Cardinal Cross

Full Moon in Capricorn: The Final Exam

On July 12th there is a Full Moon in Capricorn. Full Moons are high energy times and opportunities to reach an awareness.This particular full moon is somewhat of a watershed moment for 2014. 

Basically a Full Moon is the point where the Sun and Moon are the furthest they can be from one another along the 360 degree circle. The seeds planted on the New Moon in Cancer back on June 28th have come to fruition. We see what we have been diligently working on over the last 14 days. In itself the FM is part of the monthly manifest ion cycle, yet there are times when the Lunation cycle (monthly cycle between the Sun and Moon) aligns with larger cycles, and this Full Moon is one of those times.

Throughout most of 2014 there has been a Grand Cardinal Square in the heavens. This Grand cross was formed by Pluto in Capricorn, Uranus in Aries, Jupiter in Cancer and Mars in Libra. We started the year with a New Moon on this Grand Cross setting the  tone for the year to be one of initiation into a new way of being, acting & relating.  In April this Grand Cross became very exact, acting much like the eye of a needle. We were required at that time, to let go of old ways of being, relating & acting that no longer served our evolution, if we in fact, wanted to evolve. Like all things in this dualistic world, evolution is a choice. For those who chose to move along the path there were some painful releases of long standing attachments. These attachments it seemed were that which we held most dear, and often felt like we couldn't do without.

We are now on the other side of that huge energetic let go, unencumbered yet still unsure. The energy of the Cardinal Cross is two steps forward, one step back, so we are finding our footing in this New Paradigm.

The Grand Cardinal Cross forms again with this Full Moon in Capricorn one last time, save for a short period of time in December of 2014. But for all intents and purposes this is the end of this particular long term configuration.

In the Full Moon chart the Sun and Moon are part of this Grand Cardinal Cross. Awareness around issues of family, parenting, gender and internal vs. external security are seen in the opposition of the Sun and Moon. The FM squares the nodal axis, North Node in Libra & South Node in Aries. The Nodes of the Moon point to the direction of our collective evolution. The North Node in Libra asks us to relate in a cooperative and balanced way, The South Node in Aries asks us to let go of old ways of acting, especially based on emotional insecurity and the war-like tendencies. Adding to this is the other actors in the Grand Cross play (save for Jupiter which is in the last degree of Cancer and not part of the party). Pluto is conjoined the Moon in Capricorn, Mars is conjoined the NN in Libra and Uranus is conjoin the SN in Aries. This is the final exam, can we relate in a new way? Can we do things differently? Can we take the internal changes we have undergone and translate them onto the larger cultural and world stage.

There is one more long term configuration to be considered that is part of this Full Moon chart and that is the Grand Water Trine that has been in the heavens since the Summer of 2013. In Astrology water is symbolic of the Soul, the emotional body and the feminine. In the patriarchal society we find ourselves in the attributes of Water are not recognized as valuable.  This can be easily seen in the treatment of women, the planet & the way our emotions are handled, more like a disease, than a natural process of being human.

Grand Trines are opportunities for healing or re-imprinting of traumas and abuses to our emotional bodies, our souls and the feminine. This can be seen all over the world from those school girls in Nigeria, to the Hobby Lobby decision by the supreme court of the Untied States, the feminine must be valued if we are to have any chance of balance and peace.

We are tired of the old ways, we have let go, reconfigured, re-orientated ourselves, done the internal work necessary, now it's time to be the change. We are ready. With the awareness we can garner at this Full Moon we can make this world a more loving place. It starts with each individual making different choices and eventually those in charge have no choice but to change. We have the power people, let's use it!

The New Moon in Virgo: Time to rollup our sleeves!

The Spring & Summer of 2011 have been seasons fraught with radical shifts; from the Arab Spring, to the magnitude 9.0 earthquake, tsunami & resultant nuclear meltdown in Japan; to the union busting shenanigans in Wisconsin & the manufactured crisis of the debt ceiling in Washington; to the riots in London & Palestine & the almost innumerable weather disasters; flood, tornados, wild fires, drought; the very fabric of our lives seems to be unraveling. Those of us lucky enough to be relatively unscathed, watch in wide-eyed disbelief, as one crisis after another drives home the issues we face in this interconnected global village of ours. We can no longer close our eyes to what is going on & yet the sheer magnitude & multitude of tragedy after tragedy overwhelm us. What can we do?   The last New Moon (July 30, 2011) in the sign of Leo, asked us to access our connection to higher realms (Higher Self, Higher Mind, Soul, Cosmic Mind, Great Spirit, Source Energy) to begin to consciously co-create our future. This latest New Moon at 5+ degrees of Virgo (August 28th-29th, 2011) is where the rubber meets the road.   Leo is about creative self-expression & Virgo is about the practical application of our creative spark. Virgo is a mutable earth sign, interactive & practical, its purpose, to a large extent, is to discern what fruits are worth moving forward with & what fruits are useless & need to be discarded. Separating the wheat from the chaff is a vital function of Virgo. Many depictions of the sign of Virgo is a young woman, presumably virginal (uncorrupted by relationship with the ‘other’, which occurs over the next 2 signs, Libra & Scorpio) holding a sheaf of wheat. It is Virgo’s function to harvest that which is useful.   In the New Moon (NM) chart, the ruler of Virgo, Mercury, is in the sign of creative self expression, Leo. Fresh off it’s retrograde phase (August 2nd- 26th) which began at 1 degree of Virgo & retrograded back into Leo where it spent the majority of it’s time, many of our inspired ideas, for those who chose to use the retrograde period as a time for introspection, rather than frustration, have been tested in the realm of the mind. Now with the Sun & Moon in Virgo these thoughts can be acted upon and made manifest. Not all of them will make the cut. Mercury in Leo is in aspect to both Uranus & Pluto. It is the square between these two outer planets that has been the engine of the winds of change that have been blowing so fiercely since 2010 & will continue to do so well into 2015. This particular aspect to Mercury from both Uranus & Pluto is called a sesquiquadrate or a sesqui-square (135 degree aspect). This relatively rare planetary configuration between three planets where two planets square (Uranus/Pluto) and simultaneously create a sesquiquadrate with a third planet (Mercury) can bring up the worse aspects of Mercury in a fire sign. According to Bil Tierney, in his seminal work on planetary aspects called Dynamics of Planetary Aspects “sesquiquadrates create an anxious effort to prove one’s significance through immature & self indulgent expression…an exaggerated self expression with the tendency to ignore or indirectly defy restraints imposed by the environment.” There will be lots of posturing by those who feel as if they have all the answers, so it looks like Virgo has her work cut out for her on this New Moon cycle.   To aid the potentially over-worked Virgo, there are many helpful aspects to this New Moon. The Sun/Moon are conjoined Venus in Virgo. Venus is the lesser benefic because of the beneficial influence she has on other planets she is in aspect to . Venus in Virgo is a shy position for the planet of Love, self-effacing, somewhat self-critical but always helpful. Venus in this sign is discriminating, which can act as a counter balance to the over-inflated Mercury in Leo.   The New Moon is also inconjunct (150 degree aspect) to Uranus in Aries. A mental adjustment is necessary. We are being nudged to break free from fear, anxiety, self-doubt, all negative Virgoan qualities. There is also an opposition to Chiron in Pisces which asks us to be aware of the highest aspirations of Virgo, service to others & service to humanity. The New Moon is also trine Pluto in Capricorn & Saturn in Taurus creating a grand earth trine. This gives us access to the transformative power and inner resources we may have not been aware we possess, but are none the less there. This energy can be utilized to fundamentally transform the structures of our lives, based on the resources available. This power can be used physically to release all the “things: we have been holding on to that bog us down.   This Virgo New Moon require us to roll up our sleeves and reminds us that we are the midwives of our creations, with discernment & humility we can collectively birth a New World.