Sun and Juno trine Neptune (20th Oct 2011)

Sun/Juno in Libra heading into a trine with Neptune in Aquarius ~ the energy of inspiration can be tapped into and brought into conscious thoughts. A higher vision of harmony and relating is possible that’s in line with our true nature. Committing to our own spiritual truth that encompasses our creative inner essense as well as the essense of the collective whole, blending the two in harmony as the veil of seperateness gradually thins. Walking in the balance of harmonious one-ness.

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Moon square Mercury/Sun/Saturn – making ideas manifest (4th Oct 2011)

Serious communications and thoughts take precedence today as Mercury sits in-between Sun and Saturn in Libra. Balance, harmony, love, beauty and fair relations with each other could be the subject of thoughts and communications. There could be a challenge to find this harmony within ourselves primarily as Moon squares Mercury/Saturn, to touch upon our innermost needs and see how to bring ourselves inner happiness and security. We are challenged to work towards inner health and happiness in these times, its no lying down task, it requires our complete and loving attention and belief in our evolution.

Cool, objective, inspired and instinctive logic combined with fairness can help us tackle the challenges that come up at this time, seeing and acknowledging all views as Moon conjuncts Pallas Athene, the Goddess asteroid. These could be outer views, or the inner voices that sometimes challenge each other in our minds and hearts. Viewing objectively helps us gain clarity and understanding. A need to creatively collaborate with others, working together actively, exchanging ideas and bringing ideas into manifest form can then naturally start to happen as each contributes their own unique ideas.

The 5 of wands came out of my tarot deck again as I focus on this astro aspect, bringing to mind that we each have a special gift to give to the world, we all work together in this society and each society. We may appear as solitary individuals, which we are, but we are also all connected with each other in so many different ways. This is a wonderful connection, a life force, that keeps us vibrant and keeps us as a whole, going, growing and evolving.

Full Moon in Pisces at 19, 17 degrees Pisces (12th Sept 2011) – Harvest Moon

With full Moons, realisations are often made and with a Piscean full Moon the realisations may just start to flood into consciousness in a very Neptunian way – intuitive and ethereal, maybe sublime, very real nonetheless. The areas of life and area of the chart that was touched two weeks ago at the new Moon, the very early seeds that were planted then, will now start to come into full awareness. What was unconscious (Moon) now becomes conscious (Sun) and we need to find a way to integrate the two.

In some parts of Polynesia, the thirteenth day Moon, just before full, is known as ‘the egg’ – the Moon is almost at full bloom, ready to release all the creative potential that is carried up to this point in the lunar cycle, it is a very fertile time, full of ideas, notions, movements and actions. Messages may themselves known, we may see signs coming into our sights that confirm what we’ve been pondering on, people may say things that correlate with what we are feeling inside but needed confirmation of. If we had a plan formulating a few weeks ago, now is the time we start to see where and if it’s going.

This full Moon is known as a Harvest Moon, which is the first full Moon to occur before the Autumnal Equinox (this year falling on 23rd September 2011). Day and night become more or less equal at the time of equinox. The Harvest Moon greatly aids the harvesters, giving them more time to gather their harvest. This is due to the difference between sunset and moonrise at this time of year being much shorter, in a way, prolonging the light of day somewhat.

As the seasons start to change from summer to autumn at the equinoxs, I sense the perfect balance as day and night become equal, very tranquil for meditation or any spiritual pursiut. There is a ripeness in the air, the trees start to change colour as they reach full maturity, the mornings contain a fresh dew and a misty sun, shadows start to draw longer in the late afternoons. This lunation contains a Venus Mars sextile in each other’s terms, brings the masculine and feminine side of ourselves into harmony as we balance out the unconscious and conscious of the Moon/Sun. The Moon in Pisces is conjunct asteroid Ceres which is also opposing Venus, another balancing energy but this time balancing our needs to nurture ourselves, feeling what we instinctively need as opposed to our duties in relationships with others. We may be completely aware of other’s needs but do we pay attention to what is inside us also? An empty cup cannot quench another’s thirst – we have to replenish our own inner needs, nurture and care for ourselves before we can truly do this with another. With the quincunx to Saturn and Juno, we may need to make some adjustments to our duties and commitments with others. Pisces vs Virgo show us to balance out our intuition, inspiration with logic and facts. The two can combine beautifully and bring visions into reality, with the right balance.

The Moon also falls 3 degrees short of the midpoint of Uranus and Neptune. This concerns the archetypal, unconscious energy of the collective. Uranus and Neptune together, according to Liz Greene in The Outer Planets and Their Cycles’ says that these two planets in conjunction can bring “mystical or religious vision, coupled with a political ideology”. Karl Marx had Uranus and Neptune conjunct in his 10th house. This full Moon, also square the nodes, could bring into awareness a political vision, rooted in an unconscious spiritual ideal that is felt within society on a rather unconscious level, that will have an effect on society in some way.

The lunation, on a more individual level, the Uranus/Neptune midpoint may help shift old realisations into new ones. We are constantly evolving, changing, as do the seasons, this could be a time of spiritual shift highlighted by the light of unconscious (dark Moon) becoming conscious (full Moon). The Moon quincunx Saturn and the Pisces/Virgo energy of the Sun and Moon, there may need to be adjustments as we sort out fact from fanatasy, or, find the reality inside the visions and goals that come to mind as we bring these visions down to earth. What can realistically be achieved and what needs to remain as an idea/fantasty… The trine from Moon to Mars will spur us on to get real and get moving on our realisations at this time, helping to cut through to the structure and logical reality of what can actually be achieved. The trine from Ceres to Mars, all the while we intuitively focus on what is the best for our highest good, how our soul can be nurtured in the actions that we take, while releasing, mourning and letting go, with the waning of the Moon, of what is no good for us. Chiron is also involved, Moon being midpoint of Chiron and Uranus. This could bring sudden insight into the nature of our wounds, give us a creative reason to express our individuality, trust our insights through and beyond the safe ‘box’ that convention uses to quell intuitions, senses and feelings. It is ok to explore and trust the intuition, its the most natural thing in the world and helps to keep us safe. Trusting our intuition, what we have inside, our senses, is one of the best ways we can nurture ourselves. It is not to ignore the logical, rather, to balance the two aspects in our lives, creating inner and outer balance in ourselves and in the world.

My astrology experiences – Chiron conjunct progressed Sun/Lilith

Heart wrenching situations happen at times, which in the first instance feel incredibly painful. These can be times of incredible change, though we may not initially want or accept it. The situation that has occurred was not part of the plan, so causes us a great deal of discomfort. I have found that times like this have occurred during a Chiron transit to my natal Sun, most recently when Chiron was transiting my progressed Sun, which is also conjunct progressed Lilith. With Sun ruling the male, and Lilith representing the hidden or supressed femininity and taboo subjects, the painful change that happened with me indeed involved a man and a hidden woman. Lilith energy can manifest as a previously suppressed urge which comes to the surface during Lilith transits. It can also manifest as hidden issues, taboo subjects, affairs, rejections, betrayal, depending on other transiting or natal aspects already in effect.

For me, I felt a betrayal from a man I was involved with who was keeping a woman secret from me. I found out during a full Moon phase, which was also a lunar eclipse, adding more power to the full Moon. A full Moon tends to bring a full light to previously unseen things, which can in turn lead to change and/or endings. This full Moon was sextile to the progressed Sun/Lilith, highlighting and acting as a trigger to those issues and it was also sextile my natal Uranus (the ruler of amongst other things, sudden change an enlightenment). It fell across my 1st/7th house axis, highlighting self and relationships with others.

I feel that transiting Chiron conjuncting and stationing retrograde on my progressed Sun/Lilith brought to my immediate attention, issues that I have previously buried regarding relationships with men and rejection, betrayal. The progressed Sun was bringing a light to these issues already in reaching a conjunction to the Lilith, and transiting Chiron joined in to alchemize this energy. It uprooted the previously buried feelings I had deep inside; fear of betrayal and rejection from a significant relationship. The transit brought these issues directly in front of me to confront head on, no prior warning, completely by surprise. The surprise could be the element of transiting full Moon sextiling natal Uranus. The relationship ended, which was an incredible heart wrenching time, turning me upside down and inside out, I was a wreck and my ego was in tatters, I was in a stunned daze.

My natal Capricorn Sun is square natal Chiron in the 4th house, in Aries. My Sun is in the 2nd house of self worth. This associates with a wounded self worth, with the challenging square aspect making this a hard but worth while lesson in my life. The transiting Chiron conjuncting the progressed Sun was triggering this natal aspect. It is helped somewhat by the fact that the progressed Sun is trining natal Uranus. This is helping in providing inspiration and enlightenment to the Sun/Lilith. Its helping to gain understanding of the issues that are being brought up by Chiron.

Through this transit, change has been inevitable, and very painful at first. The Sun also rules our ego, and mine was badly bruised. I had a grand plan, but Chiron was reminding me that its not up to me, rather, it’s up to the flow of life how things work out in the end. It showed me what I fear the most, which at first I was refusing to accept and tried to change, but when it was apparent there was nothing I could do (to stop the betrayal), I had to let go. Whether I knew it or not, this letting go was also a process of letting go of my ego, and my wants and desires. I had to let it happen in just the way it was, which was a very healing thing to observe. As soon as the initial anger, surprise, all extreme emotions calmed down, I was able to view what was happening differently, and with an acceptance. This acceptance was a process of understanding more about life, of facing my fears and realising that it is just a part of life.

Though the Chiron transit was initially painful, it was just the realisation that the ego does not have as much control of life as I thought that was painful. It was humbling, and took me off my castle in the sky that was made of sand, and brought me down to earth with a bump. Its only when we operate from our ego that we see ourselves as separate from everyone and everything around us, we feel we are somehow different, or special, when in fact we all come from the same source. Chiron transits help us to see this, they help transform our ego motivations into more spiritualised goals.made, and fundamentally, my core essence, my soul ultimately grows and matures through acceptance.

Solar eclipse conjunct natal Sun – 15th January 2010

A solar eclipse is like a super powered new Moon. Some people say you have to be in its path to feel its effects, you have to be able to actually see the eclipse, but I have found the effects to be profound even when I cannot see it in the sky above me. A new Moon marks new beginnings, or new chapters in current stories. It plants a seed for future development. A new Moon being a solar eclipse gives this new chapter a lot more emphasis and power. When an eclipse falls on the natal Sun, it usually marks a major year of importance in some way. The natal Sun rules our life force, our ego and our life goals. The Sun is the major power and life giver in our solar system, so it’s one of the most important planets. So, an eclipse on the natal Sun will mark a year of major change in the life, turning points. With a solar eclipse, these changes are more likely to be new beginnings, usually in ways relating to the house the natal Sun falls in, the house/s it rules, the aspects it makes to natal planets as well as aspects to transiting planets.

In my case, the Solar eclipse on my natal Sun had transiting Venus also conjunct. This could bring in an energy of Venusian issues such as money, love, romance, relationships and harmony. The Sun also rules men, so these issues for me could involve men in some way. With Venus involved, it was highly likely there would be a romance or some form of relating at some point, Venus also rules my natal 5th and 10th houses.

The eclipse was also square to my natal Chiron, which would bring an intense focus on my own inner issues of wounding and healing. My Chiron represents my own wounded self worth, and self image, and this eclipse is highlighting this by a challenging square aspect. Squares really grab our attention, it causes discomfort or a build up of energy so much that we have to take steps to resolve and integrate the energies involved in the square. This eclipse highlighted my childhood wounds and issues that may previously have been buried just beneath the surface, initially causing me some pain, as I saw the issues of wounded self worth coming to light. When these issues consciously surface, pain can result, but through self acceptance, learning and some self nurturing through taking time to understand my own inner process, I could heal these wounds that would otherwise continue to affect everyday life. Issues hidden in the unconscious have a tendency to creep into daily life, trying to find a way to express and release themselves, working through projection onto the surrounding environment and people in it.

Venus and Sun in Virgo, trine Pluto, Mercury rx and Moon waning (23/8/2011)

Sun and Venus now in Virgo, bringing focus on health, service and getting some organisation into one’s life. Bringing things together in a grounded way in the life creates space to pursue dreams and goals. Venus and Sun both forming an ingoing trine to Pluto in Cap and then trine to Jupiter in Taurus, while Moon still waning and Mercury retrograde… definately feels like a good time to get down to earth, clear out all those things either externally or internally that clog up our paths, creating space to make way for a new cycle to commence.

Last quarter Moon, Moon conjunct Algol, Sun/Venus opposite Neptune

Last quarter Moon today, Moon conjunct Algol from Taurus squares Sun in Leo. Along with that, Mars is heading towards a square to Saturn with Mercury still retrograde and combust. Mars and Saturn are in mutual reception by detriment and Mars is the dominant planet of the two, being ahead of Saturn in the natural movement of planets in the sky. This looks interesting as Moon forms a temporary t-square to Sun opposition Neptune.

Frustration and tense reactions may rise… breathe, trust that we are guided on the path that is the right way for us at this time. This could be a frustrating time, but also a good time to cut through illusions and let go of ideals that are not serving our higher purpose, while the Moon is in her final quarter preparing for a new cycle to commence. Mars forms a sextile to Jupiter which may help soothe some of the more grizzly moments, giving spiritual/philosophical backup to see beyond the initial appearance of things to the possible soul evolution that can come out of this time.

Sun square Uranus, Sun sextile Neptune/Chiron (18/12/2010)

Sun square Uranus today – there could be a few ego challenges sparkily flying around! The Sun reigns over our self-expression, creativity and play, and Uranus rules over inviduality and eccentricity, expressing ourself as a unique being. So when those two form a challenging square to each other, we could either find ourselves trying to find a way to express ourselves in a unique way, or we could find ourselves in a battle with another as a means to work through this. This method of self expression will likely be sudden, erratic or/and completely out of the blue, and if we are on the recieving end of someone’s self expression it will come as a shock.

Luckily, the Sun also forms a soothing sextile to Neptune and Chiron at the same time. This adds a sense of compassion and healing to our self-expression. This could work out in a few ways, we could draw on our inspiration in finding ways to express our uniqueness, we could find ways of healing through the things we express today. Though, as the Moon forms a square to Neptune and Chiron later in the day while quincunx Sun, we could find a bit of emotional confusion builds up and maybe some emotional sacrifice also where we need to make adjustments in our viewpoints.

Moon trine Sun, Sun square Jupiter/Uranus (16/12/2010)

Moon trine Sun to start the day today – we are more in tune with ourselves after the recent excitement and stresses of Pluto/Mars/Mercury. It’s a bit like the calm after the storm where we are able to assess the damage and begin the clear-up operation. After this, Sun today and tomorrow in square to Jupiter (24 degree……s) and Uranus (26 degrees). Some feelings of extravagence and erratic or unusual situations can happen today including sudden, grand gestures or even moral ego clashes or dogmatic approaches. Although, also today Moon sextile Neptune and Chiron in humanitarian Aquaruis might ease our emotions, lending their inspirational and healing energies to us. Maybe we will be able to bend a little bit during any ego battles.

There is also an interesting yod being formed to the Goddess asteriod Juno (the (usually faithfull) wife of Jupiter). Moon sextile Neptune/Chiron is forming the base, pointing towards Juno. This only happens for a brief few hours around midday GMT. During this time, our awareness may be brought into focus on our committments and any vows we have taken to our beloved. Perhaps asking us to assess them, examine them and see what might need healing and where we might need to sacrifice. Or, we could be examining our committment to ourselves, seeing how we inspire ourselves or find inspiration for ourselves, where we sacrifice and how we heal ourselves.

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