It’s always astrology news when our Big Daddy of our solar system, luck- and abundance-dealing Jupiter, makes His yearly ingress into a new sign for a yearly transit. Like other Earth Sign folks (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn), I’ve been eagerly awaiting Jupiter’s ingress into the Fixed Earth Sign of Taurus, which occurred today at 12:20 pm CDT and will last until May 25, 2024.Continue reading
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The Astrological Context of the November 8 Total Lunar Eclipse at 16° Taurus
Friends with Sun, Moon, or Rising Sign in Taurus, I really feel for you. This total lunar eclipse in your sign (it is also, incidentally, the Sign of the Moon’s exaltation) is already intense for you because it’s occurring in the zodiacal First House of your very Self, calling so much of your very identity and how you show up in the world into question/reevaluation.
Yet the intensity is ratcheted to an even greater degree for you more than any other sign (Aquarius claims a close 2nd place in the eclipse intensity factor) because of the “wild card planet” Uranus’ conjunction with the Moon (at 16° Taurus, and trust me, the degrees matter!) and the Dharma-Bearing North Node (at 13°) while opposing no less than a stellium of four planets in Scorpio (the Sun, Venus, Mercury, and the Karma-Clearing South Node) AND squaring dour Saturn, the Inflexible Lord of Karma, Who currently transits 18° Aquarius at the time of the eclipse. Phew!
It’s a lot to take in, not just for you patient (and stubborn/resistant to change) Taurus folks, but for us all, every person aboard Spaceship Earth, as the very structures of our societies and how we envision the concept of “good governance” are up for a complete overhaul, which has many people in power (whether they deserve to be in positions of authority or not) completely scared out of their wits (and for good reason!). For those of us in the United States, this Taurus Full Moon Total Lunar Eclipse just happens to be taking place on our day dedicated to the 2022 Midterm Elections, which are fraught with all kinds of apprehensions, expectations, and deep-seated fears. There’s much here to unpack, so let’s dive right in!
Friday’s Taurus Full Moon Eclipse: Radical Changes, Ready or Not!
No matter where you are in the world, Friday’s lunar eclipse at 27° Taurus will be impactful. For starters, it’s the longest eclipse in duration in over 580 years of human astronomical reckoning: it will last three and a half hours! In the Central Standard Time zone of the U.S., which is my time zone (please adjust for your corner of the world accordingly), the Taurus Moon will noticeably begin to become engulfed by Shadow at 1:15 a.m. and the Shadow will have dissipated by 4:45 a.m. on Friday, November 19. The apogée of lunar fullness happens at 2:57 a.m.
What Mysteries will our beloved Luna undergo during this long descent into Shadow? Her story will ripple out and reach us all, especially with the dramatic backdrop of planetary aspects that set the stage for this eclipse.
Tonight’s Amazing New Moon in Virgo Features Triple Trine Action!
Happy birthday to my Virgo readers! September is one of the few months of the year that we get a break from the eclipse cycles, which kick up again in November. This is going to be a largely pleasurable and healing month given the planetary aspects, thanks in a huge part to the New Moon at 14° Virgo tonight: Monday, September 6 (Labor Day in the USA); it will be exact at 7:52 p.m. CDT (please adjust to your local time zone accordingly). If your Virgo birthday falls within a couple of days before or after this New Moon (mine does!), you’ll really want to pay attention: such a once-in-a-decade Birthday Lunation heralds the unfolding of a brand new life path (and the confidence to walk it!), major changes for the better! Read on, gentle reader…Continue reading
Hail and Welcome, Powers of Air: Tomorrow’s Gemini Solar Eclipse/New Moon
Tomorrow morning’s Solar Eclipse (5:53 a.m. Central Daylight Time) at 19° of Gemini is North Node-oriented, calling out a major energy that we should all collectively be evolving towards. In this case, with Venus and Mars in sensitive Cancer forming a trine to expansive Jupiter in mystical Pisces, we are invited to discover how what we communicate can serve the purpose of a Higher Truth. Mercury Retrograde at 20° Gemini, right on top of this eclipse and New Moon energy, asks us to discard long-held and limiting “shadow” beliefs about the world and our role in it.Continue reading
Piles of Trials: April’s Astrologically Ornery Days
As the global COVID-19 pandemic continues, illustrating the ongoing destabilizing effects of January’s epic Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn, the month opens with another show-stopper of a Capricorn conjunction between two planetary heavyweights: Jupiter and Pluto. It amazes me how many big-name astrologers are ascribing positive energies to this conjunction. “Jupiter! Our Great Benefic!” they cry. “He expands whatever He touches!” Yes, He does. However, unchecked expansion is not always a welcome thing! Think of cancer-causing free radical cells, for example. They’re a Jupiterian phenomenon in the body, expanding the influence of a terminal disease. Continue reading
Seeking Stability: The Astrology of May 2019
I apologize for the tardy post, as we’re already one week into the month, but I’ve been reeling in shock over the untimely death of the mother of a dear friend from early childhood. Actually, the death energy ties into an astrological energetic current I’ll be highlighting in my planetary activity overview for the month. Let’s jump right into it.
Eventual Clarity: The Astrology of April 2019
The first half of April will still feel like a Piscean hangover from March.
The Balancing Act of Doing vs. Being: The Astrology of March 2019
My apologies at posting this a couple of days into the month, but I’ve had a lot of outer-directed energies to focus on in my life during the past week. As of this posting, Venus has ended Her transit in Earthy Capricorn and entered the freedom-loving, unconventional Fixed Air of Aquarius on March 1, where She will remain until the 26th when She enters Pisces, a sign where She is exalted. In many ways, this is a dynamic, action-oriented month—we have major planets changing signs, like Uranus reentering the Fixed Earth of Taurus, where He will transit for the next 7 years—happening amidst a background of frenetic activity, especially around the Pisces New Moon (March 6) and the Spring Equinox Libra Full Moon (March 20), but we also have to wade our way through the sluggish, dreamy, lazy and indolent, and potentially confusing oceanic currents of Pisces, currents amplified by the first Mercury Retrograde of the year, which is happening this month (March 5-28) and solely in the Mutable Water sign of Pisces. Do we fight our way in the world, or do we sit in silent meditation? Write up a business plan, or write sonnets honoring Lunar Deities? Join in partnership with others, or go solo? Do, or dream? The balancing act will be a precarious one but all will go well if you honor the rhythmic currents without and within. Let’s dive right into this month’s planetary transits and aspects!
Note: All times mentioned reflect my own time zone of Central Standard/Daylight Time, so please adjust for your global time zones accordingly. Daylight Savings Time occurs on March 10, when those of us above the equator “spring forward” our measuring of time by an hour.
Manifestation Magic: The Astrology of January 2019
Happy New Year, gentle reader! January is one of the best/most positively powerful months of 2019. Its firepower, evident from a powerful stellium of five planets in Capricorn at the time of the Capricorn New Moon/Partial Solar Eclipse the night of January 5th, builds the framework for the triple super conjunction of Saturn-Jupiter-Pluto in Capricorn that will occur in January of 2020. Capricorn’s ruling planet, stable and serious Saturn, tests the mettle of our projects and goals to determine their worth for implementation (should we even bother?) and chances of long-term viability (to reap major rewards for work well done over the long haul). New Year’s Day, the Capricorn New Moon/Partial Solar Eclipse on January 5, and the conjunction between the Sun and Pluto in Capricorn on January 11 are what I’m calling the three most crucial Power Days of the Month, whose energies you would be well advised to capitalize upon to execute your goals.
We will all be feeling motivated to push forward and excel, thanks to the drive of fiery Mars rejoicing at having entered His home sign of Aries on New Year’s Eve, 2018. And once electrifying Uranus stations Direct in the last degree of Aries on the afternoon of January 6, ALL OF OUR SOLAR SYSTEM’S PLANETS WILL BE MOVING DIRECT UNTIL THE FIRST WEEK OF MARCH. THIS IS THE MOST AUSPICIOUS WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR: BE LIKE THE CAPRICORN GOAT AND SCALE NEW HEIGHTS!