It’s a party Moon – sociable, scandal-spreading, and flirtatious. And this year the Gemini Moon practically throws off electrifying sparks.
The Moon’s companions are fleet-footed Mercury, god of language, travel, and dubious scams; Uranus, bold and bright in Aries, bringing talk of the revolution to the party; the Moon’s nodes bring both the desire and need to connect, plus memories of those who aren’t around, past lovers, and other Decembers. Ceres, grain goddess and mistress of the cycles of time, is close to the Sun and Mercury in Sagittarius – emphasising our need to see old friends, or, alternatively, free ourselves from people who weigh us down, or really do belong in the past.
It could be time to talk, endlessly, into the night. It could be a weekend of odd coincidences, spontaneous meetings, and surprising visitors. There are unsettling memories, dreams of past lives, unexpected attractions to people, and the possibility of disruptive conversations, events, journeys and moods. If you’re a Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarian or Pisces – or have planets in those signs – enjoy the ride, but don’t sign on the dotted line just yet. Aries, Leo and Libra can also sparkle. Yet somehow everyone must make sure they stay centred and don’t run away with an alluring stranger, spend like the Wolf of Wall Street, or spill all their most shocking secrets all in one go.
‘Never miss a party – good for the nerves – like celery.’
F. Scott Fitzgerald, ‘Gatsby Girls’
Moon Diary - Life is a Cabaret – New Moon in Sagittarius, 22nd November 2014 by Jane Lyle
November’s new Moon rises at 0 degrees of fiery Sagittarius, right at the very beginning of the idealistic sign of the centaur.
If you feel like some self-improvement, study, or adventure then this new Moon is an excellent time to clarify your intentions and set some goals. At its brightest and best, Sagittarius is a powerfully optimistic sign. The Moon represents fluctuating emotions though, so we must guard against negativity and pessimism, and not confuse them with being realistic about what we hope to achieve. Practical concerns can be addressed at December’s 0 degrees new Moon in Capricorn. For now, it’s time to unleash the expansive power of imagination, positive thinking, and creative solutions.
The third brightest star in the night sky, Toliman, aligns with the new Moon. It is the alpha star in the constellation Centaurus, shining in the hoof of the celestial Centaur. Toliman is said to denote great energy and passion, success in disputes, and an ability to help or heal animals. On the dark side, it can be associated with poisons, vengeful behaviour, and bad habits that are kept secret. So - dirty little secrets aside - our fiery, fresh new Moon seems even more symbolic of positive beginnings and the energy to stretch out towards the far horizons of mind, body, or spirit and discover something new. Areas favoured by Sagittarius include education, travel, sport, caring for animals, spiritual studies, and the law.
Overall, it’s a meaningful month for Sagittarians, for the house of Sagittarius in your horoscope, and for planets and points in this philosophical, humorous sign. Venus, planet of love, cash and creativity; Ceres, the great mother goddess and minor planet symbolic of nourishment; and Vesta, guardian of the hearth. and the independent centre of our hearts and minds, are all currently in Sagittarius. The mythic fields of the cosmos are alive with centaurs, symbolising freedom and a wild spirituality. Let’s ride!
“Never," said Hagrid irritably, "try an' get a straight answer out of a centaur. Ruddy stargazers. Not interested in anythin' closer'n the moon.”
J. K. Rowling, ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’
Moon Diary - Body Language: Full Moon in Taurus, 6th November, 2014 by Jane Lyle
A very sensuous full Moon rises at 14 degrees of earthy Taurus this Thursday, opposing the Sun in emotional, passionate Scorpio.
It highlights our physical needs and desires – everything that delights our five senses, plus our need for emotional and practical security and protection too. These wishes and wants are balanced against our deeper desires – the Scorpio longing for intimacy, transformation, and rebirth. With love goddess Venus in Scorpio, close to the Sun, the romantic and creative potential of this intense full Moon beams up close and personal vibrations our way.
Love and sexuality might seem to be the most important qualities of this time. But all our senses are heightened. So it's not just a time to be intimate with another, for that's not always possible. And how often do we ignore or neglect our other senses - distancing ourselves from the physical world in myriad ways? This really is a slow down and smell the roses, the coffee, the rain, or the freshly-baked bread kind of Moon. The Scorpio side of things brings out the mystery of our sixth sense, the subtle guidance of intuition and awareness. Enhancing awareness of all our senses is a kind of meditation, and that heightened awareness is the heart of the matter at this full Moon. If something doesn't smell right, sound right, or leaves a bad taste….that's body language, and it's got something important to tell us.
It's not a particularly good time to make sweeping changes, for Taurus favours the status quo and is slow to embrace change. Rather, it's time to appreciate what's right here, right now. If your life feels all cluttered up with random thoughts, objects, and worries this is a positive time to simplify things, and protect what truly matters to you.
If you're a Taurus, Scorpio, Leo or Aquarian then this is a significant, turning-point full Moon for you. Planets and angles in your birth chart at 12-16 degrees of those signs are energised too, whatever your Sun sign might be. Special birthdays are:
Aquarius: 31st January – 5th February
Taurus: 1st May – 7th May
Leo: 4th August – 9th August
Scorpio: 4th November – 8th November
Moon Diary: Walk on Gilded Splinters: the Solar Eclipse in Scorpio, 23rd October 2014 by Jane Lyle.
This partial solar eclipse at 0 degrees of Scorpio weaves spells and sings a siren song.
It is visible in Canada and North America, across much of Asia, and in the Pacific. It brings love, strategy, cash, and the vital support we receive from others to our attention. Eclipses trigger change, often signalling times of upheaval in our lives – individuals, nations, and organisations whose horoscopes are energised will see notable changes in the months ahead. The Scorpio influence highlights death and rebirth too, so we can expect some important transitions in the world around us over the next few months. Destruction, followed by rebuilding or transformation is a key Scorpio theme.
The eclipse Sun and Moon connect with the planet of love, art and money, Venus, and the asteroid goddess of intellect, Pallas. Venus is deep, dark and restricted here in Scorpio, while the goddess Pallas plots subtle strategies and magical manipulations in her shadowy Scorpio cave. Love has a karmic magnetism with this eclipse - emotional reunions or endings are dramatic and may seem mysteriously fated. A hefty chunk of 2014 saw us battling with partnership issues during the transit of Mars in Libra. Now an eclipse in emotional Scorpio peers deep into our hearts, demanding authenticity and honesty. It’s a time for tough love, a fierce peace, and not much wiggle room for hypocrites or liars. This applies, obviously, to love and sex – but also to finances, banking, and everything to do with money, money, money. One way or another, secrets, lies and sexual shenanigans are revealed.
Warrior Mars and power-broker Pluto rule this eclipse, signalling energy, action, and the desire to travel far to fight for our beliefs (Mars in Sagittarius) and our security (Pluto in Capricorn). There’s a deep need to transform situations, cleanse toxins, shake things up and reform them. Taken to the limits, this doesn’t bode well, but with a measured approach it marks a very dynamic time. With any eclipse there’s always the increased potential for earthquakes and extreme weather events. But since the path of this eclipse travels over unstable, earthquake-prone regions such as Indonesia, some subterranean stirrings in the Ring of Fire are more than likely.
Out in the wider world, this eclipse energises the Sun in the horoscope of the United Nations – bringing up issues around its leadership, and UN membership too. Both NASA and the Vatican City’s horoscopes are triggered, suggesting a time of important developments, projects, and reform. News from North Korea could be dramatic (even explosive), with challenging events connected to its allies, neighbours, economy and security.
Elsewhere on the planet, this eclipse brings a focus on British history, triggering both the horoscopes for the Battle of Hastings (1066), and the House of Commons. Similarly, it resonates with various pivotal moments in history for the French and the Americans. We will look back in order to learn, and to ask questions about both past and future direction. In Africa, eclipse energy visits Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Sierra Leone. Hungary has its ‘birthday’ on 23rd October (1989), so - just like an individual with a birthday at this time - it faces a stand-out year ahead. Hungary will be dealing with its neighbours, trading partners, and immigration issues in particular.
The eclipse is meaningful for Scorpio and Taurus individuals, and for anyone with planets or points at 28 Libra/Aries to 2 degrees of Scorpio/Taurus. Leos and Aquarians will feel the rumblings too – and those with planets or points at 28 Cancer/Capricorn to 2 degrees of Leo/Aquarius. This is a good time for analysis and planning, but hold off on impulsive decisions involving money, love, or attempts to gain power over anyone else.
Famous Scorpios whose horoscopes are vitalised by this eclipse include a clutch of footballing celebrities – Arsene Wenger (22nd); Pele (23rd); and Wayne Rooney (24th). Actors Jeff Goldblum and Derek Jacobi (22nd), plus musician Bill Wyman (24th) can also anticipate an interesting year of change.
Moon Diary: Scarlet Ribbons – the total lunar eclipse in Aries, 8th October, 2014 by Jane Lyle
Fiery and volatile, this total lunar eclipse at 15 degrees of Aries promises to turn things inside out, and upside down for many of us.
Emotions tend to intensify during the days leading up to an eclipse anyway, and I think with this one that's pretty much guaranteed.
Aries favours an ‘act first, think later' approach, while the Moon denotes fluctuating emotions, imagination, and our inner world. Impulsive actions, fuelled by emotion are written all over this eclipse. Taken too far, this signals a rather ‘me, myself, and I' kind of atmosphere.
With Mars ruling the eclipse, there's a danger that action could be hot-headed or aggressive. Some of this eclipse's upheavals are linked to events, thoughts, or battles that intensified last April. Past decisions and actions in general play a key role in developments now, and in the months ahead. It will be interesting to see what happens in the early spring of 2015, when the crackling, karmic energies of this eclipse are reawakened. This is both a rusty red Blood Moon, and a traditional Harvest Moon – we will reap what we have sown.
To add even more excitement, plus the strong possibility of unsettling events, the eclipse conjoins eccentric, unpredictable Uranus – planet of revolution, rebellion, and invention. Unexpected, even shocking, events linked to the past bring the law of unintended consequences to our attention. With Uranus involved, these could be linked to new technology, inventions, revolutionary movements, riots, space travel and aeronautical discoveries or events. Uranus symbolises electricity too – from that amazing buzz you feel when you're stimulated by someone's mind, body, or spirit - to electrical storms, lightning bolts, fireballs, and wild fires. Sudden, original thoughts could pop up out of nowhere, strong emotions may surprise us, or unexpected attractions (or repulsions) disrupt our plans.
Unusual, bohemian people or extraordinary thinkers are having a moment now too – particularly those individuals who have been ignored, or whose ideas formerly seemed just a bit too out there. Maybe their unconventional ideas were right all along? And in the smallest ways, this would be a good time to think about your own needs and see what changes might revitalise you.
This eclipse stimulates a range of national horoscopes, suggesting a shake-up for a number of locations. These include Canada, the UK, Sikkim, and Uzbekistan. Uganda, too, will feel the unsettling effects for its ‘birthday' is 9th October, 1962. The eclipse is visible in its entirety over the Pacific and Asian regions – and is likely to bring important, perhaps dramatic, news from China and Singapore over the next few weeks and months.
It's a particularly meaningful eclipse for Aries, Libra, Cancer and Capricorn individuals – and for those whose personal birth charts connect with the eclipse. If you don't know, please do ask an astrologer.
Moon Diary: New Moon in Libra, 24th September
by Jane Lyle
Sitting on the Fence
The annual Libran new Moon symbolises our emotional need for partnerships in love, and at work.
Libra is about harmony and balance, yet it also rules the astrological house of open enemies – these are the kind of opponents we have a relationship with, even though it may be a spiky one.
Since every new Moon is a good time to think about beginnings, this one might be a positive time to evaluate relationships, or set intentions for more peace and harmony in our lives. Libra, sign of the scales, could describe the dreaded ‘work-life' balance we hear so much about – or simply draw our attention to what we need to feel calm and happy.
This new Moon floats free from any aspects with other planets. It might be easy to see what needs doing, but difficult to find a workable, practical way of achieving our goals. A sense of unreality may prevail. Peace talks and negotiations, too, struggle to reach fruition. With a powerful lunar eclipse coming on 8th October, that might not be such a bad thing. October's two eclipses (8th and 23rd) are bound to shake things up for many of us, and what we try to nail down at this new Moon is likely to change or be rejected during the weeks ahead. Focusing on balancing mind, body, and spirit is all we can do now as we prepare for some game-changing rolls of the dice this autumn.
Moon Diary: Star Maiden Voyage - the New Moon in Virgo, 25th August 2014
by Jane Lyle
The last new Moon of the summer rises at 2 degrees of Virgo, the maiden, the priestess, and the lover of order and cultivation.
This new Moon, with its mixture of seed-time and harvest, points towards the coming autumn season. Virgo rules the sixth house of service to others, well-being, and everyday routines. Fresh starts, back to school, back to everyday life after the summer…. A bit of spit and polish, and off we go. In the southern hemisphere, spring beckons – so wherever we are in the world, change is in the air during the month ahead.
Setting intentions and making plans is something we can do at every new Moon. This particular one favours thinking about new diet and exercise routines, signing up for a class or course, volunteering for a charity, or freshening up your home. On a spiritual level, it's a positive time to learn mindfulness and use meditation as part of your daily routine. Setting things in order is Virgo's symbolic purpose – whether that's clothes on hangers, or unruly emotions in the head and heart.
Mercury, Virgo's ruling planet, connects with the deadly serious Saturn and Mars conjunction in Scorpio today. Deep, dark, and angry energies need the healing presence of the Virgo goddess – and Mercury's connection with the planetary bad boys suggests that communication is at least part of the answer when faced with difficult relationships and political stand-offs. Deciding to talk our way towards resolution is never easy, of course, but must be attempted.
This new Moon rises close to the great fixed star, Regulus, one of the four Royal Stars of Persian astrology. Known as the ‘Watcher of the North', Regulus is brilliant and powerful, but warns of loss, disgrace and destruction - particularly for those who take revenge on others. Another excellent reason to talk things through then. The classical goddesses of Virgo are Astraea – ‘The Starry One', and tender-hearted Erigone. Both these virgin goddesses represent celestial judgment, justice, and sacred law. Could the broader message of this new Moon be any clearer?
“Justice is my being allowed to do whatever I like. Injustice is whatever prevents my doing so.”
- Dr. Samuel Johnson, wit, lexicographer, eccentric…. born under the sign of Virgo in September, 1709.
Moon Diary: A Mind-Expanding Full Super Moon at 18 degrees Aquarius, 10th August, 2014
by Jane Lyle
'At our most elemental, we are not a chemical reaction, but an energetic charge.'
'Human beings and all living things are a coalescence of energy in a field of energy connected to every other thing in the world. This pulsating energy field is the central engine of our being and our consciousness, the alpha and the omega of our existence.' Lynne McTaggart – 'The Field'
August's full Moon in airy, intellectual Aquarius is the closest to Earth this year, making for a spectacular sight. It's a Super Moon, expanding all the effects of an ordinary full Moon. Every full Moon represents the culmination of a cycle, high tides, and emotional peaks that tickle the edge of consciousness about three days beforehand, and tend to linger for two or three days afterwards. A Super Moon intensifies everything, and according to astrologer Richard Nolle's decades of research on them, can coincide with major storms, extreme seismic activity, and other upheavals. What he's discovered is fascinating. Here's a short extract from his website:
'SuperMoons are noteworthy for their close association with extreme tidal forces working in what astrologers of old used to call the sublunary world: the atmosphere, crust and oceans of our home planet - including ourselves, of course. From extreme coastal tides to severe storms to powerful earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, the entire natural world surges and spasms under the sway of the SuperMoon alignment – within three days either way of the exact syzygy, as a general rule. SuperMoon solar eclipses tend to have a wider sphere of impact, extending roughly a week before and after the actual event. And other lunar extremes (of declination for example) can extend the geocosmic stress window by a day or two here and there in any case.'
Richard Nolle, www.astropro.com
Moon in Aquarius highlights humanitarian feelings, unusual ways of caring for ourselves and others, and emotional detachment. Sexual experimentation, including experimenting with celibacy, is another way the changeable Moon can express its wild Aquarian imagination. Since this particular Moon squares Saturn, currently in Scorpio – a sign closely linked with sexual expression – we might expect sexual energies to find many kinds of creative, imaginative outlets. Beware of emotional coldness though, Saturn can denote limitations of feeling and sensitivity.
Uranus, the ruling planet of Aquarius, also aspects the Moon – emphasising what's experimental and innovative. Emotionally-detached ways of caring for others can be vital when working in any of the caring professions, as an aid-worker, or in situations where the greater good (Aquarius) must be weighed against decisions affecting individuals (Leo). Tricky. Yet finding a way to bridge 'me' and 'them' is, in most ways that matter, more vital than ever.
Moon Diary: New Moon at 4 degrees of Leo the Lion, 26th July
by Jane Lyle
This fiery Leo new Moon roars and purrs its way into our lives, energising the new lunar month ahead.
Optimism and enthusiasm fight it out with rashness, hot tempers, and self-protective instincts – accepting and learning how to work with fluctuations of mood, weather, cash or intuition is the way to find balance now.
Sun, Moon and Jupiter are all in the royal sign of Leo. So matters Leonine gleam in the dark – a splendid time to plan a party, get out into the sunshine, and open up your heart – which is ruled by Leo. Mars, newly in Scorpio, squares up to the Moon, and represents the quiet, intense guest at the celebrations – enigmatic, perhaps even a little sinister. There is the potential for a battle of wills. Egos swell, idealistic or religious beliefs ignite, and issues of control surface – particularly when it comes to family matters, politics, and patriotism. There's also potential for vibrant energy, as we head towards the sunlight.
Every new Moon represents a time of new beginnings – this time, those beginnings emerge from playful moods, humour, creative rituals and love. If you like setting intentions at the time of a new Moon, then this one favours big visions, plans to expand, and plans to promote yourself or your business. It's time to become more visible, take up more room, and step out onto the stage in some way. Leo rules matters concerning children – both flesh-and-blood children, and children of the mind and imagination – your pet projects, creations, and heart-felt dreams. Many of us have experienced high levels of stress or drama this year, and some of those dreams are almost forgotten. This new Moon serves to remind us. We're in transition this summer, and some relationships, goals, and attitudes will, inevitably, be left behind now. But others return so that we can take a fresh look, play around with ideas and possibilities, and enjoy thinking about what comes next.
If today's your birthday, then a stand-out year lies ahead. Today's celebrity birthdays include: Mick Jagger; Sandra Bullock; Kevin Spacey and Helen Mirren.
“He'll be coming and going" he had said." One day you'll see him and another you won't. He doesn't like being tied down--and of course he has other countries to attend to. It's quite all right. He'll often drop in. Only you mustn't press him. He's wild, you know. Not like a tame lion.”
C. S. Lewis, ‘The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe'.
Moon Diary: Thunder Moon
Full SuperMoon in Capricorn, 12th July 2014
by Jane Lyle
The first full SuperMoon of summer 2014 illuminates a landmark weekend for many of us. Every full Moon brings things to a head, or a conclusion.
This one, at 20 degrees of practical Capricorn, is particularly dynamic. A SuperMoon is a Moon at perigee – closer to Earth than usual, and therefore more likely to stir up dramatic emotions, wild weather patterns, and powerful events. There are two more full SuperMoons this summer – in August, and September.
The Sun in protective Cancer, sign of the universal mother, opposes the Moon in ambitious Capricorn, sign of the universal father or authority figure. It highlights our plans and goals, our expectations of success, and what we have inherited from our parents, carers, and ancestors. Maybe things haven’t moved along as we’d hoped. So now’s the time to reassess. We can dump things like self-defeating attitudes and toxic relationships, reconsider things, and begin to wrap up the past eight months so that we’re ready for a fresh approach. Take it easy, the next week or so is volatile, with many shifts and changes in the world around us.
A significant line-up in Libra, sign of relationships and partnerships, gives this Moon extra oomph. For eight months desire planet Mars has been encouraging a fight for relationships of every kind – from romantic ones, to those we share with colleagues, neighbours, and even our enemies. What have we learned? Anything? Nothing? This full Moon would like to illuminate our answers, and bring our muffled emotions out for an airing.
Masculine Mars finds himself surrounded by strong female symbols. Asteroid Vesta, goddess of the hearth and significator of independence, links with Mars – as does the great mother goddess Ceres, ruler of nourishment and harvests. Close by is the dwarf planet Haumea, Hawaiian goddess of all creation and interconnectedness with all of our planet’s life. How is your feminine side doing? And what does that actually mean to you? These potent goddess symbols emphasise creativity and the fertility of our minds, bodies, and spirits. They also underline our responsibility for our environment, farming methods, and bio-diversity. Bright, brilliant, and fortunate fixed star, Spica, continues the harvest theme – it represents the ear of wheat in the hand of the virgin priestess of Virgo. Spica is currently closely aligned with Mars in the night sky. For some of us, the full Moon coincides with a career peak, success, or recognition.
Finally, this full Moon is very much about food – on every level you can imagine, from the soul food of love and spiritual support to what we put on our plates. With millions of people seriously overweight, and millions starving around the world we certainly need some Libran balance and a new relationship with food. This full Moon weekend offers a planetary powerhouse that can be used to initiate serious changes and endings in the world, and in our own personal lives. The cosmic atmosphere that’s defined 2014 so far is about to change. New flavours demand a squeaky clean palate.
Moon Diary: New Moon in Cancer, June 27th 2014
by Jane Lyle
A salty, seawater new Moon rises at 5 Cancer on 27th June. It’s a glamorous, bewitching new Moon, perfect for artistic adventures, soulful exercises, seduction and theatrical flourishes.
Creating a magical theme for a party, wedding, or website would be one way to use this new Moon’s beguiling qualities. Planning a romantic weekend, a special date, or intimate dinner could be another. Spiritual and psychic boundaries – for those who are sensitive to such things - tend to dissolve in the silvery mist. So it’s an ideal time to explore healing, meditation, telepathy, clairvoyance and dreams too. We are sensitive to atmospheres, to paranormal experiences, and to each other’s secret thoughts and feelings.
This new Moon makes a flowing link with Neptune, god of the sea, and ruler of Pisces. Neptune’s rulerships include the world of illusions, such as film and fake jewels and furs; music; supernatural and spiritual experiences; sacrifice; drugs; anaesthetics; oil, gas, and the sea and its harvests. The Moon in Cancer highlights protective instincts towards these things – in a business sense, and also emotionally. Issues connected with any of Neptune’s special interests receive attention in the month ahead. Emotional idealism swells up now, but will need practical support later on if our visions of what might be are to turn into something solid.
As we rub the fairy dust from our eyes, we may notice that elsewhere in the cosmos a powerful energy clash is taking place. Mars in Libra is making a stand-off with rebellious Uranus in military Aries, an aspect that suggests impulsive actions at best, explosive conflicts or accidents at worst. The spiritual levels of this chill-out zone new Moon act as a soothing balm to calm this unstable duo, for it tends to provoke sudden acts and unexpected, disruptive responses.
'Eventually man, too, found his way back to the sea. Standing on its shores, he must have looked out upon it with wonder and curiosity, compounded with an unconscious recognition of his lineage. He could not physically re-enter the ocean as the seals and whales had done. But over the centuries, with all the skill and ingenuity and reasoning powers of his mind, he has sought to explore and investigate even its most remote parts, so that he might re-enter it mentally and imaginatively.'
Rachel Carson ‘The Sea Around Us’
Moon Diary: Full Moon in Sagittarius, Friday 13th June
by Jane Lyle
A Sweet and Sour Strawberry Moon
June’s full Strawberry Moon rises in fiery Sagittarius on Friday, 13th. If you’re superstitious this is quite a dramatic combination.
Certainly it’s a tense weekend, thanks to the clash between warrior Mars and underworld Pluto. But truth and healing lie at the heart of this full Moon’s symbolism, lurking beneath the party-loving, strawberry-scoffing Sagittarian emotions and witty, chatty Gemini vibes emanating from the Sun. There’s fun to be had, but look outside the window and what do you see? This full Moon could burst a few personal bubbles as it searches for the truth like a heat-seeking missile - or a fearless, galloping Centaur shining the light of truth into dark corners.
The potent fixed star, Ras Alhague, aligns with the full Moon from the constellation of Ophiucus. Ophiucus represents the shaman, healer, and sage wrestling for all eternity with a serpent. Positive and negative forces are kept in balance here, but not without some inner wrestling with thoughts, conscience, emotion and direction. If inner turmoil is resisted (and how tempting that is), then outer events tend to trigger some upheaval, prompting some necessary soul-searching. Sagittarius is, traditionally, a most philosophical sign, and with the Moon linked with Jupiter, Sagittarius’ ruling planet, education, religion, sport, plus important issues involving travel could all offer us food for thought this summer. Full Moons bring things to a head, so that they can be looked at afresh. Sometimes, the full Moon is about endings – certainly the end of a phase, or of a way of thinking about some aspect of our lives and relationships.
Mercury, ruling the Gemini Sun, is currently retrograde. Sagittarius is a travelling sign – mentally, physically, and spiritually. But our journeys now could be confusing, with last-minute cancellations, changes of plan, or even air, sea, and road chaos to contend with. If you’re on the move this weekend, allow plenty of time – just in case.
Moon Diary: New Moon in Gemini, 28th May 2014
by Jane Lyle
Talking In Your Sleep
A Gemini new Moon is, traditionally, a favourable time for communications – so plans for writing, talking, short trips and meetings can be set up now and should go well if we act quickly.
There’s no time to lose. Mercury – Gemini’s ruling planet, and the planet governing all things Mercurial, like communication and travel, will turn around and begin travelling backwards on June 7th. Delays and misunderstandings are more than likely until 1st July. So if you need speedy results, make your move now. Otherwise, the retrograde phase is a helpful time to fine tune plans, edit your writing, or think more deeply about what you want to say, and how you want to say it.
Dreams, ideals, and intuition can thrive in the coming month, as this lively new Moon squares up to Neptune in Pisces. The planet of dreams has a wonderful, spiritual vibration that can be difficult to grasp. If your work involves art, film, paranormal research or ghost-hunting, this month looks like a promising time for you. Neptune can foster delusions too, linking it with scandals – particularly scandals involving chemicals, drugs, sexual fantasies, oil, medicines, and the entertainment business. Neptune’s influence creates sensitive, shimmering dreams that can dissolve, vanishing like a mirage in the desert. This is a highly creative new Moon, but season its candyfloss delights with some earthy caution and common sense.
Romantically, this can be a seductive time. But again, common sense is essential. Neptune and the Moon symbolise romantic dreams, spiritual bliss, and a sense of boundary-less connection with others. Just peachy. Just remember that connections made now, or offers received, will need to be tested in a more practical way to see if they will stand the test of time, and reality itself. Do not part with your heart or your cash until those bewitching mists disperse.
Moon Diary: Full Moon in Scorpio, 14th May 2014
by Jane Lyle
“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.”
- Dolly Parton
This brooding full Moon rises at 23 degrees of Scorpio on 14th May. Like the water sign of Scorpio itself, the lunar message is deep, evoking powerful emotions. Many of us need some emotional release now, as the first quarter of 2014 has been a demanding time with few opportunities to process what’s been happening.
Saturn, ruler of boundaries, time, and karma, is closely aligned with the full Moon. There’s an ancestral message here – emotional patterns and responses connected with our parents and childhood emerge. We may be concerned with our own parenting skills too, or even how we take care of ourselves – the Moon represents (amongst other things) our mother, or mother figures – while Saturn symbolises authority, and conventionally this is assumed to be the father, or father figures. Of course, in some families the mother is the rule-maker, while the father might be more nurturing – or one parent could be trying to play both roles. No need to be too literal about it, a Scorpio Moon with Saturn simply highlights what’s shaped our development, and invites us to think about how that might, in turn, shape relationships in the here and now.
Neither a Scorpio Moon, nor Saturn in Scorpio, are interested in shallow responses. Dive deep, and there’s treasure. But you’ll have to work hard to find it. Everything about this full Moon is obstinate, uncompromising, and tough as old boots. The full Moon’s rulers, Mars and Pluto, are in a gritty mood as they square off to each other, while Venus, planet of love, art and money, is also under pressure and inclined to get involved in power-struggles. These could be dramatic days for women, and women’s interests, welfare, and place on the world stage.
The past may offer other possibilities too. For some of us, a past lover returns, so that unfinished business can be addressed or even completed. Finally letting a former relationship go can happen now too – even if many years have passed since you were together. Saturn is not only a lord of karma, it is the great time-keeper. Tick tock!
If you have planets in Taurus, Virgo or Capricorn, or in Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces, between 18 and 24 degrees, this full Moon is a meaningful one for you. If today’s your birthday then you’re coming to the end of a phase in your life, and preparing to begin a new chapter. Celebrities born on 14th May include: George Lucas; Olly Murs; Cate Blanchett; Tim Roth and Mark Zuckerberg.
‘Study the past if you would define the future’ - Confucius
Moon Diary: Solar eclipse in Taurus, the Bull, 29th April 2014
by Jane Lyle
Breaking up is hard to do
April ends with a super-charged new Moon at 9 degrees of Taurus the Bull. This solar eclipse begins a time of endings, a time when we must consider what we can hold on to, and what we need to let go.
Taurus is a practical earth sign, ruled by Venus in her earth-goddess phase, a joyful deity of fruitful orchards and scented rose gardens. So the letting go signalled by this eclipse is one that makes way for something new in the months ahead - it contains fertile potential even though it is not without the sadness that accompanies the end of a familiar pattern. Taurus is a sign that hates to let go of things, the status quo is all-important, and change is unsettling. It could well be a time of reckoning for collectors, hoarders, misers and dictators.
But change we must. The eclipse is close to the Dragon’s Tail, the South Node of the Moon. This is a karmic point, underlining the message that what – or who - leaves us now has reached the right moment to depart. It is time. In practical Taurus, this may translate as objects, possessions, forms of investment, expenditure, land or property. On another level, our values and what makes us feel secure are challenged – and it could be time to re-examine some of those familiar things. If you’re in a relationship – personal or professional - simply because it makes you feel secure, it’s time to think about that more deeply. An eclipse occurred at 9 Taurus on 29th April, 1995 – if this was an important year for you, similar themes are now likely to develop.
Glamorous, dissolving Neptune and transformative Pluto both connect with the Sun and Moon. Magical forces flow, it’s almost Beltane eve - traditionally this is a witchy, spirit-haunted time of year when fairies (so not the sweet, fluffy kind) steal human beings away out of love, desire, or mischief. Should you think you’ve found a fail-safe cash bonanza scheme, spiritual quick fix, or a brand-new soul-mate it would be wise to wait before risking everything on a roll of the lunar dice. And, you know, don’t take sweets from strangers.
The eclipse is aligned with fixed star Schedir in the W-shaped constellation of Cassiopeia, the Ethiopian Queen. Sitting on her gilded throne, she brings a warning against indulgence – perhaps indulging in hanging on to the past? Ancient astrologers associated this constellation with gold, jewellery (a Taurean favourite), gold mining and gold prospecting. It will be interesting to see what happens in the gold markets around this time. The link with Schedir also emphasises the theme of possessions, status, values and so on that we may be better off without too. Certainly, the challenge is to be flexible (not a Taurean speciality really), to adapt, and to let go.
This is a meaningful eclipse for the European Union, whose Moon at 10 Taurus is stimulated. Security, values, and important ethical issues are in strong focus during the changeable months ahead. If you have planets, Sun, Moon, ascendant, or midheaven at 8 - 11 Taurus in your natal horoscope, this eclipse signals endings and new beginnings for you. Similarly, those with planets, Sun, Moon, ascendant or midheaven at 8 – 11 Scorpio can expect important changes this summer. Individuals with Leo or Aquarius planets at these degrees may also feel the effects of this eclipse.
Moon Diary: New Moon in Aries, 30th March 2014
by Jane Lyle
A real fire-cracker of a new Moon rises on 30th March at 10 degrees of Aries, the spring Ram. It’s the second new Moon this month, and is a powerful warm-up act for April’s dramatic planetary patterns.
Exciting, unstable, and unpredictable, this new Moon brings out our impulsive side. We can expect the unexpected. If you have planets or angles in your birth chart between 9 and 11 degrees of Aries, Libra, Cancer or Capricorn you’ll be feeling the electrifying energies of this new Moon at work in your mind, heart, and spirit.
Aries is the first sign of the natural zodiac. It is fiery, innovative and enthusiastic. Aries just loves to begin something new. The Moon here overflows with emotional energy and imagination. It’s a real spring-time Moon, representing our desire for something fresh and new at winter’s end. Plus, we have that eccentric, innovative rebel planet, Uranus, encouraging unconventional moves, original thoughts, and sudden emotional outbursts as it aligns with the new Moon to create a burst of burning love, or a storm of angry tantrums. And, for many of us, it triggers both at once in a dizzying mix of sunshine with perilous, stormy intervals. It’s time to take another look at what we were dealing with as 2014 began. Can we find a new way? Is it the right moment to call time on some particular project or source of frustration in our lives?
This new Moon also stimulates current prevailing tensions in numerous locations in the world around us by connecting with the ongoing patterns that symbolise the deep need for change in our society – Uranus square Pluto, Jupiter opposite Pluto, and Jupiter square Uranus. These potent alignments reach a peak in April, and one way or another there will be much to negotiate with great care and attention in the weeks ahead.
Specifically, it’s an interesting new Moon (conjunct Uranus, bringer of change) for the Vatican City’s horoscope – suggesting yet more surprising (or not, depending on your point of view) news from the heart of the Catholic Church this spring.
"What kind of beast is your salamander?" asked the Prince.
“It is hard to tell their kind, your Honour,” said Golg. “For they are too white-hot to look at. But they are most like small dragons. They speak to us out of the fire. They are wonderfully clever with their tongues: very witty and eloquent.”
C.S. Lewis, The Silver Chair
Moon Diary: Full Moon in Virgo, 16th March 2014
by Jane Lyle
Making a Clean Sweep
Every year the full Moon in Virgo coincides with that almost-spring feeling, that exciting, unsettling sense of a new season approaching. We want to prepare, make plans, lose weight, paint the kitchen, or buy new clothes and flirt with a new love.
This year the Moon – at 26 degrees of Virgo the Virgin Maiden – is supported by sensible Saturn in Scorpio. Getting organised by getting rid of something is a strong message here. So if you’d like to do that traditional thing and go on a spring diet, the next two weeks could be a helpful time to begin. Healthier routines reflect one of Virgo’s symbolic meanings, while Saturn rules restrictions and boundaries – both of which you’ll need to reach your goal. Full Moons are about culmination, so if you need or want to cut back in other ways then this is a good time for it. Trimming back your budget, address book, inbox, or unworn clothes are all favoured by this rather abstemious full Moon, and the waning phase that follows. It all sounds dull as ditchwater, but just imagine the golden glow of virtue you’ll feel.
The Moon with Saturn also symbolises our parents rather well – fatherly Saturn and the instinctive, maternal vibes of the Moon. Considering how our family background has influenced our habits and reactions can be a useful tool for changing things too. How we adapt to our own roles as parents or carers is another area for reflection. Is it time to change something here? Is your family life working for you, or would a new routine be helpful? What insights did you have around the new Moon on the 1st March? It’s a good time to make use of them.
Once we’re aware of unconscious habits and patterns, we can decide what to do, what to keep, and what to change for the better. And looking ahead to April’s many challenges, the lighter we are in mind, body and spirit the better we’ll be able to embrace change.
“Anybody who doesn’t make you feel good, kick them to the curb. And the earlier you start in your life, the better.”
Moon Diary: New Moon in Pisces, 1st March 2014
by Jane Lyle
Sleeping with the Fishes
This strong, magical new Moon rises at 10 degrees Pisces on 1st March. It flavours the weeks ahead, signalling a time of heightened emotions and confusion, with a salty twist of bewitchment on the side. What secrets lie on the ocean floor? What drowned treasures can we find in the depths?
The Pisces Sun and Moon are closely accompanied by healing Chiron (13 degrees), Neptune, god of the sea himself (5 degrees), and asteroid goddess of partnership and marriage, Juno (28 degrees). This shoal of planets is highly romantic, but brings to mind the whole thing about Cupid being blind-folded. His arrows of love and desire can cause all sorts of mischief, and with so much Pisces energy the chances for some magnificent delusions are magnified. Yes, it’s time to be very wary of the unwise holiday romance, the fascinating stranger, the silver-tongued seducer and the heartless hustler. What’s real will emerge in time, so just play safe for now.
Further expansion comes from Jupiter in creative, emotional Cancer. Jupiter and the Moon encourage us to protect those we love, a beautiful impulse. Yet all other emotions are expanded too, and they may not be quite what they seem. In weather astrology, this combination forecasts floods and extreme weather (as if we haven’t had enough this winter). Tears and emotional excess can be the human version of stormy weather. If you work with people, be aware that others may try to drain your energy, bend your ear out of shape, or be feeling very sorry for themselves. However, with Chiron close by, the potential for a healing release of bottled up emotions can be positive and healthy.
There’s depth and personal transformation too, with the mysterious lord of the underworld, Pluto, supporting the Sun and Moon from earthy Capricorn. This could, quite literally, create a squelching, slippery mud-bath. Yet, indulge in a spot of mud-wrestling and undiscovered pearls of wisdom can be found, gleaming in the sludge.
Music, entertainment, art and film are all great ways to enjoy this Moon’s enchantments. If you work in any of those areas, your imagination and inspiration is deepened and enriched. If you think you’re not creative, think again. You can widen your horizons – why not bake a cake, change a room around, sing in the shower or dance around the kitchen? If you meditate, use creative visualisation, or are working on your intuitive skills then this is the new Moon for you.
Traditionally, it’s a bad time for organised magical endeavours, but a good one for casting spells aimed at confusing others. And there’s a lot of confusion around. But if we can stay centred, and hold fast to the power of love and courage, we can enjoy one of the most potent new Moons of the year.
Moon Diary: Valentine’s Day 2014, Full Moon in Leo
by Jane Lyle
Romantic, dramatic and volatile, this Leo full Moon rises at 26 degrees on Valentine’s Day evening. Beneath such a Moon, everything seems larger than life, and Cupid may be in the mood to create more than a little glittery mayhem today, and for the remainder of February.
The Aquarian Sun and passionate Leo Moon are energised by Mars in Libra, traditional sign of relationships, partnerships and marriage. Perhaps there’ll be a few more romantic proposals than usual. Sober Saturn’s influence here suggests that channelling loving feelings into a solid commitment might be a positive use of this time. Where there’s a longstanding relationship, I think this would work well – a full Moon symbolises culmination. But with shape-shifting Mercury travelling backwards in Aquarius, I suspect there will be as many tricks as there are treats and kisses in store. Astrological conditions are just perfect for social media fun and games, scams, and online love hangovers. When it comes to charming strangers, you really can’t believe everything you hear today.
For those of you who are securely ensconced in your relationship, the Leo Moon can simply bring a dash of flamboyance and fun – much needed on a night that is already loaded with weighty expectations that cannot be fulfilled. Singles may feel a bit chilly and downbeat, but should remember that in some countries Valentine’s Day celebrates friendship too – so why not widen your love horizons to include all those who warm your heart? The Sun and Mercury in Aquarius favour quirky, unconventional thinking. And – unlike those expensive, conventional Valentine’s Day special menus - thinking is free. Happy Valentine’s Day! In the spirit of the season, here’s a poem:
‘Some Kisses from the Kama Sutra’ by Hugo Williams
The Reflection Kiss, one given
Or blown to the reflection
Or shadow of the lover
In a polished mirror
Or on the surface of water,
Is called the Reflection Kiss
And is but one of many
Varieties of kiss, for example
The Balanced Kiss is a most
Tender expression, for it is placed
Upon a woman’s eyelid
Or on a man’s fingertips
And is called the Balanced Kiss,
Being neither too strong nor
Too light. Again, the Passion-
Arousing Kiss, that of an amorous
Woman who looks at the face
Of her husband sleeping
And kisses it to show her intention
Or desire is called the Kiss
That Kindles Love or Passion-Arousing
Kiss. And Vatsyayana lays down
Many more varieties of kisses
Besides those mentioned above
(e.g. The ‘Drinking Kiss’) stating
That these will not be needed
By those who are properly in love.
Moon Diary: New Moon in Aquarius, 30th January 2014
by Jane Lyle
A Change is as Good as a Rest
Mad as a box of frogs, January’s second new Moon rises at 10 degrees of Aquarius, the Water Bearer. If you crave change, stimulation, or surprises then this is the new Moon for you.
Its lively vibrations signpost an emotionally energetic February, a time when we can shake up our ideas, be inventive, and turn old routines inside out.
Both Sun and Moon, always together at the time of a new Moon, are electrified by Uranus – ruling planet of the sign Aquarius. This is a revitalising combination, favouring fresh approaches and unconventional solutions. Bright flashes of intuition can reveal unexpected truths, or give unusual insights into relationship dynamics or the motives and personalities of others. All of this is very exciting, and can be extremely useful. Just remember, this isn’t a good time for detailed work or meticulous planning – that will have to wait until later on in February. If you want to try meditation, mindfulness, psychic development, or keeping a dream diary – this would be a good time to experiment.
It’s a restless, even revolutionary new Moon. Unusual plans for the new year can be dreamed up now – you may even surprise yourself, as well as everybody else. If you’re online dating, use this time to have a good look at who’s out there, and maybe question your ideas about what you want. Are you limiting yourself unnecessarily? It’s time to stay detached, rather than plunge recklessly into a steamy romance. What’s for you won’t go past you.
Finally, a new Moon on your birthday marks out an important year ahead. You may feel things more intensely during this phase, and find yourself more deeply tuned in to what’s happening in your life. Today’s celebrity birthdays include: Christian Bale; Vanessa Redgrave; Phil Collins, and Olivia Colman.
‘The mind ought to sometimes be diverted that it may return the better to thinking.’
- Phaedrus (15BC-50AD)
Full Moon in Cancer, 16th January 2014
by Jane Lyle
The Food of Love
January’s full Moon rises at 25 degrees of Cancer the Crab. It’s an ultra emotional full Moon every year, for watery Cancer rules some of our deepest feelings – those connected with home, our mothers, our roots and what all that means to us.
Cancer is also about nurture and nourishment. This Moon may encourage us to think about what we eat, and how we take care of ourselves. It’s about soul food too. In an ideal world, your mother feeds you good food – but she loves you too, and feeds your spirit and emerging personality with her love. Of course, not everyone is fortunate enough to be given such a good start in life. As adults, we must learn how to love ourselves, create our own inner sense of home, and find kindred spirits to share both joy and sadness with us.
The nurture and nourishment message is underlined by dwarf planet Ceres, great grain goddess and mother figure. Ceres squares this full Cancer Moon and the Capricorn Sun from Libra, the sign of the scales. In the wider world, this combination suggests news about food and the food industry, obesity, starvation, and crops and harvests on land and at sea.
We live in an increasingly imbalanced world where some people starve, and others are seriously overweight. Action and balance are desperately needed, for obesity has now reached epidemic proportions in the West. Enormous quantities of food are thrown away, too. It is an unsustainable state of affairs, and an unnatural one. Ceres will be travelling through the sign of balance, Libra, for many months this year and her presence there asks us to think about aiming for balance in what we sow, and what we harvest on every level. It’s all about cause and effect, our relationships and responsibilities to ourselves, to our environment, and to others.
This Cancer full Moon can signal the end of one way of feeding ourselves – from what’s on our plates, to what’s in our hearts. And, you know, 2014 is a good time to think seriously about the essence of what relationship sign Libra stands for. Full Moons pull up both ocean tides and the high waters of human emotions, so the next couple of weeks would be a useful time to clear away old habits, and move towards creating more emotional harmony in our lives. Action is required in our social lives, romantic partnerships, families and close friendships. Our positive connections with others feed and nourish us. Do you spend enough time with people you love and care about? Who makes you feel good about yourself? Mars in Libra doesn’t aspect this full Moon, but is working away in the background, stirring up our thoughts and desires about all our relationships in a major way this year. It’s a strong theme, and as emotions swell beneath the full Moon we will be very aware of the need to make changes, and leave what’s unsatisfactory behind.
‘You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.’ – A. A. Milne, ‘Winnie-the-Pooh’
New Moon 11 degrees Capricorn, 1st January 2014
by Jane Lyle
A brand new year, and a brand new Moon rises in Capricorn to begin 2014 on a seriously grown-up note.
We can’t escape strong Capricorn vibrations - for the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus and Pluto are all lined up in this ambitious, earthy sign. Overall, the next few weeks favour practical thinking and a realistic appraisal of life, love, and the pursuit of happiness. New year resolutions begun today will be hampered by delays, or very slow to produce results. Hmmn, that sounds like a typical diet and exercise regime to me. But, if you really want to make those resolutions, January’s second new Moon, on 31st, will be much sparkier and favours new plans and original ideas.
This new Moon is closely aligned with both communicative Mercury and deep, dark Pluto. Profound thoughts, desires, and feelings rise up from the subconscious, thought-provoking journeys are undertaken, or the secrets of hidden archives are revealed. With the ever-changing Moon also being prodded and pinched by reckless Uranus and a passive-aggressive Mars in Libra, some of these personal or public revelations could be sudden - provoking angry denials, reactions, or even strikes and riots.
There is a little bit of wiggle room however. The wounded healer centaur, Chiron, offers help from soothing Pisces. Now, while this may demand some kind of sacrifice – anything from a long-held belief to that pile of junk in your wardrobe – it suggests that by holding our nerve, and sticking to a sensible Capricorn agenda, we can release troublesome or draining circumstances and make a fresh start. Jupiter is shining brightly in Cancer too. Here’s a potential outlet for some of that spiky energy – using generosity, love, nurturing and education to solve or soften our current dilemmas. Jupiter rules faith, so many of us can expect our faith to be tested in some way – whether that means religious faith, or other spiritual beliefs.
Finally, Saturn rules this Capricorn Moon, urging us to take responsibility for ourselves as we begin 2014. As we step across the threshold of the year, there’s a strong focus on the four Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn). This dynamic atmosphere continues for months, and means that we are facing more than a few challenges between now and a make-or-break spring season. Our New Year new Moon shows us what kind of challenges these will be, so we must start as we mean to go on.
‘Antisthenes says that in a certain faraway land the cold is so intense that words freeze as soon as they are uttered, and after some time then thaw and become audible, so that words spoken in winter go unheard until the next summer.’
Plutarch (46AD – 120AD) – ‘Moralia’