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The Astrology of March 2021: Creative Flow

The Astrology of March 2021

The Astrology of March 2021 drops us into Pisces season, with a dreamy New Moon in artistic Pisces happening on March 13. We can expect an increased focus on emotional and psychic awareness, creativity, and heart-centered connection this month. The heavily Aquarian-influenced period that we’re moving out of was a lot more cerebral in nature.

The change from Air element to Water element can be intense, especially as our heightened sensitivity develops. After not being in our feelings so much, we can to start to feel all the things, including the emotional backdrop to our thoughts and beliefs that we’ve been examining throughout Mercury Retrograde.

Mercury is still clearing the shadow of his Retrograde as we come off of the last New Moon in Aquarius / Full Moon in Virgo cycle. Hermes fully clears the shadow and finishes this journey on the day before the New Moon in Pisces, setting us decidedly in new territory.

Mars in Gemini (March 3 – April 23)

Active Mars enters swift-footed Gemini at the top of the month on March 3rd. This inspires us to get busy even while we’re urged to dissolve and hang loose with the overflowing Piscean energy. The combination is very favorable for creative pursuits and going with the flow. It’s best to stay flexible with the excess of Mutable energy coming in this month.

Even though we’re feeling the Watery vibes, Mars (the actions that we take) will be clear, quick, and unmuddled in flighty Gemini. He can help us get through the giant to-do list that has been building up since the start of the year. We receive a welcome speed boost, and Mars in Gemini is anxious to get going after so long in slow-moving Taurus. He can also be easily distracted and take a lot of divergent segways, however.

Multi-tasking is favored and we’ll feel inspired by our curiosity as we chase new leads. Writing and debating may take on greater appeal or be easier to attend to under the influence of this energy. We’re more restless, impulsive and agile on our feet.

Mars trines Saturn on the 21st, which is the date of the First Quarter Moon in Cancer. This helps us direct our excited energy into more disciplined pursuits. Mars and Saturn in harmony is fantastic for business, school work, and any practices that you’re committed to and passionate about. Saturn can give some much-needed structure to chaotic Mars in Gemini, channeling and containing his energy.

A conjunction of Mars to the North Node on March 26 helps us tackle Mars-related issues in our lives. Expression of Mars energy can be passionate, heated, aggressive, sexual, or willful. The North Node is where we tend to grow and evolve toward over time, learning to handle Mars. This energy can lend power to learning Mars ways of being independent, assertive, and confident.

Mercury in Pisces (March 15 – April 3)

Mercury wanders into imaginative Pisces on March 15, coloring our communications and travels with a mystical tint. Intuition is strengthened and emotional awareness grows. Understanding happens on a deeper, subsurface level as we grapple with our feelings and become more sensitized to the dreamscape.

A stimulating sextile to Uranus on the 21st occurs during the First Quarter Moon in Cancer. This is great energy for developing those creative ideas planted on the New Moon.

Mercury will enter into a tense relationship with Mars, forming an exact square on March 23. Conflict and misunderstandings can come about as we rush about our business, unconscious of our thoughts and words as they spill out unfiltered.

A square to the North Node on the 24th serves as a reminder of Eclipse Season starting in the not-too-distant future. This year we’ll see Eclipses in Sagittarius and Gemini in May-June and November-December.

Sun in Aries (March 20 – April 19)

Spring Equinox occurs on March 20 this year with the Sun’s annual entrance into Aries. This moment sets the tone for the wheel of the year which begins at Ostara. We can look at the Aries ingress chart for a look at the energy of the year ahead.

Astrology of March 2021: The Aries Ingress Chart

Venus in Aries (March 21 – April 14)

Venus in Aries is all about the self-love. She is in her detriment in Aries, not as comfortable with ideas of separation and independence as Mars (the ruler of Aries) is. Although she does have some dignity here during her time in the third decan of Aries, from April 6 through 14. During this time we can experience great passion as Venus gives into the urgency of the waning Fire element and looks forward to her time in Taurus.

The Spring Equinox on March 20 is closely followed by Venus Cazimi, the Superior Conjunction of Venus in Aries. Although Venus is happily exalted while in Pisces, she spends her time here so close to the Sun that she loses some of her power and effectiveness.

Venus is combust until May when she will emerge as the Evening Star (visible in the night sky). Until then, her conjunction to the Sun on March 26 is an exception to her blight of invisibility; during the conjunction she gains strength, as she’s sitting in the lap of the King and has his ear.

The Empress of love and attachment will sextile Saturn and the North Node at the end of the month. This opens doorways to commitment and working on relationship issues.

Following Luna

Last Quarter Moon in Sagittarius (March 5)

The Last Quarter Moon in Sagittarius encourages us to work on understanding our changing beliefs and worldview now. Beneficial sextiles to Saturn, Jupiter, and Mercury in Aquarius allow us to come full circle with our Aquarian New Moon journey this past month. It’s a great time to check in with what we’ve been discovering about our role in community and other Aquarian themes at work in our lives.

The Quarter Moon squares Venus and opposes the North Node, asking us to stay flexible as we adjust to the changing atmosphere. The Sun squares the Nodes as well, serving us with a preview of the Mutable energy we have to explore with upcoming Eclipses in Gemini and Sagittarius this year (in May-June and November-December).

Moon in Sagittarius

The Moon in Sagittarius

  • restless energy
  • instinctual flowing movement
  • enthusiasm
  • existential curiosity
  • exploration of spirituality & philosophy
  • need to know or understand
  • yearning for something that you aspire to

New Moon in Pisces (March 13)

The New Moon is co-present with true believers in beauty, Venus and Neptune, on the day of their union.

The New Moon in Pisces comes in the wee hours of the morning. A sextile to Pluto assists us in releasing and letting go, while the Venus-Neptune conjunction dissolves boundaries and invites beauty and fantasy into not just our day but the entire month ahead.

The seeds planted on this New Moon will come to fruition during the Full Moon in Pisces on September 20.

Astrology of March 2021: New Moon in Pisces

The Moon in Pisces

  • creative
  • artistic
  • intuitive & empathic
  • compassionate
  • romantic & sentimental
  • emotionally sensitive
  • changeable moods
  • desire to merge & dissolve boundaries
  • inspiration
  • connection to other worlds

First Quarter Moon in Cancer (March 21)

With an inspirational Mercury-Uranus sextile happening on the date of the Quarter Moon, New Moon journeys can be brought to an exciting head today. Throw in a well-disciplined Mars trine to Saturn and we can have a very productive day, indeed. Check in today with where you’re taking your creativity. This is a wonderful day to brainstorm and strategize.

Moon in Cancer

The Moon in Cancer

  • motivated by gut feelings and intuition
  • attending to matters of the home and family
  • nurturing self and other
  • finding space to recharge
  • intimacy and vulnerability
  • bonding
  • creative imagination

Full Moon in Libra (March 28)

A Full Moon in Libra on March 28 brings us back to the Airy element. There will continue to be a strong focus on relationships and bringing people together; first through feeling our way through, then bringing the conversation and debate back to the table.

This Full Moon is the culmination of the New Moon in Libra on October 16, 2020.

Moon in Libra

The Moon in Libra

  • good for artistic endeavors
  • entertaining
  • harmonizing
  • being in relationship
  • enjoying company
  • finding balance
  • restoring fairness
  • collaborating with a friend
  • finding pleasure in beauty & culture
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Full Moon in Virgo: The 8 of Pentacles [February 2021]

Full Moon in Virgo Decan 1: the 8 of Pentacles

Full Moon in Virgo 2021

This month’s Full Moon is on Saturday, February 27 at 12:17am Pacific Time. The Full Moon in Virgo is at 8° 57′ with Venus and Neptune sharing a presence with the Sun in Pisces.

The Full Moon is a time of culmination, fulfillment, and spiritual realization. The subconscious and psychic Moon is in a state of maximum illumination. At this stage in her process, she brings our daily affairs to a head and demonstrates that certain themes and patterns are at work behind our experiences.

Questions to ask on the Full Moon:

  • What has happened in my life in the last two weeks?
  • How have I seen the seeds of the last New Moon taking root?
  • What was happening during the last New Moon in Virgo and how is that coming to fruition now?

What was Started in September 2020?

This Full Moon in Virgo is part of a larger cycle that began with the last New Moon in Virgo. The date of this New Moon was September 17, 2020. Looking back at your calendar, journal, or emails, what was going on for you around this time? How are these issues shaping up now? To hone in on the particulars, look to the house where Virgo falls in your chart. Also consider the planets in your chart that tie in to the current cycle.

The New Moon in September was at 25° 00′ Virgo, forming an exact trine to hard-working Saturn in Capricorn.

An Exalted Venus in Pisces Hides Behind the Sun

Venus, the planet of love and attachments, entered emotionally aware Pisces on Thursday, February 25. Venus is Exalted in compassionate Pisces, meaning that she gains strength and dignity here. In soulful Pisces, she shows some of her best traits. Romantic, artistic, empathic, and selfless, she facilitates bonding and dissolving boundaries.

However, she hides under the beams of the Sun the entire time that she’s here. The radiant Sun outshines her until Venus emerges as the Evening Star in May. Venus Cazimi, her conjunction to the Sun, happens in late March after the Spring Equinox, when Venus and the Sun are in Aries. Although benefic Venus is in her Detriment in Aries, she acts in service to the Exalted Solar God during their special counsel on March 26.

The End of Mercury Retrograde

The Full Moon in Virgo is ruled by the messenger of the Gods, Mercury. We’re in a period of resolution until Mercury clears his Shadow on March 12, the day before the New Moon in Pisces. This means that the next two weeks, from the Full Moon to the New Moon, will focus on resolving issues and thought processes initiated around mid-January. It’s time to fully integrate the lessons of this Mercury Retrograde period!

The Full Moon can move these ideas and themes more to the front of our awareness. Look to events that center around the Full Moon for a clue about the significance of the entire Retrograde journey. Virgo energy seeks to organize the data and information that we’ve acquired along the way. Integrating past, present, and future as Mercury slowly picks up the pace will allow us to make the most of this powerfully Aquarian Retrograde journey.

The First Decan of Virgo: The 8 of Pentacles

The Moon is Full in the first decan of Virgo, which corresponds to the 8 of Pentacles card in the Minor Arcana of the Tarot. This part of Virgo is ruled by the Sun and Mercury. This is the Lord of Prudence, signifying diligence. Under this decan, we patiently wait for the fruit to ripen on the bough of the tree, tending to our studies and practices. This is not about seeing the end results, but enjoying the process. It’s a time to integrate important lessons by Doing and being present physically in the moment.

The 8 of Pentacles in the mini Centennial version of the RWS Tarot

Numerology: The Number Eight

Numerologically, the month of March 2021 is ruled by the number Eight. The number Eight is associated with power, organization, and material savvy. Success goes beyond the tangible products or Pentacles hanging above our work benches, however. There’s a spiritual element as well, which is represented by the mindfulness and attention given to the task by the skilled artisan in the card.

The number Eight nicely matches the energy of methodical Virgo. Be “in the zone” with your work. It may be unfinished or taking longer than expected, but try not to sweat a timeline as much (that’s what I’m telling myself with this late blog post, ha-ha). What matters now is that you do the work: commit to the process for the sake of the process, not the end-product. Each Pentacle that you craft will be more efficient and more accurate than the last.

The Eights in the Minor Arcana of the Tarot (8 of Wands, 8 of Cups, 8 of Swords, & 8 of Pentacles)

In the overall story told from Ace to 10 of each suit, the Eights are concerned with making a decision and taking action. This is a turning point — the beginning of the final home stretch. We have to know by this point where it’s all going. It’s time to commit to the pure energy of the suit. Wands: Act fast. Cups: Follow your heart. Swords: Learn all the things. Pentacles: Do the work.

In the 8 of Wands, Lord of Swiftness, taking action is inevitable as events take on their own momentum; messages are coming in and you have to think quickly and stay on your toes. The 8 of Cups shows us deciding to walk away from situations that have become emotionally stagnant or draining, taking a spiritual pilgrimage away from the drama. When it comes to the Air element and the suit of Swords, however, we face indecision and inaction: too many possibilities cloud the mind and we have to struggle with contradictions.

The 8 of Pentacles simply presents a pupil who has chosen to dedicate himself to the task. As we round out the last two weeks of this Moon and the Mercury Retrograde shadow zone, find practical ways to apply what you’ve learned. As the pendulum swings to bring us more and more free-flowing Pisces energy in the next month, forget about perfect. We’re all in a process of becoming.

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New Moon in Aquarius 2021: The 7 of Swords

New Moon in Aquarius

New Moon in Aquarius 2021

This month’s New Moon occurs at 23° 16′ Aquarius on Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 11:06am PT.

The New Moon is a time to bring your energy back inward, grounding and centering in the moment. From here we can focus and prepare for new growth. During the Dark of the Moon, we have a natural inclination to contemplate what we’re leaving behind us and what we’re aspiring to in the future.

Questions to ask on the New Moon:

  • What will come to light during this Moon cycle?
    • Divination to foresee & make plans
  • What are the themes of this cycle in my life?
    • Which Whole Sign House does this Moon happen in for me?
  • What do I want to build?
  • What have I learned from what has passed?
    • The previous Moon cycle began with the New Moon in Capricorn on January 12, 2021. First Quarter Moon in Taurus on January 20. Full Moon in Leo on January 28. Last Quarter in Scorpio on February 4.

Planting Seeds to Harvest in Late July

This New Moon in Aquarius, like every New Moon, is tied into a longer cycle, too. It will reach fulfillment on some level during the next Full Moon in Aquarius, which will happen on July 23, 2021.

Think about what House Aquarius rules in your chart. What are the themes of this House? Then consider where you want to be concerning these areas of your life by the end of July. This can help you start to think about logistics, especially since this Moon is all about scheming and laying out your agenda.

The Venus-Jupiter Conjunction

The New Moon occurs just four hours after a favorable Venus-Jupiter conjunction. This can give the New Moon a positive boost and start us off with a bit of luck.

One thing to consider, though, is that Venus & Jupiter are hidden now under the beams of the Sun (within 8-17°). This makes their effects more indirect and subliminal than they might otherwise be.

The last Venus-Jupiter conjunction was in Sagittarius on November 24, 2019 and the next one will be conjunct Neptune in Pisces on April 30, 2022.

The Aquarius Stellium

The Sun & Moon renew themselves together with Mercury Retrograde, Venus, Jupiter, & Saturn in Aquarius. This conglomeration of energies in Aquarius puts a definitive focus on this area of our charts and on the themes of the sign Aquarius.

Disciplined Saturn as the ruler of Aquarius plays host to all of these planets. As he’s in his own sign, operating as if in his own home, he has what we call essential dignity. This strengthens Saturn. We can lean on the positive Saturn traits of being responsible, diligent, and capable.

While Saturn in Capricorn deals with systems and structures, Saturn in Aquarius goes beyond the known to bring something of value back to the collective. This is the strength of Saturn to be a lone operator when needed, to stand apart from the crowd in order to respect his own truth and code of honor.

We discussed the decans of Aquarius briefly in the February monthly forecast, where I talked about the stellium of planets passing through this sign as well as Mercury Retrograde. But I’d like to go a little bit more in depth here specifically about the third decan of Aquarius to help us work with the energy of this New Moon.

3rd Decan of Aquarius: The 7 of Swords

The New Moon is in the third decan of Aquarius at 23° 16′. This decan is ruled by the Moon & Venus.

In the Minor Arcana of the Tarot, the third face of Aquarius is represented by the 7 of Swords. The esoteric name for this card is the Lord of Futility or Unstable Effort. Let’s dig in to the meaning of this card and the third section of Aquarius.

Numerology: the Number Seven

Numerologically, the month of February is ruled by the number Seven. Seven implies a solitary path, sagacity, and self understanding. Seven as an energy is analytical, studious, and observant. This can be a month of many insights and revelations, especially with Mercury Retrograde in the mix. It’s best to quietly observe and think strategically rather than take direct action right now.

The Sevens in the Minor Arcana of the Tarot (7 of Wands, 7 of Cups, 7 of Swords, & 7 of Pentacles)

In the overall story told from the Ace through the 10 of each suit, the 7 represents a stage of risk-taking, decision-making, & problem-solving. Usually there are a lot of options or possibilities involved when you draw the 7. It’s a fork in the road. We might have to take a chance or try something new, perhaps something outside of our comfort zone.

Just like the number 7 in numerology, the number 7 in the Tarot is about looking within. It’s an energy well-suited to the New Moon because it’s all about withdrawal and reflection. Understanding the way forward is a process. It will take patient observation for us to find our truth.

The Suit of Swords / Air Element

The suit of Swords represents the Air element in the Tarot: intelligence, thought, ideas, beliefs, & communication. It’s important to remember here that Swords correspond to the mind. This is the realm of mental activity, not direct action. We’re called on to strategize but keep our agenda to ourselves. Now is the time to plan ahead, juggle ideas, and consider the facts.

The Seven of Swords

A mischievous card, the 7 of Swords means that someone is acting alone and depending on their own cleverness to get by. In a sense the character in the card cannot rely on others. There is resistance implied by the man’s secretive action, appearing to steal away with a majority of Swords belonging to the camp.

The figure in the card is confident in his own ability to think his way out of a jam. This is about using our cunning intellect, planning a strategy and discovering the best tactics to use.

The Swords themselves represent ideas, thoughts, and beliefs. The fact that he has some but not all of the Swords says to us that we don’t have all of the information now. Something remains hidden or unknown, as it often does during the Dark of the Moon.

Lord of Futility & Unstable Effort

There’s a paradox here because Aquarius concerns himself with community, groups, society, the everyman & the collective, but at the same time he holds himself apart from all of that. Carrying so many Swords (thoughts/ideas) alone makes him ungrounded to the point where he can’t physically carry them all.

Futility & Unstable Effort refers to this fact that some but not all of the Swords have been taken. The man is incapable of doing it all by himself. Liber T describes this as an “inclination to lose when on the point of gaining, through not continuing the effort.”

We see this instability come in with the New Moon & Mercury Retrograde currently in a confrontational square with troublesome Mars. We need to do as much as we can mentally but remember to ground ourselves now, too.

We’re wise to keep our heads down and plan our strategy carefully instead of directly confronting any aggravating factors. By acting carefully and skillfully undercover like the figure in the card, we can avoid confrontations now. Focus instead on research and gathering intel.

Now is the time to get clear in your thinking and lay out your strategy for the next six months. Not knowing can always add some anxiety to the mix. Take a good look at the information you do possess. More will come to light after Mercury stations Direct on February 20.

Dates to Remember

First Quarter Moon in Gemini (1°) on Friday, February 19.

Full Moon in Virgo (8°) on Saturday, February 27.

Last Quarter Moon in Sagittarius (15°) on Friday, March 5.

Next New Moon in Pisces (23°) on Saturday, March 13.

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February 2021 Astrology (Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius!)

Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius (January 30 – February 20)

Mercury stations Retrograde in Aquarius (26° 29′) on Saturday, January 30, 2021. February 20 will bring the end of Mercury Retrograde (11° 01′), although the total shadow period is January 14 through March 12.

This Mercury Retrograde period happens about three times a year. Visually in the sky, Mercury appears to move in reverse. He slows down and draws to his closest point to the Earth. As Mercury enters this part of his cycle, it’s as if our minds and daily mundane affairs — which are ruled by Mercury — are operating on a different wavelength.

It is a time when technology, communication, travel, commerce, and other signifiers of Mercury are more open to an element of chaos and quirkiness. Ultimately Mercury Retrograde is an opportunity to slow down, go within, and review our thoughts and the data that we’ve collected on our life paths. It is less of a time for taking direct action and more of a time for reflection, ruminating, and planning.

The Trickster archetype is especially fitting for Mercury Retrograde. We can experience random mixups and technical errors during this time. Not all Retrogrades are created equal, however. A lot will depend on the specifics of what Mercury is up to during the Retrograde phase, and how it all interacts with your own natal chart.

Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius
That one time when Mercury Retrograde squared my Neptune & my baby suddenly went from nursing to tapping into the Matrix on my laptop. Yes, we were watching Sailor Moon.

Mercury Retrograde in Transit

During the Retrograde in Aquarius period, Mercury will form five major aspects, starting with his union with the Sun, a condition known as Mercury Cazimi. The last Mercury Cazimi was during the Winter Solstice. Their conjunction was exact on December 19, 2021 at 28° 42′ Sagittarius. Mercury will be purified again in the heart of the Sun on February 8th, 2021 (5:48am at 20° 01′ Aquarius).

  • Mercury Cazimi in Aquarius on Monday, February 8 (5:48am at 20° 01′ Aquarius). The eye of the storm, where Mercury gains strength. This is a good time to do your important Mercury business and be on the lookout for significant insights.
  • Mercury trine the North Node in Gemini on Tuesday, February 9 (10:11pm at 18° 00’). Subconscious processing of information can lead to unique insights about your life path at this time; good time for journaling & divination to reflect about the past & the way forward.
  • Mercury square Mars in Taurus on Wednesday, February 10 (4:08am at 17° 43’). Watch for conflict & miscommunication, foot-in-mouth syndrome, acting/talking without thinking, disagreements, irritability.
  • Retrograde Mercury conjunct Venus on Friday, February 12 (11:42pm at 14° 42’). A chance to review & take a new approach to relationships and the ways that you relate to the world; take inspiration from mad scientist of love Venus in Aquarius & experiment.
  • Mercury conjunct Jupiter on Sunday, February 14 (1:34pm at 13° 20’). A chance to review where you stand and start fresh in the realm of your personal philosophy, beliefs, & spirituality.

List of Mercury Retrograde Dates in 2021

In 2021, Mercury begins a new cycle of Retrogrades in Air signs. The Air element rules the mental sphere: Intelligence, Memory, Communication, Innovation, Technology, Education, Friendship, Groups, Ideas & Beliefs. Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius will challenge us to review & in some cases reshape our beliefs.

Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius (January – February)

Dates: Saturday, January 30, 7:52am PT – Saturday, February 20, 4:52pm

Degrees: 11° 01′ – 26° 29′ Aquarius

Most Affected Placements: Taurus, Leo, Scorpio & Aquarius

Mercury Retrograde in Gemini (May – June)

Dates: Saturday, May 29, 3:34pm – Tuesday, June 22, 3pm

Degrees: 16° 07′ – 24° 43′ Gemini

Most Affected Placements: Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius & Pisces

Mercury Retrograde in Libra (September – October)

Dates: Sunday, September 26, 10:10pm – Monday, October 18, 8:17am

Degrees: 10° 07′ – 25° 28′ Libra

Most Affected Placements: Aries, Cancer, Libra & Capricorn

Planets in the Signs

The Sun, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, & Saturn in Aquarius

Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius isn’t the only player asking us to dig deep into this part of our charts, imagining what is possible. This month we have a Stellium — a pileup of planets — in the freedom-loving sign of Aquarius. The need to break free and be uniquely ourselves, to live by our code of honor, is strong during this time.

The first face of Aquarius is the Five of Swords, Lord of Defeat, where Venus is currently with Saturn. This Decan has both positive and negative sides to it, being co-ruled by bountiful Venus & restrictive Saturn. The RWS image is in the aftermath of a battle. The victor watches smugly as the losers walk away from him.

Although the figure in the card is “the master in possession of the field” (Waite, Pictorial Key), he is isolated from his peers. Exiled. Smug though he is, holding fast to his own beliefs, this casts him from the crowd. As the Air element seeks to bring people and ideas together, this represents a sort of crisis in the overall story of the suit of Swords. But it’s one which Aquarius is uniquely capable of handling, as a Saturn-ruled Aquarian isn’t afraid to stand apart. He understands fundamentally the strength that diversity brings to a community and has conviction in his own beliefs.

The third face of Aquarius currently hosts Mercury Retrograde, and is represented by the 7 of Swords, Lord of Futility. Ruled by the Moon & Venus. As we come back into communion with the crowd after our exclusion, we take what we can and leave the rest. Some ideas will fall by the wayside, but we have to admit that others are worth keeping, too. There will be a new moon here on February 11.

The Sun and Jupiter are now in the 2nd decan of Aquarius. This section of Aquarius is represented by the 6 of Swords, Lord of Science, ruled by Mercury. This is the in between place where Mercury Retrograde will return to, finding an oasis in the outer limits. There is an alchemical reconciliation between extremes and opposites that can happen here. It happens in the realm of personally held beliefs and ideas about the world. Affected most importantly is our understanding of the physical and spiritual worlds and our place within them.

What ideas and beliefs about the world are on the table for you?

Mars & Uranus in Taurus: Embers of Impending Change

The unruly Mars-Uranus conjunction of January 20 still echoes through February. These two rabble-rousers remain in the sign of the Bull until Mars hits the hills for Gemini on March 3. While they’re here, they’ll each be forming harsh 90° squares to all of our protagonists in Aquarius.

We start the month with a punch as Mars squares the Sun right off the bat. This can signify wounded egos and ruffled feathers. Mars squares Mercury Retrograde on February 10. During this transit, we can be a bit careless with our words or take on a quarrelsome attitude.

Mars will square Venus, too, potentially stirring up trouble in relationships. Try to channel all of that passion into a constructive or cathartic activity. This will help you avoid the damage of digging in your heels and being at odds with a loved one. Aside from romantic relationships and business partnerships, Venus can also signify finances and possessions. Mars is often an aggressor. It may be easy to spend more than our means or lose by some other manner at this time.

Venus squares Uranus on February 6, offering shake-ups in the realm of romance, partnerships, business, finances, beauty & art. Uranus & Mars always have the potential to be fiery and disruptive. However, change and surprises are not always for the worst. Venus in Aquarius squaring Uranus could easily invite ingenuitive solutions and creative spontaneity.

Saturn squares Uranus on February 17. As these are both slower-moving outer planets, this is part of a much larger (~45 year) cycle. The Saturn-Uranus square will repeat on June 14 & December 23 due to planetary Retrogrades. As these are waning squares, they signify the tense beginning of the final chapter. The story started with the last Saturn-Uranus conjunction in 1988 in the sign of Sagittarius. Saturn and Uranus will meet again in Gemini in 2032.

The Sun & Moon: From Aquarius to Pisces Season

At the top of the month, we finish off our first Moon of the year. This lunar cycle began in Capricorn on January 12. The Last Quarter Moon in Scorpio is on Thursday, February 4. The New Moon in Aquarius falls on February 11. For fixed signs — Taurus, Leo, Scorpio & Aquarius — this is a significant time period. Look to Aquarius in your chart to understand the significance of certain feelings and developments in your life now. Also expect more to develop in these areas over the next few weeks.

Venus will meet up with Saturn on February 5, shortly after the Last Quarter Moon in Scorpio. There can be a somber note here. As we close out the previous cycle, allow yourself to let go of that baggage. But of course, we learn from and grow from the experience.

The New Moon in Aquarius emphasizes the importance of the House of Aquarius at this time. It also kicks off the Chinese New Year, welcoming in the year of the Ox. Venus conjoins Jupiter on the day of the New Moon, which is a very fortunate sign.

The Sun enters Pisces on February 18 this year. The next day is the First Quarter Moon in Gemini, followed closely by Mercury stationing Direct.

Venus is in Aquarius from the first of the month until the 25th when she follows the Sun into Pisces.

At the very tail end of the month we get a Full Moon in Virgo (February 27). At this time, Mercury will be Direct and in its shadow, in that special middle decan of Aquarius with Jupiter. This is a blessing for finding insight and gaining understanding during the Full Moon.

Significant Transits of the Month

Week One (February 1 – 6)

Monday, 2/1: Sun in Aquarius square Mars in Taurus (2:34am PT), Venus enters Aquarius (6:05am)

Thursday, 2/4: Last Quarter Moon in Scorpio (9:37am)

Friday, 2/5: Venus in Aquarius conjunct Saturn (11:07pm)

Saturday, 2/6: Sun trine the North Node in Gemini (10:40am), Venus in Aquarius square Uranus in Taurus (7:33pm)

Week Two (February 7 – 13)

Monday, 2/8: Mercury (Retrograde) Cazimi in Aquarius (5:48am)

Tuesday, 2/9: Mercury (Retrograde) trine the North Node (10:11pm)

Wednesday, 2/10: Mercury (Retrograde) square Mars (4:08am)

Thursday, 2/11: Venus conjunct Jupiter (7am), New Moon in Aquarius (11:06am)

Friday, 2/12: Mercury (Retrograde) conjunct Venus (11:42pm)

Saturday, 2/13: Mars sextile Neptune in Pisces (6:13pm)

Week Three (February 14 – 20)

Sunday, 2/14: Mercury (Retrograde) conjunct Jupiter (1:34pm), Venus trine the North Node (9:10pm)

Wednesday, 2/17: Saturn square Uranus (11:08am)

Thursday, 2/18: The Sun enters Pisces (2:44am)

Friday, 2/19: First Quarter Moon in Gemini (10:47am), Venus square Mars (3:04pm)

Saturday, 2/20: Mercury Stations Direct (4:52pm)

Week Four (February 21 – 28)

Wednesday, 2/24: Mars trine Pluto in Capricorn (5:51pm)

Thursday, 2/25: Venus enters Pisces (5:11am), Sun sextile Uranus (1:13pm)

Friday, 2/26: Jupiter trine the North Node (2:58pm)

Saturday, 2/27: Full Moon in Virgo (12:17am)

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Full Moon in Leo (1/28/21): Totem of Fire & the Ultima Materia

Full Moon in Leo

Full Moon in Leo

Today is the Full Moon in magnanimous Leo, occurring at 9° 05’ of the Leo/Aquarius axis (11:16am PT). This lunation has a very interesting blend of energies attached to it. Leo energy brings levity and a positive mindset to help us handle the day’s cosmic complexity.

On its own, a Leo Full Moon is a great time to acknowledge and celebrate personal accomplishments, get creative, and give from the heart. Wherever Leo falls in your chart will be an area of growth and realization for you now. You are seeing the end-product of seeds that took root 6 months ago at the Leo New Moon on August 18, 2020 (at 26° 35’ Leo).

The Full Moon Squares off with Mars-Uranus: Rebel Energy

Headstrong Mars and rebellious Uranus are still together in Taurus, stoking the fire and demanding independence and inciting big changes (their exact conjunction was on January 20). This pair forms a tenacious square to the Sun & Moon, highlighting tensions. 

There is an abundance of Fixed energy here. Leo, Aquarius, & Taurus are all considered “Fixed” signs — energy that is unyielding, slow to change, and consistently steady. We can easily lock into our positions now like a bull locking its horns onto something, wanting to have things our way, but we may also be more loyal if our needs for freedom and acknowledgement are being sufficiently met.

Jupiter is in the Heart of the Sun

This Full Moon comes at the same time as “Jupiter Cazimi” — the exact conjunction of Jupiter to the Sun, where he gains a unique kind of clarity and advantage. Jupiter is King of the Gods, representing spirituality & religion, philosophy, higher learning, ethics, culture, and opulence. Joyous Jupiter standing in good fortune puts the Leo Full Moon over the top (think Felix Felicis), encouraging our generosity and friendliness, and also our need for More.

While Jupiter soaks up the “powder of the Sun” (alchemical gold or the Ultima Materia), Saturn as the ruler of Aquarius (and hence the Host of Jupiter & the Sun) has lost strength by being Combust (Saturn is about 5° away from the Sun and he’s invisible and overpowered by the rays of the Sun). 

As the Moon opposes Saturn, feelings of alienation and being “not enough” can linger under the surface. However, we have a tendency to overlook Saturn now and ignore our limits, boundaries, and the constraints of our reality. Anything seems possible.

Venus and Pluto Bring In an Underworld Element

On another note, amorous Venus is conjunct Pluto today as well, inviting passion and intensity to our relationships. The rawness of Pluto offers a funeral pyre for us to release past attachments and ritualistically state our truest desire. The root of these attachments runs deep. Unconscious forces are at work that offer a chance to process and heal baggage from relationships, in this and even in previous lives. Ultimately it’s a process of recommitting to your values.

Divine Muses Oracle: Totem of Fire & Ultima Materia

The Totem of Fire is a Salamander or Fire Spirit, representing divine Will & soul power. This is our creative spark, ambition, passion, & vision.

Ultima Materia, the “spiritual Gold” or “powder of the Sun” is achieved through the rubedo or reddening phase in an alchemical process. This is the final stage of psycho-spiritual re-integration, self-mastery, and inner realization. Ask yourself: who this new Self is that is being forged in the Fire? And what do they believe? What do they value?

The Full Moon offers a powerful opportunity for manifesting energy, bringing things to completion, and achieving some level of success. Don’t be afraid to lean into your eccentricities and own them now. The Leo Full Moon encourages us all to shine brilliantly in the warm glow of a loving Sun.

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Tarot 101: Your First Tarot Deck

I grew up with the Tarot, reading an old Aquarian deck that had been in my family for a decade or two, starting at the age of 7.

This was a beautiful deck but in no way was it “mine.” I sometimes stole it away for weeks or months at a time, letting it live in my room and among my toys, but it was a shared deck – treated with a certain level of spiritual reverence, but passed around generously all the same.

I had access to this deck throughout my childhood and adolescence, to the extent that I didn’t feel the need to hunt down my own Tarot deck, even when divination became a daily and essential part of my life.

I moved out of my Mom’s house at 15 to live with my Dad, and ended up trading my daily Tarot practice for Runes. When I flew the nest, I realized that I’d been missing out on Tarot for far too long.

This led me to buying my “first Tarot deck” when I moved out West at 17.

I went into my then-local spiritual shop, Radiance in Olympia, WA. In their book section I found The Cosmic Tribe Tarot which called to me. At the time I was attracted to its psychedelic and tribal aspects, features that reminded me of my elder siblings and everything they had taught me that had expanded my mind in the last several years.

Where to Find Your Tarot Deck

The best place to shop for a Tarot deck, in my opinion, is a brick-and-mortar magick shop, if you can. Support small business and connect with your local magical community – it’s a win-win. If you’re anything like me, just entering a metaphysical shop will bring all sorts of warm and fuzzy feelings.

If your access to such shops is limited, you can try a larger bookstore or shop online. Online you have the option of buying from a publisher, an independent deck creator, one of many brilliant online magick shops, or an online retailer like Amazon.

Like my example above, you should listen to your heart when shopping for a Tarot deck. What is calling to you at this moment in your life?

Myths and Superstitions About Your First Tarot Deck

Naturally, with the amount of mystique surrounding the topics of Tarot and divination, there are a lot of legends and superstitions around buying and caring for a Tarot deck.

Probably the most prominent one, in my mind, is the belief that you have to be gifted your Tarot deck. In other words, it’s a no-no to purchase Tarot for yourself.

As most Tarot professionals I know collect dozens if not hundreds of decks, I don’t see this as being a particularly helpful superstition. I wish we lived in a world where people gifted each other Tarot decks all the time!

If I listened to this advice, I would have had to wait an additional 6 years before I could read Tarot after moving out on my own. Someone did eventually give me their old deck in exchange for a new one that I purchased for them. But I’m glad that I didn’t wait around for that to happen.

Another common thing I hear is that you should sleep with your Tarot deck under your pillow. Personally I haven’t done this. I get the sentiment – the connection with dream consciousness, etc. Though I would think that it would damage my cards.

Some people will tell you not to let anyone touch your cards, or they’ll get their negative energies all over it. Others will scold you for doing a reading without the questioner ever handling your deck, because their superstition is that a person must get their energy on the cards if you’re going to accurately read for them.

The number one thing to keep in mind when you’re buying or getting started with your first Tarot deck? Every reader is different and there are many styles of Tarot reading out there. Ultimately you have to do what feels right to you and carve out your own path.

Ways to Connect with Your First Tarot Deck

Once you have a deck in your hands, whether you were generously gifted one or you purchased one at your local metaphysical shop or online, the first thing to do is simply sift through it and get acquainted.

You will soon learn that there are ways of dividing a Tarot deck into sections – the Major Arcana (numbered 0-21), the Minor Arcana (numbered Ace-10 of 4 elemental Suits), and the 16 Court cards.

One way of getting acquainted with a new deck is to spend some time laying out the cards in their natural order, shuffling and reorganizing a number of times to get familiar with the cards and the images. Lay them out in piles based on suit and Arcana type. You will get faster at instantly recognizing the suits and cards.

Spend time holding and shuffling your deck. Familiarize yourself more with the images and the feel of the cards rather than jumping straight to the little white book or other guidebook that came with your cards.

The literature, keywords, and given meanings are important of course, but other people’s definitions will only get you so far. You’ll want to also approach your cards with an intuitive understanding. Try reading it without the book, even if your knowledge is limited.

For example, pull a card. What do you see? What does that image or symbol remind you of? How does it make you feel? If there is a figure in the card, what can you tell about its posture or facial expression or quality of its gaze?

Keep it close at hand. One common way of connecting with your deck is to pull a card every day. You might take some notes on what you think it means in the morning, followed by some reflection after your day is through.

Building a Relationship to your Cards

Beyond your initial introduction period with your cards, you may be ready to work with them more seriously.

One way to start doing this is to write down a thorough description of the imagery in each card, writing about what you see in your own words. Do this for each and every card! This can take a while, but it’s about establishing a practice or working with the imagery of the Tarot. It will enhance your readings.

Keeping a Tarot journal is a common and essential practice for the serious student or aspiring professional. You can keep a record of readings that you do and write down your interpretations, as well as continue to keep notes on your personal observations of the cards and their meanings.

It’s important to begin developing your own keywords that correlate to the known meanings of the cards but are not taken directly from a book (although there’s no harm in starting with somebody else’s keywords).

Treat it with care.

Some say to wrap your deck in silk and keep it in a box – the key message here is to treat your new deck with respect and care. The specifics of what this looks like can differ from person to person.

There are many cloth Tarot bags available on the market, or you may keep yours in an old cigar box wrapped in a special cloth. I have done both but, as a professional, I have dozens of decks scattered around my house and I keep them out of the box and uncovered unless I’m traveling with them. I do, however, usually place a crystal or gemstone on top of my decks.

Think of it as a friend, ask the deck questions about itself and your ways of using it, and build a relationship with it. One of the easiest ways to connect with your deck is to do a deck interview. This type of Tarot reading poses questions to your deck such as:

  • How should I approach you?
  • What do you have to teach me?
  • How should I care for my cards?
  • What are the core challenges I face in learning Tarot?
  • What are my strengths as a Tarot reader?

Habits, Rituals, and Cleansing

Most Tarot readers have a method of “cleansing” their cards. This is about clearing the energy that attaches itself and flows through your deck. Cleansing will allow for greater clarity and prevent mixed messages and the like from getting in the way of your readings.

For some this may be as simple as shuffling intentionally, which itself serves as a reset. Others take a more elaborate and ritualistic approach – smudging the deck with sacred herbs, setting it out in moon or sun light, or clearing and charging the deck with crystals and meditation.

Other ways of clearing a deck is by always shuffling in a certain way, sometimes handling the cards with a particular hand, or by cutting the deck. Cutting the deck means placing it in multiple piles and then putting it back together in a different order. Some people always will cut the deck the same way and even with the same hand (usually the left).

What you do before a reading will depend on you and your own style and methodology. This can take some time to come into, so be patient and have fun with the process. Experiment with different ideas. Don’t be afraid to do things the opposite of what you hear is the right way. Try something you’ve never heard of anyone doing before. Spoiler alert: there is no “right way.”

Some Rituals that I Practice

Honoring the elements is one thing that I always do while reading Tarot. The elements are built into the Tarot and my spiritual practice. Using the elements is a simple way of creating a proper setting and environment for a successful and meaningful Tarot reading.

I have a chalice filled with water, hydrosols (water-based plant extracts), and/or seashells to represent Water and the suit of Cups; a lit candle to represent Fire and the suit of Wands; stones, salt, or actual pentacles for Earth and the suit of Pentacles; and incense or feathers for Air and the suit of Swords.

Additionally, I often place them relative to each other in the direction ruled by each of the elements. I put Earth in the North, Water in the West, Air in the East, and Fire in the South.

Some people say an invocation before reading the cards. You may want to develop one, depending on your preference. I sometimes do this aloud and sometimes in my head. Other times I simply steady my mind with a good shuffle and begin.

For cleansing, I keep crystals on and near my decks. I also periodically smudge my decks with sacred herbs. Some examples are bundles of sage, juniper, rosemary, red cedar, sweet grass, or mugwort. I also use sticks of palo santo.

Different Styles of Tarot Deck

The simplest type of Tarot deck to start with is the Rider-Waite-Smith (RWS) Tarot. Also its so-called clones: decks that follow the same general deck structure. Look for a deck with relatable imagery on the Minor Arcana. It’s easier for a beginner to start to interpret a man holding a globe and looking out into the distance than it is to interpret two crossed, glowing wands, for instance.

Golden Dawn style decks like Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot tend to be more esoteric. This can be a little harder to penetrate for a beginner. These esoteric complexities also exist in the RWS system, but are obscured behind visual images that are easier to read intuitively.

Marseille style decks with nonillustrated pips may also be more difficult for beginners.

Branching Out and Collecting

Once you’re familiar with your Tarot deck, you might want to start branching out and expand your collection. Especially if it’s become a regular part of your life.

Have fun with this! It’d be hard not to.

What’s Your Tarot Story?

Have you bought your first tarot deck already? If so, what was it? Do you still only have the one, or have you started a collection?

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Astrology of January 2021: Shifting Gears

Astrology of January 2021

Astrology of January 2021

The Astrology of January 2021 sees us shifting gears as Mars joins a stationing Uranus in Taurus on the Last Quarter Moon. The Sun & Mercury follow Jupiter & Saturn into the outer limits of Aquarius, squaring off with Mars/Uranus. Mercury stations Retrograde at the end of the month, beginning this year’s new cycle of Mercury Retrogrades in Air signs. Venus meanwhile keeps us tethered to both established and revised traditions in earthy Capricorn where she conjoins Pluto and we have our first New Moon of the year on the 14th. The most significant aspects of the month are Jupiter square Uranus and Neptune squaring the Lunar Nodes.

Mars enters Taurus (January 6 – March 3)

The warrior Mars enters Taurus on January 6, at 2:27pm PT. Mars has been in his home sign of Aries since June 27, 2020. His extra-long stay here was due to the Retrograde from September 9 to November 13, 2020, which explored the range of 15° 14′ to 28° 08′ of Aries.

This was the first Mars Retrograde in Aries since 1988. The total shadow period lasted from July 25, 2020 through January 2nd, 2021. Mars clearing his shadow and changing signs just after the New Year offers some fresh energy in play that can help to keep us on our toes.

While Mars is in Taurus, movement can be of a slower and more deliberate pace. Motivation comes easier from pleasure-seeking and a drive for material satisfaction than from the pure willpower of Aries. Mars in Taurus is steadfast and determined; he can lock in on his target and pursue it tenaciously.

Now that Mars has completed his Retrograde cycle, he can speed along through the signs all year. He’ll be in Taurus from January 6 through March 3.

Major aspects of Mars this month:

Mercury square (1/8)

Venus trine (1/9)

Saturn square (1/13)

Uranus conjunction (1/20)

Jupiter square (1/22)

Last Quarter Moon in Libra 16° (January 6)

The same day that Mars changes signs (January 6), we have our Last Quarter Moon in Libra at 16°. So although we’ve started a New Year, we still have some wrapping up of loose ends to do. Mars in Taurus encourages a slow and steady approach, counseling patience and putting in the work.

Mercury enters Aquarius (January 8 – March 15)

Mercury will be in Aquarius from January 8 to March 15. This year, he’ll begin a cycle of Retrogrades in Air signs. In this instance, Mercury stations Retrograde at the end of the month in Aquarius. The Retrograde explores the territory between 11° 01′ and 26° 29′, from January 30 to February 20. The total shadow period lasts from January 14 through March 12.

Mercury in Aquarius is cerebral, imaginative, and scientific. Experimentation and intellectual creativity is favored during this time. The transit can also aid group endeavors and encourage communication around social or community issues.

Mercury stations Retrograde (January 30 – February 20)

Mercury Retrograde offers a period of review and opportunity to look at things from a different perspective. You can use this time to generate ideas and revise your thinking on important issues. Planets & angles in fixed signs (Aquarius, Taurus, Leo & Scorpio) are activated, especially within the degree range of the retrograde (11-26°).

Major aspects of Mercury this Month:

Neptune sextile (1/1)

Pluto conjunction (1/4)

Mars square (1/8)

Saturn conjunction (1/9)

Jupiter conjunction (1/11)

Uranus Retrograde square (1/13)

North Node trine (1/20)

Venus enters Capricorn (January 8 – February 1)

Venus enters Capricorn on the same day that Mercury enters Aquarius. She’ll be in Capricorn from January 8 until February 1.

Venus in Capricorn reminds us to align our values with our actions and the way that we live our lives. This is especially true with Venus ruling Mars during this time. Carry forward what you’ve taken from Saturn’s time in Capricorn. It’s time to really put those regimens and routines into regular practice. While Saturn has moved on, that doesn’t mean that the work is over.

Major Aspects of Venus this month:

Mars trine (1/9)

Uranus Retrograde trine (1/13)

Neptune sextile (1/23)

Pluto conjunction (1/28)

New Moon in Capricorn 23° (January 12)

The first New Moon of the year occurs in Capricorn, in the presence of Venus & Pluto.

Saturn oversees our preparations for the new cycle. The New Moon is conjunct Pluto, agent of dramatic change and total renovation. As we set our intentions for moving forward, we’re called to reimagine the basic structures that support us.

Uranus stations Direct (January 14)

Just after the New Moon, Uranus stations Direct on January 14, completing a Retrograde that began on August 15. As Mars conjoins Uranus and the pair come into conflict with Saturn, Jupiter & Mercury, Uranus stationing Direct serves as an additional activation of this aspect. A stationing planet is at a standstill, emphasizing the stubborn quality of the fixed signs Taurus & Aquarius. It represents a turning point in the planetary cycle where energy can start to move forward again.

Major Aspects of Uranus this Month:

Mercury square (1/12)

Venus trine (1/13)

Jupiter square (1/17)

Mars conjunction (1/20)

Sun square (1/26)

The Sun enters Aquarius (January 19)

Aquarius season starts on the 19th this year. Happy birthday, Aquarians!

Jupiter, Saturn, Mercury & the Sun will all be travelling through Aquarius, each taking their turn to square Mars & Uranus who are together in Taurus. The Star & the Hierophant may need a moment to battle it out; what will win favor, the dream of an unimagined future or the established rules? Mars and Uranus aren’t known for their obedience. However, Taurus the Hierophant always knows “the right way” to do things.

The most significant aspect of the month is Jupiter square Uranus, which perfects on January 17. For instance, the last square between these planets was in August 2013 & February and April of 2014. The next occurrence will be in 2027.

First Quarter Moon in Taurus 1° (January 20)

The Astrology of January 2021 sets the ground for a new plot to unfold. Excitement is in the air as the potential for something better entices us to dream and hope. It’s time to set to work on our personal projects for the new year and remember the hard lessons of Capricorn that we will carry forward as we rebuild.

Energy builds toward the First Quarter Moon in Taurus on January 20th. Mars and Uranus play into our daily affairs and efforts to build something.

The area of our lives ruled by Taurus in the birth chart will show a longer storyline being played out with Uranus in Taurus. This is a storyline that will be activated by Mars, Uranus, and the First Quarter Moon.

Astrology of January 2021: Transits List

(All times are in Pacific Time)

Week 1: January 1 – 3

1/1, Day of Venus: Mercury in Capricorn sextile Neptune in Pisces (3:18am) — Moon in Leo sextile the North Node in Gemini (11pm)

1/2, Day of Saturn: Moon in Leo trine Venus in Sagittarius (3:24am) – Moon trine Mars in Aries (2pm) – Moon > Virgo (5:13pm)

1/3, Day of the Sun: Moon in Virgo trine Uranus R (5:12am) – Moon trine Sun in Capricorn (5:44pm)

Week 2: January 4 – 10

1/4, Day of the Moon: Moon in Virgo opposite Neptune (1:50am) – Moon square the Nodes (3:50am) – Moon trine Mercury in Capricorn (11:11am) – Moon trine Pluto in Capricorn (11:52am) – Moon square Venus in Sagittarius (1:34pm) – Mercury conjunct Pluto (4:58pm) – Moon > Libra (9:42pm)

1/5, Day of Mars: Moon in Libra trine Saturn (1:22am) & Jupiter (4:17am) in Aquarius

1/6, Day of Mercury: Last Quarter Moon in Libra (1:37am) – Moon trine North Node in Gemini (7:22am) – Mars enters Taurus (2:27pm) – Moon square Pluto (3:23pm) & Mercury (9:21pm) in Capricorn – Moon sextile Venus in Sagittarius (9:55pm)

1/7, Day of Jupiter: Moon > Scorpio (12:53am) – Moon opposite Mars (1:14am) – Moon square Saturn (5:54am) & Jupiter (8:11am) – Moon opposite Uranus R (12:16pm) 

1/8, Day of Venus: Mercury enters Aquarius (4am) – Venus enters Capricorn (7:41am) – Moon in Scorpio sextile Sun in Capricorn (8:11am) – Moon trine Neptune (8:14am) – Sun sextile Neptune (8:53am) – Moon sextile Pluto (5:59pm) – Mercury square Mars (6:44pm) 

1/9, Day of Saturn: Moon > Sagittarius (3:15am) – Moon sextile Mercury (6:15am) & Saturn in Aquarius (7:38am) – Venus in Sagittarius trine Mars in Aries (7:53am) – Moon sextile Jupiter (11:18am) – Mercury conjunct Saturn (7:17pm)

1/10, Day of the Sun: Moon in Sagittarius square Neptune (10:29am) – Moon opposite North Node (12:15pm)

Week 3: January 11 – 17

1/11, Day of the Moon: Moon > Capricorn (5:30am) – Moon trine Mars in Taurus (9:16am) – Mercury conjunct Jupiter (9:19am) – Moon conjunct Venus (12:14pm) – Moon trine Uranus R (4:51pm) 

1/12, Day of Mars: Mercury in Aquarius square Uranus R in Taurus (7am) – Moon in Capricorn sextile Neptune (1:17pm) – New Moon in Capricorn (9pm) – Moon conjunct Pluto (11:22pm)

1/13, Day of Mercury: Mars in Taurus square Saturn in Aquarius (3:02am) – Moon enters Aquarius (8:44am) – Moon conjunct Saturn (2:11pm) – Moon square Mars in Taurus (2:30pm) – Venus in Capricorn trine Uranus R (4:22pm) – Moon conjunct Jupiter (6:55pm) – Moon square Uranus R (8:29pm) 

1/14, Day of Jupiter: Uranus stations Direct (12:36am) – Moon conjunct Mercury in Aquarius (1:28am) – Sun conjunct Pluto (6:19am) – Moon trine North Node in Gemini (7:10am)

1/15, Day of Venus: Moon > Pisces (2:17am) – Moon sextile Mars in Taurus (10:29pm)

1/16, Day of Saturn: Moon in Pisces sextile Uranus (2:43am) – Moon sextile Venus in Capricorn (9:02am) 

1/17, Day of the Sun: Moon in Pisces conjunct Neptune (1:35am) – Moon square North Node (2:20am) – Moon sextile Pluto (12:55pm) – Jupiter in Aquarius square Uranus in Taurus (2:49pm) – Moon sextile the Sun (7:44pm) – Moon > Aries (11:07pm) 

Week 4: January 18 – 24

1/18, Day of the Moon: Moon in Aries sextile Saturn in Aquarius (6:20am) – Moon sextile Jupiter (12:45pm) 

1/19, Day of Mars: Moon in Aries square Venus in Capricorn (1:43am) – Moon sextile Mercury in Aquarius (9:53am) – Sun enters Aquarius (12:40pm) – Moon sextile North Node (12:56pm) 

1/20, Day of Mercury: Moon in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn (12:29am) – Moon > Taurus (10:56am) – Mars conjunct Uranus in Taurus (12:38pm) – Mercury in Aquarius trine the North Node (12:38pm) – First Quarter Moon in Taurus (1:02pm) – Moon square Saturn in Aquarius (7pm) 

1/21, Day of Jupiter: Moon conjunct Uranus (12:37am) & Mars (1:08am) in Taurus – Moon square Jupiter in Aquarius (2:15am) – Moon trine Venus in Capricorn (9:28pm)

1/22, Day of Venus: Moon in Taurus sextile Neptune (1:27am) – Moon square Mercury in Aquarius (5:59am) – Moon trine Pluto (1:28pm) – Moon > Gemini (11:43pm) – Mars in Taurus square Jupiter in Aquarius (11:49pm)

1/23, Day of Saturn: Moon in Gemini trine the Sun in Aquarius (7:27am) – Moon trine Saturn (8:19am) – Venus in Capricorn sextile Neptune (11:49am) – Moon trine Jupiter (4:04pm) – Sun conjunct Saturn in Aquarius (7:01pm) 

1/24, Day of the Sun: Moon in Gemini square Neptune (1:36pm) – Moon conjunct North Node (1:47pm) – Moon trine Mercury in Aquarius (11:17pm)

Week 5: January 25 – 31

1/25, Day of the Moon: Moon > Cancer (10:52am) – Moon sextile Uranus (11:49pm) 

1/26, Day of Mars: Sun in Aquarius square Uranus in Taurus (4:48am) – Moon in Cancer sextile Mars in Taurus (5:17am) – Neptune square the Nodes (6:12am) – Moon trine Neptune (10:58pm)

1/27, Day of Mercury: Moon in Cancer opposite Venus in Capricorn (7:37am) – Moon opposite Pluto (9:55am) – Moon > Leo (6:54pm) 

1/28, Day of Jupiter: Moon in Leo opposite Saturn in Aquarius (3:41am) – Moon square Uranus (7:11am) – Venus conjunct Pluto in Capricorn (8:18am) – Full Moon in Leo (11:16am) – Moon opposite Jupiter in Aquarius (11:39am) – Moon square Mars in Taurus (2:32pm) – Sun conjunct Jupiter in Aquarius (5:40pm) 

1/29, Day of Venus: Moon in Leo sextile North Node in Gemini (4:27am) – Moon opposite Mercury in Aquarius (5:53pm) 

1/30, Day of Saturn: Moon > Virgo (12:03am) – Mercury stations Retrograde in Aquarius (7:52am) – Moon trine Uranus (11:52am) & Mars (8:57pm) in Taurus

1/31, Day of The Sun: Moon in Virgo square the Nodes (7:47am) – Moon opposite Neptune (9:09am) – Moon trine Pluto in Capricorn (7:17pm)

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First Quarter Moon Magick: A Natural Checking-In Point

First Quarter Moon

The First Quarter Moon is the first primary Moon Phase that follows the New Moon. It represents a turning point in the monthly cycle. This stage is followed by a gradual crescendo to the maximum strength Full Moon in all its glory.

The First Quarter Moon: A Checking In Point

Arriving about a week from the New or Dark Moon, the First Quarter Moon provides data to sort through, often in the form of obstacles. You may find yourself at a landmark moment. The sharp edge of this lunar phase can be dramatic or subtle, depending on what you’re dealing with personally during a given cycle.

Increased Understanding

The turning point of the First Quarter Moon is part of an immediate, monthly agenda and experience. The Moon is closest to us, physically and psychically, and is associated with our ever-fluctuating emotional life. The Moon rules our feelings, habits, unconscious responses, and moods.

The direction you’re heading in is becoming more or less evident. At this salient point, your navigation and understanding of the road ahead is not fully formed but is starting to become more clear. There may be an “aha” moment or newfound grasp on your current situation.

If you’re still feeling in the dark, it would be prudent to spend some time reflecting on the past week. Pay attention to what activities you’ve been engaged in, as well as (and especially) to how you’ve been feeling. Writing in a journal regularly can help you keep track.

It can be helpful to look at specific events that are occurring at this time that are symbolic of the entire cycle that you’re in. Reflecting on this point can give you more insight on what happened on the New Moon, as well as what to expect more development around in the next week or two.

Development in the Form of Crisis

One common keyword for the First Quarter Moon is crisis. An emotional crisis can be kicked off by a minor or a major event, or series of compounding events.

There is no use in comparing crises to measure which one is better or which one is worse. To the person experiencing a crisis, despite the origin story, a crisis is a crisis. In other words, it is a subjective experience, and very lunar in nature.

Moving through a crisis, one can reclaim their personal power through the knowledge that they gain in the encounter. Validating and normalizing common emotional reactions — in short, increasing awareness — has a profound effect on a person’s ability to heal and be resilient in the face of adversity.

Decision Making and Increased Awareness

The First Quarter Moon can present an emotional crisis; sometimes this crisis comes in the form of an important decision that must be made. The gift of the crisis is the knowledge that you attain, even though in the moment it may be a big feeling of “I really don’t know!”

As you move through challenges and stepping stones, you gain more and more information about your current trajectory. This can help you make informed decisions and plan.

Tap into your feeling nature and gut instinct to help you make these decisions. Trust your intuitive awareness of the path you’re walking.

The First Quarter Moon in Tarot: The Empress

The Empress best expresses the energy of the First Quarter Moon because she brings development and fruition to our plans. Representing the planet Venus, she is an archetypal mother associated with fertility, creativity, and growth.

How to Work with the First Quarter Moon

This is a great opportunity to check in with your progress on goals. How are you doing with time management and balancing different aspects of your life? Is there anything that you’ve been neglecting?

Take notice now and chart a course toward the Full Moon.

First Quarter Moon Activities

  • Journaling: Compare what came up for you on the New Moon with what has developed in the past week. How is where you are now symbolic of where you started?
  • Review goals and adjust expectations
  • Clean house or office to maximize efficiency going forward
  • Look to the signs of the New and First Quarter Moon for hints of what needs attention now or what’s going on internally
  • Take a time-out and recharge before going full-steam ahead
  • Plan for what you want to bring into fruition at the Full Moon
  • Recognize accomplishments and rites of passage
  • Perform divinations to gather information
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New Moon Magick: How to Work with the Energy of the New Moon

New Moon

New Moon: From Darkness to First Light

The New Moon is the first of eight lunar phases.  Approximately once a month, when the Sun and Moon are aligned, the Moon is devoid of light. This phase is also known as the Dark Moon.

In the past, the term New Moon referred to when there is a first sliver of light to be seen. The term Dark Moon was used for when the Moon is completely devoid of light and in alignment with the Sun.

During this time we are “in the dark.”

What the New Moon Signifies

During this time, we have an opportunity to come back to center within ourselves. Release, reset, and prepare for what is to come. It can also be helpful to review the past Moon cycle, taking time for quiet reflection.

If our lives are a play, this moon phase signals the moment before the beginning of a new Act. Before the curtain is drawn up, we’re in a state of rest, anticipation, and unknowing.

Another way of thinking about it is a new chapter in a riveting book. Before we start reading, we don’t know exactly what to expect. We may garner some clues from the chapter title (what sign the moon is in, say), and we know what came before it and some of the continuing threads to expect development around. In this new chapter, though, there can be new characters introduced and the plot will thicken in ways that we probably aren’t aware of yet.

The Seed of the Beginning

It’s a time of beginnings, although it’s more the seed of the beginning, rather than the best time to initiate something. Generally, we may want to wait until the Moon starts to gain light to start important new projects. The Dark Moon is a time of rest and stillness. That said, we set our intentions and prepare to take action in the coming days.

The Sun’s illumination as it reflects on our Moon signifies increasing knowingness. You don’t want to be in the dark when you’re starting something important.

The dark phase is a time of going inward and preparing for a new start. We get this opportunity every month. When you think about everything we pour into a New Year, all the hope and optimism for positive change, this New Moon idea starts to look a bit promising, doesn’t it?

Not every one is positive. Not every month of our life is, either. Though we do have a chance to gather our inner resources during this time. We can pause and reflect on where we’ve been and where we want to go next. It’s a time to cut ties with the things that no longer serve us, and to make decisions about how we want to handle our affairs in the future.

A Time of Rest, Stillness, & Inner Seeking

The High Priestess represents the energy of the Moon in the Tarot, and she most resonates with the energy of the Dark Moon. She is unseen. Light we see emanating from the Moon, after all, is only ever a reflection of the Sun. During this time, the Moon is mainly invisible, due to its proximity to the Sun and its disappearance at night.

The High Priestess is the keeper of secrets, silent wisdom and unspoken intuitions. Her reservation is one of a meditative, introspective mind. She seeks her answers within, rather than turning to the outside world.

Like the Priestess, on the New Moon we can go within for answers and rest in relative silence and stillness. Restoring our energy, we can set our intention for what’s to come. We may even be able to get a glimpse of these hidden forces through scrying and divination at this time – gazing into the void for answers.

How to Work with the New Moon

As this is a great time to let go, shed old skins, and embrace the new, one of the best ways of coming into this phase is with a mindset of review and release. It’s surprisingly easy to get caught up in our daily lives and forget how wildly things are changing all the time.

With this in mind, it can be helpful to look back, in anticipation of moving forward.

Questions to Ask

  • What have I been feeling and thinking about in the past month?
  • What lines have I been repeating to myself?
  • What new developments have come about recently?
  • What is ending at this time in my life?
  • What do I need to let go of?
  • What am I looking forward to in the next few months?
  • What changes can I implement now?

Reflecting on the Signs of the Moon

One important way of working with this phase is to consider what Zodiac sign the Moon is in. You can consider this for each of the main phases during the entire Lunar Cycle. Check what signs the New, Full, and First and Last Quarter Moons are in. Consider the mood states that these signs engender and how that can influence various developments in your life.

The sign of the New Moon usually relates to the seasons, as it joins the Sun once a month in the sign associated with that time of the year. For example, our New Moon in July this year is in Cancer, just as our loving Cancer-born buddies are celebrating their Solar Returns (birthdays) in July.

As we celebrate the wheel of the year, so the Sun flavors each new cycle of the Moon.

Factor in Other Astrological Events

Some New Moons are Solar Eclipses, which makes them particularly powerful in terms of their longer-term effects. We can also glean information about the overall Lunar Cycle from the other planets and their position at the New Moon.

Planetary aspects, or the relationships formed between planets as they move through the Zodiac, can give us a better sense of what’s unfolding. Watch for planetary ingresses (when a planet changes signs) and retrograde cycles as well.

New Moon Rituals

Do you need to release, banish, or set your intention for starting something fresh? Symbolic rituals performed on or near the New Moon can assist you in these efforts. Rituals can be as simple or complex as you wish to make them.

  • Honor the Moon by dedicating space on an altar
  • Have a Tarot Reading
  • Journal about where you’ve been and where you’re going
  • Make a resolution
  • Create art or music as a way of tapping into the psychic Dark Moon vibes
  • Write a letter and burn or bury it to release past burdens
  • Take a purifying ritual bath
  • Journey with the High Priestess card in meditation or integrate her energy into your day

Personal Rituals and Habits

Everyone must find the tools and rituals that work best for them when it comes to practicing magick. You will naturally develop your own habits and rituals around the New Moon when you integrate lunar considerations into your lifestyle.