Gardening by the Gemini Moon, with Paola Emma: from April 25 to April 28, 2020, during the Gemini Crescent Phase

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Next favorable days for Sowing and Planting:
Tuesday
to Thursday, April 28, 29 and until 11 am on April 30

Waxing Crescent Moon transiting Water Fertile Cancer

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03 Gemini Moon Cool Non Fertile

Crescent to First Quarter Moon Phase

Gemini Crescent Moon, 22°18′, Mon, Apr 27, 12.45 pm

To view a full interpretation of the Moon Sign and Phase please click the images below.The WAXING MOON TRANSITS GEMINI from Saturday, April 25, at 5.19 pm, to Tuesday, Apr 28, at 3.27 am, entering then the Sign of CANCER.

The GEMINI CRESCENT MOON PHASE begins on Monday, April 27, at 12.45 pm, and ends on Friday, May 1, at 6.38 am, with the LEO FIRST QUARTER MOON PHASE.

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Gemini Moon in the garden

  • The following are the Edible Plants, Herbs, Trees and Flowers since ancient times associated with Gemini, and also with Mercury, Gemini’s traditional Ruler, the archetypal god of intelligence, movement, adaptability, cunning. Those Plants with finely divided leaves, like carrots, fennel etc, are associated with Gemini, because they resemble Mercury and Gemini Airy nature. Also identified with Gemini are those medicinal plants helpful for healthy function of the brain, the nervous system and for speech related issues. As well as healing plants for improving lung function, arms and hands mobility.

Like an other Air Signs, Aquarius, in the garden Gemini is considered too dry and barren for growing anything. Its energy is suitable for cultivating, general maintenance and harvesting. Also suitable for pest control, weeding, and pruning, best done after the Last Quarter Phase.

Today the energy could be right for designing the garden, for parties and get-togethers, with friends and siblings. Also to go for long walks through gardens, roads, beaches, forests, nature, opening the lungs, strengthening limbs and clearing the mind.

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Edible Plants: Carrots, Fennel, Parsnips.

Healing Herbs: Caraway, Dill, Parsley, Fennel, Coltsfoot, Hyssop, Anise, Lemon Balm, Mullein, Marjoram, Tancy, Vervain, Lavender, Mandrake, Horebound, Licorice, Ferns.

Tree GlyphTrees: the trees sacred to Mercury are those with airy, open canopies, also those with winged seeds, like the Elm. And some that have different texture/colour on the top and the underside of the leaves; or that display not one but two crowns (double nature of Gemini). Hazel, Elms etc.

Flower Glyph pinkOrnamental and Flowering Plants: Lavender, Lily of the Valley, Elecampane, Mosses, Maiden Hair Ferns, Orchids, Chrysanthemum, Lilacs, Azalea.

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Venus in Capricorn in the Birth Chart

I love the aristocratic 16th century children portrayed by Jacob Cuyp (1594-1650), a Dutch landscape and portrait artist. Despite their often rigid costumes and contrite poses their childish charm still shine at us from the depth of centuries. In particular I like this blond little girl, with her determined air and apparent mastery over the creature she is leading. She seems to know what she wants and how to get it. And I like this goat, a real personality. Together they suggest to me something about the essence of Capricorn Venus, the same I would like to be able to express in words: the softness and the toughness of combining feminine Venus, Goddess of Love and Pleasure, and the hardy mountain goat, used to rough and difficult terrains.

People who are born while Venus transits Capricorn are not usually too romantic or idealistic in love, unless some other influence prevails. They tend to have a rather matter of fact personality, not easily led by first impressions or infatuations.

Like all Venus in Earth Signs this placement gives a healthy sensuality, more satisfied by steady and committed relationships than fleeting liaisons and sudden passions. Capricorn in fact confers a certain seriousness and sense of responsibility to all planetary energies.

Showing what we appreciate more in life and give value to, Venus in Capricorn bestows conservative values, with central importance given to family, home life, security, emotional and financial, career, tradition and social responsibility. These are indeed socially conscious individuals, ready to contribute in practical ways to the greater family of society.

It is only when the cooperative and loving ray of this Venus is severely thwarted in infancy or childhood that we begin to see the negative side of Venus in Capricorn, manifesting as selfishness, coldness of feeling, a calculating attitude, in emotional as well as financial matters (trait that when rightly used can make them into excellent business people), also strong sensuality without real ability to express love and warmth.

Capricorn Venus individuals need to build trust in other people (as all the Venus in Earth Signs), also toning down their desire to lead every situation, leaving others more scope for independent decisions.

After disappointing experiences in love and generally relating with the world the Venus in Capricorn individuals may become cynical and pessimistic, too rigid in their opinions and value system. They need to let go sometimes of their strong emotional bulwark, a defense system they often feel they cannot do without. At the base of this is the hurt of having felt lonely and unloved in their early years (for real or because of their extra sensitivity). Going down that path some Venus in Capricorn people begin to equate love with security, emotional fulfillment with financial well being, ending up creating for themselves the loneliness and lack of loving support of which they were so afraid in the first place.

The more fulfilling relationships for a Venus in Capricorn person are those made stronger by time and solid commitment, but that can also fulfill their sensual need for closeness, warmth and trust.

This is not an easy Venus to be born with, Capricorn being a Sign of Saturn, the Old man of the Zodiac, burdened by the past and responsible for the future. The wisdom and experience of the ages lay heavy on the shoulder of our beautiful Goddess, with the risk of becoming emotionally ‘old’ before her time, with all the disillusions that a long life can bring to our ideals of love.

Positively this is truly a ‘no nonsense’ Venus that will value concrete support in loving relationships, a fair give and take, with friends, partners and lovers. A positively expressed Venus in Capricorn is always ready to lend a hand and show their love in action, not just through words or empty promises.

Venus’ transit through Capricorn, November 25 to December 20, 2019

Venus meets Jupiter

Venus meets Jupiter between the Signs of Sagittarius and Capricorn – stock image

Venus will be transiting Capricorn between November 25 and December 20.

Just before entering this solid Earth Sign, on November 25, Venus appeared in all her evening glory aligned to mighty Jupiter. The two planets were competing in brilliance, on the cusp between Sagittarius and Capricorn, for the last week, a beautiful conjunction to witness. And still up there together in the early evening despite the Venus’ Sign change. Jupiter in fact will follow Venus into Capricorn soon, entering this Sign on December 3.

The most important Capricorn Venus’ alignments this time around will be the conjunction to Saturn and Pluto, on December 11 and 14 respectively, alighting the seriousness and intensity of this period for our relationships and creative life too. Let’s keep in mind though that the aspects of Venus never lasts more than three to four days, starting to have effect a day or two before exactness and remaining active only for a day or two after.

In general the transit through Capricorn is a serious time for Venus and therefore for our relationships, our social life, creativity, ability to attract wealth and comfort and enjoy what life has to offer, the areas and functions Venus presides over. The Signs more likely to feel more the effect of this yearly transit are: Capricorn, Cancer, Aries, Libra, Taurus and Virgo.

Capricorn is not only a Earthy, practical, no nonsense Sign, it is also a Sign of Saturn, the cosmic task master who helps us grow up, accepting responsibilities for our life, the successes as well as the failures. When Venus transits this Sign then we are given the task of looking realistically at our relationships, without the common embellishment of wishful thinking and starry eyed hopes or illusions. This is often an ideal time to make lasting commitments (like engagement and marriage) or to take on extra responsibilities in our career or business.

Family matters will come to the fore under this influence, because family is the foundation of all relationships for Capricorn. This Sign takes its duties toward parents, children, siblings and the general welfare of the tribe very seriously, sometimes too seriously in fact, thus risking to lose track of its own dreams and aspirations in the process of caring and providing security for others.

If you are involved with community projects or local politics this is also a positive period to give it all you have, because you may find yourself better organized and efficient than usual, also more able to put across your ideas in a way that will demand the respect and appreciation of other people.

It could be a positive period to be more realistic in all area of our lives, embracing those values that can help us to get back on track financially, in our work, studies or career. Suitable period also to make lasting commitments, signing important contracts, buying or selling real estates etc.

 Venus’ Transits while in Capricorn

Venus square Chiron in Aries, exact on November 27

A day to become aware of what is ailing us emotionally, accept things that cannot be changed. The  scars from painful past experiences can make us wiser, if we gain perspective over them, otherwise we may tend toward self pity and pessimism for a little while.

Venus and the Moon, conjunct in Capricorn, trine Uranus in Taurus, exact on November 29

An out of the blue event could make a delicious or upsetting impact on us. New exciting feelings may either fascinate or alarm us. Time to be more adventurous and welcome the positive impact of people who are a bit different, because their ideas and ways can add to our emotional wealth and help boost our creativity.

Venus conjunct Descending Lunar Node, exact on December 3

Relationships at this time may bring back a whiff from the past. We may meet people we have not seen for a long time or hear from them or of them. These events could bring up feelings and memories that we may have suppressed. It would be beneficial to search the deeper meaning of these experiences in order to move on from the past and open the door to new possibilities.

Venus sextile Mars in Scorpio, exact on December 4, and sextile Neptune in Pisces, exact on December 9, compounded by a trine between Mars and Neptune, exact late on December 13.

Between this date and the 13/14 of December Venus, Mars and Neptune will form a positive configuration (made up of two sextiles and one trine) between earthy Capricorn and watery Scorpio/ Pisces. Ideal time for romantic or artistic escapades, nature holidays, time out to watch the clouds and smell the flowers. Our feelings are heightened and also refined, providing the right atmosphere for closeness, fascination, sensuality and imaginative, idealistic pursuits.

Venus conjunct Saturn, exact on December 11

The beneficial transits still active will help to make this powerful contact Venus-Saturn less difficult and the feelings of isolation that often accompanies such a transit less overwhelming. We may feel awkward and shy in matters of the heart though, experiencing some difficulties in reaching out.

We will need to look at the emotional barriers we are putting in place or the ones we love seem to be erecting against us. It is time to accept the limitations and drawbacks that every relationships soon or later encounter. We may feel lonely, unloved or unlovable for a little while. This too will pass, soon. Capricorn can be a rigid, unbending Sign, often unable to express emotions for fear of being rejected or to appear foolish or vulnerable. It has however also the quality of steadfastness and the ability for long lasting commitments.

You must know that Melancholy is the Muse of poets and artists. Let’s put this melancholic Venus to good use. Try to express your feelings of isolation and vulnerability in words or paint strokes or musical notes, planting flowers, musing over life and loss, whatever suits your temperament best. Venus-Pluto encounter is coming, so better be prepared for some intense focus on the way we really feel, not just about relationships but everything that we value in our lives.

Venus conjunct Pluto, exact on December 14

The Venus-Pluto’s close encounter, on December 14, is the most significant transit during the passage of Venus in Capricorn. Conjunctions have always a more marked effect than any other type of transits. Pluto intensifies the effect of every planet he comes in contact with. In this case deepening our feelings, showing us the more hidden and perhaps difficult side of our relationships, shedding light on the unconscious motives and emotional underpinning that have such an important and often unrecognized role to play in the way we relate to others. This is an intensely subjective aspect, so we could be warned of not taking things too personally, attitude that is likely to breed resentment and the desire for retaliation, never a good thing.

With Pluto is always ‘honesty’ time. Loving or unloving feelings cannot be concealed easily under this influence, thus often matters come to a head when we confront the truth both within ourselves and in others.

If interested in the effects of Venus in Capricorn in the Birth Chart please navigate to my post HERE.

 

The Waxing Moon transits Capricorn from Tuesday, August 21, to Friday, August 24, during the Capricorn Gibbous Moon Phase

Girl with goat

Girl with goat

CAPRICORN, Moon of responsibility and ambition
Practical and efficient

The WAXING MOON TRANSITS CAPRICORN from Tuesday, August 21, 2 pm,
to Friday, August 24, 2.55 am, with the ingress into AQUARIUS

Suitable energy for working, planning, seeking employment, building, creating the foundations of something lasting, looking after the oldies, family business, saving, budgeting, studying serious subjects, scholarly work, pursuit of excellence. Important purchases, house, real estate, business, cars, antiques, insurance policies, payment of taxes and government fees. Action motivated by practical goals and the need for structure. Cool display of feeling, but sensual, committed, protective. Beware of rigidity, bossiness, authoritarian ways, paternalism, pessimism, depression, cynicism.

  • In the garden Capricorn is traditionally considered a productive Sign, especially suitable for growing Perennials, Trees and Vines. Any planting indeed that is meant to last a long time is well done in this earthy and reliable Sign. It is also a good Moon transit to plant root crops like potatoes and carrots. Fertilizing, especially slow release, recommended.
  • Healing Herbs: Comfrey, Rue, Sarsaparilla, Wintergreen.
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 Moon animation

The CAPRICORN GIBBOUS MOON PHASE starts on Wednesday, August 22, 6.48 pm,
and ends on Sunday, August 26, 9.56 pm, with the PISCES FULL MOON PHASE

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.).

A peacemaker to the rescue: Venus in Libra, August 7 to September 9, and beyond

'Le Tre Grazie' (The Three Graces)' by Sandro Botticelli

‘Le Tre Grazie’ (The Three Graces)’ by Sandro Botticelli

Venus is entering Libra on August 7, transiting this Cardinal Air Sign until September 9, a transit that could help us deal with the intensity, possible frustration and stress of the ongoing Mars-Uranus-Eclipses-Multiple Retrogrades’ mix.

Together with the upcoming harmonious Trine (120°) between Jupiter in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces (exact August 19, but already active and extending its influence to early September) this transit of Venus could show us peaceful ways of facing the difficulties obstructing our path.

Hopefully Venus in Libra will play the role of peacemaker, restoring some of the harmony and cooperation that many conflicting transits are threatening at present. Traditionally the Sign of Libra is the home of Venus, meaning that in this Sign the Goddess is able to express the more pure and unbiased traits of the Sign, its ability to see two sides of any stories, two facets to every opinion etc.
The more poetical aspects of life come into focus under this transit, enhancing the beauty and love all around us. Attuning ourselves to this new vibration doesn’t mean just putting a pink veneer on a dark and stark reality, but actually becoming more aware of the essential beauty and perfection in everything, the potentially happy outcome of every situation, the silver lining in the storm clouds that have gathered on the world.  Ideals of Love and Beauty may shine more brightly in our consciousness, finding expression into a more loving and cooperative attitude toward others, as well as a keener sensitivity to loving feelings and beauty in art and all forms of creativity.

Here is a timeline of the major transits formed by Venus in Libra, in August and early September 2018.

Venus in Libra Timeline

  • August 7 to September 9: Venus in Libra.
  • August 9 (active from August 8 to 10): Venus in Libra opposes Chiron Retro in Aries.
    These few days would be ideal for gentle healing sessions: Venus, with her feminine empathy and grace, can now be put to the service of healing, working as a gentle balm on old physical and psychological wounds. Because the aspect is an opposition we are given the chance to see two sides of any issue, providing greater objectivity on the situation or symptoms we need to address. Being gentle is the key here; acknowledging your emotional needs before you tackle your physical problems; not rushing into anything.
  • August 10 (active from August 9 to 11): Venus in Libra square Saturn in Capricorn.
    Graceful acceptance of duties and responsibilities would be the key to put this potentially challenging transit to good use. We could enjoy being productive and work a bit harder if we give ourselves a chance. Trying to avoid stuff we need to do would instead cause more frustration and unhappiness. Emotionally this could be an isolating transiting leading to few depressing days, of feeling unloved or just over-burdened by family and work expectations. Our close relationships may suffer, competing with business or professional duties. Financial difficulties could bother us more than usual because of a generally negative take on things. Concentrating on the practical the best thing.
  • August 23 (active from August 22 to 24): Venus in Libra In-conjunct Neptune in Pisces and Semi-Sextile Jupiter in Scorpio.
    Here Venus becomes entangled with both Jupiter and Neptune, at the moment in harmonious aspect to each other, a chance to open our psyche to a more inclusive view of life and love, stepping out of our ego needs and desires to feel a more unconditional and non judgemental type of love. Ideal would be to enjoy close connection with nature especially near water where this configuration of aspect could help us to release tension, in body, mind, soul. Going with the flow.
  • August 27 (active from August 26 to 28): Venus in Libra Square Pluto in Capricorn.
    With the previous angle to Saturn in Capricorn (exact August 10) this is the most difficult aspect for Venus this month. Also, potentially, the most fruitful. Pluto has often to do with the unveiling of hidden stuff. When Venus is involved with Pluto relationships go through a reality check when honesty the only way to restore trust and real intimacy. Negatively we may feel like we have done or said enough and all we want now is to cut hurtful ties. Dumping our own darkness onto others could be easy now, blaming them for our unhappiness. Let’s not forget that these are just passing moods unless some other significant transit points in the same direction for you.
  • September 9 (active from September 8 to 10): as Venus hits the last degree of Libra she will be at 90 degrees angle to Mars on the last degree of Capricorn, an aspect that will repeat on October 11, due to Venus’ upcoming Retrogradation.
    Here the feminine and masculine find themselves at odd with each other. The desire to cooperate (Venus) is stuck against the desire to do one own thing irrespective of other people’s wishes. Are we going to yield a bit in order to include other people in our lives, or are we going to put ourselves first and resent all forms of compromise?

 A look at Venus beyond September 2018

In October Venus will slow her pace considerably, preparing for her cyclical Retro period, beginning on October 6, Scorpio 10°50′, and ending on November 16, Libra 25°14′. Due to this, Venus will re-enter and transit Libra again between November 1 and December 3 2018 (only Libra’s last five degrees).

Like all Retrogradation this event will serve the purpose of reviewing our attitude and re-living past experiences, not only of love and relationships, but also in the area of finance, affecting our feelings of comfort, pleasure, security, creativity. It could manifest as a rediscovering or rekindling of past relationships or unraveling old patterns in new relationships, when perhaps we will be given the chance to finish unfinished business or begin again with greater awareness and less unrealistic expectations.

From the time of the Scorpio Sun-Venus Inferior Conjunction, on October 27, this Retro period of Venus will mark the end of her evening appearances and the beginning of her Morning Star incarnation, the start of a whole new Venus-Sun’ 584 days long synodic cycle.

The Waning Moon transits Taurus between late Saturday, July 7, and early Tuesday, July 10, during the Aries Last Quarter Moon Phase

'Kiss' by Armen Gasparian

‘Kiss’ by Armen Gasparian

TAURUS, Moon of contemplation and contentment
Loyal and sensual

The WANING MOON TRANSITS TAURUS from Saturday, July 7, 10.50 pm,
to Tuesday, July 10, 2.58 am, with the ingress into GEMINI

Suitable energy for practical activities, making money, business, building, engineering, woodworking, sculpting, pottery, cooking, massage, healing, meditating, contemplating, being still and content, artistic, sensual. All pleasurable activities. Purchase of beautiful objects, furniture, furnishings, clothes, flowers, art works, jewellery, land. Slow, deliberate action, motivated by the desire for security and ease. Determination, use of will power. Affectionate, sensual display of feelings, supportive and loyal. Beware of laziness, self indulgence, stubbornness, intolerance, prejudice, jealousy.

*** In the garden Taurus is considered a fairly productive Sign, especially suitable for Root Crops, like potatoes and carrots, helping to strengthen the root system and to make plants sturdier. It is also a great Sign for Flower Bulbs and other ornamental plants, being sacred to Venus. Great time to be lazy in the garden, lull in a hammock and watch the grass grow.

*** Healing Herbs: Fenugreek, Liquorice, Slippery Elm.

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.

Last Quarter to Balsamic GifLast Quarter

The ARIES LAST QUARTER MOON PHASE starts on Friday, July 6, 5.50 pm,
and ends on Tuesday, July 10, 7.20 am, with the GEMINI BALSAMIC MOON PHASE

If the First Quarter presented us with external challenges to overcome in order to achieve the goal promised by the Full Moon, at the Last Quarter we feel that whatever bar our progress is within us and not without. We can now take responsibility for our life and circumstances. The battle needs to be fought with oneself and not other people. Both Quarters are crucial times that suggest division and strife, but while at the First Quarter we could find refuge in the illusion that the cause of all the problems was someone or something else, now we can clearly see how we contribute to whatever crisis we may be experiencing. The Moon is now 90 degrees behind the Sun, another right angle. The friction generated by the inner dialogue could be very creative if you don’t let it depress you.

*** In the garden we should stop all sowing and planting, and concentrate on soil conditioning and cultivation. Suitable energy also for harvesting and getting rid of unwanted weeds and pests.

 

The Waxing Moon transits Libra from Thursday, May 24, to Saturday, May 26, between the Virgo First Quarter and the Libra Gibbous Moon Phases

Salvador Dali Justice Tarot Major Arcana VIII

Salvador Dali Justice Tarot Major Arcana VIII

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LIBRA, Moon of justice and harmony
Cooperative and artistic

The WAXING MOON TRANSITS LIBRA from Thursday, May 24, 4.51 pm,
to Saturday, May 26, 11.39 pm, with the ingress into SCORPIO

Suitable energy for sharing, decorating, being artistic, holding meeting, conflict resolution, diplomatic missions, weddings, engagements, parties, gifts, fantasy reading, falling in love, hairdressing, making oneself beautiful. Purchase of articles of clothing, cosmetics, furnishings, flowers, jewellery, art equipment. Action motivated by the desire to meet others half way, to be fair, to agree and harmonize. Amiable display of feeling, seeking equality, idealistic, cooperative. Beware of indecisiveness, lack of assertion, wishy-washy attitudes, peace at any cost syndrome, vanity, self indulgence.

*** In the garden Libra, unlike the other two Air Signs, Aquarius and Gemini, is traditionally considered fertile and productive. Being a Sign of Venus, goddess of pleasure and beauty, Libra is an ideal Sign to sow and transplant flowering plants and ornamental, and also herbs which help to balance the Elements in the body. Libra encourages bloom, but few seeds.

*** Healing Herbs:Corn Silk, Parsley, Uva ursi

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 Moon animationFirst Quarter

The VIRGO FIRST QUARTER MOON PHASE starts on Tuesday, May 22, 1.49 pm,
and ends on Saturday, May 26, 4.13 am, with the LIBRA 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.

Gibbous Moon

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 Waning Moon transits Aries from June 18 to 20, during the Last Quarter Phase

'Happiness among the water lilies - morning' by Shuchi Krishan

‘Happiness among the water lilies – morning’ by Shuchi Krishan

ARIES, Moon of initiative and action
Energetic and fiery

From June 18, 3.54 am, to June 20, 7.52 am

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.

Last Quarter

If the First Quarter presented us with external challenges to overcome in order to achieve the goal promised by the Full Moon, at the Last Quarter we feel that whatever bar our progress is within us and not without. We can now take responsibility for our life and circumstances. The battle needs to be fought with oneself and not other people. Both Quarters are crucial times that suggest division and strife, but while at the First Quarter we could find refuge in the illusion that the cause of all the problems was someone or something else, now we can clearly see how we contribute to whatever crisis we may be experiencing. The Moon is now 90 degrees behind the Sun, another right angle. The friction generated by the inner dialogue could be very creative if you don’t let it depress you.

♣ ♣ ♣ In the garden we should stop all sowing and planting, and concentrate on soil conditioning and cultivation. Suitable energy also for harvesting and getting rid of unwanted weeds and pests.

The Waning Moon transits Pisces from June 15 to 18, between the Disseminating and Last Quarter Phases

Artwork by Beth Conklin

Artwork by Beth Conklin

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PISCES, Moon of compassion and universal sympathy
Adaptable and romantic

From June 15, 8.17 pm, to June 18, 3.54 am

Suitable energy for sailing, swimming, day dreaming, escapism, falling in love, creative writing, especially of poetry, theater, performances, movies, concerts, music, crowds, solitude, remembering. Charity, water scrying, astral traveling, past life experiences, déjà vu, psychic awakening, bliss. Purchase of swimming gear, boats, surfboards, pets, alcohol, shoes. Action motivated by the need to accommodate fate, to go with the flow. Gentle poetical expression of feelings, romantic, changeable, ambivalent. Beware of escapism, untruthfulness, drug taking, victimization, passivity, impracticality, phobias, fatalism, lack of discrimination.

♣ ♣ ♣ In the garden Pisces is a very fertile, particularly suitable for growing water plants, like Water Chestnuts and Lotus. A great time for propagating cuttings, grafting, irrigation, pruning to encourage re-growth, but not potatoes that may sprout too soon. Romantic garden walks and picnics could do well too.

♥ ♥ ♥ Healing Herbs: Echinacea, Eyebright, Golden Seal and Mugwort.

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.

Disseminating Moon PhaseDisseminating Moon

The Moon is now on her return journey. This phase occurs three and half days past the Full Moon. It has been given this name because this is a time for spreading and sharing the knowledge or realization we have gathered at the Full Moon. It is the first step on the inner journey which began at the Full Moon, but it can still be an active time in the world too, with the need to reach out to others. The Moon has past her prime, but her still strong light is a reminder of her recent fullness.

♣ ♣ ♣ In the garden, despite the rapidly diminishing Moon light, this is a productive time for growing things and also to apply slow release fertilizer. The fact that these are the last available days for planting before the Last Quarter should work as an incentive to get going. Favourite plants to grow during this first week of the waning cycle are the Perennials, Biennials and Root Crops because the Moon energy is being stored underground in anticipation of the resting period not too far ahead.

Last Quarter

If the First Quarter presented us with external challenges to overcome in order to achieve the goal promised by the Full Moon, at the Last Quarter we feel that whatever bar our progress is within us and not without. We can now take responsibility for our life and circumstances. The battle needs to be fought with oneself and not other people. Both Quarters are crucial times that suggest division and strife, but while at the First Quarter we could find refuge in the illusion that the cause of all the problems was someone or something else, now we can clearly see how we contribute to whatever crisis we may be experiencing. The Moon is now 90 degrees behind the Sun, another right angle. The friction generated by the inner dialogue could be very creative if you don’t let it depress you.

♣ ♣ ♣ In the garden we should stop all sowing and planting, and concentrate on soil conditioning and cultivation. Suitable energy also for harvesting and getting rid of unwanted weeds and pests.

Second week of November: Last Astrological News

MAYA aquaIn this post I’m discussing the significance of the major transits active during the second week of November 2015.

November 9 = Venus enters Libra. November 12 = New Moon in Scorpio, while the Lunar Nodes are shifting into the Mutable Signs of Virgo and Pisces. November 13 = Mars enters Libra.

The Scorpio New Moon

At this yearly New Moon in Scorpio Sun and Moon will be conjunct Mercury, sextile Jupiter in Virgo and Pluto in Capricorn and trine Chiron in Pisces (still in opposition to Jupiter). A rich configuration, offering real opportunities for some in depth exploring and emotional healing this opening lunar month.

For an in depth look at this 2015 Scorpio New Moon please navigate to my post HERE.

Venus and Mars in Libra

After aligning for the third and last time in 2015 on November 3 in the Sign of Virgo, Venus and Mars remain close to each other for a while longer, Venus entering Libra on November 9 and Mars on November 13. The Libra transit of Venus will last until December 5, while the Libra transit of Mars will continue until January 4.

Libra is the archetypal Sign of relationships, expressing our innate urge to seek companionship and to share what we have in common with other human beings. Anyone with Libra, of course, but also Aries, Cancer and Capricorn highlighted in their Birth Chart will be more directly affected by these transits, the latter Signs in a more challenging way.

This yearly transit of Venus offers opportunities for new or renewed relationships, pleasurable activities, creativity, aesthetic and sensual pleasures, holidaying, friendship, love, sharing, romance, beauty, business transactions, the pastel colours of life. Mars following Venus into Libra at a slower pace will add spice to the mix and deeper hues to the mild Venus’ colours, in the form of passion, competitiveness, even apparent antagonism. Relationships of all kind will have to include a healthy dose of selfishness, we and others on equal footing, so to speak. Also the tendency of Libra to compromise too much in order to achieve agreement, often at its own expense, could be balanced by the need to assert ourselves, expressing more openly what we want in our relationships, not just what we are prepared to give or compromise for them.

All in all this could be an exciting period for relationships, in particular to tackle issues of equality and fairness, not only in love but in any other form of one to one interaction.

Looking ahead the transits of Venus coming in contact with Pluto in Capricorn (square) and Uranus in Aries (opposition) on November 21 and 24, followed by the same transits of Mars in December, are proof that there will be more than love and romance in the air: Pluto and Uranus deepening our awareness of the psychological undercurrents in all our relationships, while stressing the need for honesty, mutual respect and independence.

The shift of the Lunar Nodes into Virgo and Pisces

On November 12 the Nodes of the Moon are shifting Signs, in retro motion as usual.  The North Node enters the end of Virgo, from Libra, and the South Node the end of Pisces, from Aries. These transits will last until early May 2017.

The Nodes’ positions have everything to do with the positions of Eclipses, especially Solar Eclipses. In fact from now, until the passage of the Nodes in Leo and Aquarius in 2017, four out of five Sun Eclipses will fall in Virgo and Pisces, preparing a fertile ground for major changes in the lives of people whose Sun, Moon, Planets or Angles happen to be aligned to these events’ degrees.

Anticipating next week here is a list of the transits becoming active from mid to end of November. I will discuss them in a next post.

Stay tuned.

November 18 = Mercury reaches Superior Conjunction to the Sun. After this phase Mercury will return to the morning sky, rising before the Sun, still hidden from view by the Sun’s glare until late December.

November 21 = Mercury enters Sagittarius. This transit will last until December 10.

November 21 = Venus in Libra reaches 90 degrees distance from Pluto in Capricorn, a difficult square aspect.

November 23 = the Sun enters Sagittarius today.

November 24 = Venus opposes Uranus in Aries.

November 25 = Mercury conjunct Saturn in Sagittarius and also square Neptune today.

November 26 = Saturn forms the first square to Neptune. This aspect will repeat on June 18, in retrogradation, and September 11 2016.

November 30 = today the Sagittarius Sun is conjunct Saturn and in also square Neptune in Pisces.

Saturn square Neptune for the collective

At the collective level (Mundane Astrology) this transit cannot begin to be understood unless we consider it within the context of the complex planetary pattern of which it is a part. This pattern involves also Jupiter, Chiron and the Lunar Nodes, not only Saturn and Neptune. In fact, as Jupiter opposes, on and off, Chiron and, previously, Neptune and aligns with the North Node, Saturn squares all of them, while in opposition to Jupiter. With the exception of Jupiter opposition Neptune, all the above transits will remain active until well into 2016 and some until September/October 2016.

These transits show the great difficulties we all face, now and in the coming months, trying to reconcile our material necessities and need for personal/national security with the call for a higher sense of humanity, for compassion, and also for a deeper awareness of the unity of people with the planet itself. It is not a surprise to astrologers that a transit like Saturn square Neptune (necessity, pragmatism, materialism, fear versus idealism, compassion, spiritual unity, non violence) becomes exact for the first time just three days before the Paris Conference on Climate Change.

More on this very significant transits in a future post.  Stay tuned.

Michelle Payne, the Astrology of a modern day Amazon

Synchronicity in action…
Michelle Payne winning the Melbourne CupThe day of a conjunction of Venus to Mars in the Sign of Libra saw the first female Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, elected in Australia, on August 21, 2010.

The day of the same conjunction, this time in the Sign of Virgo, has seen the victory of the first female jockey, Michelle Payne, in the prestigious Melbourne Cup Carnival, on November 3, 2015.

If this wasn’t intriguing enough I later discovered that this modern day Amazon was born on a day, September 29 1985, when the same conjunction of Venus and Mars occurred, in the same Sign of Virgo. Now, that’s some ‘coincidence’!

The horse she rode to victory is Prince of Penzance, a name ideally suited to the regal Sign of Leo the Moon was transiting. Curiously also the horse’s number was 19, which in classical Tarot decks represents the Sun, ruler of Leo.

The accent on humble Virgo stresses however the underdog status of this woman jockey, not only because of her gender, but because the horse itself was listed at 100:1, only the fourth horse, in the entire Cup history, to win at such odds.

Another ‘humble’ side to this victory has been the fact that Steven Payne, Michelle’s brother and horse strapper, first time playing this important role in the Carnival, has Down syndrome and was he who drew the number One barrier, factor that the jockey herself said contributed to the outcome.

Here is the Sunrise Chart (time of birth still unavailable) of this modern day Amazon:

MIchelle Payne Birth Chart

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Full Moon birth

The first thing in this horoscope that jumps to the astrologer eyes is the fact that Michelle was a Full Moon baby, born in the Sign of Libra, just a few hours before the  Aries Full Moon. Even without Michelle’s time of birth we can be certain of her Moon Sign because the Moon transited Aries the whole day on September 29 1985. This Moon’s Sign placement brings to my mind another iconic Australian heroine,  also born  at the time the Moon was transiting fiery Aries, Jessica Watson, the youngest female sailor to circumnavigate the globe solo in 2010.

If interested please navigate to my posts on Jessica’s Astrology HERE.

And another post discussing the Transits and Progressions active when Jessica received the Young Australian of the year award in 2011, HERE).

The combination of a birth around Full Moon time and the Aries Moon will manifest in a driven life and one where challenges are met head on, with courage and confidence. Being born at Full Moon is often an indication of a ‘full on’, eventful life. And certainly this has been the case with Michelle, losing her mother Mary, killed in a road accident, when she was just a six months old baby, and also tragically losing a sister, one of her nine siblings, who was also a jockey and died suddenly of a heart attack after an accident on the race course in 2007. Michelle herself has had numerous accidents while horse riding and competing, one in 2004 that nearly costed her life, with a serious fracture to her skull and brain hemorrhage. Aries is the Sign that governs the head in Astrology and it is often associated with taking risks and dangerous sports. it is in fact common in the Charts of athletes and all sorts of dare devils!

Sun and Moon

The combination of Sun in Libra and Moon in Aries shows that gaining equality in a male dominated field like horse racing will be a priority for Michelle. Libra is in fact the Sign of justice and equality, while the Aries Moon adds the courage to speak her mind and a combative even feisty spirit, undaunted by fears and stale social conditioning.

The Sun and Moon, in opposition to each other (Full Moon phase) were also at a difficult right angle (90 degrees) from Neptune in Capricorn (T Square) and at positive angles to Jupiter in Aquarius (Sun in trine and Moon in sextile). The difficult connection to Neptune will bring to Michelle periods of unforeseen difficulties when life seems to be pretty much out of her control and a sense of fatedness prevails. Positively this could give Michelle an uncanny sense of her own destiny and life purpose. She remarked that she was only five years old, and already in love with horses, when she dreamed to win the Melbourne Cup!

Both Sun and Moon also happen to form positive aspects with the planet Jupiter in Aquarius, a configuration that will increase her self confidence and optimism for better things to come. These aspects in combination with the Aries Moon will give her the power of vision and a future oriented attitude that will help her not to get stuck in the past. These aspects are bringing her popularity and attract mentors in high places, also money and business opportunities.

The placement of Jupiter in Aquarius shows that Michelle could also contribute greatly to the making of a better, more inclusive world, Aquarius being the Sign of reformers and social innovators, trailblazing ideas and anticipating social trends. Testimony of this is the courageous and unusual speech she gave when interviewed after her victory, stressing the chauvinistic climate of the horse racing industry and also challenging the prevailing stigma about people with special needs like her brother Steven.  Her victory has vindicated her on all these accounts.

Venus and Mars

The conjunction Venus-Mars in Virgo shows that she is a hard working, methodical person, who would take routine and duties very seriously. Virgo is a earthy practical Sign. One of the recent statements by Michelle has been that in the dairy farm where she grew up ‘we had to work to earn our keep…”: work and being useful apt key words for a person strongly influenced by Virgo.

Virgo is often associated also with the love for animals. The importance of these placements is heightened by the fact that Venus rules Libra, the Sun Sign, while Mars rules Aries, the Moon sign. Often this alignment of the girl (Venus) and boy (Mars) planets also manifests, in a woman, as a Tom Boy type of temperament.

Mars is involved in a difficult T Square with Uranus and Chiron, at right angle to both while they oppose each other. This is another indication, even more telling than the Aries Moon, that accidents are likely and periods of illness that could leave a mark. To add to this the planet Saturn, in Sagittarius, the Sign of horses and horsemanship, is affected by a semi-square (45 degrees angle) from Mercury, the planet of mobility, pointing to periods of restricted mobility that should not curb however Michelle’s innate optimism and ability to enjoy life (minor aspect).

The Asteroids

Because of the significance for women of Michelle Payne’s victory in such a prestigious and male dominated event I have included in her Natal Horoscope the four major Asteroids, embodying the characteristics of four mythological Goddesses of the ancient Greek pantheon, Ceres in Leo, Pallas Athena on the cusp between Gemini and Cancer, Juno in Libra and Vesta on the cusp between Scorpio and Sagittarius.

The most significant Asteroid placement is that of Pallas Athena, Goddess of Justice as well as War, in defense of just causes, in particular women causes. She was half sister and arch enemy of Hares (the Greek Mars), archetype of the chauvinistic male. Athena is on the cusp of the Mid-Heaven in Michelle’s Sunrise Chart, connected by aspect to Sun, Moon, Neptune and the Asteroid Vesta, protector of families. This is the most prominent position for any celestial body, stressing again her fiery personality and drive for justice. This is also another point of similarity between Michelle Payne’s Sunrise Chart and Jessica Watson’s, who also has Pallas Athena aligned to her Mid-Heaven and conjunct Vesta! Click here to view Jessica’s Sunrise Chart.

Much more of course could be read in this Natal Chart, especially if I could find Michelle’s birth time. I prefer to publish now though or I will be here for ever…

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Michelle & Steven Payne

The Carbon Tax and Jupiter trine Pluto on July 8, 2011

After the last Cancer New Moon Eclipse life has been very busy for me. I haven’t been able to post as much as I wish.

Today, briefly, I would like my readers (Australian in particular) to observe the synchronicity between the first pass of the Jupiter-Pluto’s trine (harmonious aspect of 120 degrees) on July 8, 2011, and the news, out on the same day, that the Australian Labor government did finally get the number to pass the controversial Carbon Tax (tax on big polluters, with the aim to cut emissions and make a small contribution to the fight against global warming). The second pass of the same transit will happen at the end of October this year, and the third, and last, in March 2012.

As I have observed in an article I just sent to The Art of Healing quarterly: ‘Positively this Transit could inspire passion for higher causes, broadening the collective’s views (Jupiter) on the management of natural resources and sustainability issues (Pluto). The power to effect social changes could be amplified.’

The harmonious angle between expansive Taurus Jupiter and Capricorn Pluto, planet of natural resources, mining, and big corporate capital, seemed to be auspicious for promoting more enlightened views on the use of those resources. Also, borrowing words repeated ad nauseam by the leader of the opposition, Liberal Tony Abbott,  this aspect is incarnating, after all, into a Big (Jupiter) Tax (Pluto)!

I know that such marvelous synchronicity will not impress the skeptics, but it is of great value to sincere students of Astrology.

Here is the Chart of the first pass of this transit, calculated for Canberra, Australia’s National Capital.

No time for more today. ‘Til next time, enjoy your transits.

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MORE ASTROLOGICAL THOUGHTS ON THE AUSTRALIAN ELECTIONS 2010

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In my previous post, having run out of time, I left out a few thoughts that perhaps will explain better my conclusions. In particular I would like to draw some light on the way I have been looking at the upcoming conjunction of transiting Saturn to Julia Gillard’s Sun degree. After all we have just seen an Australian Prime Minister dethroned under the very same transit! How do I think it could instead mean that she will win these elections?

Well, in Astrology transits do not happen in a vacuum, they don’t produce the same effect for all individuals they touch. This is why astrological cookbooks’ interpretations, that give a standard explanation for each and every transit, have to be taken with a grain of salt and considered only general outlines. Those can encompass in fact all sort of different events.

The traditional way to judge the strength and possible outcome of a transit is by looking at the position and aspects, in the individual’s Birth Chart, of the planets involved in the transit. If the planets are negatively aspected at birth they are also much more likely to produce negative results when in transit over some vital zone of the Horoscope.

Let’s consider Kevin Rudd first. In the picture below his Birth Chart is in the inner circle while in the outer circle are the transits active on June 24 2010 when he had to step down from his Prime Ministerial office.

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In Rudd’s Chart Saturn is a very important planet, ruling the Ascendant in Earthy Capricorn from fiery Sagittarius. The aspects of Saturn at birth are a mixed lot, some very positive, like the perfect sextile to Jupiter in Libra (who rules or disposes of Saturn’s Sign, Sagittarius). Jupiter happens also to be conjunct the Mid-Heaven thus providing many opportunities for a brilliant career. Both Saturn and Jupiter are in harmonious aspect to his Birth Uranus in Leo, enhancing his visionary qualities but also a tendency toward self-inflation or believing that everything is possible. Saturn forms however also a difficult aspect, square, to Mercury in Virgo, another very important influence in his life. Not only Mercury is strong in one of his own Sign but he also disposes of his Sun and Mars conjunct in Virgo.

When Saturn completed his third and last conjunction to Kevin Rudd’s Sun-Mars on May 30, he had also turned Stationary Direct just on the conjunction Sun-Mars’ degree, lingering, so to speak, on this degree in order to exert maximum effect on the life of this individual. Transits of the Ruling Planet are also of great importance and cannot be underestimated. At the time of the crisis, June 24, Saturn was just one degree past that conjunction, but by then Mars had entered Virgo as well and was very close to a conjunction to his Birth Mercury in early Virgo (the exact conjunction occurring on June 28). Mars here worked like the perfect trigger for the Saturnine lesson and contributed to make it a very hard one! It is very important to observe here that we are not only witnessing a Saturn conjunct the Sun but also a Saturn conjunct Mars, one of the Boogie Men amongst transits, while transiting Mars was also touching Mercury, at birth in difficult aspect to Saturn.

Looking at Julia Gillard’s Chart and the approaching conjunction of transiting Saturn to her Sun (becoming exact on September 17, one pass only, and only three degrees away on Election Day) we need to remember the position and aspects of Saturn in her Birth Chart. Saturn is very well placed in Julia Gillard’s Chart, in his own Sign of Capricorn, conjunct lucky and expansive Jupiter.

Below is Gillard’s Birth Chart, with the tentative time of 12 noon, with the transits active on Election Day on the outer wheel. Another difference to notice here between her Chart and Rudd’s is that the Saturn’s transit happens in Libra for Gillard, an exalted or extra positive position for Saturn, while it did happen in Virgo in the case of Kevin Rudd, a traditionally difficult position for Saturn (it has been linked to the financial crisis the world has experienced in 2009/2010).

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I consider particularly promising for Julia Gillard the fact that she was born under the historical conjunction Jupiter-Saturn in Capricorn, a time traditionally auspicious for the birth of would be leaders. With this I don’t mean that, if she was elected today, the transit of Saturn will not affect her somewhat negatively too. There are always lessons to be learnt and severe tests to pass through when Saturn becomes prominent in transit. Her trouble will not be over for a while; a long hard road ahead can be easily predicted for her.

I agree with Ed Tamplin in his latest post on the Australian Federal Elections that the opposition Sun-Neptune practically exact at elections’ time could mean that many voters feel rather dissatisfied and disillusioned about politics, leaders’ promises, blaming, etc. etc., and a lot of these votes will be lost to the two major parties. The direction these dissatisfied votes will take could in fact determine the outcome of these elections.

It has been an interesting journey for me in the world of politics. I will post some comment after the results are known, hopefully sooner than later (remember Mercury retrograde!).

AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL ELECTION 2010, AUGUST 21, an astrological perspective

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Only two days before the Australian Federal Elections, the outcome is still far from certain.

Elections’ week is astrologically a very significant one, even if we weren’t going to the polls. It started with the mighty second pass of the Jupiter opposition Saturn last Tuesday, August 17, followed by non less than six major transits (and many minor ones) exact, one after the other, until Monday August 23 when the Sun will make his annual entrance into Virgo.The Moon is in her waxing mode, promoting goal-oriented activities, an accelerated pace of life, greater expectations of future development, but also a degree of anxiety and stress. The Moon is transiting Capricorn showing that the general public will be concerned mainly about their financial security, housing, jobs, the cost of living rather than grand schemes and lofty ideals. Practical, down to earth matters will be in the voters’ mind and influence their choices.

Looking at the active transits it is easy to see that, during this period, we are experiencing another wave of the Cardinal T Cross that has had astrologers so worried for a while, with Saturn opposed by Jupiter for the second time this year and squaring Pluto for the last time just on Elections’ day!

I would like to highlight here the significance of some of the major transits, with the Australian Federal Elections and his candidates in mind.

Jupiter opposition Saturn and square Pluto

Jupiter in Aries is opposing Saturn in Libra (second pass) on August 17. The first occurrence of this transit was in May 2010 and the last will be at the end of March 2011. The transit will be still very powerful on Election Day, together with the square Jupiter-Pluto that became exact for the second time in early August and involves the three planets in the T square configuration.

Jupiter opposing Saturn represents the open confrontation of two differing viewpoints and philosophies of life, optimism versus pessimism, wishful thinking versus serious planning, speculation versus realism, etc. etc.The still active square of both Saturn and Jupiter to Pluto makes the whole configuration much more dramatic and conducive to major changes to the status quo. This for some are symbols that a change of government may be at hand.

The all important configuration straddles the two Cardinal Signs that are central to the Birth Charts of both candidates: Libra, occupied by the Sun in Julia Gillard’s Chart, and Aries, occupied by the Moon in Tony Abbott’s Chart. The opposition symbolizes an extended period (the last pass will occur in March 2011) during which these apparently antagonistic forces will manifest in many areas of our lives, including, of course, politics.

During the period covered by this powerful transit aspirations and ideals, at the personal and collective levels, will have to be severely tested by practical considerations. This will be especially true for Julia Gillard because Saturn is now close to transiting over her Sun degree (exact in mid-September). Certainly a testing and growing time for her but also one that could be very constructive, establishing her role and position in the world. Winning this elections under such transit would mean very hard work ahead for Julia Gillard, more responsibilities, obstacles, hardships, oppositions, not an easy ride by any means. With Saturn on her Sun, authority and power come in fact with a heavy price tag. One way or another Saturn conjunct the Sun is always a turning point for anyone who experience it. A good example is Kevin Rudd, Australia’s former Labor prime Minister who was deposed by his colleagues just as Saturn became conjunct his Sun and Mars. Because in Rudd’s Birth Chart Mars is closely conjunct the Sun, Saturn became conjunct Mars as well , proving to be a very hard turning point for him.

The same transit may also be important in Tony Abbott’s Chart, but, not knowing his time of birth, it is impossible to establish if Jupiter is in any way conjunct his Moon in Aries at present. If it is then it could be a great help to him, improving his public standing and confidence in himself.

In Bob Brown’s Birth Chart the opposition Jupiter-Saturn is forming positive aspects with his Birth Moon in Gemini (sextile from Jupiter and trine from Saturn), to me a symbol that the confrontation of the other two major candidates, represented by the opposition itself, will play in his favor and boost his popularity.

Sun opposition Neptune and Chiron

Leo Sun opposing first Neptune in Aquarius, on August 20 and then Chiron in Aquarius on August 22. These are annual events that happen to ‘coincide’ with the Elections.

These transits very well depict the confused feelings that have permeated the whole election campaign, the wavering and volubility of the public response, the uncertainty about the way it will go for Australia. Neptune is, among other things, the planet of confusion, deception, murky and unclear situation. Because these aspects are so close to Election Day there is a possibility that the confusion will not end with the end of the campaign but could follow it for a while. It could mean, together with the retrogradation of Mercury (see below) that the results will not become clear for a while or will be the subject of controversy. To me the opposition Sun-Neptune also very well depict the negative role of the media reporting in this campaign, and how it contributed greatly to the general confusion, worsening the already jaded attitude of the electorate, already disillusioned by the political events that preceded the elections, in particular the sacking of our previous Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd.

In Julia Gillard’s Chart the transiting Sun, while opposing the transiting Neptune and Chiron, will also conjunct her Uranus indicating that the result of the election will have an element of surprise for her. I consider the Sun-Uranus’ contact a positive for her mainly because of an harmonious aspect between her Mars and Uranus at birth, aspect that the Sun will energize and make more powerful, while passing over Uranus at the time of the election.

In Tony Abbott’s Chart the same oppositions finds Neptune on the cusp of his Midnight point (at sunrise) and the Sun on this Chart’s Mid-heaven. What to make of this? The Sun on top could well mean victory for him, while Neptune on the other side could destabilize his position, especially by internal problems of his party. This opposition is also in positive aspect to his Venus in Sagittarius and his Mars in Libra, some of the best transits he has around elections’ time and the reason why many astrologers are actually predicting his victory. The presence of Neptune however makes the whole configuration a bit sass and difficult to trust. When Neptune is prominent confusion reigns, things are never clear-cut.

In Bob Brown’ Chart the same opposition is forming a positive angle (trine) with his adventurous and outspoken Mercury in Sagittarius, fact that could contribute to his popularity and ability to inspire the electorate.

Venus conjunct Mars in Libra

Venus conjunct Mars on the 13th degree of Libra on the day of the Elections, August 21. This is the highlight of the Venus-Mars cosmic relationship, repeating three times, twice this year, August and October, and one time next year, in May.  These conjunctions will be in the Signs of Libra (August), Scorpio (October) and Taurus (May 2011). The last of these triple conjunctions, in the same Signs, has not been seen since 1978/79.

Venus meets Mars routinely every couple of years, but this year these particular repeating conjunctions belong also to a greater Venus-Mars’ cycle lasting 77 months (six years +) and even a greater one of 32 years. This is the time to better integrate masculine and feminine forces on the planet, and within each one of us, to achieve a greater degree of fairness and cooperation among the sexes, and also a greater inner integration between activity and receptivity, independence and cooperation and so on.

As far as the Elections are concerned it is too easy to see Venus-Mars’ conjunction as the ‘girl meeting boy’ transit, manifested in Gillard, woman, versus Abbott, man. If you take this as a powerful symbol of what it is happening, as I do, then you can see that the power of Venus, the feminine principle is, at the moment, on the raise, Venus transiting and forming the conjunction in Libra, Sign of her Rulership and Dignity, a place of active power for Venus.  Furthermore Venus is at her greatest angular distance from the Sun, meaning that our sister planet is now reaching her brightest phase and awareness.

Mars, on the other hand, represents the weak one in this conjunction, transiting the Sign of his Detriment, opposite to Aries, the Sign Mars traditionally rules. This simple picture seems to indicate a victory of the feminine. Julia Gillard was also born a Libra so the conjunction occurs in her own Sun Sign, while in Abbott’s Chart it falls opposite his Moon Sign of Aries.

Looking at other aspects of this conjunction in Gillard’s Chart I have found a semi-square aspect between it and Julia’s Uranus in late Leo, to which the transiting Sun is also conjunct. This is a fairly powerful configuration indicating some surprising or unexpected turns of event, or simply an unusual degree of excitement and intellectual stimulation for our current Prime Minister. Below is Julia Gillard’s Birth Chart (with the tentative birth time of noon at the moment circulating the net), in the inner circle, and the Sunrise Chart for Election Day, August 21, in the outer circle.

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In Tony Abbott’s Birth Chart (time still unknown) the same conjunction is not that far, only five degrees, from his Jupiter indicating an expansive period ahead and increased confidence.  It also forms positive angles with his Chiron, promoting healing and learning. The Jupiter’s aspect is not exact on Election Day though, and Mars, who Tony Abbott naturally embodies, here is still weaker than Venus in the Sign of Libra. We shouldn’t forget that both Gillard and Abbott were born with Mars in Libra so that their connection with this cyclical conjunction is even more significant. Abbott’s transits on the day are, by the way, far from negative. Many in fact are rather good and could indicate a positive outcome for him. I feel that this will be true even if he loses in the end. The best of his transits are the harmonious angle of Neptune and Mars (trine), indicating that he is feeling very inspired, driven by a sort of religious fervor for his liberal cause and, because of that, perhaps liable to lose touch with reality a little. He is also experiencing the transiting Sun in harmonious aspect to his Venus in Sagittarius, a fun-day transit, while touching the Mid-Heaven of his Sunrise Chart (a symbolic rather than real Mid-heaven), also indicating honors and success.

Below is Tony Abbott’s Sunrise Chart (inner circle) and the Chart of Election Day, August 21, on sunrise too.

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To me however the prominent Venus in Libra still seems to point to a victory for Julia Gillard: the symbol is just too powerful and visually compelling to be ignored.

Mercury’s Retrograde Station

Mercury is turning Stationary Retrograde on Election Day. In another type of country one might fear all sorts of problems in counting the votes, making sure no one votes twice etc. In Australia could mean a slow and difficult process of counting all the votes and putting a clear picture together, because retro Mercury likes rather to confuse issues and muddle things up. This transit, more than any other, has sparked the fear of Australians ending up with a hung parliament. A recent example are the British Elections of May 6 2010, run on the last week of a retrograde period of Mercury, ending up in a hung parliament and eventually in the conservative victory thanks to their unlikely alliance to the Liberals. Alliances are different in Australia, while a re-shuffle of the cards in new and unusual ways is certainly possible under a retro gradation of Mercury. All the politicians involved and their voters will have time to  re-think and re-value their experiences of the Elections, after they are done. One of the worse scenario would see the nation waiting until the end of Mercury’s retro period, mid September, to know who has the mandate. Even without such a dramatic effect Mercury retro during an election could contribute to all sorts of communication problems, breaking down of networks. misinformation, misinterpretation, recanting etc. Let’s hope for the best.

The retrograde Mercury in Virgo will be in positive aspect to Tony Abbott’s own Mercury in Scorpio, indicating perhaps that the retrogadation itself will not affect him too negatively.

The same Mercury will be sitting right on Gillard’s Mid-Heaven and station there for a few days (if we accept the noon birth time), a positive sign I feel, for her career, and also an opportunity to improve her people and communication skills.

Saturn square Pluto

I have already discussed this transit while talking about the Jupiter-Saturn’s opposition. Few more words will suffice here (or i will finish this post only after the elections!).

Saturn in Libra square Pluto in Capricorn (last pass), is happening also on the same day of the Elections. The previous passes of this powerful transit occurred in November 2009 and February 2010. Now this is a very hard aspect, one of the most difficult, indicating the collective need to experience radical changes and even the destruction of much cherished security and what has been established by years of hard work and commitment. In Gillard’s Chart this transit is tied up with Saturn moving onto her Sun, indicating that this is a major life changing configuration for her, one that could propel her into position of power but also involve her in a ruthless war to gain that position. These Elections have been a great example and proof of this ongoing struggle for her. Apart from the obvious negative connotations of these transits they are also empowering her and making her even more determinate to win.

In Tony Abbott’s Chart this transit shouldn’t have the same dramatic effect, while a semi-square of transiting Pluto to his birth Mercury in Scorpio can be considered a slightly negative factor. In Bob Brown’s Birth Chart Pluto is slowly but surely applying to a conjunction to his Sun in Capricorn, showing his raise to positions of greater power and influence in the next year. This is a chance in a lifetime for Bob Brown to implement some of the changes he has envisioned for Australia, because power (Pluto) will definitely be on his agenda when Pluto become conjunct his Sun in the near future.

Conclusion

Predicting the outcome of an election is nearly impossible because the factors involved are just too numerous and often very contradicting. Sometimes, like it was the case with the latest American elections, the picture was clear enough though for astrologers to be able to make some meaningful statements. A lot of astrologers correctly predicted Obama’s win over McKain, mainly based on the opposition Saturn-Uranus (old versus new) that was current at the time, and the fact that Obama was having a Jupiter return year, always a symbol of popularity and success. The advantage in that case was also that we knew both candidates’ times of birth. At the moment instead we don’t yet know the birth times of the two major contestants, Gillard and Abbott, so our interpretations have a limited scope for a start, because we cannot use angular placements to establish the strength or weakness of any of the planetary players and we are lacking the invaluable information given by the Ascendant’s degree. Like everybody I have my personal preferences here that I haven’t even tried to conceal; those, of course, will affect the way I am ‘reading’ the available signs. To remain objective is indeed very difficult and, in fact, impossible. But we can try.

Looking at Tony Abbott’s transits victory is a possibility for him; as a matter of fact he has more positive aspects than Julia Gillard has. Whatever the outcome this elections could prove him a winner in the eyes of many people and advance his career.

Bob Brown’s star seems to be on the raise too and his role in the upcoming government could be indeed crucial.

Perhaps due to wishful thinking brought about by my own preferences, not much about the parties involved but rather the personalities of the two major contestants, I will put my bet on Gillard for a narrow margin win. This conclusion is based mainly on the visually compelling conjunction of Venus to Mars in Libra, Julia Gillard’s Sun Sign, a cosmic phenomenon that we can all admire in the evening sky, tonight and in the next few days. The feminine is strong and bright for all to see: time we had in Australia a woman Prime Minister, to restore some balance (Libra) to this male dominated world. Happy Elections, everyone.

A post on the Astrology of our Green leader Bob Brown is nearly ready and will be in as soon as possible.

TONY ABBOT, THE ASTROLOGY OF AUSTRALIA’S OPPOSITION LEADER


Campaigning against the re-election of a Labor government is Tony Abbott, Liberal leader, staunch royalist and catholic (he was once a seminarian with the intention of becoming a priest). He comes across as a highly masculine man, dynamic, confident, often verbally aggressive or scathing, fond of sport and outdoors activities (Scorpio central influence, with Sun and Mercury, and a strong accent on the Fire Signs, Aries and Sagittarius). He seems the appropriate opponent to the Labor candidate, Julia Gillard, a woman, self-declared atheist and  republican.

This confrontation of sexes, political views and religious standing seem especially significant at present when we are all preparing for a conjunction of Venus (feminine archetype) and Mars (masculine archetype) that will become exact just on Elections’ Day, August 21, 2010. The conjunction will occur in Libra, with feminine Venus strong in her own Sign, while masculine Mars is in detriment, traditionally weak in this Sign, opposite to Aries, Mars’ own Sign. Libra happens to be, of course, a significant Sign for both candidates, with the Sun and Mars in Libra in Julia Gillard’s Horoscope, and Mars and Jupiter in Libra in Tony Abbot’s Horoscope, plus his Moon in Aries, Libra’s opposite-complementary; another wonderful example of astrological synchronicity at work.

As with Prime Minister Julia Gillard, the time of birth of Tony Abbott is an unknown factor, so far. In this case, as with Gillard, I have also used a Sunrise Chart, cast for the time of sunrise in the place of birth, London, where Tony Abbott’s  Australian parents were living when the opposition leader was born. Because I am using a Sunrise time I will not stress the House positions of Sun, Moon and Planets.

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Tony Abbott has the Sun and Mercury in Scorpio, showing his determination, love of a challenge and deep need to be in control of his immediate environment or otherwise feel emotionally threatened. Trust doesn’t come easy to a strong Scorpio who thus tends to be often guarded, revealing only some of his real thoughts and feelings to the world. As a Fixed Sign Scorpio can pursue a goal unrelently and sometimes even ruthlessly, knowing the weak spot of his opponents and how to use that knowledge to his advantage.  Certainly Tony has demonstrated his skills in doing that. As an astrologer, as much as I’ve tried not to be too personally biased one way or the other, I have to confess to have found his tactics of constant attack and vilification of his opponents somewhat over the top and under the belt: a rather negative use of Scorpio’s psychological depth and powerful insight.

No one was surprised to find out that Tony Abbott’s Moon is in the fiery Sign of Aries, a direct and uncompromising position for the Moon, denoting a temperamemt fond of debates and arguments, sometimes brilliant, while often too impatience and lacking in forethought. It is the Moon in Aries, not the Sun in Scorpio that causes him to often say just what is passing in his mind at the time, without thinking of consequences or predictable criticism.

This Moon’s Sign also gives Tony Abbott leading abilities and the courage to stand for what he believes in. The positive side of this Moon’s Sign is its penchant for action, its quick response to situation and its independence. While a University student Abbott became an outspoken and confrontational opponent of left wings students organizations and workers’ unions, and also won awards as a boxer, pugilism being the perfect sport for head-strong  and combative Aries. This Cardinal fiery Moon makes the personality outgoing, impulsive and ambitious, but also somewhat insensitive and lacking in compassion. The position of Mars, Ruling Planet of both Scorpio and Aries, his Sun and Moon’s Signs, could help in this respect. Tony Abbott shares in fact the same Mars’ placement as Julia Gillard, their respective Mars being conjunct in Libra (Julia’s Mars on 28° 15′ and Tony on 26° 56′). Libra is actually an excellent Sign for diplomacy, enhancing sensitivity to the needs of other people and ability to cooperate, thus somewhat compensating for the Aries Moon’s lack of tact and headstrong, bossy attitude. Libra Mars and Jupiter guarantee a modicum of social graces and diplomatic skills that could help him greatly in his career.

Abbott and Gillard also share the same zodiacal position of Mercury, both born with the planet of intellect and communication in the shrewd Sign of Scorpio. However, while in Julia’s Birth Chart Mercury is removed from the Sun and in a different Sign, denoting the capacity to be objective and not too biased by her personal outlook or preferences, Abbott’s Mercury is instead very close to the Sun (what old astrologers used to call ‘combust’) and also in the same Sign as the Sun, often a symbol that it may be diffucult for him to extricate himself from his own personally tainted opinions, thus often becoming  biased and judgmental.

To add to the fixity of the Sun and Mercury Sign, both of them are in very close square aspect (90 degrees angle) with Uranus in Leo, another Fixed Sign. The square with the Sun in particular is exact to the minute of arc, fact that makes this aspect very powerful indeed, perhaps the most powerful of the whole Sunrise Chart. Generally speaking the contact Sun-Mercury-Uranus denotes a great degree of independence and an original if not eccentric or contrary outlook on life, also great determination and, negatively, an autocratic streak that, while it could help Abbott to get to top jobs in his life, could, as well, alienate him from others who also expect to be able to give voice to their own opinions. Uranus was the ancient Sky God, ancestor of all other Olympian Gods, so Uranian people tend to have a natural flare for leadership and often not a great respect or consideration for others’ points of view. On the positive side this birth transit will help him to take more risks and to display greater confidence in his own ability, always a plus for a political leader. His raise to the challenge during this elections’ campaign gives ample proof of this ability.

In Gillard’s Horoscope I stressed the emphasis on the earthy, reliable and conservative Capricorn, where her Saturn and Jupiter are placed in her Birth Chart. These, coupled with her Venus conjunct Pluto in Virgo, make her highly pragmatic, fond of responsibilities and a bit of a workaholic. Tony Abbott’s Saturn is found instead in the Fire Sign of Sagittarius, a placement that stresses his natural optimism and ability to overcome obstacles and setbacks with ease, but also denotes a degree of irresponsibility, with the juvenile tendency to promise more than he may be realistically able to deliver. The emphasis on Sagittarius, with Venus also in this Sign, explains Abbott’s interest in religious and philosophical matters, Sagittarius being traditionally the Sign of orthodox religion and philosophy. Not only he studied to become a catholic priest but also majored in philosophy and politics at Oxford.

As I wrote in my previous post in Julia’s case, without her birth time, we don’t know if a Fire Sign is on her Ascendant or Midheaven, otherwise she would lack Fire all together (a definite handicap for a leader who needs to inspire and fire up other people). In Tony’s case we are faced with the same predicament, concerning the Earth Signs instead. There are in fact no ‘personal’ planets in Earth Signs in his Sunrise Chart (meaning those celestial bodies, including Sun and Moon, laying within the orbit of Saturn). Unless, when his time of birth is finally revealed, an Earth Sign is found rising (on the Ascendant) or culminating (on the Mid-Heaven) there is a definite lack of Earth in his Birth Chart. In this case Tony Abbott wouldn’t be a natural realist, the under-emphasis on Earth Sign indicating lack of the caution, patience and practical abilities that are the birth rights of all Earth Signs. Before and after graduating in Law Tony Abbott pursued a journalistic career, one well suited to his adventurous and speculative temperament (abundance of Fire Sign, with Moon in Aries, Saturn and Venus in Sagittarius).

The two candidates seem to offer two very distinct world views, one Chart abounding in the very same Element the other is lacking!

Jupiter, planet of expansion and wisdom, was placed in Libra, the Sign of Law and Justice, hence his choice to graduate in Law and Economic. Jupiter however doesn’t form any major aspects with the other planets or the Luminaries in his Birth Chart while ruling Sagittarius, the Sign in which Venus and Saturn were placed, thus having a strong influence on them. As I explained above Sagittarius has a lot to do with his choice of study and career, and also with his well advertised love of competitive sports.

The placement of Venus in Sagittarius confirms all the above, especially the attraction for outdoors activities, also showing his need for emotional freedom in relationship. With the two feminine Planets, Moon and Venus, both in Fire Signs Abbott’s marriage partner has to be an independent and self-reliant woman too. Venus is in positive aspect to Mars (sextile), showing potential for popularity with both sexes, facility of expression and the ability to attract good luck.

The Australian Federal Elections are now only four days away. Just before sunrise on the day Mercury will turn Stationary Retrograde on the 19th degree of Virgo, beginning his regular three weeks retro period. This is not very good news because many activities, especially those involving writing and all forms of communication may be negatively affected by the retrogradation of Mercury, robbing people of clear choices and confusing issues rather than clarifying them. The worst scenario would be a hung parliament, when no political party can govern in its own right. The conjunction of Venus-Mars with Venus stronger in her own Sign could, on the other hand, help Julia Gillard’s feminine cause.

In the evening of the 21st another major transit will become exact, the last square (90 degree angle) between Saturn in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn, an aspect that promises more collective upheavals and intense frustration in many areas and for many people all over the world. This transit will seat very close to Julia Gillard’s Sun degree, because Saturn is now approaching a conjunction to her Birth Sun, showing that, even if she was to win these elections outright, she will be facing difficulties and opposition in the coming weeks. The same powerful transit however may also be entangled with Abbott’s Moon Sign (how close depends on the unknown time of birth), showing the potential for serious emotional upheaval in his life too.

After so much controversies and contradicting news-polls, I can’t wait to see what will happen! Looking at the two leaders’ transits is not obvious who will win and, if anything Tony Abbott seems to have more positive transits on the day itself, while the Mars-Venus’ conjunction appears to play against his ambitions.

It will be a close call, Astrology agrees about this with the majority of political commentators.

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The other day, musing about the Astrology of the upcoming elections while on a morning walk I tried to imagine myself as an astrological savvy employer,  looking for a new manager for my business. Between these two candidates to the top job I would have to choice Gillard over Abbott, even if I didn’t know them personally, but had only access to their Birth Charts. This is because Julia Gillard’s Sunrise Chart shows a diplomatic, reliable, practical and realistic individual, with an acute brain, strong work ethics and sense of duty. Tony Abbott’s Birth Chart shows, on the other hand, a brilliant individual, with leading ability, courage and inspiration, but not particularly practical or realistic, and perhaps too opinionated. I would also be concerned about the amount of Fire in his Chart and the prominent Sun-Mercury square Uranus, factors that, while enhancing his confidence, could involve him in many arguments and conflicts in the work place.

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Please follow me in my next posts where I will discuss the transits active on the day of the Election relative to the Birth Charts of Julia Gillard, Tony Abbott and Bob Brown, leader of the Australian Greens. A draft is also nearly ready on a brief astrological profile of Bob Brown who may end up holding the balance of power in our next parliament.