NEW MOON IN AQUARIUS

The week began with Mercury in Aquarius meeting the Sun which marks the half way point of its retrograde cycle. Mercury’s inferior conjunction with the Sun can represent a time of illumination and breakthroughs. You may be able to get back to an idea that started to emerge in mid-January or at least gain some traction with your thinking. Stay aligned with what your intuition is telling you.

Mercury in Aquarius is also applying to square Mars in Taurus, exact on Wednesday. The square between Mercury rx and Mars can bring arguments or tense situations to surface. Mercury square Mars can also be associated with rash thinking or jumping to conclusion too quickly. You may want things to happen faster than they can or be caught between what you want to do, versus what is possible which can feel frustrating. Much of the astrology of this whole year is about applying the right kind of pressure for things to evolve while also being aware of the breaking point. We also have to keep in mind that Mercury is still retrograde until the 20th.

The New Moon in Aquarius takes place on Thursday for a total of six planets transiting in Aquarius. The New Moon is a time of inception and with six planets in Aquarius, there is a lot of momentum available, especially in connection with the house where Aquarius sits in your chart. Just keep in mind that it will take time and probably some mental gymnastic to get where you want to go. Be open to changing your perception. You may also feel like you need more space than usual to process your thoughts and do your own thing, just don’t shut down people entirely as we truly need each other more than ever in order to create smaller networks of people who can provide each other with different services. We won’t be able to depend on the big corporation monopolizing the world right now and keep our autonomy simultaneously. Lets support the people as much as we can.

Venus conjunct Jupiter on Thursday morning which could help smooth out recent tensions you may have experienced. The conjunction of Venus and Jupiter can be harmonizing and bring the optimism we need to believe that things will all work out in the end. The Moon enters Pisces on Friday and could even magnify the conjunction of the two benefic planets, bringing some smooth sailing into the weekend.

WEEK OF JANUARY 18th: THE SUN ENTERS AQUARIUS

The Sun enters Aquarius on Tuesday and the First Quarter Moon in Taurus arrives on Wednesday triggering the Mars/Uranus conjunction which is exact Wednesday evening in the East. We can expect this First Quarter Moon to highlight inherent tensions that have been building up since the end of 2020.

We are being challenged by the new forms and awareness emerging and it may be nearly impossible to reconcile our budding desires with our immediate restrictions at this time while we try to give our visions and obligations equal importance.You can look at the areas where Aquarius and Taurus sits in your chart to gain some perspective. Uranus in Taurus is pushing for new forms to emerge which requires freedom, independence and/or total liberation from the old forms, while the hyper-emphasis in Aquarius (because of Saturn, Jupiter, the Sun, Mercury and soon Venus all in Aquarius) highlights where you may be feeling like you need a solid plan for things to improve. You may feel blocked by circumstances outside of your control or need to spend time carefully planning. Things will take time. This tension will continue to be felt for the rest of 2021 but may be more present heading into this super concentrated Aquarius season.

On Saturday, the Sun conjunct Saturn in Aquarius which carries a sobering or realistic tone after the explosive and less compromising aspects of mid-week. You may need to temper your momentum or desires to break free at the risk of having to take sobering remedial measures down the road. On the other hand, you may need to break free of what is restricting you in order to pursue or evolve out of a stale situation.

Mercury is preparing to turn retrograde in less than two weeks and already transiting on the degrees where it will be moving back in a few weeks meaning that what we are itching to get done now, may realistically take a bit longer or we may be forced to revise again later.

This is a time of innovation when we can start to conceptualise new ways of doing thing but we also do not have much leg room so we basically need to find innovative ways to get the spaciousness that we crave while patiently biding our time.

NEW MOON IN CAPRICORN

The New Moon in Capricorn arrives late on Tuesday night in a conjunction with Pluto. Not only is a New Moon a time of renewal and of rich dark tilled soil, Pluto is a planet often associated with rebirth and transformation. The deep cathartic changes brought by Pluto are usually pretty painful and often not by choice. Changes brought by Pluto are slow and far reaching. There cannot be renewal without death and fundamentally when we enter the realm of Pluto we are never far from the process of decay and death which feels unfair, unjustified, difficult and mostly outside of our control. (Ask anyone who has experienced a Pluto transit)

Pluto is a slow moving outer planet which means its influence slow, and is a generational and collective one before being a personal one. The sign of Capricorn has received a lot of attention in the last few years with Saturn transiting here along with the eclipses taking place on the Capricorn/Cancer axis. Last year began with an epochal conjunction of Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn which occurred on January 13th, 2020 at 22 degrees of Capricorn – one degree away from the New Moon in Capricorn coming up tomorrow exactly a year after the powerful conjunction of Saturn and Pluto. Capricorn is often compared to the systems and hierarchical structure of societies. I could spell it out for you but its becoming increasingly clear to everyone that we are currently undergoing very big societal changes that will be far reaching.

On a personal level you can look at where Capricorn sits in your chart to understand where something new is ready to emerge from the ashes of an old way of being. The New Moon is a time of obscurity when the light of the Moon is faint and the night is dark. This is not your average reset but a profound surrender to a new flesh that is waiting to emerge. The renewal taking place is profound and still invisible; things will be slow and the transformation far reaching.We can get close to the mysteries of death but no one knows for sure. There is also no possible spiritual mastery without mastering death or at least our fear of death. Death has such a powerful hold on us that it holds us inside our limited, restrictive and controlled lives. Pluto initiates us to the darkness of the unknown and the power that comes from transcending what has an invisible power over us. To transcend your fear of death means to live in the totality of your life and power.

This world is shrouded in darkness. Here, only a few can see their way free. These few birds escape from the net, and fly away.

THE END OF 2020

The year 2020 comes to a close with a Full Moon in Cancer late on the night of 29th illuminated by the Sun in Capricorn. The opposition of the Sun and the Moon creates the Full Moon which may symbolize a certain level of tension between our conscious intentions and our ambitions (Sun) with our emotional reality and our comfort zone (Moon). The Moon fully illuminated in her domicile of Cancer highlights what sustains and nourishes us at this time which may be in high contrast with what we are trying to accomplish in the world. The Cancer-Capricorn axis often relates to growing up, leaving the protected envelope of childhood imagination to face reality outside of the safe cocoon and to build ourselves independently while birthing personal vision in the material world.

At this time you may feel like leaving material ambitions aside for a moment to acknowledge what sustains you away from the harsh realities of a world in transition. Your roots may be reaching deep down into the frozen ground to find the mineral nourishments that feel familiar. The Moon holds the memories of everyone who came before you, and every event that led you to this day. Your story is alive with symbolic and symbiotic meaning that weaves itself around the traditions of your ancestors carried through your own memories. More extensively, the land and nature can be a great source of comfort and grounding in uncertain times serving as a mother to us all. The Full Moon represents a culmination process and a time of illumination which may be filled with nostalgia as the year come to a close.

Saturn and Jupiter now transiting in the sign of Aquarius will usher us into very foreign territories in the year ahead. The Full Moon in Cancer at the end of 2020 has her roots in the past and offers us nourishment coming from our personal stories and the memories that make us humans, filling us with her milky light before we head into the unknown future. The space between the old and the new, between memories and anticipation where the sacred reside.

SAGITTARIUS SEASON + UPCOMING ECLIPSES


SUN IN SAGITTARIUS + UPCOMING ECLIPSES

I think almost everyone is happy to see the Sun transiting in Sagittarius after a year of feeling like things haven’t been moving very fast. We are definitely gaining some momentum as the year comes to a close. Sagittarius is the visionary of the zodiac, and is able to say YES to what hasn’t happened yet. It’s often a sign associated with potentiality, and the opportunities that come from the ability to take risks. Chance resides here. You don’t know if you don’t try, and Sagittarius is willing to try.

Before the adoption of the word luck at the end of the Middle Ages, Old English expressed the notion of “good fortune” with the word speed. There’s something to be said for Sagittarius ability to jump on opportunities when they presents themselves. Sure, there’s elements of proper timing, but more extensively there is something about the readiness to seize luck in mid-flight, and be willing to change your trajectory at the last minute to create an opening. This talent for turning on a dime is not given to all the signs. This is why we associate Sagittarius with the Mutable modality. To a certain extent we create our luck with our ability to take a gamble, to have faith, to trust that it’s going to work out and to lay cynicism aside but also to ACT on a conviction. Throwing yourself into the unfamiliar while staying motivated even when you don’t know how things are going to turn out can be very very scary for some but it’s something Sagittarius usually excel at.

This year however, Sagittarius season is coloured by the Nodes of the Moon currently transiting in Gemini and Sagittarius, which basically means the eclipses will be occurring on this axis until December 2021. The North Node/Rahu or the Head of the Dragon is transiting in Gemini while the South Node/Ketu or the Tail of the Dragon is transiting in Sagittarius. The South Node is bringing its smoky influence to the archer and confusing its aims. Where do we shoot our arrows if the horizon is unclear? Where does luck resides while we cross this collective threshold into the Air period?

The Lunar Eclipse in Gemini on November 30th will most likely bring a lot of information noise. The overdose of anxiety-inducing news and data could be a very real thing as we spin on the Wheel of Fortune. The over-saturation of details, facts, and figures could render decision making difficult. The second eclipse coming will be a total Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius on December 14th, and could challenge beliefs and what we assumed to be true in our personalized echo chambers.

MARS RETROGRADE IN ARIES September 9 to November 13

Just in case you haven’t heard yet, Mars is stationing retrograde later today at 28 degrees of Aries.

This retrograde is significant if you are born with important placement in the middle to late degrees of the Cardinal signs (Aries-Libra-Cancer-Capricorn) but in a mundane sense everyone has to contend with Mars retrograde in the next few months.

Whatever themes Mars retrograde finds you wrestling with all the pieces are already in place so you don’t have to look outside of your current circumstances to figure out how Mars retrograde is going to show up for you. You may however have to contend with circumstances that are outside your control.

One way to move forward now is to get acquainted with your natal Mars. What is your relation to power, your own but also the power that others have over you? How do you express your anger, your heat, your desires for independence, your passions, your physicality, your strength, your libido? Do you have the proper channels, do you have the right tools for the job? How does self-assertion and free-will look for you? Do you feel like you have the power to act in your life?

Mars is at home in Aries meaning it can express its nature fully. However, Mars has been squaring Saturn in Capricorn and will continue to square Saturn while retrograde. Saturn in Capricorn is acting as the gatekeeper throwing major obstacles in our paths, and our ability to move freely in the world. But Saturn is also limiting premature actions. Mars stationing retrograde means it’s time to strategize, adjust our stance, rethink our trajectories/goals, manage our powers, our drives, our stamina, and our desires intently. This Mars retrograde is completely coloured by Saturn in Capricorn. We may have no choice to play by the rules but patience will be in short supplies.

Look to the house where Aries and Capricorn sit in your chart to gage where the galvanizing powers of Mars are being limited by the time tested shackles of Saturn.

This is by no mean a time of passivity. Observe what is occurring around you. Pay attention to your inner and outer life. How much agency do you have? Stay alert. Sharpen your tools. Direct your attention on the constructive opportunities and ideas that can move you towards your long term goals.

Expired structures are slowly crumbling back into sand.

UPCOMING LECTURE EVENT

Hi folks!

I will be sharing some ideas on dreaming, synastry, and the Moon on Monday August 17th at 1pm EDT via Zoom. These observations came through in the context of the Lunar Zodiac research Chris Reppucci  and I have been doing in the last year. If you are interested in getting more out of your dreams or simply want to know about synastry and why you connect to certain people more than others, you can register for the presentation here: https://www.lunarzodiac.com/events  and you will be sent a link to get in at the time of the lecture.

𓅓 Lecture description:

A presentation on the lunar cycle, dreams, and the encounters we have with others while dreaming.

We will explore some ideas as to why this may be possible via synastry, and the motion of the Moon while contemplating the importance and purpose of reflective engagement with others and our surroundings to trigger synchronicities and meaningful insights. There will be chart examples, simple dream recall techniques, and a practicum section for those of you who would like to engage with this process in the following months.

This lecture is geared towards people who have a good handle of their birth chart, and who can keep track of the lunar cycle. Having a proficiency for dreaming or the desire to integrate your dreaming experience actively via observation, practice, and through creative modalities of your choosing whether artistic, somatic, magical (or other) is helpful but not necessary.

Week of July 6th, 2020

Le baptême de l’air, Félix Labisse

The Eclipse in Capricorn that took place in the early hours Sunday morning serves as backdrop to begin the week. Saturn retrograded out of Aquarius, and back into Capricorn on July 1st just in time to serve as a stoic enforcer for the last eclipse occurring in Capricorn until 2027.

We saw a preview of things to come with the Nodes entering the Sagittarius-Gemini axis, and Saturn’s short stint into Aquarius since mid-March. For the rest of the year however, Saturn in Capricorn calls our attention back on the current structures on which our life resides… barely. Have we learned our lessons? And what about the recent epiphanies birthed out of our limitations, and the hard polishing of Saturn? At this point we hold hands with the past reluctantly backtracking as we guide ancient relics to the grave before the next chapter can officially begin. The process seems never ending.

Félix Labisse

 

July’s infamous aspect: Mercury retrograde in Cancer squaring Mars in Aries is exact on Wednesday July 8th, and occurs again at the end of the month on July 27th once Mercury is direct. Mercury square Mars saturates the month and it really begins to amp up this week. Mercury is pretty moody in the sign of Cancer and the fact that Mercury is retrograde doesn’t help. Mercury ruling over communication is currently colouring our exchange with a good dose of sentimentality. Mercury in Cancer coming into a square with Mars in Aries will add a lot of combative righteousness to the already strained conversations occurring on social media platforms and in the world at large. 

The pent up energy of the last four months doesn’t have a lot of place to go at the moment as we try to adjust our stance to the overly restrictive and dehumanizing social protocols being put in place. Of course everyone has their own opinions on what the proper protocols should be, what the real situations are, and there is already a lot of bullying, finger pointing, and ostracisation taking place because everyone has figured it out with their own information sources (please see my Venus square Neptune post). This will continue to increase as Mercury square Mars reflects the shouting, impatience, anger, resentment, and debates taking place. Being overly emotional and pushy about opinions is just one of the lovely side effects. The best thing to do at this time is to observe, listen, be selective about what you decide to engage with and the information you chose to consume. You can also simply chose to disengage from the constant flow of information/noise stream.

The Moon is in Aquarius until Wednesday, enters Pisces on Wednesday for the rest of the week, and will be in Aries all weekend.

Chiron in Aries stations retrograde on Saturday July 11th with the Moon and Mars conjunct in Aries. Chiron stationing retrograde leads to the last quarter Moon in Aries, and Mercury stationing direct on Sunday July 12th.

The weekend promises to deliver the raw and real. You can look at where Aries sits in your chart to know where ”the fire that is likely to burn you if you do not properly manage it” is likely to arise down the road. Mercury stationing direct and the Sun in Cancer are your buckets of water. The last quarter Moon in Aries (when the Moon squares the Sun in Cancer) is all about the proper management of your resources. You want the heat, the passion, and the drive of that Fire/Mars in Aries but you also want the thirst-quenching and nurturing qualities of Water/Cancer. In the next several months you will likely have to revisit many, many times the topics of the house where Aries sits in your chart. Being proactive with the sparks arising from bad wiring now will save you a lot of troubles down the road.

Félix Labisse

 

“Don’t dismiss the elements. Water soothes and heals. Air refreshes and revives. Earth grounds and holds. Fire is a burning reminder of our own will and creative power. Swallow their spells. There’s a certain sweet comfort in knowing that you belong to them all.”
― Victoria Erickson

 

 

 

 

Morning Star


Venus started appearing as a morning star in the East on June 19th, and stationed direct early Thursday morning which will help all things that falls under her rulership. (Love, beauty, romance, art, aesthetics, money, relationships) More especially after July 29th once Venus moves beyond her shadow phase and out of the square with Neptune in Pisces which also occurred in early May.

Venus now as a morning star is also known as #phosphorus or #luciferwhich means light-bearer. Some Astrologers say that morning star Venus is more impulsive, warrior-like, and tend to act first and think later. Venus will rise as a morning star until early 2021

For the entire month of July, Venus will retrace her step leading to another square with Neptune in Pisces which initiated her retrograde at the beginning of May. Neptune offers idealization and poetic longing while bypassing or totally ignoring the harsher details. Romantic idealization could lead to disillusionment or disappointment later down the road once Neptune’s veils are lifted off. This could be felt most strongly again at the end of July when the square between Venus and Neptune is exact. On a mundane level the information we get from the media will continue to be confusing and contradictory af.

On a personal level, relationships matters could still feel in flux. Venus in Gemini entertains passions by remaining in a state of possibilities. It is the expression of ambiguity that gives Venus in Gemini her charms.

The month of July continues to offer much in regards to connecting ideas via communication, technologies and networking. The ability to entertain multiple options, and contradictions can lead to unique creative perspectives.

If you’ve acted hastily in the last month especially in your relationships, in artistic, or aesthetic matters, you might find yourself changing your mind again moving back and forth between yes and no or both simultaneously.

WEEK OF JUNE 15th


The Moon is in Taurus ruled by Venus retrograde in Gemini. Conversations and exchange of information continues to be a major way to realign values, what we attribute worth to, and to basically put our money where our mouth is. Obviously this is a process that won’t happen over night but things are in motion.

Mercury stations retrograde in Cancer Thursday the 18th until July 12th (more on this later), and the Moon enters Gemini a few hours later; We will start to feel a shift from thinking/debating/conversing/conceptualizing to: feeling/creating/connecting in a way that feels closer to our heart. Mercury retrograde in Cancer will highlight basic needs and what that means.

Summer Solstice arrives on June 20th when the Sun enters the sign of Cancer at 17:44 EDT. A few hours later a Solar Eclipse occurs ushering us into Cancer season with a bang. Things continue to be in a state of flux but we are starting to be seasoned navigators on this sea change. This will be the last eclipse in the sign of Cancer in a series that began in July 2018. Look at where Cancer sit in your chart to understand the progress and changes that are now being integrated.

Cancer season underlines emotional safety, connectivity, protection, and support that can be found by creating networks that feels nurturing/sustaining. The deep cracks in broken systems that creates vulnerabilities will continue to be a major concern. How can we take care of each other but also create environments that are conducive to sustainable growth.

As we move into Cancer season we could also be confronted to what feels familiar and who we rely on for feelings of safety. We have to remember that the ones who look after us do not always have our best interest in mind. Sometimes we have to let go of the idea that we are being taken care of, and learn to take care of ourselves. We cannot hide behind our mother’s skirt, and expect the freedom to come and go as we please simultaneously.

Have a nice week, and happy Summer Solstice!

Painting: Bull – The 3rd Lunar Mansion