Posts Tagged 'moon'

Goodbye Paul

After spending the weekend in my own little bubble, sans news from outside, I woke up this morning to find that Paul Newman is no longer in this world.

Now that I’ve started to write this post, I realise I have no words… thankfully I can refer you to Genevieve Salerno & Eric Francis’s post instead. After an examination of several key factors in his chart (including his Aquarian Sun, Pisces Moon and Capricorn ascendant), they conclude thusly:

“Of course, none of this explains a life as authentic and as meaningful as Newman’s. Many factors contributed to who he was, just as much as he contributed to the world. If you want to thank astrology, you have to first remember that he is someone who chose to live out his chart, and to take his quest for his own identity — and his reality — as if it were something worth bothering with. We can learn from that as much as we can learn from his philanthropy.”

Photo courtesy of 365bunnies


Winding down

The moon is waning and we are winding down with it. Until late (late) Friday it’s waning in Leo; by the time we wake up on Saturday it will have moved into Virgo.

As usual, this is a good time to declutter and complete projects in time for the next lunar cycle. The Virgo influence makes the process easier and more effective (perhaps even oddly enjoyable). Don’t knock yourself out though – physical preparations are important but we also need to rest up and gather our thoughts.

Personally, it’s been a rough week. If you’re feeling knocked around too, take heart – the weekend is the perfect time to withdraw into your own space, lick your wounds, and prepare for a brand new tomorrow.

Monday’s new moon is in Libra (the sun having moved into Libra earlier this week). For those out there who are Libran suns, Monday is your power day. Enjoy.

Photo by James Jordan

Aquarian moon days

The waxing moon is in airy Aquarius until early (very early) Sunday morning.


This is not a touchy-feely moon. ‘We’re thinking more than feeling now, ‘ says Linda Rose, ‘And the tone is pleasantly detached.’

Personally, I’m very pleased. After all this big-planet ‘who am I’ stuff that’s been going on, I for one could do with a little detachment. A little distance. Some time out, basically, from the endless emotional ‘gnaahhhh’! I hope this moon delivers…

I have another reason for being pleased: my own natal moon is in Aquarius, so this is my ‘moon return’. Roughly every month the moon returns to the sign that it was in when we were born. The moon speaks to us of our emotional needs, so when the moon is in our natal moon sign we’re likely ‘in tune’ with the feel of the day. It comes naturally to us.

So what’s a Moon in Aquarius person like? ‘Individualistic, eccentric, unpredictable, and (I say this affectionately and admiringly) part alien, moon in Aquarius people are…different’, says Linda Rose. I have a couple of Aquarian Moon friends (one of them is my Aquarian Moon husband) and this definitely rings true. I’d go almost as far as to say that individuality is a point of pride.

At the same time, Aquarian moons have a deep interest in the collective – their intellectual concern for Humanity, Our Planet, and The World is experienced on a very personal, internal level. Aquarian moons strive to live by their ideals. ‘Be the change you want to see in the world’ is the ultimate Aquarian Moon motto. For me, living this way equates to emotional nourishment.

In truth, I haven’t paid much attention to my ‘Moon return’ before – so I’m taking these few Aquarian moon days as a little experiment…

Photo courtesy of Matteo ‘Peach’ Pescarin

Moon void of course in Capricorn

The moon is void of course the whole day today, before moving into Aquarius just after 5 this evening.

Which means I shouldn’t even be writing this! It’s best to not to do anything you want to ‘take’ during the VOC moon – signing contracts, big purchases… posting to the web… It is a good time to space out. You may find yourself puttering away aimlessly rather than GTD. It’s hard to focus. During my 9-5 drone life, I have a staff meeting today (groan), and a copyright training session. All very dry and responsible-like. It could be tough going.

Have you been doubting yourself lately? The VOC moon might be just the space-out you need, prior to the airy, detached Aquarian moon this evening (which – after the week we’ve had – I, for one, am pinning more than one hope on. More on that later).

Full moon in Capricorn

The moon entered the sign of Capricorn yesterday, as we approach the Cappy Full Moon on Friday (exact at 6:00pm). 

We often associate this, the last of the earth signs, with ambition, materialism and a hunger for power.  Not to mention a certain stiff-necked up-tight-ness.  This however is Capricorn’s shadow; his endpoint, Steven Forrest explains, is integrity and solitude.  Other Capricorn positives include practicality and dedication. 

In the leadup to this Full Moon, take a leaf from Good Cap’s book.  Treat people fairly.  Do something useful.  Be dignified. 

And if you can’t get down to earth figuratively, why not do it literally?  We’re talking about the Sea-Goat here – so a walk on the beach, toes in sand, would be perfect if you can manage it.  Failing that, grounding yourself out in nature – in any way you can – will go a long way this Capricorn Full Moon.

Today’s lesson

I was lucky to join a fabulous group of women at a recent Moon Circle, guided with great compassion and skill by my astrology teacher Babula.

Through the lens of my Aquarian Moon, I saw myself and my patterns of behaviour in a whole new light. It was amazing. What’s more, I felt a strong sense that this is what astrology is all about. The chart as tool for self-understanding. A way to, if you will, think outside the box. To break free, if only for a moment, from ingrained patterns of thought.

My natal chart (the map of the sky as seen from the Earth at the moment of my birth) shows my Moon in Aquarius. The Moon rules watery Cancer and is tactile, associated with the mother, intimacy, the inner child. By looking to the sign in which the Moon was located at our time of birth, we can start to understand our inner life and emotional needs.

What, then, are the emotional needs of Aquarius, a fixed air sign ruled by renegade Uranus? Aquarius typically functions ‘in the mind’ and can be detached, intellectual – even emotionally cold. ‘Aquarius finds his reality in his ideals’ says Liz Greene. Aquarians are often frightened by their feelings because emotions cannot be intellectually understood or reasoned away. However much you try.
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Piscean moon

The moon is in Pisces until lunchtime Thursday EST. This adds extra H2O to an already watery sun-in-Cancer landscape.

To tell the truth, I’m finding it difficult to theorise on this Pisces moon. I spent most of my life thinking of myself as ‘a Piscean’ – and wondering, for example, why I wasn’t as endlessly compassionate or considerate as I was supposed to be! Having my birthchart done was a revelation. I’m now so busy revelling in my Aquarius moon and Gemini ascendant that I have retreated, somewhat, from my Pisces sun.

After all, Pisces can be difficult. ‘Life under the sea is very different from life on land,’ says Liz Greene. ‘The fishes live in a world where there are many secret and hidden things, mysteries and strange beauties.’ The heightened sensitivity and intuition commonly associated with this sign can be draining. The shadow side of Pisces is escapism – daydreaming, tv-watching, drink and drugs – and even, I saw somewhere recently, reading too much (note to self!).

So what can we expect from this Pisces moon? The wateriness is offset by some good old-fashioned Sun-Saturn contact (Sun in Cancer sextile Saturn in Virgo) today – enabling us to ‘bring efficiency, organization and productivity into our daily activities’ (Saturn) without sacrificing caring interaction with the people around us. Let me know how that works out for you!