FULL MOON & LUNAR ECLIPSE TODAY: At a Crossroads, Balancing the Scales

FULL MOON & LUNAR ECLIPSE TODAY: At a Crossroads, Balancing the Scales.

Eclipse season begins this afternoon with a partial lunar eclipse and Full Moon in Scorpio at 3:57pm. The Full Moon points to the need for balance, and the eclipse marks a turning point or a crossroads. With the the Moon conjuncting fixed star Gacrux in the constellation Crux (cross), the crossroads theme is even more pronounced. The Sun (conjunct asteroid Union) as well as Venus are in Taurus, so it will likely involve love/relationships or finances (as Venus rules Taurus and the 2nd House of finances/material possessions).

Intimacy issues may also be a major theme, as the Moon is conjuncting restrictive Saturn which has been in opposition to Venus which is squaring committed Juno conjunct love asteroid Aphrodite in independent Aquarius. Plus freedom-loving Uranus (which rules Aquarius) has been squaring intense Pluto (retrograde). Do you see the theme here? Love/commitment vs. space/freedom. Note that the Moon is exactly conjunct asteroid Vanadis (aka Freyja, Norse goddess of love), who cried tears of red gold for her missing husband who was frequently absent (Chapter 29, Prose Edda books Gylfaginning and Skáldskaparmál).

Also, Jupiter is conjunct Rigel and quincunx (inconjunct) the dragon’s head (North/True Node) which is conjunct Zuben Elgenubi, the South Scale of the constellation Libra. The South Scale is the “insufficient price” instead of the “full price” which is the North Scale (Zuben Alschemali). This points to an imbalance. Zuben Elgenubi and Zuben Alschemali are also known as the “Scorpion’s Claws” and it’s interesting that Jupiter is conjunct bright Rigel, on the western foot/heel of boastful Orion, where he was stung by the Scorpion that killed him, according to mythology. Be cautious of arrogance and over-confidence. Given that Rigel/Jupiter are on the Midheaven at the moment of the Eclipse/Full Moon in this chart (Washington, DC), it can indicate a quick rise and fall, if you’re not careful. In order to stay at the top, it will likely be a continuous battle which can be won, but it will require work.

Be careful of becoming overly defensive or acting hasty, as fiery Mars is conjunct protective Sheratan and bold Mesarthim in the horns of the Ram in the sign Aries. Plus Venus is conjunct Pallas (aka Athena, goddess of war/wisdom), which can also trigger self-defense mechanisms. This sounds kinda grim, but don’t get pessimistic. There are a lot of good things in today’s chart as well, including good aspects between Jupiter and Mercury, which should aide communication. And the Sun and Moon are forming nice aspects with bountiful Ceres (Mother Earth), which gives us the ability to bounce back from possible loss or tragedy, so try to be optimistic. Things may not be as bad as they appear. And with Neptune forming harmonious aspects with the Sun and Moon, you should have some rose-colored glasses to help you weather the storm.

This eclipse season will bring about major change and transformation, particularly in the area of love/relationships and finances. The next eclipse is solar on May 9-10, followed by a lunar eclipse on May 25. The last lunar eclipse of the year is October 18, which should be visible to us in the U.S.

If you know your birthdate, time, and location, take a look at your natal chart. Check the location (sign and degree) of the Full Moon, and then see which House the Full Moon hits in your natal chart. This will tell you which area of your life may be out of balance. Today’s Full Moon takes place at 3:57pm in Scorpio at 5-6 degrees, so find 5-6 degrees in Scorpio and identify the House this corresponds to in your natal chart. Also note the Sun in opposition at 5-6 degrees Taurus, which will give you your area where you may need to redirect your energy to gain balance.

Listed below are the 12 Astrological Houses and their meanings/focus for the Full Moon:

1st House: Yourself, self-expression, self-improvement, or anything that focuses on YOU. How you appear to others might be important to you during this time. Ask yourself if you’re too self-absorbed or selfish.

2nd House: Physical and financial value/worth. Financial security, money, and material things, are of greatest concern. Ask yourself if you’re spending too much or wasting resources in the wrong place.

3rd House: Communication, logic/thinking, and learning. You may be thinking too much. Communication may be an issue.

4th House: Home, family, and whatever makes you feel safe. Your inner security and support structure will be of greatest concern. Are you focused too much on home and not getting out enough? Are you neglecting your career?

5th House: Creativity, fun, romance, and children. Are you having too much or too little fun? Are you focused so much on romance that you’re neglecting your friends? Are you focused too much or too little on your kids?

6th House: Service, duty, occupation, and pets. Are you working too hard or ignoring your duties or responsibilities? Are you focused too much or not enough on details?

7th House: Marriage, partnerships, relationships, and also enemies. Are you focused too much or not enough on your marriage/relationships?

8th House: Regeneration, sex, death, and accounting/taxes (or other people’s money). Are you thinking too much about your taxes or other people’s money? Are you having too many power struggles? Are you resisting change/transformation?

9th House: Spirituality, philosophy, religion, and faith. You may feel somewhat restless and bored with normal everyday experiences. Are you overly zealous about religion or spiritual issues and neglecting other more practical details? Are you thinking enough or too much about the big picture?

10th House: Career, reputation, and status. Are you too preoccupied with your career or climbing the corporate ladder or your socio-economic status and reputation?

11th House: Friends, social groups, and long-term goals. Getting along with others, social acceptance, and fitting into a group might be important to you during this time. Are you focusing too much on friends and what others think of you? Are you neglecting your romantic interest or your kids?

12th House: The subconscious, secrets, and hidden activities. Are you feeling too withdrawn? You may be hiding too much.

GOOD LUCK TO YOU ALL AT YOUR CROSSROADS, MAY YOU FIND BALANCE AND PEACE!

New Moon Basics

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When the Moon is closest to the Sun (conjunction), this is called a New Moon, the first phase of a lunar cycle. It is the darkest right before a New Moon and the brightest at Full Moon. The cycle from one New Moon to the next takes about one month. Everything in life is cyclical, and as a rule of thumb, it’s always best to start new things during a New Moon or while the Moon is waxing (increasing) and not after a Full Moon when it is waning (decreasing). For dates/times, you can check the good old farmer’s almanac: http://www.almanac.com/moon/calendar/DC/Washington/2013-04

If you know your birthdate, time, and location, take a look at your natal chart. Check the location (sign and degree) of the New Moon, and then see which House the New Moon hits in your natal chart. This will tell you what your focus is for this lunar cycle. Today’s New Moon took place at 5:38am in Aries at 20-21 degrees, so find 20-21 degrees in Aries and identify the House this corresponds to in your natal chart.

Listed below are the 12 Astrological Houses and their meanings/focus for the new moon:

1st House: Yourself, self-expression, self-improvement, or anything that focuses on YOU. How you appear to others might be important to you during this time. You will feel energized and will likely keep yourself busy. Great time to for reinventing yourself or catching people’s attention and making an impression.

2nd House: Physical and financial value/worth. Financial security, money, and material things, are of greatest concern. Great time for financial planning and laying groundwork to increase income and worth.

3rd House: Communication, logic/thinking, and learning. You will be mentally alert and more focused during this time. It will be easier to communicate and connect/build rapport with others. Great time to go back to school and learn something new.

4th House: Home, family, and whatever makes you feel safe. Your inner security and support structure will be of greatest concern. Great time for family activities, re-organizing the house, or home improvement.

5th House: Creativity, fun, romance, and children. You will feel more playful and passionate during this time. Great for romantic adventures, activities with kids, and creating things, including making babies. 😉

6th House: Service, duty, occupation, and pets. Having a sense of duty or responsibility will be important to you. You will be feeling more analytical, detailed-oriented, disciplined, orderly, and productive. Great time for setting new routines and regimens, taking care of business, and getting work done.

7th House: Marriage, partnerships, relationships, and also enemies. You will value teamwork, cooperation, sharing and negotiation. Having a partner or significant other to lean on during this time will be important to you. Great for new relationships or solidifying existing ones and making them official/public.

8th House: Regeneration, sex, death, and accounting/taxes (or other people’s money). Power and intimacy issues may be a focus. Great time for personal transformation and getting rid of the old to make room for the new. Also a great time for doing your taxes/accounting.

9th House: Spirituality, philosophy, religion, and faith. You may feel somewhat restless and bored with normal everyday experiences. Great time to start new projects that stretch your mind and enable you to fulfill a higher purpose.

10th House: Career, reputation, and status. Great time for business or career planning and improving your professional life.

11th House: Friends, social groups, and long-term goals. Getting along with others, social acceptance, and fitting into a group might be important to you during this time. Great time for networking, joining a club or other group, and making new contacts, social as well as professional.

12th House: The subconscious, secrets, and hidden activities. You may feel withdrawn during this time. Great time to get away, do some soul searching, and take care of whatever skeletons are in the closet.

HAPPY NEW MOON! BEST OF LUCK TO YOU ALL!

Moon in Aquarius

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The Moon moves into Aquarius at 10:02pm tonight. Since I have Moon in Aquarius in my natal chart, I feel inspired to write about it.

Lunar Aquarians, like myself, are what I call “people watchers.” We’re extremely observant and love to study and analyze our fellow humans. We enjoy hearing people’s life stories and figuring out what makes everyone tick. Psychology is thus one of my favorite subjects. I also like to watch “A&E Biography” and “E! True Hollywood Story,” and I’m embarrassed to confess, I even like to watch reality tv shows. Moon in Aquarius explains a lot!

As “people watchers,” those of us with Moon in Aquarius are able to understand and relate to all different types of people in all walks of life. Because of this we are quite sociable and even popular. However, we are unique and don’t quite fit in anywhere. We recognize very early on how “different” we are from others. Despite our sociable nature, we are sort of loners at heart. When I was growing up, believe it or not, I was painfully shy. I have discovered this is common with Lunar Aquarians. Moon in Aquarius can indicate a difficult childhood or other hard experiences, and like many other Lunar Aquarians, I learned very early on how to detach. This doesn’t mean we don’t have emotions. It just means we are more analytical than emotional.

People with Moon in Aquarius are highly independent, and we pride ourselves on our uniqueness and nonconformity. This may be a result of growing up not quite fitting in anywhere. We are somewhat idealistic and passionate about our beliefs, and if rubbed the wrong way, we can be very defensive. We tend to be very stubborn, especially as children. As we grow older, we learn to how to compromise and balance our strong egos.

Despite our cool appearance, we are highly compassionate and our feelings run deep. Many humanitarians have Moon in Aquarius. Our kindness and general concern for others is typically a life philosophy. For the most part, we “live and let live” and value freedom. We give others the space and freedom to be themselves, and we appreciate the same in return. If anyone challenges our behavior or character, our response will likely be, “take it or leave it!” If you can’t accept us as we are, hasta la vista, baby!

Lunar Aquarians are never boring, that’s for sure. We are very interesting and often very entertaining. We like to make sure everyone is having fun and no one feels left out. We will also often fight for the underdog. Although quirky and unpredictable, Aquarius is a fixed sign, so when it comes down to the big stuff, we are actually quite predictable, reliable, and loyal. Overall, we make great friends.

People with Moon in Aquarius:
George Clooney (actor), Russell Crowe (actor), Billy Ray Cyrus (songwriter/musician), Princess Diana (public figure), David Duchovny (actor), Calista Flockhart (actress), John Lennon (songwriter/musician), George Lucas (filmmaker), Marilyn Monroe (actress), Conan O’Brien (comedian), Britney Spears (singer), Rob Thomas (songwriter/musician, absolutely love him! he has his Sun, Moon, and Mercury in Aquarius), and Christopher Walken (actor, he has both Moon and Mars in Aquarius).