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Cancerian Full Moon, January 12th: Balance, stability and Magic

Cancer Full Moon January 2017As we approach the Cancer Full Moon on January 12th, a harmonious Mars cycle helps to energize us and shake off inertia.  We are inspired now for transformation and are likely to feel more alive and aware which will help us to find greater balance during this lunar time where much goes on beyond the superficial level of daily consciousness.

Full Moons always include some tension since the Sun in Capricorn with its focus on practicality and the ends justifying the means, is exactly opposite the Moon in Cancer, inspiring emotional sensitivity and connection to tribe, pulling us in both directions and requiring us to find a way to integrate the opposite signs.  Cancer is the Moon’s own sign which intensifies this lunar quality of shifting moods and instinctive reaction.

Creating even greater tension is an exact Grand Cross with Jupiter and Uranus as well as the Sun and Moon.  Grand Crosses carry a tremendous amount of power in the tension that they bring to bear. They aren’t always comfortable, but this will be a powerful Full Moon that is full of magic. Any hidden restlessness or longing for freedom will erupt under this Full Moon which demands that we find balance between the emotional pull of our inner world (Cancer) and our need to find stability in the outer world (Capricorn).

This Full Moon asks us to open up our hearts to love and magic while keeping our feet firmly planted in the structural reality of the world around us, and to prioritize stability while exploring the nether regions of the psyche without becoming lost in either dimension.

The effect of a Full Moon lasts for about three days, and then we have a couple of stressful Mars aspects from the 16th-20th that could bring up an old wound which we have been trying to ignore and put the brakes on our plans.  These few days may be a bit frustrating and it will be important not to become discouraged.  Wait for clarity to come – it will!

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By | 2017-01-11T07:53:03+00:00 January 11th, 2017|Moon|4 Comments

Sagittarius New Moon, November 29: A new look at your future

55615088 - bright blue sky with clouds and new moonWith the Sun and Moon aligned in Sagittarius, we begin a new chapter in the lunar wheel and there is an opportunity for expansion and greater knowledge as we expand our idea of what is possible.  Sagittarius is the adventurer – the seeker of freedom and the one who breaks through limitations and artificially enforced boundaries to find true liberation and a path of higher knowledge.

The Sagittarius New Moon gives all of us an opportunity to open up to this energy – to learn to seek the possible rather than the familiar and expected.  Under the Sagittarius New Moon our minds are blown wide open so that we can take in a higher level of understanding about the world around us.

This New Moon features the asteroid Juno (representing commitment and requirements of society) aligning with the Sun and Moon, integrating our duties and responsibilities to family and loved ones with the freedom loving journeys of Sagittarius.  I imagine we will see a number of engagements occur at this New Moon!

Venus (relationships) is also featured prominently in the chart for this New Moon and any intentions that you create for this lunar cycle will want to include a focus on your interpersonal connections.  “What can I do to create more harmony in my relationships and still retain my individuality” is a good question to ask at this New Moon. Don’t expect to achieve instant clarity, however, a challenging aspect from mystical Neptune will blur both the questions and the answers at the New Moon and a few days beyond.  However, the information that you uncover will have merged with your conscious mind and will emerge when you are ready for it.

This is a period of great transition – not only is Uranus (radical change) conjunct Eris (goddess of discord), but we are in the final throes of the Uranus/Pluto square that has created so much disruption over the past eight years.  This Sagittarius New Moon is the ideal time to let go of the hopes and dreams that have not served you well, and see a clearer vision of your new and improved future.

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By | 2016-11-29T12:59:17+00:00 November 29th, 2016|Moon|10 Comments

The November 14th Supermoon in Taurus – Building a solid foundation

Taurus Supermoon November 14The concept of the Supermoon, originally coined by astrologer Richard Nolle, has reached the mainstream as NASA calls this the biggest Supermoon since 1948.  A Full Moon or New Moon is called a Supermoon when it is at its closest to the Earth .  We don’t see the New Moon, of course, but the Full Moon appears larger and its astrological influence is stronger during a Supermoon than at other times, with higher tides and often extreme weather incidents.

Richard himself thinks that this is being overblown in the news:

The media have made a pretty big deal over this, but the truth is that the perigee (closest approach to Earth) for the November 14 SuperMoon occurs when the Moon is 356,511 kilometers away from our home planet. That’s only 1,348 km. closer than last month’s (October 16) SuperMoon; and only 66 km. (41 mi.) closer than the closest SuperMoon of 2011. This is really gilding the lily!

In any case, this Full Moon falls in the sign of Taurus – the sign of the Earth itself.

Taurus is the earthiest of all of the earth signs – it is a fixed sign so it encourages stability and perseverance, but is also stubborn and unyielding.  As an earth sign, Taurus is concerned with practical matters and physical comfort.  Sensual experiences of food and touch are important for Taurus, and for all of us under the Taurus Full Moon.

When the Moon is full in Taurus, the Scorpio Sun is exactly opposite the Moon.  Full Moons are the apex of the lunar cycle, and the opposition  (180 degree) aspect requires integration of polar opposites.  Where Taurus longs for peace and comfort, Scorpio demands intensity and passionate involvement.  Where Taurus seeks security, Scorpio is an emotional risk-taker.  It is this tension that creates the emotionality that Full Moons are famous for.

This is a time for grounding and finding comfort in the senses and the beauty of the natural world.  Neptune (mystical awareness) is aligned with the South Node of the past, suggesting a spiritual opening to teach and bring new awareness.  The Black Moon Lilith (dark feminine) is aligned with the Sun, bringing out the rage against the patriarchy, and in a conflicting square to Pallas (higher wisdom).  Under this influence we must release the dark emotionality of Lilith before the wisdom of Pallas can guide us into the light.

A harmonious Chiron influence will facilitate the healing and letting go of any drama that erupts under this Full Moon.  The flow of breath opens up the heart for emotional healing, and the Taurus Moon bestows a gentle grounding influence making this the perfect time to for release and rebalancing.

Lynn Hayes

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By | 2016-11-13T08:31:44+00:00 November 13th, 2016|Moon|2 Comments

Scorpio New Moon at All Hallow’s Eve 2016 – what could be more perfect?

Scorpio New MoonThe Scorpio New Moon occurs late on the 29th/early on the 30th depending upon your time zone.  New Moons are widely heralded as times of brand new beginnings, and the sign that the New Moon falls in defines the energies at work as we reboot and begin again.  The Scorpio New Moon demands that we find our passion – take a stand.  This is not a time for superficiality; under the influence of Scorpio we must dive into the subconscious and unearth our most secret desires.

The planet Mercury, the messenger god, aligns with the Sun and Moon to motivate a greater understanding on the intellectual level.  Traditional astrology calls a Sun/Mercury conjunction “combust” and assumes that the Sun weakness the energy of Mercury, but in my experience a Sun/Mercury alignment adds the light of consciousness from the Sun to the mental workings of Mercury to illuminate and add greater insight and awareness.  At this time of year the veil that separates the planes of earthly existence from other planes grows thin, and Mercury, in its role of messenger, aids in communication between the worlds.

This New Moon has the potential to release creativity and magic thanks to a lovely trine to dreamy Neptune.  Under the realm of Scorpio we can harness emotion in its purest form – raw, instinctive and potent.  Neptune encourages us to open our hearts to a more transcendent magic.

This New Moon comes at the time when the veil between worlds is said to be thinnest, at All Hallows Eve, and the astrology is perfect for a powerful shamanic journey.

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By | 2016-10-29T18:27:49+00:00 October 29th, 2016|Moon|4 Comments

Aries Full Moon on October 16th: Lock and load!

40171345 - man fire show on the beach ,koh kood ( kood island ) thailandAries is the sign of the warrior – the trailblazer, the adventurer, the lone gunman.  Ruled by Mars, Aries acts through raw instinctual power and primal motivations.  The Moon also rules instinctive behavior and reactions, but through emotion rather than force, so this is not a time when cool heads and rational thought will prevail.

In the Full Moon the Sun is opposite the Moon, with the Earth in the middle.  There is a need for finding balance between two zodiacal opposites, and here we have the Libra Sun seeking balance and harmony opposing the Aries Moon, urging us to find what’s real in our hearts and trust our instincts.  However, Mars is aligned with Pluto now so the aggressive force is made even more powerful.

This is a Supermoon (TM Richard Nolle) – the Moon is closer to the Earth than at other times and its influence is more powerful.  The psyche is deeply affected during the Supermoons, especially the Full Moons which tend to have a heightened abundance of emotional power anyway.

We can prepare for this infusion of warrior energy by becoming more aligned with our own warrior nature.  Increasing your physical strength, finding your center of power in the solar plexus, listening to hear where you may be holding anger in your body and finding ways to express that anger and release it – all of these are important tools for getting the most out of this powerful period.

To complicate matters, this Full Moon is aspected by Uranus – planet of radical reaction and revolutionary behavior.  If we are stuck in a pattern, relationship or situation, the rebellious force will be even more powerful over the next few days.  With Saturn (tests and challenges) in a stressful square to the North Node (path to the future), decisions and changes made under this influence could affect us for quite a while to come.

After the Full Moon the Sun and Mercury both enter the sign of Scorpio between the 22nd and 24th and we are more easily able to access the depths of the subconscious and the emotional realms over the next few weeks. The chaotic warrior energy subsides but the quality of the intensity remains.  This is not a time for superficiality – important work is going on here.

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By | 2016-10-14T12:26:25+00:00 October 14th, 2016|Moon|4 Comments
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