Jupiter in Taurus

New Moon Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius: Awakening to the Future

New Moons are points in the cycle of the Sun and Moon when they share the same degree of the zodiac. This occurs on an average of once o month, (sometimes 2x's a month when New Moons fall at the very beginning and very end of a month.) The cycle between the Sun and Moon, from one New Moon to the next is 29 ½ days.

When the Sun and Moon is New we cannot see the Moon in the evening sky for it is moves with the sun along the elliptic and during the day the Moon is invisible because it is overtaken by the brightness of the Sun's corona, unless of course there is an eclipse and the Moon is in alignment with the Sun in such a way that it can block out part or all of the Sun. This is the case in partial and total eclipses of the Sun. It is during this time that the shadow of the Moon can “swallow up” the Sun. The study of eclipses and their effects is an deep and ancient study. The ability to predict an eclipse with accuracy was a great power to have in ancient days. If you happened to be the kings astrologer it could be the difference between living a respected life or literally loosing one's head. Or in some cases, this information was key for the wily astrologer to “get out of Dodge” before the eclipse happened due to the fact that often a Solar Eclipse would predict the fall of a leader, and in those days the messenger was often killed because of the message.

This New Moon in Sagittarius at 1:10 AM EST on November 25th is in fact a Solar Eclipse because it falls close to the Nodal axis of the Moon which has been moving through the signs of Sagittarius and Gemini (The Nodes of the Moon are always exactly opposite each other by sign and degree) since March of 2011. There are two eclipse seasons a year, approximately 6 months apart, one season the Sun and Moon are New at the South Node and the other season the Sun and Moon are New at the North Node.

The last eclipse season occurred in June and July of this year (2011) with 3 eclipses at the South Node. South Node eclipses bring us an awareness of what needs to be let go of, what must be released so we can move forward on our evolutionary journey to come to understand ourselves and the world we have created.

This latest New Moon eclipse is on the North Node of the Moon and so our focus will be towards how can we co-create the future. The sign of Sagittarius, the sign of this New Moon, seeks to understand, to create a world view, a philosophy of life. Sagittarius rules philosophy, religion, the right or intuitive brain, as well as foreign shores. Sagittarians love adventure and traveling, as a fire sign it does not like to 'fenced in', it wants to explore the world, climb the mountain, fly to the moon, whatever can help it gain a broader perspective on the world. Sagittarius also rules nature and Natural Law. Natural Law is the Law of Nature. Observation of nature can 'school us' in understanding of these laws. For example the idea of taking more than we need, is against natural law. Defiling and polluting the very earth we depend on to sustain us is against natural law. Ownership is against natural law while being a conscious steward of the earth is in alignment with Natural Law.

The North Node is the direction of the future, the South Node the accumulated past, over the summer and through the fall we were asked to let go of many things, people, places, possessions, our ideas about relationship, authority, & what security is; all in an effort to pare us down to what is essential in our lives. In part that was a function of the South Node eclipses that occurred in the Summer in the signs of Gemini (thoughts) and Cancer (feelings). The North Node eclipse at this New Moon is asking us to plant the seeds for the future.

The Chart for the New Moon is very interesting and can give us some clues as to the energies we will be working with for the next 6 months at least. The Sun and Moon at 3 degrees of Sagittarius are in a stressful square to Mars in Virgo. Squares connote crisis, and crisis has a way of bringing us into the present moment to deal with our situation. Mars in Virgo is about working through the details, Sagittarius is the big picture, so the seeds we plant on this New Moon for the future, are not of the 'set it and forget it' kind, they will need constant care and oversight. Freedom, another Sagittarius theme cannot be lasting without attention to detail (that is why Virgo comes before Sagittarius in the zodiac). True freedom is hard won. And we will have plenty of time with details, because in 2012 Mars will go retrograde in Virgo and spend a whopping 8 months in the sign of Virgo (November 2011-July 2012).

Jupiter the natural ruler of Sagittarius, and for you astrologers out there, the ruler of the eclipse, is in Taurus retrograde. When planets are retrograde, it a time of review, a time to throw off any beliefs (Jupiter) about our resources(Taurus) that are not true (Sagittarius). Jupiter has been retrograde in Taurus since August 30, 2011 and within less than a month people began occupying Wall Street. And as the retrograde has continued we are becoming more and more aware of who holds all the money cards, incidentally Taurus rules money. This Taurus retrograde concludes on Christmas Eve and starts moving forward on Christmas. It will be interesting to see what our Christmas presents will be this year, as people come to terms with what is truly important in life. The archetype of Santa Claus is Jupiterian, all I can say about that is that the Universe has a great sense of humor!

Jupiter in Taurus is inconjunct (150 degree geometric relationship) to the New Moon. Inconjuncts are always aspects of adjustment. Both mental adjustments and emotional adjustments need to be made in our relationship to our resources. Jupiter in Taurus is also involved in a Grand Earth Trine (3 or more planets or points in a flowing aspect to each other creating a triangle of energy) with Pluto in Capricorn and Mars in Virgo. Grand trines, such as this one work in the background as freely flowing energy it can be easily accessed but it must be accessed so we have to take the action. Transformation(Pluto) in the distribution of Money (Jupiter in Taurus) as long as we pay attention to the details and take small systematic steps (Mars in Virgo) can help us to create a new paradigm around money and resources. The simple act of moving your money from a large 'too big to fail' bank and putting it in credit unions or locally and state backed banks is a simple yet powerful step to reclaiming our power. In the US chart for the New Moon this Grand Trine is happening in the Water houses, the Water houses deal with our feeling nature and our emotional security, so as we take steps to transform the physical we are also accessing our inner selves. Ultimately we are being asked to evolve our emotional body and get in touch with not just our outer resources, but our inner ones as well.

And lastly, but surely not least, the Planet Uranus aka the Great Awakener in Aries, is in a flowing aspect to the New Moon. Uranus holds the energy of revolution, Aries the energy of new beginnings so there is plenty of juice for us to create the changes that are necessary.

This New Moon is an opportunity to begin the process or self-responsibility and self-reliance that can move us forward into a more equitable future. A review of our actions, our values, our resources, and our relationship to the planet are all part of the picture. The seeds of transformation are sprouting, it is up to us to nurture them, for they shall feed us all, on all levels.

New Moon in Scorpio: Legends of the Fall

New Moon in Scorpio: Legends of the Fall

In the Northern Hemisphere Scorpio is the sign of Late Fall, the time when the days shorten and the air, at least here in the Northeast, becomes crisp and sharp. Much of the glory of the early Fall gives way to a more somber mood as the deciduous trees drop their remaining leaves and the pallet of nature moves away from the glorious golds and reds and more into the muted browns and dark greens. The trees once lush with their green canopies start to show the structure and grace of their bare branches. In a way, they are stripped down to the bare essentials as their sap moves from tips back to the center of the tree.

As children of nature, whether we recognize this in our lives or not, there is a drawing in of our energies, a subtle shift from the outward moving yang, to the more internal yin energy. It is natural for us to become more introspective during this time. When the Sun moves into Scorpio it heralds a more feeling time, a time of deep searching. When most of society was still agriculturally based, this would be this time that the herds would be culled. The resources for man and beast would be evaluated and the animals for which there were not enough resources to feed during the long winter would themselves become part of the larder of resources. So Scorpio is often associated with death and sacrifice as well as shared resources. We have, in our modern world become disconnected from the cycles of nature. The necessity for sacrifice for the good of all is not something most people are comfortable considering, and yet it is a necessary part of life.

On October 26 there is a New Moon in Scorpio at 3:56PM EDT. New Moons are seed times, and Scorpio is the sign of transformation, so in essence this New Moon deals with the Seeds of our Transformation. A sober look at our individual, shared and collective resources would be a apropos activity during this time. In the chart for the New Moon the Sun & Moon are in an opposition to Jupiter now retrograde in Taurus. When a planet is moving retrograde it is a time for re-evaluation. Taurus rules our essential needs, this includes our survival needs, food, water and shelter. It also rules our value systems, what is important to us once our essential needs are met. The planet Jupiter is the planet of beliefs, and so what do we believe our essential needs and values to be. In the opposition to the New Moon in Scorpio there is an awareness (opposition) of our needs and values (Taurus) and what we believe (Jupiter) them to be. The New Moon in Scorpio brings our emotions up around these issues. And so we must really come to terms with what is important to us. Often times we are emotionally attached to people, places and things that no longer serve us. Like the trees of the late Fall we are called to strip our lives bare so that we can come to terms what is truly essential. Do we need to hold onto our pain, our relationships, our things? What can be culled in our life that will ensure that we survive the 'winter'.

Since Pluto, the ruler of Scorpio, moved into the sign of Capricorn in 2008 many of us have had our very foundations shaken. Capricorn deals with authority, Pluto power, and so we have had to come to terms with our sense of personal power and authority. Many have felt powerless as the structures we could once count on, fall like houses of cards. Those things that define us, our careers, our family, our relationships, our self-image have been shifting. There are few people you can talk to who haven't had one or more of these areas of life effected by the current state of the world. And it is in the sense of being powerless around those things that lie outside of ourselves that can nurture the seed of power from within.

In the New Moon Chart Pluto in Capricorn sits at the top of the chart in the 10th house symbolizing the ruling moneyed class. Planets in the 10th house are in the limelight, whether they like it or not. Pluto would rather work beneath the surface with as little fanfare as possible, yet there it sits in the most public of houses in the chart. There is no hiding from the masses. In a mundane chart the people are symbolizing by the Moon and the leaders of a country by the Sun. The people(Moon) and Leaders(Sun) are in the 8th house of the New Moon Chart. The house of transformation. We the people are waking up from our slumber, we are seeing things for how they are and it it changing and transforming us. Those intrepid souls who are occupying Wall Street and other cities around the country are coming to terms with the reality of our situation. Whether Wall Street will open their coffers is yet to be determined and ultimately that may not be the most important consequence of what is going on in Zuccotti Park and elsewhere. It is the coming together of people of all ages, races, nationalities, levels of education, socioeconomic classes to march and sit and sing and interact. To foster the awareness that what unites us, the need for fairness and equanimity is far stronger than that which divides us. We all share the same planet respect for one another and respect for Mother Earth (Taurus) can move us through our evolution into the Age of Aquarius.

The world is changing and so are we.