Forecast for the 2016 Aquarius Full Moon

August 18, 2016

2:26 AM PDT / 5:26 AM EDT / 9:26 AM GMT

25 Leo 51 / 25 Aquarius 51

But let there be spaces in your togetherness and let the winds of the heavens dance between you. —  Khalil Gibran

When you emerge from an intense experience, it’s common to see your life through new eyes. That shake-up in perspective — and the changes it motivates — are the gift of this year’s Aquarius Full Moon.

Like any Full Moon, this one brings a culmination of feelings and developments that have been in process. Calling this round extreme is an understatement, thanks to the years (and lifetime(s)) of gunk warrior god Mars dredged up during his recent months in Scorpio.

We’re coming back from the brink, emotionally and, for some of us, physically, after the combination free-fall, deep sea dive and monster rally of June and July. Feelings, truths and realizations have surfaced that aren’t going back. They are your filter now.

Notice what looks different. Notice especially what feels different. You might be viewing your circumstances as a mess (as in, “who made this — ?”). Or wanting to rearrange specific parts, or throw them out the door. Or perceiving certain aspects as restrictions and railing against them, gasping for breathing room, even pushing to break free somehow. Or all of the above.

The urges will be hard to resist. The ruler of Aquarius, Uranus, is cooperating with both the Sun and Moon, stoking impulses for freedom and being your own person. Uranus is the cosmic rebel, agent of radical, unexpected change, and advocate for alternative viewpoints. It’s making the easy flow of a trine to the Sun, representing our intellect and rational side, and the opportunity aspect of a sextile to the Moon, representing our emotions.

A companion influence is also pumping the drive to push against walls — only this one has the built-in likelihood of hitting them. Mars, now fast and free in the fire of Sagittarius, is heading straight for Saturn, lord of order.

The approach could inspire feverishly arguing and pushing against limits, obstacles and rules. It could also feel like one foot is on the accelerator and the other on the brake — although, since Saturn is the traditional ruler of Aquarius, his preference for order and structure could well prevail. Optimally, the pair will collaborate in controlled, sustained effort, with Saturn tempering the colt-like, my-way-or-the-highway proclivities of Mars in Sagittarius.

The tricky part about all these possible expressions of Mars/Saturn is the utterly unclear road conditions in which they’re occurring. Haze, fog and tricks of the light are obscuring and distorting the road and everything in it.

Saturn, lord of form, is in a harsh aspect to Neptune, lord of everything that defies form (from illusion, delusion, and deception to transcendence, high level love and interconnectedness with all life). The upshot, for this Full Moon, is that we may be operating under false or misleading data. Objects in the mirror may not only be closer than they appear, but they also might not be as or what they appear.

This probability extends even to the nature of this Full Moon, which may or may not be an eclipse. (If it were, it would be the first in a cycle that gets fully underway in February 2017, lasting through January 2019.) It is listed as a penumbral lunar eclipse in some, but not all, tables of the month’s planetary positions. NASA representatives have told editors at The Mountain Astrologer the Full Moon does not qualify as an eclipse. (The Mountain Astrologer,  August-September 2016, p. 89.)

With Uranus at the center of the mix, the distinction may be moot. Radical change is upon us, whether from a lightning strike or the cosmic reboot of the sky going temporarily dark.

So this lunation may or may not be an eclipse. What people are telling you may or may not be true. Your own vision may or may not be skewed. (Though do note your first impressions, as you emerge from the torpor of June/July. First impressions are often right.)

No matter. Even if their triggers may or may not be real, or true, or as we perceive, emotions do not lie.

Friends, organizations and the beat of your unique drum figure prominently in many of the areas of focus, as well as the triggering events. You’re discovering how you really feel about some of them (or how they make you feel), and then acting on that awareness.

In some cases this means separating from a friend or a group or, more likely, embracing the realization that you have already separated. In other cases it means a sudden leap into the future — recognizing a shiny brass ring and grabbing it, spying an opening and diving through it, seeing a Bat signal in the sky and showing up with cape billowing. In your heart, at least, if not yet in your actions.

The Mars/Saturn presence in Sagittarius makes the theoretical surprisingly important now. Life philosophies matter in the here and now of the physical world. The personal is political; the political is personal. And how. Beliefs, willingness to learn vs. rigid attachment to dogma, concepts of integrity, attitudes about law, diversity, government, education or the media, community spirit vs. us against a  demonized them  — any of these are operating as personal sorting hats.

The clamor is loud in and outside our heads. We’re thinking, talking and lapping up sound bytes with a vengeance, thanks to Jupiter’s more-more-more coming online in the communication hub of Mercury.  With this confab taking place in Virgo, evaluation and analysis are on overdrive, with an eye toward improvement that can descend into finding fault simply because it can. The verbal chewfest can assist in cleaning up your own thinking, building healthier boundaries and distancing influences that could disrupt or infect. (Time for another social media purge?)

If a situation does not play well with your drumbeat (or, worse, knocks it out of rhythm), breaking away is easy now. (Perhaps effortless, even necessary; situations might simply snap apart). Friends, groups and dreams that are in alignment will not only feel more right, but also trigger — and deliver — epiphanies and developments that inspire, catalyze and propel.

Leaps forward have somber undertones, though. Friendships are serious business these days. (To Aquarius, they’re the stuff of religion). The connections that will stand by us and blossom require respect and commitment, to the union as well as to each person in it. Not to mention breathing room and each person being true to himself.  (Scroll up for the Khalil Gibran quote as a refresher.)

This Full Moon reaches far into the future as well. Call it an eclipse or not, it has a long shelf life, into the fall of 2017. Epiphanies, decisions, jailbreaks, breakthroughs and emotional outpourings now prepare the way for three explosive, upcoming links between the traditional and modern rulers of Aquarius, Saturn and Uranus. They meet in a trine in December, and again in May and November 2017.

All three stabilize, or at least put form to, the radical individuating end of the change imperative that’s come off the Uranus/Pluto square since 2012. (Think politics have been whackadoodle lately? Just wait.) The first two trines occur near the degree of this Full Moon. The third, in November, happens at the degree.

This Full Moon sets stage in fixed energy, creating the launching pad for the blast-offs to come. The coming trines, and the final one in particular, will then ignite in cardinal and mutable energy, propelling us further and further out of the rubble of upheaval and into … a destination that can’t be perceived with mortal eyes at present.

But your heart senses where. It’s calling now, and it won’t be ignored.

 

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Forecast for Aug. 22 – 28, 2016

Summer’s not officially over for a month, but we’re feeling it coming to an end already. Back to work. Down to business. Getting real. Wear sunscreen and sturdy shoes. It’s time to adult.

Learn more in the Astro-Insight podcast for Aug. 22 – 28, 2016  (8:24 minutes). And by booking a Why Is Life So Weird Now? reading.

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Forecast for August 8 – 14, 2016

We’re getting to the heart of weighty matters. Reprioritizing. Devising theories, labeling, and containing. Then getting suspended in a huge reminder that human hands are not on the steering wheel.

Learn more in the Astro-Insight podcast for August 8 – 14, 2016  (5:46 minutes).

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Forecast for August 1 – 7, 2016

The last month of summer — already?!? — and what’s this? Energy? Get up and go? Spunk? Yep. Also a clear lens on your heart. And the gumption to get out of the pool/beach/sofar and Make Things Happen. Watch out, world.

Learn more in the Astro-Insight podcast for August 1 – 7, 2016  (6:18 minutes).

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Forecast for August 2016: Shifting Sands

August is the bridge between the weird, unsteerable stasis and discomfort of the past two months and the paradox of stabilizing and reboot coming this fall. It’s a wobbly bridge, to be sure,  swaying and shifting like a trick floor in a funhouse. Still, the movement is ultimately productive, instead of just getting in the way, or annoying.

Hearts and minds are assimilating, adjusting and adapting, working over so much that’s surfaced and striving to process the developments into something that makes sense. The exercise largely succeeds. Just as a sensation of balance descends, though, our attention flies back over territory we thought we’d covered.

No worries. The exercise, like the rest of the month, is valuable prep for what lies ahead.

The first half of the month delivers the oomph to send us on our way. The journey begins with Mars, ruler of our drive and actions, entering boisterous Sagittarius and energizing the Leo New Moon on the 2nd.

He’s been trawling the murky depths of Scorpio since spring, dredging up weighty, uncomfortable and unpleasant business that’s refused to go back in the closet. His entry into Sagittarius has us making like colts breaking out of a corral in search of movement, maneuverability, adventure and free-range contact with the outdoors.

Bemoaning and tending to wounds and nasty situations are out. Putting philosophies into action (or fighting for/over them), cracking jokes and generally having a good time are in. Moods improve;  motivation returns; optimism mounts.

Marching orders come from the heart as well.  It zips through three distinct styles of desires and relating. For the first four days, they’re maximum Leo, vibrant, extravagant and attention-seeking. Sober sensibility takes over from the 5th through the 29th, when Venus cools down in pragmatic, improvement-oriented, boundary-focused Virgo.

The appeal of thinking and talking things over has a shelf-life, though, and then movement and follow through are in order. It’s through this clear-headed lens that she demands action from Mars on the 6th. (Minds are screaming, “Move it!” too.) By the 17th, itches will be scratched and appetites  will be pursued, when the goddess of earthly desire and money collaborates with her primal, feral, force-of-nature counterpart Pluto.

Objective assessment hits immediately, with the Aquarius Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on the 18th. A firm reality check follows. Mars has a law and order meeting on the 24th with Saturn, enforcer of rules. The ramifications of recent high-energy actions crystalize. Questions arise (and likely resolve) about responsibility and wisdom. Don’t be surprised if Venus’ orders have sent Mars down the path to structure and commitment. Don’t be surprised, either, if he trots back into the corral and shuts the gate after himself.

The aftermath kicks up cosmic fog and glitter, with equal potential for confusion, illusion and romance, when Mars squares Neptune on the 26th. Who cares about reality, for the moment? Venus joins boundless Jupiter in a super-conjunction (by degree and declination) on the 27th. Hearts are viewing the glass not only as half full, but also fillable, and requesting more, please. Lots.

A meeting of hearts and minds leads to sighs of relief all around, as Venus meets Mercury and goes home to Libra, aka Relationship Central, on the 29th (bringing the heart’s third mode of expression). She’s still glowing from her date two days earlier with Jupiter, who’s heading over in September for his first visit in 12 years. In advance of her house guest (and the emphasis and expansion he promises), social interactions relax into niceties, prettily crafted sentiments, and an awareness of the game of give and take.

On Jupiter’s end, there’s tidying up to be done before he leaves Virgo. Mercury stations retrograde in that sign on the 30th and will not go direct until September 22, after Jupiter has left for Libra. The messenger god’s backtracking provides the opportunity to go over not merely his recent weeks in Virgo, but also the months and developments since last October, when Jupiter began traveling the degrees of this retrograde.

Snafus, breakdowns and garbling that occur now point to areas that have room for improvement and would benefit from attention before Jupiter completes his clean-up tour of Virgo. Look at this time as a chance to pick up dropped threads, learn missed information and address confusion and misunderstandings that have spun off Jupiter’s hard aspects to Neptune and his cosmic fog machine. What comes in September and beyond will be ever so much more solid, if you do.

For pointers, read my guide How to Survive the 2016 Mercury Retrogrades.

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Forecast for the 2016 Leo New Moon

August 2, 2016
1:44 PM PDT / 4:44 PM EDT / 8:44 PM GMT
10 Leo 57

“I have the warmth of the sun within me at night.” — Brian Wilson & Mike Love, from the Beach Boys’ song “Warmth of the Sun”

Dawn always follows night. The sun always rises. Even if it’s obscured by clouds, even if you can’t see it, it is always in the sky, every morning. And that reliability, bundled with light and warmth, is the promise and gift of the Leo New Moon.

No matter what you’ve been through recently, your inner spark has not gone out. It’s coming back to life now under the Leo Moon. The New Moon is reviving you, fanning your flame and inviting you to get out of bed and come out and play. It’s recharging vitality, urges for self-expression, generosity of spirit and appetites for attention.

Still, it’s unlikely we’ll be running around carefree. This Moon is delivering oomph with a worldly-wise perspective.  We’re returning to the game of life, but touched by everything we’ve seen and undergone.

Something deep, serious and profoundly mature is resonating within all of us. Strut your stuff; shine your light; show off — and watch for flickering awareness of responsibility, ramifications and consequences.

Inner children are basking and frolicking in the sun, no longer innocents, with a sensibility, canniness and survival instinct way beyond their years. Royalty is not immune to this phenomenon, either, not even self-anointed, pretenders, bees and drama queens.

Get-up-and-go is coupling with caution, or wisdom, or control, or all of the above. The combo comes from the easy flow of a trine between the New Moon, action hero Mars and Saturn the über-adult, enforcer of rules, order and structure.

Mars has just cleared a several month diving expedition in the dankest, scariest and potentially treasure-filled waters of Scorpio, which dredged up all manner of unpleasantness, unfinished business and psycho-beasties that refused to go back into hiding. His high energy nature is far more comfortable in fire. His entry into Sagittarius is uncorking relief, exhilaration and the impulse to roam fast, far and free, in both body and mind.

That maneuverability has limits, though, because he’s on a collision course with Saturn, the planet making the tightest major aspect (within a degree) to the New Moon. Saturn is bestowing old-soul wisdom on our inner children. It’s reining in the flamboyant, self-aggrandizing potentials of the Leo Moon, as well as the rambunctious potential of a masculine drive encountering open space.

Saturn is operating as a throttle or governor, keeping us from going out of control, hogging center stage, or dancing with such self-absorbed abandon that we step on people in our ambit.

There’s another aspect besides responsible action:  committing to ourselves, to expressing our voice, and to embracing and enjoying life. This Leo New Moon encourages keeping your spirit bright no matter what you have endured or witnessed.

Insert a platitude about light shining brighter against the darkness, if that helps grasp what’s on offer. As much as possible, though, focus on the light. Focus on the sun. Focus on the fire inside your being. Allow the flames to grow and spread and send their warmth to the world around you. Bravely. Enthusiastically. And responsibly.

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Forecast for the 2016 Capricorn Full Moon

July 19, 2016

3:56 PM PDT / 6:56 PM EDT / 10:56 PM GMT

27 Cancer 40 / 27 Capricorn 40

by Kathy Biehl

The Capricorn Full Moon invites looking at the ground beneath your feet and where it’s leading.  Remember that? You haven’t seen much of it this year, what with the fog and dust and general wooziness that’s beset us all. It’s clamoring for attention now, though.

You’ve been regaining awareness of it over the past couple of weeks, which have felt like coming out of a daze, or a dream. The Cancer New Moon brought you to with a good, long soak in emotional needs and impulses, mostly your own. The effect is still with you. They have sensitized you, awakened your inner child and molded the way you are viewing and experiencing the fundamentals in your life.

Aren’t you more attuned to what feels safe and secure, what nourishes you, and what does not?  Recently this focus has been on immediate nurturing (and wishing someone would deliver it). The Full Moon shifts the questions to how to provide for and safeguard sustenance for the long haul.

Now that the fog is clearing, what exactly is beneath your feet? What’s it made of? How stable and supportive are your foundations and the structures in your life? More importantly, how do they feel? Solid? Rickety? Warm and fuzzy? Cold? Do they have staying power? Even if the answer is yes, this is a time to consider whether you really want them.

The same questions are coming up about your goals, as well as all the work you’re putting out. Are you seeing solid results from the efforts you’ve been expending? Are they leading anywhere? Anywhere you want to go?

Answering the questions may put you through a cold calculation. This is “Santa Baby” territory, which prefers long term value to fleeting pleasures.

You might not entirely trust your assessments. The Capricorn Moon’s ruler, Saturn, is still squaring transcendent Neptune, and with the ruler of form clashing with the ruler of all that is formless, cosmic fog does cloud perceptions.

Still, honor your emotions; trust your instinctive reactions. They are on fire within the fog. Messenger Mercury and love goddess Venus are beaming supportive high energy to Saturn. Risks and impulses to leap will take you to solid destinations. Maybe structure and commitment, maybe a wall…but solid nonetheless.

And much as you might prefer to be the baby, this is the time to be the adult in the room. Or at least to look around and see if any adults are present.

This Moon has enormous incentive for you to step up and be the adult. To take responsibility for your long-term security. To protect and provide for your inner child, and make up for the shortfalls it (and you) have experienced throughout your life.  And very possibly, to recognize allies who have stood the test of time — or are up to standing by you for the long haul.

An elixir of nurturing, motivation and healing is coursing through the skies, because of the open current, or grand trine, from the Cancer Sun to Mars in Scorpio and Chiron in Pisces. (The latter two bodies are pouring cooperation directly into the Capricorn Moon as well.) The mix fosters bold, fearless, loving resolve and follow through, whether that’s baring our heart to another or cutting a connection for the good of all concerned.

With Mars making its third pass since spring over the final degrees of Scorpio, the healing coming off the action is penetrating to the max, extending to deep, scary, scarred places we have kept hidden, even from ourselves.

The lineup also favors connections with a therapeutic impact on our core and abiding wounds. They are in line with the approach of Imago therapy, pioneered by Harville Hendrix: that we work out childhood issues in our closest adult relationships, and can experience healing when a partner provides the special flavor of love and understanding we didn’t receive from a parent.

If you sense a relationship has this potential, brave and gentle candor may pay off in profound and lasting value. Or it may reveal that your sense was misplaced. Either outcome ultimately furthers and strengthens your emotional bottom line.

Whatever the nature of this Moon’s status report, action is likely to follow. We’re running situations and goals through the filter of the heart and evaluating whether they make us feel good, safe or secure — or worth the effort. Then responding.

Watch for a flurry of airing and removing anything that might threaten foundations or structures (rot, decay, debris, termite damage, phobias, assorted crazy talk).  Watch yourself sort through your life with a steely eye. You’re watching out for your inner child, as well as for your future.

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