Moon Phases

February 2021 New Moon

Our Aquarius new moon arrives on Thursday, 11 February 2021 and it’s like the bow on a cosmic gift as it joins the Sun, Venus, Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn already in Aquarius. ⁣

⁣That’s a lot and it’s incredible. Aquarius holds the space for the totality of who we are both in and out of body. Aquarius is about connection … to each other, to nature, our planet, our souls, our universe.⁣

⁣As I watch it snow and consider what I want to share, my mind drifted to a couple of lines from the poem Desiderata by Max Ehrmann. I discovered and memorized it about 50 years ago. ⁣

⁣“Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.”⁣

⁣Know that you belong. You are connected. You are important and you matter, even when some unhealed part of you tells you otherwise ⁣

⁣Love ALL of yourself. ⁣

⁣You are a divine spark. ⁣

⁣There has never been, nor will there ever be, another YOU.⁣

Moon Phases

January 2021 New Moon

Just after midnight on January 13th we have our first new moon of this new year. It’s in Capricorn and it comes with a Pluto conjunction.

This is a big one.

We are being asked to own our choices and our true intentions behind them, to remember that we always have a choice, to own our responsibility for our choices, for our own healing and our responsibilities to each other. And if that wasn’t enough, to know deep down that we can transform our lives no matter the circumstances, even random ones.

It’s a lot.

I’m guessing you’ve experienced serendipity, those beautiful moments when things just seem to workout in this oddly unexpected way. You may believe when that happens that everything happens for a reason.

I don’t. I’m going to tell you the three big things that I believe drive our experiences.

First, the more we live in alignment with our intuition, our highest good … when we surrender and let our soul guide us through life, the more of these serendipitous moments we have. We get into a flow and life feels easier. We don’t always see how things will work out at the time, but we follow that inner guidance and eventually see how it all comes together.

Second, there’s a randomness to this life. Sometimes circumstances fall in our favor and sometimes they don’t. Part of this randomness is our human experience and we are here to learn that we can transcend what happens here. We are bigger than any human experience and we can create meaningful transformation no matter what happens.

I don’t like the saying that everything happens for a reason, because it implies we’re not really responsible for anything. So what if there’s poverty or social injustice, everything happens for a reason, so those people must need to learn something. I also don’t believe that the universe is cruel. I would never tell parents that their child was raped and murdered so they could learn something. What lessons is worth the cost of that tuition?

So what about karma? Maybe you think that’s the reason behind the serendipity and tragic experiences of life.

So third, the beliefs and experiences you bring into this life do drive what you believe and your thoughts do create your reality. The energy of your thoughts causes you to see things the way you believe them to be and attracts to you what matches your beliefs. I get that. I mean I do karmic astrology.

The thing is, karma is not about punishment and rewards, it’s about cause and effect. You do something and that causes a reaction. You believe it’s okay to hurt others and then find yourself on the victim side of an experience where someone hurts you. After all, you believe it’s okay to hurt others. There is a connection between what we believe and what shows up in our life.

So here’s what I want you to really consider …

Your deepest responsibility and the most powerful choice you can make is to both wholly own that you are responsible for your life and the choices you make AND at the same time, turn control of your life over to your soul, your higher self.

When you do this, you maximize the likelihood you will experience the serendipity of life working out. You are more able to transform the heartbreak in life and you are more able you to transcend your karma. The merry go round of cause and effect is always spinning, but you have the ability to jump off.

When you own the source of your pain and heal your wounds, your belief changes and the karma is done.

So yes, life works better when we follow our intuition and ride the current of the divine. Things fall into place more easily and life is more abundant. Listening to that inner guidance improves your life. It can become a waste of energy though

to micro analyze everything or beat yourself up if something happens in life that isn’t good. Learn what you can, accept what is and move on to creating the transformation you need, because while there is a random element to life here how we handle it and get back on track is up to us.

Being open to transformation is our responsibility.

The secret to my eternal optimism isn’t that I believe every outcome is always going to be good. I’m not an “it’s all good” kind of person. My secret is that I know with certainty that everything can be transcended. Everything.

So during this new moon in Capricorn, be open to owning your choices and when making them, consider surrendering to what you know deep down is the best choice. Even if you don’t fully understand it. It’s actually very practical to follow the path your soul nudges you towards. It’s more efficient. It works better. And that is part of the beauty of Capricorn, allowing our divine self to be expressed through our human existence.

Have a beautiful new moon week.

Moon Phases

December 2020 Full Moon

Today is December 29th the sun is in Capricorn and our last full moon of 2020 is happening tonight in Cancer. The moon rules Cancer so she is completely in her element. ⁣

So are you.

This is a great time to honor the guardrails that you’ve built that make you you safe and release any you don’t need any more.

When I was little, I rode a tricycle and then moved up to a two wheeler with training wheels. I loved that bike and I felt kind of like one of the big kids on it.

I noticed that first day though that the training wheels didn’t both touch the ground at the same time. It seemed like one of them only touched when I leaned a little bit and I wondered if I even needed them.

It turns out I didn’t and so we quickly moved to that moment when my dad had me get on, he took a few quick steps with me holding on then and let go and I was cruising on my own.

It felt amazing. It was like my world opened up. I could ride farther and faster and I was doing it all on my own. I was doing it. I didn’t look at it as losing training wheels, I felt like I was gaining freedom.

This is the opportunity I’m offering you.

It’s important to have supportive boundaries in life. We thrive when we feel safe and aren’t worrying if we will be hurt. The thing is some of those boundaries have a shelf life and are only meant to be temporary. They get us to the moment in time when we realize we don’t actually need them and if we hold on to them past that point, they become limitations.

This is an incredible time to release something you’ve out grown. Maybe you’ve recently done this and are just now noticing that you did. Congratulations.

Maybe doing this has crossed your mind recently, but you think you’ll hold on a little longer. As with all things, you do what’s best for you. My message to you today though is that you get to choose how you look at release. You can see it as a loss, like losing something that holds you up or you can see it as a gain, like gaining freedom, confidence, opportunities.

So you decide, is there some belief, habit, behavior, choice that is starting to feel more self-limiting than self-supporting? I bet there is and this is the perfect time to let it go.

It served its purpose and without it you are going to go farther, feel more deeply, and experience more fulfillment in your life. You can do this.

You aren’t losing anything. The release opens up a space for more of what nurtures you. You’ve got this.

Have a beautiful full moon.

Moon Phases

New Moon – December 2020

The Sagittarius new moon is happening on Monday along with a solar eclipse. It’s also happening just days before Jupiter and Saturn enter Aquarius. While new moons are all about planting seeds and setting intentions, you may have been feeling overwhelmed with loss lately. 

The great conjunction has been urging you out of your comfort zone, and pressing you to grow and change, to level up (see highlights in my Instagram profile for more on this). The good news is that universal energy is shifting and along with the urge to change, you will hopefully start feeling lifted up and able to see potential, to see the light at the end of the tunnel. 

Last month’s full moon invited you to see how you have transformed. This new moon that follows invites you to realize faith in yourself. Believe in yourself. 

There’s a fine line between being honest with yourself about who you are and embracing the belief that you are more than you may think you are. Ask yourself, what would you do if you weren’t afraid? Courage isn’t the absence of fear, courage is doing it anyway. This is a time for courage, to step into your potential.

The shift in Aquarius for Jupiter and Saturn is going to bring us closer to both our human and divine connection. As they both continue traveling through Aquarius, we will experience our divine connection to each other and remember we are not alone.

14 December 2020

Sun / Moon @ 23 degrees Sagittarius 

21 December 2020

Jupiter / Saturn @ 0 degrees Aquarius 

Moon Phases

Full Moon – November 2020

I like to talk about the lunar cycle as a continuing story, because each one connects to the next. So as we move into the full moon Sunday night, we continue this cycle of deep transformation.

By now you may be asking yourself, how much more do I have to release? How spiritually evolved do I really need to be, because this is wearing me out.

Jon Kabat-Zinn wrote, you can’t stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf.

For all of you emotionally surfing through this with me, we’re going to catch a break. I invite you to float through this full moon. In October we were invited to let go of what doesn’t work for us. November’s new moon asked us to be honest with ourselves about the source of our pain, and the Venus transits all month have challenged us to be honest about what matters most to us.

The transformational release we are getting now is the butterfly coming out of its chrysalis and beginning to fly. It’s about allowing ourselves to feel lighter, stronger and having a renewed faith in ourselves. Embrace it. Yes, there is still awful stuff in the world and you still have more work ahead, but seize this moment to lighten up.

Allow yourself to float on the faith that life has a way of working out. Let yourself try something new or to take a detached break from something that weighs on you. Notice when and how you may take yourself a bit too seriously and try easing up on yourself and others. On a deeper level, we are being asked to lighten up, because we often spend way too much energy on small stuff. We need to conserve our energy for the big stuff.

So give yourself a break. Be proud of yourself for having come as far as you have and take a minute to celebrate who you are, especially if you feel tempted to get frustrated over how far you think you have to go.

For this full moon, I invite you to call to mind an imagine of a butterfly. If it helps, do an image search of one and look at it. I want you to just take a minute, either with your eyes closed or while looking at your picture, and see yourself as the butterfly.

See yourself as a changed being. You are not the same person you were a week ago, a month ago, a year ago. Think of one way in which you have changed or one thing that you needed to let go of and you have let it go.

See yourself as the butterfly, touching lightly and moving on. Life is constant change and you have it within you to adapt, adjust and move on. Remember that.

Note: Full moon is exact on 30 November 2020 at 4:30am ET. Moon at 8 degrees of Gemini opposes the Sun in Sagittarius at 8 degrees. We are currently in a cycle for several months of the full moon happening at 8 degrees and the new moon at 23.

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Super New Moon on 15 November 2020

I’m remembering a day I decided to clean out my stuffed bedroom closet. I thought I could just pull out a few things, move stuff around and somehow that would be enough. Rookie mistake.

After much frustration, I surrendered. I emptied the closet got everything out and immediately felt overwhelmed. Ugh. Why did I do this. Now I have to deal with all this stuff. In that moment, I realized this was about more than just my closet.

I began the thoughtful work of deciding what to keep and what to let go. I was surprised at how much stuff didn’t make it back in and I loved how easy it was to use and enjoy what did.

Last month was an invitation to start digging into our spiritual closets, letting go of what doesn’t work for us anymore. This month urges us to go a bit deeper, and brings a big payoff for doing so.

New moons are about beginnings and renewal. This Scorpio new moon on Sunday, 15 November 2020 offers us the opportunity to see through the layers of personality and rebuild from our soul.

There can be multiple reasons why pain lingers. One of those reasons is that we stay attached to painful ways of seeing ourselves. It becomes less about what someone did and more about telling ourselves we are not beautiful or lovable.

It’s not just what other people do that reinforces negative self talk. Sometimes, instead of seeing how far we’ve come, we may beat ourselves up for our choices, tell ourselves we are not worthy of abundance, believe that we’ve wasted chunks of our lives or that we’ve missed the boat on something we want so much.

The most powerful thing you can do for this new moon is to choose a wound you carry, and allow yourself to fully admit to yourself why you feel hurt. Look below the actions of someone else and see if you can notice is an underlying belief about yourself that you have been carrying. Chances are your mind used their action to reinforce that negative belief.

Use the extra support of the new moon to create a new beginning based on a belief that is more loving and do at least one thing to reinforce the loving belief. Ask for something you want, try something even if you could fail. Start a mental list of your best qualities.

It’s okay if you’re not able to immediately shift to the replacement belief. Letting go is a process and even recognizing the need to let something go is a step forward and creates the foundation for your new start.

I’ll share more about this period of transformation we are in when I discuss the full moon at the end of the month.

Spoiler alert: it will feel like you can exhale, like you can put down something heavy that you have been carrying for a long time. You’ll feel like you can breathe again.

The new beginning you create with this super new moon by facing these deeper truths will bring you to a full moon experience of faith in yourself and joyful release.

Moon Phases

Halloween’s Blue Moon

Full moons are a fantastic opportunity for you to release what is not in alignment with your highest good and this coming full moon is a particularly incredible opportunity to do this. The emphasis of this one is transformation and universal connection. It’s going to be epic.

Transits are always about what outside energy will or won’t do for you. Think of them as opportunities. They are never your only chance to do something, but they are opportunities where the universe is providing an extra energetic boost. 

A full moon is when the sun and moon are exactly opposite each other. When they are in this state of reflection, it’s a particularly good time to take a good long look at yourself and see what is not working for you. It’s not about criticizing yourself. It’s about looking at who you are, what you need, and facing the truth about what in your life is supporting you to be your best self, and what is not. 

On Saturday, 31 October 2020 at 10:49am ET, we’ll have the sun at 8 degrees of Scorpio exactly opposite the moon at 8 degrees of Taurus. Scorpio is in the sign most associated with transformation, and both sun and moon are at the degree most associated with transformation. If that wasn’t enough, the moon will be exactly conjunct Uranus at 8 degrees of Taurus. Uranus is a lightening bolt. It’s inspiration, realization, change that can seem sudden and universal connection.

One more thing, this full is also a blue moon. Next one will be in August 2023.

So what does all this really mean? 

Given that the moon will be in Taurus, this feels like a time to transform your self-care. Venus enters Libra a few days before and will be making a quincunx with the moon before its exact opposition. It feels like we are being nudged to re-evaluate our priorities, to be honest with ourselves regarding how we allow others to impact our self-worth and to take responsibility for when we gravitate towards people that tell us what we want to hear.

The gentle loving bubble bath self-care is always of value, but the self-care here is much deeper. This full moon is an opportunity to dig deep into what serves you and to let go of what does not. There is a strong vibe of choice and trusting yourself with this full moon, both owning your choices and being willing to trust yourself to make bold new ones.

What you may choose could surprise you or others around you. I promise you though, it will not “come out of the blue.” Instead, this is a time to let yourself dig deep and bring to the surface the choices you’ve been wanting to make for a long time. 

Let go of something big. Let go of something that drains you. Let go of something you don’t want regardless of who gave it to you, or what it cost you (financially or energetically). Let go of regret, of feeling powerless, of thinking you’re a victim, of feeling you can’t change. Absolutely let go of some old criticism you keep repeating to yourself.

How do you do make use of this cosmic gift?

Open your heart. Plug into the universal connection that is always available to you and make a conscious decision to be willing to see things differently. Some time before Saturday, take a shower and allow your mind and heart be open to what you need to release now. As the water runs over you, be open to knowing what you need to release. What you come to know could include taking some sort of action, or it may be more of an internal release of thoughts and feelings or both. Make a commitment to yourself that you will let go.

On or before Saturday, take some action, even a small one, to affirm your choice. It can be as simple as telling someone, doing something kind for yourself or actually getting rid of a physical object. The point is to take some action that is in alignment with this choice you have made. 

Thoughts + action = real change.

Some suggestions if you work with affirmations:

I embrace change.

I release all that does not serve my highest good.

I am worthy of love right now.

Happy Halloween

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Let’s talk moon speed

I didn’t realize until I came here to post that it’s been a year since I updated the blog. I’m not going to make any promises on frequency this time, though I am back to doing readings again so the odds favor more postings. Truth be told, though I am endlessly fascinated with astrology, it usually takes some external nudge to get me back here writing. Clients are often that nudge.

Today I want to discuss moon speed.

Do you know your moon speed? If not, then you’re in luck, because I have a moon speed calculator you can have for free to easily figure it out. 

Let’s back up though and first talk about why moon speed matters.

The moon is your temperament, it’s your capacity to respond emotionally, to nurture and be nurtured. It shows your beliefs about women, mothering and family that you brought into this life. It’s how you react moment to moment. The moon is not rational, it’s all about feelings.

You may be used to looking at sun signs for compatibility and while there’s value in that, the moon informs you about what it’s like to hang out with that person, to live with them or go on a road trip with them.

The speed of the moon when you were born gives insight into the speed with which you process your emotions. Other things in the chart will color this a bit, but in general, it helps to explain why you function the way you do. If your moon is slow, you need more time than most to process your feelings. If it’s fast, then you zip through them quickly and if it’s average, then you are more able to adapt to the extremes. 

Ever wonder why you have no patience, or why you feel as if someone you care about is taking your feelings too lightly? The answers could be in looking at moon speeds.

Click here to download my free spreadsheet to help you quickly calculate your moon speed. I’ve also put together this quick video to show you how to use it. I will also post it on my IGTV today. I’m @karmicastrology on instagram.

Check it out and tell me your moon speed.

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Moon Speed, Oriental, Signature

My first online class at Udemy is now live. Their fantastic back to school sale continues through the end of today, so you can grab it now for just $9.99.

This class is designed to help you understand the moon speed, oriental and signature in a natal chart. The moon speed indicates the speed of the temperament and how emotions are processed. The oriental is a set of skills developed over past lives and the signature is a style that overlays on the chart. This class will teach you how to determine each of them and explain what they mean and how you can use them when looking at a chart.

While a familiarity with astrology basics is helpful, this class is completely accessible to beginners. The only requirement is an interest in astrology.

 

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Moon vs Mercury vs Venus in Virgo

Someone new to astrology, on Reddit, asked about the differences between having Moon, Mercury and Venus in Virgo. The person posting indicated that the descriptions all seemed to be the same and wanted help on how to differentiate them.

I’ve decided to share my reply here. One note, a reply asked about the meaning of “creature comforts.” This is a phrase that refers to things that are physically comforting.

Speaking of comforting, this pic looks completely delicious to me.

Here is my response …

The planets are energy processes. The moon is emotions, nurturance, food, family. Mercury is the rational mind, communication via language. Venus is values, giving and receiving love.

Signs are styles of expression. Virgo is mutable earth. Virgo wants to get it right, to perfect, to analyze.

While there are elements of seeking perfection, analysis, and service in all of the general descriptions for these planets in Virgo, you have to go deeper into the planet’s energy to see the differences.

Moon in Virgo people have a Virgo temperament. They need to feel useful, to be of service. They are often drawn to work in healthcare and music. They need to be busy, to multitask. They take care of people by doing things for them. They need creature comforts.

Virgo in Mercury people have a mind that wants to analyze everything and pick it apart to understand it. They want to know the why of everything, how things work. They think logically and seek to apply what they know in practical applications.

Venus in Virgo people love perfection. They will pick things apart to find the beauty and perfection in it. They want to give tangible presents to people they love.

Venus in Virgo loves puzzles and may be drawn to problem solving, but doesn’t necessarily want to take care of others or be of service to them like the Moon in Virgo. They may more drawn to research versus medicine.

Venus in Virgo may love words and read a lot, but aren’t necessarily drawn to writing or working in a library like Mercury in Virgo.

Does that help?