Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? Or have you given up on the notion, since they rarely come true? Inspired by Martha Beck’s recent column in O Magazine on why New Year’s resolutions so often fail, I’ve decided to review and reevaluate my 2016 list to help me decide what’s next. The timing seemed appropriate, with Mercury in retrograde conjunct a perspicacious Capricorn New Moon a few days before New Year’s (Dec. 28, 10:53 p.m. PST). So, as Beck did with her list from last year, I examined whether my resolutions were truly aligned with what I want, how I might reframe some of them for 2017 and what insights could be gleaned from what went wrong.
A meteor shower at the Full Moon is significant metaphorically and energetically – and even more so when you factor in Mercury’s powerful stationary stance as it prepares to turn retrograde on the 18th-19th. The Gemini Full Moon, which has been building all week, coincides with illuminating messages arriving or ideas bursting out of left field to change our thinking. With Gemini’s ruler Mercury turning backward, these messages have a connection to the past.
The coming Sagittarius New Moon (Nov. 29, 4:18 am PST) conjuncts Juno, an asteroid that symbolizes our most fundamental feelings about those we love. Juno’s fights with her husband Jupiter were legendary, and yet they adored each other. Now that Juno is in Jupiter’s sign, joining the Sun and Moon, we’re asked to see beyond differing opinions and reach for the love that’s underneath. That might mean changing your attitude or approach. Let the alchemical fire of Sagittarius transmute your old beliefs. Don’t wait till that person is gone, and it’s too late.
The Sabian Symbol for the upcoming Taurus Full Moon is: “A jewelry shop filled with valuable gems.” We’re being offered a gift, even if it comes wrapped in chaos and challenge.
After making a big change in your life, no matter how longed-for, it’s common to suffer regrets. Wincing as the first payment comes due on that shiny new car you love so much, you wonder, “What was I thinking?”
When Donald Trump’s salacious remarks in a 2005 interview recently hit the airwaves, our culture got a wake-up call. Sensitive folks recoiled in disgust as the presidential hopeful gleefully confided that his wealth and power give him the
We all have the opportunity to create some luck now that Jupiter is in Libra for a year. This transit can bring new relationships and enhance harmony and balance in existing ones (especially if it aspects your Venus or relationship points). At the Sept. 22 Equinox, the Sun also entered Libra, where it united with Jupiter on the 26th. This once-every-twelve-year party continues through the Libra New Moon (Friday, Sept. 30, 5:11 p.m. PDT), with Jupiter playing the jovial host. Now it’s time to focus on balancing our desire for independence with our need for connection, and to examine our beliefs about relationships and whether they are serving us.
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.