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!

 

Lunar Phases January 2020

Lunar Phases – Jan 2020

phases of the moon

Times are given in Queensland time (AEST). 

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Skywatching  Venus can be seen as the Evening Star twinkling in the western sky after sunset.  Saturn and Jupiter are now too close to the Sun to be visible.  If you’re up early, you’ll see Mars as a reddish Morning Star in the east before sunrise. 

 

First Quarter: Fri 3 Jan 2020 at 2.45pm at 12 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.

 

Lunar Eclipse Full Moon: Sat 11 Jan 2020 at 5.21am at 20 Cancer

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: Fri 17 Jan 2020 at 10.58pm at 26 Libra

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 25 Jan 2020 at 7.41am at 4 Aquarius

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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Set powerful New Year’s Resolutions this Boxing Day!

Solar Eclipse New Moon in Capricorn 2019

Set powerful New Year’s Resolutions this Boxing Day!

Capricorn

We’re in eclipse season now, with both the New Moon and Full Moon eclipsed this lunar month.  This means the energies are extra intense right now, and unexpected changes are typical.  Please be extra mindful at this time and take extra care in this eclipse season!

The absolute best time to make your New Year’s resolutions is the New Moon in Capricorn, because it brings a sense of discipline to the new cycle that we’re about to start – in this case 2020!  The New Moon in Capricorn on Boxing Day is a Solar Eclipse, making any intentions you set now much more powerful than they would normally be.  This eclipsed New Moon in Capricorn is an excellent time to set your intentions for the year ahead!!

2020 is going to be a year of huge changes for us all, with some very significant alignments coming up, starting with the Saturn-Pluto conjunction in January.

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The New Moon in Capricorn on Boxing Day Thurs 26 Dec is an annular solar eclipse. This is the absolute best time to make your New Year’s resolutions for 2020 as the energy of this eclipsed New Moon gives a very powerful boost to any intentions and resolutions you set now. 

An annular solar eclipse has the force of a total solar eclipse, it’s just that the Moon, which is blocking out the Sun’s light, is further away from the Earth than usual, so it doesn’t completely cover the disc of the Sun.  Instead it allows a ring of light to be visible around the eclipsed Sun (‘annular’ comes from the Latin, meaning a ring). In terms of its astrological effects though, it’s a strong as a total eclipse.

Eclipse annular

A New Moon always represents the beginning of a new cycle in some part of your life.  The Capricorn New Moon invites renewed focus on self-discipline, responsibility, dealing with material reality, setting goals, improving time management and introducing more structure into your life – all in the service of moving forwards on your chosen path.  Remember the image of Capricorn the goat, moving slowly but steadily up the mountain, one step at a time, guaranteed to reach the summit. 

Wherever you have Capricorn in your chart is the area of life that will be most strongly affected by this eclipsed New Moon – for example, if it is in your 6th house, this is an opportunity to bring more self-discipline into your daily routine and health regime; if it falls in the 2nd, this applies to your finances.  If you are not sure where Capricorn falls in your birth chart, think of the area of your life that could most benefit from some self-discipline right now – you’ll probably tune into it intuitively! 

If your birthday falls close to this eclipsed New Moon, this is the beginning of a highly significant new cycle in your life in terms of your sense of identity and purpose in the world.  If 4 degrees Capricorn is strong in your chart, or if any of your planets fall at this degree, this indicates the beginning of a significant new cycle in the part of your life represented by that planet, eg relationships for Venus.

Remember to create your New Moon intentions within 24 hours of the New Moon.  The Solar Eclipse makes your intentions much more powerful than they would normally be, further enhanced by the presence of Jupiter in this eclipse configuration.  The New Moon is exact at 3.13pm AEST.

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Moon phases December 2019

Lunar Phases – Dec 2019

phases of the moon

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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Lunar Eclipse Full Moon in Capricorn 2019

partial lunar eclipseThe Lunar Eclipse Full Moon in Capricorn on Wed 17 July is a partial lunar eclipse (16 July in Europe and the Americas).  It lasts almost 3 hours and you’ll be able to see it if it’s night-time for you at the time of the eclipse – here in Queensland it’s at 7.31am so we won’t catch it. 

The eclipsed Full Moon in Capricorn brings into sharp relief the difference between public and private life, and invites 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 7.31am AEST at 24 degrees Capricorn – the best night for Full Moon ceremony will be the previous evening.

Remember my usual warning around eclipses and take extra care during this eclipse time!

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Solar Eclipse New Moon in Cancer 2019

eclipseTotal Solar Eclipse New Moon in Cancer  Wed 3 July 2019, exact at 5.22am Queensland time (AEST) at 10 degrees Cancer (2 July in Europe and the Americas)

Partial Lunar Eclipse Full Moon in Capricorn  Wed 17 July 2019, exact at 7.31am Queensland time (AEST) at 24 degrees Capricorn (16 July in Europe and the Americas)

Skywatching  Jupiter rises in the east just before sunset, followed a few hours later by Saturn.  Mercury and Mars are visible in the west in the very early evening, low in the sky – you’ll need an uninterrupted view of the western horizon to see them.

 

The energies are really intense right now with the lead-up to the eclipses.  I’ve had a lot of clients contacting me wondering what on earth is going on for them.  If these eclipses contact your chart, believe me, you’ll know all about it!  That plus the very heavy recent energy of Saturn-Pluto on the Capricorn South Node opposite Mars in Cancer, signifying the frustrations and power struggles that many of us have been picking up on recently – and in all honesty won’t really be over till after the lunar eclipse.

All this in the shadow of the upcoming Mercury retro – you may have noticed the usual glitches starting to creep in – I even thought my computer had died the other night!  Thankfully that turned out to be a false alarm, but you can imagine the major freak-out before I realized that all was in fact OK.  Adding to the horror of the computer (apparently) dying was the thought that I certainly didn’t want to replace it during Mercury retro – and that of course would mean I’d have to wait another 3 weeks till I could get a new one! 🙂 

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The eclipses are here again!  The Solar Eclipse New Moon in Cancer on Wed 3 July is a total solar eclipse, visible in the South Pacific, Chile and Argentina.  The totality of this solar eclipse will last for over 4 mins, really intensifying the sense of endings and new beginnings that always accompany a New Moon.  The new cycles starting now are likely to be especially significant because of the added intensity of this total solar eclipse.

Falling in Cancer, this eclipsed New Moon represents the opportunity for a significant new cycle in our relationship to the Feminine.  Cancer is ruled by the Moon, symbolising women, mothering and the Sacred Feminine. This is an opportunity to begin a new cycle in the way we care for others, the way we nurture ourselves and our relationship with women in general.

Cancer is a water sign, sensitive and emotional, with a strong need for emotional security. This is the sign associated with home and family, so this eclipsed New Moon can mark an important shift in our sense of belonging, maybe a new phase in our home and family life, or our sense of belonging to a ‘tribe’.

Cancer has a tenacious connection to the past – Cancerians have strong emotional attachments and don’t like to let go of anything!  The eclipsed New Moon in Cancer signifies it’s time for a significant break with the past, an opportunity to emotionally release whatever no longer serves us.  This is a great time for Forgiveness ceremonies, releasing you from the energetic attachments to your past.  Thyme essential oil and the Australian Bush Flower Essence Bottlebrush are particularly good remedies for supporting you to let go – contact me if you need to order.

If your birthday falls close to the date of this eclipsed New Moon, this marks a year of highly significant new beginnings in your life, particularly with regard to your identity, your sense of self and your purpose in life.

If you have planets close to 10 degrees Cancer (within a degree either side), this represents the beginning of significant new cycle in whatever that planet symbolizes (eg relationships for Venus).

Remember to set your intentions for this lunar month within 24 hours of the New Moon.  The New Moon is exact at 5.22am Queensland time (AEST) (so the previous day in Europe and the Americas).

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Total Lunar Eclipse, Blood Moon: Supermoon Full Moon in Leo

Blood Moon, total lunar eclipse

Blood Moon, total lunar eclipse

The Full Moon in Leo on Mon 21 Jan is a total lunar eclipse It’s also the first in a sequence of three SuperMoons, where the Moon is closer to the Earth than usual,  intensifying the energies and in particular heightening our emotional responses.  SuperMoons are associated with extreme weather patterns, and total lunar eclipses are associated with earthquakes and earth changes, so this is likely to be a formidable combination! If you have chart points at zero degrees Leo, you’re likely to be strongly affected by this eclipse, so be extra careful at this time. Eclipses bring sudden, unexpected changes, not necessarily negative but it pays to be careful during the eclipse period, and the energies right now are extra strong because of the SuperMoon.  The Full Moon in Leo also highlights the need for a balance between the personal and the collective. The Full Moon in Leo is usually a fun party time, but the party may literally be eclipsed in some way, so take extra care at this time.

This is the last of the Leo-Aquarius eclipses that have been occurring over the past 18 months, as the eclipses are now moving into Cancer-Capricorn.  Interesting when we look back to the first of these eclipses in the royal sign of Leo, Prince Harry had just announced his engagement to Meghan Markle, and now of course, at the end of this cycle, they’ve married and are now expecting their first child.  An African-American divorcee marrying into the British royal family is certainly the kind of “unexpected changes” you could associate with eclipses through Leo, to say nothing of the passionate sermon preached at their wedding by Bishop Michael Curry!!

This lunar eclipse will be visible in North and South America, even the UK, basically anywhere that’s in night-time.  It’s exact at 3.12pm AEST (Queensland time) so won’t be visible in Australia.  Lunar eclipses take a few hours to unfold, so if you’re somewhere where you can see it, it’ll appear first as a partial eclipse, then move into the deep red colour of the full Blood Moon for just over an hour, and of course, as a SuperMoon, the Moon will appear much larger and brighter in the sky than usual.  If you’re celebrating the Full Moon in Australia, the best time for ceremony will be the previous evening Sun 20 Jan while the energies are still building.  Remember my usual warning around eclipses and be extra careful during this period!

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Full Moon on the Solstice!!!

EquinoxSolstice

The Full Moon falls with the Solstice this year, and we enter the eclipse season for the upcoming eclipses in January.

The Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year (and the shortest night) in the southern hemisphere, when the Sun reaches its southernmost position overhead at the Tropic of Capricorn, named after the Sun’s passage into the zodiac sign of Capricorn on this day.  This is the traditional mid-season time of celebration and feasting.  In the northern hemisphere it is of course the Winter Solstice, the shortest day and the longest night.  This year the solstice falls on Sat 22 Dec at 8.23am Queensland time AEST (Fri 21 Dec in Europe and the Americas). 

The Full Moon falls in Cancer in the early hours of Sun 23 Dec AEST (Sat 22 Dec in Europe and the Americas) just after the Solstice.  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.  This is a good time for us to reassess our unconscious, “autopilot” responses, and to change any behaviour that is no longer appropriate.  The Full Moon is exact at 3.49am AEST, so Sat 22 Dec is the best night for Full Moon celebrations – as well as solstice celebrations!!!

The eclipse season starts now, after this month’s Full Moon.  The eclipses won’t be till January, but meanwhile take extra care from the Full Moon onwards as the energies start to build.  This means that Christmas time will be in the eclipse season, so please be extra careful on the roads and in your lives generally.  Remember eclipses demand respect, as they often bring unexpected change into our lives!  So take extra care this Christmas period!!

 

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Adventure Time!

Sagittarius, the archer

New Moon in Sagittarius  Fri 7 Dec 2018, exact at 5.20pm Queensland time (AEST) at 15 degrees Sagittarius

Full Moon in Cancer  Sun 23 Dec 2018, exact at 3.49am Queensland time (AEST) at 0 degrees Cancer

Skywatching  Venus can be seen as the Morning Star twinkling brightly in the east before sunrise, and lower in the sky, Mercury and Jupiter are also visible.  In the evening, after sunset, reddish Mars is overhead, with Saturn bright in the west, progressively lower in the sky as the month advances until it is no longer visible.

 

Adventure Time!

The New Moon falls in Sagittarius on Fri 7 Dec, 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 study course 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.  Their sign is ruled by Jupiter, which gives them their boundless enthusiasm – and on the down side, 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 at 15 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 5.20pm AEST.

 

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Full Moon in Gemini as Neptune stations

The Full Moon in Gemini on Fri 23 Nov 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.  With Jupiter part of the signature of this Full Moon, the Universe is sending us a strong invitation to trust, both in ourselves and in the Universe.  Check your birth chart to see which house is under the Full Moon spotlight at zero 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 3.39pm Queensland time (AEST).

 

Neptune turns direct on Sun 25 Nov 2018 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.  As Neptune also symbolises veils of illusion, 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 cosmic opportunity now is for our vision to be clearer and more connected with Spirit.

 

Neptune stations at 13 degrees Pisces, and hangs around at that degree for almost 2 months before it moves forwards again, so if you have this point strong in your birth chart, or if you’re born around 4 March, you’ll be feeling a strong urge to transcend reality and dissolve into a state of spiritual oneness.  For some of you, this will be felt as a complete brain meltdown, especially if you’re trying to maintain a left-brain existence. The key is to surrender to the inspiration and creativity of Neptune, indulge in art or music, and engage in spiritual practices like meditation so that you transcend reality, rather than get drawn into the negative side of Neptune, escapist patterns such as addictive behaviours.

 

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Full Moon with Uranus – Surprise twists and revelations!!!

This is going to be a very interesting Full Moon.  Full Moons bring illumination at the best of times, but now with Uranus part of the planetary picture, expect matters to come to a head with surprise twists as things get revealed that may be shocking and disruptive! 

The Full Moon falls in Taurus in the early hours of Thurs 25 Oct AEST (effectively the evening of Wed 24 Oct).  The Full Moon in Taurus brings into focus your ability to be sensuous and grounded, an excellent time to indulge the senses and pamper the body.  This Full Moon invites us to find a balance between physical sensuality and emotional depth. 

Uranus joins with this Full Moon to bring something unexpected, exciting or stimulating.  The purpose of Uranus is to bring a higher level of awareness into our lives, waking us up from our normal routine and habits.  Equally (sometimes at the same time!), Uranus can bring disruption, even chaos, as it shakes things up in its attempt to bring in more light.  Uranus is known as the Great Awakener, and that’s what it does, one way or the other!  All you can say for certain with Uranus is ‘Expect the Unexpected’

The Full Moon falls at 1 degree Taurus, so wherever this point falls in your chart is the area of your life that will be under the spotlight now, bringing matters to a head or to resolution, probably with a surprise twist!  There are likely to be some very interesting revelations around at this time (think of the Khashoggi case for example).  The Full Moon is exact at 2.45am AEST (Queensland time) so the best time to celebrate will be the previous night when the energies are still building.

 

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New Moon in Libra 2018

Libra, the scales of balance

New Moon in Libra  Tues 9 Oct 2018, exact at 1.47pm Queensland time (AEST) at 15 degrees Libra

Full Moon in Taurus  Thurs 25 Oct 2018, exact at 2.45am Queensland time (AEST) at 1 degree Taurus (effectively the evening of Wed 24 Oct)

Skywatching:   Venus will continue to be visible as the Evening Star, twinkling brightly in the west, till about mid-Oct, appearing gradually lower in the evening sky until she is no longer visible.  She disappears for 7 days and then reappears as the Morning Starfrom the end of Oct.  Jupiter is above Venus in the west, with Saturn and reddish Mars overhead at sunset.

 

The New Moon falls in Libra on Tues 9 Oct, starting a new cycle in your relationships and connecting with others generally.  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 signsociable 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 consultative 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 15 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 1.47pm Queensland time (AEST).

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Lunar Phases October 2018

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Last Quarter: Tues 2 Oct at 7.45pm

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: Tues 9 Oct at 1.47pm

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: Wed 17 Oct at 4.02am

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 25 Oct at 2.45am

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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Old friends and lovers reappear … Venus goes retro ❤️

Venus Rx lovers reconnectOld friends and lovers reappear …

       … echoes of 8 years ago

 

Venus goes retrograde on Sat 6 Oct 2018 (AEST, Fri 5 Oct in Europe & the Americas) at 10 degrees Scorpio.  Venus signifies our urge to relate to others, so 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.

 

Venus retrograde moves through 8-year cycles, so think back to what was happening for you eight years ago (Oct/Nov 2010) when Venus last went retrograde in Scorpio & Libra, for insight into what the themes might be for you this time round.  Venus is retrograde for six weeks until Fri 16 Nov when she turns direct again at 25 degrees Libra.  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 the end of Oct.

 

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Full Moon in Aries 2018

The Full Moon falls in Aries on Tues 25 Sept.

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

The Full Moon is at 2 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 12.52pm AEST (midday) so the best time to celebrate will be the previous night when the energies are still building.

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Equinox

EquinoxThe Equinox falls on Sun 23 Sept at 11.54am AEST.

The theme of the Equinox is always about balance.  This is the time of year when day and night are of equal length (equi-nox means ‘equal night’ in Latin), the Sun rises due east, and the seasons come to a point of balance.

This Equinox is marked by the Sun moving into the zodiac sign of Libra, the sign associated with harmony, balance and fairness.

In the Southern hemisphere this is the Spring Equinox, a time of rejoicing that winter is over and celebrating the birth of new life. With the Virgo New Moon, this is an excellent time for a Spring Cleanse!

The seasons are reversed in the Northern hemisphere of course, where this is the Autumn Equinox, a time of harvest celebration, giving thanks for the abundant crops produced by the summer months.

Whether you are celebrating Spring or Autumn Equinox, this is a perfect time to reflect on your own life, explore what might be out of balance there and find a way to restore that, whether it’s in your relationships, your work or any other aspect of your life.

 

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Eclipsed New Moon in Capricorn – powerful New Year’s resolutions!!!

CapricornPartial Solar Eclipse / New Moon in Capricorn: Sun 6 Jan 2019, exact at 11.28am (eclipse at 11.41am) Queensland time (AEST) at 15 degrees Capricorn

Total Lunar Eclipse / Full Moon in Leo: Mon 21 Jan 2019, exact at 3.16pm (eclipse at 3.12pm) Queensland time (AEST) at  0 degrees Leo

Skywatching: Venus and Jupiter can be seen as Morning Stars in the east before sunrise, moving closer together as the month progresses till they’re closest on the mornings of 22 & 23 Jan.  In the evening, after sunset, the red planet Mars can be seen in the western sky.

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I hope everyone’s enjoyed a wonderful festive season!!!  You’ll know from my last newsletter that we’re in eclipse season now, with both the New Moon and Full Moon this month being eclipsed.  This means the energies are extra intense right now, and unexpected changes are typical.  Please be extra mindful at this time and take extra care in this eclipse season!

You’ve got a second chance at your New Year’s resolutions at this New Moon, with the full support of the Cosmos!!!  I always say that the best time to make your New Year’s resolutions is the New Moon in Capricorn, because it brings a sense of discipline to the new cycle that we’re about to start – in this case 2019!  This year the New Moon in Capricorn is also a solar eclipse, making the intentions you set now much more powerful than they would normally be.  This makes this year’s new Moon in Capricorn an excellent time to set your intentions for the year ahead!!

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The New Moon in Capricorn on Sun 6 Jan is the absolute best time to make your New Year’s resolutions for 2019 as the energy of this eclipsed New Moon gives a very powerful boost to any intentions and resolutions you set now – so here’s a second chance at those New Year’s resolutions!

A New Moon always represents the beginning of a new cycle in some part of your life.  The Capricorn New Moon invites renewed focus on self-discipline, responsibility, dealing with material reality, setting goals, improving time management and introducing more structure into your life – all in the service of moving forwards on your chosen path.  Remember the image of Capricorn the goat, moving slowly but steadily up the mountain, one step at a time, guaranteed to reach the summit.

Wherever you have Capricorn in your chart is the area of life that will be most strongly affected by this New Moon – for example, if it is in your 6th house, this is an opportunity to bring more self-discipline into your daily routine and health regime; if it falls in the 2nd, this applies to your finances.  If you are not sure where Capricorn falls in your birth chart, think of the area of your life that could most benefit from some self-discipline right now – you will probably tune into it intuitively!

If your birthday falls close to this New Moon, this is the beginning of a highly significant new cycle in your life, especially in terms of your sense of identity and purpose in the world.  If 15 degrees Capricorn is strong in your chart, or if any of your planets fall at this degree, this indicates the beginning of a significant new cycle in the part of your life represented by that planet, eg relationships for Venus.

Remember to set your New Moon intentions within 24 hours of the New Moon.  The New Moon is exact at 11.28am AEST, and the partial Solar Eclipse is exact at 11.41am.  If you’re planning a New Moon ceremony, work with both timings when setting your New Moon intentions: for maximum effect, begin your ceremony just before 11.28am (AEST) and make sure it extends over the exact eclipse timing at 11.41am.  The eclipse makes your intentions much more powerful than they would normally be. 

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If you’d like the detailed lowdown on the Astrology of 2019, join me on Tues 22 Jan for my online webinar If you can’t make that time, don’t worry, the recording will be available afterwards and the slides sent out to you as usual.  Register now!

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Second solar eclipse this season

Leo, the lion

Second solar eclipse – take extra care!

Re-energize and revitalize!

We’re not out of the woods yet, we’re still in the eclipse season. There are still huge energies around as this next New Moon is the second solar eclipse in this eclipse season. Then on top of that, Uranus is stationary (about to go retro) in the lead-up to this eclipsed New Moon, adding the extra potential for unexpected events in your life!

It’s definitely a time to be extra careful, especially as far as accidents are concerned – so take extra care day-to-day (eg when driving), and don’t take any risks!  Stay present and grounded!

 

In this unusual extended eclipse season we have two solar eclipses.  The New Moon in Leo on Sat 11 Aug is the second of these solar eclipses. It’s a partial solar eclipse, as was the solar eclipse New Moon of 13 July. This means that the New Moon energy of starting a new cycle is intensified by the eclipses, and any intentions you set now will be especially powerful.

The eclipsed New Moon in Leo brings the opportunity to begin a significant new cycle in your enthusiasm for life and your creativity – whatever inspires you and ignites your passion!  This is a perfect time to re-energize and revitalize, and to have more fun in your life.  Leo is ruled by the Sun and this sign has all the life-giving qualities of the Sun, inspiring others with its warmth, energy and passion.  Warm-hearted and generous, Leo is the royalty of the zodiac, confident and regal with a flair for the dramatic, so don’t be surprised to find Leo centre-stage.  Fire signs need to have plenty of fun, and Leos love this to be in grand lavish style.  The downside of Leo is that they can be very self-centred, it’s all about them.

partial solar eclipse

If your birthday is close to the date of this eclipsed New Moon, your year ahead is likely to see really important changes in your life, significant new beginnings particularly with regard to your identity, your sense of self and your purpose in life.

The New Moon is exact at 7.57pm AEST (partial solar eclipse at 7.46pm AEST) at 18 degrees Leo.  Wherever this eclipsed New Moon falls in your chart is the area of life where you can expect a significant new cycle to start.  Remember to set your intentions for this lunar month within 24 hours of the eclipsed New Moon.  The eclipse gives extra power to these New Moon resolutions.

Take extra care during the eclipse season (which lasts till two weeks after this second solar eclipse) and don’t take any risks!

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Eclipse season – take extra care! Longest ‘Blood Moon’ this century!!!

partial solar eclipse

Can you feel the intensity of the energies right now??!!!

We’re at the start of the eclipse season, and it’s particularly intense because this is an extended eclipse season.  Instead of the usual two eclipses – one solar, one lunar, we’ve got three:  TWO solar and one lunar, and the lunar eclipse just happens to be the longest total lunar eclipse anyone will experience this century!!!

Eclipses bring unexpected changes into people’s lives, so take extra care at this time, especially when driving for example.  Don’t take any risks.

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Here’s the information on the eclipses for the next lunar month:

The Solar Eclipse New Moon in Cancer on Fri 13 July represents the opportunity for a significant new cycle to begin in relation to the feminine. Cancer is ruled by the Moon, symbolising women, mothering and the sacred feminine. This eclipsed New Moon represents the beginning of a significant new cycle in the way we care for others, the way we nurture ourselves, and our relationship with women in general.

Cancer is a water sign, sensitive and emotional, with a strong need for emotional security. This is the sign associated with home and family, so this New Moon can also mark the beginning of a new sense of belonging, perhaps a new phase in our home and family life, or our sense of belonging to a ‘tribe’.

Cancer has a tenacious connection to the past – Cancerians have strong emotional attachments and don’t like to let go of anything! The eclipsed New Moon in Cancer represents the beginning of a significant new phase in our relationship with the past, an opportunity to emotionally release whatever no longer serves us. Thyme essential oil and the Australian Bush Flower Essence Bottlebrush are particularly good remedies for supporting you to let go – contact me if you need to order.

If your birthday falls close to the date of this eclipsed New Moon, this marks a year of highly significant new beginnings in your life, particularly with regard to your identity, your sense of self and your purpose in life.

Your New Moon intentions will be especially powerful this month because of the solar eclipse.  Remember to set your intentions for this lunar month within 24 hours of the New Moon. The New Moon is exact at 12.47pm Queensland time (AEST).

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Blood Moon, total lunar eclipse

The Total Lunar Eclipse “Blood Moon” on Sat 28 July is the longest total lunar eclipse this century! The total phase of the lunar eclipse will last almost an hour and three-quarters, and the whole eclipse will unfold over nearly 4 hours. It’ll be visible in Australia – if you’re prepared to get up really early, well before dawn!

Lunar eclipse starts at 3.14am Queensland time AEST,

  • partial eclipse starts at 4.24am,
  • full total eclipse (Blood Moon) starts 5.30am,
  • max eclipse is at 6.21am,
  • eclipse ends at 6.35am in Queensland because the Moon sets (it’ll keep going for longer further west).
  • There’s a great graphic/video and info at https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/in/australia/brisbane

The Total Lunar Eclipse is the Full Moon in Aquarius on Sat 28 July 2018 (Fri 27 July in Europe and the Americas) which highlights the importance of establishing a balance between the needs of the collective and the needs of the individual. It may bring new and experimental ideas into sharp focus. Full Moons often bring situations to a head, and the eclipse intensifies this energy, so be prepared for humanitarian issues (such as refugees) to reach some kind of crisis point, where resolution becomes imperative. Total lunar eclipses are also often associated with earth changes such as earthquakes and volcanos, so expect to see more of these in the news at this time. The eclipsed Full Moon falls at 4 degrees of Aquarius and is exact at 6.20am AEST, so the best time for ceremony and celebrations is the previous night, Fri 27 July.

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