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 Libra

FULL MOON IN LIBRA – 31 MARCH 2018: Countdown to Explosion

Full Moon in Libra


The Full Moon takes place at 10° 44’ of the Sign of Libra. It strongly affects Aries, Libra and Capricorn Signs, as well as Cancer Signs, which are born near the end of the 1st decan or near the start of the 2nd decan, as well as those having personal planets or their Ascendant near the degrees 7°- 12° of the Cardinal cross.


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The French poet Arthur Rimbaud has a dramatic and intense line in one of his most famous poems, the one entitled “The Drunken Boat”. The line sounds ominous and reads:

“Every moon is atrocious and every sun bitter.”

This line, emotionally charged but beautiful at the same time, can be seen as the key phrase that describes the Full Moon in Libra that takes place on March the 31st. It is an intense, dramatic and climactic Full Moon that will be a test for us and for our relationships, and may leave a bitter taste in our mouth.

 

In Astrology, each Full Moon is an act of balance. A culmination of a process that starts with the New Moon and leads up to a check in development. It is a time when our needs are felt intensely and are brought to the fore under the light of the Sun.  An integration between what we need and what we want is the challenge.

This Full Moon occurs in the Sign of Libra. We try to rationalize our emotions and balance how we interact with others. Exactly opposite, the Sun, our conscious self, projects our ego onto these emotions and asserts “Me” versus “We”.

This act of balance may have been easier to achieve in the past, when similar Full Moons were happening on this same axis of Libra – Aries. But now, with this specific Full Moon in Libra, to be able to balance the increasing pressure it is something that really requires tremendous skills.

Full Moon in Libra 2018


This Full Moon takes place within a set of dynamic aspects with nearly no outlet for the tension to ease. Since it concerns relationships, and strongly affects our interactions with others, this is a Full Moon that throws relations “into the furious lashing of the tides”, to use one more poetic image from Rimbaud’s poem.


 

Mercury is retrograde in Aries and conjunct with the Sun. Misunderstandings and a proneness to quarrel is the mode of operation of Mercury when the planet is Retrograde in Aries. Speech becomes acrimonious within the hot-tempered Sign of Aries and the mind though acute is restless.  This negative mindset is fueled by the Sun’s excessive pride in the Sign of its exaltation.

At the same time our emotions cannot be put to words and all this tension is projected onto important others, friends, lovers, collaborators.

As if these were not enough, the Full Moon axis is making a tough T-Square formation with Mars and Saturn, as Mars the planet of war and aggression approaches Saturn on the 8th degree of the Sign of Capricorn.

Focused action to achieve our goals becomes inhibited and frustration builds up.

Mars is also out of bounds and this means that the aggressive qualities of the planet will be uncontrolled.

This explosive combination of the two malefics in their Signs of Exaltation and Rulership respectively, could be handled, if it were not for the T-Square. T- Squares are not easy to handle and especially when, as is the case with this T – Square, the formation takes place within Cardinal Signs, something that means that the tension will be resolved through action, with passion and with impulsive self-expression.

The countdown to explosion goes like this:

  • Mercury retrograde already hazy with unexpressed emotions squares Saturn. Thoughts become darker and pessimistic. Bad News.
  • Mercury squares Mars: We want to yell and shout. Hard words, harsh words. Impatient talks and rushed thoughts. Disagreements and angered communication.
  • Moon squares Mars: Easily heart feelings. Hot tempered emotions. Impulsive actions as a result of pent-up emotions.
  • Moon squares Saturn: Mood is down, feeling loathsome and lonesome.
  • Sun squares Saturn: Ego clashes authority figures. Lawlessness and impatience. A test of our will to compromise.
  • Sun squares Mars: Act impulsively, assert your ego ten times more than necessary, outburst of energy and aggression.

No need to say more… you get the general idea.

All relationships will be put to a stress-test during this Full Moon. It will be very difficult for anyone to be able to balance all this pressure and not to burst out towards one extreme. Emotional or Egotistical.

Try to stay calm and cool-headed.

Also beware of accidents because this tension will find a way to externalize itself with every means possible.

I wish everyone to steer harmless through the tempest of this Full Moon and as another line of Rimbaud’s poem reads, I wish everyone blessed with sea awakening, lighter than cork, to dance the waves”.

 


Find out where the Full Moon falls in your chart

and heed its warning.

 

 

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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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CLINT EASTWOOD – MARS in the 6th HOUSE

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The 6th house relates to health and work and in Clint Eastwood’s chart this house is greatly emphasized. Having Mars, the planet of stamina and physicality in the 6th House, placed in its house of joy, and being in Aries, the sign of Mars rulership, the placement is very strong and the planet becomes fully expressed.

In Aries, a sign that is associated with energy and vitality, Mars becomes the driving force behind his work, is expressed with athletic and healthy conscious actions, and is recharged with energizing vigor. Clint Eastwood, having an Aries in the 6th house that wants to be in charge of health matters, is a fitness aficionado since a teenager, and practices healthful eating and daily Transcendental Meditation.

He has played numerous demanding physical roles, climbing in «The Eiger Sanction», running upon rooftops in «Dirty Harry» or jogging alongside the president’s limo in «In the Line of Fire». His physical stamina at 76 is still extraordinary, as it was in 1951, when forced to swim 3 miles to safety after a plane he was boarding crashed into the sea.

Active and prolific in his work, he is a director famous for disliking to take many takes of the same shot when filming, and stays with the first one or two.  A sign of his 6th house Sign’s impatience and decisiveness.

In this iconic photo from the movie "Where Eagles Dare", Clint Eastwood plays a commando who has parachute dropped high in the Alps, to secretly raid a castle and save a General. This high octane role is so characteristic of his highly dignified Mars, a planet that really cries out from his chart:

"Whatever the problem is, Clint Eastwood is gonna fix it". 

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