Full Moon on the Solstice!!!

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The Full Moon falls with the Solstice this year, and we enter the eclipse season for the upcoming eclipses in January.

The Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year (and the shortest night) in the southern hemisphere, when the Sun reaches its southernmost position overhead at the Tropic of Capricorn, named after the Sun’s passage into the zodiac sign of Capricorn on this day.  This is the traditional mid-season time of celebration and feasting.  In the northern hemisphere it is of course the Winter Solstice, the shortest day and the longest night.  This year the solstice falls on Sat 22 Dec at 8.23am Queensland time AEST (Fri 21 Dec in Europe and the Americas). 

The Full Moon falls in Cancer in the early hours of Sun 23 Dec AEST (Sat 22 Dec in Europe and the Americas) just after the Solstice.  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.  This is a good time for us to reassess our unconscious, “autopilot” responses, and to change any behaviour that is no longer appropriate.  The Full Moon is exact at 3.49am AEST, so Sat 22 Dec is the best night for Full Moon celebrations – as well as solstice celebrations!!!

The eclipse season starts now, after this month’s Full Moon.  The eclipses won’t be till January, but meanwhile take extra care from the Full Moon onwards as the energies start to build.  This means that Christmas time will be in the eclipse season, so please be extra careful on the roads and in your lives generally.  Remember eclipses demand respect, as they often bring unexpected change into our lives!  So take extra care this Christmas period!!

 

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Winter Solstice in the southern hemisphere!!!

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The Solstice falls on Thurs 21 June 2018 as the Sun moves into the sign of Cancer at 8.07pm Queensland time (AEST). 

This is the Winter Solstice in the southern hemisphere, the shortest day of the year (and longest night) as the Sun reaches its northernmost point – from here on, the days will lengthen again as we move towards Spring. 

If you’re in the northern hemisphere, reverse all that – it’s the Summer Solstice, the longest day and the shortest night, after which the days will shorten as you move towards Autumn. 

The word ‘Solstice’ means ‘the Sun stands still’, momentarily, in its annual path, before moving in the opposite direction.  In the Celtic calendar, these turning points in the seasons were very significant festivals – Midwinter and Midsummer respectively, timed by alignments in ancient stone circles and celebrated with bonfires (Midwinter), feasting, dancing and celebration.  It was said to be a time when magic was in the air, as shown in Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’.

New Moon in Gemini 2017

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“Fake news” – sign of the times

Solstice celebrations!

 

New Moon in Gemini  Fri 26 May 2017, exact at 5.44am Queensland time (AEST) at 4 degrees of Gemini  (Thurs 25 May in Europe and the Americas)

Full Moon in Sagittarius  Fri 9 June 2017, exact at 11.10pm Queensland time (AEST) at 18 degrees of Sagittarius

Skywatching   Jupiter is visible as an evening star rising in the east, while Saturn rises later in the evening. For early risers, Venus can be seen as the twinkling Morning Star in the pre-dawn sky, now joined by Mercury, lower in the eastern sky.

 

The focus this month is on communications (New Moon in Gemini) and the balance between our belief systems and the objective facts (Full Moon in Sagittarius) – definitely an area where “fake news” comes into play.   We also take a quick look at how Donald Trump’s chart is being impacted by the upcoming astrological alignments.

The New Moon falls in Gemini in the early morning of Fri 26 May (AEST, Thurs 25 May in Europe and the Americas), signalling the beginning of a new cycle in the way we communicate, network and exchange ideas.

As an Air sign, Gemini is naturally objective and rational, so has a real talent for dealing with information.  Gemini has a combination of sociability and extreme curiosity – the answer to one question simply creates more questions!  Through its association with the media, this can be an ideal sign for investigative journalism, although a touch of Pluto/Scorpio would help with the depth of research often required.  Gemini is also associated with education – the natural curiosity of this sign often makes learning effortless.  A New Moon in the sign of Gemini can usher in a new cycle in any of these areas.

If your birthday falls close to this New Moon, within a day either side, this marks a year of significant new beginnings in your life, particularly with regard to your identity and your sense of purpose in life.

The New Moon falls at 4 degrees Gemini.  If you have points in your birth chart close to this degree (within one degree) you can expect to begin a new cycle connected with that energy (eg relationships for Venus).

The New Moon is exact at 5.44am AEST.  Remember to set your New Moon intentions in the following 24 hrs.

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Solstice

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Solstice tomorrow … either Midwinter or Midsummer depending on which hemisphere you’re in!

The Winter Solstice (in the southern hemisphere) falls on Sat 21 June, as the Sun moves into the sign of Cancer at 8.51pm AEST. This is the shortest day of the year (and longest night) in the southern hemisphere, as the Sun reaches its northernmost point – from here on, the days will lengthen again as we move towards spring.

If you’re in the northern hemisphere, reverse all that – it’s the Summer Solstice, the longest day and the shortest night, after which the days will shorten as you move towards autumn.

In the Celtic calendar, these were significant festivals – Midwinter and Midsummer respectively, celebrated with bonfires (Midwinter), feasting, dancing and celebration. It was said to be a time when magic was in the air, as shown in Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. 

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Midwinter solstice bonfire

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