New Moon In Leo: Shake Ups & Realizations

We are having a New Moon in Leo on August 18th/19th, depending on where you are located in the world. It is initiating a 29.5-day Lunar cycle, however, the astrological configurations mentioned in this article will be more prominent over the following two weeks. This cycle will include a Full Moon in Pisces on September 1st/2nd.

The Sun entered its home sign of Leo on July 22nd and will be there until August 22nd. This New Moon will highlight its energy more so and extend some of its themes beyond its regular month long season. As a Fire sign, Leo is associated with passion, instinct, inspiration, assertiveness, courage, confidence, and spirit.

Ruled by the Sun, Leo is about shining authentically, leadership, creativity, vitality, and heart ‘centredness.’ Its energy is fun, playful, affectionate, generous, courageous, and romantic. It is associated with children, performing arts, sports, and self-expression. Expressed negatively, Leo energy can also be egotistical, conceited, dramatic, overbearing, stubborn, hot tempered, jealous, and demanding of attention or respect.

New Moon Conjunct Mercury, Trine Mars, and Quincunx Saturn

This New Moon is in a conjunction with Mercury (also in Leo) while in a trine with Mars in Aries. This combination is assertive, active, communicative, mentally stimulating, passionate, and initiating. This New Moon also occurs a day and a half after Mercury’s Superior Conjunction which is when it begins to travel ahead of the Sun.

At this point we can have more clarity around matters that have transpired in the last few months. There can be a change or some sort of progress in relation to what has been playing out.  It can even result in a beginning or ending due to increased certainty around certain circumstances.

Our minds can be more aligned with our true needs and we can better implement whatever we have been thinking about with greater confidence and direction. For some people, there could have been significant developments on August 16th – 18th that reflected that.

Although we may feel more active considering the connection with Mars in Aries during this lunation, it’s good to take into consideration that Mars is in its pre-retrograde shadow period. Some of what is happening will be connected to an adjustment and recalibration process in how we assert ourselves in specific areas of our lives over the coming months during the retrograde and post-retrograde period. I will be writing a separate article specifically on this, you can join my mailing list here to ensure that you receive it.

This New Moon is in a tight quincunx with Saturn in Capricorn. This can reflect hindrances that require adjustments. Saturn here can represent limitations, restrictions, boundaries, or obstacles that are challenging to incorporate and need extra effort to adapt to. This energy was also configured to the previous Solar Eclipse and therefore is a part of the astrological backdrop until mid-Fall with this lunation highlighting it more so for these coming weeks.

Venus Sextile Uranus Which is Stationary Retrograde, Mars Square Saturn

Uranus went retrograde days before this New Moon and has been nearly stationary in recent weeks and into the upcoming weeks.  Whenever a planet is transitioning from one direction to another its energies become more noticeable. Uranus is associated with surprises, sudden changes, liberation, rebellion, science, technology, innovation, metaphysics, experimentation, accidents, upheaval, sudden disasters, or things breaking.

It will be retrograde until mid-January, and it’s possible that we will see some sort of conclusion or important development happen then connected to certain things playing out this month. However, the retrograde process itself isn’t as significant as the retrogrades of the closer planets (such as Mercury, Venus, and Mars) as Uranus is retrograde nearly half of the time which is the same for the other outer planets.

Venus in Cancer is in a supportive sextile with Uranus during this New Moon. This can be stimulating socially or romantically and can be good for doing unusual or unconventional activities. Our interactions with others can have positive surprises or interesting synchronicities. This combined with all the Leo energy can also be creatively inspiring. Aesthetic changes or renovations can be favorable and for some people this can also be a good time for financial developments or approaches that are unconventional, technological, metaphysical, or experimental.

Mars in Aries is moving towards a square with Saturn in Capricorn which will be strongest from August 21st-27th. This can be a time of frustrations and obstacles that can be getting in our way especially considering that Mars is slowing down to go retrograde next month. Our tasks may require extra patience and effort during this time. Aggressiveness could be met with resistance or the need to address anger issues may come up. This is a time of asserting ourselves in a more serious, cautious, or realistic way.

Lunar South Node Conjunct Galactic Center 

The Lunar South Node is in an exact conjunction with the Galactic Center in Sagittarius at the time of this New Moon and in the following week. The South Node is about the past and can bring out negative qualities and energies of a sign, planet, or point that could be holding us back unless expressed in a way that collaborates with the opposing North Node.

The Lunar Nodes entered the Gemini-Sagittarius axis in May and will be there until January 2022. During this time, there is a push towards new expressions, or positive qualities, of Gemini while there is a need for changes around negative or outdated expressions of Sagittarius. There will be both collective and individual manifestations of this.

Gemini is associated with facts, information, intellect, communication, the immediate/local environment, different perspectives, and is a social sign. Sagittarius is about beliefs, philosophies, faith, religion, media, expansiveness, the big picture, higher education, teachers/gurus, travel, and international factors.

With the South Node in Sagittarius we need to be cautious of the negative potentials of this sign being expressed such as opinions over facts, idealism over reality, generalizations over specifics, as well as self-righteousness, exaggeration, and judgmental behavior. These are some of the themes of the astrological backdrop for the next year and half.

Now considering that the South Node is currently aligned with the Galactic Center, the most significant point in the sign (and constellation) of Sagittarius, we should take that into consideration for the month of August.

The Galactic Center signifies many of the Sagittarius themes mentioned yet in a more intense way. It is associated with higher consciousness and centralized aspects of society. The South Node here can highlight negative or faulty expressions of these things. Its energy can bring challenges, pressures, destructiveness and chaos in order to change what is outdated.

Making Intentions & Things To Consider

What realizations or developments have come up for you in recent days and how do they tie in with what has been playing out over the last few months? What are some potential solutions to help you tackle obstacles, limitations, or responsibilities that you are being faced with? Do you need to be more flexible, adaptable, cautious, or patient? Should you liberate yourself from something that is getting in the way of some of your goals? What areas of your life are calling for more of a heart centered or playful approach?  How can you express your individuality more authentically? Are your unwavering opinions or beliefs getting in the way of seeing things from different perspectives?

These are just some examples of what to consider or focus your intentions on at this time. However, it is good to reflect on anything else that is coming up for you. It is generally best to make any intentions within the first 24 hours following a New Moon. The exact moment it will occur is 2:42am Universal Time on August 19th which will be the night of the 18th for those in the Americas. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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New Moon In Cancer: The Coming Gold Standard, Justice and Fall of the Deep State

Acclaimed and accurate astrologer Laura Walker of the Oracle Report is back with another report on July 20th’s new moon in Cancer. The astrologer has long deciphered the moves of the deep state as they relate to astrology and has successfully foreshadowed many events. The new moon in Cancer on Monday July 20th, 2020 is […]

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New Moon In Taurus: Shaking Things Up

We are having a New Moon in Taurus on April 22nd or 23rd, depending on where you are located in the world. This is initiating a 29.5-day Lunar cycle and a new wave of energy for the coming month, however, its themes will be strongest over the following 2 weeks. This cycle will peak at the Full Moon in Scorpio on May 7th.

Taurus season began on April 19th/20th, however, this New Moon helps to kickstart it even more so. Ruled by Venus, this sign is associated with values, sensuality, beauty, worth, money, possessions, and pleasures of life. As an Earth sign, it is practical, realistic, and very much invested in the physical world. Being a ‘Fixed’ Earth sign, it is like a rock; slow, steady, grounded, and thorough.

Taurus is also associated with nature and it is very fitting and reflective for Earth Day to occur during its season. It is the second sign of the zodiac and therefore is more self-oriented as is all the earlier signs. Negatively, Taurus can be too rigid, lazy, habitual, overly self-indulgent, greedy, possessive, stubborn, materialistic, and very slow.

New Moon Conjunct Uranus and Square Saturn

This New Moon is applying a conjunction to Uranus while separating from a square with Saturn in Aquarius. This configuration will strongly reflect the energies and themes of this Lunar cycle, more so than some of the Taurus qualities mentioned above.

The New Moon’s square with Saturn reflects a time of restrictions, boundaries, seriousness, caution, obstacles, negativity, and consolidation. This can especially apply in Aquarius areas such as friends, groups, collectives, and social media, yet can play out in other ways as well.  We may also be faced with a need to get disciplined, orderly, or realistic.

However, Uranus is also in the mix, more strongly, as the Sun and Moon are moving towards it. This can be a period of shake ups, restlessness, sudden changes, separations, awakening, or rebellion. This can also be a time for us to tap into more of our authenticity, take new approaches, or liberate ourselves from inhibiting habits or routines. Developments pertaining to technology, metaphysics, or science can also play out. This Uranus influence will be more apparent from April 25th-26th.

This configuration of these planets with the New Moon this month can give us a taste of what’s to come in 2021 when Saturn and Uranus will be making exact squares with each other. This can play out as limitations, traditions, denial, or the status quo in conflict with freedom, originality, progressiveness, and rebellion. Constructively, it can reflect innovation or implementation of new technological structures.

Taurus Ruler Venus In Post Retrograde Shadow, Square Neptune

Venus, the ruler of Taurus, is currently slowing down before going retrograde on May 13th in Gemini. It has already been in its post-retrograde shadow period since April 9th/10th. Some of the things that are occurring during this current period will contribute to how the retrograde plays out for us.

Venus developments around love, relationships, friends, values, attraction, aesthetics, art, creativity, money, pleasures, social life, and overall social connections may go through some shifts and a sorting out process now and in the coming months. The way we currently see or experience certain Venus ruled areas can change as this retrograde and post-retrograde process plays out. At this time, it can also be a good period to reconnect with old friends and loved ones. I will be covering this upcoming retrograde more in future content, you can join my mailing list here to ensure that you receive it.

Venus is applying towards a square with Neptune in Pisces which will last until late May after the retrograde begins, and will begin to get strong from May 1st onward. At best this can be creatively stimulating or bring a spiritual/mystical dimension to our social lives. However, this can also reflect confusion, misunderstandings, disappointments, delusion, and issues around boundaries in our relationships, financially, or perhaps around other Venus areas mentioned above. Escapism with pleasures is also another way this can play out for many people.

Pluto Stationary Retrograde

At the time of this New Moon, Pluto in Capricorn is almost at a complete stop from our perspective on Earth. This is because it is transitioning to retrograde motion on April 25th which will last until early October. Like other ‘outer’ planets, Pluto is retrograde 40% of the time and doesn’t have the same significance as the retrogrades of Venus, Mars, or Mercury.

However, in the weeks when Pluto is stationary, (before and after retrograde begins) its overall energies become more apparent and we sometimes also experience a shift in areas ruled by that planet. This is especially so on April 24th-25th as Mercury forms a square with Pluto as it is changing motion. Communications or information may be intense or revealing during those days.

This will also be extending the already strong Pluto themes we have been experiencing over the last 6 weeks, and in January, due to other planetary conjunctions (Saturn, Jupiter) and the last Lunar Eclipse connected to it.

Pluto is deep, transformative, evolutionary, sexual, intense, and regenerating. It is associated with psychoanalysis and looking beneath the surface. Power, manipulation, secrets, subversion, abuse, jealousy, the underworld, conspiracies, shadows, and darkness are all under the domain of this sign. Pluto also rules viruses, and is likely that this retrograde (combined with other factors) can reflect going back and revisiting something pertaining to the covid-19 situation, or our perception of what is happening.

In a previous article from 2017, I wrote about Pluto’s passage in Capricorn from 2008-2024. This is a period of major changes around government, banking, and business structures in the world which is becoming more apparent now as Pluto has been triggered by other planets. You can read more about that here.

Mercury Superior Conjunction, Nodes Changing Signs

On May 4th/5th, Mercury will be in its ‘Superior Conjunction’. This is an important part of Mercury’s cycle with the Sun. At this point, some of the issues, themes, insights, perspectives, or ideas that have come up since late February or March (during and following the last Mercury retrograde), will reach a point in which we will have more clarity around them.

There can be a change or some sort of progress in relation to what has been playing for the last few months. It can even result in a beginning or ending due to increased certainty around certain circumstances. At this time, our minds can be more aligned with our true needs and self-expression from this period until late June. We can better implement whatever we have been thinking about with greater confidence and direction.

This Mercury cycle fits perfectly into the unfoldment of the global pandemic and shutdown. I would expect that there will be some important news or realizations about it which will come up. at that time which may or may not be publicized. Perhaps there can also be different versions of this for different people with different levels of understanding around what is going on.

Around this same time, on May 5th, the Lunar Nodes will be changing signs which will reflect a shift in energy coinciding with Mercury’s Superior Conjunction. After 18 months of being in the Cancer-Capricorn polarity, they will now be in Gemini-Sagittarius until January 2022. We will also transition into having eclipses in those signs because of this positioning of the nodes. The next eclipse season in June-July will have the final Cancer-Capricorn eclipses and the first Sagittarius eclipse.

Over the next few years, there is a push towards new expressions, or positive qualities, of Gemini while there will be changes around negative or outdated expressions of Sagittarius. There will be both collective and individual manifestations of this.

Gemini is associated with communication, facts, information, intellect, linguistics, the immediate/local environment, and is a social sign. Sagittarius is about beliefs, philosophies, media, higher education, international factors,  and can be an overly broadminded and preachy sign. These are examples of some areas that will be affected until early 2021 and I will be covering more about this in my future eclipse content. Join my mailing list here to ensure that you get notified when I publish new work.

Making Intentions & Things To Consider

What realizations or developments are coming up pertaining to your relationships and social network? Do you feel a need to express your authenticity more? What limitations or restrictions are getting in your way and what innovative approaches can you do as a solution? How can you use technology, innovations, science, or metaphysics to mitigate or overcome challenging circumstances?

Do you need to make changes around issues pertaining to money, resources, and possessions? Do you feel the need to shake things up or separate from something? What are your true values? What can you do to address fears, hidden matters, shadows, darkness, manipulation, or abuse of power? What do you need to purge or transform?

These are just some examples of what to consider or focus your intentions on at this time. However, it is good to reflect on anything else that is coming up for you. It is generally best to make any intentions within the first 24 hours following a New Moon. The exact moment it will occur is 2:26am Universal Time on April 23rd which is the night of the 22nd in the Americas. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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New Moon In Pisces: Seeing Things In A Different Way

We are having a New Moon in Pisces on February 23rd and in the early hours of the 24th in the countries furthest East. This is initiating a new 29.5-day lunar cycle and a new wave of energy for the coming month. However, the astrological configurations mentioned in this article will be more prominent over the coming two weeks. This cycle will include a Full Moon in Virgo on March 9th/10th.

This New Moon is occurring a week into Mercury Retrograde which is also in Pisces for most of its duration. You can read more about that here. Generally speaking, this is a period of re-orientation around how we incorporate Piscean energies in our lives and this New Moon kicks this into gear even more so.

Pisces is the last of 12 signs and is associated with spirit and oneness as a reflection of its place in the zodiacal evolution. As a result, it is the least compatible with the physical-material and mundane world.

Pisces is oriented around emotion, compassion, energy, spirituality, imagination, and dreams. It is highly intuitive and even psychic, sometimes unknowingly. Pisces can be divinely inspired, idealistic, healing, tranquil, mystical, empathic, and highly creative. It is forgiving and self-effacing.

Negative qualities of Pisces can be delusion, deception, confusion, escapism, addiction, intoxication, flakiness, evasiveness, and having issues with boundaries. It can lack rationality and mental acuity. The line between reality and fantasy can be blurred.

New Moon Sextile Uranus & Mars Near South Node

In the days leading up to the New Moon, Mars in Capricorn has been in a trine with Uranus which are both in a sextile to this Lunation and get carried into the Lunar cycle. This can be good for taking a different approach towards something or asserting yourself in an area of life in a new way. It can also reflect action that is unusual, innovative, progressive, metaphysical, experimental, liberating, rebellious, or independent.

However, Mars is also moving towards the South Node which is strongest from February 24th-26th.  This can reflect some sort of purging or releasing and/or things from the past may come up that need to be changed. Perhaps something may come up that can get in the way of our growth. For some people this can be a period of needing to let go of negative expressions of Mars that can be holding us back. If so, it can be connected to anger, aggression, force, competitiveness, or aspects of sexual behavior or relationships.

Mercury Inferior Conjunction

This Mars aspect is happening during the most significant part of Mercury’s retrograde which is when it joins the Sun, known as the ‘Inferior Conjunction’. Mercury will also be in a direct sextile with Mars and the South Node which makes it more significant. This can be a period of increased insights, and the themes or circumstances pertaining to how this retrograde is affecting you may come up more during this period.

Complications and frustrations can also be stronger at this time depending on your circumstances or how you are applying yourself. This may also be a period of ridding yourself of certain thoughts, ideas, perceptions, old interests, expectations, or other things that are not serving you while the potential for new ones may be seeded.

Jupiter Sextile Neptune

Jupiter is making its first of three sextiles to Neptune that are happening in 2020. This one is strongest from February 14th-26th. Considering that Neptune is associated with Pisces (also currently in that sign) and Jupiter having a broadening effect on it, this energy accentuates all the Pisces energy that is already occurring at this time.

It can be expansive, explorative, educational, philosophical, and ambitious in a creative, artistic, spiritual, mystical, or compassionate way. With Jupiter being in the Earth sign of Capricorn, many people can experience this around ambitions, career, business, or practical matters. This energy can also be good for visual media efforts. Capricorn can help bring groundedness, practicality, and realism to this idealistic combination of planets.

Venus Square Jupiter, Pluto, and Saturn

Venus in Aries is in an exact square with Jupiter at the time of this New Moon. This energy can be excessive and impulsive when it comes to spending money, fun, pleasure, love, or anything sensual. However, it can also reflect growth or learning around relationships, values, art, or perhaps connected to aesthetics.

Venus then builds up towards a square with Pluto which will be strongest from February 27th-29th. At best this can reflect depth, regeneration, passion, or some sort of empowerment in our relations with others. This can also play out as power struggles, possessiveness, intensity, manipulation, or changes within friendships, in social situations, or amongst lovers. Fears or suspicions around these areas can come up or hidden matters may surface considering that Mercury is also retrograde.

Following this, Venus is in a square with Saturn which is strongest from March 2nd-4th. This can reflect difficulties, obstacles, delays, seriousness, dullness or restrictions either socially, financially, or aesthetically. We may need to be realistic, cautious, or more responsible in these areas.

Making Intentions and Things To Consider

What can you be doing to help you become more spiritually activated and bring more magic into your life? Do you have any self-sabotaging or escapist tendencies that could be traded in for creative, spiritual, or inspiring practices, efforts, or projects? Do you need to develop your intuition? Should you be meditating more often? How can you be integrating your visions, imagination, inspiration, creativity, or even visual media into your career or any projects that you are doing? Do you need to be more compassionate?

These are just some examples of what to consider or focus your intentions on at this time. However, it is good to reflect on anything else that is coming up for you. It is generally best to make any intentions within the first 24 hours following a New Moon. The exact moment it will occur is 3:32pm Universal Time on February 23rd.  You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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New Moon In Aquarius: Changing It Up

We are having a New Moon in Aquarius on January 24th in the West and on the 25th in the East. This is initiating a new 29.5-day lunar cycle and new wave of energy for the coming month. However, the astrological configurations mentioned in this article will be more prominent over the coming two weeks. This cycle will include a Full Moon in Leo on February 8th/9th.

This New Moon follows an eclipse period and it’s good to keep in mind that the energies of these last two eclipses are still playing out in the background currently and over the coming months. You can read more about them here.

The Aquarius season began on January 20th/21st with Mercury also in this sign since January 16th. However, this New Moon accentuates its energies even more. Aquarius is associated with friends, social networks, the group, the team, humanity, and what is in the best interest of the collective.

It is intellectual, objective, and can be rational yet idealistic at the same time.  Associated with Uranus, it can be unconventional, innovative, original, inventive, progressive, technological, scientific, reforming, and even revolutionary.

Negatively, Aquarius can be overly detached, aloof, unemotional, and very invested in the mind at the expense of the heart. Traditionally ruled by Saturn, it can also be unyielding when it comes to the ideas and perspectives that it has already decided on.

New Moon Square Uranus and Sextile Chiron

This New Moon is in a square with Uranus which recently ended its retrograde a few weeks prior. There can be some surprises, liberating actions, or the start of moving forward in a freeing, innovative, unique, or unconventional way. Alternatively, we may strongly feel the desire to make changes at this time but may not follow through just yet.

This energy can be erratic and may also manifest as disruptions, separation, accidents, rebellion, or even things breaking. Developments pertaining to technology, innovation, and new approaches can also play out.

The New Moon is also in a sextile to Chiron which can reinforce the originality of Uranus/Aquarius. This can reflect themes connected to healing, bridging, spirituality, wholeness, and/or holistic understanding and approaches. This aspect and the Uranus influence mentioned may have also been noticeable in the few days leading up to this lunation.

New Moon Conjunct Mercury Sextile Mars 

This New Moon is applying a conjunction to Mercury, also in Aquarius, which are all in a sextile with Mars in Sagittarius. Our minds and communications may be more energetic than usual. We may be more alert and direct in what we say and what we are thinking.

This can be good for applying ourselves in an educational way. Learning or conversations that are oriented around the big picture, sales/marketing, or connected to performing tasks may also play out. This can also be reflected in keeping busy, moving around more, or lots of commuting.

Venus Square Mars With Neptune in The Mix

Venus is in Pisces and is moving towards a conjunction with Neptune and square with Mars which is exact on January 26th-27th. At its best this energy can be creative, passionate, imaginative, inspiring, and romantic. Actions can be selfless and compassionate.

However issues and conflicts can also come up pertaining to escapism, unreliability, delusion, addiction, values, relationships, social dynamics, lack of boundaries, elusiveness, ideals, spirituality, fantasy, and perhaps some sort of confusion in these matters.

Also during this period, and especially from the 28th-29th when the Venus influence dwindles, it may be harder to focus our energy. We may be less assertive, less attentive, more scattered, and this can also be reflected by avoidance and a lack of drive.

Making Intentions and Things To Consider

There have been significant astrological configurations in January and late December. For many people, it may have had potent life-altering effects depending on how it connects to their personal astrological blueprint. What has come up for you in recent weeks and how should you proceed?

What do you need to do to help you progress in your evolution? What area of your life do you need to reform or approach differently? Are you looking to liberate yourself from a situation or behavior that is holding you back? If so, what do you need to do to achieve that? Do you need to take a more progressive, revolutionary, or collective approach to something? What do you need to do to create a better future? Is there an area of your life that needs to be looked at more objectively?

These are just some examples of what to consider or focus your intentions on at this time. However, it is good to reflect on anything else that is coming up for you. It is generally best to make any intentions within the first 24 hours following a New Moon. The exact moment it will occur is 9:42 pm Universal Time on January 24th  You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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‘Ring Of Fire’ Solar Eclipse In Capricorn: A Shift In Ambitions

We are having a Solar Eclipse in Capricorn which happens on the night of Christmas in the Americas, and on the 26th everywhere east of there. It will be visible in parts of Russia, Asia, Eastern Africa, and parts of Australia.

This is an annular eclipse, which is when the Sun is almost completely blocked from the Moon except for the outer edges. This is because the Moon is near its apogee, which is its furthest distance from the Earth. This type of eclipse is also referred to as a ‘Ring of Fire,’ due to it appearing in this way.

A Solar Eclipse is a supercharged New Moon which influences a longer term period then a regular New Moon. This one marks the beginning of this eclipse season which happens every 6 months. This is when we have a New Moon and a Full Moon occur near the Lunar Nodes, which is where the path of the Sun and Moon meet from our perspective on Earth. It will be followed by a Lunar Eclipse in Cancer on January 10th/11th. (Join my mailing list here to get my article on the next eclipse and other content).

Solar Eclipses reflect changes and shifts which affect the 6 months following and could also influence up to 6 weeks prior. You may or may not see the effects of it around the time it occurs, but you may feel it and then see it actually play out in the weeks or months following.

However, each Lunar Node period lasts approximately 2 years which is when we have a series of eclipses re-occurring in the same signs, therefore some of the related themes that are playing out could last that long. The Lunar Nodes moved into the Cancer-Capricorn polarity in November 2018 and will be there until Spring 2020. The final eclipses in Cancer-Capricorn will occur in the Summer of 2020 and will influence the following months as well.

The positions of the Eclipses and the Nodes reflect an evolutionary process in how we work with the energies of these signs. What results from this series of eclipses will have longer-term effects even beyond this period.

Solar Eclipse in Capricorn Conjunct Jupiter, Trine Uranus, Square Chiron

This Solar Eclipse is on the South Node side of the polarity. The shifts that could occur, both challenges and developments, are more about  changes or what we need to let go of, in relation to the energies of Capricorn to help facilitate a different balance with Cancer.

Negative expressions of Capricorn could come up which would ultimately push these changes on us. However, South Node eclipses can also push us to work with its energies in a different and more positive way as well. The areas of life in which it manifests also depends on how it is interacting with your natal astrology chart/blueprint.

Capricorn is the sign of ambition, career, duty, business, achievement, responsibility, discipline, mastery, and governance. It can be calculated, practical, orderly, conservative, realistic, authoritative, controlling, cautious, and worldly. It is a social climber and concerned with status. Capricorn energy can be serious, cynical, cold, and unrelenting.

This eclipse is in a conjunction with Jupiter while separating from a trine with Uranus and square to Chiron. Some of the changes and circumstances that will occur over the coming months can be connected to Jupiter themes combined with the Capricorn energy mentioned in the above section. This planet is associated with beliefs, morals, education, aspirations, travel, foreign countries, publishing, as well as media and marketing. Jupiter is expansive yet also excessive and this eclipse can shift how this is expressed, especially considering some of the other things going on.

The trine with Uranus in combination with Chiron is good for originality or taking new or unconventional approaches to something. In can also reflect developments or actions that lead to some sort of freedom or liberation from something. Uranus is going direct in a few weeks and therefore some of this energy will get cranked up as we get closer to that period. With Chiron also recently going direct and configured to this eclipse, themes around healing, wounds, blockages, negative patterns, and the pursuit of wholeness may also come up.

Saturn Moving Towards Pluto, Also in Capricorn

Capricorn’s ruler, Saturn, is moving towards a conjunction with Pluto. It has been building up in recent months and will be felt more strongly in the following 2-3 weeks when it peaks. The aspect is something that happens every 32-40 years with the last one occurring in late 1982 while they were in Libra.

This combined energy can be heavy, serious, and can bring about some challenges. It can reinforce some of the changes connected to Capricorn and can also have a purging, transformative, or deepening effect on structures, responsibilities, boundaries, and duties. This aspect combined with the eclipse conjunct Jupiter can reflect letting go of what we don’t need and where we may be excessive. It can also push us to put more focus on what is important.

This can also be a time to address fears, obsession, compulsiveness, shadows, or hidden matters. Issues around power, control, abuse, or manipulation may also come up to push us towards a necessary change. With this occurring in Capricorn, we may see this play out in the news in regards to government, business, and perhaps areas of banking.

Mercury At The Galactic Center, Then Square Chiron, Trine Uranus, Conjunct Jupiter

At the time of this eclipse and in the days following, Mercury is aligned with the Galactic Center in late Sagittarius. It gets triggered by the Moon on the night of the 24th and early 25th, when the Sun is in an exact trine with Uranus. Thoughts, communications, and information may be oriented around the big picture, ideals, or subjects that are spiritual and of a higher consciousness. In can also be a time in which we can think about things in a different way. Uranus may also bring some excitement as well.

Mercury than moves towards a square with Chiron and trine with Uranus, after entering Capricorn. This is happening December 29th-30th, at the same time as the Sun conjunct the South Node. Some of the themes mentioned in the second section of this article may be triggered at this time. Issues of the past or obstacles that are getting in our way may come up. This is a period to think differently and perhaps do something to help liberate ourselves in some way.

Mercury will be conjunct Jupiter on January 2nd, with it building up in the days prior. This can be good for learning, seeing the big picture, short trips, and expansive conversations/thoughts. This may be a time of thinking about long term plans and aspirations, especially considering that it is in Capricorn. However, this aspect is also close to the South Node with Mercury joining it on January 3rd. Similarly to Dec 29th-30th, this can bring things up from the past and perhaps old behaviours or outdated goals that are getting in our way.

Things To Consider At This Time

Have you been experiencing or feeling a change when it comes to your ambitions, responsibilities, and aspirations? What aspects of your past or old behaviours are holding you back? In what areas of your life have you been too excessive and what can you do to be more practical, minimal, realistic, or disciplined? What are the important things/areas in your life right now that require more focus? Do you feel like you need to liberate yourself from something?

Keep in mind that Solar Eclipses are different than regular New Moons and they are not necessarily a time to be making intentions. It is best to just try to tune into it and pay attention to your feelings and what is coming up to help you in navigating the upcoming months to serve you in your personal evolution.

This eclipse will start at 2:30am and finish at 8:05am Universal Time with the maximum occurring at 5:17am. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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New Moon In Sagittarius: Adjustments & Exploration

We are having a New Moon in Sagittarius on November 26th in most parts of the world and on the early hours of the 27th in the time zones furthest East. This is initiating a new 29.5 day lunar cycle and new wave of energy for the coming month; however, the astrological configurations mentioned in this article will be more prominent over the coming two weeks. This cycle will include a Full Moon in Gemini on December 11th/12th.

This New Moon is a month away from the first of two Winter Eclipses, and therefore the effects of them may already begin to play out for some people. Eclipses facilitate changes and evolutionary developments in specific areas of our lives depending on how they are configured with your personal astrology chart. However, they  can also play out in the 3-6 months following and are not always noticeable around the time they are occurring. I will be writing separate articles on these eclipses, you can join my mailing list here to be notified when they are published.

Mercury also ended its retrograde on November 20th/21st and will be in its post-shadow period until December 7th/8th while still in Scorpio. This is a period in which we may progress forward and/or have more clarity in regards to certain themes, issues, insights, or developments that have come up during the retrograde.

New Moon In Sagittarius Quincunx Uranus, Trine Chiron

Sagittarius season began on November 22nd/23rd, however, this New Moon activates its themes even more so and imprints it into the Lunar cycle. This period is good for working with and co-creating with its energies and themes.

Sagittarius is about exploration, experience, learning, teaching, travel, foreign lands, philosophies, religion, beliefs, morals, righteousness,  idealism, luck, and optimism. It is also associated with things like marketing, media, and sales. As a fire sign it is passionate and instinctual. Negatively, Sagittarius energy can be excessive, blunt, egotistical, argumentative, opinionated, preachy, unrealistic, disregarding of consequences, and have a ‘know-it-all’ complex.

This New Moon is in a quincunx with Uranus which is separating from an opposition with Mars. This can reflect disruptions, instability, changes, shake ups, accidents, separations, rebellion, surprises, or losses that can be an annoyance and may require adjustments. This energy is strongest on the day of, and days leading up to, the New Moon.

This Lunation is also in a trine with Chiron which is slowing down to end its retrograde during the upcoming Full Moon phase. This month can be great for developments around healing, self-awareness, spiritual/holistic understandings, or the pursuit of wholeness and integration.

We can more easily make progress in addressing our wounds and shortcomings to help us unlock more of our positive potential. Chiron is also supportive for doing things in an unorthodox way and bringing things together that are usually separate from each other.

Jupiter Finishing It’s Run In Sagittarius Before Entering Capricorn

The ruler of this New Moon, Jupiter, is at the end of its own sign Sagittarius which really strengthens and amplifies the Sagittarian qualities mentioned above as well as overlapping Jupiter themes. It is near the Center of the Galaxy which is a highly significant part of the sky.

The Galactic Center is associated with aspirations, divine inspiration, higher consciousness, evolution, and spirituality. However, its energies can also sometimes trigger pressure, crisis, and challenging situations to help facilitate a needed change. It may be connected to beliefs or higher perspectives.

Jupiter then enters Capricorn on December 2nd/3rd where it will stay until mid December 2020.  Traditionally, it is considered to be challenged in Capricorn as it doesn’t express itself in the way that it likes to. Jupiter is naturally boundless and idealistic while Capricorn is a Saturn ruled Earth sign oriented towards achievement through hard work and discipline within the constructs, limitations, and realities of the physical world.

However, there are still  benefits to Jupiter in Capricorn. In this sign, it can reflect expansive energy towards goals, ambitions, structures, duties, and traditions. It can be good for learning things to help us with achieving, entrepreneurship, pursuing mastery, managing aspects of our lives, or being more productive.

Jupiter will also be moving towards the South Node which will be exact in January. This can also reflect some sort of endings in connection to how Jupiter and Capricorn is expressed in a specific area of our lives. I will be covering this in my upcoming Solar Eclipse in Capricorn article, join my mailing list here to ensure that you receive it.

Neptune Going Direct, In A Trine With Mercury

At the time of this New Moon, Neptune in Pisces is transitioning out of its retrograde and starts to slowly progress forward in the following days.  I generally don’t put much emphasis on the actual retrograde periods of the ‘outer planets’ in my articles, however, in the weeks and days near the transition the general energies of that planet can become more noticeable.

It is also possible that certain things that occur at this time may be connected to something that transpired in the second half of June when the retrograde began. Neptune themes that may be highlighted could have something to do with creativity, imagination, visual arts, film/photography, fantasy, dreams, spirituality, divinity, soul mates, compassion, as well as practices and substances that induce psychedelic experiences.

Neptune is also associated with escapism, drugs, alcohol, and behavior that is flaky, delusional and deceptive. Some people may start to realize (or began to realize in June) that they were not seeing a situation clearly or perhaps projecting illusions onto something going on in their life.

With Mercury now moving direct while in a trine with Neptune, we may have a better perception around a situation. This configuration can also reflect heightened intuition, inspiration, or thinking and communicating in a way that is spiritual, creative, or compassionate. This is strongest on November 27th and 28th.

Venus Square Chiron, Trine Uranus, and Conjunct South Node While Sextile Mars

Venus in Capricorn is in a square with Chiron which is strongest on the 26th and 27th but can play out through the Lunar Cycle. This can trigger wounds, blockages, or perceived inadequacies pertaining to values, relationships, appearance, pleasures, or money. However, this can also be an opportunity to bring awareness or potential healing and growth to these areas.

Venus than moves towards a trine with Uranus which is exact on November 28th. This can be stimulating when it comes to our relations. There can be something new, unusual, exciting, insightful, or positively surprising which can play out socially, romantically, financially, creatively, or in regards to fun activities. This can also be a good time for aesthetic developments such as changing the appearance of something or even obtaining things like clothing or other material items.

Venus will then align with the South Node while in a sextile with Mars in Scorpio from December 2nd-3rd.  This can be a good time for activities with others, creative pursuits, or romance. However, there may be something pertaining to old behaviors or aspects of love, friendships, values, or pleasures that are no longer serving us and getting in the way of our growth. It’s possible that what transpires at this time can bring some sort of realization to something that we need to let go of. Mercury will also be in a sextile with Pluto at the same time which can help us with a depth of understanding.

Making Intentions And Things To Consider

What has come up for you during the previous Mercury Retrograde (from Oct 31st – Nov 20th) and in this last week following it? How should you proceed based on realizations or developments that have transpired? Is there anything coming up now to help you grow spiritually? Are there new perspectives coming into your life that may influence your beliefs and awareness? Is there anything that you feel like you need to learn? How are your wounds or blockages affecting your relationships and what can you do to help improve the situation?

These are just some examples of what to consider or focus your intentions on at this time; however, it is good to reflect on anything else that is coming up for you. It is generally best to make any intentions within the first 24 hours following a New Moon. The exact moment of it will be occurring at 3:06pm Universal Time on November 26th.  You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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New Moon In Libra: Relationship Healing & Growth

We are having a New Moon in Libra on September 28th in most parts of the world and on the 29th in Eastern Asia. This is initiating a 29.5 day lunar cycle and a new wave of energy for the coming month; however, the astrological configurations mentioned in this article will be more prominent over the following two weeks. This cycle will include a Full Moon in Aries on October 13th/14th.

Libra season began on September 23rd, however, this New Moon activates its themes even more so and imprints it into the Lunar cycle. This period is good for working with and co-creating with its energies and themes.

As an Air sign, Libra is socially and mentally oriented. Ruled by Venus, it is associated with relating, relationships, harmony, art, creativity, and beauty. There is a big focus on others. Libra is also diplomatic as it seeks to find balance, equality, fairness, and common ground.

Negatively, Libra can be overly codependent, passive aggressive, superficial, insincere,  indecisive, vain, and judgemental. Although this sign is about politeness and harmony, retaliation can be triggered when imbalance and unfairness is perceived. Libra is also associated with people-pleasing which can have either positive or negative implications.

New Moon Opposite Chiron and Quincunx Uranus

This New Moon is opposing Chiron in Aries which is currently retrograde. Generally, this Lunar cycle can be a time in which old wounds, blockages, and traumas may come up. They can get triggered through external circumstances and/or we may also be contemplating them internally. This can also be a time in which we can be proactive in addressing what’s getting in our own way to help bring more wholeness.

Considering that it is occurring in the Aries-Libra axis, for many people it can be connected to wounds around self identity, self needs, sense of self, independence, lack of confidence/courage, inconsiderateness, selfishness, and how this plays out in our relations.

This New Moon is also in a quincunx with Uranus in Taurus. This can reflect surprises, disruptions, sudden changes, accidents, breakdowns, separations, rebellion, or losses that can be an annoyance and may require adjustments. This energy is strongest on the day of the New Moon.

Venus Sextile Jupiter, Quincunx Neptune, Square Pluto

Venus, the ruler of this New Moon, is also in its own sign of Libra while making a sextile with Jupiter in its sign of Sagittarius. This can be an expansive and optimistic period socially, in partnerships, aesthetically, and even financially for some people.

Our relations can be a source of learning and growth. Social interactions may be based around beliefs. This can be a fun energy however, we can also be excessive when it comes to pleasures. This energy is strongest on the day of the New Moon but will still reflect the entire Lunar cycle.

Venus is also separating from a quincunx with Neptune in Pisces. In combination with the mostly positive Venus-Jupiter energies mentioned above, this can also reflect some confusion around relationship or financial matters. This may also play out as challenges or frustrations connected to escapism, elusiveness, intoxication, deception, or delusion. However, with this aspect separating, it is stronger in the lead up to the New Moon and dwindling following it.

Venus also makes a square to Pluto which is strongest from September 30th-October 1st. At best, this can reflect passion, depth, and positive changes in our relations, romantically, or creatively. It can also be good for making some sort of aesthetic makeover, or purging items no longer needed. However, this can also play out as intensity, power struggles, or other types of conflicts.

Saturn’s Final Conjunction To The South Node, Pluto Going Direct

Saturn recently ended its retrograde on September 18th and has been in its final conjunction with the South Node since then and into the week following this New Moon. This energy was also strong in mid Spring (when it began) and in early Summer.

Ultimately this is about endings pertaining to issues, behaviors, commitments, responsibilities, or other things connected to your past that are no longer serving you. It could have to do with career, ambitions, social status, structures, boundaries, limitations, management, or even a financial framework.

For some people, it’s possible that you may have got pulled into something this past spring that is connected to some aspect of your life (or behavior)  that needs to be released. If that applies to you, then it is likely you are now experiencing the conclusion of this process that you needed to experience.

Pluto is slowing down to end its retrograde and begin moving forward again on October 3rd. Now and over the coming weeks, its energies will be strong. Pluto is associated with power, regeneration, purging, sex, transformation, desires, jealousy, underworld, manipulation, hidden matters, secrets, obsessions, compulsiveness, intensity, repressed feelings, taboos, and subversion.

During this time we can also experience a conclusion to a Pluto process that began in April and may also be connected to the Saturn-South Node themes (mentioned above) which were initiated around the same time.

Making Intentions and Things To Consider

What can you do to improve your relations with others? Is this a good time to expand your social network? Are there any wounds, blocks, traumas, or hurts that are getting in the way of achieving harmony in relationships? Is there any part of your life that requires more balance or fairness? Is there something that you want to improve aesthetically? What part of your life is calling for some sort of ending and perhaps even empowerment?

These are just some examples of what to consider or focus your intentions on at this time; however, it is good to reflect on anything else that is coming up for you. It is generally best to make any intentions within the first 24 hours following a New Moon. The exact moment of it will be occurring at 6:26pm Universal Time on September 28th.  You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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New Moon In Virgo: Being Productive

We are having a New Moon in Virgo on August 30th, 2019. This is initiating a 29.5 day lunar cycle and new wave of energy for the coming month; however, the astrological configurations mentioned in this article will be more prominent over the following two weeks. This cycle will include a Full Moon in Pisces on September 13th/14th.

Virgo season began about a week prior yet this New Moon is triggering its themes more so. The is be a good period of working with and co-creating with the energies of this sign. Virgo is associated with productivity, duties, service, health, cleanliness, and purity. It is organized, adaptable, conscientious, skillful, orderly, punctual, diligent, efficient, analytical, detailed, precise, and practical. Virgo is good at problem solving, adjusting to changing conditions, and coming up with solutions.

Negatively, Virgo energy can also be overly critical, too cautious, fault-finding, irritable, nit-picky, discriminating, complaining, and facilitate a martyr complex. It’s perfectionist and pedantic qualities can be overwhelming and unnecessarily overboard.

New Moon Conjunct Mars and Mercury with Superior Conjunction

This Virgo New Moon is aligned with Mercury (the ruler of Virgo) and Mars, with both in the same sign. This energy is strongest from August 30th to September 4th. This can be a busy, mentally active, assertive, and productive time. We can be quick thinking and may tend to move or get things done faster than usual. We just need to be cautious of being too impulsive or hasty when making decisions, driving, or towards anything else that can result in unfavorable consequences.

In the later part of this period, specifically from September 2nd-4th, is when Mercury joins the Sun in its ‘Superior Conjunction.’ This is a period in which we may experience more clarity and potential developments connected some of the themes that have been playing out in the last 1.5 months.

Ideas, situations, or other things that were seeded in July can experience a change or some sort of progress. It can even result in a beginning or ending due to increased certainty. In comparison to these last few months, our minds can be more aligned with our true needs and self-expression from this period until mid-late October. We can better implement whatever we have been thinking about with greater confidence and direction.

New Moon with Mercury Trine Uranus, Quincunx Chiron

This New Moon occurs as it is in a tight trine with Uranus which was also strong on August 29th when it was triggered by the Sun in the lead up to the new lunar cycle. Virgo ruler Mercury is also moving towards this same aspect which peaks from August 31st to September 1st.

This can be a period of originality, experimentation, excitement, positive changes, unusualness, or even some sort of liberation from something. We can be more inventive, insightful, innovative, and have stimulating conversations.  Nice surprises and unexpected developments could occur which may require us to be flexible. Activities, actions, or conversations could be oriented around metaphysics, science, technology, or other things that are progressive and unconventional.

On August 31st Mercury is in a quincunx with Chiron. We can experience some frustrations around our wounds, hurts, limitations, and blockages which may require some adjustments. Conversations and thoughts at this time may be affected by this, or themes associated with healing or wholeness may come up as well.

Venus Trine Saturn, Square Jupiter, and Opposite Neptune

Venus, also in Virgo, is in a trine with Saturn in Capricorn which peaks on September 1st. This can reflect some sort of stabilization, solidification, maturity, positive realism, responsibility, discipline, or commitments connected to relationships (friends or lovers), finances, values, worth, or perhaps even something associated with aesthetics. For some people this can play out as favorable developments around career and aspirations.

On September 1st and into September 2nd, Venus than makes a square aspect with Jupiter in Sagittarius followed by an opposition to Neptune  from September 3rd to 4th which also forming a T-square aspect on the 3rd. We can be excessive, unrealistic, confused, and have blind spots when it comes to our relations, finances, and pleasures. Alternatively, social and love matters can have a spiritual, expansive or idealistic tone at this time. This can also stimulate creativity, especially towards anything connected to media, marketing, or education.

Making Intentions and Things To Consider

What can you do to be more productive, organized, diligent, or efficient? Do you need to acquire new skills or systematic approaches? Have you been feeling the need to implement protocols or lifestyle changes to help you to be healthier? Do you need to be of service in some way? Do you need to catch up with tasks that you have been holding off for a while?

These are just some examples of what to consider or focus your intentions on at this time; however, it is good to reflect on anything else that is coming up for you. It is generally best to make any intentions within the first 24 hours following a New Moon. The exact moment of it will be occurring at 10:37am Universal Time on August 30th.  You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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