full Moon with seriousness and substance that crystallizes something within us with conscience and realism. The basic need emphasised by this Full Moon is to manifest results, to give something of ours that is appreciated and recognised in the tangible world. Continue reading