Potent Full Moon as Venus turns retro

The Full Moon in Gemini on Sun 19 Dec invites us to find a balance between logic and intuitive knowing, between the cold hard facts and our beliefs, ie what we believe to be true. This Full Moon invites us to integrate both polarities, yet also warns us against being too gullible.  Full Moons tend to bring situations to a head so don’t be surprised if things get heated at this time.

On a personal note, check your birth chart to see which house is under the Full Moon spotlight at 27 degrees Gemini as this is the area of life where matters may well come to fruition or be revealed.  The Full Moon is exact at 2.35pm Queensland time (AEST), so the best time for ceremony or celebrations will be the previous evening while the energy is still building.

This Full Moon is likely to be especially potent as Venus goes retrograde on the same day, Sun 19 Dec.  Venus is stationing at 26 Capricorn very close to Pluto, giving this particular Venus retro a compulsive or perhaps obsessive feel!

Venus signifies our urge to relate to others.  Don’t be surprised if old friends and lovers reappear in your life during the retrograde phase of Venus – you may hear from people you haven’t seen for ages.  Or you may be the one seeking to reconnect.  Venus retrograde often brings an opportunity to revisit past relationships, especially if there is any unfinished business there. Just be aware that with the Pluto connection, things could get very intense, messy or overly dramatic!  Stay in your power!!

Venus retrograde moves through 8-year cycles, so think back to what was happening for you eight years ago in Dec 2013-Jan 2014  when Venus last went retrograde in Capricorn, for insight into the themes that might arise for you this time round.  Venus is retrograde for six weeks until Sat 29 Jan 2022.  If you have Taurus or Libra prominent in your chart (especially as your rising sign), Venus retrograde cycles are likely to have a strong impact on you.

Venus will continue to be visible as the Evening Star for a couple of weeks after she turns retrograde, but will be seen gradually lower in the evening sky until she is no longer visible as she gets closer and closer to the Sun.  With this retrograde conjunction to the Sun, Venus disappears for seven days, after which time she emerges transformed as the Morning Star, and a whole new 584-day cycle begins (a cycle sacred to the Mayans).

In ancient times Venus was seen as a dual goddess – the Evening Star was her peaceful aspect, whereas the Morning Star was her warrior incarnation; the rebirth of the Morning Star was seen as an auspicious time to go into battle.  Venus will reappear as the Morning Star from mid-Jan.

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Eclipsed New Moon in Sagittarius 2021

It’s a busy lunar month astrologically!  We’ve got the very last eclipse in Sagittarius, a total solar eclipse no less, the December solstice, Venus turning retro, the last of the Saturn-Uranus squares (keep an eye on the news!!!) and Jupiter moving into Pisces.
 
We still have two weeks to go of the current eclipse season – remember to be especially careful as accidents and other mishaps are much more common at eclipse time.  Be mindful and stay present!
 
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Sagittarius, the archer

The New Moon in Sagittarius on Sat 4 Dec is a total solar eclipse, the last of the eclipses in Sagittarius.  This eclipse will be visible in Antarctica, and as a partial eclipse in Tasmania and the very south of South Africa.

The eclipsed New Moon in Sagittarius is an opportunity to begin a new cycle in your life that’s adventurous, enthusiastically exploring new frontiers, feeling the need to enjoy life to the full.  This is a perfect time to start on a spiritual quest, a course of study or overseas travel (if that’s allowed!!!) – anything that expands your horizons. The travel can of course be internal – a spiritual journey, to the truth of who you are.

Sagittarius is a Fire sign, warm and enthusiastic, naturally optimistic and 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 (every sign has its downside), a tendency to go over the top, take lots of risks and over-extend themselves, not knowing when or where to stop.

Find where this eclipsed New Moon falls in your chart at 12 Sagittarius and tune into the new departure potentially starting for you now.  The house placement will show you which part of your life is most affected.

If your birthday is close to this eclipsed New Moon (within a day either side), this marks the beginning of an intensely significant new cycle in your life in terms of your identity and your sense of purpose.

If you have a planet at 12 degrees of Sagittarius, this marks the beginning of a new cycle in whatever that planet symbolizes (eg relationships for Venus).

Your New Moon intentions will be especially powerful this month with the eclipse.  Create your intentions within 24 hours of the New Moon, which is exact at 5.43pm AEST (Queensland time).

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December Lunar Phases & Moon Planting Guide 2021

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phases of the moon

 

Times are given in Queensland time (AEST). 

 

Solar Eclipse New Moon: Sat 4 Dec at 5.43pm AEST at 12 Sagittarius

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: Sat 11 Dec at 11.35am AEST at 19 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: Sun 19 Dec at 2.35pm AEST at 27 Gemini

A time of high emotions when events come to a head.

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

 

Last Quarter: Mon 27 Dec at 12.23pm AEST at 5 Libra

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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Brain meltdown anyone? Neptune turns direct 2021

NeptuneNeptune turns direct on Wed 1 Dec 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 our current reality.

Negatively, Neptune can symbolise veils of illusionso we may have become more aware of the ways in which we manage to deceive ourselves, only seeing what we want to see or believing what we want to believe – the classic rose-coloured glasses syndrome!  The cosmic opportunity now is for our vision to be clearer and more connected with Spirit.

Neptune stations at 20 degrees Pisces before it goes direct again, so if you have this point strong in your birth chart, or if you’re born around 11 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 feel this 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, and you’ll be more sensitive than usual to toxins because of the Neptune influence, so be careful what avenues you choose!

It’s a great time to take a holiday or go on a retreat so you can honour Neptune and indulge your creative and spiritual pursuits.

 

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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 ☘️🍃🎋

 

phases of the moon

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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