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

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

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

Current Lunar Cycle

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

Full Moon Over Hawaii Photo

Astrology Article: The Art of Living in Harmony

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Astrology Pattern

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Current Lunar Cycle

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

 New-Moon-July-4th-2016

Astrology Article: The Development of Personal Character

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

What is Will Power

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

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

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

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

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

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

Astrology Pattern

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Current Lunar Cycle

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

Full Moon Summer Solstice

Astrology Article: The Challenge of True Transformation

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

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

The Challenge of Personal Freedom

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

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

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

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

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

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

Astrology Pattern

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

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

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

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

Summer Solstice Activation

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

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

In Conclusion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Current Lunar Cycle

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

New Moon Astrology by Seattle Astrology and Steven Shroyer

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Magic of Venus

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

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

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

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

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

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

Astrology Pattern

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

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

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

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

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

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

Putting it all Together

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

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

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

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

Steven Shroyer

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

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

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

Current Lunar Cycle

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

Full Moon Over Ancient Temple Photo

Astrology Article: Seeing Clearly with Courage to Act

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Astrology Pattern

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Full Moon
Steven Shroyer

Inspiration During Times of Challenge: New Moon Astrology May 2016

Inspiration During Times of Challenge: New Moon Astrology May 2016

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

Current Lunar Cycle

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

Purple Mountain New Moon Photo

Astrology Article: Inspiration During Times of Challenge

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

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

The Significance of Retrograde Planets

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

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

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

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

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

Astrology Pattern

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This Lunar month promises to be amazing.

Happy New Moon.

An Expansion of Consciousness: Full Moon Astrology Apr 2016

An Expansion of Consciousness: Full Moon Astrology Apr 2016

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

Current Lunar Cycle

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

Full Moon Tranquility Beach 2014 Moonrise_

Astrology Article: An Expansion of Consciousness

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

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

A Spark of Cosmic Optimism

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

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

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

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

Astrology Pattern

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

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

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

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

A Positive Shift in Power: New Moon Astrology Apr 2016

A Positive Shift in Power: New Moon Astrology Apr 2016

• Article Window: Apr 7 to May 6
• The New Moon is Apr 7, 2016  4:24am PDT
• Sun is 19° Aries, Moon is 19° Aries
• New Moon Theme (Apr 7 to May 6):  A Shift in Power
• Next Full Moon is Apr 21, 2016

Current Lunar Cycle

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

Night New Moon in Seattle Photo

Astrology Article: A Positive Shift in Power

The New Moon astrology for this month points to a major shift in the power structures in the circumstances around you. This shift refers to a release of pent-up energy capable of transforming personal power, social power, and even perhaps the political powers of the world.

This dramatic triggering and release of energies has far-reaching implications. There is potentially much at stake. I will attempt to explain this energy shift and outline a practical strategy that will enable you to take advantage of changes that you may experience in your life as a result of this release.

The first thing to consider is that there is no need to feel overwhelmed or anxious about potential changes coming to you, or even possibly to the world. Power structures exist everywhere. If power structures are healthy they are constantly adapting, growing and evolving with the new potentials and possibilities that the Universe provides. This New Moon energy offers you the personal opportunity for a positive shift in the structures that support your life. You have the opportunity to begin anew, with an abundance of energy for positive change, even to the very core structures of your life.

In the world sense, political power structures are continuously offered the opportunity for positive change, however they are often concerned with maintaining status quo rather than positive change.  It is this lack of response to the opportunity for significant change that creates a log jam of energies. When change does occur, it can be explosive, such as the bursting of a log jam. This large scale change also creates a trickle down drama that affects our personal lives.

Although there may be drama, the overall energies of this chart hold a theme of very positive transformation, with the possibility for very positive outcome, including within your personal opportunities. The New Moon is supporting a type of personal transformation that can provide inspired growth and a new level of momentum to improve your life and make the world a better place for all.

In short, the good news is that there is positive creative support in these New Moon energies. The transformation they are triggering in the world is overdue. At the same time, they are also offering personal opportunities in the form of a new skill set you can use to transform your life by releasing obstacles and preventing your own patterns of stagnation from slowing down your growth and opportunities for success.

A View from Above

Life and circumstances appear quite different when you can rise above the fray and strife. From above the view changes, circumstances look different, and your imagination becomes activated in ways that can only be explained by this shift in perspective.

The creative imagination and creative mind have this ability to rise above circumstances to gain a greater perspective.  Imagine that you had the tool of a magic carpet to rise above your life and see the bigger picture.

A shift in life’s perspective is precisely what is occurring at the New Moon. The New Moon is providing a shift in consciousness that allows you to see the world from an unattached point of view. Imagine surveying the countryside from a small plane, with a much larger context than you have standing on the ground. It is this ability to transcend the strife of everyday reality that the New Moon is offering you.

Regardless of what type of social transformations are beginning to take place, or even significant political changes in power that appear to be happening, you can use your creative imagination and your creative mind to rise above the fray with a perspective that says, “everything is going to be alright.”

Imagine yourself viewing your life from above, floating on your magic carpet, engaged but without any stress and strife. Imagine your creative mind actively looking at your circumstances from a larger vantage point. This is a perfect view from above with an entirely new perspective capable of seeing a fuller picture and holding a positive outcome.

The New Moon offers you this technique of an expanded and larger perspective that enables you to cope with personal changes as well as any social and political transformations which will be triggered in the weeks to come.

Astrology Pattern

New Moon Astrology Chart Apr 2016Our New Moon occurs at 19°Aries just 2° before Uranus.  This is quite significant considering Pluto’s position at 17° Capricorn and the conjunction of Saturn and Mars also activating Uranus.

With the New Moon occurring in front of Uranus (balsamic phase),  the long-term outcome is quite positive, provided we take advantage of the new technique being introduced at 19° Aries.

An extremely positive indicator is revealed in the Sabian archetype of 19° Aries.

Sabian 19° ARIES — THE “MAGIC CARPET” OF ORIENTAL IMAGERY
THEME: A Strife-Transcending and Unattached Outlook Upon Everyday Reality
ARCHETYPE: The Use of Creative Imagination to Change Perspective

The overall astrology pattern is packed with the element of fire. This brings to the forefront the volatility of Uranus. Fortunately, Aries holds an inherent optimism and momentum that begins the new growth cycle launched at Spring Equinox. Although we may very likely see some major changes, both personally and in the larger world scene, in the larger perspective the changes will be good, for oftentimes Uranus clears out the old dysfunction of past generations to make way for new possibilities to arrive.

In Summary

To take advantage of the opportunities pay attention to what is being activated. Some of you will notice triggers in external circumstances, and for some the release of stagnation will trigger inner processes. The emphasis depends on your personal astrology chart. Just pay attention to the ways in which you experience change being “forced” upon you. Ask yourself: “What is stagnant and what is being released to make room for the new?”

Living in Harmony During Times of Stress: Full Moon Astrology Feb 2016

Living in Harmony During Times of Stress: Full Moon Astrology Feb 2016

  • Article Window: Feb 22 to Mar 8
  • The Full Moon is Monday, Feb 22, 10:20 AM PST
  • Sun is 4° Pisces, Moon is 4° Virgo
  • Current New Moon Theme (Feb 8 thru Mar 8): Messages of Personal Truth
  • Next New Moon: Mar 8

Current Lunar Cycle

Full Moon Astrology Feb 2016

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 Astrology Article: Living in Harmony During Times of Stress

This month’s Full Moon astrology brings a new awareness to what it means to live in harmony and to cooperate with those who are in rhythm with your own personal truth.

Two weeks have transpired since the last New Moon, which introduced a new energy in the form of a personal message of truth. What’s now being activated at the Full Moon is a deeper understanding of what is means to cooperate with others, while staying grounded in your new sense of personal truth.

The Full Moon chart also presents a specific signature that indicates the possibility for additional stress and conflict. This is over and above life’s typical ups and downs. It further suggests that the source of stress could be coming from being at odds with an overly dominate status quo.

This stress isn’t necessarily a bad thing. We all understand that conflict and stress arise from time to time in our personal lives. Stress is part of the natural cycle of adaptation and can actually indicate a point of growth. On the physical level, for example, stress is required to increase physical strength. As you exercise your muscles are stressed. With proper nutrition and rest these stressed muscles recover with the benefit of being stronger and more resilient. The point I’m making is that the stress or conflict that may appear this month can be used as an opportunity for growth.

Emotional and social stress can work the same way as physical exercise, through the principle of adaptation. Cooperation and conflict resolution can create a larger possibility, however this is only possible if differences are seen as a necessary function of the entire whole. During times of stress you have the opportunity to become emotionally stronger by striving to live in harmony.

What often contributes to stress is our own bias, or limited perspective. Bias is based in your personal truth, but goes beyond truth into the realm of negative judgement based on superficial differences.

What the Full Moon brings into a sharper focus is the need for freedom. This is freedom based on a mutual respect for individual self-determination that honors the differences between people without impinging on another’s free will.

Over the coming two weeks, between the Full Moon and the next New Moon, set your focus on the harmony that brings people together. It is precisely this harmony and the ability to be in rhythm with each other that will inspire you to expand into larger understandings of truth and what is possible.

Astrology Pattern

Full Moon Astrology Chart for Feb 2016One of the more significant Solar alignments this year is the Sun’s conjunction with Neptune. During this Full Moon Neptune, contributes its ability to dissolve away whatever isn’t creating harmony in your life. It also brings to light the ways in which your personal truth must be in alignment with others in a spirit of cooperation. In this way, Neptune supports your ability to be of service.

The Virgo Moon within this chart activates a new level of freedom from negative bias. This emphasizes that we must honor each other’s individual truths as long as those truths don’t trample on the free-will of others. Virgo supports this process as it seeks to master the art of bringing greater discrimination to all of your actions. This includes doing the right thing in service to others.

The planet Mars is making a T-Square with the Full Moon. This is significant in that Mars demands action. That action can go either way – it can create conflict or promote harmony. Mars itself doesn’t discriminate between the two extremes. There’s a time and a place for everything. Mars in this configuration is more concerned with the efficient functioning of a new course of action. This is definitely indicating an energy shift to make available the actions necessary to swiftly adapt to any new situations in order to live more harmoniously.

Have a great Full Moon,
Steven Shroyer

Discovering Your Personal Message: New Moon Astrology Feb 2016

Discovering Your Personal Message: New Moon Astrology Feb 2016

Article Window: Feb 8 to Mar 8
• The New Moon is February 8, 2016  6:39am PST
• Sun is 20° Aquarius , Moon is 20° Aquarius
• New Moon Theme (Feb 8 to Mar 8): Messages of Personal Truth
• Next Full Moon is February 22, 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 Feb 2016

Astrology Article: Discovering Your Personal Message

This month’s New Moon energies bring a personal message to each of us. This message will vary from person to person, depending on  circumstances and where you are in your life’s journey.  In this article I hope to shed some light on the breadth of possibility available, and help you discover what your personal message might be.

To begin, remember that each New Moon represents an opportunity for a new type of growth. The Moon is all about growth. Studying the Lunar cycle for personal and practical support allows you to more fully incorporate these energies into your life. When you can intentionally assimilate these New Moon energies, your growth can be more rapid, more complete, and more rewarding.

Let’s take a closer look at seven specific messages being introduced during this New Moon. These seven messages are embedded in the planetary positions and arrangement of the astrological chart. Each of the following patterns are readily available for your personal growth. As you read each one, reflect on those which most resonate.  In order to stimulate your personal growth pattern this month, focus on those messages that most directly speak to your own truth.

Seven Distinct New Moon Messages to Consider

  1. There is a paradoxical nature to inner freedom. Freedom requires limits. In order to experience freedom in one area of your life, it’s often necessary to apply self-discipline in another. To limit, withhold or deny something in one area of your life in order produce freedom in another is a paradox that is worth mastering.
  2. Nurture silence. When the mind learns how to be attentive, silence ceases to be empty. This month you have new access to transcendental knowledge.  The fullness experienced in silence has the power to sustain your faith in guidance and the type of knowledge that transcends mere information.
  3. You are ready to accept your own nobility. In the spiritual sense, nobility is only truly attained once a person feels deserving. This experience of receiving one’s worth and true nobility leads to inspiration and the acceptance of responsibility that comes with one’s  inspiration to fulfill their potential.  When you accept your nobility, you also experience that your potential is deserved and something to be respected as an instrument for good.
  4. Planetary rhythms support your visionary perspective. When you are able to strengthen your sensitivity toward the larger planetary rhythms, you can align with the consciousness necessary for planning future endeavors that serve the highest good.
  5. Personal balance is an important step toward success. There is opportunity to find new levels of personal equilibrium between the natural rhythms of rest and activity. Another way to speak of this is the necessary balance between inner silence and outward action.
  6. It’s time to release your inhibitions. Releasing what has been repressed is closely related to releasing distorted values that have, over time, become warped by a subservience to traditions that are no longer needed. By taking a closer look at your inhibitions, you have the opportunity to release these distorted patterns.
  7. This is a time for self-quickening. The term “self-quickening” refers to a deep process of inner activation in which you experience the integration and full vitality of your life force. This current lunar cycle holds the opportunity to release and direct your vital energies toward the mobilization of your spiritual goals.

Moving Forward

New Moon Astrology Chart for Feb 2016One or more of the above seven message will resonate with you. Work with these messages over the coming lunar month in order to experience your maximum growth potential.

In two weeks, the Full Moon in Virgo will help you further integrate these messages into your life and continue to expand in positive growth and prosperity.

Moving forward, I would also like to point you toward the Lunar Eclipse that will occur on March 23rd with the Libra Full Moon. Your particular Lunar messages during this New Moon won’t be fully realized until the Lunar Eclipse in March when the energies will fully coalesce, unfolding with a ripple effect throughout the remainder of the year.

Blessings to all my friends.