The Waxing/Waning Moon transits Aquarius, from Friday, July 27, to Monday, July 30, during the Aquarius Full Moon Phase

Artwork by Emil Nolde

Artwork by Emil Nolde (1867 – 1956)

AQUARIUS, Moon of knowledge and dispassion
Friendly and eccentric

The WAXING/WANING MOON TRANSITS AQUARIUS from Friday, July 27, 8.40 pm,
to Monday 30 July,  9.27 am, with the ingress into PISCES

Suitable energy to make individual choices, to work in groups, to be with friends, to become aware of social issues, to change attitudes, share ideas, do the old thing in a new way, research, understand, study, teach, technology, Astrology, the Net, the unexpected, encounters with strangers or strange, eccentric people, UFO sighting. Purchase of books, encyclopedias, computer programs, computers, technology, electrical appliances. Action motivated by the desire to participate without losing one’s own individuality. Friendly, contained display of feeling, somewhat distant. Beware of coldness, indifference, emotional isolation, cynicism, impracticality, physical inhibitions.

  • In the garden Aquarius is considered too dry and barren for growing anything, but Pine Trees (?). Its energy is suitable for cultivating, general maintenance, pruning, pest control, weeding, harvesting. A ‘work day’ or other group activities in the garden will be ideal.
  • Healing Herbs: Chamomile, Skullcap, Valerian.
A note: the garden activities associated with the Moon Sign depend also on the cycle the Moon is in. The Moon transiting through a fertile or productive Sign will no be so favorable if the Phase is not a productive one, and vice-versa. For best results the Sign and Phase of the Moon have to be considered together.
Full to Disseminating Moon

Full to Disseminating Moon

Full Moon

The AQUARIUS FULL MOON PHASE, also a TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE (04°44′),
the longest lasting for the whole 21st century, starts on Saturday, July 28, 6.20 am,
and ends on Monday, August 1, 8.34 am with the PISCES CRESCENT MOON PHASE

At Full Moon the Moon has reached a distance of 180 degrees ahead of the Sun, becoming diametrically opposed to it, with planet Earth in the middle. This is symbolically harvest time, when we reap what we have sown in the waxing period. We might experience success or failure, but either way we are coming to some important realization. The cycle has now reached its half way mark and is at its most intense. Like the New Moon a fortnight earlier this is also a time for new beginnings, not in the naïve, tentative way of the New Moon, but in a more mature and conscious way.

  • In the garden the Full Moon is a great divide: before the exact phase the increasing light and surging energy are particularly good for Annuals and above the ground crops; after the phase Perennials, Biennials, Trees and Root crops are more suited. Traditionally no sowing or planting are recommended however twelve hours before or after the phase itself. Some authors suggest even 24 hours.

The Waxing Moon transits Sagittarius from Sunday, July 22, to Wednesday, July 25, during the Sagittarius Gibbous Moon Phase

Lady ArcherSAGITTARIUS, Moon of the questing spirit and prophecy
Adventurous, independent

The WAXING MOON TRANSITS SAGITTARIUS from Sunday, July 22, 8.12 pm,
to Wednesday, July 25, 7.48 am, with the ingress into CAPRICORN

Suitable energy for traveling, exploring, radiating optimism, engaging in philosophical discussions, speculations, risk taking, gambling, adventures, trekking, camping out, wild life, search for God or Guru. Purchase of travel tickets, camping gear, cars, bikes, horses, dogs, raffle and lottery tickets. Action motivated by the desire to explore behind the personal sphere. Friendly display of feelings, gregarious and warm, but extremely independent and often unreliable. Beware of self inflation, preaching, boasting, being fanatical, overbearing, self righteous, impatient, uncompromising.

*** In the garden Sagittarius, like all Fire Signs, is traditionally considered too hot, dry and barren for growing anything, with the exception of Fruit Trees. Its energy is suitable for cultivating, general maintenance, pruning, pest control, weeding, and harvesting. A day with your favourite pet could prove rewarding, and so will be a night under the stars.

*** Healing Herbs: Dandelion, Garlic, Horsetail, Onions.

A note: the garden activities associated with the Moon Sign depend also on the cycle the Moon is in. The Moon transiting through a fertile or productive Sign will no be so favorable if the Phase is not a productive one, and vice-versa. For best results the Sign and Phase of the Moon have to be considered together.

Gibbous Moon Gibbous to Full fast

The SAGITTARIUS GIBBOUS MOON PHASE starts on Tuesday, July 24, 3.22 am,
and ends on July 28, 6.20 am, with the AQUARIUS FULL MOON PHASE,
also a TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE (04°44′), the longest lasting for the whole 21st century!

The Moon is waxing, 135 degrees ahead of the Sun, only 45 degrees or three and half days to the Full Moon. The Moon shows a strange shape now, like a rugby ball. Our goals are becoming more clear and we can power ahead, not too concerned about possible obstacles on our path. The power of attraction of the Full Moon proves irresistible.

*** In the garden as in life there should be plenty of activities and a sense of urgency, least one should waste the great energy available at the moment. When the Moon transits a very fertile Sign like Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces, or a productive Sign like Taurus, Libra and Capricorn in this phase practically every plant and seed can go into the garden successfully. This is the middle of the second waxing week. Ideally, after sowing or planting leafy vegetables in the first week, we should be busy putting in those plants we grow for their fruit or seedpods (tomatoes, beans, etc.).

The Waxing Moon transits Scorpio from Friday, JUly 20, to Sunday, July 22, during the Libra First Quarter Phase

Artwork by Eugenua Gapchinska 1

Artwork by Eugenua Gapchinska

SCORPIO, Moon of depth and resourcefulness
Emotionally supportive and resilient

The WAXING MOON TRANSITS SCORPIO from Friday, July 20, 11.12 am,
to Sunday, July 22, 8.12 pm, with the ingress into SAGITTARIUS

Suitable energy for cleansing, getting rid of the old, spring cleaning, rubbish removal, recycling, nursing, practical and emotional support, midwifery, intimacy, partnership in business, profound talks, sharing secrets, healing old wounds, cultivating psychic powers, studying occult subjects. Purchase of insurance policies, underwear, hygiene articles, medicines, medical equipment, payment of bills, fees and taxes, collecting debts. Helping the dying, honoring the dead. Action motivated by the desire to experience, to know or to control. Reserved and deep feelings, strong attachments, intense likes and dislikes. Beware of wilfulness, emotional control, resentments, obsessive thoughts, unyielding attitudes.

*** In the garden Scorpio is a very fertile Sign. It is also suitable for propagating cuttings, grafting and irrigation. It promotes sturdy roots. Corn, squashes and tomatoes seem to like particularly to be transplanted when the Moon is in Scorpio.

*** Healing Herbs: Aloe, Don Quai, Ginseng.

A note: the garden activities associated with the Moon Sign depend also on the cycle the Moon is in. The Moon transiting through a fertile or productive Sign will no be so favorable if the Phase is not a productive one, and vice-versa. For best results the Sign and Phase of the Moon have to be considered together.
First Quarter to Gibbous Moon Phase

First Quarter to Gibbous Moon Phase

First Quarter

The LIBRA FIRST QUARTER MOON PHASE starts on Friday, July 20, 5.52 am,
and ends on Tuesday, July 24, 3.22 am, with the SAGITTARIUS GIBBOUS MOON PHASE

The Moon is now 90 degrees ahead of the Sun, a right angle, very powerful. We meet some serious obstacle on our way. The goal is still strongly in view (Full Moon) but something or someone seem intent at stopping us or hinder our progress. This is the most critical point in the waxing period. It is important that we meet the challenge now, but it is also essential that we don’t go to war with people around us, blaming them for our difficulties, which are instead just a natural phase of our journey. There is something a bit black and white in this Moon’s position and the attention is perhaps focused too much on outside circumstances.

*** In the garden this is the demarcation time between the first and second weeks of the Moon cycle, an important boundary, because different types of plants can now go in, those we grow for their fruit or seedpods (tomatoes, beans etc.). The Moon needs also to be transiting a fertile or productive Sign.

The Waxing Moon transits Leo from Saturday, July 14, to Monday, July 16, during the Cancer New Moon Phase, also a Partial Solar Eclipse

Cannes Lion Festival of Creativity

Cannes Lion Festival of Creativity

LEO, Moon of creativity and passion
Warm and fun loving

The WAXING MOON TRANSITS LEO from Saturday, July 14, 3.30 am,
to Monday, July 16, 3.30 am, with the ingress into VIRGO

Suitable energy for creative work, especially of the visual type, display, fun, joy, drama, theater, inspiration, organization, leisure, pleasure, vacation, spending fun times with the children, being a child again, love making, romance, passion. Purchase of jewellery, gold, precious objects, luxury items, cats. Action motivated by spontaneous need for self expression. Dramatic display of generous feelings, warm hearted, loyal, passionate, but somewhat egotistic. Beware of domineering and controlling attitudes, ego inflation, extremes of passion, exaggeration, arrogance, pride.

*** In the garden Leo, like all the other Fire Signs, is traditionally considered too hot, dry and barren for growing anything. Its energy is very suitable instead for cultivating, general maintenance, pruning, pest control, weeding, and harvesting. Great Moon time for designing the garden, introducing ornamental objects and features, and, of course, Garden Parties.

*** Healing Herbs: Borage, Hawthorn, Motherwort.

A note: the garden activities associated with the Moon Sign depend also on the cycle the Moon is in. The Moon transiting through a fertile or productive Sign will no be so favorable if the Phase is not a productive one, and vice-versa. For best results the Sign and Phase of the Moon have to be considered together.

The New Moon1 New Moon Crescent fast

The CANCER NEW MOON PHASE, also a PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE on 20°41′ of CANCER. starts on Friday, July 13, 12.47 pm,
and ends on Monday July 16, 5.51 pm,  with the VIRGO CRESCENT MOON PHASE

The New Moon is the beginning of the Waxing cycle, the sacred marriage of Moon and Sun, Yin and Yang, Night and Day. For three days the Moon becomes invisible. Astrologically we say that the Moon is now conjunct the Sun (on the same degree of Longitude along the Ecliptic). Every month the New Moon occurs in a different Sign. So the Aries New Moon in March/April is always followed by the Taurus New Moon in April/May and so on. New Moons are symbols of new beginning and represent a great time to start something or make important changes in our lives. The energy is right for everything new you would like to try.

*** In the garden this is traditionally a time to begin sowing and planting because the increasing Moon light will help plants to emerge and flourish. Moisture becomes more and more available as the light of the Moon intensifies, up to the Full Moon. Traditionally however no sowing or planting are recommended within twelve hours of the phase itself.

Major Transits active in June and July 2018: Mars Retro in Aquarius; second Eclipse Season 2018; Uranus in Taurus

Mars Retro in Aquarius

Mars Retro in Aquarius

A shorter version of this post was published in the 100th issue of the Uki Village News, in early June 2018.

We are now well into the Uranus in Taurus era. As usual astrology seems to have anticipated much of the tensions and disruptive events, as well as the breakthroughs and evolutionary upheavals in store for the world at this time.

June and July 2018 sees a return of some of the most intense transits already active in mid May, while another eclipse season is upon us too. It will start at the July 13, Cancer 20° New Moon Partial Solar Eclipse, continuing to the July 28, Aquarius 04°Full Moon Total Lunar Eclipse, and will end on the August 11, Leo 18°New Moon Partial Solar Eclipse; three events rather than the usual two.

If your birthday falls very close, a day or so, from these dates the eclipses could prove significant for you, marking an emotional climax of some kind (Lunar Eclipse) or new beginnings in some area of your life, responding to a new level of awareness within (Solar Eclipses).

Similar effects are possible if the Moon or any planet or angle in your Birth Horoscope happen to be on or around 20th degree of Cancer, Capricorn, Aries or Libra (Lunar Eclipse), and/or the 4th/5th and the 18th degrees of Aquarius, Leo, Taurus or Scorpio (Solar Eclipse).

The Taurus Uranian era will last for the seven years stay of Uranus in this Fixed Earth Sign (until 2025). In the long or short term, depending on our personal alignment to these cosmic events, it will be better if we prepare for major and rapid transformations in our world. Being complacent could find us unprepared for the necessary adjustments to new circumstances.

The very positive side of all of this will be about aligning ourselves to our truer purpose, asserting more openly our individuality, breaking with old moulds and taboos by defying social and family convention/conditioning. In the line of major impact will be the Fixed Signs, Taurus, of course, and also Scorpio, Leo and Aquarius.  This transit will hopefully shift those Signs from their proverbial tendency to become stuck and their stubborn avoidance of change, without completely upsetting their sense of security and belonging.

Depending on the exact position of Sun, Moon and planets in our Birth Horoscopes these transits will be close and personal to us, or manifest mainly as changes in the general environment, impacting on our life in an indirect way.

From the time of writing, end of May 2018, to mid August, than again from the end of August to September 11, Mars will transit the Fixed Air Sign of Aquarius. Salient transits of Mars will be the alignment to the Lunar Nodes on June 8 and July 20, and the Mars-Uranus 90 degrees angle, from the week of May 16, to the weeks of August 2 and September 19. These difficult angles and the also challenging 45 degrees angle of Uranus to Neptune (June 16, December 15, 2018, + May 2, 2019) will dominate the whole period.  Rebellion and defiance are in the air; everybody seems more opinionated and stubborn than ever; the world is not shying away from open confrontations. Conflicts of ideas and ideologies could prevail; rationalism versus idealism; technology versus ecology. Many will need to stand up to uphold or defend the evolutionary principles and ideals of a just and tolerant world, because reactionary and ultra conservative traditions will not give up their grip on the planet without a good fight (Mars).

Manifestations of these conflicting forces are the present increase in tectonic and volcanic activities and in war-like posturing from world leaders. Look historically at the high cost modern democracies had to pay to stay alive during the last Uranus in Taurus epoch, 1934/35 to 1941/42.

With all the differences between the world now and the world of 84 plus years ago we are facing somewhat similar challenges, with rapid increase in governments power mongering, with the surge of dictatorship and general war-mongering around the globe, and the ever greedier big corporations and financial institutions’ control over our lives.

Timeline for the Mars’ Retro period

  • Mars turns Retro in Aquarius on June 27
  • Mars re-enters Capricorn on August 13
  • Mars turns Direct in Capricorn on August 28
  • Mars re-enter Aquarius on September 11

Let’s stay cool but alert, embracing the changes that come our way. They may seem daunting but they are really opportunities to rise above stagnant situations, allowing better things to manifest in our life.

 

TRUMPASTROLOGY: Donal Trump and the still very active February 2018 and August-September 2017 Solar and Lunar Eclipses

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For Astrology students and seekers

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Donald Trump and the February 15 2018 Solar Eclipse

Donald Trump and the February 15 2018 Solar Eclipse

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Donald Trump and the January 31 / February 1 2018 Lunar Eclipse

Donald Trump and the February 1 2018 Lunar Eclipse

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Donald Trump and the August 21 2017 Solar Eclipse

Donald Trump and the August 21 2017 Solar Eclipse

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Donald Trump and the August 7 2017 Lunar Eclipse

Donald Trump and the August 7 2017 Lunar Eclipse

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The Waxing Moon transits Aries from February 18 to 21, between the Aquarius New Moon Eclipse and the Aries Crescent Moon Phases

'Fire in the belly' by Christine Robinson

‘Fire in the belly’ by Christine Robinson

ARIES, Moon of initiative and action
Energetic and fiery

The WAXING MOON TRANSITS ARIES from February 18, 11.04 pm,
to February 21, 6.11 am, with the ingress into TAURUS

Suitable energy for taking on challenges, participating in competitions, performing daring feats, arduous exercises, physical work, to begin new ventures, or to perform action for its own sake. Purchase of sporting gear, protective gear, hats, tools, stoves, firewood, machinery, cars, bikes, leather objects. The mood is decisive, enterprising, impulsive, militant, spirited, visionary. Honest, direct expression of feelings, strong instinct, but somewhat insensitive. Beware of emotional extremes, head strong, bossy, uncompromising attitudes, lack of empathy, antagonism, aggression, selfishness.

*** In the garden Aries is traditionally considered too hot, dry and barren for growing anything. Its energy is very suitable instead for cultivating, general maintenance, pruning, pest control, weeding, and harvesting. Plants sown with the Moon in Aries will soon go to seed, due to this Sign’s notorious impatience. Suitable only for early crops.

*** Healing Herbs: Burdock, Gotu Kola, Red Clover.

A note: the garden activities associated with the Moon Sign depend also on the cycle the Moon is in. The Moon transiting through a fertile or productive Sign will no be so favorable if the Phase is not a productive one, and vice-versa. For best results the Sign and Phase of the Moon have to be considered together.*******

1 New Moon Crescent fastThe New Moon

The NEW MOON PHASE, also a PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE on 27°07′ AQUARIUS,
starts on February 16, 9.05 am, and ends on February 20, 4.45 am, with the  ARIES CRESCENT MOON PHASE

The New Moon is the beginning of the Waxing cycle, the sacred marriage of Moon and Sun, Yin and Yang, Night and Day. For three days the Moon becomes invisible. Astrologically we say that the Moon is now conjunct the Sun (on the same degree of Longitude along the Ecliptic). Every month the New Moon occurs in a different Sign. So the Aries New Moon in March/April is always followed by the Taurus New Moon in April/May and so on. New Moons are symbols of new beginning and represent a great time to start something or make important changes in our lives. The energy is right for everything new you would like to try.

*** In the garden this is traditionally a time to begin sowing and planting because the increasing Moon light will help plants to emerge and flourish. Moisture becomes more and more available as the light of the Moon intensifies, up to the Full Moon. Traditionally however no sowing or planting are recommended within twelve hours of the phase itself.

Crescent MoonCrescent Moon Animation

The Crescent Moon occurs half way through the first week of the Waxing cycle, when the Moon is transiting 45 degrees ahead of the Sun and looks like a beautiful crescent in the western sky after sunset. Psychologically this is an enthusiastic time, in which lots of ideas crowd our mind and we may feel that the sky is the limit. It is a slightly naïve Moon time, but also one full of hopes and dreams (the bright crescent shows now the shadowy sphere of the future Full Moon. The energy of the Moon however needs maturing at this stage and grounding. The first difficulties may appear, the first chinks in the armour; but the challenge is not strong enough yet for us to build up on it.

*** In the garden this is an excellent growing time: everything can go in now, but in particular leafy vegetables and all plants that we grow for their above the ground parts, but only when the Moon is transiting through the very fertile Water Signs or the productive Signs Taurus, Libra and Capricorn.

Friday, February 16: Sunrise Rainbow Horoscope

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Living Moon Astrology Everyday Sunrise Rainbow Horoscope & Data

Sunrise Sun’s Degree on February 16, 2018

AQUARIUS 27°03’57

AIR/FIXED

Second Decan of AQUARIUS (portion of ten degrees): AQUARIUS/GEMINI

Eleventh to Twelfth Dwad of AQUARIUS (portion of 2.5 degrees): AQUARIUS/SAGITTARIUS ~ AQUARIUS/CAPRICORN

AquariusOn January 20 2018, at 2.08.56 pm, the SUN enters the FIXED AIR SIGN AQUARIUS. Time is Eastern Australia Daylight Saving, 11 hours East of Greenwich.
The SUN will transit AQUARIUS until February 19, 4.17.56 pm, with the ingress into PISCES.

And HERE you’ll find my take on the Major Transits for 2018, in a nutshell.

click HERE to view the Rainbow Horoscope of this cosmic event

(my Dwad Table)

The time for the following Sunrise Charts is Australian Summer Time (=11 hours East of Greenwich).
Click HERE to change it into your own Time Zone. Daylight Saving will begin again in NSW on October 1 at 2 am.

Rainbow Horoscope of the Aquarius Solar Eclipse: February 16 2018

The February 2018 Leo Lunar and Aquarius Solar Eclipses, if aligned to the Ascendant-Descendant of your Birth Chart

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Artwork by Catherine Chauloux - French Fantasy Artist

Artwork by Catherine Chauloux – French Fantasy Artist**

A reminder: despite the fact that the Lunar Eclipse is now in the past (February 1, 2018), and the Solar Eclipse is due just early tomorrow, February 16, at 8.05 am (Eastern Australia Daylight Saving Time), the effects of any Eclipse can be intense and also long lasting, becoming activated by transiting/progressing planets in the weeks and months ahead. Eclipses’ effects can in fact be even anticipated by transits and/or progressions before they take place.
If the degree of the Leo Lunar Eclipse (11°37′) of February 1 2018, or the degree of the coming Aquarius Solar Eclipse (27°07′) happen to be close, one degree or less, to the degree of your Birth Ascendant, Descendant, Mid-Heaven or Lower-Heaven these cosmic events could represent important developments for you or even real turning points in your life.
Difference between Lunar and Solar Eclipses: it is easy to distinguish Lunar and Solar Eclipses by simply remembering that Lunar Eclipses happen always at Full Moon times and Solar Eclipses at New Moon times.
Like all Full Moon Lunar Eclipses represent some form of climax, achievement, realization, culmination of experience, while all New Moon Solar Eclipses represent beginning times, starts of new cycles, turning a new leaf etc.
Lunar Eclipses, like Full Moons, tend to touch our emotional strings, while Solar Eclipses, like New Moons, tend to shift our awareness to new levels.

Eclipses aligned to your Ascendant  and/or Descendant (opposite point to the Ascendant) via conjunction or opposition.

The degrees activated are:

  • 10-11-12 of Leo, Aquarius, Taurus, Scorpio for the Lunar Eclipse
  • 26-27-28 of Aquarius, Leo, Taurus, Scorpio for the Solar Eclipse

Any Eclipse aligned to your Horizontal axis (whose apexes are the Ascendant and Descendant, or cusps of the First and Seventh Houses)  could be an exceptionally significant event in your life. The Rising and Setting degrees in fact are among the most sensitive in the whole horoscope, affecting directly our temperament and moods, as well as our close relationships and the general way we interact with the external world. Emotions come certainly to the fore at this time. The Eclipse could bring a whole new level of awareness on the way you feel about yourself and those people you are very close to, love partners, spouse, close friends, business partners etc. It is like becoming aware of facets of your emotions and of others’ which are usually in the dark. The least you are conscious of the undercurrents from which your feelings come from the more the revelation that may accompany this Eclipse could prove unexpected, shocking, hard to accept and integrate. Embracing this new awareness could be, on the other hand, very liberating, with the potential to change in profound ways your knowledge of self and others, ultimately enriching your life and providing meaning to what you have so far not quite understood. The knowledge and keener awareness of the source of your feelings or patterns of behavior could begin to empower you into making positive changes. As your self image, physical and psychological, improves you will be much more likely to attract respect and appreciation in your close relationships too.

Eclipses on the Ascendant-Descendant’s axis are powerful movers and shakers especially if there is much to move and shake in your life. The process of accepting and integrating a new sense of self and different patters of relating is not going to be easy, Eclipses representing challenges that we need courage and determination to tackle. Let’s say that Eclipses are here to give you a hand if you need one or even a push in some cases, thus helping to align your personal life more closely to your evolutionary potential.

 

If interested in my general take on the recent Lunar Eclipse of February 1 2018  please navigate to my previous post HERE.

The Waning/Waxing Moon transits Aquarius from February 14 to 16, between the Capricorn Balsamic and the New Moon Phase, also a Partial Solar Eclipse on the 27 degree of Aquarius

Artwork by Douglas Smith

Artwork by Douglas Smith

AQUARIUS, Moon of knowledge and dispassion
Friendly and eccentric

The WANING MOON TRANSITS AQUARIUS from February 14, 2.11 am,
to February 16, 1.41 pm, with the ingress into PISCES

Suitable energy to make individual choices, to work in groups, to be with friends, to become aware of social issues, to change attitudes, share ideas, do the old thing in a new way, research, understand, study, teach, technology, Astrology, the Net, the unexpected, encounters with strangers or strange, eccentric people, UFO sighting. Purchase of books, encyclopedias, computer programs, computers, technology, electrical appliances. Action motivated by the desire to participate without losing one’s own individuality. Friendly, contained display of feeling, somewhat distant. Beware of coldness, indifference, emotional isolation, cynicism, impracticality, physical inhibitions.

*** In the garden Aquarius is considered too dry and barren for growing anything, but Pine Trees (?). Its energy is suitable for cultivating, general maintenance, pruning, pest control, weeding, harvesting. A ‘work day’ or other group activities in the garden will be ideal.

*** Healing Herbs: Chamomile, Skullcap, Valerian.

A note: the garden activities associated with the Moon Sign depend also on the cycle the Moon is in. The Moon transiting through a fertile or productive Sign will no be so favorable if the Phase is not a productive one, and vice-versa. For best results the Sign and Phase of the Moon have to be considered together.

 

Balsamic Moon GifBalsamic Moon

The CAPRICORN BALSAMIC MOON PHASE begins on February 12, 5.34 am,
and ends on February 15, 9.05 pm, with the AQUARIUS NEW MOON PHASE,
also a PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE on 27°07′ AQUARIUS

The Moon is 45 degrees behind the Sun, only three and half days to New Moon. The Moon light is decreasing rapidly and the lunar energy is now being stored as nutrients in the seeds of future plants. It is also the calm before the storm of activities of the New Moon. Time for contemplation, self reflection and healing. The title Balsamic Moon is derived from the word ‘balsam’, unguent which helps to relieve pain and cure ills. During this time we could distil the essence of our past experience, from the last New Moon up to this point, reflect upon what we have experienced and learned, getting psychologically ready for the cycle which is about to open. This is a spiritual phase, more suitable for meditation and relaxation than action.

*** In the garden it is certainly no time for planting or sowing, but it is ideal for cultivation, soil conditioning, eradicating pests and unwanted plants and to prune in order to retard growth.

The New Moon1 New Moon Crescent fast

The New Moon is the beginning of the Waxing cycle, the sacred marriage of Moon and Sun, Yin and Yang, Night and Day. For three days the Moon becomes invisible. Astrologically we say that the Moon is now conjunct the Sun (on the same degree of Longitude along the Ecliptic). Every month the New Moon occurs in a different Sign. So the Aries New Moon in March/April is always followed by the Taurus New Moon in April/May and so on. New Moons are symbols of new beginning and represent a great time to start something or make important changes in our lives. The energy is right for everything new you would like to try.

*** In the garden this is traditionally a time to begin sowing and planting because the increasing Moon light will help plants to emerge and flourish. Moisture becomes more and more available as the light of the Moon intensifies, up to the Full Moon. Traditionally however no sowing or planting are recommended within twelve hours of the phase itself.

The Waning Moon transits Virgo from February 2 to 4, during the Leo Full Moon Phase and Total Lunar Eclipse

Artwork by Niloufer Wadia

Artwork by Niloufer Wadia

VIRGO, Moon of humility and craftsmanship
Purifying and healing

The WAXING MOON TRANSITS VIRGO from February 2, 6.12 am,
to February 4, 8.47 am, with the ingress into LIBRA

Suitable energy for general and menial work, in particular jobs that require attention to details and great patience, crafts, knitting, sewing, cooking, mending, cleaning, nursing, volunteering, accounting, studying, researching, testing, purifying, collecting, classifying, putting order into chaos. Purchase of craft materials and tools, collectibles, pets. Action motivated by practical needs, daily routine, taking care of the body learning to discriminate and to perfect. Timid expression of feeling, sometimes prickly, always helpful at the practical level. Beware of hyper-criticism, a calculating attitude, lack of grace, inhibitions, phobias, hypochondria, feelings of unworthiness.

*** In the garden Despite the earthy nature and the symbolic ear of corn in the Maiden’s left hand* Virgo is considered barren. Plants will supposedly grow spindly, tough and woody if planted on the Virgo Moon. The Sign is great however for tidying up the garden, work bee days, and fertilizing.

*** Healing Herbs: Blackberry, Fennel, Flax.

A note: the garden activities associated with the Moon Sign depend also on the cycle the Moon is in. The Moon transiting through a fertile or productive Sign will no be so favorable if the Phase is not a productive one, and vice-versa. For best results the Sign and Phase of the Moon have to be considered together.

Full MoonFull Moon animation

The LEO FULL MOON PHASE, also a TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE in LEO, 11°37′, begins on February 1, 0.26 am;
and will end on February 4, 8.48 am, with the 0° LIBRA DISSEMINATING MOON PHASE

At Full Moon the Moon has reached a distance of 180 degrees ahead of the Sun, becoming diametrically opposed to it, with planet Earth in the middle. This is symbolically harvest time, when we reap what we have sown in the waxing period. We might experience success or failure, but either way we are coming to some important realization. The cycle has now reached its half way mark and is at its most intense. Like the New Moon a fortnight earlier this is also a time for new beginnings, not in the naïve, tentative way of the New Moon, but in a more mature and conscious way.

*** In the garden the Full Moon is a great divide: before the exact phase the increasing light and surging energy are particularly good for Annuals and above the ground crops; after the phase Perennials, Biennials, Trees and Root crops are more suited. Traditionally no sowing or planting are recommended however twelve hours before or after the phase itself. Some authors suggest even 24 hours.

Thursday, February 1: Sunrise Rainbow Horoscope

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Living Moon Astrology Everyday Sunrise Rainbow Horoscope & Data

Sunrise Sun’s Degree on February 1, 2018

AQUARIUS 11°52’03

AIR/FIXED

Second Decan of AQUARIUS (portion of ten degrees): AQUARIUS/GEMINI

Fifth Dwad of AQUARIUS (portion of 2.5 degrees): AQUARIUS/GEMINI

AquariusOn January 20 2018, at 2.08.56 pm, the SUN enters the FIXED AIR SIGN AQUARIUS. Time is Eastern Australia Daylight Saving, 11 hours East of Greenwich.
The SUN will transit AQUARIUS until February 19, 4.17.56 pm, with the ingress into PISCES.

And HERE you’ll find my take on the Major Transits for 2018, in a nutshell.

click HERE to view the Rainbow Horoscope of this cosmic event

(my Dwad Table)

The time for the following Sunrise Charts is Australian Summer Time (=11 hours East of Greenwich).
Click HERE to change it into your own Time Zone. Daylight Saving will begin again in NSW on October 1 at 2 am.
Sunrise Horoscope February 1 2018

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Sunrise Horoscope Data February 1 2018

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The Waxing/Waning Moon transits Leo from January 31 to February 2 2018, during the Leo Full Moon Phase

'Santa Margherita' by Riccardo Meacci (1856 - 1938)

‘Santa Margherita’ by Riccardo Meacci (1856 – 1938)

LEO, Moon of creativity and passion
Warm and fun loving

The WAXING MOON TRANSITS LEO from January 31, 5.52 am,
to February 2, 6.12 am, with the ingress into VIRGO

Suitable energy for creative work, especially of the visual type, display, fun, joy, drama, theatre, inspiration, organization, leisure, pleasure, vacation, spending fun times with the children, being a child again, love making, romance, passion. Purchase of jewellery, gold, precious objects, luxury items, cats. Action motivated by spontaneous need for self expression. Dramatic display of generous feelings, warm hearted, loyal, passionate, but somewhat egotistic. Beware of domineering and controlling attitudes, ego inflation, extremes of passion, exaggeration, arrogance, pride.

*** In the garden Leo, like all the other Fire Signs, is traditionally considered too hot, dry and barren for growing anything. Its energy is very suitable instead for cultivating, general maintenance, pruning, pest control, weeding, and harvesting. Great Moon time for designing the garden, introducing ornamental objects and features, and, of course, Garden Parties.

*** Healing Herbs: Borage, Hawthorn, Motherwort.

A note: the garden activities associated with the Moon Sign depend also on the cycle the Moon is in. The Moon transiting through a fertile or productive Sign will no be so favorable if the Phase is not a productive one, and vice-versa. For best results the Sign and Phase of the Moon have to be considered together.

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The LEO FULL MOON PHASE, also a TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE in LEO, 11°37′, begins on February 1, 0.26 am;
and will end on February 8.47 am, with the 0° LIBRA DISSEMINATING MOON PHASE

At Full Moon the Moon has reached a distance of 180 degrees ahead of the Sun, becoming diametrically opposed to it, with planet Earth in the middle. This is symbolically harvest time, when we reap what we have sown in the waxing period. We might experience success or failure, but either way we are coming to some important realization. The cycle has now reached its half way mark and is at its most intense. Like the New Moon a fortnight earlier this is also a time for new beginnings, not in the naïve, tentative way of the New Moon, but in a more mature and conscious way.

*** In the garden the Full Moon is a great divide: before the exact phase the increasing light and surging energy are particularly good for Annuals and above the ground crops; after the phase Perennials, Biennials, Trees and Root crops are more suited. Traditionally no sowing or planting are recommended however twelve hours before or after the phase itself. Some authors suggest even 24 hours.

The first Lunar Eclipse of the year at the Leo full Moon on the First of February 2018

Plates with images of Lina Cavalieri by artist Piero Fornasetti

Plates with images of Lina Cavalieri by artist Piero Fornasetti

The first Eclipse Season of the year opens with a Lunar Eclipse at the Leo Full Moon of February 1st (on the eleventh degree of Leo), followed by a Solar Eclipse at the Aquarius New Moon of February 16th (on the twenty seventh degree of Aquarius). If, in your Birth Chart, the degrees 10, 11, 12 (for the Lunar Eclipse), and 26, 27, 28 (for the Solar Eclipse) of the Signs Leo, Aquarius, Taurus, Scorpio, Aries, Sagittarius, Libra and Gemini were highlighted by the Sun, Moon, any Planet, Lunar Node or Angle (Ascendant, Descendant, Mid-Heaven and Lower-Heaven)  these cosmic events may be significant for you.

In Australia, weather permitting, we will able to witness the Eclipse between nine minutes to midnight on January 31 to eleven minutes past two am of February 1 (= time of Totality). Due to the Moon’s closeness to Earth at this time (Perigee) the Moon will appear about 30% brighter than usual (a so called Super Moon). Because this will be a Total Eclipse the Moon will also take on an uncanny reddish hue, due to the Earth’s shadow projected on it. And some are calling it also a Blue Moon, being the second Full Phase for the month of January 2018.  Nasa has described this event as a Lunar Trifecta; if interested check this SBS article for details.

Eclipses have been often malingered for bringing bad luck and negative outcomes. This is is occasionally true if the sensitive points the Eclipse touches were the focus of challenging aspects at birth, like difficult conjunctions, squares or oppositions. In this sense the Birth Chart remains the blue print for all future developments. Eclipses, like all other planetary transits, simply trigger what was already in the Birth Chart, fulfilling its promises, if I may put it this way without sounding too fatalistic. The events, positive or negative, are always stepping stones to new levels of awareness. This fact is especially true about Eclipses because they tend to deepen our experiences, thus creating a fertile ground for important shifts within and without.

As I remarked in a general post about Eclipses Published in June 2011:

“Traditional astrological texts more often than not describe the effects of Eclipses in very lurid terms, often depicting them as evil omens. Some modern readers of horoscopes are instead waxing lyrical about all the profound realizations and life changes we are all going to experience thanks to Eclipses. Maybe we need to find a middle way between these two extremes.”

The Leo Lunar Eclipse falls on the Full Moon of February 1, at 26 minutes past midnight (Australia Eastern Summer Time).

Lunar Eclipses are usually associated with emotionally stimulating experiences, climaxes of some description, not in themselves positive or negative, but intense and often profound. We may need to face, at this time, the sort of feelings that we always find difficult to deal with, like regret, guilt, fear of loneliness or abandonment, loss that we feel cannot be remedied, or, positively, strong fascinations, attractions, life changing encounters or career/creative opportunities and inspirations. While these emotions surface in our lives from time to time, around the time of a Lunar Eclipse they become more compelling; they may in fact even become an issue that we are forced to face one way or the other.

Following is a list of the possible effects of a Lunar Eclipse when aligned by Conjunction, Opposition or Square with a particular celestial body, Horoscope’s Angle and Lunar Node.

  • Lunar Eclipse aligned to the Sun: this is an important event in your life that could dramatically change your awareness of things, showing you ways to harness your will to direct your emotions in a more creative and purposeful way. Becoming conscious of the role of emotions in shaping your life events and relationships are key words here. Making more conscious what has remained for a long time unconscious could lead to unexpected developments now and in the foreseeable future. What you conceive as your life goals, your concept of success and failure could also change in amazing ways under the influence of this Eclipse.
  • Lunar Eclipse aligned to the Moon: another extremely important alignment, marking an emotionally charged period, for good or ill, depending on the amount and depth of unresolved emotional issues in your life. You could succumb to the intensity of it all, becoming overwhelmed by feelings you seem to be unable to control or even fully understand. Avoiding these extremes is essential now in order to take advantage of the insights and revelations of unconscious stuff the Lunar Eclipse can offer you. If you have kept your head in the sand in relation to the feelings that are surfacing now this could be indeed a very trying time. Positively it could instead represent the end or climax of a particularly difficult emotional period and, potentially, the beginning of a new, more mature period for your emotional life and relationships, especially with family or people you consider as close as family. Your sense of belonging to a certain place or area or community could also be shaken by this Eclipse, perhaps an opportunity to embrace long over-due changes.
  • Lunar Eclipse aligned to Mercury: the emphasis here is in words and communication, that could become intensely charged with unresolved emotions from the past. Becoming aware of the power of words and the manner in which we express them, our tone, body language etc., is the key to make this experience one through which we grow and evolve.
    Mercury was the Messenger of the Gods in the ancient Greek pantheon and still is in our every day exchange of ideas and in our insights in the working of the mind. The Lunar Eclipse will colour your rational, logical thinking with strong emotional bias, revealing the complex problematic of our opinions. Are we trying to coerce people to believe what we believe, to agree with us using emotionally biased arguments? Discovering the layers hidden in all our mutual communication with people could open completely new level of understanding, beyond personal tastes, likes or dislike, because something can be indeed very true to our children, family, friends and lovers, even if we fail to rationally understand it. To glimpse from where our and other people ideas and beliefs come from emotionally will be a very positive outcome of this Eclipse.
  • Lunar Eclipse aligned to Venus: Venus is all about love, relating, pleasure, what we like and adds beauty and harmony to our lives. When Venus’ pleasure principle is touched by a Lunar Eclipse we may experience difficulties, stress, even serious trouble in our ‘love life’; we may have to confront fears and disappointments in our relationships, seeking more depth and truthfulness toward and from the people we love. If this is not possible with our friends and partners, confrontations and even separations could be the result. The feelings awakened by a Lunar Eclipse aligned to Venus can be too intense to bear with equanimity, we will need to remain somewhat calm in the mist of the emotional turmoil. Like with a Moon alignment be extra aware of emotional extremes at this time, avoiding obsessive thoughts and feelings not sustained by facts but that are only products of intensified desires and unrequited love from the past.
    Positively this event could bring about the experience of truly deep relationships and new levels of intimacy we have been longing for all our lives.
  • Lunar Eclipse aligned to Mars: the Red Planet stands for assertion, initiative, courage, passions, desires and also the instincts that hep us to face life head on and to stand up for what we want and believe. The Moon’s Eclipse could make the expression of this fundamental survival function more emotionally charged that it should be. We all know that responding too fast or too impulsively to a surge of emotions can be a short cut to confrontations and even war with other people. For those less aware of this the Eclipse period, from few weeks to few months, could bring many confrontations and , in some cases causing lasting enmity with people. Consciously cultivating a more tolerant and calm attitude could help us avoid the worst consequences of this surge of unbridled passions, hopefully without stifling the creative energy that can actually spring from it and that could be used to tackle old problems with a new found assertive power, with the courage and initiative not usually available. Mars is somewhat given extra power by the Eclipse and if this power is channeled wisely it could help us begin something new and exciting, to try out our leadership qualities without stepping on anyone’s toes.
Stay tune for my next post on the possible effects of this Lunar Eclipse when aligned to Jupiter, Saturn, Chiron, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, the Ascendant and Mid-Heaven in your Birth Horoscope.