March 28, 2021 – Full Moon in Libra

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The last weekend of March features a Full Moon in Libra and calls to mind what began nearly six months ago, when the Moon was New in Libra. During Aries season, a time when the focus is on asserting our individuality and driving forward, the Libra Full Moon is a commercial break about relationships. It reminds us that how we relate to others is a reflection of the relationship we have with ourself.

Cardinal Signs: Let’s Get It Started

I’ve previously written about fixed signs and mutable signs, and the qualities they share. Now’s a perfect time to discuss the cardinal signs of the zodiac: Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn. These signs mark the start of a new season and set the stage for the next cycle. It makes sense, then, that cardinal signs are known for initiative and drive. With Aries marking the beginning of the astrological new year and spring in the Northern Hemisphere, its opposing sign Libra heralds the start of autumn. Cancer and Capricorn kick off summer and winter, respectively, in the Northern Hemisphere.

I’ve also written about oppositions and how opposing signs want the same thing, but go about it differently. As a cardinal fire sign, Aries is all about movement: its high energy can be impulsive and brash, ready to take on physical challenges. The sign of the ram burns hot and fast. Libra seeks harmony and moderation, wanting to consider all the options before making a decision. Its cardinal air nature works toward diplomatic solutions and prides itself on its ability to cooperate with others. Their shared goal is staying active: for Aries, it’s physical, self-driven activity; for Libra, it’s mental, other-driven activity.

When the luminaries of the Sun and Moon are in these activity-centered signs, it can make for intense revelations about one’s inner nature, capabilities and shortcomings. Are we too self-centered? Are we thinking about others’ feelings too much or not enough? Answering those questions is the focus of this Full Moon in Libra.

Moon in Libra

Libra is the sign of justice, fairness and balance. Ruled by Venus, Libra seeks to connect with others and finds great joy in relationship and partnership. While many folks may focus solely on the romantic relationships component (easy to do when Venus is involved), Libra is interested in all relationships: business, familial, platonic, amorous. It’s happiest when relating to others.

Libra also feels very strongly about the scales being balanced. It’s said that Libra is interested in “peace at any price” and that can prove to be an issue. Libra does not like confrontation or fuss when it comes to relationships and may overlook major red flags or flaws. All in the name of love, right?

When the Moon is in Libra, relationships come to the forefront. The drive to partner up is strong, but so is connecting with friends and family. A Full Moon in Libra says it’s time to scrutinize our relationships and determine whether or not they are leaving us feeling connected and balanced, or alone and confused.

Flashback to October 2020

Take your mind back to October 16, 2020, during the Libra New Moon. Let’s think of that New Moon as the start of cuffing season, the period of time when singles are looking to find someone to partner with. But let’s expand this concept of cuffing season to include the innate drive to connect more closely with those around us, which often happens as the winter holidays approach and the weather shifts. Perhaps we’re reaching out to friends via text or DMs, calling older family members to talk and share updates, or corresponding with others by mail.

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Now consider this: we’re at the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, a time when the weather fluctuates between cold nights and warm sunny days. We may get a spring itch to change things up in our lives – and since the Sun is in Aries, it’s highly likely that those changes will be more self-focused than other-focused. Is it possible, though, to advocate for ourselves without sacrificing the connections we value? This is the question the Libra Full Moon wants us to ask.

Some questions to consider during your Full Moon rituals and reflections:

      • Did you begin a new relationship or partnership in mid-October 2020? Or did you forge a new connection with a friend or family member?
      • What’s the current status of the new relationships/connections that began nearly 6 months ago?
      • Do you feel emotionally met in your current connections? Why or why not?
      • What would it take for you to feel balanced in your current relationships and connections?
      • Is there an underlying belief about relationships and partnerships that you need to release?

I hope today’s Libra Full Moon brings you clarity and insight into your relationship with your self and with others, and offers you opportunities to move forward in healthy, loving ways.

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March 13, 2021 – New Moon in Pisces

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The last new moon of the astrological year offers a moment of reflection. The Pisces New Moon encourages us to sleep and dream big dreams – and when we wake up, it will be spring. But first, we need to explore the profound (and often unfathomable) Piscean nature: its ruling planets, its strengths and challenges, and the weight of the water it swims in.

Jupiter and Neptune, Rulers of Pisces

To understand the nature of Pisces, it’s helpful to take a look at the sign’s planetary rulers, the myths connected to their namesake gods, and the resulting qualities that astrology associates with those planets. Pisces’s traditional ruling planet is Jupiter and its modern ruling planet is Neptune.

Jupiter, known as Zeus in Greek mythology, ruled the skies and was considered the leader of the gods. He was intelligent, conniving, gregarious and seductive. He could be vengeful but he could also be very sentimental, showing deep concern and affection for the multitudes of offspring he sired as well as their mothers, whether mortal, goddess or otherwise.

Neptune, known as Poseidon in Greek mythology, was the brother of Zeus. He was given rulership over the sea and all within it. Poseidon also ruled earthquakes and horses (the Romans didn’t carry over these rulerships to Neptune).

Astrologers associate Jupiter with qualities of

    • Expansion
    • Luck
    • Optimism
    • Higher education
    • Leisure
    • Morality
    • Philosophic reasoning
    • Wealth & prosperity

Neptune is associated with qualities of

    • Dreams
    • Spirituality
    • Illusion and delusion
    • Mystery
    • Psychic phenomena, intuition and extrasensory perception
    • Addictive behavior
    • Ideals

When you look at these two lists, it may have you wondering how Jupiter makes for a good ruler of Pisces. Take a look at that first word for Jupiter: expansion. When we expand our thinking, we open up to possibility and wonder. We give our dreams a place to grow and transform. Pursuing philosophical thoughts and allowing them to expand our experience impacts our relationship to our inner self and the world around us. Neptune embodies what is possible when that expansion is allowed to take place – and as we know, that can lead to destructive or dangerous behavior.

In the 20 years I’ve studied astrology, I have read natal charts for quite a few Pisces folks. One of the first things I tell them is the biggest lesson they have to learn in this lifetime is whether to be a surfer or a sponge.

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A sponge soaks up water – and the more water it holds, the heavier it becomes. It wears out over time holding excess amounts of water.

A surfer rides the waves: they get wet, they fall in the ocean, they get back on the board. Their goal is to harness the power of the water to keep them upright. They respect the water’s power and work with it.

Water represents emotion and feelings. A highly intuitive, psychic sign, Pisces can easily get overwhelmed if it chooses to be a sponge over and over again, channeling that Jupiterian quality of expansion in order to hold onto the Neptunian dreams and mysteries. As a surfer, Pisces gets to be in the water, but not always of the water. The weight is lessened because Pisces has set the boundaries for engagement.

New Moon in Pisces

With a New Moon in Pisces, we are all invited to make a fresh start with our own emotional processing. We get a chance to assess whether we are a sponge or a surfer, and where we need to set boundaries in our emotional experience so that we don’t drown. Your dreams over the last 24-48 hours may be showing you where that work needs to be done.

This New Moon is also a great time to set intentions and goals for the coming months. If you know your rising sign, here’s a rundown of where the New Moon in Pisces can help you focus your attention:

Aries Rising – subconscious thoughts & feelings, karmic debts

Taurus Rising – friends and social groups, hopes, goals

Gemini Rising – career, fame, reputation

Cancer Rising – personal philosophy, spirituality and beliefs; higher education

Leo Rising – regeneration, transformation, death

Virgo Rising – relationships and partnerships

Libra Rising – work and work environment, service, health

Scorpio Rising – creativity & creative pursuits, children, where you find & seek pleasure

Sagittarius Rising – home, family life, your past, ancestors

Capricorn Rising – communication skills & tools for communicating with others, sibling relationships, short trips

Aquarius Rising – finances, material possessions, self-esteem

Pisces Rising – physical appearance, self-awareness

You can also read that list for your Sun sign, which will also be impacted, though maybe not as strongly. (Not sure about your rising sign? Visit https://chart.chaninicholas.com/ to generate your natal chart for free.)

I hope this Pisces New Moon finds you dreaming big dreams – and then using those dreams to set intentions towards living your best life.

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February 27, 2021 – Full Moon in Virgo

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Exact in the wee hours of Saturday morning, today’s Full Moon in Virgo asks us to find emotional release in service. One of the best ways we can serve ourselves is through examining rituals & routines we began last year, and determine what cycles are ready to close out – and what cycles need more time and attention.

There are currently four planets in mutable signs:

      • Sun, Venus and Neptune in Pisces
      • Moon in Virgo

(We could also count the North Node in Gemini, but we’ll keep it to actual planets for now.)

In astrology, mutable signs – Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces – mark the change in seasons; it’s a transitional period in which temperatures and weather may vary by the hour or day. As I type this, we started the morning where I live in Baltimore with grey skies and rain, and now the sun is shining through the haze.

These four signs share characteristics of flexibility and adaptability. They are much more willing to go with the flow than fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio & Aquarius) or cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn). Mutable signs are shapeshifters of the zodiac, and they are ruled by planets known for duality, expansiveness and transformative abilities: Mercury rules Gemini and Virgo, while Jupiter rules Sagittarius and Pisces. (Note: Pisces’s modern astrological ruler is Neptune. While many astrologers prefer to use traditional planetary rulerships for the signs, and not include Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, I like working with both traditional and modern rulers, as I think it helps in understanding how the signs, planets and houses work in tropical geocentric astrology.)

When the Sun is in Pisces, everything may feel much more nebulous. It’s a dreamy time where we fantasize about the coming spring/fall (depending on whether we’re in the northern or southern hemisphere). We may cast our experiences of the world in a soft blue light or suspend them in deep oceanic waters, because what is reality, anyway?

Fortunately for those of us who can get easily caught in the Piscean riptide, Pisces’s opposing sign, Virgo, which is a mutable earth sign, shows up in the form of the full moon and asks us to get a teensy bit more grounded in reality – and we can do that through looking at our habits, rituals and routines.

Moon in Virgo

As I wrote back in September, the Moon in Virgo is about finding emotional satisfaction in ritual and purpose-driven behavior.

This placement feels emotionally met when it is focused on usefulness. It may not always seem particularly touchy-feely, but its goal is finding bliss in practical pursuits. The Virgo Moon is the mom who says, “If you make your bed in the morning, it will feel so much more comfy and inviting when you’re ready to go to sleep.” And once you take her advice, you discover she was right.

Flashback to September 2020

Take your mind back to September 17, 2020, during the Virgo New Moon. Now that the Moon is Full in Virgo, it’s a good time to review what you began during that Virgo New Moon and see what has sprouted from those seeds you planted.

      • What did you call forth at that time?
      • What new routines, rituals or habits did you start?
      • Are the results of those new routines, rituals or habits quantifiable through any charts, calendars, before/after photos, journal entries, or other tracking?

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If those intentions have borne fruit, then it’s time to say thanks to the universe for what you were able to achieve. Something still in progress? Use this Full Moon to work on manifesting movement toward those goals.

Practical Ways to Honor the Full Moon

      • Clean up! Vacuum, sweep, dust, mop, scrub…you know what to do.
      • Organize your closet, desk, kitchen, whatever most needs some order & structure.

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      • Make a task list for March
      • Write down what you want to manifest this spring

Crystals for the Virgo Full Moon

You can place these crystals on your altar, if you have one, or in a prominent place in your home today and Sunday, February 28.

      • Rhodonite
      • Watermelon tourmaline
      • Sugilite
      • Malachite

May you have bursts of productivity and insights in equal measure during this Virgo Full Moon! I’m off to clean my kitchen and bathroom, then reward myself with a nap.

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February 11, 2021 – New Moon in Aquarius

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The New Moon in Aquarius meets up with five – count ’em, FIVE – other planets in the sign of the Water Bearer, elevating us into the stratosphere. What happens when we get there is completely up to us.

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Monday was my birthday, so I’ve been paying close attention to the astrology this week, noticing all these planets coming together in Aquarius and the impact it has on the collective, both conscious and unconscious. The Sun, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn are in Aquarius and it is a planetary board meeting in which each planet has original, innovative insights into what’s necessary in order for change to happen, but the focus differs between them.

In short: we are all tired of the status quo and ready for change – and knowing where to start is overwhelming and exhausting.

That’s where the New Moon in Aquarius comes in and asks us to feel our way through it. Aquarius is not a sign that’s known for emotional depth of feeling – air signs are more about intellectual processing, rationality and logic. They struggle to tap into their feelings and when they do, they are often asking “how” or “why” those feelings are present, because that analytical process is how they navigate through the world. I speak from personal experience, being an Aquarius Sun, Mercury, North Node plus a Gemini rising. It is a major challenge to simply allow feelings to exist and acknowledge them without examining them from all sides.

Chani Nicholas’ book, You Were Born for This, offers affirmations for the signs. Out of the Aquarius affirmations, the one I personally find the most helpful is

My emotions have their own logic.

The New Moon in Aquarius embodies this concept. It says to us, “Look, I know you might not fully understand why you feel how you feel. But you need to just accept that yes, you DO have feelings and yes, they won’t always be rational. Stop acting like your emotional experience has you trapped in an escape room and you have to break out within an hour.”

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Use this new moon energy to simply be present. Let the thoughts and feelings flow through you – write them down in one long rambling journal entry, if you’re so inclined. Meditate with amethyst, moonstone or clear quartz.

Change is all around us, and all we have to do is step into it.

Try out my New Moon Tarot Spread here.

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Mercury Retrograde Wednesdays: The Aquarius Edition

We are 5 days into the first Mercury retrograde for 2021 and it’s taken me this long to finally get this post completed. That’s my life as an Aquarius Sun/Mercury, with Gemini rising, when Mercury goes retrograde: plans go sideways, surprises pop up, technology can get wonky. How about you? How have you been forced to pivot lately?

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While Mercury retrograde can be very challenging, it’s also our opportunity to slow things down and be open to changes. With Mercury retrograde in Aquarius, the sign of innovation and revolution, it might be more dramatic than usual. But we can channel this energy and make it work for us, not against us.

Mercury: The Basics

Because retrograde cycles ask us to review content, let’s review what we know about Mercury from mythology. Mercury (Hermes) is the messenger of the gods in Greek and Roman mythology. Zeus had a lot of affection for Mercury’s cleverness and entrusted him with several tasks. Mercury was the only god who could freely move into the underworld and was a psychopomp, guiding souls to the underworld. (To learn more about Mercury/Hermes, I highly recommend watching this episode of “Great Greek Myths.”)

Mercury is a trickster and shapeshifter. He loves a good joke or prank. While I’ve listed some of the things Mercury rules in a previous post, Mercury also rules:

      • Artisans & craftspeople
      • Bicycling
      • Butterflies
      • Carrots and celery
      • Clothing
      • Conversation
      • Dictionaries and encyclopedias
      • Dogs
      • Fingers, fingernails, hands and arms
      • Handwriting
      • Hygiene – personal and public
      • Imagination
      • Memory
      • Roller skates
      • Stories & storytelling

In astrology, the term retrograde refers to when a planet appears to move backward through the signs. Retrograde cycles for the planets vary – and Mercury’s retrograde cycles are among the shortest, logging in at approximately three weeks. If it feels longer, that’s due to the shadow period, an approximately two-week period when Mercury is moving along a path that it will revisit later. There’s a pre- and post-retrograde shadow period: typically the post-retrograde shadow is not as intense as the pre-retrograde shadow and is more of a final review of everything that occurred during Mercury retrograde.

The dates for Mercury retrograde in Aquarius are:

  • January 15, 2021 – Mercury enters shadow period
  • January 30, 2021 – Mercury stations retrograde at 26 degrees Aquarius
  • February 20, 2021 – Mercury stations direct at 11 degrees Aquarius
  • March 13, 2021 – Mercury leaves shadow period

As I’ve said before, Mercury has an excellent marketing/PR team because so many people are aware of Mercury retrograde cycles and how it affects travel, electronic devices, and communication. Those of us with Mercury predominant in our charts (Gemini and Virgo Sun/Rising, in particular) may struggle the most when Mercury is retrograde. The beauty of studying astrology, though, is learning how how planetary transits and retrograde cycles may affect our lives, and finding ways to work with those energies. Being aware of upcoming Mercury retrograde cycles can help you prepare for them. When Mercury is retrograde or about to go retrograde, regardless of your personal placements, it can help to:

      • Create contingency plans for events that will take place during Mercury retrograde
      • Work on communicating clearly with colleagues, clients, customers about projects and tasks
      • Focus on listening deeply to others
      • Accept that plans may go sideways and you will have to be flexible in your response

As you’ve read in my previous posts about Mercury retrograde, Venus retrograde, and Mars retrograde, you know that retrograde periods are a time to move inward. It’s an opportunity to slow down and be reflective on what that sign rules. And since Mercury rules Wednesday, I encourage you to celebrate Mercury Retrograde Wednesdays for the remainder of this current cycle – and perhaps during the shadow period as well. From now through February 17 (and, if you’re so inclined, through March 11) spend the next couple Wednesdays honoring this versatile, multitalented planet with some very mercurial activities.

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Activities for Mercury Retrograde Wednesdays: Aquarius Edition

Break your own rules. Aquarius loves a good dose of shock and awe, and with Mercury in retrograde in this sign now’s the time to look at the rules you live by and see if it’s time to break them – especially if those rules are keeping you stuck in unhealthy habits, beliefs or mindsets. I am NOT encouraging you to be unsafe or break the law! To borrow a phrase from reformer & activist John Lewis, consider where you can make good trouble in your own life.

Read about activists, revolutionaries, reformers, and innovators. Aquarius is the sign of revolution, reformation and innovation, and Mercury rules reading, so read books and essays written by or about folks such as Martin Luther King Jr., Malala Yousafzai, Mahatma Gandhi, Gloria Steinem, Harvey Milk, Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, Emma Tenayuca, Cesar Chavez, and Luisa Moreno. Online searches on activists will pull up even more names, so have fun with it!

Contact your local leaders. Advocate for your community by sending an email or postcard to your local, regional or national leaders about issues that matter to you.

Get outside. If it’s safe enough for you to do so, go for a bike ride or strap on some roller skates. Take a short trip by car to a place you’ve never been before. No matter your mode of transportation, make sure everything’s in good shape before you start: check tires & wheels, fill up the gas tank, have a paper map handy, bring a phone charger. And don’t forget your keys!

Write often, especially by hand. Get some paper and pen/pencil and write down what’s on your mind. Give it all to the page – it can handle what you have to rant or rave about. Read my post about daily writing rituals if you need some suggestions on how to start.

May this Mercury retrograde period bring you fresh insights into what is in need of change and upheaval in your life, and what changes you wish to bring about, whether it’s personally, professionally, regionally or globally.

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January 28, 2021 – Full Moon in Leo

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Our first Full Moon of 2021 is in the sign of Leo. Aquarius, the sign that opposes Leo, is currently hosting the Sun, Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn. With all those planets in Aquarius, the see-saw is definitely weighted in favor of air sign energy. How do we reconcile the emotional drama and creative power of the Leo Moon with all that focused (Sun), chatty (Mercury), expansive (Jupiter), mindful (Saturn) activity in Aquarius?

Simple. We make room for everyone on the stage. We let the Leo Moon be the excited, committed director and producer of a visionary, innovative show about human nature featuring the comic clever stylings of Mercury, the hearty ebullient wit of Jupiter, the wry wisdom of Saturn and the booming presence of the Sun. The Leo Moon encourages all these planets to show & celebrate their strengths while in Aquarius – that’s just in its nature.

Moon in Leo

I’m always pleased when it’s a Full Moon in Leo – mostly because it’s either my birthday or it’s coming up very soon! Leo is a very celebratory sign, whether it’s about feting others or oneself. A friend of mine once joked that Leos make sure you know when their birthday is coming up – and as a Leo Moon, I can attest to this. (My birthday is February 8.) As soon as the Sun moves into Aquarius I begin talking about my birthday, I start the process of treating myself to presents, and I don’t stop until the end of February. This year, however, I am celebrating a big birthday, and because of the pandemic affecting any plans I would normally make to have parties with friends, I’m working that Leo Moon energy and make it a year-long celebration.

But enough about me – let’s talk more about the Moon and fixed signs. When the Moon is in a fixed sign (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius), it takes on the qualities we see in fixed signs: determination, reliability, stability, and loyalty. These signs commit to their goals and follow through on them, even if it takes a long time. When we combine the fixed fire of Leo with the Moon, we may see dramatic emotional displays, grand gestures, and burning with passion for whatever – or whomever – they feel drawn to.

I’ve written in previous posts about oppositions in astrology, and how opposing signs want the same things but take different approaches to getting them. With fixed signs, we have two oppositions: Taurus-Scorpio and Aquarius-Leo. These 4 signs may not agree on everything, but because they share a desire to follow through on achieving their goals, they divide up the labor based on their area of expertise and know that as a team, the world is theirs for the taking. Makes sense, then, that fixed signs are symbolized on the World card in Tarot: Taurus the Bull, Leo the Lion, Scorpio the Eagle, and Aquarius the Man.

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Flashback to August 2020

Take your mind back to August 18, 2020, when there was a New Moon in Leo. What did you call forth at that time? Did you focus your intentions on opening your heart, expressing your creative energies, or finding that place where your leadership abilities reside?

Now that the Moon is Full in Leo, it’s a good time to review any writings or readings you did during that Leo New Moon and see what has sprouted from those seeds you planted. If those intentions have borne fruit, then it’s time to say thanks to the universe for what you were able to achieve. Something still in progress? Use this Full Moon to work on manifesting movement toward those goals.

Crystals for the Leo Full Moon

You can place these crystals on your altar, if you have one, or in a prominent place in your home for 2-3 nights during the Leo Full Moon.

      • Citrine
      • Labradorite
      • Rose Quartz
      • Tiger’s Eye

In the true spirit of my Leo Moon, I wish you a year of abundance and happiness, and may your shine never fade away!

January 12/13, 2021 – New Moon in Capricorn

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The first New Moon of 2021 provides us with a fresh start, a chance to set intentions for the year ahead and begin the work involved in creating change. Where that work begins is on the inside, and where it needs to focus depends on your rising sign.

Moon in Capricorn

When the Moon is in Capricorn it is in the sign of its detriment. We know this because the Moon rules Cancer, and Cancer is the opposing sign for Capricorn. As I’ve written before, oppositions in astrology are like a see-saw: the signs on either end of the see-saw will take turns in prominence. For Cancer and Capricorn, they are seeking balance when it comes to matters of security: do we find that security in our home or in the world?

Capricorn is all about responsibility and doing the work. Ruled by Saturn, it embodies that spirit through being driven to succeed. It is unafraid to learn the rules and follow them. When the Moon is in Capricorn, emotional responsibility is the focus.

I’ve known quite a few Cappy Moon folks over the years – I was married to one when I was in my 20s! The stereotype is that they are cold or unfeeling, and for those of us with more extroverted, expressive Moon placements (*cough* Leo Moon in 3rd house *cough*), we may really believe this to be true. What I’ve personally discovered is that Moon in Capricorn is like a pond covered in ice: there is moving water under the surface, and there are going to be patches where the ice is particularly thin and, with the right amount of pressure, a hole will open up to the water below. If a Capricorn Moon blurts out their feelings on a subject or situation, you can be assured that it’s been on their mind for a long time, it’s a matter of great significance to them, and you need to listen and be empathetic. They are trusting you with their feelings, which they take immense responsibility for and don’t share them with just anyone.

When the Moon is New in Capricorn, the desire for control and responsibility dominates our emotional experience. This lunation encourages us to sit up straight, look our issues in the eye and deal with them -and that includes accepting our emotional response as truth, even if we don’t feel all that comfortable with the feelings that come up. Is it going to be hard? Yep. Will it be worth it? Absolutely.

If you know your rising sign, here’s a rundown of where the New Moon in Capricorn may affect your life, and where you should consider setting intentions and goals for the coming months:

  • Aries Rising – career, fame, reputation
  • Taurus Rising – personal philosophy, spirituality and beliefs; higher education
  • Gemini Rising – regeneration, transformation, death
  • Cancer Rising – relationships and partnerships
  • Leo Rising – work and work environment, service, health
  • Virgo Rising – creativity & creative pursuits, children, where you find & seek pleasure
  • Libra Rising – home, family life, your past, ancestors
  • Scorpio Rising – communication skills & tools for communicating with others, sibling relationships, short trips
  • Sagittarius Rising – finances, material possessions, self-esteem
  • Capricorn Rising – physical appearance, self-awareness
  • Aquarius Rising – subconscious thoughts & feelings, karmic debts
  • Pisces Rising – friends and social groups, hopes, goals

You can also read that list for your Sun sign, which will also be impacted, though maybe not as strongly. (Not sure about your rising sign? Visit https://chart.chaninicholas.com/ to generate your natal chart for free.)
Additional reading on the New Moon in Capricorn:
Leah Whitehorse
Chani Nicholas
Debra Silverman

Try out my New Moon Tarot Spread here.

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December 29, 2020 – Full Moon in Cancer

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Because it’s so late, and because I don’t have the mental or emotional energy to write a long post about the Cancer Full Moon, instead I offer you some ideas and questions to consider:

  • What has unfolded for you over the past six months that has provided an opportunity for growth?
  • If you were to write a six-word description of your experience of 2020, what would that be?
  • What needs to be brought to a conclusion in your life before 11:59 pm on December 31, 2020?
  • What will you carry forward into 2021?

May the last few days of 2020 be kind and gentle to you, and may the year ahead be full of blessings.

Try my Full Moon Tarot Spread as part of your Full Moon ritual work.

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Winter Solstice & The Great Conjunction: Resources, Links and Musical Interludes

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The last week has been a busy one, astrologically speaking. To recap:

  • December 15 – Venus enters Sagittarius
  • December 17 – Saturn enters Aquarius
  • December 19 – Jupiter enters Aquarius
  • December 20 – Mercury enters Capricorn
  • December 21 – the Sun enters Capricorn, marking the beginning of the Winter Solstice (Northern Hemisphere) and Jupiter is conjunct Saturn, aka the Great Conjunction

What does it all mean? To put it very simply, change is here – but it’s going to take some time to roll out.

I know enough about astrology to know that I couldn’t even begin to explain the significance of the Great Conjunction. With that in mind, I’m going to go with my strengths as a networker & gatherer of information and share links from several resources. These astrologers are extremely knowledgeable and can help you understand what’s going on astrologically:

Stars on Fire podcast with Janelle Belgrave and Mecca Woods on the Great Conjunction and what it means (you can also find this episode on Podomatic, iTunes, Spreaker and others):

Maren Altman discusses the Great Conjunction

Rick Levine talks about the Great Conjunction

Chani Nicholas’s horoscopes for the Winter Solstice & Great Conjunction

The Winter Solstice is a great day for setting intentions for what you want to manifest in the coming months. If you’re new to intention setting, this article by Deepak Chopra is a great place to start with the process.

Be mindful that any changes you want to see, whether in yourself or in the world around you, will take time to manifest. Don’t let that stop you from setting intentions, though. When I first started on my spiritual path, I got an annual reading from a psychic who would always tell me, “Ask the universe for what you want, then get out of the way! Go get the oil changed in your car, paint your nails, just do something else!” I’m sure you can find plenty to do that won’t infringe upon the universe’s work. Cleaning is always a good option. I’m slightly joking.

Have a wonderful Capricorn season, and may your winter be everything you want and need!

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December 14, 2020 – Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius

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We close out the final eclipse season of 2020 with a solar eclipse in Sagittarius. This high-octane new moon ushers in big changes and new beginnings – in some cases, those changes may be quite dramatic. Where we see these changes & new beginnings depends on where the eclipse occurs in our natal chart.

In 2020, we had eclipses in Gemini and Sagittarius and in Cancer and Capricorn:

June 5, 2020 – Lunar Eclipse at 15 degrees Sagittarius
June 21, 2020 – Solar Eclipse at 0 degrees Cancer
July 5, 2020 – Lunar Eclipse at 13 degrees Capricorn
November 30, 2020 – Lunar Eclipse at 8 degrees Gemini
December 14, 2020 – Solar Eclipse at 23 degrees Sagittarius

Along the Cancer-Capricorn axis, we see themes related to building solid foundations whether at home (Cancer) or in career (Capricorn). For the Gemini-Sagittarius axis, the themes are about knowledge and how we use it: are we gathering lots of information for later study and reference (Gemini) or are we synthesizing all that we’ve learned to bring about change (Sagittarius)?

With this solar eclipse in Sagittarius, we’re looking at the big picture and discovering the areas where we want to bring about change. We’re taking all that information we’ve gathered since the June 5 Lunar Eclipse and piecing it together, letting the Sagittarius Moon inspire our process.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius is a mutable fire sign, meaning that it exhibits the energetic, adventurous qualities found in the fire element, but is more changeable and unpredictable. Mutable signs rule the time of year when the seasons are shifting: when the Sun is in Sagittarius in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s not quite autumn anymore, but it’s not quite winter, either.

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It’s fitting, then, that the sign of Sagittarius is represented by the centaur: he’s half-man, half-horse. His interests & skills cover everything from studying philosophy and religion to going on adventures all over the world. He’s skilled in archery – hence the arrow glyph for the sign – yet also has a warm, generous side.

Ruled by Jupiter, the planet of luck and optimism, Sagittarius has a reputation of being a party sign. They dream big, think big, and play big. If you’ve ever known a Sagittarius, you’ve probably seen their expansive, gregarious nature at work. The Sagittarians I know personally are very intelligent people in search of big, deep truths – and also well-crafted cocktails.

Jeff Bridges is a Sagittarius and one of his best known roles was as The Dude in The Big Lebowski – the quintessential Sagittarian in his love of a white Russian cocktail and being at peace with everything in his life, even when things get tough.

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Miley Cyrus’s song “Midnight Sky” captures her own Sagittarian mindset: the desire for freedom and the need to aim high.

Moon in Sagittarius

When the Moon is in Sagittarius, it embraces a more ebullient nature: it’s cheerful and optimistic, and feels best when it’s going out and exploring the world. Because the Moon is influenced by the mutable energy of Sagittarius, it will adapt to whatever comes its way, but if it feels constricted or bound to routines, it will escape – whether literal or figurative.

If you have your Sun, Moon, or Rising in Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces, these last couple of days may have been particularly challenging, especially as many areas in the United States are enforcing new restrictions in order to stop the spread of COVID-19. But if we channel that adaptability of the Sagittarius Moon, we can find escape through studying something new (like astrology, world religions, or philosophy) or watching documentaries on topics we are passionate about: climate change, immigration reform, LGBTQ rights, dismantling systemic racism.

If you know your rising sign, here’s a rundown of what aspects of your life the Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius will be affecting:

    • Aries Rising – personal philosophy, spirituality and beliefs; higher education
    • Taurus Rising – regeneration, transformation, death
    • Gemini Rising – relationships and partnerships (romantic, business, platonic)
    • Cancer Rising – work and work environment, service, health
    • Leo Rising – creativity & creative pursuits, children, where you find & seek pleasure
    • Virgo Rising – home, family life, your past, ancestors
    • Libra Rising – communication skills & tools for communicating with others, sibling relationships, short trips
    • Scorpio Rising – finances, material possessions, self-esteem
    • Sagittarius Rising – physical appearance, self-awareness
    • Capricorn Rising – subconscious thoughts & feelings, karmic debts
    • Aquarius Rising – friends and social groups, hopes, goals
    • Pisces Rising – career, fame, reputation

You can also read that list for your Sun sign, which would also be impacted, though maybe not as strongly. (Not sure about your rising sign? Visit https://chart.chaninicholas.com/ to generate your natal chart for free.)
Some questions to consider over the next couple of days:

    • Where do I want to see changes in my life?
    • What changes do I want to see in my community? What can I do to help with that process?
    • How have I changed over the last 6 months?

You may find it helpful to journal about these questions, or perhaps use them as a starting point for a Tarot or oracle card reading. If you are considering some ritual work during the solar eclipse, this article has some very helpful suggestions.

Here’s to being open and adaptable during this solar eclipse, and to discovering how we can embrace change on personal and global levels.