Saturday, 21 January 2012

And now for Something Completely Different,

 Yesterday the  Sun  moved from serious Capricorn  into freedom loving Aquarius and will be joined there early on Monday by a New Moon. When the Moon and Sun meet up in the ‘Conjunctio’  (joining of masculine and feminine energies)  a seed energy is created that will manifest in the coming month.

At a New Moon we plant this seed of our intention and see how it grows as the Moon moves through its waxing and waning cycle. Each cycle peaks at the Full Moon, and then gradually dissipates, to begin anew in the next sign… representing the next stage of development.

And so it goes, around the circle, through the seasons; the ebb and flow of the rhythm of life.

This seedtime is in Aquarius, which is all about freedom and about belonging. Where can we bring new energy to create more freedom and fairness for both ourselves and others?

In the last post I wrote that the Full Moon on the Capricorn/Cancer axis was challenging us to find a balance between our need to nurture ourselves vs our responsibility to others.

The New Moon in Aquarius brings up our relationship to the group, while also triggering our need to define our individuality.

Our relationships have undergone much testing in the past year, as Saturn, planet of boundaries and responsibilities, moved through Libra (relationships), opposed by rebellious and independent Uranus.

Saturn is now sitting in a critical degree at the end of Libra, in a tense square to this Moon, while Jupiter opposite creates a push-me, pull-you energy. Any unresolved issues from the Saturn transit will be now up for final resolution. Who am I responsible to?... What is my intention in relation to the group? … to others?

Do I fit in or do I stand alone? Do I follow the crowd or find my own unique voice?

Both Uranus, the planet of radical innovation and rebellion, and the New Moon in Aquarius, (ruled by Uranus), insist on a new way of co-operating with others that steps away from co dependency and/or adversarial stances. We need a new vision for interrelationships and for our world.

And that world of course, begins with each individual.

Aquarius honours the uniqueness of the individual while working with the power of the collective, so part of this influence is going to focus us on how to learn to balance our own needs with the needs of the group.

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." (Friedrich Nietzsche)

Eric Francis wrote recently in terms of ‘how we resolve this need for balance between self and other’ … between “radical self-sufficiency and healthy inter-dependency.”

"To be needy or clingy allows people we care about no room to breathe; yet if too independent we push others out of our life."

And on a larger scale, we all need to work together to find new ways of visioning our world, and new ways of relating to each other as we deal with the chaos of things breaking down.

Uranus in Aries can  bring innovative thinking and fresh perspectives adding  flashes of brilliance and insight. (Have you seen the story about how they are using recycled plastic bottles to light up slum dwellings at low cost  in India?

So....  be prepared for the unexpected, and set your intention around finding new ways and new solutions that serve not only your own individual vision but also a vision that serves the greater good.

p.s. The New Moon is in my 3rd house of thinking and communicating.  I welcome the infusion of fresh mental energy and flashes of brilliance that are on their way  : ) In the meantime please make allowances …

Wednesday, 18 January 2012


Going Dark in Protest of SOPA and PIPA

Dear Friend and Reader:

Aurumastrology has gone offline from noon (ish)  to midnight EST today, Weds. Jan. 18. We are joining our fellow websites who are protesting proposed federal legislation that would turn the American Internet into something considered normal in China.

Two bills currently pending in the U.S. Congress -- the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its companion bill, the Protect IP Act (PIPA) -- propose new powers for the government and also for private companies to essentially create blacklists of sites that allegedly are engaging in some form of online infringement.

Government and media corporations could then force service providers to block access to those sites. This opens the door for the government and corporations to easily and conveniently censor the Internet, without due process.

Please go to for more info and to add your voice to the protest.

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Full Moon in Cancer on Monday

Today's sky was full of  many positive aspects, giving us a break from a rather relentless planetary environment.

And the Sun is finally far enough away from Pluto to allow a sigh of relief. Is it just me or has the last week or so been bloody INTENSE!!?   

So much for the Solstice/Christmas break... we are now back full swing into the powerful planetary dynamics that are shaking up our world both inside and out.

On Monday the Moon is Full in its own Sign of Cancer, stirring up our emotions and highlighting our dreams. A Full Moon heightens feelings as it sits radiant and glowing in opposition to the Sun.

The Sun is in Capricorn,  archetypal Father of the zodiac, and the Cancer Moon is the Mother. They signify a tricky balancing of our need to take responsibility for ourselves with a need to nurture and be nurtured.

These sorts of issues often arise in relationships, as Full Moons activate polarities between people. Mercury's current stressful links to Mars, Uranus and Pluto could make communication a bit edgy right now ... be careful of sudden outbursts, power plays and combative stances.

Try to stay cool and go slow. Use a caring Cancerian touch to sooth those hard edges, and  Capricorn strength to maintain your dignity and maturity.

Communication (and balance)  is key.

There's a tendency toward pettiness and nit picking right now.  Diplomacy and negotiation go a long way toward finding middle ground.  A Sagittarian influence in our speaking and thinking will help us see the bigger picture, and bring us to even higher ground.

The tides are high inside of us and we need to navigate carefully.

In Astrology, the Sun rules logic and the conscious ego self, while the Moon relates to intuition and soul consciousness. We all live in and move through both day and night. Each has its gift; each has its pitfalls.

As we travel through the day we have an opportunity to manifest something outwardly that is an expression of our inner being. In the nighttime journey, the inner world takes precedence as the soul moves into the deeper realms. 

In our materialistic, outward focused culture, we often ignore or forget the pull of the inner voice of the soul. Our outward persona or ego often takes precedence over our inner self.

This Moon can help us focus on our intuitive nature and get in touch with our deeper feelings. The trick is to do it consciously rather than be triggered unconsciously... which is when emotions can become overwhelming and destructive.

At Full Moons, drumming, dancing or singing/chanting have been in use all over the world since time began to tap into the powerful Full Moon energy. Sacred ritual can carry us into trance states not normally accessible to our logical mind ... healing our hearts and refreshing our psyches.  

Let the rhythm of the Moon carry you away.

Or, if you prefer quiet contemplation, let the light of the Full Moon guide you inward on an intuitive journey.

May the long time Sun/Moon shine upon you
all love surround you
and the pure light within you
guide your way home....

             'GoldMoon Landscape'       copyright Aurumastrology