Mercury goes direct!

We can all heave a sigh of relief as Mercury goes direct after three weeks of its usual communication challenges, delays and frustrations.

Mercury goes direct on Sun 21 Feb stationing at 11 degrees Aquarius after its recent retrograde period.  The frustrations of the last three weeks will now ease and communications become a lot smoother again.

In the days leading up to Mercury going direct, continue to double-check appointments, that you have your keys with you, and that messages get through OK.

Remember that confusion and misunderstandings occur much more easily at this time.

Try to delay any major purchases or contract-signing till at least a week after Mercury’s gone direct again.

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Cracks in the system – first Saturn-Uranus square

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The first of three Saturn–Uranus squares this year is exact on Thurs 18 Feb.  This energy combination of the old vs the new is the hallmark signature of 2021, and is certainly part of the massive polarization that is playing out in so many different areas of society.

Uranus is the planet of innovation, a new direction that disrupts the status quo, one that is usually exciting and renders the old systems obsolete, probably bringing them crashing down around our ears.  I call it “earthquake” energy because that’s what it feels like.  The old system is shaken up and has to crack open in order to let in the light, the light of conscious awareness and expose those hidden parts where maybe there have been misuses (or even abuses) of power.

Saturn is the planet that represents the status quothe old order, the entrenched system that may have become rigid and resistance to change.  To the old order, the prospect of the changes that Uranus is bringing is terrifying, as everything they know and hold dear could come crashing down!!!  Chaos!!!  And they’re right up to a point, because the lower vibration of Uranus is chaos and revolution, even anarchy.  So they try to resist the changes that are hurtling towards them.

Every planet has its higher and lower vibrations, and the cosmic invitation with this Saturn-Uranus square is to integrate the positive qualities of these two vastly different energies.

The higher vibration of Saturn is clear boundaries, responsibility and structure, such as providing frameworks, regulations and laws.  But one of the negative ways that Saturn can manifest is control, based in fear, so the question that arises is: is Saturn creating clear boundaries to protect people and protect society, or is it being repressive?

Similarly, is Uranus championing individual rights and freedoms, innovations and new technology that can benefit humanity, or is it being rebellious for the sake of it?  Or possibly even autocratic, another of Uranus’ negative faces?  How disruptive is this likely to be, and at what human cost?  Is anarchy on the cards?

The kind of challenges that we’re already seeing arising with this Saturn-Uranus square are:

  • Regulation (Saturn) of the big tech companies (Uranus)
  • Mandatory laws (Saturn) vs individual rights and freedoms (Uranus) (especially around the pandemic)
  • The banking system (Saturn) vs cryptocurrency (Uranus)

It’s possible that on some topics, you’d side with Saturn, and on others you’d side with Uranus, that’s natural.  However what the Universe is really inviting us to do, is to find a way through the polarization and integrate the positive expression of these two energies, such as providing a legal framework (Saturn) that supports an innovation (Uranus).

In the first exact Saturn-Uranus square, the Moon is close to Uranus, which suggests that people will identify more with Uranus, and that individual rights and personal freedoms are likely to be a hot topic during this first contact.

(If you’d like to hear more on this fascinating topic, I discuss the Saturn-Uranus squares of 2021 further in my Paradigm Shift webinar which is now available as a recording.)
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A bumpy Valentine’s Day?

99419DE7-44F8-4FB0-B164-0C79D0C1DBAC_4_5005_cThe Moon is in dreamy, romantic Pisces for Valentine’s Day this year, yet it could well be a bumpy Valentine’s Day for the lovers Venus and Mars.

Venus has been in Aquarius since 2 Feb, and in Aquarius she loves socializing and debating ideas with people, usually ideas that affect humanity at a global level.  She’s quite the party girl and she loves her freedom.

Meanwhile Mars is in sensuous and patient Taurus, but Taurus can get a tad possessive, so there’s strong potential for the lovers to clash as we move towards Valentine’s Day on 14 Feb.

Aquarius and Taurus are both Fixed signs, which means neither of the lovers will be willing to give ground – expect some digging in of heels on both sides!!!

This energy of tension between them will continue to build till 20 Feb when it will be at its strongest at 23 degrees Aquarius/Taurus.

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Mega Aquarian New Moon 2021 – Chinese New Year!

It’s a big month astrologically, and a very Aquarian time as so many planets come together in Aquarius for the New Moon on 12 Feb which also marks the Chinese New Year.  

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MEGA New Moon in Aquarius  Fri 12 Feb 2021, exact at 5.05am AEST at 23 Aquarius (the previous day in Europe and the Americas)

Full Moon in Virgo   Sat 27 Feb 2021, exact at 6.17pm AEST at 8 Virgo

Skywatching 
Saturn is visible low in the morning sky just before sunrise, and will climb higher as the month progresses.
Jupiter is not visible at New Moon, but will become visible below Saturn in the early morning sky as the month progresses.

Mars the red planet is the only planet visible in the night sky, high overhead at sunset.

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Aquarius the water-carrier

Aquarius the water-carrier

The New Moon this month is a MEGA New Moon in Aquarius, falling on Fri 12 Feb at 23 Aquarius.  What’s so remarkable about this New Moon is that 6 of the 7 traditional planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn) are all in Aquarius at this time!!!  This is a New Moon that will pack so much Aquarian energy, waking us up to the need to focus on what’s best for humanity at the global collective level.

The New Moon in Aquarius is an opportunity to begin a new cycle in authenticity.  To what extent are you really being true to yourself?  Do you feel free to be true to yourself?  Aquarius is a sign associated with freedom, authenticity, and equality at both the individual and collective level.  It is strongly non-conformist, needing to be different and unique, free of society’s expectations, a natural rebel (I can hear all the Aquarians cheering!!!)  It is also focused on social responsibility, connection at the level of mass consciousness and global humanitarian concerns.

Aquarius is an air sign, loving to discuss and debate ideas, the more original, inventive and zany the better.  They’re also very rational, able to apply logic well to any situation and keep a detached mindset.  Aquarians are very sociable and tend to be known as the party animals of the zodiac!

The New Moon is exact at 5.05am Queensland time (AEST) which means it will fall the previous day in Europe and the Americas. Remember to set your New Moon intentions within 24 hours of the New Moon.

If your birthday is close to this date (within a day either side), this is the beginning of an important new cycle in your life in terms of your sense of identity and your purpose in the world.

Wherever you have 23 degrees of Aquarius in your birth chart indicates the area of life that will be most affected by this New Moon – for example, if this New Moon falls in your 10th house, this signifies the beginning of a new cycle in your career or professional life.

This is also the New Moon that marks Chinese New YearLike so many traditional cultures, the Chinese New Year is based on the lunar calendar.  This New Moon brings the beginning of the Chinese Lunar Year of the Ox.

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Lunar Phases – February 2021

phases of the moonLunar Phases – February 2021

 

 

Times are given in Queensland time (AEST). 

 

 

Last Quarter: Fri 5 Feb at 3.37am AEST at 16 Scorpio

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: Fri 12 Feb at 5.05am AEST at 23 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.

 

First Quarter: Sat 20 Feb at 4.47am AEST at 1 Gemini

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: Sat 27 Feb at 6.17pm AEST at 8 Virgo

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

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

 

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Mercury goes Retrograde – back up your computers!!!

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Mercury goes retrograde on Sun 31 Jan 2021 (AEST) for 3 weeks, bringing the potential for confusion, mistakes and delays.

You may start to feel the effects of this from 15 Jan onwards when Mercury enters its retro shadow – I certainly have, with students in every one of my Astrology classes this week having internet issues!!!

So – in this Mercury retro period, double-check appointments, that you have your keys with you when you leave the house, and that messages get through OK.

With Mercury retro in Aquarius, there’s an increased chance of technological glitches so make sure your computer (and everything else) is backed up!

Also, this is not a good time to make any major purchases or sign contracts, unless you’re prepared to revise your plans – or take purchases back to the shop – down the track.

The upside of Mercury retro is that it is a great time to catch up on all your paperwork and reorganize so you can be more streamlined.

Mercury is retro for about 3 weeks until 21 Feb.

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Full Moon in Leo 2021

Full Moon in Leo 2021

 

Full Moon: Fri 29 Jan 2021, exact at 5.16am Queensland time (AEST) at 9 degrees Leo (so the best time for ceremony is the previous evening)

 

The Full Moon in Leo on Fri 29 Jan highlights our need for balance between the focus on oneself, the whole cultural “cult of the individual” approach that tends to be very self-absorbed, and a focus on one’s community, the collective experience where there’s a strong sense of equality and connection.

The Full Moon in Leo is an excellent time for partying or simply going out and enjoying yourself, maybe even simply treating yourself to something special, so celebrate in whatever way feels right for you.

Leo’s a Fire sign, so this is time to have some fun!  As Jupiter forms part of the planetary picture of this Full Moon,  there will be a natural exuberance with this Full Moon – just be careful you don’t overdo things!

This Full Moon is exact at 5.16am Queensland time (AEST), so the best time for Full Moon ceremony or celebrations will be the previous evening.

Check your birth chart to see which house is under the spotlight at 9 degrees Leo – events in this area of your life are likely to come to fruition (or come to a head!) at this time.

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Expect the Unexpected! Uranus goes direct

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Uranus goes direct on Thurs 14 Jan, the day after the New Moon, at 6 degrees Taurus..

Uranus is the Great Awakener, shaking up any sense we have of security or permanence (and how!).

Uranus takes 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, as well as changes, yet it can be very disruptive – the changes are often unexpected, 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.

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🌟 Second chance for New Year’s resolutions 🌟💫

🌟 New Moon in Capricorn 2021 🌟 Second chance for New Year’s resolutions 🌟💫

New Moon in Capricorn: Wed 13 Jan 2021 at 3pm AEST at 23 degrees Capricorn

Full Moon in Leo: Fri 29 Jan 2021 at 5.16am AEST at 9 degrees Leo (the previous day in Europe and the Americas)

Skywatching:  Jupiter and Saturn are visible low in the western evening sky just after sunset – but only for a couple of weeks before they disappear into the light of the Sun.
Mars the red planet is high overhead at sunset.
Venus twinkles brightly in the pre-dawn sky as the Morning Star, gradually lower each morning in the eastern sky until by the end of this lunar month, she will have disappeared into the light of the Sun.
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A powerful New Moon falls in Capricorn on Wed 13 Jan.  This is the absolute best time to make your New Year’s resolutions for 2021 as the energy of this Capricorn New Moon gives you the self-discipline and determination to carry out the incremental steps you need to take during the year to achieve your goals.  Pluto is part of this New Moon energy, so any resolutions you set now will be especially powerful.

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, goal-setting, 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, climbing slowly but steadily up the mountain, one step at a time, guaranteed to reach the summit.

mountain goatCapricorn is an Earth sign, grounded, sensible and practical – excellent at dealing with material reality.  The sign is ruled by Saturn, the ultimate taskmaster who sets firm boundaries, exercises self-authority and is cautious. The downside  of Capricorn (every sign has its downside) is the tendency for caution to become fear, leading in some cases to freezing (petrified means turned to stone) so that no action is taken. Saturn can also be a fierce inner critic, sowing self-doubt that can stifle those Capricorn ambitions. Caution is fine, yet make sure you continue to move forwards.  It’s time now to accept full personal responsibility for your life, and to realise that YOU are the only one who can make the necessary changes for your life to move in the direction you want.

Wherever you have Capricorn in your chart is the area of life that will be most strongly affected by this 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 will apply 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 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.

If 23 degrees Capricorn is strong in your chart, or if any of your planets fall at this degree, a significant new cycle is starting in the part of your life represented by that planet, eg relationships for Venus.  You may well have had a difficult time of it over the last twelve months, as this is almost exactly the degree of the Saturn-Pluto and Jupiter-Pluto conjunctions in Jan 2020, and Pluto is still very close to this degree.  It’s as if the Universe is telling you that finally you can leave the energies of the last year behind and you can at last move forwards.

Remember to create your New Moon intentions (and your Resolutions for 2021) within 24 hours of this New Moon.  The intentions you set now will be particularly powerful because of the conjunction with Pluto.  The New Moon is exact at 3pm Queensland time (AEST).

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Lunar Phases January 2021

phases of the moonLunar Phases – January 2021

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

Times are given in Queensland time (AEST). 

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Skywatching  Jupiter and Saturn are visible low in the western evening sky just after sunset – but only for a couple of weeks before they disappear into the light of the Sun.

Mars the red planet is high overhead at sunset.

Venus twinkles brightly in the pre-dawn sky as the Morning Star, gradually lower each morning in the eastern sky.

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Last Quarter: Wed 6 Jan at 7.37pm AEST at 16 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: Wed 13 Jan 2021 at 3pm AEST at 23 Capricorn

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: Thurs 21 Jan at 7.01am AEST at 1 Taurus

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: Fri 29 Jan 2021 at 5.16am AEST at 9 Leo

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

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

 

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