the following includes the highlights of 2015- including social (jupiter and saturn) and transpersonal (uranus, neptune, pluto and chiron) planetary transits, eclipses and planetary stations (retrograde and direct). a listing of all of the new moons/full moons/eclipses and sabbats (holy days) in the year can be found at the end of this forecast. for more in-depth information please check the weekly forecasts, monthly forecasts, lunar insights, weekly horoscopes and astrology blogs around the time of the planetary activity you are interested in.
1/7- chiron in pisces quincunxes the true north node in libra (and the mean north node on 1/13), creating tension and friction between the Wounded Healer planetoid and the north node of evolution, growth and destiny. chiron in aspect to the north node commences a series of outer planet triggers of the nodes of destiny and karma- which makes january a very significant month in terms of our fate, destiny and opportunities to break free from the past. chiron in pisces highlights the need to have healthy boundaries, to deal with sensitivity in healthy ways (versus denial, addiction, wallowing in it) as well as being able to trust, have faith and surrender to the cosmic flow of life. the north node in libra is all about growth through partnership, relationships, compromise and collaboration. both pisces and libra are signs that tend to focus on others and their happiness- oftentimes at the expense of their own. chiron/north node demands that we find ways to work in harmony with others without losing ourselves and/or it requires us to see where we are operating out of wounded patterns of not feeling good enough and seeking Love outside of ourselves to fill us up. opportunities to see where we need to grow and what we need to let go of are present today (and this entire month) so pay attention!
1/14- pluto in capricorn squares the true position of the nodes of destiny and karma, commencing the uranus/pluto squares’ activation of the nodes which occurs during the last 2 weeks of january. when a planet is square the nodes we are brought to a pivotal point of choice in our lives. we can choose to keep on playing out old karmic patterns of the past (symbolized by the south node in aries) or we can choose to evolve, grow and move into the future (symbolized by the north node in libra). pluto square the nodes is a turning point- and depending on the choices we make right now we can find ourselves rapidly evolving or we can find ourselves devolving and moving several steps backwards. because this is pluto we are talking about- the choices right now require a death of the old so that something new can birth itself. whatever it is that we are being asked to let go of is likely not easy or what we want to do- and yet our Soul’s have a Higher Perspective and know what is right for us. pluto will trigger the nodes over the next week (today the true nodes and on the 20th the mean nodes) so embrace transformation and evolution- at any cost!
1/19- neptune in pisces opposes mean black moon lilith in virgo, pitting the mystic and illusionist opposite the fierce Dark Feminine who sees beyond the neptune fog to the Truth. neptune/BML can bring some very potent magic into the mix- but there can also be some deep BS to navigate and see through in order to get to the Truth. there is a T-square going on right now with saturn, mars/neptune and BML. this potent dynamic is exact today with mean BML but true BML has an erratic orbit so the T-square aspect with true black moon lilith, saturn and neptune lasts until august 2015. as saturn and neptune are in spiritual signs that are focused on ideals, beliefs and Cosmic Truth- BML in virgo is about discernment and seeing what is real, not just what is projected out there for us to believe in and be duped by. taking time to question things- both that which comes to use externally as well as that which comes to us internally, is key right now.
1/20- uranus cojoins the true south node in aries, aligning the rebel, revolutionary and Great Awakener with the south node of karma and ties to the past! this is the ultimate aspect of breaking free from the past- and if you work with this energy consciously it could be amazing! yet if you are not embracing the opportunities for change, shift and letting go- then uranus/south node could rip things out of your life and/or upset the apple cart. the Universe gives us choice in matters- but at some point your Higher Self has to make decisions your 2 year old self (aka your ego) doesn’t want to make. being able to get the Higher Self and ego self on the same page is recommended. get ready to clear out anything and everything that holds you back from your growth and evolution!
pluto squares the mean nodes, completing pluto’s trigger of the true and mean position of the nodes that began on the 14th. pivotal points of choice are in focus right now. what you hold onto and what you let go of is critical at this point in time. make sure you are not carrying over things from that past the only serve to hinder your growth. let go to grow!
1/21- mercury stations retrograde at 17’05 aquarius, taking the conscious mind and intellect and turning him inward. mercury retrograde is a great time for introspection, reflection and review of the past. it’s also a great time to rethink, redo and revise things. it’s not a time to sign on the dotted line or move forward- as you have to deal with things in the past first before you will be fully ready to move forward. when mercury is stationary all mercury-related things can experience snafus. so watch out for technological, travel, communication or commerce-related issues. if something is not working out the way you thought it would- wait it and out and see if perhaps some Higher Intelligence is operating in your life. with mercury in aquarius being ruled by uranus on the south node- we’d do well to rethink, review and revise what we need to let go of or release in our lives. the coming 3 weeks are a great time to review karmic patterns so that we can assess what we are now ready to release and break free from!
1/31- uranus cojoins the mean south node, completing uranus’ trigger of the true and mean positions of the nodes that began on january 20th. it is time to break free from the past. holding on will only serve to keep you bound in karmic patterns/relationships/situations that you are meant to evolve beyond. pay attention to where your resistance to letting go is in your life and then do the conscious work you need to do to dissolve it and move past it. if you feel angry or aggressive today- look to see where you are resisting taking action in your life and then JUST DO IT!
2/11- mercury stations direct at 1’18 aquarius, bringing the planet that governs communication, thinking and travel to a standstill in the sky. the last couple of weeks of rethinking, reviewing and revising our visions, ideas, community connections, goals, hopes and dreams are coming to an end. in the coming weeks as mercury complete’s his shadow journey- moving over all the degrees he just went over twice in the past couple of months- we will be wrapping up our lessons and getting ready to move on. some of the defining mercury aspects made these first months of 2015 were harmonious ones to saturn, uranus and the north node- showing that dealing with our past and opening up to growth and our future has been supported in a big way. stay open to insights, aha moments and sudden shifts in your life- mental, physical and otherwise!
2/17- retrograde jupiter in leo quincunxes chiron in pisces, creating tension and friction between the planet of expansion, abundance and excess and the Wounded Healer planetoid. jupiter/chiron is great for bringing us opportunities to do deep healing work- but they can also unearth some deep stuff around our ego’s and our needs to be seen and Loved that run our lives in Unconscious ways. with chiron in pisces addressing any issues with boundaries, denial, addiction, or playing the victim is in focus. over the next 10 days jupiter, chiron and pluto for a yod or finger of God/Goddess- with the finger pointing at jupiter. with pluto and chiron in harmonious aspect- the only way out is through our emotional depths. deep work of a shamanic, psychological or spiritual nature can be life changing now. be prepared for a major shift in your self-identity!
2/27- retrograde jupiter in leo quincunxes pluto in capricorn, creating tension and friction between the biggest planet in our zodiac the smallest, yet most powerful one. jupiter/pluto is great for embracing opportunities for empowerment and transformation- yet this aspect is a tense one, so the empowerment and transformation we seek likely comes by way of letting things go in our life that we have some very deep attachments to. this completes the yod formed between jupiter, pluto and chiron that started mid february. with the finger of God/Goddess pointing to jupiter- we are meant to grow beyond that which has kept us tethered to the past!
3/3- retrograde jupiter in leo trines uranus in aries, harmoniously aligning two very fiery, expansive planets in fiery, expansive signs in powerful and liberating ways! jupiter wants to travel, explore and study- while uranus wants to liberate and free us from chains that bind. put these two together and you have a recipe for sudden inventions, innovations and opportunities coming- seemingly out of thin air! with very strong masculine energies at play- embracing and expressing our will, drive, creativity and authority is supported today!
3/9- the south node in aries quincunxes mean black moon lilith in virgo, bringing tension and friction between our karmic past and patterns we stay stuck in and our need to be deeply discerning and willing to see and own our own shadow, as well as Light. south node/BML can bring up some very deep, perhaps dark stuff around rage, anger, aggression, perfectionism, judgment and criticism of self and other to take a good hard look at. we need to be aware of where we staying stuck in the past or in our ego’s ideas of what happened in the past. rising above to get some detached discernment is recommended right now.
3/14- saturn stations retrograde at 4’55 sadge, commencing the inward/downward journey of the Lord of Karma and Father of Time. when saturn is at a stand still in the sky things can feel VERY SLOW MOVING. on the positive side, we can use this time to slow down and take stock of our lives- but on the shadow side we may feel less vital, lowered energy and even depressed. saturn stations retrograde in square aspect to neptune- so the saturn/neptune square is being energized right now. polarities between reality and delusions, practicality and dreams can be up big time. watch out for the tendency to excessive pessimism OR denial and avoidance of what is real today/this week/this month/this year!
3/16- uranus squares pluto, for the 7th and final time since the uranus/pluto transit began in june of 2012. with the rebel, revolutionary and Great Awakener in tense aspect to the Lord of the Underworld- we are in the midst of the last wave of shake ups and wake ups, breakdowns and breakthroughs. this frequency is meant to radically alter our consciousness- and at times it requires us to release or let go of things that are best left in the past. with uranus in aries we are all challenged to wake up and take a stand for what we believe in. with pluto in capricorn we are also challenged to release, let go of and/or transform structures, traditions, obligations and commitments in our lives. if it’s not helping us grow- it’s time to LET IT GO, once and for all. (please note that the total lunar eclipse in april will trigger uranus and pluto- so the final chapter of this cycle will unfold over the next couple of months)
3/20- the total solar eclipse/new moon at 29’27 pisces, highlights not only the last degree of it’s sign, but also the last degree of the entire zodiac! 29 pisces is a very potent degree. where the 1st degree of aries is alpha degree, 29 pisces is the omega degree. the 1st degree of aries is about initiation, while 29 pisces is about completion. this solar eclipse can start brand new cycles, chapters, even volumes in our lives that are founded on our ability fully complete and release the past. with the solar eclipse trine saturn, what we set into motion at this time has endurance and staying power. think wisely and act consciously- intentions are everything! for more information on this solar eclipse check the lunar insight posted a week or so before the lunation is exact.
4/4- the total lunar eclipse/full moon at 14’24 libra completes the eclipse portal we have been in since the total solar eclipse at 29 pisces last month. eclipse portals are powerful times of transformation, change and evolution. they very quickly take us from point A to point B in dramatic and sometimes unnerving fashion. lunar eclipses are about endings, letting go and releasing of the past. this eclipse activates the uranus/pluto square, which is technically over (there are no more exact squares, the last one was in march this year) but this eclipse activates it, so the energy of liberation and transformation that come by way of breakdowns that precede breakthroughs is still in effect. with the eclipse in libra relationships, alliances and partnerships are in focus. whatever is not evolving is likely dying at this time. it is good to remember that death precedes rebirth. the cycles of life are never ending- so if you want a new beginning you have to be willing to navigate an ending so that you can complete and let go of the past!
4/8- jupiter stations direct at 12’35 leo, bringing the planet of expansion, abundance and excess into focus! the desire to grow, travel, explore and be unbounded is high right now. this is great energy for taking a risk, going for it and putting ourselves out there creatively and otherwise. just watch out for the tendency to be excessive, impulsive, restless and/or self-centered right now. balance is key.
4/16- stationary pluto in capricorn trines mean black moon lilith in virgo, aligning the Dark Masculine planet with the Dark Feminine body in powerful, potent and magical ways! this truly is an alignment that brings with it massive amounts of power and capacity for transformation and empowerment right now. doing deep Soul work, shadow dancing and cathartic release of the bonds of the past is supported right now. with both bodies in earth signs, pay attention to your embodied experience and your connection to the physical world. magic is anchored into the 3d world right now and intuition is visceral.
4/16- pluto stations retrograde at 15’32 capricorn, making the lord of the underworld the most powerful planet in the sky! with pluto going inward/downward he is at his most shamanistic. it may seem as though he is slumbering, but really his power is being focused within. the days/weeks surrounding the station can be especially intense- so be aware of your use of power and stay clear of power/control dynamics and manipulation. as pluto stations retrograde he does so in square aspect to uranus, so he is energizing the uranus/pluto square that is technically over (the last exact square was in march 2015) but which is still in effect this potent month of april. shake ups and wake up calls, breakdowns and breakthroughs are the focus right now. the Highest use of this energy is to bring the Truth to Light. pay attention to what reveals itself- personally and collectively- this powerful month of april!
4/20- neptune in pisces quincunxes the mean north node in libra, bringing tension and friction between the planet of idealism, denial and delusion and the north node of destiny, growth and evolution. it is key that we look at any issues we have with boundaries, enabling, denial, avoidance, addiction or playing the victim or martyr in our relationships right now. these very patterns can be hindering us from the growth, evolution and connection we seek. with both bodies in signs that tend to focus on others- being able to discern when we are focusing on others so we can avoid focusing on ourselves is key. some aspect of our destined path is shifting and changing right now. be open to dissolution of one path so that coagulation/formation of another can take place. (the true north node will quincunx neptune on 5/6)
5/6- neptune in pisces quincunxes the true north node in libra, echoing the aspect the mean north node made to neptune on 4/20. the last 2 1/2 weeks have had a strong neptune/nodal energy- which can bring illumination or dissolution to our sense of self, destiny and path of dharma. neptune/north node brings tension and friction between the planet of idealism, denial and delusion and the north node of destiny, growth and evolution. it is key that we look at any issues we have with boundaries, enabling, denial, avoidance, addiction or playing the victim or martyr in our relationships right now. these very patterns can be hindering us from the growth, evolution and connection we seek. with both bodies in signs that tend to focus on others- being able to discern when we are focusing on others so we can avoid focusing on ourselves is key. some aspect of our destined path is shifting and changing right now. be open to dissolution of one path so that coagulation/formation of another can take place.
5/12- uranus in aries quincunxes mean black moon lilith in virgo, bringing tension and friction between the rebel, revolutionary and Great Awakener and the fierce Dark Feminine who sees beneath the surface and beyond the facade. uranus/BML is highly intuitive and psychic, but there can also be suppressed rage and anger surface in the collective right now that needs to be navigated with consciousness. issues between men and women, patriarchy and the Goddess can arise right now. embrace uranus’ potential for radical and sudden shifts and liberation from the past- and steer clear of uranus’ shadow of aggression, accidents and Unconscious expressions of rage or anger.
5/18- mercury stations retrograde at 13’08 gemini, commencing the mind and intellect’s journey inward and downward in the sign of communication, thinking and perception (one of the signs he rules). all mercury related things can undergo more difficulties or delays right now- so when it comes to travel, communication, technology and commerce, give yourself time to flow with things right now. mercury retrograde in gemini is a time to rethink, review and revise what we think, believe and understand about ourselves and life in general. a defining factor of this mercury retrograde journey is the fact that it triggers the saturn/neptune square and engages with mars (who also is triggering saturn and neptune). watch out for aggression, anger and conflict oriented communication- especially when it comes to fighting over beliefs and what is Truth. stay open to shifts of both mind and heart in the coming weeks. if you are attached to your thoughts and won’t let go of them- you will miss out on the opportunities to expand your mind and understand Truth in a broader, more far-reaching context.
5/21- jupiter in leo quincunx retrograde pluto in capricorn, echoing the aspect these two made on 2/27 and likely bringing back up issues that were brewing back then (so think back and/or check your journal to see what was up then). jupiter/pluto is great for embracing opportunities for empowerment and transformation- yet this aspect is a tense one, so the empowerment and transformation we seek likely comes by way of letting things go in our life that we have some very deep attachments to. this commences the last yod formed between jupiter, pluto and chiron that will last until end of june when jupiter quincunxes chiron. with pluto and chiron involved- this is about the deep work we must do on our psyches to own our shadow, heal our wounds and integrate that healing into our conscious self-expression so that it can inform who we are today and help us to grow beyond the past. keep that in mind in the next 6 weeks- major opportunities for coming into Who We Are Meant To Be (and leaving behind aspects of who we used to be that are no longer valid) are present right now!
6/8- chiron in pisces opposes mean black moon lilith in virgo, creating an oppositional energy between the Wounded Healer and the fierce, Dark Feminine. chiron/BML brings major opportunities to deep healing work around our power (giving it away or lording it over others), our magic, intuition and psychic gifts- as well as our ability to see the Truth and speak it no matter what others think or say. with both bodies in signs of service, this aspect can help unearth deep gifts we have that are meant to be shared with others for the betterment of ourselves, those around us and perhaps the world. yet chiron can shine a very harsh Light on BML and bring up deep, past life wounds around owning our power, speaking up, being seen and being hurt/killed/ostracized for it. this is a great time to do past life work and heal any splits we have between spirit and body. embodiment practices like yoga, massage, chi gong and the like can be very useful and healing right now.
6/11- mercury stations direct at 4’33 gemini, making the planet of mind, communication and thinking come to a standstill in the sky. all mercury related things can be in snafu mode- so if things are slow moving or not working out when it comes to travel, communication, thinking and technology, know that this, too, shall pass. mercury stations direct in opposition to saturn- which is a heavy aspect that brings Light to what is NOT WORKING as well as to what is going on in reality. this is great for serious conversations or getting real- but it can also incite depression or pessimistic thinking. mercury will energize the saturn/neptune square- so be aware of where you are trying to check out because you don’t want to deal with reality. ultimately it will always come back to be dealt with – so may as well deal now so you can move on to new things, yes?
6/12- neptune stations retrograde at 9’49 pisces, making the planet of mysticism, delusion and confusion the most powerful planet in the sky. all things neptunian are bolstered and exacerbated right now: spirituality, intuition, psychic ability, dreams, ideals, compassion and selfless service towards others. also- deception, denial, victimization, psychosis, dissolution, ungroundedness and addiction. this is a great time to see beyond the veil of illusion, but be aware that you can also create what you want to see but it may not be based on any kind of reality. with neptune stationary within 24 hours of mercury stationing- and with both in square aspect to each other- beware of delusion, deception and ungrounded idealism. stay open to intuition, faith and Trust- but make sure your powers of discernment are working as well ;)
6/14- retrograde saturn backtracks out of sagittarius and back into scorpio for one last hurrah through the last degrees of scorpio- a transit that will last until 9/17 when saturn moves back into sagittarius for good (for the next 2 years). saturn entered scorpio in october 2012 and since then he has brought us some very deep lessons around our fears, Unconscious material, obsessions and compulsions. scorpio rules all the taboo topics of society: sex, death, money, power and control. with saturn in scorpio we have been challenged to face our obsessions or fears with these taboo topics so that we can release the Unconscious hold they have on us and in the process empower and transform ourselves! saturn in scorpio is powerful time for deep, cathartic Soul work- so make use of these last months of saturn in scorpio to get a spiritual/emotional and perhaps physical colonic. clear out the crap so you can move forward freed from your past!
6/22- jupiter in leo trines uranus in aries, echoing the aspect these two made on 3/3. jupiter/uranus harmoniously aligns two very fiery, expansive planets in fiery, expansive signs in powerful and liberating ways! jupiter wants to travel, explore and study- while uranus wants to liberate and free us from chains that bind. put these two together and you have a recipe for sudden inventions, innovations and opportunities coming- seemingly out of thin air! with very strong masculine energies at play- embracing and expressing our will, drive, creativity and authority is supported today!
6/24- chiron stations retrograde at 21’33 pisces, making the Wounded Healer the most powerful planet(oid) in the sky. our biggest wounds and pain around rejection, acceptance, self-worth, boundaries and idealism can be up right now. but there is an equal possibility for seeing through new eyes, gaining new insight and awareness regarding the past, and healing wounds that have been with us for a very long time. with so much pisces energy focused this month- tuning into dreams, intuition and psychic perception is highly recommended. tap into emotions, the Unconscious and the watery realms of the Soul! there is gold hidden there waiting to be found.
6/30- jupiter in leo quincunxes stationary retrograde chiron in pisces, echoing the aspect these two made on 2/17. this aspect completes the yod, or finger of God/Goddess, that has been formed between jupiter, pluto and chiron since 5/21 (and actually since last fall when this yod first began). jupiter/chiron brings tension and friction between the planet of expansion, abundance and excess and the Wounded Healer planetoid. jupiter/chiron is great for bringing us opportunities to do deep healing work- but it can also unearth some deep stuff around our egos and our needs to be seen and Loved that run our lives in Unconscious ways. with chiron in pisces addressing any issues with boundaries, denial, addiction, or playing the victim is in focus. with pluto and chiron in harmonious aspect- the only way out is through our emotional depths. deep work of a shamanic, psychological or spiritual nature can be life changing now. embrace opportunities to experience major shifts in your self-identity!
7/25- venus stations retrograde at 0’46 virgo, commencing the Goddess of Love and beauty’s inward/downward journey of review, reflection and revision of past relationships, finances, values and self-worth. venus stations at the very first degree of virgo, making her conjunct a powerful fixed star called regulus who just precessed into virgo around 2012 after a long 2000 year stint in leo. the shift of the royal fixed star associated with royalty, leadership and authority from masculine, yang, ego-centered leo to feminine, yin, service-oriented virgo marks a huge shift in those to be found in leadership in the world. the Goddess is on the rise- and she is coming through both women and men as they align with a Higher Purpose that is not focused on personal gain, but on service to earth and healing of the planet. venus on regulus can be a call to remember who we are and why we are here. on a more mundane level, venus retrograde is a time to rethink, review and revise the past. it is traditionally not a time to get married or sign on the dotted line (especially financially). but it is a great time to clear out the emotional, relational, financial past so we can move forward in life. take time in the coming 6 weeks to get clear on what you value, what you Love and what you want more of in your life. and then do what you need to do to release anything and everything else. think quality, not quantity. for more information on venus retrograde check the astrology blog in july 2015.
(for more info on regulus moving into virgo check my old blog linked here- https://www.divineharmony.org/cosmic-insight-divine-harmony/divine-harmony-astrology-blog/regulus-into-virgo-the-meek-shall-inherit-the-earth/)
7/26- uranus stations retrograde at 20’30 aries, making the Great Awakener, rebel and revolutionary the most powerful planet in the sky! with uranus stationary we can only expect the unexpected. uranus’ sole purpose is to upset the old order and instigate change. with uranus in aries we need to be aware that anger, aggression and the impulsive need to take action NOW are high. learning to work with this energy in creative, rather than destructive ways, is key. aha moments, bolt out of the blue insights and sudden, electric and exciting change is in the air!
8/1- saturn stations direct at 28’16 scorpio, making the planet of mastery, structure and order the most powerful planet in the sky. focusing on the structures, traditions, obligations and commitments in our lives is a key right now- but also getting clear on where dogma, restriction and constriction may be tethering us to the past is equally as important. with saturn in deep and intense scorpio, some of our deepest, darkest fears can come up to be faced at this time. pay close attention to what is arising from the depths for you right now and then face it head on. something is being solidified right now. this is the last pass of saturn in scorpio for the next 30 or so years! make the most of the opportunities to dive deep, own your shadow and transform yourself in the next 6 weeks!
8/3- jupiter in leo squares stationary saturn in scorpio, bringing tension and friction between the planet of expansion, abundance and excess and the planet of limitation, depression and mastery. this push/pull energy requires that we make tough decisions in our lives about where to grow, where to prune, where to push forward and where to retreat or let go. we are challenged to find balance between going for it and having faith (jupiter) and being practical and willing to work for what we desire (saturn). being able to hold one foot in both worlds: expansion and contraction, luck and hard work, positivity and reality- is key! over the next 6 weeks jupiter will trigger the saturn/neptune square- so stay open and discerning in your life, particularly when it comes to your beliefs, dreams and your ideas about what is True.
8/11- jupiter moves out of leo and into virgo, shifting the planet of growth, opportunity and abundance from fiery, passionate, creative, self-focused leo to earthy, grounded, practical and service-oriented virgo. the coming year of jupiter’s transit through virgo brings gifts and opportunities when it comes to health, healing, mind/body awareness, organization, efficiency and finding work that feeds our Souls (or furthering work that feeds our Souls). we just need to watch out for the tendency to get excessively perfectionist, critical, judgmental and/or neurotic (the shadow sides of virgo!).
8/17- jupiter in virgo quincunxes the true south node at 1’20 aries (jupiter will quincunx the mean south node on 8/22)- bringing tension and friction between where we need to grow and expand into and what we are still holding onto from the past. letting go of people, places, things or attitudes that no longer serve are the focus right now. instead of rash, impulsive behavior (very south node in aries) we are challenged to think about things, analyze them and be discerning in the actions we take.
8/24- mean black moon lilith moves out of virgo and into libra, shifting the fierce, Dark Feminine’s focus from earth to air, body to mind, inward direction to outward/other direction. BML in libra is focused on relationships and balance of give and take, self and other. ultimately the journey with BML is to find and center ourselves in our power. the wounded expressions of the Dark Feminine comes out as giving away our power (and becoming victims) or lording our power over others (and becoming tyrants). we are challenged to move beyond these polarizations so that we can anchor into our power and emanate out into the world from this empowered place. with BML in libra empowerment comes through the navigation of relationships. others are mirrors for us- those we are drawn to as well as those we are repelled by. opportunities to see and own our shadow, Light, power and weakness come via relationships with others. BML is a fiercely independent Goddess, and yet libra is the sign of relationship. the coming 9+ months of BML’s journey through libra challenges us to find balance between blazing our own path and connecting with or committing to others in ways that promote growth and evolution. (more on BML into libra and the BML/NN conjunction will be written on the astrology blog later in the year)
9/6 venus stations direct at 14’23 leo, shifting the Goddess of Love and beauty out of her inward, downward, reflective state and into a more outward, expressive, active one. the last 6 or so weeks of venus retrograde were a time to rethink, review and revise our relationships, our values, our passions and desires, as well as our own personal value and self-worth. with venus stationing direct now, in the coming months as she picks up speed we can start to take action on whatever it is we got clear on recently. venus stations direct in leo- so right now her focus is on what WE love, what WE are passionate about and where our own creativity and self-expression needs to be nurtured. when venus moves back into virgo on 10/8 our focus will shift to service and helping others with whatever gifts within us we nurture now (and over the next month). for more information on venus’ retrograde journey, check the astrology blog.
9/8- the mean north node in libra cojoins mean black moon lilith who just moved into libra late last month- commencing a huge, new evolutionary cycle when it comes to relationships, partnerships and balancing that with our independence and need for autonomy. libra is the ultimate relationship-oriented sign, while BML is the ultimate independent woman. finding balance between give and take, self and other, compromise and asserting our needs/desires is key right now. this north node/BML alignment commences a brand new cycle of empowerment, fairness and balance in our personal and collective lives. yet this conjunction marks the first step on the path of the new cycle- so pay attention to what is opening up for you right now and get clear on what you intend. call it in with consciousness- you will most certainly reap what you sow! (more on BML into libra and the BML/NN conjunction will be written on the astrology blog later in the year)
9/12- the partial solar eclipse/new moon at 20’10 virgo is exact, taking us into the 2nd eclipse portal of the year bringing changes, transformation, endings and new beginnings! solar eclipses are amped up new moons, so we have some very powerful new beginning energy playing out in our daily lives, health, work, service and mind/body awareness. the only aspect this eclipse makes is a quincunx to uranus- which brings in a wild card energy. we may think we know what we want to set into motion in our lives, but along comes uranus to derail us and reroute us in a better direction. stay open to changes right now- even if they seem like they are not in your best interest at first. for more information on this solar eclipse check the lunar insight posted a week or so before the eclipse is exact.
9/16- jupiter in virgo opposes retrograde neptune in pisces, completing jupiter’s activation of the saturn/neptune square- which has been in effect all year long but will not be exact until 11/26 (which we are fast approaching!). jupiter/neptune can be great for idealism, dreams, compassion and generosity- monetarily and spiritually. yet the opposition and the fact that saturn is approaching his square to neptune point to the tendency to delude ourselves and not see the whole picture. jupiter/neptune wants to see only beauty, while saturn in sadge reminds us that behind our beliefs and desires there can be unacknowledged shadow/Unconsciousness that is running the show. ultimately we are being asked to find balance between discernment and seeing the potential, grounding and staying open to inspiration and dreams.
9/17- saturn finally moves out of scorpio and back into sagittarius (after his 6 month stint in the first half of 2015), where he will stay for the next 2+ years (until december 2017)! this shifts the planet of mastery, karma and lessons from watery, emotional, deep and dark scorpio to fiery, spirited, light-hearted and carefree sadge. saturn makes us look at our issues, limitations, restrictions or fears- and while in sadge this entails looking at our belief structures, confidence (or lack thereof) and ability to expand and grow. saturn in sadge is committed to learning and growing, but he can also be a strict, moral-code type voice in our heads that is constantly telling us where we have gone too far or done too much- or alternatively where we should not go because we are not ready. facing fears of too much or too little, excess or lack is key in the coming years. we are challenged to look at our rigidity, dogmatism, and spiritual beliefs. looking to see where we are coming at things from the head, rather than the heart- is key. the coming couple of years can bring deep lessons and opportunities for mastery by way of experiences with foreign travel, higher education, religion and spirituality.
9/18- mercury stations retrograde at 15’55 libra, shifting the conscious mind and intellect from outward focus to inward focus. the coming 3 weeks of mercury’s retrograde are a time to rethink, review and revise relationships, contracts, agreements and commitments in our lives. over the course of mercury’s journey he will square pluto, quincunx neptune and sextile saturn- inviting us to go deep, look beneath the surface, dispell illusions and anchor into Truth. the coming month or so is not a time to commit to new relationships or leave olds ones- it is a time to go beyond the surface appearances of things so you can get to the underlying patterns that run them Unconsciously. if you need to make decisions on relationships or partnerships, you are advised to wait until mercury stations direct on 10/9 before committing yourself to any one course of action.
9/27- the total lunar eclipse/full moon at 4’40 aries marks the midway point of the current lunar cycle we are in that began with the solar eclipse in virgo on 9/12. full moons tend to bring things to Light, climax or crisis- and with this full moon being a total lunar eclipse (the 4th in a series of 4- also known as a tedrad- spending from 2014-2015)- what is likely to come up at this time is significant. the full moon is conjunct vesta- the asteroid that points to what we are deeply committed to in this life and where we can sublimate our personal needs for the Greater Good. both bodies are opposite the sun in relationship-oriented libra conjunct juno, the asteroid Goddess of partnership and marriage- showing that there can be tension between our spiritual path or calling and our relationships, commitments and contractual arrangements. black moon lilith is also conjunct the sun and juno- so a fierce Dark Feminine energy is present at this eclipse. there’s a need for endings and letting go of the past, but that cannot happen until we fully process and take responsibility for our past and how it has brought us to the place we are in the present. with this eclipse conjunct the nodes of destiny and karma, this eclipse represents pivotal points of choice. we can move forward and grow or we can stay stuck in the past. luckily saturn aspects both the sun and moon- so whatever we ground down into and take responsibility for right now will have significant, lasting results. pay attention to your unacknowledged emotions, anger or rage- as the full moon in aries can bring up stuff that has been stuffed. the only way out is through. for more information on this eclipse check the lunar insight posted a week or so before the full moon is exact.
9/30- saturn in sagittarius trines the true south node at the 1st degree of aries (saturn trines the mean south node on 9/26), supporting us in having integrity and dealing with our past with mastery, responsibility and maturity. typically the south node points to our karmic past and patterns we can stay stuck in- but because saturn is harmoniously linking up with the south node (and sextiling the north node) we have a moment in time where we are better able to see our past for what it is and see the future that beckons us. this is an astrological time of growing up. it’s time to leave the past behind!
10/9- mercury stations direct at 0’53 libra, ending mercury’s 3 week retrograde journey of review, revision and revisiting relationships, agreements and commitments of the past (or present). when mercury is at a standstill all mercury related things can go awry: communication, technology, travel and commerce. with mercury activating the 1st degree of libra and the aries point- major aha moments, decisions or information can come to Light right now. stay open what is True for you!
the mean north node moves into virgo and the south node moves into pisces (with the true nodes following suit on 11/11), shifting the focus of our evolution, destiny and dharma (north node) as well as the focus of our karma and patterns of the past. with the north node in virgo our growth and evolution is tied up with being of service, attending to the details of life and taking care of the health and well being of ourselves, others and the planet at large. with the south node in pisces, the karmic patterns we need to face and address are those of oversensitivity which gets managed with addictions, avoidance of reality, denial, delusion, deception (of self and others), playing the victim and/or playing the martyr. this is a time of taking our spiritual/intuitive/compassionate/sensitive gifts (south node in pisces) and doing something practical, tangible and manifestable in the world.
10/11- jupiter in virgo trines pluto in capricorn, harmoniously aligning the planet of expansion, abundance and positivity with the planet of wealth, power and transformation. this is a wonderful aspect that helps us access the deep reservoirs of wealth and power within us and around us (materially, spiritually, emotionally and psychologically). with both bodies in earth signs, attending to the tangible world (via physicality or materiality) can be beneficial, productive and successful right now!
10/28- neptune in pisces quincunxes mean black moon lilith in libra, echoing the tense neptune/BML aspect that was made at the start of the year (on 1/19). that aspect was an opposition to BML in virgo and this aspect is a quincunx to BML in libra- so there are differences in the energy, and yet there are similarities, too. neptune/BML creates tension and friction between mystic and illusionist and the fierce Dark Feminine who wants Truth at any cost (no matter how not pretty that may be). neptune/BML can bring some very potent magic into the mix- but there can also be some deep BS to navigate and see through in order to get to the Truth. illusions, delusions and deception can run rampant right now. with both bodies in signs that tend to focus on others at the expense of the self- if you find yourself projecting all your unowned shadow or Light onto someone or something else- TAKE IT BACK! dissolution in relationships and agreements of all kinds are possible right now, but the positive side of this is that that which was not real or True is being released back to Source. to make the most of this transit take time to mediate or do ceremony. the magical energy is high right now!
11/3- jupiter in virgo opposes retrograde chiron in pisces, bringing an oppositional energy between the planet of expansion and excess and the Wounded Healer planetoid. jupiter/chiron is great for bringing our awareness to our deepest wounds and pain so that we can do very deep healing work on ourselves or in service to others. yet jupiter can also touch on those most sensitive places within us that once triggered spin us out in ways that do not support conscious living or conscious responding (instead it supports Unconscious reacting). deep stuff can come up right now to be aired out and cleared. with jupiter in virgo- mind/body healing techniques like acupuncture, yoga, massage and the like can be super useful in getting into stuck emotions. with chiron in pisces, the wounding coming up is deeply emotional but also not even about us personally. we can touch on collective pain right now- and if we stick to doing the work we can contribute to some profound collective healing as a result!
11/5- jupiter in virgo quincunxes retrograde uranus in aries, bringing tension and friction between the two most restless, freedom loving planets out there! jupiter/uranus can be great for innovations, inventions, sudden shifts and freeing changes made in our lives. but because this is a tense aspect it can also coincide with sudden accidents and the rug being pulled out from underneath us. the best thing to do with uranus is involve is expect the unexpected! and stay open to change!
11/11- the true north node moves into virgo and the true south node moves into pisces, echoing the mean nodes shift into these signs that occurred on 10/9. when the nodes move into new signs this shifts the focus of our evolution, destiny and dharma (north node) as well as the focus of our karma and patterns of the past. with the north node in virgo our growth and evolution is tied up with being of service, attending to the details of life and taking care of the health and well being of ourselves, others and the planet at large. with the south node in pisces, the karmic patterns we need to face and address are those of oversensitivity which gets managed with addictions, avoidance of reality, denial, delusion, deception (of self and others), playing the victim and/or playing the martyr. this is a time of taking our spiritual/intuitive/compassionate/sensitive gifts (south node in pisces) and doing something practical, tangible and manifestable in the world.
11/18- neptune stations direct at 7’01 pisces, making the planet of mysticism, idealism, delusion and confusion the most powerful planet in the sky! the veil between the worlds is thin right now. this is a great time to pay attention to your dreams, intuition and psychic impressions- as information from other worlds/dimensions can come in. yet we also have to be aware that creativity, imagination and idealism are high right now- so seeing what we want to see is a lot easier than seeing what is real. stay rooted and grounded so you don’t disconnect from planet earth ;) with neptune stationing, he energizes the saturn/neptune square that is exact in 9 days! tension between dreams and reality, what is possible and what is probable, idealism and realism is palpable right now.
11/26- saturn in sagittarius squares stationary direct neptune in pisces, bringing tension and friction between the planet of 3d reality and the planet of transcendence and dreams. neptune provides inspiration, but saturn’s voice is telling us that we are merely deluding ourselves. the positive use of saturn/neptune is taking the necessary steps to anchor our dreams into reality. yet at the same time there may be reality checks going on that are wake up calls to us to stop wearing rose colored glasses so that we can see what is really going on in our lives (personally and collectively). if you feel low energy or lowered immunity, take time out from the busyness of life to meditate, reflect and perhaps sleep. this, too, shall pass. this transit lasts until end of 2016- so pay attention to what is up for you this week (and month) to give insight into what this transit will be about for you personally over the coming year.
11/27- chiron stations direct at 16’56 pisces, making the wounded healer the most powerful planet in the sky. chironic themes of wounding, healing, consciousness, awareness, rejection, worthiness and lovability are up right now. so, too, are piscean themes of boundaries, dissolution, compassion, surrender, victimization and disconnect from reality. with both neptune and chiron stationary a week a part the pisces realms of existence are very active. pay attention to your dreams and intuition!
12/25- uranus stations direct at 16’33 aries, bringing the rebel and revolutionary out from his slumber. the past several months of uranus retrograde has been a time to focus the energies of change and revolution within, but now that he is waking from his slumber we can expect some outer movement in our personal and collective lives. this week/month the electric, sudden and impulsive energy can be high! our need to change and be free needs to be balanced with some grounding and stability or we will feel like we have been plugged into an electric outlet that is giving more energy that we can process. watch out for anger and aggression (in yourself, in others)- both are likely to be high right now. with this powerful shift occur on christmas day (for those who celebrate) know that the trickster energy is dominating the scenes right now. stay open to shifts and changes- but watch out for impulsivity, anger and conflict orientation at home and in the world around you today!
MAJOR THEMES FOR THE YEAR
the last uranus/pluto square is in march. uranus/pluto form a T-square with the nodes of destine and karma in january. it’s time to shit or get off the pot. evolving and finding freedom from the karmic past are possible now- but it’s going to cost us and we will have to work for it!
all mercury retrogrades this year are in AIR SIGNS- bringing focus to what we think, how we connect and how we communicate with others. if we are very attached to our linear, logical way of thinking and managing our experience in the world- these mercury retrogrades can help to take us down and into our emotions and embodied experience, and away from our heads!
saturn square neptune- in effect all year long but not exact until 11/26. this is an aspect of spiritual crisis or spiritual mastery. what is reality? what is Truth? these questions dominate the year.
T-square with jupiter in virgo, saturn and neptune will occur from august to september. this can bring things to a pivot point OR boiling point. discernment and being able to see what IS rather than what is being projected out there and perhaps even manipulated is the gift of jupiter in virgo.
venus stations retrograde july thru september- not the best time to get married or sign on the dotted line when it comes to finances, romantic or business associations. it’s a great time to go over the past so you can clear it out though. past loves may come into our lives so we can find completion and move on.
NEW MOONS/FULL MOONS
(all times are pacific/california time)
***i have provided a few notes on the main features of each lunation, but it won’t be until i write the LUNAR INSIGHT on each new moon, full moon or eclipse that you will see the entire write up. in addition i have noted the lunations that are particularly INTENSE- which simply means high energy. it’s not necessarily good or bad- but it’s powerful and lunar ceremonies or rituals done on these lunations can be more potent***
1/4/15 full moon 14’31 cancer 8:53pm
full moon conjunct sirius
grand cross with sun/pluto opposite moon
square north node in libra, south node in aries conjunct uranus
1/17-1/20 dark moon (until the new moon is exact)
1/20/15 new moon 0’09 aquarius 5:14am
new moon sextile saturn
2/3/15 full moon 14’48 leo 3:09pm
full moon conjunct jupiter
2/15-2/18 dark moon (until the new moon is exact)
2/18/15 new moon 29’59 aquarius 3:47pm
29th degree new moon- completion
2nd aquarius new moon this year (astrological blue moon)
square saturn, semi square uranus, conjunct neptune, semi square pluto
lots of outer planets activation
3/5/15 full moon 14’50 virgo 10:05am
full moon conjunct black moon lilith
semisextile jupiter in leo RX
quincunx venus/uranus in aries
3/17-3/20 dark moon (until the new moon is exact)
3/20/15 new moon/total solar eclipse 29’27 pisces 2:36am
visible from iceland, europe, north africa, north asia, north atlantic, faroe islands, svalbard
29th degree new moon- last degree of the whole zodiac! major completion
trine saturn RX
4/4/15 full moon/total lunar eclipse 14’24 libra 5:05am
eclipse visible in asia, australia, the pacific and americas
3rd of 4 total lunar eclipses spanning from 2014-2015
full moon conjunct north node
sun conjunct uranus
square to pluto
T square with sun/moon/uranus/pluto (and perhaps the final hurrah for the uranus/pluto square energy!)
4/15-4/18 dark moon (until the new moon is exact)
4/18/15 new moon 28’25 aries 11:57am
conjunct mercury in aries- WIDE
no other aspects, relatively unaspected new moon
5/3/15 full moon 13’23 scorpio 8:42pm
square juno/jupiter in leo
sextile pluto RX
5/14-5/17 dark moon (until the new moon is exact)
5/17/15 new moon 26’56 taurus 9:13pm
opposite saturn RX
6/2/15 full moon 11’49 sagittarius 9:19am
opp sun/mercury retrograde/mars in gemini
square neptune in pisces
T-square with tense neptune aspects to all personal planets
6/13-6/16 dark moon (until the new moon is exact)
6/16/15 new moon 25’07 gemini 7:05am
quincunx saturn RX 29 scorpio
7/1/15 full moon 9’55 capricorn 7:19pm
moon conjunct pluto
opposite sun conjunct mars
moon square the nodes
7/12-7/15 dark moon (until the new moon is exact)
7/15/15 new moon 23’14 cancer 6:24pm
trine saturn RX
7/31/15 full moon 7’56 aquarius 3:43am
neptune semisextile moon, quincunx sun
moon conjunct ceres RX
8/11-8/14 dark moon (until the new moon is exact)
8/14/15 new moon 21’31 leo 7:53am
conjunct venus RX
conjunct jupiter at 1st degree virgo
8/29/15 full moon 6’06 pisces 11:35am
super moon- closest to earth, more influence on tides and emotions
conjunct neptune RX
T SQUARE, triggering saturn/neptune square***
9/9-9/12 dark moon (until the new moon is exact)
9/12/15 new moon/partial eclipse 20’10 virgo 11:41pm
visible from south africa, south india, antartica
quincunx uranus RX
9/27/15 full moon/total lunar eclipse 4’40 aries 7:50pm
super moon- closest to earth, more influence on tides and emotions
visible form east pacific, the americas, europe, africa, west asia
moon conjunct vesta and south node
sun conjunct juno, black moon lilith, north node and mercury RX
moon trine saturn
10/9-10/12 dark moon (until the new moon is exact)
10/12/15 new moon 19’20 libra 5:05pm
opp uranus RX
square pluto WIDE
(widely triggers uranus/pluto square)
10/27/15 full moon 3’45 taurus 5:05am
super moon- closest to earth, more influence on tides and emotions
quinuncx saturn in sadge
sextile neptune RX
(triggers saturn square neptune)
11/8-11/11 dark moon (until the new moon is exact)
11/11/15 new moon 19’01 scorpio 9:47am
quinucnx uranus RX
YOD with sun/moon/mercury sextile jupiter
points to uranus RX
11/25/15 full moon 3’20 gemini 2:44pm
moon opp sun/saturn/mercury in sadge
square to neptune
triggers the saturn/neptune square (which is exact the next day 11/26!)
12/7-12/11 dark moon (until the new moon is exact)
12/11/15 new moon 19’03 sagittarius 2:29am
square jupiter in virgo
trine uranus in aries RX
12/25/15 full moon 3’20 cancer 3:11am
T-square with vesta in aries
square nodes- WIDE
trine juno, neptune
grand water trine
SABBATS and HOLY DAYS
consisting of 4 fire festivals and 4 cross quarter days
the fire festivals occur on the days that the sun is either highest in the sky (summer), lowest in the sky (winter) or in the midpoint of the sky (spring and fall). these days coincide with the longest day of light (summer solstice), the shortest day of light (winter solstice) and the two days of equal day and night (equinoxes).
the holy date for the fire festivals is the day the sun crosses the cardinal points of 0 aries, 0 cancer, 0 libra or 0 capricorn (the start of spring, summer, fall and winter in the northern hemisphere respectively).
the cross quarter days are the midpoints of the fire festivals (solstices and equinoxes)- and from a magical/energetic viewpoint they are more powerful than the fire festivals. there is a theory that the calendar dates for the cross quarter days were set incorrectly on purpose so that the masses would not be celebrating them on the days that the energies are most potent. the midpoints between the solstices and equinoxes represent liminal space points or in between times where access to magic, insight, intuition and inspiration are at their highest. if you are going to celebrate these times i highly recommend paying attention to the solar and lunar dates for these holy days.
for the cross quarter days there are 3 variations of these holy days. there is the lunar one (aligned with new or full moons), the solar one (occurring when the sun crosses either the 1st or 15th degree of the sign associated with the holy day) and the calendar one which never changes and is the same date each year, regardless of the lunar or solar cycles. the lunar and solar holy-days are the most potent cosmically speaking because they align with the forces of the celestial bodies (lunar and solar cycles). the calendar ones can be nice to celebrate but if you want to work with the magic available during these times you should work with the lunar and solar dates. i like to see the time that all 3 span over as the window of time the whole holy day is in effect so underneath the cross quarter days i give said window of time.
IMBOLC- celebrates the return of spring, Light and life
lunar imbolc 1/20/15 (new moon)
solar imbolc 2/3-4 (when the sun transits 15 aquarius)
calendar imbolc 2/2/15
imbolc window: 1/20-2/4
OSTARA/SPRING EQUINOX- celebrates equal day and night, making our way towards more light and summer
3/20/15 sun moves into aries 3:45pm
BELTANE- celebration of fertility and abundance
lunar beltane 5/3/15 (full moon)
solar beltane 5/5-6 (when the sun transits 15 taurus)
calendar beltane 5/1/15
beltane window: 5/1-5/6 (this is a tight window, making beltane particularly potent this year)
LITHA/SUMMER SOLSTICE/MIDSUMMER- celebrates the longest day of the year and the death (or descent) of the sun. this is the height of the sun’s power.
6/21/15 sun moves into cancer 9:38am
LAMMAS/LUGHNASSADH- celebration of harvest, reaping what we have sown
lunar lammas 7/31/15 (full moon)
solar lammas 8/7-8 (when the sun transits 15 leo)
calendar lammas 8/2/15
lammas window: 7/31-8/8 (8/8 is also known as the lion’s gate- very potent date)
MABON/FALL EQUINOX- celebrates equal day and night, making our way towards the darkness and death of winter.
9/23/15 sun moves into libra 1:20am
SAMHAIN- celebrates cycles of death and rebirth
lunar samhain 11/11/15 (new moon)
solar samhain 11/7-8 (when the sun transits 15 scorpio)
calendar samhain 10/31/15
samhain window: 10/31-11/11
YULE/WINTER SOLSTICE- celebrates the shortest day of the year and the rebirth of the sun (in the northern hemisphere).
12/21/15 sun moves into capricorn 8:48pm