September Equinox 2020

EquinoxSolstice

The Equinox falls on Tues 22 Sept 2020, exact at 11.30pm AEST.

The theme of the Equinox is always about balance.  This is the time of year when day and night are of equal length (equi-nox means ‘equal night’ in Latin), the Sun rises due east, and the seasons come to a point of balance.

This Equinox is marked by the Sun moving into the zodiac sign of Libra, the sign associated with harmony, balance and fairness.  In the Southern hemisphere this is the Spring Equinox, a time of rejoicing that winter is over and celebrating the birth of new life.

With the recent Virgo New Moon, this is an excellent time for a Spring Cleanse! 

The seasons are reversed in the Northern hemisphere of course, where this is the Autumn Equinox, a time of harvest celebration, giving thanks for the abundant crops produced by the summer months.

Whether you are celebrating Spring or Autumn Equinox, this is a perfect time to reflect on your own life, explore what might be out of balance there and find a way to restore balance, whether it’s in your relationships, your work or any other aspect of your life.

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New Moon in Virgo 2020

New Moon in Virgo 2020: Great energies for Spring Cleanse

 

New Moon in Virgo  Thurs 17 Sept 2020, exact at 9.00pm Queensland time (AEST) at 25 degrees Virgo

Full Moon in Aries  Fri 2 Oct 2020, exact at 7.05am Queensland time (AEST) at 9 degrees Aries (the previous day in Europe and the Americas)

Skywatching  Venus twinkles brightly in the pre-dawn eastern sky as the Morning Star.  Mars the red planet rises in the late evening and is in the western sky by sunrise. Jupiter & Saturn can be seen almost overhead at sunset.

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We have some very supportive energies around at the start of this lunar month, with the New Moon in Virgo supported by Saturn, and the balancing energies of the Equinox.  There’s a lot of Mars influence though, with Mars now retro in Aries and the Full Moon this month also in Aries, the sign that Mars rules.   Add to that Pluto is stationing, so it’s a bit of a powder keg!

I hope you’re going well through these challenging times.  Remember Mars will continue retro till mid-Nov, so this energy is with us for a while, demanding that we consciously exercise more patience.  If you need to recap the energies of Mars retro see last month’s newsletter or my blog.

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The New Moon in Virgo on Thurs 17 Sept 2020 is likely to introduce changes to the way we approach our everyday life.  This is an excellent time to start a new health regime, go on a diet or go on a cleanseYou’ll be supported in this by the easy sense of discipline that’s available with this New Moon because of the close beneficial connection to Saturn.The energy flow with a Virgo New Moon is to do anything that brings a new sense of order into your life ….. If you’re thinking of de-cluttering your house, this New Moon provides perfect timing, and may even demand it of you!!   If you’re feeling an unusually strong urge to spring-clean and tidy up the place, you won’t be alone!  Virgo loves order more than anything, a place for everything and everything in its place.

Virgo is an Earth sign, cautious and practical, taking its time to create the order which it loves. It has a tendency towards perfectionism and is excellent at attention to detail.  The challenge for Virgo is not getting lost in the details and therefore losing sight of the overall vision, the classic state of “can’t see the wood (forest) for the trees”.  It’s great to be on top of the details, but remember to keep them in context.

This New Moon is exactly trine Saturn, grounding this New Moon even further and providing a sense of stability.  This is a great time to embrace responsibility and become more disciplined in some area of your life.

With Mercury in an exact square to Jupiter at this New Moon, you’re likely to feel challenged to speak your truth, particularly to speak truth to power.  I’m reminded of the former White House staff member who went on CNN recently with tales of what it was really like working for Donald Trump – he said he’d already received a number a of death threats as a result of speaking out.  But his point was, and he was speaking as a Republican, we all have a responsibility to speak truth to power.  Silence is consent.

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

Remember to set your New Moon intentions within 24 hours of the New Moon. The New Moon is exact at 9.00pm Queensland time (AEST) at 25 degrees Virgo.

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Jupiter turns direct – bringing renewed optimism

Jupiter has been retrograde for the past 4 months, since mid-May when most countries were in serious lockdown over Covid-19.  On Sun 13 Sept, Jupiter goes direct again at 17 degrees Capricorn.

This direct motion is likely to lift people’s spirits as the restrictions we’ve been living with in the retro period start to ease.  There’s likely to be a shift in the restraint and apparent lack of progress of recent months, and it’s possible that this will now be resolved in some way – we’re likely to feel renewed hope and optimism as things start to move forward once more.

Ongoing reviews of injustice and other legal matters are likely to be brought to resolution now.  I’m wondering if Assange’s extradition case will be in the news again and if it’s likely to resolved now …

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Mars turns retrograde

frustration aheadGet ready to exercise patience as Mars turns retrograde!   It’s been in its retro shadow since 25 July, getting gradually slower and slower, then stops and turns retro on Thurs 10 Sept (AEST) at 28 degrees Aries.

Watch where you direct your energy, and try to finish up any projects you’re working on before Mars turns retro.  Mars retro is characterized by a sense of getting nowhere fast, of projects stalling, of pushing sh*t uphill, leading to all kinds of feelings of frustration.

Aries is a very direct sign, and Mars here calls it like it is, no beating about the bush!  Any anger felt now is likely to be expressed directly – but if not, then it’s likely to fester in brooding resentment, or worse, make you depressed or physically ill.  So here’s an opportunity to learn some anger management strategies, like counting to ten, leaving the room till you’ve calmed down, then go for a walk or dig the garden (or go to the gym if Covid restrictions permit) – anything that gets you physically moving the energy!  Just remember it’s important to come back later and resolve the triggering situation, from a place of calm objectivity.

Man-yelling-at-computer-e1534770381809Be mindful especially of any feelings of impatience, frustration, competitiveness, resentment …. they’re all Mars under different guises.

The gift of retrograde Mars is learning patience … breathe!  Take time to review the situation or the project – what can you change, improve on, or do a different way …?  Just take a breath and take the urgency (and stress!) out of the picture.  The likely outcome is that your final result will be an improved version of the original.

Mars is retrograde until Sat 14 Nov when it turns direct at 15 degrees Aries. Because of its retrograde motion, Mars will actually remain in Aries till January of next year.

It’s interesting to note that Kamala Harris, Joe Biden’s pick for his Vice-Presidential candidate in the US, has her Moon at 27 Aries, right where Mars stations to go retro.  Keep an eye on the international news around 9/10 Sept!

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Full Moon in Pisces 2020

Full MoonThe Full Moon falls in Pisces on Wed 2 Sept 2020 at 10 degrees Pisces.  This is a dreamy, romantic time which can bring a yearning for oneness and spiritual fulfillment, with an added frisson of excitement from the exact sextile to Uranus.

It can also be a time when creative projects come to fruition, again with that sense of excitement or heightened consciousness.

As this is a Pisces Full Moon, just make sure you’re seeing things clearly and not as you’d wish to see them, through rose-coloured glasses!  Pisces is very good at self-deception, and not so good on boundaries.

Be careful of any Piscean tendencies to rescue other people – as opposed to empowering them.  As the Confucian saying goes, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach him to fish and you feed him for life”.

The Full Moon in Pisces urges us to find a balance between seeing the big picture and staying in touch with the details that ground the vision.

The Full Moon is exact at 3.21pm AEST, so the best night for Full Moon celebrations will be the previous evening while the energies are still building.

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Lunar phases Sept 2020

phases of the moonLunar Phases – Sept 2020

Times are given in Queensland time (AEST). 

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Skywatching: Venus twinkles brightly in the eastern sky before sunrise as the Morning Star. Mars the red planet rises before midnight and is overhead by sunrise. Jupiter & Saturn can be seen in the east at sunset, both very bright and they move higher in the sky as the night progresses. 

 

Full Moon: Wed 2 Sept 2020 at 3.21pm AEST at 10 Pisces   

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 10 Sept 2020 at 7.26pm AEST at 18 Gemini

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: Thurs 17 Sept 2020 at 9.00pm AEST at 25 Virgo

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 24 Sept 2020 at 11.55am at 1 Capricorn

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.

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New Moon in Leo 2020 – Slow down & exercise patience!

Leo, the lion

New Moon in Leo 2020

New Moon in Leo  Wed 19 Aug 2020, exact at 12.41pm Queensland time (AEST) at 26 degrees Leo

Full Moon in Pisces  Wed 2 Sept 2020, exact at 3.21pm Queensland time (AEST) at 10 degrees Pisces

Skywatching   Venus twinkles brightly in the eastern sky before sunrise as the Morning Star. Mars the red planet rises before midnight and is overhead by sunrise. Jupiter & Saturn can be seen in the east at sunset, both very bright and they move higher in the sky as the night progresses.   

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We’re in the lead-up to Mars retro now, and you may well be experiencing a sense of things slowing, and resistance to any forward movement increasing! Mars doesn’t go retro very often, only once every two years, so this is even more unusual than the Venus retro period we had earlier this year.  The key is to practise patience, as life seems to thwart our every attempt at moving forwards.  So slow down willingly, listen to the Universe and use the time wisely to review and redesign – it might not take much, maybe just a few tweaks here and there – but this is an opportunity to revisit your decisions and your actions.  Use this period wisely, and make sure you don’t blow a fuse!  [for details of Mars retro, see the separate blogpost]

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The New Moon in Leo on Wed 19 Aug 2020 brings a renewed sense of fun and enthusiasm for life. This is a perfect time to re-energize and revitalize.  Leo is ruled by the Sun and this sign has all the life-giving qualities of the Sun, inspiring others with its radiant warmth, energy and passion.  Warm-hearted and generous, Leo is the royalty of the zodiac, confident and regal with a flair for the dramatic, so don’t be surprised to find a Leo centre-stage.  Fire signs need to have plenty of fun, and Leos love this to be in lavish grand style. This New Moon represents the opportunity to begin a new cycle in your enthusiasm for life and your creativity – whatever inspires you and ignites your passion.

If your birthday falls close to the date of this New Moon, this marks an important year of new beginnings in your life, particularly with regard to your identity, your sense of self and your purpose in life.

The New Moon falls at 26 degrees of Leo. If you have planets close to this point (within one degree) this marks the beginning of a new cycle in whatever that planet represents, for example relationships for Venus.

Remember to put out your intentions for this lunar month within 24 hours of the New Moon.  The New Moon is exact at 12.41pm AEST.

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Uranus goes retro

Uranus goes retrograde on Sun 16 Aug 2020 (just after midnight AEST, effectively Sat night) at 10 Taurus.  This gives you the opportunity to review your life from a perspective of increased awareness, especially any innovation you may have introduced in the last 7 months. The house that Uranus is currently transiting (taking about 7 years on average to travel through a house) will be the area of your life currently under this kind of review.

If your birthday is close to 30 April, you could be experiencing the negative side of Uranus which is destabilization and chaos – transform this by recognising an opportunity to bring more awareness into your life and be more authentically yourself, a classic time for re-inventing yourself.  Uranus is retrograde for 5 months until 14 Jan 2021 when it goes direct again at 6 Taurus.

If you are born around 30 April, or have 10 degrees Taurus strong in your chart, this Uranus standstill is likely to affect you deeply – a time to reflect on your own truth and integrity, and a great cosmic opportunity to reinvent yourself.  It’s also a time to wake up to something in your life, you’ll know best what that is.  The Universe is saying that you need to bring more awareness to this aspect of your life and make significant changes there – otherwise the Universe has a way of forcing these changes upon you!

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Lunar Phases August 2020

phases of the moonLunar Phases – August 2020

Times are given in Queensland time (AEST). 

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Full Moon: Tues 4 Aug 2020 at 1.58am AEST at 11 Aquarius

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 12 Aug 2020 at 2.45am AEST at 19 Taurus

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 19 Aug 2020 at 12.41pm AEST at 26 Leo

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: Wed 26 Aug 2020 at 3.59am AEST at 2 Sagittarius

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.

  

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Full Moon in Aquarius 2020

The Full Moon in Aquarius on Tues 4 Aug highlights the importance of establishing a balance between the needs of the collective and the needs of the individual.  It may also bring new and experimental ideas into sharp focus.

Full Moons often bring situations to a head, so be prepared for humanitarian issues (such as refugees, or  Covid pandemic issues affecting the collective) to reach some kind of crisis point, where resolution becomes imperative.

The Full Moon falls at 11 degrees of Aquarius and is exact at 1.58am AEST, so the best time for ceremony is the previous evening, Mon 3 Aug, while the energies are still building.

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