Follow Your Intuition

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Spring arrived a week ago. Migrating birds are returning from their winter homes. Snow and ice have receded under the Sun’s earth-warming rays and exposed a drab gray-green landscape. We can observe and find comfort in nature’s eternal reliability. There’s an energy of anticipation around us, but it’s not quite full on excitement yet. The thought of being a couch potato may have more appeal at the moment than going for a walk through the park.

What’s going on? The Moon in Sagittarius is void of course, retrograde Mercury is standing still in Pisces, and the Sun in Aries is not making strong aspects to any planets today.

Follow your intuition and don’t force yourself into activities you don’t want to do. There’s nothing wrong and a lot that’s right about taking the path of least resistance.

Trying too Hard

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Think back to a time when you felt the urge to move forward and get things done and when you tried to push through some thing or some person who was in your way, the effort was HARD, FRUSTRATING, and unproductive. You may bump into the same type of energy and feelings today.

If you feel the emotional need or desire to move toward something, your effort may be thwarted today while the Moon in Jupiter’s sign is not able to connect and communicate directly with Mars in Taurus.  Even though the Moon is responsible to Mars to help Mars accomplish actions and movement, the only line of communication the Moon has to Mars is through Mercury in Pisces. And Mercury, in its final days of retrograde motion, is not an effective communicator/connection at this time.

So don’t push if the effort seems too difficult or unfruitful today. Indulge your imagination, be a strategist, align with your true desires, and create your vision for what you want to expand. Wait until Thursday to take planned action.

Happy Birthday Garth Brooks

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Born February 7, 1962, in Tulsa, Garth Brooks is celebrating his 57th birthday today. With six of seven traditional planets in Aquarius, Garth IS the Aquarius man! Guys like this are slightly wacky, often genius types, who seem to know and get along with almost everyone. Garth achieved the status of best paid and most loved musician in history. Those are some big achievements, and I’m curious about what his birth chart might indicate about his wealth and fame.

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Fame and fortune are indicated by the 10th house in a chart and a Pisces Moon occupies the 10th in Garth’s chart. The Moon indicates your strongest emotional attachments, security needs, emotional expression, intuition, and how you want to be nurtured. The Moon in Pisces is sensitive, caring, and soulful.

Those who are born under a Pisces Moon are often highly creative and intuitive. Their sensitivity to others can be problematic if they are around negative people and don’t know how to protect themselves from the negativity. In traditional astrology, Jupiter rules Pisces and any planets in Jupiter’s house and under his rulership must perform according to Jupiter’s rules. It would be like you being a visitor in someone’s house. You’d still by you, but what you do and how you do things would be different than if you were staying in your own home. The Moon in this chart still indicates emotions, intuition, etc., and it performs those functions in a Jupiterian style: by being inclusive, tolerant, outgoing, and principled.

Jupiter is next door in the 9th Aquarius house. It’s a VERY BUSY house, too, because the Sun, Venus, Mercury, Mars, and Saturn are also there. Jupiter in Aquarius is tolerant and values all people equally (he gets along with most people), is an independent thinker, believes in humanitarian causes, and is a good leader (many people benefit from Garth’s leadership). The 9th house is associated with the element of fire; the spirit of the law, morals, beliefs, religion, philosophy, and ethical behaviors. There can be little question that what drives Garth Brooks are his 9th house planets. Every action he takes, every thought he thinks emanates from what he believes is right and just.

Jupiter in the 9th indicates an appreciation for learning, adventure, and adventure. People with this placement always have a clearly defined code of ethics from which they don’t waver, and they have little tolerance for those who don’t. When America’s Got Talent star Michael Ketterer was arrested for domestic violence in 2018 and charged with a felony, Garth stopped sharing the stage with him.

The intuitive, creative Pisces Moon in the 10th must provide for Garth’s emotional expression and his emotional need to achieve fame and fortune via the 9th house Aquarian Jupiter. So, once again, everything Garth does points back to the core of who, what, and why he does what he does: his beliefs, philosophy, morals, and ethics. I’m not suggesting he IS always right and just, but I doubt that he ever strays from what he believes. Whether or not others agree with him is their problem, not his.

 Wealth and Fame Triad

When I want to understand what the chart can reveal about someone’s fame and fortune, I look at the 2nd, 6th, and 10th houses. These three houses are associated with the element of earth, which we associate with wealth and resources. Specifically:

  • 2nd House – reflects the attitude toward money, spending habits, income, and personal resources
  • 6th House – governs work habits, daily routines, service to others, and health
  • 10th House – represents achievement, recognition, status, and fame (or infamy)

Garth’s 2nd house is in the sign Cancer, and Cancer is ruled by the Moon. When Cancer is in the 2nd, emotional security is directly linked to material resources—money, investments, home ownership, and possessions. He must acquire those things for himself and his family through the 10th house (where the Moon is located). Garth is well-known for his astute and focused business acumen. He’s INTUITIVELY smart, diligent, focused, and highly successful.

The 6th house in Garth’s chart is in Scorpio, which is traditionally ruled by Mars. Mars is this chart is located up in the 9th with five other planets. The sign Scorpio is associated with strong drives that can become obsessive and/or extreme, a take-charge attitude, and a preference for solo control.

In an interview with Rare Country, Garth shared some advice he got from his own parents: “Be yourself, dream big, work hard.” Based on what I see in his chart, Garth Brooks can be no one but himself: popular, successful, and driven to acquire emotional security through wealth that he created with his own hard work and high standards for living life.

In-the-Gap New Moon Eclipse January 6

In the hours before the Balsamic Moon in Capricorn aligns with the Sun in Capricorn on January 6, the Moon will be enclosed between Saturn, also in Capricorn, and the Sun. In other words, the Moon will be in the tiny space between the Sun and Saturn. While these heavenly spheres are conjoined by degree (proximity to each other in the sky) two notable things are taking place.

  • The Sun, Moon, and Saturn are free from contact with other planets. In other words, they’re having a private conversation; and
  • When the Moon aligns with the Sun  at 15 degrees Capricorn at about 1:30 am GMT, a partial-solar eclipse occurs and the New Moon phase begins

I’ll deconstruct the above, starting with:

The Balsamic Moon

The Moon entered the Balsamic phase January 2, when it was in the late degrees of Scorpio and in an easy trine to Mars. The Moon to Mars connection may have rekindled  something within you or reconnected you to something or someone you feel deeply passionate about. This flow of emotional energy may have created in your new determination to follow through on whatever you had going on. This energy could also have manifested as an outburst or anger or conflict with someone. I draw your attention back to this date, because those emotions and events are part of a cycle. Seeds of something new were planted near January 2 and in the days that have followed, those seeds have grown roots.

The upcoming New Moon phase, from January 6–13, is when the seeds that were planted weeks (or even months ago) and have germinated will sprout and begin to grow in the world as the Moon grows again toward fullness. What happens to those newly sprouted seeds of hope and passion and desire depends on you.

Capricorn Conjunction

Capricorn has its own set of rules that planets passing through Capricorn adhere to. There are times when a planet’s condition can interrupt the normal flow of energy, but those conditions aren’t present at the moment. So, a strong Saturn that rules and is “at home” in Capricorn is “in charge” of things at this time. In Capricorn, Saturn is ambitious, disciplined, and conservative. Planets that pass through Saturn’s domain take on some of those attributes—his rules of the house.

The Sun LOVES Leo, where it’s at home. It naturally loves fun, leisure, and romance. In Capricorn, however, the Sun takes a more responsible, practical, and action-oriented approach to all things in life. The Sun loses some of its warmth and joy. It becomes focused on “the next step” and likes to create goals, because the Sun is doing what it does when it’s visiting Capricorn.

The Moon LOVES Cancer, where it’s at home. When the Moon is in its comfort zone, it’s content to follow its instincts, respond to emotional needs, and create a safe and secure space for family and friends. When it’s in Capricorn, however, the Moon is required to invest emotional energy in getting ahead, advancing on goals, and following through on strategies. It’s not free to express emotions with the ease it feels in Cancer.

This conjunction of planets in Capricorn signifies a time when the Sun’s preference for fun and leisure and the Moon’s preference for cozy comfort are put on the back burner, while they tend to Saturn’s priorities—responsibility, ambition, hard work, business, achievement, sincerity, austerity—that are now front and center. These things are important in all our lives and life is generally easier if everything gets its due time. So, many of us get reorganized and reprioritize our goals in January, during the Capricorn season that extends from December 21 to January 21. This is the time when Saturn’s priorities have priority.

The Sun and Moon pass through Capricorn every year. What’s different about this year (as well as 2018 and 2020) is that Saturn is also in Capricorn. His presence there creates a much stronger emphasis on Capricorn themes.

Sun Eclipses the Moon on January 6

Eclipses can occur only at a New or Full Moon. At the New Moon, the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth thereby blocking the Sun from our sight. When the life-giving rays of the Sun are temporarily blocked by the Moon, the Moon itself appears black. The emphasis then is on the Moon, which is associated with the emotional content of our lives. From a psychological perspective, this cover of darkness can allow access to what has been hidden or repressed. The potential contained in this encounter is significant. An eclipse can bring up what needs to be reintegrated within ourselves and society.

Not everyone will feel the impact of this New Moon solar eclipse in the same way or to the same extent. Those who have their Ascendant or planets in Capricorn or Cancer are likely to feel this eclipse more than most. If those planets or the Ascendant is within 13 and 17 degrees of either Capricorn or Cancer, the impact will be felt more strongly.

Generally, a solar eclipse is useful for starting new ventures and leaving the old, outworn, and outdated behind. The effects of an eclipse can begin to manifest a few months before the eclipse occurs and may continue to be felt for several months afterwards. The effect of a solar eclipse tends to extend about one year. Where the eclipse has the most impact on your life will depend on the location of the Capricorn house in your natal chart.  If for example, Capricorn is in the 2nd house, you might make changes regarding your income, or you could lose or gain possessions or personal resources. If Capricorn is in the 6th house in your birth chart, the time is right to fine-tune your routines or get serious about a diet, health, and fitness. If you’re curious and want to know more, schedule a natal chart reading with me.

What’s pretty awesome about astrology is that whether or not you know anything about it, or even believe it, it works. Most of the time, we just don’t notice the correlation between planetary movements and personal circumstances. Adding astrological considerations to normal planning and preparation is helpful, though.

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About the Gap and What Happens in the Gap

When the Moon passed by Saturn on January 5, it was if the happy-go-lucky traveler (the Moon/You prior to January 5) had signed a contract and agreed to stop telling everyone “I’m an adult, treat me like one,” and instead you become an adult who accepts responsibility and applies self-control, because there is a lot of hard work ahead to do. Not everyone who feels this energy will respond to it in a positive way. There are always polarities—right/wrong, good/bad, light/dark, etc.—and the opposite of being responsible and mature is to complain, harbor hard feelings, act cranky, and over-do everything to everyone’s displeasure. Those behaviors will undermine any attempt you make to move forward at this time. But don’t worry. There will be opportunities in the future to strike out in a new direction and feel successful.

Now that the contract with Saturn has been signed, the Moon enters the space between Saturn and the Sun, who is already under contract with Saturn to behave in Saturnian ways. The Sun has agreed to shelf (at least for awhile) its “let’s chill on the beach” attitude in exchange for “let’s get to work and get things done!” The Sun has agreed to be more self-disciplined and modest and to focus on work and duty. “Give me virtue, humility, austerity,” it said.

Saturn likes authority and is happy taking the lead. And like any good trail guide, it will tell those who are in his charge to get rid of anything and everything that isn’t necessary or the strenuous climb ahead. Downsize. Eliminate. Restrict. Those are Saturn’s keywords. Are you feeling these influences in your life? Where?

When the Sun and Saturn are combined with the Moon, as they are before and during the eclipse, the need for self-control and emotional grounding through hard work is the energy that surrounds us. There may be an emotional tug-of-war going on within you. But the door to the past is closing. If you’re feeling unhappy or depressed, it’s a signal that you need to let go of what is holding you to the past. The only way out now, or ever,  is forward.

When the Moon emerges from the eclipse, its next interactions are with Venus and Uranus. Venus is a reminder of what you value and how you draw what you need to you. Uranus is the rebel that want’s to be free and be different. It’s good to consider both as you move forward in the days and weeks ahead. Being free, if you’ve held yourself back, will feel uncomfortable. At least, for a while. Pay attention to the glimmers of hope and look forward, not back. It’s all ahead of you now.