Second lunar eclipse – Full Moon in Capricorn 2020

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Things are more than a little intense at the moment.  We’re coming to the end of an extended eclipse season, which always amps up the intensity. Remember eclipses bring sudden change into our lives, often from left field, so the more conscious you can be at this time, the better! 

 

The Lunar Eclipse Full Moon in Capricorn on Sun 5 July is a penumbral lunar eclipse where the Full Moon enters the half-shadow of the Earth and darkens a little.

This is the second lunar eclipse we have experienced in this extended eclipse season – usually there’s only one, and this extra eclipse is certainly adding to the emotional intensity of everything that’s happening right now.

Full Moons tend to bring situations to a head, to a climax of some kind, and when amped up by an eclipse, this can be a powerful time when feelings and emotions run high. The eclipsed Full Moon in Capricorn brings into sharp relief the difference between the hierarchical structures (or more negatively, control) imposed by the establishment (Capricorn) and the emotional-security-focused, heartfelt response of Cancer.  This eclipse falls across the Sun in the US chart (just after Independence Day), so keep an eye on the international news! 

At a more personal level, the eclipsed Full Moon in Capricorn brings into focus the difference between our public and private lives, inviting us to find a balance between these two opposing polarities of work and home. If there is something you have been working towards for a while, this Full Moon is likely to bring things to fruition with a strong sense of achievement.

The eclipsed Full Moon is exact at 2.44pm AEST at 13 degrees Capricorn – so the best night for Full Moon ceremony will be the previous evening while the energies are still building.

 

Stay conscious during this eclipse season!!!

 

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Lunar Eclipse Full Moon in Sagittarius 2020

Lunar Eclipse Full Moon in Sagittarius   Sat 6 June 2020, exact at 5.12am Queensland time (AEST) at 15 degrees Sagittarius (the previous day in Europe and the Americas).

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The Full Moon in Sagittarius on Sat 6 June (the previous day in Europe and the Americas) is a Lunar eclipse, the first in the extended eight-week eclipse season we are now in.

This is a penumbral eclipse where the Moon darkens a little, entering the half-shadow of the Earth.  Eclipses really intensify the energy, so take extra care around this time, especially in the few days leading into the eclipse.

Sagittarius is eternally buoyant and optimistic, driven by the need to find meaning in life, if not THE meaning of life.  The eclipsed Full Moon in Sagittarius invites us to find a balance between this enthusiastic search for truth and the need to approach an issue rationally, collecting information first rather than acting impulsively.

Sagittarius is famous for leaping into situations, all fired up, ready to fight for a cause or go on a quest, without stopping to check the facts first – and then in its enthusiasm and thirst for adventure, it doesn’t know when (or sometimes even how) to stop and rein in the energy – it’s what gives Sagittarius its OTT reputation, ie being completely Over The Top!

So use the energies of this eclipsed Full Moon to find that balance in your life.

The Lunar eclipse Full Moon in Sagittarius is also likely to bring issues of trust to the fore, intensified by the eclipse.

The eclipsed Full Moon is at 15 degrees Sagittarius so check your birth chart to see which part of your life in under its spotlight.  The Lunar eclipse is exact at 5.12am Queensland time (AEST), visible at Moonset in eastern Australia, so the best time for Full Moon ceremony will be the previous evening while the energy is still building.

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Lunar Phases June 2020

 

phases of the moonLunar Phases – June 2020

Times are given in Queensland time (AEST). 

To read about the Astrology of the New and Full Moons each month, sign up for my monthly newsletter on my website chironeshakti.com.au and follow my Chirone Shakti – Stargazer Astrology page on Facebook.

 

Skywatching  Venus is now making her dramatic switch from Evening Star to Morning Star!  She’s in the underworld right now, and will reappear as the Morning Star just before sunrise around 12 June.

Jupiter, Saturn and Mars rise in the east around midnight, then can be seen higher in the sky as the night progresses.

Mercury will be at its most visible in the evening sky on Thurs 4 June, when it’s at its furthest distance from the Sun and its highest point above the horizon.  Look to the west just after sunset and you’ll see Mercury quite low in the sky.

 

Lunar eclipse Full Moon:  Sat 6 June 2020 at 5.12am AEST at 15 Sagittarius

A high energy time when things often 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.

 

Last Quarter:  Sat 13 June 2020 at 4.24pm AEST at 22 Pisces

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: Sun 21 June 2020 at 4.41pm AEST at zero Cancer

A time of renewed energy as a new cycle starts, intensified by the solar eclipse.  You can set powerful intentions now!

Moon planting: The week following the New Moon is the best time for planting leafy greens.

 

First Quarter: Sun 28 June 2020 at 6.16pm AEST at 7 Libra

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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Supermoon Full Moon in Scorpio 2020

Secret matters come to light?

 

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The Full Moon falls in Scorpio this lunar month, the fourth and last SuperMoon in the consecutive sequence of four SuperMoons this year, intensifying the energies and heightening our emotional responses at this Full Moon time.  These Supermoons are probably increasing people’s panic response to the COVID-19 situation too.

SuperMoons are associated with extreme weather patterns, like the storms and flooding we had with the earlier SuperMoons, so it doesn’t look like the extreme nature of weather events is likely to go away anytime soon.

In a SuperMoon, the Moon is closer to the Earth than usual, so the Full Moon appears larger in the sky, causing tides to be higher, and intensifying all the things you normally associate with a Full Moon, such as feelings running high.  Full Moons tend to bring situations to a head, and this is intensified by the SuperMoon – heads up police, emergency services and hospital workers!

The SuperMoon Full Moon falls in Scorpio on Thurs 7 May.  This is likely to be a very emotional time when deep and passionate feelings are revealed. This Scorpio Full Moon brings a strong possibility of secret or intensely private matters coming to light, possibly with a sexual content or maybe concerning financial matters (or even both!).  Remember these issues will be intensified by the SuperMoon.

Check your chart to see which house is under the spotlight!  The Full Moon is at 17 degrees Scorpio and is exact at 8.45pm AEST.

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Lunar Phases – May 2020

Lunar Phases – May 2020

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Times are given in Queensland time (AEST). 

To read about the Astrology of the New and Full Moons each month, sign up for my monthly newsletter here on my website (on the left-hand side of the page) and follow my Chirone Shakti – Stargazer Astrology page on Facebook.

  

Skywatching   Venus can be still be seen as the Evening Star twinkling in the western sky after sunset, but she’ll be progressively lower in the sky from when she turns retrograde on 13 May.

Venus and Mercury are visible together in the west in the early evening for a few days either side of 22 May when they’ll be at their closest.

Jupiter, Saturn and Mars rise in the east around midnight, then can be seen higher in the sky as the night progresses.

 

 

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Supermoon Full Moon: Thurs 7 May 2020 at 8.45pm AEST at 17 Scorpio

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

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

 

Last Quarter: Fri 15 May 2020 at 00.03am AEST at 24 Aquarius

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: Sat 23 May 2020 at 3.38am AEST at 2 Gemini

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: Sat 30 May 2020 at 1.30pm AEST at 9 Virgo

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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Third SuperMoon Full Moon – just before Easter

The Full Moon falls in Libra this lunar month, the third SuperMoon in the consecutive sequence of four SuperMoons this year, intensifying the energies and heightening our emotional responses at these Full Moons – these Supermoons are no doubt increasing people’s panic response to the COVID-19 situation too.

SuperMoons are associated with extreme weather patterns, like the storms and flooding we had with the last two SuperMoons, so it doesn’t look like the extreme nature of weather events is likely to go away anytime soon.

In a SuperMoon, the Moon is closer to the Earth than usual, so the Full Moon appears larger in the sky, causing tides to be higher, and intensifying all the things you normally associate with a Full Moon, such as feelings running high.

Full Moons tend to bring situations to a head, and this is intensified by the SuperMoon – heads up police, emergency services and hospital workers!

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The SuperMoon Full Moon in Libra gives us an opportunity to bring our lives into balance, the cosmic invitation extended by the Equinox last month.  It highlights our need to relate to others, yet it also emphasizes the need to find a balance between the needs of the self and the needs of the other, between the need for independence and the need for compromise.  These needs are of course intensified by the SuperMoon.  This Supermoon Full Moon in Libra strongly reinforces the theme of the Equinox, the need to find balance in our lives.

The Full Moon falls at 18 degrees Libra, so check the houses of your chart to see which part of your life is under the spotlight. The Full Moon is exact at 12.34pm Queensland time (AEST) on Wed 8 April 2020.  If you’re planning Full Moon ceremony, the best time will be the previous evening while the energies are still building.

Easter Sunday this year falls on 12 April.  ‘What’s this got to do with Astrology?’ I hear you ask … Well, not many people realize but the date of Easter is determined astrologically, by the Moon and the Equinox.  Easter Sunday is set as the first Sunday after the first Full Moon following the Equinox.  This is why the date of Easter changes each year, sometimes falling at the end of March and sometimes much later in April.  Astrology is present in our everyday lives much more than most people realize!

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SuperMoon Full Moon in Virgo 2020

supermoonSuperMoon Full Moon in Virgo:  Tues 10 March 2020, exact at 3.47am Queensland time (AEST) at 19 degrees Virgo (the previous day in Europe & the Americas)

 

The Full Moon in Virgo this lunar month is another SuperMoon, the second in the consecutive sequence of four SuperMoons this year, intensifying the energies and heightening our emotional responses at these Full Moons.  SuperMoons are associated with extreme weather patterns, like all the storms and flooding we had with last month’s SuperMoon, so it doesn’t look like the extreme nature of the weather events we’re currently experiencing is likely to go away anytime soon.  In a SuperMoon, the Moon is closer to the Earth than usual, so the Full Moon appears larger in the sky, causing tides to be higher, and intensifying all the things you normally associate with a Full Moon, like feelings running high.  Full Moons tend to bring situations to a head, and this will be intensified by the SuperMoon – heads up police, emergency services and hospital workers!

The Full Moon falls in the early hours of Tues 10 March in Australia (the previous day in Europe and the Americas). The Full Moon in Virgo brings into focus our need for order and purity. Virgo is a very analytical sign, and as an Earth sign it is analytical in a practical way, trying to improve situations (and even people!) in its search for perfection.  The Virgo Full Moon highlights the need for balance between the grounded, practical attention to detail of Virgo, and the holistic vision of Pisces, and this will be intensified by the SuperMoon. The Full Moon is exact at 3.47am Queensland time (AEST), so the best night to celebrate the Full Moon will be the previous evening.  Check your birth chart to see which house is under the spotlight at 19 degrees Virgo.

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Supermoon Full Moon in Leo – first of four supermoons

supermoon Full Moon in Leo on Sun 9 Feb is the first of four consecutive Supermoons this year, appearing much larger and brighter in the sky than usual.  A Full Moon Supermoon occurs when the Full Moon coincides with the Moon’s closest point to the Earth in her monthly orbit, making the Full Moon appear much bigger in the night sky.  The effects we normally associate with the Full Moon are really heightened by the Supermoon, so we’re likely to experience a much higher emotional charge, tense situations reaching a climax, higher tides than usual and lots of extreme weather events at this time.

 

The Full Moon in Leo highlights our need for balance between the focus on oneself, the whole cultural “cult of the individual” approach that tends to be very self-absorbed, and a focus on one’s community, the collective experience where there’s a strong sense of equality and connection.   The Full Moon in Leo is an excellent time for partying or simply going out and enjoying yourself, maybe even simply treating yourself to something special, so celebrate in whatever way feels right for you.  The Full Moon is exact at 5.33pm AEST at 20 degrees of Leo and all these effects will be heightened by the fact that it’s a Supermoon.

 

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Lunar Phases – Feb 2020

phases of the moonLunar Phases – Feb 2020

Times are given in Queensland time (AEST). 

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First Quarter: Sun 2 Feb 2020 at 11.42am at 12 Taurus

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 9 Feb 2020 at 5.33pm at 20 Leo

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: Sun 16 Feb 2020 at 8.17am at 26 Scorpio

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: Mon 24 Feb 2020 at 1.31am at 4 Pisces

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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Lunar eclipse, Uranus s/d and Saturn-Pluto conjunction

penumbral lunar eclipseThe Full Moon in Cancer on Sat 11 Jan is a penumbral Lunar Eclipse (falling the previous day in Europe and the Americas) at 20 degrees Cancer during which time the Full Moon darkens.  The Full Moon in Cancer invites us to find a balance between the deep emotional connection of family and the outer, worldly achievement that is found in our work life. This Full Moon also highlights our emotional attachment to the past, so don’t be surprised if strong feelings get stirred up again, giving us the opportunity to finally let go and release the past.  The Lunar Eclipse is likely to intensify all the emotions highlighted by the Full Moon in Cancer.  This is a good time for us to reassess our unconscious, “autopilot” responses, and to change any behaviour that is no longer appropriate. There’s also a sense of a cycle which started on the solar eclipse of 13 July 2018 now coming to completion.  The Lunar Eclipse Full Moon is exact at 5.21am AEST, so the previous evening is the best night for Full Moon celebrations.

 

On the day of the lunar eclipse Sat 11 Jan, Uranus turns direct at 2 degrees Taurus.  Yes this is very close to the degree of the solar eclipse on Boxing Day, further intensifying the energy that’s around now.  We can expect some very emotional upheavals now!  Uranus is the Great Awakener, shaking up any sense we have of security or permanence (and how!).  Uranus forces us into unexplored territory, and as it turns direct again for the next 7 months, that’s where we’re heading!!  Uranus brings new insights and a higher level of awareness, yet it can also be disruptive, shaking things to their very foundation – sometimes even bringing down the whole structure in the urge to bring about revolutionary change.  In the words of Leonard Cohen “there is a crack, a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in”.  The more conscious we can be, and the more open we are to the changes that the Universe is demanding of us, the less disruptive this energy is likely to be.  If you are born around 22 April, or have 2 degrees Taurus strong in your chart, this Uranus standstill is likely to affect you deeply – a time to wake up and make some radical changes, reflect on your own truth and integrity, and a great cosmic opportunity to reinvent yourself.

 

The very next day, we have the conjunction that has been building for the last 12 months, the Saturn-Pluto conjunction.  Saturn is about control, discipline and structure, while Pluto is about power and transformation.  As with all astrological energies, these can manifest positively or negatively.  The positive expression of this combination of energies is responsible use of power, but negatively, it’s about power and control for their own sake, unchecked and ruthless.  An example would be the way that fear (Saturn) can be manipulated (Pluto) to justify wars or other extraordinary (and usually repressive) measures.  The Saturn-Pluto cycle is associated with an increase in authoritarian rule, ruthless power plays and the rise of right-wing ideology, and we’ve certainly seen plenty of that in the last 12 months as these two planets have got closer and closer.  The Saturn-Pluto conjunction is exact Mon 13 Jan 2020 at 2.58am AEST, the previous day in Europe and the Americas. 

The Saturn-Pluto conjunction comes round every 33+ years, with its most recent manifestations in 1914, 1947 and 1982.  1914 saw the beginning of World War 1.  1947-48 saw major political upheaval with the partition of India, creating India, East and West Pakistan (later Bangladesh and Pakistan), and the partition of Palestine, creating the state of Israel. These divisions were along religious grounds and created huge conflict in these regions.  1982 saw the Falklands War (which got Maggie Thatcher re-elected) – and the Reagan-Thatcher years saw a huge lurch to the right with the introduction of neoliberalism.

The current move towards the right in so many countries of the world is all part of this pattern.  Religious intolerance is being stoked in many countries, for example the Citizenship Amendment Act in India which discriminates against Muslims, and the Religious Freedom (ie discrimination) bill in Australia.  Meanwhile the ICC is seeking to open a war crimes investigation in the West Bank and Gaza, after years of suffering by the Palestinians, a legacy of the partition from the last Saturn-Pluto contact.  Then of course there’s the racial intolerance that’s being stirred up by Brexit in the UK.  There is light among this darkness though.  Thankfully, in a few countries we are seeing the positive manifestation of this Saturn-Pluto energy, which is responsible use of power.  The shining example of New Zealand right now with the leadership of Jacinda Ardern is one that springs to mind!