Feeling Cornered? Find Your Opening

The Astrology

  • The Moon in Aries will be a Full Moon at 4:10 PM CDT today, when it is directly opposite the Sun in Libra.
  • The Full Moon in Aries trine to Jupiter in Sagittarius is beneficial today.
  • The Aries Full Moon squares Saturn in Capricorn throughout the day.


When I thought about how to describe the energies that will flow around and though us today, the game of rugby came to mind. Everything I know about rugby I learned watching the movie Invictus, which is about Nelson Mandela and the World Cup Rugby Games in South Africa in 1995. The players push against each other A LOT. It’s similar to football, but with fewer concussions. The danger for rugby players is spinal injuries. It’s likely that some people will feel that there is a lot opposition to their goals today. The conflict can be internal, as well.

Then I thought about how we might go about getting out of a corner if we’re in one, and I thought about boxing. I don’t know much about boxing either, but I do know boxers don’t want to get cornered. I asked Google what cornered boxers should do. The best advice is don’t lean back against the corner post and then, if the opponent is leading with the right foot forward, try to duck under the opponent’s left arm. That’s the weakest side, because that foot is already behind the opponent. So, lean in, duck, and evade until you find an opening, and then…

In both rugby and boxing, there’s a winner and a loser. That’s not a satisfying solution if you’re the loser, so I thought there must be better ways to get out of a corner. If physical pushing, shoving, and hitting are sub-optimal choices, what else is there?

I thought of story writers. Writers write themselves into corners all the time. This is the advice I found about how to write yourself out of a corner.

  1. Go back in the story and search for the last place you didn’t feel lost. This will help you find the “wrong turn” you took.
  2. Throw a weird twist in and see what happens. This means you must give up your point of control.
  3. Realize it’s okay to deviate from your planned action. Sometimes we get into a place with our own ideas, or adherence to what we think is best, and that can limit us.
  4. Sleep on it. You might just be frustrated and burned out. If you’re stuck, take a nap and let your mind heal itself.
  5. Meditate. Give yourself time and space to think about nothing. Or take a shower, doodle, watch clouds. Chill and let your mind clear.
  6. And then,…

That’s pretty good advice for anyone who’s feeling conflict, whether it’s internal or external in nature.

What I’ve described are different ways the energy of the Full Moon-Sun opposition and the Moon to Saturn square could play out. There is another type of energy available to all of us today, which is expressed by the Full Moon to Jupiter trine.

The Aries Full Moon and Jupiter in Sagittarius meeting encourages feelings of happiness, well-being, and contentment, kindness, and generosity–life supporting activities. Feelings are our truth. I’ll digress for a moment and acknowledge that conflict, etc., are feelings so, of course, that also could be interpreted as “truth.” But the Universe is demonstrating that there is an alternate way through the day, and everyday. You get to pick.

Today’s Haiku

The great mother light
illuminates dark corners,
reflects your full cup.

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Intense Need to Separate Emotions

The Astrology

  • The New Crescent Moon is half way through Scorpio and facing retrograde Uranus in Taurus.
  • The Sun, Venus, and Mercury in Venus-managed Libra continue to prompt inquiries into what is needed or wanted in all types of relationships.
  • Mars is finishing its transit of Mercury-managed earthy Virgo.
  • Jupiter in Sagittarius spreads hope.
  • Saturn in rocky Capricorn draws attention to the foundations and structures of what is building.


The New Moon was re-born last Saturday in Libra, where the interplay of light and dark, masculine and feminine energies, soul and spirit, balance and one-sidedness, you and/or others are the focus. Today, it’s halfway through Mars-managed Scorpio and facing/opposing retrograde Uranus in Taurus. While the Moon is in Scorpio, it’s in its element (a water sign) but at cross purposes with its own nature. We associate the Moon with emotions and with maternal, nurturing archetypes. Scorpio is a feminine energy that’s managed by intense, masculine Mars, the planet associated with combat and the warrior archetypes. That brief statement may help you to better understand the nature of Scorpio. If we assume that the design of our Universe is intentional, and it is, then this Scorpio Moon time has a purpose. It’s illuminating one facet in the continuum of time that we experience as days and years. Libra focused on and exposed our attention to opposites. Now, Scorpio is cutting through emotions that need to surface and be managed.

In Greek mythology, Medusa is a cave-dwelling, snake-haired Gorgon seductress who eats sailors. That’s Scorpio personified. There wasn’t much to like about that image. In the stories about Medusa, the hero who severs her head (Mars) is cheered and revered. But Medusa had another role. Her image was used as protection against the negative, much like the modern evil eye. She represented a dangerous threat meant to deter other dangerous threats, an image of evil to repel evil to protect loved ones (the Moon).

How are you feeling today? Are you Mars or the Moon, or a bit of both?

In what aspect or facet of your life do you feel a need to separate (Mars) from and/or be more objective about how you nurture and care for (Moon) yourself and others?

Or, in what aspect or facet of your life do you feel a need to protect yourself?

Today’s Haiku

I could say more but
I’m here only as storyteller
Summoning allies.