Spring Equinox Audio + NEW Dark Moon Creation Circle

spring equinoxHappy Equinox, Astro-Friends!

After months in the Underworld, I am reemerging… and the Equinox call I did on March 18 felt like a coming-out party. In case you missed it, the recording is below. It’s a little over an hour, and includes an overview of Spring Equinox, specific details about this Equinox as a blueprint for the energies of the next three months, Mars Retrograde and Venus descending into the Underworld:

(If you’d prefer to download the audio, and if you want to see the list of resources mentioned on the call, you can find all that here.)

dark moon creation circleI had so much fun doing the Equinox call that I got inspired to offer something brand new – a 12-moonth Dark Moon Creation Circle for women. Here’s my vision:

A Circle of Goddesses who come together at the New Moon and support each other to CREATE the lives and the world we desire. This is for women who want to learn and practice working with the lunar cycle in a very hands-on, embodied, down-to-Earth kind of way – with the intention of amplifying our own and each others’ creative power.

We start with April’s New Moon in Aries, considered the most powerful New Moon of the year. We follow and co-create with the Moon through all 12 signs of the Zodiac, Aries to Pisces, ending in March 2017.

We’ll gather twice each moonth for about an hour. First we’ll meet a few days before the New Moon, and I’ll give an astro-download about the specific themes of the new lunar cycle. Then we’ll meet again a few days after the New Moon, and get personal. You’ll learn how to find where the New Moon is happening in your own chart, what that means, and how to work with it.

We’re starting soon! Our first session will be Monday, April 4th. Find out all the details and feel into whether this Circle is right for you.

The investment for this Circle is $550 if you pay in full, or 12 monthly payments of $55. OR, if you sign up for mine and Katie’s new Mentorship for Mystics by April 1st, you’ll receive the Dark Moon Circle as a bonus for FREE.

emily trinkausI hope to see you in the Circle!

with love, Emily

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Letting Go of Virgo Magic – My Personal Saturn-Neptune Adventure

Dearest Reader,

This is not the New Moon post you were expecting (and probably hoping for). This is about ME, and, if you are a regular reader of Virgo Magic, it affects YOU.

The square between Saturn in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces – the planetary headline through next year – is activating my 6th House (work and service) and my 10th House (career and public identity). Not surprisingly, my work is going through mega-shifts.

When I started this blog back in 2010, it felt like the perfect expression of my work and my self, the ideal medium for my message. But for the past year or so I’ve felt less and less stoked about writing my posts – it started to feel more like an obligation, a “should,” a drain on my energy. Finally, at the last Full Moon (a big Saturn-Neptune activator), I got a clear AHA that Virgo Magic was energetically out of alignment with who I am and where I’m at now, and that it’s time to let it go.

On both a personal and collective level, the Saturn-Neptune square wants to dissolve the forms and structures that are not energetically aligned. We know that we’re out of alignment when what we’re doing feels draining and exhausting instead of inspiring and enlivening. It’s like we can’t get away with ignoring the soul-level truth of our souls. (True, we can never really “get away with it” – but now Saturn is making the misalignment so freaking obvious, putting on the pressure to realign.)

The old definitions (Saturn) are falling away (Neptune). The labels no longer fit, they feel too confining for the expansiveness of our deepest selves.

For me, it’s not only Virgo Magic that no longer fits, it’s also the title “astrologer.” Of course I still love astrology, and it will continue to be a big part of my work, but my “real” work is a lot broader and more multidimensional. I’m a priestess, scholar, researcher, mentor, healer, teacher, writer, transformation catalyst. Astrology is one of my many tools.

Over the years I’ve received very sweet feedback from many of you Virgo Magic readers – generous appreciation of my writing that has touched me deeply. I pretty much always cry when I receive your compliments. Please know how grateful I feel for your love and support, how honored I am that my writing has touched you in some way.

I wanted to make this work transition all neat and tidy, to have a solid “exit strategy” out of Virgo Magic and a ready-made replacement for you to jump right into (if you were so inclined). This is part of what’s kept me holding on – how can I let go of the old when the new isn’t yet fully formed?

But this is exactly what’s being asked of me, what’s being asked of so many of us here in Saturn-Neptune-land. To dissolve, dissolve, dissolve. To SURRENDER to the mysterious unknown. To create a wide open space where the new can be allowed to arise in its own perfect timing. When we’re so invested in holding onto the old Saturnian forms, structures, and realities, there’s no SPACE, no energy, for the new Neptunian vision to arise.

My work and I will not be entirely lost in space…  I continue to feel passionate and on path with the Galactivations I do with Katie Todd, combining my astro-insights with Katie’s kickass energy work to empower women to co-create with the cosmos. We’ll keep offering our monthly Full Moon teleclasses, Deep Dives, and special events – and we’re planning to expand our work in the new year. If you want to stay informed about our events, please sign for our mailing list here (scroll down to bottom).

My other on-path passion is the Venus Revolution, which I officially birthed into the world in March 2015, but have kept more in the background. Honestly, I’ve been afraid to put it out in the world in as big of a way as I know it wants to be. It feels edgy and risky and it triggers my Burning Times trauma like you would not believe. (Or, like you probably would believe, because I know a lot of you can relate…)

Now it’s time to commit. There’s a podcast that wants to happen, which I’ll be ready to launch early next year. There’s also a book, and letting go of writing the Virgo Magic blog will allow me to put more time and energy into getting that done. You can stay informed about Venusian Revolutionary activities by signing up for that mailing list here.

The Virgo Magic site will remain up for now, as will my Virgo Magic Facebook page, and I’ll post updates in these places as the new forms of my work come into being.

emilyTHANK YOU for being part of my community. Thank you for receiving my writing. Thank you for supporting my work and making it possible for me to share my gifts and my passion with the world.

with my deepest love and gratitude, Emily



Upcoming event:

Tuesday, December 22 (or by recording): Cancer Full Moon Galactivation – All women are welcome, and you can participate from anywhere by phone, Skype or internet. Sign up by December 18 to be included in the drawing for a personal session on the call!

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Shapeshifting, Dreaming and Dissolving – Gemini Full Moon + Saturn-Neptune Square

gemini full moon

collage by Emily

The 11/11 Scorpio New Moon opened a portal into new realities. Now, the Full Moon in Gemini, culminating Wednesday (2:44pm Pacific), reveals what needs to shapeshift, especially in our MINDS, in order to effectively anchor in the transformation.

Coinciding with and amplified by the Full Moon, the time-bending, altered-state-seeking, paradigm-dissolving Saturn-Neptune square will be exact (strongest) for the first time next Thursday.

In effect 2015-2017, the square between Saturn in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces dissolves the structures that keep us stuck in old stories of separation, inviting in our power to dream up a more compassionate, loving and beautiful world.

Reality (Saturn) is very fluid (Neptune) right now – can you feel it? The old rules are loosening their hold, defenses are melting. The “Otherworld,” the world behind the world, feels closer than ever. As all the shapeshifting, bridge-building Mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces) are activated at the Full Moon, take advantage of this opportunity to shake free of stuckness and slip into a new paradigm. Embrace fluidity, flexibility and adaptability.

neptuneFull Moons are always the emotional peak of the moonth, and this one stirs up the tidal wave of feeling of the Saturn-Neptune square – grief, despair, disappointment, rage. The feelings want to move through us, dissolve and dissipate the past, and carry us into greater passion, trust, inspiration and imagination.

Lately I’ve been noticing a lot of Mercury-Retro-esque symptoms – computer/techno glitches, communication challenges, delays and obstacles in moving forward… At the Full Moon, Mercury conjoins with the Sun and Saturn in Sagittarius and squares Neptune, suggesting that our minds need time to process, synthesize and integrate the new consciousness that is taking shape. All this Mutability can inspire restlessness and the desire for fast movement, but we need the downtime, the rest, the spaciousness, the timelessness of Neptune in order to ground and stabilize the new Saturnian reality structures.

For more insight into what this Full Moon means for YOU, find the house in your birth chart that contains 3 degrees Gemini. The areas of life signified by that house are where you’re invited to:  free your mind from self-defeating thought patterns; release and rewrite the attitudes and stories that undermine your power; make changes in your everyday life to align with your deepest wisdom and highest vision.

[p.s. I wrote an article on the Saturn-Neptune Trine for The Mountain Astrologer and re-posted it on my site here. Even though it’s about the trine, not the square, it’s worth reading – much of the info is relevant and useful.]

– Emily Trinkaus

galactivationsCalling all priestesses! Want support for clearing old stories and anchoring in more inspiring and enlivening realities? Join energy-healing genius Katie Todd and me in our Virtual Galactic Temple on Monday (or by recording). All women are welcome, and this is a teleclass, so you just need a phone or internet connection to participate. Details here.


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Descend Into Darkness, Ignite Your Passion – 11/11 Scorpio New Moon

scorpio new moon

collage by Emily

This year’s Scorpio New Moon occurs on the power date of 11/11 (at 9:47am Pacific) and invites a transformational new beginning.

We’re called into the depths of our being, our own personal Underworld, to uncover our deepest desires and confront those essential Scorpionic questions: Why am I here? What does it all mean? Knowing I’m going to die, how can I come fully ALIVE?

As a Water sign, Scorpio lives in the feeling realm, and the REAL answers to these questions don’t come from our rational minds but from our emotional depths and raw instincts. Which means the truth doesn’t always “make sense,” and, at the level of the ego-mind, we don’t always like it.

For example! The other night I had a dream in which I was suddenly on fire with a desire I didn’t even know I had. I woke up from the dream in the middle of the night,  fear flooding through my system, as if I had just had a nightmare – although while in dreamland I felt GREAT. The fear came from my waking-life personality self, which said, “Oh shit, THAT’s what I really want?

You know what I’m talking about – that mixture of fear and desire, how, when you get in touch with what you TRULY desire, it’s likely to scare the bejesus out of you. That’s how you know it’s for real. That’s how you know you’re emotionally invested, which is the fuel you need to bring a desire into reality.

scorpioScorpio-style passion and vitality have been strongly suppressed in the modern West. We’re conditioned to be afraid of intense feelings and suspicious of our instincts, to fear the Underworld Darkness, where we uncover this level of being within ourselves, where we come fully alive.

Instead, the collective energy is set at lukewarm and ho-hum, boredom and depression.  And the level of intensity, passion and aliveness we’re supposed to be living at gets distorted and channeled into outrageously violent TV and video games, and wars and invasions and assaults on women and dark-skinned people – who receive the projection of the culture’s disowned “darkness.”

So… Are you ready to ignite your passion in service to collective awakening? To tap into the transformative potential of the 11/11 New Moon portal? There’s a lot of New Agey hype about 11/11, but the date in itself is meaningless, nothing awesome is going to “happen to you,” no major change will occur, unless YOU make it happen.

The powerful new beginning that wants to be initiated requires taking a RISK – the risk of getting out of your comfort zone, feeling your fear, trusting and acting on your instincts. The risk of descending into the Scorpionic darkness, shedding your old attachments and defenses, your old ideas of what you think you should want and who you think you should be.

Mercury the Magician closely conjoins the New Moon, supporting you in clearing out the beliefs and perceptions that keep you stuck in patterns of passionless living. Mercury in Scorpio’s superpower is seeing in the dark – reading the deeper levels of truth hiding beneath what’s seen and what’s said. Mercury’s conjunction with the New Moon also invites you to use your Sacred Attention (a phrase that jumped out at me as I was making the above collage) as a tool for transformation. Where are you directing your focus, moment by moment?

scorpio new moonTo get more insight into what the Scorpio New Moon means for you, find the house in your birth chart that contains 19 degrees Scorpio. The areas of life signified by that house are where you’re invited to: uncover what you really want by dropping out of your stories and into the depth of your feelings; shed what you’ve outgrown to make space for a new beginning; take the risk of trusting and acting on your instincts; go on an Underworld journey to reignite your passion and vitality.

Tonight – in the deep dark of the Balsamic Moon, the very end of the lunar cycle – is an optimal time for rituals of release and for grieving the past. The best time for working your New Moon magical mojo is from Wednesday at 9:47am to Thursday at 6:54am (Pacific).

– Emily Trinkaus

galactivationsCalling all priestesses! Want support for navigating the 11/11 portal, getting out of stuckness, and transforming fear into power? Energy-healing High Priestess Katie Todd and I are offering a special Pluto in Capricorn Galactivation on Wednesday (or by recording). All women are welcome, and this is a teleclass, so you just need a phone or internet connection to participate. Details here.

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Are You Feeling the Call of the Underworld Descent?

underworld descentIf we remain trapped in fear, we will never know the treasures of the dark. Being catapulted into the underworld is a common mythological theme, found in almost all cultures…. [O]rdinary ego perceptions are shattered; cracks occur in the well-crafted persona. Through these cracks emerges the possibility of something new.” – Marion Woodman & Elinor Dickson, Dancing in the Flames

Last Friday we opened the doors to the Temple of Venus Revolution – initiating a 6-month Immersion for women that aligns with Venus’ descent into the Underworld. As Venus is currently in a LEO cycle, the intention of this Immersion is to uncover and strip away any blocks to shining the light of your naturally brilliant true self. We’re playing with the tools of ART, MAGIC, RITUAL and SACRED SEXUALITY to liberate your Wild Feminine Creatrix and Fierce Feminine Leader.

venus revolution altarThe Temple doors are still open, and there’s still time to jump through the portal.

You might be ready for a trip to the Venusian Underworld if you are:

  • feeling disconnected from your passion, pleasure and life juice
  • navigating a life transition and don’t know what’s next
  • experiencing a significant loss or ending
  • depressed, overwhelmed, disoriented, burnt-out and/or frustrated
  • longing for more creativity and aliveness

In the Temple of Venus Revolution, you will:

  • receive support for dismantling your “inner patriarchy” and healing your own Sacred Feminine
  • expand your understanding of the feminine by learning about the astrological, mythological, cultural and historical Venus
  • learn astrology as a feminine art and practice, in a unique, fun and experiential way
  • heal the patriarchal legacy of female competition by being immersed in a sacred container of Sisterhood

venus revolutionTo give you a taste of the magic we’re brewing up in the Temple, and to introduce you to my genius collaboratrix in this Immersion, Celebrity Witch Heather Bleasdell, below is Heather’s first video from the Immersion – her introduction to ART + MAGIC (subjects she’s been studying and playing with for over a decade).

If you feel inspired by the video, check out the details about the Immersion: Descent into the Underworld: A 6-Month Journey to Unleash Your Wild Feminine Creative Brilliance & Liberate Your Fierce Feminine Leadership. Here you can also find a recording of the preview call in which Emily illuminates Venus in Virgo and the Sacredly Sexual Priestess.

Hope to see you in the Venus Temple! Please feel free to contact me with any questions. (and if you do NOT see the video below, which sometimes happens if you’re viewing on a device, you can also find it here.)

– Emily Trinkaus


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“Listen True to the Body” – Tuesday’s Super Full Moon in Taurus

taurus full moon 2015

collage by Emily

Holy intensity! Tuesday’s Taurus Full Moon (5:05am Pacific) is the last Super Moon of 2015 and it’s stirring up some serious shiz.

Taurus is an Earth sign, and this means that our Moon-ruled emotions are manifesting in physical form – in the body, through illness and other health challenges, and on the material plane, through the “stuff” around us that we depend on for comfort and convenience.

On Friday the Sun shifted into Scorpio, initiating the season when we’re called to shed, transform or heal what’s stuck, stagnant, outgrown or otherwise blocking the flow of our vitality and power. In case you’ve had any doubt about what that might be, the Taurus Full Moon is here to make it SUPER-obvious, by bringing the issues into the physical.

Both Venus, ruler of Taurus, and Mars, traditional ruler of Scorpio, are in Virgo – the sign of health and healing – increasing the potential for manifesting emotional issues through the body. Venus precisely opposes Chiron in Pisces, the Wounded Healer, intensifying health-related issues by stirring up core wounds of separation that are lurking in the unconscious. Venus-Chiron-style wounds tend to show up in relationship-land, through feelings of envy or jealousy, through issues around attractiveness, unworthiness, not-enough-ness, through blocks to pleasure, receptivity and support.

chiron in piscesChiron in Pisces asks us to simply FEEL the feelings, and to shower that wounded, seemingly separate part of ourselves with unconditional love, forgiveness, acceptance and compassion – high-vibration Pisces. Lean into Venusian healing practices of sensual pleasure, exquisite self-care, communion with nature, art and beauty.

Of course, the more shadowy expression of these Full Moon energies is also available… This could look like  overeating or otherwise numbing out with our favorite addiction to avoid feelings that seem scary or overwhelming. Shutting down instead of opening up. Holding onto what seems “safe” instead of taking the risk of surrendering to the unknown.

Jupiter is also in Virgo, closely conjunct Venus and opposing Chiron, asking us to uncover the deeper meaning, truth and wisdom behind what’s happening on the physical. What is the story your body is telling you? Can you TRUST your body’s wisdom and guidance?

keep-calm-and-love-your-body (2)Channeling this Taurus Full Moon, Clarissa Pinkola Estes asks: “Suppose… the body is a God in its own right, a teacher, a mentor, a certified guide? Then what? …. Are we strong enough to refute the party line and listen deep, listen true to the body as a powerful and holy being?” (Women Who Run with the Wolves)

I know, sometimes it’s hard to appreciate the holiness of the body. Last week I was laid-out with a stomach flu, in bed curled up in the fetal position, or kneeling on the bathroom floor, kitty litter sticking to my pajamas, dry-heaving into the toilet. Not feeling so holy. The flu hit the day before the start of the Venus Revolution Immersion, and I had to surrender my Virgo agenda for perfect planning and promotion.

Thanks to my amazing healer friend Katie Todd, who responded to my SOS and played Chiron in Pisces for me, I was able to drop into the feelings fueling the symptoms. I got in touch with the part of me that felt unworthy and inadequate. The part of me that just needed to cry and feel held and loved in all my messy humanness, my vulnerability. Once I let go of resistance, I could recognize the perfection of my body, the perfection of the illness that got me to slow down, feel and uncover these deeper wounds calling for attention.

To get more specific about what this Full Moon means for YOU, find the house in your birth chart that contains 3 degrees Taurus. The areas of life represented by that house are where you’re invited to: slow down and tune into your body’s guidance and wisdom; let go of what no longer feels nourishing or aligned with your values; heal wounds around self-love and self-worth; come out of “survival mode” and open to receiving more support; take steps to create more pleasure, beauty and love.

– Emily Trinkaus

galactivationsCalling all priestesses! Want support for navigating these transformational Super Full Moon energies and healing core Venusian wounds? Energy-healing genius Katie Todd and I are holding a sacred container for you in our Virtual Galactic Temple on Tuesday (or by recording). All women are welcome, and this is a teleclass, so you just need a phone or internet connection to participate. Details here.

And! The Venus Revolution Immersion started October 23 but the Temple doors are still open! In this Immersion, the Temple of Venus Revolution guides you on a journey to the Underworld to uncover and strip away any blocks to shining the light of your naturally brilliant true self. We’re playing with the tools of ART, MAGIC, RITUAL and SACRED SEXUALITY to liberate your Wild Feminine Creatrix and Fierce Feminine Leader. Find out more

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Fruition and Fulfillment – Venus Meets Jupiter Approaching the Taurus Full Moon

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collage by Emily

We’re in the midst of a super-Venusian lunar cycle. Both the New AND Full Moon are ruled by Venus, making the Goddess of Love the presiding deity for this entire moonth.

The cycle started with the Libra New Moon on October 12, a seed-planting for a new beginning in relationship, art, beauty, peace and receptivity. AND – since the New Moon opposed revolutionary, rule-breaking, freedom-loving Uranus in Aries, this new beginning involved disrupting the status quo, taking risks, and busting out of old paradigms and patterns.

As the energy builds toward next Tuesday’s Taurus Full Moon, the peak of the lunar cycle, we’re seeing the results of not only what started at the New Moon, but a process that’s been developing since the end of June.

On June 21, at the Summer Solstice (Winter in the Southern Hemisphere), Venus entered her pre-Retrograde shadow – initiating a 4-month process of rethinking, regenerating, reviewing and renewing the feminine in all of us. Relationship dynamics have been shifting, we’ve been releasing old programs that no longer serve us, healing core wounds around self-love and self-worth, clarifying our needs and desires, and revamping self-care habits. The Full Moon brings these processes to fruition, shining the light what’s been developing beneath the surface and behind the scenes.

venusJust after Solstice, on July 1, Venus formed her first of three conjunctions with Jupiter – planet of expansion, opportunity, generosity and prosperity. In traditional astrology, Venus and Jupiter are the two “benefics,” bringers of good fortune and blessings. When the benefics get together, they magnify each other’s influence, increasing the flow of love, money, pleasure, harmony and abundance.

What was happening in your life on or around July 1? How about August 4 – the second Venus-Jupiter conjunction? Because of Venus Retrograde, we get THREE Venus-Jupiter conjunctions, and the third is coming up on October 25. This one’s the biggie! The first two gave you a preview, a taste, a teaser, a door-opening, and the third brings manifestation – the end result. (Three, it’s the magic number.)

The recommendation is to make yourself available to Venusian opportunities – get out and meet people, take the risk of stretching beyond your comfort zone in relationship-land, be on the lookout for ways to increase the financial flow, make ART. Magnify your powers of attraction through acts of generosity, love and beauty. Focus on what you desire and call it in – no pushing, struggling, striving required. Open yourself to RECEIVE.

The Venus-Jupiter conjunction, at 15° Virgo, is further empowered by its proximity to Mars (19° Virgo), and a trine (120-degree angle of support) to Pluto at 13° Capricorn. Mars and Pluto heat up the desire, drive and passion, and all this Earth-sign goodness – including the upcoming earthy Taurus Full Moon – means that something tangible wants to be created.

If you have some astro-technical know-how, you can get more insight into what the Venus-Jupiter conjunction means for YOU. Find the house in your birth chart that contains 15° degrees Virgo. The areas of life represented by this house are where you are: manifesting and receiving the results of your efforts; ready to expand into more love, abundance and pleasure; magnetic to attracting your desires; and supported in taking a creative, erotic, relational and/or financial risk.

– Emily Trinkaus

venus revolutionThe Temple of Venus Revolution Opens Friday!

Do you feel disconnected from or deprived of the Venusian realm of pleasure, beauty, eroticism and shakti/vitality? Do you long to liberate more of your LIGHT, passion and creative brilliance?

The Sister Goddesses are gathering and we’re following Venus to the Underworld. Join us to dismantle old perceptions and programs, and strip away any blocks to shining the light of your naturally brilliant true self.

If you missed the preview call on Venus in Virgo & the Sacredly Sexual Priestess, you can listen to the recording.

Venusian Sisters have said:

“I found myself supercharged with Venus strength and courage, resulting in an ability to redirect my path in a way that brings more truth and beauty into what I give and receive from the world.” – Anna

“I found Emily’s presentations to be wildly uplifting, spiritually stirring and always full of new information and guidance. The perfect mixture of head and heart.” – Lynn

“You opened a doorway or portal to allow the full remembrance of my Divine Feminine energy – the ancient piece of truth, wisdom, and royalty – into my current incarnation.  Thank you for opening your heart so I and others might be transformed.” – Dani

“I love how my Venusian light has grown stronger and brighter during my time with the group, and how I now celebrate it daily in myself and the wonderful women I meet.” – Caro

“Walking into the mystery of Venus and allowing her wisdom to unfold infused my life with beauty and meaning. Thank you, Emily, for creating a sacred and safe place to be vulnerable and to embrace radical personal growth.” – Steph

Join the Venus Revolution

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Calling All Beautiful Geniuses – Monday’s New Moon in Libra

“You’re all geniuses, and you’re all beautiful. You don’t need anyone to tell you who you are. You are what you are. Get out there and get peace, think peace, and live peace and breathe peace, and you’ll get it as soon as you like.” – John Lennon

john-lennon-peaceMonday’s New Moon in Libra (5:06pm Pacific) calls forth the beautiful genius, revolutionary artist, visionary activist and radical peacemaker in all of us. The chart of the New Moon reverberates with the chart of my all-time favorite Libra John Lennon, who would have turned 75 today.

Not only is the New Moon (at 19 Libra) just a few degrees from Lennon’s natal Sun (16 Libra), Venus – ruler of Libra and presiding deity of this New Moon – will be at 3 degrees Virgo, the exact degree of Lennon’s Venus. And, just as Lennon was majoring in the Aries-Libra polarity (with his Ascendant and South Node in Aries), this tension of opposites is also activated by the New Moon, which closely opposes Uranus in Aries.

While the Libra New Moon calls for a new beginning in peace, love and harmony, its opposition to revolutionary Uranus says that the way forward involves disrupting the status quo, breaking free from old programming and patterns, asserting your individuality, and taking risks. This New Moon asks us to LIVE peace, CREATE beauty and BE love – revolutionary acts that disrupt the suicidal momentum of this violent, anesthetic (opposite of aesthetic) culture.

libra new moonUranus is the Great Awakener, and this New Moon wakes us up to where we’ve suppressed our authenticity, vitality and passion in order to be “nice” or please others – the ways we “keep the peace” at the expense of creating TRUE peace, a much more risky venture. At the opposite extreme, we may also see how we’ve been overly selfish or self-involved, where we’ve neglected to really listen to and take into account another’s needs and desires.

Just in time for the New Moon, Mercury turned direct (forward) this morning (woot!) ending its 3-week Retrograde. It will take a few days for Mercury to get up to speed, and we won’t be fully out of the “shadow” until October 24, but we can expect more ease, flow,  forward momentum and CLARITY.

Mercury Retrograde in Libra has invited us to reflect, rethink, redo and release in the Venusian realms of love, relationship, art, pleasure, collaboration, receptivity and projection. Often, when we’re in the Retrograde, there can be a feeling of being submerged, of some deep inner process unfolding beyond the reach of the rational mind. Today, as Mercury stations, we’re advised to take some time in stillness and silence to allow insights to rise up from the depths into the conscious mind.

While Mercury is in Venus’ sign, Venus is in Mercury’s sign – Virgo – and just yesterday emerged from her post-Retrograde shadow. This means that the Venus Retro influence, which started on June 21 with the pre-Retro shadow, has now come to completion. What has changed for you in relationship-land over the past three months? What has internally shifted in your self-love, self-worth, self-care and your capacity for pleasure, receptivity and eroticism?

libra new moon

collage by Emily

This combined action of Mercury direct and the end of Venus Retro suggests that, as of the Libra New Moon, it’s all systems go in Venus-land. Coming out of this period of deep reflection and healing, what are you ready to create? How does your radical, genius, visionary self want to show up NOW?

To get more insight into what this New Moon means for YOU, find the house in your birth chart that contains 19 degrees Libra. The areas of life signified by that house are where the cosmos wants you to:  animate your beautiful genius and artist-activist; reestablish an equal exchange of give and take, receptivity and assertion; renew your spirit of cooperation; create more beauty and increase the flow of love; own your projections and heal within yourself what you see reflected back at you.

Word to the wise – the Moon will go void-of-course just after the New Moon, so the best time for working your New Moon magic (making wishes and setting intentions) is between Tuesday at 2:38pm Pacific and Wednesday at 5:58pm.

p.s. For revolutionary artist Libra New Moon inspiration, you’ll want to hear the recent interview with Patti Smith on Democracy Now. She’s got Neptune in Libra on her Midheaven: “Listen, I believe everythin’ we dream/Can come to pass through our union/We can turn the world around/We can turn the earth’s revolution

– Emily Trinkaus

libra new moon 100815Dear Friends – Please join me and Celebrity Witch Heather Bleasdell next Wednesday (or by recording) for a FREE teleclass: Venus in Virgo – Underworld Descent to Unearth and Reclaim the Sacredly Sexual Priestess. This is a preview call for the upcoming Venus Revolution Immersion, and everyone is welcome. Listen to the recording


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Slow Down, Surrender and Allow the Shift – Sunday’s Lunar Eclipse in Aries

aries lunar eclipseThe second Eclipse of the season is coming up on Sunday – are you feeling it? Pressure, intensity, frustration, disorientation and DISCOMFORT?? The Total Lunar Eclipse in Aries (7:04pm Pacific) is a super-charged Full Moon, stirring up strong feelings, bringing events to culmination or closure, and shining the light on what’s been hidden in the depths of the subconscious.

At a Lunar Eclipse, the light of the Full Moon is temporarily darkened by the Earth’s shadow, signifying a resetting of consciousness. This process requires some degree of surrender and a hell of a lot of TRUST. In the dark, we have to rely on how we feel rather than what we see, on our inner guidance rather than having something tangible to hold onto “out there.”

aries lunar eclipseWith the Eclipse in the sign of the Ram, we’re feeling into the essential Aries questions: Who am I? and What do I want? We’re feeling into where the spark of vitality, our passion, our desire, is calling us NOW. The Moon’s close proximity to the South Node suggests that this Eclipse is a lot about releasing old ideas of who we “should” be, who we used to be, and what we used to want. Shedding a layer, letting go of what no longer feels aligned with our true self, uncovering more of our present-time authenticity.

There’s the potential for some serious emotional reactivity – especially anger (and anger’s cousins: frustration, crankiness, irritability). Anger can help us identify what we really want, and are not allowing ourselves to have, and where we need to take action and/or set a boundary. However! The Aries South Node warns not to act from an emotionally-charged state of anger, impatience or judgment. The Libra North Node points to the best way forward, and recommends slowing down, taking some deep breaths, seeing situations from another’s perspective, objectively weighing out all sides of an issue, and creating fair, just and beautiful outcomes.

Action planet Mars – the ruler of Aries and presiding deity of the Eclipse – is in Virgo, opposing Neptune in Pisces, God/Goddess of the Ocean and signifier of the invisible realm of dreams, the imagination, oneness consciousness and Source. Unconsciously navigated, Mars-Neptune shows up as weak, dissipated vitality (including illness), confused action, not knowing what you want and therefore failing to do anything, feeling powerless, victimized, incapable of asserting yourself and pursuing your desires.

neptune in piscesBut the higher side of Mars-Neptune is the Spiritual Warrior – committed action on behalf of the greater whole, an alignment of personal will with divine will, powerful engagement and co-creation with invisible forces. Access the witchy power of Mars in Virgo by stepping up your self-care habits, purifying your body, and cleaning your home – both the physical and energetic “stuff” that’s accumulated (light up that sage…). Activate your Spiritual Warrior through prayer, meditation, ritual, surrendering to the Mystery while fully grounded and centered in your body and in present time.

Fueling the eclipsey energy of CHANGE, and marking a significant turning point, today is Fall Equinox (Spring in the Southern Hemisphere) – when the Sun moves into Libra the Scales and the day and night are equal. This is a time to recognize, celebrate and harvest the results of your creations, and to consider what shifts you can make to bring your life back into balance. What do you need to release so you focus on your priorities?

And! Deepening the underwordly, lost-in-the-dark, shadow-revealing, pressurized qualities of the Eclipse, Pluto – God/Goddess of the Underworld – is stationing, preparing to turn from Retrograde to Direct (forward) on Thursday (11:57pm Pacific). Pluto turned Retrograde on April 16, just a few days before the Aries New Moon, and we’re now revisiting themes from that time. As I asked in my April 15 postWhat needs to be released so that more of your true self can emerge? What’s the “deadwood” in your life that’s holding you back from acting on your deepest desires? Where are you stifling or suppressing your creative energy because you’re following someone else’s rules?

Whew, yes, a lot going on. Breathing, breathing. More breathing.

For deeper insight into what Sunday’s Lunar Eclipse means for YOU, find the house in your birth chart that contains 4 degrees Aries. 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 activate your Spiritual Warrior; and where you’re asking the Aries questions, What do I really want? Where is my vitality and excitement calling me? What would it look like to express more of my true self?

– Emily Trinkaus

galactivationsCalling all priestesses! Want support for navigating these transformational Lunar Eclipse energies, releasing reactivity and accessing your power? Join energy-healing genius Katie Todd and me on Thursday (or by recording) for our Full Moon Galactivation! All women are welcome, and this is a teleclass, so you just need a phone or interweb connection to participate. Details here.

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Purification and Presence – Saturday’s Solar Eclipse in Virgo

virgo solar eclipseThe Pisces Full Moon on August 29 launched us into Eclipse Season, a six-week period of intensified everything and a high-pressure portal into new realities.

Typically, there’s a lot of emotional energy flying around, surprising and even shocking events (both personally and on the world stage), significant people coming in and out of your life, major endings and beginnings, and a feeling of being pulled into the mysterious, fertile darkness of the UNKNOWN.

The ancients associated Eclipses with FATE – fated meetings, fated events, fated births and deaths. But we psychologically-hip moderns can benefit from Carl Jung’s insight that “When an inner situation is not made conscious, it appears outside as fate.” This is the higher function of Eclipses – to bring what has been hidden in the depths of the subconscious into the light of awareness.

Deep feelings rise up, demanding to be acknowledged, secrets are revealed, and revelations abound. There’s a sense of PURGING – clearing out the emotional gunk that’s built up over the past six months, since the previous set of Eclipses. It’s not uncommon for this purging or detox process to manifest through illness.

virgo solar eclipseThe Eclipsey urge to purge may be especially activated by Saturday’s Solar Eclipse (11:42pm Pacific), because the Sun and Moon unite in Virgo, the health-oriented sign of purification and cleansing. Virgo purifies in order to come into greater PRESENCE and to more fully embody her ESSENCE – clearing out the physical, mental and emotional clutter that takes her out of the here-and-now moment and distracts her from her highest path of service.

The Virgo Solar Eclipse wants you to clarify and clear out what is no longer in alignment with your essence, to call your power back into your body, get focused in present time, and become a more effective agent of planetary service. Virgo rules the small intestine, whose function is to DISCERN what is truly nourishing, and what wants to be released.

chiron in piscesThe Solar Eclipse opposes Chiron in Pisces, activating the Spiritual Warrior, Wounded Healer and Shaman in all of us. Our wounds are not meant to be covered up or coped with – they contain our most powerful gifts, the medicine with which we’re meant to heal the world. Rather than getting caught up in trying to “fix” these perceived wounds, better to shower them with a big dose of Piscean unconditional love, acceptance and compassion. Where you feel the most imperfect, inadequate, insecure, powerless and fractured may point to precisely how you are here to serve others.

A Solar Eclipse is an extra-potent New Moon, catalyzing major new beginnings that develop over the next six months, and even 19 years. I know that many of you beautiful readers are Virgos (like me!). So please know that this Solar Eclipse is especially powerful for you if your birthday falls on or near (within a day or two of) the Eclipse. A Solar Eclipse on or near your birthday means that your whole life is ripe for reinvention and regeneration. You may need to spend some time in the Underworld, letting die what is no longer in alignment with your essence and simply BEING in the Mystery, allowing the rebirth to happen in its own perfect time.

To get more insight into what this Solar Eclipse means for YOU, find the house in your birth chart that contains 20 degrees Virgo. (If you don’t know how, check out my teleclass below!) The areas of life signified by that house are where you’re invited to: purge what is no longer nourishing and realign with your essence; reclaim your sovereignty; make a new beginning in health, healing and service; simplify, get organized and increase your efficiency and productivity; and release judgment and perfectionism and start where you are.

Emily Trinkaus

Want to delve deeper into the Virgo Solar Eclipse? Join me on Saturday (or by recording) for a special teleclass: Underworld Initiation – Rebirthing Presence and Essence. Everyone is welcome, including astro-beginners, and you’ll learn how to find where the Eclipse is happening in your chart and what that means. Register by midnight Thursday to be included in the drawing to have your chart used as an example in class (I’ll pick two)! Sign up

And – for the Priestesses! Katie Todd and I are super-excited about our next Galactic Priestess Deep Dive: Relating With Power, starting September 15. Using the Galactic Priestess tools of astrology and energy work, we will deep-dive into the inner and invisible dynamics of how you hold power in all of your relationships. Get the details

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