And we’re about to experience the Mother of all Pisces Moons – a Pisces Full Moon eclipse (Friday Sept. 16, 12:05 p.m. PDT). This eclipse makes quite a splash because it squares action-hero Mars and wounded healer Chiron. Old wounds will be triggered for healing – especially regarding male domination of women. When the Moon (feminine) is eclipsed by the Sun (masculine), honoring your feelings and facing the truth become essential.
Now it’s time to get back to what’s real. To help with the process, messenger Mercury stations retrograde in Virgo on Aug. 30, shortly before the New Moon. It joins giant Jupiter at the final degrees of Virgo, amplifying the call to complete what’s been happening with work, health and thought patterns during the last year, while Jupiter has been shining a flashlight on those issues. Starting on Sept. 9 when it enters Libra, Jupiter will do the same for issues related to relationships, fairness and justice. Mercury stays in Virgo until early Oct. due to its retrograde, giving us plenty of time to sift through options before making any firm decisions. Try not to make any long-term commitments till after mid-Sept., as things are changing rapidly and the dust hasn’t settled yet.
“I’m not the next Usain Bolt or Michael Phelps,” declared 19-year-old Simone Biles last week, shortly after winning gold in the women’s all-around finals. “I’m the first Simone Biles.” The record-breaking gymnast wasn’t bragging; she was merely stating the
The Leo New Moon is here (Tues. Aug. 2, 1:45 p.m. PDT), and it’s time for a fresh start. Quantum physics tells us that no situation exists independently of the person viewing it. Our attitudes and beliefs shape the reality we see. If you expect to see good things, you get good things – though it may take time for them to manifest, and you might have to keep trying different tactics. Steady Saturn trines this New Moon, reminding us that focusing steadily on a desired outcome will ultimately pay off.
The approaching Full Moon in yang Capricorn opposes the Sun in yin Cancer (Tues. July 19, 3:57 p.m. PDT). Tensions build as we attempt to balance our inner and outer lives. Toughing it out will not help. Have a good cry or share your feelings instead. But if all else fails, be like Cristina and Meredith and just dance it out!
Like a nurturing mom, cuddly kitten or delectable piece of key lime pie, the Cancer New Moon is here to soothe your soul in whatever way you choose. The Sun and Moon will embrace in sensitive, patriotic Cancer on Independence Day (July 4, 4:01 a.m. PDT). Neptune trines the New Moon, lending an aura of sweetness and love. With six planets plus Chiron in water signs, however, it’s important to honor whatever you’re feeling. Surround yourself with those you love and eat that buttery corn on the cob or whatever else you crave, but do it consciously, with gratitude. You may also want to set a place for those who are no longer with you.
Yet every now and then the Universe rings a bell, as it will at the Sagittarius Full Moon (June 20, 4:02 a.m. PDT). The second Sagittarius Full Moon in a row (the last was May 21) is at the intense 29th degree of the Archer’s sign, bringing a crucial message. This illuminating Full Moon happens just hours before the Sun moves into Cancer, heralding the Summer Solstice. The Solstice is a magical turning point at which it’s much easier than usual to break ties with the past. Cancer, the Great Goddess to whom we’re all returning, is beckoning us homeward.
Those with planets at mid-degrees of Gemini will be particularly impacted by this New Moon. For all of us, though, creativity and love will be at the forefront. Since the Sun and Venus oppose Saturn and square Neptune, there is a star-crossed quality to this New Moon. Make sure that any big decisions are well thought-out, and that you’re prepared to take on new responsibilities and work through obstacles.
One man saw a seemingly insurmountable problem, and took creative action to solve it. And soon, 80 imperiled Asian rhinos will begin winging their way across the Indian Ocean to the safety of Australia. Former sales exec Ray Dearlove
The New Moon in Taurus (May 6, 12:30 p.m. PDT) features a lovely Grand Trine to Pluto in Capricorn and Jupiter in Virgo. This suggests positive developments with existing projects, especially in earthly realms like finances, home and health – as long as we know what we want and are willing to stick with it.
We’re approaching the Scorpio Full Moon (Thursday April 21, 10:24 p.m. PDT), sometimes known as the Shaman’s Moon. The Moon in magical Scorpio opposes the Sun in grounding Taurus on the night before Earth Day. What are you prepared to do to help your Earth Mama and her creatures? Stand under the Full Moon and raise your arms, drawing down her power and asking her to help with your healing intentions. Say a prayer for the bees, or any other creatures you love. You can also ask for assistance in manifesting personal desires. Since Venus, the Taurus ruler, is in Aries conjunct lickety-split Uranus, you may get quick results!
Do you remember the magic carpet ride of Disney’s Aladdin? Flying high over Agrabah, Aladdin and the Sultan’s beautiful daughter Jasmine begin to sense the magical bond between them (i.e. Aladdin is in touch with his feminine, intuitive side). The carpet leads Aladdin and his trusty monkey (his wits and primal instincts) into a cave full of riches, and ultimately helps him win Jasmine’s heart. Since we recently entered the Year of the Monkey, let’s allow Aladdin to be our guide to an ingenious and enriching month ahead. Even if it may be a bit of a wild ride!
Can you feel your dormant yet most resilient seeds beginning to sprout? It’s not always a pleasant process (birth rarely is), but you can rest assured that blossoms are on the way. The recent Pisces solar eclipse was like the El Nino deluge, bringing up latent feelings and fears for clearing – but also fertilizing the ground for beautiful things to bloom.
With the fresh, exciting energy of the Spring Equinox due on March 19-20, we naturally want to take risks and say Yes to life this month. But sometimes Yes begins with No. As we sort and filter the new beginnings flooding in, we’ll be carving out a new pathway for ourselves. It may be excruciating to say No to whatever is no longer working for you or to those who want a piece of your action, but doing so can set you free.
Smeets’ interpretation of The Star, featuring artist Amboise Nathalie, is an apt symbol for the upcoming Virgo Full Moon (Monday, Feb. 22, 10:20 a.m. PST). You are a star in all your naked, imperfect glory, says the earthy Virgo Moon as it opposes the spiritual Pisces Sun. The artistic, magnetic power of Pisces is amplified by Neptune’s conjunction to the Sun. And, Jupiter opposite Chiron and the South Node in Pisces speak to the healing power of images – encouraging us to see things differently, and to accept ourselves with all our flaws.