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!

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.

The Dawning of the Age of Aquarius: Eclipse Astrology Aug 2017

The Dawning of the Age of Aquarius: Eclipse Astrology Aug 2017

Article Window:  Aug 7 to Aug 21
• Full Moon is Monday, Aug 7, 11:11 AM PDT
• Lunar Eclipse Event & Portal
• Sun is 16° Leo, Moon is 16° Aquarius
• Next New Moon: Total Solar Eclipse, Aug 21
• Current New Moon Theme (July 23 – Aug 21): Responding to New Territory

Current Lunar Cycle

Each Lunar Eclipse opens a brief cosmic doorway resulting in a new awareness, ability, or insight to be used for inspired action. This beneficial pattern is delivered through an energetic portal that opens in the zodiac at the exact moment of the eclipse.

The Eclipse portal remains open and active until the Moon returns to this location in the zodiac during its next lunar cycle. In the coming days, while the portal is open, look for new ways to express yourself while taking inspired action, especially through whatever you have embraced or experienced during our current Lunar cycle. Be patient with challenges that emerge in the coming days, recognizing that they are also a necessary part of this natural time of expansion.

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Eclipse Astrology Article: The Dawning of the Age of Aquarius

Written by Steven Shroyer
Co-author, Elizabeth Schermer

The upcoming Aquarius Lunar Eclipse holds a spectacular signature that has attracted a lot of astrological attention. My personal excitement around the event is centered on a new ability that the eclipse is introducing to everyone on the planet.

At the precise moment of each Lunar Eclipse, when the Moon briefly loses contact with the Sun, a cosmic doorway opens in the zodiac. Through this portal we receive a new awareness, ability, and insight to be used for inspired action. This new ability transcends the normal experiences of space/time reality and enables us to take quantum leaps forward, both personally and as a cultural collective.  The current eclipse portal will remain open and active for the coming 27 days, until September 3 when the Moon returns to this location in the zodiac during the next lunar cycle.

As we dive into the details of what we can expect to experience in the coming days, let’s first look at the signature of the eclipse portal itself and then put that signature into the larger context of the overall astrology pattern.

The Signature of the Aquarian Portal

The specific Aquarian signature of this Lunar Eclipse is introducing an improved management ability. This new ability will lead to insights that enable each of us to consciously work with the new level of momentum we are experiencing as we enter new territory in our lives. This new territory of experience is part of the overall pattern of expansion that’s been unfolding for the past several months. This new territory can be the result of new perspectives within existing circumstances or entirely new experiences of reality. (See recent New Moon article for a more thorough description.)

The management signature of this Aquarian portal is associated with acquiring a more sophisticated approach to working with the energies of life itself.  In very real ways in the coming days you will be exploring and learning how to engage and respond to the new territory into which you have stepped.

The overall pattern of this eclipse, within the larger New Moon theme of “Responding to New Territory,” points to the very real potential for positive change in your life. There are several signatures indicating this positive shift, including the Aquarian Moon itself, as well as the ways that both Jupiter and Mars are supporting personal expansion and playing a significant role in helping all of us integrate the eclipse effect into our personal situations.

Managing Aquarian Energies and Moving into the Aquarian Age

Within the overall pattern of the astrology chart, this Aquarius eclipse brings the meaning of the “Dawning of the Age of Aquarius” into clear focus. The importance of this big picture Aquarian signature is paramount in understanding exactly what needs to be managed through the portal activation and how to successfully meet whatever challenges you will face in the coming days.

Each astrological age lasts over 2000 years and introduces a new theme into the development of consciousness. We are currently leaving the age of Pisces and moving into the age of Aquarius, which centers around our expansion into a golden age of consciousness and cooperation between the individual and the larger cultural collective.

This Aquarian expansion can only happen when the creative brilliance of all individuality is honored and supported by society. From this perspective, breakdowns in society will occur when those who are in charge use their authority to limit freedom, control resources and promote fear. The dawning of the Age of Aquarius is forcing us to examine the necessary breakdowns within society in which the individual has been reduced to a secondary position of service to larger systems of corrupt control.

Moving back to the energies of the current eclipse, the Moon in Aquarius represents the creation of larger social systems that ensure individual freedoms and creative cooperation. The Sun in Leo is opposite to Aquarius, and represents the needs of the individual, especially the need to fully express one’s personal creativity and power.

Uranus, as the ruler of Aquarius, is also indirectly contributing to these Aquarian energies of creation and breakdown. Uranus has a duel role. It functions as an expansive creative force that we can access through our intuition, and also functions to break apart that which needs to crumble so the new can begin to build.

For many people Uranus functions largely at the unconscious level of breakdown. When harnessed consciously, however, Uranian intuition pierces the veil of current reality, enabling you to see beyond the 3-D world. Uranus taps you directly into the bigger picture of the new Aquarian age we are now entering.

Accessing Uranian intuition requires that we live with a higher level of personal freedom and individuality, in order to transcend the cultural limitations we experience while living in a strictly material world. We can’t move into the new age with a power structure that doesn’t honor individual freedom, creativity and independence. Uranus helps us step into personal freedom by seeing beyond the veil.

In the Aquarian Age, the role of the collective is to fully support the individual, and not the other way around. Moving forward into new territory, what we create needs to work for the individual as well as the collective. Our new Age of Aquarius must be rooted in personal freedom in order for collective brilliance to fully emerge.

The energy signature within this eclipse directly relates to the significance of the Age of Aquarius and the world we are entering. The portal’s theme of “Management” is a necessary step in our expansion, for in order for expansion to succeed it must be successfully managed. When personal freedom and individual expression are repressed, as they are in many ways in our world, the drive for creativity revolts against those who oppose.

Astrology Pattern

This overall eclipse pattern is transmitting an increased ability to manage all of the changes needed for co-creating a positive and beneficial world for everyone.  As we move into the Aquarian Age, these new capacities for creation include processes of breakdown and the ability to let go of what no longer works.

To be clear, this eclipse portal is NOT about creating chaos and revolution. Rather, the signature of management is about understanding the forces of change. When we understand how to manage the necessary changes, we can also access new level of personal freedom. Each individual who connects with these larger energies helps our transition. Together as a collective we will make the necessary changes to create a society that fully supports the individual, without the need for suppression and corruption that’s associated with some of our current structures.

Mars and Jupiter are working together In harmony with the Full Moon to play an important role in the overall astrology pattern, supporting expansion as well as integration of the eclipse energies.

Jupiter is in a last-quarter sextile position with the Sun/Mars conjunction, signifying that it’s time to change our perspective about what expansion will mean and what it will look like. Jupiter’s specific location is also highly significant. It’s incredible that Jupiter was also at 18° Libra on Apr 10th of this year, conjunct the Libra Full Moon. This Full Moon brought into focus the real possibility of creating a new level of abundance and cooperation in the world, on a personal level as well as collectively and in the culture-at-large.

Jupiter’s return to this location signals an anchoring of those signatures within the larger portal activation. With our current eclipse, the prior focus of possibility has now progressed into an actual skill to be explored and used. At the earlier Libra Moon, creating a new level of abundance was only a possibility. Now, with the eclipse, the energies can be accessed as a skill to be managed, enjoyed, and even celebrated.

Jupiter is all about expansion, however this is an expansion that is managed and organized through organic (organized) growth. This signature of management is furthered emphasized by the fact that Jupiter is highly aspected throughout the chart, connected with nearly all of the remaining planets. The management signature includes Jupiter’s trine to the Moon which supports the bigger picture, representing the individual moving into the Age of Aquarius.

Mars is conjunct the Sun in a new-phase relationship, meaning the Sun has already passed over Mars and is beginning to pull away. This new-phase position is providing a tremendous amount of momentum within the eclipse pattern.

Understanding the relationship of Mars with the Sun is a key to success with this eclipse signature. The Mars contribution of enjoyment and momentum is an important part of this eclipse energy. Feeling the portal effect — catching the wave of new potential — can be accelerated by recharging your own internal processes. The best way to harness the Mars energy of the eclipse is by channeling its momentum through relaxation, enjoyment, and celebrating the positive momentum in your own life.  The specific actions you choose will be an individualized expression. For some the activity might be hosting a party, for others it will be inspired and creative work. Although there is potential intensity associated with this eclipse, the overall signature of momentum is quite positive.

Ultimately, success now is about managing your own energies. The way you do this is entirely dependent on individual circumstances. For some people success in the coming weeks will be expressed as a type of revolution. This can happen on many levels. For example, the revolution could simply be your own response to your personal patterns of stress. Ultimately, the energy of expansion is leading each of us to celebrate our new momentum and revolt against any aspects within the cultural collective that don’t support the individual, especially individual freedom and creativity.

Summary

The Lunar eclipse brings with it an enhanced ability to manage new Aquarian-type energies that support both the personal and the big picture dawning of the Aquarian Age.  As humanity has shifted into this new territory of expanded awareness, the energy of transition itself needs to be managed at a higher level.

The signature of the Age of Aquarius is precisely this transition of consciousness, including the transformation of the culture, whether through personal or collective revolt. What’s unique about this Aquarian revolt is that this is a sophisticated rebellion. In keeping with the Aquarian Age, there’s nothing haphazard or chaotic with our Lunar Eclipse. It’s a managed transition into new territory focused on the benefit of all.

The Lunar eclipse portal will be active for the next 27 days. During this time you can use your new skills of energy management to recharge. Be patient with challenges that emerge in the coming days, recognizing that they are also a necessary part of this natural time of expansion. Use new momentum to imagine ways to manage the shift in energies for yourself as well as the larger picture involving the cultural collective.

We each have a part to play.  It is our opportunity and responsibility to contribute to the collective shift and help move humanity gracefully into the golden Age of Aquarius.

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Responding to the Bigger Picture: New Moon Astrology July 2017

Responding to the Bigger Picture: New Moon Astrology July 2017

Written by Steven Shroyer

Article Window: July 23 to Aug 21
• The New Moon is Sunday, July 23, 2:46 AM PST
• Sun is 1° Leo, Moon is 1° Leo
• Next Full Moon: Aug 7
• Current New Moon Theme (July 23 – Aug 21): Responding to the Bigger Picture

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.

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Astrology Article: Responding to the Bigger Picture

Our New Moon astrology is bringing a wave of energy that’s promoting self-reliance and independence to help us orient toward a larger perspective that’s in alignment with new worlds. This same wave of energy can also have an opposite effect, especially if it’s centered around a drive to independence that is consumed by trivial details and immature attitudes. This article will help you understand how to navigate your personal choices and maximize your opportunities in the coming month.

If you have been following the Lunar Journal, you know that I’ve been writing about a major shift that is currently playing out through the astrology of our solar system. The New Moon themes over the past several months have described a coherent story of expansion, including new abilities and awareness that is leading humanity to a new and previously unknown territory of experience.

I encourage everyone who’s not familiar with my work to review the past Lunar cycles for additional insight and a refresher of these amazing patterns that have emerged since the autumn of 2016. For a summary of these themes, see the most recent Full Moon article.

With our current New Moon, the ongoing pattern of expansion and splitting of the worlds is emphasized again. The new Lunar month will continue to challenge each of us to actively work with these shifting energies as we move into uncharted territory.

For much of the planet, these energies of expansion are still operating at an unconscious level, however those of you reading this article are already aware of these energies. To connect intentionally on a personal level, this shift involves activations in consciousness that are directly supported by the energies of Uranus.  This includes your ability to work with new awareness (Uranus) to free your consciousness from old paradigms, specifically by embracing your intuition and the transformation of our world for the benefit of all.

Our Bigger Picture is Revealed through Uranus

The Leo New Moon has a relationship with the planet Uranus that is allowing each of us to access the bigger picture of where we’re headed. The concept of a larger reality and our connection to it is by no means a new idea. What is new, however, is the idea that we need to actively work with this bigger picture. If we don’t act and react to circumstances from the perspective of the big picture, we risk the possibility this month of being sidetracked, by getting swallowed up by trivial matters, becoming engaged in divisive details, or getting caught up in immature patterns of ego reaction.

In short, the overall New Moon pattern is tied to your ability to act and react with a mature perspective. A key part to this perspective is an understanding that humanity is shifting in two distinct directions. This understanding is key to navigating the challenges of the current Lunar cycle.

Uranus is the great transformer and revolutionary force in the world. It provides us the ability to move beyond our current dysfunctional status quo. Uranus is also known as the “Great Destroyer,” because it breaks what’s not useful and provides the impetus to try something new, different, and brilliant. Uranus thins the veil, enabling us to see beyond the external reality controlled by Saturn. It enables us to transcend physical form and gives us the awareness of a new, brilliant, and transformed world that is unshackled and free from that which is old and in need of renewal.

Instead of reacting to a world that is crumbling around us, we have the opportunity to focus instead on connecting to a world of like-minded people coming together to co-create what’s possible. This IS the Uranian bigger view of reality that can be revealed by tapping into the energy of our New Moon, including the intuitive urge to react to life in a positive, constructive manner.

This is the time to release outcomes of that which is crumbling, broken, and not sustainable, and focus instead on the bigger picture of what’s to come. Use your intuition to see beyond, and then react and move in that direction. As things shift, there will be those who choose to cling to the Saturnian world view and status quo, and those who shift into the new world of possibility through Uranus and the frequency of transformation.

Astrology Pattern

New Moon Astrology Chart July 2017The first significant feature in our current New Moon chart is the Uranian grand trine that includes Uranus, Mercury, and Saturn.  Every time the Lunar cycle involves Uranus in a prominent position we can expect major breakthroughs. The grand trine gives us extra support for our intuition and our ability to access a bigger picture that’s greater than the external world structure that Saturn provides. This is especially true for those who are able to work with Uranus in a conscious and direct way.

The second significant feature in the chart is the New Moon at 1° Leo, conjunct Mars. This combines the power of Leo with the pure, raw power of Mars which is activating our ability to act and react to that which inspires our own individual drives.

An additional emphasis of the conjunction is the New Moon’s balsamic relationship to Mars. (The Sun and Moon are only 1° before an exact conjunction with Mars.)  This balsamic relationship indicates a necessary letting go of immature ambitions that only serve self-interest in order to step into something greater.

A final key point is that the New Moon conjunction has only one major aspect in the chart, which is the square to Uranus. This further emphasizes the significance of the Uranian trine. If we’re able to step into the energy of the trine we are able to choose how we act and react from a broader perspective, rather that purely responding from self-interest or established habits from the past.

The letting go that’s required involves our commitment to release all forms of small-minded perspective that are immature, self-serving, or ego driven.  These are old ideas that prevent us from seeing the big picture. Without expanded perspective, the old ideas and habits are self-serving because they’re not tapped into anything greater.

Summary

There are dramatic shifts of energies at play within our new Lunar cycle. Our New Moon energies are providing a stabilizing force for those who are able to see and work with a bigger picture of reality. As a result, those who consciously work with the expanding energies of Uranus can choose to glimpse this bigger picture, even if it is only an intuitive impression.

This is the month to act and react, but not from a self-serving view of the world. With the only major aspect of the chart being a Uranian grand trine, we have a choice in how we react. We must ask ourselves: “What is the biggest picture I can see?”  “Will I act alone, or in alignment with others who see transformation on the horizon?” and “Do I choose to react to the trivial details of my life, or will I embrace a bigger picture that makes the world better for all?”

There is a shift in consciousness underway which this New Moon is helping to support. Despite the ongoing patterns of rigid habits and status quo, there is a new perspective emerging. The more you can tap into the Uranian trine and its big picture perspective, the more you can consciously recognize your choices of inner freedom, personal transformation, and intuitive guidance aligned with service to the greater good.

A New Pathway in a New World: Full Moon Astrology July 2017

A New Pathway in a New World: Full Moon Astrology July 2017

Article Window: July 8 to July 23
• The Full Moon is Saturday, July 8, 9:07 PM PDT
• Sun is 18° Cancer, Moon is 18° Capricorn
• Next New Moon: July 23
• Current New Moon Theme (June 23 – July 23): Leadership in New Territory

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.

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Astrology Article: A New Pathway in a New World

Written by Steven Shroyer
Co-authored by Elizabeth Schermer

Our Full Moon Astrology brings all of us to a crossroads of realization regarding the nature of our reality. These realizations include the awareness that our true power lies within in the choices we make. This is a time when our choices have the power to set the direction and chart a new path into our future.

Even the most ordinary of choices can and will have far-reaching impacts. In retrospect we may well look back to this time as being a pivotal turning point in our path. The choices we make now, no matter how ordinary they seem,  can and will have far-reaching impacts in our personal lives and also for the larger scope of humanity.

The astrology of this Full Moon clearly shows a crossroads through the assertion of leadership. This is leadership at every level of life, leading to the opportunity for individuals to establish new trajectories through personal choice and the allegiance to personal authority in alignment with the greater good.

Our Full Moon astrology speaks to the fact that the world is currently in the process of charting and consolidating power, both through existing institutions as well as new models for change.  Each individual has the opportunity to choose their alignment and then participate. Your highest opportunity now exists in this present moment. You are not at all limited or dictated by what the collective decides, or by decisions you have made in the past.

We have entered new territory. To fully understand and experience the benefits of this Full Moon and the last half of this cycle, it will be beneficial for you in the coming days to take extra time to connect within before making important decisions. Before you act, reflect on what has led you to this point and then align within to your heart-felt purpose.

Action versus Reaction

Action now is required, however a momentary slowdown is necessary before acting. Although this Full Moon brings the urge to action, it’s important first to be clear about the “what” and the “why” of your actions so as not to simply respond unconsciously to whatever is uncomfortable.

Our Full Moon astrology suggests that the world as a whole is currently in a reactionary pattern. The personal opportunity now is one of self-determination. This is a time to question the trajectory of the world, including all aspects of your personal circumstances, and determine if your path forward will be the same or different. The entry into new territory gives you the chance to step out of one path and choose another.

The Universe never presents something huge without adequate preparation. The past four lunar cycles have provided each of us with the growth and preparation required to capitalize on this current opportunity. As the stage is set for this specific Full Moon,  I am moved to express  my own sense of awe at how the Universe has gradually over time released a pattern of growth that offers ongoing support for our expanding  consciousness. In other words, we ARE ready for this!

Overview of Recent Lunar Patterns

Each Full Moon is absolutely unique, with some having more impact on our individual lives than others. The crossroads of choice at this Full Moon is one of those times of greatest impact. It expresses a culmination of an ongoing pattern of preparation for leadership, including the creation of new futures that transcend past patterns of limitation.

To fully leverage the power of this Full Moon it is helpful to review the recent lunar patterns that have unfolded over the past few months. Each New Moon has set in motion a new potential infused with specific energies for growth. At each Full Moon the new energies have been fully activated, providing concrete insight and understanding to enable you to adapt those energies into your current life circumstances.

The themes of the recent lunar cycles illustrate an ongoing progression:

○ March New Moon in Aries: Intuitive Sensitivity
○ Libra Full Moon: Facing the Consequences
○ April New Moon in Taurus: A New Quality of Being
○ Scorpio Full Moon: The Freedom to Resist
○ May New Moon in Gemini: To Reach Farther & Beyond
○ Sagittarius Full Moon: Preparing for a Better Future
○ June New Moon in Cancer: Leadership in New Territory
○ Capricorn Full Moon: Choosing Your Path

To summarize, the Aries New Moon in March introduced a boost to your Intuitive Sensitivity. This led to your ability to engage in your life with a New Quality of Being (Taurus), more closely aligned with your inner authority. New inner alignment introduced a capacity to Reach Farther & Beyond (Gemini), accessing possibilities greater than you have known before.  These new capacities enabled you to more fully Prepare for a Better Future. The current New Moon cycle In Cancer is helping us develop higher levels of personal leadership in order to navigate the new and uncharted territory we are creating.

Now at the Capricorn Full Moon we are integrating what we have learned from the past in order to choose our personal path as we enter the uncharted territory of new worlds.

It is truly astonishing to contemplate the degree of helpful support the Universe is providing as we expand and extend our own consciousness through the unfolding intelligent cycles of growth.

The Astrology Pattern – Claiming New Territory and Facing the Shadow

This Full Moon occurs at an exact conjunction with Pluto. (The Moon is less than 1° balsamic to Pluto.) This conjunction is in opposition to Mars which is conjunct the Sun. The Pluto/Mars opposition is always significant and happens every two+ years, releasing a general signature that allows us to transcend and transform personal actions in order to align with universal will. The fact that this event happens while Pluto is directly conjunct the Full Moon is extremely rare.

This opposition of Pluto and Mars in combination with the Full Moon signifies the very real possibility for you to step out of long-running patterns that are dictated by external or subconscious agendas, and instead choose a very specific and unique life trajectory aligned with your own highest purpose and potential.

There’s a lot of information condensed into that last sentence, so let’s unpack these patterns and explore what this might mean for you.

With Mars conjunct the Sun, your actions (Mars) need to be in alignment with your purpose and the energies of the Self (Sun). With Pluto conjunct the Moon, you have to integrate (Moon) your access and connection to the power of transformation (Pluto).  For those who connect intentionally with this opportunity it will be possible to harness the power of transformation (Pluto/Mars) into action that enables you to adjust (Moon) to your circumstances in order to support your higher purpose (Sun).

This is a complicated signature that will surely activate shadow aspects in all levels of our world. With the Mars/Sun conjunction in opposition to the Full Moon/Pluto conjunction, actions that are out of alignment with purpose can be purely reactionary, including the unconscious need to grab power and control at “any cost.”  It is precisely this shadow aspect of power and control at any cost that, once institutionalized, can severely limit your freedom, your path of purpose, and what’s right for you.

To further emphasize the significance of the overall pattern of contrasting forms of leadership,  let’s look at the Sabian archetype for the Full Moon positioned at 18° Capricorn:

18° CAPRICORN — THE UNION JACK FLAG FLIES FROM A BRITISH WARSHIP
THEME: POLITICAL POWER
ARCHETYPE: The protection afforded to individuals and groups by powerful institutions in charge of maintaining order.
COMMENTARY: Institutionalized power can be used to control groups or individuals, especially when required to maintain a specific outcome of social order or social relationships. This ultimate expression of power needs to be tempered and balanced by justice and compassion, rather than an elitism justifying its authority through abuses of power.

This Full Moon Sabian archetype, when combined with Pluto and opposite Mars (a lower octave of Pluto), makes clear the quality of a crossroads of realization.  Whether leadership is occurring at the level of the individual, the community, state, nation, or world, there will be two forces at play. The powerful leadership desire for justice and compassion will be opposed to an overwhelming shadow urge to limit freedom and set the agenda at the expense of others, including the potential for a power grab at every level of leadership.

Because Mars expands through action, without proper management Mars will have a tendency to seek “more.” When Mars is operating unconsciously within our current pattern, the drive for “more” will result in the desire for more power and control, reflecting the shadow aspect of Pluto in Capricorn.

Within this context of Mars/Pluto energy, don’t be surprised if you experience an overwhelming desire to take some form of action. The challenge and opportunity moving forward is to realize that the deeper urge to act comes from the desire to choose your own trajectory. This is not about taking unnecessary action or simply reacting because it feels good or provides relief. The key is to first to connect within, step into alignment with your own trajectory and life purpose, and then choose your actions from this vantage point.

Choosing Your Own Course

The Full Moon is activating a cosmic shift that will enable you to step directly into the new trajectories of the future you are creating. This is regardless of existing circumstances or the choices of the world at large.

Your power lies in controlling your own trajectory in life through the force of inner choice. This is true at every level from the personal to the global. At all levels of life you are no longer required to follow others because of their unconscious urge to hold power, or worse, attempt to control you because they think they know what is best.

Your opportunity now stems from inner qualities of self-leadership (current New Moon theme) and through taking action that supports your own purpose. Make no mistake, this is a pivotal point. Pluto conjunct the Full Moon may in fact be one of the most powerful symbols of “pure power” in the entire world of astrology. The emphasis is simply this: You have the power now to step out of long-running patterns and choose your own path. Those who don’t take charge of their life’s trajectory, are susceptible to others who will.

These powerful Full Moon energies will operate at both the conscious and unconscious levels of awareness.  The drive to action means that unconscious individuals will automatically assume their agenda is right and correct for everyone. Patterns of aggression will likely intensify within all levels of leadership. Problems may further escalate when leaders compete to assert different agendas.

This is a time to stand tall and secure. The forces of leadership grounded in compassion are infinitely more powerful than all forces of greed and self-interest combined. Know that this same urge for action is being universally experienced. This is the time to align within, set your own agenda, chart your own course, raise your own flag, and become your own authority.

This Full Moon gives you to right to experience your own power and to declare your allegiance to your own unique purpose in life. Each individual who takes such a stance, with the intention to be of service to the greater good, contributes to the momentum of positive change.

Summary

Our lunar cycles have been unfolding with amazing synchronicity over the last several months and have brought us to this Full Moon, which is further activated by an extremely powerful astrological pattern. There is a personal opportunity now to realize the extent of your own power. You now have the capacity to set your own agenda and assert a life trajectory that supports your highest purpose in alignment with the greater good.