Lunar eclipse, Uranus s/d and Saturn-Pluto conjunction

penumbral lunar eclipseThe Full Moon in Cancer on Sat 11 Jan is a penumbral Lunar Eclipse (falling the previous day in Europe and the Americas) at 20 degrees Cancer during which time the Full Moon darkens.  The Full Moon in Cancer invites us to find a balance between the deep emotional connection of family and the outer, worldly achievement that is found in our work life. This Full Moon also highlights our emotional attachment to the past, so don’t be surprised if strong feelings get stirred up again, giving us the opportunity to finally let go and release the past.  The Lunar Eclipse is likely to intensify all the emotions highlighted by the Full Moon in Cancer.  This is a good time for us to reassess our unconscious, “autopilot” responses, and to change any behaviour that is no longer appropriate. There’s also a sense of a cycle which started on the solar eclipse of 13 July 2018 now coming to completion.  The Lunar Eclipse Full Moon is exact at 5.21am AEST, so the previous evening is the best night for Full Moon celebrations.

 

On the day of the lunar eclipse Sat 11 Jan, Uranus turns direct at 2 degrees Taurus.  Yes this is very close to the degree of the solar eclipse on Boxing Day, further intensifying the energy that’s around now.  We can expect some very emotional upheavals now!  Uranus is the Great Awakener, shaking up any sense we have of security or permanence (and how!).  Uranus forces us into unexplored territory, and as it turns direct again for the next 7 months, that’s where we’re heading!!  Uranus brings new insights and a higher level of awareness, yet it can also be disruptive, shaking things to their very foundation – sometimes even bringing down the whole structure in the urge to bring about revolutionary change.  In the words of Leonard Cohen “there is a crack, a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in”.  The more conscious we can be, and the more open we are to the changes that the Universe is demanding of us, the less disruptive this energy is likely to be.  If you are born around 22 April, or have 2 degrees Taurus strong in your chart, this Uranus standstill is likely to affect you deeply – a time to wake up and make some radical changes, reflect on your own truth and integrity, and a great cosmic opportunity to reinvent yourself.

 

The very next day, we have the conjunction that has been building for the last 12 months, the Saturn-Pluto conjunction.  Saturn is about control, discipline and structure, while Pluto is about power and transformation.  As with all astrological energies, these can manifest positively or negatively.  The positive expression of this combination of energies is responsible use of power, but negatively, it’s about power and control for their own sake, unchecked and ruthless.  An example would be the way that fear (Saturn) can be manipulated (Pluto) to justify wars or other extraordinary (and usually repressive) measures.  The Saturn-Pluto cycle is associated with an increase in authoritarian rule, ruthless power plays and the rise of right-wing ideology, and we’ve certainly seen plenty of that in the last 12 months as these two planets have got closer and closer.  The Saturn-Pluto conjunction is exact Mon 13 Jan 2020 at 2.58am AEST, the previous day in Europe and the Americas. 

The Saturn-Pluto conjunction comes round every 33+ years, with its most recent manifestations in 1914, 1947 and 1982.  1914 saw the beginning of World War 1.  1947-48 saw major political upheaval with the partition of India, creating India, East and West Pakistan (later Bangladesh and Pakistan), and the partition of Palestine, creating the state of Israel. These divisions were along religious grounds and created huge conflict in these regions.  1982 saw the Falklands War (which got Maggie Thatcher re-elected) – and the Reagan-Thatcher years saw a huge lurch to the right with the introduction of neoliberalism.

The current move towards the right in so many countries of the world is all part of this pattern.  Religious intolerance is being stoked in many countries, for example the Citizenship Amendment Act in India which discriminates against Muslims, and the Religious Freedom (ie discrimination) bill in Australia.  Meanwhile the ICC is seeking to open a war crimes investigation in the West Bank and Gaza, after years of suffering by the Palestinians, a legacy of the partition from the last Saturn-Pluto contact.  Then of course there’s the racial intolerance that’s being stirred up by Brexit in the UK.  There is light among this darkness though.  Thankfully, in a few countries we are seeing the positive manifestation of this Saturn-Pluto energy, which is responsible use of power.  The shining example of New Zealand right now with the leadership of Jacinda Ardern is one that springs to mind!

 

Lunar Phases January 2020

Lunar Phases – Jan 2020

phases of the moon

Times are given in Queensland time (AEST). 

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Skywatching  Venus can be seen as the Evening Star twinkling in the western sky after sunset.  Saturn and Jupiter are now too close to the Sun to be visible.  If you’re up early, you’ll see Mars as a reddish Morning Star in the east before sunrise. 

 

First Quarter: Fri 3 Jan 2020 at 2.45pm at 12 Aries

A time to take decisive action with unfolding events as the light of the Moon continues to grow.

Moon planting: The week following First Quarter Moon is ideal for planting fruiting vegetables.

 

Lunar Eclipse Full Moon: Sat 11 Jan 2020 at 5.21am at 20 Cancer

A high energy time when things often come to fruition or events come to a head.

Moon planting: The week following Full Moon is the best time for planting root crops.

 

Last Quarter: Fri 17 Jan 2020 at 10.58pm at 26 Libra

A time of reorientation as the light of the Moon decreases, eventually going into the low-energy time of Old Moon just before the cycle begins again with the next New Moon.

Moon planting: The last week of the Moon cycle is the best time for weeding and composting.

 

New Moon: Sat 25 Jan 2020 at 7.41am at 4 Aquarius

A time of renewed energy as a new cycle starts.

Moon planting: The week following the New Moon is the best time for planting leafy greens.

 

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Set powerful New Year’s Resolutions this Boxing Day!

Solar Eclipse New Moon in Capricorn 2019

Set powerful New Year’s Resolutions this Boxing Day!

Capricorn

We’re in eclipse season now, with both the New Moon and Full Moon eclipsed this lunar month.  This means the energies are extra intense right now, and unexpected changes are typical.  Please be extra mindful at this time and take extra care in this eclipse season!

The absolute best time to make your New Year’s resolutions is the New Moon in Capricorn, because it brings a sense of discipline to the new cycle that we’re about to start – in this case 2020!  The New Moon in Capricorn on Boxing Day is a Solar Eclipse, making any intentions you set now much more powerful than they would normally be.  This eclipsed New Moon in Capricorn is an excellent time to set your intentions for the year ahead!!

2020 is going to be a year of huge changes for us all, with some very significant alignments coming up, starting with the Saturn-Pluto conjunction in January.

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The New Moon in Capricorn on Boxing Day Thurs 26 Dec is an annular solar eclipse. This is the absolute best time to make your New Year’s resolutions for 2020 as the energy of this eclipsed New Moon gives a very powerful boost to any intentions and resolutions you set now. 

An annular solar eclipse has the force of a total solar eclipse, it’s just that the Moon, which is blocking out the Sun’s light, is further away from the Earth than usual, so it doesn’t completely cover the disc of the Sun.  Instead it allows a ring of light to be visible around the eclipsed Sun (‘annular’ comes from the Latin, meaning a ring). In terms of its astrological effects though, it’s a strong as a total eclipse.

Eclipse annular

A New Moon always represents the beginning of a new cycle in some part of your life.  The Capricorn New Moon invites renewed focus on self-discipline, responsibility, dealing with material reality, setting goals, improving time management and introducing more structure into your life – all in the service of moving forwards on your chosen path.  Remember the image of Capricorn the goat, moving slowly but steadily up the mountain, one step at a time, guaranteed to reach the summit. 

Wherever you have Capricorn in your chart is the area of life that will be most strongly affected by this eclipsed New Moon – for example, if it is in your 6th house, this is an opportunity to bring more self-discipline into your daily routine and health regime; if it falls in the 2nd, this applies to your finances.  If you are not sure where Capricorn falls in your birth chart, think of the area of your life that could most benefit from some self-discipline right now – you’ll probably tune into it intuitively! 

If your birthday falls close to this eclipsed New Moon, this is the beginning of a highly significant new cycle in your life in terms of your sense of identity and purpose in the world.  If 4 degrees Capricorn is strong in your chart, or if any of your planets fall at this degree, this indicates the beginning of a significant new cycle in the part of your life represented by that planet, eg relationships for Venus.

Remember to create your New Moon intentions within 24 hours of the New Moon.  The Solar Eclipse makes your intentions much more powerful than they would normally be, further enhanced by the presence of Jupiter in this eclipse configuration.  The New Moon is exact at 3.13pm AEST.

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Happy Solstice celebrations 🌟🎄🌟🎄🌟

EquinoxSolsticeHappy Solstice celebrations for Sunday! 🌟🎄🌟🎄🌟
 
The December Solstice is when the Sun reaches its southernmost position overhead at the Tropic of Capricorn (remember that from geography in primary school? 😀). Guess what, the Tropic of Capricorn takes its name from astrology, from the fact that the Sun moves into the tropical zodiac sign of Capricorn on this day.
 
The word ‘solstice’ comes from Latin meaning ‘the Sun stands still’. If you follow the position of sunrise along the horizon during the year, you’ll notice it changes with the seasons. At the solstices in Dec and June, the Sun reaches its furthest point in one direction before returning towards the centre point again. Many ancient sacred sites were aligned with the sun’s position at the solstice, creating a magical effect at the solstice sunrise, including standing stone circles such as Stonehenge and the Newgrange monument in Ireland.
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In the southern hemisphere, the December Solstice is the longest day of the year and the shortest night, traditional midsummer time. You’ll notice this more the further south you are, where the days will be very long. After this, days get shorter as we start to move towards autumn and eventually into winter.
In the northern hemisphere the seasons are reversed, and so the December Solstice is of course the Winter Solstice, traditional midwinter time, the shortest day and the longest night, after which the days start to lengthen again and the world returns from the darkness of winter – quite literally in Northern Europe where the hours of daylight are very short indeed at midwinter! This was the origin of the Celtic festival of Yule, signifying the return of the light.
 
This year the Capricorn solstice falls on Sun 22 Dec 2019 at 2.19pm Queensland time (AEST).
 
Solstices have always been traditional mid-season times of celebration and feasting. Have a wonderful Solstice, whether you’re celebrating midsummer or midwinter! ❤️
 
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Full Moon in Gemini 2019

This Full Moon kicks off the eclipse season, so take extra care for the next six weeks, especially when driving etc!!!

Full Moon in Gemini  Thurs 12 Dec 2019, exact at 3.12pm Queensland time (AEST) at 19 degrees Gemini

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The Full Moon in Gemini on Thurs 12 Dec invites us to find a balance between logic and intuitive knowing, so that any action we take integrates both polarities, aware of relevant information yet trusting our intuition.  Check your birth chart to see which house is under the Full Moon spotlight at 19 degrees Gemini as this is the area of life where matters may well come to fruition or be revealed.  This Full Moon is exact at 3.12pm Queensland time (AEST).

Things will start to intensify as the eclipse season begins at this month’s Full Moon, with the energies building in the lead-up to the first eclipse on Boxing Day, 26 Dec.  Take extra care during the six-week eclipse season, ie the two weeks leading up to the first eclipse, the two weeks between the eclipses, and the two weeks after the second eclipse.  Remember eclipses often bring unexpected change into our lives, so take extra care during this Christmas period!! 

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Jupiter into Capricorn

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JUPITER is at the very end of Sagittarius right now, about to move into Capricorn … 🌟🌟🌟
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Jupiter moves into Capricorn on Tues 3 Dec (AEST).
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Jupiter is traditionally a planet of good fortune, optimism and confidence, which has thrived in the last twelve months in his home sign of Sagittarius.
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When Jupiter leaves Sagittarius for Capricorn on Tues 3 Dec however, things are likely to change dramatically. Capricorn, ruled by controlling Saturn, is the sign Jupiter is least happy in.
Capricorn is associated with hierarchy and the establishment – banking, international finance, and legal structures that support that status quo – Capricorn loves to preserve traditions.
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At the collective level, Jupiter is connected with legal reforms, and Jupiter’s year-long transit through Capricorn is likely to see changes in the laws pertaining to all these aspects of life, ideally bringing in more of a sense of justice.
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The difficulty is that with the Saturn-Pluto conjunction approaching, there are increasing tendencies in politics towards right-wing authoritarian control, which if left unchecked could skew any coming legal changes towards increased restrictions on freedom and civil rights rather than injecting more social justice into the system. Jupiter tends to increase and enhance whatever it touches; when this expresses through Capricorn, we might get more of these repressive authoritarian policies!
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There’s a supportive contact between Uranus and Jupiter on 16 Dec (AEST) which could really shake things up.  Keep an eye on the “establishment” dramas currently unfolding. I’m thinking of Trump’s impeachment enquiry in the US, and the British royal family’s embarrassment around Prince Andrew’s exploits and his subsequent suspension from public duties – it’s not a good look for the royals!
Not to mention the Brexit chaos and the upcoming general election in the UK. Given the astrology of 2020, there could be some very major changes ahead.
 
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Moon phases December 2019

Lunar Phases – Dec 2019

phases of the moon

Times are given in Queensland time (AEST). 

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IMPORTANT NOTE: The eclipse season begins at this month’s Full Moon, so take extra care for the following six weeks – the two weeks leading up to the first eclipse, two weeks between the two eclipses, and the two weeks after the second eclipse.

 

First Quarter: Wed 4 Dec 2019 at 4.58pm at 11 Pisces

A time to take decisive action with unfolding events as the light of the Moon continues to grow.

Moon planting: The week following First Quarter Moon is ideal for planting fruiting vegetables.

 

Full Moon: Thurs 12 Dec 2019 at 3.12pm at 19 Gemini

A high energy time when things often come to fruition or events come to a head.

Moon planting: The week following Full Moon is the best time for planting root crops.

 

Last Quarter: Thurs 19 Dec 2019 at 2.56pm at 26 Virgo

A time of reorientation as the light of the Moon decreases, eventually going into the low-energy time of Old Moon just before the cycle begins again with the next New Moon.

Moon planting: The last week of the Moon cycle is the best time for weeding and composting.

 

Solar Eclipse New Moon: Thurs 26 Dec 2019 at 3.17pm at 4 Capricorn

A time of renewed energy as a new cycle starts, intensified by the eclipse.

Moon planting: The week following the New Moon is the best time for planting leafy greens. 

The eclipses start on Boxing Day, but meanwhile take care from the Full Moon onwards as the energies start to build.  Remember eclipses demand respect, as they often bring unexpected change into our lives! Take extra care this Christmas period!!

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New Moon in Sagittarius 2019

Sagittarius, the archer

New Moon in Sagittarius  Wed 27 Nov 2019, exact at 1.06am Queensland time (AEST) at 4 degrees Sagittarius (the previous day in Europe and the Americas) 

Full Moon in Gemini  Thurs 12 Dec 2019, exact at 3.12pm Queensland time (AEST) at 19 degrees Gemini 

Skywatching  Venus, Jupiter and Saturn can all be seen as Evening Stars in the western sky after sunset, with Jupiter the lowest.  Venus catches up to Saturn by the Full Moon and from then on will be seen above Saturn.  If you’re up early, you’ll see Mars and Mercury as Morning Stars in the east before sunrise. 

 

The New Moon falls in Sagittarius in the early morning of Wed 27 Nov (the previous day in Europe and the Americas) bringing a fresh burst of enthusiasm for adventure and exploration, as well as the need to enjoy life to the full.  This is a good time to start on a spiritual quest, a course of study or overseas travel – anything that expands your horizons. 

Sagittarius is a Fire sign, warm and enthusiastic, naturally optimistic with an undying trust in the Universe.  Sagittarians love to explore and go on adventures, not just for the fun of it, but because they’re also motivated by a quest to discover the meaning of life. Their sign is ruled by Jupiter, which gives them their boundless enthusiasm and confidence – and on the downside, a tendency to go over the top, take lots of risks and over-extend themselves, not knowing when or where to stop.

If your birthday is close to this New Moon, this marks the beginning of a significant new cycle in your life in terms of your identity and your sense of purpose.                                 

If you have a planet or significant chart point at 4 degrees of Sagittarius, this marks the beginning of a new cycle in whatever that planet symbolizes (eg relationships for Venus).

Remember to create your New Moon intentions within 24 hours of the New Moon.  The New Moon is exact at 1.06am AEST.

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Moon phases – November 2019

phases of the moonLunar Phases – Nov 2019

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New Moon: Mon 28 Oct 2019 at 1.38pm at 4 Scorpio

A time of renewed energy as a new cycle starts.

Moon planting: The week following the New Moon is the best time for planting leafy greens.

 

First Quarter: Mon 4 Nov 2019 at 8.23pm at 11 Aquarius

A time to take decisive action with unfolding events as the light of the Moon continues to grow.

Moon planting: The week following First Quarter Moon is ideal for planting fruiting vegetables.

 

Full Moon: Tues 12 Nov 2019 at 11.34pm at 19 Taurus

A high energy time when things often come to fruition or events come to a head.

Moon planting: The week following Full Moon is the best time for planting root crops.

 

Last Quarter: Wed 20 Nov 2019 at 7.10am at 27 Leo

A time of reorientation as the light of the Moon decreases, eventually going into the low-energy time of Old Moon just before the cycle begins again with the next New Moon.

Moon planting: The last week of the Moon cycle is the best time for weeding and composting.

 

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New Moon in Scorpio 2019

Time for empowerment and transformation

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The Phoenix, symbol of transformation & rebirth

The Phoenix, symbol of transformation & rebirth

The New Moon falls in Scorpio on Mon 28 Oct signalling the beginning of a major new cycle in self-empowerment and relating to others in a deep and passionate way.  The sign of Scorpio is associated with rebirth – or more accurately with all stages in the three-fold journey of transformation: death, the passage through the underworld and then the rebirth, rising like the phoenix from the ashes of the old self.  Scorpio represents the capacity for intense transformation and is the ultimate survivor.

This New Moon is closely opposite Uranus so unexpected twists are likely with events unfolding now, bringing surprises and sudden changes in direction that can be challenging.  Uranus was discovered at the time of the French Revolution, and that’s the energy it brings to any situation, a rebellious even revolutionary energy that can be exciting or chaotic, perhaps both!  Think of all the Extinction Rebellion protests going on at the moment and you get the idea, not to mention the chaos happening in the UK with regards to Brexit!  At its most positive, Uranus brings a higher level of conscious awareness into our lives, waking people up with the insights it brings.  Uranus is still in the early degrees of Taurus, the sign associated with Mother Earth, and as I’ve written before, the increasing awareness of the ecological damage we’re inflicting on our planet is one of the strongest current manifestations of this placement.

Scorpio is a Water sign, sensitive and feeling things at a very deep level.  Scorpios are very loyal and dependable.  The sign is ruled by the planet Pluto which gives them their characteristic intensity, and they are finely attuned to power issues, with a kind of X-ray vision that tells them who’s to be trusted (and who’s not).  They will carry secrets to the grave, and so have a natural talent for confidentiality.  When manifesting negatively though, they can be ruthless and power-hungry.  You really don’t ever want to cross a Scorpio – like the scorpion, they are famous for that sting in their tail!

If your birthday is close to this New Moon (within a day either side), this marks the beginning of a significant new cycle in your life in terms of your identity and your sense of purpose.  With Uranus opposite this New Moon, the Universe has been challenging you to wake up and reinvent yourself since May of this year and this will last till March of 2020, so this is a significant time for you, the half-way point in this development.   

If you have a planet or significant chart point at 4 degrees of Scorpio, this marks the beginning of a new cycle for you in whatever that planet symbolises (eg relationships for Venus), including the ongoing challenge from Uranus.

Remember to create your New Moon intentions within 24 hours of the New Moon. The New Moon is exact at 1.38pm Queensland time (AEST).

 

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