Moon Diary: Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse at 24 degrees Pisces, the Two Fishes - 16th September, 2016 by Jane Lyle
September’s full Moon in watery, restless Pisces will be a lunar eclipse visible in Europe, Asia, Australia and East Africa.
Every full Moon draws things – like tides – upwards and outwards. So here’s a high tide for our emotions, imaginations, and our desire to help others in our lives, or through involvement with charities and social movements. A Pisces lunar eclipse really does emphasise our unconscious seas too, with all the dreams, visions, nightmares and stories that are swimming around in it.
We all dip into this sea from time to time, and no more so than now – and in the months ahead. What’s bobbing about in the zeitgeist? Pisces is closely associated with movies, actors, and mystics – as well as sailors, fishermen, nurses and charity workers. All these groups are highlighted by this lunar eclipse – both the glamorous, mysterious side, and the self-sacrificing, healing side of the two Fishes.
Fiery Mars in Sagittarius sparks off the eclipse, heating up emotions that find an outlet in passionate sex, anger, righteous causes, sporting battles and fighting for spiritual or philosophical beliefs. Both Pisces and Sagittarius have visionary, prophetic qualities – and for some of us this means some amazing inspiration at this full Moon. For others, it means surges of restless, foggy feelings – there can be uncertainty about which way to go, what to take, and what to leave behind.
We may also become exasperated by those who cannot help themselves, or angry about caring for others, welfare, and victims of many kinds. Yes, that old game of ‘blame the victim’ may show its ugly face this autumn. It’s something to consciously avoid, certainly, along with an awareness of ‘compassion fatigue’ – something that’s likely to surface in ourselves, and in the media during the autumn months.
Three Fixed Stars and the Lunar Eclipse
Rational facts may be in short supply, for not only is Pisces prone to dreaminess and delusions, but Mars aligns with Ras Alhague, a fixed star in Ophiuchus, the shamanic healer and celestial Snake Charmer. Hot, heedless words, spilled out in a tactless hurry, can cause trouble now. Mars and Ras Alhague together are also associated with earthquakes and volcanic eruptions here on earth, and in our emotions too.
The Moon is aligned with both Markab and Sadalbari in the constellation of Pegasus, beautiful winged horse that was the mythic child of Neptune and Medusa. More watery themes here, as this constellation is associated with the sea (Neptune), and shipping. It’s also a sign of soaring ambition – just as the winged horse Pegasus could fly to the stars, so our imaginations and ambitions can soar. But, warn the ancient sources, care is needed or we’ll fly too high, risking a big fall.
Out in the World
Traditionally, an eclipse has the most impact on places where it can be seen – Europe, Asia, Australia and East Africa may all be locations where this eclipse’s effects manifest this autumn.
There’s a wide range of national horoscopes energised by this eclipse. These include the UK, France, Germany, Ukraine, Russia, and the USA.
Your own horoscope is activated if you have planets or points at around 24 degrees of Pisces, Virgo, Sagittarius and Gemini. An astrologer can tell you much more about how this can work out for you personally.
Moon Diary: Square Dancing - New Moon and Solar Eclipse at 9 degrees Virgo, 1st September, 2016 by Jane Lyle.
Every solar eclipse has the potential to trigger change. This one, at 9 degrees of Virgo, the Maiden Goddess, is like a potent cosmic stock cube, bursting with energy and thought-provoking flavours laced with a generous dash of trickery.
Eclipse effects build beforehand. During the days leading up to an eclipse, and the week following one, it’s sensible to delay big decisions if possible. It’s always worth asking ‘what could be hidden?’, since an eclipse may conceal the bigger picture, making it hard to get all the information we need straight away.
This eclipse is ruled by communications planet Mercury – underlining the need to assess information with great care, check facts, bide our time and don’t, whatever you do, blindly trust the satnav.
Read the small print, then read it again. Confusion and misleading scenarios are almost inevitable with Mercury backtracking in Virgo until 22nd September.
Mercury, plus the eclipse in Virgo says the devil’s deep in the details. It emphasises transport and travel plans, communications, education, nutrition and health-care, documents – including online files, neighbours and local events, young people, the written and spoken word, public relations and advertising. These areas, and those who work in them, are brought to our attention now, and when this eclipse degree is stimulated again by Mars in Pisces at the end of December, 2016, and the beginning of January, 2017. Critics, examiners, investigators and reviewers are also in the spotlight.
Virgo is the sign of service to others – we’re looking at how these areas I’ve outlined might serve us, and also how we help others – just around our neighbourhood, for example, or in a job or profession in one of the areas mentioned, such as teaching.
Saturn, Neptune, and the Virgo eclipse
Our Virgo Sun and Moon connect with Saturn and Neptune – highlighting one of September’s big key themes, the final square between Saturn and Neptune.
We’ve been living with the confusing square-off between sober Saturn and dissolving Neptune since autumn 2015.
At its highest level, this planetary partnership says hard work makes dreams real – marry Saturn’s practicality to Neptune’s inspiration and you can achieve something wonderful, and often something lasting too.
Other less attractive manifestations include confusion around boundaries; deceptive movements, stories, companies and individuals; longstanding delusions and deceptions; vague fears and disappointments; deflation – financial, emotional, and psychological.
The eclipse brings these themes into the news and into our lives. And it’s tricky. It could be difficult to feel purposeful and focused, for things seem to ebb and flow around us while others can be evasive, escapist, or not able to tell us the truth. Once again, the answer is to play a waiting game, stay alert, and be adaptable. A practical, organised approach suits the prevailing Virgo vibes.
Big events, the fixed star Zosma, and the eclipse
The troublesome fixed star Zosma aligns with this eclipse. Zosma is found at 11 degrees Virgo, in the constellation Leo. It is close to the Sun and Moon, and closer still to the Moon’s nodes in Virgo, denoting events affecting large numbers of people.
Zosma’s symbolism is closely allied to the idea of victims and oppressors. It signifies victim mentality and victimisation; those who work with victims; and those who create victims – the bullies, aggressors, and people who knowingly cause suffering. Working with the victims of major events, whether natural or manmade, also resonates with the sign Virgo and its associations with health, wellbeing, and helping others.
World events linked with Zosma often seem to be connected to royalty, heads of state and important figures. It also crops up in charts for assassinations, and the death of very famous individuals.
It’s worth noting that the last time we had an eclipse in Virgo at 9 degrees, it fell one day after the shocking death of Princess Diana on 31st August, 1997. In the weeks that followed, huge numbers of people all around the world responded with deep emotion to this terrible accident.
There’s a strong possibility that this eclipse signifies a dramatic, memorable world event. Many national horoscopes are activated by the eclipse and its aspects, including:
Various horoscopes for the United Kingdom are vitalised, meaning it’s a pivotal time on many levels for the UK:
Ascendant for the UK House of Commons: 9 Gemini
Ascendant for UK Reorganisation: 9 Gemini
Uranus, UK Reorganisation, 7th December, 1922: 9 Pisces
Neptune, UK Glorious Revolution, 23rd February, 1689: 10 Pisces
Saturn, UK, England, Republic, 27th March, 1649: 11 Gemini
Pluto, UK, England, Republic, 27th March, 1649: 8 Gemini
Jupiter, UK Coronation of William I, 25th December, 1066: 8 Virgo
The eclipse and its aspects also activate many other national horoscopes, including:
Turkey; Germany; the USA; Vietnam; Ukraine; Russia; Greece; Spain; Belgium; Iceland; Israel and Palestine.
Watch out for news about these locations in late August and during September, and when the eclipse degree of 9 Virgo is activated again by Mars in Pisces in late December, and early January – signifying a powerful start to the new year.
Your own personal horoscope is energised
The eclipse has a strong message about new beginnings for you if you have planets or points between 8 and 12 degrees of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius or Pisces. An astrologer can tell you more about how this may affect you personally.
Moon Diary: Lost in Space - Full Moon in Aquarius, 18th August, 2016 by Jane Lyle.
It’s a little bit wild and wacky. August’s Aquarian full Moon promises revelations, innovative inspiration, and some exciting, sociable energy.
An Aquarian Moon shines on technology, space sciences, science in general, and humanitarian concerns. This intellectual Moon also favours meditation, study, and psychic development. If you fancy experimenting with telepathy or visualisation, this could be a productive moment for you. You can go to infinity and beyond without leaving your home planet.
Aquarius is ruled by electrifying Uranus – a planet that likes, symbolically, to turn things upside down. The full Moon forms a positive aspect with eccentric Uranus, bringing a strong focus on new ways of relating to others, or new ways of parenting, conducting friendships, or finding love. Uranus spells excitement, and willingness to try something fresh and new. Movements and trends involving many people are ruled by the Moon, situated in the sign representing all humanity – Aquarius. What surfaces around the time of this full Moon is likely to involve large groups of people.
Sizzling fiery energy is also denoted by Uranus in Aries in a flowing aspect with the Sun in Leo. This aspect says that creating change and embracing revolutionary ideas is focused on each of us as an individual, for Sun in Leo radiates from the heart. If you want to make changes, let things go, or finish up something that you started earlier this year – this is a positive time to do it.
Synchronicity, happy coincidences, and unexpected encounters bring new possibilities at this full Moon. Since it’s a full Moon, many of those exciting connections will have links with the past.
Moon Diary: New Moon in Leo, 2nd August, 2016: All You Need is Love by Jane Lyle.
Flamboyance meets formality as the new Moon in Leo rises on 2nd August.
If you want to begin a project, or start a new, creative or romantic phase then here’s the Moon for you.
Both Sun and Moon in Leo are supported by hard-working Saturn – what we begin now has the potential to be long-lasting, particularly if we’re prepared to work patiently towards what we’re hoping to achieve. Projects linked with history, old flames, or perhaps our teachers and gurus, are all favoured.
A subtle link to dreamy Neptune in fishy Pisces shows where we’ll need to use intuition this month. The trick is, as it was with the new Moons of June and July, to figure out how to blend hopes and visions with practicality and sustained effort so that we reach our goals. Team-work can be particularly valuable this August.
The next new Moon, on 1st September, will be a powerful and somewhat tricky eclipse in Virgo. It, too, is linked to both Saturn and Neptune. So the basic positive theme of all these new Moons is the idea that hard work makes dreams come true. But when we look into the shadow side of Saturn and Neptune there’s fear, disappointment and confusion to deal with. We’ve been walking along this path all year, trying to avoid the myriad pot-holes and swamps along the way.
A Leo new Moon is a lovely moment, emphasising the optimistic side of one of this year’s major planetary themes – the Saturn/Neptune square. It’s a burst of helpful, fiery energy for the weeks ahead, encouraging us to open our hearts and focus on love whenever we can. This may be a real challenge for many people, I know. But if anything can disperse the uncertainty (at least for a while), it’s the golden rays of Leo. So why not give hope, love, and humour a chance?
Moon Diary: Full Moon in Capricorn, 19th July 2016: We are Family? By Jane Lyle.
July’s full Moon rises at 27 degrees of ambitious, security-minded Capricorn. Traditionally, it highlights money, practical matters, and status. And yet this one is also volatile, erratic, and signifies an ongoing atmosphere of endless questions too.
Every full Moon brings things to a head. Often these relate to projects, or trains of thought, that began with the new Moon – in this case, that powerful Cancer new Moon on 4th July. Some of our full Moon vacillations are linked directly to that time, and what we started or experienced then. It’s a useful moment to review things, but it would be wise to wait a while before making final decisions. This full Moon’s themes last until the following new Moon on 2nd August, in Leo.
Deeply emotional energies flow, courtesy of Mars in intense Scorpio aspecting the full Moon. Strong passions, reckless acts, or dramatic outbursts are directly connected with our needs for security in relationships, in our families, and in our nations and neighbourhoods.
Sun in Cancer and Moon in Capricorn conjure up parental figures, authority, and the whole notion of family – from your parents right through to people you think of as ‘family’, whether at work or in your private life. If there’s been any tension in these areas, then expect this full Moon to bring things out into the open. But perhaps not in quite the way you might expect. Eccentric, inventive Uranus, squaring the full Moon, promises to deliver unexpected thoughts, emotions, or events. Our feelings towards others can change now, or we discover something very surprising about them. Electrifying Uranus likes to shake things up.
Asteroid Chiron, frequently cited as a ‘wounded healer’, adds further interesting energy to this full Moon picture. Chiron was indeed wounded, but he was a teacher, and a wild-at-heart centaur too. Sometimes, this asteroid acts as a catalyst, a burst of off-the-wall feelings, thoughts, or experiences that serve to change our direction and attitudes. With Chiron, Mars, and the Sun in the three water signs there’s a lot of vital energy enhancing emotion, intuition, and creativity. If we can sidestep the push-me-pull-you atmosphere, we’ll find a little much-needed flow over the next two weeks.
This, like the Independence Day new Moon, is a meaningful, emotional Moon for the USA. It links with Pluto in America’s national horoscope, and stirs up many questions around power, energy resources, mining, and security. Sadly, there’s already violence and civil unrest, and there’s a strong likelihood of more. It is also a significant full Moon for France and Spain, amongst other locations.
Image: From ‘East of the Sun, West of the Moon’ (Michael Hague Signature Classics), via www.surlalunefairytales.blogspot.com
Moon Diary: New Moon in Cancer, 4th July, 2016: Memories are Made of This by Jane Lyle.
It’s complicated. Our July new Moon at 12-13 degrees of Cancer the Crab has many important, subtle messages for us, but surges of deeply-felt emotion may obscure some of these for a while.
A new Moon gives its flavour to the whole month ahead, in this case – it’s a generous crab salad.
At first, all we may experience is a sweet, loving sensitivity. Cancer is a profoundly emotional sign, ruling our roots, family, home and homeland. The crab’s claws hang on tight, favouring security and stability. There’s likely to be much talk about these things, with Sun, Moon, Mercury and Venus all lined up in Cancer, with added mystical vibrations emanating from Neptune, the god of the sea himself, in Pisces. Waves of feelings, impressions, dream images, and mesmerising fantasies will ebb and flow as the sirens sing to us and we submit to their seductive spell. It’s an important moment for powerful women, signifying a pivotal time for some of our most prominent female leaders, and famous women in general.
On a personal level, it’s a wonderful time to tune in to your own personal psychic radio, to visualise what you want, or begin a dream diary. What lies beneath in the unconscious seas can be very revealing now. What we uncover can help us deal with our anxieties and problems, and find emotional release. Sharing memories with family, lovers and close friends is another way this Moon can help us think about where we are now, and perhaps why. Cancer likes to show us the lessons of history.
Yet, powerful Pluto is lurking beneath the surface, opposing the new Moon from his stronghold in ruthless Capricorn. We can expect a bit more than sweetness and light this July. Pluto favours intensity, is fearless when unearthing secrets, and inclines towards regeneration, but is capable of demolishing things first. Pluto and the Moon together can reveal fluctuations in power, highlight crime families, and signal an obsessive focus on waste, trash, recycling, and financial corruption.
Big groups and large numbers of like-minded people will sense the feelings evoked by this new Moon, for the Moon’s nodes in Virgo and Pisces open up the gates, and drive many of us to seek out those we feel support our ideas, and our identities.
And just to pump up the cosmic volume even more, the brightest star in the night sky, Sirius, aligns with Sun and Moon in Cancer. Sirius, the Dog Star, blazes away in the constellation of Canis Major, the Greater Dog, and was considered sacred by many ancient cultures.
Sirius represents shining success and honour, but is also a guardian – just as a dog guards the threshold of its home, the Dog Star guards the threshold between the sacred and the mundane. Sirius sometimes demands a sacrifice for the greater good, a cause, or a vocation. Passionate beliefs are tested, and successful careers upended this July.
So do enjoy the romantic and spiritual side of July’s amazing new Moon, but strive for harmony and balance whenever possible. If we can rise to the challenge and stay centred, we won’t be all at sea.
Image: 'Young Lady in a Boat' by James Tissot. Public Domain.
Moon Diary - Solstice Full Moon in Sagittarius, 20th June, 2016: Ride your Pony by Jane Lyle.
What needs finishing up?
It’s time to saddle up and, over the next two weeks, complete projects - or smile a little smugly and reap results from what you began at the new Moon on 4th-5th June, or earlier in the year.
Our second Sagittarian full Moon of the summer rises at 29 degrees on 20th June. These two fiery full Moons are like bookends – the first (21st May) was at the very beginning of Sagittarius, the second is teetering right at the very end of the sign – a clear, obvious signal of completion or culmination. In ongoing situations, it’s a time when things come to a head. Romance, music, art, sport, cash, or some ongoing big, fat charm offensive are likely areas where this full Moon will bring a peak, a high tide.
The Sun in Gemini is poised to enter Cancer at the annual turning-point of the Solstice. This takes place a few hours after the full Moon rises on this day. It aligns with beautiful Venus – newly silvery, moody, and psychic in the lunar-ruled sign, Cancer. Cancer’s intuition may differ from a Sagittarian Moon’s prophetic abilities, but both signs are super-sensitive to hidden meanings and can sense the shape of things to come if they focus on this. These insightful gifts are sharpened to a needle-sharp point by the full Moon’s alignment with the fixed star, Acumen, in the constellation of Scorpio.
Acumen highlights sharp, discriminating minds that are keen to probe beneath the surface of things. Sometimes Acumen is associated with stinging words, and testing situations where ideas are challenged. In this instance, those may spring from some Sagittarian tactlessness, or relentless insistence on telling it like it is. Ouch.
Inner vision, faith, and self-awareness will be more than helpful to us all at this full Moon. Much is blurred and confused, and the so-called ‘facts’ may not always be what they seem now, and for the rest of the summer. Walk, don’t run. And keep asking questions…..
This is a particularly meaningful full Moon for you if your birthday falls on 20th – 21st June. You’ve reached a peak in some area of your life, and may begin to feel restless as you search for new challenges, directions, or a spot of mind-bending travel.
Famous people whose year ahead is influenced by this full Moon include:
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (21st June)
Edward Snowden (21st June)
Image: ‘Ride-a-cock-horse’ by Joyce Mercer (1896-1965), vintage children’s book illustration
Moon Diary - New Moon in Gemini, 4th-5th June 2016: Look Both Ways by Jane Lyle
A beguiling carousel of a new Moon takes us for a dizzy spin in June.
It rises at 14 degrees of Gemini on 4th-5th June, depending on your time zone.
This is an important new Moon, for it vitalises June’s planetary atmosphere of inspiration, confusion, and flexibility. Loving words and beautiful music are a strong theme, for the Sun and Moon in charming Gemini are exactly aligned with sweet Venus. Our neighbourhoods and everyday lives could be the source of delights, happy social events, or pleasant encounters – for Gemini rules the third house, a place of communication, short journeys, and social life. In many ways, this is a lovely new Moon for romance, parties, friendship and fun.
Of course, that’s not the whole story. The Sun, Moon and Venus complete a pattern called a grand cross. This one connects Jupiter and the Moon’s nodes in Virgo, Neptune in Pisces, and Saturn in Sagittarius. All these signs are Mutable, that is – they’re adaptable, and their job is to weave a bridge between those signs that initiate things – the Cardinal signs, and those which consolidate things – the Fixed signs. When they’re all connected like this, it may be hard to get anything done, make decisions, or find clarity. We’re at a cosmic crossroads. One way or another we must learn to surf the waves.
We’ve got the potential for expanded consciousness and great compassion here, but Saturn insists on checking all the facts and figures. Extravagant spending or overly-generous actions are blocked, questioned, and limited. Events themselves could feel overwhelming in some way – perhaps there’s too much information, too many people demanding attention. Or maybe things are moving too fast, and our emotions are bewildering and hard to define. We may be ‘Jack of all trades, master of none’. Neptune’s dissolving presence suggests that this could be a ‘Wikileaks’ kind of lunar month too.
Fortunately, Gemini’s ruler – Mercury – is still in sensible Taurus. Finding some earthy stability should help us relax and think things through step by step. We’ll need to make an effort to pause, and not get swept away on some mad, magic carpet ride. Gemini mind partners Taurean matter – hopefully, this translates as keeping it real.
Yet, with a little caution, this can also be a potent time to make a fresh start or explore a new path – particularly in Gemini’s house in your own natal horoscope.
If you have planets around 12-17 degrees of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius or Pisces then this new Moon, and it’s aspects, energises your horoscope this June. If you’re not sure, why not ask a professional astrologer?
This new Moon activates the national horoscopes for a wide range of countries including: Germany, Brazil, Norway, Denmark, Cuba, Australia, and the Vatican City, Rome. Generally, locations influenced by this Moon will see increased debate, arguments, movement, and talk of education, agriculture, and information technology.
Image: ‘Gamera vs Guiron’ (1969) via www.thetelltalemind.com
Moon Diary - Full Moon in Sagittarius, 21st May 2016: Thinking and Seeking by Jane Lyle
The flaming arrows of desire are flying thick and fast as 21st May’s full Moon rises at 1 degree of Sagittarius the Archer. Communications, meetings, romance and journeys have a high-energy, feisty, even competitive edge for the next two weeks.
Education, personal development, and our cherished ideals are favoured by Moon in Sagittarius – and could be positive goals and channels for all this upbeat fiery energy. There’s creative potential, but it will tend to ebb and flow - we’ll have to select our targets with care.
This full Moon denotes impulsive emotions. Sudden outbursts are likely to flare up between friends, lovers, neighbours and workmates thanks to warrior Mars in Sagittarius riding alongside the volatile, visionary Moon. With Mars apparently travelling backwards in the heavens, some (or most) of these conflicts have their origins in suppressed irritation or anger rooted in the past. Probably time to count to ten before things get too heated – or resist making inflammatory comments.
The Sun in Gemini increases our desire to talk about everything that’s going on – and points towards another outlet for agitated feelings. It’s aligned with the fixed star Alcyone, brightest of the cluster of stars called the Pleiades, or Seven Sisters. These stars are said to bring rain, or sometimes tears. But - seeking a silver lining to this starry cloud - rain brings fertility to the land, and tears bring emotional release. The Pleiades are located in the constellation Taurus. Alcyone emphasises both the idea of insights and intuitive visions at this full Moon, while bringing the opposing theme of rash judgments and anger. If we can channel the anger, and use the magical visions, we’ll be heroes.
Duality, flexibility, and changeability are inevitable now – since the Sun is in the sign of the Twins, and the Moon’s sign is symbolised by a centaur – half human, half horse. It’s a bumpy ride, but somewhere along the path there’s an enchanted forest. We just have to find it, that’s all.
‘A karate practitioner should possess two things: wicked hands, and Buddha’s heart.’
- Soke Behzad Ahmadi
Image: Samurai Warrior on horseback via Wikimedia Commons
Moon Diary - New Moon in Taurus, 6th May 2016: Earthly Delights by Jane Lyle.
May’s earthy new Moon at 16 degrees Taurus radiates some juicy spring-time magic.
There’s extra lunar energy around this month, for this is a Supermoon – meaning that our new Moon is at it’s closest point to us here on Earth in it’s monthly journey. Like all Supermoons, this one promises to stir things up – and can indicate wild weather events, or dramatic volcanic eruptions and earthquakes.
A Taurus new Moon highlights our feelings about security and cash, love and sex, values, assets, and stability. It favours setting intentions and planting seeds – just as long as we take some practical steps to manifest what’s lolling around in our imaginations. Patience is vital too. Five backtracking planets mean everything is moving slowly, and the patterns of the past are asking us to think, and think again about cause and effect. You’ll reap what you sow, and be able to see what past actions have created right here in the present. Focusing on any project, goal, or romantic dream that you’ve been mulling over for a while is in tune with the times. What small, deliberate steps can you take to make it real or move things along during this lunar month? The next new Moon, in Gemini, begins a new, and very different, cycle on 5th June.
Deep, fertile energies are flowing. Underworld king, Pluto in Capricorn, and majestic Jupiter in Virgo link our new Moon into a beautiful, earthy pattern, known as a trine. It’s an excellent month to use intuition to find lost objects, buried treasure, or creative, emotional energy. Connecting with friends, and people who can help or support you is another positive possibility. Venus smiles in her home sign of Taurus now, adding another layer of warmth, colour, and affection to this new Moon’s mouth-watering mojo. Traditionally, Friday is Venus’ day too – if you’d like a little more love, beauty, cash or pleasure in your world, now’s the time to get in touch with the goddess!
If your birthday falls between 5th -7th May, your year is off to a powerful start. A new phase is beginning. Famous birthdays include:
George Clooney (6th May, 1961)
Tony Blair (6th May, 1953)
Michael Palin (6th May, 1943)
Adele (5th May, 1988)
Any planets between 13 – 18 Taurus in your natal horoscope are vitalised by this rather special new Moon. But you’ll have to take action to release potential good fortune by planting your seeds and remembering to water them! The specific planet, and it’s house, will show where the energy flows. Planets in Virgo and Capricorn also receive some lunar bounty.
"Is the spring coming?" he said. "What is it like?"...
"It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine...”
Frances Hodgson Burnett, ‘The Secret Garden’
‘The Fairy Lovers’ by Theodor von Holst (c.1840)
Image via www.tate.org
Moon Diary - Full Moon in Scorpio, April 21st- 22nd, 2016 by Jane Lyle
April’s Scorpio full Moon rises at 2 degrees of sultry, spooky Scorpio on the night of 21st-22nd April.
It’s the smallest full Moon of 2016, at it’s furthest from Earth.
All full Moons – even micro Moons - tend to emphasise fluctuating emotions and intuitive feelings. This one, in watery, emotional Scorpio, could be especially intense, and the emotions it illuminates particularly brooding or hard to define.
The Sun is fresh in earthy Taurus – signifying our possessions, security, and what we value. What we cherish aside from material possessions is hugely important – it’s not all about money. Those emotional and philosophical values shine beneath an uncluttered full Moon. Their vital importance may become painfully obvious, or act as a catalyst for transformation during the coming days.
Sun and Moon are aspected by asteroid Dionysus in Leo. There are innumerable asteroids in modern astrology – how can they possibly be meaningful? Yet, sometimes, the name itself - or what it symbolises - seems to pop up in some amazingly synchronous way when a named asteroid aligns with one of our more familiar planets. It could be something worth considering anyway.
Dionysus is often represented as the crazy, androgynous party-boy of the Ancient Greek gods. His less attractive Roman equivalent is Bacchus – paunchy, lecherous, drunken god of wine. God of theatre, wine, and sacred, orgiastic rites, Dionysus has a darker, deeper core. His true essence is about death, sacrifice, and rebirth, and he symbolises tremendous life-force. So I feel that he resonates very well with the meaning of this full Moon. We’ve got the sensual, greedy, earthy side of Taurus, and Scorpio as the mystical sign of death, sex, and regeneration. Dionysus carries all this imagery with him - perhaps the rocky little asteroid named Dionysus intends to bring it to our attention?
In ancient Lydia (modern-day western Turkey), Dionysus’ totem animal was a fox. His wild female priestesses (Maenads/Bassarids) and followers wore fox skins as a tribute. Were they the first foxy ladies? Other totemic animals associated with Dionysus included a panther, bull, stag, and goat. So it looks like more wildness, and more shamanic life force as we head towards the magical month of May, with its potent new Moon in Taurus the Bull.
With or without Dionysus, this Scorpio full Moon has some depth-charge potential, that’s for sure. I’m fairly certain, though, that this vivid, anarchic god will put in an appearance, one way or another.
“He is life's liberating force.
He is release of limbs and communion through dance.
He is laughter, and music in flutes.
He is repose from all cares -- he is sleep!
When his blood bursts from the grape
and flows across tables laid in his honor
to fuse with our blood,
he gently, gradually, wraps us in shadows
of ivy-cool sleep.”
Euripides – ‘The Bacchae’
Image: ‘Evening Scene’ by Abraham Pether, 1801. Image via Wikimedia Commons
Moon Diary - New Moon, SuperMoon in Aries: 7th April 2016 by Jane Lyle.
A new Moon in Aries always signifies a fresh beginning. This one throws everything up in the air.
The atmosphere is likely to be volatile, dramatic and erratic in the days around this week’s fiery new Moon – and it’s a SuperMoon too. This means that the Moon is at it’s closest to Earth in its monthly cycle (perigee), having a stronger effect than usual on the ocean’s spring tides, the weather, – and probably our emotions’ inner tides too.
The desire to make changes in our relationships, homes, and circumstances will be powerful. If you’ve been thinking about leaving your job, distancing yourself from a draining friendship or relationship, or simply clearing out your cupboards – here’s some irresistible motivation for you. The Moon aligns with electrifying Uranus – stirring rebellious impulses, and bringing surprises. And in the Capricorn corner there’s Pluto, urging us to clear the decks, recycle, clear and transform emotions and environment. Hard working Saturn makes a helpful aspect to all this volatility – what begins now isn’t a flash-in-the-pan, we’ll want to keep going until we’ve finished what we started.
We’re all influenced by our environment, and what’s going on collectively – so to a greater or lesser extent we’ll all feel this new SuperMoon’s purging powers. If you’ve got planets in your personal birth chart at around 18 degrees of Aries or Capricorn then you’re likely to notice these effects most strongly. Planets at 18 degrees of Libra and Cancer are also triggered, but the effects may be less obvious.
"But Alice had got so much into the way of expecting nothing but out-of-the-way things to happen, that it seemed quite dull and stupid for life to go on in the common way."
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
The aspects are: New Moon at 18 degrees Aries, square Pluto, 17 degrees Capricorn, conjunct Uranus, 20 degrees Aries, trine Saturn, 16 degrees Sagittarius.
Image: ‘Alice and the playing cards’ by Obakeneko. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons
Moon Diary - Keep Calm and Carry On: Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse in Libra, 23rd March 2016 by Jane Lyle.
Balance and harmony are what a full Moon in Libra seeks to achieve. This one, however, is a lunar eclipse – meaning that those Libran scales will be plunging up and down, alongside our thoughts and emotions this spring.
Our relationships are in focus, for Libra rules partnerships of every kind. So our friendships, working alliances and professional associations can be just as important now as our romantic partners. Our links with adversaries and enemies need thinking about as well as the eclipse brings things to the surface. All kinds of tension can be cleared and talked about openly, possibly a little too openly for some of us.
This Moon is opposite the Sun and chatty Mercury in frank, honest Aries. There’ll be quite a few people telling it like it is over the next few months. Mars in equally open (some might say tactless) Sagittarius also energises our peace-loving Libran Moon, increasing the likelihood of direct action, bald statements of fact, and impulsive statements and outbursts. We could see this manifest in political shenanigans, military tensions and indecision, and news about sport, and sporting organisations and events.
There’s energy, restlessness, and angry outbursts – what’s been suppressed or ignored will demand attention. There may be riots and demonstrations as people seek to express themselves, and to be taken seriously.
We can expect secrets or hidden information to emerge, perhaps in the form of realisations about what we truly think and feel. This can trigger endings, or at least the desire for them. Every full Moon is a time of culmination, and signals the end of a phase. An eclipse is a super-charged full Moon – so those peaks and partings are likely to be more dramatic or have long-lasting impact on our feelings and our lives.
This eclipse links back to projects, partnership issues, thoughts and feelings that began around the time of the Libran new Moon last October. It also resonates with the Libran lunar eclipse of 23rd March 1997. If the spring and summer of 1997 was important for you in some way, you can anticipate something similar now – or may find your thoughts and feelings about that time are suddenly very meaningful and relevant to your life today.
Libran Areas of Life in Focus include:
Justice and the law – the scales of Justice connect with the scales of Libra.
Peace negotiations – from international meetings, all the way through to family discussions and relationship counselling.
Social life, friendships, and romance – especially marriages and civil partnerships.
Libran industries such as beauty, jewellery, fashion, art, and design.
Enemies and open adversaries. Sometimes it’s a case of ‘my enemy’s enemy is my friend’ or ‘keep your friends close, but your enemies closer’. This looks like one of the themes of this Libran lunar eclipse.
The Lunar Eclipse and You
This lunar eclipse is meaningful for you and your partnerships, friendships, enemies, and alliances if you have planets around 3 – 4 degrees of Libra or Aries, Cancer or Capricorn.
Special birthdays fall around 27th – 29th September (Libra), and 22rd – 25th March (Aries).
To a lesser extent, Cancer and Capricorn planets and birthdays may experience some lunar eclipse effects. Special birthdays are 24th – 26th June (Cancer), and 24th – 26th December (Capricorn).
Famous Librans whose natal horoscopes are energised include:
Gwyneth Paltrow and April Lavigne(27th September)
Mira Sorvino and Brigitte Bardot (28th September)
Silvio Berlusconi (29th September)
Famous Aries people whose birthday year ahead is vitalised by this eclipse include:
Reese Witherspoon, William Shatner, and Stephen Sondheim (22nd March)
Elton John (25th March)
Out in the World
As I’ve remarked in the Cosmic Weather, this eclipse looks meaningful for Greece, and the Greek public – the public is ruled by the Moon in a national horoscope.
Both the horoscopes for the Greek Revolution (25th March, 1821) and Greek Democracy (24th July, 1974) are activated. Questions about how independent Greece can be are likely, and the Greek people’s urge for freedom is in focus. This eclipse is about partnerships and alliances, so obviously it highlights issues around Greece and the European Union. Again. People have a lot to say now, and during the next three months or so.
Other national horoscopes worth watching include:
Image: Ault & Wilborg company poster by Will Bradley, New York Public Library Public Domain. www.nypl.org
Moon Diary - Dream Catcher: Solar Eclipse at 18 degrees Pisces, 8th-9th March, 2016 by Jane Lyle
Powerful, dreamy, and unsettling – the first solar eclipse of 2016 magnifies our emotions and seduces our imaginations.
A shoal of planets in watery Pisces emphasise intuition and vulnerable feelings. Our connections with friends, family and lovers may be slip-sliding around all over the place now, and in the weeks and months ahead. We may feel a deeper love, or realise that we’re not sure how we feel about someone, perhaps someone very familiar to us. Repressed, submerged feelings surface – if we’ve been deluding ourselves about someone, or something, then this becomes more than a nagging feeling we can ignore. It becomes clear to us that we must make changes, either at work or in our personal lives. This will feel strange, and needs flexibility and that oh-so-Piscean quality, surrender.
Often, the changes that accompany an eclipse are out of our immediate control, yet what is ‘eclipsed’ or seemingly lost will make space for fresh developments and positive progress during the next six months.
This eclipse really is extraordinarily fishy – we have Sun, Moon, Mercury, Neptune, Chiron and Ceres in Pisces. Jupiter and the Moon’s Nodes in earthy Virgo oppose them, rather like a small island in the midst of a vast ocean. Jupiter expands everything – on the plus side this signals great empathy and remarkable creativity, on the negative side it denotes floods of erratic emotion, old hurts, illusions and delusions - particularly religious, philosophical, and spiritual kinds.
The potential for floods of water and storms at sea now, and in the coming months, appears to be high too – partly because the eclipse is in Pisces, and partly because Jupiter and the Moon’s Nodes align with the fixed star Denebola.
Traditionally, Denebola signifies religious tensions, severe weather, sedition, and the deaths of famous men. The great expert on the fixed stars, Bernadette Brady, also associates it with being unconventional, or ‘out of step’ with society in some way. Traditionally, again, these effects might be expected to manifest most dramatically in the regions where the total eclipse is visible – from Western Australia, and across Asia and the northern Pacific ocean.
Sober old Saturn, uncomfortable in flexible Sagittarius, makes a square to the Pisces Sun, Moon and Virgo Jupiter. Perhaps this offers a smidgeon of stability? Perhaps it only offers us a stop-go kind of feeling. Mutable energy finds an outlet in Gemini – so this will be a phase of much talking, communications, travel and the continuing prominence of Europe’s refugee and migrant crisis. Curiously, these movements of people are often described by using watery analogies – floods, rivers, tides, and waves – all things associated with Neptune and its sign, Pisces.
Piscean areas of life in eclipse focus
These include charities; pharmaceutical industries; cinema, theatre, and the film industry; music; drugs and alcohol; oil and gas; hospitals; sailors and fishermen; the sea; clouds and fog; wavering boundaries; mystical experiences and individuals; dreams; restlessness and anything that dissolves – including agreements, contracts, and illusions.
The Eclipse and You
This is an important eclipse for you if you have natal planets or angles around 18 – 21 degrees of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius or Pisces.
This eclipse impacts upon EVERYONE born between 1965 and 1967. You all have Saturn in Pisces, Chiron in Pisces, and Uranus and Pluto in Virgo. The houses in your personal chart holding Pisces and Virgo will show you where the changes associated with this eclipse are likely to make themselves felt. Jupiter triggers this eclipse once more in July, 2016. If you aren’t familiar with your birth chart, why not consult a professional astrologer and find out what effects this eclipse may bring?
“The small wisdom is like water in a glass:
clear, transparent, pure.
The great wisdom is like the water in the sea:
dark, mysterious, impenetrable.”
‘Memory’ by Elihu Vedder (1836-1923)
Courtesy of www.elihuvedder.org
Moon Diary - Peak Stuff: Full Moon in Virgo, 22nd February 2016 by Jane Lyle
A Virgo full Moon emphasises our inner emotional need for outer order. Virgo is often said to be picky and critical – yet turn these qualities around and you’ll find the ability to make delicate choices, pick something that’s perfect, and quietly create order amidst chaos. A sense of wellbeing and mental clarity is our reward.
This full Moon at 3 degrees Virgo signals culmination of a phase that began last September, when we had a solar eclipse – and new Moon - in Virgo. It’s a helpful time to think about what projects or routines began then – what’s working well, what might be coming to an end? Virgo rules the house of health, service to others, small pets, and daily routines at home, and at work. So the full Moon draws attention to these themes, and invites us to think about them. Virgo energies also urge us to do something practical – to fine-tune routines, tidy up or recycle our stuff, or even go for the whole spring cleaning thing in a big way. And, you know, this could be the right moment to ask ‘what do I feel about ‘peak stuff’? Virgo’s house or houses in your personal chart show where the main focus lies.
The Sun in watery Pisces is opposite the full Moon, bringing along a little mystical, musical energy to balance Virgo’s earthy practicality. It’s particularly potent this year, as the Sun is aligned with the Watcher of the South, fixed star Fomalhaut in the constellation Piscis Austrinus, the Southern Fish. This is one of the archangel stars, each symbolically ‘watching’ over the north, south, east and west. Fomalhaut is linked to the Archangel Gabriel who watches over the direction of south in magical lore. Fomalhaut denotes artistic success, charisma, and idealism – but warns of failure caused by over-confidence, egoism, and blind idealism. February’s full Moon message is to keep Virgo’s fastidious modesty in mind, view over-the-top emotions with a wary eye, and all will be well.
Once this full Moon begins to wane, we move towards a dynamic eclipse season in March, when both new and full Moons are the first solar (Pisces) and lunar (Libra) eclipses of 2016.
“In the west, we have probably hit peak stuff. We talk about peak oil, I’d say we’ve hit peak red meat, peak sugar, peak stuff….peak home furnishings.”
Steve Howard, Head of Sustainability Unit, IKEA, January 2016
Image: 1950’s advertisement via plus.google.com, public domain
Moon Diary - Electric Moon: New Moon February 2016: by Jane Lyle
An electrifying new Moon rises at 19 degrees of Aquarius on 8th February. If you want to create something new, innovative, or unusual then February is a good time to begin.
Our friendships and relationships, too, can benefit from a fresh approach – exploring unconventional solutions, or forming unusual friendships and alliances resonates with Aquarius, a sign that’s concerned with the whole of humanity in all its diversity.
Uranus – rebel, scientist, revolutionary and eccentric – rules Aquarius. And Uranus makes a productive aspect to this new Moon. An extra helping of intuition, inspiration and originality is in the air – it’s electrifying, for Uranus is the ruler of electricity too. Ideas and feelings bubble up, or there are sudden realisations – the kind we like to call ‘light bulb moments’. This new Moon favours psychic flashes, and spontaneous moments of surprising illumination.
It’s vital to find a way to earth this sparkling energy however. Mars, strong and determined in Scorpio, challenges both Sun and Moon. There’s powerful emotional energy around, and it can rapidly spill over into angry outbursts or emotional frustration. The Moon and Mars together can symbolise angry women, female protests, and news or debates about difficulties with health care – in particular childbirth, miscarriages, sexual health, and pregnancy.
Asteroid Vesta, goddess of the hearth, signals a way through this new Moon’s tense moments. Vesta aligns with Uranus in Aries – representing focus, hard work, and a renewed sense of purpose this month. Vesta’s presence encourages us to see the bigger picture and devote ourselves to what’s new and fresh.
‘I have perceiv’d that to be with those I like is enough,
To stop in company with the rest at evening is enough,
To be surrounded by beautiful, curious, breathing, laughing flesh is enough,
To pass among them or touch any one, or rest my arm ever so lightly round his or her neck for a moment, what is this then?
I do not ask any more delight, I swim in it as in a sea.
There is something in staying close to men and women and looking on them, and in the contact and odor of them, that pleases the soul well,
All things please the soul, but these please the soul well.’
‘I Sing the Body Electric’ – Walt Whitman
Aspects to this Aquarian new Moon are:
Uranus in Aries, 17 degrees, sextile Sun and Moon in Aquarius, 19 degrees.
Uranus in Aries 17 degrees, conjunct asteroid Vesta in Aries, 18 degrees.
Mars in Scorpio square Sun and Moon in Aquarius, 19 degrees.
Poster for Electricity Exhibition, Marseilles, 1908. Public Domain
Image via www.postersplease.com
Moon Diary - Lioness Moon: Full Moon at 3 degrees Leo 24th January 2016 by Jane Lyle
A full Moon in dramatic, fiery Leo traditionally highlights matters connected to love, success, honesty, and financial improvements. Every full Moon symbolises letting something go – but this can be a way of thinking about life, or negative attitude just as much as it can mean clearing out junk or leaving your job.
A Leo Moon has a big heart, so finding ways to keep this emotional powerhouse free and open to life and love could be one of the most important messages the full Moon brings to us.
The first full Moon of 2016 has two feminine companions. The Sun in Aquarius is close to asteroid goddess Pallas, while the Moon herself makes a mysterious aspect called a quincunx with love goddess Venus. Pallas brings strategy, tactics, feminine wisdom, and objective intelligence with her on this full Moon. Women’s role in society, politics, work and religion is highlighted now in our own lives, and in the news. Women in prominent positions speak out, or there are debates about women’s role in major religions such as Christianity, Islam, and Judaism.
Venus in Capricorn has a practical role to play. Finances will need adjustment, compromise, and perhaps something needs to be released so that, in time, new attitudes and systems can be developed this year. A Leo full Moon loves to gamble and speculate, but Venus in Capricorn is cautious and prudent. Somehow, these two must find a workable path. Cool-headed Pallas in Aquarius offers the diplomatic tools and clear-sighted strategy to make this happen, eventually. Aquarius is an inventive sign too – some of the full Moon’s letting go can be about releasing old patterns and protocols in business, banking, relationships and organisations. So-called ‘disruptive’ new businesses - Uber cabs and Air B’n’B for instance - may be in the news for this reason.
This looks like a significant Moon for a number of locations including Russia, the Ukraine, Israel, Iran, Spain, Saudi Arabia, and Thailand.
If your birthday falls on the 23rd-24th January, you’re ending one cycle and poised to begin another this year. This is a time of culmination. Take your time when seeking new things, and let the cycle unfold.
Famous birthdays today include: Mischa Barton, Neil Diamond, Luis Suarez, and Nastassja Kinski.
Book cover: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis.
Moon Diary - Earthly Powers: New Moon in Capricorn, 10th January 2016 by Jane Lyle
The first new Moon of 2016 rises at 19 degrees of earthy Capricorn, the Sea-Goat. The Moon’s emotional nature is nourished by the idea of building something real.
This Moon likes that old phrase in the Christian marriage vows – ‘to have and to hold’.
A Capricorn new Moon is, generally, a helpful time to review money matters and to consider what you need, rather than what you want. Dreams are tailored to fit reality now, so perhaps it’s not the best time for projects needing a wild imagination. But if you want to prepare for the coming year, you can plant your seeds now and gather your resources.
Both electrifying Uranus, planet of revolution, and underworld Pluto – planet of deep transformations and power, connect with our new Moon, and each other. Emotions can be exceptionally erratic as a result, with impulsive or sudden outbursts or moments of icy ruthlessness. If you feel unsettled, angry, or weird try to remember that this, too, shall pass and hold off on losing it entirely. If you’ve been resisting change, this might be a helpful time to think about that.
Out in the world, this new Moon suggests a very challenging month lies ahead. Security alerts remain high, financial markets look uncertain, and there’s the strong possibility of serious civil unrest or even terrorism and violence. It’s deeply uncomfortable, yet change only comes through effort of some kind and those issues we’ve been thinking about over the past four years or so are in very sharp focus this month.
It’s a meaningful new Moon all around our planet, highlighting themes of finance, boundaries, and power – political, military, and the power of our energy resources. It has a strong message for the UK – and perhaps particularly Scotland; for the USA, Russia, Ukraine, China, and a number of Eastern European nations including Lithuania, Slovenia, Kazakhstan and Croatia.
‘You can't always get what you want
You can't always get what you want
You can't always get what you want
But if you try sometimes you just might find
You just might find
You get what you need’
Songwriters: RICHARDS, KEITH / JAGGER, MICK
You Can't Always Get What You Want lyrics © Abkco Music, Inc.