Aquarius Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse Part 2

Aquarius Full Moon 4 Aquarius 45’

6.20am 28 July 2018 East Coast Australia

Let me tell you something about ants.

We know that they work together in order to transport that bread-crumb or piece of cheese from your picnic table to wherever they need to. What we didn’t know is how they worked together.

(Those of you who know a little about Aquarius can see where I’m heading with this- am I right?)

The ant who found that breadcrumb knows she (and most of the heavy lifting in the ant world is done by the females) can’t do what she needs to do on her own. That’s where the community comes in.

There’s no jockeying for top position under the spotlight when you’re an ant. Nor is there a specific hierarchy or pecking order that needs to be followed. Rather than just knowing what to do or following a leader, they actually display a mix of conforming and erratic behaviours.

Some ants go with the flow, others run around looking for a new path forward. Sometimes the direction changes markedly. The leadership changes seamlessly without argument or grandstanding. It’s a little like the ant equivalent of kids sport where everyone has the turn to be the captain. In kids sport, it’s supposed to help build individual courage within the structure of a team. I’m not sure what the purpose is in the ant world – other than to get that breadcrumb off your picnic blanket and to wherever it needs to go.

This all leads me (of course it does) to the Aquarius Full Moon. It’s that balance between the individual and the collective, between self-expression and the joining of like minds, between creativity and collaboration. It’s the point where you take what you’ve created and send it out into the world to meet your hopes and dreams.

The Full Moon in Aquarius is all about acknowledging all the bits and pieces that make us individual, yet also all the bits and pieces that we have to work with in order to co-exist in society. The Full Moon in Aquarius is that point where we acknowledge that we quite simply can’t do it alone.

Socially cohesive tribes who have common goals, watch each other’s backs and trust each other have an awful lot of advantages. It’s not just about ants. Just watch schools of fish wheeling and turning together, presenting a united front to the shark who sees them simply as entrée course. The individual is less important than the tribe. All of their differences are brought together to form the whole…yet each still continues (assuming they don’t end up as dinner, that is) to exist and express themselves as an individual – however it is that fish express themselves, I guess…

We are tribal and social beings. To exist we need others. To achieve our personal goals we need interaction with others – regardless of whether we like them, tolerate them, agree with them or can identify with them.

As individuals, we form that conglomerate that is humanity, and as humanity, we need to recognize that every individual plays a part and deserves to be treated as such.

I understand all of that, yet some of us are more social than others – and some of us are more comfortable in a group than others are. I fall into the latter category. I’m uncomfortable in groups, conferences send me into a panic and as for networking? Yeah, nah…I’m shocking at it. But in my game – indie publishing – I have to learn to get over those fears and reach out to people.

Wherever 4 Aquarius falls in your chart is where you need to be thinking about the balance between self-expression (or ego) and the collective. Given that both Leo and Aquarius are fixed signs, achieving this balance and breaking through to the next level is probably going to involve turning some preconceived idea or long-held belief on its head. That’s ok – it’s stepping outside the group and doing a little erratic running around that can help you find a new way forward.

You just need the courage to do so – and that’s your call – and that’s where Mars comes into this eclipse. As I wrote earlier today, Mars is conjunct this eclipse, and this eclipse feels all about that. Mars is conjunct the south node and the south node is all about conditioned and comfortable behaviour – even if that is no longer doing you good.

It’s like that old saying about insanity being doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. The message is one that if your habits aren’t getting you what you want, don’t just talk about it, do something about it.

One last thing, because this is an eclipse, if there is something that needs to be exposed or realised, there’s a good chance that it will happen – or at least begin to happen. Just saying.

I wrote more about the other aspects to this eclipse earlier today. You can find that post here and more about eclipses here.

Check out April Elliot Kent’s Big Sky Astrology for some really cool information around timing eclipses and aspects to personal planets.

What might the eclipse mean by house and sign? Check out this post by Jessica from Moonkissd.

Also by Jessica, this fabulous post about timing and what could potentially happen. Love it.

Doing it for yourself…

By now you should know the drill – if not, check out this post for a refresher.

If you’re not sure where 4 Aquarius 45’ is for you, simply use the solar guide below, and refer back to Series 1 of the Toolbox for pointers on what each of the houses means.

Get the idea? Why not try it for yourself…

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

Aquarius Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse… Part 1

I live in a house dominated by Mars.

My husband is Scorpio (ruled by Mars and Pluto) with Mars also in Scorpio. My daughter has her Sun, Mars, Mercury and Saturn all in Mars-ruled Aries. As for me? I have Mars in Scorpio and Venus in Aries. To say that there have been rumblings of late would be an understatement indeed.

Mars, you see, is retrograde – and retrograde is not the mode of movement that Mars is comfortable with. The people most likely to feel frustrated, restrained, caged, held back, blocked, whatever, are those with Mars signatures in their charts – personal planets or points in Aries or Scorpio.

Normally I don’t have that much of an issue with this. My extreme Piscean-ness (if there is such a word) helps me navigate the seas when they get a tad stormy and it also helps during Mars retrograde periods that my Mars is natally retrograde. It’s an energy that I’m used to. On the upside, it means that I can temper (for want of a better word) some of the intensity of that seriously intense Scorpio Mars, but on the downside, I am often frustrated by my own delay to act or to assert myself.

Of late I’ve been conscious of anger around me. I can’t count the number of people who have said that they’re feeling it too. I’ve been angry a lot too – for no real valid reason. It’s a latent anger, one borne out of frustration, impatience, perceived claustrophobia.

There have been times where I’ve felt as though I am the proverbial fish in a bowl – able to see what’s outside but constantly banging against the walls unable to get out. I’ve felt myself snap and snip at people for no good reason. It’s not them – it’s me. Ok, it’s possibly a little bit of them, but mostly it’s me.

That’s where tomorrow’s eclipse and the current astro weather comes in. You see Mars is currently square my natal Mars, and Uranus is opposite it. There’s friction in the air – and plenty of it.

I had a full-on overdue meltdown yesterday, triggered by nothing in particular, but by plenty of things in general. It was as volcanic in nature as it’s possible for a Scorpio Mars can be.

Of course, it was over quickly – as these things with me usually are – but it did what a good storm often does after a hot day: it cleared the air. I suspect that it was also the eclipse “crisis” that needed to happen in order for things to change.

That’s the thing with planets in fixed signs – they are by nature change resistant. There’s nothing wrong with this attitude in itself – why change something that’s working? So you hang on and hold on and deliberate and hold off taking action until along comes a crisis and there’s no longer a choice but to take action. And that’s usually when things become super uncomfortable and painful. That’s when they blow skyhigh.

The crisis that occurs at a lunar eclipse is generally one that’s within you. That’s not to say that an external event hasn’t triggered it, but the realisation is coming from within.

This is, even more, the case this time around as we currently have five planets retrograde – Mercury, Mars, Saturn, Pluto, Neptune – with a sixth (Uranus) virtually stationary and retrograde by August 7. That’s an awful lot of energy turned inward.

Given that Mars is the planet being triggered for me at this eclipse I’m looking at the fears that are holding me back. Sure, I’m frustrated by external forces – I’m working longer hours, finances are tighter than they have been, I’m not selling enough books and yadda yadda yadda – but I can’t blame any of that. Nor can I blame anyone else – although I absolutely have tried to do just that. The source of my impatience and frustration and anger is actually within me. I’m the one that needs to take action.

To help myself understand it, I pulled out a previous Moonshadow* report.

“Mars describes what we do to ensure our survival. When we are angry, there’s always a reason: we feel blocked, hindered, under attack. As surely as though we were in a showdown at high noon, we fear for our survival. Steven Forrest says of Mars and the survival instinct that “you can be a hunter, or you can be prey.” If you find yourself feeling attacked or challenged by others during this cycle, perhaps the threat is real. Perhaps you are in “prey” mode, and you are being called upon to learn how to defend yourself. On the other hand, you may be attracting enmity because others sense the aggression or competitiveness you haven’t acknowledged within yourself. Make sure you are feeding Mars by “hunting” what is healthy and challenging for you – the right challenges, the right career – instead of allowing that energy to be diverted into anger and aggression.”

I’d suggest that with Mars sitting next to the Moon at this lunar eclipse this message is one that’s pertinent for many of us – especially those of us with Mars prominent in our charts. Further, Uranus is also square this point.

Normally when there’s a square involved there’s also tension and frustration – and yes, I’ve used that word, frustration, a lot in this post. Something happens which forces you into action…it’s an action that’s the result of something happening rather than a decision that you’ve made.

As for Mars and Uranus? Mars can help us get what we want, and Uranus can help us be who we need to be. When these planets are square, restlessness, rebellion against restrictions, and impulsiveness can occur. We rail against that which we feel (rightly or otherwise) is holding us back, slowing us down, blocking our way.

The danger is if we throw all our obligations out the window – the baby with the bathwater so to speak – and create our own little revolution…which might achieve precisely nothing – except to cause pain to those who might not deserve it.

That’s not to say that a revolution or a rebellion isn’t required – it might very well be. A better solution, though, is one of continuous change rather than sudden upheaval. If you really listen to what’s going on – both within and without yourself – you’ll be pointed to the direction of where this change is required. If you’re constantly feeling the knives in your back or the explosions happening around you it’s a pretty good sign that something has to give – and you’re the one who needs to instigate that.

It’s very easy to blame others or a situation, but far harder to look internally at where the root cause might really be.

Ok, I haven’t even talked about where this eclipse is falling – in Aquarius and Leo…but I’ll do that in part 2.

*If you want to order your own Moonshadow report, follow the link in the sidebar. In full disclosure, I do get a small percentage of every report ordered.

Not sure about eclipses or how to work with them? Check out this post.

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.

Aquarius Full Moon…and Lunar Eclipse

Let me tell you something about ants.

We know that they work together in order to transport that bread-crumb or piece of cheese from your picnic table to wherever they need to. What we didn’t know is how they worked together.

(Those of you who know a little about Aquarius can see where I’m heading with this- am I right?)

The ant who found that breadcrumb knows she (and most of the heavy lifting in the ant world is done by the females) can’t do what she needs to do on her own. That’s where the community comes in.

There’s no jockeying for poll position under the spotlight when you’re an ant. Nor is there a specific hierarchy or pecking order that needs to be followed. Rather than just knowing what to do or following a leader, they actually display a mix of conforming and erratic behaviours.

Some ants go with the flow, others run around looking for a new path forward. Sometimes the direction changes markedly. The leadership changes seamlessly without argument or grandstanding. It’s a little like the ant equivalent of kids sport where everyone has the turn to be the captain. In kids sport it’s supposed to help build individual courage within the structure of a team. I’m not sure what the purpose is in the ant world- other than to get that breadcrumb off your picnic blanket and to wherever it needs to go.

This all leads me (of course it does) to the Aquarius Full Moon. It’s that balance between the individual and the collective, between self-expression and the joining of like minds, between creativity and collaboration. It’s the point where you take what you’ve created and send it out into the world to meet your hopes and dreams.

The Full Moon in Aquarius is all about acknowledging all the bits and pieces that make us individual, yet also all the bits and pieces that we have to work with in order to co-exist in society. The Full Moon in Aquarius is that point where we acknowledge that we quite simply can’t do it alone.

Socially cohesive tribes who have common goals, watch each others backs and trust each other have an awful lot of advantages. It’s not just about ants. Even fish know this. Just watch schools of fish wheeling and turning together, presenting a united front to the shark who sees them simply as entrée course. The individual is less important than the tribe. All of their differences are all brought together to form the whole…yet each still continues (assuming they don’t end up as dinner, that is) to exist and express themselves as an individual- however it is that fish express themselves, I guess…

We are also tribal. To exist we need others. To achieve our personal goals we need interaction with others- regardless of whether we like them, tolerate them, agree with them or can identify with them. It’s not surprising that the cooperative has adapted and flourished and adapted and flourished. And yes, the repetition was deliberate.

The problems begin when two groups compete with each other for something that the other wants…when egos get in the way.

The thing is We each bring to the table something different for the melting pot. As individuals we form that conglomerate that is humanity, and as humanity we need to recognize that every individual plays a part and deserves to be treated humanely.

It’s all too easy to share with and associate with those only who reflect ourselves- the person we see in the mirror. Yet just how rich and fulfilling can it be to also identify with those who don’t?

I have conference coming up next weekend. It’s for the romance writers of Australia – and as far as romance writers go, they (and astrologers) should be my tribe. I’m presenting at it, and I’m catching up with some friends at it, yet I know that I’m going to feel (hopefully only a little) that I don’t belong or that I have little to contribute.

I‘ve never felt that I fitted neatly into any specific tribe. And, with most planets in my chart hitting Uranus, I’m actually quite proud of all the little weird quirks that make me who I am. Yet at times like this, I wish that I did both belong and stand out.

Wherever 15 Aquarius 25 falls in your chart is where you need to be thinking about the balance between self-expression (or ego) and the collective. I know that there will be times over the weekend where I’ll need to retreat to my own space to get my own energy back. Aquarius is in the 12th house for me, so this makes absolute sense.

Given that both Leo and Aquarius are fixed signs, achieving this balance and breaking through to the next level is probably going to involve turning some preconceived idea on its head. That’s ok- it’s stepping outside the group and doing a little erratic running around that can help you find a new way forward.

You just need the courage to do so- and that’s your call.

One last thing, this Full Moon is also an eclipse – which makes it an uber Full Moon. If there is something that needs to be exposed or realised, there’s a good chance that it will happen – or at least begin to happen. Just saying.

Doing it for yourself…

By now you should know the drill. If not, check out this post and refer back to Tuesday Toolbox lesson 1 and 1.1 if you need help drafting or reading your chart.

If you want to know more about eclipses, refer to this post, and if you want a personalised eclipse report, you can get one from Big Sky Astrology – the link is in the sidebar on the website.

Full Moon/ Lunar Eclipse 8 August, 2017 at 4.10am (East Coast Australia) 15 Aquarius 25’. If you’re in the northern hemisphere, that will be sometime on the 7th August for you.

A note on the Saros Series…

If you’d read my recent Toolbox post on eclipses (it’s linked above) you’ll know that each pair of eclipses belongs to a Saros Series (SS). This eclipse, and the one on August 21/22 (depending on where in the world you are) belongs to SS North 1. This series was last active in 1999, and before that, 1981.

Bernadette Brady, in The Eagle and the Lark, writes this about it:

“Unexpected events involving friends or groups place a great deal of pressure on personal relationships…The individual would be wise not to make any hasty decisions since information is distorted and possibly false. The eclipse also has an essence of tiredness or health problems about it.”

Of course, the extent to which you’re impacted will depend on how closely the eclipse aspects your chart – and the points that are being aspected. Remember, eclipses are unpredictable little buggers – which make them, well, unpredictable, but if you want a clue and can remember that far back, you could find it in the events around or following July/August 1999.

 

Leo Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse

Full Moon 22 Leo 28’ Lunar Eclipse

11 February, 2017 11.33am (Sydney)

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 later this morning 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 22 Leo and 22 Aquarius lie in your chart is 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 that last came around in January and February 1999.

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

This is a family of eclipses that brings with it the element of the pleasant surprise. Sudden happiness, a joyful event, the lucky break, the lucky win. The events which will be occurring can be believed and can positively change the person’s life.

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 22 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 of 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.

The Week Ahead…

blossoms

I dread school holidays. Not in the way that parents who have to figure out what to do with their little darlings do- I’ve been there and done that- but because the food court at the local shopping mall is a nightmare at lunchtime for those couple of weeks. Yep, it’s all about me.

That’s why I couldn’t understand the rationale behind boarding up the outdoor seating area and closing the food court toilets to coincide with the beginning of school holidays. There were plenty of posters up about visiting minions and school holiday fun, but none about closed amenities- at least not until after they were closed. I’m guessing there’s a Project team in at…ok, I won’t tell you where…who is being asked questions about planning and communication. Anyways, I wrote a little about in in my weekly round up over at and anyways.

Mercury retrograde anyone? I’m guessing they don’t have an astrologer on staff.

Also from the mercury retrograde it seemed like a good idea at the time files, comes yesterdays release by Apple of the new iphone here in Aus. I’ve already spoken to a few people about issues- apparently known glitches. I know…right? I’m guessing they don’t have an astrologer on staff either.

But, as I’ve said before, life doesn’t stop just because Mercury is retrograde. It is, however, a time for reading contracts fully, tittling i’s and crossing t’s…and checking that reply all isn’t selected when it shouldn’t be!

Mercury retrogrades are great for re words. I’ve been using the energies to finish the structural edit on my next novel. It’s nearly done, but boy, am I having trouble completing a brief for the cover design!

The key to managing Mercury Rx periods is to remain flexible. Take yesterday morning for example. I had a hair appointment booked in for 8am, followed by acupuncture at 11.30am. Just as I was leaving home I had a call from my hairdresser. ‘Sorry, Chrissy is sick.’ No problems- Chrissy is never sick. I rescheduled for next Friday- the world will need to deal with my grey roots until then. In the meantime, that gave me time to get some blogging done and scheduled.

Then I inexplicably left home for my 11.30am acupuncture to time for an 11am appointment. When I got there, Lisa declared, ‘great! You got my text!’

I hadn’t- my phone was on silent- but she’d had a last minute cancellation and asked if I could come in half an hour earlier. Bonus, my stuff-up and her cancellation had given me back another half hour.

The biggie this week as far as the skies are concerned is the Full Moon/Lunar eclipse in Aries. Here is Australia, it’s exact at around lunchtime on Monday, ok 12.50pm to be exactish.

While we’ll miss it down here, those of you in the Northern hemisphere, should be able to get a good view of it. The timing is something like 2.50am (Monday) GMT, 7.50pm (Sunday) PDT and 10.50pm (Sunday) EDT….or thereabouts.

In case you missed it, I popped something up yesterday.

Remember, if you want to know what the eclipses mean for you personally, Big Sky Astrology’s Followed By A Moonshadow is a great resource. You can purchase through the linky thing on the sidebar on the website.

What else?

Given that the first few days of this week are end of financial year in my workplace, I think that a Lunar eclipse is quite enough. Having said that, if there’s any peace-making to be done, deals to be negotiated, spin to be spun, outcomes to be manipulated, the Sun and Mercury hook up in Libra in the early hours of October 1.

Other than that, there’s not that much to make a big deal about.

Have a great week…

Joxx

 

Fight For Your Right…Aries Full Moon

Illustration of aries astrological sign as a beautiful girl

I wrote last years Aries Full Moon and Lunar eclipse post from an extremely cool hotel room in Wellington, New Zealand. I was on a mini-break with Astrosparkles and we had plans to watch the eclipse from the highest point in Wellington. Sadly, the weather put a dampener (pun intended) on that.

Anyways, at that eclipse the south node of the Moon was falling exactly on my natal Venus at 19 Aries. Of course, I hadn’t noticed it. Of course, she suggested that perhaps I should. You can read that post here.

Nothing happened then…well, not in the happening with a capital h sense, anyway. That point, 19 Aries, has proven to be important. As recently as this week, as Uranus was conjunct this point, Venus was trine it.

Nothing Happened (in the capital H sense of the word), but stuff of a Uranus-Venus nature is happening. The Venus trine the other day was, I suspect, a trigger. I suspect it was also the culmination of the lunar themes of last years eclipse.

Mondays lunar eclipse starts a different cycle. This one falls conjunct my Saturn- within a couple of degrees. It occurs when Saturn is trine natal Saturn (to the degree, and very almost to the minute) and when Saturn is sextile the north node…and trine the south. Oh, and (importantly for me) Uranus is still at 19 Aries.

This- the nodal aspect- is an interesting one to look at, and worth talking about. There are opportunities to move forward into destiny, karmic sort of territory, but moving back into the safe bounds of what you know and what has been before, is also an easy option to take.

I know from my Moonshadow report (if you want your own Moonshadow report, you can order it via the linky thing on the sidebar), that eclipses in aspect to Saturn indicate crises of responsibility. It’s about reality, career and vocation, boundaries and self-sufficiency. It’s about creating your own reality and accepting responsibility for your part in your current situation- whatever it is that is. It’s easy to blame others, or to fall back into victim mentality. The report goes on to say that for these reasons, eclipses involving Saturn often correspond with frustrating work situations and struggles with management, boundaries and self-doubt.

I get that.

It reminds me of a great article I read this morning by Jessica from Moonkiss’d. She talked about how if you fall into a pothole once, that’s an accident. That if you fall into it again, you might blame someone else, but if you fall into it a third time, well, aside from being slow to learn your lesson, you only have yourself to blame.

My eclipse event occurred yesterday- you don’t need the details. Suffice to say, I’m in the mood to fight for something I believe in at the moment- to fight for someone and with someone I believe in, for a cause that has fairness, balance and justice written all over it.

Aries Moons tend to bring out the warrior in you- the question is always, though, whether what you’re fighting for, deserves to be fought for. And that’s where the cooler, calmer, rationality of the Sun in Libra comes into it.

Wherever 4 Aries 40’ falls in your chart is where you might be facing these issues- where your inner warrior is donning her camo gear.

Doing it for yourself…

By now you should know the drill. If not, check out this post as a refresher.

You’re looking for 4 Aries 40’. The symbol for Aries is below.

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Normally, I’d use an orb of 2 degrees (more for aspects to Sun and Moon), but this is an eclipse, so let’s take it a little wider- out to 4 degrees.

  • Any planet within 4 degrees either side of the Full Moon in the same sign as the Full Moon is conjunct the Full Moon, ie between 0-8 Aries.
  • Any planet within 4 degrees (either side) in the sign opposite the Full Moon is in opposition to the Full Moon, ie between 0-8 Libra.
  • Any planet within 4 degrees (either side) 3 signs around from the Full Moon, and in the same modality to the Full Moon is square to the Full Moon, ie between 0-8 Cancer or Capricorn.
  • Any planet within 4 degrees (either side) 4 signs around from the Full Moon, in the same element as the Full Moon is trine the Full Moon, ie between 0-8 Leo or Sagittarius.
  • Any planet within 4 degrees (either side) 2 signs around from the Full Moon, in the same polarity as the Full Moon is sextile the Full Moon, ie between 0-8 Aquarius or Gemini.

The lunar eclipse is exact-ish Monday 12.50pm in Australia, Monday 3.50am BST, Sunday 7.50pm PDT, 10:50pm EDT…or thereabouts.

Three things about eclipses….

moon eclipse of the heart

So, we had a lunar eclipse a couple of days ago. There’s a solar eclipse around the corner on the 29th…or thereabouts. And in between we have the crisis of the Grand Cardinal Cross- and when I say crisis, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, it just is.

Anyways, I contributed to this piece- in case you’re interested, the sign I wrote for was Leo.

The Top 3 Things You Should Know About the April Eclipses…the link is here. Don’t forget, if you want to know more about what they mean for you personally, you can order your copy of April Elliott Kent’s Moonshadow report through the link on the side bar.