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New Moon Gemini - June 2016 - Crossed Swords on the Crossroads


We are about to embark on another lunar cycle with the new moon in Gemini. And this one is going to challenge us to the core for the next 28 or so days. Whatever illusions and pie-in-the-sky ideals you have regarding love, relationships, career, and projects... throw those out the window and seek the truth within. Because those illusions are going to be challenged and challenged hard. But there are some hidden rewards in here as well, and those balance out the crossroads.

* Note: I do tend to use "New Moon" to refer to both Sun and Moon conjunct in the chart. So don't think I'm ignoring the sun, it's just how I term this in New Moon articles.

The New Moon itself conjuncts Venus, and conjuncts relatively tightly at about a half degree orb when the exact new moon takes effect. Sun and moon both conjunct Venus aren't too bad, though the Venus is combust (within 8 degrees of the Sun, but not within 0 ° 17' where it would be Cazimi), so Venus is slightly weakened in truth. So themes of romance, love, relationships, and to an extent jobs and service to others will be emphasized, as well as how we feel about all of this.. One may not think of Venus as related to jobs, one would normally think of Jupiter (money, expansion), and that's fine. But... in this case I think it's safe to say that it does factor due to the greater picture...

The greater picture is that New Moon/Venus in Gemini are in a Grand Cross with Jupiter in Virgo, Saturn retrograde in Sagittarius, and Neptune in Pisces. And another part of that greater picture is the Grand Trine Kite between Jupiter/North Node in Virgo, Mercury in Taurus, and Pluto retrograde in Capricorn, with Neptune in Pisces pulling the bowstring aiming at Jupiter. So really, the star of the play is going to be Jupiter and North Node, with New Moon/Venus sharing top billing. We're going to have to break this down, as there is a lot going on with this lunar cycle!

We already covered Venus and Sun/Moon conjunct. The opposition to Saturn retrograde in Jupiter's ruled sign isn't an easy place for Saturn to be, more so when it's retrograde, and it's spotlighted this cycle. We're looking inwards, asking "is this what we really want?" We're also looking over our failings, seeing where our discipline has failed us. (Mars retrograde going back through one of its ruled signs, Scorpio, will further hammer this point home). This isn't easy for us to deal with. But it's something we really need to look at.

We also have Saturn retrograde square Neptune, and this is a brutal, brutal aspect. One of the more difficult ones, as we have Neptune in Pisces, feeling all airy and dreamy (despite being a water sign, I know...), and we're at a point where we see where we want to go, and all these dreams we want to build. Saturn squaring this is showing we're at a time of some serious (if not severe) wake-up calls... and retrograde Saturn is having us look inwards, saying "Hey, silly! This isn't realistic!". We've got a point in our lives here where we are examining our dreams, and seeing just how realistic our dreams and goals really are. Those of us who are a bit more grounded (and I don't profess to be this right now, to be brutally honest), well, ok they'll be more alright. More headaches than normal, but nothing they can't handle. Us folk who are not so grounded and on stable footing at the moment, well, we've got our trial by fire. The New Moon and Venus together squaring Neptune in the other direction further amplifies this, as we're getting frustrated and disappointed in that some of our ambitions and dreams are not working out, and beating ourselves up over it. Even if we don't admit it to anyone else. We are our harshest critics, after all.

And speaking of dealing with where we want to be, let's get to Jupiter's role in this... Saturn retrograde square Jupiter is a bit of a downer on us building things at the moment. We have some self-doubt or some realistic realization of how optimism doesn't always pan out. (Neither does pessimism, otherwise we'd never get anywhere!) Jupiter wants to go go go, and applying towards the North Node, it seems like we feel we're destined to gain somehow, win it all. But Saturn, again, retrograde and squaring all this, it's telling us to slow down and making us wait when some of us just can't afford to wait. Jupiter opposite Neptune is also a bit of a monkey wrench right now as we're starting to see some cracks in the facade, and while we want to keep going, we're probably distracted right now and not focusing entirely on the goal of getting where we want to get to. Something's holding us back, and given that Neptune is five degrees or so from the South Node (where we tend to withdraw to and feel comfortable), we're probably indulging, ever so slightly, in some forms of escape. With Jupiter square New Moon/Venus, we're feeling a bit off-kilter and probably not being as effective in pursuing our goals, getting that job, winning that man or woman's heart.

In general, we're wanting to go one direction while we're being pulled in another. Well, that's a Grand Cross for you! Pulled in four different directions. NOW... Let's get to the Grand Trine.

Jupiter trine Pluto retrograde is something we've been experiencing for the last few weeks now pretty strongly, and Pluto is going to be going backwards for some time yet. Pluto retrograde is where we look at what we're doing to ourselves, what do we not need and what do we need to discard to get to where we want to go. Quite simply, with Jupiter trine this, we're seeing where we're sabotaging ourselves, and what we need to do to get on that path to get us to a better place.

Mercury trine Jupiter isn't bad either, as this should help us along in some communications. We'll likely have some breakthroughs in communications, in document-signing, probably some easing of travel, though we can expect some mayhem with the Grand Cross going. Should probably also note the Mercury wide opposite Mars retrograde, where we're probably a bit frustrated with some of the other delays. We'll have to look out for some aggressive drivers, and we need to take a step back and not get too worked up over delays, especially those of our own making. And try not to get too mad at ourselves. But I repeat myself.

And we already know Jupiter opposite Neptune, which is pulling the bowstring towards Jupiter. Neptune is also in a wide sextile to Pluto retrograde at the moment, so if we can, we should use some of our intuition to figure out what's sabotaging ourselves.

It occurred to me that three of the most "malefic" planets are all retrograde right now... So right now, and for the majority of this lunar cycle, we're going to still be doing some soul-searching and self-reflection and seeing what just hasn't worked in general, and we'll need to figure out where to go from there. I didn't even think about that before, but this is actually a rather unique opportunity for us as the human race. Not that that which needs discarded isn't going to fight back and fight to maintain its hold on us.

Let's go deeper into this cycle...

99942 Apophis conjunct Vesta shows we're at a point where we're seeing what's sacred to us, what we most value, and in some cases, this is where we must destroy that which no longer serves us. Sometimes beliefs are challenged, and this is going to be one of those times I think. As this conjunction does not directly aspect a planet, this may be a more minor influence. But those seeds of wondering are going to be there.

Pholus retrograde opposite 3811 Karma is at a point where we're probably thinking "what did we do to deserve this?" A little self-reflection is further exemplified, and some of us may actually step up some good deeds, even without thinking. Or maybe the chickens come home to roost. Pholus is sitting on Galactic Center, so a sense of divine what-goes-around-comes-around may be coming about in this cycle.

4386 Lust sextile New Moon/Venus could make a few things hot and heavy, and it is close to Summer (in the Northern Hemisphere anyways), so expect a few fireworks to go off. The Grand Cross with the New Moon will of course temper this.

37117 Narcissus sextile 875 Nymphe also offers some opportunities for some romps in the hay, but be careful you're choosing a partner who actually cares about you and aren't just using you for your own ends. Solid advice at any point, but I sense there's going to be some disappointments over this next month. 149 Medusa conjunct 433 Eros, 16089 Lamb, and 7066 Nessus further adds influence to this, and both Medusa and Eros make a wide (for asteroids) opposition to 1930 Lucifer and 8690 Swindle (Lamb and Nessus are a little wide for the opposition by themselves), so be careful that you are not betrayed where a woman (or woman-minded) other is concerned. Likely there will be an acting of pride involved, maybe from a previous hurt? Or people getting taken in over a sob-story, so do keep your wits about you. With Nessus station retrograde, any self-serving betrayals will come back to bite the offender, just don't let yourself be the sacrificial lamb in any such encounters.

Juno conjunct Black Moon Lilith can add a bit of spice to romantic relationships, sexual unions, friends with benefits, etc. Be alert that this also sextiles Lucifer/Swindle, so a little bit of ulterior motive is likely this cycle. (When isn't it?)... there is a possiblity that it will be somewhat muted though, given the sextile.

This next one might be somewhat political on all sides, as I'm not singling out a single party: 564 Dudu conjunct 26955 Lie, wide orb (2 degrees), both straddling fixed star Algol. Expect the bullshit to fly and fly far and fast. Appropriate as US Presidential Primary season is winding down in the U.S. here. With both sextile Chiron, maybe more people will have their bullshit detectors calibrated a little better, and of course recognize the lies and deal accordingly. We do also have 2601 Bologna retrograde sextile Lucifer/Swindle (which puts it with Juno/Black Moon Lilith, arguably, at wide orb), so hopefully a lot of lies are discovered before they do get really damaging.

4179 Toutatis conjunct 6583 Destinn... hmm... I'm going to interpret this as us needing to be on the lookout for fated events, as we have seen with Muhammed Ali passing away last night. I need to do a little more study on Toutatis. That was an asteroid mentioned as being one that could potentially hit Earth in the future if I'm not mistaken, so it's definitely one to keep track of.

157 Dejanira square 1388 Aphrodite is something we need to watch out for as well in our relationships. Given the involvement of Narcissus, Swindle, Lucifer, and Medusa mentioned above, definitely keep your wits up. Falling for the wrong one is looking a little more likely, and now that I think of events such as the Primaries... I wouldn't be surprised if we see developments in the Bill Cosby case or ex-Subway Jared's adventures in prison during this month. Sex scandals... watch for those. Don't get caught in one yourself.

And I think this bears repeating: Nessus is station retrograde, and Nessus represents abuse, obsession, disregarding others for one's own gain. Nessus was a bit of a bastard in mythology as well (and I think I need to do an article on Nessus and Dejanira now). I think we're going to see a period where people's skeletons come pouring out of their closets. Again, just in time for an election year, and the conventions as well. This should be fun. We're either going to see more revelations of the Donald, or Hillary's email woes are going to bite her in the ass. My bet? Both.

This is where I'm going to stop. I'm sure I may have missed some aspects. But this is a lot of information to chew on. Again, set your intentions for this New Moon period well, and ultimately things will be alright for a lot of us. Even if it doesn't seem like it right now. Trust me, I've got my Dark Night of the Soul going on a bit too. But dark nights are the best nights for seeing brilliant lights.

Mercury Retrograde April-May 2016 - Retroactive Reversal


April 28th is coming up on us, and we've got that magical time again: Mercury Retrograde. This one is considerably different than most, considering that when it goes backwards from our perspective on Earth, we will have five planets in retrograde motion at the same time! The last time this happened was about ten years ago, and this is about a 4% of the time occurance.

The first thing that strikes out at me is the Minor Grand Trine between Moon and Mercury/Vesta, apexing at Chiron. Now fortunately, Chiron is in the focus of a beneficial pattern such as this, so in this case the Wounded Healer is likely to start bringing us some healing rather than wounding. Chiron itself, however, is square Ixion, so from what I see, themes of infidelity or betrayals is going to be a theme of that healing. Maybe false allegations thereof. I don't know. With Ixion itself retrograde, perhaps you thoguht yourself to have betrayed some trust before, and during this cycle perhaps there's a healing and a clearing of the air where things may not have been quite as bad as thought, or circumstances have changed. I'm not imagining a flagging marriage being one of these where one or both partners cheated, but maybe something like a bad assumption or series of bad assumptions being worked over right now.

We do still have the T-Square between Neptune opposite Jupiter Retrograde, apex Saturn Retrograde. This is also a time where we will be facing some of our illusions, and facing some hard truths within ourselves. Let's use Chiron's influence to start healing this. Perhaps the hard truths are related to the Chiron/Ixion retrograde square, and perhaps there's an underlying reason some of us have fallen into the bad assumption pattern.

To put a personal perspective on this: Recently I just had an assumption blow up in my face, though there was a buffer zone given for this. I assumed my contract job was going to last until at least June and give me some more time to save up a little more for that eventuality (or the hopeful possibility of a contract extension, or even conversion to full-time). Guess what: Instead I got a two-weeks notice, and this was with a slight extension (details I'm going to skip over for now). To be fair, my manager and contact are looking high and low for colleagues that need someone with my skills (which would be most-accurately described as Full Stack Developer, though I was brought on as a UX developer. I've done front, middle, database stuff, so yeah Full Stack it is. But I digress...). What this is also revealing on a personal level is that I have support from others who have worked with me and are pulling for me. There's a few options, but right now, I need to evaluate very carefully given my situation.

Back to the matter at hand: Mercury Retrograde's beginning. Let's moved on to Mercury and the Fixed Star: Algol is out of range. YES. Algol is a very unfortunate star, but as Mercury is farther than two degrees away, close to three degrees away, it's just out of range. So let's gloss over that one! Trust me, this could be far worse. About a degree and a half from a conjunction with Vesta, we're going to be reviewing and reflecting on what is sacred or special to us, what we hold highly in regards to our beliefs.

We do also have a Trine between Pluto Retrograde and Mercury Retrograde, and though this is about a six degree orb, we have a slight influence with Pluto's internal devestation and rebirth meshing with Mercury retrograde's review and slowdown. What do we truly value in life? What are we going to let go in this cycle? Grudges? Crushing defeats? That's up to you.

Mars Retrograde is another fun point of this, and is within orb of activating its own T-Square with Neptune and Jupiter Retrograde. So where Saturn is one apex where we face our illusions, Mars retrograde as another apex is going to slowly burn this illusion out.

We need to also consider Mars Sesquiquadrate Uranus/Hekate/Eris/Dejanira. Where do we feel like we've been victimized in our lives? Is it because of going against the grain? Have we victimized others, and is karma about to roll its wheel right over us? Is justice to be done for this rebellious victimization? As part of a news thing I just saw... Bill Cosby may be seeing his day in court very soon, and could face up to 10 years if convicted once this goes to trial. We shoould also note Venus conjunct 99942 Apophis, with Apophis representing destruction. In Cosby's case, I think we're about to see some interesting times ahead with that story. Also note Venus/Apophis trine Pholus Retrograde. Pholus is like a detonator, and also like an intoxication asteroid. In this case, I think we're about to see an implosion from previous destructive lustful actions.

I can't wait to see what this means for the Presidential Campaigns... and I do not like most of the results I saw Tuesday... Let's just say two of the candidates I really did not want to see hit the White House... are in striking range of clinching the nomination of their respective parties. But this is getting to be a quintuple-retrograde period... what fresh hell of surprises are all of the campaigns about to see? We'll find out between now and May 9th, perhaps.

Finally, Sun Quincunx Mars. The Quincunx is a strange animal, it's not a trine, not an opposition, but somewhere in between. It's like in this case, fixed Earth to mutable Fire. Sorta like a slowly simmering volcano, but when it goes off... it's going to go off. We could see some very harsh words come out, followed by some major apologizing. Expect some mood swings this Mercury Retrograde cycle. Some of those mood swings are needed, though, just don't take it out on loved ones. Mars retrograde in this mix suggests we really shouldn't take it out on ourselves either. I'd recommend physical activity like running or hitting the weights as opposed to driving a fist into the drywall, because drywall repair isn't fun and neither is scaring your friends and loved ones. That and punching a wall hurts like hell, especially when you find that stud in the wall that's considerably more sturdy than the plaster. And court-ordered anger management training isn't something that's considered fun by many, so try to keep your cool.

I'm out of time for now, but I'll leave this here as a Part 1. Part 2, I haven't decided if I'll get into other asteroids, or if I'll just go to look at the Mercury Direct phase that comes later in May.

Full Moon Scorpio - April 2016 - Emotional Overload


This Full Moon is now upon us as well, and believe me, I wanted to get this written sooner. As you can imagine, Mars and Pluto retrogrades have not been playing well with my schedule all week. Where we started to see things get hit with the previous New Moon in Aries... We're seeing more of it and the hits keep coming and coming!

Jupiter Opposite Neptune in T-Square to Saturn and Mars, now here's where it gets interesting. Jupiter in Virgo, and retrograde at that, isn't in its best spot. However, by the time of the next new moon, it'll be about to station Direct and starting its long march out of Virgo and onto more expansive territory. For now, it's opposing Neptune, so our pipe dreams regarding what we're worth and where we're going will be a bit stagnant for now. Especially with Mars and Pluto retrograde in the mix. Both of these also square Saturn, and Saturn itself is retrograde right now, so we have a conflict of restrictions and interruptions hitting us, so we're not likely to be seeing much growth and advancement right now, try as we might. Mars retrograde also in this T-square (and very wide conjunct Saturn if we can even consider it as such), well, thankfully Mars and Saturn aren't mixing in their retrograde energies together as tightly, but it's close enough and both in orb to squaring Jupiter and Neptune enough to be a real pain in the ass. Mars retrograde slows us down even further. On Antares? Yes, we're also seeing some real seething, probably (definitely) from frustrations arising from the delays and interferences we're seeing in our daily lives.

It's not all doom and gloom, however. North Node/Mercury/Pluto are in an Earth Grand Trine, so we have a little bit of a relaxation and easing of communications, especially concerning where we're headed, and the conversations about what needs to be changed or discarded, especially as far as wastefulness (Pluto in Capricorn) are likely to develop. Mercury, however, is also slowing down for its own retrograde period starting next week! So communications are going to be impacted further for the remainder of the cycle. Vesta itself is also in this Grand Trine partially (due to the conjunction to Mercury and being within orb of trining the North Node, not so much Pluto). A crisis of faith could come about, though it won't be as contentious like it would if it were with Mercury in, say, a Grand Cross. Let's be thankful we don't have that for this trip.

Pholus continues to sit on Galactic Center, thus spiritual themes and themes of higher consciousness will continue to be experienced, mostly on an internal, in the back-of-the-mind way.

The Full Moon trines Nessus, so we may have a slight easing of obsessions this cycle. However, we must note we have a much stronger Nessus square 3811 Karma this Full Moon. Have you obsessed over or even been abusive to someone in the past? Get ready, because a day of reckoning is likely upon us now. We reap what we sow, and with Nessus in Pisces, believe me, emotions will be at the heart of it. Karma being in Gemini, it may come about in the form of duality in some way, whether it be "the other man/woman", or confrontation by a pair. (Imagine a pair of police officers coming to the door regarding a complaint due to an argument over whether to have chicken or lasagna for dinner. Mild, ridiculous example but I can definitely see something like this happening). Trust me, you really want to focus on hobbies (but not to the detriment of spending time with your loved ones), or focusing on meditation or something of the sort right now for the remainder of the cycle if you're having trouble with obsessive tendencies.

99942 Apophis conjunct 100 Hekate... I have a feeling we'll be seeing more destruction of some ritualistic aspects of our lives. Given the combination to Nessus square Karma, I wouldn't be surprised if yet another religious or spiritual institution gets caught up in another scandal at this time.

Venus conjunct Uranus conjunct 157 Dejanira... More shakeups in relationships to be sure, likely in regards to not being appreciated or feeling victimized is a theme I could see happening, especially with Venus and Uranus square Pluto. Of course, some new relationships or other arrangements, or even unconventional employment (or perhaps both) will start up, but this should not be fully expected to be permanent. (It could be depending on placements to your own natal and progressed charts). What was thought to be stable in relationships and even jobs (Venus also equates to jobs, not just romance and relationships), we may just come through this and find out it wasn't so permanent. Or you could transition from one contract job to another one. Jobs, relationships, both require work and something's going to shift after this full moon. Almost guaranteed. Could even be something mundane as your spouse needing to spend a few extra hours in the office this or next week.

Let's be honest, this Full Moon culmination for this cycle is looking like a cluster... um... rhymes with "truck"... yeah. The Earth Grand Trine will help somewhat. But the T-Square, we're going to be delayed, we're going to have illusions shattered, plans go awry... If you think you're going to go full speed ahead right now, I'm telling you, you're gonna have a bad time. Check, double-check, triple-check, and then proceed with caution.

Now, hopefully, I can finish up my other article series soon or at the very least start on the Mercury Retrograde article before the Mercury Retrograde actually begins. As I said, it's been a crazy week!

New Moon Aries - April 2016 - All Hail Discordia


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.

Mars conjunct Fixed Star Antares is quite the incendiary combination. According to Constellations of Words:

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.

Lunar Eclipse Libra March 2016 - Rapid Evolution


As I write this, and quite late at night I might add, the Lunar Eclipse is likely underway.

This one is a penumbral lunar eclipse, meaning we're not going to be getting that blood moon-like effect this time. This will be the last eclipse in Libra for quite some time, I'm hearing. Let's get into it.

The eclipse itself isn't faring too terribly badly this time. Apart from the Moon Opposite Sun as it would be at the moment of maximum eclipse, we have Mercury conjunct Sun and Opposite Moon. Communications will be at the forefront emotionally and metaphysically for the next several months for this Lunar Eclipse cycle. Hopefully the intentions set at the time of the Solar Eclipse earlier this month were spot on, as what you set in motion is going to manifest in some way now.

Those people with planets or personal points in the last 3-4 degrees of the Mutable Signs (Gemini/Virgo/Sagittarius/Pisces) and in the first 7-8 degrees of the Cardinal Signs (Aries/Cancer/Libra/Capricorn) are going to feel more of this eclipse than others.

The Lunar Eclipse itself sextiles Mars, which isn't too bad. Mars also trines the Sun at this time, so we should be seeing some regulation of the aggressive energy of Mars, which I must remind you is still in its Pre-Retrograde Shadow Period. We're seeing a slowdown of sorts, although not enough of a slowdown sadly, given the horrific events in Brussels the other day.

Saturn, however, is apex of a T-Square between the Jupiter Retrograde and Venus opposition, though not exact. Saturn, in a couple days, is also going to station retrograde and begin its own Retrograde period, which will run largely concurrent with the Mars Retrograde this time. So we're going to see the taskmaster's restrictive and disciplinary influence come to the forefront between what we value in ourselves internally, with Jupiter retrograde guiding us in Virgo (where it's unfortunately not at its highest power), and also what we value emotionally with Venus in Pisces here.

Asteroid 99942 Apophis at the moment of maximum eclipse is less than a degree orb conjuncting Neptune, so we're going to see some illusions shattered I would say during the next several months. Apophis is the destroyer, and it is quincunx Asteroid Sappho, itself retrograde. Relationships could be a bit dicey over this time period as well, as there may be a bit of give and take and we just at this time could be in a bit of a frenzy as to what we should do regarding certain relationships. Do we stay with it? Reestablish contact if it's been lost? Confront the BS? People are going to have to decide what to do with this and it's not going to be an easy topic. But the Mercury conjunct Sun may help that.

Asteroid Amor is also within two degrees of conjuncting Uranus at this time, so do be on the lookout for roving eyes as well. Amor and Uranus are also trining Saturn, so maybe a bit of the window shopping will be tempered with some prudence.

Asteroid Pholus has a tendency to intoxicate and blow up what it touches, and right now it's sitting on Galactic Center, an esoterically powerful point. Messages from the beyond, from spirit guides, from ancestors, Creator/Source/what-have-you, we're going to see more mention of it here.

Black Moon Lilith on fixed star Spica, hmm... I'm not entirely sure what to say here other than the mystic divine femininity, or the darker side of femininity maybe... it's going to be focused on a bit. We're already seeing this in the Presidential campaigns right now, what with Donald Trump apparently commenting on a reporter's appearance, as well as the recent Anonymous threat against Ted Cruz of exposing some saucier exploits from his past. (I'm watching this right now wondering where and how this is going to end up).

We could also see something involving Hillary Clinton right now. Bill Clinton, her husband, is already stumping, and from some accounts, has managed to put his foot in his mouth regarding the last several years of what he seemed to state was a lack of progress (of which his wife, who is running for President, was Secretary of State for four of those years. Take this as a warning, people, to dot your I's and cross your T's during this period).

Nessus quincunx Lunar Eclipse is going to be an interesting aspect to watch for this cycle. We're going to see more about some previous obsessions, indescretions, and likely abuses that have managed to evade focus up to this point. Probably will see something involving Bill Cosby's case even. We'll also likely see something regarding Gawker's now-lost case involving Hulk Hogan's scandal. Gawker might not even survive this, who knows?

Dejanira conjunct Hekate will likely see us deal with how we are seemingly the victim in the ritualistic charade that's become our lives over the last several years. This asteroid conjunction trines Mars right now so we may see either an easing of this in some aspects, or some justice served. Again, Hulk vs Gawker comes to mind. Let's also sum that trine and the Nessus quincunx Lunar Eclipse as "Just because you can, doesn't mean you should." Very real consequences at work here.

Finally, we have Ceres conjunct Chiron and South Node. We are going to see a lot of challenges here regarding hearth and home, and what it means to us. Where do we feel more comfortable, and where do we need to go? Some of you will probably be entertaining a move. Others of us may be trying to figure out a balance between work life and home life, or family life or even play life. Asteroid Karma sextiles all three of those, so whatever we come up with may in the end play out for the greater good. But don't stay too comfortable, as Karma also trines North Node. We have to continue to evolve and grow, or where we figure we're healing in our home lives could end up wounding us instead.

Overall, there's a lot more to this Lunar Eclipse cycle than I first realized, and this is likely only touching the tip of the iceberg. Keep your eyes peeled for more icebergs (or melting ice shelves if Antarctica is any indication), and adjust your heading so you don't wind up sleeping with the proverbial fishes.

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