Astroweather: February 17, 2018

Mars square Neptune

Ok, let’s get some things straight with this. Firstly, your energy levels could be lower than usual this morning. Don’t fight that, but instead work with it. Secondly, you’ll probably feel more doubt and inadequacy that you usually do. It’s your call whether you listen to that and the nay-sayers around you or whether you decide that you’ll feel differently tomorrow. Thirdly, accept the consequences of your actions and avoid the temptation to blame others for the decisions that led to those actions. Fourthly, the influence doesn’t last that long, leaving you to get on with the business of the day. Next?

Sun conjunct Mercury

What else? The Sun and Mercury meet up today in a conjunction that is more than your average planetary joining together. Those of you who have been reading along for a while will know that this is known as cazimi.

But for everyone else, what does it mean? What is cazimi? While it sounds as though it’s something that Harry Potter would say as he waved his wand about a bit, it’s that point when the Sun and Mercury are as close together as they can be.

When Mercury is within, say, 8° of the Sun, it’s said to be combust – and combust is not a great place to be. It’s about being so blinded by the light that you can’t see straight or think straight. If you have Mercury within 8° of the Sun natally, you might be the one who says you’re often overlooked – or not listened to – as though your opinions can’t be seen beyond the light of the Sun. Right?

Up to 17° is referred to as being under the sunbeams – but I digress.

The thing is, there’s no need to feel alone in this – given that Mercury is never more than around 28° from the Sun, the chances are relatively high that your Mercury could be less than 8° from your sun.

Cazimi, on the other hand – that point where Mercury and the Sun join in a golden glow of uber understanding and concentration – is a very, very good place for Mercury to be…however briefly. It can bring with it a blinding flash of seriously, just how smart am I?

The aspect is exact at 11.45pm or thereabouts (Sydney time), and about 12:45 pm GMT, but Mercury is said to be cazimi within around 17’ of arc. No, I’m not going to do the calculation for that, and I can see your eyes beginning to glaze over. The one thing I want you to take away from this is that in that golden period, Mercury is elevated to the pure Mercury-ness of it – yep, even when Mercury is retrograde.

Astro Weather: January 25, 2018

Moon in Taurus

Mercury conjunct Pluto

Mercury sextile Jupiter

Ok, so if Mercury is about thought and communications, and Pluto is about depth and intensity, then together this aspect is about deep thought, penetrative thought, lifting the covers on the underlying issues, getting to the buried treasure, perhaps… It’s also a fleeting transit that could, if you need that – and are so inclined – provide you with an opportunity to influence others to your way of thinking.

Given that this is happening in Capricorn, it’s bound to be practical, and given Mercury will go on to sextile Jupiter don’t stop at the small stuff – push your thoughts past what you know and look beyond the horizon to the future.

Of course, you probably won’t do anything about it just yet, but take note for when Mercury is in Aquarius and tomorrow is here already.

Something about astro weather forecasting

Why is it that some days you can’t step away from the fridge, and other days it’s really easy to treat your body like the temple that it absolutely is? Why do you jump out of bed some mornings keen to hit the gym, while on other days you have no energy and hit the snooze button repeatedly? Why can you concentrate on details some days and on others feel as though you have the attention span of a goldfish? Actually, who was it that said goldfish don’t have attention spans? Then there are those days where everyone around you seems irritable or overly emotional and people who you think should never have been granted a driver’s license are stealing your carpark.

It’s all about the Moon.

The Moon makes a complete circuit of the zodiac each month, spending around two and a half days in each sign. Each sign suits different types of activities. This is something that farmers, gardeners and fishermen have known for years – but how does it apply to modern daily life?

Regardless of your star sign, the sign that the Moon is in each day determines the prevailing emotional weather conditions – for all of us.

Just as each of us feels more comfortable in particular weather conditions, we may also feel more comfortable when the Moon is in particular signs. As a Pisces Moon, for example, I’m more comfortable when the Moon is in other water signs ie Cancer or Scorpio. Why? It’s because my natal Moon, being in a water sign, has an affinity with other water signs. I find my most challenging days are those when the Moon is in Virgo – the sign opposite to my Moon; or when the Moon is in Gemini or Sagittarius – the signs that are square to my Moon.

It can be a useful exercise to track your moods to the signs of the Moon. Are there particular signs where you find that your patience wears thin, your tolerance for bad drivers is non-existent, and you take everything – and I mean everything – personally.

What do you do with that knowledge? Stay in bed with the covers pulled over your head? Call in sick and tell your boss it’s because the Moon is out of alignment and your astrologer told you to stay home? Of course, you don’t. Instead, treat the knowledge as you would an umbrella on a rainy day. It’s not going to stop the rain from falling, but it could just protect you against getting soaked to the skin and make your day (even) a little more comfortable than it might have otherwise been.

Of course, we’re not always in control of our schedule – if you’re anything like me sometimes it will feel as if your schedule is in control of you! By planning ahead – where possible – and being aware of the astro weather for the day you can improve your ratio of good days. A rainy day, astrologically speaking, ahead? That’s ok, pack an umbrella. Is the forecast for sun? Why are you approaching the day expecting rain? A little scattered cloud? Shrug your shoulders and get on with it. The occasional storm in your forecast? Remember to count to ten…and again…before reacting.

Making the most of Lunar energy…

When the Moon is in Aries, Leo or Sagittarius, physical and creative energy levels are higher. This is perfect for exercise and sports.

When the Moon is in Taurus, Virgo or Capricorn, our attentions turn to practical concerns. This is perfect for body-work and business matters.

When the Moon is in Gemini, Libra or Aquarius, the urge to share ideas and communicate is strong. This is perfect for socialising and collaborating.

When the Moon is in Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces, emotions and moods may get the better of you. This is a great time to feel your way and trust your intuition.

When the Moon is in a Fire sign, or a Venus or Mars-ruled sign, sexual energy might be higher. Aries, Leo, Sagittarius, Taurus, Libra or Scorpio, I’m looking at you.

Book beauty treatments, spa days, and use your charm to bargain or negotiate your way to the best possible deal when the Moon is in a Venus-ruled sign ie Taurus or Libra, and schedule that hair appointment when the Moon is in Leo, Aries, Libra, Capricorn or Pisces.

Schedule your downtime or rest and relaxation while the Moon is in Pisces or Taurus, and if you’re planning a party, you can’t go past Leo, Libra, Taurus, Sagittarius, Aquarius or Gemini energy.

To get the best from family functions, aim for a time when the Moon is in Cancer, Leo, Libra, Taurus, or Capricorn. Avoid Moon in Aries, Scorpio, Sagittarius or Aquarius – unless it’s fireworks that you’re after.

Your budget needs attention? Schedule for when the Moon is in Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio or Capricorn.

Planning is best done when the Moon is in Virgo, Scorpio, Sagittarius or Capricorn, and make that appointment with your solicitor to deal with legal matters when the Moon is in Gemini, Virgo, Libra, Sagittarius or Capricorn. Of course, it won’t guarantee you victory, but at least the Moon will be on your side – and that’s something.

Make the most of your creativity when under the influence of a Gemini, Leo, Libra, Aquarius or Pisces Moon, and stick to your diet when the Moon is in Aries, Gemini, Virgo, Scorpio or Capricorn.

This post is an extract from my forthcoming ebook “Moon Magic – how to harness the power of the Moon”. Available from late January, initially, it will be available to newsletter subscribers only. If you’re a subscriber, keep an eye on your inbox in January for details of how you can download your free copy. If you’re not yet a subscriber, you can do so here.

Happy Christmas…

I’m on a short break at the moment – relaxing for a few days with family and friends.

As for Christmas Day itself? We’ll have a swim or a walk on the beach before breakfast, and a combination of roast meats, salads, and prawns for a long, lazy lunch with friends.

Then we’ll lie about and wonder why we ate so much. As you do.

So, from me to you, may I wish you and yours all the joy of the season – however it is that you celebrate it.

What’s new?

Ok, I haven’t been around here much lately – and that probably won’t be changing for a little while yet. What have I been up to instead?

  • My partition job is keeping me occupied. Given that is my main, ok, only source of income, it gets priority.
  • I have my current novel due to my editor by 31 July – and the next due by 31 August.
  • I’m working on a presentation for the Romance Writers of Australia conference in just a few weeks.
  • In addition to that I’m working on adapting the Toolbox into a series of ebooks.

I haven’t been completely missing in action from here though. You might have noticed some changes to the format of the website – and there are more still to come.

I’ve organised the top level menu on the website so you can quickly and easily find what you’re looking for – and that includes the first 24 lessons in the Toolbox series.

Go have a scout and a click around…there’s more to come – but probably not until I get through the next couple of weeks of deadlines!

Something about an announcement that’s pretty awesome – for me, anyway…

Dropping in briefly from my holiday in Vietnam (we arrived late last night) to share some news with you…

A month or so ago I received a phone call while on the bus that made me do a little happy dance…on the bus. The pitch I’d put to present at this years Romance Writers Conference had been accepted.

This was huge for two very big reasons:

  • It’s been a long held ambition for me to speak at a conference – not for the sake of hearing my own voice, but because I genuinely want to broadcast what it is that I know, to help others also learn
  • It combines my two passions: astrology and story-telling. My subject, you see, is about how you can use astrology to draft believable characters, conflicts and stories.

Anyways, I haven’t been able to tell anyone about this (although I was bursting to) until the conference program is out. But now I can – and you can read all about it here.

Aries New Moon

 

If you google it, you’ll find a heap of statistics that are out there telling us how many people break their New Year Resolutions.

You’ll find even more that want to estimate how many people fail to honour them… same thing really? Either way the number is estimated at anything between 60-88%, depending on the source you read. Even though I have this theory that 94.5% of all statistics are made up, I tend to believe that these numbers are pretty close to the mark. But Astrology, or more specifically the New Moon in Aries, is here to give you another shot at it.

Whether yours is to lose weight, quit smoking, reduce debt, cut back on other nasties or accelerate your 5 year plan with a 2 year deadline, the chances are that sitting here now in April, things have fallen off the tracks.

Just when is the right time to utter those fateful words “This year I will….” remains up for conjecture.  Should you do it before during or after the New Years Eve party? Should you say it exactly on the 1st, last or whatever stroke of midnight? Should you take your time to think about your goal (and for the after effects of the NYE party to wear off) and make your resolution for the 1st New Moon of the year- in Capricorn? Should you wait still further until Chinese New Year, or even the astrological New Year when the Sun moves into Aries at the end of March?

History, it seems, agrees that the best time to make a New Year Resolution is in the northern Spring. I read a column by a Dr Rick Miller (from a University of Nebraska Kearney online publication) who wrote that the earliest recording of New Year Resolutions was by the Babylonians 4000 years ago.

It seems, however, that the most common goal of the ancient Babylonians was not to shed 20 kgs or be nice to that girl/guy in the next partition- it was….wait for it… to return borrowed farm equipment.

There’s a lot to be said for the theory that the best time to make a New Year Resolution is actually now… well in the next couple of days with the New Moon in Aries- the 1st New Moon of the astrological year.

During the Balsamic phase we get rid of everything we no longer need, perform whatever banishing rituals we need to perform and wipe the slate clean. At the New Moon, we start the cycle again.

The New Moon energy is always one of new beginnings. And nothing says new beginnings better than an Aries New Moon.

A New Moon, especially an Aries New Moon turns the sky into a great big empty blackboard that you can write your intentions on… I love that. And there is nothing quite as new as an Aries New Moon.

The Aries energy is one of new, almost childlike enthusiasm to explore, to be the first, to start something brilliant. First things can never be repeated- that’s what makes them so great. You can’t share a first kiss twice, or go somewhere for the first time again or get on a plane for the first time twice…well, you get the idea.

First things and first times are also scary. The whole point of them is that you don’t know what to expect, what will happen, how it will work out. It requires you to take those first few steps into the dark with just your enthusiasm to guide you.

So, for those of you with next doors lawnmower, shovel, trailer or whipper snipper that you borrowed aeons ago from your best mate (and you know who you are…), make like the Babylonians and include in your First New Moon of the Astrological Year a resolution to give it back…and then grab what is on offer with both hands- without that whipper snipper in the back shed, you will have plenty of room.

DIY it?

If you’ve been reading along, you should know how to find where the New Moon is happening in your chart. If you’re new to this site (welcome), duck across and check out this post before you go any further.

The position you’re looking for is 7 Aries 37’…or thereabouts.

Now, let’s set our intentions. Think about the area of life you’re focusing on and set small achievable targets. Make sure that you do at least one thing towards this goal this month. If you’re unsure where to start, check out this post.

  • How do the concerns of this house make you feel?
  • How would you like to feel about them?
  • What positive steps can you take over the next four weeks to minimise the gap between how you feel about this are and how you’d like to feel?

*****Write it down!!!!!!!!!!******

If you don’t have any idea about your birth time, or can’t be faffed working it out, you can follow the solar guide:

  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aries, This New Moon will be in your 1st house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Taurus, This New Moon will be in your 12th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Gemini, This New Moon will be in your 11th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Cancer, This New Moon will be in your 10th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Leo, This New Moon will be in your 9th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Virgo, This New Moon will be in your 8th house.
  • If your Sun of Ascendant is in Libra This New Moon will be in your 7th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Scorpio, This New Moon will be in your 6th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Sagittarius, This New Moon will be in your 5th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Capricorn, This New Moon will be in your 4th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aquarius, This New Moon will be in your 3rd house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Pisces, This New Moon will be in your 2nd house.

Wherever this falls in your chart is where you need to channel your inner warrior. It’s where you need to find the courage to take that first step, to explore new territory. It’s where you find yourself if you’ve been lost. It’s where you need to just flipping do it. For a few ideas, check out this post on New Moon Wishing.