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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New Moon In Libra: Seeking Balance

We are having a New Moon in Libra on October 16th throughout most of the world and in the morning of the 17th in the East. 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 Taurus on October 31st/November 1st.

This New Moon occurs days after we have reached the halfway point of Mars’ retrograde in Aries which concludes mid-November. It is also days after Mercury began its retrograde which is currently in Scorpio and moving backwards into Libra before it moves forward again post November 3rd. Both of these planets being retrograde at the same time reflects a period of significant adjustments pertaining to how we express these planets, the signs they are in, and how they are configured to our individual astrological blueprints (natal chart).

Generally Mars retrogrades are a period in which the circumstances, developments, and our inner guidance is helping to facilitate a shift in how we apply ourselves and take action in specific areas of our lives. This is something that happens approximately every two years, which is less frequent and usually more significant than Mercury’s retrogrades. I wrote separate articles for each of them, you can read more about Mars Retrograde here and Mercury Retrograde here.

Libra season began on September 22nd/23rd, just over three weeks prior to this Lunation, and will end on October 22nd/23rd when Scorpio season begins. However, this New Moon (along with other planets) will still carry some of its Libra themes into the first week of Scorpio season prior to the Full Moon.

This is a good period of working with and co-creating with the energies of this sign. As an Air sign, Libra is socially and mentally oriented. Ruled by Venus, it is associated with relating, relationships, charm, harmony, compromising, art, creativity, and aesthetics. 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 Aligned With Spica, In A Hard T-Square Pattern

This New Moon has an interesting mix of energies. It is tightly aligned with the fixed star Spica which is known to be the most benefic and fortunate star. However, it can be tricky to interpret how a star’s energy can manifest, especially in this case considering other astrological factors that are quite different.

Like Libra, Spica is connected to art and creativity, but also has spiritual, scientific, and inventive qualities. It is associated with harvest season and represents the ‘gifts of harvest’, both metaphorically and literally. However, it can also reflect unfruitfulness (depending on other variables) and injustice to innocence according to legendary astrologer Vivian Robson.

This New Moon is opposite Mars Retrograde in Aries which are both in a T-square with Jupiter, Pluto, and Saturn in Capricorn. The Sun has been in an opposition with Mars in the week before this New Moon (peaking on the 13th/14th) which has been a significant part of the Mars retrograde process in influencing how we assert ourselves.

However, this energy is also configured into this New Moon and can play out as conflicts (internally or externally with others), impulsiveness, aggression, anger, competitiveness, or sexual tension. Mars in Aries wants to assert individuality, ego, personal needs, and self identity while the New Moon in Libra is looking for consideration, common ground, diplomacy, equality, and fairness.

This opposition in a square to Jupiter, Pluto, and Saturn in Capricorn can reflect power struggles, obstacles, and issues pertaining to beliefs, opinions, and perspectives. Saturn has the most power as it is strongly placed in its home sign (ruling Jupiter and Pluto) as the Sun and Moon are also moving towards a square (strong on the 18th/19th) with it while separating from the aspects to the other planets in this configuration. This calls for a need to be realistic, cautious, practical, disciplined, structured, or orderly. The combination of this and all the retrograde energy can call for some sort of refinement.

Venus Opposing Neptune, Trine Planets In Capricorn, and Square The Lunar Nodes

The ruler of this New Moon, Venus, has been in Virgo in the previous two weeks and will be there until October 27th/28th. Venus ruled areas of values, love, relationships, friends, social life, pleasures, money, aesthetics, beauty, art, taste, sensuality, desires, and attractiveness can be expressed in ways that are practical, conscientious, discerning, picky, detailed, organized, analytical, health oriented, productive, efficient, adaptable, or fault finding/surfacing.

At the time of this New Moon, Venus is moving towards an opposition to Neptune and trine to Jupiter which have been in a sextile over the previous weeks. This energy is strong from October 18th-19th and can be good for creative or artistic efforts as well as social interactions that have spiritual, compassionate, broad, or philosophical themes. It can also reflect expansiveness, growth, morals, optimism, idealism, along with confusion, deception, escapism, and delusion affecting Venus areas of life (as mentioned in above paragraph).

Mars retrograde will also be in a square with Jupiter at that time which could also reflect conflicts around beliefs, opinions, and judgements. Excessiveness, overconfidence, and spreading ourselves out too much can also play out. Mercury retrograde will be moving towards an opposition to Uranus (peaks 19th/20th) which can make it harder to focus and can bring disruption, changes to plans, and perhaps communication problems.

Venus approaches a square to the Lunar Nodes on October 20th/21st. We may be reflecting on the past and future, or perhaps at a crossroads, when it comes to relationships and values. Venus is then in a trine with Pluto (October 21st/22nd) which can bring an empowering, deep, intense, or insightful energy to things associated with Venus. Following this, it moves to a trine with Saturn (October 24th/25th) which can have a committing, strengthening, supportive, responsible, practical, or stabilizing effect on these areas.

Making Intentions & Things To Consider

What can you do to improve how you relate with others? Is there a need to compromise, find common ground, or achieve fairness and equality? What has come up for you in the week leading up to this New Moon? Should you change the way you assert your needs or individuality? Are circumstances in your life pushing you to think differently about something? What can you learn from any obstacles that have been coming up in your life? Is there anything that needs to be restrained?

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 7:31pm Universal Time on October 16th. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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New Moon In Leo: Love & Passion

We are having a New Moon in Leo on July 31st-August 1st, depending on where you are located in the world. It 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 Aquarius on August 15th.

Mercury ends its retrograde less than an hour after the exact time of this New Moon, although this period when it changes motion can still feel like a retrograde via complications and/or by receiving important insights. As Mercury slowly picks up speed over the following days and into the next two weeks, there will be more of a forward momentum connected to some of the issues, insights, or other developments that have come up in the month prior.

This Moon cycle also follows Eclipse season so keep in mind that the energies of the previous eclipses are still influencing this period and the coming months, although for many people they could have been felt more strongly during July. You can read more about the previous Eclipses and Mercury Retrograde here.

We have been in Leo season since July 22nd/23rd; however, this New Moon will bring forth its energy even more so. As a Fire sign, it is associated with passion, instinct, inspiration, assertiveness, courage, confidence, and spirit.

In its positive expression, Leo is about heart centredness, creativity, affection, generosity, influence, and shining authentically. It is the performer, the leader and the creator, and it seeks to find joy in expressing itself in those ways. It is about vitality and also rules children, fun, and romance. Expressed negatively, Leo energy can also be egotistical, conceited, dramatic, overbearing, and demanding of attention or respect.

New Moon Conjunct Venus, Aspecting Chiron & Uranus

This New Moon is next to Venus, which is in a tight trine to Chiron and square to Uranus and is strongest from July 31st to August 2nd. This can reflect healing energy around Venus themes of love, relationships, values, finances, or feminine energy. However, it can also be a period of instability, separation, surprises, or rebellion in these areas or perhaps in social situations and anything connected to fun and pleasure.

This can also be a good time to make new connections or try new things that could be enjoyable for us. For some people this can reflect making aesthetic changes to something; however, we need to be cautious of not being impulsive around this or spending resources.

Venus will be closely aligned with the Sun in Leo from August 10th to 17th. This is known as its ‘Superior Conjunction,’ which peaks from August 13th-14th. It is a period in which some people experience important developments connected to Venus ruled areas (love, relationships, friendships, values, finances, aesthetics). This is sort of like the beginning of a new Venus cycle in which it will be travelling ahead of the Sun until Spring 2020.

However, another way to look at it is that this period can bring more clarity and forward momentum around Venus themes that have been put into place sometime between the Fall of 2018 and now. Venus last joined the Sun in late October when it was retrograde. At that time something may have been seeded that could have a direct or indirect connection to how things are playing out at this point or how you view aspects of your life pertaining to Venus.

Jupiter In Aspect With Venus & The Sun Before Going Direct, Uranus Going Retrograde

Jupiter is slowing down to end its current retrograde on August 11th, which began in April. As it changes motion, we may begin to have more clarity or experience developments around Jupiter themes that were strong in April. This can be connected to beliefs, philosophies, faith, travel, education, exploration, media, marketing, or anything that is expansive.

Another thing to consider is that Venus and the Sun in Leo will be in a trine with Jupiter from August 6th to 9th as it is getting close to transitioning forward. This can trigger some of this energy, and we may also feel hopeful and optimistic at this time. For some people this period can be a bit lucky as well. From August 8th – 9th, it can be more beneficial socially, romantically, financially, or toward anything that is fun.

In almost fourteen hours after Jupiter ends its retrograde, Uranus will begin its own retrograde, which will last until January. In the weeks surrounding this date, Uranus energies will be strong and can potentially shake things up in a specific area of your life. Themes connected to freedom, liberation, originality, technology, innovation, renovation, and new experiences may come up. However, it can also be disruptive, separative, or bring forth surprises.

Making Intentions and Things To Consider

With Mercury Retrograde ending around the same time as this New Moon, it can feel like a significant shift in energy with certain aspects of our lives beginning to move forward in a revised way. What has come up for you in the last month and what have you learned from your experiences? How should you proceed based on what has transpired? What areas of your life are calling for a more heart centred or nurturing approach? How can you better tap into your creativity or shine in your authentic self-expression?

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 3:12am Universal Time on the night of July 31st-August 1st. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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Full Moon In Virgo: Self-Care & Growth In Relationships

We are having a Full Moon in Virgo on March 1st-2nd depending on your geographic location. It will appear the fullest on the night of March 1st in most areas of the world. It will also be the first of two Full Moons in the calendar month of March, which means that at the end of the month we will be having the second Blue Moon of the year which is very rare.

This Full Moon is part of the same Moon cycle of the last Solar Eclipse in Aquarius that we had on February 15th. It is possible that some of the themes of that eclipse can still be strong and can continue over the next few weeks until the end of this lunation cycle. However, eclipse themes are generally still present over the following 4-6 months until the next series of eclipses.

We have been in Pisces season since February 18th when the Sun entered this sign. Venus and Mercury are also there and they have all been joining Neptune which has been in Pisces since 2011. In modern astrology, Neptune is considered to be a ruler or co-ruler of Pisces and can really amplify Piscean energies whenever other planets are travelling through that sign. (I generally view it as a sub-ruler depending on the astrological application).

Full Moon In Virgo Opposite Sun In Pisces

Pisces is a water sign associated with compassion, spirituality, creativity, dreams, faith, oneness, sensitivity, and imagination. It is a sign that is generally more accepting, forgiving, and has a heightened psychic receptivity. On the downside, Pisces energy can be spacey, confusing, flakey, weak willed, impractical, with a tendency to escape the hard realities of the real world.

This Full Moon is happening in its opposite sign of Virgo, triggering a need to balance these energies. A Full Moon can sometimes bring up challenges or a push-pull effect related to the signs that the Sun and Moon are occupying. However, it can also be a period of integrating these energies as well, which is ultimately what we usually want to aim for. This could be more easily done this time around due to the configuration of planets.

Virgo is an Earth sign and is more concerned with the physical world. It is practical, efficient, hard working, analytical, organized, pure, meticulous, and reliable. It is also associated with how we take care of ourselves; our lifestyle and our bodies. On the downside, Virgo energy can be overly critical, petty, and perfectionist.

Both signs are associated with healing; Virgo being connected to physical health and Pisces to spiritual and emotional health. Virgo related healing modalities include good nutrition, herbs, cleansing, physical exercise, and even conventional medicine and approaches. However, anything on the physical side would be somewhat connected to Virgo. Pisces related healing modalities include meditation techniques, energy healing on the aura/chakras and changing behavioural patterns in the subconscious mind.

For some people, this Full Moon and the next few weeks can be a good time to consider or start physical healing modalities, which also have emotional or spiritual benefits. For example, going on a cleanse or some sort of fast would be a great way to do this especially since Virgo rules the digestive system.

Mercury with Venus Both Trine Jupiter In Scorpio

During this Full Moon, Mercury and Venus are in a close conjunction with each other while in a tight trine with Jupiter in Scorpio. Mercury is the ruler of Virgo and Jupiter is the traditonal ruler of Pisces, therefore this aspect really helps to harmonize the polarity of these two signs. This is a great energy for socializing and communication with others. The Mercury-Venus-Pisces combination helps us to connect with others with love, unification, selflessness, compassion, forgiveness, as well as sharing our feelings and our values connected to any of these things.

With Jupiter in Scorpio in the mix, this can help to provide growth, expansion, and can even be transformative and explorative. This energy can also manifest as financial benefits for some people, however, because this is occuring in water signs, it leans more towards emotional connectivity with others. In some cases, this energy can even be good for making pleasurable travel plans or putting energy towards a creative marketing or educational effort.

Mercury and Venus Conjunct Chiron, Sun Conjunct Neptune

Chiron is also close to Venus and Mercury. This could emphasize many of the things already mentioned above. Chiron could also help us to heal wounds, blockages, and negative patterns around love, relationships, communication, the mind, and connection. It could also just bring up or trigger these types of wounds and help us to reflect on them. In some cases, there could be a theme of taking more of a holistic approach to these areas. This energy will be strongest on March 4th and some of it on the 5th as well.

Also on March 4th, the Sun will also be exactly conjunct Neptune which is building up now and will pick up more so on March 3rd. Spirituality and psychic receptivity will be more heightened at that time. It is a great energy for doing creative work or anything where you seek divine inspiration, imagination, and connection to ethereal energies. It could also be a good time to indulge in the creative efforts of others. Perhaps watching a good movie, going to an art show, or immersing yourself in some music that makes you feel good.

However, this energy can also be challenging when it comes to doing anything that is analytical and involves details. Ourselves or others can be less grounded, confused, forgetful, and flaky. Also, a tendency towards escapism and fantasizing can be high, which could be a good thing or bad thing depending on your approach to escaping reality and whether or not it is actually serving you. It is best to be in ‘the flow’ at that time and do things that are more conducive to this energy.

Things To Consider At This Time

What can you do to take better care of yourself both physically and spiritually? What changes do you need to make to your lifestyle to help strengthen your connection to your spiritual self? What do you need to do in order to be more grounded, efficient, organized, and practical to make your creative or spiritual efforts a reality? What can you do to help to heal your relationships with others or your own personal blockages getting in the way? Do you need to communicate with more compassion and sensitivity?

These are just some examples of what to consider at this time, however, not limited to them either. The waning Full Moon and the two weeks following can also be a good time to release things from our lives. This can also include cleansing (our bodies and spaces), detoxifying, or pursuing to heal negative patterns that do not serve you..

The exact time of this Full Moon is at 12:51am Universal Time March 2nd, which works out to be the later part of  March 1st in the Americas. The Moon begins its waning phase at that point which is usually the most potent time to initiate releasing. You can click here to see what that is for your time zone.

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