Mercury Retrograde: The Trickster God Revealed?

In astrology, Mercury is seen as the function of communication, perception and the rational mind.

To gain a deeper understanding of the role Mercury plays in astrology we can look to His mythology and explore the relevance and meaning of the archetypes this mythology reveals.

One such archetype of Mercury is that of the Trickster God. 

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As the Messenger of the Gods, Mercury was well placed to manipulate the messages he passed between them – maybe conveying his own agenda or just seeking to sow the seeds of disharmony.

When Mercury turns retrograde, He ‘slows’ down and what He has communicated  is open to review and scrutiny (I’ve written more on this subject here).

As I was mulling over this Mercurial archetype, I was notified that Russel Brand’s latest YouTube video was available and low and behold its topic was synchronistic with this  topic, made especially so as it was the day that Mercury turned retrograde!

Russel’s topic shows that information is always attached to an agenda: my writings are attached to my agenda – far less nefarious than the agenda’s that Russel discusses in this video!

The key point for me, is that during this period of Mercury retrograde, we are afford an opportunity to slow down our thoughts and review how we take in information – do we just accept that information coming from a place of authority will not have an agenda contrary to our wellbeing?

Has Mercury the Trickster been at play in the world: is information ‘fake’ as we have been advised?

For me, stilling the mind in a world of chaos is a challenge, but when this happens and the intuitive thoughts of the heart centre flow, then we find true information that is of value to our harmonious existence; our sense of self-worth; and our stability in an unstable world. 

That is my opinion and my agenda!

The Gift of Mindful Retrospection – Mercury Retrograde from 27 September 2021 (AEST)

This is our third and final Mercury retrograde for 2021.

Recall that planetary retrogrades are optical illusions – they do not travel backwards, they just appear to because Mercury overtakes our Earth on its orbit around the Sun. From our perspective, Mercury appears to have slowed down and reversed His direction.

As I’ve written before, Mercury was the messenger of the Gods – communicating and transmitting information. 

In astrology He is seen as the energy of communication and perception, travel and contractual relationships.

Mercury retrogrades have all occurred in Air signs this year, previously in Aquarius and Gemini, and currently in Libra.

So, the focus of this mercurial energy will have an extra-focus on communication, the mind, and connectivity.

Being in retrograde, this will mean miscommunication, misunderstandings, and disconnections may be experienced.

But knowing this, we can be prepared to be more open, to actively listen and genuinely engage with others. With Mercury forming a square to Pluto during this period, we need to be vigilant we don’t force our views on others!

When Mercury the planet appears to move backwards in the sky – retrogradation – be prepared for complications, disruptions and upsets to our plans! 

Be prepared for changes to plans you put in place during the retrograde shadow period – and have contingencies in place!

The retrograde shadow period reflects the degrees of the Zodiac he will revisit during His time in retrogradation.

Mercury turns retrograde at 25°Libra on 27 September (in Australia) and goes back through Libra until He reaches 10°Libra on the 19 October, at that time Mercury goes direct and travels forward over this section of Libra (10° to 25°) until the 4 November when He enters new Libra territory from 26° onwards.

I’ve used this composite photograph of Mars in retrograde motion by Astrophotographer Tunc Tezel to graphically represent this Mercury retrogradation through Libra.

This means that if you have any planets or points (Ascendant/Descendant; House cusps; etc) within 10° to 25° Libra you will be experiencing Mercury’ gaze 3 times.

We will all be under the influence of Mercury Retrograde, but aside from Libra, if you have any of the following planets/points in your natal chart you will be especially influenced by His reversal:

You will  need to find balance and avoid the extremes of the planetary energies between Mercury and any planets/points at Aries 10° to 25°

There could be tense energies creating a sense of collision if you have any planets/points in Capricorn or Cancer 10° to 25°, but which if handled well will provide the greatest opportunity for growth.

With planets/points at 10° to 25° of Aquarius or Gemini, you’ll find harmony and flow, but if not worked with, the combined energies will lack the vitality they can bring.

If you have planets/points at 10° to 25° of Leo or Sagittarius, there will be  support and stimulation of the planetary energies, providing you with opportunities to grow.

Which ever house the planet/point is in will determine where you will be experiencing the impact of Mercury retrograde in your daily life.

Also, it is important to note what you where engaged in between 7 September and 27 September as this will be subject to Mercury’s triple scrutiny.

An alternative way of seeing this, is, what was occurring for you during that period of time is now up for a second and soon to be, third review.

Steven Forrest states that retrogradations “possess extraordinary depth and sensitivity” maybe because during periods of retrograde the planet is actually closer to Earth than it is during it’s ‘normal’ direct motion.

If this is the case, then we are afforded a great opportunity during a period of Mercury retrograde to analyse, dissect, and review decisions and plans we put in place between 7 and 27 September this year.

We can go back over things that may need rework, and review for errors or mistakes. Don’t forget that Mercury is a speedy fellow – maybe we rushed to complete projects in September and in doing so missed something vital? 

Here we can apply retrospect to life that is still unfolding – what a great opportunity! 

Not only in Mercury retrograde, but our Great Teachers, Jupiter and Saturn, and the transcendental planets of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, are retrograde too!

This then is a period of inner soul searching, reviewing what we have learnt and how we can apply this knowledge to our conscious evolution.

Best advise for this period of time is to be prepared to be more open, to actively listen and genuinely engage with others.

So, and contrary to popular belief, Mercury retrogrades are not bad: they are great times to review, research, and fine tune your projects and goals.

I wish you all the best during this astrological period of retrospection!

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Reflections upon Truth

Full Moon on September 21st at 9:54am (AEST) occurring at 28° Pisces.

This Full Moon occurs when the transiting Sun in Virgo and the Moon in Pisces are in exact opposition: 180° opposing each other across the Zodiac.

Magicakally, we see Full Moons as relating to endings and culminations, as the Moon is fully illuminated by the Sun and will soon begin to wane and in mythical terms, return to the Source so as to find substance in order to seek reemergence anew at the time of the New Moon.

Here we stand at a critical point in time (as we do each lunar cycle) – here we find the fulfilment of the promise of the New Moon of 14° Virgo on the 7th September.

Everything is now made manifest for us to bring to fruition and share with the World during the waning period.

The emotional energy aroused by the Full Moon is Pisces is enhanced by the loose conjunction between the Moon at 28°Pisces and Neptune at 21°Pisces.

Neptune is co-ruler (along with Jupiter) of Pisces, so being in His Domicile will strengthen the Neptunian energy we experience. Being in retrograde suggests what Neptune was keeping hidden from us is now visible – that which we considered illusionary is now considered ‘real’.

Neptune in retrograde helps us to face our reality.

Neptune only makes things seem illusionary, hallucinatory, or deceptive, when we are not fully in-tune with Neptune.

Neptune in Pisces is prompting us as a collective humanity to detach ourselves from the limitations of our individuality and transcend the restrictions of the individual ego to become one with the Whole – freedom through unification is Neptune’s goal.

Neptune has been prompting us all to connect with the collective Whole through the removal of fear and the expression of our spiritual, inspirational and intuitive Being. This has been occurring since Neptune entered Pisces in April 2011 and will continue until 2025. Starting on 29 December Jupiter will join Neptune in Pisces and we can look to around 6 months of expanded connectivity with, and faith in, our spiritual life through the unity of the Piscean Rulers.

Image: Johfra Bosschart https://www.johfra.nl/en/biographie/

So, with Neptune conjunct the Full Moon, we can review the fulfillment of our past actions in a more spiritual, compassionate, and empathic manner – to consider how these actions can lead us individuals to a more unified collective of souls?

Luckily, we have assistance from one such leader in the form of Mars!

Here I do not see Mars so much the ‘God of War’, but the ‘God of Will’ – “do what thou Will shall be the whole of Law” – suggesting that our Will or urge to Be is the paramount goal of Being – an urge to Become Authentic and Whole.

At the time of this Full Moon, Mars is at 03°Libra, and Mars is not too comfortable in Libra – He is not is usual self!

Mars is in His detriment when in Libra. This suggests that He is not happy and cannot fully express His core nature.

In Libra, the sign of compromise, co-operation and harmony, Mars’ drive for action and to win, is shifted from an individual goal to that of the collective – together we can win!

Libra wants everyone to be happy – Mars wants to win: so here, working with others will achieve His aim.

And His aim here is to stimulate our karmic unfolding through His forming an easy opposition with the Nodes of the Moon.

An easy opposition occurs here when Mars forms a trine to the North node of the Moon and a sextile to the South, whilst of course the Nodes are in opposition to each other. Sextiles provide support and trines allow for things to flow unimpeded. Mars therefore, eases and assists us find the compromise required by an opposition.

So, what can Mars in Libra do for us here with the Nodes of the Moon?

I wrote of the Nodes here, and for this post we can simplify their meaning, and with the North Node in Gemini, this is exactly what we need to do! 

As Jan Spiller conceives in her book, ‘Astrology for the Soul’, the North Node can be seen as those “attributes [we need] to develop” to fulfil our goal in becoming the Authentic Self in this lifetime. The South Node then are the “tendencies to leave behind”.

The North Node is often seen as our karmic goal in this incarnation. I actually feel that the whole natal chart as reflecting our karma and Steven Forrest in his book ‘Yesterday’s Sky’ tells us that “everything in the chart is karmic and the Nodes of the Moon are the karmic doorway into the heart of the issue”.

The North Node of the Moon is in Gemini, and the South is in Sagittarius. Here then we have a dichotomy between two signs principally concerned with the acquisition and understanding of information.

Gemini is concerned with information that is central to our concept of self: who am I, and why am I? 

Sagittarius is also concerned with information that expands our concept of self: belief systems and faith.

Whilst neither Gemini or Sagittarius is ‘right or wrong’, the Nodal Axis suggests that at this point in our collective evolution, we need to focus upon the Gemini way of understanding the world and for the time being, resist the urge to codify everything in grand Sagittarian theories.

For now, the practical and intuitive information is what is needed and Mars helps us uncover it during the period of the Full Moon: 

compassion and empathy for the collective unified humanity, come together as One to get things done by expressing our own truths as being but one truth amongst the whole!

I hope this Full Moon helps illuminate your Truth.

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“Now is the winter of our discontent…made glorious” by the Spring! 

We have a NEW MOON at 14° 38’ VIRGO occurring on the 7th September at 10:51am (AEST)

Paraphrasing Richard III  by William Shakespeare lends itself to a central theme of this Virgo New Moon in our Southern Hemisphere.

Self-improvement through being of value to others is at the core of the Virgo archetype.

Gaining a sense of growth and fulfilment by being useful to those around us is the Virgo goal.

With a New Moon we have the opportunity to consider what we need to do to gain fulfilment in life.

So, if we are discontent with the way we are, a Virgo New Moon will give us the cosmic impetus to seek renewal, just as Gaia does with Her Earth during the Spring soon to come when the Sun enters Libra on 23rd September.

Now is the time to review how we want to live our lives, to organise and prepare the ‘seeds’ for the ‘spring’ of a new way of being. 

Preparing ourselves manifest a more content individual who is happy in themselves through making those around them happy too.

What makes this New Moon of great Virgoian value is that it forms an exact Trine with Uranus at 14°Taurus.

Uranus is all about freedom and uniqueness, with His central goal being to aid us uncover and live our own Authentic Life.

Uranus in Taurus is urging us to reform and change from the traditions and cultures that resit our capacity to evolve and gain a sense of security, stability, creativity and harmony with ourselves and those we share our life with.

A Trine is considered a harmonious and very beneficial astrological aspect. It is one of the fundamental Ptolemaic aspects central to modern astrology and represents planets 120° or four signs apart, and are linked by being of the same element: here we have the New Moon in Virgo, being of Earth and Uranus in Taurus being Earth too. Virgo and Taurus are also Feminine signs: adding a receptive quality to the energies of this practical ‘down to earth’ aspect

Trines can represent a talent in your natal chart, and here, with the planets being in transit we can look to our natal chart to see where we can access this opportunity to uncover a talent to use in the evolution of our Authentic Self.

Trines allow the energies of the New Moon and Uranus to flow freely and without obstacle, so, for example, with the New Moon in your 1st House of Identity in trine to Uranus in the 8th House of Transformation, we could see the very concept of who you are being energised to radically change and find a stable sense of individuality that propels your evolved self into the future!

If this was my natal chart, I could review the areas of my life indicated by the 8th House to gain insight into talents I may have underused to aid me living my authentic life. Here I may probe deep into the role of power in my world – mine and others – how does ‘power‘ assist or hinder my sense of contentment with who I am? Are the Virgo ideals of duty and service being directed appropriately? Do I need to reorganise my energy and review how I share it with others? 

Check your natal chart to see which Houses contain 12 – 16° Virgo – this is where the New Moon will will activate that area of life. Likewise, transiting Uranus will activate areas of life where you have  12 – 16° Taurus in your natal chart.

Other aspects formed by the New Moon can be found in your natal chart:

Sextiles at 12 – 16° of Scorpio or Cancer (sextiles provide support and stimulation of the planetary energies, providing us with opportunities to grow)

Squares at 12 – 16° Sagittarius or Gemini (these will be tense energies creating a sense of collision, but which if handled well will provide the greatest opportunity for growth)

Oppostions at 12 – 16° Pisces (here, there will be the need to find balance and avoid the extremes of the planetary energies)

Conjunctions at 12 – 16° Virgo (when conjunct, two planets share a purpose: they are unified and their energies remain unique to their own essence but are directed together).

Which ever House the planet is in will determine where you will be experiencing the impact of the New Moon in your daily life.

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As always with astrology, events such a New Moon and aspects such as the trine to Uranus never occur in isolation: there are multiple other factors at play that all coagulate to create the whole experience of our existence.

That said, we should take into consideration that the Moon in Virgo will oppose Neptune in Pisces by the evening of this New Moon on the 7th September.

Whilst only brief, this transit may bring a cloudiness to our thought processes and we may benefit from holding off making any firm decisions about making radical changes to our lives until the next day or so!

Sit with your heart-mind for awhile and allow your intuition to guide you along the path to your Authentic Self.

Hoping you ‘are made glorious’ by this New Moon!

The Vernal (Spring) Equinox: “an obligation to act.”

Just some musings as I too ‘awaken‘ from my winter ‘hibernation‘…….

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Vernal (Spring) Equinox – equilibrium and balance 

Meteorologically, Spring is declared as the first day of September.

In the astrological world, Spring commences in the Southern hemisphere when the Sun reaches 00°Libra, and for us in Tasmania, the Spring Equinox occurs on Thursday, 23rd September 2021 at 5:21 am AEST.

At this time, our Northern hemisphere friends are entering into their Autumnal Equinox.

The Spring Equinox sets the Astrological scene for the next three months until the Summer Solstice.

A time of renewal and new beginnings.

An elemental time and time for the Air Element to energise our way of being.

Astrologically, this is more about our collective being, our culture, society and our tribe.

Libra is ruled by Venus and at this Equinox, She is in Her detriment!

Being in Scorpio suggests a difficult placement for Venus: a placement where She is unable to fully be herself!

Here in Scorpio, Her energy is intensely and singularly directed, whilst in her natural state as She finds in Taurus or Libra, Venus has a broad and encompassing view: wholistic, balanced and equal.

As we archetypically ‘emerge’ from winter into spring, are we seeing the world with narrow and intense Scopionic vision: is the world fearful and seemingly devoid of the material from which we can plant the seeds for happiness?

The world we live in seems to be getting worse – is it really?

Maybe it has always been this way and we are awakening from our ‘winter hibernation’?

Are our eyes now seeing more clearly the nature of being?

Maybe we have awoken a new, with a willingness to plant the seeds of harmony, balance and equality?

Belief in humankind’s sinful nature also provides a tidy explanation for the existence of evil. When confronted with hatred or selfishness, you can tell yourself, ‘Oh, well, that’s just human nature.’ But if you believe that people are essentially good, you have to question why evil exists at all. It implies that engagement and resistance are worthwhile, and it imposes an obligation to act.” 

― Rutger Bregman, Humankind: A Hopeful History

I hope this Spring brings you a sense of renewed hope and a desire to seek balance and equilibrium in all you do!

The ‘doing‘ is the archetypal force of Spring-time: “an obligation to act” and to seek regeneration, renewal and regrowth!

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Happy Birthday Virgo’s!

The sign of Virgo has been called the Hidden Fire of Earth* as Virgo symbolises the concept of purification – hence the link with the Virgin.

Virgo is a Goddess energy: she embodies Isis, Mary, Artemis, Brigid, Vesta, and many more!

She inspires us to refine and purify the matter of our lives, physical and spiritual, so as to become our True Self – our Authentic Self.

Virgo does this with the aid of her ruling planet, Mercury who extols us to engage our conscious awareness of the world so as become competent and responsible: the Virgo goal!

Image: Johfra Bosscharthttps://www.johfra.nl/en/biographie/

Those of you Sun sign Virgo’s will know perfection is around the corner, but for now it might be best to accept yourself as you are, shut off the self-criticism and avoid self-sacrificing yourself to the needs of those around you!

Love yourself and the Hidden Fire of Earth will warm your soul and nurture those lucky enough to be with you!

If its not your birthday during the time of Virgo, where Virgo sits in your birth chart will provide an indication as to how you can utilise this powerful energy to propel your growth and happiness.

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Solar Eclipse in Gemini: thinking with the heart.

June 10th 2021 8:52pm AEST 

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New Moons signify a time for new beginnings, a time to prepare for the future and set things on the path to growth.

The Sun is our sense of individuality, our urge to create and Be: to shine!

The Moon is our instinctual self, our emotional being, and urge to nurture (and be nurtured).

When combined at the New Moon, they seek to balance the inner and outer needs of our self: uniting heart and mind in harmony.

This New Moon is also a Solar Eclipse, as the Sun will be eclipsed by the Moon for a brief period of time (we wont see this in Australia).

This brief moment in time is like the flick of a switch: something is stopped and then started again; a reset; a reboot.

Something is ‘blacked out’ and then revealed.

With the ‘light’ of the Sun ‘switched off’, we can see our ego and conscious self being ‘eclipsed’ by our inner self: revealing the inner, emotional, soul truth.

Occurring in Gemini, the sign of the mind, this eclipse can be seen as revealing matters of thought, fact and truth.

Gemini’s planetary Ruler, Mercury is conjunct this eclipse and in retrograde, making His presence of great significance. We are getting an opportunity to review and restart. Communication, perception and information will be under the spotlight and reviewed for the value it adds to our emotional wellbeing.

Being close to the North Node of the Moon introduces an element of karma into the mix, and with the Nodal Axis being between Sagittarius and Gemini, this Eclipse will help us see reality a little more clearly.

That is, if the square to Neptune does not cloud and confuse our thinking! Try and remain grounded: what Gemini seeks is practical information that makes sense – simply! There is no need at this time for the philosophical and complex knowledge that Sagittarius may have us seek (read more here about the Gemini/Sagittarius intellectual battle to uncover the truth!).

This is a powerful Solar Eclipse, perfect for our current situation. 

The astrology of now suggests that during times of doubt and confusion, look within yourself to the heart space and there you’ll discover a truth that sets you free of worry and on the path of harmony.

So, where will this Solar Eclipse be energetically influencing your life and revealing areas for change and growth?

Check which House the New Moon is transiting in your natal chart.

For example, above we have Marilyn Monroe’s natal chart, who if she were still in her physical body with us today, would be experiencing the Solar Eclipse  energies in her 11th House. This is the area of life in which she seeks meaning and growth through friendships and community. Maybe at this time she would be finding an emotional need to gain a clear understanding of her individuality whilst identifying with her ‘tribe’ of like-minded people. 

Also, if you what to go deeper, check out the aspects that the Solar Eclipse at 19° Gemini makes to any planets you have between 17 – 21° degrees, such as:

  • Squares in Pisces or Virgo (these will be tense energies creating a sense of collision, but which if handled well will provide the greatest opportunity for growth);
  • Oppositions in Sagittarius (here, there will be the need to find balance and avoid the extremes of the planetary energies). 
  • Trines in Aquarius or Libra (harmony and flow will be found here, but if not worked with, the energies will lack the vitality there can bring);
  • Sextiles in Leo or Aries (sextiles provide support and stimulation of the planetary energies, providing opportunities to grow).  
  • Conjunctions in Gemini.  When conjunct, two planets share a purpose: they are unified and their energies remain unique to their own essence but are directed together.

Which ever House the Planet is in will determine where you will be experiencing the impact of this Solar Eclipse in your daily life.

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Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius – a shift in perspective?

Astronomy: eclipses (top), and the Moon’s passage around the Earth. Coloured engraving by J. Emslie, 1851, after himself.. Public Domain Mark

Our first Eclipse for 2021 is a Lunar Eclipse occurring at 05°Sagittarius on Wednesday 26th May at 9:13pm AEST for us here in Australia.

A Lunar Eclipses occur during a Full Moon (the Sun and Moon are 180° opposite each other), when the Moon, Earth and Sun are aligned, and the Nodes of the Moon cross the Ecliptic. 

At that point, the light of the Sun is blocked by the Earth and the Moon receives Earth’s shadow.

If we have clear skies, we should get a great view of this Lunar Eclipse.

In astrology and magick, Full Moons are seen as a time of bringing things to fruition, we have reached a time when we become conscious of our creations and find ourselves at a crossroads: do continue as we were, or do we revamp and travel in a different direction, or do we purge and prepare to start anew?

Sagittarius is Ruled by Jupiter, who we find happily at home in His sign of Pisces.

Like his ruler, Sagittarius enjoys expansion, growth, exploration and the search for meaning. This is the ‘big stuff’, the meaning of life and the philosophical questioning that lead to us uncovering our spiritual being and oneness with the source.

Jupiter is forming a square aspect with this Lunar Eclipse, bringing some friction to our need to find meaning in life. But, as always with astrology, such fiction is considered ‘grist for the mill’ and if used well  the  stress will manifest something of value. 

Image: Astronomy: Jupiter with an eagle, an angel above, looking heavenward. Engraving by N. Dorigny, 1695, after Raphael, 1516.. Credit: Wellcome Collection. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

The danger here would be to seek escapism and avoidance from the underlying urge to connect with the Source. Or, go too far the other way: becoming so immersed in the search for meaning that we lose sight of humanness and forget to ‘keep our feet on the ground’!

The key is to take appropriate action and not sink into apathy and do nothing, nor go to the extreme at the expense of being grounded. Find the middle ground and balance metaphysical exploration with living in the physical realm too!

With that out of the way, lets get to the great news that this Lunar Eclipse brings!

Astrology: signs of the zodiac, Sagittarius. Coloured engraving by S. Hall.. Credit: Wellcome Collection. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

Sagittarius is a Mutable Fire sign, enthusiastic and adaptable, with the flame of inspiration at its core. Sagittarius brings hope in the adventure of life – experiencing and growing through a quest for knowledge and wisdom.

In Sagittarius we find our ‘beliefs’, our ‘faith’,  and our ’truth’. 

Sagittarius is not fixed in his belief system, he is adaptable and optimistic that there is always more on the horizon to understand and bring meaning to life.

Image: Astrology: signs of the zodiac, Sagittarius. Coloured engraving by S. Hall.. Credit: Wellcome Collection. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

Sagittarius energises our capacity to adventure in search of wisdom – this will be a time to seek out, study and experience things that fulfil our need to ‘know’, and to find ‘meaning’ in this life. This is a time to explore and find wisdom in being alive.

Our beliefs will be a the forefront of our Selves during this Lunar Eclipse – others will ‘see’ our philosophies and our ’truths’ by which we live our lives. Of course, this has potential risks – see above for Jupiter’s reminder to find the ‘middle-ground’ and not become bombastic. Remembering that ‘my truth’ is as valid as ‘your truth’!

With this Lunar Eclipse we may experience the emotional sensitivity of the Moon upsetting our capacity be objective and may become dogmatic in our belief structures – not taking into account the huge array of other peoples ideas, concepts and experiences that may enrich our understanding of life.

Here we have a point in time for review, to take stock, to end or modify what we started specifically around the time of the Lunar Eclipse that occurred in Sagittarius last year. I wrote a brief post on Facebook at the time, and made reference to Dane Rudhyar’s statement “that was mainly felt in the past is now seen” – suggesting that these Lunar Eclipses bring to the surface that which we have been gestating and now allowing for a shift in perspective. The Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius last year was on Saturday 6th June 2020 – what was occurring for you then; what plans did you put in place; did you set yourself new goals? A review of that period of time will help clarify what is occurring at this Lunar Eclipse on 26th May 2021.

Whilst the Lunar Eclipse will occur in a specific House in your natal (birth) chart and will provide a good indication as to the area of life that will be triggered by the Moon (see below), knowing the aspects the Lunar Eclipse makes to planets and points in your chart will really flesh out the impact.

So, as the Lunar Eclipse occurs at 05°26’Sagittarius you’ll find the following aspects occurring  between planets and points around 02° and 07° in these signs:

Opposition: Planets or points in Gemini between 02° and 07° (here, there will be the need to find balance and avoid the extremes of the planetary energies);


Conjunction: Sagittarius (when conjunct, two planets share a purpose: they are unified and their energies remain unique to their own essence but are directed together);


Sextile: Libra or Aquarius (sextiles provide support and stimulation of the planetary energies, providing opportunities to grow);


Square: Pisces or Virgo (these will be tense energies creating a sense of collision, but which if handled well will provide the greatest opportunity for growth);


Trine: Aries or Leo (harmony and flow will be found here, but if not worked with, the energies will lack the vitality there can bring).

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If you know your Rising Sign (your Ascendant – check here if you don’t), the Full Moon will illuminate these areas of your life:

Aries –  9th House: This is Sagittarius’ natural House – the House of Travel – literal and metaphorical.

Taurus –  8th House: The House of Transformation through shared resources – intimacy, power and money are the material of this House.

Gemini – 7th House: Relationships are the focus of this House, traditionally referred to as the House of Marriage.

Cancer –  6th House: Known as the House of Servants, here we experience our daily routines, our health, work and wellbeing.

Leo –  5th House: Ah, Joy! Creative self-expression through love, dating and developing human connectivity.

Virgo –  4th House: Your Roots are the focus in the House of Home, with emotional needs being paramount in terms of personal stability.

Libra – 3rd House: Communication and friendships in this House are geared towards information gathering – very apt for this Lunar Eclipse!

Scorpio – 2nd House: Our Values – personal and material are at the centre of this House. Money, food, possessions are the core focus here.

Sagittarius – 1st House: Who am I – I am me! This House is about You and the expression of You – personal development and self-awareness focus heavily here.

Capricorn –  12th House: Here we Transcend the mundane world! This is the area of life where we can let go and heal. 

Aquarius –  11th House: Our tribe is found here and we excel through teamwork and community involvement. Oh, and embrace technology 

Pisces – 10th House: Ambition is not a dirty word! Where do aspire to be the world – this is the area that the lunar Eclipse will stimulate – self-expression and destiny and intertwined here!

Take a look at my astrological services page, and feel free to contact me if you’d like to explore your birth chart or help interpreting the cosmic forecast for a successful future.

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Mars square Chiron: Removing Fear and Finding Direction!

Occurring later in the day of the New Moon in Taurus, we find Chiron at 11°Aries forming a square with Mars at 11°Cancer.

Chiron is the ‘wounded-healer’ and in astrology He represents where we are wounded in life: physically, psychologically and spiritually. The sign and House you find Chiron in your natal (birth) chart is a good indicator as to how and where in life you’ll experience them – although, you’re already living with them! What this placement can reveal, is the means to healing yourself, the sign and House and any aspects made to Chiron in your chart will help you discover the best path to take in this lifetime to heal yourself. The key to this healing process is that it through healing others you will will heal yourself.

This specific transit (Mars square Chiron) is occurring for all us regardless of our natal placements of both Chiron and Mars – this is a cultural and societal issue, a wounding that reflects humanity and reveals how we can heal ourselves as a collective.

Being in Aries our wounding and healing will be found relative to our identity, our concept of who we are and where we are going in this incarnation.

Aries is the first sign of the zodiac and a Cardinal Fire sign: Aries is the urge to BE; to create; to initiate.

Aries is our identity in action – we adventure from this starting point in the zodiac and explore our Being in the World through Aries’ energy.

To be ‘wounded’ in Aries is to be ‘wounded’ in our capacity to BE: we are unable to fully expresses the drive of Aries to Become our Authentic Self.

Such a ‘wound’ may be felt as fear, for Aries is normally ‘fearless’, we may feel dependent, as Aries is ‘independent’, we may feel ‘lost’, as Aries usually confidently adventuring into life!

Are ‘we’ as a collective of humanity ‘lost’ and restricted by ‘fear’?

Mars is the Ruler of Aries, but finds Himself in Cancer, a sign of His detriment. As such, He is not happy and his energies are erratic and not well focused on the outside world as He would like.

In Cancer, Mars is contained within a ’shell’, He is protective of His family and ready to take action to protect what is important to them.

By squaring Chiron,  Mars is forming a 90° angle that brings tension and friction that requires action to resolve.

How do we resolve the wounding of our identity?

How do we assert ourselves as a society?

How do we conquer our collective fears?

By resolving the friction of the square, we create something new, and with both Aries and Cancer being Cardinal signs, we are energised to take action and find our identity a new.  

We will find the confidence and drive to heal our collective wounding by healing our society once we see ourselves as a family: a unity of purpose that heals humanity and nurture our capacity to BE.

Healing ourselves as humanity may be driven by planetary energies such as this Mars square Chiron that calls us to transcend the self, find optimism within the collective, develop a sense of integration with the whole and enhance our life purpose!

Take a look at my home page, and feel free to contact me if you’d like to explore Chiron in your own birth chart.

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