Desire and Discernment – Mars Meets Saturn at Monday’s Virgo New Moon

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Monday’s New Moon in Virgo (7:13 am Pacific) is strongly flavored by the conjunction of Mars and Saturn – potentially stirring up feelings of frustration, anger, fear, pressure and powerlessness.

This Mars-Saturn energy has been building all week, making us aware of limits and obstacles, and asking: What do you really want? How do you go after what you want, and is that working? How committed are you to your desires and passions, and do you feel empowered to pursue them? Are you afraid to get what you want? Mars-Saturn in Scorpio focuses attention on intimacy, sexuality, money and vitality.

Mars and Saturn conjoin about every two years, signaling the end of one two-year cycle and the beginning of a new one. Their previous conjunction – the start of the cycle that’s now coming to a close – was on August 15, 2012 (read my post about it here). What was up for you then around these themes of desire and commitment, action and responsibility? How have you grown and changed since then?

saturnAs we start a new Mars-Saturn cycle, you can work productively with this energy by: identifying the underlying feelings stirred up by outer events, and taking time to really feel through the fear, anger, etc.; writing a list of your desires (be specific) and what you want to have created two years from now; and making a plan of action to increase your vitality.

As the sign of regeneration – the cycle of death and rebirth – Scorpio has to do with letting go of what’s NOT working, so consider what wants to be released in order to feel more aliveness and create what you want in this new cycle. This is also about finding the right balance between pragmatism and playing your edge.

The Mars-Saturn conjunction culminates (i.e., is exact) just a few hours after the New Moon, and the co-incidence of these two events marks a major re-setting of energies. The New Moon is in Virgo, which has a natural affinity with Scorpio – both signs are associated with healing and magic, and with the Priest/Priestess archetype. This is a super-witchy New Moon! Invoke your magical powers through ritual, ceremony, intention-setting, prayer and meditation.

Mercury the Magician, the ruler of Virgo and presiding deity of this New Moon, is powerfully placed in its home sign Virgo, which is also the sign of its exaltation. Mercury forms a precise sextile – 60-degree angle of excitation – to the Mars-Saturn conjunction, increasing the magical healing mojo of this New Moon. The Virgoan superpowers of discernment, refinement, synthesis and analysis can be applied to the Mars-Saturn mandate to clarify your desires and get strategic about pursuing them.

piscesBe aware that there’s also some potential for distorted thinking, getting lost in illusion, and falling into escapist behaviors. The New Moon opposes Neptune in Pisces, while Mercury opposes Chiron in Pisces. Both aspects increase sensitivity to the pain and suffering of the collective and of our beloved planet, and that heightened sensitivity can feel overwhelming, bringing the temptation to go into denial, delusion and despair (shadow Neptune/Pisces). It can be easy to want to check out, go unconscious, and float around in an out-of-body trance state. The problem with this is that our place of power is actually in our bodies.

The high-vibration integration of the Virgo/Pisces polarity looks like being fully embodied and connected with the Earth (Virgo) while also hooked up with our infinite Source selves (Pisces). To the ancients, Virgo was the Goddess, and our ancestors knew that heaven is right here on Earth, that our bodies are sacred vessels for spirit, that all matter is inherently infused with the divine. Neptune in Pisces (2011-2025) wants to dissolve the moldy old Piscean-Age paradigm that says god and heaven are somewhere way out there and your body is sinful and dirty. The Virgo New Moon calls for spiritual discernment and seeing through the illusions that keep us powerless so we can reclaim our sovereignty.

virgoTo get more insight into what this New Moon means for YOU, find the house in your birth chart that contains 2 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: reclaim your sovereignty; make a new beginning in health, healing and wholeness; perfect your skills; simplify, organize and increase your efficiency and productivity; and release judgment and accept the perfection of what is.

You can get more insight into what the Mars-Saturn conjunction is about for you by finding the house in your chart that contains 17 degrees Scorpio. The areas of life signified by that house are where you’re being called to: clarify your desires and passions; take steps to restore your vitality; recognize how you may have sabotaged yourself from getting what you want; and take responsibility for creating different results.

- Emily Trinkaus

Get witchy with me on Monday! I’m offering a special teleclass: DIY New Moon Magic. Learn the astro-technical details about how to work with the New Moon, including how to find where it’s happening in your own birth chart. We gather (by phone or online) at 5pm Pacific, but the class will be recorded so you can listen any time. You can buy the recording here.

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Sunday’s Super Full Moon in Aquarius – She’s Super Freaky!

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Sunday’s Full Moon in Aquarius (11:09 am Pacific) shines the light on: your ideals and vision for the future; innovation, creativity and genius; friends, groups, communities and organizations; and using your unique gifts in service to the collective.

The Full Moon will appear bigger and brighter than usual – a “SuperMoon” – meaning that the Moon is at apogee, traveling closest to Earth. This is the closest SuperMoon of 2014. We’re likely to feel its effects more powerfully, meaning high emotional tides, along with enhanced opportunities for healing, revelation and breakthrough.

This lunar cycle started with the Leo New Moon on July 26, which was conjunct giant Jupiter and encouraged you to dream big, take a risk, and follow your inspiration. Now, at the peak of the cycle, the Full Moon forms a a tense square (90-degree angle) to serious, cautious, uber-pragmatic Saturn, traditional ruler of Aquarius. This Saturnian Full Moon tests your commitment to your vision, and challenges you to bring your dream into reality.

Saturn works through PRESSURE – are you feeling the squeeze? Saturn can feel like a buzz kill on the Leo Sun’s fun and spontaneity, and the Aquarius Moon’s freedom and flow. The emotion associated with Saturn is FEAR, and the Full Moon stirs up Leo/Aquarian “issues” around: belonging and not belonging (feeling like the Outsider or Alien); seeking approval and fearing rejection if you really let your freak flag fly; and suppressing your true self and playing a role to fit in and be accepted.

saturnALL astrological alignments can be worked with productively, and Saturn can be your best friend (really). Saturn in Scorpio reveals the subconscious fears holding you back and sabotaging your future. As the “reality check” planet, Saturn brings your airy Aquarius vision down to Earth, giving it foundation and roots. Saturn asks, what kind of structure, container, system, strategy do you need? What’s your step-by-step plan for making it REAL?

Saturn is Chronos/Kronos, aka Father Time, and in our overly busy-busy world it’s easy to plead “not enough time” when it comes to living our creative dreams. Jazz genius Duke Ellington said, “I don’t need time. I need a deadline.” Deadlines are the domain of Saturn, and deadlines are my lifelines – without them, my procrastinator-perfectionist takes over, and nothing gets done. Time pressure, rather than being a drag on your freedom, can actually liberate some stellar creative mojo.

If you have a copy of your birth chart and some astro-technical know-how, you can get more insight into what this Full Moon means for YOU. Find the house in your chart that contains 18 degrees Aquarius. The areas of life signified by that house are where you’re invited to:  commit to your creative genius and future vision; make a strategic plan to give your gifts to the world; manifest your ideals through practical action; feel and move through your fears of being the weirdo and being rejected for your freakiness.

- Emily Trinkaus

aquariusHello, Priestess! Want support for navigating these intense lunar energies, clearing the fear, tuning into your higher vision, and giving it structure and roots? Join super-Aquarian energy-healing genius Katie Todd and me on Friday for our Aquarius Full Moon teleclass. All women are welcome, and you can participate by phone, online, or via recording from anywhere in the world. More info here.

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Renewing Self-Love, Releasing Self-Sabotage – Saturday’s New Moon in Leo

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The Leo New Moon – Saturday at 3:42 pm Pacific – sparks a new cycle of creativity, love and passion. Giant Jupiter, who just recently moved into Leo, joins with the Sun and Moon, amplifying the call to be BIG and BRIGHT.

Adding to the momentum, action planet Mars moves into Scorpio tonight, saying: it’s time to commit to your passion, desire and vitality. Mars’ extra-long Retro tour through Libra (since December) was a time for exploring options, excavating your desires, and regenerating your mojo. While Libra can have a hard time making decisions, afraid to close off any options, Scorpio is the sign of full-on, both-feet-in commitment. While Libra can be overly concerned with what other people think and with being “nice,” Scorpio is willing to risk it all for the sake of authenticity, aliveness and true intimacy.

Mars forms a tight, tense square (90-degree angle) to the New Moon and Jupiter, challenging you to commit to what you REALLY want. This square could bring up friction between your deepest desires – where you feel your vitality and excitement calling you (Mars in Scorpio) – and your need for approval and validation (shadow Leo). Do your true desires conflict with your self-image, how you want others to see you? Are you afraid of losing other people’s love if you follow your passion?

leo new moonLeo is the Divine Child, and this New Moon stirs up “inner child issues” – the wounds that subvert your creative power and confidence, and block you from shining your light. The antidote is a big dose of compassionate self-love, self-approval and self-validation. What are you looking for from other people, and how can you give that to yourself? How does the wounded child part of you sabotage your expansion and success, and what does s/he need from you?

For more insight into what this New Moon means for YOU, find the house in your chart that contains 3 degrees Leo. The areas of life signified by that house are where you’re invited to:  clarify your heart’s true desires; commit to your passion and creativity; strengthen self-love and self-approval; plant a seed for amplifying your creative light.

- Emily Trinkaus

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Creative Passion on the Rise and into the Spotlight – Jupiter Enters Leo

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Today marks a major turning point of 2014 – giant Jupiter just shifted from Cancer to Leo (3:30am Pacific), calling you into the spotlight. Jupiter is traditionally the “Greater Benefic,” planet of expansion, opportunity, trust and wisdom.

Jupiter in Cancer, starting June 25, 2013, supported strengthening your foundation, expanding your capacity for emotional depth and intimacy, and increasing trust in your feelings and intuition. Jupiter’s participation in the Cardinal Grand Cross – its opposition to Pluto in Capricorn and square to Uranus in Aries – intensified these themes, and asked you to release the stories and beliefs that subvert your growth and power.

The transition from watery, inward-turning Cancer to fiery, expressive Leo involves feeling safe and secure enough to let your light shine and be seen in your individuality, and having a strong root system that supports you in taking a creative risk. Ideally, having moved through a lot of old emotional crapola (especially of the early childhood and ancestral variety) you can now see life from a fresh perspective, with innocent eyes. Innocence is a Leonine resource that helps you find creative solutions, instead of viewing situations through a filter of cynicism.

leoLeo the Lion is the divine child, the king/queen, the diva, the rock star. Without an open heart – the part of the body ruled by Leo – Jupiter amplifies the shadow version of these archetypes, which can be pretty obnoxious (Jupiter isn’t necessarily “good,” just BIG). This could look like: willfulness, tyranny, melodrama, self-aggrandizement and ego-inflation. High-vibration Leo channels light through the heart, sending out a ray of inspiration that fires up other people’s enthusiasm, joy and creativity.

Jupiter’s last journey through Leo was August 1, 2002 to August 27, 2003, and similar themes and opportunities will arise over the next year. For more insight into what Jupiter in Leo means for YOU, find the house or houses in your birth chart that contain the sign Leo (even if you don’t have any planets in Leo, you have Leo somewhere in your birth chart). The areas of life signified by your Leo house(s) are where opportunities and blessings are available when you:

  • trust and act on what feels like fun
  • follow your heart’s passion and wisdom
  • come from a place of love, generosity, nobility and innocence
  • use a playful, lighthearted approach
  • express your individuality and uniqueness
  • take a courageous creative risk and let your light shine.

- Emily Trinkaus

Hello, Priestess! Want support for navigating the turning-point, opening up to creative expansion, and taking center stage? Divalicious energy healer Katie Todd and I are offering a special Jupiter in Leo Galactivation teleclass – tonight (Wed.) at 5:00 Pacific! All women are welcome, and you can participate by phone, online, or via recording from anywhere in the world. More info here.

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Commit to Your Goals, Calm the Freak-out – Saturday’s High-Pressure Capricorn Full Moon

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Holy emotional intensity! Feeling the pressure? Feeling the cranky? Not only is 2014 now officially full speed ahead, Saturday’s Full Moon also activates a grand finale Cardinal Grand Cross and a Moon Wobble.

Let’s start with the basics. The Full Moon (July 12, 4:25 am Pacific) is in Capricorn – the sign of commitment, responsibility, career and long-term goals. After several months of soul-searching to uncover your true desires, after weighing out all the options, now it’s time to commit, take charge, and get strategic. What’s your bottom-line priority? What’s your plan for getting from where you are to where you want to be? How can you step into more of your authority to create the results you desire?

The Capricorn Moon opposes both the Sun and Jupiter in Cancer, highlighting the Cancer-Capricorn polarity – the balance and integration of your inner and outer lives. Do you feel secure enough to go after what you want? Do you feel nurtured and fulfilled by your work? Does the weight of the past – the belief systems of your family or ancestors, old emotional trauma, etc. – hold you back from pursuing your goals? The Full Moon lights up these issues, bringing to awareness what wants to be healed, shifted, or let go of.

cardinal crossAt the Full Moon, the Cancer Sun and Capricorn Moon square the Aries/Libra Nodal Axis (the Nodes of the Moon), forming a high-pressure Cardinal Grand Cross. Mars, Ceres and Vesta all congregate on the Libra North Node, while recently-discovered Eris – the goddess of discord – sits on the Aries South Node, with Uranus nearby. The Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) are the leaders, pioneers, innovators and catalysts of the zodiac, and all this Cardinal energy can feel like a major kick in the booty.

The Cardinal Cross has been happening all year (especially strong in January and April), as Mars in Libra and Jupiter in Cancer have further activated and amplified the already intense Uranus-Pluto square. This Full Moon is like a last hurrah of the Cardinal energies – issues that were up for you in January and April may finally be ready for resolution. Mars is getting ready to move out of Libra at the end of the month (woot!) and Jupiter shifts out of Cancer next week, so the Cardinal intensity will soon be on the wane.

full moonAnd then there’s the Moon Wobble, which happens when the Sun squares the Nodal Axis (as it’s doing now) or conjoins one of the Nodes. I first learned of the MW phenomenon from Jan Spiller, astro-queen of all things lunar, who suggests that all the exaggerated emotional energy in the air can cloud your judgment when it comes to making decisions. Jan considers the Wobble in effect from July 9 to 22. And of course, at the Full Moon – the emotional peak of the month – these potentially destabilizing, hyper-sensitive, over-reactive energies are especially potent.

I think the Capricorn Full Moon does want us to make decisions – but! (big BUT!) the Aries South Node warns not to let the lizard-brain-adrenaline-junkie part of ourselves be in the driver’s seat. Just because it’s time to get a move on doesn’t mean we have to be reactive, impatient, or overly impulsive. Mars on the Libra North Node says the most appropriate action emerges from a state of inner equanimity.

If a direction you’re considering has a big emotional charge around it – like, your nervous system kicks into high gear and whatever you’re thinking about feels like an emergency (even though it clearly isn’t) – hit the pause button, deal with the feelings, and wait until you feel calm and peaceful before making a decision. As I was working on this post this morning, I received this helpful blog post from Nick Ortner about dealing with such stressful feelings. I immediately used his EFT “tapping solution” and it got me out of nervous-system-freak-out (thank goddess).

If you have a copy of your birth chart and some astro-technical know-how, you can get more specific about what this Full Moon means for YOU. Find the house in your birth chart that contains 20 degrees Capricorn. (Yes, everyone has Capricorn in their chart, and I wrote a post about how to find lunar events in your chart here.) The areas of life represented by that house are where you’re called to: make or break a commitment; get strategic about reaching your goals; face your fears, especially around success and failure; come into greater integrity; and reclaim your authority.

- Emily Trinkaus

cap full moonHello, Priestess! Want support for navigating these intense lunar energies and taking a big step forward? Join energy-healing genius Katie Todd and me on Friday for our Capricorn Full Moon  teleclass. All women are welcome, and you can participate by phone, online, or via recording from anywhere in the world. Register by midnight tonight (Tuesday) to be eligible for the drawing to receive a personalized session on the call! More info here.

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Turning Point – Mercury Stations Direct and 2014 Starts Shifting Into High Gear

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Mercury’s direct (forward) turn early this morning (5:50 am Pacific) is the first of three cosmic signals that the energies of 2014 are shifting from slow-mo to fast-forward. Can you feel it??

Mercury Retrograde, since June 7, called you inward to restore and replenish feelings of safety, security and nourishment, and to rethink and revise habitual emotional responses. Now, as Mercury stations, what new insight or perspective is coming to light? How has your inner process over the past three weeks helped you reach a new understanding about how you want to move forward?

We’ll emerge from the Mercury Retro shadow – i.e., we’ll be fully out of the influence – on July 16, and that same day, expansive Jupiter moves from watery Cancer to fiery Leo. What’s been incubating in the womb of creation for the past year is getting ready to bust out into the spotlight. Jupiter in Leo amplifies and rewards creativity, individuality, confidence and open-heartedness. The last time Jupiter was in Leo was from August 2002 to August 2003, and reflecting on that time in your life can give you a preview of what’s to come.

On July 20, action planet Mars emerges from his Retro shadow and it’s time to take a courageous step in the direction of your dreams. Mars Retrograde, in effect for the first half of the year, has slowed down momentum so you can get clear about what you really want, what you feel passionate about, and what feeds your vitality. Mars has been in Venus-ruled Libra – the sign of partnership, art, love, beauty, peace and collaboration – since last December, and ideally, by the end of July, the confusion clears and you can see how to move forward in these areas.

The Capricorn Full Moon on July 12 marks a culminating moment in July’s turning-point energies, asking you to commit to a long-term plan and take charge of your destiny. The Sun and Moon will square Mars in Libra and the Nodes (a “Moon wobble”), so it’s super-charged with high-intensity emotion and feelings of instability.  More on that in next week’s post – just giving you a heads-up, in case you sensitive types are already feeling it. In the meantime, let yourself receive the insights and downloads now available, and trust that all the pieces will be in place by the end of the month.

- Emily Trinkaus

Hey Priestesses! Want support for navigating the turning-point and taking a big step forward? Energy-healing genius Katie Todd and I have two galactivating opportunities for you – join us on July 11 for the Capricorn Full Moon and/or July 16 for a special Jupiter in Leo teleclass. All women are welcome, and you can participate by phone, online, or via recording from anywhere in the world. More info here.

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Nurturing A New Vision – Friday’s New Moon in Cancer

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Friday’s New Moon (1:09 am Pacific) is in watery, sensitive Cancer, the sign of home, family, security, nourishment and foundation. At the New Moon, the solar principle — consciousness, transcendence, spirit — unites with the lunar principle — the subconscious, immanence, the body — inviting you to re-anchor your higher path, your soul’s calling, into here-and-now reality.

The New Moon, at 5 Cancer, occurs just a few degrees from where Mercury turned Retrograde on June 7 (at 3 Cancer). All the Mercury Retro reviewing, revising and renewing of the past few weeks crystallize into a fertile vision seed at the New Moon. The final pieces of the puzzle are falling into place as Mercury prepares to turn direct (forward) on July 1, and as we emerge (at last!) from the Mars Retro shadow on July 20.

There’s a layer that wants to be shed, an old skin you’ve outgrown, a deeper level of true self ready to be revealed. This New Moon opposes Pluto in Capricorn, Underworld God/dess, suggesting that the new vision seed you’re planting can’t fit within the constraints of old attachments. What are you holding onto that you think is keeping you safe and secure, but is actually limiting your power, growth and evolution? Pluto wants to help you move through, transmute and transform feelings of insecurity, so you can deepen your sense of INNER security, regardless of external circumstances.

neptuneThe New Moon’s close trine (120-degree angle of harmony and support) to Neptune in Pisces helps you connect with source consciousness, the ultimate level of reality where you, as an infinite being, are always safe and secure. This Neptunian New Moon suggests taking some quiet time to receive nurturing from the Dreamtime. Art, music, poetry, dance, mediation, prayer, yoga, and dream work are all Neptunian strategies for replenishing your soul and fertilizing your vision seed.

To get more insight into what this New Moon means for YOU, find the house in your birth chart that contains 5 degrees Cancer. The areas of life signified by that house are where you’re invited to:  strengthen your foundation of support; release old emotional patterns or attachments; increase your sense of inner security; re-set your emotional compass; and plant a new vision for your future. The best time for making wishes and setting intentions is between 1:08 am Friday and 6:02 pm Saturday (Pacific time).

- Emily Trinkaus

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