This is likely to be an intense week beginning with the Full Moon on Monday in emotionally strong Scorpio. This is a karmic Full Moon when debts can be released and healed and new ones begin as well. Powerful, deep emotional realizations may occur that eventually lead to renewal.
This is an especially strong Full Moon due to several challenging aspects.
First, Saturn is square Uranus, Moon, Sun, Venus and Mercury. Saturn in Aquarius can be tyrannical and restrictive. We had massive lock downs when Saturn first entered Aquarius last Spring. Because of Saturn, the way you think, communicate, feel and love may feel shut down or restricted.
In addition, rebellious Uranus is combust the Sun, and opposes the Moon, making this a potentially earth shaking time when things can happen quickly and suddenly, both for good and bad. Events, encounters or realizations can come unexpectedly and out of the blue.
The Saturn square Uranus position is very powerful. It repeats three times in 2021 but in reality is in effect all year, causing tension and struggle between the young and old, freedom and restriction, innovation and tradition and so on.
Thankfully, Mars makes a positive connection to both the Sun and the Moon during this Full Moon, providing a positive boost of courage and determination. The Full Moon effects last about two weeks until the New Moon on May 11.
Today’s Full Moon is pretty intense. The Sun and Jupiter are together in Aquarius opposing the Moon in Leo. Jupiter can expand everything for both good or bad and its influence can amplify the potentially intense feelings this Full Moon may bring. A difficult connection from the Full Moon and Uranus and Mars in Taurus makes this a potentially angry day with sudden events and eruptions possible. Uranus rules Aquarius so this strengthens the effect. Aquarius is all about the mind, humanitarian concerns, unusual ideas and breaking away from conformity. Uranus is electric, it is known for bringing the unexpected, for radical ideas and actions and for shaking things up. In earthy Taurus, these two planets together may portend changes in finances and even the earth itself. Saturn brings restrictions as well. This is a day with pretty much only hard aspects everywhere, which makes it extremely intense for us all. And, all three of these powerful signs are fixed, which means they can be stubborn and immovable.
This is an especially intense Full Moon. In Western Astrology, it is in fiery Leo. In Vedic Astrology, which uses the Sidereal Zodiac, the Full Moon is in super emotional Cancer. However you look at it, this is likely to be powerful!
During the Full Moon, the Sun and Moon are opposite in the sky. There is a push pull between the ego and the emotions, between work and home, desires and responsibilities and so on. The effect of the Full Moon lasts for several weeks and brings the focus to relationships. We all need to take a deep breath and practice some mindful patience and acceptance of others, taking the time to actively listen without angry reaction. Can we do this?
January 6th and 20th are soon upon us and tensions are growing daily between all factions. Our country is divided like never before.
January 6 – Passion, Courage, Violence?
On January 6th, at noon in Washington, D.C., the Ascendant is 23 Aries and warrior planets Eries and Mars are conjunct in the sign of courage and taking a stand for what you believe. They are also conjunct the Fixed Star Altair, which is symbolized by a flying eagle, so appropriate for the political events taking place in Washington in the coming days.
Altair is thought to bestow hardiness and courage, especially when on the Ascendant.
Warrior Mars is very close to Uranus and moving toward an exact conjunction on January 20th, the day of the inauguration, a harbinger of unexpected events, passion and possible violence.
This is a plethora of courageous and volatile energy which could easily ignite and there could be unexpected attacks of some kind. As I write this, many people from across the country are making their way to Washington, D.C.
I expect high emotions on all sides, patriotism and possible violence on that or the surrounding days. Please pray for peace for all.
Coming up Monday December 21, 2020 is the long anticipated Grand Conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter in Aquarius. Also on that day, warrior Mars and the more recently discovered dwarf planet Eris are conjunct at 23 degrees Aries and square Pluto exactly at 23 degrees Capricorn.
What could this mean?
The obvious may be an increase in aggression and violent behavior, something we have all witnessed this year and many attribute to the long journey of Mars in Aries which began in July 2020 and completes in January 2021. After all, Aries is the ruler of war and aggression as well as courage and the ability to lead and begin anew.
Who or what is Eris?
Eris is named for the Roman goddess of strife and discord. Discovered in 2005, Eris is considered a dwarf or minor planet and is the most massive and second-largest of this group. She is considered the feminine expression of warrior Mars.
Eris is about the same size as Pluto although she is thought to have more mass. She is found beyond Pluto and is slower moving, taking about 558 years to orbit the Sun, where Pluto takes 247 years. By the way, the United States is about to experience its Pluto Return beginning soon, but more about that later.
It is interesting that once a planet is discovered, it seems to enter human consciousness. For example, the discovery of Uranus in 1781 coincided with the discovery of electricity by Benjamin Franklin in 1752 and the industrial revolution. Illusive Neptune was predicted mathematically before it was confirmed in 1846. This discovery came with the advent of modern photography around 1850. This heralded the birth of spirituality and psychoanalysis. The dwarf planet Pluto in the Kuiper Belt was discovered in 1930 and is associated with the birth of the atomic age in 1933, the rise of dictatorships and rebirth of underground crime. There are some that believe the discovery of Eris will bring a deeper development of feminine strength. Here is an excellent article on how Eris has worked through the ages.
But what about that pesky square on December 21st? Mars will move past this point in about a week or so, but it is EXACT on that day.
The difficult square brings tension between powerful transformational Pluto in Capricorn and warriors Mars and Eris in Aries, all powerful forces for change. Pluto wants to continue its journey of turning everything in society upside down so that something new can be born. Aries wants to start something as does Eris. Both planets in Aries can indicate a call for courage and taking a stand for what you believe in. Although sometimes associated with rash behavior, Aries is also about protecting others and finding the strength to stand your ground.
How might this play out in the world and in your personal life?
Depending on where Aries is and connections made to your birth chart, this might be something that passes you by relatively unnoticed. However, you most likely will be aware of the increased tension and volatility in society as a whole as the impact is global.
The November 30th Full Moon is the last Lunar Eclipse for 2020, being one of many planetary connections during a year of tremendous upheaval for the world.
What is a Lunar Eclipse?
A Lunar Eclipse happens when the transiting Sun and Moon are exactly opposite from one another in the zodiac. The Earth lies in between the luminaries and its shadow blocks the sun’s light. There are three types of Lunar Eclipse – total, partial and penumbral.
The total eclipse occurs when the alignment of Sun, Earth and Moon is perfect and the full shadow of the Earth falls on the Moon. The Moon is mostly dark during the eclipse but may have a dim glow due to the Sun’s refracted rays. A partial eclipse occurs when the lineup of planets is not perfect and the Earth’s shadow covers only a portion of the Moon. Penumbra eclipses occur when the Moon is in the Earth’s faint outer shadow; these eclipses are not very noticeable.
It’s about endings and letting things go
Full Moons tend to be fairly emotional times. We are all familiar with stories of more babies being born, higher emergency room visits and increased accidents and “lunatic” behavior that is associated with the Full Moon. A Lunar Eclipse is like a Full Moon on steroids. It is an emotional time of release, endings, letting go and dissolving the past. Eclipses magnify things and often bring change and turning points. Conditions in our lives that need adjustment may become obvious and we can begin to release outmoded circumstances to begin anew.
Eclipses can be felt about a month before and after the actual event and they can act like a trigger, setting things into motion, putting us in just the right place at the right time or dissolving a particular area or experience of life. This can happen quickly or it can take many months to unwind. Eclipses bring us into awareness of our soul mission. All of life is a learning experience and eclipses remind us of our journey.
A new cycle begins
We have finally come to the end of the Capricorn/Cancer eclipse season and we now welcome the Sagittarius/Gemini polarity. Fiery truth-seeking Sagittarius is concerned with ideals, deep knowledge and truth. Its opposite, airy mental Gemini is about communication, gathering and disseminating information, moving and connecting with others and reserving judgement because there is always more to learn.
What else is going on?
There are other aspects occurring during this Full Moon that are worth noting. Erratic and revolutionary Uranus continues its long and tedious journey through Taurus and will oppose Venus in powerful Scorpio on that day. Venus, although often thought of as the peacekeeper is sometimes associated with the beginnings of conflict. There are also some difficult quincunxes in place during this Full Moon that will add to the general feeling of anxiety felt around the world.
The personal bottom line
This can be a time when emotions run high and when you feel the tug between opposites in your life such as the competing needs of work and home or your own personal desires and needs. The Lunar Eclipse is a time when you can clear away the emotional baggage of the previous six months and begin anew.
Because the Full Moon is in Gemini, you may find it is easier to communicate your feelings to others. Gemini brings increased mental energy which you can use to focus on what you want to draw into your life. Make sure your mind is focused on what lines up with your authentic self. This is a time when you can connect the powerful creative force of deep emotion with your mental faculty to create your future. The Hunas of Hawaii and others teach the miraculous power of connecting the joyful open heart with mental intent.
Eclipses can bring fated events into our lives and people and circumstances may fall away. Endings may happen or parts of your life may seem to dissolve. If this happens, trust that something new is coming to take its place.
What about the United States?
Looking at the Eclipse with the United States Sibley Chart, the transiting Sun will oppose and the Full Moon will conjunct the United States’ Natal Uranus, which in Mundane Astrology represents elections and the electorate. Natal Uranus is on the cusp of the 7th house of relationships, open enemies and terrorism. Transiting Uranus is making a difficult square to the karmic North Node of the United States. When Uranus is aspected, expect the unexpected.
This Full Moon is potentially very dangerous with unpredictable Uranus almost exactly conjunct the Moon, expect the unexpected!
Revolutionary Uranus is in earth sign Taurus until 2026, creating the potential for financial ups and downs, erratic human behavior as well as literal changes to the earth. At this Full Moon, it is almost exactly conjunct the Moon, making this a particularly dangerous time with emotions running high thanks to Mars in Aries.
Mars is in Aries until January 2021, an unusually long time. It continues to heat things up for the world and makes a tense square to Jupiter, the planet of expansion. Jupiter is in Capricorn, which rules government and long-held traditions, so this brings the possibility of increased aggression against the status quo. Unfortunately, fires and violence continue in the United States.
Whenever the Sun opposes the Moon, there is a push pull between opposite needs and forces such as the emotions and the rational mind, responsibilities of home and family versus work and so on. Relationships come into focus now and intuition is heightened during the Full Moon. The affect can be felt a few days prior to the Full Moon and lasts for about two weeks afterwards.
What about the United States?
The powerful and intense Scorpio Sun is opposite the more peaceful Taurus Moon. Scorpio is about big power which can sometimes be obsessive and manipulative. Taurus is about dependability, diligence, relaxation and the enjoyment of nature and the physical pleasures of life.
During the Full Moon, transiting Mars opposes Natal Saturn for the United States. This is an indication of continued struggle between the desire for fairness and harmony and aggression and riots.
This Full Moon is square the karmic Natal North Node of the United States in the 8th house, indicating possible volatility in the financial world and/or strong emotions around death and sex.
Transiting Pluto continues its year-long conjunction with Jupiter and Saturn, bringing huge and powerful change to our world. It is nearing conjunction with Natal Pluto for the United States, a long feared event that is currently approaching at 4°53′ and one that can have tumultuous results for the country.
Mercury, the planet of communication and representing the media in mundane astrology, is currently retrograde but will be stationary direct on November 3, amplifying the effect of potential confusion and miscommunication around the election. Mercury is also square Saturn and Jupiter, both in Capricorn (representing the government, business, long-held foundational structures). There is the continued possibility of misleading or confusing information that may cloud the election results. Neptune, the planet of both dissolution and inspiration, makes some difficult connections to the U.S. chart indicating potential continued deception in the media.
On a positive note, for the United States, the transiting Sun makes a harmonious connection to both Venus and Jupiter, indicating a time of illumination and blessings that hopefully will transcend the more ominous indicators. Neptune makes positive connections to the U.S. Sun and Mercury; does this mean that lies will be exposed and our top leaders supported?
What to do?
The double whammy of Mars plus Uranus among other things during this Full Moon makes the next few days and weeks a potentially dangerous time. Aggression, anger, volatility, anxiety and accidents are all possible now. It may be more difficult to sleep or relax. Use your intuition to stay out of any potentially dangerous situations. Try to remain open and adaptable as change may be sudden and unexpected. Watch your own reactions and work to remain centered and loving to all. Lift up your neighbors, even if they disagree with you. This is a time when we can help bring healing in the midst of turmoil.
Did you know that obesity is considered one of the world’s biggest health problems? According to the World Health Organization, over 39% of the world’s adults and one in five children are overweight. This is a sign of our times and we can lay some of the blame on the sedentary lives most of us live with supersized meals and lots of extended time staring into screens from a seated position.
This has been a lifelong challenge for me and I have my 12th house Moon to thank along with several other aspects that make me expand it seems just by breathing! It is remarkable that all of these details can be seen in the natal chart such as the propensity to gain weight easily as well as other health challenges.
Medical astrology is a fascinating study of these findings. I recently had the opportunity to hear a lecture on weight loss and astrology given by Kira Sutherland, a naturopath, nutritionist and medical astrologer from Australia. Here is a link to her website. www.astrologyofhealth.com.
Before I leave this third dimension world, I am determined to conquer this issue for myself and thought I would share my research with you in case some of you are in the same boat. There are astrological aspects that are in your natal chart that might indicate issues with slower metabolism, such as Taurus, Leo, Cancer or Libra rising. Other indicators could be a preponderance of Yin signs, such as Virgo, and Cancer. Of course, your free will always takes precedence and any or all of these things in your chart will not mean that you are destined to be overweight and have no say in the matter!
We probably all agree that the Moon has an impact on our world by regulating the tides of the ocean and large lakes as well as sometimes impacting our behavior as individuals. We have all heard that the Emergency Rooms are busier at the Full Moon and more babies seem to come into the world at that time.
The Moon has an impact also on how we lose and gain weight. The sign and placement of your natal Moon may impact this for you personally, as it does for me. Take advantage of the 28-day Lunar Cycle for best results.
New Moon – Time for New Intentions!
Set your intentions at the New Moon when the energy is fresh. The New Moon is when the Moon is completely dark in the sky.
Waxing Moon to Gain Weight
If you want to increase your muscle or size (I can’t imagine this, but I know there are people in this boat), begin when the Moon is growing or waxing. This is the time between the New Moon and the Full Moon, supporting increase and growth.
Waning Moon to Lose Weight
Begin your new effort when the Moon is growing smaller or waning. This is the time between the Full and the New Moon. This Moon phase supports loss and helps you reduce and decrease in size.
Transiting Moon Sign
The sign the transiting Moon is in will also be important as well as transiting Venus and Mars. Transiting Moon in Aries is great for taking action and initiating something new. Cancer would support self-nurturing and Leo would give you courage to begin and the energy for creativity in the kitchen. Of course Virgo is the most health conscious sign and will give you practical energy to handle the details of a new plan; you most most likely come up with spreadsheets and checklists. Scorpio would help you make powerful self-transformation a reality. Capricorn would help you take responsibility and make restrictions. It’s probably a good idea to pass on Venus-ruled Moons Taurus and Libra since there might be a tendency to overindulge and slow down. The Moon moves quickly through all the signs, spending about two and a half days in each sign, so you won’t have to wait long for a supportive time.
Jupiter transiting over the Ascendant or first house will be a challenging time, so best to wait for this to pass. Saturn transits can provide the strength of will as can Mars. Uranus can help us shake things up and Pluto transits can bring significant transformation.
What drives you to change? With a good understanding of your natal chart, you can use your motivation to work with your personal unique blueprint as well as the current and upcoming energies in the sky to reach the outcomes you desire. For example, for an individual with Aries Rising or on the 6th house of health and diet, transiting Mars in Aries passing over these points would give great energy to the effort. Need to understand your natal chart? Contact me for your natal chart analysis!
This Full Moon is particularly intense with the Moon in fiery and combative Aries opposite the Sun in harmony-seeking Libra. The Full Moon always brings tension between competing areas in our lives such as the responsibilities of work versus home, the practical versus the emotional, male and female and so on. This Full Moon engages the tension between Libra which looks for peace and Aries which wants to strike out and make things happen now.
Aries is ruled by Mars, which is currently retrograde, turning the powerful and forceful energy inward. This Full Moon is linked to erratic Uranus in Taurus, making it possible for the unexpected to happen. We may feel the urge to act impulsively and aggressively.
The Full Moon is conjunct the wounded healer, Chiron, making this a highly emotional time for many. Issues long buried may come to the surface for release and healing. It would be beneficial to observe and process your emotions rather than lashing out at others. This is an opportunity to heal and release what no longer serves your growth. Mars square Saturn brings issues of restriction to the forefront and you may feel you need to break free from anything that has been holding you back.
What about the bigger picture?
This Full Moon makes some difficult connections to the chart of the United States, squaring the Sun and the Moon and making challenging aspects to Jupiter and Saturn. Thankfully, there are more harmonious aspects to Uranus, the karmic North Node and the Ascendant which can help make this an easier time.
What can we expect?
This could mean more difficulties for our President (Sun) and the emotional state of the people of the United States (Moon). Things can get blown out of proportion or there can be big news from governmental officials (Jupiter). Mars squares Pluto in the U.S. chart bringing the possibility for more police or military involvement (Mars) and continued upheaval in social structures (Pluto). Connections to Neptune and Mercury bring the potential for continued pandemic concerns and obfuscation of the truth in the media. Look for more emphasis on socialism, humanitarian concerns and increased issues around drugs and alcohol.
Stay away from large public gatherings for the next several weeks. Take this time to work on your own emotional healing and stay clear of aggressive people and situations. Guard against rash decisions or impulsive actions.
We just finished the Astrology 101 online class! It was a great experience for me and I appreciate so much all the participation and sharing by all who attended. I’ll be teaching additional classes in the near future so check back here for more details soon.
Watch out for the unexpected as the Full Moon squares erratic and unpredictable Uranus. Uranus rules Aquarius and can bring the unusual into our lives. Aquarius is humanitarian and often eccentric and rebellious. Aquarius can be The Genius, The Scientist or The Revolutionary.
When we have a Full Moon there is always the push pull between opposites such as male/female, home/work, desires/needs and so on. The effect lasts about two weeks. Emotions run high at the full moon even when it is in emotionally cool Aquarius. Mercury is also opposing Saturn at this Full Moon, making difficult or restrictive news a possibility. This can be a time of emotional upset for many.
How does this impact the United States?
As shown in the double wheel chart below, this Full Moon aligns closely with the karmic Nodes of the Moon for the United States. When this happens, emotions can get out of control and people can react emotionally rather than rationally. The U.S. South Node is in the 2nd house of finance and the North Node is in the 8th house of resources such as Social Security and insurance.
Transiting Uranus, which is squared by this Full Moon, also squares the Nodes for the United States. Transiting Uranus is over the 5th house of the stock market. Remember that Uranus is in Taurus now until April 2026. This will be a time period with unexpected and earth shaking events such as earthquakes, volcanoes and storms as well as shakeups to our financial world. Today we are watching the hurricane Isaias as it powers toward North and South Carolina. Congress continues to struggle with how to help Americans caught in financial straits brought about by COVID-19 and the shutdown of the economy. The Moon, which represents the people and the emotional condition of the populace, is in the 2nd house emphasizing the concern of our citizens regarding their financial security.
Transiting Mars in angry and aggressive Aries is square Mercury (the mind of the people) for the United States, adding fuel to the already hot emotional environment. And transiting Neptune in Pisces is over the third house of the media and communication, making it hard to know what is true but ultimately dissolving the lies and revealing long-hidden secrets.
We are only half-way through 2020 which has been full of intense and shocking events. Expect these types of events to persist as powerful and slow-moving planets Pluto and Saturn are both conjunct Natal Pluto for the United States. Pluto brings big upheaval which prepares the way for regeneration and transformation. Saturn rules the government and often brings restriction along with an emphasis on responsibility and structure. As I have stated before, along with many other astrologers, this is a year when everything foundational will be transformed.