Full Moon in Cancer / Happy New Year 2018

The first day of 2018 beckons us into the waters of our personal feelings with the Full Moon in Cancer.  Cancer is signified by the crab: the side-stepping, ocean floor-dwelling, slightly defensive creature with a hard shell, and sharp pincers, fiercely protecting a soft, squishy, nostalgic, empathic, and psychically sensitive inner world.  Cancer is the only sign of the zodiac ruled by the Moon, so a Cancer Full Moon turns up the volume on personal feelings and emotions significantly—our relationship to our personal past, our family of origin, and our deepest emotional roots and experiences.  Cancer is about emotional memory, from our  development inside our mothers’ wombs to our reality growing up with or without nurturing parents.  Cancer is the emotional security we crave, and how our experiences in childhood shape recurring relational experiences in adulthood.

At this time, the Sun is in Capricorn with Venus, Black Moon Lilith, Saturn, and Pluto.  Capricorn, a trans-personal sign, asks us to stand up and be the elders of our lives and be willing to put our personal feelings aside to make an impact on the world around us that will benefit all of humanity.  Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, lord of karma, and has to do with cause and effect—we reap what we sow.  The work we put forth builds on itself.  Making a commitment and working towards a goal begets either success or failure, and either result is a learning experience if we can see it as such.  Thus, this massive and powerful Capricorn stellium asks us to find our person power and take responsibility for our sense of self worth and value.  With Lilith so intimately in the mix, it’s time for shadow work here—examining where we haven’t stepped up to claim our inner authority, and where we now must.

So not only must we be objective and clear about cause and effect, we must also understand that this Full Moon’s power is deeply rooted in our feelings.  We must be willing to dive deep into any and all emotional triggers that bring us into our sometimes treacherous inner waters to release what must be released so we can stand up and be the authorities and leaders we came here to be.  We must be clear with ourselves, and honest about what makes us feel safe, nurtured, and loved, as emotional security is a necessity, and a precursor to being able to stand with strength, integrity, and objectivity out in the world.

Like Capricorn, Cancer also has to do with cause and effect, but on an emotional level.  The nurturing and love we do or don’t receive as infants and small children teaches us the love we think we do or don’t feel we deserve, which we can sense even before we can walk or speak.  Emotional experiences build on themselves from these deep roots of early life, shaping our world view and self-perception.

This Full Moon isn’t just about releasing though, as it forms a grand trine in the water signs with Jupiter AND Mars In Scorpio, and Neptune in Pisces.  This portends a time of inspiration and ambition, elevating our innermost wishes, hopes, feelings, and dreams of our inner child as we feel how we really feel and follow its lead as we expand forward this new year.  With Jupiter and Mars in Scorpio squaring the Moon’s North and South Nodes, action-oriented expansion in intimate relationships, personal desire, business mergers, and quests for deeper power and shadow work are of utmost importance at this time.  It’s time to get REAL and down to our emotional bottom lines—what we REALLY want and need—and make it happen for the sake of our North Node Leo creativity.

Finally, Uranus, the radical, unpredictable awakener, stations direct the day after the Full Moon; so expect things to shake up and change rapidly as our inner revelations of the last several months of his retrograde begin to manifest outwardly.

In conclusion, I urge you to ask yourself: how do I at this time balance my personal needs and feelings with the need to stand up with my integrity and personal authority in a good way?  How can my emotional clarity and sense of safety and balance inform and nourish my life purpose?  A clear, nurturing, and self-loving relationship with our inner world actually begets the wise, objective elder in us that can face the outer world, and allow us to put our childish fears and insecurities aside to achieve something great.  If we can strike this balance this full moon, that’s the sweet spot.  May you nourish the wisdom and needs of the child within to beget the elder without!  Happy Full Moon and Happy New Year!


New Moon in Sagittarius 2017

The final New Moon of 2017 is in the fiery and intuitive sign of Sagittarius, which rules truth, vision, expansion, travel, higher learning, and the birth of transpersonal consciousness.  This transpersonal, bigger-than-our-ego, planetary awareness is amplified by the fact that Saturn, planet of karma, structure, discipline, and higher purpose is conjunct this New Moon at the critical degree of Sagittarius—just 2 days before he moves into earthly Capricorn.  Black Moon Lilith (already in Capricorn) and Venus in Sag, also make conjunctions to this new moon, lighting up our values, relationships, and primal consciousness.  

Sagittarius is a restless traveler and truth seeker, and is ruled by expansive, benefic Jupiter, the planet of luck, growth and expansion.  It is the opposite of left brain-focused, mercurial Gemini, and functions using intuitive, right brain, big picture perspectives, seeing things from all angles.  We are being pushed into 2018 by a strong call from our higher, intuitive selves to broaden our perspectives, and to seek the whole truth in all areas of life.  It’s time to not settle for lies!  We must take responsibility for how we see things and what we believe, and how, through our own limitations and thought patterns, we find ourselves in our present circumstances, particularly in our self worth, finances, and relationships (Venus).  By learning, understanding and accepting where we are and how we got here, this lunar cycle can take us far into the most exciting aspects of Sag: the vision quest, and traveling to the unknown and the unfamiliar.  Time for international travel?  Time to work with a shaman or medicine person?  Take an extended trip out into nature (the greatest teacher there is)?  The conjunction of the New Moon to Black Moon Lilith in Capricorn says it’s time to listen to the voice within, urging us to get practical and serious about what we are doing, and to step into our personal authority.  In Capricorn, she asks us if our life visions ACTUALLY work, so that we can play a bigger game.  Are you in your power and personal authority enough to actually pursue your dreams in a grounded and concrete way?  

This New Moon asks us to step into being the wise, objective elders of our lives, and to think of our greater purpose beyond our basic needs, fears, and attachments.  To save our earth and salvage democracy and good government in times of the constant exposure of power abused, and systemic corruption within banks and corporate systems, we must all claim our personal authorities, and stop looking to the “big guys” to do it for us.  As we rise up out of our insecure, fear-based patterning of childhood wounds and hurts, the New Moon conjunct Saturn asks us to be responsible caretakers, and make sure adequate care is being given to those young parts within, as does Jupiter in Scorpio!

Jupiter, the ruler of this new moon, is interested in our growth, expansion and societal evolution.  Jupiter in Scorpio wants us to dig up all of our repressed emotions and traumas and release them, so as to prepare ourselves to become bigger than our emotional hangups.  As we become clearer within ourselves, we harmonize more effectively with others.  Underworldly, psychological journeys, healing journeys, soul retrievals, and quests for power are strongly supported at this time.  Scorpio is tenacious and driven, and rules death and regeneration.  At the new moon, Jupiter is still making a beautiful trine to Neptune in Pisces.  This is an aspect of unconditional love and unity fueled and driven by deep power.  2017 has been the death of illusion, and we are now being called to regenerate our dreams and visions in a way that involves us taking the power back, claiming power within, and sharing it in a good way with others, lifting them up and creating a deeper unity.   Mars, the warrior, has moved into Scorpio now also, telling us it’s time to take action to socialize and make manifest those new dreams.

Mercury, the messenger, is wrapping up his retrograde through Sagittarius over the next week, getting us caught up on how we feel about ourselves, who we are, and where we are headed, due to his conjunctions with Saturn at his retrograde station, and with the Sun and Venus last week.  Because he’s still retrograde at the time of the New Moon, this lunar cycle portends a reflective time, where deeper understandings and realizations can be experienced.

Astrology (ruled by Sagittarius) is a study of universal law: as above (in the stars), so below (within our own psyches).  As within (our own minds), so without (in our relationships to others and to society at large).  A deeper unity among an empowered people in society is largely contingent upon every person being in deeper unity within the microcosms of their own psyches, inspired by the purity of the voice within, and willing to do the work to birth a higher consciousness to make it happen in this hyper-connected, dawning of the age of Aquarius.  Powerful times call for powerful measures.  In the words of cartoon superhero Captain Planet: “the power is YOURS!”  New Moon blessings to all!

Full Moon Gemini 2017 / Mercury Retrograde

December’s Full Moon is in Gemini, the sign of the twins, duality, curiosity, communication, and exchanging information.  With the Sun in right-brain, intuitive, truth-focused, and at times dogmatic Sagittarius, this Gemini Full Moon illuminates the need for clear communication, flexibility, adaptability, staying present in the moment, and being able to speak another person’s language. 

Like many things on the planet these days, however, this full moon is complicated.  The first curveball is that we’ve got dreamy, illusory Neptune making a T-square with the Sun and Moon, This suggests that communication could be muddy if we try to conduct business as usual.  Why?  Neptune speaks the language of dreams and Spirit, rather than logical, reasonable understandable rational thought patterns.  Neptune communicates in pictures, psychic impressions, visions, and cosmic synchronicities.  It either blinds us with hypersensitivity and delusion, making us want to escape with our favorite addiction, or helps us to see through illusions we have limited ourselves by clinging to, especially now that it is trining Jupiter in Scorpio!  In any case, boundaries separating people, places, and things from each other begin to blur now, and we become open vessels for spirit and cosmic intelligence, whether or not it makes any rational sense to our conscious minds.  Neptune JUST stationed direct after being retrograde since June, so its energy is amplified massively at this time.  To get the illumination we seek at this dynamic Full Moon, we must embrace spiritual practice, surrender, and effort to communicate with compassion, grace, love, and humility.

Communication could be even more challenging, however, due to the second curveball: Gemini’s ruling planet, left brain-focused Mercury, is stationing retrograde the SAME DAY the Full Moon exacts!  Yup.  Oh-so-infamous Mercury retrograde begins the day the moon is full in the sign he rules.  Communication breakdowns, misunderstandings, computer problems, travel plans changing, and business deals delaying, are to be expected if we reamain attached to the rapid pace of every-day business reality.    

Despite societal pressures, it’s best to take a deep breath and pull back from the rat race into reflective communication within your own self and with spirit on this Full Moon as much as possible.  Mercury retrogrades are invitations to reflect, rethink, reassess, meditate, withdraw, process, and make intuitively-based decisions.  This retrograde cycle, Mercury stations in intuitive Sagittarius, conjunct Saturn (lord of karma, still in Sag) and Black Moon Lilth (wild feminine shadow energy), which is now in early Capricorn, AND squaring Chiron (the wounded healer) in Pisces.  A LOT going on.  This is a time of rethinking and reassessing our life visions and how we want to expand into our greater purpose.  We must be honest about how our life frameworks, circumstances, and commitments are either harming us by keeping us in victim consciousness, or helping us heal, grow and evolve.  Sagittarius is about the big picture and our beliefs.  December is a time of rethinking our visions, and withdrawing from the normal pace of busy life to allow space for intuitive wisdom to flow. 

By the time Mercury goes direct and catches up to Saturn again in January, Saturn will have moved into Capricorn, not to return to Sag for another 29 years.  This is quite powerful, as Mercury at this juncture is acting as a bridge between Saturn signs.  It is a final inquiry from the lord of karma in Sagittarius before he moves on to grounded, pragmatic Capricorn: what is your vision for your life?  We have to vision it and dream it before it can manifest as reality.  This is what December is all about.  Lilith, already in Capricorn, is taking us deep into unearthing our sense of purpose, and asking us whether or not we feel we are getting the respect we deserve.  She wants to call up to the surface, clear, and integrate any authority issues we have, and get us into right relationship with authority.  She asks: are you projecting authority outside of yourself and taking less than your due, or are you effectively standing in your power as the author of your own life?    

The final noteworthy event of this Full Moon is that Mars in late Libra has arrived at his opposition to Uranus, the awakener.  First Jupiter, all through 2017, opposed Uranus in Aries. Then in October, Mercury and the Sun did the same, followed by Venus, and now finally Mars, the warrior, ready to forge ahead, make it happen, initiate, or cut and run.  Expect unexpected impulses and awakenings within relationships and partnerships, or new and exciting relationships and partnerships and connections.  To forge ahead, or to cut ties and liberate yourself?  In any case, other people will help us to reflect and awaken the warrior within at this time, and we will need to take action. 

In conclusion, this Full Moon portends a very pivotal illumination, wherein we must surrender conscious thought to feeling and extrasensory impressions and synchronicities.  It’s a GREAT time to meditate!  We need to journal, be creative, vision, clear our minds, withdraw, and interact with those with whom we can relate in a spiritual way, elevatng and expanding our counsciousness together.  Mercury and Gemini want to make plans and attain logistical clarity.  It seems however, that with the Neptune aspect to the full moon and the retrograde cycle beginning, this is more of an invitation into a right-brain, intuitive period of time for December, wrapping up nearly 3 years of Saturn in Sag and all we have learned, as well as giving us a proper cosmic prompt to process the electrical shock waves of 2017, and discover what it all means for us personally AND collectively.  With all we’ve been through this year, we deserve to give ourselves a break, and to seek spiritual connection and attain deeper clarity on a soul level.

Wishing you a rich and reflective inner process this Full Moon!