of angels and kings—leo full moon—feb. 3rd

warwick6Tomorrow evening, at around 6 PM EST, we have the Leo Full Moon at 14º.

The Sun/Moon opposition will be forming a boomerang yod with Capricorn Pluto and the recent Pisces Mars/Chiron conjunction AND the outrageous Uranus/Pluto square is in full effect.

Pretty potent stuff!!

So, let’s get started.

Remember to pinpoint the houses the Leo/Aquarius axis falls to know exactly where the business is going down for you.

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keys to aquarius mercury retrograde—jan 21st thru feb 11th

Lovely-Vintage-Illustration-Clip-Art-055It’s upon us again, folks—the dreaded Mercury Retrograde.

Today at 10:55AM EST, Hermes will begin retracing his steps from 17º Aquarius all the way back to 1º.

Yes, all the way back to the beginning!

See, the good news is we’ve been in the Retrograde Shadow all this time—since the 5th of January.  So, these energies will hopefully feel a bit old hat to us by now.

The not-so-great news is Mercury will remain retro till February 11th, but won’t pass the 17th degree (meaning he clears the Shadow) til the 3rd of March.

Nearly two whole months with this vibe out there—hell, the actual retrograde could be seen as the calm eye of the hurricane. Yeah?

Anyway—

First, I am gonna run down all the stuff the mental Water Bearer gets up to on his little escapade. Then I want to talk a bit about why we should relax and see this whole terrible travesty as an opportunity.

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season of the water bearer—jan 20th

Tuesday, the 20th, sees the Sun ingressing to the 11th sign of Aquarius, followed shortly by the Moon.

lightning-1909The two Luminaries conjunct at 0º roughly around 8AM EST.

We’ll be waking to a new day, a new astrological month and a new lunation cycle.

Alright!

The first New Moon of 2015 continues last year’s pattern of Sun ingresses coinciding with the start of a new Lunar month. The zero degree of a sign is mighty potent and, therefore, adds quite a punch to the energy backing intentions set at this time.

And true to Aquarius’ unconventional nature there will be a SECOND New Moon February 18th at the crisis-laden 29th degree.

Oh Boy!

So, let’s get to know Aquarius a little bit better to best utilize the celestial toys we get to play with this month!

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fast and dirty—just straight chillaxin’

Many people do a lot of work around the cycles of the Moon.

From starting projects at the New Moon, to home gardening and even large scale farming, to relaxing and tying up loose ends during the Waning Moon.

06WarwickGoble_CriseydeAndHerMaidens_100It is fun and I find it helps a wee little human stay connected to the natural rythyms of the big ol’ universe.

Anyway.

One nuance to this work is what is called the void-of-course Moon.

This is basically the period of time when the Moon makes no more major (conjunction, opposition, square, trine, sextile) aspects with another planet before moving into the next sign of the zodiac.

Let me illustrate: Moon moves into Leo> trines Uranus in Aries > continues in Leo > conjuncts Jupiter > continues in Leo > sextiles Mars in Libra > continues in Leo > becomes void-of-course > remains so until ingressing into Virgo > when the whole process of ingress/aspects/void-of-course/ingress occurs again and again and again . . .

Moon void-of-courses (MVOC) can last a very short time or  a very long time or somewhere in between—remember back at the Solstice/New Moon when the Sadge Moon was void-of-course for over 12 hours!?!?

Well, from my research, MVOC’s can be seen as mini-Mercury Retrogrades, where things don’t go as planned and new projects shouldn’t be started. But instead of 2-3 solid weeks like Merc Rx, VOC usually only lasts hours, though they occur every couple days instead of 2-3 times annually.

OK.

MVOC are seen as times to catch up on sleep (yes, literally) or somesuch activity that bolsters your soul—like meditation or a walk in the woods or yoga or a nice cup of tea with a friend.

Relax and let things wait til Luna moves to the next sign.

Of course, mundane life doesn’t come to a stand still because the Moon is telling you to take a nap, yeah?

Control what you can and don’t sweat the rest!!

Calendars of Moon void-of-course times for 2015 are readily available all over the internets.

Lona

full moon by midnight—jan 5th

Our first Full Moon of the new year occurs early Monday at almost precisely midnight EST.

4.2.7The preceding Sunday is packed with astrological vitality, making this Moon super-duper—so, let’s get started.

Venus and Mercury have both recently moved into Aquarius. They are now sextiling Saturn, new to Sagittarius. This adds plain good judgement and success to any plans made now—especially artistic or career-wise.

Saturday saw the Sun join Pluto at the 13º of Capricorn. They will remain intertwined for the duration of the Full Moon, while sextiling Pisces Chiron.

The Maverick adds fuel to the already volatile healing capabilities of Sol and the Lord of the Underworld, BUT with the gentleness and compassion only a Piscean planet (or asteroid) can provide.

As she moves into Cancer, Luna, herself, dances with Chiron in a free flowing trine. Water meets water to dissolve old scars and give fresh perspective.

Yes, Sunday night’s event could be a major point of catharsis for us, depending on the intentions set at the New Moon as well as individual house position—look to 12 to 14 degrees of the Cardinal signs.

As you know, the Full Moon occurs along the Capricorn/Cancer axis. Earth and Water. The Father and the Mother of the zodiac.

Themes of nurturing and protection will surface. Quite possibly old ghosts from childhood could arise—don’t forget Pluto is in the frey.

How do we provide for our inner child?

How do we protect those—people, ideas, projects—we have committed to nurture?

How are we building structures that nourish and shelter the children—metaphorical and otherwise—we have birthed and are seeing to maturation?

Do these structures allow for growth in all areas—physical, mental, spiritual, emotional? Or are they outdated, in need of overhaul?

As the natural rulers of the 4th and 10th Houses respectively, Cancer and Capricorn bring along fundamental questions of our place and security in the world. Issues of do or die.

Alright, and now to get to the meatiest part of this opposition.

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the longest night—december 21st

Sunday, at approximately 6:05 PM EST, the Sun moves from Sagittarius to Capricorn, signaling the Winter Solstice.

Then, around 8:30 PM EST, Luna joins to exact their New Moon conjunction at 0º.

Arthur-Rackham-Illustration-042The shift from Autumn to Winter is conjoined with the pitch black point of the month, where intention barely begins to muster up its ultimate potential.

Quiet. Serene.

Since the Virgo Sun ingress this Summer, the New Moons  have fallen on or dangerously close to .

The purest of freshest starts.

Tomorrow’s event is no different.

Alright. So, first, I will discuss the high jinks of lovely Sagittarius/Capricorn Moon, then update the Uranus/Pluto Square and finally get on to the changing of the Season.

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december 20th—solstice eve 2014: part 1

This is the first of a three part series of posts detailing the busy Saturday preceding the Winter Solstice/New Moon on Sunday, the 21st.

1800s-Vintage-Illustrations-029Alright, the skies are brimming to the gills with Mutable and Cardinal escapades this weekend.

The only hold-out to speak of is dear old Saturn battling the chaos of Scorpio’s 29th degree. He moved to the anaretic position on December 14th and will remain there until the 23rd, when he finally crosses the border into Sagittarius.

His current locality points to a crisis of Scorpionic proportion. It’s crunch time for how we all relate to sex, death and taxes—you can toss in intimacy, too, for shits and giggles. Ha!

Metaphorically, we are tying up any loose ends related to the issues listed above. Whatever Saturn deems yet to be finalized, the seeds of culmination will be planted at this New Moon, for he will retrograde back into the 8th sign come June 2015 to complete.

Saturn leaves nothing unsound.

Yay!

While Father Time has his hands full with all that, our freshly ingressed Capricorn Mercury is sextiling Neptune in Pisces. We all will have an extra boost of intuitive dexterity at our disposal.

Ah, yes, the Trickster palling up with the God of Illusion makes for quite the environment for mischief. Clever little rascals, to bring a bit of gaiety with the bite of Capricorn’s devilish humor.

This folks, is just some of the energy to influence the weekend’s Solstice.

Exciting.

Lona