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.


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.


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.


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.