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      JULY 12TH 2018 ASTROLOGY & ENERGY: NEW MOON + SOLAR ECLIPSE IN CANCER

      JULY 12TH 2018 ASTROLOGY & ENERGY: NEW MOON + SOLAR ECLIPSE IN CANCER

      Eclipse season begins today with a New Moon and partial solar eclipse in Cancer! This eclipse is the first of three this summer, with the following two coming July 27th and August 11th. Solar eclipses are always a time of change, shaking and waking up parts of your life that have been stagnant, whether you’re ready and expecting it or not! These powerful lunations will all be dancing on the axis of Cancer-Capricorn, drawing our attention to issues like: dependency vs. self-sufficiency, emotion vs. reality, comfort vs. responsibility, or mother vs. father. Maybe it brings up issues with our own parents, or the way we self-parent ourselves as adults.

      Cancer (ruled by the beautiful and benevolent Moon) represents the mothering, nurturing side of our personalities, while Capricorn (ruled by stern and strict Saturn) represents the fathering, disciplining side. Cancer values emotional safety and comfort above all else, doing whatever it takes to make us feel OK, often using patterns and behaviors that have worked in the past to relieve emotional discomfort. Capricorn values self-sufficiency more than vulnerability, and would rather show us how to be stronger and more skilled in order to take better care of ourselves in the future. These two contrasting approaches compliment one another when in balance, but it’s very hard to be completely balanced where emotion vs. pragmatism is concerned! The best we can do, at this juncture, is to try to treat ourselves lovingly while keeping the bigger picture in mind—recognizing that there can be no true nurturing without discipline, and that our goals and ambitions do also need to be tempered with self-care.

      At this New Moon, we are guided to a rebirth of some kind. We are asked to honor the changes that have taken place within us over the past few years of cosmic and earthly upheaval, and to reassess who we are now and what we truly want for our lives at this point. Is it time to stop walking a path that we’ve been on for a long time that no longer serves us? Is it time to release habits that once brought us comfort but have outlived their usefulness? If you've been neglecting an aspect of your life, you can expect it to come to the surface during this eclipse cycle. . . so whatever pops up, you're being called to consider it in this context. As this is just the first of the Cancer Eclipses, the energy and exploration that we begin to experience now is going to continue to grow and develop over the next couple of months, leading us to reach new heights and learn new things. Just as the crab outgrows its shell, we, too, are in the process of shedding an old way of being and stepping forward into a more mindful, healthy, and positive future. 

      ••Want to learn more about how this lunation affects YOU? You can get a better picture of what part of your life you may be feeling these energies in by checking out where Cancer and Capricorn fall in your chart (as well as if you have any planets or asteroids in those signs). Astro.com andCafeastrology.com both have excellent free resources for creating your own astrological chart!••

      JUNE 28TH ASTROLOGY & ENERGY: FULL MOON IN CAPRICORN

      JUNE 28TH ASTROLOGY & ENERGY: FULL MOON IN CAPRICORN

      June 28th is a Full Moon in Capricorn!  Nobody will ever tell you that Capricorn’s forté is feelings, and this Saturn-ruled sign is the zodiac’s task-master, pushing us to ground and actualize our ideas by focusing attention and taking concrete steps toward our goals.  With its ruling planet in retrograde right next to this Full Moon, the Saturnian vibes that challenge us to take responsibility for ourselves and our actions (or lack of actions) are extra strong. It is possible that during the next couple of weeks, we will be feeling more serious, fearful, guilty, or restricted than usual. Saturn is a stern teacher who imposes rules and limits to get us on a positive track, which is ultimately helpful but really not any fun.  In Greek mythology, Saturn was also known as Cronus, the god of time and “devourer of freedom”.  We may find ourselves particularly struggling with time, having trouble using it the way we want, not being late to appointments, etc.  We are invited right now to ask ourselves what we are doing to move us toward the things we want, and to look at the ways we avoid responsibility.  If we’re not big on self-enquiry, we may find that we are called out on these things by someone else! 

      Whether we come to recognition on our own or through external feedback, this lunation offers a powerful opportunity to witness ourselves and our situations clearly and unemotionally, to take logical stock of what we're working with, what can help us grow, and what is best left behind. A harmonious aspect with Uranus (the planet of upheaval and swift change) brings chance encounters and opportunities to break free of restrictions or behaviors that we can witness now as unhealthy/unhelpful, though this energy is not as strong as the Saturn+Capricorn Moon enforcer vibes.  It will likely be very difficult to jump on an impulsive Uranian lightning bolt and zoom away, but it isn't impossible. If you can go for it, it might end up turning everything upside-down in a really awesome way!  

      Contributing to the difficulty of following a potentially disruptive impulse is that Capricorn/Saturn can make us feel extra cautious as we resonate with all of the logistics and possible pitfalls.  If we're not feeling ready to move on something just yet, this is still a beautiful and powerful time to devote attention to planning. You'll find it easier than usual to break a big idea down step-by-step, and find your way to recognizing all the unglamorous but important daily tasks that it requires to get you where you want to go.  Try brainstorming on paper in an organized way; charts and tables can be your friends right now.  Make it less austere of a project by burning some magical incense while you write, listening to groovy wordless tunes, and using colored pens or pencils!  Do whatever you need to, to remind yourself--even if this part is tedious and kind of dull--that this is ultimately in service of aiming the arrow of your life where your heart really wants to go! <3

      MAY 15TH ASTROLOGY & ENERGY: NEW MOON IN TAURUS

      MAY 15TH ASTROLOGY & ENERGY: NEW MOON IN TAURUS

      It’s a New Moon in Taurus! While a lunation in this earthy sign would usually bring energies of slow and steady grounding, Uranus—the planet of upheaval and sudden change—closely follows the moon right into Taurus and shakes things up (in a way that will likely be very surprising and utterly impossible to predict). Uranus hasn’t […]

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      MARCH 17TH 2018 ASTROLOGY & ENERGY: NEW MOON IN PISCES

      MARCH 17TH 2018 ASTROLOGY & ENERGY: NEW MOON IN PISCES

      Happy New Moon in Pisces! Pisces rules the seas, and this lunation may bring to the surface things that have been hidden in the depths below. Chiron, known as the wounded healer, is conjunct the moon, and may be bringing our attention the ways we look to others to make us feel whole, as well […]

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      NOVEMBER 18TH, 2017 ASTROLOGY & ENERGY: NEW MOON IN SCORPIO

      NOVEMBER 18TH, 2017 ASTROLOGY & ENERGY: NEW MOON IN SCORPIO

      November 18th is a New Moon in Scorpio! Scorpio rules deep transformation, and this lunation invites us to dive into the depths of our psyches in order to unearth profound emotional truth and powerful change.  We are called to dig deeper into the mysteries around us, rather than being content with the status quo or […]

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