Category Archives: Moon

Then add an eclipse to the mix …

As you’ve probably noticed, this is intense and powerful astrological energy at the moment. The last of Pluto-Uranus earlier this week, and now a solar eclipse in the final degree of the zodiac, the day before the solstice and the beginning of a new cycle.

Life is change citation

A solar eclipse happens when the Moon is between the Sun and the Earth, so it always happens on a New Moon (compared with the lunar eclipse that happens on a Full Moon, which we are going to get in a couple of weeks … on 4th April).   So, with a solar eclipse, the Moon is casting its shadow over the earth, so there’s an element of our emotions overshadowing our past. With this eclipse in Pisces, this is a clearing energy on a deep, psychological level. Being at the last degree of the zodiac, and with both the Moon and the Sun entering Aries over the next day, and beginning their new year cycle, this eclipse is a powerful opportunity for setting new intentions.

Plenty of people around me have been experiencing this intensity of the astrological energies over the last week or two … whether it has manifested as oppressive fatigue, turgid energy, penetrating dreams, unexplained tears, frustrations with others, fears of letting go, fears of holding on … this is a time of transition, and the evolution is all around us.  This eclipse is the essence of it. Today is a day to put aside some time to set new intentions, to allow the old to flow out and the new to flow in.

Today is the beginning of a new cycle … it is powerful energy, be gentle and purposeful with it!

Albert Life is like cycling

The Blood Moon – Lunar eclipse, October 2014

So, the eclipse season is on us … and I’m guessing that people are already feeling the intensity.

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A Lunar eclipse happens on a Full Moon, when the Sun and Moon are exactly opposite and in parallel, and the shadow of the Earth falls on the Moon, causing what is called a Blood Moon. This will be at 8.50pm Wednesday night (AEDT). Astrologically, the suggestion is that this is a time when emotions (Moon) are in hidden (shadowed), we are disconnected from our feelings. So, we can feel out of sorts and act out of character. And when you get that happening to everyone at the same time, weirdness ensues!

This full Moon is in Aries, with the Sun in Libra. The Aries-Libra polarity suggests that in general, the disconnection is likely to play out in the realm of relationships, having something to do with the balance of individuality and partnership. Maybe struggles for freedom, or one person wanting more connection while the other wants more independence.

Also look for the 15 degrees Aries-Libra point in your own chart, as this will indicate where it will hit personally. If you’re not familiar with your chart, this is a good website to use, so you can find out what part of your own life the eclipse will be affecting …

But that’s just the Blood Moon, it gets far more complex. The eclipse happens with the Sun exactly on Uranus, which suggests that there will be a tendency for radical upheaval. Uranus wants us to break free in order to become our true selves. But it does this with little concern for consequences. So, over the next few days, any hint of a rut that we might be in is going to be shown to us, and we will want to run. Take the message, but throw in a little dash of caution before taking the action; with Uranus and Pluto in play, the chance of leaving utter destruction in our wake is high … and maybe not everything needed to be discarded. Or maybe it did, and if so, then the next few days, with the sparkling power of the Mars-Jupiter-Uranus Grand Fire Trine, are perfect for a psyche clear out!

But wait, that’s not all!! On Thursday (AEDT) Venus squares to Pluto, suggesting intense passions, but with a hidden agenda. Jealousy and possessiveness are high, in direct proportion to fear of losing partnership or the need to control. One way to deal with this is to bring the hidden stuff to the surface, if not, the risk is Pluto doing its destructive stuff. But even this has its own risks with the upheaval of this week.

So, put all that together … intense passions that threaten to destroy intimacy, disconnection between self and feeling, and an uncontrollable urge to break free of restrictions!! And all this while Mercury is retrograde and our capacity for effective communication is challenged. Sure, act on it if that’s what you want, but take a deep breath (or ten) first, and make sure you stop to listen to what is really going on. And remember that this is happening for everyone, so allow a little compassion, and don’t get sucked into someone else’s drama.


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Sag full Moon & Venus opposite Saturn … play time, serious time or playful serious time?



We are building up to a Full Moon in Sagittarius (Friday 13th June, 9.00 am, AEST), which would usually be quite a playful, energetic energy.  Sag full moon is typically party energy, and coming so close to the solstice celebration times, it is a time for fun.  But this time, it is combined with a Venus-Saturn aspect that is likely to tone it down a bit.

Venus is opposite Saturn at 2pm on Friday (AEST), which is a time for seriousness, especially in relating.  Venus is all about how we attract love and bring others to us, while Saturn is all about structure and how we build a future.  When these two planets are in opposition, the combination is a major reality check; a challenge to face what is real in our relating.  That the opposition involves Taurus and Scorpio makes it even more serious … Taurus is earnest, while Scorpio is profound, so this opposition can be inhibiting and controlling if we’re not careful to look for its lessons.  This transit forces us to look at what is working in our relating, to strengthen the depth of relationship through effort and commitment, it is an opportunity for creating the building blocks of love that is to last. But its down side is that intimacy can seem a burden, and doubts can creep in about our own sense of worth and value in a relationship.  This Saturnian energy can put a bit of a dampener on the fun, and make the whole thing of intimacy seem too hard, not worth the effort.  Wisdom is in using the power for building rather than giving up.

So, when you combine the playful Full Moon with this serious relating stuff, it seems to me that the end of this week will be a time when we can bring some lightheartedness to the challenges of getting real with our relationships.  Sure, Saturn is going to make it serious, but at the same time, there is an opportunity with this Full Moon to keep it from getting depressing.  Use the lightness of the Sag moon to overcome the fears of intimacy.  The caution is to be real, and to not miss out on the opportunity for growth that is presenting by losing oneself in the frivolousness of lunar play time!

These two aspects happen on Friday or Saturday, depending on where on this planet you are, and I’m anticipating that we will experience a gradual build up in the intensity of relating stuff over the next few days.

Of course none of this is causal, but it does give a fascinating insight into the fundamental interconnectedness of all things!!!