Full Moon in Capricorn falls at 7:20 PM Pacific time on 1 July 2015 at 9 Cap 55: From Impetus Comes Change

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Engraving by Gustave Doré for an 1876 edition of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Captioned

Engraving by Gustave Doré for an 1876 edition of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Captioned “I Watched the Water-Snakes,” it depicts a sailor on the bowsprit of a sailing ship tied to a dead albatross, with water-serpents in the sea around him. 1876 {{PD}}

I’m making an exception on orbs this time around, allowing four+ degrees so that we can include the Full Moon conjunct Pluto and opposed Mars. The symmetry of it, with one on one end of the event axis and one on the other, and at either side of the FM degree as if they are two children on a see-saw, trying to balance out something between them, can’t be ignored. It’s as if our anger, action urge, personal initiative, or ‘I Want’ (Mars) launches things (as companion to the Sun, without which we’d have no Full Moon), and in the culmination this becomes either a transformative or destructive energy (Pluto), potentially changing or tearing down our walls, barriers, rules, the structure of our lives, or those things that have been holding us back (Capricorn).

The FM is also sextile Neptune and square Vesta, implying that what must change may conflict with the way we believe things should be—we’ll be bucking our own values, in this regard—but the contact to Neptune suggests we have a chance to create something much more like our ideals—so don’t resist.

The FM also forms apex to a loose Fist of God with a base of Sedna square Venus. A Fist always suggests that what occurs will be tough, that we’ll in some way ‘take a beating’, but here we see that our own ‘blind spot’ or instinctual response within a financial or relationship situation will be involved with (and perhaps be a catalyst for) FM action. What occurs (or more specifically, what we do—Mars) could initiate rage (Pluto) but could also act as a ‘tipping point’ for the change the FM promises.

Special notice goes to a minor aspect that seems to cry out (via the 29 degree placement of Saturn) for attention, and that is the Full Moon’s novile to a Saturn under stress. The ‘genius’ (the novile) of what culminates at the FM comes directly from a stressful reality situation, one of having been or having been required to be restrained, from obstacles, dead ends, delays, or setbacks that have now become intolerable—or perhaps where we see we must do something to break the impasse.

Sabian for the FM: ‘An Albatross Feeding From The Hand Of A Sailor’ This symbol speaks directly to Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’, which tells of an albatross following a ship, considered good luck, and the sailor who shoots it, in the eyes of the crew bringing disaster to their voyage—hence the term, ‘an albatross around one’s neck’, meaning that something or some action has marked you as the bringer of bad things. Here though the sailor feeds the albatross, so encourages the potentials for good luck. That suggests that if we embrace whatever changes, transforms, or is destroyed with the Full Moon, we will increase our chances of a fortuitous outcome.

For a Full Moon we also look at the Sun’s Sabian: ‘A Large Diamond In The First Stages Of The Cutting Process’ This suggests that what culminates at the Full Moon comes as we make efforts to achieve a goal; we are not promised that we will reach that goal, but instead that in the process of moving forward (expressing our Mars) we encounter change and its inevitable effects (Pluto), and then must go from there.

See my books here and watch for my new book on Vesta, coming in July!

Just a Little AstroEssence 22 June 2015: Opportunity Abounds

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Detail from The Children of the Duc de Bouillon by Pierre Mignard, 1647

Detail from The Children of the Duc de Bouillon by Pierre Mignard, 1647

As you may have guessed, I’m halting ‘Born Today’ for the foreseeable (ha! a forecasting joke) future. Sorry to those who might be disappointed. Instead I offer today’s look ahead and today’s image (for synchronicity and guidance), in the hope that you’ll forgive me.

22 June we may attract some unprecedented opportunities that come from our attitude of independence and/ or our sense of originality, but acquiring true power isn’t to be, at least not if we haven’t taken care of every, and I mean every, denied or ignored thing, and every spot of rage we carry. That doesn’t stop us from making the most of what does come our way—we have the energy and verve to make huge progress—but if we want to hold authority, we’d better first purge ourselves of anger and resentment—especially the upset we’d consciously swear up and down we don’t have. (Ceres sesquiquadrate Black Moon Lilith, Jupiter trine Uranus)

Today’s image is a plant that’s been getting too little light. What vital element have you not been getting enough of to function at peak levels? That’s the question we answer today.

Your Weekend Forecast 20-21 June 2015: Navigating the Waters

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Anders Zorn 1891

Anders Zorn 1891

20 June reality is not what it appears to be—and in particular, destructive or transformative elements may not play out as anticipated. What ‘blocks the light’ isn’t an obstacle so much as an expression of power that we are interpreting as a blockage or wall. Transform your idea of what’s stopping you, and you will be able to see how to get where you want to go. (Saturn quincunx Sun and semi-square Pluto)

21 June attempts to expand our reach clash with our highest values and priorities, and what we value we automatically think will be destroyed—and our thoughts, inescapable, seem written in stone. It’s an odd day when we feel caught by a dozen different currents, with none strong enough to actually determine our course, and none weak enough to allow us to row our boat out of the whirlpools and onto shore. There can be a lot of needless fear generated by our own busy minds; at the same time, we may come up with ideas that are winners, especially if they concern tapping into our personal power and working with, rather than against, authorities. Changes to relationships and financial circumstances occur at this time because we are too thoroughly divorced from reality; embrace what is, as decisions will go better and outcomes will be a lot more positive than they will if we ignore it. (Jupiter sesquiquadrate Vesta, Venus quincunx Pluto, parallel Mercury, and Merc and Venus contra-parallel Saturn, with Merc trine Ceres, and Sun into Cancer/ Earth into Capricorn)

Gemini New Moon at 7:05 AM PDT of the 16th at 25 Gemini 07: ‘Out of Pain’

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'The Harvest Moon' Charles Rennie Mackintosh 1892 {{PD}}

‘The Harvest Moon’ Charles Rennie Mackintosh 1892 {{PD}}

This is the New Moon report and the daily aspects for the 16th from the second-to-last and current issue of ECLIPSE. The title, ‘Out of Pain’, is meant to imply both that what arises may be formed by our wounds, and that it may help carry us away from a mindset of hurt.

16 June efforts bring empowerment—that’s pretty straightforward—but material results may be influenced by our blind spot issues, and so not exactly follow expectations. The more Self-aware we are, the better our results are likely to be, and whatever you end up with, you need to realize that it is a manifestation of your conscious choices and unconscious mind—and so mixes the two—any part that surprises you should be examined closely for the implications it carries about what you’re brewing out of your own sight. (Mars sextile Juno, Earth quincunx Sedna)

Gemini New Moon at 7:05 AM PDT of the 16th at 25 Gemini 07: ‘Out of Pain’

We’ll call this NM the arm of a T-square that it would normally be just a tad too wide to consider, in aspect to the opposition between Black Moon Lilith and Chiron. When we note the presence of the Earth, though, we have to admit we have a Grand Cross with this trio, so I suppose it’s only right to count it as part of this larger configuration, even though Earth’s presence in one corner only signals a material effect to the whole pattern. What is birthed at the New Moon comes directly from the way our sense of hurt, a specific wound, possibly the primal one, collides with all those matters we’ve ignored or denied, or with our sense of rage over some injustice, and what results is some new material condition, probably some sort of knowledge, response (‘getting the message out’ or going forward in educating the Self), retreat to the religious for answers, or the removal of someone or something to a far off place (Sagittarius).

The NM also sextiles Juno, conjuncts Mars, and makes a close semi-sextile to Sedna (only 2 minutes from exact, which is why we note it). These contacts reiterate the message of the Grand Cross, emphasizing the ‘I Am’, the ego, personal empowerment, and that material hidden in the blind spot or that lives below the surface and expresses as instinct. It also speaks of action taken, either at the NM or spurred by it, and promises we hold enough clout to do as we choose—and we likely choose something arising from or addressing our wounds and our regrets.

We talk about something originating with or born at the New Moon phase when it might be more appropriate to talk about the NM as a kind of aperture through which we glimpse something new, or at least, something we’ve never noticed before. As in the case of this NM, the materials that generate the new start may have been around a long time (the Chirotic wound, the rage of BML, Sedna) but we are allowed at this point to get a new sight of them in a specific combination that reveals something not previously noticed, either about the character of the energy itself, or about the way we’ve up to now interpreted it.

The Sabian for the New Moon is, ‘Frost-Covered Trees Against Winter Skies’. We get a winter image/ symbol for a summer NM (unless you’re in the Southern Hemisphere—then you’re getting one ‘in season’). This suggests, no matter on which side of the equator you reside, a distinctive ‘season’ during which the landscape (inner or outer) is uniform, and ‘wears’ the specifics of the time. Winter is the point in the cycle when everything is still, dormant, or dead. What we don’t often realize about winter is that this is a necessary time; there are seeds that wouldn’t sprout without the soaking they get from snow, there are bulbs that won’t bloom without weeks of cold, and the soil and many living things retreat from activity, in a way resting and replenishing for the growth to come in spring. Dormancy is its own ‘event’, its own form of activity—and that’s something that as humans living in an animus/ ‘doing’ driven society we may neglect to appreciate.

This tells us that, in the wake of NM events, we may need to ‘go dormant’, may need to retreat from active involvement in matters, even for just a short time, if the New Moon offers a new viewpoint that we aren’t accustomed to, and about which we haven’t yet made up our minds. The symbol is a reassurance that we needn’t act right away, should we need time to contemplate what we’ve had to confront, what we’ve needed to process, and what may have changed because of it.

See my books here–Happy New Moon, and Thanks! And if you’re interested, see my comment on interpretation of this New Moon in the comments section below.

Born Today 12 June

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You really do have a passion burning in you, Gemini--it's NOT all in your head! 'The Fire' Giuseppe Arcimboldo 1565 {{PD}}

You really do have a passion burning in you, Gemini–it’s NOT all in your head! ‘The Fire’ Giuseppe Arcimboldo 1565 {{PD}}

If someone could take a picture of you on the inside this Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Gemini, they would probably title it, ‘Soul on Fire!’ You have boundless energy to pursue your life’s purpose, a mind sparking sharp as flint–it just needs a little magnesium and some tinder, aka the right substance and fuel, to burn bright–and a conscious refusal to allow neither hurt, rage, or ignored issues to get in your way. What can you expect from all this? You can expect to make some very smart choices, to acquire or sharpen some needed and highly useful skills, and you may want to begin positioning yourself to make a presentation to authorities–that will pay off very nicely, very quickly. Happy Birthday, Gemmy, and good luck!

Born Today 11 June

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The good news is you won't lose your head, Gemini. Franz von Stuck 'Salome II'

The good news is you won’t lose your head, Gemini. Franz von Stuck ‘Salome II’

Wow! This coming Solar year, dear Gemini, through to your next birthday, you may have a lot of trouble getting outside your own head! It will seem like your brain is on fire, and you’ve got to do, act, choose–and you’ve got to do it now. You do know that will be an illusion, right? You know that what’s pushing you isn’t Willfulness or even the ego, but those matters you’ve pushed aside and should’ve taken care of long ago–that, and any pain you carry will be the impetus behind your radical and aggressive push forward this coming year–but I hope you aren’t judging this as a bad thing. It’s actually an inspired thing, something prompted by your own inner wisdom and driven by your need to develop and show skills you’ve long wanted to acquire and/ or perfect. You want to be your best Self, and that’s an admirable thing–and you’ll devote this coming year to achieving it. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 10 June

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh - 'Pinks' c1920 {{PD}}

Charles Rennie Mackintosh – ‘Pinks’ c1920 {{PD}}

It’s a new era for you this coming Solar year, dear Gemini, through to your next birthday; you’ll learn to respect what your emotions tell you, and to revere the accuracy of the intuition, as never before. Honing the uniqueness of your perceptual abilities, and learning how to use them, will be the driving force–but it won’t necessarily be easy. You may have to make some mistakes in order to learn the value of your intuitive knowledge, and you may have to learn to balance what you perceive with real-world feedback–and both of those are good, useful in the way you’ll be called upon to make important choices, and perhaps to lead. You’ll need to apply your wisdom to many areas, but there are potentials for significant healing, use of your Chiron-themed skills, and the chance to clear up matters too long ignored or denied. You’re on a role, perception and wisdom-wise–take advantage of it. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 9 June

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Thomas Le Clear - 'Interior with Portraits' c1865 {{PD}}

Thomas Le Clear – ‘Interior with Portraits’ c1865 {{PD}}

The challenge to you this Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Gemini, is to formulate original ideas, especially those that can put you in a leadership or pioneering position, and then to act on them. That sounds simple enough, but may leave you wondering just how to know if what you are moved to do is truly original; here are a few things that may help: perhaps ‘unique’, or ‘born out of a Higher Mind impulse’ are better descriptors of what can and should move you this year–both allow for you to take something that may have been done before and to do it in a very individual way, one that reflects who you are; emotions and intuition will be in conflict with these impulses, and either won’t be available as reliable guides, or will pull you in an entirely different direction, so that little forward progress is made, and awareness of this is important; find an individual or group that can fill that intuitive advice role, even if that’s the ‘180 degree’ rule, where whatever they say, you do the opposite! and know that wisdom can be drawn from past hurt and the imaginings of future ones, from a willingness to face problems right away, and from being willing to think before you do, and then to do–that combo, thinking and doing, are your strong suit this year, no question. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 8 June

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You don't have to spend years in the chorus, if you'll only listen to the Universe, Gemini.  Jean-Louis Forain 'The Singer in Pink' {{PD}}

You don’t have to spend years in the chorus, if you’ll only listen to the Universe, Gemini. Jean-Louis Forain ‘The Singer in Pink’ {{PD}}

Though your mind is on the career or public reputation and the achievement of ambitions and goals this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, your energy will actually be going in a completely different direction, leaving you pretty bummed at year’s end when you’re no closer to your aims than you are today. Cheer up, dear Gemini: the reality is that both Luck (with a big ‘L’!) and opportunity are scheduled for you–it’s just that you have to be alert to them when they arrive, and open to pursuing the course they require. What comes up may strike you as taking you away from the direction you want to head, but the truth is that your mind is stuck in a rut, and that includes in the aspiration department; the Universe will very kindly offer you (probably more than one) Big Chance to Be Somebody–so don’t blow the opportunity to, for instance, star in a Broadway play because you’re insisting on auditioning for a walk-on for TV. The Universe has better dreams for you than you could ever have for yourself–it’s on you if you turn them down and insist on your own narrow vision. Anyway, Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 7 June

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Lijiang, Yunnan, China: Nakhi people carrying the typical baskets of the region; scene from a public perfomance in Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Open Air Theatre  Photo by CEphoto, Uwe Aranas / CC-BY-SA-3.0

Lijiang, Yunnan, China: Nakhi people carrying the typical baskets of the region; scene from a public perfomance in Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Open Air Theatre Photo by CEphoto, Uwe Aranas / CC-BY-SA-3.0

You’re headed toward action, dear Gemini, that will open up your world to new structures, rules, and order–and that sounds awful, doesn’t it? You may be wondering, Where’s that freedom I asked for? Oh, you’ll get it–and from that you’ll create a new framework upon which to hang your choices. The trick to making it work will be staying emotionally and intellectually in synch, and that may take a cool, Big Picture approach to happenings and circumstances–and though you typically like to think your way through things, the mental faculties may seem stuck in place this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, frustrating your efforts to bring order to that personal freedom you’ll soon experience. The potential for anything goes will come in the matters of the Houses where Sag and Leo are in the natal chart, and these are the same areas that will require re-building. Remember, keep feelings and the philosophy behind your reasoning aligned; gain empowerment and wisdom from past hurts and slights–it’s a source of invaluable insight; and be prepared to feel some things you’ve never felt before, and to take action because of this–all the other change flows from there. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

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