the meaning of the astrology of the New Moon in Cancer | June 28th, 2022 - back to the womb, a fresh start driven by big motivations


On Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at 10:51PM EDT - the Cancer Moon meets the Cancer Sun at 7 degrees, giving us this month's New Moon - our annual New Moon in Cancer.


The Moon rules the sign of Cancer, so the New Moon in Cancer is UBER important every year. 

 

This Moon is about home, family, our roots, mother, mothering, our ancestry, real estate, country, patriotism, home businesses, family businesses, the root of the matter - our emotional security - and, of course, the theme of your personal natal chart's Cancer house -  this is where we get the NEW BEGINNING. The New Moon is an excellent time for fresh starts and new projects. Old behaviors and beliefs can be replaced by more caring and nurturing actions and attitudes.

 

Let's unpack the chart!

 

The Moon meets the Sun at 7 degrees Cancer. They are sandwiched between asteroid Lilith, Black Moon Lilith and asteroid Child. The New Moon sqaures Jupiter, at 7 degrees Aries and trines Vesta, at 6 degrees Pisces. The Moon semi-sextiles Venus while Venus, at 7 degrees Gemini, is sextiling Jupiter. Neptune stations retrograde today.


The Moon and Sun are conjunct. Together. On the same page. This is where we start.

 

The Moon is conjunct asteroid Child (separating, this connection has already happened), Black Moon Lilith (applying) and asteroid Lilith. So, the Moon meets asteroid Child, then is blown-out/re-set by the Sun, then gets a double dose of Lilith, with Black Moon Lilith first followed by asteroid Lilith - we won't be able to miss dealing with her!

 

The dark New Moon meeting anti-Moon, Black Moon Lilith, can activate our hidden mother/family/inner child wound that has grown dark/dangerous. 

 

In Cancer this is about being shamed for being needy/needing mothering (tossed from the nourishing garden). Family secrets. Things done in the dark. Lies our inner child absorbed as truth. Hurt mothers who hurt their children or pass on unconscious wounds. This is our inner child feeling unsafe/insecure. Black Moon Lilith is known for her rage/vindictiveness at not getting her way when in fact her darkness is the result of being unjustly judged and unfairly treated by those who held all the power. God's unconditional love not there for HER, not unconditional for HER. She is a point in our chart where our 'temper at injustice' is triggered by transit. Maybe also shows where we showed anger or autonomy and were "cast out".


This is connected to the house of our natal Black Moon Lilith and what happened to us during the nine months we were in the dark of our mother's womb. 

 

(we can free up ALOT of energy by just being aware of the implications of our Lilith junk - also if you volunteered your chart for a Lilith look, I haven't forgotten you guys and will have them to you this week!)

 

AND having said that, although Lilith was/is a victim she is now a touchstone in our chart for a dangerous black rage (with fear at its heart) that we ignore at our own peril.

 

With the New Moon conjunct Black Moon Lilith needs/wants/what is beginning can be driven by our Black Moon Lilith shame wound/by what we are NOT acknowledging. This is where the Moon gets tricky and the square to Jupiter can amplify this. If our need feels TOO BIG, if something feels like it absolutely MUST happen, tread carefully now. The square from Mars to Pluto is kind of echoing this, too. Anger can also seem to come out of nowhere.

 

Jupiter and the New Moon/Sun/Black Moon Lilith/asteroid Lilith, asteroid Child are forming a T-Square with asteroid Hera (of the Milky Way Galaxy spilled milk fame - we talked about HERE) with the focal point the New Moon herself. In our own life this is about a need to nurture our inner child, to KNOW what we want/need to feel safe. To NOT push the child away this time. To acknowledge that Lilith pain point (collectively not being allowed to be needy/to desire mothering), so that we can begin something that is NOT driven by shame. 


The Moon's biggest aspect is her square to an expansive Jupiter in Aries. It makes me think of the mother pushing the baby into the world. We don't want to rip the mother apart/traumatize the baby, but the BABY IS COMING.


How are we going to carry what we are starting (this is as important as the birth itself)? How can this gestation period be the most loving and connecting? How will we give birth? We want 10 finger/10 toes, some things can't be rushed.

 

Although the Moon's contact with Jupiter is a challenging square, any aspect with benevolent Jupiter can bring confidence, optimism, LUCK. With Jupiter sextile Venus, I would double the LUCK and add bonus points. The fly in the ointment here is Venus can gloss over problems and Jupiter tends to over-do and is partial to rose-colored thinking, too. So moderation is needed now. With our ideals, with thinking we know-it-all, with taking on too much, with overspending or over-investing. To avoid disappointment/burnout - don't take on too much or move too fast.

 

After the recent Neptune squares pushing us to dissolve the lie, illusion, inflated dream, now we have the Moon's smooth trine to Vesta in Pisces just as Neptune stations retrograde pulling the past into the present. Vesta in Pisces is a connection to a higher power/the spiritual realms. A focus on something bigger than ourselves. An ideal. Now what is keeping us up at night is something bigger than we are. With Neptune stationing retrograde, maybe we are taking a clearer eyed look at an old dream or old ideal.


The New Moon semi-sextiles Venus while Venus sextiles Jupiter, our relationships, our values, our money are pulled into the mix. With Venus in Gemini, there are multiple choices/roads divided. Venus/Jupiter are our two most benevolent planets are making nice, there is something GOOD VERY GOOD here we don't want to over look. And happening at the New Moon pulls the entire 28 day lunar cycle under its spell! This is your Aries house and your Gemini house combining/bringing OPPORTUNITY. Collectively this is new action and those divided roads, multiple choices, the things we attract by being smart/flirty/open-minded and the new, the brave, the independent.

 

To bottom line this one (in 100 words or more, you know me) - the New Moon is a BIG new beginning for our Cancer house theme or the collective theme of home, family, our roots, mother, mothering, our ancestry, real estate, country, patriotism, home businesses, family businesses. 

 

Something here is ready to START.

 

This START is entangled with the energy of our earliest/pre-birth FEAR which is triggered.


If we allow the fear to stop us in our tracks - allow the energy to just clam up/hunker down because Cancer likes to do just that - we might experience this energy as depressing, all this fiery Jupiter watered down/frozen. 


If we go too big/too fast, act on impulsivity, be driven by those entangled/unconscious fears of not feeling safe, we can lose touch with what we really need. We over-do/over-reach. Projects get too big to support their own weight. We can burn-out. If we commit to things we don't really want to do out of FEAR or FOMO, we will most assuredly find ourselves feeling unsupported (and then shamed/guilty for being needy!).


The best use of this Jupiter square/challenge - because the square is an action aspect requiring movement - use it to feed our MOTIVATION, and take our time/great care to grow this fresh, new beginning - because we want a healthy baby and this time in the womb MATTERS/will make all the difference.


The trine to Vesta in Pisces just as Pisces ruler Neptune stations retrograde pulls the past into the present. The Cancer start includes a return to something in our rear-view mirror. This can be from earlier in this life or a past life/ancestral DNA. We can feel nostalgic. What is the old dream that is most simple/stabilizing? Where is forgiveness/compassion/connection still needed? Where is our spirit/the universe/God in all this?


The New Moon speaks of different options, multiple attractions, something being 'split into two' or a multi-pronged approach that will work/that makes a success of what we are starting. We will need courage, initiative. This makes something BIGGER and BETTER. More loving. More secure. This is how we get lucky!

 

SETTING NEW MOON AFFIRMATIONS

 

This is a powerful energy to focus our intentions and make affirmations around general Cancer themes : mothers, motherhood, self-care, nurturing, home, family, real estate, home business, family business, food, breast health, stomach and digestive health, gut health, security ... AND around our Cancer natal/progressed house themes.



AFFIRMATION TIPS: get into a positive frame of mind, work in an uncluttered space - always make affirmations from a positive place (positive meaning both happy and certain) - write your affirmations down by hand in script, speak them out loud - then release your attention from them knowing your intention is known.

 

Know these things are already yours.

 

xo all 

 

You might ask yourself what was happening to your mother when she carried you and how you might still be carrying that energy now/how it impacts your choices and actions. 

Weekly astrology | June 27- July 3, 2022 - big new beginning with home and family, healing words, playing the long game, keeping your head, the god of war meets the god of death

 


 

HUGE week ahead!

 

I'm late getting to this, so let's dive right in.

 

MONDAY - Mercury sextile Chiron, Mars sextile Saturn

TUESDAY - Sun square Jupiter, Venus sextile Jupiter, New Moon in Cancer, Neptune stations retrograde

THURSDAY - Pallas trines Pluto

FRIDAY - Mars square Pluto

SATURDAY - Mercury trine Saturn, Mercury square Neptune


On MONDAY, Mercury, at 16 Gemini sextiles Chiron in Aries while Mars, at 24 Aries, sextiles Saturn in Aquarius. The Moon will be finishing up in Gemini so answering to Mercury. Mercury/Chiron is healing conversations/information. Siblings, the local community, teachers are helpful. Mercury is in his/her home sign and this is an opportunistic sextile, so opening up about our fears/vulnerabilities is favored, just keep conversations short/light - offer empathy/compassion. Humor can be healing. Sometimes simply saying back to someone what you are hearing them say brings comfort/connection. With Gemini there can be options we hadn't thought about. More than one way through. At the same time Mars/Saturn stabilizes/gives structure/patience to our actions/passion/anger. We are playing a long game here. Saturn is retrograde so we are dealing with old rules/limits/responsibilities. 


TUESDAY - needs its own post. We've touched on The New Moon in Cancer's aspect with Black Moon Lilith, but there is alot more going on. This is a POWERFUL new beginning around home, family, our roots/mothering. Neptune is stationing retrograde - this is probably most important for people with planets/points in the retrograde zone as well as people with Pisces rising or alot of Pisces planets. For all of us though, the tide goes out. Those shells that looked so big and colorful through the glistening water are shown for what they really are. This isn't a bad thing, it's part of the cycle. Neptune will be retrograde until December. It is HUGE that the Sun and Venus are both interacting with Jupiter, and in different ways - bigger is better or is it? We will unpack all of this in the next post!

 

THURSDAY - Pallas, at 27 degrees Taurus, trines Pluto in Capricorn. Practical strategies, powerful negotiations. Maybe this is our way through any minefields this week. Simplify our plans. Choose what adds to our security. When things get rough, we turn back to the basics. To the stuff we can touch, taste, smell. Nature is powerful/empowering. This is Pallas's final aspect before she heads into Gemini next week.


FRIDAY - Mars, at 27 degrees Aries, squares Pluto in Capricorn. The God of war squaring off with the God of death sounds, well, scary/intense and it can be, but let's think this through. People born with Mars/Pluto aspects will be activated. They have usually learned to control this energy and may even channel it positively, but for the rest of us it can activate repressed anger - we over-react, blow up, act out. Especially about things we can't control. Pluto is retrograde, so old power plays/struggles can get reactivated. This energy would be good for starting renovation projects when we are looking to destroy something! Remember though Mars is just unwinding his sextile with Saturn and he is strong in his home sign. We can keep our head when needed - be smart, no dark alleys/no unnecessary crazy-making. If we are pushing to make something happen (Mars in Aries) we want to be sure we don't destroy (Pluto) what we are trying to achieve - don't toss the baby out with the bathwater. Don't force/manipulate someone to do what you want (we can also be on the other end of this) unless we are absolutely, positively sure the ends justifies the means because it rarely does in the long run. Squares require action, and, yes something needs to transform here, but if we are thinking something MUST happen, we can get ourselves into trouble. Keep in mind the positive aspects to Saturn - be a grown-up. We have that Pallas trine - be a smart, stable grown-up. This is a cardinal square pushing up to START something new/deal with these power struggles and challenges in a NEW way. 

 

SATURDAY - Mercury, at 24 degrees Gemini, trines Saturn while squaring Neptune. Mercury/Saturn is discussions with authority/stabilizing information/formal words. Something can be confirmed now. With Gemini our thinking can be all over the place and Saturn helps focus us, maybe forces us to look/pay attention over here. With Saturn in Aquarius, maybe we are talking/thinking about the future. Decisions are made. At the same time Mercury is squaring Neptune. We've had a few Neptune squares (and sextiles lately), but this is Neptune's first aspect while retrograde. The old dream/illusion/lie that pushes us to move on. Move into something more reality based/more stabilizing. With Saturn in Aquarius - our causes/groups/ideas about the future are getting clarified/firmed up. 

 

xo all, back with the New Moon in Cancer!


artwork by the talented Joshua Smith

the astrology of Black Moon Lilith's square to Jupiter | Roe V. Wade and the New Moon in Cancer - part II

 

 

We started this conversation about Black Moon Lilith's lengthy square to Jupiter and her connection to next week's powerful New Moon in Part I - HERE.

 

At next week's New Moon in Cancer, the Moon/Sun conjunction will be exactly squaring Jupiter in Aries.  


This is a BIG push to be brave/confident and take action to START SOMETHING THAT MATTERS TO US. 


A challenge/wildcard, but also opportunity for healing at this New Moon is seen through Black Moon Lilith's conjunction with the New Moon as she (and the Sun) square Jupiter. The Sun/Moon will spotlight the wounded mother/child - the SHAME. The Moon and Sun will move on, but the square from Black Moon Lilith to Jupiter (in play for the last few weeks) will continue until the end of July. 

 

Squares are dynamic aspects that create change. Something has to give. Both Jupiter and Black Moon Lilith each have a perspective that can't take in the whole picture.


This New Moon is about our childhood wound/mother wound. The ways we weren't seen or heard. The ways our needs were not accepted. There is a need at this New Moon to see/confront emotional FEAR. At this New Moon we will be able to see/feel what we do with this fear. Do we hide? Do we project it onto other people? Do we get sick? Do we entangle/manipulate? Do we take action? Do we get bloody freakin' angry? Can we allow our bodies to process/feel it without judging it?

 

Throughout the summer, as the Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars move through Cancer, they will all meet up with Black Moon Lilith. We are in Cancer season already and the New Moon in Cancer comes in right out of the gate, so the overall vibe is emotional anyway and JUST GETTING STARTED. By the middle of July, Mercury will be in Cancer, too, (only for two weeks, this will be fast). Random conversations will quickly become intimate. We will find ourselves confiding in people, talking about our family. We could learn very personal information about people. We will be feeling what people are saying.

 

Part of the work of Black Moon Lilith in Cancer is dealing with/noticing the very old familial triggers that cause us to act out in extreme ways and sabotage ourselves. 

 

His-tory and myth has turned Lilith into something deadly/dangerous. And this IS what happens to us when we are shamed for wanting something we are perfectly entitled to want. When Lilith was told to be less than she was, she refused. She held her own shape, and was banished into the night, cursed as the personification of evil. 

 

Also keep in mind, there is another abandonment story even older than the story of Lilith. 

 

That story is the origin story of our galaxy. It's the story of a cheating husband, an angry wife and a hungry baby. The baby (Hercules), birthed by another mother and held to angry wife's (Hera/Juno) breast by cheating husband (Zeus, Jupiter) and the lost mother's milk that flies out of her when she awakens to find another woman's baby to her breast. This spilled milk - which we've never been allowed to cry over - creates our galaxy, the Milky Way Galaxy of un-mothered children (the dishonor to the feminine becoming baby's dishonor). 

 

The passion/obsession the "anti-Moon" Black Moon Lilith's shame/rage ultimately being about not only the woman's dishonor, but the screaming, hungry child's desire to return to the breast, TO STAY ALIVE. 

 

It shouldn't be surprising, although it is, that during the United States Pluto return, a country with a Cancer Sun and a Jupiter ruled chart - Cancer ruling both mothers AND babies and Jupiter ruling the legal system - Roe V. Wade, the landmark 1973 court case that legalized abortion nationwide, has just been overturned in the United States. 

 

This happens as transiting Black Moon Lilith - shamed for demanding body sovereignty/accused baby killer - squares transiting Jupiter - the Supreme Court.


The astrology is striking - transiting Black Moon Lilith is sandwiched between the United States natal Sun and natal Jupiter with the Sun on the United States natal Venus (women). Transiting Jupiter is on the AC of the Roe V. Wade 1973 chart while transiting BML is on the IC (!), transiting Pluto has just backed onto that chart's natal Mercury exact and ruling that chart's 8th house of death/endings. The original 1973 ruling is also having its Chiron (wounded healer) return.

 

The 1973 Roe v. Wade chart had a 22 degree Capricorn Jupiter (the degree killed off/transformed by Saturn/Pluto in January 2020, so legal precedent ripe for change) and BML tightly conjunct Neptune, in the Sagittarius 8th house, so answering to that newly transformed Jupiter.

 

Since the original 1973 chart's Mercury was exactly conjunct the United States natal Pluto this, too, is part of the shaking and quaking of the U.S. Pluto return. 

 

And now, just as Venus has left Taurus - the sign she rules/is strong - and falls into dualistic Gemini (two roads ahead, two different sets of values, two different ways of seeing this) and starts answering to a strong Mercury (remember Pluto is on that 1973 Mercury and that 1973 Mercury was on the U.S. natal Pluto), with Black Moon Lilith (a symbol for BOTH women's sovereignty and killing babies) squaring Jupiter and the Sun/Moon applying to meet up with Black Moon Lilith (back on May 3rd when the Supreme Court's draft opinion overturning Roe V. Wade was leaked to the media sending shockwaves across the country, Venus in Aries was squaring Black Moon Lilith in Cancer) - the court tosses out the Roe v. Wade ruling/tosses the issue to the states.

 

With the North Node - our best way forward - in Taurus which is all about our values/new life/fertility and answering to Venus, ruler of women, the country is charged with figuring out how to move forward (Venus in dualistic Gemini now) .... with Mars squaring Pluto next week, we can expect an explosive beginning.

 

The real healing starts with clarity, with those who call themselves "pro-life" coming to an understanding that those who call themselves "pro-choice" are desperate to defend women's bodily autonomy and equality in the economic/social realms. And those who call themselves "pro-choice" understanding that those who call themselves "pro-life" are equally committed to protecting the rights of the unborn child/see abortion as murder.


Personally and collectively - self-acceptance is the key to our Black Moon Lilith wound. 

 

There is a CLARITY that comes when our Black Moon Lilith shame is confronted/allowed to be accepted/seen for what it is - her anger/our inner child's hunger quelled. Once we understand the shame as the seat of the rage, maybe we can begin to clear lifetimes of residual debris from our soul's path.

 

Brene Brown has done alot of great work on healing shame. And David Hawkins, an amazing spiritual teacher, has determined, through muscle testing, that shame is the lowest emotion on the level of consciousness scale. Much lower than depression, anger or frustration. So, it would make sense that the point in the Moon's (emotions) orbit furthest from the Earth might also speak of the furthest/most deeply buried emotion.

 

Back with part III and we'll look at some charts. We will also return to some of these themes in next week's New Moon in Cancer post.

 

xo all

 

artwork by the amazing Svetlana Belova

today's astrology forecast | Friday and Saturday, June 24-25, 2022 - the blocks push us toward a more simple and secure life, taking action on the new, not totally new dream


 

 

On FRIDAY, the Moon continues her monthly journey through Taurus, the sign of her exaltation. At 6:14PM EDT she meets up with change-maker Uranus. This is positive energy allowing us to release what needs to go, feel more comfortable with change/the future. Do something different.


This is also the day Pallas, at 24 degrees Taurus, squares a retrograde Saturn in Aquarius. Old rules, responsibilities, commitments, dealings with authority, groups, causes, limits, time constraints might force adjustments to our plans/strategies. We could hear a "no". Saturn is retrograde, so we should have been able to see this coming.


Pallas in Taurus is focused in on practical concerns - what makes the most sense/cents RIGHT NOW, so the square to Saturn in Aqua could bring up challenges/tension/worries about the future. 

 

The Moon's conjunction with Uranus tonight - the modern ruler of Uranus - will help, allows an integration of the now with what's to come. In Taurus we can't be afraid to get our hands dirty.


On SATURDAY, the Moon in Taurus gets busy - squares Saturn at 9:01AM EDT (so repeating what Pallas did yesterday, more concerns about the future, roadblocks, limits, what authority is doing), sextiles Neptune at 10:05AM EDT and goes void off a smooth trine to Pluto at 3:02PM EDT. She is void until 7:13PM EDT when she gets busy in communicative Gemini.

 

The Moon/Saturn can feel depressing. Old responsibilities/pressures. Old rules. Group tension. Feeling what we don't/can't have. Luckily Luna quickly moves into an opportunistic sextile with Neptune. 

 

Good time for a trip to the ocean/to get into some water. Relax. Rest. Make art/listen to music. For more than a week we've been dealing with these dueling Saturn/Neptune aspects - asking us to deal with these old rules and responsibilities while leaning into a NEW (with its feet in the past) dream. 

 

That closing trine to Pluto feels like - all's well that ends well then we get a few hours to chill before the Moon in Gemini makes our Saturday night into Monday busy with lots of chatter and information. There should be a good flow. The Moon is making good aspects on Sunday, too - looks like a nice weekend, let's enjoy it!


Saturday is also the day Pallas makes her own sextile to Neptune (in step with Luna) and Ceres in Cancer sextiles Uranus. 

 

Uranus/Ceres makes me think of free-range parenting. Or that expression about "if you love something let it go, if it comes back to you ...". Ceres in Cancer tends toward smother-mothering and this opportunistic sextile with freedom-loving Uranus can give everyone a little bit of breathing room. Also something here about forced changes/things we can't control creating opportunities for a simpler/more secure future. The 'out of control' stuff doesn't seem quite so problematic. Taurus/Cancer is comfortable/makes everything feel better. 

 

Neptune/Pallas is reinforcing the Moon/Neptune sextile from Taurus/Pisces. Building the new/not so new dream. Benefiting from our intuition. Pallas in Taurus is smart practical/grounded strategies that make sense/cents and don't we love a double dose of Pisces magic added into the mix 

 

(keep in mind we need to do something with a sextile to make anything happen, fertile dirt AND fairy-dust)!

 

xo all


artwork by the amazing Sylvie Demers


today's astrology forecast | Wednesday and Thursday, June 22nd - 23rd, 2022 - all part of falling in love with reality

 

 

The Sun is in Cancer. The Moon is finishing up in Aries today - we are nourished/nurtured by action, physical movement, taking the initiative, time spent alone, time spent with men, passion, anger. 

 

She meets up with ruler Mars at 2:58PM EDT and sextiles Saturn at 10:18PM EDT. 

 

We want to be constructive with all this fire. Take it seriously. Don't waste it, but don't burn the house down either. Be brave, but not overly pushy or impulsive. We want to be taking action on what we want (the Moon is waning, so good for things we are finishing/wanting to release), exercising, doing something new/fresh. It's good energy for independent work. Avoid rushing which can lead to accidents. The sextile to a retrograde Saturn tonight shows opportunity when we deal with what we have been procrastinating. Good for working on long term goals/career goals/dealing with responsibilities.


This afternoon Venus leaves her home sign of Taurus for Gemini. She starts answering to Mercury in Gemini, so we will feel the change, but with Mercury in his/her home sign (and the Moon moving into Taurus tomorrow) - the change should be smooth/as it should be. With Venus in 'multiple everything' Gemini, what we want can change ... and change again. This gets tricky with the Sun in Cancer where we will be more emotionally attached to things.

 

We talked about this in detail in the weekly HERE


Chiron, at 16 degrees Aries, squares Ceres in Cancer. This is kind of echoing the Black Moon Lilith in Cancer square Jupiter we have been talking about. 

 

Mother/family/home wounds are triggered. 


Chiron in Aries heals through action/initiative/courage and Ceres in Cancer takes things very personally, handles things in private, within the family, within her shell. We can see how this Aries/Cancer square gets tricky/uncomfortable. We are pushed to leave our safe space or pushed to create one. 


Yesterday, Pluto retrograded back to 27 degrees Capricorn, preparing for his second go at the U.S. natal Pluto (U.S. Pluto return), which will be exact on July 11-12th. The first exact hit saw Russia invade/bomb Ukraine just as transiting Mars edged past Venus in Capricorn right on "time runs out". This second exact hit will have transiting Venus EXACT on the U.S. natal Mars (with transiting Mars in Taurus, so answering to her) and Ceres in Cancer EXACT on the U.S. natal Mercury. Whatever is happening then, and it won't just be about Russia/Ukraine, might be what is setting off big changes/the potential chaos at the end of the month and into early August. 

 

We talked about that first conjunction HERE, we'll dig into the second one next week. 


TOMORROW, the Moon will be in Taurus, the sign of her exaltation. We are nourished/nurtured by more traditionally nurturing things - a warm bed, a soft touch, good food, security, time spent in nature, time spent with what/who we value/love, all the good stuff money can buy and all the good stuff money can't.

 

The Moon is exalted in Taurus because she can really settle down here. Just keep in mind with Uranus in Taurus (Moon meets Uranus on Friday) and Saturn in Aquarius (Moon squares Saturn on Saturday) changes and challenges are par for the course.

 

At 12:11 on Thursday, she will sextile the Cancer Sun at 2 degrees.


The sextile is this month's Waning Sextile. Taurus/Cancer. Cancer is about the past and Taurus the here and now. This waning sextile feels like just the salve for yesterday's painful Chiron/Ceres. Releasing the past/working with what we have. Enjoying our physical senses - the things that feel safe and nurturing. Taking care of our home/family/finances. Enjoying nature/good food. Keeping things simple. This sextile is part of last week's Full Moon story about releasing the lie/exaggerated hope and falling in love with reality - pulls that Full Moon story forward as we head toward the Cancer New Moon (conjunct Black Moon Lilith and squaring Jupiter) next week.


I hope something here is helpful.


xo all


artwork by the talented ItsEndy

the astrology of Black Moon Lilith's square to Jupiter | removing the curse, a chance to heal childhood wounds and shame through self-acceptance - part I

 

 

Black Moon Lilith isn't an asteroid or a planet. 

 

She is the lunar apogee, a geometric point in space that marks the furthest point of the Moon's orbit around the Earth. She is as far as the Moon gets from the Earth. The darkest region of our psyche. 

 

She moves slowly; spends about nine months in each sign. Not to be confused with asteroid Lilith in your chart, she does embody the essence of the Goddess Lilith though. Lilith was Adam's untameable first wife. She wanted equality/wouldn't play second fiddle and was tossed from the garden/vilified. Another demonized Goddess.

 

So, we all carry this soul memory/wound that plays gracelessly on repeat. This space where we were tossed from the garden. This space where we were shamed for wanting something we were perfectly entitled to want. 


The space where shame turns to awkward action. The space where shame turns to anger.  


(think about the astronomy/astrology - the Moon gets as far away from the Earth as possible, but is pulled back into orbit by gravity - no escape!). 

 

There aren't enough likes/thumbs up/hearts in the universe to heal our Lilith wound. The wound is only healed through self-acceptance.

 

I don't see BML, other than in Scorpio or the 8th house or maybe in aspect with Pluto, as innately related to sexuality. Some astrologers do. You can make up your own mind about this.


For the last few weeks Black Moon Lilith has been in Cancer and squaring/shadow-boxing with Jupiter in Aries. 

 

This is a great gift to us that kind of feels like a kick in the teeth (so maybe just a gift to our dentist, we will have to see how this all plays out). 

 

Now that we've moved into Cancer season with the Sun, Mercury and Venus set to meet up with BML over the next few weeks, the wound/gift/kick in the teeth becomes even more important to unpack. This will be in play until late July when Jupiter will slow down for his retrograde and Lilith will move on.

 

With Black Moon Lilith squaring Jupiter in Aries - the wound/shame/anger AND THE ENERGY WE NEED TO HEAL THIS THROUGH SELF-ACCEPTANCE (Jupiter/Aries what better energy for self-acceptance, especially right now with Mars in Aries, too) ARE CONNECTED. Yes, the connection is through a challenging square, but squares (think of the way pressure makes diamonds here) get more done than smooth trines or sextiles, which are easy to miss, and this is Lilith we are talking about!


So, two things are happening with Black Moon Lilith in the sign of Cancer (home, family, mother, motherhood, our roots/tribe) squaring Jupiter for WEEKS - 1. we are all working through childhood wounds and wounds around home/mother/children and 2. our natal Black Moon Lilith is mega- ACTIVATED through tension. If you have a natal BML in aspect to Jupiter or the Moon, or 4th or 9th house this is probably all the more powerful and intense.

 

We have the collective childhood wound AND the personal wound (which will also connect back to childhood/past-lives/ancestral DNA) - activated/enlarged/ripe for healing. Black Moon Lilith in Cancer can bring a sensitivity to areas of our emotions that we have not been able to express before. Squaring Jupiter in Aries this expression may come out in over-the-top/angry ways, especially if we are just reacting and not responding. Her connection to Jupiter can also provide an outlet of optimism/faith in ourselves and a benevolent universe that was lacking when the wound was created. This is how we start responding instead of reacting. We can find/own our own wound/fear – what we’ve projected onto our family/tribe that they have also projected onto us – and realign with it.

 

The Lilith in Cancer wound (very powerful since Lilith is a lunar archetype) speaks of being shamed for being needy/dependent. 

 

For desiring mothering, home, family, stability. Lilith in Cancer can interact awkwardly with these themes. Uncomfortable being dependent even when the situation is totally appropriate. An awkwardness with motherhood/mothering or being mothered (it's not a coincidence the United States. a Sun Cancer country has a baby food shortage with Black Moon Lilith in Cancer and Roe vs Wade up for dismissal). An inability to ask for or accept help. Sometimes an anger at people who can. Wounded or angry mothers or a lie/lying connected to mothers/mothering/home (I see the 'lie' connected to Lilith's refusal to 'lie' beneath Adam, her very essence linked to that word for centuries, words are s-p-e-l-l-s, people, use yours carefully, and also the "lie" that had Lilith going from a protector of babies to a feared killer of babies). This can also apply to Lilith in aspect to our natal Moon or Lilith in the 4th house. There are an unlimited number of ways this can play out, but the bottom line is extremes of behavior that is a result of being shamed for being needy. 

 

And, of course babies/children are needy. With Lilith, the shame is always about something we are perfectly entitled to want, this is why it gets all twisted with awkwardness and anger. 


The wound's connection to Jupiter for the last few weeks and over the next month through a challenging square is designed to help us see this, work with this, maybe even help heal this. And if our inner child has been seriously wounded to the point of immobility (we don't even know what we want anymore), this square can help us get ourselves moving again.


Jupiter went into Aries back on May 9th just as Mercury stationed retrograde - we were going back to go forward. Black Moon Lilith was already in Cancer - bringing her special kind of "pissed off Danger Will Robinson" energy into our space of home/family. 

 

Jupiter has been chasing her ever since. But catching Lilith is tricky this summer and Jupiter never will. The BML/Jupiter square doesn't reach exactness/perfection. Whether this becomes a nagging thing we never get resolved (we can still learn from this, not everything gets tied up with a big red bow and that's ok) or we do get some kind of conclusion here (knowledge is power at the very least) - this starts to unwind when Jupiter slows to retrograde and then stations at the end of July. 

 

Lilith, as always, keeps moving.


In the meantime, the Jupiter square will attract situations or enlarge situations that create tension/frustration. Our feelings about dependence and neediness may come up. Shame around wanting a home/family/to be mothered or be a mother. Shame around wanting safety and security. The wounds we carry from our wounded mothers. The ways we have wounded our own children. Without work we are probably only able to accept ourselves to the degree we were accepted by our parents. And they are only able to accept themselves to the degree they were accepted by their parents. And so on. And so on. Cancer also rules tribes and countries. 

 

(this shame around neediness, the mother wound that creates narcissism among other things, is maybe our most ancient wound)


Jupiter in Aries provides an infusion of confidence and optimism and energy. The Lilith wound is healed through self-acceptance and here is our largest planet in the sign of the 'self'. I can't tell exactly how this will play out for each of us, but the square's rough edges will force change/adjustments/action. 

 

Maybe if Lilith didn't get unconditional love from God, we can't get unconditional love from our parents (even if they give it), can't give it to ourselves. These kind of shadow energies, feelings we don't want to deal with, squeeze out in all kinds of awkward, uncomfortable, passive-aggressive and angry ways. With Black Moon Lilith in Cancer all kinds of childhood wounds will come up to be looked at/worked through. The wound itself created a kind of 'seed' of fear that we have been growing in the dark and carrying with us like an old suitcase (and yes, you can imagine it with tentacles ripping through the torn leather seams).

 

If we can see our original behavior for what it is (perfectly logical at the time), forgive OURSELVES, offer ourselves compassion/understanding, maybe we can eliminate the worn out/awkward ways we have of responding emotionally. At least, through astrological study, we will take the first step -  we will notice them. Next month when Mercury hits Black Moon Lilith on July 9th and again on July 27th when Venus does, we will be better able to deal with whatever is going on. We likely can't totally heal our wounded child/old childhood hurt, but we can stop re-enacting these painful stories through unconscious emotional reactions and start responding in more conscious and healthier ways.


If anyone is interested in investigating their personal Black Moon Lilith wound, I would like to give some examples here on the blog. I used to do this here more regularly, but haven't done this in awhile. They will be written about publicly, but anonymously (without your name, birthdate, etc, nothing will identify you) - just send me your birthdate, place and time via email to cativins@gmail.com with a heading about Black Moon Lilith. Send the email within a couple days.

 

If I have done anything with your chart, I may have this information on file. Expect the write ups to appear here on the blog within a few days in Part II. How many I get to will depend on how many requests come in.

 

And we will finally unpack the Depp/Heard charts in part III (the mother wound, fall of women from Goddess to demon, releasing rage against men) - also look at ways to remove the curse, offer ourselves compassion and self-acceptance, to grieve the past and move on because there is a cornucopia of opportunities for a new life waiting to replace our old one. 

 

And big changes are coming.


xo all

 

I should add Black Moon Lilith is a complicated archetype/energy - she can't be reduced to a 'wound', obviously, but seeing the root of her/our, often destructive and self-destructive behavior in this way is incredibly helpful. 

 

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weekly astrology forecast | June 20th to 26th, 2022 - talking and thinking big, intense desires, wanting something that makes us feel powerful then ... it's summer!


 

We will feel the shift toward home/family/roots/tribe as the Sun crosses over the world axis at the Cancer Solstice on Tuesday launching a new season and moving the background buzz from active fire to emotional water. 

 

Most of the planets have smooth sailing, but the Moon's aspects are trickier/more challenging, and arguably the most important now, with the Sun answering to her, so I will pop back in with some important dailies. 

 

With two planets changing signs and especially with one crossing an Aries point - we know life is changing. Mercury is walking new degrees - we are moving forward!

 

MONDAY - Mercury sextile Jupiter, Third Quarter Moon (Pisces)

TUESDAY - Venus trine Pluto, Sun enters Cancer (Summer Solstice)

WEDNESDAY - Venus enters Gemini

 

On MONDAY, Mercury, at 6 degrees Gemini, sextiles Jupiter in Aries and the Moon at 29 degrees Pisces squares the Gemini Sun

 

The lunar square is this month's Third Quarter Square, one final challenge before next week's New Moon in Cancer. The Sagittarius Full Moon - we talked about that HERE - was all about waking up/the end of the delusion/lie/escape and coming down to earth. 

 

Have we woken up? Has the exaggerated belief/hope dissolved and been replaced by something more stable and not quite as flashy.

 

It's been a week and now the Moon has made her way from Sag to Pisces. The Sun is still in Gemini. Pisces/Gemini. For some this will speak of needing to get things done/errands/communications and it's hard to focus or we are tired/exhausted/escaping. The facts are drifting. Options can dissolve. The truth can feel hard to come by.

 

This is the Moon at the very end of the very last sign and the Sun ready to move into Cancer and launch a whole new season. 

 

But first, one final wringing out of that Sag Full Moon energies!


The good news and there may be literal GOOD NEWS - the Sun in Gemini is answering to Mercury, strong in his/her home sign and sextiling - opportunity - Jupiter. Here is a way through the Third Quarter Square if we need one. Mercury/Jupiter is confident words/optimistic conversations. Maybe we are talking about that Sag situation the Full Moon was highlighting - the legal issue, wedding, publishing, foreign issue, travel, higher education, our beliefs, religion.

 

This is about looking beyond what is right in front of us/thinking about the future/seeing the big picture. 

 

Don't be afraid to stretch outside comfort zones into something foreign/ask questions/take verbal risks. There is good news/opportunity here somewhere if we just WAKE UP.


Mercury is covering new ground now, his/her retrograde in our rear-view mirror, so this is about new conversations, new information, new news. Maybe with expansive Jupiter involved we find there is MORE TO THE STORY.


On TUESDAY, The Sun moves into Cancer. The sign of home, family, mother, the past, our maternal heritage. Safety/security become more paramount now/front and center as we launch the season that brings us in touch with - who/what we can depend on, what we need to feel secure/at home/stable/our roots. Cancer is cardinal water, rules our emotions. It's the season when things can slow down as we wait for the spring plantings to BLOOM.


As the Sun crosses an Aries point of 0 degrees Cancer, we welcome the Solstice which means standstill. The Summer Solstice is the time when the sun halts his journey over the Tropic of Cancer on his tropical journey north - then after three days, turns in his tracks and begins his journey south. The time of symbolic marriage - called Midsummer (Midwinter down under). 


It's time to get up early and absorb the sunrise - at least one of the next three days if you can - there is much magic at play now. Remember our DNA carries the energy of our ancestors who celebrated the solstice all over the planet for CENTURIES.


This is powerful stuff. Set your intention for the new season of your life. Light a candle and let it burn in the sunlight. Meditate in the Sun. Get into water/the ocean. Clean your house. 

 

The Solstice chart, active until the Sun reaches 0 degrees Libra in autumn, includes a square to both the Moon/Black Moon Lilith and Jupiter in Aries, so challenges ahead for us collectively, likely with housing, family stability, nationalism, food, security, that childhood wound that created fear - that will require adjustments, Mercury sextiling Jupiter, a very powerful Venus trine to Pluto (we'll talk about next) AND five planets in their home sign, so many people have their ruling planets in their home signs now (and we all benefit from home sign planets through transit) and the Solstice keeps this energy in play/in the background throughout the summer - Aries rising, Taurus rising, Gemini Rising, Virgo rising, Libra rising, Scorpio rising, Aquarius rising and Pisces rising.

 

This is also the day, and this factors into the next season, too, via the Summer Solstice ingress chart - Venus, at 28 degrees Taurus trines a retrograde Pluto in Capricorn. This is about attracting what we intensely desire/taking something to a deeper level. Wanting something that makes us feel powerful. Wanting to feel something intensely.


Resources/values/money/intimacy. Powerful feminine energy. Controlling women and note controlling can be a verb or adjective here. If we aren't stepping into our power, someone might be stepping on us. Venus is conjunct Algol so proceed carefully. Don't lose your head! This is an earth trine, so a smooth flow of energy, intended for practical purposes - excellent for what makes sense/cents. 


Just keep in mind this is Venus's FINAL aspect in her home sign of Taurus before she moves into Gemini, so this should be something you have been building toward/part of a process - fly-by-night attractions/intensities likely won't last. We get what we want and then don't want it anymore. Taurus rules really important stuff, so, again, be practical. 

 

But, if we know what we want, this, (and the Solstice gives this aspect added staying power - it's most potent now and provides a background buzz over the summer) is where we just might get it.


On WEDNESDAY, Venus moves on from her home sign of Taurus and enters airy Gemini. 

 

Gemini Suns and rising signs get more attractive - both easier on the eye and able to attract what they want and need. Our natal and progressed Gemini house themes get more attractive, too. We are most attractive (use our Venus, think magnetic here) through Gemini (our mind, being flexible). It's a good time (through July 17th) to be talking and communicating with lots of different people about lots of different things. Venus in Gemini is about variety. In the mutable air sign (Gemini) the themes Venus rules - love, money, our values, our resources, self-esteem, women, beauty - get more light hearted. There are quickly more options available. There is also more duality - this is the space where our heart is saying one thing and our brain is saying something else.

We could suddenly recognize a mismatch between what we have and what we want. Or what we thought we had (during Venus in resource-rich Taurus) could be up for grabs a bit. 

 

With Venus in Gemini life becomes more of a flirtation. Communications are more casual, more lively and humorous. It's a good time to set aside any existing constructs about what we like and what we don't like and stay open to new experiences, new people and new situations.


This is also the week Pallas is doing everything Venus did last week, so we are bringing our wisdom/ability to strategize like a war general, into the square with Saturn/sextile with Neptune. We will talk about this in the Moon posts. Just know, if this is hitting our chart, we might see certain patterns from last week repeating, but now we are in a better/smarter position to deal with them.


xo all


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Today's Astrology Forecast | June 16th, 2022 - what we value now, attracting the future, willing to be present for every step, better the carrot than the stick


 

 

The Moon finishes up in sober Capricorn today. She trines Venus, sextiles Neptune, inconjuncts the Sun and finally goes void at 2:41PM EDT off a conjunction with Pluto. She is void for about three hours and then moves into airy/detached Aquarius.


This is also the day the Sun trines Saturn and squares Neptune (part of this week's New Moon story, the Sun taking about a month to do what the Moon does in a couple, days - we talked about this HERE) and Venus meets the North Node (a BIG part of this summer's - NEW FUTURE - energies - we talked about this HERE). 


We can see how the Moon in Cappy - us being goal-oriented, unemotional, serious - think of the 'traditional' dad in a traditional 'mom/dad' scenario with all his power/responsibility -  is totally tied into everything else that is happening. 


Venus meets the North Node now - this is the way forward. 

 

Taurus - something more stable, comfortable, less complicated, simple, those new seeds we are putting in the ground, using what we already have, taking care of our bodies, taking care of our resources and our money, the Earth and what we value. Your Taurus house theme.

 

The Sun's square to Neptune is the challenge/what is standing in our way - the lie, the old dream, the nostalgia for what was, the illness, the addiction, the escape. 

 

The trine (smooth flow) to stable Saturn in Aquarius - the new reality, new rules, new responsibilities. Saturn is saying "no" to certain options and this is being reinforced by the Moon in Cappy inconjunct the Sun in Gemini. Some doors are closed.


That's OK, even if it looks like it isn't. 

 

Because some doors are OPEN. This summer is about a radical NEW REALITY, but Venus (right now where Mars, Uranus and the North Node will be later) is saying it's really already here. Look around you. Uranus and Saturn will both be retrograde by the time Mars gets there and the North Node is always retrograde. What seeds are you planting? What are you nurturing? Black Moon Lilith is in Cancer and, so is Ceres. This is challenging, but also a whole lot of STRENGTH. Five planets are in their home signs. 

 

WHAT DO YOU NEED?


Think about what makes the most sense/cents. What is the most practical, but also the most beautiful? Venus is in a nice alignment with Neptune and in her home sign of Taurus, this isn't about settling. This is about attracting what are actually the most important things. The things we can't live without. In some ways this is about survival, yes, but if we are lined up with our values we can flourish. The flower in your garden needs rich soil, sunlight and water. Room to grow. That's really it. What do you need? The answer is something similar.


(think about how good it feels to buy something you really want, but then think about the follow-up feeling later if you've bought something you really can't afford or hadn't put enough effort into somehow, the 'thing' can never live up, always disappoints - we need to know what we really value now/what really matters)


Venus is at 22 degrees when she meets the North Node in Taurus - she's looking for love/money in all the right places!

 

A master number. The iChing hexagram for 22 is one of my favorites and very suited to Venus in her home sign - it is called "beauty".

 

The iChing hexagram is a stack of six lines built from the ground up like a flower in the garden would grow. In each of the iChing's 64 hexagrams the pattern of broken and solid lines - which represent a unique interaction of yin and yang - tell a story. 

 

One of my favorite stories for beauty is "making your feet beautiful, putting away the carriage and going on foot".

 

This one is about not looking for a shortcut. "We are not expecting to travel quickly, to be whisked away from the dust of the open road in a isolated carriage. We are willing to be present for every step. We are not laying claim to any special status. There is a humbleness here and honest commitment to the journey. Without the carriage our trip won't be fast, but we will have the chance to discover the landscape on the way. There are things we would have missed in the carriage. We focus on that and not on the speed of our journey, our windblown hair, our tired feet."


When Mars and Uranus reach the North Node at the end of July/beginning of August they will be at 18 degrees - the iChing hexagram "corruption". I am going to talk about this in another post, but I would rather make my decisions/lean into my path NOW. Deal with reality now. Make contacts. Get things going now and next week when Venus trines Pluto and Mercury sextiles Jupiter. 

 

You probably do, too.


So, think about what makes the most sense/cents. Venus/North Node/Beauty - this is the carrot.  

 

Venus in Taurus is about enjoying life and Venus is sextiling Neptune (and Neptune is retrograde, so connecting to the part of the old dream that is still valuable). This isn't about settling, but we might need to broaden our concept of what 'success' looks like.  

 

The old definitions are already dead, killed off by Pluto on Saturn in January 2020. Keep this in mind, too.


xo all



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Mars conjunct Chiron and the Cappy Moon | June 15th, 2022 - pushed to take action that both hurts and heals


 

 

Just off her opposition with the Sun and square to Neptune, Luna moves into sober Capricorn. The sign of her detriment/exile (as the ruler of Cappy's polarity sign of Cancer). Now we are nourished by stability/work/having a goal/having control/a few bucks in the bank/cans in the cupboard.

 

Today she will square both Mars and Chiron as they meet each other in Aries.

 

People with planets/points near the middle of the cardinal signs (Aries, Libra, Cancer and Cappy) will be feeling this strongest.

 

We talked about Mars/Chiron in the weekly HERE.

 

"Very old wounds are triggered around men, masculinity, our ability to take care of ourselves/to be ourselves. Painful actions might be necessary. Situations can force us to confront a wound/weakness/vulnerability. We might be pushed to assert ourselves. It won't be comfortable. We might need to find constructive ways to deal with very old anger this week."

 

Mars in Aries can activate an existing wound around our ability to take action via ambition/passion. If our Martian ability to go after what we want is injured, we will be hard pressed to even know what we want. This is a childhood/past-life/ancestral wound that clamps down on our exuberance/vitality (this is something we are collectively working on this year, particularly this summer).

 

Chiron also speaks of physical wounds/illnesses. Mars can be a trigger for dormant energies and kick things off, but is also about initiating new action, so if you are already dealing with something physical trying something new can help. This would be a time to be careful with your head since Aries rules the head. If you know something can bring on a headache/allergy/injury avoid it now. Wear a helmet - when appropriate obviously, maybe not to bed, although I don't know what you are doing in bed, and Mars is the ancient ruler of Scorpio, so maybe that helmet makes sense there, too.

 

Action and pain are linked and that square from the cold Capricorn Moon doesn't look like a soft space to fall. Cappy is about rules, limits, authority and Aries is our instinctual nature, so it could be just doing what we do/the way we do it triggers someone else. Keep in mind, Mars is in his home sign now, so we have access to courage/initiative/youthful passion.

 

The bottom line with all of this - we are going to have to push through this. 

 

The hurt comes from the action, but so does the HEALING.

 

We are learning to be assertive, not aggressive or wimpy. The Cappy Moon is helping us by wringing some of the emotion out of the situation/keeping us sober and clear-headed. The square will force us to deal with the Mars/Chiron pushing us to be more passionate/independent/brave/stand up for ourselves/learn we can take care of ourselves. 

 

xo all 


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the astrology of the Full moon in Sagittarius | June 14th, 2022 - the end of the lie, coming down to earth


 

 

On June 14, 2022, at 7:51AM EDT, the Sagittarius Moon opposes the Gemini Sun, giving us this month's Full Moon, our annual Full Moon in Sagittarius.

 

Full Moons brings things to light, to a conclusion or point of fullness/peak energy.

 
At any Full Moon in Sag - we OPEN OUR MINDS to a higher ground/broader view with a new WISDOM and at the same time welcome the choices and changing attentions of Gemini. 

 

Sagittarius is our mutable fire sign and rules such things as travel, freedom, adventure, legal situations/justice, higher education, faith, religion, prayer, optimism, problem solving, truth seekers, boldly going where no man has gone before, the quest, the luck that comes from courage/faith - it also rules carelessness, taking shortcuts, thinking we are right, making assumptions, exaggeration, overconfidence, impatience and superficial fluff.


Sagittarius is a mutable sign. The mutable signs prepare us for the change into the next season. We put on the sweater. We put away the sweater. We adjust. Mutable signs are service signs and Sagittarius is in service through the exploration of Truth - this could be legal truth or political truth but its most especially spiritual truth - its highest purpose is enlightenment and expanding what is known. 

 

We can see how this is all playing out in the United States with a quick glance at the CNN headlines.

 

Let's unpack the chart!


The Moon opposes the Sun - 23 degrees Sagittarius vs Gemini. The Moon is squaring Neptune in Pisces, sextiling Saturn in Aquarius and widely trining the Mars/Chiron conjunction in Aries - all separating. The Moon is trining Eris in Aries - applying. Jupiter, ruler of Sagittarius and so ruler of this lunation is in Aries, sextiling Mercury and squaring Black Moon Lilith.


Neptune is the focus of a T-Square with the Sun and Moon, fogging up the line between Gemini and Sagittarius. The square to Neptune speaks of what is standing in our way. The fog, illusions, lies, our own escapist tendencies, addictions, situations that require healing (health, spiritual, forgiveness, compassion). Squares to Neptune can be exhausting/draining - show if we require more rest, sleep, time in water, connection with others, even a vacation. 

 

At their best, they can dissolve very old tendencies/situations/habits. In this case, with the square to a Sagittarius Full Moon - Neptune can dissolve beliefs that are no longer serving us, exaggerated hopes/optimism that are not realistic, greed, sloppy/impatient propensities that lead to failure.


Know-it-alls will find out they don't.

 

There could be an illusion/dream/lie we NEED TO SNAP OUT OF and the Full Moon's bright light WAKES US UP.


The trine to Mars/Chiron EXACT (within seconds) is about our wounded masculine. Connecting to the Full Moon this might speak of an inability to even know what we want, a shut-off vitality from childhood/fear of following our passion (this is some of what we are working with this summer, too, with Black Moon Lilith in Cancer). If action/risk wasn't safe - maybe we have drawn too quickly a line in the sand between what we can and cannot do/accomplish/be. Jupiter's applying square to Black Moon Lilith in Cancer is echoing the wounded child, wounded/wounding mother theme. Maybe lies we were told in childhood (maybe by well-meaning adults) that formed who we are and what we believe that are no longer helpful if they ever were. This might come up in big ways over the next couple weeks and has already been in play, will be in play through other energies this summer. 


Mercury is sextiling Jupiter from Gemini, walking these degrees for the third time. This is part of the SOLUTION. The information, conversations, communications that are coming in now aren't brand new. Maybe we are talking about/thinking about old situations or working with revised information, BUT we (through Mercury) have taken the information back to Taurus - seen what is stable/solid and what isn't - and returned the information to Gemini to be dispersed/discarded/decided. We are dealing with whatever we are dealing with from an older and wiser perspective. The revised information/facts may be challenging to us, but, have, in a sense, been audited. 


The Full Moon's sextile (opportunity) to serious Saturn in Aquarius is the way through the Neptune square. There is solid ground here somewhere. Reality is supportive. Dad/authority/older people/someone who knows more than we do about this are supportive/helpful. The opportunity comes through taking something seriously, growing up, being responsible, being accountable. BEING REALISTIC. Rules and limits are HELPFUL/healthful. Sagittarius is about expansion, so maybe something now needs to be reeled in order to stabilize it. A bold Sagittarius vision may need to be narrowed down. Saturn rules time which is on our side here, so don't rush.

 

Sagittarius tends to like shortcuts, but Saturn is not allowing any corner-cutting.


To bottom line this one for us on a collective level - something is concluding/peaking/coming to light, that will dissolve an old belief/exaggerated hope and lean us into REALITY. The vision dissolves and is replaced by something more stable/not so big/not so flashy. THIS IS A GOOD THING.

 

Coming down to Earth is supported.  

 

xo all 

 

Health situations (including mental health) are tricky with a Full Moon square Neptune, so take care of yourself. Things definitely can conclude now and over the next couple weeks, but might also seem to be expanding. Give that Neptune something to do - make art, listen to music, dance, meditate/medicate (if appropriate and within reason because effects could be amplified), get into water, get enough sleep/rest. Lean into Saturnian authority/professionals now. Take serious/sober action.

venus and the north node | our values will determine our future - the huge energies of late July and early August are already in play


 

We talked about Venus and the North Node in the weekly HERE, but this is REALLY going to matter in a few weeks, so let's dive a little deeper.

 

As I write this on Monday, June 13th, Venus is at 18 degrees Taurus. 

 

She is sandwiched between Uranus at 16 degrees and the North Node (our best path forward) at 22 degrees. This is all happening in Taurus, so Uranus and the North Node are answering to HER. 

 

On August 1st, Mars will meet the North Node AND Uranus at 18 degrees, so he will be then where Venus is right now

 

(Uranus will meet the North Node on July 31st


That Mars/Uranus/North Node conjunction will be speaking to Black Moon Lilith in Cancer (she will be conjunct Venus and squaring Chiron) - our wounded child/family/tribe - and Chiron in Aries - our wounded masculine. Ceres will be with the Leo Sun. The Sun will be trining Jupiter. Mercury will be opposing Saturn and squaring the conjunction, so we'll have a T-Square pointed at the Mars/Uranus/North Node. THIS IS A BIG DEAL. Big things will be happening. The next day, August 2nd, Venus will sextile - opportunity - the North Node AND Uranus from 18 degrees Cancer.


From Cancer, on August 2nd, Venus will be sextiling (opportunity) the North Node. In Cancer, she will pull in home and family situations and be answering to the Moon. The Moon will be in Libra so pull in relationships/partners, fairness, justice and balance issues and she will be answering to Venus. This mutual reception (both in each other's signs) will give both energies access to themselves, strengthen them, but they have to go through the other feminine energy. 

 

This will all be happening while Mars is merged with the North Node and Uranus in Taurus and answering to Venus, too. And Venus and Mars will be sextiling each other! Whew! We really want to be in the right place when all this is happening.


I don't know what is going on in your own life, but the summer blockbusters and our future security is being set up NOW. 


OK, so back to the present. Venus has already passed over Uranus. Changes with our finances/our stability. Sometimes this will bring chaos/disorder. Sometimes good opportunities come out of the blue that bring change/anxiety. Remember Venus is in her own sign. She is strong/stable. And even though Uranus in Taurus is answering to her, Uranus has shaken her up. This doesn't have to be a bad thing and with Uranus in Venus's sign, unless we had something totally stuck in the mud and needing to be liberated by any means possible, it really shouldn't be.


Then, Venus meets up with Pallas - our wise warrior/justice energy. 

 

Everything happens for a reason. So, we NEED Venus to meet Pallas (merge the seductive Venus and the strategic Pallas) AFTER she has been shaken up and BEFORE she merges (as us) onto this NEW ROAD.


What this means to us is we need to strategize, recognize patterns, figure out what will make the most sense/cents. Picture the smart and savvy general at the war table making his plans. Now, this isn't just any Pallas, this is Pallas in TAURUS. So, these strategies should be grounded in reality. This is about making real moves and not just having big ideas. Plans/solutions should be simplified and based on ESSENTIALS. This is about real things we can TOUCH. Taurus is fixed and fertile earth - this is about what we want to GROW. 


Pallas meeting Venus tells us we need to SMARTEN UP!


(and note what Venus does this week, Pallas is doing next week)


Also in order for Venus to meet the North Node of Fate - she has to square Saturn and sextile Neptune. 

 

There is no way around this stuff. 

 

Even with travel restrictions lifting, she can't just sneak off to a Motel 6 and meet up with the North Node on the sly.


Both Saturn and Neptune are retrograde, so there are connections to old responsibilities/old limits/old paternal story-lines and old dreams, old ghosts, old needs for forgiveness/compassion/connection. All three of these planets - Venus, Saturn and Neptune are in their home signs, so they are all strong, able to function as they intend to. The kings of their castles. There is a reason for this, too. Life is HELPING US.


The square to a retrograde Saturn speaks of tension/frustration coming through our Aquarius natal house. Rules. Limits. This is Venus/Saturn, so what we want is RESTRICTED. We might have to work within certain limits/boundaries/rules. We might have to step into a responsibility we have been avoiding or let go of an old goal or lose something that used to stabilize us. We might have to work hard. Have patience. Venus can't beat Saturn. To get on the NEW ROAD we might have to change what we want. 

 

Maybe whatever this is, we are somehow strengthened - made ready for the path ahead, by WHAT WE CANNOT HAVE.

 

For Venus, the way onto the NEW ROAD/best path forward is the Neptunian sextile. This one isn't a problem. This one is an opportunity, but it NEEDS TO BE TAKEN.


Sextiles are active aspects and require action.


Now, Neptune is retrograde, so this opportunity has its roots in the past, too

 

So, maybe this is an old dream. 

 

When Neptune goes back, he can go WAY BACK, so maybe this connects to a past life dream or an ancestor's dream. And now here is an opportunity to integrate dreams with reality. We might have to return to a situation that asks for our forgiveness or compassion. We might be using our intuition/prayer. There could be some undefined need/longing here that we won't want to ignore. Dissatisfaction with what we have/can't have or maybe an inability to acquire more material resources - can awaken us to something BIGGER THAN OURSELVES, something more healing, more spiritual, more CONNECTING. 

 

Taurus (where Venus is) is fixed earth. Pisces (where Neptune is) is mutable water. These are very different energies, but are magical together. Reality and the dream. Making the dream real. An inner journey. 

 

This opportunity is coming through your Pisces house

 

What is the theme of the house Neptune rules in your natal chart (the house with Pisces on the cusp)? What is going on there? What needs to happen that is more simple/more sustaining? What needs to be forgiven? What is the unfinished business? What is the old dream?


Saturn rules karma and Neptune what is behind us, our ancestors, past lives - there are alot of old chickens coming home to roost over the next two months. Old books are being balanced - some of them long ago burned, lost to time, gathering dust on even dustier shelves. 

 

Bottom line - this is all about the ending of the old complicated sh*t "THAT WE JUST CAN'T DO ANYMORE" and the flourishing of a newer, more simple way of operating. Neptune is past Saturn - a space beyond limits and boundaries. This is like heaven and earth working TOGETHER to guide the shape of things to come, to make the solid world more ethereal and bring the ethereal realms down to Earth. There is something really important, a whole lots of somethings, personally and collectively, we need to get right.


Anyhoo, I wanted to pop this up since I am going to say something quite different in the Full Moon post, but these aspects, with their connection to late July's and early August's HUGE energies are something we want to pay attention to.

 

I hope this is helpful.


xo all


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weekly astrology forecast | June 13 -19th, 2022 - Full Moon in Sag, Mercury comes home, the seductive meets the strategic, slaying the dragon to enter the castle


 

This is a BIG week!

 

We have TWO major alignments including a BIG Full Moon in Sagittarius, Mercury coming back into his own sign - prepare to be BUSY - and Mars meeting up with Chiron - OUCH.


The Full Moon in Sagittarius is on TUESDAY. Expect a BIG post! 

 

We have the Sag Moon (at 23 degrees, remember all those 23 degree NEW Moons last year interacting with Eris?) opposing the Gemini Sun while sextiling Saturn, squaring Neptune and trining (brakes off) ... you guessed it, Eris.


And we have Venus in her home sign of Taurus, meeting up with Pallas, crossing the North Node of Fate, then squaring Saturn and sextiling Neptune. Whew! BIG week for relationships, finances, our resources, values, self-esteem (and, of course, natal Taurus house themes).


Also, let's notice, once Mercury returns to Gemini on MONDAY, we will have FIVE planets moving through signs they rule/co-rule. This is highly unusual. Mercury in Gemini, Venus in Taurus, Mars in Aries, Saturn in Aquarius and Neptune in Pisces. This line-up,

 

(we also have a planetary line-up in the sky, from our view on Earth talked about HERE and a whole different thing, but maybe things are lining up or need to be)

 

strengthens those houses in your chart, since the natural ruler is HOME. There is no additional dispositor/planet/energy we need to be dealing with to get the house energy to its natural ruler, so  the energies can be most effectively themselves/function at their best and will make things SMOOTHER/more polished. The kings are in their castles.

 

This starts to unwind next week as Venus leaves Taurus and then unwinds more in early July. In the meantime - with our Gemini, Taurus, Aries, Aquarius and Pisces planets all home to their rulers right now there is not only significance to this ie a need for high functioning energies in multiple areas of life, there are surely also ways we can take advantage of this extra fire-power/wind at our backs!


Let's unpack the week.

 

MONDAY - Mercury enters Gemini

TUESDAY - Full Moon in Sagittarius, Venus conjunct Pallas

WEDNESDAY - Mars conjuncts Chiron

THURSDAY - Sun trine Saturn, Sun square Neptune, Venus conjunct North Node

SATURDAY - Venus square Saturn 

SUNDAY - Venus sextile Neptune


On MONDAY, Mercury returns to his/her home sign of Gemini. He first crossed into Gemini on April 29th and then again, moving backward, on May 22nd. If we have been back and forth over something - reviewing, rethinking, etc - we should have a much better/clearer idea of where this is all going and what we need to do. We are moving on.

 

We will feel a difference in the days ahead as information and communications switch from turtle pace (fixed earth) to rabbit (mutable air).
 

Increased choices, conversations and ideas will start to flow. We won't put everything to use, Gemini can be rather chatty, so some stuff will just move in and out, but the change in momentum will be noticeable, especially with the Sun in Gemini, too, so answering to a more Mercurian Mercury now. Keep in mind with Gemini there are more questions than answers and the information can sometimes be unreliable. But easy, adaptable conversations, new facts/information suitable for the moment, can pull everything forward now.

 

Mercury will start covering new ground in a few days and will be in Gemini until July 5th.


On TUESDAY, the Sagittarius Moon opposes the Gemini Sun at 23 degrees giving us this month's Full Moon, our annual Full Moon in Sagittarius. The Moon is sextiling stable Saturn (the Sun is trining) in Aquarius, squaring Neptune in Pisces and trining Eris in Aries. 

 

Expect a BIG post!

 

(this Moon is on the NRA's South Node 10th house, the Sun on their North Node, Jupiter on their Chiron, so let's hope some serious 'gun responsibility' legislation is in the news and not another freaking tragedy


This is also the day Venus meets up with Pallas - our traditionally feminine energy and our female warrior. Pallas's smart strategies, ability to recognize and get the most out of patterns, having the courage to fight certain battles as necessary - how to succeed/how to win - are merged with how we go about attracting what we want. This is a rather unstoppable combination, although having said that, Venus will square Saturn later in the week, so there will be stopping (the way through will be intuitive/Neptunian). Still, Venus conjunct Pallas - the seductive and the strategic - working together feels like a good thing. Stay away from anything manipulative/too complicated here, this is Taurus, keep things above board. Keep it simple. Venus/Pallas in Taurus attracts when we focus on what is best for us, what makes the most sense/cents.


On WEDNESDAY, Pallas's brother, warrior Mars, at 15 degrees Aries meets up with wounded healer Chiron. Very old wounds are triggered around men, masculinity, our ability to take care of ourselves/to be ourselves. Painful actions might be necessary. Situations can force us to confront a wound/weakness/vulnerability. We might be pushed to assert ourselves. It won't be comfortable. We might need to find constructive ways to deal with very old anger this week. 


On THURSDAY, the Sun, at 25 degrees Gemini - this is all part of the Full Moon story - trines Saturn and squares Neptune while Venus meets up with the North Node.

 

Here is the Sun's exact trine and square after he is opposed by the Sag Full Moon (something coming to light/to a fullness or culmination around our personal Sag house theme or the collective themes of legal situations, foreign situations, travel, educations, media, publishing, religion, our hopes/beliefs).  The trine points us toward what is stable/can be counted on, but is also an aspect where things might move too quickly, so be a bit extra cautious with conversations with authority, for example. The square to Neptune could mean words/conversations/information is confusing, exhausting, even misleading. Everything won't be quite as it seems. Or maybe we are seeing what we want to see. Stay frosty. Serious. Big girl/boy pants ON. Double-check. Slow down.

 

Since the Moon is doing all this FIRST, we will talk about this in the Full Moon post.


At the same time Venus, maybe in a preview of July's Mars/Uranus/North Node - offers us a vision of the FUTURE. She squared the Nodes at the end of March from 23 degrees Aquarius - a relationship, finance, resources, values crossroad. Now, she merges with our path FORWARD, in her own sign, so at her best, via what we are attracting/attracted to. This can be subtle, so pay attention to what comes to your attention. What makes you feel good/comfortable. The North Node (path forward) is in fixed earth Taurus. This won't be some 30" puzzle with 1000 teeny-tiny pieces we are doing on a 24" table. This will be more simple/stable. There is a directional arrow here somewhere - THAT WAY. Find it. Feel it.

 

And remember our seductive energy (what we want/attract) is working in combination with our strategic/game-plan/courage energy (Pallas!) and there is likely a reason we need all this firepower now, things might be challenging - be brave!


Note, Venus meeting the North Node happens just before she squares Saturn (exact on SATURDAY) and sextiles Neptune (exact on SUNDAY) - the reverse of the Moon this week who is squaring Neptune and sextiling Saturn. 

 

What does that mean?


Well, for one thing, these are two different houses of experience - Sagittarius (which we'll talk about in the Full Moon post) and Taurus - so two DIFFERENT areas of life.


The Taurus story-line shows us a path forward BUT is challenged by reality or a limit or the group or age/resource/responsibility/authority/finances/time - some Saturnian red light. Something that feels like a "no", something we are going to need to work through, probably can't be ignored. THIS is very quickly followed by an opportunistic sextile to Neptune, the dream (and keep in mind both Saturn and Neptune are retrograde, so both the challenges and opportunities have their roots in the past). So, the way through the challenge will be through Pisces - our intuition, imagination, escape, healing. Maybe Venus/Pallas (through us) recognize what can't be changed and need time to rest/return to an old dream. After her sextile to Neptune, Venus's final aspect in her home sign will be a smooth trine to Pluto next week. 

 

So, something is going to end well here! 

 

Keep moving. Move through the challenge, be smart, use your intuition, reconnect to the dream. This will be about your Taurus house theme and the collective Taurean themes - money, resources, values, self-esteem and Venus's other traditional themes - relationships, partners, balance, fairness, women.


I hope something here is helpful. 

 

I think after I work out the Full Moon post, this, and the next couple weeks will all make a great deal more sense!


Back with the Full Moon in Sagittarius post next.


xo all


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today's astrology forecast | Wednesday, June 8th, 2022 - saving the pink paint for the unicorn


 

 

The Moon moves into Libra today. Now we are nurtured/nourished through other people, our relationships, through balance and fairness (we will also feel all the ways these things are lacking in ourselves/our lives/the world). She opposes Mars and Chiron (in Aries) this morning/today and trines the Sun tonight. 


The oppositions to the planets in Aries can bring up pain/disagreements/anger/old wounds. Libra, in an effort to maintain peace/balance, can bring out any tendencies to pouring pink paint over problems and calling them a Barbie's dream house. Let's avoid that passive-aggressive crap and the 'projecting/exploding all over people' stuff. Libra/Aries is together vs alone, women vs men, collaboration vs independence, peace vs war. 

 

These things can feel very far apart, but they are just the other side of the same coin. We need to find the middle ground here.


The Moon's trine to the Sun will help/gives us a way through any trouble spots. 

 

Libra/Gemini. Keep things light. Use humor. Offer choices. Mercury (ruler of Gemini) is recently direct and Venus is all comfy in her home sign - this is good energy for new ideas/conversations. There are ways to feel good/comfortable. We don't have to pour the pink paint, can save that for the unicorns we might be needing at the end of the week. 

 

Talk. Write. Listen. DO something together casually. Be flexible/adjust. The Libra Moon/Gemini Sun can open up our thinking. We can see other points of view, maybe even that other side of the coin ...

 

As always, keep in mind the BIG picture. 

 

Our inner planets are all direct now. The Moon is waxing (growing). This IS a time for forward movement. If something that started/went to sleep back in April/May has WOKEN UP, our attention will likely go THERE. Collectively, this is Gemini season - time to talk, write, socialize locally, try new things/a little of this and a little of that, flirt, take care of your car/your tech, call your sister.


xo al1

 

artwork by the talented Olechka