April 26, 2021 – Full Moon in Scorpio

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Full Moon in Scorpio can be an intense period, as the transformative power of Scorpio energy seeks release during this time. The process of transformation does not need to be a difficult one, however, if we embrace Scorpio’s desire to uncover the truth and use it to metamorphose into a better, greater version of ourselves.

Here’s where the planets are currently located:

      • Sun, Mercury, Venus and Uranus in Taurus
      • Moon in Scorpio
      • Mars in Cancer
      • Jupiter and Saturn in Aquarius
      • Neptune in Pisces
      • Pluto in Capricorn

With seven planets in fixed signs, the cosmic energy tends toward more stability – and resistance to change. With the Moon in a sign known for its desire to transmute energy in order to gain more power, there’s potential for dramatic shifts and revelations. If we fight the changes, that will make the Moon’s job that much harder. My suggestion: go with the flow!

Moon in Scorpio

I have a friend who is hesitant to tell people she’s a Scorpio because their reactions often lean toward aversion. The sign of Scorpio is frequently typecast as highly sexual, gothic, passionate and vengeful. It can definitely be all those things – but what I find most compelling about Scorpio is its awareness on a cellular level of the circle of life, death and rebirth. Its intensity comes from this secret knowledge of transformation & transmutation, and that’s why I think society and pop culture often has an extreme, sometimes fearful reaction to this sign. (To be fair, I think some Scorpios like and encourage this response – it keeps away those people who aren’t ready for them!)

To understand how Scorpio embodies transformation and transmutation, we need to understand the four stages of metamorphosis for Scorpio. The AstroTwins write:

In its most basic state, Scorpio is the ground-dwelling scorpion who stings every fear-evoking passerby. Second is the serpent, who charms and enchants but can be deadly venomous when threatened. Third, comes the observant (but predatory) eagle, taking in its sweeping view from high overhead and nesting with its lifelong mate. The most transcendent Scorpio form is the phoenix, who rises from the ashes of destruction and shows you the remaining signs of life.

As I mentioned back in November, the Moon is in its fall in this fixed water sign. This luminary would prefer to keep the emotional experience on a gentle, tranquil plane of existence, where feelings can be expressed in a way that’s going to result in greater understanding and connection. But when the Moon is in Scorpio, it’s taking a much deeper dive: what’s at the bottom of the ocean?

Flashback to November 2020

Take your mind back to November 14, 2020, during the Scorpio New Moon. It was a time when perhaps you realized a transformation was necessary; that you needed to hit the Reset button and start fresh in an aspect of your life that was being highlighted by the Scorpio New Moon. Now that the Moon is Full in Scorpio, check in with yourself based on your rising sign below and ask the following questions:

      • Where did I embrace change in mid-November 2020?
      • What areas of my life did I transform or reform at that time?
      • What’s the current status of those changes?
      • Am I now seeing another area that requires transformation in my life?
      • What steps can I take to embrace new changes?

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The Scorpio Full Moon and Your Rising Sign

Aries Rising – regeneration, transformation, death

Taurus Rising – relationships and partnerships

Gemini Rising – work and work environment, service, health

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

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

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

Libra Rising – finances, material possessions, self-esteem

Scorpio Rising – physical appearance, self-awareness

Sagittarius Rising – subconscious thoughts & feelings, karmic debts

Capricorn Rising – friends and social groups, hopes, goals

Aquarius Rising – career, fame, reputation

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

I hope this Scorpio Full Moon illuminates where change is necessary in your life, and guides your path toward your transformation.

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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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