Full Moon in Aquarius

July 23rd, 2021, 10:37PM EDT

Lofty Community Ideals

The Moon slides into the egalitarian sign of Aquarius, just before preparing to show her cards at the Full Moon. The Full Moon always provides an opportunity to weigh opposites. Often, an area that feels difficult simply needs effort put in at the other end. In this case, the personal, engaging warmth of Leo provides contrast to the lofty, community ideals of Aquarius. Great ideas need to be relatable, and better yet, taken to heart.

Face Your Feelings With Courage

To prepare for the Full Moon, take a moment to engage in your preferred supportive ritual, like meditation or exercise. This helps you to keep an open and empathetic mindset through any difficulties ahead. Take advantage of the morning’s serious mood to complete any necessary tasks. When the absorbent Moon catches up with metamorphic Pluto a bit later, turn to face your own intense feelings with courage. Give yourself the solitude you need to handle it. This readies you for the Full Moon in Aquarius, which symbolizes the balance between a progressive interconnected vision and joyful personal engagement.

Generosity and Liberation

This Full Moon is the culmination of two cycles. From the one that started on July 10th with the New Moon in Cancer, consider what seed for nourishment you planted. If you are using the longer cycles, think back to February when you planted a seed to free yourself from old habits at the New Moon in Aquarius. Read below to get a personal take on the balance between generously giving and gaining freedom. If you know it, use your Rising Sign. If not, use your Sun Sign.

Aries: Notice that as you generously give love, your own sense of freedom expands with the support of your unique community of friends.

Taurus: Watch for how the closeness in your home and family illuminates your ability to bring innovative ideas into the outer world. The crown grows as the roots anchor.

Gemini: Notice that your wisdom grows as you give due diligence to your studies. As you complete details, the meaning you seek becomes apparent

Cancer: Tune into the connection between your ability to set boundaries with other people’s sensitivities and valuing your radiant self.

Leo: Watch how your primary relationships evolve as you fully invest in your own self-development.

Virgo: Notice that your capacity for spiritual growth and forgiveness grows as you commit exuberantly to daily practices

Libra: Notice how your own desire and inspiration for creative projects increases when you celebrate the success of others
Scorpio: Notice that when you celebrate enjoyable parts of your career, your family relationships become more robust and healthy.

Sagittarius: Notice that the joy of gaining wisdom from people from other cultures gives you innovative ideas about your own locale

Capricorn: Watch how your ability to be generous with other peoples’ intense emotional struggles allows you to see yourself and your own struggles with less attachment

Aquarius: Notice that the warmth that you receive as you nurture your intimate relationships serves as a guide to express and develop your most unique personal self.

Pisces: Notice that your connection to the collective feels effortless as you find a sense of playfulness within your daily practices.

Astrolore’s Weekly Weather

This week I guest wrote Astrolore’s Weekly Astrology Weather. Thanks to Astrolore’s Laurie Farrington for the opportunity!

The Moon’s Weekly Journey

In many ways, the Moon represents the human condition of dealing with our feelings, egos, and relationships in daily life. We are currently navigating massive tectonic shifts in our culture, as things lift, grind, and buckle around us. The Moon localizes these energies and helps us to understand how they impact us individually. As Laurie says “learning to work with this rhythm will help you align with and relax into an easier flow with the Universe.”

At last week’s end, we received a challenge to transform how we relate to and care for others. Now the Moon proceeds through the hidden waters of Scorpio, adventure-seeking Sagittarius, serious Capricorn, and high-flying Aquarius. The week ends with the Moon barely dipping her toe in the ocean of Pisces shortly before midnight on Sunday. Along the way, she encounters keynotes of depth, responsibility, and expansion through conjunctions with other planets.

When in Scorpio, the Moon tends to invite deep scrutiny of underlying emotions. If you’re still smarting from a tough weekend, things may lighten up briefly when the Moon enters Sagittarius on Monday afternoon, but only if you can get over your big feelings. Tuesday offers time to adjust the way you are nourishing yourself, perhaps by exploring a different philosophy. Look for an opportunity to elevate your really good idea, when an encouraging message appears from Mercury’s contact with supercharged, inventive Uranus.

Wednesday afternoon supplies us with some welcome earth energy, as the Moon moves into purposeful Capricorn, and Venus cools her heels in calm, helpful Virgo. Twelve hours later, Venus opposes Jupiter, enlarging the desire to help out on a practical level. Later that day, when the Sun leaps into dramatic Leo, where he loves to be, the tone changes from motherly nurturing to radiant enthusiasm.

Friday brings the Full Moon in Aquarius and the illumination of the seed you planted at the New Moon July 10. As we reach the tail end of the week, the Moon tangles with heavy hitters Saturn and Uranus, not to mention prideful Mars in Leo. Watch for flaring tempers and stubborn egos pitching against each other. With conscious attention, this can be channeled into effective determination to get the job done.

The Mercury-Neptune trine creates a fog that can be used in your favor, preferably in support of spiritual rather than deceptive pursuits. Mercury opposing Pluto the next day displays a view of the depth you may have been avoiding. Instead of fighting it, allow yourself to grow and embrace deeper complexities. Larger-than-life Jupiter backtracks through the early degrees of mystical Pisces for this final week, before re-entering humanitarian Aquarius to complete unfinished business.

photo by Sarah Date

Wander The Inner Terrain – Monday, July 19, 2021

On Monday, the Moon in Scorpio demands that you continue to wander the inner terrain, peeking under the rocks and in the shadowed caves, in an effort to understand what lurks there. The square to Mars early in the morning raises questions about your relationship to masculinity. A few hours later, the Moon squares Venus, providing an equal chance to reflect on your feminine side. This regards how you balance doing and being, or action and rest. Recognize that in each person lives a unique blend of these two primary energies. Honor both aspects.

A few hours later at 5:07 PM EDT, you may find yourself leaving any introspective thoughts behind, and feeling rather self-righteous, as the Moon enters Sagittarius and squares Jupiter. Observe and discard the need to be right. Instead, choose to enjoy your evening in the company of people that you can laugh and joke with.

 

Innovative Mental Gifts – Tuesday, July 20, 2021

The Moon grows brighter as it enters the gibbous phase, bringing the quality of perfecting to the forefront. If you are using the Moon phases to move projects forward, today is the day to apply the finishing touches on whatever you’d like to see blossom by Friday’s Full Moon.

At 5:37AM EDT, Mercury in Cancer sextiles Uranus, broadcasting a reminder to cherish nature’s astounding ability to anchor and heal. Uranus in Taurus sounds a wake-up alarm, regarding the environmental systems of our home planet. If you can, take an early morning walk and reflect on your piece of the puzzle. What innovative mental gifts or communication abilities do you possess? Watch for any message that appears with an open heart. Notice too, any regressive behaviors that hamper your ability to be fully present or loving. Be careful not to judge yourself. Instead, be curious.

Seek Out The Inspiring Amidst The Ordinary – Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Enjoy the dreamy, jovial mood that permeates the daytime. Seek out the inspiring amidst the ordinary. Tune into a line of poetry that soothes, a beautiful flower to admire, or a hawk amongst treetops on your drive to work. The early evening bestows a bright spark of hope and beauty, before things get more serious when the Moon enters taskmaster Capricorn. The Moon isn’t particularly comfortable here in this dry, authoritarian place, feeling grumpy and out of sorts.

When Venus steps silently into persnickety Virgo an hour later, the vibe of the week drops significantly. Venus’s transition out of highly animated Leo creates a refuge to slow down, analyze, and adjust. This may come as a relief, especially for those who are dealing with any symptoms of burnout. Finish the day by stepping outside to take a look at the stars. Notice any feelings of kinship toward your environment.

 

Join The Festivities – Thursday, July 22, 2021

You may wake up ready to jump out of bed, with your to-do list already humming. At 8:44AM EDT, Venus newly in Virgo opposes Jupiter. This affords a clear perspective about the task at hand, linking your daily labors to the big picture. This could describe coordinating the details to set the stage for a mystical experience, or realizing that each and every meticulous brushstroke creates the masterpiece. Think back to what began on February 11th regarding your personal growth and values, when Venus met with Jupiter in Aquarius.

At 10:26AM, the hallmark shift of the week occurs, as the Sun alights in jubilant Leo, signaling the full height of summer. After yesterday’s brief earthy pause, the lion’s roar ramps the vibe back up. You would be wise to join in the festivities, as resistance will only create exhaustion or frustration. Despite the arrival of playful Leo, you may experience a bit of sensitivity or chafing later on in the day, resulting in a surprisingly cantankerous encounter. Let it go, as it will quickly pass. Finding humor in the moment is the best remedy.

Full Moon in Aquarius: Illuminate Lofty Ideas With Heart – Friday, July 23, 2021

The Moon slides into the egalitarian sign of Aquarius, just before preparing to show her cards at the Full Moon. The Full Moon always provides an opportunity to weigh opposites. Often, an area that feels difficult simply needs effort put in at the other end. In this case, the personal, engaging warmth of Leo provides contrast to the lofty, community ideals of Aquarius. Great ideas need to be relatable, and better yet, taken to heart.

To prepare for the Full Moon, take a moment to engage in your preferred supportive ritual, like meditation or exercise. This helps you to keep an open and empathetic mindset through any difficulties ahead. Take advantage of the morning’s serious mood to complete any necessary tasks. When the absorbent Moon catches up with metamorphic Pluto a bit later, turn to face your own intense feelings with courage. Give yourself the solitude you need to handle it. This readies you for the Full Moon in Aquarius, which symbolizes the balance between a progressive interconnected vision and joyful personal engagement.

This Full Moon is the culmination of two cycles. From the one that started on July 10th with the New Moon in Cancer, consider what seed for nourishment you planted. If you are using the longer cycles, think back to February when you planted a seed to free yourself from old habits at the New Moon in Aquarius. Read below to get a personal take on the balance between generously giving and gaining freedom. If you know it, use your Rising Sign. If not, use your Sun Sign.

Aries: Notice that as you generously give love, your own sense of freedom expands with the support of your unique community of friends.

Taurus: Watch for how the closeness in your home and family illuminates your ability to bring innovative ideas into the outer world. The crown grows as the roots anchor.

Gemini: Notice that your wisdom grows as you give due diligence to your studies. As you complete details, the meaning you seek becomes apparent

Cancer: Tune into the connection between your ability to set boundaries with other people’s sensitivities and valuing your radiant self.

Leo: Watch how your primary relationships evolve as you fully invest in your own self-development.

Virgo: Notice that your capacity for spiritual growth and forgiveness grows as you commit exuberantly to daily practices

Libra: Notice how your own desire and inspiration for creative projects increases when you celebrate the success of others
Scorpio: Notice that when you celebrate enjoyable parts of your career, your family relationships become more robust and healthy.

Sagittarius: Notice that the joy of gaining wisdom from people from other cultures gives you innovative ideas about your own locale

Capricorn: Watch how your ability to be generous with other peoples’ intense emotional struggles allows you to see yourself and your own struggles with less attachment

Aquarius: Notice that the warmth that you receive as you nurture your intimate relationships serves as a guide to express and develop your most unique personal self.

Pisces: Notice that your connection to the collective feels effortless as you find a sense of playfulness within your daily practices.

 

Dreams Versus Reality – Saturday, July 24, 2021

You may feel dreamy and that you can get away with blurring the boundaries. If possible, take the morning to indulge in imaginative, artistic pleasures that need not satisfy any particular goal. After last night’s Full Moon, you may retain a feeling of non-attachment and freedom. It is likely that this will give over to a sense of restriction and that increases over the course of the day.

The Moon must confront authoritarian Saturn triggering the story that looms in the background, the fight between the avant-garde and the old paradigm. Prepare to see stories in the news that reflect this. Also watch where this struggle plays out in your own life. Late in the evening, the Moon completes the picture with a square to rebel Uranus. We have much to gain by confronting these energies with conscious, careful attention. Recall the softer vibe of the morning to help you drift off to sleep.

 

Embrace Deep Understanding – Sunday, July 25, 2021

With the Moon still in Aquarius, engage in intellectual pursuits today. Do the crossword puzzle, read a book that gives you hope, or start a lively conversation over the breakfast table. When Mercury opposes Pluto at 4:14PM, the week comes full circle, delivering us back to the depths we started with. Pluto, like the goddess Kali, destroys what needs to be removed in the name of new growth. Do not underestimate the intensity of this contact. Rather, take advantage of it, letting your mind move like a leverage bar, working to pry open the door to buried knowledge. Embrace deep understanding of that which moves beneath the surface.

At 7:13PM, the Moon opposes Mars, feeling like a parting shot from recent conflicts. Think of this as an opportunity to gain a clear-eyed, dispassionate view about the wildly out-of-balance masculine principle that both serves and threatens our society. Once again, check in with your relationship to how you take action, including when it would be best to stand down. Just before midnight, the Moon enters dreamy, impressionable Pisces. It immediate conjunction with Jupiter magnifies the effect. Put a notebook by your bed to track any dreams, especially those that give you a sense of the divine. Let the ebb and flow of the mystic ocean lull you to sleep.

 

New Moon In Cancer

A Cool Oasis
photo by Sarah Date

July 9th, 2021, 9:17pm EDT

Emotional Replenishment

At the New Moon, the energy of the Sun and Moon unifies, providing an opportunity for one-pointed attention. In a world that constantly fractures our attention, we can use these days as beacons for focus. Today’s New Moon in the life-giving sign of Cancer regards creating a safe space for emotional replenishment.

A Cool Oasis

In the wheel of signs, cardinal water Cancer offers a cool oasis between chatty Gemini and flamboyant Leo, symbolizing the need to hydrate our physical and emotional selves. As the zodiac’s Matriarch, Cancer tends to her young, responding to their needs while protecting them from predators. This lesson involves the willingness to be vulnerable, sensitive, and responsive in the cultivation of love. It takes significant courage to share and receive tender emotions with others. Yet this is the path to creating the lasting bonds of meaningful relationship.

Broaden Your Scope

The task set before us involves nurturing ourselves and our immediate relationships, as a template for nurturing relationships with everything around us. Broaden your scope to find connection with the rocks on the ground, the birds in the air, the fish in the sea, and the stars in the sky.

What Nourishes You

Take the time to think about what nourishes you. Start something new, no matter how small, that will contribute to your emotional wellbeing. Use your Rising Sign (or if you don’t know it, your Sun Sign) to determine what area of you life will be highlighted for extra care. Trust that your action impacts the collective.

Aries: Establish a place in your home that provides cool respite for recharge

Taurus: Notice when communication feels nourishing and when it doesn’t, write down your feelings

Gemini: Tune into your wealth of emotional resources, notice this as a source of strength

Cancer: Refill your inner reservoir by finding time for quiet contemplation and being

Leo: Make a visit to the vast ocean, lie on the beach while the waves undulate

Virgo: Find yourself in the company of friends who nourish you, offer nourishment back

Libra: Consider where you feel emotionally sustained in your career, enact ways to encourage this feeling

Scorpio: Recognize the wisdom to be gained from your feelings, learn where they are located in your body, share your adventure with others

Sagittarius: Understand where you absorb other people’s unconscious baggage and set clear boundaries for optimal health, be sensitive to other’s feelings

Capricorn: Lavish your primary partnerships with quiet connection time together

Aquarius: Take up a new daily fitness activity that includes flowing movement or immersion into water

Pisces: Lose yourself in a creative pursuit that fills you with joy, include play with young folks

Full Moon in Capricorn

June 24th, 2:39PM EDT

Peak Tides

At the Full Moon, the Sun and Moon exert opposing gravitational pull on the Earth’s waters, creating peak tides. Similarly, the Full Moon represents a time for peak awareness regarding the tides of our lives. Like cosmic parents, this month’s cardinal Full Moon teaches us about the careful balance between authority and nurturing. In other words, we must nurture the sensitive emotional dimension in order to authentically command authority.

Integrity, The Profound Task

Indeed, the Capricorn Moon regards integrity, the profound task of aligning inner thoughts and emotions with outward choices and actions. Meanwhile, the watery Cancer Sun brims with nourishment, offering an anchor of tender support for this difficult task. The trick lies in knowing your own feelings, and from this internal wealth, cultivating mature empathetic responses to others. Learning to nourish yourself emotionally allows you to release others from this obligation. Rich, enduring relationships result.

Rehydrating The Emotional Connections

Right now, expansive Jupiter in mystical Pisces supports this inner process of rehydrating the emotional connections in your relationships. Additionally, awakener Uranus approves, striving to nudge humanity into right relationship with the systems of our home planet. As challenging issues continue to arise, those with the most inner grounding will be able to ride the waves.

Your Emotional Anchor

Think about what has come to light since the Solar Eclipse on June 10th, which brought an invitation to release limiting mental constructs. With the Cancer Sun as your emotional anchor, recognize the area of your life that demands the light of integrity and maturity. Use your Rising or Ascendant Sign to understand where this falls in your chart. If you don’t know it, using your Sun Sign will also provide some guidance.

Aries: Notice the connection between being fully in tune at home and executing with integrity at your workplace

Taurus: Let the kindness you communicate in daily life elevate your perspective about the meaning of life

Gemini: Notice the balance between understanding your own emotions and drawing healthy boundaries with other peoples’ emotional responses

Cancer: Let your understanding about your own needs provide perspective for the needs of your primary relationships

Leo: Notice how your intuitive sense of spirituality flowers into kernels of insight in your daily routines

Virgo: Notice the balance between accepting help from your community and the discipline that allows you to be creative and playful

Libra: Notice the connection between the care that you put into your profession and the stability in your home life

Scorpio: Let your intuition about your higher purpose inform your everyday life choices

Sagittarius: See the connection between your sensitivity towards other peoples’ deep issues and recognizing your own resources

Capricorn: Let your primary relationships aid you in authentically seeing yourself

Aquarius: Notice how your self-care practices support your connection to compassion and forgiveness

Pisces: See the connection between the way you joyfully share love with others and your ability to receive love

Sun In Cancer & Summer Solstice

June 20, 2021, 11:33PM EDT, Northern Hemisphere

 

Revelations

At the Solstice, the Sun enters the water sign of Cancer and achieves its northernmost limit, plunging the Northern Hemisphere into full summer. With the Sun at its peak, revelations come into full view. This Solstice rides the coattails of the Saturn/Uranus square, the symbol for the immense friction between the old world shattering and a new world birthing. At its core, this is a demand for cultural and personal change regarding how we relate to ourselves, to others, and to our planet.

The Wellspring

As the sign of the archetypal Mother, primordial Cancer represents both the wellspring that whole villages crop up around and the amniotic fluid in the sanctuary of the womb. People often underestimate the potential ferocity of Cancer, seeing only the nurturing protective side, while overlooking the towering Mother Bear guarding her cubs. To grasp her fierce devotion to life, consider that Cancer holds the responsibility for the care and propagation of the species.

Nourish Yourself and Others

We all harbor this life-giving energy somewhere in the wheel of the zodiac. Take advantage of this time to nourish yourself physically and emotionally with the cleansing, intuitive force of water. Bathe, swim, empathize, and receive. Meditate on what needs hydration and flow in your life. Offer the energy of unconditional friendliness to all others.

 

New Moon at 19º Gemini & Solar Eclipse

photo by Sarah Date

June 10th, 2021, 6:52am EDT

Pivot Your Mindset

The Moon in Gemini blocks the Sun on June 10th for an annular solar eclipse. Astrologers debate the meaning of eclipses, but suffice it to say that an object obscuring the light of the all-powerful Sun has been known to cause a ruckus. Mercury conjoins the Sun, signifying the precise midpoint of the Mercury Retrograde cycle. This, along with the New Moon, underscores the idea of finding ourselves at a significant pivot point regarding the personal and collective mindset.

The Review

The Mercury Retrograde cycle insists that we pause, take a breath, and review the recent events in our lives. Because of its placement in Gemini, it signals a time for a mental break, especially from screens and draining superficial chatter and gossip. Taking mental rest happens through imaginative flow state activities, like meditative visualizations, creating colorful art, or walking in the woods with a soft gaze.

Inner Immersion

Once again, the astrology of the New Moon at first glance appears to emphasize quick, detail-oriented logistical maneuvers, such as scheduling summer plans with friends. However, while these things should still happen, a deeper look reveals that an immersion in meaningful, inwardly focused pursuits would be eminently soothing for the soul. Interestingly, the support is available to create a container for mystical endeavors. To understand this, think about the tasks required to prepare a boat for an afternoon sail. Once on the lake, fully relax into the motion of the water. Merge with the element of water.

Breathe Into The Silence

What’s the best way to take advantage of this silent spacious energy? First, take a deep breath into your lungs, the part of the body ruled by Gemini. Recognize the simplicity and power of this action. And second, consider which area of your chart contains Gemini. Here, seek inner sanctum and objectively ponder the change you’d like to see in the world. Using your Rising Sign (or Sun Sign if you don’t know it), consider the question below and plant a seed for a subtle internal shift in this area of your life.

 

Aries: As a leader, how can I bring more mindfulness to my methods of communication?

Taurus: As a solid citizen, how can I rejuvenate my thinking regarding the resources I have to offer?

Gemini: As a natural storyteller, how can I reach others with relatable stories?

Cancer: With a nurturing air, how can I release mental suffering and move into forgiveness?

Leo: With magnanimous warmth, how can I galvanize my community into taking worthwhile action and receive their support in return?

Virgo: With an analyst’s precision, how can I focus my sharp mind to find deeper fulfillment in my vocation that benefits the whole?

Libra: As a natural diplomat, how can I allow a more egalitarian vision to flood my worldview and share it?

Scorpio: With a detective’s focus, how can I find the gold in my deepest most intense emotions?

Sagittarius: With an adventurous spirit, how can I bring spaciousness and clear communication to my primary relationships?

Capricorn: As a natural strategist, how can I commit to time for mindfulness practices that ripple beyond just me?

Aquarius: As an inventor, how can I harness my intellectual gifts to bring more playfulness into life?

Pisces: As a natural visionary, how can I envision a way to create a calmer home space that honors my lineage?

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Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius

May 26th, 2021, 7:14am EDT

Lunar Eclipse

On May 26th at 7:19am EDT, the Moon falls under the Earth’s shadow, creating the year’s first Lunar Eclipse. A lunar eclipse only occurs at the Full Moon, in this case under the visionary watch of Sagittarius.   The energy to expand, explore, and philosophize takes precedence.

Adventure and Details

While the Sagittarius Moon seeks adventure and broader meaning, the Sun in Gemini dabbles in the details of networking and logistics, skipping depth for speed. Integrating the two means being able to first write the sermon (Gemini) and then deliver it with charisma and humor (Sagittarius). Or plan the party, from invitations to decorations, and then relish in the festivities.

Get Comfortable With Discomfort

Looking beyond the initial appearance of a jovial and chatty vibe, a challenge comes in the form of fogginess or a struggle with boundaries. Although desiring otherwise, we may flounder and find ourselves uncomfortable in previously comfortable scenarios. With Mercury retrograding on May 29th, we see an underscore of the need to slow down, review and revise. Take this as an opportunity to get clear about emotions and psychic detritus from the past that holds you back.

Let Yourself Blossom

An eclipse also requires us to consider how we might block our own progress. To understand this, think back to the Taurus New Moon on May 11th and decide whether you accepted the mission to slow at that time. Furthermore, bring to mind any doors you have consciously closed in the past six months.   What can blossom in your life when you relinquish old habits or projects that no longer contribute to your well-being? Let the Sagittarian arrow fly high above and witness what comes into view.

Clear The Way

Take note of what has arisen for you over the course of the last two weeks, as we continue to ride out this world transition. Read below for astrological suggestions regarding this powerful lunar eclipse. Use your Rising Sign, or if you don’t know it, your Sun Sign, think about clearing any inner blocks that stand in your path.

 

Aries: Shine a light on travel or philosophy

Taurus: Explore the fringes of your boundaries when dealing with difficult people

Gemini: Find a brand new adventure to enjoy with your partner

Cancer: Pick up an enlivening meditation practice that confronts the core of the issue

Leo: Widen your definition of creativity and envision a new way to give love

Virgo: Expand your view of family, including releasing old paradigms

Libra: Embark on a bike ride to somewhere local and completely new to you

Scorpio: Let radical self-love take flight like an arrow

Sagittarius: Make it your mission to live life with conviction, share with others

Capricorn: Take time in solo retreat to find your purpose

Aquarius: Recognize a spirited action that elevates a cause in your community

Pisces: Add an adventurous flair to your attitude at work

Astrolore’s Weekly Astrology Weather

all photos by Sarah Date

This week, I guest-wrote the blog for my colleague and dear friend Laurie Farrington of Astrolore (www.astrolore.org).

May 17, 2021 through May 23, 2021

The Moon gains in light this week, cartwheeling from moody Cancer into joyful Leo early Monday. The Sun connects effortlessly with the deeply grounded power of Pluto, as they trine at 5:48am EDT.

On Tuesday, the Moon tangles with 2021 twin kings of tumult, Saturn and Uranus. The next day at the First Quarter Square, prepare to take action on your seed of serenity you planted at the Taurus New Moon on May 11th. Except, given the week’s symbolism, consider it an “inaction”, as any efforts towards productivity will likely be thwarted. Your intentions are best aimed at continuing to sloooowww down and focus on renovating internal storylines.

Don’t be fooled mid-week, when an influx of frenetic and fickle fluctuations rile us up, as the Sun shifts into Gemini and the Moon into Virgo. It won’t last. With the Sun squaring Jupiter and Mercury squaring Neptune, rational thinking tumbles into churning ocean currents like an upended surfer. Meditative and imaginative pursuits help clear away cobwebs.

The week finishes with the sociable Libra Moon working her charms as she encounters grouchy Mars in Cancer and the intense demands of Pluto in Capricorn. She surrenders to a deep dive into secretive Scorpio at 11:00pm. Saturn stations retrograde at 13º Aquarius, planning to retread the familiar ground covered since its clash with Uranus on February 17th, creating an overall feeling of retreat.

 

Rejuvenate and Access Power – Monday, May 17, 2021

Early in the morning, the Moon in the protective sign of Cancer opposes Pluto, bringing emotions to the forefront.  Then as the Sun moves into a harmonious trine with potent Pluto, we have an opportunity to recognize inner personal power and deepen our perspective. Let the principle of magnanimous generosity lead your actions for the day. If possible, steep in a hot bath before starting your work day. At the very least, make a piping hot cup of tea and let it sink into your bones. With your newfound feelings of rejuvenation, embrace the more joyful tone that enters the day when the Moon enters Leo at 8:43am EDT.

Levity To Heaviness – Tuesday, May 18, 2021

The morning may feel light and chatty, though casual conversation could easily sway into commiserating over a shared story of wounding. At the day continues, if you find yourself being petulant and childish, notice if it stems from intense feelings of being blocked or trapped. If you apply the balm of awareness, you will be able to bring levity to this heaviness. Take a breath and enjoy the drama of the moment, as you realize that difficult things make us develop into more whole human beings.

Allow any hard feelings to pass through you, and accept the challenge to deepen your understanding of others, including the other beings who also inhabit the planet. Talk about what you learned with a friend over a beverage of choice late in the evening.

Stay Grounded – Wednesday, May 19, 2021

The Moon continues its foray through the lively and dramatic sign of Leo, contending with the First Quarter Square to the Sun in the last gasp of Taurus at 3:12pm. Act on whatever intention you set regarding slowing down and finding a sense reverence on May 11th. With luminaries at an unstable 29º, we receive a strong message about getting ready for change. You might choose an action that reminds you to stay grounded, though keep a sense of humor close at hand.

Shortly after her skirmish with the Sun, the Moon brushes herself off and steps into orderly Virgo, dropping into work mode. An hour later, the Moon slides into an opposition with Jupiter, magnifying the idea of service and sacrifice. You may see a way to help a suffering neighbor or friend that wasn’t readily obvious before.

Later in the day, Venus trines Saturn. While not exactly a romantic contact, it could be a fruitful time to work out logistical issues in your primary relationships. This aspect allows a release from emotional attachments to focus on realistic outcomes.

Meaningful Contribution – Thursday, May 20, 2021

A seasonal pivot point, the Sun enters clever, restless Gemini, heralding the final chapter of spring. With the two luminaries in Mercury-ruled signs, the focus turns to communication, networking, and applying some elbow grease to get things done with optimal efficiency. Enjoy this moment of clarity.

In the middle of the day, the Moon receives a brief blast of unpredictable energy from great awakener Uranus. This might raise the possibility of making a meaningful contribution, perhaps to the animal shelter or wildlife organization. It could also knock you off balance and leave you feeling scattered. Either way, allow your web to expand. Open to what you can learn from others. Finish off your evening with a lively family discussion. Be sure to tell your loved ones how important they are to you.

Breathe and Feel – Friday, May 21, 2021

The morning starts with that feeling of trying to remember a dream. At 11:03am the logical Sun in Gemini bucks up against Jupiter, newly in idealistic Pisces, pitting inner experience against objective reality. Jupiter in Pisces indulges in expansive mystical meaning while the Gemini Sun simply wishes to tell a good story. With the Moon still in Virgo, it will be useful to take on some straightforward tasks while allowing your mind to wander.

At 9:36pm, the Moon moves into diplomatic Libra, increasing the desire for connection and conversation. If your mind feels like it is in overdrive as you get ready for bed, engage in a balancing practice. Write in your journal or engage in a yogic breathing practice, like nadi shodana.

Sailing Into A Stall – Saturday, May 22, 2021

With the Moon in cardinal air Libra, most of the day scuds along like a sailboat on a breezy lake. We may feel buoyant, and able to steer clear of the emotional landscape beneath. Enjoy the feeling, but be cognizant of the fine line between objectivity and disconnection.

At 10:43pm, the winged messenger planet Mercury confronts Neptune, stopping them in their tracks and convoluting the lines of communication. Take note of any inner turbulence, as air and water together create restless, unsettled emotions. Give yourself over to poetry rather than attempting to rationalize overwhelming feelings. Take a mellow and mindful evening walk in the woods to clear your head.

This contact previews the upcoming Mercury Retrograde on May 29th. Mercury squares Neptune twice more in this period. Fear not, as we have an opportunity for necessary rest. Invite your mind to wander deeply into non-rational territory. Contemplate the true meaning of forgiveness. Calm down and let the dream world take you.

Seal The Deal For Rest – Sunday, May 23, 2021

The Moon spends its final full day in affable Libra, in preparation for its monthly descent into the cavernous lair of Scorpio. This day seals the deal regarding taking a step back to carve out some “being” time in the midst of your late spring to-do list. We hit a snag in the wee hours, hopefully while some of you remain asleep, when the Moon squares Mars, grouchy and self-protective in Cancer. You might wake up grumpy. If so, let it pass like wind through an open field.

Saturn stations Retrograde at 5:18pm, doing a 180 and retracing its steps since the shakedown square with Uranus, near Valentine’s Day. Culturally, we’ll review the humanitarian concerns of Saturn in Aquarius, and prepare for the second square in June.

Unfortunately, the day doesn’t lighten up much, as the Moon wrestles with the power-monger Pluto at 5:36pm. Recognize the potential for a battle, and notice any tendency to brood or fixate on something beyond your control. Instead, choose to burn off energy through a difficult solo activity to that requires extreme focus. Mountain biking comes to mind. Let go of any desire for perfection.

 

 

 

 

Mercury Retrograde Workshop

What’s The Kerfuffle?

How To Use Mercury Retrograde In Your Life

Date: Thursday May 27th, 2021

Time: 5:45-7:00pm

Have you heard the term “Mercury Retrograde” floating around? Want to know what the kerfuffle is all about? Join me to learn about the signification of Mercury in the wisdom tradition of astrology. Explore how to use these time periods strategically to create space, healing, and clarity in your life. This interactive workshop includes an explanatory discussion of the symbolism, an opportunity to discover where this lands in your personal horoscope, and how to best take advantage of it.   For those with some knowledge of astrology, this workshop will particularly benefit folks with a powerful Air sign focus.

Limited space so sign up now to get your spot!

Class conducted on Zoom. $15.

To sign up, hit the Schedule button on the right. For questions, email me at hiddenpathastrology@gmail.com.

Awaken

New Moon in Taurus

May 11, 2021 2:59PM EDT

The Original Daily Planner

If the Moon is the original daily planner, then the New Moon indicates a time to plant something new that affects day-to-day living. With the Taurus focus, it behooves us to contemplate ways to slow down and seek tranquility.

Queen of Serene

In the simplest of terms, Taurus represents the need for peace. Picture a still pond on a warm spring day, with lazy clouds scudding by overhead. Look deeper, and realize that this elegant web of life functions as a stable and organized system, reliant on the existence of only a modicum of change. Likewise, queen of serene Taurus methodically builds structures of lasting value, disliking drama or emotional upset. The shadow of the Bull shows itself through clinging to the status quo or hoarding material goods.

The Hard Questions Persist

However, with disruptive Uranus cruising through placid Taurus since 2019, we continue to experience seismic shifts in previously stable modalities. Our human systems do not align with the science of ecology, and Uranus seeks to wake us up out of our self-centered illusion. The hard questions persist, with regards to our treatment of each other and our environment, and the massive wealth imbalance around the world. On a positive note, an opportunity for empowerment and compassion could play a major role, achieved by honest communication and listening on personal and collective levels.

Serenity Now!

All change begins with patient acceptance. This New Moon invites us to cultivate an attitude of reverence for the present moment. Use your Rising Sign (and if you don’t know it, your Sun sign) to determine where to slow down and find serenity. Your commitment to calm ripples out to all those around you.

 

Aries: Slow down and recognize your deep resource of self-reliance

Taurus: Slow down and honor your innate patience

Gemini: Slow down and see the world in a grain of sand and a heaven in a wild flower*

Cancer: Slow down and absorb the love coming from your community

Leo: Slow down and respect your work as a social contribution

Virgo: Slow down and imagine walking in the shoes of someone in a foreign land

Libra: Slow down and calmly confront your shadow self with an open heart

Scorpio: Slow down and nourish your intimate partners with sensuality or a delicious meal

Sagittarius: Slow down and find renewal in your physical body

Capricorn: Slow down and delight in the soothing green realms of nature

Aquarius: Slow down and extend an energetic taproot deep down into the earth

Pisces: Slow down and remain steady despite mounting logistics to manage

*From “The Auguries of Innocence” by William Blake