Lunar eclipse in Taurus 2021

Blood MoonThe Full Moon in Taurus falling on Fri 19 Nov is a lunar eclipse, the first of the Taurus-Scorpio eclipses, intensifying the energy of this Full Moon.

Full Moons tend to bring situations to a head and the lunar eclipse will intensify that.  We’re also likely to see extreme earth changes around the time of this eclipse – the recent flooding and landslides in Vancouver, Canada are just one example of this.

Technically this is a partial eclipse, but at 97%, it’s an almost total lunar eclipse, so we can expect to see a Blood Moon with just a sliver of light on one side.

At the collective level, this eclipsed Full Moon in Taurus asks that we bring our attention to Mother Earth, that we honour our role as her guardians and caretakers of this beautiful planet of ours. This is a cosmic invitation to create a new path forwards, taking conscious action to insist that governments, multinational corporations – and even individuals – stop abusing their power and stop abusing the planet.

As the eclipses move through the signs of Taurus and Scorpio over the next couple of years, we will be drawn more and more into letting go of these outdated, exploitative business models that ravage the Earth, and move towards creating a new path which honours the Earth and all forms of life here.

At a personal level, this eclipsed 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 you to find a balance between the physical sensuality of Taurus and the emotional depth of Scorpio, great if everything is open in your relationship, but if there are underlying issues around jealousy or possessiveness, this Lunar eclipse could bring the situation to a head with some emotional drama playing out!

Check your birth chart to see which house is under the Full Moon spotlight at 27 degrees Taurus as this is the area of life where matters may well come to fruition or be revealed, intensified by the eclipse.

The lunar eclipse will be exact in Queensland at 7.03pm AEST (the Full Moon is exact at 6.57pm) and the eclipse will be visible for some time before and after that.

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Eclipse season starts! New Moon in Scorpio 2021 

The Phoenix, symbol of transformation & rebirth

We’re moving into eclipse season now with this New Moon in Scorpio, beginning the lead-up to the Lunar eclipse on 19 Nov.  The full 6-week period (see below) 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!

 

The New Moon falls in Scorpio on Fri 5 Nov 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.

ScorpioScorpio 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!

This New Moon falls exactly opposite Uranus, indicating that the New Moon could bring  shocks, surprises or upsets, maybe even that secrets could be revealed at this time – secrets that we’d expect to be linked to abuses of power. Watch the news carefully around this time! Stay tuned!

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 12 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 7.14am Queensland time (AEST), the previous day in Europe or the Americas so adjust for your time zone.

NOTE: The eclipse season begins at this New Moon, and things will start to intensify as we move towards the lunar eclipse on 19 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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November Lunar Phases & Moon Planting Guide ☘️🍃🎋

 

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We’re moving into eclipse season now with this New Moon in Scorpio, beginning the two-week lead-up to the Lunar eclipse on 19 Nov.  Take extra care at this time – eclipses demand respect!

 

Skywatching

Venus is visible in the west, shining brightly as the Evening Star.  Jupiter and Saturn can be seen overhead at sunset.  Mercury is visible low on the horizon in the pre-dawn light as a Morning Star

 

Times are given in Queensland time (AEST). 

 

New Moon: Fri 5 Nov 2021 at 7.14am AEST at 12 Scorpio (the previous day in Europe or the Americas so adjust for your time zone).

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 11 Nov at 10.46pm at 19 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.

 

Lunar Eclipse Full Moon: Fri 19 Nov 2021 at 6.57pm AEST at 27 Taurus

A time of high emotions when events come to a head – intensified by the eclipse 

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

 

Last Quarter: Sat 27 Nov at 10.27pm at 5 Virgo

A time of reorientation as the light of the Moon decreases, eventually going into the low-energy time of Old Moon.

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

 

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Hallowe’en or Beltane?

Hallowe’en or Beltane?
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In the Celtic Calendar, Sun 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 come around and the veils between the worlds are at their thinnest.

This day falls half-way between the Autumn Equinox and Midwinter Solstice in the Northern hemisphere and so marks the beginning of Winter.

Hallowe’en was traditionally celebrated by bonfires, turnip or pumpkin lanterns, and wearing costumes to disguise oneself from the spirits around.

It marked the end of the harvest period as people went into the darkness of Winter.

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Maypole

In the Southern hemisphere, where the seasons are reversed, this is the Celtic festival of Beltane, celebrated with flowers in full bloom marking the beginning of Summer.

Beltane was traditionally celebrated by dancing round the maypole, well-dressing, Morris dancers and other forms of fertility celebrations, including crowning a maiden Queen of the May.

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Whether you’re celebrating Hallowe-en or Beltane, enjoy the festivities!!!

 

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Powder-Keg Full Moon in Aries 2021

This year’s Full Moon in Aries promises to pack quite a punch!

This Full Moon is aligned with a challenging T-square pattern between Mars, Pluto and Eris, so all these energies will be present in how this Aries Full Moon manifests.

Full Moons tend to bring things to light, and because Pluto is under considerable pressure, only just starting to move forwards once more, issues that have been bubbling away beneath the surface are likely to finally rise to the surface and burst onto the scene, upping the intensity considerably.

Typically, a Full Moon in Aries highlights our ability to be assertive and take action, yet it also calls for us to find a balance between our need for independence and the need for co-operation with others.  This dichotomy is likely to be taken to an extreme now – and with Mars, the planet of action and warfare, Pluto’s issues of power and destruction, and Eris fighting against exclusion, we have a very potent mix.  All in all it makes for a powder-keg situation, like a volcano about to erupt.

More positively, this Full Moon could bring abuses of power to light, the voices of those excluded could finally be heard, with the result that action is taken to remedy and redress those situations.

The Full Moon is at 27 degrees Aries, so wherever this point falls in your chart is the area of your life that will be under the spotlight now.

The Full Moon falls shortly after midnight on Thurs 21 Oct (exact at 00.56am) Queensland time (AEST), so the best time to celebrate will be the previous night when the energies are still building.  In Europe and the Americas, the Full Moon will fall on the previous day.

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Clear road ahead – Mercury goes direct!

Screen Shot 2021-10-08 at 12.05.40 pmWe 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 Tues 19 Oct (AEST, the previous day in Europe and the Americas), stationing at 10 degrees Libra 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 appointment times, 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.  If you really can’t, then read the fine print very, very carefully.

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Legal resolutions? Jupiter goes direct 2021

Jupiter canstockphotoJupiter goes direct on Mon 18 Oct at 22 degrees Aquarius, indicating that the restraint and apparent lack of progress of recent months can now be resolved, and renewed hope and optimism emerge as things start to move forward once more.

Ongoing reviews of injustice and other legal matters are likely to be brought to resolution now.

At a personal level, if you have been questioning your beliefs or dealing with issues of faith or trust over the last four months, Jupiter’s direct motion is now likely to bring resolution and more clarity.

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Saturn goes direct 2021

SaturnSaturn slows to a halt on Mon 11 Oct following its recent retrograde period, ready to go direct again at 6 degrees Aquarius.

If your birthday is close to 26 Jan (hello Australia!) or this degree is significant in your chart, you will have been feeling the heavy energy of Saturn sitting on this point for the previous couple of weeks, with a further two weeks to look forward to (!).

The energy of Saturn asks us to re-evaluate the area of life it is currently contacting, to take full responsibility for ourselves and our actions, and to cut away any dead wood – which ultimately stimulates new growth.

It is also very good at demanding that we do a reality check.

The forward motion of Saturn enables us to test and put into practice over the next seven months whatever we have learned about social responsibility, self-discipline and material reality during its recent retrograde phase.

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Dredging up the dirt – Pluto stations to go direct

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When Pluto stations, a lot of “dirt” – buried secrets – is brought to the surface, and this Pluto station (maybe because it’s also been squaring Mercury) is being particularly active in this regard.  We’ve had the release of the Pandora Papers, the Facebook whistleblower testifying (and Lo & Behold, Facebook went offline exactly at that time!), exposées of child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in France, and of the WHO workers who sexually abused women and girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  There’s a lot of muck getting raked up.

 

Pluto goes direct on 7 Oct, having been pretty much stationary for the past month.  This is a time now when deeply-buried issues may finally rise to the surface, particularly if you’ve become more aware of them bubbling away in the last six months.  In fact they’re most likely to rise to the surface at this month’s Full Moon in Aries, see below.

Plutonian issues usually concern disempowerment, powerlessness and trauma, where the issues run deep.  Plutonian issues can also manifest as misuses or even abuses of power, it’s all to do with Pluto!  This time is well-suited to deep inner work, shifting these deep-seated issues so that you can at last move forward.  The key to moving through this is to become as aware as possible of our feelings and reactions, becoming conscious of how, on the one hand, we may give away our power, and on the other, how we may manipulate others to get our own way.   It can be really subtle, so to paraphrase Socrates, know thyself – and stay in the light!

If you have chart points at 24 degrees of Capricorn (or any of the other cardinal signs: Aries, Cancer, Libra) including birthdays around 14-15 Jan, you’ll be picking up on this intense transformational energy at a very personal level – in fact it’s been going on for the last year or two.  The good news is that it is finally easing for you as Pluto moves forwards and leaves this degree behind.  Hopefully you have faced the demons and can now step fully into your power.
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Full steam ahead! 🌟 New Moon in Libra 2021

New Moon in Libra
Wed 6 Oct 2021, exact at 9.05pm Queensland time (AEST) at 13 degrees Libra

Full Moon in Aries
Thurs 21 Oct 2021, exact at 00.56am Queensland time (AEST) at 27 degrees Aries

Skywatching
Venus is visible in the west, shining brightly as the Evening Star. 
Saturn and Jupiter are visible in the evening sky, overhead a few hours after sunset.
Mercury disappears from view until the time of the Full Moon, when Mercury re-emerges in the pre-dawn light as a Morning Star

There are big energies around this month as Mars gets into the picture with both the New Moon and the Full Moon – giving boosts of energy but also upping the ante with the potential to create conflict  This month’s Full Moon could get very eventful!

 

The New Moon falls in Libra on Wed 6 Oct bringing the opportunity to start a new cycle in your relationships and connections with others.

Libra is the sign of the born diplomat, the mediator who can always see both sides of any issue and wants the result to be harmonious. The symbol for Libra after all is the scales, where things can be weighed and balanced.

This New Moon in Libra is a good time to focus on restoring balance in your life, consolidating the theme of the Equinox last month by implementing whatever changes are required to bring your life back into balance and harmony.
Libra
Libra is an Air sign, sociable and communicative, with a huge need for fairness.  It’s also one of the leadership signs, but its point of difference is that it doesn’t need to be out front – quite the contrary. The leadership style of Libra is inclusive and co-operative, making Libra an excellent leader.  The challenge however for Libra is decision-making!  They are so good at seeing all sides of the question that reaching a final decision can be agony for them, especially when they’re trying to keep everyone happy.  Because they hate disharmony, people-pleasing is often one of their main issues, not helped by their reluctance to confront and tackle any problem areas.  Embracing more of the assertiveness of their opposite sign Aries can be really helpful.

Mars the planet of action is closely configured with this New Moon, providing you with an opportunity to stand up for yourself and stand your ground (in a nice Libran way of course!)  Remember it’s all in the interests of fairness.

Mars adds a dynamic quality to the energy of this New Moon.  Any intentions you set now will have that extra boost of energy which means you’re likely to really follow through, with your foot on the accelerator!

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 planets at 13 degrees of Libra, this marks the beginning of a new cycle in whatever that planet symbolises (eg responsibility for Saturn).

Remember to set your New Moon intentions within 24 hours of this New Moon. The New Moon is exact at 9.05pm Queensland time (AEST) at 13 degrees Libra.

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