Full Moon In Cancer: Emotional Needs & Responsibilities

We are having a Full Moon in Cancer on December 22nd which marks the peak of the current lunar cycle that began on December 7th with a New Moon in Sagittarius. It is also occurring less than a day after the exact moment of the Solstice, which has traditionally been viewed as a spiritually potent and sacred time of year. It marks the beginning of Capricorn of the Tropical Zodiac and a new season.

The energies of a Full Moon gradually build up earlier in the Moon cycle and become more noticeable on the day of and days surrounding it. It is also a part of the backdrop of the other astrological energies over the following 2 weeks. This is when we feel a push-pull between the two opposite signs where the Sun and Moon are located, in this case being Capricorn and Cancer.

Capricorn is the sign of ambitions, duties, career, productivity, and discipline. It is authoritative, cautious, prudent, practical, orderly, masterful, worldly, realistic, and a social climber. Capricorn can also be cold, narrow minded, controlling, pessimistic, cynical, and overly concerned with status.

Cancer is the sign of family, domestic needs, emotional sensitivity, nurturing, and nostalgia. It is caring, motherly, empathic, instinctual, intuitive and protective. Cancer can also be moody, clingy, insecure, vulnerable, as well as overly subjective.

They are both Cardinal signs which are initiating as they each initiate in their own ways mentioned above. Another thing they have in common is that they can both be manipulating when trying to get what they want; which would be emotional comfort for Cancer and material/status/career gain for Capricorn.

Full Moon Opposite Saturn With Wide Grand Trine To Neptune and Venus

After the exact moment of the Full Moon, it is moving towards an opposition with Saturn which peaks in the 16 hours following, but still influences the coming weeks. Saturn being the ruler of Capricorn reinforces many of its themes mentioned above, however, it can also reflect restrictions, limitations, obstacles, inhibitions, emotional dissatisfaction, or perhaps issues around boundaries. Some of its themes will also be strong around January 1st-2nd.

Although the opposition to Saturn is the primary dominating planetary aspect during this Lunation, the Moon is also moving towards a very wide grand trine to Neptune and Venus. Aside from the potential challenges mentioned, this period can also be magical socially or romantically, and perhaps even creatively or aesthetically stimulating. Social interactions that are less influenced by the Saturn vibes can be more compassionate. We got a taste of this energy on December 21st, however, the Full Moon is activating it too somewhat.

Mercury Finishing Post Retrograde While Square Neptune, Venus Sextile Pluto

Mercury in Sagittarius is finishing up its ‘post retrograde shadow’ period on December 24th. Over the last few weeks and over the coming days, some of the themes that have come up during the retrograde (November 16th-December 6th) may conclude in some way.

Mercury is returning to a square with Neptune (will be exact also on December 24th/25th) which originally occurred just before and after it began its previous retrograde. At best, this can stimulate imagination, inspiration, and intuition. It may also reinforce some of the energy mentioned in the previous section with Venus and Neptune.

However, it is a square and therefore our thoughts and communications can also be confusing, unrealistic, delusional, deceptive, or flaky.  It can make it harder to focus mentally on anything mundane. In some cases, it is possible that the strong Saturn energy mentioned could flare up because of potential manifestations of the Mercury-Neptune configuration.

Venus in Scorpio is moving towards a sextile with Pluto which will be strongest on December 28th. Generally this energy isn’t too strong, however, it can reflect depth, passion, empowerment, or some sort of positive change either socially, romantically, or even around values. For some people, this can manifest as financial gain. This can also be good for making aesthetic improvements.

Eclipses Are Coming Up, Mercury Is Ending Post Retrograde Period

The next New Moon on January 5th/6th will be a Solar Eclipse in Capricorn and the next Full Moon on January 21st will be a Lunar Eclipse in Leo. I am mentioning this because for some people the energies of the Solar Eclipse may have already started in recent weeks, and the themes of the Lunar Eclipse may begin to play out soon as well.

Eclipses reflect changes and/or important developments in certain areas of our lives. Even though we have a regular Full Moon currently, the shifty energy of the eclipses could also be playing a role with what is coming up for us. The themes of these eclipses could also play out in the months following their occurrence. I will be writing separate articles on these eclipses when we get closer, you can join my mailing list here to be notified when they are being published.

This Full Moon is occurring in the same signs in which we will be experiencing eclipses over the next year and a half. The Lunar Nodes are newly in the Cancer-Capricorn polarity, and with this Moon being on the same side of the North Node, it will give us a taste of how this energy will play out.

Things To Consider During This Period

In what ways do you need to balance career and ambitions with the needs of your personal life? Are your emotional attachments getting in the way of your productivity? Is your work getting in the way of your personal connections with others?

Do you feel emotionally fulfilled, if not, what do you need to change? Do you have domestic responsibilities that you need to attend to? How can you make your ideals a reality? Is there anything unrealistic, unclear. or overlooked regarding your thoughts or communications with others?

These are just some examples of themes that could come up during this period, however, there may be other variations of this energy playing out as well.  If you wish to do any sort of intentional release connected to what has come up at this Full Moon, it is best to do so anytime over the two weeks following, when it is waning. The exact moment of this Full Moon is on December 22nd at 5:49pm Universal Time. You can click here for your time zone.

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Full Moon In Taurus: Surprises, Changes & Breakthroughs

We are having a Full Moon in Taurus on October 24th/25th depending on where you are located in the world. This marks the peak of the Lunar Cycle that began on October 8th/9th with a New Moon in Libra. The energies of a Full Moon gradually build up earlier in the Moon cycle and become more noticeable on the day of and days surrounding it. It is also a part of the backdrop of the other astrological energies over the following 2 weeks.

At every Full Moon we feel a push-pull between the two opposite signs where the Sun and Moon are located, in this case being Taurus and Scorpio. However, with this specific Full Moon, Venus retrograde and Uranus are directly connected to the opposition which brings its own energy in a strong way which will get into in the next part of the article.

Scorpio season began the day before this Full Moon, yet we’ve already been getting a taste of it prior with other planets being located there. Scorpio is about power, transformation, intensity, sexuality, passion, regeneration, fears, and depth. It can be complex, mysterious, vengeful, manipulative, calculated, compulsive, and obsessive. As a water sign, it is emotional and intuitive.

This Full Moon in the opposite sign of Taurus brings its themes to the equation. This sign is practical and simplified. It is associated with physical things, beauty, and stimulating the senses. Taurus is about the natural world as well as food, money, values, worth, and resources. It can be slow, thorough, indulging, deliberate, reliable, cautious, yet lazy and procrastinating. As an Earth sign, Taurus is grounded and realistic.

Full Moon Conjunct Uranus Opposite Sun & Venus, Saturn In The Mix

Normally in the above paragraph, I would have mentioned how Taurus is stable and routine oriented. However, this Full Moon is aligned with Uranus which is the complete opposite of that. Uranus is a big factor of this Full Moon and it overrides some of the general Taurus themes. Uranus is unpredictable and can bring surprises, shakeups, breakthroughs, sudden happenings, separations, rebellion, and sometimes even accidents.  It can also be revolutionary, innovative, scientific, metaphysical,  non-conforming, awakening, insightful, exciting, and bring new experiences. Uranus is associated with originality, freedom, and change.

Venus is the ruler of Taurus and has been retrograde since October 5th/6th (until November 16th) in the opposite sign of Scorpio where the Sun is at this lunation. This retrograde period is a time of re-orientation of things connected to Venus which could include relationships, friendships, love, values, money, beauty, pleasures, fun, art, or creativity. You can read more about this Venus Retrograde here.

This Venus retrograde energy is strongly highlighted at this Full Moon because Venus rules Taurus and it will be joining the Sun exactly a few days following which is always a significant part of a retrograde as it is a ‘seeding’ period. Things that occur or thoughts that we have during the last 10 days of October (especially 25th – 27th) can somehow contribute to how things play out over the following 10 months when it comes to some Venus-ruled areas mentioned above.

This Full Moon and Venus retrograde are in harmonious aspects with Saturn. Although Uranus energy is kind of dominating this period, perhaps this can bring some sort of realistic or practical energy to the themes mentioned throughout this article and can also be tied into surprises and shakeups as mentioned above. Or alternatively, we may experience these energies manifest in separate ways.

Venus is also moving towards an opposition with Uranus which is activated at this Full Moon but could play out more strongly as we get closer to October 31st. The Uranus energies mentioned in the first paragraph of this section could affect Venus matters in either a challenging or exciting way. However, keep in mind that any new relationships or aesthetic undertakings maybe be short-lived, unstable, or be faced with surprises. These things can be sudden but not stable. We also need to be careful of being too impulsive with spending resources and there is also a higher risk of loss if we are not careful.

Full Moon Square The Lunar Nodes Which Are Changing Signs Soon

This Full Moon is in a tight square with Lunar Nodes which marks the halfway point between the last series of eclipses this past summer and the next series of eclipses in January. The Lunar Nodes are karmic points in astrology and considering that this lunation is aligned with Uranus with Taurus’ ruler Venus in retrograde motion, this Full Moon is very significant which could mark a turning point or significant changes for many people.

It is possible that the energies of the summers previous eclipses and retrogrades may be activated during this time as well which depends on how those eclipses interacted with your natal astrology chart.

The Lunar nodes will be changing signs on November 6th/7th just before the next New Moon. They have been in the Leo-Aquarius axis since May 2017 and will be going into the Cancer-Capricorn axis for the following 18 months. I will cover this more in my next article, however, this factor also signifies a shifting of energies along with Jupiter changing signs shortly after this, and Uranus also retrograding back into Aries soon.

Mercury Conjunct Jupiter In Scorpio, Both Trine Chiron

Jupiter is in a trine with Chiron which is exact on November 1st and still plays out in the week following. This can be a great energy for learning, healing, and acquiring some sort of holistic awareness. We can learn and understand our wounds, blockages, and fears better to help us overcome or transform them into something more positive.

Mercury is moving towards this configuration and will be aligned with Jupiter exactly on October 28th/29th. This can help us to be more broad-minded and see the big picture. Communications can be growth-oriented, educational, expansive, and fun. However, we can also be scattered minded and more easily overlook mundane details.

With this conjunction happening in Scorpio, it can also be deep, psychological, and connected to looking at things that are hidden or beneath the surface. In some cases, this can be a great energy for transactions and financial matters depending on how it is interacting with your chart. Short trips or travel plans may also play out at this time.

Things To Consider During This Period

What has been coming for you recently regarding your relationships or how you approach your relationships, either socially or romantically? Are you experiencing a shift in your values or a conflict between personal and shared values? Or perhaps this is connected resources, finances, and worth? Have you been having any breakthroughs, and if so, how should you proceed based on that? Do you feel like you need to liberate yourself from a restricting situation?

These are just some examples of themes that could come up during this period, however, there may be other variations of this energy playing out as well.  If you wish to do any sort of intentional release connected to what has come up at this Full Moon, it is best to do so anytime over the two weeks following, when it is waning. The exact moment of this Full Moon is on October 24th at 4:45pm Universal Time. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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New Moon In Libra: Intensity In Relationships

We are having a New Moon in Libra on October 9th, 2018 at 3:47am Universal Time. This is initiating a 29.5 day Lunar cycle and a new wave of energy for the coming month. This cycle will peak at the Full Moon in Taurus that is occurring on October 24th.

The Sun entered the Libra (of the tropical zodiac) at the previous Equinox on September 22nd/23rd. As an air sign, it is social and intellectual. Libra is about all types of relationships, as well as balance, fairness, equality, compromise, harmony, and diplomacy. As a Venus ruled sign, it is also associated with beauty, aesthetics, creativity, and appreciation of art.

Libra is about consideration and cooperation, however, because of this it can also be indecisive and lack direct action. It is still an initiating energy because it is a Cardinal sign, yet it mainly initiates socially, intellectually or anything to do with relating. Libra can be ‘people pleasing’ which can also translate as superficiality and fakeness.

Venus, Ruler of Libra, Is Now Retrograde

Venus went retrograde on October 5th/6th which will last until November 16th. Retrogrades are a time to revisit, reflect on, and make adjustments to things represented by that planet. Venus rules all of the same things associated with Libra (as mentioned) and also rules over money, values, sensuality, femininity, and pleasures.

With Venus just beginning its retrograde just prior to the New Moon, this really emphasizes a shift a potential for changes and re-orientation regarding Venus-Libra areas of life throughout this Lunar cycle, yet will still play out in the month following. You can read more about this Venus retrograde here.

New Moon Conjunct Ceres and Square Pluto, Venus Square Mars

This New Moon is aligned with Ceres, once classified as an asteroid but now considered a dwarf planet by astronomers. It is a feminine energy associated with nurturing, mothering, unconditional love, fertility, family, food, agriculture, sustainability, as well as the rhythms and cycles of womanhood.

Ceres is also associated with grief, loss, and separation. It can be about destroying to regain what was lost. Ceres has become increasingly used in astrology over the last decade and this is reflected in the shifts society is experiencing around women’s issues/rights, as well as both the constructive and destructive aspects of modern day feminism.

This New Moon and Ceres are both in a square with Pluto. This can bring Plutonian energy to Libran and Ceres themes mentioned above. It can be transformative, purging, renovating, regenerating, deep, powerful, sexual, and evolutionary.

However, it is a tense square which increases the potential of the more challenging qualities which can be intense, obsessive, compulsive, manipulative, secretive, dark, destructive, fearful, vengeful, and can trigger jealousy, power struggles, or reveal hidden matters. This energy is strongest from October 11th-12th, but it builds up leading up to those dates.

Venus retrograde is in the Plutonian sign of Scorpio while also  in a square with Mars which is strongest October 10th/11th. This reinforces some of the same themes regarding that square with Pluto. This can be  passionate when it comes to matters of love, or even socially and creatively. However, it can also stimulate tension and conflict.

Mercury is also in an opposition with Uranus on the same day, and this combined with Venus square Mars can trigger impulsive spending of resources. This can also reflect stimulating communications, ideas, and innovative thinking. However, this can make it harder for us to focus our minds, and there can also be some sort of disruptions or potential separations.

Making Intentions And Things To Consider

What has been coming up for you recently regarding your social life,  matters of love, and sexuality? Do you feel like you need to proceed differently when it comes to these areas?

What major changes can you make to bring in more harmony and balance in your life or regarding relationships? How could you evolve in your creative expression?  Do you feel like you need to make an aesthetic or stylistic revision in some way?

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. However, the closer the better and can be as early as 30 minutes prior to the exact moment of it. This New Moon will be occurring at 3:47am Universal Time. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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New Moon In Virgo: Getting Things Done

We are having a New Moon in Virgo on September 9th, 2018 at 6:02pm Universal Time. This is initiating a 29.5 day Lunar cycle and a new wave of energy for the coming month. This cycle will peak at the Full Moon that is occurring on September 24th/25th.

We have been in Virgo season since August 23rd with its ruler Mercury also there since September 5th/6th. Virgo is one of three Earth signs which are  practical, realistic, grounded, and have a stronger orientation and sense toward the physical/material world. Compared to the other Earth signs, it is mutable and ruled by Mercury which makes it more adaptable, multitasking, problem solving, and mentally oriented.

Virgo is a task oriented sign. It is about the work that needs to get done, how we take care of our bodies and health, how we organize our lives, how efficient and sustainable we are, and how we can be of service. Virgo is analytical, orderly, systematic, meticulous, clean, pure, discriminating, and the perfectionist. It can also be overly critical, fault finding, irritable, and restless.

It’s interesting to note that in the Northern Hemisphere, Virgo season is the last month of Summer with Autumn beginning the last week of September. However I find that the majority of people view early September (or even late August) as the end of Summer. This is partly because Virgo season is less about fun (like the previous sign Leo is) and more about getting to work. Part of this has to do with school beginning for most people which is ultimately a reflection of Virgo season.

New Moon In Harmonious Aspects With Jupiter And Pluto

Jupiter in Scorpio is finishing off its sextile with Pluto in Capricorn. It was strong in January when it began and in April during Jupiter’s retrograde. It is possible that now we can experience a conclusion process in relation to what was occuring or initiating during those periods.  This New Moon is in a direct aspect with these planets and brings its own Virgoan energy into the equation.

This sextile with Jupiter and Pluto can be empowering and transformative both in our personal development or even financially in some cases. It can also facilitate in our quest for deeper understandings, truths, and can also reveal things that were hidden. It can even reflect growth around sexuality, finances, and how we use our power.

Considering that the New Moon in Virgo is collaborating with this energy, some of the themes mentioned in the previous paragraph could be connected to our work, duties, lifestyle, and health. Some people may notice this through positive and strengthening career developments,. Jupiter in Scorpio can open some doors through shared or borrowed resources becoming available.

Venus Square Mars While Both In Transition

At the time of this New Moon, Venus is on the cusp of Libra/Scorpio while it is in a square with Mars which is on the cusp of Capricorn/Aquarius. Mars recently finished its retrograde and is still in its post shadow period while Venus is slowing down to go retrograde in early October. This combined with the fact that they are both changing signs in the same period signifies a time of transitions regarding Venus and Mars energies.

We are in a period in which we are integrating and moving forward with some of the Mars Retrograde lessons, themes, and developments which occurred this past summer. It could have to do with how we assert ourselves, how we take action, how we deal anger/aggression, and could also have to do with sexuality.

With Venus preparing to go retrograde in both Libra and Scorpio, we will gradually experience new developments around love, relationships, sex, values, beauty, creativity, and even financially. This will set the stage for necessary adjustments during the retrograde and post-retrograde period from October to December.

This square between Venus and Mars could be about how we are applying our recent Mars lessons and reorientations towards the mentioned Venus related areas which will undergo its own recalibration process. This energy can also be passionate yet intense when it comes to matters of love. Some people may experience a conflict between love and sex.

Venus and Mars Also Applying A Hard Aspect With Uranus

The Venus square Mars aspect mentioned above is also interacting with Uranus which can also bring sudden changes, instability, disruptions, loss, separations, and rebelliousness in relationships or even financially. Challenges around freedom may come up. This can also reflect new and exciting energy around relations or pleasurable pursuits.

However, we can be impulsive when it comes to seeking pleasures or spending money, and would be wise to think things through before doing something you might regret.. This energy is strongest around September 11th-12th, and can also play out from September 17th-19th.

Mercury and New Moon in Virgo Opposing Neptune in Pisces

In the days prior to this New Moon, the Sun in Virgo made an opposition with Neptune while Mercury also in Virgo will do the same around September 13th-14th. Although Virgoan energy is detailed, focused, and hard working, the Neptune influence can bring an element of confusion, dreamy or delusional thinking, mental laziness, and perhaps even carelessness.

Communications with others may not be clear or perhaps we may not say things correctly, and is also not the most ideal time to make agreements. This is kind of similar to Mercury retrograde. However, this can be great for applying our mind towards creative or imaginative efforts.

Saturn Just Ended Its Retrograde While In A Trine With Uranus

On September 6th, Saturn ended its retrograde which began on April 17th. Theses transition periods are when the energy of the planet becomes more apparent, in the weeks before and after the change in motion. We may experience developments or feelings connected to Saturn themes.

Saturn rules responsibility, commitment, discipline, duty, effort, boundaries, as well as cautious and conservative approaches. It is in its own sign of Capricorn, which is about ambition, hard work, mastery, goals, career, and status.

Saturn has been getting close to a trine with Uranus in Taurus in the past few weeks and will separate over the coming weeks. This is good for trying new, innovative, or technological approaches towards our work, responsibilities, routines, and perhaps lifestyle in some cases. Their can also be developments that can give us more freedom.

Making Intentions And Things To Consider

What can you do to organize your life and manage your tasks better? What steps should you take to improve your health and lifestyle? Is there anything playing out now connected to a process that began in January which can help you to move forward in a more empowered way?

How should you proceed forward based on the developments that have come up for you in the last week in relation to your responsibilities, commitments, and career? What actions can you take to help you feel more liberated?

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. However, the closer to the New Moon the better and can be as early as 30 minutes prior to the exact moment of it. This New Moon will be occurring at 6:02pm Universal Time. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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