"A defeat for the ego is a victory for the Self..."
"the Self is the total, timeless man...who stands for the mutual integration of conscious and unconscious"
- Carl Jung
The night skies will be illuminated on January 25 with a Full Moon at 5 degrees Leo, opposing the Sun at 5 Aquarius, intensified by Pluto. Leo Full Moons often bring emotional drama, and this may feel especially high stakes as it opposes Pluto at 0 Aquarius.
Diva-like behavior may be on the menu in order to save face as underlying fears activate ego desires. We may be called to transcend pride in order to serve a greater collective cause.
The Full Moon squares abundant Jupiter in Taurus, increasing the sense of freedom, abundance and exaggeration. A lovely Venus-Jupiter trine in Earth signs can invite the pleasure principle in the realm of the material and practical realms.
This Full Moon is the culmination of the intentions of the Capricorn New Moon on January 11 which may brought unexpected shifts in...
Cancer Full Moon occurs December 26 at 4:33 pm PST / 7:33 pm EST with the Moon at 4 degrees Cancer opposing the 4 degree Capricorn Sun.
Full Moons in the Water signs activate emotional tension and expression, similar to the rising tides of the ocean. Tears may flow more easily when our sensitive hearts are touched. In Cancer, the Moon's home sign, themes center around family, home, mothering, protection and craving for emotional comfort.
Self-soothing can be especially healing now, whether it's in the form of your favorite cozy sweater, tucking in to a warm bowl of soup, snuggling under the duvet, or writing in your private journal, allowing emotion to flow through weaving your own personal myth.
As the Moon trines Saturn in Pisces, there's ease in allowing creative inspiration to fuel our discipline. Abundant Jupiter in Taurus sextiles the Full Moon and the following day, Jupiter trines the Sun, so there's great...
Sagittarius New Moon
20 degrees Sagittarius
December 12, 2023
3:32 PM PST
6:32 PM EST
This New Moon offers the promise of a new dawn, even if the path ahead may be filled with twists, turns and perhaps a bit of backtracking. Sagittarius is an enthusiastic fire sign. Hopeful and expansive it's ruled by Jupiter in Taurus who craves abundance of indulgences. Mars in Sagittarius is eager and impatient to embark on a great new adventure. A square to Neptune may distort our perspective or sense or proportion, however, as this lunation grows in light, the hope of Sagittarius leads to new heights.
Shortly after the New Moon aligned, Mercury stationed retrograde at 8 Capricorn, where it will begin a 3 1/2 week journey backtracking through Capricorn and Sagittarius, until it stations direct on the New Year, January 1. The Capricornian instinct for achievement may need to revisit the beliefs upon which these goals are founded. Until we have a clear 'why' we can't achieve the right...
While Pluto is wrapping up it's time in authoritative Capricorn - it departs for Aquarius in January 2024, but will have another brief stint in Capricorn from September to November 2024 - the resonance of judgement and oppression thrums through the collective with urgency.
Venus in her home sign of Libra is the ultimate symbol of diplomacy and harmony-seeking, however as she approaches a challenging closing square with Pluto on December 3, desires in relationships can take on a compulsive and manipulative quality. When unconscious impulses become intensified, we may go to extremes in attempts to please others through acquiescence or compliance, as those who seek power become even more demanding, jealous or manipulative.
Whenever Venus and Pluto are in a challenging aspect its important to reflect upon the ways we allow power dynamics to control our lives. Are we a slave to the power of money, love or needing to feel accepted or adored by others? Releasing...
Gemini Full Moon
Monday, Nov 27, 2023
1:16 AM PST / 4:16 AM EST
4 degrees Gemini Moon / Sagittarius Sun
“How long are you going to wait before you demand the best for yourself?... From now on, then, resolve to live as a grown-up who is making progress, and make whatever you think best a law that you never set aside. And whenever you encounter anything that is difficult or pleasurable, or highly or lowly regarded, remember that the contest is now: you are at the Olympic Games, you cannot wait any longer...” ― Epictetus
SUMMARY: The Full Moon in Gemini illuminates a sense of adventure along the axis of ideas, information, and beliefs, where the fluidity of learning intermingles with the optimism of faith. A stellium in Sagittarius of the Sun, Mars, Mercury and Ceres encourages inflated expectations, actions and big ideas. However, a square to Saturn in Pisces offers a reality check to ensure that plans are grounded in responsibility so they don't become...
Scorpio New Moon
November 13, 2023
1:27 AM PST / 4:27 AM EST
20 degrees Scorpio
The New Moon aligns at 20 degrees in the clandestine sign of Scorpio, arguably one of the most transformative of the zodiac signs. Scorpio is the realm of the depths - deep desires, obsessions, the occult, taboos, secrets and buried resentments are kept here. It's where we meet with our mortality and face the limits of what we can and cannot control. That this New Moon is aligned with the Mars-Uranus opposition suggests the potential for chaotic energy, turmoil and breakthroughs leading to fresh openings forward.
Mars, the ancient ruler of Scorpio, is in its home sign and its influence is prominent now. Mars in Scorpio does not tend to 'shoot from the hip' without foresight, as the fixed sign of Scorpio resists reactivity. Mars is more akin to a sniper in Scorpio, when and if it does finally strike it wants to annihilate it's target, minimizing collateral damage. However,...
Taurus Lunar Eclipse / Full Moon
Saturday, Oct 28
1:24 PM PDT / 4:24 PM EDT
5 degrees Taurus / Scorpio
The final eclipse in Taurus is coming to fruition. The series of eclipses in the Taurus/Scorpio axis of transformation began with the Taurus Lunar Eclipse on November 19, 2021. With this final Taurus Lunar Eclipse, that which has been cultivated is ripening and ready for release, bringing one chapter to a close. In some significant way, our values have been transformed.
As an archetype, Taurus is concerned with the topic of survival, at its core. The fear of poverty and lack can activate the survival instincts for safety and security. This is why Taurus is associated with self-sufficiency and skill development, so that one can obtain what is needed - such a money, possessions, shelter - in order to sustain life. That dogged determination to put one foot in front of the other and to do what is necessary for survival is an essential character trait of Taurus.
Libra Solar Eclipse
21 degrees Libra
Saturday, Oct 14
10:55 a.m. PDT / 1:55 p.m. EDT
The LIbra Solar Eclipse disrupts the normal order of life in order to clear the way for a fresh pathway to emerge. It's occurring in the aftermath of the explosive Mars-Pluto square, which has inflamed powerful forces of dominance. Now more than ever, we need Libran diplomacy and cool heads to prevail, however, we could vacillate between indecisiveness as we attempt to be fair judges of the truth.
The eclipse is conjoined the South Lunar Node, opening a portal to the past - past allies, partners or relationship patterns can either lend a helping hand or remind us of shadows that need resolving. The days leading up to the Oct 14 solar eclipse may be especially laden with the need for solitude and closure in order for space to be primed for renewal. We may feel in the dark and unable to make important decisions, however, in time, profound insight will be revealed.
Mercury in Libra conjoined the solar...
Pisces Full Moon
7 degrees Pisces / Virgo
August 30, 2023
6:35 pm PDT / 9:35 pm EDT
The Pisces Full Moon at 7 degrees Pisces/Virgo is a Supermoon being very close to the Earth, looming large in the sky.
Typically, a water Supermoon will evoke cascading emotional tides and while we can expect inner stirrings, the conjunction to Saturn, Lord of Karma, suggests coming to terms with reality and learning the value of boundaries. In Pisces, the Moon can be highly sensitive and the heavy presence of Saturn can often feel particularly harsh, even if the lessons are necessary for our growth.
Pisces is the most transcendent of the signs, yet Saturn insists on duty even as we yearn for escapism. The combination of Saturn-Moon, is rarely a comfortable one as the Moon is symbolic of our feelings and sensitivities. It's where we seek security, comfort and satisfaction. The ripening karma can feel poignant as emotions swell and meet with Saturn's stoic authority.
The bold Leo Sun squares abundant Jupiter in Taurus exact on August 6, suggesting an over-the-top energy for the days ahead.
The Sun in flamboyant Leo shines a vivid, brilliant light, and as it activates expansive Jupiter the sky's the limit for how much audacity we can take. At it's best, the Leo Sun can light up hearts and dazzle with their gift to inspire - but we'll want to watch out for the Lion roar if sensitive egos are triggered.
Perhaps new horizons beckon and the taste of freedom and adventure is too good to resist. It feels good to be generous, which can add to a sense of purpose and confidence.
But don't forget! An empowered Venus is retrograde in Leo, ruling Taurus and Libra. Venus in the underworld opens up shadows of the past - past loves, past desires, past patterns of relating - that may distort the ways we relate and call for deeper experiences of connection. Will she crash the Sun-Jupiter party with relationship...