On April 19th, 2019 we have a Full Moon in Libra. This is the 2nd Full Moon in Libra and it happens at 29°, the last degree of Libra.
The first Full Moon in Libra happened on March 21st at 0° Libra. What happened back then? These two full moons are connected. So whatever happened in your life at the time of the first Full Moon in Libra will reach a culmination now.
Libra is the sign of relationships. Have you ever wondered why is that? Is it maybe because Libra is balanced and peace-loving? Or is it something else?
If you look at the zodiac wheel, you’ll notice that Libra is the 7th sign of the zodiac, exactly opposite the 1st sign of the zodiac, Aries.
And Aries is the sign of the individual, is the sign of “I am”. The opposite of “I am” is “The Other”.
Full Moon In Libra – Me Vs. The Other
Libra is the sign of “The Other”.
Indeed, we need to get out of our Ego (Aries – ‘I am’) to be with other people. We need to understand different perspectives, different than ours.
Let’s say you’re a night owl and your partner is an early bird. You may say “Of course I understand we are different”. But then you get annoyed when they insist you wake up early on Saturday morning.
Let’s take a more difficult example. You are a democrat and your friend (if they are still your friend) is a Republican. You may tell yourself you can understand that they are different… BUT.
BUT comes every time we fail to embrace Libra’s qualities. We are all guilty of that. In a way, it’s normal to see the world through our own lenses, and anything else simply doesn’t make sense, because it doesn’t fit our mental model.
If we were all good at understanding other people life would be no fun. We are here in this world to learn and grow.
Libra And Projection
Libra is not only about our ability to notice how others are different. Libra also shows us how we can understand ourselves better, through others.
Libra’s symbol is the scales. When you go to the market to buy apples, the apples go on one side of the scale, and on the other side, we put a weighing unit.
That’s how we find out how much the apples weigh (OK, probably nobody uses the scale anymore, but that’s how it works).
You wouldn’t know how much your apples weigh if it was not for the weighing unit. In the same way, you wouldn’t know who you are (Aries) if it was not for Libra.
Libra shows us and what we project onto other people, so we can understand ourselves better.
What is projection? All those traits we are not aware of, and we put out there as belonging to others. Let’s say you are not in touch with your anger. You will project your anger onto others. People who are in touch with their anger (the angry people) will really touch a nerve in you.
Or let’s say you’re a great artist, but you are not aware of it. You will be attracted to artists because unconsciously you are looking for people who can help you get in touch with this talent you already have.
We are often attracted to, or attract, people who have these traits that we don’t acknowledge in ourselves. That’s projection.
So Libra is also about learning about ourselves, through others.
All We Need Is Love
But there is another side of Libra. LOVE. Libra is ruled by Venus, the planet of love. Ultimately, after we go through conflict and negotiation, we learn to really open up and allow another individual to enter our universe.
Our strongest need in life is the need for wholeness. Beyond differences and conflict, life is just better when we share it with a companion. It can be your spouse, a business partner or a good friend.
But to find love, to become whole again, we need to let go of our Ego, more exactly, we need to be open to change our identity. When you allow another person to enter your world, you will finally be whole, but you will not be the same person you were before.
The Full Moon in Libra on April 19 will help us move from the identity-searchingLibra archetype to the love-embracing Libra archetype.
Venus, the ruler of the Full Moon in Libra is in the last degree of the zodiac in Pisces, ready to close a chapter in your life.
The Full Moon is also opposite Uranus, the planet of freedom and liberation. Uranus is conjunct the Sun, helping us to break free from the prison of the Ego.
The Sabian symbol of the Full Moon in Libra is “Three mounds of knowledge on a philosopher’s head”. The symbol implies the fulfillment of philosophical understanding. The puzzle comes together.
The Full Moon in Libra can help you understand something profound about yourself and others. You may finally understand why you are attracted to the same people over and over again. Or why you always run into trouble with your bosses.
Once you have this breakthrough, you can finally appreciate people for who they are – not as a reflection of you, but as individuals on their own. And when you release them from judgment, you allow them to enter your life. And life’s just better when we share it with others.
This is the first New Moon after the Northern Equinox. The Northern Equinox is when the Sun enters the first sign of the zodiac, Aries. This is the beginning of a new solar cycle.
A New Moon by definition comes with a new beginning. So the New Moon in Aries on April 5th, 2019 comes with a double dose of ‘new beginning’ energy.
Let’s think a bit about Aries. Some key words that describe Aries are: impulse, instinct, action, emergence, affirmation, courage, stepping out of the comfort zone.
Aries is the first sign of the zodiac. The other 11 signs wouldn’t exist if Aries wouldn’t have decided to EMERGE, to EXIST. Aries’ motto is ‘Just do it’. You have 11 more signs to perfect your action. But first, you need to take that action. You need to act.
With our smartphones, with Social Media, our attention span has become shorter and shorter. We are all over the place. We want everything NOW. You may feel like you’re busy all the time, but are you really taking action?
New Moon In Aries – Take Meaningful Action
That’s exactly what you need to do at the New Moon. Take meaningful action.
This New Moon is about learning how to discriminate between what is ‘very’ important (like checking the social media feed, answering emails, driving, and listening to a podcast, all at the same time), and what is really important.
The New Moon in Aries is an invitation to take focused action. Focusing on one thing feels scary. What if I am missing out on other great stuff? What if I fail? And the scariest thought of them all, what if I have to live with the results of my actions?
The New Moon in Aries is square Saturn in Capricorn. Saturn is the planet of focus, responsibility and commitment.
So we don’t only have the blind courage of Aries. We also have the focus of Saturn in Capricorn.
The New Moon in Aries is an invitation not only to take any action but to take massive, meaningful action. Focus on ONE thing you want to do. And then do it.
Make the best out of these two cardinal energies: the instinctual force of Aries, and the planning abilities and focus of Capricorn.
New Moon In Aries And Saturn, Pluto And South Node In Capricorn
There is an interesting touch to the New Moon square to Saturn. Saturn is conjunct Pluto and the South Node throughout April, so basically, the New Moon squares all of them.
Capricorn our heritage, as well as our mission in life. The symbol of Capricorn is the Sea-goat. The Sea-goat has strong anchors in the ocean. She knows where she comes from. She is anchored in traditions (that’s why Capricorn loves tradition). But she’s also striving to reach the top of the mountain (that’s why Capricorn is so driven and ambitious).
Right now we have three planets in Capricorn, and all three influence the New Moon: Saturn, Pluto and the South Node.
Saturn is the planet of maturity and responsibility. Pluto is your reptilian brain, your survival instinct. South Node is about consequences – consequences of actions from this lifetime or previous lifetimes.
Saturn, Pluto, and the South Node in Capricorn speak about the power of your ancestors. About that part of you who wants to make your parents and your grandparents proud.
Yet, there is a square between this ancestral force of wisdom (Saturn, Pluto and South Node in Capricorn) and your identity, your individual mission in this lifetime (New Moon in Aires).
Aries Vs. Capricorn
Something about your identity is about to change. But there is also a part of it that will remain. There is a part of your identity that never dies. Your heritage.Your ancestors’ manifesto. Yet, your identity evolves. You are a unique individual. You can’t remain stuck in the past.
The key questions you want to answer now at the New Moon are: “How can I follow my individual mission, AND take the best of what my ancestors have gifted me?” “Do I need to let go of something in order to move forward?” “What needs to change?”.
The Sabian symbol of the New Moon is “Nature spirits are seen at work in the light of sunset”. At sunset, when the Sun (Ego) subsides, it is easier to perceive the nature spirits. We can also think of these nature spirits as our ancestors. Our ancestors are always working in the background.
While you take massive, focused action, allow the spirits of your ancestors to guide you in the right direction. You don’t have to do the same things they’ve done. Listen to what they have to say, assess your current circumstances, and then act according to your best interests.
With three planets turning retrograde (Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto), April 2019 can be a turning point in your life, too. As if three planets retrograde were not enough, Saturn and Pluto are both conjunct the South Node, so these are not your usual retrogrades.
Because Saturn, Pluto and the South Node are in Capricorn, Capricorn is a sensitive point in everyone’s chart in April. The South is Node related to karma and payback. It can manifest in a positive or negative way, but it always comes with a resolution.
If someone owes you something, you may finally get in April. If you owe something to someone, April is a good time to honor your commitment. Capricorn is all about commitment and playing by the rules, so you really want to keep your promises and act from your higher self in April.
Capricorn is also the sign of hierarchies. “Hierarchy” doesn’t mean only who’s the boss, but also what are the unwritten rules of the society. For example, you can play the role of the teacher at home, and the role of a student at work. Or vice-versa.
What is important in April, is understanding what the specific role you play and, most importantly, re-assessing whether the role you used to play in the past is still relevant to your everyday reality.
April 2019 is about understanding where you stand on the hierarchy. Status and hierarchy are very sensitive topics throughout time and across cultures.
Being high on the hierarchy means you understand how the world works, and by understanding these rules, you find your way up.
But just because we understand how the world works, just because we’ve learned the ‘tricks’, doesn’t mean we are doing the right thing. Sometimes these rules need to be adjusted. April is a time to re-assess the role you play in society with responsibility. Is this role aligned with your integrity? Where do you need to make some adjustments?
April 2nd, 2019 – Mercury Conjunct Neptune
On April 2nd, 2019 Mercury is conjunct Neptune at 17° Pisces. Mercury has been conjunct Neptune for a while now. This is the 3rd Mercury-Neptune conjunction (the other two happened on February 19th and on March 24th).
In the last two weeks especially, when Mercury and Neptune have been close to each other, your mind may have been blown… or melted. You may have experienced both confusion and breakthroughs. The 3rd conjunction on April 2nd is the “final act” and will bring the much-needed clarity and direction. Things will finally start to make sense.
Neptune has opened new portals of awareness for you. You now understand why your mind works the way it does. If you were blindfolded, now you can see again.
April 4th, 2019 – South Node Conjunct Pluto
On April 4th, 2019 the South Node is conjunct Pluto at 23° Capricorn. Pluto is the planet of power. Power can be used for good or for bad. South Node is about consequences – consequences of actions from this lifetime or previous lifetimes.
Around this date, you will gain a better understanding of the consequences of power. And because Pluto will soon turn retrograde, you want to reflect on what can you change about your relationship to power so you can use it for good.
Of course, good and bad are relative terms. But this is when you need to trust the Universe. The Nodes already know what’s necessary from a cosmic – not only individual – perspective. Your role right now is to understand the larger context of your existence.
April 5th, 2019 – New Moon In Aries
On April 5th, 2019 we have a New Moon at 15° Aries. The New Moon is square Saturn at 20° Capricorn. You are full of initiative. You want to act. You want everything NOW.
But this New Moon is about learning how to discriminate between what is ‘very’ important, and what is really important.
If something is urgent, it doesn’t mean it is important. Aries is a cardinal, “me first” sign, so make sure that whatever initiatives you start now are aligned with who you truly are, and with your sense of integrity.
April 10th, 2019 – Jupiter Goes Retrograde
Jupiter goes retrograde at 24° Sagittarius. On the same day, Venus is conjunct Neptune at 17° Pisces and Sun is square the Nodes of the Moon.
Jupiter represents your belief system. Jupiter in Sagittarius is about learning how to believe again. When Jupiter goes retrograde, it is a good time to reflect on what you believe in. Are your beliefs still a reflection of the person you’ve become?
Because the Sun is square the Nodes of the Moon, you feel at a crossroad. “It’s now or never” – you may say to yourself. “I want to live a life of purpose, I want to do something meaningful”.
And you are right. No matter your current circumstances, your age, your religion, et cetera, you have the right, the chance and the responsibility, to live a life of purpose.
The secret? Unconditional love (Venus conjunct Neptune). When we love, whether or not we get something in return, this is when we align ourselves with the laws of the Universe.
April 17th, 2019 – Mercury Enters Aries
On April 17th, 2019 Mercury enters Aries. If you have a Gemini or Virgo ascendant this is a new beginning for you. Make sure you start something new, even if you don’t have any idea what. Just start.
You don’t have to be a Gemini or a Virgo, or have a Gemini or Virgo ascendant to benefit from this transit. Mercury in Aries will help you become more assertive and confident.
If you have difficulties bringing your ideas forward, if you are shy or communication is not your forte, make sure you take advantage of the Mercury in Aries transit. In the coming weeks, allow yourself to be more like an Aries. Be assertive, take risks, and speak your mind.
April 19th, 2019 – Full Moon In Libra
On April 19th, 2019 we have a Full Moon at 29° Libra. This is the 2nd Full Moon in Libra (we had another one on March 21st at 0° Libra). These two full moons are connected. So whatever happened in your life at the time of the first Full Moon in Libra will reach a culmination, will gain more depth.
Full Moon = getting stuff done. Normally we have only one Full Moon in each sign on the zodiac (in a given year). When we have two Full Moons (like we do now), this means we will likely have more accomplishments in the particular area of our life ruled by Libra.
April 20th, 2019 – Mercury Conjunct Chiron
On April 20th, 2019 Mercury is conjunct Chiron at 3° Aries. Mercury represents our mind and how we use it to interact with the world (gather new information, communicate, learn new skills).
Chiron is the Wounded Healer, but also the Alchemist who will initially challenge you but then will help you turn something ordinary into something extraordinary.
If you have some hurtful thoughts or if your communication is not that smooth – take this opportunity to understand yourself better – and see how you can transform your vulnerability into opportunities for growth.
April 20th, 2019 – Sun Enters Taurus And Venus Enters Aries
Sun and Venus change signs. If you are a Taurus, Happy birthday! April-May is your season. Venus, your ruler also steps into the first degree of the zodiac and enters Aries.
If you’re not a Taurus, Sun and Venus will still move into different areas of your chart. Sun is in the close proximity of Uranus. Time to try something new!
April 23rd, 2019 – Venus Conjunct Chiron
On April 23rd, 2019 Venus is conjunct Chiron at 3° Aries. Venus is the planet of love, material assets, and personal values. Venus is what is important to you.
The higher octave of Venus is Neptune. Neptune is unconditional love, spiritual assets, and universal values.
Chiron is “the bridge” of the zodiac, linking the visible planets (up to Saturn) to the invisible, transpersonal planets (Uranus, Neptune, Pluto). Venus conjunct Chiron means you are invited to step outside the safe boundaries of Venus and embrace the more universal values of Neptune.
April 23rd, 2019 – Sun Conjunct Uranus
On April 23rd, 2019 Sun is conjunct Uranus at 2° Taurus. If you were unsure what the upcoming 7-year Uranus in Taurus transit will bring, Sun conjunct Uranus will give you the answer.
Pay attention to what happens in your life around April 23rd, as you will get more information about the themes Uranus in Taurus will bring in the coming years.
If something unpleasant happens, this doesn’t mean the whole Uranus in Taurus transit will be like that. Sun conjunct Uranus will simply bring your awareness to the general themes of the transit.
April 24th, 2019 – Pluto Goes Retrograde
On April 24th, 2019 Pluto goes retrograde at 23° Capricorn. Pluto is still conjunct South Node. We don’t only have to deal with the consequences of power (Pluto conjunct South Node) but now we also get into revision mode (Pluto retrograde).
Don’t be afraid to dig into your past. Become conscious of what’s keeping you stuck. You can have amazing breakthroughs about yourself. This is a great time to do therapy, past life regression, ancestral work or family constellations.
April 30th, 2019 – Saturn Goes Retrograde
April 30th, 2019 Saturn goes retrograde at 20° Capricorn and immediately after, Saturn conjuncts the South Node. Saturn is the planet of responsibility. South Node is the planet of Karma.
This is your chance to settle things with your past. Whatever gets settled now, it won’t bother you again in the future. This is a few months long transit, so take your time.
If you take responsibility for your life, April 2019 can be the month when your life can take a turn for the better.
Whether in transit or in your natal chart, Sun conjunct Chiron is a synonym for a “healing crisis”.
Sun Conjunct Chiron – The Wounded Healer, The Shaman, The Alchemist
In astrology, Chiron stands for ourdeepest wound, for holistic healing (which only happens when we integrate the wound) and for our greatest gifts and talents (which become gifts ONLY when the initial wounds are purged and transformed into something greater).
In fact, there are three archetypes associated with Chiron: The Wounded Healer, the Shaman and the Alchemist.
Turning The Wound Into A Gift
But how it is possible to turn a wound into a gift? How can pain generate extraordinary resources and creativity?
The answer is the so-called healing crisis. A healing crisis means we fully embrace the wound.
When we allow the wound to become a part of who we are, we achieve wholeness. We re-integrate. We become ONE. We become who we were meant to be.
You see, the wound was never something to be angry with, or ashamed of. Yet, just like the original sin, we all believe we are born with it. We push away those parts of us we find undesirable.
In the shadows of our psyche, these wounds grow deeper and deeper. Their quality changes. They become dense and sacred. Neglected and abandoned, they find a way to cope with the loneliness, with the separation from the rest of who we are.
And when we finally integrate the wound, something miraculous happens. That primal wound, that part of us we pushed away, finally finds its place in the bigger picture of who we are.
We become whole. The pieces of the puzzle finally come together. This is when healing happens. When all the broken parts of ourselves (including the wound) come into a whole.
Healing Crisis And Holistic Healing
Chiron rules holistic healing. In fact, healing can ONLY be holistic. Anything else is temporary relief at best, anything else is treating the symptoms, not the cause. The only way to HEAL is to integrate all the broken parts of who we are into ONE.
In astrology, the Sun is a symbol for the Spirit. Every single one of us is a Sun with a human experience.
It makes sense that when Chiron (the Wounded Healer, the Shaman, and the Alchemist) meeds the Sun, we have the opportunity to heal.
Healing is preceded by a healing crisis. When we have a Sun-Chiron transit, healing doesn’t just happen. It starts with suffering. It begins with a worsening of symptoms.
But if you stay with it, if you stay with the ‘virus’ and you don’t try to numb it down with drugs, positive thoughts or other escaping mechanisms, if you allow it to do its job, then healing eventually happens.
Pay attention to your thoughts and feelings in the following days. Notice where you resist your emotions. Instead of running away from them, instead of trying to rationalize them, stay with these thoughts and feelings. Allow them to grow into you. Let the Chiron medicine do its thing.
On March 21st, 2019, immediately after the Northern Equinox, we have a powerful Full Moon in Libra.
You may know by now that a Full Moon alone is powerful enough – it basically represents the energetic peak of the month.
Full Moon In Libra – It’s Action Time
But this Full Moon is at 0° Libra, one of the 4 cardinal degrees, which are the most potent degrees of the zodiac.
Cardinal signs = action. 0° of cardinal signs is where the action starts. 0° is the degree of all possibilities. Anything is possible when we have such a powerful alignment at 0° in cardinal signs.
The Sun is at 0° Aries and is conjunct Chiron, at 1° Aries. The Full Moon is opposite Chiron. This means that the Full Moon in Libra has a strong ‘Chiron’ flavor.
Libra is the sign of relationships and partnerships of any kind. Libra is the sign of the ‘Other’.
Libra – The Set Of The Ego
Sun in Aries, on the other side, is all about the Self. The Sun is exalted in Aries, Aries is where the Sun rises. The Sun is in fall in Libra, Libra is where the Sun sets. Libra is the Sun-set, is the set of the Self, the set of the Ego.
The Aries-Libra axis is about balancing your needs with those of others.
Chiron is the Wounded Healer, but also the Shaman who can bring holistic healing and turn the initial wound into a gift.
If you want healthy relationships (Libra), you need to heal yourself first (Sun conjunct Chiron). Instead of trying to find the right partner, instead of waiting for the ‘perfect’ relationship, work on becoming the right person. Find out who you really are and heal your sense of identity.
Healing your Identity (Sun conjunct Chiron in Aries) means bringing together all the broken pieces of the Self into a Whole.
The process of Self Integration is never easy. We need to face our dark side. At first, we deny those parts of ourselves we find unacceptable.
Libra And Projection
After a while, denial alone (as a self-defense mechanism) cannot justify these buried expressions of the Self that begin to surface. Then we move to the next psychological defense mechanism, called projection.
Projection is in between denial and acceptance. We are not denying it anymore, we start to become aware of the wound, yet we don’t feel ready to integrate it, thus we project it onto others.
Libra encompasses the mechanism of projection. We project onto others those attributes we don’t yet see in ourselves. We hate angry people because we are not ready yet to accept we are full of anger ourselves. We admire good communicators because we don’t realize we too have the gift of communication.
That’s why Libra is both about relationships and enemies. Relationships because we want to be with people we admire, with people who can teach us something about ourselves. And enemies, because we need them to understand those parts of ourselves, too.
Libra And Love For The Other
But at its core, Libra energy is going beyond projection. Libra is ruled by Venus. Libra is the sign of Love. The secret to fulfillment, wisdom and happiness is love for the Other.
It is only when we see the Other for who they are, as distinct individuals, that we experience love. Love is appreciating someone for who they are. Love is not about who we are. It is not about us projecting ourselves into others. It is not about our needs.
When we truly focus on the other, we forget about ourselves. We break free from the isolation and solitude, from the loneliness of the Self.
If in the first 6 signs of the zodiac (from Aries to Virgo) the focus is on developing the Self, starting with Libra, we realize that there is more to life. That the inner world is not enough.
Libra is breaking free from the micro universe we developed in the first 6 signs. Libra is acknowledging that there is an outer universe that is worth exploring.
Most people never break free from the micro universe. The world is all about them, about who they are as an individual. The others are, at best, just a mirror of their own expression. But in it’s pretty lonely down there. There is no greater happiness than breaking free from the micro universe, from the Ego.
The Full Moon in Libra comes with a breakthrough. We are nothing without love.We are nothing without the Other.
Chiron conjunct Sun will make us painfully aware of the loneliness of the Self, so that we can reach out to the Other and genuinely accept their perspective and view of the world.
When we refuse to take an honest look inside, we project our inner universe onto others. When we are authentically ourselves (Sun conjunct Chiron) we are able to appreciate the Other for who they are, with their uniqueness. And sometimes, simply loving the Other is all we need to heal ourselves.
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On March 20th, 2019 the Sun enters Aries and we have the Northern Equinox.
Sun’s entrance in Aries – or Sun at 0° Aries – represents the beginning of a new astrological year. The Sun starts a new journey around the zodiac. No matter where you live on the Earth, the day is equal to the night.
Equinox (‘equi’-’nox’) literally means “equal night.” At the Spring Equinox, day and night are the same lengths.
The reason why the Equinoxes are so powerful is that they are the only times of the year when the day is equal to the night.
No matter where you live, you experience the exact same amount of light and darkness. The Sun and the Moon share the sky as equals.
And it is only when the day and the night are equal, it’s only when the sacred masculine (the Sun) and sacred feminine (the Moon) are in perfect balance, that life can emerge.
It’s this perfect equilibrium that allows new life to be created, that allows creation to set forth its marvels.
Why The Spring Equinox Is The Beginning Of A New Astrological Year
What does the equinox mean from an astrological perspective? As you know, in a year we have 2 equinoxes and 2 solstices.
The equinoxes happen when the Sun is at 0° Aries and at 0° Libra. The solstices happen when the Sun is at 0° Cancer and at 0° Capricorn.
The 4 degrees mark the “cardinal cross” and represent the 4 points in the sky where the Sun changes direction (as seen from Earth).
All these 4 points are extremely important, but 0° Aries is the most relevant from a “new beginning” perspective because this is when the Sun rises North of the equator (and North = ascension, initiation).
No matter where you live on Earth (in the US/Northern Hemisphere or Australia or Southern Hemisphere), on March 20-21st, the Sun will rise North of the equator. By June 21st (when we have the Cancer solstice) the Sun will reach the Northeast point, and after June 21st, the Sun will start descending or start going South.
Because the Northern Equinox happens when the Sun starts its ascension, we consider the Northern/Aries equinox (March 20-March 21st) the beginning of a new Sun (yearly) cycle.
In many traditions, the time around the Spring/Northern equinox marks a new beginning. The Easter is in fact calculated based on the Equinox. The Easter takes place on the first Sunday (‘Sun’-day) after the first Full Moon after the Northern Equinox.
The Easter celebrates the resurrection of Christ (the cardinal cross) in the same way the Sun is ‘resurrected’ from the Southern descent and crosses the celestial equator going from South to North.
What To Expect From The Upcoming Northern Equinox On March 20th, 2019
In 2019, the equinox takes place on March 20th. That’s why March 20 will set the tone for the new astrological year.
If we look at what’s going on in the sky on March 20 (what transits we have) we will know what to expect in the upcoming 12 months.
This year, the equinox point is conjunct Chiron. This conjunction stands out because it is very tight. Chiron is a symbol of holistic healing. This means that 2019 will be the year of holistic healing.
The term holistic or “wholistic” implies that there is an inherent fragmentation that keeps us broken. There wouldn’t be a need to “make whole” something that is already whole.
In Shamanic tradition, illness occurs when someone’s spirit is fragmented. The Shaman is a healer with special spiritual powers who is able to travel in between worlds. In Shamanic tradition, there are three worlds: the lower world, the middle world, and the upper world.
The Shaman is able to make the spirit whole again. In astrology, the Sun is a symbol for the Spirit (the divine spark of consciousness in the center of our being).
Because the spirit is broken into pieces, the person cannot function properly. This is when illness – physical, emotional, psychological or spiritual – occurs.
The Shaman will then go on a journey (in the lower world, middle world and the upper world) to find the broken pieces of the Spirit. Once the Shaman finds all the broken parts and brings them together into a whole, healing takes place.
Chiron is a symbol for the Shaman. Chiron orbits between Saturn (the lower world) and Uranus (where the upper world begins). That’s why Chiron in astrology represents the Shaman, or the ‘mediator’ between our animal side and our divine side. Chiron is half-horse (animal), half-God after all!
A Journey To Wholeness
The Northern Equinox conjunct Chiron means that at a collective and individual level, this year we will have the opportunity to restore our wholeness.
The journey won’t be easy. We will have to go down in the lower world and face what’s in there. We will have to open ourselves to the mysteries of the upper world, and embrace the unknown. Yes, the journey will not be easy, but it will be totally worth it. There is no greater gift than restoring one’s wholeness.
No matter what needs healing in your life, in the coming year you have the chance to finally restore your balance and become whole again.
This year you can become a Shaman or you can meet one. A literal Shaman or a teacher, a priest, a healer or a medicine man or woman. Chiron is also a symbol for mentors, so you can expect to find a mentor that will stir your life in the right direction.
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On March 15th, 2019 Mercury retrograde is conjunct Sun at 24° Pisces, which means a new Mercury cycle begins.
A New Mercury cycle starts on March 15th, 2019 (if you live in Europe, Asia or Australia) or on March 14th, 2019 (if you live in the US) and ends on July 20th, 2019.
A Mercury cycle lasts for about 4 months, so if you plan to do something that will require 4 months to complete, the days around March 15th, 2019 are a great time to start it.
This cycle starts at 24° Pisces, with Mercury square Jupiter in Sagittarius. Mercury in Pisces is compassionate and imaginative. Jupiter in Sagittarius is optimistic and focused on growth.
You are confident and optimistic about the possibilities that are opening up for you. A positive mindset is proven to produce better outcomes and increase your chances of success.
Pisces and Sagittarius are in fact both ruled by Jupiter and represent the two facets of spirituality: the confident, generous but dogmatic belief system that guides our actions (Sagittarius) and the compassionate, everembracing and everpresent quality of the soul that knows no rules and no boundaries (Pisces).
The sabian symbol of this Mercury cycle is “A religious organization succeeds in overcoming the corrupting influence of perverted practices and materialized ideas”.
The religious organization is a metaphor for our belief system, for Jupiter. “The perverted practices and materialized ideas” are a metaphor for our mind, for Mercury.
The only fight is with yourself, is with your own consciousness.
Generation after generation, we’ve been raised to believe that we were born in sin. Jupiter in Sagittarius square Neptune, together with the Mercury cycle in Pisces will challenge that belief.
A sin is nothing else but our inability to come to terms with our own consciousness. The time has come to forgive yourself. In fact, when you embrace yourself, when you embrace the world, there is nothing to be forgiven.
Mercury Retrograde And Mercury Cycles
Whenever Mercury Retrograde makes a conjunction to the Sun, a new Mercury cycle begins. Just like the Moon has cycles, Mercury has cycles, too.
Every year we have 3 Mercury cycles.
A retrograde planet conjunct the Sun is called an interior or inferior conjunction. A direct planet conjunct the Sun is called a superior conjunction.
If inferior conjunctions are like New Moons and are time for new beginnings, superior conjunctions are like Full Moons and mark a culmination of what has been started at the time of the inferior conjunction.
A Mercury cycle lasts for approximately 116 days and begins with the inferior conjunction with the Sun.
The Mercury-Sun conjunction takes place in the middle of Mercury Retrograde. That’s why Mercury Retrograde periods can be confusing. A 4-month Mercury cycle ends, and a new 4-month Mercury cycle begins. Change is always confusing! But nevertheless necessary.
Mercury Retrograde conjunct Sun is similar to a New Moon and it’s a time to start something new.
If New Moons (Moon conjunct Sun) are great to start an activity you can complete in one month time, if Jupiter cycles (Jupiter conjunct Sun, happens only once a year) are great for initiating a goal you can complete in one year, Mercury cycles are great for starting projects you can complete in a 4-month time.
The duration of the cycle (approx. 4 months) is ideal to focus on medium-term projects.
The Four Phases Of A Mercury Cycle
The Mercury Cycle, just like all the planetary cycles, shows Mercury’s journey around the Sun, as seen from Earth.
There are four Mercury “phases” in a Mercury cycle, determined by Mercury’s direction from the Sun (clockwise or counterclockwise) and whether Mercury is direct or retrograde.
Phase I – Observe and Insight: Phase I starts at Mercury’s inferior conjunction to the Sun (in the middle of the retrograde) and lasts until Mercury turns direct.
In the current Mercury cycle, Phase I starts on March 15th, 2019 and ends on March 28th, 2019.
This is a shorter phase, but is absolutely important because this is when we build the foundations for the next 100 days of the cycle.
In this phase, Mercury has a strong will and a clear sense of purpose, thanks to the encounter (conjunction) with the Sun. Things start to fall into place. You can have sudden clarity about what you need to do in the coming months. You find new ways of doing things or find new solutions to your problems.
And although this phase might not yet lead to clear answers, right now you are aware of what’s going on and you can envision new possibilities.
Phase II – Prototype and Test: From Mercury direct until Mercury’s superior conjunction to the Sun.
This phase starts when Mercury is stationary direct and ends around 50 days later.
In the current Mercury cycle, Phase II starts on March 29th, 2019 and ends on May 20th, 2019.
Mercury is at its highest speed now – this is when we are capable of intense mental work. This is a good phase to kick off and work towards fulfilling the initiative you started at the time of the inferior conjunction.
This is a good time to test different elements of your plan. Try to get feedback, see what works and what doesn’t. This is when your mind has “free will” and you’re more creative and original. Test the boundaries of what’s possible.
Phase III – Build: From Mercury’s superior conjunction until Mercury turns retrograde
In the current Mercury cycle, Phase III starts on May 21st, 2019 and ends on July 7th, 2019.
Mercury gets more information from the Sun (Self) about how to best proceed forward. This is a phase of aligning the inner reality (what you’ve worked on in the first two phases) with the outer reality (what the world expects from you).
Mercury’s superior conjunction with the Sun is a phase of culmination. You no take what you started in phase I and “prototyped” and “tested” in phase II and bring it to the world. Your project finally takes shape.
You’ve done it! Now is the time to “go live” with your project.
Phase IV – Analyze From Mercury retrograde station until Mercury’s inferior conjunction to the Sun.
In the current Mercury cycle, Phase IV starts on July 8th, 2019 and ends on July 17th, 2019.
Mercury’s fourth phase is contemplative and introspective. You now want to discover the higher meaning of what you have done in the past 3 months.
The last phase is great to “analyze” what you did in the first three phases and see how the outcome can lead to an even better outcome, which you can focus on in the next cycle.
Mercury cycles last for almost 4 months. It is well known that the ideal timeline for a project is from 3 to 4 months. This is enough time to delve into a topic, do your research, test and build, and then analyze your outputs.
Anything that goes beyond 4 months loses momentum or becomes the point.2 version of the previous project.
You always want to keep your projects within this timeframe. Do you have a goal that takes more than 4 months to complete? No problem! Simply break it down into 4-month mini-projects. That’s how you can make your greatest goals come true!
How To Work With The Mercury Cycle
Take your time to focus on a project you want to undertake.
Follow these 3 steps to identify your project and plan it according to the Mercury cycle:
1) Consider your current priorities. What’s the most important thing you should focus on? Decide on a key topic. These topic should not require a long time to complete. Getting a master’s degree, building a house, personal transformation will take longer than 4 months.
Similarly, your Mercury focus topic should require enough time so you don’t complete it in a few days only – for example writing an article, finishing a presentation or taking a one-week online course.
You want to identify something in between, a project you could complete in 3 to 4 months.
2) For more guidance look in your natal chart to see in which house the Mercury cycle starts – for example, if it starts in your 2nd house you may want to start a project to generate a new source of income, if it falls in your 3rd house you may want to learn a new skill, in your 6th house you may want to start a diet and so on. Here you can find a tutorial to calculate the transit How To Read Transits In Your Natal Chart – Step By Step Instructions
3) After you have identified your project – split it into 4 different phases according to the 4 phases of the Mercury cycle. Try to stick to the timeline. You want to spend 2 weeks for the 1st and 4th phase, and around 5 weeks for the 2nd and 3rd phases.
The New Moon is at 15 degrees Pisces and is conjunct Neptune. Neptune is the natural ruler of Pisces, so this New Moon will come with a double dose of Pisces. If you have Pisces people in your life (or people with lots of planets in Pisces) you know how Pisces energy feels like. Compassionate. Dreamy. Confusing. Extraordinary. This is how this lunar month will be like.
The New Moon in Pisces also coincides with Uranus’ entrance into Taurus and with Mercury Retrograde, so you’re in for quite a ride.
New Moon In Pisces
Every year we have one New Moon in each sign of the zodiac. That’s why we have 12 months in a year, so that each sign gets a chance to tell its story. In March, you have the opportunity to learn about Pisces.
The Pisces energy is like the ocean: deep, vast, mysterious. The ocean is where everything begins and where everything ends, it is the alpha and omega of life as we know it.
The Pisces constellation is depicted by two fish swimming in opposite directions, yet linked by a cord that keeps them together. This represents the phase of in-betweenness of our consciousness, is when we ask ourselves: should I stay or should I go?
But the ocean is vast and the possibilities are endless. Pisces is also a symbol of the unconscious mind and contains all the ‘raw’ information of the universe. Pisces is the divine cosmic soup, and in human development, it corresponds to the gestation phase. In this cosmic cocktail, everything is possible.
As you know, your unconscious thoughts and feelings determine your actions, and the more you get access to your unconscious mind, the more you get in touch with the Universe, and you act in sync with your divine path.
New Moon Conjunct Neptune
Neptune rules Pisces, so this New Moon is as Pisces as you can get. Neptune is the planet of all possibilities. Neptune is the source code of the Universe. If Uranus (the planet before Neptune) is the initial divine insight, Neptune takes this insight and creates something new out of it.
Many scientists, mathematicians, computer programmers, and artists have a strong Neptune in their chart. What they have in common is their ability to take a piece of abstract information and expand on it. A mathematician takes a simple formula out of which he creates a complex equation. The programmer takes a piece of code and makes a software. The musician takes the musical notes and writes a song. Neptune is your opportunity to ‘play God’ as long as you find that “piece of code” that is aligned with the laws of the Universe.
Long story short, this means anything is possible now. You can create any reality you want. We only suffer when we ignore the universal law. If you ignore it, you cannot make music. If you tap into it, you make a symphony.
New Moon In Pisces And Uranus In Taurus
You already know that every New Moon comes with a new beginning, but this particular New Moon even more so, because it is linked to Uranus’ move into Taurus. Uranus changes signs only once every 7 years, so it will come with changes that can influence your life at least for the next 7 years to come.
Uranus is the higher octave of Mercury. Mercury is the mind. Uranus is the higher mind or God’s mind, the mind of the creator. Uranus is how the sky talks to us.
Uranus rules radio and the internet. To get radio waves, you need to tune into a different frequency. It’s like talking with an alien. The words you use to communicate with a human being won’t be of much help. To communicate with an alien, you need to tap into a different frequency.
Uranus is the first ‘invisible’ planet, which means you can’t see it with the naked eye in the sky (you will need a telescope). Thus, Uranus presents what’s beyond what we know to be true. Uranus transits will completely change your perception about reality and will help you see things from a completely different perspective.
If you’re ready to ‘dial in’, this insight will set you free.
New Moon In Pisces And Mercury Retrograde
The New Moon in Pisces also coincides with Mercury going retrograde at 29° Pisces, the last degree of the zodiac. Mercury is literally only one degree away from Chiron, and has been there for several days now, which is an unusually long time for Mercury.
If you have a Gemini or Virgo Ascendant OR if you have planets between 27° Pisces and 2° Aries then you probably felt the energy of Mercury conjunct Chiron very strongly. Some painful thoughts that you may not be ready yet to integrate.
Maybe there is something in your life you are not ready to confront yet. You may feel you don’t have all the information to make a decision. That’s why Mercury goes retrograde – to get more information, to assess things from a different perspective.
When Mercury goes direct again on March 28, he will be conjunct Neptune and square Jupiter. A deeper truth will be revealed. You will have an a-ha moment. The puzzle will come together.
Finally, when Mercury (direct) will cross again 29° Pisces (on April 15) you will have the final resolution of this New Moon. Whatever you start now or in the days following the New Moon will develop much more around mid-April. There is more to come. Something you are not aware of yet, something your mind cannot grasp yet, will be revealed mid-April.
As you can see (or probably already experience on your own skin) there are a lot of shifts in the sky right now, there is a lot going on. The solution?
Look for answers outside yourself. This is not a time to ‘listen to our intuition’. This is a time to really listen to the higher guidance. If the messages that come to you shock you, you are probably on the right path.
Many times we believe we receive guidance from above when in fact we only act from intuition and wishful thinking. That’s not what a Pisces would do. You have to completely surrender. You have to completely embrace the possibility that you may not have all the answers.
March 2019 comes with one of the most anticipated events of the year: Uranus leaves Aries and moves into Taurus.
Uranus was briefly in Taurus in 2018, and then retrograded back into Aries. But now he’s back in Taurus for good. Or at least for the next 7 years. When a slow-moving planet like Uranus changes signs, you know you’re up for a change.
Something in your life will change, because when Uranus comes, he always brings change.
Uranus is the planet of freedom, enlightenment, and liberation. When your sense of freedom is awakened, change usually follows. That’s why midlife crisis, for example, has been associated with the planet Uranus. Uranus always makes an opposition to natal Uranus when someone is 40-42 years old.
The midlife crisis basically means that your sense of freedom is awakened. You no longer what to live by society’s rules (Saturn). You want to live by your own rules and unleash your full creative potential.
Uranus in Taurus will move into a different sector of your life and will awaken your latent potential in that particular area of your life.
March is a very eventful month, and apart from Uranus moving into Taurus we also have other important events. On March 20th, 2019 we have the Equinox and the beginning of a new astrological year, Mercury goes retrograde on Mach 5th, 2019 and spends almost the whole month in a conjunction to Neptune in Pisces, and Sun is conjunct Chiron, asking you to come to terms with your primal wound.
But let’s have a look at the most important astrological events of the month:
March 1st, 2019 – Venus Enters Aquarius
On March 1st, 2019 Venus enters Aquarius. After she spent three weeks in the serious sign of Capricorn, making conjunctions with the toughest planets of the zodiac (Saturn, Pluto, and the South Node), Venus takes a deep breath of fresh air and moves into Aquarius.
In Aquarius, Venus rises above personal concerns and takes a more objective, realistic approach to life. Venus in Capricorn was a heavy transit. Venus in Aquarius will lift the burden of resentment from your heart.
March 5th, 2019 – Mercury Goes Retrograde
On March 5th, 2019 Mercury goes retrograde at 29 degrees Pisces, the last degrees of the zodiac. Just when Mercury was about to start a new journey (at 0° Aries), he has decided instead to stop and go back.
There is still some work that needs to be done. There are still adjustments that need to be made.
Maybe there is a chapter of your life you thought had closed, but Mercury retrograde will reopen it, for you take a closer look at it. You may not like this. But Mercury retrograde will help you see things from a different perspective.
Mercury will spend most of March in a conjunction to Neptune. Mercury and Neptune will deconstruct your present reality, to show you a different perspective.
You can have an epiphany, and finally, understand why something happened the way it happened. When you find this missing piece of the puzzle, everything will fall into place.
To benefit from Mercury’s immersion into Pisces, keep your mind open. Be aware of any misconceptions or prejudices you may have.
March 6th, 2019 – Uranus Enters Taurus
On March 6th, 2019 Uranus enters Taurus. Uranus changing signs always comes with big shifts. To find out how exactly Uranus in Taurus will influence you, look up in your natal chart and see in which house is affected by this transit.
If you’re an Aries Ascendant, Uranus moves into your 2nd house, if you’re a Taurus ascendant, Uranus moves in your first house, if you’re a Gemini ascendant, Uranus moves into your 12th house, if you’re a Cancer ascendant, Uranus moves into your 11th house, if you’re a Leo ascendant, Uranus moves into your 10th house, if you’re a Virgo ascendant, Uranus moves into your 9th house, if you’re a Libra ascendant, Uranus moves into your 8th house, if you’re a Scorpio ascendant, Uranus moves into your 7th house, if you’re a Sagittarius ascendant, Uranus moves into your 6th house, if you’re a Capricorn ascendant, Uranus moves into your 5th house, if you’re an Aquarius ascendant, Uranus moves into your 4th house, if you’re a Pisces ascendant, Uranus moves into your 3rd house.
Get familiarized with the basic meaning of the house to see where you can expect the wind of change in your life.
March 6th, 2019 – New Moon In Pisces
On March 6th, 2019 we have a New Moon at 15° Pisces. Every New Moon comes with a new beginning, but this particular New Moon even more so, because it is linked to Uranus’ move into Taurus. This particular new beginning will not bring any type of change… it will bring a fundamental change in your life.
The New Moon is conjunct Neptune, opening completely new possibilities for you. The New Moon in Pisces is also sextile Mars and Saturn.
Even if a New Moon conjunct Neptune is not the most energizing transit, thanks to the positive influence of Mars and Saturn, you will take focused action this time. Neptune is the uncharted territory of your soul. Are you ready to dive in?
A Mercury cycle lasts for about 4 months, so if you plan to do something that will require 4 months to complete, this is a good time to initiate it.
Sun and Mercury are square Jupiter in Sagittarius. This time, you are confident and optimistic about the outcome. A positive mindset is proven to produce better outcomes and increase your chances of success.
March 20th, 2019 – Sun Enters Aries
On March 20th, 2019 Sun enters Aries. This is the beginning of a new astrological year, because the Sun starts a new journey around the zodiac. No matter where on the Earth you live, the day is equal to the night. March 20 will set the tone for the new astrological year.
This year, the equinox point is conjunct Chiron. This conjunction really stands out because it is very tight. Chiron is a symbol of holistic healing. This means that 2019 will be the year of holistic healing.
No matter what needs healing in your life, in the coming year you have the chance to finally restore your balance and become whole again. Chiron is also a symbol for teachers, so you can expect to find a teacher that will stir your life in the right direction.
March 21st, 2019 – Full Moon In Libra
On March 21th, 2019 we have a Full Moon in Libra. March transits are dynamite! If the New Moon brought us Uranus in Taurus, the Full Moon in Libra is connected to the beginning of the astrological year.
You may know by now that a Full Moon alone is powerful enough – it basically represents the energetic peak of the month.
But this Full Moon is at 0° Libra, one of the four cardinal degrees, one of the most potent degrees of the zodiac. If you start something when the Sun or the Moon is at one of these four cardinal degrees, then anything is possible.
Cardinal signs = action. 0° is the degree of all possibilities.
The Full Moon is opposite Chiron, now at 1° Aries. If you want healthy relationships (Libra), you need to heal yourself first (Sun conjunct Chiron). Instead of trying to find the right partner, work on becoming the right person. Find out who you really are and heal your sense of identity.
March 22nd, 2019 – Sun Conjunct Chiron
On March 22, 2019, Sun is conjunct Chiron at 1° Aries. From all Chiron transits, Chiron conjunct the Sun is perhaps the most significant one. Chiron has a special relationship with the Sun.
In the Greek myth, Chiron was adopted by Apollo (the Greek name for the Sun) who taught him everything he knew. Chiron was initially rejected by his parents, but it was the Sun who saved him.
The Sun represents the Self, our divine mission. Chiron represents our primal wound, the wound of being born, the wound of existence.
It is only by fully embracing ourselves, and our true purpose in life, that we can transcend the wound of existence and become whole. Once you have accepted yourself, once you walk on the path of your destiny, wholeness is restored, and healing is instantaneous.
March 24th, 2019 – Mercury Conjunct Neptune
On March 24th, 2019 Mercury is conjunct Neptune at 16 degrees Pisces. Neptune is the planet of mysteries, fogginess and illusion, and Mercury is retrograde. Most people would say “expect confusions, lies, and pretty much don’t do anything in March when Mercury is retrograde”.
Bur Neptune doesn’t only stand for illusions. Neptune is also the planet that opens us to the infinite possibilities of our existence.
If you are ready to see things you have never seen before, if you are ready to accept theories that may contradict your deepest truths, then Mercury retrograde conjunct Neptune can open your mind in ways you’ve never experienced before.
March 26th, 2019 – Venus In Pisces
On March 26th, 2019 Venus enters Pisces. Venus is exalted in Pisces, which means she is able to express herself at her best. With Venus in Pisces, beauty becomes art, love becomes compassion and universal values transcend personal concerns.
No matter what’s going on in your life, Venus in Pisces will open your heart to the infinite beauty that is all around us.
In Pisces, Venus likes to dream, and the border between dreams, imagination and reality may very well shift just as the boundary between the ocean and the shoreline, inviting you to surrender and enjoy what it is.
March 28th, 2019 – Mercury Goes Direct
On March 28th, 2019 Mercury goes direct. After Mercury has spent 3 weeks submerged in the ocean, he finally returns to the shore. He has experienced a completely different world.
Was it a dream? Was it real?
Either or, he has been enriched by the experience. He now knows something he didn’t know before. Reflect on the past 3 weeks. What messages did you receive? Did you have any particular dreams? How can you integrate these insights into your everyday life?
March 31st, 2019 – Mars In Gemini
On March 31st, 2019 Mars enters Gemini. Mars is a fire sign and Gemini is an air sign. In Gemini, Mars becomes even more curious, even more adventurous, although he may lack passion or focus.
In the coming 6 weeks, you can become more argumentative, but also more persuasive. Mars is the planet of winning and Gemini is the sign of the mind.
The best way to make use of this energy is to win on the intellectual front. In the coming 6 weeks, tackle those things you tend to procrastinate, take that exam, have that difficult conversation.
On February 19th, 2019 we have a Full Moon at 0° Virgo.
Zero degree of any sign is a very powerful degree, because it symbolizes the starting point of endless possibilities. Anything is possible at zero degrees.
Virgo is translated with “Virgin” and we may be tempted to associate with Virgo virginal attibutes such as unexperienced, pure, or innocent. but if we look at the etymology of the word, “Virgo” comes from Latin and it means “Self-sufficient” and has pretty much nothing to do with what we associate virginity with now.
Virgo is a symbol for a person who doesn’t need anyone – or anything – to be complete. That’s why Virgo is the sign of perfection. Virgo is the last personal sign (the personal signs are the first 6 signs of the zodiac, from Aries to Virgo). Virgo has mastered the process of individuation. Virgo is the symbol for the “perfect” human being.
It is only in the next sign, in Libra, when we start to open up to others.
The first six signs are for Self-mastery, and no one is better at self-mastery than Virgo. This is the reason why many Virgos or people with strong Virgo energy love self-improvement activities such as fitness, nutrition, health rituals and so on.
Being of service, being helpful is another Virgo attribute. This is because Virgo understands better than any sign how to help another human improve their condition. Virgos understand how individual systems work – and here we can count human bodies as systems, too. If a Virgo gives you advice or takes care of you, you know you are in good hands.
No matter whether you’re a Virgo or not, no matter whether or not you have Virgo energy in your chart, the Full Moon in Virgo is an invitation to be like a Virgo, or to make use of Virgo’s energy in the area of your life where the Full Moon falls in your chart.
The Full Moon in Virgo is trine Uranus at 29° Aries and is quincunx Chiron at 0° Aries.
Chiron’s work on healing the identity is just beginning (0° Aries). Uranus (the higher manifestation of Chiron) is at 29° Aries, teasing us with the promise of freedom. The type of freedom that comes when we truly understand who we are.
How can we heal our wound of identity (Chiron in Aries) so that we can liberate ourselves (Uranus at 29° Aries)? Through Virgo.
Virgo is the sign that aims to reconcile the matter and the spirit, in the same way, Chiron, the half-man, half-horse Centaurus, aims to reconcile his animal side and his human side. At the time of this lunation, become aware of these two separate parts of yourself. You are you, half-God, half-animal. You are human.