Monday’s Full Moon in Sagittarius

” Optimism and a higher vibration are  key to working with the energies available at this full moon time. Creative thinking about how to restructure, reinvent, re-appropriate, recycle and adapt should be part of your focus during this time. Don’t look back unless in gratitude. Look forward, up and beyond limitations and get inspired with what could be instead of fretting about what isn’t.” Lena Stevens

When Alberto Villoldo, the medical anthropologist, was young he had a Cuban nanny. Each night, as he tells it, she would put some dried herbs in a metal pot. set them ablaze and call in the higher spirits. This Full Moon bodes well for this kind of invocation or for spending time in meditation or dream time.

They say the Full Moon is “three days coming and three days going” in influence.

At the time of the Full Moon, the Jupiter/Neptune square – exact three times this year  – is exact. This aspect is about the dreams and visions we have for our lives It’s wise periodically to be in touch with these aspirations in a broad sense and  save the pragmatics for a future time. It is a creative and spiritual aspect when implemented that way. But when not, this aspect can be prone to illusion –  culminating in disillusionment and disappointment.

Jupiter is close by the Full Moon – bringing a sense of expansion, optimism and luck at this time.  Do watch for overdoing –  the pull is strong for overdoing, overspending and overindulging in food and alcohol.

Mars, Mercury and the South Node continue to oppose the Pluto/Saturn/South Node conjunction. This is pointing to the breakdown or undermining  of many of the belief systems and institutions in society. It is akin to the nigredo phase in alchemy (the process of transformation) and it’s wise to remember it is a phase and eventually the phoenix will rise from the ashes. For this reason it is wise to keep your aspirations high for not only your own life, but for a healthy future for the planet.

I have a friend who reminds herself when in challenging situations, “Raise the vibration” and this is a good practice now with Mercury making a favorable aspect to Neptune. It’s a good time to channel higher energy to the earth through higher consciousness.

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is,”A flag bearer in a battle.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill

This Week with Mars, Pluto, Saturn and the North Node

” Carl Jung developed a concept from his study of alchemy. In essence, he says that alchemy (major transformation) can occur when we are being called to hold the tension of a situation with all its opposing feelings and thoughts and not do anything—or make any decisions—until the Third Option or Way makes its appearance. We are called upon to wait.

The Third which emerges is a strong insight about the issue we’ve been holding which we didn’t have before. Jung often called this the Numinous Third because it comes from a place of deep knowing in our psyche that is not reached by rational thought alone.” Elizabeth Spring 

“We’ve got to find a way
To bring some understanding here today.” Marvin Gaye

The Sun is in Gemini now – one of the airy, cerebral  signs of duality. It bodes well to take time with decisions and be open to options or ideas that may not normally be in the mix.

This week there’s plenty of energy to harness to get things done. This is due to Mars moving into an opposition to the Pluto/Saturn/South Node conjunction.  Pluto in alignment with Mars is often seen in the charts of high powered and highly motivated professional athletes.  And Mars with Saturn can indicate a time of hard work. It bodes well to take charge of tasks  that need to be done and stay focused on them. A lot can be accomplished under this influence, given you are willing to work through obstacles along the way.

Things can get ramped up with this  planetary combination as well. It can be a time when impatience, frustration and irritability can be on the rise. Extra downtime and less screen time will be beneficial. It bodes well to hold to the path of moderation.
Extra downtime  and less screen time will be beneficial.

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is.”A relay race.’

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill

Venus Enters Gemini

“When I am, as it were, completely myself, entirely alone and of good cheer, it is on such occasions  that my ideas flow best and come abundantly. Whence and how they come I know not; nor can I force them.” Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“Great ideas come into the world as gently as doves.” Albert Camus

Venus  enters the sign of Gemini June 8 and will transit this light and airy  sign through the second of July. This influence can bring more options into view related to love, money and values.  It’s a good time to step back and  consider  things from a broader, more detached, intellectual perspective.

It can bring a levity into conversations and flirtations into relationships. This mercurial sign is known for shifting and changing – boding well for the exploration of new ideas and new perspectives.

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is,”A glass bottomed boat  reveals undersea wonders.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill

 

June’s New Moon in Gemini

“Mercury has many aliases, one of which is Hermes, the Magician. Hermes presides over magic, education, culture and the connective language of correspondences in which the world is written. Hermes invented the alphabet and all means of communication. All alphabets were originally thought of as magically invocative. Not only words but letters were considered divine, each a simultaneous honoring and summoning of the force behind its symbol.” Caroline W. Casey

Mercury, the Magician and Roman god of many disguises is very much alive and among us now through the New Moon at 12 degrees of Gemini on Monday. In the Tarot deck Mercury is associated with the card of the Magician – the first card – associated with beginnings and how we create things. It is the card associated with single minded focus and concentration.

Mercury  in astrology is associated  with a bright, witty, curious, fast moving mind which needs to watch out for mental overload and becoming scattered and stressed. Do take more care with communications of all kinds now – especially impulsive speech and action.

At the time of the New Moon in Gemini, the Sun, Moon and Mercury will all be in this quicksilver sign – making today through the middle of next week – a good time  to provide for extra downtime for rest, rejuvenation and the integration of information.

It is wise at this time to keep  the Magician’s power of  focus and concentration in mind and to stay calmly in the present moment. The Jupiter Neptune square is active now forming a challenging aspect to the Sun and Moon. There can be a tendency for illusion and  upset due to fast moving communications.

New Moons bode well for setting and reaffirming intentions. Best to strengthen your resolve for your commitments. Venus is in a supportive aspect to Pluto, Saturn and the South Node indicating the wind is at your back for endeavors which involve transforming or improving self esteem, financial affairs and relationships with others. It is a good time to commit or recommit to that kind of process now.

Mercury is the messenger of all the gods and governs the wind and the  birds- who are often regarded as messengers themselves. Do make some time for a walk in the woods or a park or somewhere special to you and raise awareness of the wind and our feathered friends.

One of the Sabian symbols for the New Moon is,”Two people at widely different points, are in conversation with each other by means of telepathy.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill

 

Dreams, Aspirations and This Week’s Astrology

“Genuine commitment is a journey into the unknown.” Madonna Kolbenschlag

“The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” Goethe

This is a good week to think about commitments – and by that I mean commitments of all kinds – business, romantic, friendship family etc.  Juno in mythology was married to Jupiter who was renowned for his romantic liaisons. Juno kept her wedding vows but with resentment, jealousy and often acts of revenge. The one time Juno attempted to leave Jupiter, he fell ill and near death without her.

This story can illustrate the complex nature of commitments and how we are or aren’t attached to them. Juno is prominent in the sky this week boding well for thinking about the commitments we have made and would like to make for the future.

Neptune is making a favorable aspect to Juno this week indicating that there can be inspiring ideas about commitments but also the need to make sure that aspirations have solid footing  in order to avoid disillusioning experiences.It also bodes well with any new endeavors to make sure all the information is in.

Jupiter is squaring Neptune now and this can be a time of  dreams and which can make manifest desired goals in the future – again with the caveat that the plans are built on solid ground, with a non- wavering commitment and that avoidance or evasion is not part of the picture.

Juno has been making a favorable alignment to the North Node of destiny and life path  – both in the sign of Cancer. This will be exact on Thursday.  There can be significant events and significant people who come into our lives now and point the way to the future. It is a good time to think about your soul’s aspirations- where you are and where you want to be on your life path and raise awareness for signs and signals that point the way.

Saturn is transiting opposite Juno this week too. This too can bring in karmic people and events. It is also a reminder of the importance of the seriousness of commitment and the willingness to persevere and hold the light during challenging times. It can also be a reality check of some kind about where plans need to be shored up.

With Pluto and Saturn conjunct the South Node now there is the ability to look below the structure of the way plans and commitments have been made in the past. This can be done by looking to the origin of commitments and where you were emotionally, spiritually and intellectually.then  You may have outgrown certain needs that you looked to partnerships to fulfill or may have felt you needed a certain kind of attachment that is no longer necessary.

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is,”A master instructing his disciple.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill

 

Juno, the North Node and Commitments

“A person is alive when she is wholehearted, true to herself, true to her own inner forces and able to act freely according to the nature of the situation she is in.” Christopher Alexander

When I first looked at the astrology chart this morning,  it reminded me of a scene from the film The Accidental Tourist.  The scene is towards the end of the movie and the character played by William Hurt has suffered a flare up of lower back pain  which pretty much confines him to bed where he has been fed painkillers by his  ex-wife.

Lower back pain in holistic circles can be related to feeling unsupported emotionally and in the case of the character in the film, he was trying to return to a life that emotionally no longer worked for him and which he had outgrown.

In the last scene he pulls himself out of bed with great pain, gets dressed and picks up his suitcase to leave the hotel.  As he is struggling to walk down the street, he suddenly sees  what he needs  to do, leaves his bag behind and  starts limping rapidly in the new direction.

The reason this scene reminded me of the current astrology is that there definitely has been a need to leave baggage behind and through a shift in awareness, move more freely in an updated, authentic direction. In the film he says, “This woman has given me another choice to decide who I am.”

This is the prevailing astrological weather now.  It is related to Saturn conjunct the South Node (this is starting to separate now) and a difficult aspect of Mars to Chiron last week  (which is waning.)  With this duo, there has been a  tendency to get drawn back into a familiar place of dis- empowerment related to the past.

But now with  Juno- the asteroid of commitment- conjunct the North Node, there is the  opportunity to commit to the path forward  in a way which leads in a more clear and  positive direction.

The North Node is in Cancer so more healthy directions related to self care – physically, mentally and spiritually  are on the front burner as well how we more appropriately  nurture and care for  others. The sign of Cancer is related to family issues and so new perspectives may be on the table there as well.

The astrologer Nadia Gilchrist suggested a combination of courage and empathy provide a good approach now.

One of the  Sabian symbols for this time is, ” The seed grows into knowledge and life.”

 

The Sun and Mercury in Gemini & This Weeks Astrology

“In dreams begins responsibility.” William Butler Yeats

“Soul is what connects to you to everyone and everything else. It is the sum of all the choices you make. it is where your beliefs and values reside. Soul is at the center of our relationships to others and for me it is the center of the business enterprise. They don’t tell you this in business school.” Tom Chappell

This week the Sun moves into the mercurial sign of Gemini on Tuesday. Some astrologers call this sign the butterfly of the zodiac. Gemini is a lively, changeable sign that can move from thought to thought quickly as a butterfly goes from flower to flower. The symbol of this sometimes illusive and unpredictable sign is the Twins due to its dualistic nature. The sign of Gemini can often see two sides of a situation clearly without weighing in opinion-wise. It is a mental sign and like the mercury found in old thermometers, it has a glittering but sometimes scattered nature. The sign of Gemini can bestow a fluidity with the use of language and imagery akin to a magician who can make illusion seem like reality. There is a theory that people who excel in the realm of advertising are reincarnated magicians for this reason.

Mercury in mythology often traveled in disguise.

The shadow side of this sign is related to evasiveness, lack of commitment, overthinking  and being un-grounded.

The Sun and Mercury have been  traveling together in the sign of Taurus and will this week both ingress into the sign of Gemini. This bodes well for communication, traveling and exploring new ideas. It ends a lively mental landscape.

Saturn, the Lord of Karma and Taskmaster, is exactly conjunct the South node now for the first of three times this year. This brings forward the voices of the ancestors and whether the talents that have  descended down  through the ancestral lines are being used or squandered.

One of the gifts of astrology is that when looking at the charts of people in previous generations of a family, you can see these inherited  gifts and challenges. Often the most challenging issues in life can be related to the karmic inheritance.  The ancestors often  lived in times or places which prevented the evolution of their life work or aspirations and that work is left to the generations that follow.

With a strong Neptune in the charts through time you can see strong  gifts of creativity which  could be expressed in artistic pursuits  but often come with challenges of addiction. With a strong Uranus in the family lines, there can be strong willed , “know it all” natures and a desire to live an unconventional life with a lot of freedom which has its own set of rough landings along the way.

Saturn is conjunct the South Node now. Look to the house in your chart where Saturn is transiting  as this is where some of these issues may be making themselves known.  This duo is conjunct in Capricorn which is about how we structure our lives and work towards our aspirations. It  can bring up for review experiences from the past that have influenced our relationship to authority , the role fear and resistance play in our lives and the role of dogmatic beliefs. The opportunity of this is to clear away old debris that can keep us from fully living in the present and accessing our power in the present.

The Sabian symbol for the Sun and Mercury entering Gemini is, ” A nervous gentleman, dressed in an elaborate Santa Claus costume, is filling Christmas stockings secretly.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill

 

 

Mars Enters Cancer and the Full Moon in Scorpio

“Perception is an ongoing interchange – a silent conversation I carry on with things. The act of perception is always open-ended and unfinished.” David Abram

“And all the obstacles along the way
Sometimes may feel so tremendous
There are guides and spirits all along the way
Who will befriend us.” Van Morrison

Perception is very much on the front burner over the next few weeks as Mars enters Cancer and aligns with several outer planets. As the astrologer and investigative reporter Eric Francis noted, these aspects signify the potential for ,”a blending of two levels of awareness.” This indicates that things that have been difficult to see or feel may become more accessible over the next few weeks.  It’s a good time to heighten awareness for breakthroughs.

The Moon waxes full Saturday at 27 degrees of Scorpio.The Taurus/Scorpio axis is about what we hold on to – in terms of beliefs, feelings and possessions and what we need to let go of in order to evolve. This Full Moon provides good timing to look at what you are hanging onto that is outgrown and may be blocking forward evolution. One of the symbols for the sign of Scorpio is the phoenix rising from the ashes – signifying the powers of regeneration and rebirth.

The Sabian symbol for this Full Moon is,”The king of the fairies approaching his domain.”

Sabian symbols from Lynda Hill

 

The Sun, Pluto Venus and Mars – This Week’s Astrology

“Under a sky the color of pea soup
she is looking at her work growing away there
actively, thickly like grapevines or pole beans
as things grow in the real world, slowly enough.
If you tend them properly, if you mulch, if you water,
if you provide birds that eat insects a home and winter food,
if the sun shines and you pick off caterpillars,
if the praying mantis comes and the ladybugs and the bees,
then the plants flourish, but at their own internal clock.” Marge Piercy, The Seven of Pentacles

The Sun in Taurus moves up to a trine with Pluto in Capricorn making this is a very good week for creating and implementing pragmatic plans for your journey forward. Look to resources  you don’t normally consider – inner or outer – that you may have developed as the result of previous endings or transformations in your life.  Venus moves into the earth sign of Taurus this week as Mars moves into the sign of Cancer. This brings the quality of nurturing into the picture – as a gardener cares for her plants to help them thrive.

The Moon waxes full in Scorpio on Saturday as Venus aligns with Uranus. This can indicate abrupt endings or realizations that can bring sudden clarity to a situation. This is the aspect of love- at -first- sight. It’s wise to heighten awareness for experiences of synchronicity and where they might be leading you. If you have questions about the meaning of an event like this or if there is a mysterious dream you have had that would like to shed light on, a Tarot Card reading can often be a good tool for this landscape.

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is, “A bridge being built across a high,narrow gorge.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill

 

Dancing with Uranus and Mercury

“What shape waits in the seed of you to grow and spread its branches against a future sky? ” David Whyte

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” Peter Drucker

Today and for the next few days Mercury in Taurus will be meeting up with Uranus, the futuristic planet of innovation and sudden knowing. Uranus governs inventions that are ahead of their time and often out of reach of the legal system, like the internet. It also governs lightning and can bring sudden flashes of intuition or inner knowing that clear the tension of the mental landscape.

Uranus can speed things us and when teamed up with Mercury, words can have unintentional consequences and there is a strong tendency to speak first and think about it later. So it’s wise to heighten awareness around how you communicate for the next few days.

Nerves can be more on edge as well.

Uranus is strong in the sky as a general ongoing influence in our time bringing with it the tendency to think about the future. It’s wise to take extra downtime with this influence, to nurture the nervous system and to envision a healthy future for you and for the life of the planet going forward .

Venus is making an beneficial trine to  Jupiter bringing more of a sense of abundance, pleasure and enjoyment into the picture.

All of this takes place with the backdrop of Venus forming a challenging aspect to the South Node, Pluto and Saturn conjunction. This aspect indicates that old fears or concerns about security and stability or issues having to do with a scarcity of love and money may be on the table. In the Tarot deck this is akin to the Five of Pentacles which shows two despondent  people walking in the darkness near a church with a stained glass window which is illuminating the night. They look hopeless. The idea behind the card is that what they need to do is look up at the stained glass window – bringing light and illumination  to the problems they are facing. This is a good perspective to take on old – sometimes ancestral issues- if they arise now. It’s wise to keep a balanced perspective on anything like that and be open to innovative thinking that can break up old patterns from the past.

And do take time to tap into the pleasure and beauty around you. I was reading something recently and it said,”don’t miss the beauty of the present moment.”