Finding the Elusive Inner Calm: New Moon Astrology Oct 2016

Finding the Elusive Inner Calm: New Moon Astrology Oct 2016

Article Window: Oct 30 to Nov 29
• The New Moon is Oct 30, 2016  10:38am PDT
• Sun is 8° Scorpio, Moon is 8° Scorpio
• New Moon Theme (Oct 30 to Nov 29): Inner Calmness
• Next Full Moon is Nov 14, 2016

Current Lunar Cycle

The New Moon releases a new wave of available potential that sets the overall theme for the entire month that follows. This month’s Lunar Cycle offers a new tool-set that creates momentum for energizing your life’s purpose. To experience your fullest potential in the coming month allow this energy to guide you, especially while adjusting to changing circumstances.

Photo of the Milky Way at New Moon

Astrology Article: Finding the Elusive Inner Calm

Our New Moon Astrology for the coming month brings a new cycle of mental clarity. This new level of clear thinking will utilize a calmness and inner peace, especially available to those who can access the emotional depths of Scorpio’s archetype of inner power.

Scorpio, being a water sign, has great depth of feeling and connectedness. This depth of feeling can be harnessed into a powerful social force to be used for common goals and group purpose. On occasion Scorpio gets a bad rap for being controlling and/or emotionally out of control, but this shadow element only becomes an obstacle for those who haven’t learned to connect with the power of their own depths.

Superficial Turbulence on the Horizon

The days immediately following the New Moon have the potential to be somewhat rocky and turbulent, but not catastrophic. This unsettling period is akin to a bumpy flight on a commercial plane. If you’re not careful you may spill your coffee, but the plane is in no real danger.

I call the potential turbulence superficial, because one of the most significant elements of this New Moon chart is the underlying energy of calm. The Sun/Moon conjunction with Mercury emphasizes the significance of the mental component of this Moon, enabling you to access inner clarity. The conjunction also follows right after the Moon crossed over Jupiter, which is in the positive position of supporting the clarity of new information, and the ability to use this information to expand into a new cycle of activity.

Understanding the importance of connecting with inner calm, it may be helpful for you to know that most of the action, or potential turbulence this month, will occur in the first two weeks, between now and the Full Moon.  Significantly, toward the end of this cycle, you can anticipate an activation of optimism when the Moon goes conjunct Uranus on Nov 12, just two days before the Full Moon.

Leading up to that activation with Uranus, the Moon is going to transit all of the other planets. Each of these conjunctions will offer an opportunity, however if we’re not able to maintain inner calm and clear perspective then the opposite can also happen. In other words, the pattern of concentrated planetary conjunctions could lead to ongoing challenges through experiences of irritation, misunderstanding and stress.

This is where the power of Scorpio comes in to provide some depth of feeling to help you anchor your mind and connect with clarity and that elusive sense of inner calm. The key is to have a depth of perception coupled with feelings that are anchored in calmness.

The good news is that for a select number of people this is going to be a time of creative expansion, especially through the experience of new levels of inner clarity and calm. This internal calm will be in contrast to the confusion that you may experience around you and within the larger culture. This is important because we are each going to need to be ready to receive the clarity, not just for ourselves but in order to contribute to the world.

Astrology Patterns

Astrology Chart for the New Moon Oct 2016Because of the astrological complexity of this cycle, it may be helpful to touch on the potential energy signatures of the coming two weeks.

New Moon Sabian: “8° SCORPIO — A CALM LAKE BATHED IN MOONLIGHT”

With this New Moon Sabian symbol of inner calm conjunct Mercury, we’re talking about moving within, keeping your head on straight, and not getting activated with all of the external intensity and craziness that’s happening right now.

Our Saturn/Venus conjunction on November 2nd may activate uncertainty. Venus will challenge the type of value we place on our own dependencies. At the same time, Saturn may trigger an awareness that anticipates a turn of events that challenges your dependence on the status quo. Calmly redefining your relationship to the status quo is the key for your success.

Our Pluto conjunction on November 5th will be stimulating and may trigger a kind of unhealthy activation. All that’s needed here is to make sure you get enough exercise and to realize that that your experience of stimulation doesn’t need to turn into agitation or anxiety.

Our Mars conjunction on November 6th may activate insecurity and feelings that your circumstances don’t feel safe. There are too many scenarios to describe all the possibilities, but the antidote is to connect to security within, through the depths of your personal spirituality.

Election day is November 8th, which occurs during the 1st Quarter Moon. Without your connection to inner calmness and clarity, this First Quarter Moon can bring a high-degree of uncertainty and indecision.

Our Neptune conjunction on November 9th will further require internal calm. Otherwise, it may activate disillusionment with the entire world. A sense of what’s the use of even trying with a strong desire for escapism may be predominate. Your sense of spirituality and clear thinking is required.

Our Uranus conjunction on November 12th, as mentioned before, completes the cycle of planetary transits and will give you complete access to a new level of cosmic optimism. This conjunction occurs right before the Full Moon and sets the stage for you to move forward with hope and clarity.

Your ability to stay connected to the inner mental calmness of this New Moon through the coming days will enable you to connect with this optimism and carry forward the highest potentials of this cycle.

Summary

The overall signature of this Lunar Month is that of using a calm perspective to deal with life’s circumstances. The positive potential and opportunity of this lunar cycle can’t be accessed without this perspective of inner calm. You’ll recognize your alignment with this potential by your capacity for clear, calm thinking. (This is of course in direct opposition to what is being currently encouraged in the larger culture.)

The Moon transits all the planets in the first half of this cycle, leading up to the Full Moon. Each conjunction will activate a specific pattern which can open new opportunities in your life, or alternately contribute to stress if not properly understood and accessed.

The only sure avenue to success this month is the commitment to your connection to internal calm. From there the creative opportunities will be clearly available. This connection with inner equilibrium provides a clear avenue for rising above the activations of disorder and distress that are apparent all around us, and also enables you to contribute much-needed frequencies of calm and order.

A Frequency Boost in Consciousness: Full Moon Oct 2016

A Frequency Boost in Consciousness: Full Moon Oct 2016

Article Window: Oct 15 to Oct 30
• The Full Moon is Saturday, Oct 15, 9:23 PM PDT
• Sun is 24° Libra, Moon is 24° Aries
• Next New Moon: Oct 30
• Current New Moon Theme (Sept 30 – Oct 30): Ideas for a Better Future

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 October Full Moon

Astrology Article: A Frequency Boost in Consciousness

Our Full Moon astrology holds huge new potential for all of us. The planet Uranus is powerfully positioned to assist you in a significant energy jump forward. This article will explore why this Full Moon is so significant and how you can personally take advantage of this massive boost in energy.

Looking at our current astrology chart you’ll see the highlighted Full Moon/Uranus conjunction in Aries. The current Lunar cycle is building on the Libra New Moon theme of “Ideas for a Better Future.” This theme of new awareness and higher-level insight has now come into its full potency and the potential for new growth at a higher frequency has become fully activated. It’s time to initiate what began at the New Moon.  Your opportunity for growth is about to be accelerated, fueled by an influx of Uranian energy.

The Transforming Power of Uranus

Uranus is responsible for the acceleration of evolution and self-quickening of consciousness. It operates within the higher functions of the mind and is often experienced through brilliance, individuality, and a desire for reform (or even revolt) against what’s not working in the world. In short, Uranus transforms by increasing the vibratory rate of consciousness.

This Uranian increase in frequency typically operates beyond the conscious awareness of the average person. However, during this Full Moon we all have the opportunity to intentionally connect with this potential, increasing our own vibratory rate and accelerating our opportunity for growth. What’s available now is a very specific potential for expanding your consciousness. You may experience this expansion by connecting to a higher dimension, developing a psychic gift, or simply increasing your innate intuitive processes.

The main point to consider in this discussion is that in some way you can expect to experience a significant boost in energy resulting in a vibration or frequency jump. This is a significant step in the steady increase and acceleration of positive spiritual energies that we have been experiencing since the beginning of the year. This Full Moon is bringing forward all your hard work into a harvest period where additional abundance is possible.

Full Moon Astrology Chart for Oct 2016Uranus energy is brilliant, transpersonal,  and unpredictable. Because of this raw transcendent power behind Uranus, it’s recommended that Uranian energy is focused toward the highest purpose of serving humanity.  As one’s personal frequency or vibratory rate is increased, humanity becomes the beneficiary due to the higher level of personal resonance and cooperation that can be experienced and acted upon. This also means that any attempt to control the energy of Uranus for a self-serving agenda will have an unintended or karmic outcome.

Using the energy of Uranus in a conscious and “service-to-others” manner can have spectacular results. This is especially true if your effort and activity (Mars square Uranus/Full Moon) is focused on the clear awareness of what is possible.

The most important course of action during the coming two weeks following the Full Moon is to use your own life circumstances to practice new modes of reacting and participating. This new level of reaction will occur simply as a result of you increasing your frequency. Your new vibrational ‘set-point’ will result in new perspectives and awareness. You will find new insights, new clarity, and new capacities to respond from internal awareness rather than reactionary patterns of the past.

This is a time for inner growth to accelerate you to new levels, but only if you hold onto and anchor the Uranus brilliance and insight you feel. Flashes of Uranian intuition are momentary, remaining  in your consciousness as a lightning flash insight. It’s up to you to create the container to store your own harvest.

An Abundant Harvest

The Full Moon is providing an openness to the incoming energies, but your response to these energies is the key to receiving them.

The Sabian archetype for the exact degree of the Full Moon, found at Aries 24°, states,   “BLOWN INWARD BY THE WIND, THE CURTAINS OF AN OPEN WINDOW TAKE THE SHAPE OF A CORNUCOPIA.” This is an additional indication that an abundant harvest is available to all who can remain receptive and open to the influx of spiritual energies that are entering our consciousness.

Uranus is stimulating your desire for growth and abundance, but only if your mind can create the container. This importance of retaining the energies is indicated in the Sabian reference to the cornucopia, the symbolic container for holding the fruits of harvest.

In Conclusion

This Full Moon is introducing a significant boost in energy for the purpose of spiritual growth. The energy of Uranus makes this energy boost available in a transpersonal or “service-to-others” capacity.  To harness the power of Uranus and anchor this jump in your frequency, focus on keeping an open and receptive mind.

Remember, Uranian energies operate at a higher frequency than is commonly encountered. As such, thoughts and activities that support “service-to-others” and the highest good will help in retaining and incorporating these energies into your life in a more permanent way.

We are in the midst of a powerful Lunar cycle. This Full Moon holds great promise for transformation and a positive influx of spiritual energy.

Happy Full Moon

An Idea that Sparks the Future: New Moon Astrology Sept 30, 2016

Article Window: Sept 30 to Oct 30
• The New Moon is Sept 30, 2016  5:11pm PDT
• Sun is 9° Libra, Moon is 9° Libra
• New Moon Theme (Sept 30 to Oct 30):   New Seeds for a Better Future
• Next Full Moon is Oct 15, 2016

Current Lunar Cycle

The New Moon releases a new wave of available potential that sets the overall theme for the entire month that follows. This month’s Lunar Cycle offers a new tool-set that creates momentum for energizing your life’s purpose. To experience your fullest potential in the coming month allow this energy to guide you, especially while adjusting to changing circumstances.

New Moon Sept 2016

Astrology Article: An Idea that Sparks the Future

The New Moon astrology for this month is centered around a new seed idea entering our conscious field of perception and overall thinking process. This new seed idea will come in the form of a foundational vision or insight. The combined impact of this expanded seed idea has the potential to change and impact the world far into the future.

The overall New Moon pattern supports the importance of the “NOW.” The energies that are combining now are bringing a huge seed of potential that will grow into the future. This potential is way beyond what we would normally experience, bringing together the past and the future into this very moment of New Moon energy.

All roads lead to the opportunities presented at this specific moment in time. The seed of new vision of possibility planted now can not only heal the past, but also become the future we envision.

The experience of the seed idea will be different for everyone. For some it will be an impulse for greater participation, for others it will be a new idea of the kind of world they want to live in. From what I can see it will vary from person to person. What’s important is showing up to your own experience and not allowing the impulse of this New Moon to lie dormant or fade into the past. In order to expand into a better future, this New Moon seed needs to be nurtured with spiritual energy.

Before we explore more about this concept of a seed growing into a better future (the new seed idea), I would like to explore the New Moon energies of Libra which are focused on achieving a greater level of participation in the world.

Libra is an air sign that functions well with the intellect. Three primary qualities of Libra’s intelligence are observation, connection, and learning how to participate as an equal in the world. These qualities are necessary skills in order for us to participate in something larger, whether it be social, career, or any intentional forms of planetary work to help make the world a better place.

The balancing energies often associated with Libra are a necessary part of new relationships. They support your ability to thoughtfully step into something larger. As you move out of your personal comfort zone into a larger field of context, staying grounded and centered is of great importance. Maintaining a sense of who you are is necessary to prevent an imbalance from causing any setbacks. This is especially true as the bigger picture of the world begins to form in your consciousness.

The Importance of Jupiter Conjunct the New Moon

I’ve noticed a lot of interest among my astrological colleagues regarding the importance of the New Moon occurring only 4° after an exact Jupiter conjunction. The following general qualities of Jupiter can help you understand the significance of additional manifesting support that this conjunction is offering.

  • Jupiter helps us to assimilate all aspects of life through the expansive qualities of growth and abundance.
  • Jupiter helps us expand our sense of self beyond our personal boundaries to include our society and culture.
  • Jupiter supports all forms of management and organizational skills as an expression of the geometric patterns (grids) of light that support and expand life.
  • Jupiter supports all forms of societal structure, and helps us come into relationship through our participation in culture with the power to grow through cooperation.

New Moon Astrology Chart for Sept 30, 2016What I would like to contribute to this conversation is a better understanding of Jupiter’s impact at this specific moment, especially in terms of providing a clearer picture of the opportunities ahead as they relate to the New Moon.

Jupiter’s power with this New Moon stems from its organizational ability working in tandem with organic patterns of growth. In other words, Jupiter can assimilate the new energy and then create patterns of organization that allow both life and consciousness to grow and expand.

Therefore, Jupiter helps facilitate your ability to organize, manage, and expand your life in positive directions. The power of this New Moon anchors a specific point in time, allowing Jupiter to organize and expand life way beyond actual time constraints of our current Lunar cycle.

What makes this New Moon placement of Jupiter super interesting is the Sabian archetype for 5° Libra, which states: “A MAN REVEALING TO HIS STUDENTS THE FOUNDATION OF AN INNER KNOWLEDGE UPON WHICH A ‘NEW WORLD’ COULD BE BUILT.”

The Sabian underscores how the New Moon, which by its very nature releases a new seed, is combining with an additional foundational seed idea (Jupiter) that’s powerful enough to organize, manage, and build an entire new and better world.

Libra energies are preparing all of us to participate in the idea that we CAN build a “New World.” As these ideas and energies form and organize with the help of Jupiter, we can each participate in the creation of something larger and better than we have imagined before.

Not only does this New Moon hold perfect manifesting potential for creating a positive impact in your personal life, it also enables you to connect in a more immediate way with your larger Self and your ability to participate in creating a better world.

In Conclusion

This New Moon offers a message of hope, empowerment, and encouragement for all of us as we step into the potential to create a larger reality. This powerful New Moon is working with Jupiter to expand your opportunity to help shape the future. This future begins with your own inspired idea upon which a ‘new world’ can be built.

In order to be fully present to these opportunities, it’s important to stay grounded and at the same time expand into a greater understanding of who you are in the world. It’s a time to embrace a bigger picture of the world in which you want to participate, a world in which you have a necessary and important role to play.

The past, future, and the present have converged into the NOW. Happy New Moon.

The Gift of Positive Outcome: Lunar Eclipse Astrology for Sept 2016

Article Window: Sept 16 – Sept 30
• The Full Moon is Friday, Sept 16, 12:05 PM PDT
• Sun is 25° Virgo, Moon is 25° Pisces
• Next New Moon: Sept 30
• Current New Moon Theme (Sept 1 to Sept 30): The Dawning of New Intuition

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

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

Full Moon Eclipse Photo

The Gift of Positive Outcome: Lunar Eclipse Astrology for Sept 2016

Our Lunar Eclipse astrology for September 2016 is quite possibly the most dramatic astrological pattern I’ve seen in my entire lifetime. The significance of this pattern is amplified by the fact that it occurs during the second of two consecutive Lunar eclipses.

I would like to state from the outset that, despite what others may claim, this astrology chart doesn’t contain doom and gloom. What our astrology chart does contain is a significant pattern signifying the opportunity for a possible split from normal conscious perceptions. This would be a positive and good split. There is powerful opportunity in the days ahead.

Before I go into the details of the current chart I would like to describe what happened astrologically on August 24th, 2016. This date is significant as it relates to the initiation of a possible split in conscious perception and the ways in which reality is fundamentally understood.

The August 24th, 2016 Story

August 24th occurred only six days after the first Lunar eclipse. On this day, the planets Mars and Saturn made an exact conjunction with the Moon, creating positive alignments (trines) with Jupiter, Venus, and Mercury.

This Mars/Saturn conjunction occurred at 10° Sagittarius and set in motion a brand new type of energy. Specifically this is a new direction of growth within society that supports the opportunity to perceive a new and more positive direction for humanity.

The Sabian symbol for 10° Sagittarius suggests that a new  positive direction must be taken, one that is no longer based on fear, ambition, or greed. The Sabian also suggests that that if positive growth isn’t accepted, that it may be forced upon us as a dramatic result of amplified dysfunctions within society. On the other hand, it implies that expansion will come with ease if it’s experienced through participation as a collective cooperation.

The reason the Mars/Saturn conjunction is so important is that it prepares us for the current Lunar eclipse, with the opportunity for another dramatic and positive shift represented by Pluto’s energy in Capricorn.  Pluto’s position calls for the need to end the abuse of power and corruption of our political and financial systems. The Saturn/Mars conjunction provided a foundation and set us up for this positive shift that’s offered in Pluto’s energy signature.

To follow the significance of August 24th even further, I looked online through the top 55 mainstream news stories on August 24th. I discovered the following general breakdown of topics: 28% political corruption, 15% military invasions, 19% civil unrest and violence, 31% describing various discrepancies in world events where the facts don’t add up nor make sense, 2% natural disasters, and 5% positive news about the future.

Only 5% of the articles in the mainstream news that day offered any positive news, or expressed any hope or  opportunity for a positive outcome in current situations. The vast summation of the articles of the day presented a world-picture of doom and gloom, now and moving forward.

It’s important to understand that this preponderance of gloom and doom isn’t the only perspective. There is good news ahead.  A change in perspective is about to occur, especially when the power of the Lunar eclipse can be fully activated.

The Lunar Eclipse

Astrology Chart for Lunar Eclipse on Sept 16, 2016Moving forward from the significance of the August 24th conjunction, in order to better understand the power of this Lunar eclipse, we can look now at the pattern in the current astrology chart which is comprised of five T-squares. There is no other significant configuration. This is extremely rare and unusual.

T-squares force our consciousness to make fundamental shifts, especially in perspective and in our decision-making process. If a shift in perspective cannot be made, conflict and polarizing behaviors begin to occur. I believe the significance of this Lunar eclipse lies in the opportunity to make a positive shift in perspective. The strength of the formation indicates that this is not only a personal shift but planetary as well.

Remember, this eclipse is a worldwide event. The symbol of 10° Sagittarius  that I discussed earlier in the article suggests that growth will either be in cooperation through positive choice, or else the growth will be forced through energetic reactions to the overwhelming levels of corruption worldwide. Either way, growth occurs.  Both avenues of change will happen simultaneously. Change and positive growth will occur through those actions directed toward common good and service to others. It will also be forced upon us collectively as a response to unsustainable corruption and control, and those actions taken in service to self.

This Lunar eclipse is providing each of us the tools to see the positive elements within the overall direction of our planet. All of these changes and impulses toward collective good are what many speak of as  the growth process of Earth moving toward ascension.

This Lunar eclipse is all about making a collective shift toward a positive outcome, for individuals, the human family, and for the Earth as a whole.  The question to ask yourself on a personal level is how you will show up in your own life.  When you show up and choose alignment with the collective good, you will have the opportunity to expand by receiving a change in your personal perspective as well as your circumstances and life experience.

In terms of human culture, the eclipse most likely will result in a greater polarization within society.  Positive individuals will be in greater alignment with service to others, and they will draw those experiences to themselves. Those with self-serving or fear-based focus will be drawn to the more negative perspective and tend to gravitate toward those experiences.

We are experiencing another step toward a planetary shift in consciousness, with a clear separation from those who choose a negative perspective. For them the world will further polarize into conflict, corruption, and greed. For those who are able to shift their perspective and choose to align with a positive outcome, their personal experience and the world itself will become more positive.  From a planetary perspective, this process is preparation for what is sometimes referred to as Earth’s ascension.

In Summary

This dramatic Lunar eclipse is focused on providing a shift in your personal perspective and life experience. For those who choose to focus on positivity and the collective (greater) good, the eclipse will result in new perceptions that allow them to see the world and those around them in new ways. In practical terms, this eclipse will strengthen your ability to see the positive in the present moment, and simultaneously clearly discern and understand those who would choose to polarize into conflict.

This Full Moon provides a huge opportunity to turn the corner, strengthen your intuition, and support the positive changes that are coming to our world.

Happy Lunar Eclipse

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

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

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

Current Lunar Cycle

The New Moon releases a new wave of potential that sets the overall theme for the entire month that follows. This month’s Lunar Cycle offers a new tool-set that creates momentum for energizing your life’s purpose. To experience your fullest potential in the coming month allow this energy to guide you, especially while adjusting to changing circumstances.

Night Sky with New Moon in Virgo.

Astrology Article: The Dawning of New Intuition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Astrology Pattern

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

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

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

Conclusion

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pre-Lunar Eclipse Photograph

Lunar Eclipse Astrology Article: New Levels of Mental Peak Performance

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

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

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

The Bigger Picture

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

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

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

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

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

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

Astrology Pattern

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

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

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

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

Happy Lunar Eclipse,

Steven

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

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

Current Lunar Cycle

The New Moon releases a new wave of available potential that sets the overall theme for the entire month that follows. This month’s Lunar Cycle offers a new tool-set that creates momentum for energizing your life’s purpose. To experience your fullest potential in the coming month allow this energy to guide you, especially while adjusting to changing circumstances.

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Astrology Article: Discovering New-Found Freedom in Self Expression

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

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

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

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

Spontaneous Activity

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

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

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

Astrology Pattern

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

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

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

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

Happy New Moon

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

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

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

Current Lunar Cycle

The Full Moon illuminates and activates new awareness, especially corresponding to whatever was released with the manifesting wave of New Moon energy two weeks ago. In the coming two weeks look for ways to celebrate and take inspired action, especially from whatever you have embraced or experienced since the New Moon. Be patient with challenges that emerge in the coming days, recognizing that they are also a necessary part of your expansion.

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Astrology Article: The Art of Living in Harmony

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Astrology Pattern

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Current Lunar Cycle

The New Moon releases a new wave of available potential that sets the overall theme for the entire month that follows. This month’s Lunar Cycle offers a new tool-set that creates momentum for energizing your life’s purpose. To experience your fullest potential in the coming month allow this energy to guide you, especially while adjusting to changing circumstances.

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Astrology Article: The Development of Personal Character

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

What is Will Power

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

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

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

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

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

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

Astrology Pattern

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Current Lunar Cycle

The Full Moon illuminates and activates new awareness, especially corresponding to whatever was released with the manifesting wave of New Moon energy two weeks ago. In the coming two weeks look for ways to celebrate and take inspired action, especially from whatever you have embraced or experienced since the New Moon. Be patient with challenges that emerge in the coming days, recognizing that they are also a necessary part of your expansion.

Full Moon Summer Solstice

Astrology Article: The Challenge of True Transformation

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

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

The Challenge of Personal Freedom

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

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

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

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

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

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

Astrology Pattern

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

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

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

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

Summer Solstice Activation

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

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

In Conclusion

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

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

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

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