Pluto goes retro

pluto symbolPluto goes retrograde

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Pluto the god of the Underworld slows to a standstill at the end of April, ready to begin his retrograde journey.

If anything in your life has been going through symbolic death throes in the last six months, this is a time when you are likely to revisit the whole process, perhaps at an even deeper level as you search for the hidden truths and the soul essence of who you are, the alchemist’s gold that can eventually emerge from the blackness.

Pluto is stationary at 28 degrees of CapricornAnyone whose birthday falls around 19 Jan is likely to be experiencing a very intense time while personal transformation goes on at a deep core level – the eventual outcome is empowerment, the ability to stand comfortably in your own power, but it’s a long drawn-out process which won’t be complete until the end of 2023.  This will also be true for anyone with personal planets at this degree, or at 28 degrees of the other cardinal signs: Aries, Libra and Cancer.

Pluto will retrograde back to 26 degrees Capricorn before turning direct again on 8 Oct 2022.

 

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Full Moon in Libra – Easter Sunday

Full Moon in Libra 

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The Full Moon falls in Libra on Sun 17 April.  The Full Moon in Libra gives us an opportunity to bring our lives into balance, revisiting 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 our own needs and the needs of another, between the need for independence and the need for compromise.

It’s quite likely that power struggles will interfere with the search for balance between independence and compromise, self vs other, as Pluto forms a challenging pattern to this Full Moon.

This Full Moon marks the beginning of the eclipse season as it starts the two-week lead-up to the eclipses in May.  Energies will intensify as we move towards the next New Moon (solar eclipse) and the following Full Moon (lunar eclipse).  Remember to be especially careful in your day-to-day life during the eclipse season.

The Full Moon falls at 26 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 4.55am Queensland time (AEST) on Sun 17 April.  If you’re planning Full Moon ceremony, the best time will be the previous evening while the energies are still building.

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Easter chickEaster Sunday this year falls on the Full Moon, Sun 17 April.

‘What’s this got to do with Astrology?’ I hear you ask … Well, guess what?  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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Lunar Phases & Moon Planting Guide – March 2022

Lunar Phases & Moon Planting Guide– March 2022

 

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Times are given in Queensland time (AEST). 

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New Moon: Thurs 3 March at 3.34am AEST at 12 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.

 

First Quarter: Thurs 10 March at 8.45pm AEST at 19 Gemini

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: Fri 18 March at 5.17pm AEST at 27 Virgo

A high energy time when things 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 25 March at 3.37pm AEST at 4 Capricorn

A time of reorientation as the light of the Moon decreases, eventually going into the low-energy time of Old Moon just before the cycle begins again with the next New Moon.

Moon planting: The last week of the Moon cycle is the best time for weeding and composting.

 

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Turning of the seasons – June Solstice 2021

Turning of the Seasons – June Solstice

The Solstice falls on Mon 21 June.  The word “solstice” means ‘the Sun stands still’, as it reaches the furthest point on its journey along the horizon.  If you’ve never tracked where the Sun rises each morning on the horizon, and noticed how that point changes with the seasons, getting progressively further north or south, then I really invite you to do so!  This is the origin of the ancient standing stones, finding these alignments and tracking them over the course of a year (and much more besides, like predicting eclipses, but that’s another story!).

The June solstice is the furthest north that the Sun rises, which is mid-summer in the northern hemisphere, and mid-winter in the southern hemisphere.

And guess what? On that day, the Sun is directly overhead at the Tropic of Cancer – that’s how the Tropics got their name, because the solstice is by definition the moment the Sun moves into the tropical zodiac sign of Cancer.The June solstice is the longest day of summer (northern hemisphere), or the shortest day of winter (southern hemisphere), and after this, the days get shorter (northern hemisphere) or longer (southern hemisphere) as we move towards the September Equinox where day and night are equal once more.  Plants especially respond to the change in the length of days, often only germinating either before or after the solstice.  If we were more in tune with Nature, ie without artificial light, we’d respond a lot more obviously too!

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The solstice is the real turning point of the year, and was always celebrated in ancient times, often with bonfires and dancing.
Solstices have always been traditional mid-season times of celebration and feasting. 
The solstice is exact on Mon 21 June 2021 at 1.32pm AEST..
Have a wonderful Solstice, whether you’re celebrating midsummer or midwinter!

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Uranus goes retro

Uranus goes retrograde on Sun 16 Aug 2020 (just after midnight AEST, effectively Sat night) at 10 Taurus.  This gives you the opportunity to review your life from a perspective of increased awareness, especially any innovation you may have introduced in the last 7 months. The house that Uranus is currently transiting (taking about 7 years on average to travel through a house) will be the area of your life currently under this kind of review.

If your birthday is close to 30 April, you could be experiencing the negative side of Uranus which is destabilization and chaos – transform this by recognising an opportunity to bring more awareness into your life and be more authentically yourself, a classic time for re-inventing yourself.  Uranus is retrograde for 5 months until 14 Jan 2021 when it goes direct again at 6 Taurus.

If you are born around 30 April, or have 10 degrees Taurus strong in your chart, this Uranus standstill is likely to affect you deeply – a time to reflect on your own truth and integrity, and a great cosmic opportunity to reinvent yourself.  It’s also a time to wake up to something in your life, you’ll know best what that is.  The Universe is saying that you need to bring more awareness to this aspect of your life and make significant changes there – otherwise the Universe has a way of forcing these changes upon you!

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Lunar phases July 2020

Lunar Phases – July 2020

phases of the moonTimes are given in Queensland time (AEST). 

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Skywatching 

Jupiter & Saturn rise in the east in the early evening, both very bright and they can be seen higher in the sky as the night progresses.  Mars the red planet rises around midnight.

Venus shines brightly now as the Morning Star. 

 

Lunar Phases – JULY 2020

(Second) Lunar eclipse Full Moon: Sun 5 July 2020 at 2.44pm AEST at 13 Capricorn

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: Mon 13 July 2020 at 9.29am AEST at 21 Aries

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 21 July 2020 at 3.32am AEST at 28 Cancer

A time of renewed energy as a new cycle starts, intensified by the solar eclipse.

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

 

First Quarter: Mon 27 July 2020 at 10.33pm AEST at 4 Scorpio

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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June solstice 2020

EquinoxSolsticeThe June Solstice is when the Sun reaches its northernmost position overhead at the Tropic of Cancer (remember that from geography in primary school?). Guess what, the Tropic of Cancer takes its name from Astrology, from the fact that the Sun moves into the tropical zodiac sign of Cancer on this day.

The word ‘solstice’ comes from Latin meaning ‘the Sun stands still’. If you follow the position of sunrise along the horizon during the year, you’ll notice it moves with the seasons. At the solstices in June and December, the Sun reaches its furthest point in one direction before returning towards the centre point again. Many ancient sacred sites were aligned with the sun’s position at the solstice, creating a magical effect at the solstice sunrise, including standing stone circles such as Stonehenge in England and the Newgrange monument in Ireland.

In the southern hemisphere, the June Solstice is the shortest day of the year and the longest night, traditional midwinter time. You’ll notice this more the further south you go, where the days will get very short indeed. After the solstice, the days start to lengthen again and the world returns from the darkness of winter, moving towards the rebirth of spring.

In the northern hemisphere the seasons are reversed, and so the June Solstice is of course the Summer Solstice, the traditional midsummer time, the longest day and the shortest night, a time of magic when the veil between the worlds was very thin, as shown in Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’.  Once past midsummer, the days start to shorten as the northern hemisphere moves towards autumn.

The solstice is the real turning point of the year.  Once past the solstice, we move towards the September Equinox where day and night are equal once more.  The solstice was always celebrated in ancient times, often with bonfires and dancing.  Plants especially respond to the change in the length of days, often only germinating either before or after the solstice.  If we were more in tune with Nature, ie without artificial light, we’d respond a lot more obviously too!

The solstice is exact on Sun 21 June 2020 at 7.43am Queensland time (AEST) (the previous day in Europe and the Americas).  The solstice falls just before the solar eclipse (see next post), which falls on the same day in Australia at 4.41pm AEST.  The solstice eclipse marks the beginning of our next lunar month.

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Collective Spiritual Alignment Shifts

3GeminiWe have a shift in our collective spiritual alignment this lunar month as the Nodal axis moves into Gemini-Sagittarius on Tues 5 May. 

The North Node denotes our spiritual path, what we need to develop and align with for us to move forwards on our spiritual journey, while the South Node indicates where we have talents, yet because this is such a comfort zone for us, this is also where we can be undermined by self-sabotage. 

The Nodes falling in Gemini-Sagittarius suggest that collectively, we need to develop our ability to examine hard facts, gathering information that is trustworthy and verifiable, and then apply strict logic for the next 18 months.  The sign of Gemini is famous for its curiosity, so along with examining the facts, I’d say we need to develop a healthy curiosity that enables us to think outside the square, a kind of lateral thinking that enables us to imagine other possible scenarios

What can undermine us in this period is being gullible and over-trusting, believing something simply through trust or instinct, rather than checking out the facts. If you look at this in the context of “fake news” (which has an epidemic all of its own these days), you’ll see that more than ever now, we need to learn discernment and apply the rules of logic, rather than operating on blind trust. Some creative lateral thinking would no doubt pay off too!

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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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