Lunar Phases – December 2020

Lunar Phases – Dec 2020

phases of the moon

 

Times are given in Queensland time (AEST). 

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Skywatching   Venus twinkles brightly in the pre-dawn eastern sky as the Morning Star. Mars the red planet is high in the sky during the evening. Jupiter & Saturn are moving closer and closer together, shining brightly in the western sky for about 4 hours after sunset, till they too set.  

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Last Quarter: Tues 8 Dec 2020 at 10.37am AEST at 16 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.

 

Total Solar Eclipse New Moon: Tues 15 Dec 2020 at 2.16am AEST at 23 Sagittarius (the total solar eclipse is exact at 2.13am AEST, and has a duration of 2’ 10”)

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.

 

First Quarter: Tues 22 Dec 2020 at 9.41am AEST at zero 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.

 

Full Moon: Wed 30 Dec 2020 at 1.28pm AEST at 8 Cancer

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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Lunar Eclipse Full Moon in Gemini

Remember that we’re in eclipse season now, in the lead-up to the first of the two eclipses coming soon.  Take extra care at this time!

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penumbral lunar eclipse

The Full Moon in Gemini on Mon 30 Nov 2020 is a penumbral (half-shadow) lunar eclipse, intensifying the energy of this Full Moon.

A Gemini Full Moon invites us to find a balance between logic and intuitive knowing, between the cold hard facts and what we believe to be true (which seems very relevant to the way the US election has played out!).

This eclipsed Full Moon invites us to integrate both polarities, yet also warns us of being too gullible.

Full Moons tend to bring situations to a head and the lunar eclipse will intensify that.

Meanwhile Venus opposite Uranus in the eclipsed Full Moon chart indicates that the “situations coming to a head” could involve surprises or upsets connected with relationships, friendships or alliances, possibly more secrets revealed!  Stay tuned!

On a personal note, check your birth chart to see which house is under the Full Moon spotlight at 8 degrees Gemini as this is the area of life where matters may well come to fruition or be revealed.

This eclipsed Full Moon is exact at 7.29pm Queensland time (AEST).
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Neptune goes direct – Take action on your revised dreams!

NeptuneNeptune goes direct

Take action on your revised dreams!

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Neptune slows to a standstill ready to turn direct on Sun 29 Nov 2020, allowing us to move forwards again after a five-month period of self-reflection in which we have revisited and maybe revised our dreams and visions for the future.  We may also have revisited our spiritual longing, our urge to transcend 3D reality.

Neptune also symbolises veils of illusion, so hopefully we have become more aware of the ways in which we manage to deceive ourselves, by seeing only what we want to see or believing only what we want to believe.  The cosmic opportunity now is for our vision to be clearer and more connected with Spirit.

Neptune stations at 18 degrees Pisces before it goes direct again, so if you have this point strong in your birth chart, or if you’re born around 9 March, you’ll be feeling a strong urge to transcend reality and dissolve into a state of spiritual oneness.  Meditation and creative pursuits are a great way to channel this energy positively.

If however you’re trying to maintain a left-brain existence, you may well experience this energy as brain meltdown, with difficulty focusing and concentrating.  The urge to escape (negative expression of Neptune) is likely to be strong: at the most extreme end of its spectrum, Neptune entices us into addictive patterns, whether that’s drugs, alcohol or even Netflix (!).  You’ll also be more sensitive than usual to toxins because of Neptune’s influence, so be careful what avenues you choose!

On a brighter note, it’s a great time to take a holiday so you can honour Neptune and indulge your creative and spiritual pursuits.

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Friday 13th – a day sacred to the Goddess!

GoddessToday is Friday 13th – a day sacred to the Goddess!

 
The number 13 has always been associated with the Goddess – there are 13 lunar months in the year, as opposed to 12 solar months.
 
Friday is the day of Venus, the sensuous feminine aspect of the Goddess. You can see the connection in Romance languages like French (Friday = Vendredi), Italian (Venerdi) – in English Friday comes from the day of Freya (Frija), the Teutonic equivalent of Venus.
 
So Friday 13th is a day doubly sacred to the Goddess ❤️  My father always said it was a lucky day for him.
 
It became “unlucky” for many reasons – when the patriarchy suppressed the old Goddess religion, 13 had to be rebranded as unlucky. That to me is the most obvious and ancient answer! Then there’s the Last Supper – with Judas seen as the 13th person there (12 disciplines plus Jesus = 13, so Judas was known as the 13th). Then too in the persecution of the Knights Templar, their Grand Master Jacques de Molay and 60 knights were arrested on Friday 13 October 1307, a day which became infamous. They were later executed, most of them burned at the stake.
 
So remember Friday 13th is a day doubly sacred to the Goddess ❤️
 
PS  Today Friday 13 Nov also sees the third and last conjunction of Jupiter-Pluto and the resolution of the changes to our belief systems this year! ❤️  Read more
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New Moon in Scorpio 2020 – Eclipse season starts

The Phoenix, symbol of transformation & rebirth   New Moon in Scorpio 2020 – Eclipse season starts

New Moon in Scorpio  Sun 15 Nov 2020, exact at 3.07pm Queensland time (AEST) at 23 degrees Scorpio
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Lunar Eclipse Full Moon in Gemini  Mon 30 Nov 2020, exact at 7.30pm Queensland time (AEST) at 8 Gemini – the penumbral eclipse is exact at 7.43pm AEST

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Skywatching  Venus twinkles brightly in the pre-dawn eastern sky as the Morning Star, with Mercury underneath her.  Mars the red planet is high in the sky during the evening. Jupiter & Saturn shine brightly in the western sky for about 4 hours after sunset, till they too set.
There’s a meteor shower too towards the end of this lunar month, see the newsletter for details.

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Mars 2Mars will have just turned direct by this New Moon, a huge relief!  Projects that have stalled can now move forwards again and we can finally regain a sense of momentum.  Yay!!!  (Read more about Mars direct)
 
We’re moving into eclipse season now with this New Moon in Scorpio, beginning the two-week lead-up to the Lunar eclipse at the end of Nov.  The eclipse season covers six weeks: two weeks before the first eclipse, the two weeks between the two eclipses, and two weeks afterwards.  This 6-week period is a time when we need to be especially careful and stay really present and conscious, as accidents and other mishaps are much more common at this time.  Be mindful and take extra care!
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New Moon

The New Moon falls in Scorpio on Sun 15 Nov 2020 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.

Scorpio is 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!

Mercury falls opposite Uranus in this New Moon chart, suggesting that there could be some surprises or upsets, some secret information revealed at this time.

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 you have a planet or chart point at 23 degrees Scorpio, this marks the beginning of a new cycle for you in whatever that planet symbolises (eg relationships for Venus).

Remember to create your New Moon intentions within 24 hours of the New Moon. The New Moon is exact at 3.07pm Queensland time (AEST).

The eclipse season begins at this New Moon, and things will start to intensify as we move towards the lunar eclipse at the end of Nov.  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 period!!

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Lunar Phases – November 2020

 

 

Lunar Phases – November 2020

 phases of the moon

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Skywatching   Venus twinkles brightly in the pre-dawn eastern sky as the Morning Star, and even Mercury is now visible in the morning sky, especially in the second half of this lunar month.  Mars the red planet rises just before sunset and is at its brightest now. Jupiter & Saturn can be seen almost overhead at sunset.

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Times are given in Queensland time (AEST). 

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Full Moon: Sun 1 Nov 2020 at 00.49am AEST at 8 Taurus (the previous day in Europe and the Americas)

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.

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Last Quarter: Sun 8 Nov 2020 at 11.46pm AEST at 16 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: Sun 15 Nov 2020 at 3.07pm AEST at 23 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.

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First Quarter: 22 Nov 2020 at 2.45pm at zero 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.

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Lunar Eclipse Full Moon: Mon 30 Nov 2020 at 7.30pm AEST at 8 Gemini (the penumbral eclipse is exact at 7.43pm AEST)

A high energy time when things come to fruition or events come to a head, intensified by the lunar eclipse.

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

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Mars goes direct

Mars 2Mars goes direct

 

After 9½ weeks retrograde (cue a Bryan Ferry song … ) Mars finally goes direct again on Sat 14 Nov at 15 degrees Aries, the day before the Scorpio New Moon.

If you’ve been suffering the frustration of stalled projects and the feeling of getting nowhere fast, things will start to move again now, slowly at first.

Mars won’t be out of its retro shadow till Sun 3 Jan 2021 but things should ease over the next few weeks as it starts to pick up speed again.

If you’d like to recap the energies of Mars retrograde, see my blog

 

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Shifting Belief Systems -Third Jupiter-Pluto conjunction 2020

Shifting Belief Systems – Third Jupiter-Pluto Conjunction

 

The third and last of the Jupiter-Pluto conjunctions is on Fri 13 Nov at 22 Capricorn, the exact same degree of the Saturn-Pluto conjunction in January of this year, asking us to reexamine our views of the way that very heavy energy combination has manifested this year.

Jupiter and Pluto together invite us to transform our belief systems, and by now, with this third contact, we’ve had quite a bit of practice at this!  Hopefully we’ve now integrated these energies well.

Personally I see this shift in belief systems as a necessary precursor for the even bigger collective shift that is coming at the end of this year as Jupiter and Saturn meet up in the Air sign of Aquarius, ushering in a new 200-year cycle where our focus is no longer on the dense Earth energy of material wealth and exploitation of the earth’s resources, but a lighter, freer energy that focuses on communities, connections, and technological innovations that will benefit all life on the planet.  It’s already coming, and we got a glimpse of it in the early days of the pandemic when people realised that all the things the powers-that-be had said they couldn’t possibly do (like restrict air travel, close polluting factories – stop the world basically – and give people a universal income) suddenly happened overnight.  It was like a breath of fresh air, and a glimpse of the new era that awaits us.  I’ll write more on this soon.

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Mercury goes direct, bringing confusion to US elections!

Mercury goes direct, bringing confusion to US elections!

 

After three weeks of its usual retro communication challenges, delays and frustrations, Mercury goes direct on Wed 4 Nov. We can all breathe a sigh of relief now as the frustrations of the last three weeks ease and communications become a lot smoother again.

It does mean though that we have another situation (similar to George W Bush’s first election) where the US election result coincides with Mercury stationary.   Remember that election, where there was recount after recount and eventually it had to go to the High Court for a final decision?? That election was held on a Mercury stationary day. You can expect this year’s US election results to be similarly delayed, unclear, contested – it could be a long-drawn-out affair!  I guess you don’t really need Astrology to see that coming – but I always find it extraordinary how Astrology confirms what’s going on …

In the days leading up to Mercury going direct, continue to double-check appointments and flight times, that you have your keys with you, and that messages get through OK.  Remember that confusion and misunderstandings occur much more easily in the Mercury retro period.

Continue to take all your usual Mercury retro precautions (eg avoid signing contracts, making major purchases) till at least a week after Mercury’s gone direct again.

And don’t hold your breath about the US elections!

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“Blue Moon” on Hallowe’en?

“Blue Moon” on Hallowe’en?

– Is this a true Blue Moon?

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pumpkin lantern 1In the Celtic Calendar, Sat 31 Oct is the festival of Samhain or Hallowe’en, the night before All Saints’ Day (ie All Hallows’ Eve), when the spirits of the dead are said to be around and the veils between the worlds are at their thinnest.  It’s one of the old “quarter days”, falling half-way between the Autumn Equinox and Midwinter Solstice in the Northern hemisphere, and marks the beginning of Winter.  Hallowe’en is traditionally celebrated by bonfires, pumpkin lanterns and wearing costumes to disguise oneself from the spirits flying around.  I remember going to Hallowe’en parties as a youngster carrying garlic in my pockets to ward off the nasty spirits!

Maypole

In the Southern hemisphere, the seasons are reversed, so this is the Celtic festival of Beltane, celebrated with flowers in full bloom marking the beginning of Summer.  Beltane is traditionally celebrated by dancing round the maypole, well-dressing (decorating village wells with flowers), Morris dancers and other forms of fertility celebrations, including crowning a maiden Queen of the May.

You’ll see a lot in the media about a “Blue Moon on Hallowe’en” … so OK, let’s look at this.  We have a Full Moon in Taurus on the evening of Hallowe’en/Beltane – though technically here in Queensland, it‘s not exact till the wee hours of the following day, just after midnight on Sun 1 Nov 2020.

**Is this Full Moon a true BLUE MOON?**

This phrase “Blue Moon” gets bandied about in the media whenever there are two Full Moons in a calendar month, claiming that the second one is a Blue Moon. That’s the popular definition, and it’s almost correct, but not quite! The correct astrological definition of a Blue Moon is when two Full Moons fall in the same zodiac sign, a much rarer instance.  For this to happen, the first Full Moon has to fall at zero or one degree and the second one at 28 or 29 degrees of the same sign, which is not happening here.   The last true Blue Moon was last year, the second Full Moon in Libra on Fri 19 April 2019.  This fell at 29 degrees of Libra, after the first Full Moon in Libra had been the previous month 21 March 2019 at zero degrees of Libra (yes right on the Equinox!).  So they weren’t in the same calendar month, but they were in the same zodiac sign.

It’s a very potent Full Moon, with an exact contact to Uranus which is likely to bring some surprises – if not some upsets – to the scene.  Not a great time to be having the Queensland elections!  Even the US elections are pretty close to this date, and will be beset by Mercury stationing to go direct.  Remember George W Bush’s first election, that went to recount after recount and eventually had to go to the Supreme Court for a final decision?  That election was on a Mercury stationary day!  For more astro lowdown on the US election, see my blog on Mercury retro.

The Full Moon in Taurus brings into focus your ability to be sensuous and grounded and is an excellent time to indulge the senses and pamper the body.  This Full Moon invites us to find a balance between the physical sensuality of Taurus and the emotional depth of Scorpio. The Full Moon falls at 8 degrees Taurus, so wherever this point falls in your chart, this is the area of your life that will be under the spotlight now, bringing matters to a head or to resolution, probably with some surprises thrown in too!

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