Gemini Full Moon

Full Moon 0 Gemini 52′, 23 November, 2018 4.40pm (AEDST)

I’m greeting this Full Moon with a heavy heart as a very close friend has passed away in the last couple of days.

We’ll be travelling interstate to attend the funeral so there are travel bookings that need to be made, work absences to be arranged, and a couple of social engagements to be cancelled. It’s all the minutia of first world life that is insignificant when compared to the massive upheaval that my friend’s family faces as they adapt to their new normal without her.

In a way though, it’s reminded me that that is what the Gemini Full Moon is all about – not life and death, but rather the difference between the detail and the big picture…for want of a better term.

You see, there’s chatter all around us – white noise as I like to call it. It’s the business of our everyday lives, the commutes and small trips we make as part of our usual routine, the meetings and dates that fill up our calendars.

Then there’s what we see when we step back and really look. It’s like those mind-bending pictures that make their way onto Facebook or Instagram every so often – the picture that you don’t see in the maze. Only this past week the socials have gone into meltdown over the 8 that has been sitting in the 8 of diamonds card forever and a day. Now that I’ve seen it, I can’t unsee it.

When the Moon is in Gemini our curiosity is stimulated. There are conversations to be had, ideas to be followed, questions to be asked. Sometimes, though, the chatter is overwhelming and fills your brain in a way that it doesn’t need to be filled. Sometimes you ask questions for the sake of it. Sometimes you over-analyse the data and see links and patterns that aren’t really there – an optical illusion – or that don’t mean anything very much at all.

These everyday connections – this background noise – represent safety and comfort. It’s what we know, what we’re used to. Even as we tell ourselves that we’re following our curiosity or learning a new piece of information we’re doing so from a place that we know and are comfortable in.

Yet, in the routine noise of every day there are times when you don’t see what you really need to see, hear what you need to hear, ask the questions you need the answers to, or have the conversations that you need to have.

At the Gemini Full Moon, the Sun is in Sagittarius – and Sagittarius isn’t interested in the detail. And at this Full Moon – for the first time since 2007 – the ruler of Sagittarius, Jupiter, is not only at home in Sagittarius, but also conjunct the Sun.

Jupiter and Sagittarius want us to learn through experience – away from the everyday and beyond your current boundaries.

Jupiter and Sagittarius want us to stand back, look at the horizon and think something like, ‘seriously, how hard could it be?’

Jupiter and Sagittarius want us to have faith that we can get to that horizon and beyond.

Also active at this Full Moon is a square from Mars. Mars in Pisces is idealistic, inspired, empathetic and intuitive. He is, however, more emotionally vulnerable that Mars tends to be – something that is challenged when squaring Jupiter.

‘But it will be ok,’ says Jupiter. ‘Off you go – down the mountain, one ski, no poles. What a ride!’ Okay, maybe he doesn’t quite say that, but you get the idea…you should also get the idea of what sort of fear could be holding you back at this Full Moon.

Not that you call it fear. You might call it something else. You might say that you don’t have all the information you need to move forward. You might say that you’re waiting for more data or for questions to be answered. You might use this as an excuse.

The thing is, sometimes you’ve already asked everything you need to ask, answered the questions that needed to be answered, and analysed the data that needed to be analysed. The only thing to be gained from asking more, answering more and analysing more is, well, nothing. Sometimes you already know what you need to know and all that you need right now is to trust in that knowledge – and trust the future.

Of course, though, you’re the only person who can truly answer that.

On the other hand, maybe you’ve not been asking enough questions, listening through the white noise to the snippets hidden beneath. You see, quite often we think we know it all. You’ve been there, done that, bought the t-shirt and think that you know it all – and are happy to tell anyone else who’ll listen that you know it all.

Sometimes we’re so stuck on our vision or perception of what the big picture looks like that we make the mistake of not looking for or seeing the detail of what’s really there. Again, only you can honestly answer that.

Wherever this Full Moon falls in your chart is where you need to ask the questions, to listen beyond the white noise. It’s also where you need to know when to stop questioning and when to trust your instincts and flipping do it already.

While it’s important at all Full Moons to sit and reflect, it’s possibly more important at this one.

Why? Because Mercury is retrograde and messages received and communicated during Mercury retrogrades tend to be distorted or misunderstood.

On the other hand, it’s also an amazing opportunity to listen beyond what is said and go within to hear what your heart already knows and wants to tell you. And the only way you can do that is to pull back, sit quietly and reflect.

If you’re into meditating do that, if you’re into sitting and watching the ocean do that, if you’re into grabbing ten deep breaths in between meetings do that. But whatever it is that you do, do it totally and without distraction. And then listen.

Doing it for yourself

Ok, by now you should know the drill, but if not, check out this post.

I’ve popped a solar guide below to keep things simple, but if you know where 0 Gemini 52’ falls in your chart, check that out.

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.

As for me?

This Full Moon is an exact sextile to my 2nd house Saturn and is lighting my 4th house. I’m in the process of getting the house ready for Christmas. I have a big picture vision in mind of how I want things to look and be, and am now dealing with the detail. There’s some family stuff in Sydney and Canberra too that needs my attention at present. All 4th house concerns.

There’s money going out that needs to be pulled back somewhat (Saturn in the 2nd) and an eye kept on it as income isn’t keeping up with the spending at the moment.

With a trine from Jupiter/Sun at this Full Moon to natal Saturn, I should be able to balance my longer-term goals while dealing with the business of the everyday. With the Moon shining it’s light there, it’s all quite clear – I just need to take care of the practicalities and do the work to make it happen.

Over to you…

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

Sunday 18 November, 2018 – the week ahead

As I write this I’m in a hotel bar in Brisbane, a city about an hour south of where I live, and the capital of our state, Queensland. I’m catching up on some blogging work and sipping on a wine in celebration of the fact that my new novel is now live on Amazon. Yes, Happy Ever After is out now…and no, it has absolutely nothing to do with astrology, but if you are interested, you can get it here.

Ok, what else is happening? By the time this post goes out, I should have also updated my week in review – you’ll find it here.

The week in pictures

As for the skies?

The highlight of this week is a Full Moon on 23/11/18 at 0 Gemini 52′. Jupiter is in the mix for this and still full of exuberance at being home in Sagittarius. Anyways, I’ll pop something up closer to the time.

What else?

Mars squares of against Jupiter on Tuesday. Jupiter is a tad like one of the dogs we see down at the beach who tear up and down chasing balls with unflagging enthusiasm. ‘A walk? My absolute favourite thing in the world. A ball? My absolute favourite thing in the world.’

Everything is bright, new and full of possibility.

Mars, though, is in Pisces and a tad damp around the toes. he’s more interested in feeling his way. (Did anyone else start singing ‘You’re the one that I want’ from Grease then – or was it just me?)

In any case, there is energy to be used – but used wisely and safely. Although this would normally be a good time for leaping into something new, Mercury is retrograde, so bear that in mind and adjust accordingly. Take care not to let frustration lead you into needless conflict and if in doubt, either move through it productively via exercise or creatively.

The Sun moves into Sagittarius on Thursday. We all have Sagittarius somewhere in our chart. It’s this part of life where we’re encouraged to seek and grow through new experiences, where the good stuff really does lie beyond our comfort zone. It’s also where we need to have faith and believe that we can jump those fences and gallop off to the next one…and then jump that one too.

Finally, Neptune turns direct on November 25. I wrote this about Neptune direct a few years ago – and actually still quite like the analogy:

“Neptune’s effect is subtle, barely there- on the surface, anyway. Anyone who has been or is going through a Neptune transit knows that the impact can be huge. A little like how that cupcake looks like it could only have a teeny amount of calories in it- something that beautiful couldn’t possibly cause that much of a movement on the scales, could it?

Most of us have a dream, a vision of the future, an idea of how things could be. The very nature of that dream is often idealistic and couched in terms of if only. That’s ok- that’s what dreams are made of…

In fact, a recipe for a decent dream might look something like:

Take a pinch of illusion, a touch of delusion, a smidgeon of glamour, a dollop of idealism and mix it together with a good whack of fairy dust. Spoon into cupcake tins and bake for as long as it takes.

Sometimes we take our dreams out and turn them into goals.

Sometimes we forget to turn the oven on.

Often we just continue to, well, dream.

Over the last five months, Neptune has been retrograde – our dreams have been directed inwards, happily baking away.

But now the buzzer is going.

Will you be opening the oven door, and bringing your dreams out? Icing them, decorating them and consuming them? Or will you be leaving them to bake a little longer…”

On that note, have a great week!

Monday 12 November, 2018

My week in photos

Confession time.

I was supposed to write this yesterday afternoon and schedule for publishing first thing this morning, but I spent yesterday morning with the delightful ladies in the astrology group I belong to up here (when I can get there, that is) and when I got home it was straight out for a lunch date and then I had to do some bits and pieces for the novel that’s being published next Sunday and then I wrote my wrap-up post for the week and then I had to get my word count done for the new novel.

In between that I went to the beach for a little bit and spent some time researching the vertex – which was what we’d spoken about at astro group and which I realised that I’d forgotten most of what I’d previously learnt. Incidentally, if anyone is interested, let me know and I’ll pop a post up about it.

what I did instead of writing this post

So, in a nutshell, this post didn’t get written yesterday. If, however, you’re interested in what I do when I’m supposed to be writing astro posts, my wrap-up of last week is here.

As for the week ahead? Yeah…it’s looking interesting…

The first aspect of note is a stimulating Mars sextile to Uranus on Thursday. This is notable mainly because it’s the last aspect that Mars makes before he gets his feet wet in Pisces.

All sextiles represent opportunities and in the case of Mars and Uranus, it’s about future or forward-thinking. Uranus is in Aries and more than a tad impatient to get things moving and Mars is in Aquarius with a head full of ideas as to how to make it happen.

The best use of this energy is to make little tweaks, experiment a bit here and there. Maybe try something brand new.

By Friday morning Mars will have moved into Pisces. If you have this placement, know someone who has or know a Piscean man that you can’t quite get a handle on, check out this post from a few years ago.

 

For the rest of us, whatever part of your chart that’s ruled by Pisces is about to get an energy reboot. I know that I’m going to regret writing this next line – because it is the ultimate earworm – but look at what this house represents for you and try a little kindness.

Venus will be direct by Friday evening, but still getting used to moving forward – a little like me when I’ve been sitting still for a long time #gettingolder. Don’t rush out to buy that over-priced item/ get that tattoo/ radically change your look/ blow your credit card just yet, hey?

Just when you thought the retrograde season was over, Mercury turns retrograde on Saturday. The Mercury Retrograde Survival Guide is here.

Given that Mercury in Sagittarius is not known for either its tactfulness or listening skills this could be an interesting retrograde. Take the time to stop for long enough to check facts, details, listen to what’s being said or determine whether a message has been received in the way it was intended.

Have a great week…

 

Jupiter in Scorpio – A Retrospective

I’ve been like a bear with a sore head for the last day or so. You know the mood – spoiling for an argument, feeling tired in my bones, overwhelmed, unable to focus. I’ve felt as though there’s too much my brain is trying to manage so now it’s leaking words, ideas, and whatever else.

Sure, there’s a lot on – but there always is, that’s no excuse. The difference at the moment is that I’m feeling frustrated with myself. As if there are ideas and opportunities out there that I want to rush and grab but have neither the means, the time nor the preparation to do that.

I recall feeling a little like this last year when Jupiter changed signs too – that time from Libra to Scorpio. I couldn’t wait for the energy to change – for it all to get started.

Before I do – get started that is – there’s time for a self-indulgent recap of what Jupiter in Scorpio meant for me.

Last year I wrote this:

Jupiter is about expansion and learning through experience. Jupiter is also associated with abundance, travel, publication, broadcasting, teaching, higher learning and vocational learning, spirituality, gurus…I could go on.

Scorpio is about intensity, hunger, and those deep emotional almost soulful connections. When a planet is in Scorpio there’s no hiding and things can’t be taken at surface value. When a planet is in Scorpio things that relate to that part of life have a habit of being exposed.

If we put this together, we’re looking at experience, but on a deeper level.

Scorpio can also be about fear and holding onto something that needs to be let go of. For this reason, some of us may find the Jupiter in Scorpio transit a tad harder than it was in Libra. It could also mean that unless you’re prepared to face that which you’re afraid of more of you might end this transit without having taken advantage of the opportunities Jupiter has to offer.

When Jupiter was in Scorpio he was in my 9thhouse – travel, experience, publishing, spirituality, higher education. So, how did it pan out?

It’s been a busy 12 months and one in which I published…nothing. I did, however, write 2 novels – one will be out next week, and the other I’m editing at the moment – I also have another ready for publishing in January.

I had intended to package up and tidy up my astro content and put it into ebooks and online courses. I listed out which books needed to be written, their structure and content. And then I did nothing. A million and one very good excuses got in the way.

Ultimately though, it was fear that held me back – fear that no one would pay the small amount that I’d be charging, fear that what I write won’t be what people want to read, fear that my work won’t be worth anything. It’s a sort of fear that I don’t experience with my fiction – even though there is a teeny little bit of me in every character and even though not enough people pay for that either.

With my fiction I’m telling a story – that’s where the value is – with non-fiction, though, I have this feeling that I need to devalue my work in order for there to be a perceived value to someone else. I never said there was any sense or logic in it.

To be honest, I’m still not sure why I’m so afraid of publishing astrology – a subject for another time, perhaps. The fear was so real though that I even pulled back from writing anything astrology related – hence my regular absences from this blog.

As for travel, I did plenty of that. It was real Scorpio 9th house travel too – slowly, getting under the covers, really experiencing. The highlight was 3 memorable weeks driving around a few selected regions in France – eating, exploring, practising my (very bad) French, learning.

New Year was spent in Fraser Island – a world heritage sand island not too far from us – and a place I’d always wanted to experience. There were weekends in Melbourne, the usual work and family trips back to Sydney, a 3000km road trip from Queensland down into the NSW Snowy Mountains, and a mini break exploring another region in South East Queensland while staying under canvas – glamping not camping, and another first-time experience.

I contemplated taking a formal course in…something…before realising that I had enough unfinished projects on the go without impulsively jumping into something else that I probably wouldn’t complete. Probably a wise decision.

The main point of 9th house transits isn’t just to study, travel, publish a heap of books or explore your spirituality. What transits through this part of the chart are really about is learning at what Stephen Arroyo refers to at an “identity level”. More specifically, gaining self-awareness through experience, space and widened horizons.

I might not have achieved everything I would have wanted to achieve over the last 12 months.  But through both what I have done – in particular through the places I’ve visited and the things I’ve done for the first time – and what fear held me back from doing I have certainly learnt and understood more about myself along the way.

One last point – I mentioned hunger before… As anyone on a diet knows, cravings can be strong – and can, if not managed, lead to binges before you know it. Your hunger doesn’t necessarily need to be for food, but through fear, that’s exactly how you might end up trying to assuage it. After all, Jupiter wants to expand you in some way – just take care that it’s not your physical body being expanded.

Okay, so I haven’t actually put on weight this year, but I have, in true Scorpio fashion, held onto what I already had – quite tightly, as a matter of fact. I’ve learnt about myself through that too – both about why I’m reluctant to let go of the extra kilos (fear again) and why I turn to food. I’ve come to realise that I’m not so much a comfort eater, but a boundary eater. I look to food when my boundaries feel too tight, when I feel as though I have no freedom or am being held back or in danger of missing out or, more importantly – when I’m too scared to extend past my boundaries.

Naturally, though, knowing and understanding something and actually doing anything about it are 2 very different things. Transits through the 10th house are, however, more about action than learning – and that’s what the next 12 months will be about…

How was Jupiter in Scorpio for you? Did you learn anything? Experience anything new? How have you grown in the last 12 months?

I’ve updated the Jupiter page for the ingress into Sagittarius. We’ll talk more about what this might mean next time.

All at once I wake up…

I hadn’t long been asleep last night when something woke me with a start. It was one of those wakes that you have out of the deepest of sleep when you’re seriously tired. One of those ones where you don’t know what woke you and where you are. Then a text vibrated through on my Fitbit – which I wear to bed so I can prove just how badly I sleep…and yes, I know it makes no sense either…and I realised that what had woken me was a call doing the same thing – even though my phone was on silent and the Fitbit doesn’t vibrate when it detects that I’m asleep. Enough with the hows and whys of the Fitbit and its vibrations.

The call wasn’t important – a mate drunk pocket dialling me – and the text was to say that my friend had hung up rather than left a message, so it wasn’t important either. What was important was that for a reason I still can’t fathom, I reached for my phone and checked Astro Gold.

Now, you’d think that being an astrologer that this was something I do all the time, but the sad fact is that since I haven’t been posting here, I rarely even look at what’s going on in the sky. I haven’t been ignoring it completely, it’s been more of oh, the night sky is light and this morning’s tide was high, there must be a full moon on the way…or prawns are a good price at the moment, there must have been a new moon…that sort of thing.

It isn’t that I’m disillusioned with it all, rather that I just haven’t been inspired to write or think about it. I’ve been writing and thinking about so many other things – as an aside, my next novel Happy Ever After is due out next week. I’ve timed the release for when:

  • The Sun is conjunct my natal Neptune and trine natal Jupiter
  • Saturn is sextile natal Mercury
  • Pluto is square natal Venus (to the degree), trine itself and sextile my Sun
  • Mars and the Moon are in Pisces and
  • Jupiter is in Sagittarius

That, however, is by the by – although if you’re interested, pre-orders are available here.

I have, however, just started writing novel no. 7 (at the same time as I prepare to publish no. 5, edit no. 6 and hold down a day job) and the star of that particular show is Alice Delaney. What does that have to do with anything? Alice is an astrologer and very briefly appeared in my first novel Baby, It’s You.

It’s In The Stars is, however, the novel I’ve wanted to write at least since 2007 – perhaps longer. This is the novel that has been in my head since before I began studying astrology and long before I became an author of happy endings. It’s been in my head since Jupiter was last in Sagittarius.

Which brings me to the point of this rather rambling post. When I looked at Astro Gold at around 11 pm last night – that’s midnight everywhere else on the East Coast of Australia, Queensland not having daylight saving on account of the cows getting confused – I noticed that Jupiter was at 0 Sagittarius 00’.

When I looked at the time on my missed drunk pocket call and text alert it was, wait for it, the exact time that Jupiter moved into Sagittarius – around 10.39 pm my time.

Now, if that wasn’t a sign, I don’t know what is.

I was so inspired I vowed to start writing astro again – and finally get serious about pushing it out into the world. If that isn’t Jupiter in Sagittarius in the 10thhouse I don’t know what is. And yes, the repetition is deliberate.

Now, Jupiter has only just unpacked his bags and, as we all do when we come home after a long absence, will have things he wants to catch up on, drinks to have with mates and the like. That means I have a bit of time before I tell you what this could possibly mean for you.

Here’s a spoiler alert though – Jupiter is the third of the big hitters to return to home territory. Neptune is well and truly comfortable in Pisces, Saturn is doing what he does best in Capricorn, and now Jupiter is back where he belongs in Sagittarius.

For now, some homework. Look at the part of life that Sagittarius rules for you. If you’re unsure of this, or can’t be bothered working it out, you can follow the solar guide below:

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

Back with what this all means over the weekend.

Top 10 Astrology Blogs

Ok, this came through the other week, but I’ve been totally flat-chat with the day job and being away on a massive road trip without wi-fi that this has been the first opportunity to really pause and tell you about it. Although if you follow me on Facebook you’d already know because I did pop something up there when it happened.

Anyways, I’m in the Top 10 Australian Astrology Blogs and I’m stoked, so thanks Feedspot for putting this list together.

Check out the link in the sidebar for the other great blogs on the list.

Pisces Full Moon

Pisces Full Moon 3 Pisces 12′

I’ve been feeling really sick of myself of late. Actually, I have been sick, but that’s another story. Before you worry – you were worried, weren’t you? – it’s just a head cold, but I’ve been so miserable with it that it very well could have been as serious as man flu. Anyways, I’m on the mend.

It doesn’t however, take away from my message – I’ve been feeling really sick of myself lately. I’ll tell you a little bit about why next time – now is about the Full Moon.

Because I don’t want to mess with what works and because the message is still pertinent, the below is what I wrote last year – with a few alterations. It’s about the rips in the surf. I think you probably call them riptides in the US? Whatever it is that you call them, you’ll know what I’m talking about – it’s when you stray too far outside the flags and get caught in an ocean current that wants to pull you further and further away from the shore.

Two years ago I was going with the rips towards our sea-change. Last year it was about floating with the current as things settled into place. This year it’s more about being caught in the current and being dragged away from what I want – making it harder to get back on course. Mostly though, it’s about accepting what’s not quite right or not quite ready and seeing which way the water flows. It’s about being kind (to myself), accepting of flaws (my own) and letting things find their own course – the way the water does.

You see, the thing with water is that it will fill whatever shape container you put it in – and it will find it’s own way through and out. No judgment, no criticism.

And the thing about rips is that If you get caught in one your instinct is to swim as hard as you can back to safety. The problem being, the ocean is stronger than you are and all you do is exhaust yourself and get nowhere.

To save from drowning in a rip they tell you to swim with it but parallel to the shore – the theory being that currents tend to be relatively narrow and you should pop out of it (fingers crossed). Alternatively, float or tread water to save energy. It’s the panic that takes you down.

The point is, this is a very Pisces Full Moon realisation – the struggle between panicking at the chaos and finding a point to float through is real indeed. Sure, there are times when you need to force and fight your way through – swim against the current. There are also times when it’s best to flip onto your back and look at the pretty shapes the clouds are making – metaphorically speaking, of course. This is one of the latter.

Sometimes when we get too stuck into the details we lose sight of the possibility. Or, to take it one step further, if we get hung up on the how we lose our “why”.

Like the time hubby wanted to buy a hedge trimmer at the local hardware emporium even though we didn’t have a hedge. ‘But it’s not about the hedge,’ he’d said.

And it wasn’t – it was about the possibility of the hedge. That’s what’s so great about those massive hardware stores – the possibility of the creation. Back then I suggested that maybe the tag-line for Bunnings should be something like “Building Australian dreams – one project at a time”. (Marketing departments: I’m ok if you want to use that…)

This one line is exactly what the Pisces Full Moon is about.

Building dreams – one piece at a time.

The Pisces Full Moon is where fantasy meets reality, where dreams become projects, where imagination is broken down. It’s about escapism and routine; empathy and practicality; chaos and order; disregard for detail, and attention to the finest of details.

Dreams are good, but to turn them into something that even approximates reality, you need a good dose of practicality – and that’s where Virgo comes in. Likewise, you can sometimes lose focus on the possibility if you’re stuck in the detail – and that’s where Pisces comes in.

The Virgo Sun reminds us that there is a long list of tasks that need to be completed, but under the Pisces Full Moon, we ask whether those tasks need to be completed now, or if they can wait. Doing faff all certainly reduces your anxiety and stress levels, but at the end of the day, you’ve achieved faff all. I could go on. The point about balance is that you have to keep adjusting or repositioning in order to achieve it. Pisces needs Virgo and Virgo needs Pisces.

Wherever Pisces and Virgo fall in your chart is where you’re looking at your balancing act now. I’d like for you to ask yourself these questions:

  • What are your dreams- especially in relation to that part of life? Can you learn anything from Virgo to help break down the tasks into something more manageable that could help you achieve those dreams?
  • Are you feeling chaotic and drowning under the stress of the everyday or the pursuit of perfection? Is there something you can learn from Pisces?
  • Is it possible to critically examine your to-do list and write “not now” beside anything?
  • Are you sabotaging your efforts by trying to do too much yourself? Or, are you sabotaging your efforts by doing too little and refusing to accept the consequences of your behaviour?
  • What about your why? Have you lost that in the detail of the how?

If, after doing this, it all seems too hard and you feel as though you’re going under, and don’t know where to start, why not try an old project management trick. Take your list (if you don’t have one, write one) and beside each task write: yes, no or not now….or today, tomorrow, later. Be honest – and not too hard on yourself. Then, take some time out – it doesn’t need to be long – to metaphorically float and look at the clouds.

This Full Moon forms a rather lovely earth trine and grand kite. I’m a tad partial to this aspect pattern – I have one in my natal chart – although mine is a water trine with earth signs making the kite. If ever you see a pattern repeating though, it’s worth noting.

Grand trines have so much inherent potential that it can sometimes be disappointing and wasted – the whole shoulda coulda woulda thing. Like on one of my tea towels – I have a thing about daggy tea towels – it goes:

Modern Art: I could do that.

Yeah, but you didn’t.

That’s what a grand trine is like. The energy is so “easy” that sometimes it doesn’t seem as though any effort is required – and if an effort isn’t required, does that make it, by definition, not worth it?

This Full Moon has none of the so-called nasties that have been present in the last few lunations. Plus, Mars is getting ready to finally turn around. Without all that drama it might all seem not worth pondering. But it is. Find your floating point and use it to ease through the current. After that concentrate on practicalities. You might be thrashing about trying to make up the ground you think that you’ve lost, but a little more patience is still required and the moving ahead (for now) needs to be slow and steady.

Doing it for yourself

Ok, by now you should know the drill, but if not, check out this post.

I’ve popped a solar guide below to keep things simple, but if you know where 3 Pisces 12’ falls in your chart, check that out.

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.

As for me?

This one is exactly trine Mars. Mars was also activated (by square) at the last Full Moon and eclipse and is currently receiving an opposition from Uranus. This is about what I’m hungry for and how I’m going to get that. I’ve had a few revelations over the last couple of days about what is really holding me back – and some of those truths (and flaws) I’m having difficulty accepting – not unusual given that my Mars is in Scorpio.

Ok, that’s enough about me – now it’s over to you…

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

Full Moon is exact at 9.56pm here on the East Coast of Australia, 7.56pm West Coast & South East Asia, 4.56am LA, and everywhere else some time in between that!

Leo New Moon and Solar Eclipse

I’ve just got back from a two-week road trip covering over 3600 kms. If you’re interested, I’ve written about it over on my author site. We’ve travelled from the Sunshine Coast in South-East Queensland down to the Snowy Mountains in southern New South Wales and back again – a different way.

The primary purpose for the trip was to meet up with my brother and his family at a bush block in Eucumbene. Normally at this time of the year, there’s snow down there, but not this year, although the snow started as we were leaving – isn’t that always the way?

In any case, being in the outdoors with no cell phone reception is a fabulous way to recharge creatively. I came back with so many ideas – and one for a major new project that, in the interests of Mercury and Mars still being retrograde, I’ll mull over a tad more. It is, however, occupying way too much of my thinking time!

Leo, ruled by the Sun, is about ego, self-expression, creativity. It follows then, that the Leo New Moon is the most creative of new starts.

With Leo, though, the fear of potential exposure of someone standing up and pointing the finger and exposing you as a fraud is ever present. Wherever Leo is in your chart is where this matters. This is where it’s extra hard to risk a no to get a yes. Your challenge is to find heart, strength and courage without losing yourself in the process. The key here is not to lose sight of the things that make your heart sing.

The thing is, we’re all a work in progress as we go about creating the version of ourselves that we want to create. This is at the heart of Leo. Yet doing this, expressing this- our talents, passions, voice – all require you to take risks. And taking these risks requires a great big, brave heart.

Check out where this falls in your chart. It is that part of life where you are being asked to look for courage and strength but above all self-expression, generosity and creativity. It is where you are being asked to follow your heart and be who you are, not who you should be. There is a difference.

Think about this. Think about the things and people you have fun with. Have you forgotten how to play? When setting your intentions for this New Moon, consider these questions and set yourself a challenge – to do something fun, to play a little (or a lot)…because you want to…because you’re worth it.

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 18 Leo 42’…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. One other thing, Jupiter is square this New Moon and Neptune is trine Jupiter. When you’re setting your intentions, make sure that they’re big ones – and that they align to your dreams.

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

As for me? Using whole signs (as I am these days) this New Moon falls in my 6thhouse. The intentions I’m setting are around my health and my heart. I am, however, being creative about that.

I do have some other creative projects on the go as well – don’t I always? – which I’m champing at the bit to get started on. How I’ll fit them in amongst everything else? I guess that’s where some healthy balance will need to come into it…and I’ve never been great with balance or moderation!