A Witches' Brew THE LIBRA NEW MOON September 30, 2016
Congratulations, you've made it to a lunation that is NOT an eclipse. If you are hoping, however, for a break from the intensity, I'm sorry to say, not quite yet. For today's New Moon is a complex stew, bit of a witches brew with powerful ties from Sun and Moon to Mars and Pluto, drifting towards their own conjunction in Saturn's sign. And Venus, Libra's ruler (therefore lunation ruler), gliding in Mars' and Pluto's own sign of witchy Scorpio with an almost perfect, mesmerizing water trine to enchanting Neptune.
Halloween's come early this year.
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A Balance of Light THE LIBRA EQUINOX September 22, 2016
When the Sun enters the cardinal air sign of Libra each year, it signals one of two equinoxes, and, north of the equator, the official start of autumn. Marking the heart of the harvest season, the Druids refer to the fall equinox as Alban Elued, which means "The Light of the Sea" — representing the descent of the Sun into the western seas at sunset. For the autumn equinox is the seasonal equivalent of sunset, when the fiery solar energy of the growing season gives way to telluric, earthy forces. The life force begins its retreat once more into Mother Earth for the winter's long rest.
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Effort Over Time THE VIRGO NEW MOON & SOLAR ECLIPSE Sept 1, 2016
This Virgo eclipse is a call to action: to resolve and jettison, once and for all, your particular "South-Node-Neptune in Pisces" recurring problems of escapism, self-delusion, impracticality, sloppiness, laziness (physical, mental, and spiritual), along with any other life-undermining bad habits. Any kind of disorder. With the North Node in Virgo, and this being a "North Node" eclipse, Virgo — what it represents — is the ideal we are striving towards: Virgo practicality, attention to detail, order, reliability, using the noggin better. Sloppy housekeeping but also sloppy mental habits are definitely anti-Virgo. How good are you at really facing the truth? keeping up with the routines, including really supporting your own health and wellbeing? How effective is that internal BS-detector? Do you apply sufficient skepticism or do you too often accept what people say without digging deeper? Do you do your homework?
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Making it REAL SATURN STATIONS DIRECT August 13, 2016
Saturn is currently at standstill, nearing its station (August 13th), and turning direct after a five-month retrograde cycle that began last March. As I wrote in the Leo New Moon essay, what Saturn represents is a very active and critical agent right now. So let's talk a bit more about Saturn, and its retrograde cycle, here at its powerful station direct.