A New Year of Inclusiveness and the Wise Use of Power: Full Moon Astrology Jan 1st 2018

Article Window:  Jan 1 – Jan 16
• The Full Moon is Sunday, Jan 1, 6:24 PM PST
• Sun is 12° Capricorn, Moon is 12° Capricorn
• Next New Moon: Jan 16
• Current New Moon Theme (Dec 17 – Jan 16): Purposeful Work & New Beginnings

The Full Moon illuminates and activates new awareness, especially corresponding to 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.

Astrology Article: A New Year of Inclusiveness and the Wise Use of Power

by Steven Shroyer
co-author Elizabeth Schermer

Our New Year Full Moon astrology presents a beautiful and powerful Kite pattern with which to usher in the new year. The Kite pattern within the Cancer Moon signifies the possibility of launching our year with a signature of unified harmony that can be organized toward positive fulfillment for all.

The chart for the January 1st Full Moon shows that this is a year in which power structures can change for the betterment of all. We have countless examples in the world today where power is concentrated at the top to benefit the few, and where abundance and privilege are reserved for those who hold positions of power.

The specific Kite pattern within our Full Moon chart emphasizes the possibility for a global shift in power structures through a strong working relationship between our understanding of the meaning of inclusiveness (Cancer Moon), and the ability to use power wisely for the larger good (Capricorn Sun). This sets in motion the larger realization that a wise use of personal and collective power holds the key for our successful transition in the new age of Aquarius (see Solar Eclipse article, August 2017).

On a practical and personal level, with the Full Moon falling on New Year’s Day, 2018 has the signature of a new beginning, especially if we are able to engage in purposeful work, which is the (current New Moon theme). In this case, “purposeful work” describes all forms of intentional activity in the world that each individual does that helps to make things better and more inclusive for all.

It’s important to remember this year that your “purposeful work” isn’t necessarily your career or job. Rather, it’s all forms of contribution and creative efforts that work toward making the world a better place.

The Cancer Energy Signature of the Full Moon

The energy of the Cancer Moon can have a direct impact on how we’re each able to launch our New Year. This starts with our larger understanding of inclusiveness and our ability to identify with ourselves as members of a global family.

As we’re talking about inclusion, it’s important to ask, “Who does “us” include?” The inclusive nature of Cancer is commonly associated with the traditional ideas of home and family, however from a spiritual perspective, to limit our experience of inclusiveness to our immediate home and family of origin is stopping short of what’s possible. Spiritually speaking, our collective identity is the entire world. We are all global citizens and this is what is ultimately meant by home and family within the Cancer archetype.

In short, Cancer’s signature of home and family is all about each of us finding “our place in the world.” We see abundant evidence that we are evolving as a human family and that our collective concept of home is expanding to include a global perspective.

What’s necessary and important in order for us to evolve together is that our structures of power also expand to include a global perspective that is inclusive for all.

The Wise Use of Power

The influence of Capricorn in our Full Moon Kite implies a new possibility for the wise use of power for the benefit of all.

One of the more potentially disruptive aspects of the signature of the Full Moon chart is the way it opens the door to new revelations regarding the abuse of power within current systems of authority and control. These new revelations, however shocking they may be, have the potential to shape our world in ways that will forever change our perspectives.

There is every indication that by the end of 2018 we, as global citizens, will have a much clearer picture of the ways in which major abuses of power have shaped our reality and our thinking. In the most positive sense, these revelations will lead to further dismantling of patterns of abuse. They will also lead to new understandings of what is possible and what the wise use of power might actually look like.

The coming year is full of both hope and contrast, including the possibility for shocking revelations that will unfold throughout the year. As the months unfold, hold onto the larger context and potential, with the personal commitment of how you can expand your own perspectives in order to be more inclusive in your perspectives of what is possible.

In this way you will receive new insights into what each of us can do to end the current patterns of limiting control, especially those marked by authority that has abused power to maintain control.

Astrology Pattern

Jan 1st Full Moon ChartOur Full Moon Kite pattern represents something major that is about to occur on our planet.

Let me be clear about the significance of this particular Kite pattern by simply saying that this isn’t an ordinary Kite! In addition to the significance of the Full Moon Kite occurring on New Year’s Day, there is an unusual aspect to the pattern itself which involves all ten planets in a very significant way.

We’ll start with the tail of the Kite formed by the Cancer Full Moon. The Cancer Moon at the tail of the Kite signifies a type of unified harmony that can be organized to launch our year with a signature of positive fulfillment. This signature is inclusive in its very nature and it illustrates the need for us all to work together, founded in the understanding that we are all connected.

While the tail (Moon) signifies the point of harmony, it’s the head of the Kite (Saturn, Venus, Sun, and Pluto) that signifies how this harmony needs to be organized in order to unfold with its highest potential.

The four planets at the head of the Kite are all working together as one energy through the Capricorn archetype. The highest use of Capricorn energy is for the mobilization of power for the collective good. The kite signature implies this highest expression of Capricorn, which is the wise use of power for the benefit of all.

The full description of the working relationship of these four planets is complex and beyond the scope of this article. Suffice it to say that the buildup of balsamic energies to Pluto in Capricorn won’t allow for the continued abuse of power to operate. This is not just personal power but at the highest levels of power structures throughout our world.

Forming the sides of the Kite and offering supporting roles flanked on either side of the Kite are Neptune, illustrating the truth of what’s been hidden, and the Mars/Jupiter conjunction, managing the resulting conflicts for the betterment of all.

When we put it all together the pattern points to a unified effort that includes Uranus and Mercury, which are working together to break it all open so that everyone can see and talk about what is being revealed. The Full Moon’s key position at the tail represents the illumination of this new information, including what each of us can do individually to adjust and adapt as we realize the extent of what’s been hidden from us.

Summary

This coming year points to a turning point within our world in which a global consciousness of inclusiveness begins to take hold. At the same time, abuses of power will come to light in a way that each of us can see, feel, understand what has been hidden. We’ll have new awareness of where these paths of darkness have led and how to create new avenues of change moving forward.

With the Full Moon falling on New Year’s Day, 2018 has the signature of a new beginning, especially if we are able to engage in purposeful work. In this case, “purposeful work” describes all forms of intentional activity in the world. This is work that each individual does to make things better and more inclusive for all.  We will each have an opportunity this year to contribute our creative efforts to work together toward a better world for us all.

The year truly represents a new beginning in which each us can work in our own unique way to help make a course correction. Expect the coming year to be a time of positive change as the new Age of Aquarius continues to unfold.

Happy New Year and Happy Full Moon

New Hope & the Projection of Purpose: New Moon Astrology 2017

Article Window: Dec 17 to Jan 1
• New Moon is Sunday Dec 17, 10:30 PM PST
• Sun is 27° Sagittarius, Moon is 27° Sagittarius
• Next Full Moon: Jan 1
• Current New Moon Theme (Dec 17 – Jan 16): Purposeful Work & New Beginnings

Current Lunar Cycle

The New Moon releases a wave of new potential that sets the overall theme for the entire month that follows. This month’s Lunar cycle offers a new tool-set that creates momentum for energizing your life’s purpose. To experience your fullest potential in the coming month allow this energy to guide you, especially while adjusting to life’s changing circumstances.

Astrology Article: New Hope & the Projection of Purpose

by Steven Shroyer

Our Sagittarius New Moon astrology is filled with good news for those who feel inspired to have a greater clarity about their purpose and place in the world. And for those who are struggling with issues of life purpose, there is good news as well, with the very real possibility for new type of clarity and hope in the future.

This New Moon is about hope, and especially through new energies that are available to enable you to project yourself into meaningful work or other projects that have personal significance for you. In fact, the north node of the New Moon, representing the leading edge of new potential, has a message that is quite telling of this good news. In the words of the Sabian symbol for the north node, “The storm has ended and all of nature rejoices in brilliant sunshine.”

A New Hope is Symbolized in the Power of New Beginnings

This new hope is symbolized within the meaning of Sagittarius, which gives us access to the bigger picture and deeper meaning of life. With a stellium of five planets in Sagittarius, our Sagittarian connection to new awareness takes on an even more significant role. The strength of the stellium will help us adjust to a new set of energies that enable us to adapt to our changing world.

What Sagittarius is teaching us with this New Moon is that hope is a feeling that comes from within. It’s not a hope isn’t based on what we see happening in the crazy world around us. Our hope is born within. This hope lies in the process of become more than we are, fueled by the understanding that each of us hold potentials just waiting to be tapped.

This theme of hope is echoed in the coming Winter Solstice and all of the associated cultural and spiritual celebrations of Light. In Christianity this hope is symbolized by the Christ child who is born within each of us.

What our Sagittarius Moon is calling forth, through the frequency of hope, is your ability to energize your unique and purposeful work or project in the world. During the coming two weeks, between the New Moon and the Full Moon on Jan 1st, sit with the expectation that the birth of a supreme idea is about incarnate within your being. This “supreme idea” encompasses what is born within and is then projected outward into meaningful activity in the world.

In this context, your purposeful work and projects consist of all forms of meaningful and inspired activities that arise from within. This is opposed to what others have told you is meaningful, acceptable or desired. Reflect on your personal intent and the meaning that you can assign to your life. Then, carrying this intent and meaning forward, project yourself wholeheartedly into the activities of your daily life.

Enjoy the hope that this focus will inspire within you, and be ready to expand into something more than you are today.

Astrology Pattern

It’s easy to spot the stellium of five planets in Sagittarius, but in order to understand the full significance we need to look beneath the surface to see exactly how these energies are working together for a higher purpose. As we explore the signature of the stellium it’s important to first review what the astrology term “balsamic” means.

New Moon Chart Dec 2017A balsamic energy signature is produced when a faster moving planet is closing on, and about to overtake, a slower moving planet. If we look closely at the planetary order of our Sagittarius stellium, every planet is “balsamic” to the next planet following. The balsamic pattern ends with Mercury, Venus, Sun & Moon all balsamic to Saturn. In addition, all five of these planets are balsamic to Pluto.

The significant emotional meaning of the balsamic signature lies in our ability to fully engage with the ending and closing activities of a cycle in order to prepare for something new. An important part of the ending in balsamic phase consists of letting go, resolving unfinished business, and establishing what truly matters for moving forward.

This balsamic process is necessary in order for any cycle to fully complete. It is the tremendous concentrating energy of the balsamic phase itself that is transferred into momentum for the new cycle that can now begin.
Once again, in our five planet Sagittarius stellium, every planet is “balsamic” to the next planet, and the balsamic pattern ends with Mercury, Venus, Sun & Moon all balsamic to Saturn.

On a personal level Saturn’s role in this balsamic configuration lies in support for establishing new beginnings in anything in your life that has form and structure (Saturn). This will be especially true in the ways in which you think and organize (Mercury), your new aspirations (Venus), and the potential for making your mark in the world in a successful manner (Sun/Moon/Saturn).

As mentioned earlier, all five of these planets are also balsamic to Pluto. It’s significant that Pluto’s signature in Capricorn holds the quality of rising to one’s full potential, enabling us to fully anchor the stellium’s energy of successfully making your mark in the world.

To put this in perspective, we now have the energy to let go of past failures and unproductive memories for the purpose of stepping into new momentum and creating new meaning in our lives for everything that’s moving forward.

Finally, I want to point out the position of Uranus in our chart, because it is transforming the New Moon energies in a very positive way. Uranus is sitting at 25° Aries and holds the deeper meaning of revealing new potential. This new Uranian potential is accessed through the quality of faith and requires our ability to truly believe that we can have what we envision. Furthermore, the power of Uranus in this position is also helping to transform all of our balsamic energies in order to completely unlock our potential.

In a nut shell, the Sagittarius New Moon is creating a strong frequency of forward-moving vision and new momentum that’s infused with the energy of hope, in order for you to connect with new forms of meaningful work and activity in the world.

Summary

The energies of our New Moon brings a new level of hope that’s centered deep within. The more we can let go of past failures, the more we will simultaneously access and harness the idea of a new beginning. The powerful signature of five planets joined together in Sagittarius brings us the ability to release limitations from the past in order to feel new hope, new potential, and new energy, in order to project ourselves into any work or project that we feel holds a deeper meaning for our lives.

Happy New Moon

Seeing Beyond the Status Quo: Full Moon Astrology Dec 2017

Article Window: Dec 3 – Dec 17
• The Full Moon is Sunday, Dec 3, 7:47 AM PST
• Sun is 12° Sagittarius, Moon is 12° Gemini
• Next New Moon: Dec 17
• Current New Moon Theme (Nov 18 – Dec 17): Seeing Beyond the Facade

Current Lunar Cycle

The Full Moon illuminates and activates new awareness, especially corresponding to 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.

Astrology Article: Seeing Beyond the Status Quo

by Steven Shroyer

Our Gemini Full Moon has been building its energy since the New Moon and has now reach a fulcrum point of objectivity. I’m bringing this idea of objectivity forward because, even though it is always a key quality of the Full Moon, objectivity is especially emphasized now. This is because there are two very powerful T-squares that play a prominent role in the Full Moon chart, and helps our understanding of how to best work with our Full Moon energies in an objective way. With the strong influence of these dual T-squares, your success in the coming two weeks requires your willingness to be objective, both internally as well as in the outer circumstances of your life.

Before we discuss this unusual pattern of T-squares, it will be helpful to review the basic energies of the Gemini Moon. This is true especially because Gemini offers a useful approach for using clarity and objectivity in order to move beyond the facade of misunderstanding that is currently activating our world at large.

Gemini, ruled by Mercury, holds the basic signature of discovering what’s new, and learning how things are organized. This Gemini concept of discovery wants to know the relationship between things and seeks to discover how to best interact and communicate based on those learned relationships.

While Gemini excels in discovering, quantifying, and objectifying, it can lack discernment of the deeper “meaning” of those relationships. The Gemini approach helps us to expand and understand how we are connected to the world, but only when the world is objectified, organized, and classified. The necessary component of meaning is found in Gemini’s polar opposite, Sagittarius. It is through the Sagittarian ability to seek the truth, and deeper real meaning of something, that we turn Gemini’s objective knowledge and insights into deeper wisdom and principles for life.

By understanding the signature relationship between our Gemini Moon and Sagittarius Sun, you can see how this Full Moon has the potential power to help us now penetrate all of the various social facades and lack of authenticity in the world today.

In the same way that the polar opposites of Gemini and Sagittarius hold a pattern of complementary contrast, the two powerful T-squares in the Full Moon chart hold a strong pattern of contrast that is key to understanding the signature of this Full Moon. The dual oppositions in our two T-squares carry forward this month’s New Moon theme of “moving beyond the facades” that exist at the surface of our culture so that we can objectively see the nature of reality and connect more directly to the issues in our world through inner truth. This is a quality of inner truth that can be felt and experienced internally and also observed objectively in the external world.

The overall emphasis of the two T-squares working together will to help us first objectify our insight into all the ways in which the status quo can no longer define us. Through this new perspective we can discover a greater clarity around the issues of respect and respectability. By ‘respect’ I mean self-respect through alignment with inner truth, in contrast to ‘respectability’ which implies a kind of status quo standard as it is measured by others.

Astrology Pattern

The two prominent T-squares in our chart provide the focal point and key signature of the Full Moon.

The first T-square we’ll look at is formed by the Mars/Uranus opposition squared to Pluto. This signature is powerful and volatile and should not be underestimated in the scope of its potential impact on all of humanity. This overall T-square holds the signature of aggressively breaking down whatever has been falsely represented to be of integrity when it’s not. This T-square also appeared in the New Moon chart. As I mentioned two weeks ago, on the surface this signature can imply warfare, but this tendency toward violence is only one possible expression and is not preordained. It does suggest that there are additional significant influences that can be accessed for an alternative and more harmonious outcome.

The alternative to the pattern of conflict in the current T-square comes from the additional influence of Saturn and Mercury, which are conjunct and hold powerful harmonizing aspects to the Mars/Uranus opposition. Together, Saturn and Mercury are working to bring forward new types of form and organization. This influence absolutely can diffuse the potential for explosive political conflict that Pluto represents.

This possibility for an alternative course of action is especially true with Mercury’s new-phase position with Saturn, which indicates that the current tensions in our world can transform and take on a new constructive form and organization that is good for everyone.

The second T-square involves the Sun and Moon opposition, which are both squared by Neptune. Beyond the Gemini/Sagittarius polarity that we already discussed, the deeper meaning of this signature lies in Neptune’s ability to dissolve the illusion of the status quo in favor of more universal principles of participation and mutual respect. Specifically, what Neptune is dissolving are our outdated and obsolete ideas of respectability and who gets to define and shape our thinking and values in this regard. The transcendent aspect of Neptune enables the current situation to evolve into something super positive. This is the transcendent quality and higher frequency for which Neptune is known.

Jupiter’s position in the chart is at 12° Scorpio. This is significant because it happens to be the exact degree of our Full Moon one month ago. This signature is carrying forward the ideal of authentic relationships, and what it means to authentically participate in a changing world.

Summary

The theme of challenge to the status quo has been ongoing this fall. Our personal and collective understanding and alignment with the status quo is being challenged in every way, as old systems and ideas dissolve and our world evolves into higher forms of order.

Our Full Moon in Gemini is bringing an objective awareness to the changing world all around you. The energies for the second half of the Lunar cycle will be focused on seeing the contrast of what’s real to you, what aligns with your inner truth, and what is false or artificial. Authenticity is the key to not getting lost in other people’s perspectives and versions of truth. This is a time to look objectively at the status quo and what currently exists in our culture, and then decide how you want to authentically participate.

Happy Full Moon.

Moving Beyond the Facade: New Moon Astrology Nov 2017

  • Article Window: Nov 18 to Dec 17
    New Moon is Friday Nov 18, 3:42 AM PST
    Sun is 27° Scorpio, Moon is 27° Scorpio
    Next Full Moon: Dec 3
    Current New Moon Theme (Nov 18 – Dec 17): Beyond the Facade

Current Lunar Cycle

The New Moon releases a wave of new potential that sets the overall theme for the entire month that follows. This month’s Lunar cycle offers a new tool-set that creates momentum for energizing your life’s purpose. To experience your fullest potential in the coming month allow this energy to guide you, especially while adjusting to life’s changing circumstances.

Astrology Article: Moving Beyond the Facade

Written by Steven Shroyer

Our Scorpio New Moon astrology provides us with new opportunities to experience greater levels of authentic in all of our social interactions and cultural circumstances. There also a deeper quality to our New Moon this month that contains an unique Scorpio signature. We will explore this in greater depth as we look at what it means to live life beyond superficiality and beyond what some might referred to as the world’s outer facade.

A Unique Scorpio Signature of Authenticity

When we look at the overall signature of our New Moon we see a new momentum capable of a greater awareness of the world around us. Specifically, this awareness generates authenticity within all of our relationships and then extends it into society and our culture.

The challenge each of us will face during this Lunar cycle is how do we introduce a positive new frequency of authenticity within a world that can be perceived to be built on fake news, corrupt leadership, and the glitz of Hollywood entertainment. The answer to this lies in our ability to see, and then to live, beyond the typical facade and superficiality of how great everything appears to be on the surface.

What’s unique about this Scorpio signature is an emphasis on group unity. However, unity is only positive if the group has not been manipulated through various forms of social engineering. We must ask ourselves if it’s possible for group unity to come at the expense of social manipulation?

For example, the goal of Hollywood and corporate advertising is not to expose the truth behind reality, but a manipulated version of reality designed to entertain or to sell. To understand how easy social manipulation can occur in today’s world, we need only to look at how corporate values are projected on those who may be unsuspecting of hidden motives based on greed.

The scope of this article is to focus on what it means to be authentic in a world full of contradiction and a version of reality that isn’t based on what’s real. Every day we must strive to live our lives with qualities of peace and love that has the power to bring us together. This type of connection is deeply rooted in healthy forms of group unity.

Scorpio has the desire to ascertain what’s most important, or what’s the bottom line or the “truth” of a situation. To Scorpio, the feelings of connection comes directly from an ability to perceive and to have an experience of depth. This depth, as Scorpio sees it, is also the “truth” of it. It is this very idea of depth and truth that authenticity has its roots and meaning.

When we look at the issue of authenticity through the lens of Scorpio, we must consider two alternatives. The potential for growth is one alternative that comes from feeling the deepest connection possible. However, the shadow alternative of Scorpio is the feeling and depth of “power for control over others.” It is this shadow aspect that the pursuit of raw power can also emerge from the Scorpio archetype. However, “raw power” is not as potent as the depth of connection and the expanded feeling that’s associated with positive group unity.

As we reflect back to the challenge that each of us will face with this Lunar cycle, we must realize that our true Scorpio power comes from our ability to see through and beyond the facade of life. Our authenticity must start with ourselves as we see our own depth within, and then expand outward to include feelings of a deeper connection to others and humanity.

It’s with the nurturing of our own authenticity that this awareness will continue to grow throughout the next 4 weeks of this Lunar cycle. You can expect to begin seeing the world and others from a deeper level of truth that emanates from within yourself.

Astrology Pattern

New Moon Chart Nov 2017With 4 planets in Scorpio, the Moon, Sun, Venus, and Jupiter, we must recognize the tremendous quality of raw power that Scorpio brings to the New Moon pattern. This raw quality of power can be redirected with a new awareness into a more refined quality of authenticity. This is directly supported through the Sabian archetype of 27° Scorpio (New Moon) and is reinforced by Neptune’s relationship to the Venus/Jupiter conjunction.

This Venus/Jupiter conjunction touches a deeper layer of astrology that is worth noting. The Planet Venus, Jupiter, and Neptune all share a vibratory connection to the astro-numerology of 3. Venus is a 3, Jupiter is a 6, and Neptune is a 9. To have these 3 planets connected by a trine, another 3, it’s clear to see that the pattern is significant with a common denominator of 3. Without going into greater depth, what this means is that Venus, Jupiter, and Neptune are working together to formulate and integrate a new set of values that will stand beyond any type of facade or illusion.

Lastly, we must also look at the T-square between Pluto, Mars, and Uranus. At first glance this may look like a signature for war, but when taken in context with the rest of the chart it is clear to me that it’s more a representation of the “illusion of war”, or the “selling of war”, rather than of an actual armed conflict. This facade of war is also supported by an element of isolation within the chart itself, meaning the T-square isn’t directly connected to the New Moon and Scorpio.

Summary

Our New Moon energies are focused on a growth pattern that increases our authenticity and our ability to see the facade and illusions in the world around us that we normally wouldn’t recognize. This quality of authenticity is dependent on our ability to experience a new depth of feeling and the awareness of what is real and true in our world. This Lunar cycle has the potential to see through the facade and even the illusions of the world around us to experience a deeper connection to others and humanity. Happy New Moon!

Participation through Ambitious Effort: Full Moon Astrology Nov 2017

Article Window:  Nov 3 – Nov 18

• The Full Moon is Friday, Nov 3, 10:23 PM PDT
• Sun is 12° Scorpio, Moon is 12° Taurus
• Next New Moon: Nov 18
• Current New Moon Theme (Oct 19 – Nov 18): A Greater Capacity to Participate

Current Lunar Cycle

The Full Moon illuminates and activates new awareness, especially corresponding to 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.

Astrology Article: Participation through Ambitious Effort

Our Taurus Full Moon astrology brings each of us a practical ability to participate and function in the world in new ways. This ability to participate is woven within the deepest values we each hold toward our community and our feeling of connection to others.

The deeper values of this Taurus Moon are expressed in several ways: through the power of lineage and healthy connection to our roots; through the value of being productive in collaboration with the natural world; and through those activities and resources that connect us to humanity.

These values of Taurus include practical goals, productivity, and acquiring resources that can be shared.  I’m taking time here to describe these qualities precisely because they are both practical and tangible. By connecting with the concrete power of the Taurus moon you can better connect with the deep emotional power that is available to you during this zodiac month of Scorpio.

We’re now at the midpoint of the lunar cycle. The energies we’re focused on this month are providing each of us a new form of momentum for a greater type of practical participation in the world.

In the New Moon article we specifically looked at how we’re receiving new capacities that enable each of us to expand our ability to participate in the world, including a new ability to work directly with whatever is holding each of us back from reaching our highest potential.

The Importance of Ambition

Now that we have reached the more objectified Full Moon energies, it is time to take a closer and clearer look at the desire to participate and the role that our social ambitions play in our life’s work.  At the Taurus Full Moon, ambition can be expressed and understood in two basic ways. Through Taurus our ambition is related to the acquisition of resources. Through Scorpio our ambition is related to social or political power.

At the most basic level, both forms of ambition are social, in the sense that they are related to the individualized desire to participate. The shadow side of this drive for social ambition is very familiar throughout our world, expressed through a narrow and self-serving vision of what it means to acquire more power, prestige, or wealth.

The deeper focus of our Full Moon gives rise to a much higher form of ambition. At higher frequencies, the ambitious drive to acquire  and expand is an ambition for the larger good and transcends self-serving motives. Through this drive to participate we’re expanding our connections with others in order to express our individual power in a way that benefits the highest ideals of our collective. These ambitions to contribute and relate are based on the inner sense of spiritual connection that arises from one’s commitment to contribution.

In practical terms, this form of ambitious effort requires us to commit to interactions with others based on alignment of the heart and our deeper nobility of spirit. It means that we bring our highest intentions to each encounter and place our best foot forward. This willingness to see the highest within others creates a new level of connection and aspiration for moving forward.

Astrology Pattern

The Full Moon chart has a distinct bowl configuration, which is also highlighted by three sextiles that together form half of a grand-sextile. Overall this is a signature full of organized and harmonious energies that enable us to discern contrast and learn through new levels of awareness.

The Moon is at 12° Taurus. One of the deeper lessons within the early degrees of Taurus is the value of what it means to acquire resources. We must learn to apply positive ambition toward the efforts of having more, and acquiring more. Eventually we must learn through experience when having “more” is too much.  We must face the necessity of discernment regarding the role of resources in our lives. We must learn when our resources become a burden, rather than being supportive and cherished, and then make our decisions accordingly.

With the Sun in Scorpio, the specific resources we’re exploring now relate to all forms of relationships and collective endeavors.  We are learning how to apply our ambition toward our participation in the world. Pluto, Neptune, and Saturn are occupying key positions within the bowl configuration of the chart. These three planets all contain big energies that will help us to expand and anchor the Full Moon potentials.

Pluto transforms our use of power so that it benefits all rather than to be used as a means of control. Neptune helps us release the past and supports our ability to do the right thing without distraction. Saturn is located in the late degrees of Sagittarius and contributes principles of maturity to the pattern. Saturn’s position reveals the urge within each person to be responsible to her or his own noble idea of human interactions.

Summary

In order to successfully expand into greater social participation we each need to pass through the realm of learning about our resources, and understanding the positive role of social ambition in our life and culture. The shadow of social ambition can be dominate when an individual or group’s purpose is distorted through the principle of acquiring more and more for its own sake. When founded in the desire to contribute to something larger than oneself, the same energy of ambition can be used to help us all rise to a higher expression of cultural excellence.

We’re each being called now to step up and participate in the world with a more selfless quality of ambition. This form of social ambition is beyond what many have previously known or imagined. This higher form of ambition ceases to be ego driven and gives us the capacity to meet each other at the highest level, enabling us to collaborate together toward new creations and new possibilities.

In the coming two weeks, pay attention to new levels of discernment especially through circumstances of contrast in your life. This includes awareness of external challenges that demonstrate ways in which you’ve unconsciously adapted to old values that are based on limited definitions of power, prestige, and wealth. There is an opportunity now to show up in your life with new nobility, toward yourself and toward others.

 

Discovering What Holds You Back: New Moon Astrology Oct 2017

Discovering What Holds You Back

New Moon Astrology Oct 2017

Article Window: Oct 19 to Nov 19
• New Moon is Thursday Oct 19, 12:12 PM PDT
• Sun is 27° Libra, Moon is 27° Libra
• Next Full Moon: Nov 3
• Current New Moon Theme (Oct 19 – Nov 19): A Greater Capacity to Participate

The New Moon releases a wave of new potential that sets the overall theme for the entire month that follows. This month’s Lunar cycle offers a new tool-set that creates momentum for energizing your life’s purpose. To experience your fullest potential in the coming month allow this energy to guide you, especially while adjusting to life’s changing circumstances.

Astrology Article: Discovering What Holds You Back

Written by Steven Shroyer
Co-authored by Elizabeth Schermer

Our Libra New Moon astrology is introducing a new capacity to make a difference in the world. This new capacity includes your ability to deal with the stresses and social pressures of life. It also enables you to access opportunities for new growth through the discovery of what’s previously been holding you back.

There’s a major shift in the energy signatures we’ve experienced through the previous several lunar cycles. We are integrating now the intense activations and learning processes that have taken place over the past several months. The New Moon is coalescing these previous activations into new capacities so that we’re able to utilize what we’ve experienced and learned.

Participation through Group Activity

The Libra energy signature of this New Moon is helping us to take what we’ve learned and apply it to a larger context. Specifically, this month we’ll be applying what we’ve learned through all forms of group participation.

Participation is a key aspect of the Libra theme. It’s the transition from Virgo to Libra that enables us to move from the personal to the group perspective.  This movement from Virgo to Libra also strengthens our ability to maintain balance between our personal growth (Virgo) and  all forms of larger contribution (Libra).

The shift this month will enable you to participate in life at a different level. What’s unique about this particular Libra Moon is that the signature of new participation happens directly through activity rather than through new types of thinking or new perspectives, which are the typical aspects of Libra participation.

The Importance of Happiness

You will recognize the specific activities that this Moon is evoking through your personal connection to the energy signatures of joy and happiness. This alignment with inner joy and happiness is not necessarily about the specific physical outcome of your actions, but rather the spirit of your attitude and the quality of inner awareness that you bring to the activity. Ultimately, this inner awareness connected to happiness is about shifting your perspective regarding the meaning of success, and your relationship to all forms of status quo within the world.

Group participation guided by your alignment with happiness will help you expand into new levels experiences of personal success. This new success moves beyond the ways in which you have experienced success in the past. Old ideas of success are being challenged now in order to break down and shatter outdated status quo perspectives and break through whatever is holding you back from your potential.

Status quo experiences of success refer to limiting personal beliefs as well as traditional cultural definitions of what it means to be successful in the world.  As our awareness of shifts, we’re able to participate in new and more expanded forms of success.

This ability to let go of external measures of success is a key aspect of co-creation, which requires us to release attachment to the way things have been in the past.

We’re integrating now all of the learning from recent cycles. The more you are able rise above your immediate circumstances to embrace a greater reality, then the more you’ll be able experience success throughout this Lunar cycle, and the more opportunities you’ll find for stepping into opportunities for creative activity through new levels of group participation.

As this new Lunar cycle develops over the coming month, observe your connection to inner happiness and your ability to act from these inner feelings. Pay close attention to how you access and integrate a new-found faith in yourself. Through these experiences you’ll have the opportunity to re-think and re-define what success and “successful living” means to you.

Astrology Pattern

Oct New Moon ChartOur New Moon astrology pattern centers around a group of planets (stellium) that are all working together. It’s this stellium energy that is enabling the integration and coalescence of the intense activity of the previous lunar cycles.

The Sun, Moon, Mercury, and Jupiter are combining their energies to enable us to participate in the world in new ways. The Sun/Moon conjunction is providing a new capacity to access expanded awareness and participate (Libra) in something greater. Mercury is allowing us to re-think exactly how we are interacting and cooperating with the status quo, which is represented by Jupiter. In this chart, Jupiter is also contributing to new forms of participation by working with Mercury to expand your intuitive awareness of harmonious interactions.

Uranus and Saturn also have important roles to play in contributing to the New Moon pattern.

Uranus, in opposition to our stellium, and gives us an intuitive capacity to think beyond the existing physical and social realms of the world.  With this new intuitive capacity, Uranus is supporting your desire to break free from whatever is holding you back, so that you can expand into something greater.  Within this specific chart, Uranus is directly supporting you to shatter old ideas of success so that new forms of success (and the understanding of what success means) can take hold. This ability is what’s enabling your expansion into new forms of participation.

Saturn, on the other hand, is supporting the here and now. Specifically, Saturn is contributing to your ability to experience joy, happiness, and clarity within your present circumstances. This is possible once you are able to reevaluate what success means to you (the expanded capacity of Uranus).

Summary

Our New Moon is introducing a new capacity enabling you to expand your ability to participate in the world. You’re being called now to break through barriers and participate in activities that allow you to experience new forms of success.

The specifics of what you experience this month will vary. What’s important is your willingness to rethink your relationships to the world and what successful living means to you on a personal level. As you connect to the feeling of happiness within, your faith in yourself will operate at an increased level. Your experience of happiness can be used as an internal indicator in order to choose activity that’s geared toward new ideas of success. As you discover what’s been holding you back in your previous relationship to the world, you’ll experience greater and more transcendent awareness of what is possible in your life.

Inspired Reaction for Success: Full Moon Astrology Oct 2017

Inspired Reaction for Success

Full Moon Astrology Oct 2017

  • Article Window:  Oct 5 to Oct 19
  • The Full Moon is Thursday, Oct 5, 11:40 AM PDT
  • Sun is 14° Libra, Moon is 14° Aries
  • Next New Moon: Oct 19
  • Current New Moon Theme (Sept 19 – Oct 19): The Eye of the Storm

Current Lunar Cycle

The Full Moon illuminates and activates new awareness, especially corresponding to 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.

 

Astrology Article: Inspired Reaction for Success

Our Aries Full Moon Astrology centers around taking inspired action that’s aligned to what you hold within as dear and true.

It’s been two weeks since our Virgo New Moon energies provided the momentum that has carried us through the Fall Eclipse to the point of the Full Moon. The “Eye of the Storm” energy (our New Moon theme) is still providing a sense of internal calm, provided we are able to move attention away from external distraction and access the inward connection to our guidance.

Our Full Moon chart holds a great deal of contrasting energies. One of the qualities of contrast during this second half of the Lunar cycle is specifically related to experiences of transition. The chart directly points to  your personal ability to experience transition and change in a positive way. On a practical level your ability to transition into new situations and new experiences is directly reflected in the spirit in which you are able to embrace larger cycles of change in the world, including what is unfamiliar or even the shocking.

The type of inspired action to take during the next two weeks needs to transcend patterns of isolation and be centered and grounded in a mature outlook that recognizes that we are all in this together. Isolation, in this case, is a fear-based response to change.  This is not the time to go it alone. Isolation severely limits your ability to exercise your will power and limits your ability to engage in constructive activities for positive change inspired by purpose and effort.

These next two weeks, up to the Oct 19th Libra New Moon, can be a great time to work on new levels of clarity and perspective regarding who you really are and what matters most. This requires you to be willing to release habits and personas of whom you appear to be to others, including patterns of conforming to outside expectations of who you are and what you’ll do.

Inspired action during these last two weeks of our Lunar cycle must be anchored through inner calm (The Eye of the Storm) and tempered by a sense of spiritual identity that connects you to others and the world without sacrificing your uniqueness or individuality.

Astrology Pattern

Astrology Chart Oct 2017Our astrology chart has two contrasting concentrations of planets. Clustered with the Moon are Neptune and Uranus. On the other side of the chart, with the Sun, are Mercury, Jupiter, Mars, and Venus. Saturn and Pluto provide the clue as to how to integrate this contrast.

With the Moon in Aries, and Neptune and Uranus in close proximity, we are being prompted toward a reactionary response against a status quo that appears to be becoming more and more dysfunctional. The impulse for action stems from our own spiritual identity and our need for greater freedom and intuitive awareness.

With the Sun in Libra, and Mercury, Jupiter, Mars, and Venus in close proximity, we have our purpose and efforts working together, however here, too, they’re working in contrast to what the status quo dictates as the only normal response to life’s challenges.

This Full Moon activation of contrast creates a deep sense of rebellion, including a natural sense of protest to the existing status quo.

Saturn and Pluto are working together to provide a positive avenue for dealing with contrast. One through the way we embrace transition (Saturn) and the other through our ability to see contrasting elements as bridges (Pluto), especially through inspired thinking and reacting to these contrasting energies. Saturn provides the maturity to face every changing circumstance as an opportunity ready for inspired action. Pluto holds the energy signature to release whatever has been repressed, both the good and the bad, and to experience the contrast at a new level of awareness.

The Significance of the Venus/Mars conjunction. It’s rare for Venus and Mars to be conjunct to the exact degree at the time of Full Moon. The significance of this particular conjunction lies in the blending of energies that must take place for harmony to emerge. It’s also significant to point out that the ruler of the Aries Moon is Mars, and the ruler of the Libra Sun is Venus.

The natural alignment of this conjunction with the Aries Moon further indicates that the overall contrast of the chart is only describing the need for transition and not further conflict. When Venus and Mars work in harmony, there is a marriage between desire and experience. This is also implied in the Full Moon where your inspired activities are in alignment with how you imagine the world  can live in peace and harmony.

At the highest level, Venus and Mars literally represent a marriage of the Heart with the Will, and this signature shows your ability to use your willpower this month to act in alignment with your higher purpose.

Extra Notation

For the advanced astrology students who follow global events, pay particular attention to the Pluto Sabian T-square with Moon flanked by Neptune and Uranus. This overall planetary configuration also holds two hidden signatures. One signature represents a false flag event, while the other holds a disclosure event. Having said this, it’s important to remember here that an astrology chart doesn’t ever predict exactly what will happen. Rather than a literal prediction, the chart holds a potentiality of energy that may manifest in a variety of ways.

Summary

The New Moon theme of maintaining your center and finding the inner calm within “The Eye of the Storm” speaks directly to all forms of potential unrest and chaos in your life and the world at large.  Inspired action during these last two weeks of our Lunar cycle must be anchored through this quality of inner calm and tempered by a sense of spiritual identity that connects you to others and the world without sacrificing your uniqueness or individuality.

With the Sun in Libra, you have access to powers of imagination and new ideas of how your purpose and desire can work together. With the Moon in Aries you have access to the willpower needed to reject all the apparent conflicts in favor of contribution to a more harmonious transition as we watch the tides of change occur.

The Eye of the Storm: New Moon Astrology Sept 2017

The Eye of the Storm

New Moon Astrology Sept 2017

Article Window: Sept 19 to Oct 19
• New Moon is Tuesday Sept 19, 10:30 PM PDT
• Sun is 28° Virgo, Moon is 28° Virgo
• Next Full Moon: Oct 5
• Current New Moon Theme (Sept 19 – Oct 19): The Eye of the Storm

Current Lunar Cycle

The New Moon releases a wave of new potential that sets the overall theme for the entire month that follows. This month’s Lunar cycle offers a new tool-set that creates momentum for energizing your life’s purpose. To experience your fullest potential in the coming month allow this energy to guide you, especially while adjusting to life’s changing circumstances.

Photograph of Sept New Moon

Astrology Article: The Eye of the Storm

Written by Steven Shroyer
Co-author Elizabeth Schermer

Our Virgo New Moon astrology brings a calming quality of energy, but this calm will only be available to those who are able to live their lives centered amidst the changes and potential chaos taking place all around.

While the New Moon chart indicates the potential for further activations of conflict and contrast, it also clearly indicates the potential to transcend these conflicts into a personal experience of harmony and inner calm. This quality of inner calm in the midst of external intensity is very much akin to finding one’s still center at the eye of a storm. If you’re able to move your focus away from the chaos of external events, you can find inner calm through alignment with the spiritual principles of love and higher will.

The higher perspective of these of New Moon energies will lead to a certain degree of grace and ease, provided you choose to respond to your circumstances from within. The ability to center within requires strength and comes from the New Moon quality of “higher will.” Higher will refers to your inner power to choose to align with what’s best for you as seen from the stand point of your higher-self.  If you’re able to transcend your perceptions of being trapped within uncomfortable circumstances, you’ll have access to a more spiritual understanding of the larger unity that always exists. From this vantage point you’ll be able to make choices in alignment with new perspectives and new possibilities.

The ability to transcend limited perceptions of what is possible in the world comes from this internal balance of the qualities of higher will in relationship with love. Our ability to align within through these spiritual powers removes us from the chaos of the world and places us within the calm center at the eye of the storm. This Virgo form of mastery, the choice to respond from inner strength, leads to a kind of internal “insulation,” a buffer from outer intensity, and allows us to maintain inner calm even in the midst of challenge and adversity.

When you choose to move within and find your center you’ll receive new perspectives of your spiritual connections to everything and everyone. From here you’ll be able to work with your higher-self at a new level, in order to shape those connections through your focus of new spiritual understanding.

Astrology Pattern

As with the Lunar charts from the previous Solar eclipse cycle, we have another Kite pattern in our Virgo New Moon. The Kite always represents a kind of harmony and predetermined potential. What is significant now is that the New Moon is isolated from the actual Kite, and offers a separate viewpoint of the patterns being activated and set in motion.

The key concept to take away from this New Moon chart is your ability now to transcend limited perspectives and cultural conditioning, and move away from current patterns of chaos. This includes those patterns of dualistic thinking that currently predominate in our world, resulting in a good-versus-bad and us-against-them mentality.

This idea of transcending duality is further expressed in the backbone of the Kite’s Jupiter/Uranus opposition. Jupiter here is in the position of coordinating the expansion, specifically by transcending and working beyond normal reality, which is represented by the position of Uranus. If we are able to effectively use our intuition (Uranus) we will see that the organized chaos around us doesn’t have to dominate our spiritual focus.

The Kite in this configuration also emphasizes the need for us to use discrimination as we make our own decisions amidst the craziness of power-hungry forces and collective misunderstandings that are operating within the world around us  We have the power now, using our strength of inner will, to choose how we will act and to what and to whom we will align.

Summary

The Virgo New Moon is introducing a new spiritual strength that will enable you to transcend all forms of limited thinking and limiting circumstances. When you’re able to apply your new skills of will power through the responsible use of your soul energies you’ll experience a kind of inner “insulation” or buffer, an inner calm at the eye of the storm. From this place of inner calm you’ll gain new perspectives and new ways to work with your connections to everything and everyone.

The key to understanding this Virgo New Moon chart lies in your ability to recognize the need to step away from the chaotic circumstances around you and connect to the calm within.  Set your intentions now and in the coming days to find inner alignment through your own center at the eye of the storm. From this vantage point you can look  for new focus, new perspective, new understandings, and new ways to see your own connections to the world from this expanded and transcendent point of view.

Happy New Moon

Integrating a New Paradigm: Full Moon Astrology Sept 2017

Integrating a New Paradigm

Full Moon Astrology Sept 2017

Article Window:  Sept 6 to Sept 19
• The Full Moon is Wednesday, Sept 6, 12:03 AM PDT
• Sun is 14° Virgo, Moon is 14° Pisces
• Next New Moon: Sept 19
• Current New Moon Theme (Aug 21 – Sept 19): Rebirth into the Age of Aquarius

Current Lunar Cycle

The Full Moon illuminates and activates new awareness, especially corresponding to 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.

Astrology Article: Integrating a New Paradigm

Written by Steven Shroyer

This year’s Pisces Full Moon follows a powerful Solar eclipse. As we move forward from the eclipse, the Full Moon’s illumination will provide awareness and guidance to help each of us integrate the activations and new potentials we are receiving.

We are moving into a new era of expanded consciousness. What was activated  through the shadow of the Solar eclipse was a new ability to access inner light. We now have a deeper  ability to work at soul level in conjunction with our higher self. Despite the chaos in the world around us, these new connections enable us to move forward with understanding, compassion, and love.

The signature of our September Full Moon brings these activations of eclipse “shadow” to the surface. Whether you are working with circumstances at a personal or a planetary level there is Full Moon illumination guiding you forward into a new paradigm of living and being. The Full Moon will enable us to use new awareness to focus on understanding and cooperating with higher inner alignment to a greater cosmic cycle. This is what it means to begin to function within the frequencies of the Age of Aquarius.

The Full Moon further exposes the hidden nature of the shadow of the Solar eclipse and sheds light on how we unwittingly experience bondage. As we begin working more consciously with the inner light from the eclipse, we receive guidance that enables us to increase our alignment through personal integrity. This dual process of internal alignment combined with the release from unnecessary bondage is what allows for higher forms of cooperation with all processes in your life.

I’m using the work “cooperation” here in a very general way.  We’re cooperating and participating in all that’s unfolding in order to be part of the energies that are creating the new era. These feelings and insights from the Full Moon are rising from deep within our consciousness, now on the verge of becoming conscious thought. Each signature of the astrology chart is supporting these new understandings.

Astrology Pattern

Sept 2017 Full Moon ChartThe general signature of the Pisces Full Moon emphasizes the opportunity for new levels of understanding. It gives us the ability to grasp the meaning beneath circumstances to enable us to transition into something greater. Without this higher level understanding we can easily digress into being overwhelmed as a victim of our circumstances, rather than assuming our role as co-creators within the new era.

In the current Full Moon chart both the Sun and Mercury hold unique positions. Mercury is located in the exact position of the Solar eclipse, which is activating new ways of thinking. The Sun is located at the exact location of Neptune during the Aug. 8 Lunar eclipse, which is activating your integrity of purpose. In this way, the Sun and Mercury are activating the energies of the last two eclipses in order to provide the intelligence and planning necessary for refining your life purpose as you move forward.

Saturn is positioned as the key energy distributor of the chart through three prominent astrological patterns: a Kite, a Grand Trine, and a T-square. Saturn’s presence indicates both bondage and the means to release oneself from bondage. In this chart Saturn represents all the forms of bondage through concrete forms or objects that cause the shadow. Simultaneously through higher forms of cooperation, Saturn also represents the release of that bondage through a transcendent form that is translucent and produces no shadow. This theme of being released from bondage is also expressed through Pluto, Uranus, and the North Node.

It’s this opportunity to release what binds us, combined with the Sun/Mercury activations from the two previous eclipses, that creates the activation of this higher level of cooperation spoken of earlier. And it’s the new form of cooperation that is allowing us to participate more intentionally in this shift into a new era, the Age of Aquarius.

It’s through personal integrity and the intelligent use of what we know is true and right that we are able to connect with others in this endeavor. This higher level of cooperation with the natural processes of life will also help minimize future problems and avoid various hardships that aren’t necessarily beneficial for our personal growth or our ability to move forward as a collective.

Summary

The Full Moon is illuminating a new path of cooperation as we enter the beginning stages of the new era that we call the Age of Aquarius. The Kite pattern of this Full Moon is harmonious and organized. The Kite itself (as with the Kite pattern of the Solar eclipse) is the very definition of cooperating with the energies that are shifting everything. The process of cooperation itself is what is supporting our ability to release ourselves from bondage and step into a new paradigm.

A greater cosmic cycle is now under way and we can use the Full Moon energies to strengthen our inner light for guidance as we step forward. Through the use of planning and intelligence we can align ourselves with this new era in the spirit of collective cooperation. Despite the challenges around us, the Full Moon energies are full of hope that can manifest into a world of cooperation and new beginnings for all.

Rebirth into the Age of Aquarius: Solar Eclipse Aug 2017

Rebirth into the Age of Aquarius: Solar Eclipse Aug 2017

Article Window: Aug 21 to Sept 19
• New Moon Solar Eclipse is Monday, Aug 21, 11:30 AM PST
• Sun is 29° Leo, Moon is 29° Leo
• Next Full Moon: Sept 6
• Current Solar Eclipse Theme (Aug 21 – Sept 19): Rebirth into the Age of Aquarius

Current Lunar Cycle

The New Moon releases a new wave of available potential that sets the overall theme for the entire month that follows. This month’s Lunar cycle offers a new tool-set that creates momentum for energizing your life’s purpose. To experience your fullest potential in the coming month allow this energy to guide you, especially while adjusting to changing circumstances.

Photo of Aquarius Aurora

Astrology Article: Rebirth into the Age of Aquarius

The total Solar Eclipse of 2017 happens during the Leo New Moon. In addition to the normal effects of the New Moon and the launch of a new Lunar cycle of change, the darkening of our Sun produces a shadow that affects our consciousness in a significant way. This article explains the unique nature of our total Solar eclipse and how you can access its unique eclipse signature to awaken to the new energies coming to our Earth.

The Sun and Moon are continuously working together to make personal growth and consciousness both meaningful and successful.  They each have a specific and complementary role to play in supporting our life on earth.  The Sun is a universal, impersonal, source of energy, life, and love. The Sun does not discriminate and gives the light of life and consciousness equally to all.  The Moon has a more intimate, personal, relationship to each of us. The Moon’s role is to release and deliver Solar energy over time in order to govern all forms and rhythms of growth on Earth. This includes all processes of personal growth for each of us, including our intuitive connection to the rhythms of time and change.

A Solar eclipse interrupts the normal relationship between Sun and Moon, and activates unusual potentials for all of life on Earth.

The Shadow Effect

When the Moon eclipses the Sun it produces a shadow. The very fact that a shadow is produced during a Solar eclipse is extremely significant, because it’s this shadow that marks the opportunity for change within our consciousness. In order to understand the higher potentials of this unique event, it’s important to understand exactly how we can recognize and access the energies of the eclipse shadow in our personal lives.

On the most practical level, when we speak of “the shadow” we are referring to what remains hidden beneath the surface, including the parts of ourselves that we don’t want to claim. The eclipse activation, including the shadow created by the actual eclipse event, gives each of us the opportunity to recognize and claim our personal shadow in new ways.

An object possesses a shadow because it has form. The shadow that is created during a total eclipse is not only physical, It’s also spiritual.  This eclipse shadow across the Sun signifies a very real and personalizing potential for conscious change. In addition to the physical darkening of the Sun, the eclipse also produces a spiritual type of shadow, a shadow within our consciousness. This energetic shadow puts our soul in relief, meaning that it gives our soul a form with which we can more consciously connect.

Through the spiritual effect of the solar eclipse shadow, our connection to our soul becomes more personal, accessible, and unique and gives us the opportunity to more fully experience the reality of our individual soul quality. In this way the eclipse allows each individual to consciously connect to the “Bigger Picture” of life through a more direct connection to Soul and higher personal purpose.

Return to a Golden Age of Aquarius

There is a bigger story at play with this eclipse. This story involves our emergence into the consciousness of the new Age of Aquarius, which is a golden age represented by universal cooperation and abundance. (Read more about the Aquarian Age in the recent Full Moon Lunar Eclipse article.) The last time we resided in an Aquarian age was 26,000 years ago. I personally believe that we are returning now to a Golden Age that existed at that time. Because we as a collective hold the memory of that earlier era, there is a kind of familiarity to this current transition.

As a collective, we don’t one day just wake up and suddenly reside in a “Golden Age.” This emergence into the new age is a process. The events in our world, including the conflict and challenge, indicate an acceleration within this larger cycle of change. We are all moving into something greater that holds far-reaching potentials.

To put the eclipse into larger context, let’s begin with May of this year and the Gemini New Moon. May’s New Moon theme was “to reach farther and beyond,” allowing us to expand our vision of what we thought was possible. During June’s Cancer New Moon the theme was “leadership in a new territory,” which introduced a new power of self-leadership. The month of July and the Leo New Moon prepared us to “react to a bigger picture,” with a new power and ability to respond to energies of something larger in our lives.  Finally, the recent Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius focused specifically on “the dawning of the Age of Aquarius.”

It is easy to see the ongoing pattern of universal growth suggesting that all of us are merging into something greater. A key point is that each cycle has offered new tools and abilities that enable each of us to experience our own personal participation within this expansion.

One of the indicators of the shift into new consciousness is the progressive splitting of energies, and the dismantling of aspects of culture that no longer serve our world. The splitting of energies includes activations of alternate time-lines and trajectories into the future. This is evidenced all around us by the pervasive increase of contrast and opposing perceptions and views of reality.

Astrology Pattern

Solar Eclipse ChartThe greater potential of what’s happening during this eclipse is expressed astrologically by the dramatic Kite pattern within the New Moon chart. Before we break down the significant elements of this unique pattern, an understanding of the general signature of the Kite can help you participate more consciously in our eclipse event.

Fate and the Significance of the Kite. In general, an astrology Kite is a highly organized and stable pattern. It’s so organized in fact, that a Kite pattern is sometimes referenced as “fated,” as if it holds a predetermined outcome. This isn’t actually true; what we call a fate is simply a strong pattern. There are no predetermined outcomes. It is true, however, that the energies within a Kite are so organized, harmonized, and stable that life events can seem to just fall into place, as IF the outcome were scripted or fated.

Because of the planets involved in the current eclipse Kite, this traditional fated aspect takes on a very specific meaning.  The fated aspect of this kite pattern indicates the continued activation of two contrasting trajectories or timelines. One timeline expands into the consciousness of the new age while the other continues to be entrenched in conflict and separation.

In order to understand how to access the energy of this once-in-a-lifetime eclipse, let’s next look at each corner of the Kite. (In the astrology chart that accompanies this article you’ll see the four main planetary corners circled.) It is worth noting that both Saturn and Uranus are retrograde, meaning that it will be necessary to work with the internalizing elements of these two planets. There is also an additional element of unpredictability related to the tail of the kite, formed by the planet Uranus.

New Moon Solar Eclipse (Sun/Moon Conjunction). The key signature here indicates a new direction and new energies that are stabilized by your conscious participation and capacity for internal change. This eclipse is meant to be felt. Your own shadow is your proof that you exist. You’re real and relevant. As you feel and expand, including through patterns of resistance, you will have access to new insights provided by the planet Uranus.

Jupiter.  Jupiter supports our ability to expand and organize ourselves into something greater. The exact signature of 21° Libra suggests that these energies are huge and expansive, and that they must be felt in order to consciously work with them. Jupiter is supporting our expansion into a new time-line, or fate, by enabling us to personally feel and experience the Solar shadow and the reality of our soul.  It’s helping us make a new connection between our personal self and experience of our soul, and in this way participate more intentionally in our own expansion.

Saturn Retrograde. Within the eclipse Kite pattern, the significance of Saturn retrograde in Sagittarius is twofold. On the one hand it is an internal experience, representing the activation of our own patterns of resistance to the internal changes we must make in order to adapt to what is coming into form. On the other hand, Saturn also represents our experience of the external contrast within two juxtaposed trajectories occurring in the world around us. The juxtaposition of these contrasting trajectories show the opposing directions in which the world is currently heading.

When confronted with this contrast, as we are daily, mental flexibility and humor are the antidote to being able to see the New Age coming into form amidst what is also being dismantled. This can help us more fully to participate and distinguish the role our personal shadows plays within the larger trajectories of the world around us.

Uranus Retrograde. Throughout much of our history Uranus has operated beyond the conscious awareness of the mind. This unconscious relationship of the collective to Uranus is dramatically changing.  For many who experience this eclipse, this may be the very first time they are able to consciously connect to their intuitive powers. This intuitive connection happens through the activations of the planet Uranus.

More and more individuals are waking up to the transforming aspect of Uranus and the real possibility that their intuition is real. This is an essential aspect of the process of waking up, since it is Uranian intuition itself that most directly connects us to the transformation occurring within our consciousness. It is this direct level of transformation that makes Uranus highly unpredictable. It requires us to show up and release the forms that hold us back (Saturn).

In the current configuration, Uranus is located in the tail position of the eclipse Kite and signifies the importance of our internalized connection to intuition. In this formation Uranus supports each of us expanding to see the bigger picture and understand how we are transitioning into the New Age of Aquarius.  Uranus brings the Kite into full focus through this internal intuitive process of “seeing” our own shadow, providing the evidence of our participation in something greater than ourselves.

The eclipse shadow and personal activation of solar illumination, supported by the influence of Uranus, together become the catalyst that jump starts our connection to the personal potentials of the eclipse.

Accessing the Shadow

More than anything else, this eclipse is supporting your emergence into the new age through an experiential feeling of your own spiritual shadow (soul connection) as something real and something greater than yourself. This includes the release of the limited perceptions of yourself that you have previously known.

It is through the focusing of your will power (Saturn) that you are able to shatter whatever is standing in the way between your personal identity and the deeper truth of who you are. If you are available and willing, the eclipse illumination can literally shatter anything buried within your personality that prevents you from connecting with the transcendent aspect and brilliance of your inner truth. This includes connecting with all the parts of you that are larger and more expansive that your smaller personality currently experiences.

The Shadow of the eclipse creates the opportunity to see your own internal changes. Your ability to transcend and create a new fate moving forward, represented by the activation of the kite formation, is entirely dependent on intuitively perceiving the changing time-lines in a new world. These new potentials are our new fate, our new territory as we enter the new age of Aquarius.  The alternate fate activated by the eclipse shadow is to reject the opportunity for change and continue the momentum of existing patterns, ruled largely by the unconscious.

These new perceptions and Uranian “great ideas” can come suddenly, like light bulb insights. It’s as if you’re in a dark room where it’s difficult to distinguish details, when suddenly the light bulb goes on and everything emerges into view. Uranian intuition is not a subtle spacey feeling, groggy or sleepy. A sleepiness or floaty feeling can, however, precede the adrenaline-like rush of sudden alertness that signifies the Uranian flash of new insights and perceptions. At times, experiences of fogginess can also be the indicator of resistance to a Uranian activation.

In general, Uranus intuition has a quickness and suddenness. Insights may come in the form of transcendent holograms and fully formed understandings and illuminated insights into the nature of reality and your place in the larger order of things.

Summary

This eclipse marks a new beginning, or new threshold, in our personal and collective process of expansion.  In my opinion, we are now directly experiencing the dawn of the Aquarian Age. I’ve been systematically following the Lunar cycles for the past nine years. In that time, and through all of the significant events that have occurred, this eclipse marks the clearest potential for a shift in the collective consciousness of humanity.

New levels of harmony and expansion indicated by the kite formation, in combination with the power of the eclipse activation, will come from the choices we are collectively making together.

On the personal level, the “shadow effect” within this Leo solar eclipse creates the opportunity for your rebirth into a new alignment with your soul and a new ability to feel your own “Being-ness.” Any actions you take now, especially with the intention of connecting with the eclipse event, have the potential to change your life trajectory in a meaningful way.

During the day of the eclipse and moving forward, pay special attention to your experiences and insights. Notice activations of the shadow, as well as those experiences that feel harmonious. All of these are indicators of new awareness and new connections to your soul’s highest calling. My personal plan during the eclipse itself is to spend time in meditation, with the intention to consciously shift my thinking and personal trajectory into a more peaceful and abundant world.

Peace to All and a Happy New Moon.