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.

 

 

 

The Moon Wants to Circulate Its Messages

A healthy flow of emotional energy has been available the past two days with the active Moon-Mars opposition. It was positively expressed as candor, emotional directness, and strong feelings. As the Moon negotiated with Mars in Pisces, some long-held beliefs and ways of thinking may have been surfaced through either your personal reflections, conversations, or observations of others. Some of these occurrences may have had a transformative impact on your personal, social, or business relationships.

On the other hand, this Moon-Mars opposition may have activated old emotional patterns that manifested as emotional outbursts, lack of self-censoring, aggression, or even temper tantrums. If such behaviors are too easily activated in you, the disseminating third-quarter Moon phase that began today, December 29, provides the energy to release  those behaviors so they don’t continue to hold you back. Don’t be self-critical. Instead, aspire to feel good about who you are. The changes will follow.

Sometimes it’s easier to gain insight in to negative behaviors and their consequences when they’re observed in others rather than in ourselves. Pay attention to what you see and hear, because there may be messages for you to ponder. Some ways you may observe these energies being expressed in the world around you are through, for example:

  • Movies like On the Basis of Sex or The Destroyer (released this weekend) or any TV or movie that involves emotional shocks, blood feuds, civil strife, or war
  • News coverage of brash, moody, ill-tempered, explosive, or volatile people and events

Today, December 29, the Moon aligned in a square with the Sun and Saturn, currently in Capricorn, as the third-quarter phase culminated at 3:34 am CST. You may have felt more “in control” of your emotions when you awoke this morning. The Sun and Saturn in Capricorn carry the energy of emotional maturity,  self-control, and responsibility. However, a square between the Libra Moon and the Capricorn Sun and Saturn is an indicator of tension, conflict, and strife that’s around you and that you may be impacted by.

The Libra Moon wants to link up with others to share more love, mutual support, and connection. The Sun and Saturn in Capricorn want to ensure boundaries are set, timing is appropriate, networking has a purpose and goals. The austere influence of the Sun and Saturn in Capricorn doesn’t blend easily with the emotion-based relationship-oriented Libra Moon. This planetary conflict may manifest and demonstrate itself in your relationships with others over the next couple of days.

Then, just in time for New Year’s Eve celebrations, the energy shifts again when the Moon leaves Libra behind and enters Scorpio, where it forms an another opposition. This time it will oppose retrograde Uranus in Aries. The Moon in Scorpio is intense and passionate. Uranus in Aries encourages spontaneity and risk-taking. The timing of this Moon-Uranus opposition provides an energy mix for a night when “out with the old and in with the new” is on everyone’s mind. Following your impulses, dreaming big, and allowing unexpected connections with others are good ways to release the tensions that have built up in recent days (or over the past years). You may be exposed to someone’s erratic behavior and feel or see significant mood swings in others (because they’re feeling the energies, too).  Make a mental note, because you’re attention is being attracted for a reason. You’ll need to think more about some of these things in the future. But, for now: play, be inspired, and have fun! There is an overall feeling of aliveness, independence, and spontaneity in the air. Be free enough in your thinking to say no to what you will for sure regret the next day or even the next year, and be accountable to yourself: call an Uber or Lyft if you need a ride home from the party.

The Moon is in the disseminating stage until the New Moon on January 5. Between now and then, the timing is right to release what no longer serves you. It may be one thought that you keep thinking, one thing you do that you want to stop doing. Don’t expect perfection and don’t criticize yourself—about anything. Self-criticism is not helpful. Neither is making resolutions useful, because they’re just reminders of what you think didn’t go well last year. Instead of resolving to be better at/for (whatever________________), see yourself as the expansive creator that you are now. And remember that you’re just fine.

I’ll see you in the New Year!

Mars and Mercury: the Passionate Mind

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“Just as the Greek intellectual achievement had reached its climax during the fourth century BCE, Alexander the Great swept down from Macedonia through Greece and onward to Persia, conquering lands and people from Egypt to India…The very qualities that had served Greece’s brilliant evolution—restless individualism, proud humanism, critical rationalism—now helped precipitate its downfall, for the divisiveness, arrogance, and opportunism that shadowed the Greeks’ nobler qualities left them myopic and fatally unprepared for the Macedonian challenge.”

Excerpted from The Passion of the Western Mind by Richard Tarnes

Alexander’s army of warriors is representative of the Mars archetype. and our human urges to be assertive, self-protective, self-gratifying, and competitive. Mars is also associated with feelings of anger and aggression.

The Greek intellectual achievement that served individualism, humanism, and critical rationalism is representative of the Mercury archetype, and our human impulses to communicate, observe, teach, and learn. Mercury is associated with our thinking processes, which can tend toward overly rational or to come from a one-sided perspective, as well as dogmatism, literalism, and fundamentalism.

As we know oh so well: history does tend to repeat itself. We’re seeing the Mercury-Mars clashes play out in various ways all around the world. And the reasons behind the behavior haven’t changed since ancient times.

Mercury in Leo (emphasizing need to be appreciated by others) and Mars in Aquarius (emphasizing need to innovate and create social change) are opposing each other in the sky. At the same time these two planets are locked in a square with Uranus, the planet that represents our impulses toward freedom, rebellion, breakthroughs, innovation, and individuation, in Taurus (emphasizing need to be resourceful and get productive results). A square is symbolic of resistance. You know what happens when electric current is restricted by a knot or sharp bend (square) in a cord. The cord gets hot and often sparks fly. That same energy is active in our environment.

So, now what can we do? Can we change and do somethings different?

The movements of the planets, as they approach and separate from their different relationships with each other, provide some clues. What we observe is that the planets move gradually toward and away from each other. When they are in very close relationship by opposition (180 degrees, plus or minus a few degrees) or square (90 degrees, plus or minus a few degrees), they bring our focus and attention to something, like a focusing lens does. Our attention to things we see, hear, and feel increases and then diminishes in the same way. Nothing is as abrupt as it may seem to be. Planetary relationships change gradually, as does our thinking, which always precedes our actions.

Let’s think about this just briefly. We all think differently from one another. We’re individuals. which Mars in Aquarius is reminding us of. We each have our own thoughts and beliefs (beliefs are just thoughts we keep on thinking), which Mercury in Leo is reminding us of. Each one of us wants to be recognized and appreciated (Leo), and when we think that’s not happening, we can, in turn, feel anger, which activates the need to protect ourselves and our beliefs.

Real learning only ever happens through experience and reflecting on our own experiences. We actually teach ourselves. So, think about these few things:

  • You have the ability to direct your own thoughts. You have the option of observing things as they are or changing them as you want them to be. Your thoughts are vibrations, too. Like-minded people are attracted to each other. Do we need to repeat the battles that have gone on since before Alexander the Greats’ time?
  • Your attention to something invites it into your awareness. Every thought you give your attention to expands as more and more thoughts follow the original thought. Whether it’s a thought of something you want or don’t want, your attention to it invites more of what you think about into your experience.

Somethings, like the planets moving through the heavens, are fated. However, even as they come together and your attention is focused (through your individual lens) on what you do or don’t want, you have the freewill to make choices and change what comes next.

What has your experience taught you? What do you want to change, do differently? This is a good time, while the resistance is bringing things into focus, for personal reflection before taking any next actions.

 

 

Mars Retrograde: Get on the Path of Least Resistance

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Paddling against the current requires a lot of action, energy, and will. It’s hard to stay centered when the current is fast or turbulent, too; it’s risky business, because turbulence can easily throw you off balance. Professional whitewater rafters teach caution and advise people to stay calm and trust to their guide when they’re on the river.

That’s really good advice to apply when Mars’ energy is actively creating turbulence in your life. The planet Mars is associated with impulses to take action and assert with passion and drive in pursuit of something or someone you want or desire. This energy, like the river, is all around us, so even if you’re not “feeling Mars,” other people can be. Mars also signifies the impulse to protect ourselves when we feel threatened, and to use force against people and things that are perceived to be in our way. The impulse toward action and asserting personal will can throw things off balance, however.

To avoid mishaps, steer clear of hidden dangers in the river. To avoid mishaps brought about by negative emotions, you can choose to stay calm and to trust your inner guidance system to help you get on the path of least resistance (and better feelings).

  • Pay attention and watch out for anger, aggression, rash actions, revenge, deception and lying, verbal abuse and shouting, and looting.

Where is Mars and What is Being Activated?

Mars is currently in the sign of Aquarius, which is ruled by Saturn (traditional ruler) and co-ruled by Uranus (modern ruler). This means that we have heightened awareness of Aquarian concerns—innovation, originality, and social issues; and boundaries, authority figures, discipline, and the form things have, or take.

The Power Paradox: Action and Will

Power is meaningful and motivational when we’re aligned with a cause or crusade that enlightens society (Aquarius), and when we envision a freer world where the rights of all people are upheld. On the flip side of power that upholds everyone, freedom, and tolerance, however, is social (Aquarius) intolerance. Some people, under the influence of Mars in Aquarius, will hide behind a mask, or facade, of social respectability and responsibility and construct barriers and try to assume control over the “group mind” by using, for example, force or propaganda.

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Constructing barriers that separate some people from others, who are thought to have less social status, is a common expression of Mars in Aquarius and under the authority of Saturn. What to watch for:

  • People, especially when they’re young and immature, who shun their peers as they jockey for standing/position in their social groups
  • People who insist that others adhere to certain formalities and protocols. These social rituals are designed to provide some “distance”  that is maintained in order to feel more “in control.”
  • People who carry this energy to an extreme and behave in cold, dehumanizing ways, while also demanding respect from those who are being intimidated.

But Aquarius signifies truth at all costs, so also watch for:

  • Headstrong stubbornness and heavy-handed enforcement of reform to be exposed

Saturn (ruler of Aquarius) is influencing Mars to try to help us recognize and respect the limits of our social idealism by respecting diversity and by being more tolerant of others.

Mars is Retrograde Now, in Aquarius

To recap, Mars signifies our ability to take actions that move us closer to getting what we want. When out of balance, however, risky behaviors can create chaos and damage. When a planet is retrograde, it’s thought to represent slowing down, delaying or stopping what is signified by the planet, and retracing of steps. The energy of a planet in retrograde motion is “restrained” to some extent. Mars will be in retrograde motion until August 27, giving us nearly two months to review past actions—our own, and our societies.

An “A” Power Play

All action is preceded by thoughts, and beliefs are thoughts that you continue to think. So you can, and sometimes will, change your beliefs because you’ve experienced some contrast. You attract the contrast between what you believe and what others believe because you gave your attention to the “issue.” Every time you notice contrast, you’ve attracted it (or you wouldn’t notice it in the first place), because you want to understand something about your thoughts and beliefs.

You have a guidance system; it’s your feelings and emotions. They steer you toward and help you form your beliefs about things. Negative emotions, and any subsequent reactions, surface when you’re doing something that isn’t in your own best interest. How can you know if something is in your best interest, or not? By asking yourself if what you’re doing or thinking is causing a positive or negative emotion. (Hint: Revenge, violence, anger, or depression are not positive emotions.) Trust your guide, your emotions, to show you what you need to do so that you can avoid getting upended in the chaos and currents of life here on planet Earth.