Noon Pacific time the Cancer Moon creates a Grand Trine with Chiron and Ceres. Emotions and sensitivity (especially that keyed to hurt) run high; issues of authority or territory may drive tension and force emotional displays. The key to balancing it all may be 1) we must really care, and 2) we must feel secure enough in our own power that we don’t feel threatened by others’ needs. If dealing with someone who seems unreasonable, try to offer them reassurance concerning their own security and safety–that’s really what they’re worried about. 2 PM PDT the Moon creates a T-square with the Uranus opposition to Pallas-Zeus. This is Cardinal and so active; tension is likely over each individual’s fear that they either will not reach a goal or ambition, or that they are doing something stupid. Try to keep perspective and realize that getting overwrought doesn’t help resolve anything. 10 PM PDT the Moon squares the Nodal axis and Mercury (conjunct NN) and trines Saturn. Reality is what it is, but we may insist that it’s taking us in a direction it isn’t, and point to our own thoughts and perceptions as proof. Find someone clear-sighted to bounce your thoughts off of. Midnight the Moon conjuncts Juno and trines Vesta (it’s also still squaring Merc). We may be feeling very empowered at this point, swinging-through-the-trees energetic and capable, especially when it comes to surety about our home, what we honor, and our mate. Your perception isn’t wrong, but it may be a bit distorted by our sheer abundance of energy, so proceed with care.
20 August wisdom is found in dark places, and in standing up for ourselves, though one place we won’t find good alternatives offered is on the home front or by the mate; it might be too much a time when everyone is focused on their own creative empowerment, and so what they share will speak more of their own insecurities and power situations than anything else. Avoid authorities today; they won’t be any help. Stand on your own two feet, though, and you can make dreams a reality. (Perfecting today: Pallas semi-square Black Moon Lilith, Vesta contra-parallel Pallas, Neptune trine Juno, Mercury contra-parallel Ceres)
The Moon enters Cancer at 1:45 AM PDT of the 20th. 9:30 AM PDT the Cancer Moon squares Pallas and trines Ceres. We may be trundling along, feeling pretty satisfied (the Cancer Moon can have that effect) when suddenly we realize we’re doing something (or allowing something to happen) that is decidedly unwise–and further, someone is increasing their power or reach because of it. Deployment of skills is called for, along with a Willingness (no, a complete commitment) to claim our own power and territory, and stand ready to defend it. Just the readiness makes conflict unlikely. 2 PM PDT the Moon conjuncts Juno and forms a Water Grand Trine with Neptune and Vesta. We are empowered specifically through our emotions; equal parts creativity and dedication make up the recipe that offers truly effective empowerment options. 9 PM PDT the Moon opposes Pluto and sextiles Mercury, catching Venus at the midpoint of the two. What’s communicated, what we hear, shows us exactly where the darkness lies, who is at the heart of it, what can be gained, and exactly what needs to change–“wisdom is found in dark places”. Now it’s up to us.
Today’s image is a Trickster figure, who awards you something favorable. Watch for this person, and thank them–Tricksters aren’t always out to fool you, you know :)
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28 June: 6 AM PDT of the 28th the Cancer Moon squares Vesta-Ceres. We care about something and that caring conflicts with our highest values and/ or will get us in trouble with authorities. When does this happen? When we love someone who will lead us down a bad path, when we know that the right thing to do is also wrong in the eyes of the establishment, when we are betrayed and have always believed we would walk away in this situation, but find ourselves staying against all better judgment. How to assess our position? We need to make caring about our own welfare top priority; if being involved in the situation means we won’t be respected in some way, it’s time to go. 2 PM PDT the Moon sextiles Sedna and catches stationary retrograde Mercury at the midpoint. Merc is paused for direction–he may act as the outlet for the emotional ‘blind spot’. Watch your own communications for what they can tell you about hidden feelings or motives within you; careful observation should be quite revealing. 5:30 PM PDT the Moon conjuncts Jupiter. Feelings are exaggerated; someone may insist they care more than is reasonable. Look for what they might get out of taking such a stance. Void begins at 6:03 PM PDT; the Moon enters Leo at 1:43 AM Pacific time of the 29th.
Today’s image is a chocolate bar shared among three strangers as they wait in the pouring rain for a bus. Sometimes it’s just nice to be nice, you know?
29 June: we are aware that there’s a danger we could base our actions on past hurt, but we should know that the real influence is buried feeling, instinct, and hidden matters—not that that’s necessarily better, or worse! Adding to our, what? confusion? is a strong sense that relationships and financial matters are not what they seem. The way to handle this discomfiting influence is to channel our energy into a purely creative project, one that does not depend on others, or on obtaining new assets, before going forward. Work with what you have; action brings forward skills, draws inspiration from the unseen, and could, eventually, pay. (Mars quincunx Chiron, contra-parallel Sedna, Venus square Neptune, Sun trine Neptune)
Being Fair; Giving In—Or Not; Judging, and feeling they have the right to judge (reflected by Saturn’s exaltation in the sign), Libra assesses everything she contacts, and sets the standard for aesthetics, partnerships, for the worth of things, and in many ways, that’s her place. Libra is a set of contradictions: appreciating but wanting more; generous (insisting on sharing!) but also insisting that everyone else shares equally, as well; thinking about the other—but in the context of the Self; cooperating—but only if you do, too!
What appears to the onlooker to be indecisiveness is anything but; when asked to choose, Libra must ponder, weigh, and extrapolate. One of their strengths that’s often overlooked is that Libra thinks (it’s an Air sign, we musn’t forget) everything through to the bitter end before venturing an opinion or committing, which means once committed Libra’s loyalty is fixed, like its element. Libra’s completeness of thought is a plus mistaken for stupidity, timidity, or no preference at all—but Libra always has a preference—how could a being ruled by aesthetics, beauty, and the worth of things not?
Libra is seen as a social sign, but that isn’t quite right—it’s just me and you, not a crowd, and if we’re not speaking (a favorite tactic of Air signs), then a partnership with an unhappy Libra can be a lonely place, indeed.
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New Moon at 5 Cancer 37 on 27 June: Creativity and Its Pitfalls
The Cancer New Moon trines Neptune, and with some leniency for non-Ptolemaic aspects, we can count it as semi-sextile the Juno-Venus combo in Gemini. This makes for new beginnings that are strongly emotional and are relationship, values, information, or communion-oriented; it also may generate emotion-driven creativity, inspiration, and imagination that have an agenda of furthering communication and caring. What we musn’t overlook, though, is that relationships and empowerment issues (especially whose ‘rights’ are granted by whom) will play a bigger part than we expect; they will act as an undercurrent, and issues of status, control, and emotional ‘territory’ will loom large in expression of NM energies. One important thing we must note about Juno-Venus is the potential for co-opting others’ resources, energy, relationships, or even ideas (the Gemini placement), as well as the possibility of jealousy surrounding creative energy expression. It’s not pretty, but it’s a whole picture, one that can equip us to create and protect our creation—for certainly that’s part of the Cancer mandate, a facet of nurture and care—and surely we know by now that to reject the darkness is to invite it in, sit it in the best chair, and give it a muffin.
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1 PM PDT of the 30th the Cancer Moon sextiles Pallas. You can feel or intuit the smart thing at this time. 9 PM PDT the Moon trines Neptune. Imagination and artistic inspiration come through or are triggered by the emotions.
31 May we may find ourselves, like sunflowers, turning our faces toward the sun of the social sphere or those in charge; we may temporarily lose our values to the dazzle of those with power and mystery—and though little lasting damage may occur, we still might feel disoriented from this brief (and for most of us totally uncharacteristic) foray into worship of what’s shiny or strong. If this is our thing, then successful partnership with the powerful is possible, and reward may come from re-tracing our steps or pulling from experience. Just be aware that all actions and choices at this time have a back story, one that could hold deep implications for the future. (Perfecting today: Jupiter sextile Juno, Sun trine Mars with Black Moon at the midpoint, Venus contra-parallel the North Node)
1 June we may wake up and wonder who polished up the world while we slept—intelligence is rewarded, we make smart choices in relationships and finances, wisdom soaked in love is being served up everywhere, and generosity comes naturally to the well-adjusted (and is showered on everyone else, making them a whole lot mentally and emotionally healthier, too). We see, and so can learn, everything we need to know, and we are in a perfect position to assess the worth of that knowledge. Opportunity presents itself under a spotlight today—it’s really hard to miss—but you will if you insist on closing your eyes. (Perfecting today: Venus trine Pallas, Sun parallel Jupiter)
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3 AM PDT the Cancer Moon and Jupiter form the arm of a T-square with Uranus-Zeus. Intuition or the feeling nature–likely in an exaggerated form–can inform us as to the correct direction to take between going our own way or cooperating in hopes of fulfilling ambitions. 11 AM PDT the Moon squares Vesta, bringing conflict between feeling and the state of the home, the mate, or a cause to which we’re dedicated. We might need to ask ourselves whether we care as much as we think we do; genuine affection would most likely translate as acceptance rather than upset. 3 PM PDT the Moon trines Saturn, making it easy to contain our affections and give them tangible forms (or clear boundaries). 5 PM PDT the Moon squares Ceres. We find our own concerns are not the same as those of authorities, maternal figures, or those with whom we are negotiating; a quick review of who needs what may be all it takes to straighten priorities out. 9 PM PDT the Moon sextiles Sedna. By caring we access a part of our psyche and sensibilities that is usually out of range–enjoy the insight.
Today’s image is two small birds scuffling in the sky over territory. Most upset is over inconsequentials; make a point today to skirmish only over what really matters, Big Picture.
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1 PM PST of the 10th the Moon sextiles Pallas. Wisdom is ours, if we’ll just make the effort. 5 PM PST the Moon squares Uranus. Are we surprised by what seems to come out of the blue, or did we have a hint about this, if we look back on the actions of those involved? (Cardinal placements) 9 PM PST the Moon conjuncts Jupiter, trines Chiron, and opposes Pluto. Whatever happens, in our own minds it will be vastly exaggerated; that said, permanent hurt or healing may occur. Intention rooted in how much you care (Cancer Moon) will be everything, at this point.
5 AM PST of the 11th the Cancer Moon opposes Venus. This may bring a reassessment of feeling or of actual relationships themselves; we care but find our feelings hitting a figurative brick wall. Don’t make any decisions at this point–instead realize that you’re too sensitive right now to keep reasonable perspective. 7 AM PST the Moon squares Zeus. Ambitions kick into high gear, and we may feel that our emotional attachments are holding us back. This would be incorrect; what we’re feeling is the artificial or exaggerated nature of our wants, as we measure the truth of our emotions against anything that’s not real or reasonable in our goals. It can be unpleasant, but without losing our illusions we won’t be able to get where we want to go. 1 PM PST the Moon trines Juno and the two form a loose Grand Trine with Saturn. Empowerment takes material form; it shows either in circumstances or in who owns/ controls what, who has say over our surroundings. Take a good look around: what you get is a rare glimpse into who’s really running things, from the ground up.
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Cancer Full Moon 15 January 2014 at 25 Cancer 58 at 8:52 PM PST: Caring for Power
The Sabian is, ‘Guests Are Reading In The Library Of A Luxurious Home’ This suggests a few things: that we are in the midst of learning something or being informed by what’s going on—pay attention; that our circumstances are really very good, and that we may have downplayed them or may be unappreciative; and that we are currently lacking in a conscious awareness that we are, in a way, guests here on Earth, with all the temporary enjoyment, responsibilities, and need for good conduct being a guest entails. The Sun, which we always look to as a source of Moon-light, is, ‘A Nature Spirit Dancing In The Iridescent Mist Of A Waterfall’ Ahh, Ceres again! With the Full Moon we are being given a chance to experience our own spirits as part of Nature, guests on the Earth, enjoying the beauty and sustenance of a cool mist (for who has been in the lee of a waterfall and not felt replenished by Mother Earth?) and it is only our preoccupation with the material and the spiritually insignificant that keeps us from thoroughly experiencing it as our daily reality. That may be at the heart of the FM revelations—that power we will end up caring for will, for most of us, center in the experience of being alive and fully appreciative of this, though for a few, it will be all about worldly power—when you encounter one of them, just step aside, and go on your way.
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28 September our dreams or delusions may be challenged by the social sphere or by our own need to expand or reach out; either way, we may end up defending those Neptunian constructs, but before you do, ask yourself if it might not be better to just let them go–it comes down to whether you are truly benefiting from them, or whether they are running on sheer Willpower or ego–if the latter, let them go and move on. The most positive thing we can do will be to think about how ‘natural’ that dream is to our sense of who we are.
The Moon’s Void begins at 12:32 AM of the 29th; the Moon enters Leo at 12:58 AM PDT. And at 8 PM PDT of the 29th the Moon conjuncts Pallas, squares Saturn, trines Uranus, and forms the apex (with Pallas) to a Finger of God with base of Pluto-Chiron. This is about recognizing reality and being responsive enough to it (through innovation, originality, or spontaneity) to make healing changes that are both smart and emotionally empowering; these changes might also open the intuitive channels and ‘let the signal through’. A huge opportunity to ‘tune in’ and get a lot right.
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30 August Mercury in Virgo sextiles Jupiter in Cancer–and despite the flow of a sextile what we find is some aggravation and overly critical interaction, as a too-sensitive social sphere or power-figure overreacts to communications that are bald facts stripped of niceties. If this were a bad science fiction movie, it might be Robot Accountants vs. the Crybaby-gods (or maybe those are dueling gangs involved in a dance-off, à la West Side Story). In any scenario, individuals and groups may split off into cold, calculating (and maybe just a little sadistic) truth-tellers (or perhaps fact-flingers) on one side and powerful but totally playing the tender feelings/ vulnerable ego card on the other. Just be aware, both are attempts to run the show–winners wait for the Moon to shift from Gemini into Cancer (4:33 AM PDT), then use Luna’s sextile to Ceres in Virgo, which also captures Mars at the midpoint, to act from a secure position of appropriate power expression–no need to try to wring blood from a stone, as those identifying with Jupiter will do, or to punish with the unvarnished reality of ‘What Is’, as those identifying with Mercury will.