The Full Moon is on Monday, November 27 at 3:16 am CST in 4° Gemini. A Gemini full moon finds us restless, lots of thoughts running through our heads, decisions with too many choices, opportunity but too many directions we could go. Fun energy though for games, puzzles, and chats about books, TV shows and other light topics.
Mars opposed the Moon at 2° Sagittarius indicates that anger can flare up quickly during intense conversations. Saturn (at 0° Pisces) is square to the Moon, Sun and Mars which means that hurtful words can have a long lasting effect. Strive for verbal non-violence.
I always look around me as it gets close to a lunation. What are the symbols, how do they relate to the Full Moon, and what might they mean? Right now as I'm writing this, the carpenter repairing our deck is drilling and hammering right outside my office. I'm thrilled that the work (Saturn) is getting done. But it's giving me a headache (Mars).
When the symbols and astrology line up so perfectly, I can laugh - which lightens the heaviness of Saturn and softens the effect of Mars. It does have me thinking about sharp things like drills and nails. In general, knowing that Mars is part of this lunation, it's a general caution to be careful with tools and in the kitchen over the next few days. But I was also thinking about Saturn and how, at its best, Saturn is the expert craftsperson, the one who has mastered the use of their tools.
Neptune goes direct on December 6 at 24° Pisces. At least a week before and after a Neptune stationary point, things (like our thinking) become more vague and nebulous. You will be well-served if you write everything down rather than relying on memory. That includes careful calendaring and journaling your activities. Promises made during a Neptune station are hard to fulfill because of unforeseen circumstances. Good for creative efforts because Neptune expands the imagination. Good for art, music, poetry and appreciation of beauty of all sorts. Great for meditation as long as you don't get so relaxed that you fall asleep instead.
Goswami Kriyananda's book "The Laws of Karma" is now conveniently available as a Kindle ebook. On the Amazon page there's a long sample excerpt.
The New Moon is on Monday, November 13, 2023 at 3:27 am CST in 20° Scorpio. I think of Scorpio as still water in a pond. It can be clear water, so still that we can see all the way to the depths in order to see our inner riches. Scorpio can also be water in a stagnant pond, like a mind that never thinks a new thought or holds lots of debris from the past. So when the new moon is in Scorpio, it can be a good time to take an inward journey to check out what's going on in there. Seated meditation and also walking contemplation is good. Daily reflection (tarka) is a good practice at the end of the day. Here's my article about tarka from 2019. Learn something new, especially topics that you feel intuitively guided toward. These are all good things for the days around this New Moon.
In conflict with this inward journey, the New Moon is conjunct Mars (22° Scorpio) and opposed Uranus (21° Taurus). With Mars and Uranus in opposition combined with the New Moon, people generally feel more hyper, more wired, on the tips of their toes and the edge of their seat. There's the potential for brilliant insights and flashes of genius.
However, this lineup can create a certain type of accident proneness which can be triggered when we don't slow down and pay attention. Remember that Mars rules sharp objects and fire so use caution in the kitchen. Be careful driving, especially keeping an eye out for erratic drivers. Uranus symbolizes electricity and its devices so be aware of the tendency for computer issues to raise our level of frustration and anger.
Here's a great meditation video to cool off and calm down. Offered by Swami Jnanamudrananda for the Temple of Kriya Yoga, it has no words, just the leaves falling and the sound of the raindrops.
Tuesday, November 14, 2023 7:30 pm CST via Zoom
INTERCEPTED HOUSES...THE OTHER SIDE OF THE EQUATION
Chicago area astrologer Lin Ewing will be giving this talk for the Northern Illinois chapter of NCGR. To receive the zoom link for this meeting, email email@example.com for payment information.
The Full Moon, which is also a partial Lunar Eclipse, is on Saturday, October 28 at 3:23 pm CDT in 5° Taurus. Taurus is an earth sign with a strong connection to the material world and our possessions. With Jupiter conjunct the Moon in the eclipse chart, it's a good time for gratitude for what we have but also to be open to receive even more blessings both material and spiritual.
Mars at 11° Scorpio is opposed to Jupiter and Moon in the eclipse chart which suggests there may be an urge to force life changes in conflict with the Taurus desire for stability. An example would be the ambition to start an exercise program versus the inclination to watch TV in a comfy chair. Using the impulse to change by channeling it into a slow but steady (Taurus) plan of action may be the wisest at this time.
If you enjoy chanting, here's a mantra aligned with the principles of Taurus (and its planetary ruler Venus). "Om Shrim Maha Lakshmiye Namaha" It is a mantra honoring Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, prosperity and generosity. Deva Premal does the chant on this video.
Saturn goes direct on November 4th at 0° Pisces. The days close to a Saturn station we are usually overloaded with work or experiencing time delays on projects or just trying to get somewhere on time. Schedule break time into your day planner and give yourself extra minutes to travel to appointments.
At the Temple:
The Annual Blessing for the Departed held by the Temple of Kriya Yoga will be this Sunday, October 29, 2023 beginning at noon central via Zoom. It is a great blessing offered to our loved ones who have left the earth before us. Temple disciples and swamis will lend their meditative energies to vivify the ritual. For more information and the Zoom link go to: https://templeofkriyayoga.org/ about halfway down the page.
The New Moon is a Solar Eclipse. It is on Saturday, October 14 at 12:54 pm in 21° Libra. A new moon is a new beginning for the month ahead. A solar eclipse symbolizes a new beginning for the year ahead. It can be very valuable to affirm your most important goal by writing it down or even taking some small step toward it.
In general a Libra solar eclipse puts the focus on the concept of balance. (The symbol for the constellation Libra is the scales of balance.) Finding balance in life is always a challenge. Use the next few days to observe where your life may be out of balance. Look for ways to bring greater harmony into your life. Balancing and rebalancing in everyday life is a partner practice to your sitting meditation.
Libra is an air sign which signifies communication is the key right now. Sometimes it's communication with your own self. Check out this article from Scientific American about doing some free writing to get your thoughts on paper.
I've been enjoying some writing salons via Zoom with The Narrative Method where participants are given a prompt, free write for awhile, then share with small supportive breakout groups. I find it very restorative and personally insightful.
A great way to support your astrological studies is comparing what you read in biographies and memoirs with that person's horoscope.
Right now I'm reading "Make It So" a memoir by Patrick Stewart, one of my favorite Star Trek actors. Before starting, I found his birth data at the astrodatabank and ran off his natal horoscope. As he's describing his life, I look to see how his chart lines up with his personal stories. He has no birth time listed so I ran off the chart for noon and just used a flat chart. If you're a person who likes astrological challenges like rectification, you could use the clues in the book to get a time frame for his birth. Then use his key life events to narrow the birthtime down and discover his rising sign.
Another great way to advance your astrological studies is through the Temple of Kriya Yoga's online Professional Astrology Course. There's a new payment plan for the course. If you choose to pay the whole amount at once, there's a discount. But you can also select to pay for one part at a time.
Check it out at: https://templeofkriyayoga.org/professional-astrology/
If you have any questions about the course material or would like a Zoom tour of the learning website, please feel free to contact me.
The Full Moon is on Friday, September 29 at 4:57 am in 6° Aries. Plenty of energy, good for social events or a push to the finish line for a work project. Keep in mind that things that are started under an Aries full moon need more than just that activated first step. Put a plan in place to sustain your momentum.
The New Moon is on Thursday, September 14 at 8:39 pm CDT in 21° Virgo. Virgo is the sign of the microcosmic, with the focus on the tiny details of day to day life. It is a good time to appreciate the small things, how a little seed in the spring becomes the harvest in the fall. Maybe how a little meditation each day, over time, yields spiritual riches.
Mercury is at its stationary point at the New Moon which slows things down over the next few days. However, Mercury is going direct which will bring some positive changes. Items that have been lost may be found sometime in the next week. Information that has been difficult to discover may come to light.
Mercury is in a wide opposition to Saturn which can slow things down even more right now but it's temporary. Focus on priorities. Don't volunteer for anything unless you're certain it furthers your highest goals. Practice patience and being a good listener.
How you find yourself affected by Saturn has a lot to do with the Saturn in your natal chart. Here's an article by Ray Grasse, "Saturn as the Key 'Karmic' Challenge of the Horoscope" which goes through Saturn in each sign.
[If you don't know where your planets are, you can Google "natal horoscope calculations" to find sites that will calculate your chart for free.]
The Full Moon is on Wednesday, August 30, at 8:35 pm CDT in 7° Pisces, a sign of imagination and intuitive awareness. Good for the enjoyment of art, poetry and music.
The Full Moon in Pisces also brings a tendency to compare our mundane existence with our fantasy of various types of utopia which can bring feelings of dissatisfaction with our everyday life. Meditation focused on the beauty found in nature can help to bring peace and balance. Trees, flowers, or mountains, for example, can be uplifting and grounding at the same time.
The Full Moon is conjunct Saturn at 3° Pisces. With Saturn we feel limited, constricted or just plain overloaded with work.
While I was reflecting on the Full Moon conjunct Saturn in Pisces, I thought of a positive metaphor: Fresh baked bread.
The life of the wheat is crushed and ground down to flour by the heavy mill stone. Mixed with water (the waters of life) along with yeast, it rises. The dough is pounded back down and kneaded by the baker. Then baked into something firmer, the crust hardening around the tender crumb. Tight pockets of air (the breath of life) create the inner texture. So perfect and delicious.
It is a sacred metamorphosis. The hard work and sacrifice that we experience with Saturn is transformed into something transcendent, something that feeds and benefits others.
"Just keep swimming," as Dory said to Nemo.
September 4, Venus Direct at 12° Leo.
September 4, Jupiter Retrograde 15° Taurus
Venus and Jupiter, the two planets that represent money are both at their stationary points on the same day. A stationary point means the planet looks like it has come to a stop in its orbit as viewed from Earth. These two planets also form a square or inharmonious aspect to each other. Be cautious with financial projects and major purchases. "Rose-colored glasses" can change a normally practical outlook to one that is over-optimistic.
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he New Moon is on Wednesday, August 16 at 4:38 am in 23° Leo. At its best, the New Moon in Leo brings us an extra burst of creativity and a dash of joie de vivre. A Leo new moon expands our ability to lead others, but if too much ego gets mixed in, we can seem a bit overbearing.
The New Moon is square to Uranus at 23° Taurus bringing surprises that can sometimes be fun and give us a break from our everyday patterns. Uranus can also bring unexpected changes of plan. Mental flexibility and compassion for ourselves and others can help as we problem-solve these unanticipated situations.
To find the warmth and self-confidence that Leo can bring, listen to this guided meditation from Swami Jnanamudrananda.
Mercury goes retrograde on August 23 at 21° Virgo.
Uranus goes retrograde on August 26 at 23° Taurus.
With Mercury and Uranus going retrograde within days of each other, it may seem that everything goes both slower and somewhat off track. Not the best time to begin major projects. It can help to keep your focus on your most important objectives. The serendipity of the internet can lead you to information and entertainment that is interesting and fun. With these retrogrades, however, we may be doing more time-wasting online than anything productive. Clarify your own boundaries between relaxing and working to get the most benefit from these aspects.
Lin Ewing, a member of the Northern Illinois chapter of NCGR, is giving a workshop:
"Pluto, The Moon's Nodes, and Why are You Here: Pluto in Your Birth Chart as an Indicator of the Purpose of This Incarnation"
Sunday, August 27, 1 - 4 pm CDT on Zoom
Registration and payment information:
The Professional Astrology Course
Temple of Kriya Yoga
Goswami Kriyananda is the instructor via his audio recordings and writing. Marcia Sacks provides supplemental materials and answers student questions.
The Full Moon is on Tuesday, August 1, at 1:31 pm CDT in 9° Aquarius. An Aquarian Full Moon is a symbol of social networks, fellowship and connections with friends, so great for meetups and get-togethers. Jupiter (at 13° Taurus) is square to the Full Moon, which can emphasize that expansive feeling of fellowship and connection. With that same Jupiter square, our good feelings may be thwarted by people who have differences in philosophy, religion, and governmental law. Keep compassion and loving-kindness in mind.
Aquarius full moons are also times when we're likely to come in contact with creative people and new ideas. And related to the subject of meetups, get-togethers and new ideas:
One of the ways to learn astrology fast is to join an astrology group or organization like The National Council for Geocosmic Research which has chapters in many cities including Chicago. Like many groups, The Northern Illinois Chapter of NCGR is still meeting on Zoom so people attend from all over. On Tuesday, August 8th, 7:30 p.m. Jon Parks will be speaking on "Rulerships & How to Use Them in Chart Interpretation." Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for info on how to sign up to receive the zoom link.
Want more tips on how to learn astrology fast? Here's a video I made several years ago:
The New Moon is on Monday, July 17 at 1:31 pm CDT in 24° Cancer. Cancer is a nurturing sign, so you might find yourself cooking for your family and friends or feeding them emotionally with positive support. With Pluto opposing the New Moon, there's a lot of passionate energy, on a sliding scale from fervent love to furious rage. When you feel yourself just getting warm, that's the time to take a deep breath and recognize which direction between affection and anger you are going and if that direction is wise. Think about a big pot of vegetable soup simmering on the stove. You are creating nutritious food with those ingredients and that heat. But it also has the element of boiling water, which can be scalding if handled incorrectly.
Uranus and Neptune are in a harmonious position to the New Moon. With the intuition and inspiration brought by those planets, you can find original ways to visualize and "cook up" a positive month ahead.
On July 23rd, Venus goes retrograde at 28° Leo. Venus retrograde times (especially 4 or 5 days before and after the 7/23 stationary point) are not good for major purchases and "Venusian" things like fashion and cosmetics. Things bought then tend to be worth less than advertised. Good for having a garage sale but not for buying from a garage sale.
"Saturn the Late Bloomer" is an article by Ray Grasse on astro.com. It gives a more balanced outlook of Saturn in hard aspect to the personal planets. (This essay is also found in his book Under a Sacred Sky.)
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Marcia Sacks is an astrologer in the Kriya Yoga tradition.