Into the Shadow, Through the Portal – Pluto Stations Retrograde at the Libra Lunar Eclipse

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Libra Full Moon, collage by Emily

Whoa, Nellie. There’s a lot of wild emotional energy flying around, a lot of uncertainty and chaos, many known and unknown unknowns. Deep breath, my friends. The Aries New Moon on March 30 sparked us into Eclipse season – a six-week period of high-intensity growth and change. And the upcoming peak of the Cardinal Grand Cross, April 20-23, is amping up the pressure.

Eclipse Season serves as a portal into a new reality, which is all well and good, but when you’re IN the portal (like, now), it can be mighty uncomfortable and anxiety-producing. We’re in that awkward in-between stage, the old reality crumbling away while the new reality, the new self, doesn’t even know WTF it is, it’s not yet time to know.

Eclipses ask you to make friends with the dark – the darkness of the mysterious, unknowable Great Mystery, the darkness of your own deep, yucky feelings now erupting to the surface. This is a time for invoking TRUST and COURAGE. Trusting the cycle of death and rebirth, trusting that there WILL be a rebirth, even if you’re currently stuck in the dark and the dying with no signs of new life. The courage to feel your intense feelings, shed another layer, and let go of what wants to end.

lunar eclipseFirst up is next Tuesday’s Lunar Eclipse in Libra (12:44 am Pacific) – a super-potent Full Moon illuminating the parts of yourself you’ve been denying or hiding. The light of consciousness is swallowed by the dark, and the shadow wants to be revealed. The Libran shadow is co-dependence – where are you being “nice” at the expense of being authentic? Where are you sacrificing your desires and vitality to “keep the peace”? Where are you holding back your creativity and individuality because you’re afraid people won’t like you? Where do you wear a mask of caretaking to hide your true self?

Turning up the volume on the shadow-revealing nature of this particular Eclipse, Pluto – God/Goddess of the Underworld – is now stationing, preparing to turn Retrograde on Monday. This activation of Pluto in Capricorn so near the Libra Eclipse asks you to look at the consequences of projecting (Libra) your authority (Capricorn). Are you blaming someone else for your own unhappiness and lack of fulfillment? Who’s the author of your life?

The ongoing opposition between Jupiter in Cancer and Pluto in Capricorn – one of the polarities in the Cardinal Cross – uncovers and sheds light on your “parent gods” (Jupiter is god, Cancer and Capricorn are the parenting signs). When you were a child, your parents were your literal creator gods, and your survival depended on pleasing them (or at least not pissing them off excessively), following their rules, adopting their religion/worldview, etc.

jupiterThe Jupiter-Pluto opposition reveals where these parent gods are still hiding out in the deep recesses of your psyche, running the show from behind the scenes. Where are you still playing by your family’s rules? Where are you still playing out your childhood survival strategy of contorting/distorting/suppressing/ignoring your true self? And, asks the Libra Eclipse, how are these parent-god dynamics playing out in current relationships – with your partner, boss, friends, clients, etc.? Are you checking in to see “how you’re doing” by looking outside yourself for other people’s validation and approval?

The Cardinal Cross is so much about daring to be who we really are at a time when we can’t afford not to, and having to shed shed shed all that programming that tells us it’s not safe, it’s not possible, why bother anyway. All hands on deck, please – this is not the time to play small (if there ever was one), not the time to hide out living someone else’s path or purpose. Wise mythologist Michael Meade reminds us that NOT living your purpose is not a “neutral situation” – the gifts you’re not using turn against you and destroy you from within.

Venus plays a starring role this Eclipse Season, as the ruler of both Libra and Taurus – the sign of the upcoming Solar Eclipse on April 28. Throughout this period, Venus is in Pisces (April 5 to May 2), which in its conscious expression opens you to a “higher love” – unconditional acceptance, forgiveness, compassion, ecstasy and oneness. High-vibration Venus in Pisces sees the divine reflected in the other, and sees that “the other” is in fact the self; human relationships become a path to deepening relationship with Source. Shadow Venus in Pisces is the martyr/victim on the altar of love, the delusional romantic, the love addict – projecting god-like powers onto another and then feeling victimized by the power you’ve projected (or, falling prey to the delusion that YOU’RE god and have to save/rescue the other).

chiron in piscesAt the first Eclipse, Venus is sandwiched between Neptune in Pisces and Chiron in Pisces, bringing attention to longer-term planetary themes. How do we use our emotional sensitivity to the massive suffering engendered by the imploding of industrial civilization to encourage healing, evolution and empowerment rather than feeling overwhelmed and getting sucked into depression, addiction and victimization? How can we use our Divine Feminine spiritual connection as fuel for our Sacred Activist selves, rather than a place to escape to and hide out in (as in, the denial and delusion of shadow New Age “spiritual materialism”).

Eclipses stir up the past – people from your past can resurface, old issues come up for reassessment and healing. Eclipses happen every six months, and it’s helpful to look back to what was going on at the previous Eclipses, because similar themes and issues are likely to show up in your life (and on the world stage). Last fall we had a Lunar Eclipse in Aries on October 18, followed by a Solar Eclipse in Scorpio on November 3. What was shifting in your life then? Which buttons were getting pushed? How does that relate to what’s happening now?

19 years ago, in 1995, we had Eclipses at the same degrees of the zodiac (i.e., a Lunar Eclipse at 25 degrees Libra followed by a Solar Eclipse at 8 Taurus). The parts of your chart – houses and (if applicable) planets – activated by the current Eclipses, were activated in April 1995, and similar themes are likely to arise. Something you initiated then – a life direction, project, relationship, approach to relating, etc. – may now be coming to fruition, culmination and/or ending. In case you’re having a hard time remembering 1995 (and, unlike me, you weren’t obsessively keeping journals that you can now revisit and feel mortified by): the Oklahoma City bombing happened on April 19 that year, Radiohead’s “Fake Plastic Trees” and Alannis Morisette’s “You Oughta Know” were released, and “Toy Story” was the highest-grossing film.

For more insight into what this Lunar Eclipse means for YOU, find the house in your birth chart that contains 25 degrees Libra (and yes, everybody has Libra in their chart – read this post to find out how to find it). The areas of life signified by that house are where: change is brewing, volatile energy is erupting, and something from the past is coming to culmination, fruition or completion; where you’re being called to recalibrate your scales and return to dynamic balance; where awareness of and owning your projections can lead to deep healing and a greater sense of personal power.

- Emily Trinkaus

libra lunar eclipseCalling all priestesses! Want support for freeing yourself from codependence and unleashing your passionate, independent, authentic self? Join energy-healing genius Katie Todd and me next Monday (or enjoy the recording at your leisure) – we’ll be working with these powerful Lunar Eclipse energies in our fun and informative galactivation teleclass. All women are welcome, and you just need a phone to participate. Register by midnight Friday to be eligible to win a personalized priestess session on the call! Details here.

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Regenerating True Desire and True Self – Sunday’s Super-Charged New Moon in Aries

“To be nobody-but-yourself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.” – e.e. cummings

aries new moonSunday’s New Moon in Aries (11:46 am Pacific) activates your inner Warrior, Pioneer, Innovator, and initiates a new cycle of desire and self-discovery. What do you feel passionate about? What motivates you into action? What do you want, and do you have the courage to go after it?

This New Moon is super-charged – at 10 degrees Aries, it closely conjoins with Uranus (12 Aries), stirring up the desire for more freedom, creativity and authenticity. Where do you feel limited by old beliefs about who you are or who you think you should be? Where are you suppressing or resisting your true desires and true self? Uranus the Great Awakener opens the channel to higher sources of information, intuitively inspired cosmic downloads – so tune in!

Uranus is part of an ongoing t-square with Pluto in Capricorn and Jupiter in Cancer, which will peak in late April, when Mars in Libra moves into alignment and forms a rare and high-pressure Grand Cross (strongest April 20-23). Embracing and acting on these revolutionary, evolutionary insights about who you are and what you want – really stepping into your power as a creator in service to the collective – means confronting and breaking free from the trance of fear-based, disempowering stories about who you are, where you come from, and why you’re here.

solar eclipseIncreasing the intensity, the Grand Cross is sandwiched between two emotionally-charged Eclipses – the Libra Lunar Eclipse on April 15 and the Taurus Solar Eclipse on April 28. Eclipse Season, which begins with this New Moon, is a 6-week period of accelerated growth and change, typically featuring dramatic endings and beginnings. Changes that have been brewing behind the scenes are catalyzed into motion, and you get pulled into that mysterious, dark, often chaotic and uncomfortable space of the unknown, between the old and new.

As we prepare to enter the most amped-up astrology of 2014, the Aries New Moon wants you to get right with yourself. Whose life are you living? How much excitement, passion, aliveness do you feel on a daily basis? (More e.e. cummings [Libra Sun, Aries Moon]: “unbeingdead isn’t beingalive.”) Where are you holding back, afraid to take a risk?

Mars, the ruler of Aries, is Retrograde (March 1 to May 20), regenerating and reconnecting you with an old, long-buried desire, a part of yourself you’ve been afraid to see and embrace. Mars Retro in Libra asks you to rethink what you want in your relationships, and helps you find the hidden or shadow parts of yourself through the mirror of “the other.” What triggers you about another’s behavior holds useful information about what you don’t allow yourself to express, who you don’t allow yourself to be.

For more insight into what this New Moon means for YOU, find the house in your birth chart that contains 10 degrees Aries. The areas of life signified by that house are where you are: getting a wake-up call about who you are and what you really want; freeing yourself from life-juice-draining old patterns and activities; regenerating the courage to take a risk and follow your passion. The optimal time for tuning into this New Moon energy, making wishes and setting intentions is from Sunday, 11:45 am to Monday, 1:07 pm (Pacific Time).

- Emily Trinkaus

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Realigning with the Truth of Your Heart – Welcoming the Spring Equinox

spring equinoxToday the Sun enters Aries (9:57 am Pacific), marking Spring Equinox, when the day and night are equal and the light starts to take ascendance (or, in the Southern Hemisphere, Autumnal Equinox, when the darkness starts to prevail). The start of a new astrological cycle, Spring Equinox is a time for renewing your passion and vitality, clarifying your desires, and initiating a brave new direction.

Not feeling so fired-up, not so clear about what you want? Thinking you may have lost your mojo? The characteristic feistiness of the Sun in Aries is tempered by the placement of Mars – the ruler of Aries and presiding deity of the Spring season. Mars is in Libra, traditionally the sign of his “detriment,” and Retrograde, appearing to travel backwards in the sky. Mars Retro in Libra (March 1 to May 20) suggests that the way forward is not direct and linear, and that it might not be time yet to know exactly what you want or how best to pursue your goals.

Indecision, hesitation, vacillating from one extreme to another – these are potential expressions of Mars Retro in Libra, now amplified by the Sun’s move into Aries. Pay attention to where you feel indecisive, and instead of overriding that feeling by willfully “pushing the river,” or taking action just for the sake of doing something, consider that there are more layers to uncover before you’re ready to take a big leap forward. Retrograde planets push us toward deeper levels of understanding, and in the case of Mars, this means uncovering our authentic desires, passions, motivations. What are you genuinely excited about? What drives you forward?

libraIn Libra, this Mars Retro puts a big focus on relationships. Mars in Libra is ultimately about the core desire for love and connection, and Mars Retro in Libra asks, How do you go about getting the love you want? How’s that working for you? And, what DO you actually want when it comes to love and relationship? We’re asked to reorient toward our primary relationship, the one that determines what all our relationships “out there” are going to look like – our relationship with self. How loving are you toward yourself? How connected do you feel within yourself? How’s that “inner marriage” going – the balance and integration of your Divine Feminine and Divine Masculine?

Libra the Scales is the sign of balance, and part of the Mars Retro in Libra mission is to find the balance between deeply considering the effects of your actions on other people, and caring too much about what other people think and how others see you. Shadow Libra constantly looks to others to see how you’re doing, not trusting (or discounting) your own instincts and desires, looking for cues from other people to tell you what to do, how to act, what you “should” want. High-vibration Libra is about equality – treating others as you would like to be treated, honoring your own needs, desires and individuality while also honoring the other, generating a dynamic of equal exchange between partners, seeing the other as a sacred mirror of the self and owning your projections.

Libra is ruled by Venus, the Divine Feminine, whose placement at the Equinox gives us more insight into how we might work with these Libran Martian themes. After an extended tour through Capricorn, Venus has recently shifted into Aquarius – the sign of radical individuality, truth and freedom. Venus in Aquarius awakens the truth of your own heart, and the feelings of peace, harmony and balance that come from aligning with this truth. Venus in Aquarius is about love as an impersonal force for change in the world, having nothing to do with being nice or pleasing or trying to get other people’s approval.

aquariusThis is the liberated feminine, not bound by society’s rules but following guidance that comes as a direct cosmic download. In the context of Mars Retro in Libra, this could look like overturning and revolutionizing not only society’s rules, but also our own rules about what love and relationship are supposed to look like – rules that have limited our pleasure, freedom and vitality.

Aries, as the first sign of the Zodiac, represents the quality of innocence, like the Fool stepping out into the unknown. At this profound initiatory moment of the Equinox, we can draw on the Aries capacity for seeing our lives and the life of the collective with new eyes, getting a fresh perspective on the places that seem stuck and stagnant. The rebirth invoked by this Spring might be happening on a more internal level, a preparation for what’s to come, but is no less powerful because it’s unseen.

- Emily Trinkaus

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Liberation of the Goddess – Approaching Sunday’s Full Moon in Virgo

virgoSunday’s Full Moon is in Virgo, the sign that in modern times is seen as an old maid, secretary, librarian, or OCD housecleaner, but to the ancients represented the Goddess. Virgo is the only constellation in the Zodiac that depicts a woman, and she is “Virgin” in the sense that the Goddess, as the Great Mother, created life all on her own, no partner required.

The Virgin archetype evolved to mean sovereign, an independent woman, often referring to priestesses who dedicated their lives to the Goddess. These priestesses were not “virgin” in the modern meaning of chaste or sexually inexperienced. Quite the opposite – these Virgins were the sacredly sexual temple priestesses who initiated adolescent girls and boys of the community through sexual rites.

Embodiments of the Goddess, they used sexual energy to heal (including healing men returning from war), and to regenerate the life force to ensure that the land would be fertile and crops would be abundant. With the onset of patriarchy and the destruction of all things Goddess, it’s no wonder Virgo had to hide Herself as the frumpy, unassuming, sexually repressed housekeeper/librarian/secretary – She had to go underground.

labrum fixed starAt 26 degrees Virgo, this Full Moon is conjunct the Fixed Star Labrum (Latin for lip), which is on the “lip” of the Cup constellation. Labrum is associated with psychic power and intelligence, and also with the Holy Grail. The Grail legend begins with an image of the land that has become infertile, a wasteland – a clear sign of the lost or suppressed feminine. The stories preserve the “heretical” teachings of the underground, demonized-by-Rome early Christian sects that held that Jesus had a wife or lover, Mary Magdalene, who carried his child (or children).

This Full Moon says: it’s time for the Goddess in each of us to come out, be seen and take the lead. Perfectionism, Virgo’s shadow, is one of the ways we can sabotage and block the creative power of our own inner Goddess. Believing we’re not good enough, knowledgeable or skillful enough, thinking we need to take one more workshop, get another degree or certification. Postponing our sacred work and staying stuck in our smallness. Where are you telling yourself you’re not ready? Where are you holding back your gifts? Where are you playing small, afraid to step into your divinity?

For more insight into what this Full Moon means for YOU, find the house in your birth chart that contains 26 degrees Virgo. The areas of life signified by that house are where this Full Moon is calling you to: heal, embody and express more of your Divine Feminine nature; get a new perspective on and make a shift in your work, health, daily routines and rituals; release perfectionism, criticism and judgment; and take the risk of claiming your sovereignty and sharing your gifts.

- Emily Trinkaus

virgo full moonCalling all priestesses! Grab your broom and get witchy with your priestess sisters in the virtual galactic temple – this Friday. Energy-healing genius Katie Todd and I will be working with these powerful Full Moon energies in our fun and informative galactivation teleclass. All women are welcome, and you just need a phone to participate. Details here.

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A Turning of the Tides – Multiple Stations at the Pisces New Moon

piscesSaturday’s New Moon in Pisces (12:00 am Pacific) is punctuated by a pile-up of planetary events, a major shifting of energies. Four planets (appear to) change directions within a week, and the rare abundance of stationary – apparently motionless – planets recommends rest, reflection and retreat.

Mercury was the first planet to make the switch, from Retrograde (backwards) to Direct (forward) early this morning. Since February 6, Mercury Retro invited you to rethink your future vision, re-inspire your imagination and reconnect with your intuition. Perceptions and ideas that were submerged beyond the reach of your conscious mind now erupt into awareness – instant intuitive downloads, changes in perspective, and new possibilities for moving forward.

The Pisces New Moon is a time to re-source yourself in the deepest truth of who you are – infinite, eternal, divine. Pisces is the last sign of the Zodiac, where everything dissolves back into the great, mysterious ocean of consciousness. The Pisces season washes clean the astrological year that’s coming to a close, a time for healing, regeneration and spiritual replenishment in preparation for the Spring Equinox rebirth, March 20. The spring season is when the uber-intense astrology of 2014 kicks into high gear, so take advantage of this Piscean pause point to remember and reconnect with your source, your true self.

neptuneThe New Moon (at 10 degrees Pisces) closely conjoins both Neptune (5 Pisces), god/goddess of the ocean and the modern ruler of Pisces, and Chiron (13 Pisces), the Wounded Healer who guides us through our deepest pain to access our greatest gifts. Neptune’s participation in the New Moon amplifies Piscean energies – sensitivity, compassion, intuition, imagination and access to the Dreamtime. Also readily accessible are the more shadowy Piscean potentials – addiction, escapism, overwhelm and denial.

How we navigate intense feelings, especially grief, often determines where we land in the spectrum of possible Piscean expression. If we can open enough to feel all the way through the grief and suffering, we access the place where we are all one. If we shut down around the pain and try to numb it with our favorite addiction, we reinforce the illusion of separation and feel all alone. (Pisces astrologer and flower essence practitioner Jen Gouvea suggests essences to support you through this New Moon, see Flowers for the New Moon.)

Chiron in Pisces brings into focus the places where we still feel separate from Source, and calls for practices and techniques to reconnect body and spirit, visible and invisible, temporal and eternal. Dreams, music, art, poetry, dance and prayer are especially potent avenues for healing right now.

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from Botticelli’s Venus and Mars

Each New Moon signals a new beginning, but just hours after this New Moon, Mars – planet of action, passion, desire and vitality – turns Retrograde. Mars Retrograde, until May 20, slows momentum and asks you to reconsider where you’re headed and how to get there. Mars in Venus-ruled Libra highlights relationships of all kinds, and ultimately your relationship with yourself, the inner marriage. On Sunday, Saturn will also turn Retrograde, until July 20, a period for deep internal restructuring, and reclaiming power from where you surrendered your emotional authority.

Since the action right now is very much on the inner, this New Moon is best used for shoring up inner resources and connecting with your dreams and higher vision rather than launching a bold new initiative. To get more insight into what this New Moon means for YOU, find the house in your birth chart that contains 10 degrees Pisces. The areas of life signified by that house are where you’re invited to: restore your faith and reconnect with your true self; lean into the big picture and higher vision; use your imagination and fantasize about your ideal outcomes; dissolve the past and surrender to the mysterious flow of life.

- Emily Trinkaus

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Beauty and Courage – North Node Enters Libra, Meets Up with Mars

“When we lose sight of beauty our struggle becomes tired and functional. When we expect and engage with the Beautiful, a new fluency is set free within us and between us. The heart becomes rekindled and our lives brighten with unexpected courage. It is courage that restores hope to the heart.” – John O’Donohue, Beauty: The Invisible Embrace

Thlibrae Nodes of the Moon changed signs this morning, shifting from Taurus-Scorpio to Aries-Libra and marking a new 18-month phase of soul growth and deep learning. Moving backwards through the Zodiac, the South Node shows where to let go and heal the past, while the North Node points to the kind of energy to embrace to evolve your soul and move forward successfully.

The North Node in Scorpio, starting August 29, 2012, urged you to face your inner darkness, uncover your deepest desires, and follow your vitality and passion (see Diving into the Watery Depths). Meanwhile, the South Node in Taurus revealed stagnant emotional attachments to the status quo, the seemingly safe and comfortable but energetically dead “security blankets” that drain your vitality.

Now the North Node moves from watery, deep, intuitive Scorpio to airy, intellectual, sociable Libra – the only sign in the Zodiac represented by a machine (The Scales). Until November 2015, the North Node in Venus-ruled Libra calls forth the Lover, the Peacemaker, the Negotiator and the Artist. The Libra North Node recommends compassionate detachment, objectively weighing out all sides of an issue, and creating fair, just and beautiful outcomes. (Buckminster Fuller said, “If the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.”)

Meanwhile, the South Node in hot, feisty, impulsive Aries stirs up old patterns of alienating others by over-reacting, and suggests it’s time to work on releasing old anger, or old ways of expressing or suppressing anger that aren’t working, as well as anger’s good friends impatience, rage (hello, road rage), frustration and even depression (astrologer Liz Greene asks, “Who are you depressed at?“). Aries is a sign famous for split-second judgments, and the South Node here advises taking some deep breaths (adding the Air element) and really seeing situations from another’s perspective before jumping to any conclusions.

As the North Node shifts into Libra, it meets up with Mars – the masculine – who is making an extended visit to the sign of the Scales. Due to his upcoming Retrograde, Mars will be in Libra for almost eight months, December 7 to July 26, whereas he typically spends only two months in each sign. Mars in Libra is the Peaceful Warrior, the Passionate Lover and the Courageous Artist, asserting justice, harmony and beauty.

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Ukrainian protestor plays Chopin to riot police

On the shadow side, Mars in Libra can be manipulative, passive-aggressive, and argumentative (Libra is the great debater). Mars in Libra can argue about peace and fight for peace, or Mars in Libra can BE peace, as in Nelson Mandela (who had Mars in Libra), who befriended his jailers and forgave his oppressors. The piano-playing protestor in the Ukraine is another brilliant expression of Mars in Libra – a heroic artistic action, cooling off the heat of confrontation by playing beautiful music (thanks to Robert Phoenix, who shared this photo in his 2014 astro-forecast on Gaiam).

Mars will be Retrograde, the masculine part of all of us on a vision quest, from March 1 to May 20, but we’ve been “in the shadow” (feeling the influence) since December 27. Word to the wise – Mars Retrograde is not an auspicious time to launch a major new project or direction but rather a time for regenerating your life force by slowing down and turning inward. Take time to reconsider what you really want, what energizes you, and how to pursue your goals. For a reference point, you can look back to see what was going on for you during the previous Mars Retrograde, January 23 to April 13, 2012, which was in Virgo.

In Libra, this Mars Retro focuses attention on rebalancing the masculine and feminine, individuality and partnership, assertion and attraction. What do you really want and need in your relationships, and how do you honor the needs and desires of your significant others? What kind of partner are you, and what kind of partner do you want to be? What is the purpose of relationship? (Read about the dance of Mars, Venus and Saturn here.)

I’ll leave you with some Mars-in-Libran-style wise words from Rainer Maria Rilke, a quote I saw recently posted on Facebook (but otherwise have no idea where it’s from):

“Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.

- Emily Trinkaus

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Reclaiming the Power of Love – Friday’s Full Moon in Leo, Square Saturn

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painting by Susan Seddon Boulet

The Full Moon in Leo – the sign of love, romance and celebration – lights up Valentine’s Day this year (Friday, 3:53 pm Pacific). Leo rules the heart, and this Full Moon reconnects you with your heart’s true desires, creative passion and inner light. At best, the Leo Full Moon inspires your generosity, nobility and courage when it comes to giving and receiving love, and trusting your heart’s guidance.

Although Leo is all about fun and festivity, this Full Moon squares Saturn, potentially stirring up a more somber tone and deep emotional currents. Saturn in Scorpio specifically highlights blocks, fears and challenges around emotional intimacy and sexuality, as well as revealing wounds related to abandonment, betrayal and abuse. Saturn’s square to the Full Moon is likely to reveal the areas where you DON’T feel happy, creative or festive and you’re not having fun. Where is your heart closed-off and defended?

Scorpio is the sign that lives in the Underworld and Saturn in Scorpio loves to reveal the shadow or dark side of whatever it touches. One shadowy expression of Leo is seeking approval, love, validation and applause from others. This is Leo identified with the ego instead of the heart. Saturn’s square to the Leo Moon asks: Are you giving others the power to define your lovability? Where do you give away your authority when it comes to love, creativity, and pursuing your heart’s desires?

At last year’s Leo Full Moon, which also squared Saturn, I wrote:

saturnThe Leo Full Moon evokes our inner child, while the square to Saturn – planet of maturity, responsibility and commitment – asks, What steps can you take to help your inner child grow up, and can you do so with love, acceptance and patience rather than harshness, judgment and self-punishment (shadow Saturn)? (Creativity, Courage and Commitment)

Ultimately, Saturn is about mastery – showing you the work that needs to be done so you can step into more of your authority and power. At this Full Moon, Saturn reveals the old emotional shiznit that wants to be released, healed, transformed so you can open your heart and feel more loving, happy and confident, so you can stand more fully in the authority of your heart’s wisdom.

Retrograde Mercury opposes the Full Moon, bringing the past into focus – the times you felt unloved, unseen and unappreciated, and the old fear-based patterns that block the flow of love. Marianne Williamson’s wise words have been in my email signature for the past month, and are a helpful reminder for this Full Moon: “We are not held back by the love we didn’t receive in the past, but by the love we’re not extending in the present.

full moonTo get more insight into what this Full Moon means for YOU, find the house in your birth chart that contains 26 degrees Leo. The areas of life signified by that house are where you’re being called to: feel into your heart’s authentic desires; courageously commit to your creativity and passion; heal childhood wounds and fears around letting your light shine; and deepen into, open up to, and radiate more LOVE.

- Emily Trinkaus

Calling all priestesses! Energy-healing genius Katie Todd and I will be working with these powerful Full Moon energies on Friday in our virtual galactic temple. All women are welcome, and this is a teleclass, so you just need a phone to participate. Register by midnight tonight (Tuesday) to be eligible to win a personalized session on the call! Details here.

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