Greetings everyone! Here we go with a very powerful new moon with some of the most grounded energy of the year thus far. There are a couple of wonderfully supportive astrological configurations that will be in full swing, so let’s get started!

As we are now learning, the new moon energy is a seed time with new beginnings at hand. With all the super earthy energy coming in we are looking at a very fertile ground to plant the seeds we have been mulling over.


Right now all of these planets are basically sitting in each other’s lap in the sky!! While there are five of them on the new moon, four of them will continue to be together until the middle of September. When three or more planets are in a sign or house this is known as a stellium of planets.

All of these planets are very, very tight together and so they are actually functioning almost like a single, very complex planet. All five of these planets are our very, very personal planets so this new moon will affect you on the most personal areas of your life: your emotions, your thoughts and words, your sense of personal beauty (both inside and out) and your close friendships, your children, and your activity and health arenas.

All the planets except Venus are snugged within the first decan of Virgo (please see my post on decans for more information about this!) making this new moon filled with superfied Virgo energy, if you will. Let’s take a look at what that might entail.


Virgo can often get a bad rap, as it were. It rules the areas in our life that pertain to the details of how we move through our days. So we are looking at our daily habits and routines. We are looking at the way our environment is set up to help us get things done.

This means, truly, everything we do on a constant basis from how we get up in the morning and start our day, how we manage and organize our time and tasks at work, when and what we choose to eat habitually, and what we do on a regular, extracurricular basis. So, with ALL theses planets in Virgo it will highlight the habits associated with all those areas we just spoke of above: your emotions, your thoughts and words, your sense of personal beauty (both inside and out) and your close friendships, your children, and your activity and health arenas.

Importantly, Virgo is ruled by the planet Mercury, and Mercury is all about how we communicate. It covers all points of communication from the thoughts we have to how we verbally express ourselves. As you can see, Mercury is part of the Virgo stellium with this new moon so it is really highlighted as it is in it’s home territory and we will go through this in a moment. So here we are given a huge boost for very concentrated analysis and logic. Laser focused thought! I will show how this will be beneficial as this energy plays into the Grand Trine in earth in a moment.

What to watch for is the tipping point where our analysis becomes criticism of our self and others, and where our attention to detail becomes perfectionism. It will be a delicate balance because we are so, so, SO Virgo.

I do feel that there is one thing about Virgo that often gets over looked. Beyond all these more mundane qualities Virgo is about tending. It is traditionally equated with the Vestal virgins of ancient Rome. They were particularly involved in the maintenance (the tending) of the fire sacred to Vesta, the goddess of the hearth and home. This fire was never to go out so they had to be extremely diligent in their duties. They were also responsible for collecting water from a sacred spring, preparing food used in rituals and caring for sacred objects in the temple’s sanctuary.

Virgo is the sign that signals the upcoming harvest of our life every year at this time. It is not about the actual harvesting itself, but it is about observing how things have actually manifested according to the way in which we have tended the soil of our lives and been diligent with our duties over the past year. So how have you done tending your world? This is where we can begin to look at the way our habits of living are cultivating what is manifesting in our lives. I have provided an exercise utilizing your tarot cards to help you work with this in a very practical way.


Regarding elemental influence we have an additional three planets in Earth: Saturn, Uranus and Pluto making a total of eight out of ten planets in earth signs! So this is a VERY significant new moon bringing in a lot of stability and structure.

Speaking of structure, this literally means taking a look a the form and organization of the vessels in your life….your body, your home (more your house) and your actual work space. These are the practical supports for your inner work and they are being highlighted. The glyph of Virgo is the scales so we are going to be asked to make sure we are aware of balance in our world of physical manifestation.


I have explained what a stellium is but what is a trine? A trine means that there are at least three planets that are all approximately 120 degrees away from each other. In this case we have ALL those planets in the Virgo stellium trining both Saturn in Capricorn and Uranus in Taurus! Since this includes all the earth signs we call it a Grand Trine.

Let’s see what makes this so special:

This trine lends a powerful boost toward sitting down and putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and brainstorming any plans you might have been considering regarding a possible new business. This isn’t about creating a business plan. This is the planting of the seeds of new ideas for work projects and getting them out into the tangible world in order to flesh out the details and put some order into your thoughts which will help to get you closer to it’s manifestation. The details will flow easily. It could also mean a real deep dive into looking at the work that you are currently doing and the possibility that it may need some new changes in how you structure your days, especially regarding time management.

But our career isn’t the only type of work that can be developed. You can look at plans for building a new house, or modifying the one you have. You can come up with a mission statement for a new way of living healthy through changes in nutrition and exercise. Ground it!

RECIPE INGREDIENTS: Habits, details, plans, analysis, organization, planting new seeds that you have had rattling around in your thoughts.

TAROT FUN!!: This new moon and all it’s configurations is highlighted strongly with the suit of Pentacles. I encourage you to do and exercise with the minor arcana which will help you begin to see the cards differently in the following way:

Lay out the minors from right to left as you do the following exercise:

Pick something very personal that you have been working on building up for the past few months (or, preferably, the past year) which is related to some form of practical, earthy matters. This could be your career, your finances, your health, work on your home. Now, using the cards, pretend you are telling the story about this journey. You will be telling the story of how your constructed this project so you will start with the Ace and work your way to the ten.

To clarify, when you are in the mode of construction you can begin by looking at the way the idea first came to you, the spark of inspiration to do something differently. (Here your cards would start with the Ace on the left and work their way to the ten.)

For instance, let’s take the topic of cleaning your home office. How did it begin? How did it progress according to the energy of the cards?

Here is how you might start the story:

One day I was sitting in my office trying to work and I realized that I couldn’t move for all the stuff I had all over the floor! I was tired of all this and decided I needed to come up with a plan to re-do this office so that I could work better.

When I started to look around I realized the problem was bigger than I first thought! It was a sea of jumbled things and I couldn’t figure out how to organize. I kept looking at moving my desk to that corner, or maybe trying to add a bookshelf, but maybe I needed to get some boxes first, or should I just sit down and start sorting things one by one?

I quickly realized I needed some help in figuring out the best way to approach this project. So, I called my friends, Justin and Pete, and asked them if they would come over and consult with me to get a firm plan in hand...

See? You would then work your way through the story using the other seven cards.

Now, take the cards and look at a personal topic; again regarding your work, business, finances, health, home improvement; that you have been trying to de-construct. It might be the same issue as above. With de-construction, we are looking at how you worked through the process of undoing something.

With this process if, for instance, you have been working on health, you want to look at how you moved away from the habits you had been involved in through the energy of the cards as they progress from the ten to the Ace.

Here is how you might start the story when de-constructing:

Late last summer I was enjoying a great party over at my grandmother’s house. All the family was there and we were just enjoying the day and all the great food that everyone had brought! Everything was so delicious and I had extra portions of my grandma’s pudding cake!

I took a walk off by myself and was pretty out of breath after a very short few steps. I stood by the wall and looked around. I was realized that I was pretty happy with my life. Things were going well. But I thought about how out of shape I was and how unhappy I had been with that area of my life. I built a wall around me and pretended it didn’t matter but deep down it was definitely and area of discontent. At that moment, I decided that it was time to break out of my complacency and get to work changing this area of my life.

I realized there was a lot of work to do and I couldn’t just work on one area without having to change the other areas as well. I sat down and started to look at the things that needed to change: what I ate, how I exercised, who would help to support me along the way? I took a very hard look at all the areas. It took a while to sort through but it was worth it because I really needed a plan…

And so forth! Now, work your way through the remaining cards until you get to the Ace! If you haven’t gotten to a place where you actually feel like you are complete in this change, just write the story with the ending you would like to see!

With this practice you will begin to see how the cards flow in both directions which will be very helpful with interpretations in the long run.

PRACTICALLY SPIRITUAL: With all this earth and the focus on the details of our living we might be very tempted to become overly focused and, even more insidiously, a perfectionist in the extreme. We could feel like we are constantly walking around with our nose to the grindstone and our vision looking down. While this is helpful so that we don’t miss anything, there is a lot of potential for us to loose sight of the bigger picture of the people and places around us. We do not live in isolation in a cave on a mountain top.

Journal about your soil. What is the state of the ground upon which you are trying to establish your career, your health, your home?

In order to counter-balance this tendency you will need LOOK UP! I mean this in a very literal sense. As in, remember to look up and go to a window and look out. Wherever you are when you are walking look up into the faces of the people you are around. Go outside and look up at the stars and observe the vast universe!

As ever, I hope this information will enrich your understanding of astrology, tarot and YOU! Have fun and enjoy this great energy guiding and aiding you toward your goals and dreams.

Be well, be happy.


Astrology: An Introduction to Decans

There are many things we do in astrology that help us hone in or the essence of the interactions of the planets in our birth chart. I like to use the analogy of a radio. You can often get to the main station’s signal, but sometimes it’s not one hundred percent clear. Maybe there is a little static. If you turn the dial of the radio right or left very slowly and tick into a slightly different frequency you can often clear things up and get much better reception. Using the information provided with decans is one of those slow turns of the knob and can really help us clarify.

This explanation is geared toward a beginner who has spent some time getting to know the basics of chart interpretation. I have offered it to beginners because I don’t think that decans are mysterious but no one told me about them until I was well into a more intermediate stage of astrological learning. Since this is a very brief overview and I will be painting in wildly broad strokes I have not included house or aspect interpretations…these you will need to add into the pot as you go along.

I use decans in a very practical manner with all charts I analyze. Initially, I will apply decan interpretation up front for the sun, moon and ascendant of every chart. This gives me a very rich personality profile without having to dig too deep. Secondly, I will apply it to planets that are very influential in a chart especially with those involved in tension based configurations such as T-squares. This is very clarifying. So I feel that this is a little tip that even beginners can use once they understand the ingredients needed to create the dish!

Is A Decan Like A Pecan?

First, let’s make sure you get that pronunciation right! Decan is pronounced “dek-an” with emphasis on the “dek.” It is shorthand for the word decanate. You’re welcome!

So, what is a decan? Here is what I assume you already know about each sign – Aries, Taurus, Gemini etc; have 30 degrees that make up the whole of the sign. The degrees start with 0 degrees of a sign and end at 29 degrees of that sign. Those thirty degrees can be divided up into three groups of 10 degrees. A 10 degree group is called a decan!

You can already see that there will be three decans per sign. Let’s take Aries as an example. This is how the decans will look:

First decan: 0 – 9 degrees of Aries.

Second decan: 10-19 degrees of Aries

Third decan: 20 – 29 degrees of Aries

So simple! The same degrees are grouped for the decans of every sign!

It’s Elementary, My Dear Friend!

Now, how does it work?

You also already know that every sign has an element: Fire, Water, Earth or Air. We will continue look at Aries for our example and Aries is a fire sign.

Every element is represented in astrology by three signs. In the chart above you can see Aries is a fire sign and so are Leo and Sagittarius.

The three signs have a maturing aspect when you work with them around the birth chart. The first sign in an element is the newest sign. It is the “newborn” of the element. The second sign in the element is a more grown up version and is more like the “young teen/young adult” of the element. The last sign in the element is the “adult” version of the element.

In our Aries example, we have Aries as the newborn fire sign, Leo is the young teen/adult fire sign, and Sagittarius is the adult fire sign.

Growth Through The Element of Fire

What do I mean by newborn, young adult and adult expressions of an element? Let’s look a bit more closely as the fire signs in a simplified manner.

Aries the Newborn – Aries is the very first sign of the entire zodiac, living in the first house of the zodiac and is the first sign of the element of fire! If we use the analogy of a human life it really IS the energy of a newborn! It sees the world as brand new, pure potential, pure inspiration and anything is possible! Babies are completely self-centered, and Aries energy can also be this way as it can be very focused on self-identity and relates everything that is happening around it to, “how does this affect me?” It is fiery and driven to explore and learn with curiosity full steam ahead.

Leo the Young Teen – As a child grows it begins to lose some of that self-only identification. It has moved through the houses of growth which involve inter-relating to a family unit, whether just with parents or combined with siblings. It rules the fifth house where we learn that there are other people in the world outside the home most notably through the act of having to go to school. Leo’s energy is full of play and creativity. It loves to party and you can’t have much of a party by yourself so it’s about learning the art of socialization with peers and making friends. Leo is also the sign that shows up when the ego is starting to feel its oats because, again, when stepping out into the land of others we are often confronted by the mirror that reflects to us perceptions about who we are in comparison to another person, or a within a group of others.

Sagittarius the Adult – Continuing on with our analogy of a child, by the time we reach the sign of Sagittarius we have done a lot of living. This roughly correlates to the ages of our mid-20’s to mid-30’s and we are now moving toward becoming established in our chosen careers through higher education, we might have a long term relationship, children, have bought a house. Sagittarius brings us into an integration with our outer lives and our sense of our inner spiritual foundation. It is far from staid as it is still a fire sign so there is a lot of action and interaction with this sign.

Now, Apply It!

Let’s summarize what we you know:

  • Each sign has 30 degrees. Those 30 degrees are divided into three groups of 10 degrees. A group of 10 degrees is called a decan. This means that each sign has three decans within it.
  • Each sign has an element (fire, water, earth, air.)
  • There are three signs for every element.

So, how does this all work? Back to Aries!

  • There are three decans in Aries,
  • Aries is a fire sign and,
  • There are three fire signs – Aries is the first, Leo is the second, Sagittarius is the third.

We now assign each one of the fire signs to each decan in the one sign we are interested in. The assignments go in order of zodiacal progression, moving counter-clockwise around the astrological chart (see image above.) So, lets look and see how that works for the sign of Aries.

  • First assignment: 0 – 9 degrees of Aries is the “Aries decan of Aries.”
  • Second assignment: 10-19 degrees of Aries is the “Leo decan of Aries.”
  • Third assignment: 20-29 degrees of Aries is the “Sagittarius decan of Aries.”

Whatever sign you are interested in, the first decan will always be it’s own sign. So, let’s now look at the second and third fire signs, Leo and Sagittarius! Here is the breakdown:


  • First assignment: 0-9 degrees of Leo is the “Leo decan of Leo.”
  • Second assignment: 10-19 degrees of Leo is the “Sagittarius decan of Leo.”
  • Third assignment: 20-29 degrees of Leo is the “Aries decan of Leo.”


  • First assignment: 0-9 degrees of Sagittarius is the “Sagittarius decan of Sagittarius.”
  • Second assignment: 10-19 degrees of Sagittarius is the “Aries decan of Sagittarius.”
  • Third assignment: 20-29 degrees of Sagittarius is the “Leo decan of Sagittarius.”

You can now work this out with all the remaining elements and their corresponding signs!

Pulling It All Together

Now lets look at this practically. Let’s look at possible interpretations for a sun at 12 degrees of Sagittarius, a moon at 12 degrees of Leo, and an Ascendant at 5 degrees of Aries. How does this help in fine tuning the interpretation of these three basic elements of a chart? (Again, I am not including anything about houses or aspects here, just a broad stroke of the way fine tuning utilizing a decan can go. The houses and aspects will also modify and fill out the picture much more .)

First, we look at the sun. At 12 degrees of Sagittarius it falls in the second decan of Sagittarius which is the “Aries decan of Sagittarius.” This means that the sun carries all the qualities of Sagittarius sun and is expressed through a more Aries-like quality. So, while Sagittarius may suggest that this is someone who is may be very interested in pursuing things like higher education, justice, and/or spiritual pursuits the way the Aries decan says that one may likely pursue these things could manifest in a very self-interested fashion. While this person might be interested, say, in the justice system, when they do get involved in that system their motivation for doing so may not come from a particularly altruistic push of helping the downtrodden seek justice. It could be a very self-serving motivation in that “being a justice seeker” is the persona they are trying to develop and maintain. Aries (the “baby” fire sign) often likes to initiate projects and programs but they can also have a hard time seeing things to completion because they lack the maturity to apply discipline so they would likely be more interested in looking like they were the one in charge than actually implementing change. Lastly, Aries is ruled by Mars so this might point to a tendency to be adversarial in approach rather than collaborative as Sagittarius is wont to do.

Next, let’s look at the moon at 12 degrees of Leo, with it falling in the Sagittarius decan of Leo. A Leo moon is nurtured and emotionally fed by all things Leonian – play, creative pursuits, socializing with friends, partying til dawn. Security will be found in having close friendships and they may thrive in being the class clown or known as the life of the party. With it falling in the Sagittarius decan you can add that Jupiter influence and this may be someone who comes off larger than life! This person might well be emotionally fed by the adoration of the theater or movies and will be very good at it, possibly a star with many accolades! The Sagittarius decan, being the “adult” decan can also lend a very mature note to this person, even while they are living large. They could appear very Leonian with a flashy presence writ large but they would have the ability to also be very intelligent and articulate and use their opportunities of interviews to discuss equality and justice for the disenfranchised.

Finally, a quick look at the Ascendant at 5 degrees Aries. No mystery here…that is an Aries rising in the Aries decan. Straight up Aries all the way! With that Aries decan it gives the Ascendant a double whammy. Their doorway to the world is framed by that fiery, inspired, initiatory Martian charge! They will just go for it and damn the torpedos!

Check Your Chart!

I hope that this has been helpful to you and that you quickly reached for your own chart to see what your sun, moon and ascendant are looking like with this added information. It might be that you suddenly understand why you have a Gemini sun but you have never really felt that you fit that bill…only to discover that your sun is in the Libra decan! So, while you might be initially OK with lots of social mental energy your sun is tampered a bit by the Libra and Venus influence and you feel that you really relate more from that heart center than your head!

Please feel free to message me if you have any questions and if this has been interesting to you do pursue further research online! There is a LOT of information about decans out there!

Be well, be happy.



Break free, dance, explore, make beauty and/or take a walk on the wild side! Welcome to your Full Moon in Aquarius breakdown! This full moon makes an opposition to Venus in heart warming Leo so there may be a slight bump in the road or a breakthrough in your understanding about the need for love and the need for authenticity.

PLANET: MOON – As ever we have our moon, center of all things emotional and nurturing. The planet that speaks to our sense of home, safety, family.

This being a full moon, as it stands for all full moons, there is the base energy of culminations, completions, and the fruition of ideas and events in our life.

SIGN: AQUARIUS; PLANET URANUS – This full moon is in the sign of Aquarius is ruled by the planet Uranus .

Aquarius has earned its reputation as a quick moving, eclectic and impulsive sign. It rules communities but on a deeper level it really speaks to identity as an individual amongst the others of our tribe. People with strong Aquarian patterns in their charts often find that they long to find their people but just can’t seem to do groups so they are often left feeling very alone. This doesn’t bother them for long because they also have a strong individuation and may also find themselves loners but happy to be so. They would prefer to be alone and authentic with their lives than be in a group of people that they perceive as shallow and wasting their precious time. So this full moon may find you highlighting your place in the groups you currently travel in and you may be reviewing whether or not you want to continue to be included. Taking a time out and being the outsider is OK.

Aquarius rules electricity and therefore rules the flow of information….not necessarily how things get communicated, but rather, how the communications are moved through entities like the Internet, the mail system, courier systems. In computer terms, it rules the processors. How are you processing the information you receive? How are you moving information from one place to the other? In practical terms, what is your process for storing and retaining information? Is it time to clear space on your hard drive, both the one on your desk but also the one in your head? Maybe you have been pursuing a course of study and it’s just time to walk away and clear the decks to simplify and clarify your ability to handle your life.

PLANET: VENUS, SIGN: LEO IN OPPOSITION – I put the planet and sign together because they are so harmonious right now talking about them separately would be redundant!

Venus is Venus so we are looking at all things Venusian highlighted in this opposition: love, romance, worth (both self and monetary), beauty.

Leo is ruled by the Sun and highlights where we feel gooooood! Like, really good. Leo is represented by a lion so you can imagine a big, golden lion on a warm summer day, rolling and rolling in soft green grass.

Leo is heart energy so paired with Venus’ emphasis on love and romance you are getting the picture. This pairing is about the things and people we love on all fronts. The ones that make our hearts fill and expand to bursting like a glorious sun.

Leo also speaks to our egos. The ego itself is not a bad thing. It is what provides us enough of a sense of identity that we are able to utilize our higher cognition in order to explore our place in this world, at this moment in time.

The full moon in Aquarius opposing Venus right now means that whilst we are reveling amongst the flowers and good times it could be very easy for our egos to swell along with our hearts. With Aquarius’ emphasis on authenticity the Leonian ego may bristle under the gaze of this light and bluster around, puffing itself up and trying to paint itself a little brighter than is the truth.

Conversely, the Aquarian energy may bristle under the playful cavorting gaze of Leo, calling it to join in the dance! Maybe it’s time to consider a little loosening up and playing a bit more even if that doesn’t feel entirely “you.” Adding a little more joy may end up feeling so good that you may reconsider and start to explore things doing arts of some kind, dancing, yoga, or even just going out to a comedy club. It also might include doing some re-design of your interior spaces, adding something new and beautiful.

ELEMENTS: The Moon is a water planet, Uranus (Aquarius) is an air planet, Venus is an earth planet, and Leo is ruled by the Sun which is a fire planet. Wow!! All the elements are present here. So, on the whole, elementally we are really getting a lot of opportunity for balance with this full moon. The opposition may simply be asking you to look at where you are just slightly out of kilter in your thinking (air,) emotions (water), spiritual pursuits (fire), and/or material manifestations like your work (earth.) Lots of opportunity to reflect in a quiet way.

FINAL PIECES: Overall, this is a really balanced and solid full moon. Aquarius might throw a monkey wrench into your life. It’s always best to expect the unexpected with Aquarius, although whatever is revealed is most likely not going to be too big a shock and you will get some time to really focus on where you are in living an authentic life with yourself as well as the groups you identify with. It will also be a great time to see if you need to step back from some activities that might be stressing your inner processor (brain) to the point of headaches or increased forgetfulness.

If Venus pokes at you a little and runs off with a giggle try not to grump but maybe let loose and run in the grass with your shoes off, even for just a couple of minutes. I personally LOVE going to those sip and paint events. I never, ever thought I would but I get to paint in a group in which we are all “not artists” yet everyone has a wonderful time and everyone ends up with a painting they never expected they would be able to create! One of these events is perfect for this full moon!!

OK! Let’s sort out our ingredients!

RECIPE INGREDIENTS: Authenticity, individuality, your tribe, feeling like a loner, your processing mechanisms, love, warmth, beauty, play, creativity.

With all the elements represented in this full moon I encourage you to do a 5 card elemental spread. The layout is as follows:

  1. Card 1: North, Earth: What is guiding and supporting me in the realm of my material work and possessions?
  2. Card 2: East, Air: What new ideas and ways of thinking are supporting and guiding me?
  3. Card 3: South, Fire: How is my personal power supporting and guiding me?
  4. Card 4: West, Water: How is flow supporting me in the manifestation of my best life?
  5. Card 5: Spirit Within: What message is Divine Guidance offering about my spiritual path?

PRACTICALLY SPIRITUAL: This full moon offers a chance to take actions toward finding your authentic voice and letting it guide you toward making a decision of some kind. If it is regarding the tribe(s) that you have been involved with perhaps the decision to get more involved or to step away. But it could be any decision that is currently on your plate, one that you have been mulling for awhile.

I invite you to explore how you would make that decision with an eye toward your current processing mechanism. How have you made decisions in the past? Lists? Flip a coin? Talk it out with a friend? Whatever has been your mode in the past I would suggest trying something different this time! It may not be comfortable, but when we put ourselves into new ways of making choices we find the places in our thinking that may have been hidden and possibly guiding us in unconscious, possibly unhealthy, ways. Even if that isn’t so, it is still good to use other methods of processing in order to see with new eyes.

I also invite you to create and play and don’t let your lone wolf go off into it’s cave. Let it sit in the sun and bask, listening to the birds, sniffing the breezes. Revel!

May this full moon bring you joy and peace.

Be well, be happy. Namaste.