May 2018 New Moon in Taurus

TAURUS NEW MOON – 15 MAY 2018: Shake at the Foundations

May 2018 New Moon in Taurus


The New Moon takes place in 24°and 36’ of the Earth Sign of Taurus. It strongly affects Taurus and Scorpio Signs and also Aquarius and Leo Signs which are born in the third decan, as well as those having personal planets, points or their Ascendant, near the 22° -26° degrees of the Fixed Cross.

Especially with this particular New Moon, the square aspect between Mars and Uranus affects those who have planets or horoscope points at 29° of Cardinal Signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) or 0° of the Fixed Signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpions, Aquarius).


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A very original New Moon is taking place in the Sign of Taurus on May 15th.

The astrological symbolism of the New Moon has to do with the start of a new cycle that begins as two different principles, that of our conscious will (symbolized by the Sun), and that of our unconscious drives (symbolized by the Moon), meet together.

This merging of the two principles marks the perfect time to begin things as the one will drive the other.

When the New Moon happens in the Sign of Taurus the time is ideal for growing on a solid foundation, for planting the seed for the future, for firmly setting out building your security. For example enterprising endeavors are favored when the New Moon is in Taurus.

The Sign is grounded. Firm and stolid in its calmness.

Taurus. Calm, peace and harmony right?  Very nice, very nice, very nice…

…but NOT with this New Moon.

 

This is the most atypical Taurus New Moon that we shall encounter for a long, long time.

 


 

The chart of this New Moon in Taurus is very similar to the chart of an astrological event of great importance that happens less than four hours after this lunation. If you look at the chart you can observe that Uranus is at 29°59’, upon the very last minute of the very last degree of the Sign of Aries.

This New Moon coincides with the entrance of Uranus, the planet of change and de-stabilization into the Sign of Taurus.

How fitting the new moon symbolism now becomes. A new period of Uranus in Taurus begins as this New Moon happens.

So, there goes the stability of this New Moon…

 

Uranus is not only with one foot inside the Taurean territory, but also it receives a very tight square from Mars placed at 29°43’ of the Sign of Capricorn.

The exact of this aspect happens the next day after the new moon, with the two planets changing Signs simultaneously, and forming the square from 00°02′ degrees of Taurus & Aquarius.

This is first of the three successive square aspects that the two planets will be forming, with the second one culminating on August the 2nd and the third on September the 19th.

How fitting is the new moon symbolism again. A cycle of three squares between Mars and Uranus, in Aquarius – Taurus respectively, begins as this New Moon happens.

This electrifying square is associated with instability, impulsiveness, rushed excitement, reckless action, sudden jolted reactions, revolutionary drive, assertion that shocks, boldness and impatience, bursts of anger, accident proneness, tension and ego drive.

So, there goes the calmness of this New Moon…

 

One more entrance.

Mars enters Aquarius a few hours after this New Moon. From Aquarius, a Sign ruled by Uranus, and at the same time in a square aspect with Uranus, Mars brings once more the Uranian – Aquarian motif into the earth Sign of Taurus.

So, there goes the firm ground of this New Moon….

 

The chart of the New Moon has six planets in earth Signs but the energy that Uranus brings is intense. The square with Mars is tight, the degrees are critical, the Uranian motif is repeated.

This New Moon is not about planting seeds and waiting patiently for them to grow.

It is not about building security.


The May 2018 New Moon in Taurus is about us

 beginning to prepare for the upcoming changes.

It is a trailer of what is to come as the cycle of eclipses in the Leo – Aquarius axis is approaching.

It is the pre-seismic activity before the foundational shake.


The balance has shifted, a new paradigm shift is forming in the following months and this New Moon in Taurus is the introductory chapter of the “Manual of Change”.

Some of the questions that this New Moon in Taurus poses are:

  • How can we maintain inner peace within a de-stabilizing period?
  • How can we build and enhance on our material resources while the very landscape is changing?
  • How we can align needs and will, in an ingenious and innovative approach that does not undermine what we have up to now held as familiar giving us a sense of security?
  • How to tap on creativity, emotional stamina and stay focused with will power towards our goals -all traits of the chart of this New Moon but shadowed by the intensity of the Uranus and Mars energy?

The characteristics of the Taurus Sign hold the answers to these and other similar questions that may arise:

  • Amidst the Uranian shakes, we try to remain calm in our center, open and ready to embrace change.
  • We try to remain a placid Taurus and to not act with the impulsiveness of the Mars – Uranus square.
  • We sense the electrifying vibes and absorb the surge of energy with laid back detachment.
  • We understand that the new security is to dare to deconstruct the familiar and then rebuilt it in a new form.

Such is the nature of the processes that this New Moon sets forth for us. And if they may sound vague, abstract or too difficult to attain, please have in mind that,

…what was once a shocking modernity, it is today’s classic art.

 

 

 

Find out where the New Moon falls in your chart and heed its lessons.

 

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Full Moon in Cancer

FULL MOON IN CANCER – 2 JANUARY 2018: Tender is the night

Full Moon in Cancer


The Full Moon takes place in the 11th degree of the Sign of Cancer. It affects the Cardinal Signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) that are born near the end of the 1st decan or near the start of the 2nd decan or those having personal planets or their Ascendant near the degrees 9°- 13° of these Signs.


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Full Moon in Cancer is a motherly soft moon that will shine brightly on the night of January the 1st and towards the early morning hours of January the 2nd.

The Moon from her home Sign of Cancer will be exactly opposite the Sun in Capricorn making this the first Full Moon for 2018.

This is a Full Moon and as usual our feelings will be intense, lit up by the Sun in Capricorn, but still, they will be gentle and kind.

The Moon in Cancer brings out our sweetest emotions. Care, tenderness, the need to nourish our loved ones, deep intuition, memories reaching from the past, are some of the possible manifestations of its lunar energy.

A Full Moon that takes places in the Sign of Cancer asks us to find a balance. On one side we may need to be accomplished and respected while on the other our emotional voice whispers softly of our need to feel safe and loved.

This particular Full Moon intensifies this tension even more, since Venus conjunct the Sun is also opposing the Moon. This means that we want to have a respectful social life, with success and money (Sun conjunct Venus in Capricorn), but deep down, our root need, is to share affection and to really care for someone.


This Full Moon is posing to us a dilemma very similar to the one that the hero in the “Great Gatsby”, the masterpiece novel of F. Scott Fitzgerald, was having.

Success and money were great, but they were nothing more than the means to just partying, while he secretly longed for his past love, for the tender kiss and the family that may have been.


This full moon may bring such a longing.

Hopefully we have laughed and we have partied during the Christmas season, we have enjoyed home and family and we will continue to do so for some days before we are to go again on the rat race, to duty and responsibility, to effort and hard work.

Some of us may on the other hand may be facing the New Year without having a work, or a lover or the means to party and for those, the need to be nourished is much stronger and also practical as well as psychological.

Such concerns will be constant reminders now that Saturn has entered Capricorn and demands results.

  • How are we to ease the emotional effect of the hardships of the present?
  • How are we to accept the longing for the past?
  • How to come to grips with such contradicting feelings?

These are some of the questions that this Full Moon rises.

Full Moon in Cancer

There are some answers to these questions, or at least answers that suffice for the next fourteen days that lead up to the New Moon, because this unique Full Moon shows a way to reconcile the contradictions.

The Full Moon in Cancer intertwines the two Lights in a special astrological aspect pattern that is called “The Kite”. This pattern involves Moon, Mars and Neptune together in a Grand watery Trine, while at the same time, the Sun and Venus conjunction is the focal point of the pattern, with the two planets being simultaneously sextile to Mars and Neptune.

These all create a safety net around the full moon antithesis and help us integrate the opposition with the best possible way.

The emotional trine in the water Signs is giving us inspired feelings, deep empathy, self-confidence and motivated action and the sextiles bring about opportunities as we charmingly and boldly act to achieve our ambitions. We feel that we can express our creativity and we can dare to dream. We are assisted by intuition.


As we intuitively understand the answers come and we can start 2018 with commitments and resolutions that are the combined results of matured will and gentle emotions.


  • Yes we may need to be accomplished but we must realize that any achievement is void without putting our heart to it.
  • Yes it is easy to accept a longing for the past as long as we understand that this past led to the achievements of today.
  • We can feel less burdened by emotional hardships as long as we understand that love is not only romance but it needs work in order to materialize.
  • Yes we can patiently endure not having enough money or the professional status if we understand that real success is to care and to be cared for.

These are some of the answers that this Full Moon is wisely giving us and wise we will be to hold on to these answers for the rest of the New Year.

I wish everyone a fulfilling 2018!

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LEO NEW MOON 23 July 2017

 

Invigorating and active the New Moon in Leo invites us to express our creativity, passion and enthusiasm.

The Sun that has just entered the sign of Leo wants us to shine and bring ourselves to the front and the Moon on his side in the same sign, at the beginning of her cycle, brings generosity and warmth to our emotions. Mars in conjunction with the lights fills us with excitement, vitality and mood for action.

Nervousness, dynamism, rush or tension may exist from the square that Uranus makes with the triplet of Mars, Sun, Moon, but this is precisely the "air" that we need to dare to get out. There’s no reason for hesitation. The square with Uranus is a separating one and its vibrations are slowly ending.

The Sun is the final dispositor of both Mars and Uranus and it is he that has the final word on both planets. The angles of the horoscope in the cardinal signs once again emphasize the “do it” character of the chart.

Jupiter on the Ascendant and in a trine with Venus (ruler of the chart), favors our social abilities and balances whatever pressure Venus is receiving from her opposition with Saturn. Mercury trines both Uranus and Saturn and makes our thinking innovative and strategic and as it conjuncts the North Node, calls us to communicate our message because it is a message that will have its impact and will be heard.

With this New Moon upon the powerful 0° degree we must dare to express ourselves, and as a New Moon is a new beginning this is the right time for a bold and confident step.

A verse comes to my mind...

"Now it's your chance to Shine!"


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and embrace its promise for renewal.

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Venus Retrograde

VENUS RETROGRADE (March 4th – April 15th)

Venus Retrograde

Venus, the planet of Love is going to turn retrograde within the next hours. During her retrograde course Venus will move backwards through Aries and will gradually retreat into the sign of Pisces on April the 3rd, where she will continue her retrogration until April the 16th.

Andy Warhol, in his painting “Details of Renaissance Paintings, Botticelli, Birth of Venus”, is re-visiting Botticelli’s Venus and re-paints her with a pop aesthetics in order to comment on the commercialisation of the ideal of Love, the superficiality of being vain and to make the viewer stop and ponder on the notions of “relating” and “beauty”.

That is exactly what Venus is callings us to do while she will be retrograde. A re-evaluation of our own self-worth, our own internal beauty. We are called to re-assess the expectations we have from others and at the same time to see how it is that we ourselves relate.

During the retrograde movement we turn inwards and we wonder:

  • What is that we want from a relationship and from our partner?
  • Which are the motivations and our deepest desires?
  • Do we want to be in a relationship just only for the sake of not being alone?
  • Is our relationship superficial, pop and "appearances-only", lacking meaningful sharing?
  • Are we appreciated as much as we deserve? Do we return appreciation and value our partner?

The very nature of these questions, whether we are in a relationship or not, concerns first and most to ourselves and while it mainly relates to love relations it also touches, one to one partnerships, business relations and our socialising in general.

The retrograde movement brings Venus backwards and this may mean that a person from the past re-appears. If this is the case, it only happens for a reason. We must “remember” the relationship we have had with this person in the past, what it meant then and what it means now, for our present and for any existing relations or commitments. We are called to redefine this relation with the past person in a clear and karmic – free way.

From April the 3rd when Venus exalted in Pisces will be attired with romanticism, self -sacrifice and utmost idealism, our need to belong will be great and will feel like nostalgia to return to the very ideal of love that has been lost.

All this is a necessary part in a process of introspection that will clear out situations, will make us feel better with ourselves and will prepare us to be more sociable and will revitalise our relationships when Venus will turn direct again.

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David Bowie Astrology Bi Sexual

DAVID BOWIE – PARALLEL & CONTRA-PARALLEL ASPECTS OF A CULTURAL ICON

 

 

David Bowie as a case study for Declination Aspects


1. Declination aspects that emphasize the same two planets in Ptolemaic aspect by longitude

The Moon – Pluto conjunction in Leo and in
the public 7th house is reinforced by the Moon Pluto parallel in north declination giving a strong emphasis on the fact that David Bowie’s has had a powerful need to express his emotional self in a theatrical and performing manner and that the whole process was indeed deeply transformative for him, changing moods and personas reinventing himself again and again.

The Sun – Mars conjunction in Capricorn and in the 12th house is reinforced by the parallel in south declination between Sun and Mars. This emphasizes his ambition that fuelled his ceaseless work and more than this his fighting spirit, so very obvious in the last year of his life when he found the courage to record his last album from within the hospitalized 12th house knowing that he was dying of cancer.

2. Important declination aspects

Mercury is out of bounds at -24°23’ and Pluto is out of bounds at 23°35’ being also contra-parallel to each other. Bowie surely had unconventional and reformative ideas.

Sun parallel Mars and near the maximum south declination is an aspect indicative of his defiant spirit, the one seen in the film “Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence”

Moon parallel Pluto parallel Uranus is a triple stellium that shows deep constant emotional changes that could be argued to be reflective of his various personas.

Please note that it is of extreme interest that the above declinations are:

  • near the North and South Maximum Declination and that
  • they are 2 sets of parallels that are contra-parallel in between them.

It seems that Mr Bowie has found a perfect way to balance these two different aspects of his personality.

 

3. Interesting declination aspects

Sun parallel south node and contra parallel the north node is a strong indication for his destined status but the aspect is not found in the natal chart. It is nevertheless interesting that it is found in declinations.

Jupiter parallel Venus in south declinations could be indicative of his charismatic appeal but the two planets are not in aspect in longitude.

Read a full astrological analysis on David Bowie here.

 

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David Bowie Astrology Bi Sexual

MARS SQUARE NEPTUNE: THE ZIGGY STARDUST ASPECT IN DAVID BOWIE’S NATAL CHART

MARS SQUARE NEPTUNE: THE ZIGGY STARDUST ASPECT IN DAVID BOWIE'S NATAL CHART

Mars square Neptune is the Ziggy Stardust aspect. Neptune is associated with illusions and addictions, everything that has a deceptive and ephemeral quality. It is the transcendental glow of glam-rock while it lasts. Mars is masculinity and sexuality, action and urge. Mars is exalted but it is also placed within the “secret” 12th house, something that could hint to Bowie’s bi-sexual orientation.

This becomes all the more interesting since Ziggy, the glam androgynous alter-ego that Bowie had adopted in his early career, obviously a statement of his own bi-sexuality, had supposedly came from planet Mars. Ziggy was attired in glam clothes and with his Stardust surname alluded to drug taking and illusions (Neptune).

“Ziggy Stardust represents the definitive rock star: sexually promiscuous and wild in drug intake, but with a message of peace and love. He thinks he is a messiah in the end he is destroyed both by his own consumptions, and by the fans he inspires”.

This is a description of messianic self-deception wrapped in ephemeral glitter, clearly a Neptune motif. Ziggy’s end in fan adored martyrdom and in a state of drug induced illusory haze is reflective of both the taboo 8th house and the self-destruct and self-sacrificial 12th house themes, that the square of the two planets brings together.

The Mars – Neptune square in Bowie’s natal chart, channels the energies of all of his creative (Neptune) urges (Mars). It expresses Bowie’s glam art, his ambiguous sexuality and is utterly embodied in his famous alter-ego.

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