This is going to be one of the more potent lunar cycles this month, as the Moon is transiting its home sign of Cancer. This gives the New Moon more strength, and emotions will be running high this cycle. Not to worry, as we have plenty of opportunities to engage in some major healing this time. Set your intentions appropriately, and dive in.
New Moon opposite Pluto retrograde for this cycle is going to challenge us hard in terms of how we feel about what is unmaking or remaking us. We need to look inwards for the next 28 days and see what is holding us back. In this way, we can move on from that which is blocking us. At the same time, the New Moon is also trine Neptune Retrograde. Pay close attention to your dreams now, as the answers may come from within in the dreamscape. Neptune conjunct 433 Eros will likely evoke an erotic quality to the dreams as well, and with Eros trine New Moon, these aren't likely to make us feel bad (unless you're of the train of thought that feels guilty about such dreams. Don't.). New Moon is also making a very weak conjunction to Venus (little more than 7 degree orb), so while this influence is minimal, it is there. We'll be reflecting on our feelings and emotions relating to love, romance, relationships, and of course what we find appealing to ourselves. Finally, we have 3811 Karma conjunct the New Moon, so expect some karmic reward (or judgment) this month depending on what seeds were sown the previous month.
Pluto retrograde also opposes Venus, so we'll also be reflecting on how we self-sabotage those relationships and what we desire. Consider also that Venus squares 4386 Lust and Uranus both in Aries, so this self-sabotage is almost certainly lustful or rebellious in nature. Perhaps we're still stinging from a past hurt. We need to move on from this. Uranus also is still conjunct Ceres and Eris, so this discord is still causing some problems with our home lives, that I'm quite certain about. If you're fortunate, you may have aspects to your natal chart from this configuration that smooths this over. Me, ... not so much as I would like.
Let's consider another aspect, and it's a little weaker as it's not a tight one, but I feel it still counts for the cycle: A Water Grand Trine involving Venus in Cancer, Chiron retrograde in Pisces, and Mars in Scorpio, with Pluto making a weak kite with it's opposition to Venus. While Pluto and Chiron are too far apart to be aspecting, it's just within range to affect Venus and Mars. Especially Mars with a 2 degree orb in that trine. In our self-reflections this cycle, we're going to review in our minds what rash actions led to pain earlier, and with Venus involved (and the Pluto retrograde opposition), it's going to be about those relationships and how we managed to hoist ourselves by our own petards. But we can take stock in what happened, and perhaps work inside ourselves to repair what our role was in these hurts... and then perhaps move forward and repair that damage externally as well when the time comes.
A T-Square between Neptune Retrograde, Saturn Retrograde, and North Node/Jupiter is still present, though Jupiter's influence in thsi is waning as it moves out of this configuration. If we throw in 26955 Lie opposite Saturn, we have a Grand Cross. North Node is also conjuncting weakly 8690 Swindle and of course we have Eros with Neptune. How have we been lying to ourselves regarding our roles in sabotaging ourselves and those of our partners or ex-partners (or prospective partners?... perhaps ex-prospective partners). We need to be brutally honest with ourselves right now if we are to move forward and make the changes necessary. This is shaping up to not be an easy month now that I'm looking at these aspects...
On another front, we have Nessus and Pallas conjunct, forming a T-square with an opposition to 4227 Kaali in Virgo and an apex with 1981 Dudu and 1981 Midas in Gemini. We may find ourselves lying to ourselves, or perhaps to others to get a job or make some sort of gain? Be careful of smooth talkers this month. But with the other major configurations, those fabrications should not be relied on if you're the one making them, and you should be prepared to catch someone else in one. Their intentions may even be honorable but misguided. Nessus opposite Kaali by itself gives us a vibe of our obsessions getting the best of us and being a problem. At worse, abusive partners could try the old bribery route (considering the T-square to Midas and Dudu). Don't buy the bullshit.
A Yod Kite is also formed with some asteroids, with 157 Dejanira sextile Chiron retrograde, both quincunx 763 Cupido (itself conjunct 545 Messalina), and being kited by Uranus/Eris/Ceres. Messalina by itself would be too wide to count in the quincunx with Dejanira, but Dejanira is dangerously close to that oh-so-wonderful star Algol (and it's going to be an ever-so-slight influence, but it's close enough for me to mention it...)... Messalina with Cupido though brings it into the apex. Enough technicalities, let's get down to business. A focal point of this cycle is going to be in dealing with those playing "Cupid", those who would steal their heart for their own hedonistic and promiscuous desires. This is going to play a little fast and heavy with chaos, and you may feel like you were used when Cupid fires his arrow... or, conversely, perhaps a little fast and loose and chaotic flirting may aid in the healing process. A form of catharsis. It really depends on your situation and how this Yod affects your chart (If it aspects anything significant, that is... in my own chart, transiting Cupido and Messalina square my natal Jupiter and Black Moon Lilith (both in my 8th house Cancer, so I'd say there's some potential for something to affect me, maybe not profoundly, but it's there).
This is all I have time for tonight. Let's be glad Eros got off of Nessus finally. That should smooth things over a little bit romantically or maybe sexually too. At any rate, I'll summarize this cycle as being a time where flirtations can get a little hot and heavy, and indulging a little may be fine (so long as you're not hurting someone you love in the process)... and ultimately we need to look within and really be honest with ourselves. Figure out honestly what you're doing to damage yourself and start making steps to bring an end to it.
In my case, my sleep cycle needs repaired immediately. Which will happen. (And other projects need to be powered through). On that note, make this a good cycle.
This New Moon is upon us, and it's a doozy. Hold on to your hats because it's looking like a bumpy ride this cycle.
The New Moon itself is square Pluto, and it's a pretty tight square too at less than one degree orb. This lunar cycle is going to be about overcoming obstacles, and of things being torn down and rebuilt. Let's get the ground work going and prepare for impact, because honestly we're going to see quite a few things get hit. And what gets hit will impact our egos and our emotions for sure. A lot of things that get impacted this lunar cycle will even seem out of the blue, given the Uranus square Pluto aspect that's also here. With Uranus conjunct New Moon, we can expect some sudden surprises that are, frankly, going to be quite disruptive, such as travel delays, relationships going amok, staplers jamming just as you're scrambling to get to that meeting in time... but not much that should be totally insurmountable. Uranus, though at greater than two degree orb, is conjunct Eris, representing chaos and discord. It's a loose conjunction, very loose, so we should be able to weather some of these storms at least.
New Moon trine Saturn Retrograde also adds a dash of us taking into account restrictions we have placed upon ourselves, and this is a prime opportunity to see exactly where we're sabotaging ourselves, and what we can do to take steps to get around it.
With Mars: Detrimental habits powerfully affecting the life, quarrels with friends and relatives, fairly favorable for gain. If at the same time the Moon is with Aldebaran, danger of death by sword or hanging.
Well, I think that's pretty descriptive. Moon is nowhere near Aldeberan, so I think we can avoid the worst of aggression and war for now. Keep in mind however, that Mars Retrograde begins during this cycle, and that's when things are going to get mucked up. Expect shifting alliances and upheavals in our relationships with others, which fits quite well with Pluto squaring the New Moon and Uranus/Eris. It's not all doom and gloom though, as we can use the Mars/Antares energy to initiate something that will be lucrative in the future (though we should not expect instant results as Saturn is retrograde at this time...
Chiron conjunct South Node during this lunar cycle is something else that needs addressed too. We are likely to face healing and pain from a part of our past, as we have for the past few months.
Chiron squares Ixion as well, so we should be rather careful of things that are too good to be true, and let's not leave a good thing for something that feels more comfortable, such as leaving a loving partner to go back to an old relationship.
A weak Apophis conjunct Venus also exemplifies this. Some relationships are likely to end at this time, and probably already have. Venus has entered Aries, opposite one of it's ruled signs (Libra), so we need to be careful that we're chasing after what's good for us in terms of relationships and money, and be careful if we're chasing after fun without the relationship (I think you know where this is heading).
Lucifer square Karma (itself conjunct Algol) is another cause for concern. Lucifer is retrograde, so we're going to be looking at our inner pride during this time. Karma is just that, karma. On Algol, the most malefic star in the heavens, this karma will be brutal. (I should know, I have Karma conjunct Algol in my natal chart, and am going through a Karma Return right now. And yes, some crows are coming home to roost... though the embodiment of such as my air mattress springing a leak and leaving me to sleep on a hard floor... (This could very well be a manifestation of Saturn retrograde as well)... well anyways... maybe it'll help my back. I don't know. But i digress...). I can also say personally a couple purchases I was considering making are now backburnered as more important expenses are coming up... Like taxes.... Oh yeah, Income Tax day in the U.S. is coming up during this cycle... a day after Mars turns retrograde! DO NOT wait until the last minute this year!!! I cannot stress that enough! I can almost guarantee there will be a snafu if you wait until the last day to do taxes.
Karma/Algol Sextile Kaali, forming a Yod to Pholus/Galactic Center is also present, asteroid-wise. Though not as powerful as planets, there is the potential for something to blow up, as Pholus is said to explode or expand what it touches. Frankly, be careful with the imbibing of alcohol and other intoxicating substances or activities this cycle. Could lead to more than you bargain for.
Finally, Saturn retrograde squaring Jupiter retrograde is leading us to consider recent restrictions and roadblocks and what that's doing to our inner sense of self-worth. If things are going along and you're able to shrug off the delays and frustrations, great! If not, then take a step back and see exactly where you're falling behind, and determine if its factors beyond your control, or if you're sabotaging yourself. If you are sabotaging yourself, stop. As much as you can. Sometimes things just have a way of piling up on you. Fortunately, Jupiter won't be retrograde much longer, but we'll have to wait until the next lunar cycle for that forward motion to come.
In fact, let's make it a point during this lunar cycle to eliminate any Last-Minute-Charliedom and end procrastination where possible. It's very much looking like that this is going to be a major theme for the next month or so untl the next New Moon. The manifestations around the Full Moon later this month should be quite telling.
That's all I have time for for now. Need shower and ... floor. Don't exactly have a bed now. Let this be a lesson of what this lunar cycle has to bring us. It's not entirely fatalistic, but we've got our hands full this month.
Here we go, Solar Eclipse time! Just what is a Solar Eclipse, really? Astronomically, it's when the moon occults, or obscures, the sun. Astrologically? In short, a supercharged New Moon. Considering that this one is a Supermoon as well (A full or new moon at its closest point to Earth in its orbit), this eclipse proves to be highly potent!
Something you have to keep in mind with a Solar Eclipse as opposed to a New Moon is the duration of the effect and the cycle it represents. A normal new moon is the beginning of a new phase for about a lunar cycle, or roughly one month if we want to stretch it. Solar Eclipses, much more potently, affect about 6 months to a year, perhaps more in a cycle. Also, the effects can be felt even before the eclipse actually happens! Sometimes events happen even during or directly after the eclipse, as I've personally experienced. I'll spare details but it was quite a game changer for me.
Now, eclipses are part of Saros Cycles, or a particular family of eclipses (This one in particular is Saros 130). This particular Saros Cycle this eclipse is part of won't end in our lifetimes (sometime in the 23rd century actually), so note that as a bit of info for trivia night.
The chart for this eclipse looks brutal:
Solar Eclipse in Pisces is opposing Jupiter retrograde in Virgo, and is also conjunct the South Node and Chiron, both in Pisces. Let's also consider that we have a T-Square to Saturn in Sagittarius. We have a decision to make: With Jupiter retrograde conjunct but separating from the North Node, we're already in a phase where we're engaged in internal expansion and contemplation. The eclipse, however, is with Chiron, the Wounded Healer, and on the South Node a.k.a. Dragon's Tail, where we feel more comfortable, the comfort zone, away from where our path to growth, the North Node (or Dragon's Head) is. Saturn squares both, so it's sitting there, in Jupiter's home sign, its arms crossed and basically teling us that we need to make a decision in our lives: Will we continue on our individual and internal growth, or will we allow events to overwhelm us and have us rush back to the familiar to take comfort? That second one may not be in our best interests. Bear that in mind. The unknown road forward could be a trap, but then again, what we left behind could very much be the bigger trap.
With the Solar Eclipse at roughly 18 Pis 56', anyone with personal points or planets between 13 ° 56' - 23 ° 56' in Pisces/Gemini/Virgo/Sagittarius will feel this eclipse most strongly. Personally, my I.C. is within a degree and a half conjunct this one, and the previous eclipse hit my Midheaven directly. Many changes in store still for me. But this is about all of us, so let's just take that as a brief example.
Continuing on, Mars just crossed into Sagittarius, and it's squaring Nessus right now, albeight at a 2 and a half degree orb. It's muted now, but there's a subtle drive of active obsession to this eclipse cycle. Mars also trines Dejanira and Hekate, so there could be a little bit of victim play here, but as a trine, it's an easier energy. We could see a mitigation of this somehow, as if perhaps those who would be victims will act to rise up or escape their circumstances.
Mars is also a weak square to Venus for this eclipse cycle, so we could see a bit of intensity in relationships and romances, perhaps some affairs as well. As an offsign-weak square between Sagittarius Mars and Aquarius Venus, best be on your guard.
Pluto is nearing its Retrograde, and Uranus is squaring it rather tightly at less than 2 degree orb. There's also a weak T-square to asteroid Kaali, which acts as an amplifier, so we can expect to see some dramatic upheavals this cycle. I have a feeling the U.S. Presidential Election cycle is about to get much more contentious, as an example. And if you've seen the recent Republican debates... ...it's not pretty. For the sake of civility on this blog I'll just leave it at that.
Uranus quincunx Jupiter this cycle, well we have the planet of Rebellion and radical change in Aries, a cardinal fire sign, definitely high energy here. Jupiter is retrograde in Virgo, and it's in its detriment right now. I will go out on a limb and say we could see some market and economical volatility within the next several months, and I believe this is going to play a large part in the outcome in November as well, even after the following solar eclipse. On personal levels, be careful with the spending as it could be easy come, easy go. There could be a tendency to belt-tightening.
Another asteroid I haven't touched on yet is 1930 Lucifer. This one, from what I feel, denotes Pride. President Barack Obama has this conjunct his Sun. I have a personal friend who also has that aspect. They both exemplify it well. There is that air of confidence, of pride, and right now, transiting Lucifer conjuncts fixed star Regulus, the Heart of the Lion which now resides in Virgo due to the Precession of the Equinoxes. Anyways, as Lucifer squares Mars, and despite Lucifer being retrograde and Mars in its pre-retrograde shadow period (or perhaps, as an indicator thereof), we are seeing some major flurry of pride and caustic activity going on lately. The exchanges on the stages of the Republican (and to a lesser degree, Democrat) Presidential Debates lately are good examples. Kim Jong Un ordering his military on pre-emptive status and his nuclear rhetoric also would be a solid example of this aspect playing out.
Uranus trine Saturn, well, we could see a slight tempering of caustic action, like a pause to think whether we should really hit that little red button, or a "whoa, wait a minute" moment before we engage in revolution for the hell of it. I think this aspect may be one of the few things indicating that all hell doesn't quite break loose yet. I hope.
In closing, Let's consider this: whatever we set in motion as of the previous solar eclipse in September, we should well consider that the cycle is likely still moving forward as eclipses last long in their influence, so this should be considered the Full Circle. This will be the completion of that previous eclipse and it is also the start of its own cycle. And this current cycle promises to be brutal. Set your intentions well for the next six months, and make sure you make the best of what you can. It's not all doom and gloom. After all, the strongest diamonds are made under the highest of pressures.