The Dawning of New Intuition: New Moon Astrology Sept 1, 2016

The Dawning of New Intuition: New Moon Astrology Sept 1, 2016

Article Window: Sept 1 to Sept 30
• The New Moon is Sept 1, 2016  2:03am PDT
• Sun is 10° Virgo, Moon is 10° Virgo (Solar Eclipse)
• Next Full Moon is Sept 16, 2016 (Lunar Eclipse)
• New Moon Theme (Sept 1 to Sept 30):  The Dawning of New Intuition

Current Lunar Cycle

The New Moon releases a new wave of 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.

Night Sky with New Moon in Virgo.

Astrology Article: The Dawning of New Intuition

The New Moon astrology for this month is focused on new developments in your personal intuitive processes. These new intuitive abilities will enable your mind to operate at a higher frequency. It will be as if your mind has more processing power, especially around your capacity to simultaneously process and integrate both emotional and intellectual information.

These intuitive capacities of the New Moon are supporting the expansion of Higher Mind that’s available to each of us this month as a result of the August 18th Lunar Eclipse. (See previous article for more information on the Lunar Eclipse portal.)

To better understand this new connection to your intuition it is helpful to review the archetype of Virgo, an Earth sign ruled by Mercury. Virgo’s ability to intellectualize and analyze is commonly understood. What is not always represented in astrological literature is Virgo’s equally important emotional component. In addition to Virgo’s key intellectual perceptions, Virgo is also in constant emotional response to life’s circumstances.  Virgo uses these dual abilities of intellect and emotion to respond to life from a place of personal mastery.

As an Earth sign, Virgo can be very reactionary. This is one aspect of the emotional component of response. It’s through the use of the intellect that Virgo discriminates, balances the emotions, and makes sense of things that happen. Virgo’s ability to analyze the details, understanding the “why” of things, gives the ability to counteract a purely reactionary response to circumstances.

What’s important to take away from this discussion is that Virgo is both emotional and intellectual at the same time. It is Virgo’s mastery that helps us to integrate these two aspects of our being. It’s this ability to integrate the intellect with the emotions that leads to a mature response to life’s circumstances. In its highest form, Virgo leads to the development of personal character through the transcendent qualities of insight and understanding.

Putting this New Moon into a Virgo perspective will help you to fully understand the significance of this new boost to your intuition and your intuitive processes. In order for your intuition to function at peak capacity, it is necessary to be fully connected to your emotions in order to perceive the subtle psychic information available to you at all times. Your mind then needs the intellect to process, integrate, and conceptualize what was first perceived through your emotions.

It will be valuable this month to pay attention to the ways that Virgo’s reactionary responses appear. In immaturity, Virgo defaults to extremes, responding as either overly emotional or overly intellectual. When at the emotional extreme Virgo shuts down the intellect and reacts defensively without perspective. In the other extreme Virgo shuts down the emotions in favor of a purely intellectual response which leads to extreme attention to detail and analysis, removed from emotional connection.

Each of us can  recognize these patterns of imbalance in our own responses to life. The opportunity at this New Moon is to receive a new intuitive capacity that increases your ability to respond with maturity to life circumstances, specifically through the ability to integrate your emotional and intellectual perceptions at a higher level of understanding.

Astrology Pattern

New Moon Astrology Chart for Sept 1st, 2016The most dramatic aspect of this New Moon astrology chart is the stellium (large planetary grouping) in Virgo, directly opposed by Neptune. With four planets and the North Node all in Virgo this stellium clearly puts the emphasis of the New Moon on spiritual and intuitive development.

The conjunction of Jupiter and Mercury forms a significant aspect for intuitive expansion. When working harmoniously, this planetary pair forms a prime archetype of strong intuitive function. Most notable with the current conjunction is the fact that at the time of the New Moon Mercury has just barely moved into a new-phase relationship with Jupiter. As such, this formation signals a new period of development for everyone’s intuitive functionality.

The other dramatic aspect of the chart, once again emphasizing the elevated energies of Higher Mind, is the Sabian Symbol for the New Moon: Sabian at 10° VIRGO: TWO HEADS LOOKING OUT AND BEYOND THE SHADOWS.  The descriptive theme for this symbol is: “The Self-Transcending Activity of the Mind.”

Conclusion

This New Moon gives each of us access to the transcendent aspects of the powerful Virgo archetype. As you work with these principles in your own life over the coming days you can expect to experience increased intuition and integrated awareness in your reactions to life’s circumstances.

You’ll have stronger access to your innate emotional intelligence and you’ll also be able to use your intellect to put things into a larger perspective. The more you are able to actively work with these practices, the more you will learn about the intuitive approach to life, and experience the freedom that comes when your intellect and emotions work together in harmony.

New Levels of Mental Peak Performance: Lunar Eclipse Astrology Article Aug 2016

Article Window: Aug 18
• The Full Moon is Thursday, Aug 18, 2:26 AM PDT
• Sun is 26° Leo, Moon is 26° Aquarius
• Next New Moon: Sept 1
• Current New Moon Theme (Aug 2 – Sept 1): Self-expression and Spontaneous Activity

Our Lunar Eclipse delivers a Cosmic Gift that results in a new awareness, ability or insight that you can use for inspired action in your life. The cosmic gift is delivered through a portal that opens in the Zodiac at the exact moment of the Eclipse.

The Eclipse portal will remain open and active until the Moon returns to this location in the sky during the next lunar cycle. In the coming 4 weeks, while the portal is open, look for ways to celebrate and take inspired action, especially through the nature of the Full Moon gift and whatever you have embraced or experienced during the current Lunar cycle. Be patient with challenges that emerge in the coming days, recognizing that they are also a necessary part of your expansion.

Pre-Lunar Eclipse Photograph

Lunar Eclipse Astrology Article: New Levels of Mental Peak Performance

Our Lunar Eclipse astrology is providing you with new levels of mental clarity. This includes a more efficient way to process information and the ability to react to your circumstances with an increased sense of possibility. This will enable you to make decisions from a more expanded perspective than before.

Every Lunar Eclipse is unique, delivering something special and useful and available for you to use in your life. This Eclipse is no exception. With the Olympic games in full swing, we are collectively aware of the experience of peak performance within sporting events.  The energies that are being released at this Eclipse can be experienced as a kind of “peak performance” of the Mind.  What this Full Moon Eclipse provides is an avenue for accessing peak levels of mental efficiency, especially through the arena of mental clarity and expanded perspective.

With the Full Moon and in the days to come you can expect to experience an extra jolt of mental efficiency offering new gifts of mental awareness and perception. These abilities begin with the Full Moon and continue throughout the upcoming four weeks, until Sept. 14th when the Moon returns to 26° Aquarius and the Eclipse portal closes.

The Bigger Picture

The Universe is always providing opportunity for our growth at exactly the right time. Knowing that gifts and opportunities do come when the timing is right, the question I like to ask  is, “Why is the universe providing me with this gift of extra brain-power now, at this particular time?”

To find the answer it’s helpful to review the significance of the Lunar cycle. Each New Moon releases a wave of new energy that unfolds over the ensuing 28 days. It takes an entire Lunar month to integrate and master the new signature before we can call it our own.  Midway through the cycle, the Full Moon provides important context and insight into how we can use these energies in the bigger picture of our lives.

This month’s theme, beginning with the Leo New Moon on Aug 2, centers on the development of your self-expression, especially as it relates to what you know the be true, so that your actions can spontaneously reflect your alignment with your own expansion.

This month’s Full Moon expands this theme. It taps directly into the large realms of Virgo and Uranus for the purpose of buffering, or shielding, from the superficial meaning of simple data within your circumstances and experiences. What is important is the significance of events. In the weeks to come you will step into new abilities that enable you to discern the difference between appearance and significance.

The bigger picture involves you not reacting to any information or events until you have a better understanding of the larger context. In this way you don’t waste time and energy being non-productive or getting off-track.

To sum it up, this Eclipse opens a clear pathway to increased awareness and an ability for making good decisions and responding to circumstances through a new level of mental efficiency and clarity.

Astrology Pattern

Lunar Eclipse Astrology Chart for Aug 2016The qualities of increased mental performance are amplified by the powerful stellium of activity in Virgo (the north node, Venus, Jupiter, and Mercury the ruler of Virgo).  While this stellium is significant on its own, it also forms key aspects to both Uranus and the eclipsed Full Moon.

Uranus is able to transcend everyday reality with glimpses of the big picture. The Full Moon in the air sign of Aquarius naturally gravitates to the bigger picture. The stellium in Virgo is able to put it all together and expands into understanding with a quality of ease (Jupiter in Virgo).

The deeper meaning of this pattern lies in accessing Virgo’s superpower of discrimination. This is Virgo’s special ability not to jump to the first conclusion to which the facts point. In this case, discrimination leads to your ability to discern what is real and significant within the context of the bigger picture.

While your immediate experience  may be a boost in memory and productivity, the real power of this Lunar Eclipse lies in your ability to harness this boost in order to see the bigger picture of your life and to allow the insight to expand into something larger.

Happy Lunar Eclipse,

Steven

Discovering New-Found Freedom in Self Expression: New Moon Astrology Aug 2016

Article Window: Aug 2 to Sept 1
• The New Moon is Aug 2, 2016  1:44pm PDT
• Sun is 11° Leo, Moon is 11° Leo
• New Moon Theme (Aug 2 to Sept 1):  Self-expression through Spontaneity
• Next Full Moon is Aug 18, 2016 (Lunar Eclipse)

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.

New-Moon-Area-51

Astrology Article: Discovering New-Found Freedom in Self Expression

The New Moon astrology for this month brings a new quality of energy that thrives on self-expression and the experience of spontaneous freedom to engage in new types of creative activities.

The particular type of spontaneous activity that’s being supported this month isn’t necessarily carefree, nor is it free from the consequences of poor judgement. Rather it arises from a new sense of mental clarity. This is the spontaneity of a balanced mind capable of thinking clearly, able to make good decisions, readily able to express itself, and energized by feelings of freedom and self-expression.

The hard work and character building that the Lunar cycles have established over the past several months (see last month’s New Moon article) is now being harnessed for this new level of creativity and freedom.

This Lunar month you can look forward to reaping rewards from those challenging times when it felt difficult to rise to the occasion. It’s time to celebrate the rewards for your perseverance, maturity, and your commitment to personal growth.

Spontaneous Activity

Spontaneous activity isn’t the same thing as random, or even unstructured, activity. Spontaneity in this New Moon context rises from a mind free from past conditioning and the cultural controls taking place around you. There are many pressures and responsibilities we all must face, but what’s important during this lunar phase of growth is the freshness of life that is flowing through you in the present moment.

This creative freshness is everywhere. The spontaneous new energies are rising from the Earth below and simultaneously pouring down from the Universe above. To take full advantage of the opportunities this Lunar month, it will be important to feel the freedom and clarity that is flowing everywhere around you and through you.

During the next two weeks, focus on reaping the rewards of your past efforts. Freely express yourself as you feel the creativity flowing through you. Your new-found sense of freedom and mental clarity will be most easily experienced through your own self-expression.

Astrology Pattern

New Moon Astrology Chart for Aug 2016Along with all the creative energy readily available during this New Moon, there is also a Mars/Saturn conjunction that occupies a prominent position in our New Moon chart. On a personal level, this is an extremely beneficial configuration.

The configuration represents your ability to take action (Mars) and reap the reward (Mars balsamic to Saturn) of past efforts and struggles (Saturn). It also emphasizes the positive pathways and structuring of clear thinking and the freedom that comes with it (Mars/Saturn T-square Mercury/Neptune).

On a collective level this conjunction can potentially be problematic, as the energies can be leveraged to stir up trouble at an institutional, corporate, and governmental level. With the current pattern, the collective energies of Saturn can be harnessed in negative ways, however because of the balsamic phase of the configuration, it’s likely that the collective problems that emerge at least at this first part of the cycle, will be related to the past and to patterns that are outdated and being released.

All in all, this is a very positive astrology pattern and a positive New Moon. Your opportunity for expansion comes directly from personally expressing the creative energies that are building in Leo and through this expression experiencing a new sense of freedom and spontaneity in your life.

Happy New Moon

The Art of Living in Harmony: Full Moon Astrology July 2016

The Art of Living in Harmony: Full Moon Astrology July 2016

Article Window: July 19 to Aug 2
• The Full Moon is Tuesday, July 19, 3:56 PM PDT
• Sun is 28° Cancer, Moon is 28° Capricorn
• Current New Moon Theme (July 4 – Aug 2): Personal Character
• Next New Moon: Aug 2

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.

Full Moon Over Hawaii Photo

Astrology Article: The Art of Living in Harmony

Our Full Moon astrology holds good news. Since our last New Moon, energies have been consolidating to create feelings of stability that enable us to bring a more mature response to living and to life itself. The Full Moon continues this momentum by creating a dramatic and positive shift toward greater harmony. Not only is this good news for us personally, but it’s good news for the planet.

The New Moon two weeks ago introduced energies that were readily available for building personal character. (My last New Moon article explores this idea in greater depth.) Now with the Full Moon there’s a clear and definite change. The Full Moon is not only offering the opportunity to experience a shift toward positivity, but to do so with a mature understanding of what is authentically right and true for each of us at the personal level.

This Full Moon delivers a natural state of harmony available to anyone who can tune into the joy and emotional warmth of this alignment. Think of this alignment as a plateau of momentary rest and inner peace. There is a new level of enjoyment that can be experienced as harmony, especially once you realize that the purpose of this harmony is for the exploration of new potentials.

The challenge of this powerful alignment is not only in feeling the vastness of opportunity in the present moment, but in understanding that you’re also experiencing a confluence of larger cosmic cycles and rhythms that have been coinciding over a several month period. During the next two weeks it may be easy to become overwhelmed by the sheer power of the potentials and possibilities around you. Without the larger context, the “bigness” of the current energy field could be misunderstood, which has the potential to over-shadow the overall positivity and unconsciously lead to worry and feelings of inadequacy.

The development of character and personal will power is still an important key during the remainder of this Lunar cycle. Personal character and your ability to align internally can mean the difference between an elevated sense of inner peace and joy, and the alternative of feeling of overwhelment, that “it’s just all too much.” With the current cycle what begins as overwhelment can easily be followed by pessimistic thoughts which creates a downward spiral.

Being open to adjustments to the changing nature of the Lunar cycle will allow you to experience a greater sense of what it means to live in harmony with others, with life, and with all of the greater possibilities of living in spiritual alignment with the Universe.

The next two weeks are a time to relax and connect with your natural state of alignment and sense of harmony. This is a time for enjoyment and harmony, and a time to explore new possibilities with the joy that comes from knowing you’re part of something much bigger.

Astrology Pattern

Full Moon Astrology Chart for July 2016The energies of Cancer are still dominant as we prepare to enter the fiery energy of Leo later this week.  This makes for a powerful Full Moon in Capricorn. Cancer’s energies are constantly flowing and changing, but like all flowing water it seeks to flow toward that which can contain it. The emotional field of Cancer needs some form of container to provide the foundation and sense of stability and depth. This is why the energies of Cancer seek out stable relationships that have a depth of meaning, in this way we learn to feel at home in the world.

Within our current Full Moon astrology chart, we see the energy flowing toward stability as it manifests as a plateau of rest and harmony. This pattern is especially emphasized with Mars and Jupiter playing very significant roles in the overall chart pattern.

In the current configuration, Mars in Scorpio brings a deep faith in the natural process of living in harmony whereas Jupiter brings a sense of higher alignment, joy, and cooperation especially through one’s hard work and character-building efforts. Jupiter is also supporting a more mature response to life. At this Full Moon, there’s a greater possibility of managing one’s own energies in the ways that are currently needed for expansion.

Saturn’s position in our Full Moon chart supports the personal process of deconditioning from the attitude of doom-and-gloom that is constantly being reinforced by negative elements within society. There’s no denying the elements of negativity and chaos in our world right now. The Full Moon is offering a combination of determination, coupled with the ability to structure your point of view around higher principles. This is a sure safeguard against pessimism and overwhelment at the state of the world.

Capricorn emphasizes in a practical way what’s most important in the bigger picture. It’s a time to reap the reward of past character development and to align yourself with the energies and potentials that are currently available. In this case, Capricorn helps you align with the gifts of the Full Moon, which include the enjoyment and experience of harmony that comes from knowing the future is bright.

There are so many positive aspects to our Full Moon energies that I personally feel inspired and optimistic. Despite the abundance of challenges around us, the coming two weeks are a perfect time to simply live and feel the available harmony and joy the universe is providing. By aligning with these energies of wholeness you will also contribute in tangible ways to healing, for yourself and for the world. Happy Full Moon.

The Development of Personal Character: New Moon July 4th, 2016

The Development of Personal Character: New Moon July 4th, 2016

  • Article Window: July 4 to Aug 2
  • The New Moon is July 4, 2016 4:01am PDT
  • Sun is 13° Cancer, Moon is 13° Cancer
  • New Moon Theme (July 4 to Aug 2): Personal Character
  • Next Full Moon is July 19, 2016

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.

 New-Moon-July-4th-2016

Astrology Article: The Development of Personal Character

The New Moon astrology for this month establishes a new level of focus within each of us. During this next Lunar cycle expect to develop your will power to new heights. Whether your focus in life right now is learning new skills or developing and integrating previously learned skills, this is the time to bring a powerful integrating energy into your life in the form of increased focus.

What is Will Power

For something so powerful, I find it surprising that “will power” is talked about so little. From an astrological perspective, “will power” and “character” are both related through the second quadrant of the zodiac. This second quadrant is ruled by the zodiac signs; Cancer, Leo, and Virgo.

The second quadrant is also the quadrant of creative power which begins with Cancer’s ability to establish a center of focus. Cancer has the ability to integrate this center of focus into feelings of determination and commitment. It’s the decision to move forward in life with a specific focus and commitment that’s commonly referred to as “will power.”

The energy of Leo, a fire element, is able to energize or “burn” whatever has been concentrated, established, and focused through the sign of Cancer. This release of creative energy and creative power of Leo needs the focusing power of one’s will (Cancer) to sustain the creative process of Leo.

The last sign of the second quadrant is Virgo, an earth element. Cancer provides the focus, Leo releases what has been focused, and Virgo analyzes the results. The analytical capacity of Virgo isn’t Virgo’s most important function. Virgo learns, refines, and makes adjustments where analysis is just a tool.

The end result of this creative process is the building of “character” and is considered Virgo’s crown jewel. For without the “will power” and the “creative release” of one’s individualized center, the end results won’t reflect any true refinement of one’s center of being.

This New Moon starts a month-long process of refinement resulting in the development of personal character. Pay close attention to any lack of focus during the first week of this lunar cycle for this represents only a starting point of your personal will power and focus. This month is about learning and integrating greater focus to build into character needed for future greatness.

Astrology Pattern

New Moon Astrology Chart for July 2016With two planets, and the Sun and Moon all in Cancer, there is definite emphasis on establishing who we are in the world in terms of what’s our focus in life, and how are we using our will power to concentrate our energies for success.

When looking at the overall astrology pattern, it’s important to see the entire context of the chart. With this in mind, our two oppositions reflect the transformative aspect of learning and places the emphasis on the outcome of what’s being integrated. This is especially significant when we consider how powerfully the oppositions are connected through multiple trines and sextiles.

In the astrology chart, I’ve circled Jupiter and the North Node in Virgo. The North Node represents the most positive direction the energies are flowing and emphasizes the end result of the lunar cycle ending in the development of personal character.

Jupiter represents both the need, and the extra support available for integrating, harmonizing, and managing an expansion into a more authentic state of being.

Lastly, Neptune plays the specific role of transforming difficult circumstances or experiences into an increase of refinement and character.

As we look forward to the next Full Moon, expect these developing energies to become useful for personal inner guidance. Happy New Moon.

The Challenge of True Transformation: Full Moon Summer Solstice June 2016

The Challenge of True Transformation: Full Moon Summer Solstice June 2016

Article Window: June 20 to July 4
• The Full Moon is Monday, June 20, 4:02 AM PDT
• Sun is 30° Gemini, Moon is 30° Sagittarius
• Current New Moon Theme (June 4 – July 4): Path to Health, Purpose and Love
• Next New Moon: July 4

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.

Full Moon Summer Solstice

Astrology Article: The Challenge of True Transformation

Our Full Moon astrology for the next two weeks continues to focus on the theme of the personal freedom, infused with energies from the planet Venus and the Summer Solstice, with an additional focus on the challenges that arise when our desire for personal freedom unexpectedly clashes with everyday circumstances.

The Summer Solstice occurs immediately following the Full Moon and is providing that extra push we all need in order to experience more freedom, specifically through a personal influx of beauty, truth, and new awareness of what you value in life. This is the time to cut loose, shine bright, and hold yourself to your highest standards.

The Challenge of Personal Freedom

The words “personal freedom” may conjure up feelings that on the surface feel empowering and even carefree. However, your actual experience of actualizing this new-found sense of freedom isn’t necessarily as easy as the initial “image of freedom” that comes to your mind.

While the forces of positive change and freedom are powerful, there is also an unseen and  hidden resistance that needs to be addressed before the reality of freedom can be entirely realized. This resistance is due to the stagnation or density of the old patterns that need to be released. This stagnation includes pressure or resistance from others who attempt to convince you that something from the past has value, when it doesn’t necessarily reflect your own sense of personal truth.

Our Full Moon astrology suggests that there are powerful transformational energies available, capable of neutralizing many of the stagnant energy patterns (Grand Square) that have been resisting change over the last several weeks.  These stagnant energy patterns are emphasizing a strong backward pull toward older, more traditional values. With the energies supporting personal freedom, this backward pull is beginning to dissolve.

The forces of Venus are amplifying the push-pull from the past in order to help us become clear of what currently reflects our personal truth.
Venus is key to understanding how to work with this backward pull of the past.  Venus holds two very powerful qualities, and they’re sometimes in opposition. Venus represents:  (a) what we hold on to as having “value,” and also (b) our ability to see the “beauty and truth” around us. The first are our values carried forward from the past, the second are the experiences we have in the present moment. When what we “value” becomes obsolete, then the only opportunity for personal transformation lies in recognizing what is “true and beautiful” in the present moment.

It’s at this point when what you value from the past becomes obsolete that it begins to impinge on your sense of freedom. This is when it’s time to move forward by releasing what is no longer in alignment with your present truth. This idea of moving forward is especially emphasized by the position of the Full Moon in relationship with Sun and Venus in Cancer.

Given the nature of this built-in Venusian resistance to moving forward, one of the more positive elements in our Full Moon Chart lies in the strong Neptunian signature. Neptune in this case is supporting the natural dissolving capacity of your old attitudes and desires that don’t belong in your life as you move from the old into the new.

Astrology Pattern

Astrology Chart for the Full Moon Summer Solstice June 2016The astrological pattern of the Full Moon chart is quite interesting in terms of the “challenge” that is built into its structure. This “challenge” can be clearly observed within the Grand Square, but not fully understood until we take a closer look at the planets involved.

Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, and Mercury are all part of our Grand Square. This particular Full Moon grand square lacks any real potency, but does represent outdated traditional values, beliefs, and modes of thinking that are in the process of dissolving. This disintegration is spearheaded by Neptune’s position in the grand square as well as the fact that this grand square does not significantly aspect the Sun during the Summer Solstice activation.

Throughout this article, I’ve made a deliberate attempt to focus on the transformational potential of the pairings of Mars/Venus and the Sun/Moon.  These two planetary pairs, combined with a powerfully aspected Uranus, provide additional receptivity and openness to an influx of spiritual types of energies. These energies can be experienced in the form of excellence, freedom, and positive types of transformation or change.

Any Full Moon that coincides with a Summer Solstice is quite significant. In this case, the Summer Solstice is acting as a Venus amplifier. It activates the Full Moon with additional energies to break free from feelings of stagnation. It’s appropriate to feel the summer momentum, experience personal freedom, and pursue your own flare for excellence as you into the summer months.

Summer Solstice Activation

The Solar energies during the Summer Solstice are the strongest of the entire year. When the Full Moon occurs on the Summer Solstice, it marks an indicator sometimes referred to as a “point of no return.” This is a reference to the activation power of the Full Moon in combination with the longest possible solar influence that can occur in a single day. The fullness of solar purpose is at its full strength and can activate growth in a spectacular fashion. Once activated, growth becomes inevitable.

This activation of purpose is not only a theme of the Summer Solstice, it is also a theme of Venus, which happens to be conjunct the Sun on the Solstice. The result of the Full Moon Summer Solstice activation occurring with a Venus conjunction is full of positive energy for those who can embrace the transformative energies of moving forward in their life. Uranus is contributing to the activation by providing both freedom and transformation that will continue to build throughout the summer months.

In Conclusion

The astrological energies that are active during the next two weeks, up until the next New Moon, are perfectly suited for transforming your personal experiences into a new type of freedom and excellence. Remember, this is the time to cut loose, shine bright, and to hold yourself to your highest standards.

Another way of describing this level of transformation is through your capacity to experience what is most important to you. One’s ability to “Shine Bright” requires the freedom to move forward, using excellence as your guide, while at the same time releasing the obsolete by resisting all attempts to justify old patterns and old ways of thinking.

Shining Bright can be summarized as feeling the forward momentum of the Summer Solstice, and feeling successful by meeting the challenge of “true transformation.” In other words, the way you respond to the “truth and beauty” of what you “value the most,” determines how “true”  your alignment is to your personal growth.

If you find that personal circumstances are making you feel restricted, the opportunity for freedom will be found  in pursuing your own “truth” of excellence. As you connect with your individual sense of freedom during the next two weeks, in whatever form it may take, remember to embrace any new feelings about the things most important to you (Venus) and then pursue those experiences in your life that are moving you forward (Mars).

Finding Your Path to Love, Health, and Purpose: New Moon Astrology June 2016

Finding Your Path to Love, Health, and Purpose: New Moon Astrology June 2016

Article Window: June 4 to July 4
• The New Moon is June 4, 2016  7:59pm PDT
• Sun is 15° Gemini, Moon is 15° Gemini
• New Moon Theme (June 4 to July 4):  Your Path to Health, Purpose and Love
• Next Full Moon is July 4, 2016

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.

New Moon Astrology by Seattle Astrology and Steven Shroyer

Astrology Article: Finding Your Path to Love, Health, and Purpose

The New Moon astrology for this month is unusual and powerful. Venus is exactly conjunct the New Moon, and releasing its magic of love and beauty into a perfect grand square astrology pattern. You can expect to find health, stability, and a new sense of purpose as this incredible month unfolds.

With the Sun, Moon, and Venus all perfectly aligned at the New Moon, there is a definite emphasis on health, love, and beauty. The Sun is bringing a new vitalizing energy to everything that Venus represents in your life and circumstances. The Moon, throughout this month’s Lunar cycle, will distribute this magical energy, in the form of whatever you treasure the most.

With the New Moon occurring in the zodiac sign of Gemini, expect new information to play a significant role in your life.

There are two distinct patterns that form our New Moon chart. I will go into more detail later in this article, but it’s important to point out that there are two distinct paths that these energies can play out in your life. What I will focus on here is the way to maximize the opportunity, and the very real possibility for combining the two patterns for optimal personal success.

With Venus playing a very rare role in the New Moon energies I feel it’s necessary first to discuss how Venus and the New Moon will mirror what’s most important to you, especially in regards to the bigger picture of life and your connection to your higher purpose. Let’s take a closer look at the magic that Venus bring to our lives.

The Magic of Venus

At the core, Venus represents the guiding principle of your heart. Venus is the very essence of life’s meaning as expressed through creativity, beauty, relationship, art, and love. It extracts the bigger picture and holistic view from your circumstances in order to guide you toward fulfillment.

Life is always moving and changing. Venus judges that movement and provides you with emotional responses that help to guide your decisions and actions by feeling what is most important. Venus also organizes all intuitive experiences of the heart (including art, beauty, music, and love), into patterns that become pathways to guide you toward inner alignment and fulfillment.

When it comes to your personal health and stability, Venus plays a big role. Because Venus is able to extract beauty and love from anything you experience, health is included as one of the significant qualities Venus provides. Vibrant health comes through harmony and something that needs to be extracted from living and life.

Your experience of Wholeness, Source energy, and the Divine are all made possible through the planet Venus. The idea that integration is something that’s good, arises from Venus’ ability to pull meaning from the bigger picture. It sees the highest good within the moment and gives it personal meaning.

Through all of these functions, Venus gives rise to the desires of the heart as well as the essence of what we call “purpose,” for higher purpose and meaning come from alignment with Wholeness. We experience this Wholeness by extracting the love, beauty, health, and art from our circumstances and activity.

With Venus conjunct the New Moon this month, you have the opportunity to “extract” your heart’s desire from your circumstances, and then follow that path toward personal fulfillment and health. In fact, this a perfect example of the deeper meaning of the word we use for “success.”

Astrology Pattern

New Moon Astrology Chart for June 2016The New Moon chart for this month has two distinct patterns. One pattern is a prominent Grand Square and the other is Grand Trine. What I find super interesting about these two patterns are the planets from which they’re formed. The common denominator between the two is Jupiter and the North Node, suggesting an underlying optimism and an integrative way to work with these two patterns in your life.

Let’s take a closer look at the two basic patterns.

The Grand Square can be expressed in two very different ways. Either it can bring stability and grounding, and a realistic way to expand into this stable pattern, or it can reinforce rigidity and negative patterns of feeling stuck. The result of the “fixed” energy leads to the feeling that whatever you do just makes thing worse.

The Grand Trine can also be experienced in two different ways. It can bring fresh insight, new information, and a new perspective. This new freshness leads to the potential for transforming the way you see the world. Alternately, it can result in a kind of laziness where you relax into status quo. Then the official or traditional narrative controls your perspective and there’s no attempt to experience anything new.

The Jupiter/Venus factor is the wild card in understanding the New Moon energies this month and the way in which these two patterns can be integrated. Jupiter’s energy requires the use of discrimination (Virgo) and a willingness to relate everything to the bigger picture. Venus not only supports aligning yourself with what you value the most in life, but it also demands clarity in determining what’s truly important.

Venus supports a clean, fresh, and open-minded approach that enables you to eagerly test new experiences and information to see if they are in alignment with your highest good.

Putting it all Together

Sometimes it easiest to continue down the same path, regardless of how ordinary or stuck it makes one feel because it’s familiar and takes little energy and work. However, this isn’t the month for such an approach.

Health, love, and following your heart’s desire are all at stake this month. The energies this month can take you down several paths, but the New Moon will provide you with the information and insight to choose your own path of highest alignment.

Ultimately, this month is all about expanding into something new that promises a firm foundation and structure for moving forward. It’s important to honor your guidance and set your intentions on alignment with what holds your personal sense of value.

Best Wishes for an Amazing Month.
See You Again at the Full Moon,

Steven Shroyer

Seeing Clearly with Courage to Act: Full Moon Astrology May 2016

Seeing Clearly with Courage to Act: Full Moon Astrology May 2016

Article Window: May 21 to June 4
• The Full Moon is Saturday, May 21, 2:14 PM PDT
• Sun is 2° Gemini, Moon is 2° Sagittarius
• Current New Moon Theme (May 6 thru June 4): Inspiration During Challenge
• Next New Moon: June 4

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.

Full Moon Over Ancient Temple Photo

Astrology Article: Seeing Clearly with Courage to Act

Our Full Moon astrology for the next two weeks is extremely dynamic and full of intensity. It’s this very intensity that is helping provide the energy needed to expand your awareness to enable you to clearly see what you want and then discern the best course of action needed to pursue it.

During the past six weeks the Lunar cycle has brought into focus a shift in power. This shift in power is through all levels, from global to personal, and includes personal access to a new level of Inspiration During Challenging Times. With our current Full Moon the energies are aligning to provide you with a clear direction and purpose for moving forward. The main challenge between now and the next New Moon on June 4th is the very powerful, yet subtle, undercurrent that’s operating beneath your conscious awareness.

This powerful undercurrent is stirring deep below the surface of your everyday experience. Its purpose is to move you toward a greater sense of harmony. One of the themes emphasized this month with the Sagittarius (Moon) and Gemini (Sun) polarity is the natural reward that comes from working through challenging circumstances with harmony. This harmonizing factor is activated through an understanding of a larger reality (Sagittarius) and the faith that the changing (perhaps challenging) details (Gemini ) of your current situation aren’t the whole picture.

Your experience of harmony becomes prosperity, which is your natural reward, for feeling this undercurrent and then acting with courage to move forward.

At certain points in your life conflict becomes necessary to mobilize the correct solution, or to push you forward in alignment with spirit and your higher self.  The current opportunity within contrast is in seeing the true nature of conflict in order to better understand what you want or need. Experiences of challenge open the door to enable you to access a clear direction in moving forward.

Over the coming two weeks, as you move forward to the next New Moon, be mindful of the underlying stirrings of power and intensity that you can feel at the deeper levels of your awareness.

As you connect with this inner awareness, it’s important to recognize the subtle difference between “power” and “intensity.”  The undercurrent of “power” is available as energy for you to use  as you mobilize your own inner power for new action and activity. The “intensity” you’re feeling just beneath the surface of awareness may be uncomfortable, but it is simply an indicator of just how much energy is available for you to access.

As such, be aware when you’re feeling intensity this month, that it’s from a combination of your receptivity to this great movement of energy, and at the same time, your attempt to analyze or rationally explain away what you are feeling without a full understanding of the details of the bigger picture.

Your opportunity is in a clear understanding that there is power available as energy to act, but only if you connect within and nurture your courage and faith in the universe.

Astrology Pattern

Full Moon Astrology Chart for May 2016What I find interesting about our current astrology pattern is that Mars and Venus are in direct opposition. This opposition represents the polarity of the relationship between activity (Mars) and desire (Venus). Mars and Venus in a position of opposition isn’t particularly unusual. What IS unusual is that Mars (action) is currently also conjunct the Moon (fulfillment), and Venus (desire) is also conjunct the Sun (pure energy). This dual combination is very rare and emphasizes the nature of conflict between what we as individuals want (desire) and the challenge of how to best go about pursuing our desire (action).

Unfortunately, the human tendency is to miss the opportunity of seeing challenge as a positive phase of a cycle. Instead we often focus on the narrow perspective of only the perceived conflict.

I like the contrast this astrological pattern provides. Venus represents the personal value and meaning we are able to extract from any given situation. On the other hand, Mars represents how we are able to expand and transform our experiences through action in order to reflect the true beauty, value, and worth of what is important to us.

In astrological terms, this pattern expresses love in action and represents how we can follow our heart, pursue want we want, and act in harmony and alignment with what is most important to us. Often times we pursue what’s expected, or perhaps most logical, or even have the experience of being forced, and not necessarily what we love and what’s in alignment with our heart. This Full Moon is focused on nurturing this process in a dynamic way by forcing us to look more closely at the relationship between what we desire and how to take steps to experience our heart’s desire more fully in the world. This is an underlying theme of the challenges and conflicts people are experiencing.

The final astrology element I would like to touch on is our current “astrology kite pattern.” As noted in this month’s New Moon article, the kite indicates a deep pattern of energy, power, and potential. When you look at the Full Moon astrology chart you’ll notice that the kite pattern that was activating the New Moon is no longer directly connected to Lunar cycle or the Mars / Venus opposition.

This apparent disconnection is only to emphasize that we are all experiencing something that is much bigger than we can perceive on the surface of things. The kite pattern in relationship to the current Mars/Moon and Venus/Sun opposition represents a very dynamic and potentially intense pattern of power that can be converted directly into personal energy for action and activity.

Your tools this month center on understanding the scale of the bigger pattern operating as an undercurrent. Courage and faith are practical tools you can use to turn potential into activity. This Full Moon is supporting the larger planetary changes and shifts in power. As you learn about these powerful energies, you become the harmonizing factor and come into alignment with a greater use of your own inner power.

As you move through the next two weeks, remember to focus on the opportunity/challenge aspect of your circumstances instead of the conflict. Use your courage and faith to sustain you in the positive movement of the universe. Your choice of perspective is necessary in mobilizing your own energies in a positive way.

Happy Full Moon
Steven Shroyer

Inspiration During Times of Challenge: New Moon Astrology May 2016

Inspiration During Times of Challenge: New Moon Astrology May 2016

Article Window: May 6 to June 4
• The New Moon is May 6, 2016  12:29 pm PDT
• Sun is 17° Taurus, Moon is 17° Taurus
• New Moon Theme (May 6 to June 4):  Inspiration During Times of Challenge
• Next Full Moon is May 21, 2016

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.

Purple Mountain New Moon Photo

Astrology Article: Inspiration During Times of Challenge

The New Moon astrology for this month builds on last month’s “Shift in Power” to help keep you inspired with tools for coping with the natural challenges or conflicts that may arise from changes and shifts that occur as life begins to re-balance.

Our New Moon energies will help you gain insight and perspective on just how extensive last month’s energy shifts actually were. In fact, any backlash you experience in your life this month is extremely beneficial in the large scheme of personal growth and development.

The Significance of Retrograde Planets

The dominant theme of the current re-balancing is indicated by the predominance of five planets in retrograde motion at the time of the New Moon.

I’m aware that the concept of “retrograde” has a negative connotation among many modern astrologers, but in my opinion this is only due to a misunderstanding of the positive opportunities that are associated with the retrograde motion of a planet.

In general terms, a retrograding planet allows for a period of introspection, turning inward for the purpose of personal growth. Retrograde planets amplify inner awareness and thus are extremely beneficial for those individuals with a spiritual orientation toward life. The spiritual orientation arises from the fact that, during retrograde periods, it’s more important to pay attention to inner guidance. At these times, problems can be amplified if we respond to circumstances or make decisions in a purely reactionary way.

The innate opportunity of a retrograde planet is to strengthen inner guidance. With this month’s New Moon energies, our five retrograde planets bring a powerful self-reflecting perspective and insight that is beyond what’s normally possible. In fact, the opportunities this month require the extra support of these retrograde influences. When the opportunities are well utilized, and the internal gestation period of retrograde is completed, there will be a resulting burst of growth. This new growth wouldn’t have been possible without these retrograding energies.

It’s precisely this burst of new growth that our New Moon energies of inner awareness are supporting.

Astrology Pattern

New Moon Astrology Chart for May 2016It’s significant to have five of our eight planets simultaneously in retrograde at the New Moon.  In addition to the strong retrograde influence, the positive opportunities of this month can also be seen in the powerful grand trine, bringing the New Moon into relationship with Mercury, Jupiter, and Pluto.

The particular combination of these planets with the grand trine retrograde influence brings a strong factor of internal stabilization. This stabilizing influence is built on a quality of self-reflection that leads to insight into your own resources of personal power. For those who are able to hold this internal awareness, any experiences of conflict and stress will be operating at a high level of awareness in order to help integrate the major changes that are occurring.

Jupiter is in a significant position to manage the potentially conflicting energies by integrating and amplifying the natural influx of both optimism and inspiration available from Mercury, Uranus, and Neptune. With Jupiter conjunct the North Node of the Moon, last month’s positive shift is reinforced with inner guidance and the proven character developed from past successes. This translates directly into personal confidence with the ability to operate from a new level of personal mastery.

To help put into perspective the powerful opportunities of this particular New Moon, Neptune also completes a “Kite Pattern” that emphasizes the importance of appreciation for the past. There is a need now to approach life, including current changes or challenges, with an appreciation of your past actions.

As you look at the iconic pattern of the Kite, you’ll notice that the kite spine has Neptune at one end and Jupiter at the opposite. The significance of this opposition is an additional focus on Jupiter’s management quality, which is supporting your own development through appreciation of your past.

There are times in our life where we need to depend on the past, and there are times where it is necessary to release the dependence on past perspectives. This is a time when perspective from the past holds value, and appreciation is a natural way to bring this value forward.

While the New Moon energies suggest maintaining an appreciation of the past, at the same time it’s still important to be flexible and open to new perspectives. Rather than allowing yourself to be controlled by the past, I invite you to embrace a new perspective that integrates the ability to work with present opportunities while drawing from past experience. This new understanding and discernment is derived from the expansion and inspiration that’s felt as you turn inward and reflect on your own sense of personal power.

This is a month to integrate some very powerful energies that are available for personal growth. As you move forward this month, keep in mind that there are often naturally occurring backlashes that result from changes and shifts in power. This is a month to focus on the positive through appreciation so that unexpected challenges don’t become discouraging.

I invite you to take some time to reflect on your personal spiritual tools and resources, and hold curiosity for the practical results that can flow from a new and inspired perspective. It’s not often that there is so much potential available for personal growth.

This Lunar month promises to be amazing.

Happy New Moon.

An Expansion of Consciousness: Full Moon Astrology Apr 2016

An Expansion of Consciousness: Full Moon Astrology Apr 2016

  • Article Window: Apr 21 to May 6
  • The Full Moon is Thursday, Apr 21, 10:24 PM PST
  • Sun is 3° Taurus, Moon is 3° Scorpio
  • Current New Moon Theme (Apr 7 thru May 6): A Shift in Power
  • Next New Moon: May 6

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.

Full Moon Tranquility Beach 2014 Moonrise_

Astrology Article: An Expansion of Consciousness

Our Full Moon astrology is bringing our awareness beyond the “shift in power” which was initiated two weeks ago at the New Moon.  Over the past few days there’s been substantial shift in power, and now the Full Moon is using this new energy in a very specific way, for the expansion of consciousness.

The term “expansion of consciousness” is somewhat ambiguous so let me offer some specifics. With our current Full Moon, this expansion is occurring at both the individual level as well as the social level. By social I mean the collective expansion of our society. At the personal level, consciousness will expand through the ways in which you choose to experience shifts currently taking place, and how you choose to cooperate with the expansion through your own use of power.

A Spark of Cosmic Optimism

We all have the opportunity for expansion but it will only be available if we cooperate with the energies that are here to move us forward. The easiest way to come into cooperation is by connecting with a positive perspective. The position of Uranus at 22° ARIES suggests that there’s a massive spark of cosmic optimism being released at the Full Moon. This spark of optimism will assist you in keeping a positive perspective. This is true even if you are experiencing uncomfortable intensity in your life as a result of the current shifts which are taking place.

The significance of cooperation can’t be emphasized enough. In your personal life, the opportunity for cooperation can be recognized by those relationships and circumstances with which you naturally align, as well as those that trigger you. In fact, you might want to pay extra attention to experiences that evoke some form of internal activation or trigger. These experiences will be events that indicate a personal shift in your thinking. Especially pay attention to experiences that allow for a shift in personal values, or even a change in what you choose to identify with it terms of family, traditions, and heritage.

During the next two weeks, there are very positive energies available for tapping into an expanding level of optimism. This optimism can be used as a catalyst for personal expansion, especially when expressed in tandem with an attitude of cooperation with others around you.

The bottom line of this month’s Full Moon is personal growth through your own expansion of consciousness,  and expressed through cooperation with the major shift that’s occurring at a global level.

Astrology Pattern

Full Moon Astrology Chart for Apr 2016Every Full Moon in Scorpio brings a certain amount of intensity and this Full Moon is no exception. The intensity that is being felt now is directly related to an undercurrent of social concern. That undercurrent is being emphasized by the conjunction of Mars and Saturn in Sagittarius.

The conjunction of Venus and Uranus is also adding to the intensity of this Full Moon, but in a different way. As mentioned earlier, Uranus brings new heights of optimism to the overall energies. What wasn’t emphasized earlier is that Venus is also adding the power of emotional aggression which can be used in either a positive or negative manner. The added power of this emotional force is brought to the forefront with a powerful trine between the fire signs of Sagittarius (Mars/Saturn) and Aries (Venus/Uranus).

Overall, our astrology pattern is dynamic enough that a shift in power could manifest at a positive level worldwide, provided there is a sufficient amount of cooperation and alignment with our Full Moon energies. That cooperation begins at the individual level with each of us, and then expands outward with a social concern that supports an opportunity for real change.

Cosmic optimism is a powerful tool for positive change. This Full Moon has the potential to make a very positive shift in consciousness as we all expand into our greater potential.