Moon Diary: New Moon in Leo, 23rd July, 2017 by Jane Lyle
Here’s a most passionate fire Moon, opening Leo’s summer season with a bright, dancing burst of sunny energy.
Our golden new Moon rises at 0 degrees of Leo. Beginnings flourish. This vibrant, creative Leo story unfolds all the way through to the Leo total solar eclipse at the end of the sign on 21st August. There’s plenty of drama – so, ‘lights, camera, action!’
The radiant energy of this new Moon is simply unstoppable. Both Sun and Moon align with Leo Mars, creating a cosmic engine of desire, imagination, playfulness and determination. Block or deny this energy and tempers will fray - it needs plenty of room, a big stage, and plenty of outlets during the month ahead. If you want to begin a creative project, love affair, or just get physical, why not decide to set your intentions and focus on positive outcomes? Just sit there, however, and very soon you’ll want to pick a fight with someone. Right now, there’s not much in between.
We could wrestle with this warrior princess of a Moon, for Uranus in hot, impulsive Aries is challenging the Sun, Moon and Mars. By the time of the August Leo eclipse, Uranus will be helping us work more imaginatively with what’s new and strange. For now, things could be bumpy, surprising, and most certainly unconventional.
Yet this Moon says ‘feel the love’, and amidst the confusion and turbulence of current world events, that’s a beautiful, precious thing.
“The inner fire is the most important thing mankind possesses.”
- Edith Sodergran, Poet
Image: ‘Fire Sprite’ Mardi Gras costume for Krewe of Proteus (1889) New Orleans Mardi Gras, by Carlotta Bonnecaze via http://louisdl.louislibraries.org. PD
Moon Moon Diary: Full Moon in Capricorn, 9th July 2017
Serious Moonlight by Jane Lyle
One of the most intense full Moons of 2017 rises at 17 degrees Capricorn on 9th July. Security of every kind is in focus – from home and family to finances, defence, health and crime.
The Moon, symbolising women and also the general public, aligns with Pluto – representing long, gradual cycles of demolition and transformation, power, wealth, secrecy, plus all the denizens of Pluto’s kingdom - the underworld. So we can expect women – including powerful women, such as leaders – to feature prominently in July’s news. And we, the public, will also feel a strong urge to express our feelings en masse. Obsessive thoughts or compulsive actions are always pulsing away with Pluto, but if we – or those in power – are conscious of this, we can at least ask questions, or obsess over achieving a positive, peaceful outcome.
On a personal level, this can be a time of important changes in our relationships, particularly family relationships and long-established partnerships in love, or at work. Some of these changes and culminations may be connected with money, debts, property, or earnings. Your own natal horoscope is activated if you have planets or points at around 17 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn.
Self-protective, defensive feelings are powerful at the moment, symbolised by the Sun in Cancer. They’re likely to be fierce and determined too – warrior Mars in Cancer is close by. We want to take steps to make sure we’re safe and protected – physically, and emotionally. Obviously, there’s a chance some of us may be tempted to go too far and become aggressive in our quest for safety – over emphasising Cancer the Crab’s hard shell and shield. You can easily imagine how this might develop for nations, companies, and organisations whose founding horoscopes are triggered this month.
Tensions that have been simmering are likely to reach a full Moon peak. We’ll need caution, imagination, and plenty of empathy and communication to diffuse this stand-off.
This is an important full Moon for the UK, and it’s population as a whole. Themes involving the public, women, and all forms of security from homes to finances are in focus, for the UK’s national Moon is at 19 degrees Cancer, and Pluto is slowly working away on our collective feelings and insecurities now and during 2018.
Elsewhere in the world this full Moon and Pluto powerhouse stirs up many national charts – including a number of Eastern European nations.
The Vatican City’s horoscope (7th June, 1929) is having a summer of lunar activity – so its one to watch for important news and developments. This full Moon and Pluto oppose the Vatican City’s own Pluto at 17 degrees of Cancer – bringing up issues of power, finances, and secrecy this July, and on into 2018. Then 21st August’s potent solar eclipse will trigger the chart, with its spiritual Neptune at 28 Leo, and legal, philosophical Jupiter at 28 Taurus.
Image: ‘A Norwegian Fjord by Moonlight’, Knud Andreassen Baade (1855)
Moon Diary: New Moon at 2 degrees of Cancer, 23rd - 24th June, 2017
Midsummer Night’s Magic by Jane Lyle
June’s new Moon in Cancer rises on Midsummer’s Eve (23rd), or Midsummer Day (24th), depending on your time zone. It’s traditionally a time for divination, magic, and celebrating the elements – particularly fire and water.
This new Moon is also a supermoon, meaning that the Moon is at its closest to us here on Earth during its monthly cycle. We tend to think of supermoons as full moons – huge, glowing discs. However, new Moons can be supermoons too, and carry the same boost of magnetic lunar power as the full Moon variety. Basically, this increases the potential for storms, earthquakes, high tides and eruptions – and their human, emotional equivalent.
So this is a traditional, magical season, and we’ve got a potent new Moon in her own sign, Cancer the Crab.
A Cancer new Moon is always sensitive, watery, emotional and intuitive. This one is very communicative too, thanks to an alignment with Mercury in Cancer. Although Cancer tends to be self-protective, it’s an opportunity to talk, write, or even sing in the shower about our feelings during the month ahead. Younger family members, children, or close friends could be very much in focus during these weeks as well.
Everything to do with home, ancestry, good food, and protecting ourselves, and others, resonates with a new Moon in Cancer. This would be a favourable month for entertaining friends and family, or finding out more about family history. One way or another, the impulse to make our lives feel more secure, rooted, and meaningful is strong.
Mars is travelling along in the sign of Cancer, and although it does not align with the new Moon, it is most certainly influencing the atmosphere as it links up with Neptune in fishy Pisces. Currently, mysterious, deceptive or glamorous actions can result in confusing tensions. These can bring conflict, or herald a healing crisis. There’s a fight in it, either way.
Both Mars and Mercury in Cancer are approaching a stand-off with Pluto in Capricorn. Between now and the dramatic full Moon in Capricorn on 9th July we’re in another very tricky, tense, and potentially chaotic phase.
Mars and Pluto together signify events concerning soldiers, spies, hidden or secret actions, and the power of destruction that leads, eventually, to rebirth and regeneration. We see that fighting pollution and corruption is more important than ever.
This can be a time of increased anger and aggression, which will be reflected in our world news. Some of this news is likely to centre on Russia, and a number of the former Soviet states such as Ukraine, Slovakia, Czechoslovakia, Belarus, Estonia, Latvia, and Croatia. Germany, UK, and the Vatican City could also be in the headlines.
Our new Moon self-protective instincts are spot on this month. So enjoy the bewitching qualities of this new Moon, look after yourself and others - and please do take care out there.
Kupala Night (the image above) is a traditional Slavic summer festival, celebrated either on the old-style (Julian) calendar dates of 23-24th June, or on the new (Gregorian) calendar dates of 6th-7th July: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kupala_Night
And for more information about supermoons: http://earthsky.org/space/what-is-a-supermoon
Image: ‘Kupala Night, Divination on the Wreaths’ by Simon Kozhin (2009) via Wikimedia Commons PD
Moon Diary: Wild Horses: Full Moon in Sagittarius, 18 degrees, 9th June 2017 by Jane Lyle
June’s Sagittarian full Moon is a fluid philosopher, a shaman, a dreamer of dreams. It’s restless, intuitive, and elusive. Prepare for a wild ride.
Things tend to come to a head around each full Moon - we can be more emotional or irrational than usual. The Sun in chatty Gemini favours communication and ideas, while the Moon in Sagittarius wants to explore and experience – so will it be all talk and no action, or act first, think later?
Over the next two weeks a whole lunar dreamscape unfurls for us to wander around. So, as we tune in to this full Moon, we can ask ourselves, ‘what would I like to learn, see, study, or experience – and what small steps can I take towards making those things real?’. The answers could take a while to filter through, so don’t lose heart if you can’t pin things down immediately. Bear in mind that some attitude, or state of affairs, must come to a close before we’re free to move forward.
Neptune in Pisces squares up to the Moon, hinting at more slippery things we can’t quite grasp. There’s a surge of intuition and imagination – potentially we can tune into others’ emotions, needs, and desires more easily. On the other hand, there’s always the possibility that we’re being way too sensitive, paranoid, or delusional. It’s easy to neglect the facts, get lost in a fog, and misread the signals. This full Moon could be oh so romantic. But if you find yourself fantasising about someone you barely know, it’s wise to realise they might not feel the same way about you.
If you’re sensitive to any medication, food, or drink this full Moon could denote exaggerated reactions during the next couple of weeks. Keep things simple as far as you can, and all should be well. Similarly, ride the waves of spiritual ideals or political passions and be aware that all may not be quite as it seems right now. Neptune and Jupiter - ruler of Sagittarius - are currently asking us to make compromises and adjustments rather than take huge gambles with our emotional, or financial, resources.
Jupiter in Libra turns forward today, too. This signals a phase when situations are likely to unfold more rapidly in our relationships, alliances, and perhaps even with our rivals or adversaries. Enhanced intuition can serve us beautifully, just as long as we don’t rush in where angels fear to tread.
‘Blame it or praise it, there is no denying the wild horse in us.’
– Virginia Woolf
Image: ‘Neptune’s Horses’ by Walter Crane (1910) via Wikimedia Commons, PD
Moon Diary: New Moon in Gemini, 25th May 2017
Now You See It, Now You Don’t by Jane Lyle
The Gemini new Moon rises at 4 degrees of the agile, tricksy Twins. As a new Moon, it tells us this is a time for new beginnings.
And in Gemini, those beginnings could feature communication, booking a holiday, or getting something out there through social media magic tricks this coming month. There’s nothing in our way, for this new Moon makes no big aspects with other planets.
In another part of the forest there are some intense show-downs and deep, dark feelings brewing as Venus challenges Pluto and Mars challenges Saturn. But this new Moon doesn’t connect with these dramatic tensions, and its lively Gemini energy could prove to be a welcome distraction for many of us.
Mercury, ruler of the Gemini Moon, is currently in a practical frame of mind in earthy Taurus. In a couple of days things turn a little dreamy, arty, and musical when Mercury meets Neptune. But, for now, it’s all about seed-time, not harvest. And there’ll be numerous ideas whizzing past – catch them if you can.
This new Moon rises against the backdrop of a cluster of stars, the Hyades, mistily visible in the forehead of the constellation of the Bull, Taurus. They are, mythically speaking, daughters of the Titan, Atlas, who’s job was to hold up the sky on his mighty shoulders. They are said to have taught the infant Dionysus, wild god of ecstasy, wine, bisexuality, and theatre.
Ancient Greeks, Romans and Chinese astrologers all say these stars signal rain, storms, and human tears. Sometimes the fixed stars seem to bring synchronicities – events and trends here on Earth reflect their symbolism. We shall see.
Meanwhile, why not make the most of Gemini’s ability to talk, write, and juggle multiple thoughts simultaneously? Whatever else is going on in our fractious world – and there’s way more than enough to concern us - this airy new Moon is a sliver of light. If you like, you can focus your intent for any new beginnings this month on the areas of life described by Gemini’s house in your natal chart.
“Conversation. What is it? A Mystery! It's the art of never seeming bored, of touching everything with interest, of pleasing with trifles, of being fascinating with nothing at all.”
- Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893)
Image: ‘Mr Mistoffeelees’ by Errol Le Cain (1941-1989) via Pinterest
Moon Diary: Full Moon in Scorpio, 10th May 2017 by Jane Lyle
‘Radiate boundless love towards the entire world’
The Buddha, ‘Karaniya Metta Sutta’, Buddhist scriptures
An intense, deep full Moon in Scorpio – the Wesak Moon - marks the official birthday of The Buddha in May. So this full Moon has a powerful spiritual significance for millions of people around the world.
It has other symbolic spiritual links too. Our full Moon links with the Lord of the Underworld, Pluto. Pluto rules Scorpio, and the eighth house of the natural zodiac – basically it’s the house of sex, death, and other people’s money. Pluto rules transformation, but requires us to travel into the dark depths of the underworld to discover such treasures – whether those of worldly value, or spiritual transcendence. Pluto brings intensity, secrecy and mystery – our full Moon emotions are deep ones, although they may fluctuate or lie buried just beneath the surface.
With the Sun in Taurus and the Moon in Scorpio, plus plutocrat Pluto looking on we can expect some serious thoughts or developments around money, security, land and property matters too. Much emotion is generated by such things, and we’ll likely be extra-aware of this over the next couple of weeks.
On a practical level (oh, Taurus), this is a positive time for recycling, cleaning and clearing on any level you desire – whether in your intimate life, your home, or your finances. Using intuition to discover hidden things would also be a good use of this full Moon’s energy and symbolism.
The full Moon aligns with the fixed star Zuben Eschamali, now found in the constellation of Libra. It was once called the Northern Claw, and resided in what was once the much larger constellation Scorpio. The constellation of Libra, the Scales, was separately identified later.
The Northern Claw offers Scorpio themes, for this part of the sky is anciently associated with entering the realms of the dead, the underworld, and other themes connected to Pluto himself. But it also brings us Libran themes of justice and judgment. The idea of sacred judgment for the souls of the dead is found in ancient Babylon, and Egypt. Souls were weighed in the balance – bringing us the image of the scales of Libra. And don’t overlook a generous pinch of karmic spice either – what goes around comes around at this full Moon.
What will be judged beneath this Scorpio Moon? What needs rebalancing? What needs our support and help? Tuning in to the power of love could be the right way to begin.
Image: ‘The Victory of Buddha’ by Abanindranath Tagore (1871-1951) via Wikimedia Commons. PD
Moon Diary: New Moon in Taurus, the Bull - 26th April, 2017 by Jane Lyle
This is an earthy new Moon. It’s essence of Taurus, for it’s unaffected by aspects with any other planets. So if you want to set some intentions, or make a start on something practical, this could be the new Moon for you.
Here are eight totally Taurean areas we can all consider this month. Maybe some of them would benefit from focus, or a fresh start now?
Our values and ethics
Money, earnings, investments, bank accounts, loans and savings
Home, property, and building work
Art and music, drama and festivals
Food, especially grow your own, allotments, fruit trees and bushes, baking
Fabric and textiles, fashion businesses
What makes us feel secure – practically, emotionally, or spiritually?
Our five senses, and the joy they can bring
Venus rules Taurus. Venus is poised to leave Pisces, so this could also be a time when thinking about blending the sensuous and the spiritual side of love brings illumination, or at least some hints about what we need to give and receive on many levels.
A Sprinkling of Stardust
Just ahead of this new Moon there are two fixed stars. These add a little more to the new Moon picture for the coming month.
Hamal is in the constellation of Aries, and is a star of action and free spirits. It represents a wilful influence. I think it’s message resonates with Mercury in Aries, currently galvanised by Uranus and given determination by Saturn. What begins with this new Moon could have important consequences.
Hamal passes above the following world cities, according to Bernadette Brady’s ‘ Star and Planet Combinations’:
Calcutta; Canton; Havana; Hong Kong; Mazatlan, Mexico; Mecca; and latitudes between 21 and 25 degrees north.
Schedar is in the constellation of Cassiopeia, the Queen. It’s symbolism is regal – ideas of justice, dignity, and honour are linked to Schedar.
Schedar passes over the following world cities, according to Bernadette Brady’s ‘Star and Planet Combinations’:
Aberdeen; Glasgow; Belfast; Copenhagen; Moscow; Newcastle-upon-Tyne; and latitudes between 54 and 58 degrees north.
Image: ‘The Plum Garden in Kameido’ by Hiroshige (1797-1858); www.rijksmuseum.nl via Wikimedia Commons. PD
Moon Diary: Full Pink Moon in Libra, 11th April, 2017 by Jane Lyle
April’s full Moon has three traditional, seasonal names – take your pick from: Pink Moon, Grass Moon, and Egg Moon. Whatever you choose to call it, this potent full Moon rises at 21 degrees of Libra, the Scales, on 11th April. Justice, relationships, balance and strategy are in focus with a Libran Moon.
And this full Moon’s astrology is indeed powerful. Every full Moon represents some sort of culmination, often tied to plans or events hatched at the preceding new Moon. There’s also the inevitable see-saw tension between inner (Moon) and outer (Sun) feelings, needs, and drives as the Sun and Moon oppose one another. The sap rises, blood flows, tides are high, and many of us feel more emotional or sensitive than usual.
All this is expanded now by Jupiter, aligned with the full Moon. We can feel more emotionally protective towards ourselves, and others, or experience a beautiful rush of generous, loving feelings. Everything fluctuates, and there may be a high tide of imaginative inspiration, intuition, or psychic awareness.
The exceptionally fortunate fixed star, Spica, sits close by, radiating positive vibes and creativity too. So far, so wondrous - Lady Justice smiles on us, Lady Luck pays us a welcome visit.
However, we need to watch out for a few pitfalls. Uranus aligns with the Sun in Aries, challenging this Moon with themes of instability, eccentricity, and unexpected swerves and swoops. There’s excitement, and restlessness.
Our deepest feelings could plunge into obsessive, manipulative, secretive realms too, as brooding Pluto sets up another challenge to both Sun, Moon and Uranus from implacable Capricorn. So don’t be too surprised if this full Moon coincides with some notable mass protests, civil unrest, and tensions peaking around the planet. Stormy weather is forecast for many of us, either literally or in our inner worlds. Libra favours partnerships and balance, so these are the ideals to keep firmly in mind over the next two weeks.
Out in the world, this dynamic full Moon in Libra lights up various national horoscopes, including those for Portugal, Japan, France, Germany, Libya, and Greece.
The Sun and Uranus in Aries are galvanising national horoscopes as well, of course. Locations include: Greece, Germany, Thailand, several horoscopes for the UK, and some that connect with pivotal moments in the history of the United States. We can watch out for important news or upheavals occurring in these locations this month.
Image: ‘Virgin Mary Spinning’, anonymous artist, Peru, circa 1700 via www.denverartmusuem.org, PD
Moon Diary: New Moon in Aries, the Ram - 28th March, 2017 by Jane Lyle
Raw energy and wild passions rise with the new Moon in Aries, the Ram. It’s at 7 degrees of this dynamic sign.
Currently, fiery Aries is an inescapable theme. Impulsive, assertive, and often adventurous, Aries is the first sign of the natural zodiac. Aries says ‘I am’. It’s symbolism is found in the rising Sun, the new-born zodiac year, the increase of light and heat we associate with the spring.
Right now, the Sun, new Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Uranus are all in Aries. So we can expect an unstable month ahead, with cracks appearing all over the place. As the status quo is shaken up further, we can see what we know already - that much needs to change. Aries is the sign of fresh starts and new beginnings. It’s not very diplomatic though – so discussions about changes to relationships and professional or political alliances could turn very argumentative, even aggressive.
Power plays and power struggles are a major theme anyway at the moment. There’s Jupiter square Pluto symbolising serious, ongoing financial, political, and legal challenges. There may even be more extreme natural events and storms than usual over the next few weeks.
Meanwhile, watch out for sudden news, outbursts, rebellions, and breakthroughs, symbolised by Uranus and Mercury aligned in Aries. It’s just another indication of shake-ups in our associations and how we feel about our relationships in love, at work, and in the wider world too. Many of us will begin to see ourselves in a new light this month.
Mars rules this new Moon. Mars is currently in stable, security-loving, financially focused Taurus - making a helpful, creative link with mystical Neptune in Pisces. Spirituality and imagination can flow abundantly with this aspect. But oh! Beware deception, particularly when its swathed in a glamorous cloak.
Mars and Neptune can be a very persuasive pairing, so allow for some rigorous fact-checking before making up your mind. Mars and Neptune are associated with scandals, too, plus the viral spread of ideals, religious ideas, or strange trends. Health care, drugs, hospitals, and military organisations could be in focus now.
We can certainly make a fresh, new start with this Aries new Moon, just as long as we tiptoe through the tulips. But above all, let’s remember to include others in our plans.
Image: Vintage US National Parks Poster via www.freevintageposters.com
Moon Diary: Full Moon in Virgo, 12th March 2017 by Jane Lyle
A slightly chaotic spring-cleaning Moon rises at 22 degrees of virginal Virgo, harvest goddess, on 12th March, 2017.
As with every full Moon, it’s a moment of culmination when things are magnified, in focus, or come to a close.
Winter’s ending in the northern hemisphere, and as the seasons change we all tend to feel the need for a fresh start. This year, our full Moon promises restless feelings – we lose the thread of our thoughts, we crave something new but struggle to make space for it. Making a big show of being incredibly busy is another pitfall to watch out for over the next two weeks too.
The Moon’s awkward, yet precise, link with innovative Uranus highlights unusual emotions and unconventional ways of having relationships, or organising our families. The full Moon’s desire to bring something to an end is strengthened by a link with sober old Saturn. This can bring some of those Virgo things such as diets, domestic clutter-clearing, wellbeing, and caring for others to our attention. And actually, some of this full Moon tension can be dissolved by putting your house, handbag, or inbox in order. In one small, personal, corner of the world you’ll be in control.
With Uranus so strongly in the picture, experimenting with methods or ideas will release creative energy, or help to free us from stifling routines, and negative thought patterns that tangle us up in the old victim-saviour trap. If you’re supporting someone in any way, remember to take good care of yourself too. If you’re receiving help, remember you’re not simply a person in need – you’re more complex and interesting than that.
Mercury in Pisces rules this full Moon. So music, kindness, and conversation can also help us along our way to a new season of growth and vitality.
And if objects and organisation simply defeat you, don’t despair. I think these two quotes help to illustrate our eternal struggle with order versus chaos:
‘Have a place for everything and keep the thing somewhere else; this is not a piece of advice, it is merely a custom.’ – Mark Twain, Notebook, 1898
‘One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.’ – A. A. Milne
Image: ‘Sun and Wind on the Roof’ by John Sloan via Wikimedia Commons. PD
Moon Diary Eclipse Special: New Moon and Solar Eclipse at 8 degrees of Pisces, 26th February 2017 by Jane Lyle
Mystics and Masquerades
A mystical eclipse in liquid Pisces can be a beautiful thing. So as this new Moon rises, we can more easily slide into the spiritual realms, or dive into our submerged creativity.
All the boundless love and compassion of Pisces and Neptune are focused here in this dramatic ‘ring-of-fire’ annular eclipse – so called because you can see a bright ring of fiery sunlight blazing around the black disc of the Moon.
Yet this magical moment has many symbolic layers. And we must remember that when the world of illusion draws near, we can more easily be deluded by dreams without substance, or find ourselves wildly in love with ghosts and tricksters. Neptune aligns with the Sun and Moon, and its beguiling messages from other worlds can be misunderstood. At one level, Neptune leads us astray, or fools us with fake jewels, fake news, drugs, scandals and masquerades.
At such times it’s vital to remember the boring old basics – good food and sleep coming top of the list. We can make exciting emotional, creative, and spiritual discoveries this spring. But if we’re wise we’ll keep at least one foot on the ground.
More unusually potent energy is around now too. In another corner of the cosmos warrior Mars and electrifying Uranus are meeting up in Aries (21-22 degrees) to ignite drama, mayhem, and impulsive acts of random surprise – or even shocks. This impossibly energetic pair are explosive, and although they do not connect with the Sun and Moon directly, they are a striking part of this eclipse moment and it’s astrology. Relationships and partnerships with others are expanded, as Jupiter in Libra fans the feisty flames of Mars and Uranus. Over-expansion, or unrealistic optimism can also trip us up.
The volatile energy of fire crackles away, while the misty beauty of watery Pisces bewitches us. It’s steamy, unstable and potentially astonishing. Relationships and alliances may take strange turns, bring sudden revelations, or shatter altogether in the high-energy days around this eclipse event.
Your personal horoscope is energised if you have planets or angles at around 8 degrees of Pisces, Virgo, Gemini or Sagittarius.
An eclipse on a personal planet will sensitise that planet until August. Watch out for eclipse-related events at the beginning of May 2017 too. Mars in Gemini will square the eclipse degree then.
It’s also worth looking out for personal planets that connect with the current high-energy Mars, Uranus, and Jupiter pattern. You can find these at 21 – 23 degrees of Aries, Libra, Cancer, and Capricorn. Leo, Sagittarius, Gemini, Aquarius, and Libra are similarly vitalised now, and on into March 2017.
Out in the World
You can see this solar eclipse in Chile, Argentina, across the S. Atlantic Ocean, in Angola, Congo, and partially in S. America and S. W. Africa. Traditional astrology says the effects are more potent in locations where the eclipse is visible. Effects can include wild weather, earthquakes, and events such as major floods or fires.
This Pisces eclipse also activates various national horoscopes around the world.
Some National Horoscopes Activated by this Pisces Solar Eclipse
Greek Independence, 13th January, 1822:
This eclipse activates Venus and Mars. Venus in Pisces opposes Mars at 9 Virgo in this national horoscope for Greece.
Venus in Pisces brings a focus on the arts, pleasure, social life, women, and perhaps most importantly at this time in Greece – finances.
Mars in Virgo opposes the eclipse Sun and Moon, plus the Greek natal Venus. Here are, probably, some angry young men and some notable civil unrest.
Other signs of upheaval are also present, since this eclipse coincides with passionate Mars in Aries currently aligned with unstable, rebellious Uranus in Aries (21-22 degrees). This planetary powder-keg is raised up a notch by expansive Jupiter in Libra, sitting opposite and representing some significant push-me-pull-you potential.
This impulsive energy electrifies the Greek national horoscope by switching on:
Sun in Capricorn (22 degrees)
Jupiter in Aries (21 degrees)
Saturn in Aries (20 degrees)
Watch out for some newsworthy spring upheavals in Greek leadership and government, as well as fierce debates and demonstrations about money, migration, and the shape of things to come.
And some national horoscopes with planets in the opposite sign, Virgo
Qatar: Sun (7 degrees 45); Venus (8 degrees 51)
Philippines: Mars (7 degrees 53)
Cyprus: Venus (7 degrees 57)
Turkey: Moon’s North Node (9 degrees 43) – the Moon’s nodes represent portals, passageways, entrances and exits. This can manifest literally as matters concerning transport and ports of entry.
The Nodes are also associated with groups of people – from friendship groups to larger crowds sharing an aim or ideal. This combination does suggest more news about Turkey’s borders, migrants, and trade. It also highlights a volatile atmosphere, and the possibility of large demonstrations and civil unrest this spring.
Image: ‘A masquerade in the palazzo of the Neapolitan Duke di Broglio’ by Byam Shaw. Source: University of California Libraries, via www.oldbookillustrations.com
Moon Diary Eclipse Special: Full Snow Moon and Lunar Eclipse at 22-23 Leo, 10th -11th February 2017 by Jane Lyle
Dramatic energy flares up all around us at this Leo lunar eclipse.
Yes, the eclipse itself is only a partial one – called a penumbral lunar eclipse – but it’s part of a vibrant, dynamic and fiery planet pattern, fanned by the air of the Aquarian Sun and Libran Jupiter. This exciting - and excitable - group of planets have the potential to set our hearts racing, and our imaginations on fire. For some of us, there’s magic in the air as circumstances, and emotions, come to a head.
We’re looking a glamorous, fiery Moon with a big heart. It’s lit up by Jupiter in charming Libra, mad Uranus in impulsive Aries, and Time Lord Saturn in free-spirited Sagittarius. The Sun is in clever, cool Aquarius – pulling us towards a more objective point of view. But those fire energies will crackle and burn, making this a hot, passionate full Moon whether you’re creating something special, or feeling like you’re falling in love.
This Leo lunar eclipse will take many of us by surprise. Mostly, I think, in a good way. And if break-ups are part of the eclipse fall-out, these will highlight relationships, or even friendships, that have reached their natural conclusion. Something fresh and new is on the way, so keep an open, generous heart.
Your own personal horoscope is activated if you have planets or angles at around 21-23 Leo, Aquarius, Taurus, or Scorpio. But remember, the atmosphere generated by this eclipse and its dynamic aspects affects us all, to a greater or lesser extent.
Out in the World
This Leo lunar eclipse will be visible in Eastern S. America, Eastern Canada, across the Atlantic Ocean, in Europe, Africa, and Western Asia. Depending on your time zone, it happens on the 10th or 11th February, 2017. Traditional astrologers say an eclipse is more powerful in locations where it’s visible.
Eclipses are associated with storms, wild weather systems, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions. Their effects can manifest before the precise eclipse date, and resonate for some time afterwards – giving us a time-frame covering the whole of February, 2017, and on into the spring months – or even the summer.
Eclipses also activate national horoscopes, revealing or temporarily concealing things just as they do in our own personal charts. Things culminate with a full Moon, and a lunar eclipse is just a turbo-charged full Moon. So it’s worth bearing that in mind, and watching out for news and events from places whose horoscopes are energised this spring.
These locations are among those that may manifest eclipse effects:
India and Pakistan: Sun 21 Leo. These two charts are dated 15th August, 1947.
France, First Republic: Uranus 21 Leo. This chart is dated 21 September 1792, or 26 September 1792, Paris, France. Uranus opposes Pluto in Aquarius, a revolutionary signature.
South Korea: Sun 22 Leo
Iceland: Jupiter 22 Leo. This chart is dated 17th June, 1944.
Cyprus: Sun 23 Leo, Uranus 21 Leo
UK Union 1801: Saturn 23 Leo
UK GB (12th May, 1707) Jupiter 21 Leo
Morocco: Jupiter 23 Leo
And opposite in Aquarius:
France, First Republic: Pluto 21 Aquarius
Lithuania: Sun, 22 Aquarius
Ukraine: Uranus, 22 Aquarius
Russia: A number of charts for pivotal moments in Russian history have planets at this degree of Aquarius.
And, although not a country, it’s worth watching The New York Stock Exchange for eclipse effects this spring too.
The NYSE was founded on 17th May, 1792 in New York. This very important organisation has Pluto at 23 Aquarius, Mercury at 23 Taurus, and expansive Jupiter at 22 Libra. This suggests big news, big money, and a sprinkling of powerful plutocrats in the eclipse mix.
What might this lunar eclipse mean for these locations?
When an eclipse energises
The Sun: The Sun represents leaders. Kings and queens, presidents, heads of state, and very famous individuals are highlighted now, and in the months ahead.
This eclipses focuses on the Sun in: India, Pakistan, S. Korea, Cyprus, Lithuania
Jupiter: An expansive influence. Jupiter’s realms include justice, education, publishing, religion, philosophy, gambling, travel, and the people who work in these fields.
This eclipse focuses on Jupiter in: Iceland, UK, Morocco
Saturn: Saturn has strong connections with history, tradition, structure, government and the law. It represents restrictions and rules. Saturn can correspond to natural death and endings. Older people (and buildings) are also represented by Saturn.
This eclipse focuses on Saturn in: UK
Uranus: Rebellious and revolutionary, Uranus is also associated with electricity, storms, and lightning.
Groups represented by Uranus include those working with aeronautics, electricity, X-rays, new technologies, outer space, and all subversive activities. Riots and demonstrations are also part of Uranus’ domain. Expect the unexpected, expect change.
This eclipse focuses on Uranus in: France, Ukraine, Cyprus
Pluto: The Lord of the Underworld destroys or demolishes in order to renew and recycle circumstances and bring about an eventual rebirth.
Pluto is associated with those who dig and delve intellectually, like researchers or psychiatrists, and those who work in the dark – either literally, like underground workers, or in secret spheres such as espionage and crime. Like Uranus, Pluto can mean riots, and civil unrest. Pluto is also linked to atomic energy, nuclear waste, and nuclear weapons. Worldly power and wealth is another manifestation of Pluto.
This eclipse focuses on Pluto in: France
The eclipse aspects are:
Sun, 22-23 Aquarius opposite Moon, 22-23 Leo
Sun trine Jupiter, 23 Libra
Moon sextile Jupiter, 23 Libra
Sun sextile Saturn, 25 Sagittarius
Moon trine Saturn, 25 Sagittarius
Sun sextile Uranus, 21 Aries
Moon trine Uranus, 21 Aries
Jupiter sextile Saturn
Jupiter opposition Uranus
Saturn trine Uranus
This network of aspects is called a Mystic Rectangle
If you’d like to see a map of this eclipse’s path:
Image: ‘Fairy Tale of Kings’ by Mikalojus Konstantinas Ciurlionis (1909) via Wikimedia Commons
Moon Diary: New Moon in Aquarius, 27th-28th January 2017 by Jane Lyle
For All Mankind
A sociable new Moon rises at 8 degrees of airy Aquarius just after midnight GMT on 28th January.
So depending on your time zone, it may rise on 27th January in some locations.
There’s an energetic astrological atmosphere around this Moon. Aquarius is symbolises our human family, the masses. At its most uplifting, Aquarius seeks universal love, inventive solutions to challenges, friendship, equality and social justice. On the less appealing side, Aquarius can be detached, obsessive, even fanatical. As an air sign, Aquarius is a thinker, so at the new Moon thoughts and feelings may collide in unusual or innovative ways. Friendships, too, can take unlikely or surprising turns – perhaps we see someone in a new light, or are inspired to make a fresh start in our social lives and connections with others.
Another symbol of fresh, new beginnings today is action planet Mars, entering his home sign, Aries, a few hours after this new Moon rises. Mars in Aries says ‘just do it’. Martian energy will be flowing impulsively until 10th March, heralding an early springtime energy boost in our atmosphere. This new Moon opens the Chinese lunar Year of the Fire Rooster too – yet another new beginning to encourage us to keep moving forwards.
The Queen of Heaven and the Lord of the Underworld
Two asteroids named after ancient Egyptian gods align with this new Moon. Here are Isis and Osiris – the great Queen of Heaven herself, and her lover, the Lord of the Underworld, Osiris. They can both be found today at 8 degrees of Aquarius.
Sometimes asteroids seem to put in a symbolic appearance, sending us a message through world events or personal inspirations that somehow resonate with their names. The union of Isis and Osiris is a powerful one, as intimate and personal as the sign Aquarius is humanitarian and intellectual. Isis reassembled Osiris when his dismembered body had been scattered across Egypt by his brother Set. She brought him back to life and love, for she was the goddess of life itself. Perhaps we can reassemble something important beneath this thoughtful, forward-looking Aquarian new Moon? We can certainly try to remember the power of love, and seek harmony amongst our scattered thoughts.
‘Now when the ancient Egyptians, awestruck and wondering, turned their eyes to the heavens, they concluded that two gods, the sun and the moon, were primeval and eternal; and they called the former Osiris, the latter Isis.’
Image: ‘The Baron Climbs’ by Oskar Herrfurtha (1934) via Wikimedia Commons
Moon Diary: Full Moon at 22 degrees Cancer the Crab, 12th January 2016 by Jane Lyle
The Company of Wolves
The first full Moon of 2017 is strong, dynamic, and unpredictable. It focuses our minds and hearts, stirs up turbulent feelings, and encourages us to begin clearing a path into the new year ahead. One of the traditional names for this full Moon is Wolf Moon.
We’ll have a strong sense of 2016’s events and decisions, and what they might mean for us now. Each full Moon represents culmination. For some of us, this means what we began last July, when the new Moon rose in Cancer. For others, it spotlights areas of restlessness – especially emotional, intuitive, or creative flux. It’s a high tide. With the Moon in her own sign, Cancer, it’s guaranteed to be an extra-potent one.
Thunderbolt-wielding sky gods Jupiter and Uranus accompany our full Moon. Currently, they oppose one another, symbolising a surge of electricity in the atmosphere. It can be an inventive, revolutionary time on many levels. There’s an abundance of creative, innovative energy all ready to transform stale situations or shake up our stagnant assumptions. On a personal level, this can manifest as new – even eccentric - approaches to family, committed relationships, or our homes. A wider picture invites us to consider exciting, fresh possibilities in many fields from science to the arts. These important themes are a vital part of 2017, as the Jupiter-Uranus dance crackles on until September. At one level, there’s a tug-of-war – yet at another level, much can be achieved.
Jupiter is aligned with the very fortunate fixed star Spica too. Bright Spica represents the ear of wheat in the arms of the maiden goddess of the constellation Virgo. There’s a possibility of knowledge, wonderful talents, artistic fertility and scientific brilliance as Spica and Jupiter work together all month, and on into February. They align again in September. If you have planets around 22-23 degrees of Libra, Aries, Cancer or Capricorn then you can make the most of this lovely fountain of positivity.
Yes, certainly a little care and caution is needed too – this is a powerful full Moon, and it sets the agenda for the next two weeks. It’s wise to hold off on impulsive decisions, and reign in any urges to burn bridges or destroy alliances. For once, all astrology’s traditional planets are moving forwards this month – adding some extra oomph. Use this wisely as you freewheel down the road ahead.
The aspects are: Full Moon, 22 degrees Cancer, opposing Sun, 22 degrees Capricorn.
Sun and full Moon square off with Uranus in Aries and Jupiter in Libra, forming a Grand Cardinal Cross.
Image: Little Red Riding Hood from ‘The Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault’ (Clarke, 1922) via Wikimedia Commons
Moon Diary: New Moon in Capricorn, 29th December 2016 by Jane Lyle
The final new Moon of 2016 rises at 8 degrees of earthy Capricorn, just before 2017 begins. This new Moon’s serious atmosphere lingers for the next four weeks.
There are waves of fluctuating communication, as restrained emotions mingle with pragmatic thoughts and deeper feelings seek expression. Some of these feelings will focus on security. Like a pebble tossed into a pond, rings of meaning ripple out across our thoughts and dreams. Take inner feelings seriously, and avoid risks. These days around the New Year can be brittle, and tense.
Our feelings this month can be strictly personal, relate to our wider family groups, or connect to our feelings about where we live on this beautiful, turbulent blue planet. Capricorn can symbolise father figures, bosses, leaders and authority figures. It may connect us to our ancestors, soul mates, and heritage. We look for a sense of continuity and stability beneath this new Moon - our talking and writing at this time is aided by Mercury, conjunct the Moon, with energetic Mars making a productive aspect (sextile) from intuitive Pisces. Mars and Mercury can denote meaningful news about both young men, and children, during this lunar month.
With Mercury currently rewinding in practical Capricorn, the past comes up one way or another. There may be something useful there – what have we learned? What might need reworking or revisiting?
Lunar themes for the month ahead include some fishy Pisces vibes - mystical idealism, glamour, and heightened psychic senses. We must be aware of delusions and illusions, for misty Neptune is here too, close to Mars in Pisces. Certain attitudes or assumptions will dissolve during the month ahead. Something – or someone perhaps - must be let go, or sacrificed – and the Capricorn Moon and Mercury can help us try to be down-to-earth about this. Be kind to yourself, for it could be hard to see things clearly, or understand what’s actually going on over the next few weeks. Certainly, it’s a time to be careful and cautious with money, our plans, our loved ones, and ourselves.
This is a thoughtful, and thought-provoking new Moon to usher us into 2017. The next new Moon, on 28th January 2017, begins the lunar Chinese Year of the Rooster.
Image: ‘A Shepherd and his Flock under the Moon and Stars’ by Samuel Palmer (1827) via Wikimedia Commons
Moon Diary: Full Moon, Supermoon in Gemini. Tuesday 13th- Wednesday 14th December 2016 by Jane Lyle
Multitasking and Mayhem
December’s Gemini full Moon is extraordinarily lively.
It rises at 22 degrees of airy Gemini, just after midnight GMT on 14th December. So, depending on your time zone, this Moon could reach its peak moment where you are on 13th December.
This is another winter supermoon, the third in a row. Its bright, bold appearance symbolises its bright, bold character. It promises high tides, seismic activity, wild or extreme weather, and irrational, emotional peaks and troughs for human beings. A Gemini Moon loves to communicate about thoughts and feelings, but we may just be blowing off steam. What we really think and feel, deep down, could get temporarily blown off course by all that hot air. Yet with a full Moon, something culminates, and things tend to reach a peak. What we’ve wanted to say bursts out of our mouths, or all over social media.
And this Moon has plenty of hot air to boost its hyper-active qualities, for it’s encouraged by expansive Jupiter in Libra, and geeky warrior Mars in Aquarius. There’s big news, lots of talking and analysis, and some flamboyant gestures too. Meanwhile, revolutionary Uranus in fiery Aries spotlights what’s unusual, or unconventional, in our thoughts and emotions. Without filters, these ideas or desires can be made public. People can get into trouble, or upset their friends and associates with tactless words at this time.
Fortunately, Saturn sits with the Sun in Sagittarius, anchoring this mad, chattering Moon and providing a little caution and stability. Certain old attitudes or ways of doing things could certainly benefit from a fresh approach. A strange, yet useful and potentially productive partnership between sober old Saturn and innovative Uranus is one of the key themes of 2017. It says ‘let’s blend something old with something new’ - rather than destroying everything that’s established, we can upgrade and reinvent it. So our Gemini full Moon shines on the shape of things to come.
And there’s a scintillating network of aspects around this Moon. The pattern is known as a Mystic Rectangle. It offers tremendous, positive potential alongside the over-excitable lunar pitfalls. We can work with this Moon to set ideas free, to speak up, or move a project along to the next stage over the next couple of weeks.
Out in the world, this is meaningful full Moon for Donald Trump, for the Moon aligns precisely with his Gemini Sun. All the planet patterns I’ve discussed are also hitting that Sun, representing a vital moment for his inner self and essential nature. Can he blend tradition with invention though? Will he speak out, as he has done so often, and upset people?
Feisty Mars in Gemini in the USA’s own horoscope also aligns with this dynamic Moon and its provocative patterns. And just by the way, the Moon for the United Nations horoscope also happens to be at 22 degrees of Gemini.
Many other national charts could feel the galvanising effects of this full Moon.
These include Italy, Germany, UK, France, and some of the former Soviet states. And although the Moon moves on, the other planets involved here move slowly and will continue to present us with new challenges and upheavals during December, and on into 2017.
Image: Vintage circus poster (1911) via pinimg.com. PD
Moon Diary: New Moon in Sagittarius, 29th November, 2016: Shadow Boxing by Jane Lyle.
November’s new Moon rises at 7 degrees of fiery Sagittarius. Basically, it’s humorous, sociable, restless and warm. Traditionally, this Moon favours fun and adventure, with some light-hearted flirtations thrown in along the way during the month ahead.
But this one has other tales to tell too.
Our new Moon in Sagittarius aligns with a vibrant fixed star, Antares. Antares was prominent back in the summer, when it met with Mars and Saturn. So this Moon may bring echoes of summer’s intensity, emotions, and events.
Antares is as outspoken as the most frank Sagittarian, and is restless to the point of recklessness. It symbolises risk-taking, and can bring a relentless quality to events - and to our own feelings. Antares is also a star of war, or war-like threats – so out in the big, bad world we may see some sabre-rattling and big discussions about nuclear power during December.
Juno, the goddess asteroid associated with marriage or the lasting unions of friendship, is also in Sagittarius, aligned with this new Moon. Important relationships are heralded by Juno’s presence – sometimes marriage, sometimes a big commitment, sometimes a deeply-felt friendship or creative partnership. A new Moon means new starts, so Juno bodes well for you if you’re open to serious love and friendship. And bear in mind that there’s no need to rush. If something’s really right for you, it will become clear in time.
Finally, to add a little seasonal party madness, we have Neptune – planet of dreams, shadows, and illusions. Misty Neptune is currently sitting at the mystical, karmic threshold of the Moon’s South node in Pisces. All manner of strange things can come and go through this gateway. They can, and they will. So if you find yourself feeling disconnected, dreamy, psychic or peculiar – Neptune’s aspect to the Moon could help you understand why. September’s Virgo eclipse is energised by these other-worldly vibes, so if something in September shook things up for you – expect the next chapter to begin now.
Neptune’s presence is also the reason why we should all be a little cautious around new lovers, take great care of our cash, and be aware of the potentially odd effects of medication of every kind. Neptune rules drugs after all.
Many new Moon layers then, which we can unwrap during December. Some of that unwrapping will be done while we dream, so do make sure you get enough sleep. It could be a very creative thing to do.
Image: Hand shadow puppets, vintage image. Public Domain
Moon Diary: Full Super Moon in Taurus, 14th November 2016 by Jane Lyle
November’s earthy full Moon at 22 degrees of Taurus gets incredibly up close and personal. It’s the closest of autumn’s three supermoons to us here on Earth. So do be prepared for heightened emotions, powerful feelings, and heart-over-head decisions we may regret. Full Moons bring things to a head, but let’s try not to over-react.
With the magnetic Moon so close to us, there is also the likelihood of extra-high tides, wild weather, and notable volcanic eruptions or earthquakes.
A full Moon in Taurus emphasises security – both financial and emotional. We need to feel safe, and physically comfortable when this Moon rises. Indulging our five senses in the smallest of ways works to balance out any insecure situations we’re dealing with. Comfort counts! It’s a Moon for what the Danes call ‘hygge’ – good friends, lots of candles, snuggly warmth and something delicious to eat all help to soothe our souls.
This full Moon connects with asteroid goddess Pallas, the strategist, and Chiron, the maverick. Pallas is in Aquarius, emphasising humanity as a whole. What do we all need? What do we all have in common? These are huge issues. They may be boiled down to similar questions at work, in our relationships, and our neighbourhoods.
Chiron sparks other questions too. Our physical security and happiness is essential, but so is our emotional and spiritual well-being. If anything has been neglected or sidelined, we’ll notice what seems to be missing under this full Moon. The Sun, after all, is travelling through intense Scorpio now. Our inner depths, where awkward or painful thoughts and memories dwell, are also where many answers may be found if we care to look beneath the surface.
Events in the days around this full Moon may draw our attention to what we’ve been avoiding – perhaps particularly in the realms of money, and emotional security.
“We are social creatures, and the importance of this is clearly seen when one compares the satisfaction people feel in relationships with their overall satisfaction with life. The most important social relationships are close relationships in which you experience things together with others, and experience being understood; where you share thoughts and feelings, and both give and receive support. In one word: hygge."
Meik Wiking: ‘The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well’
Image: ‘Young Man reading by Candlelight’ by Matthias Stom (1600-1650) via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
Moon Diary: New Moon in Scorpio, 30th October, 2016 by Jane Lyle
Some Enchanted Evening
We’re on the cusp of haunted Halloween. And this October new Moon also marks the first day of Diwali (30th October – 3rd November) the traditional Indian festival of sweetness and lights.
So here’s a new Moon celebrating the heartfelt warmth of life, the certainty of death, and the swirling mists of the mysterious realms beyond. And remember, those mysterious realms couldn’t care less if we believe in them or not. For many of us, they exist alongside us all the time, not just at Halloween.
This new Moon rises at 7-8 degrees of Scorpio. Scorpio is a deep, magnetic, and erotic sign. It’s also associated with money, particularly legacies, insurance claims, investments and everything that falls under the term ‘other people’s money’. We can focus on finances, sex, death, and the financial and emotional support we receive from others at this new Moon. With the Moon aligned with talkative Mercury, we can also write and talk about what’s on our minds, and how we’re feeling. Rumours, gossip, and sex or money scandals may peak around this time too.
Scorpio new Moon energy favours regenerating something – whether that’s love, your spiritual side, or simply cleaning and clearing out rubbish in your home or garden.
And then there’s a whole layer of bewitching dreams…..
This new Moon has an enchanting edge, thanks to the presence of Neptune in Pisces, flowing beautifully with the Sun, Moon, and Mercury. It’s the perfect moment to use your intuition, honour your psychic flashes, and respect the unseen. Just don’t be tempted to sign anything important, be over-generous, or make irrevocable emotional decisions. Why not light some candles and listen to music instead? What floats to the surface of your relaxed mind offers you valuable guidance and insight. Magical.
Happy Halloween, and Happy Diwali!
Image: Vintage Halloween postcard via New York Public Library Picture Collection. Public Domain
Moon Diary: The Full Supermoon in Aries, 16th October 2016 by Jane Lyle
Great Balls of Fire
A super-fiery supermoon rises at 23 degrees of Aries on 16th October. It’s extremely volatile, and pulses with eccentric, emotional energy in the days before, and the days after the 16th. Full Moons bring things to a head. This one lights a bonfire.
Our full Moon aligns with the planet of thunderbolts and lightning, Uranus. Uranus awakens, enlightens, shocks and electrifies – this is astrology’s planet of revolution, rebellion, original thinking and unusual ideas. These qualities are channelled through the emotional, imaginative, and restless Moon – creating a full Moon picture that some may call completely crazy, and others exciting or unpredictable. Attitudes towards our relationships could change in the blink of an eye, or sudden emotions arise that lead on to love, friendship, divorce, or fisticuffs.
Now add punchy Eris to the mix. Currently, Eris and Uranus are travelling together through competitive Aries, both vitalising this full Moon.
The Uninvited Guest
Dwarf planet Eris was discovered in 2005, and named for the Greek goddess of discord because there was so much discord surrounding her appearance on the astronomical scene. Her mythic story offers us clues to her astrological nature.
Goddess Eris loves discord, and was named Discordia by the Romans. Her myths describe a passion for war, bloodshed and strife. And yet she is also valued, in a wary kind of way, for inciting the kind of competitive instincts that get people motivated to work harder, achieve something, or fight injustice.
Eris stars in the story of how the Trojan War began. She wasn’t invited to a big wedding feast, but she showed up anyway and tossed a golden apple into the party. The apple was inscribed with a message – ‘for the fairest’.
A completely undignified and un-goddess-like fight ensued as three goddesses – Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite - fought to claim the title of the most gorgeous goddess in the room. Paris, a young man, was asked to judge. Nightmare. Each naked goddess tried to bribe him – but love goddess Aphrodite offered him Helen, the most beautiful woman in the world, wife of the King of Sparta. Paris picked Aphrodite, and ran away with Helen. Helen’s furious husband then started the Trojan War in an effort to win her back. Eris, the uninvited guest, had created utter chaos. How she must have laughed.
The uninvited outsider is everywhere in myth, legend, and fairytales – Sleeping Beauty is perhaps the best-known contemporary example, as Eris morphs into the wicked fairy Maleficent and casts a dark shadow over the baby princess and her future.
Some uninvited beings, such as vampires or witches, have to be invited to cross our thresholds. Folklore says they cannot enter if we don’t invite them in. So, in light of this symbolism, maybe be extra careful and conscious of what, and whom, you engage with over the next couple of weeks. Of course, other uninvited strangers may be gods and goddesses in disguise. We’ll be needing our instincts and intuition to decide what to do.
One way or another, this full Moon illuminates those we consider ‘outsiders’ for whatever reason. The whole dynamic of ‘us and them’ can be seen in current political upheavals, in the mistrust of globalisation, in issues surrounding migrants and refugees, racial tensions, so-called ‘disruptive’ business technologies, and so on.
On a personal level, ‘us and them’ surfaces in family life, amongst neighbours and in our communities. Who is the disrupter and who are the disrupted? Yes, it’s complicated. There are more questions than answers during this Uranus-Eris phase, an energetic pattern that continues shaking things up on into 2017.
Fortunately, harmony is the opposite of discord, and the Sun in Libra opposite this full Moon stands for balance – if we can find it.
The beautiful binary fixed star Spica aligns with the Sun too, representing success, happiness, help from others, and positive energy for the arts and sciences. We may have to strive for these things. Yet they are there, alongside the undoubted chaos, like a calm, silver lining to the dark storm clouds of Uranus, and the disruptions of Eris. Take it easy under this wild full Moon, it’s most certainly one to watch.
This full Moon is very relevant for you if you have planets at 21 – 24 degrees of Cancer, Capricorn, Aries and Libra in your natal horoscope.
There’s more about the effects of a supermoon in the Cosmic Weather blog.
Image: Blue flames of fire; publicdomainpictures.net
Moon Diary: Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse at 24 degrees Pisces, the Two Fishes - 16th September, 2016 by Jane Lyle
September’s full Moon in watery, restless Pisces will be a lunar eclipse visible in Europe, Asia, Australia and East Africa.
Every full Moon draws things – like tides – upwards and outwards. So here’s a high tide for our emotions, imaginations, and our desire to help others in our lives, or through involvement with charities and social movements. A Pisces lunar eclipse really does emphasise our unconscious seas too, with all the dreams, visions, nightmares and stories that are swimming around in it.
We all dip into this sea from time to time, and no more so than now – and in the months ahead. What’s bobbing about in the zeitgeist? Pisces is closely associated with movies, actors, and mystics – as well as sailors, fishermen, nurses and charity workers. All these groups are highlighted by this lunar eclipse – both the glamorous, mysterious side, and the self-sacrificing, healing side of the two Fishes.
Fiery Mars in Sagittarius sparks off the eclipse, heating up emotions that find an outlet in passionate sex, anger, righteous causes, sporting battles and fighting for spiritual or philosophical beliefs. Both Pisces and Sagittarius have visionary, prophetic qualities – and for some of us this means some amazing inspiration at this full Moon. For others, it means surges of restless, foggy feelings – there can be uncertainty about which way to go, what to take, and what to leave behind.
We may also become exasperated by those who cannot help themselves, or angry about caring for others, welfare, and victims of many kinds. Yes, that old game of ‘blame the victim’ may show its ugly face this autumn. It’s something to consciously avoid, certainly, along with an awareness of ‘compassion fatigue’ – something that’s likely to surface in ourselves, and in the media during the autumn months.
Three Fixed Stars and the Lunar Eclipse
Rational facts may be in short supply, for not only is Pisces prone to dreaminess and delusions, but Mars aligns with Ras Alhague, a fixed star in Ophiuchus, the shamanic healer and celestial Snake Charmer. Hot, heedless words, spilled out in a tactless hurry, can cause trouble now. Mars and Ras Alhague together are also associated with earthquakes and volcanic eruptions here on earth, and in our emotions too.
The Moon is aligned with both Markab and Sadalbari in the constellation of Pegasus, beautiful winged horse that was the mythic child of Neptune and Medusa. More watery themes here, as this constellation is associated with the sea (Neptune), and shipping. It’s also a sign of soaring ambition – just as the winged horse Pegasus could fly to the stars, so our imaginations and ambitions can soar. But, warn the ancient sources, care is needed or we’ll fly too high, risking a big fall.
Out in the World
Traditionally, an eclipse has the most impact on places where it can be seen – Europe, Asia, Australia and East Africa may all be locations where this eclipse’s effects manifest this autumn.
There’s a wide range of national horoscopes energised by this eclipse. These include the UK, France, Germany, Ukraine, Russia, and the USA.
Your own horoscope is activated if you have planets or points at around 24 degrees of Pisces, Virgo, Sagittarius and Gemini. An astrologer can tell you much more about how this can work out for you personally.
Moon Diary: Square Dancing - New Moon and Solar Eclipse at 9 degrees Virgo, 1st September, 2016 by Jane Lyle.
Every solar eclipse has the potential to trigger change. This one, at 9 degrees of Virgo, the Maiden Goddess, is like a potent cosmic stock cube, bursting with energy and thought-provoking flavours laced with a generous dash of trickery.
Eclipse effects build beforehand. During the days leading up to an eclipse, and the week following one, it’s sensible to delay big decisions if possible. It’s always worth asking ‘what could be hidden?’, since an eclipse may conceal the bigger picture, making it hard to get all the information we need straight away.
This eclipse is ruled by communications planet Mercury – underlining the need to assess information with great care, check facts, bide our time and don’t, whatever you do, blindly trust the satnav.
Read the small print, then read it again. Confusion and misleading scenarios are almost inevitable with Mercury backtracking in Virgo until 22nd September.
Mercury, plus the eclipse in Virgo says the devil’s deep in the details. It emphasises transport and travel plans, communications, education, nutrition and health-care, documents – including online files, neighbours and local events, young people, the written and spoken word, public relations and advertising. These areas, and those who work in them, are brought to our attention now, and when this eclipse degree is stimulated again by Mars in Pisces at the end of December, 2016, and the beginning of January, 2017. Critics, examiners, investigators and reviewers are also in the spotlight.
Virgo is the sign of service to others – we’re looking at how these areas I’ve outlined might serve us, and also how we help others – just around our neighbourhood, for example, or in a job or profession in one of the areas mentioned, such as teaching.
Saturn, Neptune, and the Virgo eclipse
Our Virgo Sun and Moon connect with Saturn and Neptune – highlighting one of September’s big key themes, the final square between Saturn and Neptune.
We’ve been living with the confusing square-off between sober Saturn and dissolving Neptune since autumn 2015.
At its highest level, this planetary partnership says hard work makes dreams real – marry Saturn’s practicality to Neptune’s inspiration and you can achieve something wonderful, and often something lasting too.
Other less attractive manifestations include confusion around boundaries; deceptive movements, stories, companies and individuals; longstanding delusions and deceptions; vague fears and disappointments; deflation – financial, emotional, and psychological.
The eclipse brings these themes into the news and into our lives. And it’s tricky. It could be difficult to feel purposeful and focused, for things seem to ebb and flow around us while others can be evasive, escapist, or not able to tell us the truth. Once again, the answer is to play a waiting game, stay alert, and be adaptable. A practical, organised approach suits the prevailing Virgo vibes.
Big events, the fixed star Zosma, and the eclipse
The troublesome fixed star Zosma aligns with this eclipse. Zosma is found at 11 degrees Virgo, in the constellation Leo. It is close to the Sun and Moon, and closer still to the Moon’s nodes in Virgo, denoting events affecting large numbers of people.
Zosma’s symbolism is closely allied to the idea of victims and oppressors. It signifies victim mentality and victimisation; those who work with victims; and those who create victims – the bullies, aggressors, and people who knowingly cause suffering. Working with the victims of major events, whether natural or manmade, also resonates with the sign Virgo and its associations with health, wellbeing, and helping others.
World events linked with Zosma often seem to be connected to royalty, heads of state and important figures. It also crops up in charts for assassinations, and the death of very famous individuals.
It’s worth noting that the last time we had an eclipse in Virgo at 9 degrees, it fell one day after the shocking death of Princess Diana on 31st August, 1997. In the weeks that followed, huge numbers of people all around the world responded with deep emotion to this terrible accident.
There’s a strong possibility that this eclipse signifies a dramatic, memorable world event. Many national horoscopes are activated by the eclipse and its aspects, including:
Various horoscopes for the United Kingdom are vitalised, meaning it’s a pivotal time on many levels for the UK:
Ascendant for the UK House of Commons: 9 Gemini
Ascendant for UK Reorganisation: 9 Gemini
Uranus, UK Reorganisation, 7th December, 1922: 9 Pisces
Neptune, UK Glorious Revolution, 23rd February, 1689: 10 Pisces
Saturn, UK, England, Republic, 27th March, 1649: 11 Gemini
Pluto, UK, England, Republic, 27th March, 1649: 8 Gemini
Jupiter, UK Coronation of William I, 25th December, 1066: 8 Virgo
The eclipse and its aspects also activate many other national horoscopes, including:
Turkey; Germany; the USA; Vietnam; Ukraine; Russia; Greece; Spain; Belgium; Iceland; Israel and Palestine.
Watch out for news about these locations in late August and during September, and when the eclipse degree of 9 Virgo is activated again by Mars in Pisces in late December, and early January – signifying a powerful start to the new year.
Your own personal horoscope is energised
The eclipse has a strong message about new beginnings for you if you have planets or points between 8 and 12 degrees of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius or Pisces. An astrologer can tell you more about how this may affect you personally.
Moon Diary: Lost in Space - Full Moon in Aquarius, 18th August, 2016 by Jane Lyle.
It’s a little bit wild and wacky. August’s Aquarian full Moon promises revelations, innovative inspiration, and some exciting, sociable energy.
An Aquarian Moon shines on technology, space sciences, science in general, and humanitarian concerns. This intellectual Moon also favours meditation, study, and psychic development. If you fancy experimenting with telepathy or visualisation, this could be a productive moment for you. You can go to infinity and beyond without leaving your home planet.
Aquarius is ruled by electrifying Uranus – a planet that likes, symbolically, to turn things upside down. The full Moon forms a positive aspect with eccentric Uranus, bringing a strong focus on new ways of relating to others, or new ways of parenting, conducting friendships, or finding love. Uranus spells excitement, and willingness to try something fresh and new. Movements and trends involving many people are ruled by the Moon, situated in the sign representing all humanity – Aquarius. What surfaces around the time of this full Moon is likely to involve large groups of people.
Sizzling fiery energy is also denoted by Uranus in Aries in a flowing aspect with the Sun in Leo. This aspect says that creating change and embracing revolutionary ideas is focused on each of us as an individual, for Sun in Leo radiates from the heart. If you want to make changes, let things go, or finish up something that you started earlier this year – this is a positive time to do it.
Synchronicity, happy coincidences, and unexpected encounters bring new possibilities at this full Moon. Since it’s a full Moon, many of those exciting connections will have links with the past.
Moon Diary: New Moon in Leo, 2nd August, 2016: All You Need is Love by Jane Lyle.
Flamboyance meets formality as the new Moon in Leo rises on 2nd August.
If you want to begin a project, or start a new, creative or romantic phase then here’s the Moon for you.
Both Sun and Moon in Leo are supported by hard-working Saturn – what we begin now has the potential to be long-lasting, particularly if we’re prepared to work patiently towards what we’re hoping to achieve. Projects linked with history, old flames, or perhaps our teachers and gurus, are all favoured.
A subtle link to dreamy Neptune in fishy Pisces shows where we’ll need to use intuition this month. The trick is, as it was with the new Moons of June and July, to figure out how to blend hopes and visions with practicality and sustained effort so that we reach our goals. Team-work can be particularly valuable this August.
The next new Moon, on 1st September, will be a powerful and somewhat tricky eclipse in Virgo. It, too, is linked to both Saturn and Neptune. So the basic positive theme of all these new Moons is the idea that hard work makes dreams come true. But when we look into the shadow side of Saturn and Neptune there’s fear, disappointment and confusion to deal with. We’ve been walking along this path all year, trying to avoid the myriad pot-holes and swamps along the way.
A Leo new Moon is a lovely moment, emphasising the optimistic side of one of this year’s major planetary themes – the Saturn/Neptune square. It’s a burst of helpful, fiery energy for the weeks ahead, encouraging us to open our hearts and focus on love whenever we can. This may be a real challenge for many people, I know. But if anything can disperse the uncertainty (at least for a while), it’s the golden rays of Leo. So why not give hope, love, and humour a chance?
Moon Diary: Full Moon in Capricorn, 19th July 2016: We are Family? By Jane Lyle.
July’s full Moon rises at 27 degrees of ambitious, security-minded Capricorn. Traditionally, it highlights money, practical matters, and status. And yet this one is also volatile, erratic, and signifies an ongoing atmosphere of endless questions too.
Every full Moon brings things to a head. Often these relate to projects, or trains of thought, that began with the new Moon – in this case, that powerful Cancer new Moon on 4th July. Some of our full Moon vacillations are linked directly to that time, and what we started or experienced then. It’s a useful moment to review things, but it would be wise to wait a while before making final decisions. This full Moon’s themes last until the following new Moon on 2nd August, in Leo.
Deeply emotional energies flow, courtesy of Mars in intense Scorpio aspecting the full Moon. Strong passions, reckless acts, or dramatic outbursts are directly connected with our needs for security in relationships, in our families, and in our nations and neighbourhoods.
Sun in Cancer and Moon in Capricorn conjure up parental figures, authority, and the whole notion of family – from your parents right through to people you think of as ‘family’, whether at work or in your private life. If there’s been any tension in these areas, then expect this full Moon to bring things out into the open. But perhaps not in quite the way you might expect. Eccentric, inventive Uranus, squaring the full Moon, promises to deliver unexpected thoughts, emotions, or events. Our feelings towards others can change now, or we discover something very surprising about them. Electrifying Uranus likes to shake things up.
Asteroid Chiron, frequently cited as a ‘wounded healer’, adds further interesting energy to this full Moon picture. Chiron was indeed wounded, but he was a teacher, and a wild-at-heart centaur too. Sometimes, this asteroid acts as a catalyst, a burst of off-the-wall feelings, thoughts, or experiences that serve to change our direction and attitudes. With Chiron, Mars, and the Sun in the three water signs there’s a lot of vital energy enhancing emotion, intuition, and creativity. If we can sidestep the push-me-pull-you atmosphere, we’ll find a little much-needed flow over the next two weeks.
This, like the Independence Day new Moon, is a meaningful, emotional Moon for the USA. It links with Pluto in America’s national horoscope, and stirs up many questions around power, energy resources, mining, and security. Sadly, there’s already violence and civil unrest, and there’s a strong likelihood of more. It is also a significant full Moon for France and Spain, amongst other locations.
Image: From ‘East of the Sun, West of the Moon’ (Michael Hague Signature Classics), via www.surlalunefairytales.blogspot.com
Moon Diary: New Moon in Cancer, 4th July, 2016: Memories are Made of This by Jane Lyle.
It’s complicated. Our July new Moon at 12-13 degrees of Cancer the Crab has many important, subtle messages for us, but surges of deeply-felt emotion may obscure some of these for a while.
A new Moon gives its flavour to the whole month ahead, in this case – it’s a generous crab salad.
At first, all we may experience is a sweet, loving sensitivity. Cancer is a profoundly emotional sign, ruling our roots, family, home and homeland. The crab’s claws hang on tight, favouring security and stability. There’s likely to be much talk about these things, with Sun, Moon, Mercury and Venus all lined up in Cancer, with added mystical vibrations emanating from Neptune, the god of the sea himself, in Pisces. Waves of feelings, impressions, dream images, and mesmerising fantasies will ebb and flow as the sirens sing to us and we submit to their seductive spell. It’s an important moment for powerful women, signifying a pivotal time for some of our most prominent female leaders, and famous women in general.
On a personal level, it’s a wonderful time to tune in to your own personal psychic radio, to visualise what you want, or begin a dream diary. What lies beneath in the unconscious seas can be very revealing now. What we uncover can help us deal with our anxieties and problems, and find emotional release. Sharing memories with family, lovers and close friends is another way this Moon can help us think about where we are now, and perhaps why. Cancer likes to show us the lessons of history.
Yet, powerful Pluto is lurking beneath the surface, opposing the new Moon from his stronghold in ruthless Capricorn. We can expect a bit more than sweetness and light this July. Pluto favours intensity, is fearless when unearthing secrets, and inclines towards regeneration, but is capable of demolishing things first. Pluto and the Moon together can reveal fluctuations in power, highlight crime families, and signal an obsessive focus on waste, trash, recycling, and financial corruption.
Big groups and large numbers of like-minded people will sense the feelings evoked by this new Moon, for the Moon’s nodes in Virgo and Pisces open up the gates, and drive many of us to seek out those we feel support our ideas, and our identities.
And just to pump up the cosmic volume even more, the brightest star in the night sky, Sirius, aligns with Sun and Moon in Cancer. Sirius, the Dog Star, blazes away in the constellation of Canis Major, the Greater Dog, and was considered sacred by many ancient cultures.
Sirius represents shining success and honour, but is also a guardian – just as a dog guards the threshold of its home, the Dog Star guards the threshold between the sacred and the mundane. Sirius sometimes demands a sacrifice for the greater good, a cause, or a vocation. Passionate beliefs are tested, and successful careers upended this July.
So do enjoy the romantic and spiritual side of July’s amazing new Moon, but strive for harmony and balance whenever possible. If we can rise to the challenge and stay centred, we won’t be all at sea.
Image: 'Young Lady in a Boat' by James Tissot. Public Domain.
Moon Diary - Solstice Full Moon in Sagittarius, 20th June, 2016: Ride your Pony by Jane Lyle.
What needs finishing up?
It’s time to saddle up and, over the next two weeks, complete projects - or smile a little smugly and reap results from what you began at the new Moon on 4th-5th June, or earlier in the year.
Our second Sagittarian full Moon of the summer rises at 29 degrees on 20th June. These two fiery full Moons are like bookends – the first (21st May) was at the very beginning of Sagittarius, the second is teetering right at the very end of the sign – a clear, obvious signal of completion or culmination. In ongoing situations, it’s a time when things come to a head. Romance, music, art, sport, cash, or some ongoing big, fat charm offensive are likely areas where this full Moon will bring a peak, a high tide.
The Sun in Gemini is poised to enter Cancer at the annual turning-point of the Solstice. This takes place a few hours after the full Moon rises on this day. It aligns with beautiful Venus – newly silvery, moody, and psychic in the lunar-ruled sign, Cancer. Cancer’s intuition may differ from a Sagittarian Moon’s prophetic abilities, but both signs are super-sensitive to hidden meanings and can sense the shape of things to come if they focus on this. These insightful gifts are sharpened to a needle-sharp point by the full Moon’s alignment with the fixed star, Acumen, in the constellation of Scorpio.
Acumen highlights sharp, discriminating minds that are keen to probe beneath the surface of things. Sometimes Acumen is associated with stinging words, and testing situations where ideas are challenged. In this instance, those may spring from some Sagittarian tactlessness, or relentless insistence on telling it like it is. Ouch.
Inner vision, faith, and self-awareness will be more than helpful to us all at this full Moon. Much is blurred and confused, and the so-called ‘facts’ may not always be what they seem now, and for the rest of the summer. Walk, don’t run. And keep asking questions…..
This is a particularly meaningful full Moon for you if your birthday falls on 20th – 21st June. You’ve reached a peak in some area of your life, and may begin to feel restless as you search for new challenges, directions, or a spot of mind-bending travel.
Famous people whose year ahead is influenced by this full Moon include:
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (21st June)
Edward Snowden (21st June)
Image: ‘Ride-a-cock-horse’ by Joyce Mercer (1896-1965), vintage children’s book illustration
Moon Diary - New Moon in Gemini, 4th-5th June 2016: Look Both Ways by Jane Lyle
A beguiling carousel of a new Moon takes us for a dizzy spin in June.
It rises at 14 degrees of Gemini on 4th-5th June, depending on your time zone.
This is an important new Moon, for it vitalises June’s planetary atmosphere of inspiration, confusion, and flexibility. Loving words and beautiful music are a strong theme, for the Sun and Moon in charming Gemini are exactly aligned with sweet Venus. Our neighbourhoods and everyday lives could be the source of delights, happy social events, or pleasant encounters – for Gemini rules the third house, a place of communication, short journeys, and social life. In many ways, this is a lovely new Moon for romance, parties, friendship and fun.
Of course, that’s not the whole story. The Sun, Moon and Venus complete a pattern called a grand cross. This one connects Jupiter and the Moon’s nodes in Virgo, Neptune in Pisces, and Saturn in Sagittarius. All these signs are Mutable, that is – they’re adaptable, and their job is to weave a bridge between those signs that initiate things – the Cardinal signs, and those which consolidate things – the Fixed signs. When they’re all connected like this, it may be hard to get anything done, make decisions, or find clarity. We’re at a cosmic crossroads. One way or another we must learn to surf the waves.
We’ve got the potential for expanded consciousness and great compassion here, but Saturn insists on checking all the facts and figures. Extravagant spending or overly-generous actions are blocked, questioned, and limited. Events themselves could feel overwhelming in some way – perhaps there’s too much information, too many people demanding attention. Or maybe things are moving too fast, and our emotions are bewildering and hard to define. We may be ‘Jack of all trades, master of none’. Neptune’s dissolving presence suggests that this could be a ‘Wikileaks’ kind of lunar month too.
Fortunately, Gemini’s ruler – Mercury – is still in sensible Taurus. Finding some earthy stability should help us relax and think things through step by step. We’ll need to make an effort to pause, and not get swept away on some mad, magic carpet ride. Gemini mind partners Taurean matter – hopefully, this translates as keeping it real.
Yet, with a little caution, this can also be a potent time to make a fresh start or explore a new path – particularly in Gemini’s house in your own natal horoscope.
If you have planets around 12-17 degrees of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius or Pisces then this new Moon, and it’s aspects, energises your horoscope this June. If you’re not sure, why not ask a professional astrologer?
This new Moon activates the national horoscopes for a wide range of countries including: Germany, Brazil, Norway, Denmark, Cuba, Australia, and the Vatican City, Rome. Generally, locations influenced by this Moon will see increased debate, arguments, movement, and talk of education, agriculture, and information technology.
Image: ‘Gamera vs Guiron’ (1969) via www.thetelltalemind.com
Moon Diary - Full Moon in Sagittarius, 21st May 2016: Thinking and Seeking by Jane Lyle
The flaming arrows of desire are flying thick and fast as 21st May’s full Moon rises at 1 degree of Sagittarius the Archer. Communications, meetings, romance and journeys have a high-energy, feisty, even competitive edge for the next two weeks.
Education, personal development, and our cherished ideals are favoured by Moon in Sagittarius – and could be positive goals and channels for all this upbeat fiery energy. There’s creative potential, but it will tend to ebb and flow - we’ll have to select our targets with care.
This full Moon denotes impulsive emotions. Sudden outbursts are likely to flare up between friends, lovers, neighbours and workmates thanks to warrior Mars in Sagittarius riding alongside the volatile, visionary Moon. With Mars apparently travelling backwards in the heavens, some (or most) of these conflicts have their origins in suppressed irritation or anger rooted in the past. Probably time to count to ten before things get too heated – or resist making inflammatory comments.
The Sun in Gemini increases our desire to talk about everything that’s going on – and points towards another outlet for agitated feelings. It’s aligned with the fixed star Alcyone, brightest of the cluster of stars called the Pleiades, or Seven Sisters. These stars are said to bring rain, or sometimes tears. But - seeking a silver lining to this starry cloud - rain brings fertility to the land, and tears bring emotional release. The Pleiades are located in the constellation Taurus. Alcyone emphasises both the idea of insights and intuitive visions at this full Moon, while bringing the opposing theme of rash judgments and anger. If we can channel the anger, and use the magical visions, we’ll be heroes.
Duality, flexibility, and changeability are inevitable now – since the Sun is in the sign of the Twins, and the Moon’s sign is symbolised by a centaur – half human, half horse. It’s a bumpy ride, but somewhere along the path there’s an enchanted forest. We just have to find it, that’s all.
‘A karate practitioner should possess two things: wicked hands, and Buddha’s heart.’
- Soke Behzad Ahmadi
Image: Samurai Warrior on horseback via Wikimedia Commons
Moon Diary - New Moon in Taurus, 6th May 2016: Earthly Delights by Jane Lyle.
May’s earthy new Moon at 16 degrees Taurus radiates some juicy spring-time magic.
There’s extra lunar energy around this month, for this is a Supermoon – meaning that our new Moon is at it’s closest point to us here on Earth in it’s monthly journey. Like all Supermoons, this one promises to stir things up – and can indicate wild weather events, or dramatic volcanic eruptions and earthquakes.
A Taurus new Moon highlights our feelings about security and cash, love and sex, values, assets, and stability. It favours setting intentions and planting seeds – just as long as we take some practical steps to manifest what’s lolling around in our imaginations. Patience is vital too. Five backtracking planets mean everything is moving slowly, and the patterns of the past are asking us to think, and think again about cause and effect. You’ll reap what you sow, and be able to see what past actions have created right here in the present. Focusing on any project, goal, or romantic dream that you’ve been mulling over for a while is in tune with the times. What small, deliberate steps can you take to make it real or move things along during this lunar month? The next new Moon, in Gemini, begins a new, and very different, cycle on 5th June.
Deep, fertile energies are flowing. Underworld king, Pluto in Capricorn, and majestic Jupiter in Virgo link our new Moon into a beautiful, earthy pattern, known as a trine. It’s an excellent month to use intuition to find lost objects, buried treasure, or creative, emotional energy. Connecting with friends, and people who can help or support you is another positive possibility. Venus smiles in her home sign of Taurus now, adding another layer of warmth, colour, and affection to this new Moon’s mouth-watering mojo. Traditionally, Friday is Venus’ day too – if you’d like a little more love, beauty, cash or pleasure in your world, now’s the time to get in touch with the goddess!
If your birthday falls between 5th -7th May, your year is off to a powerful start. A new phase is beginning. Famous birthdays include:
George Clooney (6th May, 1961)
Tony Blair (6th May, 1953)
Michael Palin (6th May, 1943)
Adele (5th May, 1988)
Any planets between 13 – 18 Taurus in your natal horoscope are vitalised by this rather special new Moon. But you’ll have to take action to release potential good fortune by planting your seeds and remembering to water them! The specific planet, and it’s house, will show where the energy flows. Planets in Virgo and Capricorn also receive some lunar bounty.
"Is the spring coming?" he said. "What is it like?"...
"It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine...”
Frances Hodgson Burnett, ‘The Secret Garden’
‘The Fairy Lovers’ by Theodor von Holst (c.1840)
Image via www.tate.org
Moon Diary - Full Moon in Scorpio, April 21st- 22nd, 2016 by Jane Lyle
April’s Scorpio full Moon rises at 2 degrees of sultry, spooky Scorpio on the night of 21st-22nd April.
It’s the smallest full Moon of 2016, at it’s furthest from Earth.
All full Moons – even micro Moons - tend to emphasise fluctuating emotions and intuitive feelings. This one, in watery, emotional Scorpio, could be especially intense, and the emotions it illuminates particularly brooding or hard to define.
The Sun is fresh in earthy Taurus – signifying our possessions, security, and what we value. What we cherish aside from material possessions is hugely important – it’s not all about money. Those emotional and philosophical values shine beneath an uncluttered full Moon. Their vital importance may become painfully obvious, or act as a catalyst for transformation during the coming days.
Sun and Moon are aspected by asteroid Dionysus in Leo. There are innumerable asteroids in modern astrology – how can they possibly be meaningful? Yet, sometimes, the name itself - or what it symbolises - seems to pop up in some amazingly synchronous way when a named asteroid aligns with one of our more familiar planets. It could be something worth considering anyway.
Dionysus is often represented as the crazy, androgynous party-boy of the Ancient Greek gods. His less attractive Roman equivalent is Bacchus – paunchy, lecherous, drunken god of wine. God of theatre, wine, and sacred, orgiastic rites, Dionysus has a darker, deeper core. His true essence is about death, sacrifice, and rebirth, and he symbolises tremendous life-force. So I feel that he resonates very well with the meaning of this full Moon. We’ve got the sensual, greedy, earthy side of Taurus, and Scorpio as the mystical sign of death, sex, and regeneration. Dionysus carries all this imagery with him - perhaps the rocky little asteroid named Dionysus intends to bring it to our attention?
In ancient Lydia (modern-day western Turkey), Dionysus’ totem animal was a fox. His wild female priestesses (Maenads/Bassarids) and followers wore fox skins as a tribute. Were they the first foxy ladies? Other totemic animals associated with Dionysus included a panther, bull, stag, and goat. So it looks like more wildness, and more shamanic life force as we head towards the magical month of May, with its potent new Moon in Taurus the Bull.
With or without Dionysus, this Scorpio full Moon has some depth-charge potential, that’s for sure. I’m fairly certain, though, that this vivid, anarchic god will put in an appearance, one way or another.
“He is life's liberating force.
He is release of limbs and communion through dance.
He is laughter, and music in flutes.
He is repose from all cares -- he is sleep!
When his blood bursts from the grape
and flows across tables laid in his honor
to fuse with our blood,
he gently, gradually, wraps us in shadows
of ivy-cool sleep.”
Euripides – ‘The Bacchae’
Image: ‘Evening Scene’ by Abraham Pether, 1801. Image via Wikimedia Commons
Moon Diary - New Moon, SuperMoon in Aries: 7th April 2016 by Jane Lyle.
A new Moon in Aries always signifies a fresh beginning. This one throws everything up in the air.
The atmosphere is likely to be volatile, dramatic and erratic in the days around this week’s fiery new Moon – and it’s a SuperMoon too. This means that the Moon is at it’s closest to Earth in its monthly cycle (perigee), having a stronger effect than usual on the ocean’s spring tides, the weather, – and probably our emotions’ inner tides too.
The desire to make changes in our relationships, homes, and circumstances will be powerful. If you’ve been thinking about leaving your job, distancing yourself from a draining friendship or relationship, or simply clearing out your cupboards – here’s some irresistible motivation for you. The Moon aligns with electrifying Uranus – stirring rebellious impulses, and bringing surprises. And in the Capricorn corner there’s Pluto, urging us to clear the decks, recycle, clear and transform emotions and environment. Hard working Saturn makes a helpful aspect to all this volatility – what begins now isn’t a flash-in-the-pan, we’ll want to keep going until we’ve finished what we started.
We’re all influenced by our environment, and what’s going on collectively – so to a greater or lesser extent we’ll all feel this new SuperMoon’s purging powers. If you’ve got planets in your personal birth chart at around 18 degrees of Aries or Capricorn then you’re likely to notice these effects most strongly. Planets at 18 degrees of Libra and Cancer are also triggered, but the effects may be less obvious.
"But Alice had got so much into the way of expecting nothing but out-of-the-way things to happen, that it seemed quite dull and stupid for life to go on in the common way."
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
The aspects are: New Moon at 18 degrees Aries, square Pluto, 17 degrees Capricorn, conjunct Uranus, 20 degrees Aries, trine Saturn, 16 degrees Sagittarius.
Image: ‘Alice and the playing cards’ by Obakeneko. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons
Moon Diary - Keep Calm and Carry On: Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse in Libra, 23rd March 2016 by Jane Lyle.
Balance and harmony are what a full Moon in Libra seeks to achieve. This one, however, is a lunar eclipse – meaning that those Libran scales will be plunging up and down, alongside our thoughts and emotions this spring.
Our relationships are in focus, for Libra rules partnerships of every kind. So our friendships, working alliances and professional associations can be just as important now as our romantic partners. Our links with adversaries and enemies need thinking about as well as the eclipse brings things to the surface. All kinds of tension can be cleared and talked about openly, possibly a little too openly for some of us.
This Moon is opposite the Sun and chatty Mercury in frank, honest Aries. There’ll be quite a few people telling it like it is over the next few months. Mars in equally open (some might say tactless) Sagittarius also energises our peace-loving Libran Moon, increasing the likelihood of direct action, bald statements of fact, and impulsive statements and outbursts. We could see this manifest in political shenanigans, military tensions and indecision, and news about sport, and sporting organisations and events.
There’s energy, restlessness, and angry outbursts – what’s been suppressed or ignored will demand attention. There may be riots and demonstrations as people seek to express themselves, and to be taken seriously.
We can expect secrets or hidden information to emerge, perhaps in the form of realisations about what we truly think and feel. This can trigger endings, or at least the desire for them. Every full Moon is a time of culmination, and signals the end of a phase. An eclipse is a super-charged full Moon – so those peaks and partings are likely to be more dramatic or have long-lasting impact on our feelings and our lives.
This eclipse links back to projects, partnership issues, thoughts and feelings that began around the time of the Libran new Moon last October. It also resonates with the Libran lunar eclipse of 23rd March 1997. If the spring and summer of 1997 was important for you in some way, you can anticipate something similar now – or may find your thoughts and feelings about that time are suddenly very meaningful and relevant to your life today.
Libran Areas of Life in Focus include:
Justice and the law – the scales of Justice connect with the scales of Libra.
Peace negotiations – from international meetings, all the way through to family discussions and relationship counselling.
Social life, friendships, and romance – especially marriages and civil partnerships.
Libran industries such as beauty, jewellery, fashion, art, and design.
Enemies and open adversaries. Sometimes it’s a case of ‘my enemy’s enemy is my friend’ or ‘keep your friends close, but your enemies closer’. This looks like one of the themes of this Libran lunar eclipse.
The Lunar Eclipse and You
This lunar eclipse is meaningful for you and your partnerships, friendships, enemies, and alliances if you have planets around 3 – 4 degrees of Libra or Aries, Cancer or Capricorn.
Special birthdays fall around 27th – 29th September (Libra), and 22rd – 25th March (Aries).
To a lesser extent, Cancer and Capricorn planets and birthdays may experience some lunar eclipse effects. Special birthdays are 24th – 26th June (Cancer), and 24th – 26th December (Capricorn).
Famous Librans whose natal horoscopes are energised include:
Gwyneth Paltrow and April Lavigne(27th September)
Mira Sorvino and Brigitte Bardot (28th September)
Silvio Berlusconi (29th September)
Famous Aries people whose birthday year ahead is vitalised by this eclipse include:
Reese Witherspoon, William Shatner, and Stephen Sondheim (22nd March)
Elton John (25th March)
Out in the World
As I’ve remarked in the Cosmic Weather, this eclipse looks meaningful for Greece, and the Greek public – the public is ruled by the Moon in a national horoscope.
Both the horoscopes for the Greek Revolution (25th March, 1821) and Greek Democracy (24th July, 1974) are activated. Questions about how independent Greece can be are likely, and the Greek people’s urge for freedom is in focus. This eclipse is about partnerships and alliances, so obviously it highlights issues around Greece and the European Union. Again. People have a lot to say now, and during the next three months or so.
Other national horoscopes worth watching include:
Image: Ault & Wilborg company poster by Will Bradley, New York Public Library Public Domain. www.nypl.org
Moon Diary - Dream Catcher: Solar Eclipse at 18 degrees Pisces, 8th-9th March, 2016 by Jane Lyle
Powerful, dreamy, and unsettling – the first solar eclipse of 2016 magnifies our emotions and seduces our imaginations.
A shoal of planets in watery Pisces emphasise intuition and vulnerable feelings. Our connections with friends, family and lovers may be slip-sliding around all over the place now, and in the weeks and months ahead. We may feel a deeper love, or realise that we’re not sure how we feel about someone, perhaps someone very familiar to us. Repressed, submerged feelings surface – if we’ve been deluding ourselves about someone, or something, then this becomes more than a nagging feeling we can ignore. It becomes clear to us that we must make changes, either at work or in our personal lives. This will feel strange, and needs flexibility and that oh-so-Piscean quality, surrender.
Often, the changes that accompany an eclipse are out of our immediate control, yet what is ‘eclipsed’ or seemingly lost will make space for fresh developments and positive progress during the next six months.
This eclipse really is extraordinarily fishy – we have Sun, Moon, Mercury, Neptune, Chiron and Ceres in Pisces. Jupiter and the Moon’s Nodes in earthy Virgo oppose them, rather like a small island in the midst of a vast ocean. Jupiter expands everything – on the plus side this signals great empathy and remarkable creativity, on the negative side it denotes floods of erratic emotion, old hurts, illusions and delusions - particularly religious, philosophical, and spiritual kinds.
The potential for floods of water and storms at sea now, and in the coming months, appears to be high too – partly because the eclipse is in Pisces, and partly because Jupiter and the Moon’s Nodes align with the fixed star Denebola.
Traditionally, Denebola signifies religious tensions, severe weather, sedition, and the deaths of famous men. The great expert on the fixed stars, Bernadette Brady, also associates it with being unconventional, or ‘out of step’ with society in some way. Traditionally, again, these effects might be expected to manifest most dramatically in the regions where the total eclipse is visible – from Western Australia, and across Asia and the northern Pacific ocean.
Sober old Saturn, uncomfortable in flexible Sagittarius, makes a square to the Pisces Sun, Moon and Virgo Jupiter. Perhaps this offers a smidgeon of stability? Perhaps it only offers us a stop-go kind of feeling. Mutable energy finds an outlet in Gemini – so this will be a phase of much talking, communications, travel and the continuing prominence of Europe’s refugee and migrant crisis. Curiously, these movements of people are often described by using watery analogies – floods, rivers, tides, and waves – all things associated with Neptune and its sign, Pisces.
Piscean areas of life in eclipse focus
These include charities; pharmaceutical industries; cinema, theatre, and the film industry; music; drugs and alcohol; oil and gas; hospitals; sailors and fishermen; the sea; clouds and fog; wavering boundaries; mystical experiences and individuals; dreams; restlessness and anything that dissolves – including agreements, contracts, and illusions.
The Eclipse and You
This is an important eclipse for you if you have natal planets or angles around 18 – 21 degrees of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius or Pisces.
This eclipse impacts upon EVERYONE born between 1965 and 1967. You all have Saturn in Pisces, Chiron in Pisces, and Uranus and Pluto in Virgo. The houses in your personal chart holding Pisces and Virgo will show you where the changes associated with this eclipse are likely to make themselves felt. Jupiter triggers this eclipse once more in July, 2016. If you aren’t familiar with your birth chart, why not consult a professional astrologer and find out what effects this eclipse may bring?
“The small wisdom is like water in a glass:
clear, transparent, pure.
The great wisdom is like the water in the sea:
dark, mysterious, impenetrable.”
‘Memory’ by Elihu Vedder (1836-1923)
Courtesy of www.elihuvedder.org
Moon Diary - Peak Stuff: Full Moon in Virgo, 22nd February 2016 by Jane Lyle
A Virgo full Moon emphasises our inner emotional need for outer order. Virgo is often said to be picky and critical – yet turn these qualities around and you’ll find the ability to make delicate choices, pick something that’s perfect, and quietly create order amidst chaos. A sense of wellbeing and mental clarity is our reward.
This full Moon at 3 degrees Virgo signals culmination of a phase that began last September, when we had a solar eclipse – and new Moon - in Virgo. It’s a helpful time to think about what projects or routines began then – what’s working well, what might be coming to an end? Virgo rules the house of health, service to others, small pets, and daily routines at home, and at work. So the full Moon draws attention to these themes, and invites us to think about them. Virgo energies also urge us to do something practical – to fine-tune routines, tidy up or recycle our stuff, or even go for the whole spring cleaning thing in a big way. And, you know, this could be the right moment to ask ‘what do I feel about ‘peak stuff’? Virgo’s house or houses in your personal chart show where the main focus lies.
The Sun in watery Pisces is opposite the full Moon, bringing along a little mystical, musical energy to balance Virgo’s earthy practicality. It’s particularly potent this year, as the Sun is aligned with the Watcher of the South, fixed star Fomalhaut in the constellation Piscis Austrinus, the Southern Fish. This is one of the archangel stars, each symbolically ‘watching’ over the north, south, east and west. Fomalhaut is linked to the Archangel Gabriel who watches over the direction of south in magical lore. Fomalhaut denotes artistic success, charisma, and idealism – but warns of failure caused by over-confidence, egoism, and blind idealism. February’s full Moon message is to keep Virgo’s fastidious modesty in mind, view over-the-top emotions with a wary eye, and all will be well.
Once this full Moon begins to wane, we move towards a dynamic eclipse season in March, when both new and full Moons are the first solar (Pisces) and lunar (Libra) eclipses of 2016.
“In the west, we have probably hit peak stuff. We talk about peak oil, I’d say we’ve hit peak red meat, peak sugar, peak stuff….peak home furnishings.”
Steve Howard, Head of Sustainability Unit, IKEA, January 2016
Image: 1950’s advertisement via plus.google.com, public domain
Moon Diary - Electric Moon: New Moon February 2016: by Jane Lyle
An electrifying new Moon rises at 19 degrees of Aquarius on 8th February. If you want to create something new, innovative, or unusual then February is a good time to begin.
Our friendships and relationships, too, can benefit from a fresh approach – exploring unconventional solutions, or forming unusual friendships and alliances resonates with Aquarius, a sign that’s concerned with the whole of humanity in all its diversity.
Uranus – rebel, scientist, revolutionary and eccentric – rules Aquarius. And Uranus makes a productive aspect to this new Moon. An extra helping of intuition, inspiration and originality is in the air – it’s electrifying, for Uranus is the ruler of electricity too. Ideas and feelings bubble up, or there are sudden realisations – the kind we like to call ‘light bulb moments’. This new Moon favours psychic flashes, and spontaneous moments of surprising illumination.
It’s vital to find a way to earth this sparkling energy however. Mars, strong and determined in Scorpio, challenges both Sun and Moon. There’s powerful emotional energy around, and it can rapidly spill over into angry outbursts or emotional frustration. The Moon and Mars together can symbolise angry women, female protests, and news or debates about difficulties with health care – in particular childbirth, miscarriages, sexual health, and pregnancy.
Asteroid Vesta, goddess of the hearth, signals a way through this new Moon’s tense moments. Vesta aligns with Uranus in Aries – representing focus, hard work, and a renewed sense of purpose this month. Vesta’s presence encourages us to see the bigger picture and devote ourselves to what’s new and fresh.
‘I have perceiv’d that to be with those I like is enough,
To stop in company with the rest at evening is enough,
To be surrounded by beautiful, curious, breathing, laughing flesh is enough,
To pass among them or touch any one, or rest my arm ever so lightly round his or her neck for a moment, what is this then?
I do not ask any more delight, I swim in it as in a sea.
There is something in staying close to men and women and looking on them, and in the contact and odor of them, that pleases the soul well,
All things please the soul, but these please the soul well.’
‘I Sing the Body Electric’ – Walt Whitman
Aspects to this Aquarian new Moon are:
Uranus in Aries, 17 degrees, sextile Sun and Moon in Aquarius, 19 degrees.
Uranus in Aries 17 degrees, conjunct asteroid Vesta in Aries, 18 degrees.
Mars in Scorpio square Sun and Moon in Aquarius, 19 degrees.
Poster for Electricity Exhibition, Marseilles, 1908. Public Domain
Image via www.postersplease.com
Moon Diary - Lioness Moon: Full Moon at 3 degrees Leo 24th January 2016 by Jane Lyle
A full Moon in dramatic, fiery Leo traditionally highlights matters connected to love, success, honesty, and financial improvements. Every full Moon symbolises letting something go – but this can be a way of thinking about life, or negative attitude just as much as it can mean clearing out junk or leaving your job.
A Leo Moon has a big heart, so finding ways to keep this emotional powerhouse free and open to life and love could be one of the most important messages the full Moon brings to us.
The first full Moon of 2016 has two feminine companions. The Sun in Aquarius is close to asteroid goddess Pallas, while the Moon herself makes a mysterious aspect called a quincunx with love goddess Venus. Pallas brings strategy, tactics, feminine wisdom, and objective intelligence with her on this full Moon. Women’s role in society, politics, work and religion is highlighted now in our own lives, and in the news. Women in prominent positions speak out, or there are debates about women’s role in major religions such as Christianity, Islam, and Judaism.
Venus in Capricorn has a practical role to play. Finances will need adjustment, compromise, and perhaps something needs to be released so that, in time, new attitudes and systems can be developed this year. A Leo full Moon loves to gamble and speculate, but Venus in Capricorn is cautious and prudent. Somehow, these two must find a workable path. Cool-headed Pallas in Aquarius offers the diplomatic tools and clear-sighted strategy to make this happen, eventually. Aquarius is an inventive sign too – some of the full Moon’s letting go can be about releasing old patterns and protocols in business, banking, relationships and organisations. So-called ‘disruptive’ new businesses - Uber cabs and Air B’n’B for instance - may be in the news for this reason.
This looks like a significant Moon for a number of locations including Russia, the Ukraine, Israel, Iran, Spain, Saudi Arabia, and Thailand.
If your birthday falls on the 23rd-24th January, you’re ending one cycle and poised to begin another this year. This is a time of culmination. Take your time when seeking new things, and let the cycle unfold.
Famous birthdays today include: Mischa Barton, Neil Diamond, Luis Suarez, and Nastassja Kinski.
Book cover: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis.
Moon Diary - Earthly Powers: New Moon in Capricorn, 10th January 2016 by Jane Lyle
The first new Moon of 2016 rises at 19 degrees of earthy Capricorn, the Sea-Goat. The Moon’s emotional nature is nourished by the idea of building something real.
This Moon likes that old phrase in the Christian marriage vows – ‘to have and to hold’.
A Capricorn new Moon is, generally, a helpful time to review money matters and to consider what you need, rather than what you want. Dreams are tailored to fit reality now, so perhaps it’s not the best time for projects needing a wild imagination. But if you want to prepare for the coming year, you can plant your seeds now and gather your resources.
Both electrifying Uranus, planet of revolution, and underworld Pluto – planet of deep transformations and power, connect with our new Moon, and each other. Emotions can be exceptionally erratic as a result, with impulsive or sudden outbursts or moments of icy ruthlessness. If you feel unsettled, angry, or weird try to remember that this, too, shall pass and hold off on losing it entirely. If you’ve been resisting change, this might be a helpful time to think about that.
Out in the world, this new Moon suggests a very challenging month lies ahead. Security alerts remain high, financial markets look uncertain, and there’s the strong possibility of serious civil unrest or even terrorism and violence. It’s deeply uncomfortable, yet change only comes through effort of some kind and those issues we’ve been thinking about over the past four years or so are in very sharp focus this month.
It’s a meaningful new Moon all around our planet, highlighting themes of finance, boundaries, and power – political, military, and the power of our energy resources. It has a strong message for the UK – and perhaps particularly Scotland; for the USA, Russia, Ukraine, China, and a number of Eastern European nations including Lithuania, Slovenia, Kazakhstan and Croatia.
‘You can't always get what you want
You can't always get what you want
You can't always get what you want
But if you try sometimes you just might find
You just might find
You get what you need’
Songwriters: RICHARDS, KEITH / JAGGER, MICK
You Can't Always Get What You Want lyrics © Abkco Music, Inc.