Brags and Blue Moons

There’s much hoopla about this being a “Blue Moon,” but to most astrologers that’s just a quaint notion. Much like New Year’s Day, a Blue Moon (signifying a second Full Moon in the same month) is, although somewhat rare, purely a Gregorian calendar phenomenon that gains its power by our collective focus. Still, we need all the magic we can get in this overly rational world. So here’s your chance to make merry with friends (Aquarius) and celebrate your uniqueness (Leo) at this Blue Moon – whose energy extends throughout the weekend.

July Theme: Reclaim Your Inner Queen

Ushering in this potent period is the Cancer New Moon (July 15, 6:24 pm PDT). Cancer is, of course, the sign of the Mother. As the Sun and Moon join in this emotionally sensitive sign, Mercury and Mars also join in Cancer, exactly opposing Pluto. Something important wants to be birthed, spoken aloud and claimed at this New Moon. Pluto and Mars were also featured at the July 1 Full Moon – and many of us are still reeling from what transpired around that time, which caused our hearts to crack open (whether through loss, joy, or both). As this New Moon approaches, remember that to feel intensely is not a sign of weakness – it’s what makes us truly human. We’re taking the first tentative steps toward a deeper kind of love and devotion to self and others, as well as our Earth Mother.

July 1 Full Moon: Pride and Patriotism

There’s no doubt that this is a potentially divisive and incendiary Full Moon (Wed. July 1, 7:20 p.m. PDT). The Moon in strict Capricorn joins volcanic Pluto as it opposes the Sun and militant Mars in patriotic, emotional Cancer. Cancer and Capricorn represent mother and father in the horoscope; they hold sway over birth and family, so this Full Moon is bound to inflame deep-seated emotional issues.

Gemini New Moon: Speak Your Truth

Mars closely conjoins the upcoming Gemini New Moon (Tuesday June 16, 7:05 a.m. PDT). The warrior god-goddess seeks an outlet now through Gemini channels – like the power of words. Although anger can be destructive, it is also a potent tool. As long as it isn’t expressed in destructive ways, anger is an important way to know ourselves – and for others to know us.

Sagittarius Full Moon: Cutting Thru the Hype

Next Tuesday’s Full Moon (June 2, 9:19 am PDT) pits the Sun in heady Gemini against the Moon in footloose Sagittarius – as both square glamorous Neptune. Particularly if you have either of these signs prominent in your chart, get set for a wobbly but revelatory Full Moon. It’s a good time for journaling and art-making, rest and reflection, merging and converging. Mercury in retrograde (through June 11) can help us cut through the hype by remembering who we are and what’s most important, even as it tends to scramble lines of communication.

May 17 Taurus New Moon: Inner Wealth

The connection with Spirit is strong at this New Moon, because Venus (the ruler of Taurus) is trine mystical Neptune. I chose to build a labyrinth at this time for another reason as well: Mercury turns retrograde the following day (May 18) in its own sign of Gemini, which rules the mind. Although a labyrinth is not the same as a maze (in which you can get lost or hit dead ends), there is something about walking the labyrinthine path that causes you to lose track of direction and the outside world. And that is what retrograde Mercury is about – it’s a time to go deep within, rediscover our lost parts, and get re-centered after what’s been a tumultuous year for most of us.

Scorpio Full Moon: The Call of Nature

On this Beltane (May 1) the call from nature is particularly strong, as we approach an intense Scorpio Full Moon (May 3, 8:42 p.m. PDT). The sexy, emotionally volatile Scorpio Moon opposing the sensual Sun in Taurus can make for a wild weekend – especially as Jupiter squares both Sun and Moon, magnifying things to the max. Mercury opposing Saturn at the Full Moon will either restrain us from the worst excesses – or generate such frustration that we have a melt-down or do something rash.

Libra Full Moon Eclipse: Are You a Lone Wolf?

Loneliness stems from not sharing your deepest self with others. Yet being a lone wolf doesn’t necessarily mean you’re lonely. Doing your own thing can be fun and nourishing. This is the province of independent Aries. Right now we have Sun, Mercury, Uranus and the South Node in this “me-first” sign. At the upcoming Full Moon (April 4, 5:06 am PDT) the fiesty Aries Sun eclipses the sociable Libra Moon. Since this eclipse catalyzes the turbulent – and recently exact – Uranus-Pluto square, it can bring relationship tensions to a head. A little me-time is great, but this full moon cautions you not to isolate yourself overmuch or dismiss others’ needs. A little kindness goes a long way.

Pisces New Moon: Jewel in the Heart

Next Friday’s solar eclipse in Pisces, the last sign of the zodiac, falls right on the heels of tomorrow’s final Uranus-Pluto square– and within hours of the energy-recalibrating Equinox. A lot of old karma is coming to a head, to be released and transformed. The paradigm-shifting Uranus-Pluto square, which has been stirring up change – and trouble – since June of 2012, may now be officially complete, but its reverberations will be felt for years as we re-envision and rework those aspects of our lives and the world which are crying out for change.

Aquarius New Moon: Wood Sheeps and Helpful Peeps!

The Chinese New Year is an important time to ritually cleanse your home. Since Sheep corresponds to the water sign Cancer, which prizes home and family, we want to clear away old, stagnant energies and usher in the new. The Wood Sheep brings peace and plenty, comfort and healing to those who are willing to simplify, slow down, eliminate unnecessary expenses, spend more time at home and come from your heart. Clear useless clutter from your home, car, purse—especially your desktop and inbox—to make way for more well-being and abundance.

Leo Full Moon: Your Divine Spark

Next Tuesday’s Leo Full Moon (Feb. 3, 3:08 pm PST) spotlights the individual (Leo) in relation to the group (Aquarius). Where do you stand on this continuum? Are you shining your light and giving your true gifts? Or are you projecting a false self out of insecurity or trying to fit in? We are all sparks of the Divine, with something unique to express. As we approach this Full Moon, do something creative or even eccentric. Express your true self—and have some fun in the process!

Aquarius New Moon: Called Back to Community

Next week’s Aquarius New Moon (Jan. 20, 5:14 a.m. PST) falling a day before Mercury turns retrograde in Aquarius, calls us back to community. We’ve come a long way in knowing who we are and what we believe. Now it’s time to reconnect with old friends or groups who know us well – even if we diverge in certain ways. Because of its retrograde, Mercury spends a long time in the sign of fellowship and fraternity – from Jan. 4 through March 12. This gives us plenty of time to do the Aquarian thing and revisit those connections that once held meaning for us.

Cancer Full Moon: Compassionate Rabble-Rousing

Are you ready to break with tradition and fight for what you believe in? This Full Moon, falling so close to the New Year, may be the kick in the pants you need. Uranus and Pluto will be duking it out with the Moon in sensitive Cancer and the Sun in conservative Capricorn all weekend. Rather taking a hit (or giving one), consider how these hell-raising energies might be channeled in a positive way. Take your cue from Cancer rising rabble-rouser Pope Francis at this Cancer Full Moon, and remember to come from love in whatever you say and do.