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.

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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.

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.

Rising to the Occasion: New Moon Astrology June 2017

Rising to the Occasion: New Moon Astrology June 2017

Article Window: June 23 to July 23
• The New Moon is Friday, June 23, 7:31 PM PST
• Sun is 3° Cancer, Moon is 3° Cancer
• Next Full Moon: July 8
• Current New Moon Theme (June 23 – July 23): Leadership in New Territory

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 Summer Solstice Tropical Beach

Astrology Article: Rising to the Occasion

Our New Moon astrology occurs only three days after the Summer Solstice, creating a consolidation of potentials that are needed to push all of us toward new territory in our lives. This expansion doesn’t mean your life direction necessarily needs to change, but you must be willing to make adjustments and possibly reorient yourself to the possibility that you are entering uncharted terrain. While it’s possible that this new territory may result in the expansion of a completely new life direction, it may also simply result in a new orientation and new awareness within the direction you’re already headed.

The New Moon always contains elements of new possibilities. What’s unique about this New Moon is the requirement for you to rise to the occasion. This “stepping up” to the occasion includes a new opportunity for personal leadership that will come through your ability to use your willpower to make decisions from inner alignment rather than through reactionary responses to external experiences associated with the past.

There’s no room for wishy-washy logic with this New Moon. This is the time for your individual character to come to the forefront of your life. What leadership will look like as you enter uncharted terrain depends on your circumstances, but this lunar month will test your resolve to stay grounded as you make sound decisions from the depths of your own character.

The Summer Solstice Influence

This year’s Summer Solstice energies support the highest individual expression of your unique potential. There’s a natural urge right now to take charge of your life and a desire to move into alignment with your own excellence. In a nut shell, the Solstice activates self-leadership as its core experience.  I’ve coined the term “self-leadership” to indicate a form of leadership based on inner alignment that supports your highest potential as well as the collective good.

Summer Solstice always supports individual expression and most often times the individual is supported by the collective. This year that’s not the case. This year’s  Summer Solstice plays a key role in the development of self-leadership during this New Moon by amplifying the potential conflict between the individual and those collective energies that don’t support the highest forms of individual expression. In fact, this Solstice puts the individual in direct conflict with the limitations of the collective and the energies of the past that limit personal identity and personal freedom.

The overriding energies at this time are encouraging you to move forward with a  new and fresh perspective, unconditioned by limitations of the past.

Astrology Pattern

New Moon Astrology Chart June 2017At first glance, this month’s New Moon chart appears to be complicated, however the underlying signature is fairly straightforward, with a planetary stellium squared to Jupiter and opposite Saturn.

The stellium in Cancer reinforces the need to express personal individuality that’s in alignment with your highest  potential. Within this stellium, Mars is leading and providing the impulse for action.  The Sun, Moon, and Mercury are all balsamic to Mars which requires that the action you take is unconditioned by your past.  Balsamic energy is future oriented. To be fully effective, it uses the future impulse as motivation for letting go, finishing up old business, and refining the foundation that enables you to move forward.

Mercury’s presence in the stellium requires clear thinking and a rational approach.  This is a time in which decisions are based on character and not fear of past limitations or failures. This is easier said than done. Think of it as an opportunity for clear, concise thinking and a rational approach that isn’t limited by past experience but rather your maturity in the present.

Jupiter and Saturn are positioned to provide contrast to forward momentum by highlighting and activating circumstances from the past that may be in direct conflict with moving forward.  If we respond through inner alignment, these circumstances can act as a catalyst for exercising will power and personal leadership in order to rise to the occasion and step into new territory. Altogether, the energies of Solstice and New Moon will enable you to move forward with a fresh perspective, unconditioned by crises of the past.

It’s important to understand that energies of the past will likely be strongly activated during this lunar month. You will need to use sheer will power to let go of your past limitations and allow the new momentum to lead you into uncharted territory of new potentials. Without this perspective, it could be easy to stumble and revert back into old habits  you thought were behind you. For those who are able to align within, rising to the occasion and assuming leadership for oneself is the only truly sustainable solution for moving forward at this time.

Summary

Our New Moon energies are taking all of us into new and uncharted territory where we cannot rely on past experience to guide us. Self-leadership, clear thinking, and personal alignment to your highest potential are all needed to navigate these changes, which will all come through  the mature use of personal will. This type of intentional willpower will have the effect of allowing you to rise to the occasion and move though any rough patches you may encounter. This is a time to move forward by relying on inner alignment and the deeper character of doing what you know is true and right.

Happy New Moon

Preparing for a Better Future: Full Moon Astrology June 2017

Preparing for a Better Future: Full Moon Astrology June 2017

Article Window: Jun 9 to Jun 23
• The Full Moon is Friday, Jun 9, 6:10 AM PST
• Sun is 19° Gemini, Moon is 19° Sagittarius
• Next New Moon: Jun 23
• Current New Moon Theme (May 25 – Jun 23): TO REACH FARTHER & BEYOND

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: Preparing for a Better Future

Our Sagittarius Full Moon astrology is giving each of us insight into how best to prepare for a better future. For the coming two weeks your focus on preparation for your future is the best tool you have in your journey to reach farther and beyond your current circumstances (our New Moon theme). This article illustrates the key forms of preparation that are available to you now.

The New Moon theme of reaching farther and beyond, requires a certain kind of letting go, especially in regards to what we believe, what we think is true, and our understanding of reality. To reach farther than our current understanding, we need the practice of letting go while still holding to our personal truth. This entire lunar month is about the activation of a seed idea, or seed wisdom if you prefer, that enables us to transcend and go farther than we ever thought possible, and to do this without sacrificing the essential truth of who we are.

The Full Moon energies are setting the stage for a better future by illuminating all forms of contrast in your life. Your awareness, your maturity, and your willingness to let go are all keys for success during the final two weeks of our current lunar cycle. To fully activate your “better future,” simply get clear of what’s not working, and your attention will be steadily drawn toward what you need to do to prepare.

Everyone has certain areas of life in which things currently aren’t working or are in some way out of balance. The seed that can be planted now in your consciousness lies in simply focusing with awareness on what’s not working. This focus will lead to a new understanding of your connection to the future that you want.

The future is bright and full of hope. It’s time to prepare and take action with the belief that what lies ahead is a necessary part of your expansion.

The Difference Between Sacrifice and Letting Go

The Full Moon requires a paradigm shift between beliefs about the hardship of sacrifice versus an empowered attitude of letting go. Cultural attitudes of sacrifice and martyrdom are embedded in our belief systems about what needs to happen in order to move forward in life. The empowered opportunity available to you now  is the intentional choice of letting go of what no longer serves you.

This Full Moon is introducing the possibility of moving forward without the need for unnecessary sacrifice, especially in situations where your personal truth and personal freedom are concerned. The “letting go” required now is an intentional release of what’s not working in order to expand and move beyond and farther in your personal growth.

This Full Moon is the time to focus on clearly seeing what’s not working for you and your circumstances. It’s not about surrendering something prized and desirable. Rather, it’s all about understanding how limited ideas have held you back from your own expansion. The action required now is you deciding on the type of future that you want and letting go of anything that stands in the way.

Letting go will empower your decisions and choices in order to support something bigger and better. Personal growth and success right now depend on you using your maturity in order to recognize actions you can take, moving you beyond what’s not working in the present.

Astrology Pattern & Summary

One of the more interesting aspects of this month’s Full  Moon chart is the fact that the Full Moon occurs shortly before the Moon passes by Saturn, giving it a balsamic designation. A balsamic relationship always has to do with maturity and letting go, and this is amplified with the presence of Saturn. The significances of this is further amplified by Mars situated close to the Sun and opposite Saturn. In this case Mars supports your ability to choose a better future.

This basic pattern suggests the need to let go of the past through a mature outlook. Indeed, success now requires you to use personal maturity. Maturity in this chart represents an understanding of the bigger picture and seeing yourself confidently and successfully moving forward into the future with more grace and ease.

This Full Moon gives you the opportunity for an important paradigm shift. Sacrifice, in the context of our Sagittarius Moon, is not necessary, for that would imply giving up on something desirable and good. The important key is to remember that you can take actions, now, that will prepare you for something better. In letting go of what’s not working you will expand into a better future.

Benefiting from the Pendulum Effect: New Moon Astrology May 2017

Benefiting from the Pendulum Effect: New Moon Astrology May 2017

Article Window: May 25 to Jun 23
• The Full Moon is Thursday, May 25, 12:44 PM PST
• Sun is 5° Gemini, Moon is 5° Gemini
• Next Full Moon: Jun 9
• Current New Moon Theme (May 25 – Jun 23): TO REACH FARTHER & BEYOND

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.

Puget Sound New Moon

Astrology Article: Benefiting from the Pendulum Effect

Our New Moon astrology is focused through the lens of Gemini. The archetype of the Gemini twins expresses the dualistic nature of Gemini. It is the nature of contrast inherent to Gemini that is constantly bringing the divergent elements of life to our awareness so that we can better understand and participate in the inherent duality of the natural world.

Gemini loves to discover. In fact, the jewel of higher knowledge is only possible because of Gemini’s ability to explore the world using the principles of contrast and duality. To better understand the way Gemini works with duality, we need to look no further than to what is understood about the role of the left and right sides of the brain, and the way that the two hemispheres ideally work together to provide a contrasting approach to life. A balanced approach to life requires that we learn to transcend polarization.  In the end, it’s Gemini that helps us bridge contrast and move beyond the extremes of dualistic thinking in order to explore and discover new levels of balanced understanding.

This month’s Lunar theme, “To Reach Farther and Beyond,” continues a natural progression of personal expansion. You may remember that last month’s Lunar signature, “A New Quality of Being,” helped you expand through alignment with inner authority. These new levels of inner authority will enable you now to see new perspectives, especially when you experience contrast or challenge. Alignment with inner authority will help you break through old habits and patterns of limitation. When you do so you’ll tap into a new cosmic impulse to reach beyond what has been possible, perhaps beyond where you’ve ever reached before.

Gemini’s energy of discovery and adventure is tied to the mental realm. Whenever Gemini hosts a new Moon, there is always the possibility for a boost in mental efficiency and this new Moon is no exception. Gemini seeks to classify, organize, identify, and discover how something fits into the bigger picture. Once Gemini explores natural patterns of contrast and duality and discovers the relationship of something to the whole, the significant details can be classified and turned into knowledge.

One aspect of new perceptions of contrast this month will be your awareness of patterns of imbalance and the desire to break free from those imbalances that limit your freedom and authenticity. When life becomes unbalanced in one direction or another, nature attempts to restore balance by calling forth natural forces in an opposite direction. This self-correcting pendulum effect is a natural balancing force throughout nature, including in your own life’s circumstances.

The pendulum effect is one way that nature works directly and positively with Gemini’s duality. It’s the very nature of a pendulum to change its direction once a certain direction is overstressed or overreached. Once this happens, the pendulum will swing in the opposite direction in order to balance out the stress. In the same way, the new Moon in Gemini is amplifying contrast and activating necessary pendulum shifts in order to create new levels of balance in your life.

The momentum of change this month includes a sense of adventure and thinking out of the box. In your personal life you can expect to have new insights that allow you to see new solutions to problems and patterns of imbalance.  The momentum encompasses the ability to think out of the box and enables you to move beyond what’s established and accepted.  On the larger world stage, there will be a similar impulse to find new solutions. For example, solutions that allow peace and prosperity to flow instead of established patterns of war and poverty. These new energies, whether personal or planetary, can now be fueled through the use of inner authority and a new quality of being (last month’s New Moon article).

Our new Moon holds the capacity for a breakthrough through increasing your ability to move beyond old ways of thinking about the world, and then reach farther than ever before. In your personal circumstances, look for what’s out of balance or what has been stressed too far in a single direction. Notice ways in which you have accommodated expectations that no longer feel authentic.

When you experience contrast because of a pattern that’s out of balance with your inner alignment, you can harness the “pendulum effect,” using the natural forces of momentum, to realign and restore balance.  At times the positive shifts will be internal. At times you will take external action. Some actions will require simple adjustments and at times you may choose more significant actions that move you in a completely new and opposite direction or life trajectory.

Astrology Pattern

New Moon Astrology Chart May 2017The New Moon astrology chart is called a “bucket pattern.” The bucket can easily be visualized if you notice that the majority of planets are on one side of the chart, forming the bucket container that collects the energies. Jupiter is alone on the other side of the chart, forming the bucket handle. It’s Jupiter in the handle position of the bucket that is the key controller of all the energies collected and contained in the chart.

Jupiter’s Key Role

As  the bucket handle in this astrology pattern, Jupiter holds the key position of the chart. As the handle, Jupiter becomes the main outlet and distributor of our New Moon energies. Jupiter is naturally suited for this role of distribution. Since one of Jupiter’s main planetary functions is to manage expansion and integration, it’s ideally suited to act as a positive outlet for all of the potentials expressed within this chart.

Jupiter’s position in Libra further supports and helps us create an outlet this month for a balancing-out of energies without sacrificing success. Significantly, since the balancing is expansive there is no need to sacrifice success in the process. One of the primary benefits of Jupiter in this position in Libra is the practical recognition of the need to balance the qualities of rest and activity. During this Lunar month, the managing effect of Jupiter will allow you to regulate your energy and efforts in order to achieve maximum success throughout your circumstances.

The Pendulum Effect

The Sabian archetype for the New Moon at 5° GEMINI introduces the benefit of the pendulum effect and the ways it supports your ability to release embedded patterns that restrict you in order to reach beyond what has been known.

5° GEMINI — A REVOLUTIONARY MAGAZINE ASKING FOR ACTION
THEME: THE DESIRE TO REACH BEYOND ESTABLISHED FORMS
ARCHETYPE: The volatile response to silenced feelings and root emotions calls for new action.
COMMENTARY: When the dualistic mind contemplates what has been previously and rigidly bound into form, it will seek to release what’s been repressed in order to move to a more open state. If movement in a particular direction is overstressed, the natural forces of duality will use a pendulum effect to create new balance.

Support for the Pendulum

One more key formation in the chart involves the opposition of Jupiter with both Venus and Uranus. Remember, Jupiter has a natural ability to manage expansion and integration, and as the “bucket handle” of the chart, it’s the main outlet and distributor of our New Moon energies.

Venus and Uranus are working in opposition with Jupiter to further support the overall theme of the pendulum effect. All together they support the equilibrium of the “bucket handle,” by calling forth new values (Venus) that inspire a more compassionate world that reaches farther and beyond what we have known (Uranus).

In Summary

Over the past several cycles, the New Moon energies have been building and nesting in a dramatic way. In March we experienced an increase to our intuition, in April we received a new quality of being, now in May we have an ability to use these new internal capacities to reach farther and beyond what we have known before.

This could easily be a breakthrough month for many of you. Success during this Lunar cycle lies in your awareness of your feelings and root emotions. This especially includes those emotions that, over the course of time, have been silenced or ignored. As you experience contrast this month it’s important to recognize the benefits available from using the pendulum effect in your life. Use the support of Jupiter as the regulator and manager of circumstances in order to bring things back into balance and harmony.

Pay close attention this month to your needs for balance, especially in terms of rest and activity.  Make decisions from inner authority. When it’s time for action, act from your new qualities of being and don’t be afraid to reach beyond – and then even farther! – than you have ever imagined or reached before.

Happy New Moon

The Freedom to Resist: Full Moon Astrology May 2017

The Freedom to Resist: Full Moon Astrology May 2017

Article Window: May 10 to May 25
• The Full Moon is Wednesday, May 10, 2:42 PM PST
• Sun is 21° Taurus, Moon is 21° Scorpio
• Next New Moon: May 25
• Current New Moon Theme (Apr 26 – May 25): BREAKTHROUGH TO A NEW QUALITY OF BEING

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 Discovery Bay 2017

Astrology Article: The Freedom to Resist

Our New Moon astrology brings a new focus to the idea of inner freedom. This short article expands on the New Moon theme of what it takes to breakthrough to a new quality of being.

With the Full Moon in Scorpio, there is a deep need to relate your experiences to the social structures that are occurring around you. With all of the rapid changes taking place within society, the Full Moon is addressing your individual response to external controls, including the increasingly authoritarian approach and  control within our own culture at large.

It’s important to be aware that authoritarianism isn’t limited to government, but includes all forms of control including religion, traditions, and even individual belief systems. Ancestral control also can limit personal freedom. Patterns within your lineage can discourage your ability to follow your own path and true potential.

Developing true inner authority is both a breakthrough and the establishment of a new quality of being.

The Sabian symbol for the Full Moon at 21 degrees Scorpio reads.

21° SCORPIO — OBEYING HIS CONSCIENCE, A SOLDIER RESISTS ORDERS
THEME: INNER  FREEDOM
ARCHETYPE: A readiness to face the results of a refusal to follow the authoritarian patterns of an aggressive society.

This archetype suggests that in order to possess a new quality of being we must have the necessary inner freedom to act as a completely individualized person. This level of individualization has access to the power required to follow one’s own path regardless of the consequences, even in the face of an authoritarian society.

The Scorpio Full Moon is activating a new awareness of inner freedom operating within each of us. You will recognize when this awareness or realization is being triggered by the inner urge to resist. Your conscience demands it, especially when external structures and beliefs, including those in authority, don’t have your best interest, or the world’s best interest, in mind.

The quality of Inner Freedom includes the necessary strength of character to face the outcomes of resistance. During this Full Moon, and in the coming two weeks,  celebrate your strength of character and the practical development of your new quality of being.

A Breakthrough in Consciousness: New Moon Astrology Apr 26, 2017

A Breakthrough in Consciousness: New Moon Astrology Apr 26, 2017

Article Window: Apr 26 to May 25
• The New Moon is Apr 26, 2017 5:16 AM PDT
• Sun is 7° Taurus, Moon is 7° Taurus
• Next Full Moon is May 10, 2017
• New Moon Theme (Apr 26 to May 25): BREAKTHROUGH TO A NEW QUALITY OF BEING

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 Photograph over the Cascade Mountians

Astrology Article: A Breakthrough in Consciousness

Our New Moon Astrology is coming into view through the lens of our experiences of several months of increasing intensity in our world. We have experienced this intensity in a variety of ways. From an astrological perspective, the reasons for the intensity are the result of an overall trend of increasing frequencies on Earth. These increasing frequencies are a form of expanded consciousness and are directly related to the influence of Uranus over the past several months.

With our current New Moon there is the opportunity now for a huge shift. This shift comes in the form of a breakthrough. The build-up of intensity has led to this opportunity for a new shift in consciousness. This is really good news for everyone who has the desire to tap into their own higher states of awareness, and corresponds to a very positive New Moon message for all.

A Trend of Increasing Frequencies

Uranus supports our evolution in consciousness. This is an expansive energy of freedom that transcends the forms that already exist in the world. On a practical level, the energies that we associate with Uranus are often experienced through extremes. At one extreme is the experience of unexpected events, which can feel like chaos when viewed from a concrete interpretation. At the other extreme is an increase in intuition and expansion into higher frequencies that include with new perspectives and insight into the processes of change. Both of these extremes are consistent with our experiences in learning to cope and adapt to the prominent Uranian energies that are active today.

Our last several Lunar cycles have illustrated this trend of increasing frequencies. They are tied to our experiences of intensity, and are also directly related to higher brain function and higher levels of human consciousness. As the evolution of human consciousness continues to advance, the concept of increasing frequencies takes on much more significance.

Those of you who have been following the Lunar Journal over the past several months have seen the prominence that Uranus has been playing. This is in my opinion much more than a coincidence, and is directly related to recent measurable shifts of frequency on Earth.

With our current New Moon we will see even more clearly the ways in which Uranus is stimulating our consciousness through these increases in frequency.

The Uranus Connection to the Schumann Resonance

One of the phenomena I have been observing of late is the dramatic increase of the Schumann Resonance on Earth. The Schumann Resonance is a measurement of the low-level electromagnetic field that is present at Earth’s surface. It has been referred to as the heartbeat, or rhythm, of the Earth. Since measurements began in the early 1960’s, the Schumann Resonance has been absolutely steady at 7.83 Hz. This measurement is closely related in humans to the relaxed waking state known as low-level Alpha. Alpha brain waves are in the range of 8-12 Hz. The alert waking state of brain waves is “Beta.” Low Beta starts at 12 Hz.

In 2014 measurements of the Schumann Resonance suddenly began increasing, showing periodic low-level spiking in the range of 14 Hz. This corresponds to low-level Beta waves related to our alert waking state. These spikes in resonance have been increasing ever since. In the last three months they’ve increased at an unprecedented rate, in ranges above 30 Hz. The January 31 spike above 36+ Hz. was the highest ever recorded up to that time. These spikes have continued and I have seen unconfirmed reports which say there was a spike of 90 Hz. on April 16th.

To put this in perspective within the theme of expanding consciousness, these higher frequencies of the Earth’s field correspond to the higher frequencies of our own brain waves. Beta waves of our alert waking state are in the range of 13-30 Hz. Gamma rays are above 30 Hz. and are associated with increased brain function including high-level processing power of information and higher levels of intuition. Significantly, when the frequencies of Beta and Gamma waves are out of balance we experience various forms and intensities of stress.

These measurements are yet another way to understand the extremes of intensity we are currently experiencing in our lives. If the general frequencies within and around us are rising – and periodically spiking – then we can be experiencing unprecedented levels of stress. We can also be experiencing new levels of awareness. Both are evidence of the actions of Uranus in our lives.

(For more on the Schumann Resonance, the Heart Math Institute has a graph of current readings from several sites around the world. Gregg Braden has an excellent series on Gaia TV where he goes into the practical science of frequency.)

Although science doesn’t yet have an explanation for the recent increases in the Schumann Resonance, because we can relate these frequencies directly to the frequencies of human brain waves, it’s my hypothesis that the increases we are measuring in Earth’s electromagnetic field are directly related to the expansions of consciousness that Uranus is supporting at this time.

What we do know from astrology is that in recent months Uranus has been directly and dynamically influencing our consciousness. This influence is both personal and global, with the immediate effect of an increase in the frequency of consciousness in our world. The measurements of the Schumann Resonance are a physical indicator of the corresponding increasing energies within us and on the Earth.

Astrology Pattern

Once again, as it has over the past several months, our astrology pattern features the planet Uranus, which is associated with the transformation that is possible through an increase of higher consciousness and frequency.

The most significant aspect of the current New Moon chart is the new-phase relationship of Mercury and the Moon with Uranus. New-phase means that Mercury, the Moon, and the Sun are each less than 10 degrees ahead of Uranus. The new-phase relationship is significant because it further emphasizes the momentum of a brand new beginning. More specifically, Mercury and the Moon working with Uranus in this position signify a breakthrough, or leap, of new consciousness and new levels of intelligence.

On the personal level this new beginning also represents access to a new quality of personal being. The expansion will offer each of us new potentials of opportunity. Your expanded consciousness will allow you to break free from limited ways of thinking, including the limited ways you’ve accessed your intuition. The new expanded qualities are related to all aspects of your awareness. They’re connected to your intellect, your ability to process information, your intuitive perceptions, and your access to your spiritual potential.

This expansion and the opportunity for breakthrough also helps to provide context for all of the intensity we have been experiencing on behalf of Uranus over the past several months. For without the preparation of these previous levels of Uranian intensity, our consciousness would not be ready to take advantage of the current potential for breakthrough.

In short, this astrology pattern is the very definition of a breakthrough in consciousness. The way in which these new potentials will transform our lives remains to be seen. We are entering uncharted territory! What we do know is that this coming month represents a continued and significant expansion.

Our New Moon chart holds a great deal of positive potential and positive momentum. I believe this to be a breakthrough month in our evolution toward a new quality of being through our connection to higher consciousness.

Happy New Moon.

Facing the Consequences: Full Moon Astrology Apr 2017

Article Window: Apr 10 to Apr 26
• The Full Moon is Monday, April 10, 11:08 PM PDT
• Sun is 22° Aries, Moon is 22° Libra
• Next New Moon: Apr 26
• Current New Moon Theme (Mar 27 – Apr 26): Intuitive Sensitivity

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.

Photo of Full Moon Over Bay

Astrology Article: Facing the Consequences

Our Full Moon astrology brings into focus the real possibility of creating a new level of abundance and cooperation in the world, both on a personal level as well as collectively and in the culture-at-large. This opportunity is provided with a requirement: To receive the new potentials we must be willing to take an honest look at our lives and our circumstances and our current trajectory. This is true on a personal level as well as our membership in the collective.

Today’s article will focus on three planetary influences that represent the opportunity for a distinct turning point.

This opportunity is symbolized in the patterns of Jupiter and Uranus conjunct the Moon and Sun, and linked by a Pluto T-square (see chart). This Lunar pattern will have a direct impact on our lives over the coming two weeks. This is true on both the personal and collective levels.

The  astrology chart for the Full Moon presents a poignant contrast between two possibilities, and two potential realities. The Uranus/Sun pattern amplifies a greater optimism associated with human togetherness and cooperation, while the Jupiter/Moon pattern emphasizes a potential breakdown in the patterns and relationships between the individual and society.

The Moon/Jupiter Challenge

Full Moon Astrology Chart: Apr 2017Jupiter is the planet of expansion through integration and management of relationships and social structures. At the personal level, Jupiter allows you expand into society for success. From society’s position, Jupiter controls and manages your participation in the social structures and status. These relationships can be positive or negative, depending on intention and alignment.

The biggest challenge facing each of us now, with the Moon conjunct Jupiter, is the task of clearly asking and seeing the quality of our alignment with existing social structures.  In what ways are the structures of your life serving you? Who and what is ultimately controlling you?  And the deeper question now: “Are you okay with this?”

This is a loaded question with many implications. It requires us to acknowledge the elements within society that manage human beings for the sake of control and greed rather than for the public good. These patterns  are currently evident within the corporate media’s portrayal of reality which includes narratives of growth at all cost, the war on terror, and reduction of individual liberties. With the current activation, these destructive patterns could continue to escalate.

What’s being called for with the Full Moon is a shift in consciousness with the opportunity for new possibilities to emerge that are centered on abundance and prosperity.

This opportunity for abundance and prosperity is shown in the individualized approach to the Moon/Jupiter conjunction. Through the overall pattern of the chart there’s the opportunity for individuals to personally approach this realization of external control, leading to the choice to pursue new possibilities for peace and prosperity. Willingness to face the consequences of our previous actions as a culture can now lead to a new level of empowerment and participation in the reconstruction of society.

In other words, if we face the consequences of what’s really going on in our lives, we can shift it. Again, this is true on a personal level as well as collectively. The transformation of society in a more positive direction begins with our willingness to face our own problems and, with eyes wide open, knowing the risks and accepting the consequences of our actions, then we can choose to work in cooperation with others. Each action we take contributes to the larger movement toward a more inclusive society.

The Sun/Uranus Challenge

The planet Uranus has played a prominent role in the astrology of the last several months and this Full Moon chart is no exception. Uranus always promotes freedom and individuality, even at the expense of destroying whatever stands in the way. Uranus holds such a high vibration that whatever structure can’t hold its frequency of wholeness will be transformed or even shattered.

During this Full Moon, the Sun’s position at 3 degrees behind Uranus, sets the theme of “letting go” that will be played out over the coming two weeks. With the Sun in balsamic phase to Uranus, this theme of letting go of the past comes into play.

At the collective level, societies around the world are faced with letting go of all low-frequency control of the planet and humanity in general. However, this letting go doesn’t happen in a vacuum. The letting go allows for something greater. The accompanying expansion allows for greater potential to creatively come forth.

The Sabian archetype for Uranus indicates the intuitive awareness that’s available now, including the ability to receive new revelations of even greater possibilities than we have seen or imagined in the past.

♅ — 25° ARIES — THE POSSIBILITY FOR MAN TO GAIN EXPERIENCE AT TWO LEVELS OF BEING
THEME: PROBATION
ARCHETYPE: The revelation of new potentialities.
COMMENTARY: To operate on both inner and outer levels; be open, able, and willing to shape a translucent mind around spiritual fulfillment. Through faith, we can only experience what we truly believe we can experience.

I like what this Sabian says about faith: “Through faith, we can only experience what we truly believe we can experience.” On a personal level, the Sun/Uranus conjunction is a call to each of us to experience greater freedom with the faith that new potentials are not only possible, but attainable. It is possible now to have the freedom and abundance in which we truly believe.

Pluto’s Challenge

The real opportunity of this Full Moon lies in Pluto which completes the T-square with both Jupiter and Uranus. As a collective, we have reached the point of facing the consequences of our current trajectory: either we can continue on the current path with increasing levels of corrupt power, or we can take actions to begin a new path by building relationships of collaboration and trust. This includes our relationships with all forms of leadership and our choices with whom we will align.

The polarity and contrast of the two simultaneous paths of choice summarize the current wakeup call and the opportunity to choose to face the consequences in our lives in a transformative way for the highest good. Remember, Pluto wants transformation at any cost. With Pluto in Capricorn, control and power can be equally used for the positive or the negative. This is the choice each of us must make.

The world will change when enough of us choose, on a personal level, to completely challenge the status quo and ask ourselves what true transformation and cooperation with others might look like.

In Summary

This Full Moon is a call to freedom and abundance, joining together and working with others for a positive outcome.

This Full Moon chart emphasizes a turning point. Our Full Moon astrology is full of optimism, but only if you are willing to face the consequences of your personal situation and actions.  Once you are willing to see the truth of the current situation, then the next step is to let go of limiting ideas of what is truly possible. From here you are able to transcend old limitations, let go of past ideas, and embrace the opportunity of new potentials. It’s time to believe in what is possible, to join together in prosperity and freedom, and to transform culture into something for everyone.

Regardless of what choice the collective makes, know that your personal choice can be one of cosmic optimism and new possibilities. This is where lasting change begins.

Happy Full Moon