New Moon in Aries 2020 – New healing cycle starting

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New Moon in Aries  Tues 24 March 2020, exact at 7.28pm Queensland time (AEST) at 4 degrees Aries

 Supermoon Full Moon in Libra  Wed 8 April 2020, exact at 12.34pm Queensland time (AEST) at 18 degrees Libra

Skywatching  Four planets are visible in the early morning sky at present: Mars the red planet is high in the eastern sky before sunrise, with Jupiter and Saturn either side of Mars, Jupiter the higher of the two.  Mercury is visible low on the eastern horizon shortly before sunrise.

At night, Venus can be seen as the Evening Star twinkling in the western sky after sunset.

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What extraordinary times we’re living in!  The intense lockdowns (however necessary) are one manifestation of the Saturn-Pluto conjunction that occurred at the start of this year, now bringing in this new era of authoritarian control. This exercise of extreme power by governments world-wide is likely to continue throughout 2020 with the Jupiter-Pluto conjunctions we’ll be experiencing three times, starting this lunar month.  The Astrology of the pandemic is absolutely fascinating and I’ve shared some in-depth analyses on my Chirone Shakti-Stargazer Astrology Facebook page, so head over there if you want to find out more!

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The New Moon on Tues 24 March falls in Aries, bringing the opportunity for a bold and exciting new start.  Aries’ natural approach to life is to take action, breaking new ground in a pioneering or even crusading venture, or taking up a cause that’s worth fighting for. 

As a Fire sign, Aries is full of enthusiasm and focused on the future.  Aries tends to act first and think later, hence its reputation for being impulsive, so take a moment to weigh your options before jumping in feet first!

In its positive manifestation, Aries is pioneering, boldly going where no–one has gone before, carving out a new, independent path and leading the way.  Aries tends to be fearless, the kind of leader who says “Follow me!” as they race ahead.  They’re also naturally competitive and like to be first. 

When manifesting negatively however, Aries can be impatient, impulsive and aggressive, often with a quick temper.  Mars, the ruler of Aries, was after all the god of War.  Aries can also be very direct, hence its reputation for foot-in-mouth bluntness.

This New Moon is closely configured with Chiron, the archetype of the Wounded Healer, suggesting that this New Moon represents the beginning of a new cycle in our healing journey.  This gives an interesting added dimension to the COVID-19 pandemic that is currently escalating so rapidly, and maybe this will mark the beginning of a new phase in some way, perhaps signalling a new pioneering treatment for the COVID-19 virus.  The placement in Aries could also indicate a new cycle in dealing with toxic masculinity, after all the #MeToo revelations and the recent sentencing of Harvey Weinstein. Keep an eye on the news to see how this may play out!

Crisis chineseThe New Moon with Chiron is also an opportunity for Mother Earth to heal – just witness satellite photos of clean air in China, and fish and even dolphins returning to the now-clear waters of Venice canals.  I’ve already written about a crisis representing both danger and opportunity – if you’ve missed that blog it’s here.

If your birthday falls close to this date (within a day either side), this is the beginning of a significant new cycle in your life, particularly with regard to your sense of identity and purpose in life. The influence of Chiron means that this could be a significant new cycle in your own healing, or perhaps you’re at the stage where you can now bring healing into your work in some way.

This New Moon falls at 4 degrees Aries.  If you have points in your birth chart close to this degree (within one degree) expect the part of your life associated with that planet (eg relationships for Venus) to begin a significant new cycle. 

Wherever you have 4 degrees of Aries in your chart is the area of your life that will be affected by this New Moon – for example, if it falls in your 10th house, this signifies the beginning of a new cycle in your career or professional life.

The New Moon is exact at 7.28pm  AEST.  Remember to set your New Moon intentions in the following 24 hrs. 

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A note to all you stargazers out there – the day of this New Moon Tues 24 March is a fantastic opportunity to see Mercury and Venus (and a few days either side will be good too).  You’ll be able to see Mercury as a Morning Star in the east just before sunrise, quite low on the horizon, and Venus as an Evening Star in the west just after sunset, about 45 degrees from the horizon.  And then a few days after New Moon, you’ll see the Moon as a slim crescent close to Venus in the early evening sky, a truly beautiful sight – they’ll be closest on Sat 28 March.

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New Moon in Pisces 2020

New Moon in Pisces 2020

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New Moon in Pisces   Mon 24 Feb 2020, exact at 1.31am Queensland time (AEST) at 4 degrees Pisces (the previous day in Europe & the Americas)

Supermoon 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)

 

Skywatching   Three planets are visible in the early morning sky at present: Mars the red planet is high in the eastern sky before sunrise, with Jupiter and Saturn both bright below Mars.  As we move towards the Full Moon, Mercury will be visible low in the early morning sky just before sunrise.  Venus can be seen as the Evening Star twinkling in the western sky after sunset. 

 

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I don’t know if you’ve been feeling it as much as I have, but this Mercury retro period has been making life quite frustrating for me (and a number of my friends) for the last few weeks even before it went retrograde on Monday 17 Feb!  It’s mainly been computer problems for me (sigh!) and clients re-arranging appointments, while friends went to catch what turned out to be a non-existent flight (!) then luckily were put onto the next flight – and upgraded too, so it’s not all bad!!!  The beauty of understanding the Astrology of all this is that it stops you frying … you see the cosmic joke, and often end up giggling like a loony! One of my favourite Mercury retro stories (I’ve got a few J ) was from a friend who had some computer issues, rang the techy guy who said “Well it’s Mercury retro now so there’s no point me trying to fix it yet – I’ll come over next week when it’s gone direct again”.  Good to see Astro-Enlightenment is spreading!!!

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The New Moon falls in Pisces in the very early hours of Mon 24 Feb 2020 AEST (the previous day in Europe and the Americas).

In its positive manifestation, this New Moon signifies a renewed focus on spirituality and the desire to transcend our 3D reality. Pisces has a strong sense of divine homesickness, a longing to return to source and merge into oneness.  This New Moon is a great time to begin a new cycle of meditation and spiritual practices!   It’s also a wonderful time to begin a new cycle of creative pursuits, such as art, photography or music, essentially anything creative that takes you into that right-brain space of timelessness, a highly Neptunian experience!

When manifesting negatively however, Pisces (through its ruler Neptune) can bring illusion and deception, making us more gullible than usual, more prone to being deceived (and deceiving ourselves too!).  Be careful of falling under some kind of spell under the influence of this New Moon!!!  The Piscean urge to transcend reality can express negatively as escapism, any kind of escapism – which in its more extreme form can easily develop into addictive patterns of behaviour.

The New Moon in Pisces may also usher in a new cycle of compassion and the desire to help others. Just be careful that this doesn’t become an urge to rescue people, as you’ll disempower them in the process.  Pisces has a tendency towards self-sacrifice in the service of others, even to the point of martyrdom, so make sure you look after yourself first, otherwise you’ll be in no position to take care of others.  There’s a fine line between helping others and rescuing them, overstepping boundaries which essentially need to be respected and strengthened.  One of the best ways to empower people is to give them the space to make their own decisions, providing the invitation for them to step into that place of self-responsibility and empowerment.

Wherever you have 4 degrees of Pisces in your chart is the area of your life that will be affected by this New Moon – for example, if it falls in your 10th house, this signifies the beginning of a new cycle in your career or professional life.

If your birthday falls close to this date (within a day either side), this is the beginning of an important new cycle for you, especially with regard to your sense of identity and your purpose in life.

The New Moon is exact at 1.31am Queensland time (AEST).  Remember to set your New Moon intentions within 24 hours of the New Moon.

 

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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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New Moon in Aquarius 2020 – Happy Chinese New Year!

Aquarius the water-carrier

New Moon in Aquarius   Sat 25 Jan 2020, exact at 7.41am Queensland time (AEST) at 4 degrees Aquarius (the previous day in Europe & the Americas)

Full Moon in Leo   Sun 9 Feb 2020, exact at 5.33pm Queensland time (AEST) at 20 degrees Leo

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Skywatching   Venus can be seen as the Evening Star twinkling in the western sky after sunset.  If you have a clear view of the western horizon, you’ll also be able to see Mercury low in the western sky just after sunset, especially from the beginning of Feb for a few weeks.  Mars is a reddish Morning Star in the east before sunrise, quite high now, with Jupiter and Saturn below Mars.

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The New Moon in Aquarius on Sat 25 Jan is an opportunity to begin a new cycle in authenticity.  To what extent are you really being true to yourself?  Do you feel free to be true to yourself?  Aquarius is a sign associated with freedom, authenticity, and equality at both the individual and collective level.  It is strongly non-conformist, needing to be different and unique, free of society’s expectations, a natural rebel (I can hear all the Aquarians cheering!!!)  It is also focused on social responsibility, connection at the level of mass consciousness and global humanitarian concerns.

Aquarius is an air sign, loving to debate ideas, the more original, inventive and zany the better.  Aquarians are very sociable and tend to be known as the party animals of the zodiac!

The New Moon is exact at 7.04am Queensland time (AEST) which means it will fall the previous day in Europe and the Americas.  Remember to set your New Moon intentions within 24 hours of the New Moon.

If your birthday is close to this date (within a day either side), this is the beginning of an important new cycle in your life in terms of your sense of identity and your purpose in the world.

Wherever you have 4 degrees of Aquarius in your birth chart indicates the area of life that will be most affected by this New Moon – for example, if this New Moon falls in your 10th house, this signifies the beginning of a new cycle in your career or professional life.

This New Moon also brings in the Chinese New Year Like many traditional cultures, the Chinese New Year is based on the lunar calendar, and this New Moon marks the beginning of the Chinese Lunar Year of the Metal Rat.

 

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Solar Eclipse New Moon in Capricorn 2019

Set powerful New Year’s Resolutions this Boxing Day!

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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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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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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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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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MEGA VIRGO Supermoon New Moon!!!!

MEGA VIRGO Supermoon New Moon!!!!

& the Libra Equinox

Time to declutter, go on that cleanse

& bring balance into your life!!!

 

We’re about to have a MEGA VIRGO Supermoon New Moon this Friday, with ALL the personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus and Mars) all in Virgo!!! 💫💫💫

Once Mercury goes into Virgo on Thurs 29 Aug at 5.48pm Qld time, we have all the personal planets apart from the Moon (ie Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars) all in Virgo.  The Moon joins them on Fri 30 Aug at 9.57am as she too moves into Virgo, in the very last hours of the old lunar month before she joins with the Sun at 8.37pm that same night to form this month’s New Moon in Virgo … a MEGA VIRGO New Moon with ALL the personal planets in Virgo!!!  And as if that weren’t enough, it’s also a SUPERMOON New Moon!!!  Which makes the energies stronger than usual.  Watch out for the tides at this New Moon!  And for unusually strong urges to spring clean, tidy the house, go on that cleanse …. you get the idea!!! 💫💫💫

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This MEGA VIRGO New Moon on Fri 30 Aug is the second of three New Moon SuperMoons in a row.  A SuperMoon is when the Moon comes closer in her orbit round the Earth (which occurs every month) but when this closeness coincides with either a New or Full Moon (in this case a New Moon), her effects are felt much more strongly.  Because this New Moon in Vigo is the closest of these three SuperMoons, the effects of this New Moon are enhanced and magnified. The tides are likely to be much higher than usual on this New Moon. 

The Mega Virgo New Moon is likely to bring changes to the way we approach our everyday life.  This is an excellent time to start a new health regime, and to bring a new sense of order into your life.  If you’re thinking of going on a cleanse, or de-cluttering your house, this New Moon provides perfect timing, and may even demand it of you!!  If you’re feeling an unusually strong urge to spring-clean and tidy up the place, you won’t be alone!  There are SO MANY planets in Virgo at the moment it’s not funny!!!!!  Virgo loves order more than anything, a place for everything and everything in its place. 

Virgo is an Earth sign, cautious and practical, taking its time to create order (which it loves), and often has a tendency towards perfectionism.  The challenge for Virgo is not getting lost in the detail (which it is so good at) and as a result, losing sight of the overall vision, the classic “can’t see the wood (ie forest) for the trees”.

If your birthday is close to this New Moon, this marks the beginning of a new cycle in your life in terms of your identity and your sense of purpose.  

Remember to set your New Moon intentions within 24 hours of the New Moon. The New Moon is exact at 8.37pm Queensland time (AEST) at 6 degrees Virgo.

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The Full Moon falls in Pisces on Sat 14 Sept 2019 at 21 degrees Pisces.  This is a dreamy, romantic time which can bring a yearning for oneness and spiritual fulfillment.  It can also be a wonderful time for creative projects to come to fruition. Just make sure you’re seeing things clearly and not as you’d wish to see them, through rose-coloured glasses!  Pisces is very good at self-deception, and not so good on boundaries.  Be careful of any Piscean tendencies to rescue other people – as opposed to empowering them.  As the Confucian saying goes, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach him to fish and you feed him for life”.  The Full Moon in Pisces urges us to find a balance between seeing the big picture and staying in touch with the details that ground the vision.  The Full Moon is exact at 2.33pm AEST, so the best night for Full Moon celebrations will be the previous evening while the energies are still building.

The lovers Venus and Mars have been celebrating their somewhat rare union in Virgo on Sat 24 Aug, and they continue together in this sign for the next few weeks.  For now, the lovers are in synch in a quiet and introspective way, tuned in to one another at a deep level and very much on the same page. After their reunion, Venus moves ahead of Mars and goes into Libra on Sat 14 Sept.  Libra is very much at home in Libra as it’s one of the signs she rules, characterized by a sense of refined beauty and aesthetic harmony.  She’s now feeling much more social than Mars, who stays in Virgo this whole lunar month, so there may be some friction between them after 14 Sept.

Saturn grinds to a halt on Wed 18 Sept following its recent retrograde period, ready to go direct again at 13 degrees Capricorn.  If your birthday is close to 4 Jan or this degree is significant in your chart, you will have been feeling the heavy energy of Saturn sitting on this point for the previous 3 weeks, with a further three weeks to look forward to (!).  The energy of Saturn asks us to re-evaluate the area of life it is currently contacting, to take full responsibility for ourselves and our actions, and to cut away any dead wood – which ultimately stimulates new growth.  It is also very good at demanding that we do a reality check.  The forward motion of Saturn enables us to test and put into practice over the next seven months whatever we have learned about social responsibility, self-discipline and material reality during its recent retrograde phase over the last four and a half months.

Meanwhile Pluto is pretty much stationary for the second half of Sept as it gears up to go direct at the beginning of October, so you may well be feeling the build-up of intensity, especially if you have chart points around 20 Capricorn.  More about this in next month’s newsletter!

The Equinox falls on Mon 23 Sept 2019 at 5.50pm 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 Mega 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.  

Looking ahead to next lunar month …

The next New Moon falls in Libra on Sun 29 Sept 2019 at 4.26am AEST (28 Sept in Europe and the Americas) at 5 Libra.

 

With love

Chirone

 

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New Moon in Leo 2019

New MoonNew Moon Supermoon, watch the tides!

Mercury direct on this Leo New Moon

 

New Moon in Leo   Thurs 1 Aug 2019, exact at 1.12pm Queensland time (AEST) at 8 degrees Leo

Full Moon in Aquarius   Thurs 15 Aug 2019, exact at 10.29pm Queensland time (AEST) at 22 degrees Aquarius

Skywatching   Jupiter can be seen overhead in the evening, followed a few hours later by Saturn. 

 

Most of us will feel a definite shift in the energy with this New Moon in Leo, finally moving out of the intensity of the eclipse season of the past six weeks.  Some people are still doing it tough though – if you have planets between 15-22 degrees of Capricorn, you’ll really be feeling the effects of transiting Pluto, South Node and Saturn …. (this also applies to these degrees of the other cardinal signs: Cancer, Libra and Aries). The Universe is really challenging you to clean up your act, transform certain aspects of your life, step into your power and accept full responsibility for your life – it’s an absolutely huge time for you!

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The New Moon in Leo brings a renewed sense of fun and enthusiasm for life. This is a perfect time to re-energize and revitalize.  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 a Leo centre-stage.  Fire signs need to have plenty of fun, and Leos love this to be in lavish grand style. This New Moon represents the opportunity to begin a new cycle in your enthusiasm for life and your creativity – whatever inspires you and ignites your passion.

Over the next 3 months we have three New Moon SuperMoons in a row.  A SuperMoon is when the Moon comes closer in her orbit round the Earth (which occurs every month) and this closeness coincides with either a New or Full Moon.  Because of the extra-closeness of the Moon at this time, her effects are felt much more strongly. Tides are likely to be much higher than usual at this time.

Because this New Moon in Leo is also a SuperMoon, the effects of this New Moon are enhanced and magnified.

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

The New Moon falls at 8 degrees of Leo. If you have planets close to this point (within one degree) this marks the beginning of a new cycle in whatever that planet represents, for example 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 1.12pm AEST.

After three weeks of its usual communication challenges, delays and frustrations, Mercury goes direct on the day of the New Moon after its recent retrograde period, stationing at 23 degrees Cancer.  We can all breathe a sigh of relief now as the frustrations of the last three weeks ease and communications become a lot smoother again. In the days leading up to Mercury going direct, continue to double-check appointments and flight 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 again.

 

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