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EquinoxSolsticeHappy Solstice celebrations for Sunday! 🌟🎄🌟🎄🌟
 
The December Solstice is when the Sun reaches its southernmost position overhead at the Tropic of Capricorn (remember that from geography in primary school? 😀). Guess what, the Tropic of Capricorn takes its name from astrology, from the fact that the Sun moves into the tropical zodiac sign of Capricorn on this day.
 
The word ‘solstice’ comes from Latin meaning ‘the Sun stands still’. If you follow the position of sunrise along the horizon during the year, you’ll notice it changes with the seasons. At the solstices in Dec and June, the Sun reaches its furthest point in one direction before returning towards the centre point again. Many ancient sacred sites were aligned with the sun’s position at the solstice, creating a magical effect at the solstice sunrise, including standing stone circles such as Stonehenge and the Newgrange monument in Ireland.
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In the southern hemisphere, the December Solstice is the longest day of the year and the shortest night, traditional midsummer time. You’ll notice this more the further south you are, where the days will be very long. After this, days get shorter as we start to move towards autumn and eventually into winter.
In the northern hemisphere the seasons are reversed, and so the December Solstice is of course the Winter Solstice, traditional midwinter time, the shortest day and the longest night, after which the days start to lengthen again and the world returns from the darkness of winter – quite literally in Northern Europe where the hours of daylight are very short indeed at midwinter! This was the origin of the Celtic festival of Yule, signifying the return of the light.
 
This year the Capricorn solstice falls on Sun 22 Dec 2019 at 2.19pm Queensland time (AEST).
 
Solstices have always been traditional mid-season times of celebration and feasting. Have a wonderful Solstice, whether you’re celebrating midsummer or midwinter! ❤️
 
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Full Moon in Gemini 2019

This Full Moon kicks off the eclipse season, so take extra care for the next six weeks, especially when driving etc!!!

Full Moon in Gemini  Thurs 12 Dec 2019, exact at 3.12pm Queensland time (AEST) at 19 degrees Gemini

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The Full Moon in Gemini on Thurs 12 Dec invites us to find a balance between logic and intuitive knowing, so that any action we take integrates both polarities, aware of relevant information yet trusting our intuition.  Check your birth chart to see which house is under the Full Moon spotlight at 19 degrees Gemini as this is the area of life where matters may well come to fruition or be revealed.  This Full Moon is exact at 3.12pm Queensland time (AEST).

Things will start to intensify as the eclipse season begins at this month’s Full Moon, with the energies building in the lead-up to the first eclipse on Boxing Day, 26 Dec.  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 Christmas period!! 

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Jupiter into Capricorn

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JUPITER is at the very end of Sagittarius right now, about to move into Capricorn … 🌟🌟🌟
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Jupiter moves into Capricorn on Tues 3 Dec (AEST).
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Jupiter is traditionally a planet of good fortune, optimism and confidence, which has thrived in the last twelve months in his home sign of Sagittarius.
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When Jupiter leaves Sagittarius for Capricorn on Tues 3 Dec however, things are likely to change dramatically. Capricorn, ruled by controlling Saturn, is the sign Jupiter is least happy in.
Capricorn is associated with hierarchy and the establishment – banking, international finance, and legal structures that support that status quo – Capricorn loves to preserve traditions.
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At the collective level, Jupiter is connected with legal reforms, and Jupiter’s year-long transit through Capricorn is likely to see changes in the laws pertaining to all these aspects of life, ideally bringing in more of a sense of justice.
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The difficulty is that with the Saturn-Pluto conjunction approaching, there are increasing tendencies in politics towards right-wing authoritarian control, which if left unchecked could skew any coming legal changes towards increased restrictions on freedom and civil rights rather than injecting more social justice into the system. Jupiter tends to increase and enhance whatever it touches; when this expresses through Capricorn, we might get more of these repressive authoritarian policies!
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There’s a supportive contact between Uranus and Jupiter on 16 Dec (AEST) which could really shake things up.  Keep an eye on the “establishment” dramas currently unfolding. I’m thinking of Trump’s impeachment enquiry in the US, and the British royal family’s embarrassment around Prince Andrew’s exploits and his subsequent suspension from public duties – it’s not a good look for the royals!
Not to mention the Brexit chaos and the upcoming general election in the UK. Given the astrology of 2020, there could be some very major changes ahead.
 
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Moon phases December 2019

Lunar Phases – Dec 2019

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Times are given in Queensland time (AEST). 

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IMPORTANT NOTE: The eclipse season begins at this month’s Full Moon, so take extra care for the following six weeks – the two weeks leading up to the first eclipse, two weeks between the two eclipses, and the two weeks after the second eclipse.

 

First Quarter: Wed 4 Dec 2019 at 4.58pm at 11 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.

 

Full Moon: Thurs 12 Dec 2019 at 3.12pm at 19 Gemini

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 19 Dec 2019 at 2.56pm at 26 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.

 

Solar Eclipse New Moon: Thurs 26 Dec 2019 at 3.17pm at 4 Capricorn

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. 

The eclipses start on Boxing Day, but meanwhile take care from the Full Moon onwards as the energies start to build.  Remember eclipses demand respect, as they often bring unexpected change into our lives! Take extra care this Christmas period!!

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New Moon in Sagittarius 2019

Sagittarius, the archer

New Moon in Sagittarius  Wed 27 Nov 2019, exact at 1.06am Queensland time (AEST) at 4 degrees Sagittarius (the previous day in Europe and the Americas) 

Full Moon in Gemini  Thurs 12 Dec 2019, exact at 3.12pm Queensland time (AEST) at 19 degrees Gemini 

Skywatching  Venus, Jupiter and Saturn can all be seen as Evening Stars in the western sky after sunset, with Jupiter the lowest.  Venus catches up to Saturn by the Full Moon and from then on will be seen above Saturn.  If you’re up early, you’ll see Mars and Mercury as Morning Stars in the east before sunrise. 

 

The New Moon falls in Sagittarius in the early morning of Wed 27 Nov (the previous day in Europe and the Americas) bringing a fresh burst of enthusiasm for adventure and exploration, as well as the need to enjoy life to the full.  This is a good time to start on a spiritual quest, a course of study or overseas travel – anything that expands your horizons. 

Sagittarius is a Fire sign, warm and enthusiastic, naturally optimistic with an undying trust in the Universe.  Sagittarians love to explore and go on adventures, not just for the fun of it, but because they’re also motivated by a quest to discover the meaning of life. Their sign is ruled by Jupiter, which gives them their boundless enthusiasm and confidence – and on the downside, a tendency to go over the top, take lots of risks and over-extend themselves, not knowing when or where to stop.

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 a planet or significant chart point at 4 degrees of Sagittarius, this marks the beginning of a new cycle in whatever that planet symbolizes (eg relationships for Venus).

Remember to create your New Moon intentions within 24 hours of the New Moon.  The New Moon is exact at 1.06am AEST.

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Moon phases – November 2019

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New Moon: Mon 28 Oct 2019 at 1.38pm at 4 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.

 

First Quarter: Mon 4 Nov 2019 at 8.23pm at 11 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.

 

Full Moon: Tues 12 Nov 2019 at 11.34pm at 19 Taurus

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 20 Nov 2019 at 7.10am at 27 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 in Scorpio 2019

Time for empowerment and transformation

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The Phoenix, symbol of transformation & rebirth

The Phoenix, symbol of transformation & rebirth

The New Moon falls in Scorpio on Mon 28 Oct 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.

This New Moon is closely opposite Uranus so unexpected twists are likely with events unfolding now, bringing surprises and sudden changes in direction that can be challenging.  Uranus was discovered at the time of the French Revolution, and that’s the energy it brings to any situation, a rebellious even revolutionary energy that can be exciting or chaotic, perhaps both!  Think of all the Extinction Rebellion protests going on at the moment and you get the idea, not to mention the chaos happening in the UK with regards to Brexit!  At its most positive, Uranus brings a higher level of conscious awareness into our lives, waking people up with the insights it brings.  Uranus is still in the early degrees of Taurus, the sign associated with Mother Earth, and as I’ve written before, the increasing awareness of the ecological damage we’re inflicting on our planet is one of the strongest current manifestations of this placement.

Scorpio 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!

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.  With Uranus opposite this New Moon, the Universe has been challenging you to wake up and reinvent yourself since May of this year and this will last till March of 2020, so this is a significant time for you, the half-way point in this development.   

If you have a planet or significant chart point at 4 degrees of Scorpio, this marks the beginning of a new cycle for you in whatever that planet symbolises (eg relationships for Venus), including the ongoing challenge from Uranus.

Remember to create your New Moon intentions within 24 hours of the New Moon. The New Moon is exact at 1.38pm Queensland time (AEST).

 

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Mercury retro & Brexit

Mercury goes retro on 31 Oct (UK)/1 Nov (Australia), the day of the Brexit no-deal!!!!! Classic!!! 😂😂😂

mercury_retroSIGNWe’re already in the shadow of the upcoming Mercury retrograde period – you may have noticed things like losing your keys, leaving your phone at home by mistake, double-booking appointments – or forgetting them altogether. Yes it kicks in early, even though Mercury doesn’t actually go retro till 1 Nov (Australia)/31 Oct (Europe). And yes that date rings a bell because it’s the supposed Brexit no-deal date!

Mercury turning retrograde is really not a good date for Brexit! Remember George W Bush getting elected first time round? The election was on Tues 7 Nov 2000, the day of a Mercury station. The decision hung in the balance for weeks with recount after recount till it was finally resolved by the US Supreme Court and Bush was declared the winner, beating Al Gore who’d actually won a higher percentage of the popular vote. So it makes me wonder what might go down with Brexit – like so many things in political life these days, just when you think it can’t possibly get any worse, it does!

The Mercury retro period brings the potential for confusion, mistakes and delays. Double-check appointments and flight times, that you have your keys with you, and that messages get through OK. 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’s a great time to catch up on all your paperwork and reorganize so you can be more streamlined.

Mercury is retro until Thurs 21 Nov 2019 (AEST).

Full Moon in Aries 2019

The Full Moon in Aries highlights our ability to be assertive and take action, yet it also calls for the need for balance between independence and co-operation with others. 

The Full Moon is at 20 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 is exact at 7.07am 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 Sun 13 Oct.

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Supermoon New Moon in Libra 2019

Libra, the scales of balance 

Supermoon New Moon in Libra   Sun 29 Sept 2019, exact at 4.26am Queensland time (AEST) at 5 degrees Libra (28 Sept in Europe and the Americas)

Full Moon in Aries  Mon 14 Oct 2019, exact at 7.07am Queensland time (AEST) at 20 degrees Aries (13 Oct in Europe and the Americas)

 

Skywatching  At sunset, Jupiter and Saturn are high overhead.  As the month progresses, Mercury and Venus are now seen as Evening Stars, appearing gradually higher in the western sky, with Mercury above Venus.

 

New Moon in Libra (Supermoon)

Focus on connection and harmony

Pluto stationary direct – huge intensity!!! 

 

The Saturn-South Node conjunction has been taking a huge toll – both at the collective level and at the personal level for so many people.  Saturn-South Node is a signature for loss, and with Pluto close by, the losses are being felt at the deepest level and require significant transformation for rebirth.  The climate crisis demonstrations are just one example of this.  Meanwhile we’re moving closer and closer towards the Saturn-Pluto conjunction of next January, which is bringing increasingly authoritarian, nationalist, right-wing approaches across the board.  It’s all about Power and Control, but with conscious awareness, could so easily be about providing frameworks that empower people and encourage personal responsibility.   Next year will see a number of other significant alignments as well, creating epoch-making transitions.  More on this later.

 

This New Moon in Libra is the last of three consecutive Supermoon New Moons, where the Moon is closer to the Earth than usual and the energy of the New Moon is intensified.  Any new cycles starting now will be enhanced by the energy of the Supermoon.

The New Moon falls in Libra in the early morning of Sun 29 Sept, starting a new cycle in your relationships and connections with others.  It also brings a renewed emphasis on the need for harmony and fairness in all aspects of your life.  Libra is the sign of the born diplomat, the mediator who can always see both sides of any issue.  The symbol for Libra is the scales, where things can be weighed and balanced.  With the New Moon in Libra, this lunar month is a good time to focus on restoring balance in your life, giving you the opportunity to consolidate the theme of the Equinox last month (see last month’s newsletter) by implementing whatever changes are required to bring your life back into harmony and balance.

Libra is an Air sign, sociable and communicative, with a huge need for fairness.  It’s also one of the leadership signs, but it doesn’t need to be out in front – quite the contrary. The leadership style of Libra is inclusive and co-operative, making Libra an excellent leader.  The challenge 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.

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 a planet at 5 degrees of Libra (within a degree either side), 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 the New Moon. The New Moon is exact at 4.26am Queensland time (AEST) at 5 degrees Libra.  If you’re in Europe or the Americas, the New Moon will fall on Sat 28 Sept.

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