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.


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.

Photo of Full Moon Lunar Stillness

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:

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.


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.

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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.


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.

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.

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.

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

An Increasing Sensitivity to Intuition: New Moon Astrology March 2017

Article Window: Mar 27 to Apr 26
• The New Moon is Mar 27, 2016  7:57 PM PDT
• Sun is 8° Aries, Moon is 8° Aries
• Next Full Moon is April 12, 2017
• New Moon Theme (Mar 27 to Apr 26): Intuitive Sensitivity

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.

 Aries New Moon Photo Over Hawaii Beach

Astrology Article: An Increasing Sensitivity to Intuition

Our New Moon Astrology for this month indicates the potential for a major transformational shift in consciousness. On the personal level the shift is facilitating an increased psychic sensitivity and connection to your  innate intuitive processes. In short, what you can expect during this coming Lunar month is a jump in your intuitive abilities.

At this point in history it is crucial that we each connect with and expand our intuitive potential. There are many different forms of psychic abilities, however basic intuition is the starting point for all other extra-sensory perceptions. All more highly refined psychic perceptions, such as clairaudience and clairvoyance, stem from your basic innate intuitive processes.

The Significance of Personal Intuition

The term “intuition” refers to the innate form of psychic ability that everyone possesses. Intuition is your connection to your inner knowingness, what you know to be true at a deeper level. It’s knowing what you know, without necessarily knowing how you know it. Often referred to as knowing something ‘in your gut,’ intuition is what creates discernment for all other psychic perceptions.

This quality of basic intuition is highlighted for everyone with this month’s New Moon. The subtle energies of Uranus are operating as a catalyst for this process. Uranus has been playing a key role in our Lunar charts over the past several months, and steadily increasing the vibration of consciousness on Earth. This month, with Uranus directly conjunct Mercury, the combination creates a quickening of all mental processes that are connected to intuition and sensitive to the psychic realm.

Mercury’s influence is supporting a more logical, rational, and direct connection to your intuition that allows you to more easily connect with your intuitive perceptions in your daily life.  This can be an elusive process, especially if you’re not aware of how to connect with the potentials. I will attempt here to take some of the mystery out the shift in energies that you can expect in the coming weeks.

Aries and Personal Intuition

Aries is a powerful zodiac sign with a broad spectrum of energies that include assertiveness, inspiration, new momentum, courage, and a pioneering spirit. Another key quality of Aries is intuition. Specifically this is your intuition as it relates to expanding into new experiences.

In addition to the Sun and Moon, the power of this New Moon draws additional energy from the stellium located in Aries. Mercury, Venus, and Uranus are amplifying the expanding nature of our New Moon potential. This planetary grouping represents an infusion of a tremendous amount of the astrological element of Fire, which is closely associated with qualities of intuition, transformation, and a desire to expand into greater personal potential.

Mercury and Uranus Working Closely Together

Aries New Moon Astrology Chart for March 2017Among the energy signatures of the different planets, Uranus represents an increased frequency of consciousness. On the personal level, Uranus is our vehicle for connecting with our own higher consciousness. These frequencies are so subtle that it is easy for them to go unnoticed.  On the personal level they tend to operate at a subconscious level until there is an increased sensitivity within the individual.

In the New Moon chart, the Mercury-Uranus conjunction supports this increased sensitivity by allowing for your intelligence to access and integrate with your intuition.  In other words, Mercury is giving your mental process the support its need to logically and intelligently recognize the subtle frequencies of your intuition and directly work with them.

Now that you understand the process, how do you recognize it in your life?

At the most basic level, you can recognize this process of increased intuition through  your desires for freedom and individuality. Uranus will help you to break free from constricting old patterns of thinking, especially thought processes that are rooted in traditional styles of ethics, morality, and the permanence of anything that fights against dynamic change.

Uranus is all about change and transformation, so it opposes any aspects of tradition that are resistant to necessary or healthy change. This opposition gives rise to the intuitive impulse to break away from traditional paradigms that are no longer in alignment with the current planetary shifts into higher frequencies.

Working with the Aries New Moon

There is a tremendous amount of potential and momentum that is flowing into the overall New Moon pattern. As I mentioned earlier, this New Moon is initiating a larger cycle and shift of consciousness. By connecting with the energies of Aries you can tap into this potential.

The abundance of Aries energies is helping you to expand by giving you the courage to let go of any mental constructs or beliefs that directly impede your intuitive processes. Aries is encouraging your Uranian desire for greater psychic freedom and expanded awareness of the subtle spiritual realms. This is a time to feel inspired about your potential to connect more fully to your intuitive guidance and your connection to the source of creativity and transforming energies at the root of Creation.

The challenge this month lies in the subtlety of the energies.  For most people, Uranus operates in a largely unconscious manner. For those reading this article, an understanding of how to recognize the influence of Uranus in your life will be the key to intentionally connecting and boosting your intuitive processes and abilities.

You can recognize the influence of Uranus through your desire to break free from anything that holds you back from expressing your freedom and individuality. During this Lunar cycle, pay close attention to your desire to expand. This includes your desire for internal intuitive expansion and a greater freedom of consciousness, understanding, and awareness.

This intuitive freedom releases you from traditional concepts of reality, including limiting ideas of psychic abilities, religious biases, and victim thinking. It moves you toward inspiration, independent thought, and subtle awareness of larger realities.

Let’s Review and Summarize

This Lunar cycle is centered on the development of consciousness. On the personal level, this happens through an increase in your intuitive abilities. The degree of increase you experience will be dependent on your connection to the subtle energies of your intuitive guidance system.

Uranus is creating the desire to break free from anything holding you back from personal expansion, so during this Lunar cycle pay close attention to your desire to embrace greater freedom in every area of your life. The fire of Aries, in combination with Mercury and Uranus, is helping your intuition to expand while also operating in a sound and rational way. This month promises to be exciting and full of Aries optimism and potential.

Happy New Moon

An Intense Mobilization of Energy: New Moon Astrology Feb 2017

An Intense Mobilization of Energy: New Moon Astrology Feb 2017

Article Window: Feb 26 to Mar 27
• The New Moon is Feb 26, 2017  6:53 AM PDT
• Sun is 9° Pisces, Moon is 9° Pisces
• Next Full Moon is Mar 12, 2017
• New Moon Theme (Feb 26 to Mar 27): Energized Consciousness 

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 Pisces New Moon through the Trees

Astrology Article: An Intense Mobilization of Energy

This month’s New Moon Astrology is focused through the broad lens of Pisces. The expansive scope of Pisces’ power is focused on accessing inner strength while also working with the broader range and depth of Pisces energy. Your ability to connect with inner strength in order to mobilize these positive energies within Pisces plays an important role in in accessing the power of our New Moon.

My intention with this New Moon discussion is to offer you a clear understanding of how to best maximize your particular circumstances. To explore this further, I invite you to delve a little deeper with me into the vastness of the Pisces archetype and what it means in your life.

Pisces and its Broader Scope of Strength and Compassion

As the third water sign (the first being Cancer and the second Scorpio), Pisces carries the most mature energy of all three water signs. Through this maturity in the emotional realm of feelings, Pisces is able to hold and wield a tremendous amount of energy. It also carries a depth of inner strength capable of handling the larger scope of feelings associated with mature compassion and expanded connections and realities.

Through the feeling realm, Pisces rules the personal desire to perpetuate positive contributions. Pisces is not only personal, it also applies to all of humanity.  On a global scale, Pisces rules social institutions, including their desire to perpetuate their influence into the future.

This quality is amplified because we are experiencing a Pisces stellium which groups together Neptune, Mercury, and the New Moon. This planetary group (stellium) works together to build a greater connection within humanity both now and as the foundation for a new and better tomorrow.

The shadow side of Pisces commonly surfaces as fear. This is fear that arises when one’s natural inner strength is not accessed or experienced.  Instead of accessing inner strength there is a void or missed connection, and this void leads to the experience that we commonly label “fear.” It can be an empowering exercise to think of fear as the absence of connection to your natural inner strength.

Through inner connection, this New Moon is supporting a mobilization of energy that will provide the needed momentum for a new direction both personally and collectively. This experience of inner connection can empower humanity to tap into the natural flow and feeling of external connection to others and the world, rather than feelings of being separate.

This concept and experience of the inner connectedness of all humanity is what gives rise to the qualities of compassion and humanitarianism which are at the core of all spiritual teachings. These qualities are associated with both Pisces and its ruler, Neptune.

This Pisces energy signature is also within everyone’s individual astrology chart. The understanding of your unique relationship to Pisces gives personal insight explaining how one’s experience of fear is intertwined with one’s capacity for inner strength.

As such, an understanding of your personal relationship to Pisces is extremely valuable in mastering your hidden power and hidden strength. Using your own chart, your astrologer can explain your personal relationship to Pisces and the ways you can access Neptune’s energy signature in your life.

An Intense Stream of Energy Exposes the Shadow of Pisces

Astrology Chart for the New Moon on Feb 26, 2017The New Moon stellium in Pisces is introducing an energy stream capable of activating extremes of feeling, ranging from powerful compassion to intense fear.

As the ruler of Pisces, Neptune plays a central role within the stellium. It’s operating at more than one level. It’s helping to dissolve perspectives based on misinformation, such as the subversive agenda of corporate media. It is also activating the opportunity to become consciously aware of spiritual principles that can transform society and mobilize new streams of connection. By accessing both of these qualities, you are invited to feel more connected to the world and others by sharing truth-seeking information that directly supports reliance on inner strength and compassionate thinking.

Neptune’s ability to vibrate at a higher spiritual frequency will also allow you see through the Pisces shadow of fear and its contagious ability to connect people at the level of shadow, through their fears.

Neptune’s position in front of both Mercury and the New Moon creates a frequency of balsamic energy that mimics many aspects of Pisces. This balsamic signature produces a capacity for letting go and sets the foundation for new beginnings  including additional strength and the courage to see through the delusionary nature of the world. This balsamic energy is the same harmonic that Pisces carries in the annual cycle, as the final zodiac sign before the new cycle begins with Aries. As such, it is further amplifying all of the larger potentials that Pisces holds.

Mercury’s position in the stellium supports logical conclusions to all the new Pisces’s energy, including the ability to rethink decisions in order to be in alignment with compassion instead of fear.

While this Moon offers the opportunity to consciously connect to others through courage and inner strength, the alternative response is the unconscious desire to be part of something larger.  In practical terms, this can show up as the attitude of “going along with the flow,” including the acceptance of whatever those in the culture or in authority dictate.

Pisces always leads to the desire to connect, and when it’s unconscious the tendency is to connect through the most commonly accepted and status quo ways. This can include the desire to perpetuate existing social structures and institutions, even if they’re no longer functional. These unconscious tendencies to connect with others through status quo especially become a problem when what is popular is also ill-conceived or even dangerous. This unconscious acceptance represents the shadow of Pisces.

The question of importance that’s activated with this New Moon is whether you are connecting out of compassion and inner strength, or fear?

The Significance of the Lunar Eclipse Moving into a New Moon

The New Moon is mobilizing new levels of inner strength  that will enable us to see larger possibilities for our world beyond the climate of fear that connects unsuspecting people through fear and separation, rather than through the power of compassion and love.

In practical terms, this New Moon is building on the Lunar eclipse “Temple Pattern” of two weeks ago. The eclipse opened a cosmic doorway that is providing us the opportunity to participate more intentionally in creating our world. We have the capacity now to begin seeing, understanding, and perceiving the fabric of reality as fluid, pliable and energetic, rather than fixed. This includes the ability to see beyond what is being dismantled so that together we can envision new possibilities.

We are entering a new era in which participation in life and culture isn’t based on fear and control, but instead on a greater insight born of an internalized authority that’s free from external constraints, especially those constraints that tell you what to think and how to live.

The foundation of courage was firmly established two weeks ago at the Full Moon Lunar eclipse. The Pisces New Moon is now setting the foundation for new momentum in a new direction that’s aligned with more individual freedom. This freedom is only available, however, when we are able to access our inner strength and compassion. These qualities of inner strength and compassion will lead us to take action together in the direction of truth and authentic leadership.

A Practical New Moon Summary

The Pisces Moon is bringing an opportunity now to become consciously aware of your own power and inner strength. With the influence of the stellium pattern, Neptune has the ability to awaken and to mobilize this new stream of Pisces energy.

The activation of inner strength includes the ability to transcend your inner fears. One of the consequences of this mobilization of inner power is the awakening to all forms of shadow elements within the world, including misinformation, delusion, external control, and repressed freedom. Through inner strength you will be able to see beyond and rise above the influence of these external controls.

Through the energies of this New Moon, as you rely on inner strength, you are invited to feel more connected to the positive elements of compassion and connection to humanity working together as a whole. It’s our connection to inner strength that allows us to feel the connection to others. True compassion takes a tremendous amount of inner strength, and it is this inner strength that gives rise to your connection to humanity. Your inner strength is the source of your compassion.

A planetary reaction of compassion is needed in order to repolarize humanity away from fear, and toward common goals that invite a greater connectedness and freewill.