Congratulations, dear Gemini, your birthday this year includes a New Moon, that most refreshing of events! And with transiting Neptune squaring the Sun-Earth axis, you can take on any image you want to. Just be aware that the persona you choose has to blend with your native mentality and complement the reality picture–with relationships, finances, or both strained this year and the mental faculties stretched to their limits (meaning the mind and its ability to cope may be under a wee amount of stress), dreaming Big or re-creating who you are does have some restrictions–but as long as you keep those in mind, it’s really your imagination that’s the limit.
The Solar eclipse occurs April 28-29 (depending on your location) at 8 Taurus 51, a New Moon that only sextiles Neptune; everything else is outside even a generous orb, with Mercury just days past Superior Conjunction (if this were moving toward the eclipse point I would consider counting it) and Mars, though moving retrograde, outside the orb for a quincunx. That lays it all on Neptune and the Sabian for this eclipse, ‘A Fully Decorated Christmas Tree’.
A Solar eclipse is when the Moon arrives at a point just right between the Earth and the Sun, so that the Moon appears to be not just conjunct the Sun, but to be aligned directly between Earth and Sun; our view of the Solar orb is blocked (occulted), at least from particular points on Earth relative to the path of the eclipse. It’s an instance, in symbolic terms, of Lunar sensibilities temporarily blocking the light of the Sun (objective consciousness) from reaching Earth. That suggests that Lunar issues for a time overwhelm Solar ones. Normally as the Sun moves from sign to sign we see our attention drawn to each new chart area, and facets of that chart area are ‘stirred’ by the stimulation of the Sun’s light; in one of those areas, the one where the Solar eclipse occurs, we find that for the 6 months between the initiating eclipse and the next Solar one the energy that would typically draw our regard takes on an emotional, subjective lens, one where intuition and our feelings trump the clear, unblinking light of the Sun’s relative objectivity.
The New Moon, eclipse or not, also indicates new starts; so, we’re looking at a new beginning that may be born of ideals, fantasy, or creative application (Neptune), and that could represent (the Christmas tree) a time of celebration, could usher in an ‘ideal’ period, or present the beginning of a personal creative initiative (birth) or renaissance (re-birth). We’re looking at a pair of factors (the Sabian and Neptune) that describe personal ideals–but particularly with the Sabian, we have to note that the celebration is based on our relationship to the unseen, on faith. It’s not related to any specific religion, but instead on our individual idea of a kind of ‘perfect moment’, the kind that memories are built on and that are striven for consistently in everyday life. We also must note that this is a material celebration, in the sense that we embody our feeling in decoration, gifts, and storytelling, all very Neptunian.
The eclipse may be the inception of a ‘honeymoon’ period between ourselves and our imaginations, where we attempt to build our fantasy life. This is good, as we aim to represent our ideals in our material surroundings and in what we produce, but falling as it does during Mars retrograde, we may want to hold off on actual manipulation of the surroundings until after Mars’ direction, on 19 May. Until then we might do best to muster all our creative sensibilities, ponder what we truly want, and plan–then move when the action urge is once again accessible as a ‘stream’ into which we can launch our intentions.
The eclipse of 15 April falls at 25 Libra 15, and is a Full Moon (Lunar eclipse), conjunct transiting energies Ceres, North Node, and Vesta, opposed t Juno, quincunx t Sedna, sesquiquadrate t Venus, and sextile t Pallas. On its own the eclipse suggests a watershed point in partnership, cooperative efforts, artistic endeavors, and in regard to ‘the Other’, everything and everyone outside ourselves. A Full Moon brings an ending, but within this is found a new beginning; this particular culmination/ beginning is amplified by an eclipse, and married (so Libra!) to Nature/ Authority (Ceres), the future (NN), and to an impeccable level of dedication of life energy (Vesta)–it is, in effect, a relational seed point that carries a walloping life force–and this contradicts the kind of puny, Willful, egotistical sense of empowerment that may be found in negative manifestation of Juno in Aries (opposition), as well as causing adjustment to the unconscious (Sedna) and cooperation with what’s ultimately wise (Pallas). The Sabian for this eclipse is, ‘An Eagle And A Large White Dove Change Into Each Other’ This symbolism implies that the ‘other’ focus of Libra involves an actual transformation of one half of a pair into the other, and vice versa; what we are observing or are partnered with, then, becomes what we are.
The Solar eclipse occurs April 28-29 (depending on your location) at 8 Taurus 51, a New Moon that only sextiles Neptune; everything else is outside even a generous orb, with Mercury just days past Superior Conjunction (if this were moving toward the eclipse point I would consider counting it) and Mars, though moving retrograde, outside the orb for a quincunx. That lays it all on Neptune and the Sabian for this eclipse, ‘A Fully Decorated Christmas Tree’. The New Moon, eclipse or not, also indicates new starts; so, we’re looking at a new beginning that may be born of ideals, fantasy, or creative application (Neptune), and that could represent (the Christmas tree) a time of celebration, could usher in an ‘ideal’ period, or present the beginning of a personal creative initiative (birth) or renaissance (re-birth). We’re looking at a pair of factors (the Sabian and Neptune) that describe personal ideals–but particularly with the Sabian, we have to note that the celebration is based on our relationship to the unseen, on faith. It’s not related to any specific religion, but instead on our individual idea of a kind of ‘perfect moment’, the kind that memories are built on and that are striven for consistently in everyday life.
The New Moon occurs just a hair’s-breadth before the end of the day on the 28th, Pacific time (at 10 Pisces 39 at 11:59 PM PST). In Pisces the New Moon promises a new start for everyone, a Collective seed moment that carries all possibilities, and for the individual, it can spark a new dream, ideal, or delusion, with all the positives and negatives that those might entail.
This meeting of Sun and Moon happens widely conjunct Chiron, semi-sextile Uranus, trine Jupiter; the NM also makes a wide sesquiquadrate to Mars in Libra, which is stationed but still technically direct. These contacts infuse the creative spark or dream planted for each of us with the power of healing, an aspect of the radical or the surprising, the opportunity to expand in some way (probably in what we care about, with Jupiter in Cancer); the only discord comes from an over-exercise of ego, or perhaps from taking action based on a delusion (or perhaps based on one’s partner’s delusion, with Mars in Libra!) Look to the natal House where this NM falls for a sense of where a fresh creative development, inspiration, opportunity, chance, or mistake based on something misperceived or misunderstood might appear. If this NM makes contact to a natal body or point, consider that natal energy vital to what comes about, especially in terms of how and where (by the House the contacted body rules) the new beginning may show itself.
The New Moon occurs at 1:39 PM PST of the 30th at 10 Aquarius 55. The Sabian symbol for the New Moon is, ‘During A Silent Hour, A Man Receives A New Inspiration Which May Change His Life’ In this instance it’s as if the New Moon will actually seed us with this inspiration; if you can, stand under the moonlight for a few minutes, and embrace the strange, rushing silence of the night and the Cosmos. It’s time to see yourself as really and truly a part of the Universe, a vital part, without which the Universe just wouldn’t run right.
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The New Moon in Capricorn occurs at 3:14 AM PST on the 1st at 10 Cap 57
The Cappy New Moon forms a tidy Cardinal Grand Cross with Uranus, Earth, and Mars, and is itself conjunct Pluto and Mercury, and also sextiles Chiron and trines Pallas. We typically tense for a lot of action with such a configuration, especially when the ambulance crew (Chiron) is standing by and the Moon and Sun have hooked up with a major power player (Pluto). What I think we end up with, though, is more of a denouement, a drawing together of all the changes and revelations of those participants in the repeated slow-moving squares into a coherent statement of our changed circumstances. Rather than energies that act as bombs or bullies, we instead see an accounting, a gathering, of all that has come before, particularly from the squares of Uranus and Pluto, and we finally see the way these changes have given us power, skills, and wisdom. Yes! That’s what is left, after all the bullsh*t is distilled out: a scenario of grace and beauty is born based on our new (and certainly improved) power stance.
Some of you may say, ‘Wait a minute—I haven’t received any power! Nothing’s changed for me”—or it’s changed in negative ways, with opportunities deteriorating, with unexpected smackdowns and lots of anger, prompting erratic, often emotionally desperate, action (cue Chiron). Healing and claiming your power would’ve been the result, if you hadn’t gotten sidetracked, probably by anger or a need to rebel. Don’t worry, it happens to us all at some point—and it’s never too late to get yourself together. This Grand Cross offers an excellent chance to accelerate the lesson, to act up and heal, using the power you do have to become a dynamic Being. We’re likely to see this magnified ability in the House of the natal chart where the NM falls, as well as secondarily in the other Houses that hold the Cardinals (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn).
The Sabian for the New Moon is ‘A Large Group Of Pheasants On A Private Estate’. This is a symbol indicating the necessity of finding our tribe. It’s ‘birds of a feather’ quite literally, and the private estate describes that little portion of the world in which we are immersed, well-versed, and active. If you haven’t yet found your tribe, don’t despair—you will—just keep moving toward your dreams (oh my, I’m sounding like a bad inspirational speaker!) and practicing all those pastimes that define you, because it’s in pursuing your fulfillment that you meet everyone else who’s taking the same road.
The New Moon occurs at 4:22 PM Pacific time on the 2nd at 10 Sagittarius 59: ‘Thanksgiving’. It forms a Grand Cross/ Grand Square with Earth and the opposition between Pallas and Chiron; the New Moon also semi-sextiles Pluto, trines Uranus, and sextiles Ceres. This suggests to me a new, personal ‘power arrangement’ in our world, one that arises from wisdom and healing, the use of unique skills, a certain amount of desire or willingness to take on the hard tasks, a sense of being uniquely suited to lead, to contribute to the group, and/ or to innovate, and an understanding of Nature and one’s position within it. In its essence, this NM is like a culmination, bringing together long-term developments within the individual Being and fitting them to a new role in the life situation—so that’s what’s born at this time, a new way of being and seeing ourselves, and this may come about through stress, conflict, a recognition of nature in our lives, or a need for unique Self-expression.
(A side note here: when I write of nature, our interaction with it and our role within it, I’m talking in large part about the way biology intrudes on consciousness; I’m talking about instances where a physical experience with a biological component such as learning one is pregnant, suffering a career-ending injury, or being diagnosed with cancer can change our way of relating to the world, can change our approach, our actions, our feelings, and even our beliefs)
The Solar eclipse occurs 3 November at 4:49 AM Pacific Standard Time (the shift back to standard time occurs just hours before the eclipse) at 11 Scorpio 15. This eclipse occurs in tandem with Saturn, and there’s a whole parade of aspects: sextile to Pluto, square to Juno, trine to Chiron, wide quincunx to Uranus and closest of all, a sextile with only 4 minutes variation from Mars in Virgo.
Saturn’s presence indicates one of two alternatives for each individual experience: either we manifest materially a facet of the eclipse, or we suppress its manifestation or our awareness of its manifestation.
Whatever begins at this time may facilitate change and healing, and will certainly spur action, but it may bring up empowerment issues (others’ say over us, status, our own need for empowerment and whether this is fulfilled, respect between partners, and so on) and we may feel a little bit punished or otherwise required to adjust for expressing our most unique qualities and for touting our individual viewpoint.
One way or another, we will need to adjust our own position vis à vis others, particularly those close to us, who are supportive, or who actually partner with us. This, then, is the birth of a new phase in both interactions and our own view of ourselves, and this is especially and specifically so in terms of the action we feel is appropriate, that we feel capable of, and that we feel we may take on our own. This may be the biggest effect of all: a new idea of how we can act within the world–and of course, that can’t help but change just about everything.
The Solar eclipse may be both a start of new (possibly experimental) ways of acting and interacting, as well as a lesson in the way we are interdependent. No matter how original, unique, or independent we are as individuals, this eclipse may make clear that those choices, insights, and actions we make hold no meaning without being placed within a larger social context, without a connection to others, without engagement in a mutual ‘dance’ in which we all participate.
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The New Moon occurs on the 4th at 5:34 PM PDT at 11 Libra 56. The first thing that catches my attention is a configuration: a Fist that has a midline opposition that bisects the figure and creates a small ‘hat’ or kite on top using semi-squares. Some may not find this a true config, since the bisection is made by the Nodal axis and the square involves two points, the Vertex (the point at which the ecliptic intersects the prime vertical–this runs through the nadir and zenith perpendicular to the horizon–if you can’t easily picture it, don’t worry–what you need to know is that Vertex literally means ‘turning point’, hence its association with fated events and life-changing meetings) and the Midheaven, which in this case describes the most public part of the chart, the New Moon energy most likely to be perceived; this falls in Sagittarius, suggesting a sharing of information or knowledge, expansion efforts, belief, or ‘getting the word out’. The apex is the South Node–what’s past, what’s been accumulated (with placement in Taurus implying this may have to do with resources), comfort. security, stability. It suggests that the inception of the New Moon may include a very public, ‘fated’, fait accompli, either its beginning, or its public reveal. The ‘topper’ places Mercury just slightly more than 1 degree from conjunction with the North Node–and ‘shoots’ this energy through the apex of the Fist, otherwise known as the South Node. Talk about a Pre-Echo! This could be a ‘message from the future’ as it was laid out, or destined through choice and circumstance, in the past, and though the message would probably have an individual cast (determined by where in the natal chart the South Node at 7 Taurus 50 falls) there would also be a shared element, likely affecting the material well-being or security of us all.
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New Moon in Virgo 4:36 AM PDT of September 5th 13 Virgo o4:
‘All In The Family’
The New Moon in Virgo aspects Chiron by opposition, Uranus by quincunx, and Jupiter by sextile. This suggests that the fresh beginnings of a NM are involved with healing, or that they spring from healing which has already occurred; the idea with the latter is that now that we’re healed, we can go on to something brand new. The problem is that either the group or our own urges toward uniqueness or rebellion push us away from this new start, or align us with it in such a way that we sabotage ourselves. We can receive help from the social sphere, through knowledge shared, through publications that say just the right thing, or through prayer or counsel of a spiritual leader. But what is the new start, exactly? It may, in some way, have derived at least part of its meaning from that Moon-Pluto aspect of a few hours before; in stirring up the darkness, or the past, we have put the final piece of the current ‘new start’ into place.
The Sabian for the New Moon is, ‘An Aristocratic Family Tree’. So, if there’s a group involved in our NM beginning, it almost certainly will be one’s family. With that in mind, it seems to me that we should look forward to some aspect of ourselves, harmed by family dynamics or the early environment, now healed, that is the basis or starting point for our own new and unique expression of ourselves in the social circle. A family tree makes us aware of connections, of the ways individuals are entwined, sometimes without much contact or awareness of one another. The point of a NM with this as a symbol may just be that all families carry the romance, the rise and fall of fortunes, the exotic or adventurous members, the successes and failures, that aristocratic families do. It may be our business to regard our own family this way, to find the nobility in it, to re-acquaint ourselves with the things that are quite special in our lineage. Surely these will figure in to our NM new start; something we’ve learned from them, that has been passed down, that is encoded in our DNA, will be an important part of what we begin at this time. Look to the natal House with Virgo on the cusp, and/ or the House where the NM actually falls, for hints as to the areas where your NM new start might occur.
Chart for the New Moon is here
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