Gemini New Moon

Gemini New Moon 22 Gemini 44′

June 14 5.44am (AEST), 7.44am (NZ), 3.44am (WA, SE Asia), and June 13 in the US and UK…or thereabouts…

In my lunch break from the day job today I went looking for inspiration – something to write about the upcoming Gemini New Moon.

What did I write for last year’s Gemini New Moon? The answer was nothing.

The Gemini New Moon in 2016? Nope. Nothing there either. Mind you, this time two years ago I was in a whole world of stress-induced pain – but we’re not going there.

The thing is, Gemini season is one I have problems with – there seems to be too much noise, too much conversation, too many people wanting to “talk about it.” As someone with no planets in air signs, when there’s this much noise around my head feels as though it can explode – there aren’t enough compartments in my brain to keep it all in. I love catching up, but for some reason, at this time of the year, I tend to search for more quiet. As for “talking about it?” No, thank you very much.

I have to be in Sydney for work and family reasons next week and I’m dreading it – not just because I especially love my little piece of Queensland paradise in the winter, but also because I have to be social and I’m just not feeling it. Of course, I’ll be fine once I’m there and in the middle of the (overdue) catch-ups – it’s just the thought of it I’m having problems with.

Gemini is fourth house for me and at this time of the year I want to hibernate a tad – okay, possibly more than a tad. That’s not to say that I don’t pay homage to my inner Gemini at this time of the year – I absolutely do but in my way.

My journal is currently full of reminders, thought prompters, story ideas, post subjects, tv shows that I’ve been recommended, books I should read, music I need to find time to listen to. I’m playing podcasts while I’m tapping away in the day job and every one of them is giving me another snippet of curiosity to follow. There is so much information around, and something interesting around every corner. And I’m following it all – without leaving my space…how very Gemini in the 4thhouse of me.

We all have Gemini somewhere in our chart and that’s the part of life that at this New Moon is calling for you to follow your curiosity. It’s also about looking at that part of your chart and asking yourself how you can do it better or differently.

This isn’t just about your message or communication, but the effectiveness of that. You might be listening, but is it just words you’re listening to? What about non-verbal communication – are you listening to that too? The spaces in the words, the gaps in the conversation, the silences – are you listening to that? While I’m on the subject when was the last time you turned everything off? Stood in the line for the bus without looking at your phone? Took in a scene – no, really took it in – without taking a photo for Instagram and moving on? Yeah, me neither.

Try it and see (no pun intended) what you’re missing.

Communication is about more than you being heard – it’s also about giving others a fair hearing, about understanding that others learn and comprehend in a different way to you, that you might need to adjust your method of communication and the words you use in order to properly understand what others are trying to say. It’s about asking the questions you need to ask and admitting that (heaven forbid) you might not actually know it all and there is more to learn from people that you might have closed yourself off from.

This New Moon, the Gemini New Moon, will bring a new approach, new information, and possibly a new perspective to an existing situation that has been, well, going around in circles or blocking you from seeing what you need to see. Your challenge is to perceive that.

It’s a bit like taking a selfie and having a good hard look at yourself and the message you’re sending yourself.

You might want to ask yourself questions like:

  • How can you nurture your ideas and dreams?
  • Are you being heard?
  • What is it you’re not seeing or understanding?
  • Are you actively listening to and learning from others?
  • What is it that’s blocking your ability to express yourself right now?
 What are you prepared to do about it?
  • Do you have a chip on your shoulder that you’re projecting outwards?
  • What ideas, perceptions or viewpoints are you resisting that need to be explored?
  • Are there new skills or concepts that you can study? What’s stopping you?
  • Is there a part of you that believes that you’re not smart enough? What fears are driving this? What small steps can you take now to begin to overcome this?

The answers to these questions won’t be gained from noise – especially not from the white noise that invades our heads. This sort of understanding comes from stillness and listening, really listening to the absence of noise, to what your heart is telling you.

Give it a try, and make your wishes and intentions. Write them down. What are you waiting for?

Doing it for yourself…

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 22 Gemini 44’…or thereabouts.

Now, let’s set our intentions. Think about the area of life you’re focusing on and set small achievable targets that will inspire you. 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 below. Of course, if you do know where Gemini is in your chart, you won’t need this:

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

Remember…

Often times absolutely nothing will happen…or seem to happen…even if you are receiving a direct contact. When it comes to the moon, the effects are usually quite subtle.

If you haven’t been doing so, why not try journaling your lunar journey – you’ll be surprised how, in hindsight, more has been going on than you might have thought.

 

 

 

Pisces New Moon

New Moon  26 Pisces 53′, 18 March 2018 12.11am (Brisbane)

 

“One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

As I do each month at the New Moon I revisit my journal from the previous year. This time last year a dream was about to come true – one that had been born out of the chaos of the previous year – including the previous year’s eclipse.

I wrote how that family of eclipses had been associated with separations and endings, but from that pain came new situations with positive outcomes. Last year’s post is here.

The eclipse didn’t make any of what happened happen, but it created an environment within which we could choose to make the decisions and take the actions that we took – none of which were easy. It was real, scary, painful, and ultimately supremely positive.

If you follow my Instagram, you’d have gathered that I love my new life. It’s not perfect – nor would you ever expect it to be – but aside from missing friends and family, I pinch myself daily. At times, even twelve months on, it really does feel as though we’re living in a dream.

For the past few years, it’s felt very much as though chaos has been pushing me forward. We made the decisions we did because we saw an opportunity to not only protect the lifestyle and assets we’d worked so hard for but also to improve the quality of it. With just one income coming in we literally couldn’t have afforded to continue living in Sydney without going backwards. Through the hardship of that reality, a dream was born.

Per aspera ad astra – through difficulties (hardship) you will get to the stars.

 

That’s no longer how it is. We still only have the one income, but our life is much simpler – and the quality of it is exponentially higher.

My creativity now is coming from a completely different place. It’s coming from a more spiritual, more emotional place. It’s coming less from the chaos of experience, and more from my imagination and a place of pure fantasy. I’m seeing the possibility of story everywhere.

At times though, it still feels as though I’m on holiday – or should be – even though I’m spending the same number of hours as I did back in Sydney in my day job. I’m finding though, that I have to work harder to create the boundaries in order to find meaning, definition and direction for my creative work – my dreams.

That’s one of the great contradictions with Pisces – we find it difficult to operate within boundaries so seek to escape them in order to recognise the possibility of our dreams, yet without those same boundaries, everything within us is a swirling mass of disorder.

My friend Clementine Atkins described it well in a post a couple of years ago:

Within its boundless state, we have chaos, panic, fear.  Nothing is clear or precise – all is just a merging of images, dreams, ideals, memories, experiences, yearnings.  It is from this swirling mass that Pisces needs to find meaning, definition and direction.  It was also from a swirling mass of everything and nothing that the big bang was meant to have happened and we had the beginning of a new universe.

Without boundaries, I’m finding myself more fearful, and more anxious. I’m standing still and I’m putting on weight. I’m writing, but I’m not actively marketing, actively networking, actively doing anything to sell more books. In a way I’m scared that the dream I’m chasing to be a full-time author won’t come true – and then what? By not doing the things that I know I need to do in order to create success, I don’t need to discover if I can be successful. It probably makes no sense to you, but to me it does.

Weirdly I was more courageous when everything was unsafe and unsettled. I’m inspired, but I’m not inspired. I suspect that in order to make sense of all that I need to go further into myself – and this New Moon is the right time for that.

The Pisces New Moon is spiritual, creative and immensely emotive. It’s the point where the other world meets the real world – where that which is hidden becomes exposed.

It’s that point where boundaries are beautifully blurred between what you know and what you know.

If you have a creative project you have been delaying on, or making excuses for, now is the time to listen to what you know in your heart, what you know intuitively. Leave the head stuff for later – much later.

With this much energy, there is no ignoring the fact that one part of your life requires a dream, is asking for inspiration, needs to, well, trust.

I was listening to an episode of Desert Island Discs (a BBC podcast) the other day with George Michael. In it, he said (something like) as much as he’d subconsciously tried to sabotage himself he never doubted his talent. That it was something that would get him to where he needed to be – no matter what was going on inside and around him. His MC was in Pisces.

Wherever Pisces is in your chart is where this blurring will be in your life. It’s also where you need to trust yourself. Escape from your every day into it, take sanctuary in it, go with it. Let your imagination roam free. Float into the beyond. Follow your dream – even if it means coming face to face with your biggest fears in the process.

Doing it for yourself…

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 26 Pisces 53’…or thereabouts. This is wher you need both inspiration and trust.

Now, let’s set our intentions. Think about the area of life you’re focusing on and set small achievable targets that will inspire you. 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!!!!!!!!!!******

Make like Pisces and surrender to the dream – even if it does seem impossible. What can you do over the next 28 days to change this situation? Are there any quick wins to be had? Pay extra attention to your nightly dreams, and if you need to, find some quiet space to meditate.

For me?

This New Moon and eclipse falls conjunct my Moon and therefore hooks into the grand water trine in my chart.

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 below. Of course, if you do know where Pisces is in your chart, you won’t need this:

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

Remember…

Often times absolutely nothing will happen…or seem to happen…even if you are receiving a direct contact. When it comes to the moon, the effects are usually quite subtle.

If you haven’t been doing so, why not try journaling your lunar journey- you’ll be surprised how, in hindsight, more has been going on than you might have thought.

Aquarius New Moon and Solar Eclipse

New Moon 27 Aquarius 08′ Solar Eclipse

8.06am 16 February, 2018 (Sydney AEDT), 9.06pm 15 February 2018 (GMT)

There are a few aspects to talk about in the days leading up to this New Moon, so I’m scheduling this post a few days earlier than I normally would. When you set your intentions though, take those aspects – the ones I’ll be telling you about in the next couple of days – into consideration.

Given that it’s the 2nd New Moon after the solstice, the Aquarius New Moon also coincides with Chinese New year.

I don’t know a lot about Chinese astrology, but I do know that this is the year of the Dog. I just googled my Sheep/Goat horoscope to see what the Year of the Dog had in store for me (don’t ask me for the site, I seriously was just googling around) and apparently I need to be wary of accidents when scuba diving and mountain climbing. Seriously though, it seems there are some surprises and successes, and I need to make health my top priority and watch also for shoulder injuries (just when I’m getting back into swimming).

Anyways, I’ll clean the house this afternoon and wash my hair – part of the whole new year thing is to go into the new year with a clean slate and clean hair. Washing your hair in the first couple of days of the new year can apparently wash your prosperity away. I’ll also roll oranges…or is it mandarins?…over my threshold…just to be sure.

A new Chinese lunar year means a new moon for us all – and that new moon is in Aquarius…so what perfect time to think about your connections.

We’ve been here on the Sunshine Coast for almost a year now and I can say that the only thing I miss about my life in Sydney is friends and family. Working from home I haven’t had a lot of opportunities to meet new people – not yet. I may never have met some of the people I actively “talk” to every day on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram (mostly Instagram – I’m rarely to be found on Facebook these days), but there are a number of people in social media and the blogging community who are part of my sprawling connection network. They’re in my life in some way for some reason. We’ve all connected for a reason.

Everyone that we connect with teaches us something about ourselves, and – good or bad – is there any better gift? Perhaps the greatest challenge we have is to grow into our own skin…to become who we need to be…who we are meant to be.

Sure we have issues with fear, and desire, and hunger and power, but at the end of the day, the only person whose opinion of us really matters to us is our own.

Most of the time we don’t think too much about this. Why would we? Every so often though, something rings our bell. An issue with authority, someone threatening our independence, someone forcing us into the category they believe we should be in, a cause we passionately want to band together with others to pursue.

Yes, what I’m talking about here is the Uranian story. It tends to come up each time transiting Uranus triggers something in your chart, or each time Uranus itself is triggered.

To an extent, it’s also being triggered now – at the Aquarius New Moon.

Wherever 27 Aquarius 08’ (or thereabouts) is in your chart is where issues of independence, individuality, attitude to authority, conformity and connectivity are being raised. It’s also where you now have an opportunity to set intentions to tweak these issues.

The thing about New Moons is that it’s dark – you don’t know what’s around the corner. You have to take the first steps into the dark without knowing what’s around the corner.

The other thing about New Moons is, very often nothing happens to you, it happens within you. You’re the one who needs to set the intention and see what happens.

This New Moon happens to also be a solar eclipse – reinforcing the Uranian themes of this New Moon. (If you want to know more about eclipses, I posted something a few weeks ago.)

To be really technical, this one is from the same series of eclipses (Saros Series 1 South) that last came around in January and February 2000, and before that in January 1982.

To quote from Bernadette Brady’s The Eagle and the Lark:

‘This family of eclipses is concerned with ideas and their enthusiastic expression. If this eclipse affects your chart, you will be flooded with ideas or options. There may seem to be an element of haste, but if you can go with the new ideas, they will have positive outcomes.

Doing it for yourself…

As you probably know by now, this site isn’t about telling you what will happen, but rather giving you the tools to attempt to identify the themes for yourself. That’s the DIY part of the tagline. 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 27 Aquarius 08, or thereabouts. This is the area of life that you’re being asked to look at your connections, your individuality, your future.

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!!!!!!!!!!******

This is the 12th house for me, so I’m focusing on how I relax, unwind – and the fact that I rarely do either – and those habits that continually bring me undone. The 12th is a house whether things tend to be done subconsciously and, as Aquarius is a fixed sign, the habits are, shall we say, well ingrained.

Make like Aquarius and think future, think authentic and think outside the box. What can you do over the next 28 days to change this situation? Are there any quick wins to be had? Be a little progressive and left-field when you’re setting intentions.

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 Aquarius, this New Moon falls in your1st house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Pisces this New Moon falls in your12th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aries, this New Moon falls in your11th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Taurus, this New Moon falls in your10th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Gemini, this New Moon falls in your9th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Cancer this New Moon falls in your8th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Leo this New Moon falls in your7th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Virgo, this New Moon falls in your6th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Libra, this New Moon falls in your5th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Scorpio, this New Moon falls in your4th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Sagittarius, this New Moon falls in your3rd house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Capricorn, this New Moon falls in your2nd house.

If you haven’t been doing so, why not try journaling your lunar journey- you’ll be surprised how, in hindsight, more has been going on than you might have thought.

Gong xi fa cai- happiness and prosperity…

 

 

Leo Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse

Full Moon 11 Leo 37’ Lunar Eclipse

12.28am 1 February 2018 (Sydney AEDT), 11.28pm 31 January, 2018 (Brisbane), 1,28pm 31 January 2018 (GMT)

Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will…

Living a creative life is freaking scary.

What you’re expressing is your soul, your inner life, something that you nurture and grow within you, before taking the risk to send it out into the world.

What if no one gets it, likes it, reads it, buys it, appreciates it?

That’s the thing about creativity, about art. At some point, you have to trust that you’ve done enough and let it leave home. You have to stand proudly in front of it and pretend that you’re full of confidence when in fact you’re anything but.

Why am I talking about this?

Because in a couple of days we have a Full Moon (and lunar eclipse), and it’s in Leo…and Leo is associated with the 5th house, with creativity, self-expression. It’s also about ego, glory and recognition. When we go public, when we release our “babies” into the world, we’re risking all of these things.

The thing is none of this can exist in isolation. Ambitions for personal glory must be balanced against the responsibilities we have to society. What can we give back? What should we give back? At what point do we draw the line between what we give and what we receive?

Wherever 11 Leo and 11 Aquarius lies in your chart are where you need to look at the balance between these two areas of life.

As with all things, this is easier said than done. Both Aquarius and Leo are fixed signs. The ego is fixed and ideas are fixed. The balance point is somewhere in between – in a place of self-love and acceptance, perhaps.

As I mentioned above, Leo is aligned with the 5th house: with play, creativity, self-expression and the inner child. In this whirl of modern living, it is that inner child which is forgotten – if indeed he/she ever really existed. It is that inner child that’s drowned out by all the authority figures telling us what it is that we should be doing, what we should be wearing, who we should be seeing etc.

Think about this honestly: when was the last time that you let yourself have fun – simply because you really wanted to? Guilt-free, fuss-free, judgement free, responsibility-free fun?

What about this one too – when was the last time you picked up your hobby – and by hobby, I mean something that allows you to creatively express yourself. We all have a 5th house, and we all have something that is creative if we could only give ourselves permission to indulge in it.

So, this Full Moon, I’d like you to do two things for me:

  • Confront a fear- look it square in the eyes, shine a torch on it and laugh at it.
  • Do something creative or fun. Anything. If you’re writing, don’t edit yourself. If you’re painting, let the colours happen. If you’re designing, see what shapes emerge.

This Full Moon happens to also be a lunar eclipse – so will probably feel more intense with possibly some unexpected outcomes. And by intense and unexpected, please don’t necessarily read ‘bad’. (If you want to know more about eclipses, I posted something last week.)

To be really technical, this one is from the same series of eclipses (Saros Series 1 South) that last came around in January and February 2000, and before that in January 1982.

To quote from Bernadette Brady’s The Eagle and the Lark:

‘This family of eclipses is concerned with ideas and their enthusiastic expression. If this eclipse affects your chart, you will be flooded with ideas or options. There may seem to be an element of haste, but if you can go with the new ideas, they will have positive outcomes.

There you go.

Doing it for yourself

Want to know what this means for you? Read the DIY Full Moon post available here. If you don’t know your chart, have no birth time, or can’t be bothered working it out, you can follow this solar guide below.

If you do know where 11 Leo/ Aquarius is in your chart, you won’t need this.

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

Eclipses – the DIY Guide

Eclipse season is almost with us again:

31/1/18 Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse 11 Leo 37’ (This will be in the early hours of the morning 1/2/18 AEDT and NZ)

16/2/18 New Moon/Solar Eclipse 27 Aquarius 07’ (AEDT, it will be 15/2/18 if you’re in the Northern hemisphere)

Solar eclipses occur at a New Moon. During a solar eclipse, the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, blocking out the Sun for just a few short, dramatic moments. During a solar eclipse, you may feel like something is about to happen…and maybe it will.

Lunar eclipses occur at a Full Moon. The Moon passes behind the Earth and into its shadow. During a lunar eclipse, it could feel as though there’s something- an awareness maybe – taking place inside you that could be portentous.

The thing with eclipses is that often that the things that happen to, around or within you could have the ability to change the course of your life – although you may not recognise it as such at the time.

Regular readers will know that I tend to be a tad ambivalent around eclipses.

When I was first learning astrology, I saw eclipses as these mysterious and explosive events that could blow my personal universe off its self-important axis. That was until the first time I had a direct hit – well, close to it… that I was aware of, anyway.

It was March 2007 and the solar eclipse was at 28 Pisces – just 1 degree from my Moon. What happened? Nothing, not really.

Later that year the lunar eclipse fell just 1 degree shy of my Mercury, and another solar eclipse missed my descendant by, yes, you guessed it, 1 degree.

Since then, I’ve had eclipses very closely aspect key planets and chart points- mainly MC, ASC and DC – yet…nothing.

Looking back, plenty happened – plenty was happening – I just didn’t know it at the time. These were years when important issues were faced or changes occurred. Hindsight is a truly wonderful thing.

The thing is, eclipses are not necessarily something to be scared of. They can be invigorating, they can be momentous, they can be electrifying and unpredictable – a little like Uranus in nature, a little like Pluto in nature.

How do you interpret an eclipse?

In short, the eclipse takes on the theme of the planet being aspected and creates a crisis of sorts – and when I say crisis, please don’t think about this literally. Think about keywords associated with those planets to determine the nature of the “crisis”.

For example, eclipses in aspect to Venus will have something to do with relationship and values or your relationship to what you value or even how you are valued in the relationship. Eclipses in aspect to the Moon will be about your defences and emotional security – the whole breakdown and breakthrough theory. You know the thing – your walls come down in some way so that you can get closer to another. When the eclipse aspects Jupiter, the theme is one of faith and growth – where you need to grow and need to dream and need to take risks in order to do so. Likewise, any eclipse aspecting the Sun will raise issues of ego and self-expression.

The houses receiving the eclipse will give you an understanding of the area of life being affected, and the type of aspect can give an indication of the speed of “ease” with which the impact occurs – and when I say “ease”, I don’t mean “nice”, I mean, instead, speed or relative speed.

It’s also good to remember that eclipses are often not about immediate action, but something that does spark within a period of time after the eclipse occurs. Check out April Elliot Kent’s Big Sky Astrology for some really cool information around timing eclipses.

Finally, the more total the eclipse, the stronger the effects.

What could happen?

What will happen? Good news or bad? Not so easy to predict – in fact damn near impossible. Eclipses are wild cards, the jokers in the pack, and most astrologers have eclipse war stories. As Bernadette Brady writes in The Eagle and the Lark, “armed with (this) information, astrologers then delineate the effect of the eclipse as some type of random, possibly, but not necessarily stressful, event occurring in a particular area of the client’s life.”

Sometimes the stress seems like extraordinary busyness, sometimes chaos comes out of the blue, sometimes it’s good news from nowhere, and sometimes it seems like a whole lot of not much at all.

Sometimes the effects are subtle – sometimes they’re explosive. The eclipse that occurred a couple of days before my birthday in 2016 fell on my ASC, next to my Sun and opposite Pluto. I spent my birthday in bed with a massive dose of salmonella – talk about a Pluto purge. Plenty of other stuff happened – like really happened – and continued to happen. In one short month, every single previously stable structure in my life was rattled. Every. Single. One. I’m talking health, relationships, work, home, faith, friends, money.  It was a CRISIS in capital letters. I won’t bore you with the details, but in hindsight, it was all quite textbook in the way the transits built, were sparked, and continued to unfold. There were some big transits behind this including Pluto, Uranus and Saturn that were triggered into action. It really was the perfect storm, and because of that perfect storm, opportunities opened up that previously weren’t there. It was the events that began at that set of eclipses that resulted in us selling up and moving 1000kms north to the Sunshine Coast of Queensland.

2016 was a seriously crappy year, but because of that for the first time in I have no idea how long, I can say that I feel that we’re where we need to be. If the crises that occurred didn’t occur, we wouldn’t be here now – and that would be a tragedy.

Saros Series

Eclipses run in cycles or family groups, called Saros Cycles. Each Saros Cycle has a beginning, an end and a middle- and can last for over a thousand years. Each cycle will repeat every 18 or so years- as will the themes associated with that cycle.

The series of eclipses (Saros Series 18South- SS18 South) that so knocked me around in March is associated with endings and partings. Indeed, each of the active years in this cycle of eclipses has been associated with partings for me – although the angst and pain of that separation have, as Bernadette Brady writes in The Eagle and the Lark been tempered by exciting new opportunities opening up. And open up they have – and will, I assume, continue to do so. At each eclipse, I’ll let you know what Saros Series is being triggered.

What’s next?

You can look at each eclipse as it comes up as a new or full moon (albeit one on steroids) in isolation. To begin to understand them, though, you need to look at the pattern, the upcoming cycle, the ones that have gone before and even the ones that occurred before you were born. And that’s where Big Sky Astrology’s report comes in. The Moonshadow report is personalised to you, and will talk about the aspects being made by eclipses this year and next, the eclipses that have been and the planets that are being aspected – and what it all means for you…as well as some other bits and pieces about eclipses.

If you’re interested, click on the link in the sidebar* on the website. I purchase one every two years and refer to them each eclipse season and again at the start of the year when I’m mapping my transits

More information, please…

Bernadette Brady’s book The Eagle and the Lark is a brilliant resource. It’s where I go to for information on each Saros Series. It’s the only place I’ve found that lists each and the meanings. If you know of other resources, please share!

If you’re really technically minded, you could also find this link interesting…

This article, originally posted in The Mountain Astrologer, is also worth a read.

*In the interests of full disclosure, I get a small cut from sales of the report stemming from this website…

Capricorn New Moon

Capricorn New Moon

26 Capricorn 54’

17/1/18 1.17pm (Sydney time AEDT)

Capricorn New Moons are always about goals. I tend to think there’s a bit of a coincidence that they appear at the time of the year that you’re setting new goals and intentions…conspiracy theory anyone? (She asks, waggling her eyebrows in a rather creepy way).

Capricorn New Moons are also always about patience and hope. Yes, you read that right too. After all, what is a goal other than a hope or a dream with a little structure and reality worked into it? A hope or a dream that you’re prepared to wait for, to work for?

Capricorn is also about resources- your personal ones and those that are at your disposal. Think about your energy levels and how and where you are employing them and how you might be depleting them. Where have you been so focused on achieving and measuring up that you’ve forgotten how to relax?

If you’re the type who is into intentions rather than goals, avoid stating what you don’t want, or what you want to lose – at this time of the year, the Universe is especially busy multi-tasking and doesn’t have time to sit around waiting to hear all the little words. It’s a little like when I say to my dog:

‘Hi Kali, after I finish editing this chapter, if the weather holds, we’ll go for a walk.’

She hears:

‘Blah Kali, blah blah blah blah walk.’

Using this logic, ‘I want to lose 20 kgs,’ could be construed as ‘blah 20 kgs.’

I took my time this year coming up with my word of the year, my writing goals, and my resolutions. Last year felt like there was a lot of hard work for very little (financial) reward. I suppose that’s to be expected from a Saturn year. This year I’m hoping to capitalise on that work – the fields that have already been ploughed and planted…so to speak.

Doing it for yourself…

You should, if you’ve been reading along, know how to find where the New Moon is happening in your chart. If you’re new to this site, duck across and check out this post before you go any further. Now, let’s set our intentions. Think about the area of life you’re focusing on and set small achievable targets. The types of targets you can check in on each month when the Moon is in Capricorn. The types of targets that you can look back on this time next year and pat yourself on the back for. 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 Capricorn, this New Moon falls in your 1st house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aquarius, this New Moon falls in your 12th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Pisces, this New Moon falls in your 11th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aries, this New Moon falls in your 10th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Taurus, this New Moon falls in your 9th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Gemini, this New Moon falls in your 8th house.
  • If your Sun of Ascendant is in Cancer, this New Moon falls in your 7th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Leo, this New Moon falls in your 6th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Virgo, this New Moon falls in your 5th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Libra, this New Moon falls in your 4th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Scorpio, this New Moon falls in your 3rd house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Sagittarius, this New Moon falls in your 2nd house.

Remember…

If you haven’t been doing so, why not try journaling your lunar journey- you’ll be surprised how, in hindsight, more has been going on than you might have thought.

Cancer Full Moon

I’ve just got back from a summer mini-break. We’ve had friends over from New Zealand for Christmas and took them for a 3-night stay to Fraser Island. A world heritage site, it’s the largest sand island in the world and it’s just a few hours and a barge ride north of us. I’ll be blogging something about it on my personal site over the next few days, but if you’re ever in this part of the world, it’s absolutely a worthwhile trip to make.

For the first time in I have no idea how long I didn’t take my laptop with me. As a result, it was 3 whole days without access to emails, without me grabbing 10 minutes here or there or sitting up in bed to get work done. Instead, I spent the whole time lying by (or in) the pool or relaxing with a book. In fact, it was longer than that – I haven’t picked up my laptop to work on it since Christmas Eve. That’s a tad unheard of for me.

It was a few days of self-care that were probably important and needed – it was also a few days of complete self-indulgence that I didn’t need. The time-out was necessary for my sanity and to clear the clutter in my brain to plan the year ahead, but the over-indulgence did me no good at all – except perhaps in the guilt department.

That’s the thing about self-care and self-nurturing, it doesn’t necessarily follow that it’s the right thing for you – or that it’s good for you. Sometimes true self-care is doing that thing that you know you have to do, but soooo don’t want to. It’s the tough love thing, the “boring” practical stuff that you won’t see the benefit of until you really need it. True self-care is about adulting. Have a read of this article to see what I’m talking about.

That’s also the thing about Cancer – while it’s about mothering or parenting and nurturing, very often we mistake that with doing what feels good. Parenting and nurturing – whether it’s yourself or your business, your child, your relationship, your hobby, whatever – is very often about making the hard decisions and saying no…for your own good.

At the Cancer Full Moon, that’s the sort of questions you’ll be asking yourself. Sure, the most obvious manifestation of this is in regards to work-life balance – after all, Capricorn is associated with work, career and public life, while Cancer is very much aligned with home, family and private life. So yes, those themes are absolutely there at this full Moon. More than that though is the balance between “self-care” and true self-care.

It’s back to work for me from tomorrow. I was tempted to take just one more day on the basis that I really need to set up my business for the year and document my goals yadda yadda yadda. I know, though, that instead of that I’d spend the day faffing about on the pool lounge again, reading another book, and indulging myself in the name of “self-care” when I know that the adult thing to do is to go back to work to earn some money so I can continue to do what it is that I want to do.  The whole idea of a break is that it’s meant to be just that – a break, not real life. Tough love.

Oh, one last thing about the Cancer Full Moon – this one is a Super Moon, so relatively close to the Earth. Here on the coast, that means also higher than normal high tides. It might mean much the same for us emotionally.

If you do have one of “those” moments at this Full Moon, once the storm has settled and the colours and light are somehow clearer, step back and ponder what’s really going on for you…it mightn’t be what you’ve just had your outburst/fight/emotional downpour over.

Doing it for yourself…

Ok, by now you should know the drill – here at Jo Tracey Astrology, we’re about giving you the tools to do it yourself. If, however, you’re new to this site, check out this post.

I’ve popped a solar guide below to keep things simple, but if you know where 11 Cancer 38’ falls in your chart, check that out.

This is 5th and 11th house stuff for me. The decisions I’m making at the moment are around how I can balance my love of creating with attaining my long-term goals. My focus in 2018 is turning my creativity into something that produces real income – and gets me closer to where I want to be. This year is about turning my creativity into my business. I’ll tell you more about that when I post about my goals.

As for what you can expect? By now you should also know what the general themes of each house are about, but if not- or if you’re new to this site (and welcome- it’s lovely to see you here)- you can always check out this post.

Under a Full Moon the house where the Sun currently is – your Capricorn house – will be where your ego is most interested, and the house where the Moon is – your Cancer house – will be what your heart is concerned about. It’s these parts of life where balance or adjustment may be required, however, bear in mind that if the ego will usually try to have dominance – where the Moon is shining is where you should focus.

Have a look at where this Full Moon falls in your chart, and then look at the opposite house. Eg if the Moon falls in your 6th house, check out your routines. Are they still healthy? Are your habits (6th house) bringing you undone (12th house)? Do you need some time away or alone time (12th house) to replenish your reserves? What about the opposite eg if the Full Moon is in your 12th house and you’re sabotaging yourself, it’s a sign to look at your 6th house routines and do the tough love thing. Get it?

Check out the chart for this Full Moon. It’s a beautiful kite pattern with a grand trine between the Moon, Neptune, and Mars/Jupiter. A watery grand trine is always going to be about an easy flow of emotional sensitivity and inspiration, so listen to your deeper instincts, and go with your gut. With Pluto, the Sun, Venus and Saturn sitting at the point of the kite, there’ll be plenty of pressure to overlook what you’re feeling at a soul level and take the practical and data-driven view, but to listen just to that side would be to miss a very vital part of what is going on right now.

Finally, Uranus stations direct today at 24 Aries 34’. If you have planets or chart points at 24 Aries, Libra, Capricorn or Cancer, you’d probably already know this. Here’s a link to a post I wrote a few years ago, but essentially, now is the time to revisit any urges for radical change that have been bubbling away beneath the surface. And by revisit, I don’t necessarily mean act…not yet. Just keep this in mind as you ponder on where you need to be balancing or rebalancing.

  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Cancer, this Full Moon falls in your 1st house- look also to the 7th house for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Leo, this Full Moon falls in your 12th house- look also to the 6th house for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Virgo, this Full Moon falls in your 11th house- look also to the 5th house for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Libra, this Full Moon falls in your 10th house- look also to the 4th house for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Scorpio, this Full Moon falls in your 9th house- look also to the 3rd house for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Sagittarius, this Full Moon falls in your 8th house- look also to the 2nd house for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Capricorn, this Full Moon falls in your 7th house- look also to the 1st house for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aquarius, this Full Moon falls in your 6th house- look also to the 12th house for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Pisces, this Full Moon falls in your 5th house- look also to the 11th house for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aries, this Full Moon falls in your 4th house- look also to the 10th house for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Taurus, this Full Moon falls in your 3rd house- look also to the 9th house for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Gemini, this Full Moon falls in your 2nd house- look also to the 8th house for balance.

 

Sagittarius New Moon

Regular readers might know that I’m a bit of a pop music tragic. I use songs and lyrics to explain certain feelings or situations. In fact, up until a couple of years ago, all my blog post titles for lunations and planets in signs used to be just that – song lyrics. If I was still doing that, This New Moon, the Sagittarius New Moon would be titled “The Whole Of The Moon” because that song by The Waterboys is exactly what this New Moon feels like.

I spoke about wings
- You just flew


I wondered, I guessed and I tried – You just knew


I sighed -
And you swooned


I saw the crescent
-You saw the whole of the moon

The New Moon in Sagittarius is about hope, spontaneity, optimism, faith and adventure. Wherever it falls in your chart is where you need an injection of these things. For that reason, this is one of my favourite New Moons of the year. It’s the opportunists New Moon. It’s not so much glass half full or half empty, it’s, ‘wow that half was great and now there’s room for more, so fill me up!’

Sagittarius is the Seeker, the Optimist, the Gypsy, the Student of Life and the Preacher of Faith. It follows that wherever Sagittarius falls in your chart is where you are being asked to seek out people and experiences to help you expand beyond your comfort zone on this great adventure we call Life. It’s where you actively look for the horizon, focus on the future and the possibility of possibility, and ask the bigger questions.

Every so often we need to re-discover this part of ourselves – the part that will take a little (measured) risk, the part that wants to be excited by what’s next, the part that wants your heart to race (even just a little) at what you have just (or soon will) experienced.

The New Moon is your reminder to do just that. It can be like a recharge on your faith and excitement switch so if life is feeling a tad so-so, you have the opportunity to do something about it. Notice I said you have the opportunity to something about it? Yep, as with all new starts, passivity simply won’t cut it.

It doesn’t need to be difficult – it could be as simple as trying a new cuisine next time you eat out or, pick up a book on a different subject.

The other thing with the New Moon in Sagittarius is that you might be less afraid to look up and out, to take that leap of faith. Maybe you feel you have outgrown your present situation? Maybe it’s time to take the reins into your hands and gallop off into the sunset? Maybe it’s time to be honest with yourself and those around you? Maybe it’s time to reach for the Moon? Take a magic carpet ride? Dream big? There is no limit to the possibilities.

Doing it for yourself…

As you probably know by now, this site isn’t about telling you what will happen, but rather giving you the tools to attempt to identify the themes for yourself. That’s the DIY part of the tagline. 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 26 Sagittarius 31’, or thereabouts. This is the area of life that you’re being asked to expand, learn and grow through experience. It’s where you have the opportunity to push some personal boundaries.

This is the 10th house for me and is square my Moon. I’ve been spending a lot of time lately thinking about “self-care” and what I want to do – professionally – that will make my heart sing. It’s those things I’ll be setting intentions around this month. I’ll be writing them down with the Sagittarian spark of freedom and soaring dreams in mind. The sky is not the limit and boundaries are there to be leapt over.

The Moon is natally in my 1st house and rules my 5th, so as always my New moon story will have an outcome in the 5th In order to be true to my Moon, the goals I’ll set for my career will have 5th house creativity in mind.

As for you? Find where 26 Sagittarius is in your chart.

  • 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?

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. Because we’re talking about Sagittarius, think about the big picture and pretend there are no fences in the way. You can plan the steps out next month when Capricorn hosts the New Moon.

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

Sagittarius New Moon 18 December 2017 at around 4.30pm Eastern Daylight Saving Time. That will make it about:

  • 3.30 pm in Queensland,
  • 6.30pm in New Zealand,
  • 1.30pm in Western Australia and much of South East Asia,
  • 5.30am in London and
  • 12.30am in New York
  • 9.30pm on the 17th in Los Angeles