ASTRO-TAROT: FULL MOON AT 21 DEGREES OF PISCES, SEPTEMBER 13, 2019, 9:32 P.M. PACIFIC

This is a rare and extremely powerful full moon. The fact that the Moon is conjoining the planet Neptune is it’s own sign of Pisces, and that we have a conjunction of the Sun with Mars opposite just doesn’t come along very often and it is worthwhile to sit up and take notice. Because of the complexity of energies this post is a bit involved but I have done my best to untangle. Please feel free to send along any questions you may have. So let’s begin!!

THE VERY BIG PICTURE WITH THE PLANETS:

Generally, in any full moon, we are actually, physically able to see the Moon because the Sun is directly across from it, shining it’s light on the Moon. Though the Moon carries no light of its own we still consider it a luminary. It is not a shining light (outward energy), but a reflective light (inward energy.) So this is why we associate full moons with culminations…we have watched ideas and projects grow to a point of it unfolding in fullness in some way, either because it is complete or because a phase of it has completed and we are now able to revise and restructure to start a new phase at the new moon upcoming.

However, this particular full moon is functioning very differently for two reasons. Both the Sun and the Moon are being hugged by two other planets. The Sun is conjunct Mars in Virgo and the Moon is conjunct Neptune in Pisces. How is this affecting us?

Let’s look at the Moon first. In this case the elliptic of the full Moon is actually making it go behind Neptune. Whilst the moon often connects with Neptune to have it do so at the same degree that it is full is a very rare occurrence. While we don’t experience a difference in the way the moon looks it is still what is happening in the sky. So, effectively, the forces of Neptune are blocking that illuminating quality that a full moon usually has on a material level. Neptune and Pisces will always invite us to go on a very deep dive to the depths of our psychic realm. Since the Moon is also a planet working on our emotional body we could find ourselves feeling profoundly emotional which may manifest as a great deal of confusion, feeling underwater, and feeling overwhelmed. Nothing may seem clearly illuminated at all. You may even find yourself in what the Christian mystics referred to this experience as the Dark Night of the Soul. While not a comfortable place to be it is a rich and fertile time for letting go of what we thought we knew about our lives and about ourselves and surrendering to whatever it is that you consider to be the Divine. More about this in a moment.

Now let’s turn toward the Sun and Mars. Mars is the planet of action! It rules our physical bodies which is our vehicle for getting things we need to do done. The new moon two weeks ago found us with a stellium of planets, including Mars, in Virgo and it was all about organizing and dealing with a multitude of details. We got a huge burst of energy to take care of our projects and you may have felt invigorated to work on things you had set aside a while back. Did you purge and clean your office or computer? Did you finally get to that home improvement project that has been on the back burner? Mars is a motivator.

But most of the stellium has moved on. Mars, however, is still hanging out in a conjunction with the Sun. It is so close to the Sun that it is in a configuration known as “combust.” This energy manifests exactly as it sounds…when a planet is combust the Sun it is burned in the cauldron of fire. Therefore, the energy of the planet combust is dissipated until it moves out of the orbit of the Sun. So now, two weeks after all that go, go, go, you may be wondering, “Hey! Why am I suddenly feeling so wiped out? Where did all that motivation and energy suddenly go?” You might now be looking at a pile of things you started to take care of with great gusto two weeks ago but now you can barely figure out how to continue on, or even what your goal was in the first place!

Because of these two mitigating factors we find ourselves disoriented. It is as if we were in car cruising along and suddenly the car hit the brakes…really, like, WE did not hit those braked, but the car itself did! Not only have we suddenly come to a screeching halt we can’t figure out why or how!

There is really nothing we can do about the momentum at this time. We simply need to ride this one out the best way we know how. Surrender the need to do and bow to the need to simply be right now. We might be feeling incredibly tired all of a sudden and feel the need for a lot of extra rest. That is exactly the antidote for all of this powerful energy. Rest, restore, renew. Turn your energies toward your spiritual practice in whatever quiet way works for you. Meditation is really supported right now.

ELEMENT: WATER

The element of water on this full moon is very strong. In the tarot this is the quintessential energy we get with the High Priestess card. When the Moon goes behind Jupiter it is going behind the veil of the Priestess. That is why, in the Rider Waite Smith deck, if you look closely you will see that behind her is a body of water (as is the bottom of her robe.)

So let’s talk water. We have three water signs – Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces. Cancer is the first water sign of the zodiac, Scorpio the second, and finally Pisces.

As we move around the zodiac from the first house to the 12th all the planets and signs mature. The first sign of any element can be considered the youngest energy of that element, the second is more a young adult just arriving out of their teen years and the final sign is a matured aspect with adult outlooks.

Let’s look at those three signs in this context. Cancer is childlike water. It is full of primary emotions, that we experience as children. We express it when we feel it and we don’t care, really, who is watching. We feel what we feel.. Happy? We laugh. Angry? We yell or pout. Loving? We go right in for that big kiss! While Cancer water is not particularly sophisticated it is very authentic because it is right out there for all to see.

Moving to Scorpio water we are now in the eighth house of others. Here we find that we internalize our feelings first and then kind of check it out with other people in our sphere to see if we dare express it, or if we share it, or if we just keep it hidden. In many ways, we do not trust those feelings unless someone is mirroring for us whether or not we should consider them valid. This is a very rocky and, in our teen years, it is a form of madness!

But when we finally dive into the waters of Pisces we are in a mature ocean and here we crave solitude and deep diving. Pisces water is the water of the depths and we are not tossed around by it. But we can become very confused if we go deeper than we are ready for, being unprepared on how to navigate the darkness. So here we find the waters of dreams, visions, longings of the soul, the dark night of the soul. We can reach these depths in moments of deepest devotion or by utilizing a substance to help us drown. In Pisces water we can find the sublime or the deepest pyschosis.

So here we have the moon being veiled by this incredibly deep need for quiet. A rest for the soul. A darkened room lit by a single candle. We may find our dream world incredibly active on either side of this full moon. Pay full attention to what images emerge right now and see how they speak to you. You may get a very clear message about something that you have been visioning for yourself for the past six months or so.

ELEMENT: EARTH

We covered the earth element in our last new moon blog so I won’t expand on it here. However, because of the strong, strong water energy right now it is safe to say that we may internally be feeling underwater or flooded emotionally. We might be storing more water in our bodies (Mars) and feel bloated and heavy. Our minds may feel foggy and we might be a bit more forgetful as the element of fire and water combine and create steam and mist. While it may seem counter-intuitive to suggest this, it is going to be important to physically drink more water

INGREDIENTS: Dreams, intuition, plans on hold, confusion, exhaustion, meditation, feeling foggy, spiritual deep dives.

PRACTICALLY SPIRITUAL:

This is a truly beautiful time to explore our deep psychic abilities and receive messages from the depths more easily than when we are engaged in the daily living of our lives. Here is a very powerful yet simple exercise to guide you.

Candle Gazing with the High Priestess:

I invite you to do the practice of Trataka tonight, as close to the exact full moon time as possible. (This will be 9:32PM Pacific on September 13, 12:32AM September 14 Eastern.) This practice of candle gazing will bring together the darkness that the moon is experiencing as it dives into the depths of Pisces and the light of the Sun and Mars combust. It will help to illuminate the intuitive perception about what needs to be known during this exceptional moment.

For instructions about Trataka and how to set up a space for it I like the simple explanation provided in this article: https://awakeandmindful.com/how-to-do-a-candle-gazing-meditation-trataka/

The extra piece is to get out a High Priestess card from whichever deck you wish according to the image that speaks most deeply to you at this time. Place the card directly behind the candle so that her image will be there as you gaze into the flame. You will not see her image clearly, but slightly out of focus, as if you are gazing into a shallow bowl of water and she is there at the bottom. See what messages she may have for you, or what feelings come up when you are in her presence.

As ever, dear friends, may you harness all the magic that surrounds you and live fully and deeply.

Namaste.

ASTRO-TAROT: NEW MOON IN VIRGO, AUGUST 30, 2019 AT 3:36AM PDT Feat. A GRAND TRINE IN EARTH

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.

PLANETS: SUN, MOON, MERCURY, VENUS AND MARS!

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.

SIGN: VIRGO

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.

ELEMENT: EARTH

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.

EARTH GRAND TRINE: EVERYTHING IN THE VIRGO STELLIUM TRINE SATURN IN CAPRICORN TRINE URANUS IN TAURUS

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.

Namaste.