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.

Summary

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

Happy New Moon

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).

Winter Solstice 2015: The Next Cosmic Trigger

Winter Solstice 2015: The Next Cosmic Trigger

Winter Solstice each and every year is an important and powerful milestone. This year’s Winter Solstice is perhaps the most spectacular event I’ve covered since the ending of the Mayan Calendar on Dec 21, 2012. I believe it’s more than just a coincidence that the Mayan calendar ended exactly three years ago. The number three (3) holds the same frequency as the planet Venus, which gives us some important insight into a special opportunity that goes beyond what is already special about this holiday season.

Solstice Mountain Moon 2015

The Reason this Winter Solstice is so Important

This year’s Winter Solstice is activating an awakening of consciousness that has the potential to be a game changer. What is implied is a dramatic and fundamental change in how we response to our own authoritarian patterns of aggression and how this pattern is reinforced within society. This cosmic trigger is awakening all of human consciousness to the potential for healing internal personal patterns, especially those that result from aggression and imbalance of power. In the biggest picture, this Solstice gives us the power and possibility for world peace.

Winter Solstice Kite Astrology Chart 2015I would like to bring to your attention our magnificent astrology chart for Dec 21, 2015. Contained within the overall astrological pattern is a very special configuration called an “Astrological Kite Formation.”  If you look at the Winter Solstice astrology chart you can see the unmistakable outline of a kite. An astrological kite is one of the most powerful astrological patterns that exists.

For those who are interested in what makes an astrological kite pattern so special, be sure to read my companion article “The Unique and Special Nature of the Astrology Kite Pattern.” This  advanced article breaks down in complete detail the astrology behind the powerful kite.

The nature of this Winter Solstice kite presents a powerful paradox. On one hand, there is the opportunity to experience new levels of peace, not just on a personal but also a planetary level. On the other hand, in addition to peace there is an equal opportunity for conflict. This conflict takes the form of deep patterns of aggression, and must be resolved in order to move forward in life with love and understanding.

What is required is that we collectively say “No” to the aggressive elements within ourselves and within society. “Aggressive elements” in this case pertain to anything or anyone holding authority over you with the intent to control or suppress. On a global scale we release this pattern by accessing peace within and then working together to create peace in the world.

Within the paradox that must resolved, the Winter Solstice kite pattern offers a spiritual outcome that has the potential to be a life-changing event.  The fact that this powerful kite occurs at the exact moment of Winter Solstice  provides the additional energetic shift that inspires and activates the full potential. As the solar day-force awakens and reverses the trend of lengthening night, so the basic energies of Winter Solstice reawaken our individual potential for power and personal authority.

Planetary Influences within the Kite

Solstice Planetary Alignment Dec 21 2015This reawakening that always accompanies Solstice is also embedded within this year’s kite pattern theme of  claiming your authentic authority in the world. The spiritual activation of the kite pattern represents an intense acceleration in growth. This acceleration is indicated by the Mercury/Pluto conjunction in Capricorn. As the Zodiac sign for winter solstice, Capricorn grounds this capacity for stepping into personal power.

Venus and Jupiter also have very significant roles in the kite. Venus in Scorpio indicates that if a life full of “harmony” is seen as something of value, then what must be incorporated and integrated is a complete resistance and refusal to accept all aggressive forms of authority, both within and without. Freedom, both inner and outer, must now become a forefront value that anchors your individual actions with a positive attitude grounded in service to others and the greater good.

Jupiter expresses that same sentiment of service, as well as the sentiment of freedom from aggression, by reconditioning your emotional response against all forms of aggression.   Jupiter in Virgo awakens and activates the character within each of us to shape the world towards cooperation for all people everywhere. On a global level there are currently powerful factions polarizing and escalating conflict. This solstice kite gives you the power to add your influence for peace.

The Moon’s position in the kite pattern is most unusual in that it brings a purity to this amazing configuration. The Moon’s position in Taurus makes this Winter Solstice very personal in order to purify and clear away and all internal programming that is fear-based. Specifically, these are any conscious or subconscious beliefs that tell you  who, what, and when to fear. Aggressive power rules and dominates by creating fear. By stepping out of fear you are able to more fully receive the gift of this Solstice, which is your own power and authority to contribute to Peace in the world.

Riding the Great Piscean Wave: New Moon Astrology March 2015

Riding the Great Piscean Wave: New Moon Astrology March 2015

Article Window: Mar 20 to Apr 19
• Sun is 30° Pisces, Moon is 30° Pisces
• The New Moon is Friday, Mar 20, 2:36 AM PST (Solar Eclipse, 2:36 AM)
Vernal (Spring) Equinox March 20
• The Full Moon is Saturday, Apr 4 (Lunar Eclipse, 5:05 AM)
• New Moon Theme (Mar 20 thru Apr 19): Momentum

Current Lunar Cycle

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

Solar Eclipse New Moon Astrology - Seattle Astrology.

Astrology Article: Riding the Great Piscean Wave

During this month’s New Moon astrology there will be a powerful release of energy carrying a tremendous amount of momentum. The momentum is due to the convergence of several factors, and brings the energy of positive change. This next month presents a bright future, full of optimism and some well-deserved relief from a high level of intensity many have been feeling.

The last two months have carried a level of intensity that many found difficult to navigate. In some cases, it’s been tough to make the necessary adjustments to feel successful. For those who’ve been struggling, a degree of relief is on its way. This break in the intensity will be available during the entire coming Lunar cycle. This is especially true if you can take the opportunity to feel the magnitude of the coming wave of change and just “ride the wave.”

Change and Momentum

The New Moon always brings a wave of change, however this Moon is absolutely unique because of the convergence of several other powerful factors. This month’s New Moon carries the following additional waves of new momentum:

• The New Moon is located in 30 degrees Pisces. (As the last degree of the zodiac it carries the momentum of the entire previous year.)
• Several planets are in New Phase. (There are a total of nine new-phase combinations involving the Sun, Mars, Uranus, and Neptune.)
• The Vernal Equinox. (The new momentum of the now dominate day-force.)
• A Solar Eclipse. (Adds additional energy to the New Moon.)

Those schooled in astrology can work with the specifics of each of these events. However, even if you don’t understand the specifics, you can appreciate the unique convergence and understand the extra support of the fresh start.

The combination of these factors is creating a powerful and pivotal energy source, with enough momentum behind it to sustain a long-term new cycle. The quality of energy supporting this new wave of change is positive in nature and represents your strongest ideals made real and tangible. In other words, this wave brings real change capable of benefiting everyone to some degree.

What’s most important to understand is that this New Moon is offering you the unique opportunity for a fresh start.

Integrating Current Waves of Change

The Spring Equinox always represents a powerful point of change in our yearly cycle, but when combined with the power of a New Moon and Solar Eclipse, along with the planetary power of Venus, Mars, Uranus, Sun, and Mercury all involved in various new phases … All I can say is Wow!

If you’ve been experiencing intensity over the past several weeks, then the news of impending change my bring up fear or discomfort. You might even be saying, “Please, no more change! I need some stability!”

This is a moment to take a breath and realize that you are being carried in a process that’s already begun.

The coming wave of change is all about carrying forward the process of metamorphosis that began with last month’s New Moon. You can feel relief in knowing that the current momentum is being integrated and can carry you forward, as long as you can maintain inner balance and understand the bigger picture.

The silver lining of this New Moon wave of change is that you are in complete control of how you choose to see what’s coming. There’s plenty of support for optimism, curiosity, and perhaps even plain old fun.

Surfing the Wave

The pattern of this New Moon reminds me of the story of the surfer who had been out in the ocean all day and found himself in trouble. He realized he was so far out that he didn’t have the strength to paddle to shore. He felt the breeze stiffen and noticed a shift in the rhythms of the ocean swells. He began to panic. His intuition told him to turn around and look out toward the sea.

He turned around just in time to see the largest wave he had seen all season. He mustered the last bit of strength in his weary body and caught the huge swell with perfect timing. He stayed calm and relaxed, and concentrated on nothing but balance and controlling what he could. He rode the wave all the way to shore. In retrospect, the surfer remembered that massive wave as the most intense, most satisfying and rewarding wave he ever rode.

This story highlights the perfect way to approach this wave of New Moon energy coming your way.

Watch for new opportunities. Both Jupiter and Saturn are working together to support wise choices, and Jupiter is supporting the deeper desires of your Soul as it finds new ways to express itself through your humanity and connection to others. Stay calm and relaxed, and keep your sense of balance. You can even have a little fun, trusting that this wave has the potential to take you exactly where you need to be.

Astrology Pattern

New Moon Astrology Chart for March 2015. by Steven Shroyer, Seattle Astrology.The New Moon is occurring on the very last (30th) degree of the zodiac sign of Pisces. It’s especially potent because this is the last of the sequence of twelve signs, and the next degree initiates a new annual cycle (at 1 degree Aries, also the Vernal Equinox). It’s the equivalent of bringing forward the entire previous year in one moment. In other words, at this New Moon we have an entire year’s worth of momentum condensed into a super potential seed. The 30th degree of Pisces represents the power latent in all seeds and, furthermore, the latency for self-transformation in humankind itself.

To have the New Moon occur at this point is powerful, indeed!

Neptune provides a key piece to the wave of momentum when you realize that Neptune’s energy performs two important functions. Neptune not only dissolves old boundaries, but it also provides a new matrix for successful living with harmony and spiritual principles of unity. The New Moon is continuing to support the Neptunian theme of metamorphosis (change) that began with last month’s (February 28) New Moon.

You can see from the New Moon chart that the planet Neptune sits with seven other planets (including the Moon and Sun). From our vantage point all of these are proceeding at a faster rate of momentum than Neptune. In other words, Neptune is the slowest planet of the eight planets all grouped together. It establishes the intent and foundation for the new energies moving forward.

All of this is also occurring on the Spring (Vernal) Equinox, which is another huge spring board for moving forward as energies shift toward personal development and inspiration.

Mars and Uranus in conjunction are also working together to create an optimistic outlook for inspired action. Breaking free from old, stubborn patterns that aren’t useful anymore can be easily accomplished during this Lunar cycle. This is just one of the opportunities for successful living that you’ll be able to use to your advantage this month.

Celebrating the Vernal Equinox

Spring Equinox is a key aspect of the momentum of this New Moon. On March 20 this year the day and night are of equal length. This is the yearly point when the day-force increases to become of equal strength with the night. Ever since Winter Solstice the day-force has been gaining momentum, and now it has the power to overtake the night-force and dominate for the next six months (until the Fall Equinox).

This yearly point of transition has always been a time for celebration and inspiration. It is a perfect time to set personal intentions for yourself and your growth for the coming year.

Article Summary

This month’s New Moon Astrology provides you the opportunity to relax and stay balanced as a giant wave of momentum takes you to a new level of living and success. Go with the changes which will take place this month. These changes are for your benefit and provide the extra momentum you’ll need to move forward, as well as to release whatever is not useful. Spring is here and it’s time to create your own joy in life as you experience success at new levels.

It is my deepest privilege to share these thoughts with you.
Have a wonderful New Moon,
Steven

Winter Solstice New Moon: Awakening the Solstice Light

Article Window: Dec 21 to Jan 20
• The New Moon is Sunday, Dec 21, 5:36 PM PST
• The Full Moon is Sunday, Jan 4
• Sun is 1° Capricorn, Moon is 1° Capricorn
• Current New Moon Theme (thru Jan 20): Personal Empowerment

Current Lunar Cycle

The New Moon releases a wave of new potential and sets the overall theme for the entire month that follows. To experience your fullest potential in the coming month, allow the energy of this New Moon theme to guide you and help you adjust to changing circumstances. Each week of this month’s Lunar Cycle will offer new tools and momentum for energizing your life purpose.

Winter Solstice occurs when the Sun enters Capricorn. This is a major shift, where the Sun reaches its northern-most destination in the sky and begins its annual journey southward. This shift is most strongly experienced in terms of light, as the length of daylight begins to increase and the hope of spring and the rebirth of nature first begins to take hold.

Winter Solstice 2014

Astrology Article: Awakening the Solstice Light

This week we anticipate Winter Solstice, the annual gift of light, and perhaps the most inspiring turning point of the astrological calendar.

Since the Summer Solstice on June 21, each day has been progressively shorter. Over the past six months, as the day-force has withdrawn, the magnificent night-force has gained in strength. This week the night-force reaches it pinnacle in the days and hours before the winter solstice arrives.

Then, as if magic were in the air, the light is once again re-awakened and along with the light the hopes, the dreams, and the magic of rebirth are re-ignited as well.

I refer to this experience as ‘magic’ because we can feel it, but we can’t see it. This magic is the great Mystery of the Christmas spirit revealed within Nature. The birth of the light brings the hope of something better to come. This is the light of Christ-consciousness re-awakening. If we can claim it as our own, the light has the power to heal us and even bring humankind together in love with the promise of what that light can bring to the world.

The Season of Empowerment

The Winter Solstice is marked by the shortest day of the year. The actual moment of Solstice is also marked by the time that the Sun enters the zodiac sign of Capricorn. It is Capricorn’s energy that fuels this birth of light.

Capricorn is an earth sign, and its energies are extremely powerful, holding a tremendous amount of spiritual potential. This energy is spiritual in the sense that the night-force is still operating at almost full strength, but there’s a hidden power which has been awakened. This is the power of pure light and love functioning in the physical realm.

The light is present in the same way that the dormant seeds awakening in the ground feel the energizing promise of spring. By its very nature, Capricorn understands this power. When this power is claimed at the individual level, then Capricornian energy will find a way to express and organize this power in the physical world.

With power comes responsibility. Capricorn brings both empowerment and the responsibility that goes along with it. It is necessary that these two aspects be balanced. All too often, the sense of taking responsibility over-shadows one’s claim to their personal power. In other words, overwhelming responsibility can limit one’s capacity for personal empowerment.

The solstice light balances these qualities of empowerment and responsibility through Capricorn’s excellent capacity to work within the earth realm. Usefulness, management, and community are all terms describing Capricornian energy, bringing this balance into the world in a practical way.

The other secret of Capricorn is hope in a better tomorrow. Without hope, Capricornian responsibility and sense of power can become self-destructive and cynical. The unique combination of astrological energies at this year’s Winter Solstice is directly emphasizing this hope of new opportunity.

This year’s astrology chart illustrates the opportunities available to us. New hope arrives through a well-positioned Jupiter and Uranus (see below). In addition, the chart also shows the opportunity for abundance and prosperity.

Individual financial success is strongly indicated, provided that the combination of hope, responsibility, and practicality are able to work for the betterment of the larger good. The ‘larger good’ can most easily be understood by extending your actions to include those you care most about.

As your sense of self expands, the larger good also expands. You understand that what benefits the Whole is also what most benefits your individual Self. Once this form of selflessness is embraced, prosperity is the end result (Venus in Capricorn).

These next winter months hold the promise of opportunities for financial expansion, along with the sense of optimism that everything will work out in a positive way. The path for success this winter lies in claiming your power, acting in alignment with the larger good, and then seeing and feeling a bright future for yourself.

Astrology Pattern

Winter Solstice Astrology Chart- 2014Capricorn energy is always present at the Winter Solstice, but in this year’s chart that energetic potential is amplified. This is illustrated by the fact that this year at Solstice there are five planets in Capricorn. This stellium delivers an increased sense of empowerment, responsibility, and hope.

The Sun and Moon are at 1° Capricorn (the chart only looks like they’re in Sagittarius). The Sun and Moon together (New Moon) on the 1st degree of Capricorn strongly emphasize your ability to personally claim this power as self-empowerment. This extra dose of momentum is gained from the start of the new Lunar cycle coinciding with the Solstice.

With Pluto at 13° it is time to claim that personal power as the end result of intentional action, hard work, and doing the right thing. (Sun/Moon are balsamic to Pluto.)

Venus represents the end result of your hard work and this can easily be experienced as a new level of prosperity. The Sabian symbol for our New Moon supports this very idea.

Sabian Symbol for 1° CAPRICORN — AN INDIAN CHIEF CLAIMS POWER FROM THE ASSEMBLED TRIBE.

With the Sun and Moon falling on the powerful first degree of Capricorn, a new cycle of prosperity and hope can be seen as a definite possibility for things to come. Jupiter trine the New Moon brings leadership, once the Capricornian power is claimed and integrated.

Jupiter trine Uranus in Aries also inspires a deep sense of hope and the inspiration to access your empowered self to move forward in life with light and the freedom to realize more of your potential than you have in the past.

The traditional tidings of “Peace on Earth and Goodwill to All” are emphasized in this chart. Prosperity and personal success in all your endeavors is the overwhelming theme for moving forward.

Summary

This year’s Winter Solstice is full of magic, hope, and prosperity. With our New Moon falling directly on the Solstice there is a sense that the next six months will be full of light, empowered living, and a bright future. Your holiday season may feel more alive and full of hope. This is a time to feel a new sense of empowerment as you lay claim to an inspired future.

Peace and blessings to all.

It is my deepest privilege to share these thoughts with you.
Have a wonderful month,
Steven

Winter Solstice New Moon Tarot Video

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Winter Solstice Full Moon: Finding Your Hidden Light

Winter Solstice Full Moon Astrology Dec 17

  • Full Moon is Tuesday, Dec 17 at 1:28 am PST
  • Sun is 26° Sagittarius, Moon is 26° Gemini
  • Lunar Month Theme (New Moon to New Moon): Recognizing Opportunity
  • Next New Moon is Thursday, Jan 2, 2014
  • Winter Solstice is Dec 21 at 9:11 am PST

Current Lunar Cycle

The Full Moon illuminates and activates whatever was released with the manifesting wave of New Moon energy two weeks ago. This week 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.

Winter Solstice 2013

Astrology Article: Finding Your Hidden Light

This Full Moon occurs only four days before the Winter Solstice and it illuminates your ability to understand your hidden role in the world. I say “hidden” because we often don’t understand the role we play in inspiring others and bringing others together. With the solstice taking place between the Full Moon and New Moon, you have an opportunity in the coming days to recognize your own role as someone who is instrumental in creating an atmosphere which others can rally around and find inspirational.

The Full Moon always represents a type of illumination which occurs in relationship to the New Moon monthly theme. Our New Moon theme this month is focused on Recognizing Opportunity and following the Full Moon you have the opportunity to see your own role in inspiring others.

The solstice energies this week will support this opportunity with the rebirth of light. Cultural tradition during this time of the year provides an example of this with stories of the Christ child emerging as a historical figure of inspiration and a personality in which people have rallied around for centuries.

A Story of Light and Hope

The story of the birth of the Christ child is a story of future hope. It’s a story of a new source of light and illumination around which the world can rally. This story also describes the essence of the winter solstice, which represents the hope of the returning day-force. Light once again is reborn.

The Winter solstice is the point of the year in which our solar light is reborn and starts to grow in strength as the daylight once again begins to lengthen. The longest night of the year marks the end of the night-force reign and its power no longer continues to grow unchecked. The promise of light and the day-force once again returning the Sun to its glorious throne of power fills our imagination with hope for a better future.

The birth of Light at the Winter solstice is the hope of something new. The Light is alive and it’s beginning to grow in our consciousness. This is the hidden theme of the Christ child story and also the theme of the solstice.

The realization available at the Full Moon rests on your recognition of the role you play in bringing others together in the spirit of unity. Whatever the action, whether it’s something you do, organize, or create, if others are inspired to come together, you’ll be instrumental as a symbol of light. In this way, each of us connects with the Christ child within and the light reborn at the Winter solstice.

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Winter Solstice Full Moon Reading

by Elizabeth Schermer

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In Closing

It is our deepest privilege to share these thoughts with you. Thank you again for your participation.

Have a wonderful week,
Steven and Elizabeth