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Full Moon in Cancer 1/12

Hey hey,

Quick overview: Sun in Capricorn, Full Moon in Cancer at 4.34am MST 1/12/17

The last time the full moon happened in Cancer, it was Christmas day 2015. I didn’t write a blog about that one because I was SO FAR up in my feelings, and that’s what this moon does. First of all, Cancer is ruled by the moon. In a chart the moon is our emotional center, how we subconsciously process and react to things. I think of it as the internal realm, where people are usually aware of our external, conscious sun energy. Where the moon is located will show us where we will ebb and flow like the tides it causes. The full moon always shines a light on the area of the chart it falls, and is the culminating time of the previous new moon.

The last new moon was in Capricorn, sun and moon in same sign at 7°, meeting up exactly with Mercury retrograde (which I talked about a lot in the last post.) The Mercury rx energy is really infused into this whole moon cycle of Capricorn, this whole month. The new moon is the time when the moon is dark and primal, the impulses that are born during this time have not yet been lit by the conscious light of the sun. New drives in Cap energy have us focused on our long-term life goals, how we are going to build our legacy, and how to create in the physical realm all of the fiery, spiritual philosophies of the previous cycle of Sagittarius. And I have to say that the reason I didn’t post about the new moon when it happened a couple of weeks ago, on December 29, is that I was having some major life changes going on! I was learning to rethink the trajectory of my life. It sounds dramatic, and it is. But it’s not my story to tell, I just got to watch it unfold. And it’s good! Seems scary, but an astrologer I work with, Shawn, talked to me about how Capricorn is about moving through fear. People are having this crazy life-goals, Mercury rx, T-square, gotta focus on the big picture-type energy going on, people are figuring it out.

So that brings us to this full moon! The moon is on the opposite side of the chart today, and is in its home sign of Cancer. Cancer is the deepest part of our soul, the most private part of ourselves. It’s why Cancer is the Crab, because it hides its vulnerable parts (maybe we’ll talk about the clinging pincers another time). In the chart, Cancer is associated with origins and the past/memories, energy you’ve inherited from your mom, and your innermost soul. It’s the moment in your life development when you discover your own individuality, the core of your inner realm. So when the moon is in its home sign and all lit up like today, that means a big spotlight of consciousness is glaring into all the nooks and crannies that usually stay dark. A keyword of any full moon is heightened emotions, but this is heightened emotions AND comprehension of all those dark places. Our souls are exposed right now, there’s nowhere to hide. The position of the moon now also makes that T-square going on into a full-blown Grand Cross for a day or two. We will have a lot of attention drawn to things that need action to be taken. Whether that motivation is an internal pressure or a response to external circumstances, right around now we will be feeling the need to GET IT DONE.

Learn from what comes up now! The reason this is the culmination of the new moon in Capricorn is that we can fully connect internally to our new life goals. If we don’t have that deep soul connection to our objectives, then how would we accomplish anything? It’s generally the idea the most opposite signs are Cancer and Capricorn, the internal and the external, the personal and the worldly. But in this moon cycle, they work in tandem. We have to shine a light in the dark corners to make sure we know we’re on the right path.

On another train of thought entirely, this last moon cycle has been exactly on point productive as far as life and career goals. I’ve been developing a personal website for my day job, and having the goal marks of going public today during Mercury in the retrograde shadow zone happening has been a trip! I’ve been working on these public career goals, and yet going live with it today seems apropos because it’s intensely personal, it’s really my soul out there for anyone to see. This website building could have happened anytime, but it’s poignant that it’s now. The idea that these cycles always happen, I have a couple of weeks to implement an idea before the full moon, etc. That idea gives deadlines, an exquisite pressure, to accomplish whatever goals you want. I continue to like the idea of astrology as a meditative practice based on natural cycles (even though the mystical element appeals to my more romantic side). Set a goal, go do the thing. Do it with the moon behind you, and watch out! Hahaha.

Thanks for reading!

Cheers,

Will

Mercury Retrograde 12/19-1/8

Hi everyone!

We’re already a couple of days deep into the latest Mercury Retrograde! It stationed retro on Monday, Dec. 19 at 15 degrees of Capricorn,  and will go until stationing direct at 28 degrees of Sagittarius on January 8 of next year. Here’s a quick list of dates pertinent to this Rx:

  • Mercury in Shadow Zone (thru area that Retrograde backs up to): 12/2-1219
  • Mercury Retrograde from 15 Cap to 28 Sag (backing up): 12/19-1/8
  • Mercury in Shadow Zone (once more thru the same area): 1/8-1/29

A retrograde is a time when a planet seems to slow down and stop, then proceed backward for a time. The planets don’t really change direction, of course, it’s all an optical illusion based on the Earth’s rotation and orbit around the sun. Mercury, the fastest moving planet, goes retro about three or four times a year. When a planet goes retrograde, it’s generally the thought that the energy expression of the planet goes inward. So for Mercury, the planet of intellect, communication, and expression, it kind of gums up the works. ‘They’ say not to sign contracts or make major life decisions during this time, because in general, we’re not ‘thinking straight.’ Arguments and disagreements might pop up a lot during this time, but if we are aware of the energy, we can choose a different outcome.

This Mercury Retrograde is very similar to the short one we experienced in January, which I described here: Mercury Rx in Cap January 2016.  I think this retrograde is so similar because we are dealing with the repercussions of choices made during the last retrograde in Capricorn. What have we done to reach the goals we set during the new year? Mercury stops right on top of Pluto for a couple of days around the 19th, so we will be aware of situations dealing with power struggles and deep transforming truth. It will be a theme of the entire retrograde: How am I building my career? What are my goals in larger terms, aka what will be my legacy? Who or what is at odds with these goals?

However, there are some differences with the current configuration. Jupiter in the sign of Libra is activating a T-square (a very tense aspect). Jupiter is expanding relationships in the sign of Libra, the scales are evening out. People are more willing (and really, more in need) to help others, and imbalances in the give and take have a spotlight on them right now. This is in almost direct opposition with Uranus in Aries, which is zapping that relationship energy with a tug-of-war of individuality and personal power. We are expanding in our relationships right now because we are experiencing an internal revolution in the way we see ourselves. This is creating chain reactions of collaborative efforts and I’m definitely seeing people redefining themselves because of how they are relating to each other. Artistic folks are brimming with ideas and itching to get them out of the ether. Both of these planets are at at a square (the most tense aspect) to Pluto -and Mercury- in Capricorn. Pluto is transforming how we present ourselves to the world. We are evolving, and the T-square in effect through next year, basically, means that this is a time of critical attention. Things seem tense because we are reevaluating what we are putting into the world at large, due to the personal revelations we are having because everyone’s bouncing off of new energy right now.

Also, thinking about the progression of retrogrades this year, it’s interesting to me how they’ve moved through the earth signs. The one in January started in Aquarius, then moved back through Capricorn. This gave the opportunity to reflect on our dreams, and what actions we take to manifest them. Then in April and May, we shared the retrograde through Taurus, the first earth sign, in which we took a look at our values and self-esteem (am I getting paid what I’m worth? Am I creating what I want to see in the world? What is my power to create?). Later in August and September, we experienced the retrograde in Virgo, the second earth sign, in which Mercury in its home sign really helped us navigate the details of HOW we get things done, when we do, and whether that is eating up our time or really paying off. Now we’re back to the Capricorn Mercury Retrograde, and having gone through the steps this year, are ready to review what our goals are and whether or not we achieved them.

Interestingly, we started this retrograde madness this year in Aquarius (January 5-8, 2016), and are ending it with a pass through Sagittarius (January 5-12, 2017). What this says to me is that our hopes and dreams, and possibly even group relations set us on a journey of building this year. We went through the earth signs on our Mercury Retrograde journey of 2016, which is all about what we manifest and create in physical reality. It’s been a critical year, and this retrograde is all about stringing the choices we’ve made together into something cohesive and lasting. What we leave behind seems more important now than maybe earlier this year, maybe it wasn’t something we were thinking about before. Near the end of this cycle of retrogrades, we will be passing through Sagittarius one more time. This means that the influence of others will have less sway than it did when we started almost a year ago. We’ve learned a lot, seen a lot, and there’s no going back to where we were before. This final movement through Sag will ensure we are standing in our own truth. If we are not, this cycle will be quite jarring. If we are not willing to observe the truth, even if it is uncomfortable, we will not be able to properly create the world we want to live in. This is a critical time, where we must be willing to see truth, to speak truth, and to take right action.

Thanks so much for reading, and look forward to some changes by the end of this retrograde. Going over all the details has my mind spinning with possibilities!

Cheers,

Will

P.S. Used my ephemeris for the dates and the Buddha Board at Golden Braid books with an Instagram filter for my image:)

Sag Season-Sun Shift 11/21 & New Moon 11/29

Hi,

Scorpio season sent me underground:) AND I started writing this over a week ago, but here I am, the day after again. What are you gonna do? But now it’s time to come back into the light. So! Here’s my thoughts on the yesterday’s New Moon in Sagittarius.

New moons are when the moon is dark. The Sun and Moon meet at the same point, and then the moon grows and shines full, then wanes and dies again. When they are at the same point, the conjunction gives birth to a new moon cycle. So they say that New Moon is a time to lie low, to be receptive to the energies that are passing through. It’s a time for planning, gestating, recharging the batteries and channeling your intentions for the month ahead.

Because the moon is in the umbra of the Earth’s shadow, it doesn’t reflect the sun’s light. The metaphor here is that the light of consciousness, represented by the sun, is not shining in the subconscious, intuitive, emotional areas ruled by the moon. Basically, we aren’t aware of our impulses and things tend to come up from inside without our conscious control. Our more primal nature has more sway at these times.

The term ‘shadow’ has a lot of meanings, but new moons are a perfect time to embrace the different connotations. It’s my feeling that it’s as important to stand in your shadow as it is to stand in your light. Because everything exists on a spectrum of opposites, light and dark could not exist without each other. They each have their purpose and their time. New Moons are a time for the dark corners of your subconscious to thrive. It’s important to let your mind, your heart, your chakras, however you want to frame the conversation, that those energies have time to rest and be free beyond the confines of what we think we know and can control.

The New Moon in Sagittarius takes place at 5:19 am MST on November 29. This moon cycle is all about coming out from the subterranean depths of Scorpio and into the fiery light. We experience deep truths under Scorpio influence, hidden mysteries. The skeletons in the closet get dug up. And in Sagittarius, that new knowledge is fuel toward seeking truth. Sagittarius is linked to the 9th House of the chart and keywords are philosophy, transcendence, higher learning, foreign countries. Sag energy pushes us to expand (like its ruler, Jupiter) our awareness and to follow our own path, regardless of what we learned in our youth (represented by the opposite sign of Gemini/3rd House). This moon cycle is giving birth to a new way of seeing the world outside of our own experience. A different impulse is going to arise from the new moon in regards to how we are collectively, and personally, relating to issues of beliefs, ideals and learning. We will be having a fresh take on what is truly working for our most good.

Part of what’s taken me so long to write this is describing the influence of the two T-squares going on, activated during this whole moon cycle. The first is the new moon as well as Saturn square the north node in Virgo AND Neptune in Pisces (one set of red triangles in my drawing). This describes a period of time where we are feeling very much pulled between our spiritual nature and connection to all of creation against knowing that this time is all in the mundane, real details that, strung together, make up a life. Our test now is our awareness of the balance of these things, and the trials the arise in trying to keep that balance. We are being tested now by Saturn to ensure that our dreams and our realities are in balance. This moon cycle is a checkpoint to make sure our philosophies are in accordance with this tension. Everything exists on a spectrum of opposites, and this time will help us determine at which point we need to be, if we are open to its influence. It can be very trying.

The other T-square is the opposition of Uranus in Aries to Jupiter in Libra, both square Pluto conjunct Venus in Capricorn. This describes a time when who we are publicly is transforming, and attention is called to the revolutions going on in the self, and the growth and expansion of relationships. Jupiter in Libra is mixing up our social interactions; we seem to be meeting a lot of new people and finding new layers in existing relationships. If anything has been out of balance with our personal relationships, we’ve been noticing an evening out. People seem to be wanting to help us, or conversely, people seem to need more from us more than usual. This is now a tug-of-war with how we are envisioning ourselves. We’re seeing new possibilities within ourselves, and balancing that out with others seems to be more of a balancing act than before. These drives are encouraging us to become something different and deeper on the stage of the world at large. As it’s a T-square, this doesn’t feel great. The thing this new moon has going on is Venus joined forces with Pluto. That indicates these transformations we’re going through are softened by love. We’ll feel that the changes are for our benefit. They might even be for our profit, as both planets are tied to money.

Some beneficial influences activated by this new moon cycle are include the trine (blue lines) between Saturn/Mercury in Sag and Uranus in Aries, which indicates that we’ll have an easier time learning our lessons personally. The individual things we have to learn will have a free flow of energy, and like the earlier comment, we’ll have a feeling that our hard lessons to learn will help us find the vision we have for ourselves. The other is the trine between Mars in Aquarius and Jupiter in Libra. This is most excellent for group relations. We’ll feel like we’re getting things done when we’re getting them done together. And intriguingly, the things we get done well help fuel the transformations we’re a bit uncomfortable addressing in those T-squares.

I’m going to finish now before I wait another week to do it. One-on-ones seem to be a struggle, but thank goodness for the whole crew:) Thanks for reading, and sending you all the good vibes! Follow your own voice, stand in your own truth.

Cheers,

Will

P.S. I only used my same ephemeris to prep this, and the drawing I did is from that.

Full Moon in Aries 10/15

Hi everyone,

Been a bit distracted from looking up lately, but here’s a little post about the upcoming full moon.

The full moon is a time to take action. The moon is fully illuminated by the sun, without being in the earth’s shadow. This represents the subconscious/intuitive/shadow side of our nature being illuminated by consciousness. We know what intentions have been set under the dark new moon, and are able to take conscious action.

The new moon at the end of September happened in the sign of Libra (it was called a black moon because it was the second new moon in that month). The sun and moon are considered to be at the same place, or conjunct, at the new moon. This joining of the masculine and feminine, or the conscious and unconscious, gives birth to a new impulse of energy that grows through the full moon and wanes by the next new moon. In the sign of Libra, this moon cycle culminating with this Full Moon in Aries has to do with relationships, balance, and aesthetics.

The new moon is the time to recharge your batteries, make plans and figure out what you want to do. The full moon is the time to do all that stuff, because we have the conscious power to make it happen. If the new moon in Libra puts new focus on relationships, the full moon in Aries complements that energy by placing a conscious focus on the Self. Dance metaphor: you can’t find balance with your partner (Libra) if you don’t know what your own steps are (Aries). This focus on the self might feel empowering, and it might make some folks uncomfortable. I’d expect some personality conflicts since people will be very sure of what their own energy is and is not. The fiery passion of Aries might fuel conflicts that might not have happened otherwise, but it also might cause things that have been blocked to bust out. This full moon is one o’ those Supermoons, because the earth and the moon are closest at this time of year. Extra gravity pulling on your gravitrons or whatnot.

I don’t think everyone will be running around trying to fight, but it wouldn’t surprise me in the least. I think people will feel very motivated by personal goals at this time, trying to wrap up lose ends by the end of the month. It can be inspiring to be filled up with all that fire energy!

Looking at the chart for today, Mars is exalted in Capricorn, conjuncting Pluto. This is excellent for making long-term plans and actually following through. This energy has the drive to build not only a castle, but an empire. The crazy thing about it is the T-square it makes with the Sun in Libra and Uranus in Aries. The Sun in Libra is making us aware of our partnerships as they evolve through this Libra Moon Cycle, and Uranus in Aries is revolutionizing our sense of self which we will be especially aware of during the full moon. Uranus electrifies whatever it touches, so the tension of this pull between the self and partnerships against long-terms goals and plans has an urgent, energized feeling. The remedy for a T-square is the energy that is missing, which in this case is Cancer. Which means that we’re not using our feeling self enough during this time. We’re missing the watery flow of emotions, so some empathy can go a long way right now.

Venus in Scorpio is still making everything all erotic and shit. Go get em.

Saturn in Sag is sure making the world an interesting place, no?

That’s ask I got for now. Thanks for following:)

Cheers,

Will

P.S. I used farmersalmanac.com for the dates, and astro.com for the chart.

 

Jupiter in Libra til next September

—I drew that masterpiece with Jupiter in Libra artistic powers! 🙂

Jupiter is the planet of expansion and luck, called the Great Benefic. Related to philosophy and the pursuit of knowledge, Jupiter also carries with it a sense of justice. One of the generational planets, it spends about a year in each sign, affecting you by relation to other planets in your chart. Otherwise, it impacts those born around the same year as you collectively. Where it lands in your birth chart will show where you want to grow in this life, and can also indicate where you will receive opportunities and help.

Libra is the cardinal air sign, the first of the southern hemisphere (the top of the chart). The first six signs are related to personal development, and Libra is where we begin to consider others. Its totem is the only inanimate object of the zodiac, the Scales. Libra seeks to find balance-within and without. They are tactful peacekeepers on a high vibe and shameless shit-stirrers on the low, disrupting natural balances. They can be indecisive, not knowing the best course of action because they can get carried away in everyone else’s viewpoint. Being ruled by Venus, Libra’s external locus gives much importance to aesthetics. Creative energies are cultivated in earlier signs, but artistic means and expression really take off in the sign of Libra. This sign is like the light, shining on the surface of all things, and what is revealed and experienced in that seeing. This can create a form-over-function mentality in a Libra-heavy chart, as deeper probing and understanding, the real digging into dark, scary corners, are handled by the following sign of Scorpio.

Jupiter entered Libra last Friday and will be in the sign until September 11 of next year. This means that the qualities of Libra will experience expansion and growth over the next year, and the areas of your chart that Libra flows through is where you can expect to see those qualities blossom. We’ve been working on ourselves really hard the last six years under the supportive guidance of Jupiter thru Aries to Virgo. Now our relationships are going to benefit from that same nourishment. We might also experience a more profound connection to the arts and creative expression. This next year makes the Venus-ruled light of Libra shine like nothing else, and we will feel inclined to share the bounty of these blessings with the people in our life. We will be compelled to find the MOST BALANCE.

So this isn’t about people we see every day on our commute or at work, nor is it about the networks of friends or social groups with which we connect. This year is all about the one-on-one relationships in our lives. Libra is the natural ruler of the 7th house: The Other or what I Am Not, and Partnerships. Interestingly, the 7th is also the house of Open Enemies. This next year we will find our focus on trying to balance the people in our lives. This goes two ways, because the people in our lives will also be focusing on trying to balance with us. This is a great time to work on those relationships because both you and your partner will endeavor to come from a place of understanding. During this next year, we might find people helping us for no apparent reason and we might find that we can bring a special kind of medicine to others as well. The last time Jupiter was in Libra, I was in school and made friends and connections that I still keep in touch with to this day. We might find a bunch of new people coming into our life, and that’s awesome! We will feel able to balance what they bring to the table, and they will want to do the same. Conversely, if you have an epic beef, this year might help you confront those crazies and get everything out in the open. Fortunately, under Jupiter we will feel less inclined to go there (at least until he goes thru Scorpio:). You might be seeing the people in your life in a new light, and they will be seeing and assessing you, too. The focus on the balance elements of Libra are a guide here. Hopefully, we really spend this time getting in tune with each other.

Jupiter in Libra will draw awareness to the pleasure derived in beautiful things. Our sense of aesthetics will be very heightened during this time. We’ll have a renewed appreciation for storytelling, visual and performing arts, music, anything that appeals to the senses. Our desire to share things we might have created in such an endeavor will be greater as well. This is a perfect year to learn that guitar you always wanted to get into, to try that painting class you were nervous about, or to get into writing that next literary classic (like this blog right here:). You’ll have no shortage of inspiration while Jupiter is in this sign. The problem with this might be that old Libra indecision, doubting your creative impulses. Don’t! Just grow and create and allow Jupiter to do his magic. Or, we might feel like what we created isn’t as good as we imagined, our aesthetics might be so sharp now that we can’t live up to the vision in our heads. Again, Jupiter is trying to get us to grow, and sometimes that expansion is painful. But the rose couldn’t bloom if it stayed in its bud, you know? Trust the growth process and don’t be afraid to share, or to ask for help! This is such a brilliant placement for artists and creative-types. If that’s not you, it’s amazing still to get new ideas flowing. Libra is an air sign, having to do with mental energies and intellect. The ideas will be fairly bursting to get out during this time. Trust them and talk it out! You’ll never be better supported by others to bring those visions to life than this year. And the visions you have are so lovely. Share them.

Another thing I’m thinking about with this transit, is that because everyone experiencing a new blooming in their relationships, and those developments being expressed artistically all over, we will be inclined to share. A lot. We will be sharing all over the damn place. A lot of times with this sharing we will encounter ideas that don’t jive with us, but we will be in a place to really understand what seemed foreign to us before. And because Jupiter is strongly tied to ideas of social justice and equality, in this sign it will give a lot of people a lot of perspectives that they hadn’t stepped into and tried on before. I had a friend recently post about “social justice fatigue” on the fb, and I have to say we’re only at the beginning. This next year will highlight these kinds of issues, and I think a lot of the growth of this transit comes from how much talking we’re all going to be doing over the next year. We will all be seeing each other in a new light. It is my hope that our online and real life encounters over the next year will utilize this Libra Jupiter energy, and rather than fight to be right in these kinds of discussions we will truly hear what is being said to us and emerge with fresh ears to hear. Justice is a theme of this next year, and we will feel it personally and collectively. If it is unjust for any, it is unjust for all. This won’t be the year about people remaining silent and by default choosing the side of the oppressor. This is the year for us all to speak truth to power, for we truly have what is just and what is right on our minds. Bring it.

Overall, this transit will compel us to find balance and we will then find luck when do. Where this is located in your chart will indicate where you are seeking this balance. My friend and I were just talking as this begins in both of our sixth houses about work-life balance, and I just gotta soak up those lovely aesthetic vibes this morning! 😉

Go get em!

Cheers,

Will

P.s. There’s probably a bit of SEXTROLOGY by Starsky and cox in this here post.

P.p.s. used my ephemeris (and probably Shawn’s) to calculate some folks that are going to have a lot of growth this year, for some reason. Research nerd. Went back to the beginning of the last century, just in case there are centenarian readers out there.

Those who have Jupiter in Libra in their natal chart will be having a great time with their Jupiter Return! Only happens every 12 years. Expanding and blessing what are already your own magic powers:) Also coming back to the lessons Jupiter has to teach you from the time you were born. Those years are:

10/12/1909-11/12/1910

9/26/21-10/27/22

9/11/33-10/12/34

8/26/45-9/26/46 (Peace? Justice?)

12/14/56-2/19/57 and 8/8/57-1/14/58 and 3/21/58-9/8/58 (Jupiter’s normal retrograde cycle went over the cusp of other signs this time, and again in…)

11/16/68-3/31/69 and 7/16/69-12/17/69 and 5/1/70-8/16/70

9/22/80-11/28/81

10/11/92-11/10/93

9/26/04-10/27/05

If that’s you, we’ll done! You did it.

P.p.p.s. It is my warning now that any secrets, lies, indiscretions, etc. that you indulge in at this time WILL COME BACK TO YOU during the next year of Jupiter in Scorpio. The skeletons are all going to be dug out of the closet after this, so spend this buoyant year cleaning out that closet if you need to do so. The truth WILL come out, so trying to hide anything at this time will only dig you into a deeper hole. Snoochie boochies.

Mercury Retrograde in Virgo 8/30-9/21

Oh hey,

It’s that very special time again! Mercury Retrograde is upon us. Mercury, the planet of communication, intellect, and expression has been in its home sign of Virgo since July 31. When a planet is in its domicile, it has full use of its faculties and full access to its powers. Mercury also rules the sign of Gemini, where it loves to talk and kick ideas around. In Gemini, Mercury is fast and flighty, making sure it’s up to date with the latest news and gossip. In the sign of Virgo, that energy changes. In Virgo, Mercury is slower, more methodical, and takes care to integrate and implement the ideas generated in Gemini with the deep feeling of Cancer and the burning pride of Leo. For me, Gemini Mercury gives great ideas and Virgo Mercury makes that shit happen.

Since Mercury has been in Virgo since the end of July, we might have noticed a lot of hard work getting done in the month of August. Did I mention I built a fence? Virgo Mercury is awesome with the details. Under this influence, reasoning and research are paramount, and because of this approach, it’s an excellent time for planning and organizing, getting all the ducks in all the rows. I just have to say right now that math IS important, and I DO use it in real life. Fuck what the haters say! Had I not mathed out and planned ahead, my fence venture might have ended in tears. This Virgo Mercury lends itself to mental prep, going over every possible outcome. Under this influence, we aim for precision and perfection. I really like how Aepril of Aepril’s Astrology puts it: the keyword of Virgo is INTEGRATION, having to do with making oneself whole, putting all the pieces together. Something else Virgo is great at, working with their hands to create a new whole.

Similarly to the influence of the concurrent Venus in Virgo, something that might happen is a lot of worrying about all those details. We might have a lot of critical self-talk. Because our minds are so focused on manifesting our great ideas, we might lose the forest for the trees a bit during this time. It’s important to take a step back and realize how far we’ve come while getting down and dirty with the minutiae.

We have an awesome kickoff to this retrograde with the conjunction, or joining, of Mercury with Venus and Jupiter on August 28. This will help us with ease of accomplishment after the crisis of the Mars/Saturn conjunction over the last few weeks. The blessing of all these benefic planets in the same place, between 27-28° Virgo, will bring our attention to our wellbeing and healthy habits, which is excellent before the Virgo New Moon. Jupiter is expanding and blessing, Mercury is handling all the things, and Venus is helping us enjoy our senses and the things we find pleasurable, and all of this in the sign where we can make anything into physical reality. So let’s make it happen over this weekend, and have a good time doing it!

Now for the Retrograde. A Retrograde occurs when a planet seems to move backward in the sky. It doesn’t actually change direction, but its orbit relative to the earth makes it seem like it is. When this occurs, the expression of the planet’s energy changes. It goes inward, because during a retrograde, that planet is actually closer to the earth. When we go through a retrograde period, that planet goes over the same portion of the zodiac three times. It slows and stops (called stationing), backs up and stations again, then moves forward (or direct). The area it backs up over is called the shadow zone, and we feel the effects of the retrograde from the time the planet enters the shadow zone to the time it leaves.

This spring’s rx was in the first earth sign of Taurus. It had to do with self-worth, really going over if what we were manifesting lined up with our core values. This retrograde, again from Aug 30-Sep 21, is in the second earth sign of Virgo. So the things we are reevaluating here are similar, but it’s not so much about how secure we feel. This retrograde is a revaluation of how we do the things we do. We will be going over how our routines and schedules are helping our hindering us. We’ll be deciding if the way we work is working for us. Not only does this feel right and align with me, but am I doing it the right way? Am I accomplishing what I need to in a way that is efficient and continuing to work for me?

During the last retrograde in fixed sign Taurus, folks seemed stubborn and it felt like any challenge was an assault on our very foundations. This Virgo Mercury Retrograde will be a bit different, not quite so intransigent. The mutable, or changeable, quality of Virgo will allow Mercury the room it needs to breathe. It’ll allow Mercury to change its mind when new information is presented. Though it is a period of going over our intellectual processes, during this retrograde I feel like our minds will be able to process and focus on the details. We’ll be much sharper, possibly much more critical subsequently. During this time, our minds will be on Virgo issues. We might be reevaluating our diet and exercise regimes. We might be reevaluating our jobs and how we interact with our co-workers. Our schedules and how we manage them will come up, and if it’s not helping you, this would be the most excellent time to reevaluate.

There’s always a bit of miscommunication during Mercury Retrograde, but I think we’ll be more apt to think before we speak this time. Again, a danger here is that we might be so hyper aware of the little things that people might be bothering us because they can’t possibly live up to the vision we can see. Basically, what I’m saying is be aware of critiquing others during this time, we might be brutal without realizing it. The biggest communication problem during this rx might be a tendency toward perfectionism with a sharp tongue.

Hope you have an awesome September! This is a great time to make sure things are working the way you want them. Go get em:)

Cheers,

Will

P.s. used LLEWELLYN’S again, as well as my ephemeris. Used the Buddha Board at the Golden Braid Bookstore to paint this graphic.

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Full Moon in Aquarius 8/18 – OR, in which I built a fence

Hi there,

Bit late posting because I’ve been so very busy with these Leo new noon intentions. The August full moon, called the Red or Sturgeon Moon, happened at the end of 25° Aquarius at like 1 AM MST or something on Thursday.

The duality of Leo/Aquarius is best expressed, in my opinion, as the balance between personal power and people power. Leo is about personal creativity and expression, Aquarius is about maintaining that individuality within group dynamics and finding functionality as a whole. Leo is passionate and takes things personally, Aquarius is detached and seems at times not to be affected. They are opposite energies, but we couldn’t exist without both.

The moon in Aquarius gives us flashes of insight into the future. People with this moon placement in their charts have a very high intellectual capacity that is connected to their emotions. Aquarius’ cool detachment gives the moon a chance to breathe, but also to care about people on a larger scale. Humanitarian is the word for this natal placement.

This Leo moon cycle is about new heart impulses, new ways to find enjoyment and pleasure in life’s little moments and then creating those moments for yourself. This full moon plays into that by providing the interaction with humanity at large to establish what is your personal kingdom and how does that fit in with everyone else’s.

On a personal note, Saturday is my birthday! It’s been my intention since the Cancer new moon to have some house projects done, and especially this lunation, to have this yard finished and have a house party to celebrate this Leo ass. Full moons are strongest for about three days, so I think this fit in perfectly with my desire to establish my yard (Leo “kingdom” lol) and then have everyone over to enjoy it (Aquarius “people”).

Some interesting facets of this last week or so has been the conjunction of Mars and Saturn in Sag. The real pressure is on next week, as I wrote before, but the tensions have been steaming for the last week or two. Mars is drive and Saturn is restriction. Since the clock has been ticking, my intensity in completing the project has intensified. Saturn is coming in with the reality check of time and space and materials, while Mars (my ruling planet) has been ram-hammering those restrictions with relentless force. Ask anyone who’s been involved, and they will tell you that I’ve been pushy and bossy and quote possibly bitchy. I, however, will tell you how much stuff got done that wouldn’t have otherwise.

It’s interesting to me that Sag is foreign countries and the ‘other,’ while Saturn is physical boundaries and structures, all fired up by Mars’ initiative energy. This is kind of the perfect time to rebuild that fence that fell down years ago. The energy and the structure are there. If you haven’t been similarly using the tension of this aspect, you might be feeling trapped or constrained. I’m not saying I’m amazing or whatever, because trust me, unrelenting rage has also been a large part of the physical exertion of this fence. In fact, no one has been safe. The vicious takedowns have been real, including yelling a a neighbor’s guest who was trying to bullshit around while I was cutting lumber. Like, going OFF. 

So before I try to pass of my bad behavior as destined by the stars any more, I’ll reinforce the idea that this new heart place we’re working on is our kingdom. It’s a new kingdom, populated by new people. I feel as though the Aquarian energy of this full moon is people running into each other with this whole new heart mojo. Does my energy fit with these people or groups of people anymore? Are my creations and contributions crucial to my teams successes and failures? Are my personal impulses and drives being recognized and honored by the group? I think a lot of the tensions in this very energetic time have to do with realigning yourself with those friends and groups of people with whom you relate. You are feeling new, I know I am. You might not feel like you align with old habits and ways of doing things. This full moon gives us the opportunity to check ourselves. 

So it’s been an intense summer. I’m very much looking forward to celebrating my birthday and gathering, expressing the fun and harmony that this Full Moon can give. If you’re around, come play on Saturday! I promise I’ll have my wrath under control by then.

But by then, I’ll have a cute yard, too;)

Go out there and get it done!

Cheers,

Will

P.s. used my ephemeris as well as THE ONLY ASTROLOGY BOOK YOU’LL EVER NEED.

P.p.s. please to enjoy this fence! Hollaaaaaa. Also this lovely photo of the Aquarius Full Moon by my buddy Anthony:

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Mars in Sagittarius 8/3-9/28

Hello hello,

Mars, the fiery god of war, moved into expansive Sagittarius at the beginning of August. Mars has to do with willpower, chanelling the will outward to meet challenges and face foes. It’s glyph is the male symbol, and it’s the masculine or directive energy. We’ll have a great deal of energy and drive where Mars is in our chart. Mars shows us our physical strength and stamina, where energy is directed, what motivates you. I think of it as “fight, flight, or f#<!.” Mars feels great in the mutable fire sign of Sag, especially after all these months spent in deep, dark, repressive, watery Scorpio. Sag has to do with freedom and following your higher truth, philosophies and ideals, what is outside our borders, and the lifelong search for knowledge. Sag always wants the most life had to offer, and doesn’t like being fenced in. This works out great for Mars, who just mostly does what he wants anyway.

This energy is a lot of fun! We’ll feel great as the month is starting, like we’re finally gaining some momentum. Things that are novel and adventurous will have a fresh pull on our attention, and we’ll go after our freedom with enthusiasm and excitement. This fire might have us feeling full of energy, we might seek different kinds of physical and mental challenges, and even be a bit more competitive. Our optimism might have a lot of ideas flying around, like we can do ANYTHING. The follow thru might be harder to come by because we might keep being swept away by all the fun we’re having. However, this Mars fire also ignites Sag’s heightened principles, and we might be unwavering if something crosses our sense of ethics. This is awesome, and it is needed. I think the idea is to honor that others are also seeking their higher truth, and maybe use the mutable quality of Sag to reach understanding when dealing with conflicts at this time.

We will feel a need for freedom while Mars passes through Sag, whether it’s a vacation or just needing to set our own schedules. We’ll want to see what’s out there, and won’t feel pleased to be overly obligated. Our creative drives will be strong, and we’ll want to DO more than TALK (Mercury Retrograde at the beginning of Sep will test this a LOT). We might be travelling or somehow in new environments, being introduced to new ways of thinking. A lot of ideas might be flying around at this time, and this is the energy to explore them.

So. The crazy stuff now. The official end of the Mars Retrograde period will be when he hits 8° Sag on 8/21. A lot of the issues we’ve been dealing with since he entered the shadow zone in February will be resolved or coming to a close. Good news, right! Well…

Saturn will be at 9° Sag at that time, and will conjunct, or merge, with Mars through the 26th. Saturn is the karmic debt overlord. He is always around to make sure we’ve learned our lessons and developed the structures we need to build in our lives. When we learn Saturn lessons, it pays off for us. When we don’t, we hate it. Saturn was considered a malefic in classical astrology. We know he’s there to help us now, but no one doesn’t think he’s a hard ass. He’s been in Sag since last year, testing our ideas about foreign countries and the way we approach justice and truth philosophically (sound familiar?). The blending of these two forces, right as Mars is exiting the shadow zone, will test us in a dramatic way on all the lessons we’ve been learning since February. Does that way of thinking really work for me? Are these steps I’m taking toward my own higher truth and independence really working for my life? Are the ways I’m exerting my energy toward and thinking about the world at large in line with the Universe (Saturn square Neptune influence-is this Idea I have in line with the Spirit?)?

It’ll feel pretty jarring after how easily the beginning of the month flows. Suddenly there’s a quiz on what we thought we were wrapping up! It won’t be fun. The pressure will be on, and we’ll want to fly off to get away from it all. But Saturn will keep restricting our will, we will have to face our choices and what we’ve been working through.

Because Sagittarius has to deal with foreign countries, I’m honestly worried about the conjunction of these planets here because I feel like the propensity for violence is great during this time. Be very careful, bring peace with you wherever you are. Tensions will be high.

However! Two shorter periods during this time will be a help to us. Mars will be trine the moon on August 30, right as Mercury Rx starts, so I think we’ll be feeling good and able to help others feel the warmth right as the wackiness begins. The other beneficial moon day is September 10, when it conjuncts Mars in Sag. We’ll really feel in tune that day, able to see from an elevated perspective.

Also, from 9/15-9/20, Mars trines Uranus in Mars’ home sign of Aries. We’ll be zapped with inspiration during this time. We’ll have sudden insights and coming out of Mercury Rx, we’ll feel a drive to make constructive changes. Especially after the Saturn conjunction, this energy will be very welcome. As Mars moves out of the sign of Sag we’ll look back on this year and realize all the stuff that’s happened and all the things we’ve been thinking about. We should be in higher alignment and having a clearer vision of how to shape the future.

Hope this time treats you well! Use that warrior spirit wisely:)

Cheers,

Will

 

P.s. Used LLEWELLYN’S… by Riske again.

Used my same ephemeris.

Painted the image with the Buddha Board we have at Golden Braid Books. It’s everything.

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Venus in Virgo 8/6-8/31

Venus shifts into Virgo today through the end of the month. Venus is the goddess of love and attraction. She is called a benefic because she gives grace and ease through whatever sign she passes. It’s the feminine part of our nature, what is receptive. Venus loves beautiful surroundings and softens what she touches.

The sign of Virgo is a mutable sign, the second of the earth signs. She blends the qualities of Cancer and Leo, and this gives a great deal of discernment as the Mother and Father energies must make compromises. Virgo also relates to our health and habits, the way we deliberately (ooooor not) honor our self-care through diet, exercise and physical maintenance. Service also falls under the sign of Virgo, the way we work day to day, how we deal with co-workers, etc. Virgo is good with the hands, using them in work with a eye for detail that is lost on most signs.

During this transit, self-care is very important. We will have an awareness of our bodies and might take steps toward a new health and beauty regimen. We might also be feeling an ease of pressure in the workplace, like it’s easier to get things done, or the general mood lighter. Venus also blesses the pocketbook in the earth or work signs. We might notice gains because of the details we are attracting right now. Earning potential is increased. Usually tedious work might seem a little more manageable, again, even helpful or in some way beneficial. Though these things might flow we will feel very practical in spending, that Virgo discernment doesn’t let Venus therapy shop.

Venus in the sign who’s motto is “I analyze” means that a mental connection is absolutely necessary to reach our affections. If someone isn’t on your intellectual level, you might use that Virgo discrimination to be more choosy about with whom you share your time. Your emotions will be in tune with your thoughts, you’ll feel better when you can express the things you see.

The blending of these energies is very nuanced. Venus is in fall, or in her weakened state, in Virgo. Venus is receptive, Virgo is productive. Virgo’s exactness is foreign to Venus, the specificity of the energy isn’t as soft and dreamy as she is accustomed. During this month we might be really aware of tiny flaws, our eye might be distracted from the overall beauty by little things that we can’t overlook. This very morning, for instance, my awesome brother went to get me some coffee. When he came back, my first response wasn’t to thank him for his kind, loving service (also Venus in Virgo). My first reaction was to ask why it wasn’t all the way full, it seemed light. I went right for the little problem. We might have our eye on the imperfections while Venus’ aesthetic moves through the detailed sign of Virgo.

This transit also gives very high expectations about love and romance. If someone had this position in their birth chart, they might be extremely critical of partners, as Venus also shows how we interact with others. So this time might show us a lot of flaws, what are you going to focus that laser-beam-hawkeye vision on? The loving act of service or the slight flaw? During this time, the predilection is to express the latter. Now that you know, maybe you can focus on all the many good things, right?

At the end of the month, August 28, Venus joins Mercury and Jupiter at 27-28° Virgo. These three planets get along famously. Jupiter is the great benefic and Venus the lesser, he expands and gives luck and says YAAAAS, while she softens and nurtures and brings in what she needs. This expansion and attraction join forces with the intellect and expression to really blow up our work and wallets, blessing good health and harmony if we take advantage. It might be a really passive kind of energy that doesn’t do anything if we don’t activate it. There will be lots of talking, around work and the health of the body. Listen and say your peace, you’ll have researched your position ahead of time, anyway. This time will happen right after Mars passes over Saturn around the 23rd, so I think it will be a nice breath of fresh air from that madness.

So! Good, productive time if we can handle working with the details.

Thanks so much for checking out my blog!

Cheers,

Will

 

Used LLEWELLYN’S COMPLETE BOOK OF ASTROLOGY by Kris Brandt Riske, MA;

My same Ephemeris that I usually use;

And lots of my own rambling.

ALSO!  I painted the visual for this post on the Buddha Board at the Golden Braid in SLC. You can pick one up here, at goldenbraidbooks.com, or on their website: buddhaboards.com. I’M OBSESSED.

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