Total Lunar Eclipse In Sagittarius: Contemplating Beliefs & Opinions

We are having a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius on May 26th which is peaking at 11:18am Universal Time. It will be a ‘Total’ Eclipse which is commonly referred to as a ‘Blood Moon’ as it will appear red. It will also be a ‘Super Moon’ which is when the Moon is near its closest point to the Earth and therefore appearing larger.

This eclipse will be visible (weather permitting) wherever it will be dark in part or all of its duration. This includes most of the Americas, half of Asia, and Oceania. However, its totality will only be visible from the Western half of North America (including Hawaii), some parts of South America, the far East of Asia, as well as Australia, New Zealand and all the islands in between.

This is the first of two eclipses occurring back to back, with this one followed by a Solar Eclipse in Gemini on June 10th. These are part of a series of eclipses in the Gemini-Sagittarius axis that began in the spring of 2020 and will conclude in the end of 2021. (Join my mailing list here to receive my future eclipse articles and other content.)

Eclipses reflect evolutionary changes in specific areas of our lives which can play out over the following 6 months and can begin up to 6 weeks prior. However, they are also part of a 1.5-2 year process in which the Lunar Nodes and most Eclipses are in the same signs. The changes that occur are connected to the sign they are in, the planets they are configured to, and how this all lines up with our individual astrological blueprints (natal chart).

South Node Lunar Eclipse In Sagittarius Opposite Sun In Gemini

This eclipse puts an emphasis on Sagittarius which is where the South Node is. This indicates changes and developments associated with this sign that can have a decreasing effect in how its themes are expressed. However, negative expressions of this sign can also come up more so to bring it to our attention and to facilitate some sort of change. In this situation, Sagittarius energies and aspects of life can be more constructive when they are expressed in harmony with a Gemini emphasis.

Sagittarius is associated with beliefs, philosophies, religion, idealism, morals, righteousness, travel, exploration, expansion, optimism, and perspectives based on experience. It is associated with media, marketing, and education. Sagittarius energy can be excessive, blunt, egotistical, argumentative, judgemental, fanatical, opinionated, preachy, unrealistic, disregarding of consequences, and have a ‘know-it-all’ complex.

This Full Moon Eclipse is opposite the Sun in Gemini which is where the North Node is. There is an emphasis on increase and growth around the themes/energies of this sign. Gemini is associated with facts, communication, articulation, learning, different viewpoints, neighbors, neighborhood, close friends, siblings, extended family, as well as our local and immediate surroundings.

Sagittarius expressions will work best within a balance in which it serves the interests of Gemini. For example, some people may find that their immediate experiences are at odds with their beliefs and therefore this should help to reshape one’s perspective if we are working with this constructively. There are other ways this can play out in the areas of life mentioned above.

Lunar Eclipse Square Jupiter, Trine Chiron, & Sextile Stationary Saturn

This Lunar Eclipse is in a T-square with Jupiter which has recently entered Pisces, one of its home signs. Considering Jupiter is also the ruler of Sagittarius, this can emphasize many of the themes mentioned above. With it being the focal planet as part of a T-square with the Sun and Moon, it could also offer solutions to these luminaries’ opposition within the Gemini-Sagittarius axis.

Pisces themes such as compassion, oneness, sympathy, empathy, sensitivity, creativity, and spirituality can help to overcome negative qualities of Sagittarius and for the polarity to work in harmony. However, this aspect can also play out as overextending ourselves as well as issues with boundaries or blind spots.

This eclipse is also in a trine with Chiron in Aries. Themes of healing, personal development, holistic perception, problem solving, and bridging fragmented areas of life or expressions of ourselves may come up. We can experience developments or circumstances that trigger old wounds, negative patterns, or behaviours rooted in the lack of holism, which can ultimately help us to release or change our relationships with these things getting in the way of our growth. This energy can come up from June 1st to 3rd when it is triggered by the Sun but is still part of the backdrop for months to come.

The Sun and Moon are also applying a supportive aspect with Saturn in Aquarius. Although the energies of this eclipse can be scattering considering the mutable signs of Gemini and Sagittarius in a square with Jupiter, this Saturn aspect can help to mitigate some of that. It can also bring a level of realism and responsibility to the equation. This will be strong from June 2nd-4th when the Sun is trine Saturn.

Venus Square Neptune, Conjunct Stationary Mercury, Trine Jupiter

During this eclipse and in the days following, Venus in Gemini is in a square with Neptune in Pisces. This can reflect confusion, lack of boundaries, delusion, deception, or flakiness when it comes to friendships, matters of love, or finances. The potential for escapism and avoiding work is also high at this time. This can be great for any creative or artistic pursuits  that don’t require any sort of precision or specific expectations.

Venus then makes a conjunction to Mercury on May 28th/29th which will be going retrograde less than a day later. Pleasant social communications, touching base with friends, or perhaps even old lovers can be a factor at this time. However, with Mercury about to be going retrograde it’s possible that certain interactions at this time may contribute to the shifts you may experience over the following month. I will be writing a separate article on this Mercury retrograde, so stay tuned for that. (Join my mailing list here to get notified when my articles are published.)

Venus will then enter Cancer and be in a trine with Jupiter in Pisces on June 3rd/4th which will be around the same time the Sun is in a trine with Saturn as mentioned earlier. This can be socially or romantically expansive and optimistic. Our relations can be a source of learning and gaining perspective. Generosity and/or luck may be experienced or expressed on this day and some people can benefit financially under this sky. This can be good for any media or marketing efforts around art, aesthetics, or social endeavors.

Mars Trine Neptune, Then Opposite Pluto

Mars in Cancer is moving towards a trine with Neptune which is strongest from May 30th to June 1st. This is good for actions that require us to flow without rigidity, which is also recommended considering Mercury’s positioning at that time. Asserting ourselves in a creative, artistic, spiritual, inspired, or intuitive way can be a theme. Sexually, this period can be magical. This can also be good for activities that involve water.

Mars then moves towards an opposition with Pluto in Capricorn which will peak from June 4th-6th. This aspect can be intense and we may experience power struggles. Conflicts or issues may come up around control, obsessions, secrets, or other things being revealed. We can feel more forceful and aggressive. At best, this energy can be passionate, highly sexual, and can also be good for taking action towards making necessary changes or purging.

Things To Consider

What has been coming up for you regarding your beliefs and are they in conflict with certain facts or real life experiences? What have you overlooked and what are your blind spots? Do you express judgements or opinions in ways that are doing more harm than good? Are there areas of life or perspectives you hold that you are being unrealistic about? Do you have any excessive behaviors that need to be addressed and do you need to be more disciplined? What do you need to change or release to help you be more whole and a better version of yourself?

These are just some examples of what can be playing out for you but not limited to these either. Keep in mind that the themes of this specific eclipse will play out until the Fall. It is best to try to tune into this energy as it happens and pay attention to your feelings to help you in decisions you need to make in the future.

After the Moon begins the wane following the peak, and during the following two weeks, can be a good time to initiate any sort of releasing process if you feel necessary. The eclipse process begins at 8:47am Universal Time on May 26th with it peaking at 11:18am and finishing at 1:49pm.. The Moon begins to wane after 7:14am Universal Time. You can click here to see when the peak will be in your time zone.

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Full Moon In Cancer: Contesting Thoughts & Feelings

We are having a Full Moon in Cancer on December 29th in the Americas and on the 30th elsewhere. It will appear the brightest on the night of the 29th for the majority of the world except for the countries furthest East. This is the peak of the Lunar cycle that began with a New Moon and Total Solar Eclipse In Sagittarius on December 14th/15th.

This Full Moon follows two back to back eclipses which will be affecting the period from this past November until this upcoming spring as part of the backdrop to all the other astrological energies happening. We also recently had a Grand Conjunction in Aquarius which will affect the next 20 years but especially this upcoming year as a time of seeding things pertaining to that energy. I recommend reading those articles here if you haven’t already. I also recently did a podcast here on Collective-Evolution talking about it as well.

The energies of a Full Moon are strongest in the days surrounding it yet its astrological configurations also play a part over the following two weeks. You may also start to see its themes slowly build up after the New Moon prior.

Full Moons are a period in which we feel a push-pull between two opposing signs, in this case being the Moon in Cancer and the Sun in Capricorn. It can play out as either a conflict, an integration, or some sort of dynamic playing out between the energies of both signs. The Moon reflects the expression of feeling and emotion while the Sun reflects the expression of ego and conscious self.

We may feel this opposition happening individually within us and/or we can also experience it play out around us with some people (or circumstances) expressing the Cancer side and others expressing the Capricorn side. In some cases, Full Moons can also reflect/trigger some sort of change or release.

Full Moon In Cancer Opposite Sun and Mercury In Capricorn

The Sun entered Capricorn on the December 21st Solstice as it always does as per the Tropical Zodiac. This is the sign of ambition, achieving, duties, career, productivity, and discipline. It is responsible, cautious, prudent, practical, orderly, masterful, worldly, business oriented, realistic, and a social climber. Capricorn can also be cold, narrow minded, controlling, pessimistic, cynical, and overly concerned with status.

The Full Moon will be highlighting its home sign of Cancer and will be bringing its themes into the equation while in opposition to the Sun in Capricorn. Cancer is the sign of family, domestic needs, security, emotional sensitivity, nurturing, and nostalgia. It is caring, personal, motherly, empathic, vulnerable, instinctual, intuitive and protective. Cancer can also be moody, clingy, insecure, as well as overly subjective.

Mercury is also involved in this configuration as it is in Capricorn near the Sun and will be opposing the Cancerian Moon. This can bring a theme of thoughts vs feelings or mental needs vs emotional needs. We may experience this conflict within ourselves and/or through our relations. If you experience this, the key will be to follow gut feelings.

Venus Square Neptune and Conjunct Lunar South Node

At the time of this Full Moon, Venus in Sagittarius is in a tight square with Neptune. Venus ruled areas such as friendships, love, pleasures, values, money, aesthetics, can be met with Neptune expressions such as confusion, lack of boundaries, illusions, delusion, fantasy, escapism, intoxication, or elusiveness. However, in some cases, this energy can also be highly romantic, creative, and bring a spiritual element into our interactions.

Venus is approaching the Lunar South Node as it will be exactly aligned on December 31st. We may need to release or change something pertaining to Venus ruled areas as mentioned above. Perhaps there are aspects of our social life, relations, how we spend money, or what we do for fun, that needs to be let go. It could also be tied into Sagittarian expressions/themes such as excessiveness, judgement, travel, foreign countries, idealism, beliefs, or opinions.

Mars Approaching End Of Post Retrograde Shadow, Changes Signs While In Hard Aspect

Mars has been in its home sign of Aries since late June due to it being retrograde from September 9th until November 13th. This has been an extended stay here as it is generally in a sign for two months. Its recent retrograde and following it has been a period of recalibrating how we assert ourselves, boundaries, individual needs, and perhaps even how we project our identity, in the areas of our lives that have been affected by it.

We have been in the final phase of this process since mid-November and will conclude on January 2nd/3rd.  At this point we should have had experiences to help us see what we need to be doing differently and how we should focus our efforts, yet more could still unfold in the week following this Full Moon.

Mars will be switching from Aries into Taurus on January 6th/7th and will be moving into a hard square with Saturn. There will be a shift in energy at this time which could bring about frustrations, restrictions, blocks, or obstacles then and over the following days. It would be best to approach things thoroughly, cautiously, patiently, and with practicality.

Things To Consider

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 approach your ambitions or career with greater care for others? What can you do to feel more secure?

What do you need to change or let go of when it comes to your social dynamics, friendships, love life, values, style, or finances? In what areas of your life have you been making more progress in over the last six weeks in comparison to the months prior to that? What is that showing you in how you should apply yourself going forward?

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 at 3:28am Universal Time on December 30th. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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New Moon In Gemini: Adaptability & Confusion

We are having a New Moon in Gemini on May 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 with a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius on June 5th/6th.

Gemini season has just begun on May 20th/21st with it’s ruler Mercury also there. As an Air sign it is socially and mentally oriented, while as a Mutable sign it is versatile, adaptable, and multi-faceted. Mutable signs are the last of each season which is a reflection of its changeable nature to help facilitate a transition from one thing to the next.

Gemini’s energy is curious, communicative, articulate, informative, agile, busy, clever, and dualistic. It has chameleon-like properties and is the sign of multiple expressions or personalities. Gemini is associated with information, learning, writing, commuting, immediate environment, neighbours/neighbourhood, siblings, close friends, and extended family. Negatively, it can be gossipy, superficial, inconsistent, scattered, two faced, unfocused, and lack emotion.

Venus is currently retrograde in Gemini and the Lunar North Node also recently entered this sign. All of this puts an exclamation mark on Gemini themes at this time. The North Node will be there until early 2022 which reflects a push towards working with Gemini energies in a positively constructive way. Much of this process is getting emphasized over this next month. You can read more about Venus retrograde here.

New Moon Trine Saturn, Sextile Chiron, & Square Mars With Uranus In The Mix

This New Moon is in a tight trine with Saturn in Aquarius and sextile with Chiron. In comparison to previous months, these upcoming weeks can have more of a stabilizing energy. This can be good for applying ourselves in a disciplined, realistic, and committed way.

The sextile to Chiron gives us a small dose of its themes. Chiron is associated with healing, wholeness, cleansing, spiritual growth, innovative ideas, and discovery. It is holistic, bridging, creative, and unorthodox. This energy will also come up May 27th-28th/29th.

The New Moon is also in a square with Mars in Pisces which is moving towards a sextile with Uranus. This in combination with all the Gemini can bring restlessness and scatteredness. It can also be competitive, impulsive, and combative. Following the New Moon period, this energy will build up in the coming weeks and peak at the upcoming Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius.

Mars is moving towards a sextile with Uranus which is strongest from May 24th-25th/26th. This is good for making changes or trying new things. We may want to apply ourselves in unique, experimental, or revolutionary ways. Pursuing some sort of independence or freedom is another way this energy can be expressed.

Mercury Conjunct Venus Retrograde, Both Square Neptune & Out Of Bounds

The ruler of Gemini, Mercury, is in a conjunction with Venus retrograde which are both in Gemini as well. This is one of the more significant periods of the Venus retrograde and can facilitate some realizations or issues that are part of the retrograde process.  Thoughts or issues pertaining to relationships, values, money, art, or something aesthetic related can be prominent.

However, with both of them in a square to Neptune there can be some confusion, idealism, misunderstandings, flakiness, delusion, disappointments, or problems around boundaries. Issues pertaining to escapism or intoxication can come up and this can be a time of feeling tired and lethargic. In some cases this energy can be creatively or spiritually stimulating. This is strongest on the day of and days surrounding the New Moon.

Both Mercury and Venus are ‘Out of Bounds’. This is when planets move outside of the boundaries in which the Sun travels in, from our perspective on Earth. It is about exploring new territory as well as going outside of our usual limitations and conventional ways of doing things. This can also reflect seeing things from a different perspective and objective thinking.

Mercury, the planet of the mind, perceptions, reason, communication, commuting, and commerce has been out of bounds since May 16th until June 9th/10th. Venus, the planet of love, relationships, social life, values, money, beauty, art, and aesthetics, has been out of bounds since April 1st until June 1st.

Approaching Eclipse Season 

In the two weeks after this Full Moon we will have a Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius on June 5th/6th followed by a Solar Eclipse in Cancer on June 21st and another Lunar Eclipse in July. They are happening during Venus’ retrograde and post shadow, and will also overlap with an upcoming Mercury retrograde.

All of this combined shows that these coming months are a time of transitions, changes, and reorientations. Eclipses can reflect beginnings, endings, and even evolutionary developments pertaining to the sign it is in and in specific areas in each of our lives. However, their effects don’t always play out when they are occurring. They can also manifest sometime in the 6 months following and in some cases up to 6 weeks prior.

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Making Intentions & Things To Consider

What has been coming up for you around love or regarding friendships? What are relationship dynamics showing you and in what ways do you lack clarity? How can you better communicate and harmonize how you interact with others? What are you learning about/through the information you are consuming and does it truly make sense for you? How can you better adapt to the circumstances in your life? What are your options for handling financial matters?

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 5:39pm Universal Time on May 22nd, or the 23rd for those in the Eastern part of the world. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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Venus Retrograde In Gemini: Social Reorientation

Venus is retrograde in Gemini from May 13th until June 25th. Its themes have been building up since April 9th, when Venus entered the part of the sky it will be retrograding back to. When a planet goes retrograde, it appears to be moving backwards in zodiacal position from our perspective here on Earth. This is due to the positioning of its orbit around the Sun relative to Earth’s orbit.

Unlike Mercury Retrograde, Venus Retrogrades occur less frequently, every 19 months, but they last about twice as long. Although both retrogrades have some similarities in regards to how they might affect your social life, Venus still presents a much different vibe.

This is a time of adjustments, reflections, revisitation, and reconnection in areas represented by Venus. It rules over love, intimate relationships, friendships, values, money, worth, aesthetics, and overall attractability. It is associated with passions, creativity, pleasures, and tastes.

Intimate and Social Relationships

For many couples, though not all, it can be a challenging time. Whether challenging or not, however, Venus retrograde can deepen or shift the way love is expressed between partners. Any new relationships — those shorter than 18 months — may be tested during this period, as it will be the first one experienced as a couple.

Any new developments or perspectives around relationships that have occurred since April 9th may experience a shift or end up playing out quite differently than expected over the next few months. Consider this an important step in the evolution of your relationship(s). A retrograde process can either ultimately strengthen relationships, change the dynamics, or can break them apart.

Friendships could be affected in this way as well, minus the intimacy. In some cases a friend can become a lover or vice versa. This could also be a time when people reconnect with friends (or lovers) of the past to further evolve the relationship. It could bring some sort of closure and/or new developments/dynamics.

New or reacquainted relationships that form during Venus retrogrades can play an important role in evolving how we apply ourselves in relationships into the future. However, for anyone who does enter a new relationship at this time, it would be good to wait until after the retrograde is over before going ‘all in’. At that point, things will then become more clear on how to proceed with matters of love. In some cases a relationship can get more serious, or further developed, in the post retrograde period while in other cases it could come to an end or scaled back..

Values, Attraction, Money, Beauty, and Material Things

Depending on what area of your natal chart it is occurring in, and while considering other factors, Venus retrograde could create a shift in what we value and/or how we are valued and what we are attracted to. For some people, there could also be a shift in financial matters that may have begun developing or played out sometime since early April. If so, be mindful of the possibility that things could still change over the next few months.

It would also be a good idea to be cautious when doing anything new that involves beauty, decorating, design, or buying items related to fashion. There is a greater possibility that eventually you may not be happy with these kinds of choices that you make. However, going back and fixing/redoing/renovating things can make more sense, although sometimes complications might still arise. Also, purchasing clothing from thrift stores can also be more fruitful than getting new items.

Venus Retrograde in Gemini, With North Node Also In Gemini

This Venus Retrograde will be occurring between 22 and 5 degrees of Gemini. The last two times it occurred in this sign was in Spring/Summer of 2012 and 2004 and therefore this one may have some similar themes.. Some readers will remember that both of those retrogrades included the infamous ‘Transit of Venus’ when it was right in front of the Sun and created a really small dark spot eclipsing a small portion of the Sun’s light.

Astronomically speaking, the reason why this occurred was because when Venus was conjunct the Sun, it was in the part of its orbit which intersects the pathway of the Sun (ecliptic) from our vantage point on Earth. This will not happen gain for almost one hundred years. However, although we will not have a ‘Venus Transit’, Venus’ orbit still crosses the ecliptic in Gemini and will be doing so days before its conjunction with the Sun during this retrograde. Generally speaking, this gives Venus retrogrades in this sign more significance.

Venus themes will also be mixed in with areas of life associated with Gemini which is a social and intellectual sign. This sign is about information, news, curiosity, communication (and related technology), writing, and language. Gemini can also be associated with siblings, extended family, neighbors, or those from our earlier part of life. Our neighborhood, immediate environments, and commuting is also connected to this sign. Gemini energy can also be scattered, high strung, gossipy, two faced, cunning, superficial, and uncommitted.

The North Node entered Gemini just over a week before Venus begins its retrograde in the same sign. Over the next few years there will be a push to work with the energies of Gemini in a more constructive way. However, Venus here over the next few months will facilitate shifts around our values pertaining to Gemini areas.

Journey of Venus Retrograde – Aspects & Timeline

*Below are some of the dates and information about Venus’ aspects and other major astrological configurations during this retrograde. 

Earlier dates are for those in Western part of the world and later dates for those in the East.

May 13th – Venus goes Retrograde while in a Square with Neptune. 

The days surrounding this period could be a time in which some of the themes mentioned above could become more apparent. There could potentially be developments that will play a role in how this retrograde plays out for you. Venus also begins its retrograde in a square with Neptune which will peak at May 20th/21st (see below for more information on that). Also, Saturn went retrograde on May 10th/11th and Jupiter goes retrograde on May 14th which emphasizes a shift in energy this week.

May 20th-23rd – Venus square Neptune with Mercury joining during New Moon in Gemini

Venus has been in a square with Neptune since the beginning of May. 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, deception, and issues around boundaries in our relationships, financially, or perhaps around other Venus areas mentioned above. Escapism is also another way this can play out for many people.

With Gemini’s ruler Mercury joining this configuration on the 22nd (23rd for those in the East), this can increase the social and gossipy potentials of Venus in Gemini and the square to Neptune can also bring mental confusion and lack of focus. The New Moon (also in Gemini) is occurring at this time and therefore these themes are seeded into the entire lunar cycle.

May 23rd/24th Venus goes under the beams of the Sun until June 15th

Up until this point,  Venus was visible shortly after sunset as an ‘evening star’. Following this date it will no longer be visible in the sky until June 15th-ish when it will appear as a ‘morning star’. We can experience some shifts or developments that may require us to do some shedding or some sort of deeper reorientation over the next three weeks, peaking at the ‘inferior conjunction’ during the first week of June..

June 2nd – 6th Venus inferior Conjunction while square Mars, configured to Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius

During this time Venus returns to the Sun in its ‘inferior conjunction’ while they are both in a square aspect with Mars. This is the halfway point of the retrograde and is when there can be more of a shift in dynamics and/or insights pertaining Venus areas of love, relationships, social life, pleasures, money, and/or values. This is a time in which we may need to renew or let go of some aspect of how we express or engage in Venus aspects of life.

The square with Mars can reflect conflicts, arguments, competitiveness, or some sort of passionate engagement with others. For some, this energy can also be creatively or romantically stimulating. There will be a Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius on June 5th/6th that is also in a configuration with these Sun-Mercury-Mars aspects. This will extend some of these themes until at least September or November, and can seed themes that will play out over the coming months.  I will be writing a separate article on this eclipse. Join my mailing list here to ensure that you receive it.

June 10th/11th – Venus sextile Chiron

Chiron is a major player in this retrograde and this specific cycle that Venus is in with the Sun. Due to Chiron’s invovment, this retrograde can help bring healing, wholeness, bridging, integration, or solutions around Venus ruled areas and perhaps Gemini things like information, communication, etc. After the retrograde is finished, it will sextile Chiron again from July 8th-12th in which these themes may come back, perhaps in a more constructive way.

June 15th/16th – Venus re-appears visibly in the sky as a ‘morning star’ before Sunrise

At this time we can begin to have a better perception around some of the things that have been playing out over the previous month. There can be different developments, a change in circumstances, or a shift in how we feel about these issues.

June 17th/18th – Mercury goes retrograde in Cancer

Mercury is going retrograde in Cancer until mid-July. Due to it being the ruler of Gemini and it occurring in the next sign after it, we can expect some overlapping themes between both retrogrades. Some of the issues and developments that came up during the Venus retrograde (especially since beginning of June) may go through a hashing out process during Mercury’s retrograde.

June 25th – Venus goes stationary direct

Venus comes to a stop and begins to slowly move forward again. Over the coming weeks, certain Venus related issues will progress in a revamped way. There will be more clarity around what has come up, especially after Mercury ends its retrograde from mid to late July. In March 2021, Venus will reach its next major point in its cycle with the Sun. It’s possible that some of the things that occur during this retrograde will lead to developments and scenarios that happen then.

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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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Full Moon In Taurus: Growth & Perseverance

We are having a Full Moon in Taurus on November 12th at 1:34pm Universal Time. It will appear the fullest on the night of the 11th in the Americas and on the night of the 12th elsewhere.

This is the peak of the Lunar cycle that began two weeks prior with a New Moon in Scorpio. The energies of a Full Moon build up as the Moon increases its light and are strongest in the days before and after. However, it will still be a part of the backdrop over the following two weeks.

Mercury is also currently retrograde in Scorpio which you can read more about here. In the day leading up to this Full Moon, Mercury was conjunct the Sun in what is known as the ‘inferior conjunction’ and is still playing out during the Full Moon.

Generally this is an important phase of every Mercury retrograde, however, this one has even more significance because Mercury was exactly aligned with, and visibly in front of, the Sun. This is not the case for every ‘inferior conjunction.’ This is called an ‘Occultation’ and also referred to as a ‘Transit of Mercury’ by astronomers. The last time it occurred was May 2016 and the next time will be in November 2032.

This can be a period of increased insights and the themes of this retrograde may get amplified. However, typical retrograde complications can also be stronger at this time depending on your circumstances or how you are applying your energy. In some cases, 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 to make way for new ones to be seeded either at this time or in the coming months.

Full Moon In Taurus Opposite Sun and Mercury in Scorpio

Full Moon’s are a period in which we feel a push-pull between two opposing signs, in this case being the Moon in Taurus and Sun in Scorpio. It can play out as either a conflict, integration, or some sort of dynamic playing out between the energies of both signs.

We can feel this opposition happening individually within us and/or we can also experience it play out around us with some people (or circumstances) expressing the Scorpio side and others expressing the Taurus side. In some cases, Full Moon’s can also reflect/trigger some sort of release or change which may apply more so in this case when considering Mercury’s conjunction with the Sun in Scorpio.

Taurus is an Earth sign ruled by Venus. It is associated with values, worth, the material world, sensuality, money, food/substances, security, beauty, art, and nature. It is physically oriented, practical, and realistic. Taurus is thorough and also likes stability and routine. It is like a rock; slow, grounded, and solid. Negatively, Taurus energy can be too rigid, lazy, habitual, greedy, possessive, stubborn, materialistic, overly self-indulgent, and very slow.

Scorpio is a Water sign traditionally ruled by Mars and associated with Pluto. It is about power, transformation, intensity, sexuality, passion, regeneration, hidden matters, depth, as well as shared or owed resources and money. It is emotionally oriented, intuitive, primal, complex, calculated, mysterious, and is associated with shadows and the unconscious. Negatively Scorpio energy can be vengeful, manipulative, compulsive, obsessive, and fearful. (Learn more here about how Scorpio energy can play out during this period)

Full Moon Trine Pluto, Mercury Retrograde Aspecting Saturn Sextile Neptune

This Full Moon is moving towards a trine with Pluto which can be beneficial in supporting the Mercury Retrograde process in Scorpio. This can be good for getting to the bottom of things, making positive changes, evolutionary growth, empowerment, and resourcefulness.

This Pluto energy combined with the post ‘inferior conjunction’ and waning Moon is supportive of releasing aspects of our lives that are not serving us. The previous Full Moon in Aries was also in a configuration with Pluto so for some people these themes may have began around then and could still be playing out now.

This month, Saturn in Capricorn is in its final sextile to Neptune in Pisces. This aspect began earlier in the year but may be more apparent now as it is concluding with both the Full Moon and Mercury Retrograde triggering it. This can reflect developments, thoughts, or ideas around efforts or ambitions pertaining to our ideals, creativity, inspirations, spirituality, or imagination. This can also be good for commitments associated with selflessness, compassion, healing, or spiritual practices.

Mars Sextile Jupiter, Venus Square Neptune

Mars is in Libra aligned with the benefic star Spica while in a sextile with Jupiter in Sagittarius. Considering that Mars is the traditional ruler of Scorpio where Mercury Retrograde is, this helps to bring a more pleasant, optimistic, and perhaps even fortunate energy to the retrograde experience at this time and in the following weeks.

This is in stark contrast to the previous few weeks in this same Lunar cycle that had more challenging configurations which could have reflected obstacles, limitations, delays, intense feelings, and perhaps even destructiveness.

In comparison, the energy now is more expansive, explorative, and growth oriented. We can feel more confident or perhaps even be presented with opportunities. We may want to take action in a big way or towards things connected to education, media, marketing, travel, beliefs, or ideals.

However, considering the retrograde and depending on what it is, it may not be the best time to make final decisions, or solidifying/initiating something major. However, use your judgement. Not every big decision made during a retrograde gets derailed by problems, sometimes it can just be annoying glitches or challenges can playing out in different ways that are still manageable.

Venus in Sagittarius, the ruler of this Full Moon, is moving towards a square with Neptune which is strongest on November 14th. This can play out as confusion, disappointments, and uncertainties which may be connected to relationships, values, finances, worth, or perhaps something to do with aesthetics, pleasures, or material things. We may not see things for what they really are.

Issues around boundaries, self-sacrifice, escapism, intoxication, or sensitivities may also be a theme. Alternatively, this can be good for creativity as well as social situations revolved around spirituality or art. In some cases it can also be magical and romantic.

Things To Consider During This Period

Pay attention to what comes up now or in the days before and after this Full Moon. Circumstances, developments, conversations, thoughts, feelings, or other things that catch your attention may help to provide important realizations or helpful insights. You may better understand something connected to the past and/or whatever occurs now may also be planting a seed for the future.

What aspects of your life need an adjustment, revisitation, or even transformation? Do you have ideas, thoughts, or behaviours that need to be purged? Have you had experiences, feelings, or exposure to anything connected to personal shadows or trauma? Regardless if you did or not, be open to anything that comes up now which can help you or others towards healing and achieving wholeness.

Is there anything coming up regarding financial matters or values, and if so, what changes do you need to make? What do you need to do to be constructive with your inspirations, ideals, compassion, spirituality, or creativity? Do you feel like you should be incorporating a new spiritual practice or ambition in your life? What actions can you take that are empowered or expansive?

These are just some examples of what could come up during this period; however, there may be other variations of this energy playing out. If you wish to do any sort of intentional release connected to what has come up it is best to do so anytime after the peak of the Full Moon or as it is waning over the following two weeks. The exact moment of of it will be on November 12th at 1:34pm Universal Time. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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