New Moon Astrology: Profound Meaning from Your Most Challenging Life Situations

Profound Meaning from Your Most Challenging Life Situations

  • Article Window: Nov 22 to Dec 21
  • The New Moon is Saturday, Nov 22, 4:32 AM PST
  • The Full Moon is Thursday, Dec 6, 4:27 AM PST
  • Sun is 1° Sagittarius, Moon is 1° Sagittarius
  • Current New Moon Theme (thru Dec 21): The Power of Reflection
  • Next New Moon Dec 21.

Current Lunar Cycle

The New Moon releases a wave of new potential and sets the overall theme for the entire month that follows. To experience your fullest potential in the coming month, allow the energy of this New Moon theme to guide you and help you adjust to changing circumstances. Each week of this month’s Lunar Cycle will offer new tools and momentum for energizing your life purpose.

Winter Moon November 2014

Astrology Article: Profound Meaning from Your Most Challenging Life Situations

There comes a time when struggle is part of the fabric of life. Throughout this past month, with the Sun moving through Scorpio, many of you have experienced difficulty. Ultimately you can take heart, knowing that difficult times aid in providing a new level of wisdom.

Struggle comes in different forms, and encompasses different challenges, but the one common denominator found in all types of struggle is your ability to reflect after the fact. This New Moon releases a new wave of energy capable of transforming your efforts during current challenges and struggle into a deeper understanding.

Last month you had the opportunity to widen your experience and take a big step forward in your life. This month’s Sagittarius New Moon gives you another big opportunity. This one is centered on discovering a more profound meaning to your most challenging life situations.

The Art of Reflection

Reflection, the art of remembering and re-awakening past struggles or efforts, can be a powerful key capable of unlocking new meaning, and along with it, a deeper understanding of its positive benefit.

An important theme within Sagittarius is the ability to understand or comprehend how your beliefs and values can shape what your truth is and what feels right to you.

In Sagittarius there’s a need to live by principles born of understanding through meaningful relationships and a greater good. This month the New Moon falls on the very first degree of Sagittarius. The quality of understanding associated with 1° Sagittarius implies that it’s through reflection and contemplation that new perspective is gained.

What’s important during the this Lunar month is your ability to see the deeper meaning of life’s struggles so that moving forward is with the reassurance that no effort is truly ever lost. This first degree of Sagittarius emphasizes that your effort, sacrifice, and struggle is never in vain. However, this is true only if you have the courage to revisit challenging past events and remember them in a new light, born from maturity.

A memory that has been re-awakened has the chance to be transformed. The key for success when challenging memories are re-wakened is to acknowledge that your past efforts are always connected to something greater.

This something greater will vary from person to person. A warrior may reflect on sacrifice made for the great good of a nation. A healer might contemplate how their own vitality serves the lives of everyone they contact. A hero might see their efforts being a testament to a greater destiny. A mystic might ponder how the struggle releases the karma to build a more encompassing “tomorrow”.

As a child, I heard my father say that “good comes from everything.” As a philosophy for life, Astrology would say, “Live by principles of understanding and meaningful relationship, and the greater good will always be embraced.”

As our Sun moves into Sagittarius, there is still a significant energy remaining in Scorpio with Saturn and Mercury. This remnant of Scorpio’s energy will be difficult for some people. Struggle can come both from our inner life or through relationships. The positive aspect of Scorpio’s struggle is hidden in the symbol of the phoenix rising from the ashes with new understanding of the greater good. Our Sagittarius New Moon is providing momentum for the rising phoenix, in the subtle form of wisdom and understanding, and from the knowledge that no situation has the power to destroy.

The key for success this month is in the art of reflection.   In the process, what is being reflected back to your consciousness is not pain, or fear, or feelings of demise. What’s being reflected is that you were able to rise to the realization and the wisdom that you are greater because of your struggle. This is the deeper understanding, and with it a new perspective.

Astrology Pattern

November New Moon Chart 2014One of the spectacular patterns that stands out in this New Moon chart is the grouping of five planets in the end of Scorpio and the beginning of Sagittarius. (The Sun and Moon are included as planets.)This grouping presents an interesting dynamic between the changing energies of Scorpio into Sagittarius. As the Sun moves from Scorpio to the 1st degree of Sagittarius, there is still power being generated in Scorpio, especially with Saturn and Mercury, that must be combined with the distributing energy of Sagittarius. To be successful that Scorpio energy must go into forming new meaning (Sagittarius).

Saturn conjunct Mercury in a balsamic (approaching) position represents the necessity to reflect (Mercury) on the foundational beliefs (Saturn) in order to fully release the New Moon potential. On the other hand, Venus is in a new phase position and separating from the Sun. In this case, Venus signifies the value you place on a past event. In other words, it’s the end result of a situation which is the determining factor whether it becomes framed as either positive or negative. Therefore, Venus plays a big role in determining how you move forward in life.

Jupiter and Uranus are working together to create additional momentum to break free from the status quo. This is exactly the most beneficial type of energy possible. It provides a great deal of integrative power (Jupiter in Leo) that aids Uranus in breaking free from old patterns and the remnant, or ghost, of previous cycles (Aries).

The first degree of Sagittarius is also quite fascinating in that it holds a visual picture of the art of reflection.


The retired warrior is giving himself the opportunity for a new perspective and understanding. Old memories are only painful until they are transformed into principles and values capable of inspiring a new perspective. This suggests you must use your will to reaffirm the value of all struggle, knowing that you are not alone, as all of humanity is connected in bringing forward the “greater good”.


Our New Moon astrology has additional energies focused from a powerful grouping of planets with extra help from Jupiter and Uranus. This combination provides a powerful opportunity to re-frame and transform past efforts and struggles through the use of reflection. The result is a re-beginning based on the wisdom and understanding of the purpose or meaning of past difficulties.

It is my deepest privilege to share these thoughts with you.

Have a wonderful month,

Take Your Next Big Step: Full Moon Astrology Nov 2014

  • Article Window: Nov 6 to Nov 22
  • The Full Moon is Thursday, Nov 6, 2:23 PM PST
  • Sun is 15° Scorpio, Moon is 15° Taurus
  • Current New Moon Theme (thru Nov 22): Widening of Experiences
  • Next New Moon Nov 22

Current Lunar Cycle

The Full Moon illuminates and activates whatever was released with the manifesting wave of New Moon energy two weeks ago. In the coming two weeks look for ways to celebrate and take inspired action, especially from whatever you have embraced or experienced since the New Moon. Be patient with challenges that emerge in the coming days, recognizing that they are also a necessary part of your expansion.

Taurus Full Moon in Seattle.

Astrology Article: Take Your Next Big Step

Each Full Moon is a powerful astrological event that facilitates growth to meld into the fabric of your being, especially in your life force and your ability to adapt and change. The power of this monthly cycle is dramatically amplified when the degree of the Full Moon occurs on one of the four power nodes of the Zodiac.

Passed down from ancient astrological traditions, these four Zodiac power nodes have been recognized as the four most potent releasers of energy in the entire year. These major release points are located at 15° Taurus, 15° Leo, 15° Scorpio, and 15° Aquarius.

This Full Moon is occurring at two of these four power points: The Moon is at 15° Taurus while the Sun is at 15° Scorpio. The entire Taurus/Scorpio Zodiac axis is being completely activated. As a result of this very strong Sun/Moon activation there is powerful energy being released.

In your personal experience, this powerful energy can be expressed along a full spectrum, from powerful challenges to powerful opportunities. In its most positive expression, the opportunity can result in the motivation you need to step forward toward a significant goal in your life.

The challenge can be expressed as a need to purposefully harness the power of these energies without feeling overwhelmed, lost, or confused.

Besides the release of these powerful energies associated with Taurus and Scorpio, this month’s Full Moon also carries with it an extra amount of tension resulting from the influence of Saturn and Venus conjunct the Sun. This is the type of tension that suggests “something big needs to shift to move forward.” It demands you do something positive in your life.

Unless it’s understood and expressed, this powerful Scorpio/Taurus energy release amplified by the natural tension of the Full Moon could easily be overwhelming.

The extra tension you may be feeling is a natural by-product of the ongoing and dynamic nature of our solar system. Once this dynamic tension is recognized for its potential, it’s much easier to tap in and create positive momentum to any area of your life.

In the current chart, Jupiter is providing the opportunity for release and positive expression of this powerful force.

This Full Moon opens the doorway to a perfect time to take “your next big step” in life. The Full Moon in Taurus is supporting your need to make your next big step feel real, or concrete. You can also experience a new perspective while working with some of the deeper energetic patterns contained within Scorpio.

The support and perspective of this Earth/Water duo of Taurus and Scorpio gives room for more transformative types of action to take hold in your everyday world. With Jupiter’s role strongly emphasized at the Full Moon, if you’re able to navigate the focused release of these energies, you have the opportunity to feel balanced and energized as you purposefully expand more fully into your larger destiny.

Astrology Pattern

Nov-Full-Moon-2014A Full Moon astrology pattern always places the Moon and Sun in opposite Zodiac signs exactly 180° apart. Our current pattern also groups the Sun with the two additional planets Saturn and Venus. With the Sun, Venus, and Saturn in Scorpio all focusing their energies through the Full Moon in Taurus, there is the possibility of a reaction of stubbornness to emerge. With so much energy being released in Taurus the possibility for implosion exists if there isn’t a sufficient avenue of release available.

Jupiter provides the perfect avenue for this type of positive release to occur. Jupiter’s position forms a T-square to the Scorpio/Taurus Sun/Moon polarity. This square is a positive influence once this energy is managed and directed. It offers an outlet and a needed direction for that energy to flow. Jupiter can act like an absorber to harness, organize, and convert the release of energy and direct it into your larger life’s work and purpose.

The shadow side of Jupiter absorbing all this energy is the feeling of being overwhelmed and losing faith in yourself. Unconscious patterns will more easily emerge and your imagination could become negatively activated, without any true sense of hope and growth. The key to Jupiter’s shadow in this pattern is centered on your determination for purpose, which allows an internal direction for the excessive energy to flow and release.

Mars in Capricorn can help here by supporting your ability to access will power and determination to expand into the positive potentials available.

The Sabian Symbol for Jupiter’s exact degree of 22° Leo clearly expresses this larger potential that is available to us all.


In the context of this chart, the symbol expresses the energy of you stepping into your life’s mission or destiny, or an aspect of your destiny being expressed.

Your capacity to tap into this Full Moon astrology pattern lies in your capacity to manage such a large release of energy.

Since it’s a Full Moon chart, this meaning applies on many levels, from personal, to group, to planetary.
Although this article’s focus is centered on a personal response, it’s important to remember that this pattern is happening at a world level as well.

Within the different societies of the world unconscious patterns will be activated and released. A conscious prayer and affirmation for the highest outcome for all through this process will fulfill one of your “carrier pigeon” missions.


There’s a tremendous amount of energy being released during this Full Moon. There is the potential for stress, implosion, and chaos but also simultaneously the opportunity for expansive growth.

The key to harnessing these energies in the highest possible way is through understanding the direction in which this energy will naturally want to flow. The planet Jupiter holds the key for positive release. It wants to use these energies to energize your life path and keep you moving in the right direction.

Your power these next two weeks lies in the opportunity to take the next big step in your life. Even if it looks like a small step from the outside, it will channel and focus all of this potential into the momentum of your life purpose. In the moments that you may be feeling overwhelmed, remember that you can tap into the power of hope as a tool to direct your energies in the right direction.

It is my deepest privilege to share these thoughts with you.
Have a wonderful month,