"Depth Astrology"

an inspirational blend of psychology, spirituality and the mythic context of our lives

Birth & ReBirth Cancer New Moon

This is another spicy and volatile New Moon of 2021—not as calm and cozy as Cancer might like. It has a beauty all its own, well grounded and supported by both Neptune and Uranus. A bit of an odd thing to say about consciousness-raising outer planets, but these are the signs of the time— if you are willing to reach deep down and stretch courageously out to grow new blossoms. 

Image: Tacoma Amulet Basket, 2013, blown and flame-worked glass piece by Laura Donefer (b.1955). Another photo by author from the Palm Springs Art Museum, December 2017. From the artist’s statement:
“There are inner forces in my life that seem to be unrelated to conscious thought, and it is from within those unseen realms that I uncover my voice. My body is my house; the bones and blood of me lining my inner core to the physical world around me. Throughout my life, I have been twinned with nature, sometimes feeling no different from a tree, a stream, a boulder. I have always tried to be free within the company of the earth, to let my insides open up within the strong presence of the sensual world. For me, glass is a metaphor for life. It can be totally transparent and reveal what is inside, or opaque to hide, or translucent and mysterious by giving mere glimpses of what might be there.” 

New Moon @ 18Cancer 02
July 9, 2021 @ 9:17pm EDT; 6:17pm PDT; 
July 10 @ 2:17am BST; 11:17am AEST

At first glance the above image does not suggest the sign of Cancer, but what we are giving birth to in this Moon cycle has the joyful, fiery and oft dramatic input of Venus/Mars in Leo!

This Cancer New Moon requires a willingness to make changes that foster growth— emotional, materially and, certainly mentally. Mercury is closing its retrograde circle in square to Neptune, testing your mental stamina and open-mindedness to new information and options. Alter your circumstances and your mental perspective so you ride, glide and guide the waves in your life, rather than lose your balance and fall down the dark hole of fear, worry, doubt or anger. Work your way out if you find yourself falling…..This is one of the major challenges of our time.

“The only certain barrier to truth
is the belief that you already have it.
—Voltaire

We follow the flow while remaining grounded based on how fully we embrace the (inevitable) changes on offer. With Pluto opposite this New Moon and Chiron square — ‘Now is the Time’! The implications of the quantum field invite us into extraordinary moments. A challenging yet exciting volatility increases in the first week of this Moon cycle, as the Sun moves into opposition with Pluto and into square with two potent dwarf planets, Eris and Haumea. 

Venus and Mars together in Leo add spice and drama.
Emotions run high. Love is in the air as strongly as you radiate with it from within yourself. Shift into a high creative gear to rearrange your circumstances for fuller satisfaction and long-term reward. The Venus/Mars conjunction can be a sweet spot, even though and perhaps because, Saturn is opposite in Aquarius. Saturn grounds the energy. Leo taps your heart-based creativity—as in “let’s have some fun!”— and Saturn-focused Aquarian teamwork gets it done. We are finding more and more of our Aquarian teammates that we will work with for the New Era that opened at the December Solstice starbeam melding of Saturn and Jupiter. 

“The unlike is joined together, 
and from the differences results the most beautiful harmony,
and all things take place by strife.”
—Heraclitus

This particularly relevant quote from the Ionian philosopher Heraclitus, known as “The Obscure,” was quoted in Discovering Eris: The Symbolism and Significance of a New Planetary Archetypeby Keiron Le Grice, 2012. I was recently introduced to this writer, who speaks my dialect of astrology language and has several interesting publications (see here) http://www.keironlegrice.com/

This continues to be a good moment to read more about Eris, as she ramps up the Plutonic depths, shaking up and sweeping out crusty debris and collective dark undercurrents for a fresh take on ‘things’. If you were born in the last 100 years, you have Eris in Aries, where she still is. Her solar orbit is 557 years, almost twice as long as Pluto, a large-cycle collective influence. What’s your lifelong ‘fresh take’? Time to pull it out now!

Eris is widely square this New Moon, the spicy third player in a profoundly dynamic dialogue with Pluto, transformational rebirth, and with dwarf planet Haumea, the Hawai’ian birthing goddess. How are you experiencing birthing and rebirthing at the same time? 

Repeating News from Other Newsletters
I seem to be on a new trend of repeating relevant information from my previous edition of Cosmic News. It is good to put certain information into refreshed context with what is happening now. We can take these bits with us into this New Moon cycle.

Stargazer Li‘s cosmic perspective blends western and Mayan astrology with eye-witness stargazing. If you want to learn about Mayan astrology, she is a knowledgeable, inspirational, though not classical interpreter. [Her calendar is now available for the Mayan new year that starts July 26.] Her last post relating to the Full Moon of June 24, feels on track for this New Moon as well:
“This is an inward time for staying close to home, for dreams & shared wisdom, and for the healing that comes from participating in the larger story. Shift with the shifting, taking the time to be with and integrate the changes. This is the work of the moment.”
The Venus-Mars influence could also suggest a good time for celebrations and family parties. 

Leilah Ward’s recent newsletter, Incoming Wave Sets, speaks to the creative dynamism of dwarf planet Haumea:
Humanity is in a birthing process, contracting and expanding with the plasma waves. I have a thought that the birthing energies are coming from the center of the Universe but as I write this, I hear: “There is no center. You are the center. All consciousness is the center. What is birthing from you, within you? You are the creators. Take up the mantle – this message is for everyone reading this, for you are all the center of the Universe  – take up the mantle of creators of your experience.”

Read the whole blog here

What’s happening between now and the next Full Moon in Aquarius/Leo? A few notable mood changes!

July 11— Mercury moves into Cancer, totally finished with its retrograde circle and extended time in Gemini. All of the various perspectives and new information settles down and is digested with reflection.

July 13— Venus and Mars conjunct at 19 Leo. Have fun!! Fill the air with joyful noise and beautiful expressions of juicy creative energy.

July 17— Sun opposite Pluto at 25 Cancer/Capricorn, kicking up the whole dynamic with Eris and Haumea for the next couple of days.
World-changing!

July 21— Venus and Sun enters Virgo, a quieter sign, where she does some of her best work. Mercury in Cancer likes Venus in Virgo, both quiet integrative signs. The Leo/Virgo cusp is symbolized by the Sphinx, with the body of a lion and the head of the goddess. There were more female pharoahs that commonly known. [See When Women Rule the World, by Kara Cooney.]

July 22— Sun enters Leo, Seasonal drama! 

“All the world’s a stage,
and all the men and women merely players.
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts.”
Shakespeare, As You Like It

How do you like it?

Cymbalic Full Moon Full Moon of June

Vortice, fused and molded glass threads, by Mary Ann “Toots” Synsky, 2016. Photo by author from Palms Springs Art Museum, December 2017. 
The artist described this vessel: “I have inside, outside, back of the inside, and the other side. You can never see the whole piece at once. There’s always something mysterious, no matter what angle or in what light you’re looking at the piece. It forces you to move around it.”I can almost hear the music woven in tightly woven fusion of glass threads, like the waves of solar Solstice sound resonating with light. 

Coming through a potent Solstice portal, the June 24-25 Full Moon highlights the emotional intensity of our current experience with a Venus/ Pluto opposition. Sun in Cancer opposite Moon in Capricorn; Venus in Cancer opposite Pluto in Capricorn. The brilliant Evening Star is charged with alchemical transformation and renewal, challenging us all to reconsider our values as we find our way through the chaos of the global deconstruction/reconstruction. These two gateway signs of Capricorn and Cancer call for mature self-responsibility and mutual, care-full support.

Full Moon @ 3 Capricorn/Cancer 28
June 24, 2021 @ 2:40pm EDT; 11:40am PDT; 7:40pm BST; 
June 25 @ 4:40am AEST

Solstice Gong
Imagine you can see the rippling sound waves reverberating well after a large gong has been struck. Imagine that these waves are emanating from the gong of the Sun, that they travel through textural space, through the body of Earth, and strike the Full Moon. The Full Moon is reflecting the light of the Sun, and these waves of frequency bounce off the lit up Moon, sending these waves back toward the Sun, again rippling through the planetary body of the Earth. 

The larger field of waves continues on through the solar system, sounding each planet in their successive orbits. We are treated to a second ‘dose’ of frequency. The outgoing and ingoing waves cross over each other, creating a form of turbulence, perhaps, as we are called to listen, reflect and con-sider (align with the stars).

Clash of Cymbals
The key planetary dynamic of 2021 is the squaring off of Saturn in Aquarius and Uranus in Taurus. The tug of war between the old ways and the revolutionary leading edge is like a clash of cymbals, with three turning points spanning the whole year— the first exact square on February 17-18 and the last on December 24.

The second clash of these two ‘cymbalic’ planets was on June 14, soon followed by the large Solstice gong, one of two annual solar turning points. The reverberations of these cymbals and gongs were amplified by the turning points of Jupiter turning retrograde and Mercury turning direct. Mercury is also conjunct Black Moon Lilith and the North Node of Destiny! Be aware of how you are talking to yourself and what thoughts are running through your brain. Our Mercury retrograde time of rewinding is over for now. Moving forward, let’s remain vigilant about clear-thinking and positive-mindedness. Run negative thoughts through the shredder, keeping best thoughts like headlights in the night-like terrain.

Fleet-footed messenger Mercury continues its high-octane information output, with waves of Neptunian confusion and overwhelm all the way to July 11, when it finally leaves its own sign Gemini after more than two months. Never a dull moment during this mentally taxing time, with needed attention to full-body breathing and exercise, communion with Nature, and to getting enough sleep/ dreamtime. 

Multiple tones and subtext wavelengths continue to vibrate through the global, collective field— along with the incoming photon/plasma waves impacting the Earth’s heartbeat! The involvement of Black Moon suggests that the wiring of our brains is going to be a bit scrambled with new information and perceptions coming from news streams and inner insights.

I immediately liked the word ‘cymbalic’ when it came to mind for this newsletter; I eventually decided to look it up to see if it really was a word. Instead I found https://cymbalicmoments.com, a website for “decoding life’s moments of awe and wonder” and “symbolic language that bridges the known and the unknown in our lives.” Sounds very Chironic to me, enticing me to further explore that website and reminding me to mention that

 Chiron is in a close cooperative sextile with Saturn. Working together, Chiron and Saturn evoke magical, mythical manifestations through synchronicities and serendipities. This combo is helpful to work through the many-layered unhealed issues that are coming up to be resolved.

The reverberations of gongs and cymbals overlap for especially special rippling resonances. We meet those we need to meet and experience multi-layered, memorable moments. Notice and pay attention for their cymbalicmeanings in your life. Some of these meant-to-be moments are opportunities for healing, for recognizing the need to shift your perspective, seeing where your thoughts or projections are not meeting up with the circumstances you are experiencing. This is, after all, a time of Great Awakening and Awakening Greatness. 

“When you accept there is duality in all life
you can integrate both sides and choose for the highest good. 
Because only love is real.” 
—Danielle Stotjin

News from Other Newsletters
I appreciate Stargazer Li’s (stargazerli.com) cosmic perspective that blends western and Mayan astrology with eye-witness stargazing. Her latest newsletter sketches out the work of this Full Moon:

“This is an inward time for staying close to home, for dreams & shared wisdom, and for the healing that comes from participating in the larger story. Shift with the shifting, taking the time to be with and integrate the changes. This is the work of the moment.”

From her recent newsletter, Incoming Wave Sets, Leilah Ward speaks to the creative dynamism I associate with dwarf planet Haumea:

Humanity is in a birthing process, contracting and expanding with the plasma waves. I have a thought that the birthing energies are coming from the center of the Universe but as I write this, I hear: “There is no center. You are the center. All consciousness is the center. What is birthing from you, within you? You are the creators. Take up the mantle – this message is for everyone reading this, for you are all the center of the Universe  – take up the mantle of creators of your experience.”

Read her whole blog

Haumea, at the far end of Libra, is involved with this Full Moon (as is trouble-maker Eris), making a dynamic 90-degree activation with the 

Venus/ Pluto Opposition,
the most potent planetary dynamic of this Full Moon. Mythically we have the goddess of Love confronting the god of death and rebirth. She is pulled down into the depths to seek revitalization. 

In Cancer, Venus is vulnerable, seeking security, safety and comfort. Pluto necessitates a transformed experience of how we define just what constitutes such security in changing times, as the old systems are crumbling from the weight of their own unsustainable, even corrupt, modus operandi. Venus seeks the emotionally satisfying while upgrading our emotional intelligence. Venus wrote the perennial ‘Law of Attraction,’ stating that the magnetism of our emotional state attracts like experiences from the mirror of life. 

In addition to beauty, love, aesthetics and art, Venus can specifically refer to finances, economic values, money. Venus rules the earth sign Taurus, where Uranus is staging its current revolution. This is a peak moment in the global economic transformation as we come out of the devastating impact and face the inevitability of change resulting from what we call the ‘pandemic.’ A bridge has burned behind us; we can move only forward, envisioning and creating the world we want to live in. 

Venus as ruler of this Taurus awakening desires fuller-bodied grounding of our true nature. Let’s appreciate ourselves and each other for incarnating at this major transformational time on Earth—and bring more of what we have to offer. It is time.

Emotional volatility, potentially arising in this Venus/Pluto opposition, urges us to tap deeper into our emotional intelligence to rise beyond fear into love, one of the essential choices we make in life. This is the leading edge of consciousness awakening. So often our reactivity to change is fearful. We can choose to feel love, bringing us closer to the divine. The Divine Feminine invites us to move through fear into the truth of love as the essential life-giving, creative force of life. 

“Our deeply personal feelings are so incredibly valuable 
that we should preserve them, using their energy 
to find the universal emotion of the universe behind them… 
When we see that it is the universal emotion emerging within us,
we can follow the emotion of our personal heart
into the whole, One Heart.”
—Puran Bair, Living From the Heart

The best of Venus enriches us emotionally, highlighting quality and pleasure in our experience. In its highly aesthetic retrograde cycle, Venus traces a 5-pointed star in the sky every eight years. This repeating journey is like a flower that unfurls with a particular personal invitation that draws you into the secret garden of your heart where deeper joy and love are found. This invitation is beckoning even now. 

It so happens that this year of 2021 ends with Venus turning retrograde conjunct Pluto. What is happening now on this Full Moon has further repercussions then, as we cross the threshold into 2022. 

In addition to Taurus, she also rules Libra, the sign where we now find Hawai’ian goddess Haumea, with her creative power of birthing. [Read my article about Haumea’s Quantum Creativity on The Wessex Astrologer website.

Contemplate how you can co-create with Haumea in these times of immense challenge and opportunity. What shall we give birth to? What deep heart desire yearns to be born through you?

Musical inspiration:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vp1F16_7lO0]

“What the world needs now is love, sweet love,
That’s the only thing that there’s just too little of.
What the world needs now is love, sweet love,
No not just for some, but for everyone…
There are sunbeams and moonbeams enough to shine..
What the world needs now is love, sweet love…”

Smile! EnJoy! Love with all your Heart!
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Kaleidoscopic Total Lunar Eclipse, May 26, 2021

“The adventures were rich. 
The surprise of beauty was astonishing, nothing less…”

Image: Eclipse Chasers, collage by author, circa 1999.
“The adventures were rich. The surprise of beauty was astonishing, nothing less…”

Imagine the arrow of Sagittarius piercing the Sun, releasing a kaleidoscope of flowers and geometric shapes, dancing orbs and angelic frequencies, along with morphing clouds and shadows, obscurations and obfuscations. This special eclipse on the ‘Super Flower Full Moon’ is blowing in the Geminian winds like a pinwheel. With incoming solar flares and coronal mass ejections, the Sun is sending extraordinary waves our way, amplifying the heightening frequencies washing through our solar system in rare galactic waves. 

Total Lunar Eclipse, Full Moon @ 5 GEMINI/Sagittarius 26
May 26, 2021 @ 7:14am EDT; 4:14am PDT; 1:14pm BST; 

Those in southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand and across the Pacific to the western Americas will experience totality. Partial shadowing is seen westward through India/China and eastward through the Americas.

The Eclipsed Moon in Sagittariuson the South Node is our starting point, informed by what has gone before. Sagittarius can be the most positive-minded sign, fast-moving sign, targeting the stars. This Truth-seeking fire sign takes on the adventure and mythic quest of life, aiming for a high vision with as much elevated energy as it can muster. However, deeply embedded belief systems can quash such high vision and aspirations. We foreshorten our goals, accepting inhibitions, limitations and restrictions to our inspirations, aspirations and visions. We allow our native freedoms to be reined in. 

Why? How did that happen? asks Gemini in ‘naive’ curiosity, asking all kinds of questions from all kinds of angles. The North Node in Gemini is the leading edge of this eclipse and our collective consciousness, inviting us to be curious and open-minded as to what is possible, to seek beyond the depressing news of the day to entertain all sorts of wild and wonderful potentials. The Sun on the North Node can get carried away, even as we are carried through this eclipse portal. What options are willing to consider? Is there such a thing as too idealistic a vision? It is a challenge these days not to get pulled down by the chaos and negativity that is promoted. 

I confess I am an optimistic Sagittarius, positive-minded more than half the time. I contend with self-delusion, like anyone else, and process dark moments of self-doubt, disillusionment and denial. The fiery Sagittarian heart aspires to lift the spirits. Gemini, too, has a way of lifting above it all, like the dandelion fluff that is pervading the air around where I live now. The seeds eventually land, on fertile soil or barren dry ground.

A Light Touch through the Dark Eclipse Portal
Venus and Mercury join together to color this eclipse with kaleidoscopic variances, valences and vantage points. These two planets, never too far from the Sun, conjunct on the 28-29 of May. Immediately Mercury turns retrograde. It is as if Venus pushes Mercury gently backward: “Let me move into Cancer and soften the feelings in a quiet, gentle tone. You stay in Gemini to open more doorways of perception. I’ll bring those new ideas down home and personal, so people really feel the change and new dimensions that are opening up.”

Yes, Mercury is going retrograde, spending extra time in Gemini, its strong suit. Let’s welcome this time to re-think, re-wind, re-translate our recent experiences, to look back at something we read or heard and think about it a second time. Maybe it makes more sense now, with more pieces of the puzzle that have come into view. Mercury will enter the heart of the Sun, in its retrograde solar conjunction on June 10, the very day of the Ring-of-Fire Solar Eclipse. Instant recognition! Cosmic choreography at its best! 

Jupiter and Neptune in the Flow
Jupiter is the biggest planet and one of the biggest influences during this eclipse season— especially in its dynamic square with this Total Lunar Eclipse. Jupiter’s expansive energy opens even wider this eclipse portal, as the waters of Pisces overflow and, potentially overwhelm. Hold on to your spiritual anchor and listen to the gut wisdom of your body. Earth sign Virgo is a key sign during this eclipse: setting priorities, attending to your health and wellbeing, helping neighbors as you are able, appreciating the small things that make a big difference, consulting the beauty of Nature to find an easier rhythm in your day. 

From May 13—July 28, Jupiter in Pisces offers a brief heads-up as to potentials that surge more strongly next year, 2022. Just in time for this eclipse season, Jupiter amplifies Piscean sensitivity, compassion, empathy and our sense that we are one world/one people, all in ‘this’ together. Next year (April 12) we will experience a fairly rare conjunction of Jupiter and Neptune, co-rulers of Pisces. We are getting a taste of that subtle, spicy, salty scent even now. 

Neptune, hanging at 23 Pisces, is slowly turning into its retrograde phase on June 25. It is about as focused as it can be, with a strong influence on these May-June eclipses. On this May 26 Total Lunar Eclipse, Neptune squares the lovely, companionable, fun-loving yet potent conjunction of Venus and Mercury. In relation to Venus, Neptune renders life in an Impressionist light, with soft, indefinite outlines. It can seem as if our eyesight is clouded, like glasses that need to be wiped clear. Maybe something catches the corner of our eye: is it really there? Neptune is super-natural with subliminal sensations that are hints we may ignore or disbelieve. Neptune is like morning mist that lifts as the Sun comes up or dense fog at sea on a rainy day or a road sign that has been turned around, making it more confusing to find our way. We feel the true direction with our heart intelligence, spiritual senses and mystical mind. This is a good time for the arts, for poetry and song, for theater and play.

The square with Neptune is a big part of this upcoming Mercury retrograde, to begin and end the whole cycle. Three exact squares punctuate its overall extended influence:

May 22-23—Did you feel some subtle shift this past weekend?;

June 5— Neptune will closely square the June 10 Mercurial Solar Eclipse. What is going on? We may not know or be able to believe our eyes and ears for a ripple of time/space.

July 6— Though Mercury turns direct on June 23, just after Solstice, the complete retrograde circuit is not complete until after that last Neptune square. Has the fog lifted by then? Soon thereafter, we hope so!!

The Total Lunar Eclipse is a similar phenomenon. It is as if we blink in slow motion, for the whole 14 minutes of totality, then open our eyes and see everything differently. What just happened? Where are we now?

Black Moon Lilith in her rhythmic Earthbeat,
vibrates back and forth, mean and true, between Taurus and Gemini. During this Eclipse, she evokes Earth’s heartbeat, its rhythmic undercurrent, like a tree deeply rooted in Earth, branches swaying in the breeze, leaves rustling with subtle messages and birds on the wing. She whispers on the wind in a variety of Nature’s dialects. How can we not but give a listen?

“How do you know but ev’ry Bird
that cuts the airy way
Is an immense world of delight,
Clos’d by your senses five?”
  —William Blake

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Lilith Beckons…

with Kelley Hunter, Ph.D.
6 week, 2-hour zoom webinar & discussion format, $297


Who is Lilith? Do you feel her beckoning
An ancient goddess of ambiguous reputation, 
Lilith has become increasingly ‘popular,’ ever fascinating to artists. 
She appears in several astrological dimensions—
Black Moon, Dark Moon, Asteroid and Star. 
While looking at Lilith from astronomical, mythic, cultural & artistic perspectives, we use our birth charts to tune inwardly into
her several wavelengths. 
She leads into shadowy realms and spacious radiance in a specific, nuanced way to let you know she knows you from the inside out. 
We track her transits as we go along, to see how we & she are tuning in
to this moment of deep-earthed evocation to the Feminine Divine.


Mondays, June 21-July 26, 11amPDT/ 2pm EDT/ 7pm BST, for 7-12 persons  
The Solstice portal offers a potent gateway to cosmic adventure. Mercury stations direct exactly conjunct true Black Moon Lilith, with a subtle, instantaneous gradation of wavelengths to convey.

Program
Week 1            Lilith Beckons: Thematic Backdrop/ Astrological overview.

Week 2            Lilith Asteroid #1181: the Hard Rock Lilith            

Week 3            Dark Moon Lilith, Shadows and Mirrors

Week 4            Black Moon Lilith, Mean and True

Week 5            Lilith Star Algol, the Eye of Medusa

Week 6            Dancing with Lilith, Her ‘Signature’ in Charts

Additional Follow Up
Personal Lilith consultation—1 hour, $108 discounted fee for program participants; 90 minutes ($225 regular fee)

Suggested reading: 
My book, Living Lilith: Four Dimensions of the Cosmic Feminine
                        (also available: Black Moon Lilith)
For participants, books discounted 20% ($20) & mailed (to US only),
widely available on Amazon in many countries, including kindle version.

If Lilith beckons you, please indicate your desire to participate. 
Send an email to kelley@heliastar.com indicating which group you want to join, along with any questions you have, etc.

Send payment [note discount for checks, 2-payment option available]:
            Check/MO ($287) to me at             844 Bayne Comolli Rd.,
                                                                        East Calais, VT 05650;
            Paypal to kellhunter@earthlink.net (my paypal account);
            Square, using your CC#, given privately via zoom, etc.

BLACK MOON BLACK MOON

New Moon @ 21 Taurus 18
May 11, 2021 @ 3:00pm EDT; 12:00pm PDT; 8:00pm BST; 
May 12, @ 5:00am AEST

Medusa, clay sculpture by author, 1997

Some people call a New Moon ‘Black Moon’. Indeed, a new Moon is in its black phase, disappeared into the light of the Sun, invisible and black. Making this Moon even blacker, Black Moon Lilith is smack dab in the zone, deeply embedded its in Taurus earthiness with subtle, subsurface mycelium intelligence. Have you seen the documentary, ‘Fantastic Fungi’, about this amazing, fascinating, magical world? Highly recommended.


This Taurus New Moon culminates in a Total Lunar Eclipse on May 26 (at 5 Sagittarius) and wanes into a Ring of Fire Solar Eclipse on June 11 (19 Gemini). We need to be ready to jump through that fire hoop! This Moon cycle is an experience we won’t forget. One way or another, Black Moon Lilith may saturate our material existence with awe. Refer to your gut intelligence. Mercury and Venus in Gemini play frisbee with a kaleidoscope of options, ideas and information. Keep breathing to slow down the spinning merry-go-round.


Jupiter and Saturn Shift Gears
Two days after this New Moon, Jupiter enters Pisces on May 13, an incoming wave that flows with enhanced feeling and sensitivity. Blessings abound through July, giving us a taste of what will later unfold more fully. In late July Jupiter backs in to Aquarius, like a dolphin coming up for air— and perspective. We’ll need that. A second, stronger Jupiter in Pisces wave rolls in for New Year 2022.


Close to the Full Moon, Saturn turns retrograde @ 13 Aquarius on May 23, indicating a pause in the ground game. We have gotten as far as we are going to get in obvious progress. New information (Venus/Mercury in Gemini) and a new feeling tone (Jupiter into Pisces) will effect a major shift in our perception, our experience on all levels—spiritual, mental/emotional, physical. Saturn retrograde into mid-October gives us time to consolidate our gains, integrate and calibrate new input and the initial repercussions of strong May-June eclipses.


Plutonian Earth Connection
Just as I began writing this newsletter, the mail delivered a recommended book I had ordered: UnderLand: A Deep Time Journey (2019), by nature writer Robert MacFarlane. He talks of the mycelium realm a bit, and so much more: hidden sub-surfaces of place and mind, deep mysterious layers of geological and human history, what we have forgotten and what we don’t want to know.


For some time, I have been mentioning the outbreaks of unhealed history arising all over the world that remind us of where we have been and dark shadows that continue to haunt us. I attribute this to Pluto in Capricorn, the underworld emerging up to the surface to be brought to awareness and processed, so that we can renew and recreate. “The void migrates to the surface,” as MacFarlane quotes from Advances in Geophysics, 2016. Another phrase that caught my attention: “historical memory behaves like flowing water, disappearing without warning, only to resurge under new names in new places, with fresh force. Here in this topography of cavities and clandestine places, dark pasts get hidden, then brought to the light again.”
This New Moon is beautifully in alignment with Pluto in Capricorn, digging down like deep-rooted tree of Taurus, with (sometimes stubborn) patience and persistence over time, stabilizing the ground, interconnecting in a productive way and connecting Heaven with Earth.


Mythic Lilith lives in her tree, doing the same, sometimes, and certainly now. The Black Moon is present, shoulder-to-shoulder with this New Moon, with an unusual, focused, laserlight intensity, at 22+ Taurus.*
“It is as though the moon
threw down a black body upon earth
visible only to the subliminal senses,
which thereby became illuminated.”

—Peter Redgrove, The Black Goddess and the Unseen Real


And at 26+ Taurus we find the star Algol, which has been called Lilith. This star has a potent power of its own, marking the Eye of Medusa in the constellation Perseus. That paralyzing Eye, writes Jungian psychologist Sylvia Perera in Descent to the Goddess, looks right through you with
“with an objectivity like that of nature itself and our dreams, boring into the soul to find the naked truth, to see reality beneath all its myriad forms and the illusions and defenses it displays.”


We are not going to miss any of the major implications indicated for this New Moon cycle! With the current instability of geotectonic plates, high octane photon waves activating Earth’s electromagnetic field and the rumblings/tumblings of earthquakes/volcanos, much is migrating to the surface— into our earthly reality and into our mental/emotional landscape. Lilith/New Moon Taurus demonstrates this in a profoundly literal, experiential way that no doubting Thomas could argue with. Lilith doesn’t argue: “It is as It is,” and that’s that.


*[For those interested in the Black Moon, note that both positions,
mean and true, are at 22 degrees, just 10 minutes apart.
Also of note, Asteroid Lilith is conjunct Neptune and
Dark Moon Lilith closely squares the Nodes.
I am address this only indirectly in this newsletter.
For more about the different Liliths,
please request my introductory Lilith booket
or read Living Lilith: Four Dimensions of the Cosmic Feminine.
Lilith workshop series coming soon.]


Eclipses Coming, Mercury and Venus Prepare Us
Mercury in Gemini conjuncts the North Node, our collective leading edge of destiny. We’ve been going pretty deep into Earth; Gemini wants to light things up, especially with Venus tossing delight here and there like dandelion fluff and rose petals, golden coins and warm teasing smiles. The Goddess of Love is fine-tuning our mental apparatus, infusing it with honey-flavored emotional intelligence.
Can you keep your mind open, in a non-judgmental spaciousness to entertain different perspectives?

Mercury has its trickster side, especially in its own sign. It can elicit paradoxes as weighty as that of Hamlet—”To Be or Not to Be”— or light as a bird in flight. Mercury is asking a lot of questions, and this is a key one to get us through, not only this Moon cycle, but these shifting sands times.
Mercury and Venus on the North Node, one of the eclipse points, are preparing us and peppering us with things to think about. Along the lines of Buddhist inquiry, life poses questions and various viewpoints are proposed, entertained and considered. No snap judgments, except in an emergency.

Life is so fluid and nuanced these days that we can’t really take for granted that we perceive any situation clearly. Beliefs systems are being challenged along with all other conventional, societal and subliminal systems. Like a horse with blinders on to keep them moving straight along, we may automatically assume things are as they always have been or that we can retrace our steps. No way, ho say, the bridge has burned behind us. We are have entered a New Era. It behooves us to keep our minds open to new stimulation, new ideas and fresh options that might arise in The Moment of Now.


This is the opportunity of Mercury conjunct North Node in Gemini, though we may need to contend with wayward ambivalence that keeps us paralyzed (especially under the Eye of Medusa!), and misdirection from surrounding influences. We need clear sight and fresh insight to move us forward on this winding path, destination unseen. Keep breathing, listen to your heart beat and keep your vision targeted on what it is you want to move toward. Keep your Eye on the goal. Apply the quantum creative energy available now, more incoming. Can we enjoy the journey as if we have never been this way before? This is where we are, in an unprecedented moment.


From my book, Living Lilith: Four Dimensions of the Cosmic Feminine:
“This is the existential dilemma Perseus encountered in front of the primordial Eye of Medusa. ln his book, A Sense of the Cosmos: The Encounter of Modern Science and Ancient Truth, philosopher Jacob Needleman expresses the profound nature of this critical, sacred moment of reflection and self-questioning, ‘for there is nothing to guarantee that we will be able to remain long enough or deeply enough in front of the unknown.’ In such a moment of stillness, we are petrified in a state of internal transformation, of potential awakening. Needleman identifies the core question as an emotional one, facing us with the unknown and stripping away our illusions. The question to be answered is,

‘Do I fear the darkness more than I love the awakening?’
"This is a question humanity as a whole faces in the throes of a paradigm shift such as we are experiencing now. We each have our personal moments of confronting fears of the unknown, the void, the fathomless gaze of Medusa."


Uranus the Awakener in Taurus
thunders our internal skies, inside Earth,
reverberating with radical patience, peace and pursuance.
Steady as she blows! sailors shout
when they see whales surface, rocking the boat.
Hug a tree, smell a rose, simmer some pine needle tea,
dig into your garden both food and flower,
appreciate the exquisite beauty of Nature,
the mirror of what is true and eternal.


Sailors

We stand on a large flat rock,
Pounded concave,
An ancient stone holding our feet firm
While pools whirl around us.
Where a willow bends to the earth,
Healing us with its yielding grace,
A waterfall rushes over its edge,
Seeking the sea.
We are cleansed in the falling force of it.
Its electrical song sears our invisible bodies.
A sword of water knights our souls.
We are contained,
Rooted and dancing on a live molten egg,
Shell shimmering in stellar rays
That curve through space
And shower us with ash,
Cosmic dust,
The blessing that wounds,
A vital death that sifts the sleeping core
Of a seed suspended
At the cliff of night.
A shaft thrusts into the ground.

A spring sprouts forth
And rounds itself in motion seaward.
The yearly circle sounds
A series of knells
As planets frequent the moon,
Mirror to the earth’s star.
These twin lights gather the sky,
Penetrating the rhythm of our breath.
Bonded they sail the tides,
Moving us to and from the shore.
—1984

Implosionary Pink Full SuperMoon

Full Moon @ 7 Scorpio/Taurus
April 26, 2021 @ 11:31pm EDT, 8:31pm PDT, 
April 27, 4:31am BST, 1:31pm AEST

‘Rose Wave,’ first application of oil paint to canvas, inspired by close up of a rose. Looks like an implosion to me! With incoming solar waves, let’s see how we can open to welcome such an implosion of light and beauty. Perhaps this image needs more depth and darkness for Scorpio Moon— or can we rise to the high heart transformational pink vibe?

This Pink Super Moon pairs with the May 26th totally eclipsed Moon as the closest Full Moons of 2021. We feel the impact deep into our bodies as the Earth reverberates with electromagnetic frequencies.

The Pink name for this April Moon refers to the early bloom of ‘moss pink’ or ‘phlox subulata’ of eastern North America. At first I thought that name was ‘sublimata’. Sounds sublime!
 
Uranus adds an extra large dose of electric geomagnetics and is as full of surprises as this Full Moon can handle. And a Scorpio Moon can go deep and intense. The dark goddess is present in any Scorpio Moon, this one channeling lightning charge and enlightening frequencies from both radical, earth-shaking Uranus and a tight fusion of sensual Venus, (true) Black Moon Lilith and perceptual Mercury all in Taurus.
 
Uranus would be enough to make this Full Moon a highly-charged lunation. With the addition of Venus in her rulership, and in a same-degree conjunction with Black Moon, we experience something even more outrageous, extra-sensory and beyond the ordinary. Feel how your body experiences the intense light of this Full Moon, and let your perception be informed thereby. Otherwise you might not believe it. The subliminal senses are awakened and tuned up to receive new frequencies/ perceptions. Trust yourself deeply and radically, no reactive judgement: “It is as it is.”
 
Book suggestion: Peter Redgrove’s The Black Goddess and the Unseen Real: Our Uncommon Senses and Their Common Sense, a.k.a. The Black Goddess and the Sixth Sense. This book was evocative and informative during my early research into Lilith. From the book description on Amazon:
 

“The author shows how we are surrounded by invisibles; forces which animals know but humans have come to ignore or only participate in unconsciously. These forces include electricity, magnetism and the deeper reaches of touch, smell, taste and sound. Peter Redgrove presents evidence to suggest that not only individuals but the world as a whole stands to benefit from simple awareness. Presiding over this transition from unconscious to conscious experience is the symbolic presence of the Black Goddess, who may be traced in many guises from ancient to modern times…”
 
He writes,
“The erotic state – again, a mixture of concentration and spontaneity – is a hypnoidal state, probably the most powerful kind that we are capable of experiencing, and it is in this condition that unexpected regions of the self are revealed, as the majority of people know from experience.”

Such sublime, subliminal depth of awareness is so clearly indicated under this Full Moon, that it is as if this book were written for it.
 
In the run-up to this Full Moon highlight, we have been ‘prepped’ by Venus then Mercury conjunct Uranus on Thursday-Friday, April 22-23. We also had a strong, incoming solar flare or CME (coronal mass ejection) that rolled through on the 24-25. If you were paying attention you would have perceived a ‘heads-up’ notice, of some kind of globe-changing events on, in or under the ground. It is difficult to use words in the face of so much somatic Taurus energy and deep-feeling Scorpio Moon. Perhaps you were informed in your dream state.
 
This whole Full Moon dynamic can be subliminally upsetting, like earthquakes in the deep Earth beneath our feet— but literally so as well. Saturn in Aquarius squares the Full Moon and Uranus/Sun with a down to earth ‘can’t-miss-it’ reality, that social circumstances and situations demonstrate change. When Saturn is involved, we do not miss the impact; it is right in our faces and cannot be denied. How we respond is in our power, if we claim that power rather than reacting blindly in a way that might even be surprising to ourselves.
Particular internal emotional and mental shadows may be revealed.
 
With the Sun in Taurus, in its annual conjunction with Uranus in a few days, April 30/ May 1, this is one of the key months when the larger level of social change is indicated and we become more aware of the new 200-year era we entered on December 21 Solstice (with that remarkably close Saturn/Jupiter crossing into Aquarius together).
 
This Full Moon highlights the Saturn-Uranus square, the key astrological dynamic of 2021. The ‘reality-check’ Saturn manifestation brings the Uranus Full Moon fireworks to our immediate attention and we are going to have to deal with them and figure out how to even think about it in an objective Aquarian way, using the best of our higher mental capacity, informed by our hearts and our subliminal recognizance rather than reactive emotional outbursts.
 
Eris Pushes Back
You may remember that I wrote about the prominence of Eris on the last New Moon. With Eris kicking off this Moon cycle, it is not surprising that this Full Moon is such an intense, radical and revolutionary, shocking and surprising turning point in a variety of ways that will unfold as the Moon wanes.
 
I was, perhaps (and maybe on purpose), being hard on Eris. Several readers responded in her defense. Since Eris continues to square off with Pluto for a couple more years, let’s hear it for this spicy warrior’s contribution to the last phase of Pluto’s ‘clean-up act’ in Capricorn.
 
Many thanks to Alison, who wrote in right away with this eloquent, passionate defense, which I am compelled to share in toto. I have heard people using that word ‘compelled’ lately. How so might you feel compelled?:
 
“I feel compelled to speak on behalf of Eris. lol. Might I be so bold as to say I am Eris.  I totally get why she gets a bad rap but don’t be mad at her, its not her fault people can’t see themselves clearly. She’s just mirroring the truth in an expedited fashion. Saying, ‘clear your baggage so we can get on with the party’. But wait, she wasn’t invited to the party……so now the lesson is headed off with anger (which is really hurt).  She didn’t choose to be different, to feel deeply and see through the facade. She can’t pretend to be who she’s not and that causes uneasiness in people. She’s not a follower and she’s not passive. 
“In the myth she wasn’t invited to a party. In the story of Jesus they publicly murdered him, and there are countless others that have been killed or locked in straight jackets for speaking up. To the mean girls in high school, the rich snobs, or the self-righteous clueless male leaders in the world that live in their glass houses, wearing rose-colored glasses, drinking $1000 champagne and passing judgement on those who don’t fit their high-society, low consciousness standard.
 
“There are people all over that are hurting.  Some were born in the wrong country to the wrong parents, are hungry, live in fear, etc. There are also those that don’t want to follow the status quo and be part of the herd— but being different means disorder. Eris says, “Guess what?! you wanna play superficial? here’s a game…”

She’s quite clever actually, she replaces their photoshopped filter with a real mirror. Yeah, it’s totally immature and underhanded, but these people don’t listen to reason or feel compassion.  In order to push people out of their ignorant boxes its necessary to create a little discord.  It’s far more dangerous to continuously abuse or bully someone who stays quiet. Eventually they snap and we have millions of deaths to prove it. It’s far better to disrupt their little party than wait till a massacre.
 
“She’s not always spreading discord, in fact she’s quite loving and pleasant. It’s only when people are unaware of their self-centered motives, unconscious motivations and projections that Eris stirs things up; how else will it come to the surface? If she says nothing or does nothing then people will continue living their lives unconsciously and, in doing so, hurt others and themselves. It’s quite damaging to you and those around you when you haven’t dealt with your shadows. For instance, a man that doesn’t know he has a violent streak that’s boiling just under the surface-if ignored and not dealt with someone is going to be the victim to that volcano and they may not be strong enough.
 
“Eris is like a therapist that was trained by the military, no sweet, passive luring it out of you. There’s no time for that!  The age of suppression and oppression is over.  It’s like if a kid says they cleaned their room but just shoved everything in the closet and then the parent opens the closet and throws everything out. Who’s to blame? Sweeping things under rugs, keeping secrets, excluding others are not tolerable on any level and if Eris and her other friends are going to disrupt the social order they have to address the individuals as well as the government. Society is dysfunctional because people are dysfunctional. As within so without.” 
 
From Stephanie in Switzerland:
“Eris…i always had sympathy for her— sometimes, i even feel a bit like I could be her (and i am not searching to bring dissonance).
 “Yes, she throws the golden ball ‘to the fairest’— and shows how dualities play out (it makes me smile how two goddesses jump and fall into discord, because of a golden ball and wanting to be the ‘fairest’). Eris reminds me of people/women who being outcast gave voice to what needed to be said (even if hidden disharmony could come to the surface an play out as a battle for the golden ball).
 “I wonder: what happens if the two goddesses feel so well in themselves and with each other they could laugh about a golden ball thrown in the air and say, “Oh, we are all fair! Let us reunite forces instead of fighting over an illusion.”
 I applaud that outcome! Eris is such a shrewd tease—with intent and purpose. We are finding this out as we get to know her better!  

Song suggestion to take us into the Pink Full Moon:
 

She Will Find Me
         —Dougie MacLean, Scottish Singer/Songwriter

Sometimes we search too deep
That’s when the darkness feeds our fear
We turn away from one another
Just in case we get too near
Me, I stand this mountain top
I shout so she can hear
And I know that she will find me
I know that she will find me
Even if I vanish without trace
And though I’m running blindly
I know that she will find me
Hiding with the shadows that I chase…

Complexicated New Moon

New Moon @ 22Aries25
April 11, 2021 @ 10:31pm EDT, 7:31pm PDT,
April 12, 3:31am BST, 12:31pm AEST

Eris, Goddess of Discord, from author’s Planetary Gods & Goddesses Coloring Book, colored by D’Aine Greene (thanks, D’Aine!). Request full page Eris pdf. to download and color- if you dare; or buy the book on my website (signed, U.S. sales only) or via Amazon in your country.

Follow up notes from the March 28 Full Moon
Many people had a hard time with that Full Moon. Certainly Chiron brings up issues, particularly wounds that need to be healed; in this case those that interfere with Solar Venusian Self Love.

I inquired about any astronomical factor that might be filling in the empty corner in the Aries/Libra Full Moon T-square with Quaoar. The indigenous creator gods were in full force under that MakeMake Full Moon. Astrologer Jim Buss wrote back almost immediately with the news that Asteroid Hopiwas at 7 Cancer 07, contributing “Respect for All Things.”  Lovely! Appropriate, thank you, Jim.

The 9 Aries Sabian Symbol of a Crystal Ball Gazerfor that key Sun/Venus/Chiron conjunction on the Full Moon is so excellent and worth sharing even these two weeks later.
Lynda Hill writes, “The whole picture is probably right before you but you may need help in interpreting its meaning. With a little concentrated effort, you will be able to see things more clearly. Find or retrieve information and clues by really looking at the structure of things. What are you doing and how are you focusing towards what you really want? The more you narrow your ‘Gaze’, the more you trust in your own intuition, the sharper and clearer the focus will become. What is your unconscious mind trying to tell you? Find something to focus on, something beautiful, illuminating or inspiring in some way.” 
Anything there resonate with you? I think this image also reflects how what we envision may well manifest, how important it is that we maintain positive vision in these confusing and troubling times.

The Full Moon degree at 9 Libra describes 
“Three Old Masters Hanging in a Special Room in an Art Gallery; Sometimes They Seem to Speak to Each Other”
Rather like the Crystal Ball Gazer, information is on a subliminal level. If we translate the Old Masters into the indigenous creator gods, now we’ve really got something to listen to on a quantum level of new possibility!

Now we begin an Aries New Moon cycle, the first New Moon after March Equinox. I am calling it the ‘Complexicated’ New Moon, since it is in alignment with an interesting and complex roster of archetypes.
Venus, still in Aries, close to the Sun/Moon continues to ask us to clarify our values to align with the Good, the Beautiful and the True.
There is quite a collaboration of goddesses with Venus as the most obvious.

Oh, but first let’s get right to the Sabian Symbol, so I don’t forget this time:
23 Aries—A Woman in Pastel Colors Carrying a Heavy and Valuable but Veiled Load
This is a mysterious and loaded image! Who is she and what is she carrying, hiding? We’ve got some creator goddesses more prominent in the mix on this New Moon. Perhaps it is one of them. Not Venus, she wouldn’t wear pastel in fiery Aries.

Eris Sows Discord
Prominent, noisiest and closest to this New Moon is dwarf planet Eris @ 24 Aries 05. She is a bit at odds with this Sabian Symbol image; by her nature, she is likely to be more than a bit at odds with almost anything. 
I don’t think of Eris as being very pastel. I don’t like to think much about Eris at all, actually. She is not my favorite, this goddess of Discord, very contentious. She has been hanging around the end of Aries for a while, slow in her 557-year orbit. 

In 2005 a distant Kuiper Belt object was discovered and nicknamed ‘Xena’ for the popular television character, a gutsy, powerful female, warrior and healer. It looked to be larger than Pluto and was twice as far away. It became the catalyst for controversy and the reclassification of Pluto as a ‘dwarf planet’. A public hue and cry ensued. This new body was, therefore, officially named Eris, for the Greek Goddess of Discord; and its one moon named for her lawless daughter, Dysnomia. I was disappointed, yet I do feel that Eris carries a strong Xena undercurrent. And it now appears that Eris is more massive than Pluto, but a touch smaller. Well! Go, Pluto, King of the Kuiper Belt!

Is Eris the one carrying a heavy load? Discord doesn’t feel light, after all. What an archetypal job she has to spread contention and arguments, stirring things up, acting out and standing up to make a Statement. This is such a month, it would seem. Eris has been wrangling in an ongoing square with Pluto for the last year, especially— another factor reflecting the tough year we had and the contentious issues involved in the current collective transformation and renewal. This Eris/Pluto square grinds on for the rest of Pluto’s time in Capricorn into 2023-24, when it enters Aquarius. Wow, now, that is quite a new Pluto sign to wrap one’s head around. I’m not there yet, are you?

Anyway, I don’t feel sorry for Eris. As a matter of fact, I’m a little pissed at her (she must love that!). Even if I don’t like to admit it, there are probably a few other things I’m pissed at also. How about you? These are the things that we are called to process and resolve internally. It is for the greater good of all that we each do our internal work, wake up, stand up straight and tall in our integrity and find our way forward into the New Era that is opening up. Sometimes we can’t help but to ruffle other people’s feathers, and get ruffled in our turn.

Also conjunct this New Moon is Ceres, Goddess of the Grain, who feeds the people, body and soul, for the common good, the Wellbeing of All. She gives a hearty nod to Asteroid Hopi, mentioned above, giving “Respect to All Things.” Ceres suggests that we also need to pay attention to our food and food sources in this New Moon cycle. Mercury is close to Ceres, so we may hear news about this issue. If you are in the right season, it is time to think about gardens, growing both for food and beauty, body and soul. 

Summarizing the Aries factors:
6 Aries— Salacia, the sparkling mermaid and Neptune’s Queen, riding on cosmic waves of light and delight, amping up the quantum frequencies;

9 Aries— Chiron, still with an eye on that Crystal Ball, is on a vision quest for healing in the Now moment, centering in Self beyond outworn identifications and attachments to past or future;

15 Aries— Mercury, offers new perspectives, ideas and options that motivate courage; also generating interesting news as the Moon waxes;

19+Aries— Ceres, brings up the well-being of all as an issues to attend to, Eris is listening;

23 Aries— Sun/Moon inaugurate new moon cycle;

24 Aries— Eris, stirs things up, making sure we are quite aware that these are unprecedented times, calling for new, different actions and initiatives, even some considered outrageous by many;

26+Aries— Venus, wields the Sun as her shield of Creative Life Force, looks dead on square at Pluto: “You include the Divine Feminine in your plans for destruction and renewal, oh Pluto, and make things better, more beautiful, joyous, loving and bountiful. With the Divine Feminine, which you truly honor, we can tap the creative resources beyond imagination!” 

New Moon Air Triangle
That last Full Moon in Libra created a grand trine in air signs with Mars and Saturn. As I wrote last time, 
“Air is the element of communication and objectivity of the mental realm…We create and re-create our worldview by what we perceive and how our minds are framing life…Automatic emotional reactions can interfere with clear seeing.”

By this New Moon, the air has cleared to some extent. The air trine is now expanding our perspective, with Jupiter in Aquarius, Mars in Gemini and Haumea, the quantum key point in Libra.

Mars is square Neptune, adding to Eris’ dissent, anger and frustration. Mars in Gemini anger is short-lived and changeable, apt to blow off in the wind—unless we hold on to it, get all tangled and pulled into a storm. Some of us will get pulled in. Deception is hard to pierce through, when one has been invested in some idealism or false hopes being busted like a soap bubble. 

Haumea Saves the Day*
We need Haumea in late Libra to give birth to a new harmony, a quantum level of agreement above the dissension. Perhaps it is she, the ever-pregnant goddess, who is carrying the secreted and veiled load of this New Moon’s symbolic image. If it is heavy, she must be about ready to give birth. When will that be? 

When we see the New Moon sliver appear in the western sky after sunset, that is the actual New Moon. This will likely be on April 13th in most places.  By then the Moon will be in Taurus, a very auspicious, ‘exaltation’ sign for the Moon— and conjunct Uranus, if we could but see that planet. That would be an interesting birth moment with unexpected developments, as the Moon steps right into this year’s messy Uranus-Saturn square. Let’s look to the next day, April 14 when the Moon moves past the mess and Venus enters Taurus as well. That sounds lovely, Moon and Venus in Taurus, Moon in exaltation, Venus in her rulership. 

Meanwhile let us be midwives in our own lives, finding ways to bring peace and harmony into our relationships with others, both those close to us and those whom we encounter along the way each day. 

Venus will also appear in the evening sky before too long. Some might see her very low and lightly veiled by the Sun on the western horizon at the end of April, but more likely in May. She then steps out from curtain of Sun light on to her favorite stage, the evening sky, and in her favorite sign, Taurus (until May 9). 

Whether or not those particular dates bring some new revelation into view or experiences on the ground (a possibility each and any day!), this is a New Moon of MoveMent. All main planets are in forward motion—no retrogrades until Pluto on April 27, right after the very spicy Full Moon on the 26th. Take advantage, make initiatives— full steam ahead!

* Read more about Haumea:
I have a short article in the Cosmic Feminine section of my website
and an article on The Wessex Astrologer website

MakeMake Moon

Full Moon @ 8 Libra/Aries 18
March 28, 2021 @ 2:48pm EDT, 11:48am PDT, 6:48pm GMT, 
March 29 @ 5:48am AEDT

Pseudo-Bombax (Shaving Brush Tree) in blossom under February 2021 Full Moon. Photo by Mary Blazine, taken at Fiddlewood Cottage in St. John, Virgin Islands, bordering National Park, with a choice of two beaches in the neighborhood. I stayed here for 2 weeks in March. You can too! Look it up on VRBO. Email mblazine@yahoo.com for special rates for Cosmic News readers. 

This Full Moon follows the annual turning point of the March Equinox and ramps it up another notch. Libra is ruled by Venus and this Full Moon in Libra is exactly opposite Venus-Sun-Chiron in the same degree. This is quite an extraordinary trio for the Moon to reflect. The Scales of Libra are recalibrated; decisions are called for. Where do you stand in your Aries integrity?

There are so many dimensions to this Full Moon, too much to share in full. Just returning from a much-needed visit to the Caribbean (see above photo!). I hope to give a few crisp, clear clues here for you to pick up and follow up on as you are inspired. Please be inspired! This Full Moon is a cosmic invitation to fresh trails as the heart and soul unite in a quantum clarion call in this New Era that has opened. 

Love Makes the World Go Round— and Round and Round and Round
Venus is at the far side of the Sun, her closest to the stars. 
Imagine her loving star shine radiance shining through the Sun into our hearts. New levels of relationships are explored that both heal and reveal soul dimensions. The cosmic dance is bringing new partners and partnerships into our lives, based on the level of soul-centering that we are achieving. When you are centered in your energy being, you attract others who also are centered. Magic happens. Life’s musical merry-go-round becomes a dance of renewal and re-creation that we weave together. 

Along this line, enjoy this lovely video by a Cosmic News reader: Twin Flames: A short film love story about twin souls who meet by chance.
created by Nehanda Yemaya Imana and Max Imana

While I am making timely suggestions, here is another. I was recently sent an inspiring lecture by Terrence McKenna called, “Opening the Doors of Creativity,” on the shamanic origins of art, relevant to the Chiron/Venus conjunction in Aries:

Quantum Consciousness; KBO Square Dance
‘Something’ (everything?!) is shifting in an extraordinary way. This Full Moon ramps it us to a quantum level!! Depending on how open you are, the extraordinariness will be experienced more or less, with more joy or hesitation. Quantum refers to the smallest amount of physicality that can exist independently— the smallest possible increments of electromagnetics emerging from the pre-emergent energy field—bringing us into a fresh level of ‘reality’. 

I continue to remind that we are receiving huge surges of light waves, sourced from the pure heart of the Milky Way galaxy and/or other sources, washing through the whole solar system with pristine light. These waves are activating ancient memories of divine rigins from which we, and the universe, have emerged. The discovery and naming of more and more planetoids in the Kuiper Belt, a wide ring of planetoids far solar system, reflect such emerging dimensions of quantum consciousness. 

MakeMake (Mah-kay-mah-kay) was discovered on March 31, 2005— so is having its 16th “birthday” in a couple of days. At least the anniversary of its awakening in collective consciousness. This Full Moon seems to be celebrating— Full Moon at 8Libra18 conjuncts Dwarf planet Makemake at 6Libra50. First nicknamed ‘Easter Bunny’ since it was discovered just after Easter Sunday in 2005, Makemake was officially named for the Bird-Man god of Rapa Nui, often called Easter Island. A creator god of fertility and the renewal of life, MakeMake was honored in an annual ritual to procure an egg from the nesting terns on a close-by islet. Each year clan warriors descended a steep cliff to swim across a choppy channel to bring back the first egg, symbolizing the renewal of life. The winner’s clan chief became headman for the year, Makemake’s earthly representative. This small Pacific Island is known for it huge, carved stone statues called moai, which honored their ancestors. Its history is being re-examined by archaeologists, historians and environmentalists to give us a fresh perspective that rewrites popular assumptions about Rapa Nui. The Bird-Man religion carried themes of cultural roots and the promise of rebirth, resurrection and redemption—aligning in a meaningful way in this holiday week of Passover and Palm Sunday leading to Easter. 

More KBOs (Kuiper Belt Objects) are celebrating this Full Moon, Makemake’s birthday and the Holy Day week to elicit even more quantumly excitement and implications. 

6 Libra—MakeMakemakes its seasonal re-turn.

6 Aries—Salacia, She Who Makes the Sunlight to Sparkle on the Sea, is part of the Aries stellium, very close to the Sun, Chiron, Venus at 8-8-8 Aries. We expand the potency of this stellium to involve a star (Sun), Centaur Object (Chiron), planet (Venus), and KBO (Salacia). 

Oh! AND dwarf planet Ceresin the asteroid belt! Ceres is at 13 Aries on this Full Moon. She initiates a vital response from Earth herself to all the radiance, sparkle, healing and beauty of the Aries stellium reflected so lovingly by the Full Moon. 

6 Capricorn—Quaoar, of the Los Angeles area Tongva people, sings and dances Creation into Being. This dwarf planet in earth sign Capricorn establishes new parameters and shapes for re-creating how we live on our planet, while also making a dynamic T-square dance with the other KBOs. 

6 Cancer—? If you know of some asteroid or other celestial body transiting at 6 Cancer to complete the square, let us know. Are you a dancer? Do you have a birth planet in that degree? 
THANK YOU, ASTROLOGER JIM BUSS, FOR INFO THAT ASTEROID HOPI IS AT 7CANCER07, STANDING FOR RESPECT FOR ALL THINGS.

Full Moon Air Triangle
From square dance to triangle dance, the Full Moon at 8 Libra trines Mars at 14 Gemini and Saturn at 11 Aquarius. Air is the element of communication and objectivity of the mental realm. News is flying around on the internet and the air waves and from person to person/ place to place. We create and re-create our worldview by what we perceive and how our minds are framing life. 

With Mercury/ Neptune in Pisces squaring Mars, misinformation abounds; contrasting and contentious points of view persist in clouding the air waves. Automatic emotional reactions can interfere with clear seeing. 

This is a large theme of recent months, as Neptune has been squaring the Nodes of the Moon, the current collective Line of Destiny. This whole Moon cycle focuses on this issue of ‘clearing the air’. On the New Moon, Venus/ Neptune squared the Mars and the Nodes of the Moon; on this Full Moon Mercury steps in to the Venus position. Watch your thoughts and watch your language. There is power in words. Upgrade your vibe with positive thinking to change the outcome in your life. Edit, edit, edit; reFine, reFne, reFine; enJoy, enJoy, enJoy. 

The peak of the Neptune square with the Nodes has been waning. As this Moon cycle wanes, we will feel the intensity lessen even further. Our vision gets clearer and clearer—unless you are resistant and holding on to the old. Pluto in Capricorn continues to de-structure outmoded systems, to clean up outworn situations and circumstances, clearing the old up and out. We get back to the original foundation to rebuild for the wellbeing of all.

SEA JOURNEY NEW MOON

New Moon @ 23 Pisces 04
March 13, 2021 @ 5:21am EST, 2:21am PST, 10:21am GMT, 9:21pm AEST

Image: Waves at Play, photo by Jim Eaton. I love all the blues of the sea, like the multiple nuances of Pisces. Do I see you out there riding a whale? See more of Jim’s photos and the Eaton family on their online Dappled Light Gallery, with affordable prints and free giveaways.  

“An intense copper calm like a universal yellow lotus 
was more and more unfolding 
its noiseless measureless leaves upon the sea.”
-from Herman Melville’s Moby Dick

This New Moon in Pisces is awash in love, compassion, dreams, visions and a mystical attunement to the Universal Sea of Life. Neptune and Venus blend into the New Moon uplifting our spirits in extraordinary divine wavelengths, helping assuage the angst and despair that can affect us in this time of questioning, of destruction and renewal. This is a turning point month in our collective destiny.

This Venusian-Neptunian New Moon is another extraordinary lunation of 2021, a year filled with many such lunations. We are immersed us in the watery realm of romance, imagination, flow, dreams and soul memories, as well as compassion and awareness of the Oneness of life, but also the undercurrents can pull us into dangerous waters. 

We are in a special time now with outer planet Neptune, God of the Sea, in Pisces, sign of the Cosmic Ocean. Naturally, archetypally, Neptune is ‘at home’ here. This current phase, 2012-2025, was last experienced in 1847-1862. That was before Neptune was discovered in 1865. Are we more conscious of Neptune now that we see it in the sky?

We can look back at events that time to get more clues about Neptunian potentials of this time. The Civil War in U.S. eventually influenced abolition of slavery around the world. Do we have any echo in this time? Spiritual/religious movements, such as Bahai and the Mormon Church, were established at that time. Any echoes in this realm? Reflecting a different aspect of Neptune, big business began to build around oil, gas, opium and modern medicine. Is anything changing here? And for an example of synchronistic, symbolic whimsy, in 1853 the London Zoo opened its ‘Fish House’, the first public aquarium in the world. P.T. Barnum soon followed in 1856 with the first American aquarium in his American Museum on Broadway, NYC. 

Like fish in the water, we are not yet fully conscious of the fluid fields that are unfolding and flowering in these times. It is inherent in our experience in the present Now that we embody. We come into our feelings, our intuitions, dreams, inspirations and aspirations. The unprecedented photonic waves of light waterfalling through our solar system are an astrophysics phenomenon of our time reflect, in part, this Neptunian passage— noiselessly rippling through the subtle fields of our planet, our bodies and our spirits. 

During that transit of the 19th century, Herman Melville published his oceanic classic, Moby Dick(1851). The above passage from that book evokes Neptune’s essence. Henry David Thoreau and Walt Whitman were also writing, sharing with Melville a special appreciation of Nature that touches on the divine. 

Walt Whitman’s famous Leaves of Grass, first published in 1855, featured a section called ‘Sea-Drift’, a series of poems evoking deep emotions of love and yearning and sorrow and something eternal— all so very Neptunian. Here is a starry excerpt from “On a Beach at Night”:

“The ravening clouds shall not long be victorious,
They shall not long possess the sky, 
they devour the stars only in apparition,
Jupiter shall emerge, be patient, watch again another night,
the Pleiades shall emerge,
They are immortal, all those stars both silvery and golden 
shall shine out again,
The great stars and the little ones shall shine out again, 
they endure,
The vast immortal suns and the long-enduring pensive moons 
shall again shine.”

In the last stanza he reminds us,
“Something there is more immortal even than the stars…”

For Whitman, the sea is a female presence, as we hear in this encore poem, “On a Beach at Night Alone,” singing tones of the Eternal and Ineffable Oneness of Life:

“On the beach at night alone,
As the old mother sways her to and fro singing her husky song,
As I watch the bright stars shining, I think a thought of the clef
of the universes and of the future.
A vast similitude interlocks all,
All spheres, grown, ungrown, small, large, suns, moons, planets,
All distances of place however wide,
All distances of time, all inanimate forms,
All souls, all living bodies though they be ever so different,
or in different worlds,
All gaseous, watery, vegetable, mineral processes, the fishes, the brutes,
All nations, colors, barbarisms, civilizations, languages,
All identities that have existed or may exist on this globe, 
or any globe,
All lives and deaths, all of the past, present, future,
This vast similitude spans them, and always has spann’d,
And shall forever span them and compactly hold and enclose them.”

That 14-year span of Neptune in Pisces was in a different era. No living individual is alive from that time (although you may be aware of having past lives or ancestral influences from that time!). Yet the poets and artists of that time leave us with archetypal echoes that follow through from their time to ours. Beyond mundane signs of the times, they remind us of something eternal in us, that Neptune reflects.

“I rise into a diviner atmosphere, 
in which simply to exist and breathe is a triumph, 
and my thoughts inevitably tend toward the grand and infinite, 
as aeronauts report that there is ever an upper current hereabouts which sets
toward the ocean. 
If they rise high enough they go out to sea, 
and behold the vessels seemingly in mid-air like themselves. 
It is as if I were serenaded, 
and the highest and truest compliments were paid me. 
The universe gives me three cheers.” 
—from Thoreau’s Journal, 13 July 1857

Venus in the Pisces Pool
It’s one thing to rise into the exalted realms of Neptune, another to be pulled into its undertow. Unseen ocean currents- such as riptides- can pull us into danger, as swimmers and surfers well know. The god Neptune does sometimes use his trident to whip the seas to storms, laughing wildly in the winds, in a thunderous mood. Neptune is not all “sugar and spice and everything nice,” idealistic and uplifting. We need to beware its illusions, confusions, and delusions that pull us into addictive habits and crazy-think, ungrounded fantasy and even madness. Neptune can pull us out of our own shape, fill our minds with nightmares that take us on an unbridled gallop through dark fields of psychic, astral fog.

Venus comes to our aid, with her kindness, sweet joy, and emotional finesse. Venus is said to be ‘exalted’ in Pisces, tapping into a higher aspect of love. As I wrote in the February 27 newsletter, 
“Venus is at her best in Pisces, offering compassion and sweetness with the balm of her glory. Let’s bathe in that; we may need, yet 
again, to wash away some stress as our collective and personal destinies turn an inevitable and timely corner.”

Venus is closely squaring the Nodes of the Moon, the collective Line of Destiny. We have a choice to entertain options, to see the many facets of life, the many stories that are being told. What rings true to you? And how can you re-imagine the story of your life as you move forward? This will impact the Bigger Dream we are all part of.

With what is stirring in the collective sea of consciousness during this Piscean Moon cycle, our heart strings are likely to be deeply plucked, evoking compassion and, perhaps, sorrow and yearning for the contradictions and sufferings we all experience through life in this dense, often dark, realm. Even as the light frequency is increasing in this flood of cosmic photon waves, it exposes some darker undercurrents that are being washed away. Be gentle with yourself and others as we share these intense times. We mourn the suffering, sorrows and passings, even as we celebrate the magic, dream the Big Dream, and feel our hearts beat with the joy of life on Earth. May our hearts join in this Grand and Glorious Vision in these times of Awakening.

Poetry, art, music, Venus rules the arts, which can uplift us in this time. Indulge in art that brings a smile. Invite the best into your life, turn off and wash away down-trending input, and keep faith with yourself. Many say we are living in times of prophecy; this is a month to witness such.
Movie suggestion: Whale Rider

Pluto in Capricorn is very supportive to this New Moon
The earth planets are most helpful to give form and guide the water to useful places— like gardens, water storage areas, and dry lakes— providing strong riverbanks to channel all this water. If structures are not well designed or engineered, they may not hold, like weak dams that burst under strong waters. We may see something literal to demonstrate that. On a personal level, we need to stand strong, hold our ground, stand strong and take responsibility for all that we can manage. We can allow feelings to flow through and let go of what is not ours, what is not useful, what brings us down.

This New Moon brings us through the March 19 Equinox portal,
a key seasonal shift, possibly quite dramatic,
and onto the Full Moon on March 28, another extraordinary lunation. Venus is along for that ride in the chariot of the Sun—
and so are we! 

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FINGER of GODDESS FULL MOON

Full Moon @ 8 Virgo-Pisces 57
February 27, 2021 @3:17am EST, 12:17am PST, 8:17am GMT,
7:17pm AEDT

Image: Maho Palm, oil by author, circa 2011.
Earth and Sea meet at the shoreline on this Full Moon. 


“The Earth upon her celestial spindle winds her ecstasy-producing dance.”
– Kathleen Raine

Sun in Pisces/ Moon in Virgo is a change in tone from the Aquarian winds of change that peaked on the February 11 New Moon. We are at the flowering of that very Aquarian New Moon, but the feel of things has shifted and will be increasingly Piscean through the coming months.

This Full Moon in Virgo stands alone among the stars, with the Sun and all planets hunkered in a powerful trine between Pluto in Capricorn and Mars in Taurus. These two planets create an earthy container for activity which is stirring (Sun, with Venus and Neptune in water sign Pisces) and bubbling (3 planets in air sign Aquarius), over a hot ceremonial flames (Chiron/Ceres in fiery Aries). 

Claiming the prize this year for 
2021’s Most Significant Aspect 
is the 90-degree square ‘argument’ between 
Saturn in Aquarius and Uranus in Taurus.

The first of three exact squares occurred on February 17, creating some obvious storminess that lingers into this Full Moon. Constriction/ freedom, status quo/ revolution, structure/ disruption, convention/ radical change— how do we combine such different approaches in a way that moves us forward? In her Sky Maiden Musings, Astrologer Dikki-Jo Mullen writes that this key pattern of 2021 “describes the adjustments and conflicts experienced as the world seeks a balance between honoring traditions and welcoming changes.”  [read more here]

The Moon in Virgo, the third earth sign, favors the practicality and common sense of Taurus that gets us back to basics, over the heady theories of Aquarius that can get stuck in ideologies that don’t work out well ‘on the ground’. This pragmatic Moon also knows change is needed and timely in the organic cycles of nature and the rhythms of life, both smaller and larger cycles. This is a larger cycle!

This Full Moon in Virgo is most welcome as we need as much grounding as we can get in the wild winds of Aquarius that have been coming in strong.Virgo likes to set priorities and make lists. What is on your list? And by what criteria do you set your priorities? With the Moon opposite a close pairing of Sun with Venus in Pisces, can your relax into your heart and soften into your spirit, to allow the subtle intelligence of your soulful Self to inform you? 

Venus entered Pisces on February 25th, following the Sun into a sensitive mood. As much as possible, take time for extra rest and time to wash off the stress of the world. Use this Virgo Moon to let your body relax into its natural rhythm. Eat well and let Venus invite you to some type of ‘spa day’ to enjoy a bath, a swim, a hot tub, or sauna— or an aesthetic adventure with music, dancing, making art— depending on your climate and available means. 

Venus and the Sun move forward in Pisces together, creating a turning point as they square the Nodes of the Moon, the collective Line of Destiny—the Sun on March 5-6; Venus on March 9-10. Venus is at her best in Pisces, offering compassion and sweetness with the balm of her glory. Let’s bathe in that; we may need, yet again, to wash away some stress as our collective and personal destinies turn an inevitable and timely corner. Sun and Venus both join Neptune on the next New Moon on March 13, which immerses us in the watery realm of romance, imagination, flow, dreams and soul memories, as well as compassion and awareness of the Oneness of life.

Mars in Taurus trine Pluto in Capricorn
This earthy Full Moon trine Uranus can lean on another strong earthy trine to give it a strong backbone— the powerful trine of Mars in Taurus and Pluto in Capricorn. This dynamic supports the natural flow and organic wisdom we feel with this Virgo Moon/ Sun-Venus dynamic. There is a fabulous and most welcome strength in this cooperative energy— perfect to enhance and give an appropriate strong start to this New Year of the Ox. 

Mars is conjunct the Lilith star, Algol, the Eye of Medusa, said to turn you to stone if you look into it. She sees right through you,  

“with an objectivity like that of nature itself and our dreams, boring into the soul to find the naked truth, to see reality beneath all its myriad forms and the illusions and defenses it displays.”
—Sylvia Perera, Descent to the Goddess

While this suggests implications in terms of the bigger collective Pluto agenda, we can each pay attention to how we can use this energy. Seek out its esoteric validity. Put your shoulder to the job at hand and make a push to accomplish something that calls you. This is a powerful and productive energy to use for good purpose. Set your priorities with the Virgo Moon and make the time to bring to fruition something that is significant to you, maybe something you have been wanting to do or finish for a while. Start in on it ASAP so that when Mars moves into Gemini on March 3, you are on a healthy roll. 

The Mars move into air sign Gemini is going to move things along at a quick clip, bringing out a wide variety of paradigm shifting information. Specific Mars dates are its trine with Saturn (March 21) and Jupiter (April 17). Let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. 

Full Moon in ‘Finger of Goddess’ Pattern
This particular astrological pattern involves the Moon in a 150-degree relationship with two planets, one on either side. This kind of aspect is called a ‘quincunx,’ one of those really catchy and cool astrological terms. 

When there are the two on one, it is like the ‘finger of god’ pointing at the planet at the hub of the pattern—the Full Moon. Shall we call this one a ‘finger of Goddess’? We feel various energies interacting with complexity, creating a level of stress and requirement for movement and keeping tuned up. Our bodies are adjusting to and integrating a waterfall of highly charged cosmic energies. 

This aspect requires a good deal of adjustment, as the signs involved are so different. The Moon at Full is in quincunx Saturn in Aquarius on one side and Chiron in Aries on the other, air and fire, breath and energy. Virgo is mutable earth; Saturn is fixed air; Chiron is cardinal fire. That’s a multifaceted cosmic interweaving to manage well. 

Together Saturn and Chiron can channel seeming ‘magic’ within the (Saturn) manifestation of (Chiron) synchronicity, as we fine-tune and calibrate to specific alternative wavelengths. Nature will demonstrate such magic, in small and large ways, inviting us to dance in the music of the awakening Earth. Sun and Venus pull the energy to heightened awareness of the magic of love, cascading down from Heaven to Earth in a waterfall of Divine Grace that soothes body and soul…

…all the way into the New Moon cycle on March 13, we swim deeper into Piscean waters in this coming month. You’ll find me in that painting above, lounging under the palm tree and swimming in the turquoise sea.

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